The Orioles have an afternoon game against the Toronto Blue Jays
in Sarasota, and those Blue Jays aren’t fooling around. They have brought some of their big guns, such as Jose Bautista
, Melky Cabrera
and Adam Lind
. And Mark Buehrle
is expected to throw three innings to start.
Here’s the Jays' order: Emilio Bonifacio 4, Maicer Izturis 6, Melky Cabrera 8, Jose Bautista 9, Adam Lind DH, Mark DeRosa 5, Lars Anderson 3, Henry Blanco 2, Eugenio Velez 7, Buehrle 1.
The home team has a fairly representative lineup as well, though Nick Markakis (neck) and Adam Jones (WBC) are obviously missing.
Here’s the O’s lineup: Reimold DH, Roberts 4, Jackson 9, Wieters 2, Davis 3, Hardy 6, McLouth 8, Machado 5, Pearce 7.
Here’s the O's pitching plan: Jason Hammel, Mike Wright, Adam Russell, Daniel McCutchen and Mark Hendrickson.
Some other notes from this morning:
I talked to Kevin Gausman about pitching against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday at JetBlue Park. I think I could classify his reaction as “excited.” He asked about the park and the expected sellouts.
It’s easy to forget that for some of these kids in their first go-around, spring training isn’t a necessary evil but a cool experience.
Last year’s top pick is expected to pitch in relief of 2011’s top pick, Dylan Bundy. The Red Sox will be countering with one of their own young flame-throwers, lefty Felix Doubront.
Darren O’Day made his first appearance of the spring yesterday and said he is on a similar schedule as Jim Johnson, getting gradual work that will likely ramp up at the end. O’Day said he will definitely have at least one multiinning outing this spring.
Adam Jones, playing against the Colorado Rockies as part of USA’s WBC team, was 3-for-5 with two runs, one RBI and a double.