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Updating Wieters and wrapping up a 9-5 loss

Matt Wieters could join the Orioles and serve as the designated hitter Thursday in Houston or catch Friday in Cleveland. Manager Buck Showalter mentioned both possibilities following today’s 9-5 loss to the Rays before 36,945 at Camden Yards. Wieters will catch Bud Norris Tuesday at Triple-A Norfolk before the Orioles make a decision. “He’s eligible the fourth and if everything goes well ...” Showalter said.

Young hits two home runs, O’s lose 9-5

Delmon Young was due. Young hit his first home run today in the bottom of the first inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Young crushed it, the ball landing in the Rays bullpen for his first homer of the regular season since Aug. 29 versus the Twins. Young is 3-for-3 with two home runs lifetime against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, who offered up

Updating Jones, Gausman, Wieters and more

Adam Jones wasn’t available to the media again today, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the center fielder’s left ankle has improved. The MRI yesterday didn’t reveal any structural damage in the ankle, basically confirming the mild sprain shown on an X-ray. Showalter won’t say whether Jones is available off the bench, not wanting to give the opposition a competitive advantage. That tells me Jones

Jones remains out of Orioles lineup

Adam Jones remains out of the Orioles lineup today after an X-ray taken on his left ankle revealed a mild sprain. Jones also was scheduled yesterday to have an MRI on the ankle. David Lough is in center field and Steve Pearce is playing left field. Jimmy Paredes, in a 1-for-16 slump with nine strikeouts, remains the designated hitter. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B

Taking a closer look at Tillman and today’s game

By my faulty math, the Orioles are playing their seventh day game in the last eight days, going back to last Sunday’s finale against the Marlins in Miami. I raced to the Fort Lauderdale airport after that game, my colleagues telling me that I was cutting it too close. Not only did I arrive in time, I got there early enough to board a 6:30

Jones day-to-day, Norris pitching at Norfolk, plus wrapping up 3-0 loss

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is day-to-day with a mild sprain of his left ankle. Jones had an X-ray taken at Camden Yards and was sent out for an MRI which didn’t reveal any structural damage. “We’ll see what tomorrow brings,” said manager Buck Showalter. Showalter said Bud Norris will start Tuesday at Triple-A Norfolk before rejoining the Orioles. It will be Norris’ third start

Orioles fall behind early and more notes (O’s lose 3-0)

Wei-Yin Chen needed only 10 pitches today to get through the top of the first inning, which is half the story. The other half put the Orioles behind 1-0. Brandon Guyer led off with a double, took third on Joey Butler’s infield hit and scored on Evan Longoria’s sacrifice fly. Logan Forsythe grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. Steven Souza Jr. led off the second

More Showalter on Jones and other notes

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t taking any chances with center fielder Adam Jones, who’s out of today’s lineup with a sore left ankle. “The play at the plate (Thursday), it was very fortunate his spike gave on him,” Showalter said. “Woke up this morning sore, a little swelling, so I take it out of his hands. I’m not saying he couldn’t Kirk Gibson some time

Jones bothered by soreness and swelling in ankle

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out of today’s lineup due to soreness and swelling in his left ankle. Jones rolled the ankle during an awkward slide at home plate in the third inning of Game 2 of Thursday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. He played last night. Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t know whether Jones will return to the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against

Jones out of Orioles lineup

The Orioles and Rays are one game behind the Yankees in the American League East as their series continues today at Camden Yards. The Orioles have one fewer win and loss than the Rays. David Lough is starting in center field today, with Adam Jones listed among the reserves. We’ll find out later why Jones isn’t starting. Travis Snider stays in the lineup in left

Today’s game and Parmelee note

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, questionable earlier this week to make his next start, will be on the mound today against the Rays. Chen made it through Thursday’s side session, watched closely by pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti. I heard earlier this week that Chen complained of some soreness in his side. As manager Buck Showalter stressed, it had nothing to do with

Hearing from Showalter after 2-1 win

Manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles won’t need to make a roster move for a fresh bullpen arm Saturday after Miguel Gonzalez worked eight innings in a 2-1 victory over the Rays. Darren O’Day was the only reliever used, and he escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the ninth. It still may be a few more days before the bullpen can be

Lavarnway elects free agency and other notes (O’s win 2-1)

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, designated for assignment on Tuesday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. However, Lavarnway elected to become a free agent and will attempt to sign with another team. Lavarnway went 3-for-28 in 10 games with the Orioles. He was removed from the roster when the Orioles recalled catcher Steve Clevenger. Miguel Gonzalez retired the Rays in order tonight in the top

Hearing from Gausman and Showalter before tonight’s game

Though it basically counted as live batting practice to three hitters, Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman was thrilled to get back on a mound today. Gausman continued his progression by facing Matt Wieters, Steve Clevenger and Everth Cabrera before the rest of the Orioles took the field in preparation for tonight’s series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards. “I think I threw 30-32 pitches,” said

Matt Wieters set to debut next Friday

Matt Wieters is scheduled to play his first game for the Orioles next Friday night in Cleveland. Wieters will catch again on Saturday at Double-A Bowie, Monday at Single-A Frederick and Wednesday at Triple-A Norfolk before meeting the Orioles. Today is the six-year anniversary of Wieters’ debut with the Orioles. He hasn’t played for them since May 10, 2014 and hasn’t caught since May 4.

Orioles and Rays lineups

The Orioles haven’t announced a roster move today, but they sent out their lineup for the series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards. Travis Snider is batting second again and starting in right field. David Lough is in left field and Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base. Adam Jones rolled his left ankle yesterday in the third inning of Game 2, but he

Another day brings another roster move

The Orioles are poised to make another roster move after using seven relievers in yesterday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. Are they really poised to face their third opponent in three days? The Orioles beat the Astros on Wednesday to take the series and split with the White Sox yesterday. The Rays are in town for a three-game series because the Orioles simply don’t play

Showalter on 6-3 win in Game 2 and possible roster move

The Orioles intend to bring up a pitcher from Triple-A Norfolk for Friday night’s series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards. They used seven relievers today while splitting a doubleheader with the White Sox before 18,441 at Camden Yards. “We’re going to probably have to make some adjustments with our bullpen now because everybody pitched today, but we spread it around,” said manager Buck

Davis’ bat keeps sizzling in Game 2 (O’s win 6-3)

Mike Wright’s scoreless streak came to an end only one batter into Game 2 of today’s doubleheader against the White Sox. Chris Davis’ hot streak continued. More on that later. Adam Eaton hit his first career leadoff home run to give the White Sox a quick 1-0 lead. Wright threw him five consecutive fastballs, the last clocked at 92 mph. Left fielder David Lough almost

Hearing from Showalter after Game 1 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was impressed with Tyler Wilson, who made his first major league start today in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the White Sox. Showalter won’t need to make a roster move prior to Game 2 because the right-hander lasted six innings. “Good, good,” Showalter said following a 3-2 loss. “Another young guy who presented himself real well. Gave us a chance

Orioles Game 2 lineup vs. White Sox

Steve Clevenger makes his first start behind the plate this season for the Orioles as they try to avoid being swept by the White Sox. Manny Machado, who received his third career ejection in Game 1, is leading off again. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Travis Snider RF Jimmy Paredes DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Steve Clevenger C J.J. Hardy SS Ryan

Game update and Showalter on Norris (O’s lose 3-2)

The Orioles will attempt today to improve on their 167-141-287 record in doubleheaders since the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954. They’re 100-65-166 at home. The Orioles’ last doubleheader sweep came on Sept. 12, 2014 vs. the Yankees at Camden Yards. Did anything happen to Chris Davis earlier in the day? Per STATS Inc., the Orioles are 18-20-29 against the White Sox. Tyler Wilson, making

Notes on Matusz, Chen, Gausman, Norris and more

Left-hander Brian Matusz’s hearing on his appeal of an eight-game suspension will be held on June 3 while the Orioles are in Houston. Matusz was ejected on Saturday night in Miami and later suspended for having a foreign substance on his right forearm. The Orioles can’t replace Matusz on the roster if he serves a suspension. The Orioles are listing two of their three starters

Orioles and White Sox Game 1 lineups

Tyler Wilson makes his second major league appearance and his first start today in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the White Sox at Camden Yards. White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in nine career games, including three starts, against the Orioles. He’s 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in five games (two starts) at Camden Yards. Adam Jones and J.J.

Coolbaugh on Davis ... before the home runs

Timing is everything, as they say, and I chose yesterday afternoon to ask hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh about first baseman Chris Davis’ struggles at the plate. The shrinking average, the growing strikeout total, the perception that he’s lost at the plate. We covered all of it. Of course, Davis hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning last night, his first since May 11, and

Wrapping up a 5-4 win

The Orioles handed the Astros their first road series loss of the season with today’s rain-delayed 5-4 win at Camden Yards. It was made possible by Chris Davis’ second home run of the day, a solo shot off Astros left-hander Tony Sipp in the bottom of the eighth inning. A Sipp and a bite, so to speak. Here’s Davis: On being more patient: “Swung at

Game update and more Miranda (Davis homers twice, O’s win 5-4)

Ubaldo Jimenez made fast work of the Astros in the top of the first inning tonight, retiring the side on only six pitches following a rain delay of 1 hour, 11 minutes. It wasn’t that easy in the second inning. Jimenez allowed one run on three hits, including Chris Carter’s RBI double that followed singles by Evan Gattis and Colby Rasmus. However, Jimenez stranded two

Updates on Bundy, De Aza and Miranda

Today’s game will start at approximately 5:45 p.m. The rain has stopped again and the tarp is coming off the field. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed that pitcher Dylan Bundy underwent an MRI today on his right shoulder and it didn’t reveal any structural damage. The MRI confirmed that Bundy has tendinitis in the shoulder. He’s been prescribed rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Bundy

Hearing from Flaherty and Wieters (tonight’s start delayed)

Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda passed his physical and signed a minor league deal with the Orioles. Miranda compiled a 22-25 record with a 3.78 ERA over 80 appearances (64 starts) in seven seasons in the Cuban National Series. His strikeout/walk ratio was 3.04 (73/24) in 2013, his final year. More on that later. The tarp remains on the field following a light rain at Camden

Showalter on roster move and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with reporters earlier today and explained the Orioles’ decision to designate outfielder Alejandro De Aza for assignment to clear a spot for infielder Ryan Flaherty on the 25-man roster. De Aza batted .293/.341/.537 with five doubles, three triples, three home runs and 10 RBIs in 20 games with the Orioles last season after coming over in a trade with the

Tyler Wilson will start Game 1 of doubleheader

Tyler Wilson is headed to Baltimore and will start Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader against the White Sox at Camden Yards. Wilson gave up one run and five hits in two innings in his major league debut. He’s 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA in eight starts with Triple-A Norfolk. Left-hander T.J. McFarland was the other possibility for the doubleheader. Mike Wright will start Game 2.

Orioles lineup vs. Astros (updated with roster move)

Ryan Flaherty returns to the Orioles lineup from the 15-day disabled list tonight against the Astros. Flaherty has been bothered by a right groin injury. There has been no corresponding move yet. Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez is 4-0 with a 2.24 ERA in nine career starts against the Astros. Colby Rasmus is 10-for-27 (.370) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and eight strikeouts

This, that and the other

The Orioles are expected to make another roster move today with infielder Ryan Flaherty eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that Flaherty, who went 0-for-2 with two walks last night at Triple-A Norfolk, would be added to the 25-man roster. Flaherty has an option, but the Orioles intend to keep him in the majors. The key for Flaherty, of

Wrapping up a 4-1 loss

Any critique of Orioles starter Chris Tillman tonight must come with the addendum that the Orioles scored one run and have tallied seven in their last 40 innings. The offense isn’t leaving any margin for error - or poorly located pitch. Tillman remained winless since April 18 after allowing two runs in the seventh inning to squander a lead in the Orioles’ 4-1 loss to

Game update and more notes (O’s lose 4-1)

Hitless in his last two games, Jimmy Paredes singled tonight in the bottom of the first inning. He’s got to pump up that average. It actually dipped to .336. Paredes is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter, with Steve Pearce playing second base. Chris Tillman made it through the first inning tonight on only 10 pitches despite a leadoff single by Houston’s George Springer. Jose

Clevenger on being called up, Hardy on back

The battery on Steve Clevenger’s cell phone picked a bad time to run out of juice. Clevenger said he slept through five calls from Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, who wanted to pass along news that the Orioles were calling him up. Pitcher Steve Johnson was next on the call list and he woke up Clevenger. Clevenger has finally returned to the majors after being

Pregame notes on Lavarnway, Clevenger, Bundy, Flaherty and more

The Orioles are hoping that catcher Ryan Lavarnway, designated for assignment earlier today, will remain in the organization and join Triple-A Norfolk’s roster. However, executive vice president Dan Duquette will gauge outside interest over the next few days. Lavarnway can refuse an outright assignment and become a free agent if he clears waivers. Steve Clevenger was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and figures to stay with

Adam Jones ranks fourth in All-Star balloting

The Orioles don’t have any leaders in the American League All-Star balloting as Major League Baseball provides the first update. Adam Jones, a four-time participant, ranks fourth among outfielders behind Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain, Los Angeles’ Mike Trout and Kansas City’s Alex Gordon. Jones has received 981,926 votes. Gordon has 991, 606. Detroit’s Yoenis Cespedes is fifth with 668,059 votes. Manny Machado, an All-Star selection

Roster move and tonight’s lineup

The Orioles have recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk and designated Ryan Lavarnway for assignment. As I wrote this morning, Clevenger was hitting .352/.413/.451 (32-for-91) with three doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs in 27 games with Norfolk this season. He played in 35 games with the Orioles in 2014, batting .225/.289/.337 (20-for-89) with eight doubles, a triple and eight RBI. Over 118

This, that and the other (Bundy update)

The good news yesterday regarding Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was that his left shoulder felt fine. He wasn’t grimacing in the seventh inning because of pain shooting down his arm as he swung the bat. Fans watching the game guessed shoulder or hamstring on my Twitter timeline. No one submitted “back” as an answer. But that’s why Hardy came out of the game. His back

Showalter on Hardy and 4-3 win (Bundy scratched Tuesday)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed confidence that shortstop J.J. Hardy will be in Tuesday night’s lineup against the Astros after leaving today’s game prior to the top of the eighth inning with back tightness. “I think he’s going to be OK tomorrow,” Showalter said following a 4-3 win at Camden Yards. “He was fine yesterday and had nothing. He came in today with a stiff

Hardy expects to play on Tuesday

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said he expects to be in Tuesday’s lineup after leaving today’s game with tightness in his back. Hardy was replaced after the seventh inning, one day after manager Buck Showalter gave him the day off. “See what happens? I get a day off and I get worse,” Hardy quipped. “No, I honestly feel better right now than I did in the

Hardy leaves game with back tightness (O’s win 4-3)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy left today’s game after the seventh inning with back tightness, according to a team spokesman. Hardy didn’t play yesterday in the series finale against the Marlins in Miami. Manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to rest Hardy and keep him healthy, which included not using him as a pinch-hitter in the last two innings. Hardy struck out, grounded out and singled

Game update and Duquette on Matusz suspension (O’s lead 4-3)

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen gave up singles to George Springer and Jose Altuve on his first two pitches this afternoon, but he escaped the jam with a pop-up, strikeout and fly ball. Altuve was in a 3-for-32 slump over his last eight games. Preston Tucker and Jonathan Villar opened the second inning with singles to create another jam, but Hank Conger bunted into a 1-5-3

Showalter talks about Matusz suspension

The news today from Major League Baseball that Orioles reliever Brian Matusz received an eight-game suspension came as no surprise considering that Milwaukee’s Will Smith was handed the same punishment for the same infraction. “Everything is based off precedent,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Matusz is appealing the suspension, also as expected, and remains in the bullpen this afternoon. “Each case is different and that’s

Norris feeling better as he readies for latest rehab start

Judging by appearances and sounds, Orioles pitcher Bud Norris is on the road to recovery as he prepares to hit the road again for his next rehab start. Norris looks like he’s feeling better and he’s no longer coughing every few minutes. He’s moving past the bronchitis that forced him to the disabled list. “I’m getting there,” he said. “I didn’t know how much it

Notes on Norris, rotation, Gausman, Wieters and more

Bud Norris remains scheduled to start Wednesday at Double-A Bowie while continuing his injury rehab assignment. Norris was a candidate to start one of the games in Thursday’s doubleheader against the White Sox, but the Orioles want him to remain on his assignment. Norris allowed nine runs and 12 hits over 2 2/3 innings in Friday’s game at Triple-A Norfolk. Norris, recovering from bronchitis, said

Matusz receives eight-game suspension, will appeal

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has received an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his right arm in the 12th inning of Saturday night’s game against the Marlins in Miami. The ban was announced this morning by Joe Garagiola, senior vice president of standards and on-field operations for Major League Baseball. The suspension was scheduled to begin this afternoon, when

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

Chris Davis is out of the Orioles lineup today against Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel. Steve Pearce is starting at first base and Everth Cabrera is at second base. Davis had played every game since his suspension ended after opening day. Shortstop J.J. Hardy returns to the lineup after being rested yesterday in Miami. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH Adam Jones CF

Orioles trying to reverse skid vs. first-place Astros

The last-place Marlins are gone. Bring on the first-place Astros. Also, maybe something soothing to coat the stomach. The Astros lead the majors in home runs. The Orioles went 19 innings without scoring before Jimmy Paredes’ sacrifice fly. Before you clench too tightly, the Astros also ranked last in batting average at .228 before yesterday and second in strikeouts with 400. The Astros were seventh

Wrapping up a 5-2 loss

MIAMI - The Orioles return home tonight after dropping two of three games to the Marlins, including today’s 5-2 loss. They’re now 2-13 when the series shifts to Miami. The roof stayed closed. So did the offense, which went 19 consecutive innings without scoring a run. “Hitting is contagious,” said center fielder Adam Jones. “The only person who is really hitting the ball is (Jimmy)

Davis’ offensive woes continue and more notes (O’s lose 5-2)

MIAMI - Batting in the second inning today, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis took a knuckle-curve from Marlins starter Tom Koehler for a third strike, making him 3-for-37 in his last 11 games. Davis hasn’t hit a home run or driven in a run during that span, and he’s struck out 13 times. His average is down to .208, with 62 strikeouts in 40 games.

Showalter on Matusz ejection and today’s roster move

MIAMI - The commissioner’s office is closed today and left-hander Brian Matusz, facing a suspension following last night’s ejection, remains in the Orioles bullpen. That’s just the tip of the pregame notes iceberg. Matusz figures to be suspended after umpires tossed him for having an illegal substance on his right forearm. He also figures to appeal the suspension, which most likely would be eight games.

Orioles-Marlins lineups for finale

MIAMI - The Orioles will send right-hander Miguel Gonzalez to the mound for today’s finale of a three-game series against the Marlins. The right-hander is 5-2 with a 3.24 ERA and his five victories lead the staff. He’s worked at least six innings in five of his eight starts, and has pitched seven or more innings three times in his last four outings.David Lough gets

All that Chaz ... (updated)

MIAMI - The Orioles were expected to add a bullpen arm for today’s series finale against the Marlins, and right-hander Chaz Roe has arrived in the visiting clubhouse. There’s a No. 65 jersey in his locker stall, but the Orioles haven’t announced a roster move to add Roe to the 25-man roster. Roe, signed as a free agent in December, is 3-1 with a 2.19

Looking back and ahead

MIAMI - The Orioles were discussing late last night whether to rush a pitcher from Triple-A Norfolk to Marlins Park for today’s series finale. They’re fortunate that Oliver Drake ate up three innings in his major league debut, but he doesn’t figure to be available for the next few days. And who knows what’s happening to Brian Matusz, who was ejected for having a sticky

Wrapping up a 1-0 13-inning loss and Matusz’s ejection

MIAMI - The Orioles lost a game tonight in 13 innings. They tried their hardest not to collectively lose their cool after returning to the clubhouse. It’s obvious that the team is incensed that Marlins manager Dan Jennings asked umpires to check reliever Brian Matusz’s right arm with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning of a scoreless game. Matusz was ejected for

Matusz ejected in 12th inning (O’s lose 1-0 in 13th)

MIAMI - Orioles reliever Brian Matusz was ejected from tonight’s game against the Marlins with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning after umpires appeared to check his right arm. The assumption is Matusz was tossed for having an illegal substance on his arm. Matusz retired the first two Marlins after replacing Oliver Drake, who worked three scoreless innings in his major league

Paredes enjoying life atop AL batting leaders (Drake makes debut)

MIAMI - The scoreboard at Marlins Park listed the batting leaders in the American League this afternoon as players hit on the field. Jimmy Paredes’ name appeared between Nelson Cruz and Miguel Cabrera. Impressive company, for sure. It’s even more impressive when you consider that the list was outdated. Cruz dropped one point behind Paredes after going 1-for-4 earlier today. And Paredes upped his average

Showalter, Gausman and Drake before tonight’s game

MIAMI - Orioles pitcher Bud Norris will continue his rehab assignment on Wednesday with a start at Double-A Bowie. The Baysox have a 6:35 p.m. game against Erie at Prince George’s Stadium. Norris allowed nine runs and 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings yesterday at Triple-A Norfolk in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Rochester. He went on the disabled list retractive to May 11

Orioles and Marlins lineups

MIAMI - Jimmy Paredes remains in the Orioles lineup tonight at second base. Paredes currently leads the American League with a .353 average. Mariners outfielder and former teammate Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 today to lower his average to .352 Cruz has played 42 games, Paredes 28. Paredes has collected at least one hit in 25 of his 28 games, and 15 of his 41 hits

Orioles option Wilson

MIAMI - The Orioles have optioned pitcher Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk, as expected, to make room for reliever Oliver Drake on the 25-man roster. Drake has been recalled from Norfolk and will be in uniform tonight at Marlins Park. He’s been assigned No. 71. Wilson, 25, made two appearances with the Orioles since being recalled on Monday. He made his debut two nights later

Orioles recalling Drake

MIAMI - The Orioles are making another roster move today to bolster their bullpen, recalling right-hander Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk. Drake will be in Miami for tonight’s game against the Marlins. Right-hander Tyler Wilson, who earned his first major league win last night, most likely is the corresponding move. Wilson has pitched twice in the past three games and he has options, unlike most

Tonight’s game and possible roster move

MIAMI - Orioles manager Buck Showalter will celebrate his 59th birthday today by deciding whether Jimmy Paredes should remain in the lineup and how many right-handers to send out against Marlins starter Dan Haren. I’d prefer a bowling party. And cake. Haren is a right-hander with reverse splits in his career. Right-handers bat .267 against him and left-handers bat .240. However, left-handers are hitting .271

Wrapping up an 8-5 win

MIAMI - The Orioles are discussing whether they need to call up a fresh arm from Triple-A Norfolk before Saturday night’s game against the Marlins. Brad Brach and Tommy Hunter aren’t available after pitching tonight, according to manager Buck Showalter. Tyler Wilson registered his first major league win, but he could be optioned. Showalter is meeting tonight with pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach

Game update and Machado goes home again (O’s win 8-5)

MIAMI - Ubaldo Jimenez hadn’t allowed a run in the first inning over seven starts before tonight, a streak that ended with two singles and two stolen bases. Giancarlo Stanton grounded a single into left field to score Dee Gordon, who led off with a single and swiped second and third base. Catcher Caleb Joseph nearly got him at second, but Gordon advanced to third

Updating Norris, Flaherty and more

MIAMI - Bud Norris, making an injury rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk, allowed nine runs and 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Rochester. Kennys Vargas homered twice off him. Norris walked none and struck out one. He threw 72 pitches, 47 for strikes, before Steve Johnson replaced him. Norris, weakened by bronchitis, is eligible to come off the

Pregame quotes from Wieters, Cabrera and Navarro

MIAMI - Matt Wieters has a locker set up in the Orioles’ clubhouse and will begin working out on Saturday with bench coach and catching instructor John Russell. Wieters will make throws, catch a few bullpen sessions and take batting practice in preparation for the start of his injury rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. Wieters said it’s still a realistic goal to come off

Orioles lineup vs. Marlins (O’s make roster move)

MIAMI - The Orioles have reinstated infielder Everth Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk. With the Orioles in Miami, they lose their designated hitter for the next three games. However, hot-hitting Jimmy Paredes will remain in the lineup at second base. The Orioles will attempt to win in Miami for only the second time in 13 games.

Orioles hoping to put Miami in a vise

The Orioles won’t have to worry about a rain delay in Miami this weekend unless the Marlins are slow again to close the roof. Storms tend to sneak up on them. This is the Orioles’ first visit to Marlins Park, where the home team is floundering. Miami has lost seven in a row and the general manager is in the dugout. No word on whether

Showalter: “It may not look aesthetically pleasing, but you end up with a W”

The Orioles were a man short and almost went through their entire bullpen today, but they managed to take the series with a rain-delayed 5-4 win over the Mariners at Camden Yards. Infielder Rey Navarro had a tooth extracted and wasn’t available. Manager Buck Showalter said the club will discuss whether to bring up a pitcher after using six relievers behind starter Chris Tillman, who

Pearce hits first career slam (O’s win 5-4)

Steve Pearce was hitless in four at-bats last night, swung at the first pitch a few times and saw his average tumble to .193. Pearce remained in the Orioles’ lineup today for their series finale against the Mariners, moving from left field to second base. He came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning, Chris Davis reaching ahead

Rain and player updates from Camden Yards

A light rain continues to fall at Camden Yards and the tarp is on the field while kids learn about the weather on their Field Trip Day. Nice timing. Manager Buck Showalter isn’t confident that the game will start at 12:35 p.m., but he said the forecast is “a little better.” “I think we’ll play at some point,” he said, “I don’t think we’ll play

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Chris Tillman is set to face the Mariners at rainy Camden Yards. Steve Pearce goes back to second base after starting in left field last night, and Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH Adam Jones CF Delmon Young RF Chris Davis 1B Steve Pearce 2B J.J. Hardy SS Alejandro De Aza LF Ryan Lavarnway C Chris

Orioles close out series vs. Mariners

The Orioles’ lineup for today’s series finale against the Mariners isn’t expected to include first baseman Chris Davis. Manager Buck Showalter hinted yesterday that Davis would sit against left-hander J.A. Happ after he started last night against lefty Roenis Elias. Pick your southpaw poison. Davis was 1-for-22 in his last seven games before doubling last night in the seventh inning. He struck out twice to

Showalter speaks following 4-2 loss

The Orioles’ modest two-game winning streak ended tonight due mostly to a strong outing by the opponent’s starting pitcher and a nice escape act by its closer. However, there’s usually a chance to dissect certain decisions on the basepaths and in the batter’s box. Let’s do it. Jimmy Paredes singled with two outs in the eighth inning to score Rey Navarro, but Nelson Cruz threw

Orioles playing catch-up in race for win (O’s lose 4-2)

The Orioles won for only the second time in 14 games last night after their opponent scored first. They need to do it again tonight after doubles by Justin Ruggiano and Mike Zunino in the second inning gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead at Camden Yards. Wei-Yin Chen threw 21 pitches in a scoreless first inning, striking out former Oriole Nelson Cruz after Robinson Cano’s

Showalter on Bundy, Wilson and his Letterman appearances

Earlier today, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles didn’t need top prospect Dylan Bundy to pitch at Triple-A Norfolk before becoming a candidate to be called up later in the summer. Bundy could make the jump from Double-A Bowie to the majors. Part of the reasoning involves Bundy’s contract status for 2016, when he’s out of options. “We talked about that,” Showalter said. “No,

Afternoon notes from Camden Yards

Bud Norris threw today and it “went well,” according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Norris remains scheduled to start Friday night at Triple-A Norfolk while recovering from bronchitis. Chris Tillman is still listed as Thursday afternoon’s starter against the Mariners at Camden Yards. Matt Wieters had some hamstring tightness, but he’s slated to catch on Thursday at extended spring training before meeting the Orioles over

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Rey Navarro is starting at second base tonight for the Orioles and Steve Pearce is in left field. Delmon Young is in right field and batting cleanup. Chris Davis remains in the lineup despite facing a left-hander, Roenis Elias, and being 1-for-20 in his last six games. He’s taking early batting practice again today. The Orioles have gone 10-3 against the Mariners at Camden Yards

Wondering how the Orioles make room on their roster

As the Orioles rotation is lined up, the next five starters should be Wei-Yin Chen and Chris Tillman against the Mariners and Ubaldo Jimenez, Mike Wright and Miguel Gonzalez versus the Marlins in Miami. Bud Norris is one of eight Orioles currently on the disabled list, joining Matt Wieters, Wesley Wright, Jonathan Schoop, Everth Cabrera, Kevin Gausman, Ryan Flaherty and Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia.

Wrapping up a 9-4 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed tonight that Chris Tillman will start Thursday afternoon’s series finale against the Mariners at Camden Yards, and Ubaldo Jimenez and Mike Wright will start the first two games against the Marlins in Miami. Tillman played catch today and his back is fine. Orioles starters have gone seven or more innings in five straight games, with Miguel Gonzalez becoming the latest

Gonzalez gives up homer, Cruz receives ovation (O’s win 9-4)

Seth Smith hit his second career leadoff home run tonight to give the Mariners a quick 1-0 lead over the Orioles. Smith lined Miguel Gonzalez’s fourth pitch onto the flag court in right field. Gonzalez struck out the next two batters to bring former Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz to the plate. Fans cheered loudly for Cruz, some of them standing. A few yelled “Cruuuz.” It’s

Hearing from Tillman and Showalter before tonight’s game

Chris Tillman said his lower back feels much better and he expects to start Thursday afternoon against the Mariners. How much better is it? “Good, great, fantastic, swell,” he said. Tillman played catch this afternoon to make sure the spasms didn’t return. “I’ll see how it feels and go from there, but as far as I’m concerned, I feel good,” he said. Tillman said he

Latest on Norris, Wieters, Cabrera, Gausman and more

Orioles pitcher Bud Norris is scheduled to start Friday night for Triple-A Norfolk. Norris went on the disabled list yesterday, retroactive to May 11, with bronchitis. Norris is eligible to come off the disabled list on May 26. Asked whether the right-hander will go back into the rotation, manager Buck Showalter said that’s the plan “all things being equal.” Catcher Matt Wieters will begin his

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Steve Pearce is batting fifth and starting at second base tonight as the Orioles open a three-game series against the Mariners at Camden Yards to conclude their homestand. Travis Snider is in left field and Alejandro De Aza is in right. Jimmy Paredes is batting second again as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis

Gonzalez tries to keep the rotation rolling

The Orioles didn’t announce any changes to their rotation last night besides Bud Norris’ placement on the disabled list, leaving us to assume that Miguel Gonzalez is starting tonight’s series opener against the Mariners at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed on Sunday that Gonzalez would get the assignment, followed by left-hander Wei-Yin Chen on Wednesday. Chris Tillman figures to start Thursday afternoon now that

Norris placed on disabled list

Rather than continue to work a man short in the bullpen, the Orioles have placed Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list with bronchitis and recalled pitcher Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk. Norris’ illness led to Mike Wright making his major league debut yesterday against the Angels. Wright had been in the bullpen as the replacement for Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia, who’s on the

Harvey update and minor league trade

Hunter Harvey received a platelet-rich plasma injection today during his visit with Dr. James Andrews, who recommended that the young pitcher be shut down for the next six weeks. Harvey has been diagnosed with a strained right flexor mass. Harvey sought a second opinion from Andrews after flying to Baltimore and being examined on Wednesday by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs. Harvey, recovering from a

Notes on Tillman and Norris

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman is expected to start Thursday afternoon’s game against the Mariners at Camden Yards after being pushed back in the rotation due to lower back spasms. Tillman’s condition has improved to the point where he’s not a candidate for the disabled list. Barring a setback, he would start the series finale and follow Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen in the rotation. Gonzalez

This, that and the other

I’ve been asked whether Mike Wright gets another start with the Orioles. I’m not sure whether he gets another day in the majors. As I explained yesterday, the Orioles can go in many directions due to the uncertain status of Chris Tillman (back) and Bud Norris (bronchitis) and the presence of Tyler Wilson on the taxi squad. There must be a temptation to place Norris

Wrapping up a 3-0 win in Mike Wright’s debut

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Miguel Gonzalez will start Tuesday night against the Mariners at Camden Yards, and he’s leaning toward using Wei-Yin Chen on Wednesday. What happens to Mike Wright, who won his major league debut today with 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Angels before 41,733 at Camden Yards? “Well, he didn’t pitch a complete game, so he’s

Wright impressive through four innings (O’s win 3-0)

Mike Wright recorded his first major league out and strikeout, gave up his first hits and escaped his first jam. He’s packed a lot into four innings for the Orioles. Wright retired the first nine batters before Kole Calhoun led off the fourth inning with a single. Didn’t Calhoun do the same thing to Ubaldo Jimenez last night? Albert Pujols doubled with one out to

Showalter on Wright: “His physical skills we know are there”

Mike Wright sat alone behind the Orioles’ dugout this morning and read a book. Empty stands, empty field, clear mind. Maybe it’s a relaxation technique for Wright, who’s making his major league debut today against the Angels. Maybe he just wanted to find a quiet spot and soak up the atmosphere. Wright hasn’t pitched since May 6 for Triple-A Syracuse, which could cause his sinker

A few notes before today’s game

Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Tyler Wilson walked through the Orioles clubhouse this morning with a huge smile on his face. He’s in the majors for the first time - sort of. Wilson is on the taxi squad and the Orioles must decide by 8 p.m. Monday whether to put him on the 25-man roster or send him back to Norfolk. It depends whether Chris Tillman and

Orioles and Angels lineups

Mike Wright will make his major league debut today as the Orioles try to avoid being swept by the Angels at Camden Yards. Wright hasn’t pitched since May 6, when he allowed one run in five innings at Triple-A Syracuse. He walked five batters. Wright will become the 993rd player to appear in a game for the Orioles since the team moved to Baltimore in

Orioles need Mike Wright to be the right choice

If there’s a silver lining in the Orioles’ rotation woes, it’s the wealth of candidates who can fill the vacancies. It may not seem like an abundance of arms, but consider the past. Remember how the Triple-A roster was littered with journeymen and failed prospects? How a pitcher needed one decent outing and proper rest to earn serious consideration for a promotion? Sometimes, all it

Mike Wright named Sunday starter and wrapping up a 6-1 loss

Mike Wright will make his major league debut on Sunday as the Orioles’ starter for the series finale against the Angels. He also needs to be the stopper, with the Orioles a season-high four games below .500 and trying to avoid a sweep following tonight’s 6-1 loss before 29,102 at Camden Yards.. “Mike Wright’s going to start tomorrow. I let them know,” said manager Buck

Tyler Wilson scratched from Norfolk start (O’s lose 6-1)

Tyler Wilson has been scratched from tonight’s start with Triple-A Norfolk and he’s no longer with the team. Wilson is in Baltimore as insurance in case the Orioles need him on Sunday. He’s not necessarily the starter for the series finale against the Angels. He could be sent back. There are multiple factors at work here, including rain that’s caused the start of tonight’s game

Showalter on rotation and more (start of game will be delayed)

Get used to seeing the Orioles list their upcoming starters as TBD. The rotation is a puzzle with Bud Norris and Chris Tillman unable to start this weekend and the club having another off day on Monday. Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t know when the two right-handers will be available and how it impacts the other starters. Norris has bronchitis, but he’s no longer running a

Tillman unable to pitch due to back stiffness

Chris Tillman no longer is a candidate to replace Bud Norris as Sunday’s starter against the Angels. Tillman is bothered by lower back stiffness, an issue for him on occasion over the past few seasons. The latest flare-up occurred yesterday during Tillman’s bullpen session. Manager Buck Showalter said Tillman feels better today, but he’s not going to start the series finale. Norris, unable to start

Orioles and Angels lineups

Steve Pearce is starting at second base and batting fifth tonight for the Orioles, who are trying to even their series against the Angels following last night’s loss at Camden Yards. Pearce is 3-for-23 this month. He’s making only his fifth start since May 3. David Lough is in left field and Alejandro De Aza is in right. Ubaldo Jimenez gets the start while Bud

Orioles trade Nix to Phillies

The Orioles have traded veteran infielder Jayson Nix to the Phillies for cash considerations. Nix was batting .167/.388/.198 with three doubles and eight RBIs in 25 games at Triple-A Norfolk. The Phillies are assigning him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It’s believed that Nix had reached the opt-out date on his contract. He must see a better opportunity in the Phillies system. The Orioles have Paul

Jimenez for Norris tonight against Angels

The Orioles scratched Bud Norris from tonight’s game due to an illness. He’s 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA in six starts. He’s also 4-0 with a 0.43 ERA in six career starts against the Angels. Norris can’t catch a break. Norris, who’s taking medication for bronchitis, has allowed two earned runs (four total) in 41 2/3 innings against the Angels. They’ve hit only one home

Norris won’t start Saturday and wrapping up a 3-1 loss

Bud Norris has been scratched from Saturday’s game due to an illness, and Ubaldo Jimenez will start in his place. The Orioles believe that Norris has bronchitis. He’s currently on medication and remains an option for Sunday’s series finale against the Angels. Norris is 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA in six starts. However, he’s 4-0 with a 0.43 ERA in six career starts against the

Game update and Paredes as DH (Hardy homers, O’s lose 3-1)

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen struck out Mike Trout on a slider in the first inning tonight, then served up a home run to Albert Pujols on a 92 mph fastball. The game wasn’t scoreless for long. Chen threw 14 of his 18 pitches for strikes. He got too much of the plate with Pujols, who’s now 2-for-6 with two home runs against him. Jimmy Paredes

Hearing from Showalter and Flaherty before tonight’s game

If it isn’t an injury, it’s an illness. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 Baltimore Orioles. Bud Norris could miss Saturday’s start against the Angels after becoming sick again last night. “Bud, I think he was out to dinner last night and he had a recurrence of the sickness,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He’s going to come in here after everybody goes on the field. Pretty

Norris start in jeopardy, and other notes

Orioles right-hander Bud Norris is sick again and may not be able to make Saturday night’s start against the Angels. Norris turned in back-to-back quality starts before becoming ill on Saturday and lasting only 3 1/3 innings the following day at Yankee Stadium. Ubaldo Jimenez would take Norris’ turn while working on regular rest following yesterday’s off day, and Chris Tillman would be bumped up

Orioles and Angels lineups

Manny Machado is leading off and Alejandro De Aza is batting second tonight for the Orioles in their series opener against the Angels at Camden Yards. Jimmy Paredes remains in the third slot and Delmon Young is getting another start in right field. Rey Navarro, who hit his first major league home run on Wednesday, returns to second base. Since April 29, the Orioles’ bullpen

This, that and the other

If the recent past is any indication, the Orioles’ three-game series against the Angels that begins tonight at Camden Yards will be hotly contested. The margin for error will be paper thin. The Orioles won the series last year, 4-2, and every game was decided by two runs or fewer. Wei-Yin Chen has allowed six runs and 10 hits in 10 1/3 innings over two

Hunter Harvey to visit Dr. James Andrews for second opinion

The Orioles are in the process of setting up an appointment for pitcher Hunter Harvey to receive a second opinion on his right elbow. Harvey underwent an MRI yesterday in Baltimore after being examined by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs. The Orioles have determined that Harvey has a strained flexor mass and shut him down indefinitely. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said the club will

Taking another look at the pending free agents

Having lost an off-day later this month to a doubleheader against the White Sox, the Orioles will savor today’s break in the schedule before focusing on a weekend series against the Angels at Camden Yards. I’m not sure how long it will take for the shock to wear off that they’re playing a team outside the American League East. One against the White Sox and

Showalter says Hunter Harvey should avoid surgery (more quotes)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t offer much detail on Hunter Harvey’s MRI today, but he said the young pitching prospect should be able to avoid elbow surgery. Team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs examined Harvey, and the results of his MRI, after the right-hander flew into Baltimore. Harvey lasted only two innings in Sunday’s extended spring training start before leaving the game with elbow stiffness. Harvey

Orioles race out to early lead (O’s win 6-1)

The game time temperature at Camden Yards tonight was 66 degrees, 20 fewer than last night. The Orioles came out hot, anyway. Caleb Joseph had a two-run double in the second inning and scored on Manny Machado’s double. Machado scored on Alejandro De Aza’s double. If Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez is forced to leave the game, it may be due to a case of

Showalter on Garcia, Flaherty, Wright and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is eager to evaluate pitcher Jason Garcia once the Rule 5 pick comes off the disabled list with a fully healed right shoulder. Garcia has tendinitis in the shoulder, which likely explains his drop in velocity. “I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised when he gets through this period,” Showalter said. “I think he needs this physically as much as

Pregame notes on Cabrera, Flaherty, Garcia and more

Infielder Everth Cabrera will join Triple-A Norfolk on Friday in Indianapolis to begin his injury rehab assignment. Cabrera, on the disabled list with a bruised left foot, ran the bases earlier today. Infielder Ryan Flaherty, on the disabled list with a strained right groin, received a platelet-rich plasma injection today. Flaherty will report to Sarasota in a few days to rehab his injury. Wesley Wright

Jason Garcia goes on DL (and Orioles lineup)

The Orioles placed Rule 5 pitcher Jason Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis and recalled pitcher Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk. The DL move is retroactive to May 11. Wright would make his major league debut if he gets into a game. Garcia, 22, allowed nine earned runs in 13 2/3 innings over eight games. Wright, 25, went 3-0 with a

The defense can’t rest

Please allow me to quote myself from yesterday morning’s blog entry. “Makes you wonder what tomorrow will bring? Since it’s the Orioles, there’s always the possibility of an injury.” As if on cue, the Orioles are prepared to place Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia on the disabled list and recall pitcher Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk. Garcia will be examind by a team doctor. Wright

Showalter on possible roster move and tonight’s 10-2 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter stated tonight that a roster move could be made on Wednesday related to a medical situation with one of his pitchers, and I’ve gotten confirmation that it’s Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia. “We’re going to check some things out, get some tests on some things tomorrow,” Showalter said following the Orioles’ 10-2 loss to the Blue Jays before 17,319 at Camden

More roster speculation and game update (O’s lose 10-2)

Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia is in the Orioles bullpen for tonight’s game. However, I’m hearing that he would be involved in a pending roster move. Mike Wright remains at Harbor Park in Norfolk after being scratched from his start, so the Orioles aren’t rushing him here. That’s all I’ve got and I’m worn out from speculating. Maybe manager Buck Showalter will enlighten us later.

Is Mike Wright part of another roster move for Orioles? (updated)

Mike Wright has been scratched from tonight’s start at Triple-A Norfolk and replaced by Steve Johnson. I’m told that Wright isn’t hurt, leading to speculation that he’s headed to Baltimore. We’re waiting to find out. Wright, who’s on the 40-man roster, is 3-0 with a 2.64 ERA, nine walks and 30 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings. The Orioles think he could be effective in the

Hearing from Showalter and Gausman before tonight’s game

The Orioles used the disabled list for the 10th time today, including twice with Ryan Flaherty, who returned to it this afternoon with a strained right groin muscle. “The tough thing, like I said, is it’s unbelievable that a guy who’s played as much baseball since Little League has never had a leg issue,” said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s only for the most part moving

Updates on Flaherty, Gausman, Wieters and more (updated)

The Orioles are deciding whether to place infielder Ryan Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list. Team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs is reviewing the MRI. Infielder Rey Navarro is in Baltimore, and the sense is that the Orioles will make a roster move later today. They can’t afford to be short an infielder with a bench that’s heavy in outfielders. Update: The move is official. Flaherty

Pearce at second base tonight (Gausman update)

With Ryan Flaherty injured, Steve Pearce is starting at second base tonight for the Orioles. No official announcement yet on Flaherty going on the disabled list. Pearce is working out early at second base with infield instructor and third base coach Bobby Dickerson. Travis Snider is starting in left field against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle. As I wrote this morning, Snider is 5-for-9 against

Roster move, tonight’s game and other stuff

The Orioles are prepared to make another roster move today, with Rey Navarro summoned to Baltimore following Triple-A Norfolk’s game last night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Ryan Flaherty isn’t fully recovered from his groin injury and it may be wise to shut him down until he’s right. The Orioles value his defense, especially at second base, but this is the type of injury that could linger all

Updating Flaherty and hearing from Showalter (Navarro summoned)

Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to check whether he’s reinjured his right groin muscle and, if so, ascertain the severity of it. Flaherty came off the disabled list on Friday, appeared to tweak the groin on Saturday and left tonight’s game in the bottom of the third inning after chasing Ryan Goins’ grounder up the middle that scooted into

Flaherty leaves game with injury (O’s win 5-2)

Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty came out of tonight’s game in the top of the third inning after trying to backhand a ground ball up the middle and grimacing in pain. Flaherty was on the disabled list with a strained right groin muscle. He also felt some discomfort during a game at Yankee Stadium over the weekend. Manager Buck Showalter and head athletic trainer Rich

Paredes streaking along (Machado and Davis homer)

Jimmy Paredes will try to extend his hitting streak to 10 games tonight. Paredes, batting second again as the designated hitter, has posted a .355 average with six doubles, two triples, five home runs, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 18 games since coming off the disabled list. He’s collected at least one hit in 16 games, and 13 of his 27 hits have

Injury updates from Camden Yards

Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman said his right shoulder feels much better today after he took an anti-inflammatory on Saturday. “It feels like nothing ever happened,” said Gausman, who went on the disabled list retroactive to May 7 with right shoulder tendinitis. Team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs is examining Gausman’s shoulder this afternoon. Gausman will undergo an MRI Tuesday morning, but he’s confident that there’s nothing

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays (with Jays lineup)

Manny Machado remains in the leadoff spot and Jimmy Paredes continues to bat second, as the Orioles return home for the first time in two weeks to begin a three-game series against the Blue Jays. Steve Pearce is in left field tonight. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH Adam Jones CF Delmon Young RF Chris Davis 1B Steve Pearce LF J.J. Hardy

Orioles begin long-awaited homestand

How badly did the Orioles want to get home? The reasons are plentiful, but I’ll just toss out one alarming stat. They’re 1-9 in their last 10 road games when batting first. I’m dismissing the three-game series that moved to Tropicana Field. And just the fact that a home series was played in St. Petersburg further illustrates the Orioles’ desperate need to regain some semblance

Roster move and wrapping up a 6-2 loss

NEW YORK - The Orioles will transfer catcher Matt Wieters to the 60-day disabled list to make room for pitcher Jorge Rondon, claimed off waivers today from the Rockies. Rondon has been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. Wieters went on the disabled list March 27 and still could be activated by May 26. As I wrote earlier today, he’s scheduled to catch eight innings on Tuesday

Orioles claim Jorge Rondon off waivers (Orioles lose 6-2)

NEW YORK - The Orioles have claimed right-hander Jorge Rondon off waivers from the Rockies and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk, according to a team official. The Rockies claimed Rondon, 27, from the Cardinals in November and designated him for assignment on May 2. He threw one inning over two games for Colorado this season and allowed 11 runs (10 earned) and eight hits, with

Hardy hits first homer of 2015 (O’s down 5-1)

NEW YORK - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy hit his first home run today and his first in the regular season since Aug. 31, 2014 against the Twins. Hardy saw two four-seamers and two cutters from Yankees starter Michael Pineda before pulling an 85 mph slider into the left field seats to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Hardy also homered on Oct. 2 in Game

Updates on Gausman, Wieters, Cabrera and more

NEW YORK - Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will visit with team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs on Monday and undergo an MRI on his right shoulder the following day. Manager Buck Showalter said the condition of Gausman’s shoulder has improved. He went on the disabled list retroactive to Thursday with tendinitis. Matt Wieters will catch eight innings Tuesday at extended spring training and extend to nine

Norris starting against Yankees (with lineups)

NEW YORK - Right-hander Bud Norris will make his scheduled start this afternoon against the Yankees. The Orioles sent Norris back to the team hotel yesterday when he experienced chills, placing his start in doubt. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3BJimmy Paredes DHAdam Jones CFDelmon Young RFChris Davis 1BJ.J. Hardy SSAlejandro De Aza LFCaleb Joseph CRyan Flaherty 2B Bud Norris RHP For the YankeesJacoby Ellsbury

Start spreading the news: Orioles have one game left in New York

NEW YORK - We’ll find out this morning whether Bud Norris is able to make his start against the Yankees or if manager Buck Showalter must dig through his bullpen to piece together at least nine innings. Norris has registered quality starts in his last two outings, surrendering six runs over 13 2/3 innings. However, he began yesterday tied with the Blue Jays’ Drew Hutchison

Norris questionable for Sunday and wrapping up today’s 6-2 win

NEW YORK - The Orioles avoided a roster move and won a game today, defeating the Yankees 6-2. However, they may have to scratch their starter on Sunday. Bud Norris was sent back to the team hotel with chills and might not take the mound for Sunday’s series finale that also concludes the road trip. A decision will be made in the morning. “He wasn’t

Paredes, De Aza going in opposite directions (O’s win 6-2)

NEW YORK - Jimmy Paredes and Alejandro De Aza are providing sharp contrasts in the Orioles’ lineup. Paredes is red-hot, hitting his fifth home run of the season today in the top of the third inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Paredes jumped on the first pitch from Yankees starter Chase Whitley, a 90 mph fastball, and launched it into the seats in

Pregame notes and quotes

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Ryan Flaherty is available this afternoon despite his exclusion from today’s lineup. Flaherty experienced some discomfort in his groin last night in his first game after coming off the disabled list. “It’s better,” Showalter said. “You know, Ryan’s never had a leg injury in his whole career. It’s kind of like Kevin Gausman yesterday. I think you

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - After experiencing some discomfort in his groin last night while running the bases, Ryan Flaherty will not start this afternoon’s game against the Yankees. Adam Jones will start in center field and bat third despite crashing into the outfield wall during yesterday’s game. Last night was Flaherty’s first game back with the Orioles after being reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. He

No good news so far from New York

NEW YORK - If the Orioles take a bite out of the Big Apple, they’re liable to find half a worm. The Queens/Bronx excursion has left a bad taste in their mouths. The rotation suddenly can’t piece together a quality start, players continue to run into outs and the door to the disabled list has been replaced by a turnstile. On the plus side, no

Reviewing injuries and wrapping up a 5-4 loss

NEW YORK - The Orioles are hurting in a variety of ways. Their losing streak reached four games with tonight’s 5-4 loss to the Yankees in the Bronx. They’re three games below .500, matching their season high. Pitcher Kevin Gausman went on the disabled list today with right shoulder tendinitis. Center fielder Adam Jones banged his left shoulder or rib cage into the fence while

Orioles fall behind early (O’s lose 5-4)

NEW YORK - The Orioles are 1-10 this season when their opponent scores first. The Yankees scored first tonight. Jacoby Ellsbury reached on an infield hit, the ball deflecting off starter Miguel Gonzalez’s glove, and Brett Gardner doubled with no outs in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Rodriguez flied to center field and the Yankees grabbed a 1-0 lead. They weren’t done. Brian

Orioles make four roster moves

NEW YORK - The Orioles have placed reliever Kevin Gausman on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to yesterday with right shoulder tendinitis and recalled left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk. The club also activated infielder Ryan Flaherty from the disabled list and optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Norfolk. Gausman is eligible to return from the disabled list on May 22. He pitched an inning on

Gausman headed to 15-day disabled list

NEW YORK - The Orioles will place pitcher Kevin Gausman on the 15-day disabled list later today with right shoulder tendinitis. The team noticed an issue with Gausman’s shoulder about a week ago and after giving him an anti-inflammatory Thursday will shut him down for the next 72 hours. Gausman threw an inning in relief Tuesday and struck out two batters in the Orioles’ loss

Orioles and Yankees lineups (Gausman headed to DL)

NEW YORK - Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base tonight for the Orioles. He’s officially off the disabled list.Rey Navarro isn’t listed among the reserves and has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.For the OriolesManny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH Adam Jones CF Delmon Young RFChris Davis 1B Caleb Joseph CTravis Snider LFJ.J. Hardy SSRyan Flaherty 2BMiguel Gonzalez RHP For the Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Miguel Gonzalez tries to end losing streak

NEW YORK - Miguel Gonzalez is getting his second look at the Yankees tonight. He’s hoping the view hasn’t changed. Gonzalez allowed one run over seven innings on April 14, with one walk and a career-high 10 strikeouts. The current group of Yankees is batting .193 against him, going 21-for-109. Maybe he’s the right guy to play stopper and end a three-game losing streak. Gonzalez

This, that and the other

NEW YORK - The Orioles have lost seven consecutive series openers at Yankee Stadium dating back to April 12, 2013. Why didn’t somebody warn us? The club will make its second consecutive roster move today when it activates Ryan Flaherty from the disabled list. The Orioles are expected to option infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk. Navarro would have been sent down yesterday if Everth

Wrapping up a 4-3 loss and updating Cabrera

NEW YORK - The Orioles lost their third game in a row tonight, 4-3 to the Yankees, leaving them winless on their swing through New York. Chris Tillman allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings to leave his ERA at 6.25 in 31 2/3 innings. “It’s just frustating for him,” manager Buck Showalter said. “After we scored runs, we gave runs right

Chris Tillman gives up historic home run (O’s lose 4-3)

NEW YORK - Chris Tillman almost served up Alex Rodriguez’s 661st home run tonight in the bottom of the first inning, but Delmon Young made a leaping catch at the right field fence and turned it into a sacrifice fly. Young couldn’t save Tillman in the third. Rodriguez deposited an 83 mph changeup over the center field fence to break a 2-2 tie and move

Orioles place Cabrera on disabled list (Paredes and Joseph homer)

NEW YORK - The Orioles have placed infielder Everth Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left foot and activated shortstop J.J. Hardy. Cabrera fouled a ball off his foot in the fifth inning last night at Citi Field, but he stayed in the game. Infielder Rey Navarro would have been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk if Cabrera avoided the DL. Instead, he could

Cabrera candidate for disabled list

NEW YORK - To create room for shortstop J.J. Hardy tonight on the 25-man roster, the Orioles will option Rey Navarro or place Everth Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list. Cabrera was hit on the left foot last night by a pitch from Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the top of the fifth inning. Cabrera stayed in the game and had a few mishaps on

Hardy ready for his return

NEW YORK - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said three games at Double-A Bowie were enough to get him back into a major league lineup for the first time this season. He’s tired of waiting. Hardy is coming off the disabled list this afternoon. The Orioles haven’t announced a corresponding move and the lineup card includes one extra player. Hardy is batting seventh in his 2015

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Shortstop J.J. Hardy is back with the team and will be in the Orioles lineup for the first time this season. Hardy began the season on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. He’ll bat seventh. No corresponding roster move has been announced yet. Infielder Ryan Flaherty took early batting practice this afternoon with outfielder David Lough and catcher Ryan Lavarnway.

Tonight’s game and upcoming roster moves (updated)

NEW YORK - Chris Tillman is hoping to break a pattern tonight. Tillman has made five starts this season and allowed one, seven, one, seven and two earned runs for a 6.23 ERA. Both of his quality starts have come against the Rays, including his most recent outing on May 1, when he allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings. Tillman will try

Wrapping up a 5-1 loss

NEW YORK - Shortstop J.J. Hardy and second baseman Ryan Flaherty played nine innings tonight at Double-A Bowie, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter is eager to write their names into the lineup at Yankee Stadium. Hardy went 1-for-4 and Flaherty went 2-for-5. Hardy is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday, with Flaherty joining him the following day. “We have to talk

Streak of quality starts ends at seven (O’s lose 5-1)

NEW YORK - Ubaldo Jimenez lasted only four innings tonight against the Mets, ending the rotation’s streak of quality starts at seven in a row. Starters had worked at least six innings in eight consecutive games before Jimenez’s early exit. Jimenez allowed three runs and six hits in four innings, with two walks, one strikeout and a home run. He threw 85 pitches, 49 for

More notes before tonight’s game (O’s down 2-0)

NEW YORK - The Orioles were interested in catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, released by the Marlins this week, but I’m told that he’s not signing with the club. It’s believed that Saltalamacchia’s clearest path to a starting job is with the Diamondbacks. Caleb Joseph is making the bulk of the starts for the Orioles while Matt Wieters remains on the disabled list. Ryan Lavarnway has started

J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty nearing return

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it’s possible that shortstop J.J. Hardy and infielder Ryan Flaherty could join the team Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Flaherty isn’t eligible to come off the disabled list until Friday, but he could travel with Hardy following tonight’s game at Double-A Bowie. Hardy can be activated at any time after beginning the season on the DL with a

Orioles and Mets lineups

NEW YORK - Steve Pearce remains out of the Orioles lineup tonight due to a stomach virus. Jimmy Paredes gets another start at second base.Alejandro De Aza is leading off and playing right field, and Manny Machado drops down to fifth in the order.For the OriolesAlejandro De Aza RFJimmy Paredes 2BAdam Jones CFChris Davis 1BManny Machado 3BDavid Lough LFCaleb Joseph CEverth Cabrera SSUbaldo Jimenez RHP

Britton on batting

NEW YORK - Ubaldo Jimenez gets his turn at batting tonight in the finale of a two-game interleague series between the Orioles at Mets at Citi Field. Jimenez is a career .113 hitter in 10 major league seasons, going 31-for-274 with nine RBIs, 17 walks and 94 strikeouts. He batted .045 (3-for-67) in 2008, .220 (13-for-59) in 2009 and .104 (8-for-77) in 2010. He’ll try

Wrapping up a 3-2 loss

NEW YORK - Bud Norris gave the Orioles a chance to win tonight, as manager Buck Showalter pointed out following tonight’s 3-2 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. He just couldn’t match veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon, who became the first pitcher to beat a team with seven different organizations. Colon carried a shutout into the eighth inning before Manny Machado homered. He struck out

Jimmy Paredes shining in field but O’s down 3-0 (O’s lose 3-2)

NEW YORK - With Steve Pearce unable to play tonight in the Orioles’ first interleague game of 2015, Jimmy Paredes is getting the start at second base and making the most of his opportunity. Paredes, considered below-average in the field, made a leaping catch of a line drive from the Mets’ Wilmer Flores with runners on first and second and no outs in the second

Orioles honoring slain NYPD officer

NEW YORK - As the Orioles prepared for their first interleague series tonight at Citi Field, they also made certain to honor slain New York City police officer Brian Moore, an avid fan of the team who died yesterday. Moore, 25, was shot in the head Saturday night while trying to question a man in Queens. He was the son, nephew and cousin of police

Steve Pearce still shelved with stomach virus

NEW YORK - Steve Pearce continues to battle a stomach virus, which explains his absence from tonight’s lineup. Pearce was removed from Sunday’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field and he’s not feeling any better today. Orioles manager Buck Showalter wrote out two lineups this afternoon before deciding to sit Pearce and start Jimmy Paredes at second base. “Just a little under the weather

Orioles and Mets lineups

NEW YORK - The Orioles will attempt to break a six-game losing streak to the Mets tonight as they begin a two-game interleague series at Citi Field. The Orioles are 9-19 all-time against the Mets, going 3-8 on the road (0-3 at Citi Field and 3-5 at Shea Stadium) since interleague play started in 1997. They haven’t won since June 18, 2009 and haven’t prevailed

Entering interleague play

The Orioles are entering their first interleague series tonight against the Mets, and they’re designated as the visiting team at Citi Field. Attendance and statistics count as road games. The uniforms will be gray in color. We’re slowly getting back to normal. The Orioles were 12-8 against the National League in 2014 and 11-9 in 2013. Starter Bud Norris gets the opportunity to bat tonight,

Cruz beats out Jones for American League honor

Major League Baseball announced today that former Oriole Nelson Cruz was named the American League’s Player of the Month after his home run binge for the Mariners. Cruz finished ahead of Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who batted .400 with six doubles, five home runs, 19 RBIs and 17 runs scored. That may be good enough to win it in other months, but Cruz earned

Odds and ends following a weekend series in St. Petersburg

The Orioles are back home today, and not in the dome sense of the word. They’re really home until later this afternoon, when they board a train to New York. Coming up are two games against the Mets followed by four against the Yankees. They don’t return to Camden Yards until May 11 against the Blue Jays. The Orioles are preparing for their first interleague

Wrapping up a 4-2 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles took two of three games at Oriole Park at Tropicana Field, or OPATF for short, and moved above .500 for the first time since April 20. They handled their latest challenge like all the others, in businesslike fashion and refusing to accept any sort of pity. “People have been through worse, man. People have been through worse,” said center

Catching up with Matt Wieters (O’s win 4-2)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters provided an update today on his rehab schedule at extended spring training. However, he’s still unable to pass along a timetable for his first injury rehab games or his return to the Orioles’ 25-man roster. Wieters caught five innings in Saturday’s extended game and threw out a couple of runners, another positive step in his return from ligament-reconstructive

Hardy and Flaherty ready for rehab assignments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and infielder Ryan Flaherty will begin their injury rehab assignments on Monday at Double-A Bowie. Both players are expected to play three games with the Baysox. They may skip the 11 a.m. game Thursday and use it as a travel day. Orioles manager Buck Showalter is hoping that Hardy and Flaherty will join the team this weekend

Orioles lineup vs. Rays (with Rays lineup)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manny Machado will bat leadoff again today for the Orioles, the fourth time in his career that he’s been atop the order. After going 0-for-3 with a walk last night, Machado’s now 2-for 13 in the leadoff role. Steve Pearce will get another start at second base. For the OriolesManny Machado 3BJimmy Paredes DHAdam Jones CFChris Davis 1BSteve Pearce 2BDelmon Young

Machado’s defense and today’s game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado charged a slow bouncer last night from Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza Jr. and fired across the diamond for the out, making the play appear routine. Soft hands, cannon arm. The usual tools that Machado brings on the field. Souza Jr. tested Machado again in the third inning, laying down a two-out bunt with Kevin Kiermaier at

Wrapping up a 4-0 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles posted their first shutout victory of the season tonight and returned to .500 with a 4-0 win over the Rays before 12,789 at Tropicana Field. The game took 2 hours, 33 minutes to complete and included a four-out save for Brad Brach and the rotation’s fifth consecutive quality start. Miguel Gonzalez has allowed one earned run or fewer in

Showalter on Machado leading off and more (O’s win 4-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - In their latest effort to make the Baltimore media feel at home, the Rays served “Maryland style crab cakes” in the press dining room. It’s the thought that counts, and another classy gesture by the Rays, who have been gracious visitors in their own ballpark. Third baseman Manny Machado is leading off tonight for only the third time in his career

Injury updates on Hardy, Flaherty, Wieters and Schoop

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles remain hopeful that shortstop J.J. Hardy and infielder Ryan Flaherty will begin an injury rehab assignment Monday night at Double-A Bowie. The Baysox begin a four-game series against Akron, and manager Buck Showalter joked that he’d need to break the news to Hardy and Flaherty that Thursday’s first pitch is slated for 11 a.m. Hardy did some early hitting

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Steve Pearce worked out again today at second base and gets the start tonight against the Rays in the second game of their relocated series. Pearce made his professional debut at second base last night. Manny Machado is leading off for the third time in his career. He’s 2-for-10 atop the order. Center fielder Adam Jones led the American League in

A few notes before tonight’s game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles’ last two games have been completed in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 hours, 19 minutes. The crowds have been under 10,000, including Wednesday’s no-fan zone. The explanation probably has more to do with pitching changes made between innings instead of the middle. No interruptions in the action. And the Orioles rotation has produced four consecutive quality starts, which

Looking back on last night

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles and Rays played their 300th game against each other last night and the all-time series is tied 150-150. There’s a lot on the line tonight. Tension hangs heavy beneath the dome. The season series is knotted at 2-2. The Orioles are batting .171 and the Rays are batting .185. The Orioles have been shut out twice this season -

Wrapping up a 2-0 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles got the final at-bats tonight in the bottom of the ninth inning, a reminder that they were the home team at Tropicana Field. They just couldn’t give their cluster of fans a walk-off win. The Orioles struck out 13 times and lost to the Rays 2-0 before 9,945, an attendance figure they will carry back to Baltimore. Caleb Joseph

Sights and sounds from the Orioles’ home game on road (O’s lose 2-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Oriole Bird led fans in the familiar chant of “O-R-I-O-L-E-S” before players jogged onto the field for the anthem. The “home” team wore black jerseys, making it a typical Friday night in only one sense. And we said it wouldn’t get weird. I’ve heard that the expected crowd is around 10,000 for tonight’s game. They’re averaging 17,545 in 12 home

Showalter: “White pants, gray pants, it’s still baseball between the lines”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Rays are going out of their way to make the Orioles and media feel right at home, including the shipment of Bergers cookies from Baltimore to Tropicana Field. Boxes are stacked in the press dining room for dessert. That’s the icing on the cookie. The Orioles took batting practice first at Tropicana Field, the usual order for the home team.

Hardy on today’s workout

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted that this is a big day for shortstop J.J. Hardy, who worked out at Tropicana Field this afternoon and joined Group 4 for batting practice. Showalter is hoping that Hardy (shoulder) and infielder Ryan Flaherty (groin) will begin injury rehab assignments Monday at Double-A Bowie. Hardy took about 15 swings in early batting practice, fielded ground

Orioles lineup vs. Rays (with Rays lineup)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - According to STATS Inc, tonight’s game between the Orioles and Rays marks the fifth time since 2007 that the host team has batted first. * July 23, 2013: The Giants batted first at Pack Bell Park against the Reds in Game 2 of a doubleheader that was a makeup game rained out on July 4 in Cincinnati. The Giants won 5-3.

More notes on tonight’s game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - To avoid any confusion, the Orioles are playing on the road this weekend, but they’re considered the home team. The statistics will count as road games. However, in real time through Sunday, the stats may appear as home for the Orioles until updated on Monday on all platforms. All three games will reflect home attendance for the Orioles despite the games

Taking tonight’s game to The Trop

Chris Tillman didn’t expect to be back at Tropicana Field this quickly after making the opening day start for the Orioles. He also didn’t imagine that he would be working on seven days rest. Perhaps a shift in the norm will get Tillman back in the proper direction. Tillman comes into tonight’s game against the Rays with a 7.58 ERA in 19 innings. He’s made

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