Orioles rotation and Mariners lineup change (O's lose 4-3)

Each open date on the Orioles' schedule leaves room for manager Buck Showalter to tweak his rotation. The Orioles are off Monday after returning from the West Coast, and Showalter told reporters today in Seattle that he may adjust the order of his starters. Right now, Miguel Gonzalez is slated to pitch Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Safeco Field. All three starters for ... read more

Machado returns to Orioles lineup

After missing the past four games with tightness and spasms in his lower back, Manny Machado has returned to the Orioles' lineup today. Machado is starting at third base and batting seventh. Delmon Young is serving as the designated hitter and batting second, with Steve Pearce going back to the bench. Young is 14-for-35 (.400) with two doubles, three homers and eight RBIs in eight ... read more

A few morning notes

Orioles starters keep raising the bar. Now it's Bud Norris' turn to give it a bump. In 41 games since June 9, the rotation has posted a 3.08 ERA over 248 2/3 innings to reduce its season ERA from 4.61 to 3.97. The starters combined for 18 consecutive scoreless innings before the Mariners pushed across a run in the sixth inning last night. Until James ... read more

Norris on the mound for third game of series

While still waiting for Endy Chavez to reach home plate... As I recall, the current West Coast trip was supposed to make or break the Orioles. Well, they're 5-3 after last night's 10-inning victory, moving them a season-high 12 games above .500. The Orioles have two games remaining before taking off Monday and returning to Camden Yards - you may remember the place - for ... read more

Notes on Jones, Davis, Gausman, Castillo and more

The Orioles recorded their eighth shutout of the season last night and are on pace for 13, which would be their most since 1992 (16). Since 2000, the Orioles have registered nine or more shutouts in five seasons - nine each in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and 10 each in 2004 and 2012. Adam Jones (three) and Chris Davis (one) have combined for four home ... read more

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will be out of the starting lineup tonight for a fourth straight game with tightness and spasms in his lower back. Ryan Flaherty will replace Machado in the lineup, hitting seventh. Steve Pearce is back in the lineup after sitting out the past two games. He's playing left field and hitting second. Nick Markakis is 13-for-28 (.464) lifetime against Mariners ... read more

Weeks placed on Triple-A disabled list, and other notes

One day after the Athletics designated reliever Jim Johnson for assignment, the Orioles placed infielder Jemile Weeks on the seven-day minor league disabled list with a groin strain. The move is retroactive to yesterday. The Orioles traded Johnson to the A's in December for Weeks and a PTBNL, who turned out to be catcher David Freitas. Freitas was transferred from Norfolk to Double-A Bowie today. ... read more

Orioles keep finding quality in their rotation

Please remind me again whether the Orioles need to acquire another starter for their rotation or if they should stick with the current five and figure out later how to make room for Ubaldo Jimenez. The rotation has registered a 3.12 ERA in the last 40 games, with Wei-Yin Chen tossing eight scoreless innings last night in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners. If you ... read more