There are several things to look forward to tonight. For one, the weather is beautiful! Since I'll be at the game tonight, that is good news indeed. For another, J.J. Hardy is back in the lineup, and David Lough will be manning left field (though he doesn't seem to be fully recovered from his concussion symptoms, which is alarming). Of course, that means Nelson Cruz is at DH instead of Delmon Young, who has been hitting. So we'll see if the trade off ends up being worth it. The bad news is that Matt Wieters, hitting machine, is out of the lineup.
I'm relying on Bud Norris to improve from his first start of the year, and the good news is that it'd be tough for him to be worse. No, Bud, that is NOT a challenge! As you can see below, six of the Blue Jays playing tonight are lefties or switch hitters, and two of the three righties are Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, so Bud will have his work cut out for him.
Let's go O's!
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Nick Markakis (L) RF||Melky Cabrera (S) LF|
|Nelson Cruz (R) DH||Maicer Izturis (S) 2B|
|Chris Davis (L) 1B||Jose Bautista (R) RF|
|Adam Jones (R) CF||Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B|
|Steve Clevenger (L) C||Adam Lind (L) DH|
|J.J. Hardy (R) SS||Dioner Navarro (S) C|
|Steve Lombardozzi (S) 2B||Colby Rasmus (L) CF|
|David Lough (L) LF||Brett Lawrie (R) 3B|
|Jonathan Schoop (R) 3B||Ryan Goins (L) SS|
|Bud Norris - RHP||Drew Hutchison - RHP|