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 feature called Blogger on Blogger.
In case you missed it over the weekend, my colleague Peter Schmuck raised an excellent question in his column for Saturday¿s newspaper. Would it makes sense for the Orioles to trade veteran starter Jeremy Guthrie, who has never had a full winning season in the major leagues, at next month¿s trade deadline?
Orioles notebook: Orioles manager Buck Showalter actually thought Nick Markakis looked halfway decent at first base when Baltimore's regular right fielder was asked to play there in a pinch during the team's final game against the Seattle Mariners.
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.¿
Looking to snap his squad -- and his struggling right fielder -- out of their funk, Orioles manager Buck Showalter on Wednesday busted out a bizarre lineup that brought back memories of Crazy Uncle Dave Trembley's final weeks in Baltimore (when Trembley was scrambling to save his job).
Maryland's bid for the NCAA men's lacrosse championship ended Monday with a 9-7 loss to Virginia. ... Jake Arrieta exits early as Orioles fall to Mariners, 4-3, for fourth straight loss. ... The timing of Jim Tressel's resignation at Ohio State is likely tied to revelations in Sports Illustrated.
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.
Tuesday's game in Boston was rained out, so Orioles rookie pitcher Zach Britton will get the start at Camden Yards Wednesday against the Yankees. ... First baseman Derrek Lee and shortstop Cesar Izturis are likely headed to the disabled list. ... Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon will go to trial, a judge has ruled, according to an Associated Press report. Meanwhile, Simon is nearing a return to the team. ... Mark Turgeon finalized his coaching staff and got more good news when Nick Faust reaffirmed his commitment to the Terps. ... Despite the rain, Animal Kingdom had another strong workout, perhaps his most focused since arriving in Maryland.
Monday night was another one of those Fenway nights that start with such promise and end with the Orioles wondering how it all went wrong. ... The injury that forced Derrek Lee out of the 8-7 loss and an injury to Cesar Izturis almost certainly will lead to at least one roster move. ... Brian Matusz was satisfied with his rehab outing in Frederick but said he still has some things to work on. ... Trainer Graham Motion said he is leaning strongly toward bringing Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness hopeful Animal Kingdom to Pimlico on Saturday instead of Friday night.
The Orioles improved their roster in the offseason with the acquisitions of Vladimir Guerrero, Mark Reynolds, Derrek Lee and J.J. Hardy and experienced their first spring training camp under new manager Buck Showalter. But the Orioles are still longshots in the eyes of online bookmakers.
The fine folks over at Sports Illustrated have given me a sneak preview of their 2011 MLB preview, which hits newsstands tomorrow. The magazine predicts that the Orioles will finish fourth in the AL East.
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.
The Orioles were nearly no-hit by the Yankees on Wednesday night in a 10-0 loss. ... Craig Tatum is eager to get healthy so he can compete for the backup catcher job. ... The NFL lockout was on the minds of former Terps such as Torrey Smith and Alex Wujciak at Maryland's Pro Day. ... The Red Wings snapped the Capitals' nine-game winning streak.
Keith Law, the lead baseball writer for Scouts Inc., has been critical of the Orioles' offseason moves, so I thought my readers might read to see what he had to say about the additions of Vladimir Guerrero and J.J. Hardy, the Matt Wieters debate and where the Orioles stand in the AL East.
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.
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
Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie was pleased with his command in Sunday's 3-0 loss to Twins despite allowing two runs in three innings. ... Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee hit soft toss Sunday, but he won't get into his first Grapefruit League game until Wednesday at the earliest. ... Natty Boh will be sold on draft this season at Camden Yards. ... The Maryland men's basketball team has drawn the seventh seed in the ACC tourney and will face N.C. State on Thursday. ... Alexander Semin scored 28 seconds into overtime Sunday as the Capitals beat the Panthers.
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).
The Orioles christened their spring training home with five homers in the first two innings of Tuesday's 12-6 win over the Rays, and starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched two perfect innings. ... O's manager Buck Showalter said that there is no timetable for Derrek Lee to get into a Grapefruit League game. ... Orioles owner Peter Angelos said that Andy MacPhail isn't going anywhere after this season. ... Ravens running back Ray Rice believes a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached before the scheduled start of the 2011 season.
The Wall Street Journal examined every offseason move and ranked each MLB team based on "the volume of moves it made and the net quality of the players it ended up with." The Orioles won the offseason with a WAR of 9.0.
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.
Mike Preston reported on Monday that the Ravens are likely to release running back Willis McGahee. ... Orioles 1B Derrek Lee, recovering from surgery on his thumb, might get into the batting cages sooner than expected. ... Terps guard Terrell Stoglin was named the ACC's Rookie of the Week.
Maryland honored Greivis Vasquez on Sunday then picked up a big win over N.C. State. ... Buck Showalter is ready to get down to business. ... The Capitals beat the Sabres, 2-1, on Sunday. ... Only 20 years old, Trevor Bayne held off a charge from Carl Edwards on Sunday to win the Daytona 500.
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?
Looking ahead to the 2011 season, ESPN's Buster Olney thinks your Baltimore Orioles are the most intriguing team in the AL East, which is significant considering the Red Sox overhaul, the Yankees' Cliff-Lee-less rotation and the changes down in Tampa Bay.
The Orioles keep being mentioned as one of a handful of teams that are expected to vie for Albert Pujols' services. But I have trouble envisioning outbidding the big boys for one of the best players in baseball.