Orioles/Indians lineups and pregame tidbits

*Outfielder Matt Angle and left-handed pitcher Troy Patton are here ( for Vladimir Guerrero and Pedro Viola, respectively) with Angle set to make his Major League debut.  The Ohio native will have his mom, wife, uncle and cousin in attendance at Camden Yards today for the event.

*The Orioles have gotten word from the League regarding the pair of appealed suspensions for Kevin Gregg and Michael Gonzalez,but manager Buck Showalter declined to divulge details because it’s still tentative.

I wrote yesterday that it was looking like Gregg’s suspension –which is at four games — would get knocked down and he could start serving a lesser sentence as early as Monday, which is also when the Red Sox come to town. The Orioles will put Alfred Simon on the restricted list after today’s game and could call up a pitcher in his spot to help keep the bullpen fresh given that long reliever Brad Bergesen is inline to make Monday’s start.

Gonzalez, who is appealing a three-game suspension, wouldn’t serve his punishment the same time as Gregg. Another factor at hand in the roster flux is the availability of Luke Scott, who will try to go to Double-A Bowie to get swings tonight and could be activated as early as Tuesday.

*Showalter said the team remains optimistic Guerrero will be able to return when his DL stint it up, which would be the 26th.

*Brian Matusz tossed seven scoreless innings for Triple-A Norfolk last night and has progressed in each of his three starts since being demoted. Matusz allowed three hits and two walks and struck out eight.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Matt Angle LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters DH
Derrek Lee 1B
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B
Craig Tatum C

Mitch Atkins SP

INDIANS LINEUP

Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Travis Hafner DH
Carlos Santana C
Grady Sizemore CF
Matt LaPorta 1B
Travis Buck RF
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Luis Valbuena 2B
Jeanmar Gomez SP

1 Comment

When will an O’s manager learn that the only way this team can win is to stay with a semi-effective starter and quit going to an inadequate bullpen to give up a lead. Showalter almost managed himself to another giveaway game last night but finally had the common sense to get Gregg out (after inheriting a 4 run lead, walking the bases loaded and putting the tie runner on 2nd base). Why did he even come into the game anyway with a 4 run lead? Why don’t the O’s go to a 5 man rotation so the starters can have more rest between starts and go deeper into the game to avoid having that terrible bullpen come in to give up the game. The long and short of it is go with your instincts and get away from that crap of counting pitches. If you starter is going good, leave him in to finish the start instead of going to the bullpen, letting them lose the game and blaming it on the starter saying they cannot go deep enough into the game. The blame lies with Showalter not the young starter who is trying his best only to get pulled and watch the bullpen take away his win. It is no wonder why quality pitchers don’t want to stay or come to the Orioles in lieu of other teams. A complete game from a starter is a good thing and until you get a Mariano Rivero or someone of his quality stay with the starter until until he really looses his stuff.

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