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Wrapping up an 8-1 win

NEW YORK - The Orioles sit atop the wild card mountain again. The Blue Jays lost to the Red Sox 5-3 and enabled the Orioles to take sole possession of the top wild card. A rainy, windy night never looked so good to a team that refuses to be counted out. The Tigers won and are now a half-game behind for the second wild card.

Orioles don’t let Yankees rain on wild card parade

NEW YORK - The Orioles are serious about getting the home wild card game. It’s not just about making the playoffs. It’s about making the most of the opportunity. The Orioles hit three home runs tonight in the top of the fifth inning, giving them 250 for the season, and they coasted to an 8-1 rain-soaked victory over the Yankees in the Bronx. The win

Showalter expresses interest in keeping Bourn (O’s lead 8-1)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter can envision a scenario where outfielder Michael Bourn fits on next season’s club no matter how the other personnel moves unfold. Bourn has made a solid impression since the Orioles acquired him from the Diamondbacks on Aug. 31 for minor league pitcher Jason Heinrich. He’s 9-for-36 heading into tonight’s game against the Yankees, but it includes a double,

More on the weather, rotation and lineup

NEW YORK - The tarp remains on the field as a mist falls at Yankee Stadium. There’s a sense of optimism that the game will start on time, but the conditions are sloppy at best. Whether it goes uninterrupted is another story. The Yankees haven’t been keeping an open weather dialogue with the Orioles. Asked what he’s heard about the forecast, Showalter replied, “Nothing. They

Trumbo and Britton finalists for awards

NEW YORK - Rain continues to fall at Yankee Stadium this afternoon and the tarp is on the field. No batting practice and no idea whether tonight’s game starts on time. We’re waiting to meet with manager Buck Showalter. So far, there’s been no news to report. Just an Orioles lineup that again excludes Pedro Alvarez versus a right-handed starter. Showalter values Michael Bourn’s defense

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - Hyun Soo Kim remains in the starting lineup in left field as the Orioles begin their final series of the regular season at Yankee Stadium. Chris Davis is batting sixth again. Still no Pedro Alvarez in the lineup, with Michael Bourn in right field and Mark Trumbo serving as the designated hitter. Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda hasn’t completed six innings in any

Must-win series shifts to the Bronx

The regular season is down to three games. Three games against the Yankees in the Bronx. Three games in jeopardy because the forecast is calling for rain through the weekend. Anyone interested in a Monday tripleheader? The Orioles are 2-5 at Yankee Stadium this season and a combined 5-12 over the past two seasons. They haven’t swept a three-game series in the Bronx since June

Jimenez vs. Stroman tonight in Toronto

The Orioles close their series against the Blue Jays tonight with a chance to move into a tie for the first wild card. Can Ubaldo Jimenez carry them to it? Jimenez has registered a 2.85 ERA in his last six starts over 41 innings. It’s been a remarkable turnaround. But he’s posted a 9.42 ERA and 1.953 WHIP in four games (three starts) against the

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Hyun Soo Kim is batting second and playing left field tonight as the Orioles attempt to tie the Blue Jays for the first wild card. Chris Davis has moved down to sixth in the order. Michael Bourn is playing right field and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter, which excludes Pedro Alvarez from the lineup. Kim’s two-run homer last night made him 6-for-9 as a

Savoring a win while still wondering about the offense

Hyun Soo Kim’s pinch-hit home run last night gave the Orioles a 3-2 win and momentarily made us forget about the offensive woes. The amnesia was temporary. Is there anything that can be done about the bats? How about an exorcism, or at least something involving a live chicken? All virgins are off limits. This is a lineup issue, no matter the names or the

The beauty of Kim

Hyun Soo Kim is 6-for-9 as a pinch-hitter this season and fans still want him in the lineup. Makes no sense. But seriously ... Kim may have saved the Orioles’ season tonight when he came off the bench in the ninth inning and hit a two-run homer off Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna to give them a 3-2 win at Rogers Centre. Shortstop J.J. Hardy

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Trey Mancini is back in the lineup tonight with a left-hander opposing the Orioles. Mancini is batting fifth as the designated hitter against the Blue Jays’ Francisco Liriano. Nolan Reimold is in left field and Mark Trumbo is playing right. Chris Davis continues to bat second. The Orioles trail the Blue Jays in the all-time series 278-320. They’re 159-143 at home and 119-177 in Toronto,

Tillman vs. Liriano tonight in Toronto

As Evan Roberts of WFAN pointed out this morning, we could have a five-way tie for the second wild card if the Yankees finish 5-0, the Orioles 1-4, the Tigers 2-3, the Mariners 3-2 and the Astros 3-1. Please don’t let this happen. I can’t book that many hotels. I cancelled my Boston reservation for the wild card game, confident that the Red Sox are

Notes on Davis, OBP, Bourn, Wieters and Britton

Not only did the Orioles drop two games behind the Blue Jays last night for the first wild card, their lead over the Tigers for the second spot was reduced to one. Chris Davis was ejected last night by plate umpire Will Little for arguing a called third strike in the top of the seventh inning. Davis kept his cool all season despite having plenty

Checking how the Orioles bullpen stacks up against Jays

With the Orioles and Blue Jays set to begin a crucial three-game series at Rogers Centre, how much will the bullpens factor into the outcomes and better shape the wild card picture? Orioles relievers rank second in the American League and fourth in the majors with a 3.42 ERA. The Jays rank 21st with a 4.09 ERA. The Orioles batted .215 and averaged 3.1 runs

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Hyun Soo Kim is out of the Orioles lineup tonight for their series opener against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Michael Bourn will play left field, with manager Buck Showalter apparently putting more emphasis on defense. Chris Davis is batting second again. Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo RF Pedro

Orioles can tie for top wild card tonight

Now it’s really on. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays last night despite their best efforts to blow a ninth-inning lead, and the Orioles are one game away from the top wild card. They’re two ahead of the Tigers and Mariners for the second wild card. They got a lot done despite not playing last night. The Jays are listing Aaron Sanchez, Francisco Liriano and

Notes on game time, playoff tickets and Britton

The Saturday afternoon game between the Orioles and Yankees in the Bronx will start at 4:05 p.m. and air on MASN. The time was TBD while FOX decided whether to carry it at 1:05 p.m. This is the penultimate game of the regular season. * While the Orioles continue their pursuit of a playoff berth, the team announced two options for fans to purchase American

This, that and the other

The Orioles have completed the home portion of their 2016 regular season. They hope you enjoyed it as much as they enjoyed bringing it to you. They’re off today before opening a three-game series at Rogers Centre, where they’ve gone 2-5 this season. It doesn’t seem so long ago that the Orioles were performing morning drills at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, with pitchers throwing

Wrapping up a 2-1 win and series sweep

Going 5-6 on a crucial homestand feels much better than it appears on paper. The Orioles swept the Diamondbacks in a late-September interleague series, winning today 2-1 in their final regular season game at Camden Yards. They’re 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the top wild card and 1 1/2 ahead of the Tigers for the second. The 50 home wins tie the

Orioles complete sweep of Diamondbacks with 2-1 win

An interleague series in late September wasn’t so bad for the Orioles. In fact, it may have healing powers. The Orioles completed their three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks today with a 2-1 victory before 31,229 at Camden Yards, with Dylan Bundy winning his 10th game and Hyun Soo Kim delivering a decisive home run. The Tigers are losing at home to the Royals and could

Showalter on keeping Schoop in the lineup (O’s lead 2-1)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter mentioned today that he’d like to give a couple of players the day off under different circumstances. If his club wasn’t in a pennant race in the final week of September, a half-game lead for the second wild card capable of disappearing in the blink of an eye. Showalter insists that he’s not tracking the standings and peeking at the scoreboard,

Buck Showalter on Jose Fernandez’s death and a “reality check”

The Orioles clubhouse was silent this morning except for a television report providing more details on the tragic death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. Players stared at the screen, numbed by the news of the early-morning boating accident. A baseball fraternity mourned. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he woke up to the news, which led to the cancellation of the Marlins-Braves game in Miami. “A

Orioles lineup vs. Diamondbacks

Hyun Soo Kim is batting seventh today and Chris Davis remains in the second slot as the Orioles go for the sweep of the Diamondbacks in their final regular season home game. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo RF Pedro Alvarez DH J.J. Hardy SS Hyun Soo Kim LF Jonathan Schoop

Orioles closing home portion of schedule with Bundy on mound

It’s an unfortunate but understandable part of Dylan Bundy’s pitching life that he’s obliged to prove that he has more in the tank. The rookie has to prove that he isn’t running on empty. The most effective method, of course, is to pitch into the late innings this afternoon against the Diamondbacks and push the Orioles toward a sweep in their final regular season game

Miley magnificent in 6-1 win (with Showalter quotes)

The Orioles dispensed with the late-inning drama tonight. No comebacks, no walk-offs, just an early lead that steadily grew. Sort of like the legend of Trey Mancini. And Wade Miley’s approval rating. Mancini homered for the third time in three major league starts, Miley came within an out of his second complete-game shutout of the season and the Orioles defeated the Diamondbacks 6-1 before 40,610

Showalter on Trumbo: “He’s got an interesting future” (O’s up 6-0)

The Orioles are tied with the Tigers for the second wild card and can reclaim sole possession with a win tonight. Mark Trumbo has hit the game-winning home run in three of the Orioles’ last four victories, including last night’s walk-off in the 12th inning. The surge began with his shot off Rick Porcello in a 1-0 win on Sept. 14 at Fenway Park. Trumbo

Gausman getting Tuesday night start in Toronto

Kevin Gausman felt good after throwing a bullpen session this afternoon and is expected to start for the Orioles Tuesday night in Toronto. Gausman will open the three-game series as long as there’s no discomfort in his oblique. “I think it was more of a cramp maybe,” Gausman said. “Just a little bit of a tweak. But feel fine a couple days later, so ...”

Orioles and Diamondbacks lineups

Trey Mancini is making his third major league start tonight, again serving as the designated hitter as the Orioles attempt to clinch a series win against the Diamondbacks at Camden Yards. Chris Davis is batting second. Drew Stubbs is in left field and batting ninth. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo RF Trey Mancini DH Jonathan Schoop

Miley vs. Ray tonight at Camden Yards

Can Trey Mancini hit a home run in his first three major league games? Will his mother hug the entire lower bowl? We’ll find out tonight because Mancini figures to be in the lineup against Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray. Mancini’s father wasn’t able to attend the games earlier this week, but he arrived in town and will have a good seat for it. Mark Trumbo

About last night ...

If the Orioles make it into the playoffs, and they still have a steep hill to climb, they can point to last night’s 12-inning win as the launching point. They looked like a team headed to its fifth straight loss. I was tracking the Tigers game on my laptop and knew they were about to move 1 1/2 games ahead of the Orioles for the

Wrapping up a 3-2 12-inning win

The Orioles haven’t quit, despite the string of accusations coming from social media. They haven’t rolled over, they aren’t preoccupied with travel plans after their Oct. 2 game in New York. They aren’t conceding a thing. Mark Trumbo led off the bottom of the 12th inning tonight with a home run to left field off Diamondbacks reliever Matt Koch, and the Orioles rallied for a

Orioles win in 12 innings on Trumbo’s walk-off home run

Mark Trumbo wasn’t letting tonight’s game go past the 12th inning. Enough already. Trumbo led off the inning with his 44th home run, a shot to left field off the Diamondbacks’ Matt Koch, and the Orioles gained a much-needed 3-2 win before 37,815 at Camden Yards. They stranded 14 runners, but didn’t let the entire night go to waste. The Orioles have their sixth walk-off

Meetings and Machado (free baseball)

As the Orioles try to get back into the second wild card spot, if not higher, they’re making adjustments to their lineup and meeting behind closed doors. Manager Buck Showalter likes to maintain the club’s privacy when it comes to the latter. “If so, it hasn’t worked too well,” he said. “These guys, I know they’ve had some get-togethers themselves and we’ve had some as

Early notes from Camden Yards

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Kevin Gausman feels good today and remains on schedule to start Tuesday or Wednesday in Toronto. Gausman is being held back due to soreness in his oblique. The Orioles believe they caught it in time. “Gaus feels good. So far so good with that,” Showalter said. Showalter plans on using Gausman and Chris Tillman in the first two games of

Orioles lineup vs. Diamondbacks

Hyun Soo Kim’s T-shirt will be distributed to all fans attending tonight’s game at Camden Yards, and as an added bonus, he’s leading off for the second time in his major league career. Kim is batting first in the Orioles’ opener of a three-game series against the Diamondbacks, with Adam Jones moving down to second. Chris Davis is batting cleanup, followed by Mark Trumbo. For

Manny Machado named Most Valuable Oriole

Third baseman Manny Machado, who figures to be in the running for numerous postseason honors, has been chosen as Most Valuable Oriole by members of the local media who cover the team on a regular basis. We won’t quibble over “regular basis.” At least not this year, since I believe they got it right. Machado enters tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks with a 300/.350/.546 slash

Can Orioles get back on their feet against Diamondbacks?

In the thick of the division infighting, circling the demolition derby in a Ford Pinto, are the victory-challenged Arizona Diamondbacks. They follow the Red Sox into Camden Yards - someone must have left the gate open - and represent the final home opponent before the Orioles head to Toronto and New York to close the regular season and determine whether they’ll play deeper into October.

Showalter on a 5-3 loss and a sweep

The Orioles are seven games out of first place with nine to play. They’re in danger of losing hold of the second wild card, with the Tigers moving into a tie earlier today and leading in the nightcap of a doubleheader in Minnesota. The stretch run has thinned out their chances of making the postseason. Chris Tillman retired only five batters in his shortest start

Tillman records five outs in shortest start of season (O’s lose 5-3)

The Red Sox worked Chris Tillman tonight for 35 pitches in the first inning. They got him out of the game in the second. Will anything work in the Orioles’ favor in this series? For the remaining games on the schedule? Tillman walked David Ortiz with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning and manager Buck Showalter made the brisk walk to

Notes on rotation and the WBC (O’s down 2-0)

With the Tigers winning Game 1 of their doubleheader today in Minnesota, they’ve moved within a half-game of the Orioles for the second wild card spot. The Orioles will hold a pregame ceremony at 6:50 p.m. for retiring Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Nothing too elaborate, for fans who find it offensive. I have no idea what they’re going to do, but I’ll guess that

Bundy starting Sunday while Gausman deals with sore intercostal

The cloud of mystery over the Orioles rotation has lifted. Dylan Bundy will start Sunday afternoon against the Diamondbacks in the final home game of the regular season. He told me earlier today that he felt fine, no injury concerns, and was waiting for his start date to become official. Kevin Gausman is being pushed back due to some soreness in his intercostal that cropped

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Trey Mancini is getting his second major league start tonight as the designated hitter against Red Sox’s left-hander David Price. Chris Davis is batting second for the Orioles. Drew Stubbs is in left field and Caleb Joseph is catching. Manny Machado is 2-for-21 in his last six games. Adam Jones has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 home games since Aug. 23, batting

Thoughts on the team and tonight’s game

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was cryptic and coy yesterday while discussing his rotation, confirming two starters for the Diamondbacks series and alluding to health issues that needed further investigating. Do we assume that Chris Tillman is making the start tonight? That Dylan Bundy could be pushed back instead of making Sunday’s start, since it’s listed as TBD? Does it matter if the Orioles can’t score

From bad to worse for the Orioles (with quotes)

The Orioles allowed five runs tonight on only two pitches, which is extremely difficult to do and impossible to top. What else can go wrong? Clay Buchholz was the latest starter to tie them in knots, and they came unraveled in the top of the sixth inning in a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox before 20,865 at Camden Yards. The Orioles can’t win or

J.J. Hardy: “There could be worse spots to be in” (O’s down 5-1)

For anyone asking about the mood or the vibe inside the Orioles clubhouse this afternoon, it falls somewhere below panic. Far, far below. The Orioles understand the significance of this series and the impact of losing the first two games. They’ve tumbled into third place, five games behind the Red Sox, and barely hold onto the second wild card. They don’t need Captain Obvious pointing

Showalter confirms only two starters for Diamondbacks series

Orioles manager Buck Showalter revealed his first two starters for the Diamondbacks series this weekend at Camden Yards. He also planted a little intrigue. Showalter said Yovani Gallardo will start Friday night and Wade Miley will take the ball Saturday night. The Sunday starter is TBD. The Diamondbacks are starting Shelby Miller, left-hander Robbie Ray and Braden Shipley. Miley exited Sunday’s start after four scoreless

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Pedro Alvarez is back in the Orioles lineup tonight as they attempt to score more than two runs for the first time in five games. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and batting second. Chris Davis drops from second to cleanup, followed by Mark Trumbo. Matt Wieters is behind the plate. No Trey Mancini, whose second at-bat last night produced his first major league

Jimenez, Buchholz, Hart and a decision that backfired

Ubaldo Jimenez and Clay Buchholz should join the same support group. Or start their own. Two failed starters banished to the bullpen, practically forgotten, targeted by fans, only to be thrust back into the rotation out of need. Now the unlikeliest of contributors down the stretch. It sounds crazy to consider how Jimenez has been one of the most valuable Orioles for about four weeks.

Orioles lose game and more ground (with quotes)

On a night that they lost another game and more ground in the American League East, the Orioles were left to grasp at the sentimental. Trey Mancini’s first major league hit also was his first home run, truly the one highlight for the Orioles in a 5-2 loss to the Red Sox before 20,387 at Camden Yards. The rest was too disturbing. Kevin Gausman allowed

Showalter going for different look with lineup (O’s down 5-2)

The Orioles are breaking out another new lineup tonight with a couple of factors in play. They want to give Trey Mancini his first major league start and are pairing him with Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. “Run Trey out there and see what he’s got,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Don’t want him to get too far away from at-bats. Anxious to see him get

A few early notes from Camden Yards

Orioles manager Buck Showalter hasn’t set his rotation for the Diamondbacks series that begins Friday night at Camden Yards and concludes the last homestand of the 2016 season. Showalter and pitching coach Dave Wallace are gathering more information before getting “closure.” Wade Miley will leave the team after Sunday’s game and go on paternity leave. Showalter doesn’t know whether the left-hander will pitch this weekend.

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Trey Mancini will make his major league debut tonight for the Orioles, batting seventh as the designated hitter against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Chris Davis is batting second for the seventh time in his career. Kevin Gausman is riding a career-high five-game winning streak since August 18, in which he’s gone 5-0 with a 1.59 ERA and five quality starts in six outings. Gausman

Orioles turn to Gausman tonight

A shift in baseball’s pitching climate no longer has Orioles fans wondering whether Kevin Gausman is envious of Dylan Bundy’s emergence in the rotation. I read the tweets and blog comments. It was a topic. Gausman was inconsistent and Bundy was the feel-good story of 2016 with his change in roles in mid-July and his three-start stretch the following month when he permitted three runs

Porcello goes distance to beat O’s in series opener (with quotes)

Has Dylan Bundy hit a wall, or was he just getting hit hard tonight? Bundy threw a career-high 99 pitches in five innings and left with the Red Sox leading 5-1. He surrendered six hits, including two-run homers to Mookie Betts in the third and David Ortiz in the fifth. Manager Buck Showalter had left-hander Brian Duensing warming in the fifth and brought him in

Hunter warns against placing more emphasis on series (O’s down 5-2)

Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter offers more than innings and experience. He also brings perspective. Players inside the clubhouse can do the math. They know the Red Sox lead them by three games in the American League East as they prepare for a four-game series at Camden Yards. But just how much importance should be placed on games this month compared to earlier in the season?

O’Day on Hart: “I think he’s still going to get better”

The Orioles’ bullpen appears to be back at full strength with Darren O’Day’s return yesterday from the disabled list. O’Day offered a positive report on his right shoulder today before heading outdoors. “It feels pretty good,” he said. “I won’t know for sure until I go out and throw, but yeah, it feels good.” O’Day joins closer Zach Britton, right-handers Brad Brach, Mychal Givens and

Early notes from Camden Yards

The tarp is off the field and the Orioles don’t expect any issues tonight with the weather. Steve Pearce will undergo surgery Wednesday in New York to repair his flexor tendons, a procedure not to be confused with “Tommy John.” Pearce will head to Tampa later for his recovery and rehab, which is projected at four-to-six months. Wade Miley threw today and reported that his

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Mark Trumbo remains in the Orioles’ lineup tonight as the designated hitter and Hyun Soo Kim is playing left field and batting second for the series opener against the Red Sox. Pedro Alvarez is out of the lineup. Michael Bourn is in right field and batting ninth. Shortstop J.J. Hardy is batting sixth. Adam Jones has hit safely in eight straight home games, batting .455

Orioles begin another crucial series against the Red Sox

Watching the Yankees play the Red Sox over the weekend reminded me of the classic Seinfeld episode when Jerry lectures the rental car agent on not knowing how to “hold a reservation.” It’s the same with a lead. That’s really the most important part of the lead, the holding. Anybody can just take one. The Orioles remain three games out of first place in the

Showalter on Miley and a 2-1 win

Orioles starter Wade Miley left today’s game with a mild muscle strain in his upper back. Mark Trumbo played today because his back spasms subsided and he hit a tie-breaking home run off Rays reliever Ryan Garton in the bottom of the eighth inning. Don’t try to figure it out. Just enjoy the ride. Trumbo’s 43rd home run, a 433-foot shot to the visiting bullpen

Miley leaves today’s game with injury (O’s win 2-1)

Wade Miley can’t catch a break. The much-maligned left-hander shut out the Rays today on one hit over four innings. He warmed up for the fifth and walked off the mound with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells. Darren O’Day has been rushed into the game in his first appearance since Aug. 11. The Orioles activated him from the disabled list this morning. Corey Dickerson greeted

Orioles with gains and losses in injury department

The Orioles were late posting their lineup compared to most days because they needed to check on Mark Trumbo’s back. It was fine during pregame drills with first base/outfield coach Wayne Kirby. But what about later in the morning? “Kirb and him went out and ran around in the outfield,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I wanted to make sure that didn’t all of a sudden

Pearce to undergo surgery (and other notes)

You want news? We’ve got news. Steve Pearce will undergo surgery after being placed on the 60-day disabled list today with a strained right flexor mass. It’s not ligament-replacement surgery, according to manager Buck Showalter, but tears will be repaired and the rehab will last four to six months. Pearce wants to be ready by April and made the decision, after consulting with a doctor

Trumbo in Orioles lineup

Mark Trumbo has returned to the Orioles lineup today after missing the past two games with back spasms. Trumbo took fly balls in right field this morning and said he felt great and was ready to play. Hyun Soo Kim is starting in left field and batting second. Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching. Kim and Alvarez are in the lineup

Trey Mancini in Baltimore (O’Day back, Pearce to 60-day DL)

The Orioles have brought first baseman Trey Mancini to Camden Yards. Mancini, 24, has a locker set up in the clubhouse and a No. 67 uniform jersey hanging in it. No word yet from the Orioles on the transaction. Mancini, the organization’s minor league Player of the Year in 2015, batted .280/.349/.427 with 22 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs and 54 RBIs this season

Miley making start with split on the line

If the Orioles fail to make the playoffs, and they’re still tied for the top wild card spot, they can look back to the three losses last month in Oakland and how the bats went silent against Kendall Graveman, Zach Neal and Ross Detwiler. And they may point to this series against the last-place Rays, which threatens to produce three more losses in four games.

Orioles left only with hopes of a series split (with quotes)

Getting Chris Tillman through tonight’s start with a healthy shoulder will be deemed a win for the Orioles. Just not the kind that’s going to aid them in their pursuit of a playoff berth. They lost a game and ground on the first-place Red Sox, with Tillman giving up the lead in the sixth inning in a 5-2 loss to the Rays before 27,823 at

Showalter on how Hardy “completes” the infield (O’s lose 5-2)

The Orioles need a win tonight to stay within two games of first place in the American League East. The Red Sox already took care of business. The lineup is missing Mark Trumbo again, but center fielder Adam Jones continues to start after fouling a ball off his foot a few nights ago. “A lot of guys wouldn’t have played last night,” said manager Buck

Showalter provides injury updates

Mark Trumbo is available to pinch-hit tonight for the Orioles despite not being in the lineup with back spasms. Manager Buck Showalter said Trumbo is “better, improved, close.” “A lot more of a potential option tonight than he was last night,” Showalter said. “It has nothing to do with post-Tampa series, but we have a day game tomorrow and it’ll be a quick turnaround, but

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Mark Trumbo remains out of the Orioles lineup tonight with back spasms. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field, Michael Bourn is in right and Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. According to Elias, the Orioles’ previous win in a game that ended with the tying run being thrown out at the plate on a ball hit to the outfield occurred on May 10, 2013

Tillman vs. Andriese tonight at Camden Yards

Chris Tillman came off the disabled list to make his last start and gave the Orioles six innings of one-run baseball in Detroit. What will they get in his second game? Tillman walked only one Tigers batter after issuing five free passes in two innings against the Astros and going on the disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder. I’m taking it as a

Showalter on Hart: “He’s got a chance to serve a role”

In order for manager Buck Showalter to get a clearer read on Donnie Hart’s potential in the majors, he’s going to need the rookie left-hander to fail at the job. Hart knows adversity and the doubts that creep into a young pitcher’s mind at the minor leave level, the long bus rides providing ample time to think and overthink, but his Orioles tenure has been

A rally, a relay and a win

The Orioles need to figure out a way to start games in the second inning. Petition Major League Baseball to eliminate the first inning. That would speed up the game and provide a huge assist to the club’s rotation. The starters have registered a 6.00 ERA in the opening frame this season, and Ubaldo Jimenez fattened it up tonight on Evan Longoria’s two-run homer. Richie

Does O’Day return to usual set-up role? (O’s win 5-4)

With Darren O’Day making it through his second simulated game, everything about it making the Orioles more confident that he’ll come off the disabled list in a few days, the question is how he’s going to be used. Does O’Day go back to his usual eighth inning set-up role or is he eased back into it? O’Day hasn’t pitched since Aug. 11 in Oakland, when

Notes on Trumbo, Kim, Rickard, O’Day and more

Mark Trumbo is out of tonight’s lineup with back spasms, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Trumbo may be available to pinch-hit later. Showalter is hoping that Trumbo will return to the lineup Saturday night. Trumbo was waiting to have his back checked by a team physician. Hyun Soo Kim would have started tonight anyway. Trumbo’s status didn’t influence the lineup. Kim also is expected

Orioles lineup vs. Rays (and notes)

Hyun Soo Kim is in the Orioles’ lineup tonight. However, Mark Trumbo will begin the game on the bench. Michael Bourn is in right field and Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. Adam Jones is batting .304/.351/.449 (21-for-69) with a double, three home runs, seven RBIs, five walks and 10 runs scored in his last 17 games. Manny Machado has hit safely in 14 of

Jimenez needed to return momentum to Orioles

Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher. You should get it engraved on a coffee mug. Less painful than the tattoo. What really hurt was stranding two runners in the bottom of the ninth inning and then finding out that the Red Sox scored five runs in the ninth to beat the Yankees, who must have a pool going for when Dellin Betances’ shoulder will

Showalter speaks after 7-6 loss

The Orioles had their chances tonight. Plenty of them. Chances to take the lead, a chance maybe to move into a first-place tie in the American League East. If they selected Chance Sisco’s contract, it would have been a perfectly-themed night. The Rays continue to revel in their role of spoiler, scoring in each of the first four innings and getting timely outs in a

Can Gallardo give the Orioles a clean first inning? (O’s lose 7-6)

Whether Yovani Gallardo gives the Orioles a quality start tonight may hinge on how smoothly he comes out of the gate. Not the bullpen gate. Tripping on the warning track isn’t the concern. It’s his tendency to get ambushed in the first inning. Gallardo has surrendered 18 runs in the opening frame this season, his largest total, and has posted an 8.10 ERA. Opponents are

Notes on roster moves, Miley, injuries and more

The Orioles made space on the 40-man roster for infielder Paul Janish by recalling left-hander Chris Lee from Double-A Bowie and placing him on the 60-day disabled list with a strained shoulder. Lee, 24, has been on the minor league disabled list with a strained lat muscle. A player must be placed on the major league roster before he can be transferred to the 60-day

Orioles lineup vs. Rays (updated)

The Orioles have lost pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne on a waiver claim by the Marlins. Despaigne was placed on waivers a few days ago, after the Orioles were unable to complete a trade. They designated him for assignment on Sept. 5. Despaigne was 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA in 16 relief appearance with the Orioles, who acquired him from the Padres in February for short-season Single-A

Orioles seeking to maintain home field advantage

BOSTON - The Orioles close the regular season with three games in Toronto and three in the Bronx. If they want an easier path to the playoffs, they better take full advantage of their last homestand that starts tonight with four games against the Rays. The Orioles are 11-4 against Tampa Bay, winning all six games at Camden Yards. This series is right in their

Wrapping up a 1-0 win

BOSTON - A three-city road trip that could have knocked down the Orioles instead produced a 6-3 record and lifted them within a game of first place in the American League East. The Orioles took two of three from the Rays, Tigers and Red Sox, riding Kevin Gausman’s latest gem and Mark Trumbo’s 42nd home run to a 1-0 victory at Fenway Park. This was

Gausman is great again while outdueling Porcello

BOSTON - The Orioles weren’t going to shower Kevin Gausman with runs tonight. The heavy stuff arrived earlier, cancelling batting practice and forcing the tarp onto the field. The offensive support again would amount to a trickle. Mark Trumbo hit his 42nd home run on the first pitch in the top of the second inning to give the Orioles an early lead. His 100 RBIs

Showalter on Pearce, roster, lineup and rotation (updated)

BOSTON - Steve Pearce still had a locker inside the visiting clubhouse today at Fenway Park. The player wasn’t anywhere to be found. Just his uniforms and lingering questions about his availability for the remainder of the season. Pearce received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right forearm near the elbow following an exam in New York. “Got an issue in there,” said manager Buck

Updates on Pearce, Janish and the roster

BOSTON - Steve Pearce received a platelet-rich plasma injection today in his right elbow area and is shut down indefinitely. Manager Buck Showalter didn’t provide much detail, saying only that Dr. David Altchek found what the Orioles were anticipating. Showalter added that Pearce could return later this month “in some capacity.” Meanwhile, the Orioles will select infielder Paul Janish’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk before Thursday

Paul Janish joins Orioles in Boston

BOSTON - The Orioles have brought infielder Paul Janish to Fenway Park and placed him on their taxi squad. They have 24 hours to decide whether to select Janish’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk. Janish has been working out at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, part of the minicamp designed to keep players sharp in case they’re needed this month. Steve Pearce was in

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - The tarp is on the field at Fenway Park and it’s raining hard. However, the weather shouldn’t be a factor tonight. Hyun Soo Kim and Pedro Alvarez are out of the lineup tonight. Ryan Flaherty gets the start in left field. He’s 6-for-11 with a home run against Rick Porcello. Michael Bourn is in right field and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter.

Orioles release 2017 schedule

BOSTON - The Orioles travel to Cincinnati in April and Milwaukee in July as part of their 2017 schedule, which was released this afternoon. The interleague portion also includes two games against the Pirates at Camden Yards on June 6-7 and two games in Pittsburgh on Sept. 26-27 on the final road trip of the regular season. The Orioles travel to Milwaukee for games on

Notes on rotation, Hardy and tonight’s game

BOSTON - With Sunday’s starter against the Rays listed as TBD, I wonder whether the Orioles will turn to Dylan Bundy on normal rest or try again to give him an extra day now that he’s up to 99 2/3 innings on the season. It’s Wade Miley’s turn in a six-man rotation, but he could be pushed back a few days or sent to the

Wrapping up a 6-3 win

BOSTON - Steve Pearce has a 10 a.m. appointment on Wednesday with Dr. David Altchek in New York. He’s taking a train early in the morning, hoping to receive good news on his right elbow. Nolan Reimold was in the lineup tonight while Pearce sat out, and his two-run homer in the second inning contributed to the Orioles’ 6-3 win over the Red Sox at

Bundy, bullpen and big swings bring victory to Orioles

BOSTON - J.J. Hardy didn’t need the Pesky Pole tonight. Nolan Reimold just needed a chance to start. Hardy hit a three-run homer in the second inning, the ball slamming off a sign above the last row of seats on top of the Green Monster. Drew Stubbs walked, stole second base and cruised home on Reimold’s two-run shot - also to left field, but closer

Showalter on Pearce: “He’s got a problem there” (O’s lead 5-3)

BOSTON - Steve Pearce’s absence from the lineup tonight against left-hander Drew Pomeranz was a clear indication that the discomfort in his right elbow/forearm area wouldn’t allow him to play. The true severity of it will be revealed after Pearce visits Dr. David Altchek in New York. Team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs will consult with Altchek and the Orioles will determine the next course of

Notes on O’Day, Pearce and Despaigne

BOSTON - Orioles reliever Darren O’Day threw his simulated game this afternoon and will do the same on Friday at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter is hoping that O’Day can come off the disabled list on Sunday or Monday. The next simulated game may be a shorter version of today’s, with O’Day mimicking an actual appearance out of the bullpen. O’Day is on the disabled

Pearce out of Orioles lineup tonight

BOSTON - Nolan Reimold is in left field tonight and Drew Stubbs is in right, as the Orioles face left-hander Drew Pomeranz in the second game of their series against the Red Sox. Steve Pearce is out of the lineup after feeling another twinge in his right forearm/elbow area last night on a throw to second base. Reimold is making his first start since Sept.

Orioles open 2017 season at home (and other notes)

BOSTON - Major League Baseball will release the 2017 schedules this week as teams continue to make a push toward the 2016 postseason. Eyes on the prize while glancing toward the future. I’ve only heard a few details, but most of the interest centers on opening day. The Orioles will be home again, with their first game on April 3 against the division rival Blue

More on Miley and tonight’s game

BOSTON - Anyone know what happened to Odrisamer Despaigne? I’m not campaigning for his return, just seriously wondering about him, since the Orioles designated him for assignment on Sept. 5 to make room for Brian Duensing on the 40-man roster. Duensing pitched last night and surrendered two runs in the seventh inning in a 12-2 loss to the Red Sox. Despaigne apparently is in baseball

Showalter on Miley: “He’s capable of better”

BOSTON - Wade Miley hadn’t faced the Red Sox in his career before tonight’s start at Fenway Park. He’d like to wipe the slate clean and try again. Baseball implemented instant replay, but not do-overs. Miley doesn’t want to spend much time reviewing his brief tenure with the Orioles, which includes an 8.41 ERA in eight starts following tonight’s 12-2 loss to the Red Sox.

Miley off the mark again in 12-2 loss

BOSTON - How much longer will Wade Miley stay in the Orioles’ rotation? Six starters for five spots. The numbers work against Miley. All of the numbers. Miley turned in his shortest start with the Orioles tonight, leaving after 1 1/3 innings and five runs on the board. Vance Worley inherited a bases-loaded mess in the second and walked Hanley Ramirez with two outs to

Showalter on Tillman, O’Day, Rickard and Jones (O’s down 10-2)

BOSTON - Pitcher Chris Tillman had “normal soreness” this afternoon following yesterday’s start in Detroit, his first since coming off the disabled list. Nothing to alarm the Orioles. “I don’t think people realize the transition from the day you pitch to the next day you pitch,” said manager Buck Showalter. “They go through periods of soreness. But his shoulder feels good, so he’ll take the

Adam Jones on his comments regarding race in baseball

BOSTON - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has heard the praise and he expects some pushback for comments appearing this morning in a USA Today article regarding minorities in baseball and how it’s a “white man’s sport.” Jones spoke yesterday with reporter Bob Nightengale about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting, and later kneeling, for the national anthem during the NFL exhibition season. The

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Drew Stubbs is playing right field and batting ninth tonight for the Orioles in the series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Steve Pearce is in left field and batting second. The season series is tied 6-6. Zach Britton has 41 saves and a 0.63 ERA. According to Elias, the only other pitchers in history with at least 40 saves and

Miley vs. Price tonight in Boston

One big series ends and another one begins. No time to lower your guard and relax. The next challenge is right around the corner. The Orioles took two of three from the Tigers, the team hounding them for the second wild card. They flew to Boston last night for a three-game series against the team that holds a two-game lead in the American League East.

Orioles and Tigers lineups

As the Orioles attempt today to win their series against the Tigers, Michael Bourn is starting in right field and batting second based on his past success against Justin Verlander. Bourn is a career .371 hitter versus Verlander. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. No Pedro Alvarez today. Caleb Joseph is catching Chris Tillman, who came off

Tillman vs. Verlander in today’s series finale in Detroit

The Orioles have won the season series against the Tigers, an important point if we’re talking about tiebreakers. They’re one game ahead for the second wild card and trail the Red Sox by two in the American League East. I wondered yesterday which Ubaldo Jimenez would take the mound for the Orioles and offered both sides of the veteran pitcher. They got the right one.

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

The Orioles and Tigers are tied for the second wild card in the American League, further increasing the importance of tonight’s game at Comerica Park. Steve Pearce is starting in left field instead of Hyun Soo Kim. Pearce is 4-for-11 with two doubles and two home runs against Jordan Zimmermann. Jonathan Schoop is batting second and Pedro Alvarez is hitting seventh. Matt Wieters is eighth.

Jimenez vs. Zimmermann tonight in Detroit

Which Ubaldo Jimenez will take the mound tonight for the Orioles? Will it be the Jimenez with the 2.70 ERA in his last four starts? The Jimenez who’s allowed seven runs and walked only three batters in his last three starts over 21 2/3 innings? The Jimenez who’s lowered his ERA from 6.94 to 6.19? Or will it be the Jimenez who surrendered five runs,

Orioles and Tigers lineups

Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup tonight for their series opener against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Davis sat out Wednesday’s game at Tropicana Field with lingering soreness in his left hand. Jonathan Schoop is batting second behind Adam Jones, whose hamstring isn’t preventing him from remaining in the lineup. Hyun Soo Kim is batting ninth again and playing left field. For the Orioles

Gausman vs. Fulmer tonight in Detroit

There’s something different about September baseball, and it’s more than the expanded roster. The Orioles aren’t approaching a must-win series in Detroit, but it most definitely could impact their playoff chances. Every game, every inning, seems to take on greater significance, and that’s especially true when the opponent also is in the wild card chase. The Tigers are one game behind the Orioles for the

Latest T-shirt giveaway and ticket information

The Orioles have unveiled a Korean-themed T-shirt giveaway to honor outfielder Hyun Soo Kim’s heritage, the gesture tied to their upcoming Fan Appreciation Weekend. Kim just keeps gaining in popularity. The No. 25 shirt features “Kim Hyun Soo” on the back and “Orioles” on the front written in Kim’s native Korean script. It will be given to all fans attending the Sept. 23 game against

Random notes and thoughts

TAMPA - The Orioles have so much going on that they’re probably still percolating on their day off. The rotation is listed as day-to-day with six starters in the fold after Chris Tillman comes off the disabled list for Sunday’s series finale in Detroit. The bullpen will gain Darren O’Day next week, but Jayson Aquino no longer is expected to be part of it, with

Hearing from Bourn, Showalter and Bundy after 7-6 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles took three leads today against the Rays. Shutdown innings weren’t on the menu. Three leads in their quest to complete the sweep and perhaps move into a first-place tie in the American League East. An inability to hold the leads proved their undoing, and the last-place Rays took a 7-6 victory before another intimate gathering at Tropicana Field. How

Orioles fail to complete sweep of Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A makeshift lineup today that included Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs in the outfield produced six runs for the Orioles. Just not enough to win a game and complete a sweep. Not with The Trop bringing more trouble to Dylan Bundy. Bourn hit his first home run since the Aug. 31 trade and Stubbs came through with a tie-breaking RBI single

Showalter on rotation: “Going to be a day-to-day thing” (O’s trail)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Kevin Kiermaier homered off Dylan Bundy with one out in the bottom of the first inning to give the Rays a quick 1-0 lead over the Orioles. Bundy gave up three home runs in the first three innings at Tropicana Field in his first major league start on July 17. The Orioles are looking forward to further expanding their roster next

Updating Tillman, O’Day, the rotation and more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla - Chris Tillman will throw a light bullpen session on Friday and make Sunday’s start against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Reliever Darren O’Day also will throw another bullpen session on Friday, take off a few days and pitch in a simulated game. He’s expected to come off the disabled list next week. Obviously, their sessions today were successful. O’Day threw 26

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - Chris Davis is not in the starting lineup for today’s series finale. Davis left last night’s game in the fifth inning with soreness in his left hand, though manager Buck Showalter said the move was just a precaution. Steve Pearce will start at first base. Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs are making their first starts since joining the Orioles. Bourn will

Bundy back at The Trop for another start

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard is on a hitting progression at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. Cleared to perform all baseball activities, he’s swinging a bat and hoping to be ready to play when eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Sept. 19. Whether that’s too ambitious is yet to be determined. The minor league seasons are over,

Updating Davis’ hand and an 11-2 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was removed from tonight’s game against the Rays due to soreness in his left hand. Manager Buck Showalter did it as a precaution. Davis found the entire situation amusing as a few reporters lingered at his locker following an 11-2 win. Must not be too serious. “It feels the same, since about April. It is what

Machado slam highlights 11-2 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles’ rotation has been getting the bulk of the love lately, but the offense provided a reminder tonight that it still drives the bus. Manny Machado hit his fourth career grand slam in a six-run fourth inning and the Orioles pummeled the Rays 11-2 before 12,207 at Tropicana Field for their second consecutive division series win. The Orioles (76-62) go

Taking the rotation for another spin (O’s now lead 9-2)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Could the Orioles go with a six-man rotation after Chris Tillman is activated from the disabled list? Manager Buck Showalter said he considers every option and hasn’t dismissed the idea, but it’s too early to make a firm decision. There simply are too many factors in play. Tillman is slated to come off the disabled list and start Sunday afternoon’s game

Notes on the rotation, Rickard, Duensing and Jones

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - A light news day this afternoon on the visiting side at Tropicana Field. Manager Buck Showalter is deciding on his rotation for the Tigers series at Comerica Park. He plans on starting Kevin Gausman in Friday’s opener, but hasn’t offered confirmation beyond the first game. “I want to get through here and we’ll see how we are tonight,” Showalter said. “We

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is starting Steve Pearce in left field and Mark Trumbo in right tonight against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Pedro Alvarez is batting second again as the designated hitter. The Rays fired hitting coach Derek Shelton and promoted minor league hitting coordinator Chad Mottola, who appeared in six games with the Orioles in 2004. Mottola will join the

Orioles try to move forward vs. reverse-splits guy

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - If you’re trying to predict the Orioles lineup for tonight, you may want to look beyond how the opponent’s right-handed starter traditionally is countered by left-handed hitters. Break down the splits. Left-handers are batting .189 against the Rays’ Jake Odorizzi, and right-handers are batting .286. He’s a reverse-splits guy and manager Buck Showalter probably will react accordingly. Odorizzi has faced the

Jimenez’s complete game, Davis’ big hit and a 7-3 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With a Blue Jays’ loss today, the Orioles again have moved within two games of first place in the American League East. The shuffling continues, the tiny increments growing larger in importance as the days disappear from the schedule. Ubaldo Jimenez came up big for the Orioles today, the latest starter to do so in Chris Tillman’s absence. Jimenez has three

Jimenez goes the distance in 7-3 win

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez remains in the Orioles rotation with Chris Tillman on the disabled list, and there’s a competition brewing between the veteran right-hander and Wade Miley. Someone’s got to go unless the Orioles decide on a six-man rotation. Is Jimenez seizing the moment? Or at least the spot? Miley allowed four runs and walked four batters in five innings yesterday against

Duensing, the bullpen, roster call-ups and Kim (O’s lead 7-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Reliever Brian Duensing wasn’t listed on the original lineup card this morning, but bench coach John Russell wrote in his name upon his arrival to give the Orioles four left-handers in their bullpen. Duensing has allowed four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings with the Orioles in his seven appearances. He went on the disabled list retroactive to June 20 with

Orioles designate Despaigne for assignment

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles designated pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne for assignment this morning to create a spot for left-hander Brian Duensing on the 40-man roster. The move isn’t a surprise. The Orioles didn’t recall Despaigne when 25-man rosters expanded this month and he clearly was in a vulnerable position. The Orioles acquired Despaigne, 29, from the Padres on Feb. 4 for minor league pitcher

Orioles lineup vs. Rays (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Pedro Alvarez is batting second again today as the Orioles open a three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Alvarez is hitting .307/.365/.648 (27-for-88) with 14 extra-base hits, 15 RBIs and 14 runs scored in his last 28 games since July 28. Ubaldo Jimenez is looking for his first win as a starter since June 28 in San Diego. He’s

This, that and the other

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have gone through brief portions of the season with closer Zach Britton as their only left-handed reliever. By the time I’m allowed inside their clubhouse this morning at Tropicana Field, they will have a fourth southpaw with Brian Duensing coming off the 60-day disabled list. Britton and Duensing will join Donnie Hart and Jayson Aquino as part of their

Showalter on missed chances, Miley and 5-2 loss

The Orioles didn’t get a quality start out of left-hander Wade Miley, who struggled to make it through five innings. They went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine. They kept knocking on the door, but never were able to bust it open. A 5-2 loss to the Yankees this afternoon denied the Orioles a sweep of the three-game series and dropped them

Rickard, new outfielders, Pearce and football talk (O’s lose 5-2)

Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard still hasn’t swung a bat after being cleared on Friday to begin baseball-related activities. Manager Buck Showalter has been checking the reports and figures to speak with Rickard, who’s currently at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. Rickard could make the drive over to St. Petersburg, Fla. while the Orioles are there for a three-game series against the Rays that

Duensing coming off disabled list Monday (and other notes)

The Orioles will make another roster move before Monday afternoon’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Left-hander Brian Duensing is headed to Baltimore today and will fly with the team to Tampa. He’s currently on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing elbow surgery. Duensing had cartilage chips removed from his left elbow in June. He appeared in seven games with the Orioles before the

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Steve Pearce is playing left field today as the Orioles try to complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees. Pearce is 5-for-12 with a double and home run against Michael Pineda, the likely reason why he’s starting ahead of Hyun Soo Kim. Pedro Alvarez is batting second as the designated hitter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kevin Gausman is the first starter to shut

Orioles go for sweep with Miley opposing Pineda

The Orioles ended the 2015 season by sweeping the Yankees in a three-game series at Camden Yards to finish at .500. There’s more at stake this weekend. Completing the sweep today could push them closer to first place before heading to Tampa. The rotation has produced quality starts in five of the last six games, and Dylan Bundy came within an out of joining the

Showalter, Gausman and Jones following 2-0 win

The Orioles keep refuting reports that their season is over and they should have been sellers and they may as well pack up their belongings and go home early. The deficit in the American League East is back down to two games. They’re no longer tied with the Tigers for the second wild card. Twenty-seven games are left in the regular season. Buckle up. According

Orioles with back-to-back shutouts and division series win

Kevin Gausman struck out the side in the first inning tonight and made it four in a row and six of eight, blowing through the Yankees’ order the first time through it. Strikeouts can run up a pitch count when accompanied by a heavy assortment of foul balls, and high pitch counts reduce the chances of a complete game, but Gausman’s priorities were in a

Gausman going for the elusive complete game (O’s lead 2-0)

As Kevin Gausman takes the mound tonight, he’s probably unaware of the two-year anniversary that relates to the Orioles rotation. On this date in 2014, Miguel Gonzalez tossed a four-hit shutout to beat the Reds at Camden Yards. He walked one batter, struck out eight and recorded the final out on his 117th pitch, with Ryan Ludwick grounding out after Jay Bruce’s two-out single. It’s

Tillman hoping shoulder injury is “in the rearview mirror”

Nothing much to report this afternoon from Camden Yards. The game will have to provide the storyline. Chris Tillman will throw a bullpen session on Sunday, as reported yesterday. His right shoulder feels good and this is a significant step as he prepares for a Sept. 11 start in Detroit. “I think tomorrow’s going to be a big day for me. We’ll see how it

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees (Tolliver to Angels on waiver claim)

Left-hander Kyle Lobstein cleared waivers and was outrighted today to Triple-A Norfolk. As for tonight’s Orioles lineup, Steve Pearce is batting second and playing right field and Nolan Reimold is in left field and batting eighth. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Steve Pearce RF Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo DH Jonathan Schoop 2B Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy

Gausman vs. Sabathia tonight at Camden Yards

The Orioles received three straight quality starts from their rotation in their last series against the Blue Jays. Dylan Bundy tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings last night against the Yankees. They hand the ball tonight to Kevin Gausman, who’s registered a 0.98 ERA this season in four starts versus the Yankees. All of the home runs are nice, but it’s about the pitching. Same as

Showalter speaks after 8-0 win

As Manny Machado’s home run ball was landing deep in the left field seats tonight, Orioles manager Buck Showalter turned to bench coach John Russell against the dugout railing and offered a look that didn’t need to be accompanied by words. The message was received. Four more home runs tonight from a team that can turn on the power quickly and with tremendous force. Pedro

Orioles getting historic again with home runs (O’s win 8-0)

The Orioles like to hit home runs and they tend to increase their chances of winning when it happens. Baseball is a simple game. Stop trying to complicate it. Pedro Alvarez, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo homered in the second inning, the Yankees lost their starting pitcher to injury and the Orioles built a 6-0 lead against their division rivals. The Orioles have lost five

Bundy vs. Green again tonight (O’s lead 3-0)

If you couldn’t get enough of Dylan Bundy and Chad Green last weekend in New York, here’s your chance to watch them again in the same game. Neither pitcher distinguished himself at Yankee Stadium. Bundy allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings, and Green surrendered four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Orioles lost 13-5, making Green feel a little

Stubbs and Bourn talk about being the newest Orioles

Outfielders Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourn were in the Orioles clubhouse this afternoon, their lockers separated only by Hyun Soo Kim, and they’re on the bench for tonight’s game against the Yankees. A clubhouse, bench and a pennant race. The Orioles acquired Stubbs off optional waivers from the Rangers and sent minor league pitcher Jason Heinrich to the Diamondbacks for Bourn. Both players are now

Updates on Tillman, O’Day, Rickard and more (plus Yankees lineup)

Chris Tillman could make his next start for the Orioles on Sept. 11 if he doesn’t experience any setbacks in his recovery from right shoulder bursitis. Tillman hasn’t pitched since Aug. 20 against the Astros, when he allowed six runs and walked five batters in two innings. Tillman threw off flat ground again today with no discomfort in his shoulder. The next step is throwing

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Adam Jones has returned to the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Yankees at Camden Yards. He hasn’t played since Aug. 26 due to a strained left hamstring. Pedro Alvarez is batting second and Hyun Soo Kim is ninth. Reliever Darren O’Day is playing catch in the outfield. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Pedro Alvarez DH Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B

Orioles recall Joseph, Wilson and Aquino

The Orioles began their roster expansion today by recalling catcher Caleb Joseph, right-hander Tyler Wilson and left-hander Jayson Aquino from Triple-A Norfolk. Outfielders Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourn have reported to the Orioles and also will be available for tonight’s series opener against the Yankees. Joseph, 30, has batted .193/.240/.211 (22-for-114) with two doubles and six runs scored over 40 games with the Orioles this

Roster expansion and remaining calm

The media will walk inside the Orioles clubhouse this afternoon and start inspecting the nameplates above the lockers. And there will be temporary lockers in the middle of the room to accommodate the newbies. It must be September. The Orioles will bring up a few guys today, with another wave arriving after the minor league seasons end on Monday. Catcher Caleb Joseph will be welcomed

Duquette on the team, trades and Rickard

The Orioles will return to Camden Yards on Friday looking up in the division standings and beside them in the wild card race. A 12-14 July was followed by a 13-16 August and a tumble that leaves them in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. Three consecutive quality starts against the Blue Jays this week produced only one victory. Yovani Gallardo surrendered two home runs in

Reflections on new reserve outfielders

I feel an obligation to start this morning’s blog entry with the following disclaimer: The Orioles know that they need to upgrade their rotation. Did they do it? Not unless Drew Stubbs really is Drew Pomeranz and Michael Bourn is really ... not another backup outfielder. The Orioles filled a different need yesterday. The filled it twice. They seem confident that Adam Jones will return

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