O's game blog: Ripken on the 2,131 anniversary, tonight's game and more

Before throwing out the first pitch tonight to celebrate the 20th anniversary of 2,131, Cal Ripken Jr. met with reporters. Here are some of the highlights from that press conference: "In some ways it feels like it was yesterday. Although when I see my kids - Rachel is 26 and Ryan is 22 and they were two and six then - in some ways it ... read more

Steve Johnson on his return, Bowie is in the playoffs and O's lose again

Right-hander Steve Johnson was back in the Orioles clubhouse yesterday. He has had a very strong season with Triple-A Norfolk and is expected to be added by the Orioles as rosters can be expanded today. Johnson went 4-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 32 appearances with the Tides, with 16 walks and 67 strikeouts over 54 2/3 innings. He held left-handed batters to a .197 ... read more

Rays homer twice off Wei-Yin Chen to take series opener

The Orioles' return tonight to Camden Yards did little to change their recent fortunes. They lost another game, this one to Tampa Bay by a 6-3 score, as they combined poor offense for six innings with poor starting pitching to lose for the 11th time in 12 games. The Orioles have scored just 10 runs during a five-game losing streak as they fall to 63-68. ... read more

Some not-so-great O's stats and Bowie closes in on a playoff berth

A look at a few notes and stats after the Orioles' latest loss last night. Texas beat the Orioles 4-3 as they lost for the ninth time in 10 games. The Orioles have scored three runs or less in each of the nine losses. * The Orioles have scored 11 runs in their five losses on this 1-5 road trip and they have scored 25 ... read more

Orioles continue to discuss expanded roster

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles manager Buck Showalter still isn't showing his hand regarding the September call-ups. The Orioles will add a few bullpen arms, including Chaz Roe, who's supposed to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. One or two minor league relievers initially are expected to be promoted. More players will be summoned after Triple-A Norfolk's season is done. The Tides are in position ... read more

The Hess express rolls on in Frederick (plus O's homer notes)

Talk about turning around your season. Single-A Frederick right-hander David Hess is on a major roll right now. It all seemed to turn for him around June 20 when he had an ERA of 5.83 for the Keys. But in 12 starts since then, Hess is 7-0 with a 1.34 ERA, allowing two earned runs or less in all 12 starts. In his latest outing ... read more

Notes on Harvey, Heim, Wright, Givens and more

KANSAS CITY - Hunter Harvey will throw another bullpen session on Thursday while recovering from a strained right flexor mass, and the Orioles remain encouraged by his progression. How much? The club is talking about sending Harvey to the fall instructional league in Sarasota and later assigning him to the Arizona Fall League. Harvey, the 22nd-overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of ... read more

A look at Norfolk and Bowie in their playoff chases and other minor league notes

With about two weeks remaining in the minor league regular season, the Orioles' top two affiliates continue to lead their divisions and close in on playoff berths. Triple-A Norfolk is 73-56 and leading its division by three games over Gwinnett with 15 to play. But the Tides and Gwinnett have eight games remaining against each other and begin a four-game series on Thursday at Gwinnett. ... read more