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Catching up on the Tides

Chris Tillman started for Triple-A Norfolk last night and took the loss, for the first time in four starts, falling to 3-4 on the season. Tillman pitched six innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out two.The four earned runs were a season high as were the pair of homers allowed by Tillman.

Nolan Reimold didn’t have such a hot night either, going 0-for-3 with a walk in his debut for the Tides.

Jake Arrieta started this afternoon game’s and took the loss, surrendering four runs on five hits over six innings. It was the first time Arrieta has allowed more than three earned runs this season. Reimold went 0-for-3 as Norfolk fell to Buffalo for the second straight game, 4-0.

Patterson joins Os

It’s not official yet, but speedy outfielder Corey Patterson was informed last night of his call up from Norfolk and is expected to join the Orioles today. This isn’t big news — it’s been speculated for a few days now — but I got it confirmed early this morning. No word on when he will be activated and added to the O’s roster.

I’d expect this would cost Lou Montanez his spot. Nolan Reimold is also a (less likely) candidate to be optioned to Triple-A.

Os/Twins finale and tidbits

The Orioles will look to take three of four games this afternoon in the series finale against the Twins.

*The big pregame news was that of Jim Johnson, who was placed on the disabled list in Norfolk late last night and has been diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He will see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion sometime this week, but the hope is he will be able to avoid surgery.
*With the Orioles slumping bats and outfielder Corey Patterson tearing up Triple-A, manager Dave Trembley hinted that there could be further roster movement for Tuesday’s homestand. Could Lou Montanez’s days be numbered? We’ll see.
*Lastly it’s Mother’s Day, so call your mom, hug your wife. Spread the love. The Orioles, like every Major League Baseball team, will hit with pink bats today to help raise breast cancer awareness. Slumping Nolan Reimold joked if he gets a hit he’s going to hit with the pink bat again Tuesday. I’ll have a full story on MLB’s efforts up post game. 

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

Brian Matusz LHP

TWINS LINEUP:
Denard Span CF
Nick Punto 3B
Joe Mauer DH
Justin Morneau 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Delmon Young LF
Wilson Ramos C
Brendan Harris SS
Alexi Casilla 2B

Nick Blackburn RHP

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.

Fenway Finale

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Greetings from Fenway’s finale,
where the Orioles look to salvage a game and snap a five-game skid in the
process. This will be Tim Wakefield’s last start before moving to the bullpen
to clear a spot for Dice-K (who has been on the DL with a neck strain). David
Hernandez
will oppose Wakefield, and like every Orioles starter not named Brian
Matusz
, he’s hoping to get his first win.

*Nolan Reimold is batting leadoff for the first time in his Major
League career. “Now, I just need to bat 9th and I’m all set,”
Reimold said. Yes, the lineup’s been shuffled that much lately.   A patient hitter by nature, Reimold said he
will steal if the position presents itself, pointing out his one stolen base
this spring.

*Rhyne Hughes is starting again today after an impressive two-hit
Major League debut. Manager Dave Trembley
noted that Hughes didn’t seem overwhelmed by the moment Saturday night and when
I talked to him briefly this morning he had the same ear-to-ear grin he’s been sporting
since

*For what Garrett Atkins thinks
about being bench for Hughes, check out my story yesterday. This is an
interesting situation to keep an eye on…

*Down in Triple-A Brad Bergesen will try to get back on
track and make his first start for Norfolk.  The Orioles are hoping he can get his
confidence back, refind his sinker and make that May 1 start. If not, they
could use either long men Jason Berken
or Mark Hendrickson to make a spot
start, or call up a guy like Jake Arrieta. That scenario isn’t likely since
they don’t really want to mess with Arrieta’s development, but it’s not something
I would rule out, either.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nolan Reimold LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Craig Tatum C
Cesar Izturis SS

David Hernandez RHP

RED SOX LINEUP

Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
JD Drew RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Jonathan Van Every CF

Tim Wakefield RHP

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.

Pie's replacements

If Felix Pie does warrant a DL trip (and I’m not saying he
does, but he might) the Orioles will likely recall Lou Montanez. Montanez
nearly made the team this spring when Nolan Reimold’s status was uncertain and
will allow manager Dave Trembley another option in the outfield. Since Reimold’s
still not 100 percent the team doesn’t want to run him out there every day.

Of course the best case scenario simply would be to avoid
putting Pie on the DL. But Trembley made it clear last night that the team is
committed to getting Pie’s left shoulder back in order. It’s a problem that
keeps creeping up and sidelining him for a few days at a time. So, the best
long-term solution probably would be to give Pie a chance to let his shoulder
fully heal.

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.

Maddon on B-Rob

Brian Roberts’
absence goes beyond the expected shuffling of
Ty Wigginton
and
Julio
Lugo
at second base.  Monday’s decision to place
Roberts on the 15-day disabled list, with the possibility that he could be
shelved longer, also dramatically changes the complexion of the Orioles lineup. 

“He sets
it up for that team,” Rays manager
Joe Maddon said of
Roberts prior to Monday’s Rays-Orioles series opener.  I’m sure it’s going
to make it more difficult for them, because he’s one of the legitimate leadoff
hitters. You have guys hitting leadoff hitters that maybe aren’t legitimate
leadoff hitters. He’s truly a solid No. 1 guy. So, that’s going to have an
impact on them.”

Orioles
manager
Dave
Trembley
admits there is no way of replacing Roberts’ productivity, but the
team will give it their best shot by likely using a mixture of Felix Pie, Adam
Jones and Cesar Izturis in the top spot.  Pie was Monday’s leadoff hitter
and Trembley said, “right now, he makes the most sense.”

The left
fielder got off to a great start in Monday’s game, hitting a solo shot in the
first inning for his first career leadoff home run.  The only problem with
Pie being the leadoff hitter is it usually means
Nolan Reimold is out of the
lineup. (Or
Luke Scott if they let Reimold DH.)

Trembley admitted Reimold’s isn’t a conventional leadoff man,
since he is more of an RBI guy. But the Orioles might have to use an
unconventional approach. Given their lack of timely hitting, (9-for-54 entering
Monday) it might be worth a shot.

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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…

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