This, that and the other

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu reportedly has insured his hair for $1 million. He stole the idea from Jake Arrieta, who did the same thing with his mustache.

Triple-A Norfolk avoided being no-hit by Gwinnett's Scott Diamond last night. Nolan Reimold and Robert Andino doubled for the Tides.

Single-A Delmarva shortstop Garabez Rosa has received mention here for his 40-something errors, so it's only fair for me to point out that he hit his fifth home run last night.

If you were tracking Steve Melewski's blog, you know that first-round pick Manny Machado went 1-for-3 in his debut with short-season Single-A Aberdeen.

As I predicted here and on O's Xtra, Mychal Givens moved to second base and Connor Narron played third for the IronBirds.

It's nice to get one right once in a while.

We're down to our final game of August. The Orioles have six remaining with the Red Sox, Rays, Yankees and Blue Jays, and seven with the Tigers. Combined record: 369-286.

The Orioles are 11-37 vs. the AL East, and that includes six wins against Boston. Here's the latest chance for manager Buck Showalter to evaluate his team.

I'm not going to dismiss any victory since he took over as coming at the "soft" part of the schedule. The Orioles have the worst record in the league. Aren't they supposed to be the soft part of another team's schedule? And the last time I checked, the Rangers are sitting in first place in the West. The White Sox are 11 games over .500 and only four behind the first-place Twins in the Central.

There's nothing like the East, however, and this will be a good test for a club that normally staggers to the finish. Or crawls on its belly, its tongue leaving a trail in the dirt.

Left-hander Brian Matusz is 1-0 with a 2.41 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox. And the Orioles are 7-1 in series openers under Showalter.

I've got another "however." They're facing Josh Beckett, who's 6-2 with a 3.61 ERA against them and allowed only two runs over seven innings, with no walks and six strikeouts, in a May 2 game at Camden Yards.

Too bad Garrett Atkins isn't here. He's 6-for-10 with a double, home run and four RBIs against Beckett.

Is he still a free agent? Nobody signed him?

Well, there's always the winter.

Luke Scott is 8-for-18 with two homers and four RBIs against Beckett. Ty Wigginton is 9-for-29 with three doubles, four homers and six RBIs. Nick Markakis is 11-for-35 with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs.

Adam Jones and Brian Roberts received treatment yesterday at Camden Yards and could reappear in the lineup. It would be a good idea to keep Corey Patterson out of it, since he's 2-for-16 against Beckett.

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