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September 24, 2011

Ex-Orioles make playoffs (with lineups)

Last night, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers clinched playoff berths, meaning several 2010 and 2011 Orioles will now be heading on to this year’s postseason.

I’m particularly excited for Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz and extra coach John Shelby, good men who were uncertain where they were going once they lost their positions with the Orioles last winter. Milwaukee’s new manager, Ron Roenicke, grabbed both, and they have had an excellent run.

A third member of Dave Trembley’s staff last year, former third base coach and interim manager Juan Samuel, is on the postseason-bound Philadelphia Phillies staff, as is former Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo. Trembley, a minor league instructor with the Atlanta Braves, also is with an organization that likely will be in the playoffs.

As for players, David Hernandez, who was somewhat bummed to leave the only organization he knew when he was dealt by the Orioles to the Diamondbacks for Mark Reynolds in December, will get to experience the playoffs as a key setup man. And Michael Gonzalez and Koji Uehara are part of the Rangers’ bullpen after midseason trades.

Another 2010 Orioles reliever, Matt Albers, might get to the postseason, too, if the Boston Red Sox hang on to the wild card.

One quick Orioles note: Tommy Hunter threw a bullpen session and said his right groin feels good and that he expects to start Monday. That, of course, will be up to the athletic training staff and manager Buck Showalter.

Here are the lineups for Saturday’s game:

Orioles: Angle 7, Hardy 6, Markakis 9, Guerrero DH, Wieters 2, Jones 8, Reynolds 3, Davis 5, Andino 4. Guthrie 1.

Tigers: Jackson 8, Ordonez 9, Young 7, Cabrera 3, Martinez DH, Avila 2, Peralta 6, Raburn 4, Kelly 5. Verlander 1

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:05 PM | | Comments (3)


I'm glad that David Hernandez went to an organization that taught him how to pitch at the major league level.

Do not forget Alberto Castillo, who I doubt will be on the 25 man roster for the playoffs but has been pitching down the stretch. If they win the WS, it would be an amazing feet. Actually just being in the playoffs is amazing.

Players and coaches alike will rebound and thrive in an environment where there is no contamination or disease as such is the case here. It's only reasonable to expect. It's unquestionably Dr. Buck's supreme challenge.

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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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