Day off for Jones means time to sleep in

Day off for Jones means time to sleep in

BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones got a rare day off Sunday, as manager Buck Showalter left him out of the starting lineup with some specific instructions.

"I told him after the game last night I didn't want to see him walk in here before 12:30 [for a 1:35 p.m. game]," Showalter said. "He plays hard. He plays all out."

Jones has played in 122 of the team's 124 games. He started slowly this season, but has improved as the year has gone on. He has a .275 average with 17 homers and 52 RBIs.

Showalter said he could use him off the bench in this game, but that he would feel better if Jones could just have a full day off.

The timing of that would be helpful since the Orioles won't play again until Tuesday night in Chicago against the White Sox.