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The Rundown: '08 MLB Draft, Road Jersey Issue and More...
2008-06-04 20:12:00
Erstwhile Sun blogger Roch Kubatko previews the 2008 MLB Draft for the Baltimore Orioles in today's Sun. Up until a few years ago, I never paid that much attention to it; however, considering the rising salaries in the game, the success of the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Rays, Marlins and other teams, the draft has become vital. The Orioles have a lot of holes, and honestly I think the need a college guy ready ready to make an impact soon (I would like us to get Justin Smoak -- a potential plus bat), but Roch's pieces chronicles what the club is looking for in what could be a very important day when it comes to the franchise for the next few years.Speaking of the draft, Dan Connolly of the Sun has a great post on his blog about the Orioles' starting rotation in 2010; the Examiner has a piece about the '08 draft; the Orioles love the way Daniel Cabrera has been progressing; Luis Hernandez was DFA'ed and should held back to Norfolk, thus, the team is hoping he makes it back and regain...
Yankee Smackdown & The Rundown
2008-05-22 15:27:00
After the 12-2 drubbing of the Yankees on Tuesday, the Orioles were riding high and looking forward to taking on the youngster, Darrell Rasner; however, the same Birds that whooped up on the Bombers last night would be listless.Baltimore lost to New York 8-0, and there was not much that came of this game at all. Olson, who has been solid since his call-up had nothing as he gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings. Perhaps he did not have his stuff, or he just was intimidated, but he looked awful.Of course, Alex Rodriguez, needless to say is back -- he hit a homer, and was robbed of a second home run by the umpires (it hit the yellow stairs, but the officials called it a ground rule double).Not that the home mattered in the final score, but there needs to be some version of instant replay instituted. Anyhow, there's not much more to add from last night's game -- the Orioles were horrible, and the Yankees took advantage.Speaking of the Yankees 12-2 drubbing, the Baltimore Orioles are one o...
O's Sweep Sox; The Rundown...
2008-05-15 14:55:00
For the past several years, the Baltimore Orioles have been worse than a laughing stock -- they have been disrespected, spat upon and treated well, like dirt. However, things might be changing and for the better.Yesterday, the Orioles had a dramatic come-from-behind victory as they beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-3, yesterday afternoon as Daniel Cabrera won his his fourth game and George Sherill earned his 15th save.We had a new hero of the day ? the always intense Jay Payton. We have swept the Boston Red Sox, or as I call them the Evil Empire 1A. The Orioles of last year would have given up in the 6th inning or had no clue as to how to defeat Boston, but this year's team is different.I got home around the sixth inning and once I saw Lester weaken & the Boston bullpen come into the game, the Orioles had a chance to come back.The Payton homer was incredible and I literally jumped up for joy ? something I have not done during an Oriole game for a long time.It?s been good to see more o...
The Red Sox Are Coming To Town; Adam Jones; The Rundown...
2008-05-13 19:13:00
The Baltimore Orioles tango with the Boston Red Sox, or as I dub them, the Evil Empire 1A tonight and tomorrow at the Yard.The Red Sox always play us tough; however, this weekend, the Twins took 3 out of 4 from them and they'll be looking maintain their slim division lead (Tampa is 1/2 game back from first in the AL East right now).The Orioles took three out of four in Kansas City, and despite the excellent pitching from both the starting and relief corps -- they are still struggling woefully on the offensive front.Matchups:Tonight: Jeremy Guthrie (1-3, 4.32) vs. Josh Beckett (4-2, 3.70)Tommorrow: Daniel Cabrera (3-1, 3.54) vs. Jon Lester (2-2, 4.06)I'd be happy with a split, and even more elated with a sweep in this short two-game series. Game one will be difficult as Beckett seems to back on his game and Guthrie will need a solid effort to win; however, I'm looking eagerly to see game two as it will be a test to see if Cabrera can stifle the Sox potent offense.The Boston offen...
O's Lose in Oaktown, 2-1 in Ten; What About The Offense: The Rundown?
2008-05-06 17:03:00
The O?s are now back at .500 as they lost to the A?s in Oaktown, 2-1. The loss is their third in a row; however, we should take some positives from the loss. After a devastating series loss to the Angels out in sunny California, they once again lost in a painful fashion.First, Garrett Olson went a little more than six shutout innings, and looked nothing like the wide-eyed kid who could not keep his pitches in the strike zone last year. It?s too bad he didn?t get the decision; however, the A?s starter, Dana Eveland was just as good on the mound as he threw seven shutout innings and allowed only three hits.Emil Brown had three hits, including the game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, to decide the game. Rajai Davis drove in the other run for Oakland on the night with a bases loaded infield single off Jamie Walker. The Orioles fought back in the ninth and tied the score thanks to a Ramon Hernandez RBI. Jim Johnson took the loss in the tenth; however, he?s ...
O's Lose to Rays, 8-1; The Rundown...
2008-05-01 16:59:00
There was not much to yesterday's game at for the Orioles. We entrusted our young pitching to carry us, but an explosive Tampa Bay and a stellar performance by their starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine's dominant doomed Baltimore.As well, thanks to a five-run seventh by Tampa, the Orioles went quietly into the night as they lost to Tampa by a score of 8-1.Sonnanstine only allowed one run on six hits and struck out five. Veteran Eric Hinske hit a two-run bomb in the fourth; meanwhile, Carlos Pena & Dioner Navarro each drove in two runs -- all in the fateful seventh inning.O's rookie, Matt Albers looked solid through the first six innings, but was charged with the loss. Bob McCrory came into game in the seventh for his major league debut, but got touched up.B-Rob was 2-3, and drove in the the only run for Baltimore.The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Examiner,, Orioles Hangout has more on the game.Nick Markakis got a rest last night, while the test on Adam L...
White Sox and O's Game Suspended: The Rundown and Quick Hits...
2008-04-29 16:08:00
Starter Daniel Cabrera allowed two runs on four hits with two strikeouts; however, he had seven walks and hit a batter over 6 1/3 innings for Baltimore.Cabrera's counterpart on the mound, Javier Vazquez was solid in the start for Chicago, giving up four hits, allowing one run while fanning seven over eight full frames.The Baltimore Orioles had multiple chances to put the White Sox in the late innings; however, in the bottom of the 11th, George Sherill gave up a solo homer to Chicago?s Juan Uribe to tie the game ? again ? 3-3.Huff getting tossed from the game for losing his temper was stupid, Melvin Mora being picked off at first by Bobby Jenks, as well as Adam Jones (as much as I love the kid) made a foolish turn at third and got himself out to end the ninth.Out of mercy, the game was suspended in the 11th inning.This road trip must bite for Baltimore, but they have played strong and competitive baseball, thus, we could not ask for anything more from them. At this point, I'm a lit...
Jones', Albers & Millar's Big Night; O's Down Rays, 4-3; The Rundown
2008-04-15 16:57:00
Photo Gallery: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles, April 15thLast night at the Yard, the Baltimore Orioles continued their very strong start to the 2008 campaign by defeating Toronto, 4-3. Despite giving up a 2-run homer to Alex Rios, to almost put a scare into Oriole fans, George Sherill closed out the game, picking up his sixth save.What a strange feeling to be atop of the AL East ? um, for now?Kevin Millar had a great night, driving in three and hitting 2-run homer; meanwhile, Adam Jones had his best game as an Oriole, going 3 for 3 with two steals. As well, Melvin Mora, Brian Roberts and Luke Scott also had two hits.Another youngster was impressive last night ? Matt Albers. The big kid went five innings, and only gave up a single run. Perhaps after this start, he might be on his way to earning a permanent spot in the starting rotation. He was helped greatly by Jim Johnson for a few innings, and the tandem of Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford who kept the Jays off the board unt...
One Bad Inning Does The O's In; The Rundown & The O's Bloggers Speak...
2008-04-14 16:46:00
Things were looking so good for the Orioles on Sunday -- that is until the fifth inning. The young, but powerful Tampa lineup bashed Brian Burres, who until then had pitched four solid innings of no-run ball.B.J. Upton hit a three-run home run, Carl Crawford hit a two-run single for, & Akinori Iwamura drove in a run to send Tampa on the way to a 6-2 win.Nick Markakis hit his first homer, while Brian Roberts went 2-for-5. Burres (1-1) was charged with the loss during his horrible fifth inning where was charged with all six runs.Tall and huge (6'9"!!) Jeff Niemann pitched six strong innings in his big league debut, and he was masterful, only allowing one run on six hits and struck out five. He earned the win, and the aggressive Tampa Bay Rays took two out of three from the Orioles, using the big inning to down the Orioles.Baltimore comes home tonight to face a Jays team that may be equally as tough as the Rays.Match-ups: Monday: Albers (1-0, 0.00) vs. McGowan (0-0, 3.27)Tuesday: ...
The Rundown: The 5th Starter; The Saga of Gibbons, Spring Training Home, Ev
2008-03-28 18:34:00
Well, the 2008 regular season is upon us, and the good news is we now know who our fifth starter is --- Brian Buress. I figured he'd get the nod after his strong start, and like I said the other day, he was a great spot starter for the first half of the season, but he wilted and it seemed the more time went on, the less effective he was.Only time will tell if he can stay consistent throughout the 2008 season. Considering the expectations of the pitching staff, he'll be given ample opportunity to get a permanent shot in holding down the role.***After everything, Jay Gibbons may not be suspended, after all.In a piece in the Baltimore Sun yesterday, "The commissioner's office and the players union are negotiating changes to Major League Baseball's drug policy in the wake of the Mitchell Report, and the result could be the rescinding of Gibbons' 15-day suspension for violating the substance-abuse prevention program."Ok, if he's not going to be suspended -- if I were Andy MacPhail,...
Orioles Decide To Expand Their Talent Focus; The Rundown
2008-02-18 20:15:00
A glaring weakness in the Baltimore Orioles scouting system is finally being looked at. Despite the leaps and bounds the organization has made in rebuilding its minor league and getting new blood, their attempts at getting internationals hails in comparison to the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox. According to the, Spencer Fordin, Baltimore is taking a new approach to scouting on the international front. The organization will start to look at new avenues of talent, including other areas of Latin America, along with Asia. Andy MacPhail has tabbed John Stockstill, a member of the scouting team to spearhead the effort. From the "We need to be more involved. Over a third of the players that play in the Major Leagues are from outside the country," said MacPhail. "I don't think it's realistic to think we're going to jump into the deep end and be right there. I think it's more going to be a function of trying to ascertain the unique qualities of each market and ...
The World of Jay Payton; The Rundown...
2008-02-17 02:33:00
Jay Payton isn't sure how long he'll be in Baltimore.Honestly, I don't know if he came into the situation fully aware of Baltimore's struggles or if he signed hoping he'd have somewhere to play everyday, but I figured that he was not happy in an O's uniform. Whether or not, he stays, I think he's better off going into a scenario more suited for him -- on a winning team where he plays semi-regularly."I could be here all year, I could be here half the year, I could be here another five days," he said Saturday upon his early arrival at spring training camp.Payton has one season left on the two-year, $9 million contract he signed before the 2007 season. But is there a spot on the roster for a 35-year-old who batted .256 last year?He also adds:"I know I'm probably not the quote-unquote favorite, but this is the fourth year I've gone into spring training as the fourth outfielder and I've gotten 400 at-bats every year," Payton said. "So I'm not going to worry about my status too...
Thoughts on Trembley, The Road Ahead and the Rundown....
2008-02-13 22:51:00
For most Oriole fans, the upcoming year may be hard to stomach, but the Baltimore Orioles may be in good hands with Dave Trembley.The team may not make much of an impact in the standings, but look at things from afar, we could do a lot worse than the current skipper. As we got to observe to an extent last season, Trembley brings a no-nonsense approach to managing and teaching the game.He may come off as gruff sometimes, but he seems to be firm, but fair.Despite expectations of nothing but the worst, Tremebley seems to show the patience, and maturity that's needed for a team in the rebuilding stage. That being said, hopefully he'll have a long tenure in Baltimore, but things as they are right now, he seems to be a leader that the team needs.We'll see how the saga turns out. Although the team is surely building up for the future; alas, the team still know that it has to play to win as many games as they can in 2008.Meanwhile, the Sun's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles will b...
Bedard: The Day After; The Rundown & the Blogosphere...
2008-02-09 17:34:00
Well, morning everyone. Considering everything that has gone down in the past two weeks, Friday was definitely a great day for the Baltimore organization. As we know, the two teams closed the deal, sending outfielder Adam Jones, left-handed reliever George Sherrill and three minor league pitching prospects -- Chris Tillman, Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio -- to the Orioles in exchange for Erik Bedard.While there are some people who really dislike the trade for the fact we traded a good pitcher like Erik Bedard, I'll say this -- anytime you can trade one guy for five, especially in the state the Orioles are currently in - you do it.Yes, the team is sadly sacrificing talent for the road ahead, especially in giving up Bedard; however, this move is about the future and not the here and now. Obviously, the Mariners needed to get Bedard to compete in a tough AL West with the Angels.A lot of people have argued with me about the merits of trading an ace, but the bottom line is that the Oriole...
2008-02-05 08:42:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS Bill Cosby to release a rap album - Lil Wayne attacks his friends and DJ - Hillary Clinton vs. Barack Obama + more!
2008-01-29 02:56:00
Dammit! No Rundown this week… So what the hell are we supposed to do, Fuxor? Huh, tell me! Lol, but on the real. Sorry about your troubles. Hope everything’s okay! Next time around, invest in a power generator. There’s no excuse for this. Absolutely none =)
Orioles Quick Hits; The Rundown
2008-01-25 17:14:00
Like I have said time and time again, despite the lack of fans going to games at Oriole Park Camden at Yards for the past several years, fans do care very much for the team.If the losing would stop, and the team could be one that connects with the community, the fans will return. If you take a look at Roch's blog, message boards like the expansive Orioles Hangout, The Baltimore Sun and, as well also as popular team blogs like Camden Chat, the Wayward O, Oriole Magic, Oriole Central and countless others, the rabid fan interest and opinions are still there.Ray Frager, in an article in the Baltimore Sun commented on the fan situation by saying this:"You might think Baltimore fans have grown indifferent to the Orioles, their interest diminished by a decade of losing baseball. But people clearly still care a lot.At The Sun, we can see how any shred of Orioles news piles up page views at, often outpacing Ravens news. And listening to sports talk shows Tuesday...
Nas About To Be Dropped?
2008-01-24 17:26:00
Peeps are saying that Def Jam are putting the pressure on Nas to change his album title “Nigger” or he may be in jeopardy of getting dropped. My connects at Def Jam have conflicting we’ll just see how this pan out. I hope this isn’t true, because both Nas and Kelis can’t afford to ...
2008-01-23 02:52:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS Chingy finally responds to Wendy Williams - Five year old boy loses mom over alleged prank call - Raz B from B2K meets up with the other members over Chris Stokes allegations + more!
2008-01-15 03:57:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS Tiffany “New York” Pollard caught in a sex tape scandal! - Vivica A. Fox denies her Sex Tape - Kim Kardashian’s ass is major & more!
2008-01-09 04:21:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS Vivica Fox’s Sex Tape Scandal - Britney Spears loses her mind - Raz B caught having dinner with Chris Stokes & More!
The Rundown: 01/07
2008-01-08 21:36:00
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2008-01-02 07:48:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS The Rundown’s New Years recap - Celebrtity anger management - Raz B is missing in the B2K sex scandal case with Chris Stokes & more!
The Rundown to KDE 4.0 Release Part 1 - The Visual Eye-Candy
2008-01-01 19:50:00
With the first release of KDE4 framework, KDE 4.0 just few days away — as the above counter shows, the next few articles will have a look at some of the features new to KDE 4.0 In case you’re still wondering what the KDE4 hoopla is all about, then keep reading. KDE4 is the next-generation ...
2007-12-25 10:27:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS B2K and Raz B expose Chris Stokes! - Bow Wow about to take off after an interview! - Chingy gets aired out on Wendy Williams & more!
Orioles Quick Hits: Bedard Most Likely Staying, Jason Grimsley, The Rundown
2007-12-22 16:07:00
After weeks of speculation, talk, and chatter on the Hot Stove, in the media, on the Internet and amongst fans, it looks like Erik Bedard will be staying in Baltimore. According to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebeic, Andy MacPhail is on record as saying that the lefty ace will stay in town perhaps because only the team cannot find a suitable trade partner who are willing to give the Orioles what they need.After listening to trade proposals for his ace for the past couple of months, Andy MacPhail says it is a "strong likelihood" that Erik Bedard will be the Orioles' Opening Day starter rather than being traded."It's up to [manager] Dave Trembley in the final analysis to set his rotation, but that's what [Bedard] is today, and I think that's a strong likelihood," said MacPhail, the Orioles' president of baseball operations. "But that said, you never know."Granted, Bedard could still be moved, but it looks like teams like the Mariners, Reds and Dodgers are right now unwilling to mo...
Burning the Midnight Oil: Orioles Quick Hits, Roberts, The Rundown
2007-12-20 05:56:00
It's been a bad week for sports in the area, as MASN blogger Matthew Perl ever so illustrates; therefore, I and a lot of fans in the area just pretty much want forget about 2007 and move onto to bigger and better things in 2008.Well, the Baltimore Orioles have pretty much accepted Brain Roberts' apology and want to move on from this whole sordid affair. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings wants Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts to become an anti-steroid advocate & join "Powered by ME!," a Baltimore-based awareness campaign that instructs youth about the dangers of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I don't know if it's Roberts place to stand up against drug use or if he even wants to participate, as he should be focusing on baseball; however, it could only help in the cause of eradicating it from sports and obviously it makes for good PR.Read what Roch has to say about the proposal by Rep. Cummings and how it pertains to Brian Roberts.I, at this point really don't ...
2007-12-20 00:33:00
I apologize for my lateness in posting this! THIS WEEK’S TOPICS 50 Cent cocaine rumor revealed! - Mike Vick receives 23 months - I Am Legend is here… - Superhead selling her rags + more!
The Rundown: 12/17
2007-12-18 08:27:00
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2007-12-11 23:15:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS 50 Cent doing something strange in Croatia - Remy Ma snaps on Lil’ Kim - Grammy Nominations are in - Bow Wow asks Eve out & more!
2007-12-05 05:27:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS » Usher’s birth of his first son - 50 Cent smack talks Jay-Z, Diddy, Def Jam and others - Update on the Sean Taylor care + more!
The Rundown: 12/03
2007-12-04 03:38:00
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Hey Hey It's The Weekend, Here's The Rundown!
2007-11-30 17:15:00
It's a mixed bag today, we have birthdays, legal problems, and more. Here's the pre-weekend rundown: Happy Birthday to Sanchez! Happy Birthday to Movado! Workers at Sangster International end yet... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
The Rundown: 11/26
2007-11-27 06:23:00
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2007-11-27 05:11:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS R. Kelly and Ne-Yo beef on the double up tour - Alicia Keys is #1 - Kanye West speaks on his mother at a concert & more!
2007-11-20 03:44:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS! Kanye West breaks down on stage - Brandy caught lip syncing - T.I. apologizes - Michael Jackson can’t find his car & more!
The Rundown: 11/19
2007-11-20 03:39:00
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The Rundown DVDRip
2007-11-16 00:09:00
Info: A man hires a Los Angeles bounty hunter named Beck (The Rock) to travel to the Amazon jungle to retrieve his smart-mouthed, dimwitted, double-dealing son, Travis (Seann William Scott), who’s been leading a life of adventure in Brazil. But Travis is reluctant to leave, and when he tells Beck about hidden goldmines, the two ...
2007-11-14 04:30:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS T.I. spends Thanksgiving alone - Britney Spears saved by moms - Jennifer Lopez announces pregancy - Snoop Dogg fights with the police & more!
The Rundown: 11/12
2007-11-14 03:57:00
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The Rundown: 11/05
2007-11-06 05:02:00
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2007-11-06 03:00:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS Dog the bounty hunter is a racist - Jamie Foxx speaks on T.I. - Jermaine Dupri snaps on Justin Timberlake - Bow Wow teaches a classroom + more!
2007-10-30 22:06:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS T.I. is out on bail - 50 Cent Disses Kanye West - Jena 6 kids are ballin now - Omarion prepares for the roll of his life - and more!
The Rundown: 10/29
2007-10-30 07:36:00
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2007-10-24 05:10:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS Deleted scene of Ja Rule in the Saw IV movie - Britney Spears hits man with her car - Nas names his album the N-Word & more!
2007-10-16 05:39:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS Britney Spears gets told to “get out!” - Tameka is holding Usher back - Michael Jackson is back! [ . . . ]
2007-10-09 03:21:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS: Superhead goes at it with Jamie Foxx - Britney Spears new music video & loses her kids - Police brutality video - Kids mock the Jena 6 and more!!
2007-10-03 01:52:00
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS: Superhead put on blast, Usher goes at it with Miss Jones, leave Britney Spears alone!!, and Oscar De La Hoya is trippen out.
The Rundown, Orioles Stuff and Random Thoughts
2007-10-02 15:52:00
Well, we are in day two of a long off-season for the Orioles and rather than wait, changes have already been ushered.Jaret Wright and Victor Zambrano have been released from their contracts, and the news should not have come to any surprise for fans. Wright only lasted three starts before his shoulder injury flared up, and although he tried to come back in September, it was for nothing.Victor Zambrano -- need we say anything? There's a reason why teams have dumped him. He's not good, and his performance against the Blue Jays and on against the Yankees on Sunday show that's he for the most part is washed up.Rock Kubatko has more on the developments in his blog, Roch Around the Clock.***Well, this offseason may be difficult for the Orioles considering the free agents that are available on the market and some of the contracts that the organization has given players. In an article on the Orioles MLB site, Spencer Fordin spoke to team Chief Operating Officer Andy MacPhail and he notes...
O's Dethrone the Evil Empire, Beat Yanks in 10, 10-9; The Rundown
2007-09-29 18:09:00
What a game! Wow. With a little less than two days officially left in the Orioles season, those who have given up on the team or have already flipped the calendar year to 2008 sure as hell missed an exciting ball game last. Despite the win-loss record, the Birds have not packed it in as of yet. The Orioles won last night in 10 innings, 10-9, thanks to some creativity by Melvin Mora. With the bases loaded, he dropped a bunt along the third base side to drive in the winning run. Since the Birds defeated the Yankees, New York lost the division the title to Boston ? the first time in nine years that has not happened. New York came armed and ready to go, as Alex Rodriguez had four RBIs; however, it was not enough. The Orioles? Jon Leicester got tagged hard as he gave up seven runs in about four innings of work, but Rob Bell pitched valiantly and kept the team in the game, and Chad Bradford earned the win. Jay Payton had a huge night with 3 RBIs, and led the rally in the 5...
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