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Os/Red Sox lineups and pregame tidbits

*Blogged it last night, but it’s worth a re-mention to note that Nick Markakis is one of just three players in baseball history to post four consecutive seasons of least 43 doubles .Markakis doubled twice last night to accomplish the feat.
*Julio Lugo is back with the team after he was diagnosed with a pinched partial nerve in his head that had been giving him reoccurring headaches. Lugo is available tonight if needed, although manager Buck Showalter said they will make sure he’s OK physically from the layoff first.
*The Orioles rotation is “day-to-day” for the Toronto series although Jeremy Guthrie figures to get one of those starts. The O’s want to give Rick VandenHurk a start but are running out of opportunities to do so.
 

ORIOLES LINEUP:

Brian Roberts  2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Robert Andino 3B
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Brad Bergesen

RED SOX LINEUP:

Marco Scutaro 2B
JD Drew RF
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jed Lowrie SS
Ryan Kalish CF
Daniel Nava LF
Lars Anderson 1B

RHP Clay Buchholz

Orioles/Red Sox lineups and pregame tidbits

*Jake Arrieta may avoid surgery after all.

*Julio Lugo has been cleared to return to baseball activities
and will rejoin the team for Tuesday’s game in Boston. He was given the green light today after being examined in Baltimore.

*Kevin Millwood will start Wednesday’s game with Jeremy
Guthrie tentatively scheduled for Friday’s opener in Toronto. That would leave
Rick VandenHurk as the likely choice for Saturday’s game with Chris Tillman
moving back to Sunday. But nothing is final for the Blue Jays series.


ORIOLES LINEUP:

Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B

LHP Brian Matusz

RED SOX LINEUP:
Marco Scutaro 2B
Darnell Mcdonald RF
Victor Martinez 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mike Lowell DH
Jed Lowrie SS
Bill Hall LF
Jason Varitek C
 Ryan Kalish CF

RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka

Os/Jays lineups and pregame tidbits

*Touted prospect Kyle Drabek will make his Major League debut tonight as the Orioles go for the sweep…

*Brian Roberts is back in the lineup after taking a day to rest his right knee, which was struck by a pitch in his eighth inning at-bat on Monday night. Luke Scott is at first so just manager Buck Showalter can get another look at him there, and have Corey Patterson in the lineup.

*Jake Arrieta will throw a bullpen on Saturday and depending on how that goes, could make his next start in Boston. The original thought was he would be shut down after last night’s start, but the Orioles want him to pitch in Fenway Park, since he has yet to do that. Actually, technically he has pitched at Fenway, facing Pawtucket while with Triple-A Norfolk. But, you get the gist.

*Brian Matusz felt good playing some long toss with Jeremy Guthrie today and said he’s on track to make his next start, which would be Monday at Boston. Matusz took yesterday off after leaving Monday’s start with a left triceps contusion.

*Julio Lugo, who is suffering from sinus isuses and headaches, will see an ENT on Friday afternoon and won’t be available for the week. Lugo and the Orioles hope to know more after that appointment.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Luke Scott 1B
Felix Pie LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt WIeters C
Corey Patterson DH
Cesar Izturis SS

Brad Bergesen RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP
DeWayne Wise RF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista 3B
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Adam Lind DH
John Buck C
Travis Snider LF

RHP Kyle Drabek

Down on the farm

Nolan Reimold is starting at first base tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. He has a five-game hitting streak, and is heating up as of late. Still, I’m told his strikeouts are still a concern within the organization.

Robert Andino
has been playing second base exclusively at the Orioles request, which is an interesting move. He’s not on the team’s 40-man roster, but getting Andino some work at second could signify a number of things.

Could the Orioles DFA Julio Lugo? More likely they’d try to deal him, since Lugo’s had a nice few games on the West Coast and has been mentioned (along with Cesar Izturis) in various trade rumors. Could it spell the end of Ty Wigginton, another trade chip ? I don’t know. It could be as simple as them wanting him to be more versatile. Still, it’s an interesting situation to keep tabs on as trade talks start to heat up. FYI, the deadline is July 31.  

No Moore?

Scott Moore rolled his right ankle while trying to field a ball during batting practice, as he stepped on another ball. He limped gingerly off the field and was helped by the athletic training staff. Moore was in today’s starting lineup, but Julio Lugo will take over at second base now.

Albers stating his case?

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Brad Bergesen will be activated to start Saturday’s game, meaning reliever Matt Albers’ days could be numbered. In 13 games, Albers has pitched his way to a 6.75 ERA –the worst mark of any active Orioles reliever – but he has strung together some solid outings as of late.

Albers tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two games against the Yankees and retired all three batters he faced in Friday’s win.

Albers who is out of options, knows the situation and said he’s not going out on the mound with the mindset that he has something to prove.
 
 “I just go out there and try to be successful and help the team win,” Albers said. “That’s really the approach I have to take, instead of trying to worry about what other people think. Obviously if I go out there and I pitch well, that obviously looks good.”

Manager Dave Trembley said Albers’ ball has more sink to it and his improved command has helped get him back on track. Albers suffered both losses in Boston last weekend, allowing four earned runs and recording just one out in that stretch.

“I almost tried to do too much, instead of just making my pitches and let my ball sink a little bit,” Albers said of his past struggles.

He has also talked with pitching coach Rick Kranitz about relying more on his breaking balls early in the count, which has helped keep hitters off balance and led to improved control.

“He wants the ball and he threw a sinker tonight with the exception of the 3-1 pitch to [Darnell] McDonald that was foul, he had movement,” Trembley said.

“And his command has been better. A lot less three-ball counts, a lot more strike ones.”

Has the team seen enough out of Albers to keep him and get rid of someone else? Reliever Cla Meredith would likely be the next to go, since he’s been used solely in one-out situations and still has options remaining. The team could also opt to take a position player off the 25-man roster, such as Julio Lugol, but given the Orioles’ limited depth that’s a long shot.

The decision will be made soon enough, seeing as though Bergesen will be activated for Saturday’s game.

Where did the bats go?

With second baseman Brian Roberts and closer Mike
Gonzalez
both absent from Saturday’s game, the Orioles’ lagging offense was
thrust into the spotlight.And the result wasn’t pretty, as the bats continued to
scuffle, mustering five hits against Toronto’s fifth starter Dana Eveland in a
3-0 loss.

The Orioles had a
baserunner on each of the first five innings, but came up short of home plate.
The team’s 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position marker dropped their season
total to 8-for-46 through the first four games. Julio Lugo, filling in for Roberts, was the lone Oriole
to record a multi-hit night.

So what was going on?

 He
pitched to the corners, he changed speeds, up, down, in and out, and if you go
back and watch the game, I guarantee you that you’re not going to see too many
pitches over the heart of the plate,” Ty Wigginton said of Eveland. “Any time a
pitcher does that, they’re going to be successful.”

 

Eveland, who won a spot in Toronto’s rotation on the final
day of Spring Training, yielded five hits over 7 1/3 innings, walking two and
picking up a pair of strikeouts.

“I just had a good changeup,” Eveland said.  “It was down in the zone
and had a little sink to it and they were just beating it into the ground or
popping it up. I got a lot of soft contact on it, so that was real nice.”

The lefty has owned
the Orioles’ hitters, pitching 14 1/3 scoreless innings in his career against
Baltimore.

“When you have a team that is chasing a pitch, you just
try to keep going with it until they show you that they can make the
adjustment,” Toronto’s catcher Jose Molina said. “[Saturday night], the Orioles
didn’t make that adjustment on him and that’s why we took advantage of it.”

“When Molina’s catching he’s one of those catchers to where
he’s unpredictable,” Adam Jones said.  “He
calls a good game that’s why he’s been around again.”

“Eveland has pitched well against us,” manager Dave Trembley said.
“Changed speeds, kept the balldown, very few pitches up out over the plate.
Some good at bats up by [Nick] Markakis, some pitches just missed. You tip your
cap. He was on his game and pitched very, very, very well.”

The Orioles are hitting .237 as a team and have scored 17 runs in five games. Three of their four loses are by one run. Yes, Gonzalez deserves some of the blame. But the bats do as well.

“When they fell behind by a couple runs, they started
getting real aggressive, trying to get that first-pitch heater,” Eveland said.  “I started
flipping some changeups in there early. In the seventh inning, I threw five
pitches or something like that and four of them were changeups. They were
getting aggressive, so I slowed them down a little bit and let them hit it off
the end of the bat.”

B-Rob exits

 Orioles second
baseman Brian Roberts exited Friday’s home opener prior to the second inning
with a strained abdominal muscle.

Roberts walked to open the game and after sliding headfirst
into second base, he rubbed his stomach region and appeared to be in pain.  Television cameras showed Roberts consulting with a member of the team’s athletic training staff inside the tunnel leading to the home dugout. The Orioles leadoff hitter, Roberts was
starting in his fourth straight game despite being slowed this spring with a
herniated disc in his lower back.

He snapped an 0-for-10 skid with two hits last night, picking
up his first stolen base in the Orioles’ 5-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Utility man Julio Lugo replaced by Roberts.

Game 2 Orioles-Rays

Nolan Reimold’s
in the lineup, because Felix Pie has a little rotator cuff strain suffered when he threw to home in Tuesday’s loss. Pie stayed in the game, but said he felt a sharp pain in his arm, which is why he jumped up in the air following the throw. I thought he was angry the throw bounced over catcher Matt Wieters’ shoulder. Guess not.

Pie doesn’t know how long he will be out but said he felt better already this morning compared to last night.

Meanwhile Reimold will get the start a day earlier than expected. He told me he’s not worried about running on the Rays turf, since he did it last season when his Achilles was bothering him.

*Also, in case you missed it, I talked to Robert Andino about clearing waivers
this afternoon.  President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Andino will get the bulk of playing time at shortstop in Triple-A Norfolk.

*Mike Gonzalez was the first guy in Dave Trembley’s office this morning and told the Orioles manager he wants the ball tonight. We’ll see what happens. Close friend Rafael Soriano (who got the win for the Rays) texted Gonzalez words of encouragement following an ugly blown save.

*Brad Bergesen and David Hernandez Friday and Saturday’s starters in Baltimore, boarded a 6 p.m. flight earlier tonight to go back to Birdland. They’ll get a chance to settle in and prep for their starts. Hernandez threw a bullpen yesterday and told me he’s pretty excited. 

*New Oriole Julio Lugo was coloring in the white parts of his cleats with an orange permanent marker pregame. He’s still waiting to get his Orioles spikes, but this way he fits in.

Check back here and on Twitter for any and all pregame notes as the O’s try to put last night’s painful loss behind them…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Brian Roberts, 2B
Adam Jones, CF
Nick Markakis, RF
Miguel Tejada, 3B
Luke Scott, DH
Matt Wieters, C
Nolan Reimold, LF
Garrett Atkins, 1B
Cesar Izturis, SS
Jeremy Guthrie, SP

RAYS LINEUP

Jason Bartlett, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Ben Zobrist, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
BJ Upton CF
Pat Burrell DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Reid Brignac 2B
Matt Garza, SP

Pregame Yanks/Orioles

Kam Mickolio said
he felt 100 percent normal following a 25-pitch bullpen session on Thursday
morning. He’s been slowed by a sore groin and yesterday was the first time he’s
been up on the mound in nearly a week. Mickolio will throw in an intrasquad
game -along with Brad Bergesen – on Easter
Sunday. The facility is closed to the media that day, but there will be plenty
of news on Orioles.com, given that the team must announce their 25-man roster.

In speaking to Mickolio, you get the sense that he’s figured
out he won’t be on the team’s Opening Day roster. He didn’t throw all that
well, and this recent setback hasn’t made things any easier. Still, it’s a long
season and I don’t doubt he will be with Baltimore at some point.

Manager Dave Trembley
will give the Orioles an extra hour of sleep tomorrow and will address the
players around 10:30 a.m. ET to go over the schedule these next few weeks. 

He also elaborated a little bit more about the Julio Lugo situation, saying he would
use Lugo to add some middle infield depth and right now, he didn’t see him
playing anywhere but second and shortstop. Trembley acknowledged there will be
times he will have to tell -not ask — Brian
Roberts
to take a day off. Roberts played three straights days this past
week, but according to Trembley, he was pretty wiped after that. Considering
how quickly he’s progressed and how badly Roberts wants to get back to full
speed, I’m not surprised it will be a battle to keep Roberts out of the lineup,
even if it’s only for a day here and there.

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