For starters, Rays at O's
The Rays are getting ready in the newly remodeled visiting clubhouse here at Camden Yards (new lockers, rearranged design) for tonight's game.
* It apparently was something of an adventure getting here on Sunday night, as the Rays were delayed more than 3 hours due to mechanical issues with their Continential chartered plane, and spent the time waiting on the plane at. the St. Petersburg-Clearwater airport. They didn't arrive in Baltimore until around 11:45.
"We had plenty of time to to sit there and relax,'' RHP Jeff Niemann said. "It's still early, no one's really that flustered yet, it's still pretty fresh, everyone's excited to be together on the plane (so) you play cards, you really get the games going and stuff. It really didn't affect us at all, if anything it was a team bonding experience.''
The whole thing was an experience. Once it was determined the first plane wouldn'd work, Continental found another - that was in Tampa. So the pilots went over to TIA and flew it to St. Pete-Clearwater airport. The Rays, who ate and played cards on the first plane, then boarded the second plane (which had TVs) and waited for the equipment to be loaded.
* RHP Jeff Niemann said he is ready to go for Tuesday's start, having recovered from the shoulder bruise he sustained when hit by Miguel Tejada's line drive in the second inning on Thursday, with no limitations. "We really did everything that we'd normally do during the (days) in-between, we just had to take a few days off early,'' Niemann said. "Hopefully it shouldn't be an issue.'' The only "major adjustment" was that his full between-starts bullpen was pushed back to Sunday - two days before his start rather than the standard three.''
And for the Orioles: