Perlozzo meets with O's leaders


`Keep the energy level going,' he says after 10-inning loss

Hawkins missed

September 07, 2006|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Manager Sam Perlozzo saw enough disturbing signs in the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in 10 innings Tuesday that he planned to hold a team meeting before yesterday's series finale.

But Perlozzo slept on it and decided to meet just with his catcher and starting infielders, a group that includes several team leaders. Perlozzo spoke with Ramon Hernandez, Kevin Millar, Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada and Melvin Mora for about 15 minutes, urging them to stay positive and play within themselves.

"We just talked about making sure we're all on the same page with what we're doing," Perlozzo said. "They're the veteran guys. We told them to keep the energy level going and keep helping everybody out until we get Corey [Patterson] back and [LaTroy] Hawkins back."

Perlozzo wouldn't get into specifics, but it was clear a night earlier that the team's execution - offensively and defensively - in several areas bothered him.

"There was a little confusion on a couple things," he said. "We just wanted to clear it up. I felt like there was no reason to bring the whole ballclub in on something that wasn't there. I feel like we're playing hard, but we sometimes try to do a little more than we need to do.

"The good thing is that everyone's trying to pick up the slack. ... Each guy has got to stick to his own job. You can't do two guys' jobs."

The Orioles lost in the 10th when Adam Kennedy hit a three-run homer off reliever Julio Manon. With men on first and second and no outs, Kennedy fouled off a bunt attempt on Manon's first pitch. Thinking that Kennedy was still going to bunt, Manon grooved a fastball that Kennedy pounded into the right-center-field seats.

Hawkins still out

Manon was in the game only because Hawkins was unavailable with a groin injury. Hawkins aggravated the injury in Texas, breaking to first on Matt Stairs' grounder.

Hawkins is expected to see a team doctor when the club returns home from its road trip.

Perlozzo backs Trebelhorn

Perlozzo and several Orioles said that third base coach Tom Trebelhorn made the right call in waving home David Newhan, who was trying to score the go-ahead run from second on Roberts' shallow single in the 10th inning Tuesday night. Angels left fielder Chone Figgins threw out Newhan by several steps.

"You have to take a shot at it," Perlozzo said. "Opportunities are few and far between. You have to hope that he makes a bad throw and he didn't. ... You've got to go with two outs."

Spring site proposal

Executive vice president John Angelos appeared before the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., city commissioners yesterday to present the club's plan for a renovated spring training home. The complex, which also would include space for high school and recreational sports and community activities, would cost $37 million.

The club is seeking funding from the state, county and city governments to help pay for the project. City commissioners yesterday agreed only to contribute the cost of the land, which Mayor Jim Naugle valued at $2.5 million. The Orioles would like the city to apply for $15 million that the Florida legislature has set aside for cities seeking to upgrade aging spring training facilities.

Roberts honored

Roberts was named as the Orioles' finalist for the 2006 Roberto Clemente Award. The award, which will be announced before Game 3 of the World Series, is given annually to the player who combines outstanding skills on the baseball field with devoted work in the community.

Roberts, who had heart surgery when he was a kid, devotes a lot of time to visiting children's hospitals. He recently hosted an event that raised more than $100,000 for the University of Maryland Hospital for Children.

"It's an honor, but it's not why I do it," said Roberts, who is also the Orioles' nominee for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. "Obviously, Roberto Clemente was an incredible human being. To be thought of as someone who takes [charity work] seriously, that's as important to me as anything else."

Lefty on the way?

The Orioles are considering calling up left-handed reliever Brian Burres if catcher Chris Widger (pinched nerve) is put on the 60-day disabled list.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel contributed to this article.

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