Weekend preview: O's at Chicago

Weekend preview:  O's at Chicago
Game Preview Orioles (49-72) at Chicago White Sox (62-59) After playing three games at Tampa decided by four total runs, the Orioles move on to Chicago for the second stop on a nine-game road trip. Pitching Matchups for the Series: Fri, 8:11p - Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 5.66) v. Gavin Floyd (10-7, 3.94) Sat, 7:05p - David Hernandez (4-5, 4.20) v. John Danks (10-8, 3.96) Sun, 2:05p - Jason Berken (2-11, 6.72) v. Mark Buehrle (11-6, 3.78) The Birds ended a five-game losing streak with Thursday's...
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Tonight's pitchers: Guthrie vs. Floyd

Tonight's pitchers:  Guthrie vs. Floyd
RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 5.66) tonight will make his 25th start of the season, his 12th on the road and his 6th in his career vs. the White Sox. Sunday vs. the Angels, Guthrie allowed seven runs (all earned) and ten hits in 5 2/3 innings. Over his last five starts, he is 0-4, 7.55. He has allowed 2ER or less in just four of 24 starts this year, after doing that in 17 of 30 starts in 2008. The Orioles are 8-16 when Guthrie starts, losing his last five outings. Guthrie has given up 41 of...
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Passing Mr. October

Passing Mr. October
When Jim Thome crushed a homer to center field in the 4th tonight to tie the game with the Orioles at 1-1, he moved past one former Oriole on the all-time homer list and set his sights on another. Thome entered this game tied for 12th on the all-time homer list with 563 with Reggie Jackson. Now he has 564 and that is five behind Rafael Palmeiro, who at 569, is 11th on the all-time list. I bet most fans would have guessed that Reggie had more homers than Raffy. The homer was Thome's 4th...
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Roberts homers twice in O's win at Chicago

Roberts homers twice in O's win at Chicago
Brian Roberts hit two homers in a game for just the second time in his career as the Orioles beat the White Sox 5-1 in Chicago in game one of a three-game series. Roberts, who has 14 homers on the year, has now homered in three straight games. He has hit four homers over the last three games and five homers in his last six games. Roberts hit a solo homer off Gavin Floyd in the 3rd and his two-run shot off Floyd in the 8th broke a 1-1 tie. Jim Hunter talks with Dave Trembley about Jeremy...
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Post-game Notes: Homer happy Roberts leads O's to win

Post-game Notes:  Homer happy Roberts leads O's to win
B-Rob with a longball, then another - Brian Roberts homered for the third game in a row, and this time he hit a pair of homers to lead the O's past Chicago 5-1 on Friday. He hit a solo shot off Gavin Floyd in the 3rd and his two-run shot in the 8th off Floyd broke a 1-1 tie and sparked a four-run inning. It was Roberts' second career two-homer game. He also hit two out on September 6, 2006 at Los Angeles. Roberts has now homered four times in the last three games and five times in...
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Saturday baseball: O's at Chicago

Saturday baseball:  O's at Chicago
Game Preview Orioles (50-72) at Chicago White Sox (62-60) Led by a Brian Roberts home run binge, the Orioles have now won back-to-back games on their current road trip and could win their first series since the All-Star break with a victory tonight. Roberts hit his 4th career Grand Slam, leading the O's past Tampa on Thursday. Last night he homered twice as the O's beat Chicago 5-1 in the opener of a three-game series. Over the last three games, Roberts is 6 for 14 with four homers and 8...
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Tonight's pitchers: Hernandez vs. Danks

Tonight's pitchers:  Hernandez vs. Danks
RHP David Hernandez (4-5, 4.20) tonight will make his 12th Major League start of this season, his 7th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the White Sox. After a four-start stretch where Hernandez had pitched to an ERA of 2.31, Hernandez's ERA is 7.20 (12ER over 15IP) over his last three starts. Hernandez has allowed 12 homers in 64 1/3 innings. He has allowed eight homers over his last four starts. Right-handed batters hit .274 off him while lefties bat .295. Hernandez gives up an...
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Hernandez and O's fall at Chicago

Hernandez and O's fall at Chicago
O's starter David Hernandez gave up three runs and three hits over four innings and took the loss as the Chicago White Sox beat the Orioles 4-1 Saturday to even the series. Carlos Quentin's solo homer in the 2nd gave Chicago a 1-0 lead and it grew to 3-0 in the 4th on RBI from Alexei Ramirez and Mark Kotsay. The O's cut a 4-0 lead to 4-1 in the 7th. Luke Scott drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a wild pitch. Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O's 4-1 loss to the White...
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Post-game Notes: Sox even series vs. O's

Post-game Notes:  Sox even series vs. O's
Slow night on offense - After scoring 13 runs in winning the last two games, tonight the Orioles were held to one run on four hits. The O's were just 4 for 30 at bat in the game, leaving 11 men on base and going 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. They have been held to three runs or less eight times in the last 14 games and 17 times in 35 games since the All-Star break. The Orioles are 1-16 in those contests. The O's did not homer tonight, ending their streak of six consecutive...
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Sunday baseball: Orioles at Chicago

Sunday baseball:  Orioles at Chicago
Game Preview Orioles (50-73) at Chicago (63-60) After splitting the first two games of this series, the Orioles and White Sox play the deciding game today at 2:05 p.m. Jason Berken (2-11, 6.72) pitches for the O's vs. Chicago's Mark Buehrle (11-6, 3.78). Brian Roberts homered twice as the Orioles won the series opener 5-1 Friday night. But John Danks limited O's hitters to a single run Saturday in Chicago's 4-1 victory. The O's and Sox have split eight games this year. The Orioles...
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Today's pitchers: Berken vs. Buehrle

Today's pitchers:  Berken vs. Buehrle
RHP Jason Berken (2-11, 6.72) today makes his 17th start of this season, his 8th on the road and his 2nd of the year vs. Chicago. Berken gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday to take the loss at Tampa. Over four August starts, he is 1-3, 8.50. Right-handed batters and left-handed hitters are both batting .322 vs. Berken. The Orioles are 3-13 when he starts. Berken has allowed 17 of his 57 runs and a batting average against of .371 in the first innings of his starts. He took the...
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Jones leaves game (updated)

Jones leaves game (updated)
After driving in a run to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the top of the first today at Chicago, Adam Jones did not take the field in the bottom of the first. Jones left with what is called a "mild mid back muscle spasm," and was replaced by Felix Pie. MASN replays showed Jones grabbing at his back during his first-inning at bat. Jones entered today in an 0 for 13 slump and batting just .130 over his last 12 games. He lined a single to left in the first to score Brian Roberts, who had...
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Berken picks up third win as O's top Sox

Berken picks up third win as O's top Sox
Jason Berken pitched 5 2/3 innings to pick up his third Major League win as the Orioles beat the White Sox 5-4 Sunday afternoon. The O's took two of three in the weekend set to win their first series of the second half. They had been 0-9-1 in series since the All-Star game. Berken, now 3-11, 6.49, gave up five hits and three runs (two earned) and threw 101 pitches. Jim Hunter interviews Dave Trembley on the O's 5-4 win over the White Sox Adam Jones had an RBI single in the top of the...
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Post-game Notes: O's win series at Chicago

Post-game Notes:  O's win series at Chicago
Finally! - By taking the third and deciding game of this series, the Orioles won their first series since the All-Star break. They had been 0-9-1 in ten series since the break. The O's also won the season series, 5 wins to 4 over Chicago, for just the second time in the last ten seasons. They also won the season series in 2007, 5 wins to 3. Adam Jones snapped an 0 for 13 stretch with an RBI single in the top of the first inning. He then left the game with a "mild mid back muscle...
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Jacobson adjusting to life in the O's organization

Jacobson adjusting to life in the O's organization
Brett Jacobson thought it was just going to be a normal Monday. He would get some throwing in and then shag flies during batting practice for his Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League. Then he was summoned to the office of the Tigers' Director of Player Development. "I thought I was in trouble, then he told me I got traded. My mind just kind of went blank for about ten minutes. Then I just said goodbye and good luck to everyone. The next morning I got in the car and drove 15 hours...
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Series preview: Orioles at Minnesota

Series preview:  Orioles at Minnesota
Game Preview Orioles (51-73) at Minnesota (61-63) After winning a series for the first time since the All-Star break the Orioles take a little momentum into Minnesota, the last stop on their three-city, nine-game road trip. The O's and Twins begin a three-game series tonight at 8:05 p.m. Series Pitching Matchups: Mon, 8:10p - Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.80) v. Scott Baker (11-7, 4.62) Tues, 8:10p - Brian Matusz (2-2, 6.75) v. Armando Gabino (ML debut) Wed, 8:10p - Jeremy Guthrie (8-12, 5.45) v....
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Tonight's pitchers: Tillman vs. Baker

Tonight's pitchers:  Tillman vs. Baker
RHP Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.80) tonight makes his 6th Major League start of this season, his 4th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Minnesota. Tillman's first two starts: 6.75 ERA Tillman's last three starts: 3.72 ERA Over those last three starts, Tillman is 1-1, 3.72, allowed 8ER over 19 1/3 innings. Tillman has allowed 9 homers in 30 innings. Right-handed batters hit .328 off him while lefties bat just .218. Tillman gives up an average of .263 when pitching with runners in...
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Josh Bell headed to the AFL

Josh Bell headed to the AFL
A baseball source confirms tonight that Josh Bell will represent the Orioles in the Arizona Fall League. The O's may send as many as seven players to the AFL but have yet to announce their list. Bell, since his trade from the Dodgers, is batting .327-4-10 in 16 games with the Bowie Baysox. This will be Bell's first time in the AFL.
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Tillman takes tough-luck loss, 2-1 vs. Twins

Tillman takes tough-luck loss, 2-1 vs. Twins
Scott Baker and the Minnesota Twins won a pitchers duel against Chris Tillman and the Orioles when the Twins scratched out two runs in the last of the sixth Monday night. Minnesota posted a 2-1 win in game one of this three-game series. Tillman took a three-hit shutout and 1-0 lead to the 6th. Alexi Casilla led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, 1-1. Denard Span singled and later scored on a Jason Kubel sac fly for a 2-1 edge. Jim and Buck talk with Dave Trembley...
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Post-game Notes: Twins win pitchers duel

Post-game Notes:  Twins win pitchers duel
The Orioles played a second straight one-run game in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Twins. They won 5-4 at Chicago on Sunday afternoon. The Birds are 14-17 on the year in one-run decisions and have lost eight of their last 11 decided by a single run. A solid outing - Losing pitcher Chris Tillman was two outs away from a fourth straight quality start. He still pitched a strong game, allowing six hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings, throwing 101 pitches. Tillman is 1-2, 4.58 on the season in...
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