Orioles @ Nationals

Greetings from Nationals Park, where the Orioles –who enter the game with the best road record in the Majors– squad off against a Washington Nationals team that is 23-15 and in second place in the National League East.

*Not much in the way of pregame news here, but there were a few transactions the last few days for the Orioles, who outrighted Brad Bergesren to Triple-A Norfolk after the right-hander cleared waivers. Bergesen was designated for assignment last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for Xavier Avery. MASNSports.com first reported Bergesen had cleared waivers.

*The Orioles signed outfielder Lew Ford and he’s batting leadoff and playing center field for Triple-A Norfolk tonight. Ford, who last played in the Majors in 2007, most recently played with the Long Island Ducks in independent ball and the 35-year-old hit .333 in 19 games.

*The Orioles have won seven consecutive road games going into tonight, and have 13 road wins overall. To put that in perspective they won their 13th road game last year on July 13.

*I’ll be on the Orioles’ pregame show with Jim Hunter tonight on MASN, discussing Adam Jones emerging as a leader, rookie Xavier Avery’s  valuable spring lesson and how starter Jake Arrieta is dealing with his inconsistency issues on the mound.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Xavier Avery LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Robert Andino 2B
Jake Arrieta RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP

Ian Desmond SS
Roger Bernadina LF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Bryce Harper RF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Rick Ankiel CF
Jesus Flores C
Edwin Jackson RHP

3 Comments

Brittany,

What are the chances that the Orioles could make a move for first baseman Paul Konerko. The White Sox are an organization in need of depth and Konerko would provide a quality glove and bat at first base for the Orioles. Also, are there any chances the Orioles could make a push for an ace such as Cole Hamels or Zach Grenike.

At this point? Slim to none on both those moves.

Why are the O’s signing a 35 yr old player who is 5 yrs removed from the majors. Avery looks like the real deal and if Roberts is coming back soon who needs him? Plus Reimold and Chavez are capable of leading off. Must be strictly a minor league signing to take Avery’s place, you think ? In any case I still believe we need to trade for a 1st baseman. Roberts can play third with less physicality and risk of concussion symptoms returning. Andino is our 2nd baseman and most consistent defensive player. Our future at 2nd base. Roberts can help at 3rd til’ we get or promote a 3rd baseman from our minors. Roberts , should he return will most likely have 3yrs. max. value, if that. What do you think?

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