Tonight’s Orioles – Blue Jays Lineups

August 07, 2009 |

The Orioles current six-game roadtrip begins its second leg tonight with the opening game of three between themselves and the Toronto Blue Jays, starting at 7:05pm at the Rogers Centre.

For the second consecutive game we’ll see a pair of rookies going head-to-head on the mound; tonight it’ll be Orioles righty Jason Berken squaring off with the Blue Jays’ Rick Romero.

Berken has been the less effective of the two, and by a good amount.  Since winning his major league debut start back on May 25th, Berken’s record has been 0-9… not good.  His last outing came Sunday where the Red Sox pummeled the young pitcher with six runs and in the process chased him after just 1.1 innings.  On the year, Berken’s ERA has swollen to 6.93.

On the other hand, Romero has been mostly phenomenal in his first full season in the bigs and has put himself in the discussion for the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award.  In his last nine starts the 24-year old lefty has gotten the win on seven occasions and has parleyed the hot streak into a 10-4 record and 3.53 ERA.

As for the lineups:

Orioles

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

Blue Jays

Marco Scutaro – SS
Aaron Hill – 2B
Adam Lind – DH
Lyle Overbay – 1B
Vernon Wells – CF
Alex Rios – RF
Edwin Encarnacion – 3B
Rod Barajas – C
Joe Inglett – LF

In his last start Jason Berken allowed 9 of the 13 Red Sox batters he faced to reach base. (Courtesy: Gene Sweeney Jr.)

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