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Orioles set MLB record for June homers, but fall 5-3 at Seattle

SEATTLE - Early in tonight’s game, Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker has been up for the challenge of facing this red-hot Orioles team. Walker retired the first nine Orioles on just 34 pitches as Seattle led 1-0 after three innings. The 23-year-old needed 12 pitches to get through the first and second frames, and retired the Orioles on 10 pitches in the third. His defense provided

O’s game blog: O’s close out strong June in Seattle

SEATTLE - The Orioles have played 14 series at home this year and have lost just one. They have won 10, lost one and tied three series at Oriole Park. The Seattle Mariners are the team that won that series in Baltimore. Tonight, the Mariners will host the Orioles at Safeco Field looking to end the Orioles’ latest seven-winning streak. The Orioles have outscored their

Showalter on today’s roster moves and Jimenez starting Sunday

SEATTLE - The Orioles roster has a new look tonight for the opener of a four-game series at Safeco Field. Caleb Joseph and Vance Worley have been activated off the disabled list and Chaz Roe has been added from Triple-A Norfolk. Roe had to be added to the 40-man roster and the Orioles had one spot open to add him. The O’s are down to

O’Day provides an injury update, Joseph on return to O’s

SEATTLE - There is still no timetable for Orioles reliever Darren O’Day to be activated from the disabled list. He last pitched June 1 and is on the DL with a right hamstring strain He has thrown two bullpen sessions and manager Buck Showalter said the second was not as encouraging as the first. For now, it looks like the next step will be another

Aberdeen IronBirds change managers, Kevin Bradshaw to take over

SEATTLE - The Orioles’ short-season Single-A Aberdeen affiliate will have a new manager when they play at Vermont tonight. Luis Pujols managed the IronBirds in last night’s doubleheader at Vermont, where Aberdeen lost both games. Kevin Bradshaw is taking over as skipper as of tonight, and will mange the club for the remainder of the season. An Orioles official said the team would not have

Bowie’s All-Stars: Chance Sisco, Garabez Rosa, Jayson Aquino, Donnie Hart

SEATTLE - The Orioles’ Double-A Bowie Baysox affiliate will be sending four players to the Eastern League All-Star Game in Akron on Wednesday, July 13. Catcher Chance Sisco, infielder Garabez Rosa, and left-handed pitchers Jayson Aquino and Donnie Hart will represent the Baysox and play for the West Division team in the game. In 50 games, the 21-year-old Sisco is batting .310 with one homer,

The Orioles’ relentless offense leads team to another seven-game win streak

SEATTLE - The Orioles’ pitching staff gave up 24 runs the last four games. But the Orioles offense scored 43. At some point, the O’s offense will slow down, but it sure didn’t happen in San Diego. Over the last four games, the Orioles have scored 8, 12, 11 and 12 runs. That is 35 runs in three games and 43 in four. In that

O’s game blog: Yovani Gallardo on the mound in San Diego series finale

As the Orioles and San Diego Padres complete their brief two-game series this afternoon at Petco Park, right-hander Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 6.04 ERA) pitches against Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich (4-2, 3.60 ERA). After Tuesday’s 11-7 win the Orioles are 46-30 and go for a two-game sweep at Petco Park this afternoon. The Orioles are 31-13 at home and 15-17 on the road. Last night was

With Dylan Bundy pitching longer outings, is a spot in rotation in the future?

It is one of the most-asked questions from fans this year: Will Dylan Bundy enter the starting rotation this season? That was not very likely going into the season, since he is on about a 75-inning limit for this season. Bundy had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and shoulder issues last year. He did not pitch at all in 2013, pitched 41 1/3 innings in

O’s game blog: Orioles look to extend win streak as road trip begins

Winners of five in a row, the Orioles tonight begin a nine-game West Coast road trip with the first of two games at Petco Park against the San Diego Padres. The Orioles (45-30) and Padres (33-44) split a two-game set last week in Baltimore. This trip will take the Orioles on to Seattle for four games starting Thursday night and later to Los Angeles for

Chance Sisco will play in the Futures Game

Orioles catching prospect Chance Sisco has been chosen to participate in the All-Star Futures Game at Petco Park in San Diego on Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m. Sisco will represent the Orioles as a member of the U.S. roster. Currently rated the No. 3 prospect in the Orioles organization by both Baseball America and MLBPipeline.com, Sisco has played all this year at Double-A Bowie.

Notes on DJ Stewart, Hunter Harvey and more (plus draft notes, Joseph in Frederick)

Even though he was hitting just .230 at Single-A Delmarva, the Orioles recently promoted their 2015 first-round draft pick, outfielder DJ Stewart to Single-A Frederick. The 25th overall pick last June, Stewart is trying to find the form that saw him hit .351 and .318 his last two seasons at Florida State. He was named the 2014 ACC Player of the Year. But the left-handed-hitting

A look at the Orioles’ outstanding offense in June (plus other notes)

The Orioles offense in June has been in a word, well, spectacular. The Orioles have hit 51 home runs this month. If they hit five more homers in the remaining three games in June, they will set a major league record for most homers in the month. The current mark is 55 by the 1996 Oakland Athletics. If the Orioles hit eight homers over the

Davis on the slam, Jones on the offense, Bundy on his outing

The Orioles’ offense just keeps humming along. Leading the major leagues in runs scored this month, the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 12-5 today with 17 hits and three more home runs. In completing their first-ever four-game sweep of Tampa Bay, the Orioles scored 31 runs on 50 hits with nine homers since Friday. “This was a fun series,” Adam Jones said after going 4-for-4 to

Davis hits grand slam, one of three O’s homers, in sweep of Rays

When Chris Davis hit a grand slam four batters into the bottom of the first inning of today’s game, it looked like the Orioles might enjoy a blowout and easy win this afternoon over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays made an effort to keep it close, but in the end the O’s had too much power. The Rays pulled with a run in the

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson on mound as O’s go for four-game sweep

The Orioles have beaten the Tampa Bay Rays by scores of 6-3, 5-0 and 8-6 and today look to complete their first-ever four-game sweep of the Rays when the teams conclude this series at Camden Yards. Here is a unique note from Saturday’s first game: Kevin Gausman improved his record to 1-5 and right-hander Matt Andriese fell to 6-1 in the Orioles’ 5-0 win. According

Vance Worley on rehab outing in Bowie and returning to the Orioles

Right-handed reliever Vance Worley could soon be returning to the Orioles. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 14, retroactive to the previous day, with a right groin strain. The injury happened during his outing June 12 in Toronto. Worley is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday when the O’s start a west coast trip in San Diego. Last night

The Orioles lead the majors in runs scored in June (plus other notes)

Kevin Gausman pitched well and Chris Tillman did not. It didn’t matter for the end result. The Orioles won both games of Saturday’s split doubleheader against Tampa Bay at Camden Yards The Orioles have won four in a row and are now a season-high 14 games over .500 at 44-30 and Tampa Bay is spiraling downward with a 10-game losing streak. It’s the Rays’ longest

On a night of big offense, a defensive play may have saved the game

On a night in which the Orioles hit four homers, scored eight runs and had 14 hits, a defensive play early in the game should not be overlooked. Chris Tillman and the Orioles were trailing 4-0 in the third inning and Tampa Bay had the bases loaded with two outs. Jaff Decker lined a shot to right-center. Center fielder Adam Jones laid out for the

Down four runs early, O’s rally to win and sweep doubleheader

Chris Tillman had an off night. But the Orioles’ offense just kept on coming. They got back in the game by bashing homers, but then used a few humdrum singles to go-ahead. Down 6-5 to the last of the seventh, the Orioles scored twice to go ahead and went on to beat Tampa Bay 8-6 tonight. They sweep a day-night doubleheader at Camden Yards. Joey

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman looks for win No. 11 in nightcap

After posting a 6-3 win last night and a 5-0 victory this afternoon, the Orioles host Tampa Bay tonight in the third game of this series and second game of the day-night doubleheader. Right-hander Chris Tillman (10-1, 3.11 ERA) makes his 16th start and pitches against right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 3.63 ERA). The Orioles are 13-2 when Tillman starts this year for a dazzling .867

Kevin Gausman on getting his first win (plus other clubhouse quotes)

As the Orioles blanked Tampa Bay this afternoon 5-0, Kevin Gausman made his 13th start and finally got his first win. Was he starting to wonder when that elusive first victory would come? “Every time you take the mound, you expect to win,” Gausman said. “So, that is what I’ve done 13 times now. I’ve expected to win 13 times. There were some games that

Kevin Gausman pitches 7 2/3 scoreless as O’s blank Rays in Game 1

He got a few swings and misses early in his outing. He pitched to contact later and the Orioles’ infield defense was up for that. Kevin Gausman pitched 7 2/3 scoreless this afternoon as the Orioles blanked the Rays 5-0 in the opener of the day-night doubleheader at Camden Yards. Gausman needed a good outing and could have really used a win today, and he

O’s game blog: McFarland is 26th man and a look at Game 1 pitchers

Orioles left-hander T. J. McFarland is quite familiar with the Norfolk-Baltimore shuttle. He took a ride heading north again yesterday, arriving Friday in the O’s clubhouse and being activated today. With a day-night split doubleheader here today, the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays can add a 26th man for both games. It has to be the same player for both games and McFarland is the

After surgery and rehab, Caleb Joseph is close to rejoining the Orioles

Catcher Caleb Joseph’s return to the Orioles is now likely just days away. Joseph will catch for the first time since his injury on Monday night for Single-A Frederick. If that goes well, he could return to the Orioles as soon as next Wednesday in San Diego. Joseph took a foul ball to the groin area on May 30, sustaining a testicular injury. He underwent

Tolliver on his first win, Machado on his return, Gallardo on his outing

The Orioles’ four-run rally tonight in the sixth inning not only gave the team the lead but led to another special moment for lefty reliever Ashur Tolliver. A pitcher that finally got to the majors this year after being drafted in 2009, Tolliver got his first major league win in his fifth big league appearance. In the postgame clubhouse, he was asked if the game

Rally time: O’s come from three runs down to best Rays 6-3

The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t look like a last-place team when they took an early 3-0 lead tonight. The Orioles did look like a first-place team as they later rallied to win. For the Orioles tonight, they were no-hit early but that was no problem later. Tampa Bay lefty Matt Moore retired the first 13 batters he faced before the Orioles got to him to

O’s game blog: Adam Jones on Rays struggles and draft pick math

The Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays begin a four-game, three-day series at Camden Yards tonight. The Orioles start the night in first place in the American League East at 41-30, leading Boston by 1 1/2 games. Tampa Bay - a playoff team in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 - finds itself in last place right now. The Rays are 31-39 and have lost seven in

Machado: “My mindset is to take this team somewhere we’ve never been in a long time”

Manny Machado’s suspension is over. He returns to the Orioles lineup tonight, batting third and playing third base. After missing the last four games, he says he feels refreshed and ready to help his team win. “Yeah, I feel real good,” Machado said this afternoon in the Orioles clubhouse. “Obviously the days off really helped, not going to lie. You take a pounding on your

Australian lefty Alexander Wells is off to good start with Aberdeen

He has come a long way to pursue his major league dream. And so far it is going quite well for 19-year-old left-handed pitcher Alexander Wells from Newcastle, Australia. Signed by the Orioles last Aug. 29 for $300,000, Wells was the opening night starter for short season Single-A Aberdeen. So far he has pitched to an ERA of 1.64 over his first two professional starts.

O’s third-round pick has strong debut, plus other notes (plus roster moves)

As far as a pro debut goes, it was a pretty solid one. The Orioles’ third-round draft pick, Jacksonville University outfielder Austin Hays, had three hits last night for short season Single-A Aberdeen. Hays showed some speed on his first pro hit, a gap shot to left-center field in the third inning that went for an RBI triple. He had a 3-for-4 night with a

O’s notes on the offense, Oliver Drake and the minors

It was a much-needed win and a much-needed solid outing by Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. He gave up two runs over six innings last night as the Orioles beat the Padres 7-2 to split a two-game series. The win improved the Birds to 41-30 and, with Boston’s loss to the White Sox, the Orioles opened a two-game lead atop the American League East over Boston.

Ubaldo Jimenez on his outing tonight, plus other clubhouse quotes

After all his recent struggles - struggles that sent him to the Orioles bullpen for an outing - right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez badly needed to pitch well tonight. He did, allowing two runs in six innings in the Orioles’ 7-2 win over San Diego. Did he feel pressure to pitch well tonight? “I just wanted to get the job done for sure,” Jimenez said. “There is

Ubaldo Jimenez records first quality start since May 7, O’s top Padres

When he gave up two singles and a run to the first three batters in the first inning, it looked as it Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez might be on his way to yet another poor outing. But tonight he wrote a different script. Jimenez allowed just two runs and four hits over six innings as the Orioles beat San Diego 7-2 at Camden Yards to

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound in series finale

Can a struggling pitcher turn it around and pitch the Orioles to a win tonight? Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (3-7, 7.34 ERA) makes his 14th start and tries to pitch the Orioles past San Diego to gain a split of this two-game series. Jimenez’s last two appearances came against Toronto - one as a starter and one out of the bullpen. He gave up 10 runs

O’s Brian Duensing on heading to the DL, Ashur Tolliver on returning to team

Orioles lefty reliever Brian Duensing went on the 15-day disabled list this afternoon, retroactive to June 20, with left elbow inflammation, and lefty Ashur Tolliver was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Duensing said he will have an arthroscopic procedure on Friday that will likely keep him out four to eight weeks. He is hoping for an Aug. 1 return. He said there are what he described

O’s notes on bouncing back, Jonathan Schoop, the bullpen and more

The Orioles have been resilient this year and they have to be that again now. The last two days, they’ve gone to Texas and back. They lost games to the Rangers and Padres by 4-3 and 10-7 scores. They held a three-run lead in each game, but could not win either. Over the last three games, the Orioles have scored 21 runs on 44 hits,

Zach Britton, Pedro Alvarez and Tyler Wilson after O’s loss to Padres

The Orioles’ trek to Texas and back has resulted so far in two losses the last two days - two losses in games where the Orioles held three-run leads. Tonight, they went to the seventh ahead of last-place San Diego 6-3. But they saw the Padres score the game’s next seven runs to win 10-7. O’s closer Zach Britton was asked if the tough travel

One that got away: Padres rally for 10-7 win over Orioles

The Padres came to Camden Yards with a last-place record but with an offense that was showing signs of life this month. The Orioles got a good look at it tonight. The Padres scored four runs in the top of the seventh against the O’s bullpen to rally past the Orioles 10-7 at Camden Yards. The O’s have lost back-to-back games to fall to 40-30.

O’s game blog: More on Drake, Bundy and tonight’s game (start delayed)

With the Orioles adding right-handed reliever Oliver Drake to their roster today, manager Buck Showalter said one challenge for Drake in the past at the big league level has been the ability to pitch multiple innings. “You’d like to have the people you bring up be able to pitch multiple innings,” Showalter said. “And when Ollie is taking 20 to 30 pitches to get through

O’s add Drake, outright Janish; Duensing dealing with elbow issue

On Monday, right-hander Oliver Drake was named the International League Pitcher of the Week. Today, he got an even better reward: another trip to the big leagues. The Orioles today recalled Drake from Triple-A Norfolk, and infielder Paul Janish cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A. Because Janish has been outrighted before, he has three days to decide whether he will report to the Tides

Manny Machado still leading at third base for the All-Star Game

The Orioles’ Manny Machado remains the leader in balloting at third base for the 87th All-Star Game set for July 12 in San Diego. Machado has 1,626,064 votes to lead Toronto’s Josh Donaldson with 1,112,743. Machado is looking to make the All-Star Game for the third time. No other Orioles lead at their positions. Catcher Matt Wieters is second by a huge margin to Kansas

A look at the rotation’s struggles and Kevin Gausman’s latest outing

The Orioles rotation just can’t get seem to develop much consistency. The night after Tyler Wilson pitched eight scoreless against Boston, Mike Wright gave up eight runs. Orioles starters have pitched five innings or less in four consecutive games, five of the last six and seven of the past nine. Over the last four games, O’s starters have an ERA of 8.68, allowing 18 runs

O’s get early lead in Texas, but lose 4-3 to Rangers

It was a frustrating evening for the Orioles on their one-night trip to Texas. They took a three-run lead. They lost 4-3 to the surging Rangers. O’s right-hander Kevin Gausman, given little run support often this year, this time could not protect the early lead his team provided him. Gausman has been struggling for a few starts now and it continued tonight. He allowed a

O’s game blog: AL’s two winningest teams match up in Texas

It’s a matchup of American League division leaders with the two best records in the AL when the Orioles play at Texas tonight. It’s a one-night-only matchup to make up for a rainout on April 17. The Orioles will be back home tomorrow night to play San Diego. The Orioles are 40-28 (.588) and leading the AL East by one game. The Rangers have the

A look at Aberdeen’s roster and other minor league notes

The short season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds have begun another season in the New York-Penn League. They played their season opener on Friday at Hudson Valley. This year’s team is managed by Luis Pujols, who is in his second season with Aberdeen. Justin Lord is the pitching coach for a third season and Scott Beerer is the hitting coach. Aberdeen lost Friday 4-2 at Hudson Valley

A look at the 10-game stretch against Boston and Toronto and other O’s notes

Just over a week ago, the Orioles began a four-game series in Toronto. That would be followed by a three-game series in Boston and three more at home against Toronto. The Orioles began this stretch leading the American League East by 1 ½ games and they ended it with a one-game lead. They went 5-5 against their two closest pursuers in the division. Considering they

Showalter and plenty of clubhouse quotes after win over Toronto

After they lost three of four last weekend to Toronto and lost again on Friday night, it was big for the Orioles to win the last two games. They took the series from Toronto and emerged 5-5 over the last 10 against Boston and Toronto. The Orioles beat the Blue Jays 11-6 today in front of 39,024 fans at Camden Yards. They began this 10-game

Wieters and Schoop combine for seven RBIs in win over Blue Jays

Chris Tillman had one bad inning. It elevated his pitch count and got him out of this game sooner than he wanted. But the Orioles’ offense had a few good innings and that was more than enough. The O’s took the final two games of this series, beating Toronto today 11-6 at Camden Yards as Matt Wieters went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and Jonathan

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman can become a 10-game winner facing Toronto

The Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays play the third and deciding game of a three-game series this afternoon at Camden Yards. They have split the first two games with Toronto winning 13-3 Friday night when Michael Saunders hit three homers with eight RBIs. The O’s won 4-2 Saturday afternoon as Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs over five innings and the O’s bullpen pitched four scoreless

Showalter pregame on O’Day and the challenge of the Texas trip

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day, on the disabled list since June 3 with a right hamstring strain, did some throwing on the field today at Camden Yards, but not yet on a mound. Manger Buck Showalter was asked if he has a timetable yet for O’Day’s return. “We can see one developing,” Showalter said. “You know he has played catch and thrown but today was the

Brach on Britton: “I knew a double play was coming” (plus 101-year-old fan’s first pitch)

About the time O’s closer Zach Britton allowed a single and back-to-back walks to load the bases in the ninth inning yesterday, Brad Brach thought, ‘What, me worry?’ Brach has seen Britton pitch too well too many times to think this one would get away from one of the best closers in baseball. Seconds later, Brach was on the field shaking hands after Britton got

Machado on dropping appeal of suspension (plus Gallardo quotes)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced after today’s game that Manny Machado will drop his appeal of a four-game suspension and begin serving the ban tomorrow when the Orioles host Toronto. Minutes later in the O’s clubhouse, Machado said he made the decision in consultation with team management. “First off, just trying to get this past us,” Machado said. “It has been lingering for a while

Yovani Gallardo allows two runs over five innings, O’s beat Jays

Since the Toronto Blue Jays had scored 34 runs in their last three games against Orioles pitching, a starter holding them to two runs over five innings today was a step forward. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo returned to the O’s rotation this afternoon for the first time since April 22 and held Toronto in check as the Orioles posted a 4-2 win to even the series

O’s game blog: Yovani Gallardo faces Toronto, plus some farm notes

The Orioles host the surging Toronto Blue Jays today in the second game of this three-game series. Since beating Toronto 6-5 on June 9 at Rogers Centre, the Orioles have lost four in a row to the Blue Jays. O’s pitching has allowed 38 runs in those four games, with 34 runs coming in the last three games against the Blue Jays. Toronto has put

Notes on O’s pitching, Yovani Gallardo and Michael Saunders

Captain Obvious said the Orioles need to start giving up fewer runs against the Toronto Blue Jays. They have allowed 10, 11 and 13 runs in their last three games against the Blue Jays. They actually almost won one of those games, losing 10-9 last Sunday at Rogers Centre. But the O’s are 3-5 this year against the Blue Jays and they’ve allowed 52 runs

Mike Wright on his poor outing, J.J. Hardy on returning to the Orioles (updated)

It was a little over a year ago when Orioles right-hander Mike Wright pitched 14 1/3 scoreless innings over his first two big league starts. But his current struggles reached another low point tonight. He gave up a career-worst eight runs and six hits, including three homers, over just 3 2/3 innings. The team that has tormented him before did it again, as he took

Michael Saunders homers three times as Blue Jays rout Orioles

When the Orioles last saw the them - last weekend at Rogers Centre - the Toronto Blue Jays scored 11 runs Saturday and 10 runs on Sunday. The Blue Jays’ pounding of O’s pitching continued tonight at Camden Yards. Toronto scored seven runs in the fourth to open an 11-2 lead and went on to win 13-3 in the series opener. Toronto left fielder Michael

O’s game blog: First-round pick Cody Sedlock signs, plus tonight’s matchup

Orioles first-round draft pick Cody Sedlock said today that when he was 5, he wrote down on paper that he wanted to be a pro ballplayer. Today, that dream has been realized for him. The right-hander out of the University of Illinois today signed his first pro contract for a slot bonus of $2,097,200. Taken 27th overall in the First-Year Player Draft, Sedlock is expected

Chris Davis partners with Casey Cares Foundation, talks about Toronto series

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will serve as race ambassador for the seventh annual Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday, Aug. 6, as the Orioles and OriolesREACH once again partner with the Casey Cares Foundation to host the race. All proceeds will benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides personalized, uplifting and ongoing programs with a

Are the Toronto Blue Jays now biggest threat to O’s in AL East?

As the Orioles head home coming off a big series win in Boston, they will be greeted by another big series with the hard-charging Toronto Blue Jays. The American League East is now a three-team race, with the Orioles (38-27) leading the Red Sox (37-28) by one game and the Jays (38-31) by two games. The Blue Jays match the Orioles in the win column,

Tyler Wilson pitches eight scoreless as O’s take series in Boston

Right-hander Tyler Wilson pitched a huge game at Fenway Park for the Orioles tonight, leading the Birds past the Red Sox 5-1 and back alone in first place in the American League East. Why was this start so big? * O’s starters had an ERA of 7.57 in the first six games of this road trip. O’s starters had pitched just 10 1/3 innings the

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson and Eduardo Rodriguez were teammates on O’s farm

Coming up through the Orioles’ farm system, right-hander Tyler Wilson and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez were teammates at four different O’s affiliates and often pitched in the same rotations. Tonight, they face each other at Fenway Park for the Orioles and Red Sox, respectively, with first place on the line. Wilson (2-5, 4.73 ERA) is making his 10th start of the season and Rodriguez (1-1, 6.06

Scott Coolbaugh talks about Machado (plus O’s-Boston notes)

If you thought Orioles infielder Manny Machado had a great year in 2015 - and he certainly did - take a look at his 2016 stats and see where they might him lead him by the end of this year. In 2015, Machado hit .286/.359/.502 with 30 doubles, a triple, 35 homers, 86 RBIs and an OPS of .861. It was a tremendous season. But

Kevin Gausman allows six runs as O’s fall at Boston

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman has had a solid year, but he had a bad night in Boston. Gausman allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings tonight as the Orioles lost 6-4 at Fenway Park. It was his shortest outing of the season and the most runs he’s given up in 11 starts this year. The O’s and Red Sox have split the first

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman looks for first win as O’s face Boston

Now leading the American League East by one game over Boston and three games over Toronto, the Orioles play the Red Sox in the second game of their three-game series tonight at Fenway Park. The Orioles are 51-32 (.614) against Boston since the 2012 season and they are 26-16 (.619) at Fenway Park in that stretch. They are 5-3 this year in the season series

A look at the Orioles’ Dominican Summer League rosters

Here is a look at the Orioles rosters for their two teams that play in the Dominican Summer League. The 2016 DSL season began June 4th and runs thru August 27th. The Orioles rosters include players from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Aruba, Curacao, Panama and Guatemala. The DSL - 1 team is managed by Elvis Morel and plays in the Baseball City Division. That club

A look at Chris Tillman’s strong 2016 season and other O’s notes

After losing the last three games in Toronto and giving up 21 runs the previous two games, the Orioles were looking for a well-pitched game last night. Enter Chris Tillman. Remember when we were discussing the strong possibility this winter that he could have a bounce-back season based on his track record? He’s having it. Comparing two top AL pitchers:* Chris Tillman is 9-1 with

J.J. Hardy talks about his first rehab game at Bowie

BOWIE - J.J. Hardy’s first minor league rehab game was a success for the Orioles shortstop. He played six innings tonight for Double-A Bowie, went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and handled the one ball hit to him fine on a routine groudout in the top of the first. This was Hardy’s first game since May 1 with the Orioles. Hardy has been out

O’s game blog: A look at the Orioles’ high-scoring offense in June

As the Orioles begin a three-game series at Fenway Park tonight, they are tied for first place with Boston and feature an offense that has been prolific this month. The Orioles have scored 81 runs in 12 games in June, going 8-4, even after losing their last three games. They have scored six runs or more eight times. They lead all American League teams this

J.J. Hardy updates his injury as he begins minor league rehab stint (updated)

BOWIE - Orioles shortstop J.J Hardy moves one step closer to rejoining the team soon, potentially as early as Friday, as he begins a minor league rehab assignment tonight with the Double-A Bowie Baysox. He is batting second and playing at shortstop. He said he expects to get at least three at-bats tonight against the Portland Sea Dogs, in his first game since May 1

A look at some changes with Dylan Bundy’s bullpen role (plus minors updates)

The Orioles have made an adjustment in how they plan to use rookie right-hander Dylan Bundy out of their bullpen. The plan going forward is to have Bundy work with more rest between games and pitch longer outings. If you look at his last five appearances, he pitched May 24 with one day of rest, May 27 with two days’ rest, May 31 with three

O’s minor league notes from around the organization (updated)

Here are a few notes from around the Orioles minor leagues, including a quick look at the Orioles’ two teams in the Dominican Summer League. NORFOLK Right-hander Yovani Gallardo makes his third minor league rehab start tonight, pitching for the Triple-A Tides at Charlotte. Gallardo is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in his first two starts, pitching once for Single-A Frederick and once for the

Chris Davis on the offense that kept coming back, plus other O’s-Jays notes

Before yesterday, the last time an Orioles starting pitcher lasted just 1/3 of an inning was on July 20, 2011 and that pitcher was Zach Britton. Sunday, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez got just one out in the shortest start of his career as the Orioles lost to Toronto 10-9. The Orioles scored six runs Saturday and lost and scored nine yesterday and lost. They scored 24

Buck Showalter, Ubaldo Jimenez and more after O’s loss in Toronto

TORONTO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not going to make any decisions or announce them today. If right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will lose his rotation spot after his latest poor outing, Showalter was not going to make that call today. But today Jimenez got hammered and got just one out, allowing six hits and five runs as the Orioles lost 10-9 to Toronto. It was

Jimenez knocked out in first inning (O’s hit five homers, but lose 10-9)

TORONTO - Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez faced seven batters and got just one out. The Orioles trailed by five after an inning. Mark Trumbo was called out on batter interference in the top of the second. How is your day going? Pounded 11-6 by Toronto on Saturday, Jimenez picked a bad time to have the shortest start of his career today. But it went this

Showalter: Hardy getting close, Bundy’s bullpen role and more

TORONTO - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy last played for the team on May 1. He has been out since then with a fractured left foot. But his return to the club is now finally getting close. In the next few days, Hardy may be playing on a minor league rehab assignment. He could need just a few games there to get ready to rejoin the

O’s game blog: Jimenez faces Toronto in series finale

TORONTO - The winning team has trailed at some point in each of the first three games of the series between the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. So the key today is to fall behind? For the Orioles, the key is probably to get a much better pitched game than yesterday when they lost 11-6 and allowed a season-high tying 11 runs.

O’s notes, more with Gallardo, the draft and praise for Flaherty

TORONTO - It didn’t seem it took that long for the Orioles to go from the feel-good postgame clubhouse after Thursday’s win to a mini crisis with their pitchers after allowing 11 runs in Saturday’s loss at Rogers Centre. The Orioles now have now lost three times when scoring six or more runs and Toronto has won twice when allowing six or more after yesterday’s

Showalter on the loss, Wright and McFarland on outings against Jays

TORONTO - For the Orioles today, it started with their starter. Right-hander Mike Wright walked a season-high five batters and O’s pitching never could recover. Even after the Orioles rallied from 3-0 down to lead 4-3 in the sixth on Manny Machado’s homer, the Toronto Blue Jays kept teeing off. O’s pitchers fueled that with eight walks and a hit batter. For one day at

O’s again draft Bobby Bonilla’s son (Orioles lose 11-6)

TORONTO - The Orioles today drafted left-handed pitcher Brandon Bonilla for the second time. They drafted the 22-year-old Bonilla this afternoon in round 13 out of Hawaii Pacific University. They also selected him in round 25 in 2014, but failed to sign him then and he went back to school. Bonilla is the son of former Oriole Bobby Bonilla and the godson of Barry Bonds.

O’s game blog: Mike Wright faces Toronto in Game 3 of series

TORONTO - When the Orioles face the Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon at Rogers Centre, we will find out if rookie right-hander Mike Wright can build on his best start of the 2016 season. On Monday at home against Kansas City, Wright gave up one unearned run on five hits over seven innings with two walks and four strikeouts. He threw shutout ball the first

Gallardo on next rehab start and pregame notes from Rogers Centre

TORONTO - After two minor league rehab starts - one at Single-A Frederick and one at Triple-A Norfolk - the Orioles decided that right-hander Yovani Gallardo, on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis, would need a third before he is expected to return to their rotation on June 18 when the Orioles host Toronto. Gallardo will leave here tomorrow and fly to Charlotte. He’ll pitch

A look at close Orioles-Blue Jays games, plus plenty of other notes

TORONTO - The Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays played yet another close game last night. The Orioles trailed and won on Thursday night. Toronto trailed 3-2 and won 4-3 in 10 innings last night. Edwin Encarnacion’s fifth career walk-off homer gave the Blue Jays the victory, sending most of the crowd of 44,439 home happy. Orioles right-hander Brad Brach gave up just his second

Brach on the home run pitch (plus other quotes)

TORONTO - Orioles reliever Brad Brach had no margin for error tonight. He entered in the bottom of the ninth of a 3-3 game at Rogers Centre and retired Toronto in order to send the game to the 10th. But after the Orioles could not take the lead in their half of the 10th off Drew Storen, Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion homered to right field off

Donaldson’s single gives Jays lead (Jays with 4-3, walk-off win)

TORONTO - For the second night in a row in this series, the Toronto Blue Jays had the lead after the first inning against the Orioles. It was 3-1 last night and 1-0 tonight on an unearned run. Right fielder Ezequiel Carrera, playing for the injured Jose Bautista (right thigh tightness), led off with a bunt single and advanced to third on Kevin Gausman’s errant

O’s game blog: Gausman faces Estrada at Rogers Centre

TORONTO - The Orioles started off a tough road trip with a comeback win last night, beating Toronto 6-5 at Rogers Centre. With the win they gained ground on both the idle Red Sox and the third-place Blue Jays. Winners of five in a row and eight of nine games, the Orioles are 36-23 and leading Boston by two games and Toronto by 5 ½

Showalter defends O’s farm during pregame media session

TORONTO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter today took the occasion of the baseball draft to defend his team’s farm system. As teams all around the majors are looking to add players in the draft right now to one day help their big league team, Showalter feels the O’s system has been productive for the big league team, a team that leads the American League with

Dylan Bundy on his strong outing last night and increased velocity

TORONTO - Orioles reliever Dylan Bundy had been scored on in five of his six previous outings when he took the mound in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre last night. The Orioles were trailing 5-4 and if Bundy could keep Toronto off the board, they might have a chance to post another comeback win. He did just that with one of his best outings

Another look at an impressive win to start the road trip

TORONTO - The Orioles have had a pair of seven-game winning streaks this year and now they have a five-game win streak after Thursday’s 6-5 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. This was a pleasing win for the Orioles in many ways. They won in a place where they went 3-6 last year. They came from behind, trailing 4-1 in the second and

Chris Davis: “It was nice to be the guy tonight” (plus clubhouse quotes)

TORONTO - For the Orioles, it was yet another comeback win. For Chris Davis, it was a chance to break out of a batting slump and make a big contribution tonight. Davis drove in three runs - including the tying and go-ahead runs - as the Orioles rallied to beat Toronto 6-5 in front of 41,448 at Rogers Centre. It was a nice start to

Toronto gets three in the first (Orioles win 6-5)

TORONTO - This stat should tell you how tonight’s game started for Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson: In a span of six batters in the first inning he gave up three runs against Toronto. That matched the run total the O’s staff had allowed combined over the previous four games. The O’s trailed 3-1 at the end of the first tonight at Rogers Centre. It began

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson faces Marcus Stroman in road trip opener

TORONTO - The Orioles have been a much better team at home than on the road this year. Beginning tonight they have a chance to improve on that. The American League East leaders begin a four-game series in Toronto tonight against the defending division champs. This trip then heads to Fenway Park for a three-game series against Boston. It is a rather important trip where

Showalter and Machado on his suspension (plus other notes)

TORONTO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter initially said he would prefer not to comment on Manny Machado’s four-game suspension until it became official and had been announced by Major League Baseball. But thanks to the ability to see an e-mail from MLB on a cell phone, reporters saw it become official today before his pregame media session ended. Another two minutes and the skipper would

A draft Q&A with Gary Rajsich, plus O’s notes on pitching and more

The Orioles have the No. 27 overall pick tonight as Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft begins at 7. It will be televised live on MLB Network. The 40-round draft will continue tomorrow and Saturday. Tonight the clubs select players through Round 2 and the Competitive Balance Lottery Round B, so the Orioles will make three picks tonight. On Friday players will be selected in

O’s game blog: Mark Trumbo leads the majors with 20 home runs

The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo leads the majors with 20 home runs. He hit No. 20 in the fifth inning last night, a two-run shot. Trumbo has now hit two homers in this series, seven homers over his last 13 games and 14 in his past 33 contests. Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox ranks second with 19 homers and Colorado’s Nolan Arenado ranks third

A look at Frederick’s three All-Stars

The Single-A Frederick Keys will be sending three players to the Carolina League-California League All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 21, hosted by the Lake Elsinore Storm. Pitcher Matthew Grimes, infielder Aderlin Rodriguez and catcher Jonah Heim will represent the Keys. The 24-year-old Grimes earns his first professional All-Star nod after also being named the Carolina League Player of the Month for May and the Orioles

Another look at the brawl, the game and more

It was pretty clear in the home clubhouse last night that the Orioles players had no doubts about two things: Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura threw at Manny Machado, probably two or more times, hitting him once, and that Ventura left Machado little choice but to charge the mound. Of course Machado could have done nothing, but that was certainly not an appealing option. Ventura

Adam Jones and Manny Machado and more on tonight’s benches-clearing brawl

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones did not hide his feelings tonight. Of the players interviewed after tonight’s 9-1 O’s win over Kansas City, he was easily the most outspoken. Jones had more than a few things to say about Kansas City right-hander Yordano Ventura. After Ventura hit Manny Machado in the last of the fifth inning, Machado charged the mound and the dugouts emptied. Both Machado

Basebrawl: Benches clear, Machado and Ventura ejected, O’s win

So this was not just another night at the ballpark. Emotions ran high, two players were ejected, the benches and dugouts emptied, and the Orioles routed the Kansas City Royals 9-1. Kansas City right-hander Yordano Ventura threw a pitch inside toward Manny Machado in the second inning that did not hit him but drew his ire. In the fifth, facing Machado the next time, Ventura’s

O’s game blog: O’s have won five of six, host K.C. at Camden Yards

After a 19-game stretch where Orioles starting pitchers recorded just five quality starts while pitching to an ERA of 6.68, their starters have fared much better over the past two games. Right-handers Kevin Gausman and Mike Wright combined to pitch 13 innings, allowing just two runs (one earned), over the past two games as the Orioles beat the Yankees 3-1 and the Royals 4-1. At

Can Orioles send another non-closer reliever to All-Star Game?

If Orioles right-handed reliever Darren O’Day made the All-Star game last year as a non-closer out of the bullpen, can Brad Brach do the same this year? After his latest 1-2-3 inning last night, Brach has a scoreless streak that has reached 10 2/3 consecutive innings. Brach’s 2016 season is quite comparable right now to O’Day’s 2015 first half. O’Day in 2015: 5-0 with 1.07

A look at Delmarva’s four All-Stars

The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds will send four players to the 57th South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be played on Tuesday June 21 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kent. Catcher Yermin Mercedes, catcher-first baseman Alex Murphy, and pitchers Garrett Cleavinger and Ryan Meisinger have been selected to represent the Shorebirds. This marks the third consecutive year in which at least three Shorebirds have

Duquette on the draft, O’s notes and a big night for a Delmarva duo

Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft is just two days away. The draft begins at 7 p.m. Thursday night and the Orioles have four of the first 91 picks. They will select at Nos. 27, 54, 69 and 91. After having very high picks, ranging anywhere from No. 3 to No. 5 overall, every year from 2007-2012, producing the likes of Manny Machado and Matt

Matt Wieters and Manny Machado on Mike Wright’s outing and more

Most of the postgame talk in the Orioles clubhouse was about right-hander Mike Wright. In desperate need of a good outing, he got one tonight. Seven innings and one unearned run against Kansas City in the Orioles’ 4-1 win. He needed just 95 pitches to throw seven innings. Five days after giving up four homers in 2 2/3 innings to the Red Sox and briefly

O’s use Wright’s strong outing and the longball to beat K.C.

For the second game in a row, Matt Wieters turned around a pretty good fastball to produce a big hit that put the Orioles ahead. It led to another win. Mark Trumbo and Wieters homered in the bottom of the seventh to turn a one-run deficit into a one-run lead and the Orioles went on to a 4-1 victory tonight over Kansas City at Camden

O’s game blog: Mike Wright on the mound in K.C. series opener

The Orioles host the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals tonight as a 10-game homestand continues at Camden Yards. The Orioles went 2-2 versus Boston and 2-1 versus New York to start the homestand. At 32-23, the Orioles are once again tied for first in the American League East with Boston, although ahead by a few win percentage points at .582 to .579. Toronto,

Joey Rickard on seeing so many pitches in Sunday’s game

The Orioles were not getting much going Sunday against left-hander CC Sabathia of the Yankees. They didn’t get a run off of him. But they did get him out of the game one batter into the sixth inning. One reason for that was a pitch count that reached 111. And one of the reasons that count reached that number is that Joey Rickard saw 29

A look at the 18th-round pick that ranks second in the Carolina League in ERA

No one is necessarily saying he is the best pitcher on the Orioles farm right now. But no hurler may currently be pitching better than Single-A Frederick right-hander Matthew Grimes. An 18th-round pick by the Orioles in 2014 out of Georgia Tech, his latest gem came at home on Saturday night against Carolina when he pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball with eight strikeouts.

Matt Wieters, Francisco Pena and Kevin Gausman after O’s win over NY

He is not called on to pinch-hit very much, but Matt Wieters was asked to do that today. He came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning with the Orioles losing 1-0 to the Yankees. The count reached 0-2 against flame-throwing lefty Aroldis Chapman, who was perfect so far in save chances for the Yankees. Then Chapman delivered a 101

Wieters’ two-run single off Chapman leads O’s to comeback win

The Orioles offense was frustrated for a long time on Sunday afternoon. Through seven innings, then into the eighth and then into a rain delay of 1 hour, 37 minutes. But that all ended when Matt Wieters delivered a huge two-run single off Aroldis Chapman. A third run would score on an error on the play as the Orioles rallied to beat the Yankees 3-1

O’s game blog: Dan Duquette on Wandy Rodriguez and Andy Oliver

In an interview this afternoon, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the Orioles are considering two left-handers currently in the organization to possibly soon join the team. “Wandy Rodriguez is a veteran pitcher and we have to make a decision on him in the next week,” Duquette said on 105.7 the Fan. “We’ve always liked him, he has a good curve. We’ll

Dylan Bundy says decision to stop throwing slider/cutter for now was his

Orioles right-handed reliever Dylan Bundy said the decision for him to - at least for now - not throw his cutter/slider originated with him and that team officials agreed with him. After Bundy allowed two runs over 2 2/3 innings in last night’s game, manager Buck Showalter mentioned that Bundy is not throwing the cutter/slider this season. Bundy was shut down after two innings in

As ‘pen deals with loss of O’Day, Britton just keeps rolling right along

It seems Orioles closer Zach Britton has set the bar extremely high with his performance since moving into the ninth-inning role. Then he consistently reaches that bar. He began Saturday night tied for the American League lead with 16 saves and his numbers are, yet again, outstanding. He is 2-1 with a 1.16 ERA. Over 23 1/3 innings, he has walked five and fanned 27

Adam Jones on the comeback that fell short, Tyler Wilson on his outing

The Orioles had come from behind to win their last three games heading into tonight. But they had not come from 7-0 behind to win and they could not do that tonight. The Yankees led 7-0 to the last of the seventh, then watched the Orioles hit three homers that inning to pull within 7-6. But the final was New York 8, Orioles 6 as

O’s rally falls short in 8-6 loss to Yankees

Well, tonight the Orioles could not come all the way back. They got another shaky starting pitching performance but this time could not quite put up a big enough number on offense to still get a win. But they came close. Trailing by seven heading to the seventh tonight, the Orioles scored six runs to pull within a run. But they would lose by an

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson gets the start in Game 2 against New York

The Orioles have allowed 21 runs the last three games. But they’ve scored 31 and have won all three to improve to 31-22 as they get set to host the Yankees tonight in the second game of a three-game series. The Orioles have moved back into a first-place tie with Boston atop the American League East. The Orioles are 20-10 at home, 12-7 against AL Continue reading ....

Darren O’Day provides an update on his hamstring injury

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day said this afternoon he first had an issue with his strained right hamstring during the first game of the series in Houston on May 24. It improved and he continued to pitch until it got worse when he was covering first base in the eighth inning on Wednesday night. The Orioles put O’Day on the 15-day disabled list yesterday but he

O’s notes on the bullpen, the rotation and the team at the 54-game mark

The Orioles lost 6-2 to Boston on Tuesday night. They fell to 0-2 in a big four-game series and dropped to three games out of first place. They scored just four total runs Monday and Tuesday against the Red Sox. Now three games and 31 runs later, the Orioles are back tied for first place. They are outscoring their opponents, winning those three games even

Zach Britton and Michael Givens on loss of O’Day (plus other quotes)

With Toronto’s win over Boston tonight, the Orioles have moved back into a first-place tie with the Red Sox atop the American League East. The Orioles actually have the edge via winning percentage at .585 to .582. The Orioles offense is starting to hum along right now. They’ve scored 31 runs the last three games and tonight rallied for a 6-5 win over the New

O’s rally from three down to beat Yankees, win third straight

After falling behind by three runs in the sixth inning tonight, and on a night where Chris Tillman gave up three more homers, the Orioles still pulled out a win. Coming from 5-2 behind, the Orioles rallied for a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees tonight in the opener of three-game series. They improved to 31-22 with a third straight victory. The Orioles are

O’s game blog: Orioles are 9-2 in Chris Tillman’s 2016 starts

After splitting a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles’ 10-game homestand continues tonight as they host the New York Yankees for a weekend series. On the mound this evening, it is a matchup of right-handed pitchers. Chris Tillman (7-1, 2.92 ERA) will make his 12th start of the season, facing Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 3.71 ERA). Tillman’s run of seven consecutive quality starts

Gallardo on his next rehab start and Duensing on joining the Orioles

For his next stop in the Orioles farm system, right-hander Yovani Gallardo will head to Triple-A Norfolk to start in a rehab game Tuesday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. at Harbor Park. He is expected to bump his pitch count from the 59 he threw yesterday at Single-A Frederick up to 75-80, and that could set him up to return to the Orioles rotation after that.

A look at Tanner Scott’s improvement at Frederick (plus O’s notes)

He was named to the All-Prospect Team last December by the Arizona Fall League, but left-hander Tanner Scott’s Carolina League debut did not go smoothly. Pitching for Single-A Frederick, the 21-year-old southpaw with the fastball that can touch 100 mph had an ERA of 12.19 with 15 walks in 10 1/3 innings in April. On April 27, he gave up seven runs in just 2/3

Yovani Gallardo talks about his rehab outing tonight at Frederick

FREDERICK - He faced Single-A hitters from the Potomac Nationals and he allowed three runs in three innings. But Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo was upbeat about his rehab outing today for the Frederick Keys. Over three innings and 59 pitches, he allowed seven singles and the three runs with two walks and four strikeouts. He is not sure where he will pitch next but the

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound in Boston series finale

Can a struggling pitcher with a poor career record against Boston beat this hot-hitting Red Sox team tonight at Camden Yards? We are going to find out as the Orioles (29-22) host Boston (32-21) in the finale of this four-game series. A win pulls the Orioles within one game of first place while a loss sends them to three games out in the American League

Pregame notes from Frederick, where Yovani Gallardo pitches today (updated)

FREDERICK, Md. - Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo takes yet another step toward his return to the Orioles starting rotation later today at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. For the first time since he left his start April 22 after two innings at Kansas City, he will pitch in a game. It will be in a minor league rehab start for the Single-A Frederick Keys

Feeling a draft: O’s will add amateur talent beginning a week from today

After losing the No. 76 overall selection when they traded pitcher Brian Matusz to Atlanta, the Orioles now have four of the first 91 picks in the First-Year Player Draft, which begins one week from tonight. The Orioles’ first four picks will be selections Nos. 27, 54, 69 and 91. Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich was at Camden Yards yesterday in advance of final draft

Wieters on the win, Wright on his outing and more

Tonight’s game is the fourth time in Orioles history that they gave up at least five home runs yet won the game. The last time it happened was April 7, 2000 in a 14-10 win over Detroit. After losing the last two nights, the O’s needed this one. Even if it took a season-high number of runs and 3 hours, 58 minutes to get the

Slugfest at the Yard: O’s go homerless, but score season-high 13 to win

The first three innings of tonight’s game ended with the Orioles leading Boston 8-7 and produced a few questions. Just how many runs did these teams intend to score tonight? How many more homers would Mookie Betts hit? How many homers would Boston hit before the Orioles got their first in this series? Would this game end before breakfast? There were other, but those were

O’s game blog: Mike Wright on the mound in Game 3 against Boston

The Orioles will need to beat Boston the next two nights at Camden Yards to split this four-game series with the American League East leaders. At 32-20, Boston has opened a three-game lead atop the division over the Orioles, who have a 28-22 record 50 games into the 2016 season. The Orioles’ current win percentage of .560, if maintained over 162 games, would produce a

With a ninth-inning out last night, Ashur Tolliver kept his name out of the record book

When Orioles rookie left-hander Ashur Tolliver was called in to pitch the ninth inning last night - on just his eighth day in the big leagues - his first batter was Mookie Betts. The Red Sox right fielder had already homered in the first and third innings off Kevin Gausman and in the seventh off Dylan Bundy. Betts was trying for a four-homer night and

The Red Sox have handled the Orioles the last two games (plus other notes)

Captain Obvious believes the Boston Red Sox have badly outplayed the Orioles the last two games. In two days, the Orioles have seen firsthand they will have a battle on their hands for a division title this year. Boston is the better team right now and the Orioles have only, well, 112 games now to prove that is not so. Boston has seen some of

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