April 2007 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Thorne Says He Was Wrong About Sock
Gary Thorne, who calls games for the Mid Atlantic Sports Network, found himself in a controversy over comments he made about Curt Schilling during Wednesday's game between the Orioles and Red Sox. Thorne said on the air that Boston catcher Doug Mirabelli had told him that the blood on Schilling's sock during the 2004 American League Championship Series was fake, more a publicity stunt than badge of courage. One day later -- after another chat with Mirabelli -- Thorne attempted to stifle the furor by admitting that he was wrong. "He said one thing, and I heard something else," said Thorne of the earlier conversation, which happened a year or two ago. "I reported what I heard and what I honestly felt was said. Having talked with him today, there's no doubt in my mind that's not what he said [and] that's not what he meant. "He explained why in the context of the sarcasm and the jabbing that goes on in the clubhouse, [and] that I understand. I took it as something serious, and it wasn't."
Orioles Place Williamson On 15-Day DL
Orioles right-hander Scott Williamson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday because of tightness in his right triceps tendon. He left Monday night's game against Oakland with tightness in his right arm. Williamson said he felt better on Tuesday, but the Orioles decided he needed the rest.
Orioles Activate Payton
The Orioles on Friday activated outfielder Jay Payton from the 15-day disabled list. Payton, 34, went on the DL on April 1 with a left hamstring strain after a productive spring training. The veteran, who signed a two-year contract with the Orioles in the offseason, hit .354 (17-for-48) with eight RBI in 17 Grapefruit League games.
Orioles Place Wright On 15-Day DL
Jaret Wright is off to a shaky start with the Orioles. The Orioles on Thursday placed the righthander on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with right shoulder soreness. The move came two days after Baltimore removed Wright in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against the Tigers. He suffered the injury after fielding a grounder from Neifi Perez to lead off the frame.
Orioles' Hernandez Goes On 15-Day DL
Catcher Ramon Hernandez was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday by the Baltimore Orioles because of a strained left oblique, and left-hander Kurt Birkins was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.
Jeter Shoves A-Rod Back On Field For Curtain Call
Alex Rodriguez made the Yankees forget Kei Igawa's forgettable debut. A-Rod hit a grand slam off Chris Ray with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Yankees a memorable 10-7 victory over the Orioles on Saturday. Rodriguez homered twice, doubled and drove in six runs. Two days earlier, he popped out with the bases loaded to end the eighth in a 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay, a performance reminiscent of his October flop. Igawa left after five mediocre innings trailing 7-3.
Ripken And Gwynn To Join TBS
SI.com has learned that Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. have agreed to join TBS as analysts for the cable network's major league baseball package. A formal announcement is expected Thursday in New York City. Ripken has signed a multiyear deal and will serve as the cable network's top studio analyst alongside host Ernie Johnson for coverage of the 2007 Division Series games and National League Championship Series. Gwynn will partner with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray on TBS' No. 1 broadcast team. He and Caray will call this year's Division Series and NLCS. Both Gwynn and Ripken are expected to make their TBS debut July 1 for coverage of the MLB All-Star Selection Show.