Wondering about a manager's decision

Wondering about a manager's decision
Sometimes managers make moves that can get second guessed. Actually, that seems to happen with any move a manager makes that didn't work. I am second guessing Juan Samuel's decision tonight to bring in Alfredo Simon to pitch in the top of the ninth. It was not a save situation. In fact, Florida led 6-5 as it came to bat in the ninth. The Marlins would add a run and four hits off Simon, a big insurance run and go on to win the game, 7-5. This move had little to do with the O's loss,...
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Marlins grab the lead (updated)

Marlins grab the lead (updated)
Brian Matusz entered the top of the seventh having retired 11 batters in a row. But now, Florida has pushed across a tie-breaking run to gain a 5-4 lead after they trailed 4-0 in the second inning. Matusz walked Mike Stanton on a 3-1 pitch to start the inning. After he advanced to second on a ground out, Ronny Paulino's double just inside the right-field line scored Stanton for a 5-4 lead, the Marlins first lead of the night. The next hitter,Chris Coughlan has just doubled off the...
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Mummey joins IronBirds

Mummey joins IronBirds
The Orioles fourth-round draft pick, Auburn outfielder Trent Mummey, joined the Aberdeen IronBirds today in Staten Island, New York. Mummey, the 118th overall selection in the draft and highest O's pick to agree to terms so far, will be officially activated as soon as his contract is approved by Major League Baseball, which could happen any day. The 21-year-old lefty hitter batted .366-17-54 in 36 games for Auburn this season and was first-team all SEC. He is likely to stay as a center...
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Will Fox get off the bench? (plus Vito checks in)

Will Fox get off the bench? (plus Vito checks in)
No one is saying or even hinting that Jake Fox could even begin to be the answer to all that ails the Orioles offense. But it would be nice to see him get a few starts along the way. Did they trade for the guy just as a utility/bench player? It's only two games since he has been here, but Fox is not in today's starting lineup either. I know the guy got designated for assignment and is batting just .214-2-12 in 98 at bats, but does he need to become the latest player to find the O's bench...
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Britton talks about making the Futures Game

Britton talks about making the Futures Game
Zach Britton was probably not expecting to find out this way. But when he got to his locker in the clubhouse Tuesday afternoon at Reading, there was an official looking letter from Major League Baseball. "When I got to my locker (yesterday) there was a letter from Major League Baseball. I wondered if I was in trouble. But then I saw it was a nice letter saying 'Congratulations, you've been selected to participate on the USA team for the 2010 MLB All-Star Futures Game.' "This is real...
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Don't pitch to Hanley

Don't pitch to Hanley
Whenever the Orioles play Tampa, MASN's Rick Dempsey usually says "don't pitch to Pena." It's his way of reminding fans, and O's pitchers, how well the guy hits Baltimore pitching. If the O's played the Marlins more, the Demper would probably change that to "don't pitch to Ramirez." After missing Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, Ramirez returned to the lineup last night for the Marlins. And picked up where he left off last June in again tormenting O's pitching. Ramirez...
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Marlins hook O's, 10-4

Marlins hook O's, 10-4
If it seems like the Orioles lose often when they play the Florida Marlins in interleague games, they do. Florida blasted the O's 10-4 tonight to win for the ninth time in the last ten games between these teams. Florida is 17-5 all-time vs. the Birds. Hanley Ramirez, who missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, returned to the Marlins lineup with three hits and three RBI. Florida scored six times over the final three innings to break open a 4-3 game. The O's fall to 19-51 as they...
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Miclat set to move to Double-A

Miclat set to move to Double-A
Shortstop Greg Miclat, who played tonight in the Carolina League vs. California League All-Star game, will soon be joining the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Miclat was batting .311-1-19 in 48 games with Frederick with an OBP of .403 and OPS of .806. The fifth-round pick out of the University of Virginia in 2008, was batting .348 in 18 games in June and went six for 12 with two doubles and 5 RBI in his last three games with Frederick. Miclat will likely join the Baysox in time for Thursday's game...
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Mummey and Frabizio notes

Mummey and Frabizio notes
O's fourth-round draft pick Trent Mummey is at Camden Yards watching the Orioles tonight. Mummey had his physical in Baltimore this week and it appears everything checked out fine, as expected. The outfielder from Auburn is expected to join the Aberdeen IronBirds in the next few days. The 21-year-old Mummey hit .366-17-54 in 36 games in college this year after beginning the season missing 28 games with an ankle injury. Meanwhile an O's official did confirm tonight that minor league...
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Welty in the HR Derby

Welty in the HR Derby
Ronnie Welty of the Frederick Keys made the semifinals of the home run derby before tonight's California League/Carolina League All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach, S.C., hitting five first-round homers, the most of any of the 10 competitors. In the semis, he was beaten by Winston-Salem's Jon Gilmore, two homers to one. Gilmore beat High Desert's Rich Poythress in the finals, four homers to three. Thanks to reporter Pete Kerzel, who is covering the game for milb.com for that note. Welty is...
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Jake Fox talks about joining the Orioles

Jake Fox talks about joining the Orioles
Yes, the Orioles did trade a Wolf for a Fox. Pitcher Ross Wolf goes to Oakland and a few moments ago Jake Fox completed his first interview with Baltimore reporters. Fox found out yesterday morning he would be an Oriole and today settled into his locker in the Camden Yards clubhouse. "I'm excited about it. It's always good to have a change and go someplace where hopefully you fit in. Where I came from, it just wasn't the right fit for anybody. I didn't fit into their style and it's...
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It's all about the young players

It's all about the young players
Over the next few weeks and months fans and reporters will be tracking the Orioles for a couple of reasons. One, the constant watch to see just how historically bad this team turns out to be. Two, to see who might become the next manager. For me, this season has turned out so badly, I don't care if they lose 100, 110, 120 or 130 games. At this point, what difference does it make? Here is what I am most interested in the rest of this season: Will the core group of young players that...
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O's draftee gets College World Series save

O's draftee gets College World Series save
The Orioles third-round draft pick, right-hander Dan Klein, picked up a save in the College World Series on Monday night. He pitched a shutout ninth inning as his UCLA squad beat TCU, 6-3. It was his tenth save of the season as UCLA improved to 2-0 in the series. Klein, showing a 93-MPH fastball, along with a change and curve, gave up a one-out single but nothing else in closing out the win. The Orioles will not be talking contract with Klein or the other two players they drafted from UCLA...
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Minor moves

Minor moves
Here are a couple of roster moves from the Orioles farm system today: *RHP Zach Clark goes from Bowie to Norfolk. *LHP Chris George goes from Norfolk to Bowie. *SS Pedro Florimon joins Aberdeen on an injury-rehab assignment. Clark, who has been with the O's since 2006, was 1-1, 3.41 with Bowie. George pitched in 14 games, nine as a starter at Triple-A and went 2-2, 4.28 in 61 innings with the Tides. The 23-year-old Florimon has struggled this year at Bowie in his first full season at the...
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O's announce details for 40th Anniversary Celebration of 1970 World Series Champs

O's announce details for 40th Anniversary Celebration of 1970 World Series Champs
The schedule has teased the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1970 World Series Championship team for months, but the Orioles announced the details of that celebration today, letting you know just what you have to look forward to. The celebration will take place this Saturday, June 26, prior to and during the O's 4:05 p.m. game against the neighboring Washington Nationals. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. You'll want to get to the park early, as the O's will hold an Alumni Press Conference...
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Where in the Yard? (Updated w/Answer)

Where in the Yard? (Updated w/Answer)
On another Monday off day for the O's, we take a closer look at another piece of the Yard before the Birds finish up their nine-game homestand and fly north to Boston for the weekend. This week, you'll see a familiar image, but with the text that would have given the picture's identity away removed and/or blurred out of the photo. But as usual, take a look at the photo below and let me know what the item is and where it's located in or around Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Don't forget...
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Where in the Yard? (Updated w/Answer)

Where in the Yard? (Updated w/Answer)
As the O's enjoy an off day before the start of a nine-game homestand against Florida, Washington, and Oakland, we meet again for another 'Where in the Yard?' photo contest here in the Orioles Buzz. Take a look at the photo below and tell us what the item is and where it's located in or around Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Stumped? Ask for a hint or head to the Yard Tuesday night to search for the item in person. Don't forget, there are bonus points for being the first O's fan to guess...
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Townsend set to return to the diamond

Townsend set to return to the diamond
It's been a tough season for first baseman Tyler Townsend, the Orioles third-round pick out of Florida International in the 2009 draft. It began with Townsend suffering a hamstring injury during winter workouts. But he felt fine when spring training began. Then, he hurt the hamstring again and didn't report to Delmarva until April 20. He would go 5 for 10 at bat with 2 RBI over the next three games. Then, he hurt that same hamstring in his left leg again. He returned to Sarasota for...
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O's fall at San Diego in 50th loss of year

O's fall at San Diego in 50th loss of year
Win two in a row? It's been a long time coming for these 2010 Orioles. Win a road series? That hasn't happened all year. Couldn't do it today either at San Diego. I thought with a 4-0 lead and Jake Arrieta on the mound, maybe, but........ Since winning three in a row vs. Seattle and Cleveland from May 12-14, the Orioles have not been able to win even two in a row. Here is what happened after each recent win: 5-18: Beat KC 4-3 in 11 innings, then lost two in a row. 5-21: Win 5-3 at...
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Wieters note

Wieters note
It was for sure a pleasant sight to see Matt Wieters rip a three-run double to left center to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead after a half inning at San Diego. Wieters began today hitless in his last 13 at bats and with just one hit over his last 22 at bats as his average dipped to .222 and some fans were calling for him to be sent back to Triple-A. Maybe that one swing, having come in a real clutch, two-out, bases loaded situation, can get him going. Wieters had just 3 RBI over his previous 19...
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