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All Star game rosters, snubs, etc.

N.L. Roster by team…
Arizona – Chris Young    
Atlanta – Jayson Heyward, Tim Hudson, Omar Infante, Brian McCann, Martín Prado
Chicago – Marlon Byrd
Cincinnati – Brandon Phillips, Arthur Rhodes, Scott Rolen
Colorado – Ubaldo Jimenez, Troy Tulowitzki
Florida – Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez
Houston – Michael Bourn
Los Angeles – Jonathan Broxton, Andre Ethier
Milwaukee – Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo, Corey Hart
New York –  Jose Reyes,  David Wright
Philadelphia – Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley
Pittsburgh – Evan Meek
St. Louis – Chris Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright
San Diego – Adrian Gonzalez
San Francisco – Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson
Washington – Matt Capps

A.L. Roster by team…

Baltimore – Ty Wigginton
Boston – Adrian Beltre, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Victor Martinez**, Dustin Pedroia**, David Ortiz
Chicago – Matt Thornton
Cleveland – Fausto Carmona
Detroit – Miguel Cabrera, Jose Valverde
K.C. – Joakim Soria
LA Angels – Torii Hunter
Minnesota – Joe Mauer, Juston Morneau
New York – Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia
Oakland – Trevor Cahill
Seattle – Cliff Lee, Ichiro Suzuki
Tampa Bay – Carl Crawford,  Evan Longoria, David Price
Texas – Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Vladimir Guerrero, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler**
Toronto – Jose Bautista, John Buck,  Vernon Wells

*Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez are hurt. Ian Kinsler is taking Pedroia’s spot.

AL Final Five:
Paul Konerko, Chicago
Nick Swisher, New York
Delmon Young, Minnesota
Michael Young, Texas
Kevin Youkilis, Boston


NL Final Five:
Heath Bell, San Diego
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado
Billy Wagner, Atlanta
Joey Votto, Cincinnati
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington

Snubs-
NL:
In my opinion, the Padres should have at least one reliever already on the team. They have the best bullpen in baseball. Also, Joey Votto should get to go. Hopefully he can get the Final Vote because that’s a serious omission. I’m still undecided on whether Stephen Strasburg has enough starts/is deserving.
AL: In the American League, Andy Pettitte was snubbed by his own manager,
Joe Girardi. Although I’m hearing rumblings that might change. How did Felix Hernandez get left off completely? And I haven’t seen him play, but I’ve certainly been impressed by the numbers from Tigers rookie Brandon Boesch.

I know it’s an inexact science, and the players did vote for the guys that made it. Still, it’s always fun to debate who was left out of this year’s All-Star game. I know Orioles fans wanted Nick Markakis to go, but honestly with his lack of power this season and an already crowded AS outfield he just didn’t have a shot.

More on the Atkins farewell

BALTIMORE–The Orioles designated Garrett Atkins for
assignment prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Nationals, recalling
right-handed reliever Koji Uehara in his place.

Atkins batted .214 with one homer and nine RBIs in 140 at-bats
and his ineffectiveness relegated him to a bench role, forcing the Orioles to
trade for right-handed power bat Jake Fox on June 22. Atkins made just five
starts in the Orioles last 28 games, going 0-for-3 -including a double-play
ball with the bases-loaded — in his last start on Friday.

The pending return of outfielder Felix Pie –coupled with
the production of Fox and Scott Moore – made Atkins’ release in Baltimore a near
certainty, with rumors swirling the last few days.

Atkins, who was well aware of his situation, acknowledged on
Friday that being DFA’ed could be a blessing in disguise. Recently released
Rays designated hitter Pat Burrell has found a new home and regained his power
stroke in San Francisco, and Atkins said when the O’s cut ties, he won’t look
at it as a bad thing.

“Not at all,” he said in an interview with
MLB.com. “[It would] be a welcome opportunity.”

Atkins was non-tendered by the Colorado Rockies after the
2009 season and was signed by the Orioles to a one-year contract guaranteed to
net him $4 million this year. Baltimore had a club option for 2011, and by
choosing to designate Atkins, will also pay him a $500,000 buyout.  

“We gambled that we could resurrect a bat and it just wasn’t
happening,” said president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, who was
hopeful when he signed Atkins this winter that he could return to the 20-homers,
100-RBI form of seasons’ past.

“From Spring Training we just didn’t see the power coming
back,” MacPhail said. “And Moore and Fox offer us more flexibility in more
positions. With Atkins it was either first base or DH.”

Toward the end, it became just the bench. Atkins made 17 starts
in March/April and May, but appeared in just six games, with 14 at-bats in the
month of June. 

“I know [interim manager Juan Samuel] feels bad,
there’s only so many spots to go around in the lineup,” Atkins said Friday.
 
“Guys that have been in my position have done a good job. So, you can’t
really complain about not playing when guys are playing good.”

Samuel, who had a meeting with Atkins during the team’s
recent series in San Diego, praised the way the veteran handled the situation.
He reiterated that sentiment during Atkins’ farewell.

“[Atkins] said he was
sorry things didn’t work out for him, that he wasn’t able to do more to help
us,” Samuel said. “He’s a veteran. He understands.”

A soft-spoken guy who rarely left his locker, Atkins was
described as a professional by several teammates, including Ty Wigginton and
close friend Moore, who works out with Atkins in the offseason.

“Unfortunately it was a tough situation, but he’s always
been a professional,” Moore said of Atkins, who lives just twenty minutes away
from him in the offseason. “[He] always had a good attitude, always was here
rooting for [his] teammates and the team.”

While Moore has started to hit his way into more playing
time, the acquisition of utility-man Fox was widely regarded as the nail in the
coffin regarding Atkins’ tenure.

“His opportunities were going to become fewer and fewer,” said
MacPhail, who added that he thought the organization gave Atkins ample time to
turn it around.

The move will free up at-bats for Fox off the bench, as well
as Moore, and Samuel said he has no problem using either one of those guys at
first base, if need be.

As for Atkins, he will be placed on waivers, where the
Orioles will have 10 days to either trade him or grant him his release. If
Atkins clears through waivers, he would have to accept a Minor League
assignment with the O’s or could opt to sign a Minor League free-agent deal
elsewhere.

It’s an option Atkins has not ruled out, and he told MLB.com
on Friday that he would weigh all available options before deciding what was
best.

“Sometimes starting fresh somewhere, probably those things
will help [his power potential],” Samuel said.  “He’s a great guy. He was professional
throughout this whole process and understands why he wasn’t playing. He was
very quiet, didn’t cause any issues in the clubhouse. He was just a veteran
professional.”

Added Wigginton: “He was always one of the first guys getting excited when somebody else go to big hit or whatever. He was one of the first guys to give the guy a pat on the back. He was a very good teammate.”

Down on the farm

Nolan Reimold is starting at first base tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. He has a five-game hitting streak, and is heating up as of late. Still, I’m told his strikeouts are still a concern within the organization.

Robert Andino
has been playing second base exclusively at the Orioles request, which is an interesting move. He’s not on the team’s 40-man roster, but getting Andino some work at second could signify a number of things.

Could the Orioles DFA Julio Lugo? More likely they’d try to deal him, since Lugo’s had a nice few games on the West Coast and has been mentioned (along with Cesar Izturis) in various trade rumors. Could it spell the end of Ty Wigginton, another trade chip ? I don’t know. It could be as simple as them wanting him to be more versatile. Still, it’s an interesting situation to keep tabs on as trade talks start to heat up. FYI, the deadline is July 31.  

Great Scott!

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In the midst of the most prolonged slump of his five-year Major League career, Luke Scott admits he has had many sleepless nights wondering what he’s doing wrong. Following a 4-for-8 series against Seattle, in which he hit a solo homer Wednesday night and a decisive grand slam Thursday afternoon, I asked Scott how he’s feeling now.

“I’ve been feeling better,” Scott said following the Orioles’ 6-5 win.  “Last night I had a nice, although it was short, I had good sleep.”

“Moments like this, it kind of makes you feel like you can breathe again.”

I asked a few of the other Orioles what it was like when Scott hit that grand slam. Starter Kevin Millwood was inside icing, but still heard the place erupt in cheers.
 
“I don’t think anyone hits happier home runs than Luke Scott,” Millwood said. “I don’t know if anyone watches him after his homers because he gets pretty excited.”

So did the rest of the O’s as Corey Patterson admitted he was on his feet watching in nervous anticipation to see if Scott’s ball would avoid left fielder Michael Saunders’ glove.

“[I] saw Saunders going back and I didn’t know because it was on the edge [of the wall] and once it went into his glove and went out, we all went crazy with high fives,” Patterson said.

“We were all excited. That was a great at-bat by him. We were all really, really happy. “

“It’s just big,” Matt Wieters said of Scott’s blast. “Especially from him, if we can get him going it would really help this team. To get a big hit and be able to come from behind and win a game is big for the confidence going forward.”

“Everyone was pumped up,” Scott said of the mood upon his return to the dugout. “It was exciting, guys were pumped up. They were cheering, a lot of energy, a lot of emotion.”

“He’s a tough guy,” manager Dave Trembley said of Scott. “He prepares himself like no other in the off-season. He loves to hit.”
 
The ball narrowly made it as a homer, with the cold, heavy air halting what would have normally been an easy outside-the-parker.
 
“To tell you the truth, I thought I had it,” Saunders said.  “Guys were telling me that when I hit the wall I kind of didn’t have an idea why I didn’t’ catch the ball. A fan with a glove hit my glove away and beat me to the baseball. I had a bead on it, but when I jumped up and hit the wall, I came down empty handed. I at least thought I would be able to touch it. I don’t think I did. I think the fan beat me to it.”

The play wasn’t reviewed, although for a second Scott wasn’t sure what happened because Ty Wigginton stopped around second base.

“Coming up on both of them I saw [Adam Jones] coming back and I had my fist up and was like ‘Yeahhhh.’ And then I was like, ‘Whoa dude, is my mind playing tricks on me or something?” Scott said when he saw the runners stop. “But nope, I just hope it’s real.”

Can't stop the Wiggy

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That’s right, your Orioles MVP right now is Ty Wigginton. (At least in my opinion.)

Wiggy hit two homers last night and leads the team with eight knocks. He has 10 hits in the Orioles last seven games heading into Sunday and has reached base in 17 of his last 18 games. (Make that 18 of 19 since he was hit by a pitch in the first inning of Sundays game.)

“He’s certainly got some very big hits and really solidified himself as one of the main guys that you feel is going to get quality at-bats every game,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.

“You feel he’s going to come up with at least one good one. We’d really be behind the eight ball if he weren’t in there. He’s really picked up a lot of the slack.”

Wigginton was tabbed as the Orioles back-up corner infielder this spring, but Brian Roberts’ injury has opened the door for him to play as the club’s everyday second baseman. Asked what Wigginton’s best position is, Trembley joked : hit.

That may be true, since he’s not exactly hailed for his defense, but Wiggy has made the routine plays and hasn’t been a liability at second.

“If you talk to Wiggy, Wiggy will tell you, a groundball is a groundball, that’s kind of how he draws up his correlation,” Trembley said.  “But no he hasn’t [hurt us]. He’s pretty good on the pivot. He gets to balls, he makes the routine play. That’s all you really want. You’re not looking for the highlight reel. If you get that, that’s fine. But he’s been steady.”

Can't stop the Wiggy

Ty Wigginton, who has assumed primary second base duties in lieu of injured Brian Roberts, has hit six of the Orioles’ 15 homers and has a team-leading 12 RBIs.
Saturday marked the seventh time he has had four hits, his first since July 17, 2007 against the Angels.

“He’s certainly got some very big hits and he’s taken advantage of the opportunity that’s been given him,” manager Dave Trembley said. “He’s really picked the club up since Roberts got hurt.”

 

Ty Wigginton, who has assumed primary second base duties in lieu of injured Brian Roberts, has hit six of the Orioles’ 15 homers and has a team-leading 12 RBIs.
Saturday marked the seventh time he has had four hits, his first since July 17, 2007 against the Angels.
“He’s certainly got some very big hits and he’s taken advantage of the opportunity that’s been given him,” manager Dave Trembley said. “He’s really picked the club up since Roberts got hurt.”

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.

Wiggy making most of playing time

One of the bright spots in the Orioles’ dismal offense Tuesday was Ty Wigginton, who homered twice. And before I get comments about being harsh on the bats here are some figures:

The team went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday night, which means they are now 10-for-63 total. With RISP and two outs they are 1-for-29 (.034). Ouch.

Now for the good stuff. Wiggy made his first start at second base this season and clubbed his first homer with a two-run shot to left in the sixth. It came on a 1-0 pitch and traveled an estimated 378 feet. He homered again in the bottom of the 10th against Rafael Soriano to close the Rays lead to 8-6.

As we all know, that was as close as it would get.

“I think when you come into the season and you don’t have an everyday role your job as a player is to go out there and make it tough on that manager not to put your name in there,” Wigginton said.  “You want to find a way for him to put you in there and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

As for the team’s struggles, Wiggy was optimistic.

“It is a long season and although we’ve been on the wrong side a lot  –and it’s not a whole lot of fun when you are on that side – but, at the same time, I think, the guys are playing hard, we’re playing good baseball. It just hasn’t worked out yet. If we keep playing this style of baseball in the end everything’s going to be good. “

High Praise for Matusz

Here are some thoughts about Brian Matusz’s outing tonight, which was truly a delight to watch.  

Rays manager Joe Maddon

“This guy is going to be good for a long time. He has a lot of weapons he’s poised, he gets good hitters out, he gets good hitters out all of the time. “

Rays first baseman Carlos Pena

“It was tough today for us. This guy, Matusz, came out just nasty. He was throwing strikes with everything in the zone. He was locating. He was very tough on us.”

“You can’t deny that the outing was stupendous by him. I know it didn’t go his way in the last inning that he threw, but one through seven he was just lights out.”

Orioles infielder Ty Wigginton

“I made the comment in the dugout, he was really fun to play in the field behind. When a pitchers hitting his spots like he is, as he’s releasing the ball you are starting to lean away and they are actually hitting it in that direction. He was on top of his game and it’s shame we couldn’t bail him out.”

Orioles manager Dave Trembley

“Matusz pitched about as good a game as you’re going to get. [He] had location, had a feel for all his pitches, worked ahead, worked quick, pitched down. Tremendous game.”

Here’s Matusz on his outing:

“I felt comfortable out there today. I was able to just relax and throw a lot of strikes and work fast. The changeup was a great strikeout pitch for me, but I felt the other pitches help set that up. I threw some good curveballs and some nice sliders and was working in and out with the fastball really well.”

“I still felt good going out in that 8th. It was just a couple of hits that went through the hole. That’s going to happen with a good team like Tampa. They don’t give in. Even if things aren’t going their way, they don’t give in. You could see they were able to string a couple of hits together and, unfortunately for us, they put them together at the right time. I still felt strong in that last inning. Looking back on it, I’d probably like to throw some different pitches but I still felt good overall. I felt strong and didn’t give in. 

Where did the bats go?

With second baseman Brian Roberts and closer Mike
Gonzalez
both absent from Saturday’s game, the Orioles’ lagging offense was
thrust into the spotlight.And the result wasn’t pretty, as the bats continued to
scuffle, mustering five hits against Toronto’s fifth starter Dana Eveland in a
3-0 loss.

The Orioles had a
baserunner on each of the first five innings, but came up short of home plate.
The team’s 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position marker dropped their season
total to 8-for-46 through the first four games. Julio Lugo, filling in for Roberts, was the lone Oriole
to record a multi-hit night.

So what was going on?

 He
pitched to the corners, he changed speeds, up, down, in and out, and if you go
back and watch the game, I guarantee you that you’re not going to see too many
pitches over the heart of the plate,” Ty Wigginton said of Eveland. “Any time a
pitcher does that, they’re going to be successful.”

 

Eveland, who won a spot in Toronto’s rotation on the final
day of Spring Training, yielded five hits over 7 1/3 innings, walking two and
picking up a pair of strikeouts.

“I just had a good changeup,” Eveland said.  “It was down in the zone
and had a little sink to it and they were just beating it into the ground or
popping it up. I got a lot of soft contact on it, so that was real nice.”

The lefty has owned
the Orioles’ hitters, pitching 14 1/3 scoreless innings in his career against
Baltimore.

“When you have a team that is chasing a pitch, you just
try to keep going with it until they show you that they can make the
adjustment,” Toronto’s catcher Jose Molina said. “[Saturday night], the Orioles
didn’t make that adjustment on him and that’s why we took advantage of it.”

“When Molina’s catching he’s one of those catchers to where
he’s unpredictable,” Adam Jones said.  “He
calls a good game that’s why he’s been around again.”

“Eveland has pitched well against us,” manager Dave Trembley said.
“Changed speeds, kept the balldown, very few pitches up out over the plate.
Some good at bats up by [Nick] Markakis, some pitches just missed. You tip your
cap. He was on his game and pitched very, very, very well.”

The Orioles are hitting .237 as a team and have scored 17 runs in five games. Three of their four loses are by one run. Yes, Gonzalez deserves some of the blame. But the bats do as well.

“When they fell behind by a couple runs, they started
getting real aggressive, trying to get that first-pitch heater,” Eveland said.  “I started
flipping some changeups in there early. In the seventh inning, I threw five
pitches or something like that and four of them were changeups. They were
getting aggressive, so I slowed them down a little bit and let them hit it off
the end of the bat.”

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