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Orioles' team plane has to make emergency landing but everyone is reportedly OK (O's clinch)

The Orioles' team charter flight bound for Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. tonight had to make an emergency landing near Jacksonville due to a fire on board, sources say. Everyone is reportedly OK, but maybe a little shaken as the plane apparently had to make a rather rapid descent in landing. The fire was reportedly in the kitchen area, and it appears that no one with the

Postgame comments from Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds

In the Orioles clubhouse, where the plastic covering was ready to be placed over the lockers today for a celebration that will have to wait, Adam Jones said it was not a big deal that the Orioles are still waiting to clinch a playoff berth. "That is cool. I'd rather our win had sealed our fate, but it didn't happen," Jones said. "We have to

Jim Johnson on 50 saves and the O's almost clinching today

The Yankees rallied to win. The Angels rallied with two outs in the ninth and won. It spoiled what would have been a pretty special on-field celebration for the Orioles and their fans today. "There was a chance there," Jim Johnson said. "Now is the time we are paying more attention to the scoreboard. We were going to be doing the same things that the

Orioles beat Boston, now on verge of clinching playoff berth

The Orioles have reduced their magic number to clinch their first playoff berth since 1997 to one after today's 6-3 win over Boston in front of 41,257 at Camden Yards. The Orioles would have officially clinched a playoff berth if Los Angeles had lost to Texas, but the Angels rallied in the ninth for a 5-4 win. They play the night portion of that day-night

Orioles-Red Sox mid-game notes

A couple of mid-game notes as the Orioles hold a 5-1 lead after three and a half innings against Boston, on a day they hope they can clinch their first playoff berth since 1997. * Jim Thome is 2-for-2 today with a pair of RBI singles. That gives the veteran eight hits over his last 15 at-bats with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs.

Chris Davis on his hot hitting, Machado and the O's playoff situation

Chris Davis has put together a three-game run where he has hit four homers. He is 5-for-11 with nine RBIs during that stretch. OK, he is not Mark Reynolds' homer hot, but he hit No. 30 last night. "Just like him (Reynolds) earlier this year, you get hot," Davis said. "When a power hitter gets hot, they have a tendency to go deep. I've felt

Adam Jones talks about his MVO award

After winning his second straight Most Valuable Oriole award, Adam Jones spent a good portion of an interview on that topic discussing the other players on the team that could have earned that honor. "I think there are some other deserving guys," he said. "I've lobbied for Jim Johnson and our entire bullpen. But, at the end of the day, I appreciate it. But I

Machado: "The biggest home run I've hit in pro ball"

Manny Machado has made several big plays and delivered a few big hits since he joined the Orioles from Double-A Bowie. Tonight he produced one of his biggest when his solo homer to left led off the last of the seventh, broke a tie and carried the Orioles to a 4-3 win over Boston and back into a first-place tie with New York. "I was

Machado homers and drives in two as O's tie Yankees for first place

On the night they honored Brooks Robinson, the Orioles' 20-year-old third baseman, Manny Machado, started a nifty double play and drove in two runs as the Orioles beat Boston 4-3 to move into a first-place tie with the Yankees. The eighth sellout of the year of 46,311 roared its approval at Camden Yards. Both the Orioles and Yankees are 91-67 with four games to play.

Brooks to fans at statue ceremony: "I like to call you friends, not fans"

In typical Brooks Robinson fashion, he spent most of a roughly 17-minute speech after the unveiling of his statue today, talking about others and thanking them, much more than himself or anything about his career. "You know Paul Blair, the last six or seven years we played together, he'd always say 'when is your next Brooks Robinson day?' This is it Paulie. You won't have

The new dad talks about his first son and returning to the Orioles

Adam Jones passed by Matt Wieters' locker a few minutes ago with a congratulatory handshake and a question. "Where's my cigar?" he said. "They're coming," Wieters said back. Matt and his wife, Maria, are the proud parents of a baby boy. Maverick Luther Wieters, weighing 8 lbs and 2 ounces and just more than 21 inches long, arrived at 5:11 a.m. yesterday. Wieters is back

For so many Orioles fans, No. 5 is No. 1

For a franchise that has produced many special players over the years and seen many others pass this way, to generations of O's fans, no Oriole is beloved more than Brooks Robinson. Simply stated, he was a Hall of Fame player and is a Hall of Fame person. Over the years, thousands upon thousands of fans must have had a chance to meet Brooks, and

J.J. Hardy said O's success proves he made the right decision on contract extension

When shortstop J.J. Hardy signed a three-year contract extension with the Orioles last July 18, the team had a record of 38-55. But Hardy said he felt then that the organization was going to be a winner in the future and that the team's performance this year validates his decision to re-sign with the Orioles and not wait to become a free agent after last

Postgame comments from Tillman, Flaherty and Davis

Chris Tillman and Troy Patton combined on the Orioles second one-hitter of the year tonight, with Tillman doing most of the heavy lifting. After he pitched eight innings of one-hit ball to lead the O's past Boston 9-1 tonight, Tillman was not boasting much at all about his outing. "I thought it was okay, was good," he said in summing it up. It was a

Tillman, Flaherty and Davis lead O's past Sox in series opener

Well, this is no way to treat a negative run differential. After winning 12-2 over Toronto on Wednesday, the Orioles beat the Red Sox 9-1 Friday night in the opener of the final regular season home series of the 2012 season. A festive crowd of 33,518 enjoyed it at Camden Yards as the Orioles won for the ninth time in 12 games, the 23rd in

A look at some of the Orioles' September stats

The Orioles are having a very good September with a winning percentage of .640 this month. That is exceeded only by August when the Orioles played .667 ball. Not bad to have your two best months be the last two. The Orioles went 18-9 in August and are 16-9 in September. The win percentage for the two months combined is .654 at 34-18. The Orioles

Taylor Teagarden is ready to fill in for Matt Wieters tonight

A player with the penchant for some big hits this year is ready tonight to replace the Orioles All-Star catcher for a big game vs. Boston. With Matt Wieters not with the team this evening after the birth of his first child early this morning, Taylor Teagarden will start behind the plate for the Orioles against the Red Sox. "I'm excited about every time I

After two games with painful finger nail, Hardy looks for a return to normal tonight

After playing the last two games with a painful ingrown finger nail on the middle finger of his throwing hand, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had it removed after Wednesday's game. It got so bad that he admits he wasn't sure he could make accurate throws during that game with Toronto and he had to adjust how he fielded the ball. "It was tough," Hardy said.

A look at my MVO ballot

It seems pretty clear to me that Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson and Adam Jones are the top three candidates for this year's Most Valuable Oriole award. It also seems clear to me that a very solid case could be made for any of the three to win the award. But when I turned in my ballot this week I voted this way: 1st - Jones

Orioles match eight games' worth of homers in just four innings

Don't worry, the Orioles didn't really hit four more homers while you slept, you just dreamed that. Looking back now on a day that the Yankees, A's, Rays and Angels all won, it was a pretty good idea for the Orioles to break out on offense and get their own win. That was quite a statement by the Orioles last night and, for now, they

Jim Thome and Manny Machado talk about the Orioles' seven-homer night

Jim Thome said after seeing Carlos Villanueva throw him change-ups and curveballs in his first at-bat, he was waiting on a change-up in the fifth inning. He got one and didn't miss it, homering on the first pitch to tie the game 2-2. It touched off a run of three homers that inning and three more in the game for a final tally of seven

Homer happy: O's tie franchise record with seven homers in win over Jays

With three big swings of the bat in the bottom of the fifth tonight, the Orioles got their offense started, took a big step toward a big win and gave a nervous fan base a reason to relax for a bit. They had several more big swings after that and hit seven homers on the night to tie the club record. The Orioles hit seven

Orioles' bats look to break out tonight vs. Toronto and Villanueva (updated)

Yes, it is a very, very small sample size, but it's the last four games, and the Orioles' bats that were going good for most of this month have slowed down. We'll see if that small sample size can begin to be forgotten if they get some offense tonight. Over the last four games, the Orioles have scored 10 runs and are batting just .185

Adam Jones: "If there is a sense of concern, it's sure not in the clubhouse"

Give Adam Jones credit. He's answered the same question for two days, asked by different reporters in different ways: It is a variation of "How are the Orioles holding up under pennant race pressure?" Today, Jones emphasized again there is no panic or concern in the O's clubhouse over losing back-to-back games and three of their last four. "Only two games. If there is a

Bill Hall on possibly being activated and Lew Ford with an injury update

Bill Hall is back in the Orioles clubhouse. He hasn't been officially activated yet, but it appears there is a good chance he will be. Hall went 2-for-9 with the Orioles in May. He homered in his first game with the team on May 12 against Tampa Bay. Hall went home to Arizona after the Norfolk Tides' Triple-A season ended, but then flew to Sarasota,

Orioles are down but not out in chase for AL East

Hey, Orioleland, don't panic over back-to-back losses. Yes, it's not a good thing, but when the Twins beat the Yankees after the Orioles had lost to Toronto last night, it kept the Birds within 1 1/2 games of the Yankees with seven to play. Yes, I'm saying there is still a chance. The O's lead for the top wild card spot was cut to a

Adam Jones, Dylan Bundy and Joe Saunders comment after O's loss to Blue Jays

After a loss which featured a few bobbled balls in the field and the Orioles going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, Adam Jones was asked if pennant race pressure was finally getting to the Orioles? "No, for what. Ain't nobody in here like that," Jones said. "We're still enjoying ourselves and still having fun. That is what we've been doing since the first day

O's AL East title chances take a hit with 4-0 loss to Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays are taking a page out of the Orioles' book from last September and trying to play the role of spoiler. But it's the Orioles' party they are trying to throw cold water on. Toronto beat the Orioles 4-0 tonight to put a dent into the O's AL East title hopes. The Orioles fall to 88-67 on the year and were shutout

Maryland native Laffey takes the mound against the O's tonight (updated)

A Maryland native will be the starting pitcher against the Orioles tonight as the Blue Jays and Birds play Game 3 of this series at Camden Yards. Toronto lefty Aaron Laffey is from Cumberland, Maryland and was drafted in Round 16 out of Cumberland's Allegany High School by Cleveland in 2003. The Blue Jays are his fourth team and he's also been with the Indians,

Dylan Bundy and L.J. Hoes talk about their minor league awards

Dylan Bundy will get an award tonight at Camden Yards. To no one's surprise, he was the easy choice as this season's winner of the Jim Palmer Award, which goes to the Orioles' minor league Pitcher of the Year. "It's a good honor and I'm blessed to have that," Bundy said. "I'll take that award with honor. It's a huge honor for an award being

LJ Hoes talks about a special man and a very important home run

When LJ Hoes hit a home run on Aug. 19 for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides against the Charlotte Knights, it was not just another key hit for the Orioles' 22-year-old prospect. It was a home run dedicated by Hoes to his grandfather, Charles Eguster Hoes, who died from ALS three days earlier after battling the disease for about two years. Yeah, that run around the

Chen, Davis and Jones talk after the O's Game 2 loss

After giving up five runs over five-plus innings in Game 2 tonight, Wei-Yin Chen talked about his outing against Toronto. "I can just tell you I don't have really good stuff tonight," Chen said through his interpreter. "I didn't pitch well today. After the first batter in the first inning, I walked the guy and started feeling like it's not a good day for me.

Chen struggles, Arencibia slams one as O's lose Game 2

Wei-Yin Chen struggled in another start, and Jake Arrieta came up short in his bid to get out of two straight jams. All that added up to a Toronto Blue Jays' 9-5 win tonight in Game 2 of a doubleheader. The Orioles won the opener 4-1, but fall to 88-66 with this loss. The Yankees beat the Twins 6-3 to drop Baltimore to 1 1/2

Steve Johnson: "This is what you live for"

A few minutes after he got the win here in Game 1 against Toronto, pitching five shutout innings in the Orioles 4-1 victory, Steve Johnson was asked about pitching in pennant race pressure. "This is what you live for," Johnson said. "Pitching in a playoff race and just wanting the team to win. Pitching in a big game. This is a lot of fun. "It

Steve Johnson with five scoreless as O's beat Toronto in Game 1

To say that Steve Johnson has pitched well for the Orioles this year would be an understatement. He's done something even better than that. Today, he pitched the first five innings without allowing a run and wriggled out of a few jams as the Orioles beat Toronto 4-1 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. In Game 2, Wei-Yin Chen (12-9, 3.98 ERA) pitches against lefty

Long road through the minors could culminate in a big award for L.J. Hoes

Since his callup to the major leagues on September 11, L.J. Hoes has not appeared in one game for the Orioles although tomorrow could be a very big day for him at Camden Yards, even if he doesn't play in the game. Hoes is considered the favorite to win the Brooks Robinson Award, which goes to the O's minor league Player of the Year. Between

Dylan Bundy: "Telling everyone in my hometown about it was fun"

On Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park, Dylan Bundy threw seven pitches, getting two outs in his major league debut. On Sunday night, when the team arrived back home in Baltimore, he was still pretty excited about that debut and the two key outs he got for the Orioles in the last of the eighth inning. "I didn't go to bed last night until about 12

Then there were 10

The Orioles and Yankees remain separated by just one game with 10 regular season games remaining. New York plays three at Minnesota, four at Toronto and then three at home with Boston. The Orioles play four against Toronto and three against Boston at home and then three on the road versus Tampa Bay. Here is how close things are: The Orioles just saw a six-game

Tough loss at Fenway: Sox win 2-1, O's win streak ends at six

For the Orioles, a good road trip had a tough ending that produced a rare one-run loss. They fell 2-1 to Boston, but remained one game out of first place as the Yankees lost 5-4 to Oakland. The Orioles fall to 87-65 and their six-game win streak comes to an end. They are now 27-9 in one-run decisions. In the top of the ninth, the

Some stats and notes as the O's go for a Fenway sweep

The Orioles are 10-4 against the Red Sox this season, outscoring them 76-59 in those games. In games between the teams decided by two runs or less or that went to extra innings, the Orioles are 7-2. The Orioles will have a winning record at Fenway Park for the first time since going 5-4 in 2005. The Orioles are 7-1 on the season there and

In chase for AL East, who will blink first?

So after Saturday's game, the Orioles are 16-2 in extra-inning games and Boston is 2-9. The Red Sox are 0-7 in extra-inning games at home while the Orioles are 11-0 on the road. That is just very, very impressive. The Orioles are now 23 games over .500. That is rather impressive. The Orioles have won six in a row. Also impressive. When this streak began,

Orioles' minor leagues got job one done this year

The fact is that the Orioles' minor league teams combined to play just .459 ball in 2012 when you add up all the records, going 353-416. That ranks 28th in baseball, ahead of only Milwaukee and San Diego. You certainly can't tell much about the club's farm system from that stat. It is a very debatable topic, but I have always felt that winning in

A look at the player that may be the biggest surprise on a team full of them

How does a pitcher go from a record of 0-7 and 5.40 ERA in the minors to a mark of 7-4 and 3.52 ERA in the major leagues and win key games for a team in a pennant race? I don't know, but Miguel Gonzalez has done it. The right-hander that the Orioles signed as a minor league free agent on Feb. 28 - after

Wieters, Gonzalez lead the way as O's beat Lester, Boston 4-2

Matt Wieters has been on an RBI surge for the Orioles recently and it continued tonight in Boston. Wieters knocked in three of the Orioles' four runs as they posted a 4-2 win over the Red Sox in Game 1 of a weekend series. Wieters came up with a two-run single in the top of the fourth after a J.J. Hardy single and Adam Jones

A surprising Red Sox stat

The Red Sox are stealing bases? Who knew. Since Aug. 5, Boston's 44 steals leads the American League and yes, that is surprising. Since the All-Star break, Boston leads the major leagues in stolen base percentage at 85.6. The Red Sox have stolen 55 of 65 attempts in that time. Boston has at least one steal in 19 of its last 21 games. It looks

Orioles are 3-0 vs. Boston in last three games vs. Lester

We've asked this a few times before, but will this be the night that the Orioles finally pin a loss on Jon Lester? He is 14-0 with an ERA of 2.49 in 20 career starts against them. That is the longest win streak ever against the O's franchise to begin a career. It also marks the longest current win streak by any active pitcher versus

Early work in Bowie pays off for Machado in Baltimore

For Manny Machado, it all started in early June. What began then at Double-A Bowie was a process of Machado starting to take early work before batting practice at third base and it all eventually led to his call-up to Baltimore, where the natural shortstop would play third base. He is playing there after starting in all of two games this year at Bowie at

Adam Jones makes MLB history with homer in Seattle

When Adam Jones blasted Josh Kinney's pitch over the fence in the 11th inning in Seattle to help the Orioles gain a sweep of the Mariners, he made Major League Baseball history. Jones is the first player ever to have at least four homers in the 11th inning or later in one season. That great stat comes from Elias Sports. Jones is batting .261 (6-for-23)

Are Orioles fans exhausted but happy today?

So who is happier that the Orioles have played their last West Coast game: the Orioles or the Orioles fans? The last few days have been very taxing on a fan base that must be tired but happy today. Buck Showalter has told a version of the story several times since he took over as O's manager. He said his players should always remember that,

Adam Jones homers in 11th as Orioles again win in extra innings

Just when you thought this might go 18 innings again, Adam Jones hits a game-winning homer. With one out in the top of the 11th, Nate McLouth singled off Seattle's Josh Kinney. Jones followed with a two-run shot to left and the Orioles had a 3-1, 11-inning victory over the Mariners to sweep this series. This is the Orioles' first three-game sweep in Seattle since

Do O's have enough energy left for a series sweep?

So how much will the Orioles have left in the tank as they try for a three-game sweep in Seattle tonight? You could almost understand it if the team lost to Felix Hernandez tonight. Not feel good about it, but understand it. The team has met just about every challenge this year and here is the latest. I'm sure they realize the Mariners played 18

Rick Peterson on Bundy: "He won't be overwhelmed"

The man that set up the pitching program for Dylan Bundy this year, director of pitching development Rick Peterson, believes the Orioles' top pitching prospect will do well in the majors after his call-up today. "I think he's going to handle it fine. In my opinion, this is what Dylan expected. He's put himself in this position," Peterson said of the 19-year-old. "Emotionally he will

Dan Duquette talks about Dylan Bundy's call to the majors

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Dylan Bundy will be available out of the O's bullpen tonight and for now, his role is in the 'pen and not as a starter. "We brought him up today to support the bullpen," Duquette told MASNsports.com. "Our immediate need is we may need some innings for tonight's game. Long-term, we think he's going to be a starter

Orioles calling up Dylan Bundy (updated)

After using eight pitchers in an 18-inning win at Seattle that ended at 3:54 this morning, the Orioles are in need of some bolstering to their pitching staff. One pitcher they plan to add to the roster is 2011 first-round draft pick, right-hander Dylan Bundy, a source confirms. The 19-year-old Bundy went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 starts split between low Single-A Delmarva,

A marathon victory: O's beat Mariners in 18 innings to gain tie for first place

Well that was just an amazing and exhausting and, yes, very important Orioles win. In a game that ended at 3:54 a.m. EST, the Orioles beat the Mariners 4-2 in 18 innings. With the win, the Orioles improved to 84-64 and moved into a first-place tie with the Yankees and within a half-game of Oakland for the top AL wild card spot. In the top

If it's September, Matt Wieters must be thriving again

Matt Wieters is having another strong September for the Orioles. You would think at such a demanding position as catcher that it would be more the norm to see his offense fall off as the season goes on. But September has been Wieters' best offensive month during his four-year career. He is a career .298 batter with 17 homers and 58 RBIs in 88 career

Nate McLouth on the two coaches that helped get his bat going

Outfielder Nate McLouth, who was hitting .140 earlier this year and got released by the Pirates, is now thriving with the Orioles. He is batting .306 in 16 games this month. How did he go from such a low point to playing so well for the Orioles in a pennant race? The answer is McLouth put in the time to work on his hitting while

O's score big early and Tillman beats the M's again in series opener

The Orioles welcomed Chris Tillman back to their rotation tonight by scoring seven early runs for him. Tillman may not have needed that many to once again beat the team that drafted him in the second round in 2006. Out since Sept. 2 with right elbow discomfort, Tillman gave up just three hits and one run over six innings as the Orioles routed the Mariners

O's take an early six-run lead at Seattle (updated)

The Orioles picked up tonight where they left off on offense Sunday in Oakland. A day after getting nine runs in a win over the A's, the Orioles scored three in the first inning and four in the second tonight to take a 7-1 lead after two innings at Seattle. It started with the first batter when Nate McLouth homered to right on an 0-2

Mariners one of AL's best since the break

Let's point this out first about the Seattle Mariners: They may be a last-place team, but before anyone thinks the Orioles will walk right into SafeCo Field and rip off three easy wins, consider that the Mariners have the AL's fourth-best record since the All-Star break. .683 - Oakland (41-19) .607 - Orioles (37-24) .583 - Texas (35-25) .567 - Seattle (34-26) The Mariners also

Can it be a September to remember for the O's offense?

The Orioles just went through a four-game stretch against Tampa Bay and Oakland where they scored 10 total runs. But they broke out of that by scoring nine Sunday in Oakland. In the nine games before, all that they scored 60 runs. The point is the Orioles' offense has picked up and so far, they are putting up better numbers in September than they have

A look at some remaining schedules and Matt Wieters' strong finish

Based on their play this season against the teams remaining on their schedule, the Orioles seem to have a real good shot at a very strong finish, one that might be good enough for them to win their first AL East title since 1997. The Orioles are one game behind the Yankees with 16 to play and here are the remaining opponents for both teams:

Offense comes alive, O's take series finale at Oakland, clinch winning season

Needing a win to avoid being swept in Oakland and to remain just one game out of first place, the Orioles got one as their offense produced 13 hits in a 9-5 win over the A's. The Orioles won for just the third time in 19 games since 2008 in Oakland and improved to 82-64 on the year. They sit a game behind the Yankees

It's Wolf vs. Straily on the mound in today's series finale at Oakland (updated)

In an attempt to win today's game at Oakland, the Orioles are counting on a 36-year-old left-hander who won just three of his 24 starts with the Brewers this year and who has pitched just 1/3 of an inning over the last nine days. At least Randy Wolf is rested. You can tell that the fact that Wolf is getting the ball for today's game

No time to panic, but some fans got real down after losses at Oakland

First of all, let me say that it is your right as a fan to have any opinion of the Orioles that you do. But it is my right to not agree with you. I disagree with several of you today. Between this blog and Twitter I saw some interesting comments after last night's game: "Well....it has been an excellent run." "I fear it is

O's fall out of first-place tie with 5-2 loss at Oakland

It's been a rough two nights for the Orioles in Oakland. A loss there Friday cost them a chance to move into sole possession of first place, while tonight's loss dropped the Orioles out of a first-place tie in the AL East. The Birds fell one game back of the Yankees, who won this afternoon, with a 5-2 loss at Oakland. The Orioles continue to

Britton looks for bounceback outing vs. Oakland (A's take 5-2 lead)

After going through a four-start stretch where he gave up just three runs, Zach Britton gave up five runs in his last start Sunday against the Yankees. He looks to bounce back from that outing tonight at Oakland. In his four starts before that one, Britton won a career-high four straight games, going 4-0 with an ERA of 0.95. Over 28 2/3 innings, he gave

Orioles' instructional league roster

The Orioles' instructional league is under way at the team's spring training home in Sarasota, Fla. There are 59 players listed on the instructional league roster, with 31 pitches, five catchers, eight infielders, eight outfielders and seven players taking part in rehab. Here is the complete O's instructional league roster: Pitchers: Wilmer Aquino, Tim Berry, Parker Bridwell, Dylan Bundy, Miguel Chalas, Zach Davies, Dioni Dominguez,

O's miss chance to gain sole possession of first with loss at Oakland

Well, that was a rarity. An Orioles one-run loss. With it goes a chance for the Birds to move into sole possession of first place in the AL East after the Yankees loss earlier Friday night proceeded the O's 3-2 loss at Oakland. That was just the Orioles second one-run loss in their last 18 one-run games and they fall to 27-8 on the season

Some Orioles' offensive stats and notes

Here are some notes on several Orioles hitters as the club begins this big three-game, weekend series at Oakland. * Robert Andino: Is 2-for-18 over his last five games and is 5-for-11 vs. Oakland. * Chris Davis: Over his past 18 games, he's batting .323 (21-for-65) with seven homers and 12 RBIs. He is 10-for-21 (.476) this year with two homers and six RBIs vs.

The Orioles have not won a season series against the A's since 1998

Is it time for the Orioles to Buck a trend (pun intended) against Oakland? It is not like the A's have been a juggernaut over the years but they have won a lot of games against the Orioles. The O's went 4-5 vs. Oakland last year and they have not won the season series since 1998, going 8-3. The Orioles are 2-14 at Oakland since

Pedro Strop talks about his recent struggles

Are the struggles of Orioles reliever Pedro Strop now a thing of the past? He thinks they may be. Strop put together back-to-back scoreless innings against Tampa Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday, and thinks he may now be back on track. Strop said he made a slight mechanical adjustment, said he is mentally tough and thinks the combination of the two will help to keep

The 2012 Orioles: The team that ended 14 years of futility

I think all Orioles fans that have suffered through 14 losing seasons should take a minute or two at least to savor today's win. It seemed almost as if it took 14 years, but the Orioles now officially will not have a losing record in 2012. They'll have one much better than last year, the year before that and that and so on. The sweep

Some notes on the Orioles' pitching and offense (updated)

After the Orioles' pitching staff gave up 31 runs in the four games of the Yankees series, the Birds staff has allowed just four in two games against Tampa Bay. In fact, the Orioles are 5-1 in their last six games against the Rays, allowing just eight total runs in those six games. The starters had gone six consecutive games without a quality start, pitching

Manny Machado talks about his defense at third base

Manny Machado's defense at third base has been very solid since he got to Baltimore on Aug. 9. He has certainly surprised some people with a flawless move over the diamond from short. But has he surprised himself with how well he has done there? "I wouldn't say I'm surprised, but you know I'm athletic, and I'm a shortstop. It's a tough adjustment, but I

McLouth: "It's almost like a college football crowd"

This must be pretty exciting for Nate McLouth. Batting .140 and let go by the Pittsburgh Pirates in late May, now he's batting .279 and leading off for the Orioles and tonight getting mobbed by his teammates after a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth provided a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. "This is neat," McLouth said. "Almost daily you can kind of

Machado and Hardy talk about the defensive play in the top of the ninth

Make a great defensive play in the top of the ninth. Single and score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Just another night for Manny Machado, who at this time last year was leading Frederick to a Carolina League championship. Machado had just about everyone in the Yard marveling at his play that got the last out of the Tampa ninth. He

Walk off win: McLouth's hit ends it as O's top Tampa 3-2

On a night when the two teams struggled often to get a clutch hit, the Orioles got two big ones in the last of the ninth to beat Tampa Bay 3-2 in front of 26,076 at Camden Yards. Manny Machado led off the inning with a single to left off Kyle Farnsworth and moved to second on Robert Andino's sac bunt. Then Nate McLouth ripped

Showalter talks about Miguel Gonzalez

He is starting on the mound for the Orioles tonight and he might be the biggest surprise on the team this year. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is 6-4 with a 3.62 ERA, one year after he pitched a total of 56 2/3 innings in the Red Sox system, mostly at Double-A, going 0-7 with a 5.40 ERA. Now he is pitching big games for the Orioles

Markakis and Hammel provide injury updates

One day after leaving the game in the fourth inning with a right knee injury, Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel is still waiting to get an MRI and that won't happen until tomorrow. His mood is not any beter about the situation, he said. "Not really, I'm frusrated. That is all I can be right now until something positive shows up. It's just frustrating. "It is

The resilient O's do it again, plus other notes

If there is one thing we should have learned about the 2012 Orioles, probably long before now, is they are amazingly resilient and can bounce back time and time again. They took another hit last night when Jason Hammel limped off the mound injured, just two games after Nick Markakis headed off the field injured. But that didn't keep the Orioles from winning 9-2 over

Hardy, S. Johnson talk after win over Rays gives O's share of first place

It was a night where J.J. Hardy let his bat do the talking. The Orioles shortstop, usually reserved in interviews, had few words to say after his two-homer, five-RBI night led the Orioles past Tampa Bay 9-2 for a share of first place in the American League East. "I don't know, I can't explain it," Hardy said. "I got a couple of pitches to hit

Jason Hammel talks about his knee injury

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel said he felt great and thought he was back on track tonight in his second start since coming off the disabled list. Then he felt something in his right knee again, on the second pitch he threw to Evan Longoria with two outs in the top of the fourth. He went on to walk him and shortly after that, Hammel left

Hardy drives in five, O's rout Rays 9-2 to tie for first place

It wasn't exactly the way the Orioles drew it up, as their starter left the game in the fourth, but they used six pitchers and a huge game at the plate by J.J. Hardy to beat Tampa Bay 9-2 in Game 1 of a big three-game series at Camden Yards. Pending the outcome of the Yankees-Red Sox game in Boston, the Orioles trail the first-place

A few mid-game notes

Some O's and Rays notes as this game moves to the fifth inning with the Orioles leading Tampa Bay 3-1. Steve Johnson came on to pitch in the top of the fourth tonight when Jason Hammel left with a right knee injury. Johnson is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA over seven big league games, including two starts, this year. In 21 innings, he has allowed

Wieters on Hammel, Moore and the Tampa series

Could this series between the Orioles and Tampa Bay be low-scoring? It certainly was the last time these teams played when there were three straight shutouts. Tampa Bay won the series opener 2-0 on Aug. 3 and then the O's posted 4-0 and 1-0 wins. Over three games, the Orioles outscored the Rays 5-2. The Rays' pitching staff leads the majors in ERA (3.22) and

After roster move-filled season, Norfolk skipper Ron Johnson joins O's

It is not only players that come up from the minor leagues in September. Teams add some coaches, as well, and today Ron Johnson, the manager at Triple-A Norfolk, and Tides pitching coach Mike Griffin joined the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter thought so much of their work this year that he had that duo join him at the podium for his pregame press conference today.

LJ Hoes talks about joining the Orioles

It must have seemed like a pretty quiet afternoon for LJ Hoes. He was watching television a little after noon when he got the phone call telling him to come to Baltimore to join the Orioles and play in the big leagues for the first time. "I was sitting at home watching a movie, 'Mr. Baseball,' so they called and said we need you here

Orioles vs. Rays: Taking a look at the season series so far

After a day of rest, the Orioles begin a huge three-game series tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. The Orioles open this series one game ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East and also for a wild card berth. Both teams are playing well. Tampa Bay has won six of its last eight and is 21-11 over its past 32 games.

Some fans have missed the mark on Sabathia-Markakis

When it comes to Orioles vs. Yankees, emotions run high. But no matter how upset some Orioles fans are over Nick Markakis getting hit Saturday night by CC Sabathia, you are not going to convince me that Sabathia did that on purpose. Believe me if I thought that, I'd be among the first to express anger about it. Some fans are still expressing the opinion

Stretch run arrives with Orioles so close to making playoffs

The stretch drive has arrived in Major League Baseball. Now there are just 22 games left for the Orioles in the 2012 regular season. Once again, we can say that if the season ended today, the Orioles would be in the playoffs as they would claim the second wild card berth and would meet Oakland in a one-game playoff for the right to advance to

Postgame comments from Britton, Davis and Jones

Zach Britton struggled with his command today, especially in that fourth inning where he walked three and the Yankees scored four times. But he said the ground ball that hit him in the face at the end of the third inning, was not a problem for him an inning later. "It didn't really hurt," he said. "It hit my eye and moved my contact around

Markakis hopes "surgery will ... knock off about three weeks of recovery"

Nick Markakis just told reporters that the surgery he will have tomorrow to repair his broken left thumb could have him back playing baseball again in "around four weeks" - if the Orioles are still playing games then. "It's good and bad," Markakis said. "They said the surgery will actually knock off about three weeks of recovery. So, hopefully we are looking at somewhere around

O's dig early hole, lose series finale to split with Yankees

Zach Britton took the mound today with a record of 4-0 and ERA of 0.94 over his previous four starts. But it didn't go nearly that well for him, and he allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings as the Yankees crushed the Orioles 13-3 at Camden Yards to gain a split of their four-game series. The Yankees arrived in town Thursday with a one-game

The O's have a chance for season series win vs. NY today

The Orioles have a chance today to do a few things they have not done since 1997. For one, a win over the Yankees would give them the season series versus New York, 10 wins to eight. The last time they won a season series against New York was in 1997, when they went 8-4. The Orioles are 3-5 in Baltimore and 6-3 in New

McLouth could bring a base stealing threat to top of order

There is no question that losing Nick Markakis is a big loss for the Orioles. But one thing they may add to the leadoff spot with Nate McLouth batting there is a base stealing threat atop the order. McLouth said he has the green light to run and may look to do that more when batting first. "I think that is a good point (that

Chris Davis talks about starting in right and the pitch that hit Markakis

We don't know if the move will become permanent for the rest of this season, but for today, Chris Davis is the replacement for Nick Markakis and will be starting in right field for the Orioles. "I feel good about it," Davis said moments ago in the O's clubhouse. "Not happy with how it came about. Nicky has been on fire lately. It just gives

Loss of Markakis may provide toughest test yet for these Orioles

Wow. There was a lot to digest and soak in during and after Saturday night's game. A controversial ending. The Nick Markakis injury. Lew Ford helps beat CC Sabathia. Joe Girardi is screaming at reporters. Mark Reynolds homered. Again. Pedro Strop struggled. Again. Oh, yes, and the Orioles tied the Yankees for first place. Again. Now the Orioles have to show their resilience. Again. Having

Clubhouse reaction to the Markakis injury

In the Orioles clubhouse the topic was not so much a win over the Yankees, first place or how the last play unfolded. It was about the injury to Nick Markakis and how the Orioles will now try to overcome that difficult blow to their season. Here are comments from Adam Jones: "We have to rally around him. It (stinks), what do you want me

Markakis: "I knew I broke it" (Markakis audio added)

Nick Markakis knew right away the news would not be good after he was hit on the left thumb by a CC Sabathia tonight in the fifth inning of the Orioles 5-4 win over the Yankees. "When it first happened I knew I broke it," Markakis said. "I couldn't bend my finger. Pain wise, it is not as bad as I thought it would be,

O's beat Sabathia, Yankees, to forge first-place tie in AL East

He may have entered this game with a career mark of 16-3 and 2.97 ERA against the Orioles, but this year CC Sabathia is 0-2 with an ERA of 6.38 vs. the Orioles. They beat him in come-from-behind fashion, 5-4 tonight, to take two of the first three in this series and once again the clubs are tied for first in the AL East with

O's stack the deck with right-handed hitters vs. Sabathia (updated)

Considering all the success that CC Sabathia has had pitching against the Orioles in his career, they have done pretty well against the Yankees left-hander this year. Sabathia faces the Orioles for the third time in 2012 tonight. In each of the first two starts he went six innings and gave up eight hits and four runs. Both times. He is 0-1 with an ERA

O'Day brings playoff experience and easy-going style to the Orioles

The Orioles have a few players with playoff experience on their current roster and reliever Darren O'Day is one of them. The 2010 Texas Rangers lost in the World Series and played 16 playoff games. O'Day pitched in 11 of them. He got to experience a playoff-like atmosphere here at Camden Yards on Thursday. His key out of Derek Jeter ended the top of eighth

The players throw some praise in Buck's direction

Many times during this season that has the Orioles just one game out of first place with 24 games to go, when a reporter has posed a question to Buck Showalter heaping praise in his direction, Showalter has turned that around and said "it's about the players." But during this Yankees series, with more reporters than usual in the clubhouse, several players have been asked

Postgame comments from Chen, Andino and McLouth

Wei-Yin Chen said he is not wearing down as a long season comes closer to its end. He said that had nothing to do with his poor outing tonight where he allowed seven runs over 4 2/3 innings, as the Yankees beat the Orioles 8-5 at Camden Yards. "I'm not tired at all. The last couple of starts I've felt really strong. Physically and mentally

O's comeback falls short as the Yankees take Game 2

Wei-Yin Chen matched a season high with seven earned runs and the Orioles missed a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the AL East as they lost 8-5 to the Yankees tonight in front of 40,861 at Camden Yards. They fall to 77-61 and lose for just the fourth time in 14 games to once again drop one game back of

Will O's continue recent scoring spree tonight? (updated)

In case you haven't noticed, the Orioles are scoring some runs lately. They have scored 38 the last five games and 77 in the last 13, averaging 5.9 per game in that time as they began play tonight. They have scored 27 runs on 36 hits in the last four games vs. the Yankees. The homers are up, too. The Orioles have hit 17 over

Machado has been checking in on his former Bowie teammates

Even as he plays in this big series at Camden Yards, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado certainly has not forgotten the Double-A Bowie teammates he left behind a few weeks ago. Machado was a big part of the team's success this year and he's excited to see that their winning continued even after he left for the majors. He said he talked to a few

Wieters on Reynolds, the crowd and confidence

As you have probably read, the Orioles' players were saying plenty of great things about the amazing crowd at Camden Yards last night. The sellout of 46,298 was roaring throughout the game. Matt Wieters was asked again today about the atmosphere in the ballpark last night. "It was the best I've played in front of here and I think it will be similar the rest

Some stats, some notes, some quotes from Cal

It was simply an amazing night at Camden Yards. From Cal Ripken Jr.'s statue ceremony and seeing the Orioles greats return again to one of the best home crowds just about anyone can remember at the Yard to the remarkable first inning that was topped by the last of the eighth inning, it was quite a night. Every time you think the Orioles can't top

Adam Jones: "That was the biggest hit of my life"

Adam Jones answered the question about as definitively as he answered the Yankees' comeback tonight. Jones put the homer he hit tonight to break the 6-6 tie in the last of the eighth at the top of his list on his all-time hit parade. "That right there is the biggest hit I've ever had in my life," Jones said. "Everything else has been leading up

After lead gets away, O's use homer barrage to beat Yankees

The Orioles let the lead get away, but certainly not the win tonight as they beat the Yankees 10-6 at Camden Yards behind a stunning power display in the last of the eighth. A frenzied sellout crowd of 46,298 looked on at Camden Yards. The Orioles and Yankees are once again tied for first with identical 77-60 records. Coming to bat right after seeing a

A couple of mid-game notes

Some mid-game notes after the four-run first had Camden Yards rocking about as loudly as anyone here could remember. Is the sink back on Jason Hammel's fastball? Did it ever go away? No, but Hammel's ground-to-air out ratio did decrease during this season from 1.95 in April to 1.32 in May, 1.33 in June and 1.21 in July. But Hammel got the first five Yankees

Brother defends brother and Cal thanks his dad during statue ceremony

There were several interesting moments during today's statue ceremony for Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. Among the most memorable was when Cal's brother, Bill Ripken, spoke and gave a passionate defense of Ripken's consecutive games streak. "There were some doubters and haters that along the way blamed Junior for any of the Orioles' problems," Bill Ripken said. "He was selfish. For those people, I

Adam Jones: "We believe we can play with them"

With a big series against the Yankees now hours away, Adam Jones said the Orioles are confident that they can beat the Yankees. "We believe we can play with them," Jones said. "Not looking at the jerseys. You know who is over there and there are superstars. When I first got called up I was like, 'There's Alex Rodriguez, he seems like he's 7-5.' "But

Taking a look at the O's rotation for the Yankees series

When the Orioles faced the Yankees last weekend, they pitched very well against New York. The Yankees' team average was just .167 in that series, and the Birds held that lineup to just 15 hits over 90 at-bats in three games. The AL's fourth highest scoring team was held to eight total runs. While the Orioles hit six homers in that series, New York had

Will this be the year Bowie has playoff success?

Long-time fans of the Orioles' Double-A Bowie affiliate can relate to long-suffering O's fans. The Orioles have made zero playoff appearances since 1997. Bowie had made just one since that year until this season. The Orioles have not won the World Series since 1983. The Baysox have never won the Eastern League championship even though they have been playing since 1993. In fact, Bowie has

Dylan Bundy talks about his outing tonight at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - In what was his best outing yet at the Double-A level, Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy gave up just one run over six innings tonight as Bowie beat Akron 4-2 in Game 1 of a best-of-five Eastern League playoff series. The Baysox played some tight defense behind him and backed the right-hander with homers from Rhyne Hughes, Ty Kelly and Ronnie

Bowie Baysox live playoff blog (Bowie takes Game 1)

Tonight's playoff live blog: Welcome to tonight's live blog from Bowie where the Baysox host Akron in Game 1 of a best-of-five playoff series. I will post notes and updates during tonight's game which will begin at 7:05 p.m. with Dylan Bundy making the start. Feel free to post any comments or questions you have in this blog. Akron takes the early lead: With one

Pregame notes before Bowie's playoff opener

BOWIE, Md - The Double-A Bowie Baysox' pursuit of their first-ever Eastern League championship begins tonight when the Baysox host Akron at Prince George's Stadium in Game 1 of a best-of-five series. The winner of this series will meet the Trenton-Reading winner in the championship series that starts next Tuesday. The Baysox' first season was 1993 and this is the team's 20th, but they have

Talking with Chris Tillman in Bowie

BOWIE, Md - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman is with the Baysox in Bowie, but not to pitch in the Eastern League playoffs. He's just going to get a workout in today before he rejoins the Orioles tomorrow when the team returns to Baltimore. Tillman left Sunday's start in New York after just three innings saying his elbow felt "dead." An MRI on that right elbow

Is the team of destiny now just a good team?

Have the Orioles gone from a team that got off to a good start, to a surprise team, to a team of destiny to now, just a damn good team? Could be. Or maybe all four still apply, especially the last one. Buster Olney said it well in a recent appearance on ESPN radio, when he said the Orioles "can smell it now." You can

Reynolds, Britton lead O's to 12-0 romp at Toronto, share of first place in AL East

Mark Reynolds hit another big home run. Zach Britton pitched another strong game. The surging Orioles picked up another win. It was close for a while, but ended as a blowout 12-0 victory over Toronto as the Orioles take the first two games in the series by shutouts. They have now held their opponents off the scoreboard for 22 straight innings. This win could lead

Is strikeout increase a good sign for Britton?

Is Zach Britton's stuff getting better as the season goes on? He is certainly pitching better and the stat sheet will tell you that his ground-ball ratio is identical to what it was when his ERA was 8.35 over his first four O's starts this season. But his ERA is 2.36 over his last four starts and 1.25 over the last three. Why the improvement

No surprise: As pitching improved, wins came more often

Here are two stats that are clearly related: Since Aug. 3, the Orioles are 20-9. Since Aug. 3, their starting pitching ERA is 3.75. Around that time in early August, the Orioles' starting pitching ERA for the year was 4.81, just a tick under its highest mark on the year. Now that figure is 4.58 to rank ninth in the AL; earlier, the Orioles were

Widlansky's big year helped lead Bowie to the playoffs

He may no longer be young enough to get listed on some of those top prospects lists, and his defense has been questioned at times, but Robbie Widlansky has simply had one of the best offensive seasons of anyone on the O's farm this year for Double-A Bowie. Consider that he has hit well against both left (.305) and right-handed pitchers (.318). Consider that he

Saunders gets first O's win in victory over Toronto (Yanks lose)

With a bullpen assist, Joe Saunders' second Orioles start sure went a lot better than his first. He picked up his first win with his new team today as the Orioles beat Toronto 4-0 in Game 1 of a three-game series. Coupled with New York's 4-3 loss on the road vs. Tampa Bay, the Orioles moved to within one game of first place in the

Orioles looking to end a four-game Rogers Centre losing streak today

This afternoon, the Orioles are trying to win at a ballpark that has often been a house of horrors for them - Toronto's Rogers Centre. The Orioles are just 7-33 in their last 40 games there. During this season though, the Orioles have won seven of nine road AL East series. But one of the two they lost was in Toronto, when they were swept

We could see D. Bundy and Gausman both pitch in Wednesday's playoff opener for Bowie

When the Double-A Bowie Baysox host Akron in Game 1 of a best-of-five Eastern League playoff series Wednesday night, it looks like there is a good chance that the Orioles' last two first-round draft picks will pitch in that game. Dylan Bundy, taken fourth overall in 2011, is expected to be the starting pitcher. Kevin Gausman, taken fourth overall in June, may follow him to

Today's live blog: Orioles vs. Yankees

The series finale has arrived for the Orioles and Yankees. The Birds need a win to erase the memory of letting yesterday's game get away and to pull to within two games of first place in the AL East. Check back here on today's live blog often as I add notes, stats, facts and commentary throughout today's game. The readers can keep the dialogue going

Orioles' bounce-back ability gets put to the test today at Yankees

During a season in which the Orioles have shown the ability to bounce back well within a game or during a tough stretch, I would expect no less than for them to play well and have a good chance to win today at Yankee Stadium. While message boards and talk shows are good at rehashing and over-analyzing every aspect of a tough loss like yesterday's,

One that got away: O's lose lead, game at New York

We haven't seen it happen for a while, but today the Orioles lost and contributed to their own demise. Leading 3-1 with two outs and a man on first in the bottom of the seventh, the Orioles went on to allow three runs in the inning to lose 4-3 today at Yankee Stadium. From that point on, Orioles pitchers allowed a walk, an RBI single,

Today's live blog: Orioles vs. Yankees

This afternoon's live blog: It's almost time for Game 2 of the weekend series in New York. A win would pull the Orioles to within one game of first place and within one victory of a three-game sweep. I will keep this blog "live" during this afternoon's game and will add stats, notes, facts and commentary here all during today's game. I hope the readers

A noteworthy win

In a big game to start a big series the Orioles came up with a big performance. None bigger than Miguel Gonzalez, who despite not pitching since Aug. 20, fired seven shutout innings at the Yankees in the Orioles' 6-1 win. Gonzalez went 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in five August starts and the Baltimore is 7-3 in his 10 starts this year. He had

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