A few off day notes
A few notes before the Orioles open a three-game series against the Red Sox on Friday…
*The Orioles have been one of baseball’s feel-good stories this year and perhaps no one embodies that more than 28-year-old rookie Miguel Gonzalez, who is making his first career start at Fenway Park tomorrow night. You can read my feature on Gonzalez, how he came to the Orioles and how his career was nearly derailed by injuries, here.
*Since I’ve been asked a few times, the Orioles rotation after Gonzalez will be Tillman on Sunday and TBD on Saturday. The O’s are leaning toward lefty Zach Britton, although Randy Wolf and Jake Arrieta are also possibilities.
*Missed the pair of spectacular catchers in the outfield by Nate McLouth and Endy Chavez last night? You can watch them here.
*Dylan Bundy, who was promoted before yesterday’s game in Seattle, will stay with the team for the rest of the regular season. How will he be used? At first, manager Buck Showalter will try to get him into a low pressure situation –if there are any given how important every game is — but don’t be surprised if Bundy plays a big role in the team’s remaining games particularly with right-handed setup man Pedro Strop struggling. The O’s have other options with Darren O’Day pitching in some big spots over the weekend, and lefty Brian Matusz has emerged as a solid late-inning option as well.
*Lefty reliever Troy Patton and designated hitter Jim Thome are expected to be activated before tomorrow’s game. MLB.com columnist Anthony Castrovince wrote about Thome’s chance at a ring here.
*Per a team release: In recognition of the final Orioles Legends Celebration Series being held on Saturday, September 29, the Orioles today unveiled a sweepstakes designed to celebrate the impact Brooks Robinson has had on the Birdland community. The sweepstakes was inspired by former Baltimore Sun writer Gordon Beard’s quote, “Brooks never asked anyone to name a candy bar after him. In Baltimore, people named their children after him.”
Five fans with the first or middle name of Brooks will be chosen to win two tickets to the upcoming Brooks Robinson Legends Series Celebration game on September 29, as well as special access to the sculpture unveiling itself.
Fans with a first or middle name of Brooks who are current residents of Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia who are over 18 are eligible to enter. The winners will be required to show valid I.D. To enter, visit http://www.orioles.com/brooks beginning today until September 25 at 11:59 p.m. No purchase necessary to enter or win. The winners will be notified within 24 hours of the conclusion of the sweepstakes. Travel and accommodations are not included.