Orioles & Blue Jays lineups and pregame tidbits (updated)

Welcome back from Rogers Centre, where the Orioles are fresh off a 7-5 series-opening win on Friday. You can read the full game recap here.

The O’s are 6-29 in their last 35 games in Toronto, but 4-4 in their last eight. Nolan Reimold was asked  last night whether the O’s are starting to reverse the curse against the Blue Jays with their recent play.

“They got a good team, they’re a good hitting team a good pitching team, a good all-around team,” Reimold said. “If you want to win, you are going to have to play very good baseball. So, we are starting to do that more consistently. Played pretty well tonight and were able to get the ‘W’ and I think it’s something to build off of.”

Reimold went 3-for-5 with a double, homer, RBI and three runs scored last and he said he’s starting to settle into the leadoff role.

“I’m starting to get more comfortable,” he said. “We will see how it goes. Trying to take a few more pitches, [I] got a little antsy at the beginning of the year. So, just trying to find my groove a little bit and hopefully I can build off of [Friday's] game.”

*Mark Reynolds is at DH again today, with Wilson Betemit at third base again.  Since Ryan Flaherty is not in the starting lineup, we can assume he’s going to start Sunday’s finale. Reynolds took some balls pregame at first base, a situation that could become more common as I wrote yesterday.

*Tsuyoshi Wada (left elbow discomfort) pitched against the Tampa Bay Rays in extended spring earlier, going six innings and allowing two hits, five walks and seven strikeouts. He didn’t allow any runs in the 100-pitch outing and the team is leaning toward Wada starting for Triple-A Norfolk, who will be in Gwinnett,  on Thursday. The thinking is it’s a day game and it’s also warm weather down there. Wada could be activated after that.

*Zach Britton has had a ball in his hands and played catch for the last three days down in extended spring, with no pain. That’s definitely a very good sign.

*Catcher Matt Wieters is scheduled to get his first game off this season Sunday’s series finale in Toronto.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nolan Reimold LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds DH
Chris Davis 1B
Robert Andino 2B

RHP Jason Hammel

BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Eric Thames LF
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
J.P. Arencibia C

Henderson Alvarez RHP

2 Comments

Britt … the baseball season consists of 23 baseball weeks (a basball week equals seven games) plus one extra game. To win 92 games, you have to average 4 and 3 each baseball week. Can the O’s do it? So far, so good … 1 week down, we’re 4 and 3.

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