If you're seeing this gamethread, it means it's already 12:30, and the game starts in half an hour. Did you set your clocks forward?
Lineups, courtesy Britt's Bird Watch:
|ORIOLES LINEUP||PHILLIES LINEUP|
|Cesar Izturis SS||Jimmy Rollins SS|
|Adam Jones CF||Placido Polanco 3B|
|Nick Markakis RF||Chase Utley DH|
|Miguel Tejada 3B||Ryan Howard 1B|
|Garrett Atkins 1B||Jayson Werth RF|
|Nolan Reimold LF||Raul Ibanez LF|
|Josh Bell DH||Shane Victorino CF|
|Chad Moeller C||Juan Castro 2B|
|Robert Andino 2B||Dane Sardinha C|
Hey look, Izzy is batting leadoff. Woo-hoo!
Brian Matusz gets the call for the Birds. Last Monday he gave up 2 runs in 2-2/3 IP, but fanned 6 Twins along the way. He'll be opposed by Kyle Kendrick for the Phils.
There's also a "B" game in in Pirate CIty (closed to the public) which will be started by Jake Arrieta. Trembley is attending that one, so it'll be fun to see who manages the A squad today. My money is on Kevin Millar.
Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring; besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls. It's more democratic....And don't hold the ball so hard, OK? It's an egg. Hold it like an egg.