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Baltimore Orioles Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18

Baltimore Orioles Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18
--RHP Danys Baez looked visibly shaken upon hitting Red Sox hitter Kevin Youkilis in the head with a fastball Friday night. Baez allowed two runs in the sixth inning, surrendering the lead to the Red Sox and suffering the loss.

--C Gregg Zaun threw out J.D. Drew on a stolen base attempt in the eighth inning. Zaun has provided superb defense, but went 0-for-4 and is batting just .115. He'll be arguably the best back-up in baseball once the club recalls top prospect Matt Wieters in the coming weeks.

--RF Nick Markakis was not under consideration to pitch in Wednesday's series finale against Texas. Despite a 19-6 deficit, Orioles manager Dave Trembley would not consider calling upon the former college ace to eat up innings, reported.

--RHP Dennis Sarfate had difficulty focusing during his 3 1/3 scoreless

innings Tuesday, reported, because he was on medication to battle an ear infection. Sarfate said he "was on Cloud Nine," and noted Thursday's off day couldn't have come at a better time.

BY THE NUMBERS: 13 -- American League teams that employed Japanese-born players before the Orioles. RHP Koji Uehara enabled the Orioles to join the rest of the junior circuit, while the Reds, Marlins and Diamondbacks have never had a Japanese-born player on their big-league rosters.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "What I like is all three have the ability to do a variety of things. They can work the count -- and that's something (Adam Jones) is getting better at -- they can walk and they can use the other side of the field." -- Orioles manager Dave Trembley on his top third of the lineup: Brian Roberts, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.

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