Orioles vs. Phillies, Game 3: Lineups and Pregame Notes

*Jake Arrieta will be available to pitch out of the bullpen on Sunday, O’s manager Buck Showalter said. Amid rampant speculation that Arrieta would be sent down to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday to make room for Tommy Hunter, the O’s instead chose to option reliever Miguel Gonzalez and move Arrieta to the bullpen. Arrieta last pitched on Friday, giving up career highs of nine runs and 11 hits in just four innings against the Phillies. 

*With Brian Roberts set to play the final game of his rehab stint during the Orioles off-day on Monday, Showalter was asked for an update on his status and availability for Tuesday. Showalter was very noncommittal, saying he hadn’t thought much about the lineup past Sunday. Showalter was also hesitant to address what the move would mean for Robert Andino, who has been playing second in Roberts’ absence. The only nugget Showalter offered was that he was comfortable playing Andino just about anywhere, including the outfield. 

*Veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer made his debut for the Norfolk Tides on Saturday, tossing five shutout innings. He allowed only one hit and didn’t walk a batter while striking out five. Manager Buck Showalter didn’t offer anything on what this meant for Moyer’s chances of making the Major League club. If executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is still treating Moyer’s time with the Triple-A time as an audition, this can only be considered a positive first step. 

ORIOLES LINEUP
Robert Andino 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters DH
Ronny Paulino C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Steve Pearce LF
Steve Tolleson 3B
Endy Chavez RF

Jason Hammel RHP

PHILLIES LINEUP
Jimmy Rollins SS
Juan Pierre LF
Hunter Pence RF
Jim Thome DH
Shane Victorino CF
Carlos Ruiz C
Ty Wiggington 3B
Hector Luna 1B
Michael Martinez 2B

Cliff Lee LHP

1 Comment

Why don’t the O’s consider putting Davis or Reynolds in the outfield. If Boog Powell could play there at his size why can’t they. More power in the lineup all the way around w/Roberts at second and Andino on 3rd. How about this line up
Roberts 2nd
Hardy SS
Davis RF/DH
Jones CF
Wieters C
Reynolds LF/1B/DH
Johnson 1B
Andino 3B
Chavez RF/DH

Speed at the top and bottom 8 and 9 slots
Power 2 thru 7 spots in the order
Betemit to pinch hit and Flaherty in late for defense

I like this line up a lot and I am sure it will look something like this when Roberts comes back next week.
NOW IF WE CAN BRING UP BRITTON AND MOYER WE WILL SOLIDIFY THE ROTATION W/ Bundy on the way in Sept. I hope.

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