Good morning to all.

I have a few minutes before I need to pick up my daughter in Pasadena, and I wanted to clean out the ol' notebook.


The Orioles still haven't decided whether Radhames Liz is a starter or a reliever. Bullpen coach Alan Dunn, going back to his Chicago Cubs roots, compares Liz to set-up man Carlos Marmol. That sounds like one vote for reliever.

I'd need to see the kid throw more strikes before trusting him in the eighth inning of a close game, but I also see the logic. His delivery gets out of whack the longer he's in a game.

The club doesn't lack for upper-90s fastballs on that pitching staff, but Liz and Dennis Sarfate are still working to harness theirs. It looks like Sarfate just needs to relax. He's out of minor league options. He's not getting sent down. He has to trust his stuff and maintain his composure.

His wife's pregnancy didn't rattle him when he pitched on the road. What's the big deal about Josh Hamilton or Alex Rodriguez?

Ramon Hernandez is appearing at ESPN Zone today at noon for a question-and-answer session. You can ask him about the way he's been crushing the ball lately. Even his outs are loud. Have you noticed?

Lenny Moore will be signing autographs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Mother's Grille in Federal Hill. On display will be 35 autographed game-used baseball gloves from such Oriole greats as Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Davey Johnson, Paul Blair, Boog Powell, Mike Flanagan and Rick Dempsey. Ironclad Authentics is making it happen. Stop by and soak up a little Baltimore sports history.

Down on the farm, Triple-A Norfolk scored four runs in the top of the 14th inning to defeat Buffalo, 8-4. Luis Hernandez had a key hit and RBI, but he's batting .178. Kam Mickolio walked two during a scoreless inning. He still hasn't allowed a run since moving up from Double-A Bowie.

And speaking of the Baysox, Sebastien Boucher hit a solo home run in the first inning – his second homer in two at-bats, going back to the previous night's walk-off blast. And Chorye Spoone remains on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. What a disappointment. I expected him to be at Triple-A in the second half and drawing some consideration from the Orioles, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy.

Brandon Snyder hit another home run, his eighth, for Single-A Frederick. And Single-A Delmarva's Joe Mahoney drove in five runs.