Orioles rest Wieters, Roberts after marathon loss to Rays

Catcher, second baseman played all 18 innings Friday night

September 21, 2013|The Baltimore Sun

When the Orioles game began today at 1:10 p.m., less than 12 hours after Friday night’s marathon game ended, catcher Matt Wieters and second baseman Brian Roberts were not in the starting lineup.

Wieters, 27, caught all 18 innings Friday night and had not had a day off since Sept. 13. He went 2-for-7 with a walk against the Rays Friday. Steve Clevenger (Mount St. Joseph's) started in Wieters’ place.

Roberts, 35, played all 18 innings, going 2-for-6 with a walk. Alexi Casilla started for Roberts.

The Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays combined for the longest game, time-wise, in both franchises’ histories. The six hour, 54-minute, 18-inning game that ended on David DeJesus' single to right off Orioles reliever Bud Norris gave the Rays a 5-4 win.

It also kept the Rays in one of the wild-card spots while the Orioles dropped to 2 ½ games behind the second wild card.

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