Perlozzo Settles on Rotation

By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 27, 2007

FORT MYERS, Fla., March 26 -- Orioles Manager Sam Perlozzo officially named his rotation for the season, confirming what had been widely expected. Daniel Cabrera, Jaret Wright, Adam Loewen and Steve Trachsel will follow Opening Day starter Erik Bedard. Though the Orioles have a day off in the first week of the season, Perlozzo said he would not skip Trachsel.

"We're right on schedule with the way the guys are lining up now, barring anything that would change it," Perlozzo said.

All five have one start remaining in the exhibition season. All but Wright will throw what is considered a "cool down" start, meaning they'd likely throw just three innings. Perlozzo had originally said Wright would also throw a "cool down" start, but the team reconsidered it since Wright has not thrown more than four innings in any of his spring starts.

"I asked Leo [Mazzone] about that," Perlozzo said. "He said his wouldn't be so much like that. We'll try to get five out of him because he's a little behind." . . .

Wright on Sunday denied he threw at St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy in the fourth inning of that 3-2 loss, though it certainly appeared so since Miguel Tejada had been hit by Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes in the top half of the inning. Perlozzo said he doesn't believe his team will be a target this season. Last year the Orioles were fifth in the majors with 73 hit by pitches, yet they ranked third to last with 48 hit batsmen.

"I'm not a headhunter by any stretch," Perlozzo said. "Sometimes you need to take care of your guys if we get hit intentionally from somebody and they take a shot at us. That is part of the game. I don't think Jaret hit anybody on purpose yesterday because it loaded the bases. There were certainly a few times last year where I thought teams were taking advantage of us. Like I said, I don't feel like I should have to go tell somebody. That's not right. I don't think I'll have to do that this year. Sometimes you just have to do it. When you don't do it the players lose a little confidence in you. It's all part of the game. Everybody protects their people." . . . Loewen pitched six innings on Monday against the Minnesota Twins, allowing just one run on three hits, which lowered his spring ERA to 1.42.

Donachie Back to Royals The Baltimore Orioles returned Rule 5 catcher Adam Donachie, 22, to the Kansas City Royals. Donachie, selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the Rule 5 draft and traded to the Orioles, had to remain on Baltimore's 25-man roster the entire season to remain with the organization. "He was a good young kid," Perlozzo said. "He came in here and played very well, caught well and in an organization where we need some more catching, we would have liked to have kept him." Up Next vs. Marlins in Fort Lauderdale, 1 p.m.

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