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Orioles bringing up Sisco, Álvarez, Rickard and Yacabonis

The first wave of Orioles call-ups on Friday will include catcher Chance Sisco, the top prospect in the organization, and veteran Pedro Álvarez. The Orioles will select the contracts of Sisco and Álvarez, according to a source, while also recalling outfielder Joey Rickard and reliever Jimmy Yacabonis. More players will be added after Monday. There are 39 players on the 40-man roster, so the Orioles

Orioles’ winning streak destroyed by Morales in 11-8 loss

The Orioles didn’t need to hold a special meeting tonight to figure out why their winning streak ended at seven games. The only reason to stay late was to check whether a trade had been consummated before the midnight deadline. The starter can’t give up seven runs, and doing it with two outs compounded the frustration. The staff can’t keep walking Josh Donaldson to bring

More on trade deadline and roster expansion (O’s down 11-8)

The last trade deadline is less than five hours away and the Orioles haven’t consummated any deals. They’ve been known to strike postgame, however, so don’t relax. “Some things that we’ve been kicking around, but nothing imminent,” manager Buck Showalter said earlier today. “Tried but didn’t fit, didn’t work.” The Orioles seem more enthusiastic about roster expansion on Friday. “We’ve had to try to work

Duquette continues search for pitching as trade deadline nears

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette continues his search for pitching as the latest trade deadline approaches at midnight. Players must join the organization by the deadline to be eligible for the playoffs, and they first have to clear waivers. “I don’t know if anything will come together,” Duquette said this afternoon. “We’ve talked with a number of clubs and we’ve been active actually all

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

The catching platoon for the Orioles has been put on hold, with Welington Castillo getting another start tonight against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Castillo is only the second catcher in Orioles history to go 4-for-4 with three or more RBIs, joining Andy Etchebarren on Sept. 28, 1973 against the Indians. Also per Elias, Tim Beckham’s 47 hits

This, that and the other

We’re down to the last day before teams can begin expanding their rosters. The Orioles will bring up a pitcher to get their bullpen back to seven relievers and select the contract of a third catcher. They also could recall outfielder Joey Rickard rather than wait until Triple-A Norfolk’s season ends on Monday. Rickard hit his first home run for the Tides last night and

Orioles rally to defeat Mariners, complete sweep (with quotes)

The hook came rather quickly today for Ubaldo Jiménez. So did the power that allowed the Orioles to recover, the letdown in the eighth and the subsequent response to it. Manager Buck Showalter called upon his bullpen with two outs in the third inning, four runs already on the board for the Mariners and Jiménez at 54 pitches. He didn’t need to see anymore. A

Notes on Álvarez, Hardy, Castillo, Gentry, Harvey and more (tied 7-7)

Triple-A Norfolk’s Pedro Álvarez is one of the players that the Orioles are discussing as part of their expanded September roster. Álvarez hasn’t played in the majors this season. He’s been named to the International League’s postseason All-Star team as a designated hitter after batting .241 with 30 doubles, 26 home runs, and 89 RBIs in 135 games. The 26 home runs and 89 RBIs

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

Welington Castillo remains behind the plate today as the Orioles close out their series against the Mariners and try to extend their winning streak to seven games. He’s starting a fourth consecutive game. Manager Buck Showalter is sticking with the hot hand. Craig Gentry is in right field with the Mariners starting left-hander Ariel Miranda. Manny Machado is batting .345 with 12 home runs and

More on Bundy’s gem and Mancini’s stellar rookie season

You know that a pitcher must have been exceptional when the number of “pies” to his face during his postgame interview exceeds the hits he allowed. Dylan Bundy wore three of them last night delivered by three of his teammates - his reward for holding the Mariners to Kyle Seager’s bunt single in the fourth inning. No Oriole had tossed a complete-game shutout since Miguel

Bundy goes distance in 4-0 win (with quotes)

Dylan Bundy brought his ace stuff again tonight, mixing an assortment of pitches that kept the Mariners off-balance and off the scoreboard. The strikeouts were piling up, but not the runs to support him. Jonathan Schoop’s solo homer in the first inning off Erasmo Ramirez had to suffice until the game moved through the middle innings. Manny Machado led off the sixth with a home

Orioles option Donnie Hart to Triple-A Norfolk (O’s lead 3-0)

Left-hander Donnie Hart spent one day with the Orioles, earning the win last night before heading back to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles optioned Hart today and reinstated Dylan Bundy from the bereavement list. Bundy is starting tonight against the Mariners. Manager Buck Showalter challenged the media earlier today to come up with suggestions. He preferred to keep his bullpen intact, but Hart was the most

Waiting on roster move, lineup decision, AFL and more

The Orioles are waiting to make their corresponding roster move for pitcher Dylan Bundy, who starts tonight against the Mariners if the rain subsides. Left-hander Donnie Hart would appear to be the obvious choice after replacing Mike Wright, who got the call as Bundy’s replacement for a few days. But anyone sent down must remain off the roster for 10 days. The Orioles couldn’t bring

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

The Orioles removed Dylan Bundy from the bereavement list to make tonight’s start. No corresponding move has been announced. Mark Trumbo is out of the lineup. He’s 1-for-20 lifetime against Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramírez. Craig Gentry is in right field and Seth Smith is the designated hitter. Welington Castillo stays behind the plate. Manny Machado is batting .312 (39-for-125) with eight doubles, a triple, eight

Schoop honored to be in Alomar’s company

Jonathan Schoop dropped an RBI single into right-center field last night that increased a lead the Orioles would hand back the next inning, recapture in the bottom half, pad the following inning, lose again the next inning and ... So much happened in a 7-6 win over the Mariners, including Chris Davis’ tie-breaking double in the seventh, that Schoop’s soft single no longer resonated. But

Orioles rise above .500 with 7-6 win over Mariners (with quotes)

The Orioles finally are reminded of how it feels to be on the other side of .500. Chris Davis doubled to score Trey Mancini in the seventh inning and break a tie, and the Orioles held on for a 7-6 victory over the Mariners before an announced crowd of 15,106 at Camden Yards. Adam Jones hit the 250th home run of his career, and the

Resting Bleier, Hart’s arrival, Britton’s availability (O’s win 7-6)

The Orioles recalled Donnie Hart today from Triple-A Norfolk because they wanted a rested left-hander in the bullpen while backing off Richard Bleier, who appeared in all three games of the Red Sox series over the weekend. Bleier has pitched in the last five games over a span of six days, an unusual occurrence under manager Buck Showalter. “But not with the amount we’re using

Hart recalled, Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

The Orioles recalled left-hander Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk today and optioned Mike Wright to the Tides. Wright was recalled after the Orioles placed Dylan Bundy on the bereavement list. Bundy is slated to start Tuesday night. Hart gives the Orioles a third left-hander in the bullpen for tonight’s series opener against the Mariners. Craig Gentry is in right field tonight and Welington Castillo is

Orioles back home with chance to move above .500

A win tonight over the Mariners will allow the Orioles to move past them in the wild card chase and put the club above .500 for the first time since June 11 in New York. Big game in a big series. They all qualify as such with September approaching. The Orioles lost two of three in Seattle a few weeks ago and they don’t get

Wrapping up a 2-1 win and a sweep

BOSTON - For the Orioles to get out of Boston with a sweep today, they’d have to win despite not scoring after the first inning. They’d have to use five pitchers, none of them their designated closer. Brad Brach would need a five-out save. The Red Sox would need to strand 13 runners. Whatever it takes to get back to .500 and push more teams

Orioles hang on and complete sweep with 2-1 win over Red Sox

BOSTON - The Orioles took another early lead this afternoon and, in order to burn the Red Sox again, had to wait while Wade Miley kept playing with fire. Two on and one out in the first inning. A two-out double in the second. Runners on the corners and two outs in the third. A one-out infield hit in the fourth. Bases loaded in the

Notes on Britton, Hardy, Rickard and roster (O’s lead 2-1)

BOSTON - Today marks the final game of Players Weekend and the unique uniforms and equipment. The Orioles are 2-0 since the switch. “Is this the last day we’re wearing the orange, the fluorescent?” said manager Buck Showalter. “If we win today, you may see these again.” Zach Britton threw in the bullpen earlier today and Showalter wants to get his closer into a game.

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - The Orioles will go for the sweep today with a standard lineup that includes Trey Mancini in left field, Seth Smith in right and Mark Trumbo as the designated hitter. No Ryan Flaherty. Welington Castillo is catching. The Orioles will try to reach .500 for the first time since Aug. 7. They’re alone in third place, nine games behind the Red Sox, and

Orioles continue to keep us guessing

BOSTON - If anyone has figured out the Orioles this summer, please step to the front of the class and start explaining. They struggle with the last-place Athletics and bulldoze the first-place Red Sox. They’ve been so-so at home in the second half and so good at Fenway Park. A win today would produce their first three-game sweep in Boston since September 2014. The wild

Beckham and Gausman stand out in shutout (with quotes)

BOSTON - Eduardo Rodriguez must have believed, with every fiber of his being, that a ninth consecutive four-seam fastball would elude Tim Beckham’s bat. He took a stance from the stretch. Rodriguez kept delivering them today in the top of the second inning, and Beckham fouled off five in a row before launching No. 9 over the Green Monster in left field, the ball slamming

Early notes on Hardy, youthful core and Castro (O’s lead 6-0)

BOSTON - The fuss over Players Weekend has died down today, including the obsession with uniforms, spikes and nicknames. No roster moves by the Orioles, no intrigue over the rotation or the closer’s health. Feels like a normal day at Fenway Park, except the Orioles are still wearing bright orange caps that look yellowish in most photos. (And by “most,” I mean all of mine.)

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Craig Gentry is in right field today as the Orioles continue their series against the Red Sox, who are sending left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound. Trey Mancini is batting fifth, followed by Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo. Manny Machado leads the American League with 32 RBIs this month, the highest total by an Oriole in any month since Melvin Mora totaled 32

A recap, Wright, Mancini and tonight’s game

BOSTON - Now that the Orioles have won back-to-back games, do I hear three? They did it on Aug. 5-7 before losing the last two against the Angels during their West Coast trip. They need to get on a serious run. No more stopping and starting and stopping again. The 16 runs last night were the most scored on the road by the Orioles since

Orioles open special weekend with blowout win (with quotes)

BOSTON - It would be premature for the Orioles to petition Major League Baseball to continue wearing the Players Weekend uniforms through the remainder of the season. It also would be unwise because the neon orange could damage the vision of people too stubborn to divert their eyes. A solar eclipse comes with less risk. One game shouldn’t carry such influence, but the Orioles proved

Mr. Miami starting at third base for Orioles (O’s lead 16-3)

BOSTON - The Orioles took batting practice today in their bright orange caps, the kind that make it appear as though they should be hunting in the woods instead of chasing a wild card berth. Be very, very quiet. As they celebrate Players Weekend, the Orioles are wearing special T-shirts and jerseys with patches honoring someone or something they hold dear. For example, outfielder Craig

Notes on Miley, Tillman, Bundy, Britton, Wright, Hardy and more

BOSTON - Left-hander Wade Miley will start Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, with Chris Tillman opening Monday night’s series against the Mariners at Camden Yards. Miley has been away from the team for the past few days for a family matter, but the veteran pitcher will return over the weekend. “He’ll be back tomorrow for the game and then

Britton says MRI results “better than we thought they were going to be”

BOSTON - Orioles closer Zach Britton avoided the disabled list following yesterday’s MRI on his left knee and he’s encouraged by the results, which didn’t reveal any structural damage. “It was good news,” he said. “I think everything we thought it was going to be. Obviously, since the issue started in 2014, we never had an image on it and it was something that was

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Chris Davis is batting sixth and Mark Trumbo is seventh for the Orioles’ opening game of their weekend series against the Red Sox. Trey Mancini is in left field and Seth Smith is in right. Welington Castillo is catching. The Orioles are three games back for the second wild card. They’re tied with the Rays for third place in the American League East.

Orioles place Dylan Bundy on bereavement list

BOSTON - The Orioles made a roster move this afternoon that only partially had been anticipated. Mike Wright has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Dylan Bundy, who’s going on the bereavement list. Wright was scratched from his start yesterday in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Norfolk. He figured to be with the team in Boston, though the reasoning hadn’t come to light.

News of the day and tonight’s game

The Orioles are in Boston tonight for a series that could get them on firmer ground in the wild card race or knock them on their backs. So much also depends on the teams jockeying for position in front of them. The roster could undergo a change with pitcher Mike Wright scratched from yesterday’s start at Triple-A Norfolk and leaving the club. And we’ll find

Updating Britton, Labor Day start time and more

Orioles closer Zach Britton underwent an MRI this morning on his left knee and the results were positive, according to one person in the organization. Whether the good news keeps Britton off the disabled list will be determined later today or Friday, when the Orioles begin a three-game series in Boston. Britton blew his first save yesterday after 60 successful conversions in a row, an

Tillman keeping his focus off free agency

Orioles manager Buck Showalter receives another chance to tweak his rotation as his club enjoys part of its off-day before flying to Boston for a weekend series against the first-place Red Sox. Getting out of Fenway Park without any controversies would be a bonus. Is it in the realm of possibility? Ear plugs might not be a bad idea. And please, no Red Sox quips.

Machado home run gives O’s 8-7 win in 12th (MRI on Britton’s knee)

This isn’t the Miracle on Ice. More like the Wonder on Wednesday, or perhaps the Glory on Grass. This is the Orioles winning a series after taking the opener and squandering a five-run lead today. Call it whatever you want, I’m sure there were a few choice words flying from the stands. Zach Britton blew his first save opportunity in two years as the Athletics

Orioles outright Vidal Nuño (O’s win 8-7in 12th)

Left-hander Vidal Nuño has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk after clearing waivers, which opens a spot on the 40-man roster. Nuño has pitched twice since the Orioles optioned him on June 20, working one-third of an inning on Friday and an inning on Sunday after coming off the inactive list. He underwent multiple MRIs to determine the cause of discomfort in his oblique. The Orioles

Orioles lineup vs. Athletics

Reliever Miguel Castro is at Camden Yards and off the bereavement list. The bullpen continues to hold six relievers. Ryan Flaherty is starting in right field today as the Orioles close their series against the Athletics. Manny Machado is batting .341 (31-for-91) this month with five doubles, a triple, nine home runs, 30 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Jonathan Schoop needs one RBI to reach

Bundy rested and Orioles expect him to be ready

Dylan Bundy is preparing today for his 24th start of the season, ranking him third on the Orioles behind Kevin Gausman (27) and Wade Miley (26). It hasn’t been a level playing field for Bundy, who has gone extended stretches between outings. Manager Buck Showalter wants to provide extra rest for his starters, and his methods mostly impact Bundy, the former first-round pick who’s in

Jiménez can’t get O’s rolling in 6-4 loss (Asher optioned, quotes added)

In two innings tonight, Orioles starter Ubaldo Jiménez allowed three runs and forced two relievers to get up in the bullpen. This wasn’t the good version. Jiménez served up a pair of home runs in the first, including Jed Lowrie’s two-run shot only two batters into the game, and the Orioles confirmed again that momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher in a 6-4 loss

The 10-year anniversary of 30-3 loss (Orioles down 6-4)

There’s been a lot of focus today on the 10-year anniversary of the 30-3 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Camden Yards. I was there and lived every pitch. It didn’t look any better from the press box. The oddities include how the Orioles actually led 3-0 before the Rangers tallied five runs in the fourth. Thirty unanswered runs to

Pregame notes on Tillman, Castro, Hardy and loyalty

Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated today that Chris Tillman’s next start could come Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Tillman returned to the rotation on Sunday against the Angels and allowed four runs with six walks in 5 1/3 innings. “I know where we are on Friday and Saturday in Boston,” Showalter said. “We’re waiting to see one thing today before we

Orioles lineup vs. Athletics

There are no significant changes in the Orioles lineup tonight as they continue their series against the Athletics. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate after Welington Castillo caught last night. Chris Davis is batting seventh behind Mark Trumbo. Jonathan Schoop has 27 home runs, 26 while playing second base to break his own franchise record of 25 set last year. Roberto Alomar held the old

Can Jiménez get the Orioles on a roll?

Heavy rain fell in Baltimore again yesterday, and while it didn’t interrupt the start of the series opener against the Athletics, it washed away batting practice and created another mess for the grounds crew to clean up. The Orioles have endured 16 delays this season at Camden Yards. Spikes have been replaced by galoshes. If the Orioles don’t bring back Storm Davis to throw out

Orioles claim another series opener with 7-3 win (with quotes)

The Orioles have become masters at winning the first game of a series. Now, they need to be strong finishers. Don’t put your foot on a team’s throat and then help it up. Adam Jones homered twice tonight and tied his career high with four hits, Jonathan Schoop provided a cushion with a three-run shot, Wade Miley registered his second quality start in his last

Showalter on Machado’s award and shortstop debate (O’s lead 7-3)

Batting practice was halted before 5 p.m. today and the tarp again was unrolled and stretched over the infield with the pending arrival of the latest storm, which has hit twice to varying degrees. Manny Machado’s selection as American League Player of the Week didn’t exactly send shockwaves through the home clubhouse at Camden Yards. Machado batted .385 (10-for-26) with a double, four home runs

Machado named AL Player of the Week (plus Orioles lineup)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been named the American League’s Player of the Week. Machado batted .385/.370/.885 (10-for-26) with a double, four home runs, 12 RBIs and four runs scored over six games. He hit two grand slams. This is Machado’s third Player of the Week award, the last coming in June 2015. The Orioles are the first AL team with three weekly winners

Orioles retain interest in finding more pitching

The Orioles and the rest of baseball are facing another trade deadline in less than two weeks. It just doesn’t get the same play as the one that falls on July 31. We’re past the non-waiver trade deadline, which brought starter Jeremy Hellickson and shortstop Tim Beckham to Baltimore. Any deal completed now must involve a player who’s passed through waivers. A claimed player can

Orioles drop another series with 5-4 loss to Angels (with quotes)

If the Orioles wanted to see progress from Chris Tillman, they got it in spurts. Nothing to push them toward a full-time return to the rotation. If they wanted a win to give them the series and another shove toward the second wild card, they were rejected. Tillman didn’t make it through the sixth inning, burned by a lapse in control and two more home

Orioles place Castro on bereavement list (O’s trail 5-4)

The Orioles have placed reliever Miguel Castro on the bereavement list and recalled pitcher Alec Asher from Triple-A Norfolk. They learned late last night that Castro had lost a close family member and might be leaving the team. Travel arrangements were finalized this morning after Castro met with manager Buck Showalter, pitching coach Roger McDowell and traveling secretary Kevin Buck. Castro has been a valuable

Potential roster move and update on Hardy’s rehab assignment

The Orioles may be forced into making a roster move later today that impacts their bullpen. A family situation arose late last night, according to manager Buck Showalter. Meanwhile, Alec Asher no longer is listed as the starter at Triple-A Norfolk. Miguel Castro, who has worked 2 1/3 innings on back-to-back nights, met with Showalter in the manager’s office earlier this morning. “Any speculation about

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

Chris Davis is back in the Orioles lineup today for their series finale against the Angels. Trey Mancini is in left field, Mark Trumbo is in right and Seth Smith is the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching. The Orioles haven’t announced a roster move. Reliever Miguel Castro was in manager Buck Showalter’s office earlier this morning. For the Orioles Tim Beckham SS Manny Machado

Tillman gets another start, and more memories

Chris Tillman is back in the Orioles rotation. For at least one day. Tillman gets the call this afternoon as the Orioles close out the series, his first start since Aug. 3. He’s 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 1.102 WHIP in five career starts versus the Angels over 32 2/3 innings. Luis Valbuena, who homered twice off Kevin Gausman last night, is 3-for-10 with

Home runs hound Orioles again in 5-1 loss (Tillman starts Sunday)

Kevin Gausman lowered his head tonight and slapped his right hand against his thigh as he made the slow walk toward the home dugout. He was working on a three-hitter through three innings. Frustration came from the three home runs that accounted for those hits. Gausman knew a home run per inning was a poor ratio. He didn’t need a mathematics degree from LSU to

Showalter reflects on his time with Oates (O’s down 5-1)

The celebration of the 25th anniversary of Camden Yards carries a sad note due to the absence of former manager Johnny Oates, who died on Christmas Eve 2004 at 58, more than three years after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Doctors had given him about a year to live. Various players have expressed their love and admiration for him. “I owe my career

Showalter on Hardy as “great addition” when activated

The Orioles haven’t revealed their starter for Sunday’s series finale against the Angels. However, it’s likely to be Chris Tillman if he doesn’t pitch tonight in relief. Manager Buck Showalter hinted that it was fair to speculate on Tillman, who hasn’t started since Aug. 3 against the Tigers. Tillman came out of the rotation after allowing five earned runs (seven total) in two innings to

Castillo in new Orioles lineup

Catcher Welington Castillo made it through batting practice and will start tonight. Castillo, who missed last night’s game due to illness, replaces Caleb Joseph in the Orioles lineup. He’s batting eighth. Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander moves down to ninth. First baseman Chris Davis remains out of the lineup, but he might stop by the ballpark later today. He’s also been sick and the Orioles

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

First baseman Chris Davis and catcher Welington Castillo remain out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Angels. They didn’t play last night due to illness. Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander is back in right field. Seth Smith is in left. Kevin Gausman has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. His ERA has dropped from 6.39 on July

Another 25th anniversary stroll down memory lane

Yesterday’s reunion of the 1992 Orioles that opened Camden Yards has left me with more material than I can squeeze into a few blog entries. Leftovers can be stretched only so far. And this is coming from a guy who’s eaten cold Chinese food that’s more than a week old. I’ve brought slices of pizza back to life. I’ve sniffed and scarfed liver and onions

Showalter on Machado: “You never take it for granted”

Manny Machado stood at home plate tonight and raised his bat, knowing his fly ball to center field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning would drop on the other side of the fence. The third time was the real charm. Machado’s walk-off grand slam against Angels reliever Keynan Middleton gave the Orioles a dramatic 9-7 win over the Angels before an announced crowd

A 25th anniversary stroll down memory lane (O’s win 9-7)

Rick Sutcliffe, the man who stood on the mound for the first inning of the first game at Camden Yards back in 1992, remembers the excitement in his household as the letter arrived from the Orioles inviting him to the 25th anniversary celebration that’s taking place this weekend, beginning with today’s luncheon at the B&O Warehouse. The feeling was much different for Glenn Davis, the

Kirby on Santander: “He shouldn’t be nervous playing the outfield”

Orioles first base coach Wayne Kirby sat down next to Anthony Santander this afternoon to talk about playing the outfield at Camden Yards, which the Rule 5 pick will do tonight in his major league debut. Santander was limited to hitting in spring training because of a sore elbow. He’s been on the disabled list all season with a strained right forearm, finally able to

Pregame notes from Camden Yards

First baseman Chris Davis and catcher Welington Castillo are sick and may not be available for the Orioles’ series opener tonight against the Angels at Camden Yards. A team physician was checking on both players before making a determination. In the meantime, manager Buck Showalter isn’t going to broadcast the availability of his players and whether they’ve been sent home. “I won’t get into the

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

So much for easing Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander into major league action. Santander is starting in right field tonight, making his major league debut after playing last season with Single-A Lynchburg in the Carolina League. The switch-hitter is batting seventh against Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney. The Orioles lost Joey Rickard’s right-handed bat after optioning him on Wednesday. They have Craig Gentry in left field

Notes on Hellickson, Castillo, Beckham and more

The Orioles finally made it back home after their 10-day West Coast trip. White pants instead of gray. Jeremy Hellickson makes his fourth start with the Orioles. He shut out the Royals over seven innings in his debut, allowed three runs in six innings in Anaheim and allowed six runs in five innings in Oakland. Not the way to trend. Hellickson owns a 3.02 ERA

Orioles outright Rubén Tejada

The other shoe dropped today for the Orioles. Infielder Ryan Flaherty has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. To make room for him, the Orioles outrighted infielder Rubén Tejada to Triple-A Norfolk after he cleared waivers. The 40-man roster remains full with Flaherty replacing Tejada. Tejada’s removal from the 25-man roster was anticipated. He appeared in only two games this month, playing the ninth

Does it matter that Orioles are back home?

SEATTLE - The Orioles are off today and back at Camden Yards on Friday, where they’ve gone 35-23 this season. There’s no place like home for this team. Clicking heels is optional. And anyone who’s afraid to admit it is cowardly lyin’. (Please accept my apology. It’s been a long season.) Yesterday’s loss in Seattle left the Orioles 24-39 on the road. They should be

Orioles activate Santander and option Rickard

SEATTLE - The Orioles made the first of their two necessary roster moves tonight, activating Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander from the 60-day disabled list and optioning outfielder Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk. Santander will wear No. 25 as he makes the jump from the Single-A level last season to the majors. Craig Gentry was the other candidate to come off the roster for Santander,

Orioles lose two leads and game to go 4-6 on trip (with quotes)

SEATTLE - The Orioles continue to score first, to take early leads as if trying to assert themselves. What doesn’t necessarily follow is a win, which they so badly need while chasing the second wild card. Ubaldo Jiménez stayed in today’s game long enough to be charged with six runs, including three in a decisive fifth inning that finally forced his exit, and the Orioles

Showalter on decision to rest Jones (O’s lose 7-6)

SEATTLE - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is resting center fielder Adam Jones today. Jones is available off the bench if needed. He would have been the designated hitter for the series finale if he had stayed in the lineup. The Orioles are off Thursday, providing additional rest for a player who’s always banged up throughout the course of a season. “He’s fine,” Showalter said. “Sore,

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

SEATTLE - Adam Jones is out of today’s lineup as the Orioles conclude their road trip. Manager Buck Showalter will explain later. Craig Gentry is playing center field and batting ninth. Trey Mancini is the cleanup hitter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tim Beckham is the first player with 30 hits in his first 15 games with a team since Kenny Lofton in 1997

Jiménez on the mound as Orioles close out West Coast trip

SEATTLE - The Orioles will try to go .500 on their West Coast trip while closing out their series this afternoon against the Mariners. A win would put them one game below .500 for the season, territory as familiar to them as a childhood home. The second wild card remains two games beyond their reach. Ubaldo Jiménez has given up three runs or fewer in

Orioles offense disappears in 3-1 loss (with quotes)

SEATTLE - The Orioles raised hopes last night and lowered themselves in the standings 24 hours later. The wheels keep spinning in the mud. Inch forward and drift back. Wade Miley held the Mariners scoreless through three innings tonight but didn’t make it out of the fifth in a 3-1 loss before an announced crowd of 24,927 at Safeco Field. Jonathan Schoop homered in the

Tillman an option to start Aug. 22 (O’s down 3-1)

SEATTLE - Infielder Ryan Flaherty and Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander worked out today at Camden Yards after Single-A Frederick’s game in Wilmington was postponed due to rain. Flaherty and Santander will work out again Wednesday - their injury rehab assignments ended and they can’t appear in anymore games - and the Orioles will activate them from the disabled list on Thursday. Orioles manager Buck

Davis on trying to be “a dangerous seven-hole hitter”

SEATTLE - With only four hits in his last 37 at-bats, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was given a night off in Oakland to provide a brief mental break. He didn’t play Thursday night despite the opposition starting a right-hander. Davis’ time on the bench was brief. He returned the following night and went 0-for-3 with a walk, but he’s gone 6-for-13 with five RBIs

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

SEATTLE - The Orioles lineup for tonight’s game against the Mariners continues to include Mark Trumbo batting sixth and Chris Davis batting seventh. No reason to mess with it. Tim Beckham is leading off again. Welington Castillo is catching. Joey Rickard gets the start in right field against Mariners left-hander Andrew Albers. Manny Machado has hit five grand slams in the past two seasons, the

Upcoming roster moves and tonight’s game

SEATTLE - Infielder Ryan Flaherty and Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander will play again tonight for Single-A Frederick to complete their respective injury rehab assignments. The Orioles will be making room for them Thursday on the 25-man roster. It’s going to be a busy off-day. Flaherty can’t be optioned without clearing waivers. Santander can’t be optioned without clearing waivers and being offered back to the

Orioles move into third place with 11-3 win over Mariners (quotes added)

SEATTLE - Maybe it was Tim Beckham’s leadoff home run on the first pitch. Or the 11 batters who came to the plate in the second inning. It might have been Manny Machado’s grand slam into the third deck in left field. This wasn’t going to be Yovani Gallardo’s night, and the clues were plentiful. The former Oriole was a popular teammate last summer and

Bundy will work again on extended rest (O’s lead 11-2)

SEATTLE - Orioles manager Buck Showalter will provide additional rest for Dylan Bundy again by withholding the right-hander’s next start until Aug. 22 or 23 against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Showalter will take advantage of Thursday’s open date on the schedule to tweak the rotation. “Depends on some factors. See how some work days go,” Showalter said. Bundy’s most recent start came Saturday night

Hardy progressing toward BP as wrist continues to heal

SEATTLE - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is taking ground balls, throwing and hitting soft toss as he continues his recovery from a fractured right wrist. However, there’s no timetable for an injury rehab assignment and it’s becoming more likely that he remains on the disabled list through the month. Hardy hasn’t suffered any setbacks. It’s just a gradual process that can’t be rushed. “It’s still

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

SEATTLE - Caleb Joseph is behind the plate tonight, paired with starter Kevin Gausman for the series opener against the Mariners at Safeco Field. Tim Beckham remains the leadoff hitter. Adam Jones remains in the cleanup spot, with Chris Davis batting seventh. Jones needs one hit to tie Boog Powell for fifth place on the Orioles’ all-time list with 1,574. He’s 7-for-17 with two doubles

Orioles must get serious in Seattle

SEATTLE - Losing two of three in Anaheim and splitting a four-game series in Oakland is no way for the Orioles to convince the skeptics that they’re legitimate playoff contenders. The West Coast continues to torment them. The Orioles are 2 ½ games behind for the second wild card and 9 ½ out of first place in the American League East because they couldn’t punish

Orioles lineup vs. Athletics

In 12 games since joining the Orioles, infielder Tim Beckham is batting .531 (26-for-49) with seven doubles, two triples, three home runs and nine RBIs. He continues to lead off as the Orioles conclude their series in Oakland. According to STATS, Beckham is among three players to begin their Orioles career with a hitting streak of 12 games or more, joining David Newhan (15 in

Mancini’s adjustments at the plate, Beckham’s draft day and more

The Orioles are 3-3 on their road trip as they conclude their series against the Athletics today with Jeremy Hellickson making his third start since the trade. He’s allowed three runs in 13 innings. Kevin Gausman, Wade Miley and Ubaldo Jiménez are the starters for the series in Seattle that begins Monday night. The Mariners are listing Yovani Gallardo, TBD and Marco Gonzalez. I can’t

Orioles lineup vs. Athletics

Chris Davis remains in the lineup and continues to bat seventh. Tim Beckham stays in the leadoff role as the Orioles continue their four-game series in Oakland. Beckham is 22-for-44 with the Orioles, including four doubles, two triples, three home runs and six RBIs. He’s 6-for-12 in his last three games. Beckham is the first player to begin his Orioles career with an 11-game hitting

Wondering about the MVO votes

We still have 46 games remaining in the regular season and I’m jumping the gun with the debate over Most Valuable Oriole, but why not? And it’s not really a debate over the winner, though rookie Trey Mancini is doing his best to heat it up. It can’t be anyone else at this point except Jonathan Schoop. He’d have to really fall apart to avoid

Orioles lineup vs. Athletics

Chris Davis has returned to the Orioles lineup after sitting out last night, but he’s been lowered to seventh in the order. Tim Beckham remains the leadoff hitter. Trey Mancini homered twice last night and is the first Orioles rookie with 20 since Cal Ripken Jr. in 1982. Ripken finished with 28. Ubaldo Jiménez is 4-1 with a 4.66 ERA in seven career starts against

This, that and the other

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t wait until the Orioles faced a left-hander to sit first baseman Chris Davis. It happened last night with the Athletics starting Chris Smith. Davis is batting .212/.311/.427 in 85 games, with nine doubles, 18 home runs, 41 RBIs and 128 strikeouts in 302 at-bats. He’s 4-for-33 with one home run and 11 strikeouts this month. Davis actually is batting .228

Dickerson offers opinion on Schoop as shortstop

The Orioles lost two of three games in Anaheim, Seth Smith has a sore hamstring and Joey Rickard took a fastball off his batting helmet. The West Coast is no joke. This week’s portion of the road trip now takes the Orioles to Oakland, where they lost three of four games last season - a 9-6 win in the finale allowing them to avert an

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

Mark Trumbo has come off the disabled list today and is in the Orioles lineup. Left-hander Donnie Hart was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles will try to get back to .500 today after last night’s 3-2 loss in Anaheim. They remain 1 ½ games back for the second wild card. Kevin Gausman is making his team-leading 25th start of the season. He’s 1-1 with

Because You Asked - Chamber of Secrets

The mailbag is loaded down with questions, though pretty much the same five or six. They just get repeated a lot and I can’t stop it from happening. This is my little attempt. Answer them here and see if that satisfies the masses. Perhaps the responses won’t get lost in the social media shuffle. I did lighten the load by removing all the ones that

Orioles and Angels lineups

The Orioles will attempt tonight to move above .500 for the first time since June 11. Manny Machado hit a tie-breaking grand slam last night and has 12 RBIs in his last five games. He’s 12-for-30 this month. Jeremy Hellickson will be following up on an Orioles debut that included seven scoreless innings against the Royals. Hellickson owns a 2.78 ERA in seven career games

Gentry a steal for Orioles

The Orioles finally are back at .500, they’re 1 1/2 games behind for the second wild card and FanGraphs now puts their playoff chances at 11 percent. It’s a long season, folks. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. Craig Gentry stole third base twice in the series opener against the Tigers last week at Camden Yards, which left people scrambling to find out the last

Orioles and Angels lineups

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is sticking with Joey Rickard in right field for tonight’s series opener against the Angels in Anaheim. Seth Smith is in left field. Welington Castillo is catching. Opponents are 3-for-32 against Dylan Bundy with runners in scoring position and two outs. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Jonathan Schoop 2B Chris Davis 1B Trey Mancini DH Tim Beckham

Beckham named AL Player of the Week

Tim Beckham’s first six games with the Orioles earned him an award. The curtain call wasn’t sufficient. Beckham has been named the American League’s Player of the Week after collecting 14 hits in his first 24 at-bats following last Monday’s trade that brought him over from the Rays. Beckham posted a .583/.600/1.167 slash line with three doubles, a triple, three home runs, six RBIs and

Orioles know that West Coast trip is “going to be big”

The Orioles wrapped up their homestand yesterday with their second straight win over the Tigers to improve their Camden Yards record to 35-23. Only the Red Sox at 36 have more wins at home among American League teams. Now, about that road record ... The Orioles are 20-33 as they head to the West Coast for games in Anaheim, Oakland and Seattle. Their win total

Orioles hit five home runs in 12-3 romp over Tigers (with quotes)

Not satisfied with reaching 10,000 home runs in club history, the Orioles seemed determined today to double the total. The Orioles hit five homers in the first four innings off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who fought the urge to signal for his own reliever. Ubaldo Jiménez came within an out of his third consecutive quality start, the tight rope never snapping beneath his feet, and

Showalter on Tillman, Beckham, Álvarez and more (O’s up 8-1)

As Chris Tillman prepares for life as a reliever, however long it lasts, manager Buck Showalter expresses no concerns over how his former ace will handle it. “Chris is the ultimate what’s best for the team guy,” Showalter said. “Believe me, I know. He wears it. It bothers him. “He has strong will. Whatever it takes to go out there and have that outing (Thursday)

Tillman: “I haven’t been pitching well enough and I understand”

Going to the bullpen wasn’t Chris Tillman’s first choice, of course. He’s been a career starter in the majors and for the vast majority of his minor league tenure, a relief role filled only six times. But he knew an 8.10 ERA wouldn’t work on a team that’s still trying to make the playoffs. “I need to get back to being me and it wasn’t

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

Seth Smith is playing left field for the Orioles today in their series finale against the Tigers and his past success against Anibal Sanchez must factor into it. Smith is 10-for-26 (.385) with a double and four home runs lifetime against Sanchez. He was assured of starting. Caleb Joseph is catching, so his right hand is fine. Jonathan Schoop is 4-for-11 with a double and

Could Beckham move up the order?

Tim Beckham’s streak of getting a hit in consecutive at-bats ended last night at seven after he struck out in the second inning against Tigers starter Drew VerHagen. The fun came later. Ken Singleton holds the Orioles record with 10 in 1981. He went 4-for-4 on April 26 and 27 and singled and homered in his first two trips to the plate the following night.

Wrapping up Beckham’s home run and a 5-2 win

It had to be the new guy. Tim Beckham, playing in his fifth game tonight since the Orioles acquired him from the Rays, hit the 10,000th regular season home run in club history. The ball exploded off his bat in the bottom of the eighth inning, the kind of sound that makes heads snap in its direction, and another chapter was penned in an improbable

Beckham hits 10,000th home run in club history in 5-2 win

Wade Miley reached his magic number of innings again tonight, leaving the game after the fifth. He’s done it 10 times in 23 starts. It’s a wall of sorts that can have good or bad on the other side. Sometimes, there’s the improbable. The pitch count got out of control again, climbing to 30 after the first inning and 113 after the fifth. But Miley

Bullpen shuttle shuts down (O’s lead 3-2)

Exactly one month has passed since the Orioles made a roster move to bring up a reliever from the minors. They recalled left-hander Jayson Aquino from Triple-A Norfolk on July 5 and optioned him after the game. Stefan Crichton and Mike Wright were reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and optioned. Jeremy Hellickson was acquired from the Phillies. Yefry Ramirez was acquired from the Yankees

Tillman moved to bullpen

Following another start that fell significantly short of his typical output in previous years, Chris Tillman is being moved to the Orioles bullpen for an undetermined period of time. Manager Buck Showalter said Tillman will be available for Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers and won’t start next week while the Orioles are on the West Coast. Tillman is 1-7 with an 8.10 ERA and

Mancini returns to Orioles lineup

Orioles rookie Trey Mancini is in tonight’s lineup after missing last night’s game with a bruised left knee. X-rays were negative and Mancini is in left field. Seth Smith is the designated hitter and Joey Rickard is in right field. Welington Castillo is catching, which would have happened no matter how Caleb Joseph’s hand was feeling. Joseph was hit last night and X-rays were negative.

Orioles acquire Brallan Pérez from Rangers

The Orioles moved more international signing bonus slots in an attempt to improve their depth at the minor league level. Infielder Brallan Pérez, 21, has been acquired from the Rangers for the bonus slots and assigned to Single-A Frederick. The team made the announcement early this afternoon. Pérez, a native of Colombia, is a career .292/.388/.354 hitter in 274 games over five minor league seasons.

Thoughts on the roster and how it can change

Figuring out how the Orioles are going to reconstruct their roster has become a game within the game. Manager Buck Showalter wants to go back to a four-man bench, especially with Trey Mancini day-to-day with a bruised left knee. He has six starters and seven relievers, and placing Chris Tillman in the bullpen - if that’s the move - only shuffles the deck. Same number

Upton slam off Givens gives Tigers 5-2 win over Orioles (with quotes)

The Orioles’ rotation got its second wind tonight after a brief hiccup. The gut punch that followed left an entire team doubled over. Manny Machado hit his first home run since the break and it broke a tie in the third inning, and Kevin Gausman extended his streak of quality starts to four, but Justin Upton hit a grand slam off Mychal Givens in the

Showalter on Tillman: “If Chris says he’s fine, I believe him” (O’s down 5-2)

Part of manager Buck Showalter’s day was spent chatting with Chris Tillman, who didn’t record an out in the third inning last night and was charged with five earned runs (seven total) to raise his ERA to 8.10. Showalter said he was trying to get “some feedback” from Tillman - what he’s feeling and thinking. “Got a better idea,” Showalter said. “Always try to talk

Mancini’s bruised knee keeping him out of lineup

Orioles rookie Trey Mancini is out of the lineup tonight after fouling a ball off his left knee during last night’s 7-5 loss to the Tigers. Mancini has a bruise below his kneecap and said he was limping this morning. “I finished up the game and it was not too bad, but then today it was pretty tough limping around a little bit, but it’s

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

Trey Mancini begins tonight’s game on the bench as the Orioles continue their series against the Tigers at Camden Yards. Mancini may be getting some rest or he’s hurting after fouling a ball off his left knee last night. Craig Gentry is in left field and Joey Rickard is in right against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander. Seth Smith is the designated hitter. Shortstop Tim Beckham

Mills on Givens: “Good stuff and it’s coupled with confidence”

Mychal Givens is providing the ultimate example of a pitcher who’s picking up right where he left off. From last year’s wild card game in Toronto to a dominant 2017 regular season. And without the hassles at customs. Givens retired all seven Blue Jays that he faced at Rogers Centre, striking out three of them, before the Orioles lost 5-2 in 11 innings. (In case

Wrapping up a 7-5 loss

The Orioles kept chipping away tonight at the Tigers’ substantial early lead. They were reduced to mining for anything positive while losing a game and valuable ground in the wild card chase. Miguel Castro was outstanding in relief of starter Chris Tillman, working a career-high six scoreless innings and allowing only one hit. Tim Beckham had a costly fielding error, but he also went 3-for-4

Tillman’s troubles overshadow triple play (O’s lose 7-5)

The Orioles have turned two triple plays this season, but they can’t turn around Chris Tillman. No matter how hard everyone tries. A group effort brings glimmers of hope and more despair. Tillman failed to record an out in the third inning and was charged with five earned runs and seven total to put the Orioles behind 7-0 and raise his ERA to 8.10. And

Mancini cleaning up, Showalter reflecting (O’s down 2-0)

Trey Mancini continues to bat cleanup for the Orioles while Mark Trumbo is on the disabled list and the opponents keep starting left-handers. Mancini is nestled between Jonathan Schoop and Chris Davis as the Orioles begin their four-game series against the Tigers, who are sending Matthew Boyd to the mound. With an infield hit and double last night, Mancini raised his season average to .302

Trumbo still expects to come off disabled list in Anaheim

Mark Trumbo threw today on the field and soon will be cleared to take batting practice and go on a short injury rehab assignment as he nears a return to the active roster. The Orioles still seem confident that Trumbo will be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible on Wednesday in Anaheim. “First time felt pretty much pain-free today,” said manager

Orioles and Tigers lineups

The Orioles begin a four-game series tonight against the Tigers with a chance to return to .500 for the first time since June 29. Manager Buck Showalter is breaking out his right-handed lineup against Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd, with Craig Gentry in left field, Joey Rickard in right and Trey Mancini as the designated hitter. Tim Beckham continues to bat sixth as the shortstop. The

Tillman’s turn in the rotation

Chris Tillman will be facing the Tigers tonight on five days’ rest with Jeremy Hellickson joining the rotation and no one coming out of it. This can be construed as good and bad news, based on track records and history. Let’s start off in a positive direction. Tillman is 6-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.023 WHIP in nine career starts against the Tigers over

Hellickson shines in debut and Orioles sweep (with quotes)

The pressure of joining a new team couldn’t fluster Jeremy Hellickson. Nor could a 35-minute rain delay in the third inning or an opponent that, before arriving in Baltimore, was the hottest team in baseball. Hellickson’s debut was a rousing success, with the veteran right-hander shutting out the Royals over seven innings to continue the rotation’s roll in a 6-0 victory at Camden Yards. The

Smith garnering more consideration vs. lefties (O’s lead 3-0)

The rain has stopped at Camden Yards, the sun is shining and the grounds crew prepared the field for tonight’s game. You’d never know that it was pouring rain less than an hour ago. The Orioles are in a stretch of facing four left-handed starters in the span of five games, with the Rangers’ Martin Perez closing out the weekend series in Arlington, the Royals

Early notes on Flaherty, Santander, Rickard, catchers and more

Not much to report this afternoon from Camden Yards as the Orioles took batting practice beneath a threatening sky. A light rain began to fall and the tarp was unrolled at 5:03 p.m. as players headed indoors. Ryan Flaherty started at second base today at Single-A Frederick and went 2-for-4. Reports say he threw much better. Flaherty will work out with the Orioles on Thursday

Orioles lineup vs. Royals

The Orioles are trying tonight to complete their second three-game sweep of the Royals at home in the past two seasons. Tim Beckham gets another start at shortstop, continuing to bat sixth against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas. Joey Rickard is in right field, Craig Gentry is in left and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Seth Smith is 6-for-18 with three doubles, a home run

Can Hellickson keep rotation on a roll?

The Jeremy Hellickson era officially begins tonight at Camden Yards. Hellickson is making his first start since the Orioles acquired him from the Phillies late Friday night. He hasn’t pitched since July 22, when he faced the Brewers in Philadelphia and allowed six runs in five innings. It was the second consecutive start with Hellickson lasting five innings. He had worked seven, six, 6 1/3

Bundy goes career-high eight innings in 7-2 win (with quotes)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter may not have intended to set up a competition for rotation spots. He’s just planning to start Jeremy Hellickson on Wednesday and eventually go with five, however it shakes out. Dylan Bundy isn’t on the bubble. He isn’t pitching for a job. Others may feel a bit uneasy, but the only uncertainty with him is how the Orioles provide the occasional

The rotation, Trumbo, Flaherty, Hardy and Beckham (O’s lead 7-1)

How will the Orioles fit Jeremy Hellickson into their rotation beyond Wednesday night’s assignment against the Royals? Manager Buck Showalter isn’t keen on using six starters, though he notes the benefits as the season progresses through the summer. “Anticipate it? It’s a possibility, but there are some ways ...” he said. “I’d like to get to a four-man bench. You can’t burn two players with

Early notes and Royals lineup

The Orioles won’t have outdoor batting practice this afternoon due to rain. However, they expect the game to start on time. Mark Trumbo’s MRI today was “very positive,” according to manager Buck Showalter. Trumbo is on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right ribcage, but the club remains hopeful that he’ll be ready when eligible to return. Ryan Flaherty continues his injury rehab assignment

Giavotella designated for assignment, Beckham in lineup

The Orioles have designated second baseman Johnny Giavotella for assignment this afternoon to create a roster spot for infielder Tim Beckham. They will continue to go with a 13-man pitching staff. Giavotella is 1-for-10 in seven games. He’s started twice, most recently on July 16 against the Cubs. Beckham, who’s wearing No. 1, is playing shortstop tonight and batting sixth. Seth Smith is the designated

Looking back at yesterday’s deadline deals and rumors

If you were riding the Twitter roller coaster yesterday, you believed in the morning that Orioles reliever Zach Britton was staying, then by early afternoon you were convinced that he was a goner - most likely to the Astros, who reportedly were “close” to a deal - then told again that he was staying. Maybe you raised your arms instead of holding onto the bar.

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