Penn pushes 1st start aside


He will pitch against Yanks today, trying to forget about 8-run outing


September 10, 2006|By Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec | Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporters

Hayden Penn isn't letting his first start with the Orioles this season eat away at him.

Penn chooses to put that outing behind him and move forward, a good idea when you're scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees today at Camden Yards.

In his previous start, his first after being recalled from Triple-A Ottawa, Penn was charged with eight runs in two-thirds of an inning in Oakland. A game was lost shortly after it began.

"It was just one day, one of those games," Penn said. "There's not much you can do about it now."

"I'm pretty much washing that one away," manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Unable to change the result, Penn can try to prevent a similar occurrence. After studying videotapes, he noticed that he was "jumping" at the plate when throwing his fastball. He slowed when going to his off-speed stuff.

"I saw a lot of things," he said.

Penn, who was named the organization's Pitcher of the Month for August after going 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in five starts at Ottawa, said his problems weren't related to being nervous. He was supposed to make his 2006 debut with the Orioles in late May but needed an emergency appendectomy.

"It was just one of those days. It happens," he said. "Unfortunately, it happened to me in my first start."

Asked whether he feels like he's competing for a spot in the rotation next season, Penn said: "I'm not thinking anything like that. I'm just trying to go out there and get outs. That's all I want to do."

Said Perlozzo: "That's kind of why he's here, so we can get a good look at him."

On the move

The Orioles informed Major League Baseball last week that they are planning to re-affiliate their Triple-A franchise and move it out of Ottawa, where they have been for the past four years.

However, where the Orioles' Triple-A team plays next season may not be known for several weeks. Teams aren't allowed to start talking to other cities about possible relocation until Sept. 16.

Scranton, Pa., Norfolk, Va., and New Orleans could be possibilities for the Orioles' Triple-A team.

Hernandez may play

Perlozzo has injured catcher Ramon Hernandez's name penciled into today's lineup.

"Penciled," Perlozzo said. "With an eraser."

Hernandez was hit on the left ankle during Friday's game and said it could be "a couple days" before he returns.

"The pain's got to go away," he said.

It's possible that Hernandez could serve as the designated hitter tomorrow against left-hander Randy Johnson.

"If everything goes well, I might be catching," he said.

Bloody nuisance

Reliever Brian Burres has no idea what causes his nose to start bleeding, a problem he's dealt with his entire life, but it tends to happen at really bad times.

Such was the case Friday night when Burres, a 25-year-old left-hander, took the mound in the ninth inning for his major league debut.

"I don't know what it was, but all of a sudden, it started bleeding," said Burres, who surrendered a two-run homer to the Yankees' Craig Wilson. "I guess it was because the juices were flowing, and it was pretty hot. I was trying to hide it as best as possible. Luckily, we were wearing black jerseys."

Burres said it's happened in the past while he was pitching, but Friday was the first time this season.

"It's something that I have to live with," he said. "I'll get it under control and hopefully not have to worry about it."

Around the horn

Alex Rodriguez arrived at the ballpark feeling ill and wasn't in the Yankees' lineup. He had the same symptoms during an earlier visit to Camden Yards this season. ... Single-A Delmarva first baseman Mark Fleisher was named the Orioles organization's Player of the Month for August after batting .330 with eight homers and 30 RBIs.

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