Baltimore manager Dave Trembley confirmed a long-standing hunch on Tuesday, when he stated that center fielder Adam Jones will likely bat out of the second spot in the order. Trembley likes Jones there to play as another speed threat behind leadoff man Brian Roberts and as a righty bat before the lefty tandem of Nick Markakis and Aubrey Huff.
And if Jones bats second, much of the rest of the order appears to be set. Melvin Mora will likely bat fifth, in between Huff and designated hitter Luke Scott. The bottom three slots will be filled by Gregg Zaun, Felix Pie and Cesar Izturis — likely in that order.