Orioles-Yankees on; Tillman and Britton set; Bergy headed for paternity leave
By Dan Connolly
Jul 29, 2011 at 5:17 PM
The Orioles-Yankees game started at 8:54 p.m., after a rain delay of one hour and 49 minutes.
The Orioles celebrated the start of the game by being retired, in order, on 10 pitches.
Jeremy Guthrie is starting for the Orioles. Will this be his final start as an Oriole? Not sure. But there are plenty of scouts here, including those representing the Rangers, Tigers and Cardinals, among others.
Guthrie also pitched a perfect first and was handed the lead in the second after Mark Reynolds hit his team-leading 22nd homer, a two-run shot to right-center on a 93-mph fastball from A.J. Burnett.
Now that the game has begun, it's certain that Chris Tillman will start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. It was possible if this game was postponed, Guthrie would be pushed back and start Saturday's opener. That won't happen now.
So Tillman will pitch the opener and Zach Britton will follow in the nightcap, as expected.
To make room for Tillman on the 25-man roster, the Orioles likely will place Brad Bergesen on three-day paternity leave. If Bergesen's wife does not deliver the couple's first child this weekend, she will be induced Monday morning.
If Tillman pitches well, he could remain on the roster. Or he could be sent back down after the first game to make room for Britton. It's also possible a reliever could be sent out for Britton. And there is always the possibility a trade opens up a 25-man roster spot. The club is currently at 39 on its 40-man roster (now that Mark Worrell has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Norfolk).
Infielder Cesar Izturis is also with the team in New York and could be activated Saturday or Sunday. When he does, Blake Davis is the most likely candidate to be demoted to Triple-A Norfolk.