Norfolk Tides pitcher Chris Tillman and outfielder Jeff Salazar have made the International League All-Star team. They will be on the 30-man squad that will take on the Pacific Coast League on July 14 at Lehigh Valley in the 23rd Triple-A All-Star game.
Tillman is 7-4, 3.07 in 12 Triple-A starts on the year over 70 1/3 innings. He pitched a no-hitter on April 28 vs. Gwinnett. Tillman is 2-0, 2.84 in two starts since leaving the O's and going back to Triple-A.
Salazar is batting .284-13-34...
For Brian Matusz, it was another night like a lot of the others on Tuesday vs. Oakland.
He pitched pretty well, but not great, he got little run support and he lost.
I have heard fans term his 2010 season as "disappointing." Matusz is now 2-9, 4.90 in 16 starts this year. He is tied for the AL lead in losses.
I see Matusz's performance this year as encouraging not disappointing.
I admire the fact that the kid still has his sanity and hasn't wavered much amidst all the losing by his...
Here are more notes and stats to ponder from the Orioles 4-2 loss to the Oakland A's Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.
Not this time: After scoring 37 runs and batting .330 over the last six games, and after scoring 17 runs in the series vs. Washington, the O's were held to two runs on five hits by Oakland.
The O's went 5 for 29 at bat with four doubles. The O's had the leadoff runner on base in seven of nine innings but left nine on base and went just 2 for 9 with runners...
After Brian Matusz hit Daric Barton in the top of the fifth inning on Tuesday night, the O's Julio Lugo got plunked by Vin Mazzaro leading off the last of the fifth.
Lugo said he didn't object to getting hit, but it was where the ball hit him that got him a bit hot after the play.
"I didn't like that, it was too close to the head. If they want to hit me, hit me below the waist. Don't throw at people's heads. Don't throw high and in.
"It was a crucial run (for us), but you know...
It looks like it's one lefty replacing another at Double-A Bowie.
With Zach Britton moving up to Triple-A Norfolk, lefty Rick Zagone will move up and join the Baysox from Frederick to make Wednesday night's start for Bowie.
Zagone is 5-6, 3.20 on the year with Frederick in 15 starts. He has pitched 78 2/3 innings, allowing 79 hits, including seven homers. He has walked 22 with 54 strikeouts and Carolina League hitters were batting .261 vs. him.
Zagone, a sixth-round draft pick in 2008...
The Orioles are trailing again and look rather listless tonight.
There is time to come back again, but one of these nights, they won't be able to.
According to Elias, the O's are the first Major League team to win four straight games while erasing a deficit of at least three or more runs in each game since Detroit did it in the first four games of its franchise history. That was April 25-28 of 1901. That is 1901.
That was even before blogging and texting.
Tonight the O's trail 2-0 as...
He wasn't with the Oakland A's that long, and then Jake Fox was traded from Oakland to the Orioles just eight days ago.
He was in the starting lineup vs. the A's for a time here yesterday, but then when Dallas Braden was scratched as Oakland starter, the Orioles changed thier lineup and Fox didn't start. He is not in tonight's starting lineup either.
But he will be in the dugout opposite the A's team he feels gave up on him too soon. If he gets in the game, he says it will be a...
In roster news from the minors today, Bowie has activated lefty pitcher Chad Thall from the temporary inactive list. He is 1-0, 4.32 in 12 Baysox games this season with five walks and 14 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.
The Delmarva Shorebirds have put first baseman Tyler Stampone on the disabled list with a left hand injury and received IF Mike Mooney from the Gulf Coast League.
Stampone was batting .249-0-28 in 59 games and is second on the Delmarva club in RBI.
With Pat Egan and Zach...
If it seems like David Hernandez is getting better with each relief appearance, that may be the case.
Hernandez is 2-1, 2.13 with two saves in 11 relief outings. And, over his last three games, he has pitched no-hit ball over 3 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts.
Sunday, he entered the game with the Nats and blew away Josh Willingham and Roger Bernadina on eighth-inning strikeouts. He threw six pitches at these speeds: 94, 95, 95, 95, 97 and 94.
"I go out there and I don't really feel...
Former Orioles catcher and coach Rick Dempsey had his scheduled interview for the full-time managerial position postponed until Thursday.
The interview had initially been scheduled for this afternoon.
The interview has been moved to Peter Angelos' law office. The delay will allow certain members of the organization to attend who wouldn't have been available today.
If part of being a pitching prospect is learning to deal with adversity, than the 2010 season is becoming Brandon Erbe's personal classroom.
He and Kevin Millwood have something in common. They both made 14 starts this year without getting a win.
Millwood got the elusive first win in his 15th start. Erbe is not quite sure yet when his 15th start will take place.
A few days after his last start, June 20 vs. Toledo, he felt some right shoulder soreness and went on the disabled last Friday,...
It was a Monday of good news for O's pitching prospect Zach Britton.
First he was named the latest Eastern League pitcher of the week. Then, late Monday night, after a Baysox doubleheader, Britton got the word from O's director of player development John Stockstill that he was being promoted to Triple-A Norfolk.
He will join the Tides on Tuesday in Charlotte and is set to make his first start on Thursday in Norfolk against Charlotte.
"I was just sitting in the stands sweating. John...
Roster move in the minors: Righty Pat Egan, who has had a great year for Double-A Bowie, today moved up to Norfolk to join the Tides roster.
The 25-year-old Egan is 6-1, 2.12 with five saves. Over 46 2/3 innings, he has allowed 29 hits with seven walks to 25 strikeouts. Eastern League batters have hit just .177 vs. Egan. He was drafted in round 36 in 2006 out of Quinnipiac University.
Meanwhile, it has been a trying season for Baltimore native Brandon Erbe.
The right-hander remains...
O's hitting coach Terry Crowley gave a short, but honest answer to the question.
I asked him if he thought Nick Markakis' comments about players needing a better approach at the plate had anything to do with the improved O's offense in recent games.
"Um, probably not," Crowley said.
So what is the difference with the offense in the past week?
"I think they all basically look the same to me. We always have tried to practice patience on balls that are not ones we want to swing at and...
During a weekend when the O's starters pitched to an ERA of 8.16, the performance of the Baltimore bullpen was a real key in the O's three-game sweep of Washington.
Here is the game-by-game rundown:
Friday: 4 2/3IP, 4H, 0R, 0B, 3K
Saturday: 5IP, 1H, 0R, 1B, 2K
Sunday: 3IP, 2H, 0R, 1B, 4K
Totals: 12 2/3IP, 7H, 0R, 2B, 9K.
That is 12 2/3 shutout innings over the last three games. Mark Hendrickson and Jason Berken pitched twice in the series while Alfredo Simon and Will Ohman pitched in...
The Orioles have activated Koji Uehara and to make roster room Garrett Atkins has been designated for assignment, ending his tenure with the club.
Here is what interim manager Juan Samuel said about Atkins removal from the roster.
"The decision was made a few minutes ago to designate Atkins for assignment with Koji coming off the DL and the possibility of Felix Pie and other guys arriving here soon.
"Unfortunately things didn't work out for him here. It was getting kind of tough to get...
The Bowie Baysox have won back-to-back games at first-place Altoona and won Saturday night there by a 5-3 score.
Baysox left fielder Tyler Henson went 3 for 5 with an RBI and continues to kind of quietly have a very solid first full year at Double-A. The 22-year-old, fifth-round pick out of an Oklahoma high school from 2006, is now batting .295-7-36.
Henson is fifth in the league in hits and just outside the top ten in the Eastern League in batting average. He is batting .375 in June and...
Less than 24 hours after winning when trailing the Nationals 6-0, the Orioles beat Washington Saturday afternoon after trailing 5-0 after the top of the fourth.
This time, the O's scored four in the 5th to tie the game 5-5 and pushed across the sixth and go-ahead run when Drew Storen uncorked a wild pitch and Luke Scott scored from third base in the seventh.
The Orioles have won three in a row to tie their season-best streak which they had done two times earlier. They have come from behind...
Adam Jones hit his daily homer today in the last of the fourth.
Okay, he hasn't hit one every day, it just seems that way lately. He hit a 1-2 pitch out to left center to give the O's their first run of the game. His blast traveled 382 feet.
Jones has now hit three homers over his last four games, four in seven games and five over the last 10 contests.
Jones homers, 2010 season:
April & May: 5 HR in 207 at bats
June: 7 in 87 at bats
Of his 12 homers on the year, four have been hit at...
When Brad Bergesen walked the number nine hitter leading off the top of the third, that was not a good start to the inning. An out later, he hit a batter.
Bergesen had to throw 29 pitches as the Nats scored four runs on four hits off him in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Two more Washington runs and the O's will have them right where they want them.
Bergesen is clearly not sharp, nor does he have his usual sink it doesn't look like. He has thrown 65 pitches in the first three...