Gury also has another Orioles connection: He once lived for a year with his grandmother, who happened to be the next-door neighbor of Orioles first base coach John Stearns. Pressed for a favorite Stearns story, Gury politely answered, "We called him the Bad Dude, sir."
Around the horn
Second baseman Roberto Alomar is returning today to Sarasota, Fla., to continue rehabbing his pulled right groin muscle and strained left shoulder. Johnson said he expected Alomar, who is eligible to come off the disabled list today, to be out another two weeks. Jeffrey Hammonds ended an 0-for-12 slide with a second-inning single. Chelsea Clinton watched the game from the third row beside the Orioles dugout. Before going 0-for-3, Mike Bordick had hit safely in 17 of his last 23 games (22-for-75). He also has just one error in his last 45 games. Brady Anderson needs one triple to pass Al Bumbry for second place on the club's all-time list with 53. Brooks Robinson is first with 68. Rafael Palmeiro's homer Tuesday moved him past Jim Gentile for 11th place with 125. Cal Ripken's walk Tuesday was the 995th of his career. After last night's loss, the O's are 28-11 vs. the AL West.