Opposite dugout: Even with Trout, Angels have been dreadful on offense

Manager: Mike Scioscia (16th season) Record: 17-17 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF Kole Calhoun (.314, 18 RBIs), CF Mike Trout (.289/.356/.562 with 9 HR, 19 RBIs, 9 SB), 2B Johnny Giovatella (.284, 13 RBIs), RHP Garrett Richards (3-1, 2.27 ERA), RHP Huston Street (11 saves, 3.07 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-4 in 2014) Pitching probables: May 15: RHP Jered ... read more

Zach Wilt: What a difference 24 hours makes in defensive perception

Baseball has a funny way of balancing things out over the course of 162 games. The thing I've learned in my years of watching is that a team is never as good as it looks during a lengthy winning streak and never as bad as it looks during a losing skid. It's easy to think that your team is going to win 100 games when ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: "Truman"

David McCullough is my favorite historical writer and one of my favorite writers, period. I could have picked any of his works to mention here and been positive on all, but "Truman" was a delayed read for me and I just finished it. President Harry S. Truman was unique and appears even moreso today. Plain speaking and a common touch are not exactly words we ... read more

Domenic Vadala: ReOpening Day recalls memories of Fantastic Fans Night

Perhaps I'm a bit biased, but Baltimore has always had the best fans - always. Some might point to the empty seats at Camden Yards in losing years as evidence against that, but work with me. On Monday, we witnessed what was termed "ReOpening Day" in the wake of the civil unrest just a couple of weeks ago. And speaking for myself, it brought back ... read more

Orioles fans can win up to $50,000 instantly, thanks to the Maryland Lottery

Another season of Baltimore Orioles baseball means another year to win big with the Maryland Lottery! Are you game? With its Baseball Bucks scratch-off, the Maryland Lottery is giving you the chance to win up to $50,000 instantly! If you don't win on the ticket, you can still hit a home run by becoming a Maryland Lottery Contestant of the Game. For your chance ... read more

Matt Kremnitzer: What should we know about Jimmy Paredes?

Jimmy Paredes has never been nearly this good at the major league level. Right now, he has a batting line of .363/.386/.675 (193 wRC+) in 83 plate appearances. He's never received more than 179 plate appearances in any single season, and he has a career batting line of .259/.294/.383 (85 wRC+). But that hasn't mattered, as he's been a vital cog in the Orioles' offensive ... read more

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays boast big bats, but can they pitch well enough to win?

Manager: John Gibbons (8th season) Record: 16-16 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.317/.379/.578 with 7 HR and 21 RBIs), C Russell Martin (.293/.396/.609 with 7 HR and 10 RBIs), 21B Devon Travis (.288 with 7 HR and 25 RBIs), RF/DH Jose Bautista (5 HR and 18 RBIs), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (5 HR and 18 RBIs), RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-2, 3.62 ... read more

Andrew Stetka: It's still too early to panic

Every Orioles fan is feeling a little down today. The team seems to be in a rut, a funk, some kind of a ditch that is causing wheels to spin while the car stays put. It looks grim after five losses in six games, especially since it followed five wins in six games. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, though. The ... read more