Orioles vs. Blue Jays, Schoop debut (updated)
Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles –eliminated from postseason contention last night– have a different lineup for tonight’s game. Jonathan Schoop will be making his Major League debut with Jason Pridie joining the club and placing in place of Adam Jones, who has started every game this year and played all 162 in 2012.
The last time Jones didn’t start for Baltimore? September 25, 2011, which is a span of 311 consecutive games.
*T.J. McFarland will leave the team tomorrow but return before the game to tend to a personal matter. McFarland will also play winter ball for Venezuela to catch up on his innings, manager Buck Showalter said.
*Chris Dickerson had an MRI on his right hamstring today, which has been bothering him for a while, and was part of the reason the club added Pridie. They created a 40-man roster spot by putting Manny Machado on the 60-day DL.
*Chris Tillman could make his final start on Sunday, the club is still mulling things over, and Showalter said he will rely partly on input from Tillman. The Orioles will try to present the most competitive front possible this weekend, with the Red Sox competing with the A’s for the best record. Showalter said Tsuyoshi Wada is probably not an option to pitch that game if Tillman doesn’t.
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Chris Davis DH
Steve Pearce 1B
Jason Pridie CF
Steve Clevenger C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Bud Norris RHP