The Oriolesannounced that Dave Philley, who had been the organization’s longest living Oriole, died Thursday in his hometown of Paris, Texas. He was 91.
Philley, primarily an outfielder, played for the Orioles in 1955 and 1956 and again in 1960 and 1961 as part of an 18-year big league career. In 1961, he set an American League record with 24 pinch hits, a mark that still stands.
Now, the oldest living Oriole is Philley’s good friend from Paris, Texas, Eddie Robinson, who is 91. He played seven games for the Orioles in 1957.
Pitching versus Yankees
Alfredo Simon will start tonight’s game against the New York Yankees in Sarasota, which will be broadcast on MASN. Luis Ayala and Troy Patton are also expected to pitch. Others that could see time on the mound today include 2011 third-rounder Mike Wright from East Carolina University as well as farmhands Stu Pomeranz, Robert Hinton, Kyler Newby and Cole McCurry.
Offensive callups for tonight
Offensive farmhands that have been summoned from minor-league camp for tonight include Gabriel Lino, Buck Britton, Cory Aldridge, Mychal Givens, Trent Mummey, Edgardo Baez and 2011 draftees Nick Delmonico (sixth round) and Jason Esposito (second round).
Flaherty to play right
Rule 5 draftee Ryan Flaherty is making the start in right field today, while Nick Markakis will be playing consecutive games at DH for the first time this spring as he continues his rehab from January abdomen surgery. Markakis is scheduled to play right for the first time in 2012 on Tuesday.
Flaherty has played left, second, shortstop and third this spring already, and he likely will play first before the Grapefruit League season ends.
Bordick debuts on MASN
Former Oriole Mike Bordick will make his MASN broadcasting debut tonight in the game against the Yankees. Bordick, who was considered one of the most prepared players during his time as a big league shortstop, admitted he was nervous heading into the game.
Here are tonight’s lineups:
Orioles: Chavez 7, Hardy 6, Markakis DH, Jones 8, Davis 3, Wieters 2, Reynolds 5, Flaherty 9, Andino 4. Simon P.
Yankees: Gardner 8, Nunez 6, Cano 4, Teixeira 3, Ibanez DH, Hall 5, Maxwell 9, Wise 7, G. Molina 2. Nova P.