I imagine that nothing that said here comes as news to anyone, but here are the latest moves as I understand them.

Radhames Liz has been sent to Norfolk
Ryan Freel who remained in a Boston hospital on Monday after getting hit in the head during a pickup attempt has been placed on the Disabled List.

Taking their places are:
Lou Montanez – This pleases many since it’s felt that he deserved to make the team with his play in Spring Training.
Brad Bergesen – Moving into the Starting rotation.

It also appears that Adam Jones will return to the lineup and Center Field when the series starts against the Whire Sox. This moves Pie back to left. It is being reported that Pie has been taking fly balls in left. Good move he needs some work on his defense.

Current 25 man roster:
Pitchers B/T
34 Matt Albers L/R
28 Danys Baez R/R
25 Brian Bass R/R
64 Brad Bergesen L/R
56 Adam Eaton R/R
46 Jeremy Guthrie R/R
27 Mark Hendrickson L/L
43 Jim Johnson R/R
37 Chris Ray R/R
45 Dennis Sarfate R/R
52 George Sherrill L/L
19 Koji Uehara R/R
32 Jamie Walker L/L

Catchers B/T
16 Chad Moeller R/R
9 Gregg Zaun S/R
Infielders B/T
12 Robert Andino R/R
17 Aubrey Huff L/R
3 Cesar Izturis S/R
1 Brian Roberts S/R
23 Ty Wigginton R/R

Outfielders B/T
10 Adam Jones R/R
21 Nick Markakis L/L
12 Lou Montanez R/R
18 Felix Pie L/L
30 Luke Scott

I missed the beginning of the game, but when I turned it on just before the start of the 5th inning, the Orioles while losing were only behind 3-1.

Then the change. The Bull Pen came in and in a nutshell they got Rocked. Three runs in the 6th. And then 6 in the 7th.

Not to mention that the defense wasn’t look all that good either. It was reported that one of the strength of the Orioles was in the field. Pie needs work. He looked as bad in Center Field today as he had earlier in the series in Left. I’m not sure what’s seen in him, but from my view I can understand why the Cubs gave up on him. He doesn’t look like he’s going to make a good Major League outfielder.

A move needs to me mad before the beginning of Tuesday game so that they can bring up a Starter for that game. I suspect that Liz will be the one demoted. He’s starting to remind me of Cabrera, rough talent that never matures. Hopefully in the Minors he can mature.

There were a couple of good things that came out of this game as well as yesterday’s. The Starting Pitcher did well. It wasn’t a quality start as defined by going into the six, but Henrickson left the game giving up just 3 runs and the Orioles were in the game.

I missed the play in which Freel was hit in the face with the pickoff throw to second. I sure hope that it’s not serious. I also hope that Adam Jones is capable to play soon, but not to rush. His defense is needed.

Game Total:
Orioles 1 5 1
Red Sox 12 15 2
WP: J. Masterson (1-0)
LP: M. Hendrickson (1-2)
HR: Orioles – None; Red Sox – J.Varitek (3)

Record: 6 – 7

Everything fell in place today for the Orioles pitching. The starter Koji Uehara pitched late into the game giving up just two runs. He gave away to the closer George Sherrill who got three quick outs.

The only problem was it was a Sunday afternoon. The baseball gods are still against the Orioles on Sundays. They failed to score a run until the top of the 9th. Even though they made the game interesting by getting the tie run to second they lost the game.

So far this series the Red Sox has shown why they will be a contender for the Eastern Division, while the Orioles will be looking at just an improvement over last year’s poor record.

Koji Uehara record dropped to 2-1, but it could 1 and 2 since neither of his first two were good pitching performances and could have ended with a lost. Now his best pitched game is a lost. Let’s hope that this is the beginning of a series of good starts.

Game Totals:
Orioles 1 6 0
Red Sox 2 6 0
WP: J. Lester (1-2)
LP: K. Uehara (2-1)
S: T. Saito (1)
HR: None

Record: 6 – 6

Two games into their series with the Boston Red Sox, it’s obvious that they won’t win this series. And unless they win the next two, it will end up as their first series lost in the season.

I’m sure that many have been wondering how long ot would be until this team began to disappoint. For me that came in the second half of opening day. Over the last two weeks they have worked hard, and going into they had won three series with a record of 6-3.

I have been critical of this team since the first game. Pitchers have been giving up too many Home Runs and runs in general. If it hadn’t been the production of the top 4 to 5 hitters in their line up, this team could easily be 0-11 and not 6-5.

Team defense was suppose to be a plus. I watched Feliz Pie make not one but two bad defensive moves on the same fly ball. Yes, I know that Righ Field in Fenway is hard to play, but Pie just plain looked bad.

Then there’s the 10 unearned runs. Friday’s game turned on the one error and three unearned runs that followed.

Looking at this team in the first 11 games of the year, I will stay with my opinion that they will win between 70 and 75 games. But right now this team is not exciting to watch.

Game Totals:
Orioles 4 8 1
Red Sox 6 12 1
WP: J. Beckett (2-1)
LP: A. Eaton (0-2)
S: J. Papelbon (4)
HR; Orioles – None; Red Sox -K Youkilis (3)

The game started great. 7 runs scored in the 2nd inning and another Grand Slam. But by the end of the inning the lead had shrunk to 3 and before the final out in the 5th was recorded the game was tied.

Whenever you score 8 runs in a game there shouldn’t be any doubt on the outcome. But when the orioles score that many, it can be either a win or a lost.

Game Totals
Orioles 8 11 1
Red Sox 10 12 0
WP: R. Ramirez (1-0)
LP: D. Baez (0-1)
S: J. Papelbon (3)
HR – Orioles – N Markakis (2);Red Sox – J Bay (3), J Drew (3)

Record: 6 – 4

Prehaps the Orioles misunderstood. It was a day to pay your tribute in taxes, not pay tribute to Texas.

Even though the Orioles won two out of three, I imagine that they are glad to be out of Texas.

Game Totals:
Orioles 6 9 2
Rangers 19 19 0
WP: K. Benson(1-1)
LP: M. Hendrickson(1-1)
HR: Orioles- C.Moeller (1), A.Jones (2); Rangers- N.Cruz (5), I.Kinsler (3)Totals:

The Orioles have started pretty well this year. Well I guess you could say it’s been real well since they have won 3 series in a row. The wins haven’t been beauties, but wins are wins and in the end that’s what counts.

With Toronto losing their game against the Minnesota Twins the Orioles move into 1st place in the East with a 1/2 game lead.

I wasn’t able to catch too much of the game, although looking at the box score and recaps it does appear that for the first time this year the Bull Pen stepped up and did their job. Although it would have been nice if Sherill hadn’t decided to make the bottom of the 10th as exciting as I’m sure those in Texas wanted.

I did watch the first couple of innings and at the time I was concerned with he Home Runs that were being allowed by Simon. After he came out with what I hear is trouble with his elbow, those Home Runs might be more understandable.

I hope that all is well with him and that it’s only minor and can be treated real quick.

Mora goes on the DL and Albers rejoins the team. From what I read it appears as if Mora is still bothered by the injury he had during the World Baseball Classic (WBC). I don’t like the idea of the WBC being during the time that players should be in their Spring Training camp working with their team. Although I do understand why players want to be on their country’s team.

It’s good to see Matt Albers back on the team. Let’s hope he pitches go good so that the team won’t have a choice but to keep him this time. He was pretty close to that anyway.

Game Totals:
Orioles 7 9 1
Rangers 5 13 0
WP: J. Johnson (1-0)
LP: E. Guardado (0-1)
HR: Orioles: A Huff (1), L Scott (2), A Jones (1); Rangers- M Young (2), N Cruz (4), C Davis (2)

Record: 6 – 2

Note:
Edited to make the correction that it is the World Baseball Classic and not the World Baseball Championship.

When Brian Roberts came to bat at the top of the first inning, for the first time in many years, the “Baltimore” Orioles were playing a game in Texas. Meaning of course that Baltimore was spelled across the front of his uniform shirt.

What I didn’t know, and still don’t, is that Texas is on the front of the Rangers uniforms at home games. At least last night they were. Is this usual?

By the end of the game even after scoring 10 runs it was another nail biter. But it was that way after 6 when Texas cut the Orioles 6 run lead in 1/2 and then more so when the Rangers scored two more in the 7th.

Once again the Orioles pitchers game up Home Runs. The last two runs came on a two run Home Run by Andruw Jones. Will Jones become the next comeback player of the year?

Game Totals:
Orioles 10 16 0
Rangers 9 11 1

WP:K. Uehara (2-0)
LP: V. Padilla (1-1)
S: G. Sherrill (3)
HR: Orioles – F.Pie (1); Rangers – A.Jones (1), M.Young (1), C.Davis (1)

Record: 5 – 2

The game featured two staring pitchers that has previously been starters on the Orioles.

What can you say about Daniel Cabrera that hasn’t already been said? He’s a pitcher with great talent, but not one that has learned to use it. He throws too few strikes and some of those strikes are good pitches to hit. The way that his infield played behind him, I’m sure he wished it was the Orioles behind him.

Although being in the National League on a team that is a lower tier team may be a good place for him. At least in the National League every 9th batter most times through the lineup is a pitcher and not a DH.

I still would like to see him succeed so long that it’s not on a team that plays the Orioles more than a few times a year.

I always liked Jamie Moyer when he was on the Orioles. At his current age I don’t think he would be a fit on the 2009 Orioles.

Baseball has lost one of its voices today with the passing at the age of 73 of Harry Kalas.

Reports are that he passed out in the broadcast booth before the game in Washington against the Nationals.

Kalas had been with the Phillies since 1971.

My condolences to his family, both his personal family and his baseball one.

I am located just 25 miles or so from Camden Yards. But being that I’m located on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay 45 minutes to an hour from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, it takes me at least an hour and a half to get there.

Being that I’m that close to Baltimore, that’s where the clearest over the air stations came from, and that our daily paper was the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles were my team when I was growing up.

The team from Washington, it was the Senators then, would have also been a 90 minute to 2 hour drive, I could have been a Washington fan. And as a child I was following both teams, that is until they moved to Texas after the 1971 season.

Philadelphia and the Phillies are a little over two hours away so I actually have three Major League teams within a reasonable distance for whom I could root for. I’m sure there are many fans that not only is their favorite team, but their closest team is much farther away than the Phillies are to me.

As a baseball fan it does feel good to have three teams within a two hour drive. There are even two minor league teams less than 90 minutes away. Baseball is all around.

When the Expos moved to Washington as the Nationals, the opinion was that they would draw fans away from Baltimore. This may have been true at least for certain games. Some baseball fans, such as I, tend to follow either a team or a League and I doubt that it really would have mattered.

Fans really tend to go to games in which the Home team is doing well. Other wise they just simply watch them on TV, listen on the radio or follow there performances in the newspaper.

Presently neither the Orioles nor the Nationals have had a good track record during the years that the Nationals have been playing in DC. The only one of these three teams that have been in hunts for postseason has been the Phillies. They did win the Championship in 2008.

It does seem though that fans in the Baltimore/Washington Area seem to not look north to Philadelphia. My part of the Delmarva Peninsula would appear to be in that area, although just a few miles east or north of me the fans seems to lean more towards Philadelphia.

Looking at baseball in 2009, I certainly am glad that I am a fan of the Baltimore Orioles. Whether you agree with their moves or not they do look as if they are moving in a good direction for the future. Although it might be until 2011 or 12 before they will be considered a team that could compete for the division.

The Phillies are a good team. One that I’m sure if I knew more about and followed closer, I would be a real fan. However I do tend to follow the American League and the Orioles.

The Nationals though, I think are in a real bad problem. And as bad as we felt about the Orioles over the past 10 years, I’m not sure that they were ever in the dire straits that the Nationals appear to be currently in.

I wonder who will be the better of these three teams in 2 or 3 years? I hope that it’ll be the Orioles. While I wait for the Orioles to play the Texas Rangers tonight. I do plan on watching the other ‘Home Town’ teams play as the Phillies play the Nationals in the DC opening day.

Former Oriole Jamie Moyer will be pitching for the Phillies while former Oriole Daniel Cabrera goes for the Nationals.

I missed most of the game and what I did catch was on the radio and not TV. My thoughts on the game is almost entirely from looking at the box score.

Adam Eaton was added to the roster to start the game. Even though he has been with the team for the entire season, this was the first day he was able to actually be on the bench during the game.

Everyone was wondering how must rust was going to be one his arm and looking at his stats, I think his arm must have been a bright red.

Matt Albers was optioned to the minors opening the spot for Adam Eaton to slide into. Albers hadn’t pitched too bad in his three appearances, but he did have a option.

Was Brian Bass throwing batting practice for the Rays. Looking at his numbers that sure looks to be the case.

Maybe it would have been better to optioned out Bass instead of Albers, even though he was out of options. But then again if you need a pitcher to complete a blow out, Bass might just be your man.

At least Brian Bass did a great job at making Eaton not look too bad.

They still are giving up too many Home Runs. I haven’t done the research calculations, but it seems as if at least 1/2 of the runs given up came as a result of a homer.

Game Totals:
TB Rays 11 – 17 – 0
Orioles 3 – 6 – 0
WP: J. Shields (1-1)
LP: A. Eaton (0-1)
HR: Rays – C. Pena (2), J. Bartlett (1), B. Zobrist (1), E. Longoria (5); Orioles – None

Record: 4 – 2

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