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Baltimore Orioles Notes, Quotes 2008-05-24

Baltimore Orioles Notes, Quotes 2008-05-24
--RF Nick Markakis leads the team with 47 strikeouts after fanning twice against Tampa Bay. He has now fanned 17 times in the last 12 games. "The way I'm getting pitched to is new to me... It's something I have to adapt to."

--RHP Steve Trachsel (2-4, 6.76) will pitch on Saturday for the first time since May 9. Manager Dave Trembley skipped two of his turns in the rotation to keep young pitchers Jeremy Guthrie, Daniel Cabrera, Brian Burres and Garrett Olson on their schedules.

--LHP Brian Burres earned high praise from manager Dave Trembley in his 7 2/3-inning stint against the Yankees. "That's probably the best I've ever seen him pitch," the manager said. "He pitched a tremendous game against a great team."

--C Ramon Hernandez had one hit in four at-bats on Thursday and then again on Friday against the Rays. He's hitting .209, 11 points lower than his backup, Guillermo Quiroz, who is at .220.

--2B Brian Roberts went to St. Petersburg hitting .429 (12-for-28) against Rays pitching this season. He was also hitting .289 for his career (101 hits) and was one of three Orioles, led by Kevin Millar (122) and Melvin Mora (119), with more than 100 career hits against the Rays. He went hitless in four at-bats, however, in the series opener.

BY THE NUMBERS: 5 -- The number of different players who have started for the Orioles at shortstop. Alex Cintron, in the lineup on Saturday, the 42nd game of the season, was the fifth.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm trying to keep as many guys close to pitching on their regular turn as I possibly can. Until such a point where I can turn the rotation over and do that, I'm not going to mess with it. I think it's important for routine." -- Manager Dave Trembley on his philosophy for keeping his starting pitchers on schedule.

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