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On the Markakis comments

I’ve gotten a few emails about the comments Nick Markakis made in the Baltimore Sun yesterday. When I first read the story I had only one thought: finally.

It needed to be said. And it needed to be said by a guy like Markakis, who is about as quiet and soft spoken a guy as I’ve seen in the three years I’ve been in baseball clubhouses. Of course, it helps when you talk about guys having the wrong approach at the plate and single in your first two at-bats, as Nick did here at Petco Park.

Will his words spark anything? Or anyone? We will see. But it’s good to see someone show a little fire on the 18-win Orioles squad.

O's/Twins at Target Field

The Orioles will try to halt a three-game skid tonight, with Brad Bergesen taking the mound opposite Carl Pavano. Not much pregame but here are the tidbits…

*Koji Uehara is here and said he’s ready to go. Manager Dave Trembley said he will use Koji in the later innings, and if Simon was not available (say he pitched a few days in a row) Koji could get the ball in a save situation.
*Asked if there would be a roster shakeup given the team’s poor performance Trembley didn’t say one way or another. “Let’s get through the road trip,” he said.
*Adam Jones was back in the lineup after being scratched with a right hip strain yesterday afternoon. Trembley said if Jones was unavailable he would have slid Nick Markakis over from right given Target Field’s vast outfield. 

ORIOLES LINEUP
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Garrett Atkins DH
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Brad Bergesen

TWINS LINEUP
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Justin Morneau 1B
Jim Thome DH
Michael Cuddyer RF
Jason Kubel LF
Wilson Ramos C
Alexi Casilla SS
Nick Punto 3B

RHP Carl Pavano

Markakis: it's not like we aren't trying

So much went wrong in Wednesday’s 7-5 loss to the Yankees that a lot of my quotes didn’t make it in. I thought the Nick Markakis ones were pretty telling, and needed to be shared…

“I wouldn’t say we necessarily gave [the game] to them. It’s not like we were running out there and not trying. That’s the game. When the pitcher makes a good pitch, he gets a groundball double play. That’s what he’s supposed to do,” Markakis said. “We just made some bad plays. That’s just the way things are going right now. We need to figure it out and figure it soon.”

When asked by reporters to summarize the season’s first month, Markakis didn’t hold anything back.  [Although I had to edit out the curse.]

“The same way you guys would summarize it – pretty [bad] right now. We knew we had to battle. The first month of our schedule, we knew how many games we were going to have to play against our own division. We knew they were going to be tough.  It just leads to other things and you end up putting yourself in bad situations. That’s what we’ve been doing.”

Orioles around town this week

Here are some upcoming events this week as the Orioles get ready for six-game homestand against the Yankees and Red Sox….

RIGHT SIDE FOUNDATION “FUN FOR 21″ EVENT
On Tuesday, The Right Side Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by Nick Markakis and his wife, Christina, will host a group of twenty-one kids from the Casey Cares Foundation at the Maryland Science Center as part of their “Fun for 21″ program.  The kids from Casey Cares will have the opportunity to meet the Nick and Christina, tour the Science Center, view an IMAX movie and enjoy a complimentary lunch provided by ARAMARK.  This is the first of six “Fun for 21″ events scheduled for 2010.
 
GARRETT ATKINS ESPN ZONE VISIT
On Wednesday, Atkins will visit the ESPNZone in Baltimore from noon to 1 p.m.  During his visit he will greet fans and sign autographs, as well as participate in a Q&A session with fans hosted by Orioles broadcaster Jim Hunter.
 
NOLAN REIMOLD AUTOGRAPH SIGNING
On Saturday, Reimold will sign autographs and meet fans at the Slavie Federal Savings Bank’s Customer Appreciation Day from noon-1 p.m. The Oriole Bird will also make an appearance. The event will be held at Slavie’s Bel Air branch, located at 1614 East Churchville Road in Bel Air, MD.

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.

O's out early

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The Orioles are out on the field for some early batting
practice thrown my bench coach Jeff Datz. Nolan Reimold, Adam Jones and Nick
Markakis
were among those who took swings (at least while I was here at around 2:30
p.m. West Coast time). There were also a few other players jogging and working
out.

It’s windy here so that might help the ball carry. But then again, the Coliseum is huge.

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

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.”

Markakis' charity selling Under Armour T's

 

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 The Right Side Foundation, created by
Nick and Christina Markakis, is selling limited edition Under Armour Tech T’s
featuring The Right Side Foundation logo on the front and “Markakis
21″ on the back.

The shirts can be purchased before
Opening Day at Camden Yards with proceeds benefiting The Right Side Foundation
and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc. You can also purchase the shirts at the Sports
Legends Museum store located adjacent to Oriole Park Will Call. The cost is $24.99 each.

The mission of The Right Side Foundation
is to help improve the lives of distressed children throughout the State of
Maryland. Click HERE
to order the shirts online.

Rays-Orioles Opening Day lineups

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