The coach working with Ryan Mountcastle, plus other notes

When the Orioles recently moved prospect Ryan Mountcastle up to Double-A Bowie, and also moved him from shortstop to third base, the coach that has been with him a lot this year was there again. Dave Anderson, the Orioles’ minor league infield coordinator, is well-versed on Mountcastle and his defense. He was there with him in Sarasota, Fla., at minicamp in Janauary when the Orioles ... read more

O’s game blog: Ubaldo gets the start in series finale (O’s lose 5-1)

After winning 5-0 on Monday and losing 5-4 last night, the Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays play a third and deciding game of their series this afternoon. The Orioles have split the first two games of a three-game series seven times this year, and they have gone 6-1 in the decisive third game, including winning four straight such games. The Orioles are 27-21 in ... read more

A rally falls short and some prospects talk

We’ve seen the script play out a few too many times in the 2017 season. O’s fall behind by a lot of runs early. O’s battle back. But the rally comes up short. It did again last night when Tampa Bay scored five runs off left-hander Wade Miley in the second inning and got nothing after that. The Orioles rallied, and when Welington Castillo singled ... read more

O’s game blog: Looking for two in a row at The Trop

Behind Kevin Gausman and three relievers, the Orioles blanked Tampa Bay 5-0 last night to start their six-game road trip. Tonight they play the second game of the series at Tropicana Field. The Orioles (48-51) will play their 100th game. They are 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card, which is held by Kansas City (51-47) right now. But there are seven teams, ... read more

Notes on Kevin Gausman, Jonathan Schoop and more

Pitching, defense and a three-run homer. OK, the Orioles didn’t get all three last night, but they did hit a solo homer. It was a nice and tidy 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays and a good start to an important road trip. At least in recent days, the Orioles certainly don’t seem to be unnerved by the oncoming non-waiver trade deadline. Since being ... read more

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman on mound in road trip opener

For the first time since July 2, the Orioles play an American League East opponent tonight. On that date, they played Tampa Bay and the Rays are the opponent tonight at Tropicana Field to begin a three-game series and six-game road trip. The Orioles are 26-20 against AL East opponents and 5-4 versus the Rays, including a mark of 2-1 at The Trop. Right-hander Kevin ... read more

O’s minor league playoff contenders and other farm notes

With about six weeks to go in the minor league regular season, five of the seven Orioles minor league teams are either leading for a playoff berth or are within four games of one. Double-A Bowie (53-47) is leading its division in the Eastern League by one game over Erie, two games over Altoona and 2 1/2 over Akron. The top two teams will make ... read more Continue reading ....

Notes on the homestand, Britton’s saves and Schoop’s RBI tear

It was a strange homestand for the Orioles. They won five. They lost five. There were two sweeps. Orioles pitching gave up 27 runs in getting swept three straight by the Cubs. Then they allowed just four runs in a three-game stretch versus Texas. But then they allowed 30 runs the last four games of the homestand. Yet they won two of those last four ... read more