Uninspired Orioles fire Trembley

BALTIMORE — Desperate to rejuvenate a team drained by losing, the Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley on Friday.

The Orioles (15-40 after being shut out Friday) own the worst record in the majors. They have lost nine straight and were coming off an 0-6 road trip.

Third-base coach Juan Samuel, 39, was appointed interim manager by president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

"What you're hoping to accomplish when you make a change like this is, you're hoping to ignite a spark, give everybody a clean slate," MacPhail said.

After a 2-16 start, the Orioles appear to be staggering toward a 13th consecutive losing season.

"The results on the field were not what any of us would have hoped for," said Trembley, 58, who had a 187-283 record.

Burrell joins Giants

PITTSBURGH — The Giants purchased Pat Burrell's contract from Triple-A Fresno, three weeks after the outfielder was released by the Rays.

Burrell, 33, hit .313 (5-for-16) with one homer and six RBIs in five Fresno games. He was expected to join the team in time for Friday's game in Pittsburgh.

Burrell was in the second year of a $16 million, two-year contract with Tampa Bay when he was released May 15 after hitting .202 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 24 games.

Grateful ump: Jim Joyce, the umpire who blew the call at first base that cost Tigers RHP Armando Galarraga a perfect game, has been overwhelmed by the support he has received. "I was expecting the dark side, what am I going to do with my family?" Joyce said before the umpiring crew took the field in Philadelphia to several boos. "It hasn't happened. … I believe this happened for a reason. I'm trying to figure out what that reason is, but I think it's playing out."

Braves: Reliever Takashi Saito went on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring, and reliever Craig Kimbrel was recalled from Triple A.

Indians: CF Grady Sizemore is out for the season after having microfracture surgery on his left knee.

Mariners: Ken Griffey said his now-retired son "sounds very happy" and relieved with his decision to walk away in the middle of his 22nd major-league season to return to his family. Griffey said Ken Griffey Jr.'s pride was wounded when Seattle benched him for most of his final two weeks. The elder Griffey said his son "was just not going to sit there" while apart from family.

Mets: 2B Luis Castillo (bruised right heel) was placed on the DL, and slumping backup OF Gary Matthews was cut.

Rangers: Vladimir Guerrero (swollen left eye) was the DH after missing two games because a caroming ball hit his face during batting practice.

Yankees: Pitching coach Dave Eiland, 43, is taking a leave of absence. The former Zephyr­hills and USF standout will be away for an unspecified length of time, manager Joe Girardi said without giving a reason. Bullpen coach Mike Harkey will take over, with batting practice pitcher Charlie Wonsowicz going to the pen.

Uninspired Orioles fire Trembley 06/05/10 [Last modified: Saturday, June 5, 2010 1:06am]

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