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Zach Wilt: Checking in on the O’s at the 20-game mark

I’ll be honest, in baseball terms 20 is a pretty arbitrary number. Sure, it’s nice and even, but it’s just 12.3 percent of the way through the baseball season. In fact, if the Orioles weren’t off yesterday, we probably all would have completely ignored the 20-game milestone and moved on without thinking twice about. But they were off, they’re beginning a new series today, and

Opposite dugout: Yankees coming around as complete team to challenge O’s

Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 13-7 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 2B Starlin Castro (.346/.386/.538 with 4 HR, 14 RBIs), 3B Chase Headley (.329/.420/.543), RF Aaron Judge (.988 OPS with 7 HR, 15 RBIs), LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.70 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (1.23 ERA, 5 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: April 28: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. LHP CC

Five tips for preventing sports-related injuries (via Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Many people are heading outdoors to ramp up their exercise programs. But before you or your young athlete start playing, it’s important to learn how you can prevent sports-related injuries. “Sports injuries generally occur for two different reasons: trauma and overuse,” says Dr. Andrew Cosgarea, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine expert. “And while traumatic sports injuries are usually obvious, dramatic scenes, like when Continue reading ....

Yard Work: Episode 3

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to the latest edition of Yard Work. On this week’s episode... Following their first road trip of the season, the Orioles returned home for a quick six-game homestand against American League East foes Boston and Tampa Bay. Of course, despite the fact the Birds took two out of three vs. the Red Sox, the biggest news seemed to be last Friday’s

Dillon Atkinson: It’s early, but Adam Jones looks like a new player

When you think of Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in his prime, what comes to mind? If you asked me, I’d bring up the obvious observations: 25-plus home-run hitter, .280-plus batting average, low on-base skills, free swinger and an all-around above average defender in center field. Oftentimes as Orioles fans, we took the good with the bad. Jones has been known as a frustrating hitter

Andrew Stetka: A few thoughts on baseball’s unwritten rules

Baseball is stupid. It’s a game that I love dearly and that I follow obsessively, but it’s quite stupid sometimes. Maybe that’s more of a referendum on me than anything else. Why would I pay so much attention and spend so much of my life on something that’s stupid? I honestly don’t have a good answer for that. Perhaps it’s because baseball’s stupidity only rears

Opposite dugout: Injury-plagued Rays hoping pitching eventually catches up to offense

Manager: Kevin Cash (3rd season) Record: 10-10 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Steven Souza Jr. (.347/.424/.613 with 4 HR, 17 RBIs), 1B Logan Morrison (4 HR, 12 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (3 HR, 12 RBIs), RHP Erasmo Ramírez (2-0, 3.07 ERA), RHP Chris Archer (2-0, 3.20), RHP Alex Colomé (0.00 ERA, 4 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (6-13 in 2016)

Opposite dugout: Betts, Red Sox hoping for another offensive outburst at Camden Yards

Manager: John Farrell (5th season) Record: 10-6 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 1B Mitch Moreland (.344/.420/.574 with 8 RBIs), RF Mookie Betts (.340/.407/.472 with 8 RBIs), LF Andrew Benintendi (.317/.397/.429 with 10 RBIs), LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 1.16 WHIP), RHP Craig Kimbrel (2.00 ERA with 6 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-1 Pitching probables: April 21: LHP Drew Pomeranz vs. RHP Dylan Bundy,

Zach Wilt: O’s lucky to have Brach with Britton sidelined

Zach Britton was one of the most dominant players in baseball in 2016. Not that I’m telling you something you didn’t already know. The guy had a season for the record books, converting 47 saves without blowing a single one. His stuff - and by stuff, I mean his sinker, because he threw it 91.97 percent of the time - was so nasty that hitters

Yard Work: Episode 2

Hey, O’s fans! Welcome to the latest episode of Yard Work. In this week’s episode ... The Birds are off to another hot start to the season, posting an 8-3 mark heading into their three-game series in Cincinnati. That record is tops in the majors, and looks like a good omen to open the year. What’s been the biggest key for the Orioles so far?

Dillon Atkinson: With Mancini’s emergence, Showalter may have to get creative

Orioles converted-outfielder Trey Mancini has gotten off to a tremendous start at the plate, slashing .348/.400/.913 with four home runs in 25 plate appearances. He has been used in a platoon role to start against left-handed pitchers - which has worked out well for him with playing time, considering the American League East is filled with left-handed starters - and also has gotten one start

Opposite dugout: Resurgent Reds have surprised in early going

Manager: Bryan Price (4th season) Record: 8-5 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: SS Zack Cozart (.432, 7 RBIs), 3B Eugenio Suárez (.384, 3 HR, 10 RBIs), LF Adam Duvall (3 HR, 7 RBIs), CF Billy Hamilton (5 SB), 1B Joey Votto (3 HR, 6 RBIs), LHP Amir Garrett (2-0, 1.42 ERA), RHP Raisel Iglesias (1.17 ERA, 3 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First

Andrew Stetka: O’s pitching staff bound to be tested

Things look pretty rosy at the moment for the Orioles, having taken three of four from the Blue Jays in Toronto and sitting atop the American League East at 8-3. The Birds even enjoyed the spoils of four straight strong performances from starting pitchers over the weekend in Canada. Though if the front office’s recent actions are any indication, big tests are ahead for this

Zach Wilt: Manny Machado will be just fine

There were a lot of bold predictions made about Manny Machado entering the 2017 season. I went big, proclaiming that this year Machado would be crowned the American League’s Most Valuable Player. It just seemed like the natural next step for one of the game’s premier young talents. Machado finished fifth in AL MVP voting last season, and finished fourth in 2015. He continues to

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays still searching for longballs, rotation rhythm

Manager: John Gibbons (10th season) Record: 1-7 Last 10 games: 1-7 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.308/.438/.577 with 2 HR), DH Kendrys Morales (.250 with 6 RBIs), SS Troy Tulowitzki (1 HR, 9 RBIs), RHP Aaron Sanchez (1.29 ERA), RHP Joe Biagini (1.42 ERA in 6 1/3 IP) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-2 Pitching probables: April 13: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. LHP Francisco Liriano,

Yard Work: Episode 1

Hey, Orioles fans! Welcome to the season debut of Yard Work. If you followed along last season, thanks for tuning in. And if you’re new to the podcast this year, MASNsports.com Orioles beat writer Steve Melewski will be joined by MASN editor Brian Eller to bring you Orioles news and insights each Wednesday throughout the season. We’re already a week into the season, and for

Dillon Atkinson: How do the 2014 long-term contracts look now?

The Orioles have two players on the current roster who signed long-term deals with the club back in 2014: Right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez inked a four-year, $50 million deal with the Orioles prior to the beginning of the 2014 campaign, and shortstop J.J. Hardy signed a three-year, $40 million extension with the club in the middle of the 2014 American League Championship Series. The contracts for

Orioles unveil special event uniforms for 2017

Once again this season, the Orioles will join the rest of the teams in the major leagues in donning special uniform combinations for holidays. This season, however, teams will wear the specially designed threads during the entirety of the Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and July 4 weekends, in addition to during All-Star Game festivities in Miami. Mother’s Day uniforms, which debuted last season,

Opposite dugout: Betts led Red Sox assault on O’s pitching last season

Manager: John Farrell (5th season) Record: 3-3 Last 10 games: 3-3 Who to watch: RF Mookie Betts (.318/.363/.534 with 122 R, 31 HR, 113 RBIs), 2B Dustin Pedroia (.318 with 105 R), LF Andrew Benintendi (.295), DH Hanley Ramirez (30 HR, 111 RBIs), RHP Steven Wright (13-6, 3.33 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (31 saves) * Statistics from 2016 Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (11-8

Andrew Stetka: Drawing big conclusions from one week

There are many old clichés in baseball. There’s constantly talk of it being a “long season” and taking things “one game at a time.” Those still hold true, as does the idea of trying not to draw too many conclusions from one game. Teams play 162 times over the course of a year, and paying attention to just one of them can be dangerous. But

Zach Wilt: Praising Adam Jones’ time in Baltimore

A lot can change over a decade. For me personally, I have graduated from college, gotten married, worked three jobs and moved six different times including out of state. It’s been a whirlwind full of unexpected twists and turns, as life tends to be. For Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, however, things have stayed relatively the same. On Monday afternoon, Jones ran down the

Opposite dugout: New-look Yankees made up of short-term pieces

Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 1-2 Last 10 games: 1-2 Who to watch: C Gary Sánchez (.299/.376/.657 with 20 HR, 42 RBIs), 2B Sterlin Castro (.270 with 21 HR, 70 RBIs), 1B/DH Chris Carter (41 HR, 94 RBIs), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (14-4, 3.07 ERA), LHP Arolids Chapman (1.55 ERA with 36 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (9-10 in 2016) Pitching probables: April

Dillon Atkinson: Orioles have tough decisions to make with pitching additions looming

As many fans have already noticed, the Orioles have gone with an odd roster to start the 2017 season. In most years, the Birds roll with five starting pitchers, seven relief pitchers and 13 hitters. This year, the roster was announced, and it wasn’t a familiar look: three starting pitchers, eight relievers and 14 hitters. The club was able to do this because they don’t

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Andrew Stetka: Anticipation for new season brings new expectations

There’s something different in the air as the Orioles start a new baseball season. It’s not the smell of fresh cut grass or Boog’s BBQ; those are the mainstays in Birdland. It’s not even all that obvious to many. It’s something that has happened over time, slowly but surely. There’s an atmosphere that’s been created by the current Orioles regime of expectation, and it’s one

Opposite dugout: Can Blue Jays compensate for departure of big bat?

Manager: John Gibbons (10th season) Record: 89-73 (tied for second in AL East in 2016) Last 10 games: Season opener Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.284/.404/.549 with 37 HR, 99 RBIs), SS Troy Tulowitzki (24 HR, 79 RBIs), RF José Bautista (22 HR, 69 RBIs), DH Kendrys Morales (30 HR, 93 RBIs), LHP J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (36 saves, 2.68

“Orioles Classic” rewind: Oriole Park Classics Game No. 1

It’s here. After a long winter, baseball returns for real tomorrow. Though it’s been a fun offseason of “Orioles Classics” on MASN, we’re ready for the regular season. And we know you’ll be tuning in at 2 p.m. Monday when an hour-long edition of “O’s Xtra” kicks off MASN’s opening day coverage on MASN2. But before that, we’ve got one more order of business.As in

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