- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 16, 2002

CLEVELAND Baltimore Orioles manager Mike Hargrove, a noted night owl, usually stays up a good two or three hours after night games, replaying the evening's proceedings in his mind and planning ahead for the next day. Tuesday night, he returned to his suburban Cleveland home following the Orioles' 6-5 collapse against the Indians and hit the sack almost immediately.
Just be glad he didn't hit anything else.
"That was probably as tough a loss as I've been through in a long while," said Hargrove, who watched reliable third baseman Tony Batista commit a throwing error with two outs in the ninth and then rookie closer Jorge Julio serve up a game-winning homer to Matt Lawton. "It was like someone reaching down and pulling your stomach out through your mouth."
The stunning loss was particularly tough to accept because Julio had two strikes on each of the last three batters he faced but failed to retire any of them. Julio noted that he relied too heavily on his fastball and will attempt to use his slider and change-up more in the future.
"Everything's 100 percent," he said. "I feel good. I'm ready to go [tonight]."
Hargrove was anxious to see how Julio would react the day after blowing his second straight save (the 23-year-old right-hander also gave up a game-winning homer to Tampa Bay's Randy Winn on Saturday). He emerged from a lengthy pre-game meeting with Julio encouraged by his young pitcher's maturity.
"The kid was clear-eyed, he looked me in the eye and said all the right things," Hargrove said. "He looked the way you'd want a kid to look the day after that."

Guess who's back?
David Segui returned to the Orioles lineup for the first time in four games (and the third time in 11) last night, though his inclusion as Baltimore's DH and No.3 hitter was a game-time decision.
The Orioles waited until after batting practice to see if Segui, who is attempting to play with a bruised tendon and torn cartilage in his left wrist, was OK to play. If he cannot return to the lineup on a semi-regular basis, the team may have to consider placing him on the disabled list, though they have yet to determine that.
"I don't think we want this thing to linger on," Hargrove said. "We're coming up on a time where a decision has to be made, one way or the other. But I don't know that we've reached that yet."

Extra bases
The Orioles weren't pleased when Indians starter Danys Baez threw a pitch behind Mike Bordick's back during Tuesday's game. Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna immediately issued warnings to both dugouts, but Hargrove wanted Baez ejected from the game.
Sean Douglass is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Devil Rays, though he'll be available out of the Orioles' bullpen for the next few days.
The Indians have signed outfielder Chad Allen (released by the Orioles last month) to a minor-league contract and assigned him to ClassAAA Buffalo.


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