After solid ninth inning, Simon looks to bounce back

After solid ninth inning, Simon looks to bounce back
After giving up a homer over four straight appearances, O's right-hander Alfredo Simon pitched a 1-2-3, ninth inning last night. He needed a good outing and got one in the O's 6-5 loss to the Mariners. "The night before I just got behind in the count and he was a fastball hitter. Last night I used all my pitches and my two seamer and threw the first pitch for a strike. "Sometimes when you get behind the count and the game is close, they are looking for a homer. If you make a mistake,...
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Orioles lineup

Orioles lineup
Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 3B Luke Scott 1B Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Matt Wieters C Corey Patterson DH Cesar Izturis SS Brian Matusz LHP
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Izturis wants to stay

Izturis wants to stay
As the Orioles look ahead to the 2011 season, who is going to play shortstop? It's way too soon for Manny Machado and there is not a player pushing for that spot in the upper levels on the farm. Cesar Izturis told Josh Land of the Carroll County Times that he wants to remain an Oriole. Some fans will want someone there with more bat. But of all the positions on the diamond, short is one where you just can't skimp on the defense. In looking for next year's shortstop, he may already be...
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This week in O's history

This week in O's history
This particular week in the calendar year has seen some milestones for the O's throughout the team's history. Going the farthest back and on this day in O's history, Cal Ripken Jr. passed Steve Garvey for the third-longest consecutive games streak by playing his 1,280th straight game. Cal and the O's faced the Toronto Blue Jays on August 18, 1989, and the game was otherwise unremarkable for Cal, but the shortstop would of course go on to set a new major league record by playing in 2,632...
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No AFL for Machado

No AFL for Machado
There is no rule that would keep the Orioles from sending top draft pick Manny Machado to play in the Arizona Fall League. But they are not going to do it. Club sources indicate the O's are not considering sending Machado to play in the AFL, even with the minor league seasons winding down as he is about to start up. It's just too soon for that for an 18-year-old about to begin his pro career. Machado is expected to wrap up with his physical in Baltimore this week and then head for...
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The pitch they'd like to have back

The pitch they'd like to have back
Baseball can be a game of inches, they say, and I guess it's a game of key pitches as well. Some you want back and wish you never had thrown. Jeremy Guthrie felt that way after Wednesday's 6-5 loss to Seattle. His slider on a 2-1 count to Matt Tuiasosopo in the second inning was belted for a three-run homer. Sometimes after a game, pitchers lament the location of a pitch, but this time Guthrie was unhappy with the selection of the pitch he threw. Jeremy Guthrie talks with the media about...
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Mariners win 6-5 as O's drop second straight series

Mariners win 6-5 as O's drop second straight series
The O's have hit their first speed bump on Buck Showalter's watch. After starting 8-1 for their new manager, they have now lost five of the last seven after falling 6-5 to Seattle Wednesday night in the series finale. The O's got the possible tie run to second in the last of the ninth, but David Aardsma retired Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis to end the game as Seattle took the series victory. Jeremy Guthrie's run of six straight quality starts ended as he gave up six runs (five...
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Wieters homer note

Wieters homer note
If you are keeping track, that is a new career high 10 homers for Matt Wieters after he connected for a two-run shot off David Pauley in the last of the seventh. That pulled the O's within 5-4 of the M's. Wieters probably caught Pauley early last year when both played for Norfolk. Wieters last year: 9 homers in 354 at bats. Wieters this year: 10 homers in 336 at bats. He had just one homer over his last 17 games before he drilled a 3-1 pitch for a 397-foot shot to right. It was just his...
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The guy with the long name did it again

The guy with the long name did it again
Matt Tuiasosopo was a late addition to the Seattle lineup when Ryan Langerhans was a late scratch last night. Now, maybe they won't get him out of the lineup. Getting him out has been difficult for the Orioles. Tuiasosopo hit a three-run homer in his last at bat last night and hit a three-run homer in his first at bat tonight. He also had an RBI double last night, so he has three hits in his last four at bats in this series now with two homers and 7 RBI. Not bad for a guy that was hitting...
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Buck on Bell

Buck on Bell
While Josh Bell is batting just .232 in 21 Oriole games, for the first time as a Major Leaguer, he's putting together what might be the makings of a hot stretch at the plate. Bell in 2010 with the O's: First 15 games: 8 for 48 with 19 strikeouts Last 6 games: 8 for 21 with 7 strikeouts Bell went 2 for 3 with his third big league double last night and his third multi-hit game. Is manager Buck Showalter starting to see Bell settle in some, get more comfortable and let his talents...
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Draft pick updates

Draft pick updates
Now that the draft is over, even though there are just a few weeks left in the minor league seasons, here are the affiliates where some of the recently signed players will be reporting to: Manny Machado - Gulf Coast League Dan Klein - Aberdeen Matt Bywater - Aberdeen Parker Bridwell - Gulf Coast League Alex Schmarzo - Aberdeen Klein has thrown two bullpen sessions with Aberdeen and is now on the IronBirds active roster. He may throw one live batting practice session before he gets into his...
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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 Cesar Izturis SS Josh Bell 3B Jeremy Guthrie RHP
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Minor League notes

Minor League notes
Bowie infielder Ryan Adams is not noted for his glovework, but he sure is swinging a hot bat right now. Since June 1, Adams is batting .335 with 26 doubles over 67 games. The Orioles' second-round pick in 2006, he is among the league leaders in several categories in the Eastern League. His .302 average is tied for 5th, while he is 2nd with 136 hits and 52 extra-base hits and he leads the league with 40 doubles. Adams was playing mostly second base earlier, but has been playing a lot...
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Checking out some O's stats, facts and notes

Checking out some O's stats, facts and notes
Let's take a look at some Orioles stats and notes as we await the third and final game of the Seattle series tonight at Camden Yards. *The Orioles were shutout for the eighth time this year last night. They were held to three hits, which tied a season-low output that they were held to in five games this year. *Josh Bell did go 2 for 3 with a double. Bell is 8 for 21 (.381) over his last six games, raising his average from .167 to .232. That was his third Major League multi-hit...
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O's can't score as Millwood pitches a good game

O's can't score as Millwood pitches a good game
Kevin Millwood has been down this road before. He knows the landmarks on the side of the road and every pothole at this point. It was a night where he pitched well, but got little, or should we say, no run support. Millwood gave up just one run and six hits over eight innings, but Luke French topped that as Seattle beat the Orioles 4-0 tonight. Kevin Millwood talks about his outing after the O's 4-0 loss "I worry about things I can control and scoring runs is obviously something I can't...
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French pitches Seattle past the Birds to even the series

French pitches Seattle past the Birds to even the series
A 24-year-old left-hander making his first career appearance vs. the Orioles shut them down tonight and took a no-hitter into the sixth as Seattle beat the Birds 4-0, in front of 14,739 at Camden Yards. The Orioles were shutout for the eighth time in 2010, as Seattle evened the series at a win each. Luke French, who had allowed 9 ER in 20 innings in three August starts, gave up just three hits over 7 2/3 with three walks and strikeouts. Josh Bell got the first Baltimore hit with a single to...
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An honor for Buck

An honor for Buck
As he gets ready to manage the Orioles tonight, Buck Showalter has been honored today. It's an honor he may not even know about yet. He's been named the manager on the New York Penn League's All-Time team. Showalter managed the Oneonta Yankees in 1985 and 1986. His '85 team went 55-23 in the short-season league and beat Auburn for the league title. A year later, his club went 59-18 and lost to Newark in the semi-finals. So his record was 114-41 (.735) in his first two seasons as a...
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Talking about Machado in the O's clubhouse

Talking about Machado in the O's clubhouse
O's outfielder Adam Jones can't quite relate to all the hype and attention that O's first-round pick Manny Machado has gotten. Jones was a high draft pick, but not like Machado. Jones was a supplemental first round pick, taken 37th overall by Seattle in 2003. "I was never as highly touted as him. I was the end of the first round," Jones said. "He's drawing comparisons to A-Rod and all that stuff. I think it's stupid when scouts and all that compare people to other people. If...
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Buck staying positive on Simon

Buck staying positive on Simon
O's reliever Alfredo Simon got five outs last night, but it was the one he didn't get that stands out. With one out in the top of the tenth, Seattle catcher Adam Moore blasted a 430-foot shot to left that gave the M's a 4-3 lead. The O's would tie it up and win it an inning later, but Simon continues to struggle. He has now allowed a homer in four straight outings and in six of his last ten appearances. Since he has taken over as O's manager, Buck Showalter has chosen to focus mostly...
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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 Cesar Izturis SS Josh Bell 3B Kevin Millwood RHP
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