Notes on tonight’s starter, Meisinger’s roll and Stewart’s DH duty

The Orioles will reveal their starter for tonight’s game before the anthem. Hopefully, before the media gains access to the clubhouse at 3:10 p.m. It’s an unwritten rule that pitchers don’t talk on the day that they’re starting. I’d hate to approach the wrong guy. The choice would seem to come down to left-handers Sean Gilmartin (my guess) and Donnie Hart and right-hander Evan Phillips. ... read more

Orioles avoid sweep and record-tying loss with 8-4 win (updated)

On the four-year anniversary of the Orioles clinching their first division title since 1997, they managed to avoid tying the club record for most losses in a season. No champagne on ice, no plastic covering the lockers. An Orioles flag wasn’t trotted around the warning track, fans didn’t stick around to share in a celebration and Adam Jones didn’t pie anyone. It was just a ... read more

Early notes on Ortiz, rotation, Jones and more (O’s lead 7-4)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated today that rookie Luis Ortiz isn’t close to being available to pitch and likely will undergo an MRI on his left hamstring early this week “On anybody that there’s some possible questions on, they do exit MRIs on to make sure they’ve got a baseline to compare anything with and not be surprised during the offseason,” Showalter said. “And there’s ... read more

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Orioles rookie DJ Stewart is serving as designated hitter today, while searching for his first major league hit. Breyvic Valera is the second baseman and Jonathan Villar is the shortstop. Joey Rickard is in left field and Adam Jones is starting in right. Chance Sisco is catching. On this date in 2014, the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 8-2 at Camden Yards to win the ... read more

Hess gets another turn, thoughts on Villar and Valera

The second series of the homestand concludes today with the Orioles starting another rookie, right-hander David Hess, for his first career outing against the White Sox. Hess is back in the rotation after being put in the bullpen to provide insurance as a long reliever. It’s done out of necessity with Alex Cobb pushed back due to the blister/cut on his right middle finger. Hess ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

Adam Jones is batting third tonight and playing right field for the Orioles, and hot-hitting Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. Tim Beckham returns to the lineup at shortstop while Jonathan Villar moves back to second base. DJ Stewart is in left field and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Yefry Ramírez is making his first start since Aug. 19 in Cleveland, when he allowed ... read more

Leftovers on newcomers, Fry, baserunning blunders

With reliever Evan Phillips’ return to the Orioles yesterday, the active roster holds six of the 15 players acquired in non-waiver deadline trades. Phillips is joined by Luis Ortiz, Jonathan Villar, Breyvic Valera, Cody Carroll and Josh Rogers. What does it tell manager Buck Showalter that six of the players are in Baltimore this weekend? Anything significant or just the media’s attempt to unearth a ... read more

Updating Ortiz’s injury, 8-6 loss and O’s interest in Mesa brothers

Orioles rookie pitcher Luis Ortiz tweaked his left hamstring tonight and could undergo an MRI in the morning to determine the severity of the injury and whether he’ll become the latest starter to leave the rotation. Ortiz lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his first major league start before limping to the clubhouse. “He’s had some issues with it before,” said manager Buck Showalter following ... read more