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Zach Wilt: What Adam Jones has meant to the Orioles

Every season in Birdland concludes with Fan Appreciation Weekend. The Orioles organization thanks the fans for their support with video tributes, experiences and giveaways. This season is no different. From Sept. 27-30, the O’s host the defending World Series champion Astros for a four-game series that includes an alumni autograph series, as well as giveaways for a coaster set, puffy vest and duffle bag. While

Opposite dugout: Royals look like O’s chief rival for top draft pick

Manager: Ned Yost (9th season) Record: 42-91 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Whit Merrifield (.307, 28 SB) C Salvador Pérez (23 HR, 65 RBIs), DH Ryan O’Hearn (.554 slugging), RHP Brad Keller (6-5, 3.33 ERA), RHP Wily Peralta (8 saves), Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: Aug. 31: RHP Andrew Cashner (4-12) vs. RHP Brad Keller (6-5)Sept. 1: RHP Dylan Bundy

Josh Michael: Checking in on the Gulf Coast League Orioles

There may be a little over a month left in the 2018 season for the big leaguers, but minor league affiliates are nearing the end of the campaign, and for some, the season has already concluded. The Orioles’ Rookie-level affiliate, the Gulf Coast League Orioles, wrapped up their season Saturday and despite their record, there were some standouts worth mentioning. The GCL Orioles did not

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays have dominated Orioles in 2018

Manager: John Gibbons (11th season) Record: 60-70 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: DH Kendrys Morales (21 HR, 53 RBIs), 1B Justin Smoak (19 HR, 61 RBIs), RF Randall Grichuk (18 HR, 45 RBIs), RHP Ken Giles (6 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 12-1 Pitching probables: Aug. 27: RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-6) vs. RHP David Hess (2-8), 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 28: LHP Thomas

Andrew Stetka: More O’s youth could be on display in September

Later this week, baseball’s rules will change as the season draws to a close. With a month to go before the playoffs, Major League Baseball will allow teams to expand their rosters from 25 players to 40 players. Is there another sport where the rules are not only different depending on which league you play in, but also where they change the rules with a

Zach Wilt: Sample size is small, but Cedric Mullins has impressed so far

The 2018 campaign is a lost season for the Orioles that resulted in the front office disassembling the team at the trade deadline and planning for their long-term future. Fan favorites like Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Zach Britton were shipped off the Dodgers, Brewers and Yankees for prospects. Left in Baltimore was the team’s leader and current longest-tenured Oriole, Adam Jones, who is in

Opposite dugout: Is a division crown out of reach for the Yankees?

Manager: Aaron Boone (1st season) Record: 79-47 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: DH Giancarlo Stanton (.286 with 32 HR, 81 RBIs); 3B Miguel Andújar (.295, 130 hits); 2B Gleyber Torres (.264, 18 HR); LF Brett Gardner (104 hits, 13 SB); LHP J.A. Happ (14-6, 3.84 ERA); RHP Luis Severino (16-6, 3.28 ERA); RHP David Robertson (3.11 ERA, 3 saves) Season series vs. Orioles:

August 27 last chance to become Maryland Lottery “Contestant of the Game”

Attention Orioles fans: Your last chance to become the MD Lottery Contestant of the Game is coming up on August 27th! On August 27th, the Orioles begin their series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards, where the Orioles have hit 84 home runs so far this season. The Orioles have also hit 11 homers against the Blue Jays. August 27th is also

Tina Parol debuting music video during final Friday Fireworks & Music performance

All summer, Birdland has been serenaded with postgame music from top musicians and up-and-coming performers during the Orioles’ Friday Fireworks and Music at America’s Ballpark series. As summer winds down and the days get shorter, we’re bringing in one final performer for what’s bound to be a fantastic night of music at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Singer/songwriter Tina Parol will be performing this

Andrew Stetka: Rebuilding Orioles need to overhaul offensive identity

The Orioles have an offensive identity that they’ve worn like a heavy backpack for a few years now. Because it’s a heavy one, it slows them down. It makes them less versatile and only allows them to do so much. They’ve been an offense that relied on free swingers and the three-run homer, or the “Earl Weaver special,” if you will. In recent memory, it

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays host Orioles hoping to end four-game skid

Manager: John Gibbons (6th season) Record: 55-69 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 1B Justin Smoak (.257), LF Teoscar Hernández (18 HR), CF Kevin Pillar (13 SB), SS Aledmys Díaz (15 HR, 37 RBIs) RF Randal Grichuk (17 HR, 74 RBIs), RHP Ken Giles (15 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 9-1 Pitching probables: Aug. 20: RHP Andrew Cashner (4-10) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (6-9),

Volunteers will pitch in at local nonprofits during inaugural OriolesREACH Week

Orioles employees will spend next week pitching in at various nonprofits around Baltimore. The organization’s first OriolesREACH Week will conclude with its annual collection at Camden Yards to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. The Orioles On Deck Employee Volunteer Program, presented by Bank of America, will send helpers to a different local organization each day next week. On Monday, the volunteers will be painting hallways

Zach Wilt: Alex Cobb’s improved second half a positive sign for Orioles

Throughout winter, I was hoping that the Orioles would be the winners of the Alex Cobb sweepstakes. It’s no secret that the Birds needed to improve upon their starting rotation. Orioles starters had the highest ERA in 2017 (5.70), pitched the fewest innings of any American League team (846.0) and had the AL’s second-highest walks per nine (3.74). I felt that adding Cobb, a proven

Opposite dugout: Indians closing in on AL Central crown

Manager: Terry Francona (6th season) Record: 69-51 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: 3B José Ramírez (36 HR, 89 RBIs, 27 SB), SS Francisco Lindor (29 HR, 75 RBIs, 19 SB), LF Michael Brantley (29 2B), 1B Yonder Alonso (20 HR, 70 RBIs), RHP Mike Clevinger (3.38 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (23 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-1 Pitching probables: Aug. 17: RHP David

Josh Michael: Don’t sleep on Brenan Hanifee’s success

I have written about a lot of different prospects here this season, with pitching prospects being more frequent. Today, I want to talk about another pitching prospect that has not gotten a whole lot of attention this season due to several factors, but right-hander Brenan Hanifee is very impressive and deserves some recognition. Hanifee, 20, was the Orioles’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 First-Year Player

Opposite dugout: Mets trying to stay out of NL East basement

Manager: Mickey Calloway (1st season) Record: 49-66 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Wilmer Flores (.273 with 10 HR, 39 RBIs), CF Brandon Nimmo (15 HR, 36 RBIs), LF Michael Conforto (16 HR, 42 RBIs), 3B Todd Frazier (11 HR, 37 RBIs), RHP Zack Wheeler (7-6, 3.82 ERA) RHP Robert Gsellman (7 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-2 Pitching probables: Aug. 14: LHP

Andrew Stetka: Torch-passing moment not only big for Mullins

In an historically awful season and in the so-called dog days of summer, the Orioles had an important moment this weekend. Their rookie center fielder dubbed it a “pass-the-torch situation” when he took the field for his debut Friday night. Then Cedric Mullins delivered at the plate, too, becoming the first player in Orioles history to collect three hits in his major league debut. It’s

Zach Wilt: Where does Tim Beckham fit in Orioles’ future plans?

Tim Beckham took the Orioles by storm last season. The shortstop was acquired at the 2017 trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Rays for 18-year-old right hander Tobias Myers, who was pitching in Aberdeen at that time. In his first 20 games in Baltimore, Beckham slashed a ridiculous .424/.443/.741 with eight doubles, five home runs and 12 RBIs. A change of scenery seemed to be

Opposite dugout: Red Sox have separated themselves from the pack

Manager: Alex Cora (1st season) Record: 81-35 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: DH J.D. Martinez (34 HR, .332/.399/.654), RF Mookie Betts (26 HR, .340/.428/.649, 22 SB), LF Andrew Benintendi (.305/.388/.512, 20 SB), SS Xander Bogaerts (32 2B), LHP David Price (3.93 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (33 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 10-2 Pitching probables: Aug. 10: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-4) vs. RHP Dylan

Josh Michael: 2017 first-rounder DL Hall terrific this season

The Orioles are in the midst of a rebuild and gained an influx of prospects that drastically overhauled their top 30 prospects list per MLBPipeline.com. Despite the newcomers, left-handed pitcher DL Hall could still be the cream of the crop and his 2018 performance is proving it. Hall, 19, was the Orioles’ first-round selection in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Valdosta High School

Opposite dugout: For openers, Rays’ pitching a patchwork affair

Manager: Kevin Cash (4th season) Record: 56-56 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: DH C.J. Cron (22 HR), 2B Joey Wendle (.292/.345/.416), 3B Matt Duffy (.301/.353/.383), RF Mallex Smith (23 SB, eight 3B), RHP Tyler Glasnow (4.27 ERA), RHP Sergio Romo (13 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 6-7 Pitching probables: Aug. 7: RHP Alex Cobb (3-14) vs. RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-2), 7:10 p.m., MASN2Aug.

CareFirst Fan Challenge featuring Adam Jones returns to Birdland

Calling all Orioles fans: The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Fan Challenge is back! Do you want to battle Adam Jones in a cook-off? Do you think you have what it takes to take down the undefeated champ? Tweet a picture of your signature dish @masnOrioles with #IChallengeAJ, and you could face Jones in a cooking battle! So scour through your cookbooks, choose your best recipe wisely

Andrew Stetka: Orioles hit reset button on bullpen

The Orioles have gutted their bullpen over the past few weeks with trades of three prominent relievers. Closer Zach Britton went to the New York Yankees while setup men Darren O’Day and Brad Brach were traded to the Atlanta Braves in separate deals. Those three players led the Orioles in appearances in 2015, and were an integral part of the relief staff during this

Zach Wilt: Appreciating every moment with Adam Jones

The next era of Orioles baseball has officially begun. In the last couple of weeks, the front office has indicated that a full rebuild is officially underway. Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Darren O’Day, Brad Brach and Jonathan Schoop were all dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. It was one of the craziest days I can remember in Orioles history. In

Opposite dugout: Rebuilding Rangers host O’s as trade deadline has passed

Manager: Jeff Banister (4th season) Record: 46-63 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Joey Gallo (26 HR, 59 RBI), DH Shin-soo Choo (20 HR, 51 RBI), CF Delino DeShields (18 SB), C Robinson Chirinos (14 HR, 45 RBI), 3B Adrián Beltré (.287), LHP Mike Minor (7-6, 4.73 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: August 2: RHP Andrew Cashner (3-9) vs. RHP

Josh Michael: Three top 10 2018 draft picks are pitching well

The Orioles are in the midst of a rebuild, and have done a pretty good job restocking their farm system already, but their work is far from done. This year’s draft was also a great step forward, and today I am going to highlight three top 10 arms that are performing well since being selected. Before I highlight those three, it needs to be mentioned

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