Orioles and Royals lineups (Phils not near deal for Dickerson)

No surprises in the Orioles lineup tonight as they attempt to gain a split of their four-game series in Kansas City.

Henry Urrutia remains the designated hitter against a right-handed starter, in this case former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie. Brian Roberts continues to play second base and bat ninth.

For the Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Henry Urrutia DH
Brian Roberts 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

For the Royals
Alex Gordon LF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Billy Butler DH
Salvador Perez C
David Lough RF
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS
Chris Getz 2B
Jarrod Dyson CF

Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Update: CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman is reporting that the Orioles are close to trading Chris Dickerson to the Philadelphia Phillies.

And MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki responded to that report by relaying that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. squashed that rumor. Amaro said the Dickerson talk is false and the team isn’t close to acquiring anyone.

What to believe?

The Orioles designated Dickerson for assignment last Friday.

On Tuesday, Dan Duquette said there were a few teams interested in Dickerson and sounded confident a trade would happen by this weekend.

Update II: So it appears the Orioles aren’t about to send Dickerson to the Phillies.

Heyman retracted his report right away after hearing Amaro’s comments, tweeting, “i retract the dickerson tweet based on amaro comment. my bad. i must have miss-read my texts.”

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