The Orioles were well-represented last night in the Arizona Fall League.
Xavier Avery, leading off and playing center field, went 4-for-5 with a walk, stolen base and three runs scored in Scottsdale's 11-4 victory over Phoenix. I'm told that Avery is widely considered the fastest player in the AFL.
Ryan Adams, starting again at third base, went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Catcher Caleb Joseph was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Oliver Drake got the win after allowing two runs and one hit, with one walk and four strikeouts, in three innings. You don't need to go five innings to qualify for a victory in the AFL.
Pat Egan allowed one hit and struck out two in two innings. He threw 17 pitches, 14 for strikes.
Adams is 6-for-12 with a home run and seven RBIs. He won't be a candidate to make the major league roster next spring, but keep an eye on him. He can hit.
Did the Yankees really win Game 1 last night? I could have sworn they were down, 5-0, in the late innings.
It was a typical Yankees postseason comeback, except it didn't take place in the Bronx. I kept waiting for Scott Brosius and Tino Martinez to step out of the dugout.
The Rangers gave up five runs in the eighth as their relievers took turns putting runners on base and retiring nobody.
While Darren Oliver was walking the only two batters he faced, I heard someone say, "That guy's still pitching?" I say the exact same thing every time he enters a game.
During an interview on Sirius XM radio, Bobby Valentine reportedly stated that he doesn't have a burning desire to manage again. Instead, he has a desire that must be "cultivated" by an interested team.
Yeah, good luck with that one, Bobby.
The Orioles shouldn't feel slighted by Valentine. The guy is clearly dragging his feet.
The Mariners have hired Eric Wedge after the Orioles passed on him. It will be interesting to see how he fares in Seattle, and whether the Orioles will regret their decision.
So far, not in the least.
Nothing new to report on the coaching staff. It's obvious that final decisions are being put on hold while a few candidates - and we'll assume that includes Don Wakamatsu and Brian Butterfield - interview for managerial positions.
We expected to at least know which coaches are returning, but still nothing beyond sources confirming that hitting coach Terry Crowley will stay.