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Showalter on Gallardo, acquistions and 5-3 loss (updated)

The Orioles’ much-maligned rotation produced three straight quality starts against the Blue Jays. Yovani Gallardo was the latest tonight, retiring the last 10 batters he faced and leaving with three runs against him, all tallied in the first inning. It must have been the consolation prize. The Orioles dropped two of the three games, losing tonight 5-3 before 16,161 at Camden Yards. They’re four games

Orioles acquire Bourn from Diamondbacks (O’s lose 5-3)

The Orioles have completed their trade with the Diamondbacks tonight, acquiring veteran outfielder Michael Bourn in exchange for minor league outfielder Jason Heinrich. Joey Rickard was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Bourn on the 40-man roster. Bourn, 33, is batting .261/.307/.362 with 12 doubles, six triples, three home runs and 30 RBIs in 89 games with the Diamondbacks. He’s a

Orioles reportedly on verge of acquiring Bourn (O’s down 5-1)

The Orioles aren’t finished with their attempts to improve their outfield depth. The Orioles and Diamondbacks have agreed in principle to a trade involving veteran Michael Bourn, as first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Multiple reports had the sides in serious discussions. The earlier waiver claim of outfielder Drew Stubbs didn’t shift the Orioles’ focus. Bourn, 33, is batting .261/.307/.362 with 12 doubles, six

Duquette calls Stubbs “a good, solid, dependable defensive outfielder”

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette left open the possibility this afternoon that he could make another move before midnight. He’s had ongoing talks with several teams, with pitching remaining a priority. In the meantime, he’s acquired left-hander Kyle Lobstein from the Pirates and designated the reliever for assignment a few hours later to make room for outfielder Drew Stubbs on the 40-man roster. Stubbs

Orioles acquire Stubbs (plus other notes)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he anticipated at least one more trade to go down later today, perhaps before the first pitch. And according to FOXsports.com, the club has acquired outfielder Drew Stubbs, claimed off release waivers from the Rangers. The Orioles recently made the acquisition official. Executive vice president Dan Duquette has been searching for another outfielder, one who can play center field. Stubbs,

Hyun Soo Kim batting leadoff tonight

The Orioles continue to experiment with leadoff hitters. Hyun Soo Kim will bat atop the order for the first time, as the Oriole go for the series win against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Adam Jones remains out of the lineup with a strained left hamstring. Nolan Reimold is in center field. Jonathan Schoop is batting second tonight. Chris Tillman threw off flat ground

Orioles acquire Lobstein from Pirates

The Orioles may have found their left-handed specialist in time to include him on the postseason roster if they qualify. Executive vice president Dan Duquette acquired reliever Kyle Lobstein from the Pirates for minor league lefty Zach Phillips. No word yet on how the Orioles envision using him, but the splits suggest that he’d be a good fit in the bullpen. To make room for

Tonight’s game and another roster deadline

Yovani Gallardo needs to be a fast healer, and not due to another health crisis. Gallardo turned in the shortest start of his career Friday night in New York, allowing eight runs (seven earned) and six hits in 1 1/3 innings. He lasted 41 pitches and the game unraveled as though Robert Redford squared it up. In his other four starts this month, Gallardo has

Game played on field ends differently than paper version (quotes)

A mismatch on paper. A no-brainer that the Orioles had no chance tonight with the Blue Jays starting left-hander J.A. Happ and the home team sending out Ubaldo Jimenez. Baseball is a funny game. For six innings, the Orioles had more than a chance. They also had a two-run lead. It disappeared with one out in the seventh on Michael Saunders’ two-run shot to right

Alvarez gets rare start vs. lefty, Reimold stays in center (O’s lead 5-3)

With Adam Jones on the bench again tonight, the Orioles are breaking out another unique lineup that oozes creativity. Whether it does the same with runs, more important and less messy, will be known later. Steve Pearce is leading off for the second time in his career - and the second time since Sunday afternoon in New York. He went 3-for-4 with a home run

Updates on Jones, Tillman and roster expansion

Lots to talk about this afternoon regarding injury updates and roster maneuvering leading to September expansion. Adam Jones took the field early again today to perform some drills with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and determine whether his strained left hamstring would prevent him from starting. “He’s close, very close,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Still feels just a little bit with one movement, but he’s

Orioles lineup and notes

Steve Pearce is leading off tonight and Nolan Reimold is in center field while Adam Jones sits out another game with a strained left hamstring. Manager Buck Showalter said Jones is “very close.” “Still feels just a little bit with one movement,” Showalter said. Pedro Alvarez is getting a rare start against a left-hander, Blue Jays 17-game winner J.A. Happ. Alvarez is batting second. Showalter

Ondrusek and Borbon outrighted

The Orioles announced today that they’ve outrighted reliever Logan Ondrusek and outfielder Julio Borbon to Double-A Bowie. Both players cleared waivers. Borbon again has accepted an outright assignment after being designated earlier this season. Ondrusek was designated on Saturday to make room for left-hander T.J. McFarland, who subsequently was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after clearing waivers. Ondrusek allowed seven earned runs in 6 1/3 innings

Jimenez vs. Happ tonight at Camden Yards

Ubaldo Jimenez made it back into the rotation last week because a spot opened up and he had past success against the Nationals and in D.C. Jimenez remains in the rotation because Chris Tillman is still on the disabled list. It isn’t due to his track record with the Blue Jays. Whatever the reasons, Jimenez must serve as stopper tonight and the Orioles must find

Expanded thoughts on September roster

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has met with his staff to discuss possible call-ups for the September expanded roster. He intends to speak soon with executive vice president Dan Duquette and finalize the details. Showalter won’t crowd the clubhouse and dugout, won’t bring up pitchers and players to audition for next season. Anyone coming up is expected to contribute over the final month. Also, anyone coming

Showalter speaks after 5-1 loss

Wade Miley retired the Blue Jays in order tonight in five of his seven innings. He set down the first 10 batters. He completed seven innings for the first time in six starts with the Orioles. A quality start couldn’t prevent the Orioles from dropping four games out of first place in the American League East. Marco Estrada held the Orioles to one run, on

Jones’ hamstring injury opens leadoff door for Schoop (O’s lose 5-1)

By leading off tonight for the Orioles, Jonathan Schoop has started at eight of the nine spots in the lineup during parts of four seasons in the majors. All he needs is to inherit cleanup duties and he can run the table. Schoop has started 25 games in the second slot, one batting third, 20 batting fifth, 53 batting sixth, 63 batting seventh, 98 batting

More notes from Camden Yards

Orioles left-hander T.J. McFarland has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and will meet the team later today in Gwinnett. The Orioles designated McFarland for assignment yesterday, but it wasn’t the typical DFA where a player is removed from the 40-man roster. One of the complicated transactions in baseball involving optionable waivers. Chris Tillman’s throwing session on flat ground went well and he’s scheduled to do

Jones remains out of Orioles lineup

Adam Jones tested his left hamstring today and decided to stay out of the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Jones said the leg feels much better, but he doesn’t want to be selfish and risk a more serious injury. He remains day-to-day. “I’m feeling a lot better,” Jones said. “I think it’s still there and it’s still

Miley vs. Estrada tonight at Camden Yards

It doesn’t get any easier for the Orioles. The stretch run can pull a team apart at the seams. Winning yesterday to avoid a sweep in the Bronx, the Orioles return home to face the Blue Jays in a crucial three-game series. They remain in third place in the American League East, one game behind the second-place Red Sox and three behind Toronto. Being swept

More on yesterday’s news and a few notes

The news on Adam Jones and Chris Tillman is encouraging, according to reports out of New York. It’s mildly disturbing on Steve Pearce. It’s quite confusing with T.J. McFarland. Jones remains day-to-day with a strained left hamstring, but manager Buck Showalter told reporters that the center fielder may have been in the lineup yesterday if the Orioles were playing at night. The quick turnaround led

Orioles sign Tommy Hunter, recall Oliver Drake (updated)

The Orioles added two more pitchers to the active roster today, including Tommy Hunter, their former set-up man and closer who signed as a free agent after the Indians released him last week. Oliver Drake has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, the latest changes to a bullpen that’s stayed busy in New York. The lineup card no longer lists left-hander T.J. McFarland, who apparently has

Gausman vs. Sabathia today in the Bronx

Should your main concerns rest upon a rotation that’s surrendered 12 earned runs and 13 hits over 5 1/3 innings in the first two games in the Bronx? Or should it be the bullpen with the revolving door and the sudden inability to cover for the rotation? T.J. McFarland, Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart and Brad Brach combined yesterday to allow eight earned runs and 11

Orioles select Borbon’s contract (plus lineups)

The Orioles have selected outfielder Julio Borbon’s contract from Double-A Bowie and he’s starting today in center field. Adam Jones is day-to-day with a strained left hamstring that forced him out of last night’s game after the first inning. Mike Wright has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after pitching on back-to-back nights. The Orioles will be an arm short in the bullpen. Borbon, 30, is

Losing Jones last night and trying to win a game today

A blowout loss to the Yankees won’t leave the same mark as losing center fielder Adam Jones to a hamstring injury. That’s adding injury to insult and the Orioles simply cannot afford it. It must be a New York thing. If you recall, Jones left a July game in the Bronx with back spasms and insisted that he’d play the following day, but he wasn’t

Orioles and Yankees lineups, McFarland off DL (updated)

Adam Jones is in center field tonight in New York after leaving last night’s game in the ninth inning with cramping in his hamstring. Francisco Pena is catching Yovani Gallardo in the series opener against the Yankees. The Orioles will activate left-hander T.J. McFarland from the disabled list, as expected. Update: The Orioles announced that they designated Logan Ondrusek for assignment off the 25-man roster.

Gallardo vs. Cessa tonight in the Bronx

The Orioles have fallen into a pattern of swapping out relievers in their bullpen and scrambling to learn about the opposing starter. They’ve facing another newbie tonight in New York, where right-hander Luis Cessa will make his second major league start and 10th appearance. Cessa joins a recent list that includes the Astros’ Mike Fiers and Joe Musgrove, and the Nationals’ A.J. Cole and Reynaldo

Trumbo: “I’ve had a great time playing here”

The Orioles accomplished the first important step with Mark Trumbo over the winter by acquiring him from the Mariners. Couldn’t build a case for keeping him without that first brick. They followed up with the second step, getting him under contract for 2016 without an arbitration hearing. Trumbo is a pending free agent, being paid $9.15 million while leading the majors in home runs with

Wrapping up a 4-0 loss

WASHINGTON - Adam Jones was removed from tonight’s game in the ninth inning due to cramping in his hamstring, according to manager Buck Showalter, who didn’t want to take any chances with his center fielder. Jones said he will play in Friday’s series opener in New York and, in typical fashion, changed the subject to the starting pitcher. Pedro Alvarez pinch-hit for Jones after Hyun

Jimenez offers another quality start in D.C. duel (O’s lose 4-0)

WASHINGTON - Ubaldo Jimenez hadn’t started a game in nearly a month and he was matched up tonight against Max Scherzer. Most pitchers would like having two quick strikes. Only not against them. Jimenez more than held his own, proving again that he’s a solid choice against the Nationals and in D.C. But Scherzer is special, rationing the Orioles to an Adam Jones double through

Notes on Tillman, roster move, lineup and more (updated)

WASHINGTON - Chris Tillman most likely will throw off flat ground on Tuesday in one of the most anticipated games of catch in recent years. Tillman will be testing his right shoulder for the first time since going on the disabled list. Manager Buck Showalter said the throwing session could be held on Monday, but the following day seemed to be the greater possibility. “We’ve

Ondrusek hoping to make better impression in second stint

WASHINGTON - Reliever Logan Ondrusek is back with the Orioles today, sporting the same look in the clubhouse but hoping to resemble a different pitcher than the one who earned a demotion to Double-A Bowie. Ondrusek was sent down on Aug. 11 with instructions to work on rediscovering the feel for his splitter and regaining his edge against left-handed hitters. The overall results don’t necessarily

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - Manny Machado will try to continue his torrid hitting against the Nationals tonight and the Orioles will attempt to win all four games against the team with the second-best record in the National League. Machado collected four hits last night and improved his lifetime average against the Nats to .391 (27-for-69). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Machado owns the fifth-highest average by

Orioles will summon Ondrusek for tonight’s game

The Orioles are prepared to make another roster move this afternoon, recalling right-hander Logan Ondrusek from Double-A Bowie to provide a fresh arm for the bullpen. Parker Bridwell will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after making his first two major league appearances. Ondrusek appeared in six games with the Orioles and allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. They optioned him to

Looking ahead and glancing back

Mike Wright remains in place as the long reliever for tonight’s game against the Nationals that concludes the lopsided home-and-home series. If Ubaldo Jimenez is done early, Wright figures to get the call in his latest return to the Orioles. Wright needs the positive results at Triple-A Norfolk to accompany him back to the majors. “I think he was working a lot on his fastball

Wrapping up a 10-8 win

WASHINGTON - The Orioles moved within a game of first place in the American League East tonight following their 10-8 win over the Nationals and losses by the Red Sox and Blue Jays. Another roster move is coming as the Orioles rotate fresh arms into the bullpen. They may send down Parker Bridwell after he retired the side in order in the eighth, but surrendered

Orioles change venues, but results stay same vs. Nats

WASHINGTON - The view from the press box at Nationals Park makes the players appear the size of miniature tootsie rolls. However, Tanner Roark’s issues in the first few innings of the game were magnified. Everyone saw what was happening. Roark threw 39 pitches in the first inning and raised his count to 62 after the second, the Orioles scoring five runs and absorbing three

Wright on his latest return to the Orioles (O’s lead 10-3)

WASHINGTON - Mike Wright can litter a transaction page with the best of them. Wright broke camp in the Orioles’ rotation and was optioned on June 2 after nine starts, the last ending after the Red Sox ambushed him for six runs in 2 2/3 innings. He was needed the next day with reliever Darren O’Day going on the disabled list with a strained hamstring,

Notes on Rickard, McFarland, the pitching and more

WASHINGTON - Outfielder Joey Rickard will have his right thumb re-examined on Sept. 2, and manager Buck Showalter is hoping to get more than just a few weeks out of the Rule 5 pick. “I think we’ll get an idea how that’s progressing,” Showalter said. “He was a big part of our team for quite a while and we haven’t had him.” Left-hander Brian Duensing

Ubaldo Jimenez trying to be “the best I can for the team”

WASHINGTON - Chris Tillman, on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis, remains optimistic that he can return to the active roster when eligible on Sept. 5. However, he’s taking it a day at a time and resisting the urge to push it. With Tillman unable to pitch, the Orioles are turning again to Ubaldo Jimenez, whose last three appearances have been in relief. We’re

Orioles recall Wright from Norfolk

WASHINGTON - The Orioles have recalled Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Chris Tillman on the 25-man roster. Tillman has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to Sunday with right shoulder bursitis. Wright is available tonight in the bullpen while Wade Miley starts for the Orioles. He hasn’t pitched since Friday night, when he allowed one run and seven hits in five innings

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - The Orioles still haven’t announced that they’ve placed Chris Tillman on the disabled list and brought up a pitcher. However, we’ve got tonight’s lineup against the Nationals. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and batting second, Mark Trumbo is in right field and batting fifth and Matt Wieters is behind the plate. Kevin Gausman is 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA over his

Orioles losing Tillman and trying to win tonight’s game

The Orioles will announce today that Chris Tillman is going on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Or they may refer to it as “soreness.” As long as the word “torn” isn’t included, it probably doesn’t matter. Tillman is eligible to return on Sept. 5. You can check the schedule and do the math and figure out the increased difficulty in Tillman

Tillman headed to DL (with update and more quotes)

The Orioles won another game tonight, but they lost their No. 1 starter to place more stress on their rotation. Chris Tillman is headed to the disabled list, the news passed along by manager Buck Showalter and confirmed by the right-hander following an 8-1 win over the Nationals at Camden Yards. Tillman received a cortisone injection in his shoulder to combat the inflammation after Dr.

Beating Nats again a challenge for Orioles in replay only

The Orioles knew they were destined to win tonight after going 3-for-3 on challenges within the first three innings. They finally got some love up in New York. Calls were reversed and the Orioles’ success against the Nationals stayed the same, with Kevin Gausman tossing six scoreless innings in an 8-1 victory before 26,697 at Camden Yards. Chris Davis hit his 30th home run with

Could Trumbo’s adjusted stance explain HR streak? (O’s up 6-0)

Is Mark Trumbo red-hot at the plate or still mired in a slump? Is he totally locked in or continuing to labor? It can’t be both, though arguments work for both sides. Trumbo has eight hits in 49 at-bats over his last 14 games, a .163 average that’s lowered his season mark to .256. He’s batting .173/.231/.429 since the All-Star break. The full Trumbo story

Showalter on Tillman, O’Day, McFarland and more

The first words today from manager Buck Showalter regarding starter Chris Tillman were ominous, to say the least. “Chris did not have a good work day today,” Showalter said. “It did not go well.” The concern can’t be understated. Showalter isn’t certain whether Tillman will make Thursday’s start in D.C. after the Orioles pushed him back to Saturday for his last outing due to right

Tillman’s start Thursday in jeopardy due to shoulder

Chris Tillman may not make Thursday night’s start for the Orioles following a work day this afternoon that brought more concerns about his right shoulder. Manager Buck Showalter said Dr. Leigh Ann Curl is headed to Camden Yards to examine Tillman, who had his previous start pushed back to Saturday due to discomfort in the shoulder. Showalter said the side session earlier today didn’t go

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

Steve Pearce is giving the outfield another shot tonight, starting in left against the Nationals. Hyun Soo Kim isn’t in the lineup, an interesting development against rookie right-hander Reynaldo Lopez. Pearce will bat second tonight. Mark Trumbo is the 11th player since 1974 to have home runs account for his last seven hits. Mark McGwire has the longest streak with 11 in 2001. Major League

Leftovers for breakfast

If anyone truly believed on opening day that Donnie Hart would be getting big outs for the Orioles in late August as their left-handed specialist, they also must have thought that he’d be sharing a bullpen with Parker Bridwell, Francisco Pena would be the backup catcher and Ariel Miranda would be trade bait. The Orioles have been full of surprises this year. Hart was instrumental

Orioles hang on for 4-3 win over Nationals (with Showalter quotes)

Dylan Bundy didn’t light up the radar gun tonight and set off sparks. It wasn’t about velocity as much as location, and the Orioles found a win. Bundy held the Nationals to two runs over six innings, making the right pitches at the right times to avoid serious harm, and the Orioles turned on the power in a 4-3 victory before 31,660 at Camden Yards.

Checking on Bundy’s fastball in the early innings (O’s lead 4-3)

Dylan Bundy’s first pitch tonight against Nationals leadoff hitter Trea Turner registered 94 mph on the Camden Yards radar gun. Get used to the scrutiny over his velocity, no matter how little it seems to matter to the Orioles. Bundy’s fastball sat in the low-90s again in his last start against the Red Sox, a drop from 96-97 in some previous outings. Other numbers were

More notes from Camden Yards

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t hear directly from the Nationals about their pitching change for tonight, but learned of the switch around 10:30 a.m. A.J. Cole is replacing Stephen Strasburg, who went on the disabled list with a sore right elbow. “I found out from another source that heard it through the grapevine,” Showalter said. “I had to kind of figure it out

Showalter talks about decision to option Joseph

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said catcher Caleb Joseph will rejoin the club in 10 days after being optioned today to Triple-A Norfolk. Joseph probably would have played only once or twice before rosters expand on Sept. 1 and he needs the at-bats, a season-long offensive funk leaving his average at .193 (22-for-114) with two doubles and no RBIs. Matt Wieters came off the paternity list

Orioles option Caleb Joseph

The Orioles have reinstated Matt Wieters from the paternity list after he and his wife Maria welcomed the birth of their second son, Micah, on Saturday night. To make room for Wieters, the Orioles have optioned Caleb Joseph to Triple-A Norfolk, meaning Francisco Pena stays with the big league club. Joseph doesn’t have an RBI this year with the Orioles, while hitting .193 with two

Wieters in tonight’s lineup

Matt Wieters is off the paternity list and catching tonight for the Orioles in the series opener against the Nationals at Camden Yards. Wieters missed the past two games for the birth of his son. It’s a standard lineup against a right-hander, including Hyun Soo Kim in left field, Pedro Alvarez serving as the designated hitter and Chris Davis batting cleanup. For the Orioles Adam

Orioles facing new starter tonight

The Orioles won’t be facing Stephen Strasburg tonight. The right-hander won’t be making his first career start at Camden Yards. Just when you think that you’ve got it figured out. The Nationals unexpectedly have placed Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right elbow. They recalled right-hander A.J. Cole, who will start tonight in his 2016 debut in Strasburg’s place. Cole will be

The Britton debate and tonight’s game

As the division races continue to heat up, so do the debates over the postseason awards. The latter seems a bit premature, but I guess there’s no time like the present. Should a reliever win the Cy Young Award? More to the point, should closer Zach Britton be considered for it, let alone be the recipient in the American League? You probably can guess where

Orioles lose comforts of home and another game to Astros (with quotes)

The Orioles could have moved within 1 ½ games of first place in the American League East. They could have gained ground on the two teams ahead of them, salvaged a split of their four-game series with the Astros and reestablished some semblance of home dominance. Except they didn’t and the concerns are mounting. The defense buckled in the top of the fifth inning, contributing

Donnie Hart on Parker Bridwell: “He’s a bulldog” (O’s down 4-2)

When a pitcher or position player receives his first major league call up, the natural inclination is to scan the clubhouse for anyone who served as a former teammate in the farm system. The media’s perfect baseball world includes a catcher giving his own scouting report on the new pitcher, having set the target for him at some juncture. Earlier today, I gladly settled for

Notes on Tillman, the bullpen, Bridwell and more

Chris Tillman told Orioles manager Buck Showalter this morning that his right shoulder felt good following last night’s start, which lasted two-plus innings in a 12-2 loss to the Astros. “Said he actually felt better today than he normally does after a start, which verifies last night. That’s good news today,” Showalter said. Reliever Darren O’Day is “actually doing better the last couple days,” Showalter

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

Chris Davis is in right field and Steve Pearce is playing first base and batting second for the Orioles in today’s series finale against the Astros at Camden Yards. Nolan Reimold is in left field and batting ninth against Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel. Francisco Pena is behind the plate. For those of you looking ahead to the series against the Nationals, Dylan Bundy is starting

Orioles call up Parker Bridwell

The Orioles have recalled right-hander Parker Bridwell from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Odrisamer Despaigne in the bullpen, the latest move designed to provide long relief behind the starting pitcher. Bridwell will be making his major league debut with his first appearance. The Orioles selected Bridwell, now 25, in the ninth round of the 2010 draft out of Hereford (Tx.) High School. He was 1-1 with

More relief help and today’s game

The Orioles are going through long relievers like Halloween candy. And if that isn’t the perfect setup for a joke, I don’t know what else to do here. They used Ubaldo Jimenez, Tyler Wilson and Vance Worley on Friday night. They optioned Wilson, called up Odrisamer Despaigne, used him for three-plus innings last night and optioned him. Parker Bridwell has emerged as a legitimate bullpen

Orioles option Despaigne (plus Showalter quotes)

The Orioles optioned right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne to Triple-A Norfolk tonight after he worked three innings in relief in a 12-2 loss to the Astros at Camden Yards. Despaigne was set to stay for only one game if he needed to work multiple innings, and it became necessary after starter Chris Tillman failed to get an out in the third. A corresponding move will be announced

Tillman leaves early, Flaherty pitches, Orioles lose 12-2

Chris Tillman couldn’t locate his pitches tonight and his velocity was down, the fastball sitting in the upper 80s. These are disturbing signs for a pitcher who had to be pushed back due to a sore right shoulder. Also disturbing is the latest loss to the Astros, which included Ryan Flaherty’s pitching debut in the ninth inning, and the threat of losing another home series.

Bundy has minimal concerns over lower velocity (O’s down 8-1)

Though the Orioles haven’t confirmed their rotation for the two-game series against the Nationals at Camden Yards, Dylan Bundy is expected to stay in turn and pitch in Monday’s opener. Manager Buck Showalter didn’t hint at any adjustments. Bundy held the Giants to one run over 5 1/3 innings on Aug. 12 and allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings against the

Notes on Wieters, Despaigne and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he expects catcher Matt Wieters to remain on paternity leave at least through Sunday’s game at Camden Yards. Wieters and wife Maria are at the hospital and doctors induced labor this morning. Wieters can stay away from the team for a maximum of three days. Showalter said reports on Odrisamer Despaigne, recalled today from Triple-A Norfolk, show that the right-hander

Orioles roster moves and lineup

The Orioles have placed catcher Matt Wieters on paternity leave and recalled pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne and catcher Francisco Pena from Triple-A Norfolk. Wieters is joining his wife for the birth of their second son. He can be away from the team for a maximum of three days. Despaigne, 29, registered a 3.48 ERA in 15 starts with Norfolk this season and allowed one earned run

Orioles turning to Tillman tonight

The Orioles are making one roster move for sure today, with a bullpen spot open after they optioned Tyler Wilson late last night. They’re also waiting for catcher Matt Wieters to go on paternity leave, figuring it could happen anytime starting this afternoon. Pedro Alvarez’s shot to right field last night assured the Orioles of hitting five or more home runs in a game for

Wilson optioned to Norfolk

The Orioles optioned right-hander Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk following tonight’s 15-8 loss to the Astros at Camden Yards. They need a long reliever after using three tonight, including Wilson, who was charged with four runs and five hits in two innings. He also let an inherited runner score and surrendered two home runs. Wilson’s ERA has risen to 5.38 in 20 games (13 starts)

Orioles’ early power display wasted in 15-8 loss (with quotes)

Wade Miley’s reputation for working fast unfortunately expanded tonight to include being done after only 44 pitches. The Orioles became the first team to hit four home runs before making an out, according the STATS. Their first inning was epic. The collapse that ensued wasn’t far off. Miley allowed five runs in the second as the Astros also batted around and manager Buck Showalter removed

Tonight’s game holds special meaning to Davis (O’s down 14-8)

Chris Davis isn’t the type to request items from his playing career that can be kept as souvenirs and keepsakes. His sentimental side has its limits. But tonight is special. Tonight is Davis’ 1,000th career game in the majors, a milestone achieved after years of trying to prove that he was more than a 4A player. More than a guy who could destroy baseballs in

Showalter on Rickard, O’Day and Hardy

Outfielder Joey Rickard is back in Sarasota after having his right thumb examined Monday in Baltimore. Back to the Ed Smith Stadium complex, the splint worn for another two-to-three weeks. Back to reminding manager Buck Showalter how much his absence is felt on the team. “I’m really hoping the two-to-three weeks is two weeks and hoping that he gets moving,” Showalter said. “We miss him.

Darren O’Day on his injury and missing the competition

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day woke up this morning with his right shoulder feeling much better, the improvement significant enough to provide encouragement following updates that noted only how he was “inching along.” However, O’Day still hasn’t been cleared to throw and can’t provide any timetables. He’s quite literally in day-to-day mode. He’s also mad at himself for trying to pitch through the pain. The Orioles

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

The Orioles are trotting out a familiar lineup tonight for their second game against the Astros. No reason to change it after last night’s offensive explosion. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field again and batting second. Chris Davis, with three home runs in the last two nights, is playing first base and batting cleanup. Mark Trumbo is in right field at batting fifth. Matt

Miley: “Just got to manage innings better”

Wade Miley never said that he wanted to come into Baltimore like a wrecking ball. That was me just hoping that I could make another Miley Cyrus reference, as if increasing my total also would somehow bump up my salary. (For the record, I didn’t want to come into Baltimore like a wrecking ball. More like a rolling stone, based entirely on my name.) Miley

Orioles risk spoiling Gausman in 13-5 win (with quotes)

Kevin Gausman received 12 runs tonight. Hyun Soo Kim hit a triple. The game was delayed while unicorns unrolled the tarp in anticipation of rain. Only two of these statements are true. Take your time. (It should have been obvious that head groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen never would allow unicorns on her field and certainly not with the radar showing clear skies.) Mark Trumbo hit a

Can last night’s home run get Davis on a roll? (O’s lead 12-5)

No matter how many at-bats have ended with Chris Davis walking back to the dugout or making a sharp turn toward it, he’s always believed that he’s one at-bat away from going on one of his familiar tears. Davis is batting .163/.305/.265 since the All-Star break, with 43 strikeouts in 98 at-bats, but his third home run landed on Eutaw Street in last night’s 8-1,

Early notes from Camden Yards

The Red Sox lost to the Tigers today 4-3 at Comerica Park, opening the door for the Orioles to get back into a second-place tie with a win tonight. Chris Tillman’s flat ground session went well and manager Buck Showalter is more confident that the right-hander will start Saturday night against the Astros. Tillman had his scheduled start last night pushed back due to some

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

Chris Davis is back at first base and Mark Trumbo returns to right field tonight for the Orioles’ series opener against the Astros at Camden Yards. Pedro Alvarez gets his first start since Thursday in Oakland. Chris Tillman is playing catch in the outfield to test his right shoulder. He’s gradually increasing the distance and appears to be fine. Kevin Gausman’s 3.52 run support average

The striking resemblance to tonight’s opponent

Who’s going to be the first member of the media today to “remind” manager Buck Showalter of the painful sweep in Houston? More to the point, who’s going to bring up the worst aspect of it besides the losses? “Hey, remember that time your hitters set the major league record for most strikeouts in a three-game series?” There’s probably a smoother way to ease into

Showalter speaks after rain-shortened 8-1 loss

The Orioles gave up eight runs in six innings tonight, lightning and persistent rain forced a 1 hour, 17 minute delay, and the night ended without resumption and with a new team occupying third place in the American League East. Dylan Bundy allowed five runs and nine hits, career highs as a starter, and was done after 4 1/3 innings in an 8-1, six-inning loss

Kim getting a rare start against a lefty (O’s lose 8-1 in six innings)

A day can’t pass for the Orioles without a flurry of injury updates. Outfielder Joey Rickard must keep his right thumb in a split for another two to three weeks, but manager Buck Showalter doesn’t want it viewed as a setback. “Everything as it’s supposed to be,” he said. “Put the splint back on. We’re hoping at the end of that period he can start

Tillman: Shoulder has “definitely been getting better every day”

While Dylan Bundy prepared to make tonight’s start against the Red Sox, Chris Tillman stood at his locker and provided an update on his right shoulder. The club’s stopper did his best to slow the avalanche of concern and speculation over the decision to push him back to Saturday night against the Astros, the Orioles taking the predicable cautious approach after he informed them of

Notes on Rickard, Tillman, McFarland and more

The Blue Jays won today in New York, leaving the Orioles and Red Sox 1 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East. Outfielder Joey Rickard will have his right thumb in a splint for another two to three weeks following today’s appointment with a hand specialist. The Orioles were hoping that Rickard would be available by Sept. 1, but that date

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Hyun Soo Kim is starting in left field tonight and batting ninth against Red Sox left-hander David Price. Kim is 0-for-14 versus left-handers this season. However, as I wrote this morning, Nolan Reimold is 4-for-33 (.121) with a home run and 13 strikeouts against Price. Chris Davis stays in right field, with Steve Pearce at first base and Mark Trumbo serving as the designated hitter.

Tillman’s quest for 20 wins put on hold

Depending on how manager Buck Showalter manipulates his rotation, Chris Tillman could make eight more starts in the regular season. He needs five victories to become the Orioles’ first 20-game winner since Mike Boddicker in 1984. The math says it’s still possible if he’s healthy. Tillman would have been in line for nine more starts if working every fifth day, but he’s being pushed back

Tillman scratched from Wednesday start with sore shoulder (updated)

Chris Tillman’s next start is being pushed back to Saturday night against the Astros due to some discomfort in his right shoulder. Dylan Bundy will pitch Wednesday night in the series finale against the Red Sox. Manager Buck Showalter made the announcement following tonight’s 5-3 loss to the Red Sox before 26,014 at Camden Yards. “Bundy’s going to start tomorrow. Going to bump Tillman back

Orioles back to division play (O’s lose 5-3)

The Red Sox took their turn at changing the lineup, removing third baseman Aaron Hill due to tightness in his right forearm and replacing him with Brock Holt. Left-hander T.J. McFarland would like to scratch his start today at Single-A Frederick. He allowed three runs and four hits in one-third of an inning against Lynchburg, which homered twice off him. The Orioles have 45 games

Orioles make lineup changes

The Orioles made an adjustment to their lineup tonight without removing anyone. The order stays the same for the series opener against the Red Sox. However, Mark Trumbo has switched from right field to designated hitter. Steve Pearce is playing first base and Chris Davis has moved to right field. The Orioles didn’t provide an explanation, but manager Buck Showalter hinted about the change earlier

A few early notes

Orioles Rule 5 outfielder Joey Rickard is still scheduled to have his right thumb examined Wednesday in Baltimore. Rickard, on the disabled list with a slightly torn ligament, could be cleared to begin baseball activities. Manager Buck Showalter said reliever Darren O’Day wouldn’t have been available to pitch tonight if the Orioles kept him on the active roster. The Orioles initially thought that O’Day might

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Steve Pearce has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight as the designated hitter against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Chris Davis has been lowered again to sixth. Jonathan Schoop is batting second. Left-hander Jeff Beliveau has been promoted from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Jonathan Schoop 2B Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo RF Steve Pearce DH Chris Davis 1B

Gallardo vs. Rodriguez tonight at Camden Yards

The Orioles arrive at Camden Yards this afternoon a percentage point ahead of the Blue Jays for first place in the American League East and one game ahead of the third-place Red Sox, who are in town for a short series. How will the division look after Wednesday night? The Orioles have won six of 10 from the Red Sox this season, splitting a four-game

This, that and the other

The Orioles made it back home. Back to their own beds, their clubhouse, their daily routine. Back in front of fans who mostly still believe in them, the majority tending to be muted by the scattered doubters who contradict the schedule and insist the season has ended. The Orioles still aren’t selling. They didn’t consider it at the non-waiver trade deadline and weren’t considering it

Britton’s epic failures in back-to-back starts a distant memory

SAN FRANCISCO - How does a manager display confidence in his closer besides the obvious move of letting him protect a slim lead in the ninth inning? Orioles manager Buck Showalter did it again yesterday in San Francisco, ordering an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Buster Posey with a runner on second base and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. A runner who

Wrapping up an 8-7 come-from-behind win

SAN FRANCISCO - Just as Jonathan Schoop’s fly ball fell into the left field seats today for a three-run homer, the Orioles’ improbable comeback complete, I tweeted the news and shot a glance into the visiting dugout. Players almost leaped out of their spikes, a few of them at risk of flipping over the railing. The euphoria could be felt for miles, or at least

Orioles rally for 8-7 win

SAN FRANCISCO - The Orioles were one out away from going 4-6 on the road trip, from falling 1 ½ games out of first place, their largest margin since June 1. They were once down by six runs, rallied and appeared on a verge of a frustrating loss. And then it happened. Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer to left field off Santiago Casilla with

Brach and Givens not feeling pressure with O’Day out (O’s down 7-5)

SAN FRANCISCO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter may be able to push his bullpen a little harder this afternoon with the club having an off day on Monday. Not to mention how it’s more of an “all hands on deck” situation as we approach the stretch run. Wade Miley will have a huge say in the proceedings as today’s starting pitcher. And the Giants will

Notes on Jones, an expanded roster and Walker (updated)

SAN FRANCISCO - Did anyone really doubt whether Adam Jones would be in center field this afternoon for the series finale against the Giants? A pitch from Madison Bumgarner last night smashed into the fingers of Jones’ right hand as he tried to lay down a bunt. He was in excruciating pain, downplayed it afterward and will lead off this afternoon. The usual drill. Manager

Jones remains in Orioles lineup

SAN FRANCISCO - The Orioles have reached the final game of their three-city road trip, and center fielder Adam Jones remains in the lineup after being hit last night on the right hand. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and batting second. Chris Davis is batting cleanup. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Hyun Soo Kim LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Mark

Miley vs. Cueto today in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - Jonathan Schoop has played every inning and out of every game for the Orioles this season. He may be rested later this month or the next, but it’s not happening this afternoon. No way does Schoop sit against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. Schoop has four hits in five career at-bats against Cueto, a small sample size. However, three of those hits are

Jones’ hand, an inconsistent strike zone and a 6-2 loss

SAN FRANCISCO - Adam Jones said his right hand is fine and he’s playing on Sunday. Kevin Gausman said the strike zone was flawed tonight and he’s not happy about it. Manager Buck Showalter expressed his initial concerns over Jones, knowing the club can’t afford to lose its center fielder, and backed Gausman’s assertion that the six walks were deceiving in the Orioles’ 6-2 loss

Too many walks and not enough runs for Orioles in 6-2 loss

SAN FRANCISCO - When a pitcher sets his career high in walks before recording an out in the third inning, he’s in clear danger of exhausting himself from chasing the plate. Kevin Gausman tried to corner it, tried to trap it in one spot, but it kept getting away from him. The Giants drew four walks in the first two innings and Gausman paid the

Showalter on Jones: “He’s so easy to trust” (O’s down 6-0)

SAN FRANCISCO - The Orioles remain on their road trip and Adam Jones figures to remain on a roll. No matter how the rest of the offense is functioning. Jones’ eight-game hitting streak covers stops in Chicago, Oakland and San Francisco. He grounded out in his first at-bat tonight, but he’s 16-for-36 since leaving Baltimore. The damage includes one double, two home runs, four RBIs

Showalter on O’Day, bullpen and Pearce

SAN FRANCISCO - Orioles reliever Darren O’Day received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder today before going on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain, and manager Buck Showalter sounded confident that the absence won’t extend beyond 15 days. O’Day is eligible to return on Aug. 28 and Showalter said the reliever definitely will pitch for them later this season. “I talked to

Britton reacts to O’Day’s latest trip to the disabled list

SAN FRANCISCO - The Orioles are beginning life again without reliever Darren O’Day, who returned to the disabled list today. O’Day’s right hamstring is fine, but a strained rotator cuff has removed him from a bullpen that leans on him for quality outings and leadership. “I think he’s really frustrated,” said closer Zach Britton. “He prides himself being a guy who’s very consistent, durable and

O’Day goes on DL (plus Orioles lineup)

SAN FRANCISCO - The Orioles placed reliever Darren O’Day on the 15-day disabled list today with a right rotator cuff strain. Tyler Wilson has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to take O’Day’s spot on the pitching staff. O’Day flew back to Baltimore this morning and had his shoulder examined by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs. Manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that he wouldn’t have used

Thoughts on the bullpen and tonight’s game

SAN FRANCISCO - The Orioles won a game last night and may have lost their top set-up man. They’ll find out later today after team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs examines Darren O’Day’s right shoulder. They survived without O’Day for seven weeks, a strained hamstring keeping him on the disabled list. But let’s not tempt fate. Brad Brach is a capable set-up man and he’s been

Wrapping up a 5-2 win

SAN FRANCISCO - The Orioles jumped out to an early lead for the second consecutive game and held onto it, with the bullpen doing a solid job behind starter Dylan Bundy. Bundy improved to 6-3 with a 2.93 ERA and Zach Britton recorded his 36th save. Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis hit home runs, the heart of the order pumping again, and the Orioles moved

Orioles back in first place after 5-2 win

SAN FRANCISCO - Dylan Bundy wasn’t much of a hitter tonight, striking out in his first two major league at-bats and bouncing to the mound. Fortunately for the Orioles, they weren’t dependent on the rookie to provide their offense. That would have been a peculiar strategy. Bundy handled the pitching, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings, and Mark Trumbo hit a 441-foot home run

Orioles take early lead as Hart waits for next chance (O’s lead 5-1)

SAN FRANCISCO - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is 2-for-2 in two innings tonight and the Orioles have taken another early lead, scoring twice off Giants starter Matt Cain. They were able. Jonathan Schoop and Matt Wieters doubled with one out. J.J. Hardy singled to put runners on the corners, Dylan Bundy struck out in his first major league at-bat and Jones poked an RBI

Showalter on Hart, Ondrusek, O’Day, Wilson and more

SAN FRANCISCO - So much for a slow news day. The Orioles recalled reliever Donnie Hart from Double-A Bowie to replace Logan Ondrusek in the bullpen and give them a much-needed left-hander as part of the bridge to closer Zach Britton. Hart’s presence is already being felt. The Giants couldn’t stack their lineup with left-handers tonight. “It’s as much about Logan, too,” said manager Buck

O’Day will have shoulder examined in Baltimore

SAN FRANCISCO - Orioles reliever Darren O’Day flew back to Baltimore this morning because of a sore right shoulder, which team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs will examine on Saturday. O’Day experienced discomfort in the shoulder yesterday in the eighth inning while allowing an inherited runner to score and two runs of his own. Tyler Wilson is on the taxi squad today and could be recalled

Tyler Wilson on taxi squad

SAN FRANCISCO - Tyler Wilson is in the Orioles’ clubhouse tonight after being placed on the 24-hour taxi squad. Wilson will return to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday if not recalled. Manager Buck Showalter will provide an explanation later. Wilson could be here in case reliever Darren O’Day or infielder Steve Pearce go on the disabled list. Showalter said yesterday that he would check on O’Day

Orioles lineup vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - Mark Trumbo is batting fourth and Chris Davis has moved down to fifth for tonight’s game against the Giants at AT&T Park. J.J. Hardy is back at shortstop after resting yesterday. Dylan Bundy will get his first career at-bats tonight. The Orioles have confirmed that they recalled left-hander Donnie Hart from Double-A Bowie. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Hyun Soo Kim

A few early notes from San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - Not all saves are created equal and Zach Britton really had to earn his latest one yesterday in Oakland. Bases loaded, two outs and former Oriole Danny Valencia at the plate. A three-run cushion could have popped with one swing from Valencia, who’s batting .348 against left-handers this season. Valencia took a 97 mph fastball for a strike, offered at a 96

Orioles take giant leap on road trip

SAN FRANCISCO - The dog days of August? Manager Buck Showalter would like to pose a question to anyone willing to do the research. “Why not cat days?” Well? The Orioles begin a three-game series tonight in San Francisco, trading in a last-place opponent for one that’s in first. Maybe they’ll have better luck with a contender. There will be a lot more witnesses at

Wrapping up 9-6 win (Ondrusek optioned, Hart joining Orioles)

OAKLAND - While confirming this morning that he was getting a day off and not dealing with a health issue, J.J. Hardy noted that the Orioles had won the last two games with Ryan Flaherty at shortstop. He playfully challenged the media to look it up while sifting through the dates in his head. Maybe he’s onto something. Or perhaps the Orioles simply were due

Offense awakens and Orioles avoid sweep with 9-6 win

OAKLAND - A scoring drought that could have caused brush fires, a drought that turned a first-place lead to ashes, ended for the Orioles this afternoon. When it rains runs, it pours. The label of a team that only hits home runs was ripped away at the seams in the fourth inning, with the Orioles stringing together four consecutive hits in a three-run frame. But,

Latest on Pearce’s recovery and Schoop’s endurance (O’s lead 9-6)

OAKLAND - Steve Pearce remained on the active roster for today’s series finale against the Athletics, and he intended to hit in the cage to test out his right forearm and elbow. Pearce still hasn’t been cleared to throw. The Orioles are more interested right now in whether he can swing the bat without pain, which they anticipate as they approach a three-game series in

Orioles and Athletics lineups

OAKLAND - Ryan Flaherty is playing shortstop today for the Orioles, making his first start since July 24. He doesn’t have an at-bat since July 30. Chris Davis has returned to the cleanup spot, followed by Mark Trumbo. According to STATS, LLC., second baseman Jonathan Schoop owns the second-longest active games started streak in the majors with 113, trailing the Royals’ Alcides Escobar with 122.

Orioles need a win today to avoid four-game sweep

OAKLAND - The Orioles are trying today to avoid their first four-game sweep in Oakland since August 2004. The Athletics rotation for that series consisted of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Rich Harden and Barry Zito. It’s not quite the same level of talent this week, but the Orioles are allowing the A’s do to a nice impression. The Orioles’ losing pitchers in that 2004 series

Machado: “Eventually things will turn around”

OAKLAND - These are the dog days in baseball and they’re staining the Orioles’ carpet, chewing up their shoes, waking up the neighbors. The Athletics have slept through most of the season, but they’re energized in this four-game series, winning again tonight 1-0 behind another unheralded pitcher. The Orioles lost to a last-place team starting Ross Detwiler. They couldn’t score a run. Bad dog days.

Orioles offense hits another low in 1-0 loss

OAKLAND - The Orioles couldn’t score in the top of the first inning tonight after getting a leadoff single from Adam Jones and a double from J.J. Hardy, plus two wild pitches from Athletics starter Ross Detwiler. They couldn’t score in the second inning after Chris Davis singled with one out. They couldn’t score in the fourth inning after back-to-back, two-out singles by Jonathan Schoop

Lineup shuffling produces early hits but no runs (updated)

OAKLAND - The first two batters for the Orioles tonight reached base on a single and a double. Athletics left-hander Ross Detwiler uncorked two wild pitches. Lots of activity, but no scoring. Adam Jones led off with a single after nailing A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell with his backswing earlier in the at-bat, and he moved to second on the first wild pitch. J.J. Hardy, elevated

McFarland to pitch Monday in Frederick (and other notes)

OAKLAND - Left-hander T.J. McFarland will begin his injury rehab assignment Monday night at Single-A Frederick. McFarland could throw three innings, as he did today while shutting out the Gulf Coast League Twins in Fort Myers. McFarland is scheduled to have a work day Friday in Sarasota before heading to Frederick. Bullpen coach Dom Chiti may watch McFarland in Frederick while the Orioles are off.

Pearce on his health, Hardy on batting second

OAKLAND - Steve Pearce remains out of the lineup tonight despite the opposition starting a left-hander. However, he said that his arm feels much better and he could have played. Pearce still hasn’t tested the forearm/elbow area by throwing or hitting, with the Orioles maintaining a cautious approach since he left Sunday’s game with discomfort and received a cortisone injection. “I feel good,” he said.

Orioles and Athletics lineups

OAKLAND - Shortstop J.J. Hardy moves up to second in the Orioles lineup tonight and first baseman Chris Davis moves down to sixth against Athletics left-hander Ross Detwiler. Hardy hasn’t batted second since May 24, 2014. Caleb Joseph is catching and Matt Wieters is serving as the designated hitter. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop moves up to fifth as another part of the lineup shakeup. For

Random notes from Oakland

OAKLAND - Left-hander T.J. McFarland, in his first game today since going on the disabled list with a left knee injury, didn’t allow a run or hit in three innings with the Gulf Coast League Orioles. McFarland, facing the GCL Twins in Fort Myers, walked one batter and struck out one. Rain caused a postponement of yesterday’s game in Sarasota and delayed McFarland’s start. The

Slumping sluggers and tonight’s game

OAKLAND - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is 9-for-76 (.118) with one double and one home run since the All-Star break and his average is down to .214. Outfielder Mark Trumbo is 15-for-91 (.165) with four doubles and three home runs since the break and his average is down to .263. The heart of the order needs to get pumping. Everyone knows it, including the

Wrapping up a 2-1 loss

OAKLAND - Adam Jones passed Al Bumbry for 10th place on the Orioles’ all-time hits list tonight with a leadoff single in the top of the ninth inning. It could have meant so much more in a one-run game, but Hyun Soo Kim bounced into a 1-6-3 double play - the third time tonight that he hit a comebacker - and Manny Machado’s two-out walk

Orioles offense gets another failing grade in loss to A’s

OAKLAND - The bats have disappeared again. Gone without a trace. Missing in inaction. Held to two runs last night, the Orioles managed only one tonight and can do no better than a split in their four-game series with the last-place Athletics after a 2-1 loss before 13,573 at Oakland Coliseum. Wade Miley’s second start with the Orioles was quality - two runs and six

Brach hoping for fresh start in relief role (O’s down 2-1)

OAKLAND - Brad Brach is under the impression that his reduced workload of late is due to the Orioles wanting to freshen him up. It’s more of an assumption and he understands the logic behind it. Brach made the All-Star team after going 6-1 with a 0.91 ERA and 0.831 WHIP in 40 appearances in the first half. He’s posted a 3.24 ERA and 1.440

Showalter on Pearce, Duensing, left-handed relief and Tebow

OAKLAND - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club will made a decision on Steve Pearce’s status no later than Thursday before heading to San Francisco. Pearce is confident that he can avoid the disabled list after receiving a cortisone injection Sunday in his right forearm. “Stevie’s a little better today,” Showalter said. “Still going to have to make a decision here probably before we

Pearce optimistic that he won’t go on disabled list

OAKLAND - Steve Pearce expressed confidence this afternoon that he will avoid the disabled list and return to the field later this week. Pearce received a cortisone injection in his right forearm Sunday after leaving the game in the fifth inning. He’s been receiving treatment and had an electronic stimulator attached near the elbow today while talking to the media at his locker. “It’s feeling

Orioles and Athletics lineups

OAKLAND - The Orioles are breaking out their standard left-handed lineup for tonight’s game against the Athletics. Hyun Soo Kim is batting second and playing left field. Chris Davis is the cleanup hitter. Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. Pretty standard stuff here. Matt Wieters is catching and batting seventh. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Hyun Soo Kim LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis

Early notes from Oakland

OAKLAND - Left-hander T.J. McFarland will have to wait another day to face hitters in a game setting. McFarland was supposed to pitch this morning for the Gulf Coast League Orioles, but rain washed away his appearance against the GCL Twins in Sarasota. Manager Buck Showalter said McFarland, on the disabled list since June 29, was scheduled to throw two or three innings while continuing

Alvarez, Davis and tonight’s game in Oakland

OAKLAND - With Ross Detwiler’s insertion into the Athletics’ rotation on Wednesday, Pedro Alvarez figures to sit out one of the four games in the series. Otherwise, he’s going to be the designated hitter while attempting to reach the 20-home run mark for the fourth time in five seasons. Alvarez has hit 18 home runs, including nine since the All-Star break. Five have come over

Hearing from Showalter, Gausman and Jones after 3-2 loss

OAKLAND - The Orioles don’t score runs for Kevin Gausman and he doesn’t win on the road. Pick your favorite story angle. Gausman won’t join you. Manager Buck Showalter also prefers to stay out of it. Gausman left tonight’s game after six innings with the Orioles trailing the Athletics 2-1, and they finished on the wrong end of a 3-2 score at Oakland Coliseum. “He

Machado homers again in 3-2 loss

OAKLAND - Manny Machado didn’t hit home runs in each of the first three innings tonight. If anyone made that wager, the money could have been spent more wisely. He had to settle for one monstrous shot in a losing cause. Machado grounded out in the first inning, scored J.J. Hardy with a foul popup in the third, lined to short in the sixth and

Showalter on resting players, Jimenez and McFarland (O’s down 3-2)

OAKLAND - With outfielder Mark Trumbo absent from yesterday’s lineup, second baseman Jonathan Schoop is the only Orioles player to play in all 111 games, including tonight’s series opener at O.co Coliseum. Manager Buck Showalter had three lineups ready yesterday before deciding to sit Trumbo. More rest is coming for other players. “Somebody thought that someone talked their way into the lineup. That wasn’t the

Updating Pearce, McFarland and pitching matchups

OAKLAND - Steve Pearce’s right arm is feeling much better today after the cortisone injection, the improvement more pronounced than Orioles manager Buck Showalter had anticipated. Pearce seems like a good bet to avoid the disabled list. Showalter said he’ll have a better idea on Wednesday. “He’s improved today,” Showalter said. “I was talking to he and Richie (Bancells). A lot better than usually, so

Jimenez on his first career save

OAKLAND - Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce wasn’t at his locker this afternoon while the media gathered in the clubhouse. Manager Buck Showalter will provide a health update in less than an hour. Pearce received a cortisone injection to alleviate discomfort in his right flexor mass. He exited yesterday’s game in the fifth inning and probably won’t be available tonight. Ubaldo Jimenez kept the ball yesterday

Orioles and Athletics lineups

OAKLAND - Kevin Gausman remains in search of his first road victory since August 2014 as the Orioles open a four-game series against the Athletics. Chris Davis is batting cleanup tonight after homering yesterday. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. The Orioles took two of three games in Oakland last season. Their last three-game sweep here came in

Afternoon notes from Oakland

OAKLAND - The Orioles won’t post their lineup for a few more hours, but third baseman Manny Machado most definitely will be in it. Look for him in his usual third spot behind Adam Jones and Hyun Soo Kim. Just don’t be disappointed if he can’t hit three home runs tonight. Making history has its limits. Machado became the first Oriole to hit three home

Orioles hoping to continue success against Graveman

OAKLAND - I don’t know whether Kevin Gausman vs. Kendall Graveman will be a good matchup tonight, but it does have a nice ring to it. Graveman is aware that Manny Machado hit three home runs in the first three innings yesterday in Chicago. He knows that the Orioles totaled five homers in a 10-2 win. And no one knows Graveman’s history with the Orioles

Braves claim Chaz Roe off waivers from Orioles

The Orioles won’t be able to keep reliever Chaz Roe in the organization. The Braves have claimed Roe off waivers, another curious move by a team that’s rebuilding. But if outfielder Matt Kemp makes sense for them, why not Roe? The Orioles designated Roe for assignment on July 29 after they signed reliever Logan Ondrusek. Roe is out of minor league options and the Orioles

Orioles and White Sox lineups

For the first time this season, Mark Trumbo is not in the Orioles starting lineup. Trumbo is 0-for-9 with six strikeouts lifetime against White Sox starter James Shields. Pedro Alvarez returns to the lineup after sitting out last night’s game and will bat sixth as the designated hitter. Chris Davis is back in the cleanup spot and Matt Wieters will start at catcher and bat

Bundy vs. Shields today to close out series in Chicago

If anyone wants a veteran left-handed reliever, the Padres designated 39-year-old Matt Thornton for assignment yesterday afternoon. I’m wondering if the Orioles would have interest, considering that he held left-handed hitters to a .198 average last season with the Nationals and posted a 2.18 ERA in 60 appearances. Thornton registered a combined 1.75 ERA in 64 appearances with the Yankees and Nationals in 2014. Left-handers

Upcoming starters, Alvarez, Britton and memorable loss

The Orioles have set their rotation for the Oakland series that begins Monday at O.co Coliseum. Kevin Gausman will start the opener of the four-game series, followed by Wade Miley on Tuesday, Yovani Gallardo on Wednesday and Chris Tillman on Thursday. The Athletics are listing only Kendall Graveman for Monday and Sonny Gray for Thursday. The other two spots are TBD. Gray, though, left today’s

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

Chris Davis is batting sixth tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Davis’ average is down to .218. He’s 2-for-15 this month and 6-for-58 since July 16. He’s hit one home run since July 2 and none since July 10. Sixth is the lowest slot for Davis since June 25, 2015, the move tonight also based on

Tillman vs. Rodon tonight in Chicago

The White Sox are starting a left-hander tonight. Does Pedro Alvarez sit? More on Carlos Rodon later. More on Alvarez now. He hit two more home runs last night to give him five in his last three games and six in his last five. This is the guy that the Orioles envisioned when they signed him to a one-year, $5.75 million contract in spring training.

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

The Orioles open a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago tonight against former teammate Miguel Gonzalez. Manager Buck Showalter is sticking with a standard lineup behind starter Yovani Gallardo. Hyun Soo Kim is batting second and in left field, with Mark Trumbo in right. Matt Wieters is behind the plate and Pedro Alvarez is serving as the designated hitter. For the OriolesAdam Jones

Time to retire the Teixeira storyline

Reports have surfaced that Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is set to announce his retirement effective after the season. News that brings me, not to tears, but a shrug. What really needs to be retired is the notion that all fans in Baltimore still lose their collective minds whenever Teixeira comes back to town. The mere mention of his name over the PA system at

Orioles facing old friend and new foe

Miguel Gonzalez is starting tonight against the Orioles in Chicago. We said it wouldn’t get weird. Gonzalez hasn’t faced the Orioles. Not before they signed him in 2012 and not after they released him in spring training this year. The decision wasn’t popular among players, many of them refusing to discuss it publicly. Pitchers that I approached declined comment, saying it was “too soon.” Gonzalez

Showalter on Miley injury and 5-3 loss

Wade Miley’s debut with the Orioles tonight ended after five innings and a shot off his left calf that caused him to limp into the dugout and through the tunnel with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells. However, no X-rays are scheduled and Miley is confident that he’ll make his next start, saying it’s “not a concern.” Manager Buck Showalter sounded the same optimistic tone following

Miley makes sure Orioles left with southpaw in rotation (O’s lose 5-3)

Wade Miley’s first pitch tonight as an Oriole missed the strike zone. The fifth one found it, producing a leadoff double for Shin-Soo Choo with a 3-1 count. Miley has a 6.63 ERA in the first inning this season, but he stranded Choo at third base by striking out Ian Desmond, retiring Carlos Beltran on a ground ball and striking out Adrian Beltre. Miley threw

Pregame notes on Tyler Wilson and success at home

Orioles pitchers took batting practice this afternoon in preparation for their interleague series against the Giants in San Francisco. Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t announced his starters for the series. He didn’t base his decisions on their batting averages. “If you have that much in advance, but it’s more about creating the best consistency in pitchers,” he said. “We’ve done that some when we had the

Orioles and Rangers lineups (plus minor league awards)

Wade Miley makes his Orioles debut tonight as they attempt to sweep the Rangers before heading to Chicago. Miley is the first left-hander to start for the Orioles this season. Matt Wieters is catching Miley tonight. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Mark Trumbo is in right, with Pedro Alvarez serving as the designated hitter. Chris Davis is batting cleanup. The Orioles named

The best of Britton and bonding with Miley

Any discussion of Cy Young Award candidates in the American League must include Orioles closer Zach Britton. To omit him would be like forgetting to wear pants. OK, that’s probably a poor analogy. There are no laws against omitting Britton. It would be a mistake, but not indecent. You’d be exposing yourself in a completely different way. Britton lowered his ERA last night to 0.59

Showalter on Gausman, O’Day, home success and a 3-2 victory

Kevin Gausman threw 15 pitches in the first inning tonight and 35 in the second. He served up a home run to the third batter of the game. Nothing about the early portion of this story suggested a happy ending. Gausman did a major rewrite against the Rangers, working through the seventh inning and leaving with a 3-2 lead that held up after manager Buck

More on Bundy, Miley and sitting hot-hitting lefties (O’s win 3-2)

Following Dylan Bundy in the rotation means facing both the opponent and a raised bar. Bundy has taken no-hitters into the sixth inning in his last two starts. He walked off the mound last night to multiple standing ovations. Kevin Gausman would welcome the same results tonight, the same reception, though a team win always takes priority. Manager Buck Showalter has been peppered with questions

Showalter on Britton: “There’s nobody out there better than him”

The Orioles are starting Yovani Gallardo, Chris Tillman and Dylan Bundy for their three-game series against the White Sox that begins Friday night in Chicago. Manager Buck Showalter is pushing back Gallardo, who was listed as Thursday’s starter against the Rangers before the Orioles traded for Wade Miley. He also wanted to give Tillman an extra day of rest. Former Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is

Quick hits from Camden Yards

There wasn’t much news to come out of today’s pregame session with Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Showalter doesn’t sound confident that Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard will be cleared to play before September. Rickard continues to wear a splint on his right hand due to a torn ligament in his thumb. He can remove the splint for short periods, but he’s still required to wear

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Steve Pearce makes his 2016 Orioles debut tonight, starting in right field and batting sixth against Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels. Pearce is 1-for-6 with a double and three strikeouts lifetime against Hamels. Nolan Reimold is in right field and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Trumbo, batting cleanup tonight, is 3-for-34 in his last nine games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Dylan Bundy is

This, that and the other

In case you missed the update late last night, the Orioles will start Wade Miley in Thursday’s series finale against the Rangers. It’s more than just expected now. He’s taking the ball in his debut. Yovani Gallardo figures to be pushed back to Friday night in Chicago, but it’s not official. In the Orioles’ perfect baseball world, major league rosters would hold 26 players and

Showalter on Bundy, O’Day, history and a 5-1 win (updated)

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy was coming out of tonight’s game after the seventh inning. Nothing was going to change the mind of manager Buck Showalter. Not even a no-hitter, which was alive with two outs in the sixth before Elvis Andrus singled to center field. Bundy went a career-high seven innings and allowed no runs and one hit, walked one and struck out seven in

More on Miley, the rotation and roster (O’s win 5-1)

An examination yesterday on outfielder Joey Rickard’s right thumb didn’t reveal anything that should push back the timetable for his return. Rickard actually may be ahead of schedule after going on the disabled list retroactive to July 21. “The four-to-six weeks was a pretty loose guideline,” he said. “It’s pretty average just given that I’m still pretty young and they expect me to heal sooner

Hearing from Duquette and Miley after the trade

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette tried twice previously to acquire left-hander Wade Miley in a trade. The third time, as it turned out, really was the charm. Duquette sent Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Ariel Miranda to the Mariners on Sunday in exchange for Miley, who’s expected to make his Orioles debut on Thursday. Duquette also reacquired Steve Pearce from the Rays yesterday for Single-A Frederick

Quick hits from Camden Yards

Wade Miley is expected to make his Orioles debut on Thursday against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Miley would be working on normal rest after working seven innings on Saturday and throwing 92 pitches. Yovani Gallardo would be pushed back to Friday night in Chicago. Miley’s wife is eight months pregnant, which will make him the latest Oriole headed to the paternity list. Catcher Matt

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Steve Pearce is on the bench for tonight’s series opener against the Rangers at Camden Yards. It’s the standard lineup for the Orioles, with Hyun Soo Kim in left field, Mark Trumbo in right field and Pedro Alvarez as the designated hitter against Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Hyun Soo Kim LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo

Orioles option Despaigne and Wilson

The Orioles have optioned relievers Odrisamer Despaigne and Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk before tonight’s game against the Rangers at Camden Yards. The moves were made to create spots for pitcher Wade Miley and infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce on the 25-man roster. The Orioles have a four-man bench to open their series against the Rangers. Despaigne, 29, went 0-2 with a 4.81 ERA in 15 games

More on the trades and a closer look at Miley

The questions poured in yesterday as baseball reached its non-waiver trade deadline. Why didn’t the Orioles get a frontline starting pitcher? Are they done making deals? Who comes off the 25-man roster for Steve Pearce and Wade Miley? Is Nolan Reimold finished? When will Miley make his first start? The Orioles never had the pieces to acquire a top-of-the-rotation starter. They dealt from a farm

Orioles acquire Steve Pearce from Rays

The Orioles made their second trade today just before the non-waiver deadline, acquiring outfielder Steve Pearce from the Rays for Single-A catcher Jonah Heim. They were unable to find another starting pitcher or left-handed reliever, but they got a familiar bat. Pearce, 33, will make his fourth tour in the organization if you count the two-day gap after they released him on April 27, 2014.

More thoughts on Miley trade

The Orioles won’t be sellers at today’s deadline. Let me get that one out of the way before you have time to brush your teeth or finish your first cup of coffee. I’m amazed that so many fans suggest that the Orioles trade Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo or anyone else who will fetch prospects. This team is in first place again. A loss

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