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Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2009-05-04

Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2009-05-04
Leads given to George Sherrill have been anything but guaranteed this season. Now, his role in the Orioles' bullpen isn't secure, either.

After blowing his second save in three opportunities, Sherrill did not get a vote of confidence from manager Dave Trembley.

"I think number one, we have to do what's best to get us on the winning track," Trembley told reporters in Toronto Sunday. "And number two, I have to take a look at the situation and do what I feel is in the best interest of the team for today and see how the situation plays out as it gets later in the game. If we need a save situation, I'll go with what I think is the best guy in that role today. Further than that, I'll probably take it day by day."

Sherrill "will keep you on the tightrope more times than not," Trembley added. The Orioles closer has blown four saves.

He opened last season converting 22 of 24 opportunities, but has blown six of 19 since. He's blown six of his past eight one-run save opportunities, and has a 5.06 ERA this season.

Should Trembley stay away from Sherrill, his next-best options are right-handed set-up men Jim Johnson and Chris Ray. Johnson is a former starter who is adept at throwing ground balls, and Ray was the Orioles closer for two seasons before Tommy John surgery in 2007 opened the door for Sherrill's All-Star break-out last year.

BLUE JAYS 4, ORIOLES 3: The Orioles lost for the sixth straight time as the Blue Jays picked up a sweep. Manager Dave Trembley was ejected for the second time in six days while arguing with home plate umpire Chris Tiller during the fifth inning.

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Added: May 4, 2009

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