Bergesen battles to regain form from last season

Bergesen battles to regain form from last season
This time last year, O's pitcher Brad Bergesen was 5-2 with an ERA of 3.53. He was a rookie pitcher on a roll. Now he is 3-4, 6.83 and struggling to find consistent mechanics and solid results. Twice this year he has been sent back to Triple-A to try to find his sinker and iron out his mechanics. Riding the Norfolk-to-Baltimore-and-back shuttle is not what he had in mind for this season. "It's been very tough," Bergesen said. "It's something that I've had to deal with for the first...
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Bell talks about his first Major League game (plus Arrieta and Patterson quotes)

Bell talks about his first Major League game (plus Arrieta and Patterson quotes)
The game was without too much drama, but it was an eventful night for Josh Bell. The 23-year-old third baseman made his Major League debut which included his first hit and his first error in the field during Oakland's 8-1 win over the Orioles on Thursday night. "Amped up a little bit. I didn't think I put that much on it. But, just getting out there was a good thing," Bell said about his fifth-inning throwing error. After ground outs in the second and fifth, Bell singled to left on a...
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A's romp 8-1 over O's in series finale

A's romp 8-1 over O's in series finale
The O's wanted to cap off a good homestand with a win and they also had a chance to win back-to-back series for the first time all year. But Trevor Cahill had other thoughts. He shut down the Birds over seven innings as Oakland beat the Orioles 8-1, in front of 15,712 at Camden Yards on Thursday night. The O's went 5-4 on the homestand and now head to Boston. Cahill, now 8-2, 2.74 gave up just one run on four hits over seven innings, throwing 95 pitches. He shut down an Orioles club that...
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Will the O's get to Cahill?

Will the O's get to Cahill?
The O's offense, one night after scoring nine runs, has a tall order tonight in taking on Trevor Cahill. The A's right-hander is 7-2, 2.88 on the season and over his last eight starts is 6-0, 2.24. So it's a hot pitcher vs. a team that has scored 48 runs during the eight games on this homestand. Cahill's winning percentage of .778 is 4th best in the AL and he is 2-1, 2.84 in three career starts vs. the Orioles. They did do something vs. Cahill that no team had done all year - score a run...
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Minor league notes on Hobgood, Snyder & Moreau

Minor league notes on Hobgood, Snyder & Moreau
Last year's Orioles first-round draft pick, right-hander Matt Hobgood, will make his next start this coming Monday for the Delmarva Shorebirds. Hobgood has been out since June 11 with shoulder soreness. The injury is not serious but since he has missed some time, Hobgood will be on a pitch count and his innings will be limited in that first start back. The 19-year-old is 3-6, 4.48 in 12 starts for Delmarva. Over 64 1/3 innings, he has allowed 63 hits with 30 walks, 42 strikeouts and a .261...
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Pie back in Baltimore for a day at least (MacPhail on Bell's progress)

Pie back in Baltimore for a day at least (MacPhail on Bell's progress)
One reason Josh Bell did join the Orioles today is because the club feels Felix Pie, out since April 15 with a back injury, is just not ready to return yet. Pie has played seven games in the minors with Bowie, Frederick and the Gulf Coast League O's. Pie was in the O's clubhouse today, but not to be activated as he will play at least a few more games in the minors. Pie said today that he will fly to Detroit on Sunday to join the O's for the second leg of their upcoming road trip although...
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Josh Bell: "I'm ready to get after it."

Josh Bell:  "I'm ready to get after it."
Josh Bell found out last night that he would be heading for Baltimore to make his Major League debut with the Orioles. He told reporters in the O's clubhouse a few moments ago he was not expecting to get this call so soon. "Not at all. It's a blessing, I guess. I'm ready. I found out last night when we got back in from Charlotte. My manager called me in and told me about Luke (Scott). He said they are going to need somebody and to head up." Josh Bell discusses getting called up...
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Some stats on Bell

Some stats on Bell
Here are some stats on Josh Bell, who was recalled from the minors today. He is batting .266-10-44 on the season and has 24 doubles. Bell vs. lefty pitching: .233-0-6, .652 OPS Bell vs. righy pitching: .277-10-38, .804 OPS Bell by month: April: .238-3-10, .661 OPS May: .282-3-15, .780 OPS June: .272-4-19, .840 OPS Bell is hitting .314 with runners in scoring position. On Tuesday at Charlotte, he went 2 for 5 with two homers and 6 RBI and last night went 2 for 4.
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Arrieta looks to regain winning form

Arrieta looks to regain winning form
When he takes the mound tonight at home vs. Oakland, Jake Arrieta will look to return to the form he showed in his first two outings as he makes his fifth Major League start. After going 2-0, 2.77 in his first two starts vs. the Yankees and San Francisco, Arrieta went 0-1, 12.27 over his past two vs. San Diego and Washington. Arrieta said he has a good feeling for what was different for him over the last two starts. "I still had good stuff. I feel like I've had good stuff pretty much every...
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More notes and quotes from the 9-6 win over Oakland

More notes and quotes from the 9-6 win over Oakland
Checking in with more notes and quotes after the Orioles latest comeback win, 9-6 on Wednesday night over Oakland. Nice change: The Orioles had lost 16 of the last 19 games with the A's before rallying to win the second game of the series. After falling behind 6-4 after four, they scored the game's final five runs. Kevin Millwood, who gave up 5 ER over five innings, talked about Oakland's 6-run 4th, which featured two O's errors. "It was strange. I had some chances to get out of it,...
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Audio of final out of Moreau's no-hitter (Moreau quotes added)

Audio of final out of Moreau's no-hitter (Moreau quotes added)
In his debut with the Frederick Keys tonight, lefty pitcher Nate Moreau made quite an impression. He pitched the sixth no-hitter in Keys history as Frederick won 7-0 at Salem. Here is the story from the Keys press release: Last night he was a Delmarva Shorebird awaiting a start against the West Virginia Power. A night later Keys LHP Nathan Moreau had stunned the Salem Red Sox, being mobbed atop the hill in his league debut after throwing the first nine-inning complete game no-hitter for...
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Luke Scott thinks he is DL bound

Luke Scott thinks he is DL bound
During a season where a lot has gone badly for the Orioles tonight a player hit a go-ahead home run but pulled his hamstring running the bases. It happened when Luke Scott followed Ty Wigginton's two-run shot in the seventh with a solo homer for a 7-6 lead in a game that the Orioles won 9-6 over Oakland for their fifth win in six games, all via a comeback. Now Scott could be bound for the disabled list. "Right now it doesn't look good. Any time you deal with a pulled hamstring, it's...
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Moreau pitches no-hitter in his Keys debut

Moreau pitches no-hitter in his Keys debut
Lefty Nate Moreau pitched a no-hitter tonight in his first start as a Frederick Key. He got the last out on a strikeout on a 2-2 pitch, as the Keys won 7-0 at Salem. It's the 6th no-hitter in Keys history, but first complete-game, nine-inning no-hitter since John Maine vs. Winston-Salem on July 3, 2003. The 23-year-old Moreau fanned six without a walk in his first Carolina League start. In the ninth, he got a strikeout for out number one, then a fly out and then a strike out to end the...
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Pretty much a disaster

Pretty much a disaster
That describes the top of the fourth inning where Oakland used an infield single, a bloop single, two O's errors and a three-run homer to score six times vs. Kevin Millwood and take a 6-3 lead. So much for playing from ahead. The O's led 3-0 after three. But Miguel Tejada made an error on the first hitter of the inning. One out later, Corey Patterson not only could not catch Ryan Sweeney's bloop single, but then let it get behind him for an error as the first run scored. Later in the...
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O's agree to terms with Vader

O's agree to terms with Vader
The Orioles have agreed to terms with their 18th-round draft pick. They have come to terms with RHP Sebastian Vader from San Marcos High in San Marcos, California. He is an 18-year-old hurler that goes 6'4" and 170 pounds and was the 538th overall selection. He turned 18 on June 3rd. The O's have now come to terms with 27 of 49 selections and the highest pick they have signed to date is fourth-rounder Trent Mummey. Here is the entire list of players that have agree to terms at this...
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Another lefty on the move on the farm

Another lefty on the move on the farm
The movement of left-handed starting pitching upward in the O's farm system continued today when southpaw Nate Moreau moved from Delmarva to the Frederick Keys. Moreau will be make his Keys debut tonight when he starts at Salem. He is taking the rotation spot of Rick Zagone, who as we reported last night, has moved to Double-A Bowie and will start for the Baysox at home tonight vs. Erie. Zagone moved to Bowie when Zach Britton moved to Triple-A Norfolk, where he will make his first start on...
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Two Tides make the All-Star game

Two Tides make the All-Star game
Norfolk Tides pitcher Chris Tillman and outfielder Jeff Salazar have made the International League All-Star team. They will be on the 30-man squad that will take on the Pacific Coast League on July 14 at Lehigh Valley in the 23rd Triple-A All-Star game. Tillman is 7-4, 3.07 in 12 Triple-A starts on the year over 70 1/3 innings. He pitched a no-hitter on April 28 vs. Gwinnett. Tillman is 2-0, 2.84 in two starts since leaving the O's and going back to Triple-A. Salazar is batting .284-13-34...
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Admiring Matusz

Admiring Matusz
For Brian Matusz, it was another night like a lot of the others on Tuesday vs. Oakland. He pitched pretty well, but not great, he got little run support and he lost. I have heard fans term his 2010 season as "disappointing." Matusz is now 2-9, 4.90 in 16 starts this year. He is tied for the AL lead in losses. I see Matusz's performance this year as encouraging not disappointing. I admire the fact that the kid still has his sanity and hasn't wavered much amidst all the losing by his...
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More stats and notes from Oakland's 4-2 win over the O's

More stats and notes from Oakland's 4-2 win over the O's
Here are more notes and stats to ponder from the Orioles 4-2 loss to the Oakland A's Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series. Not this time: After scoring 37 runs and batting .330 over the last six games, and after scoring 17 runs in the series vs. Washington, the O's were held to two runs on five hits by Oakland. The O's went 5 for 29 at bat with four doubles. The O's had the leadoff runner on base in seven of nine innings but left nine on base and went just 2 for 9 with runners...
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Lugo and Matusz post-game comments

Lugo and Matusz post-game comments
After Brian Matusz hit Daric Barton in the top of the fifth inning on Tuesday night, the O's Julio Lugo got plunked by Vin Mazzaro leading off the last of the fifth. Lugo said he didn't object to getting hit, but it was where the ball hit him that got him a bit hot after the play. "I didn't like that, it was too close to the head. If they want to hit me, hit me below the waist. Don't throw at people's heads. Don't throw high and in. "It was a crucial run (for us), but you know...
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