Gibbons on DL with eye woes; Baltimorean in Fan Cave
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Jay Gibbons, a former Oriole, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, after new contact lenses failed to fix the vision problems he has been having all spring. "It's been a battle and we ran out of time," Gibbons said. Gibbons left camp two weeks ago to visit a specialist in San Francisco, who prescribed new contacts; the old ones kept popping out. He came back and reported his vision was great. "They gave me better vision but worse depth perception," Gibbons said. "We're still trying to find that combination that gets me to be able to play." Gibbons has had 38 at-bats this spring, but only four hits (.105). "I was going up there in spring training with very little chance," he said. "And these pitchers are pretty good. Once they figure out you can't see any spin, they're going to cut you up pretty quick and that's what was happening." … The Dodgers also placed former Orioles infielder Casey Blake on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22, and selected the contract of former Orioles right-handed reliever Lance Cormier from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Media: Baltimore native Ryan Wagner will be the wingman to MLB Fan Cave winner Mike O'Hara in a new Web series that will allow the men to watch all 2,430 regular-season games plus every postseason game while chronicling their experiences and sharing their viewpoints on baseball and pop culture through Facebook, Twitter, a blog on MLB.com, videos and appearances on MLB Network.fans. The Fan Cave is in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Wagner, who has a degree in sports broadcasting from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland, left his acting career in 2009 to take an internship at Fox Sports 1370 AM, where he covered the Orioles and conducted pre- and post-game interviews.
Nationals: Derek Lowe won his third consecutive Opening Day assignment Thursday, pitching the visiting Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals. Lowe (1-0) allowed three hits and struck out six in 52/3 innings. The Braves scored on Brian McCann's RBI single in the first inning and Jason Heyward's homer in the sescond. Rookie Craig Kimbrel earned the save by striking out two in the ninth. Losing pitcher Livan Hernandez (0-1) gave up two runs and four hits and at one point retired 15 consecutive batters. … Washington selected the contracts of infielder Alex Cora, right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin, outfielder Laynce Nix and first baseman-outfielder Matt Stairs from Triple-A Syracuse and released right-handed pitcher Joe Bisenius, right-handed pitcher Tim Wood and outfielder Jonathan Van Every.
Blue Jays: Toronto named former Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar special assistant to the organization. Alomar recently became the first player inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame as a Blue Jay. He will be involved with baseball operations and community efforts.
Towson offers computer-generated video tour of new arena
Towson released a computer-generated flythrough tour of its new arena on TigerArena.com. The video was produced by Neoscape, an agency based in Boston and New York that does architectural visualizations. Tiger Arena, a planned $68million facility for basketball, gymnastics and volleyball, is scheduled to open for athletic events in August 2013.
Men's lacrosse: Salisbury junior attackman Matt Cannone was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Metro/South Offensive Player of the Week.
Women's lacrosse: Visiting Susquehanna (5-3) — led by Sarah Wright with four goals — scored the first five goals and won, 14-6, over McDaniel (1-8). Lisa Jurd (Hammond) and Mary Tokolish each scored twice for the Green Terror.
Conferences: The University of the District of Columbia, currently an NCAA Division II independent, will join the East Coast Conference as a full-time member beginning in 2011-12.
Women's bowling: UMES will make its eighth straight appearance in the eight-team NCAA championships April 14-16 at Skore Lanes in Taylor, Mich.
Men's golf: Navy senior captain Ben Hayes earned his second consecutive Patriot League Golfer of the Month award.
Competitive cheer: Maryland (8-0) has been seeded second by the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association for the championships next week in Eugene, Ore. Oregon (6-1) is the top seed.
D Day favored at Pimlico; Gilman's Jones a top recruit