Bits and pieces of news, plus your frozen lineups
Byrnes -- 9
Callaspo -- 6
Hudson -- 4
Tracy -- 5
Jackson -- 3
Hairston -- 7
Young -- 8
Montero -- 2
Owings -- 1
Lopez -- 6
Snelling -- 7
Zimmerman -- 5
Kearns -- 9
Young -- 3
Schneider -- 2
Church -- 8
Belliard -- 4
Williams -- 1
Ok, for all you DISH Network customers out there -- IT'S HERE. You will have MASN. MASN will be on channel 432, MASN2 on channel 433.
(Alert: Canned quote from press release ahead.)
"Adding the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to our existing Regional Sports Networks lineup gives Nationals and Orioles fans all the more reason to subscribe to DISH Network," said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of Programming for DISH Network. "By combining the latest and most popular sports programming with the functionality and technology of our industry-leading digital video recorders, they will find multiple ways to enhance their viewing experience."
(Alert: Canned quote from press release ahead, Part II.)
"We are pleased to have finally reached this agreement with DISH Network," stated Todd Webster , spokesman for MASN. "DISH Network recognizes the huge appetite for Major League Baseball in the mid-Atlantic region and has stepped up to the plate for its customers."
Isn't it great that everybody gets along?
Baseball: RHP Jason Bergmann and GM Jim Bowden had a long, animated (at least on the GM's part) conversation by the batting cage today. No mystery what that was about. A fake sample of what happened.
GM: "I think it would be a good idea to throw strikes."
GM: "I also think it would be best not to walk six men in 3-2/3 innings."
GM: "I also have a feeling -- though I haven't double-checked -- that 50 pitches in the first inning is more than the league average."
Now, what each of them actually said afterward:
GM: "I do not want to comment on my private conversation with Jason or Mitchell Page or Robert Fick or Brian Schneider or any of the people that I've had conversations with today. But thank you for asking, Barry. It's your job." (At least we've got that cleared up.)
RHP: "Well, he basically expressed his disapproval in six walks. I think that's the biggest thing. Obviously it's not something I'm proud of. I agreed with everything he said."
Again, more of this getting along stuff.
Other news: Bergmann and Jerome Williams, tonight's starter, are flipping places in the rotation. Williams will go on five days rest next time around, Bergmann on a full week's rest. I could do the counting and figure out when they pitch, but I'm a bit rushed, so I'll leave that to you.
More other news: INF Bernie Castro, outrighted to Class AAA Columbus, is starting the season by serving a 15-game suspension for violating baseball's minor league drug policy. According to Bowden, this is left over from 2005 -- when he popped at the end of the season when he was in the Orioles' system, but he then was on the Nationals' 40-man roster, and because the drug policy wasn't in place, he never had to serve the suspension while on a major league contract. Now, since he's off the 40-man, he falls under the minor league policy again. Weird. (Not even really worth reading again if you didn't get it the first time.)
Enjoy the game tonight -- from the warmth of your living rooms. Not many people in the stands right now.
April 6, 2007; 6:07 PM ET
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