We've entered the month of June and it's time to start separating the contenders from the pretenders. For the Orioles, time will tell which category the Birds fall under, but with every passing week, the doubters and skeptics get a little quieter.
With the Pirates in town, the Orioles are right in the thick of things in a competitive American League East, despite having a slew of injured players to cope with.
Most recently, pitcher Brian Matusz suffered a painful injury when he took a ball to his nose during a bunting drill earlier this week. He'll miss his next start, forcing manager Buck Showalter to move around the starting rotation.
Meanwhile, Nick Markakis, one of the fan favorites on the club, is still recovering from his wrist injury, though Showalter gave an update on the right fielder. And as one player continues to rehab his way back into the starting lineup, another fan favorite, second baseman Brian Roberts, finally returned to make his season debut Tuesday night.
In his debut, Roberts went 3-for-4 and had an RBI in the Orioles' 8-6 win over Pittsburgh. Will he help push the Birds back to the top of the division? Find out here!
Buck Showalter talks about the starting rotation in the latest episode of "Buck's Blog"