BALTIMORE -- Mark Reynolds made his first start of the season at first base on Sunday in the series finale with Oakland.
Reynolds has struggled both at the plate (.158) and in the field at third base (three errors in 10 games). He hasn't hit a home run yet, and is on the verge of not hitting a homer in April for the first time in his career.
He's gotten just one start at third base during this six-game homestand, none of which came during the Oakland series.
Manager Buck Showalter said he's not hesitating to put Reynolds at third, and that he's just trying to keep the team's versatility in play.
"He's played first base, been taking balls there," Showalter said. "We're going to use the versatility of our team. We have a lot of moving parts."
Reynolds didn't say much before the game other than that he'll do what the skipper tells him.
"I told Buck a couple of weeks ago, whatever I can do to help the team," Reynolds said. "[Chris Davis] needs a day, he's DHing, so he's got me over there. I don't love it, but I don't hate it. Then again, I told Buck whatever he needs me to do, I'll do."
Showalter said, in terms of Reynolds playing third base, that they'll just check everything day-to-day in terms of match-ups and what's best for each player and the team.
Showalter greatly values versatility
BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter reiterated before Sunday's game how important this team's versatility is to him.
Showalter said the Orioles have more parts available to him. That's why he's been shifting people all over the place on a more regular basis.
In addition to moving Mark Reynolds to first, Chris Davis started at designated hitter on Sunday, and Wilson Betemit started at third. Ryan Flaherty also has played second, third and right in this homestand. Ronny Paulino has caught, and Endy Chavez filled in for Nolan Reimold while he was out with neck spasms.
"I want to get as many people involved in playing, because we're going to need them all year long," Showalter said. "We're going to be consistent with that."
Showalter also said he doesn't want players to be sitting for several days and then playing for a day and possibly struggling. He's looking for players to get on the field, possibly for a few days in a row to get in the flow, like Flaherty did in this homestand.
"We're going to be consistent with that," Showalter said. "So when something does happen ... you better be equipped to move people around and have them be able to play multiple positions and not have a let down."
Nolan Reimold came into Sunday's game with a 13-game hitting streak, after going hitless on Opening Day against the Twins, and he opened the game with a leadoff double to extend the streak to 14 games.
Manager Buck Showalter needs two more wins to reach 1,000 for his career.
The Orioles have won 56 straight games when they've given up two runs or less.
Adam Jones entered Sunday's play with a seven-game hitting streak, during which he had hit .407.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.