Fourth and foremost: Orioles need better production in cleanup spot to be successful. Adam Jones and Matt Wieters are the top candidates to fill what has been a weak spot in the lineup in recent years.
Orioles outfielder Scott Beerer hopes his winding road leads him to the major leagues. The one-time pitcher quit baseball for several years before linking up with Brady Anderson for a comeback attempt.
Lefty Brian Matusz again excelled on the mound and Endy Chavez homered against reigning American League Cy Young/Most Valuable Player Award winner Justin Verlander, but the Orioles still fell to the Detroit Tigers, 4-2, on Thursday.