Triple-A Norfolk was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position yesterday.
Must be contagious.
The Orioles have a variety of issues, including Brian Roberts' injury and late-inning bullpen implosions, but the lack of clutch hitting has destroyed the first week of their season. They're 9-for-54 (.167) with RISP after going 1-for-8 in yesterday's 5-2 loss.
The Orioles are 1-5 for the first time since 2002, when they finished 67-95. They need to stomp on the brakes before they skid off baseball's landscape.
Roberts will be placed on the disabled list today, with Justin Turner taking his spot. Julio Lugo will probably get most of the starts at second base, but we'll see how it plays out.
Lugo is a natural shortstop, but he's also played second base, third base and all three outfield positions. His next appearance at second will be No. 118 in his career, compared to 1,079 at shortstop.
"It's just the turn that's different," he said. "You've got to turn to the other side on the double play. Instead of turning left, you've got to turn right. And when the ball's hit to you, you've got a little more time at second base to react to things."
Miguel Tejada's error in the eighth inning yesterday was the first by the Orioles this season, leaving the Twins as the only team that remains flawless in the field.
Nick Markakis has nine walks, moving him past the Cardinals' Colby Rasmus for the major league lead.
Just thought you'd like to know.
Going back to the farm, Scott Moore went 3-for-4 with a home run yesterday, the 100th of his minor league career and the first for the Tides this year.
Brandon Erbe makes his Triple-A debut tonight.
Brandon Waring and Tyler Henson homered in the same inning for Double-A Bowie.
Kenny Moreland tossed four scoreless innings in relief for Single-A Frederick, after left-hander Cole McCurry struck out seven over the first four frames.