Another look at Saturday’s tough loss, plus minors notes

When the Orioles take a one-run lead to the eighth inning, they usually feel pretty good about getting the win in that game. But this time, Darren O’Day gave up the lead and Zach Britton got injured. Not at all what the Orioles had in mind when they took the field leading the Chicago White Sox 5-4 in the eighth last night. The Orioles had ... read more

Pitching takes a turn for the better as first-place White Sox arrive

In the 2014 season, Chris Tillman went 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA. How many times this winter did we discuss that he needed to return to his 2014 form for the Orioles? Well, we have seen him make five starts so far and he is 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA. He gave the Orioles a huge effort last night with 6 2/3 scoreless on two ... read more

Minor league notes on Yastrzemski, Mancini, Janish and more

Double-A Bowie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski today was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. Yastrzemski hit .438 (14-for-32) with three doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs and seven runs scored during the week. This all followed a slow start for the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, who was hitting .143 after eight games. But since then, the ... read more

Today’s pitching matchup and an assortment of notes

Mike Wright continues to be linked to Tyler Wilson, no matter where they are and what roles they handle. Wright is starting today’s series finale in Kansas City after Wilson allowed three runs in five innings last night and picked up the win. Wright faced the Royals once last year and surrendered four runs and four hits over five innings in a Sept. 11 start ... read more

A look at the O’s minor league affiliates so far

The Orioles’ four full-season minor league affiliates are a combined 21-33 to date. Triple-A Norfolk is 4-9, Double-A Bowie 5-8, high Single-A Frederick 5-9 and Single-A Delmarva 7-7. Norfolk had scored just 31 runs in its first 11 games and then the Tides burst out in a big way during Tuesday’s 20-4 win at Charlotte. The 20 runs were the most a Tides club has ... read more

Did Wright take a step forward last night? (Plus Schoop on the power)

The Orioles have lost four of their last five games since their 7-0 start. They were 5-0 at home this year and 10-0 at home since the second game of a doubleheader last Sept. 30 until last night’s loss to Toronto. On the plus side, O’s starting pitchers have now gone exactly six innings three straight games. O’s starters went six innings or more just ... read more

A look at the O’s minor league pitcher that started his career with 32 2/3 scoreless innings

He has a unique name and a career ERA of 0.00 on the O’s farm since being drafted in June. But most fans have never heard his name, as unforgettable as it is. Right-hander Christian Turnipseed has pitched in 24 games since the 2015 draft and has not allowed a run over 32 2/3 innings. He did allow two inherited runners to score while pitching ... read more

Some of the Orioles’ top hitting prospects get off to good starts on farm

Let’s take a quick look at the Orioles’ minor league teams so far. It’s very early obviously, but right now none of the O’s teams at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick or Single-A Delmarva have a winning record. Norfolk is 2-6 and has scored just 24 runs with a 5.70 team ERA. Bowie is 1-7 with a 6.17 team ERA. Both the Keys and ... read more