You know it's a spring training road game when your leadoff hitter and center fielder is a guy who was an All-Star for a different team at shortstop a couple of years ago. It's actually less of a spring training road lineup than it could be for the Orioles. Four players in it figure to get a lot of starts this season.
The Phillies lineup also looks like a road lineup except they're at home and I guess that's their team, which is rather unfortunate for them or at least their fans.
One can imagine that a game where the other team starts Cole Hamels is probably not going to be the game where the Orioles hitters start to wake up from their winter slumber. Then again, it is spring, so he'll only pitch for four innings. Whoever follows after him will not be as good. So there's your chance to see some sparks fly.
Well, "see" is the wrong word, because unless you're in Clearwater, Philadelphia, or have MLB.tv, you can't actually watch this game. It is not on TV in the Baltimore area, nor is it on the radio. Have I ever mentioned that spring training sucks?
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES|
|Everth Cabrera - CF||Darin Mastroianni - CF|
|Jimmy Paredes - 3B||Cord Phelps - 2B|
|Steve Pearce - RF||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Domonic Brown - RF|
|Delmon Young - DH||Cody Asche - 3B|
|Nolan Reimold - LF||Darin Ruf - LF|
|Ryan Lavarnway - C||Chase d'Arnaud - SS|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Koyie Hill - C|
|Jayson Nix - SS||Cole Hamels - LHP|
|Miguel Gonzalez - RHP|