Given the choice, manager Davey Johnson would rather his young players be too aggressive than not at all, a description that more than fits Ian Desmond.
Desmond has set a career high in homers this season, with 11, and contributed to Thursday's win over the Rays with an RBI single in the third inning.Orioles: Betemit a bright spot
As the Orioles' offense has struggled, Wilson Betemit has been the most reliable option. In his last seven games, Betemit is 9-for-20 with two home runs and nine RBIs. His two-run shot in the eighth inning against the Mets on Wednesday helped the Orioles avoid being shut out for the third consecutive game. "It felt good. ... But I would have felt better if we won," Betemit said. Worth noting
Orioles farmhands Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado will represent the club at the Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8. Baltimore's Nick Markakis had hoped that he could start hitting on Friday, but instead he will have his right wrist re-examined due to lingering soreness following surgery to remove a broken hamate bone, an injury that has had him on the disabled list since June 1. Baltimore needs only one win to clinch a winning Interleague record after going 9-6 in its first 15 games. Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman struck out three times on Thursday night against Tampa Bay, tying a season high.