Luke Scott, the outspoken, energetic slugger who spent four seasons in Baltimore and was named the 2010 Most Valuable Oriole, has agreed to a one-year deal with the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays that includes a 2013 option.
His contract set to expire at the end of October, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is expected to step down from his position after Wednesday's season finale, perhaps as soon as Thursday.
A day after leaving Target Field for a local hospital because of to shortness of breath, center fielder Adam Jones was back in the Orioles' starting lineup Wednesday and making jokes about his potential health scare.
The Orioles designated enigmatic outfielder Felix Pie for assignment on Tuesday, likely ending his tenure in Baltimore. The Orioles have 10 days to trade, release or put Pie on waivers. If he clears, he can opt to become a free agent or join Triple-A Norfolk, but expect another team to kick the tires on this talented 26-year-old.
I love this quote from Luke Scott, who was scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his injured right shoulder Tuesday morning in Florida: "I¿ll learn to be ambidextrous with firearms, so I look at it as a positive."
The celebration of the NFL's four-month lockout ending turned into disbelief Monday when the Ravens cut four players, including their top two receivers of all time. Veterans Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Willis McGahee and Kelly Gregg were informed by the Ravens that they will be released from their contracts. ... The Ravens players who survived the roster cuts are ready to get back on the field Wednesday. ... Brooks Robinson is getting a statue. ... The second phase of building the Baltimore Grand Prix race course has begun. ... Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships early Tuesday morning.