Orioles @ Rays lineups and pregame notes
*In the wake of Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother, Vi, being abducted —and returned safely — by an armed man from her home outside Baltimore, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday afternoon that he had a similar event occur in his family several years ago
“My mother had somebody break in, middle of the night, tied her up with the cord to the radio,” Showalter said of the break-in which occurred in his childhood home in Century, Fla. “She was listening to the game. We were in Atlanta, I think, a few years back. She found out later she knew the guy. She took him around and showed him where all the cash was…that dog [she had] didn’t stay around much longer, didn’t do a very good job.
Vi Ripken, 74, was kidnapped between 7-8 a.m. on Tuesday by a man who forced her into her car, according to multiple reports. She was found unharmed nearly a full day later, around 6:15 a.m., in her car near her home in Aberdeen, Md.
“Obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ripken Family,” Showalter said of the ordeal. “It’s tough. Crazy world. But I know the Ripken family and I know the stock, not only [Cal Ripken] Sr. but Vi.”
“This has been a very trying time for our family, but we are grateful and relieved that mom is back with us, safe and healthy,” the Ripken family said in a statement. “We want to thank everyone for their tremendous support, especially all of the law enforcement agencies that worked so hard and quickly. This is [an] ongoing investigation, so we hope everyone understands that we cannot comment further at this time. Thank you.”
*Showalter said Joel Pineiro’s surgery was “more extensive” than initially thought. Dr. James Andrews operated on Pineiro yesterday, who was diagnosed with a SLAP tear in his right labrum and he will be out the rest of the season.
*Robert Andino (left shoulder strain) is progressing better than expected, with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells reporting to Showalter that the infielder is ahead of schedule.
“Doesn’t surprise anybody that knows Robert,” Showalter said. “When we go on the trip [after Sunday’s game], the plan is for him to go to [extended spring in] Sarasota.”
*The Rays acquired Ryan Roberts in a trade with Arizona last night and their new addition is starting and playing first base. The Orioles are trying to stack some right-handed hitters in there against lefty David Price, opting to go with Steve Tolleson in left field over slumping Chris Davis.
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters DH
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Taylor Teagarden C
Omar Quintanilla 2B
Steve Tolleson LF
Miguel Gonzalez RHP
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce RF
Jeff Keppinger DH
Carlos Pena 1B
Ryan Roberts 3b
Jose Lobaton C
Elliot Johnson SS
David Price LHP