Kevin Millwood has been on the disabled list since July 6th with a right forearm strain. He has not pitched since lasting just one inning July 5 at Detroit.
But he says he is making progress and expects he could come off the DL when he is eligible to. He was encouraged by the bullpen session he had at Camden Yards on Friday.
"Everything is feeling a lot better. I threw on the side yesterday and everything went well and I'm feeling good today. Just trying to get ready to come off the...
The Orioles are still looking for their first win this year vs. Toronto and are now 0-7 after Friday's 4-2 loss to the Jays.
The O's lost 7-6 to Toronto in the first game this year between the clubs. They have scored just seven runs in their past six games with the Jays and have been out-homered this year 15 to 1 in the season series.
The O's are batting .216 on the season with 13 runs scored vs. Toronto.
The Birds bullpen posted three innings of shutout, one-hit ball vs. Toronto last...
Maybe the next crop of young guns in the Orioles farm system calls Perdue Stadium home.
In case you haven't noticed, the current six-man starting rotation at Delmarva is putting up some remarkable numbers lately for the Shorebirds. The Delmarva starting pitching has combined to allow just three earned runs over its last ten starts dating back to July 6th. That is 3 ER over 59 2/3 for an ERA of 0.45 during the stretch.
The six players that are currently in the Delmarva starting rotation are...
This time there was not a well pitched game by an O's starter and this time there was not a comeback win.
The O's opened their longest home stand of the season, a ten gamer, with a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Friday night at the Yard.
Losing pitcher Brad Bergesen, now 3-7, 6.37, gave up single runs over the first three frames and gave up four runs in six innings on the night.
Brad Bergesen talks with the media about his start in the O's 4-2 loss to the Jays
Winning pitcher Ricky Romero...
The Delmarva Shorebirds are at home tonight vs. West Virginia and the score is 0-0 after five innings.
That is not the impressive stat, but here it is.
Counting five scoreless innings pitched tonight by Pat Kantakevich, Delmarva starting pitchers have now allowed just three earned runs over their last ten games. That's in 59 2/3 innings. That works out to an ERA of 0.45 for the Shorebird starting pitchers over that stretch.
Over the 59 2/3, through the fifth of that game tonight at Perdue...
No, that is not a wrestling move.
But Ricky Romero has retired the first nine O's in order tonight on just 31 pitches. Shouldn't the O's have been swinging and not taking pitches like this during the last game before the break and not the first one after.
Romero, who held the O's to just one run in a complete-game win on May 30th, threw 10 pitches tonight in the first and second innings and needed just 11 to complete a quick bottom of the third.
The reversal for him is how well he is...
He did get to take part in his first Major League All-Star game, even if his appearance was brief.
Ty Wigginton of the Orioles entered the game at third base, but never got to bat for the American League on Tuesday night at Anaheim.
That did not diminish his experience at all, he said.
"It was fun. It's a hectic couple days, but I tried to enjoy it as much as I possibly could. It's definitely a cool honor, a unique experience and I'll treasure it forever.
"The game was actually the...
Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta provided something very important for the O's fans when they pitched so well over the final two games of the first half.
No not wins, though those were nice, as was seeing the O's sweep four from a first-place team on the road.
What they really provided was hope.
Hope that the O's big three young pitchers, to include Brian Matusz, just might really turn out to be good and might become three-fifths of the O's pitching rotation that helps turn this franchise...
Among those that think Buck Showalter is the right man to become the next manager of the Orioles is ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.
Kurkjian was on the Scott Garceau show Thursday that airs on MASN and O's flagship station, 105.7 the Fan. He told co-hosts Jeremy Conn and Pete Medhurst that Showalter is the right guy to lead the Orioles.
"I think he will manage the Orioles and I think he's the perfect man for the job. I know Buck better than most, having sat next to him on Baseball Tonight many...
When baseball resumes after the All-Star break, the O's kick off the second half with a 10-game homestand against Toronto, Tampa, and Minnesota.
During that homestand, things will be busy here in Birdland. Check out the list of O's events and promo nights coming up in the days just after the All-Star break:
Fri, July 16: Fireworks Night
Sat, July 17: Replica Brooks Robinson Jersey
(Click here for info on a change to this giveaway)
Sun, July 18: Kids Batting Helmet
Tue, July 20: Jason...
If you're thinking it feels like a long time since the O's have brought fans of Birdland together at the Yard, you're not the only one. The Birds embarked on a ten-game road trip following the completion of a nine-game homestand against the Marlins, Nats, and A's that ended on July 1.
With the All-Star break upon us, it'll be a few more days before we're back at the Yard for Orioles baseball, but we make sure to visit Oriole Park here in the Orioles Buzz every Monday morning with the...
As we continue our series on the O's minors, how about scouting and the number of scouting positions a club uses?
Fans have pointed out that, according to the Baseball America directory, the Orioles rank last in the AL East in the number of scouting positions.
Here is what Baseball America reported:
Director, International Scouting - 1
Director, Professional Scouting - 1
Major League Advance Scout - 1
Major League Scouts - 2
Pro Scouts - 7
Director, Amateur Scouting - 1
The Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 this afternoon, to complete their first four-game sweep at Texas since June of 1976.
Jake Arrieta followed up Chris Tillman's stellar outing Saturday with one of his own today.
Arrieta allowed six hits and one run over 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three, throwing 90 pitches. He improved to 3-2, 4.38.
Arrieta has allowed just 5 ER over his last three starts, pitching to an ERA of 2.41. He has recorded five quality starts among his...
John Stockstill has been with the Orioles for five years. He joined the club in December of 2005 to oversee the O's Major League and pro scouting.
He has also served as the club's director of international scouting. Since early April of this year he has worked in his latest role with the club as director of player development.
In that role he oversees the development of players at all levels of the organization, to include overseeing the workings in the O's minors.
Here are some...
It appears that Robbie Widlansky of the Double-A Bowie Baysox will be out for the rest of this season.
He suffered what is believed to be a fractured right ankle on Thursday during a game at Erie and is expected to miss at least six weeks, meaning the soonest he would be back is at the very end of the minor league season.
Widlansky, who won the Carolina League batting title last year while at Frederick, is batting .269-5-30 in 74 games with the Baysox. He was just two for 21 in July at the...
As we continue our series of stories on the O's minor leagues today we look at the Orioles farm through the eyes and thoughts of an insider - Someone who has managed in that farm system since 2007 - current O's interim third base coach Gary Allenson.
Until he took that position last month, Allenson had managed at Triple-A Norfolk since 2007, seeing most of the club's top prospects come his way at one time or another.
"I think we've developed some pretty good players. It's still...
One of the biggest decisions teams make for their minor leaguers is when to promote players to higher levels.
When is the time right? What if the player doesn't succeed at that level? How fast should prospects move through the system?
O's president Andy MacPhail worked with David Stockstill when he headed up the O's farm system and now works with his brother, John, who is the current director of player development.
The O's may be going through some subtle changes in philosophy in how...
Yesterday, we began our series of stories around this All-Star break on the Orioles minor league system and how well - or not - it is performing.
After getting Andy MacPhail's take, today we solicit an outside and independent, but very well informed, opinion.
I interviewed Baseball America's Will Lingo, who has followed the O's minors closely for years and who puts together the publication's Orioles top prospects list every year.
How are the O's doing on the farm right now at the...
Earlier today, I presented comments from Baseball America's Will Lingo on the O's farm system.
Lingo and Baseball America ranked the O's farm in the top third of baseball earlier this year.
"We rated them ninth coming into the season in our Prospect Handbook. For our midseason update, I wouldn't say they are one of the top organizations right now, but I would say they are in the middle of the pack," Lingo said.
But if the O's were ninth then and now are in the middle of the pack, are...
I wanted to pass along another reminder about what you will be reading in this space beginning Monday.
I'll present a series of blogs on the Orioles minor league system. We'll take a look at how the O's are doing on the farm, how they develop players, how scouting and player development work together and how the O's make decisions like deciding when to promote a player.
For those of you that are diehard fans of the minors, I hope it will add some information for your further enjoyment of...