SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing two road games today, and I can’t recall the last time they pulled off a doubleheader without taking the field at Ed Smith Stadium.
They make another trip to Fort Myers today for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox, but they take a left turn at the Daniels Parkway exit off Interstate 75 instead of going right toward the Twins complex.
Miguel Gonzalez gets the start for the Orioles, who will head back toward Sarasota and make a stop in Port Charlotte for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Rays. Ryan Webb, Evan Meek and T.J. McFarland also are listed among the relievers.
The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup. We received one yesterday, but there could be changes.
Manager Buck Showalter will make cuts after both games. He could eliminate Henry Urrutia and Quintin Berry from the camp roster this afternoon if they’re still in today’s lineup. Jemile Weeks also is a possibility. And if there’s a pitcher used in the first game who isn’t projected on the 25-man roster, this would be the time to send him out.
For the Red Sox
Grady Sizemore CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mike Carp 1B
Mike Napoli DH
Jonny Gomes LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Ryan Lavarnway C
Jackie Bradley Jr. RF
Allen Webster RHP
Note: The Brigance Brigade Foundation, an organization that supports ALS patients and their families created by former NFL player O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda, will host its inaugural 5.7K family fun run event April 5 at Canton Waterfront Park. Proceeds from the 5.7K will go toward furthering the mission of the Brigance Brigade Foundation, whose goal is to equip, encourage and empower people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The Brigance Brigade 5.7K will feature a timed 5.7K race, 1 mile run/walk, and a KidÂ’s Fun Run held within the Celebration Village. The Celebration Village will also feature a VIP tent, vendor tables, live entertainment, Fun Zone for kids and awards ceremony.
Registration runs from 7-8 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
O.J. Brigance is one of the few professional football players to win both a Canadian Football League and National Football League championship, and the only one to do it in the same city. Brigance joined the Ravens in 2000, helped the team claim a Super Bowl victory, and now works as Senior Advisor to Player Development.
In 2007, Brigance was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’Â’s Disease, a motor neuron disease, and is determined to win his fight against it. Following his diagnosis with ALS, O.J. and Chanda created the Brigance Brigade Foundation.