Ortiz makes final stop at Camden Yards during regular season

After 20 American League seasons, Boston designated hitter David Ortiz will play his final regular-season game tonight at Camden Yards. That's good news for the Orioles, considering Ortiz's 54 career home runs against Baltimore, third-most behind the Minnesota Twins' Harmon Killebrew (68) and the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (69). Ortiz has 30 home runs in Camden Yards. That's the third-highest total for him in a road ... read more

Thoughts on the Nats' final trip to Atlanta's Turner Field

When the Nationals play a three-game series this weekend in Atlanta, it will be the last time they see Turner Field. Next season, the Braves will have a new home - SunTrust Park - in Cobb County, 12 miles northwest of the current yard. You're asking, "Didn't Turner Field just open?'' You're right, it did. But the Braves say that the ballpark is already in ... read more

Players hoping to give Baker first title as a manager

Relief pitcher Matt Belisle gets a big smile on his face when he talks about the first time he saw manager Dusty Baker at Nationals spring training. It had been a while since Belisle and Baker had seen each other. "He said, 'Matt come on over here and let me give you a big hug,''' Belisle said. "He wants to know how everything's going. He ... read more

Looking at the four teams battling for the wild card in the National League

Barring a history-making collapse, the Nationals are going to clinch the National League East. The Chicago Cubs are dominating the NL Central. The Los Angeles Dodgers are leaders in the NL West, but the San Francisco Giants, despite a miserable record since the All-Star break, are hanging in there. The Dodgers and Giants play six games in the final days, likely meaning nothing will be ... read more

Who's contending and who's pretending in the American League races

The American League East begins the week with four of its teams in contention for October. Starter Chris Tillman came off the disabled list Sunday and gave the Orioles a lift in a 3-1 road win over the Tigers. The Orioles won two of three from the Tigers in a key series. Tillman's timing couldn't have been better for the Orioles. Here's a look at ... read more

As season hits home stretch, answers to some pressing questions around the majors

With less than a month to go in the baseball season, here are the most-asked questions about September: Q: Which 2015 World Series team - the Royals or the Mets - has the best chance to return to the Fall Classic? A: Both are long shots to return to the World Series, but of the two, Kansas City has a better chance because of a ... read more

Taking a look at American League postseason contenders

As the final month of the season arrives, the Orioles' chances of winning the American League East amount to an uphill battle. The Orioles are trying to overtake the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox in the division. All three teams have an ability to score runs, but the Blue Jays and Red Sox have more pitching, especially in the rotation. But, two teams ... read more

Rookies can play an important role for contending teams during stretch run

Manny Machado will never forget the day that he heard about his promotion to the Orioles. It was Aug. 8, 2012. He was with the Double-A Bowie Baysox and getting off a bus at the team hotel after a game in Altoona, Pa. Machado had just signed an autograph for a young fan when Baysox manager Gary Kendall delivered the news in the lobby. "He ... read more