Wondering about Rogers, Castro’s improvement and more

NEW YORK - The Orioles had become roster move slackers after lots of early activity, but they’re trying to pick up the pace again. They optioned reliever Evan Phillips on Saturday, recalled him yesterday as the 26th man for the doubleheader, returned him to Triple-A Norfolk after Game 2 and were prepared to recall left-hander Josh Rogers. Rogers was on standby for a flight to ... read more

Orioles waste Cashner’s quality start in 3-1 Game 2 loss (updated)

NEW YORK - Following a game that featured four more home runs hit off Orioles pitching, Andrew Cashner seemed to find a solution in the nightcap by limiting the contact against him. Can’t drive the ball over the fence if you can’t touch it. Cashner struck out six of the first nine batters he faced. A four-seam fastball averaging 93.87 mph, according to brooksbaseball.net, was ... read more

Wrapping up 5-3 loss in Game 1 (O’s trailing 3-1 in Game 2)

NEW YORK - Catcher Austin Wynns didn’t intend to serve as a team spokesman this afternoon as he stepped outside of the visiting clubhouse and met the media. But he was asked about the 88 home runs surrendered by Orioles pitching in 41 games, putting them on pace to shatter the major league record. A question placed on a tee. Wynns expressed feelings that no ... read more

Orioles Game 2 lineup vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - Dwight Smith Jr. is the Orioles’ designated hitter for the nightcap of today’s doubleheader, with Joey Rickard moving from center field to left and Trey Mancini staying in right. Stevie Wilkerson is in center field. Jonathan Villar is the shortstop and Hanser Alberto is playing second base. Chris Davis is the cleanup hitter after batting seventh in the opening game. For the ... read more

Hess surrenders four home runs in 5-3 Game 1 loss

NEW YORK - David Hess had to wait two days to make his start against the Yankees. The sun came out, the field dried and he was able to pitch in ideal conditions. Little else seemed to go right for Hess. Mostly the weather. Hess surrendered a career-high four home runs while taking over the major league lead, and the Orioles lost the first game ... read more

The rotation, Phillips’ return and more (O’s down 5-3)

NEW YORK - The Orioles’ pitching plans have become clearer as the rain moves out of the Bronx. David Hess and Andrew Cashner are starting in today’s single-admission doubleheader. Dan Straily flew to Cleveland today and is starting Thursday night in the series opener against the Indians, followed by Dylan Bundy on Friday and left-hander John Means on Saturday. The starter for Sunday is TBD ... read more

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - The sky is blue and the Orioles are set up to play two games today at Yankee Stadium. Field conditions and the forecast are giving them the green light. Reliever Evan Phillips has joined the team as the 26th man for the doubleheader. I heard his name mentioned yesterday as the likely choice, but assumed that Josh Rogers was coming up after ... read more

Orioles hoping to finally catch a break from the weather

NEW YORK - Will the Orioles be able to play two games today? One has been impossible. The forecast shows partly cloudy skies but no rain, with temperatures inching toward the 70s. Which means hail. Watch for it. It can’t get much worse than Monday night. The Yankees called off yesterday’s game more than an hour before first pitch. They ripped off the Band-Aid. They ... read more