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Monday June 21: First summer game sees Orioles host Astros

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Gametime:  7:05 pm

Forecast:  Hot and humid.  Some thundershowers might pass through in the 6-8 PM timeframe but they would likely be brief, so we will probably get this one in, although a delay is certainly possible.

Roster MoveCesar Valdez to the IL with a strained muscle in his lower back.  Travis Lakins recalled from Norfolk.

MatchupJake Odorizzi (R) vs Keegan Akin (L)


1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. Chas McCormick (R) RF
3. Michael Brantley (L) DH
4. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
5. Yordan Alvarez (L) LF
6. Carlos Correa (R) SS
7. Abraham Toro (S) 3B
8. Myles Straw (R) CF
9. Jason Castro (L) C
1. Cedric Mullins (L) CF
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Trey Mancini (R) 1B
4. Ryan Mountcastle (R) DH
5. DJ Stewart (L) RF
6. Austin Hays (R) LF
7. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
8. Stevie Wilkerson (S) 2B
9. Pedro Severino (R) C
Orioles Bench
Anthony Santander (S)
Pat Valaika (R)
Austin Wynns (R)
Bullpen Availabity (last pitched)
   Fry* 0.2 IP, 24p Saturday, 1.0 IP, 14p Friday
   Harvey 1.0 IP, 14p Saturday, 1.0 IP, 18p Friday
   Lakins just recalled from Norfolk
   Sceroler 1.0 IP, 24p Thursday
   Scott* 1.0 IP, 15p Saturday, 1.0 IP, 20p Friday
   Sulser 0.2 IP, 12p Thursday
Probably Available
   Tate 1.0 IP, 19p yesterday, 2.0 IP, 32p Thursday
Not Available
   Plutko 2.2 IP, 42p yesterday
*lefthanders denoted by asterisks

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Game Notes

  • This is Houston's first visit to Oriole Park since the cheating scandal.  The last game played between these two teams was August 11, 2019.   The starting pitchers were Justin Verlander and Asher Wojciechowski, and the Orioles won 8-7 on a walkoff home run by Rio Ruiz off Roberto Osuna.
  • Astro 3rd baseman Alex Bregman is on the IL and will miss the series
  • Houston comes in having won 16 of 20, and are in a virtual tie with Oakland for first in the AL West.  In fact, the 5 top teams in the AL (Boston, Tampa, Chicago, Houston, and Oakland) are all separated from each other by no more than one game in the standings.
  • Anthony Santander is not in the lineup tonight, he has been nursing a sore ankle.  No word on his availablity off the bench

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Cesar Valdez to IL with a strained muscle in his lower back.

Travis Lakins recalled from Norfolk.

Initial post in the thread updated to reflect these moves.

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14 minutes ago, Ruzious said:

I hope the weather holds up.  I'm in Bethesda - where there's a nasty loud t-storm coming through now.    

Radar shows some nasty stuff over Baltimore right now, looks like it will be gone by 7:30 or 7:45.

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I wasn't around for the in-game messaging on Saturday, but -- that double-play by Wilkerson...... Wow!  He is such an enigma defensively.  One day a ball is bouncing out of his glove, and the next day he comes up with that play. 

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6 minutes ago, Beysbol said:

Any of you guys collect baseball cards?

I have a brother that did and has hung on to them.  He will purchase individual cards that he needs for sets here and there, but doesn't actively collect any more.  I think now he just tracks prices.  He has over 100,000 cards.  Mostly baseball but football, basketball and hockey, too.


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