O, THE OFFENSE
Orioles manager Dave Trembley has a new nickname for third baseman Melvin Mora - "The Natural." "That's who he looked like to me," Trembley said. Continuing his post-All-Star-break tear, Mora went 5-for-6 with a career-high six RBIs, two home runs, two doubles and four runs. He has 20 homers and 91 RBIs for the season and eight homers and 43 RBIs in 28 games since the break. But he was hardly the only one swinging a hot bat yesterday. The Orioles scored a season-high 16 runs on a season-high 22 hits. Eight starters had at least two hits. Luke Scott also had two home runs. And four players had at least two RBIs as the Orioles sent eight batters to the plate in two innings and nine batters to the plate in one.
Want a topic for the water cooler to kick off the work week? How about discussing which starter at Comerica Park was worse yesterday? In one corner, there is Tigers right-hander Zach Miner, who allowed five earned runs, six hits and four walks and needed 52 pitches to go 1 1/3 innings. In the other corner, you have Orioles left-hander Garrett Olson, who surrendered five earned runs, four hits and three walks and threw 63 pitches in 1 2/3 innings. Olson allowed two long doubles in the first inning and went to three-ball counts with all seven batters he faced in the second.
LET'S PLAY TWO
Here's how ugly the first two innings were: The teams combined for 11 hits and four walks; 138 pitches were thrown by four pitchers; nine Orioles batted in the top of the first; nine Tigers hit in the bottom of the second; and all nine Tigers who batted in the second had three-ball counts, with seven of them facing full counts. The two innings lasted an hour and 14 minutes.
The Orioles begin a three-game series with the world champion Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards tonight (7:05) with right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (10-8, 3.18) taking the mound against left-hander Jon Lester (11-4, 3.25). Guthrie, who has won seven of his past eight decisions and allowed one earned run in four straight starts, is 1-1 with a 3.58 ERA in seven career appearances against the Red Sox. Lester has won eight of his past nine decisions and is 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA in six career starts against the Orioles.