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Miggi doesn’t have time for the pain

Miguel Tejada tied tonight’s game with a home run and won it with a 10th-inning single. And he did all of it while playing through some discomfort in his hip. “He’s not 100 percent right now. He’s not,” manager Dave Trembley said. “Night before last, running through the base and making the turn, he tweaked it. (T-Bone) Shelby alerted us that he probably should come

Is Albers making a statement? - Part II (updated)

Pitching for the third straight night, Matt Albers retired all three Boston hitters he faced in the top of the 10th inning. Albers got a pop up, a fly ball and a strikeout to keep the score tied. Is he aware that the Orioles have to remove a reliever from the 25-man roster tomorrow? Albers has tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings over these three appearances,

Well, that was fun (updated)

Walk, fielder’s choice, walk, strikeout, strikeout. Alfredo Simon is many things to many people. He isn’t boring. Simon tossed a scoreless ninth, but he turned it into another marathon. A four-pitch walk to Dustin Pedroia landed him in immediate trouble, and a one-out walk to Kevin Youkilis didn’t improve matters. But Simon fanned J.D. Drew and David Ortiz, the last out coming on his splitter

Your worst fears come true (updated)

The Garrett Atkins double play in the fourth inning looms large right now. You knew it would if you’ve been paying attention to this team. You could predict what would happen next. It was as easy as 1-2-3. The Orioles didn’t bust open the game, and Jim Johnson gave up the game-tying single to Dustin Pedroia with two outs in the seventh after inheriting Jason

Strategy time

We were debating in the press box whether David Hernandez should come out for the sixth inning. I agreed with the decision. Let him start the inning and make sure a reliever is ready. Dustin Pedroia immediately tried to destroy my argument with an opposite-field home run that reduced the Orioles’ lead to 3-2. Victor Martinez walked, and the ice beneath Hernandez’s feet had practically

Sort of taking advantage of mistakes

The Red Sox committed two errors in the fourth inning, and the Orioles scored once to expand their lead to 3-1. It should have been so much more. Miguel Tejada led off with a single and hustled to second on center fielder Darnell McDonald’s error. Yes, that Darnell McDonald. With Luke Scott at the plate, the Orioles would have settled for a ground ball to

Jonesing for more production (updated)

Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley met privately today with center fielder Adam Jones, who entered tonight’s game with a .204 average and .228 on-base percentage. It was part pep-talk, part instructional. “I think from this point forward you’re going to see a better Adam Jones,” Crowley said. “He hit some balls really far early in the year for some home runs and we might have

Trembley’s message to the fans (with video)

The Orioles are 4-18 and own one victory at Camden Yards. They haven’t posted a winning season since 1997. So why should fans pay to enter these gates? Dave Trembley talks with the media about turning things around “This is your team. This is the Baltimore Orioles,” manager Dave Trembley said. “If you love your team, you love them through good times and bad times

Pre-game chatter

Brad Bergesen’s locker is set up and manager Dave Trembley confirmed that the right-hander will make tomorrow’s start. We already knew it, but I suppose it’s worth repeating. “Bergesen is on regular rest to come back and pitch,” Trembley said. “He went down there and did the things we asked him to do. I talked to him today earlier and he seems a lot more

Atkins at first; Hughes will DH

Left-hander Wilfrido Perez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Bowie. For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott LF Ty Wigginton 2B Rhyne Hughes DH Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS David Hernandez RHP For the Red Sox: Scutaro SS Pedroia 2B Martinez C Youkilis 1B Drew RF Ortiz DH Beltre 3B Hermida LF McDonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strange happenings in the first inning (updated)

Let’s start with Derek Jeter’s leadoff double, on a ball that bounced past first baseman Garrett Atkins and up the right field line. I counted 12 hops before it passed the bag. OK, not really, but I expected it to be retrieved by someone other than right fielder Nick Markakis. Nick Johnson followed with a single into left field, and the ball skipped past Lou

Tides tidbits

Chris Tillman is pitching tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, and he’s trying to turn in back-to-back quality starts. Tillman allowed three runs and seven hits in eight innings in his last outing against Charlotte, with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches, 62 for strikes. He’s taking on Gwinnett tonight. Corey Patterson has joined Norfolk’s roster after signing a minor league contract and reporting

Roberts’ latest medical issue

I raced back down to the clubhouse to check on Brian Roberts, who hasn’t been seen here all day, and realized he’s gone. Roberts is scheduled to undergo an endoscopy tomorrow because of persistent gastrointestinal discomfort that has become the latest health crisis to strike the Orioles’ leadoff hitter and second baseman. “He told me that he’s had bad flu-like symptoms during the time that

Making room for two pitchers

The Orioles aren’t committed to removing two pitchers from the 25-man roster when Saturday’s starter, expected to be Brad Bergesen, and reliever Koji Uehara rejoin the club. They could slice off a position player, but that presents a separate issue. Who would go? Julio Lugo is the backup middle infielder. Sending down Lou Montanez would mean more starts in left for Nolan Reimold and Luke

Jones atop the order

Knowing that manager Dave Trembley usually despises lineup questions, I eased into one this afternoon concerning Adam Jones. Actually, it was the second question he fielded after we received an update on reliever Alfredo Simon’s availability. But I did preface it by saying, “I know you hate lineup questions...” Well, here it comes. Why is Jones still batting first while mired in a slump that’s

Simon’s availability tonight

Alfredo Simon says his arm feels good and he’s available to pitch tonight. Now the ball is in manager Dave Trembley’s court, so to speak. “We’ll have to see how the game plays out tonight,” Trembley said. “I’d like to see him play catch, see how he feels. I think we have to be cautious with him, using him a lot early because he has

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 2B Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Nolan Reimold DH Lou Montanez LF Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Yankees: Jeter SS Johnson DH Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Cano 2B Posada C Granderson CF Swisher RF Gardner LF Sabathia LHP

Two items to pass along

I wanted to share Double-A Bowie pitching coach Kennie Steenstra’s observations of right-hander Koji Uehara, who tossed a scoreless first inning last night against Erie. “He looked good. He mixed his pitches well. Everything was down in the zone,” Steenstra said. “I don’t think he’s going to blow the ball by anybody, but he knows how to change speeds and he knows how to locate,

A bullish bullpen

In case you forgot or need to brush up on the terminology, it’s called a “winning streak.” Repeat those words out loud a few times and they will start to sound familiar. I kept saying “winnie steak” before I finally got the hang of it. I just caught the SportsCenter highlights from last night’s game, including Cesar Izturis’ miscue that prolonged the ninth inning. “That’s

Post-game chatter

The last time two Orioles recorded their first career saves in consecutive games was Mike Flanagan on May 7, 1977 and Scott McGregor on May 8, 1977. That puts Cla Meredith and Alfredo Simon in elite company. Manager Dave Trembley decided before the game that Simon would close tonight. “I’ve got nothing to lose,” he said. “We’re going to give guys opportunities and I’m going

Simon’s first save

Alfredo Simon was brought into tonight’s game with a three-run lead and instructions to get the last three outs. Nothing to it. It’s only the Yankees, and his first major league game since Tommy John surgery. Simon got a called third strike on Curtis Granderson. His fastballs were clocked at 96, 97 and 96 mph. Nick Swisher grounded a broken-bat single into center field. Four

More on Castillo (updated)

Alberto Castillo struck out three more batters tonight, tying his career high, in only 1 2/3 innings. That’s no runs, one hit and six strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings over three appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. The only hit was an infield single. He’s been sensational. Manager Dave Trembley isn’t using him as a situational lefty. He let Castillo pitch the entire seventh,

Game update (updated three times)

Tonight’s attendance: 20,536. The total for seven home dates is 146,182. Kevin Millwood didn’t make it through six innings tonight, leaving the game with one out in the sixth and a runner on first base. He allowed two runs and five hits, walked three and struck out four, and left with his pitch count at 112 (69 strikes). That’s not the profile of an innings

Trembley talks about first month (updated twice)

During his pre-game session with the media, manager Dave Trembley was asked how he’s dealt with the club’s terrible start. He didn’t mince words. “If anybody tells you they deal with it like sweet tea, they’re lying,” he said. “It’s been difficult, but there’s certainly been an awful lot of games we could’ve won that we didn’t. We didn’t get outs when we needed to,

Koji’s inning

Koji Uehara isn’t pitching in the majors, but he’s getting closer. He’s run to test his sore hamstring. He’s thrown on flat ground. He’s thrown in the bullpen. And tonight, he worked the top of the first inning for Double-A Bowie. Facing Erie at Prince George’s Stadium, Uehara allowed a bloop single and nothing else. He struck out one and threw 11 of his 15

Atkins sits again

Orioles manager Dave Trembley explained to first baseman Garrett Atkins that he’s going with the hot hand again tonight. That means Rhyne Hughes stays in the lineup and Atkins stays on the bench. “I gave it to him straight,” Trembley said. “I’ve got a guy who came up from Triple-A and he’s hotter than a firecracker. He’s going to stay there as long as he

Pre-game notes (quotes added)

Second baseman Brian Roberts still hasn’t been cleared for baseball-related activities after back specialist Dr. Lee Riley examined him yesterday at Johns Hopkins. Manager Dave Trembley doesn’t have one specific closer or set-up man. He’s waiting for pitchers to step up and claim those roles. “I’m all for it,” Trembley said. “That’s what I told (Kam) Mickolio when I sent him out. I said, ‘Hey,

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 Kevin Millwood RHP For the Yankees: Jeter SS Gardner LF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Cano 2B Posado C Granderson CF Swisher DH Winn RF Hughes RHP

Roster move official

The Orioles have officially purchased Alfredo Simon’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk, and Kam Mickolio has been optioned to the Tides. Simon is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four games, including three starts, for the Tides. The Orioles also designated reliever Wilfrido Perez for assignment to create room for Simon on the 40-man roster, which is a shocker. Perez was 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA

Looking ahead

The Orioles are back home today, and I’ll be settling into my press box seat around 3 p.m. The moves haven’t been particularly bold, but president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is massaging the roster while trying to pump more life into the team. Continuing efforts to support manager Dave Trembley, MacPhail will add reliever Alfredo Simon to the bullpen for tonight’s game, most likely

Bergesen feels ready to return

I just got off the phone with Brad Bergesen, who had boarded the team bus after Triple-A Norfolk’s game in Charlotte. Bergesen is hopeful that yesterday’s start will be his last with the Tides. Nothing against the club, of course, but he’d like another turn in the Orioles’ rotation. It would be a major surprise if the Orioles bypassed Bergesen on Saturday. He did enough

Rolling with the Tides (updated)

Josh Bell has homered twice today and driven in three runs for Triple-A Norfolk, which trails Charlotte, 9-7, in the eighth inning. Update: Both homers came off Charlotte right-hander Matt Zaleski, who entered the game with a 2-0 record and 3.50 ERA in three starts. Bell’s bat is heating up. He’s collected three more hits to raise his average to .254. He’s belted three homers

P. Figueroa honored

Double- A Bowie infielder Paco Figueroa has been named the Eastern League’s Player of the Week after batting .481 from the leadoff spot. He also homered, collected seven RBIs and scored eight runs. Figueroa, the twin brother of Bowie’s Danny Figueroa, has a six-game hitting streak. He’s also the Baysox’s first Player of the Week since Nolan Reimold accomplished the feat on Sept. 1, 2008.

This and that

Another off-day brings another 24 hours on the Dave Trembley Watch. I’ll say this much: If the Orioles were ready to make a change, yesterday’s game didn’t influence the decision. Andy MacPhail doesn’t wake up Sunday morning and think, “OK, one more loss today and he’s gone.” A series finale in Boston doesn’t hold that much significance. I’ve seen managers and coaches fired during small

Strange day indeed

Could someone please explain this bizarre ritual to me? The Orioles are lining up and slapping hands on the field. Players are smiling. I’m so confused. Hold on...I’m told that’s what happens when a team is victorious. I’m waiting for confirmation. Dave Trembley recaps the O’s 7-6 win over the Red Sox with Mark Viviano The Orioles have won three games this season. One more

Last word on Bergesen

The most recent line I posted on Brad Bergesen turned out to be his final one. Bergesen allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings today for Triple-A Norfolk, with no walks and four strikeouts. He threw 81 pitches, 56 for strikes. He got 14 ground ball outs and two fly ball outs. Bergesen could be recalled to make Saturday’s start against the Red

Fighting back (w/Okajima stat added)

If I had more time, I’d check the Red Sox blogs to find out whether fans are ripping manager Terry Francona for allowing Hideki Okajima to pitch to Miguel Tejada in the seventh inning. Before today, Okajima was 0-3 with a 5.84 ERA and four blown saves lifetime against the Orioles. He allowed 25 hits in 24 2/3 innings. They’ve always had his number, for

Of course it happened (updated)

David Hernandez took a shutout into the sixth inning, but he kept walking the leadoff hitter, which is a recipe for failure. A leadoff walk and two straight hits tied the game and brought left-hander Mark Hendrickson into the game to face two lefties. David Ortiz grounds a run-scoring single into right-center field and J.D. Drew lifts a sacrifice fly. Boston 3, Orioles 1. Hernandez

A good time to vent (updated)

If manager Dave Trembley wanted to release some frustration - like about 18 games worth - he missed a golden opportunity in the third inning. The second base umpire ruled that Ty Wigginton’s foot came off the bag on an attempted force play. Wigginton got the out at first, but the Red Sox ended up with a runner, Jeremy Hermida, in scoring position. Replays seemed

Did you see it coming?

How many fans predicted back in the early days of spring training that Rhyne Hughes would double in the second inning of an April 25 game at Fenway Park, Craig Tatum would follow with a run-scoring double off the Green Monster, and Cesar Izturis would single while batting from the right side against a right-handed pitcher? Go to the window and collect your money. Izturis

No vote of confidence for Albers

Orioles manager Dave Trembley met with the media a few minutes ago. Mark Viviano, who’s handling the MASN sideline duties for this series, tells me that Trembley had an interesting response when asked whether he still had confidence in struggling reliever Matt Albers. “I don’t know,” Trembley said. “We’ll see.” I wouldn’t call that a ringing endorsement. Jason Berken has warmed up the past two

Look who’s leading off

Nolan Reimold LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 2B Rhyne Hughes 1B Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS David Hernandez RHP That Achilles must be feeling pretty good. Hernandez hasn’t given up a home run in three starts this year after allowing 27 in 19 starts in 2009. The Orioles have lost his last 12 starts

Feeling no relief

Adam Jones has homered in two straight games. Nick Markakis has lifted his average to .288. Matt Wieters is batting .318. Ty Wigginton has six homers and 12 RBIs. There’s your morning cup of good news. Take small sips so it’ll last longer. Once Koji Uehara comes off the disabled list, and it could happen after his two scheduled appearances at Double-A Bowie this week,

Big start for Bergy

I’m choosing to look ahead rather than spend another minute focusing on this game - unless this ninth-inning rally produces a tie or the go-ahead run. I reserve the right to change my thought process. Brad Bergesen makes his first, and perhaps only start for Triple-A Norfolk tomorrow. A quality outing could lead him back to the Orioles and that May 1 start against the

The decision (updated)

Orioles manager Dave Trembley could have left rookie Brian Matusz in the game to face Darnell McDonald with runners on the corners and none out in the seventh inning. He could have brought in right-hander Matt Albers, knowing Boston manager Terry Francona was going to send up a pinch-hitter as the potential go-ahead run. Trembley removed Matusz, who got a pitch up that Jeremy Hermida

What I like about this game

Let’s start with Brian Matusz being on the mound. It’s such a comforting feeling - and he’s just a rookie. I’ll stop referring to him as a “kid” because he isn’t pitching like one. Is there a way to bottle Matusz’s changeup and distribute it to every other pitcher in the organization? Rhyne Hughes is aggressive in his first at-bat in the majors, wasting no

Turner optioned

The Orioles made the roster move official. Rhyne Hughes is up, of course, and Justin Turner has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles are more comfortable with Julio Lugo at shortstop and Turner has options remaining. They also decided to keep the extra bullpen arm. Turner was 0-for-9 with three strikeouts in five games. I wish he would get some starts at shortstop with

Hughes in tonight’s lineup (updated)

For the Orioles: Lou Montanez LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 2B Rhyne Hughes 1B Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP Luke Scott is 2-for-5 with two home runs lifetime against Boston starter John Lackey. Miguel Tejada is 10-for-33 with a home run and five RBIs. Nick Markakis is 7-for-23 with two RBIs.

Red Sox lineup

For the Red Sox: Marco Scutaro SS Dustin Pedroia 2B Victor Martinez DH Kevin Youkilis 1B Mike Lowell 3B Jason Varitek C Bill Hall RF Jeremy Hermida LF Darnell McDonald CF John Lackey RHP

More news on Hughes

Rhyne Hughes, who is joining the Orioles in Boston today, reached base via hit or walk in all 14 games that he started for Triple-A Norfolk. Hughes batted .372 (16-43) with two homers and seven RBIs against right-handers, and .250 (2-8) with one homer and four RBIs vs. lefties. You’ll like this one: Hughes batted .429 (6-14) with one homer and nine RBIs with runners

Hughes heading to Boston? (confirmed)

We found out that you can trust MySpace, at least when Adam Jones’ brother is announcing the latest Gold Glove winners. Can we do the same with Facebook? Here’s what Rhyne Hughes posted on his wall: “Got the CALL! Thanking God for this blessing and opportunity! See you in Boston!!” Thirty-nine people “liked” his post and gave it a thumbs up. Make it 40 if

Fun (and not-so-fun) facts

The Orioles are 3-18 in their last 21 road games and 27-64 on the road since the start of the 2009 season. The Orioles have scored more runs in Brian Matusz’s three starts (19) than they have in the 10 combined starts of Jeremy Guthrie (seven runs in three starts), Kevin Millwood (eight runs in four starts) and David Hernandez (three runs in three starts).

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Lou Montanez LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Ty Wigginton 2B Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold DH Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Red Sox: Marco Scutaro SS JD Drew RF Dustin Pedroia 2B Kevin Youkilis 1B Victor Martinez C David Ortiz DH Adrian Beltre 3B Jeremy Hermida LF Josh Reddick CF Jon

Picking a spot for Nick

Most of Nick Markakis’ at-bats this season have come in the third slot in the order, where he’s hitting .260 (13-for-50) with three doubles, one triple, two RBIs and a .737 OPS. Markakis is 2-for-8 in the second slot, both hits being doubles. Looking at a larger sample size - his entire major league career - Markakis is batting .327 with a .955 OPS in

Jumper cables for a broken down offense

Now that the Orioles understand the team with the worst record after 16 games doesn’t get the first pick in the NFL draft, they can proceed with their three-game series in Boston. Don’t get too excited. Brian Matusz doesn’t pitch until tomorrow. I’m trying to figure out ways the Orioles can support manager Dave Trembley and find a solution “player personnel-wise” to their assortment of

Bergy and Jones updates

Brad Bergesen will make his first start for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. Alfredo Simon is moving to the bullpen. Check Steve Melewski’s blog for his interview with Tides pitching coach Mike Griffin, who discusses Bergesen, Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman. I wondered whether Brandon Erbe was in danger of losing his rotation spot. He gave up five runs and seven hits over five innings today

Trembley safe - for now

I know there has been rampant speculation about manager Dave Trembley’s job status and the possibility that he could be fired today, but it’s not going to happen. Trembley will remain in charge throughout the upcoming series in Boston and after the Orioles return home. Team officials remain committed to giving Trembley every opportunity to straighten out this mess. Concerns have grown over a stagnant

Time for another quiz

The first off-day of the 2010 season has arrived. No baseball after 16 straight games. The Orioles can chill out in Boston, drown their sorrows in chowder, retell stories of Brian Matusz’s two victories, resist the urge to take a header off the Green Monster. Or they can gather with manager Dave Trembley and brush up on their baseball skills by taking the following quiz:

Well, it’s a concern...

Adam Jones appears to have injured his right arm after stumbling out of the batters box. Jones reached down to break his fall. Let’s hope that’s all he broke. MASN’s cameras have caught Jones flexing his right hand and massaging his bicep and elbow. He grimaced at one point and bent slightly at the waist. Of course, the first batter in the fourth inning hit

Well, it’s a start...

The Orioles got a leadoff single from their new leadoff hitter. They got a two-out single from Nick Markakis after Lou Montanez was erased on a double play, and Markakis hustled to second base when Seattle left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo overran the ball. Markakis stumbled as he reached the bag, but his ankle didn’t snap. Possible injury averted. Matt Wieters delivered a clutch two-out hit

Orioles and Mariners lineups

For the Orioles: Lou Montanez LF Ty Wigginton 3B Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Garrett Atkins 1B Justin Turner 2B Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP For the Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki RF Chone Figgins 2B Franklin Gutierrez CF Jose Lopez 3B Casey Kotchman 1B Mike Sweeney DH Matt Tuiasosopo LF Rob Johnson C Jack Wilson SS Felix Hernandez

Gonzalez update

Reliever Mike Gonzalez’s visit to renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. didn’t reveal a more serious injury to his left shoulder than diagnosed by team physicians. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told me that Gonzalez received the “same prognosis as before.” Gonzalez went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 10, with a strained left shoulder. Gonzalez, who sought another opinion

Another new addition to the organization

The Orioles have claimed left-hander Pedro Viola off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. I guess he can take Alberto Castillo’s spot with the Tides. Lose a lefty, sign a lefty. Viola, 26, appeared in nine games for the Reds last season, posting a 5.14 ERA in seven innings after going 2-2 with eight saves and a 5.47 ERA in

Pie update

Nothing major here, but I wanted to pass along via BlackBerry that Felix Pie is flying to Sarasota tomorrow to join the rest of the crew at extended spring training. Pie could be sidelined three months with this lat injury. It’s never good when muscle pulls away from the bone. The Orioles don’t believe that he’ll require surgery, which would increase his recovery time. The

From bad to worse

I’m running a little late this morning (I always blame the kid.) These West Coast games are killing me. They’re not doing the Orioles much good, either. The record is abysmal, but I had plenty of concerns before the season began. The schedule is absolutely brutal, and this team has issues. It was a combustible combination, and it’s blown up in their faces. I don’t

Hernandez deserves better

Could someone remind Julio Lugo that it’s 90 feet from home plate to first base? it looked like he might have become confused and slowed up after nine. If manager Dave Trembley wanted to send a message to his players tonight, he had an opportunity right there. Run out every ground ball or keep going directly into the clubhouse. Towels are hanging in the shower.

Down on the farm (updated)

Triple-A Norfolk might want to tighten up that defense. The Tides have committed three more errors tonight, including No. 7 for Scott Moore, who continues to struggle with his throws at second base. Josh Bell and Brandon Snyder also have errors tonight, giving them three on the season. Alfredo Simon allowed two runs (one earned) and six hits, with three walks and five strikeouts, in

Two quick injury updates

MASN’s Amber Theoharis reports that Koji Uehara will throw one inning Thursday in an extended spring training game. Uehara remains on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, and the Orioles can’t project when he’ll be ready to pitch for them. But I guess this qualifies as progress. Also, Brian Roberts has been cleared to begin light exercises and strengthening activities, and he’ll be examined

Bergy’s back in Baltimore

Brad Bergesen just stepped off a plane at BWI and is getting ready to pack up his gear at Camden Yards and head to his next destination: Triple-A Norfolk. Bergesen said he was “a little bit surprised” when manager Dave Trembley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz broke the news following last night’s game that he was being optioned after only three starts. “Obviously, I haven’t

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Ty Wigginton 3B Nick Markakis RF Nolan Reimold DH Luke Scott LF Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS David Hernandez RHP For the Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki RF Chone Figgins 2B Franklin Gutierrez CF Jose Lopez 3B Ken Griffey Jr. DH Milton Bradley LF Casey Kotchman 1B Adam Moore C Jack Wilson SS Jason

Orioles reunite with Patterson

The Orioles agreed to terms today with outfielder Corey Patterson on a minor league contract. Patterson will report to extended spring training tomorrow. You might remember that Patterson played for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007. He spent the 2008 season with the Reds and appeared in five games with the Nationals and 11 with the Brewers last year. Patterson signed a minor league contract

How Berken should be workin’

We can probably agree that Jason Berken has been invaluable coming out of the bullpen and consuming innings in long relief. The debate centers on whether he should be rewarded with a spot in the rotation or left alone to thrive in his current role. Berken has allowed two runs and nine hits in 12 innings, with two walks and eight strikeouts. He’s held opponents

More thoughts on Bergesen (updated)

We’ve learned at least one thing from the Orioles’ decision to option Brad Bergesen to the minors, a move that will be made official later today: They don’t believe that he’s injured. He’s going to Triple-A Norfolk, not the disabled list. Update: The Orioles just confirmed that Bergesen is going to Triple-A. They’ll announce the corresponding roster move later today. The word out of Norfolk

Bergy optioned?

It looks that way. I woke up to a flashing red light on my BlackBerry and a text message that Brad Bergesen is heading to the minors. I’m assuming that president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail would prefer that I not attempt to contact him at 3 a.m., so confirmation will have to wait until later. But I trust the person who’s alerting me. Bergesen

Another bad night for Bergy (updated)

The first red flag for me regarding Brad Bergesen didn’t come after he got knocked out of a game early or failed to get the same sink on his ball. It happened when he suggested that his confidence might not be at the usual level. What transpired tonight in Seattle won’t have Bergesen puffing out his chest. He allowed four earned runs - seven total

A few odds and ends (w/minor league notes)

Orioles manager Dave Trembley told reporters in Seattle that Lou Montanez could get the majority of the starts in left field because of his mobility, while Nolan Reimold serves as the designated hitter to keep his bat in the lineup. Brian Roberts still hasn’t been cleared to perform baseball-related activities after back specialist Dr. Lee Riley examined him today at Johns Hopkins. Roberts is a

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Ty Wigginton 3B Nick Markakis RF Nolan Reimold DH Matt Wieters C Luke Scott 1B Lou Montanez LF Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP For the Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki RF Chone Figgins 2B Franklin Gutierrez CF Jose Lopez 3B Ken Griffey Jr. DH Milton Bradley LF Casey Kotchman 1B Rob Johnson C Jack Wilson SS Doug

Pie could miss next three months

Orioles outfielder Felix Pie underwent an MRI this morning and learned that he could miss up to three months with an injury to his latissimus dorsi muscle. Pie went on the disabled list April 16 with an injury classified as a strained muscle in his upper back, but further examination today revealed a more serious problem. There’s been no talk of surgery, and Pie is

Talking about Tillman

The only good news to report on Chris Tillman relates to his health. He’s feeling fine, according to John Stockstill, the Orioles’ director of player development. We’ll need to find another excuse for Tillman, who lasted only one inning yesterday and allowed four runs and four hits, issued two walks, threw two wild pitches and hit a batter. Tillman was removed after throwing 42 pitches,

Ripken’s response

I just received a statement from Cal Ripken regarding the FoxSports.com story that detailed how owner Peter Angelos allegedly turned down the Hall of Famer’s request to join the front office in an unspecified capacity. Ripken was traveling with his family over the weekend and unavailable to comment until today. The statement, sent in an e-mail, reads: “In my baseball experience, rumors and stories seem

What you might see in Seattle

Kevin Millwood delivered the lineup card to home plate yesterday. I’d have Kevin Millwood deliver the lineup card to home plate tonight. If the Orioles win again, I’d have Kevin Millwood deliver the lineup card to home plate tomorrow night. I’m not sure if he should do it on the night that he’s pitching, but we’ll cross that bridge on Wednesday. As long as the

More trouble for Tillman

Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Chris Tillman lasted one inning today against Durham, allowing four runs and four hits and walking two batters. His ERA stands at 8.38. Tillman also threw two wild pitches and hit a batter. He threw 42 pitches, 24 for strikes. We might not be seeing Tillman in Baltimore as quickly as we anticipated. Not to be Debbie Downer here, but Josh Bell

Head games?

Breaking news: Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson won’t go 30-0 this season. A few readers of this blog saw that I picked against Anderson and suggested that I have my head examined. The guy was bound to lose at least one game. He’s one of the top young left-handers in baseball, but he’s also human. His spring training physical confirmed it. Next prediction: Brian Matusz goes

Tying one on

Who are these guys and what have they done with the Orioles? A three-run third inning? Clutch two-out hits? Taking the extra base on a throwing error? Did the Orioles and Athletics switch uniforms? Oakland lefty Brett Anderson hadn’t allowed a run in his first 14 innings, but Ty Wigginton drove in two with a double to right field and he raced home on Nick

On a Rowell

Earlier today, I completely forgot to guarantee that Brian Matusz would strike out the side in the first inning, the first one coming on that devastating changeup. I totally saw it coming. Really. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Lou Montanez took a nasty spill in foul territory while chasing Ryan Sweeney’s fly ball with two outs, but Matusz got a called

Quick Miggi update

Orioles manager Dave Trembley told reporters in Oakland that he doesn’t expect Miguel Tejada to go on the disabled list with a hip injury sustained in yesterday’s loss. Tejada is listed as day-to-day with an adductor strain. I’m no doctor, though I often play one on this blog, but according to emedicine, hip adductor injuries occur most commonly when there is a forced push-off (side-to-side

Orioles lineup (including Montanez and Turner)

For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Ty Wigginton 3B Nick Markakis RF Nolan Reimold DH Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Lou Montanez LF Justin Turner 2B Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP For the Athletics: Rajai Davis CF Daric Barton 1B Ryan Sweeney RF Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B Kurt Suzuki C Jake Fox DH Adam Rosales 2B Travis Buck LF Cliff Pennington SS Brett Anderson

I guarantee it

Before I pack up my car and drive back to Eldersburg, I wanted to make the following statement: The Orioles will win today. It’s not necessary for me to pull over, step out of my car and recite the alphabet backward. I don’t need to walk a straight line. I’m stone-cold sober and guaranteeing a victory. Brian Matusz might have to go nine innings. He

Beyond painful

I don’t mean the porterhouse steak that my father grilled for me that overlapped my plate. Or half of my mother’s steak that I ate for dessert. That’s a lot of red meat, my friends. The Orioles lost again today, which is sort of like reporting that the sun came up or someone broke up with Jennifer Aniston (which is the real mystery to me.)

Orioles tie game, lose Tejada (w/Bowie update)

We’re back to the good news, bad news theme. Miguel Tejada reached on a bunt single in the sixth inning, making him 3-for-3, but he left the game with a right leg injury. Cesar Izturis pinch-ran for him, and Garret Atkins drove in two runs to tie the game, 2-2. Julio Lugo went from shortstop to second, and Ty Wigginton went from second to third.

Good news, bad news (update)

Jeremy Guthrie has blanked the Athletics on three hits over three innings today, walking one and striking out three. Justin Duchscherer has blanked the Orioles on three hits over four innings, walking one and striking out three. Miguel Tejada has two of the three hits for the Orioles. Matt Wieters, batting third, has accounted for the other one. Nick Markakis walked and struck out. No,

Waring it

Brandon Waring hit a two-run homer today for Double-A Bowie, which is locked in a 2-2 tie with Akron in the seventh inning. Waring is playing third base and batting cleanup for the Baysox. Tim Bascom allowed one run and three hits in five innings. He also struck out six and left the game with his ERA at 0.82. Don’t forget that Bascom was selected

Orioles lineup

Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Nolan Reimold LF Ty Wigginton 2B Garrett Atkins 1B Julio Lugo SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP I never heard back from owner Peter Angelos - so much for MASN favoritism - but he’s disputing the FoxSports.com report to ESPN’s Buster Olney and The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec. Cal Ripken is traveling and

Not putting the fun in fundamentals

I just read The Sun headline on its Web site and did a spit-take before realizing my mistake. Funk continues as O’s lose 4-2 to A’s Maybe it’s because I’m still half-asleep. In my haste to approve comments this morning, I accidentally deleted the three most recent that were filed (including one from JPA.) I can’t retrieve them, so re-submit and I’ll post them. And

Fighting back in the fifth

Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden retired the first 10 batters before Nick Markakis doubled down the right field line in the fourth inning. Whew. As if we needed a perfect game on top of everything else. Ty Wigginton just hit a two-run bomb into the upper deck in left field to reduce Oakland’s lead to 4-2 in the fifth. It looks like he’ll continue to receive

Pie down

Anyone want to bat leadoff? The Orioles’ decision to put Felix Pie on the disabled list this afternoon with a strained muscle in his upper back leaves them without two leadoff hitters. Pie joins second baseman Brian Roberts, who’s supposed to fill that role on a full-time basis. I’d draw straws, except that’s also the method I’d use to write out the entire lineup. Not

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold DH Luke Scott LF Garrett Atkins 1B Ty Wigginton 2B Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP For the Athletics Rajai Davis CF Daric Barton 1B Ryan Sweeney RF Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B Eric Chavez DH Jake Fox C Gabe Gross LF Adam Rosales 2B Cliff Pennington SS Dallas Braden

The real race

If you’d rather shield your eyes from the division standings, and it’s like staring at the sun until you get a searing headache, I have a better race for you. Who is the greater source of frustration for manager Dave Trembley - Koji Uehara, Mike Gonzalez or Felix Pie? Uehara was limited to 12 starts last year because of hamstring and elbow injuries. The hamstring

What to do with Pie

Has anyone been able to find the reset button on this season? I’ll gladly take the tip of a pen and press it inside that little hole. Whatever it takes to start over. If the Orioles can’t lead the league in wins, maybe they’ll take first in injuries. Felix Pie’s shoulder won’t heal, and he left last night’s game in obvious pain after taking a

Being programmed

I’m bouncing between programs tonight - the SNL special, the “30 for 30” documentary on Allen Iverson, the end of the Caps game. I check on the Orioles and see David Hernandez give up two runs in the first inning. I turn back later and see Cesar Izturis ground out to strand two runners. I flip back again and see Oakland add a run in

Second to none (w/injury updates)

Injury updates: MASN’s Amber Theoharis tells me that closer Mike Gonzalez will head to the minor league camp in Sarasota to begin a three-week rehab assignment. It’ll be a while before he’s attempting to close games again. Manager Dave Trembley told reporters in Oakland that Jim Johnson most likely would receive the bulk of the save opportunities. Kam Mickolio will work at the back end

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 2B Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS David Hernandez RHP For the Athletics Rajai Davis CF Daric Barton 1B Ryan Sweeney RF Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B Kurt Suzuki C Eric Chavez DH Adam Rosales 2B Travis Buck LF Cliff Pennington SS Ben Sheets

Missing the Orioles

Today is the first day that I’ve been away from the Orioles since I arrived in Sarasota on Feb. 16, and I’m beginning to experience separation anxiety. I just asked my neighbor how his groin is feeling. I chastised the paper boy for his poor arm slot. I stopped by the Eldersburg bowling alley so I could check how the ball was coming out of

Roster move official (updated)

The Orioles just announced that they’ve recalled right-handed reliever Kam Mickolio from Triple-A Norfolk to replace closer Mike Gonzalez on the 25-man roster. He joined the team in Oakland. Mickolio went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 9 1/3 innings in spring training, but he also walked seven batters. He allowed one earned run in three innings at Norfolk, but also issued four walks. Once

Hoping to get A’s in Oakland

So I’m watching The Sure Thing on WGN last night, and realizing it has nothing to do with the Orioles’ first homestand of 2010. It’s a 1985 film starring John Cusak and Daphne Zuniga, and directed by Rob Reiner, that I hadn’t seen in years. Almost forgot the storyline. Cusak and Zuniga are hitchhiking to Los Angeles - she’s meeting up with her boyfriend, he’s

Opponents 8, Orioles 1

You want good news? The Orioles didn’t give up a run in the eighth or ninth inning for the first time this season. That’s progress. I respect the fans who applauded Luke Scott’s one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth inning. I won’t question their sanity. Way to stay in the game. Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O’s 9-1 loss to

A closer look

Manager Dave Trembley confirmed that Jim Johnson would “get that consideration” as Mike Gonzalez’s replacement in the ninth inning. It’s not a ringing endorsement, but it sounds like Johnson is the frontrunner to close. He brings a little experience, if not a lot of success, to the table. Gonzalez told Trembley that his shoulder has been bothering him the last couple of days. The club

A few items of possible interest

Today’s attendance: 10,248. Not a record low, but pretty darn low. That’s 125,646 tickets sold for this homestand. B.J. Upton has two home runs this season - both of them coming today. He connected off Brad Bergesen in the third inning and took Jason Berken deep in the seventh. Tampa Bay 9, Orioles 1 Did two blown saves in four games really turn things around

What’s going on with Sarfate? (updated twice)

Dennis Sarfate entered today’s game at Triple-A Norfolk, but he apparently left without throwing a pitch. Anybody else find that strange? The Tides lead Charlotte, 7-0, in the bottom of the seventh. Jake Arrieta tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out five. He threw 79 pitches, 56 for strikes. Update: Sarfate left the game with a strained oblique muscle. He’s tossed three

From bad to worse

I wonder if the new reliever can get here right now. Brad Bergesen is getting the pinata treatment today. B.J. Upton just hit a three-run homer in the third inning, the second for the Rays today. Tampa Bay 6, Orioles 0. Bergesen just doesn’t have it today. Upton slaughtered an 89 mph fastball, sending it 405 feet into the seats in left-center field. The Rays

Gonzalez to DL

The Orioles just announced that they’ve placed reliever Mike Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. The move is retroactive to April 10. A corresponding roster move will be announced “at a later time,” according to the Orioles’ press release. Usually, that means after the game. Kam Mickolio has allowed one run and four hits in three innings, with four walks

Tatum’s turn

Backup catcher Craig Tatum, making his first start today for the Orioles, assumed that Brad Bergesen hadn’t faced Tampa Bay in the regular season because he couldn’t find video of the game. Maybe the Orioles burned it. Bergesen took the loss last year after giving up four runs and nine hits, including a homer, in 5 2/3 innings. Tatum is looking for any advantage as

Along came Jones

Don’t expect Adam Jones to be pacing the floor today in anticipation of batting first for the Orioles. He’s done it six other times in his career, and he told me earlier today that his placement in the lineup doesn’t make “one bit of difference.” “Where I hit never changes my approach,” he said. So don’t look for Jones to lay down a bunt in

Gonzalez hurt?

Reliever Mike Gonzalez notified manager Dave Trembley last night that he wasn’t available to pitch because he couldn’t get his shoulder loose in the bullpen. A team physician will examine Gonzalez today. “He told me that he wasn’t feeling comfortable getting loose last night,” Trembley said. “Obviously, there were a couple situations last night where I would have loved to bring him in.” Trembley is

Jones first, Wigginton second

Adam Jones CF Ty Wigginton 2B Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Nolan Reimold LF Luke Scott DH Garrett Atkins 1B Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP

The Matusz decision: To hope or hook

The clubhouse opens at 10:05 a.m. today, and it will provide some warmth on this cold morning. Forget chilly. I just stepped outside and the “chilly” ship has sailed. It’s cold. We’re getting up to 64 degrees today, according to the Fox 45 weather forecast. Or it’s going to be 45 according to the Fox 64 forecast. I’m a little tired and wasn’t paying close

A night recap before bed

Ty Wigginton has 10 career two-homer games. A four-homer game would have worked a little better tonight. Manager Dave Trembley spoke for about three minutes following an 8-6 loss to the Rays. Dave Trembley discusses the O’s 8-6 10-inning loss with the media “(Brian) Matusz pitched about as good a game as you’re going to get,” he said. “Had location, had a feel for all

A change in your program

Playing the part of Jamie Walker tonight, right-handed reliever Matt Albers. It only makes sense if you know that Walker imploded a few times against Carlos Pena last season. Forgive me. I’m cold, tired and really sick of this homestand. Matt Albers faced three batters tonight and retired no one. Two walks and Pena’s three-run blast have given the Rays an 8-5 lead in the

Great Scott

Luke Scott just tied the game in the eighth with the Orioles’ first pinch-hit home run since Ty Wigginton took James Shields deep on Sept. 30, 2009 at The Trop. Scott, batting for Cesar Izturis, lined a 1-0 pitch from Randy Choate onto the flag court in right. Scott slapped his hands together as he reached first base. He tapped his chest and pointed to

You had to see it coming (updated twice)

The Rays start stringing together singles and you know the Orioles are going to cough up the lead. As one observer noted in the press box, there was too much time left on the clock. Evan Longoria’s two-run single off Jim Johnson with two outs in the top of the eighth inning has tied the game, 3-3, and denied left-hander Brian Matusz a much-deserved victory.

An unwritten rule? (updated)

So is it wrong to break up a no-hitter by laying down a bunt in the fourth inning? Too soon? Ben Zobrist is guilty of doing it, and that’s the only hit for the Rays through the sixth. Brian Matusz is dealing tonight. It’s cold, it’s damp, it’s far from perfect baseball weather, and he either hasn’t noticed or is just ignoring it. Matusz struck

The Wieters strategy (w/interesting Matusz stat)

The Rays keep playing that exaggerated infield shift with Matt Wieters at the plate. Second baseman Sean Rodriguez drops into shallow right field, shortstop Jason Bartlett swings around to second and third baseman Evan Longoria occupies the shortstop position. It’s an interesting perception of Wieters, considering that one of the most common questions posed to him last year was, “When are you going to pull

Gonzo’s baby girl (updated)

It looks like we’ll start on time tonight. The tarp’s off the field, players are warming up and the lineups are being introduced over the PA system. Closer Mike Gonzalez is the proud father of a baby girl, Arianna Marie Gonzalez. She’s 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and she’s 19 1/2 inches long. Gonzalez claims that she’s “gorgeous.” Aren’t they all? Manager Dave Trembley commented on

What’s going on with Gonzo?

Is Mike Gonzalez the closer tonight? Not if his mechanics still need to be ironed out. I wouldn’t count on Gonzalez getting the ball in the ninth inning unless the Orioles have a comfortable lead, but you decide. “I’m not sure when I would use him, whether that be the seventh inning or eighth inning or ninth inning,” manager Dave Trembley said. “He came here

Welcome Matt to the cleanup spot

This might comes as a total shock to many of you, but the lineup was the primary topic in manager Dave Trembley’s pre-game media session. No lie. “Let’s do what we can to get the offense started and score some runs,” he said. “Changing it up is a good idea. Change the routine a little bit.” Trembley won’t commit to batting Miguel Tejada second, Matt

Tejada second, Wieters fourth

Here’s the Orioles lineup: Felix Pie LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Nolan Reimold DH Garrett Atkins 1B Ty Wigginton 2B Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP Koji Uehara was scheduled to throw another bullpen session today in Sarasota. He was expected to throw 25 pitches, duplicating Sunday’s count. Here’s the Rays lineup: Bartlett SS Rodriguez 2B Zobrist

Roberts: “Whether that means 15 days or 25 days, I don’t know.”

The strained abdominal muscle that forced Brian Roberts out of Friday’s home opener has improved enough that it’s no longer a concern for him. His lower back, however, continues to disrupt the first month of his season and leave a gaping hole atop the order. Roberts received another epidural yesterday to ease the discomfort in his lower back. He’s been told to rest before being

Lineup changes coming?

Following last night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, which might not have actually happened since nobody was there to see it (you know, the ol’ tree falling in a forest), manager Dave Trembley suggested that he might shake up the lineup. “Yeah, I probably should do something,” Trembley replied when asked if he’d consider it. “You lose your leadoff hitter, that isn’t the greatest

Rookie stopper

I knew that Mike Gonzalez left the team to be present for the birth of his daughter in Arizona. I didn’t know he took most of the city with him. You probably can’t blame last night’s record-low attendance entirely on the Orioles’ lousy start. Monday night games against the Rays aren’t a big draw. But it’s still painful. Brian Matusz takes the ball tonight, and

Down on the farm

Brandon Erbe took the loss tonight in his Triple-A debut. Erbe allowed four runs and six hits, with three walks, in 4 1/3 innings in Norfolk’s 6-3 loss to Charlotte. Erbe struck out three, but his pitch count soared to 85 before Jim Miller replaced him. Charlotte starter Dan Hudson allowed a leadoff homer to Jeff Salazar before retiring 14 in a row. Josh Bell

Wrapping up another defeat

During his post-game session with the media, Orioles manager Dave Trembley said, “I think for the most part guys are doing the best they can.” Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O’s 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay I’d love to hear the exceptions. Jeremy Guthrie turned in a solid start, one that was worthy of a victory. His ball has more movement than

When you’re going bad...

Tonight’s attendance: 9,129. That’s the smallest crowd in the history of Camden Yards. Just when it appeared that Garrett Atkins would come up with a big hit in the seventh, Carl Crawford raced into left-center field and made a sensational diving catch. Crawford looked like an NFL receiver laying out for a pass, except he only used one hand to make the grab and it

Could tie-breaker also be heartbreaker? (updated)

Ben Zobrist just tripled in the sixth inning to score Carl Crawford and break a 1-1 tie. Zobrist came home on Evan Longoria’s fly ball. Rays 3, Orioles 1. Jeremy Guthrie retired eight in a row before Crawford doubled with one out, making him 3-for-3. Guthrie’s completed six innings, but his pitch count has exceeded 90 and the bullpen is busy. The Orioles are 0-for-3

The good and the bad (updated)

Felix Pie led off the bottom of the first with a home run off Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza. Orioles 1, Rays 0. Pie could get a lot of opportunities to bat first while Brian Roberts stays on the disabled list, though it’s less likely to happen when the Orioles face a left-handed starter. And you never know what you’ll get with Pie, as manager

Juan and done

You can include Juan Samuel, who works with the infielders, among the observers who rank second base as Justin Turner’s best position. “To me, his best position from what I’ve seen is second base,” Samuel said. See, I told you. “He’s got a good bat and he can turn the double play at second base,” Samuel added. “He came up last year and played a

Updating Roberts

Orioles manager Dave Trembley confirmed that second baseman Brian Roberts received another epidural on his lower back today after an MRI didn’t reveal any new information. Roberts has been told to rest for four or five days before attempting to work out. He’ll probably go on an injury rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list. The question is, when will Roberts be ready?

Justin time

Justin Turner and his Norfolk teammates were watching the Orioles’ home opener on a clubhouse television when Brian Roberts left the game with a strained abdominal muscle. Turner knew about the injury. He just wasn’t sure how it would impact him. It wasn’t until yesterday morning that Turner found out about his promotion to Baltimore, the news coming in a meeting with Tides manager Gary

Pre-game notes

Injured second baseman Brian Roberts won’t accompany the team to the West Coast after undergoing an MRI today. Roberts also might receive another epidural after being re-examined. Roberts has been instructed to take off the next three days before attempting to work out. He also will need to get some at-bats at the minor league camp or with an affiliate before returning to the lineup.

Today’s lineups

For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott DH Garrett Atkins 1B Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Rays: Bartless SS Crawford LF Zobrist RF Longoria 3B Pena 1B Upton CF Burrell DH Brignac 2B Navarro C Matt Garza RHP

This and that

Triple-A Norfolk was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position yesterday. Must be contagious. The Orioles have a variety of issues, including Brian Roberts’ injury and late-inning bullpen implosions, but the lack of clutch hitting has destroyed the first week of their season. They’re 9-for-54 (.167) with RISP after going 1-for-8 in yesterday’s 5-2 loss. The Orioles are 1-5 for the first time since 2002, when

Swept away (with Trembley post game video)

Swept by the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s painful to type, it’s painful to read. And it makes me want to burn my pocket schedule - while it’s still in my pocket. Three home games with Tampa, followed by a West Coast trip that ends in Boston (I guess Adrian Beltre was right about Boston being on the West Coast.) Three home games against the Yankees

Sudden reversal

One strike away from carrying his lead into the ninth inning, Kevin Millwood served up a two-run homer to Toronto’s Jose Bautista, moving the Blue Jays ahead, 3-2, and quieting the debate over the closer issue. After hanging a curveball to Bautista, Millwood made another mistake pitch to Alex Gonzalez, who followed with his second home run today. Blue Jays 4, Orioles 2. The two-out

Going deep in the game (updated)

Kevin Millwood has taken the mound for the top of the seventh inning, and he’s showing no signs of surrendering the lead or the ball. Millwood’s thrown only 61 pitches, 42 for strikes. One strike he’d like back is the long home run by Alex Gonzalez in the fourth inning. Millwood has held the Blue Jays to three hits, but the Orioles have left seven

Getting Miggi with it

Don’t look now, but your cleanup hitter has six RBIs. Miguel Tejada’s one-out double in the first inning scored Adam Jones, who reached on an error. Nick Markakis raced home on Luke Scott’s grounder. Both runs off Toronto starter Shaun Marcum are unearned. Orioles 2, Blue Jays 0. Anybody want to close out this game today? We’re taking volunteers. Tejada, by the way, is 6-for-13

Turner heading here (updated)

Infielder Justin Turner is leaving Triple-A Norfolk and coming to Baltimore today, which would indicate that the Orioles are ready to place second baseman Brian Roberts on the disabled list. Turner’s primary position is second. He’s also on the 40-man roster. Turner is 2-for-8 with a run scored, two walks and three strikeouts in two games with the Tides. He hit .300 in 108 games

Updates on Uehara and Roberts

Koji Uehara will throw 25 pitches off a mound today unless his allergies act up again. Seriously, though, he’s finally got a bullpen session scheduled in Sarasota after being restricted to throwing off flat ground. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list today, but it won’t happen anytime soon. He hasn’t faced batters in a long time. Brian Roberts will be reexamined today, and

Today’s lineups

For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Matt Wieters C Ty Wigginton 1B Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP Second baseman Brian Roberts is listed among the reserves again today. So is Craig Tatum, who figured to start following a night game, but remains on the bench. For the Blue Jays:

Post-game remarks (with Trembley video)

Here’s the opening statement from Orioles manager Dave Trembley: “(David) Hernandez pitched well, but their guy pitched better. That’s it. We didn’t score any runs. Had limited opportunities. Needed a couple hits and didn’t get them. I’ll take the way Hernandez pitched. We’ll win some games if he pitches like that.” Looking at the first five games of the season, Trembley said, “We played competitive

So much for that idea (updated)

With two outs in the fourth inning and first base open, the Orioles decided to walk Travis Snider intentionally and bring No. 9 hitter Jose Molina to the plate. Not a bad plan - except David Hernandez drilled Molina to force in the tie-breaking run. Blue Jays 1, Orioles 0. Hernandez’s 93 mph fastball hit Molina in the fleshy part. No need to get specific.

The heat is on

David Hernandez might want to get that fastball down in the zone. He was living the high life in the first inning, which is dangerous. but his velocity seemed fine. Hernandez was pumping his fastball at 94-95 mph in the first inning, when he stranded two runners to keep the game scoreless. He got two strikes on Lyle Overbay with 94 mph heat, then induced

Still updating Gonzalez (because I can)

Closer Mike Gonzalez sounds encouraged after going over some video with pitching coach Rick Kranitz and conferring with him about the mechanical flaws that, they hope, are causing him to fly off the mound and mishandle leads. “I definitely saw some things that I couldn’t see, obviously, when you’re on the mound,” Gonzalez said. “I was doing some different things that I hadn’t done prior

Still updating Roberts (because I can)

Second baseman Brian Roberts estimated that it could be four to six days before he’s ready to play, but he remains hopeful that he’ll avoid a trip to the disabled list. Roberts said he feels “actually a little better than I thought.” “I was definitely pretty sore last night, but woke up feeling encouraged. The recovery process is a little better than I thought.” This

Blue Jays lineup

Mike McCoy 2B Jose Bautista RF Adam Lind DH Vernon Wells CF Lyle Overbay 1B Edwin Encarnacion 3B Alex Gonzalez SS Travis Snider LF Jose Molina C Dana Eveland LHP

Trembley talks about Gonzalez

Orioles manager Dave Trembley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz met with beleaguered closer Mike Gonzalez before the clubhouse opened to the media today. Trembley and Kranitz discussed the video they watched of Gonzalez last year, compared to what he’s shown in three appearances this week. “I don’t think it has anything to do with pressure. I don’t think it has anything to do with injury,”

Roberts and Gonzalez (updated)

Second baseman Brian Roberts is listed as day-to-day with a strained abdominal muscle after being examined yesterday by Dr. Andrew Cosgarea. For now, he’s avoided the disabled list. Roberts won’t take batting practice this afternoon. I haven’t seen him since he left yesterday’s game. “He is better than he was yesterday,” manager Dave Trembley said. “It’s an abdominal strain. It’s not related to his back.

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.

Early speculation on Roberts

We might find out later today whether the Orioles have decided to place second baseman Brian Roberts on the disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle or attach the day-to-day label to him. Manager Dave Trembley wasn’t prepared to classify Roberts’ status after yesterday’s game, figuring he needed more information from the training staff and medical personnel. Usually, we’ll hear day-to-day as soon as a

A closer look

Manager Dave Trembley bristled yesterday when asked whether he’d be hesitant to use Mike Gonzalez in the next save situation. “He’s the closer,” Trembley said. The icy stare that accompanied those words wasn’t aimed at anyone. Trembley turned his head and waited for the next question. But it’s an uncomfortable situation for everyone. Trembley can’t bail on Gonzalez four games into the regular season. Reporters

Sweet Lou

Taking a quick check of the farm before going to bed - I have to get up early and milk the cows - I see that outfielder Lou Montanez went 3-for-3 with an RBI triple in Triple-A Norfolk’s 6-4 win over Durham. Montanez tried to play last season with torn ligaments in his thumb because he recognized and valued the opportunity that the Orioles laid

Bergy on Bergy

Brad Bergesen knew three months ago that he’d start the home opener, according to manager Dave Trembley. This isn’t how they envisioned it. Bergesen was charged with five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, leaving his ERA after one appearance at 9.64. “It was a tough outing,” he said. “They hit some bad pitches and they hit some good pitches. Hopefully I’ll make

Remarks about the closer

How strange that Mike Gonzalez keeps facing the bottom of the order in his save opportunities. Maybe he should start in the middle. Can that be arranged? Manager Dave Trembley’s patience is being tested. It shows on his face and in his answers. He’s trying to remain supportive of Gonzalez, but he’s also frustrated that a 3-1 record has been turned around. Dave Trembley talks

Closing remarks

Mike Gonzalez sat at his locker again, waiting for reporters to talk about his latest destructive outing. It must be getting old - for a lot of people. “It’s definitely not the way I wanted to start off, but I definitely have the utmost confidence in my ability,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that I can get the job done. I just

The longest walk

It wasn’t a 15-pitch free pass from closer Mike Gonzalez. I’m referring to his walk back to the dugout after being removed from the game with two outs in the top of the ninth and the Blue Jays ahead, 7-6. Fans showered Gonzalez with boos long before he hit the real showers. He’s surrendered two leads in four games, and last night’s save was a

No, no, no...good play (updated)

Felix Pie scored from first base on a single. Felix Pie scored from first base on a single. If I type it enough times, maybe it will start to make sense. Pie, pinch-running for Matt Wieters, raced home with the tie-breaking run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth on Cesar Izturis’ single into right-center field. Pie just kept motoring - and he

Feeling the love (with attendance note)

It didn’t take long for Miguel Tejada to win over the remaining fans here who weren’t thrilled with his return to Baltimore. Tejada singled in two runs in the first inning and belted a two-run homer to left field in the fifth to tie the game, 5-5, and take Brad Bergesen off the hook. The last time Tejada collected four RBIs or more in a

Roberts injured in home opener

Brian Roberts has left the game with a strained abdominal muscle. The injury occurred when Roberts stole second base. He scored the Orioles’ first run, but you could tell that he was hurting. Roberts also was shaken up last night while diving into second, but only because he took a knee in the back of his neck. The herniated disk doesn’t seem to be an

Blown play

I’ve always wondered how Adam Jones can blow a bubble and catch a baseball simultaneously. He does it all the time. I can’t unwrap a piece of gum and walk in a straight line. It’s mildly amusing when Jones does it. He’s left wide open to criticism when it doesn’t work. Jones couldn’t make a running grab of John Buck’s long fly ball to center

Let’s get it started

The first loud ovation during pre-game introductions was reserved for young pitcher Brian Matusz as he jogged down the orange carpet. He’s already a fan favorite after nine major league starts. Matt Wieters gave him a run for his money as the starters were introduced. You want loud? Just call out Brooks Robinson’s name and bring him out of the dugout. Miguel Tejada caught the

Still talking baseball

Before I move on to the next subject, I wanted to thank everyone for the kind words and encouragement regarding my spring training coverage and color analyst debut on MASN. I’m probably one-and-done with the TV gig, but I had a good time. And I was very fortunate to work with so many professionals, and friends, who bring each telecast to life. The behind-the-scenes work

Pre-game chatter (w/Jays lineup)

The Orioles are taking batting practice, many of them wearing their black long-sleeve pullovers. I’m afraid to borrow one, but it’s crossed my mind. Manager Dave Trembley is hitting grounders to Julio Lugo at shortstop, making him range into the hole to backhand the ball. Ty Wigginton is getting some work at third base. Trembley began his 11:30 a.m. media session by saying “Welcome to

Orioles lineup

Brian Roberts 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott LF Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold DH Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP Felix Pie will perform baseball-related activities today and is expected to make at least one start in this series. Manager Dave Trembley told reporters that closer Mike Gonzalez is available, but he’d like to give

Got an ex-wife and kid in Baltimore Jack

I thought I’d never get back. Now that I’ve gone from the second floor of the Marriott Tampa Airport to my Southwest gate to BWI to my sister’s house in Pasadena to Camden Yards, I wanted to fire up the blog for a few seconds from my usual seat in the press box. It’s sunny and...cold. What happpened to that 90-degree weather I kept hearing

Wrapping it up

Oh yeah, right, I have a blog. They’re shooting off fireworks inside Tropicana Field, so I’m typing as fast as I can before I’m unable to see my laptop through the smoke. These people know this place has a roof on it, right? Brian Matusz walked three batters in spring training. He walked the bases loaded in the third inning tonight. Not a typical performance,

Pre-game notes

Manager Dave Trembley will write Brian Roberts’ name in the lineup again tomorrow for the home opener. Roberts told Trembley that he wanted to play tonight and is ready to go. Look for him to sit during one of the weekend games. Roberts is 0-for-10 after two games. “He’s had some good at-bats, seen a lot of pitches, fouled off a lot of pitches, worked

Quick injury updates

Reliever Jim Johnson threw in the bullpen today and pronounced himself ready to pitch. “Everything went fine,” he said.”My arm feels good. I’ll be in there.” Johnson had some swelling in his right elbow caused by a slight muscle strain. “It’s something I haven’t really had before,” he said. “It’s just muscular, nothing with a ligament. The meds and ice worked. Pretty much Advil and

Orioles lineup

Brian Roberts 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott LF Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold DH Garrett Atkins 1B Julio Lugo SS Brian Matusz LHP

My to-do list

While prepping for tonight’s MASN broadcast, I’ll also need to check on left fielder Felix Pie and find out whether he’s close to getting back in the lineup. We haven’t seen one posted up here in the press box, so I’ll have to wait until the clubhouse opens to the media at 3:40 p.m. If Pie isn’t in left tonight, and it would be a

Kubatko the reliever

It isn’t often that I get the chance to replace a Hall of Famer, but Jim Palmer got the hook today and I’m coming in from the bullpen. And there isn’t much time to warm up. Let me explain. Palmer is dealing with a bad chest cold and won’t be joining play-by-play man Jim Hunter tonight in the MASN broadcast booth. Somebody has to fill

Matusz the stopper

Brian Matusz retained his rookie status this season. Now he needs to become the stopper in the opening series of 2010. Is there anything else he can do for us? Is he taking lunch orders, too? Matusz will try to block the Rays’ attempts to post a three-game sweep, which would make that early-morning arrival into BWI tomorrow seem even more cruel. He’s pitched once

Your morning bowl of Wieters

The pitching staff belongs to Matt Wieters. That’s what we were told while given the explanation for Chad Moeller losing his job as the Orioles’ backup catcher. Moeller wasn’t needed to mentor the staff. Wieters is in control. He owns it. And he has the receipt in his wallet if you don’t believe him. With these words still swimming in my head, I watched Wieters

More post-game chatter

Orioles manager Dave Trembley was encouraged by Jeremy Guthrie’s outing tonight. Very encouraged. “The story for us is the way Guthrie pitched,” Trembley said. “That’s Guthrie of 2008 right there. He pitched a great game. Located, pitched down, was aggressive with his pitches. You liked the way he pitched and he’ll win a lot of games if he continues to go out there like that.

Reimold talks about the Longoria double

Nolan Reimold said he didn’t have a chance to catch Evan Longoria’s fly ball that fell in left-center field for a crucial two-run double in the fifth. “It was placed pretty well,” he said. “It was like 10 feet out of my reach or so, five or 10 feet, somewhere in there. It was just hit in one of those spots. Tough to get to.”

No J.J.

Reliever Jim Johnson wasn’t available tonight because of some tightness in his right arm. “He told me before the game,” manager Dave Trembley said. Cla Meredith replaced Will Ohman in the bottom of the eighth and gave up Evan Longoria’s home run on his second pitch. Johnson retired the side in order last night, plowing through the heart of the Rays’ order and handing a

Tampa Bay 4, Orioles 3

You can’t complain about manager Dave Trembley not using his bench tonight. Felix Pie pinch-ran for Garrett Atkins, whose double with one out in the ninth scored Matt Wieters to reduce Tampa Bay’s lead to 4-3. Ty Wigginton pinch-hit for the next batter, Cesar Izturis, and grounded to short. Brian Roberts flied out on the first pitch he saw from closer Rafael Soriano. Another tough

What’s Guthrie’s line? (updated)

Jeremy Guthrie was charged with three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two, struck out six and threw 59 of his 95 pitches for strikes. The guy who led the American League in home runs allowed kept the ball out of the seats tonight, but Evan Longoria’s two-run double with two outs in the fifth gave Tampa Bay the lead. Will

Most popular question in the press box

“Would Pie have caught that?” Each time Nolan Reimold fails to run down a fly ball in left-center field, a reporter will turn to the guy next to him and bring up Felix Pie’s name. Pie has the speed to catch up to Evan Longoria’s ball in the fifth that fell for a two-run double, giving Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead. That doesn’t mean he

Getting defensive

Miguel Tejada looks like he’s been playing third base his entire baseball life. Tejada made another sliding stop and throw to retire Evan Longoria in the second inning, again displaying quick reflexes while preventing the ball from handcuffing him. And he turned a 5-3 double play to end the inning on Pat Burrell’s broken-bat shot to third. Tejada made the right choice in racing to

Taking a quick lead (w/note added)

The Orioles scored twice in the top of the first inning, parlaying two singles, a walk and a Tampa Bay error into a 2-0 lead. Miguel Tejada had an RBI single, but most interesting to me was the infield shift against catcher Matt Wieters that almost produced the final out. Second baseman Reid Brignac moves to shallow right field and shortstop Jason Bartlett circles around

Revisiting the Atkins play

It was basic baseball, according to manager Dave Trembley. You have runners on the corners and nobody out, you send the lead guy home when the ball’s hit on the ground. You can’t have him stay at third as a double play’s being turned. Garrett Atkins was thrown out at the plate in the top of the ninth inning last night on Brian Roberts’ grounder

Turn the page

Manager Dave Trembley suggested that we all “turn the page on spring training” when discussing Jeremy Guthrie. Sounds like a plan. Guthrie was 0-4 with a 7.40 ERA in six starts, with 28 hits, 13 walks, 16 strikeouts and three hit batters in 20 2/3 innings. Turn the page. Maybe we should flip backward, since Guthrie posted a 2.08 ERA in two starts against Tampa

Feeling left out

Orioles manager Dave Trembley described Felix Pie’s ailment as a “little rotator cuff strain,” and he listed the outfielder as day-to-day. No predictions on when Pie will return to the lineup. “Let’s hope for the best and get him back in there because he brings energy and excitement to the club and I like him in the lineup,” Trembley said while sitting in the visiting

Rays lineup

Jason Bartlett SS Carl Crawford LF Ben Zobrist RF Evan Longoria 3B Carlos Pena 1B B.J. Upton CF Pat Burrell DH Kelly Shoppach C Reid Brignac 2B Matt Garza RHP Shameless plug alert: I’m scheduled to do an in-game hit with MASN’s Amber Theoharis - inning to be determined. And I’m wearing one of the network’s shirts this time.

Pie hurting again (w/quotes added)

Felix Pie might not be in the lineup for the rest of this series because of soreness in his left shoulder. Pie felt the discomfort, which first surfaced in spring training, while making a throw to the plate during last night’s 4-3 loss. He stayed in the game, but has been told to rest tonight and perhaps play catch tomorrow. “My shoulder’s bothering me a

Did you know...

...last night’s walk-off loss was the first for the Orioles on Opening Day? According to Elias, the St. Louis Browns, who later moved to Baltimore, lost to Detroit in 13 innings in the 1914 opener. Kevin Millwood struck out five Rays in his Orioles debut last night, the highest total by one of the club’s starters in the opener since Pat Hentgen totaled six on

Reimold in lineup

Felix Pie was supposed to start the first two games of this series, but he’s out of the lineup tonight. We’ll find out why later. Pie appeared to tweak his back while swinging through a pitch last night, but he stayed in the game. Maybe it tightened on him this morning. Maybe manager Dave Trembley changed his mind. Brian Roberts 2B Adam Jones CF Nick

Andino stays

Utility infielder Robert Andino cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles tried to work out a deal for Andino but couldn’t find a trade partner. Concerns about his defense, especially at second base, led the Orioles to acquire Julio Lugo from the St. Louis Cardinals late in spring training. Andino has been told that he’ll play shortstop at Norfolk, though the

Gonzalez played a bad tune, but faced the music

Oh good, I found you. I got lost navigating through the new site. I really do need to take my GPS out of the box. I’ll get the hang of it eventually, but I don’t accept change very well. It’s one of my many flaws. I’ll be fine by tomorrow, but please be patient as I learn my way around my new digs and eventually

Where there’s a Will...

I mentioned last night that Will Ohman and Mike Gonzalez were the only Orioles standing at their lockers after reporters entered the clubhouse. For the sake of accuracy, Ohman was sitting down. The media flocked to Gonzalez, of course, since he blew the save. Nobody wants to talk to the guy who retired both batters he faced in the seventh inning. Yawn. I was smart

Millwood talks about his start

After a scoring change, credit Carl Crawford with a game-winning double. Here are some post-game quotes from Kevin Millwood to round out your evening: “Physically, I felt really good, felt like I was throwing the ball where I wanted to for the most part,” he said. “Late, I started to get the ball up a little bit. It was decent, but to throw that many

Post-game Trembley

Manager Dave Trembley had the game lined up just as he wanted. Matt Albers covered the sixth inning and cleaned up Kevin Millwood’s mess. Will Ohman played the role of lefty specialist to perfection. Set-up man Jim Johnson retired the side in order in the eighth to protect a one-run lead. Enter the closer. Exit the victory. So it didn’t go exactly as planned. “That’s

Taking the heat

Two players stood at their lockers as reporters were allowed inside the clubhouse: Will Ohman and Mike Gonzalez. Gonzalez, wearing an ice pack on his left shoulder, didn’t hide in the trainers room or the players lounge. He knew that the media wanted him and he took the heat. “I felt really good. I felt the best I felt all spring. Just didn’t go my

Not-so-great Gonzo

Mike Gonzalez struck out Pat Burrell on a 93 mph fastball to start the ninth inning. I guess he does turn it up once the lights are on. Maybe that only applies to his velocity. Sean Rodriguez singled and pinch-hitter Kelly Shoppach doubled to put runners on second and third - the ball coming within a few inches of clearing the fence for a walk-off

Trembley’s bullpen decision (updated)

Tonight’s attendance: 36,973. That’s a sell-out. Bringing in left-hander Will Ohman to face left-handed hitting Carl Crawford with a runner on first base and one out in the seventh inning was the definition of a no-brainer. That’s why Ohman is on the roster. He’s the lefty specialist. Ohman retired Crawford on a soft liner to short, bringing switch-hitter Ben Zobrist to the plate. Right-hander Cla

Done at the century mark (updated)

Kevin Millwood threw 100 pitches tonight before coming out of the game with two runners on base and none out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Evan Longoria homered to deep left field to open the inning. Carlos Pena reached on a bunt single along the third base line against the Orioles’ infield shift, and B.J. Upton lined a single to left after pitching

Millwood through five (updated)

Kevin Millwood allowed his first official run as an Oriole when Jason Bartlett singled to left field with two outs in the fifth inning to score Pat Burrell. Orioles 2, Rays 1. Burrell ran through a stop sign and beat the throw from Felix Pie, the ball bouncing past catcher Matt Wieters. They had a shot to get him. Burrell doubled to lead off the

Do you know him now? (updated)

I just wrote about the Rays’ video board displaying Craig Tatum’s picture next to Luke Scott’s name. Scott didn’t seem to mind. And Tatum should be flattered. Scott launched a 90 mph fastball deep into the seats in right-center field, giving the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Matt Wieters followed with a single, and Felix Pie has doubled to put runners on

Mr. Jones and me (updated)

Tampa Bay Rays starter James Shields has been impressive tonight. He’d be unhittable if not for Adam Jones. Jones doubled to center field in the first inning, and he just homered to right with the count full in the third to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Jones kept battling Shields through a 10-pitch at-bat. It ended with Jones going into his home run trot

Tejada tested early (updated)

It probably won’t come as a shock to anyone that the first ball put in play by the Rays managed to find Miguel Tejada at third base. Tejada fielded Jason Bartlett’s grounder and made a strong throw to first. It’s all downhill from here. Carl Crawford showed bunt on the next pitch, but pulled back. Kevin Millwood threw 18 pitches in the first inning, 10

Soaking up the atmosphere - if you can find it

As I sit here in the second row of the Tropicana Field press box, I join my fellow scribes in wondering why it doesn’t feel like Opening Day. Maybe if they could open the roof. It’s so different on a Monday afternoon at Camden Yards. This could be any other game on any other night. I’m half expecting Aubrey Huff to be batting for the

Roberts stayed true to his word

Brian Roberts kept telling everyone that he’d be ready for the opener, that he could get his body ready while dealing with a herniated disk in his back. Rather than experiencing a feeling of satisfaction today, Roberts described it more as “relief.” This is one time when he really wanted to be right. “I’m very thankful that I am here,” he said while standing at

Opening odds and ends

Only 11 players from last year’s Opening Day roster remain with the club tonight: Matt Albers, Jeremy Guthrie, Mark Hendrickson, Cesar Izturis, Jim Johnson, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Felix Pie, Brian Roberts, Luke Scott and Ty Wigginton. Miguel Tejada ended the 2009 season with a 21-game hitting streak with the Houston Astros. If Tejada gets a hit tonight, he’ll become only the third player in

Lineup reminders

Is Tiger Woods doing anything interesting this week? I might be out of the loop. In case you forgot or just want to check them out again, here are the lineups for tonight’s opener at Tropicana Field: For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Matt Wieters C Felix Pie LF Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar

Luke Scott’s spot in the order

As expected, Luke Scott is batting fifth tonight against Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields. The lowest that he figured to drop was sixth behind catcher Matt Wieters, but fifth seemed to be his most likely destination. I had an interesting conversation with Scott earlier this spring - and most of them are interesting because the talk often shifts away from baseball - about his placement

Pie vs. Reimold

It’s become the most interesting battle in the AL East. Forget the Yankees and Red Sox (and I keep trying). Orioles fans seem more worked up about Felix Pie unseating Nolan Reimold as the starting left fielder. Has he really done it? Reimold was brought along slowly this spring because of the Achilles surgery. He told me that he wouldn’t be 100 percent until mid-summer,

The Opening Day lineup

Brian Roberts 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Matt Wieters C Felix Pie LF Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP Manager Dave Trembley was asked earlier today whether he’s confident that Mike Gonzalez will turn it up once the lights come on and the games count. “Well, he’s the closer,” Trembley replied. “He’s going to

Rays lineup for tomorrow

Jason Bartlett SS Carl Crawford LF Ben Zobrist RF Evan Longoria 3B Carlos Pena 1B B.J. Upton CF Pat Burrell DH Sean Rodriguez 2B Dioner Navarro C James Shields RHP It must seem strange for Orioles manager Dave Trembley to be overseeing a workout on the day that most teams are starting their seasons. “You play the schedule as it’s given to you,” Trembley said.

Making their pitch (updated)

Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell will throw out the ceremonial first pitches before Friday’s home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1970 World Series championship. Having Brooks and Boog together on Friday is a wonderful and appropriate gesture. Boog was the American League’s MVP. Brooks was the Series MVP. Perfect. Gates open at noon. The Orioles

Getting Miggi with it

Craig Tatum is taking throws at first base. Should I read anything into that? Kidding. Miguel Tejada said he’s become a lot more comfortable at third base since the start of spring training. “That first game, the intrasquad game that we played, I felt a little bit different,” he said. “Now I feel like I’m ready to go.” Tejada heated up at the plate over

Rollin’ with Nolan

If Nolan Reimold is going to play first base this season, he’ll need to take care of an important piece of business. “I don’t even have a first baseman’s mitt yet,” he said, grinning at his locker. Reimold took grounders at first on the last day of spring training, which created quite a stir after manager Dave Trembley and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail

We can work it out

Manager Dave Trembley met with reporters a few minutes ago and indicated that he’ll reveal his opening lineup after the workout. That’s what happens when you ask nicely. If Nolan Reimold plays first base this season, it will happen “way down the road,” according to Trembley. “We’re just kicking the tires on that,” he said, adding that first base would be another way to get

Aubrey staying

Michael Aubrey has cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. Aubrey didn’t get into many games this spring because of a minor medical procedure on his back and a groin injury suffered while running the bases in Tampa. He eventually was sent to the minor league camp without giving himself a real chance to crack the 25-man roster. It was a long shot

First day in St. Pete

It would make more sense if I drove to Tampa for a game against...wait for it...the Tampa Bay Rays, but I’d have a devil of a time finding The Trop. The Orioles will conduct a two-hour workout beginning at 3 p.m. in preparation for tomorrow night’s opener. Media access is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. I’m switching hotels after a terrific stay at

Angle to undergo surgery

Minor league outfielder Matt Angle will undergo surgery this week to remove a broken hamate bone in his right hand. Angle suffered the injury during his final at-bat of spring training, and I don’t mean because he no longer could play. It happened in the eighth inning of Friday’s game in Tampa. He wasn’t expected to make an appearance in yesterday’s finale in Sarasota. Typical

Last day in Sarasota

Has it really been almost seven weeks? I’ll be loading up the rental car and driving to St. Petersburg tomorrow morning so I can attend the 3 p.m. workout at Tropicana Field. In the meantime, it’s pretty quiet today because the Sarasota complex is closed to the media and most of the players have scattered. Brad Bergesen is throwing a few innings before making his

Mickolio speaks

Kam Mickolio is angry - at himself. Mickolio looked like a strong bet to make the club after impressing manager Dave Trembley in the early days of camp, but he couldn’t pitch because of a groin injury and was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Mickolio hurt more than his groin. He also hurt his chances by walking seven batters in 9 1/3 innings, which countered a

Andino speaks

Robert Andino knew his days with the Orioles were numbered once they traded for Julio Lugo. He walked into manager Dave Trembley’s office after today’s game and got the official word. The Orioles designated him for assignment after he batted .241 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 24 games. They’ll try to pass him through waivers. Though angry about the move, Andino chose his

Mickolio optioned (Updated)

The Orioles optioned Kam Mickolio to Triple-A Norfolk. Now it’s Robert Andino’s turn to visit the manager’s office. Mickolio was told to stretch out to multiple innings because the Orioles have so many short relievers at Triple-A. Update: Andino was designated for assignment after the Orioles failed to work out a trade. They want him to play shortstop at Norfolk if he clears waivers. I’ll

Matusz on Matusz

Brian Matusz was satisfied that he got in his work today. He’ll also take the four scoreless innings. “Fifty to 60 pitches was what we were looking at,” he said. “It was nice to work with Matt [Wieters] to get on the same page. I didn’t shake Matt one time. When I faced Luis Castillo the second time, we went four fastballs down and away,

Reimold goes deep (updated twice)

Nolan Reimold hit a two-run homer off Sean Green in the bottom of the sixth inning to increase the Orioles’ lead to 7-0. Reimold has two home runs this spring. He’s also singled and walked today. Maybe that’s why manager Dave Trembley waited to replace Reimold with Felix Pie. He knew that home run was coming. Talk about being one step ahead. Mark Hendrickson allowed

Grand performance for Miggi

Miguel Tejada hit a grand slam off Mets left-hander Jon Niese in the fifth inning to give the Orioles a 5-0 lead. Tejada hadn’t homered before today. The Orioles strung together five straight singles to open the inning, but scored only once. Nolan Reimold was thrown out trying to steal, and the Orioles were playing station-to-station baseball. Adam Jones’ third hit scored Garrett Atkins for

Koji on DL (with Matusz update)

In a move that surprises no one, the Orioles placed pitcher Koji Uehara on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The move is retroactive to March 26. Uehara posted a 1.69 ERA in six exhibition games covering 5 1/3 innings. He limped off the mound during a March 18 game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Uehara was supposed to be the

Matusz through two

Brian Matusz has turned in two scoreless innings today. He allowed singles to Jason Bay and Fernando Tatis in the second and threw a wild pitch, but he struck out Gary Matthews and retired Henry Blanco on a fly ball. Matusz has thrown 34 pitches, 18 for strikes. He’s on a reduced pitch count - probably no more than 50 - before making his first

No place like home

The Orioles are down to their last exhibition game, and their first year at Ed Smith Stadium has been a rousing success at the gates. They’ve drawn 94,405 fans for 14 dates and will exceed 100,000 at a Grapefruit League ballpark for the first time in club history. The Reds drew 77,758 fans in 15 dates last year before moving their spring home to Arizona.

Trembley talks about Mike Cuellar

Orioles manager Dave Trembley notified the team this morning of Mike Cuellar’s passing. It was one of the most difficult meetings he’s ever conducted in baseball. Trembley let us know later how close he had become to Cuellar over the past two years, when the former Orioles great had served as a guest instructor at spring training. “If there was ever a guy who epitomized

Pre-game notes

Manager Dave Trembley expects to split today’s DH duties between Nolan Reimold and Felix Pie. Each player will get two at-bats under the current plan. David Hernandez and Jason Berken will pitch in a minor league game today. Cla Meredith has been dealing with a stomach virus for the last three days. Trembley wants to give him an inning today, but might have to settle

Pie could play

Felix Pie said there’s “no question in my mind” that he’ll be ready for Opening Day after being hit near the right ankle by a Mariano Rivera pitch during yesterday’s game in Tampa. Pie said the ball struck the edge of his shin guard. X-rays taken on his ankle were negative. “I feel a lot better,” he said. “There’s a little pain when you touch

Orioles lineup

Brian Roberts 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott LF Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold DH Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP Kam Mickolio will throw another bullpen session today and pitch in an intrasquad game tomorrow. “From there,” he said, “I have no idea.”

Remembering Mike Cuellar

One of the biggest sports thrills of my life, and it may rank No. 1, was attending the final game at Memorial Stadium and choking back tears as the Field of Dreams music played and the four 20-game winners from the ‘71 season stood together on the mound. I can’t believe only one of them is still with us. We lost Mike Cuellar today after

Pie’s OK

X-rays taken on Felix Pie’s right ankle came back negative. Pie was nailed by a Mariano Rivera pitch in the sixth inning and limped off the field. He returned to Sarasota for the X-rays. Rivera was off his game today, walking the leadoff batter and lacking his usual pinpoint control. I doubt that he targeted Pie with two outs and a runner on first base

Trembley on Pie

Felix Pie returned to Sarasota before the final out in today’s 6-6 tie because George M. Steinbrenner Field doesn’t have the necessary X-ray equipment. I thought the Yankees splurged for everything. “They don’t think it’s anything serious, but they have to get an X-ray,” manager Dave Trembley said. “That’s standard. If somebody gets hit, they get an X-ray. I wouldn’t make a big deal out

Lugo’s “welcome to the Orioles” moment (w/Pie update)

Julio Lugo’s first at-bat with the Orioles came with the bases loaded and one out in a tie game. No pressure. Lugo struck out on four pitches, failing to check his swing on the last one from non-roster reliever Grant Duff, but Robert Andino followed with a two-run single. Orioles 6, Yankees 4. Andino homered yesterday after learning of the trade. Now he’s snapped a

Pie limps off field (with update)

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, pitching the sixth inning today, knocked Felix Pie out of the game. Pie appeared to be hit just above the right ankle and crumbled to the ground. He eventually rose to his feet, but was in obvious pain as he limped toward the dugout and into the trainers room in the visiting clubhouse. Rivera usually has impeccible control, but he’s walked

Game update

Alfredo Simon retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced, Mark Teixeira’s single the only interruption. Four of the five hits he allowed, and all four runs, came in the first inning. Simon didn’t walk a batter and struck out two. His velocity was outstanding. Ross Wolf has replaced Simon. We’re not used to seeing him enter a game this early. The Orioles collected

Two observations

Alfredo Simon allowed four runs in the first inning and almost took off Derek Jeter’s head in the second, but the guy’s pumping 97-mph fastballs to home plate. It’s easy to forget that Simon underwent ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow 10 months ago. Most guys aren’t back on the mound this early. Simon is bringing his best heat. Simon made Jeter look foolish while

Nothing new on Andino (w/game update)

No sense teasing you and referring to this entry as an “update.” The Orioles don’t appear close to finding a trade partner for utility infielder Robert Andino, who became expendable once they acquired Julio Lugo from the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s worth noting that the Orioles didn’t think they would obtain Lugo until a few days ago. Things can change quickly. Andino is out of

Pre-game notes

Kam Mickolio made it through a bullpen session without reinjuring his groin, and he’ll follow Brad Bergesen to the mound in Sunday’s intrasquad game. The game will be closed to the media. The entire complex will be closed to the media. And we’re not complaining. The Orioles’ roster must be finalized and turned into the MLB office by 3 p.m. Sunday. “I would say we’re

Yankees lineup

Derek Jeter SS Nick Johnson DH Mark Teixeira 1B Alex Rodriguez 3B Robinson Cano 2B Nick Swisher RF Curtis Granderson CF Brett Gardner LF Mike Rivera C Andy Pettitte LHP

Lugo arrives

Julio Lugo is on the travel roster for today’s game against the Yankees in Tampa. His bag is packed and he’s ready to board the bus. Lugo expects to get more playing time with the Orioles than the Cardinals, who traded him yesterday for a PTBNL or cash. “I’m just going to come here and do my best,” he said. “I like to play. I’m

Orioles lineup

Brian Roberts 2B Nolan Reimold RF Adam Jones CF Miguel Tejada 3B Garrett Atkins 1B Matt Wieters C Ty Wigginton DH Felix Pie LF Cesar Izturis SS Alfredo Simon RHP Andy Pettitte starts for the Yankees. See you in Tampa.

Orioles 4, Rays 3

Eddie Gamboa, who pitched at three levels of the farm system last year, stranded two runners to pick up the save. Manager Dave Trembley discussed the Julio Lugo trade a few minutes ago, something he couldn’t do before the game started. “I’m going to have to see when he gets here and see what we’re going to do, but he’s got experience, has some energy.

Orioles take the lead

Ty Wigginton’s sacrifice fly with two outs in the top of the ninth inning scored Jason White to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead. Who’s Jason White? He played shortstop at Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie last year. Shame on you for not knowing. OK, I looked it up. Eddie Gamboa will try to collect the save. Who’s Eddie Gamboa? Forget it.

Johnson’s debut (updated twice)

The Rays loaded the bases against Steve Johnson with no outs in the fifth inning, and the right-hander fell behind, 2-0, to the next batter. Recipe for disaster? Make it damage control. Johnson retired Ben Zobrist on a fly ball to left-center field, witih Kelly Shoppach scoring to tie the game, and Evan Longoria grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. The breeze you just felt

Andino’s parting shot? (updated)

Robert Andino has tied the game in the fifth inning with a two-run homer off left-hander Carlos Hernandez. The ball cleared the fence in left field. Somebody retrieve it for him. Andino, expected to step aside for newest acquisition Julio Lugo, has three homers this spring. He didn’t hurt his trade value today. Update: Felix Pie followed with a double to left, and he scored

Among other things (w/game update)

Tampa Bay’s rotation unfolds as follows: James Shields, Matt Garza, Jeff Niemann, David Price and Wade Davis. That means the Orioles will face three right-handers in the opening series at Tropicana Field. Ty Wigginton used to be Julio Lugo’s teammate in Tampa, and they became good friends. “Everybody came to appreciate him,” Wigginton said. “He’s definitely an exciting ballplayer. It’s going to be fun to

The One Jake

Jake Arrieta surrendered a two-run homer to Evan Longoria in the first inning. Tampa Bay 2, Orioles 0 Carl Crawford singled with one out and stole second base as Ben Zobrist struck out looking. Longoria launched a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence. Carlos Pena doubled to right, but the Rays fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle after B.J. Upton flied

Trade official (updated)

The Orioles just announced that they’ve acquired infielder Julio Lugo and cash from the Cardinals for a PTBNL or cash. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated first baseman Michael Aubrey for assignment. Aubrey barely played this spring because of a minor medical procedure on his back and a groin injury sustained while running the bases in Tampa. He batted .289 with

Pre-game Trembley

Orioles manager Dave Trembley couldn’t confirm the Julio Lugo trade, so we’ll continue to wait for the commissioner’s office to make it official. Isn’t this fun? “I’m sure if something like that happens, I’ll be informed, but I haven’t been informed about it yet,” Trembley said. Robert Andino, who committed two more errors yesterday and has looked bad tracking popups at second base this spring,

Moeller update

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed that the Orioles have granted catcher Chad Moeller his release. The Orioles hoped that Moeller would accept an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, and they would have released him later if another team expressed interest in adding him to its 25-man roster. However, the veteran wanted to seek a job on his own. The Orioles were willing to let

Rays lineup (and news)

Jason Bartlett SS Carl Crawford LF Ben Zobrist 2B Evan Longoria 3B Carlos Pena 1B B.J. Upton CF Pat Burrell RF Hank Blalock DH Kelly Shoppach C Mike Ekstrom RHP I joined the debate team this morning, and it was me vs. me. I couldn’t decide whether to make the trip to Port Charlotte or stay back and watch Kevin Millwood and Chris Tillman pitch

Orioles lineup

Felix Pie CF Ty Wigginton 2B Nick Markakis RF Luke Scott LF Nolan Reimold DH Scott Moore 1B Brandon Waring 3B Craig Tatum C Robert Andino SS Jake Arrieta RHP

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