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February 27, 2011

Getting it started versus the Pirates

We'll know the Orioles' lineup for their Grapefruit League opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow morning, but manager Buck Showalter is sending many of his regulars to Bradenton.

That includes designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, center fielder Adam Jones, shortstop J.J. Hardy and third baseman Mark Reynolds. Outfielders Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold are also expected to make the trip.

Brad Bergesen will start the game and will likely be followed by Ryan Drese. Kevin Gregg and Koji Uehara, the Orioles' top two closer candidates, are also scheduled to pitch in the game. Paul Maholm will start for the Pirates.

Meanwhile, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will likely make his debut Tuesday at Ed Smith Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays. We haven't gotten a target date for first baseman Derrek Lee to begin playing in games. However, I would suspect that if he has a few more batting practice sessions like the one he had earlier today, it won't be too long.

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Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 10:46 PM | | Comments (2)


It's too bad Brian and Derrek aren't playing tomorrow. It would have been great to see how the revamped infield played behind a sinkerballer. It's only a matter of time, though. I can't wait!

Any chance this game will be on the radio or internet were i can listen to it at work?

Jeff Z's reply: Game is on WBAL Radio.

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