Baltimore is blessed with a bunch of talented sports bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. I often link up to these local writers in my morning Coffee Companion posts, but instead of just exchanging anti-social links with them, I have decided to be slightly less anti-social by exchanging emails with them in a somewhat regular feature called Blogger on Blogger.
The Orioles scored five runs in the first inning Monday night and knocked out overmatched Pirates starter Charlie Morton after the second en route to an 8-3 victory. ... Jeremy Guthrie will start Tuesday against the Pirates, four days after he was diagnosed with a muscle strain in his back. ... Luke Scott and Brian Matusz appear to be OK after suffering injuries on Sunday.
In case you missed it over the weekend, my colleague Peter Schmuck raised an excellent question in his column for Saturday¿s newspaper. Would it makes sense for the Orioles to trade veteran starter Jeremy Guthrie, who has never had a full winning season in the major leagues, at next month¿s trade deadline?
Brian Matusz lasted just 1 1/3 innings Sunday and retired only three of the 13 hitters that he faced, and Evan Longoria hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the Orioles' 9-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before an announced 22,032 at Camden Yards.
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.
The Orioles got three solo home runs and five scoreless innings from starter Chris Jakubauskas to beat the Athletics, 4-0, on Tuesday night. ... Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who hasn't played since May 16, has been shut down from baseball activities for at least two more weeks. ... The Orioles selected Vanderbilt third baseman Jason Esposito in the second round of the draft. ... Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman has told athletic director Kevin Anderson he is staying at the school despite overtures from Navy about its coaching vacancy. ... Jordan Williams has a trim new body, a new position and an explanation on why he entered the NBA draft.
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.
Looking to snap his squad -- and his struggling right fielder -- out of their funk, Orioles manager Buck Showalter on Wednesday busted out a bizarre lineup that brought back memories of Crazy Uncle Dave Trembley's final weeks in Baltimore (when Trembley was scrambling to save his job).
The slumping Orioles are now 6-12 this season when a left-handed pitcher makes the start for the guys in the other clubhouse. Three of their five straight losses on this West Coast road trip have come at the hands of lefties. Meanwhile, the Orioles are 18-17 in games played against right-handed starters.
Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run off Jeremy Guthrie in the eighth inning Tuesday to power the Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Orioles. ... Kevin Gregg says he's not worried by his lofty walk totals, but manager Buck Showalter is concerned. ... With several key contributors out of the lineup, the Orioles desperately need the notoriously streaky Luke Scott to get hot at the plate. ... Full payment on Ravens season tickets is due Wednesday, a deadline the franchise feels is necessary to continue operating their business effectively. ... New coach Shawn Nadelen could be the Towson lacrosse program's "Captain America" -- whatever the heck that means.
Orioles top pitching prospect Dan Klein is a fast riser, but whether he is a reliever or starter hasn't been decided. ... Orioles second base prospect LJ Hoes was promoted Monday. ... A select group of Ravens -- primarily offensive skill players -- will gather at Towson on Tuesday for the first of three straight days of conditioning drills. ... Shackleford wasn't the only big winner at the Preakness. ... Navy hired Penn State's Ed DeChellis as men's basketball coach.
On April 1, Opening Day for the Orioles, I made five bold predictions for the upcoming season. If you are familiar with my track record when it comes to the prognostication of anything sports-related, you know they probably aren¿t going to come true. We¿re at the quarter pole right now, so let¿s see how I¿m doing.