SAN FRANCISCO --The Orioles have to be feeling good about themselves heading into their three-game series in Arizona tonight. They took two of three from a Jekyll-and-Hyde Giants team that can play well enough to be deserving of the title defending World Champions on day and can then stink up the joint the next.
After shutting out the San Francisco Giants for five innings Saturday afternoon, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen appeared well on his way to his fourth win in five decisions since coming off the disabled list.
Two years ago Tuesday, Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis received a set of phone calls in a Toronto hotel room: They were traded from the pennant-chasing Texas Rangers to the last-place Orioles in a move that would help alter the course of a franchise and their careers.
In the top of the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 84th All-Star Game, Adam Jones led off with a double against the Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee, moved to third on a single by the Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer and then scored on a fielder's choice ground out by J.J. Hardy.
Weeks before the trade deadline, the Orioles bolstered their starting pitching on Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Scott Feldman from the Cubs along with catcher Steve Clevenger for right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.
Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl Yastrzemski and an outfielder for the Aberdeen IronBirds, has the baseball lineage, but, like the rest of his teammates trying to prove themselves at the Single-A level, he has a long way to go if he wants to leave the impression his grandfather did.
Before "Moneyball" hit the best sellers list and before Brad Pitt brought Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane to the big screen, Dan Duquette's Montreal Expos were perhaps the first incarnation of the Moneyball concept.
The world of sport is one of upsets, results that defy logic: N.C. State beating Houston for the NCAA basketball title in 1983 or Villanova over Georgetown the following year, Larry Owings over Dan Gable in college wrestling in 1970, the 1980 Miracle on Ice, Spinks over Ali in boxing, Dodgers sweep A's in the 1988 World Series, even Giants over Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. But perhaps nowhere is the upset move prevalent than in horse racing
The former Major League Baseball pitcher "Bullet" Bob Turley, who died last Saturday at age 82, played for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, and his name also has a special meaning in the annals of Harford County sports and business.