June 2012

Orioles @ Red Sox lineups & pregame notes (updated twice)

Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Orioles will open a three-game series against the Red Sox to finish a three-city, nine-game roadtrip. The O’s were off yesterday and got some good news with MRIs & X-Rays on both of Adam Jones’ wrists and hands coming back OK, and Jones is in tonight’s lineup. He said he  would have played yesterday if the team had a game and “wasn’t trippin’” over yesterday’s tests.

“I wasn’t worried, they  just wanted, since we had an off day we were down there, it was fitting because we had our hand specialist down there, it was fitting to let them see everything,” Jones said. “And it was cool to stay out in Sarasota and jump in [Nick] Markakis’ pool.

I knew there was nothing, but they just wanted it. So I wasn’t tripping. Instead of coming up here and enjoying a rainy off day, I was jumping into Markakis’ pool. He has like a 10-foot bank, I was jumping into the pool, cannon-balling, and eating pizza.”

*Baltimore also selected Kevin Gausman,a right-handed pitcher out of Louisiana State University, who went fourth overall, and you can read more about that selection here.

*You can also follow Draft Day 2 coverage, by checking back on this blog and Orioles.com for updates throughout the day. My associate reporter, Greg Luca, is handling all that and is doing a fine job tweeting the team’s picks as well. You can follow him on Twitter @GregLuca.

*Brian Roberts and Zach Britton will both make rehab appearances for Triple-A Norfolk tonight, with Roberts expected to stay with the team until his assignment ends on June 11 –playing every game but one — and Britton making his third rehab start –first with Triple-A. There’s no concrete plans for Britton after tonight’s start, although manager Buck Showalter said he’s not a candidate for this weekend, which could mean –right now — the team wants him to get another rehab start. Tonight is Britton’s first time facing Triple-A hitters and the organization wants to see how he does off better competition.

Miguel Tejada is also playing for the Tides at third base tonight and batting cleanup. So, the rumor he was in Boston is false.

*Pitching matchups for this series are: Jason Hammel vs. Jon Lester, Wei-Yin Chen vs. Josh Beckett and Brian Matusz vs. Clay Buchholz.

The Orioles will need a fifth starter on Saturday the 9th and given that they had an off day yesterday and one coming on June 11, they could get a little creative with the rotation. Britton, who pitches tonight, wouldn’t be an option for that Saturday start and is not an option on Sunday according to manager Buck Showalter.

Jake Arrieta will start Friday’s series opener, with Hammel slated for Sunday. Saturday’s starter could be someone from Triple-A Norfolk or the Orioles could use someone out of the bullpen with Dana Eveland and Miguel Gonzalez both options. Norfolk’s rotation over the next three days looks like this: Chris Tillman, (Wed.), Tommy Hunter, Jason Berken, Steve Johnson.

*The Orioles have signed Nate McLouth to a Minor League deal and he will report to Triple-A Norfolk. McLouth was released by the Pirates after clearing waivers and being designated for assignment and hit .140 with no homers and two RBIs in 34 games. The move adds outfield depth for Baltimore, which is still without Nolan Reimold and Nick Markakis.

There is no timetable on Reimold, while Markakis is a week away from getting the stitches removed from his right wrist, which is recovering from surgery to remove a broken portion of his hamate bone.

*Catcher Taylor Teagarden (lower back injury) has been cleared to start hitting at extended spring.

*Major League Baseball announced its first voting update for the All-Star Game and here are where the Orioles rank: Matt Wieters is 2nd among AL catchers, J.J. Hardy is 3rd among shortstop, Robert Andino is fourth among second baseman &  Adam Jones is fifth among outfielders. You can vote on Orioles.com.

“It’s nice to get votes but, at the same time, I’m more worried about trying to get the swing, and get this team back to playing the way it should be playing,” said Wieters who went to his first All-Star Game last year.

“It was great. It was one of a kind. It was something that you always dream about since you are little and to go out there and see it. I’d say the best part was the Home Run Derby to be able to be a fan and go out on the fan and watch those guys hit balls a really long way, was pretty special.”

*I’ve been asked a lot about Robert Andino moving to third base when the Orioles get Brian Roberts back.  Roberts is progressing well and scheduled to have his rehab assignment end June 11 which would make the Pittsburgh series on the 12th which first game back. Andino, who has been the team’s second baseman since Roberts went to the DL last May, hasn’t taken any work at third base so far and last played the position last season. The organization hasn’t approach Andino to take any work at third base, but it’s certainly an option and a spot he feels comfortable at.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Jason Hammel RHP

RED SOX LINEUP

Scott Podsednik CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Ryan Sweeney RF
Daniel Nava LF
Mike Aviles SS

SP Jon Lester

RHP Branden Kline headlines Orioles second day Draft haul

The Orioles selected right-handed pitcher Branden Kline from the University of Virginia with their first pick on the second day of MLB’s First-Year Player Draft – the fifth pick of the second round and No. 65 overall.

Kline, 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, is a local product for the Orioles. Kline hails from Frederick, Md., the home of Baltimore’s Single-A Advanced affiliate.

Kline spent two seasons in Virginia’s bullpen but has become a starter in 2012, posting a 7-3 record with a 3.56 ERA in 15 starts. He has struck out 94 and walked 43 in 93 2/3 innings.

Kline throws a fastball in the low 90s and a powerful, 12-to-6 curveball.

He was selected by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft but elected to attend Virginia.

While there, he was named First Team All-American by NCBWA, Second Team All-American by ACBA, Third Team All-American by Louisville Slugger, First Team All-ACC and a NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist in 2011. He was also named to the USA Collegiate National Team.

Kline pitched in a team-high 32 games in 2011 as a sophomore, going 4-1 with 18 saves, a 1.88 ERA and 56 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .207 batting average.

The recommended bonus for the No. 65 pick is $793,700.

*With the fourth pick in the third round, No. 99 overall, the Orioles selected shortstop Adrian Marin from Gulliver Prep School in Miami, Fla.

Marin, 5-foot-10 and 165 lbs., signed a letter of intent with the University of Miami.

*The Orioles selected first baseman Christian Walker from the University of South Carolina No. 132 overall in the fourth round.

Walker (6-foot-0, 220 lbs.) was a member of South Carolina’s back-to-back College World Series title teams and  is hitting .319/.447/.548 with 11 HR and 53 RBIs in 58 games in 2012.

*In the fifth round, the O’s took left-handed pitcher Colin Poche from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas.

Poche (6-foot-3, 185 lbs.) has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Arkansas.

Orioles take Gausmasn with fourth overall pick (updated)

Right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman admits he’s always been a little weird, as the Louisiana State University sophomore has a ritual of eating four powdered donuts in between innings, enjoys science fiction movies and prides himself on living life a little differently.

The Orioles can only hope those quirks will someday become etched into Baltimore lore, as the organization made Gausman its first overall pick –fourth overall—in Monday night’s First-Year Player Draft.

The O’s had long been rumored to be in on Gausman, who fell to them after the three clubs before them all went with position players, and they chose him over Stanford arm Mark Appel –who was highly regarded as the Draft’s No. 1 pick.

“There were appealing things about both pitchers, although we feel we got the one we really wanted,” amateur scouting director Gary Rajisch said of Gausman, who is his first pick since being hired by Baltimore this winter.

“He’s pitched on Friday night in one of the best conferences in the country at a high level and that was very appealing to us. Everything we know about him is great. He’s an outstanding citizen, a good teammate and fierce competitor.”

Gausman, who is slated to pitch for LSU in the NCAAs Super Regionals later this week, is 11-1 with a 2.72 ERA, including 128 strikeouts, over 115 2/3 innings. A fairly highly-regarded prospect as a Colorado high schooler in 2010, Gausman was drafted in the sixth round by the Dodgers but elected to go to college and improve.

And improve he did, developing into a more polished arm with electric stuff, including a fastball that runs up to 94 mph an above-average changeup and a smooth and easy delivery.

“It’s been huge for me,” Gausman said of his two years at LSU, in which he also added 30 pounds to his once-wiry frame.  “I couldn’t imagine being in the Minor Leagues when I was 19. I was pretty immature and really didn’t know anything about pitching. And I didn’t have a pitching coach, so that was something that was huge. Just coming in here and playing two years in the SEC, honestly I think it’s the best conference in all of college baseball.  I think it’s been huge for me just to get the experience and get to play in front of these big crowds.

I’ve matured leaps and bounds since high school, not just on the mound, but as a person and my faith and really every aspect of my life.”

Gausman’s breaking pitches are still a work in progress with both the 21-year-old pitcher and Rajsich confident that he can establish more consistency. What isn’t a question is the work ethic of Gausman, whose makeup and maturity got rave reviews and helped him land a spot atop the Orioles draft board.

“Our area scout, Dave Jennings, gave the all clear on his makeup,” Rajsich said. “He’s tremendous. And Dave has drafted several players on our roster already like [Nick] Markakis, [Matt] Wieters and Xavier Avery. We’re pleased Dave was able to identify another super player for us.”

Rajsich wasn’t sure if Gausman would play for an Orioles affiliate this year –saying the organization would assess how many innings he’s thrown and where he’s at when his season concludes – although both sides seem optimistic that they can strike a deal to keep Gausman with Baltimore.

“I think that they feel strongly about me, they wouldn’t have picked me if they didn’t,” said Gausman, who is excited for, among other things, a chance to try Baltimore’s crabs.

“I think they are going to get a deal done, I feel real confident about it. I just feel real honored to be selected by Baltimore and by an organization that is so well known around the game of baseball for so long.”

Added Rajsich: “Everything we have heard is he’s ready to go out there and begin his pro career. What we have for him is an opportunity to move through our system very quickly and pitch in Baltimore very soon.”

The Houston Astros select Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa with the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft with the Minnesota Twins taking high school outfielder Byron Buxton and Seattle picking University of Florida catcher Mike Zunino.  That left the Orioles free to take the best pitcher in the Draft, and they feel they got him in Gausman.

“Kevin Gausman is one of the premier power pitchers in all of college baseball,” Rajsich said. He’s pitched at a high level in front of a lot of people every Friday night for the past two years and very successfully. He has a power arm and power arsenal that he commands and we’re excited to have him.”

This is the second consecutive year the Orioles have taken a pitcher with their first round pick as the organization selected high school righty Dylan Bundy fourth overall in 2011. Gausman is the third Orioles’ first round pick out of LSU, joining Mike Fontenot (2001 – 19th overall) and Ben McDonald (1989 – 1st overall). The Orioles will pick again in the second round at 65th, with Day 2 of the Draft starting at noon.

Arrieta on staying positive, or else “things could continue to go this way”

The confounding performance of Jake Arrieta continued Sunday afternoon as he retired the first nine Rays he faced on Sunday afternoon and was on total cruise control, with just 36 pitches thrown, when he took the hill in the fourth.

But it all unraveled over the next five outs, as Arrieta continued what has been a mystifying six-start stretch, exiting after 4 2/3 innings and watching a once-dominant outing crumble and his team sputter to an 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay as a result.

It was a frustrating start to watch, a word Arrieta used frequently in a lengthy post-game interview that seemed almost cathartic for the 26-year-old, who seemed dazed but determined to set things right after allowing four runs on two hits and four walks.

“I’m still searching for it, still searching for that consistency every time I go out,” said Arrieta who has seen several outings derailed mid-start and has struggled to pitch out of the stretch the past month. “Right now, it’s not there, and I’ve got to put that behind me and continue to move forward, because if I don’t, it’s going to get to me and it could continue to snowball.”

Whether Arrieta, who is 0-5 with a 7.96 ERA in his last half-dozen starts, will get the chance to turn it around in Baltimore remains to be seen, although the Orioles starters are all struggling and there’s no clear-cut solution n Triple-A.

Asked if Arrieta would make his next scheduled start, manager Buck Showalter was noncommittal. “We just got through this game here and we’ve got off days,” Showalter said. “We’ll see what’s best for Jake and the Baltimore Orioles, but that’s the plan right now.”

Arrieta, whose backslide started after he threw eight scoreless innings against the Yankees on May 2, is well aware that he is on thin ice. The Orioles Opening Day starter, Arrieta has walked 28 batters in his last 31 2/3 innings, and Sunday’s command again proved to be his demise, leading to four three-ball counts in a two-run fifth inning that resulted in three walks and a two-run double.

He exited two outs into the fifth inning after allowing four runs on two hits and four walks in an 83-pitch outing in which he only threw 41 strikes. A fierce competitor who is one of the hardest workers on the team, Arrieta was visibly upset, not with the question that he could be optioned to the Minors, but that he has pitched poorly enough to even make that a possibility.

“I’m struggling; there’s no doubt about it,” said Arrieta, who sat alone hunched over his chair for a while before finally retreating to the showers. “I’ve had several games this year where it’s obvious that I can pitch consistently at this level, so I think the staff is probably frustrated because they see that type of stuff and then they see three outings where I’m out in the fifth inning. I feel the frustration and I know they do, as well.

I take it upon myself and I’m going to take it upon myself to make the adjustment and continue to pitch well for this team. As frustrating as it is to have seven losses, we’re a game out of first place, so that’s rewarding in the sense that, if I quickly turn this around, it’s going to be very good for our ballclub, so that’s the way I look at it.”

“Jake gets it,” Showalter said.  “He knows what’s good enough and what’s not. And he has great work habits. It’s not from a lack of effort and want-to. He had some really good work on some of the things that have been challenging him before this start and it worked out real good before this start. And sometimes that’s the margin of error on this level.”

So, how will Arrieta approach this stretch, which he agreed is the worst stretch he’s had as a pro?

“Staying positive will definitely help, but sometimes it’s hard to when you have three outings in a row that are a struggle,” he said. “But I’m confident that over the course of a season, things are going to even out. And I’m going to continue to work and get on the right path for this team because I feel I’m too good not to.”

“Whatever I have to do, I’ve just got to continue to be positive and find the positive in everything, because if I get down on myself and continue this frustration, things could continue to go this way. But I’m really a firm believer that I’m not going to allow that to happen.  I’ve said in the past, it’s been a struggle for the past month and that hurt and it’s frustrating, but I’m confident that I won’t let it continue, and whatever I’ve got to do, I’m going to do.”

Jones bothered by right wrist soreness for a few weeks, to get MRI Monday in Florida

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has been bothered by right wrist soreness for the last few weeks and will stay in Florida to get an MRI on the area during the team’s off day on Monday.

Jones, who was pinch-hit for in the ninth-inning of Sunday’s 8-4 loss, had X-rays taken at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field after the game –which came back negative – but the team wants to err on the safe side.

“It just didn’t feel right,” Jones, who committed his fourth throwing error of the season on Sunday, said of his right wrist. “I can feel it when I’m hitting. [The doctors] wanted to get a picture of it and I wanted to get a picture of it, and see what’s going on in there so we can be sure and relieve any doubt.”

Jones was hit by Brandon Morrow’s pitch on the left wrist in Toronto on Wednesday night, but said that injury –which he has been icing postgame the past few games — isn’t an issue and he’s just experiencing “general soreness”. His right wrist, however, has caused him more pain and the 26-year-old Jones can’t pinpoint how or when it started although he did feel it again on a third-inning slide into first base.

“Sliding, diving into bags, hitting, playing baseball,” Jones said. “It’s still strong, it’s just sore…it just hurts.”

The Orioles are already playing without left fielder Nolan Reimold and right fielder Nick Markakis and any injury to Jones –who has had a stellar start to the season — would be a significant blow. The team’s cleanup hitter, Jones is hitting .315 with 16 homers and 34 RBIs, leading the O’s in both categories, and his presence in the lineup is even more important given the absence of Reimold, Markakis and second baseman Brian Roberts. Markakis, who had initial X-rays come back negative before discovering a hamate fracture in his right wrist, is expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks while Reimold is out indefinitely.

Jones signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract extension exactly a week ago, and he said he wasn’t worried about what Monday’s MRI might reveal.

“The doctors want to make sure,” he said. “Me? I just want to go to Boston. But the doctors want to make sure and since we have an off day it makes it a little bit better.

“I wanted to hit, but [manager Buck] Showalter, he was like, ‘Hey, we will take a precaution.’. Trust me, I want to hit.”

Pearce makes O’s debut

Steve Pearce, who was acquired from the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon, didn’t have to wait long for his Orioles debut.  After arriving in St. Petersburg on Saturday night, Pearce was in Sunday’s starting lineup, batting eighth and playing right field.

“I was shocked,” Pearce said of the news that he was headed to Florida to meet his new team on the road. “I had a little bit of a miscommunication with my manager [at Triple-A]. When he said I was going up, I thought I was going up with the Yankees, with my affiliated team. But I was going up with Baltimore and I’m excited to be here. I’m excited to be in the big leagues.”

Pearce hit .321 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs, 30 RBIs and a .996 OPS in 52 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team and the Orioles –down two outfielders in Nolan Reimold and Nick Markakis – felt the 29-year-old could be a help. Pearce, who also plays first base, was eligible to opt out of his contract and elected to do so, with the cash sent to New York a very small sum that’s more of a technicality to cover his contract.

Asked to pinpoint his success this season, Pearce –who spent five seasons with the Pirates – said regular playing time has  allowed him to get in a good groove.

“I’ve been comfortable all year,” he said. “Since the season started, there’s been a comfort zone and I’ve stayed in it all year.”

Prior to joining the O’s, Peace had appeared  In 185 Major League games with Pittsburgh, hitting .329 with 29 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 52 RBIs.

Orioles/Rays lineup

*The Orioles have moved Zach Britton to the 60-day disabled list and added right-hander Steve Johnson to the 40-man roster. The move doesn’t change Britton’s timetable, since he was put on the DL this spring, and it keeps Johnson –who was eligible to opt of his contract if not on the 40-man — in the organization as pitching depth at Triple-A.

*Jim Johnson has been named MLB’s Delivery Man of the Month, awarded to the most outstanding relief pitcher, for the month of May.  Johnson posted a 1.42 ERA in 12 games –12 2/3 IP — and has converted his last 25 save opportunities dating back to last season. He is the first Orioles pitcher to win the award since its inception in 2005.

*Steve Pearce, who was acquired yesterday, is starting in right field.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Jake Arrieta RHP

RAYS LINEUP

Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Luke Scott DH
Hideki Matsui LF
Will Rhymes 3B
Elliot Johnson SS
Jose Molina C

Matt Moore LHP

Orioles @ Rays

*The Orioles have acquired outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce from the New York Yankees organization in exchange for cash considerations. You can read more on that here.

*Tsuyoshi Wada was with the Orioles today, visiting with teammates and talking to manager Buck Showalter for the first time since undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow May 11. Wada said, through an interpreter, he’s starting doing lower body exercises and hopes to start shoulder rehab next week. While it’s way too early to start speculate on a time frame, Showalter said the club is optimistic Wada can return in under a year. He won’t break camp with next year’s Orioles club, but could be a factor in the first month or two.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Brian Matusz LHP

RAYS LINEUP
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Ben Zobrist RF
Luke Scott DH
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Hideki Matsui LF
Drew Sutton 3B
Jose Lobaton C
Elliot Johnson SS

Jeremy Hellickson RHP

Os acquire Pearce, DFA Hall (updated)

In the Orioles continuing efforts to bolster an outfield missing two starters, Baltimore acquired Steve Pearce from the New York Yankees organization Saturday afternoon in exchange for cash considerations.

The 29-year-old Pearce, a first baseman/outfielder was eligible to opt of his contract and elected to do so, with the cash sent to New York a very small sum that’s more of a technicality to cover his contract.

“Our people thought he has the potential to help us, [at] outfield and first base,” manager Buck Showalter said of Pearce who was expected to join the Orioles prior to Saturday’s game. “From what I can understand gathering all the information and knowledge, they thought [Pearce] was our best option, and we thought that.”

Pearce had been playing for the Yankees’ Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team, and hit .321 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs, 30 RBI and a .996 OPS in 52 games. In 185 Major League games over five seasons (2007-11) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pearce batted .232 with 29 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 52 RBIs.

To make room for Pearce on the active roster –and 40-man– the Orioles designated Bill Hall for assignment. Hall, who had his contract selected prior to Friday’s game will go on waivers again, and the Orioles will find out if is claimed or passes through on Monday afternoon. In seven games for the Orioles, Hall batted .222 (2-9) with one home run, two runs scored and one RBI.

The Orioles are currently without the services of left fielder Nolan Reimold (herniated disk) and Nick Markakis who is out at least 3-4 weeks after undergoing surgery Friday to remove part of the hamate bone from his wrist.  Showalter said the club’s current Triple-A outfielders have all been playing well, but the organization feels Pearce is their best option right now, with Lew Ford still adjusting back to the Minors after a stint in independent baseball and rookie Xavier Avery still needing to develop.

“That’s always been the case,” Showalter said in regards to Avery, who played 15 games for Baltimore before being optioned to Norfolk on Tuesday.  “Also, when he was here, we didn’t have Endy Chavez. I think that’s it more than anything. Endy’s going to get it going and he’s going to help us here. I really believe that.”

Orioles @ Rays lineups and pregame notes

*The Orioles officially placed Nick Markakis on the disabled list, purchased the contract of infielder/outfielder Bill Hall and placed Brian Roberts on the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot. Markakis spoke about his recovery earlier this afternoon (see the previous blog post) and he remains optimistic he can return sooner rather than later because he only had the part of the hamate bone that broke off removed, instead of the whole thing.

It’s important to note with Roberts that he was placed on the disabled list retroactive to the end of March so this does NOT change his timetable at all. Roberts has returned to Double-A Bowie to continue his progression, and he’s playing second base and leading off for the Baysox tonight. Manny Machado is playing third base with Jonathan Schoop at shortstop, a move that keeps Schoop –who is typically a second baseman — active with Roberts playing deeper into games. The Orioles also wanted to get Machado, who is seen as the organization’s shortstop of the future, some time at third base.

*The club is leaning toward giving Zach Britton at least one more rehab start, given that the Orioles don’t need a fifth starter until June 9 and can use the extra player right now instead. Britton, who made his second rehab start for Bowie last night, is slated to pitch Tuesday at Norfolk and he will continue his rehab assignment because activating and optioning him to Triple-A would make him unavailable to be recalled for at least 10 days.

It’s important to note that the plan with Britton, while largely a function of the team’s off days, is also dependent on the performance and health of the team’s current four starters. Things could change, but right now it looks as if the 24-year-old Britton get at least one more rehab start.

*Nolan Reimold is feeling better at extended spring and while he’s still not participating in baseball activities the Orioles are encouraged that he can perhaps avoid a third epidural injection.  Most of Reimold’s pain has gone away and he’s just dealing with a few lingering troublesome spots, according to Showalter.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Robert Andino 2B
Steve Tolleson LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis DH
Wilson Betemit 3B
Bill Hall RF

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

RAYS LINEUP
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Luke Scott DH
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jose Molina, C
Elliot Johnson SS

LHP David Price

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