Flat Breezy time
Obviously, George Sherrill has some kind of intangible leadership quality that affects the entire pitching staff. He comes off the disabled list and the Orioles string together three solid relief performances -- none of them by Sherrill -- in last night's 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Manager Dave Trembley said Sherrill would not be available to pitch until tonight's series opener against the Minnesota Twins, but just having him on the active roster seemed to bouy his teammates. Maybe it's the hat.
Newcomer Brian Bass made his first major league start and got the Orioles into the fifth inning. Lance Cormier pitched three innings of one-hit middle relief. Jamie Walker and Jim Miller closed it out, with Miller successfully handling the Orioles first ninth-inning save situation since before Sherrill went on the DL.
How else do you explain it? Flat Breezy is back.