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Andrew Stetka: Davis’ struggles don’t mean contract was a mistake

Orioles manager Buck Showalter benched first baseman Chris Davis for a second straight game yesterday, giving him time to clear his head and work on some adjustments at the plate. Hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh was providing instruction this weekend for Davis, who is off to perhaps the worst start of his career. The 32-year-old is hitting just .167/.257/.256 with two home runs, 33 strikeouts and

Zach Wilt: What has to happen in May for O’s

As a baseball fan, April is a month that I look forward to all year long. As an Orioles fan in 2018, I can’t wait for this April to be over. The O’s have just three more games remaining in this terrible month. They’re currently 6-19, 13 1/2 games back of first place in the American League East and 8 1/2 games back of a

Opposite dugout: Tigers in middle of the pack, but still battling and still surprising

Manager: Ron Gardenhire (1st season) Record: 10-13 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF Nicholas Castellanos (.330 with 16 RBIs), 1B Miguel Cabrera (.325 with 16 RBIs), OF JaCoby Jones (.275, .345 OBP), C James McCann (10 RBIs), LHP Francisco Liriano (2-1, 3.13 ERA) Season vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: April 27: RHP Mike Fiers (2-1) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (0-4), 7:05 p.m., MASN2April

“MASN All Access” podcast: Enrolling in the School of Roch

Attention, attention: Class is in session. Even though it’s late April, Paul and I are heading back to school - the School of Roch that is - as MASNsports.com’s Orioles beat writer Roch Kubatko joins us on the latest episode of the “MASN All Access” podcast. The Orioles are in a slump. Everyone knows that. They have lost three straight, are 1-9 in their last

Josh Michael: Lefty Lowther continues to improve his stock

Before the season began, I was extremely excited about the starting rotation that the low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were going to have due to the vast amount of talent it contained. So far, that excitement has been justified and the standout of the group has been left-hander Zac Lowther. The Shorebirds have one of the top three pitching staffs in the entire South Atlantic League

Opposite Dugout: Rays are in midst of a rebuild

Manager: Kevin Cash (4th season) Record: 8-13 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: CF Mallex Smith (.344/.412/.871) 1B C.J. Cron (5 HR, 13 RBIs), OF Denard Span (17 RBIs), 2B Daniel Robertson (.318), RHP Blake Snell (3-1, 2.54 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (11-8 in 2017) Pitching probables: April 24: RHP Jake Faria (1-1) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (0-2), 7:05 p.m., MASNApril

Zach Wilt: Strikeouts are sapping early Orioles offense

The Orioles are in a rut and are watching the losses pile up as they slide down the standings in the American League East. You can only keep telling yourself, “It’s early,” for so long. Here on April 20, it is still true, but the hole keeps getting deeper and deeper and digging out of it only gets more difficult as time goes on. There

Opposite dugout: Indians offense still trying to find its rhythm

Manager: Terry Francona (6th season) Record: 9-7 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: SS Francisco Lindor (15 hits, 7 RBIs); LF Michael Brantley (.333 with 1 HR, 6 RBIs); 3B José Ramirez (4 HR, 8 RBIs); RHP Corey Kluber (2-1, 1.52 ERA); RHP Trevor Bauer (1-1, 2.25 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (0.00 ERA, 3 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (6-1 in 2017)

“MASN All Access” podcast: Birds continue to struggle in cold weather

As we continue to wait for spring to arrive, Orioles fans are waiting for the O’s offense to heat up as well. What you don’t have to wait any longer for is a new episode of the “MASN All Access” podcast. Paul and I discuss the possible effect the recent cold weather has had on the Orioles’ bats. Did you know that out of 18 Continue reading ....

Josh Michael: Alex Wells succeeds by going against the grain

When it comes to pitching prospects, both before they are even drafted and after, all of the talk tends to be about how hard they throw their fastball. While I won’t argue that it’s nice when a guy can throw a mid-to-upper 90s fastball, I’ll take a guy who gets outs, pounds the zone and makes a hitter earn his way on base. Orioles prospect

Opposite dugout: Sleepy bats a factor in Tigers’ slow start

Manager: Ron Gardenhire (1st year) Record: 4-9 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 1B Miguel Cabrera (.245/.309/.367, 3 doubles), 2B Dixon Machado (7 doubles, 8 RBIs), 3B Jeimer Candelario (4 doubles, 1 HR), RF Nicholas Castellanos (.302/.362/.415, 2 triples), RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 8.18 ERA), RHP Shane Greene (3.86 ERA, 2 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (4-3 in 2017) Pitching probables: April

Zach Wilt: Cobb’s arrival will benefit both offense and mound staff

After enjoying a much-needed off-day, their first since March 30, the Orioles are headed north to square off against the first-place Red Sox for a four-game weekend series that includes the annual 11 a.m. Patriot’s Day game on Monday. It feels like the Orioles always play that game. The Birds took just one of three in their quick home series against the Blue Jays. Baltimore’s

Opposite dugout: It’s World Series or bust for the Red Sox

Manager: Alex Cora (1st season) Record: 10-2 Last 10 games: 9-1 Who to watch: RF Mookie Betts (.370 with 2 HR, 9 RBIs); 1B Hanley Ramirez (.357 with 2 HR, 12 RBIs); LF Andrew Benintendi (.231 with 5 RBIs, 11 BB); LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 1.06 ERA); RHP Craig Kimbrel (0.00 ERA, 4 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1st meeting (9-10 in 2017) Pitching probables:

Josh Michael: Undefeated Shorebirds are worth the price of admission

The 2018 minor league season is in full swing now for the Orioles’ four full-season affiliates, and while there is plenty of talent throughout the affiliates’ rosters, the low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds are the standouts thus far. I knew the Shorebirds were going to have a good pitching staff thanks in large part to having seven pitchers currently in the Top 30 Orioles’ prospects list

“MASN All Access” podcast: Steve Melewski recaps O’s-Yankees series and looks ahead

MASNsports.com’s very own Steve Melewski was kind enough to join Paul Mancano and myself for this week’s Orioles episode of the “MASN All Access” podcast. After a five-game losing streak that included a sweep at the hands of the Astros in Houston, the Orioles started the season 1-5 and looked at a daunting four-game series against the Yankees in New York. While some fans may

Andrew Stetka: Machado’s move to short still puzzles

When Buck Showalter announced at Orioles FanFest in late January that Manny Machado would be moving to shortstop full-time, pushing Tim Beckham to third base, I didn’t really blink at the move. It seemed inevitable, really, despite my own personal apprehensions. Machado is, as everyone knows, in his walk year. The move to short was conceivably to increase his value to potential trade suitors. From

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays trying to remain relevant in AL East race

Manager: John Gibbons (11th year) Record: 6-4 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Justin Smoak (.352 with 2 HR, 10 RBIs), LF Curtis Granderson (.364/.417/.545), 2B Yangervis Solarte (.308 with 2 HR), 3B Josh Donaldson (2 HR, 5 RBIs), RHP Marco Estrada (1-0, 2.77 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (4 saves, 0.00 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (7-12 in 2017) Pitching probables:

Zach Wilt: O’s patient approach starting to pay dividends

It was hard to stay positive after a 1-5 start to the season. Our outlook after opening day was so promising, with Adam Jones walking it off in the 11th inning in front of a sold-out crowd at Camden Yards. But after the Gatorade shower and celebration at home plate, the Orioles went the next week without another win and came to the Bronx looking

Opposite dugout: With high expectations, Yankees stars off to sluggish start

Manager: Aaron Boone (1st season) Record: 4-2 Last 10 games: 4-2 Who to watch (2017 stats): OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (59 HR, 132 RBIs with 1.007 OPS), RF Aaron Judge (52 HR, 114 RBIs with 1.049 OPS), C Gary Sánchez (33 HR, 90 RBIs), LHP CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (3.22 ERA, 22 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (12-7 in 2017)

Josh Michael: Breaking down a pair of promising pitching prospects

The 2018 minor league season will kick off Thursday, and I for one am extremely excited because the state of the Orioles’ farm system has vastly improved over the past few years. Today, I want to highlight two pitchers that most O’s fans are not very familiar with, but are prospects that I am very excited about. First up is a lefty who almost wasn’t

“MASN All Access” podcast: Chance The Bunter, bats vs. pitching and schedule

What’s the first weekend of the season without a little controversy? As if it hadn’t been talked about enough, Paul and I discuss Chance Sisco’s now infamous bunt in the ninth inning against the Twins on Sunday to start off this week’s Orioles episode of the “MASN All Access” podcast. Was Sisco in the wrong, or did he do the right thing when he bunted

Andrew Stetka: How Orioles could extend recent positivity

There’s no question it’s been a positive few weeks for the Orioles. After an offseason that looked bleak and disconcerting, the team made a few moves on and off the field that helped spring things to life. There was the announcement of the “Kids Cheer Free” program, which allows adults to bring children 9 and under to a game for free. Then the team backed

Opposite dugout: Young Astros stars shooting for repeat of dream season

Manager: AL. Hinch (4th season) Record: 3-1 Who to watch (2017 stats): 2B Jose Altuve (.346, 32 steals), CF George Springer (34 homers), SS Carlos Correa (84 RBIs), 3B Alex Bregman (39 doubles), RHP Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.38 ERA), RHP Ken Giles (34 saves, 2.30 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (5-1 in 2017) Pitching probables: April 2: RHP Chris Tillman (1-7, 7.84 ERA

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