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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

On the farm: Britton outduels Drabek

Double-A Bowie’s Zach Britton allowed just one run – a homer – off  five hits over six innings in Friday’s 5-1 win over New Hampshire. Britton outshined mound counterpart and highly touted right-hander Kyle Drabek, who currently leads the Eastern League with 48 strikeouts.
Britton improved to 3-3 on the year, lowering his ERA to 3.88 in the process.

One of the Orioles top pitching prospects, Britton has made improving his changeup a focal point of this season. The lefty has said previously that using the pitch with more frequency, and inducing a higher rate of ground balls  on his sinker are two components that will be key in having success at the higher levels.

“My changeup has come a long way,” Britton said in a press release. “Me and [pitching coach Pitching Coach Kennie Steenstra], we try to break it down like with my slider, when I had it in Delmarva, it was one of those pitchers where I’d throw a good one and I couldn’t repeat throwing it for a strike.  Now, I can throw it for a strike pretty much when I want to.  So, the changeup’s starting to get to that place where I’m throwing it for strikes, but I’m not repeating it every time I throw it.”

“Once I mix in those three pitches, I think I’m gonna be fine.  The ERA is a little bit higher than where I want it to be, but I think I’m throwing the ball pretty well.”

The Baysox lit up Drabek for a season-high 10 hits, holding him to just three strikeouts, which was his lowest total since April 9.

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