Orioles @ Yankees lineups and pregame notes (updated)

Greetings from New York, where the Orioles will open a three-game series against the New York Yankees. With the Trade Deadline about 24 hours away, there’s lot of rumors out there, including the Orioles’ interest in Joe Blanton, which I wrote about here. All I know as of 4:30 ET is they’re close, but NOTHING is done yet. I’m working to find out if anything is imminent between the two clubs.

The O’s have also shown some interest in Hunter Pence, and –according to the Baltimore Sun– they’ve inquired about Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre.  As a reminder, all your baseball trade rumors can be found on MLB’s Trade Buzz Blog here. I’ll keep you posted on the O’s rumblings as best I can.

*Jim Thome is headed back to Baltimore  for an MRI as the designated hitter continues to be dealing with neck spasms that aren’t getting any better.

“Usually, after a couple days it will start calming down, but it really hasn’t done that,” said Thome, who last played Friday. “We kind of made a decision that maybe the best thing to do is get a look and see what we’re dealing with and then from there decide a course of action with treatments and if anything else needs to be done.”

Thome, who woke up on Saturday with discomfort worse than he’s ever had in that area before, has been on anti-inflammatory medication the last few days to try to calm the area down and also had trigger-point treatment and a Cortisone injection yesterday. But it isn’t responding as quickly as hoped and the team wants to get a better idea what they are dealing with.  Thome’s MRI is Tuesday and leaves the Orioles with a short bench tonight.

Asked if he remains optimistic, Thome replied, “Yeah, you always have to be. I think this is more of a, ‘Let’s find out if there’s anything in there that’s wrong,’ then, ‘Oh, there’s something really bad.’ I don’t know. I just know the discomfort I’m having, and I think the best thing moving forward with the short amount of time, I want to get back as quick as I can, and that’s the reason we’re going to do that tomorrow.”

*Robert Andino came through last night’s game for Triple-A Norfolk with good reports, going 1-for-5 with a single and playing the full nine innings, and he could be activated for the Orioles tomorrow. Manager Buck Showalter said Triple-A manager Ron Johnson asked Andino if he wanted to come out of the game, but the second baseman said no. Andino reported some soreness this morning –which is normal given that he hasn’t played in a few weeks — but otherwise was fine. He will play again tonight for Norfolk.


Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Lew Ford LF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Omar Quintanilla 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Ian Stewart 2

Ivan Nova RHP

1 Comment

Thank you for finally listening Mr. Duquette. Welcome Lew Ford.

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