Roughly Speaking podcast: Halloween special: Best of horror movie music (episode 168)

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Reliever Dennis Sarfate, anointed the primary sixth- and seventh-inning reliever who is supposed to provide a bridge to set-up man Jim Johnson and closer George Sherrill, said yesterday that he recently “tweaked a little something” in his mechanics, which has improved his control.

Manager Dave Trembley probably heard that Sarfate “tweaked a little something” and fainted.

One more injury or Ryan Bukvich impersonator, and he’s likely to implode.

I never imagined in spring training that Matt Albers would turn out to be so important to this pitching staff.

As I’ve noted in this blog already, having three starters with a five-inning ceiling on most days isn’t going to work. These guys need to step up. Check the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk and show me an alternative.

Adam Loewen will undergo a CT scan today, but there are no assurances that we’ll get the results before tomorrow. The team charter is scheduled to depart for Toronto at 5 p.m. Travel days make news gathering a little tougher.

Loewen leaves yesterday’s game with sharp pain in his elbow. The Orioles go 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position and make mistakes – physical and mental – in the field.

That’s it, get rid of the blue hats!

Rule 5 pick Randor Bierd made his first appearance at Double-A Bowie as part of his injury rehab assignment. With rain delaying the start and threatening another stoppage, Bierd started the game to make sure he’d get in his work, just as Loewen did once at Frederick under similar conditions. Bierd made it through the first inning but couldn’t record an out in the second, allowing two runs and three hits, with three walks and two strikeouts before scheduled starter Brad Bergesen replaced him.

Bergensen ended up with his 10th victory in 14 games at Bowie since being promoted from Single-A Frederick.

Matt Wieters hit his second homer with Bowie, and his first at Prince Georges Stadium. After a slow start, he’s batting .353 in his first 10 games in the Eastern League.

“I don't think it's ever easy,” he said. You’ve still got to work hard and put your time in. I'm going through a good time right now and I'm seeing the ball well, so you just try to get as many hits as possible while you're seeing the ball well. The struggles are going to come. You’ve just got to get the hits when you can."

It’s Dollar Night at Prince Georges Stadium tonight.  Fans who visit and print out a ticket voucher can receive up to four general admission tickets for $1.

Frederick’s Brandon Snyder had his second straight three-hit game, and Billy Rowell produced a game-tying RBI double in the sixth inning. Brandon Tripp also collected three hits, and Timothy Bascom earned his second straight victory after allowing two runs in six innings.

Erik Bedard will have his next start pushed back because of tightness in his left shoulder. We know it didn’t happen from pushing himself deep into games.

Johnny Damon is going on the disabled list for the first time in 13 ½ seasons. Amazing.

Jason Varitek on the All-Star team? Really?

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