Orioles @ Giants lineups & pregame notes (updated)
Greetings from AT&T Park, one of my all-time favorite stadiums. The O’s are on the second leg of a three-city, West Coast trip and will play three games against the Giants before heading to Arizona.
The Orioles are fresh off a two-game sweep in San Diego, and a lot of guys were out early for batting practice coming off of Thursday’s off day.
*Jason Hammel (right flexor mass tightness) received a Cortisone injection today after Dr. James Andrews reviewed his MRI results and he will definitely not be eligible to come off the disabled list when eligible on the 13th. Hammel tried to throw earlier this week and still felt some discomfort and things have been moving slower than hoped, although the team remains hopeful that he will return to pitch this season given that there’s no structural damage in the area.
*I’ve been asked a bunch of times about Mark Reynolds and if the Orioles have interest. They do, but right now Reynolds is still the Indians property. As part of being designated for assignment, Cleveland owns his contract and –while it’s unlikely they find a trade partner given his salary and recent performance– it’s out of the O’s hands right now. It’s a much more likely scenario that Baltimore would take a flier on Reynolds as a low-risk signing if he gets released, meaning they are off the hook for his money.
*The Orioles rotation going forward is Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and Scott Feldman. Tuesday’s start is to be determined with Chris Tillman, who pitches tonight, going again on Wednesday.
Some good stuff from the O’s game notes today…
*Chris Tillman is going for his eighth road win tonight. Since the start of the 2000 season, only four Orioles pitchers have recorded eight or more road wins in a season Erik Bedard, Daniel Cabrera, Rodrigo Lopez, and Sidney Ponson. With a win tonight, Tillman would be come the 29th Orioles pitcher to record a 15-win season and first since Bedard in 2006. Jim Palmer holds the franchise record with 12 seasons or 15 or more wins.
*In his last 11 starts since June 4, Tillman is 10-1 with a 3.54 ERA and eight quality starts. According to Elias, the last Orioles starter to win 10 times in a span of 11 starts was Mike Boddicker from April 14-June 20, 1986. Steve Stone (1980), Palmer (1973), Pat Dobson (1971) and Mike Cuellar (1969 and 1971) also did it. With a win tonight, Tillman would be the first Orioles starter to win 11 times in a 12-start span since Stone won 11 times from June 30-Aug. 23, 1980.
*J.J. Hardy has 19 homers this season and is one shy of his third straight 20-plus homer campaign for the Orioles. According to STATS, Hardy would be the third Orioles shortstop with three consecutive 20-plus homer seasons, joining Miguel Tejada (2004-06) and Cal Ripken Jr. (10 straight from 1982-91). Hardy’s 71 home runs since 2011 are the most among Major League shortstops.
Marco Scutaro 2B
Brandon Crawford SS
Brandon Belt 1B
Buster Posey C
Hunter Pence RF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Roger Kieschnnick LF
Gregor Blanco CF
Ryan Vogelsong RHP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Brian Roberts 2B
Chris Tillman RHP