After an off day, the Orioles are back in action down in Florida, traveling to the Pirates camp for a game. Not that you or I will get to see it, because the game will not be televised, nor will it be on Baltimore radio. If you're an MLB GameDay Audio subscriber, you should be able to get to listen in. That's it, though.
Ubaldo Jimenez is starting the game. For some that could make the lack of television a blessing in disguise. While he was working through his last start, the narrative being attached to his performance was that he was improving through spring training. I give that about as much credence as those who proclaimed him new and improved after he had a couple of nice bullpen sessions before the games started.
David Lough was scratched from today's lineup without explanation. The beats mused that it may have had something to do with a sore hamstring that flared up. Wilder Twitter speculation ponders whether a trade is in the works. I'll never say never when it comes to Dan Duquette making trades on the margins of the roster - after all, that's how Lough ended up in Baltimore in the first place - but I'll need a little more than just one lineup scratch before I start jumping to that conclusion.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||PITTSBURGH PIRATES|
|Alejandro De Aza - LF||Josh Harrison - 3B|
|Steve Pearce - RF||Gregory Polanco - RF|
|Jimmy Paredes - 3B||Andrew McCutchen - CF|
|Delmon Young - DH||Neil Walker - DH|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Starling Marte - LF|
|Ryan Lavarnway - C||Pedro Alvarez - 1B|
|Everth Cabrera - CF||Jordy Mercer - SS|
|Ryan Flaherty - 2B||Jung Ho Kang - 2B|
|Paul Janish - SS||Tony Sanchez - C|
|Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP||Radhames Liz - RHP|