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Reimold's future plans?

With Rhyne Hughesdemotion back to Triple-A Norfolk, Orioles manager Dave Trembley confirmed that the Garrett Atkins will be the team’s first baseman for the next few days. But how much longer beyond that?

“I’ll sleep on it,” Trembley said following Atkins’ 0-for-4 showing in Sunday’s loss. “And we’ll see where we’re at.”

Things could get interesting given that Nolan Reimold started at first base for Norfolk on Sunday afternoon. Reimold has struggled offensively this season — prompting the demotion — but if he can get back on track he could get a shot at first base.

At one point last year that appeared to be the Orioles plan, but Reimold spent this spring solely in the outfield. He did take ground balls at first base in the final days of camp, but reporters were told to not read too much into it.

Given the spark Corey Patterson has given the O’s in left field, putting Reimold at first base isn’t such a crazy idea. Especially when you factor in the under-performing Atkins, who entered Sunday hitting .253 and is homer-less this year. Atkins struck out swinging, grounded into a double play and had two other ground outs against Indians starter Jake Westbrook to drop his average to .243. 

Reimold went hitless in his first two games with the Tides, but connected for a two-run homer for in his third at-bat on Sunday.

O's/Tribe finale and pregame tidbits galore

Lots of notes today in the Orioles series finale, starting with David Hernandez, who was scratched with a right shoulder injury and is being replaced with Mark Hendrickson.
*Hernandez said there are no plans for an MRI and classified himself as “day to day”. Manager Dave Trembley said the team is confident he will make his next scheduled turn on Friday, but acknowledged that how Hernandez comes out of his next side session will be a big factor in that decision.
*Brian Roberts took ground balls and hit off a tee prior to Sunday’s game and if all goes as expected, he will head to extended Spring Training on Tuesday.
*Mike Gonzalez came out of yesterday’s side session on the mound with no reported problems and is scheduled to throw one inning of live batting practice at the team’s facility in Sarasota, Fla. He will also throw an inning on Thursday with no scheduled plans beyond that.
*With last night’s decision to option Rhyne Hughes back to Triple-A Norfolk, Garrett Atkins will be the team’s everyday first baseman for the forseeable future.
*The move to recall Alberto Castillo in Hughes’ spot is one that replaces a lefty with a lefty. Given that Hendrickson is starting the O’s pen would be shorthanded, so Castillo gives the club some depth.
*Following his first blown save of the season in Saturday’s loss, Alfredo Simon will remain the team’s closer. But you would think his leash is far shorter now. “I can’t say I’m going to use him the next 10 times out [in a closing situation],” Trembley said.
*Finally, I asked Cesar Izturis if he ran on his own in the fifth inning of last night. He said he always has a green light but didn’t get a sign to steal. He was gunned out by Lou Marson in a play that later cost the O’s a run.
 
ORIOLES LINEUP:

Corey Patterson LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Luke Scott DH
Garrett Atkins 1B
Craig Tatum C
Julio Lugo SS
Mark Hendrickson LHP

INDIANS LINEUP
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Grady Sizemore CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Austin Kearns LF
Russell Branyan 1B
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Mark Grudzielanek 2B
 Matt LaPorta DH
Marson C
Jake Westbrook RHP 

Should Simon have been yanked? And what arm is on the way?

De facto closer Alfredo Simon was charged with his first blown save of the season in Saturday’s 8-2 loss, spurring a ton of booing from the Camden Yards crowd and calling into question whether manager Dave Trembley should have yanked Simon earlier.

Simon came on for the ninth and allowed his first runs of the season, surrendering a three-run homer to Austin Kearns as part of a four-run frame.  The Indians first run came via a one-out RBI single from Shin-Soo Choo, who scored Asdrubal Cabrera. Simon recorded the first out of the inning before Cabrera singled and Mark Grudzielanek walked.  Following Kearns’ homer, Simon was replaced by sidearmer Cla Meredith who yielded four runs.

Trembley was questioned by the media about Simon’s pitch selection (a splitter that hung) and his decision to leave in Simon. Here’s his response…

(on the splitter to Kearns being the smartest option)

“Publicly I would never say yes or no. I don’t think that’s the way to go, to come out publicly and give an answer one way or the other. I don’t think that’s the way to do it. That’s why I have a pitching coach and I’m the manager and we’ll talk to Simon about that.”

(on leaving in Simon after he gave up a one-out single and walk)

“For me right there, he’s the best guy for that situation, facing Kearns. He got himself in trouble, you get yourself out of it. I think you go power against power. It’s worked. He made a bad pitch.”

***With the Orioles decision to option back Rhyne Hughes to Norfolk, if the team makes a move within the organization you would think it would be to call up an arm. There’s no one hitting in the Minors to justify a trip to the big leagues, making Alberto Castillo or Kam Mickolio both options.

Hughes to Norfolk, now what?

BALTIMORE– Following Saturday’s 8-2 loss, the Orioles optioned rookie Rhyne Hughes back to Triple-A Norfolk.

Hughes did not play in Saturday’s game but had been marred in a a 3-for-24 skid with 12 strikeouts in his last eight games. Following April 24’s recall from Norfolk, Hughes got off to a blistering start, going 5-for-13 and setting a new Orioles rookie record with an RBI in each of his first three games. He became just the second player in franchise history to begin his Major League career with a pair of multi-hit games and an RBI, but wasn’t able to maintain anything close to that initial success.

“Of course it’s disappointing you never want to get sent down or anything like that,” Hughes said. “But it’s OK; just going to go down there [to Norfolk] and try to do what I was doing before just to be ready whenever they need me again.”

Prior to Saturday’s game, Orioles manager Dave Trembley noted that Hughes’ mechanics were “drifting” and said he was swinging underneath the ball and choosing bad pitches. Hughes –who took early extra batting practice Saturday afternoon — will try to regain his swing when he joins the Tides on Tuesday.

At the time of his promotion, Hughes was ranked among the International League top 10 in slugging percentage, batting average and on-base percentage and admitted on Saturday night that he had started to get away from what was working at the plate.

“I just had a rough spot, that’s all,” Hughes said. “You know, some things I wasn’t doing the way I was doing before. Just need to get back to doing it.”

The Orioles won’t announce a corresponding roster move until Sunday, and could add a reliever instead of another position player to fill Hughes’ spot. They could also make a waiver wire pick-up given that both Pat Burrell and Ryan Garko were on waivers on Saturday.

A few mini tidbits

*Kevin Millwood’s ride-along with the Baltimore police on Wednesday afternoon will be televised on MASN’s pregame show Friday. Millwood said if he wasn’t a baseball player he wanted to be a cop, so the team arranged the ride-along.
*Orioles prospects Zach Britton and Caleb Joseph were on hand for Thursday’s game. Britton was a guest on the MASN pregame show, while Joseph joked he was Britton’s bodyguard for the night.
*Rhyne Hughes set an Orioles franchise record by hitting safely and recording an RBI in his first three Major League games. After sitting against tough left CC Sabathia, he was back in Thursday’s lineup.
*Jason Berken is third in the American League in lowest opponets’ batting average against lefties (minimum of 20 batters faced) at .091. He trails only Boston’s Daniel Bard (.080) and Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano (.087)
*Prior to Friday night’s game, Miguel Tejada will present Project Medishare with a check for $25,000 from the Orioles Charitable Foundation to assist in their Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Dr. Barth Green -who is expected to be in attendance for the ceremony– and Dr. Arthur Fournier founded Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. in 1994.  Tejada is also going to donate money for each hit and homer he collects this season, although they haven’t determined exactly what amount that will be.

Yankees/Os lineups and pregame tidbits

The Yankees are in town and Orioles right-hander Kevin Millwood will look for his first win tonight against the defending World Champions.

*In case you missed it, the Orioles made a roster move earlier today, purchasing the contract of Alfredo Simon.
*Brian Roberts saw Dr. Lee Riley yesterday and there is no news. He’s not ready to start doing any baseball stuff, and although he was at Camden Yards on Tuesday, did not make himself available to the media.
*Garrett Atkins was not in the Orioles lineup for the third consecutive game, and to his credit he is saying all the right things. He will get the start against lefty CC Sabathia tomorrow (since Rhyne Hughes is a left-handed hitter, Atkins is a better matchup), but this is an interesting situation to watch. Trembley said whether the team platoons or whether one guys gets the bulk of first base duties has to do with how they perform at the plate.
*Koji Uehara is scheduled to throw an inning for Double-A Bowie tonight as the first outing of his rehab assignment.
*It’s looking increasingly likely that Brad Bergesen will make Saturday’s start against the Red Sox. He’s the leadoff candidate for the spot and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed nothing has changed. The club could decide to designate a reliever to make room for Bergesen. For more on Bergesen’s Triple-A start, I talked to him Sunday night and that story is up here

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

YANKEES LINEUP

Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posad Ca
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher DH
Randy Winn RF
Phil Hughes RHP

Postgame Meredith, Hughes and Hernandez

More on the Orioles win today at Fenway Park. Here are some of the post-game quotes that didn’t make it in my game story.

Cla Meredith- who recorded his first save in his 272nd career relief appearance.
“I’m just happy to get a chance to get the ball in my hand and get the job done for the ballclub.”

Is it better here as a former Red Sox, to do it at Fenway Park?

“I think every reliever might perform a little bit better when the chips are on the line. Sometimes it doesn’t go your way. But it certainly helps you out a little bit when you are in Fenway Park. We have been scuffling as a ballclub and you get an opportunity to get us in the win column and it definitely helps you out a little bit.”

“It is big [to pull out the win]. If you look at any good team around the league and the one-run games, the close games are the ones that they win and they define you as a ballclub. Certainly not what I did but what the boys did out there today, hanging in there, coming back, throwing some runs up on the board, maybe that will springboard us and we’ll have a nice day off tomorrow and we’ll try to get rolling.”

Starter David Hernandez on watching the team put up some runs

“We have a good lineup, it’s only a matter of time before we start clicking and the last two games we have hit the ball pretty well. Hopefully the runs will show up because of it.”
Hernandez had to finish up his workout and was watching the game in the clubhouse with some of the pitchers.

“We were watching the delay, so we were hearing the Red Sox fans cheering, and we were like, oh, it’s probably not a good thing coming up. So it was pretty tough watching it in here.

“We eventually went into the backroom and they were showing it live. We couldn’t take the 10 second delay and hearing fans cheer and what not.”

Rhyne Hughes

“When Wiggy caught that last out, that feeling was like nothing else. This place was rocking, those guys were trying to make a comeback, it was a lot of fun.”

Has this sunk in yet?

“Last night I think adrenaline was kicking in big time but today I settled down a little more. And that’s what I said yesterday, I was talking to Luke [Scott], I said, ‘I just went to get past the wow stage and get to playing ball’. There’s situations that are going to come up up here that I haven’t been in, but I’m just going to try to stay relaxed and let it stay the same game.”
 
“Sure it’s a big relief, we finally get one. To finally come out on top, it feels really good. Winning always feels good, it makes everything better.”

More on Hughes

Update 2:35: Hughes doubled in his first at-bat in the second inning and scored the game’s first run courtesy of Craig Tatum, who had his first hit off the Green Monster. Cesar Izturis followed with a single. Raise your hand if you thought you’d see that sequence this season. Hughes also walked in the fourth.

Good thing his family stuck around. Rhyne Hughes is in the lineup again, and the Hughes clan -his parents and young brother — minus his sister -are back at Fenway Park for his second career start.

He singled in first career at-bat against John Lackey Friday night and also singled in the fourth. He hit a ball to the warning track in center field before ending the game courtesy of a strikeout from Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

While Hughes was understandably disappointed he didn’t come through at the end, it was an impressive debut nonetheless.

“He seems to be pretty well grounded being here,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I don’t see him being really out of control or nervous. He looks the same to me as in Spring Training. The same kind of approach, the same swing. I am sure it is really exciting for him.”

Hughes acknowledged it was nice to get his first hit out of the way and said instead of getting nervous or scared, he’s taking the attitude that he belongs.

“I don’t think they would have called me up if they didn’t think I was ready, so that’s the way I’m looking at it,” Hughes said.

“I was enjoying [being up in the ninth inning]. It’s one of those things where I feel like I belong so I’m going to go up there overmatched or anything like that. I knew what was on the line, it was neat to go up there with the game on the line; I just didn’t come through.”

Update 2:05: Hughes doubled in his first at-bat in the second inning and scored the game’s first run courtesy of Craig Tatum, who had his first hit off the Green Monster. Cesar Izturis followed with a single. Raise your hand if you thought you’d see that sequence this season.

Good thing his family stuck around. Rhyne Hughes is in the lineup again, and the Hughes clan -his parents and young brother — minus his sister -are back at Fenway Park for his second career start.

He singled in first career at-bat against John Lackey Friday night and also singled in the fourth. He hit a ball to the warning track in center field before ending the game courtesy of a strikeout from Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

While Hughes was understandably disappointed he didn’t come through at the end, it was an impressive debut nonetheless.

“He seems to be pretty well grounded being here,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I don’t see him being really out of control or nervous. He looks the same to me as in Spring Training. The same kind of approach, the same swing. I am sure it is really exciting for him.”

Hughes acknowledged it was nice to get his first hit out of the way and said instead of getting nervous or scared, he’s taking the attitude that he belongs.

“I don’t think they would have called me up if they didn’t think I was ready, so that’s the way I’m looking at it,” Hughes said.

“I was enjoying [being up in the ninth inning]. It’s one of those things where I feel like I belong so I’m going to go up there overmatched or anything like that. I knew what was on the line, it was neat to go up there with the game on the line; I just didn’t come through.”
Update 2:05: Hughes doubled in his first at-bat in the second inning and scored the game’s first run courtesy of Craig Tatum, who had his first hit off the Green Monster. Cesar Izturis followed with a single. Raise your hand if you thought you’d see that sequence this season.

Good thing his family stuck around. Rhyne Hughes is in the lineup again, and the Hughes clan -his parents and young brother — minus his sister -are back at Fenway Park for his second career start.

He singled in first career at-bat against John Lackey Friday night and also singled in the fourth. He hit a ball to the warning track in center field before ending the game courtesy of a strikeout from Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

While Hughes was understandably disappointed he didn’t come through at the end, it was an impressive debut nonetheless.

“He seems to be pretty well grounded being here,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I don’t see him being really out of control or nervous. He looks the same to me as in Spring Training. The same kind of approach, the same swing. I am sure it is really exciting for him.”

Hughes acknowledged it was nice to get his first hit out of the way and said instead of getting nervous or scared, he’s taking the attitude that he belongs.

“I don’t think they would have called me up if they didn’t think I was ready, so that’s the way I’m looking at it,” Hughes said.

“I was enjoying [being up in the ninth inning]. It’s one of those things where I feel like I belong so I’m going to go up there overmatched or anything like that. I knew what was on the line, it was neat to go up there with the game on the line; I just didn’t come through.”
Update 2:05: Hughes doubled in his first at-bat in the second inning and scored the game’s first run courtesy of Craig Tatum, who had his first hit off the Green Monster. Cesar Izturis followed with a single. Raise your hand if you thought you’d see that sequence this season.

Good thing his family stuck around. Rhyne Hughes is in the lineup again, and the Hughes clan -his parents and young brother — minus his sister -are back at Fenway Park for his second career start.

He singled in first career at-bat against John Lackey Friday night and also singled in the fourth. He hit a ball to the warning track in center field before ending the game courtesy of a strikeout from Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

While Hughes was understandably disappointed he didn’t come through at the end, it was an impressive debut nonetheless.

“He seems to be pretty well grounded being here,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I don’t see him being really out of control or nervous. He looks the same to me as in Spring Training. The same kind of approach, the same swing. I am sure it is really exciting for him.”

Hughes acknowledged it was nice to get his first hit out of the way and said instead of getting nervous or scared, he’s taking the attitude that he belongs.

“I don’t think they would have called me up if they didn’t think I was ready, so that’s the way I’m looking at it,” Hughes said.

“I was enjoying [being up in the ninth inning]. It’s one of those things where I feel like I belong so I’m going to go up there overmatched or anything like that. I knew what was on the line, it was neat to go up there with the game on the line; I just didn’t come through.”

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

Hughes' debut & other tidbits

Welcome to Fenway Park Day 2, where Brian Matusz will take the hill opposite John Lackey.

*Matusz has never faced the Red Sox and wanted to get a feel of what pitching at Fenway Park was like. So, he and Jeremy Guthrie used Thursday’s off day to go to the Red Sox game vs. the Texas Rangers. Dave Trembley said it best : he’s just a special kid.

*Tonight’s game will also be Rhyne Hughes’ Major League debut. Hughes got the nod last night and didn’t know he was in the starting lineup until he walked in to the visiting clubhouse around 4:30 p.m. ET.  The news broke thanks in part to his younger brother, Hoyt, who announced it on Rhyne’s Facebook fan page. 

*Hughes is playing first base tonight in place of Garrett Atkins, who has struggled as of late and twice left the bases loaded in Friday’s loss. Atkins said he’s not taking Hughes’ presence as anything other than a hot bat and a team who needs some offense. But it will be interesting to see what happens if Hughes starts to hit. Trembley said he will not consider Hughes in the outfield (he started to take reps out there at the team’s request this spring) so the only choice besides designated hitter is Hughes’ primary position at first base.

*Koji Uehara threw an inning today and will go to Double-A Bowie on a rehab assignment starting April 27. He will also throw on the 29th and there are no plans beyond that right now.


ORIOLES LINEUP
LOU MONTANEZ LF
ADAM JONES CF
NICK MARKAKIS RF
MIGUEL TEJADA 3B
MATT WIETERS C
LUKE SCOTT DH
TY WIGGINTON 2B
RHYNE HUGHES 1B
CESAR IZTURIS SS

BRIAN MATUSZ SP

RED SOX LINEUP
MARCO SCUTARO SS
DUSTIN PEDROIA 2B
VICTOR MARTINEZ DH
KEVIN YOUKILIS 1B
MIKE LOWELL 3B
JASON VARITEK C
BILL HALL RF
JEREMY HERMIDA LF
DARNELL MCDONALD CF

JOHN LACKEY SP

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