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.


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.


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?


Must have been his backup plan.