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O’s game blog: Miguel Castro gets the start for the Orioles

The Orioles are certainly staggering to the end of the 2017 season. It is an end that will come tomorrow and may be about 24 hours away. The Orioles (75-85) play the Tampa Bay Rays (78-82) tonight in the second game of a three-game series. Three O’s pitchers walked 10 batters last night and the Orioles had just four hits in a 7-0 loss to

The end is near: O’s get shut out as current slide continues

Hey, at least Trey Mancini had a hit. He did indeed, extending the longest hitting streak ever by an Orioles rookie to 17 straight games. He’s playing well to the end. He just hasn’t had many teammates join him. The Orioles put up little resistance Friday night in a 7-0 loss to the Rays, as the end of their 2017 season drew closer. Just two

O’s game blog: The final series of the year begins

The Orioles (75-84) begin their final series of the season at Tropicana Field tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays (77-82). The Rays begin the series in third place, two games ahead of the Orioles and Blue Jays. The Orioles would need a three-game sweep to finish ahead of Tampa Bay in the final standings. Before Thursday’s off-day, the Orioles lost by scores of 10-1 and

O’s road woes a big factor in 2017 losing record

It is one of the failings of the 2017 Orioles. They are one of the worst road teams in the American League this year and it cost the team. Had an Orioles club that went 46-35 at home this season won the same percentage of road games, they’d be a 92-win team. That would be enough wins to host the wild card game and also

The O’s farm report: A take from Baseball America’s John Manuel

The Orioles minor leagues had a good year in 2017. That is the opinion of several national analysts I have spoken to in the last week. Starting today we’ll roll out some of their opinions and comments on the O’s farm from those interviews. It was a year where outfielder Austin Hays moved from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie and then to the majors. He

O’s game blog: Gabriel Ynoa makes his fourth start for the O’s

The Orioles have four games to play to wrap up the 2017 season. After a 10-1 loss at Pittsburgh last night, the Orioles play at PNC Park tonight to conclude a brief two-game series. Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit his first career grand slam Tuesday night and collected a career-high eight RBIs while going 4-for-4 with four runs scored. According to the Elias Sports Bureau,

Gausman’s interleague struggles, slow month of offense and more

If it turns out as expected that last night was, in fact, Kevin Gausman’s last start of 2017, he went out with a rough one. Gausman allowed Andrew McCutchen’s grand slam in the second inning as Pittsburgh routed the Orioles 10-1 to start a two-game series Gausman allowed six runs over four innings and is 11-11 with a 4.81 ERA. Gausman needed to go 4

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman has 3.09 ERA in second-half

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman is having another strong second half. He’ll try to finish off his strong pitching this half when he faces the Pirates in Pittsburgh tonight to start a two-game series. Gausman (11-10, 4.61 ERA) will make his 33rd start, which is a career-high. On Tuesday versus Boston he threw eight scoreless innings allowing just three singles on 106 pitches. He has given

Trumbo’s take: Veteran opines on his season and more

Mark Trumbo will get deserved criticism for having a sub-par season. His power numbers fell off big time from his 2016 season. In a recent interview, Trumbo took the time to analyze his own season and look at some other aspects from his second season with the Orioles. Trumbo hit .256/.316/.533 last year with 27 doubles, a triple, 47 homers, 108 RBIs and an OPS

Honoring Hardy, Sisco’s first start, Scott’s second game and more

It is not often when a player gets a standing ovation that players in the dugouts join in. But that happened for Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy yesterday when he came to bat in the bottom of the first inning. It was a pretty special moment at Camden Yards. “I did notice that,” Hardy said. “It was special. Those are guys that I played against for

J.J. Hardy hits go-ahead homer as O’s win home finale (with quotes)

On a day that seems likely to be his final one playing as an Oriole at Camden Yards, shortstop J.J. Hardy hit a go-ahead homer as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 to complete their home season. Hardy got a standing ovation, including applause from players on both teams, and waved to the crowd before he batted in the bottom of the first.

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman pitches home finale today

We have reached the time for the final home game of the 2017 Orioles season. The Orioles host Tampa Bay this afternoon to end a four-game series and wrap up the home schedule. The Orioles are 1-2 in this series and 45-35 at home for the year. They fell to 74-82 with a loss last night, were officially eliminated from playoff contention and assured to

The official ending of a playoff run, plus more from minor league award winners

The Orioles’ playoff hopes for 2017 were dashed a while ago. But it became official last night that they will not make the postseason. It had looked in the last few days like a losing season was in the offing for the Orioles. That became official last night as well. Double dagger. With their 9-6 loss to Tampa Bay, the Orioles are 74-82 with six

O’s offense quiet until the ninth in loss to Rays (quotes added)

Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson gave the Orioles a quality start. But an offense that has been in a slumber for most of September was dormant again for most of tonight. The Orioles were held to five hits through eight innings and lost to Tampa Bay 9-6 in front of 42,802 at Camden Yards. The loss guarantees that the Orioles will have a losing season for the

O’s game blog : Hellickson on the mound against Tampa Bay

After winning 3-1 over Tampa Bay on Thursday and losing 8-3 last night, the Orioles host the Rays tonight in Game 3 of the final home series of the year. At 74-81 with seven games to play, the only thing standing between the Orioles and finishing this season with a losing record is one more loss. Anything short of a 7-0 finish will ensure that.

Some quotes from the minor league awards press conference

The Orioles are honoring their minor league award winners before the game tonight at Camden Yards. The awards are being presented by Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, director of minor league operations Kent Qualls and Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The winners are:* Brooks Robinson Player of the Year: Austin Hays (SIngle-A Frederick/Double-A Bowie)* Jim Palmer Pitcher of the Year: Alex

Jim Callis on Trey Mancini’s top 30 omission

It was an article that stirred up some fans around Birdland. It was an article that also stirred up some of those that work in Birdland, including Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and MASN broadcaster Jim Palmer. MLBPipeline.com analyst Jim Callis recently ranked the top 30 current rookies in terms of their future potential and who would have the best long-term

O’s game blog: Jiménez faces Cobb at Camden Yards

The Orioles ended a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in eight games when they beat Tampa Bay 3-1 on Thursday night. The Orioles host the Rays tonight in the second game of a four-game series to end the home schedule for 2017. At 74-80, the Orioles need to go 7-1 or 8-0 the rest of the way for a .500

Mancini talks Hays and Sisco, Ynoa impresses and prospect rankings

Trey Mancini is a rookie that feels two other rookies on the Orioles are doing very well with their September call-ups. Mancini has played in 144 big league games. Austin Hays and Chance Sisco have played in a combined 18 games with the Orioles. Mancini got his September call-up last year and has gone where Hays and Sisco would like to go - he’s become

Gabriel Ynoa pitches a gem as O’s top Tampa Bay (quotes added)

Orioles right-hander Gabriel Ynoa was making just his sixth career major league start tonight and third with the Orioles. If this was any sort of audition for him to be a rotation candidate for 2018, he passed the test tonight. Ynoa allowed five hits over a career-high eight innings as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 3-1 to start a four-game series. It is the final

O’s game blog: Gabriel Ynoa makes his third start

Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa (1-2, 4.18 ERA) will make his eighth appearance and third start for the Orioles as they open a four-game series tonight with the Tampa Bay Rays. It is the last home series of the 2017 season. Ynoa is getting a chance to show what he can do and maybe even get a jump on the competition for a 2018 rotation spot. His

Tanner Scott talks about his major league debut

Orioles lefty pitching prospect Tanner Scott got a quick introduction to the big leagues in his major league debut last night. Pitching in the eighth inning against Boston, he faced first baseman Sam Travis to start his inning. Scott threw a 99 mph fastball for ball one. He threw another at 99 mph and Travis tried to check his swing. But bat met ball and

O’s latest loss featured frustration, a hit streak and an MLB debut

There was frustration evident in the Orioles clubhouse last night as the team lost for the 15th time in 20 games. From the starting pitcher who provided a brief postgame interview to the closer who realized his 2017 season might be over. Six days after the shortest start of his career, one in which he allowed six runs, left-hander Wade Miley allowed six runs again.

Chris Sale fans 13 and Boston completes sweep (with Britton update)

For a while, Orioles lefty Wade Miley was holding the Boston Red Sox at bay. He pitched out a bases-loaded jam in the third and had not allowed a hit to that point. Earlier this season, he held Boston to two runs in 12 innings over two starts. But that run of success quickly came to a stop as Boston homered twice in the fourth

O’s game blog: O’s try to salvage series finale with Boston

Coming off a pair of 11-inning losses by 10-8 and 1-0 scores, the Orioles need to win tonight to avoid getting swept three straight by Boston. Although the Red Sox swept series of two and four games in Baltimore last season, their last three-game sweep at Oriole Park was from Sept. 18-20, 2009. Boston (87-64) has won 10 of its last 13 games and leads

For his next trick, Austin Hays will bat leadoff against Chris Sale

With seven hits, including three extra-base hits his last four games, Orioles outfielder Austin Hays will put that hot streak to the test tonight against Boston left-hander Chris Sale (16-7, 2.84 ERA). The rookie will be facing a pitcher that has finished in the top six of the American League Cy Young vote in the last five years. A pitcher that leads the league with

Kevin Gausman’s second half is encouraging in looking toward 2018

For the second night in a row, the Orioles lost in 11 innings to Boston. They lost once when scoring eight runs and once when allowing just one run. They were 12-2 in extra-inning games heading into this series. It was tough to lose when their starting pitcher threw as well as Kevin Gausman did last night. He pitched eight scoreless allowing just three singles

O’s fall again in extra innings to Boston (with quotes)

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman was pitching a gem, but the Red Sox pitchers were matching zeros with him. Gausman went eight innings, but the game went 11 and the winning run scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch. Boston beat the Orioles 1-0 to take the first two games of this series and win their first series this year against the Orioles, who fall to 73-79

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman looks for 12th win against Boston

After just their third extra-inning loss of the year in 12 games last night, the Orioles host Boston again tonight. It’s the second game of a three-game series and seven-game homestand. The Orioles are 73-78 with 11 games to play, meaning they need to go 8-3 or better to post a .500 or better finish. They are 5-13 since the end of a seven-game winning

In a tough loss, Pedro Álvarez had a productive night for the O’s

He was just 1-for-9 with the Orioles since they called up him up Sept. 1 from Triple-A Norfolk. But in a 10-8 loss to the Red Sox in 11 innings last night, Pedro Álvarez batted five times and reached base five times. Batting eighth as the designated hitter, he walked in the second and third innings, homered to right in the fifth and singled in

Boston scores two in the 11th to rally and beat O’s (with quotes)

The Boston Red Sox picked up a win important to their AL East title hopes. The Orioles just added another loss and more frustration. Boston trailed by five runs in the fifth inning tonight, but rallied to tie the game and then won it 10-8 in 11 innings over the Orioles. Now 86-64, they stay three games ahead of the Yankees for first place. The

O’s game blog: O’s host Boston to start final homestand

The Orioles are not officially a spoiler yet - their wild card hope is still mathematically possible - but they could make life more difficult for the AL East leading Boston Red Sox the next three nights at Camden Yards. Boston leads the division by three games over New York, but the Red Sox have not won a series against the Orioles this year. The

Chance Sisco talks defense, his 2017 season and arrival in MLB

So for the Orioles, it seems the kids are all right. Catcher Chance Sisco has batted five times in the majors with a double, homer and two walks earning a nice .667 average and .800 OBP. Over his last two games in New York, outfielder Austin Hays went 4-for-7 with a homer and three RBIs. Sisco and Hays are both 22. For both, the future

O’s game blog: Orioles try to avoid sweep in the Bronx

The Orioles have one more chance to end a miserable weekend in New York with a win. They play the Yankees today in the finale of a four-game series. They’ve lost the first three games in the Bronx by a combined 30-10 score, and they’ve allowed nine homers. In the three games, O’s starters lasted a combined 7 2/3 innings, giving up 15 hits and

Is extra rest the key to a solid future rotation?

We have seen some of the Orioles pitchers throw well on extra rest in the second half of the season. Big league teams use five-man rotations for the most part, which means their starters most often pitch with four days of rest between starts. But in the second half of the season the Orioles have provided pitchers at times more than four days’ rest, and

O’s game blog: Hellickson against Montgomery in New York

After 13-5 and 8-2 losses the last two nights, the Orioles play in New York this afternoon looking to get their first win in this four-game series. At 72-76, the Orioles have followed a season-best seven-game win streak by going 4-11. They have lost eight of their last nine and nine of 11 games. They are 28-46 on the road. The Orioles have 14 games

Solid year: DJ Stewart produced 20-20 season at Bowie

Most minor league players do not put up much better statistics in Double-A than they posted at lower levels on the farm. But outfielder DJ Stewart is not like most minor league players. Written off on some message boards as a first-round bust when he hit .218 at short-season Single-A Aberdeen after the 2015 draft, Stewart emerged this season with the best year of his

O’s game blog: Can Ynoa slow the New York offense?

As the Orioles look to get their offense going again, tonight they face the challenge of New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (12-6, 2.96 ERA). Severino is third in the American League in ERA, opponents batting average (.209) and WHIP (1.05) and fourth with 211 strikeouts. He has been even better than his overall stats in the second half. The 23-year-old Severino is 7-2 with

Chance Sisco provides highlights during blowout loss at NY

Chance Sisco showed a smooth swing and a quick bat as he picked up his first two major league hits last night. That was easily the highlight for the Orioles in a 13-5 loss at Yankee Stadium. Easily. Sisco pinch-hit in the seventh and lined a double down the right-field line. In the ninth he turned around a 95 mph fastball and homered to right.

O’s game blog: O’s have allowed 68 runs in six games at Yankee Stadium

As the Orioles begin a four-game series in the Bronx tonight, to say the least, the Orioles need to start pitching better against New York. The Orioles trail 9-6 in the season series. They have a combined 7.49 team ERA in those games and New York is batting .315/.412/.573 against Baltimore pitching with 36 homers and a team OPS of .985 in the 15 games.

Yacabonis looking to make an impression (O’s end loss streak)

TORONTO - The month of September gives some players in the Orioles clubhouse a chance to show what they can do at the major league level. And perhaps give themselves a jump on making the team next year. That is true for Orioles right-handed reliever Jimmy Yacabonis, the club’s 13th-round pick in 2013 out of St. Joseph’s University. The 25-year-old Yacabonis had brief stints with

O’s score early, hold on to end six-game losing streak (with quotes)

TORONTO - In an effort to stop a losing streak tonight, the Orioles took an early lead and then held on to see if their pitching staff could hold a narrow advantage. They did. After losing three straight games by one run and six straight overall, the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 tonight in front of 31,714 at Rogers Centre. They improved to

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman pitches Toronto series finale

TORONTO - The Orioles are still looking for their first win on this 10-game road trip after Tuesday’s walk-off loss at Toronto. The Orioles went 0-3 at Cleveland and have lost back-to-back games at Rogers Centre by one run heading into tonight’s series finale. At 71-74, the Orioles have lost six in a row, seven of eight and nine of 12 games. A seven-game win

Showalter on Hays: “His time will come” (game update)

TORONTO - It is a question being asked a lot around Birdland: If the Orioles took the leap to bring up outfielder Austin Hays and add him to their 40-man roster, why is he not playing more? Especially at a time when the Orioles are not getting a lot of offense out of the right field spot. In September, Mark Trumbo is batting .238 (10-for-42),

Ynoa gets Friday start and chance to audition for 2018 role

TORONTO - He made a start for the Orioles last Saturday at Cleveland and right-hander Gabriel Ynoa will get another chance in the rotation this weekend in New York. He is listed by the Orioles to start on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Through six games and one start, the 24-year-old native of the Dominican Republic is 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA for the Orioles.

Q&A session with outfielder Austin Hays

TORONTO - So he’s had a pretty good season. It began at Single-A Frederick, moved onto Double-A Bowie and he’s ending it with the Orioles. It has happened faster than anyone could have predicted, but outfielder Austin Hays, the club’s third-round pick last June, is in the major leagues now. Whether he starts next season with the Orioles we’ll find out later, but Hays has

Toronto scores two in the ninth to stun the Orioles 3-2

TORONTO - The Orioles got some solid pitching and a clutch late-inning home run tonight. They had Zach Britton on the mound with a lead in the ninth, but they still could not win. Trailing 2-1, Toronto scored twice off Britton in the bottom of the ninth to produce a 3-2 walk-off win as the Orioles’ losing streak reached six games and they fall to

O’s game blog: O’s try to end losing streak in Toronto

TORONTO - The Orioles will turn to right-hander Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.12 ERA) to try and snap a five-game losing streak tonight. They play the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of a three-game series. After going 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA in five August starts, Bundy took the loss last Monday versus New York. Over four innings he gave up two homers, four

After hurricane, O’s will still hold instructional league (game update)

TORONTO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said today that the team will still be able to hold their fall instructional league at their Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla. It is been delayed by the impact from Hurricane Irma on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Originally players were expected to begin arriving for that tomorrow. Now players and staff will head to Florida on Sunday and

Welington Castillo could soon return to the Orioles lineup

TORONTO - The Orioles and catcher Welington Castillo got good news today. After taking a foul ball in the groin and leaving last night’s game at Rogers Centre, Castillo does not have any damage and he feels he could pinch-hit tonight. He is not ready to return to catch, but that could happen soon as well. Castillo took a foul ball off the bat of

O’s falling back in wild card race, plus Showalter on Hays

TORONTO - The Orioles lost further touch with the American League’s second wild card spot last night. While Minnesota did not play, the Orioles lost their fifth straight and they are now 3 1/2 games behind the Twins. The Orioles lost 4-3 to start a three-game series at Rogers Centre. They are 0-4 on a 10-game road trip. The last three losses have been by

Orioles fall by one as losing streak reaches five (with quotes)

TORONTO - There were defensive miscues, an injury to a catcher and it was another night of not much offense for the Orioles. They lost 4-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays in the series opener in front of 28,401 at Rogers Centre. Three games behind the second wild card to start the night, they fall to 71-73. They are two games under .500 for the

Welington Castillo leaves injured, O’s lose 4-3 to Toronto

TORONTO - The Orioles lost one catcher and made two errors in the bottom of the second inning tonight to trail 2-0 early on against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. It was a pretty brutal half inning. Catcher Welington Castillo took a foul ball to the groin area during Miguel Montero’s at-bat which resulted in a strikeout to end the last of the

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez pitches Toronto series opener

TORONTO - The Orioles begin a series at Rogers Centre tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. They are 5-2 this season in this stadium and 11-5 against Toronto. They will need that success to continue during this three-game series. With four straight losses, the Orioles (71-72) have fallen back under .500 for the first time since Aug. 26. They need to find some offense at

Showalter on the offense, Gentry’s return, Mel Didier and more

TORONTO - Convinced that his team can still make a run to get the second American League wild card, Orioles manager Buck Showalter today talked about his team’s struggling offense. During a four-game losing streak, the Orioles have scored just five runs on 23 hits with two home runs. Have the Orioles just faced pitching that was real good or have they contributed to their

O’s Kevin Gausman on blister issue that pushed start back a day

TORONTO - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman is going to start the third game of this series on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays on five days rest. With a blister on the index finger of his right hand, he is being given an extra day after originally being scheduled to pitch tomorrow night. Now Dylan Bundy will make that start and Gausman goes the next

Swept in Cleveland, O’s road trip heads to Toronto

Chris Davis snapped a 3-for-31 stretch with a homer. Jeremy Hellickson provided a quality start after his ERA was 9.51 his previous five starts. Jonathan Schoop had three hits, raised his average to .305 and drove in his 103rd run. The O’s bullpen pitched two scoreless. It didn’t lead to a win though. Not against a sizzling-hot Cleveland team which seldom trails recently and hasn’t

O’s game blog: Hellickson faces Bauer in series finale

The Orioles have lost three in a row and been outscored 18-3 in those games. Tonight they will try to end that streak and Cleveland’s 17-game winning streak when they meet on ESPN. The Indians are 86-56 and lead the AL Central by 12 games over Minnesota. The Tribe has run off the longest win streak in the majors since the Oakland A’s won 20

O’s offense still struggling (season ends for Bowie & Frederick)

There is never a good time for a team to hit a cold stretch on offense, but for the Orioles this is really not a good time. They lost 9-1 to the Yankees Thursday and 5-0 and 4-2 to the Indians the past two games. In a three-game losing streak, that is three runs scored on 16 hits and just one homer for the Orioles.

O’s game blog: Gabriel Ynoa gets start against Cleveland

After last night’s 5-0 loss, the Orioles play at Cleveland this afternoon in the second game of this three-game series. Cleveland (85-56) will try to extend its winning streak to 17 straight today. That is the longest win streak in the majors since the A’s won 20 in a row in 2002. The Orioles are 71-70 and have fallen three games back in the chase

With latest loss, the Orioles are falling back in the wild card race

How many times this year has it looked like the Orioles were in big trouble in the standings? Well, the latest is now after the club’s 5-0 loss last night in Cleveland. They are facing nine more games on this road trip and now they are three games behind Minnesota for the second American League wild card with 21 games to go. They are 27-40

Altoona beats Bowie 8-4 to take 2-0 series lead

BOWIE, Md. - Double-A Bowie center fielder Cedric Mullins had three hits, including a homer, but three Baysox pitchers had a rough night as Altoona beat Bowie 8-4 tonight to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern League playoff series. After two straight losses at Prince George’s Stadium, the best-of-five series moves to Altoona tomorrow night. Bowie will now have to win three straight on

O’s game blog: Road trip starts in Cleveland

The Orioles begin their next-to-last road trip of the year tonight and it will certainly be a very challenging one. It starts with three games at Cleveland against the Indians, who have won 15 in a row. Then they play three in Toronto and four games at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles begin the trip at 71-69 with 22 games to play. They are two games

Tanner Scott starts for Bowie in Game 2 tonight (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - The Double-A Bowie Baysox don’t face a must-win situation tonight, but it’s pretty close. They need to beat Altoona at Prince George’s Stadium or they fall behind two games to none in a best-of-five series. And after this game, the rest of the series will be played at Altoona. Bowie was held to one-hit last night - a Cedric Mullins single in

O’s minor league notebook includes notes on Hays & Mountcastle

The Single-A Frederick Keys are now one win away from a Carolina League championship. Well, a co-championship any way. The league office announced today the cancellation of the Carolina League Mills Cup championship series with a hurricane on the way. One of the four competing teams, Myrtle Beach, plays in a city that could be evacuated and sometimes real life matters top even baseball. It

A dramatic comeback in Frederick and a disappointing loss in Baltimore

Some baseball games have many twists and turns. For reporters trying to produce a story on the game, key elements of the game and the story keep changing. That was true of last night’s Carolina League playoff series opener in Frederick between the Keys and Lynchburg. First the story was Lynchburg’s starting pitcher dominating the Keys. But then Frederick changed the script, scored four runs

Walk-off win: Frederick stuns Lynchburg in playoff opener

FREDERICK, Md. - The Single-A Frederick Keys scored four runs in the last of the ninth to stun the Lynchburg Hillcats 10-9 tonight and take the opener of a best-of-three Carolina League playoff series. Frederick can win the series on Friday night at Lynchburg. The Keys kept coming back tonight. They were down 4-1 after six innings and 9-5 after the top of the eighth.

Playoffs begin with Frederick looking for an upset (updated)

FREDERICK, Md. - When the Carolina League playoffs begin tonight at Frederick’s Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium, there is a clear favorite. It’s not the home team. In what has now been reduced to a best-of-three series, the Single-A Frederick Keys (68-71) host the Lynchburg Hillcats (87-52) in Game 1 of the Northern Division Championship Series. With the impending threat of Hurrican Irma, the

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces NY in homestand finale

After splitting two games, the Orioles and New York Yankees wrap up their three-game series this afternoon at Camden Yards. The Yankees won 7-4 Monday and the Orioles won 7-6 on Tuesday night before Wednesday’s rainout. Manny Machado’s two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Orioles the 7-6 win as they pulled out their 12th walk-off win of the season. Machado

Kendall on Mullins, Hays stacks up, Gausman faces New York

BOWIE, Md. - When the Eastern League playoffs begin tonight as Double-A Bowie hosts Altoona in a best of five series, Baysox manager Gary Kendall is confident he can count on outfielder Cedric Mullins. The young man was the talk of Orioles spring training camp in March as he kept getting called over from minor league camp and kept impressing manager Buck Showalter. He even

Eastern League playoff notes and quotes from Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - It has been an exciting few days here in Bowie. On Tuesday, the Double-A Bowie Baysox sent outfielder Austin Hays to join the Orioles. Today, Bowie’s Garabez Rosa was named the Eastern League Most Valuable Player. But tonight’s scheduled playoff series opener between Bowie and Altoona has been rained out. The first two games in Bowie are now scheduled for Thursday and

Bowie’s Garabez Rosa named Eastern League MVP

After a season where he led the league in batting and RBIs, Double-A Bowie’s Garabez Rosa has been named the Most Valuable Player of the Eastern League for 2017. Rosa topped all hitters in batting average (.310), hits (162) and RBIs (91). The 162 hits are the second-highest single-season total in Orioles franchise history and the 91 RBIs are tied for seventh most all-time. He

More on Machado’s heroics, plus Hays on his power

New York Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances has allowed three homers in 52 2/3 innings this year and two of them have come the past two nights against the Orioles. Betances made two big mistakes in the ninth last night. First, he walked Tim Beckham to give Manny Machado a chance. And he left a breaking ball up in the zone that Machado could mash. He

Manny Machado hits two-run walk-off homer in ninth (with quotes)

Well, Oriole magic can happen even in the early morning hour of a Wednesday. With the Orioles down to their last out, Manny Machado hit a walk-off two-run homer off right-hander Dellin Betances as the Orioles stunned the New York Yankees 7-6 in the ninth inning at Camden Yards. They rallied from a 6-1 deficit to win. Betances made a big mistake. He walked Tim

O’s game blog: Notes on Austin Hays, Alex Wells and more

Tonight’s Orioles-Yankees game will not start on time. As of about 6:40 p.m. it was raining steadily at Oriole Park and the tarp is on the field. No start time was announced and we’ll keep you posted when we hear any updates. Earlier today, the Orioles announced that Single-A Delmarva lefty Alex Wells has been named their minor league Pitcher of the Year, winning the

Chris Davis on nomination for the Robert Clemente Award

The Orioles’ Chris Davis is the club’s 2017 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. “It is definitely an honor,”

Delmarva’s Alex Wells named O’s minor league Pitcher of Year

After a year in which he led the South Atlantic League in ERA and didn’t walk a batter over his last 68 innings, Single-A Delmarva’s Alex Wells has been named the Orioles minor league Pitcher of the Year. He wins the Jim Palmer Award. The 20-year left-hander from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia finished 11-5 with a 2.38 ERA for the Shorebirds. He also led

Minor league notes and a look at the Yankees-O’s series

All but one of the Orioles’ minor league affiliates have completed the regular season after Monday’s games. Short-season Single-A Aberdeen (40-33) still has three games to play and is three games behind in the New York-Penn League wild card race. Single-A Frederick (68-71) and Double-A Bowie (72-68) will begin the playoffs at home on Wednesday night. While Frederick finished three games under .500, its second-half

O’s early lead evaporates in 7-4 loss in series opener (with quotes)

The Orioles hit two early homers. They had right-hander Dylan Bundy on the mound and he blanked the New York Yankees through three innings. With a 3-0 lead, the Orioles were off to a good start today. But it didn’t last. The Yankees would score seven runs over the next three innings to storm back and beat the Orioles 7-4 today in front of 37,622

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Yankees in series opener

On Tuesday night, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy (13-8, 3.94 ERA) pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout with a career-high 12 strikeouts against Seattle. He faces the Yankees today in his follow-up act. The Orioles (70-67) and Yankees (73-63) play the opener of a three-game series this afternoon. Baltimore trails New York by 3 ½ games for second in the division and also for the first AL

Mark Trumbo’s bat heats up, plus minor league playoffs news

Mark Trumbo produced his ninth career walk-off hit yesterday, his line drive single to left in the 12th lifting the Orioles to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Perhaps that hit and some hits in recent games means Trumbo’s bat may be coming around down the stretch. He went 3-for-6 Sunday and also hit his 21st homer. In the four-game series he went

Trumbo, Tillman, Schoop and more after 12-inning win

As it turned out, the Orioles would not go hitless today with runners in scoring position. They were 0-for-16 when Mark Trumbo batted with runners at first and second and two outs in the 12th inning. Trumbo lined a Danny Barnes 1-0 changeup to left and well beyond the diving attempt of Steve Pearce. Jonathan Schoop scored easily as the Orioles beat Toronto 5-4 with

O’s tie it in ninth, get walk-off win in 12th against Blue Jays

Three outs from a damaging loss, the Orioles instead pulled out an important win. They got a game-tying homer in the last of the ninth and Mark Trumbo’s walk-off single in the last of the 12th to beat Toronto 5-4. They trailed Toronto 4-3 heading to the last of the ninth and Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna, who has 35 saves, came on. But catcher

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman pitches series finale

Right-hander Chris Tillman (1-7, 7.91 ERA), who has had a season’s worth of struggles in 2017, will try to pitch the Orioles to a four-game split with Toronto this afternoon. The Blue Jays had lost 10 of 12 games when this series began, but they’ve held the Orioles to three runs over the last two games and have taken two of three in this series.

O’s Manny Machado is AL Player of the Month for August

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been named the American League Player of the Month for August. In 29 games during the month, Machado hit .341/.348/.690 with six doubles, one triple, 12 homers, 35 RBIs and an OPS of 1.039. His 35 RBIs led the American League and ranked second in the majors. Machado’s 12 home runs were tied with the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson

Is Ryan Mountcastle headed for top 100?

About two weeks ago in this space, I wrote about the big year Orioles minor league outfielder Austin Hays is having, and that he may be underrated by national analysts. There may be another O’s minor leaguer who fits that bill in Double-A Bowie third baseman Ryan Mountcastle. Like Hays, Mountcastle has some stats that compare favorably to other prospects who are rated much higher.

O’s game blog: Miley faces Stroman at Camden Yards

The Orioles scored eight runs on 16 hits Thursday and lost, then got just one hit in 13 innings Friday and won. They’ve split the first two games of this series and host Toronto tonight at Camden Yards. At 69-66, the Orioles have won eight of nine and nine of their last 11 games. They are 27-17 since July 16, going from seven games under

Trey Mancini on his great catch, plus other notes and quotes

It took 13 scoreless innings on the mound, including seven from four bullpen pitchers. It took one great catch in the top of the 13th and one clutch hit in the last of the inning. Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini made a spectacular leaping catch to rob Steve Pearce and keep the game 0-0 in the 13th last night. His lunging grab was one of

Walk-off win: O’s beat Jays 1-0 in 13 innings (quotes added)

On a night that starters Kevin Gausman and Joe Biagini put up zeros, the game with no runs finally got one. The Orioles won it 1-0 on a walk-off RBI double by Jonathan Schoop in the last of the 13th. Manny Machado singled to start the 13th for his fourth hit. Schoop then lined one in the gap in right-center and the Orioles produced their

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman gets start versus Toronto

With their seven-game win streak gone as of last night, the Orioles will try to start a new one tonight when they host Toronto. The Blue Jays scored all their runs with two outs in Thursday’s 11-8 win. The loss dropped the Orioles record to 68-66. They are third in the American League East, eight games back of Boston and 3 1/2 behind second-place New

Orioles grant a special wish for Fallston youngster

The Orioles signed 17-year-old Jimmy Martino from Fallston, Md., today. It was a ceremonial one-day signing and I don’t expect him to get into tonight’s game. But for Jimmy, his parents, family and friends, it was a signing as meaningful as any by the Orioles this year. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Major League Baseball and the Orioles are dedicating today to pediatric

Dan Duquette on trade deadline and today’s additions

The Orioles did not make a trade last night as midnight came and passed with no deal. The Orioles have made late August trades in the past and any player acquired before the calendar turns to September is eligible for the playoff roster. No deals were made, but executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the Orioles came close. “We tried to supplement

Tough night of pitching, August offense and the Curaçao connection

Before he was a one-man wrecking crew against the Orioles last night, Toronto designated hitter Kendrys Morales had not been doing too much recently at the plate. Heading into Thursday’s series opener, Morales was batting .221 in August and he had just one homer and four RBIs his last 21 games. Then he bashed three homers and drove in a career-high seven runs last night

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