Bench to beast
Brian Roberts wasn't supposed to play yesterday. Interim manager Dave Trembley informed the second baseman that he'd get the day off. But those plans changed when Miguel Tejada's sore left wrist made it doubtful he could go nine innings. Roberts assumed his normal place at the top of the lineup, where Jay Payton had been slated to bat, and went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk to raise his average to .314. Payton moved down to sixth and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Trembley made sure to inform relievers Chad Bradford, Jamie Walker and Chris Ray that they'd probably pitch unless starter Erik Bedard decided to choose yesterday to throw his first complete game, which didn't happen. Bedard left after the sixth with a strained hamstring, and Trembley kept his word. Bradford, who was rested for a change, tossed a perfect seventh, Walker allowed a hit in the eighth and San Diego pushed across a run in the ninth off Ray that didn't affect the outcome.
Backup catcher Alberto Castillo is familiar with David Wells because they were teammates with the Toronto Blue Jays. Castillo playfully told Wells before one at-bat that he'd hit a home run if the left-hander kept throwing breaking balls. Pretty bold talk from a guy batting .143 with no homers before yesterday, but it held up. Castillo waited on a breaking ball in the sixth inning and slammed it off the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field.
The Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks engage in another three-game series, this one in 115-degree weather. But it's a dry heat. The Diamondbacks swept the Orioles at Camden Yards last weekend, with tonight's starter, Brandon Webb, registering a win after allowing three runs (two earned) in seven innings. Webb will oppose Daniel Cabrera. The Orioles are 2-7 against Arizona in the all-time series.