Orioles vs. Rays (updated)

*Good to see Brian Roberts out on the field taking pregame batting practice. While Roberts has done coaches’ BP and taken infield on the backs fields, it’s considered incremental progress that he was out with the O’s regulars getting ready as if he was playing in the game.

*Taylor Teagarden (lower back) went to see a specialist today to discuss some other treatment options after getting an MRI on the area yesterday. Right now, surgery is not one of them.

*Darren O’Day is still sidelined with a groin issue, but manager Buck Showalter said the team feels they might have caught it early enough that it’s not anything serious.

*Nolan Reimold is back in the lineup for the first time since taking a pitch to the left cheek from Rays’ righty Alex Cobb. Reimold had one of his back molars fixed at the dentist on Monday and also worked out with no problems. He said today he doesn’t plan on wearing any protective shield over the area.

*Matt Lindstrom (lower back) will get into Wednesday’s game for the first time since dealing with some back spasms. Nick Markakis is also slated to make his Grapefruit League debut at designated hitter.

*Troy Patton, who had his appearance pushed back because of some arm fatigue, said he’s fine and will throw today.

*The Orioles will make the next round of cuts on Wednesday or Thursday.

*Always good to see the Rays, where I got my start in 2008, and former-Oriole Luke Scott has made the trip to Sarasota here today. Don Zimmer, one of the Rays special assistants, said Nick Johnson told him that his wrist hasn’t felt this good in years. Johnson echoed that sentiment to Showalter, and if healthy he’s a strong candidate to make the Orioles out of camp. Zimmer, a baseball lifer, called Johnson one of his favorite players, which is definitely high praise.

Here are your lineups….


Nolan Reimold LF
Robert Andino 2B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Mark Reynolds 3B
Ronny Paulino DH
Jai Miller RF

Jason Hammel RHP

Sam Fuld CF
Carlos Pena 1B
Evan Longoria 3B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Joyce RF
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Jose Molina C
Reid Brignac SS
Brandon Guyer LF

David Price LHP


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