Tonight’s Orioles – Rays Lineups

May 12, 2009 |

The Orioles will take the field at tonight at Camden Yards for a 7:05pm start against their A. L. East division rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays.  The contest marks the beginning of a brief two-game mid-week series, which will be the sixth and seventh times these two have met already in this early ’09 season.  In such games the O’s are currently 3-2; they took two of three April 10-12 in Baltimore and split a pair at Tropicana Field May 4th and 5th.  By comparison, last season the O’s went just 3-15 against Tampa.

Mark Hendrickson, the O’s 6’9, 240lb left-hander, will be on the mound to start tonight’s game for manager Dave Trembley.  Hendrickson’s last appearance came in the “rain-game” last week against the Twins, and because of the long delays was only able to complete three innings.  However, it should be noted they were three excellent innings where Hendrickson allowed just one base-runner.  Even still, hopefully he’ll be well rested and ready to give his team some quality length, something Hendrickson is yet to do in his previous six starts.  He’s just 1-4 overall this year with an ERA of 5.14, and is yet to pitch a full six innings in any outing.

Taking the ball for the defending American League Champion Rays will be Andy Sonnanstine.  All the way back on April 10, in Sonnanstine’s first start of the year, the O’s knocked out the 26-year old righty after going just 4.2 innings and allowing five earned runs on 10 hits.  Since, he’s shown more of the ability that won him 13 games last season; in his last two outings Sonnanstine has thrown 13 innings and surrendered just four runs against the formidable lineups of the Red Sox and Yankees.

Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s series opener:

Orioles

Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Melvin Mora – 3B
Lou Montanez – DH
Gregg Zaun – C
Felix Pie – LF
Cesar Izturis – SS

Rays

B.J. Upton, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
Willy Aybar, DH
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Jason Bartlett, SS
Gabe Kapler, RF
Dioner Navarro, C

The O's will try to keep Rays' speed-demon Carl Crawford off the bases in this two-game series. (Courtesy: AP)

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