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The Orioles are sniffing around for some starting pitching help

Apr 5, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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Orioles’ starting pitchers have allowed just two runs across 26 innings (0.69 ERA) over the first four games of the season, but don’t let that fool you.

According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Orioles are currently “poking around” for fifth-starter types.

Justin Duchscherer and Brian Matusz are both on the disabled list and will likely be sidelined for the entire first month of the season. Jeremy Guthrie is spending another night in the hospital due to pneumonia and is a question mark to start this weekend. Likewise, Zach Britton, Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman have a grand total of 44 major league starts between them, so the Orioles could certainly use some insurance, even of the mediocre variety.

We haven’t heard any specific names yet, but some notable free agents include the recently-released Carlos Silva and Doug Davis, who is coming back from elbow surgery. The Orioles were one of eight teams present when Davis threw a bullpen session late last month.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    When my dog “sniffs around,” you know what he sniffs? Right, my other dogs’…eh…well, you know. It makes a nice image,a bunch of general managers sniffing each others’…eh, well, you know. Here’s a great little story from Bertrand Tavernier’s great film Coupe de Torchon, kind of a goof on the myth about why there are men and women from Plato’s Symposium: once upon a time there was a party and all the dogs were invited, only the hostess, being a clean freak, insisted that they leave their assholes outside by the door. While they were partying, a wind came up and blew all the assholes around. When the dogs left, they were so drunk each one just grabbed any asshole they saw. And that’s why, to this day, dogs sniff each other, looking for their original assholes.

    Seems to me a terrific metaphor for, say, the winter meetings….

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