The Orioles continue to be hampered by fundamental baserunning mistakes -- particularly by veteran players who should know better -- and Dave Trembley tried to address the subject when he was pressed on it during his pregame news conference.
The question was, how do you deal with that when you have a clubhouse full of young players who should be getting a better example from their elders. In the past couple of weeks, in particular, Melvin Mora, Ty Wigginton and Aubrey Huff have all tried to stretch on the bases and cost the team big outs in big sitautions.
"It's certainly not something you want to put on a highlight film or use as an instructional video,'' Trembley said. "What you learn from it is, that decision that was made wasn't the right one. They were aggressive mistakes, but they were out-of-control baserunning decisions. I don't like to give away outs."
So, if you're the manager who stands to pay the price if this team is considered fundamentally unsound, how do you handle it?
"I think you address it,'' he said. "I think it has been addressed."
Radio dogma: Join me at six on WBAL (1090 AM) for Sportsline for a look at the series against the Red Sox and -- I'm sure -- a lot of calls about the Orioles' flawed baserunning. If you're not in signal range, go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon.