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Matusz talks about his demotion

Brian Matusz expressed confidence tonight that he'll regain his effectiveness once he's at Triple-A Norfolk. He sounds like he's in a good frame of mind. "Absolutely," he said. "It's going to be tough. I'm not getting it done up here. It's not fair for the team. Every fifth day I go out there and make starts like this. It's just motivation for me to get

Matusz optioned to Triple-A Norfolk (with quotes)

The Orioles optioned left-hander Brian Matusz to Triple-A Norfolk after tonight's game. A corresponding move will be announced tomorrow. Matusz is 1-4 with an 8.77 ERA in six starts since coming off the disabled list. He allowed eight runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings tonight in the Orioles' 9-6 loss to the Cardinals. Manager Buck Showalter said he's not angry with Matusz. "I

More on Simon, Berkman and the farm (updated)

Tonight's attendance: 28,340 Alfredo Simon had retired eight of nine batters before Lance Berkman led off the top of the seventh inning with his second home run of the night and his 20th this season. David Freese followed with a double, and Simon was out of the game. Michael Gonzalez walked Colby Rasmus to put runners on first and second with no outs, but he

Another short night for Matusz (updated twice)

Brian Matusz's sixth start didn't bring any comfort to the Orioles or the young left-hander. Matusz allowed eight runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, with one walk, two strikeouts and two home runs. He threw 70 pitches, the last resulting in Jon Jay's three-run homer. Alfredo Simon replaced Matusz, who has surrendered 14 runs and 18 hits in his last two starts covering

Showalter talks about Matusz (O's trail 4-0)

Manager Buck Showalter was asked what he needs to see from Brian Matusz tonight to be convinced that the left-hander is moving in the right direction. It won't be velocity. "I know what everybody's going to be looking at the first time he throws a fastball - second time, third time," Showalter said. "I think command and his secondary pitches, so that thick or thin

Showalter talks about Reimold (plus minor league note)

As soon as the Cardinals announced that left-hander Jaime Garcia would make tonight's start for the Cardinals instead of right-hander Jake Westbrook, you knew that Nolan Reimold would crack the Orioles' lineup for the first time since June 19. It's not like Reimold is being eased back into the competition. Not with Garcia on the mound. "Well, like he said, it beats (Triple-A) Norfolk," manager

A few pregame notes

Jake Arrieta is still scheduled to start Saturday night's interleague game in Atlanta. He threw in the bullpen yesterday and impressed pitching coach Rick Adair. Vladimir Guerrero is expected to be on the bench again for the three games against the Braves unless injuries dictate a change in plans. Guerrero didn't start any of the games in Washington and Pittsburgh. Former No. 1 pick Matt

Reimold starting tonight

Nolan Reimold is making his first start tonight since June 19. He'll also get his first at-bats since that date. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Derrek Lee 1B Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Brian Matusz LHP If you're keeping score at home, here are the Orioles' draft picks

RIP if you're a RISP (plus minor league note)

I'm staring at my laptop screen right now and wondering if I should just slam it shut and go back to bed. The Orioles are making me want to pull the covers over my head. Maybe I'll bring a blanket to the press box. They went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position last night and are 9-for-61 in their last seven games. They couldn't score

Jakubauskas talks about his outing

One more note on the starters: They're 3-8 with a 5.99 ERA and have failed to complete seven innings in the last 16 games since Jake Arrieta did it on June 10. Chris Jakubauskas fell to 2-1 with a 5.68 ERA after allowing five runs and seven hits in five innings. He noted that the Cardinals were "a little bit more aggressive." They also were

Showalter speaks after 5-1 loss

You can't talk about tonight's 5-1 loss to the Cardinals without focusing on the bases-loaded, no-out situation in the fifth inning that yielded no runs, and another non-quality start from the rotation. "We had a shot at them there in the fifth," manager Buck Showalter said. "That was a big momentum swing." Was it quality pitching from Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter or the Orioles' hitters

Orioles leave them loaded

Each time Brad Bergesen begins to warm in the Orioles' bullpen, Chris Jakubauskas makes a big pitch to end an inning and stay in the game. He's not especially sharp tonight, but he's stubborn. The Orioles had a chance to wipe out a four-run deficit, or at least take a big chunk out of it, after loading the bases with no outs in the bottom

Markakis keeps streaking (updated)

Nick Markakis' hitting streak has reached a career-high 18 games. Markakis doubled off Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter with two outs in the bottom of the third inning to reduce their deficit to 4-1. The run is unearned because Carpenter was charged with an error on a sharp ground ball by J.J. Hardy that deflected off the pitcher's foot and bounced to third base. It sure

Jakubauskas and Berkman meet again (updated twice)

That was a nice eight-pitch top of the first inning for Orioles right-hander Chris Jakubauskas. Pop up, strikeout. fly ball. It can be a pretty simple game. Throw strikes and work quickly. Command your fastball and good things usually will happen. Lance Berkman stepped to the plate in the top of the second, which must have brought disturbing flashbacks for both men. Jakubauskas' only major

Showalter discusses roster move

Clay Rapada wasn't available to reporters once the clubhouse opened for us at 3:35 p.m. He might have already packed up and left the ballpark. Rapada posted a 7.30 ERA in 22 appearances. Left-handers were 4-for-35 with three walks and 13 strikeouts against him, but right-handers were 9-for-13 with two doubles, a triple, two homers, three walks and no strikeouts. In 12 1/3 innings this

Rapada designated for assignment (and Orioles lineup)

The Orioles will activate Alfredo Simon from the disabled list this afternoon and designate left-hander Clay Rapada for assignment. The club has 10 days to trade Rapada, pass him through waivers and outright him to Triple-A Norfolk or release him. The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec tweeted the roster move, and a team official just confirmed it. Rapada was effective against left-handers, as advertised. They went 4-for-35

Scott's knee still sore (and other notes)

Luke Scott's right knee remains sore after he slammed into the left field fence last night, so it's doubtful that he'll be in tonight's lineup. Scott will continue to ice the knee. Meanwhile, you can list him as day-to-day, like the rest of us. Scott bruised his knee while making a leaping catch to rob the Cardinals' Matt Holliday of a home run in the

It's gone wrong for Guerrero

J.J. Hardy has now homered in nine consecutive series and reached base in 31 of 34 games since May 21. Does missing a month with an oblique injury deny him an All-Star berth? He sure looks like a deserving candidate. Not much information came out of yesterday's pregame session with manager Buck Showalter. It wasn't his fault. It was just a slow day. I did

Scott provides injury update, Britton discusses start

Luke Scott is hoping that he'll remain in the lineup tomorrow night after slamming his right knee against the left field fence, but he can't be certain until he wakes up in the morning. Luke Scott talks about his knee injury following the O's 6-2 loss to the Cardinals "We'll see how it is," he said. "Contusions, or when you get hit by something, it

Showalter speaks after 6-2 loss

Manager Buck Showalter reminded reporters tonight that we're not looking "at the finished body" when Zach Britton takes the mound. Britton is a rookie with limited experience above the Double-A level. He's also 6-6 with a 3.38 ERA after allowing four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in tonight's 6-2 loss to the Cardinals. Britton has one victory in his last 10 starts.

Scott has knee contusion (with Showalter quote)

Luke Scott left tonight's game with a bruised right knee. He'll be reevaluated tomorrow. Scott slammed against the fence while robbing Matt Holliday of a home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. He limped back to the dugout and wasn't able to put a lot of weight on the knee. Showalter told reporters after the Orioles' 6-2 loss to the

Hardy homer halts shutout bid (Scott hurt?)

J.J. Hardy belted his 11th home run to finally put the Orioles on the scoreboard in the eighth inning. Hardy connected off Cardinals reliever Ryan Franklin, sending the ball an estimated 406 feet to left-center field. And you thought the night was going to be a total loss. You can't judge a trade this early, but giving up minor league relievers Jim Hoey and Brett

Rapada replaces Britton (updated)

The tarp is off the field and Clay Rapada is on the mound after a 28-minute rain delay. Rapada last pitched on Sunday, when he walked the only batter he faced. This is Rapada's second appearance since June 21. Zach Britton allowed four runs and seven hits, with two walks and three strikeouts, in 5 2/3 innings. He threw 90 pitches, 55 for strikes. Britton

Orioles-Cardinals in rain delay (will resume 9 p.m.)

I knew this game was moving too fast. The tarp is coming on the field after umpires halted play at 8:35 p.m. Too bad the grounds crew didn't take action a few minutes earlier. Colby Rasmus hit a 400-foot home run to extend the Cardinals' lead to 4-0 in the top of the sixth. Zach Britton retired Yadier Molina on a ground ball for the

Britton falls behind, 3-0

Zach Britton got into a jam in the second inning when David Freese reached on an infield hit and Colby Rasmus walked with one out. He fell behind, 1-0, to Yadier Molina, and catcher Matt Wieters called time and headed to the mound for a brief conference. I don't know what Wieters said, but Britton retired Molina on a fly ball to right and got

Pregame notes from Showalter

Alfredo Simon reported to Single-A Frederick today, but manager Buck Showalter told reporters that it's "more likely than less likely" that the reliever is activated from the disabled list before tomorrow night's game against the Cardinals. Showalter said the club will make a decision early tomorrow afternoon whether Simon pitches for the Keys or comes off the disabled list. Look for Simon to join the

Orioles lineup against Cardinals

For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Luke Scott LF Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Zach Britton LHP Lee is two hits shy of 1,900 for his career. He'll become the 315th player in major league history to reach the milestone. The Orioles are the only team in baseball to

Simon won't be activated today

The Orioles have decided not to activate reliever Alfredo Simon from the disabled list, delaying their next roster move for at least 24 hours. It's possible that Simon will return to the 25-man roster before tomorrow night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Camden Yards. Simon is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He threw two scoreless innings Sunday at Double-A Bowie,

Dealing with Cards

The interleague fun continues tonight with the Cardinals coming to Baltimore for the first time. Before last night, the Cardinals ranked second in the majors with a .269 average and fifth in runs scored with 369. Tonight marks the return of Joe Strauss to Camden Yards. We were on the beat together at The Sun starting in 1997 - the wire-to-wire season - before he

Rotation, Reimold and a reheated leftover

A reader asked earlier today about the Orioles' rotation for the Cardinals series that begins tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Zach Britton, Chris Jakubauskas and Brian Matusz are the scheduled starters. Jakubauskas will work on normal rest and take Jake Arrieta's turn. Arrieta, as you'll recall, is slated to throw another bullpen session on Wednesday and make Saturday night's start in Atlanta. The Cardinals are

Seeing All-Stars (and more)

It's another off-day in June for the Orioles. We're up to five, in case you're scoring at home. And if you're scoring at home, you're probably not reading this blog. I didn't realize until checking yesterday's postgame notes that J.J. Hardy has homered in eight consecutive series. He's reached base safely in 29 of 32 games since May 21. Derrek Lee is batting .375 with

Guthrie on Guthrie

Let's hear from winning pitcher Jeremy Guthrie: "We came out swinging the bats real well, as we did all series. Just some big, big swings by D-Lee (Derrek Lee) and Mark (Reynolds), and then those extra runs we tagged on. We put pressure on their pitcher the majority of the afternoon. That was important for us." "I thought I was able to locate the fastball

Orioles take two of three from Reds (with Showalter quotes)

Today's attendance: 27,809 Luke Scott homered off Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman in the seventh inning to provide a huge insurance run and end the left-handers strikeout streak at five, and Kevin Gregg recorded his 14th save by retiring three batters after former Oriole Ramon Hernandez greeted him with a home run on the first pitch in the top of the ninth. Orioles 7, Reds 5.

Guthrie becomes latest Orioles starter to exit early (updated)

The Orioles gave Jeremy Guthrie a five-run lead today, but he came out of the game after 5 2/3 innings. Guthrie allowed two runs and six hits while he was on the mound, with four walks and five strikeouts. He threw 111 pitches, which forced manager Buck Showalter to call upon relievers Clay Rapada and Jim Johnson in the sixth inning. Rapada walked Joey Votto

Orioles take lead, Simon update (Lee and Reynolds homer)

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on Nick Markakis' two-out single that scored Blake Davis. Davis singled and stole second with one out. Catcher Craig Tatum walked and J.J. Hardy popped up before Markakis came to the plate. Tatum was thrown out at third base to end the inning, but not before Davis scored. Update: Derrek Lee crushed

Talking about Guthrie, Fox and Matusz (updated)

You don't have to worry about Jeremy Guthrie's velocity today. His fastball topped out at 97 mph in the first inning. The Reds forced Guthrie to throw 28 pitches in the inning. They didn't score, but they had a single and walk. Guthrie struck out the last two batters he faced. Mark Reynolds committed his 17th error in the second inning on a high throw

More from Jake Arrieta

Now that I've left the MASN set in the bullpen area and returned to the press box, I can pass along more quotes from Jake Arrieta. Arrieta completed a bullpen session today without experiencing any discomfort in his right elbow. "My side was pretty good," he said afterward while standing at his locker. "I was a little timid at first to let it go, but

Arrieta start pushed back again as precaution

Jake Arrieta threw around 40 pitches in the bullpen today and said his right elbow felt good, but he's scheduled for another side session on Wednesday and is shooting for a Saturday start in Atlanta. Arrieta was supposed to pitch Wednesday against the Cardinals at Camden Yards, but the Orioles want him to throw again in the bullpen and build up to around 50 pitches.

Orioles and Reds lineups

Blake Davis is back at second base today. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Derrek Lee 1B Luke Scott LF Mark Reynolds 3B Blake Davis 2B Craig Tatum C Jeremy Guthrie RHP Guthrie has never faced the Reds. Jonny Gomes is 3-for-7 with a double and home run against him. Scott Rolen is 2-for-15. Hardy is

Showalter confirms Matusz will make next start

Things tend to change around here, and often times in a hurry, but manager Buck Showalter indicated after tonight's game that left-hander Brian Matusz will remain in the rotation and make his next start. "It seems like a lot of balls squared up off him when he's kind of down sometimes," Showalter said. "It looks like he's getting some outs up. I've seen him when

The Matusz mystery continues (updated twice)

Brian Matusz's hamstring didn't seem to be an issue tonight. The Cincinnati Reds caused all the trouble. Matusz was removed after allowing six runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five, but he also served up three home runs, including two to Joey Votto that accounted for five runs. Matusz's ERA rises from 5.60 to 6.85. The concerns also jump up

Matusz in more trouble, Markakis homers (updated twice)

Brian Matusz gave up a double and infield hit to the first two batters he faced in the top of the third inning. He ran the count full to Joey Votto. Then he threw a curvevball. Reds 4, Orioles 1. Votto hit his 100th career home run, a 386-foot shot to right-center field, to break a 1-1 tie. Matusz has thrown 55 pitches in three

Another RBI for Jones (updated)

Adam Jones homered with two outs in the bottom of the first inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Jones drove a Bronson Arroyo pitch an estimated 394 feet to center field for his 13th homer. Jones has recorded at least one RBI in seven straight games, raising his team-leading total to 45. He's tied with Mark Reynolds for the club's home run lead.

Showalter on Davey Johnson's return to managing

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked earlier today about Davey Johnson's hiring as Nationals manager. "Managed against him, he was a sharp guy. A very good, solid baseball guy," Showalter said. "A lot of times, players as good as Davey was sometimes aren't always really as good a manager as they are a player. But he's both. He always did a good job with pitching,

A few pregame notes (and more)

Brad Bergesen is available in long relief tonight if left-hander Brian Matusz doesn't pitch deep into the game. The Orioles might be forced to make a roster move tomorrow morning If manager Buck Showalter has to use Bergesen tonight for an extended stretch, or if he has to bring in multiple relievers. Showalter will try to avoid Jim Johnson and Koji Uehara after they each

Andino back in lineup (with Reds lineup)

Robert Andino has returned to second base after stepping aside for Blake Davis the past two games. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Derrek Lee 1B Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Brian Matusz LHP Hardy is batting .359 with seven doubles, five homers and 11 RBIs as the leadoff

Showalter shows faith in Davis

If you told me back in March that the biggest buzz yesterday would be created by Blake Davis' return to the lineup, I would have handed you a small plastic cup and pointed you toward the bathroom. Then I would have remembered that I'm not in the medical profession and have no real reason to test you for mind-altering drugs, and we would have shared

Nobody doesn't like Derrek Lee tonight

Well, unless you're a Reds fan. First baseman Derrek Lee hit the third walk-off home run of his career, the others coming May 11, 2005 off Heath Bell and July 3, 2000 off Turk Wendell. Yes, Lee's been playing this game for a while. Derrek Lee after his dramatic walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th Friday night against the Reds "I hit

Showalter speaks after 5-4, 12-inning win

Like everyone else in the Orioles' dugout, manager Buck Showalter was happy for first baseman Derrek Lee, who hit the walk-off home run that produced a 5-4 win in 12 innings. Buck Showalter's postgame comments after Friday's uplifting 5-4 win against Cincinnati "I'm happy for us, too," Showalter said. "That's a really good club over there. I said before, they won the National League Central

Another opportunity goes up in flames (Lee with the walk-off)

The Orioles blew a 4-0 lead tonight. Now they've blown another chance to end this game. J.J. Hardy opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a double to center field off Cincinnati reliever Jose Arredondo, the ball deflecting off Drew Stubbs' glove as he slowed near the warning track. Nick Markakis swung at the next pitch and grounded to third baseman Scott Rolen. Pull

Johnson and Johnson (updated)

Orioles reliever Jim Johnson stranded two runners in scoring position to keep the score tied in the seventh inning. Naturally, the rally started with two outs when Scott Rolen singled and Jay Bruce followed with a ground-rule double to center. Jonny Gomes hit a tapper to the third base side of the mound and Johnson initially froze, assuming that the ball hit Gomes' foot and

Jakubauskas falters in fifth (game tied in sixth)

Chris Jakubauskas shut out the Reds through four innings, no small feat considering they began the night having scored the third-most runs in the majors with 364. Their .261 average ranked seventh. Jakubauskas issued a two-out walk to leadoff hitter Chris Heisey in the fifth, moving former Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez to second base. You could guess what would happen next. Brandon Phillips followed with

Davis gets first major league hit and RBIs (Jones homers)

Great crowd here tonight for the Reds and fireworks. If this game isn't a sell-out, it will be pretty close to one. Random stat of the night: Opponents are batting .375 off Cincinnati right-hander Edinson Volquez with the bases empty and no outs, the fourth-highest average in the National League. J.J. Hardy grounded out leading off the first, and Derrek Lee walked leading off the

Quick pregame hits

PItcher Alfredo Simon threw today in Sarasota without any hamstring issues and is scheduled to throw one or two innings Sunday at Double-A Bowie. He's eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday. Jake Arrieta will throw a light bullpen session today. Arrieta says his right elbow feels better and he remains scheduled to start Wedneday night against the Cardinals at Camden Yards. Manager

Blake Davis gets another start

Blake Davis will make his second major league start tonight. Vladimir Guerrero returns to the lineup. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Derrek Lee 1B Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Blake Davis 2B Chris Jakubauskas RHP

Seeing Reds this weekend (plus notes and Reds lineup)

It's funny how almost 41 years have passed and I still associate the Cincinnati Reds with the 1970 World Series. It's not as funny when I link the Pittsburgh Pirates to the 1971 and '79 World Series. The Orioles begin their interleague homestand tonight against the Reds, who are making their first visit to Camden Yards. Edinson Volquez will try to lower his career 5.59

Is a second baseman the first priority?

I'll begin this entry by congratulating shortstop Manny Machado for hitting a home run last night in his first game with Single-A Frederick. Machado went deep in his second at-bat with the Keys, and I've heard it was a moon shot. Machado was 1-for-4 and accounted for Frederick's only run in a 2-1 loss to Winston-Salem. I think the kid needs more hype. We haven't

Notes on Tillman, Machado and Schoop

For the first time in three outings, Triple-A Norfolk's Chris Tillman didn't have a start cut short by the weather. Unfortunately, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre forced his early exit this afternoon. Tillman allowed five earned runs (six total) and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four. His ERA rose to 4.56. Tillman threw 97 pitches, 62 for strikes. Tillman's last start ended

Random thoughts and concerns

The Orioles are off today, which pretty much matches their play for most of the road trip. See if you can tell the difference. Here's one way to do it: There won't be a final score later. If we're led to believe that the Orioles are improved - and their record compared to last season points to that truth - they can't lose four of

A second look at Blake Davis

Before closing the book on today's 5-4 loss to the Pirates - and if an Orioles starter tried to do it, he'd probably pinch a finger and have his turn skipped - I wanted to revisit Blake Davis' major league debut. Davis went 0-for-4, though he made solid contact in his first two at-bats and advanced both runners with his drive to left-center field. But

Orioles end road trip with 5-4 loss (Davis quotes)

The Orioles fell to 10-15 in series finales with today's 5-4 loss to the Pirates. The road trip is finally over. They lost two games in Toronto, two in Washington and two in Pittsburgh. Not exactly how you'd draw it up. The Orioles are back to being a season-worst six games below .500. And now they've got the Reds and Cardinals coming to Camden Yards,

Davis has "welcome to the majors" moment

This isn't how Blake Davis wants to remember his major league debut. Davis let a sharp two-out ground ball from Josh Harrison scoot through his legs in the fifth inning, allowing two runs to score and giving the Pirates a 5-4 lead. Zach Britton should have been out of the inning. Instead, he's trailing again and his pitch count continues to increase. It's up to

Arrieta's elbow an issue (updated twice)

Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 13 games today with a double in the first inning. I just wanted to make sure everyone knew about it. The Pirates lead, 2-0, as we head to the top of the second inning. Update: Markakis singled in the third to score Zach Britton, who collected his second major league hit and moved up on J.J. Hardy's single.

Blake Davis gets first major league start

Blake Davis is in the starting lineup today at second base. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Derrek Lee 1B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott LF Mark Reynolds 3B Blake Davis 2B Zach Britton LHP Orioles pitchers are a combined 5-for-12 (.417) at the plate this year with two doubles and two RBIs. All other AL teams are a

While waiting for the first pitch...

The Orioles and Pirates have a 12:35 p.m. game today at PNC Park, which means an early lineup posting and a free night. I'm talking about myself. I don't care what they do. Zach Britton is taking the mound for the 15th time today. Nine of his outings have resulted in quality starts. I'd settle for him getting through the game without an injury. Brad

A losing road trip

A 9-3 loss to the Pirates tonight assures the Orioles of finishing below .500 on this nine-game, three-city road trip. During his interview that aired on MASN, Jeremy Guthrie told reporters that he felt very comfortable. The back wasn't an issue, and neither was an adjusted throwing schedule leading up to tonight's start. What hurts is the 2-9 record. Jeremy Guthrie dissects his rough outing

Rotating concerns among Orioles starters (updated twice)

The Orioles really need Thursday's off day to slow their world from spinning out of control. Jeremy Guthrie has allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings to the Pirates, who couldn't get out of their own way last night. His last start was cut short by a strained muscle in his back, and his command isn't up to the normal standards. The only

Klein has SLAP tear in shoulder

Orioles pitching prospect Dan Klein, a third-round pick out of UCLA last June, has been diagnosed with a small SLAP tear in his right labrum. Renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum confirmed the tear while examining the MRI taken on Klein's shoulder last week in Baltimore. The Orioles believe that Klein can rehab the shoulder and avoid surgery, as Jason Berken and former Oriole Matt Albers

Scott returns to the lineup

Luke Scott has returned to left field after leaving Saturday's game in Washington with back spasms. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Derrek Lee 1B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott LF Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Updating Brian Roberts (and bullpen coach)

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was reevaluated today by Dr. Michael Collins, a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh, and told to return again in two weeks. Roberts has tracked pop-ups, according to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, but his baseball activities are limited. He's mostly confined to conditioning exercises, and he's still experiencing mild headaches when exerting himself. While he's making progress, it's coming in

Guthrie's turn at the plate

Not to put any pressure on Jeremy Guthrie tonight, but besides pitching for the first time since straining a muscle in his back, he also is expected to produce at least one hit. Orioles pitchers are a combined 4-for-9 (.444) with a double and two RBIs. Jake Arrieta recorded his first major league hit last night, Chris Jakubauskas had his first two hits Sunday at

Looking back, ahead and elsewhere

So these are the new and improved Pirates? Meet the new Pirates, same as the old Pirates. To be fair, they have a promising young nucleus, but last night reminded us why they haven't posted a winning record since Manny Sanguillen hung up his shin guards. Actually, you can see Sanguillen in Bradenton every spring training. And he operates the "Manny's BBQ" concession at PNC

Showalter explains Arrieta's removal and Russell's return to dugout

Manager Buck Showalter confirmed after tonight's 8-3 win over the Pirates that Jake Arrieta's removal from the game wasn't due to a health issue. Arrieta is fine physically. I can't blame anyone for wondering, given what we witnessed in the Nationals series. Arrieta's command and the heat were the issues. That's why he was done after five innings and 87 pitches. "He's capable of better,"

Who needs a designated hitter? (Arrieta done)

The National League rules seem to suit the Orioles just fine. Zach Britton had an RBI double Friday night in Washington. Chris Jakubauskas tormented the Nationals with two hits yesterday. And Jake Arrieta blooped a run-scoring single into right field in the first inning tonight to give the Orioles a 5-0 lead over the Pirates. Arrieta was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout before

Recapping the injury updates (plus Klein)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed earlier today that Jeremy Guthrie will start tomorrow night against the Pirates. Jason Berken would have taken the ball in Guthrie's absence. Guthrie left his last start in Toronto because of a strained muscle in his upper back. An MRI didn't reveal anything more serious and he threw a bullpen session yesterday in Washington. Buck Showalter confirms Jeremy Guthrie will

Orioles and Pirates lineups

Luke Scott told reporters in Pittsburgh that his back feels better, but Felix Pie gets the start tonight in left field. Also, the Sun's Jeff Zrebiec tweeted that Brian Matusz expects to start Friday night against the Reds at Camden Yards. He says the hamstring is 100 percent. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Derrek Lee 1B Matt Wieters

Taking a glance at Hobgood

Matt Hobgood took the mound today for the Gulf Coast League Orioles and made quick work of the GCL Twins, retiring the side in order in the first inning on three ground balls. Ryan Berry, a ninth-round pick out of Rice in 2009, replaced him in the second. Hobgood, 20, had been rehabbing a strained rotator cuff at extended spring training. Today marked his return

Taking a glance at Arrieta

Jake Arrieta makes his 16th start tonight, and his first against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He's only faced one Pirate in his career - and yes, that sounds a little strange. First baseman Lyle Overbay is 0-for-3 against him. Arrieta leads the Orioles with 11 quality starts by definition. And I use "by definition" to avoid any debates over just how good he threw in some

This, that and the other

The Orioles are in Pittsburgh for the next three games, which reminds me of the 1971 and 1979 World Series. I'll get over it one of these days. Derrek Lee looks pretty comfortable in the National League, so let him continue to bat cleanup. He was 9-for-13 against the Nationals. He's 3-for-6 lifetime against Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton. No reason to move him. You already

Jakubauskas: "My main thing was don't fall down"

WASHINGTON - Chris Jakubauskas didn't receive an official invite to spring training, but he's won two games for the Orioles this season. Funny how these things work out. He's also their best hitter on the pitching staff. Chris Jakubauskas talks about his outing on the mound Sunday and at the plate "The first hit, ironically, probably means more to me since I was a hitter

Showalter speaks after 7-4 win

WASHINGTON - The Orioles avoided the sweep with today's 7-4 victory over the sloppy Nationals, who committed three errors and bobbled a few other balls. Buck Showalter hopes the O's can use the momentum from Sunday's win to carry them into Pittsburgh "I've said many times, usually you look at that error column and you're winning that, you're in the ballgame. And taking advantage of

Jakubauskas brings the heavy lumber (updated)

WASHINGTON - Chris Jakubauskas singled twice today before Jim Johnson replaced him. That .667 average will put a little more pressure on the other pitchers. The last Orioles pitcher to collect two hits in a game? That would be Erik Bedard on May 20, 2007 against the Nationals. This is the 130th time that an Orioles pitcher had two hits or more in a game.

Lee stays hot (updated twice)

WASHINGTON - Adam Jones singled with two outs in the top of the fifth inning to score J.J. Hardy, and Derrek Lee followed with a double to increase the Orioles' lead to 5-2. That's it for Nationals left-hander Tom Gorzelanny. The Orioles have salvaged the inning after a highly questionable send by third base coach John Russell resulted in pitcher Chris Jakubauskas being thrown out

Chance for big inning fizzles (updated three times)

WASHINGTON - The Orioles can't seem to get that one big hit that opens the flood gates. They loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning on Derrek Lee's leadoff single - his eighth hit of the series - third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's throwing error and Mark Reynolds' infield hit. Craig Tatum, batting seventh, grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Lee scored, but

Pregame notes and quotes (and more)

WASHINGTON - I want to thank everyone for wishing me a Happy Father's Day. Right back at you. I hope you have something special planned today. Somehow, the quotes I posted from Brian Matusz in my last entry appeared below Jeremy Guthrie's update. Just so there's no confusion, Matusz was doing the talking. Luke Scott said his back was feeling better this morning, but he

Matusz update, Derrek Lee batting cleanup today

WASHINGTON - The Orioles will try to avoid a sweep today while anointing Chris Jakubauskas the stopper in this rotation - at least for a day. Brian Matusz says his left hamstring is a little sore today, as expected, but he feels much better, his mobility is good and he expects to make his next start. He'll play catch today. "It feels good," he said.

Tillman's fine, I'm paranoid

So I decide to check Triple-A Norfolk's box score from tonight's game against Buffalo because I'm curious about Chris Tillman's outing and I really need to get a life. Here's Tillman's final line: 3 2/3 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 0 walks 3 strikeouts. 65 pitches, 38 strikes. So why did he leave the game with two outs in the fourth inning?

Matusz and Scott talk about their injuries

WASHINGTON - Let's start with Brian Matusz and his hamstring cramps. "It was just two pitches prior. I felt a hamstring cramp up, and it's one of those things I try to walk off, shake off. It just held up on a ball in the back of my hamstring. Not much more I could do than that, so I made the right decision to come

Showalter speaks after 4-2 loss

WASHINGTON - The Orioles have lost four of five games on this road trip and are a season-high six games under .500, but at least they're not healthy. Let's review today's physical issues: Luke Scott left the game with back spasms and is day-to-day. Brian Matusz left the game with cramping in his left hamstring and is questionable to make his next start, though manager

Matusz leaves game with hamstring cramping

WASHINGTON - A fairly promising start for Brian Matusz, at least statistically, has ended prematurely when he walked off the field with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells in the bottom of the sixth. The game was tied 1-1 heading into the inning. Ryan Zimmerman doubled with one out and Michael Morse hit an opposite-field two-run homer to give Washington a 3-1 lead. Danny Espinosa singled

Scott leaves game (updated), Matusz through third, Bergesen talks

WASHINGTON - Derrek Lee is 2-for-2 today, making him 7-for-7 in this series. Felix Pie pinch-hit for Luke Scott in the fourth inning and singled to right field to move Lee to third base after a one-out double. No word yet on why Scott came out of the game. Update: Scott left the game with mid-back spasms. He's day-to-day. Maybe Jeremy Guthrie is contagious. Brian

Pregame Showalter

WASHINGTON - The sun is out, the game has started and Adam Jones has launched his 10th home run deep into the left field seats, but I wanted to pass along a few comments from manager Buck Showalter. On Jeremy Accardo: "He was trying to make some adjustments to get a little more movement, get guys off him. I mean, he had a lot of

Guthrie throws off flat ground

WASHINGTON - Jeremy Guthrie tested his sore back by playing catch today, making 40 throws and expanding the distance to 90 feet. Guthrie was diagnosed yesterday with a mild strain. He hopes to throw a bullpen session tomorrow and make Tuesday night's start in Pittsburgh. "I'll see how my body feels, but tomorrow's my bullpen day," he said. "It's improved. It's improved every day. I

Davis ready to debut

WASHINGTON - Blake Davis didn't receive an invitation to spring training this year. He remained in a utility role at Triple-A Norfolk, mostly playing right field but also getting starts in the infield. He wasn't a leading candidate to make his major league debut this summer. Anything can happen in this game. Davis, 27, had his contract purchased and will be on the bench for

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - Blake Davis will wear No. 28. Following in the footsteps of Radhames Dykoff. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Luke Scott LF Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Brian Matusz LHP For the Nationals: Werth RF Desmond SS Zimmerman 3B Morse 1B Espinosa 2B Hairston LF Rodriguez C Zimmermann RHP Bernadina

Here today, gone today (updated)

I left my house yesterday at 1:32 p.m. I arrived home at 1:32 a.m. I didn't plan it that way. Manager Buck Showalter suggests that we "sleep fast." Well, it went quickly for me. I'm ready to get back in my car and make the hour-long drive to Nationals Park, where the clubhouse will have a different look. Brad Bergesen is back. That shuttle must

Hearing from Britton, Wieters and Jones

WASHINGTON - Rookie Zach Britton carried a shutout into the fifth inning before surrendering four runs, only one earned, and piling 32 pitches on his left arm. He was removed for a pinch-hitter and settled for a no-decision. Britton deflected the attention away from third baseman Mark Reynolds' costly throwing error on a sacrifice bunt. "Obviously, it's easier to throw when you got an out,

Showalter speaks after 8-4 loss

WASHINGTON - Manager Buck Showalter completed his postgame interview session with the media in under three minutes. It's the only thing that didn't take long. The game lasted 3 hours, 20 minutes and followed a 56-minute rain delay. Showalter clearly wanted to attend to more pressing matters afterward, which included designating reliever Jeremy Accardo for assignment. The Orioles made four roster moves, which I detailed

Accardo DFA as part of roster moves

WASHINGTON - The Orioles designated reliever Jeremy Accardo for assignment after tonight's game. They also recalled pitcher Brad Bergesen, optioned infielder Ryan Adams to Triple-A Norfolk and purchased infielder Blake Davis' contract. Accardo allowed 55 baserunners in 32 1/3 innings - 37 hits, 17 walks and one hit batter. Signed as a free agent over the winter, he's 3-3 with a 5.29 ERA. Accardo took

No relief in sight

WASHINGTON - Jeremy Accardo replaced Zach Britton and retired one of the four batters he faced. He issued a leadoff walk to Wilson Ramos, gave up a double to former Oriole Jerry Hairston Jr. and walked reliever Sean Burnett before Roger Bernadina flied to left. Accardo is charged with three runs after Jayson Werth's RBI single and Ian Desmond's sacrifice fly off reliever Jason Berken.

Orioles tie game, waste more chances

WASHINGTON - Welcome to National League baseball, where the starting pitcher is removed after five innings and 81 pitches, and another pitcher is used as a pinch-runner. Vladimir Guerrero batted for Zach Britton in the top of the sixth and lined an RBI single into center field off reliever Todd Coffey. Chris Jakubauskas, scheduled to face the Nationals on Sunday, pinch-ran for him. J.J. Hardy's

In-game updates (game tied 4-4)

WASHINGTON - Left-hander Zach Britton has driven in one more run than he's allowed tonight. Britton is shutting out the Nationals on one hit over four innings, with one walk and three strikeouts. He's thrown 49 pitches, 31 for strikes. The Orioles are 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position through five innings. Twice tonight, they've put the first two runners on base and failed to

Bergesen, Davis headed to D.C. (O's take lead)

WASHINGTON - The Orioles returned left-hander Pedro Viola to Double-A Bowie without recalling him, but they've summoned two more minor leaguers. As first reported by The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec, Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Brad Bergesen and infielder/outfielder Blake Davis are heading to D.C. Bergesen could be recalled and start Tuesday if Jeremy Guthrie goes on the disabled list, or he could give the club another long

Pregame Showalter (game under way)

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it's "probably too soon" to know whether Jeremy Guthrie will avoid a trip to the disabled list, but he added, "We like our chances after today." "I'm sure Andy (MacPhail) talked about it some, but from talking to Richie (Bancells), who talked with Dr. (John) Wilckens, and the MRI results and everything, it's pretty encouraging compared to what

MacPhail: "This was about as good as one could hope"

WASHINGTON - The Orioles are looking favorably on the MRI result on Jeremy Guthrie's upper back. He's been diagnosed with a mild strain and remains as the listed starter Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. "This was about as good as one could hope," said president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. "It's good news. He's still in line potentially, no sure thing, to make his next start.

Guthrie MRI result, O's lineup (updated)

WASHINGTON - An MRI taken on Jeremy Guthrie's back revealed only a minor muscle strain. No word yet on whether he's going on the disabled list, but left-hander Pedro Viola is here. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Luke Scott LF Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Zach Britton P UPDATE: The Orioles

Did you know ... (new commenting system)

The all-time series between the Orioles and Nationals is tied 24-24. The Orioles are 17-10 in Baltimore and 7-14 in Washington. Vladimir Guerrero's sixth-inning double yesterday was the 2,500th hit of his major league career, making him the 94th player to reach that mark and the seventh active player, joining Derek Jeter, Pudge Rodriguez, Omar Vizquel, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Chipper Jones. Guerrero's 2,501

Guerrero going to the bench (Viola joining team)

If you need a distraction from Jeremy Guthrie's MRI today and the possibility that the Orioles will be hit with more bad news, you can ponder how the lineup will look without a designated hitter. The Orioles are heading to their first National League ballpark in 2011 as they begin a three-game series with the Nationals. They've also got three games in Pittsburgh before returning

Berken comes full circle, Guthrie tweets update

Jason Berken picked up his first win of the season with two scoreless innings in relief. He struck out two batters. Welcome back, Jason. The Orioles won in Toronto for the first time since Aug. 7, 2009. The winning pitcher that day was Berken, who started and allowed three runs in six innings before Matt Albers replaced him. Here's the box score. Ricky Romero took

Lee in the clutch (Adams, too, but Lind homers)

Derrek Lee was hitting .132 with runners in scoring position before stepping to the plate with no outs in the ninth inning and the potential go-ahead run 90 feet away. Lee hit a slow chopper to third, and Nolan Reimold beat the throw home. Credit Lee with an RBI on a fielder's choice that gives the Orioles a 3-2 lead. OK, so it wasn't the

Guthrie done after fifth, back an issue? (yes it is)

Manager Buck Showalter removed Jeremy Guthrie from today's game after five innings. The Blue Jays had only one hit and one walk, and Guthrie's pitch count stood at 64. This is clearly a health issue. Guthrie seemed to be dealing with some tightness in his back. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells sat next to him in the dugout, and Guthrie was making a motion as

Again taking the fun out of fundamentals (Hardy homers)

Mark Reynolds just got doubled off first base on a routine fly ball to right field. Reynolds singled to lead off the top of the fifth inning, his ground ball sneaking into left field, but he began trotting back to first on Ryan Adams' fly ball to former Oriole Jose Bautista. Then he sped up. Then it was too late. Bautista made the catch and

Another setback for Duchscherer (updated)

I'm told that manager Buck Showalter relayed more bad news regarding pitcher Justin Duchscherer. Duchscherer was supposed to go four or five innings in an extended spring training game today, but he didn't make it past the first. He felt more discomfort in his hip while fielding a bunt and came out of the game. Who the heck was bunting on this guy? Apparently, the

Ryan Adams starting at second base

Manager Buck Showalter has posted his lineup in Toronto, and Ryan Adams is batting eighth and playing second base. Catcher Matt Wieters sits in a day game following a night game. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Ryan Adams 2B Craig Tatum C Jeremy Guthrie RHP

New time, new pitcher, new result?

Maybe the Orioles can reverse this Rogers Centre curse with today's unusual 12:37 p.m. starting time. Maybe they can finally win a game in Toronto against a pitcher, Zach Stewart, who will be making his major league debut. No excuses if they lose their 17th straight game on the Blue Jays' home synthetic turf. They need to get it done today. It doesn't matter if

Left out by Romero (Jays win 4-1)

Remember that stat I passed along earlier today about the Orioles batting .239 against left-handed starters this season? They set out to prove tonight that it's not deceiving in any way. The Orioles have no runs and three hits in seven innings against Blue Jays southpaw Ricky Romero. They've struck out 10 times. And they're determined to waste Jake Arrieta's quality start. Arrieta has held

Orioles lineup against the Blue Jays

Matt Wieters continues to bat fifth for the Orioles, one spot ahead of Derrek Lee. Robert Andino makes another start at second base. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Jake Arrieta RHP

Simon to DL, Berken comes up

Each day seems to bring more news from the Orioles. Reliever Alfredo Simon will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, and Jason Berken will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to take his place on the roster. The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reported the transaction, and a team official confirmed it to me in a text message. Berken has been stretched out

Klein update and other notes

Double-A Bowie reliever Dan Klein will be examined Monday by renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum in California. Klein underwent an MRI in Baltimore two days ago that didn't show anything conclusive in his shoulder, but there are concerns. He's still bothered by discomfort that prevents him from throwing, and it looks like more than just simple biceps tendinitis. He could be dealing with a

Who will replace Rick Adair?

If you wondered whether Felix Pie was going to spend last night's game in manager Buck Showalter's doghouse, your answer arrived in the eighth inning when he pinch-ran for left fielder Luke Scott. Putting Pie on the basepaths again? Showalter did it, and Pie raced from first to third on reliever Casey Janssen's errant pickoff throw. Pie was stranded, but at least he got off

Uehara serves up Lind's walk-off home run

Koji Uehara threw 11 pitches while retiring the side in order in the bottom of the 10th. He induced a pop up and struck out two batters, including Jose Bautista. How many times have we seen Uehara replaced after one inning despite being in cruise control? Manager Buck Showalter sent out Uehara for the 11th inning, and the game ended on the right-hander's second pitch.

Jakubauskas can't get through sixth (game tied)

The Orioles got five scoreless innings out of Chris Jakubauskas in his first start since April 2010. Tonight, he's charged with four runs in 5 1/3 innings, and he leaves with two runners on base and the Blue Jays threatening to build on a 4-1 lead. Jakubauskas allowed seven hits, walked four, struck out two, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter. He threw

Klein will be examined by Dr. Yocum this week (game updates)

Double-A Bowie pitcher Dan Klein, the Orioles' third-round pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft, will have his right shoulder examined later this week by renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum. Klein underwent an MRI yesterday in Baltimore that didn't show anything conclusive, according to a team official. Klein still has soreness in the shoulder, which prevented him from throwing over the weekend while the

Showalter on Connor's resignation

In case you missed O's Xtra on MASN2, here are manager Buck Showalter's comments about Mark Connor's resignation as pitching coach: "Mark called me yesterday about noon and we sat down for about an hour or so and talked. For personal reasons, he just didn't feel like he could continue to do what was needed for a pitching coach with the Baltimore Orioles and what

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

No big surprises here. J.J. Hardy continues to lead off and Derrek Lee is back at first base. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Luke Scott LF Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Chris Jakubauskas RHP For the Blue Jays: Escobar SS Patterson LF Bautista RF Lind 1B Arencibia C

Pitching coach Mark Connor resigns (updated)

In a shocking development, the Orioles have announced that pitching coach Mark Connor resigned for "personal reasons." Connor was in his first season as pitching coach, having replaced Rick Kranitz over the winter. Bullpen coach Rick Adair has been named pitching coach. Former hitting coach Terry Crowley replaces Adair on an interim basis. Connor, 61, was in his 36th season in professional baseball after serving

Jakubauskas takes another turn (Lee reinstated)

Chris Jakubauskas wasn't expected to rejoin the rotation until Saturday, when the Orioles needed a fifth starter, but he's taking the ball tonight in the series opener in Toronto. Manager Buck Showalter bumped rookie left-hander Zach Britton to Friday's game in Washington, which might seem puzzling. Wouldn't he want Britton going against a division rival? Well, it's a small sample size, but the Blue Jays

Britton explains his move on the mound

While meeting with reporters following his last start, when he held Oakland to one run in 6 1/3 innings, rookie Zach Britton explained how he found better results after moving from the third base to the first base side of the pitching rubber. As a refresher, I give you the quote that I posted: "I kind of moved over on the other side of the

Quick Bergesen update

Brad Bergesen, making his third start tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, gave up three runs over seven innings in a 4-1 loss to the Durham Bulls. Bergesen allowed seven hits - including a home run - walked one and struck out five. He threw 105 pitches, 72 for strikes. His ERA is 1.64. Bergesen was coming off a complete-game shutout in his last outing. He's allowed

Judging whether to keep Hardy

I devoted a segment of my "O's Xtra" appearance on MASN yesterday to the possibility of the Orioles negotiating a contract extension with shortstop J.J. Hardy, and more specifically, whether it was too soon to consider making such a commitment. My friend Jeff Zrebiec at The Sun beat me to the punch today - after we teamed up to take two of three sets in

No game, no pain

I realize that the Orioles were off Thursday, but today's open date is a blessing and comes at a most opportune time. They'll need at least 48 hours to regroup. Yesterday's loss left a stench. The Orioles didn't pitch, they didn't field the ball and they didn't make smart choices on the basepaths. The only good news is it counts as one loss. I've tried

Jones: "I just missed the ball" (Snyder optioned)

Adam Jones talked about the inside-the-park home run that provided a convenient snapshot of today's 9-6 loss to the Rays. "I missed the ball," he said. "I had a shot at it. I just missed the ball." Did the ball hit his glove? "I haven't seen the replay of it," he said. "I just know you've seen me catch it many times. It's cool when

Showalter talks about Matusz and 9-6 loss

X-rays on Mark Reynolds' left forearm were negative. Manager Buck Showalter didn't hide his disappointment with the Orioles' level of play today, citing the mistakes and the extra outs given to Tampa Bay that contributed to a 9-6 loss. And though Showalter chose his words carefully, it's obvious that he's frustrated with Brian Matusz's inability to hold runners. What's his level of concern with Matusz,

From bad to worse for Orioles (updated)

Manager Buck Showalter must be sitting in the dugout wondering whether ESPN has an open seat on Baseball Tonight. He didn't sign up for this mess. Evan Longoria was credited with a two-run inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning after Adam Jones charged his line drive and watched the ball hook away from him and roll to the fence. The ball appeared to nick

Going Gonzo in a close game (Reynolds leaves with bruised arm)

Michael Gonzalez is entering today's game with two runners in scoring position, no outs and the Orioles trailing 5-3, in the seventh inning. Gonzalez has been used in non-pressure situations, but Alfredo Simon can't go any further. He's logged 4 2/3 innings, plus two batters in the seventh, and thrown 75 pitches. It's pretty obvious that he's gassed. Simon deserves serious praise for holding Tampa

It's only the third inning (now the fourth)

I've repeated that sentence so many times, I felt like writing it in a headline. I'm both Doug and Wendy Whiner. It's actually the bottom of the third. Somebody please slow down the pace so I can get caught up. The Rays were kind enough to run into another out. They did, however, increase their lead to 5-2. Alfredo Simon has thrown 22 pitches in

Orioles answer back, trail 3-2 (Matusz done)

Wade Davis didn't want Brian Matusz to have all the frustration. Davis gave up back-to-back home runs to Adam Jones and Vladimir Guerrero in the bottom of the first inning, reducing Tampa Bay's lead to 3-2. Jones has nine homers to trail team-leader Mark Reynolds by three. Guerrero has six, the most recent coming May 22 against Washington. The Orioles also hit back-to-back homers on

That didn't take long (Rays lead 3-0)

Left-hander Brian Matusz fell behind, 1-0, just four pitches into his third start with the Orioles. Johnny Damon launched a 1-2 slider onto the flagcourt in right field, his 27th career leadoff home run. The ball traveled an estimated 392 feet. Damon has reached base in 37 consecutive games to tie the Rays record set by Ben Grieve in 2001. Ben Zobrist and Justin Ruggiano

Britton's next start pushed back (with quotes)

Left-hander Zach Britton was scheduled to start Tuesday night's series opener in Toronto, but he's being pushed back to Friday or Saturday in Washington. Chris Jakubauskas will take Britton's turn. Jakubauskas will be followed in the rotation by Jake Arrieta on Wednesday and Jeremy Guthrie on Thursday. Britton isn't injured. The Orioles want to control his innings so he doesn't reach his limit before September.

Orioles and Rays lineups

For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Felix Pie LF Ryan Adams 2B Craig Tatum C Brian Matusz LHP For the Rays: Damon DH Zobrist RF Ruggiano LF Longoria 3B Upton CF Rodriguez 2B Kotchman 1B Johnson SS Shoppach C Davis RHP

Hearing from Guthrie, Gregg, Accardo and Reynolds

Jeremy Guthrie talked about: His outing: "I think it turned out that the big home runs by Mark (Reynolds) made it so, yeah, we were in the game. Any other night, David (Price) is throwing the ball so well throughout his career that three runs could have been considered not keeping us in the game. But we had good at-bats all night, the offense took

Showalter speaks after 7-5 loss in 11 innings

The Orioles failed to reach .500 tonight because they couldn't make some plays in the field and Kevin Gregg couldn't nail down the save. The Rays were better defensively - left fielder Justin Ruggiano robbed J.J. Hardy of a home run and shortstop Reid Brignac robbed him of a two-run single - and the Orioles fell to 3-5 in extra-inning games. Buck Showalter talks about

Orioles lose another lead, Rays win 7-5 in 11 innings

Orioles closer Kevin Gregg blew his fourth save tonight, surrendering a two-out single to Casey Kotchman that scored Ben Zobrist and tied the game 5-5. It's not all Gregg's fault. Zobrist tripled with one out, but the ball deflected off Felix Pie's glove as he lunged for it in left field. Again, we're not talking about a routine play. Far from it. But if the

Reynolds homers twice tonight (O's take lead)

Mark Reynolds simply will not let Adam Jones stay tied with him for the team RBI lead. Reynolds has produced his 10th career multi-homer game tonight. He followed a 392-foot solo shot to right-center field in the fifth inning with a 421-foot two-run bomb to center in the sixth that gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead against Rays southpaw David Price. Reynolds wouldn't know a

It's a glove story for Andino (updated)

When did Robert Andino become a Gold Glove second baseman? His struggles at the position in spring training 2010 caused the Orioles to acquire Julio Lugo late in camp and outright Andino to Triple-A Norfolk. He doesn't look like he's struggling anymore. Andino made another fine play tonight, ranging up the middle to backhand Casey Kotchman's ground ball and flipping to J.J. Hardy for the

Statement from Brooks Robinson

Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson has been hospitalized as part of a follow-up procedure related to an infection he developed more than two months ago. He prefers to keep his health a private matter, but that's virtually impossible. Rather than have rumors and speculation continue to swirl, Robinson released the following statement earlier today: "As you may recall, I was hospitalized in April

Duchscherer scheduled to pitch next week (and more)

Justin Duchscherer will make another attempt next week to go five innings in an extended spring training game. Manager Buck Showalter said Duchscherer will pitch Tuesday or Wednesday. According to the Orioles, Duchscherer left Tuesday's game in the third inning with spasms in his gluteus. He had completed four innings in his previous start despite being hit in the stomach by a line drive in

Hardy leading off again, Snyder at first base

J.J. Hardy will make his third career start tonight as a leadoff hitter. Pretty much a no-brainer there. And Brandon Snyder will start at first base against Rays left-hander David Price. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold LF Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Brandon Snyder 1B Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Hardy leading off is the right thing

A win tonight would put the Orioles back at .500 for the first time since May 26, right before that horrific West Coast trip. David Price is quite a hurdle, but the Orioles weren't supposed to clear Jeremy Hellickson last night. They didn't fall on their faces. They didn't even skin a knee. Manager Buck Showalter can break out his right-handed lineup against Price, and

Hearing from Markakis and Arrieta

Nick Markakis hadn't collected an extra-base hit since May 15 until hitting a grand slam and a two-run double tonight and setting a career high with six RBIs. Nick Markakis talks about his six-RBI night in the Orioles' 7-0 win over the Rays "I guess you could say it was a relief for me, but it was a relief for the whole team," he said.

Showalter speaks after 7-0 win

The Orioles posted their fifth shutout of the year and their second on this homestand. The three hits allowed were the fewest this season. The Orioles improved to 17-3 at home when scoring four runs or more. Overall, they're 24-8 when scoring four or more. The winning streak has reached four games, and the Orioles are only one below .500. Let's hear from manager Buck

Orioles solve Hellickson riddle (Hardy and Markakis updates)

Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA lifetime against the Orioles before tonight. They were batting .205 against him. Hellickson allowed five earned runs in May. He was nothing short of dominant. Then he showed up at Camden Yards for tonight's game. The Orioles scored five runs off him in the first two innings, on J.J. Hardy's leadoff homer and Nick

Markakis slams extra-base hit slump (updated twice)

Nick Markakis collected his first extra-base hit since May 15. And yes, he did it in grand fashion. Markakis homered onto the flag court in right field with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, his first extra-base hit in 89 at-bats. The last one also came against the Rays, and it also was a home run - in the fifth inning

Hardy does it again

Is there any reason to drop J.J. Hardy from the leadoff spot? Maybe when Brian Roberts is activated from the disabled list. Otherwise... Hardy has made two career starts as a leadoff hitter. He's homered in the first inning in both games. If that isn't a pattern, I don't know what qualifies. Hardy jumped on a 1-0 pitch from Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson tonight and

Pregame tidbits, new Rays lineup (and quotes)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the reason he returned shortstop J.J. Hardy to the leadoff spot is "two-fold." Hardy's put together good at-bats, which will be needed against red-hot Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, and Felix Pie seems more comfortable batting lower in the order. First baseman Derrek Lee is eligible to return to the Orioles on Sunday, but he's still expected to join them in

Hardy leading off again

J.J. Hardy is batting leadoff tonight for the second time. We'll see if he hits another home run in his first at-bat. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Luke Scott 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Felix Pie LF Robert Andino 2B Jake Arrieta RHP

Jake Fox clears waivers (Snyder recalled)

Utility infielder Jake Fox cleared waivers and will be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk later today. The Orioles couldn't work out a trade for Fox, who hit .188 with two homers in 19 games. Fox was the talk of spring training after belting 10 home runs - 11 if you count the intrasquad game - and he beat out Craig Tatum for the backup catching job.

Orioles-Rays and other things

The Orioles' homestand continues tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who's 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA. Hellickson hasn't allowed a run against the Orioles in two starts this season covering 14 innings. He turned in five scoreless innings May 7 at Camden Yards, though he walked five batters, and tossed a four-hit shutout six nights later at Tropicana Field. Overall, Hellickson

Quick Berken update (with Lee update)

Jason Berken made his fourth start for Triple-A Norfolk today, going five innings and leaving with the Tides trailing Pawtucket, 2-1. The Orioles want to stretch out Berken, and he cooperated by throwing 93 pitches today. However, I'm sure they want him going deeper into the games. Berken allowed two runs and six hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. He threw 56 strikes among

This, that and the other (and more)

The Orioles swept Oakland by scores of 4-2, 4-0 and 3-2. According to Elias, it's the first time in nine years that they won three straight despite scoring four runs or fewer in each game. The three starting pitchers back in 2002 were Travis Driskill, Jason Johnson and Sidney Ponson. You can look it up. Update: The A's fired manager Bob Geren this morning and

Streaking through the season

If it's Thursday, the Orioles must be off. It happens three times on that day until we move to a new month. Today's open date either was planned or it melted off the schedule from the heat. The temperature for last night's first pitch was 96 degrees. That's just wrong. The Orioles have won three in a row and four of five. They lost five

Hearing from Britton and Reynolds

Here are some quotes that flowed in the Orioles' clubhouse tonight and splattered on my laptop: Zach Britton talked about his outing: "I thought it was pretty good, obviously better than the previous couple outings. It felt good to kind of get back in a groove and make some good pitches, especially after they gave us some runs. I was a little frustrated that I

Showalter speaks after sweep

The Orioles swept the Athletics in a three-game series for the first time since Aug. 15-17, 2005. They hadn't swept the A's in a three-game series in Baltimore since July 21-23, 1998. Didn't the A's sweep the Orioles in Oakland two weeks ago? Yes, they did, but they've now lost nine games in a row. Buck Showalter talks to the media about riding this win

Klein will undergo MRI

Double-A Bowie pitcher Dan Klein, a third-round pick out of UCLA last year, will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Monday when the Baysox return home. Klein was officially placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list earlier today with tendinitis in his shoulder. He was shut down over the weekend, and a team official said the soreness continued today. The MRI was scheduled

Fit to be untied (updated)

We're no longer scoreless at Camden Yards, but we are sweating off a pound a minute. Vladimir Guerrero led off the bottom of the fifth with a single. After two strikeouts and a wild pitch, J.J. Hardy produced the game's first run with a single into right-center field. He homers when he bats leadoff, he hits run-scoring singles when he bats seventh. Mark Reynolds followed

Leftovers for dinner (updated twice)

Orioles pitcher Chris Jakubauskas has a little discoloration near his left foot today after being hit by Cliff Pennington's sharp grounder up the middle last night, but he said there's no pain and he's fine. Jakubauskas faced one more batter to complete the fifth inning and pass along the shutout to Clay Rapada. The Orioles will need a fifth starter again on June 18 in

Roberts on Roberts

Second baseman Brian Roberts will spend a few days with the team before heading back to the minor league complex in Sarasota. Roberts received some encouraging news yesterday from Dr. Michael Collins, the concussion-specialist in Pittsburgh. Though he still isn't cleared to begin baseball activities for two more weeks, his symptoms are less severe. "I think anytime that they say you're getting better, that's always

Trying to solve the Markakis mystery

Nick Markakis remains in the second spot in the lineup, with Adam Jones batting third. He's looking for his first extra-base hit since May 15, a span of 84 at-bats. His average is down to .236 with four homers, 19 RBIs, a .298 on-base percentage and a .304 slugging percentage. He's totaled at least 40 doubles in each of the last four seasons, but he's

Lee leaving team tomorrow, another local kid drafted

First baseman Derrek Lee will leave the team tomorrow to attend his grandfather's funeral. Lee expects to be gone through Sunday, which means he'll miss three games. The Orioles will place Lee on the bereavement list that covers three days, including tomorrow's open date on the schedule. Technically, Lee could return Sunday, but he's informed the team that he'll be gone through the weekend. Right

Andino leading off, draft update through 47th round

Robert Andino is leading off tonight, with J.J. Hardy moving down to seventh. Nolan Reimold returns to left field after being unavailable last night because of neck spasms. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Derrek Lee 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Zach Britton LHP Here are the Orioles'

Leftovers for lunch (31st-round pick and Terp taken)

Rhyne Hughes tied a Triple-A Norfolk record last night by striking out five times. Then he hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Tides a 4-3 win over Pawtucket. Left-hander Troy Patton improved to 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA by allowing one hit over four scoreless innings. He retired nine straight batters and 10 of the last 11

Who bats first?

The Orioles will make their last 20 picks today in the First-Year Player Draft. Maybe there's the son of a coach or team employee who will get the call in the late rounds. The sons of Mike Hargrove, Jeff Newman and Sam Perlozzo have been drafted by the Orioles in past years. The Orioles face another left-hander tonight, Oakland's Josh Outman, who held them to

Hearing from Jakubauskas, Hardy and Scott

Chris Jakubauskas held the Athletics to three hits over five scoreless innings, walking one and striking out five to earn his first win since Aug. 12, 2009. He also came away with a bruise on his left shin, courtesy of Cliff Pennington's smash up the middle, but he stayed in the game long enough to record the final out in the fifth. "It hurt pretty

Showalter speaks after 4-0 win

Nolan Reimold wasn't available tonight because of neck spasms. He could only pinch-run, but the Orioles are hoping that he returns to the lineup tomorrow night against Oakland left-hander Josh Outman. The Orioles won the series over Oakland after losing the last eight. Their last series win over the Athletics came in July 2007. Looking for nights to attend games at Camden Yards? The Orioles

Bowie's S. Johnson leaves game after being hit (O's win 4-0)

Double-A Bowie's Steve Johnson was on a roll tonight, striking out five New Hampshire batters in 2 1/3 scoreless innings, but he came out of the game after being hit on the right arm by a line drive from Adeiny Hechavarria. The ball didn't hit a bone, catching Johnson on the fleshy part of his arm near his elbow. He was removed as a precaution

Scott back in lineup and HR mode (updated)

Two days after receiving a cortisone injection in his ailing shoulder, Luke Scott returned to left field and rediscovered his power stroke. Scott homered onto Eutaw St. for the sixth time in his career, the most in Camden Yards history, to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. The ball traveled an estimated 418 feet. Scott hadn't hit a home run since

Draft and game updates (updated)

The Orioles have made it through the first 30 rounds of the First-Year Player Draft. Bring on the last 20 picks tomorrow. So far, they've taken 10 right-handers, five left-handers, two catchers, one first baseman, four third basemen, two shortstops and six outfielders. They've selected 21 college or junior college players, including 12 of their 15 pitchers. Orioles right-hander Chris Jakubauskas is shutting out Oakland

Hardy homers as leadoff hitter (with draft update)

J.J. Hardy didn't have an official at-bat as a leadoff hitter in the majors until tonight. On the second pitch thrown to him, Hardy homered to left field to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. It wasn't supposed to work out that way, but manager Buck Showalter will take it. Baseball-reference lists Hardy as appearing in the leadoff spot in one game, but not having

Roberts remains shut down

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts won't be cleared to begin baseball-related activities for at least two more weeks after being reexamined today by Dr. Michael Collins, a concussion specialist based in Pittsburgh. Roberts reported that he's feeling a little better, and he could begin light activities, such as cardiovascular exercises, during this two-week period. "I wouldn't call it bad news," manager Buck Showalter said. "We

A few more notes

In the 17th round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles selected right-hander Nick Carmichael of Palomar (Calif.) College. In the 18th round, they took third baseman Bradley Roney of Wetumpka (Ala.) High. And in the 19th round, they selected Central Arkansas left-hander Dustin Ward. Yes, eighth-round pick Johnny Ruettiger, a center fielder from Arizona State, is the nephew of Daniel Ruettiger, the walk-on Notre

Duchscherer exits extended game early (draft update)

Justin Duchscherer left today's extended spring training game in the third inning with a sore hip, yet another setback that reduces that chances that he'll pitch for the Orioles this season. Duchscherer went four innings in his last outing and was supposed to go five today, but he didn't make it. The Orioles would have considered sending him on an injury rehab assignment if he

Hardy batting leadoff, Scott in left field (10th-round pick)

For only the second time in his major league career, shortstop J.J. Hardy will bat first in the order. He's never started in that slot and doesn't own an official at-bat. Felix Pie and Robert Andino are on the bench, so manager Buck Showalter needed to improvise. Luke Scott is playing left field two days after having a cortisone injection in his shoulder. For the

More draft, more Jakubauskas (updated with sixth through ninth rounds)

I'm not sure that I actually saw more than two pitches of Brian Matusz's start last night until the fourth inning. I relied on the live box score and quick glances at the scoreboard. The First-Year Player Draft forced my attention away from the field, but that won't happen tonight, since today's picks started a little after noon. In the fifth round with the 155th

Orioles make Wright pick in third round (and say Simon in fourth)

In the third round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles used the 94th overall selection on East Carolina right-hander Mike Wright. Baseball America rated Wright as a fifth- or sixth-round talent and the 74th-best right-hander in the draft. The Orioles disagree. Wright was 6-4 with a 2.79 ERA in 16 starts, with 30 walks and 75 strikeouts in 100 innings. He lost 2-0 to

Orioles take Esposito in second round

The Orioles also had the fourth pick in the second round of today's First-Year Player Draft, and the 64th overall selection. They used it to take Vanderbilt junior third baseman Jason Esposito. Esposito batted .362 this year, with 22 doubles, eight homers, 55 RBIs and a .560 slug percentage in 60 games. Baseball America calls the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Esposito "a college version of Marlins prospect

Leftover quotes for breakfast

Later today, my focus will return to the First-Year Player Draft, as the Orioles make another batch of selections and announce names you've never heard. Before that happens, I wanted to share some postgame quotes from last night. It's apparent that left-hander Brian Matusz isn't back to his old form, the one that enabled him to go 6-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his last

Bundy meets the press - sort of

The Orioles arranged a late conference call with first-round pick Dylan Bundy, who talked about watching the First-Year Player Draft with another Oklahoma high school pitcher, Archie Bradley, chosen by the Diamondbacks with the seventh selection. "Me and Archie were both sitting there in that huge ballroom with a bunch of our friends and family and saw the fourth pick flash over, and we had

Showalter speaks after 4-2 win

Manager Buck Showalter seemed pretty excited about the Orioles selecting pitcher Dylan Bundy with the fourth-overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. "It was a great pick," he said. "We're ecstatic because I've heard Joe (Jordan) talk about him. We knew there was going to be some shuffling around there, and Joe and the guys, they're already locked into tomorrow, I'm sure. I'm anxious to

The other Bundy (O's win 4-2)

On the same night that the Orioles selected Dylan Bundy with the fourth-overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, brother Bobby took the mound for Single-A Frederick and held the Potomac Nationals to one run over seven innings. Bundy allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out six. He also lowered his ERA to 2.73. The Orioles used to collect Brittons. Now it's Bundys. Everybody

In-game updates (Matusz and Tillman done)

The Orioles lead the Athletics 4-2 as we head to the bottom of the fifth. It hasn't been an easy night for left-hander Brian Matusz. Though he shut out Oakland in the first three innings, he allowed two singles in the first, a leadoff walk in the second and two singles in the third. Adam Jones cut down Conor Jackson trying to stretch a single

A Bundy of joy

With the fourth pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles selected a high school pitcher from Oklahoma. They took the one whose name had been associated with them for many weeks leading up to tonight's first round. Rather than throw the industry a curveball, the Orioles chose Dylan Bundy of Owasso (Okla.) High School. The most recent mock drafts had the Orioles selecting

Jakubauskas confirmed for tomorrow (plus A's lineup)

The Orioles will give Chris Jakubauskas the start tomorrow night against the Oakland Athletics unless he's needed in relief tonight. Jakubauskas was chosen over Alfredo Simon, who threw 50 pitches in relief yesterday. The Orioles could have purchased Mitch Atkins' contract from Triple-A Norfolk, since he would be working on normal rest. Jakubauskas hasn't started a major league game since April 2010 with the Pittsburgh

Orioles lineup against Oakland

Robert Andino 2B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Derrek Lee 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Brian Matusz LHP

Matusz back on the mound

My vision has become blurred from reading all the mock drafts. And yes, everyone seems to think the Orioles will take Oklahoma high school pitcher Archie Bradley tonight with the fourth overall pick. The Orioles most certainly like Bradley, as do a lot of other teams that consider him worthy of a top 10 pick, but I'm sure they also want his name floated out

The draft, Luke Scott and the minors

It's a rarity in baseball, but the games tonight become almost secondary. The first round of the First-Year Player Draft begins at 7 p.m., which clashes with first-pitch in tonight's series opener between the Orioles and Athletics at Camden Yards. It's another night of "firsts." The first four picks are a moving target, as manager Buck Showalter likes to say. The Pirates are expected to

Klein headed to DL

Double-A Bowie reliever Dan Klein is going on the seven-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. Klein, a third-round pick last year out of UCLA, was supposed to throw three innings today, but he couldn't pitch because of the discomfort in his shoulder. Team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens examined Klein today, and the decision was made to put him on the disabled list.

Showalter speaks after 7-4 loss

The Orioles fell to 7-13 in series finales, including 4-7 at home. Jeremy Guthrie failed to pitch into the sixth inning for the third time this season. "Jeremy wasn't carrying normal stuff and it was kind of a struggle for him most every inning," manager Buck Showalter said. "He was kind of wild in the strike zone and paid the price, but there's still a

Scott unavailable today (Machado update)

I couldn't help but notice that Luke Scott didn't pinch-hit in the ninth inning against right-hander Jon Rauch. Felix Pie and Matt Wieters came off the bench, but Robert Andino was allowed to face Rauch with two outs and Wieters on second. Andino struck out looking to end the game on a pitch that missed the strike zone, and he screamed at plate Kerwin Danley

Simon pitching in relief, Jakubauskas starts Tuesday?

Jeremy Guthrie is done after five disappointing innings. He hadn't allowed an earned run in two of his last three starts, but the Jays totaled six runs and nine hits. Guthrie walked three, struck out three and served up two home runs. He threw 87 pitches, 56 for strikes. Alfredo Simon has replaced Guthrie, which most likely means that Chris Jakubauskas will start Tuesday night

Guthrie singing different tune (and trailing 5-2)

Comedian Jay Mohr tweeted that Jeremy Guthrie needed to use Van Halen's "Unchained" as his entrance music and the right-hander would win his next three starts. Guthrie warmed up to the song today and got two quick outs in the first inning. Unfortunately, the next three batters reached, with Aaron Hill's single giving Toronto a 1-0 lead. Guthrie threw 22 pitches in the inning, the

Tuesday's starter still TBA (and Jays lineup)

The Orioles haven't announced a starter for Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics at Camden Yards, but the name might be revealed later this afternoon. Alfredo Simon and Chris Jakubauskas are the two bullpen candidates. I'm predicting that Simon gets the assignment, but nothing is official and I've been wrong many times in the past. I'm sure at least one of you is keeping

Orioles lineup

For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Derrick Lee 1B J.J. Hardy SS Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Craig Tatum C Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Showalter speaks after 5-3 win

Tonight's attendance: 20,086 It never fails. The Orioles are victorious after a tough loss or a stretch of bad outings, and manager Buck Showalter is asked whether it was an important game. The Orioles followed last night's 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays by rallying for a 5-3 win tonight. "I got the same question last game in Seattle, and they're very pertinent questions," Showalter

More on Reynolds' slam

Before tonight, Mark Reynolds was 6-for-52 with 26 strikeouts lifetime with the bases loaded. Make it 7-for-53 with 26 strikeouts. And one home run. Reynolds received a huge ovation as he circled the bases and disappeared into the dugout. It doesn't happen often around here. He's hitting .190, and he struck out for the 57th time this season, but none of that matters at the

Berken extended to 84 pitches; Reynolds' slam gives O's 5-3 lead

The Orioles wanted to stretch out Jason Berken at Triple-A Norfolk to make him a more effective long reliever and give them the option of starting him if the need arises later this summer. Berken threw 84 pitches over 5 2/3 innings tonight, so the plan with Berken most definitely has not changed. Berken allowed two runs and five hits, with one walk and five

A few firsts (updated)

Jake Arrieta threw 11 of his 15 pitches for strikes in the first inning. Unfortunately, one of them landed on the flag court. Former Oriole Corey Patterson homered in his first career at-bat against Arrieta, giving Toronto a quick 1-0 lead. Arrieta is coming off the shortest outing of his career, when he lasted only 2 1/3 innings in a 4-3 loss in Seattle. He

Showalter on Adams

Robert Andino is making another start at second base, which keeps Ryan Adams glued to the bench Adams has made three starts since the Orioles purchased his contract, and he's 2-for-12 after batting .303 with Triple-A Norfolk. Andino is the leadoff hitter when Felix Pie isn't in the lineup, and Showalter is going with the better defensive player at second. Showalter is hoping that Adams

Updates on Roberts and Duchscherer (and Jays lineup)

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will be reevaluated on Tuesday by Dr. Michael Collins, a Pittsburgh-based specialist in sports-related concussions. Roberts hasn't played since diving into first base during a May 16 game in Boston. Collins examined him for the first time on May 24 and recommended that Roberts be shut down for two weeks. Roberts had complained of dizziness and other symptoms that he

Lee in Orioles lineup, batting fifth

First baseman Derrek Lee will be activated from the disabled list today, start at first base and bat fifth against Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero. Left-handed reliever Pedro Viola will be optioned to make room for Lee, who went 2-for-3 with a walk last night at Double-A Bowie. Viola pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his only appearance after being recalled from Bowie. Also,

Not-so-great Scott

I'll be posting the lineup within the next 30 minutes, unless manager Buck Showalter is waiting for a health update on a specific player. It would seem to be an opportune time to sit Luke Scott, who's 2-for-21 and hasn't homered since May 3 in Kansas City. The Blue Jays are starting a left-hander, Ricky Romero, and Scott is 1-for-12 with three strikeouts lifetime against

Waiting on Lee

Derrek Lee went 2-for-3 with a walk last night at Double-A Bowie, proving that you don't have to be a prototypical leadoff hitter to bat first. Manager Buck Showalter and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail have discussed whether Lee is ready to come off the disabled list. We'll get confirmation later today. You can believe that Showalter wants him in tonight's lineup. Does Lee

Britton on Britton

Zach Britton met with reporters after tonight's 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays. As usual, he didn't make excuses or sugar-coat his outing. He offered another honest critique. Here are some of his comments: "I don't think I did a good job out there. Falling behind too many hitters. Watch on video and the hits I gave up were all balls out over the plate

Showalter speaks after 8-4 loss

The Orioles and Blue Jays each had 10 hits tonight. That's pretty much where the similarity ended. "We had as many hits as they did. It certainly didn't feel like it," manager Buck Showalter said following tonight's 8-4 loss. "It took a while for us to get adjusted to what we knew he (Carlos Villanueva) was going to be doing. It was kind of frustrating

More on Britton, Lee and Bergesen

In his last three starts, left-hander Zach Britton has allowed 14 earned runs (16 total) and 25 hits in 16 2/3 innings. He's also walked eight batters. OK, it isn't quite as easy as he made it look when he first came up. Britton didn't really make a bad pitch to catcher J.P. Arencibia, who golfed it into the left field seats for a grand

Checking on Britton, Lee and Bergesen (updated)

The homestand isn't off to a promising start. The Orioles are losing, 3-0, to the Blue Jays in the fourth inning. Two of the runs off Zach Britton are unearned after third baseman Mark Reynolds committed his 11th error, but Britton has allowed four hits, issued an intentional walk and thrown a wild pitch. Britton hadn't allowed an earned run in two straight starts covering

Orioles lineup

Here's the Orioles' lineup for today's game against the Blue Jays: LF Felix Pie CF Adam Jones RF Nick Markakis DH Vladimir Guerrero C Matt Wieters SS J.J. Hardy 1B Luke Scott 3B Mark Reynolds 2B Robert Andino P Zach Britton

Quick Lee update

Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee will begin his injury rehab assignment tonight at Double-A Bowie. Lee was supposed to report to the Baysox last night, but took some time to attend to his family after his grandfather passed away. Lee has been on the disabled list since May 17 with a strained left oblique. The veteran first baseman is hitting .231 with four home runs

Britton vs. Bautista (updated twice)

The Orioles are back home tonight to begin a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, and left-hander Zach Britton will make his 12th major league start. Remember when Britton was supposed to spend at least 20 days in the minors? Britton has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his 11 starts, but he gave up a career-high six runs and 10 hits

Getting caught in the draft (updated)

The amateur baseball draft - and we're required here at MASNsports.com to refer to it strictly as the First-Year Player Draft because it's that important - will begin on Monday. The Orioles will make their selections in Sarasota instead of Baltimore. I guess they were seeking a cooler climate. Our own Steve Melewski has been doing the heavy lifting in the days leading up to

A first for Markakis (and much more)

No game today. No position changes, no roster moves - well, I'm going out on a limb here by predicting that the roster stays the same - and no lineup shuffling. I'll revel in the calm and wait for the next storm. I had planned on driving to Double-A Bowie tonight for Derrek Lee's first injury rehab game, but manager Buck Showalter told reporters yesterday

Checking on Tillman (updated)

Chris Tillman is making his first start tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, opposing former Orioles pitcher Kevin Millwood, who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox and was assigned to Pawtucket. Millwood lasted only 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits, walking two, striking out three and hitting a batter. He threw 61 pitches, 36 for strikes. Josh Bell was 2-for-2 with

Matusz done after 5 2/3 innings (O's take lead)

I thought the Orioles would push Brian Matusz a little farther today after he threw 83 pitches in his final injury rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk. Matusz was removed today after 84 pitches, including 52 strikes. He held the Mariners to one run and four hits, with no walks and three strikeouts. Matusz would have completed six innings, except first baseman Nick Markakis - it

Matusz through the third

Brian Matusz doesn't necessarily have his best stuff today. He's hung a few changeups, including one that Jack Wilson ripped into center field for an RBI single. His fastball looks like it's topping out at 88 mph. But Matusz is a pitcher. He's not just a thrower. And he's held the Mariners to that one run over three innings. Matusz, in his first start this

Wieters not catching on with voters (updated)

Nick Markakis flied to center field in his first professional at-bat as a first baseman. Matt Wieters struck out in his first at-bat this season as the cleanup hitter. That's it, trash the experiments immediately. Oh wait, Markakis just scooped out a throw in the dirt to complete a double play. Keep him there. Wieters is hitting fourth in his fourth major league game. He's

Markakis starting at first base (updated)

You want a different lineup? How about Nick Markakis making his first professional start at first base, Felix Pie playing right field, Luke Scott serving as the designated hitter and Matt Wieters batting cleanup? For the Orioles: Felix Pie RF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis 1B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott DH J.J. Hardy SS Nolan Reimold LF Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Brian

Fox DFA to make room for Matusz

Rather than send down a reliever to make room on the 25-man roster for left-hander Brian Matusz, the Orioles have designated utility infielder Jake Fox for assignment. The Orioles would like Fox to clear waivers so he can be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. "I don't know how likely that is, but that's our preference," said president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Otherwise, MacPhail will attempt

Matusz on the mound

In case you're having trouble keeping track of all the starting times on this road trip, today's game in Seattle begins at 3:40 p.m. on the East Coast. Welcome back, Brian Matusz. I've written this before, but I can't believe it's been two months since Matusz was supposed to make his 2011 debut at Tropicana Field. It was April 2, to be exact, and Matusz

And when the Smoak clears ... (updated)

Jeremy Guthrie took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning, retired the first two batters, committed an error, gave up a single and hung a changeup. This is how losing streaks continue and why fans curse their decision to stay awake. Justin Smoak hit a towering three-run homer off Guthrie to give Seattle a 3-2 lead. Koji Uehara grabbed his glove after Brendan Ryan's single

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