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Orioles want smart bats vs. Angels

Orioles want smart bats vs. Angels

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have to find some offense on their first long trip of the season.

They didn't find much of it in their final two games of the Tampa Bay series, scoring only three runs on nine hits as the Rays won both, including a 4-2 decision in Thursday's series finale.

Manager Dave Trembley said before the game that his team's hitting problems didn't really concern him; he was more worried about making sure they get hits at the right times.

The Orioles have a .247 team average after Thursday's loss, but did go 1-for-2 with runners in scoring position -- which Trembley thinks could be a crucial statistic for this team.

He's hoping that the team's bats will get going on the road trip. The Orioles will be taking some extra batting practice before games in Anaheim, Oakland and Kansas City, as Trembley and hitting coach Terry Crowley look to find some answers.

The Orioles don't have a regular player hitting higher than .284 -- which is outfielder Luke Scott's average. He has been slumping and sat out of Thursday's game.

The Orioles have done well at manufacturing runs, a big reason they've had some big comeback wins, but Trembley said they need to be more patient and not chase pitches out of the strike zone.

The road trip will be a good test for the young Orioles team.

Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-3, 4.34 ERA)
Guthrie has done well in his new job as the team's No. 1 starter. He just hasn't gotten much offensive support and deserves better than an 0-3 record.

LAA: RHP Jered Weaver (2-3, 4.21 ERA)
Weaver rebounded after three shaky starts to throw 6 1/3 strong innings in last Sunday's win over Detroit. He gave up just two runs on four hits in the victory.

Tidbits
Brian Roberts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-inning single in the O's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday. ... The final 13 Orioles batters went down in order in Thursday's series finale. ... Relief pitcher Greg Aquino cleared waivers on Thursday and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. ... The three hits the Orioles got in Thursday's loss tied a season low. ... Adam Jones' seventh-inning error that led to two Tampa Bay runs was his first of the season. ... The Baltimore Sun reported that reliever Randor Bierd will go on the disabled list on Friday due to shoulder problems. He told the Sun that he'd like to rejoin the team in, "a month and a half, a month and 10 days." He is 0-1 with a 2.03 ERA

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• MASN 2

On radio
• WHFS 105.7

Up next
• Saturday: Orioles (Daniel Cabrera, 2-0, 4.14) at Angels (Jon Garland, 3-3, 5.94), 3:45 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Orioles (Steve Trachsel, 1-3, 6.08) at Angels (Joe Saunders, 5-0, 2.08), 3:35 p.m. ET
• Monday: Orioles (TBD) at Athletics (Dana Eveland, 3-2, 3.67), 10:05 p.m. ET

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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