A couple o’ things

Our boy Andy MacPhail announced during today’s game that the O’s have signed Alex Cintron. Here’s the official word from the O’s website. Cintron will play at the moment in Norfolk.

After today’s performance, no one’s gonna shocked to Luis Hernandez not be starter. He looked overmatched today. Call it Opening Day butterflies, start of the season jitters, or whatever, if days like this are going to be the norm for him…he won’t be an O too long. Cintron signed because he knew he’d get playing time soon. He didn’t sign because Norfolk is a swell town. He’ll be starting in Baltimore soon enough.

Interesting quote from the article:

Cintron will play next to third baseman Mike Costanzo at Norfolk, and both should make it to the big leagues at some point during the season.

Not about Cintron, that’s an absolute given, Costanzo is the interesting part. The only way he makes it the club at any point is trades…besides when the roster expands. When a Huff, Mora, Payton, etc. goes, I think Costanzo will be the one getting a call up.

How did our old friend Erik Bedard do in his Mariner debut?

5 innings, 3 hit 1 run (a homer) 4 BB and 5 K

What was surprising was this number: 106 pitches- 59 for strikes. That’s Cabreraesque. Not the best debut for him, but its Bedard. He’ll be back.

Tomorrow—–> The debut of *shudder* Daniel Cabrera. Either we’ll be elated with a great performance, mad at a 4 inning walk implosion, or a combo of both.

A little pat of the back for myself- I said in my NL preview to watch of for the Brave’s new SS Yunel Escobar. Tonight through 5 innings: 3 for 3, 2 singles and 1 triple. It’s only one game, I know. I like the fans in the outfield with the sign ‘Yunel’s Cartel.’

Its great having baseball back.

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