Early notes from the Orioles' 11:05 a.m. game in Boston on Patriots' Day

Despite a gloomy forecast that calls for rain throughout the day today, it looks like the Orioles and Red Sox will start their 11:05 a.m. Patriots' Day game on time.

The 11:05 start time on Patriots' Day is a tradition here in Boston. It's a state holiday in Massachusetts, marking the anniversary of Paul Revere's ride and the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. The annual Boston Marathon also takes place today and the race's course will go through nearby Kenmore Square just past Fenway Park's left-field fence.


The Orioles have lost two of their six Patriots' Day meetings with the Red Sox, including last year's 7-6 loss here.

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (left shoulder strain) is scheduled to have a regular work day today in Bowie, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team still doesn't know when Hardy will be able to start a minor league rehab assignment.

Down in Sarasota, the Orioles are setting up a simulated game so that catcher Matt Wieters (Tommy John surgery) can get his rehab work in.

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop has reported to Sarasota. He won't do anything for the next few days as his injury right knee will remain in a immobilizer brace until the swelling in his knee goes down.

"It will be interesting to see how Jon's knee is after today," Showalter said. "He got in yesterday, Sarasota, see how that's progressing. It will be interesting to see what happens once he gets that swelling stuff out. See how long it's going to be."

Showalter confirmed that typical recovery time for Schoop's injury – he suffered a Grade 1 partial PCL tear and MCL sprain – is six to eight weeks. But the Orioles believe he could get back sooner, possibly as soon as two to four weeks.

"I'm going to see with the six to eight weeks and see what happens," Showalter said. "That's the long term. Got some sneaking suspicions, Jon as young as he is and as strong as he is."

Everth Cabrera, who has become an everyday player with injuries to Hardy and Schoop, has settled into a spot in the bottom of the order.


He's hitting ninth again today, and Showalter likes having Cabrera's switch-hitting bat and speed in that spot.

"You'd like to in a perfect world if you have somebody who can do it," Showalter said. "They used their lefthander a lot yesterday. They've got one down there. You're trying not to give them the ability to use one pitcher to get multiple outs out of the bullpen. Being a switch-hitter sitting there, we all know he's a little better right-handed hitter so far. He's a threat, both sides, real good bunter."

Here are the starting lineups for today's game:

Alejandro De Aza LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Travis Snider RF
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Ryan Lavarnway C
Everth Cabrera SS
Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Red Sox
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Shane Victorino RF
Brock Holt 3B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Ryan Hanigan C
Justin Masterson RHP