The Orioles soon will interview former major league manager Bobby Valentine, the Baltimore Sun reported, citing baseball sources.

The managerial job opened last Thursday, when Dave Trembley was fired after nearly 3 years at the helm. He has been replaced, on an interim basis by third-base coach Juan Samuel.

Valentine is currently an ESPN analyst. He took the New York Mets to the World Series in 2000 and won a Japan Series title with the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2005.

The newspaper, citing two sources, reported that Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has called several other candidates to gauge their interest, including former Cleveland manager Eric Wedge.

Wedge, 42, has not formally met with MacPhail and a date is not set for an interview, one source told the Sun. When contacted by newspaper, Wedge declined to comment "out of respect to everyone involved."

Valentine, 60, also declined to comment.


* Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is going for a further examination of his injured ribs.

* Minnesota has placed second baseman Orlando Hudson (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list to make room for rightfielder Michael Cuddyer.

* Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts will undergo more tests on his ailing lower back, a setback that will further delay his effort to return from the disabled list.

* Cleveland cut veteran infielder Mark Grudzielanek.

* Detroit manager Jim Leyland and Chicago White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen had reason to be proud pops.

Their sons got drafted - and by their own organizations. The Tigers took catcher Patrick Leyland in the eighth round, while the White Sox went with outfielder Ozney Guillen in the 22nd.

In last night's games:

* At Cleveland, Tim Wakefield (2-4) bounced back from two rough outings and became Boston's all-time leader in innings pitched (2,777), leading the Red Sox past the Indians, 3-2.

* At St. Petersburg, Fla., struggling slugger Carlos Pena hit a grand slam and a solo shot to back unbeaten Jeff Niemann's two-hit pitching and help the Tampa Bay Rays blank Toronto, 9-0.

* At Baltimore, Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam, Nick Swisher homered and drove in five runs, and the New York Yankees cruised to a 12-7 victory over the Orioles.

* At Minneapolis, Zack Greinke (1-8) was hit hard again, as the Twins trimmed Kansas City, 7-3.

* At Arlington, Texas, Colby Lewis allowed four hits over seven innings, Vladimir Guerrero homered, and the Rangers beat Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners, 7-1.

* At Oakland, Kurt Suzuki had four hits, including a three-run homer, as the Athletics routed Anaheim, 10-1.

* At Chicago, Brennan Boesch and Carlos Guillen hit back-to-back homers in a six-run seventh to lift Detroit to a 7-2 victory over the White Sox.