Orioles @ Rays game 2

*I wrote yesterday that it was an option for the team to have second baseman Brian Roberts travel with them back to Baltimore and continue his rehab. It looks like that will be the plan, manager Buck Showalter said today. You can read more from Roberts here.

*Wei-Yin Chen threw from 120 feet today at Tropicana Field with pitching coach Rick Adair, who said later he thought the lefty threw the ball “really well”. It’s the fourth time Chen has picked up a ball since suffering a lefty oblique strain.

*Wilson Betemit (right knee injury) was also here from Sarasota –where the team’s spring facility is– and said he is hoping to return not long after the All-Star Break. Betemit has been running and will progress to field work next week. He admitted it’s been a little frustrating to go through such a long, tedious rehab process and at first was afraid how his knee would hold up when hitting, but was pleasantly surprised.

“I want to play, but they want me to move slowly because it’s better for me to get better and better,” Betemit said. “The first month it was really sore. When I started stretching my leg, it was really hard. But I feel much better right now the last couple of months.”

*As expected, reliever Pedro Strop is listed on the available chart for tonight’s game so he will come off the disabled list.

*Happy Birthday to Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland, who turned 24 today.

Here are your lineups…

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

Kevin Gausman RHP

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

Jeremy Hellickson RHP

1 Comment

Can someone please explain to me why every Oriole pitcher throws an 0-2 pitch anywhere close to the strike zone. I just dont get it! It happens constantly and they pay for it every time.

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