Birds Up, O's Down for June 28-July 4

Joe Angel was right - God's telling you not to swing so hard, Josh Bell. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Here's a weekly look at players making an impact, for good and bad, for the Orioles this week:

Birds Up

Cesar Izturis (SS) - The crafty veteran had a great week at the plate, going 8-for-21, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 Ks for a .381/.381/.476/.857 slash line. He's not going to hit for power, but hitting for average would be a refreshing change.

Corey Patterson (LF) - Corey's fighting to keep his playing time, and a week that included 10-for-24, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 6 Ks, 1 SAC, .417/.440/.583/1.023 is a pretty good way to ensure you're name's in the lineup when Felix Pie comes back, even if it's not in left field.

Nick Markakis (RF) - Nick did what Nick does this past week, going 7 for 22, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 6 Ks, .318/.385/.545/.930. The power may be down, but the AVG is back up to 2008 levels.

Brian Matusz (LHP) - Brian was back in a big way this week. 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 8 Ks and just 3 BB. IT was a great reminder of why we were excited about his 2010 season four months ago.

David HernandezJason Berken (RHP) - They get to share an entry, since they didn't pitch that much this week. Beside from the solo HR that Berken surrendered in Matusz' win, the two were lights out. Hernandez went 0.2 IP hitless in his one appearance, and Berken gave up just 3 hits in 3.0 IP with the one run allowed.

O's down

Miguel Tejada (3B) - Miggi went 5-for-26, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 Ks., 0 BB for a .192/.192/.346/.538 slash line. So much for being one of the toughest in AL to K.

Scott Moore (2B) - Scott went just 1-for-10 for the week. If the O's had anyone with an infielder's glove who could hit his weight at Norfolk (I'm looking at YOU, Robert Andino), Moore would have been long gone.

Luke Scott (LF/DH) - Just when the Orioles were going to the city of his favorite batting practice pitchers, Luke gets hurt. On a game-winning home run trot. Only the Orioles...

Ty Wigginton (1B) - Ty went just 1-for-24, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K for a .042/.115/.167/.282 slash line. He may have been an All-Star for the first six weeks of the season, but he sure isn't hitting like one now.

Kevin Millwood & Jeremy Guthrie (RHP) - They get a joint entry because their efforts equally stunk this week. Millwood gave up 6 ER in just 5.0 IP, and Jeremy Guthrie did even worse with 6 ER in just 4.0 IP. Jake Arrieta's still learning to pitch in MLB. These two don't have any excuses.

Dishonorable mention: Josh Bell (6 Ks in 3 games, hurt himself on a ridiculous swing), Mark Hendrickson (for a typical Hendrickson performance on Monday), and Frank Mata, for still being on this team.

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