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Dillon Atkinson: Believe it or not, O’s need to ride Jimenez’s hot hand

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez got the call in D.C. to start in place of Orioles ace Chris Tillman - who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder bursitis - because of limited options and his past success against the Nationals. While fans griped at the fact that he is on the O’s roster, much less starting, Jimenez went up against Nats ace Max

Anderson, Henneman announced as inductees into Maryland Sports Athletic Hall of Fame

The United States finished the 2016 Summer Olympic Games with an astounding 46 gold medals. Nearly 40 percent of those came from athletes who call Maryland home. It was a remarkable few weeks for those U.S. athletes who, along with representing their country, competed for the Old Line State. But it was also a representation of the state’s exceptional athletic history. Each athlete began their

Ryan Romano: If Hart fares better vs. righties, he’ll have a shot in O’s bullpen

While the Orioles have one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball -- and one of the best southpaws, period -- in Zach Britton, their bullpen skews to the right overall. Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, and Darren O’Day each throw right-handed, and they’ve all had some problems with lefties, albeit to vastly different extents. With Brian Matusz melting down and hitting waivers, Baltimore has tried

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays can create some space atop AL East with trip to Baltimore

Manager: John Gibbons (9th season) Record: 74-56 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.294/.407/.578 with 33 HR, 91 RBIs), DH Edwin Encarnacion (.270 /.360/.554 with 36 HR, 106 RBIs), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.253/.324/.465 with 22 HR, 65 RBIs), LHP J.A. Happ (17-4, 3.19 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (2.21 ERA with 29 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 7-6 Pitching probables: Aug. 29:

Andrew Stetka: A moment to appreciate Adam Jones

It’s not all that uncommon these days to hear that a baseball player is dealing with an injury. That’s never been truer when it comes to Adam Jones. This isn’t a knock on the Orioles center fielder. Major league players get dinged up throughout a long 162-game season. This is a regular occurrence. The difference with Jones is that he rarely misses a game because

Matthew Taylor: An interesting conversation with my 2011 self

Have you ever heard someone talk about the advice they would share with a younger version of themself if they had the chance? Here’s what a conversation with the 2011 version of myself might look like if we got to talking Orioles baseball. 2011 Me: I don’t know how much more of this I can take. Fourteen consecutive losing seasons! I thought this was the

Opposite dugout: Resilient Yankees look much different than when they last faced O’s

Manager: Joe Girardi (9th season) Record: 65-61 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: SS Didi Gregorius (.283 with 17 HR, 57 RBIs), 2B Starlin Castro (17 HR, 57 RBIs), C Gary Sanchez (.389 with 9 HR, 16 RBIs), RHP Luis Cessa (3-0, 4.01 ERA), RHP Dellin Betances (6 saves, 27 holds, 2.23 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 5-6 Pitching probables: Aug. 26: RHP Yovani

Zach Wilt: What Ubaldo Jimenez needs to do to be effective

For the first time since July 28, Ubaldo Jimenez will make a start for the Baltimore Orioles. With Chris Tillman on the disabled list, Jimenez will take the mound tonight in D.C. as the Birds look to take all four games of their interleague series against the Nationals. It’s been a tough season for Jimenez, he’s 5-10 with a 6.94 ERA. In his three seasons

Dillon Atkinson: Five X-factors for the Orioles down the stretch

After defeating the Nationals 8-1 on Tuesday night, the Orioles are still in third place in the American League East, just two games back of the Red Sox and Blue Jays, who are tied for the division lead. The Birds are 22-25 since the start of July, so they’re going to have to turn it around sooner rather than later. Here are five X-factors that

Yard Work podcast: Episode 12

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to the latest edition of Yard Work. We’re changing things up a bit this week. With the Orioles and Nationals resuming their annual Battle of the Beltways, we thought we’d combine our two squads - myself from Yard Work and MASNsports.com’s Bobby Blanco and Byron Kerr from District 34 - for a joint podcast session. The Orioles and Nationals have squared

Ryan Romano: What’s to blame for Trumbo’s strange slump?

As the Orioles go, so goes Mark Trumbo. In the first half of the season, the newest O’s slugger put up some of the best offensive numbers in baseball. His .288/.341/.582 triple-slash translated to a 142 wRC+, ranking him 17th among qualified hitters. The club rode that scorching start, and the other hot hitters who backed it up, to a 51-36 first-half record. Since

Andrew Stetka: Orioles should look to deal strength for depth

There’s a good debate going on throughout the baseball world right now about Orioles closer Zach Britton. Some believe he should get consideration for the Cy Young Award at season’s end. Others don’t think that honor should go to relief pitchers who don’t accumulate as many innings as starters during the season. The argument is really about value. There’s no real question that Britton, who

Opposite dugout: Baker has Nationals back on track for postseason

Manager: Dusty Baker (1st season) Record: 73-50 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 2B Daniel Murphy (.345/.389/.607 with 23 HR, 89 RBIs), C Wilson Ramos (.322/.369/.526 with 19 HR, 67 RBIs), RF Bryce Harper (22 HR, 68 RBIs), RHP Tanner Roark (13-6, 2.87 ERA), RHP Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.59 ERA), RHP Mark Melancon (1.41 ERA with 36 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting

Yard Work: Episode 11

Happy Friday, Orioles fans. Welcome to this week’s edition of Yard Work. On this episode.... It seems like the Orioles have done a total flip flop since the start of the season. For the first few months, the O’s dealt with inconsistent starting pitching. Each night was a gamble in terms of the starter and there were a few nights were a great offensive output

Matthew Taylor: Hyun Soo Kim deserving of Hitting Machine nickname

Hyun Soo Kim stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning on Thursday night with a chance to do something that no Orioles batter has done since ... Sunday. OK, so Matt Wieters’ five-hit game at San Francisco, only the third ever by an Orioles catcher, made the possibility of a five-hit game for Kim seem less important. Regardless, it would have

Jenae Cherry to debut Orioles-inspired song before Friday night fireworks

If you were at the July 22 game between the Indians and Orioles, you were lucky enough to hear a pregame concert by singer/songwriter Jenae Cherry, a Nashville-based country music staple who has a strong connection to the Orioles: She’s married to reliever Brad Brach. If you’re coming to Friday night’s game between the Astros and Orioles, you’ll have another opportunity to hear Cherry, who

Zach Wilt: Schoop drawing comparisons to game’s top second basemen

Power hitting second basemen are the quite the commodity in Major League Baseball. Most teams hope to get solid defense and above average offense from that position; adding some pop is a huge bonus. Jonathan Schoop is one of the few who provides both, a great glove in the middle of the diamond and 20-plus home run power. In his third full season in

Opposite dugout: Astros have failed to recreate mojo from last year’s playoff payoff

Manager: A.J. Hinch (2nd season) Record: 61-59 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Jose Altuve (.364/.428/.572 with 19 HR, 72 RBIs, 26 SB), SS Carlos Correa (18 HR, 82 RBIs), RF George Springer (23 HR, 68 RBIs), RHP Joe Musgrove (1-0, 1.47 ERA), RHP Will Harris (12 saves, 2.64 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: Aug. 18: RHP Joe Musgrove vs.

Dillon Atkinson: Righties struggling against opposing southpaws

Before putting up three runs against Boston’s bullpen in Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Red Sox, the Orioles were being no-hit through four innings by left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. The young southpaw, who struck out seven batters over his four no-hit frames, was removed from the game in the fifth inning with a left hamstring injury. Tuesday night was another case of the O’s not

Ryan Romano: What are the biggest hits for Orioles stars?

The Orioles weren’t supposed to win on Sunday. Through the first eight innings, the story of the game was Wade Miley’s meltdown and Johnny Cueto’s effectiveness. Then Jonathan Schoop happened. With two on and two outs in the ninth, he swatted a three-run homer to turn a 7-5 deficit into an 8-7 lead. According to FanGraphs.com, the dinger improved the Orioles’ win probability from 6.5

Opposite dugout: Red Sox hoping to power through to AL East crown

Manager: John Farrell (4th season) Record: 65-52 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF Mookie Betts (.313 with 26 HR, 84 RBIs), DH David Ortiz (.312 with 27 HR, 92 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.312 with 148 hits) LHP David Price (10-8, 4.29 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (3.32 ERA, 20 saves). Season series vs. Orioles: 4-6 Pitching probables: August 16: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez vs.

Charles Theatre hosts Sept. 8 screening of “American Hercules: Babe Ruth”

If you enjoy Baltimore baseball history, you’ll probably be interested in the Sept. 8 screening of “American Hercules: Babe Ruth,” a documentary about the Sultan of Swat that will be hosted by the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum and benefit the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation. The documentary, filmed in Baltimore, will be screened at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., and the program runs from

Orioles’ homers lead to fan riches thanks to the Maryland Lottery, but hurry - time is running out!

What a year to play Home Run Riches from the Maryland Lottery! The Orioles continue to lead all of Major League Baseball with 176 home runs, which means the Maryland Lottery has awarded $146,500 to Contestants of the Game through Sunday, August 14. Just eight days ago, Kianti Jones of Baltimore won $3,000 as the Contestant of the Game, thanks to five home runs from

Andrew Stetka: Concern over Gausman leaves O’s with another rotation worry

Starting pitching has been a concern for most of the season for the Orioles, but has appeared to turn a bit of a corner over the last month or so. Much of that is credited to the emergence of Dylan Bundy in the rotation. He’s been nothing short of great. Sending Bundy or Chris Tillman to the mound gives Orioles fans confidence, but a third

Matthew Taylor: History shows August is a do-or-die month for Birds

They used to speak of August swoons in Baltimore. During the dark decade (and a half) for the local nine, the only thing more oppressive than the late-summer heat was the late-season treatment our beloved Birds received at the hands of opposing big league rosters. August was, after all, the month of 30-3. Things have gotten better in recent years, to say the least. Nevertheless,

Opposite dugout: Giants hoping balanced attack leads to another title

Manager: Bruce Bochy (10th season) Record: 65-49 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: C Buster Posey (.291 average with 12 HR, 54 RBIs); 1B Brandon Belt (.280 average with 13 HR, 57 RBIs); SS Brandon Crawford (7 3B, 71 RBIs); RHP Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.93 ERA); LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-7, 2.20 ERA). Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-3 in 2013) Pitching probables: August

Zach Wilt: Adam Jones belongs among the O’s all-time greats

The Baltimore Orioles’ bats are ice cold. Last night, the Birds were shut out for the fifth time this season, scoring just three runs in three games against the Oakland Athletics. As a team, the O’s are hitting .247 in August and .225 since the All-Star break. Their batting average was nearly 50 points higher in the first half. Leadoff man Adam Jones has been

Dillon Atkinson: What potential postseason role will Showalter give Bundy?

It’s been a journey, but the former top prospect is shining and making an impact in not only a major league starting rotation, but also in the Baltimore Orioles rotation. After his first career start in Tampa Bay on July 17, Dylan Bundy has recorded a 1.90 ERA, 11.03 K/9, 1.14 BB/9, 4.56 H/9, 1.14 HR/9 and a 50.9 groundball percentage in 23 2/3 innings

Ryan Romano: Ground balls will help mask woes of O’s outfield

Through the ups and downs of recent years in Birdland, one thing seems to have held true about the Orioles: They sure can play defense. In 2013, the club set the record for fewest errors in a full season. Since then, they’ve ranked sixth, second, and fifth, respectively, in flubbed plays. But such a simplistic stat doesn’t reflect the fluctuation of the Baltimore gloves, particularly

Andrew Stetka: What could have been with the O’s and Miguel Gonzalez

While watching the Orioles take on the White Sox this weekend, I started thinking about things that could’ve been. More specifically, watching Chicago send Miguel Gonzalez to the mound on Friday night made me wonder how we all got here. How is it that the O’s decided that Gonzalez wouldn’t be a member of the 2016 rotation and went with other options instead? When looking

Opposite dugout: A’s headed toward second straight last-place finish

Manager: Bob Melvin (6th season) Record: 48-63 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 3B Danny Valencia (.293 with 92 hits), LF Khris Davis (27 HR, 69 RBIs), SS Marcus Semien (23 HR, 54 RBIs), LHP Rich Hill (9-3, 2.25 ERA), RHP Ryan Madson (3.74 ERA with 22 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: August 8: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. RHP Kendall Graveman,

Life experiences have taught Shorebirds’ Costello to roll with the punches

SALISBURY, Md. - Nearing the end of his first full professional season, Delmarva Shorebirds right-hander Michael Costello is aware of a variety of things. He can tell you which mounds in the South Atlantic League are kept up to snuff, which weather patterns might force him into an unexpected spot start and how long he’ll spend on bus trips from one Sally League city to

Yard Work podcast: Episode 10

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to this week’s edition of Yard Work. In this week’s episode... As the season moves into August, the Orioles find themselves battling the Blue Jays and Red Sox atop the American League East. For the Birds, it’s been an odd season full of streaks. Since June 22, the Orioles have had two winning streaks of at least five games and two

Matthew Taylor: It’s time to play Steve Pearce trivia

Baltimore’s gritty, do-it-all workhorse has returned to town. The Orioles traded for Steve Pearce on Monday in a move that delighted many fans who appreciate having a familiar face back in the fold. Just how familiar are you with Pearce? Find out with this Steve Pearce trivia: 1. Steve Pearce has four career multi-homer games, three with the Orioles and one with the Tampa Bay

Opposite dugout: White Sox scuffling along in dog days

Manager: Robin Ventura (5th season) Record: 52-56 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: LF Melky Cabrera (.306 with 118 hits), 3B Todd Frazier (30 HR, 68 RBIs), 1B Jose Abreu (.269 with 12 HR, 24 doubles), LHP Chris Sale (14-5, 3.12 ERA), RHP David Robertson (4.06 ERA with 26 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-2 Pitching probables: August 5: RHP Yovani Gallardo vs. RHP

Zach Wilt: Britton a critical piece in Orioles’ run at division crown

Zach Britton locked it down again for the Orioles last night. The guy seems to be as much of a sure thing as traffic on the beltway at 5:45 p.m. It had been a little while since we’ve seen that “S” next to Britton’s name in the box score. His last save came on July 23 against the Cleveland Indians. It was clear that

Dillon Atkinson: O’s moves weren’t flashy, but team has improved

Dylan Bundy’s masterful seven innings last night may have helped you forget that the Orioles acquired two players via trade prior to this past Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. In case you missed it, the Birds added left-handed starter Wade Miley and utility man Steve Pearce. While you may be disappointed because you wanted someone like Jeremy Hellickson instead, I think we can all agree that

Ryan Romano: Three interesting things about new Oriole Wade Miley

For most of the 2016 season -- and a fair amount of the time before it -- the Orioles have needed a starting pitcher. On Sunday, they finally got one in the form of Wade Miley. Seattle shipped the 29-year-old lefty to Baltimore in exchange for Ariel Miranda; for more general information on Miley’s background, check out my Camden Depot colleague Matt Perez’s analysis. What

Opposite dugout: Fortified Rangers on top in AL West, will present a tough challenge

Manager: Jeff Banister (2nd season) Record: 62-44 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: CF Ian Desmond (.303 with 20 HR, 63 RBIs, 17 SB), RF Nomar Mazara (13 HR, 43 RBIs), 3B Adrian Beltre (16 HR, 65 RBIs), 2B Rougned Odor (21 HR, 54 RBIs, 10 SB), RF/DH Carlos Beltrain (.304/.344/.546 with 22 homers, 64 RBIs), LHP Cole Hamels (12-2, 2.84 ERA), RHP Yu

Andrew Stetka: Missing playoffs won’t ruin Orioles

As the Orioles struggle to cling to their lead in the American League East, they are starting to show their true colors - and they aren’t orange and black. The pitching staff has looked more like black and blue of late. I’d call the offense green at this point, not because it’s new or fresh, but because it looks sick. It may be true that

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