O’s host first spring training game against Jays

Ladies and gentlemen of Birdland, the Baltimore Orioles play baseball today. We know, right?

It has been one long offseason to say the least. The MLB lockout of 2022 gave us a whirlwind of emotions, including doubts of even having a full 162-game season.

But the Baseball Gods spoke life into the game we love, as the season, and baseball itself, were saved from uncertain and unprecedented doom.

The O’s will host the division rival Blue Jays from beautiful Ed Smith Stadium in sunny Sarasota, Florida. It’s the first of nine home games this spring for the Birds.

Today is also our fan favorite slugger’s birthday, as Trey Mancini turns the big 30 today. Happy Birthday from all of us at The Baltimore Battery, Trey!

Taking the mound for Baltimore today is 29-year-old right-hander, Spenser Watkins. Brought back on a minor league deal before the lockout, Watkins will work to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster, whether in the rotation or bullpen as a long relief option.

Opposite Watkins will be Toronto’s ace, right-hander JosĂ© BerrĂ­os. The Puerto Rican native signed a seven-year extension with the Jays this offseason.

Let’s take a look at the starting lineups for today’s spring opener:

Toronto Blue Jays:

1. Santiago Espinal 2B
2. Bo Bichette SS
3. Greg Bird 1B
4. Danny Jansen C
5. Josh Palacios RF
6. Jordan Groshans 3B
7. Mallex Smith CF
8. Otto Lopez DH
9. Nathan Lukes LF
SP. José Berríos RHP

Baltimore Orioles:

1. Ryan McKenna CF
2. DJ Stewart DH
3. Kelvin Gutierrez 3B
4. Kyle Stowers LF
5. Tyler Nevin 1B
6. Jahmai Jones 2B
7. Yusniel DĂ­az RF
8. Anthony Bemboom C
9. Richie Martin SS
SP. Spenser Watkins RHP

Today’s game is available to listen on the Orioles Radio Network. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. EST.

Let’s Go, O’s!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing this spring? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter! And, make sure to use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content to show your Birdland swag!

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