Notes on Mullins, Mountcastle, Vespi, bullpen and more

Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins is available to play today, but he’s beginning the game on the bench. His health is fine. “Just giving him a little breather,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “Long stretch.” The next day off is a week from today. Ryan Mountcastle hit in the cage today and did some throwing, and he’s going to take batting practice o
When the Orioles hosted the Yankees in mid-April they won two of three in the series, allowing six total runs. But first-place New York is playing much better ball this series in Baltimore. With a win this afternoon, the Yankees would complete a four-game sweep of the Orioles. New York won 6-2 Monday night and has now posted two straight one-run wi
The Orioles will try to avoid back-to-back sweeps and snap a six-game losing streak this afternoon with Baltimore native Bruce Zimmermann on the mound. Zimmermann has posted a 2.72 ERA and 1.211 WHIP in seven starts, with only three home runs surrendered in 36 1/3 innings. He’s already faced the Yankees twice this season, shutting them out over fiv
MIAMI – Wednesday night was a glimpse into the Nationals’ potentially bright future. After dropping the first two games of the series and first five games of the season against the Marlins, the Nats’ rough week in Miami looked like it was going to end in the worst way. The offense couldn’t capitalize on a bases-loaded opportunity in the eighth inni
John Means walked into the Orioles’ clubhouse Tuesday afternoon, about five minutes before it closed to the media, with a long brace on his left arm, a broad smile on his face and his eyes scanning the room. Searching for teammates who hadn't gone on the field. Means began to walk toward the doors leading into the dining area, paused and took a sha
The high Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds have gotten off to a hot start, producing the best record of any minor league team in full-season ball. That covers 120 clubs. There are many reasons for that and just one is the play of shortstop Collin Burns. With some more high-profile names on that IronBirds' roster, Burns can fly under the radar. But the 21
There’s always the next game in baseball. After a rough start to this series with two losses by a combined score of 13-3, the Nationals were finally able to solve the Marlins riddle and earn their first victory against their division rival. It was a frustrating first two games. It almost became a third. But the Nats settled in, played a (mostly) cl
Less than a week after the Orioles designated Paul Fry for assignment, they found a trade partner for him and severed ties with their longest tenured pitcher. Fry was sent to the Diamondbacks tonight for 19-year-old pitcher Luis Osorio, who spent his only professional season in 2021 in the Dominican Summer League. Osorio, a native of Venezuela, pos
This evening, the Orioles made the following transaction: Acquired RHP Luis Osorio from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for LHP Paul Fry.
After a more lackluster loss on Monday by 6-2, the Orioles lost 5-4 to the New York Yankees Tuesday night in a game where they had the winning run on second base against closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. They had scored once and were in position to pull off a walk-off victory, but Chapman got Cedric Mullins on a popout to preserve the win. Tonig
MIAMI – A getaway game in the middle of a road trip before an off-day doesn’t usually bring a lot of news. The Nationals didn’t take batting practice on the field at loanDepot Park, so players were slow to arrive in the clubhouse, hanging at their lockers or getting some work in the batting cage tunnel. A handful of players were catching the end of