Worth noting

Worth noting

• Casey Cares kid Ian S., 10, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Saturday's game. Ian is suffering with a life threatening illness, and throwing out the first pitch and tickets to the game are part of the Family Festivities program, one of six programs of the Casey Cares Foundation. Casey Cares provides uplifting programs with a special touch for critically ill children and their families.

• Showalter planned on staying away from using Francisco Rodriguez on Saturday with the reliever, who left Friday night's game with a right groin strain, still hoping to avoid the disabled list.

• Wilson Betemit's rehab schedule is mapped out through Aug. 25, and Showalter said it's hard to handicap whether he'll be ready to rejoin the big league club after that or not. Betemit has not played yet this season.

• Kevin Gausman, who had his start for Triple-A Norfolk pushed back due to some minor soreness, will start on Monday.

Nick Markakis was out early on Saturday working with special instructor Terry Crowley and hitting coach Jim Presley as he tries to get out of his recent slump. Markakis hit fifth again, with Chris Davis third, and Showalter said it's a way to take some of the pressure off Markakis.

Entering Saturday, Markakis was hitting .218 in August with no extra-base hits. He had an RBI single and walked in the 8-4 win over the Rockies.

• The listed starters for the next four days are: Scott Feldman, Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen.

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