Tonight’s Orioles – Blue Jays Lineups

May 26, 2009 |

This evening at Camden Yards the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays will square of in game number two of their three game set at 7:05pm.  The O’s 4-1 victory last night gave them their third win in four games and extended Toronto’s losing streak to a season-high seven games.

Jason Berken will make his major league debut tonight as the Orioles starting pitcher, and for the time being, will fill the vacant rotation spot left by the recently released Adam Eaton.  Berken, a 25-year old right-hander, started the season in Double-A Bowie, but most recently has made his last five starts in Triple-A Norfolk, where he pitched to a 1.07 ERA and a 2.67/1 strikeout to walk ratio..  Following the debut of Brad Bergesen earlier this season, Berken is the second member of the ‘cavalry’ of starting pitchers to join the team as rookies.  Before the season began, Berken was the #11 ranked pitching prospect in the Orioles farm system according to Baseball America.

The Blue Jays will also have a rookie on the bump tonight in 24-year old Ricky Romero.  Romero was up with the team when Spring Training broke and pitched to a 2-0 record through three starts to begin the year, but needed to be shelved over the last few weeks with a strained oblique muscle.  After two rehab starts in Triple-A Las Vegas, he was recalled on Friday and now seems back and ready to go for manager Cito Gaston and the big club. They’ll need a nice outing from the kid; the Jays have lost the first seven games of their current nine-game roadtrip and have fallen from first place in the A.L. East to third in the process.

Here are this evening’s starting lineups:

Orioles

Brian Roberts 2B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Melvin Mora 3B
Aubrey Huff 1B
Ty Wigginton DH
Nolan Reimold LF
Gregg Zaun C
Cesar Izturis SS

Blue Jays

Marco Scutaro SS
Aaron Hill 2B
Alex Rios RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind LF
Scott Rolen 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Kevin Millar DH
Rod Barajas C

Despite leaving yesterday's game with a leg injury, Roberts is back in tonight's lineup. (Courtesy: Baltimore Sun Photos / Gene Sweeney Jr.)

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