So it came as no surprise that Friday night would be a struggle ¿ one that eventually ended in 11 innings with a 2-1 Indians win on a walk-off homer by Mike Aviles against Orioles reliever Brian Matusz (2-3).
Bottom line: Hale may not get hired. And that would be a plus for the Orioles. But those who have worked with him in Baltimore hope he gets it, even if it would mean competing against him 18 times a year.
A year ago Friday, Robert Andino etched his name into Orioles lore with a ninth-inning sinking liner to left that escaped the glove of Boston¿s Carl Crawford, plated Nolan Reimold with the game-winner, extinguished the Red Sox¿s playoff hopes and helped send that franchise into an unforeseen spiral.
The Orioles open a three-game series tonight at Fenway Park, so it's only natural to reflect on the wild night of Sept. 28, when they eliminated the Red Sox from the playoff picture and started a chain reaction that brought an end to the Terry Francona era.
Robert Andino and the Orioles are not stopping to look back at last year's walk-off win over the Red Sox in the regular-season finale. As the team faces Boston for the first time since Andino's big hit, it says its focus is on 2012.
Finally, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is giving credit where credit is due. He said on ESPN last night that the Orioles are the reason he's now a baseball analyst instead of the current manager of hte Boston Red Sox.
The Ravens are wary of the Texans even though two of their best players are sidelined. ... The Ravens are anxious to see how Derrick Mason fits in with the Texans on Sunday. ... Michael Oher's little brother, Sean Tuohy Jr., got a basketball scholarship at Loyola University. ... Patricia Modell, a former actress and the wife of former Ravens owner Art Modell, died on Wednesday. ... Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan is leaving the organization to become Philadelphia's director of player development. ... The Orioles have put together a list of GM candidates. ... Mark Turgeon is happy to have freshman Nick Faust, a City graduate, in a Maryland uniform. ... Randy Edsall still won't name a starting quarterback for Saturday.
The Orioles' regulars rallied to top the Red Sox on Sunday and the reserves fell to the Blue Jays. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter called Red Sox manager Terry Francona to address his comments about Boston G.M. Theo Epstein. ... VCU shocked Kansas and Kentucky beat North Carolina to set this year's Final Four.