Orioles vs Nationals Game 2: Lineups and Pregame Notes (updated)

*Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette spoke with season ticket holders –along with manager Buck Showalter — and said he has the ownership’s backing to add pieces as he sees fit. Duquette reiterated that to the beat reporters, saying the team is in contention and will do whatever they think is necessary to make the playoffs without sacrificing the long-term future. Asked if that meant ownership was on board, Duquette said yes.

An organization builder, Duquette wouldn’t trade away the team’s top prospects, but wouldn’t hesitate to make a move that betters this year’s club without crippling the farm system. He did say he believes the organization has some internal solutions as well. Two of those on the pitching side are Chris Tillman and Zach Britton, who have both thrown well as of late in Triple-A.

*J.C. Romero can opt out of his contract ar0ound the All-Star break so the organization will have to make a decision on whether he fits with the big league club around that time. Romero was placed on the temporary inactive list today for Triple-A as he deals with a personal matter back home, but has thrown 10 1/3 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts over that stretch. Third baseman Miguel Tejada does not have an opt-out clause as the two sides have an agreement that as long as both sides are OK with it, he can remain in Triple-A.

*Discussing the release of  Moyer, manager Buck Showalter said the recent performances of Tommy Hunter and Tillman and others were a factor in the decision. Although Hunter has a 6.05 ERA in three June starts, he’s shown enough early in those outings to keep the Orioles from needing to bring in another starter right away. At Norfolk, Tillman has pitched to a 3.76 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 83 2/3 innings. Britton has also gotten progressively better in his four starts at Norfolk, most recently allowing only two runs on four hits in six innings on Thursday.

*The O’s have an off-day after Jake Arrieta pitches Sunday, and Showalter is keeping his options open in terms of Tuesday’s starter. He said he wanted to keep Hammel and Chen on normal rest, which would mean Hammel pitching Wednesday and Chen pitching Thursday. Hunter, Tillman and Britton could all be options for the Tuesday start.

*The timing of Dana Eveland’s imminent paternity leave remains unclear, but his wife his expecting any day now, which will obviously change the team’s roster. He would be gone for three days on paternity leave under MLB rules.

*Reliever Matt Lindstrom allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits in 1 1/3 innings for Double-A Bowie on Friday, but Showalter said a lot of his trouble was due to a swinging bunt and an error behind him. Lindstrom was also hit with a sharp grounder, but Showalter said he’s fine. Showater added that the next step for Lindstrom is to pitch in two innings in an outing so he can be prepared for multi-inning situations that may arise with the O’s. Lindstrom, who has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a partially torn ligament in his right middle finger, previously made two rehab appearances in the Gulf Coast League.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Brian Roberts 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Nick Johnson DH
Steve Pearce LF

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

NATIONALS LINEUP

Danny Espinosa 2B
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse DH
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore LF
Xavier Nady RF
Jesus Flores C

Edwin Jackson RHP

3 Comments

What’s Davis’s Avg as a DH vs a position player this year? Seems like he starts to slump as soon as he’s in the field, didn’t his recent slump start with his first game in RF in Atlanta?

Yeah, you are right on with that. Check Orioles.com for a note on Davis from yesterday.

britt which player is the orioles likely to land before the deadline and do u think the orioles can top the trade the red sox and whitesox made for youklis?

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