Longtime Orioles umpires attendant Ernie Tyler was recovering at the University of Maryland Medical Center on Wednesday after surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Tyler's son, Jimmy, said that the procedure lasted several hours and doctors told the family it appeared to go well. "Everything seems to be fine," said Jimmy Tyler, the club's home equipment manager. "They see no problems, but we'll wait until tomorrow for sure." Ernie Tyler, 86, was taken to the hospital after experiencing dizziness and slurred speech at Camden Yards on Saturday afternoon. A local legend, he worked 3,819 consecutive home games from Opening Day 1960 to July 27, 2007. His streak ended when he accepted an invitation from Cal Ripken Jr. to attend Ripken's Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Berken: Reliever Jason Berken, who did not pitch after Aug. 12 because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder, has been cleared to start working out and running. However, he's still going to wait about another month before beginning his rehabilitation program. Berken is still ahead of schedule and on pace to be a full go when spring training begins in February.
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MASN: O's area viewership up 10 percent this season
The Orioles finished the year up 10percent in area viewership, MASN reported Wednesday. Last year, the Orioles games earned an average 3.0 household rating per game in the Baltimore market. This year, they finished at 3.3. That translates to about 36,000 area homes. During the first two weeks of Buck Showalter's tenure as manager in early August, the rating was 4.7. Orioles games held steady in the Washington market year to year with a .7 rating. For more on David Zurawik's blog post, go to baltimoresun.com/zontv.
Otto's late goal helps Stevenson upset Salisbury, 2-1
Sophomore Ansger Otto scored in the 88th minute to lead the host Stevenson men's soccer team (8-3, 1-3 Capital Athletic Conference) to a 2-1 upset of Salisbury (10-1-2, 4-1), ranked No. 17 in DivisionIII. Stevenson freshman Josh Stover (Marriotts Ridge) tied the game in the 62nd minute off a through ball from Otto. The Mustangs have won the past two games in the series after going 0-9-2 in the first 11.
More men's soccer: Senior midfielder Marco Mangione scored two goals to lead Towson (7-1-1, 1-1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 2-0 victory over host Hofstra (3-5-2, 1-2-0). … Loyola senior forward Phil Bannister was named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School…. CCBC-Essex is ranked No.4 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, up from No.11.
Field hockey: Maryland senior attacker Katie O'Donnell was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Women's cross country: McDaniel senior Lindsay Wilson (Seton Keough) was named Centennial Conference Runner of the Week. … Frostburg State junior Anne Patron (Dulaney) was named Capital Athletic Conference Runner of the Week.
Golf: Stevenson freshman Ben Lukehart (Mount Carmel) is the CAC Golfer of the Week.
Arenas plans to give Wall assist, start anew elsewhere
Here's how Gilbert Arenas looks at his role with the Washington Wizards: Show top pick John Wall the ropes, then "move on." Arenas was expressionless, maintaining the serious demeanor he presented to the public throughout training camp. "Right now, I'm out there to hit open shots, teach John the ins and the outs of the game, and then eventually go on and move on — on my way," Arenas said. "This is the NBA. There's few players that stay in the same city, so right now the city is John's. I'm not here to fight anybody. I'm here to play alongside of him." Arenas is trying a comeback after a felony conviction for bringing guns into the locker room landed him a 50-game suspension and a month in a halfway house last season. The legal trouble was preceded by knee problems, limiting the three-time All-Star to 47 games over the past three seasons.
126-1 shot Shordawatyadrink wins allowance race at Laurel
Maryland-bred Shordawatyadrink, a 126-1 shot, upset nine rivals to win the eighth-race feature at Laurel Park, a $32,000 allowance test. Owned and conditioned by Horace Parker at the Bowie Training Center, the son of Mojave Moon, with jockey Leroy Nelson aboard, was last at the half-mile marker but ran down front-running Kens Cape and won by 11/2 lengths. The 5-year-old finished the seven furlongs in 1 minute, 24.15 seconds. Shordawatyadrink paid $255.40 to win, $75 to place and $32 to show. The gelding topped a $1,099.80 exacta and $20,475 trifecta.
Hunting: Maryland Rifle Club will host a hunter sight-in at the AGC's Marriottsville Range, 11518 Marriottsville Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be additional sessions the same hours Nov. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21. Experienced shooters and instructors will help you adjust your rifle sights. The fee is $5 per firearm plus a $1 donation to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Hunter certification is available for $7 per item. For additional information, call 410-461-8532.
—From Sun staff and news services