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Saturday Orioles baseball/WBC open thread

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It’s cold outside in Baltimore, but if you watch the Orioles and some of these WBC games, you might feel a little warmer.

Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

If watching baseball and particularly Orioles baseball is something you would like to spend an entire Saturday afternoon doing, the world can accommodate you today, provided that you have access to MASN and MLB Network.

Along with an Orioles home spring training game against the Pirates starting at 1:05, there are five World Baseball Classic games scheduled for Saturday, including the big one of the United States against the Dominican Republic. They are:

  • Colombia “at” Canada, 12pm (Pool C, Miami)
  • Venezuela “at” Italy, 3pm (Pool D, Jalisco)
  • United States “at” Dominican Republic, 6:30pm (Pool C, Miami)
  • Puerto Rico at Mexico, 9:30pm (Pool D, Jalisco)
  • Cuba “at” Israel, 10pm (Pool E, second round, Tokyo)

That’s a lot of baseball indeed, and we haven’t even gotten into the Orioles game yet. They will be sending this lineup out onto MASN 23 days before Opening Day:

  1. Chris Dickerson - RF
  2. Joey Rickard - LF
  3. Hyun Soo Kim - DH
  4. Mark Trumbo - 1B
  5. Chris Johnson - 3B
  6. Logan Schafer - CF
  7. Robert Andino - 2B
  8. Caleb Joseph - C
  9. Paul Janish - SS

Mike Wright is the starting pitcher. According to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, pitchers lined up for action behind Wright are Donnie Hart, Oliver Drake, Darren O’Day, and Gabriel Ynoa.

Despite appearances, that is in fact a home spring lineup. The WBC absences are a big part of why it looks like that, although Chris Davis was supposed to play and he got scratched as he is recovering from bronchitis. Feel better soon, Chris.