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February 24, 2009

Orioles: Wieters first PA

Matt Wieters batted in a competitive situation for the first time in the second inning of the game against the Italian national team. He walked on five pitches.

"I guess the word on him has gotten back to Italy,'' said Orioles announcer Joe Angel, who is watching from the stands.

Troy Patton pitched the second inning. He threw 19 pitches, 11 for strikes, and gave up a hit and a walk. Brian Matusz threw 20 pitches in the first inning, 14 for strikes.

The focus here is almost entirely on the parade of young pitchers the Orioles will send to the moudn today, but -- for the record -- Lou Montanez stroked a sharp one-hopper through the right side in the second inning for the first O's hit in the game..

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:30 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Just baseball


hopefully no one will write in complaining about the number of pitches per inning.

Do the Italian players flop dramatically on an inside pitch?

I don't imagine there's a French national team? Their infielders would face the wrong direction and they would refuse to hit anything.

And, do they actually save Mike Flanagan a seat at managerial meetings, or is he forced to always roll in an extra chair?


First Joe Angel reference of the spring. Can't wait to hear his voice!

Just saw the WBC rosters today from MLB. Lou Montanez is indeed on the PR team in a pretty star-studded OF. If he starts it would likely be with Carlos Beltran in center and Alex Rios in right. Quite the combination of speed, power, and average there.

So, with that said, if Lou is getting his starts with the PR team, does Reimold figure to get a considerable amount of AB's as a backup to Pie?

Pete's reply: I don't know what the plan is there. Luke Scott also is in the outfield mix and so is Freel.

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