Talkin' baseball

If Barry Zito signs with the Yankees, he can swap stories with Carl Pavano. They both dated actress Alyssa Milano.

Hopefully, it won't lead to fisticuffs over who's the boss.


The Orioles have some interest in Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, 26, who received permission from the Seibu Lions to seek a major league job, but they don't expect to be serious players in the sweepstakes. The highest bidder can sign Matsuzaka, who went 17-5 with a 2.13 ERA and 200 strikeouts for the Lions and once won their version of the Cy Young Award.

Matsuzaka is scheduled to pitch for the Japanese team that will compete against a group of traveling major league All-Stars in November. The MLB team includes Erik Bedard- the lone Orioles representative - Johan Santana, Ryan Howard, Joe Mauer, Jose Reyes, David Wright, Chase Utley and Andruw Jones. Ken Macha will serve as manager.


The Orioles haven't announced any changes to their coaching staff, but a source says bench coach Lee Elia won't return next season. Elia told The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec last month that he was considering retirement.

I wonder how many fans knew he was on the staff.

It's possible that third base coach Tom Trebelhorn will return to the dugout. Manager Sam Perlozzo needs an infield coach, since he no longer performs those duties and Dave Cash was reassigned during the season.

This might all become more clear later in the week. Stay tuned.

You'll never need to know this, but if you call Kris Benson's cell phone and it goes to voicemail, you'll hear Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." And for longer than you'd expect.

The Orioles still expect him to return next season rather than exercise his right to demand a trade. I couldn't reach him tonight, but I do have a Gnarls Barkley song going through my head now.

It's crazy.