O's lose on another late homer at Kansas City

O's lose on another late homer at Kansas City
On a night when the Orioles got a very solid outing from struggling starter Brad Bergesen, they lost to Kansas City on another late home run. Billy Butler's two-run shot in the eighth on a 98 mile per hour David Hernandez fastball, gave the Royals a 4-3 win on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. Jim Hunter and Mike Boddicker talk with Juan Samuel following the O's 4-3 loss It was Butler's 10th homer of the year and the 50th of his career. Hernandez had come on in the eighth with a 3-2...
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Hobgood's early exit (updated)

Hobgood's early exit (updated)
Matt Hobgood, last year's O's first-round draft pick, left his start for Delmarva tonight after just nine pitches at Lexington. A club official informs me that Hobgood left due to lower back spasms. It's too early to know if he will miss his next start and of course he'll get examined further over the next few days. I understand the trainer came out along with manager Ryan Minor after Hobgood had given up a single, followed by another single and three-run homer. At that point, he left...
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Berry to the bullpen

Berry to the bullpen
It is not a role change for the right-hander, but the Orioles will now have Ryan Berry, their ninth-round pick last year out of Rice, pitch out of the Frederick bullpen. He has thrown 104 1/3 innings this season between Delmarva and Frederick and Berry will now come out of the pen as they limit his innings the rest of the way. Berry went 0-3, 3.50 in eight starts with Delmarva and is 2-2, 3.57 in 12 starts with the Keys. Over 58 Frederick innings, he has allowed 47 hits with 20 walks, 46...
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Albers on a roll

Albers on a roll
There's a headline you probably thought you would not see this season. Don't look now but the pitcher some O's fans seem to be most critical of, has put together a real good stretch of pitching. Matt Albers has pitched to an ERA of 1.93 in 10 games this month with a batting average against of .185 in 18 2/3 innings in July. "I think, just being able to throw my curveball and slider early in the count for strikes has helped a lot. I usually throw a lot of fastballs and some guys were...
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O's can't get the last out and lose in the 9th at KC

O's can't get the last out and lose in the 9th at KC
During a season where he has recorded 15 saves, several have been of the shaky variety for O's closer Alfredo Simon. He appeared on his way to one Friday. A save. A shaky one. But it turned into a loss and blown save. Alex Gordon hit a two-out, three-run homer in the last of the ninth as KC stunned the O's 7-5 at Kauffman Stadium. Simon came on to preserve a 5-4 lead and the got the first two batters out in the ninth. Then, he walked Rick Ankiel and Wilson Betamit singled. Gordon, who...
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Spoone to the DL

Spoone to the DL
When the Orioles officially added new pitcher Wynn Pelzer, acquired in trade yesterday, to the Bowie Baysox roster tonight, he took the spot vacated by right-hander Chorye Spoone, who went on the disabled list. Spoone, who is on the O's 40-man roster, is dealing with some shoulder fatigue. The 24-year-old underwent shoulder surgery in September of 2008 but this setback is not considered major at all. "It's precautionary right now," O's assistant director of player development, Tripp...
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Surhoff lends a hand in the minors

Surhoff lends a hand in the minors
It is not an official coaching position, but former Oriole B.J. Surhoff has recently been seen at Frederick and Bowie. He's lending a hand with some Orioles minor leaguers and was also recently seen observing the Orioles from a press box suite at Camden Yards. "B.J. has been kind enough to do some consulting on some player development issues," O's director of player development, John Stockstill said. Surhoff was at Bowie last night and is there again tonight. Surhoff played the game...
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Minor matters

Minor matters
Some notes from around the O's minors: *Triple-A Norfolk (50-57) plays at Scranton tonight with Chris George (5-4, 4.00) on the mound. He has allowed two runs over 12 innings in his past two starts. Robert Andino has hit .356-2-8 during a ten-game batting streak. Corey Patterson and Rhyne Hughes each hit in 11 in a row earlier for the Tides, a Norfolk season best. Norfolk relievers on a roll: *Armando Gabino is 2-0, 0.47 over his last six games with 18 K's in 19 1/3 IP. *Dennis Sarfate...
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O's sign two more draft picks

O's sign two more draft picks
The Orioles have now agreed to terms with 31 of their 49 draft picks from last month. Thursday they came to terms with 10th-round pick, right-handed pitcher Clayton Schrader, from San Jacinto Junior College in Texas. He was the 298th overall selection. Today, the O's have come to terms with 8th-round pick Wynston Sawyer, a catcher from Scripps Ranch high school in San Diego. He is a 6'3", 185-pound, right-handed hitter that is 18 years old and was taken with the 238th pick. He had a...
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MacPhail on Showalter and Tejada (audio)

MacPhail on Showalter and Tejada (audio)
I interviewed O's president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail for tonight's Orioles radio network pre-game show. Click below to listen to the entire interview. He talked about the hiring of Buck Showalter, what it means for the current coaches, how he and Showalter will work together and the trade of Miguel Tejada. Audio: If you didn't have time to hear the entire interview here is what MacPhail said on a few topics: Why hire Showalter now and not wait until next year? "The plus of...
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O's get Pelzer in Tejada deal (now official)

O's get Pelzer in Tejada deal (now official)
The Orioles will get 24-year-old right-handed pitcher Wynn Pelzer from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Miguel Tejada. The Orioles are expected to eat some of Tejada's remaining salary. The move opens up third base where the O's will take a good, long look at Josh Bell for the rest of this season. Pelzer is a 6'1", 205-pounder that was rated as the Padres 7th best prospect before the season by Baseball America. This year he is 6-9, 4.20 in 22 games, 18 starts with Double-A San...
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Kurkjian's quote on Showalter

Kurkjian's quote on Showalter
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian knows Buck Showalter probably as well as just about any reporter after working with him at ESPN. During a live interview on that network a few moments ago, here is what Kurkjian said about Showalter coming to Baltimore to manage the Orioles. "It's a great fit for the Orioles, that's for sure. They get as prepared a manager as I've ever met in 30 years of covering baseball. They get one of the most observant baseball people that I've ever met in my entire life. "I...
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Showalter has two months to make an impact

Showalter has two months to make an impact
ESPN's report that Buck Showalter will take over next Tuesday as Orioles manager comes as good news on many fronts. I like the fact that the new man will be in place for part of this season. The time to change the losing culture and the clubhouse dynamic is now. It's due. It's past due. If Showalter can start that process now, there is no reason to wait on that until Opening Day next year. I like the fact that it gives him a chance to get to know the players this year. Despite this...
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Joe Mahoney talks about his big year on the O's farm

Joe Mahoney talks about his big year on the O's farm
If you had to pick a player to be named Orioles minor league player of the year for 2010 today, many might pick first baseman Joe Mahoney. The sixth-round pick out of the University of Richmond from 2007 is having a breakout season and making quite an impression. It started at Frederick where Mahoney put up solid power numbers. Since July 9 it has continued at Double-A Bowie where Mahoney's bat has been sizzling hot. In 17 Baysox games since his promotion, the 23-year-old lefty batter is...
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Not again: O's fall 5-0 at Toronto

Not again: O's fall 5-0 at Toronto
This time, the Orioles got good starting pitching. In fact, they got excellent starting pitching. Yet, they still lost to Toronto. The Jays posted a 5-0 win over the Orioles Wednesday to sweep this three-game series and improve to 12-0 vs. the O's on the season. Gary and Mike talk with Juan Samuel after the O's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jays Toronto got just one run off O's starter Jeremy Guthrie and led 1-0 heading to the last of the eighth before they scored four vs. the O's bullpen to...
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Three innings, 23 pitches

Three innings, 23 pitches
Tonight is the first time the O's hitters have ever seen Toronto lefty Brad Mills. Despite that, once again, they are not seeing many pitches at the plate. The O's trail 1-0 after three innings and Mills has thrown just 23 pitches to get nine outs. He has faced ten hitters, so that is just 2.3 pitches seen per hitter so far. He threw just seven pitches in the first inning, eight in the second and eight in the third. They are hoping to go over ten in one of these innings. The O's were...
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The Britton debate

The Britton debate
O's president Andy MacPhail comfirmed in an e-mail last night that the Orioles are considering calling up their top pitching prospect Zach Britton later this summer, although it likely won't happen this weekend. This brings us to the great debate - should the O's call-up Britton to the Majors this year or just let him finish the season at Triple-A? A Britton call-up would be exciting to see and many fans would welcome it to spice up this miserable season. But would that be the right...
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Jays pound O's 8-2 to go 11-0 vs. the Orioles

Jays pound O's 8-2 to go 11-0 vs. the Orioles
The Orioles futility vs. Toronto continued tonight in a 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays. The Orioles are now 0-11 on the year vs. Toronto and have been outscored in the season series 65-23 and out-homered 23 to 4. The Orioles fall to 2-10 since the All-Star break and are now 31-69 after 100 games. They have lost 10 in a row and 19 of their last 21 games at Rogers Centre Juan Samuel talks with Gary and Mike about the starters struggles and the O's 8-2 loss Kevin Millwood took the loss and again...
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Another mismatch (Britton tonight)

Another mismatch (Britton tonight)
Can you believe there are people, some considered very astute in the baseball industry, that we're picking the Orioles to finish ahead of Toronto this year. It now looks like the O's are on their way to 0-11 vs. the Jays as they trail 6-0 after the fourth. It is like Ground Hog day. An O's starter gives up early runs, meanwhile the opponent starter records quick outs vs. O's hitters who nightly seem to refuse to work the count. At this point, I blame the players and coaching staff. No...
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Britton not being considered for this weekend

Britton not being considered for this weekend
In a brief e-mail exchange with O's president Andy MacPhail, he said Zach Britton is "not" being considered to join the Orioles to start this weekend. So we can rule out any talk of Britton starting in Brad Bergesen's spot on Saturday. But Britton is being considered to join the Orioles later in the season, MacPhail said. Britton, who is scheduled to start for Norfolk tonight, is 1-1, 2.05 in four Triple-A starts since he moved up from Bowie. Over his last 11 starts between Bowie and...
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