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08:15 AM ET 04.05 | While things were rolling along for first baseman Chris Davis of the Orioles, their second baseman's season took a wrong turn Thursday. As the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field cleared out and the Orioles packed up for their flight back home to Baltimore, [Brian Roberts] slowly limped to his locker, visibly downtrodden. Roberts had just been carried off the field after injuring his right hamstring while stealing second base in the ninth inning of the Orioles' 6-3 win Thursday over the Tampa Bay Rays. Roberts, who was looking forward to playing in his first home opener since 2011, now appears to be out indefinitely. He will see team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and have an MRI on Friday in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun

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April 5, 2013  08:33 AM ET

ah. a classic perennial headline since 2010.

April 5, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Maybe he shouldn't have tried to steal second when up 4 going into the 9th.... ;-)

April 5, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe he shouldn't have tried to steal second when up 4 going into the 9th.... ;-)

Good point. Kind of Karma at work there. Roberts is a pain in the neck which is another way of saying he's a good player.

April 5, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Good point. Kind of Karma at work there. Roberts is a pain in the neck which is another way of saying he's a good player.

Yes he is. But I will have to back off just a little. I remember back in the 80's when STL speedsters would get accused of "bad form" for stealing bases when up by more than a grand slam.... So - do hitters stop trying to hit the ball, or knock out HRs, try not to strike out. If stealing bases is a MAJOR part of your game - why should you have to rein it in?

April 5, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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Yes he is. But I will have to back off just a little. I remember back in the 80's when STL speedsters would get accused of "bad form" for stealing bases when up by more than a grand slam.... So - do hitters stop trying to hit the ball, or knock out HRs, try not to strike out. If stealing bases is a MAJOR part of your game - why should you have to rein it in?

Agreed. That is what Whitey Herzog said to Roger Craig when Craig was a bit miffed at the Cardinal's running while they had a lead. He said basically "we'll stop trying to steal if you stop trying to hit HRs".

April 5, 2013  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Good point. Kind of Karma at work there. Roberts is a pain in the neck which is another way of saying he's a good player.

He is a good player. It's a shame he simply can't stay on the field.

April 5, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe he shouldn't have tried to steal second when up 4 going into the 9th.... ;-)

Nice.....

April 5, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Agreed. That is what Whitey Herzog said to Roger Craig when Craig was a bit miffed at the Cardinal's running while they had a lead. He said basically "we'll stop trying to steal if you stop trying to hit HRs".

STL had to keep running - they weren't capable of scoring runs in bunches - other teams were - so they just kept the pressure on scoring 1 to 2 runs an inning when ever they could... even with a lead - because leads can disappear....

April 5, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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STL had to keep running - they weren't capable of scoring runs in bunches - other teams were - so they just kept the pressure on scoring 1 to 2 runs an inning when ever they could... even with a lead - because leads can disappear....

Ultimately you have to do what you think you need to do to win the game and deal with the consequences. You can always say if you don't want somebody stealing bases at that point in the game then keep them off the bases.

April 5, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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STL had to keep running - they weren't capable of scoring runs in bunches - other teams were - so they just kept the pressure on scoring 1 to 2 runs an inning when ever they could... even with a lead - because leads can disappear....

Coleman & McGee

April 5, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Coleman & McGee

With Ozzie, Lonnie, and Tommie. Yep - quite a bunch....

April 5, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe he shouldn't have tried to steal second when up 4 going into the 9th.... ;-)

You should know better a 4 run lead in the AL East is nothing even if it is the last inning.

April 5, 2013  11:25 AM ET
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Maybe he shouldn't have tried to steal second when up 4 going into the 9th.... ;-)

I don't agree with that. At least, not in the "unwritten rule" kind of way.

If I'm the manager, I'm pouring it on. Score all the runs you can because you never know. There's no clock in baseball, so who's to say your opponent doesn't rack up one million runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Also, who gives a **** if a team's running up the score. What? Does it hurt their opponents feelings? Sack up, Nancy. This is professional baseball. You don't like a team running up the score on you? Get a ****ing out, then.

Poonanies.

April 5, 2013  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Agreed. That is what Whitey Herzog said to Roger Craig when Craig was a bit miffed at the Cardinal's running while they had a lead. He said basically "we'll stop trying to steal if you stop trying to hit HRs".

Exactly. The notion of letting up is ****ing ridiculous.

April 5, 2013  01:18 PM ET

the orioles would be missing Roberts but WHO knows? he may come back sooner than expected!!

April 5, 2013  01:19 PM ET
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I don't agree with that. At least, not in the "unwritten rule" kind of way.If I'm the manager, I'm pouring it on. Score all the runs you can because you never know. There's no clock in baseball, so who's to say your opponent doesn't rack up one million runs in the bottom of the ninth.Also, who gives a **** if a team's running up the score. What? Does it hurt their opponents feelings? Sack up, Nancy. This is professional baseball. You don't like a team running up the score on you? Get a ****ing out, then.Poonanies.

My sarcasm button was broke.... read my retraction in the follow ons when we were talking about running teams in the 80's.....

April 5, 2013  01:21 PM ET

the Angels had have findout the hard way about their new starter in Blaton, he reminds me of somebody WHO the halos traded to the Royals,,Evin Santana,,for Blaton would be a very long season, but for the halos will be a nightmare every time Blaton be in the mound,,,

April 5, 2013  01:25 PM ET

the Angels can't hit the right spot in every season, a lack of knowledge or a lack of luck with their free agents signed in every season, i mean we knew the blaton signed wouldn't help the team,another is hanson WHO has been losing MPH in every last 3 years,,but the front office appears reluctant in their free agents choices,,

April 5, 2013  01:26 PM ET

the angels hitters aren't worse than the marlins hitters,, i mean 36 strikeouts in 3 games? comon the halos can do better than that!!

 
April 5, 2013  01:31 PM ET

the game could had gone either way sure, but there are a more than a few impatient hitters
in the halos lineup, Trumbo can't wait and loves to swing at the first pitch, hamilton would swing at anything its crossing the plate, Pujols blames the facitis injury but about last year? what was his excuse? well, Trout appears to be off timming at the plate, and the angels cinderella in their catcher Chris Ianetta proved to be a slim spark after all,

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