Video blog: The comforts of home


Feel like you haven't had many chances to get to the Yard this season?

The Orioles know exactly how you feel. We're midway through May and the Orioles have played just 15 games at home. Sure, the Birds have posted a solid 9-6 record, but those 15 contests are tied for the fewest in the American League.

Of course, here at MASN, having the Orioles play on the road hopefully means you're given the honor of tuning in to MASN to watch them play. That makes us happy campers.

Fortunately for manager Buck Showalter, the Orioles are back home, where they begin a three-game series against the San Diego Padres tonight. And with another return home brings another edition of the Buck Blog.

In this edition, the skipper talks about how being back in Baltimore allows players to settle into a routine, but that despite the comforts of home, it doesn't always translate to wins on the diamond.

And while playing at Camden Yards may be comforting, much of the Orioles' pitching staff isn't comfortable at all. Starters Michael Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen are nursing injuries, forcing Showalter to commence the seemingly annual starting rotation merry-go-round.

No matter, however. Down on the farm the Orioles are stocked with capable arms, and rumor has it that Jair Jurrjens will be called up to start within the next few days. Showalter won't confirm this, though, but as you'll see in the blog, doesn't dismiss the possibility, either.

As for the younger arms, highlighted by Kevin Gausman, it's still too early to expect him in the big leagues any time soon, but Showalter talks about his progression through the system and says things are on the right track.

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