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15-7-0

Posted on 25 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

Nothing like MASN to decide that the fans of the Orioles and Nationals probably don’t want to see their own broadcasters call the games, huh. I mean, why have Rob Dibble be a guest analyst during the Orioles’ broadcast when you can just pay one TV for the weekend? Nothing says money-saving quite like MASN. Ugh….

You deserve props…..

1. Danys Baez

If chicks dig the longball, then who digs the rally-starting dribbler? Ferrets? I’m glad Danys Baez has decided to be a contributor; because Chris Ray usually decides not to be.

2. Lyoto Machida

After beating previously undefeated Rashad Evans Saturday night at UFC 98, Lyoto Machida shouted “Karate’s Back”! I certainly hope so, because this guy has been looking for work for like 25 years…..

karate kid

3. Kobe Bryant

Remember how everyone spent the week talking about how LeBron James was a better player than Kobe Bryant? Can I remind you of a couple things???

A-Three rings
B-Kobe can SHOOT the ball (And spare me about how LeBron made one really big outside jumper)

LeBron James might go down as one of the greatest players in NBA History. But Kobe Bryant already has a Hall of Fame resume. Maybe getting ahead of ourselves isn’t the best idea in the world.

4. David Hernandez, Brandon Snyder, Troy Patton, Caleb Joseph

David Hernandez collected 14 strikeouts Friday night. Chris Ray has 15 on the season.

You know what what, maybe I’m piling on Chris Ray unfairly. Brad Bergesen has made 7 starts this season and only has 18 strikeouts. But I paid money to go to a baseball game Sunday, and I liked what I saw from Brad Bergesen. I didn’t like what I saw from Chris Ray.

Before I move on from this weekend’s O’s-Nats series, I’d like to thank the Mottram Brothers at Mister Irrelevant for posting this image of a hat I saw at Nationals Park.

os

Washington sports fans are TERRIBLE. And since I’m at it, I have to call out my friend Matt Palmer from The Catholic Review….

palmer

PICK A TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROOT FOR THEM!!!!!!!!

5. Evgeni Malkin

You know how good the basketball playoffs are right now? The hockey playoffs are equally as bad. Like-you couldn’t pay me enough bad. I know everyone likes to tell me about how great the NHL regular season is, but the postseason has been about as exciting as this week’s PGA golf Tournament (which Rory Sabbatini apparently won-but I knew better than to think you cared).

6. Rob Pannell and Pat Perritt

So…..the lacrosse Final Four happened. Of course, since it happened in Boston and no teams from Maryland were involved, I didn’t care. Apparently no one else did, as attendance was down some 10,000 fans. Organizers said the drop in attendance was likely based on the decision to ban alcohol from the infield the economy. In a related story…..

boston

7. Frederick Cadets

I was going to write a joke here, but then I remembered that the name of the team was the Cadets. Let’s move on…..

8. Phil Dalhauser and Todd Rodgers

I know what you’re thinking. “It must have been a lame weekend if you had to include the results of a beach volleyball Tournament. But that’s where you’re wrong. I simply included this because I REALLY needed an excuse to finally include this picture in a blog…..

beach

9. Kenshin Kawakami, Gavin Floyd, Kyle Lohse, and Brandon McCarthy

And just in case Forrester is reading, here’s a picture of Derek Lowe…

lowe

Wait a second!!!! What’s that???? That’s Trinka Lowe!!! The lovely MRS. Derek Lowe! I’m sorry Drew…….

10. Scorpio Brown and Val Teixeira

BOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Sorry, I heard someone say Teixeira)

11. C.W. Post and Cortland

Notable alums from Cortland, you ask? Try…..

foley

and….

blart

You see, it’s not all about lacrosse titles at Cortland! They gave us Paul Blart!

12. Mickael Pietrus

The NBA Playoffs…..where “WHO THE EFF IS MICKAEL PIETRUS?????” happens.

13. David Traver and Jack Passion

trav passion

The World Beard & Moustache Championships were held this weekend in Anchorage, Alaska. The fact that Rollie Fingers wasn’t invited should be subject of an international investigation, but I think these particular winners in the beard category were well deserving.

14. Ben’s Chili Bowl Half Smoke (All the Way)

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While DC, their teams, and their fans can all bite me; I will prefer to take a bite out of this monster, which was my lunch Sunday-and was absolutely DELICIOUS. It was a mix of pork, beef, chili, mustard, cheese, onions, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickes, onions on a sesame seed bun.

15. Memorial Day (and whoever it is we’re supposed to honor on this Holiday)

Is this the one for the trees?

(Edit from GMC: I’m KIDDING, people! I know this is the one that honors grandparents. You kick ass Pop Pop!)

You got lucky……

1. LeBron James

You want me to say something that would be more captivating than the highlight? Fat chance.

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Of course, there might still be 2 or 3 of you that didn’t see this…..

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The NBA is like REALLY entertaining again. Thank God, because Baseball is really not.

2. Helio Castroneves

You mean to tell me you can go from the edge of prison to drinking milk and hanging with Danica Patrick in the span of less than a month? There’s hope for me after all!!!!! And did you know Helio Castroneves used to be on Dancing with the Stars? That reminds me that I’d rather be looking at a picture of Julianne Hough than talking about the Indianapolis 500…..

dance

Julianne Hough is reportedly on “Dancing With The Stars.” I say reportedly because admitting I watch Dancing with the Stars would make some of you question things about me. Things like, “what kind of food do you normally eat when you’re watching Dancing with the Stars?” The answer is ice cream.

3. Adam Dunn (as in….the Nationals are REALLY lucky to HAVE Adam Dunn)

Spare me the thing about the Orioles shouldn’t have signed him because he strikes out a lot. He wins games…..like the one I was watching today. The following hitters are all amongst the top 25 strikeout kings in baseball…..

grif reg
jack bigg
mantle rick

4. Meredith Frank, Katrina Dowd and the Northwestern Wildcats

I hate saying this: but women’s lacrosse is just awful. I mean, really painful to watch. Thankfully for me; Northwestern and Penn found a way to make this particular game slightly less unbearable to watch. The Quakers scored 4 goals in the final minute of regulation; and then scored a goal with 11 seconds left in overtime. But since women’s lacrosse DOESN’T have a golden goal rule for some reason; the game went on, and Dowd poked home a goal with less than a second left. Frank scored the golden goal in a later overtime, then Northwestern topped North Carolina for the championship Sunday. The entire weekend at Unitas Stadium included maybe 3 hits. And they came when I was punching Maryland media relations star Sam Angell for letting me watch a women’s lacrosse game. But he did bring Berger Cookies to RFK Stadium for out “Battle of the Beltways” tailgate. And he doesn’t root for two teams. Because he’s not a comunist.

5. Panathinaikos

You mean to tell me Nick Calathes is Greek???

calathes

I don’t see it.

6. Giles Simon

The 7th seed at the French Open had to go 5 sets to advance to the 2nd round. Another seeded player has already advanced to the 2nd round in my heart…..

roddick

And sadly that might be as far as he advances this week…….

7. Anyone who still remembers all the words at the end of the night at Howl at the Moon…..

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By the way, I asked around; and this DOES kick ass after all…..

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You’re a zero……

Randy Starks

First Lonny Baxter shoots up the White House, now Randy Starks hits a cop with a truck. What’s next? Shay Doron sexually assaults an overweight morning radio sidekick?

(Editor’s Note: There’s nothing funny about sexual assault. Especially not if it involves Shay Doron and my dreams. WHAT?)

-G

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If I Were In Charge Of The O’s

Posted on 04 May 2009 by Neal Bortmes

If I were in charge of the Orioles’ front office what would I do?  Well the Orioles are mired in a six game losing streak and have lost 14 of their last 18 games.  The precipitous fall down the standings has come about two months early this year and I for one would like to change that.

 

 

The first thing I would do is cut Adam Eaton and his 7.17 ERA.  Yes he did have that one good start against the White Sox, but as the saying goes a broken clock is right twice a day.  He is hardly the “veteran” presence that the O’s need when they eventually call up their pampered pitching prospects.  The second thing I would do is call up David Hernandez to take Eaton’s spot in the rotation.  Hernandez is a young guy who has been in the system a while and he deserves a shot, I think at worst he could post a 7.17 ERA and 1.73 WHIP.  And for those of you who are scared about hurting our young pitcher’s psyches it doesn’t appear that he is in the team’s long term plans for the future so seeing what he has to offer affords very little downside.  Right now Hernandez isn’t exactly tearing up AAA Norfolk but I guarantee you he can do better than Eaton.

 

 

As soon as Rich Hill proves that he is ready to return from the DL I would recall him and send Mark Hendrickson to the bullpen.  This move also has little downside because if Hill does not pan out the O’s didn’t really lose anything, but if he does regain the form that made him into a touted prospect he can help solidify the rotation.  I would say to cut Hendrickson but as he is owed considerably more than the $400,000 they are paying Eaton (1.5 million to be exact) he can serve out his term as a lefty reliever/mop-up guy and spot start in a pinch (he doesn’t have much arm left so blowing it out isn’t a concern).  This move of course would send Brian Bass and his 6.62 ERA to Norfolk to get some more “seasoning.”

 

 

The last pitching move I would make would be to replace George Sherrill as the closer.  Last season Sherrill showed signs of his inability to be the primary closer when he scuffled in the second half.  He has continued to regress this season from his All-Star worthy performance of a year ago.  I personally don’t care for the idea of a left-handed closer anyway.  With the game on the line I think the better match-up would be to have a right-handed power arm and it just so happens the Orioles have one of those in Chris Ray.  I think Ray will eventually round into form and reclaim the job as the season progresses but until then I would use a combination of either Jim Johnson or Ray (occasionally Sherrill) to finish games.  Let’s be honest with ourselves the Orioles will seldom be in the lead late in games this season so blowing saves will severely hamper the win total.  Sherrill is best in small doses as primarily a situational/set-up guy.

 

 

As far as the Felix Pie experiment I would have to call it a day for now and bring up Nolan Reimold.  Again Reimold has been in the organization for a few years and he deserves a shot with the parent club, especially the way he is tearing the cover off of the ball.  It would be a tough decision on what to do between Pie and Lou Montanez.  I would like to see Pie develop into something special but that day may never come.  He is a liability in leftfield, he runs the bases haphazardly like Melvin Mora, and he can’t pinch hit, so being the 4th outfielder is not really going to help him progress.  I have a feeling he may slide through waivers and if so I would send him down.  However if I thought he may be selected by another team I would have to send Montanez down just because of my desire to see Pie reach his promise.   As far as Ryan Freel is concerned I would try to trade him to the National League where he can get more playing time and not be such a distraction.  I don’t think he realizes that utility players batting well under the Mendoza line don’t play often in the American League.  If I couldn’t find a trading partner I would probably see if he would accept assignment because injuries could play a factor down the road and depth is something, as O’s fans we know all too well, is hard to do without.  Outright release would be the next option as far as Freel is concerned.

 

 

These are some of the moves I would definitely make if I were the in charge of the birds.  I would also like to address the Matt Wieters situation in more depth later because it is an interesting topic unto itself but obviously Greg Zaun isn’t cutting the mustard.  These are my thoughts what do you think they should do?  Post a comment so we can discuss.

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The Orioles Weekend

Posted on 28 April 2009 by Neal Bortmes

Melvin Mora has been activated from the disabled list today which is surprisingly good news.  Ty Wigginton has been a butcher at third base so far this year and it may be because he needs to lose a little weight.  He rakes lefties but is much better suited to come off of the bench due to his lack of defense.  The return of Mora not only improves the infield defense but it also forces the Orioles to send Matt Albers down.  I think Albers’ slow start is due to choosing rehab for his labrum injury instead of electing to have surgery.  I still think that he is going to be a good reliever in the long run but he needs to get the surgery if he wants to return to form.

 

Over the weekend the Orioles lost a series against the Texas Rangers.  The Rangers are a team that contenders will routinely pound night in and night out because they lack pitching.  Losing 3 of 4 to the Rangers sums up the Orioles’ season thus far considering we hit well but couldn’t get anyone out.  I attended the game on Friday night and I was thoroughly impressed with the crowd.  The camaraderie in the stands was fantastic and it was evident that the town still loves the birds.  However, the strong showing probably had more to do with the great weather and ice cold beer than with Oriole magic, considering the amount of Yankee jerseys and apparel from teams not named the Baltimore Orioles seen around the yard.  There was a little too much alcohol flowing on this particular college night because a shirtless punk decided to run out onto the field, the game was delayed for a time but it was good to see the fans were at least paying enough attention to notice the idiocy. 

 

It is however apparent that George Sherrill is not a closer, he puts too many guys on base and he gives up too many hits.  Sherrill may have made the All-Star team last year but he is at best a situational closer as witnessed by his performance toward the end of last season.  Chris Ray needs to assert himself as the closer so that Sherrill can return to a more natural set-up role.  The fans deserve to leave the stadium in a good mood instead of departing with elevated blood pressure because Sherrill gives up a walk-off to Michael Young.  Having a lefty as a closer is tricky because they often face tough match-ups against good right-handed hitters at the end of the game and can be overmatched in that situation.

 

The offense is still clicking most nights which helps keep the game interesting especially if the Orioles are behind in the later innings.  How good is Adam Jones by the way, he is a complete stud and is rapidly approaching star status, his homerun on Sunday was only a harbinger of heroics to come.  I like the fact that we can slug it out with teams adept on offense, it’s truly a wonderful thing considering a couple of years ago Jay Gibbons was the power in the middle of the order.  But the truth is the O’s will not approach .500 until they get better effort from the starting pitchers.  I didn’t think I would ever say I am excited to see Rich Hill but I think he has a chance to improve the rotation when he returns.  Also, something appears to be wrong with Jeremy Guthrie and I hope that he does not have any residual effects from last season’s shoulder impingement.  Guthrie is no ace but he can pitch more effectively than what he has shown thus far.

 

The weekend didn’t go so well but hopefully they bounce back tonight against the Angels.  The birds have won all of their three game series this year so hopefully that trend continues.  Good luck to Adam Eaton, it would be great if he produced another miracle start just as he did on Thursday against the White Sox.  A sweep of the Angels would be nice in order to be in good standing heading into their match-up against Toronto. 

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will have much more coming today, just not right now. Maryland will lose to Virginia in the ACC Tournament final, Navy will fall to Colgate in the Patriot semis. Loyola and UMBC will be winners.says Drew thinks Ravens will pick Britt

Sorry for not getting the National stuff up. Draft weekend is tough. Let’s see what everyone had to say….

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark

Nestor Aparicio says Pettigrew would be ‘dream’ choice for Ravens

Glenn Clark says Casey, Jennings could be options for Ravens

Nestor Aparicio says Eaton ‘dazzled’ in win

Jason Jubb wonders if Strasburg could fall to the Birds in MLB Draft

Bob Haynie stunned by Eaton’s performance

Gary Quill offers Pimlico choices for today

Nestor Aparicio announces KOBST Top 3

ORIOLES:says Eaton shines as Birds top White Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley standing by Pie despite struggles

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wigginton gets first extra base hit of season in win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara tries to get Birds back over .500 tonight vs. Padilla, Rangers

White Sox Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Thome got late 2 run single to avoid shutout

Rangers Official Site’s David Singh says Padilla brings 9.64 ERA into tonight’s game

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Eaton struck out 9 in dazzling win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Markakis extended hitting streak to 10 in win

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Uehara gets chance to avenge poor performance against Rangers

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Oriole-killer Kinsler leads Rangers offensively into Camden Yards

The Sun’s Rick Maese thinks Markakis will make All-Star Game

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wieters went 1-4 with run scored as Norfolk beat Durham

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Eaton struck out Thome 3 times in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Eaton got ‘ovation’ from crowd of 11,700 at OPACY

Examiner Steve DeClue says Eaton looked like ‘major league’ pitcher last night

Examiner Steve DeClue says Freel not happy being placed on DL

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Birds take 2 of 3 from Pale Hose

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Hendrickson, Bergesen, Guthrie also going for Birds this weekend

The AP says Scott added 2 run double to help Birds past White Sox

Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley says Colon hit around as White Sox fall to Birds

Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales says Quentin HBP, forced to leave game

RAVENS:mocks DHB to Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Yanda example of Ravens drafting ‘toughness’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Suggs, Johnson, Barnes amongst ‘tweeners’ Ravens have succeeded with

The Sun’s Matt Bracken cleans up after me

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens hoping to have more success at 26 than most teams have since Ray in ‘96

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says former exec Savage keeping himself around football

The Sun’s Rick Maese says at Draft, DeCosta ‘rock star’

The Sun’s Rick Maese says fans suddenly hopeful about Eaton

The Sun’s Childs Walker mocks DHB to Ravens, Ken Murray mocks Brittsays Ravens don’t have ‘need’ at TE

The Sun’s Ken Murray

The Sun’s Ken Murray thinks Ravens will have ‘shot’ at Maualuga or Laurinaitis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Falcons’ trade for Gonzalez helps Ravens’ chances of landing Pettigrew

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harvin, Davis could be passed on due to ‘character’

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Florida State’s Gano, Utah’s Sakoda could be possibilities with Stover likely gone

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran mocks DHB to Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Browns interested in DHB

The Sun’s Ken Murray

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps’ receivers adopting ‘soldier’ theme

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps producing pro ‘ready’ players

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says DHB’s stock about ‘potential’ instead of ‘production’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tight Ends struggling in Spring

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Torrey Smith probably won’t play tomorrow

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles NFL Draft prospect Philistin (must subscribe)says Ralph had ‘mixed emotions’ after final spring practice (must subscribe)says Vasquez files official paperwork to test NBA Draft waters

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

The Sun says Gary thinks testing waters ‘good opportunity’ for Vasquez

The Sun’s Rick Maese thinks Vasquez will return

Examiner Steve DeClue says Vasquez would be ‘excited’ to return if Terps landed Stephenson

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says many analysts think Vasquez could use another season in College Park

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Stephenson’s choices likely down to Maryland, St. John’s

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps trying to avenge ’02 Challenge loss to Hoosiers

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin chats with ’10 guard prospect Oladipo (must subscribe)says Dan Groot, Max Schmidt, Ryan Young named All-ACC

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terps looking to take 15th of last 16 against Carolina

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Heels will give Terps ‘stiff test’ in ACC Tournament opener

MORGAN BASKETBALL:says Bozeman beats deadline, signs 5 year deal

The Sun’s Ken Murray

MORGAN FOOTBALL:says former Bears in Hill-Eley era scrimmaging against current team in tonight’s Spring Game

The Sun

LOYOLA LACROSSE:previews Senior Day showdown with Hobart

The Official Site

UMBC LACROSSE:previews tomorrow’s Senior Day showdown with Vermont

The Official Site

TOWSON LACROSSE:says Tigers get 2 seed in CAA Tournament if Hofstra beats Villanova

Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein

NAVY LACROSSE:previews Patriot League Tournament opener at Colgate

The Official Site

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tormey, Leone amongst 7 Mids named to All-Patriot League team

NAVY FOOTBALL:says after meeting Obama, he hopes to be 2nd black President

The Official Site’s Ricky Dobbs

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says secondary depth questions linger into summer

STEVENSON LACROSSE:says Furshman amongst 8 Stangs named All-CAC

The Official Site

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:previews Saturday’s showdown with Wagner looking to clinch spot in MAAC Tournament

The Official Site

SALISBURY LACROSSE:says Kylor Berkman named CAC Player of the Year

The Official Site

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Berkman not upset about being left off final Tewaaraton list

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cannone wins CAC Rookie of the Year

BALTIMORE MARINERS:previews tonight’s game against Florence Phantoms

The Official Site

HORSE RACING:says ticket sales for Preakness down 12%

The AP

The Sun’s Tim Wheatley says Preakness has ‘no buzz’

STEEPLECHASE:says paralyzed Naylor looking for 3rd Hunt Cup victory tomorrow

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Don’t forget, Chris and I are on all afternoon/evening tomorrow until the Ravens pick on AM 1570. We’re back on Sunday at noon to go through Day 2 as well.

Talk to you later.

-G

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Adam Eaton pitches a gem, Birds beat Pale Hose 6-0

Posted on 23 April 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Well, just when you think you’ve seen it all, right? Tonight Adam Eaton, the former O’s No. 5 starter, went 7 1/3 innings and held even his harshest skeptics spellbound with a dazzling 6-hit, 9-strikeout effort while surrendering just two runs upon his exit in the EIGHTH inning.

Lo and behold, the Orioles have won yet another series, beating the White Sox 6-2 tonight at Camden Yards. Everyone got into the act with some offense. Aubrey Huff, Ty Wigginton and even Felix Pie contributed two hits and Adam Jones, Nick Markakis Luke Scott and Cesar Izturis also got hits.

I think Buck Martinez did himself proud with this profound statement: “I like pitchers but I’m happy to have seen only three of them tonight!” Amen, Buck!

The game was a brisk 2:31 affair. Good pitching. Good hitting. Hasty baseball. There were only about 6,000 there but they were treated to an old-school Orioles effort tonight.

Adam Eaton showed some heart tonight. The offense battled early, stranding runners all over the place. But they proved tough. Next up: Koji Uehara and the Rangers and the Saturday “doubleheader” with purple caps.

Bring on the summer weather!

9:15 p.m. — Adam Eaton just walked off the hill to a standing ovation from about 6,000 faithful at Camden Yards tonight. I’ve been watching in amazement as he looks like Steve Stone in his prime to me. Maybe the Steve Stone appearance on WNST yesterday made me think about his greatness during the 1980 season.

His line against the Chicago White Sox is a gem by any standard: 7 1/3 IP, 6H, 0R, oW, 9 strikeouts.

WOW. I’ve been speechless most of the night. Who knew? Late maturity? A one-night wonder? The beginning of a trend?

Of course, at 102 pitches, Dave Trembley just came to get him and he’ll rest up to go again next week.

It’s 6-0 Birds up in the 8th. Jim Johnson is trying to get the White Sox back into the game with the bases loaded.

The crowd tonight looks so light on TV that they’re having trouble finding packs of people standing together to shoot. I’ve honestly never seen it more empty than the last two nights.

I hope the Ravens giving tickets away actually gets some people to walk in on Saturday night. And the weather is supposed to be crazy good!

Jim Thome has just knocked in two runs. So much for the shutout…

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

If you didn’t get to Unitas Stadium last night to see Johns Hopkins and Towson play another CLASSIC college lacrosse game; you’re missing out on why the sport is the best product there is. Last night’s game was a double-overtime THRILLER, but there have been 6-7 other games this season that have been just about as good, involving local teams…..

Maryland-Virginia, Maryland-Hopkins, Mt. St. Mary’s-St. Joseph’s, Mt. St. Mary’s-VMI, Towson-Hofstra, Loyola-Syracuse, etc. etc. etc. etc.

You’re missing out.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ed Reed could be on cover of Madden 2010

Cliff Saunders mocks Vontae Davis to Ravens

Bob Haynie says Dupree will have two years of eligibility after transferring

Nestor Aparicio says IronBirds will wear Under Armour with agreement

Glenn Clark says Penn State’s Cadogan, Utah’s Kruger could be Draft options for Ravens

Glenn Clark says Pietramala improves to 43-2 vs. teams from Maryland with win over Towson

Glenn Clark says Terps could use scholarship for DeShawn Painter

Gary Quill offers Pimlico picks for today

Glenn Clark says Phelps’ new girl apparently Chargers dancer

Drew Forrester says Ovechkin, Green have combined for 1 goal as Caps fall behind 3-1

Ed Frankovic says Caps ‘on brink of elimination’ after Game 4 loss to Rangers

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie struggles as Birds fall to White Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Eaton, O’s go for series win tonight vs. Colon, White Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Simon to have reconstructive surgery on elbow, will miss season

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis hoping for first All-Star nod as balloting opens

White Sox Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Danks shut down Birds as Pale Hose cruised

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says 10,868 saw Birds fall to White Sox

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff doesn’t think he can be first to hit Warehouse

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Fields, Thome homered for White Sox in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley doesn’t think tonight’s start ‘critical’ for Eaton

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie charged with 5 earned runs in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Rich Hill to begin rehab Friday night in Frederick

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Ripken, Under Armour’s Plank enter partnership with mutual admiration society

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Salazar had HR, 3 RBI for Tides in win

Examiner Jay Trucker thinks Patton, Hill can help Birds’ rotation

Examiner Steve DeClue says Sarfate hit hard in loss as well

Examiner Steve DeClue not broken up about loss of Simon

Annapolis Capital’s John McNamara says White Sox Pitcher Floyd (Severna Park native) pitching ‘stress-free’

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Bergesen feels ‘blessed’ to have moved so quickly through organization

The AP says Chris Getz had 3 hits, 2 RBI, scored 3 runs for White Sox in win

Frederick News-Post says Caleb Joseph had RBI single for Keys in loss to Lynchburg

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Chris Waters picks up win for Tides over Knights

Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales says Danks excelled in ‘chilly, damp conditions’ at Camden Yards

Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley says Guillen thinks last night an example of how White Sox can ‘win’

SI’s Ted Keith says Bergesen, Arrieta, Tillman, Matusz reason for ‘hope’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says ESPN’s Clayton thinks Ravens would be willing to deal Heap for Boldin

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Johnson’s move from DT to LB example of Ravens’ scouting success

The Official Site says NFL Network’s Mayock ‘would be wary’ of selecting Britt, Nicks, DHB in Round 1

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens won’t eliminate drafting CB just because they already have depth

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens got harsh grades for picking Flacco, who has clearly lived up to pick

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Billick wishes he would have made more Coors Light commercials

The Sun’s Rick Maese says analysts split on Newsome’s Draft abilities

ESPN.com’s James Walker mocks DHB to Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens’ CB interest is ‘smoke’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says he would have mocked Maualuga to Ravens had he been available

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens would be taking ‘risk’ by not drafting receiver

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein thinks Ravens should take Britt over Nicks

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Terps to visit Hoosiers in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Vasquez will officially make plans to test NBA Draft waters

The Sun says Terps’ trip to Assembly Hall to come December 1

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit James Padgett

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says many Draft analysts view Vasquez as 2nd round pick

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Comcast SportsNet reports Vasquez does not want to play internationally

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Challenge opponent Hoosiers went 6-25 last season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dupree’s exit easier to stomach with Williams, Padgett coming to College Park next season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps facing Hoosiers for 2nd time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps now have extra scholarship for ’09 season with Dupree gone

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez has until June 25 to make final decision

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Barnes posts impressive 41 on Wonderlic test

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Don Brown’s defensive changes ‘challenging, welcome’ for Terps

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Torrey Smith looking to follow up on stellar season as returner

CBS Sports’ Chad Reuter thinks Raiders will pick DHB if Maclin gone

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles NFL Draft hopeful Scott Burley (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says City WR Coxson visited campus again (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles NFL Draft prospect Fokou (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Maddie McConnell checks in with TE/DE prospect Zack McCray at Scout.com Combine (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Friday’s ACC Tournament semifinal vs. North Carolina

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Farrell finds it tough to be away from field

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Brian Christopher nets buzzer beater in 2OT to win thriller at Towson

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand has Jays as 6th overall seed in NCAA Tournament

Inside Lacrosse’s “pcrispino” says Christopher’s game high 3rd goal was winner for Blue Jays

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jays improve to 34-3 all time vs. Tigers

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Tigers blew 4 goal lead to Jays on Senior Night

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site announces honorary captains for Saturday’s Spring Game

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Ososki scored in OT to lift Eers past VMI

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mids third overall in Academic Progress Report

Examiner Tom Flynn offers pictures from Mids’ visit with Obama at White House

BLAST:

The Official Site says Summer Camp registration open

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps will try new freestyle technique to improve sprinting ability

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps dating Miss California

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I think Greivis Vasquez ends up back at Maryland in the end. And Dupree ends up at Towson.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

Sorry, no time to add anything today. Here’s what everyone else has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens WON’T give up first round pick for Boldin

Drew Forrester says Birds now need to market Bergesen

Nestor Aparicio says Markakis, Scott ‘terrific’ in Birds’ win

Bob Haynie says Bergesen’s effort downright ‘Palmer-like’

Glenn Clark says Jamon Meredith, Cornelius Ingram could be options for Ravens

Chris Bonetti says Adam Jones was scratched before game started

Jason Jubb says Bergesen promotion just ‘start’ for Birds

Keith Melchior doesn’t understand Trembley’s use of pitchers

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen beats White Sox in Major League debut

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie, Birds try to clinch series win over Danks, White Sox tonight

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Freel sent to DL, Montanez called up

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mora not certain he’ll be ready to return after DL stint ends

MLB.com’s Pete Kerzel says White Sox coach Baines ‘grateful’ for Orioles Hall of Fame nod

White Sox Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Contreras ‘shaky’ as Pale Hose lose

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff hit pair of 2 run bombs to lift O’s past White Sox

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Markakis tied career high with 4 hits in win

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Montanez was selected for call-up over Reimold due to experience

The Sun’s Rick Maese thinks Birds should turn to Reimold, Wieters, young pitchers

The Sun’s Rick Maese says fake Angelos funny on Twitter

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Bergesen thought experience ‘unbelievable’ in first start

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley thought Bergesen’s performance ‘tremendous’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds improve to 5-2 at home with win

The Sun’s Childs Walker thinks Birds will go with Montanez more if Pie continues to struggle

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Berken shut out Charlotte in Norfolk debut

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox to host allergy awareness night

Examiner Jay Trucker says Birds need ‘more Bergesens, fewer Eatons’

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks O’s should try to deal Scott, Wigginton; let Montanez, Reimold play

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 14,801 at Camden Yards saw Bergesen’s successful debut

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Rich Hill scheduled to start rehab stint this week

Frederick News-Post says Rowell had RBI double as Keys beat Lynchburg

The AP says Scott added 3 hits, walk in win

Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales says Contreras walked 6 in blowout loss

Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley says Contreras’ rotation future in question after poor start

Fox Sports’ Dayn Perry says Markakis ‘real deal’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Holt off table, Boldin may be out of Ravens’ picture as well

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Landry has been starter since drafted

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says with Stover’s future in question, kicker could be option for Ravens in Draft

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley thinks Cardinals might lessen trade demands for Boldin

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Hortiz thinks Draft ‘deep’ with OT’s

The Sun’s Rick Maese says DeCosta thinks Harbaugh ‘more comfortable’ with Draft process 2nd time around

The Sun’s Rick Maese offers video of 52 on “Sport Science”

The Sun’s Ken Murray thinks Ravens like Maualuga’s ‘intensity’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cards report they have ‘no offers’ for Boldin

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens in market for Tight End who can be ‘red zone weapon’

The Sun’s Ken Murray thinks Loadholt, Beatty could be options for Ravens at OT

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cards might be willing to lower asking price for Boldin

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Ravens might be ‘leading candidate by default’ for Boldin

Examiner Steve DeClue surprised Ravens didn’t pursue Holt further given the deal he signed with Jags

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says target Pettigrew ‘throwback’ type of Tight End

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Boldin rumors ‘persist’ despite Ravens’ lack of movement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says drafting kicker would give Hauschka ‘competition’

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t think Ravens will trade out of 26th pick in Draft

SI’s Peter King thinks teams better off trading for Boldin than drafting WR

Sporting News’ Mike Preston says if Ravens trading, they’re trading down

CBS Sports’ Chad Reuter mocks Maualuga to Baltimore

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says ESPN’s McShay thinks DHB ‘risk’ early

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says DHB could go as high as 7th, fall to late in first round

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Barnes’ Draft stock ‘rising’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says RB Green just trying to stay healthy until season opener

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says RB Green continues to ‘look the part’ for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks DHB ‘high risk, high reward’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps dealing with serious injury issues

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Louis Berman moves to fullback

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph has lost ‘almost 80 pounds’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Barnes, Fokou, Gronkowski, Thomas, Williams could be Draft ‘sleepers’

SI’s Andy Staples says DHB was rated fairly highly coming out of high school

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph thinks Tate ‘makes plays’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles Draft prospect Edwin Williams (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Kenny Gartner checks in with OLB prospect Manessah Garner at Scout.com Combine (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says St. Frances’ Vinson chooses UMass over Maryland, others

Examiner Steve DeClue says Vinson hit Terps’ ‘backburner’ during pursuit of Stephenson

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Gary busy on recruiting trail this week (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps need win in ACC Tournament to ‘feel safe’ about NCAA Tournament chances

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Towson

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews tonight’s showdown with Blue Jays

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Harrington helping Tigers improve CAA Tournament status

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tigers clinched return trip to CAA Tournament

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers practicing through poor conditions in preparation for Saturday’s Spring Game

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Ricci amongst top defensemen in country

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Kevin Goedeke following in footsteps of father John, who played hoops for Retrievers

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Poillon amongst top midfielders in country

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Bears give Bozeman Thursday deadline to accept contract offer

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Bozeman wants better ‘academic support system’ for Bears

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Friday’s Blue & Orange Spring Game

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mids receive Commander-in-Chief Trophy during ceremony with Obama at White House

The AP says Obama thought Mids visited White House more than him

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ravens amongst teams to have worked out Kettani

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina chats with Niumatalolo following Spring Game (must subscribe)

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Andy Tormey, Geoff Leone, Patrick Moran named All-Patriot League first team

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews today’s trip to VMI

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says DiBartolo amongst best goalies in country

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says Magna approved for $38 million loan to maintain operations

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Hopkins 9, Towson 5. Dave Pietramala doesn’t lose to teams in the state of Maryland.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Final thoughts on Bergesen’s debut

Posted on 22 April 2009 by Luke Jones

I just got back from the ballpark and wanted to share my thoughts on Brad Bergesen’s impressive major league debut and win, as the Orioles broke their five-game losing streak and defeated the Chicago White Sox, 10-3.

- After waiting five long years progressing through the farm system to reach the big leagues, Bergesen had to endure a 1 1/2 hour rain delay to finally take the hill at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  This would be unnerving for most rookies, but he certainly didn’t seem to be affected.

Bergesen started strongly, inducing two ground ball outs before facing major league home run leader Carlos Quentin.  After a 12-pitch battle, the rookie right-hander struck him out swinging.

You had to be impressed with Bergesen going after hitters right from the start.  The battle with Quentin lacked the same drama but reminded me of Jim Johnson’s 10-pitch duel with Manny Ramirez last May that really put the reliever on the radar.

- Bergesen’s sinking fastball consistently sits right around 89-90 mph.  It appeared to be a heavy sinker, getting nine groundouts on the evening.

He didn’t need to use the slider very much, because he located the sinker so well throughout the night.  When he did throw the off-speed pitch, it was consistently in the 83-84 mph range.

- After Ty Wigginton’s fourth-inning error put runners on first and third with one out, Bergesen didn’t flinch as he struck out Jim Thome.  How many times have we seen Orioles pitchers unravel after a fielding error already this season?

Though he followed up the strikeout by allowing back-to-back RBI singles, the rookie definitely showed poise when facing the future Hall of Famer Thome.

- He showed some signs of tiring in the fifth after giving up an A.J. Pierzynski single and an Alexei Ramirez double to begin the inning; however, he once again settled down, allowing only one run to cross the plate on an RBI groundout.

- Pitching at Camden Yards can be deadly when you allow the opposition to hit the ball in the air.  Bergesen surrendered only two fly ball outs in his 5 2/3 innings and didn’t allow the first until the fifth inning.  Another good sign.

- Bergesen can really be an effective major league starter if he can develop an off-speed pitch in the 76-78 mph range.  With his fastball (90) and slider (83) not having a dramatic difference in velocity, he may have some difficulty once major league hitters adjust.  This is why many scouts project him to be a reliever in the long run.

- Final line: 5 2/3 innings, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts

Bergesen pitched as well as you could realistically expect.  It was refreshing to see a young Orioles pitcher attack the strike zone after watching others such as Garrett Olson and Daniel Cabrera lack the command and poise to succeed at this level.

You have to feel good for him getting his first major league win and showing that he belongs at this level.  It’s only one start, and he’ll need to make adjustments as he progresses, but so far, so good.

We can certainly feel excited after this one.  If Bergesen can look this good, just think about the possibilities when Tillman, Arrieta, Matusz, and the others are ready for Baltimore.  Don’t print the playoff tickets yet, but things could get interesting again at Camden Yards in another year or two.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

I have no doubt that the Ravens value Brandon Pettigrew-they’re not the only team that values Brandon Pettigrew.

But I DON’T think they will trade up for Pettigrew.

I think a season ago they decided to trade up for Joe Flacco because they NEEDED a QB, desperately.

And while the Ravens could use TE depth, they’re not desperate for a TE. If he slips to 26, they’ll pick him. But they don’t have extra 7th round picks (or even one 7th round pick) to give up to move up to 24.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Pettigrew at top of Ravens’ Draft Board

Bob Haynie thinks Rich Hill will be Birds’ next new starter

Glenn Clark says Maryland, Towson Spring Games amongst highlights of non-baseball week

Drew Forrester says Pie’s struggles continue in loss to Sox

Glenn Clark says Ravens could be interested in WR’s Massaquoi, Barden, Underwood

Drew Forrester says Ravens might not have cap space to add Boldin

Drew Forrester says MacPhail has to give up Pie experiment soon

Peter Dilutis says Bergesen’s start next step in ‘transitional period’

Ed Frankovic says Varlamov shined as Caps shut out Rangers

Drew Forrester doesn’t think Theodore will return to net for Capitals in Rangers series

Nestor Aparicio says former Baltimore Clipper Kent Douglas passed away

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hendrickson, Birds hit hard in blowout loss to Red Sox

The Official Site’s provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Freel forced to leave loss early after being drilled in head by pickup attempt

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jones expected to return to lineup tonight

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen makes first big league start tonight against Contreras, White Sox

Red Sox Official Site’s Ian Browne says Masterson sweeps Birds with Patriots Day blowout

White Sox Official Site’s Scott Merkin says White Sox visited White House before coming to Baltimore

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds fall below .500 for first time this season after being swept at Fenway Park

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says White Sox OF Quentin brings MLB leading 7 home runs to Camden Yards

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck knew O’s would struggle, but still finds it tough to watch

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Freel expected to rejoin teammates today

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Montanez will be called up today

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds now 0-4 in early afternoon/late morning games

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Ripken Baseball, Under Armour to announce partnership today at Sports Legends

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks if Bergesen fails, O’s will take ‘cautious approach’ with Tillman, Patton, etc.

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Berken promoted from Bowie to Norfolk

Examiner Steve DeClue says Sarfate, Liz, Albers all struggled in loss to BoSox

The AP says Izturis had lone RBI in Birds’ loss

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Matusz trying to get in ‘groove’

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Ortiz got out of slump with double, triple in win over O’s

Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz combined for 9 hits, 6 RBI, 7 runs in win

Providence Journal’s Daniel Barbarisi says Varitek added home run in Sox win

Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales says Contreras doesn’t feel as though comeback ‘complete’ until Pale Hose win game he starts

Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley says White Sox OF Quentin hit .519 vs. Birds last season

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Orioles 21st in power rankings

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 18th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens traveled to Chapel Hill to work out Nicks

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Nakamura viewed as ‘steal’ after being selected in 6th round

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens would be interested in Boldin deal if Cards wanted 1st or 2nd round pick and player

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Pettigrew, Vontae Davis, Maualuga, Percy Harvin all players with ‘character issues’ Ravens might be interested in

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens should consider OT’s like Oher, Andre Smith

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Eagles could be Ravens’ ‘competition’ for Boldin

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens likely dangling McGahee, Heap in Boldin trade conversations

Examiner Tony Wisniewski thinks Boldin would be worth picks Cardinals want

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says tackles Loadholt, Britton, Beatty could also be options for Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Maualuga could be option for Ravens at 26

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks other teams might be willing to pay Cards’ asking price for Boldin

ESPN.com’s James Walker isn’t convinced Birds would be willing to part with picks and give new deal to Boldin

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens might be interested in moving up in Draft

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Maualuga would be good ‘value pick’, but WR Ravens biggest need

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says Boldin would be ‘ideal fit’ for Ravens

Sporting News’ Mike Preston (same guy) mocks Pettigrew to Ravens

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan mocks DHB to Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Spring game

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jamarr Robinson ‘major figure’ in practices

Terrapin Times’ Claire checks in with Dane Randolph as he prepares for NFL Draft (must subscribe)

Scout.com’s Bob Lichtenfels checks in on Coxson, prospects from Scout.com Combine at M&T Bank Stadium (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Maddie McConnell checks in on ’10 prospect Titus Till (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says reserves Rob Morrison, Nick Ward, Jake Bernhardt all contributed in win over Penn

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Terps still alive in Stephenson chase

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with former Florida commit, big man target DeShawn Painter (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in on other prospects at Boo Williams Invitational (must subscribe)

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Will Harrington honored by CAA

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Retrievers fall to 10th in media poll after Hartford loss

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Ricci, Koppens honored by ECAC

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich says Pietramala now 42-2 all-time vs. teams from state of Maryland after win over Navy

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Stangs fall to 3rd in D3 poll after CAC Championship loss

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Gulls back to Top 5 of USILA D3 poll

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Berkman knows Gulls could have missed NCAA Tournament with loss to Stevenson

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kina honored as Mids’ top senior

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says Magna ‘abandons’ plans to let parent MI Developments bid first on assets

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Bob Baffert elected to Racing Hall of Fame

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Baffert has 4 Preakness victories in Hall of Fame career

The Sun says Magna’s bankruptcy case delayed again

BLAST:

The Official Site says NISL Championship gear available

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Brad Bergesen goes 4 and a third tonight and gives up 5 runs. But he’ll look pretty good at times. Just enough to make us want to see more of him.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

There’s gonna be a lot of games like the one last night.

My prediction: Chris Waters makes the start next Tuesday.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Birds’ pitching problems similar to Ravens’ offensive problems

Thyrl Nelson says Scott Moore hit HR to help lift Norfolk to win

Ed Frankovic says Caps ‘should have’ defeated Rangers in Game 1

Matt Duggins says Jones has early tendency to strike out

Nestor Aparicio says Birds ‘imploded’ in loss to Rangers

Peter Dilutis says Birds under ‘pressure’ to promote prospects

Drew Forrester says Lundqvist outplayed Theodore to lift Rangers to Game 1 win

Glenn Clark says Drew thinks some remember Brady Anderson as ‘juicer’

Cheeta Torpedo says Charm City Roller Girls hosting doubleheader Saturday

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says 7 of 9 runs given up by Hendrickson unearned as Rangers blow out Birds

The Official Site provides brutal numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds get day off today before Guthrie faces Penny in Boston tomorrow night

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley thought Jackie Robinson tribute ‘tremendous’

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mora, Simon to DL; Albers, Liz called up

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Sarfate dealing with inner ear infection

Rangers Official Site’s T.R. Sullivan says Kinsler hits for cycle, Cruz hits grand slam for Texas in rout of Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Izturis, Roberts commit errors early to help flood doors open in bad loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Hendrickson to start Monday; Birds to call up pitcher to make start Tuesday vs. White Sox

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Kinsler raised batting average 99 points in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says if Bass getting Simon’s start; might as well be at Fenway Park

The Sun’s Childs Walker says outfield defense should be ‘strength’ for Birds

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Birds auctioning Jackie Robinson tribute jerseys

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Bergesen picked up first win of season for Norfolk last night

Examiner Steve DeClue says watching Hendrickson ‘painful’

The AP says Cruz’s slam in win 5th home run of season

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys pitcher Matusz ‘special’

Frederick News Post says Rowell hits first homer of season as Keys beat Myrtle Beach

Dallas Morning News’ Jeff Wilson says Kinsler’s cycle helps make winner out of former Oriole Benson

NFL.com’s Jamie Dukes mocks Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith to Ravens

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Oklahoma St. TE Pettigrew, Maine DE Belcher, Penn St. DE Maybin all visit

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens brand of defensive football not popular for primetime

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Oklahoma OT Loadholt visited Wednesday

Examiner Phil Macek thinks playing Raiders will help Ravens continue success in regular season finales

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Loadholt might be best at Right Tackle in NFL

ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders if ‘door closed’ for Ravens to try to make move for Boldin

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Spring game headlines Maryland Day activities

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Fokou, Thomas hoping Draft helps them reach NFL dreams

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says new Special Teams coach Charles Bankins making impact on Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph thinks Terps ‘playing well’ under new DC Don Brown

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will practice 3 straight days due to weather

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Tyler Bowen finally getting healthy again (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Alkire says Suitland QB Devonte Lindsay camping at Maryland

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Alkire checks in with PA QB prospect Tyler Smith (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says midfielders ‘back on track’ after snapping losing streak

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason King says scouts not drooling over Vasquez

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in on ’10 prospects at Boo Williams event (must subscribe)

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Koppens Tewaaraton finalist

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Blevins Tewaaraton finalist

The Sun’s Edward Lee says CBS College Sports’ Carcaterra thinks Retrievers could make Final Four

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Poillon might end up being best player despite not being Tewaaraton finalist

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand projects Jays as 4 seed in NCAA Tournament

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Eers score two goals in last minute to knock off St. Joseph’s

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brendan Flanagan ‘starring’ just 2 years after brain surgery

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Phelan has 15+ saves in 3 straight games

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Friday night’s Blue-Gold Game

The Official Site announces rosters for Spring game

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch says Big Drama skipping Derby, aiming for Preakness

The AP says former Derby favorite Old Fashioned forced to retire due to injury

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest at Reading Express

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Did anyone think it was going to get to 30 last night? I had a feeling the Rangers had another grand slam in them in the 8th. What a mess.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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