Looking back and ahead

So Michael Gonzalez gets ejected for hitting Chris Dickerson without intent, but CC Sabathia only gets a warning for drilling Nick Markakis in the back - which he clearly intended to do - and Amaury Sanit isn't ejected for hitting Brandon Snyder despite both benches being warned.

It's left to the discretion of the plate umpire. I guess that explains it.

I've heard that the television camera adds 10 pounds. I just wonder how many cameras were pointed at CC Sabathia last night.

Sabathia once tested positive for chocolate syrup, but the guy can flat-out pitch. And he can beat the Orioles pretty much anytime he takes the ball.

He's 16-2 with a 2.74 ERA against the Orioles. He's 10-1 with a 2.73 ERA against them at Camden Yards. And he can eat them under the table.

He won't be missed.

Now that the Yankees are out of town, let's focus on the fabricated Beltway rivalry between the Orioles and Nationals. Or maybe it's a Parkway rivalry. I guess it depends where you live and what route you take to the ballparks.

Jake Arrieta opposes Jason Marquis tonight. Jeremy Guthrie opposes John Lannan on Saturday. Chris Tillman opposes Jordan Zimmermann on Sunday.

I'm not opposed to it. I'm just not buying the hype.

I enjoy the games between these two teams, especially when they don't require me to drive into D.C., but we haven't reached the rivalry stage. You won't hear players talking about bragging rights. They want to win, of course, but I don't think it has anything to do with proximity.

The Orioles need to win this series just because they've lost three in a row and are four games below .500. There's no extra motivation.

They will have two extra position players - Ryan Adams and Nolan Reimold.

I'll be curious to see whether Adams gets the start at second base against Marquis. I'm assuming that Luke Scott will play first base and Felix Pie will start in left field.

Too bad Derrek Lee isn't on the active roster. He's 17-for-35 (.486) with two doubles, five homers and 11 RBIs against Marquis.

Scott, by the way, is 5-for-20 with two doubles, two homers and nine RBIs against Marquis.

I don't know whether Brian Roberts will be ready to come off the disabled list Tuesday, and I'm not looking to bury Andino, but this would seem like an opportune time to figure out whether Adams is a nugget, and to determine whether his defense and baserunning have improved since spring training.

Adams was a second-round pick in the 2006 draft, one round after the Orioles selected Billy Rowell. Run him out there and see what you've got.

Just a suggestion.

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