Arrieta says bone spur is not a problem

Arrieta says bone spur is not a problem
O's pitcher Jake Arrieta revealed this afternoon that he has a bone spur in his right elbow. He said it does not impact his pitching and he has no pain from it, but the Orioles are considering Arrieta undergo a procedure to have it removed. "I've got a bone spur and I've had it for years. It's never bothered me. I think they just want to monitor it and make sure it's not getting any bigger. I think if it does, they might take it out. "They could shave it off. It's limited my...
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O's now try to bounce back from a gut-wrenching loss

O's now try to bounce back from a gut-wrenching loss
So the Orioles are 9-3 in their last 12 games. Two of the losses have come vs. the Yankees with Koji on the mound in the ninth inning. The other came at Detroit, when the O's led 2-1 going to the last of the eightth, but gave up five runs. They were several outs away over three games from a possible 12-game winning streak. That would have been one uplifting win for the Orioles had they held on Friday night. They would have been 4-1 in their last five games versus the Yankees with a win...
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Millwood and Koji talk about the loss to the Yankees

Millwood and Koji talk about the loss to the Yankees
For the second time in eight games, the Yankees beat Koji Uehara and the Orioles on a ninth inning homer. A-Rod's three-run shot off Koji on a 2-2 pitch gave the Yankees a 4-3 comeback win over the Orioles on a night when the O's were a strike away from a win over the New Yorkers. "I feel bad. The pitch before the home run, the fastball inside, I didn't get that call. Little disappointed," Koji said through his interpreter. He was asked again if he felt that 1-2 pitch to A-Rod, the...
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A-Rod's three-run homer in the 9th sinks the Birds, 4-3

A-Rod's three-run homer in the 9th sinks the Birds, 4-3
Down to their last out and last strike tonight, New York's Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to left off Koji Uehara to give the Yankees a stunning, 4-3 comeback win over the Orioles tonight in front of 32,874 at Camden Yards. The O's took a 3-1 lead to the 9th, but Koji gave up singles to Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson. He faced A-Rod with two on and out and just missed on an inside fastball on the 1-2 count. The next pitch sailed over the left field fence to give the Yankees the...
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Did the umps miss another one involving Jeter?

Did the umps miss another one involving Jeter?
With runners on first and second and none out in the O's second inning, Adam Jones hit a grounder to first. Mark Teixeira fielded the ball and threw to Derek Jeter covering the bag at second. Replays showed that the ball quickly popped out of Jeter's glove, but an out was ruled by second base ump Paul Nauert. I guess he was ruling that the ball was coming out of the glove as Jeter was reaching in to get it. Didn't look that way to me. The O's still had a chance with runners on first...
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Troy Patton still waiting for his chance

Troy Patton still waiting for his chance
Left-hander Troy Patton is back with the Orioles, for the third time, but still waiting to get into his first game. He was with the club for just one day, on July 21st, then returned from August 1-8 and was recalled on September 7th. "I'm just waiting, they keep telling me to be ready. I've never been in this situation. But I'm here. So, that's the biggest thing, I'm here and I'll wait my turn." Patton is trying to stay game ready by throwing bullpen sessions, but doesn't want to...
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Mahoney on winning the Brooks Robinson award

Mahoney on winning the Brooks Robinson award
He wasn't on Baseball America's list of the O's top 30 prospects in the pre-season, but he will be now. Joe Mahoney is at Camden Yards tonight to receive his Brooks Robinson O's Minor League Player of the Year award. "Great honor. To get the call was definitely a good day. It means a lot. The Orioles are a great organization and for them to give me this award speaks a lot about the year I've had. "I've come a long way and been working hard. Trying to be the future first baseman...
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Britton on his award and the call that didn't come

Britton on his award and the call that didn't come
Zach Britton is at Camden Yards tonight. But to get an award and not pitch in a game, like he had hoped. Britton was named the winner today of the O's Jim Palmer award, which goes to their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Britton went 10-7, 2.70 between Bowie and Norfolk and was hoping he'd pitch for the Orioles this month as a September callup. "This experience of not coming up here in September is going to light a fire under my butt and push me to try and win a spot in spring...
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Britton and Mahoney honors now official

Britton and Mahoney honors now official
The Orioles have now made it official with their announcement that Joe Mahoney has won the Brooks Robinson Award as their minor league player of the year. Zach Britton is the Jim Palmer Award winner as minor league pitcher of the year. Here is the news from the O's press release: The Orioles today announced the winners of their player development and scouting awards for 2010, including INF JOE MAHONEY as the club's top minor league player and LHP ZACH BRITTON as the club's top minor...
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The standings with Buck: O's lead the East by 3 1/2 games

The standings with Buck:  O's lead the East by 3 1/2 games
If baseball passed a rule that stated the standings didn't count this year until beginning with the games of August 3rd, the Orioles would be okay with that. That is the day Buck Showalter managed his first O's game this year and since then the Orioles are the AL East division leaders - by 3 1/2 games and the Yankees are in fourth place. Team.......W....L.......Pct........GB Orioles.... 26-15.......634.........-- Bos/TB.......
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One manager's take on Britton and Mahoney

One manager's take on Britton and Mahoney
They are home-grown, drafted and developed, Orioles' products. One selected out of high school, the other from college. Later today, the O's will make the announcement official. Joe Mahoney is expected to be named winner of the Brooks Robinson O's Minor League Player of the Year award and Zach Britton winner of the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year honor. Both players are expected at Camden Yards tonight and will be introduced to the crowd as they get their awards. Britton...
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This weekend at Oriole Park

This weekend at Oriole Park
Attention all female O's fans: Cover Girl will host a booth on Eutaw Street during tonight's game at Camden Yards. Stop by the booth to take advantage of a free makeover, and don't forget to grab your free cosmetic gift before you leave. Fans can also enter for a chance to win a Cover Girl makeup basket. And while you're still fresh from your makeover, see if you can get yourself on the Cover Girl Kiss Cam during the game. Don't forget that tonight is fireworks night at the Yard as...
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Rowell had solid finish at Frederick

Rowell had solid finish at Frederick
After three seasons and 348 games in a Frederick Keys uniform, Billy Rowell is more than ready to play for a different minor league team. For the first time in a few years, Rowell's career move be on the move upward. The O's first-round pick in 2006, Rowell hit .275-11-61 this year with 25 doubles in 117 Keys games. His average was up from last season's .225 and his OPS increased from .620 to .756. "I just wanted to stay consistent throughout the second half. Consistency is part of the...
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Did you see...

Did you see...
...the segment that ran on O's Xtra last night with Brady Anderson and Luke Scott? Former Oriole Brady Anderson headed into the batting cages with current O's slugger Luke Scott to work through a hitting drill and to take a look at Scott's home run swing. It's a short video, but fun to get a behind the scenes look at a former Oriole working casually in the cages with a current player, and knowing how methodical Scott's approach to the game is, it's neat to have an inside look at how he...
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The four seamer helps Bergy get on a roll

The four seamer helps Bergy get on a roll
Blame Yunel Escobar. If he didn't hit a liner off Brian Matusz's left triceps Tuesday night, the Orioles might have a streak of nine straight quality starts right now. We don't know how well Matusz would have done had he stayed in that game, but he's been pitching well, so I'd like his chances to get it done. O's starting pitching has gone from good to great. Here are the latest numbers: *ERA of 0.56 in the Toronto series. *ERA of 0.61 over last five games. *Starters are 5-0, 1.66 the...
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Bergesen on his gem over the Jays

Bergesen on his gem over the Jays
After one inning tonight, Brad Bergesen had thrown 20 pitches and allowed a homer. We didn't know then that he would need just 75 more pitches over the next eight innings and that he would pitch an at times dominant game vs. Toronto. But Bergesen produced his second complete game of the year and third of his career, with a 95-pitch, seven-hitter as the Orioles beat Toronto 3-1 to complete a three-game sweep. He threw 68 of his 95 pitches for strikes, with no walks and three...
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Bergesen dominant in O's 3-1 win over Toronto

Bergesen dominant in O's 3-1 win over Toronto
Kyle Drabek pitched pretty well at Camden Yards tonight in his Major League debut. But Brad Bergesen was better. The O's great run of starting pitching continued Wednesday night as the Orioles beat Toronto 3-1 on Bergesen's seven-hitter to complete a three-game sweep. Bergesen improves to 7-10, 5.03 and pitched his second complete game of the season and the Orioles third. Buck Showalter talks with the media after the O's 3-1 win over the Blue Jays He got plenty of defensive help as...
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Drabek's debut

Drabek's debut
Kyle Drabek sure handled himself well and was pretty impressive in his Major League debut tonight. He leaves trailing 3-1 to Brad Bergesen and the Orioles as the O's bat in the seventh. He gave up nine hits and three runs, throwing 88 pitches through six frames. He showed a low 90's fastball and two pretty good curveballs. He limited damage during a couple of jams and fanned five. Bergesen has worked fast, throwing strikes tonight and his defense has been stellar, turning two double...
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Bautista vs. Baltimore

Bautista vs. Baltimore
Jose Bautista, who did not homer in 11 Orioles at bats in 2004, tonight hit his seventh homer this year against Baltimore pitching. Bautista has 17 hits this year vs. the O's and 14 have gone for extra-bases after he homered off Brad Bergesen in the first tonight. He is 17 for 55 (.309) vs. the O's in 2010 with six doubles, a triple, seven homers and 16 RBI. He began this game with an OPS of 1.159 vs. Orioles pitching. He also has homered six times on the season vs. the Red Sox and...
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Preparing to face Kyle Drabek

Preparing to face Kyle Drabek
His father made his first-ever Major League start in Baltimore and Kyle Drabek will do the same tonight, pitching for Toronto vs. the Orioles. After pitching four times in relief, former Cy Young winner Doug Drabek, who was an Oriole himself in 1998, made his first career start for the Yankees at Memorial Stadium on June 15, 1986. This will be the younger Drabek's Major League debut. The 22-year-old Drabek was the Eastern League pitcher of the year this season, going 14-9, 2.94 over 27...
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