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 BALTIMORE (AP) -Not long after Paul Shuey allowed the final nine runs in a 30-3 loss to the Texas Rangers, his cell phone started ringing.
``I had one buddy call and ask me if I was trying. I said, 'Yeah, I really was,''' Shuey said.
The day after the Baltimore Orioles yielded an American League-record 30 runs, the players and manager Dave Trembley were still trying Thursday to make sense out of the debacle.
Shuey pitched two innings, allowing seven hits - including two home runs. His ERA swelled from 6.75 to 9.49.
Under different circumstances, Trembley would have mercifully pulled him from the game. But it was only the opener of a doubleheader, so Shuey took one for the team.
``It was one of those times when you really try to conserve the rest of the bullpen, your main guys, so we had a good shot to win the second game,'' the right-hander said.
Trembley, meanwhile, experienced one of baseball's all-time up-and-down days. Hours after the team announced his contract extension into 2008, the Orioles gave up 29 hits in the most lopsided loss in franchise history.
``I didn't get back to my apartment until maybe about 1:45,'' he said. ``I think my wife was more upset about it than I was. I was glad she was here.''
Trembley held a team meeting Thursday afternoon before the Orioles opened a four-game series against the Twins.
``Our focus was to review Minnesota,'' he said. ``But if there was a key element of the talk, it was called pride.''
The 36-year-old Shuey hadn't pitched in the majors since 2003 before joining the Orioles on June 19. He underwent hip surgery two years ago and is still working to find a comfort zone on the mound.
It didn't happen Wednesday.
``That was the ugliest outing I've ever had, but at the same time I'm still kind of trying to come back and trying to get my stuff together. I treated it that way and just tried to battle through it,'' Shuey said. ``I actually feel pretty good today for going through that. I was happy the other guys didn't get penalized and were in position to succeed in the next game.''
But what about that inflated ERA? More than one-third of the 26 runs he's allowed this season came during that horrid two-inning appearance.
``To be honest with you, my numbers weren't great before the outing yesterday. I agree, it's not going to be pretty to look at,'' he said. ``But at the end of the day that's more of a pride factor.''
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