Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts describes his new batting helmet as "function over looks."

Roberts, who played his first major league game in nearly 13 months Tuesday after battling multiple concussions, is wearing a helmet with double ear flaps to add protection at the plate and on the basepaths.

"The double ear flap looks funny, doesn't it?" Roberts said before Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh. "I just decided, 'Why take a chance of getting hit on the side that doesn't have a flap.' It's their newest version. It can take a little more velocity."