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Let the offseason analysis begin

So now what do we do? Well, here on this blog we quickly transition to offseason mode which sometimes can be pretty fun, too, as we both look back and ahead, speculate on what might happen, report on what does happen and get your input on it all along the way. If you are new here, you should know that our blogs stay active all

Chris Davis talks about his wrist injury (plus Hardy and Johnson quotes)

Chris Davis said his left wrist got bent back a bit, but he is relieved he suffered just a sprain when Jacoby Ellsbury hit his glove hand running to first base in the fourth inning. Davis came out of the game, but X-rays were negative. "You know, right there, that is a tough play with a guy who runs well," Davis said. "Tough play for

Orioles rally to beat Boston, finish 2013 season 85-77

On the final day of the season, the Orioles fell behind Boston 5-0 in the fourth inning. But they came back with seven straight runs to win 7-6, ending the 2013 season with a 85-77 record. Nate McLouth and J.J. Hardy had two-run doubles during a five-run fifth inning as the O's tied the game 5-5. They went ahead with a two-run sixth as Jonathan

Chris Davis on the MVO, the MVP and more

After winning the Most Valuable Oriole award for 2013, Chris Davis spent some time thanking the players around him who he said helped him have such a big year. "I realize how fortunate I am, not only to be wearing this uniform but to be around the people I am," Davis said. "I wouldn't even have gotten close to where I was this year without

After health scare, O'Day is back and pitching well out of O's 'pen

Darren O'Day is a pitcher with peace of mind these days. He's not happy the Orioles won't be in the playoffs, but he is very happy that the medical issue he was dealing with recently got resolved. O'Day pitched just twice between Aug. 28 and Sept. 19 as he was dealing with some issues in the index and middle fingers on his right hand. For

Steve Pearce, Wei-Yin Chen and Kevin Gausman comments after the O's win

After a season where he dealt with some injuries, it was satisfying for Steve Pearce to have a big night tonight, driving in three in the O's 6-5 win over Boston. "It was almost hard to picture anything good coming out of this year on a personal note," Pearce said. "I was fighting a wrist injury. Considering the kind of spring training I had, the

Steve Pearce drives in three as O's rally to beat Boston

It was a two-run double that gave the Orioles the lead tonight after losing a pair of two-run leads earlier in the game. The double came off the bat of Steve Pearce in the last of the eighth as the Orioles rallied to beat Boston, 6-5 in front of 36,556 at Camden Yards. Pearce's double scored pinch runner Nate McLouth and Danny Valencia, who slid

Buck Showalter on the September fatigue factor for the offense

The Orioles scored nine runs on Wednesday night against Toronto, ending a 21-game stretch where they scored five or fewer runs. But that did not exactly open the floodgates, as the Orioles have scored just three runs in each of the last two games. It has not been a September to remember for the O's offense. They are scoring just 3.8 runs per game this

Roberts said he could understand if Orioles choose to not sign him for next year

Brian Roberts could be down to his last two days in an Orioles uniform. But then again he may not. It is a unique situation with a season ending, but we don't know if Roberts, who has been in the organization since 1999, will return next season. Roberts said today, if it turns that the Orioles move on without him, he would understand that. "Oh

O's made right call on Jim Johnson

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Friday he plans to tender a 2014 contract to closer Jim Johnson, who has 99 saves over the last two seasons. He made the right move. Johnson is arbitration-eligible again and if the Orioles elected not to offer him arbitration - and "non-tender" him - he would become a free agent. At that point, any team could sign

Postgame comments from Feldman, Hardy and Jones

Scott Feldman made a quick exit tonight, giving up eight runs and eight hits over just 2 1/3 innings as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 12-3. Feldman gave up five runs in the first, the most runs he has allowed in the opening inning in his 30 starts. "I just wasn't very good," Feldman said. "Seems like I made a lot of mistakes behind

Scott Feldman makes early exit as Boston takes series opener

Whatever momentum O's starter Scott Feldman had going in recent starts sure didn't last long tonight. Feldman gave up eight runs and eight hits over just 2 1/3 innings as Boston beat the Orioles 12-3 in the first game of the last series of the year in front of 30,774 at Camden Yards. Chris Davis hit a solo homer in the sixth, his 53rd of

Orioles looking for second straight season series win against Boston

It wasn't that long ago that the Orioles won just two games all year against the Boston Red Sox. They went 2-16 against Boston in 2009. But if they win one game in this season-ending weekend series, the Orioles will have won back-to-back season series against the Red Sox for the first time since 1991-92. The Orioles went 13-5 against Boston last year and are

Stinson hopes strong finish leads him back to the Orioles in 2014

After a strong finish at Triple-A Norfolk that has carried over into a solid September with the Orioles, right-hander Josh Stinson hopes he has finally found a permanent major league home. He pitched 13 innings for the Mets in 2011, 9 1/3 for the Brewers in 2012 and 16 for the Orioles this year. Late in spring training in March, Stinson was with three teams

Kevin Gausman on his 2013 experience and offseason plan

Remember when Kevin Gausman made starts in May and June and gave up seven runs each in outings against the Nationals and Rays? Gausman does and he says he's better for the experience. "I had some struggles as a starter here and I'm thankful for that," he said yesterday. "That definitely kind of humbled me and I wanted to get back out and work on

Miguel Gonzalez, Nick Markakis and Tommy Hunter comments after O's victory

Miguel Gonzalez pitched the Orioles to a win tonight and he improved to 11-8 with an ERA of 3.78, allowing just two hits and one unearned run over seven innings against Toronto. "Everything was working," Gonzalez said. "The splitty was great. I threw enough offspeed for strikes for them to swing at. Fell behind a couple of hitters but we made some great plays all

Miguel Gonzalez gets the win as O's take season series from Toronto

Miguel Gonzalez will be able to say he finished strong in 2013. The right-hander capped a solid September with a sharp seven innings tonight in pitching the Orioles past Toronto 3-2 in front of 27,498 at Camden Yards. With the win, the Orioles broke the 9-9 tie and won the season series, 10-9 over the Blue Jays. The O's improved to 34-39 in games against

Miguel Gonzalez looks to continue solid September pitching and other notes

Miguel Gonzalez is finishing this season well and, as he makes his last start of 2013 tonight, he'd like to add one more good outing to that. Gonzalez is 10-8 with an ERA of 3.94 for the season over 29 games, 27 starts. In four September starts, he is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA and a .198 batting average against. He has been solid against

Chris Tillman takes a quick look back at his second straight strong season

Chris Tillman has had another good year for the Orioles. We just don't know yet if he's made his final 2013 start. He might pitch the O's season finale Sunday, but then again he may not. Tillman said today either way is fine with him and he'll do whatever Buck Showalter asks him. What he has been doing this season is taking the ball every

Jonathan Schoop could be future second baseman for the O's, but when does that future start?

I certainly didn't expect to ever link Jonathan Schoop, current Orioles infielder with Larry Haney, one-time Orioles catcher from the late 1960s. But as of last night they are the only two Orioles to ever homer in their first major league games. Haney did it on July 27, 1966 against the Cleveland Indians. He was in a lineup that day that included Frank and Brooks

Jonathan Schoop on his MLB debut, Ryan Flaherty on his two-homer night

Jonathan Schoop singled in his first major league at-bat and homered in his third, helping the Orioles to a 9-5 win over Toronto tonight. Schoop became the second Oriole to homer in his major league debut. Larry Haney was the first on July 27, 1966 against Cleveland. It was some night for the 21-year-old infielder and O's 2011 minor league Player of the Year. "For

O's beat Toronto to clinch their second straight winning season

The offense finally showed up for the Orioles. Jonathan Schoop homered in his third major league at-bat and Ryan Flaherty hit a pair of two-run homers as a lineup that featured several Orioles reserves beat Toronto 9-5 in front of 23,698 at Camden Yards. With the win, the Orioles improved to 82-76 and clinched a second straight winning season for the first time since 1996-97.

Baltimore's Steve Clevenger on his Camden Yards debut and other notes

Baltimore native Steve Clevenger has played at Camden Yards before, just not as a Baltimore Oriole. Tonight he will, making his home debut, batting seventh and catching. Clevenger, a graduate of Baltimore's Mount St. Joseph's high school, played at Camden Yards in 2004 in the Brooks Robinson high school All-Star game. "First time I will play in Camden Yards besides in high school. It will

Changes coming to Norfolk's Harbor Park plus Schoop on his MLB debut

Some changes are under way at Harbor Park in Norfolk, the home of the Orioles' Triple-A International League affiliate. Very much a pitcher's park where it is tough to hit a homer, the fences are being moved in 10 feet in center field and the left- and right-field power alleys. In addition, they are completely redoing the playing field with new turf and dirt. The

Chris Davis on O's being eliminated and potential contract talks

As Chris Davis puts the finishing touches on a tremendous season, he does so knowing he is under team control and will be an Oriole through the 2015 season. But he said today if the club chooses to explore a contract extension with him this offseason, he is open to that. "I would love to stay in Baltimore," Davis said. "This has been like a

Does missing the playoffs make 2013 a failure?

The questions will come up a lot over the next few days and weeks: Was the 2013 season a failure for the Orioles, and should fans be disappointed? The answers to those questions will be yes and yes for many of you, I would expect. After making the playoffs and winning 93 games last season, a playoff berth was a fair and realistic expectation for

O's playoff hopes end amid close losses and few runs

In a way, it was somewhat symbolic of the 2013 season. In the defeat that officially eliminated the Orioles from the playoffs, they lost a lead, didn't score enough runs and came up one run short. They are going to come up short of the playoffs and not make it back-to-back postseason trips. They have lost six in a row and still need at least

Hardy and Tillman talk after loss to Toronto

After the loss that officially eliminated them from playoff contention, J.J. Hardy was asked if tonight's 10-inning loss to Toronto kind of summed up the whole year for the Orioles. "You could look at it like that. We look at our team as we have a good team and we still believe that, but this just wasn't our year," Hardy said. "We played all the

O's playoff hopes officially end with loss to Toronto

The Orioles' losing streak is now six games to match a season high after they lost 3-2 in 10 innings to Toronto tonight to begin the final homestand of the 2013 season. Coupled with Cleveland's comeback win tonight, the loss officially eliminates the Orioles from playoff contention. Mark DeRosa singled in the go-ahead run off Francisco Rodriguez in the 10th. It scored Jose Reyes from

Ryan Flaherty quotes and other notes

Without Manny Machado available, it is Ryan Flaherty who gets the start at third base tonight for the Orioles. "It's nice to be in there, but under the circumstances, losing one of the most promising players in the game and one of the best teammates I've had, that is not fun to see," Flaherty said. "I feel comfortable over there. I'll do some early work

Adam Jones: "We were in the batter's box and we didn't get the job done"

Even the most optimistic Orioles player or fan knows the club's odds of making the playoffs are an extreme long shot at this point. "We just have to win six straight and hope all the other teams lose six straight," Adam Jones said. "I don't know what the odds of that are. But there are no sad faces in here. "Our fans are frustrated that

Brian Roberts on his future and Manny Machado

It certainly wasn't a speech about the end of his Orioles career, but when asked today if he has wondered if he does have a future with the club, Brian Roberts admitted he may not. His contract ends after this season and Roberts is embracing his time remaining with the team, even if that turns out to be just six more games. "Sure, we all

Do Orioles fans have reason to be concerned about Wei-Yin Chen?

I'll join the chorus of players and fans who have sent their expressions of concern and good wishes to Manny Machado. While that knee injury looked serious, here is a hope that we get better-than-expected news today. Even if surgery is needed, here's hoping the young man has a quick and full rehab and recovery and fans see him back in the lineup come opening

Machado injured and O's lose in last of ninth to Tampa Bay

A bad series ended badly. James Loney led off the last of the ninth with a homer to right off Tommy Hunter as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 5-4 to complete a four-game sweep. The loss in the series finale this afternoon was overshadowed by what happened in the top of the seventh inning. The Orioles and their fans had to watch as their talented

Chen looks to continue success against Rays, plus other notes

Wei-Yin Chen, who has struggled at times late this season, does have good numbers this year and in his career against Tampa Bay. He'll try to pitch the Orioles to a win today so they can salvage a game in this series. It's not even close to what the Orioles wanted, but all they can get now. Tampa Bay has never had a four-game sweep

Orioles need more variety on offense, but how do they get it?

What a bad four-day run for the Orioles on offense. On Thursday, John Lackey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and two-hit the Orioles. On Friday, they failed to score in the last 11 innings of an 18-inning loss. On Saturday and Sunday, they were shut out until the ninth inning. Were it not for the Tropicana Field roof, they may be looking at

O's held scoreless until the ninth in 3-1 loss against Tampa Bay

For the Orioles it was a matter of another day and another game with not much offense. By not much, they had a single by Manny Machado to lead off the game and just two hits after that in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in a game started by a young pitcher making his major league debut. The Orioles were shut out

Is Scott Feldman pitching his way into the Orioles future?

As Scott Feldman takes the mound for the Orioles this afternoon, he is certainly a pitcher on a nice roll. He is 3-1 with a 1.77 ERA over his last seven starts. He is 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 13 starts with the Orioles since he was acquired in a July 2 trade with the Chicago Cubs. This year, between the Cubs and Orioles,

Sizing up one theory for the O's struggles on offense

One theory for the Orioles' lack of offense late this season is that several players are tiring and that they've simply been asked to play too much this year. That theory makes some sense when you see a team struggling to score runs like the 2013 Orioles have been late this season. But as a counter point to that, I took a look at five

Struggling O's offense gets shut out until ninth in loss to Tampa Bay

The Orioles' flickering playoff hopes took another hit today and the issue, once again, was the club's inability to hit. Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts to the ninth before the O's pushed across a run in a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay this afternoon. Cobb gave up just five hits over 8 1/3 to improve to 10-3 with a 2.90 ERA.

A few notes as O's try to regroup after 18-inning loss

Those of you who watched that entire game last night and awoke this morning were probably not any less frustrated about the O's lack of offense in the 5-4, 18-loss to Tampa Bay. In going 2-for-35 after the seventh inning, the offense came up short again at a time when the O's bullpen was picking up big out after big out. In what was the

The longest game in O's history ends with a loss in the 18th

It was the longest game in Orioles history, but it didn't end well for the O's. David DeJesus came up with an RBI single with one out in the last of the 18th as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 5-4 at Tropicana Field. It was a bitter loss for the Orioles, who would have been one game back of both Tampa Bay and Texas for

A look at Jason Hammel, David Price and a poor stat from the Boston series

Here is a stat the Orioles would like to, and probably need to change tonight: In the the first four innings of the Boston series, O's batters were 1-for-37 and the one hit was an infield hit. Talk about getting off to a slow start. I like the new-look lineup Buck Showalter broke out tonight with Manny Machado batting first and Adam Jones second. With

A look at the recent struggles for the Orioles offense

The Orioles have been getting some solid pitching lately. We can't say the same about the hitting. What has happened to the Orioles on offense? The Orioles managed to win series' at Toronto and Boston even though they scored just 11 runs in three games at the Rogers Centre and nine in three games at Fenway Park. The Orioles have now gone 16 consecutive games

A look at Chris Davis and the pursuit of 100 extra-base hits

It is something that has happened just 15 times in Major League Baseball history and has been achieved by just 12 players. It is the nice round figure of 100 extra-base hits in a single season. That is a massive number, but a number within reach for Chris Davis with just 10 games to play. Davis has 41 doubles and 51 homers totaling 92 extra-base

Lackey takes no-hitter to seventh, pitches Boston past the Orioles

Boston right-hander John Lackey entered his start tonight with both modest stats in his recent starts this year and modest numbers on the season against the Orioles. But Lackey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in pitching Boston past the Orioles 3-1 at Fenway Park. The Orioles come up a win short in their attempt to become the first team to sweep three in

Orioles go for Fenway sweep, plus other notes

The Orioles will try to do something tonight that no team has done this year: Sweep a three-game series from the Red Sox at Fenway Park. In fact, Boston has only been swept twice this year and that counts a one-game series. They got swept May 3-5 at Texas and their loss July 29 at home against Tampa Bay officially counts as a series sweep.

Kevin Gausman on pitching in relief, his strong finish at Norfolk and more

When Kevin Gausman fanned five Boston batters in a dominating two-inning outing last night, it was the latest chapter in what has been a busy and interesting season for the Orioles' 22-year-old pitching prospect. The club's top draft pick last season began 2013 in Double-A Bowie's rotation. He was called up to pitch as a starter for the Orioles in late May, then sent back

Counted out a few times, O's showed character the last two nights in Boston

So anyone have any nails left after the last two nights? This playoff race got serious in a hurry. After last night's game, I found myself remembering a quote from Nate McLouth. It came in the extreme quiet of the Orioles clubhouse after they had lost for the third night in a row to the Yankees last week. It felt like the lowest point of

Chris Davis drives in two in the 12th as O's win at Boston again

Chris Davis to the rescue. The struggling Orioles offense needed its top homer and RBI man to come through in the 12th inning tonight and he did. Davis delivered a two-out single to score a pair of runs with the bases loaded as the Orioles beat Boston 5-3 in 12 innings. The Orioles improved to 9-6 against Boston this season and ended the Red Sox's

Wei-Yin Chen looks to avoid Fenway repeat tonight

It was about three weeks ago and it was at Fenway Park. Wei-Yin Chen had the worst start of the 52 he has made in his two seasons with the Orioles. To say the least, he needs to avoid a repeat tonight. On Aug. 27 in a 13-2 loss to the Red Sox, Chen went just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits, eight runs and

After exciting win at Boston, now O's need to do it again

So what if we had a conversation right before the game last night? What if I had mentioned that I knew the Orioles would make a season-high three errors and go 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position? That their starter would go just five innings and walk six? That they'd have just six hits? That they'd fall behind 2-0? That they would have runners on

O's score in ninth to break tie and beat Boston 3-2

When Koji Uehara took the mound in the ninth of a 2-2 game tonight, he had pitched 30 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings and retired 37 straight batters, eight off a major league record. But seconds later, both streaks ended as the Orioles picked up a heart-stopping 3-2 win at Boston to start this big three-game series. Earlier, Chris Davis hit his club-record 51st homer as

A look at the Orioles-Boston season series and other notes

Here is a look at this year's season series stats between the Orioles and Boston. The Orioles lead the series, seven wins to six, going 4-3 at home and 3-3 on the road. Average: Orioles .229, Boston .230 Runs per game: Orioles 3.5, Boston 4.1 Homers: Orioles 15, Boston 16 OPS: Orioles .682, Boston .693 Errors: Orioles 2, Boston 9 ERA: Orioles 4.04, Boston 3.21.

Orioles' offense is in need of a breakout game

If it seems like the Orioles have not put up a big number on offense lately, it's because they haven't. Since scoring seven runs in back-to-back games Sept. 1-2, the Orioles have scored five or fewer runs for 13 consecutive games. They scored four or fewer in 10 of the 13 games and exactly five runs three other times. This is the longest stretch of

In critical need of wins, can O's take down red-hot Red Sox?

It now seems like a long time ago that the Orioles won six straight series against the Boston Red Sox. It wasn't that long ago, but now they have lost their past two series, losing two of three in late July in Baltimore and a month later in Boston. The Red Sox, who went 69-93 a year ago, are red-hot and their magic number to

Orioles alumni report

Within the span of a few weeks in July, the Orioles traded for four players, three of which were pitchers. In those deals they traded away five players. Here is a look at how those five players have done for their new organizations since those deals. On July 2, the Orioles acquired pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger from the Chicago Cubs in exchange

Has the 2013 season been tougher than last year for the fans?

Is the answer to this question yes? Has the 2013 season has been tougher on the Orioles fans than the 2012 season? To me it seems much tougher. These two seasons are just very, very different. Last season seemed magical and, at times, almost too good to be true. The Orioles hadn't won anything since 1997 and suddenly and surprisingly the O's found themselves in

O's beat Blue Jays for first AL East road series win since April

Danny Valencia came up with another big hit for the Orioles today and the Birds pitching made it stand up this afternoon in a 3-1 win at Toronto. The Orioles improve to 79-70 and picked up their first road series win against an AL East opponent since April 11. They also ended a four-series road losing streak. After the Orioles missed on scoring chances in

Lind's homer gives Toronto early lead (O's up 3-1, Gonzalez leaves with injury)

Adam Lind hit a Miguel Gonzalez changeup for a homer in the last of the second today as the Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead on the Orioles to the third inning. Lind, whose 17-game hitting streak against Baltimore ended Saturday, got a high offspeed offering that he crushed for his 21st homer. It was the 23rd homer allowed by Gonzalez. The Orioles stranded three

Another one-run loss and another day lost for the Orioles

Can the Orioles get on a roll? Seems the answer in this 2013 season to that question is going to be no. Get a big win scoring late runs on Friday. Give up late runs to lose Saturday. If you've eaten in the last several minutes you may want to come back later to read some of these one-run stats. The Orioles are last in

A look at the remaining schedules for the wild card contenders (tough loss in Toronto)

The race for the two wild card playoff berths in the American League is, well, wild. Texas currently holds the first wild card spot, but now leads Tampa Bay by just one game, as the Rays hold the second wild card spot. Beyond that, four teams, including the Orioles, are within 3 1/2 games of Tampa, meaning those same four teams are now within 4

Chris Davis hits homers and plays some defense, too

Guess what? He plays good defense. too. Chris Davis is more than a home run hitter. A few days ago, shortstop J.J. Hardy - who knows a little something about defense - threw some props Davis' way for his defense this year. "Unbelievable. From the first day of spring training, he was out early working," Hardy said of Davis and his glove work. "Compared to

Chris Davis hits No. 50 as Orioles beat Blue Jays in road trip opener

Well, that was a great time to hit an historic home run. Chris Davis hit his 50th homer tonight to tie Brady Anderson's club record, and it was a big one. The solo shot gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead over the Blue Jays in the eighth inning, and they beat Toronto 5-3 at Rogers Centre. With the homer, Davis became just the third player

Chris Davis closing in on O's extra-base hits record

While Chris Davis may be hitting homers at a lesser rate in the second half of the season and will very unlikely finish with 60 home runs, he has still had a monster year. There are some numbers to put that in perspective. For instance, Davis is pretty much lapping the field when it comes to extra-base hits. With 49 homers and 40 doubles, Davis

Jason Hammel talks about rejoining the rotation tonight

When the Orioles acquired Bud Norris on July 31, Jason Hammel went on the disabled list with a right flexor mass strain. Now, several weeks later, Norris is having his scheduled start tonight skipped due to elbow inflammation and Hammel is taking his spot this evening at Toronto. He's not excited how it happened, but is looking forward to his latest chance to pitch as

Was last night's loss a devastating blow for the Orioles?

That loss felt like it had finality to it. With 16 games to go, are the Orioles done? Words like heartbreaking, disappointing, even devastating come to mind after last night's 6-5 loss. It was the quietest I've heard that clubhouse in the last two seasons. The players seemed down and how could they not be. The math still works for the Orioles to get in

Jim Johnson on the ninth inning, Chris Davis and Brian Roberts on the loss

In the quiet of the Orioles clubhouse, Jim Johnson was asked what went wrong in the ninth inning tonight. "PFPs (pitcher's fielding practice). The bunt play back to me," Johnson said. "Being aggressive trying to get the lead out. The ball slips and it kind of started the whole inning." After Brendan Ryan singled leading off the ninth of the 5-5 tie, Johnson threw wildly

Yankees take advantage of ninth-inning miscues to beat Orioles 6-5

Down to their final four outs, the Orioles offense came to life and one big swing was the key. But closer Jim Johnson allowed an unearned run in the top of the ninth as the Yankees beat the Orioles in a wild 6-5 game tonight at Camden Yards. With the game tied at 5-5, No. 8 hitter Brendan Ryan led off the ninth with a

Can Orioles get to a struggling Yankees right-hander tonight?

The Orioles' offense has not exactly been prolific lately. But maybe tonight they will get things going versus struggling Yankee right-hander Phil Hughes. While the Orioles have pitched well on this homestand - with a team ERA of 3.14 in seven games - the O's are averaging only 3.7 runs per game in the White Sox and Yankees series. The Orioles have scored four runs

Brian Roberts: "The teams in front of us have definitely left us in it"

For the Orioles, a door is ajar. The Tampa Bay Rays have left it open. Losers of 13 of their last 17 games, the Rays have allowed other clubs, including the Orioles, to remain very much alive to gain the second American League wild card. Tampa Bay currently holds that spot, but is just one game ahead of New York, and 1 1/2 games up

Pitcher Bud Norris dealing with elbow inflammation, expects to return soon

Orioles pitcher Bud Norris, who is being skipped one turn through the rotation due to right elbow discomfort, doesn't feel the issue is serious and said he expects to miss just the one start. "Yeah, hope so," Norris said this afternoon. "Just been doing my treatment and have seen some progress. Anytime you get back on the mound, it has the opportunity to flare back

Two tough losses produce some alarming stats for the Orioles

Two games. Two blown leads. Two missed chances. Two games the Orioles could have gained on Tampa Bay the last two nights. Two games that could have moved the Orioles into the lead in the chase for the second AL wild card spot. So frustrating for the team and its fans. The O's just can't get on a roll. Will all the missed chances, blown

Tommy Hunter, Scott Feldman and Adam Jones comment after O's loss to N.Y.

Moments after the second tough loss to the Yankees in two days, Tommy Hunter talked about the pitch that Robinson Cano hit off him for a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning. "I mean, it is always tough to lose," Hunter said. "Always tough to be the guy to give it up. You know, he had to hit it. He did. It's tough to say

Another Yankees comeback: N.Y. scores two in ninth to beat the Birds

The Orioles held a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning last night and a 3-1 lead starting the fifth tonight, but they didn't win either game against the Yankees. Robinson Cano led off the ninth with a solo homer to right-center off of Tommy Hunter as the Yankees rallied for a 5-4 win over the Orioles in front of 20,141 at Camden Yards. Cano hit

O's notes on Davis, Morse, pitching and more

The Orioles six-game home winning streak against the Yankees ended with last night's 7-5 loss, but they will try to start a new one tonight. The win streak was the longest for the O's at home vs. the Yankees since they took 10 in a row at Memorial Stadium from 1981-1983. The Orioles lead the season series 9-8 with New York with two games to

Some days, O's need to play small ball

Orioles manager Buck Showalter often talks about playing the game 90 feet at a time. But many nights, we see the Orioles lacking in the area of situational hitting. They've been a little better at that in this series against New York, particularly Monday night, when they had a sacrifice bunt and two sac flies. It was just the fifth time this season the O's

A take on Gausman pitching the eighth, the offense and more

When Kevin Gausman came out to pitch the eighth last night, I was totally fine with that. There, I said it. No problem with the kid on the mound with a one-run lead last night. That is how I felt then and I won't act differently now that he gave up three runs that put New York into the lead. Buck Showalter said a couple

Kevin Gausman talks about Yankees' rally against him in eighth

After Kevin Gausman retired the Yankees in order in the top of the seventh, getting two strikeouts, he had pitched 10 shutout innings this season with 12 strikeouts against the Yankees. But they got to him fast an inning later. An Alex Rodriguez double was followed by a Robinson Cano single to tie the game at 4-4. Alfonso Soriano then hit a two-run homer the

Yankee comeback in eighth sinks O's and evens series

The Orioles finally got to Ivan Nova. But the Yankees got to Kevin Gausman and Francisco Rodriguez. Down 4-3 heading to the top of the eighth, the Yankees doubled, singled and homered against Gausman to take a two-run lead and beat the Orioles 7-5 at Camden Yards. Gausman had pitched a 1-2-3 seventh but gave up an Alex Rodriguez double, Robinson Cano RBI single and

Game 2 Orioles and Yankees notes

Tonight the Orioles try to figure out how to hit Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova. While Nova doesn't have dominant career numbers against the Orioles, he has been dominant in his last two starts against them. On July 5 Nova pitched a complete game, three-hitter in a 3-2 Yankees win. On Aug. 31 at Camden Yards he pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout in a 2-0 win.

McLouth on facing Nova, the RISP stat and more

Nate McLouth admits that in his start against the Orioles about a week and a half ago, Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova dominated the Birds. He threw a 104-pitch, complete-game, three-hit shutout as the Yankees won 2-0. In the start before that against the Orioles on July 5, Nova pitched a complete-game three-hitter in a 3-2 win. The 26-year-old Nova has pitched back-to-back complete games against

After fiery night at the park, O's move step closer to taking season series from New York

Over the last 15 years, the Orioles have not won a season series once against the New York Yankees. They lost 13 times and tied the season series twice - going 9-9 last year against New York and 9-9 in 2007. That is a lot of losing to the Yankees over the years. The O's are now 18-12 in their last 30 regular season games

Nick Markakis on beating Sabathia, Tillman on the win

After the game, Nick Markakis was asked what he was thinking when he saw Buck Showalter charge out of the dugout after the last of the first. "I didn't think it was going to start this early," Markakis said. "But you have two teams battling for the same thing. Any little thing is going to set it off. Two competitive teams out there and things

Bobby Dickerson on his exchange with Joe Girardi

Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson said he had no history of bad feelings with Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who he said was yelling at him tonight almost from the start of the bottom of the first inning. Dickerson said that was a first for him. "Never (had that happen to me before)," he said. "Never heard of such a thing. "I was standing there

Tillman time: Right-hander wins 16th as O's beat New York

Chris Tillman took the ball in the first inning and control of this game not long after. The right-hander retired 14 in a row before giving up a leadoff homer in the eighth. He left to a big ovation after that as he pitched the Orioles to a 4-2 win over New York tonight in the series opener before 17,456 at Camden Yards. Now 16-5

Can the Orioles break out of their RISP slump tonight? (Plus a take on first inning incident)

Let's get the runners in scoring position stat out of the way first: The Orioles went 0-for-11 yesterday with RISP, 2-for-29 over the last two games, 3-for-37 in the Chicago series and are batting just .109 (7-for-64) over the last seven games with RISP. Over the last 15 games, the Orioles are batting .174 with RISP and are 7-8 in those games, going 3-6 in

Danny Valencia talks about his red-hot bat

To say the least, Danny Valencia is a hot hitter. Valencia will bat fifth as the DH tonight for the Orioles against CC Sabathia and the Yankees in the opener of a four-game series. On the year, Valencia is batting .314 with seven homers, 15 RBIs and a .973 OPS in 33 games. But in his last nine games, he has eight multi-hit games. Even

It's one year later for Sabathia and Markakis

It was an anniversary that Nick Markakis certainly didn't celebrate. One year ago yesterday, his 2012 season ended when he was hit by a pitch from Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. Markakis suffered a broken left thumb then and his season was over. Click here to read the story from that night. There are some Orioles fans that still feel, a year later, that the pitch

Bring on the East: O's remaining games are against division rivals

The Orioles have 20 games remaining and they are all against AL East opponents with 10 at home and 10 on the road. They host New York for four beginning tonight and then go on the road to face Toronto, Boston and Tampa before ending the regular season with a six-game homestand against Toronto and Boston. Adam Jones feels it will be fun. "I do.

Chris Davis on chasing Frank Robinson, Brady Anderson and Orioles history

Chris Davis is focusing on the Orioles' pursuit of a playoff berth right now and not thinking too much about how many homers he will hit this year. But for a few moments yesterday, he did take time to talk about chasing Orioles history and the club's single-season home run record. "It is something that is cool," Davis said. "But our main focus right now

Dickerson on the final play; Davis, Jones and Norris on the loss

After the game, Chris Dickerson talked about the final play, where he was trying to steal second and was doubled off first base on a pop-up to end the game in the O's 4-2 loss to Chicago. "I didn't peek. Anything's that hit behind you, let alone in foul territory behind you, is going to be tough to pick up," Dickerson said. "But I didn't

O's can't get the clutch hit in series finale, fall 4-2

The Orioles struggled again batting with runners in scoring position as they lost 4-2 to the Chicago White Sox and came up a win short in their attempt to sweep the four-game series today. The Orioles went 0-for-11 this afternoon with runners in scoring position, and finished this four-game series going 3-for-37 (.081) with RISP. They did hit eight homers - all solo shots -

Hearing from the minor league award winners

The Orioles had a press conference today at Camden Yards with their minor league award winners, who will be recognized during a pregame ceremony. Here are some of their comments. Player of the Year Henry Urrutia, through interpreter O's batting practice pitcher Rudy Arias: "This was a big surprise because he played with a lot of good players, and this was a surprise for him.

Dan Duquette talks about the Orioles minor league award winners

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, Dan Duquette, spent a few moments today talking about the Orioles minor league award winners announced this morning. Duquette said Henry Urrutia won a close, three-player race for the Brooks Robinson award as the O's minor league Player of the Year. "It is good we have a number of players having good years," Duquette said. "Caleb Joseph had

Orioles go for their first four-game sweep of the year today

With Tampa Bay's loss Saturday night, the Orioles are now tied with Cleveland just one game back of the Rays for the American League's second wild card berth. Tampa Bay is 2-7 on its West Coast road trip, and has lost 11 of 14 games. Things change quickly around here. The Orioles have not swept a four-game series this season. They have that chance this

Postgame comments from Wieters, Roberts and Chen (Aberdeen eliminated)

After the Orioles sixth walkoff win of the year, Matt Wieters talked about his two-out, two-run single that pushed the Orioles past Chicago today 4-3 in 10 innings. The O's were 1-for-17 with runners in scoring before his game-winning hit. "Just keep getting opportunities, that is all you can ask for," Wieters said. "Whether you succeed or not, you want that next opportunity to come

Wieters with a walk-off two-run single as O's win in 10

In the end, they finally got the clutch hit. When Matt Wieters came to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the tenth, the O's trailed the White Sox 3-2 and they were 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position for the day. But Wieters delivered a two-run, walk-off single to right and the O's frustrating day ended

Have the O's become too reliant on the longball?

It happened last night. Once anyway. The Orioles scored a run that didn't come via a home run. But of the Orioles last 18 runs, 17 have scored by a homer. In the last 11 games, 27 of 41 runs have come via the longball. Have the Orioles become too reliant on the home run ball? "Runs are runs," manger Buck Showalter said. "You want

Schoop enjoying his first few days as an Oriole, Hunter Harvey pitches for Aberdeen tonight

Infielder Jonathan Schoop has now been with the Orioles for a few days. He was called up after Monday's Triple-A game at Norfolk, when the Tides' season ended. Schoop knows he is not likely to play much while he is here with the Orioles going with their regulars as they chase a playoff spot, but he is taking advantage of the experience however he can.

A look at some candidates for the Orioles top minor league awards

The Orioles minor league award winners for 2013 will be announced on Sunday. The Player of the Year receives the Brooks Robinson award while the Pitcher of the Year earns the Jim Palmer award. The pitcher honor appears to be a two-man race between left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and right-hander Mike Wright. Wright, the club's third-round pick in 2011 out of East Carolina, went 11-3 with

In Game 1, an early pitchers' duel in Aberdeen (Tri-City wins)

ABERDEEN, Md. - The Aberdeen IronBirds and Tri-City ValleyCats are locked in an early pitchers' duel in Game 1 of their New York-Penn League playoff series tonight at Ripken Stadium. Two pitchers that have had good seasons with strong finishes have carried that over so far in this game. Aberdeen and Tri-City are scoreless through three innings. Aberdeen starter Sebastian Vader went 7-3 with an

A look at tonight's playoff matchup between Aberdeen and Tri-City

ABERDEEN, Md. - It is a big night at Ripken Stadium. The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds play in the first playoff game in the team's 12-year history. The IronBirds host the Tri-City ValleyCats, a Houston Astros affiliate, in the best-of-three league semifinals. Tri-City, which finished with the better record, is the higher seed and will host Game 2 Saturday at 7 p.m. and Game 3,

The Orioles' instructional league roster

The Orioles instructional league will begin Sept. 11 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., and runs through Oct. 8. The Orioles are sending 27 pitchers, seven catchers, 10 infielders, 10 outfielders and six players listed on rehab to the camp for a total of 60 players. Aberdeen manager Matt Merullo is instructional league manager and he'll be joined by a large staff of minor

A look at the late-round draft pick that leads Aberdeen in homers

For the short-season, Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds, it was one of their biggest homers of the season. Last Sunday at Brooklyn, the IronBirds trailed the Cyclones 1-0 in the eighth inning. They needed to beat their division rival to stay ahead of them for first place. Conor Bierfeldt took a swing and drove a ball estimated around 425 feet out to center field to tie the

Jones, Hardy and Gonzalez talk after the O's win over Chicago

When the game was over, Adam Jones was more interested that the Orioles got the win than any personal milestones, but he did hit his 30th homer tonight to drive in his 100th run. Jones became the seventh Oriole to reach the 30-homer mark in back-to-back seasons and first outfielder since Frank Robinson hit 49 in 1966 and 30 a year later. He also reached

Orioles hit three homers to start homestand with win over the White Sox

Badly needing a win after a 3-6 road trip, the Orioles will take runs any way they get them right now. Homer or no homer. Tonight they got them the way they often do - via a longball - hitting three homers to back Miguel Gonzalez in a 3-1 over Chicago to start an eight-game homestand. The Orioles have now scored their last 14 runs

Miguel Gonzalez faces the White Sox tonight and other notes

Coming off one of the worst starts of his career, Miguel Gonzalez looks to rebound from that outing tonight in the opener of an eight-game homestand, when he faces the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards. Gonzalez gave up six hits and seven runs in four-plus innings last Friday at New York. He sailed through the first three innings on just 30 pitches. In six

Michael Morse talks about his season and tonight's start in right

Michael Morse will make his third Orioles start tonight and his second in the field, batting sixth and playing in right field. Despite some of the recent losses, he's enjoying his first few days as an Oriole. "It's been fun. The guys are great and I'm really enjoying myself," he said. Morse made 53 starts for the Mariners this year in right field and he

Jason Hammel and Steve Johnson talk about returning to the Orioles

Jason Hammel is back on the Orioles' active roster. Out since July 29 due to a right flexor mass strain, Hammel has made two rehab outings in the minors and today is back in the majors. "Very excited to be back," Hammel said. "Being healthy, number one. But being back with these guys, a fun group. I tried to get back as quick as I

Team leadership helped Aberdeen overcome poor start to make playoffs

They had a first-year manager and plenty of new players, some brand new to pro ball coming right out of the 2013 draft. Then the short-season, Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds started the season 0-5 and were outscored 28-9. They were probably not thinking about the playoffs then, but Aberdeen picked up a key extra-innings win the next night and went 6-1 over the next seven games

A take on Morse, Gausman, the offense and the playoff chances

A few thoughts after a road trip that put a real damper on the Orioles' playoff chances, as the Birds lost three series against three teams that they are competing with for postseason berths. * Michael Morse has started just two of the five games he has been an Oriole. Even if we don't count Saturday since he had a long travel day and there

Orioles road trip ends at 3-6 with loss in Cleveland

Well, that road trip could have gone better. The Indians scored twice in the fifth inning to break a 4-4 tie and beat the Orioles 6-4 at Progressive Field. The Orioles lost all three series on this trip and went 3-6 in the nine games at Boston, New York and Cleveland. The Orioles, who began the night three games out of the second American League

Hammel ready to rejoin Orioles and for possible bullpen role

Jason Hammel has pitched in 41 games for the Orioles the last two years and each one has been as a starter. But as he is set to return to the team now, if they want to use him out of the bullpen, he's up for that. "Obviously I'd like to be a starter, but it's September and everybody is used in any situation," Hammel

Trey Mancini named team MVP for playoff-bound Aberdeen

First baseman Trey Mancini has been named the Most Valuable Player for the playoff-bound short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds. The Orioles' eighth-round pick in June out of Notre Dame, Mancini has hit .324 with 18 doubles, two triples, three homers and 35 RBIs in 67 games for Aberdeen. He has a .447 slugging percentage and .826 OPS. "Trey has been our most consistent bat in the

O's offense just can't seem to get on a roll right now

The Orioles offense can't seem to get on a roll at the moment, and the Orioles can't seem to get on a roll, either. It has now been almost a month since the Orioles had a three-game win streak. Last night's loss at Cleveland stopped that from happening for the first time since Aug. 6-9 - and that was 23 games ago. The Orioles were

Jason Hammel: "I'd say I'm ready"

ABERDEEN, Md. - After throwing 57 pitches over four innings tonight at short-season Single-A Aberdeen, Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel pronounced himself ready to return to the big leagues. "I'd say I'm ready," Hammel said after his outing. "I don't exactly know what the plan is for the next couple of days. But I've done my work and they've taken good care of me. I feel

Hammel allows one run through four frames with Aberdeen (now out of game)

ABERDEEN, Md. - Making a rehab start tonight for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds, O's right-hander Jason Hammel has pitched two 1-2-3 innings against the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox farm club. Hammel has gotten four groundouts and two flyouts on just 17 pitches, throwing 10 for strikes with his fastball sitting mostly at 93 mph. Hammel is expected to go about five innings and

Pregame notes from Aberdeen where Jason Hammel makes rehab start tonight

ABERDEEN, Md. - Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel is pitching in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League tonight. He'll make a major league rehab start at Aberdeen, his second in the minors on his way back to the Orioles. Last Thursday, Hammel was pain-free and pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings on three hits at Double-A Bowie. He threw 47 pitches. Hammel last pitched for the Orioles

A few minor league notes

Here are a few notes from the final day of the regular season, which was Monday for most of minor league baseball. Short-season, Single-A Aberdeen still has two games left in the regular season after clinching its first playoff berth last night. It was a disappointing end for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides when they were shutout Monday afternoon, to miss out on their first playoff

Can the Orioles make this a September to remember?

New month, new results for the Orioles? Well, they turned the page on a 12-14 August and have begun September going 2-0. It's a start and they would sure like to make this a September to remember. When the Ryas lost to the Angels in Anaheim last night, the O's moved to within two games of the second American League wild card. Yep, they're still

Aberdeen IronBirds clinch their first playoff berth

They finally made it. In their 12th year, the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds are headed to the New York-Penn League playoffs for the first time. With tonight's 7-3 win over Lowell, Aberdeen improved to 38-32 and clinched first place in the McNamara Division. Now the IronBirds advance to the league semifinals and a best-of-three series that it appears will begin Friday night at Ripken Stadium.

Bud Norris gets the win and Nate McLouth knocks in three in win over Cleveland

The Orioles used early and late offense and a strong outing from Bud Norris to win 7-2 today at Cleveland in the opener of a three-game series against a rival wild-card playoff contender. The Orioles are 2-0 in September. Hey, it's a start. The win allowed the Orioles to stay ahead of Cleveland and New York, which also won, in the race for the AL's

Norris faces Masterson in series opener and other notes

The Orioles begin a three-game series in Cleveland today with Bud Norris (3-1, 4.91 ERA) facing Justin Masterson (14-9, 3.49 ERA). Norris is looking for a career-high 10th win counting his wins earlier with Houston. The Orioles are 5-1 in his six starts this season. Some other O's and Tribe notes: * The Orioles have gotten just three quality starts over their last nine games

Zach Britton joining the Orioles in Cleveland (updated)

Left-hander Zach Britton is expected to join the Orioles in Cleveland today and be added to the roster. Britton was scheduled to pitch today's regular season finale for Triple-A Norfolk, but Mike Wright has been promoted from Double-A Bowie to make the start as Britton joins the Orioles. Britton went 2-3 with an ERA of 4.76 in six starts this season for the Orioles. His

Have Tampa Bay's struggles opened the door for the Orioles? (Wright to Triple-A)

The Orioles won just one of three games over the weekend and they gained a game on the Tampa Bay Rays, who got swept by Oakland. Remember when it seemed like Tampa Bay would never lose again? The Rays are 1-7 in their last eight games. Remember when the Orioles took the series from Oakland? The A's are 6-1 since leaving Baltimore. Things can change

O's explode for seven in the seventh to beat New York

For the Orioles the offense finally came. It came in a seven-run explosion which featured a pair of three-run homers in the top of the seventh today as the Orioles beat the Yankees 7-3 to win the series finale and avoid being swept. Shutout for the last two days without one extra-base hit through six innings today, J.J. Hardy hit a three-run homer to give

Can Chen bounce back today and Eduardo Rodriguez's very strong finish for Bowie (updated)

Talk about a strong finish to a season. Orioles 20-year-old pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez put together one impressive four-start run that ended last night for Double-A Bowie with the Baysox season ending on Monday. Saturday night, the lefty went six shutout innings of five-hit ball to win at Erie and improve to 4-3 with a 4.22 ERA in 11 Double-A starts. In those last four

Some numbers on the O's against the AL East and a minor league playoffs update

Some of you have already come to the conclusion that the Orioles do not stack up in the American League East. After Saturday's loss at New York, the Orioles are in fourth place in the division. Some of these numbers are not pretty: The Orioles have lost four of their last five in the AL East in addition to losing eight of their last 10,

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