Markakis talks about Showalter's address to the team

Markakis talks about Showalter's address to the team
Nick Markakis said, that as he had promised, Buck Showalter's first address to the Oriole players as their manager, was not a long one. "It was pretty simple. I don't think it was anything unexpected. He just pretty much came in and told us how it's going to be and we're all ready to get started." Markakis said accountability was one theme of Showalter's talk with the players. "That is one of the things he addressed but I imagine that would be the same for any manager. You have to...
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Orioles lineup

Orioles lineup
Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Matt Wieters C Josh Bell 3B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP
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How will the players react to Showalter taking over?

How will the players react to Showalter taking over?
So what happens if an Oriole player decides to jog down the first-base line tonight on a routine grounder to short? Does Buck Showalter yank him from the game or is it just part of his evaluation process and does he make a mental note of it and address it later or out of sight of the media and the cameras? You would think a player dare not show any lack of hustle tonight or any night really, the rest of this season. Some fans I talk with can almost stomach all this losing (I said almost) but...
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An Exclusive One-on-One with Showalter

An Exclusive One-on-One with Showalter
Following his press conference at Camden Yards today, Showalter made his way down to the MASNsports.com WebStudio for an exclusive one-on-one sit down where I got the chance to talk with him further about the new job before him. Watch the video of our interview below for even more insight from Showalter as he takes the reins in Baltimore, followed by my impressions from the press conference: Sitting in the sixth-floor room at Camden Yards watching today's press conference to introduce new...
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Where in the Yard? (Updated w/Answer)

Where in the Yard? (Updated w/Answer)
As Birdland welcomes new O's manager Buck Showalter, the Orioles Buzz welcomes you back for another fresh crack at the MLB gift card 'Where in the Yard?' winners earn for sharing their expertise of all things Oriole Park. As usual, just take a look at the photo below and let us know (using the comment box below) what the item is and where it's located in or around Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Once you've submitted your guess, it'll be held until Wednesday to avoid giving away the...
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"This team doesn't know what's going to hit them."

"This team doesn't know what's going to hit them."
Well, he didn't hold too much back. Jim Palmer is often outspoken and Sunday was no different. Palmer was interviewed by Tom Davis on the Orioles Insider Roundtable show on O's flagship station, 105.7 the Fan. He said basically that the Orioles players are in for a rude awakening as Buck Showalter takes over as manager today. "I get the feeling, because Buck Showalter does his homework, that this team doesn't know what's going to hit them. He is going to demand that this club play the...
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O's come up short in Samuel's final game as skipper

O's come up short in Samuel's final game as skipper
Well, this time there was no blown lead. Or comeback. The Orioles lost 5-4 at Kansas City Sunday and Buck Showalter will inherit a team on Tuesday night with a three-game losing streak and 3-14 record since the All-Star break. Jim and Mike talk to Juan Samuel in his last postgame interview as Orioles' interm manager It was Juan Samuel's final game as interim manager and he finished with a record of 17 and 34 since he took over on June 4th. Kevin Millwood fell to 2-11, 6.05 as he gave up...
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VandenHurk to debut Monday for Norfolk

VandenHurk to debut Monday for Norfolk
Rick VandenHurk's first start for his new team will come tomorrow night when he gets the ball at 7:15 for Norfolk at home vs. Indianapolis. VandenHurk was acquired Saturday in the deal that sent Will Ohman to the Florida Marlins. The 25-year-old right-hander is 8-4, 4.68 in 19 starts this year for Triple-A New Orleans. Over his last four starts there he pitched to an ERA of 1.33 and fanned 26 over 27 innings. VandenHurk, the 5th Netherlands-born player to play in the Majors since 1900,...
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The first inning again

The first inning again
The first inning gets Kevin Millwood again. In his first nine starts this year, he did not allow a single run in the first inning. But today, he gave up three runs on four hits in Kansas City as the Orioles fall behind 3-0. Millwood has now allowed two runs or more in the first inning of 11 of his last 12 starts. He has given up 34 of his 89 runs this year (38 percent) in the opening inning. Four of the first five batters reached vs. Millwood, who has won just two of his 20 starts this...
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Some O's stats and facts before the KC series finale

Some O's stats and facts before the KC series finale
Most of these are far from positive or encouraging, but here are some numbers to ponder as we await the series finale of the Orioles-Royals series this afternoon. It's Juan Samuel's final game as interim manager and he should get some props for handling everything over the last few weeks with some class and dignity. Let's see today if the O's can get a win for him and if they can get a lead and hold it this time. *The Orioles had more wins in one series at Texas before the All-Star...
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O's lose on another late homer at Kansas City

O's lose on another late homer at Kansas City
On a night when the Orioles got a very solid outing from struggling starter Brad Bergesen, they lost to Kansas City on another late home run. Billy Butler's two-run shot in the eighth on a 98 mile per hour David Hernandez fastball, gave the Royals a 4-3 win on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. Jim Hunter and Mike Boddicker talk with Juan Samuel following the O's 4-3 loss It was Butler's 10th homer of the year and the 50th of his career. Hernandez had come on in the eighth with a 3-2...
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Hobgood's early exit (updated)

Hobgood's early exit (updated)
Matt Hobgood, last year's O's first-round draft pick, left his start for Delmarva tonight after just nine pitches at Lexington. A club official informs me that Hobgood left due to lower back spasms. It's too early to know if he will miss his next start and of course he'll get examined further over the next few days. I understand the trainer came out along with manager Ryan Minor after Hobgood had given up a single, followed by another single and three-run homer. At that point, he left...
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Berry to the bullpen

Berry to the bullpen
It is not a role change for the right-hander, but the Orioles will now have Ryan Berry, their ninth-round pick last year out of Rice, pitch out of the Frederick bullpen. He has thrown 104 1/3 innings this season between Delmarva and Frederick and Berry will now come out of the pen as they limit his innings the rest of the way. Berry went 0-3, 3.50 in eight starts with Delmarva and is 2-2, 3.57 in 12 starts with the Keys. Over 58 Frederick innings, he has allowed 47 hits with 20 walks, 46...
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Albers on a roll

Albers on a roll
There's a headline you probably thought you would not see this season. Don't look now but the pitcher some O's fans seem to be most critical of, has put together a real good stretch of pitching. Matt Albers has pitched to an ERA of 1.93 in 10 games this month with a batting average against of .185 in 18 2/3 innings in July. "I think, just being able to throw my curveball and slider early in the count for strikes has helped a lot. I usually throw a lot of fastballs and some guys were...
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O's can't get the last out and lose in the 9th at KC

O's can't get the last out and lose in the 9th at KC
During a season where he has recorded 15 saves, several have been of the shaky variety for O's closer Alfredo Simon. He appeared on his way to one Friday. A save. A shaky one. But it turned into a loss and blown save. Alex Gordon hit a two-out, three-run homer in the last of the ninth as KC stunned the O's 7-5 at Kauffman Stadium. Simon came on to preserve a 5-4 lead and the got the first two batters out in the ninth. Then, he walked Rick Ankiel and Wilson Betamit singled. Gordon, who...
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Spoone to the DL

Spoone to the DL
When the Orioles officially added new pitcher Wynn Pelzer, acquired in trade yesterday, to the Bowie Baysox roster tonight, he took the spot vacated by right-hander Chorye Spoone, who went on the disabled list. Spoone, who is on the O's 40-man roster, is dealing with some shoulder fatigue. The 24-year-old underwent shoulder surgery in September of 2008 but this setback is not considered major at all. "It's precautionary right now," O's assistant director of player development, Tripp...
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Surhoff lends a hand in the minors

Surhoff lends a hand in the minors
It is not an official coaching position, but former Oriole B.J. Surhoff has recently been seen at Frederick and Bowie. He's lending a hand with some Orioles minor leaguers and was also recently seen observing the Orioles from a press box suite at Camden Yards. "B.J. has been kind enough to do some consulting on some player development issues," O's director of player development, John Stockstill said. Surhoff was at Bowie last night and is there again tonight. Surhoff played the game...
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July's 'Where in the Yard?' Winner

July's 'Where in the Yard?' Winner
I had an idea who this month's winner might be before I even finished tallying up the points. He was so often first to the table and flush with bonus trivia, with a photo or two posted to the MASNsports.com Facebook page thrown in there as well. During the month of July, Chris in Baltimore racked up four points for a correct answer every week and a heavy handful of bonus points for his extra efforts during this month's 'Where in the Yard?' photo contest here in the O's Buzz. Charles B...
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Minor matters

Minor matters
Some notes from around the O's minors: *Triple-A Norfolk (50-57) plays at Scranton tonight with Chris George (5-4, 4.00) on the mound. He has allowed two runs over 12 innings in his past two starts. Robert Andino has hit .356-2-8 during a ten-game batting streak. Corey Patterson and Rhyne Hughes each hit in 11 in a row earlier for the Tides, a Norfolk season best. Norfolk relievers on a roll: *Armando Gabino is 2-0, 0.47 over his last six games with 18 K's in 19 1/3 IP. *Dennis Sarfate...
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O's sign two more draft picks

O's sign two more draft picks
The Orioles have now agreed to terms with 31 of their 49 draft picks from last month. Thursday they came to terms with 10th-round pick, right-handed pitcher Clayton Schrader, from San Jacinto Junior College in Texas. He was the 298th overall selection. Today, the O's have come to terms with 8th-round pick Wynston Sawyer, a catcher from Scripps Ranch high school in San Diego. He is a 6'3", 185-pound, right-handed hitter that is 18 years old and was taken with the 238th pick. He had a...
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