Loewen's Confidence Is Renewed

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 16, 2006

BALTIMORE, July 15 -- When Adam Loewen arrived Saturday in Baltimore, he was at the completion of one mission and at the beginning of another.

The Orioles sent the 22-year-old left-hander to Class AAA Ottawa on June 25 to gain some confidence. His instructions were simple -- dominate batters and play his way back to Baltimore.

Loewen obliged, going 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA in three starts. Now that he's been called up again, he hopes to stay for good.

"It seemed that as soon as I got there, I was ready to work my way back up," said Loewen, who replaced Daniel Cabrera in the rotation. "It gave me a lot of motivation to earn my way back up here."

Loewen -- 0-2 with a 7.12 ERA during his first major league tour -- said the experience in the minors should help him improve.

"Those three games back-to-back-to-back were the most consistent I've pitched in professional baseball," Loewen said.

At Ottawa, Loewen said he worked on throwing his breaking ball over the plate and leaning away from relying too much on his fastball. "I was really a one-pitch pitcher," Loewen said about his first stint in the big leagues.

Terrero to Center

Reserve outfielder Luis Terrero started Saturday in place of center fielder Corey Patterson. Manager Sam Perlozzo said Patterson's struggles against left-handers prompted the move.

Patterson is batting .197 against lefties, more than 100 points less than his .298 average against right-handers.

Jeff Conine batted in the cleanup spot for only the fourth time this year. Perlozzo moved Melvin Mora and Miguel Tejada to their normal spots at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Both had batted one spot back on Friday.

UP NEXT Today vs. Rangers 1:35 p.m. Lopez (5-10, 6.77) vs. Wasdin (2-1, 4.26) WDCW-50, WJZ-13, WTEM-980 Tomorrow vs. Athletics 7:05 p.m. Loewen (0-2, 7.12) vs. Saarloos (3-5, 5.26) Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

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