Tonight’s Orioles – Rays Lineups

May 13, 2009 |

The Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays will wrap-up their short two-game series tonight at Camden Yards with first pitch coming at 7:05pm.  The game will conclude a seven-game homestand for the O’s, before leaving on a long 10-game roadtrip with trips to Kansas City, New York, and Washington D.C. on the itinerary.

In last night’s game, a 7-5 O’s win, Adam Jones continued to prove why he’s considered one of the best young players in all of baseball.  The 23-year old center-fielder connected off Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine for home runs in both the first and second innings.  The latter was a two-on, two-out bomb that capped a five-run O’s second inning that answered a five-run Rays frame in the top half of the second.  In perhaps his last tryout to stay in the starting rotation, Mark Hendrickson failed miserably.  The tall lefty only completed two innings and yet gave up five earned to the young Tampa lineup.  However, Dave Trembley’s bullpen was outstanding and preserved the W, starting with Brian Bass’ four scoreless innings and finishing up with George Sherrill’s sixth save of the season.  In between, Denys Baez and Jim Johnson pitched doughnuts in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.

Brad Bergesen takes the ball tonight for his fifth big league start and fourth in front of the home crowd at Camden Yards.  The 23-year old rookie is still searching for his second career win after three consecutive no-decisions since his winning his major league debut on April 21, against the White Sox.  In each of his last two outings, at Toronto and last week against the Twins, Bergesen completed six innings and gave up just three earned.  Bergesen, the 2008 Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year, has pitched to an ERA under 5.00, and has looked like he’s got some real moxy on the mound so far.  He won’t overwhelm major league hitters with tremendous velocity, but with good location and his ability to change speeds, Bergesen has thus far looked like the promising player the front office hopes he is.

The Tampa Bay #5 starter, Jeff Niemann, will start tonight’s game for the Rays and their manager, Joe Maddon.  The 6’9, 260lb, 26-year old right-hander has been disappointingly inconsistent thus far after showing great ability in Spring Training.  He’s just 2-3 with a 5.56 ERA and hasn’t escaped the fourth inning in either of his last two outings.  Also of note, the Orioles saw Niemann at Camden Yards already this season; on April 11 the O’s pounded out six runs on 11 hits over Niemann’s 5.1 innings of work in a 6-0 O’s win.

Here are tonight’s starting nine for each respective club:

Orioles

Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Melvin Mora – 3B
Lou Montanez – LF
Ty Wigginton – DH
Chad Moeller – C
Cesar Izturis – SS

Rays

B.J. Upton – CF
Carl Crawford – LF
Evan Longoria – 3B
Carlos Pena -1B
Willie Aybar – DH
Gabe Gross – RF
Akinori Iwamura – 2B
Jason Bartlett – SS
Dioner Navarro – C

Bergesen walked off the mound and eventually was the winning pitcher in his debut, but he's still yet to find his elusive second career win (Courtesy: Elizabeth Malby).

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