Infielder Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles¿ top position player prospect who has missed the past two months with a stress fracture in his lower back, returned to action earlier Thursday in the Gulf Coast League.
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.
Mark Reynolds hit a two-run home run Wednesday night to help the Orioles break out the brooms, their first three-game sweep of the Athletics in Baltimore since 1998. ... The Orioles don't know why Markakis has scuffled this season, but they don't believe an injury is what's hampering him. ... Dan Klein, one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects, is scheduled to have a precautionary MRI of his right shoulder. ... Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was made a 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Belmont Stakes after he drew the No. 9 stall in the post position draw.
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.
Brian Matusz returned to the mound Wednesday and Adam Jones hit the game-winning homer to help the Orioles snap their five-game losing skid. ... Jones put his modesty aside when discussing his leaping catch in the fourth inning of the 2-1 win over the Mariners. ... Nick Markakis played his first career game at first base. ... To make room for Matusz, the Orioles designated Jake Fox for assignment. ... Navy has indicated interest in talking to Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman about its coaching vacancy. ... Three-sport standouts Darius Jennings from Gilman and Taylor Cummings from McDonogh were named our Athletes of the Year.
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.