Hammel Hurt As O's Lose Again
by Al Galdi
Jul 14, 2012 -- 4:41am

Orioles lose to Detroit 7-2 on Friday night (July 13, 2012).

1.    The O’s fell to 45-41 overall and 22-21 at home.
     a.    The O’s fell to 18-27 since their 27-14 start.

     b.    The O’s lost for the 14th time in 20 games.

2.    Reliever Dana Eveland allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning.

3.    Reliever Luis Ayala allowed two runs 1 1/3 innings.

4.    The O’s totaled just six hits and one walk, struck out 10 times and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

     a.    DH Jim Thome (TOH-mee) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
     b.    Shortstop J.J. Hardy went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and committed an error (4).
          i.    The O’s now have an MLB-worst 76 errors.
     c.    Left fielder Chris Davis went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
     d.    First baseman Mark Reynolds went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

5.    Positives from the loss:

     a.    Relievers Kevin Gregg, Troy Patton, Matt Lindstrom and Pedro Strop each tossed a scoreless inning.
     b.    Catcher Matt Wieters had an RBI double and a single.
     c.    Third baseman Wilson Betemit (BEH-teh-meet) had a double, a single and a run.

6.     Injury/roster/absence update:

     a.    Starter Jason Hammel allowed two runs in three innings on five hits and a walk versus five strikeouts and left the game in the fourth inning with a right knee injury.  It is that knee that has given Hammel trouble for much of this season.  He was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Saturday.
          i.    Hamel now has allowed 17 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings over his last four starts.
          ii.   Hammel fell to 8-6 with a 3.54 ERA over 18 starts this season.
     b.    Right fielder Nick Markakis batted leadoff for the first time in his MLB career and had an RBI double in his return from a 35-game absence.  He was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.  Markakis was on the disabled list for the first time in his career.  He underwent successful surgery to remove a broken hamate bone from his right wrist on June 1.
     c.    The O’s agreed to terms with their 2012 first-round draft pick, starter Kevin Gausman (GAHZ-mihn).  The LSU product was the fourth overall pick of the draft.  The deadline to sign was 5 p.m. eastern on Friday.
     d.    The O’s activated right fielder Endy Chavez (strained right hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list.
     e.    The O’s announced Thursday that they had optioned rookie outfielder Xavier Avery to Triple-A Norfolk.
     f.     Second baseman Brian Roberts is on the 15-day disabled list and has been diagnosed with a right hip labral tear.
     g.    Pitchers Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter and Zach Britton (left shoulder impingement) are at Triple-A Norfolk.  
     h.    DH Nick Johnson (right wrist sprain) is on the 15-day disabled list.   
     i.     Left fielder Nolan Reimold (herniated disc) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent what’s expected to be season-ending surgery on June 25, though it’s possible that he’ll play late in the season.  He said that his procedure is the same one that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had.  Reimold has five homers in just 16 games this season.
     j.     Rookie reliever Stu Pomeranz (left oblique injury) is on the 60-day disabled list.
     k.    Pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada (soo-YOH-shee WAH-duh) (left elbow) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on May 11.
     l.     Catcher Taylor Teagarden (strained back) is on the 60-day disabled list.

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