Trembley talks about Gonzalez

Trembley talks about Gonzalez
Orioles manager Dave Trembley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz met with beleaguered closer Mike Gonzalez before the clubhouse opened to the media today. Trembley and Kranitz discussed the video they watched of Gonzalez last year, compared to what he's shown in three appearances this week. "I don't think it has anything to do with pressure. I don't think it has anything to do with injury," Trembley said. "I don't believe it has anything to do with anything other than the fact that he...
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Roberts and Gonzalez (updated)

Roberts and Gonzalez (updated)
Second baseman Brian Roberts is listed as day-to-day with a strained abdominal muscle after being examined yesterday by Dr. Andrew Cosgarea. For now, he's avoided the disabled list. Roberts won't take batting practice this afternoon. I haven't seen him since he left yesterday's game. "He is better than he was yesterday," manager Dave Trembley said. "It's an abdominal strain. It's not related to his back. It's right now day-to-day and I think I'll have a better idea tomorrow and...
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Orioles lineup

Orioles lineup
Julio Lugo 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Garrett Atkins DH Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold LF Ty Wigginton 1B Cesar Izturis SS David Hernandez RHP Brian Roberts is listed among the reserves.
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Early speculation on Roberts

Early speculation on Roberts
We might find out later today whether the Orioles have decided to place second baseman Brian Roberts on the disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle or attach the day-to-day label to him. Manager Dave Trembley wasn't prepared to classify Roberts' status after yesterday's game, figuring he needed more information from the training staff and medical personnel. Usually, we'll hear day-to-day as soon as a player walks off the field. Probably not a good sign. The early guess is Roberts...
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A closer look

A closer look
Manager Dave Trembley bristled yesterday when asked whether he'd be hesitant to use Mike Gonzalez in the next save situation. "He's the closer," Trembley said. The icy stare that accompanied those words wasn't aimed at anyone. Trembley turned his head and waited for the next question. But it's an uncomfortable situation for everyone. Trembley can't bail on Gonzalez four games into the regular season. Reporters can't ignore the ninth inning crisis. Yes, Baltimore, we have a...
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Sweet Lou

Sweet Lou
Taking a quick check of the farm before going to bed - I have to get up early and milk the cows - I see that outfielder Lou Montanez went 3-for-3 with an RBI triple in Triple-A Norfolk's 6-4 win over Durham. Montanez tried to play last season with torn ligaments in his thumb because he recognized and valued the opportunity that the Orioles laid out for him. He kept swinging the bat, ignoring the pain, until finally forced to the disabled list. He didn't disappear from view at the first...
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Bergy on Bergy

Bergy on Bergy
Brad Bergesen knew three months ago that he'd start the home opener, according to manager Dave Trembley. This isn't how they envisioned it. Bergesen was charged with five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, leaving his ERA after one appearance at 9.64. "It was a tough outing," he said. "They hit some bad pitches and they hit some good pitches. Hopefully I'll make some adjustments the next few days and get after Tampa Bay." Matt Wieters gives his thoughts on Brad Bergesen's outing...
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Remarks about the closer

Remarks about the closer
How strange that Mike Gonzalez keeps facing the bottom of the order in his save opportunities. Maybe he should start in the middle. Can that be arranged? Manager Dave Trembley's patience is being tested. It shows on his face and in his answers. He's trying to remain supportive of Gonzalez, but he's also frustrated that a 3-1 record has been turned around. Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O's 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays "The bottom line for me is today is a game you have to...
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Closing remarks

Closing remarks
Mike Gonzalez sat at his locker again, waiting for reporters to talk about his latest destructive outing. It must be getting old - for a lot of people. "It's definitely not the way I wanted to start off, but I definitely have the utmost confidence in my ability," he said. "There's no doubt in my mind that I can get the job done. I just got off to a bad start and that's all I can say about that. "The thing I'm most frustrated about is the way this team's playing now. We're hitting...
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The longest walk

The longest walk
It wasn't a 15-pitch free pass from closer Mike Gonzalez. I'm referring to his walk back to the dugout after being removed from the game with two outs in the top of the ninth and the Blue Jays ahead, 7-6. Fans showered Gonzalez with boos long before he hit the real showers. He's surrendered two leads in four games, and last night's save was a buzz kill. Manager Dave Trembley replaced Gonzalez with Cla Meredith. He was one batter away from making the same switch last night. Brian Roberts...
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No, no, no...good play (updated)

No, no, no...good play (updated)
Felix Pie scored from first base on a single. Felix Pie scored from first base on a single. If I type it enough times, maybe it will start to make sense. Pie, pinch-running for Matt Wieters, raced home with the tie-breaking run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth on Cesar Izturis' single into right-center field. Pie just kept motoring - and he wasn't running on the pitch, so he had a lot of ground to make up - and beat the relay from Toronto second baseman John McDonald. Catcher...
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Feeling the love (with attendance note)

Feeling the love (with attendance note)
It didn't take long for Miguel Tejada to win over the remaining fans here who weren't thrilled with his return to Baltimore. Tejada singled in two runs in the first inning and belted a two-run homer to left field in the fifth to tie the game, 5-5, and take Brad Bergesen off the hook. The last time Tejada collected four RBIs or more in a game was July 28, 2009 against the Cubs. He had five RBIs with the Orioles on Aug. 9, 2007 vs. the Mariners. Today's attendance: 48,891. That's a new...
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Roberts injured in home opener

Roberts injured in home opener
Brian Roberts has left the game with a strained abdominal muscle. The injury occurred when Roberts stole second base. He scored the Orioles' first run, but you could tell that he was hurting. Roberts also was shaken up last night while diving into second, but only because he took a knee in the back of his neck. The herniated disk doesn't seem to be an issue, unless it leads to sore necks and stomach muscles. If only I could find comfort in that statement. Julio Lugo has replaced Roberts...
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Blown play

Blown play
I've always wondered how Adam Jones can blow a bubble and catch a baseball simultaneously. He does it all the time. I can't unwrap a piece of gum and walk in a straight line. It's mildly amusing when Jones does it. He's left wide open to criticism when it doesn't work. Jones couldn't make a running grab of John Buck's long fly ball to center with two outs in the first. His bubble didn't pop, but the ball popped out of his glove, allowing two more runs to score off Brad Bergesen and...
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Let's get it started

Let's get it started
The first loud ovation during pre-game introductions was reserved for young pitcher Brian Matusz as he jogged down the orange carpet. He's already a fan favorite after nine major league starts. Matt Wieters gave him a run for his money as the starters were introduced. You want loud? Just call out Brooks Robinson's name and bring him out of the dugout. Miguel Tejada caught the ceremonial first pitch from Brooks. Garrett Atkins set the target for Boog Powell. Always nice to be reminded of...
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Still talking baseball

Still talking baseball
Before I move on to the next subject, I wanted to thank everyone for the kind words and encouragement regarding my spring training coverage and color analyst debut on MASN. I'm probably one-and-done with the TV gig, but I had a good time. And I was very fortunate to work with so many professionals, and friends, who bring each telecast to life. The behind-the-scenes work is truly amazing to me. The seamless transitions from one topic to the next, matching up with the images and graphics on...
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Pre-game chatter (w/Jays lineup)

Pre-game chatter (w/Jays lineup)
The Orioles are taking batting practice, many of them wearing their black long-sleeve pullovers. I'm afraid to borrow one, but it's crossed my mind. Manager Dave Trembley is hitting grounders to Julio Lugo at shortstop, making him range into the hole to backhand the ball. Ty Wigginton is getting some work at third base. Trembley began his 11:30 a.m. media session by saying "Welcome to Opening Day at Camden Yards. We've been looking forward to this day for a long time and I'm sure it'll...
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Orioles lineup

Orioles lineup
Brian Roberts 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott LF Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold DH Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP Felix Pie will perform baseball-related activities today and is expected to make at least one start in this series. Manager Dave Trembley told reporters that closer Mike Gonzalez is available, but he'd like to give Will Ohman the day off. Mark Hendrickson could serve as the situational lefty. No updates on Koji Uehara. It's...
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Got an ex-wife and kid in Baltimore Jack

Got an ex-wife and kid in Baltimore Jack
I thought I'd never get back. Now that I've gone from the second floor of the Marriott Tampa Airport to my Southwest gate to BWI to my sister's house in Pasadena to Camden Yards, I wanted to fire up the blog for a few seconds from my usual seat in the press box. It's sunny and...cold. What happpened to that 90-degree weather I kept hearing about this week? Manager Dave Trembley will meet with reporters in about an hour. I'll post the lineup as soon as I get my hands on it. It should...
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Wrapping it up

Wrapping it up
Oh yeah, right, I have a blog. They're shooting off fireworks inside Tropicana Field, so I'm typing as fast as I can before I'm unable to see my laptop through the smoke. These people know this place has a roof on it, right? Brian Matusz walked three batters in spring training. He walked the bases loaded in the third inning tonight. Not a typical performance, but good enough to get the win. Amber Theoharis interviews Brian Matusz about his outing in the O's 5-4 win "I can't remember...
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