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Huff's transition from AL East to World Series champ

Some people never change. Former Oriole Aubrey Huff is definitely one of them. I caught up with the unapologetic San Francisco Giant as the defending World Series Champions came to Washington, D.C., to take on the Nationals this weekend. Huff was candid (as usual) about playing for losing teams. Huff spent 10 seasons with the Rays and then the Orioles before finally winning the World

Jones brings hustle back

When Adam Jones' major league career is a distant memory, the Orioles center fielder wants to be remembered as the player who, as Adam put it, "played his (butt) off." Jones used a slightly different choice of words. "Hustler" is an old-fashioned term that isn't used much in the major leagues any more. Modern players say, "He plays the game hard." "Hustle" just has a

Andino - Just a guy misunderstood

Could we be witnessing the blossoming of Robert Andino? Coming into Wednesday's game, he reached base safely in nine of his last 10 plate appearances. Manager Buck Showalter praised the soon-to-be 27-year-old for stellar defense and smarter at-bats. Oh, by the way - he made SportsCenter's "Top 10 Plays" Tuesday night. Ok, unless he starts paying me 10 percent of his salary, I'm done the

Lee believes middle of the order will eventually produce

Managers love the quote, "Baseball games are won with pitching and defense." While that may be true, a team can't win without scoring some runs, especially in the American League East. During the current eight-game losing streak, the Orioles have scored just 2.5 runs per game, a dismal fact considering the upgrades made to the middle of the order in the offseason. By the way,

With skid at four, O's need to figure what they're made of

Is the venting over? Have we all taken a chill pill, slurped it down with some morning java and moved on from Thursday night's 6-5 loss to the Yankees? Sure, everyone out there in Birdland is entitled to the all-too-familiar teenage-girl-esque eye roll along with a "Here we go again" after that loss. Blowing a 5-0 lead to the Yankees? Check. The bullpen squandering away

Cliff Lee laments Tribe letting Guthrie slip away

Do you ever wonder what superstar pitchers think of other team's aces? With the Phillies in Washington to take on the Nationals, I headed down Interstate 95 to catch up with 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee. You can catch the full interview Thursday on "The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" at 5:30 p.m. on MASN. Lee recalled the young talent he played alongside

Jones appreciates changes

Tonight's doubleheader is a double-edged sword. Last night's postponement gave the Orioles' bullpen a chance to rest. That was good news. Buck Showalter said he would have stayed away from Jeremy Accardo and Josh Rupe, anyway. You probably could've thrown Koji Uehara on that list too, as Showalter is not likely to use the righty on back-to-back days. The flip side is the O's will

Wieters making gutsy calls

On Wednesday, before the Orioles' game against the Tigers, Buck Showalter said that Matt Wieters "impacts our game whether he gets a hit or not." While the O's catcher is putting up some numbers at the plate, (.385 batting average coming into Wednesday), it's obvious his work behind the plate is more valuable to the team. It's early in the season, but Wieters' growth as

The little moments make a difference

The first step to becoming a winning team is winning close games. If the Orioles have accomplished anything in the first two games of the season it's this: They've begun to prove to themselves they can come up with that clutch hit or key defensive play that wins the game. Once a team has a few of those moments, they feed off of them. Soon,

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