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Daniel Clark: Early returns on Cruz have been more than promising

After a slow and frustrating start to last offseason, the Orioles made a number of key signings in a flurry just prior to the start of spring training games in late February. The signings, which included the likes of Ubaldo Jimenez, Suk Min-Yoon and Nelson Cruz, had Birdland excited and looking forward to a third straight winning season - and possibly more. Of these three

Opposite dugout: Slumping Pirates look to get on track in Baltimore

Manager: Clint Hurdle, fourth year Record: 10-16 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: CF Andrew McCutchen (.286/.408/.500, 4 HR, 14 RBIs); 2B Neil Walker (.235/.291/.431, 6 HR, 12 RBIs); 3B Pedro Alvarez (.172/.280/.387, 6 HR, 14 RBI); RHP Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 2.57 ERA) Season series vs. O’s (2013): Did not play Pitching probables April 29: Charlie Morton vs. Chris Tillman, 7 p.m., MASN HD

Jon Shepherd: Schoop’s progress through the eyes of Nick Faleris of Baseball Prospectus

There is a good chance that if you ask an Orioles fan about Jonathan Schoop, that fan would say that the player has a lot of potential, but needs more seasoning. If numerically inclined, that person may bring up Schoop’s four errors at third base, his one walk in 82 plate appearances, his poor .297 wOBA, or even that 31.7 percent of his plate appearances

Ask Adam Jones your questions as he returns for #AskAJ live chat

We’re back! After an offseason hiatus, we’re once again hosting Adam Jones for another season of live chats. These chats not only give fans the opportunity to watch Jones discuss his life on and off the diamond, but they also let fans ask their burning questions for the Orioles center fielder. Our first live chat is set to kick off tomorrow (Tuesday, April 29) at

Birdland favorite set to take over @masnOrioles Twitter (updated)

It started off with Jim Hunter at Orioles FanFest. Then, along came Tippy Martinez during an O’s home game. This season, we’re watching our Twitter account (@masnOrioles) be taken right out from under us - but we’re more than OK with it! If you’re on Twitter, you know that @masnOrioles helps keep you updated on all the latest Orioles news, game updates, MASN giveaways and

Bird Tweets: Why you should vote for O’Day’s bobblehead and more

Another week is in the books. Catch up on the happenings in the Orioles Twitterverse below. The O’s week started with an early game at Fenway Park on Patriots Day. Ryan Webb shared his feelings on the series. Humbled to be a part of the series in Boston on such a special week. Good win today for the @Orioles next stop Toronto!— ryan webb (@RyanWebb58)

Prove that you like “Our Guys” with Orioles’ upcoming promotion

When you watch Orioles games or hear Buck Showalter talk about his players, one thing is obvious: The O’s skipper is proud of his team. Over and over, we have heard Showalter say, “I like our guys,” when being asked about potential trade rumors or players outside the organization. And like Showalter, you too have the chance to prove your loyalty toward the 2014 Orioles.

Andrew Stetka: Readying All-Star ballot, with an eye toward 2016

I realize it’s only April, but Major League Baseball seems to think it’s time to start voting for the All-Star Game. Ballots were released this weekend for the July 15 affair at Target Field in Minneapolis. It’s clear that by the end of April, we have no idea who will earn spots on the team. There’s plenty of baseball left to be played before then.

Fans encouraged to “Vote Orange” and send O’s to All-Star Game

The Orioles want you to vote early, vote often and - perhaps most importantly - “Vote Orange” to send deserving O’s to the All-Star Game in Minnesota on July 15. Online voting has begun here, and in-stadium voting begins Sunday at Camden Yards. Who’s on the ballot? First baseman Chris Davis, second baseman Ryan Flaherty, shortstop J.J. Hardy, third baseman Manny Machado, catcher Matt Wieters,

Matthew Taylor: An historical look at multi-homer games by Orioles

Nelson Cruz had the Orioles’ first multi-homer game of the 2014 season on Wednesday. It continues a career-long streak for Cruz, who has had at least one multi-homer game in each of his big league seasons. The lone exception, if you can call it that, came in 2005 when he had seven at-bats as part of a late-season call-up with the Brewers. With Wednesday’s performance,

Opposite dugout: Kansas City makes royal visit to Camden Yards

Manager: Ned Yost, fifth year Record: 10-11 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Eric Hosmer (.301/.348/.373, 6 doubles, 6 RBIs); LF Alex Gordon (.275/.314/.413, 9 XBH, 11 RBIs); RHP James Shields (2-2, 1.91 ERA, 35 K); RHP Yordano Ventura (1-1, 2.65 ERA, .190 BAA) Season series vs. O’s (2013): 4-3, 28 runs scored, 26 runs allowed Pitching probables April 25: Yordano Ventura vs.

Zach Wilt: O’s guaranteed winning record during grueling stretch against AL East foes

Wednesday night’s dramatic 10-8 victory against Toronto may have taken a few years off the lives of Orioles fans, or at least caused some gray hairs, but it was a crucial comeback victory that guaranteed a winning record in one of the most grueling stretches of the O’s schedule. This evening, the Birds conclude an extremely difficult 15-game span against American League East opponents. It

Bird Talk: O’s shine defensively, Santana getting “close,” power rankings and more

Last week, the Orioles played a pair of American League East opponents, the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. The club was in Boston during the Red Sox’s emotional tribute for Boston Marathon bombing victims. While Roch Kubatko and Steve Melewski have you covered with wall-to-wall Orioles coverage, here are some stories from other media outlets. * ESPN’s Buster Olney touched on the Orioles’

Daniel Clark: For O’s and Britton, that sinking feeling is pretty good

Human nature can be defined as the general psychological characteristics, feelings and behavioural traits of humankind, regarded as being shared by all humans. One such characteristic is that most of us enjoy hearing about a genuine feel-good story. In life, feel-good stories often focus on achievements by individuals who have had to fight to overcome adversity, and in the world of sports, that exact sentiment

Jon Shepherd: The Orioles have an average defense

There has been a storyline that has been trumpeted a bit on air and in the media that has not actually been true. You often hear about the club being proficient at fielding and this centering on their ability to avoid errors. At the time of this writing (after a particularly gruesome Sunday), the Orioles had the second-fewest errors in baseball. Only the Houston Astros

Opposite dugout: Jays getting job done on mound as well as at plate

Manager: John Gibbons, second year Record: 10-9 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Jose Bautista (.258/.459/.581, 6 HR, 13 RBIs); SS Jose Reyes (.273/.273/.364, 2 RBIs); RHP Drew Hutchison (1-1, 3.60 ERA, 24 K); RHP R.A. Dickey (1-3, 6.26 ERA) Season series vs. O’s: 2-1, 14 runs scored, 5 runs allowed Pitching probables April 22: R.A. Dickey vs. Miguel Gonzalez, 7 p.m., MASN2

Andrew Stetka: With Machado and Hardy down, can O’s defense hold steady?

A lot of emphasis is being put on the defensive struggles the Orioles have seen over the past few games. Two losses to the Red Sox have people up in arms and wondering what happened to the O’s defense of 2013. As many know, the team set a major league record by playing 119 errorless games last year and also committed just 54 errors during

Bird tweets: Dempsey caught sleeping and more

In case you missed something, we’re recapping what went on in the Orioles’ Twitterverse each week. Let’s take a look at last week, shall we? Adam Jones shared what Jackie Robinson Day means to him. Thank u Jackie Robinson. Words can’t express my gratitude so I go out there everyday and play as hard as I can cause that’s what u would do -- 10

Matthew Taylor: In 1954 for Orioles, Larsen was far from perfect

Orioles fans woke up on this day in 1954, which was Easter Sunday, with a .500 baseball team in town. The 20,000-plus fans who headed to Memorial Stadium to see their 2-2 Orioles play were the last group to see a non-losing baseball team take the field in Baltimore. The O’s crept back to 4-4 with an extra-inning win in Chicago the following Friday and

Opposite dugout: Struggling on offense, Red Sox welcome Birds to Boston

Manager: John Farrell, second year Record: 7-9 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Mike Napoli (.304/.400/.500, 3 HR, 9 RBIs); OF Grady Sizemore (.273/.327/.455, 2 HR, 5 RBIs); RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 1.93 ERA, .179 BAA); RHP John Lackey (2-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 2-1, 11 runs scored, 7 runs allowed Pitching probables April 18: John Lackey vs. Chris

Zach Wilt: Could Britton provide relief to O’s rotation?

Last season, the Orioles’ opening day starting rotation made 112 of the team’s 162 starts. That means 30 percent of the Orioles starts came from pitchers not originally in the O’s rotation. In fact, 14 pitchers made starts for the Orioles in 2013. Five pitchers made 10 starts or less, four made just one start. Scott Feldman, who was acquired at the trade deadline, made

Bird Talk: Hunter’s velocity increase, Jones shares New York thoughts, change in pie and more

The Orioles kicked off the second week of the season on a high note by winning a series against the division rival Yankees in New York. Adam Jones found himself to be a favorite of the New York tabloids as he shared his comments about fans who run onto the field, as well as what he really thinks about new Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. (More

Daniel Clark: Checking in on the Triple-A Norfolk Tides

Whilst the Orioles continue to gather consistency and momentum, their Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, have also been experiencing some struggles. Now 12 games into the new season, the Tides have an extremely disappointing 3-9 record, which is somewhat surprising given the improved level of depth and resulting high expectations for the 2014 season. Offensively, just one every-ay player is hitting over .300. This is

Jon Shepherd: Will the true home run king please stand up?

Last week, USA Today revisited Orioles first baseman Chris Davis’ thoughts on whom he considers the true home run king. Davis said, “Bonds was a great player for a long time. But it’s hard to say that Hank Aaron’s record isn’t the legitimate home run record because of all of the allegations, the accusations regarding Bonds.” This sentiment is not an uncommon one on the

Bird Tweets: O’Day explores NYC, Adam Jones is still hungry and more

Another week of baseball means another week of tweets. Here’s what’s been happening in the Orioles’ Twitterverse. Darren O’Day took full advantage of his off day in New York City: The #solowheel does central park. What an unbelievable day here in NYC. pic.twitter.com/fzXO8D9kwT -- Darren O’Day (@DODay56) April 9, 2014 Ryan Webb tweeted this after the Orioles’ series win against the Yankees: Great win tonight,

Andrew Stetka: Is Chris Tillman on pace for ace status?

There’s always a discussion each year about baseball’s aces and what really defines an ace pitcher. I personally hate the term. How is it defined, and what are the statistical criteria for someone to be called an ace? There are only four aces in a standard deck of playing cards, so every team can’t have one. Or does that mean there are actually four on

Opposite dugout: Same old Rays ride arms into first meeting with O’s

Manager: Joe Maddon, ninth year Record: 7-6 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: OF Matt Joyce (.355/.475/.613, 2 HR, 7 RBIs); 2B Ben Zobrist (.277/.382/.489, 3 HR, 6 RBIs); LHP David Price (2-0, 2.91 ERA, 21 2/3 IP, 22 K, 2 BB); RHP Grant Balfour (4 saves, 0.00 ERA, .071 BAA) Season series vs. O’s (2013): 13-6, 104 runs scored, 86 runs allowed Pitching

Matthew Taylor: Developing patience for the Orioles’ lack of patience

The opening weeks of the 2014 season are offering Orioles fans a contrast in team hitting styles that will continue into this weekend’s series with Toronto. Orioles batters do not see a lot of pitches; their opponents do. One approach is not inherently better than the other despite assumptions to that effect. I’m therefore working to accept this team as the largely free-swinging bunch that

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays take powerful bats into Baltimore

Manager: John Gibbons, second year Record: 5-5 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Jose Bautista (.233/.452/.667, 4 HR, 6 RBIs); LF Melky Cabrera (.333/.333/.644, 4 HR, 5 RBIs); LHP Mark Buehrle (2-0, 0.64 ERA, 14 IP, 14 K, 2 BB); RHP Sergio Santos (3 saves, 2.70 ERA) Season series vs. O’s (2013): 9-10, 97 runs scored, 94 runs allowed Pitching probables April 11:

Zach Wilt: Revisiting Adam Jones and plate discipline

As I watched the Orioles battle the Yankees last night on MASN, I kept a watchful eye on Tweetdeck to read the continuous stream of commentary, as I typically do. On this particular night, one tweet from former major league outfielder and 2004 World Series champion Gabe Kapler stuck out to me. It’s a point that has been made before, but one that proved to

Adam Jones stays hungry at the MLB Fan Cave

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is known for many things: his defensive capabilities, his power and, of course, his “Stay Hungry” catchphrase. This week, Jones appeared on MLB Fan Cave’s show “Off the Bat,” which airs on MTV2. During the show, he gave host Chris Distefano a tour of some of his favorite restaurants in the Baltimore area. Jones also faced off against “Off the

Bird Talk: Machado extension speculation, more on Meek, Hunter, Britton and others

The Orioles opened the first week of the season with series against two American League offensive powerhouses: the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. While the club only came away with two wins during the first week, the offense seemed to come alive on Tuesday against the Yankees. Here are some stories you may have missed about the Orioles from other media outlets. * In

Daniel Clark: Looking at how the newest Orioles have fared

The Orioles are now eight games into the 2014 season and have a record of 3-5. However, the team is on a high after a great win over the Yankees on Tuesday. Prior to that, there seemed to be a lack of spark and many rallies were being killed by poor baserunning and poor pitch selection. Thankfully, it’s only the early days of a new

O’s continued presence in Sarasota obvious at All-American Family Day

The Orioles may have returned north to start their season, but the team’s presence is still strong at the team’s spring training home in Sarasota, Fla. This past Sunday, teams donning black and orange took the field at the Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium for the All-American Family Day & Concert softball game, hosted by the Baltimore Orioles. The Sarasota All Stars, made up of local

Jon Shepherd: A primer on pitch framing (or how a ball is worth 0.17 runs)

You may have heard the term “pitch framing” bandied about lately. In this guest blog, we hope to make the concept behind pitch framing and its implementation more familiar to you. How does one figure out how to measure how well a catcher frames pitches? Well, it is like any idea. Ideas go through several stages in order to be implemented. Typically, an idea for

Win signed gear by using #masnOrioles

Update: Tweet with #masnOrioles now to be entered to win a signed Buck Showalter jersey! When the Orioles are playing, one thing is certain: O’s fans are sharing their opinions of their team on social media. Twitter is a perfect tool for a community of O’s fans to come together and talk about their favorite players, awesome plays, thoughts on the game and more. We

Andrew Stetka: What will Hardy’s future bring?

There were a lot of questions entering spring training for the Orioles, and a few answers were found along the way. We discovered who would fill out the rotation. We’ve learned who would get playing time at second base and in left field. The bullpen has filled in and roles have been mostly defined. The one thing that didn’t resolve itself during the spring was

Bird tweets: Opening week in the Orioles Twitterverse

In recent years, Twitter has given a new dimension to sports by allowing fans to directly connect to players and teams in an unique, personal way. How else would we see what Adam Jones is having for dinner? Every week, we’ll take a look back on the week that was in the Orioles Twitterverse. So without further ado, let’s get started. Adam Jones’ first #StayHungry

Opposite dugout: Yankees still looking to hit early stride

Manager: Joe Girardi, seventh year Record: 3-3 Last 10 games: 3-3 Who to watch: 3B Yangervis Solarte (.471/.526/.706, 4 doubles, 5 RBIs); CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.333/.417/.429, 2 doubles, 3 SB); RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.57 ERA, 8 Ks, O BB); RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 3.00 ERA) Season series vs. O’s (2013): 10-9, 72 runs scored, 77 runs allowed Pitching probables April 7: Hiroki Kuroda vs.

Opposite dugout: Cabrera, Tigers welcome O’s to Detroit

Manager: Brad Ausmus, first year Record: 2-0 Last 10 games: 2-0 Who to watch: 1B Miguel Cabrera (.143/.250/.286, 0 HR, 0 RBIs); 2B Ian Kinsler (.333/.333/.667, 1 HR, 2 RBIs); CF Austin Jackson (.286/.375/.714, 2 XBHs); RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 3.00 ERA) Season series vs. O’s (2013): 2-4, 27 runs scored, 33 runs allowed Pitching probables April 4: Anibal Sanchez vs. Miguel Gonzalez, 1 p.m.,

Matthew Taylor: An opening day parade would’ve been a good way to start 60th anniversary celebration

The Orioles are celebrating the diamond anniversary of their arrival in Baltimore, an occasion the team is marking with a special 60th anniversary website and promotional days at the ballpark in August. If it were up to me, the season-long celebration would have started on Monday with an opening day parade, a nod to the celebratory atmosphere that pervaded Baltimore on April 15, 1954. I

Zach Wilt: Breaking down Britton’s successful opening day sinker

Every time Zach Britton took the mound this spring, a number of scouts from opposing teams eagerly watched the Orioles lefty work. The 27-year-old impressed over his 10 2/3 innings in the Grapefruit League, allowing just two runs (one earned), scattering six hits, walking four and striking out 11. Britton is out of options, so if he didn’t make the ballclub, he would have been

Yard Talk: A very warm welcome home

It’s one thing to watch opening day on your TV or hear play by play on the radio, but there’s nothing like taking it in at the yard. On Monday, the Orioles hosted a sellout crowd of 46,685 fans at Camden Yards, as the Birds opened their season against the Red Sox. All of the anticipation built up from a cold winter made for an

Daniel Clark: Following the Orioles from Melbourne, Australia

Fresh from a long offseason in which Orioles fans experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, the 2014 regular season has finally commenced. Lead by impressive performances from Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Zach Britton, it started on a positive note after a thrilling win against the American League East rival Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon at Camden Yards. The season which awaits Orioles fans is

Bird Talk: World Series prediction, Lombardozzi trade, Clevenger returns home

Baseball is back. Finally, all 30 major league clubs are playing meaningful baseball games. And how nice of Mother Nature to cooperate with us. The Orioles got their first win of the 2014 season on opening day, defeating the defending World Champions, the Boston Red Sox. With all of the hype surrounding opening day, you may have missed some stories from other media outlets. Keep Continue reading ....

Jon Shepherd: In praise of diversity in Birdland

With the excitement of a successful opening day fresh in our minds, a common feeling across Birdland is that anything is possible from this point forward. This contrasts with the dread that was felt for much of the cold winter in Baltimore. Pieces finally fell into place in the guises of Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz and spring training brought more hope as the club

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