Matt Wieters is a pretty low key guy with his interviews. No matter how much reporters tried today, he was just not going to make a big deal out of batting cleanup in tonight's batting order.
He's batted fourth before in college and the minors, but tonight is in that four spot for the first time ever in the Majors.
"It's just a new spot. Go out there and try to get hits and try to put runs up on the board. No change at all, just have to square balls up and find holes tonight. ...
The Delmarva Shorebirds have gotten off to a great start under first-year manager Ryan Minor.
They are 4-1, in first place, with four wins in a row and putting up some big offensive numbers. Delmarva scored six runs in the 9th Monday to beat Greensboro, 11-6.
Tyler Kelly, a 13th-round draft pick last June, has nine RBI the past two games and 10 for the year to lead the South Atlantic League. In his first three games, he went just 2 for 12. In the last two, he is 5 for 11 with a homer and...
An Orioles fan can hang his or her hat on that right now and almost nothing else.
Through seven games, the ERA of the starters is 3.89 with four quality starts.
Last April, the O's didn't produce a fourth quality start until game 16.
But the solid pitching has been wasted by blown saves, awful hitting and base-running mistakes. The pitchers can only do so much.
But moving forward, if they continue to get decent work like this from the starters, the wins should come. At least a few and...
With the 5-1 loss vs. Tampa Monday, the Orioles fall to 0-4 on this homestand and 1-6 on the year. They have lost four in a row since the season's only win, last Thursday vs. the Rays. It's the O's worst start since 2002.
The Rays, who went 4-5 at the Yard last year, are 45-57 all-time at Camden Yards.
He's pretty good: Tampa's Carl Crawford, who went just 2 for 10 vs. the O's last week, went 4 for 4 tonight with a double and solo homer. Winning pitcher Matt Garza gave up just one...
Here are some of the post-game comments from the O's clubhouse after the 5-1 loss at home to Tampa.
The O's fall to 1-6 for the first time since 2002.
Nick Markakis of the frustration on not scoring a lot of runs so far: "It's not fun, it sucks. Overall, our pitching is doing a great job. Our offense needs to pick it up. I know for myself in the three hole I need to be more aggressive and get things going.
"We all need to relax, it's a long season. No, it's not the way we wanted...
Well, another night of little offense, clutch or otherwise.
The Orioles are 1-6 with four losses in a row and are 0-4 on the homestand.
Tonight's attendance of 9,129 was the smallest crowd in Camden Yards history.
Tonight they went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position in the 5-1 loss vs. Tampa. Felix Pie's homer leading off the game, his first-ever leadoff homer, produced the O's only run. The O's are now 1 for 17 the last three games with RISP and just 9 for 57 (.158) in that stat...
....was just announced at 9,129.
Yes, that is sparce. That is the first time in the history of this ballpark a game attendance has been under 10,000. The previous lowest attendance for a game in Camden Yards history is 10,130 on May 26, 2009 vs. Toronto.
Here are some notes and stats concerning tonight's game. The Rays scored two in the 6th vs. Guthrie to take a 3-1 lead.
This is interesting. Stolen base attempts this year by Tampa.
First series vs. O's: Went 1 for 4
Second series vs. NY: Went 7 for 7
The Rays easily led the AL in steals last year. Does this mean Matt Wieters is getting a rep for throwing out runners, even with a good team like Tampa. Or am I reading too much into that stat?
Luke Scott was 0 for 10 in his career vs....
Sometimes when a team is struggling to score runs they have to do unconventional things.
In the American League, that could include a sac bunt in the second inning of a game.
You don't see it often. Maybe the Orioles should have dropped one there tonight. They had runners on first and second vs. Matt Garza with no outs in the bottom of the second.
Number seven hitter Garrett Atkins did not bunt. Instead he swung away and hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
It was a bit of a rally...
If you don't think the Orioles' players notice that the fans have been rather critical of their play so far, just check out the conversation I had with Luke Scott in the clubhouse today.
In one sense he called out the fans for criticism of the team, but he also tried to explain his thoughts more in depth as well.
Audio: Luke Scott sounds off on fan criticism to Steve Melewski
Here is what Luke said on the topic of fans criticizing the club over the 1 and 5 start.
"Well, I mean, I can go...
You may have noticed that Billy Rowell of the Frederick Keys played the first game of the season, went 0 for 4, and has not played since. Rowell is not hurt.
He was feeling the effects of a bad cold over the weekend and even stayed in the hotel one night as the Keys played a season-opening series at Lynchburg.
Rowell may return to the lineup tomorrow night when Frederick plays its home opener.
New Keys manager Orlando Gomez will be with the team for the first time tomorrow. He missed the...
MASNsports.com's Dan Kolko, who is providing constant updates on the Ravens-Colts game today from M&T Bank Stadium, noted that Orioles center fielder Adam Jones stood on the sideline during warmups wearing a Johnny Unitas jersey.
Jones is playing it smart.
He's a Colts fan because he's a huge Peyton Manning fan, but he must know how poorly that choice would be received in Baltimore. Better to sport the Unitas jersey. That softens the blow. And you can't go wrong anytime you pay tribute...
Brad Bergesen continued his running program yesterday, the third time he's picked up the pace without having any issues with his leg.
Bergesen told me that he starts with a five-minute walk, then a five-minute run, then a five-minute power walk.
"It all felt good," he said. "I've been doing my core training for three weeks now, going into a fourth. Everything's good. I still feel (the leg) a little, but I'm able to do everything. It's not like it's painful or anything."
A report from FOXSports.com that free-agent outfielder Jermaine Dye is willing to play first base next season, and how he could be "a right-handed hitting alternative at first for several clubs, including the Braves, Mets, Giants and Orioles," has stirred up some readers.
It's important to stress that the report doesn't state that the Orioles are interested. They're just tossed into the mix because they need a first baseman and a right-handed bat for the middle of their lineup.
I caught up to pitcher Matt Albers yesterday as he was heading to the Texans-Titans game (I didn't have the heart to tell him that I took Tennessee +4 Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½).
For the past two weeks, Albers and Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Troy Patton have been working out at a facility about 20 minutes north of Houston.
"There are about 20 to 25 guys who either play pro ball or just finished," Albers said.
Albers won't start throwing until mid-December, but it's more important for him...
Free-agent pitcher Mark Hendrickson isn't preoccupied with thoughts of his next contract. He got married over the weekend, so his priorities have shifted.
Hendrickson just told me that he remains encouraged that he'll re-sign with the Orioles, but nothing is imminent.
"Right now, it's always kind of tough because it's the Thanksgiving week. Usually, everything slows to a crawl in the world of Major League Baseball," he said.
"If I don't hear anything, we've already had discussions...
Topps is unveiling its 51st All-Rookie team this morning, and a certain highly touted and much-publicized Oriole went ignored.
Matt Wieters didn't make the list.
I'll take my eggs over-easy, with a side of outrage.
The New York Mets' Omir Santos beat out Wieters for top (or Topp) rookie catcher after batting .260 with 14 doubles, seven homers, 40 RBIs and a .688 OPS in 281 at-bats. Wieters batted .288 with 15 doubles, nine homers, 43 RBIs and a .753 OPS in 354 at-bats.
I forgot that...
The San Diego Padres have claimed pitcher Radhames Liz off waivers.
Now he can be reunited with Oscar Salazar.
Liz, 26, appeared in two games with the Orioles this season and allowed 10 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. He was 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in eight starts with Double-A Bowie, and 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA in 17 games (six starts) with Triple-A Norfolk.
Live arm, bad mechanics.
The Padres must figure out what to do with Liz, something the Orioles never did. Is he a starter or a two-inning power...
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
I hope you ate a light breakfast. Today is a marathon of eating, not a sprint. Pace yourselves.
So is it the tryptophan in the turkey that makes you drowsy, or the carbohydrates in the potatoes and stuffing?
Or maybe it's the boxed wine.
That's my theory.
We tend to blame the turkey, but it's apparently built around a myth. Says so here, too.
I always eat too much and then collapse on the couch. My sister volunteers to turn me over every 30 minutes so...
I'll be heading to Ocean Pines later today with my daughter, who retains complete control of the radio, to spend the weekend with my parents, sister and niece.
I barely moved from my couch yesterday while going 1-2 picking against the spread. I guess somebody woke up the Broncos. Just my luck.
I allowed my daughter to accept an invitation to spend Thanksgiving with her best friend's family. The kid suffers enough from my cooking. I figured that she deserved a break. And I knew she'd have...