ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. –- After 69 consecutive games as the leadoff hitter, Manny Machado will bat third for the first time as a major leaguer on Friday night. Manager Buck Showalter moved Machado from first to third and has Jimmy Paredes in the leadoff spot.
“Just a little different look, kind of move a couple of things around, see if we can get a little more production,” Showalter said.
Paredes is the first Oriole DH to bat leadoff since Nick Markakis did on Sept. 2, 2014.
“If not him, then who? I look at everybody,” Showalter said.
“I’d love to run the same lineup out there every day, same left fielder, same right fielder, same leadoff guy, kind of hard.”
Showalter said not to expect the same lineup on Saturday.
“We’re looking for something to jump start us a little bit. We’ll see,” Showalter said.
“Manny’s done a good job leading off and probably will again. It’s nice to know he’s capable of doing that.”
NOTE: Steve Pearce had an MRI on his left oblique. Showalter said the results showed that Pearce’s strain was mild, but he didn’t want to guess if he could return from the disabled list when he’s eligible on Aug. 3.
“He’s obviously got something in there,” Showalter said. “I know the normal time those things take, but it’s tough because you can’t go test it. It’s definitely a good decision to put him on [the disabled list]. I’d say it’s iffy if he makes the DL period.”
Showalter thinks that Pearce will probably rehab with the team and he’ll discuss it with him when the team returns to Baltimore on Monday.
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