Adam Jones on final home games

The modest gathering of fans during the current homestand generate the most noise when Adam Jones is introduced and steps to the plate. He hears it and provides an amusing explanation. “I think they’re cheering louder because they don’t know anybody else,” he said with a laugh while sitting at his locker before last night’s 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays, the club-record 108th of ... read more

Four unearned runs lead to club-record 108th loss (updated)

Cedric Mullins clubbed his first home run in Baltimore tonight and DJ Stewart picked up his first major league hit and later stole his first base. Two of the potential rebuilding blocks contributing to a lead that carried into the seventh inning. It was squandered in stunning fashion, with the Jays scoring four unearned runs for a 6-4 win before an announced crowd of 9,096 ... read more

Showalter on leadership inside clubhouse (O’s down 6-4)

Given the chance to remain in his current role, Orioles manager Buck Showalter would make defense one of his points of emphasis in spring training. Defending at a level that they need get back to or the losses will continue to mount. “There are some things offensively,” he added, “without delving into it too deeply.” Establishing leadership within the clubhouse also could aid the process, ... read more

Notes on Harvey setback, rotation, Cobb, Cashner and Ortiz

Hunter Harvey had another setback today in the fall instructional league. He felt some discomfort in his right elbow while throwing on flat ground and has been shut down again. Harvey underwent an MRI on Aug. 22 that didn’t reveal any structural damage in the elbow and he was allowed to resume throwing a week later. He initially had been cleared on Aug. 6 to ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Steve Wilkerson is getting the start at third base tonight for the Orioles, who will try to avoid a club-record 108th loss. Adam Jones is in right field. Breyvic Valera is the second baseman. DJ Stewart is in left field. Jonathan Villar is 28-for-32 in stolen base attempts and 14-for-16 since joining the Orioles. His 14 steals since Aug. 1 are the third-most in the ... read more

Notes on rotation, Cervenka, tonight’s game and more

While the Orioles were deciding to start Evan Phillips last night and monitoring the weather in case their rotation plans had to be altered again, they had John Means and Dillon Tate throwing side sessions down in Sarasota to remain options for Wednesday night. Lots of balls in the air, lots of moving parts. “We’ve got that well underway,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Trying to ... read more

O’s shut out for 15th time and tie club record for losses (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t decide to become trendy and go with an “opener” instead of a traditional starter against the Blue Jays. It was done out of necessity with injuries and innings limits forcing his hand. And he avoided the term as if it were contagious. A reliever stood on the mound tonight after the playing of both anthems. Call it what you want. ... read more

Notes on lineup shuffling, Sisco, Phillips and Fry (O’s down 4-0)

The Orioles are expected to stick with their latest lineup, the third posted today, if the weather allows them to play. It’s pouring at Camden Yards. Breyvic Valera was removed from the original one due to some shuffling that began with Adam Jones going from right field to the designated hitter role. Joey Rickard was inserted into right field, but he’s been removed while Chris ... read more