July 2007 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Cubs Lose Interest In Payton?
The Cubs' interest in Orioles outfielder Jay Payton has cooled due to the revival of center fielder Jacque Jones since the All-Star break. Angel Pagan is the Cubs' right-handed hitting option in center while Mark DeRosa plays right against left-handers, further reducing the need for Payton.
Record HOF Crowd Salutes Ripken, Gwynn
Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn took their place in baseball's shrine Sunday, saluted as much for their Hall of Fame careers as their character off the field. Commissioner Bud Selig and a record crowd came to cheer them and all that was good about the game. A continent away, a different scene played out. Barry Bonds failed to tie the home run record, a chase tainted by his surly nature and a steroids investigation. Ripken and Gwynn sensed that poignant counterpoint on their induction day.
Orioles And Yankees Deny Damon Trade Rumor
A small buzz was created inside the Yankees' clubhouse yesterday afternoon when players were asked about the possibility of Johnny Damon and Kyle Farnsworth being shipped across the hall to the Orioles with the Yankees getting reliever Danys Baez, outfielder Corey Patterson and starter Steve Trachsel. However, sources in both camps said there was nothing to such talk.
Ripken, Gwynn To Be Inducted Into HOF Sunday
Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn will take their place among the all-time greats Sunday when they are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Both members of the 3,000-hit club, Ripken and Gwynn received among the highest percentages of votes upon being elected in January.
Dodgers, Angels, Braves, Orioles And Yanks In Teixeira Hunt
The Yankees are hanging around on the periphery of the Mark Teixeira talks, so far balking at Texas' demands for either Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees waited and waited last year for the Phillies to drop their asking price for Bobby Abreu, and they did. The difference now is that several other teams (Dodgers, Angels, Braves, Orioles) are interested in Teixeira, whereas there was little market last year for Abreu, and Texas isn't dealing him solely for financial relief. Like the Yankees, the Red Sox are hanging on the fringes of the Teixeira sweepstakes, monitoring to see if the price drops into a range that makes them feel comfortable. Like almost all contenders, Boston is looking for bullpen and bench help, but they'd happily add Teixeira's bat to the lineup if they could do so without giving up too many of their top prospects.
Millar's Stock Rising
It has become newsworthy when Kevin Millar doesn't get a hit. Millar went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run yesterday, making him 5-for-14 in the series. He has hit safely in 16 of 22 games since June 14, batting .386. Millar remains one of the Orioles' most marketable players as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Each game lately seems to raise his value to a contender. "I'm sure there are a lot of teams that would like a lot of these players that we have out here," Trembley said. "I'm sure with [president of baseball operations] Andy MacPhail being the new guy on the block, some people are going to try to pick his pocket by trying to sneak one by him. I think Andy's probably way too intuitive and way too sharp for that to happen."
Mora Goes On DL
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora was put on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a Grade 1 sprain in his left foot. Outfielder Jon Knott was called up from Class AAA Norfolk to fill the roster spot. It is the third stint in the majors this season for Knott. In three games, he is 3 for 6 with a home run and three RBI.
Orioles Place Mora On 15-Day DL
The Orioles placed third baseman Melvin Mora on the 15-day disabled list with a left mid-foot sprain, the team announced Saturday. The veteran infielder originally suffered the injury on July 1 but aggravated it in Thursday's loss to the White Sox.
Tejada Says He'll Be Back Sooner Than Expected
Injured shortstop Miguel Tejada rejoined the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday and said he expects to return from his broken left wrist more quickly than expected. Team officials said Tejada would miss more than a month when he was put on the disabled list on June 22, but "I can be back sooner," Tejada said. Tejada ran through some drills with the Orioles before the game but did not fully participate. After meeting with a team doctor Wednesday, Tejada ditched the removable splint he had been wearing and wrapped his wrist with tape. At this point, he can't swing a bat, but he expects to be hitting off a tee and playing soft-toss by the weekend.
Teixeira Dropping Hints He Wants To Go To Baltimore
Texas Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira, who'll be eligible for free agency after the 2008 season, is dropping strong hints that he wouldn't mind being traded to Baltimore before then. He grew up in nearby Severna Park as an Orioles fan, and he still roots for the Orioles when they aren't playing his Rangers.