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Friday Orioles lineup: Pedro Alvarez back in there again; Matt Wieters rests

The Orioles use the same lineup as they did just two days ago. Pedro Alvarez is already back in there, while Matt Wieters rests again. He's yet to catch consecutive days.

The Orioles lineup was in flux for a lot of the first week and a half worth of games, but things seem to be starting to settle into more predictable patterns now. Friday's Orioles lineup is another repeat, one that we saw just two days ago as the O's beat the Blue Jays in Baltimore.

There has been a lot of movement, but then again, the top five spots in the order remain the same for the seventh consecutive game. The only change there is whether Mark Trumbo has been the right fielder or the designated hitter.

Other than that, the quintet of Joey Rickard, Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis, and Trumbo have all batted in that order every game since Jones returned from his injury. Jones' bat has not yet returned, so hopefully that's only a matter of time.

As for the rest, here's the starting nine:

1. Joey Rickard - LF
2. Manny Machado - 3B
3. Adam Jones - CF
4. Chris Davis - 1B
5. Mark Trumbo - RF
6. J.J. Hardy - SS
7. Jonathan Schoop - 2B
8. Pedro Alvarez - DH
9. Caleb Joseph - C

This is with Yovani Gallardo starting tonight. The O's defense will need all the help it can get, surely.

Alvarez returns to the lineup after a game on the bench, so it seems that we can rule out that he was banished for an extended period of time due to the slump that has persisted since the beginning of the season. It's noteworthy that April has been the worst month for Alvarez in his whole career, so maybe this is a thing he needs to swing his way out of.

Then again, Alvarez's current .438 OPS is far below even the already-low .622 career OPS in April. So who knows? But it seems like Buck Showalter hasn't lost faith in him yet, and maybe he has good reason not to lose that faith.

This will be the 15th Orioles game and purported starting catcher Matt Wieters has still yet to catch consecutive games on consecutive days. Here again we find Joseph in the lineup the day after Wieters caught. Maybe Wieters will catch again tomorrow, then get the standard day off for the day game after a night game.

These guys will be facing Chris Young of the Royals, a 37-year-old soft-tossing righty (87mph average fastball) who is sporting a 7.90 ERA so far this season. Between Young and Yovani Gallardo there won't be a lot of heat to be found in Kauffman Stadium on Friday night.