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 in Minnesota.
It shouldn't be so hard...except the Twins just swept the Tigers, they've scored two runs in the first inning in six consecutive games and are outscoring their opponents, 28-13, in the first frame. They're 17-4 when they score first.
My solution: Don't let them score first.
Catcher Joe Mauer doesn't know when he'll return to the lineup. He's dealing with a bruised left heel.
I think four more days of rest should do the trick.
The Orioles will face Carl Pavano, who's walked only three and struck out 22 this season. He's 4-2 with a 3.49 ERA lifetime against the Orioles.
Miguel Tejada is 3-for-6 with a triple, home run and three RBIs against Pavano.
Koji Uehara will be activated today. It was nice of the Orioles to eliminate the suspense and announce the corresponding move yesterday, but I guess they had little choice. Alberto Castillo wasn't boarding the flight to Minnesota. People might have noticed.
Are other moves coming?
I wrote yesterday that internal options were scarce. Corey Patterson or Jeff Salazar would serve a purpose because they can move around the outfield and they have major league experience (especially Patterson). Lou Montanez is on shaky ground and could be replaced.
Not exactly a bold swap.
Otherwise, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail could follow through on his threat to send down the unproductive hitters and just go with an 18-man roster.
By the way, Patterson is 10-for-17 against Pavano, with three doubles and two triples.
I haven't heard a single peep about Jermaine Dye, and I only mention him because the name has come up multiple times on this blog over the past few days.
Down on the farm, Steve Johnson earned his first win of the season at Double-A Bowie, allowing one run and four hits, with one walk and nine strikeouts, over seven innings. He also picked off a runner.
Caleb Joseph hit his first Double-A home run. He also committed two throwing errors, but I'll focus on the long ball.
Ryan Adams went 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. Jim Hoey pitched a scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 1.69.
Bowie is 10-0 when it scores first.
Works for the Twins, works for the Baysox. Why aren't other teams trying it?
On another note, the Baysox changed the format of their website.