GameChat – Twins @ Orioles, 2:05pm

And now we’re on the road!

I actually really like the Orioles (maybe not as much as JC) so this is a series I’m definitely looking forward to – EXCEPT I DON’T GET TO WATCH! *sigh*

I’m jealous of all of you who get to see it.

At any rate, we start this afternoon and the word is that Flower-man is sitting with hopes that his defense will improve while he ponders his previous performance. I always wonder if that works but let’s hope so.

[edit] AAaaaand we also have our first 15-day DL. DeVries has been moved officially to the DL with forearm stiffness. He’ll have to be replaced for his scheduled game on Sunday – no word on who that starter will be yet.

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Baltimore
Hicks, CF McLouth, LF
Mauer, DH Machado, 3B
Willingham, LF Markakis, RF
Morneau, 1B Jones, Ad, CF
Doumit, C Davis, C, 1B
Plouffe, 3B Wieters, C
Parmelee, RF Hardy, SS
Dozier, 2B Flaherty, 2B
Escobar, SS Reimold, DH
  Hendriks, P   Arrieta, P

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That game was actually a lot better than the end would make you believe…  A lot of good things happened. Liam Hendriks looked REALLY good actually (after the first pitch anyway). Dozier really looked great. We had enough offense to make me happy that we were taking advantage of opportunities. Our LOB was in the single digits which I will accept.

And to be honest, that 8th inning from Baltimore was really something in itself. Somewhere, some rube on Twitter announced that Chris Davis is on pace for 162 Homeruns this season! LOL While that isn’t going to happen, what he did today is still pretty cool. He hit his 4th HR of the season, one for each of the first 4 games. There are only 4 other players in MLB history who have done that so it’s a pretty special group.

There was one other special moment in today’s game that had nothing to do with the players on the field. Baltimore started today with a moment to honor the passing of Earl Weaver – they skipped the ceremonial first pitch. It was a haunting memorial.

A ball sits on the mound as the Orioles honor the late Earl Weaver by not having a ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Camden Yards. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / April 5, 2013)

A ball sits on the mound as the Orioles honor the late Earl Weaver by not having a ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Camden Yards. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / April 5, 2013)

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