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Neal Shaffer: Some stretch run predictions

The non-waiver trade deadline traditionally marks the beginning of the home stretch for baseball season, which makes now a great time to indulge in the fun of making a few Orioles predictions. Of course, the usual disclaimers apply: I wouldn't bet on me being right so you shouldn't, either. With that, here we go: * Chris Davis will break the 50-home run mark, but not

O'Day recounts Solowheel prank

Remember Buck Showalter and Jim Johnson's MLB Fan Cave prank last year in which they convinced Darren O'Day that he shouldn't be riding his Solowheel around Yankee Stadium? O'Day does. In his live chat today, O'Day recounted the prank, saying that Showalter "is very believable." Watch his reaction to the prank below. Also, check out the original MLB Fan Cave video of O'Day getting pranked

Zach WIlt: A right-handed bat is left on O's wish list

Jon Lester and the Red Sox shut out the Orioles in the finale of the three-game series in Baltimore, highlighting one of the O's few offensive weaknesses - their numbers against left-handed pitching. The Birds were held to four hits against Lester, walked just twice and struck out eight times. They were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and grounded into three double plays. Forty-one

Domenic Vadala: Welcome to Tillman Island

In looking back through franchise history, I have no doubt that the Erik Bedard-for-Adam Jones trade will be looked at as the turning point in this era. However, I think we often forget that there were other players involved in that trade, namely Chris Tillman. Of course, at the time of the trade, Tillman was only a prospect, and he was immediately inserted into the

Adam Jones and Darren O'Day have the answers

This Tuesday, we will be hosting another monthly video chat, which airs live on MASNsports.com. However, this month's will be a special doubleheader, in which both Adam Jones and Darren O'Day will be answering your questions. In order for this event to be successful, we need your help. Submit your questions on Twitter with the hashtags #AskAJ and #AskDarren or leave them in the comment

Jones gets taste of own medicine

When an Oriole has a shaving cream pie smashed in his face after a game, he knows he had a great game. Usually, in his postgame interview, the star of the game is greeted by Adam Jones' shaving cream pie delivery to the face. Well, tonight the tables turned. After turning in two home runs and three RBIs in his 2-for-4 night at the dish,

Matthew Taylor: It's hard not to respect the Rays

The first-place Red Sox are coming to town this weekend, but I have the Tampa Bay Rays on my find. I've feared that the Rays are the biggest threat to win the American League East ever since David Price returned to form. Price came off the disabled list in early July and the Rays are 15-3 since his return. Overall, the Rays pitching staff has

Andrew Stetka: Is Adam Jones fast-tracking to iconic status?

There's little doubt to any Orioles fan about who the leader of the team is. Since Adam Jones arrived in Baltimore prior to the 2008 season, fans have slowly fallen in love with the outspoken center fielder. When Andy MacPhail pulled off the trade to acquire Jones from the Seattle Mariners, I'd guess that few predicted the impact that he could have on the organization.

Zach Wilt: How they're pitching to Matt Wieters

A few days' rest seems to have gone a long way for Matt Wieters. The Orioles catcher entered the All-Star break having hit .232/.291/.408 in 88 games played in the "first half" of the season. Since the All-Star break, Wieters is 8-for-17 with two walks, two strikeouts a run scored and two RBIs. Last season, we saw a similar trend from Wieters, who hit .247/.327/.431

Domenic Vadala: Trade options for the Orioles

First off, it's really good to be back in the states! I always have a great time when I return to visit my relatives and my grandparents' house in Italy, but there's no place like home. Other countries have many things that they can offer to us, as well as us to them - not the least among them is the great sport of baseball!

At Charlestown, Orioles either win or face corner of shame

When the Orioles win, Baltimore rejoices. As a kid, I knew immediately by glancing at the cartoon bird on the front page of The Sun, where Jim Hartzell's creation left little doubt whether the beloved Birds had won or lost the night before. Granted, things got tricky for late-night games or West Coast tilts, but you get the idea. Hartzell's bird heralded every game result

Yard Talk: Grading the first-half Orioles

Let second-half baseball begin! Even though the Orioles were off for just a few days, for many fans, it seemed like much longer. Granted, with five Orioles being named to the American League All-Star team, it may not have seemed like such a long break given the black and orange at Citi Field. Before we officially begin the second half of the season, we're looking

Matthew Taylor: Machado, McLouth and the O's defensive renaissance

Manny Machado hasn't even completed his first full season in the majors, and it's already difficult to discern which of his defensive efforts qualifies as "the play." Until Sunday, it was the pump-fake-to-first-throw-to-third showing against the Rays from last season; then he went gunning down the Yankees' Luis Cruz last week on an off-balance throw from foul territory to one-up himself. Manny does more than

Anthony Amobi: Davis, chatter about PEDs and fairness

We all as fans know that Chris Davis is having a season for the ages. This weekend, while driving around the Baltimore area in my SUV and driving to the Washington area, I flipped one of the prominent sports talk radio stations in the area. The talk on that station centered on the Orioles' poor road trip to Chicago and New York, plus Davis. However,

Home run leader Chris Davis ready for Derby

Hearing that Chris Davis was selected for the 2013 Home Run Derby was about as surprising as hearing that he hit another home run. Davis happily obliged when he was asked to participate by American League Home Run Derby captain Robinson Cano. Going into tonight's games, Davis is leading the majors with 33 home runs, five more than No. 2 on the list, Miguel Cabrera.

Zach Wilt: Advanced metrics, Adam Jones and plate discipline

June wasn't kind to Adam Jones. The Orioles centerfielder hit just .237/.248/.386 with four home runs and 20 RBIs after hitting .311/.344/.546 in May and .327/.350/.522 in April. Jones' batting average dipped from .319 on May 31 to .292 on June 30. On July 4, Jones did something at the plate that he hadn't done in 45 games: He drew a walk. The coverage of

Domenic Vadala: From Italy, thoughts on the O's and the All-Star Game

First things first: Greetings to all MASN viewers and MASNsports.com readers from sunny Italy! Like most people from the mid-Atlantic region, Orioles baseball goes hand-in-hand for me with vacation. Two weeks ago, I was out at the Delaware shore for the weekend and I could very easily pick up the Ocean City station that carries the O's, so I sat on the beach and listened

Machado stays in national spotlight with remarkable play

A day after being selected for the 2013 All-Star Game and with the game on the line in New York, Manny Machado knocked a grounder toward the dugout, picked it up and made an amazing throw off of his back foot to end the sixth. Your browser does not support iframes. Immediately, national writers took notice. Here are just a few tweets in reaction to

The best handshake in baseball

We all know Chris Dickerson has contributed to this team. He is batting .269 with 4 home runs and 13 RBIs, but most importantly, he's half of this amazing handshake with Adam Jones.

Win exclusive Orioles prizes with MASN's "Touch 'Em All" social loyalty program

When Adam Jones tees off at Camden Yards, we watch our Twitter timelines fill up with excited tweets from Orioles fans. But did you know that tweets like these could land you a private hitting lesson with No. 10? MASN's new social loyalty program "Touch 'Em All" is designed to reward Orioles fans each time they post to their social media accounts with MASN Orioles-related

Matthew Taylor: Statistically speaking, Davis stacks up with O's All-Star first basemen

Chris Davis is in the midst of an historic offensive season that is likely to rank among the greatest in team history. However, the season's not complete. So as we head toward the All-Star Game, I chose to look at what Davis has done thus far and compare his numbers to those of all of the Orioles' previous All-Star first baseman prior to the break.

Anthony Amobi: The acquisition of Scott Feldman will help the Orioles

This week, the Baltimore Orioles got an early start on the trade deadline period and did not wait until late July to make a deal. Despite their 48-37 record as of this morning, the Orioles - as most know - have a need for starting pitching, like most teams. They rank 29th in the majors with a 4.41 ERA and obviously if the Orioles want

Some hometown love for McFarland

As a Chicago native, T.J. McFarland's return to his hometown has been a memorable one. For starters, he has dozens of friends and family attending Wednesday's game. They're all decked out in Orioles' orange, taking up most of the section directly above the O's bullpen. On top of all the love from the section above, McFarland was greeted by Brandon Bollig and Patrick Sharp of

Neal Shaffer: Potential, energy and a win-win trade

Dan Duquette's successes as Orioles general manager (or whatever his title) have, for me, been a surprise from the jump. And, apparently, he's nowhere near finished surprising. In last week's guest blog, I talked about how there was no need for the Orioles to swing a win-now move. The thinking was that the depth-plus-progress model that has so far been the mark of his tenure

Domenic Vadala: What prime time meant to Orioles, Baltimore

If you attended either last night's game against the Yankees, or Saturday night's game, you probably didn't see any noticeable difference between that game and any other run-of-the-mill Orioles game. However, to anyone that watched either or both of those games on television, the difference was more than palpable. On Saturday night, the Orioles were televised nationally by FOX, and last night they were televised

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