SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Flaherty is playing right field today and left-hander T.J. McFarland is making his first start this spring, as the Orioles host the Boston Red Sox.
Rule 5 rules.
For the Orioles:
Brian Roberts 2B
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Wilson Betemit DH
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty RF
T.J. McFarland LHP
Mark Hendrickson, Jim Johnson, Darren O'Day, Pedro Strop, Jason Gurka and Chris Petrini also are listed as available pitchers today.
Catcher Brian Ward is here from minor league camp.
For the Red Sox:
Notes: Nick Markakis will take batting practice again today and hopes to play in a game within the next few days.
Markakis said everything is "smooth." It's just a day-to-day progression.
"Hopefully, it's a couple more days and I'll get in a game soon," he said.
Chris Tillman was encouraged after his 62-pitch outing yesterday at Twin Lakes Park. He continues to believe that he'll build up enough innings to be ready for the opener.
"I feel like I'm ready to go," he said.
Tillman will pitch again on Friday against the State College of Florida.
Outfielder Trayvon Robinson is listed among the reserves for today's game after straining his lower back yesterday in Bradenton.