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No TV for Saturday’s Orioles-A’s Game

So I’m wondering why the O’s game scheduled for Saturday afternoon is not being aired…and after a quick Google search I stumbled upon this:

Due to Major League Baseball’s national broadcast restrictions, the Baltimore Orioles 4:00 p.m. ET game in Oakland on Saturday afternoon cannot be televised by MASN.

Major League Baseball’s agreements with national television networks forbid any regional network from broadcasting any Major League Baseball game during the window reserved for nationally televised baseball games.

According to MLB’s website:

Due to Major League Baseball exclusivities, live games occurring each Saturday with a scheduled start time after 1:10 PM ET or before 7:05 PM ET and each Sunday with a scheduled start time after 5:00 PM ET, will be blacked out in the United States.

I mean thank goodness this isn’t an important game or anything. It’s not like anyone is going to be missing out on stellar baseball, but there are some folks out there (including me), who love the game and enjoy following their team day in and day out no matter how awful they are. Just a note: this also affects Athletics fans, they won’t be able to see the game on television in the Bay Area either.

For once I am going to direct my anger at a club besides the O’s, in this case it’s the Oakland. As the home team, they are in charge of deciding when this game is played. This is the fault of the A’s and whomever is in charge of their operations.

This is not Fox’s fault. They paid a lot of money to have exclusive rights on Saturday’s and it is common knowledge that when they are on the air, your local team’s broadcast can’t be. It’s the responsibility of the home clubs to schedule start times so that the game won’t coincide with Fox’s on Saturday or ESPN’s on Sunday.

And it certainly isn’t MASN’s fault either, they aren’t allowed to broadcast the game because of its time slot. If the game is played at 6 or 7 local time (9 or 10 on the East), fans of both teams would be able to watch.

I could understand and sympathize if this was in August or September and there was a scheduling conflict with the NFL’s Raiders (whom the A’s share the Oakland Coliseum with). But even that wouldn’t be a reasonable excuse at all! Because in the MLB, very rarely (if ever) is a weekend series over on Saturday. They always finish on Sunday or Monday.

What befuddles me even more is how this happens more than once! I just checked Oakland’s remaining 2010 schedule, and the same scenario happens four more times! So this goes beyond me being frustrated that I can’t see my Orioles. Fans of teams like the Indians and the Rays, among others, will be blacked out in their local markets when their teams have to play in Oakland on a Saturday.

I’m sincerely hoping that this is just a case of me not having all the information at hand and that the Athletics organization really does have some sort of legitimate reasoning for playing this game when they are.

Sorry for the rant haha. It’s all good though, I’ll still be able to watch the O’s lose on TV for all the other games they play this year. YES!

Have a great weekend everyone. Peace!

Orioles Drop Matinée, Fall to 1-8

Associated Press – B.J. Upton homered twice and drove in four runs, Carlos Pena hit a three-run shot and the Tampa Bay Rays ended a dreadful homestand for the Baltimore Orioles with a 9-1 victory Wednesday.

David Price (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings for the Rays, whose 6-3 start is the best in franchise history. Tampa Bay swept the three-game series, something it did only once on the road last year.

Miguel Tejada homered for the Orioles, who went 0-6 and were outscored 37-16 during their opening homestand against Toronto and the Rays. Baltimore is 1-8, its worst start since going 0-21 in 1988.

Orioles starter Brad Bergesen (0-1) gave up eight runs, five earned, in three-plus innings. After enjoying a promising rookie season in 2009, the right-hander has an 11.74 ERA after two starts.

The Rays scored three unearned runs in the first inning, courtesy of an error and Pena’s second homer in as many at-bats. After Tejada misplayed a popup between third base and shortstop that plopped onto the infield, Bergesen issued a two-out walk and Pena followed with a drive to left-center.

This single loss by itself doesn’t really bother me too much. Bergesen is young and a rough start to the season should have been expected. But the cumulative effect of all of these defeats is just sickening right at this point.

The offense showed a bit of life last night but today was another unacceptable output. Aside from Tejada’s solo shot, they did close to nothing today. Once again they failed to cash in when it counted, going 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and leaving seven on base.

Things have to turn around soon, right?? The law of averages has to kick in sooner or later. But then again the law of averages doesn’t apply when you are playing horrendous baseball.

On a side note, today the team placed struggling closer Mike Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. Kam Mickolio is expected to fill in during Gonzalez’s absence.

Pena Goes Yard in 10th

Oh Boy. After a scoreless ninth by both teams, the Ray’s Carlos Pena may have just delivered the knockout blow.

Matt Albers entered the game to begin the tenth inning but walked the first two batters he faced.

Pena came up to the plate and on a 2-2 fastball he hit a towering home run to right, giving Tampa Bay an 8-5 lead.

This is tough to watch…

Update: Ty Wiggington hit his second HR of the night, this time a solo shot, with two outs in the bottom of the tenth. However it was too little too late as Baltimore dropped it’s fifth straight game. They are now 1-7 on the season and winless at home.

Whole New Ballgame

So its the bottom of the eighth and I’m sitting here stunned. I can’t believe the bullpen has blown it once more. O’s are gonna fall again. Right? WRONG!

At least for the moment.

With Garett Atkins on first, Luke Scott was brought in to pinch hit for Cesar Izturis. Scott then got a hold of a 1-0 Randy Choate fastball and drove it onto Eutaw St. make the score 5-5.

It was Scott’s first career pinch hit homer in 72 career pinch hit at bats.

An 8th Inning Pitching Nightmare

Starter Brian Matusz was superb for seven innings, recording seven strikeouts and allowing just two hits. But in the top half of the eighth, after recording the first out, things started to unravel fast for the birds.

Matusz began the inning by striking out  Willy Aybar. But he allowed the Rays to get on the board via four straight singles and was then pulled in favor of Jim Johnson.

Johnson, who took over with the bases loaded and only one out. He was able to get Ben Zobrist to pop up for the second out. However Evan Longoria tie the score at 3 apiece, driving in a pair of runs on a single to left.

Johnson was then replaced by Will Ohman, who didn’t fare much better, giving up RBI hits to both Carlos Pena and B.J. Upton before finally getting out number three.

Another Defeat?? Rays 5 – Orioles 1

Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett beats the tag of Baltimore's Cesar Itzuris for a double during the third inning of Monday night's game

What is happening to this team! The bats have just gone very quiet in the last few games. Not to mention the fans…Monday night’s contest drew the lowest crowd in the 19-year history of Camden Yards.

In Dan Connolly’s recent blog post he brings up a great point: “The Orioles have scored three runs in their past three games – all, by the way, have been played without Brian Roberts, the offense’s catalyst who was put on the disabled list Monday.”

Not having Roberts has hurt the team I agree. And it will probably cost them some games while he is on the D.L. But tonight I doubt having B-Rob in there would have made too much of a difference. That’s because Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza was just superb.

Garza started out a bit shaky, giving up a solo HR to Felix Pie on just the second pitch of the game. He settled down though, giving up no more runs while striking out six the rest of the way. Garza improved his career record against Baltimore to 8-1 .

O’s starter Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t really all that bad. He didn’t walk a batter, struck out five, and only allowed three runs. And even though he gave up eight total hits, Guthrie was able to hold the Rays to 3 runs before getting pulled prior to the eighth inning.

The bullpen was lovely once again…NOT. In the top of the eighth, Mark Hendrickson gave up a solo HR to Carl Crawford, who went 4-4 on the night. Matt Albers was brought in with one out in the top half of the ninth. He then proceeded to give up three consecutive hits, the third of which drove in Tampa Bay’s fifth and final run.

The birds left six on base and did not record an extra base hit other than Pie’s lead-off homer.

Same two teams are at it again tomorrow evening, first pitch is 7:05.

Weekend Recap

Loved the final round of the Masters yesterday. Great golf, great drama. Personally I was cheering for Tiger. He’s my favorite and I thought it would be cool for him to go out there and win it all after going through a tumultuous winter of shame and disgrace. I know there were quite a bit of folks who just couldn’t bring themselves to cheer for the man, but you got to respect his game. CBS’ Peter Kostis made a great comment during yesterday’s telecast: “Say what you will about Tiger the person or Tiger the brand. Tiger the golfer is still exciting.” It looks as if viewers agree. Preliminary Nielsen  estimates indicated CBS’ rating for Saturday’s third round was 33 percent higher than 2009’s third round coverage.

And although it was who Tiger drew the ratings, it was Phil Mickelson who finished atop the leaderboard to earn his third green jacket in seven years. Mickelson has always been “the peoples champ” and it was so enjoyable to see him win the tournament given the circumstances surrounding his wife Amy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. He played tremendous golf, shooting 67’s on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sunday’s final round was also bogey-free for Mickelson, what a great way to finish.

Now on to a topic slightly less heartwarming. The state of the 2010 Orioles after 6 games.  They own a record of 1-5, their worst start since 2002. Like I always do because I’m a homer, I’m going to look at this situation with the glass half-full.

The starters have for the most part done their job, through six games they rank 13th in the league with a 3.89 ERA. I know it’s early to be referencing stats but they really do not lie and the starters have held up their end of the bargain, plain and simple.

The run support was one run short in the first four losses. But on Saturday and Sunday scoring zero and two runs respectively is just not enough. Garrett Atkins is hitting .350 and Matt Wieters .409, however they bat towards the bottom of the order. No one else on the roster owns an average higher than .300.

Mike Gonzalez has now blown two saves and people are calling for his head. I was fine with the first one on opening night in St. Petersburg, and pretty frustrated when he did it again in the home opener on Friday. I’ve given him the benefit of the doubt but now my leash is short with him. He better rattle off a few solid scoreless innings before his next blown save. If he can’t, its time for Dave Trembley to make some changes at closer.

So it’s a new week of what is still a very young season and grabbing two out of three or dare I even say sweeping  this upcoming series against Tampa Bay is critical for the team’s confidence. After these three upcoming home games they hit the road for a seven game trip on the west coast against Oakland and Seattle. Then they have to face the Yankees and Red Sox for twelve consecutive games! The Birds went a combined 7-29 in ’09 against the two powers of the A.L. East.

And a very interesting and unexpected move in the NFL last night. The Steelers have traded wide receiver and Super Bowl 43 MVP Santonio Homes to the Jets for a fifth round pick in this month’s draft. Holmes will be suspended for the team’s first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Well this is good news if you are a Ravens fan. Holmes has always been a dangerous weapon at receiver and has made big plays against Baltimore several times in his career, most notably in the 2008 AFC Championship Game when he scored on a 65 yard catch and run.


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