June 2005 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Pitcher Steve Kline Earns Four Game Suspension
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Kline received a four game suspension and was fined an undisclosed amount for aggressive actions during a June 27th game versus the New York Yankees. Kline was called for a balk during the eighth inning. He angrily protested the call, made by home plate umpire Marty Foster, and had to be restrained by first base coach Rick Dempsey and manager Lee Mazzili. Kline was ejected from that game and the Yankees went on to defeat the Orioles 6-4. The suspension will begin this evening unless the decision is appealed. Should that happen it would be held until the appeals process is complete. Last night?s game versus the Yanks was postponed due to rain. A makeup date has not yet been announced. The Orioles face the Cleveland Indians tonight at Camden Yards.
Marlins Are Shopping Burnett To Baltimore And Another AL Club
The Florida Marlins are considering trading righthander A.J. Burnett in a blockbuster move that would alter the pennant races in both leagues, Sporting News has learned. The Marlins are engaged in preliminary discussions about Burnett with the Orioles and a second, unidentified American League club. Their goal in trading Burnett, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, would be to obtain three major league parts -- a young starting pitcher, a quality reliever and a lefthanded hitting outfielder. Few teams would be willing to pay such a steep price. The Red Sox, awaiting the return of righthander Curt Schilling, are not currently pursuing a trade for a starting pitcher, be it Burnett or Giants righthander Jason Schmidt. The Yankees could get involved for Burnett if they were willing to trade setup man Tom Gordon and righthander Chien-Ming Wang, but that move could do more harm than good. The Tigers have had past interest in Burnett. The Angels, White Sox and Twins are not believed to be currently interested.
MLB Suspends Orioles Manager Mazzilli Two Games
Well, it seems as if every major league manager must go through his own baseball initiations. Baltimore Orioles skipper Lee Mazilli received his very first suspension Friday, for two games, and was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his behavior during Sunday's 4 - 2 victory at home over the Colorado Rockies. The "inappropriate actions" led to Mazilli's first ejection as a manager since taking over the job at the beginning of last year, and stemmed from a close-call foul ball off the bat of third baseman Chris Gomez in the sixth inning. Replays showed the ball indeed going going wide of the left-field foul pole, but this did not stop Mazilli from making an animated appearance.
Orioles Manager Lee Mazilli Does Not Deem It Necessary To Add Anyone
At 41- 27, things are a lot better than they were at the same time last year for the Baltimore Orioles, that much is clear. They still hold the division lead in the AL East. And, with Miguel Tejada and "Pleasant Surprise Of The Year" Brian Roberts heading the charge, they are at or near the top of the AL rankings in just about every offensive category. Their bullpen has done mostly an exceptional job, and their team ERA is at 4.10 to this point in the year. Not bad so far. But why, you ask, am I rattling off this list of statistics? Well, in spite of it all, there has been a continuing rally cry --by fans and local sportswriters alike -- for the Orioles to go out and get a big-name player or two to strengthen their chances of their first postseason since 1997. In particular, a top-tier No. 1 starter, and maybe also an outfielder or first baseman. All of this is not new strategy; why rest on your laurels, embracing complacency, when your ballclub can be better, and stronger? Fine. But manager Lee Mazilli does not deem any trades or acquisitions necessary... yet. And this writer, for one, is inclined to agree with the man.
Wilson Would Like A Trade To A Contender
The Baltimore Orioles called the Rockies on Wednesday morning, wanting to know if center fielder Preston Wilson was still available. A few hours later, Wilson became more attractive, not just to the Orioles, but the Nationals and possibly the Braves and Cubs, after admitting he would be receptive to playing a corner outfield spot for a contender. "Of course I would like to play center field," Wilson said. "But I would definitely entertain moving in the right situation. No question." The Orioles haven't gone any further than expressing interest in Wilson, who trails on their wish list to the Mets' Mike Cameron and Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff. The Orioles are shopping reliever Jorge Julio, but haven't told the Rockies whom they would consider unloading for Wilson. Washington continues pursuing Wilson, searching for a compromise beyond parting with pitcher Zach Day. The Nationals will not trade outfielder Ryan Church and the Rockies won't accelerate talks unless Washington is willing to absorb at least $3.5 million of Wilson's remaining salary. Wilson can veto a deal to the Nationals. "People want to know why I am not kicking and screaming to get out of here, and it's because I'd like to think I am a better person than that," Wilson said. "When it's time to go, they will tell me."
Orioles Acquire Marrero From Kansas City
The Baltimore Orioles traded Class-A infielder Pete Maestrales to the Kansas City Royals for utility man Eli Marrero on Wednesday. Marrero is batting .159 with 4 RBI?s in 32 games so far this season, but with an injury-plagued Oriole lineup, he may need to contribute immediately. "I'm pretty excited we acquired him," Manager Lee Mazzilli said. "He's definitely going to be a boost to this team."
Roberts To Undergo MRI On Right Shoulder
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will undergo an MRI Friday on his right shoulder after missing the last two games with a strained rotator cuff, The Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. Baltimore is already without Javy Lopez (broken right hand), Larry Bigbie (left hamstring), Luis Matos (broken right ring finger) and Erik Bedard (left knee MCL), all of whom are currently on the disabled list. According to The Sun, Roberts left the team before Thursday's game against the Red Sox and will be examined by orthopedist Dr. Charles Silberstein in Baltimore. "I don't think it's any better," Mazzilli told MLB.com. "We want to have the doctor check it out and see where we're at. I would say, in all probability, he won't be playing this weekend, but we'll see what the doc says [Friday]."
Sox Win On Ortiz's Three-Run Walk Off
David Ortiz hit a three-run homer on a full count with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. The Orioles took the lead in the top of the ninth without hitting a ball out of the infield against Keith Foulke (3-3), scoring the tiebreaking run when Rafael Palmeiro beat out a potential double-play ball. But Mark Bellhorn reached on an infield single to third with one out in the bottom half and, with two outs, Edgar Renteria bunted for a single.