"The fan has to realize that when we're hitting, go get the ball and knock it down," said Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley, talking specifically about Hardy's bid for the home run. "When it's in the stands, it's fair game. If somebody went after the ball back there, he might not have caught that.'
Brooks Robinson game postponed
Before the Orioles and Rays began play Sunday, rumbles of thunder reverberated in the distance as a light rain peppered the field at Camden Yards.
The first pitch was only delayed a few minutes, but for the 30 high school seniors who expected to play in the Brooks Robinson All-Star game, it lasted a bit longer.
Moments after the Rays defeated the Orioles, a sharp rain intensified and on-field conditions worsened, pushing the 30th annual game back a day. The Brooks Robinson All-Star game will be played Monday at 2 p.m. at Camden Yards. Admission is free and spectators can enter the park through Gate D.
Originally called the Crown All-Star game when it was first played at Memorial Stadium in 1982, the showcase features the best high school seniors from each region of Maryland.
Around the horn
With first baseman Derrek Lee expected to come off the bereavement list and rejoin the lineup Tuesday, Brandon Snyder was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after Sunday's game. … Justin Duchscherer is scheduled to throw five innings in an extended spring game Friday. … The Orioles have scored in the first innings in five of the past seven games after going 16 straight contests without a first-inning run. … Alfredo Simon's 4 2/3-inning outing was the longest by an Orioles reliever this season. … Johnny Damon led off Sunday's game with a homer, marking the 37th consecutive game that he has reached base. That ties a franchise record, set by Ben Grieve in 2001.
Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Castello contributed to this article.