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Andrew Stetka: Despite Hellickson move, Orioles aren’t buyers

Don’t be fooled by what you see or hear. Don’t be duped by trades that are made or those that aren’t. The Orioles aren’t buyers this season. They aren’t really in it and they likely aren’t making a push for the postseason. Friday night’s deal for Jeremy Hellickson told me all I needed to know about the direction the Orioles are headed. Actually, the O’s

Opposite dugout: Royals come to Baltimore on a roll

Manager: Ned Yost (8th season) Record: 55-48 Last 10 games: 9-1 Who to watch: 1B Eric Hosmer (.321 average, 16 HR), 2B Whit Merrifield (.339 OBP, 17 SB), 3B Mike Moustakas (30 HR, 69 RBIs), CF Lorenzo Cain (16 SB), LHP Jason Vargas (13-4, 3.00 ERA), LHP Mike Minor (2.49 ERA, 11 holds,), RHP Kelvin Herrera (23 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables:

Zach Wilt: Taking a look at Adam Jones’ hot streak

Over the past week, no hitter has been better for the Orioles than Adam Jones. In 33 plate appearances, he has slashed .394/.394/.758. He’s belted three homers, just one shy of All-Star Jonathan Schoop, and driven in nine while scoring seven times. Jones leads the O’s in wOBA (.478) and wRC+ (205) over the last seven days. It’s one of those classic stretches for the

Opposite dugout: Rangers remain under .500, likely sellers at deadline

Manager: Jeff Banister Record: 49-52 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 3B Adrian Beltre (.307/.387/.545, 2996 career hits), 1B/3B Joey Gallo (25 HR, 47 RBIs), Elvis Andrus (20 SB), RHP Andrew Cashner (3.64 ERA), RHP Alex Claudio (4 saves, 2.42 ERA) Seasons series vs. Orioles: 0-4 Pitching probables: July 28: RHP Chris Tillman vs. RHP Andrew Cashner, 8:05 p.m., MASN2July 29: RHP Kevin Gausman

Dillon Atkinson: Deadline approach could define Dan Duquette’s legacy

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has a mixed reputation among the fan base. Some applaud him for his acquisitions of productive players like Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel, Nelson Cruz and Mark Trumbo, among others. Another large sum show their disapproval of Duquette for letting players like Cruz and Andrew Miller walk, for trading away young pitching and for acquiring players who

Andrew Stetka: Roller coaster of Orioles season making some fans sick

If you’ve ever been to an amusement park and taken a ride on the biggest roller coasters, you know exactly what an Orioles fan feels like over the last few weeks. The ups and downs, the twists and turns, and the subtle feeling that you might need to vomit all go hand in hand. Whether you are a fan that is more focused on the

Opposite dugout: Rays very much alive in playoff hunt

Manager: Kevin Cash (3rd season) Record: 51-48 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: DH Corey Dickerson (.308 with 18 HR, 117 hits), 1B Logan Morrison (.252 with 26 HR, 61 RBIs), RF Steven Souza Jr. (.270 with .372 on-base percentage), RHP Jacob Faria (4-1, 2.52 ERA), RHP Alex Colomé (3.63 ERA, 28 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 4-5 Pitching probables: July 24: RHP Kevin

Heat-related illness and young athletes: 3 important things parents and coaches need to know (via Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Learn what you can do to help prevent heat-related illness during hot-weather or high-humidity training and play. Is your teen hoping to make the cut at this year’s varsity tryouts? Make sure she or he can take the heat -- literally. “As the summer gets hotter and kids enter high school, they will start participating in sports tryouts and practices,” says primary care sports medicine

Zach Wilt: Caleb Joseph’s turnaround in 2017

2016 was not kind to Caleb Joseph. The Orioles catcher finished the year with a .174/.216/.197 slashline and a zero in the RBI category. That statistic combined with his long homerless stretch drew quite a bit of attention nationally. Joseph started last season with 66 RBI-less at-bats, then suffered an unfortunate testicular injury that landed him on the disabled list for the entire month of

Opposite dugout: Astros’ midsummer doldrums likely temporary

Manager: A.J. Hinch (3rd season) Record: 63-32 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Jose Altuve (.353/.420/.556, 19 stolen bases), CF George Springer (.307/.384/.597, 27 home runs, 66 RBIs), 1B Yuli Gurriel (.292/.320/.479, 47 RBIs) RHP Collin McHugh (13-10, 4.34 ERA in 2016), Lance McCullers Jr. (7-2, 3.28 ERA), Ken Giles (.331 ERA, 20 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: July 21:

O’s announce unique fan contest leading up to the franchise’s 10,000th home run

The Orioles are rapidly approaching their 10,000th home run as a professional ballclub. To date, the Orioles have hit 9,976 regular season home runs, just 24 shy of the mark. To celebrate this impressive upcoming milestone, the Orioles have decided to hold a unique contest for fans encouraging them to predict which player will hit the 10,000th home run in franchise history, how many men

Yard Work: Episode 12

Hey, Orioles fans. Welcome to the latest edition of Yard Work. On this week’s episode ... We hope you enjoyed the All-Star festivities. While there weren’t any representatives from Birdland in this year’s Home Run Derby, Jonathan Schoop came through in the clutch for the American League in last Tuesday’s All-Star Game. His efforts helped the AL earn a 2-1 win over the NL. Too Continue reading ....

Dillon Atkinson: Machado’s return to form shouldn’t be a surprise

Through the first half of the 2017 campaign, to say Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was underperforming at the plate would be an understatement. Machado slashed a combined .290/.351/.518 with 72 long balls and a 132 wRC+ from 2015 through 2016. Being just 24 heading into this season, many expected him to stay on the same track, if not get even better. However, this hasn’t

Join Trey Mancini and MASN’s Roch Kubatko at “Birdland Social” on July 19

Join the Orioles for their second “Birdland Social” Social Media Night at Camden Yards on Wednesday, July 19th! Presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the party starts at the center field Roof Deck at 5 p.m. prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Texas Rangers. The Orioles will welcome 250 of their most committed social media fans, who will have the opportunity to join

Andrew Stetka: For O’s, any sell-off must be done carefully

The Orioles aren’t completely buried after this weekend’s sweep at the hands of the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, but there is certainly some dirt on their grave. With that comes the realization that perhaps this isn’t “the year” for the Birds. At least that appears to be the sentiment of the front office if reporting from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is to

Opposite dugout: Rangers no longer winning one-run games

Manager: Jeff Banister (3rd season) Record: 45-46 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: SS Elvis Andrus (.295/.339/.462 with 11 HR, 50 RBIs), 3B/DH Adrian Beltre (.275/.374/.522 with 8 HR, 30 RBIs), 3B Joey Gallo (21 HR, 41 RBIs), LHP Cole Hamels (7-4, 3.05 ERA), LHP Alex Claudio (2.59 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (4-3 in 2016) Pitching probables: July 17:

Zach Wilt: Why the Orioles shouldn’t buy or sell at trade deadline

The All-Star break is over and Orioles baseball resumes tonight with the start of the second half of the season. Our Birds are back in action at Camden Yards this evening against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs for the first of a three-game series. It feels like it’s been awhile since we watched a baseball game where the outcome was meaningful and significant.

Opposite dugout: Cubs still alive despite lackluster first half

Manager: Joe Maddon (3rd season)Record: 43-45 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 1B Anthony Rizzo (.259 with 20 HR, 56 RBIs), 3B Kris Bryant (.269 with 18 HR, 38 RBIs), C Willson Contreras (.261 with 65 hits), RHP Jake Arrieta (8-7, 4.35 ERA), RHP Wade Davis (2-0, 1.80 ERA, 16 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-0 in 2014) Pitching probables: July 14:

Zach Wilt: Opponents have adjusted to Dylan Bundy

Dylan Bundy was one of the Orioles’ best stories over the first two months of the season. In April and May, the 24-year-old righty made 11 starts and the O’s went 7-4 in those games. Bundy pitched 71 2/3 innings, limited opponents to a .240 batting average and recorded a 2.89 ERA over that span. He began the season with eight consecutive quality starts and

Opposite dugout: Twins going from worst in MLB to playoff contention

Manager: Paul Molitor (3rd season) Record: 43-41 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 3B Miguel Sanó (20 HR, 60 RBIs), DH Robbie Grossman (.253/.382/.389), CF Byron Buxton (16 stolen bases), RHP José Berríos (3.44 ERA, 1.071 WHIP), RHP Brandon Kintzler (2.41 ERA, 22 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: July 6: RHP Dylan Bundy vs. RHP José Berríos, 8:10 p.m., MASN2 July

Dillon Atkinson: It’s time to face reality

If you’ve followed me on social media or on Orioles Uncensored for the past few years, you’ve probably been able to get the idea that at times, I rock the orange sunglasses and I drink the orange Kool-Aid. It’s not all the time, but I sure have shown my sides of blind optimism about the Orioles. But today, I’m hopping off that train. At least

Yard Work: Episode 11

Hey, Orioles fans. Welcome to another edition of Yard Work. On this week’s episode ... Jonathan Schoop is officially an All-Star! The Orioles second baseman earned his first career selection and will represent the Birds next week in Miami. Schoop’s honor is well deserved and a testament to just how far he has progressed in his career. Steve Melewski and I will discuss Schoop’s selection

Andrew Stetka: Schoop’s All-Star nod is well-deserved

For the first time since 2011, the Orioles will have just one representative at the All-Star Game. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop can always refer to himself as an All-Star now, and rightfully so. While some may have wanted to see Trey Mancini or Welington Castillo get the nod as the O’s representative, Schoop is the right man for the job. It’s also hard not to

Opposite dugout: Power surge has Brewers sitting atop NL Central

Manager: Craig Counsell (3rd season) Record: 44-40 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Eric Thames (.243 with 21 HR, 41 RBIs); 3B Travis Shaw (.291 with 17 HR, 59 RBIs); SS Orlando Arcia (.288 with 8 HR, 27 RBIs); RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-4, 3.43 ERA); RHP Corey Knebel (1.13 ERA, 13 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-1 in 2014) Pitching probables:

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