Carroll County Times

Orioles notebook: Rookie Urrutia a hit so far

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles braintrust always hoped Henry Urrutia would contribute at the major-league level this season. And after succeeding at Class-AA Bowie and Class-AAA Norfolk, Urrutia was promoted to Baltimore last week.
He had only played in six games, all on the road, going into Friday's game against the Red Sox, but it appears he could be a possible solution to the Orioles' struggles at designated hitter.
Urrutia has a hit in all four games he's started. He had three hits on Monday against the Royals and tripled on Thursday.
"It's the best that could ever happen to [me], being here right now," Urrutia said through an interpreter Friday.
The 26-year-old had a long journey to the majors. He had trouble getting from Cuba to Haiti in 2010, and then struggled to get from there to the United States in 2011.
However, Urrutia has never had trouble with baseball.
"I look forward to him coming up to hit," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "He's been around some good baseball."
And Urrutia has played nothing but good baseball during his first professional season. He hit a combined .365 for Bowie and Norfolk and was Baltimore's Minor League Player of the Month in June.
Urrutia said the pitching he faced with Norfolk has helped him adjust quickly to the big leagues.
"It was kind of just like [I] expected," he said. "[I] faced some pitchers in Norfolk, in Triple-A, that was something to help [me] face a lot of veteran guys."
Friday, Urrutia made his Camden Yards debut as the DH in the No. 8 spot. He said before the game that he wasn't sure what it would be like to have a large crowd cheering him.
If Urrutia keeps hitting as well as he has all year, chances are they'll treat him very well.
DIVISION FOE: Entering Friday's game, the Orioles had won 14 of their last 19 games against the Red Sox. They had homered in 10 straight games against them, tied for Baltimore's second-longest streak ever against Boston.
Manny Machado had had five consecutive multi-hit games against the Sox, one shy of the club record for multi-hit games in a row against Boston.
HEATING UP: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had recorded five straight multi-hit games entering Friday, the longest streak of his career. He has homered twice since the All-Star break.
His 59 homers since the beginning of the 2011 are the most by any catcher in the majors.
LEADING THE WAY: The Orioles made just 32 errors in their first 103 games, and are on pace for just 50 errors on the season. The major-league record for fewest errors in a season is 65 by the 2003 Seattle Mariners.
Baltimore also leads the majors with a .992 fielding percentage. The record for the highest fielding percentage ever was .989 by the 2007 Colorado Rockies.
The Orioles are also the only team in baseball to have six players with 44 or more RBIs, and are one of only two teams to have three players with 17 or more homers.