Orioles vs Indians (Game 2) Lineups and Pregame Notes

*Nick Markakis said his wound is fully healed, but he is yet to swing a bat. Still, Markakis would not rule out a possible return before the All-Star break, saying it was still a possibility he could play during the O’s series in Los Angeles July 5-8. Markakis has been on the 15-day disabled list since having part of his broken right hamate bone removed on June 1 and was expecting to see a doctor Friday afternoon. On Thursday night, manager Buck Showalter said Markakis would not be traveling with the team when they travel to Seattle for a series that starts on Monday, instead continuing his rehab with local affiliates at Aberdeen and Bowie. 

*Wilson Betemit is hitting .542 in his last eight games, dating back to June 18. After considering Betemit’s hot hand and Friday’s matchup with right-hander Derek Lowe and the Indians bullpen, Showalter opted to move Betemit up to fifth in the batting order. Betemit said the key to his recent success has been taking what pitchers are giving him, being patient and not trying to pull the ball. 

*The Orioles have agreed to terms with second-round pick Brandon Kline, fourth-round pick Christian Walker and seventh-round pick Matt Price, according to an organizational source. Kline is a right-handed pitcher from the University of Virginia with a low-90s fastball and a powerful 12-to-6 curveball. Kline played his first two seasons as a reliever before making 15 starts and posting a 7-3 record with a 3.56 ERA in 2012. He recorded 94 strikeouts with 43 walks in 93 2/3 innings. Walker played first base at the University of South Carolina and hit .321 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs last season. Price, also from South Carolina, is a right-hander who has been a closer for the majority of his career and projects to come out of the bullpen at the next level, although director of scouting Gary Rajsich said that decision is yet to be made. Price pitched to a 3.48 ERA with 94 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings last season with South Carolina.  The Orioles have now agreed to terms with eight of their top 10 picks, as first-rounder Kevin Gausman and fifth-rounder Colin Poche remain unsigned. The signing deadline for 2012 Draft selections is July 13. 

*Showalter said team doctors were in the process of reading Nick Johnson’s MRI. The team hopes to have a more definitive idea of what he’s dealing with later today. 

*Endy Chavez’s strained right hamstring, which landed him on the 15-day disabled list June 14, has been slow to heal and the team is considering getting a second opinion. Chavez is yet to run outside, working only on a treadmill and in the pool. 

*Brian Roberts is 0 for his last 15, but Showalter was confident that Roberts simply needs a little time to get reacclimatized to playing. Showalter said Roberts is still the team’s best leadoff option. 

*Matt Wieters is hitting seventh in the Orioles batting order, the lowest he’s hit this season. Showalter said this has a lot to do with the pitching matchup, as Wieters has hit .409 against lefties and .196 against righties. 

 

ORIOLES LINEUP

Brian Roberts 2B
Xavier Avery LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Wilson Betemit 1B
Chris Davis DH
Matt Wieters C
Ryan Flaherty RF
Robert Andino 3B

Jake Arrieta RHP

INDIANS LINEUP

Shin-Soo Choo RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Michael Brantley CF
Johnny Damon LF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall DH
Jack Hannahan 3B
Lou Marson C

Derek Lowe RHP 

3 Comments

For the first time in my life and 58 yrs. of loving orioles baseball, I am so disgusted at the lack of fundamental baseball I have switched the channel. My little league teams for the 11 yrs. I managed never never ever played defense so poorly. It is an embarrassment to anyone who has ever coached to see prof. ball players not be able to field, catch or throw the ball where you are supposed to. Adam Jones did not make an effort to catch the fly ball that fell in for a hit because Mr. I catch everything hit in the outfield took the play off and made the rookie look bad. Any other time he acts pissed off if you get near a ball hit in the gap. What a joke. Buck and his damn excuses for these guys and their play is unacceptable. I am losing respect for Buck and his players more everyday. Worst in fielding, strike outs,bunting, stealing bases etc. etc. Not Bad WORST Hitting with runners in scoring position WORST. This is the WORST coached bunch of players I have ever seen in an Oriole’s Uniform. They are major league players for God';s sake. Come on Buck STOP BABYING THESE GUYS AND KICK THEIR ASSES IN TO SHAPE. You and your coaches should be ashamed of yourselves. Adair has done nothing but have good quality pitchers like Matusz, Guthrie, Arrieta, Tillman, Hunter and others get worse. WAKE UP DAN D. AND DO SOMETHING. 58 yrs. and I have to watch this crap. Shame on you Dan. I would fire all of you for stealing my money if I was signing your checks. Don’t give any BS like we are in 2nd place. we are as close to last as we are to first. Oriole fan for life who is just furiuos that you expect me to keep watching this crap. Roberts is done. Look at our record since you made the decision to put him back in the lead off spot. Bring back Andino at 2nd. Get a piyching coach or get the out of here. I don’t want go my grave watching what you are doing to this team. Make changes and put them on the winning track. NOW

Now that my rant is over I switched back to the game. Still furious. How can you have 2 200 hitters batting 1 and 2. Hardy batting 3rd. Mr.5 for 44. Meanwhilr Betemit is the hottest hitter in the Majors. Did it ever occur to you yo move him up in the lineup and the the 200 hitters down. DUH. I am so freaking mad I have to stop. I have never made negative comments like this in my life. Wake up Baltimore front office. We as fans don’t deserve to have to put up with this. No wonder Angelos doesn’t let you waist his money on players. Oh nice pick at first bt Betemit NOT. I need a drink. Very disgusted Oriole lifetime fan/ I am really sick and tired of being laughed at for the last 14 years by every other baseball teams fans. Give mr a F__king break.

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