Wieters said about 20 family members and friends will attend the series. That's fewer than fellow Orioles catcher Craig Tatum, who is expecting a 30-member cheering section. Tatum is from Hattiesburg, Miss., which is about five hours from Atlanta. However, it's the closest the Orioles will play to his hometown this season.
First baseman Derrek Lee, reliever Michael Gonzalez and coaches John Russell and Jim Presley have played for the Braves.
Around the horn
As expected, Vladimir Guerrero returned to the bench with the Orioles losing the designated hitter in a National League park. Wieters hit in the cleanup spot in his place. … Infielder Cesar Izturis (elbow surgery) will start hitting and other baseball activities Saturday at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. … Showalter said that second baseman Brian Roberts (concussion) had a difficult day Thurday, but he felt much better today. … Reliever Clay Rapada, who was designated for assignment Wednesday when Simon was activated from the disabled list, cleared waivers and the clubs expects him to accept an assignment to Norfolk. … Showalter said that Tides reliever Josh Rupe, who had an opt-out clause in his contract, has decided to stay with the organization. … Single-A Frederick manager Orlando Gomez achieved his 900th managerial victory in the Keys' 4-0 victory over Lynchburg Thursday night.