Pre-game notes: Orioles vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles play in their final Grapefruit League game today against the Rays. After today, the Orioles will play three more exhibition games, including the first two at Ed Smith Stadium against Florida Southern on Monday night and then State College of Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

Both of those games will be very controlled environments with inning pitch counts. The Orioles will also provide pitching for both teams Tuesday, with Jason Hammel and Tsuyoshi Wada both pitching in that game.


The Orioles then travel to Norfolk to play the Tides for a 3:05 game. That'll be a regular game.

Reliever Matt Lindstrom is pitching one inning at a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park. This would be his first game action since re-tweaking his hamstring Tuesday. He threw a bullpen session two days ago.


Orioles manager Buck Showalter is still not naming his Opening Day starter. Showalter said there are two candidates. He said just now there's still a few variables before he can make the announcement, including the health of right-hander Tommy Hunter, who is throwing six innings in a minor league game today.

Showalter said he'd make an announcement on an Opening Day starter by Tuesday.

The Orioles are doing pre-game activities on the back fields of the Ed Smith complex, but it's being closed off to the media. "We're going to review all the team defenses and all the sign exectution that we don't want the whole world to know," Showalter said. "We're doing some actual team stuff that's sensitive to privacy issues."

New 40-man addition Zelous Wheeler is in camp today and will stay with the team for the next few days since minor league camp breaks today. Minor league signing Jamie Hoffmann and prospect Jonathan Schoop are also here.

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is making his final spring start. It looks like he has a spot in the rotation.

Endy Chavez LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Reynolds 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Robert Andino 2B
Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Desmond Jennings CF
Carlos Pena 1B
Evan Longoria 3B
Jeff Keppinger DH
Sean Rodriguez SS
Jose Molina C
Matt Joyce LF
Elliot Johnson RF
Reid Brignac 2B
James Shields RHP