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Tommy Milone will start Opening Day for Orioles

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Orioles manager Brandon Hyde announced that Tommy Milone will replace John Means as the teams’ starter for their opener at Boston’s Fenway Park on Friday.

Means is suffering from arm fatigue.

Hyde said that Milone, who has a 9.33 ERA in four career starts at Fenway would chosen over another veteran left-hander, Wade LeBlanc, who has a 10.57 ERA in two starts in Boston because he was pitching on just one extra day of rest.

LeBlanc threw a simulated game earlier Tuesday at Oriole Park.

“I just didn’t want to take the chance of bringing somebody back on short rest,” Hyde said in a video conference call.

Milone, who like LeBlanc, was on a minor league contract until being added to the 40-man roster on Saturday, will pitch on five days’ rest.

“It was a great feeling to be able to tell him,” Hyde said. “His reaction was priceless. He was just really excited.”

In nine major league seasons, the 35-year-old Milone, who has pitched for six other major league teams, has a career record of 50-47.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    July 21, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    I’m sure his reaction was priceless, no one saw that coming…go O’s…

  2. ClayDal

    July 21, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Little surprised it wasn’t Wojciechowski. He pitched well against Boston last year. Was looking back over your intra squad summaries, didn’t see Wojciechowski pitching. Has he been throwing regularly? Just curious

    • Rich Dubroff

      July 21, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      He has thrown regularly. Perhaps he’ll throw in the workout tomorrow, John.

  3. Boog Robinson Robinson

    July 21, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Mayday Milone?

    Well I certainly have the warm and fuzzys with Hyde’s choice considering Mayday gives up 1.2 runs less per nine than Leblanc in Beantown! Very comforting.

    And might I add that this was a awesomely shrewd offseason pickup by Elias.

  4. CalsPals

    July 21, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Means has a fatigued arm, now Harvey, what did they actually do during their “break”?…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 21, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Probably spent time over-utilizing the dominant arm as most young men are prone to…..

    • CalsPals

      July 21, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      Lol…go O’s…

  5. CalsPals

    July 21, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Why do we have another 2B playing outfield…sweet Jesus…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 21, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      Cross training.

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