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Gameday Thread: O's (6-1) @ Rangers (3-4)

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GAME HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN -- DOUBLE-HEADER TOMORROW STARTING AT 5 EASTERN. LET'S PLAY TWO!

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Steve Trachsel, RH (1-0, 3.18/1.06) v. Kason Gabbard, LH (1-0, 0.00/1.29)

Kason Gabbard's kickass party photo courtesy of Sons of Sam Horn.

Game time is 8:05 on MASN2. I'll have to watch tonight on the Rangers side.

Kason Gabbard is a former Red Sock who was sent to Texas in the ill-fated Eric Gagne deal. Well, I guess not too ill-fated since the Sox won the World Series anyway. He's a control guy with a sinker. Also, he fuckin' loves to party, bro.

Steve Trachsel takes 723 years to complete five innings. I'm not arguing with his results in the first start, but the man is deadly boring to watch. Go get 'em, Steve.

Ph_150421_mediumORIOLES STARTING LINEUP

  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Melvin Mora, 3B
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Kevin Millar, 1B
  5. Aubrey Huff, DH
  6. Jay Payton, LF
  7. Ramon Hernandez, C (.130/.154/.261)
    Adam Jones, CF
  8. Luis Hernandez, SS

Ph_276545_mediumRANGERS STARTING LINEUP

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Michael Young, SS (.207/.281/.345)
    Josh Hamilton, CF
  3. Milton Bradley, DH
  4. Hank Blalock, 3B
  5. Frank Catalanotto, LF
  6. David Murphy, RF
  7. Gerald Laird, C
  8. Ben Broussard, 1B

FUN STATS

  • In three starts at The Ballpark, Trachsel has a 7.63 ERA with four homers allowed in 15 1/3.
  • Ben Broussard is an average player, but an Oriole killer. In 73 career at-bats against the Birds, Big Ben hits .370/.410/.562.
  • Hank Blalock is an average player, but his home-road splits are pretty infamous. At The Ballpark, he hits .303/.372/.524. Away, he bats just .244/.302/.399. Home? The old George Brett comparisons aren't so crazy. Away? Neifi Perez comparisons.
  • The most significant Texas contribution to Orioles history is Frank Robinson, born in Beaumont, also the birthplace of the great George Jones. Not a stat, I know. Who cares?