Pitching out of the stretch position for the first time all night, Cabrera was surprised when Finley squared to bunt. But Finley fouled off his first bunt attempt, then did it again on 0-1.
Before the third pitch of the at-bat, Finley called time out, walked to the on-deck circle, took a hand towel, and wiped the rain off his batting helmet. Then, he stepped back into the batter's box and broke Cabrera's heart.
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Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore.
When: Tonight at 7:35 p.m., Saturday at 3:15, Sunday at 1:35.
Tickets: Saturday is sold out. Limited availability for tonight and Sunday.
Television: Tonight (Comcast SportsNet); Saturday (WTTG-5, WBFF-45); Sunday (WDCA-20, WJZ-13).
Radio: WTEM-980, WBAL-1090, WAGE-1200, WNAV-1430.
Pitchers: Tonight, Orioles LHP Erik Bedard (1-2, 5.14) vs. Giants RHP Dustin Hermanson (2-2, 3.86). Saturday, Orioles RHP Rodrigo Lopez (5-2, 2.96) vs. Giants RHP Brett Tomko (1-4, 5.86). Sunday, Orioles RHP Sidney Ponson (3-7, 6.47) vs. Giants RHP Jerome Williams (5-4, 4.36).
"He was a little 'sneaky-quick,' " Finley said of Cabrera. "You thought you were on a pitch, and then it was by you."
For the 0-2 pitch, Machado had set up off the outside corner, but Cabrera missed the target badly, his two-seamed fastball catching the inner half of the plate, and Finley hammered it on a line, just barely clearing the scoreboard. Cabrera stood nearly motionless on the mound as Finley circled the bases.
"It was," Machado said, "the only mistake he made all night."
Orioles Notes: Although the Orioles are still maintaining contact with free agent outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds, he informed the team he is still bothered by his right thumb, which was broken in spring training. So the team will wait before deciding whether to sign him.
"We're going to stay in touch," said Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Jim Beattie. "We'll wait and see what his thoughts are. Certainly we'd like at some point to get more information."
Hammonds, 33, was released by San Francisco on June 5. . . .
Right fielder Jay Gibbons will make a two-game rehabilitation assignment with Class AA Bowie on Friday and Saturday, and likely will be activated Monday in Cleveland.