Wednesday Open Thread

MATUSZ. Rhymes with LATTICE.

Jarrod Washburn 'felt like a rookie' -- and got schooled by one -- in Tigers' loss to Orioles - MLive.com
My favorite headline from last night.

Looks like a winner: Matusz delivers in opening act -- baltimoresun.com
The Orioles' five wins in rookie debuts this season is a modern baseball record.

After batting cleanup last night for the first time in his entire baseball career, Adam Jones has now hit in every lineup spot. Meanwhile, with less than two weeks remaining until the August 17 deadline, the Orioles have made no progress in negotiations with their second-round draft pick, SS Mychal Givens.

Rick Elder - The Baseball Cube
Matusz was the number one draft pick in 2008. Ten years ago Pat Gillick, in his final year with the club, drafted 26th in the first round, after playoff appearances the prior two years. Poor Rick Elder never got a taste of the bigs, spending eight years in the minors, and never even cracking AA ball. 

Josh Bell is 1 for 4 with a walk and two strikeouts for Bowie. And Steve Johnson started his first game and went only 4 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Meanwhile, George Sherrill struck out the side in his debut with the Dodgers and is sporting a 0.75 WHIP for them. I guess Andy really got fleeced. 

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