The Orioles arrived in Sarasota with plenty of intrigue, a starting lineup already pretty much set in stone and rotation with perhaps just one opening. But Buck Showalter's bullpen is wide-open, which give us an opportunity to do a little spring speculation.
Maryland suffered another crushing loss on Tuesday night, but after falling short against Virginia Tech, coach Gary Williams said, "I'll take that effort every night from our team." ... The Ravens placed the franchise tag on Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. ... Former Miami coach Randy Shannon turned down the Maryland defensive coordinator job. ... Longtime Orioles umpires' attendant Ernie Tyler was laid to rest. ... Russia's Irina Shayk got the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover.
The Ravens and coach John Harbaugh agreed to a contract extension on Monday. ... When spring training opened Monday, Buck Showalter started to mold the Orioles into his team. ... Koji Uehara and Kevin Gregg are eager to compete with each other for the closer spot. ... Under Armor agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball (and Cam Newton?). ... The Capitals lost to the Coyotes.
The Orioles keep being mentioned as one of a handful of teams that are expected to vie for Albert Pujols' services. But I have trouble envisioning outbidding the big boys for one of the best players in baseball.