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Opposite dugout: Yankees bring plenty of punch to the party

Manager: Aaron Boone (1st season) Record: 35-17 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 2B Gleyber Torres (26 RBIs), SS Didi Gregorius (35 RBIs), 3B Miguel Andújar (.290), RF Aaron Judge (15 HR, 40 RBIs), DH Giancarlo Stanton (11 HR, 29 RBIs), LHP Aroldis Chapman (12 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-3 Pitching probables: May 31: RHP Sonny Gray (3-4) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (2-6),

Josh Michael: Recent promotions clear way for left-hander Cameron Ming

The low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds got off to a roaring start and thanks in large part to the performance of their starting rotation. A couple of those starters, Michael Baumann and Zac Lowther, have been promoted to high Single-A Frederick, clearing the way for left-hander Cameron Ming. Ming, 22, was selected by the Orioles in the 14th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out

Andrew Stetka: Time has come to take stock of the Orioles

The day has finally come. Memorial Day is here and the self-imposed benchmark for self-evaluation is upon us. The Orioles are 17-36, the second-worst record in baseball behind the White Sox. They have the third-worst run differential in the game at minus-79. They’ve won a mere seven games away from Camden Yards, the worst road record this season. They are now a full eight games

Opposite dugout: Despite injuries, pitching-rich Nats only a game out of first in NL East

Manager: Davey Martinez (1st season)Record: 29-22 Last 10 games: 5-5 Players to watch: LF Juan Soto (.286), , RF Bryce Harper (.232 with 16 HR, 38 RBIs, 44 BB), SS Trea Turner (.270 with 6 HR, 22 RBIs, 14 SB) LHP Gio Gonzalez (5-2, 2.38 ERA), RHP Max Scherzer (8-1, 2.13 ERA), RHP Sean Doolittle (1.93 ERA, 11 saves) Series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-2

Zach Wilt: Breaking down Jonathan Schoop’s struggles at the plate

Jonathan Schoop took a huge step forward at the plate for the Orioles last season. The second baseman earned his first trip to the All-Star Game and slashed .293/.338/.503 while totaling a team-high 3.8 fWAR (5.2 on Baseball-Reference.com). Schoop was 25, turning 26 in October, and chatter began about him becoming a cornerstone upon which the Orioles could build their next winning franchise around. He

Opposite dugout: Rays starting relievers in all three games vs. Orioles

Manager: Kevin Cash (4th season) Record: 23-25Last 10 games: 7-3Who to watch: C Wilson Ramos (.301 with 6 HR, 24 RBIs), CF Mallex Smith (.293, 11 SB), OF Johnny Field (.280 with 4 HR, 8 RBIs), RHP Sergio Romo (1-0, 4.34 ERA), RHP Alex Colomé (11 saves)Season series vs. Orioles: 3-3 Pitching probables: May 25: RHP David Hess (1-1) vs. RHP Sergio Romo (1-0), 7:10

Josh Michael: Mike Yastrzemski could finally be turning things around

There are certain names in the baseball world that, when you hear them, you immediately think of some of the greats. Orioles prospect Mike Yastrzemski has one of those names, and after his recent promotion to Triple-A, he may finally be turning things around. Yastrzemski, 27, is the grandson of baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, and has long been a fan favorite when talking

Andrew Stetka: Could O’s learn from Rays’ new pitching strategy?

The long-running baseball standard of seeing starting pitchers go deep into games is falling by the wayside. This is not news, as it’s been happening for years. Starting pitchers are throwing fewer innings. It used to be that starters would pitch complete games regularly. In fact, the last three full seasons have seen the lowest number of complete games in major league history. There were

Opposite dugout: White Sox have bright future, but the present is murky

Manager: Rick Renteria (2nd season) Record: 13-30 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 1B José Abreu (.299 with 8 HR, 25 RBIs); DH Matt Davidson (.239 with 11 HR, 28 RBIs); 2B Yoán Moncada (.263 with 36 hits, 10 2B); RHP Reynaldo López (0-3, 3.50 ERA); RHP James Shields (1-4, 4.88 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-4 in 2017) Pitching probables: May

“Friday Fireworks & Music at America’s Ballpark” continues with Carter Faith Jones

When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Warm nights under the stars? Baseball games with an ice cream in hand? Maybe you think of fireworks lighting up the night sky, time with family or a summer concert. Well, lucky for you, the Orioles and MASN are bringing some of your favorite aspects of summer together in the first “Friday Fireworks & Music at

Zach Wilt: A few thoughts on Trey Mancini’s improved eye at the plate

A look through the Orioles stats is a pretty fun trip these days. You get to see Manny Machado’s name quite a bit. He’s the team’s leader in batting average, home runs, RBIs, on-base percentage, hits, slugging percentage, WAR and I’m sure a bunch of other categories. It’s no surprise, given the success the Orioles shortstop has had at the plate this season. He continues

“MASN All Access” podcast: How Michael Taylor creates other birds as the Orioles logo

You’ve seen them on Twitter. You’ve liked them and shared them with your fellow Orioles fans. But exactly how do those pictures of other birds as the Orioles logo come to fruition? Paul and I have a special guest on this edition of the “MASN All Access” podcast, as Michael Taylor, founder and creater of the Other Birds as the Orioles Logo account on Twitter

Opposite dugout: Behind balanced roster, Red Sox have sights set on World Series

Manager: Alex Cora (1st season)Record: 29-14 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Mookie Betts (.353 with 13 HR, 28 RBIs); DH J.D. Martinez (.344 with 12 HR, 36 RBIs); SS Xander Bogaerts (.306 with 12 2B); LHP David Price (3-4, 4.89 ERA); RHP Rick Porcello (5-1, 3.28 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (2.45 ERA, 13 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: May

Josh Michael: Shorebirds have gotten dominant work from Michael Baumann

Most Orioles fans are now well aware that the low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds are off to a phenomenal start to the 2018 season. One of the big reasons why has been their starting pitching and right-hander Michael Baumann has led their stout rotation. Baumann, 22, was selected by the Orioles last June in the third round of the First-Year Player Draft out of Jacksonville University.

Opposite Dugout: Rebuilding Phillies have surprised in early going

Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 23-16 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (7 HR, 28 RBIs), LF Rhys Hoskins (5 HR, 25 RBIs), CF Odúbel Herrara (.360, 24 RBIs),1B Carlos Santana (7 HR, 27 RBIs), RHP Nick Pivetta (2-2, 4.15 ERA), RHP Héctor Neris (8 saves)Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-3 in 2015) Pitching probables: May 15: RHP Nick

Andrew Stetka: Machado’s MVP case could be unique

We may not be to Memorial Day yet, but it’s not too early to start examining candidates for Most Valuable Player. The Orioles have their own this year, and it’s a familiar face. Manny Machado is going to be in the conversation all season long, no matter what team he is playing for by the end of it. The 25-year-old has already twice finished in

Opposite dugout: Rays challenged to be little more than a pesky foe

Manager: Kevin Cash (4th year) Record: 15-19 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: CF Mallex Smith (.326/.407/.421 with 8 SB), C Wilson Ramos (.313 with 4 HR, 18 RBIs), 2B Daniel Robertson (.289), 1B C.J. Cron (7 HR, 20 RBIs), LHP Blake Snell (4-2, 2.40 ERA), RHP Alex Colomé (6 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-2 Pitching probables: May 11: RHP Jake Faria (3-1)

Josh Michael: Rifaela, McKenna making strong early impressions

The Orioles may not be playing as well as all fans had hoped, but there is some good baseball being played down on the farm. Two of the lesser-known outfield prospects in the organization, Ademar Rifaela and Ryan McKenna, are off to fantastic starts. Rifaela, 23, has been in the organization since 2013, when he played for the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Orioles as an

Orioles, Advocates donate baseball equipment to local fan bound for Rwanda

Rwanda is a small nation in east central Africa, dominated by rainy seasons that drench mountains to the west and savannas to the east. Green bananas are a mainstay of the country’s agricultural commerce, occupying more than a third of its farmland. Other exported crops include potatoes, wheat, maize and coffee. But if 11-year-old Jack Fones has his way, baseball will soon be introduced to

Opposite Dugout: After early season slump, Royals hope to keep momentum going

Manager: Ned Yost (9th season) Record: 11-23 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: OF Jorge Soler (.308 with 4 HR, 12 RBIs), LF Alex Gordon (.288 with 2 HR, 5 RBIs), LHP Ian Kennedy (1-3, 2.92 ERA), RHP Kelvin Herrera (1-0, 0.71 ERA, 7 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-3 in 2017) Pitching probables: May 8: LHP Danny Duffy (0-4) vs. RHP

“MASN All Access” podcast: Making sense of winless road trip

Well, there’s no way to really sugarcoat it, but the Orioles are not playing great. After an 0-6 road trip in California, the Birds are now 8-26 on the season. Paul Mancano and I are back on the “MASN All Access” podcast to try to make sense of the West Coast swing on the Orioles’ off-day. Yes, it doesn’t look good right now. But there

Andrew Stetka: Bundy and Gausman continue to progress

The Orioles are getting exactly what they need from one of their keys to a successful season. That sounds strange to say for a team that has the worst record in baseball, but if you look back about six weeks, there was one big thing everyone was pointing to as crucial to the team’s success. It’s the development of their two young starting pitchers, Dylan

Zach Wilt: Defense has let down Orioles this season

It’s easy to point to the Orioles’ struggles on offense and in the bullpen for their 8-23 record. You don’t have the American League’s worst winning percentage when your bats and arms are going good. There are many stats to point to and blame for the O’s place in the standings. A 25.2 strikeout percentage is one of them, it’s the highest in the AL

Opposite dugout: For A’s, bats have produced better than arms

Manager: Bob Melvin (8th year) Record: 15-16 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Jed Lowrie (.346/.399/.614 qurg 8 HR, 30 RBIs), LF Khris Davis (7 HR, 23 RBIs), 3B Matt Chapman (6 HR, 15 RBIs), SS Marcus Semien (13 RBIs), RHP Trevor Cahill (1-1, 3.00 ERA), RHP Blake Treinen (5 saves, 1.2( ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-4 in 2017) Pitching

Josh Michael: With O’s on West Coast, check out affiliates’ promotions

This week, I wanted to shift gears, just like the weather finally seems to be, and focus on some fun things going on at some of the Orioles’ minor league affiliates’ ballparks this weekend. Three of the four O’s full-season affiliates will be home this weekend, with the high Single-A Frederick Keys being the lone affiliate on the road. The Triple-A Norfolk Tides, Double-A Bowie

MASN kicking off summer at WTMD First Thursdays

Baseball weather is finally here, and it’s time to celebrate! To get you excited for summer nights at The Yard, we’ll be on-site Thursday, May 2 for the first of WTMD’s First Thursday concerts of the season! MASN’s giveaway tent will be set up for the concert at Canton Waterfront Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m. For the second year, there will be two stages at

Opposite dugout: Angels flying low after quick takeoff

Manager: Mike Scioscia (19th season) Record: 16-12 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (10 HR, 18 RBIs, 5 steals), 1B Albert Pujols (5 HR, 14 RBIs), SS Andrelton Simmons (15 RBIs), DH Shohei Ohtani (4 HR, .341 average), RHP Garrett Richards (3-1, 4.88 ERA), RHP Kenyan Middleton (six saves, 2.40 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (4-2 in 2017) Pitching

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