Desperate to rejuvenate a team drained by losing, the Baltimore Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley on Friday.
The Orioles owned the worst record in the major leagues entering Friday night’s game against Boston. They quickly fell to 15-40 with an 11-0 loss to the Red Sox. They have lost nine straight and just came off an 0-6 road trip in which they were outscored 34-8 in Toronto and New York.
Third base coach Juan Samuel was appointed interim manager by president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.
The Orioles got off to a 2-16 start – second-worst in franchise history – and 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, and I understand that the organization felt the time was right to move in a different direction,” said the 58-year-old Trembley, who had a 187-283 record with the Orioles. “While I am disappointed at the outcome, I feel it was a privilege to wear the Orioles uniform each day.”
Grady Sizemore, the Indians’ All-Star center fielder from Everett and face of Cleveland’s franchise, will miss the remainder of this season after having microfracture surgery on his left knee. The Indians said Sizemore will need six to nine months to recover. … The San Francisco Giants have purchased Pat Burrell’s contract from Triple-A Fresno, three weeks after the outfielder was released by Tampa Bay. Burrell, 33, hit .313 (5 for 16) with one homer and six RBI in five Fresno games. … The New York Mets placed second baseman Luis Castillo on the disabled list and cut slumping backup outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. … The Tampa Bay Rays activated catcher Kelly Shoppach from the 15-day disabled list and placed shortstop Jason Bartlett on the DL with a strained right hamstring.