Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman will make his spring training debut Tuesday in a road game against the Toronto Blue Jays, a decision made necessary by his need for innings after a hip strain but contrary to manager Buck Showalter¿s previous desire to keep his starters away from division opponents.
Right-hander Mike Wright allowed five runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings against the New York Yankees on Friday at Steinbrenner Field, but his third start of the spring wasn't as ugly as the line score.
Even though their starting lineup was full of reserves and the late innings were dominated with a field full of minor league players, the Orioles (0-6-1) were just 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position on the day.
Infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce began his rehab assignment Thursday, starting at designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Orioles in Sarasota, Fla. Pearce, who has been on the disabled list since July 22 with an strained left oblique, went 1-for-4 with a strikeout from the leadoff spot.
Left-hander Brian Matusz, who has been the subject of trade rumors this spring, delivered another solid performance in a starting role Friday, and the Orioles exploded for six runs in the eighth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox, 11-5.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this spring that infielder Everth Cabrera would likely see time in the outfield this spring, and Cabrera will make his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon, starting in center field and leading off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field.
As a manager, Earl Weaver appeared larger than life, piloting the Orioles to four American League pennants and the 1970 world championship. So it seems only fitting that his statue, which will be unveiled Saturday at Camden Yards, will be taller than the Birds' Hall of Fame skipper.
Look for a low-scoring game today. Right-hander Jason Hammel (6-2, 2.97 ERA) heads to the mound for the Orioles. He will be opposed by left-hander Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92), who is winless through his first three starts for the first time in his career.