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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. 

Lost in the shuffle…

“The game is ruined,” manager Dave Trembley said, “Because we
don’t close it out.”

Erased was the performance of Miguel Tejada, who went 3-for-5
with a homer and four RBIs, in his first appearance back in Baltimore since
being traded away in December of 2007. Wasted was the 2 1/3 scoreless innings
thrown by Mark Hendrickson and the job setup man Jim Johnson did to keep the
score tied.  Gone, too, was the effort by
pinch-runner Felix Pie, who legged out a Cesar Izturis’ center field single,
scoring all the way from first base to give the Orioles a one-run edge heading
into the ninth inning.  

Let’s also take a second and recognize the offense coming out of the No. 8 hole. Garrett Atkins went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .375 through the team’s first four games. He doubled in his first three games, becoming the first player in Orioles history to accomplish that feat upon coming to Baltimore. 

Oh, and let’s not forget the performance to start the season by Matt Wieters. Not that you could.

Game 3: Orioles-Rays

A few tidbits for Game 3 as the Orioles try to avoid the sweep
with Brian Matusz on the hill

*Jim Johnson played
catch and said he’s good to go if needed out of the bullpen tonight. He had
some tightness in his right shoulder that came when he threw the first pitch to
Carlos Pena in the eighth inning on Tuesday night. Apparently, a lot of ice and
some anti-inflammatory medication did the trick.

*Manager Dave Trembley said he talked to Brian Roberts to make sure his back was OK before playing him for
the third straight game on the turf. Roberts will also play tomorrow’s opener
in Baltimore. Roberts said he’s not concerned by his hitless first two games, saying if it was mid-June it’d be more cause for concern. He told me he’s having good at-bats and while he didn’t feel the best at the plate on Tuesday, he was seeing the ball much better on Wednesday night.

*Julio Lugo makes his
Orioles debut tonight at shortstop.

*Felix Pie said he is available as a pinch runner tonight, but won’t try to test his left shoulder by throwing until tomorrow. Trembley wasn’t sure whether Pie would get the start in Friday’s home opener or not.

*No update on the status of Koji
Uehara
, but all signs point to him not being ready the first day he’s
eligible off the disabled list, which is April 11.

*I spent a few minutes talking to Mike Gonzalez who has been dying to get the ball back and redeem himself for  Tuesday’s blown save/loss. Let’s see if he gets the chance tonight.

*Rays pitcher James Shields welcomed a baby girl, his second daughter, yesterday. He was all smiles today. What an opening week for him.

 

ORIOLES LINEUP

Brian Roberts 2B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott LF
Matt Wieters C
Nolan Reimold DH
Garrett Atkins 1B
Julio Lugo SS

Brian Matusz LHP

RAYS LINEUP

Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J Upton CF
Pat Burrell DH
Gape Kapler RF

Kelly Shoppach C

Jeff Niemann RHP

Matusz looks to avoid sweep

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After last night’s second straight game
that got away
(I wonder, will this be a telling part of the O’s improvement
? Narrowly losing games?) Brian Matusz takes the hill.

It should be an interesting game as the Orioles were without
Felix Pie
and the use
of Jim Johnson
last night. Will that be the case again today, as the O’s
try to avoid a season-opening sweep?

The game preview is here,
but I’ve got some extra quotes from Matusz that didn’t make it in the piece.
Here they are, for your enjoyment: 

MLB.com: How has
your solid spring helped you going into Friday’s start?

Matusz: In spring
I was able to work on a lot of different things, to get all my pitchers
working, and use them all a lot in different games. For me its all about getting in a good groove, my
last few starts of spring I was in that groove.  It’s
all about finding that
consistent windup, that good consistent windup. 
When
I get in the
groove, I just roll with it, I keep it going. Right now I feel like I’
m in
it.

My last bullpen
session the other day was really good, I was throwing everything just right
where I wanted, and [Friday I'm] just going to continue following that groove
and stay
with it. It‘s going
to be tough with the nerves, I’m going to be really nervous and anxious tomorrow,
but for me it’s just a matter of relaxing and treating it like any other game.
Matt
[Wieters] and I are on the same page, we‘ve
been talking a lot th
e last few days. So, I‘m excited to get things going.

*When I asked Matusz
to evaluate how he’s grown this past year, he said it’s not so much that he got
better physically, but mentally. While his four quality pitches have always been
there, Matusz noted how important it was last year to get a taste of the big
leagues and what it’s all about.

*It always
impresses me how much information Matusz has readily available. When I asked
him about facing the Rays -one of the few teams he has pitched against before -
he talked about his start at Tropicana Field yesterday with such detail you’d
think it had happened yesterday.  He said
facing Tampa Bay’s hitters before has obviouisly helped with familiarity, and
he still remember the four runs he gave up to the Rays in last season’s win.

“I thought I
pitched well besides that three-run homer to [Ben] Zobrist,” Matusz said. He
allowed four runs total in 5 1/3 innings in that start. He will be opposed by
Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann.

Orioles OF situation raises questions

The ball, by Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold’s estimates, eluded
him by a margin of 5-10 feet, hitting the Budweiser advertisement in left
center field and scoring a pair of Rays’ runs, including the go-ahead tally in
Tampa Bay’s 4-3 win over Baltimore in front of a crowd of 15,220 Wednesday
night.

To his credit, Reimold won’t make any excuses, although by
the Orioles’ original plans, he had no business testing his surgically repaired
left Achilles tendon on Tropicana Field’s artificial turf.  At least, not yet. But Opening Day starter Felix
Pie
hurt his left shoulder throwing to the plate in Tuesday’s loss, and manager
Dave Trembley was forced to move up Reimold’s season debut.  

 “I may not have that
first step or whatever, I don’t know, for a little while,” Reimold admitted. “But
I was feeling all right out there.”

 

Could Evan Longoria’s game-winning double had been a fifth inning-ending
out with a healthy Reimold or Pie ? It was a question that loomed large in a
loss filled with a stagnant offense and a quality start from Jeremy Guthrie that
went for naught as the Orioles dropped their second straight game.

Reimold said he felt OK in left field and he did beat out
the double play in one of his at-bats. Still, it’s an issue that has been
talked about all spring and was thrust into the limelight on Wednesday.

The Orioles can’t afford to waste a start like they got from
Guthrie. Is Luke Scott a better option than a less than full-throttle Reimold
or Pie? That’s Trembley’s call. Still, I’d be interested in hearing what you
all think…

Game 2 Orioles-Rays

Nolan Reimold’s
in the lineup, because Felix Pie has a little rotator cuff strain suffered when he threw to home in Tuesday’s loss. Pie stayed in the game, but said he felt a sharp pain in his arm, which is why he jumped up in the air following the throw. I thought he was angry the throw bounced over catcher Matt Wieters’ shoulder. Guess not.

Pie doesn’t know how long he will be out but said he felt better already this morning compared to last night.

Meanwhile Reimold will get the start a day earlier than expected. He told me he’s not worried about running on the Rays turf, since he did it last season when his Achilles was bothering him.

*Also, in case you missed it, I talked to Robert Andino about clearing waivers
this afternoon.  President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Andino will get the bulk of playing time at shortstop in Triple-A Norfolk.

*Mike Gonzalez was the first guy in Dave Trembley’s office this morning and told the Orioles manager he wants the ball tonight. We’ll see what happens. Close friend Rafael Soriano (who got the win for the Rays) texted Gonzalez words of encouragement following an ugly blown save.

*Brad Bergesen and David Hernandez Friday and Saturday’s starters in Baltimore, boarded a 6 p.m. flight earlier tonight to go back to Birdland. They’ll get a chance to settle in and prep for their starts. Hernandez threw a bullpen yesterday and told me he’s pretty excited. 

*New Oriole Julio Lugo was coloring in the white parts of his cleats with an orange permanent marker pregame. He’s still waiting to get his Orioles spikes, but this way he fits in.

Check back here and on Twitter for any and all pregame notes as the O’s try to put last night’s painful loss behind them…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Brian Roberts, 2B
Adam Jones, CF
Nick Markakis, RF
Miguel Tejada, 3B
Luke Scott, DH
Matt Wieters, C
Nolan Reimold, LF
Garrett Atkins, 1B
Cesar Izturis, SS
Jeremy Guthrie, SP

RAYS LINEUP

Jason Bartlett, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Ben Zobrist, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
BJ Upton CF
Pat Burrell DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Reid Brignac 2B
Matt Garza, SP

Rays-Orioles Opening Day lineups

Pie good to go

Felix Pie said he
felt fine following yesterday’s plunking, he even rolled up his jeans this
morning to show me the part of his lower leg that was hit. There was nothing
there, not even a bruise, which is good news for the Orioles. Of course the
X-ray coming back negative was the first sign that Pie was in the clear.

Manager Dave Trembley
said he expects Nolan Reimold and
Pie to split the DH duties in this afternoon’s game. Most of the regular
position players will get two at-bats in the final Grapefruit League tune-up.

More to Pie plunking?

 TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees manager Joe Girardi was clear in
Friday’s postgame talk with reporters that this is the time of year you don’t
want to see guys getting hit.

Unfortunately, it’s become a common occurrence for the
Yankees and Orioles this spring, with Felix Pie’s plunking from Mariano Rivera
Friday afternoon becoming the latest incident between the two clubs.

Pie exited with two outs in the sixth inning after Rivera’s
cutter struck him above the right ankle. The pitch was believed to be
unintentional but, according to Girardi, Rivera heard some off-color comments
from the Orioles dugout as he circled the mound.

“It might have been a response to my frustration the
other day,” Girardi said, alluding to the pitch Jeremy Guthrie hit Mark
Teixeira with during Monday’s  11-7
Yankees win.  

With the bases loaded in the second inning at Ed Smith
Stadium, Guthrie plunked Teixeira on the right elbow with a two-seam fastball.
Teixeira appeared to turn into the pitch as it crossed the plate, being struck
directly on the bone. He was kept out of the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday,
before returning to action Thursday.

Teixeira was also not the only Yankees player to be hit by a
pitch on Monday. Later in the game, Guthrie plunked Francisco Cervelli on the
left hand, prompting an angry outburst from Girardi.

“If you’re having a hard time commanding your fastball
inside, I don’t think it’s the time to be working on it,” Girardi said.
“They might disagree, but this is too valuable a time for guys on their
side, guys on our side. He was struggling with his command [Monday], and I
don’t want to see any of our guys get hurt.”

On Friday, the Yankees skipper came out to check on Rivera
following the pitch. Meanwhile, Pie was ruled to have a lower right leg
contusion and was helped off the field by some of the team’s training staff.
The injury is not expected to be serious, with manager Dave Trembley saying he
would be “very surprised” if the results are anything but negative.

Projected to be the team’s Opening Day left fielder, Pie
entered Friday’s game batting .343 with two homers and four RBIs. He went
0-for-2 in his first two at-bats Friday and was not available after the game
for comment.

Pie exits Yanks game

TAMPA, Fla. — Outfielder Felix Pie  exited the Orioles-Yankees game on Friday
afternoon after being struck by a pitch from closer Mariano Rivera above his right ankle.

With two outs in the sixth inning, Pie immediately fell to
the ground after being hit and limped off the field with the help of some of
the team’s training stuff. He was later ruled to have a lower right leg
contusion and was scheduled to get X-rays in Sarasota later on Friday. Pie was
replaced by pinch runner Matt Angle, and manager Dave Trembley said following the game that he would be very surprised if the X-rays came back as anything but negative.

Projected to be the team’s Opening Day left fielder, Pie
entered Friday’s game batting .343 with two homers and four RBIs. He went
0-for-2 in his first two at-bats Friday.

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