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Wieters making progress with Orioles

Wieters making progress with O's

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BOSTON -- It was a disappointing and difficult start to the short two-game series in Boston on Tuesday night. The Orioles were limited to just five hits, including three off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, who went seven scoreless innings, as Baltimore was shut down, 10-0.

Two of the three hits the Sox right-hander gave up were to Matt Wieters, who ripped a fifth-inning double to center field and a seventh-inning single to right.

In 71 games this season, Wieters, the O's No. 1 pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Georgia Tech, is batting .268 with five home runs and 26 RBIs. The switch-hitter is batting .304 with three home runs and 16 RBIs from the left side and .214 with two home runs and 10 RBIs as a righty.

"Wieters probably was a little fresh [Tuesday]," O's manager Dave Trembley said. "He didn't play on Sunday. He had a day off [Monday]. But he's hung in there. I think he'll hit with a better average next year and I think he'll hit with more power. This is learning on the run with him first time around, so to speak. Let's remember he's not too far removed from being in Georgia Tech. It's certainly been a full load for him, catching four new guys in the rotation and also having four at-bats [a game] and doing everything he's done. So I think everybody's real happy with the progress he's made. You got to be real happy with that."

Wieters, for one, is satisfied with the progress he's made this season.

"It's been great," Wieters said. "We got a unique situation here. We got a lot of young guys, so I think it's been a little bit different than most guys' first year in the big leagues. But it's been fun getting to work with guys you worked with in the past, and be able to sort of all improve at the same time."

Including 39 games at Triple-A Norfolk before his Major League debut on May 29, Wieters is on pace to match the 130 games he played in 2008, his first professional season.

"This is something that I enjoy doing," Wieters said. "I enjoy studying baseball. I take it as something of a challenge, but something that I love working extra on and trying to get this pitching staff to where the can be as good as then can. I try to take pride in it."

Which aspect of his game does Wieters take the most pride in?

"It's just playing through a whole year," he said. "It's a long grueling season. I'm playing an extra month longer than I've ever played before, so [I'm] just trying to stay strong through the end of the year.

"When you get those long stretches without an off-day, it can wear on you a little bit, but you just got to go out there. And the travel and the hotel rooms are a little better up here, so that can help you out a little bit, too."

A year of experience can help, too.

"He'll be fine," Trembley said. "He'll be a better player next year. He'll be a much better player, much better."

Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Jason Berken (4-11, 6.07 ERA)
Berken has worked to a 2-0 record with a 2.81 ERA in his past three starts, a span that corresponds directly to his usage of a two-seam fastball. The right-hander has begun to get the ball down more in the past three starts and has allowed just one home run. By contrast, Berken had allowed six home runs and 11 earned runs in his past three starts employing the four-seam fastball.

BOS: RHP Paul Byrd (1-1, 7.56 ERA)
The right-hander has gone from one extreme to the other in his first two starts since rejoining the Red Sox. After throwing six shutout innings in a win over the Blue Jays, Byrd was rocked by the White Sox, giving up 10 hits and seven runs over 2 1/3 innings. In eight career starts against the Orioles, Byrd is 4-2 with a 4.30 ERA. He is 5-3 with a 4.55 ERA in 10 starts at Fenway Park.

Tidbits
The O's were shut out for the eighth time this season, the first since a 4-0 loss to the Red Sox on Aug. 1 in Baltimore. The eight shutouts are the most against the O's since being blanked in the same number of games in 2006. ... Baltimore has allowed 10 or more runs in 15 games this season, including 10 against teams from the American League East and five times against Boston. ... The O's are now 2-12 against the Sox this season and 7-30 in their past 37 games at Fenway Park since the start of the '05 season. ... Baltimore gave up a season-high six home runs to Boston on Tuesday. The last time the Orioles gave up that many was Aug. 22, 2007, to the Rangers. ... David Hernandez's four home runs allowed Tuesday marked the third time this season an O's pitcher has given up four home runs. ... Justin Turner made his Major League debut Tuesday, entering as a pinch-hitter for third baseman Melvin Mora in the seventh inning. He stayed in the game at third, going 0-for-2. ... Adam Jones was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle, retroactive to Sept. 2. ... To make room on the 40-man roster for Turner and catcher Guillermo Rodriguez, who was also called up Tuesday, the O's transferred outfielder Lou Montanez (right thumb surgery) and right-hander Brad Bergesen (left shin contusion) to the 60-day DL.

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Up next
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Orioles (Chris Tillman, 1-3, 4.66) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 13-6, 4.10), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Orioles (Brian Matusz, 4-2, 5.26) at Yankees (A.J. Burnett, 11-8, 4.19), 1:05 p.m. ET

Maureen Mullen 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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