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Mike Wright may have strained calf muscle

Rookie pitcher Mike Wright may have strained his left calf muscle tonight. He’s expected to undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the severity of his injury, and the Orioles may be forced to call up another reliever. Wright limped off the field in the top of the fifth inning of the Orioles’ 8-7 victory over the Tigers before 36,985 at Camden Yards. The club

Mike Wright leaves game with injury (O’s win 8-7)

Orioles pitcher Mike Wright left tonight’s game with an injury with one out in the fifth inning and a runner on first base. The Orioles are losing 6-1 and digging into their bullpen. Wright replaced starter Wei-Yin Chen with one out in the fourth. He retired Ian Kinsler on a ground ball to open the fifth and Victor Martinez followed with a single. Wright didn’t

Chen exits in fourth inning, Showalter on today’s trades

Wei-Yin Chen is done after 3 1/3 innings tonight, allowing a run in the first, another in the second, a two-run shot from J.D. Martinez in the third and back-to-back homers by James McCann and Jefry Marte in the fourth to fall behind the Tigers 6-0 at Camden Yards. Chen hadn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since May 20 vs. the Mariners,

Hearing from Dan Duquette, Tommy Hunter and Chris Tillman

I’m still buried in pregame quotes and I’m trying to dig my way out. Let me present you with a sampler platter. More is on the way. Dan Duquette on today’s trades: “We were able to make a couple of trades to help our team and try to get ready to get back to the playoffs. We’re real happy and excited that we were able

Tommy Hunter on being traded (Parmelee DFA’d)

The Orioles confirmed that they designated Chris Parmelee for assignment and stated that Gerardo Parra has reported to the club. Parmelee batted .216/.255/.433 with seven doubles, one triple, four home runs and nine RBIs in 32 games. He got off to a sizzling start after the Orioles purchased his contract, but he was 7-for-50 with three RBIs and 13 strikeouts this month. Here’s Tommy Hunter:

Updates on Gerardo Parra and Tommy Hunter

Outfielder Gerardo Parra is flying into Washington D.C. and driving to Baltimore, and he’s expected to arrive at Camden Yards around first pitch at 7:05 p.m. It depends on the traffic. His flight is due to arrive at 6 p.m. Parra will be eligible to play tonight, and the Orioles must make a corresponding roster move. Travis Snider, another left-handed hitting outfielder, is expected to

Orioles trade Tommy Hunter to Cubs

With minutes to go before the 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, Tommy Hunter found out he was headed to the north side of Chicago. The Orioles have reached an agreement with the Cubs, sending the right-hander to Chicago and bringing outfielder Junior Lake, 25, to the Orioles organization. He’ll report to Triple-A Norfolk. Hunter, along with Chris Davis, came to the Orioles in 2011 in

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers (and notes)

New outfielder Gerardo Parra is listed among the reserves for tonight’s game against the Tigers. The Orioles are showing 26 players on their lineup board. A corresponding move will need to be made. Parra, who’s been assigned No. 18, still hasn’t arrived at Camden Yards. Manny Machado is leading off. David Lough is in left field and Ryan Flaherty is at first base. Center fielder

Orioles recall Mychal Givens

With the Orioles short a man in the bullpen today, they made another roster move by recalling right-hander Mychal Givens from Double-A Bowie. Givens takes the spot vacated by Bud Norris, who was designated for assignment. Givens, 25, went 4-2 with a 1.79 ERA and 14 saves in 34 games with the Baysox this season. He led the Eastern League with a 12.52 strikeout per

Bud Norris: “I was looking way too much into distractions this year”

Bud Norris, designated for assignment by the Orioles this afternoon, said he knew that his days with the club were numbered and most likely would end at the non-waiver deadline. Not that it was any easier for him upon receiving confirmation. “Part of me said it was probably coming and the other part was hoping not,” Norris said today in a phone interview. “I was

Orioles designate Bud Norris for assignment (trade official)

The Orioles have designated pitcher Bud Norris for assignment to create room for outfielder Gerardo Parra on the 25-man roster. The trade is official. Parra comes to Baltimore for Triple-A pitcher Zach Davies. The medicals checked out. Norris allowed four runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings last night to conclude a brutal 2015 season with the Orioles. He lost his spot in the

Orioles to acquire Gerardo Parra for Zach Davies

The Orioles have reached an agreement on a trade that would send Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Zach Davies to the Brewers for outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to an industry source. The deal won’t be official until medical records are reviewed. As if anyone needs that reminder this week. As of last night, it was believed that Milwaukee wanted at least two prospects for Parra, a pending

Orioles have move to make and game to play (updated)

The 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline is within view and the Orioles, as far as we know, didn’t make any moves while you were sleeping. But at least one is coming, according to people inside and outside the organization. A rumor surfaced last night that they acquired Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra in exchange for Triple-A pitcher Zach Davies. Parra was in Milwaukee’s lineup. The deal

Showalter speaks after 9-8 loss

The Orioles battled back from 7-0 and 9-2 deficits tonight to bring the potential winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. However, their rally and a five-game winning streak came to an end. J.J. Hardy grounded into a force at second base following Matt Wieters’ two-out single, and the Tigers held on for a 9-8 win before 30,136 at Camden Yards.

Orioles in talks for outfielders Parra and Revere (O’s lose 9-8)

With less than 24 hours remaining before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Orioles are in serious discussions with the Brewers regarding outfielder Gerardo Parra and the Phillies regarding outfielder Ben Revere, according to industry sources. Parra, 28, extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games earlier tonight. He was batting .326/.367/.517 with 24 doubles, five triples, nine home runs and 31 RBIs in 99

Two minor leaguers suspended, more on trade deadline (O’s down 7-2)

Single-A Delmarva shortstop Jared Breen and right-hander Nick Cunningham have been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspensions are effective immediately. Breen, a 24th-round pick in 2013 out of Belmont University, was batting .242/.349/.328 with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run and 22

Tillman receiving treatment on ankle (and other notes)

Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman is receiving treatment on his right ankle today after rolling it last night while covering first base in the ninth inning. Tillman took a throw from second baseman Jonathan Schoop after Nick Markakis’ grounder deflected off first baseman Chris Parmelee. Cameron Maybin followed with a double, and Tillman was removed one out shy of a complete-game shutout. Britton earned his 26th

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

Nolan Reimold is batting second and playing left field tonight as the Orioles try to match their longest winning streak of the season at six games. Jimmy Paredes moves down to fifth in the lineup against Tigers right-hander and former Oriole Alfredo Simon. Chris Parmelee is playing first base, with Chris Davis again in right field. Shortstop J.J. Hardy is batting .310 (13-for-42) with two

Tonight’s game and more trade deadline talk

Heading into opening day, which Orioles starter was your choice to be the first 10-game winner of the season? I’m trusting you to be honest. Miguel Gonzalez is 9-6 going into tonight’s start against the Tigers that begins a four-game series at Camden Yards. They’re not his ideal opponent, considering how he’s 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA in five career games (four starts) against them.

Buck Showalter on Chris Tillman and a 2-0 win

As the Orioles were being swept in New York last week, manager Buck Showalter reminded anyone who would listen that the sky wasn’t falling. “It sounded like the right thing to say at the time,” he said tonight. “Maybe it was.” The Orioles have strung together five consecutive wins, finishing off their sweep of the Braves tonight with a 2-0 victory before 29,320 at Camden

Showalter on five-year anniversary as manager (O’s win 2-0)

We’re a few minutes away from first pitch at Camden Yards. The rain has stopped, the tarp is off the field, the infield has been raked, players are getting loose in the outfield and the humidity is cranked up. Just another summer night in Baltimore. Buck Showalter had no idea that today marked his five-year anniversary as Orioles manager until a reporter told him this

Notes on trade deadline, Pearce and more (game will start at 7:35 p.m.)

We’re under 48 hours until the non-waiver trade deadline and there’s no news on the Orioles. Executive vice president Dan Duquette is trying to acquire a corner outfielder and improve his pitching depth, and opposing teams are trying to pry away Kevin Gausman, Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop. That’s called a deal-breaker. Double-A Bowie reliever Mychal Givens also is drawing significant interest, but the Orioles

Orioles lineup vs. Braves

Nolan Reimold is in left field tonight and Manny Machado stays at the top of the lineup as the Orioles go for the sweep of the Braves tonight at Camden Yards. Ryan Flaherty is playing first base and Jonathan Schoop is at second. Five years ago today, the Orioles hired Buck Showalter as manager. Does a broom make a nice anniversary present? Only for a

Random notes and pitching matchups for Tigers series

Chris Davis will try to maintain his roll tonight in the series finale against the Braves. Davis homered in the first and second innings last night in the Orioles’ 7-3 win over the Braves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other players to homer in the first two innings this season are Orioles third baseman Manny Machado on June 16 and Cubs third

Sizzling starters and hot hitters have Orioles streaking

Don’t look now - or maybe just peek through your fingers - but the Orioles are only two games behind the Twins for the second wild card spot. They still trail the Yankees by seven games in the American League East, but hey, they’re alone in second place and ... there’s also the wild card race. A win tonight would give the Orioles a sweep

Showalter on Jimenez, Davis and a 7-3 win

Chris Davis hit two home runs tonight and Ubaldo Jimenez worked seven innings. Which one is more surprising? I’ll go with the latter, since Jimenez allowed two runs and four hits in the first inning. He also hit a batter and threw 25 pitches. Jimenez retired 18 of the last 20 batters and won for the first time in the second half, and the Orioles

Struggling starters set sluggish pace (O’s win 7-3)

Chris Davis crushed a 91 mph fastball tonight from Braves starter Julio Teheran, his three-run homer giving the Orioles a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Davis easily reached the seats in center field for his team-leading 23rd home run to go with his team-leading 63 RBIs. And the Orioles aren’t interested in trading him at the non-waiver deadline. Neither team is

More from Showalter on non-waiver trade deadline (Braves lineup)

Two trades were completed in Major League Baseball since Orioles manager Buck Showalter last met with reporters. The Rockies sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays and the Athletics sent infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist to the Royals. Showalter keeps track of every deal and he has special interest in the Blue Jays transactions due to their status as a division rival. He’s also a big

Orioles lineup vs. Braves

Manny Machado returns to the leadoff spot tonight as the Orioles attempt to run their winning streak to four games. Travis Snider is in left field and Chris Davis is in right, putting David Lough and Nolan Reimold on the bench. Chris Parmelee is playing first base. Ryan Flaherty has moved from first base to second. Jonathan Schoop is on the bench. Left-hander Brian Matusz

Putting a spin on the revolving door atop the order

The Orioles are facing a right-hander tonight, Atlanta’s Julio Teheran, which brings more curiosity regarding their choice of leadoff hitter. Will it be David Lough, who batted first in the last two games at Tropicana Field? He hits from the left side. Will it be Nolan Reimold, who batted first last night against Braves southpaw Alex Wood in the series opener? He hadn’t been atop

Showalter on 2-1 11-inning win

Matt Wieters wasn’t in Sunday’s lineup because of some back tightness. He catches 11 innings tonight and hits a walk-off home run to give the Orioles a 2-1 victory over the Braves at Camden Yards. Go figure. Wieters has four career walk-off home runs. Wieters, Jonathan Schoop and David Lough have hit walk-off homers this season. Wieters was 0-for-14 before a single in the seventh

Reaction to Markakis and Showalter on trade deadline (Wieters walk-off)

Former Oriole Nick Markakis received a prolonged ovation tonight upon being introduced for his first at-bat, fans standing in unison, not a single dissenting voice heard in the crowd. It was a warm moment on a muggy night at Camden Yards that raised a few goosebumps. Starter Kevin Gausman moved to the back of the mound as the applause built, and Markakis finally stepped out

Duquette: “We’re still trying to make the playoffs for this season”

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to sound optimistic that he’ll be able to make a trade by Friday’s non-waiver deadline, though he knows that other deals can be consummated next month. It’s a deadline. It’s not a brick wall. “We’re always talking and trying,” Duquette said today during batting practice. “We’re a good week away from having people being really enthusiastic about our

Pregame notes and Braves lineup

Nick Markakis is leading off tonight for the Braves in his return to Camden Yards. Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects Markakis to receive a warm ovation from fans when he’s introduced. “He’ll be received very well. We’ve got really intelligent fans and they know the contributions Nick made not only to the organization, but to the city on and off the field,” Showalter said. “He

Nolan Reimold leading off for Orioles

Nolan Reimold is leading off tonight for the Orioles as they begin a three-game series against the Braves at Camden Yards. Reimold owns a .339 (21-for-62) career batting average in the first inning. Tonight will mark his 21st major league start atop the order. Reimold went 72 starts between three-hit games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He had a two-run double yesterday as part

Christian Walker receives weekly honor (so does Corban Joseph)

Triple-A Norfolk first baseman Christian Walker has been rewarded for his recent surge at the plate. Not with a promotion to the majors. He has to wait for a return trip. However, Walker was named the International League’s Batter of the Week. Walker hit .414, going 12-for-29, and led the league with three home runs, 10 RBIs and seven extra-base hits. He also collected four

The road trip, Markakis back in Baltimore and more on tonight’s game

The Orioles are home tonight for the first time since July 12, the final game heading into the All-Star break. It’s been that long. They were a .500 team after losing their final two games to the Nationals. They can reach .500 again with a win tonight over the Braves. The Orioles went 4-5 on their road trip, sandwiching series wins in Detroit and St.

Wrapping up a 5-2 win (more quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Maybe the sky isn’t falling. It’s hard to tell inside a dome. The Orioles were swept in The Bronx, but they also took two of three from the Tigers and Rays to move within a game of the .500 mark. However, they failed to gain any ground on the Yankees. Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings and the

Notes on Lough, Pearce and Markakis’ return (O’s win 5-2)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Rays are celebrating “Christmas In July” today at Tropicana Field. They cranked up the air conditioning and the holiday tunes. My decision to carry mistletoe in my laptop bag year-round is really paying off. Now who looks foolish? David Lough returns to the leadoff spot today after collecting a single and triple last night and scoring twice in a 5-1

The reason Wieters isn’t in today’s lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Matt Wieters is out of today’s lineup due to back stiffness that cropped up during last night’s game against the Rays. Wieters would have made his second career start at first base. He’s 8-for-14 with a double and two home runs lifetime against Rays left-hander Matt Moore. “Just another thing with the turf,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “He’s a lot

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - David Lough is leading off again today for the Orioles as they try to win their series against the Rays. Chris Davis is batting second again and Manny Machado is third. Ryan Flaherty returns to first base, another left-handed bat against Rays southpaw Matt Moore. Adam Jones is batting .481 (26-for-54) on Sundays, the highest average in the majors for players

Orioles going for series win to conclude road trip

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A win today will return the Orioles to third place in the American League East, a half-game ahead of the Rays, who are 25-28 at home. The Orioles are 18-14 in the last game of a series. A win also would make the Orioles 4-5 on a road trip that began with such promise and took a serious nose dive in

Wrapping up a 5-1 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A team that’s been scuffling for runs and maybe pressing a bit at the plate was able to exhale after one big swing. The game was far from over, but a four-run cushion brought a certain level of comfort. Chris Davis hit his fifth career grand slam tonight in the third inning and Miguel Gonzalez held the Rays to one run

Wieters and Showalter on the trade deadline (O’s win 5-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters could more easily ignore the non-waiver trade deadline in past years, his importance to the Orioles or his elbow surgery cementing his status in the organization. A pending free agent on a team that’s lost 15 of its last 20 games, Wieters is now more susceptible to having his name linked to various rumors, including talks with the

More on Matt Wieters at first base

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles rotation will stay in turn for the three-game series against the Braves next week at Camdem Yards. Kevin Gausman will start Monday night, followed by Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman. Matt Wieters came up with the idea of taking ground balls at first base this weekend at Tropicana Field. He suggested it to third base coach and infield instructor

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If the Orioles are going to make a run at another division title, or at least a wild card berth, they need to improve on their 19-31 road record. They’ll try again tonight in the second game of their series against the Rays. Manny Machado is batting third again tonight for the Orioles, with David Lough leading off. Chris Davis is

On the offense, tonight’s game and a scoring change

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - What else can Orioles manager Buck Showalter do in an attempt to ignite his offense? Showalter tinkered with his lineup again yesterday, putting Jimmy Paredes in the leadoff spot against Rays starter Chris Archer. Paredes struck out in all four at-bats. Ryan Flaherty batted second and singled in the first inning. Jonathan Schoop will replace him at second base tonight. Manny

Wrapping up a 3-1 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles lost for the 15th time in 20 games tonight, failing for the first time in 40 chances to hold a lead after the seventh inning. The Orioles hadn’t lost when leading after the seventh since July 23, 2014 in Anaheim. Players have been insisting that they’re not frustrated, but there’s no doubt that they were dressing in a somber

Game update and more Showalter (O’s lose 3-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles allowed three runs in the first inning Wednesday night and four yesterday afternoon, falling into holes they couldn’t escape while being swept in the Bronx. Chris Tillman didn’t leave a mess tonight at Tropicana Field, retiring the Rays in order in the first inning on only 12 pitches. He struck out Steven Souza, Jr. and John Jaso and induced

Updates on Pearce, the lineup and trade rumors

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Steve Pearce’s MRI on his left oblique revealed a Grade 1 strain, which is considered good news for the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t know whether Pearce will be ready in 15 days, saying it’s “iffy.” Pearce is eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 3. “It showed some inflammation in there. Not severe as it could have been,

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Coming off a sweep in New York, the Orioles shook up their lineup for tonight’s opener vs. the Rays. And it starts at the top, with designated hitter Jimmy Paredes leading off for the first time this season. Paredes has batted leadoff in nine games (six starts) over his career and is 5-for-30 (.167). Manny Machado has been moved down to

Orioles hoping to regroup against the Rays

Can the Orioles regroup and take out their frustrations this weekend on the Tampa Bay Rays? Can they make the idea of being buyers instead of sellers seem like a worthy endeavor? This team is seven games out of first place - its largest deficit in two years - 4 1/2 out of the wild card race and two below .500 for the first time

Wrapping up a 9-3 loss and series sweep

NEW YORK - Start spreading the news. The Orioles are seven games out of first place for the first time since the conclusion of the 2013 season. A 9-3 loss to the Yankees today completed the sweep and pushed the Orioles two games below .500 for the first time since June 10. They’ve lost 14 of 19, but they’re not in a panic. That’s just

Pregame notes from Showalter’s office (Orioles lose 9-3)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter chided reporters today for the lack of newsy questions during his pregame session in his office at Yankee Stadium. The lineup includes Chris Davis back at first base for the first time since June 24. “That’s a story?” Showalter said jokingly. “He’s played a lot of first base.” What about Nolan Reimold in right field against right-hander Masahiro

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Chris Davis is starting at first base today after 19 games in right field, as the Orioles try to avoid being swept at Yankee Stadium. Nolan Reimold is in right field against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. David Lough is starting in left. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nolan Reimold RF Matt Wieters

Can the Orioles avoid being swept?

NEW YORK - Whether the Orioles are buyers or sellers or just looking, they really need to be a team that isn’t swept by the Yankees. It could happen today, marking the first time in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium since June 1-3, 2010. Former manager Dave Trembley lost his job. The dark days. The Orioles are six games behind the Yankees in the

Wrapping up a 4-3 loss

NEW YORK - Two games into this series and the Orioles have been reduced to trying to avoid being swept by the Yankees. They’ve lost 11 of their last 15 games since July 2 and are below .500 again. They’re 1-5 in the Bronx this season, having lost the last two games here by a total of two runs. Chris Davis belted his 20th home

Hearing from Showalter and Pearce before tonight’s game (O’s lose 4-3)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said outfielder Steve Pearce suggested today that he go on the disabled list as the corresponding roster move for Kevin Gausman. Pearce stopped by Showalter’s office at Yankee Stadium and revealed the extent of his oblique injury. The Orioles were prepared to make a different move before Showalter’s conversation with Pearce. “He said, ‘Listen, I know we’ve got

Duquette says Orioles will continue to “build”

NEW YORK - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the Orioles will remain buyers as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, no matter what happens during the current road trip. The Orioles are 2-2 since the All-Star break, including last night’s loss to the Yankees that pushed them five games out of first place. Duquette stated his position after being asked whether the club might

Orioles recall Gausman, place Pearce on disabled list

NEW YORK - The Orioles have recalled right-hander Kevin Gausman and placed Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to July 19. Pearce said his oblique has been bothering him over the last two weeks. He will get an MRI Thursday in Baltimore and rejoin the team in Tampa Bay this weekend. He hopes to be ready after the

Orioles and Yankees lineups (updated)

NEW YORK - The Orioles still have not announced their roster move for right-hander Kevin Gausman to start tonight’s game against the Yankees. Ryan Flaherty gets a rare start at first base for the seventh time in his career. He hasn’t played first this season, but did in six games over 2013 and 2014. Chris Parmelee is still listed among the Orioles reserves for tonight’s

Orioles release Wesley Wright

NEW YORK - The Orioles have released left-handed reliever Wesley Wright, who was designated for assignment last week. Wright made only two appearances in April before going on the disabled list with a strained left trapezius. He allowed one run and two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Wright was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and surrendered 10 earned runs (11 total) and 15 hits

Today’s roster move and tonight’s game

NEW YORK - Another day has arrived when the Orioles must make a difficult roster decision. Do they designate a player for assignment, option a player or pull off a trade? The optioning part doesn’t seem likely with so few players offering that type of flexibility. Ryan Flaherty can be sent down, but he’s a backup at all four infield positions. The Orioles would rather

Wrapping up a 3-2 loss

NEW YORK - The Orioles lost the first game of their series against the Yankees tonight despite their opponent going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranding 10. They lost despite a quality start by definition from left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. They lost after the Yankees pushed across the tiebreaking run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a single by

Britton and Gausman talk about importance of series (O’s lose 3-2)

NEW YORK - Players in the Orioles clubhouse aren’t downplaying the importance of the three-game series against the Yankees that begins tonight. It may not make or break their season, but they’re familiar with the division standings and they know which team they’re chasing. Getting swept would be a kick in the pennant. “Yeah, I think we look at the whole road trip as being

Notes on Gausman and the pending roster move

NEW YORK - Kevin Gausman is in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium today after the Orioles placed him on the 24-hour taxi squad. They will officially recall him from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday to start the second game of the series. Gausman started twice for Norfolk in order to stay on a regular routine. “I kind of felt like I was still in my

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - The Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener at Yankee Stadium includes Chris Parmelee at first base and batting ninth. Travis Snider is back in left field and Chris Davis remains in right. Matt Wieters is catching. The Orioles’ .288 average with runners in scoring position ranks third in the majors behind the Blue Jays (.297) and Rockies (.295). For the OriolesManny Machado

Adam Jones named Orioles’ Heart and Hustle Award winner (and other notes)

NEW YORK - Center fielder Adam Jones has been named the Orioles’ 2015 Heart and Hustle Award winner by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. It’s the only award voted on by former players. Jones is a three-time recipient

Orioles entering big series in Bronx

If the Orioles are going to chip away at the Yankees’ division lead, this is the week to do it. And by “chipping,” I mean taking chunks out of it. The Orioles trail the Yankees by four games as they venture into the Bronx. They won two of three games in April at Camden Yards, lost three of four in May at Yankee Stadium and

Orioles sign first player from MLB Development Centers

The Orioles announced today that they signed free agent infielder Gui Yuan “Itchy” Xu, 19, to a minor league contract for 2016. Xu (pronounced “Shoo”) is the first player signed by a major league team from the MLB Development Centers. He’s listed at 6 feet and 188 lbs. The Orioles will assign Xu to the Gulf Coast League team in Sarasota. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports

This, that and the other

While wondering where to get my “I Heart Shutdown Innings” tattoo ... The Orioles are off today after a grueling three-game series following the All-Star break. They must be exhausted. How’s a team supposed to catch its collective breath? They also were off prior to the three-game series against the Nationals at Camden Yards that led into the break. That’s six open dates on the

Schoop still sizzling in 9-3 win

If it makes sense to keep Manny Machado at the top of the order rather than risk cooling off his bat, it also seems right to keep Jonathan Schoop near the bottom. It ain’t broke. Schoop is on a serious tear since coming off the disabled list, and the Orioles are fortunate that he didn’t sustain a serious tear in his right knee. He went

Notes on Tillman, Machado, Schoop, Britton, Matusz and more

I loaded up my morning blog entry on information related to Chris Tillman’s one-hit gem last night against the Tigers at Comerica Park. As it turns out, there’s more stuff to pass along. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tillman is the only Orioles pitcher since the franchise relocated to Baltimore in 1954 to allow a hit to the opposition’s leadoff batter and finish at

Orioles and Tigers lineups

Jonathan Schoop is starting at second base for the third consecutive day, a first since his knee injury, as the Orioles conclude their series in Detroit. Chris Parmelee is batting ninth again. Travis Snider is in left field. The Orioles are trying to win their first series in July. They’ve failed in their first four attempts. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH

Looking back and ahead

As I was rummaging through my mailbag again last night to make sure I didn’t miss anything, I found another question stuck to the bottom. It was pretty gross, but I managed to peel it open. How long will the Orioles continue to keep Chris Tillman in the rotation? Indefinitely. Tillman is 5-0 with three no-decisions in his last eight starts. He shut out the

The standings, Gausman, Parmelee, Alvarez, Tillman and more

A win tonight for the Orioles would move them within four games of the first-place Yankees in the American League East. Baby steps. The Mariners defeated the Yankees 4-3 this afternoon. The Rays trail by 3 1/2 games after defeating the Blue Jays, who currently are tied with the Orioles at 4 1/2 games back. The Orioles’ roster didn’t undergo any changes heading into tonight’s

Orioles and Tigers lineups

Matt Wieters remains in the Orioles lineup tonight against the Tigers, serving as the designated hitter against David Price. Wieters’ .366 career average against Price is the second-highest among players with 40 or more at-bats behind Jacoby Ellsbury (.375). Steve Pearce is playing first base and batting second, and Nolan Reimold is playing left field and batting eighth. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Steve

About last night and tonight ...

The Orioles are under .500 for the first time since June 11, when they swept the Red Sox at Camden Yards to improve their record to 29-30. They were in the midst of a stretch where they won 18 of 23 games. They were headed in the right direction. Inconsistent starting pitching and the inability to hit with runners in scoring position have conspired to

Orioles catch break with Miguel Cabrera on disabled list

The Orioles and Tigers enter tonight’s series opener at Comerica Park with identical 44-44 records, both clubs in third place in their respective divisions. The Tigers continue to lead the majors with a .281 average and .337 on-base percentage and rank third with a .434 slugging percentage, but Miguel Cabrera’s absence should be felt in this series. J.D. Martinez has picked up the slack with

Orioles and Tigers lineups

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has lowered first baseman Chris Parmelee to ninth in the order for tonight’s game against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Everything else looks about the same. Chris Davis is in right field, Matt Wieters is catching and Travis Snider is in left field. The Orioles have scored 57 runs in support of Ubaldo Jimenez during his 17 starts, an average of

Orioles sign Andy Oliver, Dana Eveland to Triple-A deals

The Orioles signed a pair of veteran left-handers to minor league contracts this week. Andy Oliver and former Oriole Dana Eveland agreed to deals and were assigned to Triple-A Norfolk, according to a club official. Oliver exercised his opt-out clause after going 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 25 relief appearances with Triple-A Durham, the Rays’ top affiliate. He walked 24 and struck out 32

Starting the second half

The break is finally over. The Home Run Derby, the All-Star Game, the workout in Detroit - it’s all in the Orioles’ rear view mirror. How much longer do we reflect on the first half? The Orioles are taking their 44-44 record to Comerica Park for tonight’s series opener against the Tigers. They’ve lost 10 of their last 13 games to fall four back in

Information on “Birdland Social” and other notes (updated)

The Orioles will host “Birdland Social,” a Social Media Night event at Camden Yards on July 28 prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Braves. The exclusive pregame party on the center field Roof Deck will host 250 of the Orioles’ most engaged social media followers. I’ll join former pitcher and current MASN analyst Jim Palmer for a Q&A session with fans, continuing my

More on Chris Davis playing right field and the “Franchise Four”

While sorting through my mailbag last week, I omitted one of the more popular questions posed by fans. Why is Chris Davis playing right field? Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t said much about it, except that Davis is capable of playing first base and right field, that he’s just as good at one position as the other. When I relayed this explanation to Davis, hoping that

Cal Ripken Jr. on All-Star Game, 2131 anniversary and more

ABERDEEN, Md. - Before tonight’s IronBirds game, I was invited to Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium to facilitate a Q&A with Cal Ripken Jr. in front of fans. After the on-field interview, Ripken took the time to talk with MASNsports.com about the All-Star Game, the 20th anniversary of 2,131 and MLB’s Franchise Four. He also weighed in on this season’s Orioles team. Ripken thinks they

Some first-half numbers and a Britton note

The All-Star Game is history, bringing the Orioles a step closer to Major League Baseball’s version of a second half. The Orioles are 44-44, which puts them beyond the halfway point in a 162-game regular season. I’m able to figure it out and I’m pretty weak at math. Manager Buck Showalter is hoping for more consistency after play resumes on Friday. The Orioles won 18

Wesley Wright designated for assignment (Machado update)

The Orioles have designated left-hander reliever Wesley Wright for assignment, according to an industry source. Executive vice president Dan Duquette has 10 days to trade or release Wright, who signed a $1.7 million free-agent contract in December. Wright made only two appearances for the Orioles in April before going on the disabled list with a strained left trapezius muscle. He allowed one run and two

Duquette on Orioles’ All-Stars: “They all earned the opportunity to be there”

During the most recent airing of “Wall to Wall Baseball” on MASN, the panel was asked to choose the most probable Oriole to win Most Valuable Player honors in tonight’s All-Star Game. The two relievers, Zach Britton and Darren O’Day, were unanimously eliminated for the obvious reason. It’s hard to win MVP after pitching one inning or less. They could strike out the side and

Manny Machado eliminated in Home Run Derby

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was eliminated in the first round of tonight’s Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Machado hit 12 home runs with Orioles coach Einar Diaz pitching to him, the last two coming in the bonus round under the new format. But the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson belted 13 home runs within the four-minute round and advanced against the

Adam Jones in left field for All-Star Game

The All-Star Game may be an exhibition, but the basic rules apply, including how there’s room for only one center fielder in each lineup. Adam Jones, the only starter for the Orioles, will play left field and bat sixth for the American League. Jones is replacing the Royals’ Alex Gordon, who sustained a groin injury. AL manager Ned Yost is putting the Angels’ Mike Trout

More on the first half

The Orioles won’t strand any runners in scoring position tonight. They won’t lose more ground in the American League East. They won’t break your hearts or cause you to smash your fine china on the floor. You should get a reprieve unless you have serious coin riding on the Home Run Derby. The Orioles lost 10 of their last 13 games and are a .500

Buck Showalter on first half and today’s 3-2 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked in a joking manner whether he had any roster moves to announce following today’s game. He replied that the club already made one or two. Nice return of serve. There are no roster moves and there’s no more baseball until Friday night in Detroit. The Orioles enter the All-Star break on the decline, losing again today 3-2 to the

Adam Jones ties Frank Robinson on home run list (O’s lose 3-2)

Adam Jones did more today than give the Orioles an early lead. He also moved into a tie with a Hall of Famer. Jones hit his 179th home run as an Oriole, a solo shot off Nationals starter Max Scherzer in the first inning that allowed him to join Frank Robinson in eighth place on the club’s all-time list. Jones has played in 1,109 games

Early notes on Wright, roster, Johnson, Garcia and Davis

Not much news coming out of today’s pregame media session with Orioles manager Buck Showalter. If you’ve been following along, you know that left-hander Wesley Wright’s injury rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk ends later today. He could re-join the Orioles or extend the assignment for a second time. Wright followed up his most impressive outing with a dud last night, allowing four runs and five

Chris Davis returns to Orioles lineup

Chris Davis stopped inside manager Buck Showalter’s office this morning, said he felt fine and is included in today’s final lineup before the All-Star break. Davis was a late scratch yesterday with the stomach flu, but he’s batting cleanup today and starting in right field. The Orioles’ average with runners in scoring position is down to .290, though they still rank third in the majors.

Orioles closing out first half today

If the Orioles want to avoid being a .500 team at the All-Star break, all they need to do this afternoon is win a game that’s started by the Nationals’ Max Scherzer. What’s the big deal? The Orioles couldn’t avoid Scherzer, who’s posted a 2.12 ERA and 0.803 WHIP in 17 starts and 123 1/3 innings. He’s thrown a no-hitter, he’s thrown a one-hitter, he’s

Buck Showalter speaks after Orioles’ 7-4 loss

The Orioles are only one game above .500 again and still unable to solve the riddle of why they can’t get a big hit with runners in scoring position. They’d settle for a small one. The Orioles went 0-for-8 with RISP tonight in a 7-4 loss to the Nationals before 44,495 at Camden Yards. They had runners on first and second with one out in

Buck Showalter focusing on his own players (O’s lose 7-4)

The Nationals are sending Max Scherzer to the mound on Sunday as expected for the series finale at Camden Yards. His start became official earlier today, eliminating him from pitching in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. Scherzer threw a bullpen session yesterday in preparation for the start. Cora Purcell, a 104-year-old Orioles fan from Frederick, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. She received a loud ovation,

Chris Davis scratched from Orioles lineup

Chris Davis has been scratched from tonight’s lineup due to gastroenteritis, or the stomach flu, and replaced in right field by Steve Pearce. Davis had played every game since his suspension ended after opening day. He’s batting .238/.322/.475 with 15 doubles, 19 home runs and 52 RBIs in 85 games, with 108 strikeouts in 303 at-bats. Davis is 3-for-6 with a home run against Nationals

Buck Showalter reveals part of his second-half rotation

Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced his starters for the first four games following the All-Star break. Ubaldo Jimenez, Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez will start against the Tigers at Comerica Park. The Orioles are off on July 20, and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start the following night against the Yankees in The Bronx. Showalter didn’t reveal his starter for July 22, but Kevin Gausman would

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals (with Nats lineup)

Caleb Joseph is behind the plate tonight for the Orioles as they attempt to string together two consecutive wins and assure themselves of finishing above .500 at the All-Star break. Manager Buck Showalter said last night that Matt Wieters wouldn’t catch on consecutive days until the second half. Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base after Jonathan Schoop’s walk-off home run last night. Chris Parmelee

Tonight’s game and more on Manny Machado

With last night’s walk-off win, the Orioles can do no worse than .500 entering the All-Star break. Two games above with two more to play. Miguel Gonzalez is responsible for the only Orioles’ win on their last road trip, holding the White Sox to one run over six innings in a 9-1 victory at U.S. Cellular Field. He’s 2-2 with a 3.29 ERA in six

Buck Showalter speaks after a 3-2 walk-off win

The Orioles are 19-2 when Jonathan Schoop hits a home run in his career. Why not have him do it more often and run away with the division? It’s a simple game. Why make it more complicated? Schoop belted his first walk-off home run tonight, a solo shot off Tanner Roark with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, to give the Orioles

Manny Machado reaching new heights atop the order (Schoop with walk-off HR)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is batting leadoff tonight in his 64th game this season. It no longer seems unusual. Machado is hitting .311/.369/.554 with 14 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 36 RBIs and 43 runs scored while positioned atop the order. Should manager Buck Showalter consider moving him down while his club struggles to score runs? “Would you move him?” Showalter asked a

Early notes on rotation, Machado and more (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said his rotation is set through July 29, though it’s always subject to change if something unexpected arises. He said there have been a few tweaks regarding the order. Showalter said no other starters will be optioned during the All-Star break. Kevin Gausman will make two starts with Triple-A Norfolk before returning to the Orioles, staying on a schedule that puts

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals (with Nats lineup)

Steve Pearce is batting second and playing first base tonight as the Orioles begin their final series before the break. Matt Wieters is catching and batting cleanup against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Nolan Reimold is in left field and Chris Davis remains in right. Miguel Gonzalez will start Saturday for the Orioles, followed by Wei-Yin Chen on Sunday. The Nationals haven’t announced their other starters,

Tonight’s game and random notes

The Orioles are set to begin their final series before the All-Star break, hosting the Nationals through the weekend. They haven’t announced their starters, but Chris Tillman is expected to pitch tonight. It’s his turn and there are no indications that manager Buck Showalter is pushing him back. Let’s run with it. Tillman has won his last four decisions. He didn’t get one in his

Orioles release Delmon Young and reinstate Nolan Reimold

The Orioles announced today that they released outfielder Delmon Young and reinstated outfielder Nolan Reimold from the paternity list. Reimold had to be added to the 25-man roster today despite the Orioles being idle. A stint on the paternity list lasts up to three days. Reimold flew home to Jacksonville on Sunday night for the birth of his daughter, Charlotte Rose. He’s batting .244/.340/.463 (10-for-41)

Nats starter vs. Orioles, All-Star note, updates on Wright and Garcia (updated)

The rotations for the Orioles-Nationals series that begins Friday night at Camden Yards are mostly a blur. Only one pitcher has come into focus. The Nationals announced today that left-hander Gio Gonzalez will start the opener. Max Scherzer also figures to pitch against the Orioles before the All-Star break, though the club is keeping the rest of the rotation a secret. At least the Nats

Because You Asked - Havana Nights

The Orioles are off today, which opens the door for plenty of quips. Go ahead and get them out of your system. This seems like a good time to dig through my mailbag and address the questions that have been presented to me on multiple occasions. The questions I’ve answered on multiple occasions. The questions that won’t go away, which is why this sequel exists.

Manny Machado to participate in Home Run Derby

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will participate in the Home Run Derby that precedes the 86th All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Machado, Josh Donaldson, Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols will take their swings for the American League, while Kris Bryant, Todd Frazier, Joc Pederson and Anthony Rizzo represent the National League. Machado, the fourth seed, faces fifth-seeded Pederson in the opening round under the new format.

Orioles option Christian Walker

The Orioles optioned Christian Walker to Triple-A Norfolk following today’s 5-3 loss to the Twins that completed a three-game sweep. The Orioles hadn’t been swept in a three-game series in Minnesota since 2007. They hadn’t been swept in a three-game series this season since April 21-23 in Toronto. Serving as the designated hitter today, Walker went 1-for-2 with a walk after the Orioles recalled him

Orioles and Twins lineups (O’s lose 5-3)

Christian Walker is batting fifth today as the Orioles designated hitter against Twins left-hander Tommy Milone. Walker was recalled today because of his stats this season against southpaws. He figured to get a start before most likely going back to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday when Nolan Reimold returns from paternity leave. Chris Davis is batting second for the first time this season. He’s made three

Orioles recall Christian Walker

The Orioles made one roster move this morning, recalling first baseman Christian Walker from Triple-A Norfolk. Walker replaces pitcher Kevin Gausman, who was optioned to Norfolk following last night’s 8-3 loss to the Twins. Walker, 24, batted .266/.321/.380 with 20 doubles, five home runs and 28 RBIs in 78 games. He’s hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, batting .328 (20-for-61) with three

Another roster move, thoughts on Wesley Wright and today’s game

The Orioles conclude their final road trip before the All-Star break this afternoon while also shaking up their roster again. First baseman Christian Walker is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, and I was told a left-handed pitcher could join him. However, T.J. McFarland was in Gwinnett last night. Left-hander Cesar Cabral also is on the 40-man roster and Wesley Wright is on the

Orioles option Kevin Gausman

The Orioles optioned right-hander Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk following tonight’s 8-3 loss to the Twins at Target Field. A corresponding move wasn’t announced. Gausman was charged with seven earned runs (eight total) in 3 2/3 innings, the shortest start of his major league career. He also threw two wild pitches and hit a batter. Brad Brach allowed all three inherited runners to score after

Christian Walker expected to join Orioles in Minnesota (final update)

Triple-A Norfolk first baseman Christian Walker was a healthy scratch from tonight’s lineup at Gwinnett, and he could be joining the Orioles in Minnesota for Wednesday’s series finale. As I wrote this morning, the Orioles could option tonight’s starter, Kevin Gausman, whose next scheduled turn falls during the All-Star break. Walker could stay for one day and be optioned back to Norfolk on Thursday when

Cal Ripken Jr. on the Orioles: “I think they’re positioned pretty well”

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. participated in a conference call earlier today to promote TBS’s baseball coverage. Ripken will be in the network’s booth for the July 19 game between the Dodgers and Nationals in D.C. Ripken, a 19-time All-Star, said he isn’t surprised that the Orioles will have four representatives in next week’s game with the selections of outfielder Adam Jones, third baseman

Matt Wieters catching on back-to-back nights (plus Twins lineup)

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is behind the plate on back-to-back nights for the first time since undergoing ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. Wieters has been resting or serving as the designated hitter on the nights after catching since he returned from the disabled list. Ryan Flaherty gets the start at second base tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the Twins at Target

Duquette on Young and trade priorities (plus other notes)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is continuing his attempts to trade outfielder Delmon Young, who was designated for assignment on July 1. The Orioles had 10 days to trade or release Young, who was batting .270/.289/.339 with six doubles, two home runs and 16 RBIs in 52 games in his second season with the team. He was 2-for-19 in his last eight games. “We’re

Wondering what’s next for Gausman and tonight’s game

Kevin Gausman makes his third start of the 2015 season tonight as the Orioles continue their series in Minnesota. Is it also Gausman’s last start before being optioned again to the minors? The Orioles need to create a roster spot Thursday for outfielder Nolan Reimold, who comes off the paternity list. As I’ve written, they could option a starting pitcher as the All-Star break approaches

Jones, Machado, Britton and O’Day chosen as AL All-Stars (updated)

The Orioles will have four representatives in Cincinnati next week for the 86th All-Star Game, including two first-timers from their bullpen. Center fielder Adam Jones has made his fifth All-Star team and third baseman Manny Machado is selected as a reserve for the second time in his career. They’re joined by closer Zach Britton and set-up man Darren O’Day, novices to the Midsummer Classic. Jones,

Orioles lineup vs. Twins (Flaherty update and Twins lineup)

The Orioles still haven’t announced their roster move for tonight’s series opener in Minnesota. Outfielder Nolan Reimold is on paternity leave until Thursday and infielder Ryan Flaherty is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Assuming that’s the move, Flaherty is expected to remain with the Orioles after Reimold returns to the club. He isn’t required to spend 10 days in the minors. Add it

More on Machado

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is celebrating his 23rd birthday today. One gift should arrive tonight when he’s chosen as a reserve on the American League All-Star team. Can he possibly be denied? Machado is batting .299/.356/.522 with 18 doubles, one triple, 17 home runs, 46 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts heading into tonight’s series opener in Minnesota. Since moving into the

Another roster move and tonight’s game

The Orioles continue their road trip with three games in Minnesota and at least one more roster move. Outfielder Nolan Reimold will go on paternity leave today for the birth of his daughter, and the Orioles are expected to recall infielder Ryan Flaherty to take his place. The Orioles would like to get T.J. McFarland in the bullpen as a left-handed long man, but that

Orioles shut out in final All-Star balloting

The Orioles won’t have anyone starting in the 2015 All-Star Game. They couldn’t rally late in the final voting. Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson received the most votes in the American League with 14,090,188. Manny Machado finished third among third basemen with 2,609,499 after being fourth last week. The Angels’ Mike Trout (14,013,021) and the Royals’ Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006) are

Schoop returns to Orioles lineup

Jonathan Schoop is off the disabled list and in the Orioles lineup today for the first time since April 17 in Boston. His last hit came two days earlier. Schoop is starting at second base and batting eighth as the Orioles try to avoid being swept by the White Sox. They’ve lost five of their last six games. Schoop officially came off the 60-day disabled

More on the latest roster maneuvering and today’s game

Now that Ryan Flaherty has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, the Orioles will make the other half of the roster move official this morning and activate second baseman Jonathan Schoop from the disabled list. Schoop finally will be reunited with double play partner J.J. Hardy. It remains to be seen how much of an immediate impact he’s going to have on an offense that’s again

Orioles option Flaherty

The Orioles have optioned infielder Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk and are expected to activate second baseman Jonathan Schoop from the disabled list for Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox. Schoop joined the team in Chicago and was in the dugout for today’s 3-2 loss at U.S. Cellular Field. His injury rehab assignment ended after Friday night’s game at Single-A Frederick. Schoop will start

Orioles notes and international signings

With Bud Norris listed among the Orioles’ relievers today, it’s more apparent that Kevin Gausman will remain in the rotation and take his next turn Tuesday night in Minnesota. Gausman shut out the Rangers on four hits over 6 1/3 innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts, in Thursday night’s 2-0 loss at Camden Yards. The Orioles want him building up innings while envisioning him

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Chris Davis continues to play right field for the Orioles, who are hoping to locate their offense today in Chicago. Matt Wieters is behind the plate after serving as the designated hitter last night. Travis Snider is playing left field and Chris Parmelee is starting again at first base. Bud Norris is listed among the relievers. The Orioles have slipped into second place in the

Tillman shoots for .500 today

The same team that won 18 of 23 games has now lost four of its last five. It’s forgotten again how to score runs, going 19 consecutive innings without crossing the plate. Enjoy the ride. Just make sure to buckle up. Chris Tillman has a chance today to reach the .500 mark for the first time since being 2-2 on April. 23. He lost six

Taking another look at the Orioles bullpen

The Orioles won’t be facing Chris Sale on Sunday in the series finale against the White Sox. Left-hander Carlos Rodon will start against Miguel Gonzalez, with Sale pushed to Monday. The Orioles bullpen continues to lead the majors in ERA since April 29, though the figure has risen to 2.27 over 182 innings. Opponents are batting .219 in that span, which ranks fourth in the

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Adam Jones is starting in center field tonight for the Orioles despite having one hit in 30 career at-bats against White Sox left-hander John Danks. Nolan Reimold is starting in left field and batting second. Chris Davis remains in right field, with Steve Pearce playing first base. Matt Wieters is serving as the designated hitter, the first time he’s been in the lineup on consecutive

A few notes and Showalter’s ranking in poll

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed last night that Miguel Gonzalez would start Sunday afternoon’s game in Chicago, and the right-hander is officially listed in that spot. It’s no longer TBD. Bud Norris’ role still needs to be determined. The starters for next week’s series in Minnesota haven’t been revealed. According to STATS, the Orioles’ 36-0 record when leading after seven innings is tied for the

Tonight’s game and Showalter on Wieters’ catching schedule

The Orioles are in Chicago tonight to begin a two-city, six-game road trip. Their lineup should lean heavily to the right against White Sox left-hander John Danks. Right-handers are hitting .321 against Danks this season and lefties are batting .230. The Orioles took five of six games from the White Sox last season and have won or tied the series every year since 2009. They

Buck Showalter on Sunday starter, Kevin Gausman and 2-0 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter named Miguel Gonzalez as Sunday’s starter against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Bud Norris was lined up to make the start, but Gonzalez is moving ahead of him. Showalter also said Kevin Gausman will accompany the team to Chicago. He didn’t promise that Gausman will get another start, but the right-hander is staying with the club and appears to

Machado denied monthly honor (O’s lose 2-0)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had his 12-game hitting streak halted last night, and he learned today that he wasn’t named the American League’s Player of the Month for June. The honor went to Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who batted .303 (30-for-99) with four doubles, 13 home runs, 26 RBIs and 23 runs scored in 27 games. Machado led the league with 42 hits

Orioles sign Chris Perez (plus other notes)

The Orioles signed veteran reliever Chris Perez to a Triple-A deal today and sent him to Sarasota while he begins serving a 50-game suspension. Perez, the 42nd overall pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Miami, was suspended on June 24 for a second offense of using a drug of abuse. He was a free agent after allowing eight runs

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Chris Davis is in right field again tonight, making his sixth start as the Orioles wrap up their homestand. David Lough is in left field. Chris Parmelee continues to start at first base. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis RF Matt Wieters C Chris Parmelee 1B J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty 2B David Lough LF Kevin Gausman

Orioles option Tyler Wilson (with notes)

The Orioles have optioned pitcher Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk, as expected, to make room for starter Kevin Gausman on the 25-man roster. Wilson was recalled yesterday and didn’t get into last night’s game. The Orioles have a six-man bullpen again, though manager Buck Showalter said Bud Norris is available in relief if needed. Zach Britton recorded his 60th career save last night to tie

Pending free agents and tonight’s game

With Delmon Young designated for assignment yesterday, the Orioles are down to eight pending free agents on their roster. They began the season with 11. Young, reliever Ryan Webb and outfielder Alejandro De Aza have been subtracted. The list still includes pitchers Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris, Darren O’Day, Tommy Hunter and Wesley Wright, catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis and outfielder Steve Pearce. I’m

Buck Showalter on bullpen and 4-2 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated tonight that he won’t have a seven-man bullpen for Thursday’s series finale against the Rangers. However, starter Bud Norris will be available in relief in an emergency. It appears that Tyler Wilson, recalled today, will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for starter Kevin Gausman. Wei-Yin Chen allowed two solo home runs over eight innings, throwing only 87

Dan Duquette talks about today’s roster move (O’s win 4-2)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette expressed confidence tonight that the club will be able to trade outfielder Delmon Young, who was designated for assignment to create room for pitcher Tyler Wilson on the 25-man roster. Duquette doesn’t expect a deal to be completed tonight, but the Orioles have 10 days. “Delmon is a qualified major league hitter,” Duquette said, “and hopefully we will be

Delmon Young designated for assignment

The Orioles designated outfielder Delmon Young for assignment today to make room for pitcher Tyler Wilson on the 25-man roster. The move was announced after the club took batting practice. Young was batting .270/.289/.339 with six doubles, two home runs and 16 RBIs in 52 games in his second season with the team. He was 2-for-19 in his last eight games. Manager Buck Showalter wanted

Buck Showalter on pending roster move and more

We’re still waiting for the Orioles to announce the corresponding roster move for pitcher Tyler Wilson. “Dan’s still working some things, so give him the opportunity to continue down that path until we need to do something. I know he’s been working a lot of things,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We’ve got a lot of good players and somebody that will end up in the

Tyler Wilson will be recalled tonight

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that right-hander Tyler Wilson will be in the bullpen for tonight’s game against the Rangers at Camden Yards. He arrived at the ballpark this afternoon. A corresponding move will be announced before first pitch and all signs point to an outfielder coming off the 25-man roster. Nolan Reimold appears to be safe. Showalter said Reimold is going on paternity leave

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Tyler Wilson isn’t listed among the Orioles relievers today, but the lineup board could change before first pitch. Manny Machado, riding a 12-game hitting streak, led qualifying American League batters in June with 42 hits, ranked second with a .365 average, was fourth with 22 RBIs, was tied for fifth with a .411 on-base percentage and ranked fifth with a .635 slugging percentage. For the

Is Tyler Wilson headed to Baltimore?

Tyler Wilson is no longer is starting tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, intensifying speculation that the Orioles will recall him for tonight’s game against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Michael Bowden will start for the Tides, according to The Virginian-Pilot. I’m told that Wilson is a healthy scratch. His removal isn’t related to a physical ailment. He’s expected to be seen at Camden Yards. Manager Buck

Taking another look at a possible roster move and tonight’s game

The Orioles won’t go with a six-man bullpen for much longer, and the extra arm may arrive later today. Manager Buck Showalter wants to get back to seven relievers and be able to match up rather than just choose who’s most rested. Tyler Wilson is slated to start tonight for Triple-A Norfolk and he’s been down for more than 10 days, making him eligible to

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