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Bad pitching, bad fielding

I may have to reschedule my flight out of Phoenix tomorrow morning. I don't think this game will be over by 8:45 a.m.

Steve Trachsel is throwing a lot of pitches. And throwing to first base. And tugging on his jersey. And adjusting his cap. And asking for a conference with his catcher. And throwing to first base again. And circling his favorite programs in TV Guide.

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Let's speed it up. Livan Hernandez isn't getting any younger, you know.

Trachsel threw 90 pitches in four innings.

Strange...it only felt like 89 to me.

This has been a horrible game defensively for the Orioles. Center fielder Jay Payton threw to an imaginary cut-off man in the second inning, giving Chris Young a triple, and got a late jump on Carlos Quentin's shallow fly, forcing Chris Gomez to make the catch with his back to the infield and allowing Young to score.

Left fielder Jon Knott got a horrible jump on Quentin's fly ball in the fourth inning, charging late before making the catch, and Chris Snyder followed with a fly ball to left-center that fell because Knott didn't get over in time and Payton had no chance. Once Payton retrieved the ball, he accidentally kicked it away and gave Snyder an extra base.

Knott ran down Orlando Hudson's drive near the line that resulted in a sacrifice fly, but he dropped the ball while removing it from his glove. No error on the play and the out was recorded, but it looked pretty bad.

I'm not sure if Knott has a position. His reputation in the minors was built with his bat, not his glove.

This is the same problem the Orioles have with J.R. House. They'd like to get his bat up here, but he's below-average defensively at every position he plays. We're talking pinch-hitters and occasional designated hitters.

It's OK to carry one guy like that, and Knott is on the 40-man roster, so the Orioles don't have to make a corresponding move to clear room. But he'd be a lot more valuable if they could put him in the field and not worry about the ball finding him.

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