O's/Indians Series Opener

Not much in the way of pregame tidbits today, as the Orioles prepare for tonight’s series opener against the Indians.

*Brian Roberts was around pregame and I checked in to see if there was anything new with him. There isn’t. He’s still not doing any baseball-related activities but hopes to be ready when his stint on the DL is up, which would be mid-June. He exited April 9’s home opener and the Orioles moved him to the 60 day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Corey Patterson.

*Luke Scott is coming off a 4-for-8 series with two homers- including yesterday’s grand slam. He’s back in the lineup tonight and the O’s are hopeful his prolonged slump is behind him.

*Alfredo Simon is the Orioles closer. Will he be when Mike Gonzalez comes back? I would imagine he would be, at least at first. Trembley spent a majority of the pregame discussing Simon. It’s not always pretty but he does get the job done, and he’s done it against some tough teams.

*The Orioles are 9-8 in their last 17 games, after going 2-16 to open the season. So, yes, their record is ugly. But it isn’t as bad as it seems.

*Finally, I asked Trembley about the Royals’ dismissal of Trey Hillman, not sure of how close they were. The O’s manager got pretty emotional as he said Hillman has been one of his best friends for 25 years. He didn’t want to go any further in front of the MASN TV cameras that were rolling. I might have more on that later….

Corey Patterson LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Matt Wieters C
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jeremy Guthrie RHP


Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Grady Sizemore CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Travis Hafner DH
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Russell Branyan 1B
Matt LaPorta LF
Luis Valbuena 2B
Lou Marson C
Justin Masterson RHP

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