Heath Bintliff: Orioles bullpen has been a money pit

Heath Bintliff: Orioles bullpen has been a money pit
Monday night in Boston, $16.5 million worth of relievers conspired to give up eight runs and blow a 6-run lead. You would think that the Orioles would have learned by now. You can't fix your bullpen by spending big buck in free agency. And trying to do so has contributed a bunch to the 13 years of losing. A look at some of the free agent relievers over the last 10 years: G ERA Total Salary (in millions) Mike Gonzalez 44 5.54 ...
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Heath Bintliff: Ranking the pitchers in the Orioles Hall of Fame

Heath Bintliff: Ranking the pitchers in the Orioles Hall of Fame
Based off a couple comments from my previous post about Jeremy Guthrie, I decided to revisit the great Orioles pitchers, more specifically, the pitchers that have been voted into the Orioles Hall of Fame. Of the pitchers in the O's Hall of Fame, I have included those who spent a significant percentage of their Orioles career as starters. The lone exception will be Hoyt Wilhelm, who made only 43 starts over his four-plus years in Baltimore, but the reasons for that will become apparent. I am...
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Premature end of promising career broke heart of "Dr. Longball"

Premature end of promising career broke heart of "Dr. Longball"
The only regret Ken Dixon has about his baseball life is the way it ended: with a mysterious shoulder ailment that short-circuited what was shaping up to be a promising major league career. Dixon went 26-28 from 1984-87 with the Orioles before being traded to Seattle in the December 1987 deal that brought pitcher Mike Morgan to Baltimore. The right-hander was primarily used as a starter, though he also pitched in relief, recording five saves in his final season as an Oriole. What brought his...
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Meet MASNsports.com's Steve Melewski at Hightopps on Monday, May 16

Meet MASNsports.com's Steve Melewski at Hightopps on Monday, May 16
Meet MASNsports.com's Steve Melewski at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium on Monday, May 16 from 7-8 p.m. He'll be at HIghtopps, 2306 York Road (just north of the Timonium Fairgrounds) to meet and greet O's fans, watch some of the 7 p.m. Orioles-Red Sox game airing on MASN/MASN HD and give away some prizes. HIghtopps boasts some of the frostiest cold beverages and tastiest food this side of Camden Yards, and the atmosphere is decidedly family friendly, so feel free to join in the...
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Matthew Taylor: Recalling O's first trip to The Trop

Matthew Taylor: Recalling O's first trip to The Trop
The third-place Orioles head to Tampa Bay this weekend looking to avenge last week's three-game sweep at the hands of the Rays. Thirteen years ago, the Birds flew south for their first-ever series in St. Petersburg from May 8-10, 1998. The O's took two of three at The Trop that weekend behind their veteran players. Baltimore batted around and scored five runs in the seventh inning of the series opener to break open a tight ballgame they ultimately won 8-2. Eric Davis got things started with...
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Postponed April 22 Yankees-Orioles game to be made up Aug. 27 at 1:05 p.m.

Postponed April 22 Yankees-Orioles game to be made up Aug. 27 at 1:05 p.m.
The Orioles have announced that the Yankees-Orioles game that was postponed by rain April 22 has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1:05 p.m. The makeup will be the daytime portion of a day/night doubleheader at Camden Yards that will require separate admissions. The nightcap will be the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. game. Tickets dated April 22 will be accepted only at the Aug. 27 1:05 game; fans should simply bring their tickets from the April 22 game to the ballpark gates that day...
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Matthew Taylor: Will Adam Jones ever homer against Seattle, his former team?

Matthew Taylor: Will Adam Jones ever homer against Seattle, his former team?
Adam Jones has seven hits in 10 at-bats in the past two games against the Mariners. With four singles, two doubles and a triple, he's nearly hit for the cycle in this series. All that's missing is a home run, which should come as no surprise. Jones has never homered in 29 games versus the Mariners, who made him a first-round draft pick in 2003. It's a quirky outlier among Jones' career numbers. He has homered at least once against every other team that he's faced more than six times. So...
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Matthew Taylor: O's walk-off against Mariners extends streak that began in 1954

Matthew Taylor: O's walk-off against Mariners extends streak that began in 1954
The Orioles earned their first walk-off win of the 2011 season Tuesday night with a two-run rally in the bottom of the 13th inning against the Mariners. The victory keeps alive a streak that has been in existence as long as the team itself. The Orioles have had a least one walk-off win every year since the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954. They don't call it Orioles Magic for nothing. Seattle was among the Orioles' walk-off victims last year, as well, thanks to Adam Jones'...
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Matthew Taylor: Will Mariners-O's series tilt toward pitching or hitting?

Matthew Taylor: Will Mariners-O's series tilt toward pitching or hitting?
If you're looking for offense, you may want to avoid Camden Yards for the next few nights. If, on the other hand, you're a connoisseur of quality pitching, the ballpark is just the place for you. There were two no-hitters in baseball last week. With the Orioles and Mariners squaring off, you might see two in the same game. The Birds currently rank 25th of 30 major league teams with a .233 team average and have scored three runs or fewer in six of the past seven games. The Mariners rank 27th...
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Heath Bintliff: O's have more than one great shortstop prospect at Delmarva

Heath Bintliff: O's have more than one great shortstop prospect at Delmarva
Over the weekend, I drove up to Asheville to watch the Delmarva Shorebirds, (ow Single-A affiliate of the Orioles, take on the Asheville Tourists in a matchup of two of the better teams in the South Atlantic League. My original intent was to see the Orioles' 2010 first-round pick and wunderkind shortstop Manny Machado play. But a knee injury last week meant that the only Machado action I saw was him crutching his way from the Shorebirds' dugout to the clubhouse. As consolation, I was...
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Matthew Taylor: O's Mother's Day highs and lows

Matthew Taylor: O's Mother's Day highs and lows
When you think of the Orioles and Mother's Day, which game comes to mind? There are two most likely answers that reflect very different eras of baseball in Baltimore. First, there's the miserable Mother's Day of four years ago when the Orioles, leading by five runs with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning at Fenway Park, surrendered six runs to squander the victory and a series win against the rival Red Sox. It was the first of many bullpen meltdowns during the 2007 season, none...
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Monday Memory: Tom Hanks channels Wild Bill Hagy at Camden Yards

Monday Memory: Tom Hanks channels Wild Bill Hagy at Camden Yards
Newcomers to Birdland might be surprised to learn that Camden Yards was once a mecca for all sorts of stars and personalities. Almost as soon as the downtown ballpark opened in April 1992, a steady stream of celebrities, entertainers, athletes and heads of state have made a beeline for Oriole Park to watch the Birds, chow down on Boog's and take in the Baltimore skyline. Rocker Joan Jett was a familiar presence in the years immediately after Camden Yards opened. Before he was a "Celebrity...
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Today's Rays-Orioles game airing on FOX

Today's Rays-Orioles game airing on FOX
Here at MASNsports.com, we want to make sure you watch every Orioles game possible on MASN. The
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Time to cast your All-Star votes

Time to cast your All-Star votes
Beginning tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays, fans at Camden Yards will be able to cast their in-stadium ballots to send players to the July 12 All-Star Game in Phoenix. Each Major League Baseball club will get 23 days of in-stadium voting before the June 24 deadline for punching out the chad next to the names of favorite players. As always, the Orioles are well represented on the ballot. O's fans can vote for first baseman Derrek Lee, second baseman Brian Roberts, shortstop J.J. Hardy, third...
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Stacey Long: The tight-knit AL East

Stacey Long: The tight-knit AL East
The Orioles squandered their chance to return home a .500 ball club, but more than a month into the season, they are clinging to third place in the American League East, 2 1/2 games behind their weekend opponent, the Tampa Bay Rays. Having played nearly 20 percent of the games on the season, the AL East is tighter than it's been in some time. While it's unlikely the Orioles will be able to hang so close to the division leaders over the entire season, it's certainly a welcome change from...
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Stacey Long: Is Adam Jones finally breaking out?

Stacey Long: Is Adam Jones finally breaking out?
When the Orioles traded for Adam Jones in the winter of 2007, he was considered by many to be a future star. His potential to be a power-hitting center fielder with above-average defensive skills had Orioles fans drooling, but he hadn't put it all together up to this season and the frustration level among fans was raised to a critical level. Since the beginning of this season, it's been obvious that Jones has worked hard on his defense. He is consistently making plays both shallow and deep...
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Stacey Long: A frustrating loss still provides hope

Stacey Long: A frustrating loss still provides hope
Last night's game was one of the more frustrating losses of the year. The Orioles had baserunners in every inning, usually more than one. They had so many chances to score runs and just couldn't do it. It was a hard game to watch. But it's also the kind of game that, in retrospect, has a lot of positives to take from it. It's easy to say that the Orioles couldn't come through in the clutch, but the fact is that usually when a team gets 15 baserunners, they'll score more than two runs. So...
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Stacey Long: Volatile bullpen a case of dollars spent unwisely

Stacey Long: Volatile bullpen a case of dollars spent unwisely
It's no secret the that Orioles' bullpen hasn't been all that reliable through the first month of the season. Even when he gets the job done, closer Kevin Gregg raises the stress level in Birdland to epic proportions. Mike Gonzalez's last outing was fantastic, but given his other performances this year it was still a little hard to watch. Koji Uehara is walking people, Jim Johnson is giving up home runs, Josh Rupe has been a disaster. With the starting pitching having success, it's even...
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Happy anniversary: Recalling the end of the 21-game losing streak in 1988

Happy anniversary: Recalling the end of the 21-game losing streak in 1988
Where were you 23 years ago tonight? On April 29, 1988, shortly after 11 p.m. on the East Coast, the long nightmare that had become a season-opening 21-game losing streak by the Orioles ended (though it remains a record). Future Oriole and native Marylander Harold Baines rolled over on an offering from reliever Dave Schmidt, weakly grounding a ball to second base, where Pete Stanicek gobbled it up and tossed to Eddie Murray at first base. That completed a 9-0 Orioles victory over the White...
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Anthony Amobi: Gonzalez an example of risk not yielding reward

Anthony Amobi: Gonzalez an example of risk not yielding reward
It's no mystery to anyone that reliever Mike Gonzalez has had his share of struggles as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. When Gonzalez signed with the team before last season, I thought it was a decent signing at the time despite the money involved. Baltimore needed bullpen help after yet another lackluster season in 2009 and I thought that Gonzalez fit the bill. The southpaw reliever had a solid track record in the National League with Pittsburgh and Atlanta, so one would think he...
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