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Showalter on Jimenez and a 7-1 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed tonight that left-hander T.J. McFarland will start Tuesday night’s game against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Talk about having a tough act to follow. (And talk about a tired cliche.) Ubaldo Jimenez held the Rangers to an unearned run over a season-high eight innings in a 7-1 win over the Rangers - his first victory at Camden Yards this season.

Home finally sweet for Jimenez (O’s win 7-1)

Ubaldo Jimenez has a legitimate chance to finally win a game this season at Camden Yards. Jimenez was 0-6 with a 6.28 ERA at home before taking the mound tonight against the Rangers. The Orioles hadn’t scored more than two runs while he was still in the game. They were blanked in his last four outings and five of six while he was pitching. They

Pearce, Hardy and Jones muscle up (Pearce homers again, O’s lead 7-1)

Former Rangers are hitless in three at-bats tonight against left-hander Joe Saunders, with Nelson Cruz grounding out twice and Chris Davis striking out. If only Saunders could face seven more of them. Steve Pearce hit a long two-run homer before Cruz’s grounder in the first inning, and Adam Jones homered before Davis struck out. The Orioles led 3-0 only four batters into the game. J.J.

Orioles select contract of Ramon Ramirez

The Orioles brought up a fresh arm for their bullpen today, purchasing the contract of reliever Ramon Ramirez from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning Evan Meek. The move leaves the Orioles’ with the same number of relievers, but Meek threw 24 pitches yesterday and was charged with four runs in one inning. Ramirez tossed two innings Saturday for the Tides and is available tonight. He’s also

Showalter on Machado suspension and Davis at third base

Orioles manager Buck Showalter knew that he had to be careful today regarding his comments on Manny Machado’s five-game suspension. The Major League Baseball office has big ears. Asked for his reaction to the suspension being upheld, Showalter replied, “For public consumption?” “I’m not going to go there,” he continued. “But I knew from our team standpoint that we were going to be without Manny

Davis on playing third base, Orioles statement on Cashen

As reporters drifted toward his locker this afternoon, Chris Davis politely put them on hold by claiming that he had “early work at third base.” Once Davis returned to the clubhouse, he was slumped in his chair and drenched in sweat from taking ground balls from third base coach and infield instructor Bobby Dickerson. Davis was using Manny Machado’s glove, saying it felt weird having

Notes on roster move, McFarland, Reimold, Davis, All-Star voting and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club will make a roster move before tonight’s game against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Showalter said the move will be “in the pitching department.” The Orioles need another reliever and could option a starting pitcher. Left-hander T.J. McFarland is “most likely” going to start Tuesday night, according to Showalter, unless he’s needed tonight in relief. The Orioles intend

Chris Davis starting at third base

Chris Davis is moving across the diamond tonight as Manny Machado’s replacement at third base, as the Orioles open a four-game series against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Steve Pearce is starting at first base and Delmon Young is serving as the designated hitter. Davis has played 71 games at third base in the majors, including 17 with the Orioles in 2011. For the Orioles

Orioles DFA Almanzar

The Orioles have reinstated infielder Michael Almanzar from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment. Almanzar, 23, joined the organization via the Rule 5 draft from the Red Sox on Dec. 12, 2013. The Orioles placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 23, with left patellar tendinitis and transferred to the 60-day DL on June 6. Despite needing a third

More on Machado suspension

The Orioles are withholding comment on Manny Machado’s five-game suspension until later today, when a team official will address the media. In the meantime, they will continue to fume over the announcement that Machado’s punishment was not reduced. The expectation coming from the warehouse was that Machado would have to serve a maximum of four games, with the possibility of a further reduction. Instead, he

Machado’s suspension upheld

The Orioles finally received word on the result of Manny Machado’s appeal hearing and it’s not what they had anticipated. Major League Baseball has upheld Machado’s five-game suspension, which he will begin serving tonight. The Orioles open a four-game series tonight against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Machado also will miss the Fourth of July game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He can

More on the bullpen and wondering who starts vs. Saunders

During yesterday’s pregame session with the media, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked to explain how his bullpen had allowed only one run in the last 29 2/3 innings. “Well,” he replied, “now that you’ve jinxed it ...” Showalter was kidding at the time, but look what happened. Evan Meek was charged with four runs and Brian Matusz was charged with five in a 12-7

Showalter on Gonzalez and a 12-7 loss

The Orioles planned on sending down a reliever and bringing up an infielder once third baseman Manny Machado began serving his suspension. However, the rotation has produced one quality start in the last seven games, taxing a bullpen that may not be able to handle a subtraction. “The timing is never good, especially with some of the pending things, because you’d like to do some

Suspension may be only way to cool off Machado (O’s lose 12-7)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has picked the days leading up to his suspension to really get hot. Machado homered for the third time in three days to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning. He went to the opposite field off Rays starter Alex Cobb. Ben Zobrist homered off Miguel Gonzalez in the top of the fifth to tie the game

Gonzalez trying to get back on track (O’s down 2-1)

Miguel Gonzalez strung together four consecutive quality starts for the Orioles before going on the disabled list retroactive to May 31 with a strained oblique. Before today, Gonzalez had allowed seven runs and 17 hits over 10 innings in two starts since his return. He seemed to be fine physically. He just hadn’t found the same rhythm. Two batters into today’s game, Gonzalez already had

Pregame notes on rotation, Machado, Casilla, Stinson and more

The Orioles now have two confirmed starters for their four-game series against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Ubaldo Jimenez will start Monday night’s opener and Chris Tillman will start on Wednesday. Reliever T.J. McFarland remains a prime candidate to take the mound Tuesday, and manager Buck Showalter said he’s leaning toward using left-hander Wei-Yin Chen on normal rest Thursday. Kevin Gausman will throw a bullpen

Machado in lineup again today

One of these days, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will begin serving his suspension. It’s just not going to happen today. Machado is batting seventh again today, one spot ahead of second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Nick Hundley is behind the plate. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Manny Machado 3B

More Machado, today’s pitching matchup and Britton’s double play prowess

Will Manny Machado remain in the Orioles lineup today? Has Major League Baseball forgotten about his suspension? What in the world is the holdup? Jemile Weeks is waiting for the Orioles to recall him as Machado’s replacement. Rather than sit in a hotel room and drum his fingers on a table, he actually led off for short-season Single-A Aberdeen last night and went 1-for-4 as

Showalter on Chen and a 5-4 loss to the Rays

The Orioles rallied to within one run of the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon before suffering a 5-4 loss at Camden Yards. Wei-Yin Chen lost for the first time since May 3 in Minnesota, allowing three home runs over 3 1/3 innings. Manager Buck Showalter offered his opinion of Chen’s start, the shortest of the left-hander’s major league career. “Velocity-wise, obviously he was fine, but

Longball leads to short outing for Chen (O’s lose 5-4)

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen tied his career high today by serving up three home runs to the Tampa Bay Rays. What made it worse was the damage came in only 3 1/3 innings. Brad Brach has replaced Chen, who’s charged with five runs and seven hits in a career-low 3 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two. Chen was done after walking Desmond

Bundy’s next start at Single-A Frederick, and other notes (O’s down 3-0)

The Orioles announced today that pitcher Dylan Bundy will make his next injury rehab start on July 3 at Single-A Frederick. The Keys host Salem at 6 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. Bundy has done enough damage in the New York-Penn League. In three starts at short-season Single-A Aberdeen, he allowed one run and 10 hits in 15 innings, with three walks and 22 strikeouts.

Showalter on Machado, Tuesday starter, Reimold and Wieters

The Orioles are prepared to handle third baseman Manny Machado’s suspension. They just need to know when it starts and how long it lasts. They’re confident that the suspension will be reduced from five games. The Orioles have an extra reliever and could send down one while calling up an infielder as Machado’s replacement. Jemile Weeks is on short-season Single-A Aberdeen’s roster, a relatively short

Machado remains in Orioles lineup (plus Rays lineup)

Another day will pass without Orioles third baseman Manny Machado serving his suspension. Machado is in today’s lineup against the Rays at Camden Yards. Steve Pearce gets another start in left field against former Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard, and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy

Thoughts on Machado, Gausman, Brach and today’s game

Will the Orioles find out today whether Manny Machado must begin serving his suspension, whatever the length? It’s hanging over their heads, but they’re better equipped now to handle it. The Orioles have an extra reliever in their bullpen who can be sent down, and they have an infielder who can be summoned to Camden Yards. Let’s just get it over with and move on.

Tillman: “It was a struggle for me early and I think it’s coming”

Chris Tillman says he was able to throw his fastball for strikes tonight in Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Rays. “Any time you are able to throw to both sides of the plate and mix in your off-speed,” he said, “it’s kind of a recipe for success.” The Orioles could have been fried after a Game 1 loss, but they earned a split

Hearing from Showalter after 4-1 win in Game 2

Following tonight’s 4-1 victory over the Rays in Game 2, Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman was returned to his optional assignment and transferred to short-season Single-A Aberdeen. He won’t be an IronBird for long. Gausman had to be sent out because he was the 26th player today and Aberdeen is home. He can return to the Orioles as early as Tuesday and might start Wednesday or

Hundley’s first Orioles home run gives them lead (Cruz homers, O’s win 4-1)

Nick Hundley picked an opportune time tonight to hit his first home run as an Oriole. Hundley led off the bottom of the sixth inning by lining the second pitch from Rays reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo, a 90 mph fastball, into the left field seats to break a 1-1 tie. Oviedo had just entered the game as the replacement for starter Jake Odorizzi, who threw

No roster move tonight and another look back at Game 1 (updated)

The Orioles didn’t make a roster move before Game 2 of today’s doubleheader. Executive vice president Dan Duquette met with manager Buck Showalter and the club decided to stand pat. Chris Tillman retired the Rays in order in the top of the first, throwing seven of 11 pitches for strikes. He’s allowed 15 runs in the first inning this season, but none in his last

Showalter and Joseph after Game 1 loss, Game 2 lineup

The excuse would be so convenient. Kevin Gausman was on a roll and the Orioles slowed it by optioning him to the minors and disrupting his routine. Manager Buck Showalter knows it’s out there, but he’s not reaching for it. “He did it last time, pitched an inning and came back and pitched well,” Showalter said after Gausman was charged with five runs in five-plus

Orioles score first, Rays score more in second (Machado homers, O’s lose 5-2)

Steve Pearce walked in the first inning in Game 1 of today’s doubleheader between the Orioles and Rays. Naturally, he reached base. The Lakeland, Fla., native is now 8-for-18 with three doubles, three home runs, six RBIs, six walks and five runs scored against the Rays this season. His 1.676 OPS versus the Rays leads the majors. The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the

Pregame notes and quotes from Showalter and Meek

Triple-A Norfolk infielder Jemile Weeks flew into Baltimore last night and is available to the Orioles if third baseman Manny Machado has to begin serving his suspension today. Weeks was in the Tides’ clubhouse yesterday, but didn’t stay for the game. Manager Buck Showalter is on high alert. He received a phone call from executive vice president Dan Duquette this morning and feared the worst.

Orioles Game 1 lineup vs. Rays

Evan Meek is listed among the Orioles’ relievers, as expected, and will be added to the roster for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Rays at Camden Yards. The Orioles haven’t announced the official roster moves, but Kevin Gausman appears to be the 26th player. Steve Pearce is in left field and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Alex Colome is making his fourth

Thoughts on the roster and Gausman’s start

The Orioles are playing two games today and adding two players to their roster. Let’s hear it for symmetry. Kevin Gausman will come off the taxi squad, be officially recalled and start Game 1 against the Rays. It’s just a question of whether he’s the 26th player or Bud Norris’ replacement. Either way, the Orioles also are expected to recall reliever Evan Meek, since he

Orioles will recall Meek

The Orioles will add two pitchers to their roster for Friday’s doubleheader against the Rays at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman will come off the taxi squad to pitch Game 1, and reliever Evan Meek will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to provide another arm in the bullpen. Meek was spotted tonight at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (or BWI, to keep it simple), and I

Norris likely headed to DL (updated)

An MRI taken this morning on Bud Norris’ groin revealed a strain on the right side that most likely will force the Orioles into making a roster move. Norris doesn’t figure to be available for his next start, which can be pushed back to Tuesday. In that scenario, the Orioles will place him on the 15-day disabled list. The move would be retroactive to Sunday,

Decision pending on Reimold

Does it still count as an off-day if a game goes past midnight? The Orioles will take it, no matter the definition. It’s still going to feel like rest. The bullpen could use it after manager Buck Showalter called upon six relievers in last night’s 5-4, 12-inning victory over the White Sox, though he skillfully limited their pitch counts to make them available for Friday’s

Norris to undergo MRI, Showalter on 5-4 12-inning win

Orioles pitcher Bud Norris will undergo an MRI on his right groin Thursday morning after having his next start pushed back. Norris threw a bullpen session and appeared to be “tentative,” according to manager Buck Showalter, which led to the decision to start Chris Tillman in Game 2 of Friday night’s doubleheader against the Rays at Camden Yards. Norris left his most recent start Saturday

Cruz slam ties game (O’s win 5-4 in 12 innings)

It happened. The Orioles got into the White Sox bullpen and it happened. Nelson Cruz’s two-out grand slam off reliever Javy Guerra in the bottom of the eighth inning tied the game 4-4. It’s Cruz’s eighth career slam and his second this season, the other coming April 23 in Toronto. He’s hit 24 homers and driven in 64 runs this season Sounds like an All-Star

No run support for Jimenez and no wins at home

The walks that have plagued Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez this season rest entirely on his shoulders. He takes full responsibility. But he can’t control each time the offense goes into shutdown mode while he’s on the mound. White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi is blanking the Orioles tonight on four hits over six innings. He’s thrown only 63 pitches. Jimenez held the White Sox to two

Jimenez staying in control (O’s down 2-0)

Through three innings of tonight’s game against the White Sox, Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez has not issued a walk. Through three innings, Jimenez has thrown 29 of his 38 pitches for strikes. He’s stayed in control. The Orioles hope it lasts. Jimenez issued six walks in 5 2/3 innings in Friday night’s start against the Yankees, and the Orioles were forced to make a roster

Showalter explains Norris decision, talks about Machado’s appeal hearing

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed this afternoon that Chris Tillman will pitch Game 2 of Friday night’s doubleheader against the Rays after Kevin Gausman takes the mound for the opener. However, he can’t provide an exact date for Bud Norris’ next outing. “Tillman will throw Friday night, second game,” Showalter said. “We can push Bud back as far as (July 1) if we want to.

Tillman to start Game 2 of doubleheader

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has chosen Chris Tillman to start Game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader against the Rays at Camden Yards. Tillman and Bud Norris threw bullpen sessions this afternoon. Norris’ groin injury continues to improve, but Showalter said the right-hander was “still a little tentative.” Norris, who had been slated to start Game 2, can be pushed back as far at Tuesday. The discomfort

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

Orioles manager Buck Showalter made some adjustments to his lineup tonight for the series finale against the White Sox, starting Ryan Flaherty at second base and putting Nick Hundley behind the plate. Steve Pearce continues to bat second and start in left field. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz DH J.J. Hardy SS Manny

Updating the weekend pitching matchups

The Orioles have one confirmed starter for their weekend series against the Rays at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman will be recalled and start Game 1 of Friday’s split doubleheader. The rest is up in the air. Meanwhile, the Rays will send right-hander Alex Colome (0-0, 4.50 ERA) to the mound in Game 1 and right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.29 ERA) in Game 2. Left-hander Erik

Leftovers for breakfast

After back-to-back nights facing left-handed starters, the Orioles will take their cuts against White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi in the finale of their three-game series at Camden Yards. David Lough’s chances of returning to left field improve slightly, but Steve Pearce keeps forcing his way into the lineup. He won’t cool down enough to warrant a seat on the bench. Pearce and Nelson Cruz are

Showalter speaks after 4-2 loss

The Orioles are 1-4 in games after walk-off wins following tonight’s 4-2 loss to the White Sox before 20,596 at Camden Yards. I’m not sure what you should do with that information, but there it is. Here’s manager Buck Showalter to discuss Miguel Gonzalez’s outing, the Orioles going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position tonight and 3-for-20 in the past two games, Caleb Joseph’s failure

Gonzalez goes five again, Pearce goes yard again (O’s lose 4-2)

Miguel Gonzalez has worked five innings in each of his two starts since coming off the disabled list, and he left tonight’s game with the the White Sox ahead 3-0. Steve Pearce broke up Jose Quintana’s shutout bid with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the sixth. In his last seven games, Pearce is 13-for-27 with four doubles, three home runs, eight RBIs,

Gonzalez bitten again by home run bug (O’s down 3-0)

Before going on the disabled list with an oblique injury, Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez hadn’t allowed a home run in his last two starts, and surrendered only two in his last six. He served up two in five innings against the Rays after being activated on June 17, and he’s down 1-0 tonight after the White Sox’s Gordon Beckham took him deep in the first

Hendrickson receives tryout

Veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson received a tryout from the Orioles today at Camden Yards in his latest attempt to reach agreement on a minor league deal. Hendrickson, 40, has been pitching for the independent York Revolution, where he’s 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 24 innings. He’s a York resident and prefers staying close to home, which the Orioles can make possible if they choose

Machado hearing scheduled for Wednesday

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that third baseman Manny Machado’s hearing on his appeal of a five-game suspension will take place Wednesday in Baltimore. Executive vice president Dan Duquette will attend the hearing with Machado. A verdict may not be handed down until this weekend, which suits the Orioles, who would prefer to have Machado available for Friday night’s doubleheader against the Rays. The

Orioles and White Sox lineups

As expected, Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup tonight following his pinch-hit walk-off home run last night. Steve Pearce continues to bat second as the left fielder. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate after homering in each of the last two games. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Manny

Looking back and ahead, and a note on McFarland

Was anyone else surprised to learn that Chris Davis’ pinch-hit walk-off home run last night was the first by an Oriole since Larry Sheets on Aug. 24, 1988 against the Mariners? Your browser does not support iframes. Sheets’ shot came against reliever Mike Schooler in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Memorial Stadium. The Mariners’ third base coach was current Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley.

Showalter on a walk-off win

Chris Davis has two career pinch-hit home runs, the first coming on May 14, 2009. Tonight’s shot figures to stay with him a lot longer. Davis ran the count full against White Sox reliever Ronal Belisario with two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and launched a slider into the right field seats for a walk-off home run that gave

Orioles waste chances and lose lead (Davis walk-off three-run HR)

Through five innings tonight, the Orioles are 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and have stranded nine. They’ve squandered numerous chances against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, who’s allowed a season-high 10 hits in five innings but only two runs. He’s no longer behind in this game. White Sox rookie Jose Abreu homered off left-hander Wei-Yin Chen leading off the top of the sixth to

Chen takes rare walk, Markakis at 5,000 career at-bats, and more (O’s lead 2-1)

The Orioles haven’t dropped a season series to the White Sox since 2008. The first step toward maintaining that streak comes tonight at Camden Yards. Wei-Yin Chen walked Gordon Beckham with one out in the top of the first inning and Dayan Viciedo with two outs. Chen had issued two walks over his last six starts and 12 this season in 83 1/3 innings. It’s

Duquette on catching situation, Yoon, Bundy, Wolf and more

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette indicated today that he’s not looking to acquire a catcher despite losing Matt Wieters for the season following elbow surgery. Duquette seems comfortable with using Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley. He also praised the catching depth in the farm system, which has been lacking in previous years. “It’s always a challenge to change catchers during the season because the

Norris provides update on his injury

Orioles pitcher Bud Norris remains optimistic that he can start the second game of Friday night’s doubleheader against the Rays. If he’s pushed back to Saturday, that also works for him. As long as the tightness in his right groin subsides and he’s able to stay on his current roll. Norris will have a better idea about his availability after Wednesday’s bullpen session. “I’m feeling

Pregame notes from Camden Yards

Lots of nuggets from today’s session with manager Buck Showalter. Your world won’t be rocked, but it may jiggle a little. Showalter expects the Orioles to have a resolution on the Manny Machado suspension by the end of the week. Showalter said 90 percent of the reason why Chris Davis isn’t starting tonight is he wanted Delmon Young in the lineup. Showalter also confirmed that

Davis on bench tonight

Steve Pearce remains in the Orioles lineup tonight, but he’s starting at first base against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale. Chris Davis is on the bench, with manager Buck Showalter stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters. Delmon Young is serving as the designated hitter. He’s 2-for-9 with a double and home run off Sale. As I wrote this morning, Sale has held left-handed hitters to

Gausman update, Yoon to DL (update)

Kevin Gausman is starting today at Triple-A Norfolk, where he’s scheduled to throw one inning against Indianapolis at Harbor Park. It’s basically the equivalent of a side session for Gausman, who was optioned late Friday night with the understanding that he will be recalled as the 26th player for this Friday’s doubleheader. Gausman will start Game 1 against the Rays. The plan also calls for

More praise for Pearce

The Orioles are back home tonight, where they’ve compiled a 16-17 record this season, compared to 23-18 on the road. Steve Pearce is assured of staying in the lineup against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, who’s held left-handed hitters to a .194 career average. It doesn’t matter whether the opposing pitcher is left-handed, right-handed, throws with his feet or rolls the ball off his tongue.

Hardy on rebounding from Friday night loss: “We’ve got a short memory”

NEW YORK - The Orioles rebounded from Friday’s walk-off loss to the Yankees by winning the next two games by a combined score of 14-1. What does that say about the team? “It’s like you’ve got to turn the page,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We haven’t even played half the season yet. What did we win, four out of six on the road? We’ve got

Orioles sign Wolf, Pearce talks about slide, Joseph talks about home run

NEW YORK - The Orioles have reached agreement with left-hander Randy Wolf on a Triple-A contract, according to team officials. The deal is pending a physical. Wolf, 37, would report to Norfolk on Tuesday. Wolf was 2-0 with a 5.28 ERA in five games (two starts) with the Orioles in 2012 before undergoing a second ligament-reconstructive surgery in his left elbow. He was 5-1 with

Bottom of order tops for Orioles today (O’s win 8-0)

NEW YORK - The Orioles have scored three runs off Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka for the second time this season. Tanaka hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his 15 major league starts. The damage is being done down below. No. 8 hitter Jonathan Schoop has a home run and RBI grounder, and No. 9 hitter Caleb Joseph has a sacrifice fly. J.J. Hardy led

Eventful but scoreless first inning (Schoop homers)

NEW YORK - The Orioles put runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the first inning today and failed to push across a run. Can’t waste those rare opportunities against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Nick Marakakis singled for his 1,461st career hit, putting him 113 behind Boog Powell for 13th place on the club’s all-time list. Yes, I’m still counting.

Showalter on Norris, Bundy and Old-Timers’ Day

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Bud Norris could be pushed back to Saturday if the right-hander needs an extra day to recover from a groin injury sustained during yesterday’s game against the Yankees. Chris Tillman could start Friday night on normal rest. “There’s not the normal discoloration you look for if it’s going to be long-term, which is good,” Showalter said. “I

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - The Orioles aren’t going to mess with Steve Pearce’s hot streak, as he’s in the starting lineup and batting second for the fifth straight game with a series win on the line against the Yankees this afternoon. Pearce is batting .500 (8-for-16) with four doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and four walks over the last four games. With Pearce staying in the

Orioles and Yankees conclude their series

NEW YORK - We’ve got a 2:05 p.m. starting time today because it’s Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees’ infield will occupy the middle of the lineup. (I kid, I kid.) The guest list includes outfielder Jesse Barfield. Because, when I think of Yankee legends, I immediately think of Jesse Barfield. It won’t include Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who declined an invitation to participate.

Hardy on his home run and the silent treatment

NEW YORK - Exactly when did Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy know that he was getting the silent treatment in the dugout after hitting a home run in the eighth inning? “As I was rounding third, I kind of looked in the dugout and no one had moved. And I knew they were going to just sit there,” said Hardy, who decided to celebrate on his

Showalter on Norris injury: “I’m hoping we caught it in time”

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has Kevin Gausman scheduled to pitch the first game of Friday’s split doubleheader against the Rays at Camden Yards, with Bud Norris taking the mound in the nightcap. Norris could be replaced by Chris Tillman after leaving today’s game with tightness in his right groin. Tillman is starting Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees and would be working

Norris leaves game with groin injury (Hardy finally homers, O’s win 6-1)

NEW YORK - Orioles starter Bud Norris left today’s game with tightness in his right groin while warming up for the bottom of the sixth inning. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells, manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Dave Wallace came to the mound, and Norris exited without throwing a pitch. Ryan Webb was rushed into the game and given extra time to warm up. The

Stinson clears waivers, Pearce clears the fence

NEW YORK - The Orioles announced that Josh Stinson has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Stinson must decide by Sunday whether to accept the assignment, which he’s expected to do. Otherwise, he’d forfeit his salary. And he’s likely to resurface at Camden Yards as one of the passengers on the shuttle between Norfolk and Baltimore. Stinson has registered a 6.23 ERA in

Jones gives Orioles early lead (Cruz homers)

NEW YORK - The Orioles will give it another try this afternoon. They have a 1-0 lead over the Yankees on Adam Jones’ solo home run with two outs in the top of the first inning. Jones jumped on a 90 mph fastball from left-hander Vidal Nuno, the ball disappearing into the seats in left field. The Orioles are 25-8 when they score first. The

Showalter on Gausman, Jimenez, Machado and more

NEW YORK - Meeting with reporters today in the visiting dugout at Yankee Stadium, Orioles manager Buck Showalter shed some light on last night’s decision to option pitcher Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk. There’s no reason to feel left in the dark. It’s a fairly obvious strategy. Gausman will throw a bullpen session at Triple-A Norfolk or perhaps work a few innings in a game,

Brach recalled from Norfolk

NEW YORK - Reliever Brad Brach is listed on the Orioles’ lineup card today as the pitcher taking Kevin Gausman’s spot on the 25-man roster. Brach hasn’t arrived at Yankee Stadium, but he will be available for today’s game. This is the third time that he’s been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Brach has allowed 11 runs and 21 hits over 18 1/3 innings with the

Back to a full bullpen

NEW YORK - Just for grins today, a reporter will ask Orioles manager Buck Showalter about his six-man rotation. Just to mess with him. Maybe it’s going to be me. My revenge for fans asking me about the PTBNL in the Chad Bradford trade. There is no six-man rotation with Kevin Gausman being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, but why mess with a good joke? Showalter

Orioles option Gausman

NEW YORK - So much for a six-man rotation. The Orioles announced tonight that they optioned Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk following a 5-3 loss to the Yankees. A corresponding roster move will be announced on Saturday. Gausman allowed two runs over 19 innings in three starts since being recalled for a second time. His turn wasn’t coming up again until Wednesday against the White

Showalter, Jimenez, Britton and Hundley following 5-3 loss

NEW YORK - The Orioles had a two-run lead tonight and Zach Britton on the mound in the ninth inning. Pretty much how they’d draw it up. They’d like to erase the ending. Carlos Beltran’s three-run walk-off home run gave New York a 5-3 win over the Orioles and handed Britton his second blown save. “You don’t ever assume anything,” said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s

Hundley breaks up no-no, Pearce keeps producing (O’s lose 5-3)

NEW YORK - Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda lost his no-hit bid, shutout and lead in the blink of an eye. Nick Hundley doubled to right-center field leading off the top of the sixth inning - his sixth hit with the Orioles and his first for extra bases. Pitchers can threaten the Orioles with a no-hitter, but they can’t carry through with it. Steve Pearce doubled

Game update and note on Britton (updated)

NEW YORK - Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez already has thrown 35 pitches and faced 10 batters tonight in two innings. The Yankees already have stolen two bases in two attempts. They also loaded the bases with one out in the second. The fact that Jimenez has surrendered only one run feels like a small victory. Brett Gardner flied to center field in the second, and

Pregame notes on Wieters, Pearce, Hundley, the rotation and Almanzar

NEW YORK - Catcher Matt Wieters is back in Atlanta following ligament-reconstructive surgery and already is doing some light exercises on his right elbow. Wieters is wearing an immobilizer on his arm instead of a cast. “They got the spur that we knew was there out,” said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s impossible to think he’s going to throw even better next year, but he might.”

Hardy on errors and homerless streak

NEW YORK - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has committed seven errors over the last 14 games, giving him eight for the season. It’s uncharacteristic of the two-time Gold Glove winner. “Obviously, not as good as I’ve been,” he said. “I’ve made a few errors - throwing, fielding. I’ve been working on that, too. My body feels fine. It hasn’t been coming together. “It’s just maybe

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Steve Pearce will bat second again tonight for the Orioles, as they open a three-game series against the Yankees. Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base and Nick Hundley is catching. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz LF J.J. Hardy SS Manny Machado 3B Ryan Flaherty 2B Nick Hundley C Ubaldo

Singleton hopes Markakis “stays with the Orioles for the remainder of his career”

The Orioles are in New York tonight to open a three-game series against the Yankees, but YES Network analyst Ken Singleton is vacationing with his family in Hawaii. Singleton isn’t completely detached from the baseball world. For instance, he knew that right fielder Nick Markakis recently passed him on the Orioles’ all-time hits list. Markakis needs 115 more hits to tie Boog Powell for sixth

Jimenez on extended rest, plus other off-day notes (and draft pick signings)

The Orioles are sending Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound Friday night at Yankee Stadium, and it’s been a week since he’s thrown a pitch. Jimenez is working on six days rest for the third time this season. Most recently, he tossed seven scoreless innings in Minnesota on May 2, striking out 10, to earn his first win as an Oriole. In his career, Jimenez is

Taking another look at the roster

The Orioles are off today, but manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette will continue to discuss the composition of the 25-man roster. Question: How long can the Orioles go with a six-man bullpen? Answer: As long as the rotation allows it. Showalter keeps reminding reporters that the club won’t stay with six relievers. He made it work yesterday - well, Kevin Gausman

Hearing from Gausman, Joseph, Cruz and Hunter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Kevin Gausman has allowed two runs over 19 innings in three starts since being recalled by the Orioles for the second time this season. Caleb Joseph has been behind the plate for all three starts. Nice comfort zone. “It’s like a friendship, working partners, and when you get to catch somebody for two, three, four years, you kind of know how

Showalter speaks after 2-0 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter earned his 1,200th career win today, which meant nothing to him. He was more interested in his club taking two of three from the Rays at Tropicana Field. “How many losses?” Showalter asked. “You know what that means? You get an opportunity for 1,200 more if you’ve got good players. “It means I’m old. It means I’m

Cruz ends home run drought (O’s win 2-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It was bound to happen again. Nelson Cruz hadn’t hit a home run since June 3 in Arlington, Texas. He wasn’t going to be shut out for the remainder of the season. That sort of power outage only happens in New Orleans during the Super Bowl. Cruz launched a 91 mph fastball from Rays reliever Kirby Yates in the top of

Gausman escapes jam, Wieters talks about surgery (Gausman goes six)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Kevin Gausman loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first inning and didn’t allow a run. That’s the good news. The Rays forced Gausman to throw 35 pitches. That’s the bad news. The Orioles used four relievers last night. They have a six-man bullpen. They need Gausman to be more economical. J.J. Hardy’s eighth error of the

Markakis continues to be a hit atop the order

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Nick Markakis led off today’s game against the Rays with a single into center field, his 1,459th hit with the Orioles. He’s 115 behind Boog Powell for fifth on the club’s all-time list. Too soon to keep track? Markakis began the day batting .301/.360/.418 with 14 doubles, a triple, six homers and 28 RBIs in 70 games. He’s now batting .406

Joseph paired again with Gausman

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is giving rookie Caleb Joseph the start behind the plate again today following a night game. What do you get a catcher for his 28th birthday? More at-bats. Joseph has caught Kevin Gausman’s last two starts, with the right-hander allowing two runs in 13 innings. “I don’t know about paired, but that’s some of it,” Showalter said.

Pearce stays in lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Steve Pearce is starting in left field and batting second for the Orioles again today after contributing a home run, double and two walks in last night’s game against the Rays. Caleb Joseph is catching a day game after a night game to keep him working with Kevin Gausman. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF

Gausman goes for series win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles wrap up their series with the Rays this afternoon before enjoying an off-day in New York. The schedule actually favors them for a change. No 4 a.m. arrival. And, you know, an entire day and night in the Big Apple before another big series against a division rival. Time to unwind, fellas. Kevin Gausman makes his second career start

Showalter, Davis, Gonzalez and Pearce after 7-5 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter had a pretty good idea tonight that Chris Davis’ fly ball to left field in the third inning bounced off the foul pole. He could tell by the sound it made inside the mostly empty dome - unless it was left fielder David DeJesus slamming into the wall. The sound turned out to be the one Showalter

Pearce justifies decision to play him (O’s win 7-5)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to choose tonight whether to use Steve Pearce or Delmon Young as the designated hitter. Young was 2-for-21 against Rays left-hander Erik Bedard. Decision made. Pearce walked twice against Bedard and hit a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger in the top of the seventh to increase the Orioles’ lead to 7-4. Pearce has five home runs

Davis gets delayed grand slam (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - For Chris Davis, his third career grand slam was worth the wait. Davis sent a fly ball down the left field line tonight with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning. Tampa Bay’s David DeJesus crashed into the wall at full speed, appearing to knock himself out as two runs scored and Davis stopped at second base. DeJesus

No changes to rotation (plus Showalter on Wieters’ surgery)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter intends to keep his starters on turn past Thursday’s off-day, which basically gives the club a six-man rotation. For how long is another matter. Ubaldo Jimenez, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman will make the starts at Yankee Stadium, keeping them in a rotation that also includes Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman. “That could change, depending

Orioles DFA Stinson

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles activated Miguel Gonzalez from the 15-day disabled list and pointed him toward the mound for tonight’s start against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Reliever Josh Stinson, who’s out of minor league options, was designated for assignment to make room for Gonzalez on the 25-man roster. The move leaves the Orioles with six relievers and six starters on their pitching

Wieters’ surgery deemed successful

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters underwent ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow today in Gulf Breeze, Fla. The operation was performed by Dr. James Andrews and didn’t include any complications. Andrews replaced a ligament in Wieters’ elbow with a tendon, shaved a bone spur and transposed a nerve. Wieters will spend tonight in the hospital and most likely travel to Atlanta on

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manny Machado has been lowered to seventh again in the Orioles lineup, with Steve Pearce batting second tonight. Jonathan Schoop is starting at second base. The Orioles still haven’t announced a corresponding roster move for Miguel Gonzalez. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz LF J.J. Hardy SS Manny Machado 3B

A few early notes from Tropicana Field

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jonathan Schoop and Ryan Flaherty are on the field early today, doing drills at second base with Bobby Dickerson and Mike Bordick. Delmon Young and Tampa Bay’s Jerry Sands delivered pinch-hit home runs last night, the fifth time in Orioles history that each team had a player come off the bench and go deep. It happened most recently on June 10,

Thoughts on tonight’s lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Delmon Young is batting .296 this season. He’s collected a hit in five of his last six games - he failed as a pinch-hitter Friday night - and has homered in two of his last five games. The Orioles are facing a left-hander tonight. Young seems like the obvious choice to serve as the designated hitter, with Nelson Cruz starting in

Reflecting on Wieters, Rapada, Gwynn and more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles will make a roster move this afternoon, activating Miguel Gonzalez for tonight’s start against the Rays and sending out a pitcher. It won’t be Kevin Gausman, who starts on Wednesday. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will undergo surgery at noon to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, also known as a “UCL.” It’s not to be

Matusz, Showalter and Chen after 5-4 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - For one of the few times since he moved to the bullpen, Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz couldn’t keep an inherited runner from scoring. The batter also rounded the bases tonight, the decisive blow in the Orioles’ 5-4 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field. Pinch-hitter Jerry Sands smacked a two-run homer off Matusz with two outs in the bottom of the

Rays take lead in 8th, Orioles sign Rapada (O’s lose 5-4)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jerry Sands picked an opportune time to hit his first home run of the season. Sands, pinch-hitting for David DeJesus, belted a two-run homer off left-hander Brian Matusz with two outs in the eighth to give Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead. It’s the first pinch-hit homer of Sands’ career and the second for the Rays this season. The Orioles had tied

Markakis ties Singleton, Jones homers (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Nick Markakis doubled off the top of the fence in left field tonight leading off the sixth inning, giving him 1,455 career hits to tie Ken Singleton for sixth place on the Orioles’ all-time list. Once Markakis passes Singleton, he can take aim at Boog Powell, who ranks fifth with 1,574 hits. Brady Anderson is fourth with 1,614. Markakis is 4-for-6

Cruz and Wieters continue to lead in All-Star voting (O’s down 3-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Yunel Escobar homered off Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen in the bottom of the first inning tonight to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Escobar was 1-for-12 lifetime against Chen. The Orioles have allowed only two home runs in the last 70 innings. David Lough drew an 11-pitch walk off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi with two outs in the second after J.J.

More from Showalter on Wieters’ pending elbow surgery

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that catcher Matt Wieters will undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Here’s more from Showalter: “With a catcher/position player you’re talking about nine months. I’m pretty sure that’s from being able to play in a major league game, as far as the regular season. We’re hopeful

Wieters to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles received the anticipated news today on catcher Matt Wieters. They must proceed through the rest of the 2014 season without him. Wieters will undergo ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow at noon Tuesday in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Dr. James Andrews will handle the procedure after examining the elbow again this afternoon. Manager Buck Showalter said today’s MRI revealed a

Adam Jones on Tony Gwynn: “The man is the part you’re going to miss”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones received a phone call early this morning with the news he had been dreading. Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn passed away after a courageous battle with salivary gland cancer, the disease taking him at age 54. The call came from Gwynn’s son-in law, former Orioles farmhand Kennard Jones, who played at Single-A Frederick in 2007 and Double-A Bowie

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup tonight after getting a “mental break” yesterday at Camden Yards. David Lough is in left field and Ryan Flaherty is at second base. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate after sitting out the past two games. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz DH

Pregame notes from Tropicana Field

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A few of the Orioles are working on their bunting today as part of their early batting practice session at Tropicana Field. The group includes Jonathan Schoop, David Lough and Ryan Flaherty. Small ball may be in order if the Orioles are going to offer more run support for their pitchers. The Orioles have allowed only 14 runs in the last

Ripken on Gwynn: “This is an extraordinarily sad day”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The baseball world mourns the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who died today at age 54 following a courageous battle with cancer. Gwynn was inducted on the same day as Cal Ripken Jr. in 2007. “This is an extraordinarily sad day,” Ripken said in a statement. “Tony was a Hall of Fame ballplayer, but more importantly he was a

Waiting for word on Wieters

The Orioles are in St. Petersburg, Fla. today, and I’ll be joining them later if my 6:15 a.m. flight arrives safely. Matt Wieters is in Gulf Breeze, Fla., undergoing a second elbow exam by renowned and feared orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Feared by clubs who send their players to him and brace for the worst possible outcome. How often is the news good? Wieters

Showalter speaks after 5-2 loss

The Orioles finally get a decent stretch of games at home and they go 5-5 before heading back on the road. They’re also .500 against the Blue Jays after today’s 5-2 loss before a sellout crowd at Camden Yards. “They’re a really good team and there’s no secret why they’re there,” said manager Buck Showalter. “They’re very athletically talented and their pitching has really been

Orioles rotation produces another quality start, but O’s lose 5-2

Orioles manager Buck Showalter removed Chris Tillman today after 92 pitches. There may have been more in the tank, but Showalter decided that Tillman was done. Tillman retired eight of the last nine Toronto batters he faced, and the rotation produced its seventh straight quality start. He allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, with no walks or strikeouts. It marked the sixth

Tillman looking for smooth start after rocky first inning (O’s down 3-1)

Chris Tillman has retired six consecutive Toronto batters this afternoon and eight of the last nine. Are his troubles in the past? They’re still in his rear-view mirror, another run scoring against him in the first inning. That’s 15 runs in the opening frame in his 15 starts this season. Jose Reyes led off with a single and scored with one out on Jose Bautista’s

Pregame notes on Gonzalez, rotation, Davis, Wendelstedt and more

Miguel Gonzalez remains the Orioles’ scheduled starter for Tuesday night’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Kevin Gausman will start on Wednesday. “That’s where we’re headed,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I think that’s what we’re planning on doing unless we get thrown a curveball.” The Orioles will wait until Tuesday to activate Gonzalez from the disabled list unless they use both long relievers today

Davis out of lineup (update)

The Orioles lineup for today’s series finale against the Blue Jays doesn’t include Chris Davis. Steve Pearce is starting at first base and Delmon Young is serving as the designated hitter. Davis hit a tie-breaking two-run homer yesterday. He could be getting a scheduled day off. Update: Davis said he’s not out today because of a physical issue. Manager Buck Showalter is just giving him

Tillman versus Happ and a few notes

Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey left yesterday’s game at Camden Yards with a groin injury. Reliever Brett Cecil left Friday night’s game with a groin injury. Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter just came off the disabled list after suffering a groin injury. Every time Chris Tillman has a poor start, he’s asked whether he’s bothered by a groin injury. Miguel Gonzalez didn’t get the memo. An oblique

Showalter on Norris, Young and a 3-2 win

It all starts with starting pitching, and the Orioles are living the dream. Their rotation has churned out six consecutive quality starts. It’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in 13 of the last 16 games, posting a 1.51 ERA in those 13 games. It’s easy to understand why the Orioles are three games above .500 again and applying steady pressure to the first-place Blue

Norris staying stingy in latest start (O’s win 3-2)

Bud Norris faced 10 Blue Jays in the first two innings of today’s game. He fell behind on a bases-loaded walk in the second after hitting the previous batter. A bad day? Not anymore. Norris is cruising at Camden Yards, having retired eight in a row and 14 of the last 16 batters while holding a 3-1 lead. He’s back on the mound in the

Orioles still stalling with RISP (Young’s hustle delivers tying run, Davis homers)

The Orioles went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position last night. They were 10-for-48 (.208) in the first eight games of the homestand. One inning into today’s game and they were already 0-for-3. Nick Markakis singled and Manny Machado doubled off Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Second and third, no outs and the heart of the order coming up. The Orioles didn’t show a pulse

Gonzalez and Gausman scheduled to start against Rays

Orioles manager Buck Showalter revealed his rotation for the series against the Rays that begins Monday at Tropicana Field, and it includes Miguel Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman. Wei-Yin Chen is set to pitch the opener, with Gonzalez and Gausman to follow. However, Gonzalez could be pushed back to Wednesday if he’s needed in the bullpen Sunday against the Blue Jays. Today’s game will dictate whether

Machado back to batting second vs. Blue Jays

After spending three days batting seventh, Manny Machado is back up to second in the Orioles lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays. The Orioles have Delmon Young at designated hitter, Nelson Cruz in left, Ryan Flaherty at second and Nick Hundley at catcher as they look to get the upper hand in their four-game series with the Blue Jays. Bud Norris is

Showalter on Markakis: “Nicky wants to play here for the rest of his life”

We had an unusual occurrence last night at Camden Yards. Nick Markakis didn’t get a hit. We also had a rain delay, which has become as common as finding peanut shells under the seats. You have a better chance of seeing a bull roaming the streets of Baltimore than a game played without rain. And I wouldn’t steer you wrong. Sorry if I’m milking this

Showalter on Jimenez and 4-0 loss

Ubaldo Jimenez appeared to be headed toward another early exit tonight. Nine Toronto batters faced in two innings. Three walks. A two-run homer from Juan Francisco. Fans already booing as he walked off the mound. In serious need of a quality start, Jimenez retired nine in a row and made it through the sixth with only two runs against him, but the Orioles failed to

Jimenez struggling again tonight (O’s lose 4-0)

Orioles pitchers worked 43 consecutive innings without giving up a home run until Toronto’s Juan Francisco deposited an Ubaldo Jimenez fastball into the home bullpen at Camden Yards tonight in the top of the second inning. The Orioles already are down 2-0 and Jimenez already is hearing the boos from a frustrated crowd. Jimenez had allowed only two home runs over his last four starts

Notes on Machado, Wieters, Gonzalez, Gamboa and more

The Orioles know the date that’s been set for third baseman Manny Machado’s appeal, but they’re not commenting on it. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that it’s not imminent. It won’t take place during the current series and it may not be heard next week while the Orioles are in New York. Also, the appeal won’t be heard by Joe Torre, Major League Baseball’s executive vice

Pearce batting second again tonight

For the second time in three nights, Steve Pearce will start in left field for the Orioles and bat second behind leadoff hitter Nick Markakis. Manny Machado remains in the seventh slot after breaking his 0-for-18 slump with a double last night. Markakis needs two more hits to tie Ken Singleton for sixth on the Orioles’ all-time list with 1,455. He’s 4-for-12 lifetime against Blue

This and that

Manager Buck Showalter confirmed again yesterday that the Orioles will bring up an infielder and likely go with an 11-man pitching staff when third baseman Manny Machado serves his suspension. Machado didn’t drop his appeal and a hearing could take place next week in New York. Which infielder will get the call? Jemile Weeks hasn’t played since May 27 due to a couple of health

Showalter on Gausman, Young, Markakis and a 4-2 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn’t ready to commit to giving Kevin Gausman another start following tonight’s 4-2 win over the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Gausman has allowed two runs in 13 innings since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Two quality starts against two first-place teams. “Well, he’s done what it takes to be considered,” Showalter said. “He’s taking care of his end of it.

Another quality start for Gausman (O’s win 4-2)

Now what? Kevin Gausman turned in his second straight quality start, holding the first-place Blue Jays to one run over six innings. He’s allowed two runs over 13 innings since being recalled on June 7. He’s got to get another start, right? Gausman allowed five hits, walked three and struck out three. He came out of the game after throwing 101 pitches, including 61 for

Markakis ties Roberts on hit list, Young hits home run (O’s lead 3-1)

Nick Markakis led off the bottom of the first inning tonight with the 1,452nd hit of his career, tying Brian Roberts for seventh place on the Orioles’ all-time list. He’s three behind Ken Singleton for sixth place. Markakis is batting .413 (26-for-63) in the first inning this season. Markakis had an easy trip around the bases. Delmon Young followed with his second home run of

Pregame notes on draft picks, rotation and more

There wasn’t much news to come from today’s pregame media session with manager Buck Showalter, beyond the announcement that the Orioles signed their top three picks in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft - third-rounder Brian Gonzalez, fourth-rounder Pat Connaughton and fifth-rounder David Hess. The Orioles are making all three players available to the media today. “We’re going to see them today, we’re going to talk

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Manny Machado is batting seventh again tonight for the Orioles, hoping to break an 0-for-18 slump. Delmon Young is batting second and serving as the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Delmon Young DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz LF J.J. Hardy SS Manny Machado 3B Jonathan Schoop 2B Caleb Joseph C Kevin Gausman

Big night for Gausman

Is Kevin Gauman pitching for his spot in the rotation tonight in the series opener against the Blue Jays? The Orioles are on the verge of activating Miguel Gonzalez from the disabled list following last night’s start at Double-A Bowie. Gausman could be optioned to create room in the rotation, but what if he turns in another quality start tonight? Gausman held the Athletics to

Showalter speaks after 6-0 win

Neither rain nor lengthy delays could stop the Orioles from taking two of three games from the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Wei-Yin Chen may be the majors’ most overlooked seven-game winner. He was superb tonight, shutting out the Red Sox on four hits over seven innings in a 6-0 victory. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out a season-high seven. “Wei-Yin was really

Weighing in on Chen (O’s win 6-0)

The Orioles have allowed one run in the last 23 innings. Again, I must ask: Is the rotation a concern or not? Wei-Yin Chen has permitted two hits in five scoreless innings tonight, and the Orioles continue to hold a 4-0 lead over the Red Sox. Chen matched his season-high of six strikeouts back in the fourth inning. The only hits off him are singles

Markakis moving up hits list, and other notes (Davis homers, Chen dealing)

Nick Markakis is one hit shy of tying Brian Roberts (1,452) for seventh place on the Orioles’ all-time list. Ken Singleton ranks sixth with 1,455. Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson drove to Prince George’s Stadium tonight to watch Miguel Gonzalez make a start for Double-A Bowie and Nolan Reimold bat for the second consecutive game. Gonzalez has allowed three hits in two

Pregame notes on Machado, Gonzalez, Reimold and Brach

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado isn’t expected to drop his appeal of the five-game suspension levied yesterday by Major League Baseball. Machado is hoping that the suspension will be reduced to three or four games. Manager Buck Showalter said he lowered Machado to seventh in the order tonight to take advantage of Steve Pearce’s hot bat. Pearce is batting second. Machado is in an 0-for-15

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, in an 0-for-15 slump, has been lowered to seventh in the order tonight. Steve Pearce will bat second. Obviously, Machado is continuing to appeal his five-game suspension. There was talk that he might drop it today. Adam Jones returns to center field after serving as the designated hitter in the last two games. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is making his 10th

Gonzalez starting tonight at Bowie

Miguel Gonzalez will report to the Double-A Bowie Baysox today and take the mound for their 6:35 p.m. game against New Hampshire at Prince George’s Stadium. Gonzalez, on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, played catch yesterday at Camden Yards and was cleared to begin his injury rehab assignment. Gonzalez is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday, but Chris Tillman

Cleaning out my notebook

Chris Davis didn’t attempt to lay down a bunt last night. He’s not undergoing a complete makeover of his hitting philosophy. Davis is still in the business of driving in runs. His first career bunt single Monday night wasn’t a sign that he’s going to receive the bunt sign from third base coach Bobby Dickerson each time he steps to the plate. Davis took a

Showalter talks about Tillman and 1-0 loss

The Orioles have allowed one run in the last 18 innings. They’ve split the two games. They defeated the Red Sox last night after Bud Norris tossed eight scoreless innings, but were shut out 1-0 tonight at Camden Yards. “To give up one run in 18 innings,” said manager Buck Showalter, “I’m real pleased with the way our guys have pitched the last couple nights.”

Orioles have hit, but no lead (O’s lose 1-0)

The Orioles won’t be no-hit tonight. Whether they win the game is another matter. Ryan Flaherty singled to center field with two outs in the sixth to break up Brandon Workman’s no-hit bid. The Orioles’ only baserunner had been Nelson Cruz, who walked with one out in the fifth and was doubled off first base on J.J. Hardy’s pop up to second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Another rain delay (O’s trail 1-0 in 3rd)

You know how you try to watch a video and it keeps rebuffering? That’s tonight’s game. What kind of video? That’s not important. Try to focus. We had a 15-minute rain delay at Camden Yards with one out in the top of the second inning, and the tarp’s back on the field with one out in the bottom of the second. The grounds crew stayed

More on Gonzalez, and Showalter on Machado

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez, on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, expects to report to Double-A Bowie within the next few days to begin an injury rehab assignment. Gonzalez is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday. Chris Tillman currently is slated to make that start against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. “I’m feeling great, other than my sinuses. It’s going

Davis on Machado: “Manny’s a good kid. He’s not a bad person”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that third baseman Manny Machado could decide to drop the appeal of his five-game suspension, handed down today by Major League Baseball. It’s currently under discussion. Otherwise, a hearing could be held next week in New York. The Orioles have an off day on June 19 before starting a three-game series against the Yankees on the following night. Ideally, the

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Manny Machado is starting at third base tonight for the Orioles while appealing his five-game suspension. Adam Jones is serving as the designated hitter for the second consecutive game. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones DH Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz LF J.J. Hardy SS David Lough CF Caleb Joseph C Ryan Flaherty 2B Chris Tillman RHP For the Red

Machado receives five-game suspension and fine

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing his bat during Sunday’s game against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Major League Baseball announced the suspension, which an industry source confirmed earlier today. Machado will appeal the suspension, according to a source, which allows him to remain in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Red Sox.

This and that

Chris Davis reached base last night on a bunt single. I could hear fans everywhere rejoicing. Locking arms and dancing in circles. And still wondering why he didn’t do it in extra innings with the winning run on third base. It’s one way to beat the shift, though opposing managers gladly will let a guy who hit 53 home runs last season square up and

Jones and Showalter speak after 4-0 win

It’s becoming a common sight with Adam Jones at the plate. If he hits a home run, the ball is going to right or right-center field. His shot to right-center in the first inning tonight off Boston’s Jake Peavy got the Orioles started toward a 4-0 win before 19,729 at Camden Yards. Why the opposite-field approach? “You know me. I don’t know,” said Jones, who

Showalter on Wieters and Machado (O’s win 4-0)

Caleb Joseph, getting another start behind the plate tonight for the Orioles, threw out Boston leadoff hitter Brock Holt trying to steal second base in the top of the first inning. Joseph is 7-for-16 against runners attempting to steal this season. Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first. Manny Machado grounded into a

Orioles option Brach, video of Machado interview

The Orioles purchased reliever Josh Stinson’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk today and optioned reliever Brad Brach. A fresh arm was needed tonight after starter Ubaldo Jimenez lasted only 2 1/3 innings yesterday and manager Buck Showalter used Brach and left-hander T.J. McFarland to cover the rest of the game. Stinson, 26, has gone 0-3 with a 5.19 ERA over 26 innings in nine games (two

Wieters seeing Dr. Andrews next week

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will visit orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews next Monday in Gulf Breeze, Fla. after his latest throwing session today didn’t produce the desired results. Wieters still is experiencing some discomfort in his right elbow, though manager Buck Showalter didn’t classify it as a setback. Showalter also told reporters that today’s session was one of the better ones since Wieters was cleared

Orioles and Red Sox lineups (Stinson here)

The Orioles welcome the Red Sox to town tonight. Despite the benches-clearing incident last night, Manny Machado is in the lineup again tonight, batting second. There has been no ruling so far on whether Machado will be suspended. Bud Norris will take the mound for the O’s. He’s 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA in four career starts against the Red Sox. For the Orioles Nick

Clevenger receives weekly honor with Norfolk

Triple-A Norfolk catcher Steve Clevenger, who broke camp as the backup to Matt Wieters in Baltimore, has been named the International League’s Batter of the Week for the period from June 2-8. In his first full week in the league this season, Clevenger batted .593 with a .613 on-base percentage, 16 hits, seven doubles, 13 RBIs and nine runs scored. Clevenger went hitless in his

More on Machado

There’s no point in tossing out a bunch of topics this morning, since everything seems to lead back to Manny Machado. I provided as many details as possible yesterday on the latest incident between the Orioles and Athletics, with Fernando Abad throwing twice at Machado and the young third baseman losing control of the bat. And many would say, his emotions. Machado said it was

About today’s 11-1 loss ...

The Orioles and Athletics actually played a game this afternoon. It wasn’t Major League Wrestlemania. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed six runs and walked five batters in 2 1/3 innings in an 11-1 loss at Camden Yards. The Orioles issued 11 walks on the day. It wasn’t pretty by any stretch, but at least it gave Showalter something else to discuss besides Manny Machado’s ejection. “(Jimenez) started

Reaction to today’s bench-clearing incident

If there’s a way to mask an 11-1 loss, an ugly display that includes 11 walks, it’s with another incident that empties the benches and bullpens and leads to more bad blood between two teams. The score seems like a side note. Third baseman Manny Machado was ejected in the eighth inning after the bat came out of his hands and spun toward Athletics third

Machado in the middle of another scrum (O’s lose 11-1)

For the second time in this series, the benches and bullpens emptied because of an incident involving Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Since when did Orioles-Athletics become such a heated rivalry? Machado jumped to his feet and got in third baseman Josh Donaldson’s face Friday night after a tag that he deemed too aggressive. No punches were thrown and order was quickly restored. In the

A Sunday walk at Camden Yards (Stinson scratched at Norfolk)

Orioles pitchers have issued 10 walks today. I’m pretty sure most teams tend to lose when that happens. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez was responsible for five free passes in 2 1/3 innings. Reliever Brad Brach issued five in two-plus innings. Oakland scored three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 10-0 lead. On only seven hits. Twice today, the Orioles walked Oakland’s 7-9

Jimenez start anything but grand

The umpires saved Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez from the indignity of a grand slam this afternoon. They couldn’t do it twice. Jimenez turned in his shortest start of the season, allowing six runs and only two hits over 2 1/3 innings. He issued five walks, including three straight to the last three Oakland batters in the lineup to load the bases with no outs in

Markakis keeps streaking and Joseph keeps impressing

Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 13 games today with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first inning. Markakis is 20-for-52 (.385) during the streak. Markakis and Toronto’s Jose Bautisa are the only players in the majors with two streaks of 12 or more games this season. Naturally, Markakis’ hit today came in the first. He’s now 24-for-59 (.407) in the opening

Orioles option Meek

The Orioles have activated Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Evan Meek to Triple-A Norfolk. Hunter went on the DL retroactive to May 21 with a left groin strain. He’s 1-1 with a 6.06 ERA in 19 appearances, with 11 runs, 25 hits allowed, five walks and 15 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings. Zach Britton has taken over as closer, and Hunter

Waiting on Hunter move and note on Gausman

The Orioles will officially activate reliever Tommy Hunter before the start of today’s game against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter was waiting to talk to the player involved in the corresponding roster move. Hunter had two strikeouts and hit a batter last night at Single-A Delmarva. He threw 11 pitches, eight for strikes. “He’s ready to go,” Showalter said. The Shorebirds posted

Lineups for A’s-Orioles finale

With left-hander Scott Kazmir on the mound for the A’s, the Orioles are fielding a righty-loaded lineup for this afternoon’s series finale. Nick Markakis and Chris Davis are the only left-handed hitters in the order. Steve Pearce is serving as the designated hitter, Jonathan Schoop is at second and Nick Hundley is behind the plate. Kazmir is 6-2 with a 2.40 ERA so far this

Hunter set to return today, but how do the Orioles make room?

The Orioles will make a roster move today. I have that sentence saved on my laptop. Just a simple cut-and-paste. Reliever Tommy Hunter will be activated from his one-inning rehab assignment at Single-A Delmarva. His groin is fine - a sentence I’d rather not save on my laptop. The Orioles will need to create a spot for Hunter on the 25-man roster. Would they designate

Showalter on Gausman and 6-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t ready to state that young pitcher Kevin Gausman is here to stay. Too many factors at play, including the pending return of Miguel Gonzalez from the disabled list. For now, Showalter gladly will accept tonight’s outing - which produced Gausman’s first major league win as a starter - and try not to look too far ahead. Gausman held the Athletics

Johnson’s return to OPACY not a sentimental moment for Lough (O’s win 6-3)

I heard a mixture of applause and some booing tonight as former Orioles closer Jim Johnson jogged to the mound in his first game at Camden Yards while wearing a different uniform. The rousing ovation was saved for the first batter he faced. Johnson replaced Sonny Gray, who walked J.J. Hardy with one out in the sixth inning and the Orioles leading 4-1. His second

Jones stays hot (O’s lead 4-1)

Kevin Gausman brought some serious heat to Oakland’s batters in the first inning, and Adam Jones stayed hot at the plate with a solo home run in the bottom half. Gausman retired the Athletics in order on 18 pitches, getting a called third strike on Josh Donaldson on his third 98 mph fastball of the at-bat. He also reached 98 mph while retiring leadoff hitter

Early notes from Camden Yards

Not much to report at Camden Yards before tonight’s game against the Athletics. No news is... no news. The Orioles made their roster move official, recalling pitcher Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning left-hander Tim Berry to Double-A Bowie, which is in Portland, Maine, through Sunday. None of the current Athletics have faced Gausman. Chris Davis is 2-for-2 against Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray. Catcher

Orioles and Athletics lineups (Berry optioned for Gausman)

Nelson Cruz is starting in right field tonight and Nick Markakis is serving as the designated hitter, as the Orioles attempt to even their series against the Athletics. David Lough is in left field. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate and Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base. Update: As expected, the Orioles have officially optioned left-hander Tim Berry to Double-A Bowie to make room

Looking back on last night

Kevin Gausman will make his second start for the Orioles tonight while attempting to apply the brakes to a two-game skid. Left-hander Tim Berry will be optioned unless the plan changed overnight. Gausman has never faced the Athletics or pitched against the American League West. May as well do it now. Everybody into the pool. Judging by the reaction of fans, the Orioles lost last

Cruz on attempted steal of home, Hardy on error, Machado on reaction to tag

One of the more critical moments in the Orioles’ 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Athletics tonight occurred in the 10th, when Nelson Cruz broke for home with two outs and Chris Davis at the plate. If he’s safe, the Orioles win. It wasn’t really close. The game continued into the 11th and the A’s pushed across the go-ahead run. “I thought I had a shot,”

Showalter speaks after 4-3, 11-inning loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wanted to talk about Adam Jones’ opposite-field single in the 10th inning tonight that nearly won the game, but he understood that the the focus would shift immediately in other directions. Nelson Cruz’s decision to break for home with two outs and a 2-2 count on Chris Davis. He was an easy out. Third base coach Bobby Dickerson’s decision to send

Orioles fall behind in 11th (O’s lose 4-3 in 11 innings)

The Orioles made two outs at the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning tonight and fell behind in the top of the 11th. You could almost see it coming. Evan Meek, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Norfolk earlier today, allowed an RBI single to pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt with one out to give Oakland a 4-3 lead. Vogt poked his single into left

Reimold set to begin rehab assignment, more Donaldson drama (free baseball!)

Outfielder Nolan Reimold is set to begin his injury rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. Reimold is flying to Baltimore on Monday. He’s been playing left field at extended spring training. The Baysox are home against New Hampshire. They will remain at Prince George’s Stadium through June 15. The Orioles transferred Reimold to the 60-day disabled list on April 7. He’s been recovering from corrective

Benches and bullpens empty, and an assortment of notes and quotes

Three straight two-out singles by J.J .Hardy, Steve Pearce and Jonathan Schoop in the bottom of the second inning delivered the Orioles’ first run and shaved Oakland’s lead to 2-1. The real excitement came with two outs in the third inning, when Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson tagged out Manny Machado on a fielder’s choice. Donaldson shoved his glove into Machado’s chest, causing the young

Santana out for year with torn Achilles

Veteran left-hander Johan Santana’s 2014 season has ended before he made it back to the majors with the Orioles. In a cruel twist of fate, Santana tore his left Achilles tendon today during his final extended spring training start in Sarasota. An MRI confirmed the extent of the injury, which also could end the career of the two-time Cy Young winner. Santana was hit on

Jim Johnson on his return to Camden Yards

I’m not certain whether I’m setting up a reverse jinx here, but Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has homered in back-to-back games for the second time this season. He’s never homered in three straight. Last night, Chris Tillman became the first Orioles pitcher to make two starts lasting one inning or fewer in the same season since Zach Britton on July 8 and July 30,

Update on Santana injury and flurry of roster moves

Veteran left-hander Johan Santana injured his Achilles tendon today while pitching at extended spring training. He was examined and the Orioles are awaiting the results. Santana was hit on the backside by a line drive, and he felt pain in his Achilles while chasing the ball. Santana, on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from shoulder surgery, likely was making his last start in extended

Orioles lineup versus Athletics (Gausman in clubhouse, Santana hurt)

Steve Pearce is starting in left field tonight in the Orioles’ series opener against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Nelson Cruz remains the designated hitter. Nick Hundley gets the start against A’s left-hander Tommy Milone despite his odd splits. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Nelson Cruz DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Steve Pearce LF Jonathan Schoop

O’s bringing Tim Berry to Baltimore

The Orioles are bringing 23-year-old left-hander Tim Berry to Baltimore, but there’s no word on whether he will officially be recalled from Double-A Bowie this weekend. The Baysox were in Portland, Maine, when he was asked to make the trip to Baltimore. Berry could be placed on the taxi squad or be added to the 25-man roster if the team has a need. Berry, the

Schedule continues to challenge Orioles

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has instructed his players to stay away from Camden Yards today until 4 p.m. No early report times unless they’re receiving treatment for an injury. “If anybody walks into that locker room before 4 o’clock,” he said, “there will be a problem.” Showalter wants his players rested after they were forced to play a night game in Arlington

Showalter, Tillman and Hardy after 8-6 loss

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles may not be able to wait until Saturday to make a roster move. After using Brad Brach for 3 1/3 innings and calling upon five relievers tonight, manager Buck Showalter indicated that the club may need to bring up a pitcher for Friday night’s series opener against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Showalter would prefer a right-handed long man to

Hardy with three-error night (O’s lose 8-6)

ARLINGTON, Texas - How strange is tonight’s game? Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy has committed three errors, including two in the seventh inning that enabled the Rangers to take a 6-5 lead. Hardy’s never made more than two errors in a game. His only two-error night was back on June 6, 2007 with the Brewers. The Orioles’ other three-error game this season came on April

Tillman matches shortest start of season (we’re tied)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Pitching on normal rest tonight after being moved up two days, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman is done after failing to record an out in the second inning. Again. Tillman faced 11 batters and left with the Rangers leading 5-0. He threw 51 pitches, the last resulting in an RBI single for Elvis Andrus. Brad Brach replaced Tillman and got a force and

Hunter to pitch at Delmarva this weekend

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter will pitch at Single-A Delmarva Saturday night on a brief injury rehab assignment. How brief? The Orioles plan to activate Hunter before Sunday afternoon’s game against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Hunter pitched two innings in today’s simulated game before batting practice and covered first base. He will be used in relief for the Shorebirds’ game against Lakewood

Updating Gonzalez and Norris

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez said the MRI taken on his right side yesterday came back negative and he still hopes to start this weekend at Camden Yards. The Orioles are prepared to put Gonzalez on the 15-day DL, backdated to Saturday, and recall Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk or use left-hander T.J. McFarland. However, they will wait until Gonzalez plays catch on

Orioles and Rangers lineups

ARLINGTON, Texas - Can the Orioles keep their offense cranked up for one more game in the Texas heat? The Orioles, going for the series sweep tonight, have totaled 50 hits over their last four games, including 30 in the first two at Globe Life Park. Over the last 16 games since May 18, the Orioles have recorded 12 hits or more nine times and

Hunter pitches simulated game (and Wieters note)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter just completed his simulated game at Globe Life Park, as the club determines whether he’s ready to go on an injury rehab assignment or perhaps be activated from the disabled list. David Lough and Ryan Flaherty took their swings against Hunter, who’s on the DL with a strained left groin. Coaches Wayne Kirby, Bobby Dickerson and Einar Diaz

Rehashing Orioles news, previewing tonight’s game and striking out cancer

ARLINGTON, Texas - Let me make sure I’ve got it all straight. Miguel Gonzalez underwent an MRI on his right side yesterday and is a strong candidate for the disabled list. Chris Tillman is starting in Gonzalez’s place tonight in the series finale against the Rangers, and Kevin Gausman may be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and start Saturday night against the Athletics at Camden Yards.

Hearing from Norris and Markakis following 6-5 win

ARLINGTON, Texas - Bud Norris said his right forearm is “pretty sore” tonight after he was nailed by a Mitch Moreland comebacker in the fifth inning. Whether he can make his next start is up in the air. “You never want to get smoked by a comebacker, but the trainers will look at it the next couple days and get rid of the swelling as

Showalter updates Gonzalez and Norris injuries

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club is leaning toward placing pitcher Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list. Gonzalez underwent an MRI this afternoon after complaining of pain on his right side. The results were more favorable than anticipated, but he’s still expected to go on the DL. A decision will be made by Friday. Left-hander T.J. McFarland and Kevin Gausman

Norris hit on arm, Beltre keeps hitting the Orioles (O’s win 6-5)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles starter Bud Norris stayed in tonight’s game after taking a shot off his right forearm from Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the fifth inning. The next batter, Adrian Beltre, hit his second home run of the night and his third of the series to tie the game 5-5. Norris threw three pitches to test the arm before

Gausman, Santana and game updates (Davis homers)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Johan Santana is scheduled to throw five innings or 75 pitches Friday at extended spring training in Sarasota. The rest of Santana’s schedule must be determined, but he could report to Triple-A Norfolk to begin a rehab assignment. Kevin Gausman worked one inning and threw 26 pitches tonight for Norfolk, allowing three runs and two hits, walking one, striking out two and

Pregame notes on Tillman, Gonzalez, Hunter, Urrutia and more

ARLINGTON, Texas - Chris Tillman took his normal work day yesterday and is ready to pitch on regular rest Thursday night in the series finale against the Rangers. Tillman is taking Miguel Gonzalez’s turn, leaving Saturday’s starter a mystery. “This is normal rest and everything,” Tillman said. “I was throwing as much in between if I was starting that day anyway.” The Orioles are waiting

Gonzalez having MRI, Tillman to start Thursday

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles rotation for their upcoming series with the Athletics still has not been set. Wei-Yin Chen is set to start on Friday and Ubaldo Jimenez on Sunday, but the starter for Saturday’s game is still unknown. Chris Tillman was originally supposed to start Saturday, but his spot is now listed as TBA. Tillman’s health is fine, but he has been moved

Orioles and Rangers lineups (and rotation note)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Nelson Cruz is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter again tonight against the Rangers. David Lough is in left field. Caleb Joseph gets another start behind the plate after going 2-for-4 with a tie-breaking double. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Nelson Cruz DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Jonathan Schoop 2B David Lough LF

Tonight’s pitching matchup and notes on Joseph and Pearce

ARLINGTON, Texas - Bud Norris has faced the Rangers once in his major league career. Nick Martinez has never pitched against the Orioles. Not a lot of history in tonight’s matchup at Globe Life Park. Norris is 1-4 with a 4.71 ERA in six road starts this season. In his only outing against the Rangers on March 31, 2013, he picked up the win in

Cruz in control against former team

ARLINGTON, Texas - It began as an uneventful homecoming tonight for Nelson Cruz at Glove Life Park. He received a warm ovation before his first at-bat and went hitless in four trips to the plate before getting another chance in the eighth. The Orioles already had scored three runs to break a 2-2 tie. Cruz tacked on three more with his 21st home run of

Hearing from Showalter, Joseph and Jimenez after 8-3 win

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he almost removed Nelson Cruz from tonight’s game due to leg cramps that surfaced around the fourth inning. Good thing he chose to stick with Cruz, who made a slow trot around the bases after his three-run homer in the eighth contributed mightily to the Orioles’ 8-3 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Showalter wondered

Joseph takes turn as hero, Cruz homers against former team (O’s win 8-3)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Show of hands if you were sitting at home tonight yelling for Orioles manager Buck Showalter to send up a pinch-hitter for Caleb Joseph in the eighth inning. A bar, your car or a friend’s house also count. The point is, you questioned why he was batting with runners on first and second and one out in a tie game. Now you

Jones, Beltre homer in tonight’s game (we’re tied)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Adam Jones produced the first run of tonight’s game with a home run to right field, the ball glancing off the foul pole to give the Orioles a brief 1-0 lead. Doesn’t that make it a fair pole? Don’t overthink it. Leading off the top of the fourth inning, Jones saw four straight fastballs from former teammate Joe Saunders. He lined the

Showalter on an injury in bullpen, Hunter and Santana

ARLINGTON, Texas - Are the Orioles poised to make another roster move? Manager Buck Showalter hinted at it during today’s pregame session with the media. Apparently, there’s a health issue in the bullpen. “You get to the park and there’s one or two things you weren’t expecting,” he said. “We’ve got a couple we’re kind of looking at that may alter some things. But not

More notes and Cruz meets the press

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles manager Buck Showalter left open the possibility of going with a six-man rotation if Johan Santana is ready to come off the disabled list later this month. The Orioles had projected Santana to join them on June 18, but it’s been pushed back a day after they purchased his contract yesterday from Triple-A Norfolk and placed him on the DL. Showalter

Updating Hunter and Wieters throwing sessions

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter threw 25 pitches in today’s bullpen session at Globe Life Park and said he hasn’t felt discomfort in his groin in four or five days. Catcher Matt Wieters made 30 throws from varying distances today, starting at 70 feet and moving past 90 for the last 10 tosses. He remains encouraged by how his elbow is responding. So

A few pregame notes and Orioles-Rangers lineups

ARLINGTON, Texas - Nelson Cruz is back in the Orioles lineup tonight, and will be facing his former team for the first time. Cruz exited Sunday’s game in Houston in the third inning with a bruised and swollen left hand, but he gripped a bat yesterday without discomfort and should play. Over eight seasons with the Rangers from 2006 to 2013, Cruz batted .268 with

Bundy tosses four perfect innings in extended spring training

ARLINGTON, Texas - Dylan Bundy turned in his best outing today at extended spring training, tossing four perfect innings against the Twins and facing two extra batters to raise his pitch count. The only hit off Bundy came after the fourth. He struck out six batters and threw 56 pitches before coming out of the game. Bundy’s fastball sat at 91-93 mph and touched 94

Orioles get Saunders and flashbacks tonight in Arlington

ARLINGTON, Texas - Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Rangers has a “Throwback Tuesday” feel to it. The Orioles are facing former teammate Joe Saunders, making only his third start for the Rangers this season after spending time on the disabled list with a bruised foot. Manager Buck Showalter gave Saunders the start in Texas in the 2012 American League wild card game despite the

Cleaning out my notebook

ARLINGTON, Texas - So much for a quiet and relaxing off-day. Nelson Cruz found out that he’s leading all designated hitters in All-Star voting. Then, he learned that Major League Baseball named him the American League’s Player of the Week. Then, he gripped a bat without pain in his left hand. Johan Santana opted out of his minor league deal with the Orioles and landed

Orioles place Santana on disabled list

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles have purchased the contract of veteran left-hander Johan Santana from Triple-A Norfolk and placed him on the 15-day disabled list while he recovers from left shoulder surgery. Santana had a provision in his contract that he could request his unconditional release if not added to the major league roster by May 30. The Orioles already had an opening on their

Updating Cruz’s hand and playing status

ARLINGTON, Texas - The swelling in Nelson Cruz’s left hand has lessened to the point where he can grip a bat without pain, according to team officials. If he gets through batting practice on Tuesday, he should be in the Orioles lineup for their series opener against the Rangers. Manager Buck Showalter may wait to post his lineup, which he’s been known to do, until

Orioles still working to retain Santana

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles have until midnight to work out an agreement with veteran left-hander Johan Santana to push back the opt-out date on his minor league contract, and they remain optimistic that he will remain in the organization. Santana didn’t make his scheduled start today at extended spring training. He was supposed to go six innings or throw 85 pitches. Santana threw 76

Cruz named AL Player of the Week

ARLINGTON, Texas - Have yourself a day, Nelson Cruz. And a week. Cruz has been named the American League’s Player of the Week after batting .476 (10-for-21) with three doubles, four home runs, eight RBIs, five runs scored and four walks in seven games. Cruz led all major league hitters in slugging percentage (1.190) and was second overall with 25 total bases. Among his AL

Cruz, Wieters among leaders in AL All-Star voting

DALLAS - Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has a swollen left hand and an inflated vote total. Cruz has passed Boston’s David Ortiz for first place among designated hitters in the latest round of All-Star balloting. Cruz, who leads the majors with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs, has received 888,855 votes to surpass Ortiz (766,631), a nine-time All-Star. Cruz would become only the fifth different

On Day 2,131, a different Orioles shortstop talks about his homerless streak

HOUSTON - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy delivered two more hits yesterday afternoon, a single in the fourth inning and another single in the sixth. His average is .306 heading into Tuesday’s series opener against the Rangers in Arlington, second on the team behind Nelson Cruz’s .314. Hardy also is tied for last in home runs with zero, which is sort of like the elephant in

More quotes following 9-4 win

HOUSTON - Former Orioles pitcher Scott Feldman said he didn’t intend to hit ex-teammate Nelson Cruz during today’s game at Minute Maid Park. Feldman nailed Cruz on the left hand in the third inning of the Orioles’ 9-4 victory over the Astros. X-rays taken on Cruz’s hand came back negative and he’s day to day with a bruise and swelling. “I didn’t want to hit

Cruz: “I tried to stay in the game, but I can’t hold the bat”

HOUSTON - Nelson Cruz had his swollen left hand wrapped today following the Orioles’ 9-4 victory over the Astros. Whether he plays on Tuesday will be decided later. X-rays on Cruz’s hand were negative after he was drilled by a fastball from former Orioles pitcher Scott Feldman. “It’s swollen, so hopefully just day by day stuff,” Cruz said. “I have to wait until tomorrow to

Updating Cruz injury (O’s win 9-4)

HOUSTON - The Orioles are reporting good news on outfielder Nelson Cruz. X-rays taken on Cruz’s left hand came back negative. It’s just a contusion and he’s listed as day-to-day. Nothing more serious. Astros starter Scott Feldman, a former Oriole, drilled Cruz on the left hand in the top of the third inning. Cruz, starting today in right field, stayed in the game until the

Machado hits grand slam, and more notes (updated)

HOUSTON - Manny Machado got the best revenge today on Astros starter Scott Feldman. Machado, hit on the left elbow in his first at-bat, belted his first career grand slam in the sixth inning to give the Orioles a 9-1 lead. The ball appeared to slam off the Lexus sign high above the left fields seats, increasing Machado’s RBI total from five to nine this

Cruz HBP and leaves game

HOUSTON - The Orioles have been struck with another injury, this one to their best hitter. Nelson Cruz exited today’s game in the bottom of the third inning after being hit on the left hand or wrist by an 87 mph fastball from Astros starter Scott Feldman. No word yet from the Orioles on the exact nature of the injury. Feldman hit Manny Machado on

The Lough-down on today’s game

HOUSTON - The Orioles have a two-run lead today. They also have their health. Nick Markakis reached on an infield single in the top of the first inning, and shortstop Jonathan Villar’s throw nailed him on the left side of the head as he motored up the line. Markakis stayed in the game. The next batter, Manny Machado, was grazed on the left elbow by

Markakis provides neck update

HOUSTON - Wondering how Nick Markakis’ neck is feeling this morning? You came to the right place. Markakis almost was scratched from yesterday’s Orioles lineup due to neck stiffness, but it subsided in batting practice and he made a tremendous running catch in right field to leave the bases loaded. Markakis remains in the lineup today as the designated hitter, though manager Buck Showalter indicated

Pregame notes on Hunter, Wieters, Santana and more (updated)

HOUSTON - Reliever Tommy Hunter threw a bullpen session today at Double-A Bowie and the feedback was positive. Hunter will join the Orioles in Arlington and throw on Tuesday for pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti. He’s expected to pitch in two rehab games before being activated from the disabled list. Hunter, on the DL with a strained left groin, could be

Orioles and Astros lineups

HOUSTON - Nelson Cruz will attempt to extend his hitting streak to 13 games today in the series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Cruz is batting .476 (20-for-42) during the streak, with six doubles, eight home runs, 15 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Cruz’s 12-game hitting streak is the second-longest active in the majors behind Matt Carpenter (13). Cruz leads the majors

Pitching matchups versus Rangers and note on Jones

HOUSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter waited until this morning to set his rotation for the series against the Rangers that begins Tuesday night in Arlington. Here are the matchups: Tuesday - Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6, 4.65 ERA) versus Joe Saunders (0-1, 4.15 ERA) Wednesday - Bud Norris (3-5, 4.04 ERA) versus Nick Martinez (1-1, 2.75 ERA) Thursday - Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.17) versus Colby Lewis

Orioles go for the split today

HOUSTON - The Orioles will go for the series split today by sending left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to the mound against the Astros. Chen is 3-1 with a 5.33 ERA in five road starts this season. He’s received 8.17 runs of support per nine innings. Maybe that will perk up the offense. Chen is 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA in two starts versus the Astros. He

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