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Orioles

Young Rotation Could Reverse Downard Spiral

January 01, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

Their average age is only 24, but the foreseeable future of the Orioles' organization rides on the throwing arms of Erik Bedard, Daniel Cabrera, Adam Loewen and Hayden Penn.

Club officials are banking on the young pitching quartet to grow up together under the tutelage of coach Leo Mazzone - who helped develop a pitching dynasty in Atlanta - and lead the Orioles back to contention in the American League East. But how long will an Orioles fan base that has grown increasingly disenchanted have to wait?

Bedard, the oldest of the group at 28, showed signs of emerging as an ace last season, winning 15 games. Cabrera is coming off a disappointing season, but brilliance occasionally shone through his wildness, as in his final outing when he came within two outs of no-hitting the New York Yankees. Loewen also had his best moments of a surprising rookie season against the Yankees, while Penn struggled mightily.

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