Tonight’s Orioles – Twins Lineups

May 07, 2009 |

Tonight’s first pitch between the Orioles and Minnesota Twins is scheduled for 7:05 at Camden Yards.  Afterward, nine innings of baseball are expected to follow.  We hope.

Last night after thunder, lightning, torrential rain, and only six innings of baseball in over four hours, the O’s picked up a 4-1 win over the Twins.  The start of the game was delayed over 40 minutes and it wasn’t officially called until well past midnight in Baltimore.  At the plate, Nick Markakis hit a solo home run in his first AB and collected two RBI’s while Luke Scott connected on a two-run shot in the fourth inning to give the Orioles all the offense they needed.  Mark Hendrickson, the O’s starting pitcher, got off to a great start but was only able to throw three complete innings before a long delay ended his night.  Brian Bass picked up the win out of the bullpen, but did surrender an earned run in his 2.2 innings.

Tonight Dave Trembley will trot out 23-year old right-hander, Brad Bergesen, whom will be making the fourth start of his young career.  Through his previous three outings he’s registered a 1-0 record with two no-decisions.  Last Saturday in Toronto he pitched a full six innings for the first time in the big leagues and only yielded three earned runs in what turned out to be a 5-4 Oriole loss in 11 innings.

Going tonight for the Twins will be left-hander Glen Perkins.  The 26-year old, 12-game winner from a season ago has had mixed results in the early stages of ’09.  His first three starts of the year were very, very good.  He went eight innings in each and only allowed three runs over the entire span against the Mariners, Blue Jays, and Angels.  As for his two most recent appearances… not as good.  After a loss at Cleveland, Perkins gave up five earned and allowed 10 hits over five innings and took the no-decision in a Twin loss to the Royals.  I would imagine manager Ron Gardenhire would prefer to see to Perkins revert back to his early-early season form this evening.

Here are the respective lineups for tonight’s game:

Orioles

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

Twins

Denard Span – CF
Matt Tolbert – 2B
Joe Mauer – C
Justin Morneau – 1B
Jason Kubel – DH
Joe Crede – 3B
Matthew Cuddyer – RF
Delmon Young – LF
Nick Punto – SS

Four rain delays and only six innings later, an O's win (Courtesy: Baltimore Sun Photos)

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