The Orioles and Yankees waited more than four hours for the rain to relent late Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The game started after 11 p.m. and the Yankees won. ... Brian Matusz has been removed from the starting rotation. ... The Ravens gambled on players with troubled pasts, but they did their homework as far as background checks. ... One game into the season, there is a sense of excitement surrounding Maryland's young team after the win over Miami. ... Randy Edsall likes the buzz about Maryland's new football uniforms. ... The inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix boosted some businesses while disappointing others.
The Ravens continued to tinker with their roster over the weekend, signing Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode to bolster the offensive line. It was the third significant roster move the Ravens have made since the start of the preseason; they also addressed areas of concern by bringing in wideout Lee Evans and tackle Bryant McKinnie.
The Ravens must cut their active roster down to 53 mighty men on Saturday. Here is my projection of what the roster will look like, but please note that John Harbaugh and his staff are better at evaluating talent than I am.
Baltimore is blessed with a bunch of talented sports bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. I often link up to these local writers in my morning Coffee Companion posts, but instead of just exchanging anti-social links with them, I have decided to be slightly less anti-social by exchanging emails with them in a somewhat regular feature called Blogger on Blogger.
A lack of big plays in 2010 prompted the Ravens to overhaul their passing attack (again). They cut ties with veterans Derrick Mason, Todd Heap and T.J. Houshmandazeh; brought in speedy veteran wide receiver Lee Evans; drafted a pair of rookie wideouts in Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss; and went with youth at tight end, where second-year players Ed Dickson and Ed Pitta have both spent time with the first-team offense.
There are very few slam-dunk picks in fantasy football. For years owning LaDainian Tomlinson guaranteed you a spot in the playoffs. Peyton Manning has been an elite fantasy QB for more than a decade. And though he's now in the twilight of his career, Terrell Owens used to be good for 1,000 yards and 10 TDs a season. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates falls into this category.
The Orioles expected their negotiations with Dylan Bundy to go right down to Monday night's midnight deadline, and it did, but they got the deal done (the Orioles signed two other top targets, too). ... The Orioles had a winning night on the field as well, beating the Athletics in Oakland. ... Brian Matusz on Tuesday night will make his first major-league start in more than a month. ... Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was named the American League Player of the Week. ... David Reed was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list, and he expressed a desire to be a more regular member of the Ravens offense.
Autographed memorabilia that once belonged to legendary athletes, actors and musicians now fill the hallways, giving Howard prosecutors a set of conversation pieces that help "break the ice" in interviews.
The NFL preseason is already upon us -- the days have been flying by since the lockout ended, haven¿t they? -- and the Ravens¿ exhibition opener against the Eagles is one of a handful of games on Thursday night¿s slate.
Nolan Reimold slammed Jason Frasor's first pitch into the visitors' bullpen on Wednesday night to give the Orioles a walk-off win in extra innings. ... Adam Jones and Ozzie Guillen exchanged words after the game. ... Vladimir Guerrero was given a day off, but manager Buck Showalter said not to read too much into it. ... The Ravens play the NFL's "Dream Team" in their preseason opener on Thursday night. John Harbaugh expects to get "cheered rabidly." ... Joe Flacco said he told team officials that he wanted tight end Todd Heap to return. ... Free-agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery won't be joining the Ravens after visiting the team Tuesday.
Quarterback Joe Flacco is scheduled to play the first quarter of the Ravens' preseason opener at the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. Backups Tyrod Taylor and Hunter Cantwell know how much playing time they will get, too.