Birds hoping Mora can play

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

As Melvin Mora hobbled his way off the emerald Rogers Centre turf en route to a possible stint on the disabled list, teammate Brian Roberts was calm.

"Don't worry, we'll get through this," Roberts told concerned Baltimore Orioles skipper Lee Mazzilli.

The O's cruised to a 9-5 victory over the Blue Jays last night, but the potential loss of Mora for any significant period of time would be a serious blow for a club attempting to hold off the hard-charging Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East.

Yet these O's refuse to whine about their misfortune. That just is not in the makeup of Mazzilli's squad.

"A player telling a manager that everything will be okay," Mazzilli said of his encounter with Roberts. "That's the type of team we have here. No one is going to feel sorry for us. We know that."

Asked about Mora, who will be re-evaluated today, Mazzilli said "It doesn't look good."

Already missing the big bat of starting catcher Javy Lopez because of a broken right hand, the O's might have to survive without the offensive prowess of Mora, who entered the game with a .305 average, 14 home runs and 46 RBIs.

The veteran third baseman, who hit .340 with 27 homers and 104 RBIs a year ago, injured his right hamstring while trying to beat out an infield chopper to Jays shortstop Russ Adams, who made a brilliant barehanded play to throw out the O's No. 3 hitter in the eighth inning.

"I felt a grab (in my right leg) like it was a cramp," Mora said. "I knew right away something was wrong.

"They said I have to wait until (today) to find out more, but it sure hurts. I really don't want to be out, especially now."

In a lineup that boasts big names such as Mora, Roberts, Sammy Sosa, Miguel Tejada and Jay Gibbons, it was the bottom of the O's order that did most of the damage, driving in eight of Baltimore's nine runs. Backup catcher Geronimo Gil led the way by swatting a pair of home runs and notching three RBIs.

"They were good," Mora said of Gil, Eli Marrero and Chris Gomez, who occupied the final three spots in the order. "I'm glad they helped us."


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