Orioles Series Preview: Away vs. Rays 4/1 – 4/3

April 01, 2011 | John Collingsworth

The 2011 season for the Baltimore Orioles kicks off once again against the Tampa Bay Rays on the road.

Last season, the Orioles dropped two out of three in the opening season series.

In 2010, the Birds were 7-11 against their division rival, the Rays.

Friday April 1st

Orioles @ Rays- 7:10pm EST

Guthrie (0-0) vs. Price (0-0)



Saturday April 2nd

Orioles @ Rays- 7:10pm EST

Matusz (0-0) vs. Shields (0-0)



Sunday April 3rd

Orioles @ Rays- 1:40pm EST

Tillman (0-0) vs. Davis (0-0)

Projected Lineup: Baltimore Orioles

1. Brian Roberts- 2B

2. Nick Markakis- RF

3. Derrek Lee- 1B

4. Vladimir Guerrero- DH

5. Luke Scott- LF

6. Adam Jones- CF

7. Mark Reynolds- 3B

8. Matt Wieters- C

9. JJ Hardy- SS


Projected Lineup: Tampa Bay Rays

1. Ben Zobrist- 2B

2. Johnny Damon- LF

3. Evan Longoria- 3B

4. Manny Ramirez- DH

5. Dan Johnson- 1B

6. BJ Upton- CF

7. Matt Joyce- RF

8. Reid Brignac- SS

9. John Jaso- C


Series Notes:

Watch for Manny Ramirez to return to the AL East in style. He is a lifetime .316 hitter with 36 HRs & 152 RBIs in 192 games against Baltimore.

Mark Reynolds will leave this series as the American League leader in either strikeouts or in homeruns.

Get ready for the young arms this weekend. Matusz and Tillman must show Showalter they are the future of this organization.

The biggest question mark for the Rays this season is their bullpen. Lets see if they can hold a lead in the late innings.