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Jones, Olsen leave injured

WASHINGTON — Orioles outfielder Adam Jones left Friday’s game against the Nationals prior to the bottom of the fourth inning with cramping in his right leg. 

Jones put Baltimore on the scoreboard in the second inning with his fourth homer of the year,
a two-run shot off Washington starter Scott Olsen’s first pitch. He walked in his second plate appearance in the third which is when he suffered the leg cramping . Olsen left the game after three innings with left shoulder tightness.

In a text message to MLB.com, Jones said the cramping was “nothing serious” and expected to be in Saturday’s game.

Left fielder Corey Patterson assumed center field duties in Jones’ absence, with Lou Montanez filling in at the corner outfield spot.

At the time of the injury, Jones was batting .254 with 12 RBIs. 

O's/Twins at Target Field

The Orioles will try to halt a three-game skid tonight, with Brad Bergesen taking the mound opposite Carl Pavano. Not much pregame but here are the tidbits…

*Koji Uehara is here and said he’s ready to go. Manager Dave Trembley said he will use Koji in the later innings, and if Simon was not available (say he pitched a few days in a row) Koji could get the ball in a save situation.
*Asked if there would be a roster shakeup given the team’s poor performance Trembley didn’t say one way or another. “Let’s get through the road trip,” he said.
*Adam Jones was back in the lineup after being scratched with a right hip strain yesterday afternoon. Trembley said if Jones was unavailable he would have slid Nick Markakis over from right given Target Field’s vast outfield. 

ORIOLES LINEUP
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Garrett Atkins DH
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Brad Bergesen

TWINS LINEUP
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Justin Morneau 1B
Jim Thome DH
Michael Cuddyer RF
Jason Kubel LF
Wilson Ramos C
Alexi Casilla SS
Nick Punto 3B

RHP Carl Pavano

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.

Lineup Shakeup & Rays/Orioles tidbits

Here are the lineups for
tonight’s game with the O’s sporting a different look, as manager Dave Trembley
hinted
at last night.

Matt Wieters will make his Major
League debut in the cleanup role, something he hasn’t done since last season in
the Minors.  He said he won’t approach it
any differently and was hopeful that the lineup shakeup would do more than just
benefit him.

Trembley had said this
spring that he wanted Wieters to grow into the cleanup role. But with an offense
lacking any firepower, some changes had to come down.

“It’s a good lineup for
tonight’s game against a very good pitcher [Jeff Niemann[,” Trembley said. We’ve
struggled scoring runs, sometimes you shake it up a little and things just
break out. That’s my intent, just see if it breaks out.”

As for how Wieters will
handle the No. 4 spot, Trembley wasn’t worried.

“The good ones have a
way of rising to the occasion. They don’t change but it just gives them a
little maybe shot in the arm, they like being the guy,” he said. “And Wieters
impresses me in a different kind of way. He’s not boastful, he doesn’t attract
a lot of attention to himself, but he’s a very important guy around here. So, let’s
give him a chance.”

Other notable changes
are usual No. 2 hitter Adam Jones in
the fifth spot and Miguel Tejada
(who had been hitting cleanup) in Jones’ old role. Felix Pie is leading off again following a 2-for-3 debut, including
a solo homer, out of the top spot.

Several O’s, including Nick Markakis, were pretty vocal about the team’s offensive woes. Let’s hope they get it on track tonight with Matusz on the hill.

ORIOLES LINEUP:

Felix Pie LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Nolan Reimold DH
Garrett Atkins 1B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

Brian Matusz LHP

RAYS LINEUP

Jason Bartlett SS
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Willy Aybar DH
Dioner Navarro C
Gabe Kapler LF

Jeff Niemann RHP

Where did the bats go?

With second baseman Brian Roberts and closer Mike
Gonzalez
both absent from Saturday’s game, the Orioles’ lagging offense was
thrust into the spotlight.And the result wasn’t pretty, as the bats continued to
scuffle, mustering five hits against Toronto’s fifth starter Dana Eveland in a
3-0 loss.

The Orioles had a
baserunner on each of the first five innings, but came up short of home plate.
The team’s 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position marker dropped their season
total to 8-for-46 through the first four games. Julio Lugo, filling in for Roberts, was the lone Oriole
to record a multi-hit night.

So what was going on?

 He
pitched to the corners, he changed speeds, up, down, in and out, and if you go
back and watch the game, I guarantee you that you’re not going to see too many
pitches over the heart of the plate,” Ty Wigginton said of Eveland. “Any time a
pitcher does that, they’re going to be successful.”

 

Eveland, who won a spot in Toronto’s rotation on the final
day of Spring Training, yielded five hits over 7 1/3 innings, walking two and
picking up a pair of strikeouts.

“I just had a good changeup,” Eveland said.  “It was down in the zone
and had a little sink to it and they were just beating it into the ground or
popping it up. I got a lot of soft contact on it, so that was real nice.”

The lefty has owned
the Orioles’ hitters, pitching 14 1/3 scoreless innings in his career against
Baltimore.

“When you have a team that is chasing a pitch, you just
try to keep going with it until they show you that they can make the
adjustment,” Toronto’s catcher Jose Molina said. “[Saturday night], the Orioles
didn’t make that adjustment on him and that’s why we took advantage of it.”

“When Molina’s catching he’s one of those catchers to where
he’s unpredictable,” Adam Jones said.  “He
calls a good game that’s why he’s been around again.”

“Eveland has pitched well against us,” manager Dave Trembley said.
“Changed speeds, kept the balldown, very few pitches up out over the plate.
Some good at bats up by [Nick] Markakis, some pitches just missed. You tip your
cap. He was on his game and pitched very, very, very well.”

The Orioles are hitting .237 as a team and have scored 17 runs in five games. Three of their four loses are by one run. Yes, Gonzalez deserves some of the blame. But the bats do as well.

“When they fell behind by a couple runs, they started
getting real aggressive, trying to get that first-pitch heater,” Eveland said.  “I started
flipping some changeups in there early. In the seventh inning, I threw five
pitches or something like that and four of them were changeups. They were
getting aggressive, so I slowed them down a little bit and let them hit it off
the end of the bat.”

Rays-Orioles Opening Day lineups

Jones Scratch, Roberts makes it 3 & Koji's MRI

Some pregame tidbits…

*Adam Jones was a late scratch from Wednesday’s lineup, with a stomach bug. Felix Pie moved from left field to center with Nolan Reimold inserted
into left. Will give you word when we get any..

*Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts played in his third straight
game on Wednesday, no small feat considering this is only his fourth game this
spring. Roberts debuted on Friday and with Sunday’s rainout throwing off
original plans, he lobbied manager Dave Trembley to play Tuesday afternoon
following Monday’s night game.

He’s trying to get
in baseball shape now,” Trembley said of Roberts. “He says he’s fine. Let’s
cross our fingers and hope he keeps it going.”

Roberts has just one hit -a
double Monday against the Yankees – but his at-bats are improving as he gets up
to speed this spring. The hope is he will be ready for April’s 6 Opening Day.

The Orioles dynamic leadoff
hitter, Roberts has been slowed this spring by a herniated disc in his lower
back.  He’s been on the back fields doing
extra work every day and Trembley raved about how he looked running.

*Koji Uehara will have an MRI either today or tomorrow to rule out anything other than the left hamstring strain he’s currently been diagnosed with.  Like I’ve blogged earlier, the DL is imminent for him. Could it be too late for Kam Mickolio as well?

“Could be,” Trembley said.

More on B-Rob's debut

Brian Roberts is
hitting leadoff, which is certainly a shot in the arms for the Orioles lineup.
The switch-hitter was launching balls during Friday’s pregame batting practice
and it will be interesting to see how he responds.

Manager Dave Trembley said that Roberts will not play in
Saturday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox. That makes sense, since playing
a night game after a day game, at this stage of his recovery, wouldn’t make
much sense.

“If he feels like it, he can go to the back fields
tomorrow and get some extra at-bats,” Trembley said, “but that’s not
necessary.”

Roberts won’t get any more than three at-bats Friday night,
and will likely play five innings.

When I was talking to Adam Jones the other day about how important Roberts is in that No. 1 spot, Jones had the perfect description.

“He’s the heartbeat of our lineup,” Jones said.

Jones, who will likely be the team’s No. 2 batter this season, also benefits from Roberts always being on base. Read: a lot of fastballs.

Eutaw Street Promotion is back

The Orioles announced on Tuesday
that they are bringing back the popular Eutaw Street promotion, presented by
Home Savings of America and Southwest Airlines.

On five 2110 Eutaw Street dates,
fans can purchase a Eutaw Street Bleacher seat and a limited edition 2110 Eutaw
Street t-shirt for $21.  What’s new for this season is each game will feature a
different t-shirt design. 

In addition, Nick Markakis and Adam Jones
will toss baseballs into the stands throughout the game, autographed t-shirts
will be tossed into the section during one inning break, and for every home run
hit by Markakis or Jones in that day’s game, one lucky fan in the section will
receive a bat autographed by the player who hit the homer. 

This year’s 2110 Eutaw
Street dates are Sunday, May 16; Sunday, June 27; Saturday, July 24; Sunday,
August 8; and Saturday, September 4.

 Tickets for 2110
Eutaw Street are on sale now while supplies last at www.orioles.com or by
calling 1-888-848-BIRD. 

Postcards from Dunedin

While the Orioles’ 13-3 loss to the Blue Jays is one you’d probably like to forget, I did take some time pregame to snap a few more shots.

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I know what you’re thinking: what an original stadium name. I thought the same thing.

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There’s Justin Turner in the dugout before taking some BP. He alleges he doesn’t like these photos, but he seems to get in a awful lot of them doesn’t he?

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See? There’s Turner again, with new bench coach Jeff Datz directly above him. Datz will manage the split squad team that goes to Fort Myers on Saturday, and according to manager Dave Trembley he’s already asked for detailed statistical reports.

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Adam Jones smiling while swinging. This trend continued when he homered later in Thursday’s game.

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Matt Wieters and Jones waiting around to take their cuts. Wieters also homered in Thursday’s game for his second hit of the spring. Maybe there is something to the more playing time reasoning he gave me….

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Miguel Tejada didn’t have quite as much to smile about as Jones and Wieters. Miggi did pick up his first RBI this spring with a first-inning single, but he made two errors and looked out of sorts at third. Ironically, manager Dave Trembley spent much of the pregame talking about Tejada’s transition. Don’t get me wrong, as a whole Tejada’s proved to be capable at third. But Thursday he looked awful.

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Just to make you jealous…this is the view from my condo’s porch. But before I start getting hate mail, I’ll have you know I’ve only been to the beach once. It’s hard work being the rookie on the beat!  :-)
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