Orioles/Yankees lineup and pregame tidbits

*Brian Matusz threw again at extended spring today today and manager Buck Showlater reported that Matusz did more than yesterday, which is certainly encouraging. The team hopes to get him back to Baltimore next week, although he might not be ready to throw off a mound immediately. As Showalter said yesterday, they’ll “be careful” in moving along Matusz, so that he doesn’t suffer a setback.

*Kind of a cool moment pregame, with the UCONN’s men’s basketball team on the field. Baltimore native Roscoe Smith was wearing an Orioles’ hat and Jeremy Guthrie was collecting signatures on a baseball to give to Smith. When Guthrie came to get Showalter’s he was talking to the media. “Any Yankees hats?” Showalter asked of the UCONN group. Guthrie said, there were not and quipped it was “1-0, Orioles.”

*As long as the game gets in today, and they will do everything possible to get it in, Brad Bergesen will be activated and available tonight in relief. Kind of a complicated situation, but I explained it a little last night. The team need to get Bergesen throwing again, and if they weren’t in this situation he’d already have a start at Triple-A.

*Justin Duchscherer had the guided injection in his left hip that I blogged about yesterday.

*J.J. Hardy (left oblique strain) is in extended spring and getting treatment. Showalter was asked yesterday if Hardy’s MRI results –which have the Orioles targeting a 2-3 week timeframe — was a positive considering this is usually a longer DL injury.

“I can’t say it could be 2-3 weeks, we hope so,” Showalter said. “Could be less than 3, I don’t know. I think the first four or five days in Sarasota will give him a better idea.”

*I will keep you updated on the weather as best as I can. Both teams did go outside today for batting practice, but that was more out of necessity than clear skies. For instant updates, follow along on Twitter.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Robert Andino SS
Chris Tillman RHP

YANKEES LINEUP:
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
A.J. Burnett RHP

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