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Os/Red Sox lineups and pregame tidbits

*Brian Matusz was named AL Rookie of the Month for August. In six August starts, Matusz went 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA (37.0IP, 10ER).

*Adam Jones and Corey Patterson are not in the starting lineup and both outfielders are pretty banged up. Jones has been dealing with upper back soreness and left last night’s game prior to taking his scheduled at-bat in the seventh, while Patterson has been getting treatment on his neck and shoulder area after crashing into the wall in Chicago and again in Anaheim. Manager Buck Showalter will try to stay away from both of them, with Nolan Reimold getting an outfield start. While Patterson said he could maybe pinch run, Jones is a little more beat up and may be out for another day or two.

*Double-A Bowie outfielder Xavier Avery was added to the Arizona Fall League roster and will join the O’s Scottsdale team.

*Oh, and Jake Arrieta shaved his mustache, which I know is a big deal around here. He also lost a bet with catcher Matt Wieters that he’d keep it til the end of the year and had to fork over some money to him this afternoon. 

ORIOLES LINEUP
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Felix Pie CF
Matt Wieters C
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B

Brad Bergesen RHP

RED SOX LINEUP:
Marco Scutaro SS
JD Drew RF
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jed Lowrie 2B
Mike Lowell 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Ryan Kalish CF

Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP
 

Jones exits

BALTIMORE– Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones exited Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox in the top of the seventh inning with upper back soreness.

Jones, was hit by a pitch in his left shoulder blade in Chicago on Aug. 24 and missed the following week with lingering soreness. He returned to the lineup on Tuesday with no reported problems, but television replays on Wednesday showed him slamming his left shoulder into the wall to make a fourth inning catch on Adrian Beltre’s ball.

Jones remained in the game following that, but did not take his scheduled at-bat in the seventh inning.
 
“It wasn’t so much up against the wall,” manager Buck Showalter said when of the injury.  “The one swing [in his previous at-bat] really bit him. We talked after the at-bat, play defense because it’s happened a couple times and it’s kind of loosened back up, but it didn’t tonight.”

He was replaced by Jake Fox, who grounded into an inning-ending double play.  Jones went 1-for-3 with a two-RBI double and a run scored in the first inning. 

Orioles/Red Sox lineups

*Adam Jones and Brian Roberts are back in the lineup. Jones got some treatment and felt better yesterday, Roberts had an MRI on Monday and it came back as well as could be expected, according to manager Buck Showalter. Roberts (hip strain) took pregame batting practice and was a late addition, but he’s good to go..

RED SOX LINEUP
Marco Scutaro SS
Darnell McDonald CF
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 2B
Mike Lowell 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Jed Lowrie 2B
Bill Hall LF

Josh Beckett RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B

Brian Matusz LHP

Jones, Britton, Tillman notes and Machado update

*Adam Jones is out of the lineup again, although he feels much better. (He made sure I mention that.) Seriously though, he’s having trouble running and really moving around still and will take another day off. 

*Chris Tillman is expected to be recalled as part of September callups, but he likely won’t pitch out of the bullpen and will join the Orioles rotation.

*It’s becoming increasingly less likely that Zach Britton will come up in September. There were reports that he would, and the Orioles can still go that way, but given that Tillman will come up and push it to a six-man rotation, it makes no sense to have Britton come up and sit the bench, or push it to a 7-man rotation. Britton will make his next scheduled start Aug. 30 in Norfolk and will most likely stay on schedule down there to end the season. Keep in mind the Orioles have a bunch of off days and to bring up Britton would really give guys too much rest. Plus, Britton isn’t on the 40-man roster and Orioles officials are leaning toward having him finish in Triple-A and obviously came back strong for Major League Spring Training.

*Orioles offensive coordinator and infield instructor Mike Bordick has been working with top Draft pick Manny Machado in Sarasota, Fla and giving manager Buck Showalter some positive reports. Showalter added that Bordick is usually a tough grader, and while Machado is shaking off some rust, he’s been progressing well in his workouts. Machado could get some at-bats in a GCL game by the end of this week, but probably won’t play the field until next week.

Orioles/White Sox lineups and pregame tidbits

*As expected Jim Johnson will be activated for Friday’s series opener in Anaheim.

*David Hernandez threw a bullpen session in Saraosta today with no reported problems. They are working toward him throwing live batting practice on Sept. 1, according to manager Buck Showalter. Hernandez said yesterday he was hoping to return early next month and the Orioles will probably have him pitch at Bowie or Frederick in a rehab outing first.

*Adam Jones is out of the lineup but is available if needed. Jones took a fastball to his left shoudler blade last night and is still pretty sore.

*Luke Scott’s right foot had a nice bruise on it –after fouling off a ball in the fifth inning last night– but the O’s dodged a bullet and he’s back in the lineup today.   

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Brian Roberts 2B
Corey Patterson LF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Felix Pie CF
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B
Brian Matusz LHP

WHITE SOX LINEUP:
Juan Pierre LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Alex Rios CF
Paul Konerko 1B
Carlos Quentin DH
A.J. Pierzynski C
Andruw Jones RF
Omar Vizquel 3B
Gordon Beckham 2B
Mark Buehrle LHP

The wrath of Juan

As you probably know from reading about last night’s 9-3 loss to the Red Sox, interim manager Juan Samuel got pretty heated.

Samuel earned his first career ejection and later held a closed-door meeting with his players to let them know he wasn’t satisfied with Saturday’s effort.

“He played the game one way, and when he sees the game not being played
the way he played or the way it should be played, I think he gets
frustrated — as he should,” said center fielder Adam Jones.

“We didn’t play defensively like a big league team,” Nick Markakis said
of an Orioles club with nine errors in their past five games, including
four straight multi-miscue nights. “We made bonehead plays.” 

The Orioles head into Sunday 23-56 after 80 games, mirroring the mark of the
franchise-worst 107-loss squad of 1988.

“We definitely need to get better,” Samuel said.
“Even though last week we won some games, we did not play good defense.
We have to pick it up. We need to do all those little things if we’re
going to compete in this division and win some ball games.”

Jones in June

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(Photo by Andrew Markowitz Photography)

Adam Jones has an eight-game hitting streak right now and is hitting .424 (14-for-33) over that stretch with four homers, nine RBIs and nine runs scored.

Jones doubled to drive in a run as part of the Orioles three-run fifth, but if you dig deeper into the stats it appears Jones has been markedly better this month.

He is batting .315 (29-for-92) in 24 June games, with seven homers and 18 RBIs. He had five homers and 15 RBIs combined in his first 50 games this season.

I asked him yesterday after he hit a solo homer to start the Orioles’ five-run rally, what the difference is. Is he being more patient? Not pressing as much?

“I’m just hitting, really,” Jones said.  “I’m not trying to think a lot. I’m just going up there and putting a good swing on the ball. I’m still going to swing hard, people ask why I swing hard, that’s just the way I play. I’m just trying to drive the ball rather than just put the ball in play.”

So far, so good. Jones has raised his average from a season-low .203 up to .271 and is starting to show why he was such a highly regarded young talent.

It’ll be interesting to see if he can continue to consistently put up good ABs heading into the All-Star break. While I don’t think a late-surge is enough to warrant him going to the ASG, I do know that he’s well-thought of around the league and –outside of maybe Nick Markakis — has the most name recognition for the Orioles.

Tejada, Jones look forward

Fresh off a three-game sweep in Toronto the Orioles are 21 games under .500 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games. And the schedule doesn’t get any easier, as the Orioles next nine games are against the Yankees and the Red Sox.

“It was a bad month,” Miguel Tejada said. “Tuesday we’re going to start another month and we have to do it from there. It’s a new month. We have the perfect team to start playing good against, the Yankees and Boston, and the Yankees again and the Mets. That’s going to be the start of us playing good again.”

“We just have to play better baseball. [Manager Dave Trembley is] doing the best he can to get us to play better baseball. I know they always blame the manager, but I think we as players, we have to start to pick it up.”

Said Adam Jones: “We have a good day off tomorrow. I hope it’s nice weather. Guys can go out and enjoy New York, watch a play, get our minds off baseball and come back against the Yankees.”

Jones on detainment

Adam Jones just spoke with the media to clarify what went on last night regarding his detainment…

“Basically, what happened, was they had the wrong person they thought I was somebody else. It all got situated but it took its time to get situated. It’s frustrating for me, I shouldn’t have put it out how I put it it out, its just frustrating. Now we can all just get on with it, there’s more stories, I guess, people want to stay something but everything’s taken care of on my end.”

[detained or further screening?] “We went to immigration so I would consider that detained.
Everything is cool. They said I had a criminal record, my mom raised me better than that. I have never been involved with anything criminal in my entire life. It was along, pointless situation to me because of the circumstances but I’m glad that got cleared and that won’t be a problem anymore coming into this country.”

[was it Adam Jones the NFl Player?] “I don’t know if it’s him. We got the same name obviously but I’m not going to say I was mistaken for him when I don’t know.”

“It doesn’t matter what I put on my Twitter page. It’s just something that never should have happened. Obviously putting it on my Twitter page, it’s gaining pointless exposure. I’ve learned my lesson [smiles].”

[were you alone?]
“I’m not going to say who was there with me. I wasn’t the only person there.”

Jones detained in Canada

Adam Jones was detained early this morning in Canada along with several other unnamed members of the Orioles team for an extra screening process that required them to leave the airport. An Orioles official and Jones confirmed he wasn’t alone in the matter.

Jones posted the following message on his Twitter page and then deleted it:

“Detained by immigration in canada for no false accusations till 5am and
appreciate someone from the team making sure were ok NOOOOOOTTTTT”

Jones replaced the comment with the following Tweet: “”I wish I could say what I want on here. That would be BRACKIN” before
ending with “last 10 hours have been a blast….yayy.”

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