Orioles, Red Sox lineups not brimming with key players
By By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM
The Orioles' lineup for Friday night's game against the Boston Red Sox looks more like it is ready for Fort Myers, Fla., in March than Camden Yards in September. That's what happens when you clinch your division with a week-plus to play, I suppose.
No Adam Jones, no J.J. Hardy and no Nick Markakis (for the second consecutive game). Alejandro De Aza is batting leadoff, Jimmy Paredes is batting fifth and Christian Walker is batting sixth.
Markakis said his right shoulder is still stiff after he was hit by a pitch from Toronto's Aaron Loup on Tuesday night.
"He got me good and he got me in a kind of sensitive spot," Markakis said Friday. "It’s fortunate that we have a little bit of leeway in doing some things. Give it an extra day and try to get back in there tomorrow."
Markakis said he doesn't think there's anything structurally wrong and that he doesn't feel like he needs to take an MRI. "I don't think anything is wrong in there," he said. "It's just I got hit in the wrong place."
Of the nine starters in Friday's lineup, only two were with the Orioles in August 2013: Steve Pearce and Ryan Flaherty. Four of Friday's starters weren't on this year's Opening Day roster.
The Red Sox aren't exactly jammed with household names, either. Besides David Ortiz, rookie Xander Bogaerts and Daniel Nava, none of the guys starting Friday were on Boston's Opening Day roster.