The streaking Orioles scored eight runs in the fourth inning Wednesday night to coast to a 9-2 win over the Royals. ... Craig Tatum will be promoted to start behind the plate in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Royals. ... Former Ravens kicker Matt Stover will announce his retirement from the NFL on Thursday. ... Maryland's seniors are in a class of their own.
Once again, it's been an interesting offseason for Chad Ochocinco, who is making the most of the NFL lockout by doing his untelevised take on "Shaq Vs." He played soccer with Sporting Kansas City. He is doing the bull riding thing this weekend. And he claims he wants to get in the ring with Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski, who said that he would consider taking time out of his busy boxing schedule to slap around Ochocinco for charity.
After beating some dude named Caleb Grummet on Saturday night, Tom Zbikowski, who is now 3-0 in his professional boxing career, was asked if he wanted to box in Baltimore. "I'll do whatever I can to get a fight there," the Ravens safety said.
Monday's roster cuts clarified the Orioles' roster picture, but an injury to Brian Matusz muddied it back up. ... Zach Britton authored another impressive performance in Monday's win over the Tigers. ... The Ravens are taking a closer look at Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi. ... Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski wants to box in Baltimore, and these are some potential venues. ... Jordan Williams earned honorable mention All-America honors.
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.
Now that he has a little free time on his hands, Chad Ochocinco is attempting to make the jump from professional football to professional futbol. Next week, the outspoken Bengals wide receiver will get a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.
Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski returned to the boxing ring over the weekend and delivered a first-round knockout by landing a left hook into the belly of husky opponent Richard Bryant. "I knew I hurt him," Zbikowski said after picking up the second win of his professional career. "I love that I got a body shot for a knockout."
An Astros lineup that included just three regulars knocked around starter Brad Bergesen and the Orioles, 14-8, on Tuesday. ... On a day when they performed terribly on the field, the Orioles got much-needed positive news on the injury front. ... After allowing eight runs since tweaking his delivery, Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg will go back to his old mechanics. ... Gary Williams says the Terps will be in the NCAA tournament in 2012. ... The Capitals extended their winning streak to nine games.
Jake Arrieta was pleased with his command in the Orioles' 8-2 win over the Pirates on Monday even though he allowed eight hits in four innings. ... The Orioles' spring training MASH unit had a busy day. ... Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski is scheduled to fight two more bouts in a span of two weeks in Atlantic City. ... Their season unexpectedly over, the Terps turn their attention to next year. ... "Terps" could give way to "Maryland" on new football uniforms.
Maryland didn't receive an NIT bid, meaning the Terps won't appear in a postseason game for the first time since 1993. ... The Tigers rocked Brian Matusz and the Orioles' bullpen Sunday, pounding out 17 hits en route to a 9-1 victory. ... Hip soreness casts Justin Duchscherer's regular-season readiness into further doubt. ... The NFL lockout could send economic and emotional ripples throughout the area, from players to fans to business owners.
Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski and Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco both appeared on "The Afternoon Saloon" on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago yesterday, and they engaged in a little friendly trash talk over the possibility of a charity boxing match between the AFC North rivals.
This week, ESPN blogger James Walker has been releasing lists of the top three draft classes of the 2000s for each of the AFC North teams. He tackled the Ravens on Wednesday, ranking the 2008 class as the team's best of the decade.
Top pitching prospect Zach Britton threw three shutout innings Monday night as the Orioles and Yankees played to a scoreless tie. ... The Orioles relaxed their facial hair policy. ... Maryland sophomore center Jordan Williams was selected to the ACC's first team. ... Willis McGahee's agent expects the Ravens to trade or release the veteran running back. ... Sergio Kindle's court case for driving under the influence has been postponed. ... Alex Ovechkin scored in a shootout to give the first-place Capitals a 2-1 victory over Lightning. ... His contract up, Towson men's basketball coach Pat Kennedy stepped down.
Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski has been making the media rounds since it was announced last week that he was getting back in the boxing ring. And in an appearance on ESPN's "First Take" this morning, Zbikowski said that he thought Ravens Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata could be a heavyweight title contender if he took up boxing.
NFL owners and players decided Thursday to keep the current CBA in place for an additional 24 hours so that negotiations can continue. ... An appeals court in the Dominican Republic granted Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon's request to be released on bail. ... Brian Matusz got his 2011 season underway with two scoreless innings in the Orioles' 2-0 loss against the Twins. ... Michael Phelps posted the fastest times in the world this year in both of his events Thursday at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. ... Jason Arnott scored the game-winner as the Capitals beat the Blues, 3-2.
Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski, a football player by trade and a boxer at heart, is taking advantage of the looming NFL lockout by getting back into the boxing ring. Zbikowski will fight on the undercard of a pro boxing event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas next Saturday.
The fading Maryland men lost to Miami, 80-66, on Wednesday night. "We just had a bad game tonight, that's for sure," coach Gary Williams said. ... The Orioles had 16 hits Wednesday and held off a late Phillies rally to win, 6-5. ... Ravens players and officials are bracing for a lockout as the deadline looms. ... Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski will fight on the undercard of a pro boxing event. ... The Indianapolis Grand Prix will give Michael Phelps an idea of where he stands.