Showalter speaks after 7-3 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t confirm a roster move following tonight’s 7-3 loss to the Red Sox, saying only that it’s being “contemplated.”

Showalter said he would check the weather on Sunday, indicating that no announcement will come tonight. We’ll see.

LJ Hoes is in Baltimore and is expected to be officially recalled at some point.

As for tonight’s game, starter Scott Feldman took the loss after allowing four runs and six hits in five innings. Stephen Drew hit a three-run homer off him in the fourth.

“I thought he was OK,” Showalter said. “We just didn’t score that many runs. Had two outs, nobody on, got a couple pretty good hitters out and obviously the three-run homer was a big blow. It was a competitive outing. We just didn’t do much offensively early on.”

The Orioles were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.

“You’ve got to give (Ryan) Dempster some credit, too,” Showalter said. “Some veteran pitchers use your aggressiveness against you, especially when you’re down. We had some opportunities to push a couple more across, but they kept adding on, too.”

Drew also hit a two-run homer off Troy Patton in the sixth.

“We got some balls where we didn’t want to get them, and he’s always had some pop,” Showalter said. “That hurt us tonight. We couldn’t keep him in the park. I thought we were going to get back in it, but we couldn’t sustain it or group some hits together. I think Dempster had a lot to do with that.”

Showalter agreed with the umpires’ ruling, upon review, that Drew’s ball cleared the right field fence.

“I would have done the same thing (appeal) because from a statistical standpoint, your player would probably like to have the home run,” Showalter said. “It was a home run. They got it right. The other one’s not an inside-the-park home run.”

Showalter didn’t have much to say about David Ortiz’s tantrum in the visiting dugout and subsequent ejection.

“It’s all their business,” he said. “I think everybody was frustrated. It’s their business. It didn’t affect us. I’m not going get involved in other teams’ business unless it affects ours.”

Ortiz smashed the dugout phone after striking out in the seventh. He already was fuming after plate umpire Tim Timmons didn’t grant him time as he stepped out of the batters box and called a strike on a high pitch on a 3-0 count.

“I don’t pitch, I don’t play defense. I hit,” Ortiz said. “You’re not going to take my at-bat away from me. Period.”

Apparently, he destroyed the phone to the press box, not the bullpen.

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