Two-strike approach

Two-strike approach
When I hear the term "two-strike approach" I think of a batter and how they want to protect the plate and swing at anything close when the count is 0 and 2. But maybe O's pitchers need a better "two-strike approach." The stats say the O's hurlers are among the worst in AL when the count is 0-2. Worst batting average against, 0-2 count: .227 - Oakland .205 - Orioles .204 - Minnesota Only Oakland gives up a higher batting average this year on an 0-2 pitch than the O's. The Yankees...
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A blown lead and second guessing Wieters

A blown lead and second guessing Wieters
Well, it's official. The Orioles have now lost more games when leading after eight innings in just 67 games this year then they did in all 162 games last year. They are 14-5 this season when leading after eight in blowing tonight's 2-1 lead heading to the last of the ninth. Last year, they were 55-4 when leading after eight. The Orioles have the worst save percentage in the AL now at 47.8 percent. They have saved 11 games in 23 chances. Only four teams in the league are under 68...
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O's pitchers among worst supported

O's pitchers among worst supported
It should come as no suprise that of the seven pitchers in the AL getting the worst run support, three start for the Orioles. Here are the seven getting the worst support in the league. This is for the run support average over nine innings. 2.38 - Kevin Millwood, O's 2.56 - Dallas Braden, Oak 2.93 - Zack Greinke, KC 3.02 - Ben Sheets, Oak 3.24 - Gavin Floyd, CWS 3.28 - Jeremy Guthrie, O's 3.36 - Brian Matusz, O's The O's starting pitching ERA this year is now up to 5.11. On May 19 it...
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Five 2010 draft picks make debuts as IronBirds win opener

Five 2010 draft picks make debuts as IronBirds win opener
The Aberdeen IronBirds began their ninth season of play in the New York-Penn League tonight with a win in the season opener, 5-2 at home vs. Hudson Valley. The IronBirds used six extra-base hits and a three-pitcher, three-hitter to send 6,671 fans home happy from Ripken Stadium. Starting pitcher Justin Anderson got the win allowing just one hit, a solo homer, over six innings. T.R. Keating pitched two scoreless and Brian Parker gave up a run in the ninth. L.J. Hoes began his rehab...
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Shorebirds will host the 2011 All-Star game

Shorebirds will host the 2011 All-Star game
The Delmarva Shorebirds have announced that they will host the 2011 South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 21, 2011 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. "We are extremely excited to host the 2011 All-Star Game, and to showcase Arthur W. Perdue Stadium and Delmarva's attractions to the rest of the league," said General Manager Chris Bitters. "We're also excited to partner with Perdue and use this opportunity to highlight the importance of the three local food banks. This partnership is...
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5th Annual Brian's Baseball Bash still on

5th Annual Brian's Baseball Bash still on
A handful of you have been asking about this year's Brian's Baseball Bash - With B-Rob struggling with injuries, is the Bash still on? With the closure of the ESPN Zone, where will they hold it this year? All valid questions - that now appear to have answers. According to the Community Calendar on Orioles.com, Brian's Baseball Bash is still on and scheduled for Sunday, August 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This year's event will take place at the ESPN Zone-concept similar Dave and Busters in...
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It's not all bad right now

It's not all bad right now
From the O's good news department as they get set to begin a series in San Diego tonight, four of the young pitchers are throwing well right now. Brian Matusz, who starts on the mound tonight at Petco Park, and Jake Arrieta have pitched to a ERA of 2.70 over their last five combined starts. After going through a four-start stretch where his ERA was 9.50, Matusz has pitched to an ERA of just 2.66 over his last three starts and pitched a career-high eight innings in his last outing vs. the...
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The amazing story of O's minor leaguer Lance West

The amazing story of O's minor leaguer Lance West
Even the most diehard observer of the Orioles minor leagues may not know his name. That's okay with Lance West. And this will probably be a real good season for him with Aberdeen this summer even if he doesn't get one hit. Because, for the first time in his life, he'll be playing baseball with sight in both eyes. "I was blind in my left eye, my dominant eye. I had a rough season last year, so I went to see a doctor and found out I had a lazy eye I was born with and it never...
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Flying under the radar in the minors

Flying under the radar in the minors
I decided to put together a list of some minor league players that are enjoying good seasons with mostly little fanfare. They are flying a bit under the radar right now. Some may be considered prospects, others may not, but all seem to be doing well on the field this summer. Armando Gabino: The 26-year-old righty was claimed off waivers from Minnesota and is 4-0, 2.62 at Norfolk. His last four appearances have come as a starter. The league has hit just .218 off him and right-handed...
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A take on Bobby Valentine

A take on Bobby Valentine
Some people have read the few public comments Bobby Valentine has made about his interview for the Orioles manager's job and read those comments to say he has little interest in the job. I don't see it that way. I see where he said this job would be a "big challenge" and that the "Orioles standings don't look like they will turn around very quickly." What I didn't read or hear or see him or Andy MacPhail say is that he is not interested in the job or is withdrawing his name from...
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Notes and stats from the series finale at San Fran

Notes and stats from the series finale at San Fran
Another day where the Orioles got few clutch hits, left many on base and lost. San Fran beat the Birds 6-3 on Wednesday as the Orioles still have won just two series all year. The O's had 11 hits, all singles, and left 13 men on base. They are 2-18-2 in series on the year. Other notes from the O's 48th loss: Sit down when you are looking at these numbers: The Orioles have now lost 17 of 20 and 19 of their last 23. They are 6-24 over the last 30 games. After beginning the year 2-16,...
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Some draft talk with Joe Jordan

Some draft talk with Joe Jordan
It's been a little over a week since the 2010 MLB draft and the projections have already been rolling in. One player right in the heat of things is O's first-round pick Manny Machado. Everyone believes this kid has what it takes to be a talented Major League player, especially O's Director of Scouting Joe Jordan. Jim Hunter talks with Joe Jordan about Manny Machado and the O's 2010 draft
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IronBirds announce their weekend pitching rotation

IronBirds announce their weekend pitching rotation
Earlier this week, Aberdeen IronBirds manager Gary Kendall said Justin Anderson could be his opening night starting pitcher on Friday, but he was not for certain at that point. Today, it has been confirmed that Anderson will get the ball on Friday night at 7:35 p.m. when the Birds host Hudson Valley at Ripken Stadium. Anderson was drafted in the 24th round last June by the O's. He spent the majority of last season with the Bluefield Orioles going 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA and 34 strikeouts in...
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Orioles player Q&A's canceled

Orioles player Q&A's canceled
With the official closing of the ESPN Zone in Baltimore, the schedule of O's events to take place there this summer has been canceled as well. The Baltimore Sun covered the restaurant's closing in an article you can read here. In the article you'll read that ESPN Zone's parent company, Walt Disney Co. made the decision to close five of the chain's seven locations recently, with Chicago, New York, Las Vegas and Washington D.C.'s locations meeting the same fate as the Inner Harbor...
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Mychal Givens update

Mychal Givens update
Shortstop Mychal Givens, the Orioles second-round draft pick last June, underwent surgery on his left thumb last week and will miss the rest of this season. It was expected that Givens would be out several weeks due to the procedure. Now the plan is for him to begin some rehab around mid August and likely go to the O's instructional league workouts in September. The 20-year-old Givens was playing at extended spring training this year before being sent to the Delmarva Shorebirds. He got...
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Today's lineups

Today's lineups
For the Orioles: LF Corey Patterson 3B Miguel Tejada RF Nick Markakis 1B Luke Scott CF Adam Jones 2B Scott Moore C Craig Tatum SS Cesar Izturis RHP Jeremy Guthrie For the Giants: LF Andres Torres 2B Freddy Sanchez 1B Aubrey Huff SS Juan Uribe 3B Pablo Sandoval C Bengie Molina RF Nate Schierholtz CF Aaron Rowand RHP Tim Lincecum
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Draft picks Nowak and Oliveira set for Aberdeen start

Draft picks Nowak and Oliveira set for Aberdeen start
For some players recently taken in the First-Year Player Draft, life can move pretty fast these days. They were drafted last week, signed quickly and now head to a strange town to meet new teammates and begin life as a pro in their new organizations. Of the nine 2010 draft picks on the Aberdeen IronBirds roster right now, Jeremy Nowak and Joe Oliveira are the highest drafted picks currently with the team. Nowak, a switch-hitting outfielder, was taken in Round 13 out of Division II Mount...
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Arrieta breaks trend

Arrieta breaks trend
When Jake Arrieta won his Major League debut on June 10 against the Yankees he became the latest pitching prospect to come up to the Orioles from the minors and enjoy instant success. But when he followed it up with a win in San Francisco to improve to (2-0), he broke a trend by winning his first two big league starts. Last season Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, David Hernandez, Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz all made their major league debuts for the Orioles. Bergesen, Berken, Hernandez and...
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Arrieta does it again as O's top Giants, 4-1

Arrieta does it again as O's top Giants, 4-1
So can Jake Arrieta pitch more often than once every five days? Probably not. But the 24-year-old rookie right-hander is now 2-0, 2.77 after two Major League starts. Pitching vs. a Giants team that had won four in a row and had scored 10 runs the night before, Arrieta gave up just three hits and one run over seven innings and one batter on Tuesday night. He walked two, fanned three and threw 95 pitches. Here is a pretty remarkable stat. O's starting pitchers have just two wins over...
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Minor league notes

Minor league notes
Here are some updates on a couple of players. Cla Meredith is struggling since he went down to Triple-A. In four games, he is 1-0 with an ERA of 17.18. Today he gave up two runs in one inning vs. Columbus. In 3 2/3 since joining Norfolk, he has allowed nine hits and seven runs with five walks and strikeouts and a .450 batting average against. Jim Hoey, who pitched for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, has put together quietly a solid season at Double-A Bowie. Hoey is 0-0, 2.57 after pitching...
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