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Wrapping up a 6-2 loss

Pushing his start through the sixth inning was the one positive that Kevin Gausman could take away from tonight’s game. One positive that couldn’t stop the Orioles from suffering their seventh loss in the last nine games. The Orioles fell to the Red Sox again, losing 6-2 before an announced crowd of 17,664 at Camden Yards. They trail Boston by three games in the American

Gausman gets through six innings, O’s lose 6-2

Going into his most recent start before tonight, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman had surrendered three home runs over his first six outings. Then came the career-tying three that he allowed in five innings at Minute Maid Park in Houston. A bad sign followed by a really bad start to tonight’s game. The Red Sox hit three home runs off Gausman in the first two innings,

Extras from Machado and Wieters (O’s down 5-2)

Five pitches into tonight’s start, Kevin Gausman served up two home runs to put the Orioles in an early hole. Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia went back-to-back, both jumping on fastballs, to give Boston a 2-0 lead. This is the first time that the Red Sox opened a game with back-to-back home runs since July 27, 2011 versus the Royals. Gausman tied his career high

Updating All-Star voting and Pena’s arrival in Baltimore

Yovani Gallardo remains scheduled to start the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Single-A Frederick, with catching prospect Jonah Heim behind the plate. The Orioles plan on keeping Gallardo on his injury rehab assignment for at least two starts. The first round of All-Star Game voting was released today and Manny Machado leads all American League third basemen with 630,028 votes. The Royals’ Mike Moustakas,

Showalter and Wieters discuss Joseph’s injury and impact on team

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph underwent a surgical procedure last night at an area hospital after being examined by a urologist. He’s back home and resting while the Orioles continue their four-game series against the Red Sox. Joseph was hit in the groin area by a foul ball yesterday in the eighth inning and the Orioles placed him on the disabled list this afternoon with a

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Nolan Reimold is batting second tonight against former Orioles minor leaguer Eduardo Rodriguez, a left-hander making his 2016 debut after coming off the disabled list earlier today. Reimold is in left field and Joey Rickard is in right. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Paul Janish is batting ninth and playing third base. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Nolan Reimold LF Manny Machado SS

Caleb Joseph headed to DL, Francisco Pena coming up (updated)

The Orioles will place catcher Caleb Joseph on the disabled list before tonight’s game against the Red Sox, according to sources. The exact nature of the injury is unknown, but Joseph was taken to a nearby hospital yesterday after being hit by a foul ball in his groin area during the eighth inning. He stayed in the game, a 7-2 loss to the Red Sox,

Thoughts on the bullpen

Orioles manager Buck Showalter mentioned yesterday that he had 2 ½ relievers he didn’t want to use. I’m assuming that the half referenced Brad Brach, since Showalter told reporters after the game that he would have called upon the right-hander in a specific situation, but otherwise preferred to rest him. “If we had scored some runs,” Showalter said, “we might have tried to push the

Showalter speaks after 7-2 loss

Credit Tyler Wilson with a quality start this afternoon against baseball’s most productive offense. The rest was out of his hands. The Orioles couldn’t do much with the knuckler coming out of Steve Wright’s hand. Wright held the Orioles to one hit through four scoreless innings, allowed two runs in the fifth that temporarily tied the game and put up zeroes the rest of the

Notes on Jimenez and challenge of hitting knuckleball (O’s lose 7-2)

Ubaldo Jimenez remains in line to start Thursday night against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Yovani Gallardo begins his injury rehab assignment Thursday at Single-A Frederick or Triple-A Norfolk, depending on the weather. Draw your own conclusions. Gallardo will make at least two starts on his assignment. His return to the rotation isn’t imminent, but he’s getting closer. Jimenez is toting a 6.36 ERA

Pregame notes on McFarland, Gallardo, Hardy and more

The Orioles are activating left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk’s disabled list today and he’s scheduled to pitch in relief for the Tides because he needs the work. McFarland will be held back until the later innings in case the Orioles decide that they need him. Their bullpen is in better shape today, but it’s still vulnerable to a short outing from their starter. Yovani

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Hyun Soo Kim is in the Orioles lineup today for the sixth consecutive game after hitting his first major league home run yesterday in Cleveland. Adam Jones continues to lead off. Nolan Reimold is in right field, Ryan Flaherty is at third base and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Pedro Alvarez remains on the bench against another right-handed starter, Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright.

Orioles back home and battling for first place

CLEVELAND - The Orioles trail the Red Sox by one game in the American League East and the teams are preparing today for a four-game series at Camden Yards. Can a series at the end of May be construed as big? We’re going to do it here while also pretending that rain isn’t in the forecast. The Red Sox offense is a concern to the

Wrapping up 6-4 win (with video of Kim home run)

CLEVELAND - The Orioles won today’s game at Progressive Field because Chris Tillman gutted out six innings while the bullpen was minus a long reliever. They won because Hyun Soo Kim hit his first major league home run to break a 4-4 tie with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. They won because Darren O’Day escaped a humongous jam in the eighth

Hyun Soo Kim hits first major league home run (O’s win 6-4)

CLEVELAND - Hyun Soo Kim never felt more loved than during today’s silent treatment. Kim hit his first major league home run, a two-out bases-empty shot off Indians reliever Jeff Manship in the top of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie. Kim launched a 2-2 fastball into the right field seats, rounded the bases and returned to a quiet dugout. No one acknowledged

Trumbo gives Orioles early three-run lead (we’re tied)

CLEVELAND - The Orioles gave Chris Tillman a three-run cushion today in the top of the first inning. They loaded the bases with one out against Indians starter Mike Clevinger and Mark Trumbo cleared them with a double off the left field fence, giving him a team-leading 37 RBIs this season. The rally began with walks to Adam Jones and Chris Davis and a Manny

Notes on McFarland, Jimenez and Hardy

CLEVELAND - The Orioles scratched T.J. McFarland from today’s start at Triple-A Norfolk in order to keep him available as a long relief option if needed. Manager Buck Showalter desperately needs an extended outing from Chris Tillman, who’s strung together seven quality starts in a row. Vance Worley worked 4 1/3 innings yesterday and the bullpen could be taxed. The Orioles could choose to recall

Orioles and Indians lineups

CLEVELAND - Adam Jones remains in the leadoff spot today for the Orioles and Hyun Soo Kim continues to bat second as the left fielder. Nolan Reimold is in right field and Ryan Flaherty is at third base. Left-hander T.J. McFarland no longer is listed as Triple-A Norfolk’s starter today. He’s been replaced by lefty Andy Oliver, but not because he’s joining the Orioles. The

Jimenez staying in rotation

CLEVELAND - Ubaldo Jimenez is staying in the Orioles rotation when they return home following today’s game against the Indians at Progressive Field. The Orioles are listing Tyler Wilson, Kevin Gausman, Mike Wright and Jimenez as their starters for the four-game series against the Red Sox that begins Monday afternoon. Jimenez raised more questions about his status yesterday after lasting only 1 2/3 innings and

Today’s game and more on Jimenez

CLEVELAND - The Orioles wish today’s game could be played on paper. It may not soak up the rain, but otherwise, they’d have the advantage. They need a starter to go deep after Ubaldo Jimenez lasted only 1 2/3 innings yesterday. Though they received 4 1/3 innings from reliever Vance Worley, another abbreviated outing almost certainly would force the Orioles to make a roster move

Wrapping up 11-4 loss with Showalter, Jimenez, Wieters and Worley

CLEVELAND - What’s next for Ubaldo Jimenez? The question hangs in the air like the dark clouds that spread across Progressive Field by the middle innings in the Orioles’ 11-4 loss to the Indians. Jimenez was charged with six runs (three earned) and five hits in 1 2/3 innings, with three walks and a strikeout. The Indians stole four bases off him. Going back to

Jimenez done after only 1 2/3 innings (O’s lose 11-4)

CLEVELAND - It’s always a bad sign for a team when the bullpen begins to stir in the first inning. Vance Worley was warming for the Orioles today in the bottom of the first as the Indians batted around and took a 4-0 lead. He was pitching with two outs in the second, also a disturbing sign. Ubaldo Jimenez turned in his shortest outing since

Showalter on Kim, Gallardo and Machado

CLEVELAND - Hyun Soo Kim walked into the visiting clubhouse at Progressive Field today and again found his name in the lineup once bench coach John Russell posted it in the hallway. That’s four starts in a row for Kim, who begins tonight batting .410/.489/.487 in 15 games. He was hitless last night, but he took a pitch off his foot and twice made solid

Gallardo starting rehab assignment next week in Frederick

CLEVELAND - Yovani Gallardo will take a work day following this morning’s simulated game and most likely start for Single-A Frederick in Thursday’s doubleheader. The only way Gallardo fails to make his start for the Keys is if his shoulder doesn’t respond favorably to the bullpen session. Otherwise, he’s ready to begin an injury rehab assignment. The Orioles are hoping to get Gallardo up to

Janish’s scouting report on Gallardo’s simulated game

CLEVELAND - Yovani Gallardo threw a three-inning simulated game this morning at Progressive Field that consisted of 45 pitches, allowing him to get up and down as if making a regular start. I’ll pass along Gallardo’s quotes later, but you can safely assume that he was pleased with how his shoulder responded. He was encouraged by the late breaking on his pitches. It was a

Orioles and Indians lineups

CLEVELAND - Adam Jones is leading off for the Orioles again, with Hyun Soo Kim batting second. Mark Trumbo is tied with Todd Frazier and Yoenis Cespedes for the major league lead in home runs with 15. Chris Davis has 30 game-winning RBIs in the last three seasons. Only four other players in the American League have 30-plus RBIs in that period: Josh Donaldson (40),

Does the outfield remain intact today?

CLEVELAND - Care to take a stab at predicting the Orioles lineup this afternoon? Adam Jones could remain atop the order after collecting two hits last night. The outfield corners again could be handled by Hyun Soo Kim and Nolan Reimold. Kim has made three consecutive starts. Manager Buck Showalter is looking for any combination that works at the plate and still works in the

Wrapping up a 6-4 win with Showalter, Bundy, Trumbo and Wright

CLEVELAND - The Orioles struck out six times tonight. Fewer whiffs and a win. Adam Jones collected three hits from atop the order, Manny Machado went 4-for-5 and Dylan Bundy earned his first major league victory in a 6-4 win over the Indians at Progressive Field. Bundy tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings after relieving starter Mike Wright with two outs in the fifth. Brad Brach

Machado trying to regain April stroke (O’s win 6-4)

CLEVELAND - Orioles manager Buck Showalter continues to juggle the lineup in an attempt to slow down the strikeout pace and end a losing streak that’s reached four games. Adam Jones is leading off, Hyun Soo Kim has moved up to second while starting for the third consecutive night and Manny Machado is batting third. Machado also has hit leadoff and second, but he’s stuck

Showalter on Gallardo, McFarland, Hardy and Jones

CLEVELAND - Yovani Gallardo will throw his simulated game Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. at Progressive Field. He’s already had two bullpen sessions that left the Orioles encouraged by his progress from right shoulder tendinitis. “I’m not sure how many innings he’s going to go,” said manager Buck Showalter. “They’re thinking probably two or three.” Gallardo could throw another simulated game or begin an injury

Adam Jones on batting leadoff

CLEVELAND - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is making his 22nd career start as the leadoff hitter tonight and his first since May 10, 2010. Jones shrugged it off this afternoon after reporters sought his reaction. He dug through a bat bag, trying to find one that was “hot.” Was he surprised? “Nope,” he replied. Did manager Buck Showalter warn him ahead of time? “Nope.”

Orioles and Indians lineups

CLEVELAND - The top of the Orioles lineup has a different look tonight, with center fielder Adam Jones leading off and Hyun Soo Kim batting second and playing in left field. Jones is in a 3-for-39 slump. He’s struck out seven times in his last three games. Kim is 5-for-7 in his last two games. Left-hander Ashur Tolliver became the 15th Orioles reliever last night

O’s looking for a W in Ohio

The Orioles need a change of scenery. It may be the best argument for visiting Cleveland. (I kid, I kid. I have friends in Cleveland. But seriously, it’s a good reason.) Fewer strikeouts would be one way to reverse their skid. Fifty-two in a three-game series is a major league record. Perhaps manager Buck Showalter should write out his lineup on contact paper. The Orioles

Orioles and Astros lineups

Hyun Soo Kim is starting consecutive games tonight for the first time this season and the Orioles are trying to avoid a sweep in Houston before heading to Cleveland for the final series of their road trip. Kim collected three hits and a walk last night to leave his average at .438 in 37 plate appearances. Joey Rickard has returned to the leadoff spot after

Gausman vs. McCullers tonight in Houston

There must be something in the Houston water. Nineteen strikeouts in one game. Four errors in four innings in the next. My guess is tonight’s series finale will include cotton uniforms that shrink. Orioles manager Buck Showalter shook up the lineup last night, the force causing it to foam at the top. But there isn’t much that can be done about Manny Machado and Tyler

Brian Matusz looking back and ahead following trade

Former Orioles reliever Brian Matusz is back home in Arizona waiting out the waiver process, wondering where he’ll pitch next and reflecting on his years in Baltimore. Emotions are all over the place and Matusz remains in one spot. The Braves acquired Matusz and the 76th overall pick in the draft on Monday for minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek. They designated him

Jonathan Schoop batting second tonight for Orioles

The Orioles have made major changes to their lineup tonight, with Manny Machado returning to the leadoff spot and Jonathan Schoop batting second. Pedro Alvarez is at third base, Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Nolan Reimold is in right. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard takes a seat on the bench. Schoop is batting second to start a game for only the second

Looking at starters for weekend series in Cleveland

The Orioles have settled on two of their three starters for the weekend series in Cleveland. The third one seems obvious, but isn’t official. Mike Wright (2-3, 4.97 ERA) will take the mound for the series opener Friday night against the Indians, followed by Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5, 6.04 ERA) on Saturday afternoon. The Sunday starter is listed as TBD, but Chris Tillman (6-1, 2.61 ERA)

Wilson vs. McHugh tonight in Houston

The Orioles no longer are in first place in the American League East, dropping a season-high one game behind the Red Sox. One game. This is no time to panic. They struck out 19 times last night, creating a breeze strong enough to blow back Jim Palmer’s hair. Manager Buck Showalter found it unacceptable and didn’t try to hide it while being interviewed on “O’s

This, that and the other

Before the Orioles continue their series tonight against the Astros, now one game out of first place in the American League East, they’ll pay close attention to Yovani Gallardo’s second bullpen session that will be followed by Saturday’s simulated game in Cleveland. Gallardo is nearing an injury rehab assignment that figures to consist of only one or two starts before he’s activated from the disabled

Tillman with career-high seventh consecutive quality start

Chris Tillman continues to bounce back from his disappointing 2015 season. Tillman turned in his seventh consecutive quality start tonight in Houston. Astros right-hander Doug Fister came within an out of doing the same. Tillman allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings, one swing from Luis Valbuena in the fifth accounting for all the scoring. During his streak of quality starts, Tillman has

Orioles and Astros lineups

The Orioles announced this afternoon that they selected the contract of left-hander Ashur Tolliver from Double-A Bowie. They have 39 players on their 40-man roster. Tolliver will wear No. 40. Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base tonight and Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter in the series opener against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Joey Rickard remains in left field and atop the

Orioles rotation set for Astros series

The Orioles have chosen Tyler Wilson to make Wednesday night’s start against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The spot had been listed as TBD. Chris Tillman starts tonight in the series opener and Kevin Gausman closes it out Thursday night. The Astros are sending Doug Fister, Collin McHugh and Lance McCullers to the mound. The off-day Monday gave manager Buck Showalter the freedom to

Tillman vs. Fister tonight in Houston

Two quality start streaks are on the line tonight in Houston. Chris Tillman and Astros right-hander Doug Fister each have posted six consecutive quality starts, though the numbers don’t exactly match up. That would be quite a coincidence. Tillman is 6-1 with a 2.60 ERA in nine starts this season. He’s allowed eight runs in his last 39 1/3 innings during his streak. Fister is

Orioles acquire pitcher Franderlin Romero from Reds

The Orioles weren’t done making moves tonight with the Brian Matusz trade. They also acquired Single-A right-hander Franderlin Romero from the Reds for two international signing bonus slots. Romero, 23, was 1-4 with a 2.87 ERA in eight starts with the Dayton Dragons. He walked nine batters and struck out 42 in 47 innings. In seven minor league seasons, Romero is 15-25 with a 3.07

Orioles trade Brian Matusz to Braves

The Orioles have traded left-hander Brian Matusz, their first-round selection in the 2008 draft, to the Braves for right-hander Brandon Barker and left-hander Trevor Belicek. Atlanta also will receive a Competitive Balance Round B pick (76th overall) in the upcoming draft. The Braves reportedly will designate Matusz for assignment, essentially making the deal in order to acquire the draft pick and take on the rest

Orioles sign Brian Duensing to minor league deal

The Orioles have signed left-hander Brian Duensing to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed the deal. Duensing exercised the opt-out clause in his contract with the Royals last week and they subsequently released him. They signed him as a free agent in February, released him in March and re-signed him four days later. It just

Pat Connaughton reports to extended spring training

While the Orioles wait for Pat Connaughton to decide on a sport to play, they’re getting another chance to watch him throw this week at extended spring training. Connaughton, 23, has reported to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. I’ve heard that he’s on the field this morning. This may be temporary. Connaughton is expected to redirect his focus to basketball in the NBA’s

Orioles remain committed to Jimenez

The question regarding Ubaldo Jimenez hasn’t changed. Neither has the answer, much to the chagrin of fans who want him removed from the rotation, the roster or the planet. Jimenez has pitched poorly in his last three starts and four of his last five. He’s also out of minor league options and owed the remainder of $13 million this season and $13.5 million in 2017.

Orioles and Angels lineups

The Orioles go for the sweep today in Anaheim with Nolan Reimold in left field, Joey Rickard in right field and Mark Trumbo as the designated hitter. Even with right-hander Jered Weaver pitching for the Angels, Pedro Alvarez is taking a seat on the bench. Ubaldo Jimenez is pitching for the Orioles, with Caleb Joseph behind the plate. With Joseph as his batterymate, Jimenez has

Orioles need 2015 version of Jimenez vs. Angels

The Orioles will go for the sweep today in Anaheim while also hoping for the better version of Ubaldo Jimenez. In his last two starts, Jimenez has allowed 11 runs (10 earned) and 14 hits in 9 1/3 innings. He’s also walked eight batters and is averaging 4.8 per nine innings. Left-handers are batting .345 against Jimenez this season. Right-handers are hitting .268. Jimenez is

Bundy’s got game beyond baseball

While the Orioles were in Minnesota earlier this month, players killed time in the visiting clubhouse at Target Field by playing chess. Sharpen the mind before the batting eye. Manager Buck Showalter challenged reporters in his office to name the best of the bunch, or at least someone who could give the king a run for his money. Dylan Bundy’s name wasn’t brought up. To

Orioles and Angels lineups

Ryan Flaherty is at third base for the Orioles tonight in their game in Anaheim. Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter and Mark Trumbo is in right field. Matt Wieters is behind the plate again tonight. For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF Manny Machado SS Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo RF Matt Wieters C Pedro Alvarez DH Jonathan Schoop 2B Ryan Flaherty

Gausman vs. Shoemaker tonight in Anaheim

The Orioles hit four more home runs last night in Anaheim, with Joey Rickard and Manny Machado going deep to start the game. The club leads the majors with 61, one more than the Rays. Machado, Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis are the first trio in Orioles history to have at least 10 home runs and 25 RBIs in the first 40 games of a

Flaherty catching up on another position

If you are a keen observer between innings of games at Camden Yards, your focus shifting from the hot dog race or Smile Cam, you may have noticed utility infielder Ryan Flaherty squatting behind home plate to warm up the pitcher. That’s supposed to be a catcher’s task, with the backup handling it if the starter makes the last out and is putting on his

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

The Orioles will begin their three-game series in Anaheim tonight with Paul Janish at third base and Nolan Reimold in left field.Joey Rickard is in right and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter against Angels lefty Hector Santiago. For the OriolesJoey Rickard RFManny Machado SSAdam Jones CFChris Davis 1BMark Trumbo DHMatt Wieters CJonathan Schoop 2BNolan Reimold LFPaul Janish 3BMike Wright RHP

Urrutia reports to Baysox

Outfielder Henry Urrutia has joined Double-A Bowie and officially been added to the roster. He’s batting third tonight and playing right field. The Baysox are in Harrisburg for a three-games series. The Orioles promoted outfielder Mike Yastrzemski to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday and assigned Urrutia to Bowie, a move that disappointed him and raised questions whether he’d report. He had until today to do so

Wright vs. Santiago tonight in Anaheim

Mike Wright made his major league debut against the Angels on May 17 in Baltimore and tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings, holding them to four hits in a 3-0 victory. He became the first pitcher in Orioles history with a scoreless outing in his debut that included no walks. Wright’s first major league strikeout came against someone named Mike Trout. I hear he’s pretty good.

Joseph waiting on first RBI

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph lined a double into the left field corner in the eighth inning of a May 11 game in Minnesota, rather mundane on the surface except that Nolan Reimold was motoring around the bases. Joseph didn’t have an RBI on the season. Reimold was in full stride as he reached third base and took a wide turn - then slammed on the

Showalter, Wilson, Bundy and Trumbo after 7-2 loss

The Orioles hadn’t lost a series at home until this week, a streak that figured to end at some point over the course of the season. They never led today in a 7-2 loss to the Mariners that will make their flight to Anaheim a little more taxing. Tyler Wilson lacked the usual command and allowed five runs over six innings - the big blow

Wilson loses momentum and Orioles lose game

Sift through the praise heaped upon Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson and you’ll find numerous mentions of his ability to step back after hitting a rough patch, gather himself and mow down hitters. Manager Buck Showalter has highlighted the trait many times since Wilson’s arrival, and it happened for a while this afternoon. Just not long enough to prevent a 7-2 loss to the Mariners before

Flaherty in right field, Wilson in early trouble (O’s down 5-2)

The outfield isn’t a new position for Ryan Flaherty, a man of many gloves. It’s just not the normal territory that he roams. Manager Buck Showalter’s lineup today had Flaherty in right field against a Mariners team that includes seven left-handed hitters and a switch-hitter. Flaherty made five starts in right field last season and has 14 starts among his 23 career appearances in the

Injury updates on Hardy and Gallardo

The latest X-rays taken yesterday on the left foot of Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy showed the level of healing that the club hoped for since putting him on the disabled list. “Looks good,” said manager Buck Showalter, who conferred with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells. “Richie was saying if you didn’t really know exactly what you were looking for and knew the exact spot, you

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Ryan Flaherty is starting in right field today and Pedro Alvarez remains at third base for the series finale against the Mariners. Jonathan Schoop is batting sixth. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. The Mariners are seeking their first series win in Baltimore since August 2013. Former Oriole Steve Clevenger is catching today for Seattle. For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF Manny Machado SS Adam

Wilson back on the bump to close homestand

The Orioles wrap up their homestand today and board their charter for Anaheim for the start of a three-city road trip that also includes stops in Houston and Cleveland. The 12:35 p.m. starting time is greatly appreciated in the Orioles clubhouse. Something finally makes sense with their schedule. Tyler Wilson isn’t on a set schedule. His last start also came in a day game on

Wrapping up a 5-2 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter needed tonight’s starter to pitch deep into the game. Chris Tillman was the right guy at the right time. Showalter also needed Zach Britton to get the last five outs. Again, the right guy. Tillman registered his sixth consecutive quality start by holding the Mariners to two runs over 6 1/2 innings, and the baton passed from Brad Brach to Britton

Bundy anointed long reliever tonight (O’s win 5-2)

The Orioles have received five straight quality starts from Chris Tillman and they seriously could use more of the same tonight. Vance Worley saved the bullpen last night with three scoreless innings after starter Ubaldo Jimenez and left-hander Brian Matusz combined to allow 10 runs. That’s the silver lining. The hard reality is that manager Buck Showalter doesn’t have a long reliever for tonight’s game

Buck Showalter talks about Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson, the Orioles legend, Hall of Famer and owner of 16 Gold Gloves, turned 79 today. Manager Buck Showalter wasn’t going to forget. He had the date marked on the calendar in his office that’s usually reserved for pitching matchups and important appointments. “Thank God he was born,” Showalter said. “Wish he’d come out more.” There’s a big gap in generations and not every

The latest on Yovani Gallardo

Yovani Gallardo threw from 120 feet today in his latest progression as he nears a return to the mound Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Gallardo’s session was encouraging and will be repeated on Thursday before the club boards its flight to Anaheim. Gallardo will accompany the Orioles on their road trip, which includes games in Houston and Cleveland. Showalter, pitching coach Dave Wallace, bullpen coach

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Hyun Soo Kim is starting in left field tonight and Pedro Alvarez is handling third base, as the Orioles try to even the series against the Mariners. Matt Wieters is catching again on consecutive nights. Joey Rickard has reached base in 10 straight games, his second-longest streak of the season. He reached in 14 straight from April 4-21. Chris Davis is 13-for-30 (.433) in his

Thoughts on Jimenez, Matusz and McFarland

The Orioles have two serious pitching issues and no easy solution. Ubaldo Jimenez is carrying a 5.60 ERA in 45 innings. You need a kidney belt when hauling that kind of weight. He’s been charged with 10 earned runs (11 total) and 14 hits and walked eight batters in his last two starts covering 9 1/3 innings. That’s bad no matter the quality of your

Showalter speaks after 10-0 loss

The Orioles didn’t pitch tonight and they didn’t hit. If not for the fielding, including a spectacular running, leaping catch by Joey Rickard in right field that ended with him slamming against the wall, the night would have been a total loss. Fortunately for the Orioles, this game only counts as one, no matter how ugly. Ubaldo Jimenez was charged with six runs in 4

Steve Johnson on his return to Baltimore (O’s lose 10-0)

Steve Johnson felt right at home today as he walked toward the home clubhouse at Camden Yards, and in a strange land as he passed it. Johnson is here with the Mariners, who signed him in March, three days after the Rangers released him, and purchased his contract from Triple-A Tacoma on May 3. “It’s awesome to be here, but definitely on the other side

A sampling of Showalter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter anticipated that a team would claim Jimmy Paredes on waivers, as the Blue Jays did yesterday. However, that didn’t make it any easier to accept. Showalter likes Paredes and respects his work ethic. “That’s why he’s in the big leagues today. That’s Jimmy,” Showalter said. “You get an emotional attachment to guys who care that much. He’s a good teammate, good

Gallardo update and Janish on playing third base

Yovani Gallardo’s right shoulder felt good again after playing catch yesterday from 90 feet. He’s going to move back to 120 feet Wednesday and Thursday - going back-to-back for the first time - and may throw off a mound on Sunday. A Gallardo update was the biggest piece of news to come out of this afternoon’s clubhouse access and media session with manager Buck Showalter.

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

Matt Wieters is catching Ubaldo Jimenez for the first time this season, as the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Mariners at rainy Camden Yards. Jimenez’s first seven starts came with Caleb Joseph behind the plate. Paul Janish is making his second start and his first since Game 1 of the May 7 doubleheader against the Athletics, the day that the Orioles purchased his

Homestand continues with visit from Mariners (updated)

The Seattle Mariners are in town for a three-game series, giving Orioles fans a chance to welcome back Baltimore native Steve Johnson and one-year crush Nelson Cruz. Johnson has allowed one run and two hits over five inning in his four appearances since the Mariners purchased his contract from Triple-A Tacoma. He earned the win in his last appearance on May 11, shutting out the

Blue Jays claim Jimmy Paredes on waivers (with quote)

The Blue Jays have claimed infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes on waivers from the Orioles, according to multiple sources. The Orioles placed Paredes on waivers Friday before his injury rehabilitation assignment expired yesterday afternoon. They were hoping to outright him to Triple-A Norfolk, though it would have required his approval. Paredes batted .279/.312/.425 in 122 games with the Orioles over parts of two seasons after they purchased

This, that and the other

The Orioles are off today and it has nothing to do with the weather. The schedule dictated it. No one is fighting it. Not everyone is spending the day away from the ballpark. Yovani Gallardo will play catch from 90 feet and someone needs to be on the other end or he’s going to spend all morning chasing the ball. Bullpen coach Dom Chiti and

Showalter speaks after 6-5 loss

The minutes that passed after the final out today didn’t alter the Orioles’ perception of the check-swing call that gave Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez new life in the eighth inning. New life that killed the Orioles’ chances of extending their winning streak to eight games. You know the rest of the story. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera homered on consecutive pitches from a frustrated Darren

Orioles’ winning streak ends at seven games with 6-5 loss

Darren O’Day was so confident today that he struck out J.D. Martinez to end the top of the eighth inning, he took a couple of small steps toward the Orioles dugout while waiting for confirmation. First base umpire Mark Wegner, on the appeal, ruled that Martinez checked his swing. Two pitches later, the Tigers had the lead. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs

Limited roster moves, Schoop stays hot, Tigers not (O’s down 6-5)

Still no word on whether a club has claimed Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Orioles. I’ve heard that they should know because it’s after 1 p.m. I’ve also heard they won’t find out until Monday. It would be appropriate for news to break on the off-day. I’m still scarred from all of the medical updates during the last off-day. By declining to put Paredes

Notes on Paredes, Wilson, Gallardo and more

The Orioles aren’t required to remove Jimmy Paredes from his injury rehab assignment until Monday. However, it appears that a decision has been made on his status. Paredes has been placed on waivers, according to an industry source. The club thus far hasn’t found any takers. Manager Buck Showalter said this morning that he wasn’t going to divulge the plan. “Everybody knows, but I’m not

Orioles and Tigers lineups

Pedro Alvarez remains at third base and Nolan Reimold gets the start in left field, as the Orioles attempt to complete a four-game sweep of the Tigers. Jonathan Schoop moves up to sixth in the order after his two-homer, five-RBI night. A win today would extend the Orioles’ streak to a season-high eight games. For the Orioles Joey Rickard RF Manny Machado SS Adam Jones

Today’s game and pending Paredes decision

Kevin Gausman still doesn’t have a win this year despite posting three consecutive quality starts. Today’s opposing pitcher, Tigers rookie Michael Fulmer, is 2-1 despite a 6.00 ERA and 2.000 WHIP in 15 innings. He hasn’t made it past the fifth in any of his three starts. Further proof that a pitcher’s won-loss record is largely meaningless. Coming up next: Do Germans really love David

Wrapping up a 9-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has made references in the past to second baseman Jonathan Schoop “graduating,” a term used to describe his maturation as a player and a person. Did Schoop get his master’s tonight? What school analogy fits when a guy homers twice, including a grand slam, and drives in a career-high five runs? Schoop led another power frenzy, again coming as the game

Orioles power past the Tigers 9-3

Not only did Matt Wieters catch in back-to-back games with tonight’s assignment, he also guided Mike Wright through the rotation’s latest quality start and gave the Orioles a lead they never surrendered. He also opened the flood gates. Jonathan Schoop homered twice, including his second career grand slam, and Adam Jones homered for the fourth time in five games, as the Orioles again got aggressive

Britton poised to pass Julio on saves list (O’s lead 9-3)

If the Orioles are faced with another save situation tonight, left-hander Zach Britton probably will sit this one out. He’s earned a breather after closing out back-to-back games. Britton’s next save will be his 84th, moving him past Jorge Julio and into sole possession of fifth place on the club’s all-time list. Forgive Britton if he’s a little foggy with his Julio history. The right-hander’s

Showalter on Gallardo and Alvarez

Orioles reliever Brad Brach played catch in the outfield this afternoon and had a light bullpen session, throwing eight to 10 pitches before heading back inside. Brach hasn’t appeared in a game since Tuesday night in Minnesota and manager Buck Showalter wants to use him tonight if the circumstances allow it. Showalter would like to lay off a couple of relievers. Closer Zach Britton and

Gallardo on his first day playing catch

Yovani Gallardo didn’t let the weather stop him today from picking up a ball for the first time since going on the disabled list. Gallardo made his scheduled 25 throws from 60 feet on flat ground. He’s slated to expand the distance to 90 feet on Monday and to 120 feet most likely on Wednesday. Manager Buck Showalter has the rehab assignment dates charted, but

Orioles lineup includes Alvarez at third base

The Orioles will attempt to win their seventh consecutive game tonight and match their longest streak of the season, and they’ll do so with adjustments made to their lineup. Hyun Soo Kim is making his seventh start tonight. He’s in left field, with Joey Rickard moving to right and Mark Trumbo serving as the designated hitter. Also, Pedro Alvarez is making his first start at

The pitching matchups for tonight’s game

Orioles right-hander Mike Wright is working on six days’ rest again tonight, which must feel normal given his inconsistent routine. Wright also had six days between his first two starts of the season. Starts between April 29 and May 7 were interrupted by one inning in relief on May 4. The weather is the main culprit. And Wright isn’t complaining. It beats pitching every five

Where will the Orioles find their next arm?

The Orioles are in dual mode when it comes to their pitching needs. They remain in the market for another arm, but they’re also trying to ready their own minor leaguers for possible duty later in the summer. They had a minor league offer on the table for veteran Kyle Lohse before he signed yesterday with the Rangers, a deal that reportedly included a June

Showalter on Tillman, Jones and a 1-0 win

The Chris Tillman bounceback season continues to gain momentum and hang time. Tillman turned in his fifth consecutive quality start tonight, shutting out the Tigers on five hits over seven innings in a 1-0 victory before an announced crowd of 30,488 at Camden Yards. Tillman walked two and struck out seven, including two in his final inning after Nick Castellanos’ leadoff double. He threw 107

Bundy still a consideration for rotation (O’s win 1-0)

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy continues to present himself as an option in the rotation next season, according to manager Buck Showalter. Bundy could receive a start in the second half this year, but Showalter said it probably would come with a three-inning cutoff. The primary interest is building up his innings this summer to make him a legitimate candidate in 2017. “I’d like to in

J.J. Hardy says left foot pain-free as he readies for Sarasota

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said his left foot feels the same as it did the day after he sustained a hairline fracture. In other words, no pain is viewed as a significant gain. Hardy continues to wear a boot on the foot, though he removed it at his locker this afternoon while changing clothes. He still hasn’t applied any pressure and continues to walk with

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

The Orioles didn’t make many changes to their lineup for tonight’s game against the Tigers. Matt Wieters is behind the plate instead of Caleb Joseph. Wieters also will catch on Saturday. Joey Rickard, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo comprise the outfield again and Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, last night marked the first Orioles victory after trailing by

Tillman’s keeping the ball in the park

While doing a little research leading up to tonight’s Orioles-Tigers game, I took special interest in two statistics that shall be highlighted here. Chris Tillman has surrendered only one home run this season. Justin Verlander has never lost at Camden Yards. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria homered off Tillman in the first inning of an April 8 game at Camden Yards, which continued his pattern

Showalter speaks after 7-5 win

So much for hitting back-to-back home runs and outmuscling the opposition. The Orioles took a shorter route to victory tonight, collecting 10 singles among their 12 hits and rallying past the Tigers 7-5 at Camden Yards. They were down 5-0 heading to the bottom of the sixth, where they scored twice to set up the decisive seventh. Nine batters, five singles, a triple and five

Jimenez lacking in quality tonight (O’s win 7-5)

Ubaldo Jimenez returned to the mound tonight in the top of the sixth inning with a chance at a quality start. It speaks more to the definition of the term than Jimenez’s performance. Fourteen of 28 Tigers reached base against him. He didn’t record an out in the sixth and two more runs scored after he departed on RBI singles by Miguel Cabrera and Victor

Jimenez looking for third win, Joseph first RBI (O’s down 3-0)

Ubaldo Jimenez and Caleb Joseph aren’t joined at the hip. Just the lineup card. Jimenez is making his seventh start tonight and Joseph remains a constant behind the plate. They haven’t been separated this season, and while there may be other factors at work, it’s worth noting that Jimenez has a 3.23 ERA in 38 career games with Joseph and a 7.02 ERA in 14

Early notes on Wieters, Hardy, Harvey and more

Caleb Joseph is behind the plate again tonight for Ubaldo Jimenez’s start, which attracts attention only because Matt Wieters is out of the lineup in back-to-back games. Wieters’ elbow is fine. Joseph has caught all six of Jimenez’s starts this season and the streak stays alive tonight. Meanwhile, Wieters will catch the next two nights and benefit from rest on Sunday with Joseph making the

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

Pedro Alvarez is back in the Orioles’ lineup tonight as the designated hitter to start a four-game series against the Tigers at Camden Yards. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard continues to play left field. Caleb Joseph starts at catcher. Matt Wieters is out of the lineup for the second straight game. Adam Jones and Chris Davis each went

Orioles bring home run roll back to Baltimore

MINNEAPOLIS - The constant rain and cold conditions have driven me away from baseball-reference.com and other baseball-related sites and directly into the arms of weather.com. But I swear, it meant nothing to me. The latest forecast for Baltimore tonight doesn’t seem too ominous, but Friday and Saturday again could pose problems for a team that’s running out of off days and dry clothes. At least

Wrapping up a 9-2 win

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles are eight games above .500 for the first time since the conclusion of the 2014 season. And they’re doing it mostly with muscle. They hit four more home runs today, including two by Mark Trumbo, and avoided a rain-related interruption in their 9-2 victory over the Twins at Target Field. The Orioles were 0-7 against the Twins last season, but are

Orioles homer happy again today (O’s win 9-2)

MINNEAPOLIS - It’s raining home runs at Target Field. No tarp needed. The Orioles have hit three more today in four innings, including two by Mark Trumbo, and they lead 5-1 in the top of the fifth. Trumbo has taken over the team lead with 11 home runs and he also ranks first in RBIs with 27. He hit a two-run shot in the second

Brach says right leg is fine (O’s lead 2-1)

MINNEAPOLIS - Today’s game is expected to start on time. That’s the good news. A storm is expected to arrive around 2 p.m. CT and the Orioles have been warned about the likelihood of at least one delay. Could be lots of first-pitch swinging. “We might be here a while, I’m told,” said manager Buck Showalter. Brad Brach said his right leg is fine after

Orioles and Twins lineups

MINNEAPOLIS - Nolan Reimold is starting in right field today and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter for the series finale against the Twins. Manny Machado stays at shortstop. Adam Jones collected two hits last night to give him 1,305 as an Oriole, passing Mark Belanger for sole possession of 12th place on the club’s all-time list. Melvin Mora is 11th with 1,323. Jones also

Adam Jones featured in Boys & Girls Club PSA

MINNEAPOLIS - Major League Baseball has reached out to Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in its continuing support of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Jones is featured in a new national public service announcement campaign filmed earlier this season at the Brooklyn O’Malley Boys & Girls Club in Baltimore. It’s a natural partnership. Jones is an Encanto Boys & Girls Club alumnus in San Diego

Will the weather let Wilson pitch?

MINNEAPOLIS - Tyler Wilson’s start in this series was delayed, but not denied. Unless the weather rears its ugly head again, which is a distinct possibility. Manager Buck Showalter pushed back Wilson following Monday night’s postponement. The rookie will make his fourth start of the season and second appearances against the Twins after shutting them out on two hits over three innings on opening day.

Wrapping up a 5-3 win

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles’ bus headed back to the team hotel last night following the postponement. Manager Buck Showalter and bench coach John Russell, staying back to finish up some work, heard a thumping noise down in the batting cage. The place was supposed to be empty. Center fielder Adam Jones, still engulfed in a nasty slump, was doing some extra hitting. If he was

First inning continues to challenge Orioles starters (O’s win 5-3)

MINNEAPOLIS - The first inning challenged the Orioles again tonight at Target Field. At least it wasn’t the weather. The Orioles pitching staff was tied with the Braves for 22nd in the majors with a 5.40 ERA in the first inning. The Twins were 24th at 6.10. The Royals and Tigers were tied for last with a 7.26 ERA. Coming off eight scoreless innings and

Tyler Wilson continues to adapt to adjusted schedule

MINNEAPOLIS - Tyler Wilson was supposed to make last night’s start for the Orioles until finding out that he’d be pushed back to Wednesday afternoon due to the rainout. Wilson knows how to stay flexible, having pitched out of the bullpen and the rotation with the Orioles. He’s rarely on a set schedule. Shortly after the media was allowed inside the clubhouse, Wilson grabbed his

Orioles announce makeup dates and times

MINNEAPOLIS - The weather has forced the Orioles into some major adjustments in their schedule. Last night’s postponed game will be played at 7:10 p.m. ET on July 28 at Target Field. The Twins allowed the Orioles to pick the starting time, since they’re coming from Baltimore following a night game against the Rockies and flying out to Toronto after the one-game “series.” Manager Buck

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles are going with the same lineup tonight as the one intended for last night before the series opener against the Twins was postponed due to inclement weather. Joey Rickard remains in left field and Mark Trumbo is in right. Manny Machado is at shortstop and Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base. For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF Manny Machado SS

Gausman stays in turn as Orioles try to play

MINNEAPOLIS - The tarp stayed on the field last night, a game postponed without a drop of rain falling for hours. Maybe it’s a new trend in baseball, a forecast fad where storms are anticipated and action is taken and off days are lost for no apparent reason. I sat in my hotel room in Arlington, Tx. on April 9, listening to birds chirp outside

Orioles saddled with fourth postponement (plus notes)

MINNEAPOLIS - We were in a rain delay without the rain until the Twins made the announcement a few minutes ago that tonight’s game with the Orioles has been postponed due to pending storms. The game will be made up on July 28 before the Orioles head to Toronto for a three-game series. Another off day is lost. This is the Orioles’ fourth postponement. They

The complications in finding a Wednesday starter

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles still don’t have a starter named for Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Twins at Target Field. Vance Worley figures to get the ball if he isn’t used in relief tonight or Tuesday. He hasn’t been told that he’s starting and manager Buck Showalter can’t make the commitment without knowing how far he’ll dig into his bullpen during the first two games

Gallardo cleared to play catch this weekend

MINNEAPOLIS - Yovani Gallardo’s shoulder has improved to the point where he’s ready to pick up a ball Saturday for the first time since going on the disabled list. Gallardo will play catch at Camden Yards, a significant development following his cortisone injection and the implementation of a cuff exercise program. “Right now, we’re shooting for Saturday,” he said. “That’s the plan. Obviously, things can

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS - No real surprises in the Orioles’ lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Twins at rainy Target Field. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is leading off and playing left field. Manny Machado stays at shortstop and Ryan Flaherty stays at third base. A win tonight would put the Orioles seven games above .500 to match their season high. They won their first seven

Scott McGough outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk

MINNEAPOLIS - Right-hander Scott McGough has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles made the announcement this afternoon. The Orioles designated McGough for assignment on Saturday to create a spot for infielder Paul Janish on the 40-man roster. McGough, 26, went a combined 0-1 with a 12.96 ERA in 8 1/3 innings between Triple-A New Orleans and Norfolk. The Orioles claimed him

Orioles trying to double up on series wins vs. Twins

The Orioles are embarking on a short road trip to Minnesota - two night games, one day game, one flight home. More payback time? They went 0-7 against the Twins last season, in case the wounds closed and you forgot about them. The four-game sweep in August at Camden Yards was killer, starting with a 15-2 thrashing and continuing with three straight one-run losses, the

Buck Showalter: “We’re in for a long ride together”

The sun was shining this afternoon at Camden Yards, with a first-pitch temperature of 68 degrees. The stands were nearly full, the festive atmosphere spiked by a Mother’s Day celebration. Baseball weather had arrived, with rain leaving the forecast after a prolonged and unwanted stay, and manager Buck Showalter didn’t want his team’s performance to dampen the mood. The Orioles fell behind 3-0 in the

Orioles mash on Mother’s Day

The Orioles maintained their macho image today while replacing orange with pink. Real men are secure in their masculinity and mashing ability. They also appreciate and support the cause. Five home runs were hit in the first four innings and Manny Machado added his third career grand slam in the eighth, Chris Tillman blanked the Athletics after surrendering three runs in the opening frame, and

Paredes’ uncertainty and Wednesday’s starter (O’s up 7-3)

There isn’t much news to report from this morning’s clubhouse access and media session with manager Buck Showalter. The Jimmy Paredes updates have grown tiresome because there’s no advancement. He’s on an injury rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie that runs through May 15. The Orioles don’t have a logical spot for him on a 25-man roster that includes Hyun Soo Kim and Pedro Alvarez. Paredes

Orioles and Athletics lineups

Joey Rickard is leading off today and playing left field, and Manny Machado is at shortstop for the series finale against the Athletics. Adam Jones is batting cleanup. Ryan Flaherty is batting ninth and starting at third base. For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF Manny Machado SS Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Mark Trumbo RF Matt Wieters C Pedro Alvarez DH Jonathan Schoop 2B

Today’s game and the story behind Reimold’s home run bat

Can Chris Tillman extend his streak of quality starts to four? Tillman closes out the series and the homestand with his ERA down to 2.81. He’s allowed three runs in his last 19 2/3 innings. Tillman is coming off back-to-back nine-strikeout games to tie his career high. In five career starts against the Athletics, Tillman has gone 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.063 WHIP

Wrapping up a 5-2 win in Game 2

If a tie is like kissing your sister, what’s splitting a doubleheader? The Orioles did it today, winning the nightcap 5-2 before 29,862 at Camden Yards. The good Ubaldo Jimenez showed up tonight. He held the Athletics to two runs over eight innings, scattering nine hits along the way and walking only one batter. He struck out the side in the eighth and left to

Davis and Jones trying to heat up in Game 2 (O’s win 5-2)

Chris Davis remains in the lineup tonight for Game 2 of the Orioles’ doubleheader after going 0-for-3 and being hit by a pitch in the opener. Davis probably would make a “contact” joke at his own expense. He’s been scuffling at the plate, going 0-for-14 in his last four games and 1-for-18 in his last five to lower his average to .204 Though he didn’t

Orioles and Athletics lineups for Game 2

Manny Machado has moved from third base to shortstop for Game 2 of today’s doubleheader against the Athletics. Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base. Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop are pulling double duty. Hyun Soo Kim is batting second tonight, his highest spot in the order since signing with the Orioles. For the Orioles Manny Machado SS Hyun Soo

Showalter speaks after 8-4 Game 1 loss

Left-hander T.J. McFarland, optioned to Triple-A Norfolk this morning to create room for infielder Paul Janish on the 25-man roster, has been “recalled” and will serve as 26th man for Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Athletics. McFarland will be sent down after the final out. The Orioles can hope only for a split of the doubleheader. Breaking even after some bad breaks in

Showalter chooses Wright over Jimenez for Game 1 (O’s lose 8-4)

Mike Wright was handed the ball for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Athletics, moving ahead of Ubaldo Jimenez, whose start last night was washed away by rain. Jimenez is starting Game 2, a decision that came down to a couple of factors. “It could go either way,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I’ve found through the years young pitchers waiting around until 7 o’clock,

McFarland optioned to Norfolk (plus lineups)

The Orioles have optioned reliever T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for infielder Paul Janish on the 40-man roster. McFarland could stay and serve as the 26th man in Game 2 before reporting to the Tides. We’ll see how it plays out. The 26th man must return to the minors after the nightcap. McFarland is 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in eight relief

Paul Janish in today’s lineup

The Orioles are selecting the contract of infielder Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk before Game 1 of today’s doubleheader. The lineup hasn’t been posted, but Janish is starting at shortstop. He flew into Baltimore from Houston following the birth of his daughter. A pitcher will be optioned to make room for Janish, but he will remain with the team as the 26th man for the

Trying to get the roster right after Wright

Let’s try this again. The Orioles are playing a day-night doubleheader because it’s not going to stop raining until Christmas. I’m no longer surprised or disappointed by the forecast. Just accept that the team is changing its logo to a black cloud. I can’t wait for the next giveaway, when the first 10,000 fans 18 and older will receive a tarp. The roster will change

Orioles-Athletics game postponed

The Orioles have been subjected to their third postponement of the season. Tonight’s game against the Athletics won’t be played due to rain. The clubs will play a split doubleheader Saturday with separate admission. Game 1 is slated for 1:05 p.m. The second game remains at 7:05 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on MASN2 and the Orioles Radio Network. Tickets and prepaid parking

The weather and whether the Orioles keep a short bench

The Orioles apparently will make it through tonight without a roster move. The three-man bench remains intact. Infielder Paul Janish remains in Houston with wife Maria and their baby girl. It’s a mystery whether he’s going to return to Triple-A Norfolk, come to Baltimore this weekend or meet the team in Minnesota next week. “It may not be him. It may not be anybody if

Early notes from Camden Yards

The tarp just came off the field at Camden Yards, and this time it’s not about dumping water. The grounds crew is raking the infield while the mound and batter’s box remain covered. A light rain continues to fall, however, and we’re still unsure about the status of tonight’s game. There’s talk of a window around 7 p.m. and the Orioles are hoping to play.

Orioles and Athletics lineups

Adam Jones is batting fifth tonight as the Orioles attempt to open their series against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Rain continues to fall, but the Orioles obviously will attempt to play. Manny Machado remains at shortstop. Nolan Reimold is in left field. The Orioles haven’t made a roster move at this point. They’re still going with a three-man bench. The Orioles won six of

Orioles part of Rich Hill’s crazy journey

Before Rich Hill became the six million dollar man, before he went from the Long Island Ducks to living high on the hog, he was an injured pitcher at Orioles spring training. Full of promise and anxiety and failed expectations. Hill would make 13 starts among his 14 appearances with the Orioles, racking up a 7.80 ERA and 1.873 WHIP in 57 2/3 innings. He

Wrapping up a 10-inning 1-0 win

No Orioles starter this season has gone deeper into a game than Kevin Gausman. The only question tonight was whether he’d be rewarded with a win. He settled for a no-decision. The Orioles got the win. Pedro Alvarez’s fly ball to center field scored pinch-runner Nolan Reimold in the bottom of the 10th inning and gave the Orioles a 1-0 victory before 19,598 at Camden

More from Showalter before tonight’s game (O’s win 1-0 in 10th)

Darren O’Day is likely to take the ball tonight if the Orioles are in a save situation. However, Zach Britton is on the verge of reclaiming the ninth-inning responsibilities after spraining his left ankle over the weekend. “Zach had a good day today,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Very close. He’s close to being available.” The decision to go back to a 12-man staff probably won’t

Early notes on Britton, Janish, Paredes and Gallardo

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said today that closer Zach Britton is “very close” to being available. Britton sprained his left ankle Saturday night. He threw in the bullpen again today and performed fielding drills without any setbacks. Showalter really wants a four-man bench and having Britton ready to pitch would provide the green light for the Orioles to bring up another position player. Infielder Paul

Hyun Soo Kim in tonight’s lineup

Hyun Soo Kim gets the start in left field tonight and Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard moves to the bench, as the Orioles conclude their three-game series against the Yankees. Kim, who’s 9-for-15, is batting sixth. Manny Machado stays at shortstop and moves atop the order. Machado leads the American League and is tied for the major league lead with 13 multi-hit games this season.

Can Rickard get rolling again?

The Orioles won’t face another left-handed starter until the Athletics give Rich Hill the ball in Friday’s series opener. That’s one whole day. A predictable lineup tonight would include Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard in left field, Mark Trumbo in right and Pedro Alvarez serving as the designated hitter. It’s been standard, and a three-man bench reduces the odds that changes are coming. Trumbo and

Wrapping up a 7-0 loss

Tyler Wilson was cruising along tonight in his third start of the season. One hit allowed through five innings, and it came from the first batter of the game. Fifteen of 17 retired, no runs allowed. Wilson needed only seven pitches to make it through the fifth inning. He threw 27 in the sixth and committed an error while falling behind 3-0. A game turned

Orioles prefer keeping Chris Davis at first (O’s lose 7-0)

The Yankees took batting practice today in a light rain at Camden Yards. Because the baseball gods have a wicked sense of humor. Orioles manager Buck Showalter already has a lineup in mind for Thursday’s series finale, but he’s always prepared to make changes. He’d never post it early. There are too many variables. “I try to stay one in advance to help you deal

Showalter on injuries, Janish and a tarp controversy

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was waiting this afternoon to gather more information on Zach Britton’s throwing session, which took place on flat ground and on the bullpen mound. Showalter noted how Britton’s sprained ankle is feeling better today. “He did some things he couldn’t do yesterday,” Showalter said. “I’ll get where we are with it after we get through here. I know it’s better. Like

Zach Britton on today’s bullpen session

Orioles closer Zach Britton threw on flat ground again today, simulating his delivery and far exceeding soft-toss velocity. He headed to the bullpen, attracting a crowd, and threw five pitches off the front of the mound and five on top of it. It’s doubtful that Britton is available tonight while recovering from a sprained left ankle, but he’s avoiding the disabled list. “I guess you

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Manny Machado remains at shortstop and Ryan Flaherty stays at third base for tonight’s game against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Nolan Reimold gets the start in left field, with Joey Rickard in right. Rickard is 6-for-41 since back-to-back three-hit games against the Blue Jays, his average falling from .350 to .267. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Mark Trumbo’s 33 hits and 22 RBIs

Wilson vs. Sabathia tonight at Camden Yards

The Orioles are back in first place and they hold a 6 ½-game lead over the last-place Yankees in the American League East. No one knows how long it’s going to last. Just buckle up and enjoy the ride. The Orioles have won six consecutive games against the Yankees dating back to Sept. 8, 2015, their longest streak since taking eight in a row from

Showalter on Tillman, Trumbo, Davis and a 4-1 win

Much of the winter chatter regarding the Orioles rotation centered on the importance of bounceback seasons from Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez. Few phrases gained more traction. Gonzo is gone, having been released and now pitching at Triple-A Charlotte. Tillman, meanwhile, has lowered his ERA to 2.81 in 32 innings. He’s got that ace look again. Tillman turned in his third consecutive quality start tonight,

Orioles start new series with Machado at shortstop (O’s win 4-1)

Though he owns two Gold Gloves and a Platinum Glove at third base, Manny Machado arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex this spring determined to get better. He wasn’t going to rest on his hardware. Leave it to the unpredictable nature of baseball to move Machado away from his goal and his position. Machado is starting at shortstop tonight with J.J. Hardy on the

Notes and quotes before tonight’s game

Ryan Flaherty received a text message yesterday alerting him to the fractured bone in J.J. Hardy’s left foot. He was in Louisville with Triple-A Norfolk and headed out to the field when told to catch a flight to Baltimore. Flaherty had to backtrack and retrieve his luggage. He arrived last night around 7:30 p.m. and is starting at third base tonight in the series opener

J.J. Hardy on foot injury: “It’s definitely frustrating”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had Manny Machado at third base in his original lineup. They met in his office with the door closed before batting practice, and Machado emerged later as the shortstop. Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base. Machado talked Showalter into making the switch. “I have that right,” Showalter said. The Orioles aren’t setting a timetable for J.J. Hardy’s return from a

Ryan Flaherty starting at shortstop tonight (updated)

Update: Ryan Flaherty is now starting at third base, with Manny Machado starting at shortstop. Flaherty is playing shortstop tonight as the Orioles open their three-games series against the Yankees at Camden Yards. The Orioles placed J.J. Hardy on the disabled list earlier today and recalled Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk. Machado remains at third base and his batting second. Joey Rickard is in left field,

Orioles place J.J. Hardy on 15-day disabled list

The Orioles made their roster move official today, subtracting the undisputed leader of their infield due to injury. J.J. Hardy has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to yesterday with a fractured left foot, and the Orioles recalled infielder Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk. A CT scan yesterday confirmed that Hardy suffered a hairline fracture after fouling a ball off it during the

More on the injuries, roster and tonight’s game

It’s time to get busy again after yesterday’s off-day. Please watch your step while I’m dripping with sarcasm. I wouldn’t want you to slip and fall. Infielder Ryan Flaherty will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to replace shortstop J.J. Hardy, who’s going on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his left foot. In case you haven’t memorized this part, Flaherty can return sooner

Duquette on Hardy replacements

The Orioles seem prepared to stay in-house while seeking a replacement for shortstop J.J. Hardy, who’s headed to the disabled list with a small fracture in his left foot. Early projections have Hardy missing six to eight weeks, but the Orioles won’t hold him to it. “Everybody’s different,” said executive vice president Dan Duquette. “It depends how quickly he heals. He’ll need a little bit

Manny Machado named AL Player of the Month

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado did more than torture opposing pitchers since breaking camp. He won an award for it. Machado has been named the American League’s Player of the Month for April after batting .344/.394/.667 with 10 doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBIs, seven walks and 20 runs scored. He committed only one error, on an errant throw during Saturday night’s game against the

Hardy going on DL with hairline fracture in foot (updated)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy sustained a hairline fracture in his left foot yesterday and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, a harsh blow for a team so reliant on its defense. Hardy was scheduled to undergo a CT scan after X-rays yesterday raised serious concerns within the organization. The injury was labeled a “contusion,” but further testing was ordered. Today’s findings came as

Updates on Hardy, Britton and Harvey

The Orioles are in the process today of determining a timetable for shortstop J.J. Hardy’s return after he underwent a CT scan on his left foot. Hardy fouled a ball off his foot in the fourth inning yesterday and is expected to land on the disabled list. The Orioles are gathering more information and formulating a roster plan. Ryan Flaherty could be recalled from Triple-A

This, that and the other

The Orioles are going to experience one of the busiest off days in recorded history. This team has a lot to learn about relaxing. Shortstop J.J. Hardy will undergo a CT scan on his left foot and I’d be surprised if the news is good. The Orioles viewed the results of his X-rays yesterday and ordered more pictures. Something must be wrong beyond a bruise.

Hardy to undergo CT scan on foot (plus more on O’s 7-1 loss)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will undergo a CT scan on Monday morning after fouling a ball off his left foot today in a 7-1 loss to the White Sox at Camden Yards. Hardy already had X-rays taken on the foot, and while the initial diagnosis is a contusion, the Orioles are concerned about a more serious injury. “I do know, I’ve got an idea,” said

Hardy leaves game after fouling ball off foot (O’s lose 7-1)

The Orioles lost another player today as they wind down their four-game series against the White Sox. Shortstop J.J .Hardy was removed after the bottom of the fifth inning. The Orioles explained that he fouled a ball off his left foot in his last at-bat. We’ll have an update following the game. Manny Machado moved over to short and Pedro Alvarez replaced him at third

Kim and Alvarez take hot bats back to bench (O’s down 6-0)

A light rain continues to fall at Camden Yards, but the tarp is rolled up and fingers are crossed. The grounds crew covered the mound and home plate area during introductions while starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Sale warmed in the bullpen. Hyun Soo Kim and Pedro Alvarez will stay dry in the dugout. They’re out of the lineup again today with the opposition starting

Showalter on Britton, his replacement closer and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter remains encouraged this morning after checking on closer Zach Britton, who sprained his left ankle last night. Showalter doesn’t know when Britton will pitch again and he’s not revealing his choice of designated closer, but he’s feeling good about the situation. “Like I did last night,” Showalter said. “Not much swelling. You all talk to him yet? He’ll talk to you

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

Mark Trumbo is batting third for the first time this season and Adam Jones is hitting cleanup for the second time this year for the Orioles in the today’s finale of a four-game series with the White Sox. In five career games from the three-hole, Trumbo is batting .368/.400/.526. Jones is a career .293/.331/.504 hitter out of the fourth spot. Nolan Reimold in left field

Britton: “I think I’d be surprised if I had to go on the DL”

Orioles closer Zach Britton said X-rays taken on his left ankle came back negative and he hopes to throw again in a few days. Britton jammed the ankle last night in the ninth inning. He exited the game and is on crutches this morning. He’s also wearing a walking boot, but more so for a stimulation device to speed up the healing process. “After I

Jimenez vs. Sale in the series finale

Zach Britton won’t be taking the ball today if the Orioles are faced with a save situation. Not less than 24 hours after spraining his left ankle. He’s day-to-day, but today isn’t it. Who knows how long he’s going to be sidelined? We hear “sprain” and expect an X-ray, to be followed by an MRI. That’s how it always seems to play out. Let’s see

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