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The Coliseum hasn't been a welcome destination for O's

On “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report” on Thursday, I made the comments, “It’s raining lefties in Oakland” and “Oakland is a miserable place to play.” Both stem from my own personal memories of the Orioles’ past two road trips to Oakland. Perhaps my perception is a bit skewed; however, the comments are based on fact. First, from a media standpoint, the former Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (now

Who is the Orioles' MVP right now?

We’re heading into June as All-Star voting begins to heat up, and I was wondering not who the Orioles’ best player is, but who has performed the best to date, and has been most valuable to the ball club. My top three in order are Matt Wieters, Zach Britton and Adam Jones. Just looking at that list makes me realize the progress the Orioles’ organization

When will O's lock Jones into long-term deal?

Despite making an All Star appearance and winning a Gold Glove in 2009, it seems this is the year the light bulb has truly gone off for Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. There’s no question the Orioles want Jones in Baltimore for years to come. The 25-year-old has two more arbitration years and will be under the club’s control for 2012 and 2013. After which

Former Sports Illustrated cover kid Clint Hurdle relates to Wieters, Harper

Should Sports Illustrated refrain from putting top prospects (from any sport) on its cover? Orioles 2007 first-round draft pick Matt Wieters was the SI cover boy in March of 2010, and Nationals “phenom” Bryce Harper appeared on the cover in June 2009 at just 16 years old. At least Wieters was in the big leagues when the weight of the world was put on his

Britton enjoys the mind games hitters play in the majors

The best advice Zach Britton has gotten since arriving in the big leagues came from veteran Michael Gonzalez and fellow young buck Jake Arrieta: “They taught me that it’s the same game, and to focus on being yourself and things will work out,” said Britton. It sounds simple, but for most rookies, it’s not the same game as the minor leagues. The majors are a

Should Showalter stick with Reynolds?

Is it late enough in the season to stop saying, “It’s early but ...?” Are we at the point in the season where it gets harder to raise batting averages and lower ERAs because the sample size is increasing? If not now when? Mid-June? The All-Star break? When does a slow start become a bad season? The more important question is: How long does a

Gonzalez back to old windup

We are starting to learn how Zach Britton holds up when everything doesn’t go his way. Every young pitcher has moments where the sun doesn’t shine so bright and the clouds open up. Literally that happened Friday night as Britton battled through 5 1/3 innings of rain-drenched baseball. After giving up three runs during a 30-pitch second inning, the rookie steadied the ship, allowing just

Against southpaws, O's batters getting that left-out feeling

The Orioles will face their 10th left-handed starter of the season today as former Oriole Bruce Chen will take the mound for the Royals. Seeing a lefty for the second time in three days is not good news for the Birds, who are 2-7 versus southpaws this season with a .230 team batting average The O’s struggles against lefties have picked up where they left

With April over, now where do O's go?

As the Orioles coming barreling into May after a bipolar April, remember that April is just one-sixth of the baseball season. If first-month numbers are real indicators of where a player will be at season’s end, then we can go ahead and make some predictions. Nick Markakis will be traded by the deadline. With a .207 batting average, the O’s will need to dump that

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