The Orioles' regulars rallied to top the Red Sox on Sunday and the reserves fell to the Blue Jays. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter called Red Sox manager Terry Francona to address his comments about Boston G.M. Theo Epstein. ... VCU shocked Kansas and Kentucky beat North Carolina to set this year's Final Four.
Baltimore is blessed with a bunch of talented sports bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. I often link up to these local writers in my morning Coffee Companion posts, but instead of just exchanging anti-social links with them, I have decided to be slightly less anti-social by exchanging emails with them in a somewhat regular Q&A feature called Blogger on Blogger.
An Astros lineup that included just three regulars knocked around starter Brad Bergesen and the Orioles, 14-8, on Tuesday. ... On a day when they performed terribly on the field, the Orioles got much-needed positive news on the injury front. ... After allowing eight runs since tweaking his delivery, Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg will go back to his old mechanics. ... Gary Williams says the Terps will be in the NCAA tournament in 2012. ... The Capitals extended their winning streak to nine games.
Keith Law, the lead baseball writer for Scouts Inc., has been critical of the Orioles' offseason moves, so I thought my readers might read to see what he had to say about the additions of Vladimir Guerrero and J.J. Hardy, the Matt Wieters debate and where the Orioles stand in the AL East.
In last week's Five for Friday post, I half-filled my coffee mug with orange Kool-Aid, listing five reasons to be optimistic about the Orioles finally breaking the .500 mark in 2011. But today, my mug is half-empty, and the sweet taste of winning baseball has been replaced by Haterade.
In the first round of the ACC tourney Thursday night, Maryland beat N.C. State, 75-67. ... The Orioles rallied to beat the Pirates, 11-8, but they did it in spite of another rough outing by Brad Bergesen. ... Brian Roberts could return to the Orioles lineup on Friday. ... Sorry, fans of the three-man rush, but John Harbaugh said the Ravens plan on bringing the heat next season.
The race for the fifth spot in the Orioles' rotation is wide-open right now. Veteran Justin Duchscherer and Chris Tillman are the frontunners, but Ryan Drese, Zach Britton and Rick VandenHurk are all in the running, too. Let's handicap each pitcher's odds of making the Opening Day rotation.