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Wanting to throw back this game

No wonder I didn’t recognize the two teams playing as I walked past the bar television at Fresco’s. Those throwback uniforms threw me. On the ride home, I received a text message that said, “Snakebit!!” I assumed that the Orioles no longer held that 3-2 lead. Sure enough, I got back to my parents’ house in time to watch the top of the ninth -

New Royals lineup and more stuff

The Royals traded Rick Ankiel to the Braves, so you can scratch him from tonight’s lineup. Here’s the new one: Getz 2B Kendall C Butler 1B Guillen DH Gordon LF Aviles 3B Maier CF Bloomquist RF Betancourt SS Greinke RHP Rick VandenHurk is the fifth Netherlands-born player to appear in the majors since 1900. He’ll have to wait to make his Orioles debut, since he’s

More on the trade (updated)

The Orioles will assign newly acquired right-hander Rick VandenHurk to Triple-A Norfolk. They’re expected to recall left-hander Troy Patton and use him in long relief, but discussions are ongoing. Mark Hendrickson could be used in a shorter role, since Will Ohman served primarily as a specialist. But the Orioles need depth at long relief because their starters have been exiting games early. The Orioles asked

Ohman traded (w/ update and lineups)

I’ve just gotten confirmation that the Orioles traded Will Ohman to the Florida Marlins. Nothing else to report at the moment, but the Orioles have swung their second trade in three days. Update: The Orioles receive right-hander Rick VandenHurk. So much for “unlikely.” Luke Scott and Ty Wigginton remain in the organization, but the Orioles have dealt their left-handed specialist, whose 51 appearances without a

Waivering on potential trades (updated)

Update: I just got off the phone with president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, who said it’s “unlikely” that the Orioles will make a trade today. “At this point, I would believe not,” he said. I’ll check back with him later this afternoon. Now, back to your original entry, already in progress: The 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline is bearing down on us, and I

Berken’s slump (updated)

Jason Berken gave up the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and stands to be the loser if the Orioles don’t rally. Update: Berken’s off the hook. Ty Wigginton doubled to tie the game in the eighth, and he scored on Wilson Betemit’s error to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead. Berken was making his first appearance since July 24, and his second since July

How long is Arrieta’s leash? (w/Pelzer update)

Apparently, it’s longer than the one Brian Matusz wore last night. Interim manager Juan Samuel indicated before the game that he’ll stick with Arrieta if the rookie right-hander encounters some early-inning trouble. No quick hooks here. That’s probably a good idea, considering that Samuel went to his bullpen in the fourth inning last night. Arrieta received a visit from pitching coach Rick Kranitz in the

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 3B Luke Scott 1B Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Matt Wieters C Corey Patterson DH Cesar Izturis SS Jake Arrieta RHP For the Royals: Chris Getz 2B Jason Kendall C Billy Butler 1B Jose Guillen DH Rick Ankiel CF Wilson Betemit 3B Alex Gordon LF Yuniesky Betancourt SS Mitch Maier RF Sean O’Sullivan

Who does No. 2 work for?

I made it to Ocean Pines without having to pull off the road and blog about a trade. I won’t bother to ask president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail whether he’s close to making another deal. One phone call changes everything, and I’d need to sit next to him all day to make sure his original answer holds up. He hasn’t extended the invitation. We’ve

This, that and the other

A few observations before I load up my car for another weekend trip to Ocean Pines, where my family will be celebrating my sister’s birthday. That would be my older sister. My opinion of the Miguel Tejada trade? The Orioles weren’t going to get much for him and they ended up with a Double-A power arm, belonging to Wynn Pelzer, who was ranked the seventh-best

Quick hook for Matusz

Interim manager Juan Samuel isn’t playing around. His days in charge are numbered, but he’s still calling the shots. Samuel removed Brian Matusz tonight after 3 1/3 innings. Matusz took a no-hitter into the fourth, walked three of the first four batters he faced, and eventually was charged with five runs. Only two runs had crossed while Matusz was on the mound. The rest came

Showalter’s impact already felt

Well, not really, but the Oriole lead, 3-0, in the third inning after manufacturing two runs and getting another on Nick Markakis’ homer. Or maybe the Orioles are trying to win one for Juan! Brian Roberts doubled to lead off the first inning, took third on Nick Markakis ground ball and scored on Ty Wigginton’s fly ball. Orioles 1, Royals 0. Felix Pie singled with

Tejada deal now official (update)

The Orioles announced that they have acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Wynn Pelzer from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Miguel Tejada and cash. Pelzer, 24, is 26-23 with a 3.83 ERA and has 330 strikeouts in 79 games (68 starts) over three minor league seasons. The right-hander is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA (94 1/3 IP, 44ER) and 83 strikeouts in 22 games

Deal close for Tejada (& Showalter quote)

The Orioles removed third baseman Miguel Tejada from tonight’s lineup because they’re close to completing a trade for him. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he couldn’t confirm anything yet and a deal hasn’t been finalized, but we’re free to speculate on why Tejada was scratched. Yes, it involves a pending trade. An announcement could come within the next hour or two. The Sun

Tonight’s lineups (Tejada pulled)

Miguel Tejada was just pulled from the lineup, leading to speculation that he might have been traded. We’re scrambling to get more information. Here’s the new lineup: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 3B Luke Scott 1B Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Matt Wieters C Corey Patterson DH Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP For the Royals: Willie Bloomquist RF Jason Kendall

O’s to introduce Showalter Monday at Camden Yards

The Orioles will introduce Buck Showalter as manager on Monday at a noon press conference at Camden Yards, when he officially takes over the club. “Buck Showalter’s proven track record makes him the right choice for manager of the Orioles and we are thrilled to add a two-time Manager of the Year to our organization” president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said in a statement.

The Buck stops here (updated twice)

Finally, the headline everyone was waiting to read. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian reports that the Orioles reached agreement with Buck Showalter to take over as manager on Tuesday, when the Orioles begin their next homestand. Interesting timing that president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail had to take another call earlier today just as I asked him about the managerial situation. Could Showalter have been on the

Another 48 hours

The Orioles continue to engage in “active discussions” with other teams as the 4:00 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline approaches on Saturday, according to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, but nothing appears close to transpiring. No deals are on the immediate horizon. It’s obvious that teams are chasing impact pitchers and position players, and the Orioles represent a fallback option. What happens with the Orioles

Psyched for that Toronto rematch

If it makes you feel any better, the Orioles don’t play Toronto again until Sept. 13. They should be good and mad at the Jays. Hold ‘em back or this could get ugly. They also have three more games at Rogers Centre beginning Sept. 24. Oh, I bet they’ll be steamed like a bushel of crabs. Prepare for baseball’s No. 1 rivalry. It’ll make Yankees-Red

Good Guts, but no glory (updated)

Jeremy Guthrie turned in his third consecutive quality start, but he has no shot at winning this game. The offense bailed on him again, finding it impossible to catch up to Brad Mills’ mid-80s heater and sweeping curveball. Looked like slop to me, but what do I know? The Orioles managed only two hits in seven innings - Brian Roberts’ leadoff single in the first

Couldn’t help but notice (1 more thing)

Brian Roberts began the game with a single, and Miguel Tejada swung at the first pitch and grounded into a routine double play. Can’t recall if that’s happened this season. Ty Wigginton stopped halfway between first and second because he wasn’t certain if Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay fielded Adam Jones’ sharp grounder in fair territory. He took a few more steps and stopped again

More of Scott Moore

Infielder Scott Moore cleared waivers today and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. Moore could have elected to become a free agent, but again chose to stay in the organization. The Orioles designated Moore for assignment when second baseman Brian Roberts came off the disabled list. He batted .209 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 41 games. I’ll be interested to find out

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: 2B Brian Roberts 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis DH Luke Scott 1B Ty Wigginton CF Adam Jones C Jake Fox LF Corey Patterson SS Cesar Izturis RHP Jeremy Guthrie For the Blue Jays: LF Fred Lewis SS Yunel Escobar RF Jose Bautista CF Vernon Wells DH Adam Lind 2B Aaron Hill 1B Lyle Overbay C John Buck 3B Edwin Encarnacion LHP

What’s at stake

The Orioles will try to avoid their 70th loss tonight. They’re currently 31-69 through 100 games. The historically bad 1988 team was 32-68 at this point. Putting this fine season in perspective, the Orioles need to finish 32-30 to avoid losing 100 games. They need to go 25-37 to avoid losing more games than the ‘88 team that finished 54-107. The ‘88 Orioles played their

A must-win tonight

It has to happen tonight. The Orioles are 0-11 against the Blue Jays this season. They can’t go 0-12. Tonight presents their best opportunity to salvage a victory over Toronto, a team that treats the Orioles the same way Sidney Ponson treats a slice of cheesecake. Rookie Brad Mills is making his third major league start for the Jays, and his first in 2010. The

Same old story

Same old song and dance. The Orioles can’t beat the Blue Jays. Doesn’t matter who’s pitching, who’s hitting, where the game’s being played. It’s a mismatch and I’ve seen too much of it. Maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow and realize this entire season has been a bad dream. Jose Bautista doesn’t really have 30 home runs, and the Orioles’ No. 1 starter acquired during the

The missing O’s

The Orioles’ lineup is missing Brian Roberts, who’s taking a break from the artificial surface at Rogers Centre, and Ty Wigginton, who’s serving the final game of his suspension. Roberts is 5-for-10 lifetime against Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero. Wigginton is 5-for-14 with two doubles. Not the best timing. Matt Wieters homered twice last night and Luke Scott also went deep. They’re a combined 2-for-19

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: 2B Julio Lugo 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis DH Luke Scott CF Adam Jones C Matt Wieters LF Felix Pie 1B Jake Fox SS Cesar Izturis RHP Kevin Millwood For the Blue Jays: LF Fred Lewis SS Yunel Escobar RF Jose Bautista CF Vernon Wells DH Adam Lind 2B Aaron Hill 1B Lyle Overbay C John Buck 3B Edwin Encarnacion LHP

Britton still rolling with the Tides

Left-hander Zach Britton is still listed as Triple-A Norfolk’s starter for tonight’s game at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Speculation has been building that Britton could replace Brad Bergesen in the Orioles’ rotation this weekend, though he’d be working on short rest by taking the mound tonight. Bergesen is scheduled to start Saturday in Kansas City. For Britton to take Bergesen’s turn, he’d have to treat tonight’s start like

What’s next for Bergy? (w/additional thought)

I wouldn’t dare take credit for Matt Wieters’ two homers last night, but I’m going to drop Buster Posey’s name on him before every game. It’s too bad that Madison Bumgarner didn’t have the same effect on Brad Bergesen. The All-Star break didn’t last long enough for Bergesen, who has allowed 17 earned runs and 28 hits in 16 1/3 innings since play resumed. He’s

Something to see here

Matt Wieters has homered twice tonight, and Luke Scott homered again because I’m pretty sure a law has been passed requiring it. The Orioles have cut Toronto’s lead to 8-5 in the eighth. They could have rolled over, like I did, but they’re trying to fight back. Not to pick on Jake Fox, who struck out with the bases loaded to kill that fourth-inning rally,

It never fails (updated)

The Orioles loaded the bases in the top of the fourth inning and didn’t score. The Blue Jays scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Going back to the title of this entry: It...never...fails. Jake Fox struck out to kill the Orioles’ rally, flailing at another pitch out of the strike zone and leaving them behind, 1-0. Jose Bautista led off the bottom

Jays lineup and pre-game notes

Bad news for MASN’s Amber Theoharis. Due to the Canadian exchange rate, she’s only in her first trimester. Here’s the Blue Jays lineup: LF FRED LEWIS SS YUNEL ESCOBAR RF JOSE BAUTISTA CF VERNON WELLS DH ADAM LIND 2B AARON HILL 1B LYLE OVERABY 3B EDWIN ENCARNACION C JOSE MOLINA P BRANDON MORROW Hope you enjoyed the caps. I wasn’t yelling at you. That’s just

Wiggy’s suspension reduced

Ty Wigginton’s three-game suspension has been reduced to two games, and he’ll begin serving it tonight. Here’s the Orioles lineup, minus its usual first baseman: Brian Roberts 2B Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Matt Wieters C Jake Fox 1B Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP The Orioles are down to a two-man bench with Corey

Luke Scott honored as AL Player of the Week

Luke Scott was named the American League’s Player of the Week. Scott, who was activated from the disabled list at the start of the week, led the league with four home runs and batted .481 (13-for-27). He finished second in the league with a 1.037 slugging percentage and added three doubles, eight RBIs and six runs scored. Scott hit safely in each of his seven

The kids aren’t all right (updated)

The Orioles boarded their charter last night for Toronto without backup catcher Craig Tatum, who was optioned yesterday morning. His removal from the 25-man roster drew the ire of many fans who didn’t think he deserved it. I totally understand Tatum’s frustration, but I do find it interesting that he’s got so many supporters now after fans were livid that the Orioles kept him over

Another homestand ends

So does the good vibe from that four-game sweep in Texas. The Orioles went 2-8 on this homestand and were outscored 64-30. As I wrote earlier, the starter’s ERA rises to 10.10 when you remove Jeremy Guthrie’s two outings. “The bottom line for me is we’ve just got to make pitches when we need to,” interim manager Juan Samuel said. “You’re not going to get

Arrieta’s done (updated)

Remove Jeremy Guthrie’s two outings on this homestand, and Oriole starters have allowed 41 earned runs and 54 hits in 36 1/3 innings for a 10.10 ERA. Jake Arrieta contributed to the ugliness today by allowing five runs and seven hits in four innings, with four walks and no strikeouts. He hit a batter and served up Jason Kubel’s grand slam. Interim manager Juan Samuel

Jake’s high wire act (update)

The Twins haven’t scored a run off Jake Arrieta over the first two innings. It’s not from a lack of effort. Arrita gave up a single to Alexi Casilla and walked Jim Thome in the first, but Michael Cuddyer grounded out to end the inning. Jason Kubel singled to lead off the second, but Danny Valencia grounded into a double play. Nick Punto walked with

Samuel talks about roster move

Interim manager Juan Samuel admitted that today’s roster move wasn’t an easy one. He didn’t want to lose Craig Tatum, but the club knew that Jake Fox would get claimed on waivers and it couldn’t go with a seven-man bullpen. “Tatum has done a good job for us handling the pitching staff, and he’s been great in that clubhouse,” Samuel said. “He’s probably done a

Tatum optioned

The good news for Craig Tatum is he avoided the disabled list. The bad news is he couldn’t avoid the minors. The Orioles optioned Tatum to Triple-A Norfolk this morning to make room for Matt Wieters. Tatum, who’s batting .271 in 32 games, met with president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and interim manager Juan Samuel. “They just said, ‘Go down to Norfolk and we’ll

Today’s lineups (w/roster update)

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Luke Scott 1B Ty Wigginton DH Felix Pie CF Matt Wieters C Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jake Arrieta RHP For the Twins: Repko CF Casilla 2B Young LF Thome DH Cuddyer 1B Kubel RF Valencia 3B Punto SS Butera C Slowey RHP Interim manager Juan Samuel just called Craig Tatum into

Tatum says hand is fine

Craig Tatum has his right hand wrapped in ice, but he swung a bat and did some throwing earlier this morning and hopes to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Tatum was hit by a foul tip last night and left the game. “It’s fine,” he said. “It feels good. I threw and hit and it didn’t really hurt. The swelling just disappeared overnight.

Quick Tatum update

X-rays taken on catcher Craig Tatum’s right hand came back negative. He’s dealing with a bruise, but nothing more serious at the moment. The club will check on him tomorrow before deciding whether he needs to go on the disabled list. If he does, Matt Wieters will take his place on the 25-man roster. Interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters that the swelling has gone

Tatum injured (w/2 updates)

Catcher Craig Tatum left the game in the seventh inning after taking a foul tip off his right hand. Jake Fox has replaced him with two outs and Jason Berken on the mound. Berken’s pitch glanced off Jason Repko’s bat and caught Tatum in the hand. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells rushed onto the field, and Tatum accompanied him into the clubhouse. Matt Wieters comes

Put THAT in your journal (w/Matusz & Tillman updates)

In case you were wondering, Luke Scott hasn’t cooled off. Twins center fielder Denard Span robbed him of a home run in the second inning, but Scott wouldn’t be denied in the fourth. He drove a fastball over the right field fence after Nick Markakis was hit by a pitch, giving the Orioles a 2-1 lead. Scott gave Adam Jones another hug on the on-deck

The Luke Scott question (& game update)

I finally remembered to approach Luke Scott at his locker this afternoon and check whether he still keeps a journal of his at-bats against each pitcher. We haven’t seen him scribbling in it this season. So what gives? “I still have it, but I don’t do it as much now because I’ve been in the league for a while and a lot of this stuff,

Roster move coming (w/quotes added)

Yes, another one. The Orioles will reveal later tonight or early tomorrow how they’ll create room on the 25-man roster for catcher Matt Wieters, who’s eligible to come off the disabled list tomorrow and will start behind the plate. The choice still appears to come down to Craig Tatum, who has an option remaining, or Jake Fox, who would have to be designated for assignment.

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP For the Twins: Span CF Casilla 2B Mauer C Cuddyer 1B Young LF Kubel DH Valencia 3B Hardy SS Repko RF Baker RHP

Guthrie’s resurgence

Jeremy Guthrie is complicating the non-waiver trade deadline process. His value is going through the roof after last night’s start, when he made one bad pitch - resulting in Joe Mauer’s two-run homer - in seven innings to post his first victory since May 25. Guthrie has allowed three runs in 13 1/3 innings, with one walk and 12 strikeouts, in his last two starts.

Juan and done

Second baseman Brian Roberts saw 24 pitches in his four at-bats tonight, and his seven-pitch battle with Twins starter Brian Duensing in the first inning seemed to set the tone for the Orioles’ hitters. “That’s Brian,” interim manager Juan Samuel said. “Brian has been doing that for so long and he knows what needs to be done when you’re the leadoff guy, and he’s one

A few updates - Part II

Tonight’s attendance: 19.013. Season total: 1,095,630. Brian Roberts is 0-for-4 in his first game since April 9, but he’s run the count full three times. I’m giving him points, though they won’t show up on his average. It’s just nice to see a hitter work the count and put a little pressure on the pitcher. Jeremy Guthrie allowed two runs and six hits in seven

A few updates (and 1 more)

A second baseman left the game with an injury, but it wasn’t Brian Roberts. Orlando Hudson was removed in the bottom of the third. We’re still waiting for official word, but it might be an oblique injury. Roberts has grounded out twice and struck out. He ran the count full again in the fifth inning before going down swinging. Twins left-hander Brian Duensing has induced

B-Rob’s first at-bat (updated)

Brian Roberts just took his first swings as an Oriole since the home opener, when he exited with a strained abdominal muscle. It’s easy to forget the injury because it’s been so long ago. I would have guessed “back” and failed to advance to the bonus round. Leading off the bottom of the first inning, Roberts ran the count full against Twins left-hander Brian Duensing

Pre-game notes (w/more quotes)

The plan for Brian Roberts is to play him today and tomorrow, rest him Sunday, play him Monday in Toronto, possibly rest him on Tuesday and play him on Wednesday. “He stated that he’s ready to go,” interim manager Juan Samuel said. “At the same time, we want to be a little bit careful.” Nick Markakis is fine. Samuel wanted to give him the night

Wiggy suspended; will appeal

Ty Wigginton has been suspended three games for his actions in last night’s game. He’s appealing it and can continue to play until a ruling is passed down from the commissioner’s office. The suspension will be announced at 5:30 p.m., but Wigginton and a team official confirmed it. The Orioles will have to play a man short if it’s not overturned - one good reason

Markakis out of lineup; Roberts in

For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Miguel Tejada 3B Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Craig Tatum C Corey Patterson RF Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Twins: Span CF Hudson 2B Mauer C Kubel RF Cuddyer 1B Thome DH Young LF Hardy SS Punto 3B Duensing LHP

Roberts roster move official

The Orioles activated second baseman Brian Roberts from the disabled list and designated Scott Moore for assignment. No big surprise here. Roberts has been pushing to rejoin the lineup, where he’s been missing since the home opener. The Orioles decided to do it now rather than wait for the road trip. He’s pretty convincing. Now he needs to be durable. Moore batted .209 with 10

Going Gonzo, and berserk

Also lost in last night’s loss was the first appearance by Michael Gonzalez since April 9. Does anyone remember watching him pitch? Gonzalez replaced starter Kevin Millwood after interim manager Juan Samuel and pitching coach Rick Kranitz were ejected. He gave up a single to Denard Span, retired Orlando Hudson on a fly ball to right, intentionally walked Joe Mauer with first base open and

It’s a mad, mad, mad team

With all the craziness last night, I almost forgot that the Orioles were shut out again in a 5-0 loss to the Twins. Three players were ejected, and a male fan circled the bases, hopped into the stands, bumped into a police officer, raced back onto the field, and delayed the game long enough for Ty Wigginton’s check to clear that will cover his fine

Post-game Samuel

Interim manager Juan Samuel says he wasn’t angry tonight. I guess I was fooled by the screaming and the way he played long-toss with his cap. “I just didn’t think Kranny deserved to be thrown out,” he said, referring to how he rushed the field after pitching coach Rick Kranitz was ejected. “He did not do anything basically to deserve being thrown out. I don’t

Wiggy, Samuel and Kranitz ejected

I have a new favorite player and his name is Ty Wigginton. I’m also pretty fond of a certain interim manager. Wigginton just unleashed every ounce of anger and frustration that his body could muster at first base umpire Gary Darling, earning an ejection and my undying admiration. Darling blew a call, ruling that J.J. Hardy got back safely after breaking for second and dashing

Get ready for Gonzo

Left-hander Michael Gonzalez is warming in the bullpen, and we could see him pitch for the first time since the home opener. Be gentle. Kevin Millwood made it through the sixth after throwing 34 pitches in the first and surrendering that three-run double to Delmon Young. He also served up a 434-foot homer to Michael Cuddyer. I’m told they served a kosher meal on that

Two-out trauma

Has anyone eaten the crab cakes at G&M Restaurant in Linthicum Heights? I just had a few bites of one because MASN’s Amber Theoharis was nice enough to share, and it...was...awesome. I used Amber’s fork after she assured me that I couldn’t get pregnant. I’m not exactly sure how that works. Kevin Millwood’s return to the Orioles has hit a few bumps. They’re roughly the

Before first pitch...

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail walked out of interim manager Juan Samuel’s office after batting practice without making a decision on whether to activate Brian Roberts. “He’s campaigning,” MacPhail said. Just a hunch, but I bet Roberts is activated tomorrow. The Twins lead the majors with a .289 average with runners in scoring position. The Orioles rank last at .226. Minnesota pitchers have issued

Pre-game notes (w/Norfolk update)

Brian Roberts is here and waiting to be activated. The Orioles haven’t decided whether to put him on the 25-man roster tomorrow or wait until the Kansas City series next week. Toronto remains a possibility, but Roberts would be eased back into the lineup because of...you guessed it...the artificial surface. The club would rather avoid it. “B-Rob offered to write the lineup down today,” interim

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Scott Moore 2B Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP For the Twins: Span CF Hudson 2B Mauer DH Kubel RF Cuddyer 1B Young LF Hardy SS Punto 3B Butera C Pavano RHP

Millwood’s return

I told you about Michael Aubrey’s hot streak at Triple-A Norfolk, which included a grand slam last night. He also added a two-run shot, giving him six RBIs. He’s batting .237, so consistency has been an issue, but there’s no denying that his bat is sizzling right now. Frank Mata, optioned over the weekend, allowed a run and two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Orioles minor leaguer suspended (updated)

Pitcher Saulo Alcantara, a right-hander from the Orioles’ Dominican Summer League team, has been suspended 50 games for violating minor league baseball’s Drug Prevention and Treatment program. Alcantara, signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2009, is 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 11 games this season. He went 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA last season in the Dominican. Single-A Frederick pitcher Brian Parker received

Patton optioned (& Samuel quotes)

That didn’t take long. The Orioles optioned Troy Patton to Triple-A Norfolk after today’s game, making room for Kevin Millwood on the 25-man roster. Patton came here as bullpen insurance and didn’t pitch. At least he got to see the inside of the Camden Yards clubhouse. Interim manager Juan Samuel pointed to two key plays in today’s game that cost the Orioles. Juan Samuel talks

The last gasp? (yes)

The Orioles put the tying run on base with one out in the eighth inning when Ty Wigginton doubled off Tampa Bay right-hander Joaquin Benoit. Then it went bad. Pinch-runner Scott Moore broke for third on Adam Jones’ routine grounder to short, and he was an easy out. So much for having a runner in scoring position. Interim manager Juan Samuel decided to pinch-hit for

Bergy’s afternoon is complete

Brad Bergesen must hope for a no-decision on a day when he gutted out 5 1/3 innings and clearly lacked his quality stuff. Bergesen is charged with five runs and nine hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts. He left with the score tied, 4-4, but Jason Berken walked Evan Longoria with the bases loaded to force in a run. Bergesen threw 104 pitches, 65

Getting Wiggy with it

Ty Wigginton has homered in two straight games, his two-run shot today in the fourth inning reducing Tampa Bay’s lead to 4-2. Wigginton has passed Adam Jones for the team lead in home runs with 16. Are the Texas Rangers paying attention? Any other teams? He’s heating up again at the right time. Jones followed with a single. He’s hit safely in 31 of his

A few updates (and 1 more)

Carl Crawford isn’t in the lineup, and he isn’t changing his opinion of protective cups. Crawford still refuses to use one, saying they pinch and are too restrictive. I’m not a risk-taker. If I suffered the same injury, I’d show up at the ballpark the next day wearing a hubcap and a bungee cord. Brad Bergesen is laboring. Evan Longoria homered in the first inning,

Gonzo speaks

Michael Gonzalez understands that he won’t regain his closer duties immediately upon getting dressed for today’s game. He’ll have to earn it. “Whatever they want to do, that’s fine,” he said. “My goal was to get back up in the big leagues. That’s definitely where I needed to be. I think everything’s going to even itself out once I’m up here and showing them I’m

Orioles lineup

Just to review: Josh Bell has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, Troy Patton has been recalled and Michael Gonzalez has been activated. The Orioles made room for Gonzalez on the 40-man roster by transferring reliever Jim Johnson to the 60-day disabled list. For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Jake Fox

Patton here (w/quotes added)

Troy Patton is using Chris Tillman’s locker, which is a sure sign that the Orioles recalled him from Triple-A Norfolk last night. Patton is 6-9 with a 4.91 ERA in 18 starts with the Tides. He gave up five earned runs (seven total) and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings in his last start. Patton is insurance for the next few days. His next scheduled

Another game?

Did the last one end? The clubhouse opens at 9 a.m. today, but players aren’t required to report that early. Interim manager Juan Samuel will meet with reporters at 11:15 a.m. Go back to bed. The Orioles are 7-3 in extra innings this season. I’d like to avoid watching them try to build on that record. A tidy 2 hour, 20 minute victory will suffice.

More post-game chatter

Luke Scott: “Hitting is contagious. We help each other out in the lineup as a group and we were able to put together solid at-bats and make the pitcher work.” “Anything positive is going to be a confidence builder. The way things have gone with the adversity that we faced, it’s refreshing to have days like this.” Ty Wigginton (on Carl Crawford’s injury): “When he

Roster moves coming

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he’s looking for reinforcements for the bullpen tomorrow. MacPhail met with interim manager Juan Samuel after tonight’s 13-inning victory over the Rays. Left-hander Michael Gonzalez will likely be activated from the disabled list to provide one fresh arm. Samuel indicated that another move could be made. Chris Tillman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk earlier today, which was supposed

Tied no more (updated twice!)

Willy Aybar’s two-out single in the 12th inning scored Carlos Pena to give Tampa Bay a 10-9 lead. Pena stole second base as Gabe Kapler struck out, and he took third on catcher Craig Tatum’s throwing error. Aybar jumped on the next pitch from Alfredo Simon and lined it into right field. Simon gave the Orioles 2 2/3 innings tonight, his highest mark of the

Free baseball

The first three batters reached against Rays closer Rafael Soriano in the ninth inning, with Miguel Tejada’s double scoring Cesar Izturis (single) and Felix Pie (double) to tie the game. Pie and Tejada both clapped their hands vigorously upon reaching second base. Tejada crouched slightly and looked like he might draw blood from his palms, except he didn’t want to steal A.J. Burnett’s idea. Nick

Great Scott

Luke Scott picked up his third RBI tonight with a two-out single in the seventh inning that scored Miguel Tejada and reduced Tampa Bays lead to 8-7. Scott is running as if he dumped a box of thumb tacks in his shoes. He told me a few days ago that he would be smart and not risk reinjuring his hamstring. David Hernandez started the eighth

Back-to-back-to-back - Part II (updated)

It happened at Double-A Bowie, too. Joel Guzman, Joe Mahoney and Brandon Waring homered in succession in the fourth inning at Prince George’s Stadium. Has such a thing ever occurred at two levels of the same organization on the same night? Guzman hit his 20th, Mahoney his fourth and Waring his 17th. Unreal. Brian Roberts, serving as the designated hitter tonight, is 3-for-4 with a

Back-to-back-to-back (updated twice)

Three straight Orioles homered in the second inning, the first time it’s happened in 15 years. Luke Scott led off the inning with a 352 foot shot off Rays starter Matt Garza. He rounded the bases carefully, making sure his hamstring held up. Up stepped Ty Wigginton, who launched a ball 382 feet. Up stepped Adam Jones, who beat them all with a 408-foot shot.

That’ll leave a mark

Orioles starter Jake Arrieta picked off Tampa Bay left fielder Carl Crawford in the first inning. If given the choice, Crawford wouldn’t have picked this particular method. Arrieta’s throw nailed Crawford in the, um, protective cup. And I mean flush. Crawford collapsed to the ground, no longer worried about keeping his foot on the bag. Ty Wigginton applied the tag, and Rays first base coach

Tillman optioned (updated)

Well, that didn’t take long. The Orioles just optioned pitcher Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk. A corresponding move will be announced tomorrow. I’m heading down to the clubhouse. More to come. Here it is: Kevin Millwood will be activated tomorrow and start on Thursday. Tillman wasn’t available for an interview, but I joined The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec in interim manager Juan Samuel’s office. “Tillman isn’t

The Bell question

Josh Bell remains out of the lineup tonight against a right-hander, which has become a sore subject with fans who wonder why a prospect is buried on the bench. If he’s here, use him. Otherwise, he’s better served playing every day at Triple-A Norfolk. I asked interim manager Juan Samuel about the thought process behind the decisions to start or sit Bell, understanding that the

Weekday Update (w/quotes added)

Brian Roberts isn’t expected to come off the disabled list during this homestand. The Orioles are deciding whether to let him play in Toronto or Kansas City. “Brian Roberts has stated that he wishes to come with us on the road trip, so we’ll see what the medical people say and when they turn it over to the baseball people and see what the decision’s

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Scott Moore 2B Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS Jake Arrieta RHP For the Rays: Zobrist 2B Crawford LF Longoria 3B Pena 1B Joyce RF Aybar DH Jaso C Upton CF Brignac SS Garza RHP

Sales pitch for Arrieta

I need to feel better about the cavalry tonight, so I’m counting on rookie right-hander Jake Arrieta. No pressure, kid. Just give me somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball. Will Ohman retires a left-hander to carry the game into the eighth. David Hernandez serves as the bridge to closer Alfredo Simon, who locks up a 4-2 victory. Nothing to it.

Staying down, cleaning up

The Tigers need a third baseman. Brandon Inge broke his hand and will miss the next four to six weeks. The Orioles have a third baseman, Miguel Tejada, who is drawing interest from a few teams, including the Padres. I’m not above playing matchmaker. Nolan Reimold hit a two-run homer last night at Triple-A Norfolk, and Single-A Frederick’s Xavier Avery came within a triple of

Post-game Samuel and Tillman

Not surprisingly, pitcher Chris Tillman was a popular subject after tonight’s 8-1 loss. “For a couple nights in a row, we haven’t seen good pitching from our young guys. Very inconsistent,” said interim manager Juan Samuel, also referencing left-hander Brian Matusz. “Tillman tonight missed his spots tremendously. His command was very, very bad. He was a different guy than what we saw in Texas. We

More random thoughts

Wednesday afternoon is “Foam Finger Day” at Camden Yards. Which finger? Need a positive from tonight? Nobody was killed. Also, Matt Albers shut out the Rays on one hit over 3 1/3 innings. The one hit was Evan Longoria’s single that scored Carl Crawford and completed Chris Tillman’s line. Tillman has made six starts this season. In three of them, he’s lasted 1 1/3, two

Tillman toppled (updated twice)

Chris Tillman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his last start. He took a beating tonight. Tillman gave up a run in the second inning and six more in the third before leaving the game with two outs. He allowed seven hits, walked four and hit a batter. The Rays loaded the bases with no outs in the second after Matt Joyce’s RBI

The waiting is the hardest part (updated twice)

Michael Gonzalez is supposed to start tonight’s game at Triple-A Norfolk, but rain has delayed the first pitch. Brian Roberts is supposed to play second base and bat leadoff for Double-A Bowie, but rain has delayed the first pitch. Update: They finally got started at Bowie. Eddie Gamboa gave up a solo home run in the top of the first to give Binghamton a 1-0

Rays lineup and other stuff (updated twice)

Update: It’s not raining, but the grounds crew is putting the tarp on the field. A storm is headed this way. Update II: And now the tarp’s coming off the field. As storms go, this one was very overrated. First pitch is scheduled for 7:28 p.m. For the Rays: Ben Zobrist RF Carl Crawford LF Evan Longoria 3B Carlos Pena 1B Matt Joyce DH John

A few pre-game notes

Corey Patterson is expected to be available tomorrow. He worked out on the field earlier today. Brian Roberts also worked out here before heading to Double-A Bowie. “He thought I was going to have him in the lineup,” interim manager Juan Samuel said. The Orioles must decide whether to activate him next week when the team is in Toronto, and risk playing him on the

Orioles lineup

Felix Pie LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Scott Moore 2B Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS Chris Tillman RHP

Scott back, Mata down

The Orioles activated Luke Scott from the disabled list today and he’s expected to be in the starting line up. As expected, the Orioles optioned reliever Frank Mata to Triple-A Norfolk. They’re back to a four-man bench, but Corey Patterson may not be available tonight.

Tillman vs. Davis

The Orioles will try to notch their first second-half win tonight against Tampa Bay right-hander Wade Davis. Davis is 6-9 with a 4.69 ERA. Not too intimidating. Davis has allowed two earned runs in three of his last four starts, and is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles. Not too promising. The Orioles have totaled one run against Davis

As the rotation turns

Josh Bell had his first career multi-hit game yesterday, but that’s not all. His ninth-inning single came against Blue Jays left-hander David Purcey. See, he can hit from the right side. I kept insisting yesterday that it would make more sense to option reliever Frank Mata than Bell when Luke Scott comes off the disabled list later today. The bench is short enough with a

Demotion not considered for Matusz

Interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters after today’s game that he’s not thinking about optioning left-hander Brian Matusz to the minors. “Not at this point. Not in my mind,” he said. Reminded that the Orioles demoted Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman this season, Samuel replied, “We’re not thinking about that right now.” He clearly wanted to change the subject. Samuel had an extended chat with

Too late for a do-over? (updated)

The worst part about this game is it started. Brian Matusz gave up six runs in 1 2/3 innings. I omitted the hit batter when passing along his line in my last entry. It wasn’t pretty. Felix Pie took another poor route on a fly ball to left, allowing it to bounce on the warning track and over the fence for a ground-rule double. He

Gonzo and Matusz

The plans for Michael Gonzalez have changed. He was supposed to pitch today at Triple-A Norfolk, but he’ll wait until tomorrow. That appearance will be the last one on his injury rehab assignment. The Orioles originally were going to give him two more outings. The Blue Jays batted around in the second inning against Brian Matusz and have taken a 6-1 lead. Matusz goes 1

A few random thoughts

With Corey Patterson expected to be unavailable for the next few days, I wonder whether the Orioles will keep Josh Bell on the roster tomorrow when Luke Scott is activated from the disabled list. Perhaps the smarter move is to send down Frank Mata and fatten up the bench. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, appearing earlier today on 105.7 The Fan, confirmed that he

More on Patterson

Corey Patterson told reporters that he’ll probably miss the next game or two with a bruised left heel. He isn’t confident that he could pinch-hit today. Patterson said he sustained the injury last night when his left foot hit the bag on a bunt. A thin bench is almost transparent.

Patterson scratched (w/more notes)

Corey Patterson has been scratched from the lineup with a sore heel, an injury sustained during last night’s game. Patterson is being examined by a team physician, and the Orioles hope that he’s available to pinch-hit. Otherwise, they’re down to a two-man bench consisting of Julio Lugo and catcher Craig Tatum. “When he bunted last night, we think it happened,” interim manager Juan Samuel said.

Bell and Fox starting today

Here’s the Orioles lineup: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada DH Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Jake Fox C Scott Moore 2B Josh Bell 3B Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP Matt Wieters had his right leg wrapped in ice again today as he walked out of the trainers room, but he told me that his hamstring feels much better.

Post-game Samuel

Interim manager Juan Samuel was asked about the Orioles’ failure to twice lay down sacrifice bunts tonight. They came up small in the small-ball department. “We need to do that if we are going to win some close ballgames,” Samuel said. “We need to play good defense and do the little things. A little bit disappointed that we didn’t get those down, so we’ve just

Britton dazzles again

Another brilliant night for left-hander Zach Britton, who registered his first Triple-A victory by holding Columbus scoreless on five hits over 7 1/3 innings in Norfolk’s 4-0 win. Britton’s ERA is 1.50 in three starts since moving up from Double-A Bowie. He threw a scoreless inning for Team USA in the Futures Game before making tonight’s start. Britton struck out three and walked one. How

More frustration (updated)

Corey Patterson joined Craig Tatum tonight as players who were instructed to lay down a sacrifice bunt and couldn’t do it. Tatum walked in the fifth to load the bases with no outs, and Cesar Izturis singled in two runs to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead. No real harm. But Patterson struck out in the eighth after Izturis’ leadoff single. Miguel Tejada singled to

That’s more like it (updated)

Jeremy Guthrie left tonight’s game with a chance to post his first victory since May 25. Guthrie gave up a home run to leadoff hitter Fred Lewis on his first pitch of the night, but that was it. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings. Guthrie hadn’t made it through the fifth in his two previous starts, surrendering

Sloppy Saturday (updated)

The Orioles drew a walk and collected a hit off Toronto starter Brandon Morrow over the first three innings, but he faced the minimum number of batters. And he didn’t need a double play. How is this possible? Corey Patterson broke too soon for second and was caught stealing after his leadoff walk in the first. Julio Lugo reached on a fielder’s choice in the

If you blinked...

...you missed the first run of the game. Toronto leadoff hitter Fred Lewis swung at the first pitch from Jeremy Guthrie, a fastball, and drove it 405 feet over the center field fence to give the Blue Jays a quick 1-0 lead. Adam Jones made a nice leaping attempt, but couldn’t bring down the ball. Lewis has hit four leadoff homers this year, and five

Blue Jays lineup; MacPhail’s Q&A

For the Blue Jays: Fred Lewis LF Yunel Escobar SS Jose Bautista RF Vernon Wells CF Adam Lind DH Aaron Hill 2B Lyle Overbay 1B Edwin Encarnacion 3B Jose Molina C Brandon Morrow RHP President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail took questions from season-ticket holders earlier today. Here are a few interesting points: * MacPhail indicated that the new manager will get to pick his

Roberts pushing to play (w/quotes added)

Interim manager Juan Samuel spoke to Brian Roberts earlier today and told reporters that the second baseman thinks he only needs about 15 additional at-bats before he’s ready to come off the disabled list. He’ll have to convince the Orioles. Roberts will report to Double-A Bowie on Monday, as I’ve written, and he’s scheduled to stay there all week. He could be activated next weekend,

No Bell again today

Here’s the Orioles lineup: Corey Patteron DH Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Craig Tatum C Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Round of Gulf

Brian Roberts started at second base today for the Gulf Coast League Orioles and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout before leaving the game. Roberts grounded to short, singled to center, struck out and grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. He’s batting .533 in five games. The Orioles could choose to rest him tomorrow before assigning him to Double-A Bowie on Monday. Luke Scott served as

This, that and the other

Brian Roberts is scheduled to continue his injury rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Monday, when the Baysox begin a seven-game homestand against Binghamton at Prince George’s Stadium. Roberts is 7-for-11 with a double, run scored, two walks and two strikeouts with the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Left-hander Michael Gonzalez is supposed to pitch again tomorrow at Triple-A Norfolk after giving up two runs and

Post-game Samuel (w/Gonzo update)

Interim manager Juan Samuel praised starter Brad Bergesen for battling on a night when the right-hander didn’t have his best stuff. “He kept the game close,” Samuel said. “We got some opportunities there. Even though his command probably wasn’t where he wanted it to be, he kept the game close for us. So that’s all we wanted. “I think since he has been back here,

The decision

The Orioles put runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the seventh after Felix Pie doubled and Julio Lugo extended the inning with an infield hit. Cesar Izturis stepped to the plate as the potential go-ahead run against Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero. Should a pinch-hitter step out of the dugout? Izturis was 0-for-2, but he began the night batting .310

Bergy’s night

Brad Bergesen was lifted after six innings tonight. He allowed four runs and nine hits, walked two and struck out three. He threw 92 pitches, 55 for strikes. Unless the Orioles rally, Bergesen will lose his career-worst fifth straight decision. Bergesen has given up four earned runs or more in six of his last seven starts. He’s allowed 20 hits in the last two starts

Disturbing patterns (updated)

Brad Bergesen has allowed a run in the first, second and third innings to fall behind, 3-0. They’ve come in different forms. Fred Lewis led off the top of the first with a double, Yunel Escobar reached on a bunt single and Vernon Wells hit a sacrifice fly with one out. Aaron Hill led off the second with his 13th home run. Lewis led off

Matchups, Montanez and assorted notes

Tonight’s game could begin with only three umpires. The fourth is heading to Camden Yards, but he might arrive a little late. However, it won’t affect the starting time. Since we were kicking around lineup ideas earlier today, and I failed miserably with my assumption that Jake Fox would start at first base, I wanted to pass along some career numbers against Toronto left-hander Ricky

Gonzo, Scott nearing returns

Interim manager Juan Samuel said he expects reliever Michael Gonzalez and outfielder/DH Luke Scott to be activated from the disabled list next week. Gonzalez is pitching tonight at Triple-A Norfolk. Scott started in left field today for the GCL Orioles. Kevin Millwood played catch yesterday, but he’s “probably a week or so away,” according to Samuel. Brian Roberts is still aiming for an Aug. 1

Quick injury updates (w/lineups)

Brian Roberts went 0-for-2 with a walk and strikeout today as the GCL Orioles’ designated hitter. Luke Scott, playing his second game in the GCL, started in left field and went 0-for-3. He served as the designated hitter yesterday. Scott flied to right in each at-bat before leaving the game. Lou Montanez tells me that his oblique injury has improved, but he’s not game-ready. For

Still waiting for kickoff

Am I the only person who slept through last night’s earthquake? A text message woke me at 4:30 a.m., but I didn’t budge during a quake. I don’t understand it, either. I’ll be heading to the ballpark in an hour. I want to make sure that the temperature is deep in the 90s before I enter the press box. Later, I’ll join Steve Melewski for

Halftime’s over (updated)

Let the second half begin. If I remember correctly, the Orioles won the toss back in April and elected to receive, so they’ll begin tonight’s game on defense. They’ve got a spot to fill on their roster after placing catcher Matt Wieters on the disabled list, retroactive to Saturday. Third baseman Josh Bell is expected to be recalled. Update: The Orioles just confirmed that they

Waring down opponents

Brandon Waring hit his second homer in his last two games with Double-A Bowie, and his third in 10 games, raising his season’s total to 15 and giving him 48 RBIs. Waring went 2-for-4 to bump up his average to .245, and the Baysox rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to take an 8-6 victory over Richmond. Ryan Adams, Tyler Henson and Joe

Wieters to DL

The Orioles placed catcher Matt Wieters on the 15-day disabled list today with a strained right hamstring. The move is retroactive to July 10. A corresponding roster move will be announced tomorrow. The Orioles held a workout at Camden Yards earlier today, and Wieters’ leg must not be responding to rest. Better to go with a full bench. I’m expecting Craig Tatum and Jake Fox

Raffy’s 5-year anniversary (& rehab updates)

You won’t find a Hallmark card to commemorate the occasion, but Rafael Palmeiro joined the 3,000-hit club exactly five years ago tonight. Palmeiro made history by lining a double off Seattle’s Joel Pineiro in the fifth inning at Safeco Field. I didn’t realize it happened on this date until reading Billy Ed Smith’s comment, which I’ll post below. On this final off day before the

Scott healing; Rendon hurting (updated twice)

The All-Star Game earned its lowest rating on Tuesday. See what happens when you don’t let Ty Wigginton bat? Luke Scott is listed on the Gulf Coast League Orioles’ roster today, joining second baseman Brian Roberts. Scott has been running and hitting at the minor league complex in Sarasota, and he’s serving as the designated hitter and batting third today against the GCL Twins in

The Tatum question

Thanks to the PR staff’s detailed first-half notes, I can answer a question regarding Craig Tatum that’s cropped up more frequently on this blog since the Orioles ran off four consecutive wins in Arlington. What is the club’s record with its backup catcher behind the plate? The Orioles are 10-9 in games that Tatum has started, compared to 19-50 with Matt Wieters in the lineup.

Bowie represents

Double-A Bowie outfielder Tyler Henson went 2-for-4 with two doubles tonight for the West team, which defeated the East, 10-3, in the Eastern League All-Star Game. Baysox closer Pedro Beato needed one pitch to retire former Orioles farmhand Nate Spears and end the game. Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Jeff Salazar went 0-for-1 for the International League, which defeated the Pacific Coast League, 2-1. Steven Bumbry, Brian

The Sherrill question (updated)

Within the span of a few minutes, I had four readers ask whether the Orioles would have any interest in claiming left-hander George Sherrill off waivers. Unfortunately, I’m giving the same answer: I really don’t know. He just became available. I can only speculate that the Orioles will pass because they currently have two left-handers in their bullpen - though Mark Hendrickson and Will Ohman

Up next for Gonzo: Norfolk

Left-hander Michael Gonzalez will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and pitch in three games before the Orioles decide whether to activate him. Gonzalez will pitch Friday and Sunday. He’ll throw again on Monday or Tuesday, depending on whether he needs the rest. John Stockstill, the Orioles’ director of minor league operations, said there’s a “slight possibility” that the club could activate Gonzalez on Friday,

Upcoming rotation

We’re not quite ready for the second half of the season to begin, but here’s how the rotation unfolds when the Orioles get back on the field at Camden Yards: Brad Bergesen Jeremy Guthrie Brian Matusz Chris Tillman Jake Arrieta Bergesen has come full circle. His first start of 2010 came against the Blue Jays on April 9 at Camden Yards. Let the circle be

Barely getting Wiggy with it

I kept tuning in and out of last night’s All-Star Game while waiting for Ty Wigginton to bat. I spotted him in the AL dugout a few times, leaning on the railing. But when would he actually play? I glanced up from my plate of sushi and saw Wigginton at third base. I saw his name listed as leading off the next inning. So what

Quick Gonzo update (updated)

Left-hander Michael Gonzalez, continuing his injury rehab assignment tonight at short-season Single-A Aberdeen, recorded the last two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Gonzalez induced a pop up and struck out an Auburn batter after replacing starter Justin Anderson. The Orioles want him to go more than one inning, so he’s expected to return for the sixth. For those of you keeping score

Quick B-Rob update

Brian Roberts went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored today for the Gulf Coast League Orioles in their 4-1 victory over the GCL Rays. Bring on the GCL Yankees. Serving as the Orioles designated hitter, Roberts lined a single into center field and a double into left. His only out in two rehab games came on a fly ball to center. Roberts is

Another loss for the Yankees (updated)

Brian Roberts has singled and walked in three plate appearances as the Gulf Coast League Orioles’ designated hitter. He’s 4-for-5 in the first two games of his injury rehab assignment. I know the Yankees don’t elicit much sympathy around here, but it’s been a rough week with the passing of Bob Sheppard, the team’s revered public address announcer, and owner George Steinbrenner within the past

Reflecting on the past

I watched about 12 seconds of the Home Run Derby before realizing that I no longer care about the Home Run Derby. David Ortiz won? Fabulous. Does the winner get a free spot in the slam dunk contest? Did Dwyane Wade really claim that he’s now part of the greatest trio in NBA history? Bird, McHale and Parish would like a minute for rebuttal. They’ll

Down on the farm

Luke Scott says he’ll start a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League team on Thursday. Brandon Waring hit his 14th home run tonight for Double-A Bowie, and Caleb Joseph belted his 10th, but Trenton scored seven runs in the ninth inning in a 10-5 victory over the Baysox. Bob McCrory took the loss after being charged with three runs. Pedro Beato, named to the

Manager, injury and draft updates (updated)

Don’t look for a new manager to take over the club when the season resumes on Friday. An announcement isn’t on the horizon. Buck Showalter clearly has emerged as the leading candidate after meeting with team officials again over the weekend, but I’m told that a lot needs to get done before anything is finalized. Nothing is going to happen in the near future unless

All-Star Game lineups

Tampa Bay left-hander David Price will start for the American League in tomorrow night’s All-Star Game. He’ll be opposed by Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez. Why wait until tomorrow? Here are the lineups: American League: Ichiro Suzuki, RF, SEA Derek Jeter, SS, NYY Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET Josh Hamilton, CF, TEX Vladimir Guerrero, DH, TEX Evan Longoria, 3B, TB Joe Mauer, C, MIN Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY

Streaking into the break

We’ve reached the All-Star break without the Orioles folding or going 2-86. I had serious concerns back in April about both possibilities. A four-game sweep in Texas has invigorated some fans whose loyalty was being severely tested, who were scrambling for reasons to maintain interest (tracking the prospects, the managerial search, the race against the ‘62 Mets and ‘88 Orioles). The first four-game road sweep

Breaking out the brooms

Forget what I said about the All-Star break coming at the perfect time. It’s coming at the worst-possible time. That’s five quality starts in seven games for Jake Arrieta, who held the Rangers to one run over 6 1/3 innings today and exited after 90 pitches. Jake Arrieta talks to Mark Viviano about his performance in the Orioles’ 4-1 win Interim manager Juan Samuel left

The decision

Do I save the leftover chicken piccata for dinner or eat it for lunch? Does it have to be one or the other? OK, here’s the actual decision that I’m referencing: The Rangers put a runner on second base with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Nelson Cruz represented the tying run. Jake Arrieta fell behind, 2-0, on two sliders. He got a

Craig’s list can’t include an injury

Backup catcher Craig Tatum fouled a ball off his left foot in the fourth inning and collapsed to the ground. He limped out of the batters box, a grimace on his face. He’ll have to play through the pain. The Orioles are short on reserves with Matt Wieters unavailable and Felix Pie recovering from a strained quad. Pie says he’s ready. Interim manager Juan Samuel

Can’t stop this offense

You can only hope to contain it. The Orioles haven’t swept a four-game series on the road since June 1995 in Chicago. They’ve already taken a 3-1 lead today in the top of the second inning. Who are these guys? They failed to score after Miguel Tejada reached third base with one out in the first inning, but Julio Lugo doubled in the second to

Orioles lineup: If it ain’t broke...

Look familiar? Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton DH Adam Jones CF Jake Fox 1B Craig Tatum C Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jake Arrieta RHP Bengie Molina is the only Ranger who has faced Arrieta, going 1-for-3 with a strikeout. For the Rangers: Julio Borbon CF Michael Young 3B Ian Kinsler 2B Vladimir Guerrero DH David Murphy LF

Road raves

It feels like I just got to Ocean Pines and I’m already prepared to make the return trip to Sykesville. I’ll post the lineups and check the comments once I’m home. The usual drill. Before hitting the road, I wanted to point out the following: * The Orioles are hitting on the road. They’re batting .301 in this series, with seven home runs and 14

Fun while it lasted (updated 3 times)

Chris Tillman lost his no-hitter with one out in the seventh inning when Ian Kinsler grounded a single into left field. Now we can talk about it. Tillman had allowed one baserunner, walking Elvis Andrus, before Kinsler broke up the no-no. Tillman deserves credit for maintaining his focus and retiring Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton, protecting a 5-0 lead that was built in part on

Three up, Rangers down

Once again, here are three things from tonight’s game that jumped out at me, got me in a headlock and gave me a noogie. 1. The Orioles swung at the first two pitches from Cliff Lee and took a 1-0 lead. Corey Patterson doubled and Miguel Tejada singled. That’s it. If you blinked, you missed it. The crowd erupted when Lee’s third pitch didn’t produce

Gonzalez goes back-to-back

Left-hander Michael Gonzalez took an important step in his eventual return to the Orioles, pitching at Double-A Bowie for the second consecutive night. Gonzalez retired the side in order, striking out one. He also tossed a scoreless inning last night, but he allowed a hit and walked a batter. Gonzalez, replacing starter Rick Zagone in the seventh inning tonight, recorded two outs on fly balls.

Luke Scott: “I’m doing great”

I exchanged text messages with Luke Scott earlier tonight, and it sounds like his injured hamstring is improving by the day. Scott has been rehabbing at the minor league complex in Sarasota. He took a “light jog” and hit today without experiencing any discomfort in his left leg. “I’m doing great,” he wrote. “No pain. A little fatigue with all the repetition, but that’s normal.

Fox at first (w/Rangers lineup)

Bring on Cliff Lee: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton DH Adam Jones CF Jake Fox 1B Craig Tatum C Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Chris Tillman RHP Here’s the Rangers lineup: Elvis Andrus SS Michael Young 3B Ian Kinsler 2B Vladimir Guerrero DH Josh Hamilton LF David Murphy RF Matt Treanor C Chris Davis 1B Julio Borbon CF

Tillman time

Let’s hear it for hour naps! Actually, they leave me groggy and feeling like the day is being wasted, but it’s raining here in Ocean Pines, I ate lunch and the game hasn’t started. A nap seemed like a good plan, even if the original intention was to close my eyes for a few minutes and listen to Wall to Wall Baseball on MASN. A

Grand east station

You people are impressive. I posted an entry at 1:45 a.m. that attracted more than 40 comments before I finally shut off the laptop around 2:30 a.m. and stumbled upstairs to bed. I wondered if I was the only person still awake and interested in the outcome of a game involving the team with the worst record in baseball. Silly me. The Orioles will face

Having a grand time (updated)

Not the fans who have sat through a steady rain. Not the sportswriters who just want to file their stories and go back to their hotels or homes. I’m talking about Corey Patterson, who hit his first career grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game, 6-6. Rangers closer Neftali Feliz kept pumping fastballs at Patterson, who launched a 2-2

Pie hurt again (updated)

That didn’t take long. Felix Pie left tonight’s game in the sixth inning with an injury to his left leg that he sustained while swinging at a pitch. Pie appeared to reach for his hip before crumpling to the ground. Jake Fox replaced him in left field. Update: Pie has been diagnosed with a strained quad. Pie lasted four games before coming down with another

Three-peating a theme (updated)

Once again, I give you the three moments from tonight’s game that jumped out at me, wrestled me to the ground and stole my wallet. 1. Vladimir Guerrero will swing at anything. If you roll the ball toward the visiting dugout, he’ll get a piece of it to stay alive. He kept hacking away at Brian Matusz’s pitches in the third inning, finally laid off

Gonzo’s going tonight

Left-hander Michael Gonzalez pitched a scoreless eighth inning tonight at Double-A Bowie, relieving starter Chorye Spoone and allowing one hit, walking a batter and striking out one. Gonzalez came within a foul tip of a 1-2-3 inning. Trenton mounted a two-out rally, but Gonzalez escaped the jam. He’s now the pitcher of record after the Baysox took the lead in the bottom of the eighth.

Cliff notes (updated)

Rain has delayed the start of the Orioles-Rangers game on the same night that Texas acquired left-hander Cliff Lee from the Mariners. It appears that the Orioles will face Lee tomorrow night. Good for them. The Mariners received a package from the Rangers that included first baseman Justin Smoak, part of the same draft class that brought Brian Matusz to the Orioles. Smoak traded. Matusz

Roster moves coming

It won’t surprise you to learn that the Orioles intend to call up Chris Tillman to make tomorrow night’s start against the Rangers and option third baseman Josh Bell to Triple-A Norfolk. The moves will be made official tomorrow. Interim manager Juan Samuel will wait to make sure the Orioles don’t sustain an injury that could change their plans for Bell. Samuel told reporters in

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson DH Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Matt Wieters C Scott Moore 2B Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP For the Rangers: Elvis Andrus SS Michael Young 3B Ian Kinsler 2B Vladimir Guerrero DH Josh Hamilton CF Bengie Molina C Nelson Cruz RF David Murphy LF Joaquin Arias 1B Scott Feldman

Brian’s song

Like many of you, I wondered why Craig Tatum batted in the eighth inning last night with the bases loaded and the game tied. Tatum drew a walk off Darren Oliver to force in the go-ahead run, but I still found it curious that Matt Wieters didn’t pinch-hit for him. Interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters after the game that Wieters couldn’t play because of

Shouldering the blame

Well, it took almost an hour, but I’m finally able to write this blog entry. I knew that my wireless card and laptop would eventually allow me to get some work done. Thanks to both. I’m heading to Ocean Pines later this morning - and much later than I anticipated because of my internet issues - and I plan on pulling over my car and

Pie’s impact (updated)

Starting in left field again tonight, Felix Pie launched a ball into the second deck in the seventh inning to reduce Texas’ lead to 4-2. Pie had two hits and an RBI on Tuesday. He tripled last night and homered tonight. I’m not putting him in the Hall of Fame, but he’s hard to miss. Pie has collected hits in eight of his 11 starts

Do you see what I see?

Once again, I give you three moments from tonight’s game that jumped out at me and almost knocked me over. 1. Jeremy Guthrie has been high and tight to Vladimir Guerrero in three at-bats, and Guerrero looks like he’s contemplating a trip to the mound. As I noted earlier today, Guerrero was 1-for-17 lifetime against Guthrie before tonight, so I’m not sure exactly what’s going

Pending moves

I just spoke with Mark Viviano, who’s handling the sideline duties for MASN in this series. Interim manager Juan Samuel confirmed that Saturday’s starter will come from the minors. The Orioles considered left-hander Mark Hendrickson before deciding on a call-up. Samuel didn’t mention Chris Tillman by name, but he’s expected to take the ball for the Orioles. It’s also assumed that third baseman Josh Bell

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson DH Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Craig Tatum C Scott Moore 2B Julio Lugo SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Rangers: Elvis Andrus SS Michael Young 3B Ian Kinsler 2B Vladimir Guerrero DH Josh Hamilton LF Bengie Molina C Nelson Cruz RF Justin Smoak 1B Julio Borbon CF Tommy Hunter

Cooling off Koji

I’m making the assumption that Koji Uehara doesn’t have warm memories of his last visit to Arlington. The temperature is much higher. The steam’s still rising off them. Reach too close and you’ll singe the hair on your arms. Uehara wilted in the heat during his May 19 appearance, removing his cap and gasping for air between pitches, and we didn’t see him on the

This, that and the other

Being so busy yesterday, I missed the news that the Oakland Athletics purchased reliever Ross Wolf’s contract, returning him to the majors for the first time since 2007. The Orioles should celebrate the occasion by starting Jake Fox tonight. A win would be nice, too. I passed along a few tidbits last night about Rangers starter Tommy Hunter. It’s also worth noting that he was

That’s a wrap

Brad Bergesen gave up 11 hits in six-plus innings tonight. If you win, you scatter 11 hits. When you lose, you give them up. The Orioles have won twice since sweeping the Nationals at Camden Yards. So much for turning around their season, or at least getting it a little more straight. Three moments really stood out for me tonight: 1. Johnny Damon laying down

Safe at third (updated)

The Orioles have tripled in four straight games, with Felix Pie producing the latest one tonight. Pie collected the Orioles’ second hit, and we just completed the top of the fifth. Tigers starter Max Scherzer has been tying them in knots. Pie lined the ball into the right field corner with two outs in the fifth and motored into third base. He dived into the

The ‘pen is no longer mightier

The Orioles’ bullpen has fallen into a collective slump. The club’s relievers have worked 10 2/3 innings in the last two games and allowed 13 earned runs and 19 hits, with seven walks and 13 strikeouts. In the 10 previous games, the bullpen had surrendered nine earned runs in 32 2/3 innings for a 2.48 ERA. Brad Bergesen could do the Orioles a huge favor

Reimold homers (updated)

Nolan Reimold hit his fifth home run today as part of Triple-A Norfolk’s six-run seventh inning, and the Tides have taken an 8-2 lead over Gwinnett. Reimold, starting again at first base, is 1-for-3 with two RBIs. He’s batting .209. Rhyne Hughes has two more hits, leaving his average at .279. Robert Andino is 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Matt Angle is 2-for-3 with a stolen

Pie still in one piece (w/lineups)

Felix Pie is hitting .385, but the Orioles have lost all nine games that he’s played. Don’t blame Pie. It’s not entirely his fault. I checked on him an hour ago and he’s feeling fine after making his first start with the Orioles since April 15. No shoulder or back pain. It must be behind him, so to speak. “I still feel good,” he said.

Looking ahead to tonight (w/update)

We’ve discussed the Orioles’ failings with runners in scoring position. I just hope they can get some runners on base tonight. Tigers starter Max Scherzer has allowed two earned runs and struck out 23 in his last three starts covering 20 2/3 innings, and he’s won his last four starts at home. Scherzer struck out 14 batters in 5 2/3 innings in a May 30

Glancing back at last night

Have you noticed that the Orioles seem to win more games when they hit with runners in scoring position? They were more productive in those situations while sweeping the Nationals at Camden Yards. They went 3-for-17 last night and lost to the Tigers in 11 innings. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence. Better results from their bullpen would have reversed the outcome, but they couldn’t

When 17 hits aren’t enough

Seriously, would 20 do the trick? What’s it going to take? Johnny Damon’s two-run, walk-off home run off David Hernandez in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Tigers a 7-5 victory over the Orioles. Gary and Mike ask Juan Samuel about the O’s 7-5 11-inning loss to Detroit I had a bad feeling about this game once interim manager Juan Samuel called upon

Trying to hold on (and failing)

Nick Markakis is 3-for-5 with three RBIs, including a two-run shot in the seventh inning that wiped out Detroit’s 1-0 lead, and Felix Pie has two hits and an RBI in his return. Will it be enough? The Tigers scored twice in the eighth against Jason Berken to dial up the drama. It’s up to Alfredo Simon to record the five-out save. More drama. Update:

Loewen behold

We have a late addition to the Eastern League All-Star Game. His name is Adam Loewen, and he plays the outfield for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. We’ll deal with “Fisher Cats” later. Loewen is batting .278 in 77 games, with 22 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 49 RBIs and an .853 OPS. He’s also 10-for-14 in stolen base attempts. That’s quite an improvement over

Millwood to DL official

The Orioles placed pitcher Kevin Millwood on the 15-day disabled list and activated Felix Pie for tonight’s game in Detroit. Millwood’s injury is described as a “strained right forearm (flexor mass).” Millwood is 2-8 with a 5.77 ERA in a team-leading 18 starts. Pie is 8-for-20 with two doubles and a home run for the Orioles, but he’s been on the DL since April 16

Waiting on Millwood

The Orioles won’t determine pitcher Kevin Millwood’s status until he arrives at Comerica Park in a few hours, but the right-hander is expected to go on the disabled list unless the club’s thinking undergoes a drastic change. Interim manager Juan Samuel and pitching coach Rick Kranitz expressed concern over Millwood’s health - specifically, his right elbow - after yesterday’s one-inning start. Millwood could probably use

Funny how things change - Part II

When I spoke to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail on Friday, he said that no other interviews with managerial candidates were scheduled in the near future. Multiple reports surfaced last night that the Orioles contacted Buck Showalter again. It doesn’t sound like another formal interview, so I guess we’ve ventured into a gray area here, but it seems to confirm that Showalter remains the

Hobgood back on the hill

Single-A Delmarva pitcher Matt Hobgood, making his first start since June 11, allowed one run and three hits in three innings against Hickory. Hobgood, last year’s first-round draft pick who had been shut down with a sore right shoulder, recorded seven of his outs on ground balls. Nathan Moreau, who threw a no-hitter in his Carolina League debut with Single-A Frederick, has allowed one hit

Samuel: “We’re starting to be concerned”

Interim manager Juan Samuel expressed concern for starting pitcher Kevin Millwood during his post-game interview on MASN. Millwood lasted only one inning, allowing five runs and throwing 45 pitches before Samuel began parading relievers to the mound. He’s posted a 9.89 ERA in his last seven starts, raising his season ERA to 5.77. “We’re starting to be concerned,” Samuel said. “We don’t know if something’s

Tillman’s gem (w/Orioles final)

Chris Tillman didn’t throw another no-hitter today, but he came awfully close. Tillman tossed a one-hit shutout in Triple-A Norfolk’s 2-0 victory over Charlotte. He walked one batter and struck out five, and threw 64 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Tillman, who improved to 8-4 with a 2.72 ERA with the Tides, gave up a one-out single to Jordan Danks in the third inning.

Koji’s latest (& 2 Tillman updates)

Making his third appearance since coming off the disabled list, Koji Uehara surrendered two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to increase Detroit’s lead to 10-7. Yes, they’re only through the fifth inning at Comerica Park. And the pace actually increased for a short time. Uehara gave up three hits, including Ramon Santiago’s bunt single to open the inning. Austin Jackson followed with

Time of game: 5 hours, 47 minutes (updated)

That’s just a prediction. The Orioles and Tigers are entering the bottom of the second inning. That’s it. More than an hour since the first pitch, and it’s the bottom of the second. Kevin Millwood is out of the game after one inning and five runs, but he won’t be tagged with the loss. The Orioles rallied to take a 6-5 lead and knock out

Funny how things change (updated)

I sat in the interview room at Camden Yards and listened to interim manager Juan Samuel say that Felix Pie would return to left field and the leadoff spot once the Orioles activated him from the disabled list. Samuel told reporters in Boston over the weekend that Pie would hit lower in the order while Corey Patterson continued to occupy the top spot. Samuel now

Today’s lineups (w/ Bell update)

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Jake Fox 1B Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP For the Tigers: Austin Jackson CF Johnny Damon DH Magglio Ordonez RF Miguel Cabrera 1B Brennan Boesch LF Carlos Guillen 2B Brandon Inge 3B Alex Avila C Ramon Santiago SS Andy Oliver

Here today, gone by July 31?

It’s always difficult to gauge how active the Orioles will be at the non-waiver trade deadline that arrives at the end of this month. I brace for a repeat of the 2000 roster purge, and it doesn’t come. Maybe one guy gets moved, like closer George Sherrill last summer, or maybe none until the end of August. The Orioles have another batch of candidates who

Better outing for Gonzo (updated)

Left-hander Michael Gonzalez threw a scoreless inning tonight at Double-A Bowie, striking out two batters in the process. The other out came on a ground ball. Gonzalez’s fastball registered at 92 mph on the Prince George’s Stadium radar gun. You’ll recall that Gonzalez gave up home runs in two of his rehab appearances before tonight. The Orioles want Gonzalez to pitch Tuesday at short-season Single-A

Markakis: Make his a double (updated)

Nick Markakis has taken over the AL lead in doubles with 25. His two-bagger in the fourth inning eventually led to the game’s first run. Markakis moved to third base and scored on John Lackey’s wild pitch. Markakis has plenty of supporters who believe he should represent the Orioles in the All-Star Game. He’s probably a victim of his position. AL manager Joe Girardi needs

Congrats to Wiggy

Ty Wigginton has been chosen as a reserve and will represent the Orioles in the All-Star Game. Wigginton is batting .251 with 12 doubles, 14 homers and 42 RBIs. I’m taken back to FanFest and all the questions Wigginton fielded about the club’s decision to sign Garrett Atkins for first base and Miguel Tejada for third. Wigginton was disappointed, but he never publicly ripped the

Today’s lineups

For the Orioles: LF Corey Patterson DH Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis 1B Ty Wigginton CF Adam Jones 3B Josh Bell 2B Scott Moore C Craig Tatum SS Cesar Izturis LHP Brian Matusz For the Red Sox: SS Marco Scutaro CF Darnell McDonald DH David Ortiz 1B Kevin Youkilis 3B Adrian Beltre RF J.D. Drew 2B Bill Hall LF Daniel Nava C Gustavo Molina RHP

Getting defensive

The Orioles completed tonight’s game at Fenway Park having committed 14 errors in the last 12 games after making 10 errors in the previous 19. And we’re not taking into account the numerous balls misplayed in the outfield, the grounders that weren’t fielded cleanly and were scored a hit, the double plays that weren’t turned that gave teams an extra out. “We are defensively challenged

Pie hit; Orioles could use one (updated)

Felix Pie was hit by a pitch in the wrist/forearm area tonight at Double-A Bowie, but he stayed in the game. He’s 0-for-2. Disaster averted. Update: Pie is 1-for-3. If you have him in some weird pool...he’s 1-for-3. Steve Johnson allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings, but he also walked five Akron batters. Control has never been an issue with him. Maybe the

Tonight’s lineups

For the Orioles: Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Jake Fox DH Julio Lugo 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Red Sox: Marco Scutaro SS Eric Patterson 2B David Ortiz DH Kevin Youkilis 1B J.D. Drew RF Adrian Beltre 3B Daniel Nava LF Mike Cameron CF Kevin Cash C Jon

Organizational awards

The Orioles named left-hander Zach Britton the organization’s Pitcher of the Month for June after he went 3-0 with a 0.66 ERA in four starts with the Baysox. He allowed 19 hits and struck out 25 batters in 27 1/3 innings. Britton was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk and stayed on a roll, tossing six shutout innings in his debut on Thursday. Bowie outfielder Tyler Henson

Not B-Robbing Brian of an opportunity

I mentioned yesterday that second baseman Brian Roberts, limited to four games because of a herniated disk and an assortment of setbacks that include pneumonia, back tightness and a stomach ailment, has started to take batting practice again in Sarasota. You can decide whether this is an encouraging development or another cruel tease. “We’ve gotten him up to these situations before and there’s been an

Going, Going, Gonzo (updated)

Michael Gonzalez gave up a home run in his second straight injury rehab game, this time in Double-A Bowie. Gonzalez retired the first Akron batter he faced to end the fifth inning, but he served up a two-out homer in the sixth and came out of the game. He recorded two outs on fly balls and one on a grounder. Gonzalez surrendered a two-run homer

Not forgettin’ Britton

Remember the great Brian Matusz debate last season? President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail kept insisting that Matusz wouldn’t make his major league debut in 2009, that the left-hander would eventually be shut down after Double-A Bowie completed its season. You know the rest. Brad Bergesen took a Billy Butler line drive off his left shin on July 30, Orioles scouts insisted that Matusz was

Tonight’s lineups (w/Gonzo update)

For the Orioles: LF Corey Patterson 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis 1B Ty Wigginton CF Adam Jones C Matt Wieters DH Josh Bell 2B Julio Lugo SS Cesar Izturis RHP Brad Bergesen For the Red Sox: SS Marco Scutaro LF Eric Patterson DH David Ortiz 1B Kevin Youkilis 3B Adrian Beltre RF J.D. Drew 2B Bill Hall CF Mike Cameron C Kevin Cash RHP

J.J. back on the bump

Reliever Jim Johnson is scheduled to throw off a mound tomorrow at the minor league complex in Sarasota. Johnson had been shut down temporarily after experiencing soreness in his right elbow. Also, second baseman Brian Roberts’ light baseball activites have increased to where he’s taking batting practice again. Roberts has reached this point before and suffered a variety of setbacks.

Did you know...

Since B.J. Ryan allowed a three-run walk-off homer to David Ortiz on June 2, 2005, the Orioles are 9-34 at Fenway Park and have lost 15 of their last 17 games on Yawkey Way. Ty Wigginton hit his 14th home run Wednesday and his first as a first baseman. According to Elias, Wigginton is the only player in the major leagues to homer while playing

The defense rests

I devoted my final entry last night to the Orioles’ defense. I hope it didn’t contain any errors. I recall a time when the organization stressed tightening up the defense to assist the young starting pitchers. Just using last night as an example, you’ve got center fielder Corey Patterson in left, rookie work-in-progress Josh Bell at third, corner infielder Scott Moore at second and third

Post-game Samuel

The Orioles were charged with two errors tonight, but they failed to make plays all over the field. “There’s no doubt that we do have to pick it up defensively,” interim manager Juan Samuel said. “We have been able to overcome those mistakes the last few days, but most of the time it’s not going to happen. Anytime you give the opposing club four or

Two pitching lines (& Bell’s first hit)

Josh Bell lined a 2-0 fastball from Trevor Cahill into left field in the seventh inning for his first major league hit. The Orioles retrieved the ball for him. Jake Arrieta went six innings tonight and turned in a quality start by definition. Three of the four runs he allowed were earned. Arrieta gave up seven hits, walked four and struck out two. He threw

Bell’s first blunder (updated)

Josh Bell’s first major league game has included his first error. Bell made a sliding stop of Kevin Kouzmanoff’s shot near the line in the fifth inning, but his throw pulled first baseman Ty Wigginton off the bag. Wigginton was charged with an error earlier in the inning, and the Orioles failed to turn a double play on Kurt Suzuki’s grounder to Cesar Izturis. Bell

Bell’s debut

Josh Bell took his first swings as a major leaguer with two outs in the bottom of the second inning. We’ll always remember where we were on this momentous occasion. Bell took two outside pitches from Athletics starter Trevor Cahill. He fouled off a 91 mph fastball, took a 93 mph fastball that missed outside to run the count to 3-1, and chopped a 91

First update (w/1st & 2nd updates)

Nick Markakis flied to the warning track in center field to score Corey Patterson, who led off with a double, and give the Orioles a quick 1-0 lead. Jake Arrieta needed only nine pitches to complete the top of the first. Update: Former Oriole Jack Cust doubled to score Ryan Sweeney in the top of the second and tie the game, 1-1. Update II: Patterson

MacPhail on interviews

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail had a busy day, dealing with Luke Scott’s placement on the disabled list and corresponding roster move, and interviewing two candidates for the full-time managerial position. Though he wouldn’t confirm the names, MacPhail met with Eric Wedge (again) and Rick Dempsey. “We had two interviews,” he said. “As always, they are informative and insightful. It’s an interesting process, not

MacPhail on Bell

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail intended to activate Felix Pie from the disabled list as Luke Scott’s replacement on the 25-man roster, but he received feedback that suggested Pie needed a little more time in the outfield and at the plate. Welcome to the majors, Josh Bell. “Once (Pie) gets here, he’s going to get thrown into the lineup and we need to get

Dempsey interviews; More on Bell

Rick Dempsey spent two hours at Peter Angelos’ law office interviewing for the manager’s job. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and General Counsel Russell Smouse attended the interview. Angelos was not there. “I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Dempsey, a former catcher and coach with the Orioles who currently serves as a MASN analyst. “It was a simple process with good questions, and I thought

Bell’s in the lineup

Corey Patterson LF Miguel Tejada DH Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Josh Bell 3B Scott Moore 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jake Arrieta RHP

Bell tolls in Baltimore

The Orioles decided to keep Felix Pie on his injury rehab assignment and recall third baseman Josh Bell from Triple-A Norfolk. Bell replaces Luke Scott, who goes on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Bell batted .266 with 24 doubles, 10 homers and 44 RBIs in 74 games with the Tides. He hit .274 this month, with nine doubles, four homers, 19

Touch ‘em all

It’s another beautiful day, and my last one before the Orioles embark on a long road trip, followed by the All-Star break. That’s my break. Luke Scott will be re-evaluated today, but he sure sounds like a guy who expects to go on the disabled list. What lesson did we learn last night, kids? Never run hard. OK, not really. Felix Pie drove from Bowie

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