Ruthless Rewind: Baseball finally returns

And everything else that happened this week in sports

April 09, 2010|by Matt Vensel | matt@bthesite.com | b free daily

Baseball is back. Get excited -- well, at least as excited as you can get watching one of the slowest sports known to man. Oh, and Tiger is back, too, in case you hadn't heard.

[1] So much for all the concern over the shaky springs of veteran Orioles starters Kevin Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie. Millwood went just five innings on Opening Day, but he worked his way out of a few jams and surrendered only a pair of runs. He struck out five, which isn't too shabby for an old guy. Guthrie wasn't as impressive in his first start Wednesday night, but he was solid. He allowed three runs in six-plus innings and had pretty good command. The bad news: Neither guy got a 'W' for his efforts because of a lack of run support and one major bullpen slip-up. Still, the Orioles have to be pleased with what they got from the graybeards in the team's first series -- even if Millwood and Guthrie didn't get victories to show for it.

[2] ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. ran his fingers through his magical hair to get a glimpse of the Ravens' future, telling local reporters he thinks the Ravens will take a receiver early in the draft. Kiper said Georgia Tech wideout Demaryius Thomas could be the downfield weapon the Ravens lack. I could see that happening, but I have a feeling the Ravens are going to trade back for more picks.

[3] Mike Gonzalez, the O's new closer, choked away his first save opportunity in the Opening Day loss to the Rays. Yes, it was ugly, painful and probably expected considering it's the O's, but give Gonzo some time to find his groove before you run him out of town.

[4] Injuries are already piling up for the O's. Koji Uehara is on the DL, and Brian Roberts, Nolan Reimold, Jim Johnson and Felix Pie aren't at 100 percent. So much for the rumors that Matt Wieters can heal all ailments with the touch of his hands.

[5] Cincinnati freshman Lance Stephenson, who was a big blip on Maryland's recruiting radar a year ago, announced that he's leaving school to enter the NBA draft. Think Gary Williams made the right move by passing on Stephenson? The Terps did just fine without "Born Ready."

[6] The Eagles stunned the NFL world by trading franchise icon Donovan McNabb to the NFC East rival Redskins on Sunday. It was a great deal for the 'Skins, who will never have an interest in rebuilding. They can compete now. As for Kevin Kolb and the young Eagles, we shall see.

[7] You might have heard that Tiger Woods made his return to golf this week at the Masters. It's a huge story. You'd think the media would have made a bigger deal about it. In all seriousness, I'm tired of hearing about Tiger's transgressions -- and I was excited to finally see him swing a golf club again. He has been missed.

Matt Vensel is a content creator for b. Follow him on Twitter, @mattvensel.

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