Telford summoned from Rochester
Mesa is put on DL with sore elbow
The Baltimore Orioles made a roster move after yesterday's game, recalling pitcher Anthony Telford from the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings to replace Jose Mesa, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Mesa has been bothered by inflammation in his right elbow "that was tender yesterday [Saturday] when he was playing catch in the outfield," manager John Oates said.
Telford made a memorable debut last season, when he one-hit the then-world champion Oakland Athletics for seven innings. He finished the season with a 3-3 record.
He did not make the club this spring and was optioned to Rochester, where he was 12-9 with a 3.95 ERA in 27 games. He leads the International League in victories.
For now, Telford will pitch in long relief, with Mesa's scheduled start tonight going to Dave Johnson.
"Johnson deserves a chance to start. He has pitched well against this club [the Toronto Blue Jays]," said Oates. "This is the way it will be until something else comes up."
The veteran was not reading too much into the switch.
"The only thing I know is I'm starting instead of throwing in the bullpen," Johnson said. "I'll go as long as I can go. It's been too screwed-up of a year to think anything else." Although he may not start tonight against Blue Jays left-hander Jimmy Key, Joe Orsulak probably will have a chance to break the Orioles record for hitting streaks during this series.
He extended his streak to 21 games with two hits yesterday, one short of the record shared by Eddie Murray and Doug DeCinces.
"Sure, I think about it," said Orsulak. "But I don't dwell on it. I would take pride in the accomplishment. It would mean a lot to me."
This season, only two players, Brett Butler (23) of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Brian McRae (22) of the Kansas City Royals, have had longer streaks.
Orsulak has batted .385 during his surge, raising his average from .245 to .275.
Tough luck for Milacki
Bob Milacki has been pitching excellent baseball . . . with nothing to show for it.
But Milacki isn't complaining despite three straight starts in which he has gone into the seventh inning or later having allowed two runs or fewer and hasn't won.
"I feel like I'm doing my job," he said. "I can't argue with the runs they're giving me. I'm out there to keep us as close as I can, and I'm not in control of what happens afterward."
Milacki went seven one-run innings Saturday night, leaving with a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen allowed four runs in the ninth and the Orioles lost.
"I had probably my best fastball, and I didn't have to throw a whole lot of breaking balls," he said. "I'm throwing them all for the strikes, and I think I'm pitching a little better now than in 1989. I'm not trying to strike out guys, but I am."
He needs to play
Oates said third baseman Craig Worthington, who is recovering from a pulled hamstring, needs to play baseball somewhere.
"I don't know how close he is, but there won't be anyplace to go on a rehab assignment," said Oates. Minor-league regular seasons have one week left. "So I think he should go to the Instructional League or to winter ball."
Another option is to come to Memorial Stadium and begin
Saturday night's game marked the 10th time the Orioles have had the lead in the seventh or later and lost, and the 18th time they have lost in the opponent's final at-bat. . . . The Twins finished with a lifetime record of 86-121 at Memorial Stadium. . . . The Orioles will surpass the 2 million mark in home attendance tonight. They are at 1,986,269 through 61 dates and will match 1989 for the earliest to reach 2 million.