Had to work hard there

Had to work hard there
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...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Rubbing elbows with the 1970 champs

Rubbing elbows with the 1970 champs
When reminded today about the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1970 World Series winning Orioles, manager Juan Samuel thought for a second. "Let's see, in the 70's I was in the Dominican and probably with no TV," he laughed. He realizes that today provides a link to a glorious past of Orioles baseball and hopes that is not lost on some of the players in his own clubhouse. "It's nice to see those guys come back. For our players to see those guys and I hope they get a chance to...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Wigginton with an update on his back injury

Wigginton with an update on his back injury
After his back began to tighten up late in the game here on Thursday, O's home run leader Ty Wigginton sat out of last night's game and is not in the starting lineup today either. Wigginton says the injury remains minor and we could see him at some point in today's game. "It's improving. I should be available to pinch hit if they need me. "Absolutely (I feel progress from yesterday). It was never to the point where I was overly worried about it." Interim manager Juan Samuel...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Bring on the runs

Bring on the runs
We're talking offense here, folks. Don't look now, but maybe the Orioles are finally starting to put some together. After scoring 11 runs in the win over Florida on Thursday, they scored seven in the comeback win last night. The O's output of 18 runs is their most over any two-game stretch of this year. For the first time all year they have four straight games with ten hits or more. Over the last two games, the O's are batting .448 (13 for 29) with runners in scoring position. The...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Nick note

Nick note
After going 1-8 in the last two games of the series with Florida, Nick Markakis has three hits tonight. He is 3 for 4 with three singles. He entered this game batting .339 over his last 16 games and he now has nine multi-hit games over his past 16 games. This is his fourth, three-hit game of the season and first since May 1st vs. Boston. And Jim Riggleman has not made a pitching change in the last five minutes. Let's keep it that way. The Nats, who lead 6-3 in the seventh, had scored...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Dunn in by Adam

Dunn in by Adam
Here is a remarkable stat. When Adam Dunn batted in the fourth inning a few moments ago, with runners on first and third and two outs, Dunn was just one for 30 batting this year with runners in scoring position and two outs. That is an average of .033. Now he is 2 for 31. Dunn ripped a 3-2 pitch that was just inside the right-field line and it went for a two-run double. Dunn has 4 RBI to tie his season high as the Nats lead the O's 6-0 in the last of the fourth. After giving up four runs...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Not a good start

Not a good start
Jake Arrieta certainly does not look sharp early in this game and the Nationals have taken advantage of their scoring chances to take a 3-0 lead after two and a half innings at the Yard. The O's spotted Florida an early 3-0 lead last night so maybe this is a new strategy. The top of the Nats order, which has been struggling we hear, has gotten on base in the first and third to set up their runs. Nyjer Morgan has already scored twice and Arrieta needed 28 pitches to get through the first...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Is Markakis taking a bigger leadership role?

Is Markakis taking a bigger leadership role?
It's been an interesting few weeks for O's outfielder Nick Markakis. He spoke out about his teammates approach at the plate on offense. And he also found time to meet with O's owner Peter Angelos to exchange thoughts about the future of the Orioles. Does all this mean Markakis is ready to take a prominent leadership role on this team? "You can call it what you want. I think I'm just taking the right steps to try and get this stuff going in the right direction. I'm not saying who we...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Atkins gets the start, but how many more chances will he get?

Atkins gets the start, but how many more chances will he get?
He's become the forgotten man on the Orioles. Now, some wonder if he will be a man that is soon leaving the Orioles. It's been a lost season for first baseman Garrett Atkins. He's batting just .219-1-9 in 43 games and has started just four times in June and has not started any of the last eight games. With roster moves looming, no one has to tell Atkins his position on the O's is not secure. "You can't really control what happens outside the lines. So, I'll just go out there...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Still our heroes

Still our heroes
They were known simply as the "best damn team in baseball." No team was as dominant as the Baltimore Orioles then, who won 109, 108 and 101 games from 1969 to 1971. There was Brooks and Boog and Frank. You could not hit the ball up the middle past Belanger or Johnson or over the head of Blair in center. They had speed and power and great pitching. They had a young Earl in the dugout. They had it all. And in the 1970 World Series, they kept seeing the Big Red Machine get early leads,...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

More stats and notes from a big night on offense

More stats and notes from a big night on offense
It was just about the Orioles best night of the season on offense. They beat Florida 11-5 on Thursday night. Here are some notes on their big night on offense: *It was just the second time all year they scored double figure runs. They posted a season-best 12 runs versus Boston on May 1. The O's 17 hits tied their season high, which they posted on April 24 also versus Boston. *The O's hit two homers in the game and this was the first time all year the O's have hit more than one homer in...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

O's offense breaks out in 11-5 romp over the Marlins

O's offense breaks out in 11-5 romp over the Marlins
For the Orioles, after losing two games in recent days where they led 4-0 early on, tonight they changed the script. Florida led 3-0 in the second before the Orioles took the lead with a five-run third inning and went on to an 11-5 win in the series finale with the Marlins. The Orioles ended an 11-game losing streak vs. Florida. The 11 runs was the most by the club since the Orioles scored a season-best 12 on May 1 versus Boston. Juan Samuel talks with the media following the Orioles' 11-5...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Tejada notes

Tejada notes
Miguel Tejada just hit a three-run homer to left in the last of the seventh to give the Orioles a 10-4 lead. It was Tejada's first homer since April 30 vs. Boston and ended a career-high 205 at bats between homers for him. It was his 5th of the year. Tejada entered this game with just one RBI over his previous 23 games and 99 at bats and now he is 4 for 5 with a homer and 4 RBI. He had just one RBI over 86 at bats in June coming into this game. His 4-RBI night ties his season best. He...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Jones and the Fox

Jones and the Fox
Adam Jones came up with his second homer in two nights and 11th of the year. Jones solo shot in the fifth extends the Orioles lead on Florida to 6-4. He ripped a liner 356-feet to left center on an 0-1 pitch from Alex Sanabia. It was Jones' third homer in five games, his fourth over eight contests and his fifth in the last 15 contests. He now ties Luke Scott for second on the club with 11, two back of Ty Wigginton, who has now gone 25 games without a home run. Of Jones' 11 homers on the...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

The offensive barrage (updated)

The offensive barrage (updated)
The O's scored five runs on seven hits in the last of the third to take a 5-3 lead on Florida. This time the Marlins have blown the early lead. The five runs is one off their biggest inning of the year and seven hits is the most in any inning this year. Their previous best was six hits in one frame. The inning saw Miguel Tejada drive in a run with an RBI single. He began tonight with just one RBI over his last 23 games and 99 at bats. The streak reached 100 when he flied out in the top...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

The first inning gets Millwood again

The first inning gets Millwood again
Coming into tonight's start, Kevin Millwood had allowed 18 runs over the first innings of his last six starts. His first-inning ERA on the year was 10.20. Then, the Marlins, looking to sweep this series, got two runs on four hits off him in the top of the first. Hanley Ramirez, still tormenting O's pitching and Dan Uggla came up with RBI singles. Millwood's season has taken a downturn despite him getting his first win of the year last weekend at San Diego. Over his first seven starts...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

Samuel on Bergesen, Fox, Jones and more

Samuel on Bergesen, Fox, Jones and more
O's skipper Juan Samuel did not actually say the words that Brad Bergesen will be his starting pitcher on Saturday, but he did say Bergesen will join the team tomorrow. I think it's a pretty safe assumption at this point that Bergy takes the mound here Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Samuel was asked about Bergesen returning so soon, after just two Triple-A outings this time when he went back, covering 7 2/3 innings. "The report is he threw the ball okay in his starts and then his bullpen session...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

New at Oriole Park

New at Oriole Park
They're old and retired, but barely a few days old. You've probably seen them at the Yard and wondered if they're here to stay. They're the retired number discs dotting the upper deck in left field at Camden Yards. As part of a series of ongoing upgrades and enhancements to Oriole Park, the Orioles have fixed all six retired Orioles numbers, as well as a blue and white 42 for Jackie Robinson, to permanent perches in the seating bowl. The retired number statues peppering Edward...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

O's facing roster decisions as Bergy and Koji set to return

O's facing roster decisions as Bergy and Koji set to return
O's interim manager Juan Samuel said today that Brad Bergesen will join the Orioles tomorrow and that Koji Uehara could be activated as soon as Saturday. The O's will then likely be facing two roster moves over the next few days, to activate Bergesen to make Saturday's start and another move to get Uehara back active. Samuel today said those moves would probably involve removing one pitcher and one position player from the 25-man active roster. Koji pitched a simulated inning today,...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments

O's tell Britton to throw more change-ups

O's tell Britton to throw more change-ups
Earlier this week, O's left-handed pitching prospect Zach Britton found out he was selected to the USA team for the Futures Game. One reason Britton got selected for the prestigious game is his excellent sinker-slider combination of pitches that has made him one of the top pitchers in the Eastern League this year. But he also found out recently that, while the O's are delighted with his success, they want him to work hard on improving his change-up as well. The message was delivered in an...
Continue reading
  0 Comments
0 Comments