His contract set to expire at the end of October, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is expected to step down from his position after Wednesday's season finale, perhaps as soon as Thursday.
The Ravens signed Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach but saw tight end Todd Heap sign a two-year deal with the Cardinals. ... A few Ravens players are sidelined at the start of training camp. ... Kelly Gregg said there are no hard feelings in parting ways with the Ravens. ... The Orioles lost to the Yankees, 4-2, on Sunday. ... After making two deals Saturday, the Orioles held on to the rest of their potential chips as Sunday's annual non-waiver trade deadline passed.
Take a look at the Orioles' batting averages on the sports website of your choice and you will find three unlikely names atop the list: Chris Jakubauskas, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton. Sure, they have combined for seven plate appearances and are hundreds of at-bats short of qualifying for the American League leaders, but the Orioles' starting pitchers have been pretty impressive at the plate during interleague play.
The star of Adam Jones has shimmered more often than not in his three-plus seasons in Baltimore, so it¿s not like the baseball world is unaware of his immense skill set. But his flashy over-the-shoulder catch in Wednesday¿s 2-1 win over the Mariners has since brought national attention to Orioles center fielder.
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.
Rookie starter Zach Britton pitched nine scoreless innings Thursday night, but it took extra innings for the Orioles to beat the Mariners. ... Despite allowing five runs in his past seven outings, Orioles reliever Jason Berken says his shoulder feels great. ... Brian Matusz is scheduled to make a pair of rehab starts next week and could return to the Orioles soon. ... Maryland's 2011 recruiting class has dwindled from three members to zero now that Nick Faust, Sterling Gibbs and Martin Breunig have been granted releases from their letters of intent.
Chris Tillman pitched six effective innings and Adam Jones had a career-high-tying four hits as the Orioles beat the Mariners, 4-2, on Wednesday night. ... Hitless in his past 14 at-bats, Mark Reynolds was held out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. ... Alfredo Simon made his second start for Double-A Bowie. ... New Terps basketball coach Mark Turgeon wants to "do some great things" at Maryland. ... Rex Ryan says the Ravens choosing John Harbaugh over him is "a major chip" on his shoulder. ... Pimlico owners may discuss moving the Preakness to Sunday in the future.