DUNEDIN, Fla. – Sunday’s Orioles lineup is entirely different from Saturday’s opener. Only Nolan Reimold, Wilson Betemit and Alexi Casilla could be classified as regulars. It’s Reimold’s first game since last April.
“I know when he was a little ticked off by not playing he was in a good spot,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s not going to be today what he’s going to be in April.”
Reimold is batting second and playing left field.
“Nolan’s ready to go. It’s not results. It’s body language. It’s the look on his face,” Showalter said.
The rest of the lineup is filled with players who have major league experience, but aren’t sure things to make the team.
“We’re going to keep moving guys around. We’ve got plenty of games,” Showalter said.
Conor Jackson, who missed a few days because of a sore lower back, is in the lineup. Jonathan Schoop has left the team to play with Netherlands’ entry in the World Baseball Classic.
“One of the benefits of the WBC is you play a few more games, get some more looks. We’re going to move some guys around as the game progresses,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Showalter said that Jim Johnson and Darren O’Day threw on the side Sunday morning.
-Chris Tillman will start on Tuesday at Bradenton when the Orioles face the Pirates.