The Orioles were still talking Wednesday morning about Francisco Cervelli's disputed home run, which broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning of the Yankees' ridiculously rain-delayed 5-3 victory the night before at Yankee Stadium.
Long a solid center fielder and one of baseball's best baserunners, Curtis Granderson has turned into a beast at the plate since working with New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long to rework his swing.
The Orioles will do cartwheels down Eutaw Street if Dylan Bundy, their first-round draft pick on Monday night, has a career similar to the pitchers he is being compared to: Roy Oswalt, Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan.
MLB debt: The Orioles were among nine teams in violation of MLB debt service rules, according to information presented in a confidential briefing at the owners' meetings last month and confirmed to the Los Angeles Times by three people familiar with the presentation.
When Orioles starter Chris Tillman left Sunday¿s game against the Nationals, he had surrendered just one earned run. It was the fourth time in five starts and the fifth time this season that the 23-year-old right-hander had allowed one run or fewer, but he labored and could only give the Orioles five innings.
About 100 people from ESPN made their predictions, and there was a lot of love for the Red Sox and Phillies. Fanhouse foresees a Boston-Philadelphia World Series, too. A couple of guys from Sports Illustrated think the Reds are going to win it all. And all three of Yahoo's predictors have AL East teams winning the World Series, though none of those teams are from Baltimore.
Maryland AD Kevin Anderson has faith in men's basketball coach Gary Williams, who will return next season. ... The Orioles lost to the Phillies, 4-3, on Tuesday, but Justin Duchscherer threw two scoreless innings. ... Brian Roberts' back flared up Tuesday, and Derrek Lee went to see a wrist specialist. ... At the Ed Block Courage Awards, a Steeler impressed Ravens fans.
Count Cal Ripken Jr. among those who expect Matt Wieters to bounce back in 2011. Ripken believes we'll "see a more relaxed Matt Wieters" now that the organization has upgraded the offensive talent around him, which will translate to better production from the 24-year-old catcher this season.
Buck Showalter said he has no complaints about Matt Wieters, a .266 career hitter. "I told him, you get four at-bats a night, and you make 100 or 200 decisions behind the plate," Showalter told Reiter. "You do the math. What's more important?"