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Audio of final out of Moreau's no-hitter (Moreau quotes added)

In his debut with the Frederick Keys tonight, lefty pitcher Nate Moreau made quite an impression. He pitched the sixth no-hitter in Keys history as Frederick won 7-0 at Salem. Here is the story from the Keys press release: Last night he was a Delmarva Shorebird awaiting a start against the West Virginia Power. A night later Keys LHP Nathan Moreau had stunned the Salem

Luke Scott thinks he is DL bound

During a season where a lot has gone badly for the Orioles tonight a player hit a go-ahead home run but pulled his hamstring running the bases. It happened when Luke Scott followed Ty Wigginton's two-run shot in the seventh with a solo homer for a 7-6 lead in a game that the Orioles won 9-6 over Oakland for their fifth win in six games,

Moreau pitches no-hitter in his Keys debut

Lefty Nate Moreau pitched a no-hitter tonight in his first start as a Frederick Key. He got the last out on a strikeout on a 2-2 pitch, as the Keys won 7-0 at Salem. It's the 6th no-hitter in Keys history, but first complete-game, nine-inning no-hitter since John Maine vs. Winston-Salem on July 3, 2003. The 23-year-old Moreau fanned six without a walk in his

Pretty much a disaster

That describes the top of the fourth inning where Oakland used an infield single, a bloop single, two O's errors and a three-run homer to score six times vs. Kevin Millwood and take a 6-3 lead. So much for playing from ahead. The O's led 3-0 after three. But Miguel Tejada made an error on the first hitter of the inning. One out later, Corey

O's agree to terms with Vader

The Orioles have agreed to terms with their 18th-round draft pick. They have come to terms with RHP Sebastian Vader from San Marcos High in San Marcos, California. He is an 18-year-old hurler that goes 6'4" and 170 pounds and was the 538th overall selection. He turned 18 on June 3rd. The O's have now come to terms with 27 of 49 selections and the

Another lefty on the move on the farm

The movement of left-handed starting pitching upward in the O's farm system continued today when southpaw Nate Moreau moved from Delmarva to the Frederick Keys. Moreau will be make his Keys debut tonight when he starts at Salem. He is taking the rotation spot of Rick Zagone, who as we reported last night, has moved to Double-A Bowie and will start for the Baysox at

Does Fox have revenge on his mind vs. Oakland?

He wasn't with the Oakland A's that long, and then Jake Fox was traded from Oakland to the Orioles just eight days ago. He was in the starting lineup vs. the A's for a time here yesterday, but then when Dallas Braden was scratched as Oakland starter, the Orioles changed thier lineup and Fox didn't start. He is not in tonight's starting lineup either. But

Two Tides make the All-Star game

Norfolk Tides pitcher Chris Tillman and outfielder Jeff Salazar have made the International League All-Star team. They will be on the 30-man squad that will take on the Pacific Coast League on July 14 at Lehigh Valley in the 23rd Triple-A All-Star game. Tillman is 7-4, 3.07 in 12 Triple-A starts on the year over 70 1/3 innings. He pitched a no-hitter on April 28

Admiring Matusz

For Brian Matusz, it was another night like a lot of the others on Tuesday vs. Oakland. He pitched pretty well, but not great, he got little run support and he lost. I have heard fans term his 2010 season as "disappointing." Matusz is now 2-9, 4.90 in 16 starts this year. He is tied for the AL lead in losses. I see Matusz's performance

More stats and notes from Oakland's 4-2 win over the O's

Here are more notes and stats to ponder from the Orioles 4-2 loss to the Oakland A's Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series. Not this time: After scoring 37 runs and batting .330 over the last six games, and after scoring 17 runs in the series vs. Washington, the O's were held to two runs on five hits by Oakland. The O's went

Lugo and Matusz post-game comments

After Brian Matusz hit Daric Barton in the top of the fifth inning on Tuesday night, the O's Julio Lugo got plunked by Vin Mazzaro leading off the last of the fifth. Lugo said he didn't object to getting hit, but it was where the ball hit him that got him a bit hot after the play. "I didn't like that, it was too close

Zagone is headed for Double-A (Josh Bell note)

It looks like it's one lefty replacing another at Double-A Bowie. With Zach Britton moving up to Triple-A Norfolk, lefty Rick Zagone will move up and join the Baysox from Frederick to make Wednesday night's start for Bowie. Zagone is 5-6, 3.20 on the year with Frederick in 15 starts. He has pitched 78 2/3 innings, allowing 79 hits, including seven homers. He has walked

Trailing again & tempers flare (update)

The Orioles are trailing again and look rather listless tonight. There is time to come back again, but one of these nights, they won't be able to. According to Elias, the O's are the first Major League team to win four straight games while erasing a deficit of at least three or more runs in each game since Detroit did it in the first four

Minor league roster news and notes (Baysox all-stars)

In roster news from the minors today, Bowie has activated lefty pitcher Chad Thall from the temporary inactive list. He is 1-0, 4.32 in 12 Baysox games this season with five walks and 14 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. The Delmarva Shorebirds have put first baseman Tyler Stampone on the disabled list with a left hand injury and received IF Mike Mooney from the Gulf

Hernandez brings the heat in relief

If it seems like David Hernandez is getting better with each relief appearance, that may be the case. Hernandez is 2-1, 2.13 with two saves in 11 relief outings. And, over his last three games, he has pitched no-hit ball over 3 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Sunday, he entered the game with the Nats and blew away Josh Willingham and Roger Bernadina on eighth-inning

Despite winless year, Erbe staying confident

If part of being a pitching prospect is learning to deal with adversity, than the 2010 season is becoming Brandon Erbe's personal classroom. He and Kevin Millwood have something in common. They both made 14 starts this year without getting a win. Millwood got the elusive first win in his 15th start. Erbe is not quite sure yet when his 15th start will take place.

Britton gets the call to go to Triple-A

It was a Monday of good news for O's pitching prospect Zach Britton. First he was named the latest Eastern League pitcher of the week. Then, late Monday night, after a Baysox doubleheader, Britton got the word from O's director of player development John Stockstill that he was being promoted to Triple-A Norfolk. He will join the Tides on Tuesday in Charlotte and is set

On the DL now, Erbe hopes to return soon (Britton honored & Egan note)

Roster move in the minors: Righty Pat Egan, who has had a great year for Double-A Bowie, today moved up to Norfolk to join the Tides roster. The 25-year-old Egan is 6-1, 2.12 with five saves. Over 46 2/3 innings, he has allowed 29 hits with seven walks to 25 strikeouts. Eastern League batters have hit just .177 vs. Egan. He was drafted in round

Talking about the hitters with Terry Crowley

O's hitting coach Terry Crowley gave a short, but honest answer to the question. I asked him if he thought Nick Markakis' comments about players needing a better approach at the plate had anything to do with the improved O's offense in recent games. "Um, probably not," Crowley said. So what is the difference with the offense in the past week? "I think they all

The pen has been mightier

During a weekend when the O's starters pitched to an ERA of 8.16, the performance of the Baltimore bullpen was a real key in the O's three-game sweep of Washington. Here is the game-by-game rundown: Friday: 4 2/3IP, 4H, 0R, 0B, 3K Saturday: 5IP, 1H, 0R, 1B, 2K Sunday: 3IP, 2H, 0R, 1B, 4K Totals: 12 2/3IP, 7H, 0R, 2B, 9K. That is 12 2/3

Samuel on Atkins getting designated for assignment

The Orioles have activated Koji Uehara and to make roster room Garrett Atkins has been designated for assignment, ending his tenure with the club. Here is what interim manager Juan Samuel said about Atkins removal from the roster. "The decision was made a few minutes ago to designate Atkins for assignment with Koji coming off the DL and the possibility of Felix Pie and other

Minor league notes on Henson, Hoes and Mummey

The Bowie Baysox have won back-to-back games at first-place Altoona and won Saturday night there by a 5-3 score. Baysox left fielder Tyler Henson went 3 for 5 with an RBI and continues to kind of quietly have a very solid first full year at Double-A. The 22-year-old, fifth-round pick out of an Oklahoma high school from 2006, is now batting .295-7-36. Henson is fifth

O's with another come-from-behind win over the Nats

Less than 24 hours after winning when trailing the Nationals 6-0, the Orioles beat Washington Saturday afternoon after trailing 5-0 after the top of the fourth. This time, the O's scored four in the 5th to tie the game 5-5 and pushed across the sixth and go-ahead run when Drew Storen uncorked a wild pitch and Luke Scott scored from third base in the seventh.

Jones homer notes

Adam Jones hit his daily homer today in the last of the fourth. Okay, he hasn't hit one every day, it just seems that way lately. He hit a 1-2 pitch out to left center to give the O's their first run of the game. His blast traveled 382 feet. Jones has now hit three homers over his last four games, four in seven games

Had to work hard there

When Brad Bergesen walked the number nine hitter leading off the top of the third, that was not a good start to the inning. An out later, he hit a batter. Bergesen had to throw 29 pitches as the Nats scored four runs on four hits off him in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Two more Washington runs and the O's will have

Rubbing elbows with the 1970 champs

When reminded today about the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1970 World Series winning Orioles, manager Juan Samuel thought for a second. "Let's see, in the 70's I was in the Dominican and probably with no TV," he laughed. He realizes that today provides a link to a glorious past of Orioles baseball and hopes that is not lost on some of the players in

Wigginton with an update on his back injury

After his back began to tighten up late in the game here on Thursday, O's home run leader Ty Wigginton sat out of last night's game and is not in the starting lineup today either. Wigginton says the injury remains minor and we could see him at some point in today's game. "It's improving. I should be available to pinch hit if they need me.

Bring on the runs

We're talking offense here, folks. Don't look now, but maybe the Orioles are finally starting to put some together. After scoring 11 runs in the win over Florida on Thursday, they scored seven in the comeback win last night. The O's output of 18 runs is their most over any two-game stretch of this year. For the first time all year they have four straight

Biggest comeback of the year

The Orioles overcame a 6-0 deficit to win 7-6 tonight vs. the Nats. They scored the winning run on Cristian Guzman's throwing error in the last of the ninth that easily could have and should have been an inning-ending double play. The O's previous best comeback win was from four runs down on May 13 vs. Seattle. Then, they trailed 5-1 after seven frames, but

Nick note

After going 1-8 in the last two games of the series with Florida, Nick Markakis has three hits tonight. He is 3 for 4 with three singles. He entered this game batting .339 over his last 16 games and he now has nine multi-hit games over his past 16 games. This is his fourth, three-hit game of the season and first since May 1st vs.

Dunn in by Adam

Here is a remarkable stat. When Adam Dunn batted in the fourth inning a few moments ago, with runners on first and third and two outs, Dunn was just one for 30 batting this year with runners in scoring position and two outs. That is an average of .033. Now he is 2 for 31. Dunn ripped a 3-2 pitch that was just inside the

Not a good start

Jake Arrieta certainly does not look sharp early in this game and the Nationals have taken advantage of their scoring chances to take a 3-0 lead after two and a half innings at the Yard. The O's spotted Florida an early 3-0 lead last night so maybe this is a new strategy. The top of the Nats order, which has been struggling we hear, has

Is Markakis taking a bigger leadership role?

It's been an interesting few weeks for O's outfielder Nick Markakis. He spoke out about his teammates approach at the plate on offense. And he also found time to meet with O's owner Peter Angelos to exchange thoughts about the future of the Orioles. Does all this mean Markakis is ready to take a prominent leadership role on this team? "You can call it what

Atkins gets the start, but how many more chances will he get?

He's become the forgotten man on the Orioles. Now, some wonder if he will be a man that is soon leaving the Orioles. It's been a lost season for first baseman Garrett Atkins. He's batting just .219-1-9 in 43 games and has started just four times in June and has not started any of the last eight games. With roster moves looming, no one has

Still our heroes

They were known simply as the "best damn team in baseball." No team was as dominant as the Baltimore Orioles then, who won 109, 108 and 101 games from 1969 to 1971. There was Brooks and Boog and Frank. You could not hit the ball up the middle past Belanger or Johnson or over the head of Blair in center. They had speed and power

More stats and notes from a big night on offense

It was just about the Orioles best night of the season on offense. They beat Florida 11-5 on Thursday night. Here are some notes on their big night on offense: *It was just the second time all year they scored double figure runs. They posted a season-best 12 runs versus Boston on May 1. The O's 17 hits tied their season high, which they posted

O's offense breaks out in 11-5 romp over the Marlins

For the Orioles, after losing two games in recent days where they led 4-0 early on, tonight they changed the script. Florida led 3-0 in the second before the Orioles took the lead with a five-run third inning and went on to an 11-5 win in the series finale with the Marlins. The Orioles ended an 11-game losing streak vs. Florida. The 11 runs was

Tejada notes

Miguel Tejada just hit a three-run homer to left in the last of the seventh to give the Orioles a 10-4 lead. It was Tejada's first homer since April 30 vs. Boston and ended a career-high 205 at bats between homers for him. It was his 5th of the year. Tejada entered this game with just one RBI over his previous 23 games and 99

Jones and the Fox

Adam Jones came up with his second homer in two nights and 11th of the year. Jones solo shot in the fifth extends the Orioles lead on Florida to 6-4. He ripped a liner 356-feet to left center on an 0-1 pitch from Alex Sanabia. It was Jones' third homer in five games, his fourth over eight contests and his fifth in the last 15

The offensive barrage (updated)

The O's scored five runs on seven hits in the last of the third to take a 5-3 lead on Florida. This time the Marlins have blown the early lead. The five runs is one off their biggest inning of the year and seven hits is the most in any inning this year. Their previous best was six hits in one frame. The inning saw

The first inning gets Millwood again

Coming into tonight's start, Kevin Millwood had allowed 18 runs over the first innings of his last six starts. His first-inning ERA on the year was 10.20. Then, the Marlins, looking to sweep this series, got two runs on four hits off him in the top of the first. Hanley Ramirez, still tormenting O's pitching and Dan Uggla came up with RBI singles. Millwood's season

Samuel on Bergesen, Fox, Jones and more

O's skipper Juan Samuel did not actually say the words that Brad Bergesen will be his starting pitcher on Saturday, but he did say Bergesen will join the team tomorrow. I think it's a pretty safe assumption at this point that Bergy takes the mound here Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Samuel was asked about Bergesen returning so soon, after just two Triple-A outings this time

O's facing roster decisions as Bergy and Koji set to return

O's interim manager Juan Samuel said today that Brad Bergesen will join the Orioles tomorrow and that Koji Uehara could be activated as soon as Saturday. The O's will then likely be facing two roster moves over the next few days, to activate Bergesen to make Saturday's start and another move to get Uehara back active. Samuel today said those moves would probably involve removing

O's tell Britton to throw more change-ups

Earlier this week, O's left-handed pitching prospect Zach Britton found out he was selected to the USA team for the Futures Game. One reason Britton got selected for the prestigious game is his excellent sinker-slider combination of pitches that has made him one of the top pitchers in the Eastern League this year. But he also found out recently that, while the O's are delighted

Wondering about a manager's decision

Sometimes managers make moves that can get second guessed. Actually, that seems to happen with any move a manager makes that didn't work. I am second guessing Juan Samuel's decision tonight to bring in Alfredo Simon to pitch in the top of the ninth. It was not a save situation. In fact, Florida led 6-5 as it came to bat in the ninth. The Marlins

Marlins grab the lead (updated)

Brian Matusz entered the top of the seventh having retired 11 batters in a row. But now, Florida has pushed across a tie-breaking run to gain a 5-4 lead after they trailed 4-0 in the second inning. Matusz walked Mike Stanton on a 3-1 pitch to start the inning. After he advanced to second on a ground out, Ronny Paulino's double just inside the right-field

Mummey joins IronBirds

The Orioles fourth-round draft pick, Auburn outfielder Trent Mummey, joined the Aberdeen IronBirds today in Staten Island, New York. Mummey, the 118th overall selection in the draft and highest O's pick to agree to terms so far, will be officially activated as soon as his contract is approved by Major League Baseball, which could happen any day. The 21-year-old lefty hitter batted .366-17-54 in 36

Will Fox get off the bench? (plus Vito checks in)

No one is saying or even hinting that Jake Fox could even begin to be the answer to all that ails the Orioles offense. But it would be nice to see him get a few starts along the way. Did they trade for the guy just as a utility/bench player? It's only two games since he has been here, but Fox is not in today's

Britton talks about making the Futures Game

Zach Britton was probably not expecting to find out this way. But when he got to his locker in the clubhouse Tuesday afternoon at Reading, there was an official looking letter from Major League Baseball. "When I got to my locker (yesterday) there was a letter from Major League Baseball. I wondered if I was in trouble. But then I saw it was a nice

Don't pitch to Hanley

Whenever the Orioles play Tampa, MASN's Rick Dempsey usually says "don't pitch to Pena." It's his way of reminding fans, and O's pitchers, how well the guy hits Baltimore pitching. If the O's played the Marlins more, the Demper would probably change that to "don't pitch to Ramirez." After missing Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, Ramirez returned to the lineup last night for the

Miclat set to move to Double-A

Shortstop Greg Miclat, who played tonight in the Carolina League vs. California League All-Star game, will soon be joining the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Miclat was batting .311-1-19 in 48 games with Frederick with an OBP of .403 and OPS of .806. The fifth-round pick out of the University of Virginia in 2008, was batting .348 in 18 games in June and went six for 12

Marlins hook O's, 10-4

If it seems like the Orioles lose often when they play the Florida Marlins in interleague games, they do. Florida blasted the O's 10-4 tonight to win for the ninth time in the last ten games between these teams. Florida is 17-5 all-time vs. the Birds. Hanley Ramirez, who missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, returned to the Marlins lineup with three hits and

Mummey and Frabizio notes

O's fourth-round draft pick Trent Mummey is at Camden Yards watching the Orioles tonight. Mummey had his physical in Baltimore this week and it appears everything checked out fine, as expected. The outfielder from Auburn is expected to join the Aberdeen IronBirds in the next few days. The 21-year-old Mummey hit .366-17-54 in 36 games in college this year after beginning the season missing 28

Welty in the HR Derby

Ronnie Welty of the Frederick Keys made the semifinals of the home run derby before tonight's California League/Carolina League All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach, S.C., hitting five first-round homers, the most of any of the 10 competitors. In the semis, he was beaten by Winston-Salem's Jon Gilmore, two homers to one. Gilmore beat High Desert's Rich Poythress in the finals, four homers to three. Thanks

Jake Fox talks about joining the Orioles

Yes, the Orioles did trade a Wolf for a Fox. Pitcher Ross Wolf goes to Oakland and a few moments ago Jake Fox completed his first interview with Baltimore reporters. Fox found out yesterday morning he would be an Oriole and today settled into his locker in the Camden Yards clubhouse. "I'm excited about it. It's always good to have a change and go someplace

It's all about the young players

Over the next few weeks and months fans and reporters will be tracking the Orioles for a couple of reasons. One, the constant watch to see just how historically bad this team turns out to be. Two, to see who might become the next manager. For me, this season has turned out so badly, I don't care if they lose 100, 110, 120 or 130

O's draftee gets College World Series save

The Orioles third-round draft pick, right-hander Dan Klein, picked up a save in the College World Series on Monday night. He pitched a shutout ninth inning as his UCLA squad beat TCU, 6-3. It was his tenth save of the season as UCLA improved to 2-0 in the series. Klein, showing a 93-MPH fastball, along with a change and curve, gave up a one-out single

Minor moves

Here are a couple of roster moves from the Orioles farm system today: *RHP Zach Clark goes from Bowie to Norfolk. *LHP Chris George goes from Norfolk to Bowie. *SS Pedro Florimon joins Aberdeen on an injury-rehab assignment. Clark, who has been with the O's since 2006, was 1-1, 3.41 with Bowie. George pitched in 14 games, nine as a starter at Triple-A and went

Townsend set to return to the diamond

It's been a tough season for first baseman Tyler Townsend, the Orioles third-round pick out of Florida International in the 2009 draft. It began with Townsend suffering a hamstring injury during winter workouts. But he felt fine when spring training began. Then, he hurt the hamstring again and didn't report to Delmarva until April 20. He would go 5 for 10 at bat with 2

O's fall at San Diego in 50th loss of year

Win two in a row? It's been a long time coming for these 2010 Orioles. Win a road series? That hasn't happened all year. Couldn't do it today either at San Diego. I thought with a 4-0 lead and Jake Arrieta on the mound, maybe, but........ Since winning three in a row vs. Seattle and Cleveland from May 12-14, the Orioles have not been able

Wieters note

It was for sure a pleasant sight to see Matt Wieters rip a three-run double to left center to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead after a half inning at San Diego. Wieters began today hitless in his last 13 at bats and with just one hit over his last 22 at bats as his average dipped to .222 and some fans were calling for

Hobgood skips one start

The Orioles top pick in last June's draft, right-hander Matt Hobgood has not pitched for the Delmarva Shorebirds since June 11, but is expected to make his next start when the Shorebirds season resumes later this coming week after the upcoming All-Star break. Hobgood was skipped one turn due to slight shoulder soreness that is not believed to be anything more serious than that. When

Joe Jordan with more comments on Mummey

The latest Orioles draft pick to agree to terms is fourth-round pick Trent Mummey, an outfielder from Auburn that was taken with the 118th overall selection. Mummey is expected to take his physical in Baltimore on Monday and, if all goes well there as expected, he will then officially sign and soon after likely join the Aberdeen IronBirds. Mummey missed the first 28 games of

Millwood finally gets one

Kevin Millwood is finally a winner in 2010. Wonder how his stomach was feeling in that last of the ninth. It had the look of many others that got away from the Orioles this year and the latest was in that park just last night. But Alfredo Simon stranded the tie run at third as he picked up the final two outs, and, even though

Good pitching on the farm

The four starting pitchers tonight at the O's full-season affiliates combined to give up just one earned run and pitch to an ERA of 0.38 this evening. Here is the rundown: Norfolk's Troy Patton: 5IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER Bowie's Zach Britton: 6IP, 2H, 0R Frederick's Ryan Berry: 5IP, 2H, 0R Delmarva's Kenny Moreland: 8IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER That is 1 ER and 12 hits over

The botched rundown

Well, you knew San Diego would score after the Orioles botched that rundown between second and third in the last of the first. Cesar Izturis was chasing the runner toward third base and just needed to keep running at him and there likely would have been two runners at third and an easy third out. But he made a throw he didn't need to make

Saturday minor league notes

Delmarva and Frederick play games today and tomorrow and that will end their respective first halves and bring those two clubs to their All-Star breaks. Delmarva is playing well and takes a five-game win streak into tonight's home game vs. Lexington. The Shorebirds have allowed just nine runs during their season-high win streak. Delmarva has now won eight in a row at Perdue Stadium, its

Updates on Mummey and Klein with Joe Jordan (plus Aberdeen note)

The latest Orioles draft pick to agree to terms is fourth-round pick Trent Mummey, a lefty hitting outfielder from Auburn that was taken with the 118th overall selection. Mummey is expected to take his physical in Baltimore on Monday and, if all goes well there as expected, he will then officially sign and soon after join the Aberdeen IronBirds. A Baltimore Sun report said Mummey

Two-strike approach

When I hear the term "two-strike approach" I think of a batter and how they want to protect the plate and swing at anything close when the count is 0 and 2. But maybe O's pitchers need a better "two-strike approach." The stats say the O's hurlers are among the worst in AL when the count is 0-2. Worst batting average against, 0-2 count: .227

A blown lead and second guessing Wieters

Well, it's official. The Orioles have now lost more games when leading after eight innings in just 67 games this year then they did in all 162 games last year. They are 14-5 this season when leading after eight in blowing tonight's 2-1 lead heading to the last of the ninth. Last year, they were 55-4 when leading after eight. The Orioles have the worst

O's pitchers among worst supported

It should come as no suprise that of the seven pitchers in the AL getting the worst run support, three start for the Orioles. Here are the seven getting the worst support in the league. This is for the run support average over nine innings. 2.38 - Kevin Millwood, O's 2.56 - Dallas Braden, Oak 2.93 - Zack Greinke, KC 3.02 - Ben Sheets, Oak

Five 2010 draft picks make debuts as IronBirds win opener

The Aberdeen IronBirds began their ninth season of play in the New York-Penn League tonight with a win in the season opener, 5-2 at home vs. Hudson Valley. The IronBirds used six extra-base hits and a three-pitcher, three-hitter to send 6,671 fans home happy from Ripken Stadium. Starting pitcher Justin Anderson got the win allowing just one hit, a solo homer, over six innings. T.R.

Shorebirds will host the 2011 All-Star game

The Delmarva Shorebirds have announced that they will host the 2011 South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 21, 2011 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. "We are extremely excited to host the 2011 All-Star Game, and to showcase Arthur W. Perdue Stadium and Delmarva's attractions to the rest of the league," said General Manager Chris Bitters. "We're also excited to partner with Perdue and use

It's not all bad right now

From the O's good news department as they get set to begin a series in San Diego tonight, four of the young pitchers are throwing well right now. Brian Matusz, who starts on the mound tonight at Petco Park, and Jake Arrieta have pitched to a ERA of 2.70 over their last five combined starts. After going through a four-start stretch where his ERA was

The amazing story of O's minor leaguer Lance West

Even the most diehard observer of the Orioles minor leagues may not know his name. That's okay with Lance West. And this will probably be a real good season for him with Aberdeen this summer even if he doesn't get one hit. Because, for the first time in his life, he'll be playing baseball with sight in both eyes. "I was blind in my left

Flying under the radar in the minors

I decided to put together a list of some minor league players that are enjoying good seasons with mostly little fanfare. They are flying a bit under the radar right now. Some may be considered prospects, others may not, but all seem to be doing well on the field this summer. Armando Gabino: The 26-year-old righty was claimed off waivers from Minnesota and is 4-0,

A take on Bobby Valentine

Some people have read the few public comments Bobby Valentine has made about his interview for the Orioles manager's job and read those comments to say he has little interest in the job. I don't see it that way. I see where he said this job would be a "big challenge" and that the "Orioles standings don't look like they will turn around very quickly."

Notes and stats from the series finale at San Fran

Another day where the Orioles got few clutch hits, left many on base and lost. San Fran beat the Birds 6-3 on Wednesday as the Orioles still have won just two series all year. The O's had 11 hits, all singles, and left 13 men on base. They are 2-18-2 in series on the year. Other notes from the O's 48th loss: Sit down when

IronBirds announce their weekend pitching rotation

Earlier this week, Aberdeen IronBirds manager Gary Kendall said Justin Anderson could be his opening night starting pitcher on Friday, but he was not for certain at that point. Today, it has been confirmed that Anderson will get the ball on Friday night at 7:35 p.m. when the Birds host Hudson Valley at Ripken Stadium. Anderson was drafted in the 24th round last June by

Mychal Givens update

Shortstop Mychal Givens, the Orioles second-round draft pick last June, underwent surgery on his left thumb last week and will miss the rest of this season. It was expected that Givens would be out several weeks due to the procedure. Now the plan is for him to begin some rehab around mid August and likely go to the O's instructional league workouts in September. The

Draft picks Nowak and Oliveira set for Aberdeen start

For some players recently taken in the First-Year Player Draft, life can move pretty fast these days. They were drafted last week, signed quickly and now head to a strange town to meet new teammates and begin life as a pro in their new organizations. Of the nine 2010 draft picks on the Aberdeen IronBirds roster right now, Jeremy Nowak and Joe Oliveira are the

Arrieta does it again as O's top Giants, 4-1

So can Jake Arrieta pitch more often than once every five days? Probably not. But the 24-year-old rookie right-hander is now 2-0, 2.77 after two Major League starts. Pitching vs. a Giants team that had won four in a row and had scored 10 runs the night before, Arrieta gave up just three hits and one run over seven innings and one batter on Tuesday

Minor league notes

Here are some updates on a couple of players. Cla Meredith is struggling since he went down to Triple-A. In four games, he is 1-0 with an ERA of 17.18. Today he gave up two runs in one inning vs. Columbus. In 3 2/3 since joining Norfolk, he has allowed nine hits and seven runs with five walks and strikeouts and a .450 batting average

Hopefully, Arrieta won't be feeling the pressure tonight

So Jake Arrieta has been with the Orioles five days now and he has seen the team win one game and he started that game. No pressure Jake. Actually I hope the confidence he exudes is there again tonight and that he does not feel any extra pressure to perform vs. the Giants. Hope he is not aware of this stat: Over the last 18

Cameron Coffey update

When I interviewed Cameron Coffey in March, he was upbeat and very optimistic about the 2010 season. But now, outside of taking part at extended spring training, Coffey has not pitched for any O's minor league affiliate and the possibility exists that he won't this year. Coffey underwent Tommy John surgery in March of last year and his velocity has not returned to an expected

Arrieta: "My stuff really plays at this level"

For his second act, Jake Arrieta will switch leagues and coasts and still try to win. After beating the Yankees last week, maybe the Giants won't look too tough when Arrieta takes the mound tonight. He says he is settling in with the team nicely at this point. "The first day I was kind of high strung a bit, lot of nerves, lot of tension.

Day after notes: Giants whip the O's, 10-2

The Orioles fell to 17-47 on the year when they began a six-game interleague road trip with a 10-2 loss at San Francisco Monday night Another slide: The Orioles have now lost four in a row and have been outscored 29-8 in that stretch. They have lost six of seven, 18 of 21 and are just 5-23 over their last 28 games. Road woes: The

Staying up late with the Orioles, I think (with in game updates)

OK, no promises, but for now the plan is to stay up late (or is that early?) and watch tonight's entire Orioles game. No, I don't need my head examined. It comes with the job. Plus, I am a late-night and not an early morning person. If the game began at 7 a.m, I'd plan to miss a few innings. It will hold my interest

Bergy will start Thursday for Norfolk (plus Townsend update)

Brad Bergesen's next start is set for this Thursday night when Triple-A Norfolk plays at Toledo. Bergesen, who was 3-4, 6.50 in 12 games, 10 starts for the Orioles, was optioned back to Norfolk on Sunday for the second time this year. Bergesen got the win in his one other Triple-A start this year, on April 25 vs. Charlotte. In seven innings, he allowed seven

Aberdeen's roster features plenty of 2010 draft picks

Their season-opening roster is not final yet, but as of today, the Aberdeen IronBirds roster features nine players taken last week in the First-Year Player Draft. Here are the 2010 draft picks on Aberdeen's current roster and the round they were selected in: OF Jeremy Nowak (13) C Joe Oliveira (15) RHP Scott Copeland (21) RHP Timothy Adleman (24) C Austin Goolsby (26) SS Michael

Millwood is searching for answers right now

Kevin Millwood entered his start today coming off back-to-back starts where he allowed six runs each. But this afternoon against the Mets, it didn't get better for Millwood. It got worse. He gave up two homers in the first inning and trailed 5-0 after just six hitters. "Just not throwing the ball where I need to. That's pretty much it. Hopefully, I'll figure something out

Bergy talks about heading back to Triple-A

It can't be easy for a pitcher that was 7-5, 3.43 last year to hear he is going back to the minor leagues. But Brad Bergesen got that word today after the game for the second time this season. He is heading back to Norfolk in a roster move that will open a spot for Alfredo Simon to be activated off the DL. Bergesen was

The Pirates big draft-day decision

Since that Kevin Millwood blog worked out so well... Here is a story from today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It discusses the Pirates' decision with the second pick in the draft last Monday night. They had to decide whether to take prep pitcher Jameson Taillon or prep shortstop Manny Machado with their top pick. By now we know they settled on Taillon and the O's got Machado.

Can Millwood turn it around today?

Maybe the lack of run support has started to get him. Maybe he was carrying too heavy of an innings load. Or maybe there is no real explanation. But on May 8th, Kevin Millwood's ERA was 3.26 and it has been on a steady climb up to 4.64 now. Millwood recently: *An ERA of 8.31 over his last three starts. *An ERA of 6.34 over

It's out of their control

When he was asked after the game last night about the lack of runs the Orioles have been scoring when he pitches, Brian Matusz could only say "you can't control that." What other answer could he give really without throwing anyone under the bus and, to their credit, no O's starter has even hinted at that this year. But Matusz has seen the O's score

Few runs, but plenty of notes from the O's 3-1 loss to the Mets

Here are some notes from the O's latest loss, 3-1 to the New York Mets on Saturday night. Wins and losses: The Orioles fall to 17-45 on the season, 2-6 on this homestand and 11-20 at home. They have lost the series with the Mets taking the first two games. The Orioles are just 2-17-2 in series on the year. The Orioles, after going 11-7

A championship for the Frederick Keys

The Orioles Class-A Frederick Keys affiliate tonight lost, but still clinched the first half Northern Division championship in the Carolina League. Entering tonight with a magic number of one, the Keys lost at home 8-1 to Salem but wrapped up the division when Winston-Salem beat second-place Wilmington, 2-1. By the way, there is no issue with Keys starting pitcher Rick Zagone, who pitched just two

Mets top O's 3-1 for elusive road series win

The Orioles wasted yet another decent starting pitching performance tonight. For the second night in a row, the Orioles scored just once vs. the New York Mets. Jeff Francoeur and Jose Reyes hit solo homers off Brian Matusz as the Mets posted a 3-1 win over the Orioles in front of 42,248 at Camden Yards. The Orioles fall to 17-45. The Mets entered Baltimore with

Lugo's gift

Julio Lugo just handed the New York Mets the lead in the top of the sixth inning. With runners on first and third and one out in a 1-1 tie game, David Wright hit a grounder right back to the mound. Brian Matusz threw to second base for one out and Lugo, who had all the time in the world to make a relay throw

Mike Griffin's take on Brandon Erbe

When a pitcher has a record of 0-9 and ERA of 6.23, it seems it would be hard to find some progress that pitcher is making. Those are Brandon Erbe's numbers right now for Triple-A Norfolk. While Erbe has made two starts without giving up a run since May 13th, he has also allowed four runs or more in four of his last five starts.

The offense under Juan Samuel

Despite scoring just one run last night, the O's offense may be showing some signs of life on Juan Samuel's watch. Over the last five games, the Orioles have produced 53 hits and a team batting average of .291. They have as many sac bunts, five, since Samuel was named interim manger, as they had up until then. In the first 54 games, they stole

Keys magic number is one

The Frederick Keys can wrap up the Northern Division first half title in the Carolina League tonight with a win at home over Salem or a Wilmington loss. The Keys magic number is now down to one. The Keys lost to Salem 8-5 last night, but their number to clinch dropped from two to one with Wilmington's loss. Frederick is looking for its fifth first

Can Bergy get it back in the bullpen?

It was the eighth inning last night and Brad Bergesen came running in from center field to pitch. He was going to make his first-ever Major League relief appearance. It just didn't look right, seeing Bergy as a reliever. I am not sure if that's the right role for him. He's become somewhat of the odd man out right now. He's in the pen for

Some notes and quotes from the O's loss to the Mets

Some notes from the Mets 5-1 win over the Orioles on Friday night and some post-game quotes from Jeremy Guthrie and Brad Bergesen. Guthrie on the Chris Carter three-run homer in the fourth: "I wouldn't say it was a bad pitch, it was a wrong pitch. He did a good job on it. Chris is a former teammate of mine, we played at Stanford together.

Mets top O's 5-1 in series opener

Well, this felt like 1969 all over again. R.A. Dickey, reminding one of Tom Seaver or Jerry Koosman, shut down the Orioles Friday night as the Mets beat the Birds 5-1 in the opener of the weekend series, in front of 28,554 at Camden Yards. They were amazin'. Just kidding, although he did shut them down, allowing just a run over seven innings and is

The day after for Jake Arrieta

Less than 24 hours after posting his first Major League win and beating the Yankees, Jake Arrieta was concentrating on the TV in the O's clubhouse. His college team, TCU was taking on Texas in the NCAA's Super Regionals. Jake was as calm watching that game as he seemed on the mound Thursday night. Since he got that win, his phone has been blowing up,

Luke Scott's take on the dugout exchange from last night

Some fans have been wondering about the exchange last night in the O's dugout in the last of the sixth inning. Luke Scott tripled on a ball that hit off the wall in right field. He appeared not to be running hard out of the box and ran harder after he got around first base. After he scored, he was seen talking in the dugout

Britton gets on a roll & Frederick can clinch tonight

Don't look now, but lefty Zach Britton, last year's Carolina League Pitcher of the Year, is really starting to pitch well for Double-A Bowie. Britton is the starter tonight when the Baysox (30-30) open a series at Harrisburg. Britton is now 5-3, 2.96 on the year and leads the Eastern League in groundball ratio at 3.19. He is 7th in the league in ERA. Over

O's agree to terms with 15 draft picks

The Orioles have agreed to terms with these picks from this week's First-Year Player Draft: The round they were drafted in follows the player's name. Jeremy Nowak (13), Michael Mosby (14), Joseph Oliveira (15), Vincent Zazueta (25), Austin Goolsby (26), Michael Rooney (30), Adam Gaylord (31), Steven Mazur (33), Samuel Starr (34), Joseph Donaldson (35), Brad Decater (36), Jeremy Shelby (38), Jacob Petit (42), Preston

A plethora of notes and quotes from Thursday's win over New York

OK, since I cautioned fans not to read too much on the plus or negative side of Jake Arrieta's first Major League start, I won't either. I won't gush about his solid performance vs. the Yankees or say I told you so about him making his first big league start vs. New York. But it was a good night to see an O's fifth-round pick

Jake Arrieta talks about winning his ML debut

Charlie Beamon, Koji Uehara and Jake Arrieta. Those are the three Orioles starting pitchers that beat the Yankees in a start in their Major League debuts. After the game, Arrieta had to deal with inquiring reporters and answering questions with shaving cream still an issue. "I got a little build up in my ears, so I'll do my best to hear you guys." Jake Arrieta

Arrieta was impressive (update, O's win)

If Jake Arrieta just had not walked number nine hitter Chad Moeller leading off the top of the third. That led to two Yankees runs, but this young man did a very solid job in his Major League debut. He might beat the Yankees and A.J. Burnett in his Major League debut since he leaves with a 4-3 lead after six innings. Arrieta tonight: 6IP,

The Arrieta stats

Here are the minor league numbers for Jake Arrieta and other assorted stats from Norfolk this season. He is 6-2, 1.85 on the season. In 73 innings, he has allowed 48 hits, three homers, 34 walks and 64 strikeouts. His ratio of ground to air outs is 1.43 and his batting average against is .189. *ERA of 0.82 over his last three starts (2 ER

Berken and Hernandez remember their Major League debuts

If Jake Arrieta wants to get advice on what he may experience in his Major League debut tonight, all he has to do is walk a few feet in the O's clubhouse. He could ask Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, David Hernandez or Brian Matusz. They all made and won their Major League debuts last season. Berken beat Toronto in his debut on May 26, pitching

Mike Griffin talks about Jake Arrieta

Of those in baseball that know Jake Arrieta's pitching very well, Mike Griffin may know him the best. He's been his pitching coach for his 28 starts at Triple-A Norfolk over the last two years. Griffin is confident Arrieta will do well tonight and can handle making his first career start vs. the Yankees. "He's going to be nervous, that's only human. But you know

Trying to put Arrieta's debut in perspective

A fan calling in to the Mark Viviano show on the O's flagship station, 105.7 the Fan today said he thought the Orioles were calling up Jake Arrieta to sell more tickets to tonight's game. Some fans' lack of knowledge knows no bounds. What about his league-leading ERA of 1.85; what about his ERA of 0.82 over his last three starts; what about his recent

Tillman talk and some notes following the O's 4-2 loss to NY

On a night where he said he just didn't have nearly his best stuff, Chris Tillman battled the Yankees pretty well, but it didn't lead to a win for him or the team. Tillman gave up eight hits and three runs (two earned) over six innings in the Orioles 4-2 loss to New York. "This might have been the best I've felt but I think

Well, Cervelli is excited

We know at least one player is really fired up here tonight. When CC Sabathia struck out Luke Scott with the bases loaded to end the last of the seventh, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli jumped up and thrust his fist through the air. I mean if it had connected, someone might have needed a standing eight count. One word came to mind - bush. Is

The Norfolk prospects are starting to hit

After watching that terrible top of the sixth and the atrocious Orioles defense hand the Yankees a 3-2 lead, I've decided to focus on Triple-A for a few minutes. Almost no one has big numbers on offense there, but some of the key prospects are picking it up recently with the bat: Josh Bell: He is batting .364 over his last 15 games with nine

O's close in on signing some draft picks

Now that the First-Year Player Draft is over, it's time for scouting directors around baseball to start signing some of the players they selected. That process has already begun for the Orioles who already are close to an agreement with their fourth-round pick, Auburn outfielder Trent Mummey. "We do have a pretty good understanding with Mummey, our fourth-round pick. I think he's ready. Klein at

The proud papa (plus Bowie moves)

There are now two Shelbys in the Orioles organization. Today the Orioles drafted Grambling State outfielder Jeremy Shelby, the son of John "T-Bone" Shelby, the Birds first base coach, in the 38th round. "I was hoping somebody would take a chance and they told me that they would draft him. I called him to see if he was listening to it. He listened all day

No reason to be concerned about Guthrie

Well, now we know that Jake Arrieta is officially scheduled to make his Major League debut tomorrow here at Camden Yards. Jeremy Guthrie, who was listed yesterday as Thursday's starter, will now get an extra day of rest and is set to start Friday vs. the Mets. After his last start, Guthrie mentioned that he had been dealing with some "general soreness." Today he told

Hoes nearing a return for the Keys

The Frederick Keys, who are closing in on the first half Northern Division championship in the Carolina League, have even more good news on the way. Their talented, young second baseman, L.J. Hoes, should be back in the lineup soon. The 20-year-old, right-handed hitter has not played since May 15th. He's been out with an illness but is feeling better now and has been taking

No problem with Arrieta facing the Yankees

If the reports are true - and they likely are - that Jake Arrieta is Baltimore bound to start Thursday's game against the Yankees, I have no real problem with that. We reported in this space yesterday that Tim Bascom was going to join the Norfolk squad and that could lead to Arrieta in Baltimore and that is about to happen. It's about time really.

More with Joe Jordan as the draft heads into its final day

Scouting directors have turned the corner and are heading home in the First-Year Player Draft. There are thirty rounds now in the books and today the clubs select for rounds 31 through 50 when the draft resumes at Noon. O's scouting director Joe Jordan talks about his goals for today and those final 20 picks. "Obviously the (draft) board has been decimated, but we're going

Some notes and quotes after New York's 12-7 win

Unlucky seven: The seven runs the Orioles scored was their most since a 13-7 loss to Texas on May 20. They had scored just 14 runs over their previous nine games. They are now 1-3 on a nine-game homestand, 4-18 over the last 22 games, 7-24 vs. the AL East and 16-42 on the season. Is this good?: The Orioles are 1-9 this year versus

Jordan sizes up day two of the draft

On day two of the First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles selected 28 players, completing rounds two through 30. Of the O's 29 picks to date, 15 are pitchers and 14 position players with 20 of the 29 selections being college products. A few moments ago, O's scouting director Joe Jordan talked about the second day of the draft with reporters here in the Camden Yards

Should there be any mild concern about Millwood?

Kevin Millwood gave up a two-run homer in the first inning tonight to Nick Swisher. It's the fourth game in a row where Millwood has been scored on in the first inning after he pitched shutout ball in the opening inning of his first nine starts. Maybe it's time for some mild concern over Millwood. In his last two starts, he gave up 10 ER

Wieters on his offense and days off

There has been a lot of talk about catcher Matt Wieters and his offensive numbers, or lack thereof. I asked Wieters about his offense today and also if carrying such a heavy load with catching and playing almost every day hurts his offense a bit. "I don't think so. I think you can look at my numbers last year and they are probably similar to

Bascom joins Norfolk: Is Arrieta on the move?

In a move that potentially could lead to Jake Arrieta joining the Orioles, right-hander Tim Bascom has joined the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. Bascom has not yet been activated, but soon could be joining the Norfolk rotation. The 25-year-old right-hander is 3-4, 3.43 in 11 starts with Double-A Bowie. Over 63 innings, he gave up 71 hits with just ten walks to 41 strikeouts. He has

Frederick closes in on playoff berth

The first-half of the Carolina League season is nearing completion and the Frederick Keys are in the drivers seat to clinch their first playoff berth since 2007. With 13 games left, the Keys lead the Northern Division by eight games over Wilmington. They have a magic number of five to win the division first-half title. Frederick is 35-23, the first time since the end of

Jordan expects some over-slot signings

Well, with all the stories I have written in the last week or so on the draft, believe it or not, in reviewing some of my notes, I actually found some comments from scouting director Joe Jordan that I have not yet published. So let's clean out this quote book once and for all. I asked Jordan if he expects to sign players to over-slot

Quotes and comments from Manny Machado

After he had about 25 people over to watch the draft, where he was selected with the third overall pick by the Orioles, shortstop Manny Machado took part in a telephone conference call interview with Orioles reporters tonight. Here are the questions he got and his answers: Q: What was today like for you and did you think you would be drafted by the O's?

Machado is no consolation prize

Okay, I'll admit I was hoping the Orioles would get high school pitcher Jameson Taillon with the third pick in the draft. To me the numbers 99 (his top velocity) and 18 (his age) don't often go together. Now, I and all O's fans have to get over it. They didn't make a mistake here, unless winning two more games than the Pirates last year

Hanging out with Adam Jones

Special thanks to Adam Jones of the Orioles, who joined me earlier on Monday for a live video chat here at MASNSports.com. We spent time on a wide variety of subjects, including new O's interim manager Juan Samuel, what draft day was like for Adam in 2003, his base stealing, his mentor Mark McLemore and, of course, his Mom. Look for more live video chats

Machado to O's almost definite now

Starting this afternoon at 3:30, I'll be hosting a live radio-type podcast here at MASNSports.com. You can call in then with your comments and questions on the draft at 914-338-0105. I hope to take a lot of your calls beginning today at 3:30pm. Here is the link to listen to the radio show. It now appears just about definite that the Orioles will wind up

Will the O's be thinking offense in the draft?

Many fans are wondering if the Orioles will make a concentrated effort to add some offense in the First-Year Player Draft that begins with the first round tonight at 7 p.m. With the third overall pick in round one tonight the O's could wind up with prep pitcher Jameson Taillon or high school shortstop Manny Machado. Most draft projections have the O's taking one of

Chat live with Adam Jones at 1pm today

Well, draft day is finally here. It feels like I've been writing about the draft for weeks, but it's only been about the last week. It's an important three-day stretch for the Orioles. They seem certain to get a highly-touted prospect with their first-round pick tonight, but all of their picks will be important. The Tampa Bay Rays hit big on some draft picks over

Jordan looking for some toughness in this draft

A familiar criticism of the Orioles at times in recent years has been that there is a losing culture around the organization. They need more players that have toughness and just refuse to lose, some say. O's scouting director Joe Jordan said, in addition to talented players, he is looking for players just like that this year in the First-Year Player Draft, which begins at

Some thoughts on the O's draft

Whether they get a player that can throw a fastball 99 miles per hour, or a shortstop that may be a five-tool talent, the Orioles figure to come out of the first round of Monday's First-Year Player Draft feeling pretty good about things. After the Nationals take Bryce Harper with the first pick as expected, the Pirates are up. Baseball America and ESPN are now

Special draft day coverage

Don't think I've written every draft story from my notebook yet. There is even more on the way. Later today or tonight, I'll post more thoughts on what the O's might do with the third overall pick in round one on Monday night. Check out my blog and MASNSports.com during the day Monday for updates and special coverage. Monday at 1 p.m. I'll host a

A confident, even cocky Arrieta is okay with Allenson

With continued speculation that Jake Arrieta could be Baltimore bound at some point soon, I went to the guy today that has been his manager at Triple-A Norfolk the last two years. That is Gary Allenson, now the O's interim third-base coach. He admits that Arrieta can be confident, even bordering on cocky at times, but says that is a good thing and that Arrieta

Some notes and quotes after Boston's 8-2 win

Going the wrong way: That's ten straight losses for the Orioles. They are now just 3-17 over their last 20 games. They are 10-32 over the last 42 games vs. Boston. Jeremy Guthrie said: "I had a good fastball and was able to locate it well. My slider was not that good tonight and I got away with a few mistakes. "I'm always trying to

Maybe this is why Arrieta only pitched two innings tonight

O's manager Juan Samuel said the club was "keeping its options open" and that was why Jake Arrieta did not start, but came on in relief in tonight's Triple-A Norfolk vs. Buffalo game. But it's also possible that Arrieta's innings were limited over concern for Jeremy Guthrie, who made his 12th start of the season tonight. Don't get alarmed, I don't think we've got another

Handed a chance for the win, the O's politely refused

It's not often a good team like the Red Sox says to the Orioles "here, take this game from us," but the Red Sox just did. The 2010 version of the Orioles said "don't bother." With Boston leading by just a 1-0 score, Jon Lester walked three straight Orioles to load the bases with one out in the seventh and Daniel Bard came on. Bard,

It's not bothering Guthrie tonight

Over the last nine games, the Orioles pitching staff ERA is 6.12. The Birds have scored just 14 runs in that time and you have to wonder if the lack of offense isn't finally getting to the starting pitchers, who have worked just 9 1/3 combined innings over the last three games before tonight. It must be exhausting to feel like you have to throw

Arrieta is not starting tonight

Jake Arrieta did not make tonight's start for Norfolk vs. Buffalo. I have found out he is not hurt, this has nothing to do with any injuries. Is he Baltimore bound? There is no word on any of that at this point, but he did not make tonight's start for Norfolk as scheduled. Andy Mitchell is on the mound.

The power outage

Some of the numbers on the Orioles recent lack and season-long lack of offense. *The O's are on a pace to score 530 runs this year (3.27 per game) which would be the fewest in team history. The fewest number of runs scored by the O's during a 162-game season was 550 by the 1988 Orioles. Of course, the O's are also on pace for

Arrieta is up tonight

Well, not in the big leagues, but he'll take the ball tonight at home for Triple-A Norfolk vs. Buffalo. Arrieta is 3-0, 0.82 over his last three starts and in 22 innings has allowed just two earned runs with 16 hits and 23 strikeouts. After his last start, he told me he felt 100 percent ready for the Majors. Arrieta leads the International League in

Bergy on his move to the bullpen

O's right-hander Brad Bergesen last pitched in relief during the 2008 season, once for Bowie and once for Frederick. But he will be in the bullpen tonight here at Camden Yards vs. Boston. With Orioles' starters, including Bergesen, having pitched just 9 1/3 innings combined over the last three games, Bergesen is in the pen tonight. As for how long he stays, there, the O's

Talking drafts and budgets with Jim Callis

Here is the final part of my series of interviews with Jim Callis of Baseball America. Today he discusses the O's drafts under Joe Jordan and the dollars the Orioles have spent on the draft. He gives Jordan solid marks for his drafts. "They've been good. I know some Baltimore fans, at least from the emails I get, are a little impatient, saying Matt Wieters

Dickerson to manage at Norfolk

The Orioles will name Bobby Dickerson as interim manager of the Triple-A Norfolk Tides today, replacing Gary Allenson who is joining the Orioles staff as coach. The 44-year-old Dickerson has been serving as the O's Latin-American field co-ordinater and their minor league infielder co-ordinater. Whether he will stay as manager at Norfolk for the rest of the season has not been decided. Dickerson begins as

One man's take on Trembley's ouster

News official: The Orioles made the news official this morning. Juan Samuel is taking over as interim manger and Dave Trembley has been dismissed. Gary Allenson has been named interim third base coach. The club will hold a news conference today at 2:30 p.m. with Andy MacPhail and Juan Samuel. When Andy MacPhail sits in front of a bank of microphones and makes the announcement

Givens to the DL

Since we have so much good news coming our way with the Orioles these days, add this to the latest - shortstop Mychal Givens has been placed on Delmarva's disabled list. The 20-year-old Givens, the O's second-round draft pick out of Plant High in Tampa, Florida, suffered a sprained left thumb sliding into a base vs. Greensboro on Tuesday night. He was wearing a soft

Taillon-Jordan meeting goes well (w/draft speculation)

If you've noticed, a lot of my pre-draft stories have centered around prep pitcher Jameson Taillon. Since everyone is speculating on Monday's first-round at this point, I'll add my two cents. My sense of it is that Taillon is the player the Orioles would like to get. They can get him if the Pirates pass on the 18-year-old right-hander with the second pick. If Taillon

Jim Callis: "I'd take Taillon over Machado."

Here is the second part of my three-part series of interviews with Jim Callis of Baseball America. I asked Jim if both prep players, shortstop Manny Machado and pitcher Jameson Taillon are available when the Orioles select third in the draft on Monday, which player would he take? "I'd take Taillon. Either one would be a fine pick, but I think Taillon's ability is more

Checking in with Joe Jordan

In an interview Wednesday night with MASNsports.com, O's scouting director Joe Jordan provided an update on his scouting meetings this week. He also indicated he may now know which player he will take with the third pick in the first-round on Monday. At least he seems to have settled on his first choice at this point. "I think we have a scenario that we want

Don't know what to make of this

A reporter almost never reveals his sources. But Ben Badler of Baseball America has sources that are telling him the Orioles could be looking to land a top player when the international signing period begins on July 2nd. The article from the BA website is premium contest, but here are the first few lines if you have not seen it: As if the American League

Don't blame the pitching for losses vs. New York

The Orioles are 1-6 this year now with six losses in a row vs. the Yankees. I say it's sure not the pitcher's fault. The O's team ERA this year vs. New York is 3.97 in those seven games and they gave up just one earned run last night. This vs. a Yankees team that leads the AL in team average, on base percentage and

Baseball America's Jim Callis on the O's in this year's Draft

He is 6'6" and 225 pounds and throws a fastball that has touched 99 miles per hour. He fanned 19 this season during a seven-inning no-hitter. He struck out 16 Cuban batters over seven innings last summer at the Pan American Junior Championships. He is just 18 years old. Oh yeah, and he could be the Orioles selection with the third pick in the First-Year

Arrieta: "I feel like I'm 100 percent ready."

If it's possible, right-hander Jake Arrieta has kicked up his performance recently to an even higher level and continues to show that he looks ready to join the Major Leagues whenever the Orioles make the call. Arrieta, the O's fifth-round pick in 2007, is 6-2, 1.77 in 11 starts on the year. Over 71 innings, he has allowed just 45 hits. But over his last

Hoes remains upbeat despite illness

He got off to a great start this year for the Frederick Keys. At the age of just 20, second baseman L.J. Hoes was living up to his prospect status and playing maybe even better than the Orioles had a right to expect in his first season in the Carolina League. But Hoes has been out of the lineup since May 15 as he deals

So what will the Pirates do with that second pick?

It's not exactly drama like the 1971 or 1979 World Series, but the Orioles are linked again with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates have the second pick in the first round of next Monday's First-Year Player Draft. Most figure they will select between high school shortstop Manny Machado and prep pitcher Jameson Taillon, with the remaining player left for the O's to take. (That's after

Kolodny is heading to extended spring training

It was a minor league transaction that probably went under the radar among a lot of fans. On May 24th, Tyler Kolodny of the Delmarva Shorebirds was transferred to Aberdeen's roster. Some that follow the minors very closely asked a question. Why would the O's take a player with 10 homers, among the most in the Sally League, off the Delmarva roster. As it turns

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