Luke Scott, the outspoken, energetic slugger who spent four seasons in Baltimore and was named the 2010 Most Valuable Oriole, has agreed to a one-year deal with the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays that includes a 2013 option.
The Ravens set a franchise record with three defensive touchdowns on their way to a 34-17 win over the overmatched Jets. Joe Flacco threw 12 straight incompletions at one point and did not complete a pass in the second or third quarter. ... Tom Zbikowski suffered a concussion. ... Back in Baltimore this weekend, Rafael Palmeiro maintained that he never knowingly used steroids. ... After pulling away in the second half against Towson, the Maryland football team is now focused on Saturday's game at Georgia Tech.
Former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan, a Cy Young Award winner who became a face of the franchise as a television announcer and top executive, died Wednesday afternoon. ... On a sad night in Birdland, Jeremy Guthrie, who wears Flanagan's No. 46, led the Orioles to a 6-1 win over the Twins. ... Lost in the difficult night for the Orioles is that Adam Jones left the game in the seventh inning. ... Bryant McKinnie passed his physical, and he says the Ravens will play him at left tackle. ... Maryland's early-season schedule will offer a reliable early indication of how good Mark Turgeon's men's basketball team is nationally.
The Orioles designated enigmatic outfielder Felix Pie for assignment on Tuesday, likely ending his tenure in Baltimore. The Orioles have 10 days to trade, release or put Pie on waivers. If he clears, he can opt to become a free agent or join Triple-A Norfolk, but expect another team to kick the tires on this talented 26-year-old.
The Ravens took their biggest gamble of free agency when they reached an agreement with talented but troubled offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie on Tuesday. ... Jarret Johnson, who missed practice on Sunday and Monday, intends to play against the Redskins. ... The three-season, up-and-down Orioles career of Felix Pie likely came to an end Tuesday when the outfielder was designated for assignment. ... Grapefruit League MVP Jake Fox is back with the Orioles. ... Alfredo Simon allowed one run in eight innings as the Orioles beat the Twins, 8-1. ... Adam Jones was taken to a Minneapolis hospital during the win due to shortness of breath and mild chest pains. ... Colts great Art Donovan got his stolen championship ring back.
The Ravens made some moves on the offensive line this weekend. ... John Harbaugh also confirmed that moving forward, Oniel Cousins, a converted offensive tackle, will remain at guard. ... The Ravens got a little healthier Sunday with the return of Ray Lewis, Marshal Yanda and Chris Carr. ... Brian Matusz had a rocky start, but the Orioles failed in every facet of the game in Sunday's 7-1 loss to Angels. ... Manager Buck Showalter gave Matt Wieters his first big-league start at first base, and it was an uneventful outing.
As the Orioles continue to get tossed around by their A.L. East rivals, it's easy to cite disparities in player salaries as the main culprit. After all, the Red Sox and Yankees annually spend at least $80 million more than the Orioles.
Apparently, Felix Pie, the preferred quirky Orioles outfielder of this blog, celebrates walk-off home runs hit by his teammates in a bizarre way. When the players swarm that night¿s hero as he touches home plate, Pie scrambles from the pack to retrieve the batting helmet tossed aside by said hero on his way to the plate.
Jake Arrieta turned in his first quality start in more than a month Wednesday, but the Orioles were held to two hits in a 4-0 loss to the Red Sox. ... The Orioles are playing the waiting game with their unsigned draft picks, but they have had talks with Dylan Bundy. ... Ravens safety Ed Reed declared himself "full go" for training camp Wednesday, but he hopes the Ravens will "be smart" with his reps this summer. Reed also clarified last month¿s comments about wanting Rex Ryan as coach over John Harbaugh. ... Maryland President Wallace D. Loh has created a committee to examine the athletic department's finances after recent financial losses.
The folks over at Sun Magazine had a cool feature in their latest issue where 100 Charm City celebrities shared what they love about Baltimore, and a handful of sports figures were among those who chimed in.
Oh, the mediocre have fallen. The Orioles, who a month ago were staying somewhat relevant and hanging around in the AL East, now have the second-worst record in the American League and are a dozen games behind the Red Sox in the wild-card standings.