Orioles @ Rays lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Tropicana Field, where the Orioles will face lefty Enny Romero in his Major League debut. Romero was recalled last night and will take the rotation turn of Jeremy Hellickson, who had to pitch in the marathon 18-inning game on Friday night.

*The Orioles have tentatively set their rotation for the rest of the regular season, with Chris Tillman, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez following Wei-Yin Chen and pitching at home versus Toronto.

Tillman tweaked his ankle covering third base in his last game in Boston, but threw a side session today and is on track to start Tuesday. Tillman is closing in on 200 innings, which he could hit in his next game, and there’s no guarantee he pitches the final regular-season game next Sunday if the Orioles are out of postseason contention.  Manager Buck Showalter said it could be someone the organization wants to take a look at instead, such as Tsuyoshi Wada. Scott Feldman and Wei-Yin Chen are down to pitch the first two games of that Boston series.

Norris, who has been moved to the bullpen and continues to get treatment on his right elbow, could be replaced by Jason Hammel if he’s not deemed good to go for this Wednesday’s game. Again, some of that could depend on where the Orioles are in the standings.

*Rays third baseman Evan Longoria –dealing with flu-like symptoms– was a late scratch from Tampa Bay’s lineup, with Kelly Johnson filling in at third base.


Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Danny Valencia DH
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Michael Morse LF
Brian Roberts 2B

Scott Feldman RHP


David DeJesus LF
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce DH
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Jose Lobaton C
Yunel Escobar SS

Enny Romero LHP

1 Comment

We are out of the playoffs!!! Ougt now play Rookies so as to better judge what the O’s need next year. We definitely need a right fielder who can hit for power,knows how to sacrifice,steal a base and do many of the things Markaikis can’t or won’t do!! However,he is a good defensive player but he is being paid too much for just that. We also need pitchers that can go more than 5/6 innings and maybe a more reliable relief pitcher than JJ

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