The Orioles’ lineup for Friday night’s game against the Indians has some interesting wrinkles.
Wilson Betemit, who made his 12th error Thursday, has switched from third to first base while Robert Andino, the club’s best defensive third baseman, starts there Friday.
Mark Reynolds is sitting; Chris Davis is DHing and Ryan Flaherty is in right.
The other interesting thing: Matt Wieters is batting seventh for the first time this season. He has had eight starts at cleanup, 58 at 5th and one start batting 6th.
The Orioles are in a collective offensive slump, but Wieters has actually had at least one hit in six of his last eight games. It’s probably more to get other guys going than anything involving Wieters.
Here is the lineup: Roberts 4, Avery 7, Hardy 6, Jones 8, Betemit 3, Davis DH, Wieters 2, Flaherty 9, Andino 5. Arrieta 1.