Lopez battery gets recharged

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Perlozzo pairs backup catcher, R. Lopez again

Cabrera at Bowie

May 31, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO | ROCH KUBATKO,SUN REPORTER

His Opening Day starter finally won a game last week, and Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo wasn't going to fool with success. He would pair Rodrigo Lopez with the same catcher and hope for a repeat. The monotony would be welcomed.

Javy Lopez was behind the plate again last night, just as he was for Rodrigo Lopez's most recent outing in Seattle, when the right-hander tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings and held the Mariners to two hits in a 2-0 victory. Last night he allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings of a 7-5 win.

Before the two starts, he hadn't won since the opener, going 0-7 with two no-decisions. The reunion brought the desired results.

"There were a lot of positive comments from Rodrigo in the paper about how well they worked together," Perlozzo said before last night's game.

"If it works again this time, it would actually fall again so that Sunday would be a day Javy could catch again. If it doesn't, then we'll go right back with Ramon [Hernandez] and he's the starting catcher."

Cabrera to test shoulder

Daniel Cabrera will make an injury rehab start at Double-A Bowie tonight, the next step in getting him back into the Orioles' rotation.

Cabrera remains on the disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder. It's possible he could make his next start for the Orioles, but that depends on how he fares tonight.

"I'd like to hope that's the case," Perlozzo said. "If he can get a good five innings in relatively easy or with no problem, then I would think he could come back."

`Beat-up' Gibbons stays out

Back with the team after missing Sunday's game to attend his mother's funeral, right fielder Jay Gibbons remained out of the lineup because of injuries suffered in Anaheim, Calif.

Gibbons left Friday's game after slamming into the stands in foul ground trying to cut off Vladimir Guerrero's drive that went for an inside-the-park homer.

"He's still sore," Perlozzo said. "He worked out earlier and he's still a little beat-up. We'll take him day by day."

And the starter is ...

John Halama is the front-runner to start Saturday's game against the New York Yankees. The Orioles might option Adam Loewen to Bowie if Halama is the choice.

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