The midpoint

The Orioles played their 81st game on Saturday, a game that symbolized the official midpoint of the season. Several players thought that the team has played a decent brand of baseball thus far and lauded the rookies that have come up and made a difference.

“They’ve handled things pretty well so far, but there’s still a long way to go,” said third baseman Melvin Mora. “You’ve got to know that when you get to the second half, that’s when all the veteran players pick it up. You have to be consistent all the way to the end.”

Manager Dave Trembley said that his main disappointment has been that his team has given away some games, a mark of inexperience. But overall, he’s been pleased with Baltimore’s progress and said that he can see the markings of a bright future ahead.

“I think we’ve all seen the emergence of what a year has made the difference with [Adam] Jones and how much better he is,” said Trembley. “We’ve got [Matt] Wieters up here and [Nolan] Reimold, who didn’t make the club out of Spring Training.”

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