Pregame stuff: Montanez optioned

Not a big news day, at least in comparison to Tuesday, when the rotation was announced and much of the roster information became obvious. The biggest news today is that outfielder Lou Montanez has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. No surprise there, but I'd like to see him get a chance to play at the major league level for somebody. No room at the inn here unless somebody gets hurt.

Dave Trembley said that Koji Uehara will undergo an MRI to figure out what's going on with his sore hamstring. If he pitches before May, it'll be a minor miracle.


Jason Berken and Jon Lester face each other in today's game at Ed Smith Stadium. Here's the Red Sox lineup and an updated Orioles lineup:

Red Sox

Marco Scutaro SS

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Victor Martinez C

Kevin Youkilis 1B

David Ortiz DH

J.D. Drew RF


Mike Lowell 3B

Josh Reddick LF

Che-Hsuan Lin CF

Jon Lester LHP


Brian Roberts 2B


Felix Pie CF

Nick Markakis RF

Miguel Tejada 3B

Nolan Reimold LF

Luke Scott DH

Matt Wieters C

Garrett Atkins 1B

Cesar Izturis SS

Jason Berken RHP

Lineup note: Center fielder Adam Jones had to be scratched from the original lineup with an upset stomach.