Play It Again -- Twins 7, Orioles 2

April 05, 2007|By DAN CONNOLLY

Weak bats

After scoring four runs on seven hits in six innings against defending Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana on Monday, the Orioles mustered just four runs and 12 hits in their next 21 innings against Twins pitching. The team is hitting a collective .192 in 99 at-bats.

Mistakes

The Orioles made one error in their first two games - although the official scorer could have charged three more against the club. In Game 3, they committed three. Third baseman Melvin Mora booted a grounder, center fielder Corey Patterson threw a ball wildly and left fielder Jay Gibbons dropped a high foul pop.

Gomez gets in

Infielder Chris Gomez started at first yesterday, becoming the last position player to start a game this season. Kevin Millar, who played the first two games at designated hitter, was on the bench and Aubrey Huff was the starting DH. Gomez had one hit in four at-bats.

Closer junior

Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan was prepared to leave the hospital last night and come to the Metrodome if the Twins needed him to close the game. They didn't, so he stayed with his wife, who gave birth to a girl, Riley Grace, just before 8:30 p.m. Central time.

On deck

The Orioles get an off day today in New York City to lick their wounds before facing the American League East champion Yankees in a three-game series this weekend. Lefty Adam Loewen makes his season debut tomorrow against former Oriole Mike Mussina, who was originally scheduled to pitch today but was pushed back due to a rainout yesterday.

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