Bergy will start Thursday for Norfolk (plus Townsend update)

Bergy will start Thursday for Norfolk (plus Townsend update)
Brad Bergesen's next start is set for this Thursday night when Triple-A Norfolk plays at Toledo. Bergesen, who was 3-4, 6.50 in 12 games, 10 starts for the Orioles, was optioned back to Norfolk on Sunday for the second time this year. Bergesen got the win in his one other Triple-A start this year, on April 25 vs. Charlotte. In seven innings, he allowed seven hits and two runs in that game, throwing 81 pitches. "The plan is for Bergesen to make that start on Thursday," John Stockstill,...
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Aberdeen's roster features plenty of 2010 draft picks

Aberdeen's roster features plenty of 2010 draft picks
Their season-opening roster is not final yet, but as of today, the Aberdeen IronBirds roster features nine players taken last week in the First-Year Player Draft. Here are the 2010 draft picks on Aberdeen's current roster and the round they were selected in: OF Jeremy Nowak (13) C Joe Oliveira (15) RHP Scott Copeland (21) RHP Timothy Adleman (24) C Austin Goolsby (26) SS Michael Rooney (30) 3B Adam Gaylord (31) SS Sammy Starr (34) SS Joseph Donaldson (35) Aberdeen's season-opening roster...
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Where in the Yard? (Updated w/Answer)

Where in the Yard? (Updated w/Answer)
Welcome back for another weekly 'Where in the Yard?' here in the Orioles Buzz. While the O's have taken flight from Baltimore to head out on a road trip, we'll return to Oriole Park to see how well you know your own back Yard. Simply take a look at the photo below and let us know what the item is and where it's located in or around Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Good Luck O's fans! Update: Brandt (O's fan) was the first one to guess this week's image correctly, followed then by Zevi...
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Millwood is searching for answers right now

Millwood is searching for answers right now
Kevin Millwood entered his start today coming off back-to-back starts where he allowed six runs each. But this afternoon against the Mets, it didn't get better for Millwood. It got worse. He gave up two homers in the first inning and trailed 5-0 after just six hitters. "Just not throwing the ball where I need to. That's pretty much it. Hopefully, I'll figure something out between now and the next time and get back to where I was before," said Millwood, who is now 0-8 with a 5.16 ERA,...
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Bergy talks about heading back to Triple-A

Bergy talks about heading back to Triple-A
It can't be easy for a pitcher that was 7-5, 3.43 last year to hear he is going back to the minor leagues. But Brad Bergesen got that word today after the game for the second time this season. He is heading back to Norfolk in a roster move that will open a spot for Alfredo Simon to be activated off the DL. Bergesen was asked if he was surprised to get that news after today's game. "A little bit, but um, you know...I'm sorry, I'm at a loss for words and need to get my thoughts...
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The Pirates big draft-day decision

The Pirates big draft-day decision
Since that Kevin Millwood blog worked out so well... Here is a story from today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It discusses the Pirates' decision with the second pick in the draft last Monday night. They had to decide whether to take prep pitcher Jameson Taillon or prep shortstop Manny Machado with their top pick. By now we know they settled on Taillon and the O's got Machado. Here is that story.
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Can Millwood turn it around today?

Can Millwood turn it around today?
Maybe the lack of run support has started to get him. Maybe he was carrying too heavy of an innings load. Or maybe there is no real explanation. But on May 8th, Kevin Millwood's ERA was 3.26 and it has been on a steady climb up to 4.64 now. Millwood recently: *An ERA of 8.31 over his last three starts. *An ERA of 6.34 over his last six starts. Millwood has won at least nine games over the last eight season, but that zero in the win column can't be good for his outlook or confidence. If...
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It's out of their control

It's out of their control
When he was asked after the game last night about the lack of runs the Orioles have been scoring when he pitches, Brian Matusz could only say "you can't control that." What other answer could he give really without throwing anyone under the bus and, to their credit, no O's starter has even hinted at that this year. But Matusz has seen the O's score just 11 runs while he has been in the game over his last nine starts. He is working with almost no margin for error. Interim manager Juan...
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Few runs, but plenty of notes from the O's 3-1 loss to the Mets

Few runs, but plenty of notes from the O's 3-1 loss to the Mets
Here are some notes from the O's latest loss, 3-1 to the New York Mets on Saturday night. Wins and losses: The Orioles fall to 17-45 on the season, 2-6 on this homestand and 11-20 at home. They have lost the series with the Mets taking the first two games. The Orioles are just 2-17-2 in series on the year. The Orioles, after going 11-7 last year vs. the National League, are now just 1-4 in Interleague games and 9-15 all time vs. the Mets. The Orioles have lost four of their last five...
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A championship for the Frederick Keys

A championship for the Frederick Keys
The Orioles Class-A Frederick Keys affiliate tonight lost, but still clinched the first half Northern Division championship in the Carolina League. Entering tonight with a magic number of one, the Keys lost at home 8-1 to Salem but wrapped up the division when Winston-Salem beat second-place Wilmington, 2-1. By the way, there is no issue with Keys starting pitcher Rick Zagone, who pitched just two innings tonight. He allowed three runs, none earned and left the game after just the two...
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Mets top O's 3-1 for elusive road series win

Mets top O's 3-1 for elusive road series win
The Orioles wasted yet another decent starting pitching performance tonight. For the second night in a row, the Orioles scored just once vs. the New York Mets. Jeff Francoeur and Jose Reyes hit solo homers off Brian Matusz as the Mets posted a 3-1 win over the Orioles in front of 42,248 at Camden Yards. The Orioles fall to 17-45. The Mets entered Baltimore with a road record of 8-18 but have now won their first road series all year and have back-to-back road wins for the first time since...
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Lugo's gift

Lugo's gift
Julio Lugo just handed the New York Mets the lead in the top of the sixth inning. With runners on first and third and one out in a 1-1 tie game, David Wright hit a grounder right back to the mound. Brian Matusz threw to second base for one out and Lugo, who had all the time in the world to make a relay throw for an easy, inning-ending double play, threw high to first base. Ty Wigginton had to leap to catch the throw and landed on the bag the same time as Wright as the go-ahead run...
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Mike Griffin's take on Brandon Erbe

Mike Griffin's take on Brandon Erbe
When a pitcher has a record of 0-9 and ERA of 6.23, it seems it would be hard to find some progress that pitcher is making. Those are Brandon Erbe's numbers right now for Triple-A Norfolk. While Erbe has made two starts without giving up a run since May 13th, he has also allowed four runs or more in four of his last five starts. Despite the numbers, Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin remains upbeat about Erbe and his progress. "Brandon is learning how to pitch at this level. Brandon,...
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The offense under Juan Samuel

The offense under Juan Samuel
Despite scoring just one run last night, the O's offense may be showing some signs of life on Juan Samuel's watch. Over the last five games, the Orioles have produced 53 hits and a team batting average of .291. They have as many sac bunts, five, since Samuel was named interim manger, as they had up until then. In the first 54 games, they stole 18 bases and the O's have stolen four over the last two games and seven in seven games with Samuel, with just one caught stealing. A major...
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Keys magic number is one

Keys magic number is one
The Frederick Keys can wrap up the Northern Division first half title in the Carolina League tonight with a win at home over Salem or a Wilmington loss. The Keys magic number is now down to one. The Keys lost to Salem 8-5 last night, but their number to clinch dropped from two to one with Wilmington's loss. Frederick is looking for its fifth first half title in its 22-year history. The Keys last playoff berth was in 2007 when they won the Carolina League championship. Rick Zagone,...
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Can Bergy get it back in the bullpen?

Can Bergy get it back in the bullpen?
It was the eighth inning last night and Brad Bergesen came running in from center field to pitch. He was going to make his first-ever Major League relief appearance. It just didn't look right, seeing Bergy as a reliever. I am not sure if that's the right role for him. He's become somewhat of the odd man out right now. He's in the pen for a couple of reasons. One, he wasn't pitching consistently well as a starter (16 ER over his last 14 1/3) and two, right now the other five starters...
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Some notes and quotes from the O's loss to the Mets

Some notes and quotes from the O's loss to the Mets
Some notes from the Mets 5-1 win over the Orioles on Friday night and some post-game quotes from Jeremy Guthrie and Brad Bergesen. Guthrie on the Chris Carter three-run homer in the fourth: "I wouldn't say it was a bad pitch, it was a wrong pitch. He did a good job on it. Chris is a former teammate of mine, we played at Stanford together. He did a nice job, drove that pitch and hit a homer, it was a big difference. "I felt very comfortable out there. Had decent command of the...
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Mets top O's 5-1 in series opener

Mets top O's 5-1 in series opener
Well, this felt like 1969 all over again. R.A. Dickey, reminding one of Tom Seaver or Jerry Koosman, shut down the Orioles Friday night as the Mets beat the Birds 5-1 in the opener of the weekend series, in front of 28,554 at Camden Yards. They were amazin'. Just kidding, although he did shut them down, allowing just a run over seven innings and is now 4-0, 2.78. It's not like the O's didn't have their chances. They had 11 hits and went three for 17 with runners in scoring...
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The day after for Jake Arrieta

The day after for Jake Arrieta
Less than 24 hours after posting his first Major League win and beating the Yankees, Jake Arrieta was concentrating on the TV in the O's clubhouse. His college team, TCU was taking on Texas in the NCAA's Super Regionals. Jake was as calm watching that game as he seemed on the mound Thursday night. Since he got that win, his phone has been blowing up, as they say. "I had 40 or 50 texts and a bunch of calls. You know it's just great to have the support from friends and family throughout...
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Luke Scott's take on the dugout exchange from last night

Luke Scott's take on the dugout exchange from last night
Some fans have been wondering about the exchange last night in the O's dugout in the last of the sixth inning. Luke Scott tripled on a ball that hit off the wall in right field. He appeared not to be running hard out of the box and ran harder after he got around first base. After he scored, he was seen talking in the dugout with O's manager Juan Samuel. On the MASN telecast, play-by-play broadcaster Gary Thorne was critical of Scott. Audio: Luke Scott comments on his dugout...
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