Roch around the clock

The Kickoff

April 14, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

I suggest another drinking game: Instead of a margarita for every one of Daniel Cabrera's walks, how about downing one each time Leo Mazzone stops rocking back and forth in the dugout? That ought to limit your consumption.

I love reader John Palmer's idea of suggested song titles for Cabrera: "I Walk the Line" (Johnny Cash), "Walking the Floor Over You" (Ernest Tubb), "Walk Like an Egyptian" (The Bangles), "Walk This Way" (Aerosmith), "Walking in Memphis" (Marc Cohn), "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" (traditional hymn).

Anyone remember who did "Walking on Sunshine"? Was it Katrina and the Waves?

Here's a fun fact, courtesy of Kevin Behan of the Orioles' public relations department: The only Orioles pitcher to walk 10 or more batters and strike out 10 or more in the same game was Steve Barber, who walked and struck out 11 on Aug. 13, 1961. But that was over 11 innings.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a major league pitcher walked at least nine and struck out at least nine was Tim Wakefield for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Opening Day in 1993. He walked nine and struck out nine in 10 innings.

The Orioles continue to theorize that Cabrera is trying too hard, that he presses once he's in a jam and worsens his predicament. Try caring a little less, Daniel. Your stuff can be unhittable without the ball cutting 20 feet outside the strike zone.

This team is having some serious bullpen issues. Didn't see that coming, huh? I know some of you were wondering why the Orioles held onto Jim Brower and sent down Cory Morris. I can't imagine that manager Sam Perlozzo would be comfortable with Morris, Sendy Rleal and Chris Britton on the same 12-man staff.

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