Orioles Rough Up Martinez, Red Sox
While Garcia was going hitless in three at-bats against Martinez (and 0 for 5 in the game), his Orioles teammates were inflicting upon the Red Sox' ace a thorough beating, which was already bordering on shocking when Newhan took him off the wall in the top of the seventh.
Damon, the center fielder, crashed into the wall but recovered to make a strong throw toward cutoff man Bill Mueller, the second baseman. However, out of nowhere, left fielder Manny Ramirez, who was backing up Damon on the play, inexplicably moved in front of Mueller and cut off the throw -- even though he had to lunge behind him to do so, the effort causing him to fall down.
"It was a highlight catch," Damon said of Ramirez's unusual cutoff maneuver.
With the speedy Newhan circling the bases, Ramirez got the ball to shortstop Mark Bellhorn, who fired home too late to catch Newhan. Newhan crossed the plate with a slide and a smile, the first Oriole to hit an inside-the-park home run since Phil Bradley on June 8, 1990.
"That," Newhan said, "was kind of a weird relay there."
Orioles Notes: The team announced it will promote right-hander John Maine -- their top high-level pitching prospect -- to start Friday night in Baltimore against the Minnesota Twins.
Maine, 23, is 4-5 with a 4.26 ERA in 14 starts at Class AAA Ottawa, where he was promoted in May after going 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts at Class AA Bowie.
The Orioles will need to drop a player from both their 25-man and 40-man rosters to make room for Maine, the Orioles' minor league pitcher of the year in 2003. . . .
Needing bullpen help on the eve of a day-night doubleheader here Thursday, the Orioles purchased the contract of right-hander Todd Williams from Ottawa, where he was 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 14 games since signing a minor league deal in June. . . .
One night after both of their second basemen were forced to leave Tuesday's game in Kansas City with injuries, Brian Roberts (bruised finger) was back in the lineup, while Jerry Hairston (bruised rib cage) was available for pinch-hit duty and could return to the lineup Thursday.
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