Orioles @ Red Sox lineups & pregame notes (updated)

*The Norfolk Tides, the Orioles’ Triple-A team, released their daily game notes earlier and Tommy Hunter isn’t listed. Hunter, who was supposed to start today, isn’t slated for any of the upcoming games with Norfolk, and manager Buck Showalter confirmed Hunter is a candidate to start Saturday. But he’s not the only one, with  relievers Miguel Gonzalez and Dana Eveland also options for that game. In a perfect world, I think the Orioles would want to avoid making a roster move and have Gonzalez start, but it all comes down to if he’s needed out of the bullpen before that.

*Mark Reynolds is at first base again today, with Chris Davis at designated hitter. Davis, who was the Orioles starting first baseman coming out of camp, hasn’t played first since May 28 in Toronto. Asked the reasoning behind the recent moves, Showalter said: “I think everybody would rather be in the game defensively, but Mark has played OK over there. Chris, I think, can handle the DH spot. I think there’s a lot more to it than just the physical four or five at-bats, there’s a mentality to it, too. They  can both play first, they can both DH if they have to too. So far, Mark seems to have adapted pretty well.”

*Right-handed starter Jason Berken suffered a broken nose today on a sixth-inning collision with first baseman Joe Mahoney for a foul pop-up in Triple-A Norfolk’s game. Mahoney, is  6’6′-240, so it’s not exactly the kind of guy you want to be running into.

“I don’t think we’re worried about how Mahoney is,” Showalter deadpanned. “Basically [Berken] not going to do anything as far as resetting it right now. Depends on how much his eyes swell up. Right now, he’s scheduled to start again.”

*In case you missed it, the Orioles set a franchise record last night with their seventh consecutive victory at Fenway Park. You can read more from that game here.

*Second baseman Brian Roberts had a scheduled day off this afternoon after playing second base and batting leadoff for Triple-A Norfolk the previous two games.

*Nick Johnson has only had one at-bat since May 28, but Showalter said it’s not an injury issue and Johnson will be back in there soon. Right  now, there hasn’t been a whole of opportunities to use Johnson as a pinch-hitter, Reynolds is locking up first base and Davis has been hitting well at DH.

*According to the Lancaster Barnstormers website, left-handed pitcher Rich Rundles has had his contract purchased by the Baltimore Orioles and will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. The 31-year-old is a former third-round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1999 when current Oriole executive vice president of baseball operations was Boston’s GM.

From 1999 to 2007, Rundles played in minor league baseball with six different organizations and he appeared in eight games with Cleveland in 2008 and one in ’09. He has a career 1.50 ERA.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Endy Chavez RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Ryan Flaherty LF
Robert Andino 2B

Brian Matusz LHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Daniel Nava LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Adrian Gonzalez RF
Mike Aviles SS
Darnell McDonald CF
Kelly Shoppach C

RHP Clay Buchholz

1 Comment

Somebody tell me a good reason why a guy with a 1.50 lifetime LIFETIME ERA is not in the Majors. Something is wrong here. What is it?

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