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Bad breath, bad Burres

If any of you plan on attending tonight's Bad Breath Night at Prince George's County Stadium, please give me a full report.

I wonder how many kids were punished for NOT forgetting to brush their teeth before bed.

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I'm waiting for another of the Orioles' minor league affiliates to hold Strained Oblique Night.

I cleared my plate from the table after dinner last night, and Brian Burres' ERA went up another point.

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Burres obviously became confused and thought the White Sox were staging Bad Pitching Night.

Burres was due for a short outing, especially after turning in his longest. It happens. But I still believe he's best suited for a swingman role. On a really good team, that's the best he could hope for - and it's a nice way to make a living.

He's probably given the Orioles more than they could reasonably expect. I don't see him as part of the '08 rotation. Keep Garrett Olson in it, and re-insert Steve Trachsel once he's activated. Then hope Trachsel pitches well enough to bring you something decent in a trade at the non-waiver deadline. Otherwise, keep him if the offers don't excite you. The object is to win games, even when you're out of contention - unless you want to challenge the '62 Mets.

Burres ultimately will be more valuable as a sixth starter.

As for trade rumors, there's nothing hot to report. And new president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is still deciding whether this team is a buyer or a seller. It's not that far out of second place, you know.

The Mets recalled David Newhan from Triple-A New Orleans.

Brandon Snyder and Billy Rowell each went 4-for-6 in Delmarva's 20-6 romp over Hagerstown last night. Snyder hit a grand slam, and Rowell also homered, as the Shorebirds staged Beat Up On Your Opponent Night.

I swear that I spotted Doug Flutie at Seacrets in Ocean City last night. The guy looked EXACTLY like him. Which makes me ask: Why would Doug Flutie be at Seacrets?

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Must have been his backup plan.


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