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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke Jones is the Ravens and Orioles beat reporter for WNST BaltimorePositive.com and is a PFWA member. His mind is consumed with useless sports knowledge, pro wrestler promos, and movie quotes, but he struggles to remember where he put his phone. Luke's favorite sports memories include being one of the thousands of kids who waited to get Cal Ripken's autograph after Orioles games in the summer of 1995, attending the Super Bowl XXXV victory parade with his father in the pouring rain, and watching the Terps advance to the Final Four at the Carrier Dome in 2002. Follow him on Twitter @BaltimoreLuke or email him at Luke@wnst.net.

As we do for every televised game, WNST.net will have the Orange Crush chat open tonight at 10:00 p.m. for the second of a four-game set between the Orioles (1-9) and the Athletics (7-4) out in Oakland.

As the Orioles ballpark reporter for WNST.net, I was at Camden Yards for the disastrous 0-6 home stand and watched the club continue its struggles Thursday night as David Hernandez took the loss in an all-around listless 6-2 defeat.

In an effort to spark some interesting debate in tonight’s chat, I’d like to offer you a hypothetical chance to play general manager and/or manger. If you could make three realistic moves (and sorry, a Luke Scott/Matt Albers/Brandon Snyder for Adrian Gonzalez deal doesn’t qualify as realistic) right now to improve the current state of the baseball team, what would they be?

There’s plenty to talk about, so I hope you’ll join us in the Orange Crush at 10:00 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 on MASN2. Kevin Millwood (0-1, 2.13 ERA) will take the hill against the talented Dallas Braden (1-0, 2.77 ERA) in what looks to be an attractive pitching match-up.

Grab your laptop—and perhaps a cold beverage or four—and I’ll talk to you later tonight.

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9:35 p.m. — If you’re on the WNST Text Service, you received word that the Orioles have indeed placed outfielder Felix Pie (left shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list and have recalled outfielder Lou Montanez from Triple-A Norfolk.

Here is tonight’s lineup with the biggest note—a wish granted from many Orioles fans—being the shift of Nick Markakis to the No. 2 spot in the lineup:

CF Adam Jones
RF Nick Markakis
3B Miguel Tejada
C Matt Wieters
DH Nolan Reimold
LF Luke Scott
1B Garrett Atkins
2B Ty Wigginton
SS Cesar Izturis

SP Kevin Millwood

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