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Scott to be evaluated tomorrow (& former Oriole traded)

The Orioles will wait until tomorrow to make a decision on Luke Scott, who strained his left hamstring while rounding first base on his home run in the seventh inning. "We'll evaluate Luke tomorrow and see how he shows up here and we'll go from there," said interim manager Juan Samuel. "I think he thought that ball was not going to be out. He was

Deep thoughts

Miguel Tejada hit the Orioles' fifth home run tonight, tying their season high set May 1 against Boston. He did it with gusto. Tejada crushed a 2-1 pitch from the latest Oakland victim, Tyson Ross, in the bottom of the eighth inning, and he enjoyed all 384 feet of it. He flipped his bat before leaving the box, and he practically sprinted around the bases.

Homer and hurt (w/Pie update)

Luke Scott just broke a 6-6 tie by following Ty Wigginton's home run with one of his own, a shot to left-center field off reliever Cedrick Bowers. Scott barely made it to the plate. He appeared to injure his left hamstring as he rounded first base and hobbled the rest of the way, almost coming to a full stop at third. Scott pointed to the

He's baaack (w/game update)

Game update: We finally have a home run from a first baseman! Ty Wigginton just launched a two-run shot off Oakland reliever Brad Ziegler in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, 2-2. That's Wigginton's first homer since May 22. We also have a Matt Albers sighting. Albers replaced Mark Hendrickson in the seventh inning after Daric Barton's leadoff single, his first appearance

Looking lost at home (w/scoring change)

The Orioles just put on a clinic on how to lose a lead. Take notes, if you must. Miguel Tejada opens the fourth with an error. Corey Patterson overruns a single in left field, allowing a run to score. Tejada fails to make a clean backhand stop of a ground ball, but is spared his second error. Kevin Milwood surrenders an RBI single. Mark Ellis

Worth noting - Part II (updated)

Kevin Millwood made it through the first inning without allowing a run, ending his scored-upon streak at seven games. Millwood has given up two hits and struck out one in his first two innings. He's thrown 39 pitches. Adam Jones gave him a 2-0 lead with a home run onto the flag court in right. That's No. 13 for Jones, who's pushing for an All-Star

Worth noting

Kevin Millwood will make his 400th major league appearance tonight, including his 392 start, becoming the 52nd active pitcher to reach that level of games. His 391 starts rank seventh among active pitchers, and his 1,889 strikeouts are fifth. Among active pitchers with 350 or more starts, Millwood's 4.08 ERA is second only to Andy Pettitte's 3.87. Millwood has allowed at least two runs in

Pie and Gonzo might take longer (updated)

Though a final decision hasn't been made, it's becoming more likely that Felix Pie will join the Orioles on the second leg of their road trip in Detroit. There's still a chance that Pie will be activated Friday, when the Orioles begin a three-game series in Boston, but team officials want him to receive more starts in left field on his injury rehab assignment before

Orioles lineup (and A's)

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Scott Moore 2B Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP A team official confirmed that reliever Cla Meredith cleared waivers and will report to Triple-A Norfolk. For the Athletics: Crisp CF Barton 1B Jackson LF Suzuki C Kouzmanoff 3B Sweeney RF Ellis

Tough loss for Patton

Left-hander Troy Patton held Charlotte to one earned run over six innings, but it wasn't good enough to pick up a win. Patton also was tagged with an unearned run in a 2-1 loss. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out two, as his record fell to 5-9 with a 4.84 ERA. The unearned run scored when catcher Michel Hernandez dropped a pop

Don't mess with Samuel

I'm not sorting through a collection of fond memories from last night. I can name two, and one of them involves talking to Cal Ripken on the phone, which has nothing to do with the game. It doesn't hurt to step back once in a while and recognize that I've talked to three Hall of Famers in a span of four days - Ripken, Brooks

Juan and done

Brian Matusz turned in his ninth quality start of the season, but the bats bailed on him again. "If you just look at him pitch, you wouldn't think he's that young," interim manager Juan Samuel said. "He's got an idea. He knows what he wants to do on the mound, so when he needs to make good pitches, he's been able to make good pitches

A few updates

Luke Scott's second double of the night, a shot that cleared right fielder Gabe Gross' head, reduced Oakland's lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth. Gross had just replaced Rajai Davis in right. Scott's hit came after Nick Markakis doubled and Ty Wigginton swung at the next pitch and flied out. A fan sitting in front of the press box yelled, "Way to

Bell's bat ringing (w/2 Gonzo updates)

Triple-A third baseman Josh Bell has homered twice, including a grand slam, to raise his total to 10 on the season. He's driven in six runs. Chris Tillman has held Charlotte to one run and four hits over six innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts. He's thrown 87 pitches, 53 for strikes. Felix Pie is 3-for-4 with a run scored in his first game

Purpose pitch

Oakland starter Vin Mazzaro drilled Julio Lugo in the back with his third pitch of the fifth inning, obvious retaliation for Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz hitting Daric Barton. It's not like Mazzaro tried to hide it. Lugo took a few steps toward the mound before his path was blocked. I thought we might have a brawl. It didn't go unnoticed that interim manager Juan Samuel

Ripken updates organizational discussions

Cal Ripken confirmed tonight that talks are ongoing with owner Peter Angelos and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail about a future role in the front office, but he isn't prepared to place a timeline on his return to the organization. "I love the fact that it's an open exploration and we're talking," Ripken said in a phone interview with MASNsports.com and The Sun. "My

New Orioles lineup (updated)

Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Craig Tatum C Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP So much for Jake Fox facing his former team. Dallas Braden was scratched because of stiffness in his left elbow.

And another thing...(Braden scratched)

Update: Dallas Braden has been scratched from tonight's start. Vin Mazzaro (2-2, 4.71 ERA) will replace him. The Orioles' lineup could change. More to come. Tonight's game pits two teams with the longest winning streaks in baseball. The Orioles have won four in a row, and Oakland has won three straight. The Orioles have won their last four one-run games, improving their record to 13-11.

News and notes

Michael Gonzalez will pitch out of the bullpen tonight at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Gonzalez has been working the first inning on his injury rehab assignment, but the Orioles want him to get more accustomed to his normal role. Gonzalez probably will take tomorrow off and pitch again on Thursday. It's not known when the Orioles will activate him. Gonzalez gave up a two-run homer in

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Julio Lugo 2B Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Jake Fox DH Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP For the Athletics: Crisp CF Barton 1B Jackson LF Suzuki C Kouzmanoff 3B Rosales 2B Ellis DH Davis RF Pennington SS Braden LHP Did the Phillies pick up Garret Atkins today, or

Dempsey interview postponed

Former Orioles catcher and coach Rick Dempsey had his scheduled interview for the full-time managerial position postponed until Thursday. The interview had initially been scheduled for this afternoon. The interview has been moved to Peter Angelos' law office. The delay will allow certain members of the organization to attend who wouldn't have been available today.

Finding room for Pie

As I wrote earlier, Felix Pie will continue his injury rehab assignment tonight at Double-A Bowie after working out yesterday. He could return to the Orioles on Friday when they begin a three-city road trip in Boston. They'll need to figure out how to use him. Does Pie become the starting left fielder and leadoff hitter, with Corey Patterson taking a seat on the bench?

Updating Pie and Britton

Felix Pie took batting practice and shagged fly balls at Double-A Bowie before retreating indoors because of the rain. He'll officially join the Baysox for tonight's game against Erie. Pie's injury rehab assignment began with the Gulf Coast League team and continued at Single-A Frederick. He's 6-for-20 with two RBIs, two walks and four runs scored. Once he's done with the Baysox, he could be

Reimold homers

Nolan Reimold hit his fourth home run tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, which is trailing Louisville, 7-2, in the ninth inning. Reimold started at first base, where he's seeing regular action. Robert Andino, starting at shortstop, is 1-for-3 with a double and his 15th error. Ryan Adams hit a three-run homer in Double-A Bowie's 10-9 win over Erie. Steve Johnson didn't get the decision after allowing

Is Berken lurkin' around All-Star berth?

Michael Gonzalez's fastball was clocked again at 90-91 mph yesterday, according to a team official, during his start at Aberdeen. Gonzalez allowed two hits, including a two-run homer, in one inning against Brooklyn. Most pitching staffs on All-Star teams are comprised of starters and closers. You also might find the random set-up guy. Relievers like Jason Berken largely go ignored. Berken has the numbers to

This, that and the other

I'll give Karl Ravech and ESPN's Baseball Tonight crew credit for not ignoring the elephants in the room. Two of the network's studio analysts, Bobby Valentine and Buck Showalter, have recently interviewed for managerial jobs. Ravech talked to them separately on the air before last night's game between the Yankees and Dodgers. Valentine mentioned how the Marlins are going through "the process." It sounds

Gonzo's rocky inning

Michael Gonzalez's injury rehab assignment continued today in Aberdeen, where he gave up two runs and two hits in one inning. The big blow off Gonzalez was a two-run homer by Brooklyn's Cory Vaughn. Gonzalez induced three ground balls, one of them back to the mound that he turned into a force at second base. Tyler Sexton replaced him in the second inning. Gonzalez had

Samuel offers his opinion on Lugo

Interim manager Juan Samuel didn't excuse Julio Lugo's baserunning blunder in the eighth inning. Lugo broke for third base with one out and Corey Patterson at the plate, tried to get back to second and was picked off by Nats catcher Wil Nieves. Patterson doubled and scored the go-ahead run on Miguel Tejada's single. "That is not a smart play. That is just not a

The finish

Alfredo Simon recorded his ninth save, and the Orioles pieced together their first four-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory over the Nationals. Simon struck out Mike Morse to open the ninth, but he walked pinch-hitter Willie Harris. Pinch-hitter Ivan Rodriguez flied to right, with Nick Markakis making an outstanding running catch in the corner, and Nyjer Morgan grounded sharply to first baseman Scott Moore.

The decision (and the blunder)

Today's attendance: 22,951 Jason Berken tossed another scoreless inning today, getting a ground ball, pop up and fly ball in the seventh to keep the game tied, 3-3. Interim manager Juan Samuel removed Berken after one inning and brought in left-hander Will Ohman with two lefties, Adam Kennedy and Adam Dunn, due up for the Nationals in the eighth. Kennedy and Ryan Zimmerman singled to

The latest deficit vanishes (w/farm update)

The Orioles have rallied from deficits of 3-0, 6-0 and 5-0 to win three straight games heading into today. They were down, 3-0, going into the bottom of the fifth, which must have made the Nationals uncomfortable. What transpired didn't improve their collective mood. Back-to-back doubles by Luke Scott and Adam Jones produced the Orioles' first run off Nats right-hander Luis Atilano, whose six wins

Dueling no-hitters (updated)

Nationals starter Luis Atilano has retired the first nine batters he's faced, striking out three along the way. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie hasn't allowed a hit in three innings, but he's walked three batters. Two of those walks came in the second, but were sandwiched around a double play. Guthrie threw eight pitches in the first, but his count is up to 52 heading into

Is Atkins gone? (yes)

The Orioles are activating Koji Uehara from the disabled list this morning. The corresponding roster move was expected to involve a reliever, but interim manager Juan Samuel summoned first baseman Garrett Atkins into his office. The meeting includes president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Atkins had just arrived at the ballpark and was getting dressed when Samuel motioned for him. Update: Atkins was designated for

Waiting on Koji (w/ update &lineups)

The Orioles will decide within the next two hours whether to activate Koji Uehara from the disabled list or wait until the homestand resumes on Tuesday. Uehara threw a simulated game on Thursday and needed a few days to recover. Interim manager Juan Samuel had suggested that Uehara could rejoin the 25-man roster yesterday, but it didn't happen. I'm probably reading too much into it,

Sweet relief

Starter Brad Bergesen didn't last beyond the fourth inning, but the Orioles' bullpen cushioned his fall. Four relievers combined for five scoreless innings, holding the Nationals to one hit and one walk, with two strikeouts. Major props to Mark Hendrickson, Jason Berken, Will Ohman and Alfredo Simon. Hendrickson gave up the only hit in his two innings. Berken issued the only walk over 1 1/3

Storming back again (updated)

The Orioles have trailed 3-0, 6-0 and 5-0 the past three games. They've won two and just tied this one, 5-5, in the bottom of the fifth inning. Matt Wieters' two-out single brought in the fourth and fifth runs, but there were plenty of key at-bats before he stepped to the plate. Corey Patterson doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs,

Mr. Jones and me

Adam Jones hit home run No. 12 in the fourth inning to reduce Washington's lead to 5-1. Left fielder Josh Willingham stumbled as he approached the fence and couldn't jump for the ball. Jones has hit safely in seven straight games (five multi-hit games) and 16 of his last 19. He was batting .347 in his last 18. Jones has six homers and 15 RBIs

Present and past (updated)

The Orioles wasted consecutive singles by Corey Patterson and Miguel Tejada in the first inning. Livan Hernandez escaped the jam by retiring Nick Markakis on a fly ball, striking out Luke Scott and inducing a ground ball from Adam Jones. How appropriate that Hernandez is starting today, since he also pitched against the 1970 Orioles. The last three members of the '70 Orioles who were

It doesn't get much better

Having grown up in Anne Arundel County, a kid whose mood was dictated by the Orioles' score, I can't quite describe what it's like, this many years later, to turn my head and see Brooks Robinson, Paul Blair and Davey Johnson walking toward me. Or to have Brooks shake my hand as if we're old friends. Earl Weaver also walked past. So did Frank Robinson,

More pre-game chatter

Interim manager Juan Samuel doesn't know how many starts Brad Bergesen will receive in the right-hander's latest return to the club, but he doesn't want today's outing to be viewed as an audition. "We sent him down to get some things straightened out," Samuel said, "and hopefully he'll do a good job for us today." We know what Bergesen needs to be successful - an

Montanez to DL (w/quote added)

The Orioles made today's roster move official by placing outfielder Lou Montanez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 21, with a strained left oblique. Montanez batted .140 in 26 games, but interim manager Juan Samuel said the outfielder is talented enough to play in the majors - primarily because he doesn't lack in confidence. "He knows he's good," Samuel said, smiling. "He'll tell

Today's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Scott Moore 1B Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP For the Nationals: Morgan CF Guzman DH Zimmerman 3B Dunn 1B Willingham LF Rodriguez C Bernandino RF Kennedy 2B Desmond SS Hernandez RHP

Not Dunn celebrating

I'm waiting for the technician from Directv to arrive at my house and bring me back into the 21st century. I'm also waiting for Comcast to stop calling me like an ex-girlfriend. It's over. We'll always have our memories, but it's time to move on. I'll be joining MASNsports.com's Steve Melewski again today for the pre- and post-game shows on 105.7 The Fan, which means

A little post-game chatter

Nick Markakis is a lot happier with the Orioles' approach at the plate since he vented on the road trip. "For the most part, we're having good approaches up there," he said after tonight's 7-6 thriller. "They're going up there looking for a pitch to hit, and when they get it, we haven't been missing lately. It's a good sign, and hopefully we can keep

Walk-off error

It isn't the most dramatic way to win a game, but the Orioles will take it. Julio Lugo grounded to shortstop Ian Desmond with one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth. A sure double play and extra innings - except second baseman Cristian Guzman made a wide throw to first, and Adam Dunn couldn't get his glove down

It counts, and it doesn't (updated)

Scott Moore just launched a pinch-hit, two-run homer off Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard in the bottom of the eighth to reduce Washington's lead to 6-5. Moore was batting for Garrett Atkins, which raised the following question: Does this count as the Orioles' first home run by a first baseman? So far, the answer is "no," because Moore hasn't played the position tonight. It just goes

Random updates (and wild no-hitter)

Tonight's attendance: 43,484. Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan is having the game of his life tonight. He's 4-for-4 with a double, RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base, he's robbed Corey Patterson of a home run and he's run down Miguel Tejada's bases-loaded shot to left-center field. He's made a much better impression than the one he left back in D.C. All three of

The two Jakes (updated)

We're getting the bad version of Jake Arrieta tonight. For those of you keeping score at home, that's two impressive outings followed by two poor ones. Arrieta has allowed six runs (five earned) and eight hits in four innings, as the Nationals provide a nice cushion for J.D. Martin. Arrieta also has issued two walks, and his pitch count is up to 84. I expected

It's all bad so far (w/rehab updates)

We can start with Jake Arrieta's marathon first inning, and how his pitch count stands at 57 through the third. We can proceed to the 3-0 deficit, and how Arrieta has allowed five hits and walked a batter. There's also the throwing error by Matt Wieters in the first. And the double play from Miguel Tejada, who swung at the initial offering from Nationals starter

Bordick in dugout tonight

Former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick will serve as hitting coach tonight. Terry Crowley left the team to tend to a personal matter, but he's expected to return tomorrow. Bordick will wear No. 85, in case you're wondering. Admit it, you were wondering. The Orioles are close to sending left-hander Michael Gonzalez on an injury rehab assignment. Jake Fox is the fourth outfielder tonight while Lou

Wigginton and Montanez hurting (w/Erbe note)

Ty Wigginton's back began to tighten up late in last night's game, and it's still bothering him today. That's why he's out of the lineup. He's listed as - you guessed it - day-to-day. Also, Lou Montanez injured his oblique in batting practice a few days ago, and he's expected to go on the disabled list tomorrow to make room for Brad Bergesen. Montanez was

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jake Arrieta RHP For the Nationals: Morgan CF Guzman 2B Zimmerman 3B Dunn 1B Willingham DH Rodriguez C Morse RF Harris LF Desmond SS Martin RHP

Dempsey's next

Former Orioles catcher and coach Rick Dempsey will become the fourth candidate to interview for the managerial position when he meets next week with president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Dempsey will sit down with MacPhail on Tuesday, according to a source. I couldn't reach Dempsey today, and I'm not sure whether he'd confirm the meeting, but he's on deck. The Orioles also have interviewed

About last night

While waiting for Nick Markakis to announce that he wants to manage... I'm sorry to inform you that I'll be attending tonight's game at Camden Yards. I miss one, just one, and the Orioles blow out the Marlins. I can't help but feel responsible for everything that's gone wrong this season. Don't worry, I'm not interviewing for the manager's job. I've been asked about Adam

Samuel and Millwood on Millwood

Kevin Millwood picked up his second victory tonight, but it wasn't easy. Millwood lasted only five innings, and he needed 116 pitches to get through them. He also fell behind, 3-0, before the Orioles rallied. Millwood walked the first two batters in the fifth. He allowed a run, but struck out Mike Stanton to end the inning and put himself in line for the win.

It's been a long time

Miguel Tejada hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend the Orioles' lead to 10-4. Tejada hadn't gone deep since April 30 against Boston. Amber Theoharis talks with Miguel Tejada about his 3-run homerun in the O's win There's more. He hadn't collected three RBIs in a game, let alone with one swing, since May 14 against Cleveland. He has

Up and Adam

That's a pretty nice power surge by center fielder Adam Jones, who homered again tonight to give the Orioles a 6-4 lead going into the top of the sixth inning. Jones raised his home run total to 11, four of them coming in the last eight games. He's 2-for-3 tonight, giving him five straight two-hit games, and seven multi-hit games in his last 10. Felix

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: 2B Julio Lugo 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis 1B Ty Wigginton LF Luke Scott CF Adam Jones DH Jake Fox C Craig Tatum SS Cesar Izturis RHP Kevin Millwood For the Marlins: LF Chris Coghlan 1B Gaby Sanchez SS Hanley Ramirez DH Jorge Cantu 2B Dan Uggla CF Cody Ross RF Mike Stanton 3B Wes Helms C Ronny Paulino LHP Nate

Tillman on the hill (updated twice)

Chris Tillman has turned in two perfect innings for Triple-A Norfolk today, striking out one and throwing 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes. Nolan Reimold is making his third consecutive start at first base. He singled in his first at-bat. As expected, outfielder Felix Pie is reporting to Single-A Frederick today to continue his injury rehab assignment. He'll move up to Double-A Bowie next

Movin' on up

That would be me into a new townhouse, not the Orioles in the AL East standings. I'm listed as questionable for tonight's game because I've got movers arriving this morning and furniture later in the afternoon. I normally report to Camden Yards around 3 p.m., 30 minutes before the clubhouse opens, but I don't like my chances today. Friends and colleagues are saying I'm crazy

More post-game chatter

Brian Matusz offered a simple explanation for the two home runs he surrendered in the third inning that turned a 4-0 lead into a 4-4 tie. "I left the ball up, and when your team scores four runs in the second for you, you want to go out and throw up zeros - just go out and go 1-2-3, keep the momentum our way, and

Post-game Samuel

So how much does tonight's loss hurt, after the Orioles bolted to a 4-0 lead in the second inning? "They all hurt," interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters. "We are trying to win as many games as we can. They all hurt. After scoring those four runs, we thought, 'OK, we could add,' but we've been in that situation before many times. They all hurt."

The moment (updated twice)

Miguel Tejada stepped to the plate in the eighth inning tonight with two outs, the bases loaded and the Orioles down by a run. Tejada fell behind 0-2 and flied to left. That's what you'd call "anti-climatic." Corey Patterson delivered his third RBI with an infield hit, bringing Tejada to the plate with the Marlins clinging to a 6-5 lead. Tejada has one RBI since

That's a 4-0 lead (updated twice)

You'll forgive Brian Matusz if he doesn't recognize it. In his last five starts, Matusz had received a total of six runs while he remained in the game. In his last 10 starts, he received 12. Tonight, the Orioles hung four runs on the board in the bottom of the second, beginning with back-to-back homers from Luke Scott and Adam Jones. Scott jumped on a

MacPhail discusses managerial search

Buck Showalter became the latest candidate to interview for the Orioles' managerial position, meeting for about three hours earlier today with president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and majority owner Peter Angelos. MacPhail admits that it's an awkward process to keep updating reporters on the proceedings while Juan Samuel is currently serving as interim manager. He didn't provide many details on today's meeting beyond saying

From one interim to another

The Marlins will trot out their own interim manager tonight when Edwin Rodriguez, fresh from Triple-A New Orleans, takes over the ballclub. Does Juan Samuel have any advice for Rodriguez? "Maybe I need some myself, instead of giving some of those guys advice," he said, grinning. "I'm trying to do what I can here with my club to get them going, and I'm sure he's

Koji progressing (w/Tillman update)

Koji Uehara is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game tomorrow, his first chance to face live hitters. The Orioles will determine whether he needs to go on an injury rehab assignment. Uehara made 30 throws off flat ground yesterday. As far as we know, he hasn't stood on a mound during his time in Sarasota, so a rehab assignment seems like the next logical

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Scott Moore 2B Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP For the Marlins: Coghlan LF G. Sanchez 1B Ramirez SS Cantu DH Uggla 2B Ross CF Stanton RF Helms 3B Paulino C Nolasco RHP Koji Uehara is here. Bobby Valentine won't be

Another one bites the dust

Apparently, it's not a good idea to manage at Camden Yards. It doesn't do much to enhance your job security. The Marlins have fired Fredi Gonzalez and replaced him on an interim basis with Triple-A New Orleans manager Edwin Rodriguez. When is the last time that two interim managers squared off in a three-game series? The Marlins also fired bench coach Carlos Tosca and hitting

Do you remember?

The news that the Orioles designated Cla Meredith for assignment yesterday reminded me of spring training and the optimism that flooded the clubhouse. They were 0-0 in the regular season. It wasn't standing-room-only for the disabled list. Times were good. Meredith was really good, allowing one earned run in 10 2/3 innings, with no walks and five strikeouts. He looked like an extremely valuable part

Jeremy spoke

Jeremy Guthrie lost his fifth consecutive start tonight despite dominating in the middle innings. I thought the location was better later in the game," he said. "I made terrible pitches with the slider, especially in the inning that hurt me. I didn't really make great ones with it later on, so I just pretty much tried to quit throwing it. "Pitch execution was definitely the

Juan and done

Interim manager Juan Samuel mentioned after tonight's 10-4 loss to the Marlins that starter Jeremy Guthrie "didn't look right" in the early innings. To be more precise, Guthrie was missing his spots, hung a few breaking balls and fell behind, 4-0, in the second. "But he settled down after that. We just couldn't hold them," Samuel said. "He just did not look good there the

Don't cry for Wolf

Reliever Ross Wolf was excited to have his parents fly into Norfolk yesterday. He had no idea that their arrival would come on the same day that the Orioles traded him to the Oakland Athletics for utility man Jake Fox. "Bittersweet," he said. I had a brief chat with Wolf this afternoon while he waited for his flight to Las Vegas, where Triple-A Sacramento was

Fox on MASN

Jake Fox made his Orioles debut tonight, pinch-hitting for shortstop Cesar Izturis as the potential tying run with one out in the seventh inning. The Marlins countered with left-hander Taylor Tankersley, which blew the percentages out the window. So much for righty vs. righty. Fox, who arrived at Camden Yards this afternoon, stepped out of the box twice while waiting for the ovation to die

The calm after the storm (updated twice)

Not sure if the Matt Wieters home run is the reason, but Jeremy Guthrie sure settled down after the second inning. Guthrie has retired 10 of the last 11 batters since he drilled Jorge Cantu on the left side and caused plate umpire Doug Eddings to warn both benches. Ronny Paulino's single leading off the fourth inning is the only smudge in that streak. Guthrie

Unraveled early (w/update)

The Marlins sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Pretty much everything went wrong. Jeremy Guthrie gave up four hits, including Hanley Ramirez's two-run double. He hit his second batter of the game, Jorge Cantu, who followed Ramirez to the plate, and umpire Doug Eddings warned both benches. Guthrie also walked leadoff hitter

Reimold, Gonzo and Pie updates

Nolan Reimold is starting at first base tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. Reimold is carrying a five-game hitting streak that's raised his average to .221. He's hitting .450 in that span, with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. Reimold has hit safely in 13 of 17 games in June, batting .297 with a home run and seven RBIs. Left-hander Michael Gonzalez is scheduled to

More pre-game points

Interim manager Juan Samuel joked that you "add a little headache" when trying to find at-bats for Garrett Atkins, who survived today's roster moves. "We've got some lefties coming up, and now that we're in our league, the DH spot is always open to get somebody in," Samuel said. "If you need to give Luke (Scott) an off-day or give Corey Patterson an off-day, we

Gonzo's velocity is up (w/quotes)

Michael Gonzalez threw 19 pitches in the first inning for the Gulf Coast League Orioles, and his fastball was clocked in the 90-91 mph range. He had trouble hitting the mid-80s a month ago. Felix Pie went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts as the designated hitter. "Those guys are going to continue to do their rehab down there," interim manager Juan Samuel

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Scott Moore 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Marlins: Coghlan LF Sanchez 1B Ramirez SS Cantu DH Uggla 2B Ross CF Stanton RF Helms 3B Paulino C Sanchez RHP Jake Fox's name is listed among the Orioles reserves.

GCL update (w/Tillman update)

Michael Gonzalez began his injury rehab assignment today with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, throwing a scoreless first inning before Aaron Swenson replaced him. Gonzalez allowed a two-out single and struck out two. He retired the other batter on a pop up to first baseman Tyler Townsend. Felix Pie is serving as the designated hitter again and batting third. He's 0-for-2 with a strikeout and

Atkins diet sheds him from lineup (w/Fox update)

It's only been a week since the Orioles played a game at Camden Yards, but it feels much longer to me. I'll have to remind myself to put down the boxes and head to the ballpark this afternoon. The Orioles begin a three-game interleague series against the Marlins, and they aren't real familiar with right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Cesar Izturis is 2-for-3 with a double against

Bergy through four (updated)

Brad Bergesen has completed four innings tonight at Triple-A Norfolk, allowing one run and three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. Bergesen retired the first eight Lehigh Valley batters before surrendering three straight singles (with two stolen bases mixed in). Bergesen has thrown 63 pitches, 46 for strikes. He threw 65 in 2 2/3 innings in his last start. Norfolk leads, 4-1. Josh Bell

Two GCL updates (more on Pie)

Felix Pie went 0-for-4 today in his first injury rehab game with the Gulf Coast League Orioles. He was removed for a pinch-hitter - hopefully because he was only slated to receive four at-bats. Update: I received a text message from a team official stating that Pie is fine and received the desired amount of at-bats. Pie grounded to second, third and short, and reached

Bergy starting tonight (w/Pie update)

Brad Bergesen will work on short rest tonight when he takes the mound for Triple-A Norfolk's game against Lehigh Valley. Bergesen started Thursday night against Toledo, but lasted only 2 2/3 innings. He was removed after 65 pitches and three runs, allowing him to come back tonight. The Orioles need a starter Saturday night against the Nationals, so Bergesen is lined up to make his

Making room for Pie

Good morning. I'll be stepping away from my laptop, and this blog, more than usual this week as I continue to make the gradual move into my townhouse. The new place is empty, but I've got my rental through the end of the month. The new one is pretty much within walking distance of my current residence, if I was motivated, but I find it

Down on the farm

Brandon Erbe is 0-10 with a 5.73 ERA at Triple-A Norfolk after today's 5-1 loss to Toledo. Erbe allowed two runs (one earned) and five hits in five innings, and was removed after 88 pitches (59 strikes). Jim Miller threw two scoreless innings, striking out three, but Toledo's Casper Wells hit a three-run homer off Dennis Sarfate in the ninth. Josh Bell was 1-for-4 with

The beating goes on

Remember when the Orioles had a 4-0 lead in the first inning? I should have taken pictures. They forgot about the other eight innings. The bats are back in the rack. Jon Garland has retired 14 in a row as we head to the bottom of the sixth. Mark Hendrickson gave up a run in the fifth to increase the Padres' lead to 7-4. Hendrickson

Arrieta laboring (updated)

Jake Arrieta's third major league start isn't going as smoothly as the first two. Not even close. Arrieta isn't commanding his fastball, resulting in six runs (five earned) and three walks in three innings. That 4-0 lead is a distant memory. Luke Scott made a great catch in foul territory to rob Scott Hairston, almost flipping over into the camera well, but his error on

Wieters' bat awakens

Matt Wieters began today with only two RBIs since May 27, but he collected three with a bases-loaded double in the first inning that increased the Orioles' lead to 4-0. Wieters hadn't finished a game with three RBIs since May 1 against Boston. He was mired in a 3-for-34 slump, but the Orioles haven't discussed sending him down to Triple-A Norfolk. He's in the lineup

Today's lineups

For the Orioles: LF Corey Patterson 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis 2B Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott CF Adam Jones C Matt Wieters SS Cesar Izturis RHP Jake Arrieta For the Padres: CF Tony Gwynn 2B David Eckstein 1B Adrian Gonzalez C Nick Hundley LF Scott Hairston RF Will Venable SS Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B Lance Zawadzki RHP Jon Garland A victory today would

Snyder sidelined

I was scrolling through Triple-A Norfolk's game notes, which were e-mailed early this morning, when I spotted this line: Brandon Snyder was placed on the disabled list yesterday, retroactive to June 18, with a right shoulder strain and Joey Gathright was activated from the DL (lower back strain). Snyder was hitting .311 in his last 36 games. By the way, the Tides list their next

Berken keeps workin'

Happy Father's Day. I was greeted this morning with the following exchange: Daughter: "Can I go swimming later today?" Me: "Only if you wish me a Happy Father's Day." Daughter: "Oh crap, I forgot! Happy Father's Day. I love you." I guess that counts. Have you recovered from last night's game? You might need to stay in bed, even if you're not getting breakfast there.

A lost RBI

The Orioles should lead by three runs heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, and Adam Jones should have three RBIs tonight. Corey Patterson pinch-ran for Luke Scott, who collected his third hit, and stole second to move into scoring position. Unfortunately, the "scoring" part didn't hold up. Patterson didn't get a good jump on Jones' single to center field, and he stumbled as

Good news on two levels

Adam Jones hit his ninth home run tonight, a two-run shot into the second deck that gave the Orioles a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning. Kevin Millwood has blanked the Padres since that infuriating first inning. He's thrown 86 pitches through the fifth. Down on the farm, Nolan Reimold went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and run scored in Triple-A Norfolk's 10-3 win over

The good and the bad (updated)

Let's start with the good: The Orioles scored a run for Kevin Millwood in the first inning after Julio Lugo reached on Jerry Hairston's throwing error, stole third base and raced home on Nick Markakis' fly ball. Interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters that outfielder Felix Pie, rehabbing a torn muscle in his back, will begin an injury rehab assignment in the minors on Tuesday.

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: 2B Julio Lugo 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis 1B Ty Wigginton LF Luke Scott CF Adam Jones C Matt Wieters SS Cesar Izturis RHP Kevin Millwood For the Padres: 2B David Eckstein 3B Chase Headley 1B Adrian Gonzalez LF Scott Hairston C Yorvit Torrealba RF Will Venable SS Jerry Hairston Jr. CF Tony Gwynn Jr. LHP Clayton Richard Richard has allowed

Millwood: Overdue and underperforming

The question comes up every fifth or sixth day: Will Kevin Millwood finally get his first win? He won't bring much momentum into his latest attempt. We know about the lack of run support. He's received 44 in 14 starts, and the Orioles have scored just 24 while he was in those games. They've totaled 17 in his last 11 outings while he's been on

Tides talk

Nolan Reimold has hit safely in four of his last five games with Triple-A Norfolk, batting .389 (7-for-18) with three RBIs. His average is up to .206. Maybe it's been a good idea to drop the first base experiment for a while. Stop filling his plate, and he'll have better results when he steps up to it. Guess who leads the Tides in RBIs (16),

Another lost night for Wieters

The best question of the day - and I know it's early, so the voting isn't complete - came from the fan who asked, "At what point do the O's become lovable?" They might lean more toward the frustrating side right now. Or the infuriating side. Perhaps something stronger. Last night's loss bled into so many others. The offense mostly sputtered, a key play wasn't

The decision

Alfredo Simon was supposed to be the closer when he came off the disabled list. That's what we were told. Maybe not in his first appearance, but the ones afterward. David Hernandez changed that line of thinking with two saves - both in games that Jake Arrieta started. It looked like the right time to audition him. Interim manager Juan Samuel called upon Hernandez tonight

Risky business (updated)

While MASN went to a commercial during the eighth-inning pitching change, I looked up Adrian Gonzalez's career numbers against left-hander Will Ohman. Then I cringed: 5-for-11, two doubles, one home run, three RBIs. Interim manager Juan Samuel wanted the lefty-lefty matchup, ignoring the stats that went along with it - including how Gonzalez was hitting .315 against southpaws before tonight, and how he was 2-for-2

No decision for Matusz

Brian Matusz held the Padres to one run over six innings tonight, but he won't get the long-awaited victory. Not with the Orioles scoring only one run. Matusz allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four. His biggest sin was running up his pitch count again - 114 before interim manager Juan Samuel lifted him for a pinch-hitter - and not hitting a few

No DH? No problem (updated)

Playing in a National League ballpark has its advantages. It comes with National League rules. Padres pitcher Wade LeBlanc stepped up to the plate with runners on the corners and one out in the fifth inning. There's no stopping him because there's no designated hitter. LeBlanc popped up a bunt on a safety squeeze and David Eckstein popped up after taking a full cut. End

First blood

In case Brian Matusz doesn't recognize what just happened, the Orioles scored a run for him. Matusz will try to protect a 1-0 lead as we enter the bottom of the fourth inning, and hope that the Orioles' generosity will extend a little further. Miguel Tejada, Nick Markakis and Ty Wigginton opened the top of the fourth with singles that produced a 1-0 lead. Markakis

Down on the farm (updated)

Nolan Reimold, starting again in left field for Triple-A Norfolk, went 3-for-4 with a run and raised his average to .206 in the Tides' 6-4 loss to Toledo. Michael Aubrey doubled and drove in two runs. Left-hander Chris George allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings, with three walks and two strikeouts. Alberto Castillo tossed two scoreless innings, striking out two. Double-A Bowie

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: LF Corey Patterson 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis 1B Ty Wigginton CF Adam Jones C Matt Wieters 2B Julio Lugo SS Cesar Izturis LHP Brian Matusz For the Padres: 2B David Eckstein CF Chris Denorfia 1B Adrian Gonzalez LF Scott Hairston C Yorvit Torrealba 3B Chase Headley SS Jerry Hairston Jr RF Aaron Cunningham LHP Wade LeBlanc Gonzalez has hit safely

Bergy talks about last night (w/Ouellette update)

Brad Bergesen told me that he was on a 65-70 pitch count last night with Triple-A Norfolk, which explains why he left the game after 2 2/3 innings. Bergesen allowed five hits to the Toledo Mud Hens, including a three-run homer to Jeff Larish. He walked two, struck out two and threw 44 of his 65 pitches for strikes. "I felt OK," he said. "I

In the Nick of time

You know it's gotten pretty slow around here when a Ryan Ouellette trade to the White Sox has stirred up some fans. I guess it's more about the mystery of it, since we haven't received confirmation or more details from the Orioles. Ouellette found out after last night's game at Double-A Bowie. Ouellette no longer was part of the Baysox's roster and he hadn't pitched

Minor matters

Dennis Sarfate picked up his ninth save tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, walking a batter and striking out two. His fastball topped out at 99 mph. I wonder if the Orioles will give him another look. He's doing everything possible to get noticed. Tyler Henson hit his sixth home run for Double-A Bowie. Steve Johnson took the loss against Reading after allowing six runs and five

Rough night for Bergy

Brad Bergesen, making his first start for Triple-A Norfolk since being optioned, gave up a three-run homer to Toledo's Jeff Larish and lasted only 2 2/3 innings before leaving the game with the Tides trailing, 3-1. Bergesen is charged with three runs and five hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. He threw 65 pitches, 44 for strikes. His night ended after a fly ball

Up next: The Padres

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the San Diego Padres entered June with the best record in the NL (31-20) for the first time in franchise history. Their 38-28 record is the third-best in franchise history. The Padres were 40-25 in 1998 and 39-26 in 1984. The Orioles aren't catching them at the right time. Before last night, Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez ranked among

Rumors and ramblings

No truth to the rumor that Juan Samuel has removed himself from consideration for the full-time managerial position. No truth to the rumor that the Mets are holding a press conference to deny any interest in Kevin Millwood. No truth to the rumor that Millwood is holding a press conference asking them to reconsider. No truth to the rumor that Manny Machado wants to re-enter

Upon further review

I watched most of today's game at Little Havana - best pork bites in town - and I didn't need the sound cranked up to know that the Orioles wasted some golden opportunities against two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. Lincecum's velocity is down. We're talking low-90s, which isn't the norm. He put runners on base, the Orioles would move them into scoring position, and

No no-no for Lincecum

I was thinking it, you were thinking it. Tim Lincecum might not give up a hit today. Well, he did. Nick Markakis singled with two outs in the first inning to save the Orioles from that particular indignity. Luke Scott walked, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. A single would have plated two runs. Let's not get carried away. Adam Jones flied

Moore scratched

Scott Moore was scratched from the lineup with a "lateral mid right foot strain". Julio Lugo will start at second base. Moore sustained the injury after stepping on a ball during batting practice. Apparently, interim manager Juan Samuel is determined to give Ty Wigginton the day off. Here's the new lineup: LF Corey Patterson 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis 1B Luke Scott CF Adam

Today's lineups

For the Orioles: LF Corey Patterson 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis 1B Luke Scott CF Adam Jones 2B Scott Moore C Craig Tatum SS Cesar Izturis RHP Jeremy Guthrie For the Giants: LF Andres Torres 2B Freddy Sanchez 1B Aubrey Huff SS Juan Uribe 3B Pablo Sandoval C Bengie Molina RF Nate Schierholtz CF Aaron Rowand RHP Tim Lincecum

More numbers and notes

Jeremy Guthrie is 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA in five interleague road starts, while Tim Lincecum is 2-2 with a 4.28 ERA in six career home interleague starts. Of the four runs that the Orioles have totaled in Guthrie's last three starts, only two have scored while he's been in the game. The Orioles are 1-4 in series finales when they have a chance to

Pitching by numbers

The Orioles and Giants have split the first two games of this series, and they're sending pitchers to the mound today with sub-4.00 ERAs. Here's one difference: Tim Lincecum is 6-2. Jeremy Guthrie is 3-7. Lincecum also has won the last two NL Cy Young Awards. That's worth mentioning, as well. Lincecum had allowed 17 runs in his last four starts covering 22 1/3 innings

Hernandez saves the night (w/Samuel quote)

David Hernandez got the ball again tonight in a save situation, with interim manager Juan Samuel choosing to ease Alfredo Simon back into the role. Good choice. Hernandez picked up his second save with a scoreless ninth, brushing aside a two-out walk in the process and preserving a 4-1 win. It was pretty easy, and we're not used to such things from an Orioles closer.

Pass the baton (updated)

Interim manager Juan Samuel removed Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the eighth inning after Bengie Molina's leadoff single. That's only three hits for the Giants, who still trail, 4-1. Left-hander Will Ohman enters the game with Arrieta's pitch count at 95. Assuming the inherited runner doesn't score - and why would it? - Arrieta has allowed four runs and seven hits in 13 innings

The one Jake

You must be feeling pretty good about Jake Arrieta right now. I know you've been scarred from the missteps of other young pitchers on this staff - and I'll still insist that it's way too soon to give up on any of them - but it's OK to get a little excited about Arrieta. The former fifth-round pick is rolling again tonight, holding the Giants

Tillman to 'pen for now

Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters in San Francisco that pitcher Chris Tillman, who allowed six runs in two innings last night, will go to the bullpen while the club needs only four starters. MASN's Amber Theoharis tells me that pitching coach Rick Kranitz believes that Tillman is still a starter, but the young right-hander can work out some issues in the bullpen and

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 2B Luke Scott 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Cesar Izturis SS Jake Arrieta RHP For the Giants: Andres Torres CF Freddy Sanchez 2B Aubrey Huff RF Juan Uribe SS Pat Burrell LF Buster Posey 1B Pablo Sandoval 3B Bengie Molina C Joe Martinez RHP

This and that (w/Norfolk update)

Here's the pitch: The Giants have posted a 3.30 ERA, third in the majors. The Orioles have posted a 5.00 ERA, 27th in the majors. The Giants' starters have posted a 3.17 ERA, first in the majors. The Orioles' starters have posted a 5.17 ERA, 29th in the majors. The Giants' 497 strikeouts are tied for third in the majors. The Orioles' 382 strikeouts rank

Norfolk update

Tim Bascom struggled today in his second start at Triple-A Norfolk, lasting only 4 2/3 innings and allowing four runs and eight hits, with one walk and two strikeouts. Columbus leads the Tides, 4-0. Bascom who gave up three runs in seven innings in his Norfolk debut against Gwinnett, threw 100 pitches before coming out of the game. Norfolk has been held to two hits

Tillman's time up?

The debate is obvious, but not the decision. Do the Orioles send down Chris Tillman or keep running him out there every five days and hope that the education proves beneficial? Do they allow him to work out his issues in a less-pressurized environment and protect his ego, or figure he has nothing else to prove at Triple-A? The guess here is Tillman will land

I stayed awake for this?

I expect the losses to pile up, but can we please limit the number of blowouts? The offense managed only two runs tonight, though Ty Wigginton should have been credited with a home run instead of a double. That was one of three blown calls against the Orioles. They didn't influence the outcome, not with the Giants scoring 10 runs, but they still were infuriating.

Where's the outrage? (w/Norfolk update)

Am I the only one with anger-management issues around here? Second base umpire Rob Drake calls Corey Patterson out on Miguel Tejada's grounder to short, which would be fine if Freddy Sanchez had been within 12 feet of the bag when he took the throw. But since he wasn't, it rates as one of the worst calls I've ever seen. The Giants turned the double

Welcome Matt (updated)

Show of hands if you knew that Pat Burrell was playing for the Giants. Burrell gave the Giants a 2-1 lead in the second inning with his second home run since returning to the National League. Chris Tillman's fastball isn't breaking 90 mph and it's up in the zone. And would you believe he's getting hit hard in two innings? Pitching coach Rick Kranitz went

Orioles lineup (w/Giants)

Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 2B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS Chris Tillman RHP Here's the Giants lineup: Andres Torres CF Freddy Sanchez 2B Aubrey Huff RF Juan Uribe SS Pat Burrell LF Buster Posey 1B Pablo Sandoval 3B Eli Whiteside C Jonathan Sanchez LHP

Taking notes

The Orioles and Giants have split six games all-time, with the road team taking two of three in both series. The Orioles visited San Francisco in 2002 and the Giants visited Camden Yards in 2004. The Orioles are 1-5 in interleague play this year (1-2 at Washington, 0-3 vs. the Mets). They went 11-7 against the NL in 2009 to tie the franchise mark for

It could be worse

The Orioles are 17-46 through 63 games. The 1988 team was 16-47. Now there's a race you can follow. That '88 team was the worst in franchise history, losing 107 games after that horrific 0-21 start. Loss No. 47 was a 1-0 heartbreaker in Detroit, where Mike Boddicker went seven strong innings and had only aggravation - and another defeat - to show for it.

Feat of Cla

Cla Meredith's demotion to Triple-A Norfolk hasn't done much for his career. Meredith was tagged with a blown save today after allowing two runs and two hits, and walking three batters, in two-thirds of an inning. His ERA is up to 16.85. Mike Hinckley took the loss against Columbus after allowing a run in the bottom of the 10th. Starter Brandon Erbe surrendered two runs

Juan and done

The Orioles were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position today, making them 6-for-35 (.171) in the series. They're batting .217 with RISP this season. The Orioles hit two home runs in nine games on this homestand. Kevin Millwood leads the majors with 19 homers allowed, including three today. Opposing pitchers have made quality starts in 16 of the Orioles' last 17 games. Other than that,

Bergesen confirmed

Interim manager Juan Samuel made the move official that we anticipated: Brad Bergesen is being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for reliever Alfredo Simon. Bergesen threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings today in relief of Mark Hendrickson. "I think we're doing him a disservice by keeping him in the bullpen," Samuel said. "This is a guy that we think is going to be a

Bad to worse (updated)

The Mets just hung three more runs on the board in the sixth to increase their lead to 10-3. You remember the Mets - the team that hadn't won a road series all year. Kevin Millwood is charged with eight runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three more home runs, raising his total to 19. Mark Hendrickson replaced him and served

At least there's this... (updated)

If it makes you feel any better, Adam Jones has hit safely in eight straight games, going 10-for-28 and raising his average to .258. He's hit in 19 of his last 20, going 26-for-75 (.347). Well, I tried. The Orioles trail, 6-3, in the bottom of the fourth. Kevin Millwood has allowed six runs and nine hits, and he's thrown 77 pitches. If it makes

Paging Dr. Longball (updated)

Kevin Millwood has taken over the major league lead in home runs allowed with 18, including two today in the first inning. Mets 5, Orioles 0. The Mets sent nine batters to the plate and collected six hits and a walk. Henry Blanco did Millwood a huge favor by bouncing into a double play with runners on the corners, one out and Brad Bergesen warming

Simon says... (updated)

Alfredo Simon will throw another bullpen session today instead of pitching in a simulated game. Simon tested his left hamstring by throwing two bullpen sessions in Sarasota before flying into Baltimore yesterday. "It feels a lot better," he said. "I'm just trying to come back and do what I was doing before, trying to help the team win." Simon could be activated from the disabled

Orioles lineup (w/Mets)

Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Scott Moore 2B Julio Lugo SS Kevin Millwood RHP Here's the Mets lineup: Reyes SS Pagan CF Wright 3B Davis 1B Bay LF Carter DH Feliciano RF Cora 2B Blanco C Pelfrey RHP

Heating up leftovers

For breakfast? Why not? Here's how Brian Matusz responded when asked if last night's start was one of his best: "Absolutely. I think it's one of the better starts of my career. I didn't walk a guy today and I threw a lot of strikes. I made a couple mistake pitches with the solo home runs, but that's going to happen when you're throwing a

After 62 games...

The Orioles fell to 17-45 after tonight's 3-1 loss to the Mets, a game that looked like so many others this season. They wasted a quality start because they didn't hit, going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. And they didn't make a key play on defense that cost them a run. "When you're in a funk those things happen," interim manager Juan Samuel said.

Quality start, bad feeling (w/update)

Brian Matusz held the Mets to two runs and four hits over his first seven innings. He didn't issue a walk. He retired 18 of the last 21 batters he faced. So why is Matusz staring at his seventh consecutive defeat? Julio Lugo couldn't turn a critical double play in the sixth as the tie-breaking run scored. And the Orioles didn't get the memo about

A few updates (w/update)

The reports of Mets pitcher Hisanori Takahashi being a slow worker weren't exaggerated. It's like watching Steve Trachsel on Quaaludes. Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" was playing over the PA system between innings, and a few of us started singing, "Taka Takahasi." Very mature, I know. We're still tied, 1-1, heading to the top of the fifth. The Orioles tried to play little ball to push across

Back, back, back... (updated)

Jose Reyes began tonight's game with the 15th leadoff home run of his career, and the first against the Orioles this season. Reyes drove a 91 mph fastball over the fence in left-center field to give the Mets an early lead. Brian Matusz has surrendered at least one home run in his last five starts. He gave up only two in his first eight starts.

Simon's on his way (updated)

Alfredo Simon is expected to arrive in Baltimore later today after rehabbing his injured left hamstring in Sarasota. Simon could throw a simulated game tomorrow if pitching coach Rick Kranitz wants to see him face left-handers and right-handers. But he isn't dealing with an arm injury, so the Orioles might decide to skip it. Interim manager Juan Samuel isn't sure whether Simon will come off

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Craig Tatum C Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP For the Mets: Reyes SS Pagan CF Wright DH Davis 1B Bay LF Tatis 3B Barajas C Francoeur RF Tejada 2B Takahashi LHP

Tejada to short? Again, no

I guess it's worth repeating. Interim manager Juan Samuel was asked after last night's game whether he's given any thought to moving Miguel Tejada to short. Samuel is giving the same answer we've been hearing, from the front office and former manager Dave Trembley, since the winter. "It never crossed my mind," he said. OK, that's not the exact same answer, but the message is

Wrapping it up

The Orioles collected 11 hits tonight and scored one run. That won't win you many games. "Tonight, we faced a very tough, a different type of knuckleball," interim manager Juan Samuel said, referring to Mets starter R.A. Dickey. "It was a little bit unusual to see a knuckleball with that kind of velocity. We had a situation where we could have scored some runs there,

Caps and Bergy

Let's get the important stuff out of the way first: The O's/Ravens caps will be handed out tomorrow night, as I wrote earlier. Trust me on this one. OK, now about Brad Bergesen... I wrote earlier today that interim manager Juan Samuel wanted to get Bergesen into a game because it had been too long, but he didn't want to use the right-hander in the

Golden grab (updated twice)

Jeremy Guthrie gave up a run in the top of the first inning on a leadoff double by Jose Reyes and one-out single by David Wright. The damage would have increased if not for a spectacular diving catch by Adam Jones in left-center field that robbed Jason Bay. Wright would have scored easily. Bay might have joined him if the ball got past Jones. My

Samuel says...

I told you earlier that interim manager Juan Samuel will give the ball to David Hernandez tonight if he's confronted with another save situation. Here's more from Samuel: "Of course, of course. Stay with the hot hand," Samuel said. "He showed some poise last night. He came right after those hitters. Hopefully, if we're in the same situation tonight, he'll be the guy. "It's not

Quick managerial update

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has interviewed two candidates this week for the full-time managerial job: Eric Wedge and Bobby Valentine. He hasn't lined up a third interview. The next one most likely will wait until the Orioles return from next week's interleague excursion in San Francisco and San Diego. MacPhail is making the trip, and it doesn't appear that he'll meet with

Injury updates

Second baseman Brian Roberts received an epidural injection in his lower back in St. Petersburg, his third since reporting to spring training, and will be shut down until undergoing a follow-up examination on Tuesday. Michael Gonzalez threw one inning today in an extended spring training game, which amounted to only seven pitches, and his velocity increased slightly. We're told that his fastball was clocked at

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Scott Moore 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Mets: Reyes SS Pagan CF Wright 3B Davis 1B Bay LF Carter DH Barajas C Francoeur RF Tejada 2B Dickey RHP

Updating Reimold's first base experiment

The Orioles intended to use Nolan Reimold's demotion to Triple-A Norfolk as an opportunity for him to grow comfortable at first base. They wanted him to get hot at the plate and acclimated to a new position - baseball's version of multi-tasking - so they could occasionally quiet his barking Achilles by removing him from the outfield. Reimold has made three starts at first base,

'Pen for your thoughts

It wasn't too long ago that we were fretting over David Hernandez's tendency to walk batters and give up home runs. Now he's looking like a potential closer. I see no reason to hang that label on him, or anyone else, as I've pointed out. Hernandez doesn't have to be the automatic choice in the ninth inning. Alfredo Simon doesn't have to be the automatic

Juan for all & all for Juan

Interim manager Juan Samuel let Jake Arrieta pitch out of a sixth-inning jam, in part because he was responsible for putting the rookie in it by ordering two intentional walks. "It never crossed my mind, getting him out of there," Samuel said. "I'm like, he's going to work his way out of this, so it never crossed my mind taking him out. "I think you

Beginning and ending with heat

David Hernandez got his first shot at closing tonight, and his first pitch was a 96 mph fastball. Jake Arrieta threw serious heat at the Yankees in the first inning, and Hernandez did the same in the ninth. Marcus Thames took a big cut and flied to the warning track in right. One pitch, one out, one scare. Hernandez walked No. 9 hitter Kevin Russo

The decision (updated)

Your latest press box debate: Should Jake Arrieta have come out for the seventh inning? I agreed with another reporter that three runs over six innings, and 106 pitches, was more than sufficient for Arrieta's major league debut against the Yankees. Don't push him any further. A team employee sitting next to me wanted Arrieta to continue, at least until the rookie allowed a baserunner,

Tell me Moore, tell me Moore (updated)

Scott Moore just hit his first home run, driving a 1-0 pitch over the right-center field fence to tie the game, 3-3, in the fifth inning. The ball traveled 394 feet. Moore hadn't homered in the majors since April 8, 2008 against Texas' Jason Jennings. Jake Arrieta has retired nine of the last 10 batters he's faced. He walked Derek Jeter with two outs in

More on Roberts and Arrieta (updated)

Near the end of Brian Roberts' call-in segment on The Scott Garceau Show, he casually mentioned that he'll receive another "injection" in his lower back tomorrow in St. Petersburg, which I assume is an epidural, to calm the inflammation. That will be No. 3 by my count, though I might have lost track. Roberts concluded the interview by saying that he hoped to get in

Welcome to The Show (updated)

Jake Arrieta doesn't seem to mind the deep end of the pool. Arrieta retired the Yankees in order in the first inning, getting two ground balls and a pop up. Mark Teixeira swung at a 97 mph fastball and pulled it to first baseman Ty Wigginton, who flipped to Arrieta for the final out. Nick Swisher popped up a 95 mph fastball before Teixeira stepped

A little extra on Roberts

I listened to a recording of Brian Roberts' interview on Scott Garceau's show, and he confirmed that he visited a back specialist in St. Petersburg on Tuesday and "no major structural damage" was found in his lower back. The plan for now is to keep Roberts shut down and calm the inflammation. "It'll probably take me a few weeks of down time and rehab and

Early notes

Interim manager Juan Samuel confirmed that Brian Roberts underwent more tests on his back, but there are "no major developments" to report. We're still waiting. I'm told that Roberts called into The Scott Garceau Show today on MASN and talked about how he's dealing with some inflammation in his back that's causing the discomfort. Samuel said he doesn't anticipate any more roster moves "as we

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Scott Moore 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jake Arrieta RHP For the Yankees: Jeter SS Swisher RF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Cano 2B Posada DH Granderson CF Thames LF Moeller C Burnett RHP Reminder: The Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game, sponsored

The other shoe

As I was driving to Camden Yards, the Orioles announced that they designated left-hander Alberto Castillo for assignment to clear room on the 25- and 40-man rosters for Jake Arrieta, who will make his major league debut tonight against the Yankees. Castillo was 1-0 with a 10.13 ERA in 10 2/3 innings over 14 games. This move can't be viewed as a shocker. Castillo could

Another reason to get excited

When first place and the wild card are so far away you'd need to take three buses to get close, you're grateful for the nights that a pitching prospect is handed the ball. Big opportunity for Jake Arrieta, welcomed diversion for the rest of us. Arrieta is supremely confident, and he's given off that vibe from the first time he reported to spring training last

Yankees 4, Orioles 2

The key inning was the sixth. The key moment was a ground ball to first base and a decision that didn't prevent the Yankees from scoring the go-ahead run. Let's review: The Yankees knotted the game at 2-2 on Robinson Cano's bouncing single to right field, the ball clearing Ty Wigginton's head at first base. Alex Rodriguez hustled to third, putting runners on the corners

Tillman's interesting ride (updated)

Tonight's attendance: 16,451. If you consider that Chris Tillman allowed one earned run in six innings, it sounds like he cruised through tonight's start against the Yankees. No so fast. Tillman littered the bases with runners and the Orioles committed three errors - including one by Tillman on an errant pickoff throw. The Yankees lead, 3-2, and Jason Berken is entering the game in relief.

A few random updates (w/game update)

Chris Tillman got in a little trouble in the second inning, surrendering a leadoff single to Robinson Cano and walking Jorge Posada, but he retired the next three batters to keep the game scoreless. Tillman has thrown 34 pitches. The Orioles wasted a scoring opportunity in the first inning - stop me if you've heard this one - after Julio Lugo walked with the count

Don't get your Strasburg hopes up

In case you didn't check the Nationals side of the MASNsports.com site, manager Jim Riggleman has laid out Stephen Strasburg's pitching schedule. As Ben Goessling explained, Strasburg will throw every five days. He'll start Sunday in Cleveland and pitch again on June 18 and 23 at Nationals Park. He'll miss the Orioles, who host the Nats on June 25-27. Orioles director of scouting Joe Jordan

Bergesen: Reliever or starter?

Brad Bergesen doesn't know what tomorrow will bring. Approached by reporters this afternoon, Bergesen could only confirm that he's in the bullpen tonight. The rest - Jake Arrieta coming up tomorrow and Jeremy Guthrie's start being pushed back to Friday - was "all news to me." "I'm not really worried that it's my first time being in the bullpen," he said. "I'm going to go

Arrieta confirmed for tomorrow (updated)

The Orioles confirmed that Jake Arrieta will make tomorrow night's start against the Yankees. Jeremy Guthrie was told over the weekend that he wouldn't pitch again until Friday. The Orioles will announce a corresponding 25- and 40-man move tomorrow. Brad Bergesen stays in the bullpen to possibly back up Chris Tillman tonight. He could do the same for Arrieta tomorrow if he isn't involved in

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Julio Lugo 2B Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins DH Cesar Izturis SS Chris Tillman RHP For the Yankees: Jeter SS Swisher RF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Cano 2B Posada DH Granderson CF Cervelli C Russo LF CC Sabathia LHP Draft update: The Orioles selected Cherokee County High

Orioles draft local (updated twice)

The Orioles have selected Palm Beach State second baseman Austin Knight, a Baltimore native, in the 37th round. Knight, a switch-hitter who graduated from Boys Latin, has committed to play at the University of South Florida. Anyone familiar with him? I'll take a scouting report. Read more about him here. The story mentions how Knight will play this summer in the "Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball

Arrieta tomorrow? (w/more draft updates)

Draft update: The Orioles selected Stanford third baseman Adam Gaylord with the third overall pick in the 31st round. Gaylord, a junior, batted .232 with two doubles, one homer and nine RBIs in 31 games (eight starts). He didn't commit an error. The Orioles chose College of Southern Nevada right-hander Joe Robinson in the 32nd round, Notre Dame right-hander Steven Mazur in the 33rd and

This, that and the other

If my math is correct, the Orioles have 20 more rounds to complete on the final day of the first-year player draft. And if that's the highlight of my day, I might cry. A few items to pass along: A club official told me via text message that Nolan Reimold sat out the last two games at Triple-A Norfolk because he needed "a couple days

When 7 runs and 15 hits aren't enough

The Orioles' offense has been the subject of ridicule and scorn for much of the season, so it's only fair to point out that it did plenty to deliver a win tonight. Too bad the pitching allowed 12 runs and 15 hits. Matt Wieters notched his first three-hit game of the season, and his first multi-hit game since May 27 against Oakland. "Very positive," interim

When it all went bad (updated)

Frank Mata retired the only batter he faced in the sixth inning, getting Alex Rodriguez to bounce out with the bases loaded and the count full. It wasn't tidy, but it was gutsy. Interim manager Juan Samuel played the matchup game in the seventh, bringing in left-hander Mark Hendrickson with two left-handers and a switch-hitter due up. Ah, the percentages. The Yankees just hung six

A few updates (w/more Millwood)

No action in the Orioles' bullpen, though Kevin Millwood is up to 99 pitches through five innings. He's allowed six runs and seven hits, walked four and struck out six. Ty Wigginton just singled to score Julio Lugo and cut the Yankees' lead to 6-3. Interim third base coach Gary Allenson sent Lugo, though a few people in the press box doubted the wisdom. I

Done with the draft (updated twice)

The Orioles completed the second day of the draft by selecting South Houston High right-hander Jaime Esquivel in the 28th round, UNC Wilmington left-hander Cameron Roth in the 29th round and UNC Wilmington shortstop Michael Rooney in the 30th round. Director of scouting Joe Jordan is heading to the press box to meet with reporters. Update: Check Steve Melewski's blog for quotes from Jordan. You

More pre-game appetizers (w/draft update)

The Orioles selected San Marcos High School right-hander Sebastian Vader (already my favorite name in the draft) in the 18th round, Santa Fe CC right-hander Kenneth Wise in the 19th round, UC Los Angeles left-hander Matt Drummond in the 20th round, Southern Mississippi right-hander Scott Copeland in the 21st round and Mountain Ridge High School catcher Tanner Murphy in the 22nd round. Update: The Orioles

Patterson trying to avoid DL

The Orioles selected Pacific catcher Joe Oliveira in the 15th round, Fresno Community College outfielder Brandon King in the 16th and Hillsborough (Fla.) CC left fielder David Richardson in the 17th. Corey Patterson remains day-to-day after aggravating a left groin injury that he originally sustained during the last homestand while running the bases in a game against Oakland. He tweaked it again in his last

Injury updates (w/draft update)

Second baseman Brian Roberts will undergo more tests on his back over the next few days before the club determines the next step to take with him. Interim manager Juan Samuel said he isn't sure whether surgery is becoming an option. That would seem to be the case, but the team hasn't confirmed it. Reliever Michael Gonzalez threw an inning today in extended spring training,

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: Julio Lugo 2B Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Lou Montanez LF Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP For the Yankees: Jeter SS Swisher RF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Cano 2B Posada DH Granderson CF Cervelli C Gardner LF Hughes RHP

Catching up on the draft (updated)

Here are the rest of the Orioles' picks since I drove to Camden Yards: 178th pick: Dixon Anderson, RHP, California 208th: Matthew Bywater, LHP, Pepperdine 238th: Wynston Sawyer, C, Scripps Ranch (Ca.) High 268th: Parker Bridwell, RHP, Hereford (Tx.) High 298th: Clayton Schrader, RHP, San Jacinto (Tx.) College North Anderson was named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic District 8 Baseball Team. He has

In the fifth round...

The Orioles used the 148th overall pick in the draft to select high school switch-hitting shortstop Connor Narron, the son of former major league catcher and manager Jerry Narron. Nice bloodlines. Narron, 6 foot 3 and 195 pounds, was named an AFLAC All-American last year at C.B. Aycock High School in North Carolina. He also was invited to participate in the East Coast Showcase as

In the fourth round... (updated)

The Orioles have selected Auburn left-handed hitting center fielder Trent Mummey in the fourth round. I'll try to dig up more on him later. Update: Mummey was named a 2009 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Gold Glove Award winner after posting a .995 fielding percentage and finishing with seven outfield assists. He committed only one error. Mummey homered, doubled twice and drove in five runs Saturday

Like brother like brother (w/draft update)

Draft update: The Orioles chose UCLA closer Daniel Klein with the third overall pick in the third round. He missed the 2009 season after undergoing shoulder surgery but made up for it this year. Baseball America notes that he can throw four pitches for strikes, leading some scouts to think he should be given the chance to start. Klein has recorded nine saves for UCLA,

Last night, today and tonight

I woke up this morning feeling older than usual, knowing that the Astros selected Delino DeShield's son last night with the eighth overall pick in the first-year draft. Bop Jr. was just another kid hanging around the Orioles' clubhouse after games. Now he's going to play professional ball. The years keep flying by. If only I could figure out a way to slow them down

A few words from Jordan

Joe Jordan, the Orioles' director of scouting, referred to first-round pick Manny Machado as a "target guy" for the organization all spring who automatically has become "one of our premiere prospects." "We're very excited with tonight's selection," Jordan said during a conference call with reporters. "We feel very fortunate. I had my interaction with Manny Machado this spring and it's been very enjoyable to watch

Machado Man (updated)

Grow the bats? The Orioles drifted away from their pitching-first philosophy in the amateur draft tonight by taking Florida prep shortstop Manny Machado, 17, with the third overall pick. Their intention became one of the worst-kept secrets in baseball once reports surfaced earlier today that the Pirates would select Texas prep pitcher Jameson Taillon with the second pick. The Orioles would have snatched Taillon with

Roberts still not playing (updated)

Second baseman Brian Roberts sat out another extended spring training game today in Sarasota and could visit a back specialist in the next day or two while continuing to deal with soreness that he says is unrelated to the herniated disk. I'm trying to get confirmation from a team official, but the upcoming draft is keeping everyone busy. I'm told the Roberts might see a

Patton's impressive outing (plus promo note)

Promo Note: Listen in this afternoon from 3:30-5:00 p.m. as Steve Melewski hosts a radio show right here on MASNsports.com covering all things O's. Call in with your questions about the draft or the team in general. The number to call in is (914) 338-0105. Left-hander Troy Patton shut out Buffalo over seven innings today, allowing only three hits, walking one and striking out three.

Bell back in lineup (updated)

Josh Bell is serving as Triple-A Norfolk's designated hitter for today's game against Buffalo. Bell missed the last two games because of spasms in his neck. He's being eased back into the lineup as the DH, with Paco Figueroa starting at third base. Bell has hit .333 (16-for-48) with eight doubles and eight runs scored in his last 13 games. Left-hander Troy Patton is on

The closer

Sorry to leave the comments unattended for so long. I ended up in Canton last night and...well, I ended up in Canton. I could use a little more sleep, but I'm playing tennis in about an hour and I wanted to get the blog cranked up before I dragged my tired body onto the court. The Orioles will make their selection in tonight's First-Year Player

Nick the Stick

Nick Markakis made sure we didn't endure a 12th inning today, lining a single into left-center field to touch off a wild, and rare, celebration at home plate. So this is how a win looks and feels? Amber Theoharis talks with Nick Markakis after his game winning hit in the 11th inning "We've battled," Markakis said. "We were in games and lost them. But we

Orioles 4, Red Sox 3 (11 innings)

Interim manager Juan Samuel sat down in the interview room, removed his cap and told reporters that his hair hadn't turned more gray since the game started. He could have been referring to the dramatic outcome or the amount of time it took to complete. I'm not positive. Samuel received a couple of souvenirs from his first victory. "I have the ball in my office

Ohman can't close it out (updated)

Update: It took 11 innings, but the Orioles halted their 10-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory. Nick Markakis singled to score Cesar Izturis, who drew a leadoff walk against Boston left-hander Hideki Okajima and moved up on Julio Lugo's sacrifice bunt. Miguel Tejada was walked intentionally, and Markakis ended this marathon. Congrats Juan Samuel. True to his pre-game word, interim manager Juan Samuel called

No RBI with a RISP (updated)

It started to pour, then it stopped. Again. Cesar Izturis reached on an error by Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia leading off the seventh inning, and he moved up on a sacrifice. Miguel Tejada popped up, but Nick Markakis walked with the count full on a pitch so close that Red Sox starter John Lackey hopped in the air and spun away in frustration. Ty

Matusz done for the day

Today's attendance: 27,774. The pitch count caught up to Brian Matusz again today. Matusz left with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning. Matt Albers replaced him and induced a ground ball from Bill Hall on a 3-1 count. Matusz allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings - just short of a quality start - with four walks and

A few updates

Left-hander Brian Matusz has struck out six batters in five innings. Victor Martinez has accounted for all the scoring against him with a two-run homer in the second. Matusz has retired 11 of the last 13 batters, and he struck out Bill Hall to open the fifth on a nasty 0-2 changeup. He's thrown 93 pitches, so the bullpen will be getting busy. The Orioles

Bell day-to-day

Third base prospect Josh Bell has been held out of Triple-A Norfolk's lineup for the second straight game while he's dealing with neck spasms. Bell might be available to play later today, but the Tides are being careful with him. Just thought you'd want to know... The Orioles fell behind, 2-0, in the second inning when Victor Martinez followed Kevin Youkilis' leadoff walk with a

A few pre-game notes

Interim manager Juan Samuel said everything pitching-wise should "stay the same" if Jeremy Guthrie doesn't need extra time to recover. We're still trying to determine if and when Jake Arrieta will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles are open to using Arrieta in the rotation or the bullpen, which adds to the speculation. Maybe he replaces Brad Bergesen in the rotation. Maybe

Lineup changes (updated)

The Orioles haven't posted their lineup, but you'll find Miguel Tejada serving as the designated hitter today to provide a little rest. Scott Moore is starting at third base. Corey Patterson is dealing with some leg soreness that isn't considered serious. He probably could pinch-hit if needed. Luke Scott is starting in left field and Julio Lugo will lead off. Also, Craig Tatum is catching

Day 3 of the Samuel era

The Orioles have been outscored 19-2 in Juan Samuel's two games as interim manager. The problems run pretty deep here. Samuel keeps pointing out that guys are running out ground balls and playing with some energy. That'll have to suffice until the offense busts out and the bullpen tightens up. Left-hander Brian Matusz takes the mound today. Maybe someone should tackle him as he gets

Guthrie wasn't 100 percent

Jeremy Guthrie said he felt sore tonight before taking the mound, though he didn't get specific. Just...sore. That could be why Jake Arrieta was scratched from his start at Triple-A Norfolk. Arrieta wouldn't have started here tonight, of course, but he might have provided some bullpen help tomorrow if the Orioles had scratched Guthrie. Check Steve Melewski's blog for post-game quotes from Guthrie. Also, interim

The streak ends

The Orioles went 20 innings without a run before Scott Moore drove in two with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth. The game has been stopped - but only because the Red Sox are making another pitching change. Double-A Bowie left-hander Zach Britton got the win tonight by limiting Erie to two unearned runs in 7 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits,

Latest on Arrieta (w/Wieters update)

I had no idea that I'd file this many entries that included Jake Arrieta. Arrieta pitched two innings in relief tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, allowing one run and three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. He threw 25 pitches, 18 for strikes. That's not much work for a guy who was slated to start before being scratched, with the Orioles "keeping their options open,"

The decision (updated)

The Orioles put two runners on base against Jon Lester in the bottom of the seventh inning. Once again, it was Adam Jones and Garrett Atkins. Once again, it meant Julio Lugo and Cesar Izturis were due up. In the fifth, Lugo laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Izturis popped up and Corey Patterson grounded out. This time, Jones and Atkins walked with one out.

Is 1-0 insurmountable?

It sure feels that way tonight. Jeremy Guthrie has been outstanding, but Kevin Youkilis homered on the first pitch thrown in the top of the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie. The Red Sox lead by the narrowest of margins, but the Orioles have given Guthrie the usual support - absolutely nothing. Guthrie's allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four. He retired

Let's go to the tape (updated twice)

Umpires reviewed Marco Scutaro's fly ball that was ruled foul down the left field line with one out in the top of the sixth, and they upheld the call after checking the videotape. That's the first review here in 2010 and the third all-time at Camden Yards. Replays indicated that the ball hooked foul by a few inches, but Boston manager Terry Francona came out

More on Arrieta (updated)

Jake Arrieta didn't start tonight at Triple-A Norfolk, but I'm told that he's jogging to the Tides' bullpen and is expected to pitch in relief. He must have been scratched because the Orioles weren't sure whether they'd need to get him here over the weekend. It's not like they were going to hold him out of tonight's game so he could start next Saturday when

Arrieta scratched (updated)

Jake Arrieta was supposed to start tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, but Andy Mitchell took his place. Interesting. I'll try to provide an update shortly. And here it is: A club official told me that Arrieta is healthy and the Orioles are just keeping their options open in case they want to call him up. They don't want him throwing 100 pitches tonight and being unavailable

Did you know?

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Juan Samuel suffered the second-worst loss for a manager in his first game dating back to 1900. Milwaukee's Buck Rodgers lost, 15-2, to the Minnesota Twins in 1980. The Orioles are 15-40 this season. The 1988 team was 13-42 after 55 games. The 1962 Mets were 16-39 on their way to a 40-120 record, the worst in the modern era.

A few notes (updated)

Michael Gonzalez's bullpen session in Sarasota today didn't go well, and he's been instructed to rest the next two days and try again on Tuesday. Interim manager Juan Samuel was told that Gonzalez's velocity is still down and the left-hander couldn't hit his spots. "That's what I was informed by our pitching coach. His session wasn't that good," Samuel said. Gonzalez is scheduled to throw

Tonight's lineups (updated)

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Garrett Atkins DH Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Red Sox: Scutaro SS Pedroia 2B Ortiz DH Youkilis 3B Martinez 1B Drew RF Varitek C Reddick CF Hall LF Lester LHP Brad Bergesen's name is listed among the relievers

Roberts still not playing

Injured second baseman Brian Roberts sat out today's extended spring training games in Sarasota after receiving treatment on his sore back. The Orioles played two games against Tampa Bay, winning them both, but Roberts pushed back his debut for the second straight day. No games are scheduled tomorrow, so Roberts will have to wait until Monday if he's deemed ready. "Hopefully, whatever is bothering him

A new day - the sequel

I woke up this morning convinced that the day would move at a much slower pace than yesterday. We're back on a standard schedule. Get out of bed, check the blog comments and file my first entry. Arrive at the ballpark around 3 p.m., fire up the laptop and check the blog comments. Enter the clubhouse at 3:35 p.m. and copy the lineup. Run up

Juan for the road

I passed Andy MacPhail on the stairs as I returned to the press box. He wasn't waiting in the manager's office. That's probably a good sign. Wait, we're not doing that anymore. Never mind. The Orioles were shut out for the fifth time this season. It only seems like 15. They've tallied eight runs in their last seven games. It only seems like one. They've

Been there, seen that

Tonight's attendance: 30,070. If you could read Juan Samuel's mind right now, you'd be blushing. The Orioles turned a 3-6-1 double play in the eighth inning, with reliever Frank Mata covering first base. They executed it perfectly. Too bad Mata lost track of the outs. Mata tossed the ball toward the mound, then realized his mistake and chased after it. The bases were empty, so

And so it continues

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. At least if you're measuring their impact on the 2010 Orioles. I know it's early. Juan Samuel has been manager for four innings. But we've just confirmed that there are no quick fixes. Chris Tillman couldn't get out of the second inning. Matt Wieters committed a passed ball on a strikeout. Miguel Tejada couldn't handle a

And so it begins (updated twice)

As Chris Tillman was walking the second batter of the game, still unable to secure an out and running up his pitch count, the television monitors in the press box cut to Juan Samuel speaking to the media earlier today. Sportswriters can't pass up a good quip. "There's Juan resigning." "He said the team needs a new voice." "He's already lost the clubhouse." Tillman loaded

More on Roberts and more from Samuel

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told me that Brian Roberts is experiencing some minor back pain that's unrelated to the herniated disk, according to the report that he received. "Right now, they don't think it's a big deal," MacPhail said. "He might just slide back to baseball activities, depending on how the symptoms progress, but nobody thinks it's a big deal at this point."

Roberts update (w/lineups)

Interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters today that second baseman Brian Roberts had a "minor setback" that prevented him from appearing in his first extended spring training game in Sarasota. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells passed along the news to Samuel. Samuel couldn't provide any other details, but he added that Roberts is scheduled to play tomorrow. For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada

More from MacPhail; introducing Samuel

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail views interim manager Juan Samuel as someone who "will not go lightly on those mistakes that we don't need to be making." Sounds like he's looking for Samuel to rattle a few cages. "The manager can only do so much. At some point the players have to be accountable, and believe me, those guys do not want to be

MacPhail speaks - Part I

The press conference just concluded and I'll pass along a few highlights if you missed MASN's live broadcast. "This is never an easy or pleasant task, making a managerial change, but in my experience, every time you go through one of these, it is a negative reflection of your entire baseball operations department, starting with me and going all the way down to our scouts

So who replaces Allenson?

I'm glad you asked. With Gary Allenson joining the Orioles as interim third base coach, Bobby Dickerson will move into the Tides' dugout and run the show for a while. Dickerson has been serving as the Orioles' minor league infield coordinator and Latin America field coordinator. He's posted a 525-462 record as a minor league manager, most recently going 72-72 at Triple-A Iowa in 2009.

And now it's official (w/Trembley statement)

The Orioles sent out their press release confirming that manager Dave Trembley has been fired and third base coach Juan Samuel will take over the club on an interim basis. As I wrote earlier, the Orioles will continue their search for a replacement. Samuel isn't expected to remain in his new role throughout the summer. It could last as little as a few weeks, depending

A new day

I sat next to Dave Trembley in the visiting dugout at Tropicana Field back in 2007 as he relayed the story of how he broke the news to his wife, Patti, that the Orioles had just named him interim manager, that all those years riding buses through the minor league landscape had brought him to a most unexpected stop - his dream job. Trembley was

Trembley's tenure apparently nearing end

The rumblings are become more intense at this late hour that Dave Trembley has been notified, or will be told early tomorrow morning, that he's been replaced as Orioles manager. I can't get confirmation from the Orioles, but look for an announcement in the morning. It won't drag out much longer, but nothing is going to be made official tonight. Third base coach Juan Samuel

Interested, real interested...not so interested anymore

The Orioles lost their eighth consecutive game today, but they brought the tying run to the plate with no outs in the ninth inning. Also with one out. And with two outs. If this is manager Dave Trembley's final game, as so many people are speculating, he could point to how his club didn't quit after falling behind, 6-1. It just didn't win. Gary and

Who woke up the bats?

Just as I was preparing an entry on how the Orioles scored four runs in their last four games and 12 over their last eight, Luke Scott made me reach for the delete key by drilling a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Thanks for the re-write. The Orioles had one hit, an Adam Jones home run, and two baserunners through the sixth. Ty Wigginton

Things are tough all over

It's gotten so bad for Kevin Millwood, the commissioner's office is reviewing his no-hitter from 2003. Millwood is looking for his first win today, but the Orioles will have to rally from a 2-0 deficit. He issued a leadoff walk in the first, gave up a single, committed a balk that allowed Derek Jeter to score after a stolen base, and surrendered Robinson Cano's RBI

Today's lineups (w/notes)

For the Orioles: 2B Julio Lugo 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis DH Ty Wigginton LF Luke Scott 1B Garrett Atkins CF Adam Jones C Craig Tatum SS Cesar Izturis RHP Kevin Millwood For the Yankees: SS Derek Jeter RF Nick Swisher 1B Mark Teixeira 3B Alex Rodriguez 2B Robinson Cano DH Jorge Posada CF Curtis Granderson C Francisco Cervelli LF Brett Gardner LHP CC

Waiting for the inevitable

Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga loses a perfect game last night, and the Orioles just seem lost. At least Galarraga can blame an umpire. The Orioles decided to skip the late-inning drama and second-guessing by dismissing themselves from last night's game at the first bell. They can't score runs and they've got CC Sabathia waiting for them. They can't score runs for Kevin Millwood, who starts

The Bronx and the farm

The Orioles scored one run tonight. Miguel Tejada collected three hits and scored the one run. This offense continues to give me a rash, but at least the Orioles get CC Sabathia tomorrow. Where's the ointment? Manager Dave Trembley, taking questions from the MASN booth, said he didn't remove Tejada because of an injury. Tejada's head slammed into Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli as he dived

Let the speculation continue

Jake Arrieta is dominating International League batters. Brad Bergesen lasted 2 1/3 innings tonight at Yankee Stadium. You can do the math. Bergesen was outstanding in his previous start, but he looked inconsolable in the dugout after coming out of tonight's game. I had the same feeling. Trust me. His abbreviated outing - six runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings - will have

Tonight's lineups

For the Orioles: LF Corey Patterson 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis 1B Ty Wigginton DH Luke Scott C Matt Wieters CF Adam Jones 2B Scott Moore SS Cesar Izturis RHP Brad Bergesen For the Yankees: SS Derek Jeter RF Nick Swisher 1B Mark Teixeira 3B Alex Rodriguez 2B Robinson Cano DH Jorge Posada CF Curtis Granderson C Francisco Cervelli LF Brett Gardner RHP Phil

Caught in the draft

I have to keep reminding myself that Monday is an off-day for the Orioles, but not the people who cover the team. The First-Year Player Draft begins that night, so I've been doing my homework in preparation for it. I'll still end up guessing wrong, but I wanted to chime in anyway. It's not an exact science, but everyone knows the Nationals will take catcher

Hernandez ready to take the ninth?

We've been debating the merits of finding a new left-handed specialist or erasing the term. Perhaps the Orioles, as a few fans have suggested here, should just make David Hernandez the closer and return Will Ohman to his original role. I'm beginning to think the club is headed in that direction. Manager Dave Trembley likes using Hernandez in the late innings for short bursts, taking

Feat of Cla (updated twice)

Cla Meredith entered tonight's Triple-A game in the eighth inning with Norfolk leading Rochester, 3-1, and proceeded to give up two runs on three hits. This might take a while. Meredith threw 30 pitches, 19 for strikes. Fortunately for the Tides, Matt Angle singled in the ninth to score Joey Gathright and give Norfolk a 4-3 lead. Left-hander Chris George limited Rochester to an unearned

Decision time

Orioles manager Dave Trembley could have let Brian Matusz pitch to Alex Rodriguez with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Trembley could have ordered an intentional walk with first base open and let Matusz pitch to Robinson Cano. Those are the choices that the Yankees' lineup gives you. It's like asking if you want to drink drain

Jones hurt? (updated)

If you're watching the game, you see Adam Jones flexing his left hand and grimacing after diving for Alex Rodriguez's liner in right-center field that reached the fence for a double in the sixth inning. Jones' glove hand slammed into the ground and it's clearly bothering him. He keeps removing the glove and making a fist. At one point, he was grabbing his pant leg

Will one mistake decide the outcome? (updated)

Left-hander Brian Matusz surrendered a leadoff home run to Curtis Granderson in the bottom of the fifth inning. That's the only run for the Yankees tonight. It's fair to wonder if that's all they will need. Granderson's homer was his first against a lefty and his first at the new Yankee Stadium. It represented the third hit for New York tonight. Matusz was on a

And another thing... (updated)

I predicted over the winter that Miguel Tejada would bat second for the Orioles. I meant June 1. The Orioles couldn't take batting practice on the field today because of the rain. That's four straight days, if you count yesterday. Adam Jones collected the Orioles' first hit tonight with a leadoff single in the third inning. Now we'll wait for that first extra-base hit. They've

A few more injury updates

Outfielder Felix Pie will begin some baseball-related activities this weekend after being restricted to exercises as he recovers from a torn muscle in his back. The word out of Sarasota is he might be ready to take batting practice by Monday. Reliever Michael Gonzalez did some long-tossing again today, but he still isn't pitching in extended spring training games. Here's a little something from Gary

Roberts making significant progress

Injured second baseman Brian Roberts is scheduled to play in his first extended spring training game on Friday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. Roberts will take infield and batting practice tomorrow and Thursday - a normal workout day - before playing five innings at second base on Friday. The plan is for Roberts to get four at-bats, so he could lead off

Leftover note from Sarasota

As I sat outside the clubhouse entrance at Ed Smith Stadium a few weeks ago, a player walked past me who looked exactly like former Orioles reliever Bob McCrory. I mean, they could have been separated at birth. It was uncanny. It also was Bob McCrory. The Orioles re-signed him about a week before Opening Day. I had completely lost track of him after he

It's Matusz's turn

As long as we're celebrating Jake Arrieta's latest gem, we should also note that Double-A Bowie left-hander Zach Britton held Richmond to two runs over 6 1/3 innings last night. He allowed six hits and walked four, so it wasn't one of his cleanest outings, but he came out of it with a 3.32 ERA. If I'm a young Orioles starter, I'm tracking every one

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