Orioles/Yankees lineups and pregame tidbits

*Brian Matusz threw again today (getting up to 120 feet on flat ground) and will take Saturday off and throw again on Sunday. The plan is for him to get on the mound in some form –possible a half mound — on Tuesday.

*In honor of Earth Day, Jeremy Guthrie is rocking a green glove. You can read more on his eco-friendly efforts here.

*Alfredo Simon has made two outings in extended spring training and the plan is for him to continue to get stretched out as a starter to add more organizational depth.

*Given his recent struggles, manager Buck Showalter said Michael Gonzalez will start to be used in less-pressurized situations until he gets back on track. Gonzalez, who said he is healthy, called this stretch the toughest of his career. Look for Clay Rapada to be used more as a late-game lefty.

*Look for Cesar Izturis to get in to tomorrow’s game. Robert Andino has been playing well so he’s gotten the bulk of time lately for injured shortstop J.J. Hardy. The Orioles are hoping Hardy can start baseball-related activities this weekend.

*Mark Reynolds’ two-strike approach has changed dramatically since he was in Arizona, a facet of his game that hitting coach Jim Presley has focused on. As for Reynolds’ lack of power, both Presley and Reynolds feel that will come from piecing together good ABs.

Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Jake Fox LF
Robert Andino SS
Brad Bergesen RHP

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

CC Sabathia LHP


A-Rod is back and Sabathia’s pitching. I’ve been so busy I’ve lost track of things. It looks like a tough match up. I hope Bergesen steps up.

I’m beginning to think this Earth Day thing has its limits. It’s all well and good to be conscious of that stuff. Biking to the stadium may do Mother Earth a favor, and that’s fine, but what should be the priority here that it’s great for the legs and builds all the pitchers’ endurance.

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