Renee Blair promoting new single at Oriole Park

Renee Blair promoting new single at Oriole Park
Up-and-coming country artist Renee Blair is coming to Oriole Park, and she's bringing a new single with her! The Orioles' Friday Fireworks & Music at America's Ballpark series continues on July 13 with a special performance by Blair, an independent country recording artist from Nashville. In 2016, Blair signed a publishing and production deal with Nashville-based company SMACKSongs and has now been busy writing and recording. She has an EP in the works, which is being executive produced...
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Opposite dugout: Day-tripping Phillies travel down I-95 for makeup against O's

Opposite dugout: Day-tripping Phillies travel down I-95 for makeup against O's
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 51-40 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: CF Odúbel Herrera (16 HR, 52 RBIs), 1B Carlos Santana (14 HR, 51 RBIs), LF Rhys Hoskins (14 HR, 56 RBIs), 3B Maikel Franco (.274), RHP Seranthony Domínguez (8 SV) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: 7-3 July 12: RHP Nick Pivetta (5-7) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (4-6), 6:05 p.m., MASN2 Inside the Phillies: The Phillies split their four-game series with the Mets after allowing a walk-off homer to the...
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Josh Michael: Ryan McKenna is hitting his stride at Double-A Bowie

Josh Michael: Ryan McKenna is hitting his stride at Double-A Bowie
No Orioles minor league player has risen more this season in terms of general O's fans knowing about him than outfielder Ryan McKenna. His performance this year has skyrocketed him into the limelight and he is hitting his stride at the plate with the Double-A Bowie Baysox in July. McKenna, 21, was drafted by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in New Hampshire. The 5-foot-11, 185-lb. right-handed hitting outfielder had three...
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Casey Cares Foundation hosting ninth annual 5K Run/Walk at Oriole Park

Casey Cares Foundation hosting ninth annual 5K Run/Walk at Oriole Park
You might not play for the Orioles, but you can still lace up your running shoes and take the field at Oriole Park this Saturday, July 9. Casey Cares and the Orioles are hosting the ninth annual Annual 5K Run/Walk, which benefits Casey Cares! Proceeds from the race go toward supporting programs for families with critically ill children. The 3.1-mile run/walk begins and ends at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and includes post-race refreshments. Registration for the race is open through July 14. You...
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Andrew Stetka: A farfetched solution to deal with tanking teams

Andrew Stetka: A farfetched solution to deal with tanking teams
The Orioles are in the midst of an historically bad season, that much is clear. They are likely going to challenge the 1988 team for the worst record in franchise history. That squad finished 54-107 for a .335 win percentage after starting the season with an major league-record 0-21 mark. Neither this year's team or the 1988 squad were tanking, but that word has come up a bunch in recent baseball memory. Some point to the Astros or Cubs as examples of teams that tanked for a few years in order...
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Opposite dugout: Yankees get four games in three days to press pennant chase

Opposite dugout: Yankees get four games in three days to press pennant chase
Manager: Aaron Boone (1st season) Record: 58-29 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: DH Giancarlo Stanton (21 HR, 51 RBIs), SS Didi Gregorius (10 SB), 3B Miguel Andújar (25 doubles), RF Aaron Judge (.280 with 25 HR, 58 RBIs), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 1.087 WHIP), LHP Aroldis Chapman (24 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-3 Pitching probables: July 9 (Game 1): RHP Luis Cessa (0-1) vs. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (0-0), 4:05 p.m., MASNJuly 9 (Game 2): LHP CC Sabathia (6-3) vs. RHP Yefry Ramirez (0-2),...
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Zach Wilt: O's last blockbuster set franchise up for next decade

Zach Wilt: O's last blockbuster set franchise up for next decade
On every Orioles road trip this season, I wonder if Manny Machado will return home with the rest of the club. Was Sunday's 8-2 victory over the Angels the last time Machado played in front of the home crowd at Camden Yards as an Oriole or will we see him suit up again on Monday against the Yankees? We'll see what happens over the next three days as the Birds take on the Twins in Minnesota. Like many in Birdland, I've got my eyes glued to Twitter, waiting for that breaking news about an...
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Josh Michael: Why not spend July 4 watching Baysox or Shorebirds?

Josh Michael: Why not spend July 4 watching Baysox or Shorebirds?
A very happy Independence Day to everyone out there as we celebrate this great country that we live in! If you do not already have plans for this evening and want to see some fantastic fireworks and great baseball, there are two Orioles minor league affiliates that have you covered. While the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, high Single-A Frederick Keys and short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds are on the road, the Double-A Bowie Baysox and low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds are at home this...
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Opposite dugout: Twins' playoff chances look remote

Opposite dugout: Twins' playoff chances look remote
Manager: Paul Molitor (4th season) Record: 35-48 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: LF Eddie Rosario (.308 with 18 HR, 52 RBIs), SS Eduardo Escobar (50 RBIs, 34 doubles), 2B Brian Dozier (34 RBIs), RF Max Kepler (29 RBIs) RHP Kyle Gibson (3.48 ERA), RHP Fernando Rodney (17 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-1 Pitching probables: July 5: RHP Andrew Cashner (2-8) vs. RHP Aaron Slegers (0-0), 8:10 p.m., MASN2July 6: RHP Dylan Bundy (6-7) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (5-7), 8:10 p.m., MASN2July 7: RHP Kevin...
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Andrew Stetka: Reaching a career crossroads, Jones' legacy is secure

Andrew Stetka: Reaching a career crossroads, Jones' legacy is secure
It feels like a yearly rite of passage for me at this point. Writing something about my admiration for Adam Jones has become commonplace. I guess in a way, I'm making fun of myself a bit for being so obsessed with the captain of the Orioles. But who can blame me at this point? He's been a transcendental figure on and off the field for the team in an important era. In fact, he has kind of defined an entire era of this franchise. Since signing a six-year extension with the Orioles as a...
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Opposite dugout: Surprising Phillies remain in contention in NL East

Opposite dugout: Surprising Phillies remain in contention in NL East
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 45-37 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: CF Odúbel Herrera (.283 with 14 HR, 47 RBIs), LF Rhys Hoskins (14 HR, 51 RBIs), 1B Carlos Santana (14 HR, 48 RBIs), 3B Maikel Franco (10 HR, 38 RBIs), RHP Zach Eflin (6-2, 3.02 ERA), RHP Aaron Nola (10-2, 2.48 ERA), RHP Seranthony Dominguez (7 saves, 1.98 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-1 Pitching probables: July 3: RHP Alex Cobb (2-9 ) vs. RHP Zach Eflin (6-2), 7:05p.m., MASN2 July 4: TBA vs. RHP Aaron Nola...
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Zach Wilt: Could O's offensive downturn have been predicted?

Zach Wilt: Could O's offensive downturn have been predicted?
The Orioles' offensive struggles in 2018 are well documented. We all know that this club has had a tough time scoring runs. That's putting it lightly. The Birds rank 29th in runs this season. Their team batting average also ranks 29th and they are the only offense in baseball with a negative Wins Above Replacement. These rankings seems like a dramatic fall from where the club was just a few seasons ago. The 2014 AL East champion O's offense ranked fifth in baseball in WAR (26.7) and led...
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Opposite dugout: After hot start, Angels have hit the skids

Opposite dugout: After hot start, Angels have hit the skids
Manager: Mike Scioscia (19th season) Record: 41-41 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.320 with 23 HR, 91 hits); SS Andrelton Simmons (.313 with 36 RBIs, 82 hits); LF Justin Upton (17 HR, 44 RBIs); 1B Albert Pujols (12 HR, 74 hits); LHP Tyler Skaggs (6-5, 2.69 ERA); RHP Blake Parker (9 saves, 3.29 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: June 29: RHP Felix Peña (0-0) vs. RHP David Hess (2-4), 7:05 p.m., MASNJune 30: LHP Tyler Skaggs (6-5) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner...
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Josh Michael: Kirvin Moesquit has become stolen base machine for Shorebirds

Josh Michael: Kirvin Moesquit has become stolen base machine for Shorebirds
I am a bit of an old-school baseball fan. I appreciate the small aspects of the game like hitting behind the runner, the hit-and-run, the sacrifice bunt and the stolen base. Many of the small things seem to have left the game, and while I understand the numbers behind it, part of me still misses them. When it comes to the Orioles, the stolen base has been as missing in action as their offense as a whole has been this year, but down at Single-A Delmarva, second baseman Kirvin Moesquit is...
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Andrew Stetka: What's Tim Beckham's future with the Orioles?

Andrew Stetka: What's Tim Beckham's future with the Orioles?
When the Orioles traded minor league pitcher Tobias Myers to the Rays at the non-waiver trade deadline last year to acquire former first overall draft pick Tim Beckham, it raised some eyebrows. Some questioned why a team that was three games under .500 and in fourth place in the division, was making a go-for-it type of move. The O's went on to collapse at the end of last year and finish 75-87 and in last place in the American League East. But the Beckham move became more clear in that final...
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Opposite dugout: Mariners look to rebound in Baltimore

Opposite dugout: Mariners look to rebound in Baltimore
Manager: Scott Servais (3rd season) Record: 47-31 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: DH Nelson Cruz (20 HR, 48 RBIs), 2B Dee Gordon (19 SB), SS Jean Segura (.334 with 21 doubles), RF Mitch Haniger (58 RBIs), LHP Wade LeBlanc (3-0, 3.26 ERA), RHP Edwin Diaz (27 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (2-4 in 2017) Pitching probables: June 25:RHP Félix Hernández (6-6) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (2-8), 7:05 p.m., MASNJune 26: LHP James Paxton (6-2) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (3-6), 7:05 p.m.,...
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Opposite dugout: Offense has pushed Braves to top of NL East

Opposite dugout: Offense has pushed Braves to top of NL East
Manager: Brian Snitker (3rd season) Record: 43-30 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 1B Freddie Freeman (.332/.420/.539 with 15 HR, 49 RBIs), RF Nick Markakis (.323, 44 RBIs), 2B Ozzie Albies (16 HR, 42 RBIs), LHP Sean Newcomb (8-2, 2.70 ERA), RHP Julio Teheran (5-4, 3.97 ERA), RHP Arodys Vizcaíno (1.82 ERA, 15 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (0-3 in 2015) Pitching probables: June 22: RHP Alex Cobb (2-9) vs. LHP Sean Newcomb (8-2), 7:35 p.m., MASN2 June 23 RHP Dylan Bundy (5-7)...
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Zach Wilt: All-Star Game nod long overdue for Nick Markakis

Zach Wilt: All-Star Game nod long overdue for Nick Markakis
A familiar face is leading the National League's All-Star voting for outfielders: our old pal, Nick Markakis, who at 34 looks like he will finally get a very well deserved first trip to the mid-summer classic. I can't think of anyone more overdue for the honor. Markakis has spent 13 years in the big leagues playing in more than 1,900 games. As Orioles fans are well aware, nine of those years were spent in Baltimore, where he was drafted in the first round in 2003, played through the minor...
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Josh Michael: Keegan Akin trending up, possibly O's best pitching prospect

Josh Michael: Keegan Akin trending up, possibly O's best pitching prospect
There's no sugarcoating it, there's not a lot to be excited about for Orioles fans at the moment. There are, however, several prospects that have seen their stock rise in 2018, and among the top of the class is left-handed pitcher Keegan Akin. Akin, 23, was selected by the Orioles in the second round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Western Michigan. Along with right-handed pitchers Cody Sedlock and Matthias Dietz, the O's used their top three choices in that draft on pitchers, and...
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#VoteOrange to send your favorite Orioles to All-Star Game in D.C.

#VoteOrange to send your favorite Orioles to All-Star Game in D.C.
The second American League All-Star voting update was released Tuesday afternoon, and shortstop Manny Machado remains at the top of the ballot for his position. In last week's first ballot update, Machado held a strong lead over the Indians' Francisco Lindor by more than 110,000 votes. This week, the Orioles' three-time All-Star has almost doubled his lead with 671,133 votes to Astros shortstop Carlos Correa's 458,367. Machado is enjoying a fantastic first half, slashing .310/.377/.567 and...
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