Down on the farm (updated)

Down on the farm (updated)
Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Troy Patton was rocked tonight, giving up eight runs and 13 hits in 4 1/3 innings against Rochester. His ERA ballooned to 6.56. Michael Aubrey collected a hit in his first at-bat and left the game with an apparent injury. I'll try to find out more tomorrow. Update: Or later tonight. I'm told Aubrey exited with a slight injury to his hip flexor, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious. Probably day-to-day. Nolan Reimold started in left field and was...
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Leftover quotes

Leftover quotes
Koji Uehara Does it seem like it's been one thing after another? "Everything has been my fault." Same injury as last year? "It's a similar area." Do you think you're trying too hard? "I don't think so, no." Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? "No." How many days can you not be available? "I'm going to have to make my decision soon." Adam Jones On his inside-the-park home run: "Morgan missed the ball and I saw it get away from him and I saw him mad. He threw his...
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Wrapping up a 7-6 loss

Wrapping up a 7-6 loss
The Orioles are batting .304 and have scored 21 runs on this road trip, and they're 1-3 heading into tomorrow. I thought the offense was the problem. Now it's the starting pitching and an overworked bullpen? The defense didn't do the Orioles any favors in the decisive sixth inning. Nick Markakis got a late break on Adam Kennedy's sinking liner and failed to make a sliding catch. Should have been an out. Cesar Izturis laid back on Ryan Zimmerman's bouncer, letting the ball play him and...
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Koji speaks (through Jiwon Bang)

Koji speaks (through Jiwon Bang)
Koji Uehara said the club hasn't discussed putting him on the disabled list with a sore right elbow. That talk must be coming. Uehara said the elbow started to bother him during Wednesday's outing in Texas. "The bad part is gone," he said, "so hopefully I'll recover soon." Somebody tap the needle. This record is skipping again. (For you younger readers, a record is...never mind.) Asked when he'll be ready to pitch again, Uehara replied, "At this moment, I can't really say." So...
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Koji hurting; roster move coming?

Koji hurting; roster move coming?
Koji Uehara didn't pick up a ball again today and is complaining of discomfort in his right elbow. Manager Dave Trembley and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail have discussed the possibility of bringing up another reliever for their short-handed bullpen. Trembley isn't ready to suggest that Uehara is headed back to the disabled list, but it certainly appears to be a strong possibility. I figured elbow or hamstring. It was 50-50. The Orioles could bring back Alberto Castillo,...
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Checking on Koji

Checking on Koji
It required a pair of binoculars, but we spotted Koji Uehara sitting at the far left end of the bullpen bench. He's wearing a jacket and he's barely moved. That tells us that he's unavailable. Otherwise, he'd probably be in this game, or he might have warmed up at some point. We took it as a good sign that he was sitting in the bullpen. A seat in the dugout or inside the clubhouse would have confirmed that he couldn't pitch today. But manager Dave Trembley has stuck with Mark...
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Bergy to break the century mark (updated twice)

Bergy to break the century mark (updated twice)
Brad Bergesen batted with two outs in the sixth and runners on the corners. Nobody is warming in the bullpen. The mound remains covered. Bergesen obviously will return for the bottom of the sixth with his pitch count at 99 and the Orioles holding a 6-3 lead after Ty Wigginton's two-run shot off Craig Stammen. Matt Wieters followed with a single to knock Stammen out of the game. Wigginton has 13 homers and 31 RBIs, including four today. First half MVP? Right now, I don't see how anyone...
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Bizarre home run (updated)

Bizarre home run (updated)
The top of the fourth inning will go down as one of the strangest in recent memory. Luke Scott reached first base on an apparent infield hit, but the official scorer here gave Nationals starter Craig Stammen an error. I should have written it down in pencil because it will be changed. No way you can expect the pitcher to field a sharp grounder up the middle. With two outs and Scott on third base, Adam Jones sent a long drive to center field. Nyjer Morgan tried to make a leaping catch at the...
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Pace yourself Bergy (updated)

Pace yourself Bergy (updated)
The press box is pretty far from the field, but I'm almost positive that the game has started. I'm so high up, the guy next to me said he's flying the mail to Pittsburgh. I'm so high up, I'm the only person here who isn't wearing wings. But seriously folks... The Orioles need Brad Bergesen to stick around for a while because the bullpen's a bit drained. He's thrown 36 pitches in two innings. He could use a quick one. The Orioles lead, 2-0, on Ty Wigginton's two-out, two-run single...
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Where there's a Will

Where there's a Will
Or maybe I should have gone with "Willing and Able." If only I had it to do over again. Manager Dave Trembley is being cautious with reliever Will Ohman, which might seem strange if you consider that the left-hander is leading the AL with 23 appearances. Ohman's thrown only 14 innings, which he's quick to point out whenever someone uses the word "fatigued." "I'm not going to die," he said. Ohman will take the ball at any time and in any situation. He just wants to pitch. "I'm...
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Concerns growing over Koji

Concerns growing over Koji
Manager Dave Trembley won't know whether Koji Uehara is available tonight until he checks with pitching coach Rick Kranitz. "If he's not," Trembley said, "I'll be concerned about that." Uehara was gassed during Wednesday night's appearance in Texas. He lasted two-thirds of an inning and 29 pitches, and Trembley still couldn't use him last night. Trembley would have called upon Uehara to replace starter David Hernandez, but he was forced to go with Matt Albers, who allowed two runs...
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Jones and Wieters in lineup

Jones and Wieters in lineup
For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott 1B Ty Wigginton 2B Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP For the Nationals: Morgan CF Guzman SS Zimmerman 3B Dunn 1B Willingham LF Rodriguez C Kennedy 2B Bernadina RF Stammen RHP
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Taking notes

Taking notes
Luke Scott has hit in 11 of his last 12 games, going 21-for-44 (.477) with three doubles, six homers and 12 RBIs. Keep riding him while he's hot. And no, I don't regret that last sentence. Scott batted .177 in his first 24 games. In case you hadn't heard, he can be streaky. Adam Jones has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-53 (.340) with four multi-hit games to raise his average from .218 to .254. He homered last night before leaving the game with leg cramps. In their...
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On the road again

On the road again
I'm heading to D.C. later this morning. I can only sit home for so long. I thought about flying again because I miss waiting for the daily garage shuttle and going through airport security, but I decided to just drive down there. I'll check on Matt Wieters' sore right knee and Adam Jones' leg cramps. I'll also fan Koji Uehara to keep him cool. Craig Tatum had two more hits and drove in two runs last night. Maybe Wieters needs another day off. Alfredo Simon didn't have a clean ninth...
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I hate being "that" guy

I hate being "that" guy
It's such a shame that the Orioles have turned me into one of those guys who sits there wondering how they're going to lose a game. It would be a crying shame, but I don't want you to see me cry. I thought David Hernandez's rising pitch count would pose a serious problem. I envisioned how he'd run into trouble, Will Ohman would be removed too soon and Alfredo Simon would take a two-run lead into the ninth, which he did, though I anticipated a 4-2 score instead of 5-3. I didn't think it...
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Craig's list of hits (updated)

Craig's list of hits (updated)
David Hernandez might have to throw 200 pitches tonight if he wants a no-hitter. Hernandez has made it through four innings without surrendering a hit, but his pitch count is up to 78. He's walked three batters and gone to a few three-ball counts. I'm just doing the math, which isn't my strength, and I see a potential problem here. Craig Tatum is starting tonight because Matt Wieters has a sore right knee. He's 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the third inning. Tatum was 5-for-6 in his...
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Wieters unavailable tonight

Wieters unavailable tonight
Catcher Matt Wieters fouled a ball off his right knee last night and isn't in tonight's lineup. He also isn't available to pinch hit, according to manager Dave Trembley. That's one more issue for Trembley, who has a desk full of them right now. MASN's Amber Theoharis tells me that X-rays taken on Wieters knee came back negative and he's hoping to get back in the lineup tomorrow afternoon. He's just too sore to play tonight. The Orioles have 10 days to trade, release or request waivers...
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Tonight's lineups

Tonight's lineups
For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Ty Wigginton 2B Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott 1B Adam Jones CF Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS David Hernandez RHP For the Nationals: Willie Harris RF Cristian Guzman 2B Ryan Zimmerman 3B Adam Dunn 1B Josh Willingham LF Ivan Rodriguez C Roger Bernadina CF Ian Desmond SS Scott Olsen LHP I received a text message earlier today from reliever Mike Gonzalez, saying that his arm felt good after yesterday's extended spring training game and he's...
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Turner DFA

Turner DFA
The Orioles made their roster move official this afternoon. They purchased the contract of infielder Scott Moore from Triple-A Norfolk, and he'll take the roster spot of reliever Alberto Castillo. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Justin Turner for asssignment. My flight just landed, so I'll follow up with more on this later.
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Moore vs. Aubrey

Moore vs. Aubrey
I'm sitting at gate B12, waiting to board my Airtran flight to Baltimore. Seemed like a good time to move the comments and file another entry. I'm digging one hand into a bag of Kangaroo-brand multi-grain garden herb baked pita chips. Never heard of them until I got here, and I've devoured two bags. And I'm not talking snack-size. I'm hooked, which might be a bad thing if I can't find them in Maryland. I never even heard of Kangaroo. That's not a good sign. Anyway, many of us assumed...
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