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
The Orioles christened their spring training home with five homers in the first two innings of Tuesday's 12-6 win over the Rays, and starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched two perfect innings. ... O's manager Buck Showalter said that there is no timetable for Derrek Lee to get into a Grapefruit League game. ... Orioles owner Peter Angelos said that Andy MacPhail isn't going anywhere after this season. ... Ravens running back Ray Rice believes a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached before the scheduled start of the 2011 season.
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.
Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos is bidding to buy a bankrupt horse-racing track in Prince George's County and resurrecting a push to allow slot machines at that facility. Angelos' proposal came as Maryland's second slots casino opened Tuesday.