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Gonzalez on the mound and Reynolds at the bat lead O's past Yankees

Pitching on 10 days' rest and in a big game to start a three-game series, Miguel Gonzalez was neither rusty or rattled. He was just excellent. Gonzalez retired the first nine batters he faced and threw seven scoreless innings tonight as the Orioles beat the Yankees 6-1 to move within two games of first place in the AL East. Now 73-58, the Orioles improved to

Tonight's starters: Miguel Gonzalez vs. Hiroki Kuroda (updates)

Here are a few notes on tonight's starting pitchers for the series opener at New York: Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.66 ERA) will make his 13th appearance and 10th start for the Orioles tonight. He has not pitched since allowing eight hits and four runs in five innings on Aug. 20 at Texas. In four August starts, Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA and has

Brian Matusz talks about adjusting to life in the bullpen

He was the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2008, and for a while, it looked like Brian Matusz would be a fixture in the team's rotation. But for now, he finds himself pitching out of the bullpen. If the Orioles decide to make a bullpen role more permanent for Matusz, how would the 25-year-old lefty feel about that? "You know, right now my focus is

AL East showdown: The Orioles begin a big series in New York tonight

The last time the Orioles won a season series from the New York Yankees was in 1997 when they went 8-4. That was the last O's team to get to the playoffs and this team has a chance to do both again. The 2012 Orioles are three games behind New York in the AL East and hold the second wild card position right now. These

Britton, Teagarden and Jones talk after win over Chicago (Baysox clinch)

Zach Britton is on a bit of a roll right now. He is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.25 over his last three starts after giving up just one run in eight innings today in a win over the White Sox. Britton set a career high with 10 strikeouts and didn't walk a batter. His previous career best was seven against Los Angeles on Sept.

Early power display and Britton's 10 Ks carry the O's to victory

A stunning power display at the plate and a strikeout display on the mound combined to provide the Orioles with a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox this afternoon at Camden Yards, as the Orioles won three of four in this series and completed a 5-1 homestand. The Orioles improved to 72-58 and head to New York for a big three-game series, trailing the

Those O's like to play during the day

If they could just play a day game and have it decided by a single run, the Orioles would probably have a great chance for a win. The Birds are 24-12 in day games this year and a major league best 24-6 in one-run games. But now that they have a 5-1 lead on Chicago, they probably aren't interested in a one-run game. The Orioles

Wieters said he's holding up fine over the long grind of the season (Bundy note)

It's probably never that easy for Buck Showalter to write out a lineup that doesn't include Matt Wieters catching. But Buck knows, of course, that you have to give a catcher some breaks, and Wieters is not starting today's 12:35 p.m. game. Wieters said he's holding up just fine physically at this point with 33 regular season games left. "At the end of August, you're

Not his night: Saunders takes loss in O's debut as Chicago tops Birds

Joe Saunders was excited about getting his chance to join his hometown team and pitch in a pennant race, but the feel good story ended early for him and the Orioles tonight. Saunders, the Falls Church, Virginia native, gave up four runs in the first inning as Chicago beat the Orioles 8-1 in front of 13,098 at Camden Yards. A win would have pulled the

Matt Wieters talks about catching Joe Saunders tonight

A lot of times before a game, Matt Wieters will watch video of a pitcher to see what he can expect in batting against the pitcher that night. Today, the Orioles catcher watched tape of Joe Saunders because he will catch him for the first time tonight as Saunders makes his Orioles debut against Chicago. "I did (watch video of Saunders)," Wieters said. "I think

The Orioles made the right call on D. Bundy

After Buck Showalter's pregame comments today about sending Dylan Bundy to instructional league when that starts on September 12, it now appears that Bundy will not get a September call-up to Baltimore. I think the organization is making the exact right call. While Bundy is 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA at three levels this year, it is amazing enough for him to have advanced three

McLouth taking advantage of a second chance in Baltimore

Over the last few games, Nate McLouth, at least for a few days, must be looking like the player that Pittsburgh Pirates fans saw for an entire season in 2008. That year, he batted .276 with a National League-leading 46 doubles along with 26 homers, 94 RBIs and an OPS of .853. He was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner that season. He was just

No Sale: O's and Tillman top first-place White Sox 6-0

Chris Sale took the mound tonight at Camden Yards with a record of 15-4 and ERA of 2.65. He ranks tied for third in the American League in wins, fourth in ERA and eighth in strikeouts. He looked like he had some dominant stuff early in the game. But that was before Nick Markakis smoked a three-run double to center field in the bottom of

The Orioles have been holding their own against the AL's best

Tonight the Orioles play their second game in a stretch of 11 of 14 against first-place teams Chicago and New York. Last night's 4-3 win got the Orioles off to a good start. Right after that stretch ends on Sept. 9 against the Yankees at Camden Yards, the O's then play six straight against Tampa Bay and Oakland, two other playoff contenders. In other words,

Joe Saunders on growing up an O's fan and now getting ready for his O's debut

Growing up in Falls Church, Va., before he would go to Virginia Tech and later become an Angels' first-round draft pick, Joe Saunders would come to Baltimore to watch his favorite team, the Orioles, play. Now, after Sunday's trade from Arizona, Saunders is an Oriole, and he will make his first O's start tomorrow night at Camden Yards. He won't need a ticket to get

The Orioles' starting pitching takes a turn for the better

As the Orioles get ready to add Joe Saunders to their rotation, the good news is that the rotation is pitching pretty well right now. Unlike many times this year, there is no clear-cut candidate currently not pitching well to be replaced in the rotation. In fact, since Aug. 4, the Orioles have played 21 games and gotten 13 quality starts (six innings or more,

Once again, Jim Johnson was the final hero for the Orioles

It's amazing enough that the Orioles have won a club record of 13 straight one-run games, but how about this note: Jim Johnson has gotten a save in 12 of those 13 wins. Moments after Nate McLouth hit a dramatic two-run homer to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead in the last of the eighth yesterday, there he was on the mound again. Again, trying

For Chen, extra rest could be the best

Yes, it has been awhile since Wei-Yin Chen pitched for the Orioles. Before tonight, his last outing was Aug. 19 in Detroit, when he gave up five runs and seven hits over five innings. That day he gave up five runs in the first inning. Over his last three starts, Chen has pitched to an ERA of 7.47. Good for an airline, not an ERA.

How will the Orioles hold up over the next 14 games?

Tonight begins a stretch where the Orioles play seven straight games and 11 of the next 14 against the White Sox and Yankees, a pair of division leaders. Chicago comes to town tonight leading the AL Central by 2 1/2 games over Detroit with a record of 71-55 and six wins in a row. The Chisox just swept the Yankees and Seattle, and are 16

Arrieta talks about renewed mental focus in return to club

In Jake Arrieta's last two starts at Triple-A Norfolk, he pitched 12 2/3 innings and gave up just four hits and four runs with seven walks and 16 strikeouts. Coming off those two outings with a better focus on every pitch and adjusted mental outlook, Arrieta is back with the Orioles and, for now, pitching out of the bullpen. He last pitched in an Orioles

The team meeting that turned around the season for the Bowie Baysox

Gary Kendall, the manager of the Double-A Bowie Baysox, can remember the exact date. It was June 6 and his team had lost to Portland to fall to a season-worst 11 games under .500 at 23-34. At that point, Kendall, on a suggestion from pitcher Kyler Newby, called a team meeting. "I really didn't think we had any kind of identity, even though I thought

After rainout, D. Bundy talks about rumors of a call to Baltimore

BOWIE, Md. - The Orioles' top pitching prospect, right-hander Dylan Bundy, had his scheduled start rained out today. The game was called about an hour after the scheduled 2:05 p.m. start time and will likely be made up next weekend when the Baysox play at Harrisburg. It has not been yet decided whether Bundy will start tomorrow night. Tommy Hunter was sent from the Orioles

Dylan Bundy is scheduled to make his third Double-A start today at Bowie (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - Amid rumors the Orioles are considering calling him up to the major leagues soon, 19-year-old pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will make his third Double-A start this afternoon at Prince George's Stadium at 2:05 when the Bowie Baysox host Harrisburg. Bundy is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his first two Bowie games. Over 11 1/3 innings, he has allowed 10 hits, five

Postgame comments from Hardy, Wieters and S. Johnson after O's top Toronto

The Orioles won their 69th game tonight, beating Toronto 8-2 to match their 2011 win total. But the players certainly didn't seem impressed by that and J.J. Hardy said the Orioles have other goals in mind now. "I think we are all playing for something a little more than that now. I don't think it really means much to us at all really. We definitely

O's top Jays and match last year's win total

Unless the Orioles go 0-36 the rest of the way, they will top last year's win total. The Orioles beat Toronto 8-2 in front of 25,082 at Camden Yards tonight to improve to 69-57. Last year's team went 69-93. Steve Johnson gave up a two-run homer in the first to Edwin Encarnacion, but no runs after that as he improved to 2-0 in his two

Mike Mussina and Rich Dauer react to making the Orioles Hall of Fame

New Orioles Hall of Famer Mike Mussina said he understood that some Baltimore fans were mad at him when he signed with the Yankees. But he said time heals some of that and he was pleased with the reception he got tonight as he entered the Orioles' Hall. "I think time settles things down," Mussina said. "I think it was a nice reception today. I

Jason Hammel still hopeful for an early September return

After getting on the mound in a simulated game yesterday, Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel remains very encouraged by his rehab from right knee surgery. He still hopes to be back with the club possibly as soon as early next month. "I still think the first week (of September, I can return), I'm hoping," he said. "I would hope maybe one more sim game and then

Chris Davis: "I've put myself in the conversation to be an everyday player next year"

While Chris Davis put his name in the record book with a three-homer game on Friday night, he hopes that in the big picture what he is doing most this year is earning himself a job on the 2013 Orioles. He feels he is well on his way to doing that during a season where he is batting .256 in 108 games with career-highs in

Chris Davis homer stats, notes and trivia

Chris Davis showed off his immense power last night, producing the 19th three-homer game in Orioles history and first since Nick Markakis on August 22, 2006. It was an impressive display where he hit one onto Eutaw Street, another deep to right-center and one out to left. He neglected center field, at least for one night. Watching Davis last night makes it a little easier

Chris Davis puts his name in the record book as the O's top Toronto

Chris Davis entered tonight with 20 homers, one shy of his career high. He took care of that and more tonight as the Orioles beat Toronto 6-2 in Game 1 of a three-game weekend series. Davis produced the 19th three-homer game in Orioles history and first since Nick Markakis went deep three times against Minnesota on August 22, 2006. Davis had 21 homers for Texas

Flaherty brings hot bat from Triple-A back to the majors

Ryan Flaherty is back on the Orioles active roster. He was on the disabled list from August 2-24 with a bacterial infection and just returned from playing nine game at Triple-A Norfolk, where he hit .289 with two homers, three RBIs and an .868 OPS. "I started a little bit slow down there for the first three or four games and then I got it

Matt Wieters: "It's time to make a run"

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters left Wednesday's game in Texas early, not because it was a blowout, but because he took a foul ball off his right shoulder and he felt some discomfort. But, he says he is fine and ready to play tonight. "Nothing more than a bruise in a bad spot," Wieters said. "If it had been anyplace other than that shoulder I would

Tommy Hunter talks about heading back to the minors

Although as he spoke, a roster move was not official, pitcher Tommy Hunter just told reporters he is being sent back to the minor leagues, but he wasn't sure where it would be, leaving Double-A Bowie as a possibility along with Triple-A Norfolk. "Just go pitch, somewhere other than here," Hunter said. "I don't know where I'm going. Just step in line and take the

How do the fans feel about Andy MacPhail now?

It has almost been a year now since Andy MacPhail stepped down as Orioles president of baseball operations. He was in that position from June 20, 2007 until the end of last season. The Orioles averaged just 67 wins per year in his four full seasons. But doesn't MacPhail deserve some of the credit for the Orioles' 2012 success? If you just look at the

More talk about the pitch the Orioles don't want their young hurlers to throw

It is pretty safe to say that the duo of Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and director of pitching development Rick Peterson do not like O's young pitchers throwing cut fastballs. During a recent interview Duquette said this: "First of all, the cut fastball, we don't like it as a pitch, OK? And we don't like it for young pitchers because it takes away

Will it be a night for homers in Texas? (plus Veloz & Hoes notes)

The starting pitching matchup in Texas tonight features Tommy Hunter (4-7, 5.49 ERA) for the Orioles and lefty Derek Holland (7-6, 4.98 ERA) for Texas. Hunter has given up 29 homers and that ties Ervin Santana of Los Angeles for the American League lead. Holland is tied for seventh, allowing 23 homers. The two have given up a combined 52 homers over 239 innings in

The clutch hits are now coming more often for the Orioles

Often this year we have discussed the Orioles shortcomings when batting with runners in scoring position. There were times during this season when it looked like they'd never get another clutch hit. But it's not that way anymore. The Orioles are showing signs of improvement here. Take last night, for instance. The Orioles had runners in scoring position in just two of their nine at-bats

Memo to O's fans: Don't try to explain it

Maybe the best advice for Orioles fans at this point is just to enjoy the heck out of this improbable season while not trying to explain any of it. How could you explain some of this: * When the club's best starter, Jason Hammel, went on the disabled list on July 15, the Orioles were 46-42 and their starters' ERA was 4.74. Without him, the

Now that they got that one out of the way.....

It's a stat that probably doesn't lend itself to a solid, reasonable explanation, but for an Orioles team that is having a good season, they are not a good team in the first game of a series. They lost the series opener in Detroit, before winning the next two and they lost the opener in Texas last night. The Orioles are just 16-24 in the

As expected, Machado takes a few 0-fers

Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are two of the best young players in baseball. Both got their careers off to good starts when they were called to the major leagues this year, Harper on April 28 and Machado on Aug. 9. Here are the stats for each after their first 10 MLB games: Machado: .270 avg., .289 OBP, .649 slugging, .938 OPS, 3 homers, 7

Is it time for Major League Baseball to expand use of replay?

Has the time come for Major League Baseball to expand the use of TV replays to help umpires? The time has probably come for that. Since 2008, baseball has used replays for use on home run calls. There is some talk that MLB could use replay on fair and foul calls in 2013. That would be interesting to me. It would be easy to reverse

The one stat some O's critics just can't get past

The Orioles continue to confound some critics, who can't understand a 66-55 record with a -44 run differential. There are 10 AL clubs with a better run differential but only three with a better record. The amazing 42-18 record in games decided by one and two runs helps explain away some of that. Most of that actually. We can cherry pick a few series and

Will this be the year for Bowie's return to the playoffs?

Will this finally be the year for the Double-A Bowie Baysox? The Baysox have been close to a playoff berth in recent seasons only to fall just short. Like last year, for instance. The Baysox were in first place as late as Aug. 12 and were in position for a playoff berth until the final series when they were passed by Richmond after losing eight

No more road woes for the O's

The Detroit Tigers recently went through a stretch of 17 home games that spanned the end of the first half and start of the second going 16-1. They entered the Orioles series with a 16-3 record in their last 19 home games. But the Orioles went to Comerica Park, lost the first game of that series, but came back to win the next two. In

Some Motown magic: O's rally from five down to beat Tigers, take series

Wei-Yin Chen became the first Orioles pitcher to win more than 11 games in a season today since Erik Bedard won 13 in 2007. But it sure looked like he wouldn't do that early in today's game. Chen gave up five runs in the first inning, but the Orioles rallied to get him a win, 7-5 over the Detroit Tigers in front of 40,511 at

O's face Fister in finale (Birds knock him out early)

If the Orioles are to win a big series today against another wild card contender, they will have to beat Detroit's Doug Fister, a pitcher on a real roll. Fister is 7-7 with a 3.24 ERA through 18 starts this season. But over his last four games, he is 3-0 with a 1.15 ERA. In seven starts since the All-Star break, Fister is 5-1 with

The case for the defense

Here is a question for you: Can a team create offense out of its defense? Sure it can - in basketball or football. You steal the ball and it leads to a slam dunk. You force a turnover setting up your offense on the opponent's 10-yard line. But in baseball? The Orioles may have done that in a way last night. The game was tied

Zach Britton comes up with a big outing as O's beat Detroit

Zach Britton certainly proved the doubters wrong tonight. With many questioning Buck Showalter's decision to turn to him for tonight's start since he had struggled lately, Britton stepped up and gave the Orioles seven scoreless innings in a 3-2 win over Detroit. With the win, the Orioles tied a club record with their 12th consecutive win in one-run games. They had done this three times

Britton keeps the Tigers off the board early in Detroit

In his return to the majors and the Orioles rotation, Zach Britton would like it to be more than a one-night appearance. Over the first three innings tonight, he has pitched out of a few jams and kept the Tigers off the board in a game that is 0-0 heading to the fourth. Britton has allowed four hits through three frames with two walks and

Kevin Gausman gives up two homers in Carolina League debut

Orioles 2012 first-round pick Kevin Gausman gave up no runs and just one hit in his first six innings for short-season Single-A Aberdeen this year. But tonight, in his debut for Single-A Frederick, he gave up a homer to the first batter he faced. Then the same guy got to him an inning later for an inside-the-park, three-run homer. Winston-Salem's switch-hitting center fielder, Keenyn Walker,

Should the Orioles call up Dylan Bundy in September? (Gausman audio)

If the Orioles called up Dylan Bundy to pitch in a few games in September, I have no doubt that would excite the fans. It would be amazing, thrilling and very, very cool to see that happen for a 19-year-old kid. And Bundy is probably good enough or very close to that to handle it right now. But I don't think the Orioles should do

O's lose lead and game in series opener at Detroit

Well, for a while it looked like the Orioles might pin a loss on Justin Verlander for the first time ever. In the end, they didn't pin a loss on anyone as the Detroit Tigers beat the Orioles 5-3 in Game 1 to start a big three-game series. The Orioles just could not handle the middle of the Tigers order tonight as Miguel Cabrera and

O's with some missed chances early against Verlander (updated)

The Orioles sure missed some scoring chances in the first three innings tonight against Justin Verlander. The game was tied 1-1 heading to the bottom of the third but the O's left five runners on base over the first three innings. Nick Markakis doubled in the first but later was thrown out at home on a play where it looked like he was safe but

A look at some recent improved Orioles pitching

Don't look now, but the Orioles' pitching has taken a turn for the better. This stat may have snuck up quietly on us, but over the 13 games since Aug. 3, the O's team ERA is 2.58. They just gave up 10 runs to Boston in a three-game series and six of those came last night. The Sox are third in the AL in runs

Could a big finish to 2012 put Mark Reynolds into the Orioles' plans for 2013?

For most of the 2012 season, one that has mostly not been a good one for him, the assumption has been that Mark Reynolds would likely not return to the Orioles for the 2013 season. But after Reynolds' recent hot streak at the plate, is there a chance that could change? Can Reynolds still play his way into the Orioles' plans for next season? The

The O's battle Buchholz as they shoot for an 8-2 homestand

Tonight's Red Sox starter, Clay Buchholz, has three career shutouts, and all three have come against the Orioles. What are the odds? Not only that, but some fans will remember that Buchholz pitched a no-hitter against the Orioles in just his second major league game on September 1, 2007. In his career, the right-hander is 6-3 with a 3.67 ERA vs. the Orioles. But, over

The Orioles now lead the AL in one- and two-run win percentage

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is usually more than willing to give you a thoughtful answer to just about any question a reporter might ask during his pregame media session every day. But I found a question that didn't thrill him today. It was when I blurted out, "Hey Buck, what is the key to the Orioles success in the close games?" "I'm not going to

Steve Johnson is ready for his next chance, whenever it comes

Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson is now listed as the O's starter for Saturday night's game at Detroit. If he is not needed in relief tonight, the Baltimore native will make that start and be back on the mound for, at that point, what would be the first time in 10 days. The last several days have been a whirlwind for the 24-year-old right-hander. He made

Dan Duquette on O's pitching philosophy: "We don't like the cutter"

In an interview with Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday at Camden Yards, Duquette made it clear he is not a fan of young pitchers throwing cut fastballs. The Orioles have forbid their top pitching prospect, Dylan Bundy, from throwing his cutter this year and based on Duquette's comments yesterday, that policy may not be changing anytime soon. "The philosophy

Sox error opened door and O's kicked it in for 5-3 victory

One mark of a good team is to have a big innning when your opponent makes a critical mistake. Tonight, a key error by Boston opened the door for the Orioles and they kicked it in by scoring five times in bottom of the sixth in a 5-3 win over Boston. The win gives the Orioles a record of 64-53 and they are 11 games

Miguel Gonzalez is pitching against his former organization tonight

I wonder if Miguel Gonzalez will have some extra motivation for tonight's game. He'll be pitching against his previous organization, Boston, tonight. It's not that the Red Sox let him go, though. In fact, they signed him away from the Angels as a Rule 5 pick in December of 2008. Then he needed Tommy John surgery and spent the entire 2009 season on their major

J.J. Hardy talks about Manny Machado's defense at third

There are few players more qualified to talk about defense than Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy. He's a good guy to go to for an early assessment of how Manny Machado is doing at third base as the guy that plays right next to him on the field. "He has made some nice plays and he's made the routine plays," Hardy said. "He looks comfortable. I

Thome on Bundy: "He looks like a great pitcher"

Jim Thome was in Bowie last night. Not to play on an injury-rehab assignment but to watch a top prospect play. He was sent to watch Dylan Bundy make his Double-A debut and left impressed with the 19-year-old right-hander. "His physical appearance - his arm, you know," Thome said about Bundy. "I'm not going to tell you everything (I liked about him), but he's got

A look at the Orioles' winning ways against Boston

There once was a time when the Orioles lost to the Red Sox - a lot. Things are different now. A win by the Orioles in one of the next two games would give them the series win in five of the last six series against Boston. The Orioles lead the season series this year 7-3 and have won 10 of their last 14, and

Dylan Bundy talks about his first start at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - After his first start at Double-A Bowie, right-hander Dylan Bundy was generally pleased with his outing. But in answering the first question about his night, Bundy noted the one area on the stat sheet that he wasn't pleased with. "Three walks," Bundy said. "You know I'm disappointed about that, I always am. Other than that, they weren't squaring too many balls up.

Dylan Bundy gets the win in his Double-A debut for Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - On his first day in the Eastern League, Dylan Bundy didn't have his best command, but he was good enough to get the win as he moved to his third minor league level this year in Bowie's 5-3 win over Erie in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Bundy pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) with three

Live blog from Dylan Bundy's first start at Bowie (Baysox win 5-3)

BOWIE, Md. - This is your destination tonight for all the news and notes of Dylan Bundy's first Double-A start. I will keep this blog live during tonight's Bowie-Erie game, updating it often as Bundy pitches, coming up at 6:05 p.m. in his first Bowie start. Bundy is 7-3 with an ERA of 1.92 this year over 19 starts between Single-A Delmarva and Single-A Frederick.

Gary Kendall on Bundy and Machado

BOWIE, Md. - Yes, there is a little excitement at Prince George's Stadium as Dylan Bundy gets set to make his Double-A debut at 6 o'clock in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Bowie's Gary Kendall has never managed Bundy but he saw him in spring training in Sarasota. He was impressed with what he saw. "How focused he was," Kendall said. "There is urgency with

Dylan Bundy set to stay on a six-day pitching schedule with the Baysox

BOWIE, Md. - Dylan Bundy will make his Double-A debut at Prince George's Stadium for the Bowie Baysox tonight, starting in game one of a doubleheader with Erie at 6:05 p.m. It will mark the third level the 19-year-old has pitched at this year, following his time with Single-A Delmarva and Single-A Frederick. They play seven-inning games in minor league doubleheaders so Bundy possibly could

Taking a closer look at the quirky side of Kevin Gausman

Goofy. Quirky. Superstitious. Those are some of the words that can be used to describe the Orioles' first-round draft pick, former LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman, who has pitched six shutout innings on one hit over two outings so far for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Gausman doesn't seem eccentric or weird, he's just got some things he does that are a little different - from the ritual

Gary Allenson on Aberdeen's All-Stars

Three members of the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds will play in tomorrow's New York-Penn League All-Star game at Mahoning Valley in Niles, Ohio. All three were drafted this year from the college ranks. They are 10th-round pick Joel Hutter, Aberdeen's shortstop out of Dallas Baptist University; 18th-round pick Sam Kimmel, a catcher from Stetson; and 26th-round pick Lucas Herbst, a right fielder from Santa Clara.

These are good times for Orioles fans

Here is a question for you Orioles fans: How are you dealing with all this good news? Let's see, the team is currently the holder of the second AL wild card, Manny Machado seems to set a new record daily, Dylan Bundy is moving to Double-A and Baltimore still could be in his near future, and now the club's latest first-round pick, Kevin Gausman, looks

Gausman was strong at Aberdeen, and the brass was very impressed

ABERDEEN, Md. - In his second pro outing, Aberdeen IronBirds pitcher Kevin Gausman was very impressive today, so much so that the Orioles may even be thinking about altering the original plan, which was for Gausman to make all his starts this year at Aberdeen. After seeing Gausman dominate in a three-inning outing today, it appears the O's are open to the possibility of having

Gausman impressive in three scoreless innings at Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - Kevin Gausman's second pro outing didn't last very long, but it was another good one for the Orioles' 2012 first-round pick. The right-hander out of LSU, taken with the fourth pick in the June draft, had retired all nine batters he faced on Monday at State College in his pro debut. This afternoon, against the Connecticut Tigers, he gave up just one

First-round pick Kevin Gausman makes his home debut today at Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - Today at Ripken Stadium, Orioles 2012 first-round pick Kevin Gausman, will make his second pro start and first at home for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds. Game time is 2:35 p.m. Gausman pitched three perfect innings on Monday night at State College, retiring all nine batters he faced, two on strikeouts. He threw 31 pitches, 23 for strikes in that outing. He

Hammel confident he can return to O's in early September

Pitcher Jason Hammel was back in the Orioles clubhouse on Saturday for the first time after his right knee surgery. While he is in the early stages of a process he hopes leads him back to the team by early September, yesterday he was just excited to be among his teammates once again. "A lot of new faces, but I've already talked to all of

Tillman and McLouth talk after O's lose to K.C.

Chris Tillman had allowed two earned runs or less in five of his first six Orioles starts this year. But tonight, the Royals got six runs and six hits off him over 5 2/3 innings in a 7-3 Kansas City victory at Camden Yards. "Not a very good night for me. A frustrating night. I was working up in the zone and didn't have my

Chris Tillman allows three homers as K.C. wins 7-3

Chris Tillman has been pitching well and not giving up the longball for the Orioles. Tonight, though, he gave up three homers and six runs as Kansas City beat the Orioles 7-3 in front of 40,456 at Camden Yards. Tillman had allowed just two homers over 34 innings in six O's starts, but tonight he gave up that trio in the first 2 2/3 frames

Royals use early longballs to get 3-0 lead (with updates)

Chris Tillman has pitched well for the Orioles this year in just about every inning but the first. Now he's been scored on in the second as well. Tillman gave up a leadoff homer to Alex Gordon tonight on a 1-1 pitch as the Royals took the early 1-0 in the first at Camden Yards. Lorenzo Cain led off the second with a single and

O's, Royals still waiting out rain delay (Game under way)

We have not been given a time for tonight's game to start at Camden Yards - if it does start. As of about 8:40 p.m. the rain had greatly subsided at the ballpark, but just a few moments later the skies opened up again. The tarp is still on the field. The Orioles held the ceremony to unveil the Eddie Murray statue earlier today but

Eddie Murray is thankful and appreciative at statue ceremony

Today the chants of "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie," were again heard in Baltimore as Eddie Murray had his statue unveiled this afternoon in Legends Park in the left-center field area of Camden Yards. The statue shows the Hall of Famer in a classic Murray pose from the left side of the plate, in that familiar crouch, ready to drive another baseball deep into the Baltimore night.

Machado: "I'm just trying to keep myself level-headed and humble" (Hammel update)

It was quite a Friday night for Manny Machado in just his second major league game. We know that Machado is the first player in modern major league history (since 1900) with two homers and a triple through his first two career games. Machado is also the youngest player in Orioles franchise history, which includes the St. Louis Browns from 1902-53, to hit two or

Two homers for Manny? He never did that in the minors

I'm pretty sure that Manny Machado must have hit two homers in one game in his career before last night, but he never did it in 219 Orioles minor league games at places like Delmarva, Aberdeen, Frederick and Bowie. In fact, as best my research can tell, Machado had just one four-RBI game in the O's minors, and that was this year on June 21

Machado mashes two homers as O's rout K.C.

It looks like this Manny Machado kid might work out. Tonight, Machado became the 12th youngest player since 1918 to hit two homers in one game as the Orioles beat Kansas City 7-1 in front of 17,277 at Camden Yards. Machado hit a solo shot off Luke Hochevar in the fifth which gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead, and the next inning he unloaded a

Orioles-K.C. mid-game notes

A couple of notes as the Orioles lead the Kansas City Royals 2-1 in the fifth inning tonight: * After starting the year 3-0 against Kansas City in the season series, Baltimore has lost their last three games against the Royals. The O's have won the season series in six of the last eight seasons. * Coming into tonight's game, catcher Matt Wieters was 7-for-14

With his play at Norfolk, LJ Hoes may be earning a big league call-up

After playing over 90 games at Double-A Bowie in both 2010 and 2011, O's minor league outfielder LJ Hoes was probably not thrilled to begin 2012 back with the Baysox, but that is where he was in April. He did enough though to play his way to Triple-A Norfolk for the first time this year and now, with the numbers he is putting up with

Betemit on Machado: "He's coming here to play every day"

With Manny Machado starting at third base again tonight, Wilson Betemit is in the lineup, but moving across the diamond to start at first base. Some veterans may lose a few at-bats to the kid, but that is just how it is when you bring up a prospect and give him playing time. As for Betemit, he said he fully understands the situation and and

A take on the attendance this week

The Orioles' attendance is up over last year and the club is on pace to attract over two million fans to Camden Yards for the first time since 2007. But they have not exactly been packing them in on this current homestand. Even though the Orioles returned home Monday riding high off winning back-to-back series on the road against New York and Tampa Bay, the

Manny Machado talks about his first night in the big leagues

On his first day in the major leagues, Manny Machado got to hear the roar of the crowd several times tonight at Camden Yards, and he got a standing ovation when he came to bat his first time up. The cheers for the Orioles' top position player prospect began several minutes before first pitch. "When I went out there, the fans started clapping once I

Not his night: Chen roughed up as Royals win 8-2

Here is all you need to know about Wei-Yin Chen's night. He had given up just seven earned runs over five starts since the All-Star break. Tonight, he gave up seven in just 4 2/3 innings. Kansas City batters jumped on Chen early and often on their way to an 8-2 win over the Orioles tonight in front of 21,226 at Camden Yards in the

Billy Butler is again a Royal pain for O's pitchers

The Kansas City batters did not give Wei-Yin Chen the Royal treatment in the first inning tonight. Maybe it was the rude treatment. Alex Gordon led off the game with a solo homer and, three batters later, Billy Butler hit a three-run shot to left and it was 4-0 before some fans had settled into their seats. KC added two in the third and has

Adam Jones talks about Manny Machado

Adam Jones made his first appearance in the majors at the age of 20 and Manny Machado will debut at age 20 tonight for the Orioles. Jones can remember his first big league game for Seattle at Toronto on July 14, 2006 but said there wasn't quite the hype on that game as there is on with Manny's debut tonight. "I don't think it was

Machado: "This is what I've dreamed about my whole life, and this moment has come"

You only play your first major league game once and for Manny Machado that one time is tonight. The 20-year-old, 2010 O's first-round pick will bat ninth and play third base at Camden Yards against the Kansas City Royals in his major league debut. "I just want to go out and be myself. Do what I've been doing the last two weeks and the last

How will Machado handle the hot corner?

So if he has only played two games as a pro at third base, how will Manny Machado handle third at the big league level and why didn't the Orioles play him more at third base in the minors? Two very good questions and we'll have to ask to see what answers we get to the second question. Third base is not foreign to Machado.

Some thoughts on Machado, Bundy and Steve Johnson

Can Orioles fans survive good news overload? Steve Johnson gets his first big league win, the Orioles tie for the wild card, Dylan Bundy moves to Double-A Bowie and Manny Machado gets promoted to Baltimore. Yikes, it has been quite a night. First, a few thoughts on Machado. Even though he has made 22 errors at short at Bowie this year, the fans will come

Steve Johnson pitches the Orioles past the Mariners for his first Major League win

Baltimorean Steve Johnson was more than up for the challenge. For Johnson, 23 years to the day after his dad got his first major league win, he got his first. The hometown kid did well tonight as the Orioles beat Seattle 9-2 to sweep the three-game series. Making his second major league appearance but first start, Johnson pitched six innings, allowing five hits and two

The Orioles could move Dylan Bundy to Double-A after tonight's start (update)

Barring a last-second change of heart, it appears that the Orioles are prepared to move pitcher Dylan Bundy from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie after he pitches for the Keys tonight at home against Lynchburg. Bundy is 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA over 10 Keys starts. In 49 innings he has allowed 41 hits with 15 walks and 56 strikeouts. But over his last three

Matt Wieters talks about catching Steve Johnson

No knock at all on Taylor Teagarden, who has done a nice job defensively for the Orioles, but when Steve Johnson makes his first big league start tonight, the Orioles will have Matt Wieters back there catching him. Wieters has caught Johnson just once before and he said that was in a spring training game. But Wieters said he'll try to do what he can

A closer look at the Orioles' extra-inning success (Steve Johnson note)

The Orioles were respectable in extra innings last season, going 8-8. This season they are a remarkable, AL-best 12-2. The Orioles lost their first two extra-inning games of the season, and have now run off a win streak of 12 in a row. They have not lost in extras for nearly four months, since April 11. Last night's win took 14 innings and nearly five

More notes on the latest amazing Orioles win

These streaks are getting pretty serious for the Orioles. They have now won 11 consecutive games decided by one run and 12 consecutive extra-innings games. The Orioles lost in extra innings on back-to-back nights at home to New York on April 10 and 11. They have not lost in extra innings since, going 5-0 in games that went to the 13th inning or later, like

Long night ends in another O's extra-inning win

It was another impressive win by the Orioles, even if it took 14 innings. In a game where the Orioles trailed twice by five runs, they beat the Mariners 8-7 in 14 on Tuesday night to improve to 59-51. The Orioles have now won 12 straight extra-inning games. In the bottom of the 14th, Omar Quintanilla led off with an infield single and moved to

For Pedro Strop, it's no longer about the radar gun

If you were asked which O's pitcher has the best ground-to-air out ratio you'd probably guess Jim Johnson and you'd be right. He has a ratio of 2.70:1 of ground-to-air outs. But many fans and reporters might not guess who ranks second on the club. It is Pedro Strop. The 27-year-old right-hander has had a great year out of the O's bullpen, going 4-2 with

Buck on Britton: "It's been a long four or five days for him"

Zach Britton takes the mound for the Orioles tonight, making his fifth big league start of the 2012 season. One has been really good, but the other three have ranged from mediocre to bad. Britton pitched six scoreless innings against Cleveland on July 22 but over his past two outings he has given up 13 runs, all earned, over 8 1/3 innings as his ERA

Cut loose by the Pirates, McLouth makes it back with the Orioles

In 2008, Nate McLouth hit .276 with 26 homers, 94 RBIs and an .853 OPS for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a National League All-Star, won a Gold Glove and led the NL with 46 doubles. This year, it wasn't going nearly as well for him. He was batting just .140 for the Pirates with 18 strikeouts in 57 at-bats when he was designated for

Rick Peterson finds an eager pupil in Jake Arrieta (plus Gausman audio)

Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson recently spent some time at Triple-A Norfolk where he got to work with pitcher Jake Arrieta for the first time. Peterson was able to show Arrieta his biomechanical analysis results from earlier in the year and begin to work on some things to try and get the right-hander back on track after he went 3-9 with a 6.13

Chris Tillman pitches another good one as O's top M's

The scoreless streak by Orioles pitchers came to an end tonight in the eighth inning, but Chris Tillman pitched a gem in beating his former team as the Orioles topped Seattle tonight, 3-1, at Camden Yards. It was the good way to start a three-game series and ten-game homestand, as the Orioles improved to 58-51 overall and 26-26 at home. Baltimore has now won three

Orioles-Mariners notes as the series begins (Gausman debuts)

Some notes about the Orioles and Mariners as the two teams get ready to begin a three-game series tonight at Camden Yards: * The Orioles are six games over .500 on the season, but against American League West teams, they are six games under .500, going 8-14. They are 2-1 against Seattle, 3-3 vs. Oakland, 1-3 against Texas and 2-7 vs. Los Angeles. The Orioles

Thome hopes to return in September

Last Thursday, Jim Thome received an epidural for the herniated disc in his neck. He said the doctors told him he cannot take part in baseball activities for 30 days after that, but he still is hopeful he can return to play for the Orioles in September. "We got the MRI and it basically showed a herniated disc," Thome said this afternoon. "It looks like

Minor league notes on Bundy, Gausman and more

A couple of notes from the Orioles minors today: * Dylan Bundy's next start is being moved from tomorrow to Wednesday night at Frederick when the Keys host Lynchburg. There is no hidden reason for doing this, it is simply that all the Keys starters are being pushed back a day due to today's off day. Bundy went past five innings as a pro for

Nine-game run ends with a flourish for the Orioles

On July 27, the Orioles were beginning what looked like a very grueling stretch of the schedule with three home games against the red-hot A's followed by six on the road against the Yankees and Rays. When the Orioles rallied twice to come from behind against the A's in the opener of that series, it was another impressive night for the Orioles. But it ended

Teagarden's double and O's pitching combines for 1-0 win over Tampa Bay

The Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays at their own game - winning with solid pitching. After Miguel Gonzalez pitched seven shutout innings to match David Price pitch for pitch, the Orioles finally broke a scoreless tie when Taylor Teagarden drove an RBI double to the gap in left-center in the top of the 10th in a 1-0 win over the Rays. The win was

Orioles scoreless early against Price

To say the least, the Orioles have a tough task today in facing Tampa Bay's David Price, who is 14-4 with an ERA of 2.64 and batting average against of .229 in 21 starts. Price is tied for the AL lead in wins, is fifth in ERA and sixth in strikeouts. He has pitched seven innings or more 15 times to rank second in the

Chen does it again (Machado homer call)

So much for the theory that American League hitters would catch up to Wei-Yin Chen the second and third time around the circuit. If anything, he seems to be getting better the more experience he gains against AL hitters. Once again, Chen pitched well when the Orioles really needed him in last night's 4-0 win over Tampa Bay. He helped them avoid a three-game losing

O's use early offense and Chen's seven scoreless to blank Tampa Bay

Coming into tonight, the Orioles were in need of some hits with runners in scoring position and some quality starts. They got both in a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay that evens this series at one win each and pulls the Birds back into a second-place tie with the Rays, 6 1/2 games back of the Yankees. After going 0-for-22 the past two games when

The search for the quality start (updated)

Remember that run recently when the Orioles got seven consecutive quality starts from their starting pitchers? It went from July 18-24 and O's starters went 5-1 with an ERA of 2.47 during that stretch, as the team went 5-2. It was the most consecutive quality starts by the club since a stretch of nine in a row that spanned two seasons from Sept. 29, 2010

The recent offensive struggles against the Rays and a take on Derek Lowe

In the series at Yankee Stadium the Orioles hit .345 as a team with 15 extra-base hits including four homers while 19 runs. But they began the series with Tampa Bay, Friday by losing 2-0, and recorded their eighth shutout on the season. In the last week and a half the Orioles are 1-3 against the Rays. In the three losses they have scored two

The Orioles are shutout in series opener with Tampa Bay

The Orioles have struggled to hit this year against the Tampa Bay pitching staff and that trend continued tonight. The Orioles were blanked 2-0 by Tampa Bay as Matt Moore and a trio of relievers teamed up to keep the Orioles off the scoreboard. The Orioles were shutout for the eighth time this year. It was a rather frustrating night for the Orioles' offense as

Is the O's offense up to the challenge of facing Tampa Bay?

The Orioles are 3-3 over the last six games against Oakland and New York. Should they win the series against Tampa Bay this weekend, they would finish 5-4 in a nine-game stretch against those three teams and that would be a decent showing during a tough stretch. The Orioles' offense now gets a good weekend test against a Tampa Bay pitching staff that ranks second

Minor league updates on Erbe, Delmonico and more

Single-A Delmarva infielder Nicky Delmonico, the Orioles' sixth-round pick in 2011 and one of the organization's better hitting prospects, may be able to continue to play this year but is likely to need knee surgery at some point soon, possibly right after the season. Delmonico first injured his knee on June 26 and re-injured it Wednesday night. He didn't play yesterday and may test the

Do the Orioles have a hidden pitching gem at Aberdeen?

Tom Winegardner was not selected by any team in the 2011 draft, but the Orioles signed him as a middle infielder after the draft. He went to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and short-season Single-A Aberdeen and combined to hit .188 in 45 games. This year, the 22-year-old Winegardner was batting .174 in 28 games with Single-A Delmarva and .207 in eight games at Aberdeen.

O's top pick Kevin Gausman will make pro debut Monday (Delmonico note)

The Orioles' first-round draft pick, LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman, is expected to soon join the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds and will make his pro debut Monday. Gausman will pitch three innings that night for Aberdeen at State College and is expected to make six starts of three innings each for the IronBirds from now through the end of their season on September 5. Gausman will

Orioles' young pitchers are struggling once again

It is a question that has dogged the Orioles organization for years and still does to this day: Why can't the Orioles develop young pitchers? Among Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Zach Britton and Chris Tillman, it seems Tillman is currently the most promising of the four - and he was at Triple-A for most of this year. Arrieta is 26, but his ERA has gone

Britton knocked out in the third as New York avoids the sweep

Zach Britton threw 80 pitches today and failed to get through the third inning. That should tell you how his day went as the Yankees hammered the Orioles 12-3. Britton allowed seven runs in just 2 2/3 innings to fall to 1-1 with an ERA of 8.35. In three career starts in the Bronx, the lefty has allowed 20 runs (17 earned) over eight innings

That run differential is taking a beating today

Well, there you go. Brag about the Orioles showing heart and character and they get crushed in the rain in New York. It is not over yet, but a comeback this time seems rather unlikely with the Orioles losing 11-1 to the Yankees in the fifth inning. The Orioles' run differential is taking a beating today. They entered this game getting outscored by 51 runs

A team with a ticker

That is probably a good name for this 2012 Orioles team.: a team with a ticker. It means a team with heart. A team that shows character and a will to win with team chemistry. It is probably a bit cliched to say that, but the Orioles play like that. They've shown a ticker in abundance in recent days. They showed it as much Friday

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