The Orioles are back in action against the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon. This time, they'll be at their home digs for spring in Sarasota, and accordingly a more A-list bunch of O's will be in the lineup and on the mound as well. Whether the result will be any different, well... we'll just have to wait and see, won't we? Here's hoping yesterday's four HBPs will not come back around to bite the Orioles today.
Unlike yesterday, this game will be on the radio in Baltimore, on the new flagship station 105.7 FM. Don't go to WBAL out of old habit or you will not find baseball. You will probably find obnoxious talk radio instead. Ain't nobody got time for that.
We'll all still have to wait until tomorrow night for a game on television, but there is one piece of good news about that: Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer were sighted in Sarasota today.
Following Kevin Gausman on the mound in today's contest will be T.J. McFarland and Dylan Bundy. If all of these three guys can get through two innings, that'll be progress over yesterday. Others listed on the lineup card as available pitchers include Wesley Wright, Ryan Webb, and Tim Berry.
We could see this exact lineup in the regular season some time. It's not perfect by any means, with J.J. Hardy as a #2 batter standing out as going against the current best understanding of lineup construction, but these are definitely the guys who will be winning or losing this season.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||DETROIT TIGERS|
|Alejandro De Aza - RF||Anthony Gose - DH|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Jose Iglesias - SS|
|Adam Jones - CF||J.D. Martinez - RF|
|Matt Wieters - DH||Nick Castellanos - 3B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Aaron Westlake - 1B|
|Delmon Young - LF||Bryan Holaday - C|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Daniel Fields - CF|
|Ryan Flaherty - 2B||Hernan Perez - 2B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Andrew Romine - LF|
|Kevin Gausman - RHP||Anibal Sanchez - RHP|