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Throwback Thursday: The opening act

It’s officially the offseason for all of Major League Baseball, which means we have to wait until April 6 for baseball to return. For those counting, that’s 158 days - otherwise known as 3,792 hours, 227,520 minutes or 13,651,200 seconds. OK, I think you get the point. While you patiently wait for the first pitch, I’ll be throwin’ it back to the Orioles’ most memorable

Camden Yards experience garners perfect score, top ranking from Stadium Journey

Those of us who regularly attend Orioles games already know Camden Yards is a gem. From its pristine field, retro feel and storied history to its fantastic views, cool vibe and the winning team that inhabits it, the downtown ballpark really is the stadium that changed baseball. Seems others have noticed, too. Stadium Journey, a website that chronicles venues for college and pro sports across

Showalters to host fifth annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1 Mile Walk at Camden Yards

Fall is in the air and Halloween is right around the corner. Also just around the corner is the fifth annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1 Mile Walk presented by OneMain Financial, set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Camden Yards. KidsPeace, in partnership with the Baltimore Orioles and Angela and Buck Showalter, invites the Baltimore community to run or walk in support of kids

Frank Cashen’s enjoyable autobiography rife with insider Orioles memories

The last time I saw J. Frank Cashen, the longtime Orioles executive who was an architect of the team’s powerhouse clubs from the 1960s and 1970s, was in August 2012 at the annual Orioles Hall of Fame luncheon. I rode an elevator with Cashen, then 86, who reveled in being surrounded by Baltimore baseball fans and Hall of Famers from the club. “Isn’t this a

Zach Wilt: Final thoughts on Orioles’ 2014 campaign

How could I possibly be disappointed in the Orioles’ season? Ninety-six regular season wins, an American League East title for the first time since 1997 and a trip to the American League Championship Series. Oh, and the Orioles accomplished all of those feats without Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and even Chris Davis at the end of the season. If you told me way back when

Operation October: All or nothing

KANSAS CITY - Good morning from a very sunny Kauffman Stadium. Olivia and Lindsay here with you for this win-or-go-home Game 4. Wherever you are watching the game today, it’s time for you to back your Birds! If you’re not at The K, we’re bringing the ballpark to you through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (masnOrioles). So be sure to follow along for behind-the-scenes looks.

Daniel Clark: The good and bad of the ALCS

After three games of the American League Championship Series, there’s been a number of key things that haven’t gone according to plan for the Orioles, who trail the series 3-0 and require four straight wins in order to progress to their first World Series since 1983. In light of these disappointing results, let’s explore the good and bad of the series thus far... The Good

Operation October: Sunny skies for Game 3 in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY - It’s true: The sun is out and shining for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series! After the postponement due to rain yesterday, we - Lindsay and Olivia - are back with you for Game 3 of the ALCS, which starts at 8 p.m. Eastern time. We’re about ready to head to the ballpark on this beautiful but windy afternoon. If

Matt Kremnitzer: Looking ahead to Game 3 of ALCS

Thanks to a heavy dose of rain, Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was postponed last night. So the series will get back up and running tonight. There are a number of ways the Orioles could get back in this series; they certainly have not played their best. And even though Kansas City leads two games to none, the O’s could have pilfered

Operation October: From Camden Yards to Kauffman Stadium

KANSAS CITY - Rain, rain, go away! It’s raining here, which seems to be sort of a theme during this American League Championship Series. The chance of rain during the start time tonight is 100 percent, but we’ll see if we can get in Game 3 tonight. (So you’re saying there’s a chance...) The rain, clouds and gloominess in Kansas City today. pic.twitter.com/RDRMPTh8Ay— Steve Melewski

Camden Yards welcomes Citizen Cope

The American League Championship Series brought a lot of excitement to Baltimore over the weekend. Building on this excitement, the Orioles welcomed Clarence Greenwood, better known as Citizen Cope, to the ballpark to belt the national anthem in front of a sellout crowd of 46,912 fans in attendance. Citizen Cope has received a number of accolades over the past 10 years of his career, including

Andrew Stetka: Probability suggests tide will eventually tilt O’s way in ALCS

While the doom and gloom set in, and the dirt continues to be piled on the Orioles as the American League Championship Series shifts to Kansas City, a lot of reason and sense goes out the window. The chances of the O’s coming from behind to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1983 have dropped drastically since the start of the

Operation October: Kauffman Stadium, here we come!

KANSAS CITY - After two hard-fought games between the Orioles and Royals in Baltimore, it’s time to take the American League Championship Series on the road. Once again, it’s Olivia and Lindsay here - bringing you insider’s access to all things ALCS from Kansas City! We plan to take you from Birdland to Kauffman Stadium every step of the way through the series, so be

Yost, Cain on Royals taking 2-0 lead in ALCS

While the Royals didn’t predict it, they didn’t rule out the notion of leaving Camden Yards with a two games to none lead in the American League Championship Series with three games in front of their home fans waiting. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain had a ton to do with the latest victory, going 4-for-5 with two runs, an RBI and two spectacular catches - one of

Operation October: Let’s play Game 2!

Like Buck Showalter always says, we slept fast and we - Lindsay and Olivia - are back at Camden Yards for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series between the Royals and Orioles. We’re all settled in and ready to see this place packed with orange once again. If you’re coming to the Yard, prove it! Tweet and Instagram your pictures, tagging them with

Gordon, Yost on Royals’ big night in ALCS Game 1 win

Alex Gordon did it all to help the Royals get an upper hand in the American League Championship Series. The 30-year-old outfielder put together a monster performance in his first career ALCS contest, using both his bat and his glove to lead the Royals to an 8-6 Game 1 win over the Orioles in 10 innings. Gordon went 3-for-4 with a bases-loaded double, a 10th-inning

Operation October: Game 1 of the ALCS is here!

Rain, rain, go away! Game 1 of the American League Championship Series is just a few hours away, and we - Lindsay and Olivia - are here with you for another go-around! We’re all settled in at Camden Yards for Royals-Orioles and ready to see this place packed with orange. If you’re coming to the Yard, show us! Tweet and Instagram your pictures, tagging them

Opposite dugout: Royals ride pitching, speed, defense into ALCS

Manager: Ned Yost, fifth year Record: 89-73 ALDS result: 3-0 over Angels Postseason stats: 1B Eric Hosmer (.500/.632/1.143, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 5 R); 3B Mike Moustakas (.286/.333/.714, 2 HR, 2 RBIs); LHP Jason Vargas (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP); RHP James Shields (1-0, 4.91 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 4-3, 26 runs scored, 18 runs allowed Pitching probables Game 1, Oct. 10:

Orioles welcome back Knothole Gang, giving 600 children opportunity to experience ALCS

Postseason baseball at Camden Yards is loud, and one of the loudest cheering sections for the American League Championship Series may just be Section 98. Following the success of the OriolesREACH Knothole Gang in the American League Division Series, the Orioles will once again bring hundreds of children from various groups around the state to Camden Yards, allowing them to experience postseason baseball from their

Matthew Taylor: Everywhere you look, O’s fandom endures

I arrived for our family vacation in Florida this week with a suitcase stuffed to the feathers with five Orioles hats, seven Orioles T-shirts and an Orioles sweatshirt - and that was after whittling down my baseball clothing options. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve become a billboard for Orioles pride of late; I’m absolutely basking in the reflected glory of this American League

Operation October: ALCS Eve

1 p.m. - One more sleep until ALCS baseball in Baltimore After a few days of downtime once the Orioles won the Division Series, we’re back in action gearing up for the American League Championship Series - set to begin tomorrow night at Camden Yards! The Orioles started the afternoon with exciting news that the team reached an agreement with J.J. Hardy on a contract

Zach Wilt: Backs ends of bullpens present interesting ALCS matchup

For years, I preached about the importance of starting pitching in the postseason. In my mind, I firmly believed that the teams with the best rotations had the greatest chance of making a deep run into October. It was all about those four starters and no matter what a team did to hide its lack of starting pitching in the regular season, they would surely

Daniel Clark: Previewing the Royals-Orioles ALCS

If someone told me six months ago that the two teams competing for the American League championship would be the Orioles and Royals, I’d probably have told them they were dreaming. Back in March, I would have argued that while each team was capable of competing with the best, a lot of things would need to fall into line for the two to outlast powerful

MASN to re-air Game 2 of ALDS on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. (updated with Game 3 rebroadcast Thursday at 6:30 p.m.)

The throw from Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had barely nestled into first baseman Steve Pearce’s mitt to end Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday when fans were already clamoring for MASN to re-air the thrilling game as an “Orioles Classic.” Well, we heard the requests on Facebook and Twitter, and you’ll now get your wish. What better way to prepare for

MLB’s ALCS promo will get you even more excited

I’m sure I’m not the only one in Baltimore counting down the hours until Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. In case you’re not counting, we have 82 hours as of the moment I’m typing this sentence. The series between the Orioles and Royals looks to be a great matchup. Both teams are coming off series sweeps in the Division Series. Both teams

Matt Kremnitzer: Orioles shedding underdog status, gaining respect

The Orioles are no longer underdogs Even though the Orioles finished with six more wins during the regular season, many still viewed the Detroit Tigers as the favorites to win the American League Division Series. And yet the Orioles dispatched Detroit in just three games. Fans drinking nothing but orange Kool-Aid likely would not have even predicted a sweep against Detroit. But the Orioles demonstrated

Operation October: ALCS Bound

*We’ll be updating this entry all day, so keep scrolling and check back often! 10 a.m. - Back in Baltimore We’ve had over 12 hours to soak in the Orioles’ sweep of the ALDS, but the excitement in Baltimore is undeniable. Before looking ahead to the ALCS on Friday, take a look back at a memorable night in Detroit with the video below. A Bud

Andrew Stetka: A generation of O’s fans finally get their taste

A week ago when I wrote in this space, I questioned whether or not Buck Showalter had prepared his team properly for a postseason run. I didn’t doubt, so much as wonder if the team was ready after a long layoff between clinching the American League East and starting the playoffs. Never could I have imagined that a week later, I’d be looking forward to

Ausmus on sweep: “You feel like you let the fans down and you feel like you let the organization down”

The Tigers won 90 games to take the American League Central and were seeking their fourth straight appearance in the AL Championship Series. So to call being swept in the AL Division Series a letdown doesn’t quite capture what first-year manager Brad Ausmus was feeling after Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Orioles. “It’s disappointing. You feel like you let the fans down and you feel

Operation October: ALDS Game 3

*We’ll be updating this entry all day, so keep scrolling and check back often! 12:30 p.m. - Settling in at Comerica Park DETROIT - It’s chilly here in Detroit, but it finally feels like October baseball. We’ve just arrived to the ballpark to kick things off for Game 3 at Comerica Park this afternoon. The Orioles hold a two-game lead in the Division Series. With

Operation October: Moving on to Motor City

*We’ll be updating this entry all day, so keep scrolling and check back often! 11:30 a.m. - Detroit, here we come! Lindsay and Ally here, sitting patiently at Gate B12 waiting to board our flight to Motor City to cover the Orioles on the road! We’ll be giving you complete coverage from Comerica Park while the Birds continue their postseason journey, so be sure to

Ausmus after Game 2 loss: “If we have a lead in the eighth inning Sunday, we’re going to have to find somebody”

After again watching his bullpen let the Orioles post a big eighth inning to cement a Division Series win, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn’t know how he’d handle a lead going forward with his club one game away from being eliminated. For the second straight game, Joba Chamberlain and Joakim Soria simply couldn’t record outs. Handed a three-run lead in the eighth, the late-inning duo

Operation October: ALDS Game 2

*We’ll be updating this entry all day, so keep scrolling and check back often! REMINDER: We’ll be covering the Birds on the road, so be sure to check out Operation October daily for insider’s access throughout the team’s postseason run! 10 a.m. - About last night Game 1 was fun, right? Let’s do it all over again today! The gates are open and we’re two

Matthew Taylor: Hoping to fulfill parade promise to my son

Baseball is the World Series and a championship team! Celebration and parades, confetti in the streets. And maybe, just maybe, this year that team is your team. Because in baseball, anything is possible. I promised my son a parade. We’ve read the book “Baseball Is ...” several times ever since my father purchased it as a gift for his grandson. That grandson has always loved

Ausmus discusses Tigers’ end of 12-3 loss in ALDS Game 1

Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus’ first postseason game as a manager didn’t quite go the way he hoped. A tight contest turned into a rout when few miscues in the eighth contributed to an eight-run inning for the Orioles, who handed Detroit a 12-3 loss in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. In the top of the eighth with the dangerous heart of the

Operation October: ALDS Game 1

*We’ll be updating this entry all day, so keep scrolling and check back often! 2 p.m. - The calm before the storm It’s finally here. In only a few short hours, Game 1 of the Division Series will be under way from Camden Yards. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look of what’s going on around the ballpark leading up to first pitch. Today is the day. #IBackTheBirds

Zach Wilt: Who has advantage in ALDS matchup?

The first pitch of Orioles postseason is just hours away. For me, like just about everyone in Birdland, it can’t come soon enough. Who else has had trouble sleeping this week? It feels like forever since the O’s took the field, even longer since they were at Camden Yards. While the American League East champs have prepared for the Detroit Tigers to come to town,

Opposite dugout: Tigers bring power arms, power bats into ALDS

Manager: Brad Ausmus, first year Record: 90-72 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Miguel Cabrera (.313/.371/.524, 52 doubles, 25 HR, 109 RBIs, 101 R); DH Victor Martinez (.335/.409/.565, 33 doubles, 32 HR, 103 RBIs); RHP Max Scherzer (18-5, 3.15 ERA, 1.18 WHIP); LHP David Price (15-12, 3.26 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) Season series vs. O’s: 5-1, 33 runs scored, 20 runs allowed Pitching probables

Operation October: ALDS Eve

We are officially less than 24 hours away from the beginning of the Orioles’ 2014 postseason run. This is it, Baltimore. After you pinch yourself, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Trust me, you won’t regret it. We’ll be giving fans behind-the-scenes glances at the O’s playoff run through our social media networks. On top of that, we’ll be running

Daniel Clark: Four keys to Orioles having ALDS success

With the regular season having come to a close, now is a good opportunity to reflect on expectations for the 2014 season and appreciate just how impressive this Orioles team has performed. Despite the numerous injuries and suspensions during the journey, a 96-66 record, a 12-game division lead and a ninth American League East title was probably more than what even the most optimistic Orioles

Operation October: Preparing for the postseason

It’s officially October, which means postseason baseball at Camden Yards is finally here! It’s been two long weeks since the Orioles clinched the American League East title, and the city of Baltimore has been more than ready for the Birds to host the AL Division Series. As dedicated O’s fans, we know you #StayHungry for more Orioles access, so we’ll be giving you a behind-the-scenes

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