Every Monday, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will rank the most significant athletes and events in Baltimore sports that week based on accomplishments on and off the field. Because, well, why not?
The return of the Orioles was the big story this week, overshadowing the release of Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, Maryland’s loss in the NIT semifinals and a rift amongst the sons of a local legend. The Orioles went 3-3 in their first six games of 2013, but it was a fun first week thanks to one Orioles slugger.
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THE BOTTOM TWO
100. The Unitas family: The family of Baltimore Colts legend Johnny Unitas has been feuding in the media the past few days, all over Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco playing Unitas in football scenes in a movie project named, “Unitas We Stand.” It is only bringing ill will and bad publicity to Unitas’ good name.
99. Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold: It took less than a week for two Orioles injury-prone starters to come up gimpy. Roberts is out three-to-four weeks with a knee injury and Reimold’s left Sunday's game with a tight hamstring, though Reimold said this morning that he will be ready to play by Wednesday.
THE TOP FIVE
5. T.J. McFarland: McFarland, a Rule 5 pick who battled to make the Opening Day roster, was one of a few bright spots on the mound for the Orioles last week as he allowed one hit and struck out five in 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his major-league debut against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
4. Jimmy Patsos: The now-former Loyola men’s hoops coach parlayed a successful run with the Greyhounds into a new gig at Siena. He will be missed around these parts, but good for Patsos.
3. The Capitals: The Capitals had spent most of this lockout-shortened season near the Eastern Conference cellar, but with their current four-game winning streak, they have moved to the top of the Southeast Division standings. And with 16 goals in his past 14 games, Alex Ovechkin looks like his old self again.
2. Adam Jones: Jones has been overshadowed by a certain someone so far, but he is off to an awesome start. The Orioles center fielder leads the major leagues with a .538 batting average and is tied for the MLB lead with nine runs scored.
1. Chris Davis: No hitter was hotter in the first week of the season, as Davis made history by hitting four homers and driving in 16 runs in the team’s first four games. Thanks for the thrills, Chris.