Orioles hope to play Boston Red Sox today between the raindrops

SARASOTA, Fla. -- It's currently raining heavily here at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, but the Orioles still hope to get this afternoon's 1:05 p.m. game in against the Boston Red Sox.

That could be difficult. The forecast is calling for rain throughout the day.


The Orioles will try their best to play today's game. This late in spring training, the innings are instrumental to get pitchers ready for the season. Starting pitchers need to continue to be stretched out, and some relievers are starting to work back-to-back days.

Brian Matusz is scheduled to start today. He threw five scoreless innings in a minor league game Tuesday after both split-squad games last Monday were rained out. In three previous Grapefruit League outings, he has allowed two runs and four hits over six innings with five strikeouts and one walk.


Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen was scheduled to pitch in a Triple-A game today at the team's minor league complex at Twin Lakes Park, but there's no tarp at that complex, so the team was trying to move that game to the back fields of the Ed Smith complex.

It needs to stop raining first.

New Orioles infielder Steve Lombardozzi, who was acquired this morning from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Alex Gonzalez, is listed on today's lineup card as a reserve.

Available Orioles pitchers today include left-hander T.J. McFarland and right-handers Alfredo Aceves, Darren O'Day, Josh Stinson and Ryan Webb and minor league pitchers Jason Gurka, Tim Alderson and Marcel Prado.

Here are today's starting lineups:

Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz LF
Matt Wieters C
Delmon Young DH
Jonathan Schoop 3B
Jemile Weeks 2B
Brian Matusz LHP

Red Sox
Daniel Nava RF
Jonny Gomes LF
David Ortiz DH
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Mike Carp 1B
Ryan Lavarnway C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jonathan Herrera SS
Mike McCoy 2B
Drake Britton LHP