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Trembley trying to hold it together down the stretch

Orioles followers have grown accustomed to manager Dave Trembley's demeanor that makes him a glass-half-full kind of guy. Trying to patch together the psyche of a team that was down-and-out when he took over last season and is in a rebuilding process this year, Trembley has generally tried to look on the bright side of things, even losses.

But after Garrett Olson got knocked around for six runs in 2.2 innings yesterday and never really gave the Orioles a chance in a 9-4 loss to the L.A. Angels, you could hear the weariness that Trembley has to be experiencing with his starting pitching.

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Of the first-inning two-run homer hit by the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero's off of Olson, Trembley said the pitch looked "looked like it was on a tee."

And of the game in general: "We had some momentum going on our side after [Tuesday] night's game [when rookie Chris Waters pitched a gem in an 3-0 O's win], and you come in here and before you know it you're down.  It's always going to be starting pitching. Starting pitching not only sets the tone for you but gives you the feeling that you're going to have a chance, one way or the other."

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It's not an Ozzie Guillen-caliber rant but for Trembley, any kind of criticism raises an eyebrow.  Some fans would like Trembley to be more fire-and-brimstone.  I suppose, in a way, it would be vicarious venting to hear the manager rip the players for chronic sub-par performances.  But I don't think Trembley can act out of character.  And at this point in the season when the Orioles are trying to get along without key players such as pitcher Matt Albers and now center fielder Adam Jones, I' don't think there would be much point.

At this juncture, Trembley just has to nurse this team home without giving up the ground and the progress it has made this season and locker room eruptions wouldn't help in that effort.

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