8/2/2013 9:00 P.M. ET
Alomar inducted into Orioles Hall of Fame
By Derek Wetmore / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles inducted second baseman Roberto Alomar into the Orioles Hall of Fame on Friday, with a luncheon in the afternoon and a pregame ceremony at Camden Yards. During the pregame ceremony, the team also presented longtime scout Don Pries with the Herb Armstrong Award.
Current Orioles broadcaster and Orioles Hall of Fame member Mike Bordick introduced Alomar and slipped the green Hall of Fame jacket on the former second baseman.
Alomar spent three seasons with the Orioles from 1996-98. In that time, he batted .312, the highest batting average in franchise history among players with at least 1,200 at-bats. He also hit 50 home runs and had 210 RBIs in his 412 regular season games with the club. His .480 slugging percentage is ninth on the Orioles' all-time list.
"I feel honored. It's an honor as a ballplayer. I never expected this phone call from the Orioles," Alomar said. "I only played here for three years and it caught me by surprise. But to be selected by such a great, elite group of players, it is an honor. It is a dream come true for myself.
"Playing with Cal [Ripken Jr.] was, to me, a childhood dream come true. Playing with one of the top shortstops, it was an unbelievable feeling for myself. And I remember every day that we played here, we played in front of a sold-out crowd. So, as a ballplayer, you always loved that."
Alomar spoke to the crowd before Friday's game, and he threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Alexi Casilla, but with his own little twist. Instead of winding up to throw the pitch overhand, Alomar flipped it with his backhand, much like he used to on defense in his playing days.
"I think sometimes guys like him and [Omar] Vizquel got bored playing defense and kind of invented different looks," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "There's things that guys do today that I guarantee they were sitting at home watching Robbie do and they said, 'I want to try that.'"
Pries was part of the Orioles organization from 1968-74 during its peak. He oversaw the club's farm system for general manager Harry Dalton when the team won three American League pennants and a World Series in '70.
Pries was director of the Major League scouting bureau and said he helped mentor Dan Duquette, the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations.
Replays award Flaherty overturned home run
BALTIMORE -- Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty hit a ball off the top of the out-of-town scoreboard in right field in the fourth inning. Flaherty appeared surprised when he was stopped at second base, and that brought manager Buck Showalter out of the dugout to ask for a review.
It was originally ruled a double, but the umpires granted Showalter's request, and after reviews, it was turned into a home run, giving the Orioles a 6-3 lead. The crowd sat quietly during the review, but cheered loudly when umpires emerged and signaled Flaherty's solo homer.
Flaherty was filling in for Brian Roberts, who was put on the paternity list earlier in the day Friday to be with his expecting wife.
Roberts placed on paternity list; Johnson activated
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles placed Brian Roberts on the paternity list Friday, as his wife is expecting the birth of the couple's first child. Reliever Steve Johnson was activated from the 15-day disabled list and will take Roberts' place on the active roster.
Roberts was at the hospital Friday morning to be with his wife.
Ryan Flaherty was penciled into the lineup in place of Roberts, batting ninth and playing second.
Since Roberts returned from a hamstring injury, he's been the regular second baseman, and he has hit at or near the bottom of the order. He's batting .245/.283/.357 in 107 plate appearances this season, including three games at the beginning of the season before he was hurt.
Johnson was scheduled to pitch Saturday for Double-A Bowie in his recovery from a strained left oblique, but he will instead be added to the bullpen. He's been sidelined since June 6 with the injury.
• Bud Norris, who made his Orioles debut Thursday against his former team, will likely travel to Houston on Sunday to close out personal matters in his old town before joining the Orioles on the road in San Diego. He'll either take his work day Saturday or Sunday, and the team is waiting on that and a few other factors before deciding its pitching rotation next week.
• Hunter Harvey, the Orioles' top selection in this year's First-Year Player Draft, pitched three no-hit scoreless innings Thursday for the Gulf Coast League Orioles. The right-hander struck out eight and walked one.
• Friday night marked the 150th consecutive game that J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado have started alongside one another on the left side of the Orioles infield. That's the fourth-longest streak in the Majors since 1946.
• Jason Hammel (right flexor mass tightness) got an MRI on Friday morning, but the team hasn't yet heard the results. Hammel was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, when Norris was added.
Dr. John Wilckens will evaluate the MRI before the team decides what to do next with Hammel.
Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com.. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.