Tonight’s Orioles – Royals Lineups

May 14, 2009 |

The Orioles have left town, and aren’t coming back anytime too soon.  Tonight’s game in Kansas City is the first of a 10-game, three city roadtrip.  The O’s and Royals will square-off for the first of four tonight at 8:10pm in Kansas City’s beautifully renovated Kauffman Stadium.  Interestingly enough, the Orioles seem to feel right at home in KC; they’ve won 14 of the last 17 games played against the Royals in the great Midwest.

Starting on the hill tonight for the Orioles will be their ace Jeremy Guthrie.  Since starting the year with an impressive 2-0 mark in his first two starts, Guthrie has been the losing pitcher in three of his last five outings, all of which have been Baltimore losses.  In his last start last week against the Yankees, he was doomed by a three-run homer by Alex Rodriguez in the first, but was dominant in his five scoreless innings afterward.  In that game, Guthrie also struck out a season-high eight batters, while giving a base on balls to just two.  Guthrie’s last start against the Royals came on May 29th of 2007, when tossed seven strong innings and was the winning pitcher in a 6-1 O’s victory.

Gil Meche, the Royals highest paid player, will take the ball for manager Trey Hillman in the team’s first of a seven-game homestand.  Meche has gone 2-3 with an ERA of 4.43 this season in Kansas City’s #2 starter’s role, behind Zach Greinke.  The Royals return back to Kauffman Stadium riding a six-game home win streak, but overall with a five-game losing streak, go figure.  A laughing stock for the last decade in baseball, KC looks to be a team at a cross-roads right now in the early stages of ’09.  Are they a young, promising club with potential great talent on the roster, or the same Royals team that has even more consecutive losing season than the Orioles?

Here are tonight’s starting lienups:

Orioles

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

Royals

Coco Crisp – CF
David Dejesus – LF
Billy Butler – 1B
Mike Jacobs – DH
Jose Guillen – RF
Mark Teahen – 3B
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
John Buck – C
Mike Aviles – SS

With day-to-day injuries to outfielders Luke Scott and Adam Jones, Noah Reimold will make his highly anticipated Major League debut tonight in LF for the O's (Courtesy: AP)

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