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 eventually. It’s just too soon.

“You have to keep the ball in the ballpark from the No. 9 hitter. We didn’t do that,” manager Dave Trembley told reporters last night. “You have to get some runs on the board, and we didn’t get enough.”

And you think baseball is a complicated game?

I could hear CC Sabathia getting fatter when I turned up the volume on my TV, but he sure can pitch. That’s a legitimate No. 1 starter. There aren’t many of them in baseball, but he qualifies.

Trembley must be tempted to bury Luke Scott and that .187 average on the bench, but Scott’s 6-for-18 lifetime against Burnett, including two doubles, two homers, four RBIs and four walks. He’ll most likely play.

I wouldn’t bat him higher than seventh, though.

Maybe the lineup looks something like this:

Jones CF
Markakis RF
Wieters C
Tejada 3B
Wigginton 2B
Hughes 1B
Scott DH
Reimold LF
Izturis SS

Corey Patterson had four hits last night for Triple-A Norfolk. Josh Bell had two hits and an RBI, but he also struck out in the ninth inning to strand two runners in a 6-3 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Jake Arrieta takes the mound for today’s 12:15 p.m. start.

Oh yeah, one more thing: Stop talking about Dez Bryant’s mother.

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