Orioles @ Indians lineups and pregame notes
Greetings from Cleveland, where the Orioles will try to follow up yesterday’s 7-3 sweep-avoiding win in New York. They’ve got three against the Indians to cap a three-city, nine-game roadtrip.
Here are your pregame notes..
*The Orioles have recalled lefty Zach Britton from Triple-A Norfolk and he will provide some length out of the bullpen. Britton found out about the promotion yesterday and arrived this morning in Cleveland. Coming off his best start of the season, Britton said he worked with pitching coach Mike Griffin on getting back to his old delivery, finding old You Tube footage from Double-A Bowie in 2010 and the pair tried to mimic that in every bullpen session.
Britton joins catchers Chris Snyder and Steve Clevenger as new additions with the roster expansion and he could be a starting option moving forward.
*Orioles manager Buck Showalter could also give rookie Kevin Gausman a start soon. Gausman, who tossed two scoreless innings for a back-to-back outing in relief on Sunday, could pitch through the end of October as a starter and be OK innings-wise. The question now becomes what’s best for the team? Gausman has pitched well out of the ‘pen, but with some recent shaky starts and a September with no off days, Showalter could give the young righty a start down the stretch.
*Ryan Flaherty, who was optioned to the Minor Leagues last week, is expected to rejoin the team for tomorrow’s game in Cleveland. Flaherty is currently with Class-A Frederick and their season ends today so he’s eligible for roster expansion.
*Matchups for the final two games of the series are RHP Chris Tillman vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez and RHP Miguel Gonzalez vs. RHP Zach McAllister.
*Some good stuff in the Orioles pregame notes for today…
Designated hitter Danny Valencia has recorded six straight multi-hit games dating back to Aug. 4, batting .591 (14-for-22) with four doubles, two homers, five RBIs and four runs scored over that stretch. The last Oriole to post seven straight multi-hit games? Vladimir Guerrero from May 14-21, 2011.
J.J. Hardy –who homered yesterday– is one homer shy of becoming the fourth active player and ninth player since 1901 to record three or more seasons of 25-plus homers as a shortstop. He would join Alex Rodriguez (seven), Miguel Tejada (six) and Troy Tulowitzki (three). The five retired shortstops with three or more 25-plus home run seasons are Cal Ripken Jr. (eight), Ernie Banks (seven), Nomar Garciaparra (four), Jose Valentin (three) and Vern Stephens (three).
Hardy is the third Oriole shortstop with three consecutive 20-plus homer seasons.
Here are your lineups as Bud Norris faces the Indians for the first time in his career…
Brian Roberts DH
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Alexi Casilla 2B
Bud Norris RHP
Michael Bourn CF
Nick Swisher 1B
Jason Kipnis 2B
Carlos Santana C
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Jason Giambi DH
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Drew Stuffs RF
Justin Masterson RHP