Enjoy this picture of Manny Machado holding a bat from yesterday's game against the Blue Jays.
Tonight's spring training contest between the Orioles and Yankees doesn't seem to be on television in the Baltimore area, though it will be on WBAL. The O's website says it's also on MLB.TV, so presumably you can get a Yankees broadcast if you want, although I can't fathom why you would inflict that upon yourself. Anyway, Bird Droppings has over a thousand comments, so let's talk about the game somewhere else.
Yesterday's game against Toronto featured something like zero regular position players. Today's lineup is a lot more representative of something we might see in the regular season: Reimold, Johnson (DH), Markakis, Jones, Wieters, Reynolds, Davis, Andino (SS), Flaherty (2B). The starting pitcher is Jason Hammel.
According to Roch Kubatko, J.J. Hardy received a cortisone injection in his shoulder due to "lingering discomfort" on Tuesday and he is sitting out tonight as a precaution. He says if it was the regular season he would be playing for sure, but since it's spring he might as well take time out. Endy Chavez is still out of the lineup, having been day-to-day with a groin injury for at least a week.
The Yankees are also playing some guys who I hate by virtue of their being on the Yankees: Jeter, Granderson (DH), Rodriguez, Teixeira, Ibanez (LF), Jones (RF), Gardner (CF), Nunez (2B), Cervelli. Their pitcher is David Phelps. I had no idea who that was so I looked at his Baseball Reference page. Turns out he was a 14th round pick from Notre Dame in the 2008 draft. (The Orioles selected Jesse Beal in that round.) He is 25 and in four minor league seasons, about 500 IP in all, he's put up a 2.61 ERA. Not a bad show.
The O's are 10-11-5 this spring with four games remaining, including tonight. This fact matters very little but it is still true.