Keys magic number is one

Keys magic number is one
The Frederick Keys can wrap up the Northern Division first half title in the Carolina League tonight with a win at home over Salem or a Wilmington loss. The Keys magic number is now down to one. The Keys lost to Salem 8-5 last night, but their number to clinch dropped from two to one with Wilmington's loss. Frederick is looking for its fifth first half title in its 22-year history. The Keys last playoff berth was in 2007 when they won the Carolina League championship. Rick Zagone,...
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Can Bergy get it back in the bullpen?

Can Bergy get it back in the bullpen?
It was the eighth inning last night and Brad Bergesen came running in from center field to pitch. He was going to make his first-ever Major League relief appearance. It just didn't look right, seeing Bergy as a reliever. I am not sure if that's the right role for him. He's become somewhat of the odd man out right now. He's in the pen for a couple of reasons. One, he wasn't pitching consistently well as a starter (16 ER over his last 14 1/3) and two, right now the other five starters...
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Some notes and quotes from the O's loss to the Mets

Some notes and quotes from the O's loss to the Mets
Some notes from the Mets 5-1 win over the Orioles on Friday night and some post-game quotes from Jeremy Guthrie and Brad Bergesen. Guthrie on the Chris Carter three-run homer in the fourth: "I wouldn't say it was a bad pitch, it was a wrong pitch. He did a good job on it. Chris is a former teammate of mine, we played at Stanford together. He did a nice job, drove that pitch and hit a homer, it was a big difference. "I felt very comfortable out there. Had decent command of the...
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Mets top O's 5-1 in series opener

Mets top O's 5-1 in series opener
Well, this felt like 1969 all over again. R.A. Dickey, reminding one of Tom Seaver or Jerry Koosman, shut down the Orioles Friday night as the Mets beat the Birds 5-1 in the opener of the weekend series, in front of 28,554 at Camden Yards. They were amazin'. Just kidding, although he did shut them down, allowing just a run over seven innings and is now 4-0, 2.78. It's not like the O's didn't have their chances. They had 11 hits and went three for 17 with runners in scoring...
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The day after for Jake Arrieta

The day after for Jake Arrieta
Less than 24 hours after posting his first Major League win and beating the Yankees, Jake Arrieta was concentrating on the TV in the O's clubhouse. His college team, TCU was taking on Texas in the NCAA's Super Regionals. Jake was as calm watching that game as he seemed on the mound Thursday night. Since he got that win, his phone has been blowing up, as they say. "I had 40 or 50 texts and a bunch of calls. You know it's just great to have the support from friends and family throughout...
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Luke Scott's take on the dugout exchange from last night

Luke Scott's take on the dugout exchange from last night
Some fans have been wondering about the exchange last night in the O's dugout in the last of the sixth inning. Luke Scott tripled on a ball that hit off the wall in right field. He appeared not to be running hard out of the box and ran harder after he got around first base. After he scored, he was seen talking in the dugout with O's manager Juan Samuel. On the MASN telecast, play-by-play broadcaster Gary Thorne was critical of Scott. Audio: Luke Scott comments on his dugout...
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Britton gets on a roll & Frederick can clinch tonight

Britton gets on a roll & Frederick can clinch tonight
Don't look now, but lefty Zach Britton, last year's Carolina League Pitcher of the Year, is really starting to pitch well for Double-A Bowie. Britton is the starter tonight when the Baysox (30-30) open a series at Harrisburg. Britton is now 5-3, 2.96 on the year and leads the Eastern League in groundball ratio at 3.19. He is 7th in the league in ERA. Over his last five starts, Britton is 3-0, 1.41, allowing just 5 ER over 32 innings. He also has 60 percent of his wins this year vs....
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O's agree to terms with 15 draft picks

O's agree to terms with 15 draft picks
The Orioles have agreed to terms with these picks from this week's First-Year Player Draft: The round they were drafted in follows the player's name. Jeremy Nowak (13), Michael Mosby (14), Joseph Oliveira (15), Vincent Zazueta (25), Austin Goolsby (26), Michael Rooney (30), Adam Gaylord (31), Steven Mazur (33), Samuel Starr (34), Joseph Donaldson (35), Brad Decater (36), Jeremy Shelby (38), Jacob Petit (42), Preston Hale (44) and Cody Young (47). Scouting director Joe Jordan said earlier...
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A plethora of notes and quotes from Thursday's win over New York

A plethora of notes and quotes from Thursday's win over New York
OK, since I cautioned fans not to read too much on the plus or negative side of Jake Arrieta's first Major League start, I won't either. I won't gush about his solid performance vs. the Yankees or say I told you so about him making his first big league start vs. New York. But it was a good night to see an O's fifth-round pick get the win throwing heaters at the start and an O's 16th-round pick doing the same at the end. David Hernandez recorded his first Major League save, needing 13...
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Jake Arrieta talks about winning his ML debut

Jake Arrieta talks about winning his ML debut
Charlie Beamon, Koji Uehara and Jake Arrieta. Those are the three Orioles starting pitchers that beat the Yankees in a start in their Major League debuts. After the game, Arrieta had to deal with inquiring reporters and answering questions with shaving cream still an issue. "I got a little build up in my ears, so I'll do my best to hear you guys." Jake Arrieta talks with the media about his first Major League win He handled that well, too. "It's real satisfying to throw well in my...
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Arrieta was impressive (update, O's win)

Arrieta was impressive (update, O's win)
If Jake Arrieta just had not walked number nine hitter Chad Moeller leading off the top of the third. That led to two Yankees runs, but this young man did a very solid job in his Major League debut. He might beat the Yankees and A.J. Burnett in his Major League debut since he leaves with a 4-3 lead after six innings. Arrieta tonight: 6IP, 4H, 3R-ER, 4B, 6K. He threw 106 pitches, 61 for strikes. He showed the confidence and poise we heard that he had. The Yankees hitters went just 4 for...
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The Arrieta stats

The Arrieta stats
Here are the minor league numbers for Jake Arrieta and other assorted stats from Norfolk this season. He is 6-2, 1.85 on the season. In 73 innings, he has allowed 48 hits, three homers, 34 walks and 64 strikeouts. His ratio of ground to air outs is 1.43 and his batting average against is .189. *ERA of 0.82 over his last three starts (2 ER in 22 IP). *Allowed just six walks over his last 24 innings. *Pitched seven innings or more in six of 11 starts and threw 100 pitches or more in four of...
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Berken and Hernandez remember their Major League debuts

Berken and Hernandez remember their Major League debuts
If Jake Arrieta wants to get advice on what he may experience in his Major League debut tonight, all he has to do is walk a few feet in the O's clubhouse. He could ask Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, David Hernandez or Brian Matusz. They all made and won their Major League debuts last season. Berken beat Toronto in his debut on May 26, pitching five innings and giving up two runs in a 7-2 victory. "Obviously he'll be a little excited, a little anxious, a little nervous. Once you get out...
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Mike Griffin talks about Jake Arrieta

Mike Griffin talks about Jake Arrieta
Of those in baseball that know Jake Arrieta's pitching very well, Mike Griffin may know him the best. He's been his pitching coach for his 28 starts at Triple-A Norfolk over the last two years. Griffin is confident Arrieta will do well tonight and can handle making his first career start vs. the Yankees. "He's going to be nervous, that's only human. But you know what, Jake's going to handle it. He's going to handle the situation very well, I am totally confident in that aspect of...
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Trying to put Arrieta's debut in perspective

Trying to put Arrieta's debut in perspective
A fan calling in to the Mark Viviano show on the O's flagship station, 105.7 the Fan today said he thought the Orioles were calling up Jake Arrieta to sell more tickets to tonight's game. Some fans' lack of knowledge knows no bounds. What about his league-leading ERA of 1.85; what about his ERA of 0.82 over his last three starts; what about his recent improved control? Maybe the O's should wait until he pitches back-to-back no hitters or gets that ERA under 1.00. That will show us...
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Tillman talk and some notes following the O's 4-2 loss to NY

Tillman talk and some notes following the O's 4-2 loss to NY
On a night where he said he just didn't have nearly his best stuff, Chris Tillman battled the Yankees pretty well, but it didn't lead to a win for him or the team. Tillman gave up eight hits and three runs (two earned) over six innings in the Orioles 4-2 loss to New York. "This might have been the best I've felt but I think I had the worst stuff today. I got that curveball going and that was the only thing that saved me," Tillman said. "Fastball command was pretty poor tonight, but...
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Well, Cervelli is excited

Well, Cervelli is excited
We know at least one player is really fired up here tonight. When CC Sabathia struck out Luke Scott with the bases loaded to end the last of the seventh, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli jumped up and thrust his fist through the air. I mean if it had connected, someone might have needed a standing eight count. One word came to mind - bush. Is he taking lessons from Jonathan Papelbon now? I haven't noticed too much before, but this may not be the first time the young man has gotten so...
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The Norfolk prospects are starting to hit

The Norfolk prospects are starting to hit
After watching that terrible top of the sixth and the atrocious Orioles defense hand the Yankees a 3-2 lead, I've decided to focus on Triple-A for a few minutes. Almost no one has big numbers on offense there, but some of the key prospects are picking it up recently with the bat: Josh Bell: He is batting .364 over his last 15 games with nine doubles. He has nine multi-hit games in that stretch and is tied for fourth in the league with 17 doubles. Brandon Snyder: Is batting .306-3-18 over...
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O's close in on signing some draft picks

O's close in on signing some draft picks
Now that the First-Year Player Draft is over, it's time for scouting directors around baseball to start signing some of the players they selected. That process has already begun for the Orioles who already are close to an agreement with their fourth-round pick, Auburn outfielder Trent Mummey. "We do have a pretty good understanding with Mummey, our fourth-round pick. I think he's ready. Klein at three (from UCLA) is still playing. They're in the Super Regionals this weekend. We'll...
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The proud papa (plus Bowie moves)

The proud papa (plus Bowie moves)
There are now two Shelbys in the Orioles organization. Today the Orioles drafted Grambling State outfielder Jeremy Shelby, the son of John "T-Bone" Shelby, the Birds first base coach, in the 38th round. "I was hoping somebody would take a chance and they told me that they would draft him. I called him to see if he was listening to it. He listened all day yesterday and was frustrated (when he wasn't taken). So he didn't even listen today and I broke the news to him. "He was hollering...
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