Majewski's first start produces first hit


Call-up from Double-A is `relieved and happy'

Anderson gets send-off


August 22, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Less than 24 hours after expressing relief for getting his first major league at-bat out of the way, Orioles outfielder Val Majewski unloaded even more baggage yesterday.

Majewski, whose contract was purchased from Double-A Bowie on Wednesday when starting left fielder Larry Bigbie went on the disabled list, got his first major league start, notched his first major league hit and scored his first major league run in the Orioles' 10-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I am just happy to get the first one over with," said Majewski, who started in right field. "I was just relieved and happy that I hit the ball hard."

In the fifth inning, Majewski, 23, who was drafted out of Rutgers University in the third round of the 2002 draft, hit the first pitch from Toronto starter Dave Bush back up the middle. The ball ricocheted off Bush's leg toward third base, and Majewski reached without drawing a throw.

He was congratulated by Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado.

"He smiled at me and I smiled back, but I tried to not get too excited because we were losing," said Majewski, whose parents had planned to watch him play at Double-A Bowie this weekend, but happily diverted their trip to Camden Yards. "After a couple of innings, I started to become more comfortable instead of letting my nerves take over."

Majewski, who was given a rousing ovation after he flied out to the warning track in his first major league at-bat on Friday, came around to score on David Newhan's single. For the game, he was 1-for-4 and handled three balls cleanly in right field.

"He's handled himself well," said Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli. "At the plate and in the outfield, he looked comfortable."

Majewski was in right field in place of the slumping Jay Gibbons, who is 3-for-24 since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 10.

"When you're out that length of time, it's normal to try to jump on the bandwagon," Mazzilli said of Gibbons. "If you don't, it compounds [the slump]. He needs a game where he plays well and gets a couple of hits."

Anderson, Tyler honored

Saying it was his biggest regret from his 14-year Orioles career, Brady Anderson finally got an opportunity to say goodbye to the fans, who in turn saluted one of the most popular players in the organization's history.

Anderson and longtime umpires attendant Ernie Tyler were inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in a short pre-game ceremony yesterday. Anderson was presented by Cal Ripken, whom Anderson called his mentor and his best friend in baseball. Tyler was introduced by Jim Palmer.

Getting a chance for a proper sendoff "was huge," said Anderson, who was released in 2001 after a season in which he hit .202. "I never thought my last game would come unexpectedly, but it did. I mean, I thought I'd outlast Syd Thrift, but I didn't. ... This was great. I was really overwhelmed. It is really important to me to have my place among Oriole greats."

Anderson, 40, who has been out of baseball since he was released from the San Diego Padres' Triple-A affiliate last year, isn't ruling out a comeback.

"I think about it all the time," he said. "There are certain places I'd definitely go play in the minor leagues to try and make a comeback and there's certain places I wouldn't go play."

Tyler, 80, the recipient of the Herb Armstrong Award, given to non-uniformed personnel who've made a significant contribution to the club, community or sport of baseball, hasn't missed an Orioles home game since starting on Opening Day in 1960, a span of 3,587 straight games.

"This is unbelievable that something like this happened to me," said Tyler. "It's a tremendous honor."

Around the horn

The Orioles signed 2004 draft picks Kyle Schmidt, a right-handed pitcher from University of South Florida; Samuel Basta, a left-handed pitcher from Marquette High School in Missouri; and Clifton Turner, an outfielder from CCBC Catonsville, and will assign them to the team's instructional league in the fall. ... Yesterday was the 1,000th game in the history of Camden Yards. ... The victory allowed the Blue Jays to clinch their first road series win since June 18-20, at San Diego. ... Blue Jays second baseman Orlando Hudson has nine multi-hit games in his past 11 starts.

Orioles today

Opponent: Toronto Blue Jays

Site: Camden Yards

Time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 54/WBAL (1090 AM)

Starters: Blue Jays' Justin Miller (1-2, 4.70) vs. Orioles' Erik Bedard (5-7, 4.33)

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