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Pirates-Orioles rained out again

The Orioles are now 0-for-2 in attempts to play the Pirates at Camden Yards. Tonight's game also has been postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Thursday at 4:05 p.m. Fans with tickets for tonight's game will need to exchange them to attend the doubleheader. Tickets for the yesterday's postponed game are valid for both games

Roster decisions and whether the weather cooperates

The Orioles have a game scheduled for tonight. Mother Nature has more rain scheduled for tonight. She's probably going to win. Another rainout would probably leave us with a doubleheader on Thursday. And to answer three of the most popular questions: 1. Your ticket for Wednesday's game isn't going to allow you to also watch the second game unless you don't mind sitting on someone's

Showalter on Machado's return (Pearce signing official)

The Orioles never posted their lineup today, knowing rain likely would force a postponement as they attempted to re-sign Steve Pearce before activating Manny Machado from the disabled list. Lots of moving parts and balls in the air, as manager Buck Showalter likes to say. Machado eventually will be starting at third base. The weather just needs to cooperate. Will Machado's presence in the lineup

Orioles re-sign Pearce

The Orioles' roster continues to undergo some major shuffling. Outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce has agreed to terms with the club, according to an industry source, after electing to become a free agent today. An announcement will be made later tonight. Pearce is the 25th player on the roster and he's eligible to play right away, his signing coming before the Orioles activated third baseman Manny

Pirates-Orioles postponed due to rain

Tonight's game between the Orioles and Pirates at Camden Yards has been postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for tonight's game will be honored Thursday. No exchange is necessary and fans should bring their original tickets to the ballpark gates for admission. Eutaw Street gates will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, with remaining ballpark gates opening at

Davis receives PRP injections (with Pearce update)

The Orioles won't activate third baseman Manny Machado from the disabled list tonight if their game against the Pirates is postponed due to rain. Otherwise, Machado will start at third base. "If we activate Manny tonight," said manager Buck Showalter, "he will play." The lineup hasn't been posted. Showalter is attending another weather meeting and we could have a decision before 5 p.m. If the

Orioles plan on activating Machado today

With an opening on their 25-man roster, the Orioles intend to activate third baseman Manny Machado from the disabled list before tonight's series opener against the Pirates at Camden Yards. Machado packed his bags and left Frederick after the Keys were rained out last night. He's joining the Orioles in Baltimore today. The only glitch in the plan involves the weather. Rain is in the

Lower hands bring higher average for Wieters

The Orioles are supposed to begin a two-game series against the Pirates tonight at Camden Yards. If only the weather would cooperate. Rain could wash away both games. The two teams are off Thursday and might be forced to play a doubleheader. Stay tuned. Manny Machado didn't play at Single-A Frederick last night, with rain causing a postponement. He's still 8-for-12 on his rehab assignment.

Leftovers for lunch (Frederick rained out)

Not as good as the Chinese food in my fridge - a cold egg roll is one of my favorites - but give it a try. As expected, Manny Machado will serve as the designated hitter tonight at Single-A Frederick before the Orioles re-evaluate him and the possibility of activating him from the disabled list for the Pirates series. Double- A Bowie right-hander Tyler Wilson

This, that and the other

The Orioles are off today. They're also off on Thursday and again next Monday. They'll pay a heavy price for these unnecessary early-season breaks later in the summer. "We've got another one around the corner, too, which is crazy," said manager Buck Showalter. "You go 20 days and then you have three in 10. I mean ..." We get it. On the plus side, these

Machado update, and Showalter on 9-3 loss

Manny Machado is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter Monday at Single-A Frederick after collecting four hits today. Machado doubled twice, singled twice, stole a base and scored two runs. He's collected eight hits in three rehab games. "Talked to him a little bit today," said manager Buck Showalter. "We'll see after the game how he feels. Right now the plan is for him

Rough day for the defense (O's lose 9-3)

The Orioles have been charged with one error in six innings this afternoon, but that's not the entire defensive story. Adam Jones dropped leadoff hitter Nori Aoki's fly ball for a three-base error in the first, saddling Miguel Gonzalez with an unearned run. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar got caught in a rundown between first and second base after his leadoff single in the fifth inning,

Orioles announce moves with Davis and Pearce (updated)

The Orioles officially placed first baseman Chris Davis on the 15-day disabled list today with a strained left oblique. The assignment is retroactive to Saturday. Davis is eligible to return on May 11, but manager Buck Showalter told reporters earlier today that he's not expecting it. Davis batted .250 (19-for-76) with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 22 games before sustaining the injury Friday

Orioles expected to add 25th player on Tuesday

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis walked past the magnetic lineup board this morning and reacted in mock horror after noticing that his name no longer appeared on it. He placed it over Nick Markakis' name at first base and jokingly wondered whether anyone would notice. Then he moved it to the spot reserved for bench players. Still not happening. The Orioles will place Davis on

Orioles and Royals lineups

Jemile Weeks is leading off again today as the Orioles' designated hitter. Nick Markakis is starting again at first base. No surprises in today's lineup. The Orioles haven't announced any roster moves. They're going with a three-man bench today. For the Orioles Jemile Weeks DH Nelson Cruz RF Nick Markakis 1B Adam Jones CF Steve Clevenger C J.J. Hardy SS Steve Lombardozzi 2B Jonathan Schoop

Orioles and Royals in series finale

Chris Davis' absence from the Orioles lineup last night didn't seem to hurt as much considering his one hit in 16 career at-bats against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. Sure, it was a home run, but still ... The Royals are sending James Shields to the mound this afternoon in the series finale, and Davis is 4-for-12 with a double, two homers and six RBIs against

More quotes following 3-2, 10-inning win

Nick Markakis didn't receive the traditional celebratory pie in the face tonight following his walk-off single in the 10th inning. The Orioles took a more low key, less messy approach with their new first baseman. Shortstop J.J. Hardy walked up beside Markakis in front of the home dugout and handed him the pie and a spoon. Markakis took a bite and continued his interview on

Davis headed to disabled list

The Orioles received the results of Chris Davis' MRI today and decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. A corresponding roster move may not come until Tuesday, following another open date on the Orioles' schedule. They most likely will go with 24 players in Sunday's series finale against the Royals. Davis left Friday night's game after four innings

Chen completes seven innings (Markakis with walk-off single in 10th)

The only thing lacking in Wei-Yin Chen's start tonight is a win. Chen will have to settle for a no-decision after being removed from the game in the top of the eighth with the score tied 2-2. Evan Meek is making his 10th relief appearance. Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop singled off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie with one out in the bottom of the seventh,

Weeks makes immediate impact (we're tied)

Jemile Weeks' first game with the Orioles tonight led to their first run in the bottom of the first inning. A night of firsts? So far. Weeks, recalled today to replace left-hander T.J. McFarland on the 25-man roster, lined a single into center field to win a nine-pitch battle with former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie. He took second on Nelson Cruz's walk and raced home on

Pregame notes and quotes, and Royals lineup

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't dismiss the possibility of third baseman Manny Machado being activated from the disabled list for the two-game series against the Pirates that begins Tuesday night at Camden Yards. "I wouldn't say anything is off the table right now. We will have a pretty good idea after tomorrow," Showalter said. Showalter also stated that it's "in the realm of possibility" that

Markakis playing first base tonight

Nick Markakis is getting the start at first base tonight for the Orioles while Chris Davis awaits the results of an MRI on his left oblique. Davis said he feels much better today and thinks he can avoid the disabled list. Jemile Weeks has officially been recalled, and he's leading off as the designated hitter. Going back to last night, catcher Matt Wieters' streak of

Weeks joining Orioles

While waiting to determine the severity of first baseman Chris Davis' oblique injury, the Orioles decided to recall Jemile Weeks from Triple-A Norfolk to provide infield depth. An announcement is coming later today. Weeks is capable of backing up at second base while Ryan Flaherty starts at first in Davis' absence. The choice really came down to Weeks and David Adams, as I wrote late

Who's on first?

It took more than the rain last night to dampen the Orioles' enthusiasm over Manny Machado's first injury rehab game at Single-A Frederick. Machado had three hits, all for extra bases, and could come off the disabled list next weekend. However, first baseman Chris Davis may go on it if his oblique injury proves to be more serious than he's anticipating When it rains, it

Orioles option McFarland, and more notes and quotes following 5-0 loss

As expected, the Orioles have optioned left-hander T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk and will announce a corresponding roster move on Saturday. They need an extra position player after first baseman Chris Davis strained his left oblique muscle tonight. McFarland allowed one run and five hits in three innings tonight. He threw 45 pitches and was the logical candidate to be sent down. McFarland posted a

Davis provides injury update

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis walked to his locker after tonight's 5-0 loss to the Royals and had a little fun with the much-anticipated injury update. "Forty-eight to 65 weeks," he said, a familiar grin creasing his face. Davis exited the game after four innings with a strained left oblique, but he didn't seem overly concerned about it. "It's cold right now," he said. "Obviously,

Davis leaves game with oblique injury (O's lose 5-0)

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was removed from tonight's game against the Royals after the bottom of the fourth injury with a strained left oblique. He will be further evaluated. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Toronto that Davis was bothered by some tightness in his hips, though he remained in the lineup. Davis was grimacing tonight while batting in the bottom of the third

Updates on Jimenez, Butler, Cruz and Wieters

Ubaldo Jimenez probably can't wait for the calendar to flip over to May. Jimenez is off to a slow start tonight against the Royals, allowing two runs and throwing 26 pitches in the top of the first inning. The Royals put a runner on third base with no outs in the second on Alcides Escobar's single and stolen base, and Matt Wieters' throwing error, but

While waiting for first pitch ... (we're under way)

First pitch at Camden Yards is scheduled for 7:55 p.m. Over in Frederick, Manny Machado will serve as the designated hitter tonight, just as Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested would happen. Nelson Cruz has registered at least one RBI in seven consecutive games. The last Oriole with a streak of eight straight games was shortstop J.J. Hardy on Aug. 2-12, 2011. Ryan Flaherty had a

A few pregame notes from Camden Yards (game delayed, 7:55 p.m. start)

It's raining hard in Frederick, where Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is supposed to start his injury rehab assignment. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that Machado could serve as the designated hitter tonight instead of playing in the field if the game isn't postponed. Machado would play third base on Saturday. A simple tweaking of his schedule. The Orioles are taking batting practice, but they anticipate

Orioles and Royals lineups

Jonathan Schoop is starting at second base tonight and Ryan Flaherty is at third for the Orioles' series-opener against the Royals at Camden Yards. Nelson Cruz, batting second again as the designated hitter, will attempt to drive in a run in his eighth consecutive game. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy

MLB announces change to transfer rule

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Boston over the weekend that Major League Baseball would make a significant adjustment to the controversial transfer rule within the next few weeks. That was the word on the street. It happened today. MLB announced that the Playing Rules Committee has provided its official view of how umpires should apply the rules when a fielder loses possession of

This, that and the other

How many Orioles fans are bypassing Camden Yards tonight and heading to Frederick for Manny Machado's first injury rehab game? Machado is scheduled to play nine innings at third base. He won't be babied on this assignment. Machado is expected to spend the entire weekend with the Keys, so plan accordingly. Once Machado was cleared to slide into the bases and play in extended spring

Manufacturing a lead (Cruz extends RBI streak, O's win 11-4)

Except for Jonathan Schoop's long home run to left field, the Orioles aren't mashing the ball tonight. They're getting on base, taking the extra base and taking the lead against the Blue Jays. David Lough is the poster child for manufacturing runs. He walked in the fifth inning, stole second base, raced to third on a fly ball to left and scored. He doubled with

Outfield defense gets another assist (Schoop homers)

Part of David Lough's appeal to the Orioles is his ability to run down fly balls or hits in the gap and to make strong and accurate throws. Lough put his defensive skills on display in the bottom of the first inning tonight at Rogers Centre on Edwin Encarnacion's two-out double. Lough fired the ball to shortstop J.J. Hardy, who cut down Melky Cabrera at

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Nelson Cruz has registered at least one RBI in six consecutive games. The last Oriole to record an RBI in seven straight games was Mark Reynolds from Sept. 15-22, 2012. Can Cruz tie Reynolds tonight? Cruz has 20 RBIs in April for the first time in his career. Miguel Tejada holds the club record for RBIs this month with 31 in 2005. Chris Davis has

Wieters wielding a hot bat

Now that the smoke has cleared from last night's offensive eruption at Rogers Centre - better keep that roof open - we can get a clearer view of Matt Wieters' statistics. They're eye-opening, to say the least. Did anyone predict that Wieters would produce a slash line of .344/.382/.590 on April 24? Or that he'd have three doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs? If so,

Looking back and ahead

It was strange to watch last night's game without my laptop in front of me or in the trunk of my car. I kept an eye on one of the 5,000 or so televisions at Looney's Pub in Bel Air and saw the Orioles fall behind big and storm back for a 10-8 victory over the Blue Jays. It was nice to get confirmation that

A few notes before tonight's game in Toronto

The Orioles will attempt to even their series against the Blue Jays tonight at Rogers Centre, where they've gone 8-12 in their last 20 games. Limiting the number of three-run homers surrendered would be a smart strategy. Before last night, the Orioles hadn't allowed nine runs or more in a game with all of them scoring on homers since Aug. 29, 2005 against the Athletics,

Hardy and Wieters return to Orioles lineup (with Jays lineup)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy's hamstring has healed and he's back in the Orioles' lineup for tonight's game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Matt Wieters is behind the plate tonight after missing last night's game with a sore right forearm. Jonathan Schoop is starting at second base and Ryan Flaherty is starting at third. Steve Lombardozzi goes to the bench. For the Orioles Nick Markakis

Notes on Hanrahan, Weeks and Yoon

Do the Orioles retain interest in free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan? Well, they're checking his medical records again, according to an industry source. They also reviewed his records during the winter. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has declined comment when asked whether the club scouted Hanrahan, 32, last Thursday while he threw at the University of Tampa. Approximately 20 teams were represented. Duquette refuses

The blame starts with the starting pitching

I'm here to offer a few simple facts and check whether you like your eggs scrambled or over easy. The starting pitching has to get better. Period. Bash the bullpen for allowing a pair of three-run homers in last night's 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays. Bash the offense for producing nothing except for Nelson Cruz's three-run homer. Bash Steve Lombardozzi for the error that

A lead lost in Toronto (O's lose 9-3)

Edwin Encarnacion is 3-for-20 lifetime against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez. All three hits are home runs. Is that weird? Encarnacion has hit 24 home runs versus the Orioles, the most against any opponent. Gonzalez took a shutout into the sixth before Encarnacion's three-run shot. Now he's out of the game and can't get a win. The Orioles didn't have a quality start during their four-game

Machado to begin rehab assignment Friday and more notes

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed to reporters in Toronto this afternoon that third baseman Manny Machado will begin his injury rehab assignment Friday night at Single-A Frederick. His pregame interview will air on MASN2 HD, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Machado had five at-bats today at extended spring training after receiving five yesterday and four on Saturday. The Keys conclude a three-game series against Myrtle

Orioles lineup and Machado note (and K.C. pitching matchups)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Matt Wieters aren't in the Orioles lineup for tonight's game in Toronto. The Orioles are giving Hardy's hamstring an extra day to heal. No idea what's going on with Wieters, who didn't play yesterday morning following a night game. Adam Jones is 10-for-21 during a five-game hitting streak. Also, the Orioles made their roster move official, designating outfielder Steve Pearce

Roster update and Blue Jays lineup

The Orioles haven't posted their lineup for tonight's game in Toronto. Once they do, it's not expected to include outfielder Steve Pearce among the reserves. Barring a drastic change in plans, Pearce will be designated for assignment to make room for left-hander T.J. McFarland on the 25-man roster. The Orioles would temporarily go with a 13-man pitching staff to aid their bullpen, which was used

A few afternoon notes

The Orioles made it out of Fenway Park with a split of a four-game series. Now, they've got to figure out a way to win at Rogers Centre, where they've lost every season series since 2005. Remember when they went 1-8 in 2009 and 0-9 in 2010? Good times. The Orioles have won the last two season series against the Blue Jays, going 10-9 last

Thoughts on Pearce, Davis and a conversation between Dickerson and Schoop

The Orioles may be too rested tonight as they begin their series in Toronto. A night game after a day game? Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? Left-hander T.J. McFarland has joined the club and will be in the visiting bullpen tonight at Rogers Centre. A corresponding move will be announced this afternoon. Eighteen games into the season and the Norfolk shuttle

Hearing from Jones, Hunter and Clevenger (O's will recall McFarland)

BOSTON - The Orioles were working on short rest this morning after playing late into the night. Three of their relievers - Zach Britton, Brian Matusz and Darren O'Day - pitched in back-to-back games. A sellout crowd at Fenway Park was whipped into the usual frenzy as the Red Sox kept applying pressure, refusing to wilt after falling behind by six runs in the third.

Showalter speaks after 7-6 win

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters after today's 7-6 win over the Red Sox that the club may call up a pitcher from Triple-A Norfolk to aid the bullpen. Showalter said he wants to avoid using three relievers in Tuesday night's series opener against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Feel free to speculate. Ryan Webb, Zach Britton, Darren O'Day, Brian Matusz and

Game update and more from Showalter (O's win 7-6)

BOSTON - Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen didn't make it past the fifth inning today. However, he stands to get the win if the bullpen can cover the rest of the game. A three-run lead at Fenway Park? What could go wrong? Chen allowed three runs and four hits in five innings, with three walks and five strikeouts. He threw 93 pitches, 57 for strikes. In

Orioles have marathon inning on Patriots' Day (updated)

BOSTON - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis walked in his first at-bat today. Continue to breathe normally. That's 11 walks for Davis in 18 games. He's now tied his record by reaching base in 17 consecutive games. But he didn't swipe a bag as promised. Maybe next time. Davis contributed an RBI single in the third to increase the Orioles' lead to 3-0. They went

Davis: "Hopefully, I can start hitting some more homers again"

BOSTON - Chris Davis has reached base in 16 consecutive games, but it's not a cause to celebrate. His average is down to .241 and he's stuck on one home run after clubbing 53 last season. Cause for alarm? Not yet. Better to make light of it and keep grinding. "I turned over a new leaf this year. I'm trying not to hit any more

Hardy out of lineup

BOSTON - The Orioles are playing their fifth Patriots Day game in Boston, having lost four of the first five. Their lone victory came in 1970, when they won 3-2. Most recently, they lost 12-1 in 2009. They also were beaten in 1956, 1989 and 1997. So yes, if they win today, they win the World Series. J.J. Hardy says his right hamstring feels better,

Looking back and ahead

BOSTON - The Orioles are leaving Boston after this morning's game, and they'd like to take the transfer rule with them. Maybe dump it in an empty field, grab a few baseball bats and destroy it like the copy machine in "Office Space." Ryan Flaherty held the ball long enough last night to record the out at second base in the seventh inning. Instead, he

Hearing from Showalter, Schoop, Flaherty and Jimenez

BOSTON - Tonight's game between the Orioles and Red Sox ended with a walk-off error and manager Buck Showalter huddled with the umpires in front of his dugout. Confusion and craziness were the key ingredients in the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. David Lough caught pinch-hitter Mike Carp's sinking liner in left field and made a wide throw to the

Hardy provides update on hamstring injury

BOSTON - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy doesn't expect to be included in Monday morning's lineup after straining his right hamstring while running the bases in the fifth inning. Manager Buck Showalter told Hardy that he was getting the day off anyway, but the injury sealed the deal. Hardy isn't certain of its severity, since he has no previous experience with strained hamstrings. "I know trainers

Hardy injures hamstring (O's lose 6-5)

BOSTON - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy left tonight's game after the sixth inning with a strained right hamstring. He's listed as day to day. Hardy apparently suffered the injury while running the bases in the top of the fifth. He singled with two outs and tried to score from first on David Lough's ground rule double. Hardy had to go back to third base. Steve

Jimenez and Peavy out of tonight's game

BOSTON - Before tonight, Red Sox starter Jake Peavy had allowed four earned runs in 18 2/3 innings this season. The Orioles scored five against him tonight in only 5 2/3 innings. Peavy issued an intentional walk to Chris Davis with Ryan Flaherty at third base and two outs in the sixth. Adam Jones followed with an RBI single to left field to increase the

Orioles get off to fast start (O's lead 4-0)

BOSTON - Nelson Cruz continued his assault on Red Sox pitching this season, and the Orioles jumped out to a 3-0 lead tonight against Jake Peavy in the top of the first inning. Cruz hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot that produced his 12th RBI and his eighth against the Red Sox. The Orioles had gone four straight games without

Pregame notes on Machado, Patton, Schoop and more

BOSTON - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has normal soreness today "in the right places," according to manager Buck Showalter, following yesterday's extended spring training game in Sarasota. Machado will play seven innings at third base on Monday and serve as the designated hitter on Tuesday. He could begin his minor league injury rehab assignment later in the week, with the affiliate still undetermined. "I

Hardy on his health, his slow start and his contract status

BOSTON - The temperature in Boston is supposed to climb into the mid-60s on Monday. And as the weather heats up, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy hopes to do the same. Hardy is 10-for-41 with no home runs and three RBIs heading into tonight's game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. A career .219 hitter in March/April, he's grown somewhat accustomed to slow starts. The

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Jonathan Schoop is starting at second base tonight for the Orioles, and Ryan Flaherty gets the nod at third base. Nelson Cruz is batting second as the designated hitter. David Lough is in left field. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS David Lough LF Jonathan Schoop 2B Ryan

Orioles having a power outage

BOSTON - The Orioles led the majors in home runs last season with 212, and they signed Nelson Cruz during spring training. Power didn't figure to be in short supply. Go figure. The Orioles rank 29th in home runs with nine in their first 16 games. Only the Royals (five) have hit fewer in the majors. The Angels rank first with 29, followed by the

A few odds and ends (Tigers released Gonzalez)

BOSTON - If the benches empty tonight at Fenway Park, it's only because both teams realize they have an 11 a.m. game the following morning and are in a rush to get out of there. Seriously, who made up this schedule? What's next, a night game at Camden Yards followed by breakfast at Wimbledon? It's probably too soon to put heavy emphasis on a start,

Sweeping out the clubhouse following 4-2 loss

BOSTON - There was more to talk about today other than the dugouts emptying in the seventh inning and Orioles starter Bud Norris wondering why Red Sox catcher David Ross took exception to an inside pitch. Norris took the loss after being charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings. The last two scored in the turbulent seventh. "I think their gun's a little high

Davis: "If somebody wants to run their mouths, we'll stand up to them"

BOSTON - David Ross wanted to lay down a sacrifice bunt today with a runner on first base and nobody out in the seventh inning of a tie game. Orioles pitcher Bud Norris says he wanted to take the out. So exactly what happened to make Ross yell at Norris? And to make Orioles catcher Matt Wieters get in Ross' face? Ross apparently didn't like

It's a challenge for Cruz to reach RBI milestone (dugouts empty, O's lose 4-2)

BOSTON - Nelson Cruz picked up his second RBI today and the 500th of his career. It came in unorthodox fashion. Cruz was called out on a bouncer behind third base with runners on the corners and two outs in the top of the sixth inning. He immediately signaled that he was safe and manager Buck Showalter strolled onto the field to give Adam Gladstone

The defense rests in the first inning (updated)

BOSTON - The Orioles no longer have three errors this season. And I'm no longer welcome in manager Buck Showalter's office. Kidding. He doesn't really believe in jinxes. Right? Jonathan Schoop mishandled Mike Napoli's grounder with runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the first inning, and Dustin Pedroia crossed the plate with the tying run. Schoop was most likely thinking

Showalter gets defensive

BOSTON - Steve Clevenger will start behind the plate Monday morning in the series finale against the Red Sox. Matt Wieters is catching this afternoon following a night game. "We talked about it before," said manager Buck Showalter. "We came in with the off-day and it was cool, not very taxing last night. We talked to Matt before this whole thing started and he thought

Machado gets four at-bats in extended spring training (update)

BOSTON - Manny Machado played five innings at third base this morning in his first extended spring training game. He also received four at-bats and didn't experience any issues with his left knee or calf. Machado hit into a fielder's choice, doubled, struck out and singled. The Orioles don't have an extended game scheduled for Sunday, but they could create one for Machado. Manager Buck

Orioles, Red Sox lineups and a bunch of notes

BOSTON - The Orioles are 16-9 at Fenway Park since the altercation between former reliever Kevin Gregg and David Ortiz on July 8, 2011. Coincidence? Probably, but it's still an interesting note. The Orioles are going for their fourth straight victory today, their longest streak since they won five in a row from July 14-22, 2013. Chris Davis is 8-for-18 with a home run against

Lough trying to raise his game

BOSTON - With left-hander Felix Doubront on the mound for the Red Sox this afternoon, there's a good chance that David Lough will begin the game on the bench. The Orioles are more likely to put Nelson Cruz or Delmon Young in left field, which would put Lough on the list of reserves. Lough wasn't in last night's lineup, though the Red Sox started right-hander

Hearing from Tillman, Schoop and Matusz

BOSTON - Chris Tillman keeps beating the Red Sox and they keep working him over. Tillman was pushed to 122 pitches in five innings in an 8-4 win over the Red Sox, who lost to him for the fourth time in five decisions since the beginning of 2013. He's posted a 2.85 ERA in that span. "It was a struggle," he said. "I knew it

Showalter speaks after 8-4 win

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter tried hard to get starter Chris Tillman through five innings tonight, knowing his bullpen could easily burn out in a four-game series. Tillman needed 122 pitches to clear the fifth, and he earned the win in the Orioles' 8-4 victory over the Red Sox. "You're trying not to use four or five guys out of the 'pen in the

Tillman throws 122 pitches in five innings (O's win 8-4)

BOSTON - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman threw 122 pitches tonight, three short of his career high. And he did it in only five innings. The Red Sox do have a knack for driving up a pitch count. Tillman allowed three runs and seven hits, walked four and struck out five. Seventy-one of his 122 pitches were strikes. Tillman threw 125 pitches in 8 1/3 innings

Markakis ties Palmeiro and scores game's first run (updated)

BOSTON - The Red Sox held a moment of silence before the game for former Orioles public relations director Monica Pence Barlow. Her photo appeared on the video board in center field. Well done. The temperature at first pitch was 39 degrees - same as Wednesday's game at Camden Yards. Nick Markakis doubled on the first offering from John Lackey, bringing the quickest challenge of

More notes and quotes from Boston

BOSTON - I don't know the projected game time temperature tonight at Fenway Park. However, after doing extensive research, I can confirm that it's bitter cold. There's a rumor circulating that a polar bear will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. While wearing a scarf and mittens. The temperature for Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay at Camden Yards was 39 degrees, believed to be the

Machado makes extended spring debut on Saturday

BOSTON - Manny Machado made it through his sliding drills today without a hitch, and he's scheduled to play five innings at third base on Saturday in an extended spring training game in Sarasota. Machado also ran the bases again and took batting practice and infield. No issues with his left knee or calf. "I talked to him today," said manager Buck Showalter. "He's upbeat

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - For tonight's series opener against the Red Sox, Adam Jones is back in center field one day after serving as the designated hitter. Delmon Young is in left with Nelson Cruz at DH. Chris Tillman takes the mound opposite Boston's John Lackey as the Orioles look to start the series on the right foot. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Delmon Young LF

Tillman takes his turn tonight in Boston

With Tuesday's postponement and manager Buck Showalter's decision to push back everyone in the rotation, Chris Tillman gets the start for the Orioles tonight in the opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park. That's not a bad thing. Tillman is 4-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 12 career starts against the Red Sox, and 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in five starts in Boston,

Machado has another good day in Sarasota

The news on Orioles third baseman Manny Machado remains encouraging, as he's been cleared to further increase his baseball activity before playing in his first game. Machado ran the bases again today and did very well. The same positive report as yesterday. Machado will slide on Friday for the first time, and is scheduled to begin participating in extended spring training games the following day.

This and that

Miguel Gonzalez was credited with the win yesterday and Tommy Hunter recorded the save, but Zach Britton garnered lots of attention following the Orioles' 3-0 win over the Rays. His three scoreless innings raised his total to 11 1/3, with only four hits allowed in six outings. His sinker and renewed confidence are the talk of the clubhouse. "He's been phenomenal," Gonzalez said. "I'm happy

Quick update on Machado

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado ran the bases earlier today in Sarasota and did fine, according to a team official. Machado will be cutting the bases again on Thursday. Assuming there are no setbacks, he will be cleared to begin playing extended spring training games. Manager Buck Showalter estimated that Machado would play two or three games before going on an injury rehab assignment, which

Britton stays on a roll

Left-hander Zach Britton gave the Orioles three more scoreless innings today, raising his total to 11 1/3 this season and creating more discussion over whether he should be starting. Manager Buck Showalter likes Britton in his current role. He's become quite a weapon out of the bullpen. "The first weapon is he can get right-handed and left-handed hitters out. That's huge for a reliever," Showalter

Showalter speaks after 3-0 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter covered a variety of topics in his post-game interview following today's 3-0 win over the Ray. For example: The weather "That's why the whole pine tar thing and about gripping the ball and stuff ... to have as good a breaking ball, it amazes me that guys can throw a breaking ball at all in these type of temperatures. It all

Hearing from Hunter, Wieters, Gonzalez and Jones

In his first outing today since blowing a save over the weekend against the Blue Jays, Tommy Hunter stranded a runner in the ninth inning and closed out the Orioles' 3-0 win over the Rays. Hunter said the game-tying home run by Toronto's Colby Rasmus wasn't on his mind today. "Still, I feel like I made pitches the other night," he said. "I feel like

Gonzalez goes five scoreless, Jones soaks up the sun (O's win 3-0)

Miguel Gonzalez didn't have a clean inning today. He also didn't give up a run. Gonzalez allowed three hits, walked three and struck out six over five scoreless innings for the Orioles, who continue to lead the Rays 3-0 at Camden Yards. He came out of the game only because of his pitch count, which stood at 98. That's what happens when the opponent puts

Game update and more notes (O's lead 2-0)

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, working on six days rest this afternoon and braving a game-time temperature of 39 degrees, has tossed three scoreless innings against the Rays. Gonzalez has stranded a runner in each inning while allowing one hit, walking two and striking out three. He's thrown 63 pitches, 40 for strikes. Nick Markakis has the only hit for the Orioles in three innings, a

Jones switched to designated hitter

Adam Jones no longer is listed as the Orioles' center fielder today. Manager Buck Showalter switched Jones to designated hitter, put David Lough in center and moved Nelson Cruz to left. Jones ran in the outfield earlier to gauge how much he's recovered from his virus. Jones, of course, wanted to play in center. "I want him to run around and see if he fatigues

Jones returns to lineup

The grounds crew at Camden Yards scraped the ice off the tarp and the infield this morning. The sun is shining and we're starting on time. Adam Jones will patrol center field today for the Orioles. He's feeling better after yesterday's bout with the virus that's sweeping through the clubhouse. Reliever Evan Meek also is in the clubhouse. He's a little better, but clearly not

Orioles and Rays butting heads again

Do you get the feeling that the Rays are evolving into the kind of rival for the Orioles that can, well, rival any other team in their division? Yes, I know that's saying a lot. I don't toss it out there lightly. Tampa Bay had a great deal of catching up to do, of course, and manager Buck Showalter is still loath to heap praise

Gonzalez gets Wednesday's start

The Orioles have decided to start Miguel Gonzalez in Wednesday afternoon's game against the Rays, rather than push him back or skip his turn following today's postponement. Gonzalez will oppose Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who was supposed to start today before being scratched. Manager Buck Showalter hasn't revealed how the rotation is impacted for the upcoming series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Tonight's game has been postponed (no DH tomorrow)

The Orioles haven't made an official announcement, but tonight's game against the Rays has been postponed. More details to come. Update: Now, it's official. The game has been postponed and a makeup date will be announced later. Fans are encouraged to keep their tickets and parking passes until more information becomes available. Also, the Jackie Robinson tribute jerseys will be worn at a later date.

Jones also sent home, and other notes

Center fielder Adam Jones has also been sent home with flu-like symptoms that are sweeping through the Orioles' clubhouse. Players are covering their noses and constantly using the hand-sanitizing dispenser mounted on a wall across from manager Buck Showalter's office. The timing is especially bad for Jones because of his desire to play on Jackie Robinson Day. Reliever Evan Meek also was sent home due

Jones, Meek ill (with Rays-Orioles lineups)

Adam Jones and Evan Meek are the latest victims of the virus that's been making the rounds in the Orioles clubhouse. The illness has forced Jones from tonight's lineup and caused the Orioles to send Meek home after he arrived at Camden Yards. David Lough will shift to center field in Jones' place. Here are tonight's lineups: For the Rays:Ben Zobrist 2BWil Myers RFMatt Joyce

Weather update: It's raining

That's all I've got, folks. The rain stopped for a while and now it's started up again. The tarp is on the field at Camden Yards. Needless to say - though I'm saying it anyway - the Orioles will hit indoors. Batting practice outside isn't an option. Also, no official word on whether the Orioles would schedule a doubleheader Wednesday if tonight's game is postponed.

Schoop taking advantage of his opportunity

A quick scan of the weather forecast today has the chance of showers ranging from 70 to 100 percent throughout the day. If there's a window, it better be shut. I can't imagine that the Orioles would play a doubleheader on Wednesday if tonight's game is postponed, since the Rays return to Baltimore in June and August, but we'll find out. Rookie Jonathan Schoop wasn't

Showalter speaks after 7-1 win

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen picked up the win tonight after allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings. That's a quality start. That's also the result of pitching with a solid defense behind him, one that kept making plays and frustrating the Tampa Bay hitters. "I thought balls went right at some fielders," said manager Buck Showalter following a 7-1 victory over the Rays at Camden

Chen a big hit so far tonight (Chen goes 6 1/3, O's win 7-1)

Wei-Yin Chen retired 12 of the first 13 Tampa Bay batters tonight, the only baserunner coming on Desmond Jenning's walk with one out in the fourth. Too soon for players in the dugout to ignore him? Chen's flirtation with a no-hitter ended with one out in the fifth, when James Loney doubled to right-center field. Fans applauded Chen. It was fun while it lasted. Brandon

Wieters strikes again versus Rays, and more notes (updated)

The Orioles made three nice defensive plays behind Wei-Yin Chen in the first inning tonight, beginning with third baseman Ryan Flaherty's clean pick of Ben Zobrist's scorching ground ball. Zobrist is now 10-for-24 lifetime against Chen, who could use some assistance from his defense. He also will take any clean inning that comes his way, considering his 1.969 WHIP and opponents' .412 average before tonight.

More on Machado and other notes (updated)

After running six sprints at 90 feet today in Sarasota, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will go full-speed at 180 feet Tuesday morning. He also could run the bases for the first time, another huge step in his progression following knee surgery exactly six months ago. Machado hasn't been cutting the bases and that's the most important test before he's cleared for extended spring training

Orioles and Rays lineups and Machado update

Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base tonight for the Orioles' series opening game against the Rays at Camden Yards. Steve Lombardozzi remains at second base. Jonathan Schoop is on the bench. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C David Lough LF J.J. Hardy SS Steve Lombardozzi 2B Ryan Flaherty 3B Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Orioles need to keep their Chen up

Chris Tillman is establishing himself as a staff ace by following up last year's All-Star campaign with two earned runs allowed in 21 1/3 innings this season. Plenty good for a No. 1 starter. Now about the next two spots in the Orioles rotation ... Ubaldo Jimenez is 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA and 2.063 WHIP in three starts and has failed to go more

Leftovers for breakfast

The Blue Jays take two of three games from the Orioles over the weekend, and now the Rays come to town. It doesn't get any easier. Matt Wieters went 0-for-3 with strikeout yesterday against Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle and homered against right-hander Esmil Rogers. He's now 3-for-11 with one home run and four RBIs from the right side, and 9-for-26 with two homers and three

Showalter on Jimenez "He's better than that"

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't ready to bury Ubaldo Jimenez after three starts. Not even close. Jimenez is 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA in 16 innings, with 23 hits, 10 walks and four home runs. He lasted only 5 1/3 innings today and was charged with five runs and 10 hits. "His command," Showalter said. "If you look at his, kind of, history, he gets

Another struggle for Jimenez (O's lose 11-3)

Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez still has a shot at a quality start today, having allowed three runs over five innings. He needs to get through the sixth unscathed. Don't be fooled. It's been a challenge for Jimenez, who's surrendered eight hits, walked two and struck out three. He's up to 86 pitches, his command abandoning him at various points in the game. Josh Stinson began

Game update and more notes (updated)

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez needed 27 pitches to get through the top of the first inning today, and he was down 1-0 on Colby Rasmus' long home run. Rasmus' ball landed on Eutaw St., the 78th time it's happened in Camden Yards history and the first in 2014. It's the 47th by an opponent and the fourth by a Blue Jay. Eric Thames was the

Matusz ready to pitch

Left-hander Brian Matusz will have more of a presence in the Orioles' bullpen today than just his No. 17 taped to the bench. Matusz has returned to the club after missing the last two games with an illness. He threw in the outfield before batting practice and worked up a good sweat. "I feel good," he said."I went out and played catch with Zach (Britton)

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Steve Pearce will make his first start today, serving as the Orioles' designated hitter for their 1:35 p.m. game against the Blue Jays at Camden Yard. Delmon Young is in left field. J.J. Hardy makes his second consecutive start at shortstop after missing six of seven games due to spasms and tightness in his lower back. Also, hitting coach Jim Presley has returned to the

Pearce could play today

Eight of the Orioles' 11 games this season have been decided by two runs or fewer. Too early to detect a trend? Reliever Darren O'Day has 13 straight scoreless appearances dating to last season. Right fielder Nick Markakis has a seven-game hitting streak. He's 10-for-30 with a double, triple, three RBIs and three runs scored during that stretch. Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants to give

Showalter speaks after 2-1, 12-inning win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed tonight that he put Jonathan Schoop back in the lineup to prevent the rookie from dwelling on last night's two-error game. He planned on sitting Schoop until the defensive miscues. Schoop rewarded Showalter with an RBI double in the seventh inning that broke a scoreless tie, and a couple of nice plays at third base. "Tough night last night. In

Schoop rewards Showalter (O's win 2-1 in 12 innings)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy's return to the Orioles lineup tonight left manager Buck Showalter with a decision regarding his starter at third base. Does he keep Jonathan Schoop on the hot corner or move over Ryan Flaherty from short? Schoop hadn't faced Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison. Flaherty was 0-for-1 with an RBI. Not much data to consider. Showalter chose Schoop - we'll find out why

Scoreless through the third (updated)

Orioles starter Bud Norris cleared the third-inning hurdle tonight at Camden Yards. In his initial outing of 2014, Norris cruised through the first two innings in Detroit on 25 pitches, but the Tigers scored three runs in the third. Norris lasted only five innings and exited with his pitch count at 103. He allowed five runs and nine hits in a 7-6 loss. Norris blanked

Machado cleared to run sprints

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado got six at-bats today against left-hander Johan Santana in a simulated game at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Machado was scheduled for two at-bats, but received an additional four. "I think that two was a minimum," said manager Buck Showalter. Machado has been cleared to run full-speed on Monday, one of the final hurdles before getting into extended spring training

Hardy and Lough return to lineup (plus Jays lineup, health updates)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy and left fielder David Lough have returned to the Orioles lineup for tonight's game against the Blue Jays. Hardy had been absent for six of the last seven games due to spasms and tightness in his lower back. Lough was tested for a concussion Wednesday due to dizziness and eye floaters, the same symptoms that caused the Orioles to shut him down

Quick Matusz update

Orioles reliever Brian Matusz was released from a local hospital late last night, but his status remains uncertain for tonight's game against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Matusz never made it to the ballpark yesterday due to flu-like symptoms that have swept through the clubhouse. Hitting coach Jim Presley also missed the game, though he reported Camden Yards earlier in the day. Without Matusz

Hardy, notes, the bullpen and other random facts

I'm not going to predict whether shortstop J.J. Hardy returns to the Orioles lineup tonight. We keep hearing that he's expected to play, and then he winds up on the bench. But I like his chances in the second game of the series against the Blue Jays. Maybe I am predicting. Hardy was supposed to work out Thursday and start last night. Instead, he underwent

Matusz hospitalized with illness

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is in a local hospital tonight due to an illness that kept him away from Camden Yards. Matusz apparently has come down with a virus that's working its way through the clubhouse. Hitting coach Jim Presley left the ballpark this afternoon with the same symptoms, leaving his responsibilities to coach Einar Diaz. Manager Buck Showalter isn't certain whether Matusz will be

Tillman dealing like an ace (O's lose 2-0)

Orioles starter Chris Tillman has retired 11 Blue Jays in a row tonight since third baseman Jonathan Schoop committed his second throwing error in the top of the fourth inning. Tillman got a called third strike on Colby Rasmus to end the seventh with the Orioles still trailing 2-0. Tillman has allowed two unearned runs and two hits, walked one and struck out five. He's

Davis coming close to first home run

Chris Davis hasn't hit a home run this season, but he's got the right opponent to break the streak. Davis has belted 16 homers against the Blue Jays since the start of the 2012 season, and Adam Jones has 14. No other major league player has collected as many as 10 against Toronto during that span. Davis and Jones each have hit at least seven

More notes and quotes before tonight's game

The Orioles are 3-0 this season when the opposing starter works seven or more innings. Those starters? Jon Lester, Justin Verlander and Masahiro Tanaka. The Orioles batted .354 in the three games at Yankee Stadium to raise their team average from .229 to 274. They were 12-for-32 (.375) with runners in scoring position to raise their average from .231 to 296. Matt Wieters has hit

Showalter on Hardy, Machado and more

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy underwent an MRI on his lower back and also received a cortisone injection during yesterday's off-day. The MRI turned out "pretty good," according to manager Buck Showalter, who added that Hardy is available tonight and should be able to start on Saturday. Outfielder David Lough also is available tonight, according to Showalter. Lough underwent concussion tests Wednesday in Baltimore before racing

Hardy remains out of Orioles lineup (update)

J.J. Hardy is out of the Orioles lineup again tonight, marking the sixth time in seven games that has been the case. Ryan Flaherty is starting again at shortstop. Hardy was supposed to work out yesterday to test his lower back and remained hopeful that he would start tonight. Update: Hardy fielded ground balls today and will take batting practice later. He expects to be

About tonight ...

The Orioles return home tonight after a 3-3 road trip through Detroit and New York. They may have shortstop J.J. Hardy in the lineup, depending on whether his back responded favorably to yesterday's workout. David Lough could return to left field against Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan. But does manager Buck Showalter sit Delmon Young, who went 6-for-11 with a double, home run and three

More from the notebook (updated)

NEW YORK - I found a few more items from my notebook that I wanted to pass along today in lieu of posting a lineup or pregame notes and quotes. There's no game. I spent about an hour at the warehouse this morning after picking up my car at the BWI Rail Station around 10 a.m., and the only activity at Camden Yards involved the

Cleaning out my notebook

NEW YORK - Early this morning, the Orioles announced that Chris Tillman, Bud Norris and Ubaldo Jimenez would start the three games against the Blue Jays this weekend at Camden Yards. Tillman was pushed ahead of Norris. The Orioles are off today. No games. Reduced odds that a player will be hurt. Celebrate good times. J.J. Hardy will work out today at Camden Yards to

Lough updates his health, Hunter talks about save and more

NEW YORK - Orioles right-hander Bud Norris wasn't used in relief tonight, so he's slated to start one of the games against the Blue Jays this weekend at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman and Ubaldo Jimenez also will pitch. Manager Buck Showalter must decide on the order. David Lough entered tonight's game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement after undergoing concussion tests earlier today

Showalter speaks after 5-4 win

NEW YORK - The Orioles won their first series in the Bronx since 2012 by holding on for a 5-4 victory at Yankee Stadium. They also posted their first back-to-back victories of 2014. Brian Matusz stranded two runners in the eighth, including one that he inherited, after serving up a home run to Kelly Johnson yesterday. "Brian's done that job for us now for about

Gonzalez gives Orioles quality start (O's win 5-4)

NEW YORK - Miguel Gonzalez turned in the Orioles' second quality start of the season tonight, coming out of the game after the sixth with the score tied 3-3. Chris Tillman has the other quality start after allowing one run in 8 1/3 innings in Detroit. Gonzalez allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, with one walk, three strikeouts and two home runs.

Schoop muscles up against Tanaka (we're tied)

NEW YORK - Jonathan Schoop didn't look like a No. 9 hitter in his first at-bat tonight against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. With two runners on base, Schoop homered into the second deck in left field to give the Orioles a 3-0 lead. Matt Wieters singled to start the inning and Steve Lombardozzi singled with one out. Ryan Flaherty grounded into a 3-6 force, and

Showalter responds to Jones' comments

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter claimed today that he hadn't read Adam Jones' quotes on how the center fielder wants to dish out punishment on fans who run onto the field. Showalter spent part of the morning and afternoon being asked about it and had to catch up. "I haven't read it per se," Showalter said. "I agree with most everything Adam says,

Lough avoids disabled list

NEW YORK - David Lough will return to the Orioles for tonight's game against the Yankees and be available off the bench. No trip to the disabled list. Just a quick trip to Baltimore. Lough underwent concussion tests today and has been cleared. He was experiencing symptoms similar to the ones in spring training that forced the Orioles to shut him down, but doctors ruled

Adam Jones comments on his comments

NEW YORK - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said he hasn't heard from Major League Baseball regarding his comments yesterday on fans who run onto the field, and he's not concerned about it. "My comments weren't malicious or anything like that. It's just my opinion. I'm pretty sure other people have spoken their opinion and gotten nothing," he said. "The players feel like it's something

Hardy expects to play Friday

NEW YORK - Reporters will meet with manager Buck Showalter at 5:15 p.m. in the visiting dugout at Yankee Stadium, where he can provide an update on David Lough and offer specifics on the injury that could force the outfielder to the disabled list. Meanwhile, shortstop J.J. Hardy provided another update on his back. He's more optimistic about his recovery than in previous days. "Much

Hardy out again, Lough not on DL yet (Orioles and Yankees lineups)

NEW YORK - J.J. Hardy is out of the Orioles lineup for the fifth time in six games, one day after he expressed hope that he'd be able to play again tonight at Yankee Stadium. On top of that, David Lough is listed on the bench after it appeared he was headed to the disabled list with Jemile Weeks joining the Orioles. Weeks is in

A few pregame notes from the Bronx (more on Jones)

NEW YORK - The Orioles and Yankees haven't posted their lineups for tonight's game. Waiting to find out whether J.J. Hardy is back at shortstop. The Orioles collected 20 hits last night, their second-highest output in the Bronx in franchise history. They pounded out 22 hits on June 8, 1986. The Orioles plated multiple runs in four different innings for the first time since April

Leftovers for breakfast

NEW YORK - The Orioles will play under the lights tonight for the first time in six games. Hopefully, they won't be distracted by the moon. It's been a while since they've seen it unless the curtains were open in their hotel rooms. Fans keep asking why the Orioles would recall infielder Jemile Weeks from Triple-A Norfolk to replace outfielder David Lough, who's apparently going

More Orioles chatter following 14-5 win

NEW YORK - Lots of Orioles quotes coming out of the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. Here's a sampling. Buck Showalter on offense breaking out: "It's not that big of a deal. We can't live in that world. You trust your guys and their track record. These are the best pitchers in the world and you try to keep that in mind. You don't just

Lough headed to disabled list

NEW YORK - Jemile Weeks is headed to New York, and he apparently will take outfielder David Lough's spot on the 25-man roster. I'm hearing that Lough is headed to the disabled list. He didn't play today in the Orioles' 14-5 win over the Yankees. Lough didn't start against New York right-hander Ivan Nova, an unusual occurrence judging by the early pattern established by manager

Orioles preparing for roster move (Weeks headed to New York)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters today that the club will make "an adjustment" to its roster, with a player headed to the disabled list and another one summoned from Triple-A Norfolk. Showalter didn't want to reveal any names before Wednesday. Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who's missed four of the last five games with spasms and tightness in his lower back, hasn't been

We said it wouldn't get weird (O's win 14-5)

NEW YORK - Before today, Ryan Flaherty's last three-hit game occurred on Aug. 2, 2013 against the Mariners. Before today, Delmon Young's last three-hit game also occurred on Aug. 2, 2013, while playing for the Phillies. Hold me. Chris Davis led off the eighth inning with a single for the Orioles' 17th hit today. Matt Wieters was the only starter without a hit, though he

Chen giving up hits but holding lead (updated)

NEW YORK - The Orioles gave left-hander Wei-Yin Chen a six-run lead today and he handed back three runs in the bottom of the fourth. It's never easy in the Bronx. Chen has allowed nine hits in five innings today, increasing his total to 21 over 10 2/3 frames. He's thrown 102 pitches, 65 for strikes. Josh Stinson had been warming in the bullpen with

Jones homers and Orioles getting production from bottom of order (updated)

NEW YORK - The Orioles jumped on Yankees starter Ivan Nova for three runs in the first inning today, another fast start for a team that's lost five of seven games. The Orioles have scored six runs in the first inning and eight in the ninth. Nick Markakis and Delmon Young opened with singles and Chris Davis lifted a sacrifice fly. Adam Jones followed with

Hardy's back improved

NEW YORK - The sun is out and the Orioles are taking batting practice and doing infield drills. The temperature actually is rising. Imagine the possibilities. Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters this morning that shortstop J.J. Hardy is feeling "a lot better" despite being out of the lineup for the fourth time in five games with lingering tightness in his lower back. Showalter indicated

Hardy still out, plus Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - It's another rainy and cold morning in the Bronx. Still waiting for baseball weather to kick in and no longer make me feel as though I should be waiting for a coin toss and the opening kickoff. Much more of this and I'll be setting up an interview with the Orioles' special teams coach. J.J. Hardy is again out of the lineup,

Wieters doing it right from the left

NEW YORK - I'm writing quickly this morning because I left my power cord in the Yankee Stadium press box yesterday and my laptop battery is running low. You may read slowly, however. No pressure. J.J. Hardy has missed three of the last four games due to spasms and tightness in his lower back. If he's still on the shelf today, with little or no

Hearing from Jimenez and Cruz (and Schoop)

NEW YORK - Ubaldo Jimenez couldn't locate his breaking ball today, couldn't get it down, and the Yankees made him pay. Jimenez didn't last through the fifth inning and was charged with four runs and eight hits, with five walks 109 pitches thrown. He's 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his first two starts with the Orioles. "It was all about getting the breaking ball

Showalter speaks after 4-2 loss

NEW YORK - With shortstop J.J. Hardy unavailable today due to tightness in his lower back, Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn't make moves in the late innings that normally would have been automatic for him. Showalter addressed that topic after a 4-2 loss to the Yankees, along with Ubaldo Jimenez's start and the decision to move outfielder Nolan Reimold to the 60-day disabled list. Here

Jimenez can't finish fifth or lower portion of Yankees lineup (O's lose 4-2)

NEW YORK - Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez threw 109 pitches in 4 2/3 innings today. The five walks didn't do him any favors. Same with the eight hits. Jimenez threw 13, 19, 18, 32 and 27 pitches over five innings. He needed 96 pitches to get through six innings in his debut Wednesday against the Red Sox at Camden Yards and has issued eight walks

Game update and Showalter talks about Jeter (updated)

NEW YORK - The Yankees have taken a 1-0 lead in the third inning today on Derek Jeter's double play bouncer. Not the most dramatic way for Jeter to celebrate his last opening day at Yankee Stadium, but it's still early. Ubaldo Jimenez fielded Jeter's comebacker and chose to start a 1-6-3 double play rather than throw home for the easy out on Yangervis Solarte,

Orioles acquire Guilmet from Indians

NEW YORK - The Orioles announced today that they've acquired pitcher Preston Guilmet from the Indians for minor league outfielder Torsten Boss. Guilmet was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Guilmet on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have transferred outfielder Nolan Reimold to the 60-day disabled list. Guilmet, 26, owns a lifetime 2.57 ERA and 90 saves in 196 games (15 starts) over

Hardy and Showalter provide injury updates

NEW YORK - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy remains day-to-day with spasms in his lower back. He continues to receive treatment and didn't expect to perform baseball activities this morning. Hardy has no idea whether he will return to the lineup on Tuesday. He's been on the bench for three of the last four games and was walking gingerly to his locker this morning, his movements

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Shortstop J.J. Hardy is out of the lineup again today because of lingering back issues. The early-season absences are particularly frustrating to Hardy because he said this year's spring training was one of the healthiest of his career. With Hardy sidelined, the Orioles will go with Ryan Flaherty at short, Steve Lombardozzi at second and Jonathan Schoop at third. For the Orioles

New city and old starting time

NEW YORK - Stop me if you've heard this one: The Orioles are playing a day game, their fourth in a row since leaving Baltimore. They hunger for a postgame spread that isn't lunch. In this case, the 1:05 p.m. start has nothing to do with plummeting temperatures and the need to bask in whatever warmth is available in Detroit in the month of April.

Jones breaks tie, Tillman breaks trend (O's win 3-1)

Adam Jones battled Tigers starter Justin Verlander in the top of the eighth inning today, fouling off four pitches and taking two out of the strike zone before lifting a sacrifice fly to deep left-center field that broke a 1-1 tie. Jones drove an 87 mph slider into the gap, where Tyler Collins made a nice running catch. Jones picked up only his second RBI

This and that through three innings (game tied)

Well, look at Chris Tillman dishing out three clean innings to start today's game against the Tigers. That makes eight for the Orioles' pitching staff in 2014. Jonathan Schoop is on the 25-man roster because Manny Machado is on the disabled list following knee surgery. He's in today's lineup because of J.J. Hardy's back spasms. Opportunity can be found in many places, including body parts.

Hardy scratched from lineup

Orioles shortstop J.J Hardy has been scratched from today's lineup due to another spasm in his lower back. Ryan Flaherty will move to shortstop, with rookie Jonathan Schoop playing third base. The Orioles announced that the spasm is located in a different spot from the one that forced him out of Friday's lineup. So much for that stat about Hardy hitting three home runs off

A few notes before today's game

The Orioles are trying to avoid a three-game sweep in Detroit today before heading to New York for another supreme challenge. So much for easing into the 2014 season. Maybe they've got another five-run ninth-inning rally in them, which is fine if they're trailing by four. Yesterday's game produced the highest-scoring ninth inning for the Orioles since they also tallied five runs in the ninth

Orioles and Tigers lineups

Ryan Flaherty is back in the Orioles lineup today, playing third base and looking for his first hit of the 2014 season. David Lough is leading off and Nick Markakis is batting second. For the Orioles David Lough LF Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz DH Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty 3B Steve Lombardozzi 2B Chris Tillman

Wrong turns with the rotation

If you're unable to watch today's game in its entirety, be sure to check out the first and ninth innings. That's usually when the Orioles do their scoring. That is, if they're able to push across some runs against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander. I'm told he's pretty good. Verlander is 8-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 11 career starts against the Orioles. It's tough to

Orioles and Tigers lineups

J.J. Hardy's lower back spasms are no longer an issue, and he's in the Orioles lineup for today's game at Comerica Park against the Tigers. With Hardy in, Ryan Flaherty takes a seat, no real surprise considering he's 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts. Nick Markakis is today's DH, batting fifth. For the Orioles David Lough LF Nelson Cruz RF Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Nick

About today's game ...

The Orioles have scored 11 runs in their first four games, including a pair yesterday in the ninth inning. The starters have posted a 7.20 ERA in 20 innings. Where are you most concerned? I'm going out on a limb and saying the offense erupts this afternoon against Tigers starter Rick Porcello, who's carrying a career 6.58 ERA in 23 games in March/April and is

Checking on Gausman

I've noticed that lots of fans are clamoring for the Orioles to recall Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk just four games into the 2014 season. Actually, his name came up before the Orioles left Baltimore, but the demands for his services are louder and more pronounced. Gausman will pitch at Camden Yards this year. He may do it this month. But the Orioles aren't looking

Gausman starting tonight in Norfolk (O's lose 10-4)

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides now list Kevin Gausman as tonight's starter after the Orioles held him out of last night's game. Gausman would have flown to Detroit if today's game at Comerica Park had been postponed due to rain, forcing a doubleheader on Saturday. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that Gausman could have served as an extra reliever. The Orioles were subjected to a 34-minute rain

Lough sets table as Orioles plate two (updated)

The Orioles look pretty aggressive on the bases for a team working on 17 minutes sleep. David Lough collected his first hit as an Oriole with a one-out single in the first inning. He stole second and scored on Chris Davis' double to right field. Adam Jones also came around from first base after drawing his second walk in four games. He had 25 last

Big changes in Orioles lineup (another Hardy update)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is on the bench today for the series opener in Detroit. Matt Wieters isn't starting, but that's no surprise. Steve Clevenger figured to catch a day game following a night game and delayed departure. Jonathan Schoop makes his first start at third base, with Ryan Flaherty shifting to shortstop. Steve Lombardozzi is starting at second base. For the Orioles Nick Markakis

Orioles notes and Tigers lineup

The Orioles begin a stretch of five consecutive day games this afternoon, their longest stretch of the season. According to Elias, it's the longest since they played five in a row from April 9-14, 1994. I hope they got more sleep before that first game. Chris Davis ranked second in the majors last season with 25 road home runs. Manny Machado was tied for second

Orioles trying not to sputter in the Motor City

The Orioles will play a game in Detroit today if the weather cooperates and they're able to stay awake. Having a night game at Camden Yards and a 1:08 p.m. game the following day in Detroit made no sense to me, and I didn't get the sense that manager Buck Showalter was enamored with it. I guess it couldn't be adjusted. It got a whole

Showalter speaks after 4-3 loss

It's not getting any easier for the Orioles. They dropped two of three to the Red Sox and may not leave Camden Yards until 1 a.m. because of a flight issue, which puts their arrival in Detroit around 4 a.m. They have a 1:08 p.m. game against the Tigers. Manager Buck Showalter tried to make light of it, just as he put a positive spin

Chen singled out tonight (O's lose 4-3)

Oriole left-hander Wei-Yin Chen allowed a career-high 12 hits tonight in 5 2/3 innings. Eleven of them were singles. That's not easy to do. The Orioles are down 4-2 after Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in Will Middlebrooks with an RBI single with two outs in the sixth. Middlebrooks doubled for the only extra-base hit off Chen. Chen didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

Game update and a few more notes (O's down 3-2)

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen got through the top of the first inning tonight without allowing a run despite singles by Jonny Gomes and David Ortiz. Dustin Pedroia lined to right field, a significant out considering that he's 11-for-20 lifetime against Chen. Mike Napoli, who was 3-for-10 with two home runs, grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Nick Markakis singled leading off the bottom of the

Gausman could join Orioles in Detroit

With rain in the forecast for Friday afternoon's game against the Tigers at Comerica Park, the Orioles have scratched Kevin Gausman from tonight's start with Triple-A Norfolk and may send him to Detroit. A team official confirmed that knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa will start the Tides opener at Harbor Park. Major League Baseball allows teams to bring up one player for 24 hours as part of

Orioles and Red Sox lineups for series finale (tarp off field)

A light rain is falling and the tarp is on the field at Camden Yards. Jonathan Schoop will be playing second base for the Orioles tonight if we don't have a postponement. Ryan Flaherty remains at third. Nelson Cruz is back in left field. He's homered in both games. Update: The tarp is off the field and the Orioles are taking batting practice. For the

Tigers claim Belfiore

The Orioles announced today that the Tigers claimed left-hander Mike Belfiore off waivers. Belfiore was designated for assignment on Sunday as the Orioles cleared space for reliever Evan Meek and outfielder Delmon Young on their 40-man roster. They also placed reliever Edgmer Escalona on the 60-day disabled list. Belfiore, acquired from the Diamondbacks on May 12, 2012 as the player to be named in the

Leading off with Markakis

The Orioles faced Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester on opening day and right-hander John Lackey last night. They're scheduled to face left-hander Felix Doubront tonight in the final game of the series. The lineup will keep changing. Nelson Cruz figures to start again in left field, as he did on Monday, with Delmon Young or Steve Pearce serving as the designated hitter. Jonathan Schoop most

Showalter speaks after 6-2 loss

Ubaldo Jimenez struck out six batters in six innings tonight in his Orioles debut, but he also gave up four runs and took the loss. Jimenez is 1-1 with a 10.47 ERA lifetime against the Red Sox. "He was good. Made a couple mistakes," said manager Buck Showalter. "Wasn't going to be much of a margin for error with (John) Lackey. From the get-go, he

Jimenez done after six innings (O's lose 6-2)

Ryan Webb has replaced Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez in the top of the seventh inning with the Red Sox leading 4-2. Jimenez allowed four runs and five hits in six innings, with three walks, six strikeouts, two home runs and a hit batter. He threw 96 pitches, 63 for strikes. Both home runs came on 0-2 pitches to David Ortiz in the third and Mike

Game, Reimold and Peguero updates (Ortiz, Cruz and Napoli homer)

Ubaldo Jimenez's first inning as an Orioles starter tonight included a hit, walk and two strikeouts. Jimenez got a called third strike on leadoff hitter Daniel Nava before Dustin Pedroia singled into right field and David Ortiz walked. Mike Napoli popped up and Jonny Gomes struck out looking to strand two runners. Jimenez threw 17 pitches, including 10 for strikes. Xander Bogaerts singled off Jimenez

Updating Santana, Bundy, Peguero, Markakis, Patton and more

Left-hander Johan Santana threw 30 pitches off a full mound yesterday in Saraosta, mixing in everything in his repertoire. "That's progressing well," said manager Buck Showalter. "Don't ask me exactly what's next. I haven't heard anything else. Scotty McGregor updates us every day. "It's encouraging to see that Johan is throwing all his pitches. He's pitching like he's in a five-man rotation. Pitch, work day,

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Steve Lombardozzi is starting at second base tonight for the Orioles, while Ryan Flaherty remains at third. Jonathan Scoop takes a seat on the bench. David Lough is in left field and Nelson Cruz is serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF David Lough LF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz DH Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Ryan

More on Matusz

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made it through the first game of the 2014 season without having to face Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz. What are the chances that he makes it two in a row? Ortiz is 1-for-20 with 12 strikeouts against Matusz. They're bound to meet again - if not tonight or this series, maybe in Boston later this month. Matusz pitched to one

Looking ahead to Jimenez's debut

With no game to obsess over today, we may as well look ahead to Ubaldo Jimenez's official debut with the Orioles on Wednesday night at Camden Yards. Jimenez made four appearances in Grapefruit League games while trying to get caught up to the other starters. He allowed nine runs and 15 hits in 15 1/3 innings, with six walks, eight strikeouts and a hit batter.

Reflecting on the opener

The Orioles win their first game of the season and now they're off? Who planned this schedule? OK, it's pretty typical in the majors. I guess teams get exhausted after that first game. Or fans need 48 hours to find their way back to the ballpark. As I reflect on the 2-1 win on opening day, my thoughts keep returning to Ryan Flaherty's play at

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