Miguel Gonzalez gets the start tonight in Pittsburgh ¿ his first since May 10, when he registered a quality start in a no decision against Houston. His last outing was in relief of Kevin Gausman on Wednesday.
The Orioles¿ bad luck on the baseball field has expanded into the team¿s promotions department, which unfortunately is having a banner homestand for ill-timed fan giveaways (by no fault of their own, of course).
Jake Arrieta is almost certainly going to be shut down for the remainder of this season so he can have elbow surgery. ... Mark Reynolds hit a three-run home run and starter Alfredo Simon allowed just one run on four hits in Tuesday night's 8-2 win over the Royals. ... The Orioles released Justin Duchscherer. ... The Ravens signed center Casey Rabach to a two-year contract. ... Marc Bulger has decided to retire instead of backup up Joe Flacco. ... Todd Heap, who was caught off guard when the Ravens released him, wants to take the Cardinals "back to the top."
Remember before the baseball season when I chatted with ESPN's Keith Law about the Orioles, and he fired up the fan base by saying that the Orioles were "clearly the worst team" in the AL East? Well, right now, it looks like Law got that one right. But to his credit, he made a point not to rub salt in the wound when he appeared on 105.7 The Fan with Ken Weinman and Vinny Cerrato to discuss the Orioles on Wednesday.
Matt Wieters, who has emerged as a leader for the Orioles, will make his All-Star Game debut on Tuesday night. Buck Showalter believes the experience will be good for his young catcher. ... ... Roy Halladay and Jered Weaver are the starting pitchers for the All-Star Game. ... Robinson Cano won the Home Run Derby on Monday night. ... Orioles left fielder Luke Scott and pitcher Justin Duchscherer were examined by team orthopedist John Wilckens. ... Gale Sayers said the NFL and its players could have done more for former Baltimore Colts tight end John Mackey, who passed away last week. ... Ray Rice got into a Twitter fight with Pittsburgh's Ryan Clark.
The Orioles finally ended their seemingly interminable losing streak at Rogers Centre with a 4-3 win on Thursday afternoon, but they might have lost one of their most important players to injury. Starter Jeremy Guthrie, who pitched well before leaving the win over the Blue Jays, expects to see team physician Dr. John Wilckens Friday in Baltimore to have his upper back strain evaluated. ... Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero picked up his 2,500th career hit (his 2,501st may come as a pinch-hitter). ... Golden Boy Michael Phelps said there is no doubt he won't win eight gold medals in the London Olympics because he isn't competing in eight events.
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.