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BALTIMORE —The Baltimore Orioles placed left-hander Troy Patton on the 15-day
disabled list Tuesday after he sprained his right ankle walking in a parking
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to have to start taping ankles away from the ballpark, too,” Orioles manager
Buck Showalter said. Patton is part of an outstanding bullpen that has kept
Baltimore in contention for a playoff berth. Hes 1-0 with a 2.58 ERA in 50 games
and has limited opposing batters to a .218 batting average. “It is extremely
frustrating,” said Patton, who has a walking boot and crutches. “I havent felt
as good as Ive felt recently on the mound my whole career.” Patton rolled the
ankle Sunday night. Its the third time this season hes hurt the same ankle, but
this time the injury was serious. “I woke up and it was throbbing, and I just
realized it was probably worse than I had thought,” he said. J.C. Romero, who
was obtained from Cleveland in a trade on Monday, will fill Pattons role as the
only lefty in the bullpen. Romero began the season with St. Louis, going 0-0
with a 10.13 ERA in 11 games before being released May 14. He was then signed to
a minor league contract by the Orioles and went 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 17
appearances for Triple-A Norfolk. After obtaining his release, Romero was signed
by the Indians to a minor league deal July 21 and pitched in eight games for
Triple-A Columbus. Showalter said the injury to Patton made the acquisition of
the 36-year-old Romero “more pressing.” Thus, Romero finally made it to
Baltimore after failing to do so earlier this season as a member of the
organization. “Its baseball. I was telling a couple of guys, nothing is written
down in this game,” Romero said. “All you do is play the game the right way and
respect the game. Youll be moving from place to place at times and it just
happened that the first time around I didnt get a chance to be here with the
guys. But Im here now and Im trying to make the best of it.” In an effort to get
more left-handed depth in the bullpen, the Orioles are going to ask former
first-round pick Brian Matusz to pitch in relief with Triple-A Norfolk. Matusz
began the season as part of Baltimores starting rotation but was sent to the
minors on July 1. He has pitched in 68 games with the Orioles over four seasons,
none of them in relief. “Well do it a couple times before we consider it an
option,” Showalter said of using Matusz out of the bullpen. “Id be surprised if
he cant do it.” In another move, Baltimore recalled right-hander Steve Johnson
from Triple-A Norfolk. He replaces right-hander Miguel Socolovich, who was
optioned to Norfolk on Sunday. To make room for Romero on the 40-man roster, the
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challenge.All those ugly losses didnt stop Notre Dame from landing a beauty of a
recruiting class. Same goes for Miami. And while Alabamas first season under
Nick Saban was so-so, the first Crimson Tide recruiting class the US$4
million-per-year coach can truly call his own turned out top-ranked. Despite
coming off lacklustre seasons, Notre Dame, Miami and Alabama – along with
Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma – came away with the top recruiting classes
Wednesday, the first day of the national signing period for high school football
players. “Its a statement about tradition,” said Allen Wallace, the national
recruiting editor for Scout.com and publisher of SuperPrep magazine. “Its the
hardest thing to get and its the hardest to kill.” Terrelle Pryor broke with
tradition and decided to put off his big decision. The ballyhooed high school
quarterback from Western Pennsylvania, who has been compared to Vince Young, had
Ohio State and Michigan at the top of his list but now wants to give Oregon and
Penn State a better look. Rarely does a major recruit not announce on the first
day. “Id like to take more time and be fair to all the coaches that recruited
me, who spent a lot of time recruiting me,” Pryor said during a no-news
conference at Jeannette High School that must have left Ohio State coach Jim
Tressel and new Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez exasperated. For Notre Dame coach
Charlie Weis, signing day went much better than the 2007 season, when the most
storied program in college football finished 3-9. Still, Weis was able to lure
some of the best prospects in the country to South Bend, Ind. “Its still Notre
Dame,” said recruiting analyst Bobby Burton of Rivals.com, which had Alabamas
class No. 1 and Notre Dames No. 2. “At the same time when a team is 3-9, highly
ranked kids see an opportunity to play right away.” The Fighting Irish class
includes a five-star prospect at quarterback (Dayne Crist from Sherman Oaks,
Calif.), wide receiver (Michael Floyd from St.Paul, Minn.) and tight end (Kyle
Rudolph from Cincinnati) and plenty of defensive line help. “I think our program
needed this boost,” Weis said. “I think this is a significant boost – the right
type of players, the right type of kids and the right type of day. This is the
type of day where everyone has to feel good, saying, What a good day.” There
were few good days for Randy Shannon in his first season as Miami coach. The
Hurricanes went 5-7 and, like Notre Dame, suffered several embarrassingly
lopsided losses. This recruiting class provides the promise of better times for
the Hurricanes. Miami came away with quite a haul, much of it from the fertile
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tackle Marcus Forston was one of eight players the Hurricanes signed from
powerhouse Northwestern High School in Miami. “This class is the foundation that
were building on, a foundation thats preparing us for the next step of what were
trying to get done at the University of Miami,” Shannon said. Saban went 7-6 in
his first season at Alabama and the Crimson Tides losing streak to archrival
Auburn reached six games. Tide fans are hoping this years stellar recruiting
class, made up mostly of in-state players, is a sign Saban is starting to
reclaim the state from coach Tommy Tuberville and the Tigers. “They completely
clobbered Auburn,” said analyst Tom Lemming from CSTV. Alabamas class was strong
heading into signing day and then got even better when Julio Jones, a wide
receiver from Foley considered one of the best players in the nation, and
linebacker Jerrell Harris from Gadsden decided to stay close to home and join
the Crimson Tide. “We have a significant number of needs because we lack depth
on our team almost at every position,” Saban said. “We were able to across the
board attract some good players at just about every position.” National champion
LSU will need to reload fast just to stay on top of the Southeastern Conference.
Aside from Alabama, Florida and Georgia added highly touted recruiting classes
to their already well-stocked rosters. Rivals.com had Floridas class ranked
third and Georgias sixth. LSU was No. 11. As usual, Oklahoma mined talent-rich
Texas to put together another top recruiting class. The Sooners three highest
rated players – defensive end R.J. Washington, running back Jermie Calhoun and
offensive lineman Stephen Good – all played high school football in Texas. The
Sooners class was ranked fifth by Rivals. Southern California coach Pete Carroll
has been the king of recruiting since he took over the Trojans in 2001,
consistently landing classes ranked in the top two or three nationally. USC was
10th according to Rivals.com, but dont think the Trojans have slipped. Their
ranking was held down because they signed only 18 players, while most teams
inked at least 20. Alabama and Miami both signed 33. “USCs top 10 players would
be right there with Ohio States at the top,” Lemming said. Even without Pryor,
Ohio State (No. 8), which also had a relatively small class of 19 signees, and
Michigan (No. 9) had classes ranked in the top 10 by Rivals.com. Pryor has until
April 1 to make up his mind. Fans of the Buckeyes, Wolverines, Ducks and Nittany
Lions will be anxiously awaiting. AP sports writers Tom Coyne in South Bend,
Ind., John Zenor in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to
this report. ’ ’ ’ 

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