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With roster move coming, Albers puts up zeroes

The Orioles will need to remove a player from the 25-man active roster to activate Brad Bergesen to pitch here on Saturday. A few days ago, it looked like Matt Albers could be the player going. But now he seems to be making a case to stick around. He pitched a 1-2-3, 10th inning tonight vs. Boston and got the win, throwing 11 pitches, seven

Tejada talks about his game-winning hit

On a night the Orioles bullpen gave up another lead, thanks to Miguel Tejada, the Orioles did not give up another game. Tejada's 417-foot homer off Daniel Bard in the 8th tied the game 4-4 and his RBI single to center off Manny Delcarmen gave the Orioles the 5-4, walk-off, 10-inning win over the Red Sox. "This is really big, not only for myself but

What has happened to Jim Johnson?

Jim Johnson entered tonight with an ERA of 6.23. He entered allowing four of his six inherited runners to score. Suddenly, he cannot hold a lead and has become a liability pitching late in the game, maybe soon to join Matt Albers as pitchers the team just can't use anymore with the game on the line. Tonight, frankly, he was terrible. He gave up a

Hernandez so far (updated)

David Hernandez is throwing well so far tonight, but he went to a full count on all four hitters he faced in the fourth, pitching carefully to the middle of the Red Sox lineup. He threw 25 pitches in the inning and is at 66 for the game. Even though he walked two in the frame, he got a Kevin Youkilis double-play grounder to help

O's vs. Boston: Friday night stat primer

The O's have scored ten runs in David Hernandez's four starts this year and just two of those runs have scored while Hernandez is in the game. Ty Wigginton has reached base in 14 of his last 25 plate appearances. Since beginning the year 6 for 29, Nick Markakis has 17 hits in 55 at bats (.309). He is tied for 12th in the AL

Berken to continue workin' in his current role

Earlier this week, Dave Trembley talked about finding out "who wants it" in his bullpen and basically that some roles could be open to those that pitch well and grasp them. For now, though, Jason Berken is not changing roles. He's been valuable in long relief, going 0-0, 1.32 in six games over 13 2/3 innings. He pitched the ninth last night because he needed

Figueroa's bat sizzles at Bowie

Even though he has yet to play one game at the Triple-A level, Paco Figueroa has been through a lot in the Orioles farm system. A ninth-round pick out of the University of Miami in 2005, he has played for five different O's affiliates and has always shown a solid bat. Yet injuries have slowed his career and he can't seem to get past Bowie

Britton works to pitch his way through tough stretch at Bowie

When I watched the Bowie Baysox play Thursday amidst sunshine at Prince Georges Stadium, I saw an O's top pitching prospect dealing with a rough stretch and a veteran O's minor leaguer proving once again he has a solid bat. Last year, when Zach Britton was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year at Frederick, he gave up four runs or more just six

Post-game notes: O's drop series vs. New York

Wins and losses: With the 4-0 loss Thursday night, the O's lost the series, two games to one to New York and are 0-7 in series on the year. The Orioles are now 4-18 on the season and are just 1-8 at home. They are 3-12 in games vs. the AL East and 0-10 in games where their opponent scores the first run. No beef,

Yikes, another losing streak already

After picking up 49 hits over the previous four games, tonight the Orioles had just three singles as the Yankees beat the Birds 4-0 to win the series, two to one. The Orioles fall to 4-18 and have now lost all seven series this year. Winning pitcher A.J. Burnett pitched eight shutout frames and gave up just three singles. He is now 3-0, 2.43 and

Britton deals with some struggles and defensive issues as he takes his second loss

These are unusual times for O's pitching prospect Zach Britton. Last year, on his way to becoming the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year, Britton's ERA never even went above 3.00 once. Today, he took the loss for Bowie, 4-3 vs. Erie and is now 1-2, 4.32. His ERA was 2.61 over his first two starts, but is now 5.52 over the last three outings.

Baysox come up short today in Bowie

After falling behind 4-0 in the 5th, the Baysox rally came up one run short today in a 4-3 loss to Erie before a small, but sun-splashed crowd here at Prince Georges Stadium. After Koji Uehara pitched that scoreless first, Zach Britton came on. He gave up four runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 to fall to 1-2, 4.23. The Baysox fall to 12-9 with

Zach Britton's day is done

One of the O's top pitching prospects, Zach Britton, followed Koji to the mound today here at Bowie. He came on starting with the top of the second. Zach Clark came on to replace Britton in the top of the seventh. Britton today: 5 1/3IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB, 1K. His ERA is now 4.32 through five outings. He walked two and hit a batter

Rick Kranitz talks about Koji at Bowie

O's pitching coach Rick Kranitz is sitting a few rows behind home plate here in Bowie and watched Koji Uehara pitch. Now he is getting an up close look at lefty Zach Britton as Erie leads Bowie 4-0 in the fifth. Kranitz indicated it is likely Koji will make at least one more minor league appearance. "It was a quick look. He's a strike-thrower and

Koji quotes after his outing at Bowie

After one scoreless inning here today at Bowie and a total of just 13 pitches, Koji Uehara said he feels ready to return to the Orioles. Koji said he has not been told by the team when he will be activated off the DL, but when asked if he is ready to pitch again in the Majors, through his interpreter, Jiwon Bang, Koji simply said

Koji's first and only inning

Wearing a white number 19 Bowie Baysox jersey, Koji Uehara gave up a walk, but no runs or hits in the Erie top of the first. Koji worked fast and pitched out of the stretch throughout. Leadoff hitter Chris White grounded out to first on an 0-2 pitch. Koji then fell behind Wilkin Ramirez 3-0, then ran the count full and walked him on the

Live from Bowie where Koji pitches at 11 am

I have arrived at the press box at Prince Georges Stadium for today's Bowie Baysox vs. Erie game. Koji Uehara will start for the Baysox and we are not sure if he will pitch just one inning or more. Lefty Zach Britton will follow him on the mound. Koji has not pitched for the O's in the regular season and went on the DL March

Audio from Chris Tillman's no-hitter

Chris Tillman pitched a no-hitter for the Norfolk Tides Wednesday night as the Tides won at Gwinnett 6-0. The 22-year-old right-hander walked one and fanned six and threw 63 of his 105 pitches for strikes. It was Norfolk's first nine-inning no-hitter since Dave Telgheder threw one on May 15, 1992 vs. Pawtucket. Audio: Tides broadcaster Bob Socci calls the final out of Chris Tillman's no-hitter

Guthrie apologizes to fans and teammates for his poor outing

A somewhat despondent Jeremy Guthrie met with reporters a few minutes ago in the O's clubhouse, saying he was embarrassed by his performance and he apologized to teammates and fans for his outing tonight. "Let me start by saying, I'm embarrassed by the way the game started. I'm embarrassed by the way the game finished. I'm embarrassed that I had to run the bullpen out

Looks like the win streak will end at two

Maybe the Yankees were still mad at Jeremy Guthrie after he hit Mark Teixeira in spring training. Maybe they were upset with their play last night or the loss last night or all of the above. They lead tonight 6-1 after four. A Lou Montanez error in left helped New York to two runs in the first and Guthrie hit the leadoff batter in the

Sizing up Guthrie and Sabathia

Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 3.46) tonight makes his fifth start. He has posted four straight quality starts to begin this season. Last year he picked up his 4th quality start in his 10th outing. Guthrie is 3-6, 4.92 in 11 career starts vs. NY. The Orioles have scored a total of ten runs in his four starts in 2010. Guthrie has not allowed a first-inning run

Millwood: "I'll get my share of wins."

When Kevin Millwood was traded to the Orioles in December, he joined the club with 155 career wins to his credit. Despite pitching well in five starts so far where he has kept his team in the game, he doesn't have a single win yet this year. He is 0-3, 3.38 in 32 innings. But he doesn't sound the least bit discouraged by his personal

Playing good ball vs. Boston and New York

Here's a strange thought. At 4-16, the 2010 Orioles look less overmatched by the Red Sox and Yankees than the 2009 Orioles did. They went a combined 7-29 vs. New York and Boston last year and now are 2-2 vs. the big two in a stretch of 12 straight against them. Perhaps it won't be long before those teams assert their usual and expected dominance

Some post-game notes and quotes after the Orioles beat the Yankees

The Orioles started a six-game homestand with a stirring 5-4 win over the Yankees that featured Alfredo Simon's first Major League save, a Cesar Izturis 3-RBI night and a combined 0 for 10 evening from Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. Back-to-back firsts: Sunday Cla Meredith got his first Major League save in his 271st big league appearance. Tonight, Simon got his first in his 7th

Alfredo Simon talks about his first Major League save

Dave Trembley said he knew before the game that Alfredo Simon would be his closer tonight. What he didn't know was that Simon would need 29 pitches to get his first Major League save and that he would get key outs vs. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez along the way. In the post-game interview Simon seemed as composed as he was on the mound, even

O's take advantage of Yankee mistakes to win

Tonight, for a change, it was the other team that made mistakes with the O's taking advantage to get an important victory. The Orioles beat the Yankees 5-4 in the series opener at Camden Yards. It ended with Alfredo Simon on the mound, picking up his first save since he was in the minors in 2005. He hit 96 and 97 on the stadium gun

They finally got clutch two-out hits

The Orioles, who began tonight with just eight hits all year (in 74 at bats) with runners in scoring position and two outs, tonight just picked up three of them in a row in the last of the sixth. The three-run sixth, which came too late for Kevin Millwood, has given the O's a 4-2 lead after six. With two outs and none on in

Millwood hangs tough (w-update)

You have to give Kevin Millwood credit. He gets A-Rod and Cano out to get out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the top of the third. His own walk and a Miguel Tejada error prolonged the proceedings and Millwood threw a whopping 33 pitches in the inning and is at 67 for the game in three innings. Not only did he show

What Simon said

Last April, Alfredo Simon began the year in the O's starting rotation. Two starts later he was on the DL and headed for Tommy John surgery. Now, less than a year later he is back with the Orioles and will join the O's bullpen tonight. "I just feel happy because they gave me the chance again. I want to help this team and do the

MacPhail on Trembley, Wilfrido Perez and more (video added)

O's president Andy MacPhail was asked about his manager Dave Trembley just a few minutes ago near the Orioles dugout. His comments today reflected his recent public comments about his skipper. "Same thing I've told everybody. Our complete energy and focus is on doing the things we can to improve the situation on the field. Part of that is going to be getting more timely

Will O's play with passion and intensity vs. NY?

It looks like the Orioles offense is rounding into shape in time for the club's six-game homestand versus Boston and New York. Even without Brian Roberts, the callup of Rhyne Hughes and return of Miguel Tejada has pumped some life into the bats and the lineup. Now let's see that impact the whole team. It's no secret the O's clubhouse is filled with some low-key

Checking in on the Yankees

Checking in with the team some around here know as the "Evil Empire" as the start of another O's-Yankees series is now a day away. The Yankees began the season with back-to-back series wins at Boston and Tampa. They are now 12-6 on the year. They own a 7-5 road record, including 3-3 on their current road trip. They won their first five series to

Xavier Avery is off to a great start at Frederick

Of all the players off to good starts in the O's minors, perhaps the one creating the most buzz is Xavier Avery. Some in the organization feel he has a real chance to be a future Major League leadoff hitter and right now Avery is doing nothing to hurt that projection. He is one of the youngest players in the Carolina League, but the 20-year-old

Post-game notes: O's win Fenway finale

Not made of clay: Cla Meredith picked up his first career save after 271 Major League appearances as the O's beat Boston 7-6 Sunday in ten innings. Meredith got the final two outs to strand runners at first and second. The O's trailed 4-1 after six but scored three in the 7th to tie it and three in the top of the tenth for the

Meredith and the O's hang on to win

The O's hung on for a 7-6 win Sunday at Boston. Cla Meredith got the final two outs to record the save after 271 career appearances without a save. Cla Meredith talks with Mark Viviano about his first career save I would use him in a save situation on Tuesday. Not kidding, he did the job for one day and with this bullpen right now

Arrieta: "I think I'm ready"

After a dominant outing for Triple-A Norfolk Saturday night vs. Charlotte, Jake Arrieta is certainly doing his part to prove he is ready for a shot at the Major Leagues. His 2-0, 0.36 start has sure created buzz around Birdland, where we'll take all the pitching help we can get. Saturday, Arrieta pitched seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts. He has now made 21 starts

Arrieta and Avery lead the way in the minors

Jake Arrieta and Xavier Avery continued their recent success in the O's minors on Saturday. Arrieta pitched seven shutout innings of two-hit ball as Norfolk topped Charlotte 4-2. The right-hander is now 2-0, 0.36 on the year. He has allowed just 1 ER in 25 innings this year to lead the International League in ERA. Last night, he walked one and fanned a career-high 11

Saturday night meltdown, pen gives it up again

Here are some postgame notes from the O's latest loss on Saturday. The raw numbers: The Orioles fall to 2-16 with Saturday's 7-6 loss to Boston. They are 1-8 on a road trip that now has one game remaining. The Orioles have lost ten in a row vs. Boston and are 2-21 vs. the Sox since 9-1-08. The Orioles have lost 15 of their last

My kingdom for a bullpen

As we watched the Orioles bullpen implode again tonight, wasting Brian Matusz's outstanding start at Fenway Park, the question now becomes what can be done to help this bullpen? Maybe the only current alternative is to switch around some roles among the pen pitchers. Dave Trembley has switched the lineup, maybe now he has to do it here. Maybe Alberto Castillo and Mark Hendrickson, maybe

No lead is safe (updated)

What is left to say? The Orioles bullpen is the worst in baseball. Matt Albers just gave up a three-run homer to Marco Scutaro as Boston takes a 4-3 lead in the seventh. It costs Brian Matusz a possible win and he sure deserved better than that. For Matusz this year, more of his runs score after he leaves the game than when he is

That was pretty cool (updated)

I think it's time we start a Rhyne Hughes fan club. In his first at bat ever in the Major Leagues tonight, Hughes ripped a groundball RBI single to right to give the O's a 2-0 lead. He came up in the second inning with no outs and runners on first and third. He drove the first pitch into right field. He got his first

O's build a winning feeling with Matusz on the mound

The Orioles are 2-1 in games started by Brian Matusz this year and 0-14 when anyone else is the starting pitcher. That is not a knock on the other starters, who have mostly done a solid job. But the team seems to be developing that winning feeling and confidence when the 23-year-old lefty is on the mound. Matusz is 7-2, 4.55 in 11 career Major

Did Darnell McDonald save Boston's season?

Is it a stretch to say that it's been such a tough start for the Orioles that now former O's first-round picks long since forgotten are now helping O's division rivals out of their doldrums? That is exactly what happened with Darnell McDonald and the Boston Red Sox earlier this week. Boston entered Tuesday's game with Texas at 4-9 and with five losses in a

Did the O's callup Rhyne Hughes?

According to his Facebook page, Rhyne Hughes said he has been called up to the Majors by the Orioles. Hughes wrote on his page late Friday night "got the CALL! Thanking God for this blessing and opportunity! See you in Boston!!" I saw this first posted on the Camden Chat website. Hughes went 0 for 3 Friday night for Norfolk vs. Charlotte. He began this

Some stats, facts and commentary after a loss at Boston

They fall at Fenway: Boston's run against the O's bullpen in the 8th Friday gave the Sox a 4-3 win over the Orioles. The game starts a stretch of 12 straight vs. the Red Sox and Yankees. The Birds fall to 2-15 on the year with four losses in a row. They are 1-7 with two games left on the road trip. The Orioles, who

Frustration at Fenway

If it's the late innings we have come to expect the Orioles bullpen to fail to get the job done this year. It happened again Friday night at Boston. J.D. Drew led off the 8th in a 3-3 tie with a single off Matt Albers. Two ground balls later, he was on third with two outs. Will Ohman came on and walked Victor Martinez and

O's tie it, 3-3 in 8th (w-updates)

The O's trailed the Red Sox 2-0 after three frames at Fenway. In the Boston second, David Ortiz, hitting .146 with no homers, hit a homer out to left center on a Jeremy Guthrie 2-1 pitch. Guthrie had retired the first five batters. In the Sox third, Guthrie walked number eight hitter Jeremy Hermida to lead the inning and he reached third before scoring on

Some Orioles do hit Lester

While tonight's Red Sox starter, Jon Lester, is 10-0, 2.39 in 12 career starts vs. the Orioles, some Birds in tonight's lineup have good stats vs. Lester. Here is how tonight's lineup fares vs. Lester: Montanez: 1-2 Jones: 5-19 Markakis: 7-35 Tejada: 4-9 Wigginton: 6-13 Wieters: 5-9 Reimold: 3-6 Atkins: 0-0 Izturis: 2-6 If you add that up you get 33 for 99, an average

Tejada returns and Lou stays at the top

Dave Trembley was just on the Scott Garceau show on MASN and O's flagship station, 105.7 the Fan in Baltimore and said that Miguel Tejada will return to the lineup tonight after missing four games with a hip injury. Tejada last played last Saturday at Oakland when he went 3 for 3. He is batting .239-2-7 on the year. He is 3 for 11 on

When will some O's hit to their track record? (w/minors roster move)

Coming off a series where they scored four total runs, hit .184 as a team and went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position, the Orioles begin a series at Fenway Park in Boston tonight. Maybe in a park famous for offense the Orioles will find some. Some fans have said of the O's offense that they are just this bad and no one

Surprisingly bad Red Sox stats

When the Red Sox lost 3-0 to Texas on Thursday night, the Sox fell to 6-10 on the year and 2-5 on their current ten-game homestand. The Sox are off to their worst 16-game start since the 1996 team was 3-13. Here is an amazingly bad Red Sox stat. Their catchers have combined to throw out one runner all year in 37 attempts. That is

Mike Griffin talks about working with Bergesen and Arrieta

After going 0-2, 12.19 in his first three starts this year for the Orioles, pitcher Brad Bergesen was sent to Triple-A Norfolk to work out his issues and try to get his sinker back. There he will be reunited with pitching coach Mike Griffin. In 2008, Bergesen went 15-6, 3.22 at Bowie with Griffin as pitching coach. Bergesen was expected to arrive in Norfolk today

Norfolk pitching coach talks about Chris Tillman

Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin said he is not concerned about Tides pitcher Chris Tillman, who is 0-3, 8.38 on the year through three starts. The leading candidate to be the Orioles fifth starter in March, Tillman has allowed 17 hits in 9 2/3 on the year and got knocked out when he gave up four runs in the first inning of his last start

Post-game notes: O's swept away in Seattle

Not tonight.....again: The Orioles lost 4-1 to the Mariners and were swept in the three-game series. They scored just four runs on 18 hits in the three games. Seattle scored four runs in the 4th inning in this game. The O's batted just .184 (18 for 98) in the series, going 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The Orioles have scored two runs

In the minors

In the minors this afternoon, the Double-A Bowie Baysox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win at Erie. Brandon Waring and Joel Guzman hit back-to-back solo homers in the third. Miguel Abreu went 3 for 5 with an RBI and Ryohei Tanaka gave up 2 ER over 5 1/3 and is 2-0, 2.08. The Baysox improved to 10-4, matching the 1994 team's mark

Lugo made Trembley's seat even hotter

Julio Lugo was not the first Major Leaguer to jog to first base on a routine ground ball and he won't be the last. If you go to as many games at Camden Yards as I do, you see it every night on pretty much every team. That sure doesn't make it right. My take on it is this. That was Dave Trembley's chance to

Hobgood talks about his scoreless outing

For just the second time in his short pro career last night, Matt Hobgood took the mound and later left without yielding a run. Hobgood, in his third start of the year, pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two singles, as Delmarva beat Greensboro, 1-0 on a Garabez Rosa homer in the last of the ninth. The Orioles first-round pick last June, Hobgood issued just

Post-game notes: O's bats went silent in Seattle

Offensive offense: One night after being held to a season-low five hits, tonight the Orioles picked up just four hits in a 3-1 loss to Seattle. The Orioles have scored just three runs with nine hits in the two games of this series. The team average is .143 in those two contests. They have scored just 32 runs on the year in their 13 losses.

Another night, another loss

For the Orioles it was another lackluster-looking night of little offense that led to another loss. Seattle starter Jason Vargas, a pitcher with a career ERA of 5.44, held the Orioles to just three hits over seven innings tonight as Seattle beat Baltimore, 3-1. The O's, who went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position tonight, have scored just three runs on nine hits

Matt Hobgood talks about his start tonight

Delmarva Shorebirds right-hander Matt Hobgood is getting better with each start. After allowing three runs in four innings in his first start this season and two runs over 5 2/3 in his second, tonight he pitched seven shutout innings in Delmarva's 1-0, walk-off win over Greensboro. Garabez Rosa led off the last of the ninth with a homer to give the Shorebirds, now 8-5, the

A closer look at the hitters (w-Hobgood note)

It's no great secret that many Orioles are struggling at the bat right now and have most of the year. With the exceptions of Ty Wigginton (five homers his last seven games) and Nick Markakis (.310 his last seven games), most of the others are in droughts right now. Here's a rundown: Garrett Atkins: Is just 4 for 26 over his last seven 7 games

Ryan Minor on Hobgood, Berry and more

Former Oriole Ryan Minor has the Delmarva Shorebirds off to a good start in his first year as a pro manager. The Birds, who host Greensboro in Salisbury tonight, are 7-5 and tied for first in the South Atlantic League's Northern division. The Shorebirds have slugged their way to the top so far and lead the SAL with 72 runs scored and 13 homers. Shorebirds

What happened to Bergy?

It's been a stunning fall from grace for Brad Bergesen. A few months ago he was being featured in that TV promo to promote the upcoming season. Even though that didn't work out well, he was considered important enough to this season that he was chosen for that spot. Now he is headed back to the minors after just three starts in 2010. I'm surprised

Post-game notes: O's fall 8-2 in Seattle series opener

Not tonight: One night after scoring a season-high eight runs, the Orioles were no-hit thru six innings Monday in a 8-2 loss to Seattle. They were held to just five hits, tying their low total for the season. The Orioles have scored two runs or less in seven of their last 10 games and three runs or less 10 times on the year. The O's

This could be a big start for Bergesen tonight (updated)

Last year, Brad Bergesen gave up 5 ER just once in 19 starts for the Orioles. This year he has allowed 5 ER twice in two starts. His ERA last year was 3.43 and he went 5-3, 2.49 in 11 starts in June and July. Now he is 0-1, 11.74. Here is what some must be wondering. Has the league figured out Bergesen? Was last

Ryan Minor on Kolodny and Dalles

Probably no player in the O's farm system has gotten off to a faster start at the plate than Delmarva first baseman Tyler Kolodny. The 22-year-old, right-handed hitter batted .226-9-42 in 107 games with Delmarva last year. But this year he is crushing South Atlantic League pitching so far and is batting .387-6-11. Today, he was named SAL Player of the Week. He leads the

Well, that's one in a row

It's funny how good a team can look when it scores eight runs. There were no complaints about first-pitch swinging, the makeup of the lineup or working the count. The team scored early to give a starter the lead, added on and put it away with more offense late. Who knew Ty Wigginton would be the hero? At this point, who cares, it's just good

Post-game notes: The O's come up winners in Oakland

The end came: The Orioles finally ended their nine-game losing streak with Sunday's 8-3 win at Oakland. The A's were trying for a 10-4 start and their first home four-game sweep of Baltimore since August of 2004. The O's improved to 2-11 on the year and 2-5 on the road. They are 1-3 on this ten-game road trip. Oakland falls to 6-2 at home. The

That's more like it

The Orioles needed this. Ty Wigginton's two-out, two-run double in the third inning today not only broke a scoreless tie, but it seemed to relax the Orioles a bit. The Birds picked up an 8-3 win at Oakland today to avoid the four-game sweep and end a nine-game losing streak. Ty Wigginton talks with Amber about his 4 RBI performance against the A's Wigginton added

RISP (updated)

That's runners in scoring position, not rest in peace. Too early to dump dirt on this season. The O's entered the top of the third in Oakland today just 2 for 44 on the year when batting with runners in scoring position and two out. But with two out and runners on first and second, Ty Wigginton delivered a two-run double to right and Nick

Some pre-game stats and notes

Some Sunday O's pre-game stats and facts while wondering if today will be the day...... *The Orioles have played seven games this year decided by two runs or less and are 1-6 in those. *The Orioles have scored just 23 runs during a nine-game losing streak. *Today's starter, Brian Matusz, is making his 11th career Major League start today. Opponents are batting just .190 against

The starting rotations in Bowie and Baltimore

If you are looking for a nugget, a morsel, a small crumb to hang your hat on with something even remotely positive through this dismal Orioles start it is this - the starting rotation. Kevin Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie easily pitched good enough to win the last two days and it's been that way most days during this season. The starters are throwing a lot

Post-game notes: O's fall in the 9th at Oakland

It happened again: Apparently, any thought that it could not get any worse for the Orioles, was just not correct. They gave up two runs in the last of the 9th at Oakland Saturday afternoon to lose 4-3 to the A's. The Orioles, who lost four times all last year when leading after eight innings, have now lost three times this year when leading after

O's blow another 9th inning lead

It's becoming so unbelievable, but the Orioles blew another game today in the 9th inning. They took a one-run lead to the last of the 9th at Oakland, but Ryan Sweeney's two-run single with the bases loaded and one out vs. Jim Johnson gave the A's a 4-3 win. Yes, the O's blew another one in the ninth. Johnson was clearly struggling, according to Joe

I wish Luke Scott would have bunted the ball

So it was the top of the fourth in today's game with a 0-0 score. The Orioles got a rally going when Matt Wieters and Miguel Tejada opened the inning with back-to-back singles. They had runners on first and second and none out. Up came Luke Scott, batting fifth today. Now, I don't know of any American League team that would ask its number five

Berken has been workin' so far

There are not a lot of Orioles producing quality stats so far. It's a short list. But pitcher Jason Berken is on it. In a mild surprise, Berken made the Opening Day staff as a long reliever. After going 6-12, 6.54 in 24 starts in 2009, this role is new to him. In 69 career minor league outings, the 2006 sixth-round draft pick made 66

Post-game notes: The losing streak reaches eight

Telling a sad tale: Oakland beat the Orioles 4-2 Friday night and has taken the first two games of this four-game series. The Orioles are 0-2 on a ten-game road trip. That's a 1-10 start and eight losses in a row for the Orioles. They are 1-4 in road games. The Orioles fall to 1-5 in games decided by two runs or less. The Orioles

A's top O's: That's a 1 and 10 start

For the Orioles, it was another night of little offense and no victory. The Birds fell to 1-10 with eight losses in a row in a 4-2 loss at Oakland. The Orioles were held to a season-low five hits and went 0 for 4 tonight with runners in scoring position. The only Orioles runs came on Ty Wigginton's two-run homer in the 5th. The Orioles

Tough night on the farm (also O's update)

The excellent pitching to start the year by O's minor league clubs came to a halt tonight as Norfolk allowed 14 runs and Delmarva gave up 15. Durham had 20 hits in a 14-7 win over the Tides, who fall to 4-5. Norfolk starter Troy Patton lasted just one-third of an inning and 28 pitches. He gave up six hits and six runs, including two

Even more on the RISP stat

Any O's fan could probably recite the numbers. The Orioles are hitting just .135 this year (10 for 74) when batting with runners in scoring position. They are hitting just .028 (1 for 36) with runners in scoring positon and two outs. Here's the RISP stat breakdown by game and player: Game 1 at TB: 1 for 12, 10 left on base Game 2 at

Checking in on the minors

The Orioles four minor league affiliates are off to a combined 21 and 10 start. That is tied with Cleveland for the best combined minor league record in baseball right now. Norfolk: The Tides are 4-4 and have scored 15 runs in winning two in a row. Troy Patton pitches tonight at Durham. Josh Bell is hitting .214 and Brandon Snyder is at .200. Rhyne

When will this all end?

I'd say I don't remember a worse Orioles start ever, but I do. I remember 0 and 21 in 1988. I also remember the 1978 season when the Orioles were blown out in three straight games vs. Milwaukee. They were outscored 40 to 11 and Eddie Murray played third base. That didn't last long. Eddie at third or the losing. That team won 90 games.

Post-game notes: O's fall at Oakland to start road trip

Wins and losses: With the 6-2 loss at Oakland, the Orioles fell to 1 and 9 with seven losses in a row. The Orioles, off to their worst start since 1988, have the worst record in the Majors. They fall to 1-3 on the road and have not won since the third game of the year. The Orioles have now lost seven straight at Oakland

Let's chat during tonight's game

So here we go again with another Orioles game. Time to find out if the team can get a lead, get a clutch hit, hold a lead, get a win. It's the start of a three-city, ten-game road trip in Oakland. I'll be watching the game from the Melewski estate in beautiful Harford County. I hope you'll add some comments to this blog all night

Hernandez excited to pitch tonight close to home

O's right-hander David Hernandez has been looking forward to tonight's start at Oakland. And, not just to build on his first start last week, a solid outing vs. Toronto. But, because Hernandez will be pitching in his home state in front of quite a few family and friends. He's from Sacramento, which is about 90 minutes from Oakland. Hernandez should also get some time to

Today's minor league roster moves (Sarfate to DL)

There have been a few moves today on the farm. Triple-A Norfolk: Kam Mickolio officially sent to the Orioles. Also today, RHP Dennis Sarfate has been placed on the DL. As Roch first reported yesterday, he suffered a strained oblique Wednesday while warming up. Sarfate had pitched three scoreless innings with five strikeouts for the Tides. Norfolk has added pitchers Jim Miller and Armando Gabino

The most telling stat of the 2010 season

Of all the stats, most of them negative, compiled already by the 2010 Orioles, here is maybe the most telling one of all. O's record when leading after 7 innings: 2009: 52-5 2010: 1-4 So, last year, when they held the lead after seven, they won the game 91 percent of the time. This year that number is just 20 percent. Last year, they blew

An impressive night on the farm: Three shutouts

The excellent pitching we've seen from Orioles minor leaguers so far this season continued in a stunning way on Wednesday afternoon and evening. All four O's affiliates won, three via a shutout. The four starting pitchers combined to pitch 23 scoreless innings. The O's four clubs are off to a combined 18-9 start. Jake Arrieta started for Norfolk in a 9-0 win over Charlotte. Steve

Post-game notes: A winless homestand

Blown out: Today's 9-1 loss was the most lopsided of the year. The previous biggest margin of defeat was the four-run loss, 5-1 to Tampa on Monday. The Orioles completed a winless first homestand, going 0 and 6. They were outscored 37 to 16 during the six losses vs. Toronto and Tampa. Tampa outscored the Birds 22-8 during the three-game sweep. The 1-8 start is

The dropped popup and Bergy quotes

Any Orioles' mistake seems to be costly these days. In the first inning Wednesday, Tampa's Carl Crawford, batting second with one out, hit a popup on the infield. It was right near Cesar Izturis at short. But he never saw the ball. Miguel Tejada, playing third base, thought he heard Izturis calling to make the play. Tejada came over at the last moment and the

So it ends

For the Orioles a winless first homestand. At least today there was no late-inning, gut-wrenching loss. The drama ended early. It was 6-0 after three and 8-0 after Tampa batted in the fourth. The final was 9-1, Rays. Brad Bergesen got rocked for eight runs in three innings plus. Mike Gonzalez went on the disabled list. The Orioles went 0 for 3 with runners in

Bergy getting rocked (updated w-stats)

Brad Bergesen is getting hit hard early today by the Rays, who already lead 6-0 in the third. He has allowed a pair of 400-foot, three-run homers, one to Carlos Pena and one to B.J. Upton. Pena has hit two three-run homers in his last two at bats here in less than 24 hours. Pena's first-inning three-run homer produced three unearned runs after Miguel Tejada

But on the farm

Since today's game has started so well here today, let's check the minors where two O's affiliates have day games. Delmarva has already beaten Greensboro 9-4 in a game that began at 10:35. The Shorebirds are now 5-2 and had 11 hits. They've had ten or more hits in six games. Towson University product Gary Helmick hit two homers with 5 RBI today and Tyler

Do the O's take enough pitches?

If you think the Orioles are not taking enough pitches and working the count well right now, you are probably right. As of yesterday, the Orioles as a team saw 3.63 pitches per plate appearance and that ranked next to last in the Majors. They were ahead of only San Francisco at 3.56. Dave Trembley felt the stat gets played up more because the club

From bad to worse

Here is the problem with Orioles baseball right now. You have to play the eighth inning. The Orioles have allowed 11 runs in the 8th this year and from that inning on have been outscored 21 to 5 on the season. That's terrible, right? Who is to blame? Just about everyone. Take a few starters out of the mix, maybe Matt Wieters, but just about

Post-game notes: O's fall to 1 and 7

Going the wrong way: With their latest loss, 8-6 in 10 innings to Tampa, the Orioles fall to 1-7 with five losses in a row. They are off to the worst start since the 0 and 21 season of 1988. The Orioles are winless, 0 and 5, on this opening homestand which ends this afternoon. The O's allowed a season-high eight runs tonight. They allowed

In the quiet of the Orioles clubhouse...(with Matusz video)

A few players talked about the O's latest loss, 8-6 to Tampa in 10 innings. Matt Albers on what happened in the 10th inning: "I think my mechanics are a little bit off. I walked the first two guys and put myself in a hole. I knew I had to throw a strike 2-1 and 2-2 to Pena. I need to work on a few

O's lose lead and game vs. Tampa

The Orioles have lost twice this year when leading after eight innings. Tonight they led 3-0 after seven and lost 8-6 to Tampa in ten innings to fall to 1-7 with five losses in a row. They have lost four games this year when leading after seven innings. Last year the Orioles went 52-5 when leading after seven. Brian Matusz was dominant with a two-hitter

Different pitcher, similar result (Luke tied it)

It is not Mike Gonzalez's fault this time. Amazing. Unbelievable, Incredible. Are these guys just cursed? The O's took a 3-0 lead behind a dominant Brian Matusz to the 8th tonight only to give up five runs and fall behind 5-3. This unraveled quickly and a small but boisterous crowd at the Yard dropped the boos on the home team's bullpen. With one out in

Matusz on the mound (with updates)

It sure is a joy to watch Brian Matusz pitch. He is making just his 10th Major League start tonight but has the look of someone with much more experience. He works fast, changes speeds and throws strikes. Somewhere, Ray Miller is smiling. He has held the Rays scoreless with just one baserunner (a walk) through three innings. He threw 10 pitches in the first,

Matt Wieters talks about batting fourth

Matt Wieters is a pretty low key guy with his interviews. No matter how much reporters tried today, he was just not going to make a big deal out of batting cleanup in tonight's batting order. He's batted fourth before in college and the minors, but tonight is in that four spot for the first time ever in the Majors. "It's just a new spot.

The Shorebirds' bats are streaking

The Delmarva Shorebirds have gotten off to a great start under first-year manager Ryan Minor. They are 4-1, in first place, with four wins in a row and putting up some big offensive numbers. Delmarva scored six runs in the 9th Monday to beat Greensboro, 11-6. Tyler Kelly, a 13th-round draft pick last June, has nine RBI the past two games and 10 for the

Well, at least the starting pitching has been good

An Orioles fan can hang his or her hat on that right now and almost nothing else. Through seven games, the ERA of the starters is 3.89 with four quality starts. Last April, the O's didn't produce a fourth quality start until game 16. But the solid pitching has been wasted by blown saves, awful hitting and base-running mistakes. The pitchers can only do so

Post-game notes: Garza and Rays top Orioles

With the 5-1 loss vs. Tampa Monday, the Orioles fall to 0-4 on this homestand and 1-6 on the year. They have lost four in a row since the season's only win, last Thursday vs. the Rays. It's the O's worst start since 2002. The Rays, who went 4-5 at the Yard last year, are 45-57 all-time at Camden Yards. He's pretty good: Tampa's Carl

Clubhouse quotes after the loss to Tampa

Here are some of the post-game comments from the O's clubhouse after the 5-1 loss at home to Tampa. The O's fall to 1-6 for the first time since 2002. Nick Markakis of the frustration on not scoring a lot of runs so far: "It's not fun, it sucks. Overall, our pitching is doing a great job. Our offense needs to pick it up. I

And then depression set in

Well, another night of little offense, clutch or otherwise. The Orioles are 1-6 with four losses in a row and are 0-4 on the homestand. Tonight's attendance of 9,129 was the smallest crowd in Camden Yards history. Tonight they went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position in the 5-1 loss vs. Tampa. Felix Pie's homer leading off the game, his first-ever leadoff homer,

Tonight's attendance

....was just announced at 9,129. Yes, that is sparce. That is the first time in the history of this ballpark a game attendance has been under 10,000. The previous lowest attendance for a game in Camden Yards history is 10,130 on May 26, 2009 vs. Toronto.

Numbers and notes

Here are some notes and stats concerning tonight's game. The Rays scored two in the 6th vs. Guthrie to take a 3-1 lead. This is interesting. Stolen base attempts this year by Tampa. First series vs. O's: Went 1 for 4 Second series vs. NY: Went 7 for 7 The Rays easily led the AL in steals last year. Does this mean Matt Wieters is

To bunt or not to bunt

Sometimes when a team is struggling to score runs they have to do unconventional things. In the American League, that could include a sac bunt in the second inning of a game. You don't see it often. Maybe the Orioles should have dropped one there tonight. They had runners on first and second vs. Matt Garza with no outs in the bottom of the second.

Luke Scott's take on fan criticism: "I'm frustrated too"

If you don't think the Orioles' players notice that the fans have been rather critical of their play so far, just check out the conversation I had with Luke Scott in the clubhouse today. In one sense he called out the fans for criticism of the team, but he also tried to explain his thoughts more in depth as well. Audio: Luke Scott sounds off

No issues with Rowell

You may have noticed that Billy Rowell of the Frederick Keys played the first game of the season, went 0 for 4, and has not played since. Rowell is not hurt. He was feeling the effects of a bad cold over the weekend and even stayed in the hotel one night as the Keys played a season-opening series at Lynchburg. Rowell may return to the

Stats, stats and more stats

The O's team ERA is 4.13 right now, a season best. They have allowed just 5 ER the last two games. The O's starters' ERA is 3.89 and O's starters have allowed 2 ER or less four times already. The Orioles have three quality starts. Last year they didn't pick up their third quality start until game 12. The team ERA after six games last

Roberts to the DL now official

The Orioles have just announced that they have placed 2B Brian Roberts on the 15-day disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle, retroactive to April 10. Roberts was batting .143 (2-14) with one double when he injured himself sliding into second base Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. To fill Roberts' roster spot, the Orioles recalled INF Justin Turner from Triple-A Norfolk. Turner appeared in

What does the 1 and 5 start mean?

So the Orioles have started the year 1-5. They have an injured star player who may be headed for the DL, a struggling closer and they are scoring on average just three runs per game. Oh yeah and they soon have a West Coast road trip and have yet to play the Yankees and Red Sox. Hard to predict a winning streak is in their

Post-game notes: Jays rally and O's fall to 1-5

This could have gone better: The Orioles were outscored 15-8 and swept three straight by Toronto. The Orioles are 1-5, their worst start since beginning 1-5 in 2002. They have been outscored 27-19 this year. The Orioles scored just two runs on 15 hits in the series final two games. They have scored just 19 runs with a team batting average of .236 on the

Millwood comments on his outing

David Hernandez gave up two runs Saturday and lost the game. Today, Kevin Millwood allowed just one earned run and took the loss vs. Toronto. "I felt good, still felt strong in the eighth. Just got a couple of balls up that they put good swings on." Millwood said the two-out, Miguel Tejada error in the Toronto 8th that was followed by his yielding back-to-back

Tejada talks about his error in the 8th

When a team is going bad sometimes it looks like every mistake they make will cost them. Today, the Orioles first error of the year led to three unearned runs in the 8th that propelled Toronto to a 5-2 win. No one felt worse than third baseman Miguel Tejada when, with two outs in the 8th, a John McDonald grounder to his left took a

Just amazing (updated)

It's sunny today, except for the dark cloud that must be hanging over the Orioles. Kevin Millwood, pitching a gem, gets a two-out grounder to third in the 8th. The ball takes a bad hop for an error on Miguel Tejada. Three pitches later, Jose Bautista hits a 356-foot homer to left to give Toronto a 3-2 lead. One batter later, Alex Gonzalez hit his

The Wieters factor (plus minors note)

It's becoming clear that Matt Wieters is much more comfortable behind the plate this year and is doing his job, as a catcher, of taking charge of the pitching staff. Dave Trembley discussed Wieters during his pre-game press briefing today. "There is not too much shaking (off) going on out there," he said. That means Wieters is putting down a sign for the pitch and

MacPhail on Roberts & Gonzalez

In a brief conversation a few minutes ago, O's president Andy MacPhail sounded like a man about to make a roster move that could send Brian Roberts to the disabled list officially later today. "If we err, we'll err on the conservative side. Also, in the not too distant future we're going to hop on a plane from Baltimore to Oakland and from Oakland to

Big night of offense at Triple-A

While the Orioles are struggling to hit with runners in scoring position, their Triple-A team in Norfollk had no problem doing that Saturday in a 12-3 romp over Durham. The Tides went 9 for 16 with RISP and left just four men on base. Brandon Snyder had three hits with three RBI and has knocked in five runs the past two games. Robert Andino, in

Post-game notes: O's blanked by the Jays

Blanked: Last year, the Orioles were shutout ten times. Tonight, they were blanked for the first time in 2010 on six hits by Toronto, 3-0. They went just 6 for 30 at bat, with five singles and one double to drop the team batting average on the year from .237 to .231. The O's went hitless, 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and

O's offense shoots blanks at the Yard

The only thing that needed saving at Camden Yards tonight was the Orioles offense. Toronto lefty Dana Eveland, who had an ERA of 7.16 last year with Oakland, pitched 7 1/3 scoreless frames tonight to lead the Jays to the 3-0 win. The O's fall to 1-4. Eveland allowed just five hits in winning his debut game as the Jays new fifth starter. The Orioles

Updating RISP

The O's just had a chance to get on the board vs. Toronto, but three straight hitters were retired with runners on first and second and none out in the last of the fourth. After a Nick Markakis walk and Miguel Tejada infield single, Garrett Atkins flied to short right. Then Matt Wieters hit a fly out to deep center and the runners moved up

Working the (pitch) count

Is it just me or does it seem like every O's starter exits the first inning of his outings with a high pitch count? David Hernandez needed 19 pitches while allowing a double and walk tonight in a shutout first frame. But he regrouped to get three quick outs in the second on seven pitches and faced four batters, needing 18 pitches in the third.

Trembley not concerned about impact on the clubhouse

Dave Trembley sure has concerns about closer Mike Gonzalez and his two blown saves to start the year. But he said he is not concerned that Gonzalez's blown saves will impact in a negative way a clubhouse that features young players and a young pitching staff. "We have a clubhouse that is above expectations as far as guys backing each other up, sticking together as

Too early for a crisis?

The Orioles are just four games into the 2010 season and already they face a major crisis. Can Dave Trembley, or any manager for that matter, change closers before his team completes one turn through the rotation? Can you do it with someone that signed a two-year, 12 million dollar contract? First of all, don't blame Trembley for putting his closer in to close. Yankee

Post-game notes: Not again, O's fall to 1 and 3

Not again: In suffering his second blown save of the year in the O's 7-6 loss to Toronto Friday afternoon, Mike Gonzalez gave up 2 ER in just 2/3 of an inning. He threw 18 pitches, just nine for strikes, after throwing strikes on just 12 of 26 pitches on Thursday vs. Tampa. He has allowed 4 ER in two innings on the year with

Miggy's tip for Gonzalez

In addition to just lending support to a struggling teammate right now, Miguel Tejada has a suggestion for struggling closer Mike Gonzalez. Tejada was in the National League with Houston the last two years when Gonzalez was with Atlanta. He is 0 for 2 batting vs. the left-hander. Miguel Tejada discusses the O's 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays with the media "I don't have

Gonzalez on the boos: "I understand it."

Can a season start worse for a closer? Two blown saves in four games for Mike Gonzalez and a 1-3, not 3-1 start for the Orioles. Gonzalez was booed loudly after blowing the save in the home opener. But he was also booed on his way into the game as fans remembered his opening night struggles too. "I understand it obviously. They brought me here

The boo birds rang down

Well, if new O's closer Mike Gonzalez had started the season pitching real well, the Orioles could be 3-1 and he could already have three saves. But Gonzalez suffered his second blown save in four games on Friday and the Orioles lost again in the ninth, 7-6 to Toronto. The crowd of 48,891 is a new Opening Day record at Camden Yards. Less than 24

In the minors tonight

On the farm tonight - Triple-A Norfolk hosts Durham after losing the season opener 5-3 last night. The Tides struck out 14 times, their most since May of 2008. Jake Arrieta makes his season debut tonight. Last year with the Tides, he went 5-8, 3.93 in 17 starts. The next homer for Scott Moore will be the 100th of his minor league career. Today is

Talking with Brooks and Boog after the first pitch

Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell used to look like they had played together forever when they patrolled the corner infield spots for the Orioles. Today, when they talked with reporters after throwing out ceremonial first pitches at Camden Yards, it was like no time had passed since they had last taken the field. They praised each other, traded quips and handled questions as smoothly as

The day after for Gonzo

New O's closer Mike Gonzalez looked pretty relaxed at his locker just a few minutes ago. He handled his interview with a group of reporters probably better than his first two save chances. Just like the fans, he was relieved when Ben Zobrist's fly ball settled into Nick Markakisis' glove last night to end a shaky bottom of the ninth. Mike Gonzalez talks with the

Can the starters go deep?

Among many keys to the Orioles getting off to a good start this year is this one - can the starters pitch deep into games to rest the bullpen and keep the pen pitchers in their planned roles? O's manager Dave Trembley hopes the staff will follow Kevin Millwood's lead in that regard. "Millwood did that for us and that's why we got him at

Welcome to the home opener

Well, it looks like O's fans are almost none the worse for wear this morning after another high-wire act by Mike Gonzalez. That's a little too much drama this early in the year, especially for some of us, if you know what I mean. Glad to we don't have to wake up to 0 and 3 with two blown saves, that would put a damper

Post-game notes: O's hang on to win vs. Tampa

This time Mike Gonzalez got the save, although it was a very shaky one. He got Ben Zobrist to fly out with the bases loaded and two outs as the O's beat Tampa 5-4. Gonzalez, who fanned and walked two, threw 26 pitches, just 12 for strikes. The kid won another one: Brian Matusz picked up his 6th Major League win in just his 9th

Gonzalez gets it done this time

This time Mike Gonzalez got the save and the Orioles got the win. Barely. He got the first two outs of the last of the 9th before the Rays loaded the bases. Ben Zobrist came up with a chance to win the game, but Gonzalez got him to fly to right on a 1-1 pitch to end it and win it by a 5-4 score.

Still looking for that clutch hit (well, not anymore)

The Orioles began tonight's game 3 for 21 so far this year batting with runners in scoring position. They trailed 2-1 tonight after four and a half innings and are 0 for 4 with RISP. Their only run to date tonight came on Nolan Reimold's solo homer to left in the 3rd, his first of the year and the Orioles fourth solo shot of this

Tampa's pitching change (plus Matusz note)

The Orioles have knocked Tampa's starter out early - but not in the usual fashion. Rays starter Jeff Niemann left tonight's game in the top of the second after getting hit high on the right shoulder by a Miguel Tejada liner. The ball was hit so hard it deflected on the fly right to the first baseman. You could see the concern on Tejada's face

It's go time for the offense

So you say you are not impressed by the Orioles' offense so far? Not much to speak of to date. Six runs on 17 hits and a team average of .239. They are just 3 for 21, that's .143, with runners in scoring position. I didn't drink any cool-aid today, lots of water though. But I see some good signs from this offense. For one,

All the minor league rotations are set

Here are the season-opening starting rotaitons for the Orioles four full-season minor league clubs. The pitchers are listed as they will work from first through fifth. Those listed first are this evening's opening night starters. Norfolk: Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, Alfredo Simon, Troy Patton and Brandon Erbe. Bowie: Zach Britton, Steve Johnson, Chorye Spoone, Ryohei Tanaka and Tim Bascom. Frederick: Rick Zagone, Ryan O'Shea, Nate

Beato embraces new role as minor league seasons begin (plus DL news and roster links)

When the Orioles drafted right-hander Pedro Beato with their second pick, the 32nd overall selection, in the 2006 June draft, he came with a lot of promise and a lively fastball. But the 6'6" hurler from Brooklyn, New York has had limited success on the stat sheet and a fastball that sometimes lost velocity later in games. Now, 83 starts and 444 innings later, he

Post-game notes: Birds fall to 0-2

The Orioles, who went 17-22 in one-run games last year, have dropped two close ones to start the 2010 season after Wednesday's second straight, 4-3 loss vs. Tampa. Evan Longoria's solo homer in the 8th gave the Rays a 4-2 lead and insurance that offset a Garrett Atkins RBI double in the 9th. Longoria's two-run double in the 5th put Tampa ahead 3-2. The RISP

Props to Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie certainly gave the Orioles a solid start tonight. After giving up 17 ER in 20 2/3 in spring games, he pitched quite well at the Trop. His pitches looked to have good movement and he seemed to mix some good changeups in as well. For now, he may have silenced a nervous fan base. He was good from the start, allowing just one

Minor League affiliates begin play Thursday

The Orioles four minor league full-season affiliates begin play tomorrow night. Chris Tillman is the scheduled starter Thursday at 7:15 when the Tides open at home vs. defending International League champion Durham. Those expected to join Tillman in the Norfolk rotation are Jake Arrieta, Brandon Erbe, Troy Patton and Alfredo Simon. We have not heard the rotation order after Tillman. Zach Britton, the Carolina League

Draft talk with MacPhail

When the First-Year Player Draft rolls around come June will the O's be in the market for a position player or another pitcher? Some wonder if, with a farm system stocked pretty well with pitching but some say short on position player talent, the O's will opt for the position player this time. The Orioles have the third pick in the draft following Washington and

Post-game notes: Coming up short vs. Tampa

In suffering the blown save in the last of the 9th in Tampa's 4-3 win over the Orioles Tuesday, four of the five batters he faced reached vs. Mike Gonzalez. He threw 15 pitches, seven for strikes and gave up two runs in 1/3 of an inning. Up until the 9th, the O's pen worked three scoreless innings and Tampa was 1 for 9 vs.

Heartbreak in Tampa

The bottom of the ninth set up nicely for new O's closer Mike Gonzalez. Tampa had the bottom of the lineup coming up. But Gonzalez gave up a two-run single to Carl Crawford with the bases loaded and one out as Tampa stole the game from the Birds 4-3 on Opening Night at the Trop. The O's offense had to rely on three solo homers

Power outburst

Who said the O's need a true cleanup hitter? Their three homers tonight ties for third most hit in O's history in an Opening Day game. They had four vs. KC in 1982 and four vs. Tampa in 2006. They hit three vs. the White Sox in 1964 and three vs. Milwaukee in 1993. With three homers tonight, the O's have now hit 51 homers

Early impressions

You certainly can't draw many conclusions from the first few innings of the first game, but...... *Adam Jones told Gary Thorne before the game "if someone needs a kick in the butt this year, I'll do it. If I need a kick in the butt, I hope someone will do it." Minutes later, he went out and hit a Jamie Walker "rocket ship" off the

Previewing the opener (plus pitcher stats)

The Baltimore Orioles begin their 57th year of Major League Baseball tonight at 7:10 p.m. on the road vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. The O's are opening on the road for just the second time in 15 years. The O's went 64-98 last year while Tampa finished at 84-78, one year after winning the American League championship. Tampa sported baseball's best record in spring training

The Orioles' Opening Day stats

I've put together some stats to see how the Orioles players have fared in their careers on Opening Day. Right-hander Kevin Millwood will make his 7th career Opening Day start tonight. He is 2-4, 3.34 in previous openers. Last year, Millwood and Texas whipped Cleveland and Cliff Lee 9-1 in the opener as Millwood allowed just one run over seven innings. Millwood's Opening Day starts:

For Rowell: Back to the dirt

Billy Rowell is changing positions again. He's moving back to the infield and back to third base. Also, Rowell will begin this year with the Class-A Frederick Keys instead of playing for Bowie as some had speculated he might. Rowell, the Orioles first-round pick in June of 2006, played in right field at Frederick last year. In his first three seasons in the organization he

Steve's official predictions for the 2010 season (plus a Rowell update)

Billy Rowell update - I spoke with Billy Rowell tonight and he confirmed that he is moving back to the infield and will start this season with Class-A Frederick. The 21-year-old Rowell is moving back to third base, a position he played from 2006 through 2008 in his first three years in the organization. He played right field at Frederick last year. He may spend

A weekend I'll never forget

Last Friday was a pretty normal day for me. I conducted a couple of phone interviews with O's minor leaguers, worked on some opening-day Orioles stats and a Billy Rowell article. I enjoyed watching the O's and Yankees on TV. But as afternoon turned into night the chest pains that first started for me the day before returned. Before long, I was dealing with some

Saturday baseball: O's at Chicago

Game Preview Orioles (50-72) at Chicago White Sox (62-60) Led by a Brian Roberts home run binge, the Orioles have now won back-to-back games on their current road trip and could win their first series since the All-Star break with a victory tonight. Roberts hit his 4th career Grand Slam, leading the O's past Tampa on Thursday. Last night he homered twice as the O's

Next for Hobgood: Delmarva

Right-hander Matt Hobgood reported to the O's minor league camp several weeks early this year and his goal was to make the Delmarva starting rotation this season. Mission accomplished. The 19-year-old that the O's selected with the fifth pick in round one of the draft last June, will head north this weekend with the rest of the Shorebirds. "I'm really excited about my first year

Will there be another change for Rowell?

The Orioles are not confirming anything yet, but it appears there have been internal discussions about moving Billy Rowell from outfield back to the infield. Rowell, who played third base his first three seasons in the organization, played right field last year for the Class-A Frederick Keys. The 21-year-old Rowell struggled at bat the last two years with Frederick, but also had a tough time

The passing of a great Oriole

Mike Cuellar, one of the greatest pitchers in Orioles history, died today in Orlando, Florida. The Cuba-born Cuellar, who won 143 games with the Birds, was 72. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Cuellar had been in failing health since January and was dealing with the effects of a brain aneurism and stomach cancer. Cuellar was a mainstay in the Orioles rotation during some of the

Will there be another change for Rowell?

The Orioles are not confirming anything yet, but it appears there have been internal discussions about moving Billy Rowell from outfield back to the infield. Rowell, who played third base his first three seasons in the organization, played right field last year for the Class-A Frederick Keys. The 21-year-old Rowell struggled at bat the last two years with Frederick, but also had a tough time

Taking a guess at the minor league rotations

The Orioles have not yet announced their pitching rotations for three of their four full-season minor league clubs. But at this point, it's worth taking an educated guess at what we might see on the mound starting next Thursday. A few days ago, O's skipper Dave Trembley told reporters that Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, Brandon Erbe, Troy Patton and Alfredo Simon would begin the year

Where do you stand on "the plan"?

Fans have asked about the Orioles moving forward - what is "the plan"? It's not something that is written on paper. The O's don't have a mission statement like Tom Cruise's character in Jerry Maguire (remember, that was not a memo). The proof is in their actions. They have drafted pitchers. And then drafted more pitchers in recent years. They are trying to acquire young

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