By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
BALTIMORE, April 9 -- Don't expect Baltimore Orioles reliever Jamie Walker to take it easy on his old mates this week if he happens to get in a game against the Detroit Tigers.
Walker, who spent five years with the Tigers, left Detroit during the offseason after the Orioles gave him a three-year, $12 million contract.
Walker said he likely would have stayed with Detroit had they offered him a similar deal. Detroit offered only two years, Walker said.
"Weird? I don't know," Walker said of facing his former teammates. "Like I said, they're trying to take food off my table and I'm not going to let them if I can. So I'm going to go right after them like if I'm going to prepare for one game like I always have done my whole career. When they're in there, it could be my mom up there, if I have to knock her [down], I will."
Walker said he's going to receive his American League championship ring on Tuesday.
"It's a real nice ring," he said. "It's too bad last year we couldn't win it all. I'm very thankful for it and very thankful to my teammates for getting that for me."
Walker said he wasn't sure who would have the advantage if he did get in a game against Detroit.
"When you play with guys, you know their patterns, so they'll change it. They're smart ballplayers."Mora Gets Going
After starting the season 1 for 12, Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora has raised his batting average to .281 after getting two hits on Monday.
"I just try to make contact with the ball," Mora said. "Whenever they throw me the ball I try to make contact. Because it's not easy when you're facing one of the best teams in baseball right now."Transcontinental Iron Man
Mora on the Tigers giving Cal Ripken an ovation as he was introduced to throw the first pitch: "They know what Cal Ripken did not only for baseball but also for the community. He's a hero for everyone. Cal Ripken's name is known from here to Japan."
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