Brian Matusz made easy work of the Phillies early Sunday afternoon at Bright House Field, but the end result left questions about whether the Orioles left-hander will make the team¿s starting rotation.
In Sunday's night game against the New York Yankees, the 25-year-old Ryan Flaherty made his first start for the Orioles in right field. The day before he started in left — in front of the replica Green Monster wall at the Boston Red Sox spring facility, JetBlue Park.
The Orioles play their second straight day of split-squad games today, with the Birds going on the road to play the Braves at Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in the afternoon before a nightcap tonight at home against the Yankees.
Lefty Brian Matusz again excelled on the mound and Endy Chavez homered against reigning American League Cy Young/Most Valuable Player Award winner Justin Verlander, but the Orioles still fell to the Detroit Tigers, 4-2, on Thursday.
Orioles right-hander Willie Eyre left the team before batting practice today because his 3-year-old daughter, Lily, was found in a swimming pool. She was rushed to a local hospital, where X-rays were performed, and is doing OK, but it was definitely a scary situation.
Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz threw four scoreless innings against the Phillies on Saturday. The lefty's fastball consistently stayed in the 90s as he allowed three hits while striking out four and walking none.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz¿s second start of the spring went better than his first ¿ a good sign for Orioles fans this spring. Matusz threw a four scoreless innings against the Phillies, allowing just three hits and striking out four with no walks.
Free and clear, Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon is focused solely on baseball this spring training. Imprisoned in the Dominican Republic at this time in 2011, the right-hander is in a better place, literally and mentally, this year.
Dan Duquette said on a conference call Thursday that Anderson¿s role with the team will be different than Lee Thomas, who shares the exact same title but handles more of an assistant GM role under Duquette.
New Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has begun the reconstruction of his front office, announcing the hiring of a new amateur scouting director Monday while re-assigning pro scouting director Lee MacPhail IV, one of the top lieutenants in the club's previous regime.
The Orioles appear to be zeroing in on Dan Duquette as their next general manager. The former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos GM returned to Baltimore on Saturday for his second meeting with the Orioles in two days.
Dan Duquette is one of likely only four more candidates who will interview for the Orioles' general manager job. After speaking with the Phillies' Scott Proefrock on Thursday, the club will bring in the former Red Sox general manager Friday.
Randy Edsall won't say who the Terps are starting at quarterback against Clemson. ... Derrick Mason has reportedly been traded to the Texans, meaning the Ravens will face their former wideout in consecutive games. ... The Ravens haven't forgotten about their uncomfortable second half against the Texans last season. ... Orioles amateur scouting director Joe Jordan interviewed this week with the Phillies for their vacant director of player-development position. ... The Jeremy Accardo era may be over. ... The IZOD IndyCar Series will return to the city on Labor Day weekend 2012 for the second Baltimore Grand Prix.