It took about seven minutes from the start of Friday’s Orioles-Tigers game for the home-plate umpire to cost Baltimore a run. Nick Markakis was safe on a close play at home plate in the top of the first inning tonight, but he was called out by Tim Timmons, who actually might have blown two calls…
The Boston Red Sox’s spectacular September collapse last season just isn’t going to go away, and this time it’s Orioles outfielder Adam Jones giving his two cents.
Jones, whose Orioles capped the Sox’s downfall with a walk-off win on the last day of the season, thinks that Kevin Youkilis‘ absence for the final 13 games of the season was something Boston wasn’t able to adjust to.
“You had a lineup with (Jacoby) Ellsbury, (Dustin) Pedroia, (Adrian) Gonzalez, Youk and Big Papi (David Ortiz) that played every single day. Now you mess with it, and it throws off your offense a little bit,” Jones told the Boston Herald. “You’ve got a big hole at fourth. A .300 hitter, 30 (homer), 100 (RBI) guy, who’s going to replace that? There isn’t anyone.”
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has left a game against the Minnesota Twins with an illness.
Jones started in center field as usual and struck out in his first at-bat before being replaced by Matt Angle, who pinch-hit for Jones in the second inning.
Jones has played in 124 of Baltimore’s 126 games this season, batting .297 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs. Angle was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Norfolk when the Orioles designated slumping outfielder Felix Pie for assignment.
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