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Notes on Joseph and Cruz, and game update (O’s lose 1-0 in 13 innings)

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph threw out Erick Aybar attempting to steal tonight in the top of the second inning, making the Angels 0-for-3 in the series. Seriously, I’ll take whatever offensive production Joseph provides in exchange for his 52 percent success rate. Joseph has nabbed 17 of 33 would-be base stealers. The guy who once was labeled in the minors as having a decent bat,

Duquette on today’s trade

The trade today that brought Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller to Baltimore was in the works for the past few weeks, according to executive vice president Dan Duquette. It gained steam over the last three or four days, though Duquette tried to keep Double-A Bowie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Duquette said he tried a few combinations, but the Red Sox wanted Rodriguez. Here’s a transcript from

Showalter on trade

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects new reliever Andrew Miller to arrive here around 10:30 p.m. “He’s pitched the last two days,” Showalter said. “He’ll be in uniform and available tomorrow.” The Orioles acquired Miller from the Red Sox today for minor league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, strengthening a bullpen that’s already been solid. “He’s just another good piece,” Showalter said. “He goes with some other good

Quick hits from Camden Yards

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will meet with reporters at 5 p.m. today to discuss the trade that brought left-hander Andrew Miller from the Red Sox for Double-A Bowie pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. Duquette apparently was working on another deal at the non-waiver deadline, but I’m told the Orioles are done for today. Manager Buck Showalter said the deal wouldn’t “rattle your cage.” Must have

Orioles acquire Andrew Miller

The Orioles have acquired Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller from the Red Sox for Double-A Bowie pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, according to an industry source. With this move, the Orioles currently have four left-handers in their bullpen. ESPN.com first reported that the Orioles acquired Miller. A source has confirmed that Rodriguez is involved in the trade. Rodriguez was 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA, 69 strikeouts, 29

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

The Orioles are going for their first three-game sweep of the Angels at Camden Yards since Aug. 3-5, 2010. They’re 9-3 against the Angels since the beginning of 2013. The Orioles acquired tonight’s starter, Bud Norris, one year ago today. In his 28 games (26 starts), Norris is 12-10 with a 4.23 ERA, 58 walks and 133 strikeouts in 153 1/3 innings. Norris is 4-0

Quick deadline update

Less than three hours remain before the non-waiver trade deadline and the Orioles’ only deal remains minor league infielder Jimmy Parades from the Royals for cash considerations. They’re trying to add another piece or two to that haul. Actually, the Orioles really like Paredes. He has two doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs in six games with Triple-A Norfolk, and he plays just about

Making a mad dash to the non-waiver trade deadline

I can see a light at the end of the non-waiver trade deadline tunnel. It’s not Jon Lester on an oncoming train. I got the impression early on that executive vice president Dan Duquette was focused more on bullpen help, and that seems to be the case. I’d rank it No. 1 on the list. Specifically, Duquette would like to bring in a left-hander who

Showalter on Gausman, Jones and 4-3 victory

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wasn’t anticipating any trade news later tonight. It’s probably safe to go to bed. First baseman Chris Davis showed up at Camden Yards during tonight’s game and could return to the lineup on Thursday. He’s been sick for the past three days. “We’ll see how Chris Davis feels tomorrow,” Showalter said following the Orioles’ 4-3 win over the Angels

Jones homers again in first (O’s win 4-3)

Say this about Adam Jones: He doesn’t milk the moment when it comes to hitting home runs. Get it over with and get back out to center field. Jones launched No. 21 tonight, a two-run shot that gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead over the Angels at Camden Yards. Eleven of those home runs have come in the first inning. Yes, it’s the most in

More pregame notes from Camden Yards

First baseman Chris Davis remains out of the Orioles lineup tonight due to an illness that includes a fever. Team physician Dr. William Goldiner was expected to make a house call this afternoon. “Better,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I haven’t written him off as possibly playing tonight, but the doctor was going to take a look at him and see if he’s still (contagious) and

Harvey shut down, Duquette on trade deadline

Hunter Harvey, one of the Orioles’ prized young pitching prospects, is done for the season after an MRI on his right elbow revealed a strained flexor mass. Harvey, the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Bandys (N.C.) High School, has been shut down and continues to receive treatment to reduce the inflammation. Harvey, 19, was 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA

Orioles interested in Bonifacio, and other notes

Less than 24 hours until the non-waiver trade deadline and rumors are swirling like hot dog wrappers in a wind storm. The Orioles have definite interest in switch-hitting utility player Emilio Bonifacio, who’s batting .279/.318/.373 with 14 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 18 RBIs in 69 games with the Cubs. He’s been an intriguing target for the Orioles over the past few years

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

Chris Davis is out of the lineup for the second straight night after sitting out last night with an illness. Steve Pearce is at first base in Davis’ place. The Orioles will attempt tonight to move 14 games above .500 for the first time since July 22, 2013 (57-43). The Orioles have won four of their last five games in Baltimore and eight of their

Leftovers for breakfast

While wondering whether Orioles pitchers had accounted for both of the team’s errors in a game before last night... It took 12 innings and just about everyone in the bullpen for Orioles manager Buck Showalter to claim his 1,222nd career victory. Not the way he preferred it, but never look a walk-off win in the mouth. Or something along those lines. I guess Manny Machado

Showalter speaks after 7-6, 12-inning win

On the flight home from Seattle, Orioles manager Buck Showalter contemplated whether to bring up an extra position player to replace reliever T.J. McFarland, who was going on the bereavement list. The discussion lasted more than 30 minutes before he decided that the club needed a full bullpen with the Angels coming to town. Starter Chris Tillman lasted only five innings tonight and the game

Markakis homer gives Orioles another lead (O’s win 7-6 in 12 innings)

Seriously, let’s forget everything I said and wrote about tonight’s game being a low-scoring affair, a duel between Chris Tillman and Jered Weaver, a struggle for runs. Ain’t happening. Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer off Weaver in the bottom of the fourth, the ball slamming off the right field foul pole, to give the Orioles a 6-4 lead over the Angels. Markakis has eight

Jones reaches 20-home run mark again (we’re tied)

Adam Jones homered off Angels starter Jered Weaver tonight with two outs in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game 1-1. Jones has hit 20-plus homers in four consecutive seasons. The Orioles weren’t done. Nelson Cruz, walked, Delmon Young singled and J.J. Hardy followed with an RBI single to break the tie. Young entered the night batting .359 versus right-handers. Weaver was

Duquette on trade deadline

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told reporters today that nothing is imminent on the trade front, though he anticipates a flurry of activity among clubs leading up to Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline. Duquette said he’s focused on improving the team’s pitching depth, which indicates that the Orioles aren’t in the running for a big-name starter such as Jon Lester or Cole Hamels. “I

Davis out of lineup due to illness

The Orioles are beginning a six-game homestand tonight without their starting first baseman. Chris Davis was sent home today due to flu-like symptoms that may be contagious. Manager Buck Showalter wasn’t taking any chances. Steve Pearce is starting at first base, with Nelson Cruz in left field and Delmon Young serving as the designated hitter. Davis was sick “all day yesterday,” according to Showalter. “It

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

Exactly four years ago today, the Orioles hired Buck Showalter as the 19th manager in franchise history. No regrets. Showalter’s team is 12 games above .500 and 2 1/2 ahead of the second-place Blue Jays in the American League East. Delmon Young is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter for the third time in five games. He’s 5-for-9 with a three-run homer in his last

This, that and the other

Don’t be alarmed by the bright lights and the noise emanating tonight from Camden Yards. There’s a baseball game scheduled between the Orioles and Angels. Continue to breathe normally. It’s been a while - July 13, to be exact. The Orioles are 26-23 in Baltimore this season, compared to 32-23 on the road. Time to reclaim the home-field advantage, especially with the Blue Jays climbing

Updating Orioles’ interest in Rusney Castillo

The Orioles are in the process of arranging a private workout for Rusney Castillo following Saturday’s showcase at the University of Miami, another sign of their growing interest in the Cuban outfielder. Castillo reportedly worked out for 28 major league teams over the weekend and made a solid impression. He’s been compared to the Yankees’ Brett Gardner with power. The Orioles first scouted Castillo five

Orioles recall Guilmet

The Orioles made a roster move today while waiting to begin a six-game homestand Tuesday night. Left-hander T.J. McFarland has been placed on the bereavement list, and the Orioles recalled reliever Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk. McFarland’s grandmother passed away Sunday. He’s eligible to return to the bullpen Thursday night. McFarland, 25, is 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 23 games (one start) for the

Orioles remain on their game while taking the day off

Seconds after Zach Britton struck out Logan Morrison yesterday to secure the Orioles’ 3-2, 10-inning victory in Seattle, the MASN cameras captured manager Buck Showalter putting a little extra effort into his handshakes in the dugout. Showalter gave first base coach Wayne Kirby a slap on the back. He smiled as he watched his players filter into the visiting clubhouse at Safeco Field. This one

McFarland going on bereavement list

The Orioles will place left-hander T.J. McFarland on the bereavement list Monday and call up a pitcher from the minors. Manager Buck Showalter told MASN’s Jim Hunter on “O’s Xtra” that McFarland’s grandmother passed away. A player must remain on the bereavement list for three days. McFarland earned the win today in Seattle by pitching a scoreless ninth inning, striking out the first two Seattle

O’Day streak ends (O’s win 3-2 in 10 innings)

Going into today’s game in Seattle, Orioles reliever Darren O’Day hadn’t allowed a run in his last 14 appearances over 15 1/3 innings. O’Day retired the first two Mariners in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Mike Zunino lined a home run into the left field seats to tie the game 2-2. The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the top half on Manny

Game update and more notes (O’s lead 2-1)

Chris Taylor doubled with two outs in the second inning today to score Logan Morrison and give the Mariners a 1-0 lead over the Orioles. Miguel Gonzalez has allowed five hits in two innings, including four in the second. Nelson Cruz recorded the Orioles’ 25th outfield assist of the season yesterday and Nick Markakis picked up No. 26 today in the second, as Kyle Seager

Orioles and Mariners lineups

The Orioles conclude their West Coast trip today in Seattle, and they’ve got Manny Machado at third base for the second consecutive game. Steve Pearce is in the lineup for only the second time in the last five games. The Orioles are 5-4 on the trip despite batting .196 and averaging 3.7 runs per game. The starters have posted a 3.07 ERA. For the Orioles

Orioles hope for right ending to left coast trip

Will Steve Pearce make it back into the Orioles lineup today in the final game of their three-city West Coast trip? Pearce hasn’t started three of the last four games. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Friday night and is 1-for-16 with eight strikeouts in his last four games and 5-for-30 with 10 strikeouts in his last nine games. Pearce doesn’t have a history with

Orioles rotation and Mariners lineup change (O’s lose 4-3)

Each open date on the Orioles’ schedule leaves room for manager Buck Showalter to tweak his rotation. The Orioles are off Monday after returning from the West Coast, and Showalter told reporters today in Seattle that he may adjust the order of his starters. Right now, Miguel Gonzalez is slated to pitch Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Safeco Field. All three starters for

Machado returns to Orioles lineup

After missing the past four games with tightness and spasms in his lower back, Manny Machado has returned to the Orioles’ lineup today. Machado is starting at third base and batting seventh. Delmon Young is serving as the designated hitter and batting second, with Steve Pearce going back to the bench. Young is 14-for-35 (.400) with two doubles, three homers and eight RBIs in eight

A few morning notes

Orioles starters keep raising the bar. Now it’s Bud Norris’ turn to give it a bump. In 41 games since June 9, the rotation has posted a 3.08 ERA over 248 2/3 innings to reduce its season ERA from 4.61 to 3.97. The starters combined for 18 consecutive scoreless innings before the Mariners pushed across a run in the sixth inning last night. Until James

Norris on the mound for third game of series

While still waiting for Endy Chavez to reach home plate... As I recall, the current West Coast trip was supposed to make or break the Orioles. Well, they’re 5-3 after last night’s 10-inning victory, moving them a season-high 12 games above .500. The Orioles have two games remaining before taking off Monday and returning to Camden Yards - you may remember the place - for

Notes on Jones, Davis, Gausman, Castillo and more

The Orioles recorded their eighth shutout of the season last night and are on pace for 13, which would be their most since 1992 (16). Since 2000, the Orioles have registered nine or more shutouts in five seasons - nine each in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and 10 each in 2004 and 2012. Adam Jones (three) and Chris Davis (one) have combined for four home

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will be out of the starting lineup tonight for a fourth straight game with tightness and spasms in his lower back. Ryan Flaherty will replace Machado in the lineup, hitting seventh. Steve Pearce is back in the lineup after sitting out the past two games. He’s playing left field and hitting second. Nick Markakis is 13-for-28 (.464) lifetime against Mariners

Weeks placed on Triple-A disabled list, and other notes

One day after the Athletics designated reliever Jim Johnson for assignment, the Orioles placed infielder Jemile Weeks on the seven-day minor league disabled list with a groin strain. The move is retroactive to yesterday. The Orioles traded Johnson to the A’s in December for Weeks and a PTBNL, who turned out to be catcher David Freitas. Freitas was transferred from Norfolk to Double-A Bowie today.

Orioles keep finding quality in their rotation

Please remind me again whether the Orioles need to acquire another starter for their rotation or if they should stick with the current five and figure out later how to make room for Ubaldo Jimenez. The rotation has registered a 3.12 ERA in the last 40 games, with Wei-Yin Chen tossing eight scoreless innings last night in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners. If you

It’s Delmon Young’s turn in lineup (O’s win 4-0)

Last night, David Lough started for the first time since June 27 and collected two hits in Anaheim. Orioles manager Buck Showalter is reaching into his bench again tonight, putting Delmon Young in the lineup for the first time since July 6 in Boston. Young is playing in his sixth game this month after batting .417 (15-for-36) with a double, two homers and five RBIs

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Third baseman Manny Machado remains out of the lineup tonight for the Orioles series-opener against the Mariners at Safeco Field. Machado was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup in Anaheim with tightness and spasms in his lower back, and he didn’t play last night. Ryan Flaherty gets another start at third base. Delmon Young is batting second and serving as the designated hitter. Nelson Cruz is in

Taking a closer look at the Mariners

The Orioles have reached the final series on their three-city West Coast tour, beginning a four-game set tonight against the Mariners. They went 2-4 against the Mariners last season, losing two of three at Safeco Field. Manny Machado batted .360 (9-for-25) with four doubles and two home runs in six games. The Orioles were 12-3 against the Mariners over the two previous seasons. On May

Orioles acquire Paredes, Athletics DFA Jim Johnson

The Orioles announced today that they acquired infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the Orioles claimed Paredes off waivers from the Marlins on Feb. 15, and the Royals selected him off waivers two days later. He never made it to major league camp. Paredes, 25, batted .305/.332/.457

Teams still coveting Orioles’ young pitching, looking at tonight’s matchup

While wondering whether umpire Hal Gibson III and the strike zone should wear name tags and get to know each other... We’re exactly one week away from the non-waiver trade deadline, at which point Orioles manager Buck Showalter will remind us that it’s not really a deadline. It just means players must pass through waivers before being dealt. It happens all the time. Showalter will

Orioles, Angels tied in the fifth (O’s lose 3-2)

The Orioles have scored one run through five innings tonight and Ryan Flaherty is responsible for it. Always worth mentioning when there are fans venting over tonight’s lineup. Why Flaherty? Why David Lough? Let’s start with Flaherty. Third baseman Manny Machado is day-to-day with tightness in his lower back. Flaherty is the utility infielder on this team. He also is good with the glove at

Notes on Tillman, Johnson, Schoop, Hunter and more

The Orioles are a season-high 11 games over .500 heading into tonight’s series finale against the Angels. They haven’t been 12 games above .500 since Aug. 12, 2013 (65-53). Also with a win tonight, the Orioles would secure their first series sweep in Anaheim since Aug. 27-29, 2010. The Orioles are 7-2 against the Angels since the beginning of 2013, including a 5-1 record in

Orioles and Angels lineups

Manny Machado remains out of the Orioles lineup for the second straight day. Machado was scratched with lower-back tightness prior to Tuesday’s game against the Angels. Ryan Flaherty will once again play third base in Machado’s absence. David Lough will get a rare start for the Orioles. He will hit second and play left field. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF David Lough LF Adam

Yoon returns to disabled list

Suk-min Yoon’s first season of professional baseball in the U.S. has been interrupted again due to a health issue. The Orioles have returned Yoon to the Triple-A disabled list with right elbow inflammation, a move that’s retroactive to Monday. Yoon had been on the DL with a right shoulder impingement. He made one start after being activated, allowing two hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings

Duquette on upgrading club’s catching: “It’s something we’re taking a look at”

Are the Orioles in the market for a catcher despite earlier statements that they were satisfied with their choices at the major league and Triple-A levels? Has something changed in their backstop stance? “According to the trade rumors, it has,” said executive vice president Dan Duquette. True enough. But are concerns over the lack of offensive production from Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley enough to

Tillman’s turn, lineup questions, Schoop on the road and minor league notes

While the Orioles continue to scout potential upgrades for their rotation, they’re sending a pitcher to the mound tonight at Angel Stadium who’s registered seven quality starts in his last eight outings. A true No. 1 starter? Manager Buck Showalter will let others carry that debate. He sees a pitcher, Chris Tillman, whose ERA has dropped from 5.20 on June 5 to 4.03 heading into

Davis beats shift, Orioles break scoreless tie (O’s win 4-2)

The Angels changed pitchers after the fifth inning tonight, and the Orioles waited until there were two outs to go about changing the score. J.J. Hardy doubled to bring home Chris Davis and give the Orioles a 1-0 lead, and Jonathan Schoop followed with a two-run homer to center field. Apparently, Schoop likes his jack on the rocks. Let’s go back to Davis’ at-bat against

Machado scratched from lineup, and other notes (updated)

Third baseman Manny Machado is a late scratch from the lineup tonight with lower-back tightness that cropped up during batting practice, according to the Orioles. Ryan Flaherty has replaced Machado at third base. Machado had his career-high 19-game on-base streak snapped last night. In his last 40 games since May 31, he’s batting .307/.354/.523 to raise his season average from .210 to .267. Bud Norris

Orioles option Guilmet

The Orioles just announced their anticipated roster move. They optioned reliever Preston Guilmet to Triple-A Norfolk to create room for Miguel Gonzalez, who has been recalled and is starting tonight against the Angels in Anaheim. Guilmet, 26, has posted a 5.23 ERA in 10 1/3 innings with the Orioles, striking out 12 over his 10 appearances. He tossed a scoreless inning Sunday in Oakland. Guilmet

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

The Orioles still haven’t announced today’s roster move. Miguel Gonzalez is listed as their starting pitcher in Anaheim, but the lineup card still includes eight relievers. Gonzalez is being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Manager Buck Showalter most likely is checking on the health of a couple pitchers. If everyone is fine, Preston Guilmet figures to be optioned. Nothing interesting about the lineup. Another start in

A few Orioles notes and Angels lineup

The Orioles won last night’s series opener against the Angels in Anaheim despite striking out 15 times. It’s not recommended, though it’s also not unprecedented. According to the Orioles, they’ve won each of the last two nine-inning games in which they’ve fanned 15 or more times. It also happened against the Rays at Tropicana Field on Oct. 2, 2012. The Orioles have been involved in

Gonzalez hoping hot streak extends beyond break

Miguel Gonzalez has gone eight innings in each of his last two starts, allowing only three earned runs and being left without a decision. He’ll gladly take the length tonight. A win would be nice, too. Gonzalez is making his first start since being optioned before the break. The Orioles will officially recall him later today, around the time they post the lineup. Gonzalez is

Jones receives Heart & Hustle Award

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced today that Adam Jones is the Orioles’ recipient of the 2014 Heart & Hustle Award, which honors active players who “demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game.” The Heart & Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on

Which Orioles would make good managers?

Another roster move is coming from the Orioles as they recall Miguel Gonzalez from Triple-A Norfolk to make tonight’s start against the Angels. Reliever Preston Guilmet could be optioned. In order to keep pace with the daily batch of trade rumors as we approach the non-waiver deadline, I’ll just point out that the Orioles have scouts spread all over the country checking on available starters

Two-homer night for Jones (O’s win 4-2)

Adam Jones leads the Angels 4-2 tonight in Anaheim. Jones has belted a pair of two-run homers, both scoring Nick Markakis ahead of him. His second blast in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie. Angels starter Matt Shoemaker retired 15 in a row before Markakis doubled in the sixth. Shoemaker started off Jones with a fastball, threw him a changeup and followed it with

Markakis takes errorless streak to Anaheim (Jones homers, game tied)

The Orioles lead the all-time series against the Angels, 345-290, going 184-129 in Baltimore and 161-161 in Anaheim. Does anyone remember when Nolan Ryan no-hit the Orioles, back when he pitched for the California Angels? I’m old enough to recall it vividly. It happened on June 1, 1975. Ryan walked four and struck out nine while tossing the fourth no-no of his career. Wayne Garland

Orioles and Angels lineups

The Orioles recalled right-hander Bud Norris from Double-A Bowie to start tonight’s game. To make room for Norris on the roster, the Orioles optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to Triple-A Norfolk. Clevenger appeared in two games for the Orioles after being recalled on July 12. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RFF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS

A few notes on Hardy

I’m back home this afternoon after a nice visit with family in Ocean Pines. My fridge is filled with leftovers, the lineup including chicken piccata with angel hair pasta, chicken cacciatore with noodles, roast beef, mashed potatoes with sour cream, soft shell crabs and crab cakes. The beef stroganoff never made it into the cooler - I emptied that container in a few days -

Norris returns to the rotation tonight

The Orioles will make a roster move today, recalling pitcher Bud Norris from Double-A Bowie and optioning a reliever or one of their catchers. They won’t carry three of them all season. Steve Clevenger didn’t get a start in Oakland and is vulnerable, but we’ll see. He did catch the bottom of the eighth yesterday as manager Buck Showalter cleared his bench. Showalter may want

Hardy supplies the hit, but Orioles need more runs (O’s lose 10-2)

Somebody had to do it. The Orioles needed a hit this afternoon against Athletics starter Sonny Gray, and J.J. Hardy stepped up with an RBI double in the top of the fifth. Chris Davis scored from first base after a leadoff walk, and the Oakland lead was down to 4-1. The Orioles needed more, but Manny Machado struck out and Ryan Flaherty and Caleb Joseph

Early trouble for Gausman (O’s down 4-0)

The Oakland Athletics are 40-10 when they score first this season. The Orioles are 17-34 when their opponent scores first, and they have a losing record in day games and on Sundays. Those are the challenges facing the Orioles, who fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Kevin Gausman allowed a leadoff single to Coco Crisp and RBI triple to John Jaso.

Orioles and Athletics lineups

Steve Pearce remains in left field and Nelson Cruz continues to serve as the designated hitter today for the Orioles’ final game in Oakland. Ryan Flaherty gets the start at second base and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Oakland starter Sonny Gray is 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA over his last five outings. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones

More on Jones’ big night in Oakland

Center fielder Adam Jones had a rare and special night in Oakland, and it extended beyond his three-run homer in the first inning off former teammate Jason Hammel. Jones is the first Oriole ever, and the first center fielder since Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, with five RBIs and two stolen bases in the same game. According to the Orioles’ PR staff, Jones became the

Graham on Yaz: “What you see with him is a very complete baseball player”

Adam Jones is the only certainty in the Orioles’ outfield in 2015. He’s going to be in center. Book it. Nick Markakis is in the last guaranteed year of his contract, which includes an option worth $17.5 million. Nelson Cruz will be a free agent after signing a one-year, $8 million deal in spring training. As the Orioles continue to transfer players in their minor

Jones, Hardy homer in first inning (Jones has five RBIs, O’s win 8-4)

Adam Jones was among three Oriole batters hit by pitches last night, taking a ball high off his left shoulder in the eighth inning. Earlier in the game, J.J. Hardy was drilled on the back of his batting helmet. Jones belted a three-run homer in the first inning tonight, and Hardy soon followed with a solo shot. Makes you wonder whether manager Buck Showalter should

Orioles and Athletics lineups

With the Blue Jays and Yankees winning today, the Orioles need to defeat the Athletics tonight to maintain their four-game lead in the American League East. No pressure. According to STATS, the Orioles have been tied or led after seven innings in 10 of 11 games against the Athletics dating back to 2013, but are only 6-5. Manny Machado has reached base safely in a

Chen vs. Hammel tonight in Oakland

When Orioles manager Buck Showalter lined up his rotation coming out of the break, he leaned heavily on match-ups against opponents on their West Coast trip. Wei-Yin Chen’s slot was pretty much a no-brainer. Chen starts tonight at O.co Coliseum, and he’s 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA lifetime against the Athletics. He’s allowed three earned runs in 27 innings, with eight walks and 25 strikeouts.

Updates on Steve Johnson, Henry Urrutia and Suk-min Yoon

Right-hander Steve Johnson is headed to Triple-A Norfolk today and will start Wednesday night against the Toledo Mud Hens at Harbor Park. Johnson has been on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. He’s made one start with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles and three with short-season Single-A Aberdeen, never going more than three innings. Johnson will remain on a strict pitch count Wednesday night,

More on the importance of the bullpen

The Orioles opened the second half of their season last night - not the mathematical one, but the one dictated by their schedule - with a rotation that accounted for 543 1/3 innings, the fewest for any team with a winning record. The starters’ 4.09 ERA ranked 23rd in the majors and 11th in the American League. Yes, there’s been a surge. Before last night,

Orioles batters a hit with A’s (O’s lose 5-4)

For those of you keeping score at home, Oakland pitchers have hit three Orioles in tonight’s game. Starter Jeff Samardzija nailed Caleb Joseph and J.J. Hardy, the latter taking a shot to the back of the helmet. Not to be outdone, reliever Ryan Cook hit Adam Jones on the left shoulder in the top of the eighth inning, the ball coming dangerously close to the

Checking on the farm and Orioles-Athletics (Machado homer breaks tie)

Double-A Bowie was being no-hit for eight innings tonight by Altoona’s Adrian Sampson before Mike Yastrzemski doubled with one out in the ninth - his fifth hit in two games with the Baysox. First baseman Christian Walker picked up his first Triple-A hit tonight in his second game with Norfolk. He drew three walks last night. Single-A Frederick’s Parker Bridwell allowed one run and four

Orioles and Athletics lineups

The Orioles open the second half of their season tonight with a familiar lineup. Once again, Steve Pearce is in left field and Nelson Cruz is the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate for starter Chris Tillman, and Jonathan Schoop is at second base. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B J.J.

Orioles sign 33rd-rounder, and other notes

The Orioles announced today that they signed right-hander Brandon Koch, their 33rd-round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Temecula Valley (Calif.) High School. Koch had signed a national letter of intent to play for UC Riverside. Today was the deadline for signing picks. The Orioles continue to make changes to their minor league rosters, promoting reliever Jon Keller from low Single-A Delmarva

Orioles getting first look at Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is living, breathing, spitting, scratching proof that wins and losses don’t provide an accurate measurement of a pitcher’s effectiveness and worth. Samardzija, who starts tonight against the Orioles, is a combined 3-8 with the Cubs and Athletics, but he’s also registered a 2.78 ERA in 19 starts. He’s allowed 108 hits, walked 32 and struck out 113 in 123 innings. The Orioles have

Orioles set to begin the second half

It’s back to baseball tonight for the Orioles, who begin a 10-game West Coast trip against the Athletics. Should Manny Machado expect a warm reception from Oakland fans? Probably not. But they may want to go easy on him. He’s been a beast since his confrontation with Josh Donaldson and the bat-tossing incident. The only cool-down period came during his five-game suspension. Machado has reached

Minor league recaps on Gonzalez, Alvarez, Walker, Yastrzemski and Johnson

Miguel Gonzalez made his start tonight at Triple-A Norfolk and threw 88 pitches in six innings. Gonzalez, optioned by the Orioles so he could get some work during the All-Star break, allowed three runs and five hits over six innings. He walked two, struck out one, gave up a home run and threw two wild pitches. As I’ve written previously, Gonzalez will be recalled and

Bundy: “There are just some things I need to work on”

In three starts for short-season Single-A Aberdeen, right-hander Dylan Bundy allowed one run and struck out 22 batters in 15 innings. Opponents in the New York-Penn League hit .189 against him. In three starts for advanced Single-A Frederick, Bundy has allowed 12 runs and struck out six batters in 11 2/3 innings. Opponents in the Carolina League are hitting .326 against him. This just in:

Orioles celebrating 60th anniversary

This may come as a surprise to fans who think the Orioles don’t look a day over 50, but they’re actually celebrating their 60th season in Baltimore. The party really kicks in on Friday, Aug. 8 at Camden Yards - before, during and after their game against the St. Louis Cardinals. According to a press release, the club is welcoming back 23 Orioles Hall of

Britton on closing: “I’m definitely settling into the role”

The All-Star break has pretty much ended for the Orioles, who are holding a workout today in Oakland before starting a three-game series on Friday. There shouldn’t be any news coming out of it, since manager Buck Showalter already announced his second-half rotation on Sunday. Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen and Kevin Gausman will start against the Athletics, and Bud Norris, Miguel Gonzalez and Tillman will

Orioles maintain interest in Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo

The Orioles will be among the teams attending Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo’s workout July 26 at the University of Miami. The session is termed a “showcase” for interested clubs. Castillo, 26, defected to the Dominican Republic in December and the Orioles scouted him two months later. They want to take another look at him. Castillo, listed at 5-foot-9 and 185 lbs., has spent the majority

Yastrzemski moves up again, plus other notes

The Orioles have promoted outfielder Mike Yastrzemski to Double-A Bowie, his third affiliate since the start of the 2014 season. Yastrzemski, chosen in the 14th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University, was batting .312/.364/.462 with seven doubles, a triple, one home run and 19 RBIs in 23 games at advanced Single-A Frederick. He also was 5-of-5 in stolen base attempts.

Because You Asked - Revenge of the Fallen

The World Cup is over. The All-Star Game is over. I no longer have a reason to live. Wait, I still have my reader mailbag, which allows me to churn out another sequel to the “Because You Asked” series. As you know, sequels rarely live up to the original, but these don’t cost you anything except a few minutes of your time. And they exist

Cruz, Jones hitless in first trips to plate in All-Star Game (updated)

It never fails. A player catches a routine fly ball and leads off the next inning. Adam Jones did it tonight in the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota, squeezing Andrew McCutchen’s fly ball to center field to end the top of the second and immediately coming to the plate in the bottom half. Happens all the time, folks. But seriously, Jones took a

Roberts talks about Markakis

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Home Run Derby. If it has any shot at holding my attention, either the baseballs or the players need to be juiced again. But seriously ... Todd Frazier advances to the finals after hitting one home run? Somebody cork this competition. I can’t endorse a home run contest that doesn’t include Giancarlo Stanton in the last round.

Jones advances to second round of Home Run Derby (Jones eliminated)

The Home Run Derby at Target Field in Minnesota has moved to the second round, and Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is going along with it. Jones is facing off against Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes, the defending champion. Toronto’s Jose Bautista, the team captain who extended the invitation to Jones, received a bye after launching 10 home runs. Bautista will square off against Jones or Cespedes

Orioles trade Wallace to Blue Jays

The Orioles are spending the All-Star break reshuffling their minor league deck. The club confirmed this afternoon that Triple-A first baseman Brett Wallace has been traded to the Blue Jays for cash considerations. I heard earlier today that it’s a “nominal” fee. Also, the Orioles confirmed that left-hander Randy Wolf was released from his Triple-A contract. I wrote yesterday that Wolf opted out of his

Norris on Bowie start: “Pretty excited with the work day”

BOWIE - Bud Norris walked into the home clubhouse at Prince George’s Stadium with his sweat-soaked game jersey in one hand and a look on his face that screamed for a cool shower. Norris threw 98 pitches in 4 1/3 innings under a scorching sun for the Double-A Bowie Baysox, his first outing since the Orioles optioned him last week. He allowed three runs and

Norris starting today at Bowie (Norris done after 4 1/3 innings)

BOWIE - Bud Norris is wearing the home whites today with his last name stitched across the back of his jersey, but he’s pitching in a minor league ballpark with a different number. Oh yes, there’s also the 11:05 a.m. starting time. The Orioles did it once this season on Patriots’ Day at Fenway Park, but it’s still unusual. Norris has tossed two scoreless innings

Orioles didn’t catch many breaks before the break

We’ve reached the All-Star break and everything has gone according to plan for the Orioles, said no one ever. Let me run this scenario past you: It’s late March and the Orioles are preparing to break camp. I post a morning blog entry informing you that third baseman Manny Machado won’t be ready for opening day and will miss the first month of the season

Showalter reveals rotation beyond All-Star break

The Orioles will go into the All-Star break 10 games above .500 and four ahead of the Blue Jays in the American League East. Of course, they had to endure a 2 hour, 22 minute rain delay tonight before being awarded a 3-1 victory over the Yankees in a game halted in the bottom of the fifth inning due to rain. Kevin Gausman is credited

Home run puts Gausman in early hole (game called, O’s win 3-1)

Entering tonight’s game, Kevin Gausman had allowed one home run in his first six starts with the Orioles this season. Make it two. Brett Gardner took Gausman deep on the fourth pitch to give the Yankees a quick 1-0 lead at Camden Yards. Gausman threw four consecutive fastballs clocked at 92, 95, 93 and 94 mph. The last one ended up on the flag court

Pregame notes from Camden Yards

It’s been a fairly slow news day at Camden Yards, which is a nice change of pace. Ubaldo Jimenez played catch in center field before batting practice to test his sprained right ankle. The Orioles placed him on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Kevin Gausman, who’s starting tonight against the Yankees. Suk-min Yoon, on the minor league disabled list with an impingement

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

The Orioles are sending Kevin Gausman to the mound tonight for their final game before the All-Star break. Nothing new about the lineup other than Jonathan Schoop is at second base and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Those positions change on occasion. Chris Davis, whose average is down to .197, continues to bat fifth. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam

Rotating the starters

Kevin Gausman is back with the Orioles, and he’s expected to stick around this time as long as his performance warrants it. That’s an important caveat. The Orioles aren’t limiting his innings now, but he’s got to pitch effectively to remain in the rotation. It’s going to be a six-man rotation after Ubaldo Jimenez comes off the disabled list, and the Orioles continue to scout

Hearing from Showalter after 3-0 loss

Chris Tillman was a late addition to the American League All-Star team last season after going 11-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 19 starts. He’s staying home this summer after going 7-5 with a 4.11 ERA in 20 starts. As you may have noticed, there’s not a significant difference in runs allowed. And Tillman has registered six quality starts in his last seven outings. “I

Tillman facing loss despite quality start (O’s lose 3-0)

The day ended for Chris Tillman this afternoon on a two-out single by Derek Jeter in the top of the seventh inning, the ball squirting into left field, the Yankees fans in attendance erupting again. Tillman was charged with a third run when left-hander T.J. McFarland surrendered a looping double to right field by Jacoby Ellsbury. Three runs in 6 2/3 innings can get you

More pregame notes and quotes (Machado with O’s first hit)

The Yankees still haven’t informed the Orioles of their choice to start Sunday’s series finale at Camden Yards. Masahiro Tanaka was scratched and placed on the disabled list. In six career relief appearances against the Yankees, left-hander T.J. McFarland is 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA in 11 2/3 innings. He’s held their batters to a .132/.195/.132 line in 41 plate appearances. Manny Machado has reached

More on Orioles’ roster move

The Orioles optioned pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to Triple-A Norfolk today and announced that he will start Thursday against Rochester at Harbor Park. Gonzalez’s next start with the Orioles is scheduled for July 22 in Anaheim. This is the same plan as the one implemented for Bud Norris, who was optioned to Double-A Bowie. Norris will start Monday morning at Prince George’s Stadium before rejoining the

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees (Gonzalez optioned)

Steve Clevenger is inside the Orioles clubhouse today and he’s listed among the reserves for their game against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Caleb Joseph also will be on the bench. He says he’s fine physically. No injury. The Orioles haven’t announced any roster moves, but Clevenger will be recalled. Chris Tillman, bumped up a day to replace injured starter Ubaldo Jimenez, is 5-4 with

Clevenger joining Orioles

The Orioles are making another roster move today, recalling catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk. He’s expected in uniform for today’s game against the Yankees at Camden Yards. No word on the corresponding move. The Orioles could send out another pitcher before the All-Star break, as they did with Bud Norris on Thursday. Nick Hundley started behind the plate last night and delivered a walk-off

O’Day on not making All-Star team: “I understand how it works”

The Orioles are assured of being in first place at the All-Star break. Having fun yet? This team is 33-12 in extra-inning games since the start of the 2012 season. Manager Buck Showalter jokes that if the Orioles were really good, they’d win more games in regulation. But there’s something special about consistently coming out on top past regulation. Darren O’Day has the lowest ERA

Showalter on Gonzalez and a 3-2, 10-inning win

The Orioles have won four consecutive extra-inning games, improving to 9-3 beyond regulation. Starting to feel a little bit like 2012? Nick Hundley’s walk-off single in the 10th gave the Orioles a 3-2 victory over the Yankees before a sellout crowd of 45,389 at Camden Yards. Hundley extended his hitting streak to eight games. He’s 12-for-32 (.375) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBIs

Roberts homers in return (O’s win 3-2 in 10 innings)

Brian Roberts didn’t receive a loud ovation tonight as he stepped to the plate with two outs in the top of the second inning. He wasn’t booed vigorously. Roberts’ first at-bat at Camden Yards as a Yankee was mostly met with a collective shrug. I heard a few boos. I heard some polite applause that ended quickly. That was it. How did Roberts react? By

More Orioles notes and Roberts on his return to Camden Yards

The Orioles outrighted pitcher Julio DePaula to Double-A Bowie after he cleared waivers. DePaula, signed recently from the independent York Revolution, hasn’t allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings with the Baysox over three appearances. The Orioles reached agreement with right-hander Robert Coello on a Triple-A deal, pending a physical, according to a team official. Coello is 2-3 with a 5.90 ERA in 28 major

Showalter on Jimenez and Norris

Orioles manager Buck Showalter provided details on pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez’s ankle injury and pending trip to the disabled list. Jimenez is eligible to return July 23 in Anaheim. “He rolled his ankle,” Showalter said. “The way I understand it, he stepped in a hole in the parking lot. We were looking at it today and it’s pretty puffy, taped up. Tried to take a work

Jimenez going on DL, Gausman recalled

The Orioles will place pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle injury and recall Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk. Jimenez rolled his ankle Wednesday in a parking lot and it’s badly swollen today. He was scheduled to start Saturday afternoon against the Yankees, but Chris Tillman likely will take his turn. Gausman would pitch Sunday, the same day he was

Orioles and Yankees lineups

The Orioles close out the first half of the season - as dictated by the All-Star break, not the number of games played - with a weekend series against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Brian Roberts makes his first appearance in Baltimore since leaving as a free agent. He’s collected five hits in 16 at-bats against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Miguel Gonzalez is 2-2

Showalter on his catchers: “They’re both good people”

While wondering what type of reception Brian Roberts will receive tonight in his return to Camden Yards ... Back on June 23, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told a small group of reporters that the club wasn’t in the market for a catcher despite Matt Wieters’ season-ending elbow surgery. It went a little something like this: “It’s always a challenge to change catchers during

Showalter speaks after 4-3 win

No matter what happens over the next three games, the Orioles are assured of at least being tied for first place in the American League East at the All-Star break. The Orioles have taken two of three from the Nationals following tonight’s 4-3 victory at Camden Yards. Wei-Yin Chen will have a career-high nine wins at the break in 12 decisions. He allowed three runs

Pearce homers, and more notes (O’s win 4-3)

I wrote earlier today that it was time for Steve Pearce to heat up again. He had one hit in his last 10 at-bats and three hits in his last 19. The time is now. Pearce homered off Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez with one out in the bottom of the first inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Pearce launched a 91 mph fastball

Orioles preparing to recall Guilmet (Norris optioned)

The Orioles will announce a roster move later today, with reliever Preston Guilmet being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. No word on the corresponding move, but a starter could be optioned and make a start during the All-Star break. The Orioles have made this arrangement in past years. Guilmet, the 26th man for Saturday’s doubleheader in Boston, will provide an extra bullpen arm. His most recent

Showalter on Norris, Gausman, Johnson, Urrutia and Wieters

Bud Norris could work an inning or two in relief Sunday for the Orioles after starting last night’s game against the Nationals at Camden Yards. Norris threw 71 pitches in four-plus innings. He won’t start Sunday on short rest. The assignment still belongs to Chris Tillman. Norris was off 17 days due to his groin injury and the Orioles don’t want him inactive for another

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals (with Nats lineup)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will try to maintain his hot streak tonight in the conclusion of a two-game home series against the Nationals. Machado is 12-for-21 (.571) with two doubles, two home runs and three RBIs in four games since returning from his suspension. He’s batting .312 in 31 games since June 1. Machado continues to bat seventh. Steve Pearce is in left field

Chen vs. Gonzalez tonight in finale of beltway series

The Battle of the Beltway series concludes tonight at Camden Yards with a scrap between southpaws. The Orioles are sending Wei-Yin Chen to the mound, and the Nationals are countering with red-hot Gio Gonzalez. Chen is 3-4 with a 4.89 ERA in eight career interleague starts, and 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in two starts against Washington. He’s allowed eight earned runs in 9 1/3

The quest for pitching and Duquette on the All-Stars

The non-waiver trade deadline is three weeks away, but it’s never too soon to open up the discussion. The Orioles are in the market for pitching - a starter and a reliever. I’ve heard that a late-inning bullpen arm is especially high on the list, someone who can assist in a set-up role. Maybe handle some of the closing duties if Zach Britton is unavailable.

Showalter on Norris: “Just paid for the mistakes he made”

The Orioles failed to extend their lead over the Blue Jays in the American League East, keeping it at 2 1/2 games following tonight’s 6-2 loss to the Nationals at Camden Yards. The Nats hit three home runs, including two off Orioles starter Bud Norris, making his first start since coming off the disabled list. Norris was charged with five runs, tying his season-high, in

Machado stays hot (O’s lose 6-2)

The only way to cool down Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is with a long shower. Machado has followed up his five-hit night in D.C. with a single and home run, his solo shot in the fourth cutting Washington’s lead to 4-2. Machado is 11-for-19 in four games since coming off his suspension. He’s collected seven hits in his last eight at-bats. Since June 1,

Notes on makeup game, Norris, rotation and more (updated)

The Orioles-Nationals game that was postponed last night in D.C. has been rescheduled for Aug. 4 at 7:05 p.m. The Nats confirmed the time in a tweet. The Orioles will board a flight to Toronto after the game. I’ve talked to a few people in the organization who say there’s no interest in catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who’s been designated for assignment by the Red Sox.

McLouth: “I had so many great memories”

The Orioles are taking batting practice outdoors beneath a darkening sky. Rain is in the forecast. What else is new? Tonight marks the 1,300th game of Nick Markakis’ major league career and the 1,200th game of J.J Hardy’s career. Markakis ranks 11th on the Orioles’ all-time list, 28 behind Brian Roberts. Nate McLouth only made it to 201 games before leaving the Orioles as a

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

With the Orioles allowed to use a designated hitter tonight, their lineup will include Steve Pearce for the series opener against the Nationals at Camden Yards. Pearce will start in left field and Nelson Cruz will serve as DH. Jonathan Schoop is at second base and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF Nelson

Britton on All-Star exclusion: “I don’t think there’s a disappointment”

It’s unfortunate that the Orioles had another game postponed last night due to rain, especially after waiting through a 2-hour, 30-minute delay. But on the plus side, it made for a pleasant drive home. Not a single drop the entire way. Maybe they could have played. Rain delays and extra innings. It’s been that kind of a season so far. The Orioles are 8-3 in

Orioles-Nationals game postponed (updated)

WASHINGTON - Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Nationals has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on Aug. 4, a mutual off-day for the teams. The Orioles will fly to Toronto at the conclusion of it. The delay lasted about 2 1/2 hours before the Nationals finally called the game. More information will be available later tonight, including how the

Roster move, and Showalter on Jones’ participation in Home Run Derby

WASHINGTON - The Nationals announced that the start of tonight’s game against the Orioles will be delayed due to approaching inclement weather. The Orioles have activated Bud Norris from the disabled list and designated reliever Julio DePaula for assignment. Orioles manager Buck Showalter now has a reason to watch Monday night’s Home Run Derby as he relaxes at home. The sound may be turned down

Jones will participate in Home Run Derby

WASHINGTON - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has accepted an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday that’s held the night before the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota. Jones, who’s hit 16 home runs in 89 games this season, checked with manager Buck Showalter before agreeing to it. The invitation came from American League team captain Jose Bautista. Nelson Cruz,

Ramirez outrighted to Norfolk

WASHINGTON - The Orioles may wait until after batting practice to announce today’s roster move. Bud Norris is being activated from the disabled list and starting against the Nationals. Reliever Julio DePaula, whose contract was purchased yesterday from Double-A Bowie, is expected to come off the 25-man roster. DePaula is listed among the relievers on the lineup card, but a name must be subtracted. Manager

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - Bud Norris is coming off the disabled list tonight and making his first start since June 21, as the Orioles and Nationals conclude their two-games series in D.C. The teams will meet up at Camden Yards on Wednesday to begin another two-game set. The Orioles have won three in a row, scoring 22 runs in the process. They’ve played 41 innings in their

Looking back and ahead, and adding a pinch of Young

Can the Orioles play a nine-inning game tonight? These guys must get paid by the hour. I guess it doesn’t matter, as long as they keep expanding their lead in the American League East. It’s up to three games. I stated yesterday that relievers Brad Brach and T.J. McFarland wouldn’t be available. I batted .500. Manager Buck Showalter crossed me up by using McFarland in

Davis, Machado, Tillman and Showalter after 8-2 11-inning win

WASHINGTON - The Orioles tied the club record tonight by scoring six runs in an extra inning, the fourth time it’s happened, according to STATS. It felt like just another night of baseball for this group. Or an episode of “Survivor.” Chris Davis broke a 2-for-38 slump with a two-run homer in the top of the 11th off Nationals reliever Craig Stammen, and the Orioles

It’s the Battle of the Beltway Bullpens (O’s win 8-2)

WASHINGTON - The Orioles and Nationals starters each went seven innings tonight, a two-run home run smudging their respective lines. Chris Tillman was lifted for a pinch-hitter, Delmon Young, after Jonathan Schoop led off the top of the eighth with a single off Nats reliever Tyler Clippard. Kevin Frandsen had pinch-hit for Stephen Strasburg with two outs in the bottom of the seventh after Wilson

Orioles go from splitting doubleheader to losing designated hitter (we’re tied)

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter must fill out his lineup card without a designated hitter during the interleague series at Nationals Park. “It’s only for two days,” he said. Then, he couldn’t resist having a little fun at the expense of his starting pitcher. “Of course, we get to watch Chris Tillman offensively tonight. I know that’s what a lot of people are coming

Showalter on Gausman, DePaula, Bundy, Pearce and more

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Kevin Gausman will be eligible to return to the club immediately after the All-Star break. Also, Gausman will no longer be on an innings limit, with today’s decision to option him taking care of it. Asked whether the Orioles had a tough decision optioning Gausman, Showalter said, “Yes and no. We know where we’re going to take him

Gausman optioned to Norfolk

WASHINGTON - Kevin Gausman told reporters today that he’s been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, a move made again to provide the Orioles with an extra bullpen arm. The Orioles are selecting the contract of reliever Julio DePaula, who will be in uniform for tonight’s series opener against the Nationals. Gausman is 3-2 with a 3.51 ERA in six starts with the Orioles this season. He

Orioles select contract of Julio DePaula, plus lineups (Gausman to be optioned)

WASHINGTON - The Orioles have selected the contract of Double-A Bowie reliever Julio DePaula. The 31-year-old right-hander is listed on the lineup card, but no corresponding roster move has been announced. DePaula, who was signed away from the independent York Revolution earlier this year, has pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings over three appearances with the Baysox. He returns to the majors for the first time

Pearce and Jones named AL co-Players of the Week

WASHINGTON - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce have been recognized for their hot play of late, as they’ve been named American League co-Players of the Week for the week ending July 6. Jones batted .423 (11-for-26) with a double, two homers, five RBIs, four runs scored and a stolen base. Pearce batted .333 (10-for-30) with two doubles, three homers, nine RBIs,

Looking back and ahead

BOSTON - I sensed more panic coming from Orioles fans on Saturday after the club’s Game 1 loss to the Red Sox. The sky was falling, and manager Buck Showalter was getting buried for his bullpen decision. The Orioles ended up winning Game 2, and they took the series with yesterday’s 12-inning victory. They’re in first place by two games over the Blue Jays in

Cruz and Jones talk about being voted into All-Star Game

BOSTON - Nelson Cruz is happy to be an All-Star for the third time in his career, but he’s truly honored to be voted in as a starter. That’s a first for him. “Yeah, no doubt,” he said today after collecting three more hits and his 71st RBI in the Orioles’ 7-6, 12-inning win over the Red Sox. “Anytime you get selected by the fans,

Hearing from Showalter, Brach and Gausman after 7-6 12-inning win

BOSTON - The Orioles moved eight games above .500 today for the first time since the conclusion of the 2013 season. They’re two games ahead of the Blue Jays in the American League East standings. It wasn’t done easily. Not against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, where today’s game went 12 innings, lasted 5:05 and may have forced the Orioles into another roster move

Cruz, Wieters and Jones voted as starters for All-Star Game

BOSTON - Interest in free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz over the winter was tepid at best. Catcher Matt Wieters hasn’t played since May 10 due to an elbow injury that led to season-ending ligament-reconstructive surgery. In one of those crazy twists of baseball fate, Cruz and Wieters were voted into the 2014 All-Star Game for the first time in their careers, the announcement coming tonight

Gausman falls short of quality start, but leaves with lead (O’s win 7-6 in 12th)

BOSTON - Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was bringing some serious heat during today’s game against the Red Sox, his fastball touching 100 mph as he carried a shutout into the sixth. He didn’t make it through the inning, however, and he won’t be credited with a quality start. He’ll gladly take a win and another turn in the rotation. The Orioles scored four runs in

Blue Jays claim Reimold (game update)

BOSTON - The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed outfielder Nolan Reimold off waivers from the Orioles, according to sources. The Orioles designated Reimold for assignment on Tuesday after reinstating him from the 60-day disabled list and placed him on waivers Friday afternoon. Reimold is out of minor league options and must remain on the Blue Jays’ 25-man roster or be designated. The Orioles selected Reimold

Cruz: “What I care about is what my teammates think about me ...”

BOSTON - Nelson Cruz understands that he’s going to be under close scrutiny this season after his 50-game suspension last season, and that some players in baseball weren’t going to be supportive as he led designated hitters in All-Star voting. Cruz wasn’t aware of John Lackey’s comments last night and said he has no prior history with the Red Sox pitcher. “What I care is

Quick pregame hits (Ramirez DFA)

BOSTON - The Orioles will announce their roster move today after batting practice. Kevin Gausman will be recalled and start today’s series finale against the Red Sox. Reliever Ramon Ramirez, who’s out of minor league options, is expected to be designated for assignment to create room. Bud Norris is expected to start Tuesday night’s game against the Nationals in D.C. Manager Buck Showalter would like

Orioles and Red Sox lineups for series finale

BOSTON - Chris Davis will sit out Sunday’s series finale against the Red Sox. Instead, Steve Pearce will get the start at first base and bat second for the Orioles. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce 1B Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz DH Delmon Young LF J.J. Hardy SS Manny Machado 3B Ryan Flaherty 2B Caleb Joseph C Kevin Gausman RHP For the

Gausman gets the ball in series finale

BOSTON - The Orioles have gotten so good at sleeping fast, they probably can do it standing up. And yes, with their eyes closed. I’ve been asked multiple times whether Kevin Gausman, today’s starter in the series finale against the Red Sox, is finally here to stay. Too many variables. Let’s see how Gausman pitches today. Let’s see how the Orioles could create a spot

Hearing from Showalter, Jimenez and Cruz after Game 2 win

BOSTON - The Orioles sent reliever Preston Guilmet back to Triple-A Norfolk following tonight’s 7-4 win over the Red Sox in Game 2. Manager Buck Showalter said Bud Norris, who threw a simulated game this afternoon, will start Tuesday or Wednesday against the Nationals. The Orioles got eight innings from their Game 1 starter and lost, and 3 2/3 innings from their Game 2 starter

Short outing for Jimenez (Cruz has five hits, O’s win 7-4 in Game 2)

BOSTON - The walks were bound to hurt Ubaldo Jimenez tonight. Jimenez didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, turning in his second-shortest outing of the season in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Red Sox. Jimenez tied his season high with six walks, the last to Mike Napoli leading off the bottom of the fourth. Stephen Drew followed with a two-run homer

Machado returns, Davis struggles, Jimenez working on night moves (Hundley HR)

BOSTON - Third baseman Manny Machado struck out tonight in his first at-bat since completing his five-game suspension, and it led to a five-minute review. J.J. Hardy was thrown out trying to steal on the play, which occurred in the second inning. The Orioles challenged the call, and five minutes later Hardy was sent back to first base. Machado hit Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski

Machado back in lineup for Game 2

BOSTON - Manny Machado’s suspension has ended and he’s back at third base for the Orioles in Game 2 of today’s doubleheader against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Orioles were 4-1 during Machado’s absence. Steve Pearce is batting second as the designated hitter. Chris Davis is at first base and Nelson Cruz is in left field. Jonathan Schoop remains at second base after

Norris’ simulated game, Showalter and Gonzalez on Game 1 loss, Boston lineup

BOSTON - The Orioles will gain two players for the nightcap of their doubleheader against the Red Sox, with reliever Preston Guilmet being recalled and third baseman Manny Machado coming off the suspended list. Bud Norris threw two innings in his simulated game, with the roster of hitters including coaches Wayne Kirby and Einar Diaz, and vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson. Kirby lined

Sloppy start to Game 1 (Gonzalez ties career high in innings, O’s lose 3-2)

BOSTON - The city of Boston celebrated the Fourth of July on Thursday night because of the pending storm. The Red Sox celebrated it today before Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Orioles, draping a huge American flag over the Green Monster. Maybe that’s why both teams appear so disoriented. The Orioles and Red Sox have combined for four errors in three innings, including

Showalter on Norris, the rotation, Machado and more

BOSTON - Bud Norris remains scheduled to throw a simulated game between games of today’s doubleheader at Fenway Park. The Orioles traded batting practice for use of the field for Norris. “The only thing that would keep it from happening is a long extra-inning game,” said manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles need a starter for Wednesday and Norris is a candidate if his simulated game

Orioles and Red Sox lineups for Game 1

BOSTON - Chris Davis is starting at third base in Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Red Sox. Delmon Young is in left field and Steve Pearce is at first base. Reliever Preston Guilmet arrived this morning as the 26th player for Game 2. The season series is tied 5-5, with the Orioles going 3-3 in Baltimore and 2-2 in Boston. In 2013, the

Orioles double down today in Boston (Guilmet 26th man for nightcap)

BOSTON - Let’s play two - without the rain. The Orioles and Red Sox have a doubleheader scheduled today following yesterday’s postponement caused by Tropical Storm Arthur, which apparently did not get caught between the moon and New York City. I know it’s crazy, but it’s true. The postponement was the right call. Rain began to fall around 1 p.m. and didn’t stop. If there

Reimold placed on waivers

BOSTON - The Orioles continue to conduct business today while waiting to play their next two games on Saturday. Outfielder Nolan Reimold has been placed on outright waivers after the Orioles were unable to work out a trade. Any team may sign him and assume the remainder of his $1.025 million salary. The Orioles reinstated Reimold from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday and designated

Gausman to start Sunday, and other notes

BOSTON - Miguel Gonzalez will start Game 1 of Saturday’s split doubleheader against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, with Ubaldo Jimenez starting Game 2. Manager Buck Showalter didn’t change the order of his rotation. Jimenez is 0-5 with a 10.55 ERA in five day games this season, and 3-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 12 night games. Easy decision. Kevin Gausman will be recalled

Orioles-Red Sox game postponed (updated)

BOSTON - Today’s game between the Orioles and Red Sox at Fenway Park has been postponed due to inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Arthur. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday with Game 1 scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and Game 2 at 7:15 p.m. The first game will air on MASN2 HD and the second game on FOX. The Orioles haven’t confirmed

Gonzalez vs. Lester in series opener in Boston

BOSTON - Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has a 2.92 ERA in 17 starts this season. Lester has a career 2.92 ERA in 26 starts against the Orioles. Does anyone else find that odd? What about coincidental? I’m not going with ironic. Lester is 15-4 lifetime against the Orioles and held them to two runs over seven innings on opening day, walking one and striking

Orioles sweep Rangers and sweat their travel plans

BOSTON - If you happen to check the American League East standings, you may notice that the Orioles are listed first. They swept the Rangers in a four-game series to conclude their homestand. Four games without third baseman Manny Machado, whose suspension ends on Saturday. They played nine innings uninterrupted, which isn’t how Rangers manager Ron Washington pictured it happening while scratching starter Yu Darvish.

Lough keeping spirits high

The tarp remains on the field as a light rain falls at Camden Yards. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown in front of the Orioles dugout. Another lineup card was posted today that didn’t include outfielder David Lough. Lough checks it to make certain, knowing that he’s more likely to be used as a pinch-runner or defensive replacement in the late innings. Lough has made

Updates on Norris, Wieters, Johnson and Urrutia

The storm is approaching Camden Yards and the grounds crew has just placed the tarp on the infield. The Orioles and Rangers have one common off-day if tonight’s game is rained out - Aug. 21 during a break in the Orioles’ series against the White Sox and Cubs in Chicago. How convenient. The Orioles would have to play 27 consecutive days without a break, which

Orioles and Rangers lineups

No surprises in the Orioles’ lineup tonight as they try to complete a four-games sweep of the Rangers at Camden Yards. Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base. Jonathan Schoop is at second base. You’ve seen it a few times since Manny Macahdo’s suspension. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS

Revisiting the rotation and tonight’s game

While wondering if I’m the only person who imagines Tropical Storm Arthur as a short drunken millionaire in a top hat or a cartoon aardvark ... Each day seems to bring another review of the Orioles’ rotation, and this morning is no exception. I’m still expecting Kevin Gausman to start Sunday afternoon in Boston after he worked two innings last night for short-season Single-A Aberdeen.

Showalter speaks after 6-4 win

The Orioles have won all three games while playing with a 24-man roster following third baseman Manny Machado’s suspension. A win Thursday would give the Orioles their first four-game sweep of the Rangers at Camden Yards since 2004. Manager Buck Showalter knew he’d need contributions from everyone this season, and not only with Machado off the roster. Ryan Flaherty stepped up tonight with a tie-breaking

Patience pays off for Orioles, Flaherty homer gives them lead (O’s win 6-4)

Ryan Flaherty led off the bottom of the seventh inning tonight by homering to right field off Rangers left-hander Neal Cotts and giving the Orioles a 5-4 lead at Camden Yards. Flaherty has four home runs this season, including one on Sunday. They’ve all come at home. The Orioles finally got rid of Rangers starter Miles Mikolas in the sixth inning, and they did it

Game update and notes on Norris and Yoon (Jones homers, Tillman done)

Chris Tillman gave up three singles in the top of the first inning tonight, the last by Alex Rios that scored Shin-Soo Choo and gave Texas a 1-0 lead at steamy Camden Yards. It’s 87 degrees here, but it’s a wet heat. None of the balls were hit particularly hard, but they counted just the same. Tillman has allowed 16 runs in the first inning

More notes and Showalter on Norris and Davis (not the radio tandem)

With a win tonight, the Orioles would move six games over .500 to match their season-high from May 10, when they were 20-14. They also would move above .500 at home for the first time since being 9-8 on May 12. Steve Pearce has hit three home runs in his last two games. He’s never homered in three consecutive games. Pearce has collected 10 homers

Davis on his slump and the nightly shifts

Bud Norris threw his bullpen session today at Camden Yards and manager Buck Showalter said he should have an update later today. Norris is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday. Showalter indicated that the right-hander would need to pitch in a rehab or simulated game before the club activated him. Norris won’t go directly from a side session to the Orioles rotation.

Orioles lineup vs. Rangers

Ryan Flaherty remains at third base tonight and Chris Davis stays at first, as the Orioles try to improve to 3-0 during Manny Machado’s suspension and guarantee a series win against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Davis is batting .205/.324/.402 with nine doubles, 13 homers, 41 RBIs, 39 walks and 87 strikeouts in 68 games. He’s hitless in his last 19 at-bats, 7-for-62 in 18

Tillman vs. Mikolas tonight at Camden Yards

The Orioles have won the first two games of their series against the Rangers, and they’re scheduled to face a pitcher tonight who’s making his first major league start. Heck, T.J. McFarland already had one before last night. He’s a seasoned pro by comparison. Miles Mikolas, brought up yesterday after left-hander Joe Saunders was designated for assignment, is the 11th different Texas pitcher to start

More on McFarland, monthly stats, All-Star guesses and a few notes

To the fans who kept asking why Orioles manager Buck Showalter chose the “awful” T.J. McFarland to start last night, I’ll challenge them to look up his June stats - since the ones I posted apparently went ignored - and to come up with a better solution at Triple-A Norfolk. McFarland was fortunate to surrender only two runs, but the bottom line is he gave

Showalter on McFarland and an 8-3 victory

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t ready to name a starter for Sunday. He’s only willing to include T.J. McFarland in the mix. It’s a small mix. McFarland or Kevin Gausman. McFarland stated his case tonight by allowing two runs over five innings in the Orioles’ 8-3 win over the Rangers at Camden Yards. “He pitched as well as we thought he could,” Showalter said. “One

McFarland gives Orioles five innings (O’s win 8-3)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter would have signed up for it in blood. Left-hander T.J. McFarland, pulled from the bullpen tonight to make his second major league start, lasted five innings and gave up two runs. Showalter didn’t call upon his first reliever until Ryan Webb headed to the mound in the top of the sixth. McFarland had one clean inning, retiring the Rangers in order

Pearce, Cruz turn on power again in first (Joseph homers, O’s lead 8-2)

For the second night in a row, the Orioles have hit two home runs in the bottom of the first inning. They led the majors with 46 homers in June and they’ve already got two on the first night in July. Steve Pearce homered twice last night and he hit No. 10 tonight in his first career at-bat against Texas right-hander Nick Martinez. Nelson Cruz

Orioles DFA Reimold

The Orioles made the expected move this afternoon, reinstating outfielder Nolan Reimold from the 60-day disabled list and designating him for assignment. The Orioles now have 10 days to trade, release or waive Reimold. Should Reimold pass through waivers, which isn’t expected to happen, he would have to accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. Reimold, 30, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive

Gausman starting Wednesday at Aberdeen

Right-hander Kevin Gausman is scheduled to start Wednesday night at short-season Single-A Aberdeen, where he threw in the bullpen yesterday. Gausman will face Staton Island, with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. The Orioles wanted to keep Gausman on a normal turn and will limit his innings and pitches to make him a candidate for Sunday’s start in Boston. T.J. McFarland, who starts tonight, also

Flaherty at third base tonight

Ryan Flaherty gets the start at third base tonight for the Orioles, with Chris Davis returning to first. Steve Pearce is in left field and batting second. That’s the norm these days. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Jonathan Schoop 2B Ryan Flaherty 3B Caleb Joseph C T.J. McFarland LHP

Almanzar returned to Red Sox

It took almost seven months before the Orioles surrendered their pick from the 2013 Rule 5 draft. The Orioles returned infielder Michael Almanzar to the Red Sox today. Both teams confirmed the transaction on Twitter. Almanzar, 23, joined the organization during the Winter Meetings on Dec. 12. The Orioles placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 23, with left patellar tendinitis and

McFarland making second major league start tonight

One day after Orioles manager Buck Showalter gave Chris Davis the start at third base, he’s turning reliever T.J. McFarland into a starter against the Rangers. How far does Showalter want to carry this theme? He could give a player a different assignment every game. Who wouldn’t want to see Adam Jones at shortstop, where he played 275 games in the minors? Or Nick Markakis

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