Play It Again

April 13, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC

HAPPY TRAILS

The Orioles are glad they won't see Evan Longoria for a while. Tampa Bay's star third baseman went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs and a stolen base. In the series, Longoria, the American League Rookie of the Year last season, went 7-for-13 with three home runs and five RBIs. He is batting .481 with five homers and 10 RBIs this season.

PLATE BLOCKADE

Orioles catcher Chad Moeller, lauded for his game-calling and throwing skills, proved he can take a hit, too. Looking to score from third on Carl Crawford's fourth-inning single, Gabe Gross was upended by Moeller's left leg and never touched the plate. After Moeller caught Adam Jones' throw from center field, he missed his initial tag attempt on Gross but then made a diving tag before the Ray touched home plate. Moeller was shaken up but stayed in the game.

ON DECK

The Orioles open a three-game series with the Texas Rangers at 8:05 p.m. Monday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington with Koji Uehara (1-0, 1.80) making his second start. He will be opposed by right-hander Vicente Padilla (1-0, 4.76). Padilla is 2-5 with an 8.60 ERA in seven career appearances against the Orioles.

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