Red Sox/Orioles lineups and pregame tidbits

Greetings from Boston’s Fenway Park, where I enjoyed a lovely flight on Jet Blue this morning. It had all the makings of a great flight: it was on time, it had Saved By the Bell on Direct TV in-flight and they gave out cookies. Yes, it doesn’t take much to make a traveling beat writer happy…

*Jim Johnson will throw off a mound tomorrow in Sarasota. Johnson was shut down for a few days with right elbow discomfort and the hope is he will be able to get back on track in his rehab and avoid season-ending Tommy John surgery.
*Michael Gonzalez is expected to continue his rehab in Double-A Bowie tonight. Interim manager Juan Samuel said the organization is more concerned about his location and slider than fastball velocity at this point. He has outings scheduled for Friday, Sunday and Tuesday in Bowie.
*Felix Pie was dealing with tightness in his legs but finished last night’s game at Bowie and is expected to play again tonight in the outfield.
*FYI, because the rotation gets changed so much I barely remember- here are the pitching match ups for Saturday and Sunday.
SAT- Jeremy Guthrie vs. Jon Lester
SUN- Brian Matusz vs. John Lackey
 

RED SOX LINEUP:
Marco Scutaro SS
Eric Patterson LF
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Bill Hall 2B
Cameron Cf
Kevin Cash C

Tim Wakefield SP

ORIOLES LINEUP: (not up yet)

For the Orioles:
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters
Josh Bell DH
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Brad Bergesen

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