Brian Roberts set to rejoin workouts Friday after neck X-rays

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Brian Roberts left Orioles camp yesterday to have X-rays on his sore neck and the news is mostly positive.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that Roberts will skip today’s workouts, but “said his neck feels better” and hopes to be back on the field Friday after getting some treatment to “just try to get it calmed down.”

There was some concern about Roberts’ neck soreness possibly being related to the back problems that caused him to miss nearly the entire first half of last season, but so far at least there’s nothing to indicate that’s the case.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.