I can¿t say that the Orioles have been a disappointment this season. Outside of their recent road trip, a lousy one for sure, they are who we thought were, so I¿ll let them off the hook. But a few individuals have struggled, including Nick Markakis, who was named to one writer¿s ¿All-Disappointment Team.¿
Alfredo Simon pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jake Arrieta during Monday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners, and his return has boosted an Orioles bullpen that has been a big disappointment in 2011.
When Orioles starter Chris Tillman left Sunday¿s game against the Nationals, he had surrendered just one earned run. It was the fourth time in five starts and the fifth time this season that the 23-year-old right-hander had allowed one run or fewer, but he labored and could only give the Orioles five innings.
The Yankees unloaded on Brad Bergesen Thursday night, scoring five runs in the first on the way to a 13-2 thrashing of the Orioles. ... The Orioles placed the right side of their infield -- Brian Roberts and Derrek Lee -- on the disabled list. ... The Orioles continued to shake-up their roster as they demoted Troy Patton and Chris Jakubauskas and called up Nolan Reimold and Ryan Adams. ... Derrick Mason says that the Ravens' workouts at Towson will be light.
Orioles reliever Michael Gonzalez -- who is in the final year of a two-year, $12 million deal -- is wearing out his welcome with the most patient of Orioles fans. The 32-year-old allowed four runs in Monday¿s come-from-ahead loss to the Red Sox.