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 with the media after the O’s 5-4 loss to the Rays

Miguel Tejada fielded Jason Barlett’s ground ball with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and hesitated before throwing home for the force. The Orioles couldn’t turn the double play, and Jason Berken walked Evan Longoria to force in the go-ahead run.

“If you look at the game, we had a situation where we thought we could turn a double play and we didn’t there,” Samuel said. “If we make what we needed to make there, I think probably Tejada should have gone to second base there, so it was unfortunate. Jason came in and gave us a ground ball, so that’s what we were asking for. We got a ground ball.”

In the eighth, pinch-runner Scott Moore broke for third base on Adam Jones’ grounder to short and ran into an out.

“That’s something that you work in spring training as much as everybody does, and it’s just unfortunate,” Samuel said. “That’s not what you want there. He’s in scoring position at second base. That’s not a good decision.”

Asked about the breakdown in fundamentals, Samuel said, “Well, as long as they understand what they needed to do. And a lot of times, it seems like we don’t anticipate a play or we make up our mind where we’re going with it instead of reading the ball. (Tejada) said he was set up mentally to go home with it, and we’ll always let those guys know that if the ball’s hit hard, you go to second base, and if you don’t think you have a chance to turn the double play, we need to come home with it. He knows he should have gone to second base.”

Going home sounds like a pretty good idea right about now.

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