Tonight’s Orioles – Braves Lineups

June 12, 2009 |

Tonight at 7:05pm the Orioles will take on the Atlanta Braves in the opener of the teams’ three-game weekend set at Camden Yards.  Earlier this season in their first Inter-league series, the O’s took two of three with their neighbors to the south, down in D.C., against the Nationals.  However, more recently the team has struggled after an abysmal roadtrip, especially on the offensive side of things, and come in fresh off dropping two of three at home to the visiting Seattle Mariners.

Orioles rookie right-hander Jason Berken will make the fourth start of his career and hopes that he’ll have a better performance than he did in his last appearance on the bump.  Six days ago in Oakland, Berken failed to make it through the fourth inning before the A’s knocked him out after surrendering nine earned runs.  However, before that his results had been much better.  In his first two big league starts Berken split his pair of decisions but gave up only three runs in 12 innings of work.  Put it all together and you get Berken’s 1-2 record and an inflated 7.04 ERA.

Atlanta will have their own rookie righty on the mound in the very highly touted Tommy Hanson, whom will make his second career start tonight.  MLB.com’s 24th ranked prospect in the sport was largely ineffective in his major league debut against Milwaukee five days ago.  The 6’6 220lb, 22-year old was lucky to get a no-decision after the Brewers tallied six runs over Hanson’s six innings of work.  In his 11 starts at Triple-A Gwinnett, Hanson recorded a 1.50 ERA and struck out over 12 batters per nine innings.

As for the starting lineups:

Orioles

Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – DH
Melvin Mora – 3B
Luke Scott – LF
Oscar Salazar – 1B
Matt Wieters – C
Robert Andino – SS

Braves

Nate McLouth – CF
Yunel Escobar – SS
Chipper Jones – DH
Brian McCann – C
Garrett Anderson – LF
Barbaro Canizares – 1B
Jeff Francoeur – RF
Kelly Johnson – 2B
Martin Prado – 3B

Berken will have the home fans behind him tonight after a disastrous last outing in Oakland. (Courtesy: Google Images)

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