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Wieters out of lineup with back stiffness

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Wieters was out of Sunday's Orioles lineup with back stiffness that first crept up during Saturday's 5-1 win over the Rays.

"I really was going to play him at first base today, but just another thing with the turf and things you run into," manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters, who has been taking pregame work at first the past two days. "I think he'll be fine to catch tomorrow, I just don't want to put that in jeopardy."

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Wieters was out of Sunday's Orioles lineup with back stiffness that first crept up during Saturday's 5-1 win over the Rays.

"I really was going to play him at first base today, but just another thing with the turf and things you run into," manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters, who has been taking pregame work at first the past two days. "I think he'll be fine to catch tomorrow, I just don't want to put that in jeopardy."

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Wieters has particularly good numbers against Sunday's Rays starter Matt Moore, going 8-for-14 (.571) with two homers and three RBIs.

"I talked to him this morning, I know it was more of a definite no [to start] last night. Talking to him today, he's a lot better," Showalter said. "[His back] just stiffened up on him a couple times. You couldn't really tell catching, I thought he had a heck of a game behind the plate. He said it was challenging the last couple of innings."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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