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 But today, my mug is half-empty, and the sweet taste of winning baseball has been replaced by Haterade.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.
The Orioles split their split-squad games Wednesday, hammering the Twins, 11-2, and losing to the Red Sox, 2-1. ... Derrek Lee remains sidelined with a sore wrist, and Luke Scott is ready to play first base for the Orioles if needed. ... Brian Roberts insists his back is fine. ... Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Sergio Kindle has a chance to play in 2011. ... Harbaugh isn't concerned about the chemistry between Joe Flacco and Cam Cameron. ... The Capitals shut out the Oilers.
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.
Somehow, I was able to track FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal down Monday night for a phone interview as he was on his way to an airport somewhere on the West Coast. We talked about a lot of things, from the Orioles' farm system and the Buck Showalter effect to the young pitching staff
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).
A stiff neck shouldn't be much to worry about. But when that stiff neck is attached to the wonky back of Brian Roberts, the team's offensive catalyst who played in just 59 games in 2010 because of a herniated disk, there is cause for concern.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that the Ravens will hand more control of the offense to Joe Flacco, who will have more freedom to audible and call plays. ... Harbaugh said that re-signing Marshal Yanda is a "major issue" on the offensive line. ... Alfredo Simon's appeal to be released from a jail in the Dominican Republic was rejected Thursday. ... Orioles starter Justin Duchscherer felt "awesome" while throwing a BP session.
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.
Led by aggressive play from their guards, the Maryland men pulled away in the second half to beat Florida State, 78-62, on Wednesday night. ... Brian Roberts woke up with a sore neck Wednesday, but X-rays revealed that it was just muscle spasms. ... Alfredo Simon's lawyers are expected to ask a judge to release the pitcher on bail. ... Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points in his Knicks debut.
We know second baseman Brian Roberts will be leading off, but after that, your educated guess is as good as mine. Well, unless you are all buddy-buddy with Buck Showalter and have some inside information on how the Orioles manager plans on playing with his new toys. Channeling your inner Buck, what would your batting order be for Opening Day?