Yard Work podcast: Episode 9

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to this week’s edition of Yard Work. In today’s episode.... The Orioles return home from their first road trip since the All-Star break. It wasn’t the smoothest of journeys, however. After taking two of three from the Rays in Tampa Bay, the Orioles lost a four-game series against the Yankees in the Bronx, and were just a Chris Tillman gem shy ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Zach Britton closing in on history for O’s

Zach Britton is a perfect 30-for-30 in save situations in 2016 after closing things out in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon. He joins Gregg Olson as the only Orioles relievers with three seasons of 30 or more saves. The current O’s closer is justifying the T-shirt worthy play on words, “Great Britton” (hat tip: OBP Apparel). This is the fifth consecutive year that the Orioles ... read more

Opposite dugout: Balanced attack has Indians atop AL Central

Manager: Terry Francona (4th season) Record: 56-38 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Mike Napoli (.249 with 22 HR, 67 RBIs), SS Francisco Lindor (.299 with 108 hits), CF Tyler Naquin (.324 with 5 triples), RHP Danny Salazar (11-3, 2.75 ERA), RHP Josh Tomlin (10-2, 3.34 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: July 22: RHP Trevor Bauer vs. RHP Dylan Bundy, ... read more

Zach Wilt: Looking at the O’s offensive struggles since the All-Star break

For the first time since June 4, the Baltimore Orioles find themselves out of first place in the American League East. Looking up in the standings is something this club hasn’t been used to this year. In 2016, the O’s have spent 91 days atop their division and saw their lead reach a season-high 5 1/2 games on June 29, but after the Birds got ... read more

Orioles to host Jim Palmer for “Nine Innings to Success” book signing on July 22

If you’ve been waiting to get your copy of “Nine Innings to Success,” the new book by Baseball Hall of Famer and Orioles legend Jim Palmer, you’ve now got an opportunity to pick up a copy at Camden Yards - and an autographed copy, to boot! The Orioles will host a book signing featuring Palmer on Friday, July 22 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Orioles ... read more

Dillon Atkinson: Diving into some bullpen options as trade deadline nears

In an act of possible desperation, manager Buck Showalter has opted to use Dylan Bundy and Vance Worley in starter’s roles this past week. These two - behind the trio of Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman and Yovani Gallardo - could stick in the rotation for a little while, despite possible pitch limits, since both are making the move from the bullpen. However, it’s not a ... read more

Ryan Romano: Schoop improves his situational plate discipline

If you’ve watched the Orioles on MASN recently, you’ve likely seen the ad featuring Jonathan Schoop. The announcer provides the denotations for a number of words like “fluke” and “luck,” interspersed between clips of the second baseman’s more impressive plays, before bragging about some element of his performance. These doubts have always seemed to haunt Schoop, which is why his apparent breakout in 2016 feels ... read more

Opposite dugout: Yankees have to be considered sellers at deadline

Manager: Joe Girardi (9th season) Record: 45-46 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: SS Didi Gregorius (.299 average, 11 HR, 41 RBIs); RF Carlos Beltran (.297 average, 19 HR, 58 RBIs); SP Nathan Eovaldi (7-6, 5.11 ERA); RP Aroldis Chapman (3-0, 2.30 ERA, 18 saves); RP Andrew Miller (5-1, 1.34 ERA). Season series vs. Orioles: 2-4 Pitching probables: July 18: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. ... read more