"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."