April 2010

O's meet

The Orioles held a players-only meeting prior to Saturday’s
game to try to get back on track. Manager Dave Trembley declined to really talk
about the meeting, preferring to keep it in house.

“I think it’s always a positive step when people step
forward and exchange some thoughts and ideas,” Trembley said.

Here’s hoping those thoughts and ideas help the O’s snap an
eight-game skid.

Orioles/As pregame tidbits and lineups

Some notes from you pregame as the Orioles try to salvage a
split of the four-game series against Oakland.

*Koji Uehara threw batting practice today and will throw a
simulated game on Monday. There’s no timetable in place, but manager Dave
Trembely acknowledged Koji is getting better.

*Brian Roberts saw Dr. Lee Riley and he is responding well
to the second epidural in his back. He will see Riley (who is a back
specialist) again on Monday.

*The Orioles held a team meeting earlier today to try to get
back on track. It a players-only type meeting, with Trembley declined to
comment on the meeting, preferring to keep it in-house.

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

ATHLETICS
LINEUP:

Rajai Davis CF
Daric Barton 1B
Ryan Sweeney RF
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Kurt Suzuki C
Eric Chavez DH
Gabe Gross LF
Adam Rosales 2B
Cliff Pennington SS

Justin Duchscherer RHP

Recapping and moving ahead

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It’s not the prettiest stadium, but the Orioles baseball
that’s been played inside it hasn’t been so great either.

They are now a Major League-worst 1-10 with Friday’s
loss
. They’re batting .128 (10-for-78) with runners in scoring position
and 1-for-38 (.026) with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Matt Wieters and Ty Wigginton are the only guys batting over
.270.

But they will stay positive, according to manager Dave Trembley,
who spoke through gritted teeth last night as he answered questions.

“I get tired
of answering the same question in a very positive way but that
s
the way I will be,” Trembley said. “And I will deal with it as professionally
and as upfront as I possibly can. And none of us will let this get the best of
us.”

Jeremy Guthrie will
take the hill later this afternoon looking to stop the skid before it reaches
double digits. It won’t be an easy task as the A’s send Justin Duchscherer to
the hill.

In nine games (two starts)
against Baltimore, Duchscherer owns a career 2-0 mark and 2.78 ERA. Oakland
starters are 6-0 to begin the season for the first time since 2003.

B-Rob "better"

About the only positive piece of news manager Dave Trembley relayed
following Friday’s loss
was on the opposite side of the country.

 

Brian Roberts saw back specialist Dr. Lee Riley and he’s responding
well to his second epidural. Trembley was told that Roberts is a “little better”
and he will see Riley again on Monday.

 

Given that Felix Pie is now on the disabled list, any of hope of returning
Roberts to the lineup is a lift. Even if that hope is slight.

Braden, Millwood on the game

Here’s Dallas Braden talking about his performance tonight. He has pretty much
owned the O’s and improved to 5-1 with a 1.57 ERA in six starts against them.

“I always like to stress strike one. Again, I think that was
the prevalent thing for me tonight was being able to kind of force the issue
with them. I know they’ve got some guys there when you get behind or you start
to get guys on base or you get in trouble, they can do some damage with one
swing of the bat,” Braden said. “I’m sure that ball [Ty] Wigginton hit is
probably sitting on my coffee table right now in Stockton. That’s a prime
example of keeping it down and not letting them hurt you.”

Braden’s gem against the Orioles is nothing new. He’s the
ninth opposing starter in 11 games to pitch at least six innings and the sixth
starter to go at least seven. Usually starters don’t go deep into games this consistently
in April.  But for those of you have seen
the ugly offensive stats the Orioles have put up, it’s not surprising.

“It’s just frustrating,” Kevin Millwood said.
“We’re not getting blown out, we’re just not winning. It’s definitely
frustrating, but we have another game tomorrow so you can’t let it beat you
down too much.”

“The year I was in Cleveland, we had a rough start,” said
Millwood who is 0-2 despite three quality starts. “That’s just the way it is.
You have to come out of it sooner or later. Hopefully, it’s sooner.”

Did the O's miss out on Cal?

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Did the
Orioles miss out adding Cal Ripken in a coaching capacity? A report
by FOXSports.com Ken Rosenthal says so. The report has several sources
cited.  I’m waiting to see if I can get
any reaction on the Orioles side.

Pie to the DL, Montanez here

It’s official: Felix Pie is on the 15-day disabled list and Lou Montanez is here. 

Pie's replacements

If Felix Pie does warrant a DL trip (and I’m not saying he
does, but he might) the Orioles will likely recall Lou Montanez. Montanez
nearly made the team this spring when Nolan Reimold’s status was uncertain and
will allow manager Dave Trembley another option in the outfield. Since Reimold’s
still not 100 percent the team doesn’t want to run him out there every day.

Of course the best case scenario simply would be to avoid
putting Pie on the DL. But Trembley made it clear last night that the team is
committed to getting Pie’s left shoulder back in order. It’s a problem that
keeps creeping up and sidelining him for a few days at a time. So, the best
long-term solution probably would be to give Pie a chance to let his shoulder
fully heal.

O's out early

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The Orioles are out on the field for some early batting
practice thrown my bench coach Jeff Datz. Nolan Reimold, Adam Jones and Nick
Markakis
were among those who took swings (at least while I was here at around 2:30
p.m. West Coast time). There were also a few other players jogging and working
out.

It’s windy here so that might help the ball carry. But then again, the Coliseum is huge.

Pie exits

OAKLAND-Orioles outfielder Felix Pie exited Thursday’s game against the Oakland Athletics after scoring the team’s first run in the seventh inning.  Pie, who appeared to injure his shoulder while at the plate, drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Adam Jones’ single.He scored on Nick Markakis’ sacrifice fly to mark the first time the Orioles drove in a runner in scoring position all night.

Pie has been plagued by left shoulder injuries in the past, most recently hurting his arm while throwing to the plate in the Orioles’ Opening Day to the Rays on April 6. He has been one of the few bright spots in an Orioles’ offense and entered Thursday’s game batting .471 with a homer and an RBI. He was 0-for-3 in Thursday’s game. Nolan Reimold took over for Pie in left field for the bottom of the seventh inning.

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{pagOAKLAND-Orioles outfielder Felix Pie exited Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics

after scoring the team’s first run in the seventh inning.  Pie, who appeared to injure his

shoulder while at the plate, drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Adam Jones’ single.

He scored on Nick Markakis’ sacrifice fly to mark the first time the Orioles drove in a

runner in scoring position all night.

Pie has been plagued by left shoulder injuries in the past, most recently hurting his arm

while throwing to the plate in the Orioles’ Opening Day to the Rays on April 6. He has been

one of the few bright spots in an Orioles’ offense and entered Thursday’s game batting .471

with a homer and an RBI. He was 0-for3 in Thursday’s game. Nolan Reimold took over for Pie in

left field for the bottom of the seventh inning.
OAKLAND-Orioles outfielder Felix Pie exited Thursday’s game against the Oakland Athletics

after scoring the team’s first run in the seventh inning.  Pie, who appeared to injure his

shoulder while at the plate, drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Adam Jones’ single.

He scored on Nick Markakis’ sacrifice fly to mark the first time the Orioles drove in a

runner in scoring position all night.

Pie has been plagued by left shoulder injuries in the past, most recently hurting his arm

while throwing to the plate in the Orioles’ Opening Day to the Rays on April 6. He has been

one of the few bright spots in an Orioles’ offense and entered Thursday’s game batting .471

with a homer and an RBI. He was 0-for3 in Thursday’s game. Nolan Reimold took over for Pie in

left field for the bottom of the seventh inning.

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