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Opposite dugout: Rays reduced to spoiler role in AL East race

Manager: Kevin Cash (1st season) Record: 64-66 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Logan Forsythe (.277 with 15 HR, 53 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (14 HR, 57 RBIs), CF Kevin Kiermaier (16 SB), RHP Chris Archer (11-10, 2.88 ERA), RHP Brad Boxberger (3.18 ERA, 32 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 5-7 Pitching probables: Aug. 31: RHP Chris Archer vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen, 7:05

Andrew Stetka: As O’s slide, future starts now

As the Orioles continue to slide further and further away from the playoff picture, the start of the season’s final full month will bring an opportunity to see what the future holds. The O’s aren’t out of it, but it’s looking more and more like they’ll be sitting home for the postseason. The question then becomes who are the players that will help the O’s

Meet Chris Davis and claim exclusive signed baseball card at Dempsey’s on Aug. 31

We hope you’re following us on Twitter, and if not, what are you waiting for? On Monday, Aug. 31, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will take time from his busy schedule of crushing home runs to hold an exclusive autograph signing at Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant. The key to get in? You need to be following @masnOrioles on Twitter! On Sunday evening, we will

Opposite dugout: Rangers looking to close in on postseason berth

Manager: Jeff Banister (1st season) Record: 65-61 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B/DH Prince Fielder (.316/.380/.474 with 17 HR, 71 RBIs), 1B Mitch Moreland (.287/.335/.490 with 18 HR, 67 RBIs), RF Shin-Soo Choo (.248 with 15 HR, 56 RBIs), LHP Cole Hamels (1-1, 4.73 ERA), RHP Shawn Tolleson (26 saves, 2.78 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-1 Pitching probables: Aug. 28: RHP Kevin

Matthew Taylor: Tallying reasons to watch O’s despite recent struggles

Let’s face it, being an Orioles fan has been a depressing proposition of late. Not quite 14 consecutive losing seasons depressing, mind you, but depressing all the same. If the 2014 season was exhilarating - and it was - the 2015 season has been exhausting. Judging from the recent Orioles commentary on Twitter, fan reactions to the team’s struggles have included equal parts hostility and

Zach Wilt: The longball is the key

It’s tough to pinpoint exactly what was going wrong for the Orioles over their season-high six game losing streak. The bats had cooled, but the starting pitchers were averaging nearly a 6.00 ERA during the O’s most difficult stretch of the season. Was the offense to blame or the arms? How much of a factor was tough luck? Last night in Kansas City, everything seemed

Domenic Vadala: Orioles can learn from the way Royals carry themselves

Gary Thorne and Mike Bordick brought up a great point in regards to the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. They mentioned that the team was playing with a lot of confidence, and there can be no doubt about that. You can see it written all over their faces, with the manner by which they carry themselves and, heck, even how their fans react. So

Matt Kremnitzer: Investigating Caleb Joseph’s offensive improvement

Caleb Joseph has already demonstrated that he’s an effective defensive catcher. He was very good in part-time duty last year, displaying a strong, accurate arm and very good pitch-framing abilities. In 78 games in 2014, Joseph finished with a Defensive Runs Saved total of +8 and threw out 40 percent of baserunners. In 76 games this year, he’s dropped to +4 and 32 percent, respectively,

Andrew Stetka: Ripken’s return to a dugout could be awkward for O’s fans

As Orioles fans prepare to celebrate 20 years since Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak, there’s word that he could be nearing a return to Major League Baseball. It shocked me, too, when I realized it’s been 20 years since No. 8 took that faithful lap around Camden Yards to thank the fans. What might shock me even more is if he

Opposite dugout: Royals cruising toward AL Central crown

Manager: Ned Yost (6th season) Record: 75-48 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 1B Eric Hosmer (.317 with 14 HR, 74 RBIs), CF Lorenzo Cain (.307 with 24 SB), 2B Ben Zobrist (.321 with 4 HR, 13 RBIs), DH Kendrys Morales (.283 with 13 HR, 85 RBIs), RHP Johnny Cueto (2-2, 3.00 ERA), RHP Greg Holland (3.55 ERA, 28 saves) Season series vs.

Matthew Taylor: The Orioles’ growth mindset concept

The growth mindset concept is popular in education circles these days. Given its focus on the need to embrace failure as part of the learning process, growth mindset is a natural corollary for baseball, where repeated failure is ingrained in the game. I would argue that no game requires a growth mindset so much as baseball. The Baltimore Orioles are an example of that. If

Zach Wilt: How quickly things change

Since we last spoke, the Orioles have won five of their last six games and grabbed the second wild card spot in the American League. A week ago, I searched far and wide for good news to share about my favorite ballclub after they were no-hit by Hisashi Iwakuma in the finale of what ended up being a 4-5 West Coast road trip against the

Opposite dugout: Twins’ fortunes have fallen since early July sweep of O’s

Manager: Paul Molitor (1st season) Record: 59-61 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Brian Dozier (25 HR, 61 RBIs), 3B Miguel Sano (.285 with 9 HR), LF Eddie Rosario (.275 with 9 3B, 7 HR, 28 RBIs, 9 SB), 3B Trevor Plouffe (18 HR, 66 RBIs), RF Torii Hunter (18 HR, 60 RBIs) , RHP Mike Pelfrey (6-7, 3.62 ERA) Season series vs.

Photobombing before photobombing was even a thing

The Orioles took their 2015 team photo the other day, positioning the members of this year’s club in gleaming home whites on chairs and risers in front of the right field scoreboard before Monday’s finale of a four-game series against the A’s. I can’t see a team photo - the year and team really don’t matter - without thinking about the first time I was

Domenic Vadala: Late-season deal could tip AL East in favor of Orioles

As we’ve all heard countless times, Major League Baseball’s trade season doesn’t end in July. The non-waiver trade deadline is, of course, at the end of July. However, trades can still be made until the waiver trade deadline at the end of August (which means that players can be traded so long as they pass through waivers). So with the Orioles now playing better (or

Five-year-old Hailey Dawson throws out first pitch with Orioles-themed robotic hand

The stage was set for five-year-old Hailey Dawson. She set in the infield grass at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, her brother Zach Dawson by her side. Her favorite player Manny Machado stood by home plate, glove in hand, ready to catch Hailey’s ceremonial first pitch. Hailey was born with Poland syndrome, a disease in which affected individuals are born with missing or abnormal muscles

Matt Kremnitzer: Schoop is giving O’s a bat they sorely need

It’s easy to get carried away when talking about the promise of a young major leaguer. If a player is performing well, even for an extended stretch, it’s hard not to ponder his future. Really, that’s part of being a fan - wondering what is and what could be. But there’s a game tomorrow, and the day after, and probably the day after that; things

Opposite dugout: Mets leading the way in NL East, but questions still surround them

Manager: Terry Collins (5th season) Record: 63-55 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Curtis Granderson (.249/.341/.442 with 20 HR, 50 RBIs), 2B Daniel Murphy (.277/.325/.412 with 43 RBIs), 1B Lucas Duda (.247/.347/.476 with 21 HR, 55 RBIs), SS Wilmer Flores (.253 with 11 HR, 44 RBIs), RHP Jacob deGrom (11-6, 2.03 ERA), RHP Jeurys Familia (32 saves, 1.87 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles:

Andrew Stetka: Chris Davis’ hot streak means big bucks this winter

Orioles fans have been bracing for the moment when Chris Davis possibly walks out of town, but if his recent play is any indication, the slugging first baseman will be surfing on a wave of cash if he departs Baltimore instead. The 29-year-old pending free agent has put up monster numbers this season, more than bouncing back from what many saw as a disappointing 2014

Special guest Hailey Dawson to throw out first pitch using Orioles-themed robotic hand

Before they root for the Orioles to complete a four-game sweep of the Athletics, fans attending at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Aug. 17 are in for a very “special” treat when they watch guest Hailey Dawson throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Hailey, a young girl from Las Vegas, was born with a rare disease called Poland Syndrome, which affects one to three

#BrianaInBirdland: Singer Briana Tyson performs at Camden Yards

Straight from Nashville, Tenn., singer/songwriter Briana Tyson graced Camden Yards with an on-field pregame performance before the Orioles took on the A’s. After the O’s wrapped up an 18-2 blowout victory, we suppose you can call her a good luck charm! In her first visit to Baltimore, Tyson chatted with MASNsports.com’s Julia Morris about her new album, her Birdland performance, her love of baseball and

Orioles fans host second annual School of Roch Night

Every morning, Orioles fans log onto MASNsports.com and check out Roch Kubatko’s School of Roch blog for the latest news and notes. As readers ask questions about the roster changes, talk about the previous night’s game or even compete to be the first comment on the post, more than just good baseball discussion is generated. The blog has also developed friendships and a sense of

Opposite dugout: A’s out of AL West race, playing out the string

Manager: Bob Melvin (5th year) Record: 51-65 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: CF Billy Burns (.296, 23 SB), RF Josh Reddick (.282 with 13 HR, 60 RBIs), 3B Brett Lawrie (10 HR, 45 RBIs), C Steven Vogt (15 HR, 60 RBIs), RHP Sonny Gray (12-4, 2.06 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: Aug. 14: TBA vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, 7:05 p.m.,

Matthew Taylor: Orioles are what their record says they are

It’s dangerous to apply football wisdom to baseball. Nevertheless, with the Baltimore Ravens having played their first preseason game on Thursday night in this, ahem, football town, now is as good a time as any to do so. Finish ordering that Bryn Renner jersey at NFL.com, and let’s talk some baseball. NFL Hall of Fame Coach Bill Parcells famously said, “You are what your record

Zach Wilt: Some good news for the Orioles

Throughout the summer, there are days when I can’t wait to sit down at the keyboard to share my thoughts on the Orioles and days in which I wish I had a bit more time to wait until the story turned positive. There’s nothing more fun than blogging about your favorite baseball team when they’re hitting extra-inning game-winning grand slams on the road, like I

Domenic Valada: Wild card teams can channel momentum for postseason run

First off, while I recognize that it departs from my self-proclaimed status as a “baseball purist,” let me preface this by saying that I really love how MLB approaches the postseason now. Some people still clamor for the old system of having two divisions and thus the two division champions going to the LCS series. If you feel that way, I can respect that. However,

Matt Kremnitzer: O’s likely forced to hold steady during Miguel Gonzalez’s rough stretch

How bad does a starting pitcher have to perform before he gets removed from the rotation? For the last couple of months, Miguel Gonzalez seems to be pushing those boundaries. He was up to his usual tricks the first couple months of the season, but he’s been off his game since late June. In the middle of that month, Gonzalez was placed on the disabled

Andrew Stetka: Recent DFAs tell strange story for Orioles

The Orioles have gone about constructing and molding their roster in quite a different way this season. For a team that’s chasing the Blue Jays and Yankees for the American League East crown, it has looked especially strange. There are a total of eight players from the opening day roster no longer with the team. That number jumps to nine if you include Ryan Webb,

Opposite dugout: Even with Cruz, Mariners don’t have consistency or pitching to compete

Manager: Lloyd McClendon (2nd season) Record: 52-60 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF/DH Nelson Cruz (.325/.391/.607 with 33 HR, 69 RBIs), 3B Kyle Seager (.265/.323/.434 with 16 HR, 44 RBIs), 2B Robinson Cano (.266/.312/.419 with 12 HR, 50 RBIs), RHP Taijuna Walker (8-7, 4.67 ERA), RHP Carson Smith (13 holds, 12 saves, 2.76 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: Aug. 10:

Opposite dugout: Star power of Trout and Pujols has Angels poised for another postseason run

Manager: Mike Scioscia (16th season) Record: 57-50 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.303/.394/.611 with 32 HR, 68 RBIs, 6.7 WAR), RF Kole Calhoun (.277/.330/.438 with 15 HR, 59 RBIs), 1B Albert Pujols (.257/.316/.519 with 30 HR, 66 RBIs), RHP Garrett Richards (11-8, 3.46 ERA), RHP Houston Street (26 saves, 2.66 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-1 Pitching probables: Aug. 7:

Zach Wilt: How has Chris Davis rebounded?

As the Orioles entered the 2015 season, one of the major questions they faced centered around Chris Davis. Following his MVP-caliber 2013 season, in which he led baseball with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, Davis hit just 26 homers and drove in 72 in 2014. He played in 127 games while dealing with an oblique injury and finished the season with a 25-game suspension for

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

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

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

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

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