Will rotation problems around major leagues lead to early trades?

With a month to go before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Orioles and Nationals are surging, but each could use help. In addition to health, the Nationals' biggest need is bullpen help that bridges the rotation to closer Drew Storen. The Orioles' bullpen is fine, but will they trade for a bat or pick up a starter that they can control for a ... read more

Longtime Oriole Nick Markakis is enjoying his transition to the National League

After nine seasons with the Orioles, outfielder Nick Markakis is running into all kinds of firsts with the Atlanta Braves, none more challenging than facing two of the baseball's best lefties - Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner - for the first time on the same road trip. Markakis, a left-handed batter, had a single and double against Kershaw, the Dodgers' three-time National League Cy Young ... read more

Are Max Scherzer’s last two games the best ever?

Max Scherzer threw the second no-hitter in Nationals history and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 Saturday at Nationals Park. Given that Scherzer had pitched a one-hit 4-0 shutout in Milwaukee in his previous start, it is a good argument that Scherzer has put together the greatest two-game accomplishment in history. Scherzer's performances invite comparisons to Johnny Vander Meer, the Cincinnati Reds starter who threw consecutive ... read more

How do you fix All-Star voting process that's become a Royal pain?

Second baseman Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals is hitting .204 and leading American League second basemen in the All-Star voting. If the voting holds and Infante makes the starting lineup for the game in Cincinnati next month, it won't be the first time a player has been the subject of national ridicule for making the All-Star team without impressive statistics. Check out 1988 ... read more

Nats' Storen stops trying to be someone else, finds success

Closer Drew Storen's daily routine starts in the Nationals clubhouse a few feet from his locker, where he sits in a brown leather chair and scouts the opponent's lineup on TV. "You can see a lot more on TV than watching from the side,'' Storen says. He does the hot tub and stretches, and in the sixth inning, he heads to the Nationals bullpen. Then, ... read more

Ex-minor leaguer with familial ties steered Orioles to Brooks Robinson in pre-draft era

The third day of Major League Baseball's amateur draft is today. The first year of the draft was 1965, and it was established so that the rich teams couldn't buy up all the talent. Before the draft, players were scouted and recruited in the same manner that college recruiters used to go after high school athletes. But some players, such as Orioles great Brooks Robinson, ... read more

Surviving injuries will be key to several races in majors

The Orioles got catcher Matt Wieters back into their lineup Friday night in Cleveland, although second baseman Jonathan Schoop's return is still a ways off. Wieters has been out since May 10 of last season. In Washington, infielder Anthony Rendon, who finished fifth in the National League MVP voting last season, is back with the Nationals, but the Nats are still without outfielder Jayson Werth ... read more

More doubleheaders would benefit Major League Baseball

Although it wasn't scheduled at the start of the season, the Orioles and White Sox played a traditional doubleheader at Camden Yards on Thursday, a throwback to the 1960s when scheduled doubleheaders were the norm. After the first game, there was no clearing the stadium. No day-night deals. No needing two tickets for separate games. No set time for the start of the second game ... read more