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Chavez to DL, Hunter recalled as Orioles play doubleheader with Texas

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Chavez to DL, Hunter recalled as Orioles play doubleheader with Texas

Posted on 10 May 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — The good news for the Orioles stemming from Wednesday’s rainout was the extra day of rest it provided a bullpen still feeling the effects of two extra-inning games in Boston last weekend.

However, the thought of playing two games in the same day against an imposing Texas Rangers lineup that battered the Orioles for 24 runs in the first two games of the series is certainly a scary proposition. Manager Buck Showalter can only hope starting pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Tommy Hunter are up to the task in containing the Rangers’ bats and preventing them from getting to the Baltimore bullpen too early.

Hunter has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk after being sent down on Monday. The 25-year-old will start the nightcap of Thursday’s doubleheader on only three days’ rest. Given the physical challenges Hunter had faced that contributed to his demotion earlier in the week, the risk involved with sending him to the mound on short rest was considered by Showalter.

The Orioles manager pointed out Hunter had six days’ rest prior to his last start and only threw 82 pitches before being lifted in the sixth inning at Fenway Park on Sunday.

“I actually think he should be in a real good spot physically,” Showalter said. “It’s certainly something I thought about, but he’s had a lost of rest. He should be fine.”

Under normal circumstances, Hunter would not have been allowed to return to the big-league club for 10 days, but the Orioles have placed outfielder Endy Chavez on the 15-day disabled list as expected. Chavez has dealt with an intercostal injury since the Orioles’ three-game series in Anaheim last month.

Chavez said he injured the ribcage area in a batting practice session, and he has gotten

With Chavez and Nolan Reimold both on the disabled list, the Orioles will rely on a combination of Rule-5 selection Ryan Flaherty, recently-recalled utility player Steve Tolleson, and veteran Wilson Betemit to handle duties in left field. It’s not exactly a comfortable spot for Showalter and the Orioles at a position that had plenty of question marks — even with Reimold and Chavez available — at the start of the season.

“I never thought I’d be in this position,” said Chavez, who is hitting just .133 in 60 at-bats this season. “It’s kind of frustrating and disappointing. I want to help the team. It was something I wasn’t expecting.”

Showalter is targeting Monday for Jason Hammel to make his next start. The right-hander’s sore right knee has responded favorably to treatment despite being forced to miss the start on Thursday. The Orioles are being cautious with his past history of knee soreness, and Showalter said Hammel probably could have made Thursday’s start if they really wanted to push the issue.

As expected, Norfolk pitcher Dana Eveland will make Friday’s start. That means the Orioles will have made a roster move every day this week, which is quite a change from April when the only roster move made was Robert Andino going on paternity leave for two days in late April.

Zach Britton threw 45 pitches over three innings of an extended spring training game in Sarasota on Friday. The southpaw allowed one hit while striking out one and walking one. Showalter wouldn’t reveal what Britton’s fastball velocity was, but he said it was a considerable improvement from his previous bullpen sessions.

When asked for a projected return date for the young left-hander, Showalter admitted late May would likely be too ambitious and mentioned early June as a more realistic possibility.

Here are the Game 1 lineups…

Texas
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
C Yorvit Torrealba
1B Brandon Snyder
CF Craig Gentry

SP Colby Lewis (3-1, 2.97 ERA)

Baltimore
LF Ryan Flaherty
SS J.J. Hardy
RF Nick Markakis
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
3B Wilson Betemit
DH Chris Davis
1B Mark Reynolds
2B Ryan Andino

SP Wei-Yin Chen (2-0, 2.76 ERA)

Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear from Buck Showalter, Endy Chavez, and new utility player Steve Tolleson HERE.

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Posted on 10 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

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Ovechkin, Holtby help Capitals force Game 7 against Rangers

Posted on 09 May 2012 by WNST Staff

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NBC analyst Roenick expects Capitals bring frustration to Game 6

Posted on 09 May 2012 by WNST Staff

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Orioles continue to shuffle roster in Texas series

Posted on 09 May 2012 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 8:20 p.m.)

BALTIMORE — As if allowing 24 runs over the last two nights wasn’t bad enough, the Orioles pitching staff appears to be suffering another blow with the revelation that starter Jason Hammel will be scratched on Thursday.

Dealing with right knee soreness in recent weeks, Hammel underwent an MRI that revealed no structure damage. Manager Buck Showalter labeled the Orioles’ top starter through the first month of the season as a “realistic” possibility to be pushed back, but he did not consider it to be a serious issue that could land the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list.

With Norfolk’s Dana Eveland the likely starter on Friday in place of Tommy Hunter, the Orioles may need to deep into their Triple-A team again for the series finale against the Rangers. Brad Bergesen is scheduled to make Thursday’s start for the Tides.

Another possibility for Thursday’s start could be Hunter, who would be eligible to return to the Orioles should the team place a player on the disabled list. Outfielder Endy Chavez has been dealing with an intercostal strain and was not in Wednesday’s lineup.

(Update: The Orioles announced Hunter will be recalled to start the nightcap of Thursday’s doubleheader. This presumably means Chavez will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.)

With Chavez limited, the Orioles have decided to purchase the contract of utility player Steve Tolleson and option left-handed reliever Zach Phillips to Triple-A Norfolk. Tolleson is able to play the infield and each corner outfield spot, making him a viable option if Chavez is to be sidelined for a longer period of time.The 28-year-old was hitting .265 in 83 at-bats for Norfolk.

Phillips was with the Orioles for only Tuesday’s game, allowing Josh Hamilton’s third home run of the evening in his 2/3 inning of work.

To clear room for Tolleson on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have shifted reserve catcher Taylor Teagarden to the 60-day disabled list. Still dealing with a back injury, Teagarden has responded well to a third epidural injection, but there is still no timetable for a return.

With Hunter currently in the minors, Hammel likely to miss a start, and Brian Matusz struggling, Showalter was asked about the possibility of Zach Britton’s rehab program being accelerated. The young left-hander remains on schedule, but the Orioles have no interest in putting short-term needs ahead of his overall well-being for the future.

“He’ll stay right on his program,” Showalter said. “We’re going to get that right.”

Britton is expected to pitch in an extended spring training game on Thursday. He’s scheduled to throw 45 pitches.

Here are tonight’s lineups…

Texas
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
DH Adrian Beltre
1B Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
C Yorvit Torrealba
3B Brandon Synder
CF Craig Gentry

SP Colby Lewis (3-1, 2.97 ERA)

Baltimore
LF Ryan Flaherty
SS J.J. Hardy
RF Nick Markakis
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
3B Wilson Betemit
DH Chris Davis
1B Mark Reynolds
2B Robert Andino

SP Wei-Yin Chen (2-0, 2.76 ERA)

Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear from Buck Showalter and Chris Davis prior to the third of a four-game set against the Texas Rangers.

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Capitals look to avoid elimination in Game 6 Wednesday at Verizon Center

Posted on 09 May 2012 by WNST Staff

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After being on wrong end of history, Orioles must now fight their own

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After being on wrong end of history, Orioles must now fight their own

Posted on 09 May 2012 by Luke Jones

History was made at Camden Yards on Tuesday night, but the story for the Orioles wasn’t Josh Hamilton becoming the 16th player in major league history to hit four home runs in a single game.

Entering Monday with the best earned run average in the American League and coming off a nine-game stretch in which they allowed a total of 23 runs against Oakland, New York, and Boston, the Orioles have surrendered 24 runs over the last two nights against the powerful Texas Rangers to knock them down a couple pegs in an otherwise impressive start to the 2012 season.

Like Brian Matusz on Monday, Jake Arrieta had no answers for the Texas lineup as an Orioles starter turned in a poor outing for the third straight game while a patchwork bullpen that included three call-ups over the last two days hasn’t been any better.

Needless to say, manager Buck Showalter wasn’t in the mood to discuss the heroics of Hamilton, whose 18 total bases on Tuesday set an American League record and were one shy of former Dodger Shawn Green’s major-league record 19 set on May 23, 2002.

“We didn’t score many runs, either,” Showalter said. “I think you’ve got to tip your hat to their pitching staff, too. We’ve obviously given up a lot of runs in a couple nights to make it tough. Obviously, Hamilton had a big night.”

The offense, which seemed to have come alive in the last five games of the last road trip, has suddenly gone silent over the last two nights against Texas starters Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz, scoring just six runs in two games.

The Orioles have lost consecutive games for the first time since April 20 and 21 in Anaheim, but one of the most impressive aspects of their 19-11 start has been their ability to dust themselves off after the handful of losses suffered over the first five weeks of the season. Even so, you have to wonder how two lopsided losses to the Rangers — who look like the class of the American League early on — will impact the club’s psyche following a successful 5-1 road trip against the Yankees and the Red Sox.

After winning a remarkable 17-inning marathon in Boston on Sunday, the Orioles have appeared to lack energy over the last two nights, though it’s easy to say that when facing a team many regard as the best in baseball. In addition to the physical demands of the aforementioned game against the Red Sox, you wonder if the inexperienced Orioles suffered a mental hangover in coming home after such a successful road trip against their two biggest tormentors of the last 14 years.

One of the biggest signs of a winning team is its ability to rebound quickly from tough losses and prevent negative spurts from transforming into extended losing streaks. Realistically speaking, two straight losses are nothing at all over which to be concerned, but mainstays of the roster over the last few years have a laundry list of lengthy swoons they’ll need to keep from their minds while trying to regroup for the final two games of the series against the Rangers.

As uplifting as their 19-11 start has been, dropping 10 of their next 11 would all but erase the positive vibes circulating through the Baltimore clubhouse. They can try to fight it all they want, but losing still flows through the veins of many key players and can’t be eliminated completely in a 30-game period. Unlike winning clubs of recent seasons, the Orioles don’t have positive experiences of rebounding from adversity from which to draw, forcing you to take pregnant pause at the first sign of trouble.

They simply aren’t familiar with how winning teams handle a bump or two in the road.

Despite being outscored 24-6 over the last two nights, the Orioles will have the opportunity to put that behind them immediately on Wednesday and Thursday as they try to snap a seven-game losing streak to the two-time American League champions that dates back to last season.

Unlike any other sport, baseball gives you the opportunity to erase the pain immediately.

But it’s also unforgiving in how consecutive losses can quickly turn into a nightmarish stretch of time if you’re not careful.

The Orioles know that all too well in recent years and will try to get back on track with their pitching, the phase of the game that’s carried them to their best start since 2005.

It needs to regroup in a hurry.

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Hamilton makes history as Rangers blow out Orioles

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Hamilton makes history as Rangers blow out Orioles

Posted on 08 May 2012 by WNST Staff

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Facing elimination, Capitals hope to move forward from crushing loss

Posted on 08 May 2012 by WNST Staff

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Arrieta hopes to get Orioles back on track Tuesday night

Posted on 08 May 2012 by WNST Staff

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