I'm sure we're all a little down after hearing about Manny Machado's setback, but there is baseball on TV today if you want to take your mind off of it.
The Orioles will be going with a mixture of regulars, hopefuls, and scrubs in today's lineup, while the Yankees are trotting out a few familiar names, though the 6-9 hitters in their lineup are complete strangers to me.
Chris Tillman is starting for the Orioles and Suk-Min Yoon is also scheduled to pitch. Zach Britton, Evan Meek, Darren O'Day, Brad Brach, and Kelvin De La Cruz are also available, and they have Brock Hutzinger, Chris Jones, and Buck Britton over from minor league camp if needed.
There were a lot of raised eyebrows over Nelson Cruz playing center field, but Buck Showalter confirmed to Roch Kubatko that he's there not because they see him as a guy who can play center field, but because the other CFs aren't available and they want to get Cruz at bats against the left-handed starter. Here's a good quote from Buck for you:
I can tell you a long story about someone in Texas telling me that he's a center fielder and we're missing the boat on him. The second day, they asked me not to play him out there anymore.
Vidal Nuno is getting the start for the Yankees today. Here are the full lineups:
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|1. Nick Markakis (L) DH||1. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF|
|2. J.J. Hardy (R) SS||2. Brian Roberts (S) 2B|
|3. Nelson Cruz (R) CF||3. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B|
|4. Chris Davis (L) 1B||4. Austin Romine (R) C|
|5. Steve Pearce (R) LF||5. Ramon Flores (L) LF|
|6. Delmon Young (R) RF||6. Mason Williams (L) CF|
|7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B||7. Kyle Roller (L) DH|
|8. Caleb Joseph (R) C||8. Carmen Angelini (R) SS|
|9. Alex Gonzalez (R) 3B||9. Francisco Arcia (L) 1B|
Let's go O's!