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Running Out of Excuses

By Zach Berman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 19, 2008

BALTIMORE, July 18 -- One day after base-running miscues contributed to the Baltimore Orioles' 6-5 loss to Detroit, Manager Dave Trembley met with his team before batting practice Friday at Camden Yards. Trembley said he discussed a variety of subjects, but base-running likely was discussed.

"It's fair to say a lot of things were mentioned in that meeting," Trembley said during a 21-minute news conference that resembled a state-of-the-team address. "I'm not going to ignore it. I'm going to address it in a way that is respectful and say: 'Hey fellas, I think we can do some things that are a little bit different and maybe a little bit better. Here's some reminders.' "

Trembley said the Orioles must return to the basics -- knowing the score, the count and what to do in a given situation.

"The decisions that are made in this game are made in a split second," Trembley said. "The people who have baseball instinct just do it [in a snap]. Once you start second-guessing yourself -- and that's what I see -- I see some guys that are just a little bit, 'Should I or shouldn't I? Is the sky falling or isn't it?' "

The Orioles had lost nine of their past 11 entering Friday night's game. Six of those losses were decided by one run.

Trembley said he's meeting one-on-one more frequently with players to shield them from distractions as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.

"I don't like to be embarrassed," Trembley said. "I don't like the club to be embarrassed and I think we were a little bit embarrassed." . . .

Reliever Jamie Walker (left elbow inflammation) will throw a bullpen session Saturday and possibly throw to hitters Tuesday before the Orioles determine whether to activate him from the 15-day disabled list.

UP NEXT Today vs. Tigers7:05 p.m. Cabrera (6-5) vs. Robertson (6-8) MASN Tomorrow vs. Tigers1:35 p.m. Burres (7-5) vs. Verlander (7-9) MASN, WJZ-13

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