Thursday night sports open thread - Orioles @ Pirates spring, March Madness Day 1

It's Day One of March Madness, and the Orioles are playing a Grapefruit League game at night to boot, though it's only on Pittsburgh radio. Is your billion dollar bracket still alive?

Can you even call it a baseball game when Alexi Casilla is the leadoff batter? That's what you get in a road game in the waning days of the Grapefruit League. The game will not be televised and will not be on the radio in Baltimore. If you've paid up like good little boys and girls, you can listen to the Pittsburgh radio broadcast, but that's it.

A few of the players in the game, like Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz, are expected regulars who are just getting their at-bats in. Jonathan Schoop is looking to keep pressing his case to be the Opening Day second baseman. One game's performance probably won't move the needle much one way or another in that department, but it'd be fun if he hits like three home runs before being lifted for somebody like Buck Britton in the seventh inning.

Maybe you'll be watching basketball instead. I heard there's a big tournament going on. Is your billion-dollar bracket still intact? Do you have any big hopes for an upset in the night games? Big regrets from the early games?

If we're lucky, we might even hear good news about Manny Machado's knee while all of this is going on tonight.


Lineup

BALTIMORE ORIOLES PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Alexi Casilla - SS Starling Marte - LF
Nolan Reimold - DH Andrew Lambo - DH
Adam Jones - CF Andrew McCutchen - CF
Nelson Cruz - RF Pedro Alvarez - 3B
Steve Pearce - 1B Russell Martin - C
Delmon Young - LF Neil Walker - 2B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Gaby Sanchez - 1B
Caleb Joseph - C Jose Tabata - RF
Michael Almanzar - 3B Jordy Mercer - SS
Bud Norris - RHP Francisco Liriano - LHP

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