Bird Talk: Hunter's velocity increase, Jones shares New York thoughts, change in pie and more

The Orioles kicked off the second week of the season on a high note by winning a series against the division rival Yankees in New York. Adam Jones found himself to be a favorite of the New York tabloids as he shared his comments about fans who run onto the field, as well as what he really thinks about new Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. (More ... read more

Daniel Clark: Checking in on the Triple-A Norfolk Tides

Whilst the Orioles continue to gather consistency and momentum, their Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, have also been experiencing some struggles. Now 12 games into the new season, the Tides have an extremely disappointing 3-9 record, which is somewhat surprising given the improved level of depth and resulting high expectations for the 2014 season. Offensively, just one every-ay player is hitting over .300. This is ... read more

Jon Shepherd: Will the true home run king please stand up?

Last week, USA Today revisited Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' thoughts on whom he considers the true home run king. Davis said, "Bonds was a great player for a long time. But it's hard to say that Hank Aaron's record isn't the legitimate home run record because of all of the allegations, the accusations regarding Bonds." This sentiment is not an uncommon one on the ... read more

Bird Tweets: O'Day explores NYC, Adam Jones is still hungry and more

Another week of baseball means another week of tweets. Here's what's been happening in the Orioles' Twitterverse. Darren O'Day took full advantage of his off day in New York City: The #solowheel does central park. What an unbelievable day here in NYC. -- Darren O'Day (@DODay56) April 9, 2014 Ryan Webb tweeted this after the Orioles' series win against the Yankees: Great win tonight, ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Is Chris Tillman on pace for ace status?

There's always a discussion each year about baseball's aces and what really defines an ace pitcher. I personally hate the term. How is it defined, and what are the statistical criteria for someone to be called an ace? There are only four aces in a standard deck of playing cards, so every team can't have one. Or does that mean there are actually four on ... read more

Opposite dugout: Same old Rays ride arms into first meeting with O's

Manager: Joe Maddon, ninth year Record: 7-6 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: OF Matt Joyce (.355/.475/.613, 2 HR, 7 RBIs); 2B Ben Zobrist (.277/.382/.489, 3 HR, 6 RBIs); LHP David Price (2-0, 2.91 ERA, 21 2/3 IP, 22 K, 2 BB); RHP Grant Balfour (4 saves, 0.00 ERA, .071 BAA) Season series vs. O's (2013): 13-6, 104 runs scored, 86 runs allowed Pitching ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Developing patience for the Orioles' lack of patience

The opening weeks of the 2014 season are offering Orioles fans a contrast in team hitting styles that will continue into this weekend's series with Toronto. Orioles batters do not see a lot of pitches; their opponents do. One approach is not inherently better than the other despite assumptions to that effect. I'm therefore working to accept this team as the largely free-swinging bunch that ... read more

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays take powerful bats into Baltimore

Manager: John Gibbons, second year Record: 5-5 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Jose Bautista (.233/.452/.667, 4 HR, 6 RBIs); LF Melky Cabrera (.333/.333/.644, 4 HR, 5 RBIs); LHP Mark Buehrle (2-0, 0.64 ERA, 14 IP, 14 K, 2 BB); RHP Sergio Santos (3 saves, 2.70 ERA) Season series vs. O's (2013): 9-10, 97 runs scored, 94 runs allowed Pitching probables April 11: ... read more