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After his latest struggles, what is next for Ubaldo Jimenez?

On a day the Orioles hoped that right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez would begin to turn his season around, things instead got worse. With an ERA of 7.81 over his last five starts coming into this game, Jimenez allowed four runs in the first inning today and lasted just 1 2/3 in the Orioles’ 11-4 loss at Cleveland. Now comes the pertinent question: Can the Orioles continue ... read more

O’s game blog: A look at today’s game and a few minor league notes

Now that the Orioles have ended that little four-game losing streak, they hope to start to build another winning streak starting this afternoon at Cleveland. Last night’s 6-4 victory came with only six strikeouts, but also with 13 hits. Adam Jones and Manny Machado combined to go 7-for-10 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI. Mark Trumbo hit his 15th homer and the Orioles ... read more

Fewer strikeouts, more runs lead to win at Cleveland (plus other notes)

Strikeouts, what strikeouts? Even for a free-swinging team like the Orioles, the series in Houston was an outlier when you look at 52 strikeouts in three games. It was a major league record after all, so not only do we not see that often, we had never seen that. Through Thursday’s games, there were four American League teams striking out at a greater rate than ... read more

Machado has four hits, Bundy gets first win as losing streak ends

Three runs on two swings and a highlight-reel double play. After the Orioles’ offensive struggles in Houston, the offense broke out tonight and two big hits in the seventh inning helped lead the way. Their middle infield on defense came up big, too. Tied 3-3 in the seventh, Chris Davis’ RBI double off reliever Zach McAllister gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead. On the next ... read more

O’s game blog: A look at Orioles’ strikeout rates in 2015 and 2016

With Adam Jones batting first and Hyun Soo Kim batting second, the Orioles certainly are sending out a new-look lineup in the first game of the series in Cleveland. Maybe Buck Showalter thought, “Why not shake some things up?” The Orioles scored just seven runs and struck out 52 times in Houston, a major league record for a three-game series. The Orioles also went just ... read more

More stats on the offense, plus notes on Tolliver, Gallardo and Rickard

HOUSTON - The Houston Astros brought a four-game losing streak into their series with the Orioles. They leave it with a three-game win streak, their first sweep of the year and the Orioles have their first four-game losing skid. Starting this weekend we find out if the Orioles can stop chasing curveballs and start scoring more runs. Houston’s 52 strikeouts in the three-game series is ... read more

Adam Jones: “Let’s get the hell out of Houston” (plus other quotes)

HOUSTON - When it was over, the Houston Astros had beaten the Orioles 4-2 tonight and swept them three straight. The Orioles set a major league record with 52 strikeouts in a three-game series, and center fielder Adam Jones put it into a perspective that only he can. All losses hurt, but was Jones disappointed in the how the Orioles lost, with strikeouts and errors ... read more

Valbuena homers again, Astros set K record (Houston wins 4-1)

HOUSTON - Luis Valbuena did it again. The Houston third baseman, who had hit just two homers this year before the Orioles got here, tonight hit his third in this series. Valbuena’s two-run shot to right off Kevin Gausman broke a 1-1 tie in the second and Houston went ahead 3-1. The homer scored Tyler White, who drew a one-out walk. At the start of ... read more