Game 2 Lineups and Morning Tidbits

Here is today’s lineups for the game in Port Charlotte against Tampa Bay. Start time is 1:05 and hopefully the wind isn’t quite as bad as yesterday…

ORIOLES

Felix Pie CF
Robert Andino SS
Lou Montanez RF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Scott Moore DH
Jeff Salazar LF
Brandon Snyder 1B
Craig Tatum C
Blake Davis 2B

Brian Matusz LHP
Also expected to pitch: Koji Uehara Mark Hendrickson

RAYS

Gabe Kapler, rf
Carl Crawford, lf
Evan Longoria, 3b
Carlos Pena, 1b
Pat Burrell, dh
Sean Rodriguez, ss
Kelly Shoppach, c
Reid Brignac, 2b
Fernando Perez, cf
Jeff Niemann, p

Also expected to pitch: Alex Torres, Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit, Lance Cormier and Dan
Wheeler

*I also spoke briefly with Mike Aubrey, who has been sidelined with a (non baseball-related) procedure he underwent last Thursday. He’s been practicing with the team, and said that manager Dave Trembley approached him this morning about getting in Friday’s night game against the Pirates. So that will likely be his Grapefruit League debut.

Aubrey said he’s not in any pain and isn’t limited in practice, but the club wants to be cautious with him and make sure that the stitches in his back are fully healed.

*Friday’s starter, Chris Tillman was checking the weather on his phone this morning, and was hopeful it won’t be too cold. “I can’t pitch in sleeves,” Tillman said. The early forecast is in the 60s, but it’s a night game so the temps could drop…

Off to Port Charlotte I go..Let’s hope my GPS gets me there safely!

 

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