It's raining, it's Tuesday and I'm fighting the urge to crawl back into bed.
Last night's 4-0 win over the Rays improved my mood, but a little sunshine would be nice, too.
It also improved the Orioles' record on Mondays to 6-0 after an 0-8 start. Too bad we've run out of Mondays this season.
One more victory and the Orioles will avoid losing 100 games, which didn't seem possible last month.
They also might have set a record for most wins under a different manager in one season.
I'll have to check later this morning once the team representatives are awake to find out whether last night's result is attached to Buck Showalter's record, since I originally assumed that bench coach Jeff Datz would get credit for it. Either way, the Orioles won with Datz in charge, so I'm counting it as four different managers - including an interim (Juan Samuel) and an acting (Datz) - leading the team to victory.
It's so easy, anyone can do it.
Showalter will return to the dugout tonight, allowing the Orioles to outnumber the fans at Tropicana Field.
Alfredo Simon's hearing is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, so he remains available in the bullpen. Most likely, his suspension will end up being reduced from three games to two. Isn't that how it usually works?
Meanwhile, Brian Matusz would like the 2010 season to be increased a few more games. The kid is on a serious roll.
Matusz is 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA since Aug. 3. Last night, he threw first-pitch strikes to the first 15 batters he faced.
He's not getting stronger, according to Showalter, but he's certainly getting better.
So is tonight's starter, Brad Bergesen, who's 5-1 with a 2.29 ERA in nine outings since Showalter took control.
Jake Arrieta is 3-3 with a 3.78 ERA in eight starts under Showalter.
Feeling any better about the cavalry?
Chris Tillman is 0-1 with a 4.98 ERA in four starts, but opponents are batting .187 against him. Go figure.
A little housekeeping:
Former Oriole B.J. Surhoff's nonprofit organization, Pathfinders for Autism, will host its second fashion show entitled "An Evening of Celebrity Fashion and Fun" on Nov. 6 from 7 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the new Legg Mason building in Baltimore.
Confirmed "models" for the night include Surhoff and wife, Polly; former Oriole Curt Schilling and his wife, Shonda; Brian Roberts and wife, Diana; former Raven Qadry Ismail; former Oriole Chris Hoiles and wife, Dana; and past American Idol finalist Michael Johns.
Sponsorship opportunities for the event range from $500 to $15,000, and tickets are available for $200. For more information, call 443-330-5370 or visit www.PathfindersForAutism.org.
The Sports Legends Museum announced that additional guests have been added to the "Gary Williams Hall of Legends Induction" that takes place Thursday at The Hippodrome in Baltimore.
The list now includes former Georgia Tech and current College of Charleston coach Bobby Cremins; St. John's University coach Steve Lavin; former Terps' Tahj Holden, Rodney Elliott, Evers Burns, Duane Simpkins, Dave Neal and Cedric Lewis; Tony Kornheiser; and former player and assistant coach Matt Kovarich.
Tickets are available at various levels: $150 includes the cocktail reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the program, while program-only seating is available at orchestra level and in the balcony for $60 or $40. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-7328 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.