Orioles @ Yankees lineups and pregame notes

*Randy Wolf is here has been added to the roster and used as a left-handed reliever. He joins Brian Matusz as the two lefties in the bullpen as the O’s open a three-game series in the Bronx hoping to catch the American League East-leading Yankees.

*Steve Tolleson, Xavier Avery and Luis Exposito are all here and will be activated for September callups tomorrow. Wilson Betemit, who has been on rehab with Double-A Bowie, was also in the clubhouse and will also be activated on Saturday.

Manager Buck Showalter said Tommy Hunter will throw an inning for Double-A Bowie on Saturday and Hunter is eligible to return to the team after Sept. 3, which would be 10 days. Bowie is in the playoffs so –unlike Triple-A Norfolk — Hunter won’t be available to them right away.

Zach Britton, on the other hand, will. Britton is tentatively slated to make his next start on Tuesday with Joe Saunders starting Monday’s opener in Toronto. Chris Tillman will pitch Sunday’s game, which was previously listed as TBA. Showalter said they are considering “one or two” players additionally from Norfolk and that probably means Jake Arrieta and left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips. Norfolk’s season ends on Sept. 3.

*Troy Patton threw for the first time yesterday, 60 feet off flat ground, and that was a good sign for Patton who hadn’t picked up a ball previously.

*Since I keep getting asked this question, I’ll state it again here. Players added to the roster after Aug. 31 are still eligible to be on the postseason roster, they just will have to take the 40-man roster spot of someone on the disabled list. You reset your postseason roster every round and you can use someone not on the 40-man if you are replacing a DL’ed player. This includes everyone from Brian Roberts to Jim Thome, although in the case of Thome, the O’s are still hoping to have him back.

*Lots of media here, including MLB Productions, which is taping a segment on the Orioles-Yankees series that will air on NBC Sports next week.

Here are your lineups….


Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Omar Quintanilla 2B
Manny Machado 3B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP


Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix DH

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

1 Comment

We’ll soon have “Deep Depth.” Very important road trip. Looking forward to your columns as always!

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