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Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2008-05-24

Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2008-05-24
The Orioles went into St. Petersburg on Friday with some concerns about their hitting, or lack thereof. They had scored one run in their previous two games and knew they would need a lot more than that in their weekend series against the Rays.

"We just haven't been good enough... the guys that are supposed to be doing it offensively are not doing it," Brian Roberts said. "It's guys like me and Nick (Markakis) and some of the other vets who aren't carrying our weight.

"It's not from a lack of effort or preparation or trying. It's just not working out yet. We just have to do a much better job. Guys like Freddie Bynum and Adam Jones and some of the younger guys are doing a good job," Roberts added.

Ironically, both Roberts and Markakis are going through a stretch where they are striking out more than usual.

Roberts has struck out six times in the last five games and 35 times on the season, which is well ahead of his 2007 career high of 99. Only Markakis and rookie Adam Jones had more strikeouts than the Orioles' leadoff batter.

Markakis struck out 45 times in his first 46 games with seven of them coming in the three games against the Yankees, including three times on Thursday.

Manager Dave Trembley admitted he was concerned about the strikeouts and has talked about it with hitting coach Terry Crowley. He has not spoken about it to any of the players.

RAYS 2, ORIOLES 0: Jeremy Guthrie limited the Rays to just one run on four hits with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, but the right-hander still suffered his fifth loss of the season as the Orioles were blanked for the second time in three days. Tampa Bay managed just four hits.

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