Orioles @ White Sox lineups & pregame tidbits

*Nick Markakis is serving at designated hitter tonight, a spot that manager Buck Showlter is moving around. Markakis is struggling at the plate, entering tonight’s game 3-for-35 in his last nine games after starting the season 5-for-7 with a pair of homers. No, Markakis is not hurt. The plan all along was to move around the DH spot and Showalter said he already has a few ideas in mind for tomorrow’s day game.

“Nick’s a tinkerer,” Showalter said, adding that Markakis will be back in rightfield tommorow. “He started off well. Everybody here is going to have periods where they’re not as good as they’re capable of being…If Nick’s our biggest issue here, we’re in real good shape this year. He’ll be fine. We all know the track record and he’ll figure it out.”

*Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts isn’t sure if he will travel with the team to Anaheim or not just yet. Roberts was out on the field early today, around 2:30 p.m., to get his work done with hitting coach Jim Presley and manager Buck Showalter said the team will always make sure Roberts has time to get his work in. Roberts will talk to his doctor later today before making a definitive decision.

*Tsuyoshi Wada will throw in a rehab game for Triple-A Norfolk tomorrow afternoon.

*Some of the biggest outs in last night’s win were picked up by reliever Darren O’Day who tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings. O’Day was one of the final decisions this spring, and I’ll have a full story up on him later on Orioles.com. I realize he’s fairly new to Orioles’ fans, but he’s got a pretty interesting back story that you can read about here.

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

Tommy Hunter RHP

WHITE SOX LINEUP
Alejandro De Aza CF
Brent Morel 3B
Adam Dunn DH
Paul Konerko 1B
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alex Rios RF
Kosuke Fukudome LF
Alexei Ramriez SS
Gorden Beckham 2B

Jake Peavy RHP

2 Comments

Sure is nice not having a broken down, under performing everyday DH sucking up at bats.

The fact that OF is so deep is a reason I’d bump up the likes of Heyward, bscuaee the player you miss out on by drafting him shouldn’t be that much better than the waiver level replacement you grab to play half the year. I turned down a cheap Heyward for expensive Victorino trade, and if I was drafting from scratch and we got to round 10-12, I’d take Heyward ahead of guys like Rios or McLouth. I’d rather have Heyward and a short term Francouer or Willingham or Swisher to cover things while I wait for him, than have Rios and then grab a Seth Smith at the end.Of course, it depends where the rest of your team is at too, you can only carry so many minor leaguers before you run out of bench space and have this year’s numbers start to really suffer.

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