The Orioles play the Boston Red Sox this afternoon in Sarasota.
Or they’re playing a team in Red Sox uniforms anyway. Boston has a split squad today, and let’s just say they didn’t send their A lineup to Ed Smith Stadium. Or their B or C lineup.
That’s OK, Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez is pitching at Twin Lakes Park against Boston’s Double-A squad. Manager Buck Showalter’s not a fan of having his rotation members facing AL East rivals at this point in spring.
It’s a little of a reach, since many of these lineups aren’t exactly littered with regulars. But Showalter has reasons for everything and they often work. Here’s Gonzalez’s take:
“We understand what is...