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Shorebirds’ John Means throws seven-inning no-hitter (with video)

SALISBURY, Md. - Single-A Delmarva left-hander John Means threw a seven-inning no-hitter in the Shorebirds’ 4-0 victory over Charleston in the first game of a doubleheader Friday night. Means, an 11th-round pick by the Orioles out of West Virginia in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, walked one and struck out six in his first career no-hitter. He threw 78 pitches, 50 for strikes, in a

Matthew Taylor: Orioles’ homers, young and old

Alex Rodriguez made headlines this week by becoming only the fourth player in baseball history to have homered both as a teenager and after turning 40. The others to have done it are Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield. Surely you know that if I mention Alex Rodriguez in an Orioles blog post, there has to be a favorable connection to the hometown team.

Zach Wilt: Comparing 2015 Orioles’ position to the Royals’ in 2014

In the National Football League, the idea of parity is constantly preached. “Any given Sunday” is the mantra of the league that claims to be the most fair of any of the professional sports. A last place team a season ago can make the postseason 12 months later, and all it takes to win the Super Bowl is a hot stretch over a few games

Opposite dugout: Tigers are in unfamiliar territory as trade deadline nears (updated)

Manager: Brad Ausmus (2nd season) Record: 49-52 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: SS Jose Iglesias (.313, 10 SB), LF Yoenis Cespedes (.289 with 17 HR, 58 RBIs), RF J.D. Martinez (.286 with 27 HR, 63 RBIs), 2B Ian Kinsler (.280, 44 RBIs), RHP Joakin Soria (23 saves, 1.03 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: July 30: RHP Alfredo Simon vs. RHP

Domenic Vadala: Nick Markakis’ return to Camden Yards a “Baltimore moment”

I, along with much of Birdland, had been anticipating July 27 for some time. Like most cities, Baltimore celebrates and appreciates its sports heroes. Over time we’ve seen many athletes play here only to leave and return in other uniforms, such as Eddie Murray, Bill Ripken, and even Rafael Palmeiro - albeit in a different manner given that he wasn’t drafted here and brought into

Matt Kremnitzer: O’s offense could use Hardy’s power

Whether or not the Orioles end up making a major acquisition before the trade deadline, one of the most frustrating parts of this season has been the lack of production from position players who have previously demonstrated the ability to play well. Steve Pearce, Travis Snider, Delmon Young, and Alejandro De Aza are far from stars, but when used correctly, they have been able to

Opposite dugout: Markakis, Braves struggling with power entering return to Baltimore

Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (5th season) Record: 46-52 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 1B Freddie Freeman (.298/.368/.516 with 12 HR and 41 RBIs), RF Nick Markakis (.286/.368/.359 with 32 RBIs), C A.J. Pierzynski (.286 with 6 HR, 30 RBIs), RHP Shelby Miller (7-6, 3.78 ERA), RHP Jim Johnson (20 holds, 2.11 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-2 in 2012) Pitching probables: July

Andrew Stetka: Development woes create clear path for Orioles

This week’s non-waiver trade deadline is unlike any in years for the Orioles. Not only do the O’s have the clear distinction of not really knowing where they sit on the buy/sell fence, but there’s also a certain weight of importance with this deadline because of key pending free agents. Some people you talk to are fully on the sell train, while others believe this

Matthew Taylor: Closer look at young Orioles who rivaled Machado’s outstanding season

If you’re looking for bright spots in a disappointing season, look no further than the hot corner where Orioles third baseman Manny Machado continues to take on the look of a superstar in the making. After some unexpected early season defensive struggles, Machado has reclaimed his form in the field and taken on a new form in the batter’s box. It’s fair to say that

Opposite dugout: Rays are showing signs that they’re fading from contention

Manager: Kevin Cash (1st season) Record: 48-49 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: DH Joey Butler (.296 with 6 HR, 21 RBIs), IF Logan Forsythe (.283 with 10 HR, 40 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (9 HR, 42 RBIs), RHP Chris Archer (9-7, 2.73 ERA 153 Ks in 128 2/3 IP), RHP Erasmo Ramirez (8-3, 3.54 ERA), RHP Brad Boxberger (24 saves, 3.18 ERA) Season

Zach Wilt: Orioles’ biggest need at the trade deadline

When Major League Baseball added a second Wild Card to each league in 2012, the trade market completely changed. As I look at the standings here on July 23, six teams are within five games for an American League Wild Card berth. If you include the three division leaders and two teams that current sit in a Wild Card spot, that’s 11 of the league’s

Domenic Vadala: Should the Orioles buy or stand pat?

If you read my column on Birds Watcher, perhaps you’ve noticed that we’ve started looking toward the trade deadline. This year, the Orioles do in a way find themselves in a bit of a dilemma. I’m not one of those folks suggesting that the Orioles should consider selling off because “they aren’t good enough” or something like that. But in my view the real dilemma

Opposite dugout: Division games could be deciding factor for Yankees in second half

Manager: Joe Girardi (8th season) Record: 50-41 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: LF Brett Gardner (.300/.378/.477 with 10 HR, 42 RBIs), DH Alex Rodriguez (.277/.378/.515 with 19 HR, 52 RBIs), C Brian McCann (.255 with 15 HR, 58 RBIs), 1B Mark Teixeira (.249 with 23 HR, 63 RBIs), RHP Nathan Eovaldi (9-2, 4.50 ERA), LHP Andrew Miller (20 saves, 1.44 ERA) Season series

Matt Kremnitzer: Looking at Chris Davis in right field

Nothing gets by Buck Showalter, but that doesn’t mean you have to believe everything he says. You probably shouldn’t believe everything anyone says. In February, when discussing Chris Davis’ chances of playing right field during the season, Showalter said, “Chris might be as good a right fielder as we have here.” That comment surely made numerous fans roll their eyes. Perhaps that was less of

Andrew Stetka: Trade winds may not fill O’s sails

We’re entering that portion of the baseball season where things start to get crazy. The non-waiver trading deadline is less than two weeks away, and teams are really starting to decide where they stand and whether or not they have what it takes to make a move. For the Orioles, this decision comes with many tentacles. The O’s are a team looking to build off

Matthew Taylor: Digging deeper into Darren O’Day’s numbers

I wanted to be able to better articulate the value of Orioles All-Star reliever Darren O’Day. In attempting to do so, I developed an appreciation for the late Stu Miller. That’s the sort of thing that can happen when you dig into the numbers late at night. The difference in my understanding of both players was a lesser-mentioned statistic that speaks to the value of

Opposite dugout: Tigers boast offense, but pitching has been an issue

Manager: Brad Ausmus (2nd season) Record: 44-44 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: SS Jose Iglesias (.314, 9 SB), LF Yoenis Cespedes (.297 with 13 HR, 51 RBIs), RF J.D. Martinez (.289/.347/.565 with 25 HR, 59 RBIs), LHP David Price (9-2, 2.38 ERA), RHP Joakim Soria (3.38 ERA, 20 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (5-1 in 2014) Pitching probables: July 17: RHP

Oriole Advocates back from Nicaragua after another successful Cardboard to Leather distribution

What do you do with a pair of shoes when you’re done with them? Maybe you literally walk a hole in them, and they’re bound for the waste basket. Perhaps they’re re-soled and recycled, or even turned into family hand-me-downs. Maybe there’s still some tread left, and you donate them to your favorite charity so someone without proper footwear can benefit from them. But I’ll

First stage of renovations complete at Babe Ruth Museum

The All-Star break is here, and for rabid baseball fans, it’s kind of like going through withdrawal. No Orioles box score to pore over in the morning, no game to plan your evening around. Sure, there’s the Home Run Derby tonight and the All-Star Game tomorrow in Cincinnati, but it’s not the same thing as rooting for the home team. You might need something to

Matthew Taylor: Will Nats’ Harper be taking aim at warehouse this weekend?

Would you be OK with a batter from a visiting team hitting the B&O Warehouse at Camden Yards? What if it were a member of the New York Yankees? The Boston Red Sox? How about the Washington Nationals? What if Bryce Harper were to do it this weekend? Two years ago, then-Washington Examiner columnist Thom Loverro predicted that Harper would hit the warehouse, boasting, “They

Opposite dugout: Nationals looking to deliver in another season with high expectations

Manager: Matt Williams (2nd season) Record: 46-38 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: LF Bryce Harper (.343/.417/.709 with 25 HR, 60 RBIs, 6.1 WAR), 3B Yunel Escobar (.315/.365/.405 with 27 RBIs), 2B Danny Espinosa (.258/.338/.435 with 9 HR, 25 RBIs), C Wilson Ramos (.258 with 8 HR, 38 RBIs), RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.04 ERA), LHP Matt Thornton (2.18 ERA, 1.02 WHIP), RHP Drew

Zach Wilt: Manny Machado and the Home Run Derby

For the third consecutive season, an Orioles player will be participating in the Home Run Derby. Chris Davis represented Charm City in 2013 and Adam Jones donned the orange and black at the Derby a year ago. This year, 23-year-old Manny Machado will step into the batter’s box and look to be the first Oriole to win the contest since Miguel Tejada in 2004. In

Domenic Vadala: Would a small change benefit Birds?

First off, greetings from the Delmarva shore, which is where I am this week! I’m taking my annual summer hiatus from the big city, if you will - so far so good, I suppose! Much like Ocean City, coastal Delaware is a place that’s chock full of orange and black this time of year, and as I’ve walked along the boardwalks of the “Small Wonder

Matt Kremnitzer: O’Day has been better than ever

Darren O’Day is a very good relief pitcher, but you already know that. You probably also know by now that O’Day was selected to the All-Star Game along with fellow Orioles Adam Jones, Manny Machado, and Zach Britton. All are deserving choices, though plenty of deserving players around the league are left off the team each year. Regardless, it’s impressive to have four players on

Andrew Stetka: Important trading deadline looming for Orioles

As the Orioles hike their way through July, the end of the month looms as one of the more crucial periods in the franchise’s recent history. The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline could provide a good sense of where the team is going the rest of the season, and perhaps over the next few seasons. The Orioles have eight pending free agents on the roster.

Opposite dugout: Twins have been one of baseball’s most pleasant surprises in 2015

Manager: Paul Molitor (1st season) Record: 43-39 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Joe Mauer (.275, 41 RBIs), LF Torii Hunter (12 HR, 45 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (40 RBIs), 3B Trevor Plouffe (10 HR, 43 RBIs), RHP Kyle Gibson (6-6, 3.04 ERA), RHP Glen Perkins (1.31 ERA, 27 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-3 in 2014) Pitching probables: July 6:

Orioles, MASN host BCPS Leadership in Media Production students

From MASN production meetings to Buck Showalter’s pregame press conference to batting practice to play-by-play in the broadcast booth, there is so much that goes on before each and every Orioles game. MASN and the Orioles invited Baltimore City Public School students from the Leadership in Media Production program to see the entire process from start to finish. The BCPS summer program enhances the school’s

Matthew Taylor: Remembering 1974, when the O’s went on an historic streak

Last Friday, the Nationals’ scoreless innings streak by starters ended at 48 innings when the Phillies’ Cody Asche laced an RBI double against Max Scherzer. It was the longest scoreless inning streak in franchise history and the second-longest streak in baseball history to the 1974 Orioles. Two days later, the Orioles shut out the Cleveland Indians in both games of a doubleheader. The last time

Opposite dugout: White Sox dragging along while Orioles have soared since historic meeting

Manager: Robin Ventura (4th season) Record: 34-42 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Jose Abreu (.291/.342/.488 with 13 HR, 43 RBIs), RF Avisail Garcia (.273/.322/.391 with 7 HR, 29 RBIs), DH Adam LaRoche (.233 with 9 HR, 31 RBIs), LHP Chris Sale (6-4, 2.87 ERA), RHP David Robertson (16 saves, 2.76 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: July 3: RHP Ubaldo

Orioles’ Travis Snider meets his biggest fan from Thailand

A pinch-hit grand slam in 2013 by then-Pittsburgh Pirate Travis Snider gave the Bucs a 5-3 lead over the Cubs. Beyond helping the Pirates eventually win 5-4, Snider’s home run also had a much bigger, long-term effect: the birth of his superfan. Nine-year-old Wyatt Anthony said he called the grand slam right before it happened, and the big knock was what made Snider his favorite

Zach Wilt: Reacting to O’s decision to DFA Delmon Young

For weeks, we have speculated. But on Wednesday afternoon, the tough decision was finally made. Dan Duquette opted to designate Delmon Young for assignment and added reliever Tyler Wilson to the Orioles roster. Unlike previous seasons, the Orioles roster is filled with players who are out of options, which forced the club to part with a guy who slashed .270/.289/.339 for them this season. Like

Maryland Lottery Contestant of the Game won huge when O’s broke home run record

When the Orioles shattered their previous home run record by hitting eight home runs on June 16, O’s fans rejoiced while Maryland Lottery Contestant of the Game Kevin Hollis cheered louder and louder for each and every home run. Hollis, 28, is an Eastern Shore resident and was chosen as the Contestant of the Game after entering non-winning Baseball Bucks scratch-offs into his My Lottery

Domenic Vadala: Playing roster roulette with the Orioles

Barring a trade or injury, the Orioles are probably going to have to risk losing at least one player this week by designating them for assignment. If they opt not to option Jonathan Schoop to the minors to continue his rehab, they’ll potentially have to DFA a second player at some point. This is never easy, both from a personal and a business standpoint. The

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