With the Jets coming to town this weekend, John Harbaugh said he has no plans to censor his players this week. ... Harbaugh defended his decision to leave Joe Flacco in for the entirety of Sunday's blowout. ... Haruki Nakamura could miss at least a month with a right knee injury. ... Vladimir Guerrero became the all-time MLB leader in hits by a Dominican-born player on Monday night. He also sparked a four-run rally that helped the Orioles beat the reeling Red Sox. ... Buck Showalter is day-to-day with an ankle injury.
The streaking Orioles beat the Tigers, 6-5, on Thursday night, giving them their eighth win in 10 games. ... Brian Matusz could get one more start. ... Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron defended the offense¿s pace of play in the fourth quarter of Sunday¿s loss.
John Harbaugh said Monday that the Ravens may sit Lee Evans and Domonique Foxworth until they are fully healthy. ... Harbaugh also revisited the decision to kick that fourth-quarter field goal in Sunday's loss to the Titans. ... Tuesday at 4 p.m. is the deadline for the Ravens to reach a long-term deal with Haloti Ngata. ... The Orioles beat the Red Sox, 6-5, in the first game of Monday's doubleheader before dropping a dreadful 18-9 shootout in which Brian Matusz didn't make it out of the second inning. ... Professional hockey returns to Baltimore on Tuesday night when the Capitals and Predators play in the inaugural Baltimore Hockey Classic.
Ray Lewis and Ed Reed have not expressed a desire to retire. ... Lee Evans, who didn't have a catch in his Ravens debut Sunday, missed Wednesday's practice as he continues to be hobbled by a sore left ankle. ... Chris Carr saw a specialist in Texas this week to get another opinion on his injured hamstring. ... Jeremy Guthrie delivered one of his strongest performances of the year and the Orioles slammed three home runs in a 6-2 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night. ... Brian Matusz could pitch again this season.
The Orioles and Yankees waited more than four hours for the rain to relent late Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The game started after 11 p.m. and the Yankees won. ... Brian Matusz has been removed from the starting rotation. ... The Ravens gambled on players with troubled pasts, but they did their homework as far as background checks. ... One game into the season, there is a sense of excitement surrounding Maryland's young team after the win over Miami. ... Randy Edsall likes the buzz about Maryland's new football uniforms. ... The inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix boosted some businesses while disappointing others.
Cameron Chism returned an interception for the clinching touchdown in Maryland's 32-24 win over Miami on Monday night. ... The Terps unveiled another set of uniforms (though they probably should have left this one back in the locker room). ... Lee Evans returned to Ravens practice and said his injured left ankle is much improved. ... It looks like Cary Williams is going to start against the Steelers. ... In an 11-10 loss to the Yankees, Orioles starter Brian Matusz made a pretty strong case for getting the rest of the season off. ... On Tuesday, the Orioles are bringing back Chris Davis from the disabled list and calling up four more players from the minors. ... The 2012 Baltimore Grand Prix will likely take place on Labor Day, too.
A day after leaving Target Field for a local hospital because of to shortness of breath, center fielder Adam Jones was back in the Orioles' starting lineup Wednesday and making jokes about his potential health scare.
The Ravens made some moves on the offensive line this weekend. ... John Harbaugh also confirmed that moving forward, Oniel Cousins, a converted offensive tackle, will remain at guard. ... The Ravens got a little healthier Sunday with the return of Ray Lewis, Marshal Yanda and Chris Carr. ... Brian Matusz had a rocky start, but the Orioles failed in every facet of the game in Sunday's 7-1 loss to Angels. ... Manager Buck Showalter gave Matt Wieters his first big-league start at first base, and it was an uneventful outing.
Ray Lewis has been excused from the Ravens so the linebacker can deal with a family member's illness. ... Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Marshal Yanda's back injury is "not a serious thing." ... Harbaugh also said the Ravens are giving Joe Flacco more control at the line of scrimmage. ... The Orioles turned in another ugly performance in a 6-5 loss to the Athletics. ... Jeremy Guthrie is dealing with shoulder stiffness that could push his next start back a day or two. ... Cal Ripken Jr. is a good guy.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti explained his decision to hire John Harbaugh over Rex Ryan three years ago. ... The Ravens expect Matt Birk to be ready for the season opener. ... Ravens Super Bowl hero Jermaine Lewis was arrested and released on bail. ... Current and former Ravens players are caught up in a scandal at the University of Miami. ... Brian Matusz had an uneven outing in the Orioles' 8-4 loss to the Athletics on Tuesday night, but his teammates saw some positives as he returned to the major leagues. ... Dylan Bundy plans to reach the majors by 2013. ... Brian Roberts isn't sure whether he'll play again this season.
The Orioles expected their negotiations with Dylan Bundy to go right down to Monday night's midnight deadline, and it did, but they got the deal done (the Orioles signed two other top targets, too). ... The Orioles had a winning night on the field as well, beating the Athletics in Oakland. ... Brian Matusz on Tuesday night will make his first major-league start in more than a month. ... Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was named the American League Player of the Week. ... David Reed was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list, and he expressed a desire to be a more regular member of the Ravens offense.