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Stacey Long: Taking respite in O’s minor leagues, draft

With the advent of blogs such as my own and those that belong to the other fine writers taking up this space, there is more being written about, well, everything. In our case, it’s the Baltimore Orioles. From the traditional media to those of us who have our own platforms online to the masses on Twitter who take to the Internet daily, it’s mind-boggling just

Stacey Long: Our old friend Erik Bedard

The Orioles start a three-game series in Seattle today, and while they mercifully miss Felix Hernandez again, they will face old friend Erik Bedard tomorrow. Of course, there are only four Orioles on the current roster who played with Bedard, so any special interest in Bedard is mostly from the fans. And it’s not just interest in how well he’s playing and how he’ll pitch

Free memorabilia appraisal at Sports Legends Museum on June 4

C’mon, you know you’ve got some memorabilia stashed in your basement, attic or garage. Maybe you managed to protect your prized baseball card collection from your mother’s evil clutches. Perhaps you were lucky enough to snag a Cal Ripken Jr. autographed baseball during one of the Iron Man’s marathon signing sessions at Camden Yards. Did you luck into a World Series ring from the O’s

Anthony Amobi: This time around, Reimold making most of opportunity

Parts of the last two seasons have been nothing short of rough for Nolan Reimold. However, Remold is now back in the big leagues with the Baltimore Orioles and when he’s been given the opportunity to play, the man has delivered in key moments. His bat played a huge role in Saturday’s victory against the Nationals and also on Thursday against the Royals, where his

Anthony Amobi: Jones finally realizing his immense potential

If you all have been watching the Orioles as of late, you know that Adam Jones has really been heating it up at plate. Right now, Jones is one of the more prominent faces of the franchise and so far in 2011, his profile seems to be rising even more in the sport thanks to an outstanding May at the plate. Before this season began,

Baltimore left quite an impression on ex-Oriole Jackie Brandt

For his involvement in some of baseball’s most memorable moments and his associations with some of the game’s greats, ex-Orioles outfielder Jackie Brandt’s career as a baseball journeyman was anything but ordinary. As a rookie in 1956, he lockered next to Stan Musial with the St. Louis Cardinals. As a San Francisco Giant, he played in the outfield alongside Willie Mays. In Baltimore, Brooks Robinson

Anthony Amobi: Future is uncertain, but Britton’s present is certainly enjoyable

It’s way too soon to christen Zach Britton the ace of a pitching staff. However, based on his starts for the Orioles so far, he may be it. As of right now, it is accurate to say that he is exceeding expectations. Most thought that Britton would be solid, perhaps go through the school of hard knocks at the major league level. Rather than coming

Anthony Amobi: Are Roberts’ injuries an ominous sign?

It’s been a frustrating past two seasons for Brian Roberts. For the most part, he’s one the most prominent faces of the franchise and the longest-tenured Oriole on the roster. However, he’s not played much due to back issues, concussions and various illnesses that have popped up. It’s been a hard road for the second baseman and I’m sure Roberts must be far angrier by

Anthony Amobi: Guerrero has been an entertaining addition for O’s

Most fans know that Vladmir Guerrero will be headed to the Hall of Fame at some point. Guerrero’s tenure with the Baltimore Orioles will be a pit stop en route to baseball immortality in a career filled with a World Series appearance, big hits, a golden arm and the ability to hit the ball thrown anywhere within a hitter’s zone, or out of it. At

Monday Memory: When battles between Baltimore, D.C. were commonplace

The first weekend of interleague play is over, and any further bragging rights associated with the Battle of the Beltways will have to hold off until the Orioles travel to the banks of the Anacostia River to face the Nationals June 17-19. It’s going to take some time before Major League Baseball gets it wish, a thriving rivalry between two teams separated by about 35

Heath Bintliff: Why I’m enjoying this team

This is going to sound strange after the last three games, but I’m going to say it anyway. I like this team. Sure, the Orioles have their flaws. Yes, I would probably have slightly different personnel on the roster if I were the general manager, but all in all, I like this team. Here are a few reasons why: I like the homegrown rotation. This

Heath Bintliff: Orioles need some Yankee killers

As the Orioles struggled to put up runs in a 15 innings struggle last night, it got me thinking that we really needed a Yankee killer to come to the plate and put this one away. Someone. Anyone to get that big hit. So who are/were the greatest Yankee killers in Oriole history? I looked up the Baltimore players who racked up the most big

Anthony Amobi: As O’s near the quarter-pole, is .500 within reach?

The question on my mind - and a lot of fans’ minds - is this: Can the Orioles finish at or above .500? As we’re close to the one-quarter mark of the 2011 (unofficially) season, there have been a lot of ups and downs with this team. We all know the Orioles have struggled since the end of the 1990s and this year is centered

Heath Bintliff: Orioles bullpen has been a money pit

Monday night in Boston, $16.5 million worth of relievers conspired to give up eight runs and blow a 6-run lead. You would think that the Orioles would have learned by now. You can’t fix your bullpen by spending big buck in free agency. And trying to do so has contributed a bunch to the 13 years of losing. A look at some of the free

Premature end of promising career broke heart of “Dr. Longball”

The only regret Ken Dixon has about his baseball life is the way it ended: with a mysterious shoulder ailment that short-circuited what was shaping up to be a promising major league career. Dixon went 26-28 from 1984-87 with the Orioles before being traded to Seattle in the December 1987 deal that brought pitcher Mike Morgan to Baltimore. The right-hander was primarily used as a

Heath Bintliff: Ranking the pitchers in the Orioles Hall of Fame

Based off a couple comments from my previous post about Jeremy Guthrie, I decided to revisit the great Orioles pitchers, more specifically, the pitchers that have been voted into the Orioles Hall of Fame. Of the pitchers in the O’s Hall of Fame, I have included those who spent a significant percentage of their Orioles career as starters. The lone exception will be Hoyt Wilhelm,

Quality start not good enough for Arrieta

After throwing six strong innings yesterday against the division-leading Rays and earning his third win in his last four starts, Jake Arrieta could have given himself a nice big pat on the back. He’d allowed just two runs on four hits to one of the hottest teams in baseball. He’d struck out seven Rays, earned his third straight quality start and picked up his fifth

Meet MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski at Hightopps on Monday, May 16

Meet MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium on Monday, May 16 from 7-8 p.m. He’ll be at HIghtopps, 2306 York Road (just north of the Timonium Fairgrounds) to meet and greet O’s fans, watch some of the 7 p.m. Orioles-Red Sox game airing on MASN/MASN HD and give away some prizes. HIghtopps boasts some of the frostiest cold beverages and tastiest food

Matthew Taylor: Recalling O’s first trip to The Trop

The third-place Orioles head to Tampa Bay this weekend looking to avenge last week’s three-game sweep at the hands of the Rays. Thirteen years ago, the Birds flew south for their first-ever series in St. Petersburg from May 8-10, 1998. The O’s took two of three at The Trop that weekend behind their veteran players. Baltimore batted around and scored five runs in the seventh

Postponed April 22 Yankees-Orioles game to be made up Aug. 27 at 1:05 p.m.

The Orioles have announced that the Yankees-Orioles game that was postponed by rain April 22 has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1:05 p.m. The makeup will be the daytime portion of a day/night doubleheader at Camden Yards that will require separate admissions. The nightcap will be the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. game. Tickets dated April 22 will be accepted only at the Aug.

Matthew Taylor: Will Adam Jones ever homer against Seattle, his former team?

Adam Jones has seven hits in 10 at-bats in the past two games against the Mariners. With four singles, two doubles and a triple, he’s nearly hit for the cycle in this series. All that’s missing is a home run, which should come as no surprise. Jones has never homered in 29 games versus the Mariners, who made him a first-round draft pick in 2003.

Matthew Taylor: O’s walk-off against Mariners extends streak that began in 1954

The Orioles earned their first walk-off win of the 2011 season Tuesday night with a two-run rally in the bottom of the 13th inning against the Mariners. The victory keeps alive a streak that has been in existence as long as the team itself. The Orioles have had a least one walk-off win every year since the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954.

Matthew Taylor: Will Mariners-O’s series tilt toward pitching or hitting?

If you’re looking for offense, you may want to avoid Camden Yards for the next few nights. If, on the other hand, you’re a connoisseur of quality pitching, the ballpark is just the place for you. There were two no-hitters in baseball last week. With the Orioles and Mariners squaring off, you might see two in the same game. The Birds currently rank 25th of

Heath Bintliff: O’s have more than one great shortstop prospect at Delmarva

Over the weekend, I drove up to Asheville to watch the Delmarva Shorebirds, (ow Single-A affiliate of the Orioles, take on the Asheville Tourists in a matchup of two of the better teams in the South Atlantic League. My original intent was to see the Orioles’ 2010 first-round pick and wunderkind shortstop Manny Machado play. But a knee injury last week meant that the only

Matthew Taylor: O’s Mother’s Day highs and lows

When you think of the Orioles and Mother’s Day, which game comes to mind? There are two most likely answers that reflect very different eras of baseball in Baltimore. First, there’s the miserable Mother’s Day of four years ago when the Orioles, leading by five runs with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning at Fenway Park, surrendered six runs to squander the

Monday Memory: Tom Hanks channels Wild Bill Hagy at Camden Yards

Newcomers to Birdland might be surprised to learn that Camden Yards was once a mecca for all sorts of stars and personalities. Almost as soon as the downtown ballpark opened in April 1992, a steady stream of celebrities, entertainers, athletes and heads of state have made a beeline for Oriole Park to watch the Birds, chow down on Boog’s and take in the Baltimore skyline.

Reynolds, Lee adjusting to life in a new league

When Mark Reynolds first learned that he’d been traded from the Diamondbacks and would be moving over to the American League, he chose not to believe the long-standing theory that it takes players time to adapt to playing in a new league. The Orioles’ third baseman says he was “skeptical” of the idea that he would need to adjust to new pitchers and what they

Today’s Rays-Orioles game airing on FOX

Here at MASNsports.com, we want to make sure you watch every Orioles game possible on MASN. The latest Nielsen Research ratings show that you’re doing a lot of that lately. But as much as we like to have you tune in to watch the O’s, it’s only fair to let you know about those few times each season when you can’t - and today’s 1:10

Time to cast your All-Star votes

Beginning tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays, fans at Camden Yards will be able to cast their in-stadium ballots to send players to the July 12 All-Star Game in Phoenix. Each Major League Baseball club will get 23 days of in-stadium voting before the June 24 deadline for punching out the chad next to the names of favorite players. As always, the Orioles are well

Stacey Long: The tight-knit AL East

The Orioles squandered their chance to return home a .500 ball club, but more than a month into the season, they are clinging to third place in the American League East, 2 1/2 games behind their weekend opponent, the Tampa Bay Rays. Having played nearly 20 percent of the games on the season, the AL East is tighter than it’s been in some time. While

Stacey Long: Is Adam Jones finally breaking out?

When the Orioles traded for Adam Jones in the winter of 2007, he was considered by many to be a future star. His potential to be a power-hitting center fielder with above-average defensive skills had Orioles fans drooling, but he hadn’t put it all together up to this season and the frustration level among fans was raised to a critical level. Since the beginning of

Stacey Long: A frustrating loss still provides hope

Last night’s game was one of the more frustrating losses of the year. The Orioles had baserunners in every inning, usually more than one. They had so many chances to score runs and just couldn’t do it. It was a hard game to watch. But it’s also the kind of game that, in retrospect, has a lot of positives to take from it. It’s easy

Stacey Long: Volatile bullpen a case of dollars spent unwisely

It’s no secret the that Orioles’ bullpen hasn’t been all that reliable through the first month of the season. Even when he gets the job done, closer Kevin Gregg raises the stress level in Birdland to epic proportions. Mike Gonzalez’s last outing was fantastic, but given his other performances this year it was still a little hard to watch. Koji Uehara is walking people, Jim

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