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Cabrera, Benson back in rotation


TORONTO -- As expected, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo announced yesterday that Daniel Cabrera will start today's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

It will be the 25-year-old's first start since July 13 against Texas, a game in which he gave up four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. After that start, Cabrera admitted his confidence was down, a factor that led to his demotion to Triple-A Ottawa.

In four starts for the Lynx, Cabrera was 3-1 with a 4.07 ERA, allowing 20 hits, walking nine and striking out 27 in 24 1/3 innings. His last start - he tossed six scoreless innings - was on Thursday, so Cabrera will be working on normal rest.

"We need to right the pitching staff a little bit, try to get this thing in order and start getting our guys in a rotation without doing what we've been doing, patching things up the past two weeks," Perlozzo said. "If he's going to be, which we believe, in our future, it's time to get him up and let him throw again."

Perlozzo also said that Kris Benson, who is on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow, will be activated in time to make Saturday's start in Boston. Benson said that he felt good throwing a side session here yesterday. He'll throw one more before his scheduled start.

"I need to get my arm strength back up and my command back as much as I can before I go back out there, but everything is going in the right direction," said Benson, who last started on July 25. "I feel it a little bit, but it's not to the point where I worry about it. If I need to get some Novocain, little shots before every start, that's not going to harm anything just to numb up that little nerve. Other than that, I feel pretty good."

Lopez claimed, others not

Rodrigo Lopez's career with the Orioles was very much in doubt before the non-waiver trade deadline, but it now appears that the pitcher will at least finish the season with the team. Lopez, who is 8-12 this season with a 6.21 ERA, was claimed by an undisclosed team when the Orioles tried to pass him through waivers, according to an industry source.

The Orioles couldn't work out a deal with that team, so they pulled him back from waivers, said the source. Several other players the Orioles talked about moving before the trade deadline, such as Jeff Conine, Bruce Chen and Kevin Millar, did pass through waivers and still could be traded. The club is waiting to hear about reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who couldn't be put through waivers until he was taken off the bereavement list, which happened on Friday.

No Stern for now

The Orioles learned yesterday that Adam Stern, the Triple-A Pawtucket outfielder whom the Boston Red Sox agreed to send to them in last week's trade for catcher Javy Lopez, was claimed on waivers. That means the Orioles will have to wait until after the season to acquire Stern.

According to an industry source, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who reportedly are angry at the Red Sox for what they feel was illegal contact between Boston and the agent for their former infielder Julio Lugo, are the team that claimed Stern. The Red Sox reportedly had interest in Lugo before the Devil Rays traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.

Around the horn

To make room for Cabrera, the Orioles sent reliever Winston Abreu, who pitched two scoreless innings yesterday, back to Triple-A Ottawa. ... Perlozzo said yesterday that the organization believes that top pitching prospect Hayden Penn is still "not ready" at this point for a call-up, but may not be too far away. ... Orioles center fielder Corey Patterson is one of six candidates for the American League Comeback Player of the Year award. ... A fan ran on the field at the Rogers Centre during the bottom of the eighth inning, but was tackled by security. ... Billy Rowell, the Orioles' first-round draft pick this year, hit his first home run on Sunday, a two-run shot for short-season Rookie league Bluefield.

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