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Orioles break open game with Hardy grand slam (O's win 12-8)

Now, it's a party. The Orioles scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, their largest output of the season, to build an 11-2 lead. They sent 11 batters to the plate, including J.J. Hardy, who hit his fourth career grand slam and first since May 15, 2011 at Tropicana Field. Oh yeah, and the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 4-3. The Orioles ... read more

Cruz homers, Showalter talks about trades & team chemistry (O's lead 4-2)

Nelson Cruz wasn't satisfied with a career-high 34 home runs this season. No. 35 came today with one out in the bottom of the third. He crushed a slider from Ricky Nolasco to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has thrown 23 of his 30 pitches for strikes in three innings today against the Twins. Chen has allowed two hits, including Eduardo ... read more

Orioles option McFarland

Apparently, the Orioles found a flight for outfielder Alejandro De Aza that will get him into Baltimore later today. The club announced that De Aza will report this afternoon, which necessitated a corresponding roster move. Left-hander T.J. McFarland was optioned to short-season Single-A Aberden, where he can join catcher Steve Clevenger. They can share a ride back to Baltimore on Tuesday. De Aza missed his ... read more

Clevenger optioned to Aberdeen

The Orioles optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to short-season Single-A Aberdeen today to create a roster spot for left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who's starting against the Twins at Camden Yards. Clevenger will return on Tuesday. In the meantime, the Orioles want him to start at least one game for the IronBirds to stay sharp. Newly acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza didn't make his flight to Baltimore this ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. Twins (with Twins lineup)

Outfielder Alejandro De Aza was acquired from the White Sox last night, but he won't start this afternoon for the Orioles. Instead, David Lough will get a rare start in left field, batting second. Ryan Flaherty will also get a start, playing second base and batting eighth. After going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, an RBI and two runs scored last night, Jimmy ... read more

Looking back at the trades, the impact on the roster and today's game

Got anyone you want to trade? Give the Orioles a call before it's too late. Husband, wife, kids, that weird uncle who makes you uncomfortable during the holidays? I'll repeat that you can't judge a trade that involves minor leaguers for a few years. We have no idea how pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar are going to pan out, but the Orioles deemed them ... read more

The aftermath of another trade and a 3-2 win

Executive vice president Dan Duquette promised that the Orioles are done making trades tonight. The next day is another matter, but it's safe to go home. As reporters filed into the interview room following the Orioles' 3-2 win over the Twins, the team announced a second deal within an hour. Infielder Kelly Johnson is headed to Baltimore in exchange for minor league infielders Jemile Weeks ... read more

Orioles acquire Johnson, Almanzar from Red Sox for Weeks, De Jesus

We won't have to wait for tomorrow to see if the Orioles pull off another deal before the Aug. 31 deadline for adding players eligible for playoff rosters. The Orioles have announced their second trade of the evening. They've acquired infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan DeJesus Jr. When Johnson makes his Orioles debut, he ... read more