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Bedard not making it easy (updated twice)

Former Oriole Erik Bedard has struck out five batters over three scoreless innings tonight. He’s thrown 32 strikes among his 44 pitches, and the only hit off him is Nick Markakis’ single with two outs in the first. Bedard was 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in his last five starts before tonight. He’s thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings, including the three tonight. I guess he’s

Jones back in Orioles lineup

Adam Jones has returned to the lineup tonight after being restricted to pinch-running duty yesterday because of a sore right shoulder. He’ll face former Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard. They crossed paths in a certain trade back in February 2008. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Luke Scott 1B Nolan Reimold

Power outage

The Orioles have collected just three extra-base hits - two doubles and a home run - over 36 innings in the four games of this current road trip. In those four games, the Orioles have drawn 16 walks, but only two of those runners have scored. Mark Reynolds’ home run yesterday was the first for the Orioles in 38 2/3 innings since the second inning

Talking about Fox, Jones and Markakis

While wondering if former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel’s next contract will include a vesting option ... And while wondering if anyone got that joke ... If I’m Jake Fox, I’m wondering where I fit on this team. Fox didn’t pinch-hit yesterday despite having a few opportunities. I explained in one entry why he isn’t an automatic choice with a left-hander on the mound,

Simon keeps it simple (Orioles lose 4-3)

Alfredo Simon kept today’s game at Safeco Field from spinning out of control. If the Orioles brought their bats, he might be in line to get the win. Simon struck out the first two batters he faced to leave the bases loaded in the third inning and keep Jake Arrieta’s line from growing uglier. He gave manager Buck Showalter 3 1/2 scoreless innings, allowing only

Another bullpen day? (updated twice)

While wondering why Major League Baseball insists that teams celebrate Memorial Day by wearing ugly caps... Matt Wieters commits his first error and Jack Cust triples. So it’s going to be that kind of a day? Jake Arrieta threw 24 pitches in the first inning while surrendering two runs to the Mariners and putting the Orioles in an early hole. Arrieta receives a lot of

Orioles lineup doesn’t include Jones

Manager Buck Showalter waited longer than usual to post his lineup today. He had to check on Adam Jones, who apparently needed one more day to lessen the discomfort in his right shoulder. For the Orioles: Felix Pie CF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Luke Scott 1B Nolan Reimold LF Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Jake Arrieta

Worth noting (updated)

Center fielder Adam Jones told reporters yesterday that his sore shoulder wasn’t going to force him onto the disabled list and he expected to play today against the Mariners at Safeco Field. If he needs added incentive, Jones went 8-for-14 (.571) with two doubles, a triple, five RBIs, and a walk against his former team during a May 10-12 series at Camden Yards. Update: The

This, that and the other

The five open dates in June provide more than just rest for the Orioles. They allow manager Buck Showalter and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail to more easily practice what they preach. If you’re not doing the job, we’ll find someone else who will. Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman weren’t getting through the middle innings consistently. They weren’t making the kind of progress expected

Tillman also optioned, Jones update

Chris Tillman beat out Brad Bergesen for a spot in the Orioles’ rotation. That victory lasted one day. Manager Buck Showalter hinted earlier today that another roster move could be coming, and it happened after the game with Tillman being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli tweeted that Chris Jakubauskas is expected to join the team in Seattle, giving

A career day for Zach Britton

I don’t mean it in a good way. Zach Britton allowed a career-high six runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings today before Jeremy Accardo replaced him. Britton gave up five runs on April 15 in Cleveland. He surrendered nine hits in his last start against the Royals at Camden Yards. Britton threw 97 pitches today, 57 for strikes. And once again, manager Buck

Orioles take lead, lose Jones (and lose lead)

The Orioles have gotten pretty good at loading the bases with no outs. This time, they did more than come away frustrated. They’re taking a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth. J.J. Hardy reached on an infield hit to open the fifth. Mark Reynolds grounded a single into left field and Robert Andino reached on a fielder’s choice after laying down a bunt

The Matusz-Britton connection (updated)

They’re left-handed and their paychecks are distributed by the Orioles, but there’s more to the connection between Brian Matusz and Zach Britton. Britton wouldn’t have made his major league debut April 3 without Matusz going on the disabled list. The Orioles are 1-11 in Oakland since 2008. The one victory was provided by Matusz. And I seem to recall guaranteeing it. Matusz threw a bullpen

Orioles and Athletics lineups

For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Luke Scott 1B J.J. Hardy SS Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Zach Britton LHP For the Athletics: Crisp CF Barton 1B Jackson LF Willingham DH Suzuki C DeJesus RF Ellis 2B Kouzmanoff 3B Pennington SS Moscoso RHP The Orioles are 1-11 in Oakland since 2008 and

Viola will replace Bergesen (officially)

I wrote in my last entry that Brad Bergesen didn’t look like a pitcher who had saved his spot in the rotation. The frustration was written all over his face as he stood on the mound, waiting for manager Buck Showalter to take the ball. Bergesen obviously knew what was coming, and it wasn’t just his manager. The Orioles sent out a press release at

Not putting “fun” in fundamentals (updated)

The Orioles haven’t been particularly sharp in the early innings tonight. They put runners on first and second with no outs in the first inning on Robert Andino’s bunt single and an error. Andino popped up another bunt, but this one cleared the mound. Nick Markakis failed to advance the runners, flying to left field. With Vladimir Guerrero at the plate, Andino broke too soon

Matusz ready to debut

Brian Matusz played catch today with Jeremy Guthrie, and he’ll throw a bullpen session tomorrow for pitching coach Mark Connor. Unless his left arm falls off, Matusz will start Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. Notice that I say “left arm.” I think he’ll still take the ball if his right arm becomes detached. Jim and Rick interview Brian Matusz about his health and his pending

Reynolds starting at 1B tonight; rain, field prep delay start until 10:15 p.m. on MASN HD

The Orioles are breaking out an interesting lineup tonight. Mark Reynolds is starting at first base and Robert Andino is starting at third. Matt Wieters is on the bench so he can start tomorrow’s day game. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 3B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Nolan Reimold LF J.J. Hardy SS Mark Reynolds 1B Ryan Adams 2B Craig Tatum

On this date

On May 28, 1998, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Buck Showalter ordered an intentional walk to San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds. Bonds walked a record 2,558 times in his career, and that doesn’t count the courtroom. So why is this noteworthy? Showalter instructed his reliever to walk Bonds with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the bases loaded. Arizona led by two

Talking about Gonzalez and Bergesen (updated)

I had to “sleep fast,” as manager Buck Showalter always says. These West Coast games are exhausting, even when you’re not on the trip. The Orioles have another 10:07 p.m. start tonight in Oakland - no one rounds off these times anymore - and we’ll find out later today whether a roster move is made. Double-A Bowie left-hander Pedro Viola was rushed to Oakland, and

Tillman doesn’t take the fifth (updated)

On the same night that left-hander Brian Matusz was apparently making his last injury rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk, his good friend Chris Tillman couldn’t get out of the fifth inning in Oakland. Tillman has allowed one earned run or fewer in four consecutive starts and five of six. However, his rising pitch counts continue to force him out of games in the middle innings

Viola headed to Oakland

The Orioles are prepared to make another roster move, with Double-A Bowie left-hander Pedro Viola joining the team in Oakland tomorrow. Viola was informed of his travel plans after Bowie’s game tonight in Harrisburg. It appears that the Orioles might be placing a reliever on the disabled list. If that’s the case, Viola would be officially recalled. He’s headed to the West Coast as insurance.

Checking on Matusz (rehab assignment appears over)

Left-hander Brian Matusz has completed four innings tonight at Triple-A Norfolk, and he’s working on a two-hit shutout against the Columbus Clippers. Matusz has walked one batter and struck out six. He’s thrown 66 pitches, including 42 for strikes. The Orioles are hoping to get seven innings out of Matusz. As always, the pitch count will dictate how far he goes. Matusz struck out three

Orioles lineup against Athletics

Nolan Reimold is back in left field tonight after going 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs in yesterday’s 6-5, 12-inning win over Kansas City. Robert Andino is the leadoff hitter in Felix Pie’s absence. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold LF Mark Reynolds 3B J.J. Hardy SS Jake Fox

Leo Gomez named Aberdeen manager (and other notes)

Well, that didn’t take long. The Orioles finally named their manager at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Former third baseman Leo Gomez will call the shots from the IronBirds’ dugout. Gomez has spent the past two seasons as a field coach for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles (2009) and Bluefield (2010). Gomez spent six of his seven major league seasons with the Orioles, batting .245 with

Matusz bringing his AAA game

The first 5,000 fans to enter Harbor Park in Norfolk tonight will receive a Tides cap. They’ll also get to watch Brian Matusz pitch. Matusz never made it to Triple-A before tonight. He moved up from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie to the majors in his first professional season in 2009. He was part of the gifted and talented pitching program. Matusz returned to Frederick

Streaking into Oakland

Give me the choice between a cross-country flight and being covered in honey and red ants, and I’ll ask which one provides the most leg room. If the Orioles must travel to Oakland, and the schedule demands it, at least they’re riding a five-game winning streak. It may not come with those little bags of gourmet pretzels like you get on Southwest, and yesterday’s 6-5,

Showalter speaks after 6-5, 12-inning win

The Orioles swept a three-game home series against the Royals for the first time since April 2007, and Nolan Reimold deserves a huge share of the credit for homering twice and driving in four runs. He also singled, doubled and walked. That’s one way to raise your average to .545. Buck Showalter meets with the media following the Birds’ 6-5 win over Kansas City “I’m

Guerrero single wins it in the 12th

I went to a baseball game and a chess match broke out. Checkmate for the Orioles. Vladimir Guerrero sent a 15-hopper up the middle - a mild exaggeration - to score Robert Andino in the bottom of the 12th and give the Orioles a 6-5 victory. Andino led off with a double against Louis Coleman. Manager Buck Showalter called for Adam Jones to lay down

Accardo keeps bases clean (O’s load them and can’t score)

Kevin Gregg left the bases loaded in the 10th inning. He stole Jeremy Accardo’s move. Accardo entered in the 11th with the score tied, 5-5. In 21 2/3 innings before today, he allowed 25 hits, walked 14 and hit one batter. That’s almost two baserunners an inning. The first batter today, Mike Aviles, hit a line drive that almost decapitated second baseman Robert Andino, who

Tatum redeems himself, too

I mentioned earlier that Nolan Reimold redeemed himself for the poor throw in the top of the second inning by homering in the bottom half. He took it to the extreme by hitting a three-run shot the following inning and adding a single a walk. Now it’s Craig Tatum’s turn. Tatum was called for catcher’s interference in the second, and he’s lucky that his mitt

Orioles fall behind early (updated)

It took much too long for Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie to get a third out in the second inning, and the Orioles trail the Royals, 4-1, as we head to the third. The Royals sent nine batters to the plate against Guthrie. The right-hander got two strikes on Chris Getz before giving up a run-scoring single that extended the rally. Melky Cabrera capped the scoring

Showalter on roster move and catching plans

Manager Buck Showalter talked about the latest roster move while meeting with reporters this morning. Catcher Craig Tatum is in the lineup. First baseman Brandon Snyder is back with Triple-A Norfolk. “We want to make sure Brandon continues to have a pretty good year down there, but it gives us an opportunity to move Jake (Fox) around a little bit. This is beneficial for everybody,”

News and notes

Justin Duchscherer will throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today or tomorrow in Sarasota. That’s the only update on him. The Orioles don’t know when he’ll start another extended spring training game. Duchscherer is eligible to come off the disabled list in four days, but that’s obviously not going to happen. Brian Matusz is driving to Norfolk today and will start for the Tides tomorrow night.

Fox and Tatum in today’s lineup

The Orioles are leaning heavily to the right for today’s game against Kansas City left-hander Jeff Francis. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF J.J. Hardy SS Jake Fox 1B Craig Tatum C Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Rotation and bullpen pitching in

One of the Orioles filled his breakfast plate this morning and Luke Hochevar’s ERA went up another point. Speaking of breakfast, you’ll barely have time to digest it before the first pitch today. We’ve got a 12:35 p.m. starting time before the Orioles fly to Oakland to begin their first West Coast trip of the season. The Orioles will try to extend their winning streak

Most postgame chatter

Adam Jones talks about: Being in a groove: “I feel good up there at the plate. The team is swinging it better of late and I just feed off the person in front of me. Everybody needs to just feed off each other.” On the fourth-inning outburst: “It was about time. It was about time when we get one of those instances where you bat

Snyder optioned, Tatum to be recalled

The Orioles optioned first baseman Brandon Snyder to Triple-A Norfolk after tonight’s game. Snyder, 24, batted .222 (2-for-9) in five games. Catcher Craig Tatum is here and will officially be recalled tomorrow. Look for him to be behind the plate for Jeremy Guthrie’s start against the Royals. With Nolan Reimold on the roster, Luke Scott is freed up to play more first base. Jake Fox

Showalter speaks after 9-2 win

The Orioles tied their season high with their fourth straight victory. Jake Arrieta improved to 6-2 with a 4.57 ERA. It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but he got the job done. Buck Showalter meets with the media to recap the Orioles’ 9-2 win “Stuff-wise, he was good,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He just gets out of sorts some and loses command for a while. He’s fortunate

Arrieta rebounds from Nats game

Tonight’s attendance: 15,740 Remember when Jake Arrieta gave up those six runs and six hits against the Nationals in only 3 2/3 innings? Ancient history. Arrieta turned in his eighth quality start tonight, holding the Royals to a two-run homer from Melky Cabrera over six innings. Jim Johnson has replaced him in the seventh. Arrieta allowed five hits, walked three and struck out seven. He

Counting on Arrieta (O’s take 8-0 lead)

The positive spin on Jake Arrieta after two innings is he hasn’t allowed a run. Keep in mind that the Nationals abused him for six runs in 3 2/3 innings in his last start, so tonight’s early returns are encouraging. However, each positive spin must also include a negative spin. Says so right here in the “spin” handbook. Arrieta has thrown 46 pitches, 23 for

Pregame Showalter

Here’s a sampler platter from manager Buck Showalter’s pregame session with the media. Napkins are optional. A cold beverage is recommended. On the AL East standings: “I see us three games out in the loss column. I think it’s the only division with four teams .500 or better. I think it’s that time of year where most teams start kind of seeking their level and

The Andino question and other notes

Orioles manager Buck Showalter sent Robert Andino to the plate in the fifth inning last night with instructions to bunt a strike. The Orioles trailed by two runs and had two runners on base with no outs after back-to-back walks from Royals starter Danny Duffy. Andino offered at the first pitch, a high fastball, and popped it up for a double play. The bunt made

Adams in Orioles’ lineup

For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Luke Scott 1B Mark Reynolds 3B J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Adams 2B Jake Arrieta RHP Catcher Craig Tatum is expected to be recalled before the Orioles fly out to Oakland following tomorrow afternoon’s game. You can speculate on the corresponding roster move. Brandon Snyder is a strong

Finding a replacement for Roberts

Mark Reynolds hits the longest foul balls in the world. Some people might describe them as majestic. That doesn’t help your fantasy team, but I wanted to mention it anyway. I think one ball traveled an estimated three miles last night, but it landed on the wrong side of the left field foul pole. Straighten ‘em out, Mark, and you’re in business. I’ll hit you

Simon says ...

Almost lost in the euphoria of Adam Jones’ walk-off home run was reliever Alfredo Simon being credited with the win after retiring the Royals in order in the top of the ninth inning. “It feels really good,” Simon said after pitching in his first major league game since Sept. 26. “That was my first outing and we got the win. I said, ‘Thank you,’ to

Showalter and Jones talk about walk-off 5-3 win

The Orioles hadn’t scored against Royals closer Joakim Soria in 12 career games against him covering 11 1/3 innings. Until tonight, that is. They tied the game on a Felix Pie pinch-hit double and won it on Adam Jones’ sixth home run of the season, a 418-foot shot to center field with two outs. Pie is 2-for-2 lifetime against Soria. Jones is 1-for-5 with three

Simon makes 2011 debut (Jones hits walk-off)

Alfredo Simon pitched the ninth inning tonight, the third reliever used by manager Buck Showalter. And he was the most interesting of the group. Simon retired the side in order, getting two fly balls and a strikeout. He hadn’t pitched in a major league game since Sept. 26, 2010, when he was ejected after hitting Toronto’s Jose Bautista. You know the rest of Simon’s story,

Orioles finally score for Britton

Tonight’s attendance: 14,077 Apologies for the technical difficulties, but I’m back. The Orioles had gone 27 1/3 innings without scoring while Zach Britton was on the mound until Matt Wieters doubled off the out-of-town scoreboard in right field with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Nick Markakis raced home, and the Orioles cut the Royals’ lead to 3-1. Confetti didn’t fall from the

Britton’s streak ends (updated)

Zach Britton hadn’t allowed an earned run in his last 19 2/3 innings until Kansas City’s Jeff Francoeur lined an RBI single into left field with one out in the top of the first inning. Alex Gordon reached on a bunt single and Melky Cabrera lined a single up the middle to put Britton in immediate trouble. Eric Hosmer ran the count full before striking

Roberts out at least 3 more weeks (updated)

A concussion specialist in Pittsburgh recommended no physical activity for Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts for two more weeks. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail passed along the news to reporters a few minutes ago. MacPhail said in an ideal scenario, Roberts would return to the lineup a week after he’s cleared to begin baseball-related activities, “but it could be longer.” Roberts hasn’t played

Matusz on his next rehab start

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz said he agrees that one more start in the minors should benefit him. Matusz will start Friday night at Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles will activate him from the disabled list for the June 1 game in Seattle or give him one more start with an affiliate. “I think it is the right move,” Matusz said after throwing a bullpen session today.

Showalter speaks before game (with more Matusz)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter provided surgery and rehab updates during today’s pregame session with the media. He also provided a clearer picture of how his rotation will unfold the rest of the week. On Cesar Izturis: “Izzy had his surgery today. It went well. I’m not sure if he’s back home yet, though. The plan was to release him at some point today. We think

Next up for Matusz, Lee and Bergesen

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz will head to Triple-A Norfolk and start Friday night’s game against Columbus. Matusz’s rehab assignment began at Single-A Frederick and continued at Double-A Bowie. He’ll be working on an extra days’ rest on Friday. Matusz could be activated on June 1 and make his 2011 debut in Seattle in the final game of the Orioles’ two-city West Coast trip. It depends

Orioles lineup against K.C. (with Izturis update)

Brandon Snyder is making another start at first base tonight, and Nolan Reimold is in left field. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold LF Mark Reynolds 3B J.J. Hardy SS Brandon Snyder 1B Zach Britton LHP Josh Bell went 3-for-4 with his second home run in two games in Triple-A Norfolk’s

Checking on Berken (updated)

Jason Berken is making his first start today at Triple-A Norfolk, and he pulled off a great escape in the second inning. According to the play-by-play on minorleaguebaseball.com, Louisville loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning on consecutive singles into center field. One of the hits came from former major league outfielder Jeremy Hermida. Berken struck out the next two batters and

A noteworthy morning

Baseball returns to Camden Yards tonight after yesterday’s break. Get used to them. The Orioles have five open dates in June. Did you see that Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went on the disabled list yesterday with a torn labrum in his left shoulder? LaRoche is batting .172 with three homers in 43 games. He’s always been a slow starter, and playing all season with

Down on the farm (updated)

Second baseman LJ Hoes, the Orioles’ third-round pick in 2008 out of St. John’s (DC) High School, has been promoted from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie. Hoes is batting .241 with seven doubles, three homers, 17 RBIs and a .638 OPS in 41 games. He’s 8-for-39 in his last 10 games, but he has hits in six of them. Hoes is batting .303 against left-handers

Tuesdays with worry (plus notes)

We made it through an entire day and night without a roster move, though I set my alarm for 11:59 p.m. in case the Orioles were trying to sneak a press release past me. It should be fairly quiet today. No game, no players sent packing, no medical examinations, no injury rehab starts. If I’m keeping track properly, infielder Cesar Izturis will undergo his elbow

Showalter speaks after 2-1 win

Twice today, a Nationals batter struck out and Orioles catcher Matt Wieters threw out a runner attempting to steal second base to complete a double play. When will they learn? The game ended with Roger Bernadina taking Kevin Gregg’s 3-2 breaking ball for strike three and Wieters cutting down pinch-runner Brian Bixler at second. Wieters made a perfect throw. And it’s not like he caught

Orioles finally take the lead

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann had retired 13 straight batters before Nick Markakis led off the seventh inning with a single into right field. Vladimir Guerrero followed with a two-run homer on an 0-2 pitch, his fifth of the season. Orioles 2, Nationals 1. Guerrero pumped his fist as he approached first base, and he pointed to the sky before crossing home plate. Guerrero had lined

Tillman’s pitch count rising (updated twice)

It’s happening again. Chris Tillman has held the Nationals to one run over four innings, but he’s thrown 86 pitches and manager Buck Showalter had Jeremy Accardo warming in the bullpen. Tillman hasn’t posted a clean inning among the four. He’s given up five hits, walked two and hit a batter. The Nationals loaded the bases with one out in the fourth on a double,

This and that

Chris Tillman’s pitch count jumped to 34 after two innings, including 11 to Danny Espinosa to end the second. Espinosa fouled off five straight pitches before taking a third strike. Catcher Matt Wieters threw out Michael Morse attempting to steal second base to complete the double play. Tillman fell behind, 3-0, to Espinosa, so it was an impressive battle. Second baseman Brian Roberts will be

Tillman catches early break

The Nationals could be leading, 1-0, after the top of the first inning, but plate umpire Todd Tichenor ruled that Roger Bernadina was out of the batter’s box while laying down a bunt on the second pitch of the game. Bernadina reached on an apparent single before being ruled out. Nationals manager Jim Riggleman earned an ejection from Tichenor, and I’m sure his mood didn’t

Matusz waiting to find out where he’ll pitch (updated)

Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz and bullpen coach Rick Adair are meeting with manager Buck Showalter this morning to discuss the left-hander’s outing last night at Double-A Bowie and where he’ll make his next start. Matusz allowed three hits in six scoreless innings against Erie, but he wasn’t completely satisfied. “It was good. I had good results yesterday,” he said. “I was able to make good

Orioles and Nationals lineups

For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Luke Scott 1B Mark Reynolds 3B J.J. Hardy SS Robert Andino 2B Chris Tillman RHP For the Nationals: Bernadina CF Desmond SS Nix LF Werth RF Ramos DH Morse 1B Espinosa 2B Rodriguez C Cora 3B Zimmermann P

Warming up some leftovers

Like you’ve never done it this late on a Saturday night. I’m not certain that it will happen, but the Orioles might reveal their plans for left-hander Brian Matusz before tomorrow’s game against the Nationals. Matusz tossed six scoreless innings and threw 70 pitches tonight for Double-A Bowie, which you already know if you kept checking Steve Melewski’s blog. He made the trip to Prince

Guthrie gets first win since April 1

Left-hander Brian Matusz has held Erie to two hits over four scoreless innings tonight at Double-A Bowie. He’s walked one and struck out none. I don’t know if it qualified as a monkey on Jeremy Guthrie’s back, or the weight of the world, but he should feel a bit lighter after today’s 8-3 victory over the Nationals. Guthrie hadn’t won since the season opener at

Showalter speaks after 8-3 win

Today’s attendance: 33,107 The Orioles scored eight runs while Jeremy Guthrie was pitching? The world really is coming to an end. Asked whether he felt relief that the Orioles supported Guthrie today, manager Buck Showalter said, “Relief? No. I just wanted him to pitch well. It’s kind of like, the extra off days. ... Any time you take a starting pitcher and change up his

No earned runs off Guthrie through fifth (and seventh)

You know all about Jeremy Guthrie’s run support issues, but here’s a reminder: Before today, the Orioles hadn’t scored in Guthrie’s last three starts while he was in the game, and in five of seven. He received the lowest run support of any American League starter at 1.70 per game. In his seven previous starts, the Orioles scored six runs while he was in the

Snyder error costly, Reimold HR, more pregame Showalter

I drew Shackleford in the Preakness pool. I know nothing about him except that his name reminds me of the N.C. State center with huge feet. Jeremy Guthrie is saddled with two unearned runs in the top of the third on first baseman Brandon Snyder’s two-out error. Snyder backed up on Laynce Nix’s bouncer, allowing the ball to play him, and it deflected off his

Showalter pregame quotes

Bench coach Willie Randolph is coaching third base today. John Russell had a cortisone injection in his knee. I don’t mean to bombard you with blog entries on this sunny day, when you’re attention is divided evenly between baseball, the Preakness and the end of the world, but here are some pregame comments from manager Buck Showalter. On how he’s not concerned whether Simon will

Simon talks about his return, Lee says little

I’ll start with Derrek Lee, since it’s the shortest transcription. Lee is clearly frustrated that he’s on the disabled list. Can’t say that I blame him after dealing with thumb, wrist and foot questions in spring training. A strained oblique is the cherry on top of his melted sundae. Reporters got their first chance to talk to Lee today since he went on the disabled

Roberts: “It’s certainly concerning”

Second baseman Brian Roberts is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but he hasn’t started baseball-related activities and the headaches haven’t completely gone away. They’re not as persistent or intense, but he retains some of the same symptoms that he experienced during the final week of the 2010 season. In other words, don’t look for him to be activated on Tuesday. Asked

Berken likely to start at Norfolk

Jason Berken could start for Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday against Louisville at Harbor Park. Berken needs to be stretched out. He’s “too strong,” according to manager Buck Showalter, who noted that Berken’s fastball was 92-95 mph last night. Berken still projects as a reliever, but building up his pitches and innings would allow the Orioles to consider him for starts later this summer. Derrek Lee

Reimold gets first start

The Orioles will try to snap a four-game losing streak today with a 4:05 game against the Nationals. That’s the starting time. I’m hoping it’s not the time of game, especially with the world ending later today. By the way, even if the word ends, I’m still posting a blog entry in the morning. No worries. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Adam Jones CF

Is Simon the solution?

Good luck trying to memorize the 25-man roster. The Orioles keep changing it. Pitchers come and pitchers go - sometimes in one day. The right side of the infield is on the disabled list. The bullpen is on fire. It’s become a daily game show at Camden Yards, and your next contestant hails from the Dominican Republic. Alfredo Simon is hoping not to return there

Berken on Berken, Arrieta on Arrieta

Reliever Jason Berken, part of a bullpen that has allowed 22 earned runs in its last 22 1/3 innings over four games, met with the media tonight before the Orioles optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. He spoke of having to “figure it out.” He’ll make that attempt against International League hitters. “It’s just been up in the zone,” he said. “It’s been a problem for

Berken optioned, Showalter speaks

Manager Buck Showalter said it’s “very possible” that the Orioles make at least one roster move to aid their bullpen. It happened before I left the press box. The Orioles optioned reliever Jason Berken to Triple-A Norfolk after he allowed six runs in one inning. A corresponding move will be announced tomorrow, but you can expect Alfredo Simon to be removed from the restricted list

From bad to worse (updated)

The Nationals have tied a franchise record with 15 runs tonight. I think the two-point conversion was just piling it on. Michael Gonzalez has surrendered two more home runs. On the plus side, he hasn’t hit anybody. Manager Buck Showalter is trying to eject himself. Gonzalez has allowed runs in five straight appearances covering four innings. He’s permitted 10 runs (six earned) and 10 hits,

It’s not workin’ for Berken (with note)

This game has turned from weird to unwatchable. But please, keep watching. Jason Berken was torched tonight, allowing six runs and five hits in one inning. He also walked a batter, hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and served up two home runs. Berken is really struggling and he has minor league options, which isn’t a good combination for any pitcher. He’s been scored

Arrieta’s night is over, Adams gets 1st hit (updated)

Jake Arrieta turned in his second-shortest outing tonight, leaving after 3 2/3 innings and being charged with six runs. The last run scored when Jason Berken hit Jayson Werth with the bases loaded. Arrieta allowed six hits, walked three, struck out three and hit a batter. He threw 91 pitches, 56 for strikes. PItch counts have been an issue with Arrieta, but he took it

Adams gets first AB out of the way (updated twice)

Second baseman Ryan Adams saw two pitches in his first major league at-bat, getting ahead 1-0 before bouncing to third base on an 88 mph fastball from Nationals starter Jason Marquis. Adams was hitting .303 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and eight RBIs for Triple-A Norfolk, but the Orioles are paying closer attention to his defense. He committed four errors with the

Brief angst over Arrieta (much more in 2nd)

If you’re an Orioles fan and you’re watching tonight’s game, I bet you flinched in the top of the first inning. Or maybe you experienced a brief panic attack. Jake Arrieta struck out the first two Nationals on 94 and 96 mph fastballs. Laynce Nix followed with a sharp one-hopper that caromed off Arrieta’s right shin and rolled to the left side of the infield

Pregame news and notes

Second baseman Ryan Adams is making his major league debut tonight, but Robert Andino will get the start tomorrow afternoon. Manager Buck Showalter told Andino that he’ll still get opportunities to play. He won’t be buried on the bench while Adams is here. Adams moved to third base last summer at Double-A Bowie and he played the hot corner in the Arizona Fall League. However,

Adams in lineup (with Nationals lineup)

The Orioles haven’t announced today’s roster moves, but check out who’s starting at second base. For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Luke Scott 1B J.J. Hardy SS Mark Reynolds 3B Ryan Adams 2B Jake Arrieta RHP Adams is wearing No. 6. Reimold retained No. 14. For the Nationals: Roger Bernadina CF Ian Desmond

Buck Britton moving up, explaining Patton move

Infielder Buck Britton, the brother of Orioles’ pitcher Zach Britton, has been promoted from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie after batting .341 and leading the Carolina League with 30 RBIs. Outfielder Kyle Hudson moves up from Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles haven’t announced any roster moves beyond optioning pitcher Chris Jakubauskas following last night’s game. If they’re not rained out tonight, they’ll also announce

Looking back and ahead

So Michael Gonzalez gets ejected for hitting Chris Dickerson without intent, but CC Sabathia only gets a warning for drilling Nick Markakis in the back - which he clearly intended to do - and Amaury Sanit isn’t ejected for hitting Brandon Snyder despite both benches being warned. It’s left to the discretion of the plate umpire. I guess that explains it. I’ve heard that the

Let’s hear from Bergesen and Markakis

Brad Bergesen didn’t try to put a positive spin on tonight’s outing, which ended after 3 1/3 innings and left eight earned runs on his ledger. “For me, it was everything tonight. Just all around, just bad,” he said. “Putting us in a 5-0 hole just made it real tough for us tonight. Just nothing good for me tonight whatsoever. “After that 15-inning game, my

Jakubauskas and Patton down, Adams and Reimold up

Chris Jakubauskas and Troy Patton pitched tonight and packed their bags. They’re heading back to Triple-A Norfolk. Ryan Adams and outfielder Nolan Reimold are expected to report to Camden Yards tomorrow, giving the Orioles 12 pitchers and a full bench. It’s interesting that both players were in Norfolk’s lineup tonight instead of being late scratches. Reimold went 2-for-4 with his 22nd RBI, leaving his average

Showalter speaks after 13-2 loss

The Orioles’ rotation had allowed eight earned runs in 56 innings over the past eight games before tonight, which added up to a 1.29 ERA. Brad Bergesen surrendered five earned runs in the first inning and eight overall in 3 1/3 innings in a 13-2 loss to the Yankees. Once again, any issues that Bergesen encounters on the mound can be traced to his fastball

The other side of Bergesen

We marveled at Brad Bergesen’s four-hit shutout at Tropicana Field on Saturday. We mumbled to ourselves during his 3 1/3 innings tonight. A few of you might not have used your indoor voices. Bergesen is charged with eight runs and five hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. He threw 77 pitches, 47 for strikes, before Chris Jakubauskas replaced him. All five hits off Bergesen

Bad beginning for Bergesen (updated)

We might not sit through 15 innings tonight, but we waited out a 48-minute rain delay. Two batters and five pitches into the game, Brad Bergesen fell behind, 1-0. Two more pitches and the lead expanded to 2-0. Derek Jeter doubled, Curtis Granderson tripled and Mark Teixeira grounded to second. The Orioles’ last two home games before tonight included only two extra-base hits. The Yankees

Caught in the middle infield (with Roberts update)

The Orioles finished batting practice and the tarp went back on the field. The sky is threatening. I’m keeping one hand on my wallet. Just when we thought it was safe to memorize the 25-man roster, the Orioles will alter it again tomorrow afternoon. They’ll bring up one or two position players from the minors. A middle infielder is needed with Brian Roberts and Cesar

Pregame Showalter, Yankees lineup

I gave you the Reader’s Digest version of today’s pregame maneuverings. Manager Buck Showalter expanded on them this afternoon while meeting with the media for about 10 minutes. On Cesar Izturis: “He’s going to have surgery Tuesday at 7 a.m. Dr. (John) Wilckens is going to do the surgery with the nerve. We hope that goes well and he still has potential to be a

More news on the roster, rotation and Izturis

The tarp is on the field. That’s not a good sign. Lots of stuff going on here, and I know how much everyone likes stuff. Brian Roberts’ placement on the new seven-day disabled list is pending approval from Major League Baseball. It’s reserved for players with concussion symptoms. Roberts seems to qualify. Roberts would be eligible to return Tuesday. He’s on a DL no matter

Roberts, Lee headed to disabled list (with Orioles lineup)

Brian Roberts isn’t in the Orioles’ lineup tonight, and he could be headed to the disabled list with recurring headaches. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Adam Jones CF Felix Pie LF Mark Reynolds 3B Jake Fox C Brandon Snyder 1B Brad Bergesen RHP Update: The Orioles have decided to place Roberts and first baseman Derrek

Not going good for Gonzo (updated)

I’m set up in the press box and still waiting to find out whether the Orioles are making one or more roster moves. The over/under is one. My last entry has received 109 comments (hopefully no more duplicates), and many of them are aimed at left-hander Michael Gonzalez. Gonzalez has been scored upon in his last four appearances covering two-plus innings. And I’m not counting

Things we need to know

Later today, we’ll find out whether Brad Bergesen is starting on normal rest or a restless Jeremy Guthrie talked manager Buck Showalter into giving him the ball. We’ll find out whether Derrek Lee is going on the disabled list so the Orioles can recall a reliever, and whether Troy Patton is the choice, since he’s already here (though I doubt that he unpacked.) We’ll find

More clubhouse chatter

Michael Gonzalez: “No way, shape or form was I trying to hit (Chris) Dickerson or anything like that. In fact, I was trying to throw a fastball down and away. It got away from me and I’m sorry it hit him. No one is harder on themselves than me. I understand and I know how it looked.” “It was kind of shocking. I hit him

Showalter speaks after 4-1 loss

This might be the most agitated that I’ve seen manager Buck Showalter after a game since the Orioles hired him. He clearly wanted to say more - about plate umpire Dan Bellino’s strike zone and Bellino’s decision to eject reliever Michael Gonzalez after the left-hander hit Chris Dickerson in the head - but he was biting his tongue so hard, I’m surprised it didn’t snap

Gonzalez ejected after HBP

We said it wouldn’t get weird. Michael Gonzalez inherited two runners from Jeremy Accardo with no outs in the 15th inning and gave up a tie-breaking, two-run double to Robinson Cano on his first pitch. Gonzalez drilled Chris Dickerson on the side of the batting helmet with his third pitch, earning an instant ejection from plate umpire Dan Bellino. How in the world can Bellino

Accardo with the great escape (updated)

So much for a rested bullpen. Manager Buck Showalter has used six relievers again tonight, as he did Monday night at Fenway Park. Jeremy Accardo’s turn came up in the top of the 13th, which isn’t exactly going with the hot hand. Accardo had allowed runs in five straight appearances and six of seven. He permitted five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings

And so it continues ...

The Orioles loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, but they couldn’t score against Yankees left-hander Boone Logan. Logan replaced Luis Ayala with the sacks full and struck out Luke Scott. He fell behind, 2-0, to Matt Wieters, who swung at the next pitch and flied to right. If it’s me, I’m taking on 2-0, but what do I

Orioles score! Orioles score! (Machado update)

Yankees starter Bartolo Colon was cruising. He hadn’t allowed a run in eight innings and his pitch count stood at a measly 87. He still didn’t come out for the ninth. Not with Mariano Rivera in the bullpen. Rivera allowed back-to-back singles to Adam Jones and Nick Markakis with one out, and Vladimir Guerrero lifted a sacrifice fly to left field. Orioles 1, Yankees 1.

No earned runs, no win for Britton (updated)

Zach Britton is done after holding the Yankees to one unearned run and six hits over seven innings. Britton can’t get the win because Bartolo Colon retired 13 straight Orioles before Adam Jones’ leadoff single in the seventh, and his shutout remains intact. The rookie left-hander walked three batters and struck out four. He threw 102 pitches, 58 for strikes. The Orioles haven’t scored in

Britton and Britton

While Zach Britton is holding the Yankees to an unearned run through five innings tonight, brother Buck has hit a two-run homer for Single-A Frederick. Buck had five RBIs last Thursday while Zach was throwing nine scoreless innings. The Yankees scored in the fourth on Alex Rodriguez’s leadoff single - the ball snuck under shortstop J.J. Hardy’s glove as he ranged in the hole -

Izturis to miss 6-8 weeks

Orioles infielder Cesar Izturis has decided to undergo surgery on his right elbow to move the ulnar nerve, a procedure that will sideline him six-to-eight weeks, according to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Izturis went on the disabled list today, with first baseman Brandon Snyder taking his roster spot. Signed to a $1.5 million contract over the winter, Izturis is batting .192 (5-for-26) with

Move with Patton still pending

Troy Patton is in Baltimore. Or as it’s known to him - Limbo. He’s here but he’s not here. He’s in the clubhouse but he’s not on the roster. The Orioles flew Patton to Boston and brought him to Camden Yards in case they put first baseman Derrek Lee on the disabled list and returned to a 13-man pitching staff. Instead, Lee remains day-to-day. So

Duchscherer shut down

Justin Duchscherer was scratched from today’s start at extended spring training, and it’s unknown when he’ll pitch again. Duchscherer was supposed to throw three innings, but he removed himself from the start. A team official said the reason didn’t involve Duchscherer’s back or hip. Duchscherer is eligible to come off the disabled list on May 30. He’s being paid $700,000 and will make another $400,000

Updates on roster and Roberts (and Simon)

The Orioles will put infielder Cesar Izturis on the disabled list if tonight’s game is played. Brandon Snyder will be officially recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Snyder is in the clubhouse today. A decision on Derrek Lee could wait a few days. Troy Patton is here, but the Orioles don’t have a pressing need for an extra reliever after last night’s postponement, so the left-hander is

Roberts out of lineup again (updated)

Luke Scott is playing first base tonight, weather permitting, but it’s more interesting that second baseman Brian Roberts is on the bench. Roberts wasn’t in last night’s lineup, but we blamed it on poor numbers against Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Roberts is 6-for-24 with seven walks lifetime against Yankees starter Bartolo Colon. Must be a health issue. We’ll find out after the clubhouse opens

Getting to first base

It’s back to Camden Yards tonight, where rookie Zach Britton gets to pitch again with an extra day of rest. It happened in his last start and he shut out the Mariners over nine innings. I’m just saying... I wonder how he’s done in the past with the tarp on the field? The forecast isn’t promising. The Yankees are sending Bartolo Colon to the mound

Six scoreless for Simon

Making his third rehab start with Double-A Bowie, right-hander Alfredo Simon shut out Richmond on three hits over six innings before Daniel Klein replaced him in the seventh. Simon walked two and struck out four. He threw 83 pitches, 53 for strikes. Simon has allowed six earned runs (seven total) and 14 hits in 16 innings - all of them with Bowie - since beginning

Roster moves coming (updated)

The Orioles are expected to place first baseman Derrek Lee and infielder Cesar Izturis on the disabled list before tomorrow night’s game against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Brandon Snyder and Troy Patton, summoned from Triple-A Norfolk, will take their places on the 25-man roster. Lee has a strained left oblique. Izturis has nerve irritation in his right hand that’s causing two of his fingers

Orioles lineup missing Roberts and Lee (game postponed)

First baseman Derrek Lee remains day-to-day with a strained left oblique. He hasn’t gone on the disabled list, but I’m told Brandon Snyder just walked into the clubhouse. Second baseman Brian Roberts isn’t starting tonight because he’s 8-for-47 (.170) lifetime against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Mark Reynolds 3B

Snyder and Patton in Boston, waiting on Orioles lineup

Batting practice was canceled because of the rain, but it didn’t stop Triple-A first baseman Brandon Snyder and left-hander Troy Patton from flying into Boston. Snyder and Patton have joined the Orioles - according to tweets from The Sun’s Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec, and also confirmed by a team official - and will be activated if first baseman Derrek Lee and infielder Cesar Izturis

Still waiting on possible roster moves (Simon update)

The Orioles won’t know whether they’ll need to make any roster moves today until first baseman Derrek Lee shows up at Fenway Park and infielder Cesar Izturis is examined back in Baltimore. Lee left last night’s game in the third inning with a strained left oblique. The club listed him as day-to-day, and he’ll be reevaluated once he arrives at the ballpark and heads to

Matusz probably Bowie-bound

Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz will most likely make his second injury rehab start Saturday at Double-A Bowie. The club also considered Triple-A Norfolk, but it appears that Matusz will take the mound at Prince George’s Stadium for a 6:35 p.m. game against Erie. Last night, Matusz allowed one run and two hits, with two walks and two strikeouts, in four innings at Single-A Frederick. He

Orioles need the ‘pen to be mightier

I should have stayed in Frederick last night. The Single-A Keys rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and defeated Potomac, 3-2. Left-hander Brian Matusz was spared the loss in his first injury rehab start when Jacob Julius stroked a pinch-hit, game-tying single and Buck Britton followed with a two-run single. Brother Zach would be proud. Yes, I should have hung

Tillman left game with back tightness

Manager Buck Showalter used six relievers tonight. That’s a lot of baton passing. Kevin Gregg finally dropped it at the end, walking two batters and surrendering Adrian Gonzalez’s two-run double. Oriole relievers allowed five earned runs (eight total) and 10 hits, with four walks, in 3 1/3 innings. So why did Showalter remove starter Chris Tillman after five innings and 88 pitches? It’s always a

Gonzalez and Accardo continue to struggle (O’s lose 8-7)

A 6-0 lead wasn’t passed to steady hands. Michael Gonzalez replaced Chris Tillman in the bottom of the sixth and allowed four runs (one earned) and three hits in one-third of an inning. Jeremy Accardo replaced him and let two inherited runners score, along with one of his own. Gonzalez has allowed runs in his last three outings and hits in his last five. In

Strange happenings in Boston

I tried listening to the Orioles game on my ride home from Harry Grove Stadium, but I kept losing the signal. I heard enough to know that first baseman Derrek Lee left the game with a strained left oblique, which a team spokesman confirmed in a quick phone call to the Fenway Park press box. The Orioles are listing him as day-to-day. I’ve been asked

Simon back in U.S., Matusz talks about outing

FREDERICK, Md. - Alfredo Simon has returned to the U.S. tonight after flying to the Dominican Republic on Saturday. He’s expected back in Baltimore around 10:30 p.m. and will pitch for Double-A Bowie tomorrow night in Richmond. This will be Simon’s third rehab start with the Baysox. Brian Matusz said he felt good tonight while throwing 60 pitches in four innings against the Single-A Potomac

Matusz has scoreless 3rd (and 4th)

FREDERICK, Md. - Brian Matusz stranded a runner on third base in the third inning, getting a strikeout and fly ball. He threw 10 pitches, six for strikes. Matusz has thrown 47 pitches, 29 for strikes. He’s on a 55-60 pitch limit. Potomac’s No. 9 hitter, Eury Perez, reached on a bunt single, stole second with one out and took third on catcher Brian Ward’s

Matusz breezes through 1st inning (but not the 2nd)

FREDERICK. Md. - Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz retired the side in order in the top of the first inning, throwing 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes. Cutter Dykstra, son of former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra, flied to center field on a 1-1 pitch. Jeff Kobernus struck out on three pitches, and Destin Hood shattered his bat while grounding to third base on a 2-2

Matusz returns to Carolina League, Simon update

FREDERICK. Md. - The Single-A Frederick Keys are done taking batting practice and have returned to the home clubhouse at Harry Grove Stadium. The players wear shorts during pregame workouts. Maybe the Orioles should consider doing the same on those really humid days. Brian Matusz is scheduled to throw 55-60 pitches against the Potomac Nationals. The Orioles want him to go at least four innings

Orioles lineup against Red Sox

If the weather allows the Orioles to play the Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park, manager Buck Showalter will trot out the following lineup: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B J.J. Hardy SS Chris Tillman RHP

A few pregame notes

The Orioles were 3-25 against the Boston Red Sox, including 2-10 at home, in 28 games from July 12, 2008 and April 24, 2010. In the last 19 meetings since April 25, 2010, the Orioles are 11-8 against the Red Sox, including 7-5 at home and 4-3 at Fenway Park. Since B.J. Ryan allowed a three-run walk-off homer to David Ortiz on June 2, 2005,

Matusz and Tillman take their turns

It took much longer than I expected, but I finally made it home last night. Actually, it was past midnight, so I made it home this morning. I’ll be heading to Frederick later today to watch Brian Matusz pitch in his first injury rehab game. The memories will come flooding back. And hopefully, that’s the only flooding that takes place, since the forecast includes storms

Hardy and Arrieta talk about Sunday’s game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - I’m having my own rain delay at the Tampa airport. My 6:55 p.m. flight is now scheduled to leave at 9:30 p.m. for weather-related reasons back in Baltimore. A storm is headed that way if it hasn’t already arrived. I’m told that air traffic control could lift the delay, reduce it or extend it. I’m also told the bar’s still open

Postgame Showalter following 9-3 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - I’m racing out of here to drop off my rental car and catch my flight back to Baltimore, but I wanted to pass along a little postgame Buck Showalter for you. On Jake Arrieta: “He had great stuff early. Hopefully, he’ll get to a point where he can kind of maximize his pitches a little bit more and get deeper. He

A Hardy “hello” for Rays reliever (Arrieta done)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay left-hander Cesar Ramos entered today’s game in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no outs. The bases were cleared after three pitches. Shortstop J.J. Hardy hit his third career grand slam, and first since May 12, 2007 off the Mets’ Joe Smith. Orioles 8, Rays 2. Right-hander Rob Delaney walked the bases loaded - one free pass

Lee comes through with RISP (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Before yesterday’s game, Derrek Lee was 2-for-28 with runners in scoring position, ranking last in average among American League hitters with at least 25 at-bats. He was 3-for-31 (.097) with five RBIs before today. Better, but still not good. He continued to rank last among active players. Detroit’s Magglio Ordonez is worse, but he’s also on the disabled list. Lee came

Wieters, Arrieta off to good starts

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Matt Wieters gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a two-out single that scored Vladimir Guerrero, who led off with a double and moved to third on a ground ball. Rays catcher Kelly Shoppach set up outside with Guerrero batting. Andy Sonnanstine hit the target and Guerrero reached for the ball and poked it down the right

A few early notes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Left-hander Brian Matusz will be restricted to 55-60 pitches tomorrow night at Single-A Frederick. The Orioles would like to get at least four innings out of him, but it depends on his pitch count. Matusz will be extended to 75-80 pitches in his next start on Saturday. The Orioles haven’t decided whether he’ll join Triple-A Norfolk or Double-A Bowie. Justin Duchscherer

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mark Reynolds have moved up to eighth in the lineup today. That’s what a home run will do for you. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B J.J. Hardy SS Jake Arrieta RHP For the Rays: Fuld LF Zobrist 2B Damon

It’s a start

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- I’ll be checking out of my hotel and heading to Tropicana Field in the next hour. It seems like I just got here. I didn’t bother to unpack my suitcase. Do you realize that the Orioles haven’t used their bullpen in regulation in the last three games? Kevin Gregg and Jim Johnson followed Zach Britton to the mound on Thursday after the

Showalter speaks after 6-0 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter addressed a few topics in his postgame session with the media, but Brad Bergesen was the focal point. “He keeps battling through it and he doesn’t wallow around in self-pity, and that’s a big thing of mine,” Showalter said. “Nobody really cares. We do, but the opposition doesn’t. He pitched pretty well the last time against Tampa, too.

Bergesen on Bergesen

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Brad Bergesen earned his first win of the season by tossing his first career shutout and fourth complete game. Escaping that jam in the first inning propelled him in the right direction. “It was a really good feeling,” he said. “To have those couple pitches go your way or to be able to make those crucial pitches, especially early on and

Fox talks about Bergesen and his home run

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It looks like the Orioles can turn in a quality start with Jake Fox behind the plate. Just when you think you’ve got this game figured out... Brad Bergesen shut out the Rays on four hits, retiring 20 of the last 22 batters he faced in a 6-0 victory. The Rays didn’t have a hit after Sam Fuld’s single with one

Bergesen blanks Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Brad Bergesen escaped jams in the first three innings, retired 11 in a row and won his first game of the season, 6-0, over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Bergesen retired 17 of 18 going into the bottom of the ninth. He walked leadoff hitter Ben Zobrist on four pitches, but retired the next three batters. He allowed four hits, walked

The Fox and the Home Run

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jake Fox has taken his share of heat, but he’s catching a shutout and padding a lead today. Fox is giving the signs to Brad Bergesen, who’s blanking the Rays on four hits over six innings. And he gave the Orioles a 4-0 lead with a two-run homer in the sixth that drove Rays starter Wade Davis from the game. Fox

Bergesen’s escape route (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Brad Bergesen has held the Rays scoreless through three innings, though he’s allowed four hits and a few loud outs. Ben Zobrist doubled and Johnny Damon singled in the first, but Evan Longoria grounded into a 5-4-3 double play on the next pitch. B.J. Upton doubled with one out in the second, but Casey Kotchman grounded out on a changeup and

Leading off with Roberts item

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If second baseman Brian Roberts is going to bust out of his slump, he’ll do it from atop the order. No big surprise here. Roberts is the club’s leadoff hitter and there aren’t many options if manager Buck Showalter wants to lower him. J.J. Hardy would be the likely replacement. Felix Pie has speed, but he doesn’t play every day and

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mark Reynolds is batting ninth again today. Luke Scott returns to left field, and Jake Fox starts behind the plate. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF J.J. Hardy SS Jake Fox C Mark Reynolds 3B Brad Bergesen RHP For the Rays: Fuld LF Zobrist 2B Damon

No offense, but ...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have scored in just one of their last 23 innings - two runs total - dating back to the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game against Seattle. They’re batting .215 (17-for-79) with one extra-base hit and only four batters advancing beyond second base during that span. The pitchers, meanwhile, have posted a 1.95 ERA in those 23 innings. The rotation

Big day for the battery

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles and Rays have a 4:10 p.m. start today, which means staying in bed a little longer and getting out of the ballpark a little earlier. It’s a win-win situation. I’m a huge fan of the late-afternoon games. Wish there were more of them on the schedule. I won’t suggest that jobs will be kept or lost based on today’s

Guthrie: No run support, no excuses

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have scored in one of their last 23 innings. Naturally, it didn’t happen tonight with Jeremy Guthrie on the mound. You should have it all memorized by now. The Orioles haven’t scored in five of Guthrie’s last seven starts while he’s been in the game. They’ve totaled six runs in his last seven starts while he’s been on the

Jones talks about Hellickson and Guthrie

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones described Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson as “a little different.” It was the result that looked familiar. Another pitcher flattened the Orioles’ bats. Hellickson went the distance tonight, shutting out the Orioles on four hits, walking one and striking out three. Adam Jones talks about the difficulties the O’s had hitting Jeremy Hellickson “He threw everything -

Showalter: “We’ve got to figure it out”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles won last night despite being shut out for the first 11 innings and falling behind by a run in the 12th. They didn’t score through nine innings tonight and weren’t nearly as fortunate. “We’ve got to figure it out. Just because we’re facing good pitching...that’s why they call it the major leagues. You’ve got to figure it out,” said

The game within the game (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter ordered an intentional walk to Rays left fielder Matt Joyce with first base open and two outs in the sixth inning. Another left-handed hitter, Casey Kotchman, stood on deck, but Showalter didn’t want the Guthrie-Joyce matchup in that situation. Here’s why it made sense: Joyce homered and singled tonight, making him 8-for-20 lifetime against Jeremy Guthrie. Joyce

Roberts still scuffling

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Brian Roberts stepped to the plate with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth and the Orioles trailing by two runs. He swung at the first pitch and flied to shallow center field. Roberts is 0-for-3 tonight, making him 3-for-42 since May 1. Mark Reynolds reached on an infield hit after almost striking out for the second time.

Rays grab early lead

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It all started so innocently. Jeremy Guthrie retired the side in order on 11 pitches, nine for strikes, in the bottom of the first inning. He induced a bouncer to third base from Rays cleanup hitter Evan Longoria leading off the second. This is the end of the innocence. Mark Reynolds tried to make a barehanded grab, but the ball deflected

Pregame Showalter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter said his bullpen is in “pretty good shape, all things considered.” Unfortunately, he still had to use it last night despite getting nine scoreless innings from rookie Zach Britton. “I’ve got a couple guys I’ll stay away from tonight if I can,” Showalter said. One of them is closer Kevin Gregg, who’s been used in the last three

More Matusz, Duchscherer update

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - I promised you one more quote from Brian Matusz, and I won’t go back on my word. “It’s not hard for me to pump myself up and get excited,” he said. “I am excited. I’ve been excited for a while. It’s been tough these last few weeks, being in Sarasota, going out there and feeling good every day. It’s been tough

Matusz ready for rehab start

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Brian Matusz said he felt “real good” during today’s bullpen session, and he’s looking forward to Monday’s injury rehab start at Single-A Frederick. Matusz threw three innings Wednesday in an extended spring training game before joining the Orioles today at Tropicana Field and throwing on the side for bullpen coach Rick Adair. He’ll fly to Baltimore on Sunday and pitch the

Pie in left, Guerrero on bench

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Felix Pie is starting in left field tonight against Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Luke Scott is serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Felix Pie LF Mark Reynolds 3B Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Rays: Fuld CF Zobrist

Matusz completes bullpen session

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz threw his bullpen session earlier this afternoon at Tropicana Field after driving over from the minor league complex in Sarasota. Matusz threw 38 pitches, with bullpen coach Rick Adair keeping a close watch. Adair is serving as pitching coach again tonight while Mark Connor attends his son’s graduation from the University of Tennessee law school. Manager Buck

Trop of the morning to you

I must say, 4:45 a.m. arrived pretty early this morning. That makes sense, right? Why am I up at 4:45 a.m.? Because I have a 7:45 a.m. Southwest flight to Tampa that’s not going to wait for me, unless the pilot is a big fan of the blog. (I know there’s an “upright and locked position” joke in there, but we’ll leave it alone.) I’m

More postgame notes and quotes

The Orioles improved to 1-11 at home when scoring three runs or fewer. You knew they wouldn’t be blanked all season. Tonight’s game marked the first time two pitchers went nine innings or more and were both non-decisioned since July 10, 2010 - Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay and Cincinnati’s Travis Wood. It’s the third time since 2000. “It was another great team win tonight,” Zach Britton

Showalter speaks after 2-1, 12-inning win

Just another night at the office. The game officially ended with one out in the 12th inning when pinch-runner Jake Fox followed Derrek Lee across the plate on J.J. Hardy’s single into center field. Showalter toyed with the idea of using pitcher Jeremy Guthrie as a pinch-runner for Vladimir Guerrero at second base, which might not have brought the desired result after Mariners shortstop Luis

Quick trivia question (with answer & final update)

Name the last Orioles pitcher to throw nine scoreless innings and get a no-decision. I’ll trust you not to look up the answer. And no, you can’t say Zach Britton. I mean before him. Kevin Gregg walked the leadoff hitter in the top of the 10th. That’s never good. The Mariners didn’t get a runner to second base until the 10th, but Mike Wilson bounced

Britton through, yes, nine innings (updated twice)

Zach Britton has completed eight innings, and the Mariners are stuck on three hits and no walks. No runs, either. Britton has struck out four, and he’s the first Orioles starter to finish eight innings since Jeremy Guthrie on opening day. Unfortunately, the Orioles haven’t scored for him tonight. Britton has thrown 98 pitches, including 69 for strikes. He needed only eight pitches to complete

Make mine a double play (updated)

The Orioles have hit into three double plays in the first three innings. That’s the maximum allowed, as far as I know. Brian Roberts singled in the first inning, and Nick Markakis grounded into a DP. Adam Jones and Matt Wieters singled in the second inning, and J.J. Hardy grounded into a DP. Robert Andino singled in the third - and you wanted him out

Roberts’ early hitting already pays off

Brian Roberts singled into center field leading off the bottom of the first inning. And you wanted him benched tonight! Roberts snapped an 0-for-26 slump. He hadn’t collected a hit since May 4 in Kansas City. Roberts is 3-for-37 this month, so he still has some catching up to do. And speaking of catching... A male fan caught two fouls balls from Chone Figgins during

A few pregame comments from Showalter (updated)

In my “1993 brawl” entry, I meant to point out that Cal Ripken’s streak almost ended because of a knee injury sustained when he got caught in the bottom of a pile. Thanks to TomD for the reminder. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells worked on the knee the next day after Ripken said he wouldn’t be able to play. The rest is baseball history. The

Just the facts

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz will likely make two injury rehab starts before the Orioles consider activating him from the disabled list. Matusz is scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow afternoon at Tropicana Field, fly back to Baltimore and start Monday night at Single-A Frederick. He will probably join Triple-A Norfolk and start the May 21 game against Louisville at Harbor Park. Manager Buck Showalter

Andino in left field tonight

J.J. Hardy moves up to seventh in the lineup after batting ninth and eighth this season, and Robert Andino replaces Luke Scott in left field against Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino LF Zach Britton LHP For the

Remembering the first brawl at Camden Yards

Brian Roberts, in a 1-for-34 slump, is doing some early hitting on the field with Jim Presley, who’s tossing him the ball underhand from halfway between the mound and the plate. Watching Felix Pie go nose-to-nose with Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak Tuesday night might have brought back a few memories of the infamous 1993 brawl between the same two teams at Camden Yards. I

Roberts’ slump continues

The first 10,000 fans 15 and over who attend tonight’s game will receive a Vladimir Guerrero T-shirt. Just be careful when wearing it in a bar. It’ll chase anything. The Orioles have scored 11 runs in the last two games, which seems like an embarrassment of riches. Every starter had a hit last night except for Brian Roberts and Robert Andino - and Mariners second

Jones and Tillman: That’s what they said

Adam Jones downplayed the idea that he’s trying to prove something to the Mariners, the team that brought him into the majors and traded him to the Orioles. “I don’t care about playing the Mariners anymore,” he said. “The only thing that’s cool is to still see Ichiro and some of the boys, my friends that get called up like Mike Wilson, some of the

Showalter speaks after 4-2 win

Tonight’s attendance: 11,561 Manager Buck Showalter needed Chris Tillman to go deep into tonight’s game, and the right-hander completed six innings for the third time in seven starts. Tillman was removed after 112 pitches and improved to 2-3 with a 6.15 ERA. “What did he have, three walks and a hit by pitch? It’s just things a young pitcher has to figure out to get

Mr. Jones and me

Adam Jones is a man on a mission. Prove to the Mariners that they never should have traded him. Jones is 6-for-9 with five RBIs in the first two games of this series. He’s singled twice and delivered a two-run triple tonight, helping the Orioles to a 4-1 lead. Luke Scott broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with a single off Felix Hernandez

Diary of a bad inning (updated twice)

The Mariners scored once in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead, which might not seem too bad on the surface. Let’s dig a little deeper. Chris Tillman hadn’t allowed a hit in the first two innings, but he threw 38 pitches. My math tells me that’s 19 pitches per inning. That doesn’t add up to quick outs. Tillman opened the

Andino on the hot corner (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter gave Robert Andino the start at third base over Jake Fox, his two backup options with starter Mark Reynolds taking a seat on the bench. Andino figures to provide better defense, though his only six career starts at third before tonight came during the 2010 season. Overall, Andino had appeared in nine games at third before tonight and didn’t commit an

While waiting for first pitch ...

Here are some quotes from manager Buck Showalter that came out of his pregame session with the media: On Mark Reynolds: “He’s not starting tonight, but he’ll be back in there tomorrow, more than likely.” “There are things that him and Jimmy (Presley) are constantly working on and it clicks for a day or so, and then he kind of gets into some habits again.

Reynolds trying to be the guy “they traded for”

Justin Duchscherer threw a side session today in Sarasota and will pitch a two-inning simulated game on Friday. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list May 30. Third baseman Mark Reynolds has bigger worries than the virus that’s sweeping through the clubhouse. He’s not in the lineup, and he managed to smile when asked if it’s just a scheduled day off. “I don’t think

Updating Matusz, Markakis, Reynolds, etc.

Brian Matusz threw 40 pitches, including 26 strikes, over three innings in an extended spring training game today at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, Fla. Matusz didn’t walk a batter and said he had a good feel for his fastball. His off-speed stuff was a little inconsistent, but it was very good at times. Matusz was hit on the right wrist/palm area by a comebacker,

Lineup doesn’t include Markakis or Reynolds (update)

You wanted a different lineup? You’ve got it. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Felix Pie RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Robert Andino 3B Chris Tillman RHP Nick Markakis is a career .464 (13-for-28) hitter against Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, with two doubles, five RBIs and five walks. Mark Reynolds is 1-for-4

No roster move in the works

The Orioles had considered bringing up another reliever for tonight’s game against the Mariners, but they apparently will stick with their current group. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail met with manager Buck Showalter after last night’s 7-6, 13-inning victory to discuss the possibility of adding a fresh arm. Rather than make a roster move, they’re “holding at present,” according to a team official. Starter

Will the bullpen and lineup change?

I had this crazy dream last night that the Orioles rallied to win a game in 13 innings after almost being arrested for littering the bases. The Orioles were 8-for-21 with runners in scoring position, and they stranded 16 runners. They ran into outs. They fought back to take leads and gave them up. They should have won, they should have lost, they should have

Pie, Jones, Wieters and Hardy have their say

Felix Pie entered tonight’s game as a pinch-runner and ended up as one of its heroes. Pie singled to score Nick Marakis with the tying run in the bottom of the 13th inning, and he raced home on Matt Wieters’ single to cap a dramatic and exhausting comeback. “It feels great, tying a game for the team like that,” he said. “It’s a great feeling.”

Showalter speaks after 7-6, 13-inning win

My head hurts. Manager Buck Showalter looked to be in better spirits after his club rallied for two runs off Mariners closer Brandon League in the bottom of the 13th inning to take a 7-6 victory. If you’re going to spend all night at the ballpark and burn up your bullpen, at least win the game. “It’s kind of apropos,” Showalter said. “It seemed like

The unlucky 13th (is now lucky)

The Orioles had another chance to win this game, but they’re more determined to empty their bullpen and leave Chris Tillman without much support tomorrow night. Good thing they went back to a 12-man pitching staff, right? Nice timing. Felix Pie doubled to lead off the 12th inning, and the Orioles loaded the bases with two outs on an intentional walk to Adam Jones -

Pie gets angry, game still tied (updated twice)

The bottom of the 10th inning began with Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak tagging out Felix Pie, and both dugouts and bullpens emptying. Pie started to retreat as Smoak fielded the ball, then lowered a shoulder into him. They exchanged words, with Pie clearly the aggressor, but order was quickly restored. Pie spread his arms apart and started jawing at Smoak as they went nose-to-nose.

Orioles rally in 8th to take lead (updated twice)

I guess Luke Scott’s shoulder isn’t bothering him too much. Scott has two hits tonight, including a single off Mariners reliever Jamey Wright in the eighth inning that tied the game, 4-4. Pinch-runner Cesar Izturis raced home on Adam Jones’ single, the center fielder’s third RBI of the night. Orioles 5, Mariners 4. Derrek Lee walked and Vladimir Guerrero collected his third single of the

It’s called a “lead,” and now it’s gone (updated)

Adam Jones’ two-out, two-run double in the sixth moved the Orioles ahead of the Mariners, 3-2. Jones ended a streak of 40 straight innings for the Orioles without a lead. They hadn’t held one since the first inning of a May 5 game against the Royals. Rookie Michael Pineda retired the first two batters before Vladimir Guerrero and Luke Scott singled. Jones followed with a

Update through the 5th

The Orioles continue to trail the Mariners, 2-1, as we head to the top of the sixth inning. Adam Kennedy hit a two-run homer off Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta in the second, and J.J. Hardy homered off Seattle rookie Michael Pineda in the third. Arrieta has allowed four hits in five innings, with two walks and six strikeouts. As usual, he has good stuff. His

J.J. Hardy gets back in the swing of things

If you don’t think a .200-hitting shortstop who’s batting ninth in a struggling lineup can make a difference, well, guess again. J.J. Hardy, in his first at-bat since April 9, lined a home run to left field leading off the bottom of the third inning. Mariners 2, Orioles 1. Hardy worked the count full against Seattle rookie Michael Pineda before homering for the first time

Did you know?

The Orioles are one of seven teams in the majors that haven’t won a game when trailing after seven innings, going 0-17 in that span. They join the Red Sox, Indians, Rockies, Angels, Dodgers and Rangers. None of the Orioles’ starting pitchers in this series have faced the Mariners. Jake Arrieta is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA in five career starts against the American League

A little pregame Showalter

Manager Buck Showalter tackled a variety of topics earlier today while meeting with the media. Here’s a sampling: On J.J. Hardy: “He’s fine. I talked to him last because I know what he’s going to tell us. I talked to Gary Allenson, and Bobby Dickerson has been with him for his whole rehab, and he’s fine, he’s ready to go. We didn’t want him traveling

Hardy talks about Hardy

If anyone knows how J.J. Hardy feels after coming off the disabled list today, it’s J.J. Hardy. “Good,” he said. “It’s been a lot longer than I thought it would be.” Hardy hasn’t played since April 9, when he left a game against the Rangers at Camden Yards after one at-bat. He went on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. “I was kind

Simon headed back to Dominican

I’ll plug in quotes later, but I wanted to pass along a few items from manager Buck Showalter’s pregame session with the media. Showalter will be in Bowie tomorrow morning to watch Alfredo Simon pitch. However, Simon won’t make his scheduled start for Triple-A Norfolk on Monday because he’s returning to the Dominican Republic. Simon was supposed to join the Tides for their game at

Lineup doesn’t include many changes

The Orioles’ lineup for tonight’s series-opener against the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards doesn’t include any drastic changes beyond the shortstop. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B J.J. Hardy SS Jake Arrieta RHP For the Mariners: Ichiro RF Figgins 3B Smoak 1B Olivo C

Josh Rupe designated for assignment (updated)

The Orioles activated shortstop J.J. Hardy from the disabled list earlier today. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club has designated long reliever Josh Rupe for assignment. Rupe allowed nine earned runs and 16 hits in 14 1/3 innings for a 5.65 ERA. In his last outing, he held Kansas City to one hit in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. The Orioles decided to

Hey, J.J., we Hardy knew ya

A roster move is coming today, with shortstop J.J. Hardy being activated from the disabled list and playing for the first time since April 9. You remember Hardy, right? He only batted once in that April 9 game before leaving with a strained left oblique. He hasn’t gotten three at-bats against major league pitching since April 6. Hardy might be the most valuable .200 hitter

Scott: “It’s disappointing and a tough pill to swallow”

Luke Scott will continue to play through the pain in his right shoulder, as he’s done since the beginning of the season, and as he’s done since it intensified over the last three weeks. An MRI taken earlier today revealed a tear in Scott’s right labrum, but he won’t go on the disabled list. He’ll just deal with it. The tear doesn’t affect Scott’s swing,

Scott has labrum tear, no DL for now

An MRI taken on Luke Scott’s right shoulder revealed that the outfielder has been playing with a tear in his labrum. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail doesn’t believe that Scott will need to go on the disabled list, but surgery might be an option after the season. “It doesn’t really impact his swing at all,” MacPhail said. “I think it occasionally bothers him when

Playing roster roulette

The Orioles are off tonight. Then again, they were off all weekend. See what I did there? They took a two-fisted beating from a team they swept on the road in the first series of 2011. They didn’t pitch, they didn’t hit. Losses usually ensue when that happens. There were plenty of opportunities. The Rays kept walking hitters and littering the bases. One night, Derrek

Postgame Showalter

The Orioles were swept at home in a three-game series for the first time since Buck Showalter took over as manager. They haven’t held a lead for 35 straight innings. Brad Bergesen is 0-5 with a 9.13 ERA in five career starts against the Rays. He allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings today. He’ll need to do a lot better or

Going good for Gonzalez

Today’s attendance: 16,359 Michael Gonzalez tossed another scoreless inning today, getting a dazzling double play to end the eighth inning. Reid Brignac singled with one out, but John Jaso grounded into a 6-4-3 DP. Cesar Izturis ranged up the middle and flipped the ball to Brian Roberts, who snatched it with his bare hand and threw to first base. Gonzalez hasn’t allowed a run in

Bergesen done after 4 2/3 innings (updated)

This game took a sudden, nasty turn for Brad Bergesen. Bergesen had retired nine of 10 batters, but he’s done with two outs in the fifth and the Orioles trailing, 5-2. He allowed nine hits, walked two, struck out one and threw 85 pitches. B.J. Upton drove in two more runs with a two-out single. Matt Wieters went to the mound to give Clay Rapada

Bergesen was cruising until wheels fell off (updated)

Brad Bergesen had retired nine of 10 batters, the only baserunner coming on an intentional walk, but the first five Rays reached in the fourth inning, and the Orioles are behind, 3-0. Johnny Damon led off the inning with a double to left. Luke Scott didn’t take the ideal route to the ball. Evan Longoria followed with a bloop single to center, and Damon scored

Giving Longoria a free pass (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter ordered an intentional walk to Evan Longoria with a runner on third base and two outs in the first inning. I guess it’s never too early. Showalter didn’t care that a left-handed batter, Matt Joyce, stood on deck. Joyce lined to first baseman Derrek Lee, stranding Sam Fuld at third base. You’ll recall that Jeremy Guthrie pitched to Longoria yesterday with

Matusz will pitch at Frederick (Rays lineup)

Left-hander Brian Matusz will make his first injury rehab start on May 16 at Single-A Frederick. Matusz threw two innings yesterday in an extended spring training game in Sarasota. He’ll throw a 35-pitch bullpen session tomorrow and go three innings Wednesday in another extended game. Assuming there are no setbacks, he’ll pitch for the Keys at Harry Grove Stadium in his first affiliated game. Also,

Orioles lineup against Tampa Bay

Cesar Izturis is starting at shortstop today. Derrek Lee continues to bat third. Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP Alfredo Simon and Chris Tillman are throwing bullpen sessions this morning. Tillman expects to start Wednesday, rather than be skipped in the

Checking on J.J. Hardy

Playing in his second injury rehab game tonight, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Triple-A Norfolk’s 5-2 victory over Indianapolis. Hardy, on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in Friday night’s game. The Orioles are expected to activate Hardy before Tuesday’s game against the Mariners at

Showalter speaks after 8-2 loss

Today’s game represented only the second time in franchise history that the Orioles drew 10 walks and scored two runs or fewer in a nine-inning game. They lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on July 14, 1974. You can look it up. The Orioles were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position today and left 12 on base. “What did we draw, 10 walks today?

Orioles trail 8-0 in 7th, FOX requests “Mike & Molly” reruns

Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson began today ranked first in the American League in run support (9.19) among starters with five or more outings. Jeremy Guthrie ranked fourth-worst at 2.31. Hellickson shut out the Orioles over five innings today, but he allowed three hits, walked four and threw two wild pitches. He left with his pitch count at 92 - two more than Guthrie in

Orioles trail 7-0 in 5th, game still on FOX

Tampa Bay has seven baserunners in four innings and has scored four runs. The Orioles have seven baserunners in four innings and are being shut out. Rays left fielder Sam Fuld raced toward the line and made a diving catch to deny Robert Andino in the fourth with two outs and Matt Wieters on second base. Wieters has walked twice. In Jeremy Guthrie’s last five

Quick Matusz update (plus Hardy and Machado)

Brian Matusz went two innings today in an extended spring training game in Sarasota, and he threw 12-15 pitches in each inning. He faced six batters, and more important, he felt good. Matusz is scheduled to pitch again on Wednesday, and he’ll go three innings. If Matusz stays on schedule, he could be activated on May 21 or 26. He would be limited to five

Orioles lineup against Tampa Bay

The Orioles’ lineup for today’s 1:10 p.m. game on Fox includes Matt Wieters behind the plate. He’s catching a day game after a night game. Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP Guthrie will aim for his eighth consecutive quality start against

More postgame clubhouse chatter

Zach Britton said his callus is fine. The eight three-ball counts among the 21 batters he faced was a different story. Zach Britton talks about the shortest outing of his young career after the O’s 6-2 loss “I just wasn’t very good at all,” he said. “When you fall behind, you’ve got to give them fastballs, and they’re hot, so they’re hitting the ball well.

Showalter speaks after 6-2 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn’t going to use the rain as an excuse for tonight’s 6-2 loss. It’s not like the Rays were inside a dome. Buck Showalter meets with the media to discuss the Birds’ 6-2 loss to the Rays “This is not a perfect-condition sport,” he said. “You have to deal with all of it - cold, wind, rain. It’s part of it.

Berken a little better, Hardy update (and Uehara)

Reliever Jason Berken didn’t allow a run tonight, which is significant if you consider that he permitted seven in his last five appearances. It wasn’t exactly a clean outing for Berken, who gave up three hits, issued an intentional walk and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings, but his ERA is down to 5.02. He had surrendered 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings in

Britton turns in shortest outing (updated)

You can’t count on anything these days. Zach Britton failed to make it through the sixth inning tonight for the first time in seven major league starts. He retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced, but manager Buck Showalter went to his bullpen with the left-hander’s pitch count at 95. Jason Berken replaced Britton, who allowed all three runs and all four hits

Tatum removed for pinch-hitter (updated)

There’s always intrigue down on the farm. Craig Tatum was catching tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, but backup John Hester pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the second inning. Tatum never received an at-bat in the game. Is he hurt? Did the Orioles pull him from the game so they could make a roster move? Wouldn’t they have held him out of the starting lineup

Britton gives up three runs, Hardy walks

Zach Britton was impressive in the first inning, retiring the side in order on 12 pitches, but he allowed back-to-back doubles and a two-run homer leading off the second to fall behind, 3-0. Britton got a grounder and two fly balls in the first. The first two fly balls in the second, from Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton, reached the right field fence. The fly

Machado has dislocated kneecap

Orioles shortstop prospect Manny Machado dislocated his kneecap last night and will likely go on the seven-day disabled list. Machado, playing for Single-A Delmarva, suffered the injury in the first inning while running to third base. He was carried off the field and underwent an MRI today that confirmed the dislocation. Team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens will examine Machado on Monday or Tuesday. The Orioles

Rays lineup, more stuff

For Tampa Bay: Sean Rodriguez 2B Ben Zobrist RF Johnny Damon DH Evan Longoria 3B B.J. Upton CF Brandon Guyer LF Kelly Shoppach C Dan Johnson 1B Elliot Johnson SS James Shields RHP Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn’t seem concerned about minor league shortstop Manny Machado’s left knee. He’s waiting for the results of today’s MRI, but conversations with team officials didn’t send up any

Updates on Matusz and Hardy

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz will pitch twice at extended spring training, his first start coming tomorrow, before he reports to one of the affiliates on his injury rehab assignment. Matusz will make his first start for an affiliate on May 16, according to manager Buck Showalter. As the plan is currently constructed, Matusz will throw two to three innings tomorrow at Twin Lakes Park and

Orioles lineup

Here is the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against Tampa Bay: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino SS Zach Britton LHP

Early news on Machado encouraging

The Orioles are encouraged by the preliminary reports on Single-A Delmarva shortstop Manny Machado’s left knee. The club will know more after receiving the results of Machado’s MRI, but director of player development John Stockstill is hopeful that it’s a “few days” thing. Machado will undergo an MRI in Asheville, N.C. this afternoon, and team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens will view the results later tonight

Looking at the Orioles vs. Shields

Mark Reynolds batted .198 last year for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s hitting .198 going into tonight’s series-opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. This .198 looks a lot better than the other one. Reynolds has gone 4-for-6 over his last two games after a 5-for-53 slump. He’s collected at least one hit in five of his last seven games. Maybe he’ll clear the Mendoza Line tonight.

Talking Tillman, the farm and ratings (and Machado)

The Orioles are back home tonight against the Rays, and Zach Britton is back on the mound. A Friday night, Britton pitching, a division rival. Let’s hope for a little atmosphere at Camden Yards. He’ll need to stick around longer than Chris Tillman did in Kansas City. Tillman lasted only 3 2/3 innings yesterday and raised more concerns about his long-term future in the rotation

Machado exits with injured knee (updated)

Single-A Delmarva shortstop Manny Machado left tonight’s game against Asheville in the bottom of the first inning after injuring his left knee. Machado was injured while running the bases in the top of the first after drawing a walk and reaching second on Kipp Schutz’s RBI single. Machado was out at third on Mike Flacco’s line drive to center field, and manager Ryan Minor made

Rupe a silver lining in 9-1 loss (updated)

It’s hard to find anything positive to say about a 9-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, but I’ll focus on reliever Josh Rupe. Rupe replaced starter Chris Tillman in the fourth and tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed only one hit, walked one and struck out two, and lowered his ERA from 7.59 to 5.65. Welcome back to Kansas City, Josh. Rupe had

Tillman gone after 3 2/3 innings

I didn’t make it back home from Bowie before Chris Tillman had walked off the mound for the last time. Tillman lasted only 3 2/3 innings in today’s start in Kansas City, allowing eight runs and 10 hits to raise his ERA to 7.16. I wonder if manager Buck Showalter will mention pitch sequences again in his post-game session with the media. Tillman threw a

Simon talks about today’s start

Alfredo Simon threw 81 pitches in five innings today in his first start on his rehab assignment, which ended with Harrisburg defeating Bowie, 8-6. The Senators scored twice in the ninth off Brandon Cooney. Simon read his prepared statement in one of the third-level suites at Prince George’s Stadium and took questions from reporters related to today’s outing. The entire session lasted about six minutes.

Statement from Simon

Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon read the following statement concerning his legal issues in the Dominican Republic. He later took baseball-related questions from a small group of reporters at Prince George’s Stadium: “Today is the day that I’m addressing everyone in my personal and professional life. “I want to take this opportunity to apologize to my sport, to the entire Baltimore Orioles organization, the owner, general

MacPhail on Simon; O’s-Royals should start at 2:45 p.m. on MASN

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said pitcher Alfredo Simon will make his next start with Double-A Bowie next week at Prince George’s Stadium. The Orioles have an agreement with Major League Baseball that Simon can remain on the restricted list and continue his assignment as if he’s going through a regular spring training. “I think the deal that was worked out in New York

Simon done after five innings

Alfredo Simon threw 81 pitches in five innings, and a reliever is warming in Double-A Bowie’s bullpen. It looks like his first start in an affiliated game is over. Simon is charged with four runs (three earned) and six hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. He also hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. We had trouble getting an accurate read on the

Fox catching today for Orioles (Simon update)

The Orioles just passed along their lineup from Kansas City, and it includes Jake Fox behind the plate. Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Adam Jones CF Luke Scott LF Mark Reynolds 3B Jake Fox C Robert Andino SS Chris Tillman RHP Alfredo Simon allowed a leadoff double in the second inning, but he retired the next three batters,

Simon strikes out three in first inning

Alfredo Simon, pitching for Double-A Bowie in his first affiliated game since being jailed in the Dominican for almost two months, struck out three Harrisburg batters in the top of the first inning. Simon threw 23 pitches, 18 for strikes. His fastball topped out at 95 mph and was mostly in the 92-93 range. Simon also allowed a run on two hits, though the RBI

More pregame notes from Bowie

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, director of baseball operations Matt Klentak and director of player development John Stockstill are in Bowie. So is instructor Mike Bordick. Alfredo Simon is on a pitch count of 75-80 today. Double-A Bowie manager Gary Kendall isn’t sure how long Simon will remain on the roster. “It’s a stop along the way,” Kendall said. “We didn’t know if it

Baysox lineup

Alfredo Simon looks thinner, and we’ve been told that he dropped around 30 pounds over the winter. He doesn’t look that much thinner, but there’s a noticeable difference. Here’s the Bowie Baysox’s lineup: Xavier Avery CF Greg Miclat 2B Robbie Widlansky 1B Brandon Waring 3B Ronnie Welty RF Steve Lerud C Carlos Rojas SS Adam Donachie DH Kyle Hudson LF Alfredo Simon RHP Dan Klein

Waiting to find out what Simon says (updated)

I’ll point out one more time that “Modern Family” is the funniest show on television, and I’ll wrestle anyone who disputes this indisputable fact. If you missed last night’s episode and you treat DVR the way I treat splitting the atom ... or DVR ... that’s too bad. Another classic. Anyway, I’m heading down to Bowie for today’s 11:05 a.m. game between the Baysox and

Heads-up play by Jones, Gonzo great again (O’s win)

Adam Jones took a huge risk in the bottom of the eighth inning by holding up his arms and calling for time as the ball Mike Aviles hit wedged underneath the padding on the left-center field fence. Jones wanted a ground-rule double, which would have forced Alcides Escobar to stop at third base and Aviles to hold at second with one out and the Orioles

Markakis having a night (updated)

Nick Markakis has a run-scoring single and solo home run tonight, and the Orioles have knocked out Kyle Davies in a game they lead, 3-1, in the top of the seventh. Before tonight, Markakis was in a 12-for-70 (.171) slump that had dropped his average from .268 to .207. Fans want him lowered in the order. They want him benched. They want him placed on

Reynolds wrapped in 8th spot

Mark Reynolds is batting eighth tonight for only the fourth time in his career. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Kansas City that Reynolds will be hitting in another spot tomorrow afternoon. But he also pointed out that Reynolds’ slotting is up to the third baseman, who began tonight batting .168 with three homers and 15 RBIs. Reynolds is in a 3-for-25 slump. Or it’s

Roberts returns to Orioles’ lineup

Second baseman Brian Roberts is back in the lineup after missing last night’s game in Kansas City following a root canal. Vladimir Guerrero will sit for the first time. Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Luke Scott DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Felix Pie LF Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino SS Jake Arrieta RHP Here’s the Royals’ lineup: Aviles 2B

Quick updates on Matusz, Simon and Hardy

I just chose the order at random. Brian Matusz threw a bullpen session and live batting practice today at Twins Lakes Park in Sarasota. Matusz felt strong and had good command of his fastball. He also threw some breaking balls. Matusz threw 30 pitches in the bullpen and 20 more to live hitters. He’ll start Saturday’s extended spring training game. The Orioles confirmed via a

Davey Johnson’s stepson dies

Condolences go out to former Orioles second baseman and manager Davey Johnson, whose stepson Michael Jacob ‘Jake’ Allen, 34, died Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the Washington Nationals. Allen died from pneumonia and infection at Florida Hospital in Orlando with his parents and siblings at his side. He had been hearing and visually impaired since birth. In lieu of flowers, the Johnson family

Rowell headed to DL (Mummey injury update)

The Orioles are busy today doing a makeover on Double-A Bowie’s roster. They traded outfielder Jeff Fiorentino to the Braves for cash considerations. They promoted outfielder Kyle Hudson from Single-A Frederick to Bowie. And they’re placing infielder Billy Rowell on the seven-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left ankle. Rowell is batting .231 with four RBIs, two walks, 12 strikeouts and a .510 OPS

Fiorentino gone again

Jeff Fiorentino is packing his bags again. According to this tweet from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Orioles traded Fiorentino to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations. Here today, gone tomorrow, here again, gone again... Fiorentino was batting .250 with one double, two triples, two homers and 13 RBIs in 20 games with Double-A Bowie. He’ll report to the Braves’ Double-A affiliate in Mississippi. Fiorentino appeared

Talking about Lee and Arrieta

It’s happening so quietly, it’s barely making a sound. Imagine a mouse wearing fuzzy slippers, or a cloud wearing ... fuzzy slippers. OK, that’s probably not working for you. Derrek Lee has raised his average from .209 to .255 in his last 11 games. He’s got 15 hits during that stretch, and five multi-hit games in his last 10. Has anyone noticed? Perhaps it would

Another bullpen blunder (and a loss)

Before tonight, the Orioles’ starting pitchers had posted a 3.43 ERA over their last 13 games, working at least six innings in 11 of those 13. They made nine quality starts in that period and had gone five innings or more in 17 consecutive games. The bullpen, however was 1-2 with a 6.86 ERA over the last 13 games. Brad Bergesen left tonight’s game after

Great Scott (updated)

Luke Scott tied tonight’s game, 3-3, with a three-run homer off Kansas City’s Jeff Francis in the top of the fourth inning. Scott has six homers in his last 14 games, and four homers and nine RBIs in his last six. Yes, he can be streaky. Scott has two hits in 17 at-bats against left-handers this season - both home runs. Matt Wieters threw out

Quick word on Matusz and Hardy (updated)

Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz, on the disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle, will follow up Sunday’s bullpen session by throwing 30 pitches on the side tomorrow and 20 more against hitters at Twins Lakes Park in Sarasota. Matusz is still scheduled to pitch in an extended spring training game on Saturday before beginning his injury rehab assignment in the minors. The Orioles want

Markakis stays in lineup, Roberts sits (updated)

Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo became the sixth major league player charged with a DUI this season. Good thing he wasn’t tweeting or he might be facing a suspension. Here’s the Orioles’ lineup for tonight’s game in Kansas City, which includes Nick Markakis one night after he hurt his right knee and right hand, but does not include Brian Roberts: Update: The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec

Quick word on Millwood

The Orioles retain some interest in veteran pitcher Kevin Millwood, but nothing is on the immediate horizon, according to one team official. The Orioles haven’t ruled out bringing back Millwood, who opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees, but it isn’t something they’ll jump into over the next few days. Millwood wants a major league contract and an immediate spot on a

Taking another left turn (updated)

Since I brought up left-handed relief in this morning’s entry, I wanted to drop a few names from Triple-A Norfolk, which is playing a doubleheader today against Louisville. Mike Ballard is starting Game 1, and the Orioles were prepared to purchase his contract on April 23 if Chris Tillman’s sore groin had led to a stint on the disabled list. Ballard is 1-2 with a

Bullpen speculation and another lefty opponent

I guess a four-game sweep in Chicago was being greedy. Taking three of four is acceptable. Josh Rupe served up Paul Konerko’s second home run last night, increasing the White Sox’s lead to 6-0 in the eighth inning. He allowed two runs in 14 2/3 innings in spring training, but he’s carrying a 7.59 ERA in 10 2/3 innings this season. Rupe also let an

Showalter provides update on Markakis

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t seem concerned about Nick Markakis’ right hand during his postgame interview with MASN’s Gary Thorne. Markakis was hit by a Chris Sale fastball with two outs and left the game, but he returned to the bench and watched the final out. “It was more of a pinch than it was a direct blow, so we got lucky there,” Showalter said.

No support for Guthrie, Orioles lose 6-2

Jeremy Guthrie gave up another run in the sixth inning, but you have to wonder if it matters anymore. He’d have to throw a shutout just to break even. The Orioles have put approximately 500 runners on base in six innings against Mark Buehrle, but the Chicago left-hander is shutting them out. They’re 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and have stranded nine. In Guthrie’s

This and that - the sequel (updated)

The Orioles continue to trail the White Sox, 2-0, in the top of the fifth because left fielder Juan Pierre made a diving catch near the line to rob Brian Roberts of two RBIs. Paul Konerko homered with two outs in the bottom of the fourth to pad Chicago’s lead. Luke Scott leaped at the fence and hung on it for a few seconds. At

This and that (updated)

The Orioles will activate pitcher Chris Jakubauskas from the disabled list and option him to Triple-A Norfolk, improving their rotation depth at the upper levels of their minor league system. Jakubauskas made an injury rehab start yesterday for the Tides, allowing one run and three hits with one walk and two strikeouts, in 1 1/3 innings. He allowed six runs and nine hits in 7

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Here’s the lineup that manager Buck Showalter hopes can enable the Orioles to complete a four-game sweep of the White Sox - along with another quality start from Jeremy Guthrie: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Adam Jones CF Mark Reynolds 3B Matt Wieters C Robert Andino SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP Here’s the White Sox’s lineup:

Pregame notes, Machado and Clark honored

The Orioles are seeking their 14th victory of the season tonight after not winning their 14th game in 2010 until May 21. Their next road victory will be their seventh after not winning their seventh road game in 2010 until June 15. The Orioles are going for their first sweep of a four-game set on Chicago’s South Side since July 6-9, 1995. Their last four-game

Going for the sweep, Minor on Machado

The Orioles will attempt to break out the brooms tonight in an unusual four-game series that started on Friday. How often does a team play a road game on Sunday and remain in the city overnight? Better to do it in Chicago than, say, Detroit. Jeremy Guthrie is sporting a 1-3 record, which clashes with his 2.53 ERA. He’s allowed two runs or fewer in

Machado homers again (Klein moves up)

Single-A Delmarva shortstop Manny Machado hit his fifth home run today, a two-run shot that raised his RBI total to 20. He’s batting .337. Machado has five homers and 12 RBIs in his last seven games. Believe the hype. Jacob Pettit, a 42nd-round pick from Western Oregon State College, struck out eight over eight scoreless innings. Chris Jakubauskas, on an injury-rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk,

Gregg, Orioles hang on for 6-4 win

The Orioles have taken the first three games of this series after today’s tense, 6-4 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Kevin Gregg made it interesting, to say the least, by walking leadoff hitter Alexei Ramirez and giving up a single to Carlos Quentin before recording his first out in the ninth inning - a called third strike on Paul Konerko. Buck

Britton does it again (updated)

Zach Britton is lined up for his fifth win of the season, which again comes across as pretty impressive for a guy who wasn’t supposed to be in the majors. Britton held the White Sox to one run over six innings, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out one. He threw 96 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.63. This wasn’t Britton at his

Updating Simon and Matusz (more on Simon)

Pitcher Alfredo Simon faced 19 batters and threw 64 pitches yesterday in an extended spring training game at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, Fla. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Chicago that Simon didn’t allow a run, struck out six averaged 94 mph with his fastball. Simon will pitch again on Thursday, though the Orioles haven’t determined whether it will happen in Sarasota or with

Pie in today’s lineup

I pointed out earlier today that Felix Pie is 5-for-9 lifetime against White Sox’s starter Gavin Floyd. Orioles manager Buck Showalter saw the same stat. Look who’s in today’s lineup: Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Derrek Lee 1B Vladimir Guerrero DH Luke Scott LF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Felix Pie CF Robert Andino SS Zach Britton LHP Pie is making his first

April in the rear view mirror

Maybe it’s just my sense of humor, but I think the Orioles should make Vladimir Guerrero walk to U.S. Cellular field today. No team shuttle, no cabs. Guerrero went the entire month of April without a walk. And without a 3-0 count. At some point this season, a manager will order an intentional walk with first base open, and Guerrero will swing at two of

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