Orioles Opening Day news & notes (updated with lineups)



(The Orioles players and staff will wear the bracelets above today in honor of public relations director Monica Barlow, who passed away this spring due to lung cancer. The other photo is from my spot in the press box at Camden Yards.)

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will open the season and take on the Boston Red Sox. The forecast is sunny all day– though it still feels freezing after spending six weeks in Sarasota–after a lot of rain over the weekend.

The 2014 marks my fifth season covering the Orioles for Orioles.com with daily notebooks, features and game stories on the website along with lineups, pre game notes and other in-game news/analysis available on this blog. Follow along on Facebook for more news/commentary and pictures and Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates. Looking forward to bringing you all the very best in Orioles coverage in 2014.

*Nick Markakis took batting practice and will play this afternoon. Markakis has been dealing with some neck spasms that started on the team flight to Norfolk on Saturday.

“I’ve been here long enough to know which injuries I can baby and which injuries I need to take care of,” Markakis said. “This is one that is kind of in between.”

Delmon Young will be designated hitter today with Jonathan Schoop starting at second and Ryan Flaherty at third base.

*Tommy Hunter has officially been named the team’s closer, with Showalter talking to the right-hander yesterday.

*The primary long man is expected to be Josh Stinson with lefties Zach Britton and Brian Matusz also capable of doing that job if needed.

*Manny Machado has not started running yet and said this morning the primary focus is on building back up strength in his calf and quadriceps. Machado will get his Gold Glove and Platinum Gold Glove today, and he’s expected to fly back to Sarasota to continue his rehab on Tuesday.

Daniel Nava RF
Dustin Pedroia 2
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Mike Carp LF
Grady Sizemore CF
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Will Middlebrooks 3B

Jon Lester LHP

Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz LF
Matt Wieters C
Delmon Young DH
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Chris Tillman RHP


Good Mornin’ Britt !!!
Congrats on your 5th year with Our Baltimore Orioles !!! Your Hard Work for the
team has paid off and the Kudos You Deserve are so Numerous that I can’t even
start to Name them All … You bring such an ENERGY to the Team and ALL of the
Players, Coaches, Admin., and of course to those of US that are Loyal Orioles Fans
and Followers. I have been an Oriole Fan since I was about 8 yrs. old !! I will be 60yrs. old in June !! Still a KID at HEART !! Monica will be sorely Missed on our
Team and I Know that You and the Entire Organization will be Peering around corners Looking for Monica this year … I am a Firm Believer that Her STRONG SPIRIT WILL BE LEADING THE CHEERS IN HEAVEN FOR OUR ORIOLES !!!
I Will be Following You all year long as I Know that; ” The Absolute BEST SOURCE
of the True Heartbeat of the BALTIMORE ORIOLES; ” comes from Your Intense Ability to Keep US, all up to Speed with the Who, What, Where, and When of the
Living in Oregon I Value that Immeasurably !! Sending Energy to You for this years
Journey with the Orioles Britt !!! Looking Forward to Hearing from You ( If you can
Find the Time ) as I want to become a Writer for the Orioles in some fashion in my
Later Years of Life … I am More or Less Semi-Retired due to some 28 surgeries to
this War Torn Body of Mine … LOL !! So, I have the Time Now to Dedicate to this.NEW ENDEAVOR That, has Always been a DREAM of MINE …

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