Orioles to skip Cabrera's turn in rotation

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April 28, 2005|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

BOSTON - Because of yesterday's rainout, Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said right-hander Daniel Cabrera, who was scheduled to start the series finale against the Boston Red Sox, will have his spot in the rotation skipped.

Cabrera's next scheduled start is Tuesday at home against the Toronto Blue Jays - 11 days after his last start. Cabrera (1-1, 7.65 ERA) walked six and gave up five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on Friday against the Blue Jays, though he didn't factor in the decision.

"This has nothing personal to do with Daniel," said Orioles pitching coach Ray Miller. "We would have done the same thing with any of the starters. ... You can't push back all five guys and pitch them once a week."

That means Erik Bedard will open the three-game series tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays against Hideo Nomo. Sidney Ponson will pitch Saturday, followed by Bruce Chen on Sunday.

"I'm OK," Cabrera said. "That can give me time to work on my mechanics with Ray Miller. I should be all right for my next start."

Cabrera will throw on the side "two or three" times before his next start. He's been working with Miller on his delivery.

"We need to work on a lot of things," Miller said. " ... His high [leg] kick is too slow and his low kick is too fast. He is [6 feet 7]. That's a lot to get together."

Sosa was to sit

Mazzilli had planned to give Sammy Sosa, 36, his first day off this season before the game was canceled because of the rain. B.J. Surhoff, a lifetime .270 hitter against Boston's scheduled starter, Tim Wakefield, was supposed to start in his place.

"Today was a good time to give Sammy the day off, give him 2 1/2 days off before the next game," Mazzilli said.

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