As of 5:40 local time, when the Orioles were taking batting practice, Showalter was not here. He's handling an undisclosed personal matter, a team spokesman said.
Showalter did arrive in Kansas City with the team and bench coach John Russell, who said he was in touch with Showalter about today's lineup, said Showalter is expected to arrive by first pitch.
I'm still chasing more details on this. More to come.
Xavier Avery is back atop the Orioles batting order, hitting leadoff and playing leftfield. It's his fourth straight start since being called up from Triple-A Norfolk and is the third time he's hit leadoff against a right-handed starter.
Here are today's lineups:
Xavier Avery LF
Nick Johnson DH