SEATTLE -- General manager Roland Hemond remained in Baltimore to oversee the preparation for next week's amateur draft, so assistant GM Frank Robinson is the Orioles' designated front-office representative on this trip.
Hemond, whose family still makes its home in California, rarely misses a West Coast trip, but the draft takes precedence. Although this year's crop appears to lack the immediate impact players available in recent years, the Orioles have the fourth pick overall and expect to get a quality performer.
Robinson said his presence on the nine-game trip is routine. "The plan is to have one of us -- Roland, myself or Doug [Melvin, the club's other assistant GM] with the club all the time," said Robinson. "That way, somebody's always available if something comes up and a move has to be made."
Although there was speculation in Chicago over the weekend that the Orioles might be involved in trade talks with either the Cubs or Dodgers, Robinson denied anything was in the works. Cubs general manager Larry Himes and his assistant, Syd Thrift, were in Los Angeles, as was Gordon Goldsberry, a special assignment scout for the Orioles.
"Gordy is assigned to the California teams," said Robinson. "He lives and works out of the Los Angeles area, so it's normal for him to be watching those teams."
Poole takes first step
Jim Poole's first rehabilitation assignment was a success last night. The left-handed reliever worked two scoreless innings for the Double-A Hagerstown Suns against the Yankees' Albany-Colonie farm club in the first game of a doubleheader.
Poole, who has been sidelined with shoulder tendinitis since early in spring training, allowed two hits in two innings, without a walk or strikeout and left with a 1-0 lead.
Davis forced out
Storm Davis, who relieved Jose Mesa in the fifth inning last night, was forced to leave the game an inning later with shoulder stiffness.
Davis, who was making his 15th relief appearance of the year, indicated some discomfort after a sacrifice bunt by Harold Reynolds. The right-hander remained in the game to face two more hitters, giving up a single to Greg Briley and getting Edgar Martinez on a fly ball.
The Orioles left Baltimore with their highest ERA of the year (3.44), but it was second best in the American League (behind Boston's 3.01). It rose to 3.56 last night. The Orioles also are second with 210 runs scored (the Minnesota Twins have 217). . . . With only two errors in the previous 11 games before last night, the Orioles had the third-best fielding percentage (.984) behind Toronto (.987) and Detroit (.986). . . . Mike Devereaux, who hasn't gone two straight games without a hit since April 13-15, extended his hitting streak to six games with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning last night. . . . Glenn Davis (0-for-4) didn't fare as well. His seven-game hitting streak ended. He hit into a double play and popped out with the bases loaded before drawing a ninth-inning walk.