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Os/ Blue Jays lineups and pregame tidbits

*Matt Wieters is on the DL for Josh Bell, but it’s only expected to be the minimum 15 day stay. Interim manager Juan Samuel said Wieters could have played Sunday or Monday but they didn’t want to push it.
*As expected, Craig Tatum will get the bulk of the catching duties with Jake Fox scheduled to back him up. The plan for now is Fox to catch Sunday’s game.
*Michael Gonzalez and Luke Scott are expected back within the next week. Gonzalez will pitch tonight at Triple-A Norfolk while Scott started his rehab for the Gulf Coast League on Thursday.
*Kevin Millwood threw a light side session with no pain yesterday and was planning on throwing a bullpen this afternoon. He told me he did a lot of resting (ie. no golf) and Samuel said he’s about a week away from returning.
*Down in Sarasota, Jim Johnson threw off flat ground on Monday and Wednesday and said in a text that the outings went “as well as can be expected”. He’s in no pain, and will throw again tomorrow afternoon. Johnson hopes to get up on the mound next week. Lou Montanez is still rehabbing his oblique and has not started to get in rehab games. He estimates he’s about a week away from that.
*Brian Roberts has been rehabbing with the GCL but will move to Double-A Bowie next week. He could still hit that Aug. 1 deadline he mentioned, but Samuel didn’t want to be confined to that. 

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson DH
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Craig Tatum C
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

Brad Bergesen RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP:
Fred Lewis LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
John Buck C
Edward Encarnacion 3B

J.C. Romero LHP

B-Rob, Scott updates in Sarasota

Update 4:11 p.m. ET: I’m told today was Brian Roberts’ first game, since he was transferred to the GCL roster. Luke Scott is still not on that roster so he hasn’t played yet, but getting him some at-bats close by makes sense. He’s rehabbing in Sarasota and interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters in Texas on Sunday that Scott needed a few rehab games first and wouldn’t be eligible right away to come off the DL.

BALTIMORE– Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts started a rehab assignment on Monday with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the organization will “see how it goes” in terms of a schedule for the injured infielder.

Roberts had started light baseball activities two weeks ago and on Saturday took batting practice and fielded grounders at the team’s Spring Training Complex in Sarasota, Fla. 

Roberts has previously gotten this far in progressing back from the herniated disk in his lower back only to be set back, so it’s like the Orioles will use caution in easing him back into games. Roberts has been on the 60-day disabled list since April 9’s home opener, when he reaggravated the injury by sliding headfirst into second base.  He told MASN’s the Scott Garceau show last week that he was targeting an Aug. 1 return and he hoped to get a full two months this season.

“Get on my feet again for 2011 and see if we can finish strong as a team,” Roberts told the radio show. “And push toward this winter and next year.”

Interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters on Sunday that Luke Scott (left hamstring strain) would also need a few rehab games, and Scott could get a few at-bats for the GCL Orioles. He was not listed as active on the affiliate’s roster on Monday, but has been rehabbing in Sarasota and could get some live at-bats this week.

Bell up, Scott to DL

BALTIMORE– The Orioles recalled top position prospect Josh Bell prior to Thursday’s game, placing Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Scott suffered the injury running around the bases during his seventh-inning home run and hit .326 over his last 42 games to raise his average from .177 to .274.

Bell is a former fourth-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers and was acquired by the Orioles along with right-hander Steven Johnson in exchange for left George Sherrill at last year’s Trade Deadline.

A switch-hitter with power, Bell batted .266 (76-286) with 24 doubles, 10 home runs and 44 RBIs in 74 games for the Tides.  In 24 games in June, he hit .272 (25-92) with nine doubles,four home runs, 19 RBI and a .500 slugging percentage. Bell’s 24 doubles are second-most in the International League and tied for 12th-most in all of minor league baseball. He is tied for 10th in the IL in home runs. 

Does Scott to the DL push up Pie?

It’s unclear what the Orioles will do if Luke Scott goes on the disabled list Thursday which is looking pretty likely. Scott noted that it was a pulled left hamstring and those take about two weeks to heal.

When I spoke to Felix Pie after the game, he already knew about Scott’s injury and said he wasn’t sure what was going on. The plan before all this went down was for him to play a few more games in Bowie and rejoin the team probably by Monday in Detroit.

But Scott’s injury changes things. Pie said he planned on going to the field in Bowie Thursday afternoon to work out, but closed our conversation with “I think I might see you tomorrow.”

So, which is it? Working out with Bowie or a trip to Baltimore to rejoin the team and replace Scott?

The Orioles will have to make a roster move to add Pie eventually, and this is a pretty easy swap. But they could chose to go with Jake Fox as a DH to tide them over for a few days.

I won’t know anything officially until tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Scott likely headed to DL

BALTIMORE– Luke Scott is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list. Scott left Wednesday’s Orioles-Athletics game with a left hamstring strain after blasting a one-out, solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning.

His blast came on the heels of teammate Ty Wigginton’s homer, and as he rounded first base Scott shortened up his stride and limped around the basepaths, occasionally grabbing his left leg.

Scott gingerly touched home plate, pausing to point both fingers to the heavens to cause thunderous applause from the crowd.

Television cameras showed Scott carefully walking down the dugout steps with head athletic trainer Richard Bancells. The homer broke a 6-6 tie and capped a productive night for Scott, who walked three times and scored three of Baltimore’s first seven runs.

Scott said afterward that he wasn’t sure his ball had cleared the fence, and was hustling around first base when the injury occurred. He acknowledged the strain would likely sideline him for two weeks.

Wieter's Bday bruise & Os/Nats lineups

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*Scott Moore is in uniform (No. 40) and will ready to play off the bench. He said he’s been mostly playing second base at Norfolk but is comfortable playing around the infield.

*Matt Wieters is out of the lineup today with a bruised right knee. He fouled off a pitch in his third-inning at bat Thursday night and was sporting a pretty nice shiner. Said the game’s adrenaline kept him from feeling a lot of pain, and the team’s training staff was hoping to get some of the swelling down with treatment today. He was due for a day off soon anyhow. Oh, and it’s his 24th birthday, as Brian Matusz informed me. So Happy Birthday, Matt.

*Koji Uehara will not be available to pitch tonight. He saw, through interpreter Jiwon Bang, that he was told he will get the day off. Uehara also said the heat wasn’t a factor in Texas so much as his extended  30-pitch outing was. Trembley had mentioned giving Uehara a little breather, so I guess that’s what this is.

*As expected, red-hot Luke Scott is getting the start at first base in place of Garrett Atkins.

ORIOLES LINEUP:

Corey Patterson LF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott 1B
Adam Jones CF
Craig Tatum C
Cesar Izturis SS
David Hernandez RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP:

Willie Harris RF
Christian Guzman 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam Dunn 1B
Josh Willingham LF
Pudge Rodriguez C
Roger Bernadina CF
Ian Desmond SS
Scott Olsen LHP

The Lone Star state

The Orioles are coming off a 6-2 4-4 homestand (see what I did there?) and will have a quick two-game set in Texas starting tonight with Jeremy Guthrie on the hill. He will be opposed by Rangers starter Rich Harden who is coming off a start aganst the Royals Saturday night. Harden went five innings giving up two earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three in the no-decision.

Tonight is the kind of game the Orioles can win if they can figure out Harden (the only regular who has faced him more than a handle of times is Miguel Tejada, who is hitting .250 in 12 career ABs).

Unfortunately, the two night games in Texas makes for tricky travel plans, and MLB opted for me to instead be ready for IL play in D.C. on Friday. But all your Orioles news will still be on Orioles.com and I’ve informed the highly-capable Todd Wills of the standards we have with here with the O’s. (Hey last-place teams, don’t deserve last place coverage- right?)

Some quick things to look for before I try to get my apartment in order: I would imagine Garrett Atkins would get the start in at least one, if not both, of these games. I grilled Trembley a bit on it yesterday and he made it clear that until there’s another feasible option, Atkins is the option. I still think Luke Scott’s hot bat sees time over there this weekend. They could also move Ty Wigginton over and put Julio Lugo at second base, which is what would have happenend when Lugo pinch-ran on Monday had the O’s tied the game.

Trembley mentioned a roster move coming for Friday’s game, which will probably spell the end for Alberto Castillo. Who comes up? A position player. Possibly Michael Aubrey, who is heating up. And he just so happens to play first base.

Finally, if you missed it, I wrote that the O’s won one for Kevin Millwood last night. He’s far too classy of a game to come out and say it, but seriously…are they ever going to get this guy a W?

  

 

  

Millwood, Scott, Patterson leftovers

In a game as multi-faceted as Tuesday’s extra-innings win, things are always bound to get lost in the shuffle. Here are some of the leftover quotes from three big players of the game: Kevin Millwood, Luke Scott and Corey Patterson.

KEVIN MILLWOOD
[on how he felt on the hill]
“[My] stuff was good, felt like I located the ball well, my four seamer was cutting a little bit, my two-seamer was sinking, when I threw my breaking pitches early, I did what I wanted to do. Stuff definitely wasn’t a problem all day.”

[on facing Greinke]
“You just want to stay in there as long as you can. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to give up any more runs [after the fifth]. And I was able to do that.

The guys were able to battle. Luke hit a couple big homers, corey hit a big home run. And we came out with a win.”

[on Luke's two homers]
“When Luke gets locked in he’s one of the best hitters in the game, it doesn’t matter who’s pitching to him, he’s going to hit the ball long and hard. And that’s kind of where he’s at right now. And it’s fun to watch a guy like that.”

[on still not getting the win]
“It’s a win for the team and that’s what matters, as long as it’s a win for our team.” 

LUKE SCOTT
[on the win]
“Total team effort is what it was. Greinke was tough, he had very good stuff today – good slider, good changeup and his fastball had a lot of life, a lot of late movement. He did a good job for his team. You got to credit Kevin Millwood for sticking in there. He had that one inning where they were able to scrape a few runs through, but he battled and kept us in the ballgame and that’s what you want out of your ace.”

[on facing Greinke]
“It’s very difficult. If I was them, I’d want to be in that situation – you think you’re sitting pretty good [with a 3-0 lead] and they were.”
 
[on being in the zone]
“Everything’s just kind of calm and peaceful for me up at the plate. There’s no traffic in my mind, there’s no confusion. There’s no stress or pressure. I’m just up there relaxing. Like I said before, I bring God into everything and I just go up there and pray and try to take him with me in all that I do. I’m enjoying my time with him.”

[on the Corey Patterson effect]
 “He’s given us a great lift. It goes to show how he’s really helped our team, but at the same time it’s another thing that shows you how much we miss Brian [Roberts] at the top of the order. Having a good leadoff man that gets on with some speed that puts some pressure on the defense and put pressure on the opposing pitcher, it’s very helpful.”

COREY PATTERSON
[On making Greinke work in 6th:] “I was able, in that at-bat, to get his pitch count up. After the at-bat, it was a little frustrating because I took some close pitches and it was 3-2 and I swung at a ball that was up and out of the zone. For a while there, I was kind of beating myself up, but I took it as a positive: I didn’t get the result I wanted, but that’s one of the best pitchers in the game. You have to foul some balls off, get the count to 3-2, work him a little bit. You know what? That was a good at-bat. I took that into my next at-bat and was able to get the homer rather than dwelling on swinging on 3-2 at a pitch that was well outside.”
 
[more on Greinke]
“There’s no doubt the game’s mental, more than anything, and you got to find a way to keep the same approach no matter who’s on the mound, whether it’s Zach Greinke, a No. 4 or 5 starter or whoever. You go in there with the attitude that’s Zach Greinke, you’re not making things any easier. You already know he’s a good pitcher, so don’t help him out. Just stay with your approach.”

[on Millwood]
 “You can’t tell with him how he’s doing, whether he’s having a good outing or a bad outing. I thought he pitched well tonight, to tell you the truth. For me looking at him, he has the same focus, his game plan. I don’t know what he’s thinking, but you know what you’re going to get every day from him. He’s going to be focused, going to give you the best he has.”

Great Scott!

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In the midst of the most prolonged slump of his five-year Major League career, Luke Scott admits he has had many sleepless nights wondering what he’s doing wrong. Following a 4-for-8 series against Seattle, in which he hit a solo homer Wednesday night and a decisive grand slam Thursday afternoon, I asked Scott how he’s feeling now.

“I’ve been feeling better,” Scott said following the Orioles’ 6-5 win.  “Last night I had a nice, although it was short, I had good sleep.”

“Moments like this, it kind of makes you feel like you can breathe again.”

I asked a few of the other Orioles what it was like when Scott hit that grand slam. Starter Kevin Millwood was inside icing, but still heard the place erupt in cheers.
 
“I don’t think anyone hits happier home runs than Luke Scott,” Millwood said. “I don’t know if anyone watches him after his homers because he gets pretty excited.”

So did the rest of the O’s as Corey Patterson admitted he was on his feet watching in nervous anticipation to see if Scott’s ball would avoid left fielder Michael Saunders’ glove.

“[I] saw Saunders going back and I didn’t know because it was on the edge [of the wall] and once it went into his glove and went out, we all went crazy with high fives,” Patterson said.

“We were all excited. That was a great at-bat by him. We were all really, really happy. “

“It’s just big,” Matt Wieters said of Scott’s blast. “Especially from him, if we can get him going it would really help this team. To get a big hit and be able to come from behind and win a game is big for the confidence going forward.”

“Everyone was pumped up,” Scott said of the mood upon his return to the dugout. “It was exciting, guys were pumped up. They were cheering, a lot of energy, a lot of emotion.”

“He’s a tough guy,” manager Dave Trembley said of Scott. “He prepares himself like no other in the off-season. He loves to hit.”
 
The ball narrowly made it as a homer, with the cold, heavy air halting what would have normally been an easy outside-the-parker.
 
“To tell you the truth, I thought I had it,” Saunders said.  “Guys were telling me that when I hit the wall I kind of didn’t have an idea why I didn’t’ catch the ball. A fan with a glove hit my glove away and beat me to the baseball. I had a bead on it, but when I jumped up and hit the wall, I came down empty handed. I at least thought I would be able to touch it. I don’t think I did. I think the fan beat me to it.”

The play wasn’t reviewed, although for a second Scott wasn’t sure what happened because Ty Wigginton stopped around second base.

“Coming up on both of them I saw [Adam Jones] coming back and I had my fist up and was like ‘Yeahhhh.’ And then I was like, ‘Whoa dude, is my mind playing tricks on me or something?” Scott said when he saw the runners stop. “But nope, I just hope it’s real.”

Looking for Luke

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Where did Luke Scott go?
Granted the Orioles offense has struggled as a whole this season, but a closer look at Scott’s numbers reveals that he’s been slumping for much longer. Since last July, really.

In the first half of last season, Scott went 71-for-233 (.305) with 18 homers and 51 RBIs. He didn’t come close to those numbers post All-Star break, hitting .208 (45-for-216) with seven homers and 26 RBIs.

In 23 games played, Scott is hitting .187 including an 0-for-4 appearance with three strikeouts on Sunday.  So, since last July Scott is just 59-for-291 (.203) with 10 homers and 34 RBIs. Not good.

This season, Scott is hitting equally dismal off right-handed pitching (.186) and left-handed pitching (.188) and has 21 strikeouts, second only to Adam Jones’ 25. He’s always been a streaky hitter, but this is an awful long downturn.

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