Meet Chris Davis and claim exclusive signed baseball card at Dempsey's on Aug. 31

We hope you're following us on Twitter, and if not, what are you waiting for? On Monday, Aug. 31, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will take time from his busy schedule of crushing home runs to hold an exclusive autograph signing at Dempsey's Brew Pub & Restaurant. The key to get in? You need to be following @masnOrioles on Twitter! On Sunday evening, we will ... read more

Opposite dugout: Rangers looking to close in on postseason berth

Manager: Jeff Banister (1st season) Record: 65-61 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B/DH Prince Fielder (.316/.380/.474 with 17 HR, 71 RBIs), 1B Mitch Moreland (.287/.335/.490 with 18 HR, 67 RBIs), RF Shin-Soo Choo (.248 with 15 HR, 56 RBIs), LHP Cole Hamels (1-1, 4.73 ERA), RHP Shawn Tolleson (26 saves, 2.78 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-1 Pitching probables: Aug. 28: RHP Kevin ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Tallying reasons to watch O's despite recent struggles

Let's face it, being an Orioles fan has been a depressing proposition of late. Not quite 14 consecutive losing seasons depressing, mind you, but depressing all the same. If the 2014 season was exhilarating - and it was - the 2015 season has been exhausting. Judging from the recent Orioles commentary on Twitter, fan reactions to the team's struggles have included equal parts hostility and ... read more

Zach Wilt: The longball is the key

It's tough to pinpoint exactly what was going wrong for the Orioles over their season-high six game losing streak. The bats had cooled, but the starting pitchers were averaging nearly a 6.00 ERA during the O's most difficult stretch of the season. Was the offense to blame or the arms? How much of a factor was tough luck? Last night in Kansas City, everything seemed ... read more

Domenic Vadala: Orioles can learn from the way Royals carry themselves

Gary Thorne and Mike Bordick brought up a great point in regards to the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. They mentioned that the team was playing with a lot of confidence, and there can be no doubt about that. You can see it written all over their faces, with the manner by which they carry themselves and, heck, even how their fans react. So ... read more

Matt Kremnitzer: Investigating Caleb Joseph's offensive improvement

Caleb Joseph has already demonstrated that he's an effective defensive catcher. He was very good in part-time duty last year, displaying a strong, accurate arm and very good pitch-framing abilities. In 78 games in 2014, Joseph finished with a Defensive Runs Saved total of +8 and threw out 40 percent of baserunners. In 76 games this year, he's dropped to +4 and 32 percent, respectively, ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Ripken's return to a dugout could be awkward for O's fans

As Orioles fans prepare to celebrate 20 years since Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak, there's word that he could be nearing a return to Major League Baseball. It shocked me, too, when I realized it's been 20 years since No. 8 took that faithful lap around Camden Yards to thank the fans. What might shock me even more is if he ... read more

Opposite dugout: Royals cruising toward AL Central crown

Manager: Ned Yost (6th season) Record: 75-48 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 1B Eric Hosmer (.317 with 14 HR, 74 RBIs), CF Lorenzo Cain (.307 with 24 SB), 2B Ben Zobrist (.321 with 4 HR, 13 RBIs), DH Kendrys Morales (.283 with 13 HR, 85 RBIs), RHP Johnny Cueto (2-2, 3.00 ERA), RHP Greg Holland (3.55 ERA, 28 saves) Season series vs. ... read more