BOSTON – Fenway Park was emptied, cleaned and reopened in a matter of about an hour and a half for the nightcap of today’s Orioles doubleheader in Boston.
In between, right-hander Bud Norris threw a two-inning simulated game to test his right groin. Norris pitched to Orioles coaches Wayne Kirby and Einar Diaz as well as vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson.
Between innings, Norris walked off the field and into the dugout to simulate a game inning.
He is a candidate to fill the Orioles’ starting spot Wednesday against the Washington Nationals at Camden Yards.
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Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will start tonight against the Red Sox. He is 1-3 with a 9.31 ERA in six career starts against Boston.
Jonny Gomes is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with three homers and eight RBIs against Jimenez. Dustin Pedroia is .438 (7-for-16) against Jimenez.
Manny Machado is back in the starting lineup, his five-game suspension now completed. He is starting at third base and batting seventh.
Red Sox starter John Lackey is 14-6 all time against the Orioles, but was roughed up for a season-high 10 hits and six runs by the Orioles on April 18 at Fenway Park.
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce DH
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz LF
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Todd Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Ubaldo Jimenez RHP
Brock Holt 3B
Daniel Nava RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Stephen Drew SS
Jonny Gomes LF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Mookie Betts CF
John Lackey RHP