Earlier this week, Aberdeen IronBirds manager Gary Kendall said Justin Anderson could be his opening night starting pitcher on Friday, but he was not for certain at that point. Today, it has been confirmed that Anderson will get the ball on Friday night at 7:35 p.m. when the Birds host Hudson Valley at Ripken Stadium.
Anderson was drafted in the 24th round last June by the O's. He spent the majority of last season with the Bluefield Orioles going 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA and 34 strikeouts in...
With the official closing of the ESPN Zone in Baltimore, the schedule of O's events to take place there this summer has been canceled as well.
The Baltimore Sun covered the restaurant's closing in an article you can read here. In the article you'll read that ESPN Zone's parent company, Walt Disney Co. made the decision to close five of the chain's seven locations recently, with Chicago, New York, Las Vegas and Washington D.C.'s locations meeting the same fate as the Inner Harbor...
Shortstop Mychal Givens, the Orioles second-round draft pick last June, underwent surgery on his left thumb last week and will miss the rest of this season.
It was expected that Givens would be out several weeks due to the procedure. Now the plan is for him to begin some rehab around mid August and likely go to the O's instructional league workouts in September.
The 20-year-old Givens was playing at extended spring training this year before being sent to the Delmarva Shorebirds. He got...
For the Orioles:
LF Corey Patterson
3B Miguel Tejada
RF Nick Markakis
1B Luke Scott
CF Adam Jones
2B Scott Moore
C Craig Tatum
SS Cesar Izturis
RHP Jeremy Guthrie
For the Giants:
LF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
1B Aubrey Huff
SS Juan Uribe
3B Pablo Sandoval
C Bengie Molina
RF Nate Schierholtz
CF Aaron Rowand
RHP Tim Lincecum
For some players recently taken in the First-Year Player Draft, life can move pretty fast these days.
They were drafted last week, signed quickly and now head to a strange town to meet new teammates and begin life as a pro in their new organizations.
Of the nine 2010 draft picks on the Aberdeen IronBirds roster right now, Jeremy Nowak and Joe Oliveira are the highest drafted picks currently with the team.
Nowak, a switch-hitting outfielder, was taken in Round 13 out of Division II Mount...
When Jake Arrieta won his Major League debut on June 10 against the Yankees he became the latest pitching prospect to come up to the Orioles from the minors and enjoy instant success.
But when he followed it up with a win in San Francisco to improve to (2-0), he broke a trend by winning his first two big league starts.
Last season Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, David Hernandez, Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz all made their major league debuts for the Orioles. Bergesen, Berken, Hernandez and...
So can Jake Arrieta pitch more often than once every five days?
But the 24-year-old rookie right-hander is now 2-0, 2.77 after two Major League starts.
Pitching vs. a Giants team that had won four in a row and had scored 10 runs the night before, Arrieta gave up just three hits and one run over seven innings and one batter on Tuesday night. He walked two, fanned three and threw 95 pitches.
Here is a pretty remarkable stat. O's starting pitchers have just two wins over...
Here are some updates on a couple of players.
Cla Meredith is struggling since he went down to Triple-A. In four games, he is 1-0 with an ERA of 17.18. Today he gave up two runs in one inning vs. Columbus. In 3 2/3 since joining Norfolk, he has allowed nine hits and seven runs with five walks and strikeouts and a .450 batting average against.
Jim Hoey, who pitched for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, has put together quietly a solid season at Double-A Bowie. Hoey is 0-0, 2.57 after pitching...
So Jake Arrieta has been with the Orioles five days now and he has seen the team win one game and he started that game.
No pressure Jake.
Actually I hope the confidence he exudes is there again tonight and that he does not feel any extra pressure to perform vs. the Giants.
Hope he is not aware of this stat: Over the last 18 games the Orioles have one win by a starter and that was his win Thursday vs. the Yankees.
It's his second Major League start and, on this team, he's already become...
When I interviewed Cameron Coffey in March, he was upbeat and very optimistic about the 2010 season.
But now, outside of taking part at extended spring training, Coffey has not pitched for any O's minor league affiliate and the possibility exists that he won't this year.
Coffey underwent Tommy John surgery in March of last year and his velocity has not returned to an expected level. On Thursday, he'll undergo an MRA, which is similar to an MRI, to see if anything else is wrong with the...
There was a clear-cut winner for May's round of 'Where in the Yard?' here in the Orioles Buzz, even if I'm a little belated in announcing it.
Avi M took the crown last month, truly earning his victory after hitting each answer on the head and racking up a flurry of bonus points, many of which came from posting fan photos to the MASNsports.com Facebook Page.
Check out his photos (which gave him the winning edge) here:
So nice work to Avi for his hard work throughout the month of...
The Orioles fell to 17-47 on the year when they began a six-game interleague road trip with a 10-2 loss at San Francisco Monday night
Another slide: The Orioles have now lost four in a row and have been outscored 29-8 in that stretch. They have lost six of seven, 18 of 21 and are just 5-23 over their last 28 games.
Road woes: The Orioles fall to 6-26 on the road on the season. They have now lost nine straight road games.
For starters: Chris Tillman got rocked in his fourth Major...
For his second act, Jake Arrieta will switch leagues and coasts and still try to win.
After beating the Yankees last week, maybe the Giants won't look too tough when Arrieta takes the mound tonight.
He says he is settling in with the team nicely at this point.
"The first day I was kind of high strung a bit, lot of nerves, lot of tension. I didn't really know what to expect but everything went well. Adrenaline was through the roof. But now I feel a lot more relaxed, kind of laid back. ...
OK, no promises, but for now the plan is to stay up late (or is that early?) and watch tonight's entire Orioles game.
No, I don't need my head examined.
It comes with the job. Plus, I am a late-night and not an early morning person. If the game began at 7 a.m, I'd plan to miss a few innings.
It will hold my interest well into tonight and tomorrow if Chris Tillman pitches well, or the game is close throughout or if the O's offense breaks out (stop laughing).
Plus I know Buster Posey...
Brad Bergesen's next start is set for this Thursday night when Triple-A Norfolk plays at Toledo.
Bergesen, who was 3-4, 6.50 in 12 games, 10 starts for the Orioles, was optioned back to Norfolk on Sunday for the second time this year.
Bergesen got the win in his one other Triple-A start this year, on April 25 vs. Charlotte. In seven innings, he allowed seven hits and two runs in that game, throwing 81 pitches.
"The plan is for Bergesen to make that start on Thursday," John Stockstill,...
Their season-opening roster is not final yet, but as of today, the Aberdeen IronBirds roster features nine players taken last week in the First-Year Player Draft.
Here are the 2010 draft picks on Aberdeen's current roster and the round they were selected in:
OF Jeremy Nowak (13)
C Joe Oliveira (15)
RHP Scott Copeland (21)
RHP Timothy Adleman (24)
C Austin Goolsby (26)
SS Michael Rooney (30)
3B Adam Gaylord (31)
SS Sammy Starr (34)
SS Joseph Donaldson (35)
Aberdeen's season-opening roster...
Welcome back for another weekly 'Where in the Yard?' here in the Orioles Buzz. While the O's have taken flight from Baltimore to head out on a road trip, we'll return to Oriole Park to see how well you know your own back Yard.
Simply take a look at the photo below and let us know what the item is and where it's located in or around Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Good Luck O's fans!
Update: Brandt (O's fan) was the first one to guess this week's image correctly, followed then by Zevi...
Kevin Millwood entered his start today coming off back-to-back starts where he allowed six runs each.
But this afternoon against the Mets, it didn't get better for Millwood. It got worse.
He gave up two homers in the first inning and trailed 5-0 after just six hitters.
"Just not throwing the ball where I need to. That's pretty much it. Hopefully, I'll figure something out between now and the next time and get back to where I was before," said Millwood, who is now 0-8 with a 5.16 ERA,...
It can't be easy for a pitcher that was 7-5, 3.43 last year to hear he is going back to the minor leagues.
But Brad Bergesen got that word today after the game for the second time this season. He is heading back to Norfolk in a roster move that will open a spot for Alfredo Simon to be activated off the DL.
Bergesen was asked if he was surprised to get that news after today's game.
"A little bit, but um, you know...I'm sorry, I'm at a loss for words and need to get my thoughts...
Since that Kevin Millwood blog worked out so well...
Here is a story from today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It discusses the Pirates' decision with the second pick in the draft last Monday night. They had to decide whether to take prep pitcher Jameson Taillon or prep shortstop Manny Machado with their top pick.
By now we know they settled on Taillon and the O's got Machado.
Here is that story.