Hyde hoping young pitchers learn from Lyles' durability

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KANSAS CITY – Pitchers like Jordan Lyles are a dying breed.

Organizations are more cognizant of pitch counts than ever, and inning-eaters like the 31-year-old Lyles are increasingly hard to find.

But manager Brandon Hyde isn’t eager to assist in their extinction.

“I love the fact that he does not want to come out of the game,” Hyde said while speaking to the media in Kauffman Stadium’s away dugout. “I love the fact that he feels like it’s his game. He wants to win it or lose it."

Lyles’ throwback style is more pronounced on the Orioles’ largely inexperienced starting staff, as young hurlers like Tyler Wells, Kyle Bradish and Bruce Zimmermann are still learning how to go deeper into games.

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Fuller, Hyde on hitting improvements this season

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In November, the Orioles hired co-hitting coaches, a pair of 31-year-olds in Matt Borgschulte and Ryan Fuller. 

Borgschulte had spent the previous four seasons in the Twins organization, making his way to their Triple-A affiliate in St. Paul before landing in Baltimore. Fuller, on the other hand, was an internal promotion. 

Fuller joined the O’s in 2019, brought on as the hitting coach for the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds. From there, he was promoted to Bowie in 2021 before earning a trip to Baltimore this year. 

Coming up through Baltimore’s farm system, Fuller understands the importance of keeping hitting philosophies consistent, no matter what level of the organization you may be at. 

Ryan McKenna, recently promoted from Triple-A Norfolk, says that its been helping his development this season. 

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Strong pitching continues, as does struggling offense in loss (updated)

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DETROIT — Like hitting and offense? Boy, do I not have a game for you.

The Orioles, without the prominent bats of Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle, fell to the Tigers 3-0 this afternoon. The two teams combined to ground into six double plays. 

"Obviously they're two huge losses, incredible hitters and guys that you want in your lineup, but at the same time, guys go down on every team," said Trey Mancini. "You have to fill the void and try to keep the line moving."

Baltimore hit the ball hard, but right at defenders. Baseball, am I right? 

According to Statcast, eight balls off the bat of Orioles had an exit velocity of at least 100 mph. Despite gathering just four hits in the ballgame, the O’s had four outs on balls in play that had an expected batting average over .500. That includes two Trey Mancini flyouts to right field, which had an xBA of .840 and .770 respectively. Don’t let Trey buy your lottery ticket this year. 

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Mateo making strides at short, O's juggle roster amidst injuries

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Jorge Mateo bounced around for his entire career. 

In 2016, Mateo was ranked the 30th best prospect in baseball as a member of the New York Yankees organization. The speedster was traded to Oakland in 2017, and was traded once again to San Diego in 2020. 

That year, the shortstop finally made his debut for the Padres. Except, that season, he didn’t play a single game at the position he came up playing through the minor leagues. Mateo played seven games in the outfield, five games at second base, and spent four games as a designated hitter. 

The 2021 season was no different. Mateo spent most of his time in center field for the Padres, and upon being claimed by the Orioles, played mostly second base.

This year, however, Mateo finally got his chance. The pieces fell into place for Mateo to be an every day starter at just one position; shorstop. And so far, the 26-year-old has taken full advantage of that opportunity. 

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O's offense squanders chances, Baltimore falls 4-2 (updated)

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After a bullpen game on Thursday, pitching was not the issue in Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Tigers. 

Brandon Hyde needed starting pitcher Jordan Lyles to eat some innings tonight against the Tigers. In Thursday’s series-deciding victory over the Cardinals, Hyde turned to six relievers to get the job done; Bryan Baker, Keegan Akin, Dillon Tate, Cionel Pérez, Joey Krehbiel and Félix Bautista. 

A long outing from Lyles would give those bullpen arms a much needed rest. The stars were all aligning for that scenario to play out, and for the most part, it did. None of those names appeared in tonight's game. 

"It was great to be able to rest some guys in the back of the 'pen today, coming off a day where we threw a lot of guys for multiple innings," said manager Brandon Hyde. 

In the first, Javier Báez grounded into a double play, approximately the 1,000th double play that the Orioles have turned this year. OK, fine, it was the 41st. That’s still a lot of double plays. Most in the American League, in fact. 

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Rylan Bannon relaxed and "just playing ball"

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After a canceled 2020 minor league season, surely 2021 would be the year that Rylan Bannon made his major league debut. 

In 2019, Bannon flashed every tool the Orioles had hoped to see when they acquired the infielder from the Dodgers in 2018. At just 23, Bannon thrived in 20 games at Triple-A Norfolk. The Xavier product flaunted a .317/.344/.549 slash line, good for an .893 OPS. Defensively, Bannon was versatile, getting reps at both second and third base throughout the year. 

When the 2021 season rolled around, it didn’t appear that Bannon would have to wait long to get a call to the bigs. Demonstrate the same promise at Triple-A that the 2019 season showed, and the promotion would come sooner rather than later. 

Things didn’t work out that way. 

“It was definitely not exactly how I would’ve drawn it up,” Bannon joked.

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Popular Maryland Lottery “Contestant of the Game” promotion returns

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The Orioles are returning home to Baltimore for a 10-game homestand, kicking it off with a matchup against their American League East rivals, the Boston Red Sox. As you tune in for all the action, you might hear our announcers call out a “Contestant of the Game.” That’s right - the wildly popular Maryland Lottery promotion has returned for the 2022 season and the Lottery will be selecting a contestant for each of the 162 Orioles games this season to win cash prizes.

Enter winning and non-winning FAST PLAY Home Run Riches Bases Loaded tickets, purchased between March 7 and Aug. 29, into your My Lottery Rewards account to be automatically entered into the promotion. Not yet a member of My Lottery Rewards? Click here -- it’s free and easy to join!

Each winner will receive $500 for being selected, plus an additional $500 for every Orioles home run hit during that game. Last year, these contestants really cleaned-up, as the O’s hit 195 home runs during the 2021 campaign – good for a total of $178,500 in prize money.

If you have already entered the promotion and want to find out if you were a winner in yesterday’s drawing, click here. The remaining drawings are May 24, June 28, July 26, and Aug. 30. Entries are cumulative, so once you enter a ticket, it remains in the mix unless selected as a winner.

Will last year’s Silver Slugger performance of Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini’s 2021 Home Run Derby heroics ignite the Oriole bats for the “Contestants of the Game” this year? Be sure to watch the Orioles all season long on MASN and MASN2 as the home run tally adds up!  

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O's announce partnership with Hearst Baltimore as new flagship stations of Orioles Radio Network

O's announce partnership with Hearst Baltimore as new flagship stations of Orioles Radio Network
If you listen to the Orioles on radio, you'll need to change your pre-set channel - well, channels - to catch baseball action during the 2022 season. The Orioles today announced a multi-year partnership, naming Hearst's 98 Rock FM and WBAL NewsRadio AM/FM the new flagship stations of the Orioles Radio Network. The six-year deal also includes unique cross-promotion on WBAL-TV. Beginning in 2022, fans can hear all 162 regular season games, select Spring Training contests and extensive Orioles...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Giving the gift of Orioles baseball

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Giving the gift of Orioles baseball
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rear-view mirror, although the credit card bill next month will be a harsh reality that reminds you of how much you spent on holiday gifts. Giving Tuesday has also passed, and it's always a good time to support your favorite charities with donations of goods and money. What's the gift that keeps on giving? Orioles baseball, of course - and here at MASN, we've got a full array of "Orioles Classics" to keep your mind's eye firmly planted in the...
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Orioles prospects honing mental skills with help from Kathryn Rowe

Orioles prospects honing mental skills with help from Kathryn Rowe
Cedric Mullins' 2021 season was one of the best by an Orioles hitter in recent memory. Mullins, who won a Silver Slugger Award and finished ninth in the American League Most Valuable Player voting, failed to reach base 64 percent of the time and did not record a hit in 71 percent of his at-bats. Pretty great, right? It's easy to forget just how often the best hitters in the game fail to record a hit. That was the outcome in 63.4 percent of the at-bats of Ty Cobb, the all-time leader in career...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: No turkeys in this feast of Birds baseball

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: No turkeys in this feast of Birds baseball
It might have been George Will. Or maybe it was Casey Stengel. I get those two mixed up all the time. Anyhow, whoever it was that first said it, the great truism goes something like this: "There are just two seasons: baseball season and the void." And so it is we find ourselves staring across the vast emptiness between here and the spring. During this pause, we here at MASNsports.com will every Thursday give you a little taste of the coming week's "Orioles Classics" offerings, full game...
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Oriole Advocates' Home Run returns as a virtual event

Oriole Advocates' Home Run returns as a virtual event
The Oriole Advocates' Home Run - the race that used to end on the warning track at Camden Yards - is returning for 2021 as a virtual event. From the late 1980s through 2008, runners participated in the race, which was tied to opening day. Fields numbered from 400 to more than 1,000 athletes. One race even began at Memorial Stadium and ended at Camden Yards. However, conducting road races in race-crazy Baltimore became pricey and increased competition spelled the end of the Home Run. "The...
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Men in blue brighten days of young patients at Johns Hopkins Childrens Center

Men in blue brighten days of young patients at Johns Hopkins Childrens Center
Before calling balls and strikes at tonight's game between the Angels and Orioles at Camden Yards, home plate umpire Fieldin "Cubby" Culbreth made sure a baseball season tradition wouldn't be swept away because of COVID-19 precautions at the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center in Baltimore. Culbreth and Ryan Blakney, another of the men in blue assigned to tonight's game, participated in a special question-and-answer session over Zoom with young patients undergoing treatment at the hospital....
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Men in blue brighten days of young patients at Johns Hopkins Childrens Center

Men in blue brighten days of young patients at Johns Hopkins Childrens Center
Before calling balls and strikes at tonight's game between the Angels and Orioles at Camden Yards, home plate umpire Fielden "Cubby" Culbreth made sure a baseball season tradition wouldn't be swept away because of COVID-19 precautions at the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center in Baltimore. Culbreth and Ryan Blakney, another of the men in blue assigned to tonight's game, participated in a special question-and-answer session over Zoom with young patients undergoing treatment at the hospital....
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Hurry, last chance to be selected as a Maryland Lottery "Contestant of the Game"

Hurry, last chance to be selected as a Maryland Lottery "Contestant of the Game"
O's fans, time is running out to enter the Maryland Lottery's "Contestant of the Game" promotion, where you can win $500 for being selected and an additional $500 for every Orioles home run hit during that game! The deadline to enter is Monday, Aug. 23 for a chance to be selected for one of the last 30 Orioles games of the 2021 season. That's a lot of chances to be home run rich! The Lottery has awarded over $131,000 to winners through this year's FAST PLAY Home Run Riches second-chance...
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Maryland Lottery's "Contestant of the Game" promotion hits a home run with fans

Maryland Lottery's "Contestant of the Game" promotion hits a home run with fans
The Orioles bats have been hot this month, and Maryland Lottery "Contestants of the Game" are reaping the benefits. One winner is randomly selected for each of the 162 Orioles games. Each winner receives $500 for being selected, and an additional $500 for every Orioles home run hit during that game. Since the beginning of June, the O's have hit 12 home runs over seven games. Here are some other fun facts from the 2021 season: The O's scored 29 runs in the last three games. Rookie Ryan...
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Liz Pardo makes history as baseball gets back to normal

Liz Pardo makes history as baseball gets back to normal
While it will probably be the COVID-19 pandemic that headlines the 2020 chapter of baseball in history books for years to come, we shouldn't just flip through all of the encouraging pages that were written in this unforgettable year. Women broke barriers that stood for too long across the game and the Orioles had a front row seat. One of those women was Maryland native Liz Pardo, who became the first woman to be hired as a coach in the Orioles organization. "Women shouldn't feel bad about...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: O's sluggers make Camden Yards a lumberyard

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: O's sluggers make Camden Yards a lumberyard
Late February always fills baseball fans with anticipation, and it is doing so again. But this year it's different. This year we aren't taking spring games for granted. As of this writing, the Orioles' exhibition and regular seasons are scheduled to take place on time, and fully. Assuming that doesn't change, this will be our last Throwback Thursday until October. "Orioles Classics" closes out February 2021 with plenty of clutch hitting from the Birds in games from the past eight years....
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Postseason memories and some prodigious power

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Postseason memories and some prodigious power
Well, we've made it. Spring training has started, and a new baseball season is right around the corner. After all the havoc created by the pandemic since March, it feels good to look ahead to something with eager anticipation, doesn't it? While the Orioles get ready in Florida, we'll continue revisiting yesteryear with "Orioles Classics" on MASN. This week, we've got two distinct themes: postseason baseball from 1996 and some prodigious power displays from the guys in orange and black. So...
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Daschbach hoping to supplement power with well-rounded approach

Daschbach hoping to supplement power with well-rounded approach
Mark Daschbach didn't miss a single game of his son's junior season at Stanford. As Andrew Daschbach tore through the Pac-12 in 2019, smashing 17 home runs for the second consecutive year, Mark was there to witness it all. "I think he lives vicariously through me," Andrew said. Mark, a Stanford graduate himself, even made the trip east from Atherton, Calif., several times later that year to see Andrew begin his pro career with the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds. "He's loved...
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