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Monday Orioles spring training game thread: J.J. Hardy is back in action

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J.J. Hardy is back in the Orioles lineup. Hooray! As long as he doesn’t get hurt and leave early.

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One sight that hasn’t been seen yet this Orioles spring training is J.J. Hardy getting into a game. Hardy is in the lineup today, but you won’t see him unless you’re in Sarasota or outside of the O’s TV broadcast area. The game will be on MLB Network, but not in the Orioles market. I’m not sure if it’s going to be a nationwide broadcast.

You will, at least, be able to hear the game on Orioles radio, so it’s not one of those ones that’s completely in the dark. With snow looming in the forecast, any kind of baseball will make things feel a little warmer around Baltimore.

Several regular Orioles will even be in the lineup along with Hardy, although Chris Davis, who’s still recovering from a bout of bronchitis, will not. MASN’s Roch Kubatko described Davis’s voice today as “sounding more like an elderly woman from the Bronx.” Davis said this isn’t as bad as when he had the flu last summer, so that’s something.

  1. Aneury Tavarez - RF
  2. J.J. Hardy - SS
  3. Hyun Soo Kim - DH
  4. Mark Trumbo - 1B
  5. Trey Mancini - RF
  6. Joey Rickard - CF
  7. Johnny Giavotella - 2B
  8. Ryan Flaherty - 3B
  9. Caleb Joseph - C

That’s the defense behind Kevin Gausman, who will hopefully look better on the mound than Dylan Bundy did yesterday. It’d be nice to have something to be hopeful about with the starting rotation after receiving yesterday’s bad news about Chris Tillman.

O’s pitchers expected to get into the game today other than Gausman: Brad Brach, Oliver Drake, Jesus Liranzo, and Logan Verrett.