Perlozzo shuffles O's lineup

April 10, 2006|By CHILDS WALKER

With Brian Roberts resting his surgically repaired elbow yesterday, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo used an unusual lineup against Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

David Newhan started in right field and batted leadoff, and Chris Gomez played second and batted eighth. Center fielder Corey Patterson made only his second start of the season.

Newhan rewarded his manager's faith in the first inning, when he reached on an error, stole second and scored on a single by Miguel Tejada.

Rookie Nick Markakis and veterans Jeff Conine and Javy Lopez had the day off. Luis Matos made only his second career start in left field.

Perlozzo is still juggling seven outfielders and has said he's unlikely to use a more set lineup.

"This is not something that I go home that night and come up with a magical lineup," Perlozzo said. "I'll sit there and look at the series ahead and figure out how I'm going to get guys in, how we match up best. ...

"There is a plan going on here," he said with a laugh. "Whether it looks like it or not."

Childs Walker

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