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Maryland Lacrosse Tries to Extend Hot Start Tuesday at UMBC

Posted on 06 March 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The fourth-ranked Maryland men’s lacrosse team plays its first midweek game of the season when it heads up I-95 to take on intrastate rival UMBC on March 6 at 7 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. The game is scheduled to be streamed live on UMBCRetrievers.tv.

• Maryland (3-0, 1-0 ACC) is coming off of a 10-7 victory over then No. 8 Duke in both team’s conference opener. Senior Drew Snider led the Terps by posting his third career hat trick, which included two man-up goals. Junior Billy Gribbin also had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) for Maryland. Sophomore Niko Amato made nine of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for the Terrapins. Freshman Goran Murray held All-American Jordan Wolf, the ACC’s leading scorer, to just one shot and one assist in the game.

• For the season, the Terps are led offensively by All-Americans Joe Cummings and John Haus, who each have nine points. Overall, 13 different Terrapins have scored goals this season. Defensively, Amato has stopped 63.5 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 6.49 goals-against average. Sophomore Brian Cooper leads the team with seven caused turnovers. Junior Curtis Holmes is winning 64.2 percent of his face-offs and is the team leader in groundballs with 19.

• The Retrievers are 1-2 on the season after dropping a 10-9 decision in overtime to No. 17 Fairfield. UMBC started the season with a 10-8 home loss to Robert Morris on Feb. 18. The Retrievers then won their first game of the season, 11-7, at Rutgers on Feb. 26. Attackman Scott Jones and midfielder Zach Linkous lead UMBC with eight points on seven goals and one assist. Adam Cohen has logged all 180-plus minutes in goal for the Retrievers and has an 8.96 goals-against average and a 57.1 save percentage.



The Count Down

10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 85 of the 92 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 102-22 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .823 winning percentage.
8 … Eight Terps have at least one goal and one assist this season.
7 … Seven current Terps have scored a goal vs. UMBC during their careers.
6 … Maryland has converted six of seven extra-man opportunities so far this season.
5 … Maryland is off to a 3-0 start for the fifth time in the past 10 seasons.
4 … Joe Cummings had his first career four-goal game in the 2011 game vs. UMBC.
3 … The last time UMBC and Maryland played a nighttime weekday game was the three OT game in 2008.
2 … This will be John Tillman’s second career game vs. UMBC as a head coach.
1 … David Miller earned his first career point vs. Duke by assisting on Billy Gribbin’s goal in the third quarter.


Tale of the Tape
Maryland Category  UMBC
12.7 Goals Per Game 9.3
8.0 Opponents’ Goals Per Game 9.0
36.3 Shots Per Game 35.3
34.9 Shot Percentage 26.4
22.7 Shots on Goal Per Game 17.7
62.4 Shots on Goal Percentage 50.0
11.0 Saves Per Game 12.0
57.9 Save Percentage 57.1
37.7 Groundballs Per Game 29.0
26.0 Opponents’ Groundballs Per Game 27.7
17.7 Turnovers Per Game 16.3
11.0 Caused Turnovers Per Game 8.0
61.4 Face-Off Percentage 50.0
91.9 Clear Percentage 91.2
81.1 Opponents’ Clear Percentage 83.3
3.7 Penalties Per Game 1.3
2.2 Penalty Minutes Per Game 0.7
85.7 Man-Up Conversion Percentage 22.2
36.4 Opponents’ Man-Up Conversion Percentage 0.0

Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his fifth season as a head coach, and second with the Terps, with a 36-24 career record for a 60.0 winning percentage. Tillman is 16-5 (.762) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Don Zimmerman is in his 25th season season as a head coach and holds a lifetime record of 208-131 (.614). He has been the head coach at UMBC for 18 years and is 135-116 (.539) with the Retrievers.

• Coach Tillman’s is 1-0 all-time vs. UMBC as a head coach.


Series History vs. UMBC
• Maryland holds a 26-7 lifetime advantage in 33 meetings with state rival UMBC. Maryland has won 10 of the last 13 games, but the Retreivers have taken three of the last five. Prior to that, UMBC had not defeated the Terps since taking back-to-back games in 1998 and 1999.

• For the second straight season Grant Catalino tied his career high with seven points to lead the Terps to a 15-6 rout of the Retrievers. Catalino scored six goals, which also tied his career high, while Joe Cummings also set a career-best with four goals. Niko Amato allowed just five goals during his 55:03 and made 12 saves.

• In 2010, Grant Catalino tied his career high with seven points to lead the Terps to their first victory over the Retrievers since the 2007 regular season. Catalino combined with fellow attackmen Travis Reed and Ryan Young for 14 points in the 13-7 win. Senior Brian Phipps made 12 saves for Maryland, while Max Schmidt led the defender with three groundballs and three caused turnovers.

• The Retrievers won their third straight over the Terps, taking a 9-7 victory at Ludwig Field in 2009. Grant Catalino and Ryan Young each had hat tricks for Maryland, but the Terrapins couldn’t overcome a three-goal halftime deficit.

• In 2008 the two teams hooked up in a Friday night game that saw the Retreivers eek out a 9-8 win in triple-overtime. The Terps used a 3-0 scoring blitz in the fourth quarter to take an 8-7 lead, but UMBC tied the game with just 5.8 seconds to go to send the game into OT. Max Ritz led the Terrapins with two goals and an assist, while Grant Catalino and Drew Evans each had a goal and an assist.

• In the 2007 NCAA Tournament Maryland jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Retrievers responded by going on a 9-2 run spanning the second and third quarters to advance to the quarterfinals. Max Ritz and Dan Groot each had four points for the Terps, while Bryn Holmes won 10-of-14 face-offs and picked up a career-high nine groundballs.

• Earlier in 2007, Maryland topped the Retrievers, 11-7, at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Jeremy Sieverts scored his first hat trick as a Terp, while junior attackman Max Ritz chipped in with two goals and an assist. Senior defender Ray Megill scored the first poitnts of his career with a goal and an assist.

• The Terps entered the 2006 game as the No. 1 team in the nation and the Retrievers were looking for the upset. Maryland only led by one heading into the fourth quarter, but the Terrapin defense shutout UMBC for the final 15 minutes, allowing the offense to score four unanswered goals to take home a 9-4 win. The senior trio of Bill McGlone (2-2=4), Xander Ritz (3-0=3) and Joe Walters (3-0=3) were the main weapons for the Terrapins but it was junior attackman Michael Phipps that scored the game-winning goal.

• In 2005 Joe Walters tied then-career highs with six goals and seven points to lead No. 4 Maryland to a 16-10 win over the Retrievers at Byrd Stadium. First team All-American Bill McGlone also had a career day for the Terps, setting his career high with five goals in the victory. Brendan Healy scored twice and added a pair of assists, while long pole Ryan Clarke set his career high with six groundballs. The Terrapins dominated possession, thanks in large part to winning 20 of 29 face-offs. David Tamberrino won 14 of 18, tying his personal best for wins in a game.

• In 2004 Joe Walters lead the Terps to a hard-fought 9-4 win with a natural hat trick in the second quarter. The Maryland defense was sensational, holding UMBC scoreless for 29:12 bridging the second through the fourth quarters. Terp goalie Tim McGinnis made 13 saves, including eight in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.

• In the 2003 game in College Park, Mike Mollot and Joe Walters each had three goals while former Retriever Justin Smith had two goals and two assists in his first game vs. his former team.

• This will be just the sixth time the two teams will play in the month of March. The 2003 game on April 25 was the first time since 1977, that Maryland-UMBC game was not be played in May. The UMBC game had been the last contest on Maryland’s regular-season schedule for the 13 years, dating 1990 through 2002, with Maryland winning 10 of 13 regular-season finales..


Going Purple
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse family last season with the passing of Maria Young on April 17.

· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.

· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.


Going Gray
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.


Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 85 of the 92 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.

· The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision..

Record When Scoring 10+ Goals
Year W-L Loss
2012 3-0
2011 9-1 Johns Hopkins, 11-12 ot
2010 12-1 Virginia, 10-11
2009 6-2 Georgetown, 10-13
at UNC, 16-10 ACC SF
2008 9-0
2007 8-1 Virginia, 10-11
2006 8-0
2005 5-0
2004 10-1 Hopkins, 10-13
2003 8-0
2002 7-1 Virginia, 10-11

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.2 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 102-22 in games, for a .823 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 165 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.1 percent of the time.


Youth Is Served
• Maryland started two sophomores (Michael Ehrhardt and Brian Cooper) and a freshman (Goran Murray) at close defense in the 2012 season-opening win over Hartford. The last time Maryland’s defense had two sophomore and one freshman starting was 2005 when sophomores Steve Whittenberg and Ray Megill started alongside freshman Joe Cinosky. The first game that group started together was April 23, 2005 at Fairfield (a 9-6 Terrapin win).

• Goran Murray became the first Maryland freshman to start at close defense in a season opener since 2008 when Max Schmidt started in an 11-6 win at Georgetown.


Face-Off Firsts
• Junior Curtis Holmes’ 19-of-20 (.950) performance facing-off vs. Hartford in the 2012 season opener is just the fifth time since 2000 that a Maryland face-off man has won at least 90% of his draws with at least 10 attempts.

• Holmes joins Andy Claxton and Brian Haggerty as the only Terps with multiple games of 19 or more face-off wins. Claxton did it three times (27 at Towson in 1991, 21 vs. Duke in 1991 and 19 at Brown in 1991), while Haggerty did it twice (20 vs. Butler in 1998 and 19 vs. Virginia in 1998). Holmes had 20 wins vs. Georgetown last season to go along with his 19 vs. the Hawks, which makes him the only Terp to win 19 or more face-offs in different seasons.

• The last 90% performance was in 2008 when Bryn Holmes, Curtis’ older brother, won 9-of-10 face-offs at Mount St. Mary’s.

• The last time a Terp faced-off with a winning percentage above 90% was on March 21, 2006 when David Tamberrino won 12-of-13 in a 14-2 win over Dartmouth.

Best Face-Off Performances Since 2000
Curtis Holmes – 19/20 (.950) vs. Hartford 2/18/12
Brian Carroll – 12/13 (.923) at Delaware 3/17/01
Davin Tamberrino – 12/13 (.923) vs. Dartmouth 3/21/06
Jeremy Pastula – 11/12 (.917) at Towson 3/8/03
Bryn Holmes – 9/10 (.900) at Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/08
Bryn Holmes – 12/14 (.857) vs. Presbyterian 2/13/09
Brian Carroll – 11/13 (.846) vs. Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/02
Bryn Holmes – 11/13 (.846) vs. Air Force 2/14/09
Ryan Moran – 10/12 (.833) vs. Bucknell 3/11/03
Will Dalton – 18/22 (.818) vs. Vermont 2/20/07
Curtis Holmes – 17/21 (.810) vs. Detroit Mercy 2/19/11


Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has a 83-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

19 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Hartford to open the 2012 season the Terps have an 19-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s, Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 19-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 267-99 (an average score of 14.1-5.2) in those games.

· The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 18 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

The Last 19 Season Openers
Feb. 18, 2012 #8 Maryland 12, Hartford 6
Feb. 19, 2011 #4 Maryland 16, Detroit Mercy 4
Feb. 20, 2010 #6 Maryland 12, Bellarmine 7
Feb. 13, 2009 #3 Maryland 18, Presbyterian 3
Feb. 23, 2008 #7 Maryland 11, #4 Georgetown 6
Feb. 17, 2007 #7 Maryland 11, Bellarmine 6
Feb 25, 2006 #3 Maryland 10, #7 Georgetown 4
Feb. 26, 2005 #4 Maryland 13, #5 Georgetown 6
Feb. 28, 2004 #5 Maryland 14, #6 Georgetown 5
Mar. 2, 2003 #5 Maryland 13, #7 Duke 7
Feb. 23, 2002 #6 Maryland 13, #23 Hobart 6
Feb. 24, 2001 #8 Maryland 16, Air Force 3
Feb. 27, 2000 #8 Maryland 19, Mt. St. Mary’s 3
Feb. 25, 1999 #7 Maryland 13, Denver 5
Feb. 21, 1998 #6 Maryland 18, Villanova 5
Feb. 22, 1997 #7 Maryland 13, Villanova 4
Feb. 24, 1996 #7 Maryland 12, Villanova 6
Feb. 25, 1995 Maryland 15, Villanova 6
Feb. 26, 1994 Maryland 18, Villanova 7
Home team in bold

First-Time Opponents
• Maryland has played 78 different opponents in its 87 seasons. The 2012 season added Hartford (a 12-6 win on 2/18) and will add Marist (3/10) to that list. In the Terps’ 78 first-time meetings Maryland is 74-4 (.949) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.


Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
· The 11-9 victory over Duke on April 24, 2011 was the 10th of the year for Maryland, giving it nine straight seasons with double-digit wins. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1Scourse.com).

· How does that stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least five-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (9): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Cornell (7): 2011 (12-3), 2010 (12-6), 2009 (11-3), 2008 (11-4), 2007 (15-1), 2006 (11-3), 2005 (11-3)
Virginia (7): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (6): 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (5): 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (5): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)

The 700 Club
· Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

· Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

All-Time Winningest Programs
Team W-L-T Pct.
1. Johns Hopkins 917-294-15 .754
2. Syracuse 823-311-16 .722
3. Navy 750-311-14 .705
4. Maryland 731-247-4 .746
5. Army 727-347-7 .676
The Road To 700 Wins
Team Seasons Games Played
Maryland 84 940
Syracuse 84 993
Army 92 1,029
Navy 99 972
Johns Hopkins 105 932

Terps’ 87th Season Of Lacrosse
· The Terps boast an all-time record of 731-247-4 (.746), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 85 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 10-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

· During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.


A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

Three Taken In MLL Draft
· Three University of Maryland men’s lacrosse seniors were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft. Midfielder Jake Bernhardt was the highest pick, being selected with the 12th overall selection by the Hamilton Nationals. Midfielder/attackman Joe Cummings was the next Terp taken, going 17th overall to the Rochester Rattlers. Midfielder Drew Snider went 45th overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


2012 Team Captains
· Five players have been named team captains for the 2012 season. The quintet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider and juniors Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. Blye and Jesse Bernhardt are the first pair of juniors to be named team captains since Bob Ott and Randy Ratliff were among four captains in 1978.

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Three Terps Picked in MLL Draft

Posted on 14 January 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland men’s lacrosse seniors Jake Bernhardt, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Draft Friday night.

The Hamilton Nationals selected Bernhardt with the 12th overall selection, while the Rochester Rattlers took Cummings with the 17th pick. The Chesapeake Bayhawks picked Snider with the 45th selection.

Bernhardt, from Longwood, Fla., is a solid two-way midfielder who has been a staple in the Terps’ top two midfield lines the past three seasons. For his career, Bernhardt has totaled 32 goals, including four game-winners, and added seven assists for 39 points. He has scooped up 46 groundballs and also has faced-off for the Terrapins. Bernhardt is a two-time winner of the team’s “Be The Best” Award for strength and conditioning.

Cummings, from Towson, Md., came to Maryland out of Loyola Blakefield as an attackman, but has played most of his college career in the midfield. He has totaled 55 goals, including six game winners, and 11 assists for 66 points. Enjoyed a tremendous 2011 season that saw him earn third team All-America honors after scoring 27 goals with five assists. Cummings’ junior season saw him score four goals in Maryland’s 12-7 win at Virginia and add another four in the overtime game vs. Johns Hopkins. He scored three goals, including the game-winner in the semifinal victory over Duke at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, and added an assist in the Terps’ NCAA tournament run.

Snider, from Seattle, Wash., is a fifth-year senior who has blossomed into a productive offensive producer for the Terps. After missing the 2009 season due to injury, Snider returned in 2010 to score eight goals and five assists and was named the winner of the team’s Dan Snyder Award as the most improved player. He continued that production as a junior in 2011, scoring 17 goals, including the now famous hidden-ball play from Maryland’s 13-6 win over North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and adding three assists.

Maryland men’s lacrosse is set to open its season on February 18 when the Terrapins will host Hartford, the defending MAAC champions. That game is currently set for a 1 p.m. start at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale at umterps.com.

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Peter…Peter, Pocket Feeder, Profit Bleeder, Dirty Deeder

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Peter…Peter, Pocket Feeder, Profit Bleeder, Dirty Deeder

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

One or two of you may recognize part of this from something I wrote a long time ago. Almost 5 years later and with a few new tweaks:

 

Peter…Peter, Pocket Feeder, Profit Bleeder, Dirty Deeder

2011 like 13 years before

The theme is decidedly tragic

Gone are the days of the Oriole Way

Forgotten is Oriole Magic

 

It seems with this team there’s a singular theme

But the owner’s not solely to blame

This fire’s been burning for 20+ years

But now he’s the one fanning the flames

 

Not here to defend what I can’t comprehend

So I’ll stop short of calling him devil

I will say quite surely he’s run the team poorly

And taken losing to a whole ‘nother level

 

He sure had me snowed when he first bought the O’s

And finally brought players to town

He wasn’t a bad man, and spent like a madman

For Alomar, Raffy and Brown

 

In Gillick he got a pro to call shots

Or at least that’s the way that it seemed

But with Gillick in place and the O’s in the race

Pete decided that he’d run the team

 

The day it began is when Pete took a stand

And squashed the trade of Bobby Bo

When it didn’t go down the Birds turned it around

And Pete figured that he’d run the show

 

It seems since that day he has been in the way

And preventing the team from success

GMs and agents on numerous occasions

Won’t take our calls due to this mess

 

It seems that our slide also coincides

When the Ravens showed up on the spot

The great deal Pete had was suddenly bad

Compared to what Art Modell got

 

A team in DC brought on more “Woe is me”

And it seems he’s conceded defeat

And I just can’t explain my unthinkable pain

As I fear we may never compete

 

A sweet deal with MASN brings boatloads of cash in

And should give the O’s hope at winning

Instead what we’ve seen is the revenue stream

Go to Pete who’s collecting and grinning

 

He can leach from the Nats and let them but the bats

A concept too true to be funny

Let them grow the arms and let them stock the farms

While Pete collects risk free cash money

 

To him it’s just business to others a game

For some an unfortunate passion

Who’ve watched in dismay as the Oriole Way

Has been bashed in and smashed in and cashed in

 

So what’s left for us the unfortunate few

Who are stuck in our Orioles ruts?

Whose undying patience and mild expectations

Are met with punch after punch in the gut

 

What do we do if we still give a damn?

Too sick with the owner to be a good fan

Where do we turn for the help that we need

To combat this owner’s compulsion for greed?

 

What do we think as the door still revolves

On GMs and skippers and problems to solve?

While turnstiles go silent and seats go unsat

And the owner and his wallet are still getting fat

 

Do we simply concede that the Oriole Way

Of today isn’t what it was back in the day?

And that this IS the Oriole Way of today

Where fans get back nothing and owners get paid

 

As long as old Peter is running the show

He’ll press us and test us and drive us all whacko

Instead of just sticking to that which he knows

Law suits, asbestos and freaking tobacco!!!

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 22 August 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Los Angeles Sparks @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Soccer: MLS-Portland Timbers @ DC United (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet); College Football: Towson Media Day (Wednesday 3:30pm Unitas Stadium); Canadian Football League: Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Friday 8pm from Winnipeg live on NFL Network)

10. Silopanna feat. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Matt And Kim, Fitz And The Tantrums, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday 11:30am Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds); John Prine (Saturday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Train & Maroon 5 feat. Gavin DeGraw (Wednesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Jimmy Buffett & The Corral Reefer Band (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Journey feat. Foreigner & Night Ranger (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Temptations/The Four Tops (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Doobie Brothers (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Buckethead (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Chuck Brown (Saturday 9pm 9:30 Club); “Our Idiot Brother” out in theaters (Friday)

Cised for Silopanna. If you’re not in on Fitz & The Tantrums, you’re making a HUGE mistake. I’m not surprised knowing you…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doe1KdaywKg[/youtube]

Trombone Shorty opened for Dave Matthews last fall when I saw him in Charlottesville. I’m the idiot for waiting this long to see him again…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWYA5OzK9xE[/youtube]

Sharon Jones is outstanding. That’s about all I have to say here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ouI5KcyHfE[/youtube]

If you’re from Maryland and don’t love Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, you should probably just move already…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JobkYSL1W_o[/youtube]

9. Maryland State Fair (Friday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds Annapolis); Cirque du Soleil Quidam (Wednesday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena)

Good God I LOVE the State Fair. Not kidding. I honestly LOVE the State Fair. In fact, I will go over there with ANYONE and bet on Pig Races if you’re interested. Pig Races are awesome…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHKZRhFLpkY[/youtube]

And the RennFest? I mean, is there anything…in the world…greater than ax throwing?

axthrowing

The shirtless guy behind me? Coolest MF-er on the face of the planet.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 July 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Pro Wrestling-MCW Shane Shamrock Cup (Saturday 7pm New Green Room Dundalk); WNBA: San Antonio Silver Stars @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet & NBA TV); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Hamilton Nationals @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on ESPN3.com); Arena Football: AFL Playoffs-Orlando Predators @ Jacksonville Sharks (Friday 8pm from Jacksonville live on NFL Network); Canadian Football League: British Columbia Lions @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Thursday 8pm from Winnipeg live on NFL Network), Calgary Stampeders @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (Saturday 9:30pm from Saskatchewan live on NFL Network); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Victor Cayo vs. Anthony Peterson (Friday 9pm from Las Vegas live on ESPN2)

10. Emmylou Harris (Tuesday 6pm Pier Six Pavilion); Vans Warped Tour feat. Less Than Jake, Gym Class Heroes (Tuesday 12pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Black Eyed Peas (Saturday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); 311 & Sublime with Rome (Friday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live), Mayhem Festival feat. Godsmack/Disturbed/Megadeth (Saturday 2:15pm Jiffy Lube Live); Goo Goo Dolls/Michelle Branch (Tuesday 7pm Wolf Trap), Lynyrd Skynyrd (Wednesday 8pm Wolf Trap); Kottonmouth Kings (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live); Marc Broussard (Thursday 7:30pm Rams Head On Stage); Reel Big Fish (Sunday 6:30pm 9:30 Club), Bon Iver (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Josh Groban (Wednesday 7:30pm Verizon Center), Keith Urban (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center), Britney Spears (Sunday 7pm Verizon Center); Congressional Blues Festival feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Wednesday 6:30pm National Building Museum DC); Outlaw Jam feat. Motley Crue, Poison, Brian Setzer (Saturday & Sunday Frederick Fairgrounds)

I hate driving to Bristow, Virginia for ANYTHING…but I really dig 311. I might be in…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHXCyc279Cc[/youtube]

The Good Goo Dolls may have fallen off a bit, but there was a time when they were pretty damn good…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP4qdefD2To&ob=av2e[/youtube]

You can make fun of me all you want, but I’m ALL IN on Keith Urban. Honestly. It’s just a shame he can’t bring John Mayer along with him for “Sweet Thing”…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiY9knTNnDg[/youtube]

I’m not sure how Brian Setzer fits in out in Fredrock at a festival that also features Poison & Motley Crue, but he’s definitely awesome…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_MMbiyVLRk[/youtube]

9. Otakon 2011 (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); “Shark Week” begins (Sunday 9pm Discovery Channel)

What do these things have to do with each other?

Actually I’m not really sure but I think there’s a good “parents’ basement” joke in there somewhere.

I’ll probably pass on Otakon again this year, but I’ll at least be willing to admit that there might be more here than initially meets the eye…

otakon

(Edit from GMC: Seriously. You go to a bar. You meet a gal. She’s attractive and engaging. You find out THIS is what she’s into. What do you do next? Your move.)

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Here’s the truth: Baltimore doesn’t want to be told the truth about Angelos and Orioles

Posted on 15 July 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

I bite my tongue a lot when it comes to the Orioles. Go back and read the last two or three years’ worth of material I’ve produced when it comes to Peter Angelos and you’ll see that while the losing hasn’t subsided one iota in the standings, my bile, venom and anger have dissipated publicly for lots of reasons. Here are a few:

1.    I’m older and a tad more mellow and I openly realize that while Angelos is one day closer to not owning the team any longer, I’m also one day closer to death. I sincerely hope I outlive him and the losing but as the tragic death of WNST’s No. 1 fan Fergy Commodari taught me last week, life is short so I focus on things I can control.
2.    I’m so insanely busy building WNST.net and all of our web platforms and initiatives that writing blogs every night about why the Orioles suck just isn’t a quality use of my time, energy or ambition.
3.    It’s hard to justify writing these “anti-Angelos” blogs when I have no energy to write about it and you really have no energy to read it.

But, that said, it’s during times like these when the football team has essentially suspended all operations and I see our web traffic get the annual June and July “Bird Flu” due to your complete lack of interest in the Baltimore Orioles that I get truly sickened enough to write a missive.

So, while I’d love to hold a 5-year reunion for Free The Birds and do something righteously fun and charitable to continue our protest of the ownership reign of terror that Peter Angelos has profited from to the tune of a half a BILLION dollars, I realize it would be me, Drew and 14 drunks because no one in Baltimore gives a rat’s ass about the Orioles.

And no one seems to care that the Orioles are ripping off the community with this sham of a product and the likes of CBS and WBAL and WJZ and PressBox and 98 Rock and The Baltimore Sun are all on the take for advertising money and won’t be telling you “the truth” about the Orioles.

And, yes, I know it’s hard to believe it’s been FIVE FREAKING YEARS since Free The Birds but it has been. And nothing – other than the more than 500 nights you’ve probably given them in your living rooms over the past 58 months and perhaps the grey in your hairline – has changed with the real structure and reasons about why the team sucks and why Baltimore will never have a winner with Angelos running the franchise.

Tonight’s blog won’t be a traditional lengthy missive regarding every transgression since 1994 – or 1997, when they played the last real meaningful inning of baseball in Baltimore – but instead just a few key “reminders” about why the Orioles continually suck.

But, my experience has taught me that you can’t handle “the truth” about the Baltimore Orioles, circa 2011.

The first point is pretty elementary and begins and ends the entire debate – the Orioles are not really interested in winning and deep down you know it.

Sure, they’d like to win with a half-assed payroll full of young prospects and washed up, last-to-sign one-year contract guys who no one else in Major League Baseball is offering a two-year deal to during Super Bowl week. Winning would be nice but it’s very unnecessary when you’re making $50 million in profit and risking none of your guaranteed future revenue to make that kind of loot.

The Orioles would like to win but they don’t need to win.

And, really, from an accounting standpoint – and with guys like Angelos and MacPhail, the descendents of The Lords of The Realm running the Orioles – it’s not at ALL an incentive to even try to win when MASN spins off more than $100 million in annual revenue for yelling “Play Ball” no matter what collection of miscreants, castoffs and bums they field between the lines.

The Orioles don’t spend money. They don’t buy the best players. They accept no accountability at all for last place every year. They ban and restrict and punish media members and intimidate everyone else who doesn’t fall in line like the Third Reich. I’m in my fifth year of banishment from having a press pass so I’m in the unique position of being able to tell the truth.

Here’s the truth: the Orioles make more money losing than they’d EVER make trying to win. That’s the deal Selig and the other owners cut with him, same as when they gave franchises like the Pirates and Royals welfare checks (they call it “revenue sharing”) that somehow never got invested back into talent on the field.

Angelos has just found a more creative way to get it done – he’s passing the bill directly to you through your cable bill every month and you suckers are getting fleeced for it and no one says ANYTHING about it.

And these are the same people who wonder why the team blows every year?

Duh…is it really all that hard to do the math on this and figure out that these are business owners, not people who are interested in bringing a parade to their hometowns?

Angelos couldn’t care less about a World Series trophy. He’s making $50 million a year in profit on the team and has grown his investment by 500% in 16 years. And he’s done giving Palmeiro and Sosa and Belle and Segui and their ilk money. And no legitimate A-list player will take his “Confederate money” (thank you, Syd Thrift for that priceless gem from up above!) so the notion that the Orioles could’ve acquired Adrian Gonzalez last year or might acquire Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols this year is just “Rex Barney call-in fodder.”

I insult your intelligence to even bring it up as a possibility. I pander to the lowest common denominator and the dumbest fan if I bring this up with a straight face.

The team has been in last place for a decade, hasn’t played a meaningful game since 1997 and they’ve chased TWO MILLION PEOPLE from downtown Baltimore every summer night.

At this point, Angelos has no pride at all in this franchise and what it’s become. I’m not sure at what point you “caught on” and stopped going to games

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It will hurt watching Davey Johnson win in Washington

Posted on 30 June 2011 by Peter Dilutis

The last time the Orioles had a winning season, as we all know, was 1997. I was seven years old at the time, yet I remember following the Orioles religiously. I would watch the games every night, and then wake up the next morning to scan the boxscore and standings in the Baltimore Sun.

For whatever reason, when I think of that ’97 team, I don’t think of Rafael Palmeiro, Robbie Alomar, Mike Mussina, Scott Erickson, or Cal Ripken. I think of Davey Johnson.

That image has been reinforced over the years as I have gotten so into baseball, numbers, and particularly the managerial aspect of the game. Baseball managers fascinate me. Managers that push buttons and manage “by the book” infuriate me. I notice how some managers do not have the personality to manage a group of men with 25 different goals, personalities, and egos. Some managers get burned out after a few years, while some manage in one place for a decade.

As an Orioles fan, I have witnessed the rotating door at manager over the past 14 seasons. They tried to pitching coach route with Ray Miller. Then the experienced winner in Mike Hargrove came and failed. The ex-Yankee player and coach in Lee Mazzilli. The longtime Orioles coach in Sam Perlozzo. The minor league manager who had paid his dues in Dave Trembley. Now, Buck Showalter, the control-freak who specializes in reviving clubs just enough so the next manager can take over and win a championship, is at the helm in Baltimore, and the reviews have been mixed.

The reviews weren’t mixed with Davey Johnson. This guy got it. Davey was a proven winner before he came to Baltimore in 1996, and he left with an even more impressive resume. Including his most recent series with Washington, Davey Johnson is 1148 and 891 in his managerial career. He has finished below second place in just three out of his fourteen seasons as manager.

Davey was an excellent bullpen manager. He thought outside the box. He knew the right buttons to push and when to push them. He handled the veteran personalities on the 1996 and 1997 teams with ease. Again, this guy gets it.

As an Orioles fan, I desperately wanted Davey Johnson to come back to Baltimore as manager over the years, whether it was in 2004, 2005, 2007, and even last season. The common theme around town was that the game had passed Davey by. Turn on talk radio or browse message boards and fans were convinced that Davey Johnson would never manage in the big leagues again. Why would he come back to any team, much less the Orioles?

Personally, I always believed he would have come back to Baltimore if offered the job. While Davey was retired, he clearly kept himself busy and around the game. He was bench coach for the USA in the World Baseball Classic in 2006, and then managed them in 2009. He managed the Netherlands in 2003. He has been involved with the Nationals organization as a special assistant. He even managed in a wooden bat collegiate summer league during his “retirement.”

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Is interleague play really necessary at this point?

Posted on 18 June 2011 by Peter Dilutis

I’ll be the first to admit that for the most part, I have enjoyed interleague play since its inception in 1997. As a fan, I have been able to watch the Orioles play teams that I would have never gotten a chance to see under normal circumstances.

For example, Albert Pujols is coming to Camden Yards next week. A few years before Sammy Sosa arrived in Baltimore, the Orioles made the trip to Wrigley, which was pretty neat. I remember when the Birds traveled to Chavez Ravine when Eric Gagne was the star of the Dodgers. That too was pretty cool to experience as a fan.

That being said, I think the biggest reason why I enjoyed interleague play so much growing up was because it was a novelty. It was different. I enjoyed seeing the different teams with the different players wearing different uniforms. It was funny watching Daniel Cabrera and Jason Johnson attempt to swing a baseball bat. It was equally as comical watching American League managers attempt to adhere to the National League rules and strategies.

The Orioles playing National League teams, especially in National League parks, was unique. It was fun. Our society gets bored very easily. Interleague play spiced things up because it wasn’t the same old teams playing in the same old stadiums.

I feel baseball is at a point now where the concept of interleague play needs to be examined once again. No longer is interleague play a huge hit at the ticket window. Fans have been taking in interleague play every season since 1997. What once was uncommon is now common. Matchups that once were different and fun are becoming standard and boring.

At this point in 2011, interleague play is just not necessary. It also isn’t fair.

When American League teams travel to National League parks, they lose their DH. Boston is forced to either sit David Ortiz or put him at first, leaving him at risk and severely hurting the entire defense. We saw first-hand Friday night how the Orioles lost their cleanup hitter save for a 6th inning pinch-hit appearance. On top of that, the overwhelming majority of American League pitchers are helpless with a bat in their hands. So often in interleague games, the American League team will rally, only to have the number eight hitter come up and get intentionally walked while the lame duck pitcher goes on to strike out to end an inning.

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Live from Camden Yards: Orange Crush chat at 7; Reimold, Adams summoned from Norfolk

Posted on 20 May 2011 by Luke Jones

**Join us in the Orange Crush live chat at 7:00 as the Orioles welcome the Washington Nationals to town in the first interleague series of the year.**

BALTIMORE — With the New York Yankees thankfully back in the Bronx after sweeping Baltimore in a two-game series, the Orioles welcome the Washington Nationals to town to open interleague play for 2011.

The Orioles (19-23) took the season series last year, 4-2, after going 3-0 in Baltimore and losing two of three at Nationals Park in D.C. Baltimore holds a 16-14 all-time edge over Washington in the annual interleague matchups.

Jake Arrieta will try to halt the Orioles’ three-game slide when he takes the hill against Washington’s Jason Marquis. The 25-year-old will be making his second career start against the Nationals after surrendering five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in a game the Orioles eventually won with seven unanswered runs scored from the fifth inning on in a 7-6 victory.

The 32-year-old Marquis made his only start against Baltimore as a member of the Chicago Cubs. He allowed seven runs and seven hits in four innings of work at Wrigley Field in an Orioles win in 2008. Marquis has pitched two other times in relief against the Orioles, holding a career 11.57 earned run average in seven career innings.

After using Chris Jakubauskas and Troy Patton to rest a tired bullpen on Thursday night, the Orioles have optioned both to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled second baseman Ryan Adams and outfielder Nolan Reimold. Adams will make his major league debut tonight and was hitting .303 with two home runs and eight runs batted in for the Tides.

Of course, Reimold is a familiar face to Orioles fans after a promising start to his big league career in 2009 before dealing with a heel injury. Last year was a disaster to say the least, as Reimold hit .207 in 116 at-bats and was demoted in May. He returned to Baltimore as a September call-up, hitting .212 in his 33 at-bats. Reimold is not in Friday’s lineup, but will start in left field on Saturday, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter.

In other news, Brian Matusz is still slated to make his second rehab start on Saturday, this time for Double-A Bowie.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Washington
CF Roger Bernadina
SS Ian Desmond
LF Laynce Nix
RF Jayson Werth
DH Matt Stairs
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Jerry Hairston Jr.

SP Jason Marquis (5-1, 3.54 ERA)

Baltimore
LF Felix Pie
CF Adam Jones
RF Nick Markakis
DH Vladimir Guerrero
C Matt Wieters
1B Luke Scott
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Mark Reynolds
2B Ryan Adams

SP Jake Arrieta (5-1, 4.03 ERA)

As we do for every weeknight home game, join us in the Orange Crush live chat beginning at 7:00. Talk about the game with us as an array of WNST.net personalities visit the cyber sports bar throughout the evening! Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the latest updates and analysis regarding the happenings from Oriole Park at Camden Yards!

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Live from Camden Yards: Orange Crush chat at 7; Reimold, Adams summoned from Norfolk

Posted on 20 May 2011 by Luke Jones

**Join us in the Orange Crush live chat at 7:00 as the Orioles welcome the Washington Nationals to town in the first interleague series of the year.**

BALTIMORE — With the New York Yankees thankfully back in the Bronx after sweeping Baltimore in a two-game series, the Orioles welcome the Washington Nationals to town to open interleague play for 2011.

The Orioles (19-23) took the season series last year, 4-2, after going 3-0 in Baltimore and losing two of three at Nationals Park in D.C. Baltimore holds a 16-14 all-time edge over Washington in the annual interleague matchups.

Jake Arrieta will try to halt the Orioles’ three-game slide when he takes the hill against Washington’s Jason Marquis. The 25-year-old will be making his second career start against the Nationals after surrendering five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in a game the Orioles eventually won with seven unanswered runs scored from the fifth inning on in a 7-6 victory.

The 32-year-old Marquis made his only start against Baltimore as a member of the Chicago Cubs. He allowed seven runs and seven hits in four innings of work at Wrigley Field in an Orioles win in 2008. Marquis has pitched two other times in relief against the Orioles, holding a career 11.57 earned run average in seven career innings.

After using Chris Jakubauskas and Troy Patton to rest a tired bullpen on Thursday night, the Orioles have optioned both to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled second baseman Ryan Adams and outfielder Nolan Reimold. Adams will make his major league debut tonight and was hitting .303 with two home runs and eight runs batted in for the Tides.

Of course, Reimold is a familiar face to Orioles fans after a promising start to his big league career in 2009 before dealing with a heel injury. Last year was a disaster to say the least, as Reimold hit .207 in 116 at-bats and was demoted in May. He returned to Baltimore as a September call-up, hitting .212 in his 33 at-bats. Reimold is not in Friday’s lineup, but will start in left field on Saturday, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter.

In other news, Brian Matusz is still slated to make his second rehab start on Saturday, this time for Double-A Bowie.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Washington
CF Roger Bernadina
SS Ian Desmond
LF Laynce Nix
RF Jayson Werth
DH Matt Stairs
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Jerry Hairston Jr.

SP Jason Marquis (5-1, 3.54 ERA)

Baltimore
LF Felix Pie
CF Adam Jones
RF Nick Markakis
DH Vladimir Guerrero
C Matt Wieters
1B Luke Scott
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Mark Reynolds
2B Ryan Adams

SP Jake Arrieta (5-1, 4.03 ERA)

As we do for every weeknight home game, join us in the Orange Crush live chat beginning at 7:00. Talk about the game with us as an array of WNST.net personalities visit the cyber sports bar throughout the evening! Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the latest updates and analysis regarding the happenings from Oriole Park at Camden Yards!

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