O's-Red Sox notes

Montanez optioned

March 31, 2010|By Peter Schmuck | The Schmuck Stops Here

Orioles: What a beating!
3:44 PM

The Orioles were no match for the Red Sox in their final Grapefruit League meeting. The Sox rolled up 17 hits and scored 14 runs, eight of them on a pair of grand slams by Victor Martinez and Kevin Frandsen.

The Orioles got a solid relief effort from closer Mike Gonzalez, but there weren't a lot of other highlights other than a ninth-inning three-run homer by Ty Wigginton. The bullpen took a beating for much of the afternoon and you've got to wonder what the club is thinking after the middle relief guys pitched so well early in the exhibition season.

"It's been up and down," said manager Dave Trembley. "You know, you saw two different guys today in Berken. The other day he got real good extension on his pitches and pitched down. Today he didn't. You take the good with the bad. We need what we need to get done in order to get off to a good start in the season. Can't play like this."

Ain't it grand
3:23 PM

Infielder Kevin Frandsen just jacked the second grand slam of the game for the Red Sox, hitting a towering fly ball that sailed out over the Hampton Inn sign in left field off reliever Dennis Sarfate. Earlier in the game, Victor Martinez hit a salami off reliever Jim Johnson. The Red Sox are currently leading 14-1.

Orioles: Lester locked in
3:12 PM

Surprise. Surprise. Jon Lester is having his way with the Orioles. He just completed his seventh inning of work and he has held them to just a run on three hits. The Orioles currently trail the Red Sox, 10-1, at Ed Smith Stadium.

Crown Vic
2:16 PM

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez has already driven in six runs in today's game and it's just the fourth inning. Martinez hit a two-run homer against Jason Berken in the third and just blasted a grand slam to straight-away center field off Jim Johnson in the fourth.

There's a four-letter word for that if you're the Orioles:

Ouch!

Red Sox jump on top (updated)
1:37 PM

Jason Berken looked very good getting four straight outs in the first inning -- including Dustin Pedroia reaching first on a strikeout -- but four of the first five batters reached base for the Red Sox in the second. David Ortiz and Mike Lowell both double in the inning, which might have been worse of Cesar Izturis had not made a Gold Glove stab on a sharp one-hopper by Marco Scutaro and teamed up with Brian Roberts on a Web Gem double play.

Instant update: Berken got bounced around in the third ining, too, giving up three runs -- two of them on a home run by Victor Martinez. Berken lasted 2 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits. Reliever Jim Johnson is now in the game.

Pregame stuff: Montanez optioned
12:09 PM

Not a big news day, at least in comparison to Tuesday, when the rotation was announced and much of the roster information became obvious. The biggest news today is that outfielder Lou Montanez has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. No surprise there, but I'd like to see him get a chance to play at the major league level for somebody. No room at the inn here unless somebody gets hurt.

Dave Trembley said that Koji Uehara will undergo an MRI to figure out what's going on with his sore hamstring. If he pitches before May, it'll be a minor miracle.

Jason Berken and Jon Lester face each other in today's game at Ed Smith Stadium. Here's the Red Sox lineup and an updated Orioles lineup:

Red Sox

Marco Scutaro SS Dustin Pedroia 2B Victor Martinez C Kevin Youkilis 1B David Ortiz DH J.D. Drew RF Mike Lowell 3B Josh Reddick LF Che-Hwuan Lin CF

Jon Lester LHP

Orioles

Brian Roberts 2B Felix Pie CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Nolan Reimold LF Luke Scott DH Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS

Jason Berken RHP

Morning briefing
8:15 AM

The Orioles take on the Boston Red Sox today at Ed Smith Stadium in their second-to-last home exhibition game of the spring. I'm guessing today won't be as eventful as yesterday, when the roster and starting rotation got straightened out, but it's always interesting when the Red Sox come to town.

Hey, if you haven't already, check out my colum on the club's decision to go with Craig Tatum instead of Chad Moeller as the backup to catcher Matt Wieters. There usually isn't a lot of intrigue when you're talking about the second catcher, but the was an interesting -- and surprisingly controversial -- decision. Check it out right here.

Here's today's Orioles lineup:

Brian Roberts 2B Nolan Reimold LF

Nick Markakis RF

Miguel Tejada 3B

Adam Jones CF Luke Scott DH Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B

Cesar Izturis SS

Jason Berken RHP

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