Roch Around the Clock

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May 07, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

I'm not condemning the man after one start, but it doesn't seem to make much sense to keep Brian Burres in the Orioles' rotation when he's been so effective coming out of the bullpen, and when you'd be lucky to get more than five innings out of him anyway. Time to end that experiment.

Burres was charged with five runs and allowed seven hits in 3 2/3 innings yesterday. He threw 78 pitches, only 42 for strikes. He struck out the side in the first and didn't get another strikeout after that.

I'd stay with Jeremy Guthrie unless he implodes. And I'd look for another starter, either on the waiver wire, through a trade or at Triple-A, which is what the Orioles are doing. Keep Burres in the bullpen where he's most useful.

This is what manager Sam Perlozzo said about Burres and Guthrie before the game: "For right now, I can't really say anything other than we'll see how they do, and if we have to go to other plans, then we'll do that afterwards, but I think they deserve a shot to go ahead and do it. It'd be a great boost for us if they could come on in, step in and fill the gaps that we need. We'll see how they do, but I feel OK about it."

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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