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Orioles lose to Rays 6-4 in 10 innings (with Showalter quotes)

The Orioles came within a strike tonight of moving above .500 again and passing the Rays for third place in their division. One measly strike. That’s all they needed. Brad Brach blew his fourth save and his first since May 16 in Detroit on a two-out walk, balk, wild pitch and single, and Steven Souza Jr. hit a three-run homer off Darren O’Day in the

Showalter offers his input on All-Star team (tied 3-3)

Major League Baseball will reveal the All-Star teams in the American and National League at 7 p.m. Sunday, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter already has made his recommendations from within his clubhouse. Showalter challenged the media to pick the deserving Orioles. He wasn’t willing to publicly share his choices, but he indicated that he came up with at least four. “You try to do the

Notes on Crichton, Davis, Wright, Castillo, Flaherty and more

The MRI on reliever Stefan Crichton’s right shoulder didn’t reveal any structural damage, the good news attached to his assignment to the 10-day disabled list. Crichton will go home to Houston for a few days before reporting to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. “It’s the first time he’s ever had anything wrong with his elbow or shoulder,” said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s a

Crichton to DL, Castillo in lineup

The Orioles have recalled reliever Miguel Castro from Double-A Bowie and placed reliever Stefan Crichton on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. The DL move is retroactive to Tuesday. The Orioles first recalled Castro on May 17, optioned him to Bowie four days later, summoned him again on June 12 and optioned him on Saturday while recalling Crichton. Because he’s replacing an

More on Britton, tonight’s game and Castillo’s injury

While the Orioles begin a three-game series tonight against the Rays at Camden Yards, a brief homestand before hitting the road again next week, closer Zach Britton will continue his injury rehab assignment at Single-A Frederick. Britton will enter toward the end of the game, putting him in more of a late-inning mindset as he nears a return to the active roster. Pitch tonight at

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Joey Rickard is playing left field tonight and Craig Gentry is in right for the Orioles in the series finale against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Manager Buck Showalter is breaking out his right-handed lineup against Jays left-hander J.A. Happ. Rubén Tejada is starting at shortstop to interrupt Paul Janish’s streak of four consecutive games. In his last 18 games, Trey Mancini is batting

Britton update, Futures Game selections and Triple-A All-Stars

Orioles closer Zach Britton retired all three batters he faced today at Double-A Bowie, striking out two of them to complete the Eastern League portion of his rehab assignment. Britton threw 14 pitches, eight for strikes, after replacing starter Jesus Liranzo in the top of the fourth inning at Prince George’s Stadium. The other out recorded came on a ground ball. The Orioles will send

This, that and the other

The Orioles are sending Ubaldo Jiménez to the mound tonight to complete their series in Toronto and their six-game road trip. They’re back home on Friday. Chris Tillman beat them to Baltimore. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters yesterday that he sent Tillman ahead of the team in preparation for Friday’s scheduled start against the Rays, but it’s tentative with the right-hander’s wife, Christina, due with

Miley vs. Stroman tonight in Toronto

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kevin Gausman’s scoreless outing last night in Toronto snapped a streak of 45 consecutive games in which an Orioles starting pitcher allowed a run. The only team with a longer streak this season was the Phillies, whose starters permitted at least one run in 58 straight games from April 10-June 14. Wade Miley could use similar results tonight. Miley

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

The Orioles will attempt tonight to craft their first four-game winning streak since taking six straight from May 4-9. They also can move above .500 for the first time since being 31-30 on June 11. Paul Janish continues to start at shortstop and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate tonight. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field. The Orioles are 8-2 against the Blue Jays

What they’re saying about Castillo, Givens, Schoop and Mancini

The Orioles liked Welington Castillo’s bat when they signed him, and trusted that his 10 passed balls last season that tied for the National League lead weren’t a true reflection of his defensive skills and whether he was reliable late in games with runners in scoring position. Castillo has done a solid job, especially considering his abbreviated spring training due to his participation in the

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Paul Janish remains the starting shortstop for the Orioles as they begin a three-game series tonight in Toronto. Seth Smith and Hyun Soo Kim are handling the outfield corners. Jonathan Schoop continues to bat third, with Adam Jones in the cleanup spot. In his last 16 games, Trey Mancini is batting .417/.470/.767 (25-for-60) with four doubles, one triple, five home runs, 13 RBIs and eight

Wondering about tonight’s lineup in Toronto

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Do the Orioles go with a more conventional lineup tonight in Toronto or place particular emphasis on defense and ignore the splits? Manager Buck Showalter went with defense Sunday while also considering the career reverse splits of Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who traditionally has fared better against left-handers. He put Joey Rickard in left field and Craig Gentry in right, which

Machado and Castillo lone Orioles in latest All-Star update

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manny Machado has slipped to fifth place among American League third baseman as voting is set to conclude for the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami. Machado has received 946,013 votes to trail the Twins’ Miguel Sanó (1,550,240), the Indians’ José Ramírez (1,341,076), the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson (1,191,244) and the Royals’ Mike Moustakas (1,067,150). Welington Castillo remains fourth among AL catchers

Showalter on McDowell: “In a lot of ways, we’re lucky to have him”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter offered a blunt assessment over the weekend of his club’s streak of allowing at least five runs in 20 consecutive games. “It’s an indication that we haven’t pitched well, starting-wise,” he said, the media crowding him in the visiting dugout at Tropicana Field. “Is that a revelation?” Probably not. Is it an indictment of the new pitching

Sunday lineup delivers 8-5 win (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The lineup may not have been the most conventional, with manager Buck Showalter choosing right-handed hitters Joey Rickard and Craig Gentry to handle the outfield corners against a right-hander. He started Paul Janish at shortstop for the second consecutive day and put Caleb Joseph behind the plate despite a turnaround that didn’t really qualify as quick. Fans on social media mocked

Showalter on Britton, bunting and more (tied 5-5)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles closer Zach Britton remains scheduled to come off the disabled list on July 5 as he moves smoothly through his injury rehab assignment. Britton tossed another scoreless inning last night at Single-A Delmarva, walking a batter and throwing 11 pitches. He’s allowed one hit in three scoreless innings on his assignment, the first at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Britton will pitch

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is going with a right-handed heavy lineup this afternoon against the Rays. Right-handers are batting .199 against Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi this season, but .249 in his career. Left-handers are hitting .268 this season, but .228 over his career. Joey Rickard is leading off and playing left field and Craig Gentry is batting eighth and playing

Tillman vs. Odorizzi in series finale

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Tillman wouldn’t concede that today’s start against the Rays held more importance than previous outings due to his continuing struggles. He wasn’t influenced by the jump in ERA from 5.59 to 8.39 over his past three games. He could distance himself from any perceived separators. “Not at all,” he said. “A start is a start is a start. I’ve made

Orioles defeat Rays 8-3 to end streak at 20 games (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dylan Bundy finished his warmup tosses and headed into the visiting dugout at Tropicana Field, waiting for the top of the first inning to be completed and his latest start to officially unfold. It was meaningful on various levels. Bundy’s schedule moving forward might have been influenced by his performance. Of far greater importance, he could play stopper for a club

Showalter on roster move, rotation and streak (O’s lead 8-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Reaching the majors hasn’t been an issue for reliever Stefan Crichton. The goal now is to avoid the call into manager Buck Showalter’s office and his travel papers. The Orioles recalled Crichton today for the sixth time this season. They needed a fresh arm and optioned Miguel Castro to Double-A Bowie. Crichton threw a scoreless inning Wednesday for Triple-A Norfolk. He

Orioles and Rays lineups (Crichton up, Castro down)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Stefan Crichton has arrived at Tropicana Field, meaning he’s the latest in a series of moves by the Orioles to freshen a tired bullpen. How the Orioles will accommodate Crichton on the 25-man roster remains to be seen. Update: Crichton has officially been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. To make space on the 25-man roster, Miguel Castro has been optioned to Double-A

Mancini continues assault on right-handed pitching

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles were fed a steady diet of opposing left-handed starters early in the season. As they draw closer to the break, there’s been a pronounced shift to the right side, where each series seems to lack a southpaw. It doesn’t really matter to Trey Mancini. He’s going to be in the lineup no matter who’s facing them. Mancini destroyed the

Orioles tie 1924 Phillies in blowout loss to Rays (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter was away from the team for one day for the birth of his grandson. The distance didn’t quiet the buzz over his club’s streak of allowing five runs or more in 19 consecutive games, one shy of the major league record. Showalter hasn’t really been listening to it, and he stated this afternoon that he’d be happy

Showalter on O’Day’s return and more (O’s down 15-5)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter had another early wake-up call this morning to catch his flight from Dallas to Tampa following the birth of his first grandchild. Daughter Allie had a boy, Winston, who weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce. “I had to fight emotions a lot,” Showalter said. “I remember holding my daughter like that. I was afraid I was going to

Britton update, Flaherty on shoulder and Gentry on return

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Closer Zach Britton will pitch Saturday in a relief role at Single-A Delmarva instead of working the first inning. The Orioles want him to get into the proper mindset. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that Britton could pitch Monday at Double-A Bowie and make back-to-back appearances later in the week. Britton would complete his injury rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk. Infielder Ryan

O’Day “excited” to be on the active roster

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Reliever Darren O’Day is back in the Orioles bullpen tonight, the location in foul ground at Tropicana Field robbing him of the opportunity to catch a few more home run balls. O’Day hasn’t pitched for the Orioles since June 6 before going on the disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder. He greeted his return to the active roster with

O’Day activated from DL (plus O’s and Rays lineups)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Reliever Darren O’Day was activated from the disabled list today to fill the vacancy created after the Orioles optioned Gabriel Ynoa late last night. O’Day was on the DL with a right shoulder strain, his last appearance coming June 6 against the Pirates. He’s 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 24 games over 23 1/3 innings. Adam Jones returns to the

Orioles on the road and back in division

If the Orioles are looking to get healthy, and not only from an injury standpoint, taking their act on the road would seem to be counterproductive. Sort of like trying to line the batter’s box under water. Wins at any locale haven’t been plentiful, but the Orioles are 11-23 away from Camden Yards. They’re starting a three-game series tonight at Tropicana Field, with manager Buck

Orioles inch closer to record in 6-3 loss (Ynoa optioned)

Orioles left-hander Richard Bleier wiped out an inherited runner tonight in the top of the sixth inning by coaxing a double play grounder from Indians catcher Yan Gomes. It wasn’t just about keeping the deficit at two runs. It was the latest attempt to end an embarrassing streak. Bleier got two quick strikes on Erik González, threw a cutter and watched the ball disappear over

Russell on the bullpen, an 18-game streak and more (O’s down 5-2)

Orioles bench coach John Russell has substituted in the past for manager Buck Showalter. He isn’t wandering into new territory. His greatest challenge tonight? “Make sure Buck has some pitching for tomorrow,” he said. “I think that’s the big thing. Make sure Roger (McDowell) and I try to run the bullpen to where we feel like we’ve got a good opportunity for the next few

Russell on Showalter: “Pretty happy grandfather”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter and wife Angela are the proud grandparents of a 9-pound, 1-ounce boy. Daughter Allie is doing fine. Showalter flew into Dallas early this morning. Bench coach John Russell, who’s serving as interim manager tonight, exchanged text messages with Showalter. Included was a photo of Angela holding the baby and Showalter sitting next to them. “Pretty happy grandfather,” Russell said. “He’s doing

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Adam Jones is missing from the Orioles lineup tonight, with Craig Gentry starting in center field and batting ninth. Gentry is starting for the first time since May 12 in Kansas City. Jonathan Schoop moves up to third in the order. Welington Castillo is behind the plate after sitting out last night’s game with a sore right shoulder. Trey Mancini is batting .357 (25-for-70) this

Mancini at first, draft signings, Fister and tonight’s game

While the Orioles continue to evaluate shortstop Rubén Tejada, they’re also learning more about Trey Mancini as a first baseman. They already know how easily he adapts to the outfield. Mancini is getting regular starts at his natural position while Chris Davis is on the disabled list with a strained oblique. He corralled a ground ball last night from Carlos Santana near the line and

Orioles continue historical run with 5-1 loss (with quotes)

Kevin Gausman was striking out batters and putting up zeros tonight, the fog lifting from him on a night that another game was delayed at the start by rain. The only storm clouds that returned were the kind that come with scattered runs. The tarp was rolled. Gausman was rolling. And then the Indians got to him in the fifth. Gausman struck out the first

Showalter on Tillman and Gausman (O’s down 3-0)

Dark clouds rolled into Camden Yards, the tarp is on the field and the start of tonight’s game will be delayed. The grounds crew got the infield ready before covering it. This will be the 10th delay endured by the Orioles this season, including a postponement in D.C. Eight of them have occurred at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman is listed as Sunday’s starter against the

Britton on feeling “normal” again, plus other notes

Tonight’s game hasn’t started and the Orioles already feel better about the back end of their bullpen. Closer Zach Britton’s left arm responded well to last night’s 12-pitch inning at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. He’s scheduled to pitch Thursday and Saturday at Single-A Delmarva and likely will report to Double-A Bowie. Darren O’Day threw a simulated game before batting practice today without any discomfort in his

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Paul Janish is starting at shortstop tonight and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate as the Orioles continue their series against the Indians at Camden Yards. Hyun Soo Kim continues to start in left field. Manny Machado is 7-for-18 (.389) with two doubles, three home runs, eight RBIs and five runs scored in five games since moving up to second in the order. The Orioles

This, that and the other

The Orioles’ decision yesterday to transfer Zach Britton to the 60-day disabled list caused a bit of a stir among fans who assumed that the closer’s return had been pushed back. Not true. Britton is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 4. He’s always been a candidate for the 60-day. Manager Buck Showalter already dismissed July 1 as a possible return date.

Machado homers twice, collects four hits in 6-5 win (with quotes)

The Orioles are barreling toward a record that could cause their season to spiral out of control unless they can put their own spin on it. The pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in 17 consecutive games, three short of the major league mark set by the 1924 Phillies. And there hasn’t been much drama attached as their starters keep hitting the magic

Nuño on demotion and Hart on return (O’s lead 6-5)

In case anyone missed the update earlier today, the Orioles selected outfielder Craig Gentry’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned first baseman/outfielder David Washington to the Tides. Closer Zach Britton was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to open a spot for Gentry on the 40-man roster. Britton can come back July 4, so the move doesn’t impact his schedule. Otherwise, the Orioles would have

Notes on Gentry, Hart, Bundy and more (updated)

The Orioles could make a second roster move later today. The wheels are in motion. They already announced that left-hander Donnie Hart was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and southpaw Vidal Nuño was optioned to the Tides. They also are trying to get another player here before tonight’s game against the Indians. Otherwise, the move would be completed on Wednesday. It’s believed that they have summoned

Hart back in Baltimore (plus Orioles lineup)

Left-hander Donnie Hart is in the Orioles clubhouse today and lefty Vidal Nuño was called into manager Buck Showalter’s office. A roster move is coming. Nuño has allowed home runs in all three appearances since the Orioles recalled him on Friday. He could be optioned or placed on the disabled list. Update: Nuño said he’s been optioned. He’s been battling a sore oblique, but an

Machado and Castillo slip to fourth in All-Star voting

The Orioles are headed in the wrong direction in All-Star Game voting. Manny Machado has dropped from third to fourth place among American League third baseman, Welington Castillo has fallen from third to fourth among catchers and Adam Jones is 14th among outfielders. He was 13th last week. The voting period ends June 29 at 11:59 p.m. The game will be played on July 11.

Hardy becomes latest Oriole lost to injury

The Orioles officially lost half of their infield yesterday with shortstop J.J. Hardy going on the disabled list with a fractured right wrist. First baseman Chris Davis beat him to it with a strained right oblique. Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop might want to tone down the celebratory handshake. They could hurt themselves. Get pied at your own risk. The bullpen is missing closer Zach

Bundy turns in shortest start of season in 12-0 loss (with quotes)

Do the Orioles need to start worrying about Dylan Bundy? As if a pile of injuries isn’t enough to keep them awake nights. Bundy turned in his shortest start of the season tonight, lasting only 4 1/3 innings, and the Orioles managed three baserunners against Corey Kluber in an 12-0 loss to the Indians at Camden Yards in a game that started 29 minutes late

Janish returns to Orioles with Hardy on disabled list (O’s down 11-0)

The Orioles selected infielder Paul Janish’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk today and placed shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist fracture. The 40-man roster is full. Janish accepted his outright assignment after the Orioles designated him on June 6 to create a spot for infielder Rubén Tejada. Hardy showed up at Camden Yards today carrying a plastic brace and a

Machado staying at third base (and other notes)

The Orioles continue to wait on the weather before making a roster move involving shortstop J.J. Hardy and the infielder that’s replacing him on the 25-man roster. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that he wants to keep Manny Machado at third base and evaluate Rubén Tejada at shortstop. Showalter left open the possibility that Machado could play shortstop later, but it’s not in the immediate plans.

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Rubén Tejada is playing shortstop tonight for the Orioles while J.J. Hardy is headed to the disabled list with a fractured wrist. The Orioles are waiting to announce a corresponding roster move, unsure whether rain will impact tonight’s game. They have an infielder here. Also, closer Zach Britton won’t begin his injury rehab assignment at short-season Single-A Aberdeen until Tuesday. Opponents are hitting .200 (25-for-125)

Hardy has broken bone in right wrist

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy confirmed today that he sustained a small fracture in a bone in his right wrist and is headed to the disabled list. Hardy underwent a CT scan that confirmed what X-rays showed yesterday. Hardy said the recovery time will be four to six weeks before he’s cleared for baseball activities. He figures to miss two months of the season. The injury

More on Hardy, All-Star voting and tonight’s game

The Orioles are expected to place shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list today after he undergoes another test on his right wrist. There wasn’t a shred of optimism following yesterday’s game, with X-rays raising concerns in the organization. The assumption is he sustained a break, far worse than the original announcement of a “contusion.” It’s unclear whether Hardy will receive a CT scan or

Showalter on Hardy’s wrist: “Not good”

Shortstop J.J. Hardy appears to be the latest Oriole headed to the disabled list, putting a negative mark on today’s 8-5 win over the Cardinals. Manager Buck Showalter said Hardy’s wrist is “not good” after being hit in the fourth inning by a 93 mph fastball from Lance Lynn. Hardy came out of the game in the top of the sixth and underwent testing that

Orioles win 8-5, Hardy leaves game with bruised wrist

Ubaldo Jiménez’s triumphant return today to the Orioles rotation tended to be overshadowed by the latest offensive uprising. The bats are back. The Orioles hit four home runs, giving them 10 in the three-game series, and Jiménez turned in a rare quality start in an 8-5 victory over the Orioles before an announced crowd of 34,854 at Camden Yards. Jiménez allowed two runs and four

Showalter on the bullpen and Castillo catching (O’s lead 8-4)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants to wait for Darren O’Day to throw in the bullpen Monday afternoon before talking about the rest of the reliever’s schedule. Pitching coach Roger McDowell and head athletic trainer Richie Bancells will sit down with O’Day and map out the next steps. “He’s been down this road a few times, we kind of lean on him,” Showalter said. “He knows

O’Day ready for Monday’s bullpen session

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day remains scheduled to throw his first bullpen session on Monday since going on the disabled list retroactive to June 7 with a strained right shoulder. O’Day has been throwing on flat ground as part of his progression. It’s time to increase the level of intensity. “I feel good,” he said. “I wouldn’t be getting on a mound unless I felt good.

Orioles lineup vs. Cardinals

Manny Machado continues to bat second for the Orioles as they close out their series against the Cardinals at Camden Yards. Trey Mancini is batting fifth and playing first base. Hyun Soo Kim is batting eighth and playing left field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jonathan Schoop became the second second baseman in Orioles history to have at least four hits, two home runs

Jiménez gets another shot in the rotation

The main reason why Ubaldo Jiménez is starting today for the Orioles is to bolster the bullpen with Alec Asher’s return to a relief role. However, it wouldn’t be unprecedented for Jiménez to react favorably to his switch. The Orioles pulled Jiménez from the rotation in 2014 after he allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in an Aug. 16 game against the Indians. He

O’s hit five home runs and release frustration in 15-7 win (updated)

This must be what venting looks like. And being on the other side of a big lead. The Orioles sent 11 batters to the plate today in the bottom of the second inning, scored seven runs while eliminating Adam Wainwright from the game, and claimed a 15-7 victory over the Cardinals before an announced crowd of 27,788 at Camden Yards. Jonathan Schoop homered twice for

Jiménez on lastest start, Showalter on injuries (O’s lead 14-7)

Ubaldo Jiménez is returning to his comfort zone on Sunday. The Orioles also need him in the strike zone. Jiménez is getting the start after five relief appearances, with manager Buck Showalter sending Alec Asher back to the bullpen. “I’m excited,” Jiménez said. “That’s what I’ve been doing my whole career, so it’s always good to get back. But I just want to get the

Davis resisting urge to rush back from oblique injury

Reliever Darren O’Day threw off flat ground again today and will step on a mound Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. O’Day is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but he obviously isn’t ready and the club won’t rush him. Manager Buck Showalter said it would be “real ambitious” to expect first baseman

Orioles lineup vs. Cardinals

Manny Machado is batting second again today, as the Orioles continue their series against the Cardinals. Hyun Soo Kim gets another start in left field. Trey Mancini is 11-for-26 (.423) during a seven-game hitting streak. He’s hitting .326 (31-for-95) against right-handers this season. In Wade Miley’s last two starts, he’s allowed 10 runs and 14 hits in five innings and his ERA has climbed from

Showalter: “The trust factor has to come into play”

The Orioles failed again last night to get a quality start. To find a reliever in their system who was ready for the responsibility placed in front of him. To unload at the plate and cover for the shortcomings on the mound. To return to their winning ways and begin the long climb up their division. They’re left to wonder exactly when this slide will

Homestand starts with another dud (with quotes)

The baserunners kept piling up again tonight for Kevin Gausman. Eight among the first 16 batters, nine among 18, 11 among 22. The losses also are stacked pretty high for a team that used to reside in first place in its division. Gausman failed to make it through the sixth inning, the mound resembling a tight rope, and the Orioles never led while beginning their

Showalter on injury updates and Jiménez in rotation (O’s down 10-1)

Manny Machado is batting second tonight for the first time this season. Manager Buck Showalter bumped him up from the third spot in the order and lowered Adam Jones. Showalter continues to seek ways to ignite the offense, which has scored three runs or fewer in 32 games. The Orioles are 8-24 in those games. The injury news today was mixed. Mike Wright went on

Britton: “I’m feeling really good now”

The Orioles placed Mike Wright on the 10-day disabled list today with right shoulder bursitis. They also announced that they optioned Jimmy Yacabonis to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled Gabriel Ynoa and left-hander Vidal Nuño from the Tides. The latest bullpen makeover will be on display tonight for the series opener against the Cardinals. Wright is expected to receive a cortisone injection in his shoulder. He

Jiménez returning to rotation (and other notes)

Ubaldo Jiménez has replaced Alec Asher as Sunday’s starter against the Cardinals at Camden Yards. The move is being made primarily because the Orioles need Asher in the bullpen. He served in a variety of roles before joining the rotation and the unit needs to be stabilized. Jiménez requires extra time to warm up and requires more rest between outings than Asher. Reliever Jimmy Yacabonis

Ynoa and Nuño join Orioles (updated with Orioles lineup)

The Orioles haven’t announced any roster moves, but pitchers Gabriel Ynoa and Vidal Nuño have joined the team. They’re sitting at their adjoining lockers at Camden Yards. Mike Wright probably is headed to the disabled list with shoulder soreness. Jimmy Yacabonis doesn’t have a locker at Camden Yards and most likely has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. The lineup hasn’t been posted, so no updates

Possible roster moves and Duquette on rotation

Every team has its own injury complaints and complications, but the Orioles especially can be excused for cursing their fate. Closer Zach Britton, set-up man Darren O’Day, first baseman Chris Davis and utility player Ryan Flaherty remain on the disabled list. Catcher Welington Castillo returns from the DL and third baseman Manny Machado is able to avoid it, but outfielder Seth Smith and reliever Mike

Update on Britton’s simulated game

Desperate for any nugget of positive news while their record threatens to again slip below .500, the Orioles came away encouraged today by Zach Britton’s simulated game at Single-A Frederick. It may have to carry the afternoon. Britton threw 22 pitches and didn’t experience any stiffness or discomfort in his left forearm, keeping him on track to join short-season Single-A Aberdeen for its opener on

Tillman vs. Holmberg in series finale

The Orioles will try today to gain a split of their four-game series against the White Sox, go 2-6 on a road trip that began with the makeup in D.C. and head back to Baltimore with the Cardinals coming to town this weekend. The Orioles raised their average on the trip to .245 after last night’s 10-6 victory over the White Sox. Their pitching staff

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Shortstop J.J. Hardy gets the day off this afternoon as the Orioles attempt to gain a split of their four-game series against the White Sox in Chicago. Rubén Tejada is playing shortstop. Welington Castillo is the designated hitter against left-hander David Holmberg and Trey Mancini is playing first base with Chris Davis on the disabled list. Joey Rickard is leading off. Four of Castillo’s five

Because You Asked - Back In The Habit

The mailbag is filled again with the same handful of questions. No sense wasting precious time answering each one individually, only to field 12 duplicates later in the day. You ask, I answer, you ask again, I answer again. Just don’t challenge me on the whole hot dog/sandwich thing. I still can’t decide. The meaning of life is much easier. At least it doesn’t come

Orioles and White Sox lineups

David Washington is making his major league debut tonight as the Orioles’ designated hitter. He’s batting eighth against White Sox right-hander and former Oriole Miguel González. Hyun Soo Kim is leading off for the second time this season and playing left field, and Mark Trumbo is in right field. Seth Smith is on the bench. Trey Mancini is replacing Chris Davis at first base. Davis

Chris Davis goes on disabled list

The Orioles made the anticipated roster move this afternoon, with first baseman Chris Davis going on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. First baseman/outfielder David Washington had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk as the corresponding move. The other move today involves Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander, who was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The 40-man roster remains at 39. Davis

Bundy the rotation’s exception

The official Twitter record was set yesterday for “can he pitch?” responses. About position players drafted by the Orioles and first baseman David Washington joining the club in Chicago. About anyone and anything that, in reality, doesn’t have a pitching background, including infielders, outfielders and garden tools. I’m not counting “can he pitch tomorrow?” in relation to actual pitchers who were drafted by the Orioles

Washington joining Orioles, Jackson update, lineup (updated)

Trey Mancini is playing first base tonight and Chris Davis seems to be headed for the disabled list after suffering a strained right oblique last night in Chicago. Davis underwent an MRI this morning. David Washington was scratched from Triple-A Norfolk’s lineup and is joining the Orioles, as first reported by The Virginian-Pilot. Washington can play first base and serve as a left-handed designated hitter,

Machado and Castillo third in All-Star voting

The Orioles don’t have a player higher than third place in voting for next month’s All-Star Game in Miami. The latest round revealed that catcher Welington Castillo slipped from second to third place in the American League. Third baseman Manny Machado remains third and outfielder Adam Jones is 13th. Machado was in first place two weeks ago. The voting period ends June 29 at 11:59

Blowouts building against .500 Orioles

It’s not just the losses, it’s the string of blowouts that raise the level of concern to dizzying heights. The Orioles lost their makeup game to the Nationals 6-1 before heading to New York, where they were outscored 38-8. The last-place White Sox led 10-2 in the seventh last night and beat the Orioles 10-7 in Chicago, putting them at .500 for the first time

Orioles recall Miguel Castro

The Orioles made another roster move today while continuing their search for fresh arms and perhaps some continuity in their bullpen. Miguel Castro has been recalled from Double-A Bowie to replace Logan Verrett, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk one day after the Orioles brought him back to the majors. The shuttle never sleeps. Castro, 22, is 2-0 with a 5.59 ERA in five appearances

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Manny Machado has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight in Chicago after missing the previous four games with a strained left wrist and sore hand. Machado is positioned in his usual third spot in the order. Trey Mancini remains in left field, batting seventh behind second baseman Jonathan Schoop. For the Orioles Seth Smith RF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo DH Chris

Tonight’s draft and game

NEW YORK - Maybe the start of the First-Year Player Draft tonight will serve as a nice distraction. Jiggling keys hasn’t worked. The Orioles hold the 21st, 60th and 74th picks, which will be announced tonight. I won’t pretend to know everyone who’s on their board, but they’ll load up on pitching again this week. College arms continue to bring the most appeal because they’re

Jones: “Just keep your heads up, keep grinding”

NEW YORK - The solution to what’s ailing the Orioles is right in Adam Jones’ wheelhouse. He preaches the need to keep grinding, and now more than ever with his club tumbling into fourth place and only one game above .500. “Just keep your heads up, keep grinding,” Jones said following a 14-3 loss to the Yankees that completed a sweep. “Obviously, the scoreboard doesn’t

Orioles forcibly swept out of the Bronx

NEW YORK - The first inning fiasco happened again today to the Orioles. Blink an eye and five runs were on the board. Wind was lost in the sails. What about another game? The Orioles tried to claw back against the Yankees bullpen, which sprang into action in the third inning after Chad Green’s early departure. Manager Joe Girardi was letting them pass the baton.

Jackson on DFA; Yacabonis, Verrett on arrivals (O’s down 14-3)

NEW YORK - The Orioles ran out of time to let Edwin Jackson work through his issues. They needed two fresh arms today and Jackson and Stefan Crichton had worked on back-to-back nights. They didn’t get results or another chance. Jackson was designated for assignment today after allowing seven runs (four earned) and 11 hits in five innings since the Orioles purchased his contract. Crichton

Roster moves, Britton and Machado updates and lineups

NEW YORK - The Orioles designated Edwin Jackson for assignment today and optioned Stefan Crichton to Triple-A Norfolk as part of their latest bullpen maneuvering. Logan Verrett was recalled from Norfolk and the Orioles selected Jimmy Yacabonis’ contract. Yacabonis is wearing No. 54 in his first trip to the majors. Jackson said he’s going to stay in Baltimore for a few days and see what

Bullpen candidates and Gausman’s latest start vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - Does a day game provide ample opportunity for the Orioles to rework their bullpen? It’s a short turnaround, but the starts haven’t been much longer. Stefan Crichton has appeared on back-to-back nights and allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings. Edwin Jackson also had pitched on consecutive nights, but he’s out of minor league options. Jackson has allowed seven runs (four earned)

Tillman’s early exit leads to 16-3 loss (with quotes)

NEW YORK - The first inning doesn’t just bite Orioles starter Chris Tillman, it tears at his flesh like a shark and circles back for more. The Yankees smelled blood tonight and they were relentless. Ten batters came to the plate in the first. Two of them hit home runs. Only 28 pitches were thrown because the hosts were in full-blown attack mode. It brought

Castillo ready to get back into major league game (O’s down 14-2)

NEW YORK - It took only one game in Trenton last night for Orioles catcher Welington Castillo to decide that he was ready to come off the disabled list. He also earns points for his preparation when the media’s questions venture into a delicate area. Castillo is able to laugh at the phrasing and the awkwardness. He tries to ease the discomfort. A high pain

Machado improved, Britton progressing and Castillo playing

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks that third baseman Manny Machado may be able to remain on the active roster. The outlook took a dramatic shift upward today. Machado is out of the lineup for the third consecutive night, but his left wrist and hand apparently are feeling much better. “Manny’s good. He improved again,” Showalter said this afternoon while talking to the

Brach: “It’s definitely going to be a test here”

NEW YORK - Reliever Brad Brach has dealt with the situation before, has taken the exact same questions about the other members of the bullpen stepping up while a key figure is on the disabled list. It happened twice last year with Darren O’Day and twice this year with closer Zach Britton. But never before has he been asked about the bullpen missing Britton and

Castillo comes off DL, Machado remains out of lineup

NEW YORK - The Orioles activated catcher Welington Castillo from the 10-day disabled list this afternoon and again designated catcher Francisco Peña for assignment. Castillo caught seven innings last night at Double-A Trenton and went hitless in three at-bats in his brief injury rehab assignment with the Bowie Baysox. Castillo sustained a testicular injury on May 30 against the Yankees. Peña also was designated for

Wondering about Machado’s status, Davis at third base and more

NEW YORK - If Manny Machado lands on the disabled list with a strained left wrist, and a decision is pending, the Orioles could give Rubén Tejada most of the starts and maybe select Paul Janish’s contract again from Triple-A Norfolk after outrighting him earlier this week. Janish wouldn’t have to stay down for the required 10 days because he’d be replacing an injured player.

Orioles a bust in the Bronx in series opener (with quotes)

NEW YORK - Dylan Bundy turned in another quality start for the Orioles tonight, a sweet achievement after the rotation totaled 6 2/3 innings in the last two games. He provided length, but the Orioles couldn’t provide another lead. The Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the second, moved ahead in the sixth and pulled away against relievers Edwin Jackson and Stefan Crichton

Showalter provides injury updates (O’s down 6-2)

NEW YORK - The Orioles are terming reliever Darren O’Day’s injury as a right shoulder strain, putting him on the disabled list retroactive to Wednesday. “That’s the kind of thing I alluded to a little bit lightly the last couple days about availability,” said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s something that’s been bothering him a little bit the last couple days. He had good outings, he’s

O’Day headed to the disabled list (and other notes)

NEW YORK - The Orioles are placing reliever Darren O’Day on the 10-day disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder. Reliever Stefan Crichton has been recalled and he’s headed to the Bronx for tonight’s game. O’Day also was bothered with a sore shoulder last month and didn’t pitch for seven days. He’s allowed only two runs in his last nine appearances, but the shoulder

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Adam Jones has returned to the Orioles’ lineup tonight, but Manny Machado remains a no-show due to a strained left wrist. Rubén Tejada is playing third base and batting ninth. Trey Mancini is serving as the designated hitter, and he’s moved up to second in the order. The Orioles are tied for the most home runs in June with 14. Last season,

Bullpen talk and tonight’s matchups in the Bronx

Can the Orioles go a second day without making a move to freshen up their bullpen? They stood pat yesterday despite playing 11 innings the previous night and using Mike Wright for 3 1/3 innings. They considered sending down Wright, the latest “reward” for a good relief outing, but decided to hold onto him. Wright doesn’t figure to be available tonight for the series opener

Nats do lots of running in makeup game, beat O’s 6-1 (with quotes)

WASHINGTON - Signs that your starter is struggling in the first inning include a pitch count that reaches 41 and a phone call to the bullpen that causes Ubaldo Jiménez to remove his jacket and grab his glove. It happened tonight at Nationals Park, where the Orioles’ collective mood matched a blue sky earlier in the day that kept the tarp off the field and

Showalter on Jones, Machado, Davis and more (O’s down 6-1)

WASHINGTON - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is available tonight if manager Buck Showalter wants to bring him off the bench. However, Showalter is keeping Jones out of the lineup after back-to-back long nights against the Pirates. “You know, he played two extra-inning games,” Showalter said. “We had two challenging games, pretty sore. I talked with him. I decided that he needs to get a

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - The Orioles lineup for tonight’s makeup game in D.C. is missing third baseman Manny Machado and center fielder Adam Jones. Machado arrived at the ballpark wearing a soft brace on his left wrist. He met with manager Buck Showalter. Chris Davis is playing third base for the first time since Sept. 10, 2014. Mark Trumbo is at first base. Davis also met with

Machado has strained wrist, more on Mancini

WASHINGTON - Manny Machado’s MRI today didn’t reveal any damage to his left hand beyond the punctures and bruise. I’m told that the third baseman has a strained wrist and is day-to-day. The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup for tonight’s makeup game against the Nationals in D.C. Machado sustained the injury last night in the top of the second inning when the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen

Castillo on Jackson: “He’s a great teammate, a great person”

After the media scrum broke up yesterday at Edwin Jackson’s locker and he could breathe again, and also change into his Orioles batting practice attire, I introduced myself and asked whether he knew anyone in the clubhouse. The guy was joining his 12th team. I felt like the odds were pretty good. Jackson made sure to repeat my first name, never an easy task for

More on Orioles 9-6 11-inning win and Machado’s injury

Trey Mancini carried the Orioles back into their comfort zone tonight, his two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning moving them past regulation. Moving them to where they had won eight of nine games. Mancini felt right at home in the 11th, his three-run shot off Pirates left-hander Wade LeBlanc with two outs giving the Orioles a 9-6 win before what remained

Machado leaves game with sore wrist (O’s win 9-6 in 11 innings)

This isn’t how the Orioles wanted Rubén Tejada to make his debut with them. Manny Machado left tonight’s game in the top of the fourth inning with soreness in his left wrist. Tejada stood on the on-deck circle as the final out was recorded in the bottom of the third and moved to Machado’s position as the Pirates came to bat. Pirates center fielder Andrew

Castillo: “I will be good to go when they need me” (O’s down 4-1)

Orioles catcher Welington Castillo was on the field again today before batting practice, this time making throws to the bases coming out of his crouch. Castillo could be activated from the disabled list on Saturday instead of going on another injury rehab assignment. He’s not trying to talk anyone out of it. “I will be good to go when they need me,” he said. “That’s

Showalter on Jackson’s arrival and Hart’s departure

Paul Janish has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, allowing the Orioles to maintain their infield depth. The Orioles designated Janish for assignment yesterday while selecting Rubén Tejada’s contract from Norfolk. Edwin Jackson spoke at his locker for about six minutes today, happy to be back in the majors after finding out about an hour after last night’s game at Gwinnett

Orioles lineup and notes (Hart optioned)

Hyun Soo Kim is starting in left field tonight as the Orioles conclude their two-game series against the Pirates at Camden Yards. Edwin Jackson arrived at Camden Yards and has a locker set up with a No. 28 jersey hanging in it, but the Orioles haven’t announced the roster move. Welington Castillo threw to the bases today before batting practice and said he’s ready to

Orioles selecting Jackson’s contract (and other notes)

Another day passed without Edwin Jackson having his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk, but he’s heading to Baltimore later today. The club is adding him to the bullpen, according to a source. It’s been a process. Jackson was in Gwinnett last night and didn’t pitch in a 4-3 victory. Tyler Wilson worked the first six innings, left-hander Lucas Luetge earned the win with a scoreless

Trumbo single gives Orioles 6-5 win in 10 innings (with quotes)

The Orioles continue to cash in on free baseball. Mark Trumbo singled to center field off Pirates reliever Wade LeBlanc with two outs in the 10th inning to score Adam Jones and give the Orioles a 6-5 win before an announced crowd of 26,724 at Camden Yards. Jones singled with one out and hustled to second base on Manny Machado’s fly ball to the left

Showalter on Tejada, Flaherty, Castillo and more (we’re tied)

The only transaction for the Orioles today involved infielder Rubén Tejada, who had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk. Tejada replaced Paul Janish, who was designated for assignment. “We’re hoping Paul clears and continues with us down in Norfolk,” said manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles acquired Tejada from the Yankees on Thursday for cash considerations. “He was available and had an out in his contract,

Castillo could be activated on Saturday (plus other notes)

The Orioles may skip the injury rehab assignment for catcher Welington Castillo and activate him from the disabled list on Saturday while the club is in New York. The minor league schedule isn’t cooperating with the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles would need to send Castillo to Trenton if they wanted to delay returning him to their lineup. Castillo took batting practice today

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

Trey Mancini gets another start in left field tonight, as the Orioles open a two-game series against the Pirates at Camden Yards. Nothing much to see in the lineup. It’s pretty familiar, including Seth Smith leading off against right-hander Ivan Nova and Mark Trumbo serving as the designated hitter. J.J. Hardy is the shortstop. Rubén Tejada will begin the game on the bench. For the

Orioles select Rubén Tejada’s contract

The Orioles made an adjustment to their roster this afternoon, but it didn’t involve the bullpen. Infielder Rubén Tejada’s contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk, just two days after the Orioles acquired him from the Yankees. Infielder Paul Janish was designated for assignment to create a spot for Tejada. The 40-man roster remains at 39 players. Tejada, 27, appeared in 37 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Machado slips to third place in All-Star Game voting

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has dropped to third place behind the Twins’ Miguel Sanó and the Indians’ José Ramírez in the latest round of American League All-Star Game balloting. Sanó has received 638,952 votes to put him ahead of Ramírez (541,040) and Machado (520,116). Machado led Sanó by 5,462 votes last week. Machado is trying to join Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Cal

Orioles continue homestand vs. Pirates, more on Mancini

While sifting through the highs and lows of Sunday afternoon’s 7-3 loss to the Red Sox, Orioles manager Buck Showalter pointed out how five walks extended pitch counts and raised the degree of difficulty against a team that’s never in a rush to leave the batter’s box. The Orioles, in case no one has noticed, tend to be a little more aggressive at the plate.

Leftovers for breakfast

The Orioles’ decision to outright left-hander Paul Fry yesterday and open up a spot on their 40-man roster naturally led to speculation that they’re going to select the contract of someone at Triple-A Norfolk with an opt-out clause. Pitcher Edwin Jackson remains the most logical choice based on need and the lesser degree of difficulty. The Orioles can remove a reliever without any hassle and

Orioles settle for split with 7-3 loss

A pitch in the dirt, a wild throw and a broken tie. It happened that quickly. The Red Sox scored two unearned runs off Chris Tillman in the sixth inning on catcher Francisco Peña’s error to take the lead and they kept the Orioles in third place with a 7-3 victory before an announced crowd of 31,819 at Camden Yards. Andrew Benintendi recorded his first

Orioles outright Fry to open 40-man spot (O’s lose 7-3)

The Orioles have cleared a spot on their 40-man roster. Feel free to speculate on how they’re going to fill it. Left-hander Paul Fry cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles made the announcement during today’s game against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Fry is 1-0 with a 6.56 ERA in 14 relief appearances with Norfolk. He has a 1.50

Showalter on bullpen, Castillo, Manfra and more (we’re tied)

The Orioles didn’t make any roster moves this morning after considering the need for another reliever. Mike Wright is available today after manager Buck Showalter stayed away from him in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Red Sox. He also didn’t want to use Mychal Givens, and he was going to call upon Darren O’Day or Brad Brach only if the Orioles were ahead. Ubaldo

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Francisco Peña is catching this afternoon and the Orioles are breaking out another right-handed lineup against Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale. Joey Rickard is in right field and Trey Mancini is in left. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Chris Davis is batting .354 (17-for-48) when leading off an inning. For the Orioles Joey Rickard RF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo DH

Sale presents latest challenge for Orioles

The Orioles get a break today from opposing Cy Young Award winners. The streak ends at two with Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello and left-hander David Price. It’s telling when left-hander Chris Sale represents a break. Sale has finished third, fourth, fifth twice and sixth in Cy Young voting in his eight years in the majors. He’s 6-2 with a 2.77 ERA and 0.910 WHIP

Orioles back in third place following 5-2 loss (with quotes)

Maybe it was familiarity that bred Dylan Bundy’s shortest start of the season. Facing the Red Sox for the fourth time in 52 days, Bundy didn’t make it past the fifth inning due to his triple-digit pitch count and the Orioles lost 5-2 before an announced crowd of 35,470 at Camden Yards. Bundy hadn’t gone fewer than five innings in 11 starts, but he was

Showalter on Castillo, Jackson and more (O’s down 4-1)

Today qualified as a slow news day, which didn’t escape manager Buck Showalter. He could sense that the media was searching for pregame topics. Catcher Welington Castillo playing catch before batting practice drew some interest despite his injury centering lower than his right arm. Castillo could be facing his second rehab assignment after making three starts at Double-A Bowie while recovering from right shoulder tendinitis.

Asher’s next start and Duquette on Álvarez and Jackson

Alec Asher will take his next turn in the rotation and start Thursday night against the Nationals in the makeup game in D.C. Asher gets an extra day of rest due to Monday’s off-day. The Orioles had no reason to remove Asher from the rotation after he was charged last night with two runs over 6 1/3 innings for his third quality start in four

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Trey Mancini is playing first base for the Orioles tonight and Chris Davis is serving as the designated hitter. Joey Rickard is leading off and playing left field against left-hander David Price. The Orioles are 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees for first place in the American League East. They’re 21-11 against division opponents. The Orioles own the best home record in the league at

Janish not masking his interest in catching

When the Orioles had to put utility player Ryan Flaherty on the 10-day disabled list, they also lost their emergency catcher and the first position player that they’d choose to pitch in a pinch. Paul Janish is the ideal substitute. Not only can Janish move around the infield, he’s replaced Flaherty as the emergency catcher and twice worked in relief for the Reds back in

Orioles move into second place with 3-2 win (with quotes)

Manny Machado must be seeing the ball again. The Orioles didn’t see the same Alec Asher who started in Houston last weekend. Machado followed his two-hit game last night with a 465-foot home run off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello in the bottom of the first inning. The ball reached the second deck in left field before falling to the seats below it. Asher rose

Bullpen remains intact tonight (O’s lead 3-2)

The Orioles didn’t need to make a roster move tonight to bring up another reliever. Though Mike Wright worked on back-to-back nights and won’t pitch tonight, Ubaldo Jiménez informed manager Buck Showalter that he’s available. Jiménez hasn’t pitched since Sunday afternoon in Houston, when he covered the last six innings. Wright threw 17 pitches on Wednesday and 26 last night. “Physically, he was fine. He

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Hyun Soo Kim is starting in left field tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the Red Sox. Trey Mancini is on the bench. He’s hitting .343 (12-for-35) in 11 career games against the Red Sox. Jonathan Schoop is batting .324 (11-for-34) with three home runs, seven RBIs and seven runs scored against the Red Sox this season. His home run last night was

Coolbaugh on Machado’s slump

It was a line drive up the middle last night that found the grass in center field for a two-out single in the first inning. Another ball died along the third base line in the sixth - big swing, short distance, another single. Pretty routine unless you’re hitless in the last 18 at-bats and your average is down to .205. Manny Machado needed those singles

Miley’s quality start and four home runs produce 7-5 win (updated)

Wade Miley broke through the fifth-inning wall. Chris Davis showed more signs of busting out of his slump. Manny Machado caught a break with an infield single that gave him two hits. The Orioles took an early lead and didn’t crumble, riding Miley’s quality start and four home runs to a 7-5 victory over the Red Sox before an announced crowd of 20,150 at Camden

Orioles focus on own splits vs. Rodriguez (O’s up 7-1)

The splits suggest that the Orioles should be stocking their lineup with left-handed hitters for tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox. The splits belonging to left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, their former farmhand. Not necessarily the batters on the Orioles roster. As I wrote this morning, left-handers are hitting .289 against Rodriguez this season and .273 in his career. Right-handers are hitting .190 this season and

Pregame notes on opt-outs, bullpen, bad blood and more (updated)

Pedro Álvarez isn’t in Triple-A Norfolk’s lineup tonight for the first time, no coincidence on his opt-out date. Álvarez is batting .223/.296/.456 with 12 doubles, 12 home runs and 39 RBIs in 52 games. The experiment in right field hasn’t been positive and Álvarez would be a left-handed designated hitter if the Orioles tried to fit him on their roster. “There’s some conversation about what

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

The Orioles are breaking out a right-handed heavy lineup tonight against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. The splits aren’t influencing them. Joey Rickard is in left field, Mark Trumbo is in right and Trey Mancini is serving as the designated hitter. Chris Davis, batting fifth, is the only left-hander in the lineup. Trumbo batted .324 (36-for-111) with 15 RBIs in 28 games in May. For

Injuries, suspensions, opt-outs and tonight’s game

The Orioles crammed a lot of news into a few hours yesterday, if a 14-minute rain delay to start the game also falls into that category. It’s old news, for sure. Seems to rain here every day. The official mascot should be moss. Catcher Welington Castillo was placed on the disabled list, and it’s - you pick the word - that his testicular injury occurred

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