Josh Michael: Checking out the O’s Dominican Summer League team

Quick, which Orioles minor league affiliate do you know the least about? Odds are, about half of you said the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Orioles and the other half probably said either the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles or the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds because you’ve never heard about the Dominican Summer League Orioles. The DSL Orioles got their season underway on June 2, and ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Digesting disappointing news about Hunter Harvey

There’s no use trying to sugarcoat what the Orioles are going through this season. It’s bad, and has the potential to get worse. They remain the only team in baseball without at least 20 wins nearly midway through June. They are near the bottom in run differential along with every major offensive category and many of the pitching and defensive categories, as well. The snowball ... read more

Opposite dugout: Red Sox firing on all cylinders

Manager: Alex Cora (1st season) Record: 44-22 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: DH J.D. Martinez (.316 with 21 HR, 54 RBIs); LF Andrew Benintendi (.293 with 71 hits, 10 SB); 1B Mitch Moreland (.296 with 10 HR, 13 2B); SS Xander Bogaerts (.277 with 9 HR, 54 hits); LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (7-1, 3.68 ERA); LHP Chris Sale (5-4, 2.83 ERA); RHP Craig Kimbrel ... read more

Zach Wilt: Taking numbers with a grain of salt

Playing the “on pace for” game is dangerous for any sports fan. A team that reels off a bunch of wins early could be on pace for one of the best seasons ever. Remember the Dodgers last season? They had a 44-7 stretch that went from June to August and put them on a pace to win more games than any team in history. They ... read more

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays might need to start thinking about the future

Manager: John Gibbons (11th season) Record: 26-35 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 3B Yangervis Solarte (.251 with 12 HR, 36 RBIs); 1B Justin Smoak (.253 with 9 HR, 33 RBIs); CF Kevin Pillar (.254, 58 hits, 20 2B); LHP J.A. Happ (7-3, 4.08 ERA); RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.48 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-1 Pitching probables: June 7: RHP Andrew Cashner (2-7) ... read more

Josh Michael: Three Shorebirds selected to South Atlantic League All-Star Game, one snubbed

While the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is more than a month away, the minor league All-Star Games will be here before you know it. The low Single-A South Atlantic League is where the Delmarva Shorebirds play, and on Tuesday, three Shorebirds were named to the All-Star Game: outfielder Zach Jarrett, first baseman Seamus Curran and third baseman Trevor Craport. This year’s South Atlantic League ... read more

Opposite dugout: Injuries, offensive struggles have submarined Mets

Manager: Mickey Callaway (1st season) Record: 27-30 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: SS Asdrúbal Cabrera (.292 with 10 HR, 34 RBIs), 1B Adrián González (6 HR, 26 RBIs), LF Brandon Nimmo (.276, 14 RBIs, 6 SB), CF Michael Conforto (7 HR), RHP Jeurys Familia (2.25 ERA, 14 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-1 in 2015) Pitching probables: June 5: RHP Alex ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Camden Yards charms continue to surprise

The first time I attended a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, I didn’t comprehend what I was doing there. I was merely a youngster, who couldn’t have understood the magnitude of the stadium. I knew I enjoyed it. I knew it was majestic and it was part of what caused me to fall in love with not only the Orioles, but with ... read more