Zach Wilt: Checking in on the O’s at the 20-game mark

I’ll be honest, in baseball terms 20 is a pretty arbitrary number. Sure, it’s nice and even, but it’s just 12.3 percent of the way through the baseball season. In fact, if the Orioles weren’t off yesterday, we probably all would have completely ignored the 20-game milestone and moved on without thinking twice about. But they were off, they’re beginning a new series today, and ... read more

Opposite dugout: Yankees coming around as complete team to challenge O’s

Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 13-7 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 2B Starlin Castro (.346/.386/.538 with 4 HR, 14 RBIs), 3B Chase Headley (.329/.420/.543), RF Aaron Judge (.988 OPS with 7 HR, 15 RBIs), LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.70 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (1.23 ERA, 5 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: April 28: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. LHP CC ... read more

Five tips for preventing sports-related injuries (via Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Many people are heading outdoors to ramp up their exercise programs. But before you or your young athlete start playing, it’s important to learn how you can prevent sports-related injuries. “Sports injuries generally occur for two different reasons: trauma and overuse,” says Dr. Andrew Cosgarea, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine expert. “And while traumatic sports injuries are usually obvious, dramatic scenes, like when ... read more Continue reading ....

Yard Work: Episode 3

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to the latest edition of Yard Work. On this week’s episode... Following their first road trip of the season, the Orioles returned home for a quick six-game homestand against American League East foes Boston and Tampa Bay. Of course, despite the fact the Birds took two out of three vs. the Red Sox, the biggest news seemed to be last Friday’s ... read more

Dillon Atkinson: It’s early, but Adam Jones looks like a new player

When you think of Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in his prime, what comes to mind? If you asked me, I’d bring up the obvious observations: 25-plus home-run hitter, .280-plus batting average, low on-base skills, free swinger and an all-around above average defender in center field. Oftentimes as Orioles fans, we took the good with the bad. Jones has been known as a frustrating hitter ... read more

Andrew Stetka: A few thoughts on baseball’s unwritten rules

Baseball is stupid. It’s a game that I love dearly and that I follow obsessively, but it’s quite stupid sometimes. Maybe that’s more of a referendum on me than anything else. Why would I pay so much attention and spend so much of my life on something that’s stupid? I honestly don’t have a good answer for that. Perhaps it’s because baseball’s stupidity only rears ... read more

Opposite dugout: Injury-plagued Rays hoping pitching eventually catches up to offense

Manager: Kevin Cash (3rd season) Record: 10-10 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Steven Souza Jr. (.347/.424/.613 with 4 HR, 17 RBIs), 1B Logan Morrison (4 HR, 12 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (3 HR, 12 RBIs), RHP Erasmo Ramírez (2-0, 3.07 ERA), RHP Chris Archer (2-0, 3.20), RHP Alex Colomé (0.00 ERA, 4 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (6-13 in 2016) ... read more

Opposite dugout: Betts, Red Sox hoping for another offensive outburst at Camden Yards

Manager: John Farrell (5th season) Record: 10-6 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 1B Mitch Moreland (.344/.420/.574 with 8 RBIs), RF Mookie Betts (.340/.407/.472 with 8 RBIs), LF Andrew Benintendi (.317/.397/.429 with 10 RBIs), LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 1.16 WHIP), RHP Craig Kimbrel (2.00 ERA with 6 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-1 Pitching probables: April 21: LHP Drew Pomeranz vs. RHP Dylan Bundy, ... read more