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Hughes' debut & other tidbits

Welcome to Fenway Park Day 2, where Brian Matusz will take the hill opposite John Lackey.

*Matusz has never faced the Red Sox and wanted to get a feel of what pitching at Fenway Park was like. So, he and Jeremy Guthrie used Thursday’s off day to go to the Red Sox game vs. the Texas Rangers. Dave Trembley said it best : he’s just a special kid.

*Tonight’s game will also be Rhyne Hughes’ Major League debut. Hughes got the nod last night and didn’t know he was in the starting lineup until he walked in to the visiting clubhouse around 4:30 p.m. ET.  The news broke thanks in part to his younger brother, Hoyt, who announced it on Rhyne’s Facebook fan page. 

*Hughes is playing first base tonight in place of Garrett Atkins, who has struggled as of late and twice left the bases loaded in Friday’s loss. Atkins said he’s not taking Hughes’ presence as anything other than a hot bat and a team who needs some offense. But it will be interesting to see what happens if Hughes starts to hit. Trembley said he will not consider Hughes in the outfield (he started to take reps out there at the team’s request this spring) so the only choice besides designated hitter is Hughes’ primary position at first base.

*Koji Uehara threw an inning today and will go to Double-A Bowie on a rehab assignment starting April 27. He will also throw on the 29th and there are no plans beyond that right now.


ORIOLES LINEUP
LOU MONTANEZ LF
ADAM JONES CF
NICK MARKAKIS RF
MIGUEL TEJADA 3B
MATT WIETERS C
LUKE SCOTT DH
TY WIGGINTON 2B
RHYNE HUGHES 1B
CESAR IZTURIS SS

BRIAN MATUSZ SP

RED SOX LINEUP
MARCO SCUTARO SS
DUSTIN PEDROIA 2B
VICTOR MARTINEZ DH
KEVIN YOUKILIS 1B
MIKE LOWELL 3B
JASON VARITEK C
BILL HALL RF
JEREMY HERMIDA LF
DARNELL MCDONALD CF

JOHN LACKEY SP

Will it ever go the O's way?

“This
can’t continue the whole year,” Nolan Reimold said following the Orioles’ 15th
loss Friday night. “That would be a pretty frustrating year. We’re going to
keep battling and things will turn around eventually.”

They
have to…right? At least that’s what the Orioles have to be thinking after that
4-3 series-opening loss to the Red Sox.

 “If
you look back and you get [Jon] Lester out in the sixth and Jonsie hits the
home run [in the seventh] you had to think we were going to come around and
win,” Ty Wigginton said. “It just didn’t happen.”

If
you had told me Jeremy Guthrie was going to outpitch Jon Lester, I probably
wouldn’t have believed you. But that’s exactly what Guthrie did, allowing David
Ortiz’s second homer as the only hard hit ball by the Red Sox in his six
innings. Lester managed to keep the O’s scoreless (not exactly a hard feat
lately) despite four walks and a hit batter in 5 2/3 innings. He’s undefeated in
13 career starts against the Orioles, going 10-0 with a 2.22 ERA in that
stretch.

“We
got [Lester's] pitch count way up, I thought we had a good plan going in,”
manager Dave Trembley said.  “We didn’t
chase a lot of pitches out of the strike zone, we made him come in. But we
couldn’t bunch hits together.”

More
specifically, Garrett Atkins couldn’t. He stranded four runners in scoring
position with two outs and went 0-for-4 on the night, including three
inning-ending outs. Atkins was one of the few Orioles unavailable for post-game
comment, (he was in the training room) but -to be fair – the team did strand 12
runners total so he can’t shoulder all the blame.

“I
think you are starting to see signs [of the offense returning],” Wigginton
said. “Jones hits a big home run. Nick makes an aggressive play, trying to go
for second off the wall [in the ninth]. Sometimes you got to tip your hat.”

Jones’ two-run homer snapped an 0-for-16 blast. Meanwhile, Markakis had two hits to raise his average to .270 and continues to show signs of coming back.

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.

High Praise for Matusz

Here are some thoughts about Brian Matusz’s outing tonight, which was truly a delight to watch.  

Rays manager Joe Maddon

“This guy is going to be good for a long time. He has a lot of weapons he’s poised, he gets good hitters out, he gets good hitters out all of the time. “

Rays first baseman Carlos Pena

“It was tough today for us. This guy, Matusz, came out just nasty. He was throwing strikes with everything in the zone. He was locating. He was very tough on us.”

“You can’t deny that the outing was stupendous by him. I know it didn’t go his way in the last inning that he threw, but one through seven he was just lights out.”

Orioles infielder Ty Wigginton

“I made the comment in the dugout, he was really fun to play in the field behind. When a pitchers hitting his spots like he is, as he’s releasing the ball you are starting to lean away and they are actually hitting it in that direction. He was on top of his game and it’s shame we couldn’t bail him out.”

Orioles manager Dave Trembley

“Matusz pitched about as good a game as you’re going to get. [He] had location, had a feel for all his pitches, worked ahead, worked quick, pitched down. Tremendous game.”

Here’s Matusz on his outing:

“I felt comfortable out there today. I was able to just relax and throw a lot of strikes and work fast. The changeup was a great strikeout pitch for me, but I felt the other pitches help set that up. I threw some good curveballs and some nice sliders and was working in and out with the fastball really well.”

“I still felt good going out in that 8th. It was just a couple of hits that went through the hole. That’s going to happen with a good team like Tampa. They don’t give in. Even if things aren’t going their way, they don’t give in. You could see they were able to string a couple of hits together and, unfortunately for us, they put them together at the right time. I still felt strong in that last inning. Looking back on it, I’d probably like to throw some different pitches but I still felt good overall. I felt strong and didn’t give in. 

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

Trembley: Lineup changes

Given
that the Orioles have scored just 20 runs in their first seven games, the
lowest in the American League and the second lowest in baseball, it’s not a
stretch to say a lineup shakeup might be effective.

 

“Yeah,
I probably should do something,” manager Dave
Trembley
said following Monday’s fourth straight loss.  “You lose your leadoff hitter [in Brian Roberts]. That just isn’t the
greatest news in the world, when that happens. Then you’ve got probably eight
other guys trying to make up for his loss. Guys are human. Yeah, I may do
something, maybe just to show  a different look. Show a different look
that might get us started. You definitely have to consider something like that.

 

“But
[Felix] Pie does a very nice job in
the leadoff role tonight. We are just not getting hits when we need them and
our scoring opportunities have been limited.”

 

Pie
went 2-for-3 with a leadoff homer and was the only Orioles hitter to post a
multi-hit inning. 

Markakis airs his frustrations

More about the Orioles offense from the usually reserved Nick Markakis.

 

“It’s not fun. It sucks. I think overall, our pitching is
doing a great job. Our offense needs to pick it up. I know for myself in the
three hole, I need to be more aggressive, get things going,” he said. “We just
all need to relax. It’s a long season. I know it’s not the way we wanted to
start, but we have to keep battling. Just go out there and things will start
going our way eventually.”

 

Manager Dave Trembley
alluded to guys pressing with Brian
Roberts
now on the disabled list, Markakis said he’s just trying to recognize
pitches and get a good swing.

 

“I’m started to hit the ball a little bit better than I have
been. I just need to calm down and relax,” he said. “It’s a long season. Eight
games, it’s not going to make or break your season. A lot of people struggle early
on.”

 

Would he welcome the lineup shuffling Trembley mentioned
post-game Monday night?

 

“Whatever he wants to do to get things going, I’m all for
it. You have to do what you got to do,” he said. “I know as hitters, we’re
trying our best to do what we have to do. I know all of us, we don’t really
care.”

 

Is he seeing the ball well?

 

“I’m seeing the ball great. I just think it’s a timing issue
right now. Some people when they lose their timing, it takes a while to get
back.  I think I’m one of the guys where
I need to get a good number of at-bats under my belt just to see the pitches.
It doesn’t help with the guys that they’re throwing at us, but we’re going to
see them all year and we’re going to battle all year.”

 

On the Orioles’ small crowd:

 

“We still go to go out there and play baseball. I could care
less if there was nobody in the stands. We just have to go out there and play
and not worry about that kind of stuff.”

Maddon on B-Rob

Brian Roberts’
absence goes beyond the expected shuffling of
Ty Wigginton
and
Julio
Lugo
at second base.  Monday’s decision to place
Roberts on the 15-day disabled list, with the possibility that he could be
shelved longer, also dramatically changes the complexion of the Orioles lineup. 

“He sets
it up for that team,” Rays manager
Joe Maddon said of
Roberts prior to Monday’s Rays-Orioles series opener.  I’m sure it’s going
to make it more difficult for them, because he’s one of the legitimate leadoff
hitters. You have guys hitting leadoff hitters that maybe aren’t legitimate
leadoff hitters. He’s truly a solid No. 1 guy. So, that’s going to have an
impact on them.”

Orioles
manager
Dave
Trembley
admits there is no way of replacing Roberts’ productivity, but the
team will give it their best shot by likely using a mixture of Felix Pie, Adam
Jones and Cesar Izturis in the top spot.  Pie was Monday’s leadoff hitter
and Trembley said, “right now, he makes the most sense.”

The left
fielder got off to a great start in Monday’s game, hitting a solo shot in the
first inning for his first career leadoff home run.  The only problem with
Pie being the leadoff hitter is it usually means
Nolan Reimold is out of the
lineup. (Or
Luke Scott if they let Reimold DH.)

Trembley admitted Reimold’s isn’t a conventional leadoff man,
since he is more of an RBI guy. But the Orioles might have to use an
unconventional approach. Given their lack of timely hitting, (9-for-54 entering
Monday) it might be worth a shot.

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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

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