Hart’s “aggression” could get him back to the majors

The same changes that enabled left-hander Donnie Hart to experience some success in spring training also got him back to the majors. One of the nicest guys in the clubhouse has widened his mean streak. It’s not a personality disorder. He isn’t undergoing anger-management classes. Hart just slipped into more of an attack mode on the mound. Hart has made four appearances with the Orioles ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

Chris Davis has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight against White Sox left-hander H├ęctor Santiago. He’s batting seventh. Danny Valencia is batting fifth, followed by designated hitter Mark Trumbo. Andrew Cashner is 0-2 with a 4.61 ERA and 2.049 WHIP in four career games (two starts) against the White Sox. He’s allowed seven earned runs (eight total) and 18 hits in 13 2/3 innings, with ... read more

Too many runners left on base before Orioles left Boston

The Orioles can’t be accused of becoming monotonous. Not when they managed to find a unique way to lose yesterday while closing out the Boston portion of their three-city road trip. It wasn’t a wasted quality start or the typical offense malaise where baserunners are scarce and the opposing pitcher settles into cruise control. It wasn’t a late defensive miscue, whether a botched grounder or ... read more

Hess falters in fifth and Orioles strand 14 in 5-0 loss (with quotes)

BOSTON - The Red Sox lineup can take a promising start and destroy it as if hooked to explosives. It can bring down a veteran pitcher or a prospect making his second major league start. And it won’t be gentle. David Hess needed only seven pitches this afternoon to cruise through the fourth inning and keep the Orioles within a run, but it all came ... read more

Showalter on Davis’ exclusion from lineup (O’s down 5-0)

BOSTON - The Orioles are closing out the Boston portion of their three-city road trip today without Chris Davis in the lineup. Davis’ average is down to .166 with a .241 on-base percentage and .272 slugging percentage. He’s gone 2-for-24 with 12 strikeouts in his last six games. The Red Sox are starting Eduardo Rodriguez, making it an easier call for manager Buck Showalter to ... read more

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Left-hander Donnie Hart isn’t listed on the Orioles lineup card today and has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for starter David Hess. First baseman Chris Davis, on pace for a record 231 strikeouts this season, is on the bench against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Trey Mancini is playing first base. Craig Gentry is in left field. The Orioles have ... read more

Does Davis get a day off as strikeout total climbs?

BOSTON - The Orioles will face their third left-hander in four games this afternoon with the Red Sox starting Eduardo Rodriguez in the series finale. Manager Buck Showalter must decide whether to keep Chris Davis in the lineup or start Trey Mancini or Mark Trumbo at first base. Davis struck out four times last night to run his streak to six going back to Friday ... read more

Orioles’ road woes return in 6-3 loss (updated)

BOSTON - The reprieve from road losses was a brief one. Dylan Bundy served up three home runs tonight within the first five innings and the Orioles lost to the Red Sox 6-3 at Fenway Park for their fourth defeat in the last six games. The Orioles are 14-31 overall and 4-18 on the road. They haven’t won back-to-back games away from Camden Yards since ... read more