Tonight's pitchers: Hernandez vs. Danks

Tonight's pitchers:  Hernandez vs. Danks
RHP David Hernandez (4-5, 4.20) tonight will make his 12th Major League start of this season, his 7th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the White Sox. After a four-start stretch where Hernandez had pitched to an ERA of 2.31, Hernandez's ERA is 7.20 (12ER over 15IP) over his last three starts. Hernandez has allowed 12 homers in 64 1/3 innings. He has allowed eight homers over his last four starts. Right-handed batters hit .274 off him while lefties bat .295. Hernandez gives up an...
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Hernandez and O's fall at Chicago

Hernandez and O's fall at Chicago
O's starter David Hernandez gave up three runs and three hits over four innings and took the loss as the Chicago White Sox beat the Orioles 4-1 Saturday to even the series. Carlos Quentin's solo homer in the 2nd gave Chicago a 1-0 lead and it grew to 3-0 in the 4th on RBI from Alexei Ramirez and Mark Kotsay. The O's cut a 4-0 lead to 4-1 in the 7th. Luke Scott drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a wild pitch. Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O's 4-1 loss to the White...
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Post-game Notes: Sox even series vs. O's

Post-game Notes:  Sox even series vs. O's
Slow night on offense - After scoring 13 runs in winning the last two games, tonight the Orioles were held to one run on four hits. The O's were just 4 for 30 at bat in the game, leaving 11 men on base and going 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. They have been held to three runs or less eight times in the last 14 games and 17 times in 35 games since the All-Star break. The Orioles are 1-16 in those contests. The O's did not homer tonight, ending their streak of six consecutive...
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Sunday baseball: Orioles at Chicago

Sunday baseball:  Orioles at Chicago
Game Preview Orioles (50-73) at Chicago (63-60) After splitting the first two games of this series, the Orioles and White Sox play the deciding game today at 2:05 p.m. Jason Berken (2-11, 6.72) pitches for the O's vs. Chicago's Mark Buehrle (11-6, 3.78). Brian Roberts homered twice as the Orioles won the series opener 5-1 Friday night. But John Danks limited O's hitters to a single run Saturday in Chicago's 4-1 victory. The O's and Sox have split eight games this year. The Orioles...
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Today's pitchers: Berken vs. Buehrle

Today's pitchers:  Berken vs. Buehrle
RHP Jason Berken (2-11, 6.72) today makes his 17th start of this season, his 8th on the road and his 2nd of the year vs. Chicago. Berken gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday to take the loss at Tampa. Over four August starts, he is 1-3, 8.50. Right-handed batters and left-handed hitters are both batting .322 vs. Berken. The Orioles are 3-13 when he starts. Berken has allowed 17 of his 57 runs and a batting average against of .371 in the first innings of his starts. He took the...
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Jones leaves game (updated)

Jones leaves game (updated)
After driving in a run to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the top of the first today at Chicago, Adam Jones did not take the field in the bottom of the first. Jones left with what is called a "mild mid back muscle spasm," and was replaced by Felix Pie. MASN replays showed Jones grabbing at his back during his first-inning at bat. Jones entered today in an 0 for 13 slump and batting just .130 over his last 12 games. He lined a single to left in the first to score Brian Roberts, who had...
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Berken picks up third win as O's top Sox

Berken picks up third win as O's top Sox
Jason Berken pitched 5 2/3 innings to pick up his third Major League win as the Orioles beat the White Sox 5-4 Sunday afternoon. The O's took two of three in the weekend set to win their first series of the second half. They had been 0-9-1 in series since the All-Star game. Berken, now 3-11, 6.49, gave up five hits and three runs (two earned) and threw 101 pitches. Jim Hunter interviews Dave Trembley on the O's 5-4 win over the White Sox Adam Jones had an RBI single in the top of the...
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Post-game Notes: O's win series at Chicago

Post-game Notes:  O's win series at Chicago
Finally! - By taking the third and deciding game of this series, the Orioles won their first series since the All-Star break. They had been 0-9-1 in ten series since the break. The O's also won the season series, 5 wins to 4 over Chicago, for just the second time in the last ten seasons. They also won the season series in 2007, 5 wins to 3. Adam Jones snapped an 0 for 13 stretch with an RBI single in the top of the first inning. He then left the game with a "mild mid back muscle...
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Jacobson adjusting to life in the O's organization

Jacobson adjusting to life in the O's organization
Brett Jacobson thought it was just going to be a normal Monday. He would get some throwing in and then shag flies during batting practice for his Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League. Then he was summoned to the office of the Tigers' Director of Player Development. "I thought I was in trouble, then he told me I got traded. My mind just kind of went blank for about ten minutes. Then I just said goodbye and good luck to everyone. The next morning I got in the car and drove 15 hours...
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Series preview: Orioles at Minnesota

Series preview:  Orioles at Minnesota
Game Preview Orioles (51-73) at Minnesota (61-63) After winning a series for the first time since the All-Star break the Orioles take a little momentum into Minnesota, the last stop on their three-city, nine-game road trip. The O's and Twins begin a three-game series tonight at 8:05 p.m. Series Pitching Matchups: Mon, 8:10p - Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.80) v. Scott Baker (11-7, 4.62) Tues, 8:10p - Brian Matusz (2-2, 6.75) v. Armando Gabino (ML debut) Wed, 8:10p - Jeremy Guthrie (8-12, 5.45) v....
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Tonight's pitchers: Tillman vs. Baker

Tonight's pitchers:  Tillman vs. Baker
RHP Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.80) tonight makes his 6th Major League start of this season, his 4th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Minnesota. Tillman's first two starts: 6.75 ERA Tillman's last three starts: 3.72 ERA Over those last three starts, Tillman is 1-1, 3.72, allowed 8ER over 19 1/3 innings. Tillman has allowed 9 homers in 30 innings. Right-handed batters hit .328 off him while lefties bat just .218. Tillman gives up an average of .263 when pitching with runners in...
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Josh Bell headed to the AFL

Josh Bell headed to the AFL
A baseball source confirms tonight that Josh Bell will represent the Orioles in the Arizona Fall League. The O's may send as many as seven players to the AFL but have yet to announce their list. Bell, since his trade from the Dodgers, is batting .327-4-10 in 16 games with the Bowie Baysox. This will be Bell's first time in the AFL.
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Tillman takes tough-luck loss, 2-1 vs. Twins

Tillman takes tough-luck loss, 2-1 vs. Twins
Scott Baker and the Minnesota Twins won a pitchers duel against Chris Tillman and the Orioles when the Twins scratched out two runs in the last of the sixth Monday night. Minnesota posted a 2-1 win in game one of this three-game series. Tillman took a three-hit shutout and 1-0 lead to the 6th. Alexi Casilla led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, 1-1. Denard Span singled and later scored on a Jason Kubel sac fly for a 2-1 edge. Jim and Buck talk with Dave Trembley...
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Post-game Notes: Twins win pitchers duel

Post-game Notes:  Twins win pitchers duel
The Orioles played a second straight one-run game in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Twins. They won 5-4 at Chicago on Sunday afternoon. The Birds are 14-17 on the year in one-run decisions and have lost eight of their last 11 decided by a single run. A solid outing - Losing pitcher Chris Tillman was two outs away from a fourth straight quality start. He still pitched a strong game, allowing six hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings, throwing 101 pitches. Tillman is 1-2, 4.58 on the season in...
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O's headed to the AFL

O's headed to the AFL
Here is the Orioles' list of players heading to the Arizona Fall League: They are position players Brandon Snyder, Josh Bell and Matt Angle and pitchers Brandon Erbe, Ryohei Tanaka, Josh Perrault and Eddie Gamboa. Brandon Waring will go as a "taxi squad" player, meaning he can play two days a week. The O's prospects will play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, the team that has won the last five AFL championships and will be joined by players from the A's, Rays, Blue Jays and Nationals. The...
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Tuesday night preview: Orioles at Minnesota

Tuesday night preview:  Orioles at Minnesota
Game Preview Orioles (51-74) at Minnesota (62-63) The Orioles are hopeful that their on again, off again offense will be more on again tonight at 8:05 p.m. when they play at Minnesota in game two of this series and game eight of a road trip. Brian Matusz will pitch tonight for the O's (2-2, 6.75) vs. Twins right hander Armando Gabino who will be making his Major League debut after spending the year at Triple-A. The O's were held to just one run on four hits, going 4 for 30 at bat in...
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Tonight's pitchers: Matusz vs. Gabino

Tonight's pitchers:  Matusz vs. Gabino
LHP Brian Matusz (2-2, 6.75) tonight will make his 5th Major League start of this season, his 4th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Minnesota. Matusz, the fourth pick in round one of the draft last year, was the winning pitcher Wednesday at Tampa. He took a four-hitter into the 6th inning before giving up a three-run homer to Ben Zobrist. He pitched 5 1/3 that night, allowing seven hits and four runs with no walks and seven strikeouts. Matusz fanned just six batters over his first...
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Halfway home

Halfway home
I kind of wish I were but I'm still at the CBS radio studios where I will host the post game show later tonight along with Dave Johnson. Yes, we are still watching this game. Hope we are not alone. Yes, this has been a hard one to watch, we just reached the halfway point and it took almost two hours. Brian Matusz has struggled much of this night with 83 pitches through four frames. He did retire three straight hitters after issuing a leadoff walk in the fourth. It's the first time in...
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Twins win in last of 9th, 7-6

Twins win in last of 9th, 7-6
Delmon Young's fourth hit of the night, a two-out, RBI single in the last of the ninth, gave the Twins a 7-6, walk off win over the Orioles Tuesday night. The Twins have taken the first two games of this series. Kam Mickolio got the first two batters out in the 9th. But then Micheal Cuddyer singled and pinch hitter Jason Kubel drew a walk. Young then lined a single to right to end the game. Buck Martinez talks with Dave Trembley after the O's 7-6 loss to the Twins O's starter Brian...
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Post-game Notes: Twins with walk-off win

Post-game Notes:  Twins with walk-off win
The Orioles have played eight games on their current road trip and five of those have been decided by one run. The O's are 2-3 in those games. They have lost the first two games in this series vs. the Twins by 2-1 and 7-6 scores. The O's have lost nine of their last 12 games decided by one run and are 14-18 on the year in one-run decisions. Micheal Aubrey went 1 for 3 with a two-run double and 3 RBI tonight. He is now 5 for 12 and has hit safely in all five of his games with the...
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