An Astros lineup that included just three regulars knocked around starter Brad Bergesen and the Orioles, 14-8, on Tuesday. ... On a day when they performed terribly on the field, the Orioles got much-needed positive news on the injury front. ... After allowing eight runs since tweaking his delivery, Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg will go back to his old mechanics. ... Gary Williams says the Terps will be in the NCAA tournament in 2012. ... The Capitals extended their winning streak to nine games.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that the Ravens will hand more control of the offense to Joe Flacco, who will have more freedom to audible and call plays. ... Harbaugh said that re-signing Marshal Yanda is a "major issue" on the offensive line. ... Alfredo Simon's appeal to be released from a jail in the Dominican Republic was rejected Thursday. ... Orioles starter Justin Duchscherer felt "awesome" while throwing a BP session.
Never and I chatted about a lot of things Wednesday, from Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and the talented young pitching staff to the Buck Showalter effect and the blueprint for winning in the AL East. Neyer also gave his outlook for the Orioles in 2011, though my headline kind of spoils the big finish.