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Bergy to the 'Pen & Os/Sox lineups

*Brad Bergesen is being skipped at least once in the rotation given Monday’s off day. Interim manager Juan Samuel wasn’t sure if this will be a long-term deal or not, but didn’t rule that out. The feeling is Bergesen needs to get his arm slot straightened out. Bergesen has had an up and down year, but do you really give up on the guy?

*Mike Gonzalez’s last bullpen session was “not good” Samuel said. He will take two days off and throw on Tuesday. The Orioles won’t come right out and say it, but mid-June is not looking likely. Keep in mind Gonzalez will need to go on a rehab assignment after he’s through with extended spring.
*As expected, Brian Roberts took another day off and rested today.
*Matt Wieters is struggling at the plate. Yes, all the Orioles are, but the switch-hitter catcher’s has looked particularly bad lately.  Obviously, Wieters is young and has a lot to work on given the demands of catching. Samuel said he will try to give Wieters more rest days in hopes that will rejuvenate him.

*Will Ohman will remain the team’s closer in the Juan Samuel Era. If you’re curious, David Hernandez will remain the back end of the bullpen guy. He was up warming in the blowout last night,  but that’s only because the Orioles had burned through so many arms. 

Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Garrett Atkins DH
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Victor Martinez 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Josh Reddick CF
Bill Hall LF
Jon Lester LHP

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.


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


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

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
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.


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


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

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.

Rays-Orioles Opening Day lineups

The Matusz move & O's pitching news

A few more notes from Saturday’s pregame session with
manager Dave Trembley:

*Brian Matusz will pitch in a Minor League game on Monday,
with Alfredo Simon taking his spot against the Yankees. No real surprise here,
since the Orioles have tried to avoid running their starters out against
divisional foes. Kevin Millwood kicked off the Minors starts on Saturday and
the reasoning behind Jeremy Guthrie still throwing against the Blue Jays Sunday
is that he’s been in the AL East for a while now, so trying to “hide” Guthrie
isn’t really an option at this point.

*Trembley downplayed how important this start is Saturday for David
While I blogged yesterday about the 5th rotation spot
basically being Tillman’s
, a strong showing by Hernandez against Boston’s regulars
would add some intrigue to the race. Especially given Tillman’s subpar outing
on Friday night, which included four walks.

*The backup catch job won’t be just handed to Chad Moeller.

“You’ll see [Craig] Tatum get a start, you’ll see Moeller
get a start,” Trembley said.  “You’ll see
that competition going down to the end, I believe.”

The Orioles like Tatum’s throwing arm, but Moeller carries
experience having been in the league -and particularly the AL East – for a
while. His locker is right next to Matt Wieters, which Andy MacPhail told me
earlier this spring is no coincidence. Much like Millwood, Moeller is expected
to help mentor and bring along the O’s promising young talent.

*Since snapping an 0-for-22 skid on Sunday, Nolan Reimold
has hit in four straight games. “Ty Cobb watch out,” Reimold joked of his

In all seriousness, Reimold does appear to be running better
and Trembley said he talked to Nolan and told him he has to start showing that
he can run do certain things, such as play back-to-back games, steal a base,
etc. While he’s still not 100 percent, the Orioles can’t afford to baby him -and
essentially squander a roster spot – once the season starts.

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.


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! 🙂

More Matt (Wieters, that is)

Matt Wieters caught Kevin Millwood for five innings today and manager Dave Trembley told reporters in Fort
Myers he’ll also be behind the plate tomorrow, batting cleanup, and serve as
the DH on Thursday.


Trembley noted that he will also begin taking Wieters deeper
into games, scheduling him for seven innings tomorrow and back-to-back games
Saturday and Sunday. He could be allowed to catch all nine innings on Sunday.


Sunday would be Millwood’s next start, which is a bonus for
Wieters, who caught the veteran right-hander for the first time in Tuesday’s
intrasquad game.


Wieters said he had previously caught a few bullpen sessions
with Millwood, but in the games “he’s definitely lively”.

So, as positive as Millwood says the outing was for him, it
might have been just as important for Wieters.

 “Today I was able to
get that first step of how he wants to pitch in the game,” Wieters said.

“I want to get him a few more times before spring gets going
so we can get on the same page quicker.”

The increased playing time should help Wieters settle in at
the plate as well. He’s  1-for-13 in six
spring games, with his lone hit coming March 8 versus the Twins.


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A Nice Catch

Matt Wieters will be on the covers of the newest Sports Illustrated, slated to hit newsstands tomorrow.  The covers shot features Wieters in his catching gear and is titled, “The Perfect Catch.” Tom Verducci wrote the story.

Wieters is the first Orioles to grace the cover since Roberto Alomar did it over 13 years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t have the rights to blog the cover shot. But I’ve seen it, and it’s pretty impressive. 

Wieters, Jones not fazed by contract renewals

The Orioles renewed the contracts of right-hander
Jason Berken, centerfielder Adam Jones, left fielder Nolan Reimold and
catcher Matt Wieters for the 2010 season. And on Monday morning, all the players were saying the right things.

“I understand their side and I still get paid pretty good to play this game. So it’s definitely not a big deal,” Wieters said.

The 23-year-old Wieters, considered to be a cornerstone of the franchise, said what transpired this year won’t harbor any ill feelings for the future and it will be easy to put it out of his mind.

“That’s why you have agents. That’s why you have all the business people looking out on your side because all you do is go out there and play,” Wieter said. “That’s how you stay in this game for a long time. You can’t worry about that stuff.”

Added Jones: “It can’t be [in your mind]. You look at it, if it’s all going to work out, it works out.

“Before you are arbitration eligible, I guess they can do whatever they want. Let the process take care of itself.”

Jones said he hasn’t heard anything about a potential long-term deal, but acknowledged that the situation of teammate Nick Markakis’ makes the news easier to swallow. The organization renewed Nick Markakis in 2008 before agreeing to a six-year, 60-million dollar deal to avoid arbitration last winter.

“Both sides will come to something,” said Jones, who will be arbitration eligible in 2011.

“If they want me to be around a long time, I’d love to be around a long time. I think they expressed the same interest. Let Andy (MacPhail) and my agent [JR Sports], let them do their work.”

The 23-year-old Wieters hit .288 with nine homers in his first taste of the Major Leagues last season, and is seen as a cornerstone of the franchise. Wieters will be asked to steer a rotation that is projected to include Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brad Bergesen, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman.

Berken  went 6-12 in with a 6.54 ERA in 24 games last season and is
expected to start the year at Triple-A Norfolk or as a candidate for the
Orioles bullpen. Jones, and All-Star selection and Golden Glove winner
had a breakout season shortened by injury. The 24-year-old hit .277 with
19 homers and 70 RBIs in 119 games.

Reimold has been slowed
this spring after undergoing left Achilles tendon surgery in September,
but is slated to start the Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The
26-year-old hit .279 with 15 homers in 104 games and is projected to be
the Orioles starting left fielder as part of a platoon with Felix Pie.

The Orioles also announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with 22
players on one-year contracts
for 2010.

The list of players recently signed includes: Robert Andino, Michael
Aubrey, Josh Bell, Brad Bergesen, Alberto Castillo, Brandon Erbe, Pedro
Florimon, David Hernandez, Rhyne Hughes, Jim Johnson, Luis Lebron, Kam
Mickolio, Lou Montanez, Troy Patton, Wilfrido Perez, Felix Pie, Dennis
Sarfate, Brandon Snyder, Chorye Spoone, Craig Tatum, Chris Tillman and
Justin Turner.