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It ain't easy being Dave

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When manger Dave
Trembley
didn’t meet with the media on Tuesday morning, the general consensus
was he was making cuts, which would be announced later in the day. During a
17-minute, emotional postgame session, Trembley admitted part of his morning
was spent roaming the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium as he prepared to deliver
heart-breaking news to the eight guys who were demoted.

“I got a hell of a job here this year, and I know what’s at
stake this year,” Trembley said. “I’ve tried to go about it in a way that is
the right way.”

“I walked around those back fields all morning, kind of
like, ‘How am I going to talk to some of these guys? ‘It was tough for me to
tell Brandon Snyder he was going out of camp. I had the kid in instructional
league. And [Alberto] Castillo. You know his story? A refugee from Cuba played
independent baseball. Was a first baseman and pitcher in the Giants
organization. Look where that kid has come from. It’s tough to tell those guys.
You’re dealing with people’s lives. [Chad] Moeller is 35 years old. He’s been
the epitome of a professional guy.

“I had to tell [Adam] Donachie he’s going out. Donachie
was a pro’s pro. That kid’s just as important to me as any of these big league
guys that have 10 years in the big leagues. I have to give him the same amount
of time I gave everybody else. It’s only fair, it’s only professional. It’s
only the right thing to do.”

 “It’s the toughest
part of this job, looking at these guys, because you love them. You absolutely
love them. And to tell them that, hey, they’re not breaking with us in the big
leagues and I’m responsible for putting out the light of the dream they have,
it’s tough.”

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.

Guthrie wasn't great & the numbers show it

 

 

Manager Dave Trembley had just
one word to describe Jeremy Guthrie’s performance on Thursday afternoon:
up.

“He pitched up,” Trembley
said.

And the Blue Jays sent it out. Guthrie
allowed three homers – two to Travis Snider – and lasted just three innings in
his fourth start this spring.

” I think the results speak
for themselves,” Guthrie said of the 75-pitch outing. “I pitched like
the numbers show.”

That would be seven runs (six earned)
on seven hits with three walks, a dismal outing that ballooned Guthrie’s ERA to
9.28.

“I wouldn’t know how to rate
it,” Guthrie said. “I am concerned. I want to get people out and I
haven’t gotten people out. So, I’d like to pitch better.”

On the heels of a dismal 2009 season,
Guthrie has made it no secret that he would like to return to the same pitcher
he was in ’07 and ’08. In those two seasons his ERA didn’t finish over 3.70
 and he allowed less than 25 homers. For comparisons sake,
Guthrie pitched his way to a 5.04 ERA last year, allowing 35 homers.

When asked to identify the problem with
Thursday’s outing, Guthrie said it was a little bit of everything.

“My pitches weren’t crisp and my
location wasn’t good,” he said.

“I can’t come up with anything
specific to address. I’m sure I will speak with [pitching coach Rick Kranitz to
check] if he sees something and then I bet we would. Coming out of this, I
don’t know necessarily mechanically if there is anything to address.”

Guthrie acknowledged that the biggest
obstacle following an outing like Thursday might be more mental than
mechanical.

” You’d like to be able to
maintain [focus], but I am human,” Guthrie said.  “So, when you
have a tough outing you have to really focus and work to get out of your head
and move forward with the next outing.”

Projected to be the team’s No. 2
starter, behind Kevin Millwood, Guthrie allowed five earned runs on eight hits
over 7 2/3 innings spread out over his previous three starts.

Gonzalez's back

Closer Mike Gonzalez recorded two outs in yesterday’s game “B” game and exited with lower back stiffness. Gonzalez said he’s going to take it easy today and rest, and was pretty optimistic about the whole thing. Given the myriad of injuries he’s had in his career, I guess back stiffness ranks pretty low.

“It’s only Spring Training, so no big deal,” he said.

Still, Gonzalez hasn’t looked good in his first few outings this spring. He’s allowed an earned run over four hits over two frames with two walks and two strikeouts. He told me he won’t be pitching in the games in Fort Myers, so the soonest day to see him on the mound again would be Wednesday.

Signed to two-year deal in the offseason, Gonzalez underwent Tommy John
surgery on his left elbow in 2007 and missed most of ’08. Last season in Atlanta,
he set career highs in appearances (80), innings pitched (74 1/3) and
strikeouts (90) and has held opposing hitters to a career .209 batting
average. He also underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery while still a Pirates prospect in 2000.

Oritz and Miggi catch up;Tejada to play Monday as well

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That’s Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada hugging on the field pregame. Oritz joked with Tejada that the pair “aren’t getting any younger. At least they are still having fun. Also pictured: Felix Pie.

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Manager Dave Trembley said pregame today that he will start to play some of the regular position players back-to-back, with Tejada being one of those guys. The former shortstop has been putting in extra early work every day with infield coach Juan Samuel, but got a morning off on Sunday. Tejada is batting 4th in the Orioles lineup today, and will play again on Monday.

Trembley said not every expected starter will go back to back, and although he declined to name specifically, you would have to assume Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold won’t go back-to-back just yet.  Center fielder Adam Jones will also be one of Sunday’s starters that will play on Monday.

Millwood's Presence

Kevin Millwood’s presence with the Orioles so far shouldn’t be overlooked.

I’ve been watching him mesh with the young guys, like Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz already and have been really impressed.  He’s a hard worker, but he’s not in your face about it. He’s usually by his locker, hanging out and always seems to be in a good mood.

To further that notion, I get this quotes from my MLB.com colleague TR Sullivan. 

“I miss him. I’m not going to lie, I miss him. I might give him a call this afternoon and see how he’s doing. He’s not good at returning calls. He might be on the golf course. If he is, you know he’s not going to return calls.”-- Rangers pitcher Tommy Hunter on Millwood.

And here’s manager Dave Trembley from this morning to cap off the Millwood-raving.

The thing about Millwood is he doesn’t want to be treated than
anyone else,”Trembely said. “He
wants no special favors, he wants no special attention. He took the bus
[with the team on Saturday morning]. He’s a pro.”

He’s a pro with the media too. Following his first post-game interview session, Millwood seemed shocked how swiftly it all went.

“That’s it? You guys are easy,” Millwood said.

So far, Kevin, so are you.

Game 4 Post-game Notes on Millwood, Meredith

In case you missed it, I blogged some in-game updates from today’s 9-5 loss to the Tigers. Here some are  final thoughts and highlights from today..

*Manager Dave Trembley said he would have liked starter Kevin Millwood to have gone at least two innings, but acknowledged that the veteran didn’t throw any curve balls and was just working on a fastball-change-up combo.

“Millwood made some good pitches and he got hit, he made some bad pitches and got hit,” Trembley said.

As for Millwood’s claim that he used the outing to get some work in on his change-up, Trembley said he was all for the veteran doing what he feels will get him ready this spring.

“He’s got his own routine that he goes through, I’ve got no problem with that,” Trembley said.

*Trembley said Matt Albers looked better in Saturday’s 2 1/3 scoreless inning stint.

“He did have some ground balls, he did have some sink,” Trembley said of Albers.
He also added that Cla Meredith retired all three left-handed hitters that he faced in the fifth inning.

“I liked that as well,” Trembley said.

*Looking Ahead: Jeremy Guthrie will pitch Sunday afternoon’s home contest at 1:05 pm. Mark
Hendrickson, Kam Mickolio, David Hernandez and Will Ohman also are
scheduled to pitch. On Monday, left-hander Brian Matusz will make his second start against the Twins. Jim Johnson, Koji
Uehara and Wilfrido Perez are also expected to pitch.

 

Game 2 Lineups and Morning Tidbits

Here is today’s lineups for the game in Port Charlotte against Tampa Bay. Start time is 1:05 and hopefully the wind isn’t quite as bad as yesterday…

ORIOLES

Felix Pie CF
Robert Andino SS
Lou Montanez RF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Scott Moore DH
Jeff Salazar LF
Brandon Snyder 1B
Craig Tatum C
Blake Davis 2B

Brian Matusz LHP
Also expected to pitch: Koji Uehara Mark Hendrickson

RAYS

Gabe Kapler, rf
Carl Crawford, lf
Evan Longoria, 3b
Carlos Pena, 1b
Pat Burrell, dh
Sean Rodriguez, ss
Kelly Shoppach, c
Reid Brignac, 2b
Fernando Perez, cf
Jeff Niemann, p

Also expected to pitch: Alex Torres, Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit, Lance Cormier and Dan
Wheeler

*I also spoke briefly with Mike Aubrey, who has been sidelined with a (non baseball-related) procedure he underwent last Thursday. He’s been practicing with the team, and said that manager Dave Trembley approached him this morning about getting in Friday’s night game against the Pirates. So that will likely be his Grapefruit League debut.

Aubrey said he’s not in any pain and isn’t limited in practice, but the club wants to be cautious with him and make sure that the stitches in his back are fully healed.

*Friday’s starter, Chris Tillman was checking the weather on his phone this morning, and was hopeful it won’t be too cold. “I can’t pitch in sleeves,” Tillman said. The early forecast is in the 60s, but it’s a night game so the temps could drop…

Off to Port Charlotte I go..Let’s hope my GPS gets me there safely!

 

Trembley on everyone not named Bell.

On Jeremy Guthrie’s two-inning scoreless debut:

“He did [keep the ball down], threw a couple good change-ups back to back. Pitched down, his delivery was clean. Nice start for Jeremy. Very nice start.”

On what stood out in the first game:

“What I liked today was the lefty against lefty matchups. Nicky [Markakis]. Hughes, Moore. That was a good, real good. Nicky looked like he was in midseason form.

Trembley has previously said he was impressed with infielder Rhyne Hughes’ power, which is partially why the team is trying to get Hughes reps in at various positions. Hughes homered twice, along with Josh Bell.

“It’s a very nice way to start,” Trembley said of the team’s 12-2 win over the Rays. “Guys have worked real hard for a solid 10 days. Today is a good day for the team because you could spread it around. Obviously, the guys who had some great individual performances deserve a lot of accolades, but the team deserves credit.”

“It’s a good day for the team, it’s a good day for the Orioles. It’s awfully nice for Sarasota. And I won’t kid anybody, it’s a nice way to get it started. You think about it all winter and you can’t wait to get it started.”

In case you missed it Brian Matusz takes the hill for Thursday’s game in Port Charlotte.  

Game 1 Recap

If you noticed below, I blogged the pitching lineups for the first five games.

The only pitcher not scheduled to appear in a game right now is Brad Bergesen. Manager Dave Trembley said today that there is a tenative date set for when Bergesen will throw, but he wasn’t willing to share that with the media.

Bergesen will have to go through a live batting practice first, and the team’s training staff will probably have to evaluate him  and make sure he’s 100 percent. He threw off the mound today and said he’s continuing to progress toward the live BP’s. Judging from the ease of his first mound session last week, I’d say Bergesen could see game action in the next 7-10 days. I can’t imagine the Orioles making him throw more than 2 or 3 BPs before clearing him. But we’ll see.

In the meantime, I’ll have some notable game updates below. Not exactly play-by-play (hey, this is a one-man operation here!) but I’ll do my best…..

Update 1:20 :
Didn’t take long for Tejada to make his mark. He went to his left on a grounder for the first out of the game. Guthrie tossed 17 pitches (13 for strikes) in the first inning. Adam Jones opened the bottom of the first with a walk, but James Shields retired the next three O’s in order.

Update 1:40: Don’t sleep on Wieters. After Guthrie walked leadoff hitter Matt Joyce, Wieters gunned down Joyce at second base. Guthrie did the rest, and is done for the day after tossing 33 pitches (22 for strikes) over two innings.

Will Ohman is in to make his Orioles debut to open the 3rd. Ohman told me yesterday he couldn’t possibly have a worse debut than his outing with the Braves last year. Afterwards he told the media, “Hey, I was just trying to take the pressure off everyone else.”

He looks better now, erasing a leadoff walk by ending the inning on a double play.

Update 1:52: Josh Bell just crushed a homer over the right center field fence. What a beauty.

Update 3:00: Bell homered again, this time from the right side and Rhyne Hughes preceded him with a two-runs shot. The Orioles are up 7-2.

Updated 3:10: Make that 8-2, as Scott Moore just sent one over the fence. What a slugfest.

Updated 3:50: 12-2 Final. Josh Bell and Rhyne Hughes homered twice, while Scott Moore and Nick Markakis also went yard.

Here’s Guthrie on his outing:

“It’s nice to be out there and mix in a few pitches,” Guthrie said. “I
tried to keep the fastball down as much as I could and felt like I was
able to do that pretty good for a first outing.

“It’s a good one to build
off of and it’s nice to get back out there and get the butterflies out
of the system. It felt like I hadn’t pitched for five months, so it’s
nice to get back out there and get it started again.”   

  

 

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