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O's put both catchers in lineup on Saturday

O's put both catchers in lineup on Saturday

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O's put both catchers in lineup on Saturday
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles rolled out an unusual lineup on Saturday night, with manager Buck Showalter employing both catchers by having Ronny Paulino start at designated hitter.

"We got another one, but it's a secret," Showalter said of the team's emergency catcher. "Maybe to him, too. No, I want to get everybody in the lineup. The first two, three, four days, I don't want them to lose that tempo and feel they had coming out of spring. We will get [Endy] Chavez in there either tomorrow or the next day, try to work Ryan [Flaherty] in there also. I just think it's important that everybody gets their feet wet in the environment. But Ronny handles left-handed pitching pretty well. We are going to need everything we can throw at [Twins starter Francisco] Liriano.

In addition to Paulino, Nick Johnson also made his Orioles debut, batting seventh and playing first base. Johnson and Paulino were both non-roster invitees this spring, with the oft-injured Johnson earning one of the final bench spots after putting together a healthy and productive camp. Paulino is a career .330 hitter against left-handed pitching, versus .246 against righties, and entered Saturday's game 1-for-3 off of Liriano for his career.

"Nick Johnson is actually a lot better against left-handed pitching than right-handed," Showalter said. "One challenge that Liriano had a little bit last year was command. We are hoping Nick brings that into play some."

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