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O's might platoon Andino and Betemit at third

O's might platoon Andino and Betemit at third

O's might platoon Andino and Betemit at third
ST. PETERSBURG -- Robert Andino made his first start on Friday since returning from the disabled list, with Orioles manager Buck Showalter penciling him in at third base against Rays left-hander Matt Moore.

It's a scenario that Andino -- who was the Orioles' Opening Day second baseman -- could find himself in again.

"Probably," Showalter said of having Andino platoon with Wilson Betemit, who struggles against left-handed pitching.

"What's happened is, because of some of the injuries we've had with other players, we've had to [use Betemit every day]. I'd like to give Robert some time [at third] here or there. [It] keeps everybody involved in playing. I'd like Robert to play today, and he will probably play Sunday [against lefty David Price].

Andino is hitting .234 against left-handed pitching entering Friday, while Betemit is hitting .146 against lefties and .307 against right-handers. With the acquisition of middle infielder Omar Quintanilla, Showalter has some flexibility in the infield and is able to play the splits. One position he hasn't rotated around has been designated hitter, with Chris Davis taking over DH duties since veteran Jim Thome landed on the disabled list.

"We are starting to get some of the people that allows us to move the pieces around," said Showalter, who believes Davis fits better at DH given that the team has four outfielders on the roster.

"Chris can still play in the outfield and first base, but this is a little better fit right now. [We] don't really have somebody that is in need of [DH'ing] right now. And this time of year, one day off or one day DH'ing, it's not exactly going to recharge your battery."

Catcher Matt Wieters will likely DH on Sunday.

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