Posted on 31 May 2012 by WNST Staff
Posted on 27 May 2012 by WNST Staff
Durham plated two unearned runs in the top of the 10th inning, sending Norfolk to a 3-1 loss Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park.
With the score tied 1-1, Henry Wrigley opened up the 10th frame with a grounder to third base, but Miguel Tejada short-hopped his throw into the dugout, allowing Wrigley to advance to second. One out later, Reid Brignac plated pinch-runner Shawn O’Malley with a single to right off of Jon Link (0-2), giving the Bulls the lead. Former Tide Jeff Salazar later added a single to left-center to plate Brignac, extending Durham’s lead to 3-1.
Norfolk starter Jason Berken was extremely effective, but once again was left searching for his first victory of 2012. Berken, who entered the contest ranked 6th in the IL with a 2.50 ERA, allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five in seven shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 2.12.
Sunday was the third time this season that Berken left a game with a lead, only to see the opponents rally against Norfolk’s bullpen.
The Tides scored their only run of the contest in the seventh inning, as Joe Mahoney led off the frame with a walk and scored on a two-out triple by Blake Davis.
Tejada finished 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in the contest, and he’s now hitting .375 in seven games since joining Norfolk.
Hideki Matsui had a single in four plate appearances for the Bulls.
The Tides travel to Pawtucket on Monday to start a four-game set with the Red Sox. Zach Clark will be making his first start for Norfolk since being promoted from Double-A Bowie, and he’ll be opposed by right-hander Doug Mathis (3-2, 4.23). First pitch is slated for 4:05.
Posted on 12 May 2012 by Luke Jones
With three players from the Orioles’ Opening Day roster now on the 15-day disabled list and at least one roster move being made every day this week, another change is coming as veteran infielder Bill Hall will become the latest member of the Norfolk Tides to head north to Baltimore.
Hall posted an update from his official Twitter account early Saturday morning that he was being called up after spending the last few weeks at Triple-A Norfolk. He told WNST.net he will fly to Baltimore Saturday morning.
“Got the word a [little] while ago,” Hall said on Twitter. “Just got called up to [the] Orioles. See [you] guys at Camden Yards [Saturday] night. Let’s go O’s!”
The veteran signed a minor-league deal in late April after failing to make the New York Yankees’ 25-man roster out of spring training. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette cited Hall’s ability to play multiple positions as well as his ability to hit left-handed pitching as reasons for his addition to the organization at the time of the signing.
It remains unclear whose place Hall will be taking on the roster, but the Orioles need production in left field with Nolan Reimold and Endy Chavez sidelined due to injury. Hall has played 240 games in the outfield over his 10-year career in the big leagues, 78 of those in left field.
In 15 games with the Tides, Hall was hitting .222 with two home runs and seven runs batted in over 63 at-bats. The 32-year-old has played third base in 11 games and served as the designated hitter in four. For those hoping to find relief at third base from the defensive struggles of Mark Reynolds and Wilson Betemit, Hall is not considered to be a strong defender and committed four errors in his 11 games at third with Norfolk.
Hall is a career .248 hitter with 124 home runs and 439 runs batted in in the big leagues. His best season came in 2006 when he hit 35 home runs and drove in 85 runs in 148 games for the Milwaukee Brewers.
He spent eight seasons with Milwaukee but has been with seven organizations since the beginning of the 2009 season.
In addition to clearing space on the active roster for Hall, the Orioles will need to open a spot on the 40-man roster. The club designated infielder Zelous Wheeler for assignment on Friday to make room for Dana Eveland, who made his first start for the Orioles in a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay.
Posted on 08 May 2012 by WNST Audio
Posted on 02 May 2012 by Luke Jones
In what doesn’t amount to surprising news after an MRA revealed ligament damage to Tsuyoshi Wada’s pitching elbow last week, the Japanese pitcher will require Tommy John surgery to repair it.
FOX Sport’s Ken Rosenthal reports the left-hander will need the procedure to repair a ligament tear, which would clearly end his 2012 season before the 31-year-old was able to make his major league debut. Wada was placed on the 15-day disabled list in late March after complaining of elbow soreness.
There was some hope that Wada would be able to rest and rehab the injury, but that plan of attack often results in simply delaying the inevitable surgical procedure.
Wada pitched in just two Grapefruit League games, allowing five earned runs in five innings, and was shut down again after a disastrous rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on April 19 in which he surrendered six earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings.
Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette signed him to a two-year, $8.14 million contract last December. The deal includes a team option for 2014.
Posted on 04 April 2012 by WNST Staff
Posted on 31 March 2012 by Luke Jones
With the start of the season less than a week away, the Orioles moved closer to shaping their pitching staff with a pair of moves over the last 24 hours.
Right-handed pitcher Chris Tillman has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk where he will presumably be a member of the Tides’ starting rotation. Showing improved velocity, the 23-year-old Tillman posted a 2.92 earned run average in 12 1/3 innings over five outings this spring.
The Orioles likely view Triple A as a better fit for Tillman as he tries to build on a successful spring and extends himself as a starter. Though he was still a dark-horse candidate for the fifth starter job, Tillman likely would have found himself as a long reliever only pitching a few innings a week.
The club also reportedly placed right-handed pitcher Alfredo Simon on outright waivers despite his ability to pitch as either a starter or a reliever. Battling a groin injury during sprain training, Simon was lit up for six runs in two innings of relief work on Wednesday.
Simon’s impending removal from the 40-man roster will clear a spot for one of two non-roster invitees likely to make the 25-man roster heading north. First baseman Nick Johnson is expected to be part of the Orioles’ bench while catcher Ronny Paulino will be Matt Wieters’ backup with Taylor Teagarden heading to the 15-day disabled list.
Posted on 27 March 2012 by Glenn Clark
They’re not going to be good, but they’re going to play games anyway. Tuesday on “The Reality Check”, I offered my best educated guess on how to put together the Baltimore Orioles’ 25 man Opening Day roster.
A lot of this appears to be set in stone already. As a reminder, I’m not in Sarasota covering Spring Training. I’m in Towson looking out the window at the deer here at 1550 Hart Rd.
I’m not complaining by the way.
INFIELDERS/DESIGNATED HITTER (7):
STARTING ROTATION-IN ORDER (5):
(DISABLED LIST: P Zach Britton, 2B Brian Roberts, P Darren O’Day & P Alfredo Simon)
ROSTER NOTES: The O’s will be able to add Johnson and Paulino to the roster by sampling moving OF Jai Miller and C Taylor Teagarden off the roster. I’m guessing the team will now choose to leave Brian Matusz in Norfolk to protect a rotation spot for Britton when he’s healthy. There are other roster options (including leaving Wada on the DL) that could open up a spot for a Chris Tillman, O’Day or Simon.
Posted on 05 March 2012 by WNST Staff
NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State senior Tony Gallo has been selected to the Mid-Eastern Athletic All-Conference First Team and freshman Taariq Cephas was named to the All-Rookie Team the league announced on Sunday as selected by the conference head coaches and sports information directors.
Gallo was joined on the first team by Player of the Year Kyle O’Quinn of Norfolk State, Darrion Pellum of Hampton, Jay Threatt of Delaware State and Dominique Sutton of North Carolina Central.
Gallo was the Eagles most consistent player during the season and led the team averaging 17.0 points per game and 78 three-point baskets. He also averaged 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
He reached double figures in scoring in 24 games this season and topped 20 points in 13 different games.
Cephas earned All-Rookie honors after averaging 5.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He also shot 39.7 percent from the three-point line and averaged 2.4 assists per game.
Coppin State will open MEAC Tournament play on Tuesday (March 6) against Florida A&M at 9 p.m. in the Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He was joined on the All-Rookie Team by Rookie of the Year Tahj Tate of Delaware State, Tyshawn Bell of Delaware State, Prince Okoroh of Howard and Ishaq Pitt of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The all-conference second team was comprised of Ray Willis of North Carolina Central, Tate of Delaware State and Marques Oliver, Chris McEachin of Norfolk State and Deric Rudolph and Rashad Hassan of Savannah State.
O’Quinn was also named the Defensive Player of the Year and Horace Broadnax of Savannah State was named the Coach of the Year.
Posted on 06 February 2012 by WNST Staff
NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State senior Tony Gallo earned his second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week award this season as he shared the award with Ray Willis of North Carolina Central the league announced on Monday.
Gallo was instrumental in leading the Eagles to victories at Norfolk State and at Morgan State.
He averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in the two Coppin State wins. He also shot 52.4 percent from the floor, 50.0 percent from the three-point line and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
He scored 16 points and had three rebounds in Coppin State’s 87-82 win at Norfolk State and then scored a career-high 28 points in the Eagles 88-86 victory at Morgan State.
It marked the third career MEAC Player of the Week honor for Gallo.
Tyshawn Bell of Delaware State was named the Rookie of the Week, while Dominique Sutton of North Carolina Central was named the Defensive Player of the Week.