Unofficially official

Unofficially official
Brad Bergesen is no longer listed as tonight's starter for Triple-A Norfolk. Left-hander Chris George has taken Bergesen's place in the Tides' rotation and will make his first start since Sept. 7. Troy Patton takes the ball tomorrow and Brandon Erbe on Sunday. Bergesen will return to the Orioles' rotation tomorrow. A corresponding roster move will be made at that time. Bergesen allowed two runs in seven innings, with no walks, in last Sunday's start with the Tides. He got 14 ground ball...
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Fund for Cuellar

Fund for Cuellar
I wanted to pass along some information to anyone who's interested in contributing to the Mike Cuellar Fund, which has been set up by the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T): Mike Cuellar Fund @ Wachovia Bank, N.A. Account Number.....1010279020512 For wire transfers: # ABA #063000021 The organization also provided assistance to Cuellar's family while the former Orioles great was battling stomach cancer. Also, Ripken Baseball announced today that it will host a group of young baseball players...
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No offense, but... (updated)

No offense, but... (updated)
I'm so glad the Yankees left town so the Orioles can finally get a reprieve. Bring on the Red Sox. Well, at least the ballpark won't be filled with fans cheering for the other team. On a strange note, Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 on the ride to the airport. Rangers first baseman Justin Smoak hit his first career home run last night while Brian Matusz was losing to the Yankees. I told you the Orioles should have drafted Smoak. Just kidding. I swear. The Orioles are 4-18 and looking for...
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More post-game talk

More post-game talk
Brian Matusz: "For the most part I was able to battle and get through some tough jams. I just wasn't locating down in the zone as well as I should have. I've just got to make some adjustments and move forward for my next start against the Yankees." That would be Tuesday in the Bronx. Asked about Robinson Cano, Matusz said, "That guy is swinging the bat so well. You see all those hits he had today. They are different pitches in different locations. I left a curveball up. It was...
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Trembley talks about Matusz (with video)

Trembley talks about Matusz (with video)
Orioles manager Dave Trembley wasn't tempted to return Brian Matusz to the mound in the seventh inning. In his opinion, and that's the one that counts, Matusz was done after allowing three runs and throwing 96 pitches through six. "I don't think it was the right thing to do to let him face their lineup again for the fourth time," he said. "Having to work as hard as he did the first three times and the amount of guys who got on base every inning, the amount of two-strike pitches he had to...
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Albers making a statement? (updated twice)

Albers making a statement? (updated twice)
Perhaps something along the lines of, "I want to stay here?" Matt Albers tossed a scoreless inning last night, and he dominated the Yankees in the seventh tonight, retiring Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira on bouncers to the mound and striking out Nick Swisher. His fastball reached 95 mph. Albers' ERA is down to 7.59 in a team-leading 12 appearances, but is it too late to save his job? As you know, a roster spot must be created Saturday for Brad Bergesen. Albers is vulnerable despite being...
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Matusz done for the night

Matusz done for the night
It won't go down as a win, but Brian Matusz has turned in a quality start by holding the Yankees to three runs over six innings. His pitch count stands at 96, and the Orioles' bullpen was busy in the sixth. Matt Albers continues to throw in the seventh, and Matusz isn't going to return. Marcus Thames is 3-for-3 with an RBI against Matusz. Nobody can handle Robinson Cano. Matusz allowed nine hits, struck out two and didn't walk a batter. Brian Matusz talks with the media about his start...
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Now this is happening

Now this is happening
Gwinnett's Matt Jones, who made the final out last night to seal Chris Tillman's no-hitter, belted a three-run homer off Jake Arrieta in the fourth inning. It was fun while it lasted. Arrieta had allowed one earned run in 28 innings until the fourth. Left-hander Brian Matusz could use better luck, and a lineup that's missing Robinson Cano. The Orioles need to pitch around that guy. He began the night batting .390, and his seventh home run increased New York's lead to 2-0 in the...
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What's happening so far (updated)

What's happening so far (updated)
Triple-A Norfolk's Jake Arrieta has allowed one baserunner, on a walk, over the first two innings tonight against Gwinnett. I'm just saying... The Orioles got their first hit off Yankees starter A.J. Burnett on Ty Wigginton's two-out single in the second inning. History won't be made here tonight. Adam Jones led off the bottom of the first by grounding to short, but he ran the count full, so at least he was patient. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the top half on Derek Jeter's leadoff...
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More pre-game notes

More pre-game notes
I just saw a report that the band A-ha is breaking up after 30 years. Here's a bigger story for me: The band A-ha was still together after 30 years. Jeremy Guthrie was distraught after last night's game, apologizing to practically everyone for his poor performance. Trembley recalled looking out a window of the warehouse during a recent rainstorm and seeing Guthrie running on the warning track. "He's as tireless a worker as anybody," Trembley said. "The guy just prepares himself, he...
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Trembley's not concerned about Roberts

Trembley's not concerned about Roberts
Second baseman Brian Roberts had an endoscopy today to determine the source of his gastrointestinal discomfort, but the Orioles believe the ailment is related to the medication he's taken for his herniated disk and other aches and pains. "I talked to him last night," manager Dave Trembley said. "It's his feeling that he's been taking a lot of medication. I think he's off the medication now. Some of the medication might have just upset his stomach, so that was another issue he was...
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What's next for Koji? (w/quotes)

What's next for Koji? (w/quotes)
Reliever Koji Uehara will continue his injury-rehab assignment by reporting to Triple-A Norfolk and pitching Saturday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz wants Uehara to come out of the bullpen rather than start the game. Uehara has worked the first inning in two games with Double-A Bowie, allowing one hit and walking a batter. Uehara probably will make two appearances at Norfolk, the second coming on Monday, before the Orioles decide whether to activate him. Manager...
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Tonight's lineups

Tonight's lineups
For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 2B Rhyne Hughes 1B Nolan Reimold LF Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP For the Yankees: Jeter SS Swisher RF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Cano 2B Thames DH Granderson CF Cervelli C Gardner LF Burnett RHP Chris Tillman's nine-inning no-hitter last night was the first by an Orioles' Triple-A pitcher since Wayne Garland on April 20, 1974. Radhames Liz has the last nine-inning no-hitter by one...
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Now and later

Now and later
Koji Uehara tossed another scoreless inning today at Double-A Bowie. Check out coverage of Koji's outing in Steve Melewski's blog here. He made the drive down to Prince George's Stadium. The Baysox are playing a morning game, but don't look for the Orioles to activate Uehara from the disabled list later today. That would be a tad early. They'll want to check on him tomorrow and make sure his hamstring didn't tighten up. A move could be coming soon, however. I know you've missed...
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Feeling better about the cavalry

Feeling better about the cavalry
My head hits the pillow and the sun comes up. Estimated time: 36 seconds. Wasn't I just sitting in front of this laptop while providing periodic updates on Chris Tillman's march toward his no-hitter? I'm pretty sure these are the same clothes. OK, now we've entered dangerous territory. Let's move on. Many congrats to Tillman, who has turned around his season in dramatic and historic fashion. I always say, if you're going to put together back-to-back quality starts, always make the...
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Trembley talks about the loss and Tillman's no-no

Trembley talks about the loss and Tillman's no-no
Opening statement: "You wouldn't want to draw it up getting behind 5-0 to Sabathia. That's a tough hill to climb. And Guthrie starts out pitching behind. The Yankees got way too good of a hitting club to be getting so many three-ball counts. I think 22 or 23 of the guys he faced, he had seven three-ball counts and then had to come in to them. They put runs on the board early and Sabathia is too good of a pitcher. We had to come back and got in it. We got in it. We needed a couple hits and it...
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Tillman talks

Tillman talks
The Gwinnett Braves supplied quotes from Chris Tillman, who threw a no-hitter tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. On ranking the accomplishment among his career highlights: "It's high up there, I think this may be No. 1. I had one other game where I came pretty close, but nothing to this extent. I think getting called up to the big leagues was definitely a huge thing last year and that probably sticks out more to me as that has been my goal my whole life. This is what I'm here for, just trying...
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Three outs to go (Tillman throws no-hitter!)

Three outs to go (Tillman throws no-hitter!)
Tonight's attendance: 17,248. Orioles manager Dave Trembley won't have to worry about choosing a closer tonight. Nick Markakis hit his first home run. It took 21 games, but he got it. Down on the farm, Chris Tillman still has limited Gwinnett to two baserunners through eight innings, on a walk and Michael Aubrey's error. Tillman has thrown 94 pitches, 56 for strikes. Three outs to go. Update: It happened. Chris Tillman has thrown a no-hitter for Triple-A Norfolk in a 6-0 victory...
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Still talking Tillman (updated)

Still talking Tillman (updated)
I'm more interested in Chris Tillman's start for Triple-A Norfolk than the Orioles' poor showing against the Yankees at Camden Yards. The Gwinnett Braves have two baserunners through six innings, on a walk and Michael Aubrey's error at first base. Tillman has struck out four batters, including the last one he faced to end the sixth. He's thrown 71pitches, 42 for strikes. That's two quality starts in a row for Tillman, and another hot pitcher for the Tides. Keep 'em coming. Jeremy...
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Checking on Tillman (update)

Checking on Tillman (update)
Chris Tillman has faced 12 batters tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. He's retired 12 batters. Tillman has two strikeouts along the way, and Norfolk leads Gwinnett, 1-0. Tillman has thrown 43 pitches, 26 for strikes. Is he pushing to make Saturday's start, too? Corey Patterson is starting in center field for the Tides. Joey Gathright has moved to left. Update: Tillman walked a batter in the fifth. Double-A Bowie twin brothers Paco and Daniel Figueroa were hit by pitches in the third inning....
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