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Orioles option Gutiérrez to Triple-A Norfolk

An off-day for the Orioles didn’t deter them from making a roster move. The club announced today that it optioned infielder Kelvin Gutiérrez to Triple-A Norfolk. The second half of the transaction is withheld until Friday, when the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Nationals at Camden Yards. Gutiérrez showed off a strong arm at third base but was 4-for-23 (.174) with two RBIs, ... read more

Roster moves, draft pick updates, Kjerstad, Diaz and Rutschman

The painful blow delivered to the Orioles yesterday with a walk-off loss to the Rays concluded a trip that made them settle for .500 and kept them busy with roster activity. The Orioles dropped their 11th series in a row at Tropicana Field dating back to July 24-26, 2017. They’re 2-14 in their last 16 games against the Rays. Their 29 losses in day games ... read more

Wells solid in first start, Rays with walk-off win (updated)

The baseball side of Alexander Wells’ life came at him hard again, with little interest in his comfort or convenience. The short notice that he’d make his first major league start this afternoon. The leadoff home run by Randy Arozarena. The two walks that followed in the inning and the run-scoring triple before an out was recorded in the second. Wells doesn’t get flustered. He ... read more

Akin and Santander placed on COVID-19 injured list

The Orioles had to place pitcher Keegan Akin and outfielder Anthony Santander on the COVID-19 injured list this morning, following protocols laid out by Major League Baseball. Manager Brandon Hyde could only share a few details on his Zoom call with the media, saying he learned late last night about the situation. There is no minimum stay on the COVID list, which enables Akin and ... read more

Akin and Santander on injured list (plus lineups)

The Orioles placed left-hander Keegan Akin and outfielder Anthony Santander on the injured list this morning and recalled left-hander Alexander Wells and outfielder Ryan McKenna from Triple-A Norfolk. Wells is making his first major league start. Akin was supposed to start this afternoon to close out the series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. He’s 0-5 with an 8.19 ERA and 1.800 WHIP in 13 ... read more

Wells wrestling ninth inning away from Orioles relievers

Sometimes, a manager’s plans for a player become more evident through actions rather than words. Brandon Hyde isn’t proclaiming that Rule 5 selection Tyler Wells is the Orioles’ unopposed and unchallenged closer. He doesn’t put that much emphasis on the role during a rebuild, though he understands how crushing it is to lose a lead in the ninth inning - like what happened in Anaheim ... read more

Orioles get back Means, but can’t extend win streak (updated)

John Means made his return to the Orioles and their rotation tonight and didn’t immediately slip into his ace attire. A proper fit wasn’t a reasonable expectation given the long layoff. The velocity was fine. The hard contact was not. And there was more of it than usual. Starting his first major league game since June 5, Means allowed two runs in the first inning, ... read more

Akin starting Wednesday (plus lineup and other notes)

Left-hander Keegan Akin is starting Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Rays at Tropicana Field, the last road game before the Orioles enjoy an off-day and then host the Nationals over the weekend. Akin is 0-5 with an 8.19 ERA and 1.800 WHIP in 13 games, including eight starts. He faced the Royals on Friday and allowed six runs and eight hits with three walks ... read more