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Matt Kremnitzer: Is it time to dump Norris from the rotation?

The Orioles both receive and deserve credit for constantly working and reworking the fringes of the roster. They are again seeing the benefits of minor league signings like Chaz Roe, Chris Parmelee and Nolan Reimold, with the main goal being to eliminate the presence of bad players on the 25-man roster. Doing so can certainly be useful. If the O’s are going to continue in

Opposite dugout: Despite issues, Rangers have managed to contend in AL West

Manager: Jeff Banister (1st season) Record: 38-38 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 1B/DH Prince Fielder (.351/.418/.538 with 12 HR, 48 RBIs); 1B Mitch Moreland (.298 with 10 HR, 36 RBIs), 3B Adrian Beltre (.248 with 6 HR, 20 RBIs), 3B/OF Joey Gallo (5 HR, 10 RBIs), RHP Nick Martinez (5-4, 3.39 ERA), RHP Colby Lewis (7-3, 4.10 ERA), RHP Shawn Tolleson (10 saves,

Andrew Stetka: Return of Schoop could provide O’s with a boost

The Orioles that is plugging along and moving up the standings in the American League East, but also seem to be getting healthy. Yesterday’s return of Adam Jones to the lineup provided the O’s with a sense of relief after he missed just over a week with a shoulder ailment. Matt Wieters has returned from Tommy John surgery, and though he isn’t playing every day,

Opposite dugout: Indians and Orioles have taken different turns since last meeting

Manager: Terry Francona (3rd season) Record: 33-38 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Jason Kipnis (.354/.431/.521 with 31 RBIs), LF Michael Brantley (.293/.370/.435 with 37 RBIs), RF Brandon Moss (11 HR, 35 RBIs), RHP Corey Kluber (117 strikeouts, 3.65 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (14 saves, 47 strikeouts) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: June 26: RHP Corey Kluber vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen,

Matthew Taylor: On opposite directions and changing fortunes

June has provided me with renewed appreciation for the Orioles’ success since 2012. It’s not simply that the team seems to have turned things around after a slow start to this season, although the early struggles certainly served as a reminder not to take things for granted. Rather, my appreciation stems from the O’s wins - seven of them in nine tries - against the

Zach Wilt: Have the O’s replaced Markakis’ production?

It took 71 games, but I can now comfortably say that the Orioles have effectively replaced Nick Markakis’ production from last season. Markakis was a lot of things to the Orioles in 2014. He was a Gold Glove corner outfielder, a table-setter atop the lineup and, of course, a clubhouse leader who provided a veteran presence on a team that advanced to the American League

Domenic Vadala: Properly aligning baseball’s All-Stars

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the voting process for the upcoming All-Star Game, and how the Kansas City Royals are monopolizing it. I’ve written about it on Birds Watcher, you’ve heard about it here on MASNsports.com, and as well on numerous other outlets. Let me be only the latest person to say that the entire scenario is a poor one - both

Opposite dugout: For last-place Red Sox, offense is finally coming along

Manager: John Farrell (3rd season) Record: 31-40 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Dustin Pedroia (.307 with 9 HR, 30 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.292 with 30 RBIs), LF Hanley Ramirez (.273/.322/.478 with 15 HR, 37 RBIs), LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1, 3.13 ERA), RHP Koji Uehara (14 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-7 Pitching probables: June 23: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez vs. RHP Joe

Matt Kremnitzer: Delving into Ubaldo Jimenez’s revival

Surprised by the resurgence of Ubaldo Jimenez? Maybe you shouldn’t be, considering the amount of unexpected productive performances from random Orioles these last few years. The 2015 season hasn’t been any different. There are Jimmy Paredes, Chaz Roe, Nolan Reimold, Chris Parmelee, Tyler Wilson, and Mike Wright (temporarily, at least) - all have contributed in some way. But Jimenez has arguably been the best O’s

MASN commemorates Father’s Day with special correspondent Caylee Kirby

For many players across Major League Baseball, family continues to come first on and off the field. Father’s Day is typically a day when many coaches and players get a chance to reflect on their fondest memories and what the day dedicated to dads truly means to them. MASN commemorated this year’s holiday with a heartfelt Father’s Day segment on “O’s Xtra” before Sunday’s

Matthew Taylor: Baseball as a family bond

I had the pleasure of visiting Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn., this week. With Father’s Day approaching, the wonderful independent bookstore had a display of books for dad that, as you might expect, included titles celebrating the father-son bond as expressed through baseball. I’m fortunate to share that bond with my father and to be developing that bond with my son. However, the bookstore display

Opposite dugout: As two hot teams clash, Blue Jays still rely on strong bats to back up poor pitching

Manager: John Gibbons (8th season) Record: 36-32 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.307/.363/.559 with 17 HR, 46 RBIs), DH Jose Bautista (.252/.388/.524 with 13 HR, 43 RBIs), C Russell Martin (.277 with 10 HR, 35 RBIs), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (13 HR, 38 RBIs), LHP Mark Buehrle (7-4, 4.01 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (7 holds, 2.05 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles:

Zach Wilt: Machado flourishing as O’s leadoff hitter

We often underestimate the importance of the leadoff hitter. He’s the guy that gets things started, sets the table for the rest of the order and ends up with the most plate appearances at the end of the season. A struggling hitter atop a lineup can doom an inning or, at the very least, limit the damage against an opposing pitcher. One of my biggest

Domenic Vadala: Crab cakes, cheesesteaks and forced rivalries

This week could be called “forced rivalry week” in Major League Baseball with lots of teams playing two-game home-and-home series against regional or natural rivals. Admittedly, some of these so-called rivalries are more forced than others. This would normally be O’s vs. Nats week; however, those two teams will play two three-game series later this summer and into the autumn. So the Orioles ended up

Matt Kremnitzer: Another scrap heap success story for O’s

The Orioles currently have three relief pitchers who have thrown more than 10 innings and posted sub-2.00 earned run averages. The first two, Zach Britton and Darren O’Day, are names you’d expect. But the third isn’t, because his name is Chaz Roe. As MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski wrote in May, Roe thought his career was coming to an end a few years ago. A career minor

Opposite dugout: Struggling Phillies are ripe for the picking, ready for rebuilding

Manager: Ryne Sandberg (3rd season) Record: 22-42 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (.282 with 6 HR, 16 RBIs), LF Ben Revere (.277 with 15 SB), 1B Ryan Howard (11 HR, 28 RBIs), RHP Aaron Harang (4-7, 3.04 ERA), RHP Jonathan Papelbon (12 saves, 1.05 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-2 in 2012) Pitching probables: June 15: RHP Aaron

Andrew Stetka: On Buck Showalter’s Baltimore legacy

Buck Showalter created another milestone this weekend by moving into third place on the Orioles’ managerial wins list. The skipper now has 408 wins and passed Hank Bauer, who helped lead the Orioles to their first World Series title in 1966. If he sticks with it, Showalter will have a chance to pass Paul Richards for second place on the list. Showalter has a long

#AskJPA: MASN president, Orioles executive VP John P. Angelos takes to Twitter to answer fan questions

Following his first successful #AskJPA Twitter session, Orioles executive vice president and president of MASN, John P. Angelos, once again took to his Twitter (@JohnPAngelos) to answer fans’ questions. Twitter has given baseball and Orioles fans the opportunity to communicate directly with players, executives, writers and more in a personal and direct way. And this was no different; when fans submitted questions using #AskJPA

Matthew Taylor: Orioles history flush with Yankees ties

It may seem a strange choice for an Orioles blogger to write about a former Yankees manager and a former Yankees outfielder on the weekend that the Bronx Bombers visit Camden Yards for a three-game set. However, there’s good reason for that decision. With his next win, former Yankees manager Buck Showalter will tie former Yankees outfielder Hank Bauer on the Orioles’ all-time managerial wins

Opposite dugout: As A-Rod approaches milestone, Yankees might be in trouble with Miller on DL

Manager: Joe Girardi (8th season) Record: 33-26 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: DH Alex Rodriguez (.270/.373/.505 with 11 HR, 29 RBIs), LF Brett Gardner (.276/.352/.433 with 27 RBIs), C Brian McCann (.264 with 9 HR, 38 RBIs), 1B Mark Teixeira (17 HR, 45 RBIs), RHP Michael Pineda (7-2, 3.33 ERA), RHP Dellin Betances (11 holds, 0.28 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 4-3 Pitching

Zach Wilt: What’s made Zach Britton so good this season?

After an All-Star-caliber performance in which he recorded a league-high 51 saves 2012, Jim Johnson scuffled the next season. The Orioles closer still managed 50 saves, but blew nine along the way and the Birds finished 6 1/2 games out of the wild card. Johnson allowed two more hits per nine innings in 2013, as a result recording a 9.75 ERA over 12 innings in

Savage Eagles get instruction from Hardy and Dickerson, part of LUNGevity benefit auction

The Savage Eagles, an under-12 travel baseball team from Howard County, got the chance of a lifetime this afternoon at Camden Yards. For about an hour, they got hands-on tutelage from Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and third base coach Bobby Dickerson on the same field where the Birds play. The fielding drills instruction fulfilled an experience auctioned off at the Winter Meetings in San Diego

Umpires brighten patients’ day at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

The men who decide whether a pitch is a ball or strike, whether a player is safe or out (and, more recently, who pore over video replays to determine the status of contested plays) have a whole bunch of new fans in Baltimore. The four major league umpires - Cory Blaser, Laz Diaz, Chris Guccione and Jeff Nelson - working tonight’s Orioles game spent part

Domenic Vadala: Getting a grip on a slippery situation

A few weeks ago, Brian Matusz and the Orioles became part of a league-wide discussion about foreign substances used by pitchers on the baseball. That kind of started up again late last week when it was announced that Matusz’s eight-game suspension was being upheld (never mind the fact that Milwaukee’s Will Smith had his shortened to six games for the same offense). I come at

Matt Kremnitzer: What can be expected of Nolan Reimold?

According to MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko, the Orioles will promote outfielder Nolan Reimold from Triple-A Norfolk today. A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced. Perhaps another corner outfielder could be designated for assignment, or maybe Reimold could take reliever Cesar Cabral’s 25-man roster spot. For now, at least, Reimold is back. The move is somewhat of a surprise considering the opt-out date in his

Opposite dugout: Red Sox hoping to climb out of AL East basement

Manager: John Farrell (3rd season) Record: 27-31 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Dustin Pedrioa (.313 with 8 HR, 23 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.296, 21 RBIs), LF Hanley Ramirez (13 HR, 32 RBIs), LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (2-0, 0.61 ERA), RHP Koji Uehara (2.37 ERA, 13 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-4 Pitching probables: June 9: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez,

Andrew Stetka: It’s too early to talk about the Orioles selling

Much of the talk surrounding the Orioles in recent weeks has been focused on the July 31 trade deadline and whether or not the team will be sellers going forward. Despite having taken two out of three over the Indians this weekend, the O’s have struggled to gain traction this season and still sit last in the weak American League East. That said, we all

Take on Adam Jones at your own game: CareFirst Fan Challenge is back

Going out on a limb here, but just guessing you can’t smack a baseball as far as Adam Jones or track down a high fly ball as well as the Orioles’ center fielder. But that doesn’t mean you can’t beat him at your own game! That’s right: The CareFirst Fan Challenge is back, and it’s time for you to challenge Jones to whatever contest you’d

Opposite dugout: Despite what record and stats say, Indians can pose serious threat

Manager: Terry Francona (3rd season) Record: 26-27 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 2B Jason Kipnis (.330/.402/.509 with 5 HR, 26 RBIs), LF Michael Brantley (.303/.384/.469 with 4 HR, 32 RBIs), RF Brandon Moss (.253 with 10 HR, 32 RBIs), RHP Danny Salazar (5-1, 3.79 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (12 saves, 34 strikeouts) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (4-3 in 2014) Pitching probables:

Matthew Taylor: Mining major league talent from Maryland

Residents of the great state of Maryland can claim seven Hall of Famers as their own: Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Home Run Baker, Al Kaline, Vic Willis, and, of course, Cal Ripken Jr. and Babe Ruth. As the Babe Ruth statue outside Camden Yards demonstrates, Marylanders are proud of their native sons, even when they play for the Yankees. Last weekend’s Brooks Robinson High School

Zach Wilt: Moves by GMs could be key in AL East race

Simply put, the American League East is an absolute mess this season. The Yankees remain atop the division with their 29-25 record, but even the last-place Orioles are just five games out of first. Around the rest of the najors, cellar-dwelling teams aren’t nearly as fortunate. The last-place Oakland Athletics (22-33) are 12 ½ games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West. The

Domenic Vadala: A baseball anniversary and the Orioles’ outlook

Today, June 3, is a notable date in the history of baseball, the 127th anniversary of the popular poem, “Casey at the Bat,” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. It was first published by the San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888. We all know the story. “The mighty Casey” is the heavy hitter for the team from the fictional town of Mudville. And with the “Mudville

Matt Kremnitzer: Brach’s leverage in O’s bullpen is improving

There’s no single, effective way to build a bullpen. Some teams throw money at high-priced relievers to fill holes. Some target young relievers early in the major league draft, hoping they’ll be able to contribute to the club in a hurry. Many teams convert failed starting pitching prospects into one- or two-inning relief options, while most frequently seek out overlooked or underwhelming pitching options and

Opposite dugout: Will home cooking help Astros avenge earlier series loss to O’s?

Manager: A.J. Hinch (1st season) Record: 31-20 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Jose Altuve (.296/.344/.417 with 25 RBIs, 15 SB), LF Colby Rasmus (8 HR, 17 RBIs), RF George Springer (7 HR, 17 RBIs), DH Evan Gattis (11 HR, 31 RBIs), LHP Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.76 ERA), RHP Luke Gregerson (3.74 ERA, 13 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: June

Andrew Stetka: Questions aplenty surrounding Wieters’ return

The impending return of Matt Wieters to the Orioles is going to create more questions than answers for the short term and the long term. As many know, Wieters has been rehabbing in the minors following Tommy John surgery. He’s set to come off the disabled list later this week, but following some comments from Buck Showalter yesterday, I immediately question his role. Wieters could

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