Healthy return for Mora

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

He drives in go-ahead run after missing 2 games

May 17, 2008|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter

Orioles manager Dave Trembley posted his lineup yesterday and advised reporters to keep an eraser handy.

Trembley wasn't sure if Melvin Mora would make it through batting practice after being scratched the previous two games because of a sore right shoulder that required a cortisone injection Wednesday. But Mora felt good enough to play, as did catcher Ramon Hernandez, who hadn't been behind the plate in a week because of a sore left wrist.

Mora went from health riddle to hero, delivering the go-ahead run in the fifth inning with a double that scored Brian Roberts. He also walked in the third to load the bases before Nick Markakis' fielder's choice grounder, which, along with the ensuing error on Washington Nationals second baseman Felipe Lopez, brought in two runs and tied the score.

"I thought Mora played a heck of a ballgame tonight," Trembley said.

Dunn subs for Kranitz

With Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz away from the team for a few days, the responsibilities have changed for Alan Dunn. So has his vantage point.

While Kranitz attends his daughter's college graduation, Dunn has left the bullpen to serve as acting pitching coach until tomorrow.

"We talked before he left, as far as the plan for the hitters when we're facing them and put together the scouting report on them, and we give it to the guys and they take it out there and execute it," Dunn said. "It should be a smooth transition. Obviously, it has to do with us continuing to do what we've done as a staff and go out and execute pitches."

Dunn served as a pitching coach at every level of the minors during his 14 years in the Chicago Cubs' system, so the job isn't foreign to him. It's just the first time he's done it in the majors.

Run of not running

Roberts still leads the club in stolen bases, but he hasn't done much running lately.

Roberts has swiped one base in his past 15 games. He has made only two attempts.

"I guess I just haven't had as many opportunities to run. I've always said that things like that come in spurts," he said. "My legs are fine."

Around the horn

Trembley said he'll reveal how his rotation is set up for next week after tomorrow's game, once Kranitz has returned. ... Trembley also indicated he'll "soon" give Alex Cintron a start at shortstop.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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