Scott authors successful first chapter

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

April 08, 2008|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER

Luke Scott lined a single into left field yesterday, his seventh hit in the past three games. Then he wrote about it to make sure he remembered every detail.

Hearkening back to a lesson he learned in the Cleveland Indians' system after being drafted in 2001, Scott keeps a brown notepad in the Orioles' dugout during every game so he can record his at-bats for research purposes. He marks down the date and opponent, what the starting pitcher normally threw and what he saw each time he came to the plate. He'll list the pitches in sequence, the locations, anything that might enable him to gain an advantage.

"I have some good stuff from last year in there, too," he said, pulling the book out of his locker. "My quality at-bats, runners in scoring position, situational hitting. It just gives me an idea what to do."

Scott also drew a walk yesterday, leaving his average at .500 for the homestand. He struggled at the plate for most of the spring, but he's been a different hitter in Baltimore.

"My timing is much better," he said. "I'm getting more repetitions, and in big league stadiums, you see the ball much better. And you start figuring some things out, start fine-tuning some things in your swing. And fortunately for me, I've been getting strikes. And when I get them, I haven't been missing them. I'm taking good, smooth swings. Not too hard."

Pretty soon, he might start receiving as much attention as the other two players in the outfield -- Nick Markakis and Adam Jones. He's pretty much been the "other guy."

"That's fine with me," he said. "I don't really care about all that. I just want to do my job the best I can. I don't need fame. I'm a simple guy. I like things quiet. And this game's humbling. Things can change just like that."

Wait almost over

Scott Moore was supposed to receive his first start during the homestand, but manager Dave Trembley didn't want to disturb the lineup after Sunday's come-from-behind win. That left Moore waiting another day.

Moore, who has two at-bats in six games, is slated to start at third base today against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. He'll start at second base Thursday and at first base Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Paper weight

Trembley held a team meeting yesterday that lasted about 25 minutes and allowed him to go over some administrative paperwork with his players. He canceled batting practice, which gave him time to relay various rules and policies instilled by Major League Baseball after having them translated into Spanish.

"It's all about clubhouse accessibility, cell phones in the clubhouse, computers, who can be on the field. You have to wear Major League Baseball-approved shirts when you're out there," he said. "They had to sign them and turn them back in to me, and now I have to send the copies back and get them filed.

"There's a lot of new issues now, who you can have in the clubhouse and who you can't. I had to tell guys during batting practice that you can't have friends running around out there. And they don't want cell phones in the clubhouse up to an hour before the game. Players are not supposed to be using their cell phones or reading on the computer."

Hardly the stuff that Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver had to worry about.

"I told them, `I waited all this time to get an opportunity to manage in the big leagues, and who would think I'd basically have to be a notary?' " Trembley said.

Around the horn

Yesterday's game originally was scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. before being changed to 3:05 p.m. under MLB rules. A game must start before 5:05 p.m. if a team is traveling more than 1 1/2 hours afterward to play the next afternoon. ... Thursday's game against Tampa Bay that was postponed because of rain has been rescheduled for Sept. 23 at 5:05 p.m. as part of a doubleheader.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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