Orioles @ Astros Game 2

*There was some initial confusion, but the Orioles rotation will remain on turn, with Miguel Gonzalez pitching on Thursday and Jason Hammel the series opener in Tampa on Friday followed by Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman.

*Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Lew Ford will undergo groin surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia with Dr. William Meyers. The procedure, which will remove some scar tissue from this winter’s sports hernia, doesn’t necessarily rule him out to return this season but it’s unlikely.

*Wilson Betemit (right knee injury) started hitting in the cage for the first time yesterday, but manager Buck Showalter said it will be a long rehab as the team eases him back in and wants to make sure he builds up the proper strength in that area. There is no timetable for his return.

*Wei-Yin Chen (left oblique strain) did another 25 throws from 60-75 feet in extended spring today, repeating yesterday’s work, and continues to report no pain.

*Good to see former Orioles manager Dave Trembley, now serving as Houston’s third base coach, and chat with him on the field pregame. Trembley said he’s spoken to several players he managed in Baltimore including catcher Matt Wieters, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis, who all came over and say hi prior to Tuesday’s game.
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Danny Valencia DH
Steve Pearce RF
Alexi Casilla 2B

Freddy Garcia RHP

ASTROS LINEUP
Brandon Barnes CF
Jose Altuve 2B
Jason Castro DH
J.D. Martinez LF
Carlos Corporan C
Carlos Pena 1B
Trevor Crowe RF
Matt Dominguez 3B
Marwin Gonzalez SS

Dallas Keuchel LHP

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