Orioles at Red Sox Game 1 (lineups and Machado update)
Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Orioles will take on the Red Sox for a four-game wraparound series that ends with Monday’s Patriots Day game, which coincides with the one-year anniversary of the tragic Boston Marathon attacks.
*Manny Machado ran the bases again today and slid and will play in his first extended spring game, five innings at third base, on Saturday. There are no extended games on Sunday but manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles would create a game if necessary –joking he’d go down and pitch– with Machado playing in at least two or three games before heading out on a rehab assignment.
Asked if Machado could go on rehab when the team goes to Toronto on Tuesday, Showalter said that may be pushing it although they will rely on Machado and how he feels. It looks like it’s pretty likely to happen at some point next week and the 20-day rehab limit is something the Os are hoping they don’t need to use. Machado has been doing baseball activities for months and already has around 20 at-bats, according to Showalter. He will be watched by director of player development Brian Graham and minor league infield instructor Dave Anderson and vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson will accompany Machado when he goes out on an assignment to one of the affiliates.
*Michael Almanzar played nine innings today in extended spring with no problems while Luis Ayala is slated to throw live batting practice on Saturday.
*Dylan Bundy had a 40-pitch side today, throwing just fastballs and change ups.
*Edgmer Escalona threw from 90 feet 25 times today. Francisco Peguero (wrist) took 25 dry swings and 25 off the tee as he continues to progress.
*Nolan Reimold, who was cleared for baseball activities yesterday, had 25 swings off the tee and played light toss.
*The pitching match-ups are as follows: Chris Tillman vs. John Lackey, Bud Noris vs. Felix Doubront, Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Jake Peavy and Wei-Yin Chen vs. Clay Buchholz.
*The Orioles starting rotation has pitched to a 1.71 ERA in the past five games, the best mark in the AL over that stretch.
*Baltimore is 33-25 over Boston since the start of the 2011 season. The 33 wins are the most by an AL East club over that stretch. Since the David Ortiz-Kevin Gregg brawl the Os are 15-9 at Fenway Park.
Nick Markakis RF
Delmon Young LF
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Jonathan Schoop 3B
Chris Tillman RHP
RED SOX LINEUP
Grady Sizemore LF
Daniel Nava Nava RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mike Napoli DH
Mike Carp 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt 3B
John Lackey RHP