Alexi Casilla's slump-busting home run almost lost in translation

It quickly became the talk of the clubhouse when Orioles second baseman Alexi Casilla delayed his postgame media session until the club could get coach Einar Diaz to act as interpreter to help translate Casilla's thoughts about his game-winning three-run home run.

Why would that seem so unusual?

"He speaks English better than I do,'' joked teammate Tommy Hunter.

Casilla has held court with reporters at his locker a number of times over the course of this season and has never required an interpreter, but if he felt more comfortable speaking Spanish on this night, that's certainly his prerogative.

The important thing is, he came through in the clutch when the Oroiles needed him the most. The homer helped snap the club's four-game losing streak and continued a week of hot hitting for the guys who man second base. Teammate Ryan Flaherty has been on a bit of a roll lately, hitting three home runs in the previous four games.

It's probably just a coincidence that all this production came after the Orioles announced that Brian Roberts would be starting an injury rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday night at Triple-A Norfolk. Roberts, by the way, had a couple of hits and scored two runs in his first game with the Tides. 

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