BOSTON -- Count Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth among those very glad Monday's game against the Red Sox was an afternoon contest.
McLouth, a Michigan native who committed to the University of Michigan to play baseball, was excited to get to watch his Wolverines take on Louisville in the NCAA men's basketball championship game starting at 9:21 p.m. ET.
"I'm more of a watch-the-game-by-myself [guy] and not go to a bar or restaurant, because I like to concentrate," said McLouth, who passed on a scholarship at Michigan to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates and begin his pro career. "I feel like I need to get my mind right for them to have their minds right."
Michigan-Louisville is widely considered a battle of the country's best offense against the best defense, with Wolverines sophomore guard Trey Burke winning all of the major national player of the year awards in college basketball.
McLouth saw the end of the team's semifinal game, which is pretty much all he's been able to watch live since the tournament started, and he said there hasn't been a whole lot of trash-talking in the Orioles' clubhouse.
"Guys actually want Michigan to win," he said.
Reimold optimistic he'll avoid DL stint
BOSTON -- Nolan Reimold's right hamstring was doing better on Monday, and the outfielder remains optimistic he will be able to avoid the disabled list.
"It's not damaged or anything," Reimold, who left Sunday's game with tightness in the area, said of the injury. "It's just tight and we have to loosen it up, keep it loose and be aware of it."
"I told [manager Buck Showalter] I will be available if he needs me."
Reimold wasn't in the starting lineup but was listed as an available reserve. The Orioles have infielder Yamaico Navarro in Boston if they do need to make a move to bolster a bench that is already playing short with an extra pitcher on the roster.
"He feels better today," Showalter said of Reimold. "[Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] thinks it's more of just a tightness there. He had a little bit of it in the spring and it went away. Hopefully, with the off-day tomorrow, we'll be able to keep him off the disabled list. But if I had to, I'd use him today."
• Miguel Gonzalez, whose start was pushed back so that he could get extra rest, will start Friday's game in New York.
• Reliever Luis Ayala, who flew in to Boston late Sunday night after being taken to the hospital in-game after feeling ill, was available to pitch on Monday.
• Right-hander Steve Johnson (lat strain) is getting closer to going out on a rehab assignment and has been throwing with no issues at the team's complex in Sarasota, Fla. Johnson threw live batting practice Monday, tossing 30 pitches.
• Chris Tillman will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday morning, the team's off-day, as he's slated to start Thursday.
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