Millwood with eight scoreless as O's top LA

Millwood with eight scoreless as O's top LA
Who would have thought that it would be August 28th this year before Kevin Millwood got his first win of the season vs. an American League team? But he beat the Los Angeles Angels tonight for his third win. He is 2-1 in four starts vs. the National League this year and was 0-13, 5.36 in 21 starts vs. AL clubs. But Millwood allowed six hits over eight innings as the O's beat the Angels 5-0 and they've taken the first two in this series. Millwood is now 3-14, 5.34. He walked just one and...
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In the minors tonight

In the minors tonight
Triple-A Norfolk rallied from 4-0 down to beat Gwinnett 5-4. It gives the Tides their first four-game win streak of the year. They had won three in a row eight times, but never got to four. Rhyne Hughes and Brandon Snyder homered and Lou Montanez went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Montanez is 12 for 31 (.387) during a seven-game batting streak. New Britain scored an unearned run in the last of the ninth to beat Bowie 6-5. The Baysox are a game and a half out of an Eastern League playoff berth after...
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O's end relationship with Bluefield

O's end relationship with Bluefield
After this year, the Orioles will end their long relationship with the Bluefield Orioles of the Appalachian League. Here is a statement from Andy MacPhail: "On behalf of the Orioles, I wish to express our deepest appreciation to the town and residents of Bluefield for their support of the Orioles organization and over a thousand players who have worn the Bluefield Orioles uniform in the last 53 seasons. While extremely difficult, we believe the decision to end our affiliation with Bluefield...
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Josh Bell: Some good and not so good right now

Josh Bell:  Some good and not so good right now
So, is Josh Bell a nugget or not? Too early to know. He really needed a hit and got two big ones on Friday in the O's win over the Angels. He didn't start, but came on when Brian Roberts left with a hip strain. I thought Bell would take off a bit after his two-homer game a week ago today vs. Cliff Lee. But he was 1 for 14 with seven strikeouts after that, before Friday's game. On the plus side, Bell looks more comfortable now in the field. He made a real nice backhand stop last night....
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Bergesen shuts down LA as O's take series opener

Bergesen shuts down LA as O's take series opener
Brad Bergesen has been pitching well in many of his recent starts and tonight was one of his best. He held Los Angeles to one run and four hits over eight innings, throwing 102 pitches, as the Orioles beat the Angels 3-1 in the weekend series opener. Bergesen is now 6-9, 5.55 in 22 starts. Over his last six starts, the right-hander is 3-0, 2.70. The O's played solid defense behind Bergesen with Cesar Izturis making several solid stops. Jim Hunter asks Buck Showalter his thoughts on the...
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Roberts exits game at Anaheim (updated)

Roberts exits game at Anaheim (updated)
When the Orioles took the field for the last of the fourth tonight at Anaheim, Brian Roberts was not at second base. He was replaced by Julio Lugo, who moved from third to second as Josh Bell entered the game, batting first and playing at third base. We are awaiting word why Roberts left the game. He doubled leading off the contest, stole third and later scored on a Nick Markakis single. He struck out in the third inning. The O's and Angels are tied 1-1 as the O's now bat in the top of...
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Machado in Aberdeen

Machado in Aberdeen
We've mentioned it a few times in this space and the Orioles made it official this afternoon. Top draft pick Manny Machado is heading for Aberdeen. He will work out with the IronBirds on Sunday, but will not dress for that game but is expected to be in the starting lineup Monday against Vermont at 7:05 p.m. I'm told he is expected to start at shortstop and play six innings in the game that night. Machado went 0 for 3 today in his first pro game for the Gulf Coast League Orioles and is...
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Where's my replica Brooks Robinson jersey already?

Where's my replica Brooks Robinson jersey already?
If you were looking forward to replica Brooks Robinson jersey night at Camden Yards back on July 17, you know your excitement had to be put on hold for a little while, as a vendor error delayed that giveaway indefinitely. But if you had tickets to that night's game you also know that the O's didn't sent you home empty handed. Instead, they made up for the vendor's mistake by offering Brooks Robinson jersey T-shirts on top of vouchers for the replica jerseys promised on the promotions...
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The O's offense is struggling

The O's offense is struggling
Sometimes baseball is not that complicated. There are two reasons the O's have lost some games lately: Their starting pitching has not been as good as it was when they went 8-1 in Buck Showalter's first nine games and their offense is producing less. Oh - So, that's why they are 5-9 over the last 14 games. Happy to spell it out for you. Actually, the offense - overall and for some individuals - has slowed. Edwin Jackson blew through the O's lineup with ten strikeouts last night as the...
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After success at Bowie & Norfolk, Britton wonders if Baltimore is next

After success at Bowie & Norfolk, Britton wonders if Baltimore is next
O's 22-year-old pitching prospect Zach Britton has had an excellent season. He has pitched well at the two highest levels of the minors and could be a fixture at some point in the future in the Orioles rotation. That future could come as early as the next week or two as Britton knows the O's have considered him for a September callup. For now, he just waits to see whether his final starts of the 2010 season will be in Norfolk or Baltimore. "This is an opportunity I thought about back in...
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Jackson's strong outing leads Sox past the O's

Jackson's strong outing leads Sox past the O's
Jake Arrieta needed 35 pitches to get through the first inning and 70 to pitch through three. Meanwhile, Edwin Jackson fanned seven over the first four innings. One team got excellent starting pitching and the other did not as the White Sox routed the O's 8-0 Thursday night to win the three-game series, two to one. Arrieta gave up seven hits and four runs and lasted just four innings tonight. He falls to 4-6, 5.10 and threw 85 pitches. Arrieta, who was making his 15th Major League start...
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Machado set for Friday debut then on to Aberdeen

Machado set for Friday debut then on to Aberdeen
O's top draft pick Manny Machado is expected to make his pro debut on Friday when he serves as designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Machado is expected to DH in the Gulf League Friday and Saturday. Saturday is the last day of games in the GCL and Machado is expected to join Aberdeen on Sunday. While Machado is expected to play in games for the IronBirds, it's also possible that he just joins the club for workouts over the season's final days. Machado has been working out...
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O's add Catonsville CC shortstop

O's add Catonsville CC shortstop
The Orioles have agreed to terms with Glynn Davis, an 18-year-old shortstop from Catonsville Community College near Baltimore. The right-handed hitter and thrower was the youngest player on the Catonsville CC team this past season and was a Juco All-American. He hit .430 with 10 homers and 35 steals. Davis was named Catonsville CC's Male Athlete of the Year. Speed is said to be his best tool and reports say he runs as well as some of the fastest players currently in the O's minors like...
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Will Britton's next start be in Baltimore?

Will Britton's next start be in Baltimore?
O's pitching prospect Zach Britton made his 10th start for Norfolk last night and pitched well. Now the question is when and where will his next start be and will he be an O's September callup? In an interview with Britton this afternoon, he mentioned that the day of his next start has not been set and he didn't think it would be next Monday, August 30th, his next scheduled day to pitch. That leads me to wonder if the Orioles are considering pushing that next Britton start back two days...
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Pitch selection, execution key to cutting down on homers

Pitch selection, execution key to cutting down on homers
The Orioles' starting staff has given up 10 home runs in their last 12 games, and Kevin Millwood has been victimized this season, giving up a staff-high 26 home runs in 2010. Jim asked pitching coach Rick Kranitz about the amount of home runs that the O's staff has given up this season, and Kranitz said that pitch selection and execution are paramount to cutting down on home runs. For the full interview, watch the video below.
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It's almost always about the pitching

It's almost always about the pitching
In game one of the series in Chicago, the Orioles scored five runs on 11 hits. They lost. Last night they had four runs on just seven hits. They won. Yes, it's pretty much about the pitching and almost always about the starting pitching. Grow the arms. Produce the arms. Trade for the arms. Sign the arms. However they get them, and the O's are starting to produce some of their own, as we all know, stockpiling quality arms will be the key to future success. When the O's went 8-1...
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Scott surging since the All-Star Break

Scott surging since the All-Star Break
Luke Scott has been prone to slumps since he's been with the Orioles. But this season, Scott has been more consistent at the plate. Jim asks Scott what could be behind his improved consistency and if there's been a change in his swing. Scott talks about his approach and the reason for the amount of home runs he's hit this year. Watch the video below for the entire interview.
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Matusz with a gem as O's even series in Chicago

Matusz with a gem as O's even series in Chicago
After their starters had given up 17 earned runs the past three games, tonight the O's got very solid work from Brian Matusz in a 4-2 win at Chicago. Matusz gave up just one run and three hits over seven innings, throwing 117 pitches. He improved to 6-12, 4.79 in 26 starts. Jim Hunter interviews Buck Showalter about the O's 4-2 win over the Whtie Sox Matusz has allowed just one run and eight hits over 15 innings in his last two starts. He is 3-1, 2.32 over his last five starts. Matusz...
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Matusz through five

Matusz through five
Brian Matusz has a two-hitter and 2-0 lead through five innings at Chicago. He gave up two singles in the second, but got an Andruw Jones double play ball to end that inning. Just like with his last start when he pitched eight scoreless vs. Texas, he really is mixing his pitches well and it seems the Sox just don't know what is coming. Guess that is what they call pitching. Matusz has fanned five, four of them on called third strikes. He has thrown 80 pitches through five, needing 36 over...
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Wondering about Wieters

Wondering about Wieters
For the second time in two days in the Chicago series, Matt Wieters came to bat in the second inning with two runners on and hit into a double play. Wieters is clearly struggling right now. He is 0 for 1 tonight and has just seven hits over his last 38 at bats over 11 games, an average of just .184. He has only 3 RBI in that time. This is not a post to bash or jump on Wieters, but it's a bit puzzling why he is not hitting more than he is at this point. On the double play ball in the...
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