Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

August 03, 2009 | Glenn Clark

My best (and completely uninformed) guess as to what the Orioles are doing with Chris Waters after calling him back up? I’ll say they’re going to shift Brian Bass to Jason Berken’s rotation spot and they need Waters to take Bass’s spot in the bullpen until Brad Bergesen is ready to come back.

But what do I know? I’m sure someone will tell MASN what’s going on, and they’ll “break” it soon.

The weekend was embarrassing…..kinda. It can only be so embarrassing when your team is terrible and you expect moments like these. But it’s still frustrating to talk to friends who root for other teams when you know they’re going to murder you over how bad your own team is.

But this is Birdland!

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester thinks Birds should let Mora go

Nestor Aparicio defends Dave Trembley

Drew Forrester wonders if Birds would be interested in Dusty Baker

Nestor Aparicio says Bostonians out en masse again this weekend at OPACY

Bob Haynie still thinks Ravens need help at WR even with Mason back

Luke Jones doesn’t think Figurs will end up making roster

Rex Snider thinks Mora HAS been respected by Birds

Glenn Clark says Suggs lit up Westminster with t-shirt Friday

Lawson Lambert says Rachel Alexandra proved herself to be ‘best 3 year old in country’ with win at Monmouth


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Berken, bullpen crushed as Red Sox finished sweep

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Orioles Wives held food drive over weekend at Camden Yards

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mora feels ‘disrespected’ by lack of playing time

Red Sox Official Site’s Ian Browne says Victor Martinez paced BoSox with 5 hits, 4 RBI in finishing sweep of O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 43,000 at Camden Yards (maybe 3,000 Orioles fans?) saw Birds swept by Sox

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Mora would be okay with getting outright release

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Berken appears to be headed out of rotation

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Albers, Bass also crushed by Red Sox in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Trembley didn’t believe he had ‘disrespected’ Mora

Boston Globe’s Adam Kilgore says Sox now 50-17 against Orioles over last 3 years

Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says despite sweep, Sox still 2 and a half back of Yankees in AL East

Providence Journal’s Dan Barbarisi says blowout win hid shaky performance from Buchholz in no decision

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale says Mora could be traded before Aug. 31

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan says Matusz to make major league debut same night Washburn to make Tigers debut


Norfolk Tides Official Site says Liz ‘effective’, but Tides couldn’t score in loss to Syracuse

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Steve Johnson struggled, lost to New Britain in first start with Orioles organization

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zagone loser as Keys fell to Lynchburg

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich loser as Staten Island topped Ironbirds

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mike Flacco had 2 hits, RBI in loss to Johnson City

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Norfolk pitcher Chris Waters recalled by Birds, not sure if he’ll be starter or go to bullpen


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton, Marcus Smith, Lamar Divens all missed afternoon practice with various injuries

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason not worrying about anything beyond ’09 season

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Special Teams coach Rosburg has to figure out how to get around wedge ban

The Official Site says Mason claims retirement wasn’t ‘ploy’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason was hoping for “Terrell Owens treatment” in return to team

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Mason no ‘Favre’

The Sun says Hauschka perfect, Gano nearly perfect Sunday as kicking competition continued

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jason Cook had no trouble pursuing two degrees at Ole Miss

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McKinney knows he has to ‘make impression’ to get playing time on crowded D-Line

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh knows Ravens ‘better football team’ with Mason

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says undrafted rookie Dannell Ellerbe ‘making impression’ with Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco has thrown multiple interceptions in practice, Harbaugh unconcerned

SI’s Ross Tucker says Bannan thinks Ngata will be Hall of Famer

SI’s Peter King walks autograph line with Ed Reed, has humorous tale to tell of it

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Mason’s return helps Ravens team trying to make one more run at Super Bowl

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Ozzie thinks Mason decided he just ‘wanted to play football’’s James Walker says Foxworth ‘another smart’ defender for Ravens


Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Dunbar OL prospect Devin Clark doesn’t really want to stay in state


Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty catches up with target Tsafack (must subscribe)


The Official Site says Slotback Cory Finnerty wishes Mids could play USC

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says LB Haberer still ‘humble’

SWIMMING: says Phelps’ team broke another world record in 4×100 medley

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps managed to bring attention to swimming in Rome despite Olympics being 3 years away

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps added 5th gold in 4×100 medley relay to close World Championships

The AP’s Paul Newberry says Bowman will give Phelps two weeks off before hitting pool again

The AP says Cavic wants 1-on-1 race with Phelps next year

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says Phelps took ‘motivation’ from loss to Biedermann

SI’s Brian Cazeneuve says Phelps’ win over Cavic ‘defining moment’ of World Championships


Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra blew away field at Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Borel thought Rachel Alexandra ‘unbelievable’ in win

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says Derby winner Mine That Bird to race Travers Stakes next

The AP’s Richard Rosenblatt says Belmont winner Summer Bird finished 2nd, 6 lengths back

USA Today’s Tom Pedulla says owner Jess Jackson doesn’t think ‘horse in the world’ could beat Rachel Alexandra when she’s on her game

Sporting News’ Brad Telias says Rachel Alexandra favorite for Horse of the Year


The AP’s Cliff Brunt says former Maryland golf coach Fred Funk blew away field to claim U.S. Senior Open


-The Michael Phelps-Milorad Cavic showdown was COMPELLING theater on Saturday. I don’t know how much more we’ll see of that in swimming, but it was VERY good theater. This means I saw as much good theater in swimming as I did in baseball over the last 10 days.

Talk to you tomorrow.