Next for Hobgood: Delmarva

Next for Hobgood:  Delmarva
Right-hander Matt Hobgood reported to the O's minor league camp several weeks early this year and his goal was to make the Delmarva starting rotation this season. Mission accomplished. The 19-year-old that the O's selected with the fifth pick in round one of the draft last June, will head north this weekend with the rest of the Shorebirds. "I'm really excited about my first year of long season ball," Hobgood said. "We should have a really young team and I'd like to think a lot of us...
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Tillman feeling strong as season winds down

Tillman feeling strong as season winds down
The Orioles have discussed possibly limiting the innings of their rookie pitchers in September or maybe even shutting them down at some point during the month. O's 21-year-old right hander Chris Tillman could understand if that happens, but he says right now, it's not really necessary for him. After throwing about 135 innings each of the last two seasons, Tillman is at 131 now between Norfolk and Baltimore. "I feel great, other than that last start, it was weird, I felt drained. But...
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Tuesday baseball: Yankees at Orioles

Tuesday baseball:  Yankees at Orioles
Game Preview Yankees (83-48) at Orioles (54-78) Despite a tough schedule coming up, the Orioles hope that September will be a better month for them than August was. The O's finished the month playing and pitching a little better and won six of the final 12 games in the month. But overall, the Orioles lost 20 of 30 games in August. Tonight they begin September by hosting the Yankees in game two of a three-game series. David Hernandez (4-6, 4.24) will pitch vs. the Yankees A.J. Burnett...
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Minor League transactions (and updates)

Minor League transactions (and updates)
There were a flurry of roster moves made today around the O's farm system. OF Dave Krynzel from Bowie to Norfolk OF Ambiorix Concepcion from Bowie to Norfolk IF Miguel Abreu to Bowie inactive list IF Paco Figueroa to Bowie inactive list OF Danny Figueroa to Bowie inactive list RHP Zach Clark from Frederick to Norfolk OF Matt Angle from Frederick to Bowie IF Pedro Florimon from Frederick to Bowie RHP Brian Parker from Frederick to Bowie IF Brandon Waring from Frederick to Bowie LHP Brett...
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MacPhail on Matusz, Tillman and Bergesen

MacPhail on Matusz, Tillman and Bergesen
O's manager Dave Trembley today said he expected Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman to each make "three starts maximum" before being shut down for the remainder of this season. O's president Andy MacPhail also spoke about limiting appearances and innings for the rookie pitchers. "With Brian you have to remember this is his first year of pro experience. He doesn't have the innings built up that even Chris Tillman or Berken or Hernandez have that have been pitching professionally. You...
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Tonight's pitchers: Hernandez vs. Burnett

Tonight's pitchers:  Hernandez vs. Burnett
RHP David Hernandez (4-6, 4.24) tonight makes his 14th start of the season, his 7th at home and his 2nd of the year vs. New York. Hernandez did not get a decision in his last start vs. Cleveland when he gave up two runs over six innings. Hernandez, 2009 season: In July: 2-0, 2.45 in four starts In August: 1-4, 5.83 in six starts Right-handed batters hit .283 off Hernandez while lefties bat .271 and he gives up an average of just .156 when pitching with runners in scoring position. The...
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A bomb, but the warehouse is safe

A bomb, but the warehouse is safe
Luke Scott hit a huge three-run homer, it was a bomb, but it didn't hit the Warehouse in case you were wondering. He hit it 412 feet down the right-field line onto Eutaw Street, but it would have needed to go 439 feet to reach the Warehouse. Still, off the bat it made you wonder, that was crushed. The three-run shot off A.J. Burnett in the fifth, gave the O's a 6-5 lead. It was Scott's 21st homer of the year. It was the 52nd homer in Camden Yards history onto Eutaw Street and the 22nd...
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Will Adam Jones...

Will Adam Jones...
ever learn to hit the cutoff man. This is September and he is still making that basic mistake. It just happened on A-Rod's RBI single in the sixth. Jones, with no shot to get a speedy runner at the plate, overthrew the cutoff man by 10 feet, allowing A-Rod to practically walk into second. You wonder how mistakes like these happen time and time again. It could have been very damaging in a close game. Fortunately for the O's, Chris Ray struck out Posada and that play didn't hurt the team...
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Jones update

Jones update
Adam Jones, lifted for a pinch runner in the bottom of the sixth, left the game with a sprained left ankle. The O's have tied their season high tonight, giving up five homers. The Yankees have tied their season high, hitting five homers. It's the fourth time they have hit five in a game.
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Yankees use the longball to beat O's, 9-6

Yankees use the longball to beat O's, 9-6
A-Rod didn't homer. Neither did Derek Jeter. Or Johnny Damon or Mark Teixeria. Still the New York Yankees hit five homers in Tuesday's 9-6 win over the Orioles in front of 25,782 at Camden Yards. The game had ties and lead changes like a basketball game. Luke Scott's 412-foot, three-run homer gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead in the 5th. It was the 52nd homer in O's Park history to reach Eutaw Street. Amber Theoharis interviews Luke Scott about the Birds' 9-6 loss But after Alex...
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Post-game Notes: Yanks hit five out in win over O's

Post-game Notes:  Yanks hit five out in win over O's
Bronx Bombers - There were seven homers hit in the game - five by New York. The Yankees five homers tied their season high. They last did it August 23rd at Boston. This is their fourth, five-homer game of the year. New York, which has hit at least one homer in 105 of their 132 games, leads the Majors with 207 homers. They are on pace for a franchise-record 250. The back-to-back homers by Nick Swisher and Eric Hinske in the 7th gave NY a 9-6 lead. It's the 14th time on the year NY has...
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Series finale at The Yard: Yankees vs. O's

Series finale at The Yard: Yankees vs. O's
Game Preview Yankees (84-48) at Orioles (54-79) After back-to-back losses at Camden Yards, the Orioles need a win tonight at 7:05 p.m. vs. New York to avoid a three-game sweep by the Yankees. Jason Berken (4-11, 6.33) pitches for the Orioles vs. CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.56). New York has two three-game sweeps over the O's already this year, both at Yankee Stadium. Game Preview Yankees (84-48) at Orioles (54-79) After back-to-back losses at Camden Yards, the Orioles need a win tonight at 7:05...
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More with Adam Jones

More with Adam Jones
He wants to play again this year, but O's center fielder Adam Jones is trying to come to grips with the concept that he may not. Jones suffered a badly sprained left ankle last night vs. the Yankees. It will keep him out at least two to three weeks and his season may well be over with so little time left. "It's a tough injury, but I see myself playing again, it's just a matter of when. But this sucks, it just sucks. It's something you can't control. "It's frustrating, I haven't...
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Tonight's pitchers: Berken vs. Sabathia

Tonight's pitchers:  Berken vs. Sabathia
RHP Jason Berken (4-11, 6.33) tonight will make his 19th start of the year, his 11th at home and the 2nd of his career vs. the New York Yankees. Since starting the year 1-9, 6.93, Berken is 3-2, 4.94 over his last five starts. He is 2-0, 3.37 over his last two starts. Right-handed hitters bat .307 vs. Berken while lefties hit .320 off him. The Orioles are 5-13 when Berken starts, winning the last two. He is 2-6, 5.29 in 10 Camden Yards starts. Berken has allowed 3ER or less in 10 of his...
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Big news from Frederick

Big news from Frederick
It's a clean sweep tonight for the Frederick Keys. Brandon Waring has been named this year's Carolina League Most Valuable Player and lefty Zach Britton has been named Pitcher of the Year in the League. The 23-year-old Waring, who was just moved up to Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, batted .273-26-90 in 128 games for the Keys this year. His 26 homers is tied for second most in Keys history. Waring is second in the Carolina League in homers and is first in the league currently in doubles,...
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Yanks score seven in 9th in 10-2 win

Yanks score seven in 9th in 10-2 win
A close game turned into a last-inning blowout tonight as the Yankees scored seven runs off Jim Johnson and Dennis Sarfate in the 9th and beat the Orioles 10-2 Wednesday. The Yankees sweep the three-game series and have won ten in a row vs. the Orioles for the first time since 1955. Winning pitcher CC Sabathia gave up one run and seven hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts. He improved to 16-7, 3.48. In three starts vs. the Orioles since allowing six runs to the Birds on opening day,...
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Post-game Notes: Yankees complete the sweep

Post-game Notes:  Yankees complete the sweep
The Yankees improve to 12-3 on the season vs. the Orioles with 10 straight wins. They have three sweeps of three games vs. the Birds on the year. They are 6-3 vs. the Birds in Baltimore and 6-0 at Yankee Stadium. The last time the Yankees won as many as ten in a row vs. the Orioles was from April 21 to June 29, 1955. Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O's 10-2 loss to the Yankees Berken was solid - O's starter Jason Berken pitched well in getting a no decision. Over 5 1/3, he...
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Waring wore out Carolina League pitching

Waring wore out Carolina League pitching
Not many O's fans will remember Stanton Cameron. But in 1992 he hit 29 homers for the Frederick Keys. His name is worth mentioning in a story about Brandon Waring because Cameron is the only player to ever hit more homers for Frederick than Waring did this year. The 23-year-old Waring, who joined Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, batted .273-26-90 this year with 35 doubles in 128 games for the Keys. (Waring homered and drove in five runs in his first Bowie game Tuesday night). Quite a performance...
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That's one way to win a batting title

That's one way to win a batting title
In his first year in pro ball, Robbie Widlansky batted .181 for Aberdeen in 48 games in 2007. Now, the 24-year-old lefty hitter is just a few days away from likely claiming the batting title this year in the Carolina League. That's quite an accomplishment for a player that didn't play his first game for the Keys until May 22nd and who right now is not listed among the Carolina League batting leaders because he doesn't have enough plate appearances to qualify. Widlansky enters Friday's...
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Weekend preview: Texas at Orioles

Weekend preview:  Texas at Orioles
Game Preview Texas (75-58) at Orioles (54-80) After splitting four games vs. Cleveland and losing three straight vs. New York, the final series of the O's ten-game homestand begins tonight. The O's host Texas at 7:05 pm. Pitching Matchups for the Series: Fri 7:05p - Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.24) v. Scott Feldman (14-4, 3.72). Sat 4:05p - Brian Matusz (3-2, 5.28) v. Kevin Millwood (10-8, 3.61). Sun 1:35p - Jeremy Guthrie (9-13, 5.17) v. Derek Holland (7-9, 5.62). The Orioles' pitching needs...
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