It has been more than two weeks since an Orioles starter went seven innings. It last happened on June 10 when Jake Arrieta managed to keep his pitch count down long enough to hand the ball over to the bullpen before the eighth inning, and it was the only time an Orioles starter has lasted past of the sixth in June.
Brian Roberts still isn't ready to give a timetable for his return, but the Orioles second baseman feels he is making legitimate progress for the first time since starting to experience concussion symptoms May 16. ... Orioles starter Chris Jakubauskas faces a rematch with Lance Berkman, the hitter who put him in the hospital with a hard line drive to the head. Jakubauskas will start Wednesday against the Cardinals. Zach Britton pitches the opener Tuesday, and Brian Matusz is listed as Thursday's starter. ... Former Orioles manager Davey Johnson lost his Nationals debut on Monday. ... The Capitals hope Troy Brouwer will provide some elusive leadership.
Brian Matusz got slapped around again on Saturday night, allowing nine hits, three homers and six earned runs before manager Buck Showalter had seen enough and removed the Orioles starter in the fifth inning. In his past three outings -- all Orioles losses -- the 24-year-old left-hander has a 15.58 ERA in 11 1/3 innings.
The Orioles homered three times in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Reds and finished with nine in the three-game series. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Brian Matusz needs to figure out how to pitch with the stuff he's got because his velocity might not come back this year. ... Jake Arrieta said he threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session and felt good, but he still expects to skip his Wednesday start. ... After hitting two home runs over the weekend, Derrek Lee is hoping he has finally found the right rhythm with his swing. ... Football readiness was a big factor in the Ravens' decision to not hold training camp at McDaniel College this summer.
The Orioles scored five runs in the first inning Monday night and knocked out overmatched Pirates starter Charlie Morton after the second en route to an 8-3 victory. ... Jeremy Guthrie will start Tuesday against the Pirates, four days after he was diagnosed with a muscle strain in his back. ... Luke Scott and Brian Matusz appear to be OK after suffering injuries on Sunday.
Will the Orioles be willing to pony up the eight-figure salary to sign Prince Fielder? We won't know until this winter, but ESPN's Jim Bowden thinks Baltimore is the most likely destination for Fielder, who has hammered 211 home runs and driven in 595 runs in 905 career games for the Brewers.
The Orioles have now dropped 16 straight games in Toronto after Wednesday's 4-1 loss, and you can give credit to Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero and a big-swing offense for this latest humbling. ... Brian Roberts woke up with headaches Wednesday and was told to hold off from "exertional and vestibular exercises" for the day. ... The Orioles placed Alfredo Simon on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Jason Berken. ... Former Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez, now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, is in his native Venezuela this week as part of a U.S. State Department "sports diplomacy" program. ... Boston won its first Stanley Cup in 39 years and Vancouver showed its hospitality by sending the Bruins off with a celebratory bonfire.
After an abysmal start on Sunday in which he retired just three of the 13 batters he faced, Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz insisted that he was "100 percent healthy." But he looked so out of sync in the 9-6 loss, Rays manager Joe Maddon said Matusz wasn't quite right. "He's not throwing as hard as he used to," he said.
Andy MacPhail acknowledged that the Orioles have had internal discussions about a potential extension for J.J. Hardy and he's hoping to initiate contract talks with the shortstop's agent next month. ... Although the namesake of the Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game was unable to attend the annual event at Camden Yards on Monday, the Orioles legend wasn't far from the thoughts of those participating. ... When Mark Turgeon was asked about his frontcourt Monday, the Maryland men's basketball coach inhaled deeply like a swimmer about to take a plunge. ... Sergio Kindle says that he was cleared to resume playing football back in March.
Orioles starter Brian Matusz retired just three of the 13 hitters he faced, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings during Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Rays. ... Wanting Zach Britton's rookie season to prolong into September, the Orioles have pushed back his next start a couple of days. ... The Mavericks beat the Heat on Sunday night to capture their first NBA championship. ... A wild and unpredictable Triple Crown season came to an appropriately stunning conclusion Saturday as 24-1 long shot Ruler On Ice won the Belmont Stakes.
Brian Matusz lasted just 1 1/3 innings Sunday and retired only three of the 13 hitters that he faced, and Evan Longoria hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the Orioles' 9-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before an announced 22,032 at Camden Yards.
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The Orioles got three solo home runs and five scoreless innings from starter Chris Jakubauskas to beat the Athletics, 4-0, on Tuesday night. ... Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who hasn't played since May 16, has been shut down from baseball activities for at least two more weeks. ... The Orioles selected Vanderbilt third baseman Jason Esposito in the second round of the draft. ... Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman has told athletic director Kevin Anderson he is staying at the school despite overtures from Navy about its coaching vacancy. ... Jordan Williams has a trim new body, a new position and an explanation on why he entered the NBA draft.
The Orioles ultimately landed the player they wanted with the fourth overall pick in Monday night's amateur draft, selecting right-hander Dylan Bundy form Owasso High in Oklahoma. ... Brian Matusz allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings and was backed by a flawless night from the bullpen in the Orioles' 4-2 win over the Athletics. After the game, Matusz said that he is not worried about his decreased velocity. ... Chris Jakubauskas will start Tuesday night's game against the Athletics at Camden Yards. ... Navy continues to be interested in Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman. ... Baltimore native Josh Selby sat on the sidelines during predraft workouts for the Wizards.
Brian Matusz returned to the mound Wednesday and Adam Jones hit the game-winning homer to help the Orioles snap their five-game losing skid. ... Jones put his modesty aside when discussing his leaping catch in the fourth inning of the 2-1 win over the Mariners. ... Nick Markakis played his first career game at first base. ... To make room for Matusz, the Orioles designated Jake Fox for assignment. ... Navy has indicated interest in talking to Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman about its coaching vacancy. ... Three-sport standouts Darius Jennings from Gilman and Taylor Cummings from McDonogh were named our Athletes of the Year.