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2007-07-27 12:00
by Cliff Corcoran
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Sam Perlozzo was fired after the penultimate game of a nine-game losing streak in late June. Dave Trembley's first game as Orioles manager was the team's ninth-consecutive loss, but since then they've gone 18-12 (.600). Along the way, their runs scored have surpassed their runs allowed, putting them in the Pythagorean black with a 51-49 make believe record. More recently, the O's have won 9 of 12 and enter this weekend's 3 1/2 game series on a four-game winning streak, the first three games of which saw them allow a total of just one run to the A's and Devil Rays.

Indeed, pitching has been the reason for the O's recent success. The offense is still awful, though it should get a boost with the return of Miguel Tejada from the DL for tonight's action. Nick Markakis has been raking (.359/.435/.500 in July), but only has one homer on the month. Corey Patterson has hit his way into the two-spot in the order with a .337/.353/.530 line and team-leading four homers and eight steals in nine attempts in July, but other than a singles-driven surge from Chris Gomez, no one else could be described as "hot," and only Kevin Millar, who has moved up to the cleanup spot in Tejada's absence, and Brian Roberts have been acceptably productive. Rather it's been the work of staff ace Erik Bedard (7-2, 2.09 ERA since the end of April and 6-0 with a 1.89 since the departure of Perlozzo) and the $40-million bullpen that has put the O's on the winning track.

The Yankees are fortunate enough to miss Bedard this weekend, but tonight's starter, 28-year-old fourth-year rookie Jeremy Guthrie, has pitched in as well. Guthrie held the Yankees to two runs over 6 1/3 innings and struck out six when these teams last met. In his last two starts he's allowed just two runs in 13 innings. He did have something of a hiccup in between (a 6.11 over three starts, all Oriole losses), but that was his only rough patch since joining the rotation in early May. Guthrie has 13 quality starts in 15 tries this season and in one of the two "non-quality" starts he struck out seven and walked none while allowing just four hits in eight innings. In fact, that game was what is known as a "blown quality start" as Guthrie had held the Angels to three runs over seven innings, but having thrown just 88 pitches, was left in the game by Trembley only to surender a solo homer in the eighth to "blow" the quality start.

The good news is that the Yankees have a potential momentum buster with the completion of the teams' suspended game from June 28 preceding tonight's scheduled game. The game was stopped with the Yankees leading 8-6 with two outs in the eighth, Derek Jeter on second, and Hideki Matsui coming to the plate. That gives Matsui an immediate chance to break his RISP 0-fer. It also means the Yankees only need six outs to secure the win (though both Luis Vizcaino and Chien-Ming Wang, the latter of whom is on his throw day today, have already been used in the game; Mike Myers is the active pitcher). Of course, that win wouldn't break the Orioles' winning streak (though it could mess with Alex Rodriguez's 500th homer), and an Oriole comeback could be devastating to the Yanks, who I'm sure have had this one penciled in as a win for the last month.

Andy Pettitte, who seems to have righted his ship in the second half (2-0, 3.38 ERA, 19 K in 18 2/3 IP) will start the scheduled game for the Yanks. Meanwhile, Chris Basak has been recalled, replacing Kei Igawa who has been optioned back to Scranton (which suggests that the fifth starter will be skipped following Monday's off day and that Phil Hughes will take the turn when it next comes due). Meanwhile, could it be that Miguel Cairo could be heading to the Mets or Phillies, both of whom need a second baseman following the broken bones suffered by Jose Valentin and Chase Utley? That's baseless speculation on my part, but youneverknow.

Baltimore Orioles

2007 Record: 47-53 (.470)
2007 Pythagorean Record: 51-49 (.510)

Manager: Dave Trembley
General Manager: Mike Flanagan

Home Ballpark (2007 Park Factors): Oriole Park at Camden Yards (99/99)

Who's Replacing Whom?

Miguel Tejada (DL) replaces Melvin Mora (DL)
Brandon Fahey (minors) replaces Freddie Bynum (DL)
Danys Baez (DL) replaces Chris Ray (DL), Jamie Walker takes over as the closer
Cory Doyne (minors) replaces Scott Williamson

25-man Roster

1B - Kevin Millar (R)
2B - Brian Roberts (S)
SS - Miguel Tejada (R)*
3B - Aubrey Huff (L)
C - Ramon Hernandez (R)
RF - Nick Markakis (L)
CF - Corey Patterson (L)
LF - Jay Payton (R)
DH - Jay Gibbons (L)**

Bench:

R - Chris Gomez (IF)
L - Brandon Fahey (UT)
R - John Knott (OF)
L - Paul Bako (C)
S - Luis Hernandez (IF)*

Rotation:

L - Erik Bedard
R - Jeremy Guthrie
L - Brian Burres
R - Daniel Cabrera
R - Steve Trachsel

Bullpen:

L - Jamie Walker
R - Danys Baez
R - Chad Bradford
L - John Parrish
R - Rob Bell
R - Paul Shuey
R - Cory Doyne

15-day DL: R - Melvin Mora (3B), L - Freddie Bynum (UT), R - Chris Ray, R - Sendy Rleal
60-day DL: R - Kris Benson, R - Jaret Wright, L - Adam Loewen

Typical Lineup:

S - Brian Roberts (2B)
L - Corey Patterson (CF)
L - Nick Markakis (RF)
R - Miguel Tejada (SS)*
R - Kevin Millar (1B)
L - Aubrey Huff (3B)
R - Ramon Hernandez (C)
R - Jay Payton (LF)
L - Jay Gibbons (DH)**

*If Miguel Tejada is not activated from the DL, Luis Hernandez will likely remain at shortstop and bat ninth. I only assume it is Hernandez who will be demoted to make room for Tejada.
**Dave Trembley has been platooning Gibbons and Chris Gomez by shifting Aubrey Huff to DH and putting Gomez at third base against lefties.

Comments (112)
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2007-07-27 15:53:28
1.   Cliff Corcoran
Weather permitting, of course.
2007-07-27 15:54:43
2.   RIYank
Let's go, Andy!

And before that, whoever.

2007-07-27 15:56:30
3.   RIYank
Hello? (hello... hello... hello...)
2007-07-27 15:58:05
4.   ny2ca2dc
Where do i sign the "Cairo to Mets or Phils for something of value" petition?

I'm not in the Cairo-hating camp, i think he's a fine base stealer/UIF, but man, trading his fungible arse for something prospect-y would be schweet

2007-07-27 15:58:05
5.   pistolpete
Pete Abe says they're starting soon - this was at 6:52 pm EST...
2007-07-27 15:59:32
6.   RIYank
Whew. I thought for a minute that this was going to be like one of my parties.
2007-07-27 16:02:30
7.   seamus
6 i'm here. Though I really wanted to talk football... :(
2007-07-27 16:03:46
8.   RIYank
Oh, sorry. College football? I live in New England. We don't know what that is.
2007-07-27 16:04:12
9.   seamus
so, if mlb-tv has already posted the top plays, does that mean there won't be any new ones?
2007-07-27 16:06:28
10.   seamus
8 i'll try not to confuse you then...
2007-07-27 16:06:51
11.   ny2ca2dc
Iguchi to Phils, that's one less suitor for Cairo. he is a former met though.................
2007-07-27 16:07:19
12.   RIYank
Hm. I guess any really good play just won't count.
2007-07-27 16:09:00
13.   RIYank
This is weird.
2007-07-27 16:10:51
14.   seamus
woops. sorry to leave ya be, but just got called out to dinner. go Yanks!
2007-07-27 16:11:17
15.   RIYank
I guess Mo will pitch this game after all.
2007-07-27 16:12:04
16.   RIYank
Uh oh. I've always dreaded this moment.
2007-07-27 16:15:19
17.   williamnyy23
This is where I pull my hair out with Joe...if you arent going to let Myers face Huff, why is he facing Gomez!!
2007-07-27 16:15:34
18.   Vandelay Industries
10

We shall see. I'm not an ND hater, but I don't think Weiss has a clue when it comes to recruiting. Not to mention I think Willingham is a much better coach. It's not that I don't pull for them, but when a Bowl elects to take ND over a more qualified conference opponent, it leaves a bad tase in ones mouth. There was no excuse for ND being in that Bowl game last season.

But then again, Ohio State shouldn't have been ranked higher than 4th based only on not beating anyone, and only scraping by the only decent team they did beat, who then went on to get beat themselves. The system is flawed to be sure. But I do like the conferences. The SEC has made for the best football games you will ever see, college, pro, or otherwise.

2007-07-27 16:15:43
19.   RIYank
(as Jim Dean)
Why Cashman thinks it's necessary to use up a roster spot on a so-called LOOGY is beyond me.
2007-07-27 16:16:08
20.   Vandelay Industries
No Bedard this series, right?
2007-07-27 16:16:17
21.   RIYank
Ah, help has arrived! I was afraid I would have to be everybody.
2007-07-27 16:16:27
22.   pistolpete
Why wouldn't you put someone in who throws gas to start the game? Perhaps one could take advantage of the hitters' timing not being there yet...
2007-07-27 16:17:00
23.   Vandelay Industries
19

I dunno, Myers has been pretty solid for us this year. Its Villone that should be sent packing.

2007-07-27 16:17:25
24.   RIYank
17 Obviously, if he got Gomez he would have faced Huff. Or even if he had looked decent against Gomez. But a 4-pitch walk, gotta pull him.
2007-07-27 16:19:08
25.   RIYank
Joe's a genius. What a knack he has for putting in exactly the right guy to end the inning with two pitches.
2007-07-27 16:20:27
26.   williamnyy23
24 I guess...it just seemed a given that Myers would let someone on base, but I can see what he was doing...crossing his fingers on Myers knowing Mo could clean up a mess.
2007-07-27 16:21:09
27.   williamnyy23
Kill joy!
2007-07-27 16:21:21
28.   RIYank
Alex didn't want to cause immense confusion for record-keepers. Good job, dude.
2007-07-27 16:21:59
29.   Vandelay Industries
What the fuck Arod? Was in the new baseballs? I blame Bob Costas!
2007-07-27 16:23:33
30.   Jim Dean
19 If I was going to say that I would at least have the decency to end a question with a question mark (esp since I missed the grammar discussion earlier).

Let's review: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How?

And let me be the first to offer a review of the Simpsons movie:

Perfect!

2007-07-27 16:24:19
31.   williamnyy23
I hope that's not a portent of what's to come in the night cap.
2007-07-27 16:24:25
32.   RIYank
So, I guess Vizcount will close the real game, huh?
2007-07-27 16:25:44
33.   williamnyy23
32 Let's await the pitch count.
2007-07-27 16:25:50
34.   RIYank
30 Uh.
19 is not a question. Did you misread it?
2007-07-27 16:26:25
35.   williamnyy23
Dirty pool...Tejada is on the DL!!!
2007-07-27 16:27:25
36.   sabernar
What's going on? I can't find the boxscore anywhere. :(
2007-07-27 16:27:50
37.   Jim Dean
34 Ha! It begins with "Why". Like I said, I missed the grammar discussion.
2007-07-27 16:27:52
38.   Marcus
30 Re: Simpsons movie. Seriously? Basing this all on how the show has gone the past 8 years, I was not looking forward to the movie. And I'm a huge fan. But that one word review has actually got me a little excited for it, I must admit. It's that good?
2007-07-27 16:28:06
39.   RIYank
35 We'll let it go this time.
2007-07-27 16:28:19
40.   OldYanksFan
Maybe it's cause I'm getting older...
but does this game seem to be dragging to you?
2007-07-27 16:28:53
41.   pistolpete
I can see the logic in using Mo here - this is as close to a guaranteed win as you can get, and you want to make damn sure you get it...

Who knows if you'll even need Mo for the 2nd game.

2007-07-27 16:30:12
42.   Jim Dean
38 Seriously. It's exactly what you'd want in a Simpsons movie.

And check out simpsonizeme.com - very cool but you have to do it late at night or else you'll get error messages.

2007-07-27 16:30:33
43.   pistolpete
Does anyone know if Giambi was in the first part of this game?
2007-07-27 16:31:07
44.   RIYank
36 Here it is:

http://tinyurl.com/2yjjp4

Man on second with two out in the ninth. Mo pitching to Hernandez, 3-0.

2007-07-27 16:31:26
45.   williamnyy23
Uh oh!!!
2007-07-27 16:32:17
46.   RIYank
Giambi did not play in this game, no.

Carp.
Okay, Mo, let's finish this...

2007-07-27 16:32:40
47.   williamnyy23
I have a real bad feeling here.
2007-07-27 16:32:44
48.   pistolpete
We don't seem to do well with these types of continuations... See: Pine Tar game
2007-07-27 16:32:45
49.   OldYanksFan
not good...
2007-07-27 16:32:55
50.   RIYank
41 Your words take on a new meaning...
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2007-07-27 16:33:49
51.   Jim Dean
I wonder when's the last time that Mo pitched at this time of day. Day games are usually over. And night games have just begun.
2007-07-27 16:33:50
52.   RIYank
Krist, I thought there were two out. I am very discombobulated by this thing.
2007-07-27 16:33:52
53.   Vandelay Industries
Holy good GOD he was safe!
2007-07-27 16:34:11
54.   SF Yanks
47 I had a bad feeling over a week ago.
2007-07-27 16:34:16
55.   monkeypants
Hmmm...that should have been a double play.
2007-07-27 16:34:16
56.   OldYanksFan
Oh Derek... Lets hope Mo saves your nuts.
2007-07-27 16:34:25
57.   51cq24
looked like his foot was clearly on the base in the replay
2007-07-27 16:34:28
58.   Vandelay Industries
What a blown call...above should have been a ?
2007-07-27 16:34:49
59.   RIYank
I have Gameday up, but it's slowing down my browser like crazy for some reason. But I need it, it's my crutch.
2007-07-27 16:35:26
60.   SF Yanks
That was clearly Game Over.
2007-07-27 16:35:59
61.   Vandelay Industries
Christ Mo.....what are you doing?
2007-07-27 16:36:16
62.   SF Yanks
Please don't scare me like that ever again!!!
2007-07-27 16:36:29
63.   RIYank
Ugh. This is awful. It was supposed to be great.
2007-07-27 16:36:55
64.   williamnyy23
damn it!
2007-07-27 16:37:00
65.   SF Yanks
What the fu... !!
2007-07-27 16:37:03
66.   monkeypants
This keeps getting worse.
2007-07-27 16:37:11
67.   williamnyy23
This would be crushing!
2007-07-27 16:37:30
68.   williamnyy23
He has no command. None.
2007-07-27 16:37:33
69.   51cq24
his location is off but the cutter looks like it has more bite than usual
2007-07-27 16:37:40
70.   Vandelay Industries
I love me some MO, but if they don't throw the bank at Gange I will have to personally jack up Brian Cashman.
2007-07-27 16:38:23
71.   williamnyy23
yes...robbie!!!
2007-07-27 16:38:25
72.   51cq24
ok that was fun
2007-07-27 16:38:28
73.   RIYank
Whew.
I wasn't actually worried, just kidding.
2007-07-27 16:38:36
74.   Schteeve
What's the score? ESPN's scoreboard is showing game over
2007-07-27 16:38:38
75.   Vandelay Industries
Thank you! Oh thank you Robbie.
2007-07-27 16:38:44
76.   williamnyy23
Did everyone else have a feeling similar to game 7 of the world series?
2007-07-27 16:38:50
77.   51cq24
70 this is a joke, right?
2007-07-27 16:38:54
78.   SF Yanks
Oh Jesus Mo, you scared me. Guess he was just trying to make it interesting.

Aaaannd... exahale.

2007-07-27 16:39:21
79.   monkeypants
Yikes that was close.
2007-07-27 16:39:55
80.   pistolpete
Did we really need that kind of stress for 2 freakin' innings?!!!
2007-07-27 16:40:07
81.   OldYanksFan
My God... wwhere's my heroin?
2007-07-27 16:40:29
82.   51cq24
i'm glad it's over but it would have been pretty funny had it gone to the 15th inning or so
2007-07-27 16:40:53
83.   SF Yanks
80 Really just a half inning.
2007-07-27 16:41:20
84.   SF Yanks
82 No, no it wouldn't have.
2007-07-27 16:43:13
85.   SF Yanks
So when does the next one start exactly? Very soon I would imagine.
2007-07-27 16:44:46
86.   51cq24
85 10 minutes and 20 seconds
2007-07-27 16:47:25
87.   SF Yanks
Very precise. But I think your off by 4.25 seconds.
2007-07-27 16:47:55
88.   RIYank
79 I don't know what Mariano was thinking. Don't they pay him enough?
2007-07-27 16:48:00
89.   51cq24
is anyone watching this mini version of channel 9 news? they're showing the bacteria collected from headsets in music stores.
2007-07-27 16:49:21
90.   51cq24
87 the timer said 10:20 when i clicked submit but who knows how long it took to post
2007-07-27 16:51:16
91.   RIYank
John and Suzyn are reporting that somebody or other says the Yanks will not skip the fifth starter!
So. Karstens?
2007-07-27 16:54:20
92.   pistolpete
78 Well, I guess it makes sense - was just watching the first 7 2/3 on YES beforehand, and THAT was pretty exciting
2007-07-27 17:00:30
93.   Vandelay Industries
91

Well, you know Joe. The rotation is what it is, and must not be screwed with! Be it April, or October, guys will stay on turn at all costs.

2007-07-27 17:00:53
94.   SF Yanks
92 Does this mean we're in for a ride for tonight's game? Ya know, continuing the whole "excitement" shpeel.
2007-07-27 17:00:57
95.   Vandelay Industries
Tampa up 1-0 Bot. 3rd.
2007-07-27 17:02:54
96.   Vandelay Industries
The O's booth is so much better without Palmer doing his best Alberto Gonzalez impersonation up there.
2007-07-27 17:06:56
97.   Vandelay Industries
Hmmm...Posada long toss. So even he has a stronger arm than Eli Manning?
2007-07-27 17:07:04
98.   51cq24
if he averages 45 home runs?
2007-07-27 17:07:08
99.   Jim Dean
91 No Sterling for me! I get to watch the games on MASN.
2007-07-27 17:10:35
100.   RIYank
99 Nice. What is that, MASN?

(See, that's a question.)

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2007-07-27 17:17:15
101.   RIYank
Great AB for BA.
2007-07-27 17:19:39
102.   JL25and3
Could somebody please, please, PLEASE tell Michael Kay that "ironically" does not mean "coincidentally?"

He says it all the time. Drives me nuts.

2007-07-27 17:34:58
103.   Jim Dean
RI -

And Sterling on that one by Robby?

2007-07-27 17:38:11
104.   51cq24
a good portion of the population uses ironically for coincidentally. and a good portion gets really annoyed by that.
2007-07-27 17:38:46
105.   williamnyy23
Patterson did a Melky :)
2007-07-27 17:40:02
106.   williamnyy23
I just received an email recapping the "first" game. It seems the Yankees are really playing up the charade:

Upcoming N.Y. Yankees Home Games:

vs. Oakland Athletics, June 29, 2007 07:05 PM ET
vs. Oakland Athletics, June 30, 2007 01:05 PM ET
vs. Oakland Athletics, July 1, 2007 01:05 PM ET
P

2007-07-27 17:40:17
107.   51cq24
nice play
2007-07-27 17:41:24
108.   Vandelay Industries
No, Patterson didnt try to catch the ball, he ran from the ball. Melky at least puts his glove up.
2007-07-27 17:44:04
109.   OldYanksFan
New thread up folks...
I'm usually the last to know)
2007-07-27 17:44:09
110.   Jim Dean
New thread up...
2007-07-27 17:46:13
111.   RIYank
103 Yep. But the ball was hit "to the top of the wall", leaping catch, so I don't see how you can fault him too much.

Also, my brother, who is listening to Orioles radio, says that for the long scary foul in the suspended game ninth, Joe Angel had no doubt that it was a homer.

2007-07-27 19:59:55
112.   Hocakes
I'd like to see Shelley up here...seems like he'd be a good matchup for Bradford.

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