More awards

No truth to the rumor that Steve McNair also is being charged with an INT-by-consent from last year's playoffs.

Because one of you asked: Major League Baseball is expected to return to alternating host cities for the All-Star Game between the two leagues. Commissioner Bud Selig doubled-up on the National League to squeeze in more new ballparks.

Advertisement's Keith Law wasn't impressed by Orioles pitching prospect Pedro Beato at the Futures Game. During a phone interview on The Anita Marks Show yesterday, Law said Beato's fastball was clocked at 87 mph, and the right-hander appeared to be throwing with maximum effort. Not exactly the power arm that Law anticipated.

It's time to tag on a few more winners to our first-half list:


Best save: It doesn't belong to closer Chris Ray. I'm going with bench coach Tom Trebelhorn for immediately recognizing that umpires were wrong to wave off an Orioles' run during a game in Cleveland. He informed then-manager Sam Perlozzo that it wasn't too late to correct the mistake and consulted the rule book. It took three innings, but umpires put the run on the board.

Most deserving of Gold Glove that won't be awarded: Nick Markakis doesn't have a chance, unless six outfielders start receiving them. And that's too bad. He's been sensational in right.

Longest title for a category: See above.

Best mini-series: The Home Run Derby edges out The Bronx is Burning.

Scrappiest player: Freddie Bynum already has engaged in heated arguments with two coaches. Next, he'll challenge one of the clubhouse attendants to a towel fight.

Most versatile: Move over, Chris Gomez. Not so fast, Freddie. Nobody deserves this award more than Dave Trembley. He was promoted from the minors to serve as field coordinator. Then he was named bullpen coach when Rick Dempsey took a broadcasting job with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Then he became a second bench coach, with Trebelhorn making the occasional trip back home to be with his ailing wife. Then he became manager. What's next, majority owner? I can't wait for this guy to run for governor.