Pulling a Crazy Ivan: taking in a WBC doubleheader

Pulling a Crazy Ivan: taking in a WBC doubleheader

With the rain and gloom I decided to go downtown and see if I could fake my way in to the noon WBC game — Canada vs. Italy — without paying. I can’t just flash my credential because WBC credentialing is different than spring training credentialing and I missed that train a few weeks ago. Not that…

Melo Trimble to withdraw from draft, return to Maryland for junior season


Melo Trimble to withdraw from draft, return to Maryland for junior season

Maryland guard Melo Trimble will withdraw from the 2016 NBA Draft and return to College Park for his junior season, a source has confirmed to CSN. 

Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com was the first to report the news.

Following his sophomore season at Maryland, Trimble entered his name into the draft without signing an agent, giving him the option to return to school if he so chose. He has now decided to exercise that option.

Trimble said at the NBA Combine in Chicago earlier this month that he intended to take until the withdrawal deadline, May 25, to make his decision known. He had until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday night to withdraw his name.

Confirmation came shortly after 10 p.m.

Trimble came to Maryland as a highly regarded McDonald’s All-American and the No. 39 overall player in the class of 2014 out of Bishop O’Connell (Va.).

Even in the face of sky-high expectations, Trimble immediately stepped in as the team’s starting point guard and piloted the Terrapins to the most successful two-year stretch in program history (55-16 overall record) since Maryland won the 2002 national championship, then went to the Sweet 16 in 2003.

As a freshman in 2014-15, Trimble averaged 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game on his way to being named to the All-Big Ten First Team by the media.

As a sophomore in 2015-16, Trimble helped the Terrapins to their first Sweet 16 appearance since that berth in 2003, though his personal per-game numbers regressed. A late-season slump contributed to overall season averages of 14.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game.

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McFarland recuperating from knee injury at Norfolk


McFarland recuperating from knee injury at Norfolk

The Orioles’ summoning Ashur Tolliver to the major leagues may have taken some by surprise. They may have wondered why the Orioles didn’t bring T.J. McFarland back from Norfolk.

McFarland injured his knee in Saturday’s game for Norfolk, but had he been healthy, he would have likely gotten the call. 

Manager Buck Showalter likes McFarland’s versatility, and while he’s not a matchup left-hander, he can throw multiple innings, which is always a plus. 

The injury to McFarland’s left patella tendon was sustained when he tried to cover home plate on a wild pitch, and he told the Virginian- Pilot that he’s already going through drills to strengthen the knee. 

McFarland returned to Baltimore over the weekend for an MRI on the knee, but no structural damage was found. 

In other Norfolk news, veteran major league pitcher Brian Duensing, another left-hander has reported to the Tides. He opted out of a minor league deal with Kansas City, and reportedly could opt out of his Orioles contract next month if he’s not added to the major league roster.

Last year, the Orioles added Chris Parmelee to the major league roster in mid-June, and in 2013, briefly brought Travis Ishikawa up to the team after he invoked his opt-out clause. Ishikawa was released by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. 

Veteran infielder Steve Tolleson, who played for the Orioles in 2012 and returned on a minor league contract this spring, was released by the Tides earlier this week. 



Orioles pitchers imitate bullpen coach in pregame prank


Orioles pitchers imitate bullpen coach in pregame prank

BY ERIC GARLAND, CSNmidatlantic.com 

If the saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” is true, Orioles bullpen coach Dom Chiti must be feeling really honored. 

Before Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros, the Orioles bullpen went through their normal pregame routine. However, something was very different this time around. 

Each pitcher wore fake mustaches to imitate Chiti, who sports a thick gray mustache himself. 

The Orioles tweeted out proof of the prank, with two photos showing the pitchers posing in the clubhouse and warming up in the outfield while doing their best Chiti imitation. 

Were they able to pull off the look? You be the judge.