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Arrieta doesn't slow his roll

Jake Arrieta isn't just knocking on the door. He's kicking it in, repairing it and kicking it in again. Handy guy. Arrieta held Rochester to one run and five hits over eight innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches, 66 for strikes, and his ERA's down to 1.77. Arrieta has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last

If it is broke, fix it

The Orioles are broken and they have to be fixed. Tape and glue won't hold them together. Don't bother pushing a cart through Home Depot unless your deck needs waterproofing or you have loose tiles in your shower. The offense has to be repaired. The bullpen has to be put back together. You know it's bad when fans are clamoring for Matt Angle after 14

New slogan: Just Do Something

I'm half-asleep or the Orioles have completely fried my brain. Not sure where to place the blame, but I'm trying to cut through the haze and get my day started. Dave Trembley is still the manager this morning. I won't provide hourly updates, but he remains in charge as I pour a bowl of cereal. The Orioles haven't arranged a conference call with reporters or

Checking on Reimold and Mickolio

Nolan Reimold started at first base tonight for Triple-A Norfolk and went 2-for-4 with a double, his second home run and two RBIs. He's batting .130. Reimold also committed his second error with a poor throw. Reliever Kam Mickolio blew the save and took the loss against Pawtucket after allowing two runs and three hits in the eighth inning. He threw 39 pitches and saw

Tejada defends Trembley and Crowley

If you visit MASN's media lounge, you'll find Amber Theoharis' post-game interview with third baseman Miguel Tejada. It's worth a look. You might be interested in Tejada's reaction when asked about all the speculation over the job security of manager Dave Trembley and hitting coach Terry Crowley, and whether the players share the responsibility for what's transpired this season. Miguel Tejada talks with Amber about

Ohman was due

Will Ohman gave up back-to-back homers to begin the eighth inning, a dramatic way to end his scoreless streak. Ohman hadn't allowed a run in 25 appearances, but Jose Bautista jumped on a first-pitch fastball - as the Jays always do - and Alex Gonzalez launched a 3-1 pitch over the left field fence. The Orioles might want to skip the eighth inning. Maybe they

No offense, but... (updated)

The Orioles have peppered Toronto starter Ricky Romero with four singles today. They've got him on the ropes. OK, not quite. They scored once in the first inning and went silent again. And now they trail, 4-1, on Lyle Overbay's leadoff homer in the bottom of the sixth. I've seen enough of this guy. Maybe a lefty specialist would have retired him. Jeremy Guthrie had

Not a good start

The Orioles are wearing throwback uniforms on June 26. Unfortunately, it's the '62 Mets. But seriously... As I drove home from MASN's Hunt Valley studio, I listened to Jeremy Guthrie give up a 1-0 lead in the first inning that Nick Markakis provided for him. Two doubles, two singles and a walk. At least the Jays didn't homer. That's an accomplishment. Guthrie threw 27 pitches,

Orioles lineup (w/Jays)

LF Corey Patterson 2B Julio Lugo RF Nick Markakis 1B Ty Wigginton 3B Miguel Tejada DH Luke Scott CF Adam Jones C Matt Wieters SS Cesar Izturis RHP Jeremy Guthrie Shameless plug alert: I'll be appearing on O's Xtra before today's game. For the Jays: LF Fred Lewis 2B Aaron Hill DH Adam Lind CF Vernon Wells RF Jose Bautista SS Alex Gonzalez 1B Lyle

Is Castillo next?

Cla Meredith is heading to Triple-A Norfolk. You have to wonder whether Alberto Castillo will be nipping at his heels. Maybe not that close, but Castillo hasn't exactly taken full advantage of his latest opportunity in the Orioles' bullpen. His roster spot is in jeopardy. Again. Castillo entered today's game as the lefty specialist and served up a two-run homer to Lyle Overbay on his

Long wait, short lead (updated twice)

I wondered how Chris Tillman would respond after the long wait in the dugout during the Orioles' two-run sixth inning. It wasn't a marathon, but it might have seemed that way to Tillman, who's accustomed to taking a seat on the bench, removing his cap to wipe the sweat off his forehead and getting right back up. The Orioles actually provided some rest for Tillman,

Tejada forced to pay attention

Third baseman Miguel Tejada fielded Aaron Hill's blistering ground ball with one out in the third, tapped his glove twice and threw to second for the force. That's fine, but what about the double play? Julio Lugo threw late to first, extending the inning and tacking two more pitches on Chris Tillman's line, raising the right-hander's total to 50. Adam Lind grounded out, so no

Encouraging signs in the first (updated)

Toronto leadoff hitter Fred Lewis jumped on Chris Tillman's first pitch, an 88 mph fastball, and doubled to center field. Lewis was sitting on the fastball and Tillman gave him one. And it only registered 88. That was a bad sign, but it also was the last one. Tillman struck out the side, freezing Aaron Hill with a 94 mph fastball and Adam Lind with

A reason to watch

The Orioles don't have an extra-base hit since Garrett Atkins homered on Wednesday. It's time to raise the singles bar. Make mine a double. Brian Roberts took live batting practice from both sides of the plate earlier today in Sarasota. Those baseball-related activities are increasing. So are the chances that he'll get back in the lineup in a few weeks. The Orioles aren't completely ruling

Orioles lineup (w/Toronto)

Julio Lugo 2B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Garrett Atkins DH Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS Chris Tillman RHP Feeling good about this one? Jones went 0-for-4 last night to snap his career-best 13-game hitting streak. I tried to come up with a "detained" joke and couldn't do it. The Orioles haven't won a

No surprise, no surprise, no surprise (w/Norfolk info)

Just to recap: The Orioles didn't score a run for Kevin Millwood. They officially recalled Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk to make tomorrow's start in Toronto. They optioned reliever Cla Meredith to Norfolk to make room for Tillman on the 25-man roster. Pretty slow night. Meredith took the news about like you'd expect. He wasn't happy and mentioned his uneven use and how he only

Orioles lineup (and Jays)

For the Orioles: LF Corey Patterson 1B Ty Wigginton RF Nick Markakis 3B Miguel Tejada DH Luke Scott C Matt Wieters CF Adam Jones 2B Scott Moore SS Cesar Izturis RHP Kevin Millwood For the Blue Jays: LF Fred Lewis 2B Aaron Hill DH Adam Lind CF Vernon Wells RF Jose Bautista SS Alex Gonzalez 1B Lyle Overbay C John Buck 3B Edwin Encarnacion RHP

Markakis' return a timely one (updated)

I'm sure that Christina Markakis' doctor didn't induce labor last night so husband Nick could face Shaun Marcum in Toronto. Pure coincidence - though the fact that he wore an Orioles cap turned backward during the delivery raised suspicions. OK, I'm kidding. Anyway, it was nice timing. Markakis will rejoin the Orioles tonight after leaving the team yesterday for the birth of his second son.

Playing second-guessing games

Maybe it was a good sign for Orioles manager Dave Trembley that I passed president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail at the bottom of the stairs on my way back up to the press box after the post-game media gathering. MacPhail wasn't waiting for Trembley in the manager's office. Reporters are at the point where they're looking for any clues into the organization's thought process

The key decision

For most of us, it had to be manager Dave Trembley's decision to remove Jason Berken after one batter in the eighth inning. Berken retired Rajai Davis on a fly ball with runners on first and second. Trembley played matchups by bringing in left-hander Mark Hendrickson to face Daric Barton and Ryan Sweeney. You know what happened next. Barton grounded out, but the next three

The latest implosion

The A's have scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning, the last three on Kevin Kouzmanoff's bases-loaded double, to take a 7-5 lead and ruin a sensational outing for Brad Bergesen. Bergesen will get a no-decision. The Orioles won't be that lucky. Manager Dave Trembley pulled Bergesen after the first two batters singled. Jason Berken retired Rajai Davis on the fly ball,

Atkins an RBI machine

Garrett Atkins drove in another run tonight with a bases-loaded walk in the seventh that increased the Orioles' lead to 5-2. Atkins hit his first home run last night. He hadn't recorded RBIs in consecutive games since April 7 and 8. I'll give the guy credit for being patient tonight and finding ways to get on base. Matt Wieters has been pretty resourceful, too. He's

Oh boy! (updated)

Tonight's attendance: 26,279. Nick Markakis' wife, Christina, gave birth to Tucker Edward at 8:21 p.m. The baby weighs 7 pounds, 1 ounce. No word whether he bats from the left or right side. That's 14 batters in a row for Brad Bergesen, who induced three more ground balls in the top of the seventh. (And I actually used the word "induced" in this entry without

Brad's no longer bad (updated)

Brad Bergesen has retired 11 batters in a row since walking two to open the third inning. That 4-3-6-2 double play must have done the trick. Bergesen just cruised through the top of the sixth inning. It couldn't have been much easier. Two ground balls to Julio Lugo and a pop up to Ty Wigginton. Bergesen could have brought an umbrella drink to the mound,

Perfect execution (updated)

The Orioles just completed one of your typical 4-3-6-2 double plays. If you've seen one... Brad Bergesen walked the first two batters in the third, including stolen base machine Rajai Davis. Catcher Matt Wieters went to the mound - alone this time - to settle him down. Ryan Sweeney followed with a grounder to second baseman Julio Lugo, who wisely ran Daric Barton back toward

In Bergy's head?

We had the mother of all mound conferences in the top of the second inning after Oakland's Jack Cust grounded out. The umpires stopped play and met with Brad Bergesen, apparently to point out that his foot hadn't made contact with the rubber. Bergesen was standing to the left of it, which A's first base coach Todd Steverson must have noticed. It wasn't a five-man

More on Scott

Luke Scott took 25 swings in the indoor cage and completed three rounds of live batting practice. No longer confronted with pain in his left shoulder, he expects to play tomorrow night in Toronto. "I didn't turn it loose, but I put some good effort into it and it felt pretty good, so I should be ready tomorrow," he said. "I didn't go all out

Small world

Orioles left-hander Will Ohman is tied for the AL lead in appearances with 25. He shares the lead with former Oriole Chris Ray, who's 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA with the Texas Rangers. Ray, traded at the winter meetings for Kevin Millwood, has allowed 13 hits, walked 11 and struck out 11 in 22 innings. Ohman, who signed a minor league deal, hasn't surrendered an

Scott available tonight

Luke Scott had his left shoulder packed in ice when the clubhouse opened to the media. He isn't in tonight's lineup, but he could come off the bench if needed. Scott is going to hit off a tee and take some cuts at soft tosses this afternoon. "I'm going to go test it out and start building it up," he said. "It feels good right

Tonight's lineup

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Julio Lugo 2B Ty Wigginton 1B Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Garrett Atkins DH Lou Montanez RF Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP For the Athletics: Davis CF Barton 1B Sweeney RF Suzuki C Cust DH Kouzmanoff 3B Gross LF Rosales SS Ellis 2B Gonzalez LHP Brian Roberts is taking ground balls at second base

Close call with Wieters

Matt Wieters caught Adam Jones' throw in the sixth inning last night, made a sweeping tag of Oakland's Ryan Sweeney for the final out, grimaced and bent at the waist. Wieters straightened up, took a few steps and bent at the waist again. This would have been a good time for fans to slip into panic mode. Wieters isn't tearing the cover off the ball,

Brian's song not the same pitch

The idea would have seemed preposterous a month ago. Send Brian Matusz to the minors? Did someone leave the cap loose on the Elmers? I noticed that a few readers were pondering the possibility last night, asking about the length of his leash. I get the same question about Garrett Atkins and have fielded it, at various times, about Chris Tillman, Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken

Oakland 6, Orioles 1

Manager Dave Trembley doesn't seem overly concerned about Brian Matusz, who's allowed four first-inning runs in back-to-back starts and fell to 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA. "I think it's a combination of him pitching in the middle of the plate, the ball up, and he's not getting his two-seamer across," Trembley said. "He's throwing a lot of four-seamers and he likes to pitch in to

As a Mata of fact

Frank Mata's major league debut lasted 1 1/3 innings. He allowed an infield hit and issued a walk to consecutive batters before Matt Albers replaced him in the seventh. Mata would have been charged with two runs while sitting on the bench if Nick Markakis didn't make a spectacular diving catch to rob Kevin Kouzmanoff. The ball would still be rattling around the warning track.

What's the Mata? (updated)

Frank Mata made his major league debut in the sixth inning after Brian Matusz failed to retire any of the three batters he faced and allowed another run. Mata, 26, entered with runners on first and second, no outs and the Orioles behind, 6-1. He fell behind, 2-0, to Jake Fox, who swung at a 93 mph fastball and flied to the edge of the

Down on the farm

Left-hander Rick Zagone, a sixth-round pick in the 2008 draft out of Missouri, went the distance today for Single-A Frederick in a 4-1 win over Wilmington. Zagone (2-5, 3.59 ERA) allowed one run and five hits over nine innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. Third baseman Buck Britton went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Double-A Bowie left-hander Zach Britton has shut

Going, going, Garrett

It happened tonight on a 1-2 pitch in the bottom of the third inning. Garrett Atkins hit his first home run as an Oriole. Atkins was one at-bat shy of tying his career-long homerless drought of 146 when he gave Oakland's Trevor Cahill a smackdown. He also collected his fifth hit in his last 37 at-bats over 14 games. I'm sure Atkins won't request that

Too soon to worry? (updated)

What's going on with Brian Matusz? Matusz has fallen behind, 4-0, in the first inning, the last three runs scoring on Adam Rosales' homer. Rosales crushed a 92 mph fastball that hung over the plate and begged to be hit. The inning finally ended when shortstop Cesar Izturis made a diving stop and throw to rob Jake Fox. Matusz retreated to the dugout after allowing

Gonzo could return 3rd week in June

Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez hasn't been completely ruled out for a June 9 return, the date he's eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list, but he'll probably need to wait a little longer. Gonzalez has been advised to gear himself toward a return the following week, when the Orioles play road interleague games in San Francisco and San Diego. The West Coast opener is

Injured trio heading to Sarasota

Second baseman Brian Roberts and relievers Koji Uehara and Alfredo Simon will fly to Sarasota on Friday. I wonder which one gets the middle seat. Roberts is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 9, but the first week at the minor league complex will be like spring training for him. He'll have to play in some games and go on an injury

Moore yes, Scott no

Corey Patterson LF Ty Wigginton 1B Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Scott Moore 2B Garrett Atkins DH Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP

Now we're cooking

I'll pass along the lineups in about an hour. I ducked into the MASN WebStudio to file a quick entry on today's Orioles Cook-Off and to revel in the air conditioning. I took a little walk through the Inner Harbor. In the direct sunlight. Wearing a black shirt and gray slacks. You get the picture. My car temperature was 96 degrees after I retrieved it

Look for Luke at The Zone (updated)

Luke Scott is still scheduled to appear at today's Orioles Cook-Off at ESPN Zone. He didn't cancel after being scratched from last night's lineup with a sore left shoulder. Scott couldn't swing a bat yesterday without experiencing discomfort in the shoulder, but he can wield a spoon. Scott told reporters last night that he might undergo an MRI today. I don't know if his appearance

About last night...

You might have been thinking it. I know that I was thinking it. "Why is Will Ohman coming into this game?" (And why am I using quotation marks for a thought? Good question.) I suggested to a few reporters in the press box that I'd bring back Mark Hendrickson for the ninth. The tall lefty had cruised through two innings, allowing only an infield hit

Post-game Trembley

Manager Dave Trembley praised the Orioles' situational hitting and bullpen after tonight's 5-1 victory. How many times has that happened? The sixth inning was huge, scoring twice on two walks, a wild pitch and two fly balls. And Mark Hendrickson pitched his best game of the season, according to Trembley, before Will Ohman retired the side in order in the ninth. "Productive outs. We turned

So much for a save situation

The Orioles scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to lead, 5-1. Nick Markakis homered and Matt Wieters added an RBI double off the out-of-town scoreboard after striking out twice. Mark Hendrickson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings after replacing Jeremy Guthrie. I'd let him pitch the ninth, too, but Will Ohman has entered the game. Can we still call Ohman the closer?

Now the real fun starts (updated twice)

The Orioles pieced together two productive at-bats after Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada walked to open the sixth inning, and they've taken a 3-1 lead over the A's. Ty Wigginton was swinging away - wise choice, I thought - and produced a sacrifice fly to right field after the runners had moved up on Tyson Ross' wild pitch. Adam Jones followed with another fly ball

Fit to be tied, and fed

The Orioles didn't rip the cover off the ball - I'm not sure they smudged it - but they manufactured a run to tie the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the fourth. Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada walked to begin the inning. Ty Wigginton tapped to the mound, and A's left-hander Dallas Braden got the out at third base. Adam Jones followed with a

More good and bad

Adam Jones extended his hitting streak to 11 games, a career high and the longest by an Oriole this season, with a one-out single in the second inning. Jones was picked off first base for the second out. And so it goes. Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden caught Jones leaning. Manager Dave Trembley didn't agree with the call, however, and came out of the dugout. The

Lineup change (Scott has shoulder strain)

Luke Scott has been scratched from the lineup with a strained left shoulder. Garrett Atkins will replace him. Corey Patterson LF Julio Lugo 2B Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins DH Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Athletics: Cliff Pennington SS Daric Barton 1B Ryan Sweeney RF Kurt Suzuki C Jack Cust

Pre-game notes (updated again)

Left-hander Alberto Castillo is here. Right-hander Frank Mata is due to report at 4:30 p.m. "Our bullpen situation right now will be a challenging one," manager Dave Trembley said. "I don't know what the roles are. I don't have guys slotted at particular innings. We have an eight-man bullpen right now." That includes David Hernandez, who is likely to stay there unless injuries strike the

Lugo at second, Wiggy at first

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Ty Wigginton 1B Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP No Garrett Atkins vs. Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden. Down on the farm, Jake Arrieta allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings and Dennis Sarfate picked up his first save in

Hernandez to bullpen

The Orioles have made their decision regarding David Hernandez. His next appearance will come as a reliever. Manager Dave Trembley just confirmed that Hernandez is moving to the bullpen. He hasn't named a replacement in the rotation, but noted that Chris Tillman should be here soon from Triple-A Norfolk. Perhaps by Saturday? I think you can count on it. Check out Trembley's video journal today.

Turner to Mets (w/Arrieta update)

The Orioles found out today whether infielder Justin Turner cleared waivers and could be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. He did not, and he can not. I just checked with president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, who confirmed that the Mets claimed Turner this afternoon. The news won't come as much of a surprise in the press box. We were discussing that possibility once Turner was

Arrieta still pitching for Norfolk (updated)

Jake Arrieta has returned to the mound for his third inning today at Triple-A Norfolk. He's thrown 42 pitches through the second. It doesn't appear that the Orioles will purchase Arrieta's contract and give him the ball on Saturday. He would be working on short rest, so Tides manager Gary Allenson would have needed to restrict his pitch count today. Chris Tillman is the overwhelming

The closer I get to you (w/Reimold update)

The Orioles have gone through three closers this season if you count Jim Johnson. All three have come down with injuries - shoulder (Mike Gonzalez), elbow (Johnson) and hamstring (Alfredo Simon). The next guy will probably get appendicitis or a really nasty cold sore. If I'm Will Ohman, I'd be hiding from manager Dave Trembley today. Rip the bullpen phone off the wall after the

Is Mata the man?

Triple-A Norfolk reliever Frank Mata didn't enter tonight's game in a save situation. Armando Gabino handled the last three innings, blanking Rochester along the way, for his first save. The Tides held on for a 2-1 victory. Does this mean that Mata is headed to Baltimore as one of the bullpen replacements? It's certainly fair to speculate, and we do a lot of it around

Checking on Tillman (updated twice)

Chris Tillman isn't especially sharp tonight at Triple-A Norfolk, but he's limited Rochester to one run over four innings and the Tides hold a 2-1 lead. Tillman has scattered six hits, walked one and struck out five. He's thrown 82 pitches, 54 for strikes. I'd say a complete game is pretty much out of the question, but not a victory. Tillman threw 46 pitches in

A few updates (w/fifth item added)

No. 1: Everything's still quiet regarding manager Dave Trembley. He won't be fired today. Book it. I just got further confirmation. No. 2: Second baseman Brian Roberts is feeling better after being hospitalized last week with pneumonia, but he doesn't have any immediate plans to fly down to Sarasota and resume baseball-related activities. That idea has been put on hold. No. 3: Triple-A Norfolk first

So, what's going on today?

I haven't been given any indication that the Orioles are prepared to make a managerial change today. I had a phone call returned a few minutes ago, and I'm told that nothing is imminent. Would I bet my life on everything staying the same throughout the homestand? No way. Yours? Perhaps. (OK, joking.) Things change, as I'm reminded, and the silence in some quarters always

The waiting is the hardest part

There's nothing like waking up to rain again, especially on a Monday. Makes you want to jump out of bed and get the day started early. I actually need that early start because I can't be away from my laptop as we approach the afternoon hours. I might have some extra work to do. Your guess is as good as mine. For the record, Lebron

The two plays

Adam Jones talked about the ball that Roger Bernadina hit with the bases-loaded that turned into a triple and gave Washington a 3-1 lead in the first inning. "Missed the ball. Just missed the ball," he said. "I mean, there's no elaboration. Just didn't come up with it. You either catch it or you don't. I didn't. You're supposed to make that play. Just like

Simon says...

Alfredo Simon said he felt "a little pop" in his hamstring before leaving the game in the 10th inning. "I just tried to run hard to the base. We'll see how fast I can recover," he said. "I think it'll be good in a couple of days, maybe just a week." The Orioles can't go that long without him, so they could be placing two

Post-game Trembley and Meredith

Orioles manager Dave Trembley was seething after the game. He tried to hold it together and finally cut short the interview session by saying, "That's about it." No, that was it. "A lot of things happened in the game that have been repetitive, but the intent to play hard, to come back, the things that are very apparent, speak for themselves," he said. That's a

Simon's injury

Alfredo Simon strained his left hamstring while reaching for Luke Scott's throw to first base. The injury occurred to the upper part of his leg. It's not known how long he'll be sidelined. For those of you keeping score at home, the Orioles have lost two closers (Mike Gonzalez and Alfredo Simon), one set-up man (Jim Johnson) and one seventh-inning reliever (Koji Uehara).

Simon hurt (updated)

Just what the Orioles didn't need. Closer Alfredo Simon pulled up while covering first base in the bottom of the 10th, bringing head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Dave Trembley from the dugout. Simon kept holding his left hip. He limped off the field with Bancells at his side. Simon retired all four batters he faced, and the Nationals couldn't get the ball out

Hold that epitaph (w/Florimon update)

I was crafting another entry detailing the Orioles' ninth inning rally and how they fell short against Nats closer Matt Capps. I was expressing disappointment in Matt Wieters' at-bat with runners on second and third and one out, how a weak ground ball to the right side felt empty despite scoring a run. Then Julio Lugo made me hit the delete button. Lugo's two-out single

Millwood's done (w/minor league note)

Kevin Millwood made it to the seventh inning, but he couldn't finish it. That's pretty deep in the game, but not quite as far as manager Dave Trembley had hoped. Millwood threw 113 pitches in 6 1/3, but all the scoring off him took place in the first on that bases-loaded triple. He turned in another quality start unless Will Ohman allows Ryan Zimmerman to

Here and there (updated)

Kevin Millwood has blanked the Nationals over the last four innings. Unfortunately, Roger Bernadina's three-run triple in the first has held up. Neither team has scored since the opening inning. Millwood has struck out eight through the fifth, with no walks, but he trails, 3-1, and his pitch count's at 91. One more strikeout, and Millwood will tie his season high. The Orioles have managed

How an inning comes unraveled

The Orioles had a chance to come up with a big inning in the first and they didn't do it. The Nationals had a chance to come up with a big inning in the first and they did it. Corey Patterson and Nick Markakis opened the top half with singles into center field, but Miguel Tejada grounded into a routine double play. Patterson scored, but

Pre-game Trembley (w/minor league note)

Did you hear that former major league pitcher Jose Lima died of a massive heart attack at his Los Angeles home? ESPNDeportes is reporting it. Lima was only 37. No much to report from manager Dave Trembley's pre-game media session beyond Koji Uehara's elbow exam. If you're scoring at home, Uehara's next trip to the disabled list will be No. 4 since the Orioles signed

Updating Koji

Team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens is here to examine reliever Koji Uehara's right elbow. Uehara isn't available again today, and the club could choose to put him on the disabled list tomorrow or before Tuesday's game against Oakland at Camden Yards. He'll be re-examined in Baltimore, but he apparently is dealing with a sprained ligament. This is the same elbow that forced Uehara on the

Wigginton batting cleanup today

Here's the Orioles lineup: Corey Patterson LF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Ty Wigginton 2B Luke Scott 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Julio Lugo SS Kevin Millwood RHP For the Nationals: Morgan CF Guzman 2B Zimmerman 3B Dunn 1B Willingham LF Bernadina RF Desmond SS Nieves C Lannan LHP

Sunday Funday?

Not yet. I drove in heavy rain to get to Nationals Park, and though the precipitation has stopped, the forecast for the rest of the day isn't promising. That's an ugly sky overhead. The tarp's been pulled off the infield, but it hasn't been rolled up. The mound and plate remain covered. Perhaps we'll find out soon whether Koji Uehara is going on the disabled

Down on the farm (updated)

Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Troy Patton was rocked tonight, giving up eight runs and 13 hits in 4 1/3 innings against Rochester. His ERA ballooned to 6.56. Michael Aubrey collected a hit in his first at-bat and left the game with an apparent injury. I'll try to find out more tomorrow. Update: Or later tonight. I'm told Aubrey exited with a slight injury to his hip

Leftover quotes

Koji Uehara Does it seem like it's been one thing after another? "Everything has been my fault." Same injury as last year? "It's a similar area." Do you think you're trying too hard? "I don't think so, no." Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? "No." How many days can you not be available? "I'm going to have to make my decision soon." Adam

Wrapping up a 7-6 loss

The Orioles are batting .304 and have scored 21 runs on this road trip, and they're 1-3 heading into tomorrow. I thought the offense was the problem. Now it's the starting pitching and an overworked bullpen? The defense didn't do the Orioles any favors in the decisive sixth inning. Nick Markakis got a late break on Adam Kennedy's sinking liner and failed to make a

Koji speaks (through Jiwon Bang)

Koji Uehara said the club hasn't discussed putting him on the disabled list with a sore right elbow. That talk must be coming. Uehara said the elbow started to bother him during Wednesday's outing in Texas. "The bad part is gone," he said, "so hopefully I'll recover soon." Somebody tap the needle. This record is skipping again. (For you younger readers, a record is...never mind.)

Koji hurting; roster move coming?

Koji Uehara didn't pick up a ball again today and is complaining of discomfort in his right elbow. Manager Dave Trembley and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail have discussed the possibility of bringing up another reliever for their short-handed bullpen. Trembley isn't ready to suggest that Uehara is headed back to the disabled list, but it certainly appears to be a strong possibility. I

Checking on Koji

It required a pair of binoculars, but we spotted Koji Uehara sitting at the far left end of the bullpen bench. He's wearing a jacket and he's barely moved. That tells us that he's unavailable. Otherwise, he'd probably be in this game, or he might have warmed up at some point. We took it as a good sign that he was sitting in the bullpen.

Bergy to break the century mark (updated twice)

Brad Bergesen batted with two outs in the sixth and runners on the corners. Nobody is warming in the bullpen. The mound remains covered. Bergesen obviously will return for the bottom of the sixth with his pitch count at 99 and the Orioles holding a 6-3 lead after Ty Wigginton's two-run shot off Craig Stammen. Matt Wieters followed with a single to knock Stammen out

Bizarre home run (updated)

The top of the fourth inning will go down as one of the strangest in recent memory. Luke Scott reached first base on an apparent infield hit, but the official scorer here gave Nationals starter Craig Stammen an error. I should have written it down in pencil because it will be changed. No way you can expect the pitcher to field a sharp grounder up

Pace yourself Bergy (updated)

The press box is pretty far from the field, but I'm almost positive that the game has started. I'm so high up, the guy next to me said he's flying the mail to Pittsburgh. I'm so high up, I'm the only person here who isn't wearing wings. But seriously folks... The Orioles need Brad Bergesen to stick around for a while because the bullpen's a

Where there's a Will

Or maybe I should have gone with "Willing and Able." If only I had it to do over again. Manager Dave Trembley is being cautious with reliever Will Ohman, which might seem strange if you consider that the left-hander is leading the AL with 23 appearances. Ohman's thrown only 14 innings, which he's quick to point out whenever someone uses the word "fatigued." "I'm not

Concerns growing over Koji

Manager Dave Trembley won't know whether Koji Uehara is available tonight until he checks with pitching coach Rick Kranitz. "If he's not," Trembley said, "I'll be concerned about that." Uehara was gassed during Wednesday night's appearance in Texas. He lasted two-thirds of an inning and 29 pitches, and Trembley still couldn't use him last night. Trembley would have called upon Uehara to replace starter David

Jones and Wieters in lineup

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott 1B Ty Wigginton 2B Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP For the Nationals: Morgan CF Guzman SS Zimmerman 3B Dunn 1B Willingham LF Rodriguez C Kennedy 2B Bernadina RF Stammen RHP

Taking notes

Luke Scott has hit in 11 of his last 12 games, going 21-for-44 (.477) with three doubles, six homers and 12 RBIs. Keep riding him while he's hot. And no, I don't regret that last sentence. Scott batted .177 in his first 24 games. In case you hadn't heard, he can be streaky. Adam Jones has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games,

On the road again

I'm heading to D.C. later this morning. I can only sit home for so long. I thought about flying again because I miss waiting for the daily garage shuttle and going through airport security, but I decided to just drive down there. I'll check on Matt Wieters' sore right knee and Adam Jones' leg cramps. I'll also fan Koji Uehara to keep him cool. Craig

I hate being "that" guy

It's such a shame that the Orioles have turned me into one of those guys who sits there wondering how they're going to lose a game. It would be a crying shame, but I don't want you to see me cry. I thought David Hernandez's rising pitch count would pose a serious problem. I envisioned how he'd run into trouble, Will Ohman would be removed

Craig's list of hits (updated)

David Hernandez might have to throw 200 pitches tonight if he wants a no-hitter. Hernandez has made it through four innings without surrendering a hit, but his pitch count is up to 78. He's walked three batters and gone to a few three-ball counts. I'm just doing the math, which isn't my strength, and I see a potential problem here. Craig Tatum is starting tonight

Wieters unavailable tonight

Catcher Matt Wieters fouled a ball off his right knee last night and isn't in tonight's lineup. He also isn't available to pinch hit, according to manager Dave Trembley. That's one more issue for Trembley, who has a desk full of them right now. MASN's Amber Theoharis tells me that X-rays taken on Wieters knee came back negative and he's hoping to get back in

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Ty Wigginton 2B Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott 1B Adam Jones CF Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS David Hernandez RHP For the Nationals: Willie Harris RF Cristian Guzman 2B Ryan Zimmerman 3B Adam Dunn 1B Josh Willingham LF Ivan Rodriguez C Roger Bernadina CF Ian Desmond SS Scott Olsen LHP I received a text message

Turner DFA

The Orioles made their roster move official this afternoon. They purchased the contract of infielder Scott Moore from Triple-A Norfolk, and he'll take the roster spot of reliever Alberto Castillo. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Justin Turner for asssignment. My flight just landed, so I'll follow up with more on this later.

Moore vs. Aubrey

I'm sitting at gate B12, waiting to board my Airtran flight to Baltimore. Seemed like a good time to move the comments and file another entry. I'm digging one hand into a bag of Kangaroo-brand multi-grain garden herb baked pita chips. Never heard of them until I got here, and I've devoured two bags. And I'm not talking snack-size. I'm hooked, which might be a

Texas two-step

I woke up during the night to an e-mail from the Orioles announcing that left-hander Alberto Castillo was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after a 13-7 loss to Texas that completed the Rangers' two-game sweep. No surprise there. If you had him on your fantasy team, I'm assuming that you dropped him a while ago. Castillo has allowed nine earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over

Oh no, oh yes, oh no (updated twice)

The Orioles won a game on Tuesday after falling behind, 3-0, to Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. I suppose that made a 4-0 deficit tonight against Scott Feldman seem a lot smaller. We'll see how they handle a 6-3 deficit. The Rangers jumped all over left-hander Brian Matusz in the first inning, but the Orioles fought back with three runs in the top of the

An extended stay for Flacco and Givens

Using all the restraint I could muster, I waited until the end of my chat with minor league infielder Mike Flacco to bring up his more famous brother. "Have you talked to Joe much lately?" He hasn't. I'm sure that never gets old for him. Mike Flacco was kept at extended spring training while recovering from a fracture in his lower back. He was hoping

Scott at first base

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Ty Wigginton 2B Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott 1B Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Lou Montanez DH Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP For the Rangers: Elvis Andrus SS Michael Young 3B Ian Kinsler 2B Vladimir Guerrero DH Josh Hamilton CF Nelson Cruz RF Joaquin Arias 1B David Murphy LF Matt Treanor C Scott Feldman

Roberts delays trip to Sarasota (updated)

Brian Roberts still intends to fly down to Sarasota and continue baseball activities, but it won't be this week. And I won't be here to greet him. Roberts is hospitalized after being diagnosed with pneumonia. He sent me a text message earlier today saying that he's feeling OK and will report to Ed Smith Stadium "hopefully sometime soon." When will this guy catch a break?

Gonzo goes an inning

You know it's extended spring training when... ...Mike Gonzalez is getting his signs from Dashenko Ricardo. Gonzalez played catch with Ricardo, who spent most of last season at rookie-level Bluefield, before taking the mound for today's game against a collection of Twins minor leaguers. With Ricardo behind the plate, Gonzalez allowed a single and walked a batter in his scoreless inning. He struck out two,

Pie making progress

Mike Gonzalez will pitch the first inning of today's extended spring training game. The major leaguers go first. Felix Pie has been performing various exercises for the last five days that are designed to strengthen the muscles in his back. He's also allowed to take one-handed swings in the cage. Pie will continue this routine for two more weeks before being cleared to start hitting

The morning view from Sarasota

It's hot. That doesn't really qualify as a view, but it's worth repeating: It's hot. How hot is it? It's so hot, Koji Uehara started to sweat after being told the temperature. The stadium and clubhouse look the same as before. The only change I've noticed is the media trailer is gone. But renovations could start soon. Sarasota County has selected contractors for Twin Lakes

The heat was on

Orioles manager Dave Trembley explained after last night's game that starter Jeremy Guthrie began tiring in the fifth inning. Guthrie's legs were going on him. He was running out of gas. Choose your favorite expression. The right-hander was fading fast. That explains why he left the game after 90 pitches. The Texas heat must have gotten to him. What's gotten into Guthrie? His ERA's down

Checking on J.J. (updated)

This game has gotten too weird. Koji Uehara is removed with two outs in the eighth inning so another right-hander, Cla Meredith, can get the final out? Was he gassed after 30 pitches? I was standing outside the Ed Smith Stadium clubhouse today when Jim Johnson spotted me and said, "Brian isn't here." Very funny. Johnson must assume he rates lower than Brian Roberts, but

Checking in (updated twice)

Did Jeremy Guthrie really come out of the game after 90 pitches? Guthrie held the Rangers to one run, a bomb from Josh Hamilton, and seven hits over six innings. He didn't issue a walk and struck out three. I expected to see him in the seventh, but I'm pretty detached from the game, so I must be missing something. Luke Scott, Adam Jones and

Reimold back at first

Nolan Reimold is making another start at first base tonight with Triple-A Norfolk. He served as the Tides' designated hitter last night and also has started in left field. Reimold is 2-for-17 with a home run, two RBIs, two walks and five strikeouts in five games since being optioned. The Orioles want him to get acclimated to first base, but the No. 1 priority is

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: LF Corey Patterson 2B Ty Wigginton RF Nick Markakis 3B Miguel Tejada DH Luke Scott C Matt Wieters CF Adam Jones 1B Garrett Atkins SS Cesar Izturis RHP Jeremy Guthrie For the Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus 3B Michael Young 2B Ian Kinsler DH Vladimir Guerrero LF Josh Hamilton RF Nelson Cruz 1B Justin Smoak C Matt Treanor CF Julio Borbon RHP Rich

Random notes

Ty Wigginton is batting .389 during a nine-game hitting streak, including three doubles, two homers, six RBIs and five runs scored. Will he start at second base again tonight or slide over to first, with Garrett Atkins taking a seat? Atkins hasn't homered in a career-high 44 games (since Sept. 11, 2009). He hasn't homered in his last 138 at-bats, eight shy of his longest

Going, going, Gonzo

If you noticed that it took me until early this afternoon to approve the comments, and some questions went unanswered, I have an explanation to go along with my apology. I'm in Sarasota. No, really. I filed the morning entry from my gate at BWI before boarding my 7:32 a.m. Airtran flight, with its connection in Atlanta. The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce should be proud.

About last night...

The days and games seem to run together, so I'm trying to get confirmation that the Orioles won last night after falling behind Zack Greinke, 3-0. This didn't happen two years ago. I'm pretty sure it was more recent - perhaps about eight hours ago. I'll admit that more than a few people in the press box last night remarked how the game was likely

Leftover quotes and Norfolk update

Kevin Millwood: "Stuff was good. Felt like I located the ball well. My four-seamer was cutting a little bit, my two-seamer was sinking. When I threw my breaking pitches early, I did what I wanted to do. Stuff definitely wasn't a problem all day." "I think when Luke (Scott) gets locked in he's one of the best hitters in the game. It doesn't matter who's

Orioles 4, Royals 3, 10 innings

A 4-4 homestand should have been a 6-2 homestand, but I won't ruin your buzz. Julio Lugo scored the winning run on Nick Markakis' long bases-loaded single in the 10th, making Alfredo Simon a winner after his blown save ruined Saturday night's game and started another losing streak. "The game can get away from you in a hurry," manager Dave Trembley said. "It got away

No walk-off for Atkins, but a win

I thought a Garrett Atkins walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning would make the perfect storyline, but he grounded to short. Atkins is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, lowering his average to .227. In a bizarre coincidence, the scoreboard in center field went out as Atkins came to the plate. It just faded to black. The Orioles did not, however. They loaded

And we're tied

Luke Scott isn't the only one who can hit home runs around here. Corey Patterson just connected off Royals reliever Blake Wood with one out in the eighth inning to tie the score, 3-3. Patterson has two homers since the Orioles purchased his contract from Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles caught a break when Zack Greinke left the game after seven innings, the only runs off

Luke out D.C. (w/another update)

Tonight's attendance: 9,715. Corey Patterson was peppering the press box with foul balls, almost wiping out the AP's Dave Ginsburg on two occasions. Ginsburg bailed on one ball that slammed off his television. I think his chair's still rolling backward. Just not sure if he's in it. Patterson struck out. Ginsburg lucked out. Luke Scott homered again tonight, giving him eight on the season. He's

Now it's safe to talk about it (updated twice)

Kevin Millwood was throwing a perfect game for 4 1/3 innings. He retired 13 Royals in a row before designated hitter Jose Guillen grounded a single up the middle. Shortstop Julio Lugo was shaded far to his right and couldn't make up the ground. He never laid a glove on it. Millwood struck out six Royals, including Billy Butler twice, before Guillen reached. Alberto Callaspo

Down on the farm

Nolan Reimold is serving as the designated hitter tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. Brandon Snyder is starting at first base. Rhyne Hughes is playing right field and Michael Aubrey's in left. Will Aubrey be in D.C. on Friday? Stay tuned. Joey Gathright, batting .184, has moved from first to ninth in the order. Center fielder Xavier Avery went 3-for-3 with an RBI today in Single-A Frederick's

Trembley offers his view on the Hanley Ramirez controversy

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez took a verbal shot at manager Fredi Gonzalez yesterday that rocked Dave Trembley on his heels. Trembley considers Gonzalez a good friend, so it already had become a sensitive issue. And it also must have stung when Ramirez, venting to reporters after being removed from the game for not hustling, belittled Gonzalez for never playing in the majors. Trembley is one

Hernandez ready to go

David Hernandez completed his bullpen session and didn't experience any discomfort in his right shoulder. He's set to face the Nationals Friday in D.C. "It went really good," he said. "I threw what I'd normally throw in any given side day. I had no pain, so that's good. I'm just going to keep doing treatment. Extra stretching is really key for it." Hernandez is convinced

Time of press conference: 28 minutes, 49 seconds

Well, manager Dave Trembley sure made up for last night's abbreviated post-game session with the media. No real news came out of it. David Hernandez threw his bullpen session - I'll check on him once the clubhouse opens again to the media at 5:30 p.m. - and he's still scheduled to make his next start. Reliever Michael Gonzalez is still scheduled to throw one inning

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Ty Wigginton 2B Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Garrett Atkins 1B Julio Lugo SS Kevin Millwood RHP For the Royals: Podsednik LF Kendall C DeJesus RF Butler 1B Guillen DH Callaspo 3B Maier CF Betancourt SS Getz 2B Greinke RHP

Laying one down and sitting down

I'd be in a miserable mood this morning if the weather wasn't so nice. Oh wait... So, to make sure I've got this straight: Garrett Atkins should bunt with runners on first and second. Corey Patterson shouldn't bunt with runners on first and second. Here's my take: The second inning may seem too early to give up an out, but with Atkins scuffling and the

Bergy bits

Brad Bergesen didn't feel like he brought his best stuff into tonight's start. "It was a really a battle, but when I look back on it, it was really that one breaking ball to Billy Butler that was the one that sticks out," he said. "Kranny (Rick Kranitz) and (Matt) Wieters both came out there and told me, 'All 0-2 pitches, everything out of the

Ty talk

Ty Wigginton met with reporters at his locker after the game. Here are a few quotes to get you through the night: On Kyle Davies: "He made good pitches. I was underneath them. He's tough. He's got a nice little cutter and he did his job." On lost opportunities: "We definitely had the opportunities. Garrett (Atkins) had a great at-bat to start that ninth inning,

Time of press conference: 2 minutes, 10 seconds

Manager Dave Trembley might have set a record tonight. Trembley made his usual opening statement and took three questions. Nothing else was coming. End of press conference. I've seen mound visits last longer. Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O's 4-3 loss to the Royals "We're down by a run in the ninth and we've got ourselves in a position to win the

The last gasp? (updated)

Matt Wieters singled with one out in the eighth, putting the potential tying run on base. I expected Julio Lugo to run for him and try to steal a base. Instead, Wieters stayed in the game, Adam Jones grounded into a 5-4-3 double play and the Royals continued to hold a 4-3 lead. Any chance the Orioles rally against Joakim Soria in the ninth? Any

No record tonight

Tonight's attendance: 9,299. That's not a record-low at Camden Yards. The Orioles-Rays drew 9,129 on April 12. Tonight's intimate gathering is the second-lowest, which should draw chants of "We're No. 2." (Careful. Just...careful.) As always, keep in mind we're talking about tickets sold, not fannies in the seats. No way we have that many people here unless they're all huddled in the bathrooms.

Manufacturing the tying run (update)

Corey Patterson walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth, stolen second, took third on catcher Jason Kendall's throwing error and scored on Ty Wigginton's slow roller to second base. Orioles 2, Kansas City 2. That's how you manufacture a run. Now here's how it could have gone a little smoother: Patterson didn't immediately go back and tag on Nick Markakis' liner to right

Extreme small ball

The Orioles have two bunt hits in the first two innings, the second coming from Adam Jones after Matt Wieters singled. With two on and no outs, Garrett Atkins lined softly to Kansas City second baseman Mike Aviles. If Atkins had been able to advance Wieters to third base, Cesar Izturis' long fly ball to right would have tied the game. That is, if you

Just so you know... (updated twice)

Nolan Reimold is starting in left field tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. Brandon Snyder is playing first base and Michael Aubrey's in right field. Brad Bergesen walked the leadoff hitter, Scott Podsednik, who promptly stole second. Matt Wieters' throw beat him to the bag, but second base umpire Tim Timmons called Podsednik safe. David DeJesus singled to put runners on the corners. Billy Butler, facing Bergesen

Hernandez update

David Hernandez says his right shoulder feels much better and he's still scheduled to throw in the bullpen tomorrow for the first time since being scratched from yesterday's start against the Indians. The Orioles would consider placing Hernandez on the disabled list if he can't complete the session. Hernandez played catch yesterday and again today, "and I didn't feel any pain," he said. "I was

Trembley explains Reimold at first (updated)

Nolan Reimold started at first base for Triple-A Norfolk yesterday, as you know if you've been reading this blog. And the reasoning is fairly obvious. "The club does want to see what he can do at first base. That's why he was taking ground balls there at the end of spring training and why he was doing it here. And it was a good opportunity

Trembley talks about Atkins

Brian Roberts will report to the minor league camp in Sarasota on Wednesday to continue his baseball-related activities. That's it for the injury updates. Manager Dave Trembley didn't have any information on reliever Mike Gonzalez, who threw live batting practice today. The Orioles will bring up a position player by the time they visit Washington this weekend for their first interleague series. "I would think

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 2B Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP For the Royals: Podsednik LF Aviles 2B DeJesus RF Butler 1B Guillen DH Callaspo 3B Maier CF Betancourt SS Kendall C Davies RHP

Bergesen-Butler II

This one should take place in an outdoor ring in Vegas. You could order it on pay per view. $49.95 seems a little steep, though. Brad Bergesen will face the Royals tonight for the first time since Billy Butler slammed a line drive off his left shin and sent him hobbling to the dugout. It was the most painful sprint in recorded history, and it

The facts of life: Garrett's not hitting

If I can get this blog entry filed, it'll be a miracle. My Verizon wireless card doesn't seem to operate as efficiently once a cloud rolls past, so you can imagine what I'm dealing with on an overcast and rainy morning. It took me 20 minutes to approve comments this morning because the system is moving so slowly. I'm ready to punch myself in the

Post-game Trembley

Today's attendance: 29,323. Garrett Atkins went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and double play, dropping his average 10 points to .243 with a .582 OPS. He's still looking for his first home run. The Orioles are still looking for production at first base. Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O's lose 5-1 against the Indians Is the market still playing out? Asked about the

Welcome back, Alberto (updated)

Making another stop at Camden Yards today, Alberto Castillo allowed two runs and two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Russell Branyan took him deep in the ninth after Austin Kearns' leadoff double. Cla Meredith replaced Castillo and gave up a double and single to the first two batters he faced. Did I arrive here in a time machine set for last night? The Indians

Hendrickson done for the day (updated)

Craig Tatum has two hits and Corey Patterson drew a walk. It's the end of the world as we know it. Too bad I don't feel fine. The Orioles have seven hits in five innings. They put two more runners on base in the fifth on Tatum's single and Patterson's walk, and they still couldn't score. Adam Jones bounced into a double play. Mark Hendrickson

Two important updates - one bad, one good

Matt LaPorta hit a two-run homer off Mark Hendrickson in the fifth inning to increase Cleveland's lead to 3-0. LaPorta's first homer of the season traveled 432-foot to center field. It also made the Orioles look even worse for wasting two more singles in the fourth. They've collected two hits in the first, second and fourth innings, but they can't score. Your second update: Nolan

Reimold at first (updated)

Nolan Reimold is starting at first base today for Triple-A Norfolk. Very interesting. Reimold is 0-for-2 with a strikeout and still looking for his first hit with the Tides. Third baseman Josh Bell is 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Norfolk placed left-hander Chris George on the disabled list, so Armando Gabino is starting for the Tides. Things are tough all over. Update: The

Cleaning out the pre-game notebook

I'm convinced that Alberto Castillo never leaves Camden Yards. He just hides in a back room and jumps out whenever the Orioles need a reliever. I want documented evidence that he's reported to Triple-A Norfolk at least once over the last two years. Grady Sizemore, suddenly a shell of the player he used to be - I'll blame injuries that necessitated at least two surgeries

Gonzo, B-Rob updates

Reliever Mike Gonzalez will throw live batting practice tomorrow in Sarasota, the first time he's faced hitters since going on the disabled list. He's also scheduled to throw an inning in Thursday's extended spring training game. Brian Roberts expanded his baseball activities today by hitting off a tee. He also fielded ground balls again from Juan Samuel. Roberts will fly to Sarasota this week while

Hernandez scratched with sore shoulder (updated)

David Hernandez won't make today's start because of soreness in his right shoulder that cropped up about two weeks ago. Left-hander Mark Hendrickson will take Hernandez's turn today. Hernandez is regarded as day-to-day. Hernandez said he usually feels the discomfort the day after his start, but it surfaced during his most recent outing on Tuesday, when he allowed five runs (four earned) and five hits,

Hendrickson's starting today?

That's what it says on the lineup. For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Ty Wigginton 2B Luke Scott DH Garrett Atkins 1B Craig Tatum C Julio Lugo SS Mark Hendrickson LHP For the Indians: Cabrera SS Sizemore CF Choo RF Kearns LF Branyan 1B Peralta 3B Grudzielanek 2B LaPorta DH Marson C Westbrook RHP

While waiting for the lineup...

Manager Dave Trembley's in his office, but he hasn't posted the lineup. Players aren't due to report here until noon, but I counted six in the clubhouse at 10 a.m.: Matt Wieters, Jason Berken, Ty Wigginton, Kevin Millwood, Brad Bergesen and Cesar Izturis. I spent way too much time replaying last night's game in my head, though it did drown out some of the voices,

Orioles to add pitcher (updated)

The Orioles will call up a reliever from Triple-A Norfolk tomorrow to replace first baseman Rhyne Hughes on the 25-man roster. Alberto Castillo and Kam Mickolio are on the 40-man roster. The choice doesn't appear to be non-roster pitcher Dennis Sarfate, though he hasn't allowed an earned run in 7 2/3 innings and International League batters are 1-for-26 against him. Update: Mickolio is dealing with

Trembley: "Eight innings of baseball, we pitched very well." (updated)

So, about that ninth... "We made real good pitches up until that point in time, but we didn't close it out," manager Dave Trembley said following tonight's 8-2 loss to the Indians, which is going to sting long after the lights are turned off at Camden Yards. "(Brian) Matusz made quality pitches in the seventh. Koji (Uehara) got a real big third out for us

Roster move

The Orioles optioned first baseman Rhyne Hughes to Triple-A Norfolk after tonight's game. A corresponding move will be announced tomorrow. Hughes hit .213 (10-for-47) with four RBIs in 14 games. He was 5-for-31 with 14 strikeouts in his last 10 games.

Pitchers repeating history (updated)

Is it really going to take five pitchers to wrap up a 2-0 victory? If the Orioles hold on, it will be the first time they've allowed one run or fewer in back-to-back games since Aug. 8-9, 2008. They defeated the Texas Rangers 9-1 and 9-0. Alfredo Simon will need to get the last three outs and record the save to make it happen. Unfortunately

Why? I mean...why? (updated twice)

The Orioles have runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Corey Patterson's at the plate. A fly ball delivers their second run and gives left-hander Brian Matusz a little more room to breathe. So why is Cesar Izturis trying to steal second? Indians catcher is Lou Marson is 2-for-2 in these challenges tonight after cutting down Izturis

Two updates (w/update)

Brian Matusz has a shutout through four innings. He's allowed five hits, which means he's scattered them. Matusz's six strikeouts match his total over his last three starts. He fanned Travis Hafner to open the fourth on a knee-buckling curveball, and Jhonny Peralta swung through a 92 mph fastball. The Orioles aren't giving him much support. The game's only run came on Ty Wigginton's 414-foot

Tying last year's home run total

Ty Wigginton hit 11 home runs in 410 at-bats last season. He just belted No. 11 this year in his 116th at-bat. I don't want to jinx the guy, but I like his chances of surpassing last year's total. Wigginton gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the second inning by crushing a 78 mph changeup from Cleveland starter Mitch Talbot. Wigginton swung at the

Trying times for Rhyne

When I posted earlier that Rhyne Hughes hit outdoors before batting practice, you probably thought, "Good idea." Hughes isn't in the lineup tonight against a right-hander, which tells you how much he's struggling. He's 5-for-31 with one RBI and 14 strikeouts in his last 10 games, lowering his average to .213 after a scorching start with the Orioles. Welcome to The Show. What is manager

Two injury updates

Brian Roberts played catch yesterday. He played catch and took ground balls today. That qualifies as baby steps, but at least he's moving forward. "I am encouraged," manager Dave Trembley said. "He's felt better, but he's got a ways to go yet." Trembley expects Roberts to start hitting off a tee as the next step. Reliever Mike Gonzalez had a side session in Sarasota today

Tonight's lineups

Brian Roberts played catch with third base coach Juan Samuel while a few Orioles - including Rhyne Hughes, Adam Jones and Luke Scott - took early batting practice. Now he's fielding ground balls. That counts as baseball-related activities. For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 2B Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B

Reimold: Day 2

Nolan Reimold, starting in left field today for Triple-A Norfolk, is 0-for-3 with a strikeout. The Tides trail Buffalo, 4-0, in the bottom of the eighth inning. Michael Aubrey is 1-for-3 as the designated hitter, leaving his average at .256. Rhyne Hughes might want to keep an eye on him. Jake Arrieta allowed four runs and five hits over six innings, with four walks and

Hank Hysteria

Hank Blalock suddenly has become a hot commodity, at least judging by some comments on this blog. Thanks to JDB for directing me to this link, which explains how the Rays are calling up Blalock from Triple-A Durham and how he could have exercised his opt-out clause. Blalock, the former Texas Ranger who garnered little interest on the free-agent market, will replace Pat Burrell. I'm

Running on empty

Adam Jones kept apologizing to Nick Markakis last night after costing the right fielder an RBI by holding at third base on a ground ball to first. Jones could smile about it (I'm not sure about Markakis) because he eventually scored on Luke Scott's single and the Orioles eventually won, but man, the baserunning on this team continues to give me a rash. New season,

The mound conference

So what exactly did manager Dave Trembley say to Jeremy Guthrie after walking to the mound in the eighth inning with two outs, a runner on first base and Grady Sizemore at the plate? "I said, 'You've earned the opportunity to be out here and finish this thing off. I trust you'll give it to me straight. If you're out of gas, tell me. If

Guthrie's night

Orioles manager Dave Trembley went to the mound with two outs in the eighth inning. I thought he was taking Jeremy Guthrie with him to the dugout. I'm sure I wasn't alone in that assumption. Trembley stuck with Guthrie, who got the final out and accepted congratulations after his 113th pitch. He allowed one run and two hits, walked one and struck out five. His

Checking on Reimold

Nolan Reimold made his 2010 debut with Triple-A Norfolk tonight, going 0-for-3 with a walk as the designated hitter in the Tides' 5-3 loss to Buffalo. Reimold batted fifth. Chris Tillman allowed four earned runs (five total) and eight hits in six innings, walking one and striking out two. He served up two home runs. You never know when a Norfolk infielder will wind up

Jeremy Guthrie: Comeback Pitcher of the Night

Do they hand out an award like that one? Guthrie recorded the first two outs in the first inning before a walk, hit batter and single put him in a 1-0 hole. I had my doubts about him. The night had the potential to become a long one. Shows what I know. Jhonny Peralta's run-scoring single is the only hit off Guthrie through six innings.

It's official: Scott's sizzling (updated)

Luke Scott is 2-for-2 with an RBI that gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third inning. We don't know how long this is going to last, so enjoy it while you can. Break out the cell phone and take some pics. Scott bailed out Adam Jones, who inexplicably held at third base on Nick Markakis' grounder to first. The Indians were playing back

Never a good sign

The grounds crew has done more than move behind the tarp. The infield is being covered in anticipation of a storm. It isn't raining at the moment, but I guess it's coming. The sky is getting darker. No way we're starting on time.

Pre-game Trembley

First base coach John "T-Bone" Shelby will miss tonight's game because he's being inducted into the Henry Clay High School Hall of Fame in Lexington, Ky. Bench coach Jeff Datz will handle the first base duties. Alfredo Simon doesn't always make it look easy, but he remains the team's closer and continues to have manager Dave Trembley's full support. "I would evaluate him as a

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 2B Matt Wieters C Rhyne Hughes 1B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Indians: Cabrera SS Sizemore CF Choo RF Hafner DH Peralta 3B Branyan 1B LaPorta LF Valbuena 2B Marson C Masterson RHP

Zach and Caleb's excellent adventure

If you have a few minutes - or 7:56 to be exact - check out the following YouTube clip of Double-A Bowie pitcher Zach Britton and catcher Caleb Joseph touring Camden Yards. You might recall that I mentioned their unexpected appearance in the press box in one of my blog entries. Joseph shows off his dance moves, and they were nice enough to throw a

Looking back and ahead

It would be nice to wake up to sunshine just once more before winter. The forecast is ominous again tonight. I've started to get used to it. How does "a chance of showers and thunderstorms" work for you? I hope it's OK because that's what you've got. So you're saying there's a chance? Yes. We'll talk about a "window" for getting in the game. There's

Returning to the sender

Every game seems to bring a press box debate, or at least a quiet discussion in the interview room before manager Dave Trembley takes a seat behind the microphone. Since I'm not ready to let go of today's victory, I'll pass along how we talked about Seattle third base coach Mike Brumley's decision to send Josh Wilson with two outs in the top of the

Updating J.J.

I just spoke with an Orioles official with some clarity on Jim Johnson's examination today. The Orioles continue to classify Johnson's injury as a sprained ligament in his right elbow following the reliever's visit with Dr. James Andrews. They say the exam didn't reveal anything new. Johnson will spend the next four weeks at the minor league complex in Sarasota. Team officials don't anticipate that

Little things mean a lot

I'll pass on the obvious joke here. You're welcome. Luke Scott gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead with a grand slam in the eighth inning. Corey Patterson began the rally with a home run and ended the game with his throw to the plate. Catcher Matt Wieters made a tremendous tag, blocking the plate while reaching far to his right for the ball. Dave Trembley

Having a grand ol' time (updated)

Luke Scott swung at the first pitch from reliever Brandon League with the bases loaded in the eighth and destroyed Seattle's 5-2 lead. Scott hit his second career grand slam, and the first by an Oriole since Michael Aubrey on Oct. 2. If only he could have enjoyed the trip around the bases from the first few steps. Scott pumped his fist in the air

Well, if you take away the home runs... (updated)

Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Sweeney and Michael Saunders had combined for one home run in 185 at-bats before today's game. They each took Kevin Millwood deep in the right-hander's 6 2/3 innings. That'll leave a mark. Saunders raised his season's total to two and knocked out Millwood, who has been replaced by Mark Hendrickson with the Orioles trailing, 5-1. Suzuki was a lifetime .394 hitter vs.

A lost lead and reliever

Kevin Millwood just fumbled a 1-0 lead in the fifth on Michael Saunders' two-out single that scored Ryan Langerhans and Ichiro Suzuki's first home run of the season. Seattle 3, Orioles 1. Langerhans led off with a double and took third on Josh Wilson's fly ball to right. Rob Johnson sent a bouncer up the middle against the Orioles drawn-in infield, and shortstop Cesar Izturis

Moore is less

Triple-A Norfolk infielder Scott Moore left today's game in Syracuse after one at-bat because of a strained hamstring. He's expected to be sidelined for about a week. Paco Figueroa, just promoted from Double-A Bowie, replaced Moore at second base. Ty Wigginton has the game's only hit as we enter the bottom of the third inning. He lined a single to left field. He's my favorite

The perfect present

Happy Birthday, David Hernandez. And what better way to celebrate your 25th than having manager Dave Trembley tell reporters this morning that the organization hasn't discussed replacing you in the rotation. Hernandez's 11 consecutive losses are two shy of Mike Boddicker's club record. He was charged with five runs (four earned) and five hits in 5 2/3 innings, with four walks, four strikeouts and two

Playing for a Ty

Orioles manager Dave Trembley wrote Ty Wigginton's name in the lineup - and we're talking marker, not pencil - before the club's second baseman arrived at Camden Yards. Wigginton insisted last night that he'd be fine. Forget that his hand and wrist were wrapped to prevent more swelling after Seattle shortstop Josh Wilson nailed him with a throw in the second inning. Not a problem.

Orioles lineup

True to his word, Ty Wigginton is playing again today after being hit on his right wrist last night while breaking up a double play. Next, he'll tear a phone book in half and tow an 18-wheeler with his teeth. Here's the lineup: Corey Patterson LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Ty Wigginton 2B Luke Scott DH Rhyne Hughes 1B Craig

I walk alone

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me. Players aren't required to report today until 11 a.m. after last night's late finish. The clubhouse opens to the media at 9 a.m., the usual 3 1/2 hours before first pitch. The smart reporters wait until players start to show up. I got here at 8:50 a.m. My mother didn't raise any stupid children, but my

Orioles 5, Mariners 2

One of the first things I noticed upon arriving at the ballpark today was the Orioles taking early batting practice. Look for that trend to continue. "We're probably going to continue having early hitting every day until we get everybody where they should be," manager Dave Trembley said. "It seemed like guys were a little more relaxed tonight. (Nolan) Reimold got sent out, so that

Go West, old umpire (w/game update)

Tonight's attendance: 11,448. Adam Jones has three hits and an RBI. Luke Scott has homered and doubled. Some guys really want to stay up here. Plate umpire Joe West, on a crusade to speed up the games, grew agitated with Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada in the sixth inning. Tejada had the nerve to walk to the mound between outs so he could dig the

Bergy looks like he's back (w/spoiler update)

Brad Bergesen hasn't recorded a strikeout for the second consecutive start, and it means absolutely nothing. Just thought I'd mention it. Bergesen is shutting out the Mariners on three hits over five innings, giving him 11 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two games. He's walked two and struck out none - the same as his last start. Bergesen escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in

Two game updates (w/update)

Corey Patterson is the catalyst of this offense. Somebody had to say it. Patterson grounded a single into right field leading off the third inning, took second on Adam Jones' single to left and scored on Miguel Tejada's one-out double. Jones also motored home. Orioles 2, Seattle 0. Matt Wieters singled with two outs, but Seattle center fielder Ryan Langerhans threw out Tejada at the

Wigginton hurt? (updated)

Ty Wigginton broke up a double play in the second inning. Let's hope that's all he broke. Wigginton was nailed in the right hand by a throw from Mariners shortstop Josh Wilson while sliding into second base. He immediately jumped to his feet and ran into the dugout with his arm hanging at his side. He didn't retreat to the clubhouse or the trainers room.

A soggy start

Following a 24-minute rain delay... The first ball put in play tonight headed directly to Corey Patterson in left field. I'd say something about Patterson getting his feet wet, but that happened during his jog from the dugout. Patterson caught Ichiro Suzuki's line drive for the first out, and Brad Bergesen retired the next two Mariners for a routine inning. He needed 10 pitches to

Patterson arrives (w/more quotes added)

Corey Patterson finally made it to Camden Yards, though he still hadn't changed into his uniform as he spoke to reporters outside the clubhouse. I asked Patterson whether it felt strange to be back here after leaving the Orioles following the 2007 season. "Yes and no," he said. Glad we cleared that up. OK, seriously, here's the rest of his quote: "You always think when

More Trembley and Bowie result

It sounds like Corey Patterson will get a chance to seize the leadoff role when he's in the lineup, though manager Dave Trembley wasn't ready to make any grand declarations without first speaking to the outfielder. "We need to get somebody to spark our offense," Trembley said. "I'm not putting it all on Corey, but he has been a leadoff guy in the past. He

Pre-game Trembley & Mariners lineup

Manager Dave Trembley was in a solemn mood as he met with reporters before the game. Trembley is still waiting for Corey Patterson to arrive at the ballpark. Nolan Reimold already had left the clubhouse. "We'll try to get him some success in Triple-A, and hopefully his stay in Triple-A isn't very long," Trembley said. "We held on as long as we possibly could with

Roberts headed to 60-day disabled list (w/Orioles lineup)

Second baseman Brian Roberts told MASNsports.com today that the Orioles are transferring him to the 60-day disabled list. I assume the move is being made to clear room on the 40-man roster for Corey Patterson. Roberts mentioned yesterday that he might begin small baseball-related activities by the end of the week, but he's not close to getting back in the lineup. He hasn't played since

Early hitting, early exit

The Orioles are taking early batting practice today, and the group includes outfielder Lou Montanez, who isn't packing his bags and meeting up with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in Syracuse, N.Y. Sorry, Nolan Reimold, but your time is up. And the only parting gift is an extra Brian Matusz T-shirt. Reimold will be the casualty when Corey Patterson is added to the 25-man roster. Maybe

Getting to know Patterson - again

Corey Patterson is more than just the older brother of Oakland's Eric Patterson. Here's a refresher to go with your lunch: The Cubs selected Patterson with the third overall pick in the 1998 draft. He's a career .252 hitter in 10 major league seasons with five teams. He turns 31 in August. The Orioles acquired Patterson from the Cubs in January 2006 for minor leaguers

Rainy days and Wednesdays

I'm not sure whether the Orioles are depressing me or if I should blame the gray sky and rain. I slept like a baby last night. I woke up crying every two hours. It was tough getting out of bed this morning, and I almost tripped over my bottom lip while trudging down the stairs. I'm actually typing this blog entry from the fetal position.

Growing concerns over Reimold

Nolan Reimold had one of the Orioles' eight hits tonight, so perhaps he should be honored with a parade down Pratt St. Unfortunately for Reimold, that single was the only positive aspect of tonight's game. He went 1-for-4 to leave his average at .205. (It actually went up two points. Cue the band.) He also committed an error in left field and still seems to

Hernandez done

I mean for the night. David Hernandez got the first two outs in the top of the sixth inning as the rain increased in intensity. He walked Josh Wilson and Ken Griffey - giving him four walks among the last seven batters he faced - and the runners moved up on a wild pitch. Hernandez was up to 100 pitches. Jason Berken finally started to

You had to know it was coming (updated)

The Orioles strand two runners in scoring position and immediately fall behind. Who keeps replaying this movie? A Nick Markakis single and Miguel Tejada double put runners on second and third with one out in the fourth inning. Those were the only hits off Cliff Lee, who finally looked vulnerable - or at least human. Ty Wigginton, the team leader in home runs and RBIs,

Bringing the heat (updated)

We need it here. David Hernandez threw four fastballs to Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez that were clocked at 94, 96, 94 and 96 mph. Gutierrez swung through the last one to end the first inning after plate umpire Rob Drake appeared to squeeze Hernandez on the previous pitch. Hernandez struck out Chone Figgins on a 92 mph fastball after retiring leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki

Roberts update

Second baseman Brian Roberts met with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens today and said he could begin "small baseball-related activities" later this week. Roberts didn't get into specifics, but he said the activities would be more closely associated with the kind that will get him ready to play. He won't be hitting live pitching, but he'll do more than jog in a pool and perform

Talking Koji and Lebron

Manager Dave Trembley was asked what he's seen from reliever Koji Uehara, who's thrown two scoreless innings since coming off the disabled list. "He's ideal to come in and throw after a guy that's throwing 96 or 97 mph," Trembley said. "I really don't think it matters with Koji who he comes in after or who he pitches to because he's going to be who

Leading off this entry with Lugo

Julio Lugo is atop the order again tonight after collecting eight hits in his last 17 at-bats. Manager Dave Trembley is looking for anyone who can handle the leadoff duties or at least swing the bat with some authority. He listed only four players who have been consistent for him this season: Nick Markakis, Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada and Matt Wieters. "The other guys have

Roster move still likely at some point

Manager Dave Trembley left open the possibility that the Orioles will make a roster move before the homestand ends on May 18. I'd classify it more as a probability. And I don't think the wait will be particularly long. "Today, there weren't any changes, but I wouldn't rule that out during the homestand," Trembley said. "I'm sure Andy (MacPhail), like myself, is looking for the

Tonight's lineups; Lebron surgery

For the Orioles: Julio Lugo 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Ty Wigginton DH Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold LF Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS David Hernandez RHP For the Mariners: Ichiro RF Figgins 2B Gutierrez CF Lopez 3B Langerhans 1B Wilson SS Griffey DH Johnson C Saunders LF Lee LHP Double-A pitcher Luis Lebron will undergo Tommy John surgery

Don't know weather or not they play

See what I did there? I drove in a steady rain to Camden Yards this afternoon, but it wasn't coming down hard enough to warrant an umbrella for the walk to home plate plaza. And that's the extent of my expertise on predicting the weather. I'm told it's supposed to storm around 8:00 p.m. tonight. A 100 percent chance, according to one person in the

Trying to lower the Cliff bar

Cliff Lee vs. David Hernandez. Lee: 0-1, 2.40 ERA. Hernandez: 0-4, 5.74 ERA. Lee: no walks, 13 strikeouts in 15 innings. Hernandez: 19 walks, 20 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings. Lee: 3-0, 2.70 ERA lifetime vs. the Orioles. Hernandez: 0-2, 5.09 ERA lifetime vs. the Mariners. Don't worry. Patterns are made to be broken. The Mariners lost eight in a row before ending the streak

Quick check of the farm - Part II

Double-A Bowie's Steve Johnson got another no-decision tonight after holding Richmond to two hits over six scoreless innings. He walked four and struck out six, and he'll wake up tomorrow with a 3.08 ERA. Johnson hasn't gotten the win in three starts this season when he's shut out the opponent. Triple-A Norfolk's Jake Arrieta allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits over seven innings,

Quick check of the farm (updated)

The leftovers are in the fridge and the dishes are clean. Time to take a quick scan of the farm system. Corey Patterson is starting in right field tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. He's 1-for-2 with a triple and run scored, raising his average to .373. Scott Moore is 2-for-2 with a triple. Josh Bell, serving as the designated hitter, has an RBI. Bell played third

Waiting on J.J.

Dr. James Andrews, the world-famous orthopedist and surgeon to the stars, will examine Jim Johnson's elbow on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail just confirmed the date in a text message. Johnson is seeking a second opinion after team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens diagnosed the reliever with a strained ligament in his elbow. Assuming that Andrews tells him the same,

Turning the Tides

I'm watching Tom Davis' Take Me Out to the Ballgame on MASN and wondering who's the guy sitting next to him in the wrinkled shirt and jeans? Apparently, there's no dress code for guests. I'd rethink that position (that's what she...never mind.) It's been a slow day, so I'll pass along a few Triple-A tidbits: Dennis Sarfate's fastball was clocked in the 94-96 mph range

Is a roster move coming?

Tigers Woods withdrew from The Players Championship because he has a bulging disk. I know what you're thinking. Stop it. So, is that different from a herniated disk? Which one is worse? Is it more painful to hit a tee shot or a fastball? So many questions, so little time. I'm hearing strong rumblings that the Orioles will make a roster move today. I figured

Tillman's big day (and Bowie's bad day)

Chris Tillman didn't throw another no-hitter - he's a tough act to follow - but he held Toledo to one run over seven innings in Triple-A Norfolk's 4-1 victory. Tillman allowed four hits, walked one and struck out 10 while improving to 3-3 with a 3.49 ERA. Is he knocking on the door? Tillman's last six outs came via strikeouts. He faced four batters over

Lesson learned

Never make a guarantee at 1 a.m. And that includes anything involving baseball. Left-hander Brian Matusz gave up six runs and nine hits over 3 2/3 innings, falling well short of my prediction of seven innings and a victory. Good luck to Alfredo Simon if he's trying for a save in this one. Nick Blackburn held the Orioles to one hit through five scoreless innings,

J.J. update

Orioles manager Dave Trembley confirmed today that reliever Jim Johnson will have his right elbow examined this week by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Johnson told The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec that team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens referred to the injury as a "strained ulnar collateral ligament." The Orioles are hoping that Andrews confirms that diagnosis and ligament-reconstructive surgery won't be necessary. Johnson pitched once

Today's lineups

For the Orioles: Cesar Izturis SS Ty Wigginton 2B Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Garrett Atkins 1B Nolan Reimold LF Brian Matusz LHP For the Twins: Denard Span CF Nick Punto 3B Joe Mauer DH Justin Morneau 1B Michael Cuddyer RF Delmon Young LF Wilson Ramos C Brendan Harris SS Alexi Casilla 2B Nick Blackburn

A few early notes (w/Rowell update)

Rookie left-hander Brian Matusz has made four consecutive quality starts and leads AL rookies in strikeouts (31) and innings pitched (36.2), is third in wins (two) and fourth in ERA (3.93). Matusz has allowed just two extra-base hits to left-handed batters this year in 30 at-bats (homer and double by Robinson Cano on April 29). Opponents are batting .262 against him with eight extra-base hits

Reverse split

I'm not sure if it's a distant relative of the famed reverse lock, but I'd qualify what happened yesterday as a "reverse split." I assumed the Twins would take Game 1 behind Francisco Liriano, and the Orioles would win Game 2 behind Kevin Millwood. Then I was reminded that the Orioles don't score runs for Millwood and his latest quality start would be wasted along

Orioles lineup for Game 2

Julio Lugo SS Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters DH Miguel Tejada 3B Ty Wigginton 2B Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Rhyne Hughes 1B Craig Tatum C Kevin Millwood RHP

Guthrie's day, and his velocity (updated)

Jeremy Guthrie gave the Orioles' 6 2/3 innings in Game 1 of today's doubleheader, and he left with a 6-3 lead. Guthrie allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five. He out-pitched Francisco Liriano, and he came into today as the decided underdog in that matchup. The two home runs put me on edge, and the Twins were launching some monstrous foul balls, but

You go, Lugo

That sentence would have taken on a vastly different meaning earlier this season, but Julio Lugo might be winning over some fans. Lugo is 3-for-4 with an RBI from the leadoff spot. Actual production from the top of the order. Don't adjust your sets. In his last three starts, Lugo has gone 7-for-12 with a walk, RBI and run scored to raise his average to

No longer leery of Liriano

Who saw this coming? Be honest. The Orioles took a 5-2 lead over Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano in the fourth inning before Michael Cuddyer led off the bottom half with a shot into the left field seats. They've collected nine hits, including an assortment of bloops and well-placed ground balls. At last count, the Orioles were 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position. All the runs

Lonely at the top (updated)

I caught a little of manager Dave Trembley's dugout session with the media earlier today while I waited for O's Xtra to start on MASN2, and he indicated that Adam Jones could bat lower in the lineup. Julio Lugo is hitting first in Game 1, with Jones moving down to second. Trembley noted how Jones continues to struggle at the plate and is chasing bad

Game 1 lineups

Orioles: 2B Lugo CF Jones RF Markakis 3B Tejada DH Wigginton C Wieters 1B Atkins LF Reimold SS Izturis RHP Guthrie Twins: CF Span 2B Hudson 1B Morneau DH Thome RF Cuddyer LF Kubel C Ramos SS Harris 3B Punto LHP Liriano

Checking on two prospects

Josh Bell hit a walk-off home run last night for Triple-A Norfolk, belting a 1-1 offering from Toledo reliever Jay Sborz over the right-center field wall in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Tides their third straight win. Sborz hadn't allowed an earned run in 10 games before last night. His eight saves are tied for the International League lead. Bell went

A good or bad thing?

Does a postponement and day/night doubleheader help or hurt the Orioles? Does it even matter? Maybe it means nothing, but the timing seems pretty rotten for a team coming off its crispest game of the season. So much for riding a wave tonight - though snowboarding might be a possibility. I know momentum in baseball is the next day's starting pitcher. Doesn't matter how many

Friday's game postponed: Twinbill set for Saturday

Tonight's game in Minnesota has been postponed because of inclement weather - it's really supposed to snow later - and will be made up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader. Game 1 is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. EST on MASN2, with Game 2 to follow at 8:10 p.m. on MASN. The rotation remains the same. Kevin Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie will make the starts, though

A few facts about Millwood

Kevin Millwood has faced 30 teams in his 14-year career. He's never beaten the Twins (0-7 in 12 starts), Braves (0-6 in six starts) and Rangers (0-1 in two starts). Maybe he can cross a team off that list tonight if the city isn't blanketed with three feet of snow. No roof on the new stadium? Not even a retractable one? Brilliant. Somewhere, Bud Grant

Looking back and ahead

No wonder I had trouble falling asleep last night. I find it unsettling when the Orioles protect a slim lead in the ninth inning by retiring three straight batters - and not after three straight reach base. Way too routine for my taste. Alfredo Simon left the drama in his locker while recording the save. Now that he knows it's that easy, maybe he'll do

That's more like it (w/minors added)

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a little better about Brad Bergesen. Coming off an uninspiring win, Bergesen shut down the Twins for 6 2/3 innings tonight. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out none. Manager Dave Trembley removed him after 97 pitches with the tying runs on base. Will Ohman replaced him and walked Justin Morneau to load the bases

Fit to be Ty

Ty Wigginton dropped about 15 pounds over the winter, which second baseman Brian Roberts noted during tonight's O's Xtra pre-game show. A smaller Wigginton keeps coming up big. Wigginton belted his 10th home run tonight, a two-run shot in the second inning that gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead against Twins right-hander Carl Pavano. It was another monstrous blast similar to the one he hit

Roberts still in holding pattern

Second baseman Brian Roberts didn't make a grand announcement on O's Xtra about his return to the lineup. Though encouraged by how his back is feeling, he still isn't sure when he'll get back on the field. "I don't know. Unfortunately, that's kind of the million dollar question that I've been asked a lot, certainly recently," he said. "The doctors have got me on a

What Brian's doing tonight

Injured second baseman Brian Roberts is keeping busy. Besides updating his video blog on MASNsports.com, Roberts will be in studio tonight for the entire O's Xtra pre-game show on MASN2 that begins at 7:30 p.m. I'm told that Roberts will provide an update on his injured back, perhaps giving us a better idea when he might resume baseball activities. He'll also break down the top

Tonight's lineups (w/note added)

For the Orioles: CF Adam Jones RF Nick Markakis C Matt Wieters 3B Miguel Tejada 2B Ty Wigginton DH Garrett Atkins 1B Rhyne Hughes LF Nolan Reimold SS Cesar Izturis RHP Brad Bergesen For the Twins: CF Denard Span 2B Orlando Hudson 1B Justin Morneau DH Jim Thome RF Michael Cuddyer LF Jason Kubel C Wilson Ramos SS Alexi Casilla 3B Nick Punto RHP Carl

Murray hitting airwaves tomorrow

I tapped on my horn earlier today to alert the pickup truck in front of me that the light had changed to green about 30 seconds earlier and he might want to step on the gas. Then I noticed the large sticker on the back of his vehicle that promoted his status as a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Luke Scott's still in

Bring on the Twins and double your pleasure

When the Orioles embarked on their road trip, I told a few people that I'd be satisfied with the club taking one of three from the Yankees and splitting with the Twins. I wasn't reaching for the stars. I get dizzy just standing on my toes. The Orioles were swept in the Bronx, so that goal's already been shattered. Now I want three of four

Roster move

The Orioles have optioned left-hander Alberto Castillo to Triple-A Norfolk. A corresponding move will be announced tomorrow. That would be Koji Uehara. Castillo was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in six games. He got off to a fine start and looked like he might stick around for a while, but that Norfolk shuttle always seems to be calling. Uehara is expected to come off the

So what's the solution?

We know Ty Wigginton won't be going down to Triple-A Norfolk. Wigginton belted his ninth home run of the season in the top of the eighth inning, a two-run shot off Yankees reliever Sergio Mitre that landed in the second deck in left field and cut the deficit to 6-3. Too little, too late? That's my guess, but we'll find out. Instant update: It's now

Quick update and a note of thanks

Orioles starter David Hernandez has surrendered bases-empty home runs to Nick Johnson and Nick Swisher in the first two innings. Maybe that's a good sign for Nick Markakis. The Yankees tacked on another run in the third, but Lou Montanez cut down Johnson at the plate. I hate having the feeling that this game is already over, but with Andy Pettitte on the mound, I'm

Jones scratched

Sorry to be late with this information, but I sent along an entry earlier today that didn't post. Now that I'm back at my laptop, I can take care of it. Adam Jones was a late scratch with a right hip strain. He also dealt with a sore shoulder last night, but that's not the issue today. Jones was removed as a precaution, with Lou

Today's lineups

Orioles: CF Adam Jones 2B Ty Wigginton RF Nick Markakis 3B Miguel Tejada 1B Garrett Atkins DH Matt Wieters LF Nolan Reimold C Craig Tatum SS Julio Lugo RHP David Hernandez Yankees: SS Derek Jeter DH Nick Johnson 1B Mark Teixeira 3B Alex Rodriguez 2B Robinson Cano RF Nick Swisher CF Brett Gardner C Francisco Cervelli LF Randy Winn LHP Andy Pettitte

Trying to avoid the sweep

Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez aren't hitting in this series. Mariano Rivera isn't available, and Jorge Posada can be used only in an emergency. The bottom of the Yankees' lineup last night included Francisco Cervelli and Ramiro Pena. I'm glad the Orioles caught the Yankees at the right time. It's the bottom portion that keeps hurting the Orioles - along with starters CC Sabathia and

The frustration builds (updated)

Second and third, none out and a run already across in the third inning. The Orioles could have busted the game wide open, but their only run scored on pitcher A.J. Burnett's throwing error. Three straight batters went down swinging. Leadoff double for Miguel Tejada in the fourth. Tejada moves to third with one out. The Orioles could have snapped a 1-1 tie, but they

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Miguel Tejada 3B Ty Wigginton 2B Luke Scott LF Garrett Atkins DH Rhyne Hughes 1B Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP For the Yankees: Derek Jeter DH Nick Swisher RF Mark Teixeira 1B Alex Rodriguez 3B Robinson Cano 2B Marcus Thames LF Brett Gardner CF Francisco Cervelli C Ramiro Pena SS A.J. Burnett

More minor matters (w/Arrieta update)

Left-hander Zach Britton tossed five scoreless innings today in Double-A Bowie's 9-0 win over Harrisburg. Britton allowed two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out two while improving his record to 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA. Unfortunately, he was hit in the chest by a comebacker on his third pitch of the fifth inning and eventually left the game. I doubt that it's serious

Checking on Arrieta

Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Jake Arrieta has logged two scoreless innings today against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowing one hit and one walk, striking out one and hitting a batter. Arrieta has thrown 30 pitches, 17 for strikes. That's pretty busy for a guy who hasn't given up a run. Arrieta is coming off his worst outing, though he's raised the bar this season. He was charged with three

Looking back, looking ahead

No reason to dwell on last night's loss. Just look forward to sweet redemption tonight against A.J. Burnett (3-0, 2.43 ERA) and tomorrow against Andy Pettitte (3-0, 2.12 ERA). Combined record against the Orioles: 36-8. What are you worried about? This just in: Randy Winn has accepted an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby at this year's All-Star Game. I'll get over it

One bad inning does spoil the whole bunch

It won't go down as a quality start by definition, but Jeremy Guthrie deserves some props for giving the Orioles six good innings and one unfortunate one. All the scoring against him took place in the fourth, and he left after the seventh with the Yankees ahead, 4-1. He allowed six hits, walked two, struck out two and threw 116 pitches. If only he could

Number 9, Number 9 (w/Koji update)

I usually throw a fit when a pitcher walks the No. 9 hitter, but Jeremy Guthrie reminded us tonight that there's a more unforgivable transgression. You don't let Randy Winn hit a three-run homer. Winn had no homers and no RBIs before tonight, but he unloaded on Guthrie in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. His average has soared to .133, matching his

Wieters has it covered

One more SI cover reference. Matt Wieters was hitting for a decent average this season, but not much power. That's changed over his last two starts. A lot has changed with the Orioles lately. Wieters belted a three-run homer on Saturday, and he just went opposite field against the Yankees' CC Sabathia in the second inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead and plant

Tonight's lineups

Orioles: CF Adam Jones RF Nick Markakis 2B Ty Wigginton 3B Miguel Tejada CA Matt Wieters 1B Garrett Atkins DH Nolan Reimold LF Lou Montanez SS Cesar Izturis RHP Jeremy Guthrie New York: SS Derek Jeter DH Nick Johnson 1B Mark Teixeira 3B Alex Rodriguez 2B Robinson Cano CA Jorge Posada RF Nick Swisher CF Brett Gardner LF Randy Winn LHP CC Sabathia

Your afternoon fact snack

It's even less fattening than rice cakes. Too bad it doesn't come in cheddar flavor. Nationals closer Matt Capps has been named Major League Baseball's "Delivery Man of the Month" for April after going 10-for-10 in save opportunities. My concern is that Mike Gonzalez will actually become a delivery man if he doesn't stay healthy and start getting guys out. We're told that Gonzalez is

Tillman honored - of course

Is anyone surprised that Triple-A Norfolk's Chris Tillman was named the International League's Pitcher of the Week? That usually happens after you've thrown a no-hitter, as Tillman did on Wednesday to defeat Gwinnett. Tillman, the new Prince of the Tides, starts again tonight after limiting Gwinnett to one walk and making minor league history. Another batter reached on an error in Norfolk's 6-0 win. It

Guthrie vs. Girardi II

It's raining here, it's raining in New York. Please give me some baseball weather while this team's on a roll. Do you think Jeremy Guthrie and Joe Girardi will talk around the batting cage today? Maybe shake hands, share a man-hug? Guthrie has hit more Yankees than any other team in his career. They fall like ducks at a shooting gallery. He drilled two in

Down on the farm

I'm watching Family Guy and cleaning up from the spaghetti dinner I prepared for my little one, but there's always time to check on the affiliates. Triple-A Norfolk's Brandon Erbe turned in his finest outing of the season, allowing one run and three hits over six innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He walked three and struck out a season-high six. Too bad the Tides managed only three

Trembley had a hunch

Manager Dave Trembley knew the Orioles were going to win today. We'll have to take his word for it, since he didn't write it down earlier or record his thoughts. "Sometimes, you come to the ballpark and you don't know what you're going to get," he said after a 3-2, 10-inning victory over Boston. "Today, when I walked through the clubhouse, I felt like we

You like apples?

How do you like them apples? Ty Wigginton wasn't bunting in the 10th inning. Nick Markakis walked to conclude an outstanding at-bat and took second on an errant pickoff throw from Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon, and Wigginton kept swinging and kept fouling off pitches until he lined a double into left-center field to give the Orioles a 3-2 victory. That's an unearned run, if you're

Second-guessing one side

Here we go again. Everyone in the press box expected manager Dave Trembley to bring Matt Albers into the game with two outs, a runner on first and Adrian Beltre stepping to the plate in the top of the ninth. I said, "Let Will Ohman pitch. Stop passing the baton." But I'm not sure I really believed it. I just wanted to be the contrarian.

Second-guessing both sides (update)

Each game brings another friendly debate in the press box. That's part of the fun. Did manager Dave Trembley stay too long with Kevin Millwood? I say no. Should a right-hander have been warming in the bullpen alongside lefty Will Ohman? I say yes. Millwood gave up a two-out single to Dustin Pedroia that could have given Boston the lead - except Red Sox manager

Luke what's happened to Scott

Today's attendance: 34,255. I remember going on O's Xtra last summer and proclaiming Luke Scott the Orioles' first-half MVP. No question in my mind. So what the heck happened? Am I a distant relative of the SI cover? Scott has bounced to the mound and struck out twice today against Red Sox starter Josh Beckett. His average is down to .189, with a .268 on-base

Heads-up play

The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning, but Luke Scott struck out on three pitches and Nolan Reimold bounced to third. We've seen this act before. Turns out, the rally didn't go to waste. Adrian Beltre fielded the ball and looked to tag Ty Wigginton and possibly throw to first, but Wiggy slammed on the brakes. Beltre froze up and

Trembley gets Wiggy with it.

Manager Dave Trembley was prepared to live without Brian Roberts as his second baseman once president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told him "it was no longer days, it was going to be weeks." That meant finding a new second baseman and leadoff hitter. Just not the same person. Ty Wigginton remains at second, and there's no reason to move him, considering he began today

Going Gonzo (and new Red Sox lineup)

Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez began his throwing progression program yesterday in Sarasota by playing catch from 60 feet. Gonzalez will increase the distance to 90 and 120 feet before moving to the bullpen. If his arm holds up, he'll eventually throw batting practice. We're probably looking at three weeks for Gonzalez to get through this stretch. And he'll have to go on an injury rehab

Nothing's changed on Roberts

Brian Roberts still doesn't have a timetable for beginning baseball activities and returning to the lineup. The discomfort in his lower back has subsided considerably and he remains convinced that he'll play this season, but he can't even provide an approximate date. "We're just continuing to do some physical therapy," he said. "Other than that, we're just waiting for it to get better.' Roberts said

Today's lineups

For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 2B Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Nolan Reimold LF Rhyne Hughes 1B Craig Tatum C Julio Lugo SS Kevin Millwood RHP For the Red Sox: Scutaro SS Pedroia 2B Drew RF Youkilis 1B Ortiz DH Lowell 3B Varitek C McDonald LF Van Every CF Beckett RHP

O's 12 - Boston 9: Post-game Trembley

Opening statement: "I was talking to Bergesen before I came in and he said that was the ugliest win he's ever got, but it felt the best that he's ever felt, so he'll take it. Putting a zero up in the fifth was the key for him. Obviously, a lot of fight in our team tonight. Offensively, got some big hits and a comeback win."

Down on the farm

Matt Hobgood allowed one run and four hits in six innings tonight for Single-A Delmarva, lowering his ERA to 3.90. He walked three and struck out four. Troy Patton allowed one run and five hits in seven innings at Triple-A Norfolk, walking none and striking out four. He threw 100 pitches, 64 for strikes. Robbie Widlansky hit his first home run tonight for Double-A Bowie.

Now I get it

Red Sox manager Terry Francona must have known what was coming if he went to his bullpen. I'll never doubt him again. The Orioles cracked Tim Wakefield's knuckler. They scored four runs off him in the sixth, the last three coming on Nick Markakis' shot onto the flag court in right. Ty Wigginton got the sixth-inning party started (did I already use that line?) with

Is Ty MVP? (update)

I guess Red Sox manager Terry Francona really wanted to get Dice-K through the fifth, no matter how much his starter looked like a guy in dire need of a cold drink and a warm hug. Francona's one heck of a manager, but hello? This is Matsuzaka's first start and he ran out of steam like a dry iron (OK, that's a reach.) Did somebody

Hughes adjusting to the bigs (updated)

I don't mind the Orioles running on the Red Sox's catchers. In fact, I encourage it wholeheartedly. But any chance it could be one of their more fleet-footed guys? Not so fast, Matt Wieters and Ty Wigginton. (See what I did there?) Take away the home runs, and Brad Bergesen is having a pretty good start. Boston 2, Orioles 1. Jonathan Van Every? To straightaway

Another setback for Lebron (updated)

Minor league reliever Luis Lebron continues to experience pain in his right elbow, and he's scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews on May 10 in Birmingham, Ala. It isn't often that these examinations bring positive news. Lebron was shut down late in spring training after impressing manager Dave Trembley in major league camp. He started throwing again recently, but the discomfort resurfaced on Wednesday during

Trembley talks about J.J.

Manager Dave Trembley called reliever Jim Johnson into his office this afternoon, closing the door behind them. Johnson knew what was coming. The possibility kept him awake much of the night - same as Trembley. The Orioles optioned Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for tonight's starter, Brad Bergesen, on the 25-man roster. Johnson posted a 6.52 ERA in 10 appearances, and he allowed

Adjusting Koji's schedule

I'll have more on Jim Johnson's demotion in a few minutes, but I wanted to post a quick update on reliever Koji Uehara. The original plan called for Uehara to throw an inning in relief tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, and another inning on Monday, before the Orioles determined whether to activate him from the disabled list. His schedule has been adjusted, however, so he'll pitch

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 2B Rhyne Hughes 1B Nolan Reimold LF Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP For the Red Sox: Scutaro SS Pedroia 2B Martinez C Youkilis 1B Drew RF Ortiz DH Beltre 3B McDonald LF Van Every CF Matsuzaka RHP

In a bad way with J.J. (updated)

The question popped up in the press box and spread like a virus. "Does Jim Johnson have options left?" I made the first inquiry, just out of curiosity. Two writers sitting in front of me didn't have an answer despite my constant badgering. One of them thought he could silence me with a shrug of his shoulders. So naive. As the debate continued, someone else

Cleaning out the notebook

Nick Markakis on the win: "It's big. You look at the past, we've fell short in those situations. We just did a great job all around. Our bullpen came in and got some big outs." Adam Jones on having Miguel Tejada on the team: "Me and Wiggy were talking about that and he said, 'Wait and see how Miggi really hits,' because I haven't had

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