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Game 4 Wrap: Tigers 9, Orioles 5

Follow along here as veterans Kevin Millwood and Justin Verlander each make their respective Grapefruit League debuts…

Update 1:11: Justin Verlander sat down the Orioles in order in the top of the first.

Updated 1:27: Millwood doesn’t
look so hot. A blast (from leadoff man Clete Thomas, a single, a bloop hit and a double and the Tigers
are up a trio of runs.
Alex Avila kept it going with a sacrifice fly and Scott Sizemore had a two-out RBI single, and Ramon Santiago drew a full-count walk. Thomas just singled to bring Millwood’s pitch count to 30, 17 for strikes. And Trembley is out on the mound. What a debut. 6-0 Tigers with Matt Albers in.

Updated 1:45:  Wiggy homered off Verlander to open the second. Brandon Snyder had a one-out walk but Jeff Salazar struck out and Michel Hernandez grounded out to end the frame, 6-1.

Updated 2:00:Nolan Reimold just grounded into a double play to end the top of the third inning. He grounded out to shortstop in his first at-bat, so that should be it for him. Albers is on again to start the bottom of the frame.

Updated 3:00: Just talked to Millwood about his outing, which you can read here. While I was way there was some nice pitching by the relievers. Albers tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames and was following by a scoreless inning each from Dennis Sarfate and Cla Meredith. Also, Wigginton is 2-for-3 on the day so far, picking up an RBI with the solo homer.

Updated 3:37: Brandon Erbe struggled, giving up three earned runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-1 Tigers. A couple scoreless innings after that and we’re in the bottom of the 8th.

Updated 4:05:

Showcasing the power I wrote about yesterday, Rhyne Hughes homered on a fly ball to left field to score a pair of runs. The Orioles put up another two runs but fell short of a full-fledged rally, losing 9-5. 


Game 4 Tidbits: Reimold, Turner, Roberts, Lebron

*Noting the warm weather, manager Dave Trembley said the team was “anxious” to get Nolan Reimold started this spring. Projected to be the Orioles starting left fielder –as part of a platoon with Felix Pie — Reimold is scheduled to DH on Saturday, and will get two at-bats before Michael Aubrey takes his place. Saturday will be Aubrey’s debut as well, as he underwent a minor (non-baseball related) procedure that set him back a few days.

*Trembley said Justin Turner will probably be out again Sunday. He got struck in the left foot by a ball hit by Garrett Atkins during batting practice and was a late scratch from Friday night’s game. With Cesar Izturis out with a sore threat, Trembley said the team “might consider” bringing a guy over from Minor League camp. They’ve kicked around a few names are are going to find out who’s as close to being ready to play in a game.  Although Trembley said he think Izturis will be OK sooner than Turner, the Orioles are a little thing on middle infielders.

*There’s no new update on Brian Roberts, with Trembley declining to set any timetable on his Grapefruit League debut. Roberts have been a full-go in practice but has yet to play in a game, as he works his way back from a herniated disc in his lower back.

*Trembley raved about the performance of rookie right-hander Luis Lebron in Saturday’s game.

“I went up to him last night, I said where the hell have you been?,” Trembley said this morning of Lebron. “He’s got a heck of a fastball. That’s explosive, that’s Major League fastball right there. We got to see him again.”

Asked if Lebron had pitched his way into contention Trembley said he didn’t know about that, and that the team would definitely have to see the young righty pitch again.

“He drew our interest,” said Trembley, who had never seen Lebron pitch prior to this spring.

Lebron tossed a scoreless seventh inning, striking out Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker and John Raynor, and retired Delwyn Young on a pop-up.

Pie: A go for Saturday

Update 6:20: Manager Dave Trembley confirmed that Pie, Reimold and Aubrey will all be in Saturday’s game. Reimold and Aubrey will split DH duties with Pie in the outfield.

Felix Pie was walking a little funny in the clubhouse on Friday afternoon, but he insisted he felt fine when he woke up this morning and expects to play in Saturday’s game.

“It’s good,” Pie said of the left quadriceps stretch he felt during yesterday’s game. “I’m ready to go.”

Given that Pie’s season ended on a left quadriceps strain last year, he admitted that he was initially a little scared when he felt the muscle stretch.

“I’m not worried [now] because I don’t feel any pain,” he said. “I feel much, much better this morning. I can walk normal.”

Pie said he got some treatment this morning and that he would be “ready to go” for the Orioles-Tigers game in Lakeland at 1:05 p.m. ET tomorrow.

*Also Michael Aubrey was not in the starting lineup but could still get an at-bat. Manager Dave Trembley said prior to Thursday’s game that the plan is for Aubrey to start on Saturday. I blogged Thursday about Aubrey saying he could get in at some point tonight. As far as I know, that’s still a possibility.

*Assuming the weather isn’t too harsh, Nolan Reimold will make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday. The Orioles have been cautious with Reimold this week,but he told me that the plan is for him to play in Lakeland. That would certainly be a positive sign for the club.

No Reimold…

SARASOTA, Fla. –Nolan Reimold wasn’t in Wednesday’s starting lineup, and Orioles manager Dave Trembley wasn’t sure when Reimold would make his Grapefruit League debut.

“The fields have been very wet, it’s been very cold.,” Trembley said prior to Wednesday’s Spring Training opener against Tampa Bay. “Nolan knows that. He’s perfectly healthy but we’re going to take our time with him seeing that it’s March 3, 4 and 5.”

Reimold had successful surgery to repair a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon on September 23, correcting an ailment that had bothered him all last season. Projected to be the Orioles starting left fielder -as part of a platoon with Felix Pie — Reimold arrived at Orioles camp this spring with no restrictions and has been participating fully in all baseball-related activities.

“It is [still sore] but it’s an expected soreness,” Reimold said of the tendon. “So, there’s nothing to be alarmed about. Just work my way into it. I’ll be fine.”

Reimold said he had no problem with the Orioles preference to be cautious, and will work out with the rest of the non-game participants on Wednesday. He played in the team’s intrasquad game on Monday and although he appeared to be running fairly hard, Reimold isn’t quite full-throttle yet.

“I ran down [the first base line], but I try not to go full full speed, until I don’t have any pain,” he said.

Trembley said Reimold might get in the games on Friday or Saturday, but a lot of that decision will depend on the weather, which has been unusually harsh for Florida.

” Friday [it] is going to be 45 degrees out there, probably wouldn’t be in his best interest or our best interest to [play Reimold],” Trembley said. “But we’ll see.”

After a torrid start at Triple-A Norfolk, Reimold made good use of his call-up to Baltimore. In his first 104 Major League games, he batted .279 with 15 home runs and 45 RBIs.

Atkins gets ready for shift

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(Meeting of the minds: Andy MacPhail and Dave Trembley)

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New Oriole Garrett Atkins was one of the growing number of position players out on the field for Sunday’s workout. Nolan Reimold and Luke Scott (with a lumberjack beard) were some of the other notable new attendees, which definitely put a smile on Dave Trembley’s face. The O’s manager was in a great mood today, raving about the players who had come in early and taking a few minutes to stand on a hill and watch several practices at the same time. It’s safe to say Trembley’s digging the new Spring Training digs.

I’ve got a story going up on the site later about Chris Tillman and Brad Bergesen, but here’s the highlights. Tillman was having back tightness so they shut him down today, but he should be fine and ready to pitch a side on Monday. Bergesen is getting better and expects to do 2-3 flat ground sessions before getting up on the hill. By his own estimates, that should be by the end of next weekend. Trembley noted he’s “very, very close.”

In case you missed it yesterday, I caught up with Adam Jones, who is extremely excited to start the season. Jones took some swings with Nolan Reimold, who made his first appearance down in Sarasota on Sunday, looking like someone in need of sun.  He laughed when I told him Trembley asked if he could be any paler. But, he does live just north of Pittsburgh, so give the guy a break.

Reimold spent the winter testing his left Achilles tendon by running on the treadmill, and got to work it out on the field for the first time today. This is what he said prior to the practice. 

“After a lot of running, it still gets a little sore,” he said, “but it’s already better than it was last year. I’m sure I’ll be ready [for Opening Day].”

And Atkins was busy working on getting himself ready and acclimated to a full-time role at first base. The former Rockie said he will try to remember how Golden Glover Todd Helton prepared, and go from there.

“[It’s] just a matter of getting out there and getting the reps in, this is my first Spring Training where I’m basically first the entire time,” Atkins said. “So I image in 40 days or whatever I’ll be able to get pretty comfortable over there.”

As for the other side of his game, Atkins said he hit more this offseason than in previous years and was looking forward to taking that into Spring Training.  Sure enough, following his media session, Atkins hooked up with hitting coach Terry Crowley for a session in the batting cage.

Brian Roberts is in Sarasota and Trembley expects the second baseman will likely report tomorrow. His agent, Mark Pieper, stopped by Sunday’s practice. 

*Trembley and his staff will hold an inter-squad game on March 1 at Ed Smith Stadium, with the Orioles coaches expected to hold a drafts of sorts sometime in the next week. Following the game, the Orioles will host a clinic for the Boys & Girls club, as part of their ongoing efforts to be active in the Sarasota community.


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If you're a numbers person

Quick note on this morning’s workout, it’s cloudy and overcast, but I will do my best to get more pictures up via Twitter. But by forewarned, there’s some pretty tedious pitchers fielding practice and bunt plays on the agenda for today.

Baseball Prospectus has been putting up their predictions for each division, which mostly relies on the use of PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm). It’s basically a sabermetric system for forecasting  Major League Baseball player performance. BP combines each player’s performance with projected playing-time forecasts to project the standings.

You can find the whole story here, but here’s the bit that concerns the O’s…

Baltimore Orioles

Projected record: 79-83 (4th in the AL East)

Why They Might Win: In any other division, the Orioles would probably be a contender. Although this probably isn’t the year they put it all together, they are tantalizingly close to a return to respectability. They are projected to score 781 runs–fifth in the AL, but fourth in the East. The outfield of Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Nolan Reimold might be the best in the division. Starters Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman could have breakouts in their first full major-league seasons.

Why They Might Not Win: Their starting pitching is not yet where it needs to be. Kevin Millwood isn’t as good as his ERA made him seem last year, so PECOTA projects Brad Bergesen to be the Orioles’ starter with the lowest ERA at 4.40. This is not a formula for success.

Player Who Could Surprise: Jones started last year strong (.303/.357/.481 before the All-Star break), but cooled in the second half. PECOTA thinks he can do it all season this year, pegging him for .294/.350/.501. Even more noteworthy is his high “Breakout” score, which suggests a good probability that his production will improve by at least 20 percent over his established level of performance.

Player Who Could Disappoint: Millwood, despite a superficially strong ERA last season, has lost the ability to strike out batters at a high rate. PECOTA sees the writing on the wall and projects him for a pedestrian 4.71 ERA and just 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

So what do you think?


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