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April 2, 2011

Luke Scott strains groin; Roberts’ quotes on Saturday’s win

One quick piece of injury news from Saturday’s 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Luke Scott, who was pinch-ran for in the seventh inning, left with a strained right groin, the Orioles announced after the game. He is listed as day-to-day.

Earlier, I gave Orioles manager Buck Showalter credit for making such a shrewd move in the seventh – pinch-running Felix Pie for Scott and then leaving Pie in the game in left to make a key throw to save a run in the bottom of the inning.

But apparently Scott was hurting as he pushed out of the batter’s box on a fielder’s choice.

Brian Roberts, whose three-run blast off reliever Jake McGee was the difference in the game, had plenty to say afterward.

Here’s Roberts on his homer:
“I was fortunate, I guess, to have the chance to face him last night. I only saw one pitch, but I at least had an idea and, definitely, you’re just looking for something to hit. I was just trying to put the barrel on it and try to score one and somehow I found the barrel and scored three.”

Here’s Roberts on Nick Markakis’ game-saving catch in the bottom of the ninth: “I have said over and over again it’s a crime that he hasn’t won a Gold Glove by this point. To me, he is the best right fielder in the game. I have watched it for six years. If you didn’t believe me before now, I hope you do now.”

Here’s Roberts on Chris Tillman: “What more can you ask for from your starting pitchers? Chris was as good as I have ever seen him here. I know he has pitched well in the minor leagues before, but I mean that’s as good as I have ever seen him throw the ball. So it is exciting to get off to that kind of start with your starting pitching.”

Lastly, here’s Roberts on winning two early games in a tough place to play for the Orioles: “You start to have flashbacks of other years. You just know how difficult it is to win here. The atmosphere, the way their team sets up, they always play well late in the game. So for us to get two early, in close games, is great.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 10:40 PM | | Comments (2)


Two excellent character building wins so far.. To win these two after our record last year in games we scored 4 or less is huge..

Sorry to see the passing of Lou Gorman whom I worked for and was a class act not noted by this blog.Hope this was just an oversight.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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