Domenic Vadala: Playing roster roulette with the Orioles

Barring a trade or injury, the Orioles are probably going to have to risk losing at least one player this week by designating them for assignment. If they opt not to option Jonathan Schoop to the minors to continue his rehab, they'll potentially have to DFA a second player at some point. This is never easy, both from a personal and a business standpoint. The ... read more

Matt Kremnitzer: Is it time to dump Norris from the rotation?

The Orioles both receive and deserve credit for constantly working and reworking the fringes of the roster. They are again seeing the benefits of minor league signings like Chaz Roe, Chris Parmelee and Nolan Reimold, with the main goal being to eliminate the presence of bad players on the 25-man roster. Doing so can certainly be useful. If the O's are going to continue in ... read more

Opposite dugout: Despite issues, Rangers have managed to contend in AL West

Manager: Jeff Banister (1st season) Record: 38-38 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 1B/DH Prince Fielder (.351/.418/.538 with 12 HR, 48 RBIs); 1B Mitch Moreland (.298 with 10 HR, 36 RBIs), 3B Adrian Beltre (.248 with 6 HR, 20 RBIs), 3B/OF Joey Gallo (5 HR, 10 RBIs), RHP Nick Martinez (5-4, 3.39 ERA), RHP Colby Lewis (7-3, 4.10 ERA), RHP Shawn Tolleson (10 saves, ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Return of Schoop could provide O's with a boost

The Orioles that is plugging along and moving up the standings in the American League East, but also seem to be getting healthy. Yesterday's return of Adam Jones to the lineup provided the O's with a sense of relief after he missed just over a week with a shoulder ailment. Matt Wieters has returned from Tommy John surgery, and though he isn't playing every day, ... read more

Opposite dugout: Indians and Orioles have taken different turns since last meeting

Manager: Terry Francona (3rd season) Record: 33-38 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Jason Kipnis (.354/.431/.521 with 31 RBIs), LF Michael Brantley (.293/.370/.435 with 37 RBIs), RF Brandon Moss (11 HR, 35 RBIs), RHP Corey Kluber (117 strikeouts, 3.65 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (14 saves, 47 strikeouts) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: June 26: RHP Corey Kluber vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen, ... read more

Matthew Taylor: On opposite directions and changing fortunes

June has provided me with renewed appreciation for the Orioles' success since 2012. It's not simply that the team seems to have turned things around after a slow start to this season, although the early struggles certainly served as a reminder not to take things for granted. Rather, my appreciation stems from the O's wins - seven of them in nine tries - against the ... read more

Zach Wilt: Have the O's replaced Markakis' production?

It took 71 games, but I can now comfortably say that the Orioles have effectively replaced Nick Markakis' production from last season. Markakis was a lot of things to the Orioles in 2014. He was a Gold Glove corner outfielder, a table-setter atop the lineup and, of course, a clubhouse leader who provided a veteran presence on a team that advanced to the American League ... read more

Domenic Vadala: Properly aligning baseball's All-Stars

There's been a lot of talk lately about the voting process for the upcoming All-Star Game, and how the Kansas City Royals are monopolizing it. I've written about it on Birds Watcher, you've heard about it here on, and as well on numerous other outlets. Let me be only the latest person to say that the entire scenario is a poor one - both ... read more