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AL: O's Perlozzo at wit's end with pitchers
By TIMES WIRES
Published May 18, 2006
BALTIMORE - Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said his team's pitching struggles can't continue without ramifications to the makeup of his staff.
"I think eventually you'll come to a time where you're going to have to say, "That's it, guys, jobs are in jeopardy,"' Perlozzo said.
The Orioles are allowing more walks and more runners per inning than any other team in the American League. They have the second-worst ERA behind the Royals.
Injuries have forced Perlozzo to shuffle his bullpen, but he declined to say when he might consider more substantial changes.
"I don't know that you can actually say a particular time," Perlozzo said. "But I think any major league ballclub that struggles in a certain area can only struggle so long before you've got to try to make some changes. It's not a negative change that we're talking about. You try to do something positive to help the club and to help the other player that's struggling. ... It's the major leagues. You've got to produce."
INDIANS: Infielder Ramon Vazquez, who made Cleveland's roster this spring at the expense of Brandon Phillips, was sent down to Triple-A Buffalo. The Indians called up veteran utilityman Lou Merloni, hitting .316 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 32 games at Buffalo. Merloni played in just five games for the Los Angeles Angels last season before tearing ligaments in his right ankle.
TWINS: Right-hander Kyle Lohse was sent to Triple-A Rochester, Minnesota's latest move to shake up a struggling rotation. Lohse, earning $3.95-million this season, is 2-4 with an 8.92 ERA in eight starts. Right-hander Boof Bonser was recalled from Rochester. He's scheduled to make his major league debut Sunday against the Brewers.