"I don't have a lot of time to watch TV, plus a lot of things I see on TV gets me fired up," he said. "It's time for me to relax and get sleep and not get worked up emotionally about all the stuff I see on TV. So I opted not to have cable."
Hardy extension talks
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail touched base with J.J. Hardy's agent this week to begin preliminary talks about a contract extension for the hot-hitting shortstop.
Hardy is a free agent at season's end, and MacPhail has voiced his desire to reach an agreement with the 28-year-old. Talks haven't gotten serious, but that could change closer to the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. With the struggles of veterans Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero, Hardy has emerged as perhaps the club's biggest trade chip as several contenders, including the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants, could be looking to upgrade at shortstop.
Around the horn
Showalter said Arrieta's bullpen session Wednesday went well and he will pitch Saturday at Atlanta. … The Orioles have signed two more 2011 draft picks: 15th-round choice Eric Wooten, a left-handed pitcher from Central Arizona Junior College and 21st-round selection Jose Rivera, a right-handed pitcher out of Hill Junior College. The club has agreed to terms with 14 of its 50 draft picks. … Thursday's starter, Brian Matusz, is 0-4 with a 5.93 ERA in five interleague starts. … The Cardinals switched around their rotation, pushing Thursday's original starter, Jake Westbrook, to Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays and moving lefty Jamie Garcia to Thursday's start against the Orioles. … Three Bowie Baysox were named to the Double-A Eastern League's All-Star Western Division team: catcher Caleb Joseph, outfielder Xavier Avery and pitcher Pedro Viola. … The Cardinals released reliever Ryan Franklin on Wednesday and played with a 24-man roster. They are expected to add a player Thursday. … Adam Bruck of Bel Air will represent the Orioles in the ages 7-8 division of the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition on July 11 in Phoenix as part of MLB's All-Star festivities.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.
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