Orioles vs. Rays- game 1

Greetings from Camden Yards where the Orioles open a nine-game homestand with a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Orioles have extra security measures in place tonight, akin to Opening Day, given the horrible tragedy that occurred during yesterday’s Boston Marathon. The Rays, who were actually in Boston when it happened, were able to arrive safely last night. The O’s, who had planned a moment of silence as a tribute for the recent passing of two longtime fans, will also honor the victims of the senseless acts in Boston.

Yesterday’s events certainly hit home for a lot of people, including the Orioles who were just in Boston last week and stayed at the nearby Copley Hotel. Second baseman Ryan Flaherty, who is from Maine, said everyone he knew who ran the race checked in OK and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette –who has a lot of family in the Boston area– was also lucky in that regard. Duquette’s ex-wife, Sharon, volunteers at the finish line of the marathon every year and his son, Daniel, helped her get out of the area safely yesterday. Duquette’s cousin, Pat, also has a yearly party close by but also checked out OK.

*In case you missed it, I wrote on yesterday’s off day about Nick Markakis, one of the Orioles quiet team leaders who doesn’t go underappreciated by his teammates. You can read more on that here.

*Steven Johnson will throw four innings in extended spring on Thursday along with lefty Tsuyoshi Wada and manager Buck Showalter said the pair could go out on a rehab assignment after that.

RAYS LINEUP

Desmond Jennings CF
Kelly Johnson DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce LF
Yunel Escobar SS
James Loney 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Sam Fuld RF

Roberto Hernandez RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nolan Reimold DH

Jake Arrieta RHP

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