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Orioles option Drake and Pena, place McFarland on DL

The Orioles made a couple of anticipated roster moves today, activating pitcher Vance Worley and catcher Caleb Joseph from the disabled list, and optioning pitcher Oliver Drake and catcher Francisco Pena to Triple-A Norfolk. They also made an unanticipated move in their bullpen, placing T.J. McFarland on the 15-day DL with a left knee injury and selecting the contract of Chaz Roe from Triple-A. Manager

Orioles and Mariners lineups

If the Orioles can hit one home run tonight at Safeco Field, they will set a new major league record for homers hit in June. The Orioles are currently tied with the 1996 A’s, both teams having hit 55 June homers. The Orioles’ top seven home run hitters are in tonight’s lineup, so that weighs in their favor. So does the fact that Mariners starter

Tillman vs. Walker tonight in Seattle

SAN DIEGO - The Orioles are in Seattle to remind the Mariners that they traded away Chris Tillman and Adam Jones. There’s also a four-game series to play. Tillman gets the start tonight, with a chance to earn his 11th win in 12 decisions and perhaps influence the pitching staff for the upcoming All-Star Game. His last outing didn’t go as well as most. He

Notes on pending bullpen move and Rickard

SAN DIEGO - The Orioles have an obvious roster move coming this week and one today that had been wide open to debate and speculation. Maybe not quite as much anymore. Catcher Caleb Joseph will join the team today in Seattle after catching on three consecutive nights at Single-A Frederick. The Orioles figure to activate him for Friday night’s game against the Mariners, with backup

Showalter, Trumbo, Jones and Gallardo wrap up 12-6 win

SAN DIEGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club will make “at least” one roster move before Thursday night’s series opener against the Mariners in Seattle. Vance Worley is meeting up with the team and will be activated from the disabled list. The Orioles could option reliever Oliver Drake, who’s pitched in back-to-back games and allowed six runs and five hits in 2 1/3

Orioles complete two-game sweep of Padres

SAN DIEGO - The Orioles tied a home run record for the month of June, completed a two-game series sweep of the Padres to run their winning streak to seven games and increased their margin to 5 ½ in the American League East. Not a bad way to spend a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Yovani Gallardo took a shutout into the sixth and collected two hits

Orioles tie June home run record (O’s lead 7-3)

SAN DIEGO - The Orioles’ home run prowess figured to get them into the record books. Their long ball binging continued today with Mark Trumbo’s two-run shot off left-hander Christian Friedrich in the fourth inning that increased the lead to 4-0 over the Padres. Trumbo leads the majors with 23 home runs. The Orioles, meanwhile, tied the 1996 Athletics for most homers in the month

Quick hits from Petco Park (updated)

SAN DIEGO - Top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, recovering from sports hernia surgery, allowed two hits and struck out six batters today in three scoreless innings for the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Harvey threw two scoreless innings with five strikeouts in his previous start with the team. He’s nearing an assignment with one of the full-season affiliates. Parker Bridwell, on Double-A Bowie’s disabled list with

Orioles and Padres lineups

SAN DIEGO - Reliever Vance Worley is flying to Seattle today and will meet up with the Orioles after they complete a two-game series against the Padres. Caleb Joseph is catching again at Single-A Frederick and will meet the team Thursday in Seattle. More roster moves are coming. Jonathan Schoop continues to bat second today and Mark Trumbo is in right field. Joey Rickard is

Perez named to IL All-Star team (and other notes)

SAN DIEGO - Triple-A Norfolk catcher Audry Perez was named to the International League’s All-Star team, the latest honor bestowed upon the organization’s backstops. Double-A Bowie’s Chance Sisco was named to the Eastern League’s All-Star team, Single-A Frederick’s Jonah Heim was chosen to the Carolina League’s All-Star team, and low Single-A Delmarva’s Yermin Mercedes and Alex Murphy (Calvert Hall) were selected to the South Atlantic

Gallardo’s turn on the mound and at the plate

SAN DIEGO - As Orioles manager Buck Showalter aligned his rotation in the weeks leading to the first interleague games in National League ballparks, he wanted to set up Yovani Gallardo for starts that would allow the veteran right-hander to bat. If you’re going to lose the designated hitter, substitute him with a pitcher who’s hit 12 career home runs and has won a Silver

Wrapping up an 11-7 win

SAN DIEGO - The Orioles are getting on a serious roll, one that manager Buck Showalter can both appreciate and keep in its proper perspective. The club has won six games in a row to move 16 above .500, collecting 17 hits tonight in an 11-7 win over the Padres that was marred only by the bullpen’s failings toward the end. “We haven’t even played

Orioles pound out 17 hits in 11-7 win

SAN DIEGO - Six victories in a row and eight in the last 10 games. Sixteen games above .500. The Orioles are beating up on struggling teams, just as they’re supposed to do while leading the American League East. The Padres, the Rays, the Padres again. It’s not for the squeamish or the faint of heart. Three more home runs were only part of the

Adam Jones keeps the home runs coming (O’s win 11-7)

SAN DIEGO - It took only two pitches for Adam Jones to remind everyone how much he loves playing against the Paders, and especially in his hometown. Jones drove a 90 mph fastball from Padres starter Erik Johnson over the right-center field fence at Petco Park to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Jones’ ball traveled an estimated distance of 398 feet and made him

Updates on O’Day, Worley and Joseph

SAN DIEGO - Orioles reliever Darren O’Day threw his second bullpen session today and it wasn’t as encouraging as the first, which took place between games of Saturday’s doubleheader at Camden Yards. O’Day was supposed to pitch in a couple of simulated games on the road trip following today’s session. However, he may need to throw in the bullpen for a third time before he’s

Gallardo gets to take his hacks again in series finale

SAN DIEGO - None of the American League teams relish losing the designated hitter in interleague games in National League parks. It’s a disadvantage that manager Buck Showalter probably will mention later today while meeting with reporters in the visiting dugout at Petco Park. However, if a pitcher has to bat, it may as well be Yovani Gallardo, owner of 12 career home runs and

Orioles and Padres lineups

SAN DIEGO - Hyun Soo Kim will start in left field for tonight’s series opener against the Padres. Jonathan Schoop will bat second for just the fifth time. Schoop is hitting .353 from the second spot this season. The Orioles lose their designated hitter in a National League ballpark. Ubaldo Jimenez is 33-for-282 (.117) with 11 RBIs, 17 walks and 98 strikeouts. He’s 2-for-9 with

Orioles recall McFarland, Sisco chosen to U.S. team

SAN DIEGO - The Orioles made their anticipated roster move this afternoon, recalling left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk. McFarland replaces left-hander Ashur Tolliver, who was optioned to Norfolk following Sunday’s game. Tolliver will be going on paternity leave with his wife due on July 7 and the Orioles didn’t want him traveling to the West Coast. McFarland became eligible today after staying down for

Jimenez vs. Johnson again tonight in San Diego

SAN DIEGO - It’s almost time for the long-awaited rematch between Ubaldo Jimenez and Erik Johnson. Giving the public what it demands. Jimenez got back into the rotation Wednesday night and held the Padres to two runs and four hits over six innings in a 7-2 victory at Camden Yards. He also walked four batters, struck out seven and threw 104 pitches while lowering his

Duquette on the Brach deal

SAN DIEGO - No matter how the two-game series in San Diego unfolds for the Orioles, with the opener played tonight, they’ve already scored a huge win. To the point where they should feel pangs of guilt. Nah, forget it. This is a business. The Padres knew what they were doing on the day they traded reliever Brad Brach to the Orioles for minor league

Updating the All-Star voting

Manny Machado remains the only Orioles player leading at his position in American League All-Star voting. Machado is first among third basemen with 2,196,732 votes to stay ahead of the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson (1,590,183). Mark Trumbo, who leads the majors with 22 home runs, has dropped from fourth to fifth among outfielders with 1,801,969 votes. The Angels’ Mike Trout is first with 2,972,582 votes,

Trumbo on All-Star support: “It makes you feel pretty special”

The Orioles are in first place by four games in the American League East and trying to distance themselves from the rest of the field and win their second division crown in three seasons. Mark Trumbo currently is fourth among American League outfielders in All-Star voting. Guess where his attention and focus are fixed? Anyone who knows Trumbo or has been around him for any

Showalter speaks after series sweep

The Orioles have optioned left-hander Ashur Tolliver to Triple-A Norfolk and most likely will replace him Tuesday night with lefty T.J. McFarland, whose 10 days in the minors are set to expire. Tolliver allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. He’s going on paternity leave soon becasue his wife is due on July 7 and manager Buck Showalter didn’t want him on the West

Chris Davis hits seventh grand slam (O’s win 12-5)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wanted to get Chris Davis off his feet today and provided a couple of choices. Sitting out the game may have brought some appeal against Rays left-hander Drew Smyly, but Davis chose to serve as the designated hitter. Good call. Davis hit a grand slam in the first inning to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead and send the Camden Yards

Orioles roster moves pending (plus more notes)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club could make “a move or so” following today’s series finale against the Rays. One of the corresponding moves could come Tuesday when Vance Worley is eligible to come off the disabled list. Also, left-hander T.J. McFarland is eligible to be called up on Tuesday because the minimum 10 days will pass since the Orioles optioned him to Triple-A

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

The Orioles lead the American League East by three games today as they try to complete a four-game sweep of the Rays at Camden Yards. Mark Trumbo is out early taking ground balls at first base, his starting position today against Rays left-hander Drew Smyly. Chris Davis is the designated hitter. Joey Rickard is in right field and batting second. Francisco Pena is behind the

Wilson vs. Smyly today at Camden Yards

Kevin Gausman finally nailed down his first 2016 win yesterday in Game 1 of the doubleheader. It only took him 14 starts. Tyler Wilson will try today to win his first career game at Camden Yards. He’s come up short in 12 appearances, including eight starts, over parts of two seasons. Wilson is 0-5 with a 4.17 ERA at home and 5-2 with a 3.79

Showalter speaks after sweep

Darren O’Day threw a bullpen session today between games of the doubleheader. He’s got another one scheduled and also will pitch in two simulated games on the road. More good news for the Orioles, who completed their sweep of the Rays with an 8-6 win before 33,040 at Camden Yards. The Orioles (44-30) move a season-high 14 games above .500. They can complete their first

Explaining the lineup and Brach’s cheering section (O’s win 8-6)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter broke out his right-handed lineup for Game 2 of tonight’s doubleheader against the Rays. He had a choice between doing it in the opener or the nightcap, with the Rays sending right-handers Matt Andriese and Jake Odorizzi to the mound. Or he could have mixed it up in both lineups. Manager’s choice. Showalter did his homework as usual and noted how

Orioles and Rays lineups

The Orioles have replaced their corner outfielders and designated hitter for Game 2 of today’s doubleheader. Nolan Reimold is in left field instead of Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard is in right instead of Mark Trumbo. Trumbo is the designated hitter instead of Pedro Alvarez. Also, Matt Wieters is catching instead of Francisco Pena, but everyone saw it coming. Wieters wasn’t catching a day

Showalter on Gausman, defense and a 5-0 win

Pitching and defense made the difference for the Orioles today in Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Rays. It used to be a tradition in Baltimore and the Orioles turned back the clock and the Rays, winning 5-0 before 18,229 in a makeup game from April 9. Tampa Bay has lost nine in a row. Meanwhile, the Orioles have won three straight and hold

Gausman taking aim at first win in 2016 (O’s win 5-0)

Pitchers shouldn’t be judged on wins and losses. Too much is out of their hands. It’s not an accurate barometer. However, let’s not downplay Kevin Gausman’s effort today that could lead to his first victory in 2016. Gausman has retired 17 of the last 18 batters he’s faced in Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Rays. He’s allowed only two hits and hasn’t issued

Complicated starter and lineup process for doubleheader (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter made the decision to start Kevin Gausman in Game 1 of today’s doubleheader and Chris Tillman in Game 2 after considering a variety of separators. Showalter also consulted with Tillman, the veteran right-hander, to get his preference. Making out the lineups against two right-handed opponents, Matt Andriese and Jake Odorizzi, also was a complicated process. “It starts like a week ago,”

McFarland officially recalled (plus Game 1 lineups)

The Orioles have officially recalled left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk to be the 26th player on the roster to today’s split doubleheader against the Rays. McFarland went 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA over five games (four starts) with Norfolk this season. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and batting second for the first game of the doubleheader. Mark Trumbo is in right and

Gausman and Tillman taking turns today

Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman are coming at today’s doubleheader from opposite directions. Gausman hasn’t won since Sept. 30, 2015. Tillman hasn’t lost since April 14. It’s not entirely Gausman’s fault, of course, but he’s 0-5 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.353 WHIP in 12 starts over 68 innings. In his last two starts, he’s allowed 10 runs and 16 hits in eight innings. The

Showalter speaks after 6-3 win

Yovani Gallardo surrendered two runs tonight within his first four pitches. Matt Moore didn’t allow a baserunner until one out in the fifth inning. The Rays held the advantage into the middle innings before the Orioles ripped it from their grasp. Adam Jones homered with one out in the bottom of the sixth to ignite a four-run rally that proved decisive, as the Orioles opened

Orioles roster getting back to normal (O’s win 6-3)

The Orioles are back at full strength tonight, with Manny Machado in the lineup after completing his four-game suspension. It would seem to be cause for celebration. However, manager Buck Showalter didn’t want to leave the impression that the club couldn’t function without its All-Star third baseman. “We try very hard not to have that type of feeling when any of our guys, for the

Quick hits from Camden Yards

The Orioles have signed two more draft picks, left-handers Yelin Rodriguez (20th round) and Tyler Erwin (23rd), raising their total to 25. Still no agreement with seventh-rounder Preston Palmeiro, son of former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro. Darren O’Day felt good after throwing off a half-mound yesterday and will throw a regular bullpen session on Saturday. Vance Worley will follow Jason Garcia to the mound

McFarland back at Camden Yards (plus lineup and notes)

Left-hander T.J. McFarland is in the Orioles’ clubhouse today. He’s been placed on the one-day taxi squad and can be recalled as an extra pitcher for Saturday’s doubleheader. Yovani Gallardo makes his second start tonight since coming off the disabled list, Manny Machado returns from his four-game suspension and the Orioles open a four-game series against the Rays at Camden Yards. The tarp’s off the

Mychal Givens on recent struggles: “It’s just baseball”

The Orioles have 25 players on their active roster for tonight’s series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards. Never take it for granted. Manny Machado’s suspension has ended, with the Orioles going 2-2 in his absence. He’s back in tonight’s lineup at third base. All is right with the Orioles’ world. Well, just about all of it. Manager Buck Showalter shook his head Wednesday

Janish: “It was a mutual want in terms of staying in the organization”

Infielder Paul Janish will meet up with Triple-A Norfolk Saturday in Columbus as he tries to work his way back to the Orioles. He’s currently in Houston with his family. Janish cleared waivers and was outrighted to Norfolk on Tuesday. He accepted the assignment, though he had the right to refuse and become a free agent. There were a couple of factors at work, including

This, that and the other

Remember when the Orioles were clinging to that one-game lead over the Red Sox in the American League East? Well, now they’re clinging to a two-game lead. Buckle up. It’s a long season. The Orioles lost their off day on Monday when they were forced into a one-game makeup series in Texas. No wonder they want to dance all over the open date on today’s

Showalter on Jimenez: “I would have signed up for that”

Orioles reliever Vance Worley will throw a bullpen session on Thursday, report to Double-A Bowie on Saturday and pitch in the first game of his injury rehab assignment. Reliever Darren O’Day will throw off a half-mound on Thursday. Caleb Joseph will catch at Single-A Frederick on Monday. “Hopefully, we’ve got some guys moving in a good direction,” said manager Buck Showalter. Ubaldo Jimenez didn’t get

Orioles eager for Machado’s return after tonight (O’s win 7-2)

The Orioles are down to their last game tonight without third baseman Manny Machado, whose suspension ends after the final out. The roster goes back to 25 players. A team feels whole again. The Orioles made another move today by placing Brian Duensing on the 15-day disabled list and recalling Ashur Tolliver from Triple-A Norfolk. They recalled Oliver Drake yesterday and outrighted infielder Paul Janish.

Janish accepts outright assignment (plus other notes)

Infielder Paul Janish accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, according to industry sources. He is expected to join the team this weekend. Janish had the right to refuse the assignment based on a previous designation. He cleared waivers and was outrighted yesterday to make room for reliever Oliver Drake, giving him three days to make a decision. The Orioles have signed 15 more of

Orioles lineup vs. Padres

Jonathan Schoop is batting third tonight as the Orioles try to gain a split of their two-games series against the Padres. Hyun Soo Kim continues to start in left field against right-handers. Pedro Alvarez is serving as the designated hitter. Ryan Flaherty is playing third base. He was on the field earlier today taking ground balls. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Hyun Soo Kim

Orioles recall Ashur Tolliver

The Orioles have placed reliever Brian Duensing on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation and recalled left-hander Ashur Tolliver from Triple-A Norfolk. The DL move is retroactive to Monday. Duensing, 33, posted a 5.40 ERA (4 ER/6.2 IP) over seven games with the Orioles this season, allowing four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Manager Buck Showalter revealed yesterday that Duensing was undergoing

Pitching matchups for weekend series vs. Rays

The Orioles need one more win for 1,000 at Camden Yards since the ballpark opened in 1992. The team is 999-959 at home. Following Thursday’s off-day, the Orioles host the Rays in a four-game series that includes Saturday’s makeup doubleheader. The Orioles are listing Yovani Gallardo as Friday night’s starter, followed by Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman on Saturday, and Tyler Wilson on Sunday. The

Jimenez gets another chance in the rotation

Ubaldo Jimenez has gone from demoted starter to potential stopper. In case you’ve forgotten, baseball is a funny game. Jimenez retired one Toronto batter on June 12 and was sent to the bullpen, where he made one appearance against the Blue Jays that also was unacceptable. Five runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings. Two walks and two home runs. Nothing about the outing

Showalter on Wednesday starter and 10-7 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced that Ubaldo Jimenez will start Wednesday night against the Padres at Camden Yards. The decision was made following tonight’s game. Odrisamer Despaigne recorded the final out in the top of the ninth to officially eliminate him from consideration. Left-hander Brian Duensing remains a candidate to go on the disabled list with a sore elbow, and Showalter indicated that the Orioles

Roster intrigue and game update (O’s lose 10-7)

I’ve arrived at Camden Yards, appreciative that the 38-minute rain delay allowed me to take my usual seat in the press box before first pitch. My 12:15 p.m. flight out of Raleigh, N.C. was cancelled “due to weather.” Except that it would have arrived in Baltimore while the sun was out. Purchasing a rental car and driving here was sound in theory, except that multiple

Orioles and Padres lineups

The Orioles are back in Baltimore to start a two-game series against the Padres after their makeup game last night in Arlington. Tyler Wilson looks to follow up his eight scoreless innings in Boston with Francisco Pena behind the plate. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Mark Trumbo is in right. Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. For the OriolesAdam Jones CFHyun Soo

Orioles back home for two-game series with Padres

A quick quiz to start your morning: Name the Padres manager. Answer to follow. The Orioles and Padres are set to begin a two-game series tonight at Camden Yards. They haven’t met since 2013, when the Orioles won twice in San Diego and the Padres won twice in Baltimore. The Padres’ only other visit to Camden Yards came in 2002, when the Orioles won two

Sharlon Schoop headed to Baltimore

The Orioles have summoned Triple-A Norfolk infielder Sharlon Schoop to Baltimore in case they need him on Tuesday. I’m told that the Orioles aren’t assured of purchasing Schoop’s contract. He’s going to be close in case they decide to make a roster move while third baseman Manny Machado serves the last two games of his four-game suspension. Machado will miss the series against the Padres

Orioles and Rangers lineups

The Orioles are going with a right-handed heavy lineup tonight against Rangers left-hander Derek Holland. Nolan Reimold and Joey Rickard are playing the outfield corners. Paul Janish is starting at third base. Matt Wieters is behind the plate again tonight. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Joey Rickard RF Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo DH Matt Wieters C Jonathan Schoop 2B J.J. Hardy SS Nolan

Oliver Drake rewarded for dominant week at Triple-A Norfolk

Triple-A Norfolk reliever Oliver Drake has been chosen as the International League’s Pitcher of the Week. How long before the Orioles choose him for a return visit to their bullpen? Drake was 4-for-4 in save opportunities last week and held opponents to a .077 average (1-for-13). He walked one batter and struck out 10 in four scoreless innings. The dominance expands beyond a week. Drake

Orioles one and done tonight in Texas

I was amused yesterday when I received a question on Twitter regarding the Orioles’ travel roster for tonight’s game against the Rangers. It does feel like a spring training road game. Manager Buck Showalter left some personnel back in Baltimore, including assistant hitting coach Mark Quinn and an extra athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach. Most of the starting pitchers avoided the trip because

Upcoming starters and Father’s Day lessons

While Chris Tillman tries to navigate through today’s start at Camden Yards - he threw 38 pitches in a four-run second inning and is up to 99 through the fifth while holding an 8-4 lead - Kevin Gausman prepares for his assignment Monday night in Texas. The dreaded one-game road trip. According to STATS, this will mark the Orioles’ first one-game trip wedged in between

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

As expected, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is not in today’s lineup. Machado will begin serving his four-game suspension as a result of his actions during the team’s bench-clearing brawl with the Royals on June 7. Ryan Flaherty will start at third base for today’s series finale against the Blue Jays. Hyun Soo Kim will start in left field and hit second, while Mark Trumbo

Tillman vs. Stroman today in series finale

One day after the Orioles welcomed back Yovani Gallardo, they’re going for a series win by turning to their ace. Chris Tillman may not be thinking about the All-Star Game, but he’s in the running for his second berth with a 9-1 record and 2.87 ERA in 14 starts. In his last two outings, Tillman has allowed one run and 13 hits over 14 1/3

Showalter on Machado suspension and 4-2 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the media this afternoon that third baseman Manny Machado would begin serving his four-game suspension on Sunday, bringing a semblance of finality to a situation that continues to gnaw at the organization. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura had his suspension reduced from nine to eight games without a hearing. Machado dropped his appeal, knowing that Major League Baseball wasn’t going to

Machado to begin serving suspension on Sunday

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension and will begin serving it on Sunday. Machado’s hearing was scheduled for Tuesday in Baltimore, according to an industry source, but he’s decided to forego the process. Major League Baseball was unlikely to reduce the suspension, given that it covered only four games despite Machado’s actions on June 7. The Orioles anticipated

Game update and more on roster moves (O’s win 4-2)

Making his first start today since April 22, Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo struck out the first two batters looking, his fastball topping out at 91 mph on the ballpark’s radar gun. He issued a walk to Edwin Encarnacion and gave up a single to Michael Saunders before stranding both runners on Justin Smoak’s popup. The Blue Jays worked Gallardo for 24 pitches. But at least

Showalter says he’s talked to Machado about baserunning

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has heard the criticism aimed at Manny Machado for failing to run hard out of the batter’s box. He’s aware of it and he’s addressing the situation. Machado irked more fans last night after settling for a long single on a fly ball that hit near the top of the out-of-town scoreboard in right field. A night earlier, he settled for

McFarland optioned to Norfolk

The Orioles optioned left-hander T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk today while activating shortstop J.J. Hardy and starter Yovani Gallardo from the disabled list. This completes the roster moves for today. Mike Wright was optioned last night following a 13-3 loss to the Blue Jays. McFarland is 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA in 13 games with the Orioles. Opponents are batting .313 against him. McFarland no

Quick hits from Camden Yards

The Orioles will announce their corresponding roster move for shortstop J.J. Hardy closer to first pitch. The team currently is taking batting practice. An extra reliever wasn’t needed today. Mike Wright will make his next start Wednesday for Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles want to keep him on turn and they want him to stay in the rotation. “He can’t think that level is beneath him,

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Shortstop J.J. Hardy has returned to the Orioles lineup for today’s game against the Blue Jays. The Orioles haven’t announced a corresponding roster move. Jonathan Schoop is batting second today, followed by Manny Machado, who’s back at third base. Machado is 13-for-36 (.361) in his last eight games. Adam Jones is 9-for-27 (.333) in his last six games, with a double, four home runs, eight

Pending roster moves and today’s game

With Mike Wright optioned to Triple-A Norfolk last night, the Orioles found a way to create room for Yovani Gallardo on the 25-man roster and hand him the ball for today’s game against the Blue Jays. That’s one move. The Orioles can figure out later who makes Wednesday night’s start against the Padres. They need Wright to figure out how to regain his command and

Showalter speaks after 13-3 loss (Wright optioned)

The Orioles will activate shortstop J.J. Hardy from the disabled list before Saturday afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays, forcing them into at least two roster moves. They already intended to activate right-hander Yovani Gallardo to make the start, his first since April 22. Executive vice president Dan Duquette was headed to manager Buck Showalter’s office to discuss whether a fresh bullpen arm also was

Jays still wrong team for Wright (O’s lose 13-3)

The combination of Mike Wright and Ubaldo Jimenez didn’t work tonight at Camden Yards. It did, however, stir up the home crowd, which offered up a selection of boos and sarcastic applause after the top of the fourth inning came to a merciful halt. Wright was charged with eight runs and six hits over 3 2/3 innings, his second-shortest outing of the season. The last

Pending moves and Machado’s suspension (O’s down 4-1)

The Orioles will activate pitcher Yovani Gallardo from the disabled list before Saturday afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays. That’s the one certain move for the weekend. How they make room for him on the 25-man roster is another story. There’s also the chapter on shortstop J.J. Hardy, who could join Gallardo or continue his injury rehab assignment at Single-A Frederick. He’s already played three

Quick hits from Camden Yards

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy could be activated from the disabled list on Saturday after working out for about an hour today at Camden Yards. The alternative is to send Hardy to Single-A Frederick this weekend and continue his rehab assignment. He played in three games at Double-A Bowie and stayed on the field for nine innings last night. Hardy went 4-for-11 with a walk and

Orioles lineup (plus deal with first-round pick Cody Sedlock)

The Orioles have reached agreement with their first-round draft pick, University of Illinois right-hander Cody Sedlock, who will be introduced to the media later today at Camden Yards. The lineup for tonight doesn’t include shortstop J.J. Hardy. He was on the field taking ground balls, but he must not be coming off the disabled list. Francisco Pena is behind the plate after Matt Wieters caught

Wright vs. Sanchez tonight at Camden Yards

BOSTON - Another road trip is in the books, with the Orioles going a combined 3-4 in Toronto and Boston. They’ve escaped hotel life again, but not their division. The Blue Jays are back after taking three of four games at Rogers Centre. This isn’t the suggested method for lowering a rotation’s ERA, though Tyler Wilson let some air leak out last night. (Not a

Showalter, Jones, Wilson and a 5-1 win

BOSTON - Tyler Wilson consumed innings tonight for the Orioles and the defense behind him offered a sampler platter of defensive excellence. Nolan Reimold makes a lunging catch in left field and Joey Rickard makes one in right. Chris Davis snares a screaming line drive up the first base line. Paul Janish makes a diving catch to his left to rob another Red Sox batter.

Game update and more from Showalter (O’s win 5-1)

BOSTON - Orioles rookie right-hander Tyler Wilson, in search of his first quality start this month, retired the Red Sox in order tonight in the bottom of the first inning. He threw 14 pitches and was back in the dugout. The Orioles stranded Joey Rickard and Manny Machado in the top of the first after back-to-back singles off left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who retired the side

Odrisamer Despaigne on his promotion and last night’s outing

BOSTON - Odrisamer Despaigne made his Orioles debut last night and tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings, wiggling out of a few jams and relying on left-hander Brian Duensing to strand two of his runners upon his departure. It wasn’t clean, but it was effective. The Orioles already were down 6-0. Despaigne applied the tourniquet. The Orioles didn’t give Despaigne a specific role after recalling him

Darren O’Day provides injury update

BOSTON - Though he’s eligible to come off the disabled list this weekend, Orioles reliever Darren O’Day hasn’t made the necessary strides with his strained right hamstring - so to speak - which would allow him to rejoin the bullpen. O’Day still hasn’t thrown from a mound and still doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to do so, severely reducing the odds that he’s activated

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Matt Wieters is catching for the third consecutive night and Nolan Reimold is in left field, as the Orioles close out their series tonight against the Red Sox and try to avoid their fifth loss in the last six games. Joey Rickard is in right field and batting second. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter and Paul Janish is starting at third base.

Wilson vs. Rodriguez tonight at Fenway Park

BOSTON - Chris Tillman was the stopper on Tuesday, enabling the Orioles to end a three-game losing streak. Can Tyler Wilson give his best impression tonight? The Orioles have lost three of their last four games and are tied again with the Red Sox for first place in the American League East. The rotation’s 4.89 ERA ranks 26th in the majors. Wilson is due for

Hearing from Hays following amateur draft

BOSTON - Austin Hays may not be well-versed in his Orioles history, but he knows the quality that largely defines the team that drafted him. “I know they’ve got a lot of power in their lineup this year,” said Hays, the 91st overall pick in last week’s amateur draft. “They’ve got a chance to make some history. And they’re doing really well again this year.

Wrapping up a 6-4 loss

BOSTON - Kevin Gausman had a pretty good idea tonight that he wasn’t coming back out for the fourth inning. A six-run deficit would hold his fingerprints, but the game no longer was in his hands. Manager Buck Showalter decided that a 39-pitch third inning was too much for Gausman, who remained winless as an Orioles rally fell short in a 6-4 loss to the

Gausman lasts only three innings (O’s lose 6-4)

BOSTON - In three innings tonight, Kevin Gausman’s pitch count soared by disturbing proportions. To heights that led manager Buck Showalter to call upon his bullpen in relatively quick fashion. Gausman turned in his shortest outing of the season, with Odrisamer Despaigne replacing him to begin the fourth and making his Orioles debut. Gausman allowed a season-high six runs and seven hits, with two walks,

More on Hardy, Joseph, O’Day, the rotation, All-Stars (O’s down 6-0)

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter sounded an encouraging tone today while providing updates on shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Caleb Joseph. It wasn’t the same with reliever Darren O’Day, however, but let’s start with the two position players. Hardy is scheduled to play three games at Double-A Bowie while testing his left foot and could come off the disabled list by “Friday at the

Quick hits from Fenway Park before tonight’s game

BOSTON - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is back in Double-A Bowie’s lineup tonight as the shortstop and No. 2 hitter. Hardy went 2-for-3 and played six innings in the field last night. He’s also expected to start on Thursday, though the Orioles are leaving it up to him. Whether Hardy comes off the disabled list on Friday while the Orioles are home also rests primarily

Ubaldo Jimenez: “It was pretty clear that I wasn’t doing my job”

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t address the topic in vague terms when he called pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez into his office yesterday at Fenway Park and explained why the veteran right-hander was coming out of the rotation. “It was pretty clear that I wasn’t doing my job and obviously they have to find a way or someone that can get the job done,” Jimenez

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - The Orioles are starting Joey Rickard in right field tonight against Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Pedro Alvarez is 11-for-31 with four home runs this month, but he’s on the bench tonight. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Hyun Soo Kim LF Manny Machado SS Chris Davis 1B Mark

Orioles name Tyler Wilson as Thursday’s starter

BOSTON - The Orioles no longer are listing Thursday night’s starter as TBD. Tyler Wilson will take the mound for the series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The club made the announcement on Twitter. Manager Buck Showalter chose Wilson over Mike Wright, who started Saturday and would have been working on regular rest. Wilson pitched Thursday night in Toronto and will be

Gausman vs. Wright tonight at Fenway Park

BOSTON - The Orioles ended their three-game losing streak last night. They took over first place in their division. They continued to beat up on the Red Sox since 2012, including their trips to “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.” It’s all fun and games until a knuckleballer crashes the party. Steven Wright is the fly in the ointment. He’s the pebble in a pair of spikes.

Leftovers for breakfast

BOSTON - With Yovani Gallardo coming off the disabled list Saturday, the Orioles will need to figure out a way to create an opening on their 25-man roster. They could return Odrisamer Despaigne to Triple-A Norfolk and go with T.J. McFarland and Ubaldo Jimenez as their long relievers. They could option Mike Wright or Tyler Wilson and insert Despaigne into the rotation. They could part

Showalter, Tillman and Britton wrap up 3-2 win

BOSTON - The question barely reached the air tonight before Orioles manager Buck Showalter took it down with gusto and a nice turn of a phrase. The Orioles won the first game of another series against the Red Sox, with Chris Tillman playing stopper and Zach Britton serving as dominant closer in a 3-2 win at Fenway Park. Can winning that first game set the

Orioles defeat Red Sox 3-2 and take over first place in AL East

BOSTON - The Orioles got most their scoring out of the way early tonight. The scoring. The hits. Any semblance of an offensive pulse. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard singled with one out in the first inning and Manny Machado followed with his 17th home run, a fly ball that stayed inside the Pesky Pole in right field to give the Orioles a quick lead.

More notes and quotes from Fenway Park (updated)

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with struggling starter Ubaldo Jimenez this afternoon and told the right-hander that he’s headed to the bullpen. How did Jimenez take the news? “Good. As good as ... Ubaldo knows,” Showalter said. “He’s responded well. I think we had to it one other time in 2014 and he responded well. It’s tough with a guy that might have

Ubaldo Jimenez sent to bullpen

BOSTON - The Orioles are moving Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen following the shortest start of his major league career. Jimenez will be available in relief beginning on Wednesday night. Bullpen coach Dom Chiti summoned Jimenez into manager Buck Showalter’s office this afternoon, where the right-hander learned of his changing role. There’s no timetable regarding Jimenez. He’s in the bullpen for an indefinite period while

Vance Worley talks about his injury

BOSTON - Vance Worley said he began to feel some discomfort in his right groin muscle while pitching to Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders in the second inning of Sunday’s game in Toronto. He pushed through it, lasting 4 1/3 innings and surrendering two runs, and the decision was made today to place him on the 15-day disabled list. “Want to say it was the

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne is listed among the Orioles relievers for tonight’s game. We don’t know the corresponding move that will create a space for Despaigne on the 25-man roster for tonight’s game, but right-hander Vance Worley is no longer listed among the relievers. We don’t know who the starting pitchers are because they are not listed on the lineup card. Stay tuned. Update:

Orioles recalling Odrisamer Despaigne (updated)

BOSTON - The Orioles are preparing to make a roster move this afternoon that influences their pitching staff. In what way will be revealed later. Right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne left Triple-A Norfolk last night and joined the Orioles in Boston, according to sources. Whether he’s being inserted into the bullpen or rotation is unknown, but he’s no longer with the Tides, who were playing last night

Updating where Orioles rank in All-Star voting

BOSTON - As Manny Machado prepares to make another start at shortstop in J.J. Hardy’s absence, he also continues to lead all American League third basemen in All-Star voting. Machado would be the only Orioles starter if voting ended today, but it runs through June 30. The 87th Midsummer Classic will be played July 12 in San Diego. Mark Trumbo remains in fourth place among

Cubs sign Brian Matusz to minor league deal

BOSTON - Another former Orioles pitcher is headed to the Cubs organization. Left-hander Brian Matusz has signed a minor league deal with the Cubs, according to a source. He agreed to terms over the weekend and took his physical yesterday. Matusz is expected to be used as a starter at Triple-A Iowa, his original role before the Orioles converted him to a lefty specialist out

Can Tillman be the stopper in Boston?

The battle for first place in the American League East shifts to Boston. The Orioles took two of three games from the Red Sox on April 11-13 at Fenway Park. The teams split a four-game series on May 30-June 2 at Camden Yards, with the Orioles winning the last two. They’re at it again for the next three nights. The Orioles lost three straight in

Yovani Gallardo impressive in final rehab start

Yovani Gallardo’s next stop should be in Baltimore. Gallardo made his third and final injury rehab start tonight, allowing only a leadoff home run over five innings with Triple-A Norfolk. He held Charlotte to one hit, walked two and struck out five. Carlos Sanchez homered on the seventh pitch from Gallardo after falling behind 0-2 on called strikes, according to the MiLB.com boxscore. Gallardo was

J.J. Hardy to begin rehab assignment Tuesday at Bowie

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is ready to take the most significant step in his recovery from a fractured left foot. A pain-free step toward an injury rehab assignment. Hardy will report to Double-A Bowie and play Tuesday night against Portland. He’s scheduled to remain with the Baysox for three games before the team hits the road and Hardy moves to another affiliate. Triple-A Norfolk is

Chris Davis named AL Player of the Week

Chris Davis’ home run binge has gained notice throughout baseball and landed him another award. Davis has been named the American League’s Player of the Week for the period ending June 12. Major League Baseball made the announcement this afternoon. The Orioles’ first baseman batted .368 (7-for-19) with a double, five home runs, 10 RBIs and five runs scored over six games. He’s homered in

Has Ubaldo Jimenez run out of chances?

The Orioles are most fortunate to have an open date on their schedule today. Manager Buck Showalter was forced to use five more relievers yesterday in Toronto, including left-handers T.J. McFarland and Brian Duensing in back-to-back games. Vance Worley worked 4 1/3 innings. The situation screams for at least one roster move, but perhaps the Orioles will freshen up before opening their series Tuesday night

Looking ahead at the Orioles rotation (updated)

The Orioles aren’t listing a starter for Thursday night’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The off day on Monday enables manager Buck Showalter to adjust his rotation and withhold making a decision. Chris Tillman will start Tuesday night’s opener on an extra day’s rest. Kevin Gausman is listed for Wednesday night, which puts him on regular rest. Gausman has been moved ahead

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Chris Davis will attempt to homer in five straight games today and the Orioles will try to gain a split of their four-game series with the Blue Jays before heading to Boston. Davis has homered in four consecutive games for the fourth time in his career. Before his current stretch, it most recently happened on July 11-13, 2013. Mark Trumbo is in right field today

Can Jimenez reverse the rotation’s slide?

The Orioles must figure out a way to fix their rotation. There may not be an easy answer beyond activating Yovani Gallardo and crossing fingers and toes, but the deck needs shuffling or they may not even capture a wild card. (You totally see what I did there) Tyler Wilson gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings Thursday night. He’s allowed

Orioles complete 2016 draft

The Major League Baseball draft is done and the Orioles selected 41 players, including 27 pitchers. Thirty-one of the selections are college athletes. The Orioles picked 15 right-handed pitchers, 12 southpaws, nine infielders and five outfielders. Today’s haul included local product Tyler Blohm, a left-hander from Archbishop Spalding in Millersville. The Orioles chose him in the 17th round. The Orioles also took left-hander Brandon Bonilla

Wright vs. Happ today in Toronto

Though Brad Brach served up a walk-off home run last night to Edwin Encarnacion, the Orioles bullpen continues to lead the majors with a 2.62 ERA and has registered 183 strikeouts in 199 1/3 innings. The club’s relievers rank only 14th in the majors in innings pitched. Mike Wright gave the Orioles seven innings in his last start against Kansas City, allowing an unearned run

Orioles lineup vs. Jays

Orioles Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is batting second and starting in right field today and Nolan Reimold is in left field. Francisco Pena is catching Mike Wright. Paul Janish is starting at third base. Manny Machado remains at shortstop while waiting for the appeal to be heard on his four-game suspension. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Joey Rickard RF Manny Machado SS Chris

Southpaw opponent could give Rickard chance to soften slump

The Orioles are facing a left-hander this afternoon in Toronto, giving Joey Rickard another chance to leave the bench and most likely play right field. Rickard is almost assured of facing J.A. Happ at Rogers Centre. The lineups have become easier to predict. Nolan Reimold should be in left field today and Mark Trumbo should be the designated hitter. Hyun Soo Kim and Pedro Alvarez

Orioles draft Preston Palmeiro in seventh round

The Orioles are bringing another Palmeiro into the organization. In the seventh round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles used the 211th overall pick on first baseman Preston Palmeiro of North Carolina State. He’s the youngest son of former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro. We’re not talking just another player’s son. Preston batted .337 with 20 doubles, nine home runs and 55 RBIs in 59

Orioles lineup vs. Jays (with sixth-round pick)

Nolan Reimold is in right field tonight for the Orioles as they continue their series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Pedro Alvarez is 3-for-21 with nine strikeouts against Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada. Chris Davis has hit 14 home runs in 146 at-bats at Rogers Centre, or one every 10.4 at-bats. According to the Elias Sports Bureau,

Orioles select outfielder Austin Hays in 3rd round (4th, 5th round)

With three college pitchers already in the fold, the Orioles began Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft by selecting Jacksonville University outfielder Austin Hays in the third round. Hays is the 91st overall pick. Baseball America rated him No. 46 on its draft prospect list and wrote the following: “Power potential with bat and power arm make him prototype right field prospect.” Hays, 20,

Gausman vs. Estrada tonight in Toronto

The Orioles have won five games in a row, eight of their last nine and are 13 above .500 for the first time since the conclusion of the 2014 season. They lead the Red Sox by two games in the American League East. Who needs Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hardy, Darren O’Day and Caleb Joseph? But seriously, the Orioles would love to make room for all

Thoughts on the bullpen and Machado’s suspension

It’s often been stated that handling a bullpen ranks among the most important tasks for a manager. Some people in the industry would place it atop the list. It certainly can be used as a separator. I’ve covered managers who were terrible at it, with relievers griping to me about overuse or constantly warming up without pitching. It’s easy to burn out a ‘pen before

Hearing from Rajsich and Sedlock after Day 1 of draft

Orioles director of scouting Gary Rajsich set out to get three college pitchers last night in the 2016 amateur draft and achieved his goal with Illinois right-hander Cody Sedlock at No. 27, Western Michigan left-hander Keegan Akin at No. 54 and John A. Logan Community College right-hander Matthias Dietz at No. 69. Rajsich speculated that all three pitchers will begin their professional careers at Single-A

Orioles draft Illinois pitcher Cody Sedlock in 1st round (updated again)

For the second year in a row, the Orioles have selected a college player with their first pick in the amateur draft. They went for pitching tonight, as expected, grabbing University of Illinois right-hander Cody Sedlock with the 27th overall selection. Sedlock, a reliever his first two seasons at Illinois, was named the Big 10 Conference’s Pitcher of the Year. He throws four pitches, including

Machado receives four-game suspension, stays in lineup (updated)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has received a four-game suspension for charging the mound and throwing a punch at Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura during the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game at Camden Yards, according to an industry source. Machado also was fined for the incident. Multiple reports place the figure at $2,500. Machado is appealing the suspension and his name appears in tonight’s lineup

Wilson vs. Stroman tonight in Toronto

Having gone 7-3 on their homestand and expanding their division lead, the Orioles are back on the road for a four-game series in Toronto and a three-game set in Boston. The Orioles are 19-36 against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre since 2010. They lost six of nine games last season. The teams played a three-game series back in April at Camden Yards, with the

More Machado, delving into draft and talking to Trumbo

Today may bring word of Manny Machado’s suspension for his part in Tuesday night’s brawl. Actually, the news release from Major League Baseball couldn’t be summed up in one word. It would have to include the length of the suspension, mention of an “undisclosed fine” and a reminder of his actions, including how he charged the mound and threw a punch at Royals pitcher Yordano

Wrapping up a 4-0 win

One night after the mayhem came the calm. No knockouts, only a shutout, with Chris Tillman and Brad Brach doing the honors in a 4-0 win over the Royals that completed a three-game sweep and put the Orioles a season-high 12 games above .500. Ryan Flaherty followed up last night’s Eutaw Street home run with a tie-breaking two-run double in the fifth. He’s batting .308/406/.500

Orioles get shutout and sweep of Royals

The dugouts didn’t empty tonight at Camden Yards until the final out was recorded. Relievers spilled onto the field in order to get inside their respective clubhouses. A baseball game was played under peaceful conditions. A pitchers’ duel unfolded between the Orioles’ Chris Tillman and the Royals’ Edinson Volquez. Not a single fastball “got away” from anyone. The list of players awaiting their suspensions didn’t

More from Showalter, Duquette on draft (updated)

There’s no score in tonight’s game at Camden Yards as we move to the bottom of the fourth inning, and both teams seem to be getting along splendidly. Chris Tillman has thrown 49 pitches, 37 for strikes. He’s allowed four hits and struck out two. A breaking ball from Tillman floated near Cheslor Cuthbert’s head in the third inning and the Royals third baseman hit

More from Showalter and Yost on last night’s brawl

The bulk of today’s pregame talk centered of course on last night’s brawl between the Orioles and Royals. There were other topics floating around. Just none that were deemed as important. Suspensions are looming for Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura, the central figures last night. In the meantime, I’m going to dump a bunch of quotes at your feet from managers Buck Showalter and Ned

Quick hits from Camden Yards

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects first baseman Chris Davis to return to the lineup on Friday in Toronto. Showalter said Davis is dealing with “a couple of things” physically and he’s been looking for a spot to rest his first baseman. Davis continues to ice his thumb, an injury he sustained at Tropicana Field while making a slide/dive into second base. Showalter said “nothing got

Davis out of Orioles lineup

Chris Davis isn’t in the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series finale against the Royals. Davis, who’s played in every game, dived into the pile during last night’s brawl. We’ll check whether he sustained an injury. Manny Machado, facing a suspension after charging the mound, remains at shortstop. Mark Trumbo is playing first base. Trumbo is the third Orioles player in the last four years to

Tonight’s game and pitching matchups in Toronto

The Orioles will attempt tonight to stay focused on playing baseball and perhaps completing their first three-game sweep of the Royals in five years. They’ll also enjoy having Manny Machado in their lineup for as long as the commissioner’s office allows. Chris Tillman hasn’t lost since April 14, but he’s followed seven consecutive quality starts with two that fell short. He’s allowed nine runs and

About last night ...

Manny Machado could have dropped his bat in the second inning last night, run out his fly ball to left field and veered toward the dugout without saying a word to Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Ventura could have stopped throwing at Machado in the second inning and resisted the urge to bury a 99 mph fastball in his back in the fifth. There’s always blame

Showalter: “I didn’t have much doubt with how they’d respond”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter pulled aside Manny Machado in the dugout tonight before his shortstop batted in the bottom of the fifth inning. He issued a warning long before the umpires got around to it. Showalter anticipated that Royals starter Yordano Ventura would throw at Machado after getting too close in the second inning. Words were exchanged between Machado and Ventura after a fly ball

Machado charges mound as Orioles and Royals brawl (O’s win 9-1)

Orioles shortstop Manny Machado charged the mound tonight after being drilled in the back by a 99 mph fastball from Royals starter Yordano Ventura in the bottom of the fifth inning. This wasn’t a typical baseball scrum. Machado appeared to land a punch to the side of Ventura’s face as both dugouts and bullpens emptied. Both players were ejected after being pulled apart. Everyone should

Brach could come right back tonight in any role (O’s lead 5-1)

Orioles reliever Brad Brach entered games in five different innings within his first five appearances of the 2016 season, a nod to his versatility and importance to a bullpen ranked among the best in baseball. Brach worked the seventh on opening day, followed by the sixth, ninth, fifth and eighth. He was called upon for the ninth and 10th innings during a May 24 game

Notes on Wright, Gallardo, Pena, Rodriguez and more

Barring a late change in plans, the Orioles intend to start right-hander Mike Wright in Saturday afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Wright allowed an unearned run over seven innings last night in a 4-1 win over the Royals. “It’s like I said last night with Michael, I’m going to be real surprised if he doesn’t pitch well tonight, but it’s the

Orioles lineup vs. Royals

Hyun Soo Kim is back in the Orioles lineup tonight, playing left field and batting second. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. Francisco Pena is behind the plate again to catch Ubaldo Jimenez. Closer Zach Britton has converted his first 18 save opportunities, tying him with Chris Ray (2006) for the longest streak to open a season in

Machado continues to lead AL third basemen in All-Star voting

Manny Machado continues to lead American League third basemen in All-Star Game voting, but Mark Trumbo has slipped to fourth among the outfielders. Catcher Matt Wieters moved up to second in the voting. Machado has received 898,715 votes to lead Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas (725,721), who’s on the disabled list and out for the season. Toronto’s Josh Donaldson is third with 588,957. Trumbo has received

Jimenez vs. Ventura tonight at Camden Yards (updated)

Mike Wright made the absolute most of his do-over last night. Ubaldo Jimenez could use a case of mulligans as he takes the mound again for tonight’s game against the Royals. Jimenez is 2-6 with a 6.59 ERA and 1.849 WHIP in 11 starts over 57 1/3 innings. He’s allowed 74 hits, walked 32 and struck out 48. Over his last five starts, Jimenez has

Sinking a fastball and raising spirits all part of Britton’s day

Zach Britton did his usual work on the mound Sunday afternoon, preserving a lead in the ninth inning and recording his 17th save in as many opportunities. A couple of ground balls and a predictable result from the All-Star closer. He woke up early the next morning, another game on the horizon, and offered a hand in the fight against a much tougher opponent. The

Showalter speaks after 4-1 win

Mike Wright was given a reprieve tonight. He responded by giving the Orioles one of the best starts of his brief major league career. The Royals managed only an unearned run off Wright over seven innings, and the Orioles hit three home runs in a 4-1 victory before 14,878 at Camden Yards. The Orioles’ rotation has registered back-to-back quality starts, raising the total to seven

Orioles hoping to re-Wright rotation script (O’s win 4-1)

Expected to join Triple-A Norfolk’s rotation and make tonight’s start, right-hander Mike Wright instead remains with the Orioles and is taking his normal turn against the Royals. Baseball is both funny and unpredictable. Wright was optioned and recalled last week before the water in the clubhouse shower had time to get warm. He replaced injured reliever Darren O’Day on the roster and outlasted the other

Updates on Hardy, Joseph and Gallardo (plus KC lineup)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy fielded 25 ground balls hit directly at him this morning in Sarasota to further test his fractured left foot. Hardy has been throwing, taking dry swings and hitting off a tee. He’s making progress that continues to encourage the Orioles. “He’s out there moving around a little bit. That’s good to see,” said manager Buck Showalter. Hardy will come back to

Orioles lineup vs. Royals

Nolan Reimold is in left field and Joey Rickard is in right for tonight’s series opener against the Royals at Camden Yards. Paul Janish is starting at third base against Royals left-hander Danny Duffy. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Matt Wieters’ .344 (11-for-32) batting average in plate appearances that began with an 0-2 count is the third-highest in the majors (minimum 20 at-bats) behind

Notes on Hyun Soo Kim and tonight’s game

The Orioles are facing another left-hander tonight, Kansas City’s Danny Duffy, which could keep Hyun Soo Kim on the bench for another game. It’s the only way to remove a .377 hitter from the lineup. A hitter with a .449 on-base percentage. A scout from outside the organization said he has to tear up his old scouting report on Kim from spring training and change

Showalter after win: “They won’t dwell on it long”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Mike Wright will start Monday night against the Royals at Camden Yards. Showalter used T.J. McFarland out of the bullpen today, and the left-hander earned the win in a 3-1 victory over the Yankees before 28,807 at Camden Yards. Matt Wieters sat through the first seven innings today. He sat through a 1 hour, 37 minute rain delay. Sent

Mike Wright appears set to make Monday start (O’s win 3-1)

The Orioles apparently have decided to start Mike Wright in Monday night’s series opener against the Royals at Camden Yards. Remember when they optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk? Seems like only yesterday. Actually, it was Thursday afternoon, when they selected left-hander Brian Duensing’s contract from Norfolk. The Orioles recalled Wright while placing reliever Darren O’Day on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He never

Caleb Joseph: “I’m feeling really good” (updated)

Teammates walked up to Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph this morning, grabbed his hand, leaned in and offered what best can be described as a gentle hug. No contact below the belt. Joseph smiled and exchanged quips. He’s heard them all and it’s his turn to deliver a few at his own expense. Joseph sustained a testicular injury Monday night after being struck by a foul

Notes on Hardy, Joseph, the rotation and Lee

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy played catch from 90 feet yesterday as he continues his recovery from a fractured left foot. The throwing required Hardy to apply pressure to the foot. “That was good to see, that he was out on the field and throwing,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Carry a little pressure on the foot to do that. That was good to see.” Caleb Joseph

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Joey Rickard is in right field and batting second today behind Adam Jones. Nolan Reimold is in left field, Paul Janish is at third base and Francisco Pena is behind the plate. Jones has reached base safely in eight of his last nine games, batting .306 (11-for-36) with two doubles, three home runs, seven RBIs and eight runs scored. Caleb Joseph is in the clubhouse

How the lineup may unfold vs. a southpaw

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has a tough decision to make regarding his lineup for today’s series finale against the Yankees at Camden Yards. It may not matter if the forecast stays the same - thunderstorms day and night - but let’s play this as though the weather is going to cooperate. Left-hander CC Sabathia is on the mound for the Yankees. Hyun Soo Kim is

Showalter speaks after 8-6 loss

The Orioles couldn’t rely on their lineup tonight to cover for the sins of their rotation. It came pretty darn close, though. Tyler Wilson lasted only four innings and the Orioles’ winning streak ended at three games with an 8-6 loss to the Yankees before 33,170 at Camden Yards. The Orioles bashed three more home runs in the seventh inning - Mark Trumbo’s leadoff shot,

Orioles still unsure when O’Day will return (O’s lose 8-6)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t certain that reliever Darren O’Day will be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible after 15 days. “It will be close, I hope, if things fall right, but don’t hold me to it,” Showalter said. “It could be longer.” O’Day reinjured his right hamstring Wednesday night while covering first base. The Orioles put him on the disabled list

McFarland remains in running for Monday’s start (with NY lineup)

The Orioles still haven’t listed a starter for Monday night’s game against the Royals at Camden Yards. Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman will close out the series. Left-hander T.J. McFarland remains a candidate to make his third major league start and his first since July, 1, 2014 versus the Rangers. Mike Wright also is a consideration after the Orioles recalled him from Triple-A Norfolk to

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

The Orioles are using the same lineup on back-to-back nights as they try to extend their winning streak to four games. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and batting second. Mark Trumbo is in right field, Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter and Ryan Flaherty is the third baseman. According to STATS, LLC., Mychal Givens is the first Orioles pitcher to begin his major

Will Wilson win at home tonight?

Tyler Wilson takes the mound tonight with a chance to win his first game at Camden Yards. All four of his major league victories have come on the road. This is news to Wilson, who had no idea until I brought it up yesterday afternoon in the clubhouse. “Is that right?” he said with eyes widening. “I was not aware of that.” So we can

Showalter speaks after 6-5 win

The Orioles demonstrated again tonight that they’re quite comfortable playing from behind. A three-run deficit means nothing, especially in the middle of a game. Especially with a lineup that gets quiet for spells and then shatters the eardrums. They rallied to tie the score in the sixth and went ahead for good in the seventh to bail out starter Chris Tillman and defeat the Yankees

The bullpen and booing Teixeira (O’s win 6-5)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter believes his bullpen is in good shape for tonight’s series opener against the Yankees at Camden Yards despite the loss of setup man Darren O’Day, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Showalter used Brad Brach for only one inning last night to keep the right-hander available. Mychal Givens worked two innings last night and most

More from Showalter on O’Day’s DL assignment (plus notes)

The tarp is on the field and a light rain is falling at Camden Yards. However, the Orioles expect to play tonight. No batting practice for the Yankees, who are on the field to play catch. If it makes them feel any better, the Orioles also have to hit indoors. The Orioles seem to be averaging a roster move per day to make up for

O’Day headed to DL with hamstring strain (plus Orioles lineup)

Reliever Darren O’Day has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. The injury occurred in the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s game when O’Day was covering first base on Ryan Hanigan’s infielder grounder. O’Day is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 22 appearances out of the bullpen, but the five home runs he has allowed match his total in 68

Jimenez listed among Orioles’ starters for Royals series

In case anyone was wondering, Ubaldo Jimenez is set to receive another start for the Orioles next week. Manager Buck Showalter can prepare to be asked about it daily. The Orioles are listing TBD, Jimenez and Chris Tillman as their starters for the Royals series that begins Monday night at Camden Yards. Showalter must replace Mike Wright, who was optioned yesterday to Triple-A Norfolk. Relievers

Jones on Trumbo: “The guy can hit the ball anywhere”

Manager Buck Showalter likes to point out that the Orioles posted winning records in April and May, and they’re undefeated in June. They’ve played only two games this month, but spare him the details. His club belted seven home runs last night, including three in the eighth inning. It’s the fifth time that the Orioles have hit at least seven in a game, the last

Showalter, Jimenez, Pena and Jones wrap up 12-7 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Yovani Gallardo will make a second rehab start after going three innings today at Single-A Frederick. Gallardo will pitch Tuesday at an undetermined affiliate. Showalter said the reports on Gallardo from special assignment pitching instructor Ramon Martinez were favorable despite the three runs and seven hits. He referenced the “porous” infield defense at Frederick that contributed to at least

Orioles hit seven home runs and split four-game series

A new month brought a new Ubaldo Jimenez for five innings tonight. Five glorious innings of one-hit shutout ball. Five innings that provided a reminder of how good he can be when he’s on his game. Jimenez can tease with the best of them. The Red Sox scored five runs off Jimenez in the sixth and he never recorded an out, leaving with a 5-4

McFarland on Triple-A starts: “I think I’m better for it” (O’s lead 8-5)

New Orioles left-hander Brian Duensing arrived in the clubhouse around 4 p.m. and will be in the bullpen tonight. Duensing, a third-round pick of the Twins in 2005, has held left-handed hitters to a .238 average in seven major league seasons. Right-handers are batting .292. The Orioles don’t have a lefty specialist in their bullpen with Brian Matusz traded to the Braves and now a

Showalter on today’s roster move and the rotation

Mike Wright sat at his locker this afternoon while the media roamed the clubhouse, already told that he was headed back to Triple-A Norfolk but offering no clues. The Orioles optioned Wright less than 24 hours after he exited last night’s game with two outs in the third inning. His ERA shot up to 5.88 in 49 innings after he was charged with six runs.

Orioles option Mike Wright to Norfolk

The Orioles have optioned struggling starter Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk and selected the contract of left-hander Brian Duensing from the Tides. Duensing, who’s wearing No. 50, will be in the bullpen. Wright went 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 10 games (nine starts), with 32 earned runs over 49 innings. He allowed six runs and seven hits over 2 2/3 innings last night in

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Catcher Francisco Pena is making his first start with the Orioles tonight as they attempt to gain a split of their four-game series against the Red Sox. Hyun Soo Kim remains in left field and the second slot in the order. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Pedro Alvarez gets another start as the designated hitter. Before last night, the Orioles hadn’t scored 13

Looking back and ahead

There comes a point during a game like last night’s when you begin to lose the grip on your sanity. Sort of like trying to snap off a curve with a wet baseball. Mookie Betts hits another leadoff home run and another second-inning home run. Both teams score in the first three innings, passing the lead like a bottle of Jack Daniels. Neither starter makes

Wrapping up a 13-9 win

The Orioles scored a season-high 13 runs tonight without hitting a home run. They won despite their starter lasting only 2 2/3 innings. They played nine innings in 3 hours, 58 minutes. Otherwise, it was a fairly routine night at Camden Yards, where the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 13-9 to move within two games of first place. Being able to maintain focus was as

Orioles trying to do better than Betts (O’s win 13-9)

Maybe the Orioles should begin Thursday night’s game by ordering an intentional walk to Red Sox leadoff hitter Mookie Betts. Put up four fingers and give him the base. Betts hit his fourth home run in his last six at-bats, sending a 95 mph fastball from Mike Wright over the fence in right-center field to give the Red Sox another quick lead. Betts saw two

Orioles option Tolliver to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles have optioned rookie reliever Ashur Tolliver to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for left-hander T.J. McFarland on the 25-man roster. McFarland has been recalled from Norfolk and will work out of the bullpen. Tolliver, 28, made four appearances in his first exposure to the majors, allowing three earned runs (four total) and four hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out

Orioles prepared to recall McFarland before tonight’s game

T.J. McFarland is in Baltimore and officially will be recalled later today after batting practice. The only question is how the Orioles make room for him on the 25-man roster. Manager Buck Showalter said the club had two or three choices, including the removal of a position player. However, Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base. Paul Janish is out of options and would have

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Hyun Soo Kim is back in left field tonight for the Orioles and Pedro Alvarez is serving as the designated hitter. Kim continues to bat second. Matt Wieters is catching. Francisco Pena was on the field earlier today doing throwing drills. Adam Jones and Ryan Flaherty, who’s starting at third base, are among the Orioles taking early batting practice. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF

T.J. McFarland headed to Baltimore

Left-hander T.J. McFarland has left Triple-A Norfolk and is headed to Baltimore. No word on whether he’s going to be recalled tonight or a corresponding move, but I’ve got confirmation that he’s joining the Orioles. McFarland was 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in eight relief appearances with the Orioles. He allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 13 1/3 innings. McFarland threw two scoreless innings

Wright vs. Kelly tonight at Camden Yards

I asked earlier this week whether a series at the end of May could be construed as “big” because it involved the top two teams in their division. I’m wondering now whether it’s too early to label tonight’s game a “must-win” for the Orioles, who have dropped the first two in the series and are three back in the American League East. The Red Sox

Orioles hoping Givens can find balance in his pitching life

The surface stats are quite favorable for Orioles reliever Mychal Givens. A 3-0 record and 2.35 ERA in 20 appearances. Thirty-three strikeouts in 23 innings. Nothing to be alarmed about, a lot to praise and appreciate. The 1.565 WHIP in 23 innings may raise an eyebrow. He’s surrendered 24 hits and walked 12 batters. But dig deeper and one specific concern is raised, too. Left-handers

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