Matt Kremnitzer: What's gone wrong for Travis Snider?

When the Orioles traded for Travis Snider before the season, I was optimistic about the move. Some options on the free agent market, like Nori Aoki and Colby Rasmus, made sense. The O's showed more interest in Rasmus than Aoki for some reason, but they opted to go in a different direction altogether. In Snider, the O's thought they were picking up a corner outfield ... read more

Opposite dugout: Not completely out of playoff race, Athletics need consistency to make late push

Manager: Bob Melvin (5th season) Record: 47-59 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: RF Josh Reddick (.283/.334/.459 with 13 HR, 58 RBIs), C Stephen Vogt (.262/.343/.443 with 14 HR, 58 RBIs), CF Billy Burns (.298/.336/.385 with 19 RBIs), 3B Brett Lawrie (.275 with 42 RBIs), RHP Jesse Chavez (3.53 ERA in 114 2/3 IP) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (4-2 in 2014) Pitching ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Gausman's importance never higher to O's

It'd be insane for anyone to claim that the fate of a contending team relies on one player over the next two months, and that's especially the case if that player only takes the field every five days, but I can't help but shake the feeling that Kevin Gausman is of the utmost importance to the Orioles down the stretch. That may be a lot ... read more

Delmarva's Cam Kneeland making the most of his opportunity

SALISBURY, Md. - It's three hours before the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds entertain the Charleston RiverDogs in a doubleheader at Perdue Stadium, and there's precious little activity that would suggest that a pair of seven-inning games are on the docket. Most of the Shorebirds are escaping the sweltering 88-degree heat by seeking refuge in the air-conditioned clubhouse, though a few guys clad in shorts are whizzing ... read more

Shorebirds' John Means throws seven-inning no-hitter (with video)

SALISBURY, Md. - Single-A Delmarva left-hander John Means threw a seven-inning no-hitter in the Shorebirds' 4-0 victory over Charleston in the first game of a doubleheader Friday night. Means, an 11th-round pick by the Orioles out of West Virginia in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, walked one and struck out six in his first career no-hitter. He threw 78 pitches, 50 for strikes, in a ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Orioles' homers, young and old

Alex Rodriguez made headlines this week by becoming only the fourth player in baseball history to have homered both as a teenager and after turning 40. The others to have done it are Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield. Surely you know that if I mention Alex Rodriguez in an Orioles blog post, there has to be a favorable connection to the hometown team. ... read more

Zach Wilt: Comparing 2015 Orioles' position to the Royals' in 2014

In the National Football League, the idea of parity is constantly preached. "Any given Sunday" is the mantra of the league that claims to be the most fair of any of the professional sports. A last place team a season ago can make the postseason 12 months later, and all it takes to win the Super Bowl is a hot stretch over a few games ... read more

Opposite dugout: Tigers are in unfamiliar territory as trade deadline nears (updated)

Manager: Brad Ausmus (2nd season) Record: 49-52 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: SS Jose Iglesias (.313, 10 SB), LF Yoenis Cespedes (.289 with 17 HR, 58 RBIs), RF J.D. Martinez (.286 with 27 HR, 63 RBIs), 2B Ian Kinsler (.280, 44 RBIs), RHP Joakin Soria (23 saves, 1.03 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: July 30: RHP Alfredo Simon vs. RHP ... read more