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Zach Wilt: Back end of Orioles bullpen proved its importance on road trip

Just like that, the Orioles are back to .500. Last night in Toronto, the Birds took care of business and secured a series win to even their record at 39-39. After being shut out the night before, Ubaldo Jiménez delivered his strongest start of 2017 with eight shutout innings of two-hit ball in the finale against the rival Blue Jays. It’s amazing what good starting

Opposite dugout: Rays hitters hope to heat up again after going cold in Pittsburgh

Manager: Kevin Cash (3rd year) Record: 41-40 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Logan Morrison (22 HR, 54 RBIs), CF Mallex Smith (9 stolen bases), OF/DH Corey Dickerson (.330/.371/.577), RF Steven Souza Jr. (14 HR, 49 RBIs), RHP Jacob Faria (3-0, 2.10 ERA, 0.974 WHIP), Alex Colomé (20 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: June 30: RHP Jacob Faria vs. RHP

Still time to vote Oriole Park the “Nicest Place in America”

Oriole Park at Camden Yards has recently been named one of 10 finalists for “Nicest Place in America in 2017” by Reader’s Digest. Since Camden Yards opened 25 years ago, it has long since been a welcoming place to visitors. The Baltimore Orioles began the Birdland Community Heroes program in 2016 to honor people from around the Orioles community who have had a positive impact

Oriole Park a finalist in Reader’s Digest balloting for “Nicest Place in America”

People are continuing to take notice of just how fantastic Oriole Park at Camden Yards is - and not just because the venerable stadium is celebrating its 25th anniversary season. The ballpark is a finalist in a poll by Reader’s Digest to determine the “Nicest Place in America.” Oriole Park is vying with nine other locations - buildings, towns and attractions - for the honor.

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays trying to overcome slow start to season

Manager: John Gibbons (10th season) Record: 36-39 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 1B Justin Smoak (.304 with 20 HR, 48 RBIs), 3B Josh Donaldson (.280/.379/.536), DH Kendrys Morales (15 HR, 44 RBIs), RHP Marcus Stroman (7-4, 3.69 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (19 saves, 2.40 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-7 Pitching probables: June 27: RHP Kevin Gausman v. RHP Joe Biagini, 7:07 p.m.,

Andrew Stetka: If Orioles sell, who could actually be moved?

With five weeks to go until baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, teams are starting to assess whether or not they will be buyers or sellers at the end of July. It’s a conversation every front office has this time of year, and it’s no different for the Orioles. What is different this year than from recent seasons is the position the Birds find themselves in. Despite

Zach Wilt: Even former O’s starting pitchers are underperforming

Starting pitching has been the story of the 2017 season for the Orioles. It seems to be a topic every night in Charm City as the Birds have again fallen below .500 at 35-37 and their rotation has produced just two quality starts in their last 16 games. Collectively, the O’s pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in 19 consecutive games and they

Opposite dugout: Youngsters stepping up to keep Rays in AL East race

Manager: Kevin Cash (3rd year) Record: 39-36 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Logan Morrison (21 HR, 51 RBIs), CF Mallex Smith (9 SB), 3B Evan Longoria (18 doubles, 38 RBIs), OF/DH Corey Dickerson (.326/.365/.583), RHP Jacob Faria (3-0, 1.37 ERA, 0.966 WHIP), Alex Colomé (20 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: June 23: RHP Chris Archer vs. RHP Ubaldo Jiménez,

Dillon Atkinson: Orioles offense being asked to perform a difficult task

After dropping the series opener to the Indians on Monday night by the score of 12-0, the Orioles came back to even up the series at one game apiece by defeating the Tribe 6-5 Tuesday evening. Although they counted differently in the win-loss column, there’s one thing that’s common between not only those two scores, but the scores of the past 17 games. In each

Yard Work: Episode 10

Hey, Orioles fans. Welcome to another edition of Yard Work. On this week’s episode ... The struggles continue for the O’s, who have fallen to fourth place in the American League East and are hovering near the .500 mark. Both sides of the ball have been problematic, but it begins with starting pitching, where the Birds have allowed five or more runs in 17 consecutive

O’s economic impact in Sarasota grows with expanded Wilson tournament

Just because Orioles spring training at Ed Smith Stadium has ended doesn’t mean the end of baseball in Sarasota. Thanks to the Orioles, baseball continues to be a year-round activity in and around their preseason home. After impressing organizers of the prestigious Wilson Premier baseball tournament program in 2016, the Orioles will host 15 days of competition in Sarasota County this summer from June 22-July

Andrew Stetka: Hardy’s absence will create a new look in O’s infield

With J.J. Hardy set to become the latest member of the Orioles to make a trip to the disabled list, parts are going to continue to move for the Birds. It’s just the latest in a string of injuries that has recently included first baseman Chris Davis, along with the likes of Zach Britton and Darren O’Day out of the bullpen. Nothing new for the

Opposite dugout: Indians seizing control in AL Central

Manager: Terry Francona (5th season) Record: 36-31 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 3B José Ramírez (.313 with 11 HR, 34 RBIs); DH Edwin Encarnación (.261 with 16 HR, 36 RBIs); CF Michael Brantley (.296 with 61 hits); RHP Carlos Carrasco (7-3, 3.21 ERA); RHP Corey Kluber (5-2, 4.15 ERA). Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-5 in 2016) Pitching probables: Monday, June 19:

Opposite dugout: Underachieving Cardinals still a threat in NL Central

Manager: Mike Matheny (6th season) Record: 30-35 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 3B Jedd Gyorko (.295/.344/.490 with 8 HR, 27 RBIs), 1B Matt Carpenter (.244/.365/.475 with 12 HR, 36 RBIs), CF Dexter Fowler (10 HR, 28 RBIs), RHP Carlos Martínez (5-5, 2.95 ERA), RHP Lance Lynn (5-3, 2.69 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-1 in 2014) Pitching probables: June 16: RHP

Zach Wilt: Offense can still carry the Orioles

Yesterday afternoon, the Orioles wrapped another disappointing road trip and fell back under .500 with a 32-33 record. The Birds went 1-7 on their eight-game road trip in D.C., New York and Chicago, and they have now lost 16 of their last 18 games away from the friendly confines of Camden Yards. They are now 11-23 on the road this season and thankfully return home

Orioles launching “Have a Catch” campaign

This Father’s Day weekend, the Orioles are beginning a new campaign stemming from Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” campaign called the “Have a Catch” campaign, spurring fans and kids to get outside and play catch. The event will be introduced during the final game of the series between the Orioles and the Cardinals this Father’s Day, June 18. This event is sold-out and has raised

Dillon Atkinson: When it rains, it pours

After Tuesday night’s 6-1 loss to the White Sox, the Orioles are now 31-32 and in fourth place in the American League East, 7 1/2 games back of the division-leading Yankees. Sure, the Orioles’ record makes it look like they’re just a near perfectly average Major League Baseball club. But the maddening part of it all is that they started off the season 22-10, looking

Yard Work: Episode 9

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to this week’s edition of Yard Work. On this episode ... Happy Draft Day! Tonight is the 2017 First-Year Player Draft, where we’ll see the biggest talent in college and high school baseball take the next step on their path to becoming major league players. The Orioles have several picks in the top 100, including the 21st overall selection. The team

Andrew Stetka: Chris Tillman’s slow sink drowns O’s

There’s been a fairly common theme over the past five years when it comes to analyzing the Orioles. They are a team that’s won because of power throughout the lineup, a strong bullpen and stellar defense. The one weak spot has always been the starting pitching. It’s typically been a rotation that has been forced to overperform to some extent just to get by. Perhaps

Opposite dugout: White Sox fading fast in division race

Manager: Rick Renteria (1st season) Record: 26-35 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: RF Avisaíl García (.332 average with 10 HR, 42 RBIs and 75 hits); CF Leury García (.300 average with 6 HR, 21 RBIs); 1B José Abreu (.278 average with 10 HR, 34 RBIs); LHP David Holmberg (1-0, 2.74 ERA); RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-7, 4.89 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-3 Pitching

Opposite dugout: Yankees using youth to excel atop AL East

Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 34-23 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Aaron Judge (.330 with 18 HR, 41 RBIs); 2B Starlin Castro (.319 with 31 RBIs, 74 hits); LF Brett Gardner (.262 with 12 HR, 27 RBIs); RHP Luis Severino (4-2, 2.90 ERA); RHP Dellin Betances (3-1, 0.49 ERA). Season series vs. Orioles: 4-5 Pitching probables: June 9: RHP Dylan Bundy

Zach Wilt: Stumping for Schoop to go to All-Star Game

We are just over two months into the 2017 season, and while there have been some ups and downs for the Orioles, there’s been one true consistent presence: second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The 25-year-old is off to an amazing start, posting career highs in all three slashline categories, batting average (.286), on-base percentage (.336) and slugging percentage (.519). He’s also on pace to finish the

SLAP tear prevention tips for baseball and softball players (via Johns Hopkins Medicine)

A SLAP tear can be a serious injury no matter your age or professional level. It is common in baseball and softball pitchers, position players and other athletes who do a lot of overhead arm motions similar to throwing. The majority of SLAP tears don’t happen in one day and are usually a result of repetitive trauma inside the shoulder. Whether you are a baseball Continue reading ....

Opposite dugout: Nats return home from 7-2 road trip to start homestand with makeup game

Manager: Dusty Baker (2nd season) Record: 37-21 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 1B Ryan Zimmerman (.362/.407/.696 with 17 HR, 49 RBIs), RF Bryce Harper (.316/.427/.626 with 15 HR, 45 RBIs), 2B Daniel Murphy (.336/.386/.558 with 10 HR, 41 RBIs), RHP Joe Ross (2-2, 7.34 ERA), RHP Matt Albers (1.17 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 5 holds) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: June 8:

Jiménez helps Dunloggin Middle School students pack Cardboard to Leather donations

As a starting pitcher, Ulbado Jiménez is used to doing the heavy lifting. But on Tuesday, the Orioles right-hander did some actual straining and grunting - all for a good cause that is near and dear to his heart. Jiménez visited Dunloggin Middle School to help eighth-grade students pack donations of gently used baseball equipment given to the Oriole Advocates’ Cardboard to Leather program for

Yard Work: Episode 8

Hey, O’s fans. Welcome to another edition of Yard Work. On this week’s episode ... It’s hard to believe, but June is here already. And as the weather heats up, so has the competition in the American League East, where it seems the Orioles are always battling it out against a divisional foe. That might not be a bad thing, mind you, as the Birds

Dillon Atkinson: Adding Tejada creates questions in Orioles infield

On Tuesday afternoon, the Orioles added Triple-A Norfolk infielder Rubén Tejada to the 25-man roster and designated infielder Paul Janish for assignment. Janish, 34, has appeared in 14 games in each of the 2015 and 2016 seasons for the Birds, as well as three games this year. The 27-year-old Tejada was acquired by the Orioles on Sunday evening in a trade that involved sending cash

Opposite dugout: Pirates have punch and are viable in an NL Central still up for grabs

Manager: Clint Hurdle (7th year) Record: 26-31 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Josh Harrison (.308/.371/.466), CF Andrew McCutchen (.232/.313/.419, 28 RBIs) RF Gregory Polanco (.264/.338/.403, 7 steals), 1B Josh Bell (.221/.300/.447, 11 HR), LHP Tony Watson (4-1, 10 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-3 in 2014) Pitching probables: June 6: RHP Ivan Nova vs. RHP Kevin Gausman, 7:05 p.m., MASN

Andrew Stetka: Machado presents greatest conundrum in years for O’s

Manny Machado spent the weekend doing what appeared to be working his way out of a major slump. No one can say for sure, but Machado went 6-for-15 with two home runs, two doubles and five runs scored over the course of four games against the Red Sox. Perhaps it’s just Boston that brings out the bat for the All-Star third baseman. Six of his

Zach Wilt: Jones’ return a positive development for Orioles

For four long days, the Orioles were without their captain in center field and his absence was felt for all 96 hours. Adam Jones rested a sore ankle and hip for three games, then was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup when rain was in the forecast. The O’s went 1-3 in those contests and then welcomed back No. 10 with open arms on Thursday. It’s hard

Yard Work: Episode 7

Hey, Orioles fans. Welcome to another installment of Yard Work. In this week’s episode ... It seems obvious that the key to the Orioles’ success this season lies in the hands of the Yard Work podcast. After all, scheduling conflicts forced us to miss an episode last week and since then, the Birds have taken a turn for the worse. In all seriousness, it was

Opposite dugout: Red Sox, Orioles renew rivalry with four-game set in Baltimore

Manager: John Farrell (5th season) Record: 29-23 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: RF Mookie Betts (.271 with 9 HR, 32 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.337/.393/.471), CF Andrew Benintendi (5 HR, 27 RBIs), LHP Chris Sale (6-2, 2.77 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 110 Ks), LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-1, 2.77 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (0.75 ERA, 15 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 4-5 Pitching probables: June

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