Another GIDP

Another GIDP
Miguel Tejada grounded into a double play in the top of the first today to kill a rally. The O's had runners on first and third and scored a run on the grounder, but it took the air out of their first-inning rally. The O's are among the AL leaders in hitting into double plays: 53 - Minnesota 49 - Orioles 48 - KC Here are the O's leaders in GIDP's: (through Saturday) 6 - Garrett Atkins, Adam Jones, Ty Wigginton 5 - Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold, Matt Wieters 4 - Miguel Tejada No Oriole is...
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The series so far and today's pitchers (plus minor lg note)

The series so far and today's pitchers (plus minor lg note)
The O's and Nats have split 5-3 and 7-6 decisions this weekend with the third and deciding game of the series today at 1:35 at Nats Park. The Orioles have scored 11 runs in the series and given up 10. They are batting .271 (19 for 70) in the two games without a double and triple, but with three homers. They are 4 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The team ERA is 5.29. The Orioles are 1-2 this year in the third game of a series where the clubs have split the first two...
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Nats post 7-6 win to even series

Nats post 7-6 win to even series
After pitching to an ERA of 2.77 over his previous four starts, the Orioles staked Brad Bergesen to a 6-3 lead today. But he could not hold it. The Nationals scored four runs in the sixth off Bergesen and Mark Hendrickson to rally for a 7-6 lead and win over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon. The Nats had not held a lead in this series until their five-hit sixth frame today which featured a Roger Bernadina RBI triple, an Alberto Gonzalez pinch-hit RBI single and Adam Dunn's two-run single. ...
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Wiggy notes

Wiggy notes
Ty Wigginton has tied his season-high and career-high with a 4-RBI game today at Washington. He hit a two-run single with two outs in the first and a two-run homer to left on a 1-0 pitch off Craig Stammen in the sixth. He now has 13 homers, two more than last year and 31 RBI, 10 fewer than last year. He also had 4 RBI on April 18 vs. Oakland. The 4 RBI ties his single game career best and he has now done that eight times. AL home run leaders, through Friday's games: 14 - Paul Konerko,...
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Ryan Berry to Frederick

Ryan Berry to Frederick
The Orioles are moving 21-year-old, right-hander Ryan Berry from Delmarva to Frederick where he is expected to start for the Keys tonight at home vs. Kinston. Berry, a ninth-round draft pick last June from Rice, went 0-3, 3.50 in eight starts at Delmarva. He led the Shorebirds staff with 43 strikeouts to just 11 walks over 46 1/3 innings. His ERA was at 2.40 before he gave up seven runs and ten hits in his last start for Delmarva last Sunday. Here is recap of today's minor league...
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Bowie wins matchup of top pitching prospects

Bowie wins matchup of top pitching prospects
On the O's farm last night, Bowie beat New Hampshire 5-1 in a matchup of top pitching prospects at Prince Georges Stadium. It was Zach Britton, ranked by Baseball America as the O's third-best prospect vs. Kyle Drabek, rated as the Phillies second-best prospect after the 2009 season before a trade to Toronto. Baysox lefty Britton outdueled Drabek, who allowed season highs in earned runs (5) and hits (10). Britton gave up five hits and one run over six innings with a walk and four...
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Post-game notes: O's take series opener vs. Nats

Post-game notes:  O's take series opener vs. Nats
Here are some post-game notes from Friday's 5-3 Orioles win over Washington. The win featured an Adam Jones two-run homer and Craig Tatum two-run single and David Hernandez gaining his first victory of the 2010 season. Win and losses: The Orioles are now 1-2 on this road trip, 6-17 on the road this year and only 7-26 in their last 33 road games. They are 23-14 in interleague play since 2008 and 102-128 all-time in interleague games. They are 13-12 vs. the Nats since they moved to...
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Hernandez gets win as O's top Nats

Hernandez gets win as O's top Nats
That winless streak is over for David Hernandez. He picks up his win since August 11, 2009 as the Orioles beat the Nationals 5-3 Friday night to start a weekend series at Nats Park. Hernandez gave up just one hit and one run over 5 1/3 and is 1-5, 5.31. He had gone 16 starts since that last win. Alfredo Simon picked up his sixth save in the ninth. He got Ryan Zimmerman to fly out with a man on to end it. The Orioles moved out to a 4-0 lead after three innings and later weathered a Nats'...
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Strong outing for Hernandez

Strong outing for Hernandez
Looking for his first win since August 11, 2009, David Hernandez pitched a very good game tonight in Washington and is now out of the game. Hernandez allowed just one run and one hit over 5 1/3 innings. He did walk five with three strikeouts, throwing 105 pitches, 59 strikes. He lowered his ERA to 5.31. Hernandez pitched no-hit ball through 4 2/3 until pitcher Miguel Batista hit a ground ball single to center. The O's lead the Nats 4-1 in the seventh. Hernandez pitched for the first time...
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Jones leaves game with leg cramps in fourth

Jones leaves game with leg cramps in fourth
Adam Jones has come out of the game in the last of the fourth in Washington. Lou Montanez entered in left field while Corey Patterson moved into center. Jones is one for one in the game with a two-run homer and walk. MASN's Amber Theoharis reports Jones left the game due to leg cramps.
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Super sub Tatum (update, Olsen out)

Super sub Tatum (update, Olsen out)
Craig Tatum, who is subbing for Matt Wieters tonight with Wieters out after fouling a ball off his right knee last night, has come up big early in the game at Nats Park. Tatum is two for two and just delivered a clutch, two-out, bases-loaded single for two RBI in the third that gave the O's a 4-0 lead. In the top of the second, Adam Jones hit a two-run homer to right center for a 2-0 O's edge. It was Jones fourth homer of the year and ended a 23-game homerless stretch dating back to April...
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Minor league moves

Minor league moves
Here is a recap of some minor league roster moves made today on the O's farm: With Scott Moore's contract selected by the Orioles, Justin Turner was designated for assignment to make 40-man roster room for Moore. To replace that pair on Norfolk's roster, pitcher Chris George was activated off the disabled list and is starting for Norfolk tonight and Paco Figueroa was added off Aberdeen's roster. Miguel Abreu, who was batting just .198 in 33 games at Bowie, was transferred to Frederick. ...
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Turner DFA

Turner DFA
The Orioles made their roster move official this afternoon. They purchased the contract of infielder Scott Moore from Triple-A Norfolk, and he'll take the roster spot of reliever Alberto Castillo. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Justin Turner for asssignment. My flight just landed, so I'll follow up with more on this later.
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A preview: Orioles vs. Nationals

A preview:  Orioles vs. Nationals
The Orioles enter with a record of 13-29 after back-to-back losses at Texas to start this five-game road trip. They have lost five of the last six games and are 11-13 since the 2-16 start. The Orioles are 5-17 in road games and 2-10-2 in series on the year. Baltimore posted an 11-7 record vs. the National League last year, tied with an 11-7 mark in 1999 for its best ever in Interleague play. The Orioles are 101-128 all-time in Interleague games. Orioles starters had pitched to an ERA of...
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Do we have a rivalry yet?

Do we have a rivalry yet?
With this weekend's series at Nationals Park, the O's and Nats will kick off the interleague portions of their 2010 schedules. Since the first interleague game on June 12, 1997, we've watched 13 seasons of mixed play. After five seasons during which each division played against its same division from the opposing league (the AL East met the NL East in the first years of interleague play), the current format was later adopted in 2002. Today, we watch the O's face teams from various...
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That's Scott as in hot (bat)

That's Scott as in hot (bat)
So what is the deal with Luke Scott? How can one player be looking so bad one day and a few days later be one of the hottest hitters in the game? The only thing that is consistent with his swing is its inconsistency. Scott was hitting just .177 after his first 24 games and had just one multi-hit game in that time. But over his last 11 games he is hitting .488 with seven multi-hit games. He had 14 hits in his first 24 games and has now 20 hits in his last 11 games. He averaged one RBI...
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Matusz and O's rocked at Texas

Matusz and O's rocked at Texas
For lefty Brian Matusz, it was the shortest outing of his 17-start, Major League career. Five days after shutting out Cleveland for seven innings, he allowed eight hits and a career-high seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Orioles 13-7 Thursday to sweep the two-game series. Matusz, who had given up just two homers all year over 47 1/3, tonight gave up two more. Nelson Cruz hit a three-run shot in the first and Vladimir Guerrero added a two-run shot in the second as...
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Two homers, two innings

Two homers, two innings
Brian Matusz has given up two longballs over the first two innings tonight and Texas leads the Orioles, 6-3 after two frames. Matusz had allowed just two homers over 47 1/3 innings in his first two starts and Texas matched that in two innings. It's a roller coaster Matusz, who gave up six runs two starts ago vs. Minnesota and then pitched seven scoreless last Saturday vs. Cleveland. Tonight, Nelson Cruz hit a three-run shot in the first and Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run shot in the...
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Hoes and Miclat to the Keys DL

Hoes and Miclat to the Keys DL
The Frederick Keys have placed two middle infielders on the disabled list today as second baseman L.J. Hoes and shortstop Greg Miclat go on the DL, which must last at least seven days in the minor leagues. Hoes has missed several games now due to a form of strep throat and his DL stint is retroactive to May 18. Miclat, who missed two weeks in April with a broken nose, last night suffered a sprained foot sliding into second base in the third inning of a game Wednesday night. Hoes, a...
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Have lunch with Hall of Famers & 1970 World Series winners

Have lunch with Hall of Famers & 1970 World Series winners
The 40th Anniversary Celebration of the 1970 World Series is still several weeks away (set for Saturday, June 26), but the Orioles have announced an exclusive luncheon with members from the 1970 team that you might want to plan for now. As part of the celebration, the Orioles will host a gala luncheon for fans, also on Saturday, June 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At the luncheon, fans will have the opportunity to meet members of the 1970 team, participate in a Q&A session, and get their...
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