Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Chris Davis has been moved down to seventh in the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards.

Davis’ average has dropped to .189.

Steve Pearce continues to bat second and play first base. Delmon Young is in left field while Nelson Cruz serves as the designated hitter.

For the Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Delmon Young LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

The Oriole Advocates will conduct their 2014 Cardboard to Leather collection Saturday at Camden Yards. They created the program in 1992 to provide new and used baseball and softball equipment to underprivileged youth in developing countries. Since the program started, they’ve distributed tons of equipment to youth baseball players throughout the world in places such as Afghanistan, Aruba, Belgrade, Belize, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used baseball equipment to Saturday’s game be used in this year’s distribution. Financial donations will also be accepted to help with shipping costs.

The Oriole Advocates also will conduct a silent auction of sports memorabilia at Saturday’s game on the lower concourse near Gate E. Fans will have the chance to bid on baseballs, photos, bats, and jerseys autographed by current Orioles including manager Buck Showalter, Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty, Miguel Gonzalez, J.J. Hardy, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Matt Wieters.

Funds raised from the auction will be used to support the Cardboard to Leather Program, which this year will provide baseball equipment to players in Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and other Latin and Central American countries. Bids will be accepted from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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