Orioles lineup 7/1/2014

TJ McFarlandThe Baltimore Orioles had an all-around great team game last night as they beat the Texas Rangers 7 to 1.  The Orioles hit four home runs, two coming from Steve Pearce and Ubaldo Jimenez went eight strong innings.  Tonight, the Orioles will send T.J. McFarland to the mound to start his first game of the season.  The Orioles hope to get a good start from McFarland but I doubt he will be allowed to have a high pitch count.  McFarland was starting at triple-A Norfolk but has been pitching out of the bullpen for the Orioles.

Chris Davis is back at first base today after playing third base last night.  Flaherty is playing third base like I predicted he would now that Manny Machado is suspended. Read more about Orioles lineup 7/1/2014

Capitals sign Orpik add big defenseman

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The Washington Capitals added to their defense today by signing Brooks Orpik to a five-year deal.   Orpik has always given the Capitals trouble and is a veteran defenseman in the prime of his career.

Orpik has played on the United States Olympic team the past two Olympics.  Orpik is 33 years old but looks like he still has plenty left in the tank, speed was never really part of Orpik’s game.  Orpik plays smart and physical and always positions himself well.  Orpik is also known for being a good team leader.  Read more about Capitals sign Orpik add big defenseman

A Look at the Tides Infield

With Manny Machado being suspended for the next four games, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at possible call-ups from Triple-A Norfolk the Orioles could make to replace him. Norfolk has had plenty of infielders, non-first baseman, on the roster this season but interestingly enough none of them are listed as third basemen.

The one name that has been linked to being the main guy the Orioles would call up is Jemile Weeks. Though he currently is not with the Norfolk Tides, he was moved off their roster so he could easily get to Baltimore.

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