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Orioles face Pirates in Bradenton

Pittsburgh PiratesJim JohnsonWei-Yin ChenJason HammelMiguel Gonzalez

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles will make the short drive up north to Bradenton to face the Pirates this afternoon.

They'll be playing at the new and improved McKechnie Field. It has undergone a $10 million facelift since last spring.

There's a 70 percent chance of showers today -- and a tornado watch was in effect for most of the Tampa area, including Bradenton, until 3 p.m. -- so weather could be an issue.

Chris Tillman will make his first spring start for the Orioles. He will likely go two innings.

Meanwhile, back in Sarasota, five pitchers who haven’t pitched yet this spring – Miguel Gonzalez, Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Jim Johnson and Darren O’Day – will each throw an inning in an simulated game on the back fields.

I’ll stick around to watch the sim game. These are five of the team’s more important pitchers throwing.

Here are the lineups for today’s game:

Orioles
Alexi Casilla SS
Lew Ford LF
Wilson Betemit DH
Steve Pearce 1B
Russ Canzler RF
Danny Valencia RF
Jason Pridie CF
Taylor Teagarden C
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Chris Tillman RHP

Pirates
Sterling Marte LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvaez 3B
Garrett Jones 1B
Gaby Sanchez DH
Brad Hawpe RF
Michael McKenry C
Clint Barmes SS

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