The most interesting team in the minor leagues might be the Norfolk Tides, the Class AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Tides have Miguel...
The most interesting team in the minor leagues might be the Norfolk Tides, the Class AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
The Tides have Miguel Tejada, Bill Hall and Nate McLouth on the roster, with Joel Pineiro and Dontrelle Willis, at extended spring training, heading their way soon. Rich Rundles, a 31-year-old reliever who was drafted by Orioles general manager Dan Duquette in 1999, is joining them after being signed out of the independent Atlantic League on Thursday.
Also joining them is none other than Jamie Moyer, who was signed to a minor-league contract by Baltimore and threw five scoreless innings in a win for the Tides on Saturday.
Moyer, cut by the Rockies, may get two more starts at Norfolk as the Orioles try to decide if he has anything left.
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“Jamie Moyer is a veteran pitcher and he has been a winning pitcher and we are going to see if he can help us,” Duquette told reporters. “He is going to take a couple starts at Triple A, and if he can do well, he then will be in a position where we can put him on the ballclub.”
Moyer has won 269 games — 25 of them with the Orioles in 1993-95.
Orioles hope pitcher throws doughnuts, too
Speaking of interesting Orioles, their No. 1 draft pick, Louisiana State pitcher Kevin Gausman, falls into that category.
Taken fourth overall — right after the Mariners selected Florida catcher Mike Zunino — Gausman is known for eating four powdered mini-doughnuts between innings in the dugout when he pitches.
“I’ve always been a little weird, really,” he told the Baltimore Sun. “I like sci-fi movies and I eat four doughnuts in between innings, so that’s a little weird. It’s something that started back I think in middle school. So I’ve been doing that for a while now. And I think the way I live my life — I like to be a little different than other people.”
Manager Buck Showalter’s reaction?
“We’ll have to run that by Brady,” he said, referring to Brady Anderson, a noted fitness freak who serves as an Orioles special assistant. “I’m not sure how that’s going to work. We’re just now getting to the point where we can get cheese on the plane.”
Notes and quotes
• Unexpectedly, Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis is tied for the American League stolen-base lead with 14. The last Indians player to lead the league in steals was Kenny Lofton with 75 in 1996.
• Milwaukee’s Zack Greinke, a potential free agent, will have to think twice before leaving Miller Park. He’s now 15-0 in his home ballpark after a two-hit shutout on Wednesday in which he struck out a season-high 12.
He’s just the fourth starting pitcher since 1900 to win each of his first 15 home decisions with a team. The others are Kenny Rogers (15 with A’s, 1988-89), Johnny Allen (16 with Yankees, 1932-33) and LaMarr Hoyt (16 with White Sox, 1980-82).
“You’re comfortable at home. You wake up in your bed,” Greinke told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “You don’t have to go anywhere to get your breakfast and coffee. Sometimes, in the hotels they have bad coffee or something, so you have to go do other stuff. Then you get to come to the field in your car (at home).”
• The Brewers selected Lance Roenicke, son of their manager, Ron Roenicke, in the 25th round on Wednesday. Lance is a senior at UC-Santa Barbara, where he hit .310 with four homers and 38 runs batted in.
Ron Roenicke played in the majors, as did his older brother Gary, now a scout for the Brewers. Gary’s son, Josh, is a reliever in the Rockies’ system.
In the 36th round, the Angels picked Kenny Hatcher, a right-handed pitcher from Dallas Baptist University. Hatcher is the son of Mickey Hatcher, the hitting coach fired by the Angels earlier in the season.
In the 32nd round, the Orioles selected William “Steel” Russell, son of their bench coach, John Russell.
Steel Russell is a left-handed-hitting catcher from Midland Junior College. He was accompanying his dad on Baltimore’s road trip, so they got to celebrate together.
“It’s been a stressful couple days but definitely worth the stress, definitely worth staying at my phone the last 72 hours,” he told the Baltimore Sun. “I’m excited to be able to share it with my dad, to be a part of his organization now.”
Said John Russell: “To see the look on his face when he saw his name, that’s something I’ll never forget. And now it is up to him.”