Orioles Notebook

Burres to Miss Start Vs. Boston

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 8, 2008

TORONTO, June 7 -- With a day off on Monday, struggling Baltimore Orioles left-hander Brian Burres will be pushed back in the rotation and will not pitch in the three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

In the three starts since allowing just one run in 7 2/3 innings against the New York Yankees on May 22, Burres has allowed 18 runs and hasn't pitched past the fifth inning. His ERA has ballooned from 3.16 to 4.96.

"I had Burres for a couple of years in Triple-A and I've seen Burres run into these types of things before," Orioles Manager Dave Trembley said. "And when he does, we always just backed him up and gave him an extra day's rest. Because he's slight of frame and let's be honest -- the guy's been hit around a little bit -- I don't want to lose him confidence-wise. We'll get him back in there when we go home."

While he said he never physically felt the need for an additional day, Burres said that when Trembley gave him extra time in the minors, he usually followed with a better start.

"I think it's just getting a little bit more work in between and getting straightened out, maybe get a little more rest and come out a little fresher," Burres said.

Burres said his recent problems stem from an inability to throw his breaking pitches for strikes combined with poor location, especially with his fastball.

"He's pitching up," Trembley said. "He threw some fastballs [Friday] that were down, but for the most part, his location is up and he doesn't throw hard enough to pitch up." . . .

Veteran Steve Trachsel allowed four runs (two earned) during his one-plus-inning relief stint Saturday, the first speed bump he's hit while trying to make the conversion from starter to reliever.

UP NEXT: Sunday at Toronto 1:07 p.m. Liz (1-0) vs. Halladay (7-5) MASN, WJZ-13

Tuesday at Boston 7:05 p.m. Cabrera (5-2) vs. Beckett (6-4) MASN

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