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Game 3 lineups

Greetings from Comerica Park, where downtown Detroit is jamming given the Lions 1 p.m. game and the Tigers-Orioles matchup slated for 3:45 p.m. The O’s are trying for their first playoff sweep since the 1971 ALCS (best of 5) against Oakland and will send Bud Norris to the mound opposite David Price. Rajai Davis, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, is not starting for Detroit but manager Brad Ausmus said he is eligible off the bench.

In case you missed it, I wrote about Orioles manager Buck Showalter yesterday, making all the right moves so far in this series. You can read more on that here.

Here are the lineups for Game 3….

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Delmon Young LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Hundley C
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Bud Norris RHP

TIGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez LF
Alex Avila C
Nick Castellanos 3B
Andrew Romine SS
Don Kelly CF

David Price LHP

ALDS Game 2

TIGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter CF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez LF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Alex Avila C
Andrew Romine SS
Rajai Davis CF

Justin Verlander RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Caleb Joseph C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

ALDS Game 1 lineups

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will host the Detroit Tigers for Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

*Wei-Yin Chen has officially been named the Game 2 starter and Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris are in the bullpen tonight in case they are needed. It’s basically all hands on deck in the postseason.

*Relievers T.J. McFarland and Brian Matusz, who were both left off the postseason roster, will stay with the team and be sitting out there in the bullpen. Evan Meek and Ryan Webb are down in Sarasota, Fla., along with Christian Walker, and Quintin Berry and Alexi Casilla will stay in Baltimore for Games 1 & 2 before heading down there. Joe Saunders went home to Virginia. All of these guys are still in play for the AL Championship series roster, should the O’s advance.

TIGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez LF
Alex Avila C
Nick Castellanos 3B
Andrew Romine SS
Rajai Davis CF

Max Scherzer RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

Orioles release roster

Per a team release, here is the Orioles ALDS roster.

INFIELDERS/OUTFIELDERS (12)
23 Cruz, Nelson
12 De Aza, Alejandro
3 Flaherty, Ryan
2 Hardy, J.J.
14 Johnson, Kelly
10 Jones, Adam
9 Lough, David
21 Markakis, Nick
38 Paredes, Jimmy
28 Pearce, Steve
6 Schoop, Jonathan
27 Young, Delmon

CATCHERS (2)
40 Hundley, Nick
36 Joseph, Caleb

PITCHERS (11)
35 Brach, Brad RHP
53 Britton, Zach LHP
16 Chen, Wei-Yin LHP
39 Gausman, Kevin RHP
50 Gonzalez, Miguel RHP
29 Hunter, Tommy RHP
31 Jimenez, Ubaldo RHP
48 Miller, Andrew LHP
25 Norris, Bud RHP
56 O’Day, Darren RHP
30 Tillman, Chris RHP

Orioles @ Yankees series finale- Jeter Day

Greetings from Yankee Stadium, where the Orioles and Yankees will (hopefully) get this game in despite the rainy forecast. It’s Derek Jeter’s final home game and both sides will wait it out as long as necessary to get this thing in. No one wants to come back for a makeup game on Monday.

As expected Steve Pearce has returned to the O’s lineup, after entering late in yesterday’s game.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Jimmy Paredes 3B

Kevin Gausman RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jose Pirela DH

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Orioles @ Yankees Game 3

*The Orioles announced two options for fans to purchase American League Division Series tickets (ALCS and World Series tickets will be made available for sale at a later date, as necessary) and here they are…

Option 1 – Guaranteed ALDS tickets
Fans are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase Postseason tickets by placing a minimum $250 per seat deposit on a 2015 Full or Partial Season Ticket Plan, including the popular and convenient 13-game plan. Fans who place a deposit by midnight tonight will be guaranteed the chance to buy Game 1 of the American League Division Series, and other future Postseason games, via an exclusive online-only pre-sale on Thursday, September 25 at 10 a.m. Beginning Thursday, 2015 deposits will no longer guarantee fans an opportunity to participate in the ALDS pre-sale.

Option 2 – No Guarantee
A public sale for American League Division Series tickets will take place on Monday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. exclusively online at http://www.orioles.com/postseason. Ticket availability is expected to be extremely limited, and tickets – which will be primarily scattered single seats, limited view seating, and standing room only – will sell out quickly. A maximum of six tickets per ALDS game may be purchased.

*Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he’s still undecided about Sunday’s regular season finale starter, but he is leaning toward Ubaldo Jimenez. The O’s are also leaning toward 11 pitchers in the postseason but that’s still TBD. A lot of their roster decisions will depend on who they play, which includes the ALDS rotation after Game 1 starter Chris Tillman.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
David Lough LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Clevenger 1B
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Kelly Johnson 2B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Caleb Joseph C

Bud Norris RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter DH
Chase Headley 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young LF
Antoan Richardson RF
Brendan Ryan SS

Shane Greene RHP

Tillman officially Game 1 starter

NEW YORK—Chris Tillman started the Orioles season. And now the 26-year-old, a large part of the American League East Champions success, will get the chance to usher them into the playoffs.

Manager Buck Showalter officially named Tillman his Game 1 starter for the ALDS, an announcement that was a foregone conclusion given how the right-hander has become the rock of the O’s rotation.

Tillman is 13-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 33 starts this year. The way the O’s rotation is set up, it would seem like lefty Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez would be in line for Games 2 and 3, though Showalter said they will likely wait to announce the rest of the rotation until they know their opponent.

Orioles @ Yankees Game 2

Greetings from Yankee Stadium, where the Orioles will take on the Yankees for the second of the four game set. In case you missed it, the O’s released their spring training schedule earlier today and you can view the whole schedule here.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Kelly Johnson 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Ryan Flaherty 1B
Nick Hundley C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jose Pirela DH

Brandon McCarthy RHP

Orioles @ Yankees Game 1

*Greetings from Yankee Stadium, where the Orioles will take on the Yankees for Game 1 of a three-game set in the Bronx.

*Nick Markakis is back in the lineup for the first time since Tuesday while Adam Jones –who had two of the previous three games off- also returns. Steve Pearce, wearing a brace on his right wrist, is hoping to play on Wednesday. Pearce was a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup with right wrist soreness and said Monday morning was the first time he woke up with no discomfort. The O’s are playing it safe given that they have a postseason spot already.

*Ubaldo Jimenez will get another start in tomorrow’s game, with Bud Norris and Kevin Gausman after that.

*Manager Buck Showalter will give reporters the AL Division series rotation in the next few days and he confirmed today that the club will go with four pitchers and will not pitch anyone on short rest.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Christian Walker 1B
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Caleb Joseph C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Chris Young LF
Chase Headley 3B
Francisco Cervelli 1B
Stephen Drew 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jose Pirela DH

Michael Pineda RHP

Orioles regular-season home finale

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the O’s will close out their regular season in Baltimore with the series finale against Boston.

Nick Markakis remains out of the lineup and hasn’t played since Tuesday’s clincher. Markakis was struck by a pitch in the right shoulder by Toronto’s Aaron Loup and had an X-Ray on the area last week that didn’t reveal any structural damage. But the team is being cautious given that they already have locked up a postseason spot and Markakis has been considered day-to-day.

Nelson Cruz was named this year’s Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award by members of the local media. He will be recognized for his accomplishments in an on-field ceremony prior to today’s game. Cruz is enjoying a career year and enters the day with 39 home runs. Adam Jones got several first-place votes and received second place while closer Zach Britton got third. Others receiving votes: Wei-Yin Chen, J.J. Hardy, Nick Markakis, Darren O’Day, Steve Pearce and Chris Tillman.

RED SOX LINEUP
Mookie Betts 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Daniel Nava 1B
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Rusney Castillo CF
Garin Cecchini DH
Davis Ross C
Bryce Brentz RF

Joe Kelly RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Alejandro De Aza LF
David Lough CF
Delmon Young RF
Nelson Cruz DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Christian Walker 1B
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Caleb Joseph C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

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