Just amazing (updated)

Just amazing (updated)
It's sunny today, except for the dark cloud that must be hanging over the Orioles. Kevin Millwood, pitching a gem, gets a two-out grounder to third in the 8th. The ball takes a bad hop for an error on Miguel Tejada. Three pitches later, Jose Bautista hits a 356-foot homer to left to give Toronto a 3-2 lead. One batter later, Alex Gonzalez hit his second solo shot of the day for a 4-2 edge. The two-out error makes the three runs off him in the 8th unearned. He gave up one earned run today...
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The Wieters factor (plus minors note)

The Wieters factor (plus minors note)
It's becoming clear that Matt Wieters is much more comfortable behind the plate this year and is doing his job, as a catcher, of taking charge of the pitching staff. Dave Trembley discussed Wieters during his pre-game press briefing today. "There is not too much shaking (off) going on out there," he said. That means Wieters is putting down a sign for the pitch and his pitchers are trusting what he calls. It's still a little different with Kevin Millwood. He's been around long enough...
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MacPhail on Roberts & Gonzalez

MacPhail on Roberts & Gonzalez
In a brief conversation a few minutes ago, O's president Andy MacPhail sounded like a man about to make a roster move that could send Brian Roberts to the disabled list officially later today. "If we err, we'll err on the conservative side. Also, in the not too distant future we're going to hop on a plane from Baltimore to Oakland and from Oakland to Seattle and on to Boston. We are crossing the country twice, so that will play into our decision as well." MacPhail doesn't believe...
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Big night of offense at Triple-A

Big night of offense at Triple-A
While the Orioles are struggling to hit with runners in scoring position, their Triple-A team in Norfollk had no problem doing that Saturday in a 12-3 romp over Durham. The Tides went 9 for 16 with RISP and left just four men on base. Brandon Snyder had three hits with three RBI and has knocked in five runs the past two games. Robert Andino, in his first game with the Tides, went 2 for 3 with three RBI and Josh Bell had three hits. Snyder is batting .363 and Bell is at .333. Troy Patton is...
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Post-game notes: O's blanked by the Jays

Post-game notes:  O's blanked by the Jays
Blanked: Last year, the Orioles were shutout ten times. Tonight, they were blanked for the first time in 2010 on six hits by Toronto, 3-0. They went just 6 for 30 at bat, with five singles and one double to drop the team batting average on the year from .237 to .231. The O's went hitless, 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and are batting just .174 (8 for 46) with RISP on the season. Tonight, they got just one runner past first base after the fourth inning. Last year, the O's...
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O's offense shoots blanks at the Yard

O's offense shoots blanks at the Yard
The only thing that needed saving at Camden Yards tonight was the Orioles offense. Toronto lefty Dana Eveland, who had an ERA of 7.16 last year with Oakland, pitched 7 1/3 scoreless frames tonight to lead the Jays to the 3-0 win. The O's fall to 1-4. Eveland allowed just five hits in winning his debut game as the Jays new fifth starter. The Orioles got the leadoff man on in three of the first four frames, but could never get him in. Eveland has done this to the Orioles before. On May 5,...
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Updating RISP

Updating RISP
The O's just had a chance to get on the board vs. Toronto, but three straight hitters were retired with runners on first and second and none out in the last of the fourth. After a Nick Markakis walk and Miguel Tejada infield single, Garrett Atkins flied to short right. Then Matt Wieters hit a fly out to deep center and the runners moved up one base. But with two outs and second and third, Nolan Reimold was called out on strikes on a close pitch down and in. On the year, the Orioles are now...
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Working the (pitch) count

Working the (pitch) count
Is it just me or does it seem like every O's starter exits the first inning of his outings with a high pitch count? David Hernandez needed 19 pitches while allowing a double and walk tonight in a shutout first frame. But he regrouped to get three quick outs in the second on seven pitches and faced four batters, needing 18 pitches in the third. Hernandez is at 44 pitches through three innings. That's a good number. If you can go through each inning on the average of 15 or less you would...
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Trembley not concerned about impact on the clubhouse

Trembley not concerned about impact on the clubhouse
Dave Trembley sure has concerns about closer Mike Gonzalez and his two blown saves to start the year. But he said he is not concerned that Gonzalez's blown saves will impact in a negative way a clubhouse that features young players and a young pitching staff. "We have a clubhouse that is above expectations as far as guys backing each other up, sticking together as a team and understanding the big picture and what it's all about," Trembley said. "Izturis, Tejada, Markakis, Jones, I...
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Orioles lineup

Orioles lineup
Julio Lugo 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Garrett Atkins DH Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold LF Ty Wigginton 1B Cesar Izturis SS David Hernandez RHP Brian Roberts is listed among the reserves.
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Too early for a crisis?

Too early for a crisis?
The Orioles are just four games into the 2010 season and already they face a major crisis. Can Dave Trembley, or any manager for that matter, change closers before his team completes one turn through the rotation? Can you do it with someone that signed a two-year, 12 million dollar contract? First of all, don't blame Trembley for putting his closer in to close. Yankee and Red Sox managers do it all the time. The facts are that twice Mike Gonzalez came in to protect a one-run lead. He has...
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Post-game notes: Not again, O's fall to 1 and 3

Post-game notes:  Not again, O's fall to 1 and 3
Not again: In suffering his second blown save of the year in the O's 7-6 loss to Toronto Friday afternoon, Mike Gonzalez gave up 2 ER in just 2/3 of an inning. He threw 18 pitches, just nine for strikes, after throwing strikes on just 12 of 26 pitches on Thursday vs. Tampa. He has allowed 4 ER in two innings on the year with two blown saves. Last year he was five for six in save chances before suffering his second blown save on May 12 for Atlanta. The Orioles are now 37-20 all-time in home...
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Miggy's tip for Gonzalez

Miggy's tip for Gonzalez
In addition to just lending support to a struggling teammate right now, Miguel Tejada has a suggestion for struggling closer Mike Gonzalez. Tejada was in the National League with Houston the last two years when Gonzalez was with Atlanta. He is 0 for 2 batting vs. the left-hander. Miguel Tejada discusses the O's 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays with the media "I don't have many at bats against Gonzalez because he's a lefty and I hit right handed. The last time I faced him he seemed to throw...
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Gonzalez on the boos: "I understand it."

Gonzalez on the boos:  "I understand it."
Can a season start worse for a closer? Two blown saves in four games for Mike Gonzalez and a 1-3, not 3-1 start for the Orioles. Gonzalez was booed loudly after blowing the save in the home opener. But he was also booed on his way into the game as fans remembered his opening night struggles too. "I understand it obviously. They brought me here for a reason. That was to close games and get the job done. That's twice I've done it in a row and I understand their frustration," Gonzalez...
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The boo birds rang down

The boo birds rang down
Well, if new O's closer Mike Gonzalez had started the season pitching real well, the Orioles could be 3-1 and he could already have three saves. But Gonzalez suffered his second blown save in four games on Friday and the Orioles lost again in the ninth, 7-6 to Toronto. The crowd of 48,891 is a new Opening Day record at Camden Yards. Less than 24 hours after his shaky save vs. Tampa Thursday, Gonzalez entered in the 9th on Friday trying to preserve a 6-5 O's lead. But he issued a leadoff...
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The second half begins: O's at Sox

The second half begins:  O's at Sox
Game Preview Orioles (40-48) at Chicago White Sox (45-43) After winning their last two series before the All-Star break, the O's begin the second-half tonight at Chicago. It's game one of a three-game series and a nine-game, ten-day road trip. The Orioles, who have won four of five games, won six of their last nine series before the break, going 15-12 over the last 27 games. The O's are 13-12-4 in 29 series thus far. The Orioles are just 14-27 on the road this year, losing seven of the...
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Noting Tillman and Markakis

Noting Tillman and Markakis
Norfolk RHP Chris Tillman picked up his 8th win of the year tonight in game one of a doubleheader. Tillman and Norfolk beat Charlotte, 5-1. The righty went 6 2/3 and gave up seven hits and one run with no walks and seven strikeouts. Tillman, who had not allowed a run over his previous two outings, is now 3-0, 0.44 over his last three starts, allowing just one run in 20 1/3 innings. He improves to 8-5, 2.42 on the year and has allowed 2ER or less in 13 of 17 starts. Just a guess, but...
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Thome time

Thome time
Jim Thome took over the game tonight in Chicago, hitting two homers in two innings as the Sox pulled away from a 3-3 tie to lead the O's 10-5 in the seventh. Thome hit a 2-0 pitch for a three-run shot in the 5th to break a 3-3 tie. After an Adam Jones homer pulled the O's within 6-5, Thome hit a 2-1 pitch from Danys Baez out to center for a Grand Slam and a 10-6 lead. That's 7 RBI tonight for Thome and 14 in his last three games. He has nine career Slams. His last before tonight was on...
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Thome homers lead Sox past O's

Thome homers lead Sox past O's
The Orioles had a season-high eight extra-base hits tonight and got homers from Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, but all that was topped by Jim Thome. The slugger had a 7 RBI night as the White Sox out-slugged the Birds, 12-8 to start the second half. Thome's three-run homer in the 5th broke a 3-3 tie and, after the O's had pulled back within a run, his Grand Slam in the 6th made it a 10-6 lead. Thome, who now has 557 career homers, has knocked in 14 runs his last three games. Nick Markakis...
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Post-game Notes: O's fall at Chicago

Post-game Notes:  O's fall at Chicago
O's righty Jason Berken took the loss, falling to 1-7, 6.44. It was Berken's second worst start, topped only by the 9ER he allowed in just 3 1/3 innings June 6th at Oakland. Tonight, Berken gave six runs in 4 1/3 innings, allowing two homers. He had pitched to an ERA of 3.72 in his previous two starts. Berken is now 0-3, 10.26 in four road starts. He is 0-7 over his last nine starts and the Orioles are 2-8 in his ten starts in 2009. Gary Thorne talks with Dave Trembley after the O's...
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