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Matthew Taylor: RBI-less Joseph shouldn’t be defined by statistical quirk

With his wife having given birth to the couple’s first child during spring training last season, Caleb Joseph described his added motivation for making the team humorously using the phrase “Baby’s gotta eat.” Joseph appeared in 100 games for the Orioles in 2015 and acquitted himself well as Matt Wieters recovered from Tommy John surgery. His productive plate appearances often inspired tweets incorporating the hashtag

Opposite dugout: Toronto has power aplenty, but will look to improve at trade deadline

Manager: John Gibbons (9th season) Record: 57-45 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.301/.411/.589 with 25 HR, 74 RBIs), LF Michael Saunders (19 HR, 46 RBIs), DH Edwin Encarnacion (27 HR, 87 RBIs), RHP Aaron Sanchez (11-1, 2.72 ERA), LHP J.A. Happ (13-3, 3.27 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (21 saves, 1.99 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 5-4 Pitching probables: July 29:

Opposite dugout: Twins try to avoid trading season sweeps with Orioles in makeup game

Manager: Paul Molitor (2nd season) Record: 37-63 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: SS Eduardo Nunez (.300/.326/.444 with 12 HR, 47 RBIs), 1B Joe Mauer (.359 OBP with 31 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (17 HR, 51 RBIs), RHP Brandon Kintzler (2.05 ERA with 8 saves), LHP Fernando Abad (2.61 ERA with 6 holds) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-5 Pitching probables: July 28: RHP Ubaldo

Zach Wilt: Bundy showing potential as a starter in O’s rotation

For just the second time this season, the Orioles lost a series in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Let’s be honest, the hometown fans have gotten a little spoiled by the O’s this season. If you’ve purchased a ticket to watch the Birds at home in 2016, you’ve probably seen them win. They’re winning 69 percent of the games they play in Charm City. Last

Dillon Atkinson: Chapman deal puts Britton’s trade value into perspective

Who would have thought Orioles closer Zach Britton could continue to get better? In his age-28 season this year, Britton has converted all 32 of his save opportunities, recording 10.55 strikeouts per nine innings and an MLB-leading 0.63 ERA over 42.2 innings pitched. He’s one of the best, if not the best, relievers in all of baseball. With 2016 being his first year of arbitration

Ryan Romano: Should Gallardo keep Wright and Wilson out of the rotation?

What words come to mind when you think of the 2016 Orioles rotation? For me, the first few are ones that I can’t print here. After that though, “fluid” arises as the most apt euphemism. Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman have stuck around and pitched well, but beyond them the waters get murky. Dylan Bundy is currently a starter after beginning the campaign as a

O’s fans host third annual School of Roch Night

To say Roch Kubatko has a strong following is a bit of an understatement. Every day, Orioles fans visit the School of Roch on MASNsports.com, eager to find out the latest news and notes of the Birds. And just below each entry, in the comments section, those same fans come together to form one of the strongest and most loyal online gatherings of sports fans

Andrew Stetka: Experiment with Bundy, Worley could work for Orioles

As the Orioles continue to tinker with their pitching staff, more specifically their starting rotation, they are searching for a mixture that works. Over the last four days or so, they appear to have found something. The experiment of placing Vance Worley and Dylan Bundy into the rotation has paying off in the early going. I went on record last week in this space as

Opposite dugout: Though out of contention, Rockies feature dangerous lineup

Manager: Walt Weiss (4th season) Record: 47-51 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 2B DJ LeMahieu (.329/.396/.485), LF Carlos Gonzalez (.318 with 20 HR, 60 RBIs), CF Charlie Blackmon (.300/.361/.466), 3B Nolan Arenado (25 HR, 76 RBIs), SS Trevor Story (27 HR, 69 RBIs), RHP Jon Gray (6-4, 4.12 ERA), LHP Jake McGee (15 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1st meeting (1-2 in 2013)

Yard Work podcast: Episode 9

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to this week’s edition of Yard Work. In today’s episode.... The Orioles return home from their first road trip since the All-Star break. It wasn’t the smoothest of journeys, however. After taking two of three from the Rays in Tampa Bay, the Orioles lost a four-game series against the Yankees in the Bronx, and were just a Chris Tillman gem shy

Matthew Taylor: Zach Britton closing in on history for O’s

Zach Britton is a perfect 30-for-30 in save situations in 2016 after closing things out in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon. He joins Gregg Olson as the only Orioles relievers with three seasons of 30 or more saves. The current O’s closer is justifying the T-shirt worthy play on words, “Great Britton” (hat tip: OBP Apparel). This is the fifth consecutive year that the Orioles

Opposite dugout: Balanced attack has Indians atop AL Central

Manager: Terry Francona (4th season) Record: 56-38 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Mike Napoli (.249 with 22 HR, 67 RBIs), SS Francisco Lindor (.299 with 108 hits), CF Tyler Naquin (.324 with 5 triples), RHP Danny Salazar (11-3, 2.75 ERA), RHP Josh Tomlin (10-2, 3.34 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: July 22: RHP Trevor Bauer vs. RHP Dylan Bundy,

Zach Wilt: Looking at the O’s offensive struggles since the All-Star break

For the first time since June 4, the Baltimore Orioles find themselves out of first place in the American League East. Looking up in the standings is something this club hasn’t been used to this year. In 2016, the O’s have spent 91 days atop their division and saw their lead reach a season-high 5 1/2 games on June 29, but after the Birds got

Orioles to host Jim Palmer for “Nine Innings to Success” book signing on July 22

If you’ve been waiting to get your copy of “Nine Innings to Success,” the new book by Baseball Hall of Famer and Orioles legend Jim Palmer, you’ve now got an opportunity to pick up a copy at Camden Yards - and an autographed copy, to boot! The Orioles will host a book signing featuring Palmer on Friday, July 22 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Orioles

Dillon Atkinson: Diving into some bullpen options as trade deadline nears

In an act of possible desperation, manager Buck Showalter has opted to use Dylan Bundy and Vance Worley in starter’s roles this past week. These two - behind the trio of Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman and Yovani Gallardo - could stick in the rotation for a little while, despite possible pitch limits, since both are making the move from the bullpen. However, it’s not a

Ryan Romano: Schoop improves his situational plate discipline

If you’ve watched the Orioles on MASN recently, you’ve likely seen the ad featuring Jonathan Schoop. The announcer provides the denotations for a number of words like “fluke” and “luck,” interspersed between clips of the second baseman’s more impressive plays, before bragging about some element of his performance. These doubts have always seemed to haunt Schoop, which is why his apparent breakout in 2016 feels

Opposite dugout: Yankees have to be considered sellers at deadline

Manager: Joe Girardi (9th season) Record: 45-46 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: SS Didi Gregorius (.299 average, 11 HR, 41 RBIs); RF Carlos Beltran (.297 average, 19 HR, 58 RBIs); SP Nathan Eovaldi (7-6, 5.11 ERA); RP Aroldis Chapman (3-0, 2.30 ERA, 18 saves); RP Andrew Miller (5-1, 1.34 ERA). Season series vs. Orioles: 2-4 Pitching probables: July 18: RHP Kevin Gausman vs.

Andrew Stetka: Moving Bundy to rotation a bit premature

You can call me a skeptic, a pessimist or someone who just generally doesn’t enjoy fun, but I don’t like the idea of Dylan Bundy as a starter for the Orioles right now. I thought this even before the 23-year-old former fourth-overall pick made his first major league start yesterday. This isn’t a “hot take” or an overreaction to yesterday’s outing, which was obviously less

Opposite dugout: Healing Rays still fading

Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 34-54 Last 10 games: 1-9 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.289/.337/.526 with 19 HR, 47 RBIs), 2B Logan Forsythe (.285 with 8 HR, 21 RBIs), SS Brad Miller (14 HR, 32 RBIs), LHP Matt Moore (5-6, 4.46 ERA), RHP Alex Colome (1.69 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-7 Pitching probables: July 15: RHP Yovani Gallardo

Determining the Orioles’ first-half MVP

It’s hard to believe, but the second half of the season gets underway tomorrow. Of course, every team has played more than half of its games already, but this week represents the unofficial halfway point of the season. For the Orioles, it’s been a half-season full of mostly ups and a few downs. The positives include a first-place standing, a 51-36 record, an offense that

Yard Work podcast: Episode 8

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to this week’s episode of Yard Work. We’re back after the Orioles return home from a long West Coast road trip. Steve Melewski traveled with the team so we weren’t able to record last week, but we’re all back in Charm City for this week’s episode as the team begins a brief three-game series at home with the Angels. We always

Members of 1966 team look back on the Orioles’ first championship season

Fifty years ago, the average cost of a new home was $23,300. Gas averaged around 32 cents per gallon, a dozen eggs cost 60 cents and a gallon of milk was a steep 99 cents. Lyndon Johnson was the president of the United States and, in Baltimore, the city was home to the world champions of baseball. It’s hard to believe it’s been five decades

Matthew Taylor: Players have statistics, so why not fans?

There are literally billions of data points about baseball available each season, thanks to the rise of pitch tracking and player tracking technologies. We have more objective measures than ever before regarding player performance. Fan performance, however, is difficult to examine objectively. We need to put baseball fan bases, including our own, to the test. In the best of times and in the worst of

Opposite dugout: Trout having another MVP-type season for Angels

Manager: Mike Scioscia (17th season) Record: 36-50 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.321 average, 18 HR, 56 RBIs); 3B Yunel Escobar (.327 average, 99 hits); RF Kole Calhoun (.284 average; 46 RBIs, 93 hits); SP Hector Santiago (6-4, 4.58 ERA); RP Huston Street (3-1, 7 saves). Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: July 8: RHP Matt Shoemaker vs. TBA,

Trumbo to participate in next week’s Home Run Derby

For the fourth year in a row, an Orioles player will try to capture a Home Run Derby title. Following Wednesday’s win over the Dodgers, Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo told reporters he will take part in this year’s event, which will feature four hitters from both the American League and National League. “I’m doing it,” Trumbo said on participating in the event. Let’s chalk that

Zach Wilt: O’s need pitching, but not at cost of losing top assets

It took 14 innings, but yesterday the Orioles turned what could have been called “a bad road trip” into “let’s just ignore what happened for those four games in Seattle.” Jonathan Schoop’s heroics in the 14th secured a series win for the Birds in Los Angeles and a 4-5 record out west against the Padres, Mariners and Dodgers. I’m sure it made the long flight

MASN heading to First Thursdays concert (again)!

** Update: We’re heading back to First Thursdays on Thursday, August 4! Come visit the MASN booth for free koozies and social snapshots! We’ll also be giving away an autographed Chris Davis bat, so be sure to swing by! To RSVP to the free event or for more information, click here.** -- Hey, Baltimore! We’re heading to WTMD’s First Thursdays concert in Canton, and we

Ryan Romano: Just how good is Brad Brach?

Heading into the season, everyone knew that the Orioles would rely heavily upon their relief corps. Thus far, the group has had some ups and downs. Darren O’Day has an ERA above 3.00 for the first time since 2011, and his trip to the disabled list has prevented him from improving on that. Mychal Givens has a high ERA as well, albeit an unlucky one.

Andrew Stetka: No excuse for Machado’s baserunning blunders

There’s no question that I am an unabashed member of the Manny Machado fan club. Since the day he was called up to the major leagues in 2012, I’ve watched along with all of the other amazed Orioles fans at Machado’s brilliance. There’s a reason he’s one of the top candidates to win the American League MVP award this season - it’s because of his

Opposite dugout: Ace Kershaw sidelined for now, but Dodgers still dangerous

Manager: Dave Roberts (1st season) Record: 47-37 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: SS Corey Seager (.303 average, 17 HR, 40 RBIs); 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.278 average, 80 hits); SP Kenta Maeda (7-5, 2.82 ERA); RP Kenley Jansen (1.34 ERA, 24 saves). Season series vs. Orioles: 1st meeting (1-2 in 2013) Pitching probables: July 4: RHP Yovani Gallardo vs. LHP Julio Urias, 9:10 p.m.,

Matthew Taylor: Jonathan Schoop on historic homer pace for O’s second basemen

Only one Orioles batter has hit a home run 446 feet or longer in each of the last three baseball seasons, according to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker. That batter is Jonathan Schoop, the O’s hard-hitting 24-year-old second baseman who is well on his way to a career high in homers. As Schoop continues to learn to hit at the major league level, he will establish

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