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Guerrero placed on 15-day DL with broken hand

Posted on 16 July 2011 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Following the Orioles’ 6-5 win over Cleveland to snap a nine-game losing streak, manager Buck Showalter announced Vladimir Guerrero will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a cracked bone in his right hand.

The Orioles have also optioned relief pitcher Pedro Viola to Double-A Bowie. Taking their spots on the roster will be outfielder Matt Angle and reliever Troy Patton from Triple-A Norfolk.

After Guerrero was hit by a pitch last Sunday in Boston, a second x-ray earlier this week revealed a small crack below his right pinkie. The designated hitter attempted to take batting practice on Friday, but he was unable to grip a bat without feeling pain. The move is retroactive to July 6.

Angle, the Orioles’ seventh-round pick in 2007, was hitting .266 with four home runs and 29 runs batted in for the Triple-A Tides. The speedy center fielder also has 20 stolen bases.

Patton is 4-1 with a 1.83 earned run average in 44 1/3 innings this season for Norfolk. In a brief stint earlier this season in Baltimore, the left-handed reliever allowed two earned runs and struck out three in 2 1/3 innings against the New York Yankees on May 19.

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Orioles' 5-week-long wreck painful to watch

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Orioles’ 5-week-long wreck painful to watch

Posted on 16 July 2011 by Luke Jones

Five weeks ago, I sat in Buck Showalter’s pregame press conference as the Orioles welcomed the Tampa Bay Rays to town to conclude a nine-game homestand.

Fresh off a sweep of Oakland, the Orioles were again creeping toward the .500 mark with a 29-31 record and were trying to build momentum before embarking on a nine-game road trip. I casually asked Showalter the importance of seizing the opportunity to reach the .500 mark — after doing it two weeks earlier and then dropping five in a row immediately thereafter — for a young club trying to learn how to win.

“We understand the math of common denominators of teams that have a good season,” Showalter said at the time. “At some point, we’ve got to get to and pass that threshold as an organization.”

The Orioles won that night to move within one game of .500 as Jake Arrieta recorded his eighth win of the season. But instead of reaching and moving beyond the threshold as Showalter suggested, the club sprinted in the opposite direction to begin a five-week nightmare that’s shattered what once looked like a promising season on which to build.

Baltimore’s five-game winning streak came to an end the next evening, and the club has managed to win two consecutive games just once since then. Twenty-three losses in their last 29 games have the Orioles on pace to lose 97 games — one more than they did a season ago.

Brian Matusz and Zach Britton have since been sent to the minors.

Starting pitchers have completed seven innings just once since June 11.

The Orioles have batted .197 with runners in scoring position over the stretch.

Fast-forward to Friday night and watching Arrieta — the lone member of the so-called “cavalry” remaining in the rotation — once again struggle with his command as he allowed five earned runs in five innings in a 6-5 loss to the Indians almost felt surreal. His earned run average has risen to 5.10 after the nine-game winner was considered to be making modest progress in the first half of the season.

“Each time I go out, I’m trying to win a game for the team, and not being able to do that in my last (three) starts, it’s not a good feeling,” Arrieta said. “Pile that on top of the way that things have been going… as a team, it doesn’t feel great. But we try not to really let that bother us. Just continue to work and try to get back in the win column.

“It’s going to come sooner or later, we know that. We’ve got too much talent in this clubhouse to let things continue to go the way they are going.”

Everyone shares the sentiment: the manager, players, media, and fans alike. They can’t continue to play this poorly.

Nine straight losses, 14 defeats in 15 tries, and a 2-15 record since Andy MacPhail casually quipped to season-ticket holders on June 25 that the Orioles could lose their next 33 games and still be ahead of last year’s team at the same time. Even with an awful 36-54 record after Friday’s loss, this year’s club is still seven games ahead of the 2010 Orioles, an astonishing indictment of just how poor that group was through the first 90 games.

But like watching a slow-motion version of a multi-car pileup on the freeway, it keeps getting worse and there’s nothing to be done to stop it other than to wait for the smoke to clear.

Impossible to turn away, but very difficult to watch.

And, as Arrieta said, it’s not a good feeling at all.

Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear from Jake Arrieta, Buck Showalter, and Adam Jones following the Orioles’ 6-5 loss on Friday night.

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Live from Camden Yards: Guerrero has “small crack” in hand, out again

Posted on 15 July 2011 by Luke Jones

**Join us in the Orange Crush live chat at 7:00 as the Orioles face the Cleveland Indians in the second of a four-game set at Camden Yards**

BALTIMORE — As if an eight-game losing streak and losing 22 of their last 28 games weren’t enough, the Orioles received bad news in regards to Vladimir Guerrero’s injured right hand prior to tonight’s game against the Cleveland Indians.

A second x-ray revealed a “small crack” on the hand below the pinkie and the 36-year-old designated hitter is again out of the lineup as the Orioles hope to snap out of a month-long stretch of abysmal baseball. Guerrero attempted to take batting practice on Friday afternoon, but the session did not go well, according to manager Buck Showalter.

“There comes a decision now how long we can or will wait,” Showalter said. “Depending on the severity of it and the pain, guys have played with [it]. It’s not the possibility of hurting it anymore or what have you; just a matter of when the discomfort goes away — if it does.”

While Guerrero’s lack of power (seven home runs and a .385 slugging percentage) has been disappointing, this latest development may dim the chances of moving Guerrero before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline. The future Hall of Fame slugger was an unlikely candidate to be dealt by July 31 even before the injury occurred in Boston on Sunday.

Should Guerrero need to go on the disabled list, Showalter said Luke Scott would likely assume the designated hitter spot when he returns from the disabled list. He is eligible to return on Tuesday, but the Orioles would like to get him some at-bats in a brief rehab assignment before activating the left-handed hitter.

Matt Wieters will hit in the cleanup spot for the second consecutive night and Nolan Reimold will assume Guerrero’s designated hitter position in the lineup, batting seventh. Showalter would like to see someone bring more production to the No. 4 spot in the order, and it appears the Orioles’ All-Star catcher is getting the first crack at it.

“You’d love to see somebody take it and run with it,” Showalter said.

To hear more from Showalter, visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Cleveland
LF Michael Bradley
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
DH Travis Hafner
C Carlos Santana
CF Grady Sizemore
2B Orlando Cabrera
RF Travis Buck
1B Matt LaPorta
3B Lonnie Chisenhall

SP Josh Tomlin (10-4, 3.81 ERA)

Baltimore
SS J.J. Hardy
RF Nick Markakis
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
1B Derrek Lee
3B Mark Reynolds
DH Nolan Reimold
LF Felix Pie
2B Robert Andino

SP Jake Arrieta (9-6, 4.90 ERA)

As we do for every weeknight home game, join us in the Orange Crush live chat beginning at 7:00. Talk about the game with us as an array of WNST.net personalities visit the cyber sports bar throughout the evening! Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the latest updates and analysis regarding the happenings from Oriole Park at Camden Yards!

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Guthrie out of answers after suffering 13th loss of season

Posted on 15 July 2011 by Luke Jones

Jeremy Guthrie is one of the most standup guys you’ll find in the Orioles clubhouse.

Intelligent and analytical, the Stanford product is regularly willing to talk to the media, providing thoughtful insight after wins or losses.

Following Thursday’s 8-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians, in which an ineffective Guthrie suffered his major league-leading 13th defeat of the season, his frustration was clear.

Normally preferring to address the media in the auxiliary clubhouse (where manager Buck Showalter’s press conferences take place) after his starts, Guthrie instead held court at his locker, and his words were uncharacteristically brief after allowing six earned runs in five innings to drop his fourth decision in his last five starts (not counting last Sunday’s loss in relief to Boston).

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“I felt like I wasn’t able to throw the ball where I wanted to,” Guthrie said. “I wasn’t able to get ahead in the count, and when I fell behind, I had a really hard time throwing strikes and getting back into it.”

Eleven pitches and four batters into the game, the Indians held a 3-0 lead after Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo home run and Carlos Santana hit a two-run shot into the right-center bleachers before Guthrie could even get his feet under him. It didn’t get much better after that as the 32-year-old was lifted after facing two batters in the sixth, continuing a stretch in which Baltimore starters have completed six innings just twice in the last 17 games. Orioles starters have completed seven innings only once in their last 27 games (Guthrie on July 1).

Like anyone who’s watched the Orioles drop eight in a row, 13 of 14, and 22 of their last 28 games, what else is there to say at this point?

“It’s tough like other stretches we’ve had,” Guthrie said. “Each person needs to hopefully play better.”

Maybe the de facto ace was brooding over the 24 earned runs he’s allowed over his last five starts, spanning 29 innings (7.45 ERA). His earned run average now sits at 4.45 after beginning the month of June with an impressive 3.24 mark despite a 2-7 record.

He might not have been thrilled with pitching on three days rest after throwing 73 pitches in 3 1/3 relief innings against the Red Sox, saying he was “not sure” if it had an impact on Thursday’s poor outing.

The fifth-worst run support in the American League (3.45 runs per game) entering the night would weigh on the toughest of pitchers.

Or perhaps the effect of 27 losses in just over a season and a half since 2010 has the pitcher ready to be rescued with trade rumors circulating.

Whatever the case, Guthrie was unable to provide the shot in the arm the Orioles desperately needed to start the second half on a winning note.

Despite his recent poor stretch, the hard-luck Guthrie has deserved far better over the last two seasons and now sees another listless summer staring him in the face with the Orioles now 17 games under .500 and 18 1/2 games out of first place in the middle of July.

It’s not a pretty sight.

And, like the rest of us, he was in no mood to talk about it, either.

Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear from Guthrie, acting manager John Russell, and Adam Jones following the Orioles’ series opening loss to the Indians.

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Live from Camden Yards: Orange Crush chat at 7 as struggling Orioles begin 2nd half

Posted on 14 July 2011 by Luke Jones

**Join us in the Orange Crush live chat at 7:00 as the struggling Orioles begin the second half by welcoming the upstart Cleveland Indians to town for a four-game set**

BALTIMORE — Following the Orioles’ beanball series in Beantown prior to the All-Star break, suspensions were handed down prior to the start of tonight’s series against the Cleveland Indians to begin the second half.

Closer Kevin Gregg and setup man Michael Gonzalez received four and three-game suspensions respectively while manager Buck Showalter will serve a one-game suspension tonight as the Orioles (36-52) begin the second half with bench coach John Russell serving as manager. Both pitchers are appealing their suspensions and are available to the club tonight.

“I played the game. I pitched inside and got him out and then I defended myself when [David Ortiz] came across out to the mound,” Gregg said about the altercation. “Words are exchanged. People say I was yelling at him; well, he was yelling at me. It happens a lot in this game. To think anything of exchanging words with a player is ludicrous.”

The Red Sox designated hitter was also suspended four games after charging the mound against Gregg last Friday night. Orioles relief pitcher Jim Johnson, Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia were also fined, but will not face suspensions.

With the four-game sweep in Boston and the first half history, the struggling Orioles hope to reverse an abysmal stretch of baseball in which they have lost seven straight and 12 of 13 games prior to the three-day rest. Jeremy Guthrie, who ironically earned the loss in Baltimore’s last game after pitching in relief, returns to the hill to face talented Indians pitcher Justin Masterson. Guthrie hopes to avoid a league-leading 13th loss and get the Orioles back on track.

Vladimir Guerrero is out of tonight’s lineup as he continues to nurse a sore wrist suffered after being hit by a pitch in Sunday’s finale in Boston. The veteran told Showalter he “needs one more day” to rest before returning to the lineup. All-Star catcher Matt Wieters will hit cleanup and serve as the designated hitter after traveling across county for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Outfielder Luke Scott appears closer to returning from the 15-day disabled list and told reporters he will receive a cortisone injection in his injured right shoulder on Friday. After a few days to respond to that, he will likely go on a brief rehab assignment. Scott hasn’t swung a bat or lifted any weights since being placed on the disabled list in order to rest the shoulder.

Showalter also set his rotation through the weekend with Jake Arrieta starting Friday, Alfredo Simon on Saturday, and Mitch Atkins taking the hill on Sunday. The Orioles manager has not decided on a starter for Monday’s opener against the Boston Red Sox.

You can listen to Showalter’s pregame comments and Gregg’s reaction to the suspension in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Cleveland
LF Michael Bradley
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
DH Travis Hafner
C Carlos Santana
CF Grady Sizemore
2B Orlando Cabrera
RF Travis Buck
1B Matt LaPorta
3B Lonnie Chisenhall

SP Justin Masterson (7-6, 2.64 ERA)

Baltimore
SS J.J. Hardy
RF Nick Markakis
CF Adam Jones
DH Matt Wieters
1B Derrek Lee
LF Felix Pie
3B Mark Reynolds
2B Blake Davis
C Craig Tatum

SP Jeremy Guthrie (3-12, 4.18 ERA)

As we do for every weeknight home game, join us in the Orange Crush live chat beginning at 7:00. Talk about the game with us as an array of WNST.net personalities visit the cyber sports bar throughout the evening! Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the latest updates and analysis regarding the happenings from Oriole Park at Camden Yards!

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 April 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator Fighting Championships 42 (Saturday 9pm from Concho, OK live on MTV2); Arena Football: AFL Kansas City Command @ Chicago Rush (Friday 8pm from Chicago live on NFL Network); Soccer: MLS-New York Red Bulls @ DC United (Thursday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on ESPN2); Tennis: ATP Barcelona Open BancSabadell (Friday 6:30am, Saturday & Sunday 4pm from Barcelona on Tennis Channel); Golf: PGA Tour The Heritage (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Hilton Head, SC); Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (Friday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on CBS. All golf from Savannah, GA)

10. Rush (Friday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Coheed and Cambria (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live, Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Crack The Sky (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Rooney (Wednesday 7pm Bourbon Street); John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head On Stage, Thursday 8:30pm State Theatre), Bret Michaels (Thursday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Michael McDonald (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Charlie Sheen (Tuesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Stephen Kellogg (Friday 8:30pm Jammin’ Java-Vienna); Soulive (Saturday 9pm State Theatre); Local H (Sunday 8:30pm Rock & Roll Hotel), J Roddy Walston & The Business (Wednesday 8:30pm Rock & Roll Hotel); Saliva (Monday 7pm Jaxx); Gorillaz “The Fall” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m ABSOLUTELY done with the Charlie Sheen fascination. I’m done even with the morbid curiosity. Unless he’s donning a Cleveland Indians jersey and hurling fastballs, I’m simply not interested.

I AM interested however in a Charm City appearance by the holy trinity…

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Love Blues Traveler? You’re a good American. I loved Blues Traveler myself and will absolutely admit that I’m all in on John Popper’s new project…

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Want to hear something that TOTALLY kicks ass? Here are Soulive and Robert Randolph doing Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”…

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I’m not sure if anyone is still in the band, but I know Local H at least USED to be pretty awesome…

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9. Glenn Clark’s Easter Plans (Sunday)

Here’s what I know. I DEMANDED Cadbury Cream Eggs Benedict from my girlfriend last year and she failed. It had better not happen again…

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This is proof that God exists…I think.

8. Mortal Kombat available on Playstation3/XBox360 (Tuesday)

11 year old Glenn Clark is FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW.

If Streetfighter Turbo comes next, I might be in full blown panic mode.

While we’re on the subject of video games, how many folks do you know that are Grand Champions in NFL Blitz 2000?

The answer is at least one.

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7. College Football: Navy Blue-Gold Spring Game (Friday 7pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS Sports)

I won’t be able to make it out to Annapolis Friday night, but I do have a couple of thoughts related to College Football.

1-Alabama fans have to be at least a LITTLE embarrassed by the Nick Saban statue that was unveiled in Tuscaloosa, right? Of course, the more embarrassing part is that I’m SURE this means Auburn is rushing to get a Gene Chizik statue erected too.

2-Cliff Tucker is trying is hand as a receiver for the Maryland football team now that the whole hoops thing is over, huh? Seems like a good option, but I feel as though maybe I would have gone with Competitive Cheer…

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6. NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals-New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics (Game 2 Tuesday 7pm from Boston live on TNT, Game 3 Friday 7pm from New York live on ESPN, Game 4 Sunday 3:30pm from New York live on ABC); Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic (Game 2 Tuesday 7:30pm from Orlando live on NBA TV, Game 3 Friday 8pm from Atlanta live on ESPN2, Game 4 Sunday 7pm from Atlanta live on TNT); Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers (Game 3 Thursday 7pm from Indianapolis live on NBA TV, Game 4 Saturday 2:30pm from Indianapolis live on TNT); Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Game 3 Thursday 8pm from Philadelphia live on TNT, Game 4 Sunday 1pm from Philadelphia live on ABC); Western Conference Quarterfinals-Portland Trailblazers vs. Dallas Mavericks (Game 2 Tuesday 9:30pm from Dallas live on TNT, Game 3 Thursday 10:30 from Portland live on TNT, Game 4 Saturday 5pm from Portland live on TNT, Game 5 Monday from Dallas TBD); Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 2 Wednesday 8pm from Oklahoma City live on TNT, Game 3 Saturday 10pm from Denver live on ESPN, Game 4 Monday 10:30pm from Denver live on TNT); Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs (Game 2 Wednesday 8:30pm from San Antonio live on NBA TV, Game 3 Saturday 7:30pm from Memphis live on ESPN, Game 4 Monday from Memphis TBD); New Orleans Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Game 2 Wednesday 10:30pm from Los Angeles live on TNT, Game 3 Friday 9:30pm from New Orleans live on ESPN, Game 4 Sunday 9:30pm from New Orleans live on TNT)

Let’s be honest…NBA basketball is AWFUL in the regular season and just sorta okay in the playoffs.

But Dwyane Wade and Jalen Rose (and Kyle Korver) did some pretty impressive things over the weekend…

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5. NHL Playoffs: Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers Game 4 (Wednesday 7pm from New York live on Comcast SportsNet & VERSUS), New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals Game 5 (Saturday 3pm from Verizon Center live on NBC), Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers Game 6 if necessary (Monday TBD from New York live on Comcast SportsNet)

I know there are a few folks in Baltimore who have gone to the dark side and are rooting for the hockey team down in the Nation’s Capital.

That’s their choice…I won’t judge them. Much. I MIGHT however buy them a new Washington Redskins shirt to wear this football season while we’re all donning purple at M&T Bank Stadium.

To those that are still on the fence, I encourage you to root for the Rangers. If you’re not familiar with Sean Avery, let me introduce you to a few young ladies who ARE familiar with Mr. Avery…

Hilary Rhoda

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Elisha Cuthbert

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Lake Bell

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And “Stacy’s Mom” herself, Rachel Hunter

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You seriously don’t think this guy is worth rooting for?!?!?

4. Charm City Heroes (Friday-Saturday Pikesville Hilton)

With no offense to Frank Robinson, Mike Curtis, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Earl Weaver, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Roberto Alomar, Lenny Moore, Gino Marchetti, Art Donovan, Raymond Berry, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter or anyone else scheduled to attend this event (holy hell that’s quite the list), it’s not complete.

I mean…seriously…how about our city’s greatest Olympic champion?

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Could anything say “hero” more than that picture?!?!?

3. Ravens Pre-Draft Luncheon (Tuesday 12:45pm 1 Winning Drive, airing 5:30pm on AM1570 WNST), Brian Billick Live! Pre-NFL Draft Show (Tuesday 7pm Mother’s Federal Hill)

I guess the excitement surrounding the NFL Draft has been a bit dampened because of the lockout. But that’s only because we haven’t spent time watching NFL DRAFT PORN!

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I want all of them.

2. Boxing: Top Rank-Roberto Marroquin vs. Frankie Leal (Saturday 11pm from Thackerville, OK live on Fox Sports Net nationally, Comcast SportsNet locally); Joseph Agbeko vs. Abner Mares (Saturday 10:30pm from Los Angeles live on Showtime); Friday Night Fights: Breidis Prescott vs. Bayan Jargal (Friday 8pm from Uncasville, CT live on ESPN2)

Of course this makes the list because Ravens S Tom Zbikowski is scheduled to fight on the undercard of the Marroquin-Leal fight.

By the way, if you haven’t seen “The Fighter”, you might as well just admit you hate America. How AWESOME is this clip?

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1. College Lacrosse: Navy @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 8pm from Homewood Field live on ESPNU); Hobart @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm from Ridley Athletic Complex live on ABC2/ESPN3.com); Vermont @ UMBC (Saturday 1pm UMBC Stadium); ACC Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland vs. North Carolina (Friday 5pm from Durham, NC live on TheACC.com), ACC Championship Game (Sunday 3:30pm from Durham, NC live on Comcast SportsNet); CAC Tournament: St. Mary’s @ Stevenson (Wednesday 4pm Caves Athletic Complex), CAC Championship Game (Sunday 2pm from Caves Athletic Complex if Stevenson wins Wednesday)

I’ve posted this before I’m sure. I don’t care. Suck it, UNC!

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Orioles officially place Hardy on DL, recall Bergesen

Posted on 13 April 2011 by Luke Jones

In a move anticipated for a few days, the Orioles officially placed shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Brad Bergesen from Triple-A Norfolk prior to the start of the series opener with the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Hardy has gone to Sarasota to rehab a strained left oblique and the move is retroactive to April 10. The new shortstop was batting .200 with two runs batted in in six games this season.

Bergesen was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk last Saturday to clear room for the arrival of relief pitcher Chris Jakubauskas to aid a taxed bullpen last weekend. Originally slated to make the start against the Yankees on Wednesday before the rainout pushed Chris Tillman back a day, Bergesen is now slotted to make his second start of the season in Cleveland on Sunday.

The Orioles would benefit from an opportunity to use Bergesen out of the bullpen briefly on Wednesday or Thursday to prevent a 10-day stretch between outings before making the start against the Indians. Despite being optioned to the Tides, Bergesen never reported to Norfolk and remained with the team after making his only start of the season on April 6.

He allowed two earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of work in a loss to the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for analysis throughout the Orioles’ abbreviated two-game set with the New York Yankees in the Bronx.

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Top 20 moments in Camden Yards history: No. 5

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Luke Jones

As we move closer to the start of the 20th season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, I take a look back at the top 20 moments in the history of the ballpark. Selected moments had to relate directly to the action on the field at the time. No orchestrated events such as World Series anniversary celebrations or Orioles Hall of Fame inductions were eligible.

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Previous selections:
20. Wieters’ debut
19. Nomo tosses only no-hitter in Oriole Park history
18. Orioles rally from nine-run deficit against Boston
17. 30-3
16. Showalter takes the helm
15. Palmeiro homers in Oriole debut
14. Griffey’s Warehouse shot
13. Sparring with Seattle
12. Davis defies the odds
11. Hoiles’ slam stuns Mariners
10. Game 6 of 1997 ALCS
9. 1993 All-Star Game
8. Moose misses perfection
7. Eddie comes home
6. Bonilla’s slam in first playoff win

5. A beautiful place for a ballgame – April 6, 1992

It was both unusual and perfectly natural.

The Orioles had never played a home opener away from 33rd Street, but, still, it felt very much like home at 333 West Camden Street with the historic B&O Warehouse, the Bromo Seltzer tower, and the city skyline providing a beautiful backdrop.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened 19 years ago as the new “old” ballpark that would become the standard by which new parks are judged. The dignitaries came, including President George H. W. Bush who threw out the honorary first pitch — in the dirt — to catcher Chris Hoiles.

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Then, after years of waiting for a new ballpark, the Orioles took the field at their downtown home as newly-signed veteran Rick Sutcliffe took the mound to deliver the first pitch in Camden Yards history. After making just 24 starts in his final two seasons with the Cubs, Sutcliffe was brilliant in his first game in Baltimore, stifling the Cleveland Indians in an old-fashioned contest that lasted just over two hours.

Sutcliffe delivered a five-hit shutout, striking out six and walking one in a 2-0 victory for the Orioles.

Baltimore received all the runs it needed in the fifth when Hoiles’ automatic double over the left-center wall plated Sam Horn with the first run in Camden Yards history and Billy Ripken’s suicide squeeze drove in Leo Gomez with the second and final run of the afternoon.

With 44,568 rising to their feet with two outs in the ninth — as they had hundreds of times at Memorial Stadium — Sutcliffe fanned Indians first baseman Paul Sorrento looking on an away fastball. The first game and the first win was in the books at the new home of the Baltimore Orioles.

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The opening win set the tone for a surprising season after the 1991 club had lost 95 games in its final season on 33rd Street. The Orioles went an impressive 89-73, finishing seven games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and in third place.

All these years later, it still feels like it was only yesterday when Cal Ripken and the Orioles took the diamond at the Yard for the first time. It was both new and familiar. But most importantly, it was perfect.

Opening Day

Camden Yards firsts on Opening Day
First pitch – Rick Sutcliffe delivers a high fastball for a ball at 3:20 on April 6, 1992

First batter – Kenny Lofton flies out to right fielder Joe Orsulak

First hit – Paul Sorrento singles to left-center in the top of the second

First strikeout – Sutcliffe fans Mark Whiten in the top of the second

First Orioles hit – Glenn Davis singles up the middle in the bottom of the second

First run and first extra-base hit – Sam Horn scores on a Chris Hoiles automatic double in the bottom of the fifth

First win – Sutcliffe strikes out Sorrento to earn the 2-0 shutout

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Top 20 moments in Camden Yards history: No. 6

Posted on 30 March 2011 by Luke Jones

With only days remaining until the start of the 20th season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, I take a look back at the top 20 moments in the history of the ballpark. Selected moments had to relate directly to the action on the field at the time. No orchestrated events such as World Series anniversary celebrations or Orioles Hall of Fame inductions were eligible.

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Previous selections:
20. Wieters’ debut
19. Nomo tosses only no-hitter in Oriole Park history
18. Orioles rally from nine-run deficit against Boston
17. 30-3
16. Showalter takes the helm
15. Palmeiro homers in Oriole debut
14. Griffey’s Warehouse shot
13. Sparring with Seattle
12. Davis defies the odds
11. Hoiles’ slam stuns Mariners
10. Game 6 of 1997 ALCS
9. 1993 All-Star Game
8. Moose misses perfection
7. Eddie comes home

6. Bonilla’s slam leads to first playoff win at Camden Yards – Oct. 1, 1996

The scenario seemed impossible only two months earlier, but the Orioles found themselves playing in their first postseason game in 13 years and first ever playoff contest at Camden Yards.

Floundering at the .500 mark in late July, rumors were flying that general manager Pat Gillick was about to trade outfielder Bobby Bonilla and pitcher David Wells in separate deals for prospects. However, owner Peter Angelos famously (ominously?) vetoed the trades, citing a commitment to win in 1996 despite the struggles of the club to that point.

The Orioles found their stride in mid-August and clinched the wild card spot on the penultimate day of the season. They ironically found themselves in an American League Division Series matchup with the Cleveland Indians, the team linked to trades for both Bonilla and Wells at different points that summer.

Under the absurd playoff format of the time, the teams would play Games 1 and 2 in Baltimore despite the AL Central champion Indians holding the homefield “advantage” in the series. The final three games of the best-of-five format were to be played in Cleveland.

Wells pitched adequately (four earned runs allowed in 6 2/3 innings) as the Game 1 starter, but it was Bonilla who provided the drama of the afternoon. With the Orioles holding a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth, Indians starter Charles Nagy had exited the game and lefty Alan Embree had plunked Rafael Palmeiro to load the bases with two outs.

Wanting Bonilla to bat left-handed — considered to be his weaker side — Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove brought in Paul Shuey to get the final out and to keep the Indians’ potent lineup within striking distance. The count went full before Shuey delivered a low fastball that Bonilla clobbered into the temporary bleachers above the right-field scoreboard (added for the postseason) for a grand slam, sending 47,644 into an absolute frenzy at Camden Yards.

Bonilla

It was the first postseason grand slam by an Oriole since pitcher Dave McNally — who threw out the honorary first pitch that afternoon — hit a slam in Game 3 of the 1970 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Bonilla took a curtain call from the screaming crowd after creating postseason magic for the first time at Camden Yards.

The Orioles won 10-4 thanks to four home runs (two by left fielder B.J. Surhoff), grabbed another win in Game 2, and prevailed in the series, 3-1, as the Indians never recovered from the shock of losing the first two games in Baltimore despite having the best record in baseball that year.

Baltimore would go on to lose in five games to the New York Yankees in the ALCS, but Bonilla’s slam in Game 1 against the Indians provided one of the most exciting moments in Camden Yards history and, temporarily, validated Angelos’ decision to veto the deadline trades.

However, Bonilla and Wells would depart via free agency after the season, and the long-term damage Angelos’ meddling created for the franchise is up for strong debate as the Orioles haven’t returned to the postseason since 1997 and have gone through a plethora of frustrated general managers in the process.

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Top 20 moments in Camden Yards history: No. 7

Posted on 29 March 2011 by Luke Jones

With less than a week until the start of the 20th season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, I take a look back at the top 20 moments in the history of the ballpark. Selected moments had to relate directly to the action on the field at the time. No orchestrated events such as World Series anniversary celebrations or Orioles Hall of Fame inductions were eligible.

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Previous selections:
20. Wieters’ debut
19. Nomo tosses only no-hitter in Oriole Park history
18. Orioles rally from nine-run deficit against Boston
17. 30-3
16. Showalter takes the helm
15. Palmeiro homers in Oriole debut
14. Griffey’s Warehouse shot
13. Sparring with Seattle
12. Davis defies the odds
11. Hoiles’ slam stuns Mariners
10. Game 6 of 1997 ALCS
9. 1993 All-Star Game
8. Moose misses perfection

7. Eddie comes home – July 22, 1996

He was supposed to be a lifer in Baltimore.

You just don’t picture your best player for over a decade going someplace else.

But as a result of a disintegrating relationship with owner Edward Bennett Williams and the local media when the Orioles hit hard times in the late 1980s, Eddie Murray had requested and been granted a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Juan Bell, Brian Holton, and Ken Howell in December 1988 (My apologies for bringing up the worst trade return in franchise history — yes, it was worse than the Glenn Davis trade).

It appeared to be the sad end to an eventual Hall of Fame career in Baltimore as Murray played the next eight seasons with the Dodgers, New York Mets, and Cleveland Indians, never looking quite right in anything but an Orioles uniform.

However, the baseball gods arranged the circumstances for a reunion eight years after the trade with the Orioles looking for a designated hitter to plug into an already formidable lineup. Manager Davey Johnson’s plan to use Bobby Bonilla in the role had resulted in a miserable start for the surly slugger and his reinsertion into the outfield. The Orioles sent struggling pitcher Kent Mercker to the Indians in return for the 40-year-old Murray, who was finally coming home where he rightfully belonged.

Eddie

It had been 2,849 days since Murray had last donned his customary No. 33 Orioles jersey — which had been retired by the club without any fanfare after the trade to the Dodgers. His return came against the Minnesota Twins on July 22, 1996, and it was as if the star had never left, with 42,129 screaming “Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die!” to resurrect the celebrated chant from Memorial Stadium years earlier.

How would “Steady Eddie” respond in his first game back with the Orioles? In the fifth inning and hitting from the right side of the plate, Murray homered to left-center off Minnesota starter Rich Robertson as a euphoric crowd was momentarily taken back to the late 70s or early 80s. Murray earned a curtain call after hitting his first round-tripper as an Oriole since Sept. 22, 1988.

The Orioles lost in Murray’s debut, falling 9-5 to the Twins, but no one would forget his homecoming to the club that had drafted him 23 years earlier.

Shortly after his return to Baltimore, the struggling Orioles — who were 51-52 on July 28 — began to gel, storming to a 37-22 finish to win their first wild card berth. Many players credited Murray’s veteran presence as an important factor in the team’s turnaround in the final two months of the season.

But for Orioles fans who had idolized Murray for his 12 seasons in Baltimore prior to the frigid departure, it was a heartfelt lesson that you can come home again.

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