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Opposite dugout: Twins send out pesky, productive lineup against O’s stingy pitching staff

Manager: Ron Gardenhire, 13th year Record: 59-74 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Brian Dozier (.240/.345/.419, 30 doubles, 20 HR, 61 RBIs, 94 R, 20 SB); RF Oswaldo Arcia (.228/.299/.446, 14 doubles, 14 HR, 42 RBIs); 3B Trevor Plouffe (.249/.315/.413, 38 doubles, 10 HR, 65 RBIs); RHP Phil Hughes (14-9, 3.70 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 2-1, 11 runs scored, 6

Last chance to enter to win a trip to the 2014 World Series is Sept. 1

Orioles fans: Time is running out for your chance to enter to win a trip to the 2014 World Series from the Maryland Lottery. Pick up the Orioles scratch-off tickets at your favorite Lottery retailer. You could win cash instantly. Or enter any non-winning Orioles scratch-offs for your chance to win a trip to Game 4 of the World Series. One lucky fan will win

Zach Wilt: Quantifying Steve Pearce’s value to O’s

I think it’s safe to say that most of Baltimore is in agreement: Adam Jones is the club’s Most Valuable Oriole. In fact, I believe that Jones will seriously compete for the American League’s Most Valuable Player honor. He’s the pulse of the AL East-leading Orioles, a guy who defends his position at a Gold Glove-caliber level and he’s on pace for another 30-home run

Umpires visit Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

You’ve no doubt heard the old expression, “Nobody loves the umps.” (Check out this clip from “I Love Lucy” with Bob Hope.) Well, that’s not necessarily true. After a visit from the men in blue earlier today, a bunch of kids at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center think the oft-criticized arbiters are some of their favorite people. Scott Barry, Laz Diaz, Pat Holberg and Jeff

Daniel Clark: Checking in with the Tides before the September call-ups

As the end of August approaches and the Orioles continue to hold onto a seven-game division lead, the September call-ups this year will be of increased importance. When September arrives, the Orioles’ roster can expand from the current 25-man group to the entire 40-man roster, with additions providing reinforcements down the stretch. Some of these key additions are having strong seasons with the Triple-A Norfolk

Oriole Advocates to hold Cardboard to Leather collection Saturday at Camden Yards

On Saturday, Aug. 30, the Oriole Advocates will conduct their 2014 Cardboard to Leather collection at Camden Yards, presented by Legg Mason. The Oriole Advocates created the program in 1992 to provide new and used baseball and softball equipment to underprivileged youth in developing countries. Since the program started, the Oriole Advocates have distributed tons of equipment to youth baseball players throughout the world in

Andrew Stetka: Machado’s injury creates a ripple effect for Orioles

For a moment last week in Chicago, it looked like the Orioles were going to be able to salvage a nice road trip despite dropping a series in Cleveland to start the swing. The White Sox had just been swept and the lowly Cubs were on the horizon. Then it all came crashing down - hard. One sweep (in part because of Jake Arrieta and

Opposite dugout: Rotation has been key to Rays’ renaissance

Manager: Joe Maddon, ninth year Record: 64-66 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.252/.323/.391, 21 doubles, 16 HR, 72 RBIs); RF Kevin Kiermaier (.275/.327/.482, 28 extra-base hits, 30 RBIs); RHP Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.01 ERA, 1.15 WHIP); RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.61 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 4-8, 41 runs scored, 52 runs against Pitching probables Aug. 25: Jake

Opposite dugout: Cubs throw familiar faces at O’s in rare meeting at Wrigley

Manager: Rick Renteria, first year Record: 55-72 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Anthony Rizzo (.278/.377/.512, 21 doubles, 29 HR, 69 RBIs, 80 R); LF Chris Coghlan (.273/.345/.446, 29 extra-base hits, 23 RBIs); RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.61 ERA, 1.02 WHIP); RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-1, 1.48 ERA, 0.95 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s (2013): Did not play Pitching probables Aug. 22: Jake Arrieta

Matthew Taylor: Orioles’ road attendance and why it matters

I’m jealous of Orioles fans who are visiting Wrigley Field this weekend. I love Wrigley and wish that I had been able to make the trip out there. If the Baltimore chatter amounts to anything, there will be a lot of orange in them thar stands as fans take advantage of a golden opportunity to experience one of baseball’s historic gems. The draw of Wrigley

Zach Wilt: O’s have ignored adversity and still thrived

Let’s be honest, the Orioles are running away with the American League East. A few years ago, I never thought I would get to say those words, but here in 2014, it’s totally true. The O’s are 21 games over .500 and have a nine-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays. Their postseason odds have now soared as high at 97.1 percent, according to Baseball

Daniel Clark: What stands between the Orioles and playoff success?

Barring a complete meltdown in the remaining six weeks of the season, the Orioles look certain to make a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and will hope to do so by winning the American League East title for the first time since 1997. With just 38 games now remaining in the regular season, the O’s hold an 8 1/2 game

Jon Shepherd: On horses, zebras and why projections matter (unless they don’t)

When I was earning my doctorate, a professor wished to explain the difference between us research-based toxicologists and the resident physicians who were sitting in on our lectures. She told us the difference between our groups is that physicians look for horses while researchers go on safari for zebras. What she meant was that for physicians to do the job they do, they need to

Andrew Stetka: Who is the Least Valuable Oriole?

At the end of each season, members of the media who cover the Orioles on a regular basis will reflect on the campaign and turn in votes for the Most Valuable Oriole of the year. It’s typically a pretty clear-cut race, but can provide some good debate among the masses. What normally isn’t discussed is the opposite end of the spectrum. I can’t for the

Opposite dugout: Abreu, Sale give inconsistent White Sox two of AL’s top players

Manager: Robin Ventura, third year Record: 59-65 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 1B Jose Abreu (.305/.362/.596, 29 doubles, 31 HR, 89 RBIs); 3B Conor Gillaspie (.311/.363/.456, 29 doubles, 5 HR, 46 RBIs); LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP); LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.14 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 1-2, 12 runs scored, 13 runs against Pitching probables Aug. 18:

Matthew Taylor: A reminder of the past and, hopefully, a hint of the future

Old is a relative term, and growing old is a relative experience. Nevertheless, there are certain mile markers for this baseball fan that indicate I have accumulated some wear on the tires. First, it was being older than most of the players I root for. Next, it was bringing my son to a baseball game. Now it’s watching one of the game’s legends retire at

Opposite dugout: Kluber, productive Indians offense await O’s in Cleveland

Manager: Terry Francona, second year Record: 60-60 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: LF Michael Brantley (.325/.383/.517, 32 doubles, 17 HR, 78 RBIs, 77 R, 13 SB); C Carlos Santana (.226/.365/.425, 20 HR, 56 RBIs); 3B Lonnie Chisenhall (.292/.358/.460, 23 doubles, 11 HR, 46 RBIs); RHP Corey Kluber (13-6, 2.46 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 2-2, 23 runs scored, 19 runs against

Zach Wilt: Forget random variation and disrespect, real or imagined

My fellow Orioles fans continuously remind me that Baltimore is a blue-collar town. At heart, we’re a lunch pail-carrying, hard hat-wearing diehard fan base that loves our O’s. Our admiration for the hometown Birds is so deep that our fan base often takes offense when it feels the team isn’t receiving their due credit from the national media. Admittedly, I’m in the Charm City bubble,

Light rail derailment cleared, Camden Station stadium entrance reopened

The Orioles would like to alert fans heading to Oriole Park at Camden Yards tonight that a light rail train has derailed near the Camden Station, blocking access to Oriole Park from Conway and Howard streets. Fans are advised to access Oriole Park on-site parking lots via Lee Street (off of Russell Street), Ostend Street or Hamburg Street. We’ll keep you updated with any new

Daniel Clark: Joseph continues to lessen the pain of being without Wieters

When Matt Wieters was lost to a season-ending elbow injury in the second week of May this year, it appeared to be a crushing blow for the Orioles, who had relied heavily upon the skilful catcher both with the bat and behind the plate for the previous five seasons. A three-time All-Star, Wieters was a fan favorite in Baltimore and had started 2014 on a

MASN to re-air Orioles’ 60th anniversary celebration

Orioles fans, get ready to experience the magic of the Orioles’ 60th anniversary celebration all over again. Whether you were at the Yard for the festivities or watching on MASN HD, you saw an amazing spectacle that included a laser show, appearances by many Orioles legends, fireworks and more. If you saw it, you won’t forget it. You had chills. Well, MASN is giving you

Jon Shepherd: O’s forged on contributions of unwanted and overlooked

A friend of mine lived in Montana for most of his life and came to Baltimore to attend law school. Before driving into town the night before classes began, he had never set foot here. He was recruited for the school from afar and he signed his rental agreement on a row home from afar. As his old pickup limped across the country and into

Andrew Stetka: O’s hit a home run with 60th anniversary celebration

As an out-of-town fan living in Arizona, I always make it a point to come back into Baltimore for an Orioles game at least once a year. The opportunity to come to Camden Yards, where I saw so many games growing up and spent a great deal of my childhood, is always a treat and a chance I don’t pass up. There was little debate

Opposite dugout: Overhauled Yankees look to gain ground on first-place Birds

Manager: Joe Girardi, seventh year Record: 61-56 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: LF Brett Gardner (.279/.355/.455, 18 doubles, 6 triples, 15 HR, 50 RBIs, 73 R); 1B Mark Teixeira (.230/.332/.444, 19 HR, 52 RBIs); CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.280/.348/.412, 24 doubles, 10 HR, 52 RBIs, 30 SB); RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.89 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 3-6, 25 runs scored, 44

Opposite dugout: Cardinals out to get upper hand in baseball’s tightest division race

Manager: Mike Matheny, third year Record: 61-52 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Matt Adams (.313/.332/.500, 25 doubles, 12 HR, 49 RBIs); LF Matt Holliday (.265/.365/.419, 26 doubles, 12 HR, 58 RBIs); RHP Lance Lynn (11-8, 2.89 ERA, 1.28 WHIP); RHP John Lackey (12-7, 3.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s (2013): Did not play Pitching probables Aug. 8: Justin Masterson vs.

Social Media Weekend styled by Hair Cuttery coming up this weekend

We’re back at it again, Orioles fans! MASN’s Social Media Weekend (#masnSMW) styled by Hair Cuttery starts this Friday, Aug. 8 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. By being social with MASN, you’ll have chances to win during the entire Cardinals series at the ballpark. If you plan on heading to the Yard, you could win an opportunity to swap your seats for an upgraded

Daniel Clark: O’s winning despite struggling offense

As the first week of August nears its end, the Orioles have found themselves in a position that hasn’t been seen all that often since returning to their winning ways in 2012. During the successful seasons of 2012 and 2013, the O’s offense was rarely the No. 1 cause for concern, as that worry typically focused on inconsistent starting pitching. Powerful lineups in each of

Jon Shepherd: How to review the Miller deal

As a writer for a fairly large blog, we do tend to get a decent amount of criticism regarding our analysis. Criticism is good because it challenges our process. We are fairly confident that we have a decent handle on these deals based on a couple of our review pieces on our thoughts on the trades from 2012 and 2013. When the Andrew Miller was

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays welcome O’s with chance to close gap on first

Manager: John Gibbons, second year Record: 60-53 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF Jose Bautista (.293/.412/.515, 21 doubles, 21 HR, 64 RBIs, 69 R); LF Melky Cabrera (.309/.359/.475, 28 doubles, 14 HR, 55 RBIs, 70 R); 3B Juan Francisco (.241/.312/.510, 13 doubles, 16 HR, 42 RBIs); LHP Mark Buehrle (11-7, 3.11 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 5-5, 48 runs scored, 38

Opposite dugout: Nationals send Roark to hill for final ‘14 edition of Battle of the Beltways

Manager: Matt Williams, first year Record: 60-49 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 3B Anthony Rendon (.280/.338/.470, 29 doubles, 14 HR, 62 RBIs, 78 R); RF Jayson Werth (.278/.365/.433, 26 doubles, 12 HR, 61 RBIs, 62 R); SS Ian Desmond (.249/.301/.425, 18 doubles, 17 HR, 66 RBIs); RHP Tanner Roark (11-6, 2.74 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 1-2, 11 runs scored, 14

Andrew Stetka: O’s trade activity shows perception of franchise

Over the next two months, you are going to hear a lot about the playoff races throughout baseball. There will be talk of who can win the National League pennant. Will the Dodgers pull it off through high expectations? Can the Cardinals make a return trip to the World Series? There’s plenty of intrigue to go around on the Senior Circuit. There’s a big difference

Shorebirds’ Horacek, thinking man’s pitcher, nearing Ivy League degree in economics and engineering

SALISBURY, Md. - Mitch Horacek prefers to live in the present, believing that philosophy is a pitcher’s best friend. Ignore the call the umpire didn’t give you on the batter now standing at first base, even though he might have been the third out of the inning. Forget about the slugger waiting in the on-deck circle in a one-run game. Just focus on the here

Heart transplant recipient, avid “School of Roch” fan Fahs to throw out first pitch

Scott Fahs grew up envying the likes of Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer and Mike Mussina. He vividly remembers Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive games played and describes it as “one of the neatest things ever.” On Saturday, The 37-year Orioles fan will get the opportunity to walk the grounds of the park that provided him with some of his favorite

Matthew Taylor: Excited for August and everything after

The Orioles lost 1-0 in extra innings to the Angels on Thursday. They mustered a measly five hits in 13 innings. Their division lead is down to 1 1/2 games with the Blue Jays having won six straight and nine of their last 10. And yet I went to bed with a smile on my face last night. Are we having fun yet? I don’t

Opposite dugout: Seattle’s stingy pitching staff looks to stifle O’s bats in Baltimore

Manager: Lloyd McClendon, first year Record: 56-52 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Robinson Cano (.328/.389/.453, 25 doubles, 7 HR, 59 RBIs); 3B Kyle Seager (.281/.348/.486, 25 doubles, 16 HR, 67 RBIs); RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, 3.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP); LHP James Paxton (2-0, 2.25 ERA, 0.67 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 1-3, 7 runs scored, 12 runs allowed Pitching probables Aug. 1:

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