The Orioles split their split-squad games Wednesday, hammering the Twins, 11-2, and losing to the Red Sox, 2-1. ... Derrek Lee remains sidelined with a sore wrist, and Luke Scott is ready to play first base for the Orioles if needed. ... Brian Roberts insists his back is fine. ... Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Sergio Kindle has a chance to play in 2011. ... Harbaugh isn't concerned about the chemistry between Joe Flacco and Cam Cameron. ... The Capitals shut out the Oilers.
Somehow, I was able to track FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal down Monday night for a phone interview as he was on his way to an airport somewhere on the West Coast. We talked about a lot of things, from the Orioles' farm system and the Buck Showalter effect to the young pitching staff
Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie was pleased with his command in Sunday's 3-0 loss to Twins despite allowing two runs in three innings. ... Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee hit soft toss Sunday, but he won't get into his first Grapefruit League game until Wednesday at the earliest. ... Natty Boh will be sold on draft this season at Camden Yards. ... The Maryland men's basketball team has drawn the seventh seed in the ACC tourney and will face N.C. State on Thursday. ... Alexander Semin scored 28 seconds into overtime Sunday as the Capitals beat the Panthers.
Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam in his first at-bat with the Orioles on Sunday. Sure, it came in a meaningless intrasquad scrimmage, but Orioles fans are hoping his homer was a sign of things to come once Opening Day rolls around next month.
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.
We know second baseman Brian Roberts will be leading off, but after that, your educated guess is as good as mine. Well, unless you are all buddy-buddy with Buck Showalter and have some inside information on how the Orioles manager plans on playing with his new toys. Channeling your inner Buck, what would your batting order be for Opening Day?
The signing of veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero was encouraging news for the Orioles organization. Well, except for maybe Nolan Reimold and Felix Pie, who are now expected to battle it out for the team's fourth outfielder spot during spring training. I don't know how Reimold took the news, but Pie was probably too busy putting out rap albums and chasing after umpires to take notice (this is all speculation, of course).
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said on Thursday that the A-Rod deal with Texas was the worst in baseball history. ... The Orioles agreed on a one-year deal with controversial slugger Luke Scott, meaning starter Jeremy Guthrie is the team's lone arbitration-eligible player left. ... Maryland has offered its defensive coordinator job to Randy Shannon, and the former Miami head coach has indicated he wants the gig. ... The Ravens have re-signed fullback Jason McKie.
You might remember me from blogs such as Virtual Vensanity and, well, OK, that's it. I have joined the staff at The Sun after three awesome years at our sister paper, b free daily, which is why Virtual Vensanity has been retired and I'm starting fresh with this new blog, Baltimore Sports Blitz.