Two months ago, Michael Gonzalez was trying to regain a late-inning role out of the bullpen for the last-place Orioles. Lately, though, the left-hander has been so dominant that the Texas Rangers had to have him for their playoff run.
After two consecutive rough starts, Jeremy Guthrie bounced back with a strong performance in the Orioles' 6-2 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night. ... His shoulder still bothering him, Luke Scott will be shut down for a couple of days, but he still hasn't abandoned hope of playing again this season. ... The Orioles traded Triple-A infielder Nick Green and cash to the Rangers for Triple-A reliever Zach Phillips. ... Alfredo Simon will pitch the rest of the season for the Orioles, but his legal troubles back home aren't yet resolved. ... Ravens coach John Harbaugh is still angry with the Bears nearly three months after a botched draft-day trade with the team.
Major League Baseball reduced Kevin Gregg's suspension from four games to three and made his fine a little smaller after the Orioles closer appealed the league's initial ruling. But Gregg is still frustrated that he is suspended as long as Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who charged the mound in the brawl.
The Red Sox found yet another way to humiliate the Orioles on Monday night, breaking a tie with an eight-run eighth inning on their way to a 15-10 win. ... Andy MacPhail said he received "legitimate interest" from clubs about J.J. Hardy, but he felt the Orioles should keep Hardy instead of dealing him away for prospects. ... Alfredo Simon was headed back to the United States on Monday night after attending a legal hearing in the Dominican Republic and could return to the team by Tuesday. ... Kevin Gregg is still miffed about his suspension. ... Ravens running back Ray Rice said he never intended to disrespect Hines Ward when he commented about the Steelers wide receiver's DUI arrest a week ago, but he still stands by his remarks.