Baltimore Orioles defeat Detroit Tigers, 5-1

Reliever Chris Ray, who appeared to be the Orioles' closer-in-waiting at the start of the season, was demoted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday after two rough months.

Ray was 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA in 17 games, allowing 16 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings.

He had been pulled from his late-inning role and was used sparingly in the past few weeks, pitching just five times since May 9.

"He needs to work in an environment that is going to give him an opportunity to succeed a...


Rookie Nolan Reimold hit his fifth homer of the season to lead off the fifth Thursday night. It was his third straight game with a homer - the only Oriole to accomplish that so far this season. Luke Scott could compete with that but doesn't have the games. In his first game off the disabled list Wednesday, Scott homered. He then did it twice Thursday, including a three-run shot in the eighth for a 5-1 lead.



Matt Wieters might or might not be the greatest Orioles prospect in history, but there is little doubt that he will arrive today at Camden Yards to greater fanfare than any young Orioles player who has come before him.

Want proof? That's easy enough.

The only O's prospect in the same category was pitcher Ben McDonald, who perhaps was a bigger deal when he was the first overall pick in the 1989 draft. He was valued by many as the top pitcher in the history of the amat...