Australian lefty Alexander Wells is off to good start with Aberdeen

He has come a long way to pursue his major league dream. And so far it is going quite well for 19-year-old left-handed pitcher Alexander Wells from Newcastle, Australia. Signed by the Orioles last Aug. 29 for $300,000, Wells was the opening night starter for short season Single-A Aberdeen. So far he has pitched to an ERA of 1.64 over his first two professional starts. ... read more

O’s notes on the offense, Oliver Drake and the minors

It was a much-needed win and a much-needed solid outing by Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. He gave up two runs over six innings last night as the Orioles beat the Padres 7-2 to split a two-game series. The win improved the Birds to 41-30 and, with Boston’s loss to the White Sox, the Orioles opened a two-game lead atop the American League East over Boston. ... read more

O’s notes on bouncing back, Jonathan Schoop, the bullpen and more

The Orioles have been resilient this year and they have to be that again now. The last two days, they’ve gone to Texas and back. They lost games to the Rangers and Padres by 4-3 and 10-7 scores. They held a three-run lead in each game, but could not win either. Over the last three games, the Orioles have scored 21 runs on 44 hits, ... read more

A look at Aberdeen’s roster and other minor league notes

The short season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds have begun another season in the New York-Penn League. They played their season opener on Friday at Hudson Valley. This year’s team is managed by Luis Pujols, who is in his second season with Aberdeen. Justin Lord is the pitching coach for a third season and Scott Beerer is the hitting coach. Aberdeen lost Friday 4-2 at Hudson Valley ... read more

Oliver Drake rewarded for dominant week at Triple-A Norfolk

Triple-A Norfolk reliever Oliver Drake has been chosen as the International League’s Pitcher of the Week. How long before the Orioles choose him for a return visit to their bullpen? Drake was 4-for-4 in save opportunities last week and held opponents to a .077 average (1-for-13). He walked one batter and struck out 10 in four scoreless innings. The dominance expands beyond a week. Drake ... read more

O’s game blog: Yovani Gallardo faces Toronto, plus some farm notes

The Orioles host the surging Toronto Blue Jays today in the second game of this three-game series. Since beating Toronto 6-5 on June 9 at Rogers Centre, the Orioles have lost four in a row to the Blue Jays. O’s pitching has allowed 38 runs in those four games, with 34 runs coming in the last three games against the Blue Jays. Toronto has put ... read more

O’s game blog: First-round pick Cody Sedlock signs, plus tonight’s matchup

Orioles first-round draft pick Cody Sedlock said today that when he was 5, he wrote down on paper that he wanted to be a pro ballplayer. Today, that dream has been realized for him. The right-hander out of the University of Illinois today signed his first pro contract for a slot bonus of $2,097,200. Taken 27th overall in the First-Year Player Draft, Sedlock is expected ... read more

Orioles lineup (plus deal with first-round pick Cody Sedlock)

The Orioles have reached agreement with their first-round draft pick, University of Illinois right-hander Cody Sedlock, who will be introduced to the media later today at Camden Yards. The lineup for tonight doesn’t include shortstop J.J. Hardy. He was on the field taking ground balls, but he must not be coming off the disabled list. Francisco Pena is behind the plate after Matt Wieters caught ... read more