The Orioles play the
tonight at Ed Smith Stadium, the last time they face off until Tuesday’s season opener at the Tropicana Field.
It’s an interesting pitching matchup: The Rays are sending out reigning
Wonder if Vegas will take this one off the board.
Beal, whom the Orioles selected in the 14th round in 2008 out of Fairfax Station, Va., was originally a starter but missed all of 2011 due to shoulder surgery. He returned last year to pitch in relief.
The start originally was Steve Johnson's but he was scratched with a lat muscle injury. He could start the season on the disabled list.
Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen, who will pitch Wednesday in the second game of the regular season, made his final tune-up of the exhibition season by allowing one run in five innings against a collection of Tampa Bay Rays' Triple-A players.
"This was a really good accomplishment. I feel like I accomplished something today," Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin. "The first two innings, I couldn't feel anything, probably because I was pitching in the minor leagues, but after the third inning, I felt like I turned my game around and everything was great."
He threw 82 pitches, walked just one and the only run he yielded was a homer by former major leaguer
"I'm ready for the season," he said. "I'm in my best shape and my best condition right now, so everything will be fine and I'm looking forward to the season."
Some other injury updates
"Sore, really sore and really stiff," he said.
He'll receive treatment on the ribs but doesn't know when he'll return to action. He likely will begin the season at Triple-A Norfolk.