Valencia and Teagarden in Orioles' lineup

Orioles manager Buck Showalter chose Danny Valencia over Henry Urrutia as his designated hitter for tonight's game against the Royals.

Urrutia had three hits last night, but Valencia is 11-for-20 with seven RBIs lifetime against Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.

Taylor Teagarden is behind the plate tonight. Matt Wieters will sit despite being 9-for-21 with two doubles, a home run, two RBIs, two walks and five runs scored during a five-game hitting streak.

The Orioles are playing the fifth of nine straight night games. Showalter must have chosen tonight to rest Wieters.

The Orioles are 40-20 when their starters go six or more innings. Is Jason Hammel up to the task tonight?

For the Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Danny Valencia DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Taylor Teagarden C

Jason Hammel RHP

For the Royals
Alex Gordon LF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Lorenzo Cain CF
Billy Butler DH
Mike Moustakas 3B
David Lough RF
George Kottaras C
Alcides Escobar SS
Chris Getz 2B

Bruce Chen LHP

The Orioles are 57-43 after 100 games, five wins better than their record after 100 games in 2012 (52-48). According to STATS, it ties for the Orioles' fourth-best record after 100 games over the last 40 seasons behind the 1979, 1983 and 1997 teams. The 1977 team also was 57-43.

The Orioles had seven players with two or more hits Monday night for the third time this season and the second time in the last three games. The only time in club history the Orioles had more games in a season with seven or more players recording multi-hit games was 1966 (four times).

The Orioles, along with the Orioles Wives, Oriole Advocates, WJZ-TV and MASN personalities, Von Paris Moving and Storage and the Maryland Food Bank, will hold their 27th annual Food and Funds Drive during the three-game series against the Red Sox this weekend at Camden Yards.

Non-perishable food items and monetary donations from fans will be collected at each ballpark entrance from the time gates open until the middle of the second inning during each game.

All food and funds collected go to the Maryland Food Bank. Von Paris Moving and Storage will pick up and deliver all items donated. Fans who cannot attend the games can donate food online at www.mdfoodbank.org/orioles.

During last year's Orioles Food Drive, more than 4,000 pounds of food and $20,000 in cash donations were collected.

For more information, call 888-848-BIRD or visit www.oriolesreach.com.

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