With starting right fielder
First, some official housekeeping. As we reported earlier,
Back to tonight's lineup. It might be the most interesting of the season, with
Tolleson, who had usually played third, second and shortstop is making his first big-league start in left. He played left once as a defensive substitute with Oakland in 2010.
Tolleson also played 62 minor league games in left field, including 24 in Triple-A last season.
Showalter said the Orioles have plenty of options in right, among them Tolleson, Hall,
Showalter said he's open to moving around the corner outfield spots, but he's like to maintain some consistency with whoever hits in No. 3 spot in the order.
Some other news:
-- Brian Roberts continues to progress as well on his rehab. He's back at Double-A Bowie tonight, hitting leading and starting at second. "He's getting deeper and deeper in the games," Showalter said. By the time he gets to the Norfolk club, he's probably going to be looking at nine innings, eight or nine innings."
Here are tonight's lineups:
Steve Tolleson LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Wilson Betemit 3B
Bill Hall RF