Tonight's lineups

Tonight's lineups
For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Ty Wigginton 1B Nick Markakis RF Luke Scott DH Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Josh Bell 3B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Tigers: Austin Jackson CF Ryan Raburn RF Johnny Damon DH Miguel Cabrera 1B Don Kelly LF Jhonny Peralta SS Brandon Inge 3B Alex Avila C Ramon Santiago 2B Max Scherzer RHP
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A few notes

A few notes
Jake Fox's home run last night was the 10th by a first baseman this season, making the Orioles the last team in the majors to reach double figures at that position, according to Elias. I'm sure that was all part of manager Buck Showalter's plan. You already know that the Orioles are 22-14 under Showalter. Did you also know that they're tied with the Colorado Rockies for the third-most wins during that period? (Phillies 25, Twins 24) The Orioles are 10-2 in series-opening games under...
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From worst to not worst?

From worst to not worst?
If the sting from Koji Uehara's blown save on Wednesday still hasn't subsided, you might want to consider making an appointment with a dermatologist. Also consider that the Orioles have won five of their last six games and nine of their last 13. That's a pretty good stretch from the team with the worst record in the American League. How much longer will the Orioles hold that distinction? Their record currently stands at 54-87. The Seattle Mariners, a team that was championed over the...
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Have a Coke and a smile

Have a Coke and a smile
Matt Wieters dropped a pop up that preceded Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer off Kevin Millwood in the sixth inning. Earlier in the game, he failed to block a pitch in the dirt, allowing the ball to roll away from him for a wild pitch. Just as I was complaining about him to a friend via text message, he lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right field off Tigers reliever Phil Coke in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie. It wasn't a bad pitch - down and away - but Wieters drove it to the warning...
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Sly as a Fox

Sly as a Fox
Pretty sly move by manager Buck Showalter to put Jake Fox in tonight's lineup. Showalter knew that Fox was 4-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBIs lifetime against Tigers starter Armando Galarraga. You can't keep that stuff a secret. Didn't matter that it was right-hander vs. right-hander. Didn't matter that Fox has been glued to the bench. Tonight was the right time to give Fox a start, and he just gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead with a two-run shot in the fifth inning. Does anyone...
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Lineups

Lineups
For the Orioles: 2B Brian Roberts 3B Ty Wigginton RF Nick Markakis DH Luke Scott CA Matt Wieters CF Adam Jones LF Felix Pie 1B Jake Fox SS Cesar Izturis P Kevin Millwood For the Tigers: CF Austin Jackson 2B Will Rhymes DH Johnny Damon 1B Miguel Cabrera LF Ryan Raburn RF Brennan Boesch SS Jhonny Peralta 3B Brandon Inge CA Alex Avila P Armando Galarraga
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Looking ahead

Looking ahead
Just to avoid any controversies later in the game, umpire Jim Joyce already has given the Orioles an infield hit tonight. Mark it down in your scorebooks. Joyce actually will be working the plate tonight with Armando Galarraga on the mound in Detroit. It'll be another tearful reunion, with more reminders of Joyce's blown call on June 2 that denied Galarraga a perfect game. My guess is the Orioles better come out swinging, because Galarraga will have a wide strike zone. Galarraga is 0-2...
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Vote for Pedro

Vote for Pedro
Brandon Snyder could make his debut in Detroit this weekend. It's a little easier to project a position player. The manager tends to dictate it more than the game - certainly while writing out the lineup in his office. If you're staring at the ceiling each night wondering about left-hander Pedro Viola...well, that's pretty odd. I won't sugar-coat it. You need help. Viola pitched in nine games with the Reds last season, so he's gotten the proverbial cup of coffee. He took his lumps with...
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The Full Montanez

The Full Montanez
As you know, outfielder Lou Montanez cleared waivers earlier this week and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Because he'll be a minor league free agent, he's free to leave the organization and basically make this transaction nothing more than a paper move. Judging from the following e-mail that I received from Montanez, I'd say he's already gone. Take a look: "Again I'm standing at the edge watching the drawbridge close on another chapter of my life. A range of emotions flow through...
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The Full Montanez

The Full Montanez
As you know, outfielder Lou Montanez cleared waivers earlier this week and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Because he'll be a minor league free agent, he's free to leave the organization and basically make this transaction nothing more than a paper move. Judging from the following e-mail that I received from Montanez, I'd say he's already gone. Take a look: "Again I'm standing at the edge watching the drawbridge close on another chapter of my life. A range of emotions flow through...
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We know who's closing (updated)

We know who's closing (updated)
You might be tempted to run Jim Johnson back out to the mound in the bottom of the ninth. He's retired the last four batters he's faced and thrown 16 pitches in 1 1/3 innings. But that's not how manager Buck Showalter rolls these days. Koji Uehara is warming in the bullpen. He'll take the ball as the Orioles try to take the final game of this series and break out the brooms. Uehara has allowed four earned runs in his last 22 appearances covering 25 innings. The Orioles will gladly take...
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Bergesen holding on

Bergesen holding on
My daughter just announced that she doesn't have school tomorrow and she doesn't know why. I'll explain it to her later. Brad Bergesen has held the Yankees to one run and three hits over six innings, and he continues to cling to a 2-1 lead. He's thrown 91 pitches, two of them resulting in fly balls to the warning track in the sixth. You can exhale now. I wouldn't want your face turning blue. Bergesen was 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees, both in the Bronx,...
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Putting out the welcome Matt

Putting out the welcome Matt
It took a while - an uncomfortable amount of time - but the Orioles finally broke through against Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova. Adam Jones opened the fifth inning with an infield hit, took second on a wild pitch - Nova's first in the majors - and scored on Matt Wieters' two-run homer to left. Orioles 2, Yankees 1. Wieters went to the opposite field on a 3-0 pitch, his 11th homer of the season, after Nova carried a two-hit shutout into the fifth. Wieters began the day 14-for-35 (.400)...
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Today's lineups

Today's lineups
For the Orioles: 2B Brian Roberts RF Nick Markakis 1B Ty Wigginton DH Luke Scott LF Felix Pie CF Adam Jones C Matt Wieters SS Cesar Izturis 3B Josh Bell RHP Brad Bergesen For the Yankees: LF Brett Gardner SS Derek Jeter DH Mark Teixeira 3B Alex Rodriguez 2B Robinson Cano RF Nick Swisher 1B Lance Berkman CF Curtis Granderson C Francisco Cervelli RHP Ivan Nova The Orioles have clinched their first series win on 161st St. since Sept. 11-13, 2009. They've won three straight games against...
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Where were you in June 1986?

Where were you in June 1986?
Former USC running back Reggie Bush will reportedly be stripped of his Heisman Trophy. Bush says he was promised that any stripping would include one of the Kardashian sisters. I want to begin my morning by wishing a very Happy Birthday to good friends and former colleagues Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck. They were born on the same day, but I'm not sure if they're celebrating together. They usually take turns jumping out of the cake. With Koji Uehara unavailable last night, I assured a...
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See see ya later

See see ya later
The Orioles ran up CC Sabathia's pitch count tonight and watched him walk off the mound in the seventh inning. Sabathia is gone after 6 1/3, with Nick Markakis' RBI single the final blow. Sabathia will win 20 games this season, but he won't reach that milestone tonight. What a sweet piece of hitting by Markakis, who again slapped the ball to the left side and through the hole between short and third. Sabathia allowed nine hits and exited with the Orioles ahead, 6-2. Five of the runs off...
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Ambushing CC in the first (and third)

Ambushing CC in the first (and third)
Did that just happen? The first five batters reached against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, as the Orioles bolted to a 3-0 lead. Four of them singled, including Adam Jones, who drove in two runs. Third base coach Gary Allenson aggressively sent Nick Markakis, who looked like he would be an easy out. The ball arrived in plenty of time, but catcher Jorge Posada couldn't hold onto it. Posada committed a passed ball earlier in the inning that allowed Brian Roberts to advance to second...
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Montanez update

Montanez update
Lou Montanez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. What's next for Montanez? Minor league free agency. It's not a real important transaction because Norfolk's season is over and Montanez is free to go. And you have to assume that he'll test the waters and try to hook on with another club, since he seems to be boxed out here. Montanez had never been outrighted before, so he couldn't refuse the assignment. But it's just a technicality. I don't see him remaining in the...
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Patton among call-ups; Reimold & Andino starting

Patton among call-ups; Reimold & Andino starting
The Orioles activated David Hernandez from the disabled list and recalled left-hander Troy Patton from Triple-A Norfolk and left-hander Pedro Viola from Double-A Bowie. Maybe Patton will get a chance to pitch this time. Hernandez will wear No. 29, Patton No. 40 and Viola No. 47. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Felix Pie LF Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Nolan Reimold DH Craig Tatum C Robert Andino SS Josh Bell 3B Jake Arrieta RHP For the Yankees: Brett Gardner LF Derek...
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Sweet music from Viola?

Sweet music from Viola?
I don't know when Pedro Viola will pitch for the Orioles or how he'll fare, but he won't be making his major league debut. Viola appeared in nine games with the Cincinnati Reds last year, allowing four runs and seven hits in seven innings, with three walks and five strikeouts. He surrendered two home runs, including the first for Colorado's Eric Young Jr. You can read more about him right here. It's his bio, which must be accurate if it ran in Wikipedia. The Orioles claimed Viola off...
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