Slumping Cabrera to work on delivery

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June 12, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER

BOSTON -- Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz is attributing Daniel Cabrera's struggles the past two outings to problems with his delivery, which has affected the movement on his two-seam fastball.

In his past two outings, Cabrera has allowed 12 earned runs and 15 hits spanning 11 innings, squandering three-run leads in each outing. After allowing six earned runs to the Boston Red Sox in the series opener Tuesday, Cabrera said he's having problems getting his two-seam fastball down in the zone.

"He hasn't been as consistent with his delivery as it had been," Kranitz said. "And that's why we're seeing a little bit of the [problems] that have popped up the last few times out. He's not driving the ball down like he did. ... Sometimes guys go through little spells. I'm not worried about him."

Kranitz said that he's planning on showing Cabrera video of his complete-game performance against the Kansas City Royals from May so that he can see how his delivery looked then. Orioles manager Dave Trembley also said that he and Kranitz will tell Cabrera to throw his changeup and slider more in his next bullpen session, but the Orioles don't want him to change too much.

"The fastball is still his bread and butter," Kranitz said. "He can be a one-pitch pitcher if he uses his breaking ball at the right times. That's what he was pretty much earlier this season."

Interest in Broussard

The Orioles are interested in left-handed-hitting first baseman Ben Broussard, who was released by the New York Yankees, but only if he'd accept a spot with Triple-A Norfolk.

Broussard, a seven-year veteran with a .263 career average, is mulling several options and should decide within the next 24 hours where he will sign, said his agent, Darek Braunecker.

The Orioles offered Broussard a minor league deal last month after he was released by the Texas Rangers, but the 31-year-old signed with the Yankees.

Good signs

The Orioles agreed to terms with L.J. Hoes, an outfielder out of St. John's High in Washington who was their third-round draft pick last week. He is one of 20 picks that have agreed to terms.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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