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Tonight’s Orioles – Yankees Lineups

Posted on 09 May 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Tonight the Orioles and Yankees will tangle in Game 2 of their three-game set at Camden Yards tonight at 7:05.  Let’s hope that tonight the Orioles offense gets the memo.

Over the span of a long baseball season, 162 games, some nights you got it – some nights you don’t.  Last night, the O’s O didn’t have it… and whatever “it” is, CC Sabathia definitely had it.  The home team only managed to scratch out four hits over nine innings of shutout baseball pitched by the Yankee ace.  Sabathia allowed back-to-back singles in the first and in the ninth, but was in cruise-control all night striking out eight and walking just one.  Alex Rodriguez, appearing in his season-debut,  hit a three-run homer off O’s starter Jeremy Guthrie on the first pitch he saw in the first inning to give the Yankees all the offense they would need.  It should be noted though, after the tough top of the first Guthrie did settle and keep his team in the ball game and pitched five shutout innings afterward and struck out eight batters.

Adam Eaton will take the mound tonight  in his fifth start of the year, and if he doesn’t pitch significantly better than he’s shown to date,  it might be one of his last.  Eaton still has not shown much in his opportunity in the rotation compiling a 1-3 record with an ERA over seven.  Rich Hill has been showing progress in getting stretched out in his rehab starts in the minors and might be knocking on the door soon.  Eaton or Mark Hendrickson could be the odd man out with any more sub-par performances from either.

22-year old Yankee right-hander Phil Hughes will make his third start of the season for the big club after spending the beginning of the season in triple-A Scranton – Wilkes-Barre.  Back on April 28th, Hughes allowed only two Detroit hits over six innings in a victory over the Tigers, but five days ago at Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox he struggled and took the loss while failing to get his club any outs in the fifth before being removed.

Here are the game’s staring lineups:


Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Melvin Mora – 3B
Luke Scott – DH
Lou Montanez – LF
Gregg Zaun – C
Cesar Izturis – SS


Derek Jeter – SS
Johnny Damon – LF
Mark Teixeira – 1B
Alex Rodriguez – 3B
Hideki Matsui – DH
Nick Swisher – RF
Robinson Cano – 2B
Melky Cabrera – CF
Francisco Cervelli – C

Guthrie struck out 8 Yankees, but it wasn't enough to beat C.C. (Courtesy: MLB.com)

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Tonight's Orioles - Twins Lineups

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Tonight’s Orioles – Twins Lineups

Posted on 07 May 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Tonight’s first pitch between the Orioles and Minnesota Twins is scheduled for 7:05 at Camden Yards.  Afterward, nine innings of baseball are expected to follow.  We hope.

Last night after thunder, lightning, torrential rain, and only six innings of baseball in over four hours, the O’s picked up a 4-1 win over the Twins.  The start of the game was delayed over 40 minutes and it wasn’t officially called until well past midnight in Baltimore.  At the plate, Nick Markakis hit a solo home run in his first AB and collected two RBI’s while Luke Scott connected on a two-run shot in the fourth inning to give the Orioles all the offense they needed.  Mark Hendrickson, the O’s starting pitcher, got off to a great start but was only able to throw three complete innings before a long delay ended his night.  Brian Bass picked up the win out of the bullpen, but did surrender an earned run in his 2.2 innings.

Tonight Dave Trembley will trot out 23-year old right-hander, Brad Bergesen, whom will be making the fourth start of his young career.  Through his previous three outings he’s registered a 1-0 record with two no-decisions.  Last Saturday in Toronto he pitched a full six innings for the first time in the big leagues and only yielded three earned runs in what turned out to be a 5-4 Oriole loss in 11 innings.

Going tonight for the Twins will be left-hander Glen Perkins.  The 26-year old, 12-game winner from a season ago has had mixed results in the early stages of ’09.  His first three starts of the year were very, very good.  He went eight innings in each and only allowed three runs over the entire span against the Mariners, Blue Jays, and Angels.  As for his two most recent appearances… not as good.  After a loss at Cleveland, Perkins gave up five earned and allowed 10 hits over five innings and took the no-decision in a Twin loss to the Royals.  I would imagine manager Ron Gardenhire would prefer to see to Perkins revert back to his early-early season form this evening.

Here are the respective lineups for tonight’s game:


Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Melvin Mora – 3B
Aubrey Huff – DH
Ty Wigginton – 1B
Lou Montanez – LF
Gregg Zaun – C
Cesar Izturis – SS


Denard Span – CF
Matt Tolbert – 2B
Joe Mauer – C
Justin Morneau – 1B
Jason Kubel – DH
Joe Crede – 3B
Matthew Cuddyer – RF
Delmon Young – LF
Nick Punto – SS

Four rain delays and only six innings later, an O's win (Courtesy: Baltimore Sun Photos)

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Tonight’s Orioles – Twins Lineups

Posted on 06 May 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Orioles will begin a six-game home stand with a match-up tonight against the Minnesota Twins.  The game’s first pitch will be at 7:05pm downtown at Camden Yards… and playing there… hopefully… will be a good thing!

So far this season the Birds own a pedestrian 7-8 record playing in front of their home crowd in Baltimore, but that’s much better than the 3-9 mark they’ve posted while on the road.  Their last road-trip, all against division opponents in Toronto and Tampa, yielded just one victory in five tries.  Fortunately, manager Dave Trembley’s bunch play their next three series wearing white as they’ll take on the Twins the next two nights with the Yankees and and Rays making trips to Charm City over the weekend and in the middle of next week.

Mark Henrickson, the O’s 6’9 240lb left-hander, will make his sixth start of the season tonight against the Twinkies.  The bad news for Orioles fans, and Hendrickson, is that each start he’s made has been progressively worse than the one that preceded it.  In his first outing of the season he went 6.1 innings and only gave up one earned resulting in a W for him and team, but everything since, has been downhill.  At 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA, Henrickson obviously hasn’t been in the win column since his great debut.  Last Friday in Toronto he opposed Roy Halladay and surrendered a season-high nine hits and gave up four earned in five-plus innings .

Kevin Slowey gets the ball tonight for Minnesota and manager Ron Gardenhire in his first start since turning 25-years old two days ago.  He’s been the recipient of outstanding run support so far this season and has accumulated a flawless 4-0 record, but with it carrying an ERA of 5.17.  Slowey’s last outing is a perfect illustration of his fortunate luck; he gave up five earned through only five innings, but his teammates picked him up with 6 runs over the 4th and 5th innings to get him the win in a 7-5 game.

Here are the starting nine for both squads for tonight:


Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Melvin Mora – 3B
Luke Scott – DH
Gregg Zaun – C
Felix Pie – LF
Cesar Izturis – SS


Denard Span – LF
Matt Tolbert – 2B
Brenden Harris – SS
Justin Morneau – 1B
Michael Cuddyer – RF
Joe Crede – 3B
Delmon Young – DH
Mike Redmond – C
Carlos Gomez – CF

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Tonight’s Orioles – Blue Jays Lineups

Posted on 01 May 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Orioles have hit the road and will be in Toronto tonight when they take on the Blue Jays at 7:07 in the opener of a three-game weekend series at the Rogers Centre.  It’s also the first of a five-game trip against division opponents away from Baltimore as they’ll be in Tampa to play the Rays this coming Monday and Tuesday.

As they travel north of the border, unfortunately they bring with them a three-game losing streak, which has come on the tail end of a stretch where they’ve lost 11 of their last 14.  Not good, especially considering they’ll be playing a Blue Jays squad that has gotten off to nice start at 15-9 overall.

Mark Hendrickson will have the ball in his hands to start tonight’s game for the road team.  So far in his first season pitching for the Orioles the big left-hander hasn’t exactly put up big numbers; he’s just 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in his four starts.  Almost amazingly, in his last appearance, a loss against Texas, he allowed a home run to the Rangers lead-off hitters in the first, second, and third innings.  And a little did you know tidbit… Hendrickson broke in with the Blue Jays and compiled a 12-9 record in the ’02 and ’03 seasons.

The Orioles’ starting nine will have the unenviable task of facing one of the game’s best starters when Roy Halladay stands 60 feet 6 inches from them this evening.  The Jays ace and workhorse has already picked up four wins this season and has been a rock in a Toronto rotation that has been devastated by injuries the last two seasons.  The 2005 A.L. Cy Young Award winner led the league in innings, complete games, and WHIP last year in ’08.  He also made two starts against the Birds last season and went 2-0, pitching seven-plus outstanding innings both times out.

Here are the teams’ batting orders:


Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Melvin Mora – 3B
Luke Scott – LF
Ty Wigginton – DH
Gregg Zaun – C
Cesar Izturis – SS

Blue Jays

Marco Scutaro – SS
Aaron Hill – 2B
Alex Rios – RF
Vernon Wells – CF
Adam Lind – DH
Scott Rolen – 3B
Kevin Millar – 1B
Rod Barajas – C
Jose Bautista – LF

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This Morning’s Orioles – Red Sox Lineups

Posted on 20 April 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Good morning Orioles fans, it’s Patriots’ Day in Boston, and that means the O’s and Sox will be getting underway extra early with today’s first pitch coming at 11:05AM at Fenway Park.

Yesterday the Orioles struggles continued with a 2-1 loss in Boston, where they have now lost eight straight ball games dating back to last season.  They’ll need a W to avoid the four-game sweep to their division opponents and falling under .500 for the first time this season.

The man entrusted to try and break the O’s overall four-game losing streak will be Mark Hendrickson.  The tall lefty has split his first two starts of the season and has pitched to an ERA of 3.00.  His season started well with a solid outing at Camden Yards in a win over the Rays, but Hendrickson gave up nine runs, two earned, in 4.2 innings in a loss at Texas.  The Orioles’ starter will pitch against the Sox for the first time in an Oriole uniform, but is no stranger to the Red Sox lineup.  In 14 career starts against Boston Hendrickson has an ERA over 8.50 and a 2-6 record.

24-year old right-hander Justin Masterson will get the start in place of Daisuke Matsuzaka for the Red Sox.  Masterson came out of the Boston bullpen last Tuesday and pitched 4.1 scoreless innings after Matsuzaka left the game with shoulder fatigue, which has now landed him on the 15-day DL.  Last season Masterson faced the Orioles twice in relief and gave up just one hit over four scoreless innings.

With Melvin Mora on the 15-day DL, Adam Jones day-to-day (both with hamstring injuries), and Aubrey Huff DH-ing, the Orioles will have an interesting new look to their lineup:


Brian Roberts – 2B
Cesar Izturis – SS
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – DH
Ty Wigginton – 1B
Luke Scott – LF
Gregg Zaun – C
Ryan Freel – 3B
Felix Pie – CF

Red Sox

Ellsbury – CF
Pedroia – 2B
Ortiz – DH
Youkilis – 1B
Baldelli – RF
Bay – LF
Lowell – 3B
Varitek – C
Green – SS

Here’s a little historic note for everyone out there…

Patriots’ Day is a civic day of remembrance and celebration in Boston annually on the third Monday of April and commemorates the Battles of Concord and Lexington from the Revolutionary War.  Traditionally it’s been the date of the running of the Boston Marathon and of a Red Sox home game.  The unique morning start of the baseball game allows both events to finish around the same time.

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Final thoughts on the 5-4 win

Posted on 11 April 2009 by Luke Jones

I just got back from the ballgame as Mark Hendrickson outdueled Andy Sonnanstine, and the Orioles broke a 12-game losing streak to Tampa Bay, winning 5-4.

Here are my final thoughts on tonight’s win:

– Hendrickson was a pleasant surprise, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings of work.  I was surprised Dave Trembley pulled him after allowing a single to Carlos Pena with one out in the sixth.  Hendrickson had only thrown 91 pitches.

If Trembley wants to maintain a strong bullpen into the summer months, he will need to allow Hendrickson and Adam Eaton to work late into the game—even if it means giving up a few extra runs and infuriating Orioles fans in the process.

– I echo the thoughts of Bob Haynie regarding the “O’s” hat.  I’d much rather see the cartoon bird hat (without the white panel) with the Friday alternates.  It’s still the best hat the Orioles have ever worn.

– In case we needed a reminder, Evan Longoria is one of the best players in the game.  He accounted for three of the Rays’ four runs with a solo shot in the first and a two-run blast in the eight.  Perhaps more impressive than his bat is his fielding prowess.  If you saw the play he made yesterday against Boston, you know what I’m talking about.

– Danys Baez looks very impressive in the early stages of the season, striking out four of the five batters he faced tonight.  He’s overpaid at $5.5 million, but Baez can provide some solid middle relief when healthy.

– Two more doubles for Adam Jones tonight.  He’s absolutely raking the ball right now.

– The Orioles made another base-running mistake in the second inning with Gregg Zaun getting doubled off second base following Cesar Izturis’ lineout to right field.  This is a very capable lineup, but they cannot continue to give up potential runs with such an inconsistent pitching staff.

– George Sherrill continues to remind me of a poor man’s Randy Myers.  The lefty struck out the side but gave up a home run to Dioner Navarro in the process.  Much like Myers, he rarely has a 1-2-3 inning but manages to get the job done anyway.

– Despite the well-documented missteps of the organization over the past decade, $6 Student Night continues to be a great marketing tool.  A large bulk of the announced 22,866 in attendance could be found in the left field upper deck.  While it isn’t exactly Section 34 at the old stadium, the college kids bring a nice energy to the ballgame.

Now, we just need to ban the wave, and we’ll be ready to go for the rest of the season.

The Orioles will go for their second-straight win against the Rays tomorrow night when Jeremy Guthrie takes the hill against Jeff Niemann.

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Orioles/Rays Preview

Posted on 10 April 2009 by Luke Jones

After a successful opening series win against the New York Yankees, the Orioles (2-1) will send Mark Hendrickson to the mound against the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays (2-1) at Camden Yards tonight.

Hendrickson begins the season in the starting rotation despite posting a 6.24 ERA in a starting role with the Florida Marlins last season. He was moved to the bullpen in the second half and pitched to a 3.03 ERA as a reliever. Manager Dave Trembley would prefer to have Hendrickson in a long-relief role, but the injury to Rich Hill and ineffective candidates in spring training forced the 34-year-old lefty into the rotation.

The southpaw is 5-5 with a lifetime 3.64 ERA at Camden Yards. A large portion of those starts came from Hendrickson’s three-year stint with the Rays.

Right-handed batters hit .296 against him last season, so he’ll have to pitch extra carefully to sluggers Evan Longoria and Pat Burrell (Tampa Bay’s biggest free agent signing). Trembley needs Hendrickson to pitch into the sixth inning tonight.

The bullpen has been ineffective and already overworked, pitching eight innings the past two games, and more danger looms with veteran Adam Eaton scheduled to pitch on Sunday. The organization will also have to decide whom Eaton will replace on the 25-man roster. The strongest candidates figure to be Brian Bass, Danys Baez, and Matt Albers.

Tampa Bay picked up where they left off in last season’s ALCS by taking two of three games from the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Right-hander Andy Sonnanstine will take the hill after winning 13 games in 2009. He was 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA in two starts against the Orioles last season.

The Orioles were 3-15 last season against Tampa Bay and have lost 12 straight meetings. Their last win over the Rays came on April 29, 2008.

What to watch:

1. Adam Jones is red-hot starting off the season, showing good power with two extra base hits to the opposite field. He has also shown good discipline hitting in the second spot, drawing two walks after only drawing 23 all of last season.

2. Nick Markakis had 5 RBI in the Yankees series and appears to only be getting better in his fourth season. It’s still far too early to tell with the 25-year-old right fielder, but he may turn out to be the club’s best homegrown run producer since Eddie Murray.

3. Keep an eye on Rays center fielder Matt Joyce. After hitting 12 home runs in his rookie season with the Tigers last year, the Rays traded pitcher Edwin Jackson to Detroit for the 24-year-old outfielder.

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Wednesday Morning's Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 01 April 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

The rotation is set?!  Maybe Drew said it best with the line, “Hayden Penn’s ink has run out.”  In his last Spring Training start Penn went an abysmal 3.2 innings where he gave up 8 hits and 6 earned runs against the Cardinals.  Afterward, on the heels of saying Alfredo Simon will be in the rotation, manager Dave Trembley announced that Penn is no longer being considered in a starter’s role.  Could we actually be down to 5?  Peter Schmuck says Guthrie, Koji, Simon, Eaton, and Hendrickson.  So after weeding through like 58 pitchers, that’s what’s left to come north!  Be excited Baltimore!  It’s a real shame Cal can’t pitch.

Still waiting on Lance.  Gary Williams and the rest of us will have to wait just a little bit longer to learn where high school standout Lance Stephenson will play his probably one and only season of college hoops.  The Lincoln High School scoring guard from Coney Island, Queens was supposed to make his announcement at the McDonald’s All-American game Thursday night, but instead said yesterday that he and his family were still not ready to make a decision.  His playground nickname is “Born Ready” but I guess that doesn’t apply to picking between St. John’s, Kansas, and Maryland.

Scanning the Blogosphere

Camden Chat has a comprehensive history of the Orioles’ Opening Day starting pitchers since Bill “The Big Show” White in 1957.

The Loss Column says, “More HD O’s On the Way.”

College Hoops Journal has a nice list of all the NCAA Tournament Final Four’s storylines.

The Big Leads asks the question “Is the NHL more physical than the NFL?” And takes a stab at what the NBA Lottery might look like in June.

Awful Announcing informs us that ESPN might be swapping out ESPN Classic for ESPNU in many cable providers’ programming.

Coed Magazine has “The Cheerleaders of the 20009 NCAA Final Four.”

Inside Lacrosse has an in-game blog of UMBC’s 14-4 victory over Towson in Catonsville.

SI’s Fantasy Clicks says Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom is the NHL’s top ‘Dynamic Duo.’

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Tuesday Morning's Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 31 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

The Final 4 is set! Congratulations to Michigan State, UConn, Villanova and North Carolina you’re going to the Final 4… even though no one at WNST really thought you would. In our friendly 9 person office pool only Nestor had 2 of 4, while Bob and Ray failed to pick any of the National Semifinalists. Out of everyone, Drew with UConn is the only participant with his champ still alive. Personally, my bracket was… not my best effort, though I was the only person to have Villanova this far. However, unfortunately my pick to win it all, Louisville, as well as Memphis and Syracuse did not pull through for me. Oh well.

Joe? … Fred? All right, now that the rain delay is over, we’re going to throw it back live to Joe Angel and Fred Manfra from Fort Lauderdale for all the rest of the exciting action between your Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets… take it away Joe… Joe? Fred? Anyone? Helllloooo? Is anyone there?

Scanning the Blogosphere

Camden Chat apparently likes Lou Montanez as the title of their most recent piece is, “I like Lou Montanez now.”

The Loss Column thinks Simon is in for #3 and the last 2 spots in the O’s rotation will come down to either Eaton, Hendrickson, Bass, or Penn.

Dempsey’s Army looks at who SHOULD be in the Orioles rotation when the team comes north, not necessarily who WILL be.

B-More Birds’ Nest asks the million dollar question… “Who is going to pitch for this team?!”

Sports by Brooks knows by this ESPN game graphic that Villanova and Pitt were really, really, really close throughout the entire second half.

Baltimore Beat Down identifies some prospects who might still be around when the Ravens draft in the 2nd round.

SI’s Hot Clicks features the game winning goal from the 7 Overtime Maryland-Virginia game from Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville.

Truth and Rumors wonders whether Scott Boras will be looking for a $50M deal for the next potential MLB #1 overall draft pick, Stephen Strasburg, a fireballing right handed pitcher from San Diego State.

CMS Video of the Day

While only Villanova-Pitt gave us entertaining basketball over Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the commercial breaks gave fans something to look forward to. My two favorites:

The Heineken spot with the guys celebrating the ‘beer closet.’

And the Guitar Hero commercial with Bobby Knight, Coach K, Roy Williams, and Rick Pitino alongside Metallica.

Look at Coach K’s face in this still-frame… it’s hysterical!

The Morning’s Final Thought

Here’s a really interesting list provided by The Big Lead of the “Top 10 College Hoops Programs in the Last Decade.”

1. Michigan State – 10-10 tourney trips, 6 Sweet 16s, 4 Final Fours, 1 title
2. Kansas – 10-10 tourney trips, 7 Sweet 16s, 3 Final Fours, 1 title
3. North Carolina – 8-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 4 Final Fours, 1 title
4. Connecticut – 8-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 2 Final Fours, 1 title,
5. Florida – 8-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 3 Final Fours, 2 titles
6. Duke – 10-10 tourney trips, 7 Sweet 16s, 2 Final Fours, 1 title
7. UCLA – 8-10 tourney trips, 6 Sweet 16s, 3 Final Fours, 0 titles
8. Arizona – 10-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
9. Texas – 10-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
10. Maryland – 7-10 tourney trips, 3 Sweet 16s, 2 Final Fours, 1 title

And a lost of some Honorably Mentioned schools:

Pittsburgh 8-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 0 Final Fours, 0 titles
Illinois 9-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Ohio State 6-10 tourney trips, 1 Sweet 16, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Louisville 7-10 tourney trips, 3 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Oklahoma 8-10 tourney trips, 3 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Kentucky 9-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 0 Final Fours, 0 titles
Memphis 6-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Syracuse 7-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 1 title
Gonzaga 10-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 0 Final Fours, 0 titles

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Monday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 16 February 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Rotation Candidates?  Orioles’ pitchers and catchers reported to Fort Lauderdale this weekend and all the buzz so far in camp is who will fill out Manager Dave Trembley’s and Pitching Coach Dave Kranitz’s rotation.  The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec addressed this matter in his “10 Questions for the Orioles” and suggested that Jeremy Guthrie and Koji Uehara are assured spots and offered these possibilities for spots 3-5: Danys Baez, Brian Bass, Mark Hendrickson, Brad Hennessey, Radhames Liz, Troy Patton, John Parrish, Hayden Penn, David Pauley, Alfredo Simon and Chris Waters.  None of these extremely marginal so-called “major league pitchers” get you going?  Well, just in case CMS Producer Glenn Clark has volunteered his services for the upcoming season.

Baltimore’s watching… NBA pre-game?  It’s a rough time of the year to get rating for sports in Baltimore this time of year.  In between Ravens and Orioles season, the ESPN’s NBA Pre-game Show was the 6th highest rated sports related TV program last week.  Granted the Wizards-Nuggets game, which finished 5th, was coming on directly afterwards but it got me thinking.  If/when T-Sizzle resigns with the Ravens to a long-term deal, I will be pitching network exec’s a Terrell Suggs Reality Show for next year and for more family oriented programming, I’ll pitch joining Joe Flacco Wednesday evening’s for “Bowling with the Quarterback!”

Congratulations Matt Witt!  Over the weekend this sophomore from the University of Maryland was crowned champion of the school’s qualifier for the USA Rock Paper Scissors College Championship.  To avoid any controversy and to avoid any possible confusion the tournament was played using the official rules of the USA Rock Paper Scissor League.  Witt will now compete in Panama City, Florida for the title of the ‘Best Rock, Paper, and Scissor Nerd in the entire Country.”  Wahoo go Matt!  Rock, paper, scissor, c’mon, really?

“The Bong-Gate Seven.” Courtesy the Smoking Gun, here are the mugshots of the menaces to society who infamously have been arrested in South Carolina for smoking weed with Michael Phelps.  Instead of beating a dead horse and making another mediocre marijuana joke I will instead remind everyone of some of the best mugshots of all-time.  Pee-Wee Herman.  Rapper, DMX.  Blue Chips’ Nick Nolte.  King of Pop, Michael Jackson.  The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz, and Godfather of Soul, James BrownShrek.  And my nominee for the title of “Worst Celebrity Mugshot of All-Time” goes to the Brady Brunch’s BOBBY BRADY!?!?!?!?!  Hey, wait a second… get out of there Shrek!

Scanning the Blogosphere

The Schmuck Stops Here talks the debuts of who the Orioles hope to be three future and present core rotation guys: Matusz, Uehara, and Rich Hill.

Baseball Prospectus, the Baseball Nerds, have their “Top 100 Prospects” list out.  Orioles include, #1 C Matt Wieters, #16 P Chris Tillman, #19 P Brian Matusz, #52 P Jake Arietta, and #98 Brandon Erbe.

Camden Chat tells reports the Washington Post, after ending its Ravens coverage before last season, will not have a beat with the Orioles this season either.

D.C. Sports Blog has pictures of VT’s Jeff Allen giving the one-finer salute, Maryland Mohawks, and Ravens HC John Harbaugh openly “hearting” Coach Williams — and not caring who knows it,

Tracking the Terps wonders Did You Notice these things from the VA Tech game on Saturday and found out Gary really did recruit Jordan Williams himself.

The Sporting News’ and friend of WNST, Clifton Brown, says the “Ravens’ biggest obstacle now is free agency.”

SI’s Inside the NFL examines the upcoming ‘09’s drafts’ “Top WR Prospects.” Could any of these men be catching passes from Joe next season?

The Ravens Official Site points out “Fave Five: Best Ravens Pass Completions” in ’08.

With Leather has Roberto Alomar at #2 in last week’s “Power Rankings: A Look at Whose Back on Top.”

SI’s For the Record says the ‘best pitcher of all-time’ is still out on the free agent market.

Fanhouse calls Mike Green of the Caps, “the hottest player in hockey right now.”

Yahoo!’s Big League Stew has the ‘eye brow rising’ story of the day, “Billy Joel and Elton John to rock the Musical Confines of Wrigley.”

Inside Lacrosse analyst Quint Kessnich has his “D-1 Top-20 Poll,” after Week 1: #3 Maryland, #7 John’s Hopkins, #11 UMBC, #15 Navy, #17 Loyola.

Deadspin tells us something we already know, Jeff Reed is a complete idiot.

CMS Video of the Day

The CMS Staff told you last week about Jordan Williams shattering a backboard at his high school game.  Well thanks to You Tube, we can all see the Torrington, CT High School Senior and Terps recruit’s damage.  Note, about the first 25 seconds of the video is all black, so don’t worry when the picture doesn’t immediately begin.

And as an Honorable Mention choice for CMS Video of the Morning, “Shaq Dancing with the Jabbawackeez.”  Enough said.

The Morning’s Last Call

Right here at the start I want to point out and call a spade a spade… Calvin Klein, I am not.  I don’t know anything about the latest “What’s Hot and/or What’s Not” of the fashion world, nor do I “speak Prada.”  I barely shop for my own clothes at 23, I prefer Mom to take care of that.  If by mistake I don’t go out in matching attire, I blame my ‘mysterious case of color blindness.’  And I have never spent more than $12 on a haircut in my life.

You get the point.

In any event, I couldn’t help but notice during this past NBA All-Star Weekend that many of today’s greatest basketball players on the planet could be the next in line to be this summer’s Athlete-Intern at Vogue Magazine.

In the Rookie v. Sophomores Game Friday evening, the NBA decided to put their youngsters in these high fashion uniformsDwyane Wade definitely had something to do with the selections.

Saturday evening was the NBA All-Star Skills Night, with fan favorites such as the 3 Point-Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest, and all of a sudden out of nowhere… a fashion show broke out!

Earlier in the day I found out that apparently corn rows are out.  First, Carmelo Anthony took out his braids a little while ago, and on Saturday another Super-Star took a trip to the Barber Shop.

After over a decade, Allen Iverson decided to make the move.  Who remembers this fresh-out-of-Georgetown youthful looking AI.

Lebron James, who said he was going to compete in next year’s dunk contest, did so wearing a stunning yellow sweater… which I’ve read is actually called a ‘cardigan.’

Even the Greatest Heavyweight Champion the world has ever seen, Muhammad Ali, was dressed sharply, sporting Oakley Sunglasses and a Tar Heeled-themed sweater.

And finally, Dunk Contest runner-up Dwight Howard, aka Super Man, emerged from a telephone booth in an extra tight jersey to go under his cape, while now two-time Dunk Champ Nate Robinson sported a ‘kryptonite’-inspired Knicks uniform.

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