If Flaherty is here, who goes?

ImageBy: Roch Kubatko

The Orioles begin a seven-game homestand tonight, and they’re expected to go back to a four-man bench.

Ryan Flaherty didn’t play in Triple-A Norfolk’s game at Durham last night, and I’ve heard that the Orioles are prepared to activate him from the 15-day disabled list. We’ll see.

I got the impression – and yes, I do impressions – that the Orioles were going to keep Flaherty on his rehab assignment for the maximum 20 days if allowed by Major League Baseball. However, he’s 11-for-23 with two home runs, three RBIs and five runs scored since going hitless in his first 15 at-bats.

Flaherty must have been rusty when he showed up in Norfolk. He had gotten only two at-bats with the Orioles since July 23, the arrival of Omar Quintanilla severely cutting into his playing time. He collected hits in four straight games, including two home runs, before being relegated to the bench.

Assuming that Flaherty shows up at Camden Yards, who leaves to make room for him on the 25-man roster?

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Dave Rosenfield – One Helluva Life – Available Now in the Tides Store

Dave Rosenfield - One Helluva Life - Available Now in the Tides Store

From the time he was nine years old, Dave Rosenfield has been consumed with baseball. Listening to the radio broadcast of the 1938 World Series sparked a life-long love affair with the game which has grown stronger nearly 75 years later. His love of baseball resulted in a journey that has seen him forge a career in professional baseball that has spanned nearly 60 years. The stories of Dave’s life in and around the game are priceless artifacts of one of the industry’s true living legends. He’s done it all in the game. His stories prove it and he’s the main character.

Willis said to leave team w/o permission; Duquette still wants him for pen

By Jon Heyman | Baseball Insider

Dontrelle Willis’ interesting career has taken another interesting turn, as he has left the Orioles’ Triple-A Norfolk team without permission and is at least temporarily on the restricted list. The Orioles still want Willis to work as a reliever and would welcome him back should he return.

The Orioles gave no official reason Sunday for why he was placed on the restricted list, but Duquette to CBSSports.com confirmed Willis left the team without permission following a difference of opinion about whether he should start or reliever. “He just left,” said Duquette when confronted with the information from other sources….

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Tidal Waves: Mother nature playing havoc with Tides’ schedule, other notes

BY , ON APRIL 23RD, 2012

After a wicked storm dumped heavy rain all along the East coast on Sunday April 22nd, raining out game two of a doubleheader between Norfolk and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees in Batavia NY, both teams woke up on Monday morning ready to get back at it.

One problem. Mother nature wasn’t done with her fury yet.

A Nor’easter projected to dump eight inches of snow in the town of Batavia postponed the ballgame between the Tides and Yankees. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader when the Tides host the Yankees at Harbor Park from June 1st – June 4th.  The start time and date of the make up games has not yet been announced.


Tides drop 6th in a row, as bullpen falters

Box Score

The Tides were defeated again for the 6th game in a row after dropping a 6-5 decision to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in Batavia, New York.

The Tides were ticketed to record their first win in six games going into the seventh inning with a 5-2 lead; however, the bullpen was unable to maintain the lead and the Yankees tied the score at five on three doubles and a walk.

The Yankees took the lead in the eighth when Willie Eyre loaded the bases on two walks and a double.  Veteran Chris George, who in relief of Eyre, unleashed a wild pitch that allowed the Yankees to take the lead and eventual final score of the game.

Brad Bergesen pitched well enough for the win, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings. Tides relievers, Miguel Gonzalez, Zach Phillips, Willie Eyre and Chris George  gave up four runs on five hits in the final frames after Bergesen’s departure.

The Tides newest addition, catcher Luis Exposito had three of the Tides’ six hits, including two-run double. Outfielder Xavier Avery extended his hitting streak to seven games and drew walks.

The teams have a 12:05 p.m. game scheduled today.  The Tides will have Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.73) making his fourth start of 2012.

The Tides return to Harbor Park tomorrow to face the Durham Bulls at 7:15.

Tides notes:

Tides starting pitching:  Tides starter Brad Bergesen allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five innings of work. Bergesen struck out three in the contest, throwing 50 of his 83 pitches for strikes.

Tides bullpen: Miguel Gonzalez, Zach Phillips, Willie Eyre and Chris George combined to give up four runs on five hits in the seventh and eighth innings.   Zach Phillips recorded no outs while giving up 3 H, 2 R, 0 K, 1 BB.

Willie Eyre took his third loss and has had a rough start of the 2012 season, loaded the bases on a double and two walks.

Tides Offense: Luis Exposito had three of Norfolk’s six hits, including a two-run double in the fifth inning. He is now 4-for-9 since joining Norfolk’s roster Friday.

Xavier Avery singled and walked three times, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Avery is batting .286/.392/.476 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, and 4 SB.

The Tides drew 10 walks in the game but finished 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Norfolk Tides Rained Out

The Tides and SWB Yankees were rained out today. The game will be made up as part of a double header tomorrow beginning at 1:05 PM. The Tides have lost five in a row on the current road trip and look to turning it around tomorrow.

Xavier Avery has been on a tear during the road trip and is batting .349 the last 10 games and leads the Tides in hits & total bases.

Avery and Matt Antonelli have been the most consistent offensive players on trip.  With an OPB of .464, Antonelli has crept into the top five in OPB in the International League. He is also the league leader in walks with 14 on the season.

The scheduled pitchers for Saturday’s game will start the opening game of the double header on Sunday. Game one will feature right hander Brad Bergesen (0-1, 8.49) for the Tides and he will go up against Dellin Betances (0-2, 10.30) for the Yankees.  Game two of the double header will feature the Tides Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.73) who will be opposed by the Yankees Nelson Figueroa (0-0, 0.00).

Celebrating 40 years in minor league baseball – Tidewatchers Booster Club

The Tidewatchers booster club has been supporting the Tides since 1972. They have been so successful that other booster clubs around the International League use them as their model. Members of the club are always visible at games, greeting fans and handing out give-a-ways at the entrance to Harbor Park.