Post-game Notes: O's top A's

Post-game Notes:  O's top A's
A rare type of win - Coming into tonight the Orioles had lost 19 straight games when scoring three runs or less. That streak ends with a 3-2 win over Oakland. Their last win in such a game was a 2-1 victory on June 21st at Philadelphia. The Orioles ended a nine-game losing streak vs. Oakland and beat the A's for the first time in over two years. Before tonight, their last win vs. Oakland was on July 22, 2007. The nine-game losing streak tied the Dodgers current nine-game win streak vs....
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Afternoon baseball: Oakland at Orioles

Afternoon baseball:  Oakland at Orioles
Game Preview Oakland (50-63) at Orioles (47-66) Now that the Orioles have ended a nine-game losing streak vs. Oakland, this afternoon they'll try to take the next step and win a series from the A's. The clubs have split the first two of this series and today, in the deciding game at 1:35 p.m. Jason Berken (2-9, 6.72) pitches for the Orioles vs. Vin Mazzaro (3-8, 5.70). The O's last win over Oakland before Tuesday's 3-2 victory came on July 22, 2007. That was also the last time the O's...
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A quick take on the O's offense from Terry Crowley

A quick take on the O's offense from Terry Crowley
When the O's offense struggles, the message boards start buzzing with criticism of hitting coach Terry Crowley. But he can't go into the box and swing for the players. While he can and should provide help, doesn't it really become the responsibility of the guy with the bat in his hand? We could debate that for hours, but let's skip that for right now. Anyway, talking about the O's slumping offense right now is probably not at the top of Crowley's list of wonderful things. He did take...
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Today's pitchers: Berken vs. Mazzaro

Today's pitchers:  Berken vs. Mazzaro
RHP Jason Berken (2-9, 6.72) today makes his 15th start of this season, his 9th at home and the 2nd of this season vs. Oakland. Berken got that elusive second win on Friday at Toronto. He pitched six innings and gave up five hits and three runs. He allowed two homers and threw 91 pitches. That followed his worst start of the year when he gave up six runs in just 1 1/3 innings vs. Boston. Berken won his first Major League start on May 26th vs. Toronto, then went 0-9 over 12 starts before...
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A's beat O's 6-3 in series finale

A's beat O's 6-3 in series finale
Jason Berken pitched shutout ball in four of his five innings Wednesday afternoon. But he gave up four runs in the fourth inning vs. Oakland and that was enough for the A's to hand him his 10th loss and win the final game of this series, 6-3. Oakland, which has won seven of its last ten games, takes the series, two wins to one. The A's are 10-1 in their last 11 games vs. Baltimore. Oakland took a 4-0 lead with a four-hit fourth inning that included two sac flies and Landon Powell's...
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Post-game comments from Berken & Markakis

Post-game comments from Berken & Markakis
Some post-game comments from Jason Berken and Nick Markakis after the O's lost 6-3 to Oakland on Wednesday afternoon. Jason Berken on his outing - "I didn't feel like I had my best stuff, but I was able to make some pitches early in the game, but the big inning hurt me. For whatever reason, that's something that has hurt me all year. If you look over my starts, I've often had one bad pitch or one bad inning. You try to limit it to one or two runs if you can and try to stay out of a...
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Post-game Notes: A's take series finale

Post-game Notes:  A's take series finale
The Offense Again - Another day with just three runs for the O's on offense. They scored just seven runs in this series and have scored just 12 runs over the last five games and 24 runs over the last eight. The O's had nine hits today and have just one game of ten or more hits in the last eight games. They have homered just twice in the last seven contests. The O's hitters went 1 for 7 today, for the second straight game, when batting with runners in scoring position. The Orioles are...
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O's withdraw contract offer to Givens

O's withdraw contract offer to Givens
It was not looking good earlier this week for the Orioles to sign their second-round draft choice, Florida high school shortstop Mychal Givens. Tonight it looks like the O's have closed the door on negotiations and will move on without signing Givens. O's scouting director Joe Jordan tells MASNsports.com "we no longer have an offer on the table." In the weeks leading up to the draft, the Orioles thought they had a handle on the dollar amount it would take to sign Givens. On draft day,...
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No blame in Givens situation

No blame in Givens situation
Joe Jordan's track record as Orioles' scouting director is very good. We can all look at his drafts and see the talent he has added to the organization. His decision to withdraw a contract offer to second-round pick Mychal Givens was not made lightly. When I spoke on the phone with him Wednesday night he sounded pretty down about the whole thing. After all, he and his scouts put in a massive amount of time and effort in scouting and getting to know Givens. To not get the player signed is...
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O's agree with Coffey on big bucks deal

O's agree with Coffey on big bucks deal
When the Orioles were unable to sign second-round draft pick Mychal Givens, O's scouting director Joe Jordan said this would now allow the club to pursue other players later in the draft that the O's felt were "second round talents." It's clear tonight, one of the players he was referring to was high school pitcher Cameron Coffey. Check out this story out of Houston tonight and the big dollars the O's are giving Coffey. Before you ask why he lasted until round 22 of the draft, one...
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Joe Jordan comments on the signing of Coffey

Joe Jordan comments on the signing of Coffey
O's scouting director Joe Jordan has confirmed that the O's tonight have finalized a contract with their 22nd-round draft pick, Houston high school left-handed pitcher Cameron Coffey. Reports out of Houston and from Baseball America say Coffey will receive a signing bonus of $990,000, more than some late first-round picks got this year. Jordan would not confirm the amount of the signing bonus but it is reportedly one of the largest bonuses ever given a player taken outside the first ten...
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Minor League affiliates begin play Thursday

Minor League affiliates begin play Thursday
The Orioles four minor league full-season affiliates begin play tomorrow night. Chris Tillman is the scheduled starter Thursday at 7:15 when the Tides open at home vs. defending International League champion Durham. Those expected to join Tillman in the Norfolk rotation are Jake Arrieta, Brandon Erbe, Troy Patton and Alfredo Simon. We have not heard the rotation order after Tillman. Zach Britton, the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year in 2009 at Frederick, will make his Double-A debut and...
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Andino stays

Andino stays
Utility infielder Robert Andino cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles tried to work out a deal for Andino but couldn't find a trade partner. Concerns about his defense, especially at second base, led the Orioles to acquire Julio Lugo from the St. Louis Cardinals late in spring training. Andino has been told that he'll play shortstop at Norfolk, though the Orioles also have Blake Davis and Scott Moore. It's getting a little crowded down there.
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Draft talk with MacPhail

Draft talk with MacPhail
When the First-Year Player Draft rolls around come June will the O's be in the market for a position player or another pitcher? Some wonder if, with a farm system stocked pretty well with pitching but some say short on position player talent, the O's will opt for the position player this time. The Orioles have the third pick in the draft following Washington and Pittsburgh. Andy MacPhail was a guest on the Scott Garceau show Tuesday on 105.7 FM the Fan in Baltimore, the O's flagship radio...
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Roberts comes through for the kids

Roberts comes through for the kids
The 3rd annual Brian's Baseball Bash at ESPN Zone was an overwhelming success. And Brian Roberts again came through as a gracious and accommodating host. Three years ago, Roberts decided to do something big for the University Of Maryland Hospital for Children. Roberts is a frequent visitor of the children patients at the hospital, freely giving of his time, but he wanted to do more. And the idea of a big fundraising event was born. Brian's Baseball Bash not only raises money for the...
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Pitching, pitching and more pitching

Pitching, pitching and more pitching
There will be little not discussed at the Orioles organizational meetings in Sarasota, Florida. President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail will preside over the meetings, where the front office staff, manager Dave Trembley, Minor League personnel, and scouts will go over every player in the organization, from the 40-man Major League roster to the lowest level prospects. And you can be certain that a majority of the discussions will be about the Orioles' pitching and the best way to...
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New season, new site

New season, new site
I'm sure you've noticed by now that MASNsports.com has received a face lift in the wake of the new baseball season. We've made a lot of changes - but hopefully ones that will make things easier and more enjoyable for you, the readers. Along with the new look, we've updated the system we use to publish entries, which won't mean a lot of changes to the articles from your side, but if you're looking for your answer in the comments section of this week's 'Where in the Yard?' you won't...
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Millwood talks about his start

Millwood talks about his start
After a scoring change, credit Carl Crawford with a game-winning double. Here are some post-game quotes from Kevin Millwood to round out your evening: "Physically, I felt really good, felt like I was throwing the ball where I wanted to for the most part," he said. "Late, I started to get the ball up a little bit. It was decent, but to throw that many pitches and only get 15 outs, I've got to do a little better than that." Millwood said he was "a little disappointed" to only go...
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Where there's a Will...

Where there's a Will...
I mentioned last night that Will Ohman and Mike Gonzalez were the only Orioles standing at their lockers after reporters entered the clubhouse. For the sake of accuracy, Ohman was sitting down. The media flocked to Gonzalez, of course, since he blew the save. Nobody wants to talk to the guy who retired both batters he faced in the seventh inning. Yawn. I was smart enough to interview Ohman before the game, though it mostly was due to a running joke we shared throughout spring training. Ohman...
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Taking the heat

Taking the heat
Two players stood at their lockers as reporters were allowed inside the clubhouse: Will Ohman and Mike Gonzalez. Gonzalez, wearing an ice pack on his left shoulder, didn't hide in the trainers room or the players lounge. He knew that the media wanted him and he took the heat. "I felt really good. I felt the best I felt all spring. Just didn't go my way," he said. "My stuff was good, arm action was good. Just missed a couple pitches, left a couple pitches up. You got bases loaded,...
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