Not much good happens after a starting pitcher gives up three runs and takes 36 pitches in the first inning. The Orioles on Wednesday afternoon continued their exploration of the many different ways to lose a baseball game, unearthing a third, wholly distinct method for losing a game to the Minnesota Twins. Another one run loss, 4-3, sealed an Orioles sweep at the hands of those same Twins.
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Wednesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals because of a concussion and a sprained neck. Ellsbury banged his head into the center-field wall while catching Alcides Escobar’s fly ball on Luis Severino’s opening pitch. He stayed in for the rest of the inning before being removed. Etc. Outfielder Michael Bourn was released from a minor league contract by the Baltimore Orioles. He batted .220 in 11 games with triple-A Norfolk. ... Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched from the Cleveland Indians’ lineup and is being evaluated for a possible head injury. Chisenhall was tagged out sliding headfirst at the plate Sunday against Houston.
Dating: Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken and Laura Kiessling, an administrative judge for the Anne Arundel County, Md., circuit court, a Ripken spokesman confirms. The pair have been an item for months, we’re told, but it was a recent public moment that had people wondering about their status — the all-smiles couple drew the attention of TV cameras when she apparently caught a foul ball at the Orioles-Twins game in Baltimore on Tuesday night. (The Os, alas, lost 2-0.) Hall of Famer Ripken and his wife of almost 30 years, Kelly Ripken, divorced last April after a separation. The Iron Man, 56, has been living in Annapolis since the split, and has been staying busy with his two sports complexes