August 2008 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Cal Ripken Jr. Buying Rays' Minor League Team
Cal Ripken Jr. is buying a minor league baseball team in Florida, the Class A Vero Beach Rays of the Florida State League, according to Baltimore Business Journal. The Rays are an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and this will be the third minor league franchise acquired by Ripken Baseball, which also owns the Aberdeen IronBirds and the Augusta GreenJackets.
Pavano Wins In Return To The Mound
Carl Pavano returned to New York's rotation on Saturday against Baltimore and provided the Yankees with five innings of solid pitching, according to The Associated Press. The Yankees won 5-3, on the strength of a two-run home run by Jason Giambi in the third inning. Pavano allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings while striking out five Orioles in the process. Hideki Matsui homered in the seventh inning to extend New York's lead to 5-3. Brian Bruney, Jose Veras, and Mariano Rivera pitched four shutout innings, combining to allow just two hits, preserving Pavano's win.
Orioles Hopeful That Adam Jones Will Return
The Orioles are hopeful that outfielder Adam Jones will return to baseball activity by the end of the week as he returns from a fractured left foot, according to The Washington Post. Jones is hitting .279 with 7 home runs and 59 RBIs in 108 games for Baltimore this season.
First-Place Rays Acquire Bradford
The first-place Rays acquired right-handed reliever Chad Bradford from Baltimore, bolstering their bullpen with a proven post-season pitcher, as reported by the Associated Press on Thursday. The Rays claimed the submarining pitcher on waivers, then got him from the Orioles in a trade for a player to be named.
Teixeira Doesn't Want To Talk Free Agency
Mark Teixeira has always given a consistent answer when asked about playing for his hometown Orioles. "It's always something that would be very special to me," Teixeira said Wednesday. "But like I said, in a couple months, when the season's over, I'll sit down and make those decisions." Teixeira, whom the Angels acquired from the Atlanta Braves last week, is eligible for free agency after the season, and he's not interested in discussing his options until then, so the Orioles' talk will have to wait. "I'm so focused on winning here with the Angels that I've put off all the free-agent talk for the end of the season," Teixeira said. "For me and my teammates, that's the best thing to do."
Waters To Make MLB Debut For Orioles
Starter Chris Waters will make his Major League debut for the Orioles on Tuesday night against the Angels, according to The Associated Press. Waters was 8-6 with a 4.65 ERA in 24 games at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season. The Orioles moved pitcher Jim Hoey from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Waters.