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A Week of Breakthroughs

Since the Orioles’ youth movement began back in May, we’ve heard how hard the young players are working to improve. We’ve heard about Felix Pie working endlessly with hitting coach Terry Crowley in the batting cages. We’ve listened to the accounts of the great bullpen sessions Brian Matusz has had with pitching coach Rick Kranitz. We know Nolan Reimold has been learning how to

Young O's Need to Learn to Win

The Orioles are going to have to figure out how to win some of these close games. I’m a bit worried the young players are missing out on the opportunity to learn how to win. It’s easier said than done, but they have to learn the value of finding ways to come up with that big hit, key play or put-away pitch. The ability

When is Bergy Coming Back?

Before Friday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago Dave Trembley confirmed the Orioles still plan to see Brad Bergesen pitch again in the big leagues before the end of the season. The problem is, Bergesen has yet to start a throwing program in Sarasota. The rookie was shipped to Florida last week hoping his bruised shin bone would feel good enough in the

Reimold Hanging Tough

Nolan Reimold was happy to get a chance to DH Wednesday. You wouldn’t know it by his numbers since the All Star break, but he’s pretty banged up. An inflamed Achilles heel tendon has bothered Reimold to varying degrees throughout the season, and now because of overcompensation, the back of his knee is hurting as well. Wednesday was a chance for him to at

O's Bench and Bullpen Short

Huff’s roster spot won’t be filled until tomorrow, so the Orioles will be playing with a short bench tonight against the Angels. As Roch Kubatko mentioned in his blog, Huff’s spot will be filled tomorrow by either newly acquired first base prospect Rhyne Hughes or Michael Aubrey who is a DH and first baseman down in Norfolk. My guess is we’ll see Aubrey in

Angels Big Test for O's Rookie Arms

With the Angels in town, Orioles rookie pitchers Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz are going to face the toughest offensive team they’ve seen to date. It’s a real chance to show they can get the best hitters in baseball out. But---they are going to see a barrage of tough veteran hitters who’ll come to the plate in waves. There really are no weak points

Wieters Breathing Easier

Matt Wieters seems much more relaxed at the plate. In my opinion, showing he was human those first two and a half months of the season was the best thing that ever happened to the rookie. Not that he failed by any means, but by having things not come so easy for the first time in his life appears to have made him a

A's Own O's

During Monday’s rain delay I opted not to elbow my fellow media members out of the way for free hot dogs. Instead of heavy eating, I did some light reading. Rarely does anyone read every single note written in the Orioles game notes, but since I had some time to kill, I did. Here’s what I found: the O’s not only have both poor

Zaun & Guthrie: So Happy Together

Interesting note about Jeremy Guthrie: he’s 6-1 with Gregg Zaun behind the plate. For the record, Guthrie is 7-10 overall, so the right-hander has only notched one win when Zaun has not been behind the plate. That’s a big difference. It’s quite ironic considering Dave Trembley put Chad Moeller behind the plate every time Guthrie pitched earlier in the season. It was clear that

Wieters Catching Matusz Good Move

I’m glad Dave Trembley has decided to give Brian Matusz something Tuesday that he didn’t afford Chris Tillman in the rookie’s major league debut last Wednesday--Matt Wieters behind the plate. Now this opinion has nothing to do with Gregg Zaun. His expertise and knowledge behind the plate has been a huge asset in helping these young pitchers transition to the major leagues. But--Wieters needs

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