Morning Oriole links
*There was a lot going on yesterday with the rosters moves and Orioles’ doubleheader and the O’s aren’t done yet making moves because they have to clear a roster spot for Dana Eveland, who will officially have his contract purchased to start tonight’s game. (Game 1 recap is here, Game 2 is here.)
*Here are the pitching matchups for this weekend’s set:
Friday-RHP Jeremy Hellickson vs. LHP Dana Eveland, Saturday- LHP Brian Matusz vs. LHP Matt Moore, Sunday- RHP James Shields vs RHP Jake Arrieta.
Monday’s starter is still TBA against the Yankees, with right-hander Jason Hammel tentatively scheduled to throw Monday or Tuesday. Manager Buck Showalter didn’t want to go that far down the road, but it’s fair to say if Hammel–who has been dealing with knee soreness– doesn’t make a start early next week he’d be a strong candidate to go on the 15-day disabled list. But, again, that’s getting ahead of ourselves.
*Former Oriole Luke Scott talked about his time in Baltimore with the Rays reporters and how he hopes to get a pretty warm reception tonight at Camden Yards. You can read more from the always-quotable Scott here.
*Been impressed early with reliever Stu Pomeranz? You’re not alone. Pomeranz impressed the Orioles enough in a tryout to sign in February and has worked his way up from Double-A -after not being officially invited to Major League camp — to land in Baltimore. The older brother of Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, Stu has had a tough road to the Majors, and he’d be the first to tell you it’s self-inflicted. You can read more about him and the special debut he had Monday night –when Drew hit his first homer on the opposite coast — in a nice piece by my Rockies.com colleague Thomas Harding. That story is here.
*Finally, I tweeted on Monday that my associate reporter, Greg Luca, has started and he’s done some great early work so far. Greg will be helping out with Orioles.com coverage all summer and you can follow him for play-by-play updates and other Oriole happenings @GregLuca . He wrote a nice piece last night about the Orioles making history with three homers to open the game, and you can check that out here.