Tonight's lineups

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 Hughes
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Caught in the draft

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 Bryce Harper with the first overall pick. I don't see how they'd pass on him unless Stephen Strasburg is named president of baseball...
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Hernandez ready to take the ninth?

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 full advantage of that mid-90s fastball. "Power against power," as he called it after last night's...
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Feat of Cla (updated twice)

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 run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings. Is he a specialist in the making? Dennis Sarfate picked up his...
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Decision time

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 cleaner or gasoline. Trembley went with "C," which was bringing in David Hernandez to face Rodriguez. Rodriguez appeared...
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Jones hurt? (updated)

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 as if testing the strength in his hand. Well, what's one more injury? Closers, outfielders. The Orioles don't discriminate....
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Will one mistake decide the outcome? (updated)

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 roll, but the Orioles' offense is on ice again. They've managed one hit against Javier Vazquez, who allowed five runs and...
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And another thing... (updated)

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 totaled once since Garrett Atkins' third-inning homer on Wednesday. MASN play-by-play man Gary Thorne noted...
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A few more injury updates

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 Kendall regarding reliever Bob McCrory, the subject of an earlier blog entry: "He's...
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Roberts making significant progress

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 each inning. The rules are a lot more relaxed down there. Assuming there are no setbacks, Roberts will get five at-bats as...
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Leftover note from Sarasota

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 underwent shoulder and biceps surgery on Oct. 2. Can you believe that McCrory is already pitching in extended spring training games? And...
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It's Matusz's turn

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 of Arrieta's starts. And I'm hoping there's room in the rotation for both of us. I would assume that Brian Matusz's leash is longer than...
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Arrieta doesn't slow his roll

Arrieta doesn't slow his roll
Jake Arrieta isn't just knocking on the door. He's kicking it in, repairing it and kicking it in again. Handy guy. Arrieta held Rochester to one run and five hits over eight innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches, 66 for strikes, and his ERA's down to 1.77. Arrieta has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. In his last three starts, he's surrendered two runs and 16 hits, walked six and struck out 23 in 22 innings. How much longer...
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If it is broke, fix it

If it is broke, fix it
The Orioles are broken and they have to be fixed. Tape and glue won't hold them together. Don't bother pushing a cart through Home Depot unless your deck needs waterproofing or you have loose tiles in your shower. The offense has to be repaired. The bullpen has to be put back together. You know it's bad when fans are clamoring for Matt Angle after 14 games in the minors this year, the last two at Triple-A Norfolk. Angle, by the way, covers a lot of ground in center field. He's a human...
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New slogan: Just Do Something

New slogan: Just Do Something
I'm half-asleep or the Orioles have completely fried my brain. Not sure where to place the blame, but I'm trying to cut through the haze and get my day started. Dave Trembley is still the manager this morning. I won't provide hourly updates, but he remains in charge as I pour a bowl of cereal. The Orioles haven't arranged a conference call with reporters or sent out any releases. I haven't been told that the end is coming today. That's subject to change, of course. No matter how you...
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Checking on Reimold and Mickolio

Checking on Reimold and Mickolio
Nolan Reimold started at first base tonight for Triple-A Norfolk and went 2-for-4 with a double, his second home run and two RBIs. He's batting .130. Reimold also committed his second error with a poor throw. Reliever Kam Mickolio blew the save and took the loss against Pawtucket after allowing two runs and three hits in the eighth inning. He threw 39 pitches and saw his ERA jump to 9.42. Armando Gabino, back in Norfolk's rotation, allowed two earned runs (three total) and four hits in six...
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Tejada defends Trembley and Crowley

Tejada defends Trembley and Crowley
If you visit MASN's media lounge, you'll find Amber Theoharis' post-game interview with third baseman Miguel Tejada. It's worth a look. You might be interested in Tejada's reaction when asked about all the speculation over the job security of manager Dave Trembley and hitting coach Terry Crowley, and whether the players share the responsibility for what's transpired this season. Miguel Tejada talks with Amber about the players responsibility to win "They're not playing," Tejada...
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Ohman was due

Ohman was due
Will Ohman gave up back-to-back homers to begin the eighth inning, a dramatic way to end his scoreless streak. Ohman hadn't allowed a run in 25 appearances, but Jose Bautista jumped on a first-pitch fastball - as the Jays always do - and Alex Gonzalez launched a 3-1 pitch over the left field fence. The Orioles might want to skip the eighth inning. Maybe they can treat every game like a minor league doubleheader. Don't they only play seven innings? Bautista played for the Orioles, and three...
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No offense, but... (updated)

No offense, but... (updated)
The Orioles have peppered Toronto starter Ricky Romero with four singles today. They've got him on the ropes. OK, not quite. They scored once in the first inning and went silent again. And now they trail, 4-1, on Lyle Overbay's leadoff homer in the bottom of the sixth. I've seen enough of this guy. Maybe a lefty specialist would have retired him. Jeremy Guthrie had settled down after the first, blanking Toronto over the next four innings. His pitch count stood at 85 after he threw 23...
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Not a good start

Not a good start
The Orioles are wearing throwback uniforms on June 26. Unfortunately, it's the '62 Mets. But seriously... As I drove home from MASN's Hunt Valley studio, I listened to Jeremy Guthrie give up a 1-0 lead in the first inning that Nick Markakis provided for him. Two doubles, two singles and a walk. At least the Jays didn't homer. That's an accomplishment. Guthrie threw 27 pitches, and they took me all the way into Eldersburg. Naturally, Miguel Tejada swung at the first pitch in the second...
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