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Opposite dugout: Mariners, once in first in AL West, now trying to stay relevant

Manager: Scott Servais (1st season) Record: 39-39 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 2B Robinson Cano (.305/.360/.548 with 19 HR, 54 RBIs), DH/RF Nelson Cruz (.280 with 20 HR, 53 RBIs), 3B Kyle Seager (15 HR,49 RBIs), RHP Taijuan Walker (3-6, 3.45 ERA), RHP Steve Cishek (18 saves, 2.55 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-1 Pitching probables: June 30: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. RHP

Zach Wilt: Soaking up the Orioles’ historic run through June

I’ve got some good news and some bad news, Orioles fans. The good news is the Orioles have won 19 games in June, their highest total of any month this season. With an 19-8 record, they’ve recorded a .703 winning percentage this month, their highest winning percentage in any month since the 2012 season. The bad news is today is the last day of this

Dillon Atkinson: Birds on the verge of some longball history

We’ve known over the past couple of seasons that the Orioles are a homer-happy ballclub. The offense lives and dies by the longball. But this season, they’re in the hunt to make history three times with home runs. Two of the possible record-breaking moments are very imminent. First, the record closest to beating is the most homers in June by a team. The mark to

Ryan Romano: O’s run bases well, despite lack of steals

Every so often, I hear legends -- faint whispers upon the breeze -- of Orioles squads that would steal bases. Brian Roberts, Brady Anderson, Al Bumbry: These speedsters could constantly threaten to break for the open bag, and many times they made good on that threat. But they have come and gone, and the team has sorely missed their presence, especially as of late. For

Opposite dugout: Padres showing signs of life in June

Manager: Andy Green (1st season) Record: 33-44 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Wil Myers (.282 average, 17 HR, 50 RBIs); CF Jon Jay (.296 average, 24 2B, 80 hits); LF Melvin Upton (.261 average, 11 HR, 17 SB); SP Christian Friedrich (4-2, 3.60 ERA); RP Kevin Quackenbush (5-3, 3.77 ERA). Season series vs. Orioles: 1-1 Pitching probables: June 28: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez

Andrew Stetka: Wieters producing, creating more questions for O’s future

If you would’ve told me early last November that Matt Wieters would be playing at an All-Star level in 2016, I would have been mildly surprised. If you had told me he’d be doing it for the Orioles, I’d have been very surprised. I was in the camp that firmly believed Wieters would not be back in Baltimore this season, having taken his talents elsewhere

Yard Work podcast: Episode 7

Happy Saturday, Orioles fans. Welcome to this week’s edition of Yard Work. In this week’s episode, Steve Melewski and I talk about the return of Manny Machado. Machado wrapped up his four-game suspension as a result of his actions in the Orioles’ bench-clearing brawl back on June 7, and the Orioles posted a 2-2 record in his absence. The offense didn’t seem to skip a

Opposite dugout: Injury-plagued Rays dreading four-game series over weekend

Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 31-39 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.273/.328/.539 with 18 HR, 43 RBIs), OF/DH Corey Dickerson (12 HR, 32 RBIs), SS Brad Miller (9 HR, 24 RBIs), RHP Matt Andriese (6-0, 2.61 ERA), RHP Alex Colome (1.76 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-3 Pitching probables: June 24: LHP Matt Moore vs. RHP

Matthew Taylor: This year’s O’s squad reminiscent of 1996 team

The Orioles are marking the 20th anniversary of the team’s first wild card entry into the playoffs by looking very much the part of that 1996 team in terms of their power at the plate as well as the struggles of their starting rotation. Two decades after winning in, spite of their pitching and slugging their way into the postseason, the Orioles are looking to

Zach Wilt: The numbers show Schoop continuing to progress

On April 30, Jonathan Schoop was hitting a lowly .218 after a week-long stretch in which he went 4-for-23. The first month of the season wasn’t kind to the Orioles second baseman, as he had just eight extra-base hits in 82 plate appearances, a .679 OPS, and a .256 on-base percentage, the lowest of any qualified Orioles starter in April. Schoop has been a

Meet Adam Jones this Friday at Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant!

Say cheese! We’re giving fans the chance to meet Adam Jones and have your photo taken with him at Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant this Friday! This event is completely free, but you must be following us on Twitter to enter! We’ve released a virtual ticket on Twitter, and you must show it in order to get in line for the event. You can start

Dillon Atkinson: O’s not as defensively savvy as in years past

In 2013, the Orioles wanted to make defense a priority, ranking ninth in the majors in Defensive Runs Saved with plus-24 DRS, and third in Ultimate Zone Rating with plus-39.9 UZR. They kept the trend in 2014, in which the club recorded a plus-57 DRS, good for third in the major leagues, and plus-54.8 UZR, which was second-highest in the majors. However, in 2015, the

Ryan Romano: Tyler Wilson needs to improve his fastballs or changeup

Tyler Wilson has one great pitch, but the rest need work The Orioles direly need starting pitchers. Both Ubaldo Jimenez and Mike Wright have struggled as of late, and Yovani Gallardo’s first start post-disabled list didn’t inspire much confidence. Their play has inflated the rotation’s ERA to 4.94, the fourth-highest in baseball. Amid this uncertainty, Wilson has done well enough, notching a 4.16 ERA and

Opposite dugout: Padres reside in NL West cellar, but on a winning streak

Manager: Andy Green (1st season) Record: 29-42 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 1B Wil Myers (.292 with 16 HR, 44 RBIs), RF Matt Kemp (15 HR, 47 RBIs), CF Melvin Upton Jr. (32 RBIs, 15 SB), RHP Fernando Rodney (14 saves, 0.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-2 in 2013) Pitching probables: June 21: RHP Luis Perdomo vs. RHP

Maryland’s top high school athletes take part in Brooks Robinson All-Star Game

Getting the chance to watch major league players show off their talent and try to capture a World Series championship is always something special. Time and time again, players who reach the pinnacle of baseball will talk about how fortunate they are to be some of the lucky few who were able to achieve their dream of not only playing in the majors, but winning

Opposite dugout: Cubs are hot, but Rangers are scorching

Manager: Jeff Banister (2nd season) Record: 45-25 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: CF Ian Desmond (.309 average, 85 hits); 2B Rougend Odor (13 HR, 34 RBIs); RF Nomar Mazara (.293 average, 11 HR); SP Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.88 ERA); SP Colby Lewis (6-0, 2.81 ERA); SP Derek Holland (5-5, 1.35 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-1 Pitching probable: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. LHP

Fan challenge for Adam Jones returns with ballpark food-themed twist

We hope you’ve stayed hungry because the Fan Challenge is back! We’re already salivating at this year’s challenge: Can you prepare a better ballpark-themed menu item than Adam Jones? Maybe you have a famous recipe for nachos that will make us weak in the knees, a sandwich that will have us licking every last drop of sauce off our fingers or a burger that makes

Yard Work podcast: Episode 6

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to this week’s episode of Yard Work. The Orioles returned from a seven-game road trip against the two teams on their heels in the American League East. And after dropping three of four against the Blue Jays and winning two of three against the Red Sox, the Orioles remained atop the division heading into the weekend, though both Boston and Toronto

Matthew Taylor: Fulfilling a Father’s Day promise through baseball

I promised my dad, as he laid on what could have been his death bed some 18 months ago, that we would do the Father’s Day Catch on the Field if he survived his cardiac arrest. I wrote about it back then. This Sunday, I’ll make good on that promise as my dad and I will join several other fathers and sons with stories of

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays hitting their stride as summer nears

Manager: John Gibbons (9th season) Record: 38-31 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: LF Michael Saunders (.307, 67 hits), 3B Josh Donaldson (.276, 16 HR, 43 RBIs), DH Edwin Encarnacion (18 HR, 61 RBIs), RHP Aaron Sanchez (6-1, 3.38 ERA), RHP Marcus Stroman (6-2, 4.76 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (1.84 ERA, 13 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 4-3 Pitching probables: June 17: RHP Aaron

Zach Wilt: Can O’s bullpen continue to mask starting pitching woes?

Last night, the Orioles offense rallied late with four runs split between the seventh and eighth innings, but ultimately weren’t able to overcome a short outing from their starting pitcher. Stop me if you’ve heard that sentence before. Kevin Gausman, who despite his winless record, has been right behind Chris Tillman as the Birds’ best starter, and entered the contest with a 3.45 ERA. Unfortunately,

Nominations sought online for Birdland Community Heroes

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their tireless efforts to make their community a better place to live? If so, the Orioles want you to nominate them as a Birdland Community Hero. The process couldn’t be easier - it’s all online right here. Just tell the Orioles why - in 200 words or less - someone deserves the acknowledgement. Nominations will be accepted

Jim Palmer’s new book offers look back at one of baseball’s greatest

In a touch of irony, it’s hard to put into words exactly what makes Jim Palmer’s latest book so good. Palmer recently released his new book entitled “Jim Palmer: Nine Innings to Success.” It’s a story of the life and career of one of the greatest baseball players in history, as well as a series of life lessons, a guide for dealing with the pressures

Dillon Atkinson: Who will represent O’s in All-Star Game?

Following a 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night, the Orioles have sole possession of first place in the AL East, leading Boston by one game. The team should have multiple players representing the club in San Diego for the All-Star Game, but who will it be? Here are eight O’s players who I think have a chance at taking the trip next

Opposite dugout: Pitching will decide Orioles-Red Sox series for division lead

Manager: John Farrell (4th season) Record: 36-26 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: DH David Ortiz (.340/.423/.708 with 16 HR, 55 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.359/.405/.527 with 44 RBIs), CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.311 with 10 HR, 43 RBIs), RHP Steven Wright (7-4, 2.09 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (2.31 ERA with 14 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-4 Pitching probables: June 10: RHP Chris

Ryan Romano: Shedding some daylight on O’s struggles under the sun

In the nearly 150-year history of organized baseball, night games are fairly new. The first professional contest under the stars occurred in 1930, and it took a while to catch on - Wrigley Field didn’t install lights until nearly 60 years later. By now, though, most baseball fans have become accustomed to the different start times, especially in their typical, two-night/one-day arrangement. For the most

Andrew Stetka: O’s can’t afford to wait on decision regarding Jimenez’s future

After his latest debacle in Toronto, Ubaldo Jimenez is right on the edge of falling off the cliff. The Orioles have few options when it comes to moving forward with Jimenez, but if they want to keep up their chances of competing in the American League East, it might be time to cut bait. Six out of his last seven starts could be slotted

Yard Work podcast: Episode 5

It’s a shame nothing memorable or exciting happened this past week with the Orioles. Ok, despite the poor attempt at humor, the last seven days have been some of the most action-packed this season. The Orioles completed a 10-game homestand with an impressive 7-3 record, made more impressive when you consider that mark includes the Birds dropping the first two games against the Red Sox.

Matthew Taylor: Getting ready for a division race as an Orioles fan

What kind of Orioles fan are you? Optimistic or pessimistic? Do you enjoy the ride throughout the season or constantly fret about the end result? Do you live game-by-game or operate with the big picture in mind? Your answers may vary by season, or even within the same season. My approach has varied greatly since the O’s starting winning again, and the 2016 season is

Zach Wilt: Did O’s, Wieters make the right call in offseason?

Back in November, Matt Wieters and the Baltimore Orioles made baseball history. The Birds catcher became one of the first players to accept a team’s qualifying offer when he agreed to sign back with the O’s on a one-year, $15.8 million deal. Prior to last offseason, all 34 players who were extended a qualifying offer turned it down in favor of hitting the open market.

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays not quite an offensive juggernaut and bullpen is struggling

Manager: John Gibbons (9th season) Record: 32-29 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: LF Michael Saunders (.290/.372/.523 with 9 HR, 19 RBIs), LF Ezekiel Carrera (.344), 3B Josh Donaldson (14 HR, 33 RBIs), 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (12 HR, 46 RBIs), RF Jose Bautista (12 HR, 39 RBIs), LHP J.A. Happ (6-3, 3.57 ERA), RHP Aaron Sanchez (5-1, 2.91 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (1.65 ERA,

Home runs paying off with wins for O’s and cash for fans!

When the Orioles slugged seven home runs against the Red Sox on June 2, it not only led to a big win against their division rivals, but also provided big-time cash for the Maryland Lottery Contestant of the Game. Teressa Davies of Arbutus was selected as the Maryland Lottery Contestant of the Game, and watched on TV with high hopes and her family by her

Dillon Atkinson: Beanball isn’t baseball

In baseball, there are too many incidents that result in a pitcher intentionally throwing a 90-plus mph fastball into the back - and sometimes, even the head - of defenseless hitters. Another case of this happened in Tuesday night’s Royals-Orioles game. In case you missed it, the Orioles beat up on Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura with the bats early in the game. Manny Machado stepped

Ryan Romano: String of bad luck has skewed Givens’ numbers

The 2016 MLB season has passed the one-third mark, but that doesn’t mean every small-sample fluke has disappeared. Some players still haven’t played up to their true talent level, while others have performed far above where they should have. For the Orioles, a few position players -- Adam Jones for the former, Hyun Soo Kim for the latter -- fit each of these molds. The

Andrew Stetka: O’s pitchers falling victim to longball in recent weeks

Just three weeks ago in this very space, I wrote about what a great job Orioles pitchers were doing in limiting home runs. It came right on the back of a second seven-game winning streak and strong performances by the likes of Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman. Things have taken an unfortunate turn. After going through the first six weeks or so of the season

Opposite dugout: Royals dealing with injuries, but still pose a challenge

Manager: Ned Yost (7th season) Record: 30-26 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 1B Eric Hosmer (.321 with 10 HR, 35 RBIs), CF Lorenzo Cain (.297 with 8 HR, 34 RBIs), C Salvador Perez (7 HR, 29 RBIs), RF Paulo Orlando (.333), RHP Wade Davis (0.89 ERA, 16 saves)Season series vs. Orioles: 2-1 Pitching probables: June 6: LHP Danny Duffy vs. RHP Mike

Yard Work podcast: Episode 4

Happy Saturday, O’s fans. Welcome to this week’s episode of Yard Work. We’ve got lots to talk about as the Orioles continue to battle for the top spot in the American League East. The Birds returned home from a long road trip that saw the team take a small step back, despite winning two of the three series against the Angels and Indians, respectively. Putting

Jim, Steve Gorman return to Camden Yards to raise awareness, funds for Multiple System Atrophy

For as long as Steve Gorman can remember, baseball has provided a connection to his older brother Jim. When Steve moved from Baltimore to Kentucky in 1975, he kept up with his beloved Orioles through day-old box scores in the local newspaper. When the Orioles would make an appearance on national television, the phone rang and Jim would tell Steve to watch for him on

Opposite dugout: Yankees still searching for consistency

Manager: Joe Girardi (9th season) Record: 25-28 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.281 average, .342 on-base percentage); RF Carlos Beltran (12 HR, 51 hits); RHP Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 3.71 ERA); LHP Andrew Miller (6 saves, 1.25 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: June 3: RHP Nathan Eovaldi vs. RHP Chris Tillman, 7:05 p.m., MASNJune 4: RHP Ivan Nova

Matthew Taylor: Recalling the majesty of Sam Horn

Fair or foul? Chris Davis’ awe-inspiring blast down the right-field line versus the Red Sox on Wednesday night was deemed to be foul and upheld on review. Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who said the team had a camera angle showing the ball was fair, wasn’t buying it. Neither was David Price, who tweeted that the ball was “definitely fair.” You know you’ve hit it well

Zach Wilt: Kim proving he belongs in O’s lineup

Last night marked Hyun-Soo Kim’s sixth consecutive start and 19th game played for the Baltimore Orioles. The Korean outfielder is slashing an impressive .382/.469/.509 on the season and he collected three hits, a walk and two runs scored in the O’s wild 13-9 win over the Red Sox. Two weeks ago, I made my case for Kim and suggested that the O’s play him regularly,

Dillon Atkinson: Identity of 2016 Orioles should be revealed by All-Star break

After posting a 14-9 record in April to start the season, the Orioles followed up with a rocky month of May, going 14-13 during that span. Prior to the series in Houston last week, the O’s were 12-7 in May, which means they went just 2-6 to cap off the month. If you’re an O’s fan, I’m sure you’ve been pretty frustrated over the past

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