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Baltimore at Texas

Inclement weather pushes back O's-Rangers one day

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Baltimore manager Dave Trembley sat in the dugout about two hours before the game was supposed to start, looking out at the threatening skies.

Trembley and his Orioles certainly didn't want another break.

"When you're going as good as we are, you want to keep playing," Trembley said. "I'd rather play, but there's nothing you can do about the weather."

The Orioles (6-1), who have the American League's best record, had to wait another day to try to get their seventh straight victory after their game Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers was postponed because of rain and the threat of severe weather.

"We want to keep doing the things we're doing," Jay Payton said. "Right now is the time when you don't want a day off ever. You just want to keep playing and try and keep rolling."

Since Baltimore isn't scheduled to return to Rangers Ballpark again this season, the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, starting at 5:05 p.m. EDT. The rain and severe weather is forecast to be out of the area by then.

It is already the second rainout for the Orioles, who postponed the finale of their season-opening home series against Tampa Bay.

There were sporadic rain showers during the day Wednesday, and the tarp was never removed from the field. Only a light rain fell when the game was scheduled to start and the postponement was announced, but there was severe weather moving toward the area, including one system that had spawned a possible tornado west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Left-hander Kason Gabbard (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who was set to start for the Rangers on Wednesday night, is scheduled to pitch the second game of the doubleheader. Kevin Millwood, the scheduled Thursday starter, will pitch the first game.

Baltimore didn't change its order, with Steve Trachsel (1-0, 3.18) moving back from Wednesday to start the first game and left-hander Adam Loewen (0-0, 7.71) going in the nightcap.

The Orioles won the opener of the three-game series 8-1 on Tuesday, ruining the Rangers' home opener. Their six-game winning streak already matches the longest they had last season.

"It's team baseball -- pitching, defense, fundamentals, play as a team, stay with it for all 27 outs," Trembley said. "But it starts with preparation, attitude and everybody playing together as a team. There are no secrets."

After a 93-loss season a year ago, when the Orioles finished fourth in the AL East for the ninth time in 10 years, they hit .285 (second in the AL) and their pitchers held opponents to a .224 average (also second in the AL) with a 3.71 ERA through the first seven games this season.

"Dave's been preaching since spring training to play the game right and play it hard," reliever Matt Albers said. "He wants the pitchers attacking the zone and throwing strikes, and we're doing that."

Trembley became the Orioles' interim after Sam Perlozzo was fired last June. The team removed the interim tag Aug. 22, the same day the Orioles suffered the most lopsided loss in team history, 30-3 at home against the Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader.

But that rout, and last season, have been long forgotten.

"It all started in spring training. Everybody came in with a different attitude," Payton said. "He just came in and set a foundation for the team and we're building off that. ... He's done a great job of guiding us. Does that mean we're going to win 100 games? I don't know about that, but right now, things have gotten off to a good start."

Even before the rainout, struggling Rangers outfielder Marlon Byrd was going to get a night off. He wasn't in the starting lineup, but manager Ron Washington said he wasn't concerned about Byrd being 0-for-15 this season after hitting .307 last year.

"It's only 15 at-bats. If it was 115, I'd think we'd have a problem," Washington said. "One good night and he's right back in it."

 
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