Notes: Orioles set to play two ... sort of

Notes: Orioles to sort of play two

BALTIMORE -- In a very rare occurrence, Baltimore and New York will resume a game that was suspended on June 28, due to torrential rain at Camden Yards. The game will pick up exactly where it left off -- with Derek Jeter on second base, with two outs, in the top of the eighth inning, and the Yanks leading 8-6.

The game was suspended immediately after Jeter's two-RBI single, which capped a four-run New York rally. Chris Ray surrendered the tie-breaking hit, but went on the disabled list on Wednesday, so Baltimore manager Dave Trembley will have to use a new pitcher from the bullpen. He said he won't announce a replacement until game time.

Relievers Corey Doyne, who was activated to take Ray's place, Chad Bradford, Jamie Walker, Rob Bell and Danys Baez are all available to pitch.

"We play the games one at a time, and we even play it a hitter at a time and an inning at a time," Trembley said. "We're trying to keep guys basically on a schedule out there. I'm going to try to keep guys fresh and set it up for this weekend."

Trembley has his work cut out when it comes to shuffling the lineup and defensive alignments. Melvin Mora is on the DL with a foot contusion, but wouldn't be eligible to play in that game anyways, because he was ejected for arguing that the game should have been suspended earlier, due to the rain.

Luck was on Baltimore's side, though, because injured shortstop Miguel Tejada could be ready to return on Friday from a broken wrist, just in time for the game. If his rehab assignment at Class A Frederick goes well on Thursday, Trembley said Tejada will most likely enter the game at shortstop and hit in the cleanup spot, where Mora had been.

The other players remaining on the bench are Ramon Hernandez, Luis Hernandez, Branden Fahey and Jon Knott. Trembley will drop one of those players so he doesn't exceed the roster maximum.

Kevin Millar and Jay Gibbons are unavailable because they started in the lineup and were taken out for pinch-runners.

A streak longer than Cal's: An Iron Man in his own right, 83-year-old Ernie Tyler has been the umpire's attendant in every Orioles game since 1960. After Friday's games against the Yankees, Tyler will end his consecutive games streak at 3,769, when he heads to Cooperstown, N.Y., to see Cal Ripken Jr.'s induction into the Hall of Fame.

"Honestly, I never felt anything about having the streak, except everybody kept talking about it," Tyler said. "And I don't think Cal really thought about it either. I don't think the streak is much more than hoping your body works. If the streak would have ended 10 years ago, so what?"

He said that he can't think of a better reason to take a few days off than to honor Ripken, who invited Tyler to accompany him to the induction ceremony as his guest

"I watched [Ripken] when he was 13 and 14 years old, taking ground balls at Memorial Stadium, and his father was so proud of him," Tyler said. "I was pretty close to the Ripken family, and I hope I still am. I must be, or he wouldn't have asked me to go up with him."

Tyler insisted that his job doesn't consist of much more than handing extra balls to umpires and making sure their locker rooms are ready and they're well-fed. But he's been a staple at O's games for the last five decades.

"I really am so interested and overwhelmed with going up with Cal Ripken that this is just a bump in the road for me to leave for two days," Tyler said. "Too bad I'm starting to get out of here for the Yankees series. I think [the Orioles] need me."

Extended injury: Trembley announced Ray's injury as a sprain to his right medial ligament in his elbow. Ray will have an arthrogram to find out the exact extent of the damage, and after a three-week stint on the DL, will still need to work through a multi-week throwing program.

"We're looking at five or six weeks, in a best-case scenario," Trembley said.

Righting Wright: Starting pitcher Jaret Wright finished the third week of his throwing program with no pain in his injured right shoulder, Trembley said. Wright is starting the fourth week with a sports medicine institute in Orange County, Calif., as he recovers from inflammation of his right rotator cuff.

No timetable has been set for his return to the active roster.

Quotable: "He can catch the ball, throw the ball and make some plays. What he's given us with the bat has been a plus. He's come in here and hasn't been intimidated and has shown very good poise. He listens, wants to learn and accepts instructions. He filled a hole and has done a great job." -- Trembley on the performance of shortstop Luis Hernandez in the absence of the injured Tejada

Up next: After the final two innings of the resumed contest on Friday, the Yankees and Orioles will begin a three-game set, when rookie right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (6-3, 2.88) faces lefty Andy Pettitte (6-6, 4.12).

Geremy Bass is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.