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Game 17: Blue Jays (10-6) @ Orioles (9-7), 7:05pm

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There are those who say Tommy Hunter sucks. Can he get the haters to shut up for one night?  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
There are those who say Tommy Hunter sucks. Can he get the haters to shut up for one night? Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

You might think that the stakes are not very high for a Tuesday night game in April against the Blue Jays, but you would be mistaken. Through some complicated process I don't really understand, our own degenerate gambler Wieters Wieners will be determining the middle name of his daughter (expected to be born tomorrow) on the outcome of tonight's contest. Probably for the better if the Orioles win, in that case. I would hate it if the elaborate charts meant the poor child was doomed to a terrible name as a result.

In other news that concerns the Orioles and children that are soon to be born, Robert Andino will be leaving the team for a couple of days after tonight's game. His wife will be giving birth to their third child tomorrow. Congratulations will be in order for both the Andinos and the WWs! Save those cigars for tomorrow, though, is the thing.

It's going to be a short-handed Orioles team tonight. The beat types are reporting that several Orioles are suffering from the dreaded "flu-like symptoms", including Mark Reynolds (who isn't in the lineup). Your reaction might be that some people partied too hard, but maybe flu-like symptoms actually means something to do with a flu virus. Jim Johnson was hospitalized as a result and he's not with the team today. Hopefully those Orioles who are out on the field are relatively healthy enough to compete.

One Oriole who's not healthy enough to compete for reasons unrelated to flu symptoms is Nolan Reimold, who is continuing to be sidelined by neck spasms. Apparently, he is fine but it hurts when he throws and playing in a couple of games has made things worse. He is day to day, but perhaps it's time to consider the DL to get him healthy and make sure the team has a full complement of players available.

With Toronto coming into town, tonight we'll see Henderson Alvarez. The last time we saw him was nine days ago, when he was 21 years old. Now he is 22 years old, so he's clearly a completely different pitcher than the guy who went 7 innings and gave up 3 earned runs. Actually, he is probably the same pitcher.

The Orioles will counter with Tommy Hunter, who is the same age as when he gave up four earned runs in six innings against the same Toronto club. He also surrendered four home runs in the windless Rogers Centre. The debate rages on Camden Chat: does he suck? Well, so far in his time as an Oriole he has, but maybe he can silence the haters tonight. Win it for the WW-ling, Tommy! Maybe she'll get named after you.


Endy Chavez - LF Yunel Escobar - SS
J.J. Hardy - SS Kelly Johnson - 2B
Nick Markakis - RF Jose Bautista - RF
Adam Jones - CF Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Matt Wieters - C Adam Lind - 1B
Chris Davis - 1B Brett Lawrie - 3B
Wilson Betemit - DH Colby Rasmus - CF
Ryan Flaherty - 3B Eric Thames - LF
Robert Andino - 2B Jeff Mathis - C