BALTIMORE — This afternoon, I made the short walk from the hotel to Camden Yards with Jarred Hughes, Josh Harrison, Garrett Jones and Michael McKenry. As we hiked, a spitting rain turned into a steady drizzle, then a downpour. As we neared the ballpark, we noticed there was not another person in sight … except for a group of Baltimore police officers who had the road blocked off. The did not seem happy to see us. Turns out President Obama was speaking at a nearby hotel and his motorcade was expected to pass by at any moment. “It would be pretty cool to see him,” Hughes said. I didn’t share Hughes’ enthusiasm — partly because I’m a Republican, partly because I was getting soaked and didn’t want to be detoured, and mostly because I was hoping none of us were about to be arrested. Fortunately, the police allowed us to hustle through the barricades and into the ballpark. But the last I saw of Hughes, he was headed the other way, back toward the motocade route. So, if the bullpen is shorthanded tonight, you’ll know why.
»»» Althogh Andrew McCutchen is being mentioned as a possible MVP candidate, it’s not helping his chances of being a starter in the All-Star Game. In voting results released a little while ago by MLB, McCutchen ranked 11th among NL outfielders with 728,522 votes. A week ago, he was ranked 10th with 655,748 votes. Ryan Braun continues to hold down the No. 3 spot among outfielders — and has increased his lead over McCutchen to 824,834 votes, an increase of 169,086 from a week ago.
Game 60: Pirates @ Orioles, 7:10 p.m. ET
Pirates (32-27): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b , 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Casey McGehee 1b, 5. Matt Hague dh, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Jose Tabata rf, 8. Rod Barajas c, 9. Clint Barmes ss. Pitcher: Brad Lincoln rhp (3-1, 2.40)
Orioles (34-26): TBA Pitcher: Wei-Yen Chen lhp (5-2, 3.49)