Friday, July 6, 2007

Burres Torched, Palmer Gives a Helping Hand, O's Lose to the White Sox 11-6..

Brian Buress has been an unexpected source of strength for the Orioles. Summoned to the rotation after stints in long relief, he’s done relatively well and has kept the team in ball games.

Well, on Thursday, there was a change to the script. Up against the powerful, but very disappointing White Sox, Buress got hit hard – real hard.

The White Sox, in the end, thanks to a big night by Tadahito Iguchi and Jermaine Dye’s three-run homer, they beat the Orioles, 11-6.

Brian Burres got roasted, toasted and burnt to a crisp, as he allowed seven runs, all earned, on six hits, in a little more of an inning of work. He gave up 5 runs in the first inning, and got tagged for 2 more in the second.

He was then sent to the showers early.

The Orioles did get on board and showed their offense might thanks to 2 RBI’s by Nick Markakis, a 2-run homer by the suddenly hot Corey Patterson, and runs driven in by Brian Roberts and Freddie Bynum.

Kurt Birkins came into the game relieving and looked strong until the 6th where Jose Uribe hit a 2-run homer and Jim Thome drove in a run.

The Orioles split the 4-game series with the White Sox and head to Texas for three games before the All-Star Break.

Oriole Magic's Heather Irvin has a preview of the series down in the Lone Star State...


The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Examiner, and Washington Post have a recap of the game last night.

Oriole broadcaster and Hall of Famer, Jim Palmer stopped by the bullpen last night to help Daniel Cabrera (alongside Leo Mazzone watching) with his mechanics and gave him advice as to how he could improve. In light of Cabrera’s struggles, he leads the team in innings pitched, and has looked brilliant at times. I know there has been some clamor to have him traded, but for now, considering his age, physical build and potential, he should stay. I don’t know if a trip to minors may help him, or the organization just sticks with him and lets him go at it in the majors, but the team cannot release him at any cost.

The O, By the Way Blog has more on Palmer’s visit, as does the Orioles MLB site, and the Washington Post.

Roch Kubatko has more Oriole news, this time about what is going on with certain players on the farm teams.

The Baltimore Examiner has a profile on Garrett Olson and other pitchers within the lower levels of the organization, along with Nathan Nery.

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