Orioles vs. Red Sox lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the Red Sox following Monday’s 2-1 series-opening win. In case you missed it, I wrote about today’s starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, yesterday and you can read more on him here.

*Johan Santana threw a bullpen session yesterday and manager Buck Showalter said he’s encouraged with the way the lefty has progressed. Santana threw all his pitches and is working as if he’s on a five-man rotation right now.

The Orioles would ideally like Santana to have a 10 mph difference between his fastball and off speed.

“He had one of the best changeups in baseball, but if his velocity is only 85, can he drop his changeup to 75?,” Showalter said. “I don’t know. And is 85 enough? I think the hitters are going to answer a lot of those questions.

“I know in my mind what I’d love to see on the gun in a perfect world. But all indications are so far, so good. He hasn’t had any setbacks.”

*Dylan Bundy threw 25 pitches today, all fastballs, off a regular mound. So thats progressing, too.

*Troy Patton has been throwing and is scheduled to be in an extended spring game on Monday.

*Nick Markakis continues to receive treatment on his neck, he came in during yesterday’s off day for it as well, but he’s in the lineup again. Asked if it bothered Markakis during Monday’s opener, Showalter said he wasn’t sure but the right fielder wouldn’t have told him even if it did.

*Jonathan Schoop has primarily taken infield at second base and the expectation is he will get the bulk of his playing time there, although he is also an option at third.

*Outfielder Francisco Peguero got the cast removed from his right wrist this afternoon and had no range of motion issues so he will begin a strengthening program soon.

Here are your lineups…

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

John Lackey RHP

Nick Markakis RF
David Lough LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz DH
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Steve Lombardozzi 2B

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP


Time to see how the trades worked out for us!

Hey Britt !!! What a Great Piece the O’s picked up in Steve Lombardozzi !!!
This is the YEAR … World Series here we come … Keep Up the Great Work
Britt !!

Thanks, Richard.

Hi Britt !
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…. Just a tad Chilly there in Motor City ? I hope you are Bundled Up and that we can Pull Something Good out of this Series !! Good to see JJ back in the Line-Up; NOW – if we can Straighten Out some of ALL those Foul Balls the Birds are Scattering into the Stands as Free Gifts to those Brave Enough to Challenge the Cold Weather … lol !! Norris is such a Good Pitcher; I Hope that he can get into form soon as we Need him to Shore Up our Starting Rotation !! Stay Warm my Friend and Keep Up the Great Job ( tho I know it’s a Love more than a Job for You ) and we will Look to Bring Home some WINS for the Local Fans @ Camden Yards !! Well, Chris Just snuck one thru the Infield in the Ninth !! Let;s GO Orioles !!! Going to be a ” BIG GAME ” Tomorrow going against Verlander !! Now Wouldn’t that be a Great Way to Leave the Motor City – by putting a ” Major Whoopin’ ” on Verlander !!
Thanks for Your Replies to my Posts Britt !! Have a Great Evening Britt !
PS: My Friends just call me – R.D.

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