Tonight’s Orioles – Twins Lineups

May 06, 2009 |

The Orioles will begin a six-game home stand with a match-up tonight against the Minnesota Twins.  The game’s first pitch will be at 7:05pm downtown at Camden Yards… and playing there… hopefully… will be a good thing!

So far this season the Birds own a pedestrian 7-8 record playing in front of their home crowd in Baltimore, but that’s much better than the 3-9 mark they’ve posted while on the road.  Their last road-trip, all against division opponents in Toronto and Tampa, yielded just one victory in five tries.  Fortunately, manager Dave Trembley’s bunch play their next three series wearing white as they’ll take on the Twins the next two nights with the Yankees and and Rays making trips to Charm City over the weekend and in the middle of next week.

Mark Henrickson, the O’s 6’9 240lb left-hander, will make his sixth start of the season tonight against the Twinkies.  The bad news for Orioles fans, and Hendrickson, is that each start he’s made has been progressively worse than the one that preceded it.  In his first outing of the season he went 6.1 innings and only gave up one earned resulting in a W for him and team, but everything since, has been downhill.  At 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA, Henrickson obviously hasn’t been in the win column since his great debut.  Last Friday in Toronto he opposed Roy Halladay and surrendered a season-high nine hits and gave up four earned in five-plus innings .

Kevin Slowey gets the ball tonight for Minnesota and manager Ron Gardenhire in his first start since turning 25-years old two days ago.  He’s been the recipient of outstanding run support so far this season and has accumulated a flawless 4-0 record, but with it carrying an ERA of 5.17.  Slowey’s last outing is a perfect illustration of his fortunate luck; he gave up five earned through only five innings, but his teammates picked him up with 6 runs over the 4th and 5th innings to get him the win in a 7-5 game.

Here are the starting nine for both squads for tonight:

Orioles

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

Twins

Denard Span – LF
Matt Tolbert – 2B
Brenden Harris – SS
Justin Morneau – 1B
Michael Cuddyer – RF
Joe Crede – 3B
Delmon Young – DH
Mike Redmond – C
Carlos Gomez – CF

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