O’s honor ‘Flanny’

A fan in Baltimore holds up a sign honoring the Orioles former star pitcher, coach, and executive Mike Flanagan. (Associated Press)
A fan in Baltimore holds up a sign honoring the Orioles former star pitcher, coach, and executive Mike Flanagan. (Associated Press)

Mike Flanagan was remembered fondly and with no small measure of sadness at Camden Yards on Friday night before the Orioles faced the Yankees.

It was the Orioles’ first home game since their former star pitcher died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head on Wednesday. He was 59.

The team honored Flanagan with a moment of silence before the game.

His No. 46 was displayed on the right-field scoreboard as well as under the broadcaster’s booth where he worked through the Orioles’ previous homestand.

Flanagan won the Cy Young award in 1979 was a member of the Orioles’ 1983 world championship squad.

For the rest of the season, the Orioles will wear a black circular patch on their right jersey sleeves with the word “FLANNY” written in white.

Judge upholds Bonds’ conviction

Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction was upheld by a federal judge who denied the former star’s motion for a new trial or acquittal on the charge.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston refused to overturn the only unanimous decision reached by the jury in her San Francisco courtroom last April.

Bonds is likely to appeal Illston’s decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rodriguez meets with investigators

Alex Rodriguez met with MLB investigators “a little south of two hours” at the team hotel in Baltimore for his alleged involvement in illegal poker games.

Asked if MLB asked him to change any specific behavior, Rodriguez said, “No.” He also said “no” when asked if he thought he’d face discipline of any kind, though wasn’t as direct when asked if he came away convinced the matter was closed.

Clearing the bases

Closer Heath Bell will remain in San Diego as the deadline for the Padres to work out a waiver trade with the San Francisco Giants passed without a deal. … Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has a slight tear in his right rotator cuff that does not need surgery, and the team is hoping he can return in the next few weeks. … Cleveland placed starter Josh Tomlin (right elbow) and outfielder Michael Brantley (wrist) on the DL.

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