Matt Kremnitzer: Miguel Gonzalez is at it again

Orioles pitching has been better lately, and Miguel Gonzalez's solid performance on Saturday (7 2/3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball with a walk and six strikeouts) played a part in the turnaround. It's been easy to routinely overlook Gonzalez, who always seems to be mentioned as a bullpen option instead of a lock for the rotation. I'm certainly guilty of that. But after five starts ... read more

Opposite dugout: Mets have cooled off after hottest start in the majors

Manager: Terry Collins (5th year) Record: 16-10 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 1B Lucas Duda (.304 with 2 HR, 12 RBIs), CF Juan Lagares (.324 with 11 RBIs), RHP Bartolo Colon (4-1, 3.31 ERA), RHP Jacob deGrom (2-3, 3.34 ERA), RHP Jeurys Familia (1.35 ERA, 10 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-0 in 2012, 19-9 all-time) Pitching probables: May 5 - ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Paredes' place on the roster

Baseball rosters fascinate me - the way they are constructed, they way certain players must pass through waivers or be optioned to the minor leagues. It's all a messy and complicated puzzle. Now that we are through the first month of the season, the most intriguing part to the Orioles puzzle is Jimmy Paredes. I wonder every day how that puzzle piece fits into the ... read more

Opposite dugout: Bizarro series as hard to predict as Rays' success so far

Manager: Kevin Cash (1st season) Record: 12-10 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: OF David DeJesus (.277/.386/.383 with 1 HR, 8 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (.293/.393/.427 with 7 2B,1 HR, 4 RBIs), RF Steven Souza Jr. (4 HR, 11 RBIs), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.306/.338/.565 with 2 HR, 7 RBIs), RHP Chris Archer (3-2, 0.84 ERA, 37 Ks), Closer Brad Boxberger (2-1, 1.93 ERA, 5 ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Digging deeper for hope and inspiration

I started blogging about the Orioles in 2006. I chronicled six of the final 14 losing seasons in Baltimore; to date, I have written about a heck of a lot more losing than winning. Various motivations have helped me to keep at it for as long as I have, some of which make sense and others that are simply foolish. At the core of it ... read more

Zach Wilt: Outside gates, hearty fans locked out but not down

You'll never hear a louder bat crack or be able to listen in as Adam Jones calls off Alejandro De Aza on a fly ball hit to left-center field like you were able to on Wednesday afternoon outside Camden Yards. The Orioles' matchup against the White Sox - which took 2 hours, 3 minutes - was one for the record books featuring a crowd of ... read more

Sights and sounds from empty Camden Yards

On Wednesday afternoon, the Orioles made history by playing a ballgame closed to the public. The decision was made in response to the Baltimore riots. The show must go on. The Birds beat the White Sox 8-2 in front of an empty stadium. It's the first time there have been zero fans in attendance for a Major League Baseball game. Check out all behind-the-scenes looks ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: "If Beale Street Could Talk"

Let's hit the books with one of this country's most influential writers on matters of race relations in the United States - James Baldwin. "If Beale Street Could Talk" was written in 1974, but it could have been written today, and we would recognize the story as one of current events. A young black man is wrongly charged with rape and the story of his ... read more