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With all the rain and flooding in the Baltimore area, I wonder how the Orioles avoided having a game scheduled for tonight. The elements seem appropriate.
Well, there’s always tomorrow night.

Because I stated in an earlier blog entry that I wouldn’t settle for anything less than the Orioles taking three of four in Kansas City, I won’t complain about their inept offensive showing yesterday. They ran into a pretty good pitcher. And they went 3-1 in the series.

They also went back to a four-man bench and optioned reliever Bob McCrory to Triple-A Norfolk so he can get reacquainted with the mound. All in all, a successful trip to Kansas City.

I agree with manager Dave Trembley’s decision to keep Freddie Bynum at shortstop and Luis Hernandez at second base, with Alex Cintron waiting his turn in reserve. Perhaps Bynum can slide over to second when Cintron plays short to provide more offense. Just keep Bynum in the lineup until he plays his way out of it.

And don’t forget about Oscar Salazar.

Interleague play begins this weekend, a reminder that the Orioles have the worst record among American League teams at 79-114.

Matt Wieters has been named the Carolina League’s Player of the Week after batting .421 with three homers and four RBIs. He’s hitting .355 with eight homers this season.

It gets better: Jake Arrieta was named Pitcher of the Week after going 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts, with 13 strikeouts in 12 innings. He’s 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA this season, and his 53 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings lead the league.

Opponents are batting .147 against Arrieta.

So how do you like the 2007 draft so far?

I sense it’s going to get better once Tim Bascom returns.

 

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