Brian Roberts


After the Orioles worked out in Kansas City eight days ago, I was listening to ESPN Radio’s postseason coverage when I heard a familiar voice.


BALTIMORE – Jim Johnson was released by the Oakland Athletics on Friday, and it would not be a surprise if the Orioles signed him to a minor league deal.


BALTIMORE – One of the hallmarks of a winning team is getting contributions from the unexpected. Players who are barely known become overnight stars late in their career.


BALTIMORE -- About four hours before Friday night’s game, a familiar man sped past the Orioles clubhouse riding in a golf cart.


Well, look who’s swinging a hot bat for the New York Yankees. None other than Brian Roberts.