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.
The Orioles plan on opening contract talks with shortstop J.J. Hardy this season, and it would be a move that makes a lot of sense for the organization. The Orioles need someone to keep the position warm until top prospect Manny Machado is ready for primetime, and when healthy, Hardy has proved to be capable.
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.
I can¿t say that the Orioles have been a disappointment this season. Outside of their recent road trip, a lousy one for sure, they are who we thought were, so I¿ll let them off the hook. But a few individuals have struggled, including Nick Markakis, who was named to one writer¿s ¿All-Disappointment Team.¿
The slumping Orioles are now 6-12 this season when a left-handed pitcher makes the start for the guys in the other clubhouse. Three of their five straight losses on this West Coast road trip have come at the hands of lefties. Meanwhile, the Orioles are 18-17 in games played against right-handed starters.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has spent most of his tenure in Baltimore building with young talent and stopgap veterans around Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts, whom he signed to lucrative extensions early in 2009. Is Adam Jones the next in line for a big payday?
The Orioles are sputtering along without their offensive sparkplug, Brian Roberts, who has called his headaches "certainly concerning" and will visit a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. But if their leadoff hitter¿s latest injury issue results in an extended absence, the Orioles will be in trouble.
Vladimir Guerrero's two-run homer on Sunday powered the Orioles to a 2-1 win and a series victory over the Nationals. ... Brian Roberts will go to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to have a consultation with a renowned expert in sports-related concussions. ...
The Yankees unloaded on Brad Bergesen Thursday night, scoring five runs in the first on the way to a 13-2 thrashing of the Orioles. ... The Orioles placed the right side of their infield -- Brian Roberts and Derrek Lee -- on the disabled list. ... The Orioles continued to shake-up their roster as they demoted Troy Patton and Chris Jakubauskas and called up Nolan Reimold and Ryan Adams. ... Derrick Mason says that the Ravens' workouts at Towson will be light.
At 25, Adam Jones comes off as a guy in a hurry. Nowhere, though, is that urgency more palpable than when it comes to the 2011 baseball season, one that arrives with great expectations for Jones personally and Orioles as a whole.
With the help of a pair of home runs from catcher Jake Fox, the Orioles smacked around the Pirates, 13-3, on Thursday. Matt Wieters went 4-for-5 in the win. ... Coach Fang Mitchell rejected an offer to remain at Coppin State, saying the contract was "unacceptable." ... It was a wild start to the Round of 64.
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.
Jake Arrieta was pleased with his command in the Orioles' 8-2 win over the Pirates on Monday even though he allowed eight hits in four innings. ... The Orioles' spring training MASH unit had a busy day. ... Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski is scheduled to fight two more bouts in a span of two weeks in Atlantic City. ... Their season unexpectedly over, the Terps turn their attention to next year. ... "Terps" could give way to "Maryland" on new football uniforms.
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been sidelined with back spasms for a week now, and it's unclear when he'll return to the diamond down in Sarasota. Orioles manager Buck Showalter says he isn't worrying yet, but he will be soon if Roberts remains sidelined.
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.