Maryland AD Kevin Anderson has faith in men's basketball coach Gary Williams, who will return next season. ... The Orioles lost to the Phillies, 4-3, on Tuesday, but Justin Duchscherer threw two scoreless innings. ... Brian Roberts' back flared up Tuesday, and Derrek Lee went to see a wrist specialist. ... At the Ed Block Courage Awards, a Steeler impressed Ravens fans.
Will this be the summer the Orioles break .500? In this week¿¿¿s Five for Friday post, I will highlight the five biggest reasons to be optimistic that the Orioles will get it done in 2011 (you better start planning that parade, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake).
They were meaningless exhibition games, but there has been a lot to like about the Orioles' first two Grapefruit League wins. The Orioles have jacked six home runs out of the park, scored 18 runs in two games and gotten quality outings from Brad Bergesen and Jeremy Guthrie.
Brad Bergesen started strong in the Orioles' 6-4 win over the Pirates on Monday. ... Nolan Reimold went hitless in his first 22 at-bats last spring but this year he is off to a promising start. ... Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for a second straight week. ... Baltimore sports talk station 105.7 The Fan unveiled a reshuffled weekday programming lineup Monday.
Never and I chatted about a lot of things Wednesday, from Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and the talented young pitching staff to the Buck Showalter effect and the blueprint for winning in the AL East. Neyer also gave his outlook for the Orioles in 2011, though my headline kind of spoils the big finish.