ARLINGTON, Texas -- Brady Anderson became the designated optionee yesterday, making room on the roster for Arthur Rhodes.
The lefthanded-hitting outfielder was one of the few candidates who had an option left. The Orioles did not want to risk losing someone who would have to clear waivers in order to open a spot for 10 days, which is the amount of time Anderson will spend in Rochester.
He will be recalled as soon as the rosters are expanded to 40 on Sept. 1, the day before the regular minor-league season ends. When he informed Anderson of the club's decision, manager John Oates promised Anderson that he would be recalled at the first opportunity.
* FAMILY AFFAIR: For Rhodes, making his major-league debut in Texas wasn't quite the same as a normal road opening. The rookie lefthander is from Waco, just 2 1/2 hours from Dallas, so he had a healthy contingent of family and friends on hand.
Not unexpectedly, Rhodes' first appearance above the Double A level was erratic. He struggled with his control throughout the four-plus innings he worked, walking four, giving up four hits and three runs and throwing a pair of wild pitches. Rhodes left with the Orioles trailing 3-2 in the top of the fifth inning.
"He's got a bright future," said Oates. "I'm looking forward to seeing him again. Tonight I would classify him as a young hard thrower. He has to become more of a pitcher to excel at this level, and that's something he'll have to work on in the future.
"But to be able to pitch his first big-league game this close to his hometown had to be a thrill. I'm sure he was a little nervous."
* FROHWIRTH TO THE FORE: For the second straight night the Orioles got an impressive, and winning, performance from a long reliever. Todd Frohwirth (5-2) duplicated Dave Johnson's four-inning, two-hit effort of the night before.
For good measure Frohwirth threw in five strikeouts. Overall, he finished with 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Rangers. He entered the game last night with nobody out in the fifth inning, the Orioles losing 3-2 and a runner on third base.
Frohwirth proceeded to go through the heart of the Texas lineup, sandwiching a strikeout of Juan Gonzalez with soft ground balls off the bats of Ruben Sierra and Kevin Reimer.
Gregg Olson survived a mild scare in the ninth to record his 26th save of the season.
* THIS 'N THAT: Rafael Palmeiro's pinch-single in the sixth broke an 0-for-16 streak against the Orioles. The Rangers' club record streak of 14 straight games with at least one home run came to an end.
The Orioles finished the road trip with a 2-6 record, winning the last two. They were 9-3 against Texas for the year, losing only to Nolan Ryan.
Today is an off day, with the two division leaders due at Memorial Stadium the next six days. Minnesota opens a three-game series tomorrow night, and Toronto comes in Monday.