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Ryan Romano: O’Day defying odds with success in crunch time

Darren O’Day has always defied expectations. He went from a walk-on at the University ofFlorida to the team’s closer. After going undrafted out of college, he signed with the Angels,then shot through the minors and got a regular role with the Mets and Rangers. And whenTexas let him walk following an ugly 2011 campaign, he signed with the Orioles and took offonce more. O’Day’s profile

Andrew Stetka: Orioles’ lineup shuffle comes without true leadoff hitter

It’d be really easy to get all fired up and stomp my foot at Ubaldo Jimenez to start this week. There are a ton of questions as to what the Orioles do with him going forward and how they deal with his struggles. Instead, I’m going to go a different route. I’ve been really interested in what Buck Showalter is doing with his lineup over

Opposite dugout: Red Sox hitting on all cylinders offensively

Manager: John Farrell (4th season) Record: 30-20 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: DH David Ortiz (.339/.420/.720 with 13 HR, 46 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.351/.401/.514 with 6 HR, 28 RBIs), CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.333/.409/.592 with 8 HR, 36 RBIs), RHP Steven Wright (4-4, 2.52 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (3.10 ERA, 12 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: May 30: RHP

Matthew Taylor: Which Oriole could pull off major hitting streak?

Hitting streaks have been on the top of many minds in Major League Baseball lately. Jackie Bradley pieced together a 29-game hit streak that ended Thursday night. That left him five games short of the Red Sox team record, held by Dom Dimaggio, which he could have been tied when the Red Sox visit Camden Yards next week. Meanwhile, MLB started its celebration of the

Yard Work podcast: Episode 3

Hey, O’s fans, and welcome to the latest edition of Yard Work. On this week’s episode, Steve and I recap the Orioles’ road trip, which has included a solid three-game series win against the Angels and a mystifying and frustrating three-game sweep at the hands of the Astros. During the series in Houston, there were strikeouts aplenty, though the majority came from the Baltimore dugout.

Opposite dugout: Streaky Tribe enters series on three-game win binge

Manager: Terry Francona (4th season) Record: 25-20 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: SS Francisco Lindor (.318/.372/.413 with 20 RBIs), 2B Jason Kipnis (6 HR, 27 RBIs), 1B Mike Napoli (30 RBIs), DH/1B Carlos Santana (8 HR, 23 RBIs), RHP Danny Salazar (4-3, 2.32 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (11 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-5 in 2015) Pitching probables: May 27: RHP

New Oriole Garden unveiled at Camden Yards (with video)

It’s safe to say Camden Yards has seen its fair share of showers this season. Bring on the flowers. For those fans who adhere to the age-old adage, there is a bit of good news. Thanks in large part to the National Wildlife Foundation and the Orioles, the flowers are here, and they are beautiful. Earlier today, both parties presented the new Oriole Garden, planted

Zach Wilt: What is the Orioles’ true identity in 2016?

When the Orioles began the season 7-0, they set fans’ expectations high for 2016 right out of the gate. Then a month later, they matched that seven-game winning streak with another as the team surged to a 23-12 record on May 14. A division title or playoff berth would be the only thing to satisfy Charm City this season. As with any team playing 162

Dillon Atkinson: A decision must be made regarding Kim

When an outfielder on a ballclub has made eight starts in the team’s 43 games, what role would you think he has? Would you think he was a right-handed hitting platoon outfielder who only started against left-handed pitchers? Would you think he was a fourth outfielder whose primary use was as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement late in games? I would assume one of the

Opposite dugout: Astros struggling to continue last year’s success

Manager: A.J. Hinch (2nd season) Record: 17-28 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 2B Jose Altuve (.328/.413/.582 with 9 HR, 27 RBIs), RF George Springer (.254/ with 9 HR, 25 RBIs), SS Carlos Correa (.253 with 7 HR, 20 RBIs), LF Colby Rasmus (8 HR, 31 RBIs), RHP Doug Fister (4-3, 4.22 ERA), RHP Will Harris (0.46 ERA, 11 holds) Season series vs. Orioles:

Ryan Romano: How unlucky is Ubaldo Jimenez?

One of the trickier elements of baseball analysis is figuring out the role of luck - or the absence thereof - in a player’s output. When we look at Ubaldo Jimenez, and see that he has a 6.04 ERA in 2016, we can safely say that he’s not this awful of a pitcher, and that he’ll allow fewer runs as the season goes along. But

Andrew Stetka: Orioles have a stadium to be proud of

I was baffled late last week when I read that the Texas Rangers are aiming to have a new ballpark built within the next five years. I visited what is now called Globe Life Park but was then called the Ballpark in Arlington just four short years ago. My visit came in August on a warm Texas night when Adrian Beltre clubbed three home runs

Matthew Taylor: How are O’s tallying so many comeback wins?

What should we make of the Orioles’ growing number of comeback wins? Is it a function of the powerful lineup? The outstanding bullpen? Orioles Magic? The answer isn’t as simple as any one thing; however, the most significant factor in the O’s disproportionate number of comeback victories is what happens in the early innings. The team is making a habit of digging itself into early

Opposite dugout: Angels sticking to formula of riding Trout’s superstardom

Manager: Mike Scioscia (17th season) Record: 19-22 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.327/.416/.588 with 10 HR, 31 RBIs), 3B Yunel Escobar (.309/.362/.426), RF Kole Calhoun (.291/.371/.412 with 20 RBIs), DH Albert Pujols (8 HR, 27 RBIs), LHP Hector Santiago (3-2, 3.42 ERA), RHP Fernando Salas (2.18 ERA, 2 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (4-2 in 2015) Pitching probables:

Yard Work podcast: Episode 2

Gas up that mower and pull out those gardening gloves, O’s fans. It’s time for a little Yard Work! On this week’s episode, Steve and I talk about the Orioles’ most recent homestand against the Tigers and Mariners. Where do the Orioles sit after taking three of four from Detroit and losing the three-game series to Seattle? Also, we’ll look back at reliever Darren O’Day’s

Zach Wilt: Why Hyun Soo Kim should be an everyday player

One of my favorite moves of the offseason was the Orioles’ addition of Hyun Soo Kim. It just seemed like the perfect Dan Duquette acquisition. Over the years, the O’s executive vice president of baseball operations has shown a unique ability to find major league talent in some unconventional places. Remember Nate McLouth in 2012, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates earlier in

Dillon Atkinson: Machado at shortstop is a different, enjoyable look

As you all know, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy fouled a ball off his left foot on May 1 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture, with the expected return being six to eight weeks. The veteran shortstop was off to a solid start to the season, especially with the glove. His trip to the disabled list created questions among Orioles

Ryan Romano: Looking at Chris Davis’ two big adjustments

As players get older, they have to tweak their game to remain elite. For pitchers, this often entails working on a new off-speed pitch or refining command -- to paraphrase a famous expression, they change from throwers into pitchers. Hitters don’t always evolve dramatically, but they often shake things up once the years start coming. In the first season of at least seven more with

Opposite dugout: Cano, Cruz have Mariners contending in AL West

Manager: Scott Servais (1st season) Record: 21-16 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Robinson Cano (.290 with 12 HR, 34 RBIs), RF Nelson Cruz (7 HR, 21 RBIs), 3B Kyle Seager (7 HR, 21 RBIs), RHP Taijuan Walker (2-2, 2.63 ERA), RHP Steve Cishek (3.10 ERA, 11 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-3 in 2015) Pitching probables: May 17: LHP Wade

Andrew Stetka: O’s pitchers limiting home runs, helping team win

The Orioles are already doing things this season they haven’t done in this millennium. Win streaks? Not something the Birds are quite accustomed to. They now have two of them over that stretch at least seven games after having just two between 2000-2015. Over the last few seasons, the Orioles have mostly gone about their winning ways by taking two out of three. Sweeps are

Yard Work podcast: Episode 1

At MASN, we love talking baseball. And we love being the best source of news and information for you, the fans. Part of meeting that demand is developing new ways to deliver baseball content in exciting and interesting formats. So in light of that challenge, we’ve hopped on board with one of the most popular forms of media. You guessed it, we’ve entered the world

Matthew Taylor: O’s boasting more power than ever

We are currently witnessing the most powerful era in Orioles history. It is not only that this year’s team is sending baseballs flying out of the ballpark in bunches before the temperature even heats up. Baltimore’s power surge has run for five seasons now after a relative drought of home runs in the early 2000s. It is a period that rivals any stretch in team

Zach Wilt: Machado’s talent is something to cherish

With every Orioles game that’s played this season, I’m personally doing my best to appreciate what I’m able to witness every night. I hope you’re doing the same. Watching Manny Machado, in every aspect of the game, is an absolute thrill. I don’t want to take it for granted. This could be the year that we point to as the beginning of a superstar career.

Opposite dugout: Tigers trying to escape from recent woeful skid

Manager: Brad Ausmus (3rd season) Record: 15-18 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 3B Nick Castellanos (.378/.405/.640), DH Victor Martinez (.348/.407/.571), RHP Justin Verlander (2-3, 5.40 ERA, 42 K’s), RHP Francisco Rodriguez (8 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-4 in 2015) Pitching probables: May 12: RHP Mike Pelfrey vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, 7:05 p.m., MASN May 13: RHP Justin Verlander vs. RHP

Dillon Atkinson: Wilson or Wright? Gallardo’s return leads to crowded rotation

Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo - who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 23 with right shoulder/bicep tendinitis - will be cleared to start throwing again this Saturday at Camden Yards. There’s still no timetable set for when we should expect him to be activated from the disabled list, but the veteran starter getting ready to pick up a ball and start throwing

Ryan Romano: The Orioles’ incredible home run avoidance

Heading into the 2016 season, most projection systems didn’t think very highly of the Orioles’ pitching staff. Baseball Prospectus predicted they would allow 4.76 runs per game, which would rank last in the major leagues. FanGraphs had them at 4.71 runs allowed per game, better than only the Colorado Rockies. Many pundits echoed that pessimism: Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe wrote that “even in a division

Andrew Stetka: O’s rotation exceeding expectations thus far

Entering this season, there was little debate over what the biggest concern surrounding the Orioles would be. While there were questions about the corner outfield spots and the offense’s reliance on the home run, the starting rotation was always the most glaring question mark. There are still major doubts over what the rotation will become as 2016 plays out, but the unit deserves a little

Opposite dugout: Last-place Twins try to avoid season sweep at hands of Orioles

Manager: Paul Molitor (2nd season) Record: 8-23 Last 10 games: 1-9 Who to watch: 1B Joe Mauer (.299/.420/.402), DH Byung Ho Park (.256/.337/.570 with 7 HR, 12 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (4 HR, 14 RBIs), RHP Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 4.70 ERA, 34 K), LHP Fernando Abad (0.68 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-3 Pitching probables: May 9: RHP Tyler Wilson vs. RHP Jose

MASN booth returns with prizes on Eutaw Street

Which do you prefer: attending an Orioles game during the day or at night? They both have their pluses. Baseball was intended to be played under the sun, but few experiences beat watching the game under the lights. Day or night, you’ll be able to catch a full moon of sorts at Camden Yards thoughout the season. That’s right, the MASN booth, hosted by Full

Matthew Taylor: O’s will need unlikely contributions if they’re going to win big

Here’s to the unlikely. The Orioles have cornered the market on defying expectations in recent years, outlasting meager predictions on their way to two playoff appearances and a division title. If the O’s are going to contend for the AL East in 2016, they’ll need plenty of unanticipated happenings again this season. In other words, they’ll need more nights like Thursday night. The O’s won

Opposite dugout: A’s hit Baltimore on four-game skid

Manager: Bob Melvin (6th season) Record: 13-16 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Billy Burns (.271, 8 SB), RF Josh Reddick (4 HR, 12 RBIs), LF Khris Davis (6 HR, 14 RBIs), SS Marcus Semien (7 HR), LHP Rich Hill (3-3, 2.53 ERA), RHP Ryan Madson (8 saves, 1.32 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-6 in 2015) Pitching probables: May 6:

Zach Wilt: Adam Jones’ struggles aren’t a cause for concern

Just over a month into the 2016 season, the Orioles offense is on pace to be one of the game’s best. They’ve hit 36 homers, ranking third in the major leagues in that category (there’s a four-way tie for first) and have baseball’s third-best batting average with runners in scoring position (.295). We knew this club would score some runs this season, so I suppose

Sunday event will mark 50th anniversary of Frank Robinson’s blast out of Memorial Stadium

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and the holiday will be marked in many traditional ways - breakfasts in bed, hand-drawn greeting cards, bouquets of flowers and family dinners. But Mark Melonas will celebrate Mother’s Day by marking - rather re-marking - one of the most significant achievements in Orioles history on the site where Memorial Stadium used to be. Melonas, a woodworker who lives in Ednor

Dillon Atkinson: Despite one rocky outing, Tillman looking strong

Right-hander Chris Tillman turned in his best season on the mound in 2014, recording a 3.34 ERA (4.01 FIP) over 207.1 innings pitched for the Orioles. However, 2015 was a season that he probably hopes to forget, as he posted a 4.99 ERA (4.45 FIP) over 173 innings. Buck Showalter still showed faith in his starter, as he gave Tillman the opening day nod this

Ryan Romano: Can Rickard regain his plate discipline?

Through his first month at the major league level, Joey Rickard has fared pretty well overall. The most recent Orioles Rule 5 pick, he’s put up a .278/.308/.392 slash line over 104 plate appearances -- not elite production, sure, but much better than what the team got from Travis Snider and Delmon Young last year. For all his skill, though, Rickard has displayed a major

Opposite dugout: Yankees make first trip to Baltimore with offensive woes

Manager: Joe Girardi (9th season) Record: 8-15 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 2B Starlin Castro (.314/.352/.500 with 12 RBIs), C Brian McCann (.262/.360/.415), DH Alex Rodriguez (5 HR, 12 RBIs), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.87), LHP Andrew Miller (0.00 ERA with 5 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (9-10 in 2015) Pitching probables: May 3: RHP Luis Severino vs. RHP Chris Tillman,

New program allows Birdland to honor area community heroes

Most Orioles fans will tell you the team’s glory years occurred during the 1960s and 1970s, when the O’s captured two of their three World Series championships and produced some of the game’s greatest players. Yet as fans watched their favorite team battle for a chance to be champions, thousands of Americans across the world were fighting for an even bigger cause - the safety

Andrew Stetka: Injuries likely to test Orioles early in season

Despite a pair of losses over the weekend, the Orioles were able to split a four-game series with one of the hottest teams in baseball. They played a strange back-and-forth affair with the White Sox on Saturday against the red-hot Mat Latos and were mostly shut down by perennial Cy Young candidate Chris Sale on Sunday. While the weekend may have looked bad from a

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