Opposite dugout: Cubs are hot, but Rangers are scorching

Manager: Jeff Banister (2nd season) Record: 45-25 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: CF Ian Desmond (.309 average, 85 hits); 2B Rougend Odor (13 HR, 34 RBIs); RF Nomar Mazara (.293 average, 11 HR); SP Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.88 ERA); SP Colby Lewis (6-0, 2.81 ERA); SP Derek Holland (5-5, 1.35 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-1 Pitching probable: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. LHP ... read more

Fan challenge for Adam Jones returns with ballpark food-themed twist

We hope you’ve stayed hungry because the Fan Challenge is back! We’re already salivating at this year’s challenge: Can you prepare a better ballpark-themed menu item than Adam Jones? Maybe you have a famous recipe for nachos that will make us weak in the knees, a sandwich that will have us licking every last drop of sauce off our fingers or a burger that makes ... read more

Yard Work podcast: Episode 6

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to this week’s episode of Yard Work. The Orioles returned from a seven-game road trip against the two teams on their heels in the American League East. And after dropping three of four against the Blue Jays and winning two of three against the Red Sox, the Orioles remained atop the division heading into the weekend, though both Boston and Toronto ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Fulfilling a Father’s Day promise through baseball

I promised my dad, as he laid on what could have been his death bed some 18 months ago, that we would do the Father’s Day Catch on the Field if he survived his cardiac arrest. I wrote about it back then. This Sunday, I’ll make good on that promise as my dad and I will join several other fathers and sons with stories of ... read more

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays hitting their stride as summer nears

Manager: John Gibbons (9th season) Record: 38-31 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: LF Michael Saunders (.307, 67 hits), 3B Josh Donaldson (.276, 16 HR, 43 RBIs), DH Edwin Encarnacion (18 HR, 61 RBIs), RHP Aaron Sanchez (6-1, 3.38 ERA), RHP Marcus Stroman (6-2, 4.76 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (1.84 ERA, 13 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 4-3 Pitching probables: June 17: RHP Aaron ... read more

Zach Wilt: Can O’s bullpen continue to mask starting pitching woes?

Last night, the Orioles offense rallied late with four runs split between the seventh and eighth innings, but ultimately weren’t able to overcome a short outing from their starting pitcher. Stop me if you’ve heard that sentence before. Kevin Gausman, who despite his winless record, has been right behind Chris Tillman as the Birds’ best starter, and entered the contest with a 3.45 ERA. Unfortunately, ... read more

Nominations sought online for Birdland Community Heroes

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their tireless efforts to make their community a better place to live? If so, the Orioles want you to nominate them as a Birdland Community Hero. The process couldn’t be easier - it’s all online right here. Just tell the Orioles why - in 200 words or less - someone deserves the acknowledgement. Nominations will be accepted ... read more

Jim Palmer’s new book offers look back at one of baseball’s greatest

In a touch of irony, it’s hard to put into words exactly what makes Jim Palmer’s latest book so good. Palmer recently released his new book entitled “Jim Palmer: Nine Innings to Success.” It’s a story of the life and career of one of the greatest baseball players in history, as well as a series of life lessons, a guide for dealing with the pressures ... read more