Guthrie: "To see it happen in the last week is a great sign."

Guthrie:  "To see it happen in the last week is a great sign."
Jeremy Guthrie began his recent roll of solid pitching July 17 vs. Toronto when he gave up just one run over 6 1/3. Now his ERA is 1.78 over his last five starts and today he matched his longest outing of the year and got the win as the Orioles beat Chicago, 4-3. "I'm just trying to be more aggressive. That's about the only thing I can put a finger on. Throw more strikes and my goal is to walk zero guys each game and make them hit the ball." Guthrie gave up just one run and six hits...
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Guthrie solid as O's go to 5-1 under Showalter

Guthrie solid as O's go to 5-1 under Showalter
The Orioles strong run of starting pitching continued this afternoon as Jeremy Guthrie was solid again in the Birds' 4-3 win over the first-place White Sox. Guthrie gave up just one run and six hits over eight innings as he improved to 6-11, 4.04. He tied his season high in pitching eight frames, throwing 116 pitches. O's starters have now recorded six straight quality starts, with an ERA of 1.94 in that stretch. Buck Showalter meets with the media following a 4-3 win over the White...
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Aberdeen's All-Stars

Aberdeen's All-Stars
Four members of the Aberdeen IronBirds, including three 2010 draft picks, have been selected to play for the American League affiliates in the New York-Penn League All-Star game set for August 17th. They are Trent Mummey, the Auburn outfielder drafted in the fourth round this past June. He is joined by teammates Tim Adleman, a 24th-round pick, Adam Gaylord, drafted in round 31 and Kipp Schutz who was taken in round 19 in 2009. An outfielder, Schutz is hitting .331-3-30 and is 5th in the...
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Can't hold them down forever

Can't hold them down forever
Jeremy Guthrie has been making some big pitches today vs. the first-place White Sox. But, after they had gone 0 for 7 against him with runners in scoring position, Alex Rios finally got a clutch hit. His two-out single to left center in the fifth scored Omar Vizquel to tie this game at 1-1. Guthrie may be on his way to another quality start. It would be the Orioles sixth in a row and his fifth straight, which would be an O's 2010 season high. Quality starts, 2010: 14 - Guthrie 13 -...
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Too soon for Buck to be up to speed on the minors

Too soon for Buck to be up to speed on the minors
For now, Buck Showalter is spending most of his time, as you might expect, dealing with the 25 players on the Orioles Major League roster. So far, he admits, he has taken a look at what the Orioles have in the minor leagues, but he's not as clued in on that right now as he will be later. "Not as I'm going to be. I'm trying to stay focused here, more than anything. That stuff will take care of itself. I trust the people there. You know John Stockstill has provided some good reading...
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Patton waits for his chance

Patton waits for his chance
Troy Patton has been with the Orioles for more than a day this time. Patton was called up for just one day and one game on July 21st, but he's been back with the club now since last Sunday in Kansas City. He is still waiting to get into his first O's game on the mound. When he does it will be out of the bullpen and the 24-year-old lefty has made just two relief appearances in 125 pro outings. His last one, on September 7, 2007 was memorable, but not for a good reason. "Funny story, my...
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Showalter's first loss: O's lose lead and game vs. the Sox

Showalter's first loss:  O's lose lead and game vs. the Sox
Even with Buck Showalter as manager, the Orioles can't win them all. Saturday night they took an early 2-0 lead, but then saw it evaporate in a 4-2 loss to the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox in front of 24,929 at Camden Yards. After an Adam Jones homer in the second and Ty Wigginton RBI single in the third, Chicago came back. Kevin Millwood left a start with a lead for just the fifth time in 22 outings, but did not get the win as Jason Berken could not hold a 2-1 edge. Buck Showalter...
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Comparing Mahoney & Wieters

Comparing Mahoney & Wieters
The reader that calls himself "eagleeye" had an interesting question earlier today. He wanted to know how Joe Mahoney's great start with Double-A Bowie compared to Matt Wieters torrid start when he tore it up at Bowie in 2008. An interesting question and, after a little research, here are the numbers for Mahoney and Wieters in their first 24 games at Bowie. Wieters in 2008: .333-3-11......13 runs.....6 doubles.....419 OBP......519 slugging.......938 OPS. Mahoney in 2010: .413-7-20....21...
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Lending a hand to Bell

Lending a hand to Bell
The education of Josh Bell continues. He's learning on the job now in the Major Leagues, while at the same time, trying to impress Buck Showalter enough to play himself into a spot in the Orioles future. All of this with just 81 Triple-A games under his belt. Bell went 0 for 4 last night. After producing five hits in his first 19 big league at bats, now he is just two for his last 19 trips. For sure, that's way too small a sample size to form any real opinion about his shot to be the...
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Checking the stats before and with Buck

Checking the stats before and with Buck
Considering the Orioles had a record of 3-14 post All-Star game before Buck Showalter took over, the fans seem pretty excited about the club's 4-0 mark with Showalter. Beating a struggling Angels team was nice, but knocking off the first-place White Sox was more impressive. Chicago was a Major-League best 38-13 over its last 51 games when they got to town. They were scoring 5.4 runs per game over the the last 33 games before getting shutdown by Brad Bergesen, Koji Uehara and Alfredo Simon...
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Bergy: "I'm fighting for my job."

Bergy:  "I'm fighting for my job."
Brad Bergesen did not get a win tonight, but his pitching helped the Orioles to have a chance to get one. Bergy matched John Danks of the first-place White Sox and the Orioles eventually won in ten innings, 2-1 on Adam Jones' RBI single for a second straight, walk-off victory. Bergesen admitted after the game that he wanted to not only show his new manager what he could do, but also to put forth a good effort to keep his spot in the rotation. Brad Bergesen discusses his solid outing after...
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Well, the O's do lead the league when it goes extras

Well, the O's do lead the league when it goes extras
The Orioles have the most extra-inning wins and best extra-innings winning percentage in the AL. Best AL records in extra-innings: .727 - Baltimore, 8-3 .700 - KC, 7-3 .667 - NYY at 4-2 and Minnesota at 6-3 The White Sox are 3-4 in extra-inning affairs, tied for 9th best in the AL.
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Another walk-off win: O's top the first-place Sox in 10

Another walk-off win:  O's top the first-place Sox in 10
Oriole baseball is getting fun with Buck Showalter at the helm. Tonight, the O's improved to 4-0 under their new manger and won in walk-off fashion for the second night in a row. Adam Jones RBI single to left with two outs in the 10th gave the O's the 2-1 win over Chicago. Nick Markakis singled with one out in the tenth and advanced to third on a Luke Scott single. Jones' first hit of the night gave the O's an extra-innings win. Buck Showalter talks with the media following the O's...
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Big play on defense

Big play on defense
Ty Wigginton and Matt Wieters combined on a good defensive play in the top of the seventh tonight to keep the game with the White Sox tied, 1-1. After a triple, Mark Kotsay was on third with one out. The infield came in and Alexei Ramirez hit a slow roller up the first base line. Wigginton charged and made a bare-handed pickup. His throw to home was in time to get Kotsay and Wieters did a nice job blocking the plate. Wigginton's throw was also to the third base side of home which made...
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Not good news on Erbe

Not good news on Erbe
The Orioles did not get good news on right-hander Brandon Erbe. While O's president Andy MacPhail would not confirm exactly what was found during an MRA exam yesterday, Erbe's season is over and he is heading for further examination. "It's not good," one team official said. He has been out with a sore right shoulder and MacPhail said Erbe will head to Birmingham, Alabama to see Dr. James Andrews next week. The injury is with Erbe's shoulder and not elbow, which would eliminate the...
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One more to go for Izturis

One more to go for Izturis
No, they are not counting down with banners on the Warehouse, but the next hit for O's shortstop Cesar Izturis will be the 1,000th of his career. He said he found out recently he was closing in on the milestone hit because his 10-year-old son, Daniel, was keeping track. "My son has kept me up to date on it. He tells me you need eight more, seven more and so forth." Hit number 999 will be memorable as well as it was an Izturis single in the last of the ninth Thursday night that gave the...
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The process of evaluating Josh Bell

The process of evaluating Josh Bell
After sitting out last night, Josh Bell returns to the Orioles lineup tonight at third base. Bell is doing better after leaving Wednesday's game due to hamstring cramps in his left leg. It's an important time for Bell to show the organization and new manager Buck Showalter that he can be a part of the team's future at third base. Even though first impressions can mean a lot, Showalter is experienced enough to know how he evaluates Bell might be a little different from evaluating a veteran...
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Adam Jones on outfield positioning

Adam Jones on outfield positioning
Several interesting topics were addressed today earlier in our MASNSports.com web studio when I hosted live chats with pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and outfielder Adam Jones. During my time with Adam, we talked about where he positions himself in the outfield. "I play the hitter. I'm not going to play Torii Hunter like I play Reggie Willets. I necessarily don't want to play too shallow or too deep to let everything sit and drop in front of me." Adam said there were discussions earlier where...
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Erbe & Mahoney updates and a look ahead

Erbe & Mahoney updates and a look ahead
The Orioles have to be somewhat concerned about right-handed pitcher Brandon Erbe of the Norfolk Tides at this point. The 22-year-old from Baltimore has not pitched since a July 24 injury-rehab start with Aberdeen and underwent an MRA exam on Thursday. Erbe has been dealing with right shoulder soreness and was on the road back to Triple-A when he was sent to Aberdeen. The O's won't know the next move with Erbe until they get the results of that exam. Erbe was expected to make three...
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Notes and quotes after an Orioles' walk-off win

Notes and quotes after an Orioles' walk-off win
Some notes and quotes from Jake Arrieta, Jason Berken and Matt Wieters after the Orioles 5-4 win over the Angels that provided them a series sweep and 3-0 record for Buck Showalter as manager. *This was the O's first three-game home sweep of the Angels since July 23-25, 1999. Their last three-game sweep of the Angels was in Anaheim from September 17-19, 1999. It was the fourth series sweep of the year following earlier sweeps over Boston, Washington and Texas. It was the O's first series...
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