If a Major League Baseball game takes place but it isn't on TV or radio, did it really happen? We must ponder this question today as the Orioles open up the Grapefruit League season with a game against the Tigers. They are opening on the road in the Tigers' spring complex in Lakeland, which means no MASN and no 105.7 FM. If you'd like to follow the game, you need to either have a way to listen to 97.1 FM out of Detroit, or MLB's Gameday Audio.
Or you can keep tabs here, along with those among your Orioles fan compatriots who are sifting through the same four beat writers tweeting the same four descriptions of every play in the game. Hey, it beats thinking about yet another wintry mix going on outside in the Baltimore area, doesn't it?
Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to be the Orioles starting pitcher, though he'll only throw two innings because that's what you do in your first outing of the spring. Steve Johnson is also scheduled to pitch. The others haven't been announced.
Minor league pitcher Mychal Givens, who is not a camp invitee, will be among those making the trip to Lakeland just in case. Position players who are along for the ride include Drew Dosch, the 2013 7th round pick, and former Ranger Julio Borbon.
Here are your starting lineups for the game, although spring training being spring training, don't expect to see them for long. That's easy since unless you're in Lakeland you won't see them at all, but you know what I mean.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||DETROIT TIGERS|
|Everth Cabrera - SS||Rajai Davis - RF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Alex Avila - C|
|Nolan Reimold - RF||Ian Kinsler - 2B|
|Matt Tuiasosopo - DH||Yoenis Cespedes - LF|
|Travis Snider - LF||Nick Castellanos - 3B|
|Jimmy Paredes - 3B||Tyler Collins - DH|
|J.P. Arencibia - C||Jordan Lennerton - 1B|
|David Lough - CF||Andrew Romine - SS|
|Christian Walker - 1B||Anthony Gose - CF|
|Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP||Kyle Lobstein - LHP|
A note about spring training game threads. If you have observed or participated on Camden Chat for a long time, you surely know that in the event the team wins a game, the assembled commentariat proceeds to spell out O! R! I! O! L! E! S! As in the song Orioles Magic. Since these games are only exhibitions, if it should turn out the Orioles win, only spell them out using lower case letters. If it doesn't count, there's no point shouting.