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Quick Matusz update

Brian Matusz made another start tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, and he went seven innings in the Tides’ 6-5, 13-inning loss to Columbus. Matusz allowed three runs and six hits, walked two, struck out one and surrendered two home runs. He threw 92 pitches, 59 for strikes. I don’t have radar gun readings, so I can’t help you there. Matusz faced Toledo in his last two

Viola, Ballard optioned to Bowie (updated with MacPhail quotes)

The Orioles optioned left-handers Pedro Viola and Mike Ballard to Double-A Bowie after today’s 4-2 loss to the Yankees. Thanks for stopping by. Freddy Garcia won his 10th game today for the Yankees. His ERA is 3.22. Jake Arrieta failed to win his 11th game today. His ERA is 5.05. MASN’s Gary Thorne couldn’t get a rotation commitment out of manager Buck Showalter during O’s

Day One without Uehara (no more trades, O’s lose)

Jake Arrieta faced two batters in the sixth inning, walked them both and was removed from the game. And so it begins. Manager Buck Showalter took his new bullpen for a test drive at Yankee Stadium. It won’t always look this way, unless you expect Pedro Viola and Mike Ballard to stick around for a while, but it never will be the same without Koji

Arrieta flirted with disaster and got slapped (updated twice)

If Jake Arrieta is going to keep loading the bases, bad things are going to happen. A three-run triple by Brett Gardner qualifies as a bad thing. A walk, error and single filled the bases with no outs in the fourth inning, and Gardner emptied them with a shot down the right field line. Gardner scored with one out on Curtis Granderson’s grounder to first.

Davis whiffs in debut at-bat (F-7 in next one)

New Orioles first baseman Chris Davis led off the top of the second inning today by chasing a 2-2 changeup from Yankees starter Freddy Garcia and swinging through it. Get used to it. Davis strikes out a lot. He also hits tape-measure home runs. You could say he’s a left-handed version of Mark Reynolds, who followed Davis to the plate and also struck out. Davis

Berken optioned to Norfolk

The Orioles optioned reliever Jason Berken to Triple-A Norfolk, recalled left-hander Pedro Viola from Double-A Bowie and purchased left-hander Mike Ballard’s contract from the Baysox. Berken gave up seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings in Game 2 last night. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in New York that there were two reasons for Berken’s demotion. “We have a need for pitchers,” Showalter

Davis starting at first base

Chris Davis will make his Orioles debut today at first base. He’s batting fifth behind Vladimir Guerrero. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Chris Davis 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Felix Pie LF Craig Tatum C Robert Andino 2B Jake Arrieta RHP

Viola meeting Orioles in New York (Ballard, too)

The Orioles have summoned left-hander Pedro Viola from Double-A Bowie, but no decision has been made whether to recall him for today’s game against the Yankees. Viola knows the drill. He’s been through it before. The bullpen was abused in yesterday’s doubleheader, and it didn’t help that Mark Hendrickson and Michael Gonzalez were hit by comebackers in the nightcap. Troy Patton pitched both ends. Jason

O’s lose nightcap, 17-3, MacPhail talks about trade, Lee trade official

The Yankees completed their doubleheader sweep with a 17-3 victory in Game 2. They only outscored the Orioles 5-3 after the first inning, so the game was closer than...never mind. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail talked about the appeal of trading for first baseman Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter, who will join the Orioles tomorrow in New York. Buck Showalter talks with Gary

Lee to Pirates close, Guthrie likely to stay, Gonzalez hurt

The Orioles are getting close to a trade that would send first baseman Derrek Lee to the Pirates for a lower-level minor league player. They’d like to get it done before tomorrow. Either way, first baseman Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter are joining the Orioles in New York tomorrow. Hunter will take Koji Uehara’s place on the roster. Davis would replace Lee if the

We said it wouldn’t get weird (trade official)

The Yankees scored 12 runs in the first inning of Game 2. Then they added those all-important tack-on runs. Their lead has grown to 16-1 as we head to the top of the sixth inning. Slightly awkward. Zach Britton allowed nine runs (six earned) and seven hits in one-third of an inning. Jason Berken gave up seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Britton done after 10 batters (Yankees score 12 in 1st)

Did they really need to play both ends of this doubleheader? Zach Britton lasted only two-thirds of an inning in his last start with the Orioles, on July 8 in Boston, before they optioned him to Double-A Bowie. Tonight, he exited after retiring one batter. Britton was charged with seven earned runs (eight total) and six hits in Boston. He’s allowed seven so far tonight

Lee not in Game 2 lineup (more)

Mark Reynolds is starting at first base in Game 2 of today’s doubleheader. Let the speculation continue. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 1B Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold LF Josh Bell 3B Robert Andino 2B Zach Britton LHP It’s obvious that the Orioles are trying to move Lee to another team, and they

Uehara headed to Texas (Tillman optioned)

The Orioles have reached agreement with the Rangers on a trade that would send reliever Koji Uehara to Texas for first baseman Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter, according to multiple sources. Uehara is 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA in 43 games, with only 25 hits allowed, eight walks and 62 strikeouts in 47 innings. He hasn’t allowed a run in 10 appearances this month

Lee still an Oriole for now

When a player who’s drawing some trade interest is removed from a game with 24 hours left before the non-waiver deadline, a few eyebrows are going to be raised. Manager Buck Showalter sat Derrek Lee in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 1. Mark Reynolds moved to first and Josh Bell took over at third. Let the speculation begin. Now let it end.

Promising start unravels for Tillman (Reynolds homers)

Chris Tillman mowed through the Yankees for the first two innings, striking out four batters and topping out at 94 mph, but his start went south in a hurry. He’s expected to do the same after Game 1, returning to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for left-hander Zach Britton. Tillman was charged with seven runs (five earned), the last two scoring after Troy Patton replaced

Tillman muscling up early (Yankees lead again)

Chris Tillman has retired the first six Yankees he’s faced in Game 1 of today’s doubleheader, striking out four in a row. Tillman’s fastball is 92-94 mph, and he froze Nick Swisher on a curveball for one of those strikeouts. Swisher might have froze because the ball was a little outside, but that’s pretty much been the norm in this series. The strike zone has

Pie, Tatum and Davis in Game 1 lineup

For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Felix Pie LF Craig Tatum C Blake Davis 2B Chris Tillman RHP For the Yankees: Gardner CF Nunez SS Teixeira DH Cano 2B Swisher RF Chavez 3B Posada 1B Dickerson LF Cervelli C Colon RHP Also, the Tigers reportedly have completed their deal for

Lee looking like trade chip (Tigers out on Guthrie?)

With so much attention given to the non-waiver trade deadline and players increasing their value, it was easy to overlook how the Orioles actually beat the Yankees last night in New York. Oh, by the way ... It seems like such a rare occurrence, it should be savored instead of ignored. Now, getting back to the trade deadline and players increasing their value, it wouldn’t

Did Guthrie increase his trade value?

Next question: Did Jeremy Guthrie pitch his last game for the Orioles? Guthrie held the Yankees to one run, a Mark Teixeira homer, over seven innings. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out five. He threw 114 pitches, 69 for strikes. Timing is everything. Guthrie didn’t find an easy mark. Before tonight, he was 3-9 with a 5.46 ERA in 16 career games

Reynolds continues to own Burnett (O’s lead 4-1)

Mark Reynolds hit his first home run at Yankee Stadium tonight, and it came against a pitcher who’s always made him feel comfortable. OK, it’s a small sample size, but Reynolds’ two-run shot in the second inning made him 4-for-5 with two doubles, two homers, three RBIs and a walk lifetime against A.J. Burnett. Reynolds went to right-center field after Derrek Lee walked, upping his

Orioles and Yankees lineups (game under way)

For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Yankees: Gardner LF Jeter SS Granderson CF Teixeira 1B Cano 2B Swisher RF Chavez 3B Posada DH Martin C Burnett RHP The tarp is on the field at Yankee Stadium,

One year ago today (and Worrell clears waivers)

On this date in 2010, the Orioles traded third baseman Miguel Tejada to the San Diego Padres and hired Buck Showalter as their third manager of the season. They could make a trade this weekend, but they won’t be changing managers. The Orioles acquired right-hander Wynn Pelzer from the Padres. I don’t believe you could view that deal as a Wynn-win. Tejada batted .268 with

Still pitching a fit

Brad Bergesen mentioned after last night’s 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays that he failed to slow down the game in the third inning. He was gripping and ripping. As I’ve written in the past, a lot of young starters tend to slow the pace too much and compound their problems. The defense falls asleep. But in Bergesen’s case, he can’t find the brakes when

Take a lead, give up a lead (and lose by three)

J.J. Hardy and Vladimir Guerrero homered in the top of the first inning to provide an early cushion for starter Brad Bergesen. It deflated in a hurry. The Blue Jays scored twice in the bottom half of the inning, a bases-loaded walk producing the first run. So much for early momentum. I won’t search for excuses for Bergesen. I don’t know what’s in his head

Reimold returns to lineup (more on DH and Izturis)

Nolan Reimold is starting in left field tonight for the series finale against the Blue Jays. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Derrek Lee 1B Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Brad Bergesen RHP For the Blue Jays: Escobar SS Rasmus CF Bautista 3B Lind 1B Encarnacion DH Thames RF

More roster moves coming

Left-hander Zach Britton and infielder Cesar Izturis will join the Orioles in New York, which means the 25-man roster will undergo another transformation. Britton is slated to pitch the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Yankees, so he’ll be recalled over the weekend. He was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three games with Double-A Bowie, with 14 hits, two walks, 15 strikeouts and

Filling out the rotation

I’m always entertained by the trade speculation that builds during the last week of July. B.J. Upton isn’t included in the Rays’ lineup last night, a few Nationals regulars take a seat on the bench, and it’s assumed that the two clubs are on the verge of finalizing a deal. Maybe it will happen, but Upton was spotted in the trainers room and manager Joe

It never fails

The Orioles scored 12 runs last night and reached double digits in hits during the anthem. You knew what was coming next. A shutout. Four hits ... and a shutout. The Orioles offered little resistance tonight against Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero. And their modest two-game winning streak at Rogers Centre came to a screeching halt. Well, a two-game streak doesn’t really screech. The air

Stats eliminate start for Reimold

Just a quick note before I start ordering off the menu (yes, dinner plans tonight): Nolan Reimold is fine physically. His exclusion from tonight’s lineup, after he homered last night, is based on statistics. Reimold is 1-for-13 lifetime against Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero. Also, left-handers are hitting .285 lifetime against Romero. Right-handers are batting .242. Felix Pie gets the start. Reimold gets a seat on

Pie in left field tonight (and Jays lineup)

Maybe the Blue Jays will be too distracted by today’s trade activity to concentrate on the Orioles. The Blue Jays acquired outfielder Colby Rasmus from the Cardinals as part of a three-team trade that also involved the White Sox. The Cardinals acquired starter Edwin Jackson, which likely ends their interest in Jeremy Guthrie. They also obtained relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski, which likely ends

Scott says surgery “went well”

Orioles outfielder Luke Scott says via a text message that yesterday’s surgery on his right labrum “went well” and provided a clearer explanation why his swing was hindered before the club shut him down for the season. Renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery in Pensacola, Fla. Scott wrote that he’s feeling “so-so, more disappointment than anything, but they fixed the problem.” “It

Simon under the dome - if it’s closed

The Orioles couldn’t win at Rogers Centre. Now they can’t lose. They’ve won two straight games in Toronto after losing 16 in a row, proving that baseball really does go in cycles. I’m just used to the Orioles blowing out a tire. They’ll have Alfredo Simon on the mound tonight, trying to register his third consecutive quality start. Do you remember Simon’s last visit to

Quick Matusz update (O’s win 12-4)

Brian Matusz lasted five innings tonight in his fifth start with Triple-A Norfolk since being optioned. He allowed four runs (three earned) and seven hits, with three walks and no strikeouts. He threw 97 pitches, 56 for strikes. I don’t have any radar readings. He’s mostly been 87-88 mph in his last few starts, though he’s touched 90. I’m not sure how he avoided giving

Orioles stay homer happy (updated twice)

Nolan Reimold led off the top of the fourth inning with his sixth home run, increasing the Orioles’ lead to 5-3. Robert Andino singled, and J.J. Hardy belted his second homer of the night, a two-run shot that upped his season total to 16. Brandon Morrow had surrendered only five homers in his first 17 starts before tonight. The Orioles have hit three against him.

Arrieta escapes trouble in first, Matusz does not (updated twice)

The first two Blue Jays reached base against Orioles starter Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the first inning. Yunel Escobar singled and Eric Thames walked. Instant trouble for Arrieta, but it was a hollow threat. Arrieta retired the next three batters, and the Orioles rewarded him with Derrek Lee’s two-run double in the top of the second. Vladimir Guerrero singled in his first at-bat

Worrell optioned to Norfolk, Britton will start Saturday

The Orioles finally made it official. Vladimir Guerrero has been activated from the disabled list after completing batting practice today at Rogers Centre. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, the Orioles optioned right-hander Mark Worrell to Triple-A Norfolk. Guerrero is batting cleanup as the designated hitter. He had been on the disabled list since suffering a fractured bone in his right hand

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Vladimir Guerrero is batting cleanup tonight in Toronto. Still waiting for the Orioles to reveal the corresponding roster move. They have to make sure Guerrero gets through batting practice without any setbacks. Also, left-hander Michael Gonzalez will start serving his suspension tonight, but he can’t be replaced on the roster, so the Orioles must eliminate a player while adding Guerrero. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy

This, that and the other

Another day brings another roster move for the Orioles. I’ve lost count. Vladimir Guerrero will be activated from the disabled list, and the Orioles are expected to remove a pitcher from their 25-man roster. They’ve got nine relievers in their bullpen. I don’t like to speculate, but Mark Worrell is a candidate to be designated for assignment. That’s my guess. Luke Scott will undergo surgery

Britton cruised, then bashed at Bowie

If left-hander Zach Britton is leaving Double-A Bowie, it won’t be on a high note. Britton faced the minimum number of Harrisburg batters through four innings - catcher Derek Norris singled in the fourth, but he was thrown out trying to steal second - before the Senators scored eight runs in the fifth and knocked him out of the game. Four of the runs were

Scott to undergo surgery tomorrow (Vlad and Izzy updates)

Outfielder Luke Scott will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a tear in his right labrum. Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure in Florida. Scott played in one game after completing his injury rehab assignment last week. The Orioles shut him down again and returned him to the disabled list. Scott confirmed the next day that he was done for the season. He had to

Construction begins on Brooks Robinson statue

Construction has started on a bronze statue of Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson that will be positioned on the plaza between Washington Boulevard and Russell Street, directly across from the northwest side of Camden Yards. Henry A. Rosenberg Jr., a friend of Robinson’s for more than 30 years, is spearheading the project. The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation is providing administrative support and expertise.

Bobby Bundy wins league honor again (and note)

Single-A Frederick pitcher Bobby Bundy was named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. In two starts, Bundy was 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA, five hits allowed and 15 strikeouts in 16 innings. Last night, Bundy held Myrtle Beach to one unearned run and two hits in seven innings. Bundy, an eighth-round pick in the 2008 draft, also was

Finding relief in late innings could get much harder

I’m thinking of running to the grocery store today and buying a container of clam dip to go with my trade chips. If I hear the phrase “trade chips” one more time, I’m folding and going home. You see, it’s annoying to me whether I’m using a snack or poker analogy. It’s annoying each time I read, via Twitter or a blog, another roll call

More clubhouse chatter after 9-3 loss

Here’s a fun-fact courtesy of Elias: Before Mike Trout’s three-run shot off Mark Worrell today, the last teenager to hit a home run in a major league game was Justin Upton on Aug. 7, 2007 in Arizona. Kids are allowed to run the bases today at Camden Yards. Strangely, Worrell’s ERA just went up another point. But seriously, folks... Jeremy Guthrie told reporters that his

Showalter speaks while biting tongue

Orioles manager Buck Showalter made it very clear that plate umpire Todd Tichenor’s strike zone wasn’t up to major league standards today - or tee-ball, for that matter. But Showalter skillfully avoided ripping Tichenor during his postgame session with the media. Feel free to read between the lines. Asked about Jeremy Guthrie, who allowed three runs in seven innings while falling to 4-14 with a

Adam Jones dials 446 (Worrell gives up two HRs)

The Orioles have trimmed a three-run deficit to one run in the sixth inning with one huge swing from Adam Jones. Nick Markakis singled with two outs, and Jones followed with a shot to center field that almost hit the batter’s eye. Estimated distance: 446 feet. Jones has homered in back-to-back games, raising his total to 18. He leads the club with 60 RBIs. Angels

Too many two-out runs (and more)

It happened again today. The Angels scored with two outs to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Jeremy Guthrie retired the first two batters on fly balls to left field, but Torii Hunter doubled and Bobby Abreu followed with a single. The Angels have scored nine runs in this series, all of them coming with two outs. Guthrie had retired

Slow news day (Angels lineup and scout note)

I don’t have much information to pass along from manager Buck Showalter’s pregame session with the media. It’s pretty calm around here. Vladimir Guererro and Cesar Izturis will be in Double-A Bowie’s lineup for its 6:05 p.m. game against the Trenton Thunder at Prince George’s Stadium. Both players could be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, when the Orioles begin a three-game series in

Bell stays in lineup as DH

Josh Bell is making his second consecutive start since being recalled yesterday from Triple-A Norfolk. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Mark Reynolds 3B Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Nolan Reimold LF Josh Bell DH Robert Andino 2B Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Showalter speaks after 3-2 win

Manager Buck Showalter spoke after tonight’s 3-2 victory about the importance of Brad Bergesen keeping the deficit at two runs after Vernon Wells’ homer in the first. The game could have gotten away from Bergesen and the Orioles, but they rallied. Buck Showalter meets with the media after the O’s pick up the 3-2 win over the Angels “You see a lot of guys just

The risk factor (O’s win 3-2)

Jim Johnson threw seven pitches in a scoreless seventh inning. Koji Uehara threw nine pitches in a perfect eighth, getting a fly ball, pop up and strikeout. The baton is being passed again in a one-run game. Kevin Gregg is warming in the bullpen. Manager Buck Showalter will go with his closer, one night after Gregg served up Vernon Wells’ grand slam. Gregg has allowed

Offense awakens, Orioles take lead (updated)

The Orioles kept putting runners on base against Angels starter Joel Pineiro. They could only waste so many opportunities. Robert Andino and Craig Tatum singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Andino hustled to third base on J.J. Hardy’s fly ball, and he scored the tying run on Nick Markakis’ single. Adam Jones followed with a sacrifice fly, his second RBI of the

Everything that could go wrong (updated twice)

We’ve completed one inning and the Orioles already trail the Angels 2-0. Vernon Wells followed up last night’s grand slam with a two-run shot off Orioles starter Brad Bergesen. Bergesen got a double play from Torii Hunter after Erick Aybar’s leadoff single, but he walked Bobby Abreu. A two-out walk. Never good. Bergesen got ahead of Wells 0-2 and tried to sneak a 92 mph

Bell no longer at third base

We have a change in the Orioles lineup. Josh Bell and Mark Reynolds have changed roles. Bell will serve as the designated hitter, and Reynolds will play third base. Reynolds approached manager Buck Showalter during batting practice and asked to stay in the field. Reynolds said he’s never been a DH and worried that it would be more difficult to stay in the flow of

News and notes before tonight’s game

You’re already caught up on the latest with Vladimir Guerrero, who is taking live batting practice today and will serve as the designated hitter tomorrow at Double-A Bowie. Also, Luke Scott will get a second opinion on his right shoulder from renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Alabama. No appointment has been set, but Scott expects to visit Andrews next week. Nolan Reimold would have

Guerrero taking swings today (updated)

Vladimir Guerrero, on the disabled list with a fractured bone in his right wrist, will take some swings against soft toss in the indoor cage. He also hopes to take batting practice on the field. Guerrero could report to Double-A Bowie and play in at least one rehab game before coming off the disabled list. Guerrero is eligible to return Tuesday. Update: The plan calls

How does Bell’s arrival impact Reimold? (They’re both in lineup)

As The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec tweeted earlier, third baseman Josh Bell will join the Orioles today from Triple-A Norfolk and replace Luke Scott on the 25-man roster. Scott is headed to the disabled list, and possible season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum. That decision is pending. The Orioles didn’t need to keep a player in the minors for 10 days before recalling him again,

Scott should have the surgery

The Orioles have scored one run since Tuesday. This is a problem. It’s also due to an off-day on Thursday, but still ... They also have five hits in their last two games. The rotation looks a lot better, however. And isn’t that typical of the Orioles? They have four quality starts in their last six games, and the offense has taken a powder. The

Showalter and Simon speak after 6-1 loss

There wasn’t much to feel good about tonight, but Alfredo Simon turned in his second quality start after carrying a shutout into the seventh inning. He was charged with two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings and tied his career high with 96 pitches. “He gave us a real good chance to win,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I was pleased with his performance

Scott returning to disabled list (with Showalter quotes)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters after tonight’s 6-1 loss to the Angels that Luke Scott is headed back to the disabled list. Scott was activated this afternoon, but he was in obvious pain during his three plate appearances and would have been removed for a pinch-hitter if his turn came up in the bottom of the ninth inning. Scott will have to decide whether

Orioles have one hit, one deficit (and a bigger one)

Tonight’s attendance: 24,823 The Angels broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh inning and drove Alfredo Simon from the game. Mike Trout doubled with one out and Maicer Izturis doubled with two outs. Jason Berken replaced Simon and gave up Torii Hunter’s double. Angels 2, Orioles 0. Simon is charged with two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, with one

Waiting on the first hit (and there it is)

The 104-degree temperature hasn’t heated up the Orioles’ bats. Angels starter Ervin Santana has allowed one baserunner in five innings, and it wasn’t his fault. Luke Scott reached on second baseman Maicer Izturis’ error with two outs in the second. Right fielder Torii Hunter made an outstanding running catch to rob Derrek Lee of an extra-base hit in the fifth inning. It looked like a

In the heat of the night (updated)

Tonight’s first-pitch temperature was 104 degrees. That’s the second-highest temp here in the last 15 years. It was 105 degrees for a July 6, 1999 game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Alfredo Simon has shut out the Angels on two hits over the first three innings. He escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the third by striking out Bobby Abreu on an 89 mph slider.

Showalter talks about Scott, Angle and Matusz

Manager Buck Showalter is in a wait-and-see mode regarding outfielder Luke Scott, who will take the next three to five days to determine whether the pain in his right shoulder, and the restrictions caused by it, will force him to shut down for the rest of the season. “I talked with him some today,” Showalter said. “It’s kind of is what it is. We’ll see

Updates on Scott, Roberts, Gonzalez, Izturis and more

Luke Scott reports that he’s still only 70 percent despite his two-homer, six-RBI night at Double-A Bowie. The discomfort remains in his right shoulder, so he’ll take the next three to five days to determine whether he can stay on the active roster. Scott’s other options are surgery or rehabbing his shoulder. It appears that he’s leaning toward surgery if he needs to be shut

Scott activated, Angle optioned

The Orioles haven’t made an official announcement regarding a roster move, but Luke Scott is batting sixth and serving as the designated hitter for tonight’s game against the Angels, and Matt Angle’s name isn’t listed among the starters or reserves, so he apparently has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Derrek

It’s still got to be pitching for pitching

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail was interviewed earlier today on MLB Network Radio’s “Power Alley.” He stressed again, as we’ve heard, that the Orioles will need to receive pitching in return if they make a trade at the non-waiver deadline. That’s especially true if they move Jeremy Guthrie - the Tigers, Indians, Rangers and Reds are interested, among others - but it pretty

Is it time to activate Scott?

Tonight’s game got a little more interesting, and not because I’m placing odds on how many innings I survive before I collapse on the press box floor in a huge puddle of sweat. Did I hear something about a 115-degree heat index? But the good news is sportswriters voted back when Camden Yards was being built to have an open-air press box. No air conditioning.

Reviewing Luke Scott’s six-RBI night

My guess is the Orioles will give serious consideration to activating Luke Scott from the disabled list this weekend. After being shut down for two days with lingering discomfort in his right shoulder, Scott homered twice and drove in six runs tonight in seven innings at Double-A Bowie. It appears that he’s done for the night. I don’t think another at-bat is necessary. Scott drove

Luke Scott homers again at Bowie (adds two-run double)

Luke Scott hit his second home run tonight in three injury rehab games at Double-A Bowie. Scott launched a two-run shot to center field in the third inning, allowing Greg Miclat to score and temporarily giving Bowie the lead. Trenton tied the game in the top of the fourth. Scott has three RBIs tonight. He drove in a run with a ground ball in the

Scott resumes rehab assignment at Bowie

Orioles outfielder Luke Scott will continue his injury rehab assignment tonight after being shut down for a few days. Scott will bat third and serve as the designated hitter for Double-A Bowie, as he’s done in two previous games. Scott has homered, singled and walked twice since joining the Baysox. He hasn’t played since Monday night. Though eligible to come off the disabled list two

Mud Hens prevent clean outing from Matusz (and note)

Left-hander Brian Matusz tossed seven scoreless innings in his last start for Triple-A Norfolk, but he took a step backward today against the Toledo Mud Hens. Matusz was charged with eight runs (seven earned) and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, with three walks and two strikeouts. He left after throwing 85 pitches, 53 for strikes. Nick Bierbrodt let two inherited runners score after replacing

Johnson destined for rotation

There’s no baseball tonight, which means I’m going to drag my tired and battered body onto the tennis courts this morning and subject it to the stifling heat and my inconsistent backhand for at least two sets. I’ll stop once the dehydration chills set in. Not the initial chills, but the steady, unrelenting ones that have me digging my medical card out of my wallet.

Showalter speaks after shutout loss

The Orioles had plenty of scoring opportunities today, which makes it more frustrating that they didn’t score in a 4-0 loss to the Red Sox before 35,174. Manager Buck Showalter talked about the following: Buck Showalter talks about the O’s 4-0 loss to the Red Sox On whether this is the best he’s seen Jake Arrieta: “I’ve seen him as good, if not better. He’s

Albers torturing former teammates (updated)

Matt Albers has retired all four batters he’s faced today since replacing starter Andrew Miller in the sixth inning. He’s gotten two ground balls and struck out two. Albers has allowed no runs or hits, walked one and struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings against the Orioles this season. His ERA this summer is down to 2.29, and I doubt that many Red Sox

No no-hitter, but where are the runs? (updated twice)

Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller has littered the bases in this game, but the Orioles can’t clean up. Miller didn’t allow a hit until catcher Craig Tatum bounced a single up the middle with one out in the fifth. Tatum came within a foot or so of dropping a double down the left field line earlier in the at-bat. Miller walked a batter in the

This and that (updated)

It’s only 95 degrees at Camden Yards. I hope my box score and game notes don’t blow out of the press box. Jake Arrieta struck out Kevin Youkilis looking at a 94 mph fastball to end the first inning. So far, manager Buck Showalter only plans to shut down Zach Britton later in the season, once the left-hander gets to around 175 innings. The other

Pregame notes and Red Sox lineup

I’ll admit that they’re scarce today. There wasn’t much news coming out of manager Buck Showalter’s pregame session with the media. Showalter indicated that reliever Jim Johnson could get a few starts late in the season, depending on the composition of the rotation past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and the Aug. 31 deadline for teams to set their playoff rosters. Johnson hasn’t thrown

Orioles lineup vs. the Red Sox

Matt Wieters is serving as the designated hitter and batting fourth in today’s sweltering heat. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters DH Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Craig Tatum C Jake Arrieta RHP

Guthrie: “This is a win that makes me feel really good”

Jeremy Guthrie had lost seven straight games to the Red Sox. He had one victory this season since May 21. He needed tonight’s win. He needed it badly. “It feels really good,” he said. “Good game there. The late runs were huge for us and we played great defense. This is a win that makes me feel really good and I think the team feels

Showalter speaks after 6-2 win

Jeremy Guthrie was 1-7 with a 4.62 ERA in 15 career starts against the Red Sox before tonight, but he held them to two runs in seven innings. Only three Orioles starters have completed seven innings in the last 32 games. Guthrie has done it twice. Guthrie had allowed 12 runs and 14 hits in his last two starts covering 10 innings. So what was

Jim Johnson returns for ninth, no longer save situation (O’s win)

Manager Buck Showalter was going to bring in Koji Uehara to close tonight with the Orioles holding a 3-2 lead. Uehara was warming while the Orioles batted in the bottom of the eighth. It would have been a debatable move, considering that Jim Johnson got three ground balls in the eighth inning against the top of the Red Sox lineup. Jacoby Ellsbury grounded to second,

Guthrie through six (updated)

For the fourth time in the last 21 games, an Orioles starting pitcher has completed six innings. Have yourself a night, Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie has allowed two runs, both in the fifth inning, and seven hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. He’s thrown 97 pitches, and he’s coming back out for the seventh. In his last two starts, Guthrie had allowed 12 runs and

Reynolds comes through with RISP (updated)

The Orioles put runners on the corners with no outs in the second inning on singles by Adam Jones and Matt Wieters. Derrek Lee, batting .162 with runners in scoring position, flied to shallow right field. One out, still no runs on the board. Mark Reynolds came to the plate batting .192 with RISP and mired in a 3-for-27 slump. He lined a double into

More notes and quotes before tonight’s game

According to reports given to manager Buck Showalter, Single-A Frederick pitcher Bobby Bundy was topping out at 96 mph last night and routinely sat at 93 mph while going the distance in the Keys’ victory over Salem. Bundy, the brother of first-round pick Dylan Bundy, allowed one earned run (two total) and three hits, with one walk and nine strikeouts. He’s 9-5 with a 3.11

Updates on Scott, Roberts, Duchscherer, Izturis and more

The Orioles are shutting down Luke Scott for a few days while he deals with more discomfort in his right shoulder related to the labrum tear. Scott could continue his injury rehab assignment and perhaps be activated later in this homestand, which concludes on Sunday. Surgery remains an option, and it seems inevitable at some point. Scott said he’s about 70 percent right now. He

Simon back from restricted list, Bell sent to Norfolk, Roberts to 60-day DL

The Orioles have reinstated right-hander Alfredo Simon from the restricted list and sent third baseman Josh Bell to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Simon on the 40-man roster, the club transferred second baseman Brian Roberts to the 60-day disabled list. Luke Scott will not be activated from the disabled list today. Scott said he is still experiencing discomfort in his shoulder, though no sharp

Orioles acquire LHP Phillips, Spoone DFA

The Orioles made a minor trade today, acquiring left-hander Zach Phillips from the Texas Rangers organization for infielder Nick Green and cash. Phillips will be added to the 40-man roster and assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for him, the Orioles designated Double-A Bowie pitcher Chorye Spoone for assignment. Phillips was 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 33 games with Triple-A Round Rock. The

Looking back and ahead (updated)

When the Orioles scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning last night, I thought that I might be writing about a three-game winning streak. When they scored five times in the bottom of the fifth to reclaim the lead, I thought that I might be writing about a three-game winning streak. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The bullpen was overmatched with

A little more clubhouse chatter

Brad Bergesen was charged with four earned runs (six total) and eight hits in five innings. He had a chance to get the win after the Orioles scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth, but he ended up with a no-decision. Bergesen was strong in the first two innings before giving up three runs in the third. Brad Bergesen is not happy with

Showalter speaks after 15-10 loss

The Red Sox got into Baltimore around 6 a.m. this morning. Shouldn’t they be more tired than this? Where did they find the energy to go for the two-point conversion? The Orioles scored 10 runs tonight, and they still came up five short. They also used five relievers who combined to allow nine runs. Jason Berken wasn’t charged with a run, but he gave up

Gonzalez goes again, Red Sox take lead (updated)

Michael Gonzalez made his fourth appearance in five games tonight, which means that manager Buck Showalter has gained a lot more confidence in the left-hander, or he’s lost confidence in a few other relievers. Gonzalez loaded the bases with one out in the eighth on a single and two walks. Showalter brought in newest Oriole Mark Worrell, who ran the count full before giving up

So, do you like...stuff? (and four updates?)

Luke Scott’s second game with Double-A Bowie has been put on hold. The Baysox’s game in Harrisburg has been delayed by rain, but they should be getting started shortly. Scott is batting third and serving as the designated hitter, just as he did last night when he walked twice and homered. We’ll find out tomorrow whether the Orioles activate him from the disabled. list. If

Updates on Izturis, Roberts, Gregg and more

Pitcher Mark Worrell, who had his contract purchased earlier today from Triple-A Norfolk, is the 900th player to wear the Orioles’ uniform. And I don’t mean this season. Worrell is here for as long as Alfredo Simon remains on the restricted list. The Orioles hope that Simon returns for tomorrow night’s game. Cesar Izturis is a little sore today, according to manager Buck Showalter, so

Markakis named AL Player of the Week

Right fielder Nick Markakis has been named the American League’s Player of the Week for the period ending July 17. In four games last week, Markakis hit .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles, two home runs, four RBIs and five runs scored on his way to earning his first career AL Player of the Week honor. He’s the first Oriole to be recognized since Luke Scott

The J.J. Hardy press conference - Part I

The Orioles held a press conference today to announce J.J. Hardy’s contract extension, which covers three years for a reported $22.25 million and includes a limited no-trade clause to eight teams. “We’re delighted to have him, we’re delighted to have him for three more years after this,” said president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. “It’s nice to have one position where you just have to,

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Matt Wieters is batting cleanup for tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Nolan Reimold will serve as the designated hitter, with Felix Pie starting in left field. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold DH Felix Pie LF Robert Andino 2B Brad Bergesen RHP

Quick sales pitch on pitching

I’m getting ready to change clothes and head over to the MASN studio in Hunt Valley for today’s “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report,” which airs at 5:30 p.m. A jacket and tie are required. What I do below the waist from a sitting position is my own business. Anyway ... I wanted to quickly visit this report from FOX Sports that states the Tigers’ interest in

Another newcomer, left field and the Red Sox

When reliever Mark Worrell reports to the Orioles today, he’ll be putting on a major league uniform for the first time since 2008 with the St. Louis Cardinals. I’m not counting spring training or Halloween parties. Worrell appeared in four games with the Cardinals in ‘08, which is the extent of his major league experience. He gave up five runs and eight hits, with four

Scott homers at Bowie (with quote)

Luke Scott’s first game on his injury rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie is going quite well tonight. Scott walked twice in his first three plate appearances, and he hit a long home run to right field off Richmond’s Alex Hinshaw in the bottom of the eighth inning to increase Bowie’s lead to 5-1. Scott, who homered with the count full, has scored twice for the

More on roster moves (updated)

I wanted to chime in again on today’s roster moves, since I’m home and not pulling off the road to tweet and dictate blog updates. The Orioles optioned Mitch Atkins to Triple-A Norfolk after today’s game, and the move can’t come as much of a surprise. Manager Buck Showalter noted how Atkins again displayed poor fastball command, and the right-hander has allowed nine runs and

Showalter speaks after 8-3 win (Atkins optioned)

Today’s attendance: 17,754 The Orioles have won back-to-back games for the first time since June 19-20, and veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson is a big reason why they defeated the Indians today, 8-3, at Camden Yards. Hendrickson replaced starter Mitch Atkins and threw three scoreless innings. Buck Showalter’s postgame comments after the Birds beat the Indians 8-3 “He was probably the key to the game, the

The all-important tack-on runs (and more)

Last night, Felix Pie’s two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be extremely important when the Indians scored three times in the ninth. Pie had extended the Orioles’ lead to 6-2. They needed every inch of that margin. Today, Robert Andino laid down a bunt in the bottom of the seventh with Derrek Lee breaking for home. Lee beat the throw

Andino the unlikely homer hero (Markakis more likely)

If an Oriole was going to hit a three-run homer today, it didn’t figure to be second baseman Robert Andino. On your list of candidates, he would have ranked pretty low. Andino’s three-run shot off Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. The ball traveled an estimated 362 feet. It didn’t clear the left field

Atkins teetering, Jones homering, Angle starting (updated)

Mitch Atkins has thrown 50 pitches in two innings. Mark Hendrickson began to warm with two outs in the second, but Atkins struck out Carlos Santana to strand two runners. Atkins lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his last start in Boston, so he’s cleared that mark. But he won’t be around much longer if he continues to labor. Seven of the 13 batters he’s

Home runs continue to haunt Atkins

Mitch Atkins gave up three home runs to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning of his most recent start at Fenway Park. He’s allowed two homers to the Indians in the first inning today. The long ball could lead to another short day for Atkins. Travis Hafner and Carlos Santana went back-to-back with two outs. Manager Buck Showalter argued that the ball was

A few pregame notes (and Indians lineup)

Manager Buck Showalter decided to give Matt Angle his first start today for two reasons: He didn’t want Angle’s debut to come tomorrow night against Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, and he didn’t want Angle to sit for two days. Angle worked with outfield coach Wayne Kirby this morning, taking fly balls in left. Angle played every outfield position in spring training. Showalter is hoping that

Angle in today’s lineup

Matt Angle is making his major league debut today, and he’s doing it in left field and atop the batting order. Welcome to The Show. For the Orioles: Matt Angle LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters DH Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Craig Tatum C Mitch Atkins RHP

Quick update on Matusz

Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair received positive reports on left-hander Brian Matusz, who made his third start last night for Triple-A Norfolk and blanked Gwinnett on three hits over seven innings. Matusz walked two and struck out eight. Matusz’s fastball mostly sat at 86 mph with the Orioles, but Adair said it averaged 88 mph and touched 90 last night. “He was good, better,” Adair

Showalter speaks after 6-5 win

Michael Gonzalez recorded his first save tonight since the third game of the 2010 season at Tropicana Field. Yes, it’s been that long. Ending a nine-game losing streak is never easy. So what was it like for manager Buck Showalter to watch a starting pitcher throw strikes, go seven innings and give his team a chance to win? “Kind of reminds you of the formula,”

Orioles put Guerrero on DL, option Viola

Why wait until tomorrow when you can announce your roster moves tonight? The Orioles placed Vladimir Guerrero on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 11, and optioned left-hander Pedro Viola to Double-A Bowie. Outfielder Matt Angle and left-hander Troy Patton have been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and will be in uniform tomorrow afternoon. Patton will be used in long and middle relief. There are

More Simon and Matusz (O’s end nine-game skid)

Tonight’s attendance: 24,835 Alfredo Simon became the second Orioles pitcher to complete seven innings in the last 29 games dating back to June 12. And he’s in line for the win. It all starts with starting pitching. Simon allowed two runs and three hits, walked one and struck out five. He threw 79 pitches, 56 for strikes, before Koji Uehara replaced him to begin the

Updating Simon and Matusz (Markakis homers)

Alfredo Simon lost his shutout and the lead, but he got through the sixth inning, which is cause for celebration. I’m thinking about a parade down Pratt Street. Bring your own confetti. The Indians scored twice in the sixth on Michael Brantley’s double, and Simon needed a diving stop by first baseman Derrek Lee and Adam Jones’ catch at the center field fence to avoid

Simon strong through third, more on Hardy (updated)

Alfredo Simon has retired the first nine batters he’s faced tonight, striking out two in the third inning. He fanned Ezequiel Carrera on a 94 mph fastball. J.J. Hardy celebrated his contract extension, which becomes official after he passes his physical, by leading off the bottom of the first with a double, hustling to third base on Nick Markakis’ fly ball to left field, and

Angle heading to Baltimore (Patton, too)

Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Matt Angle, a seventh-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2007, has left the Tides and is heading to Camden Yards. Angle, 25, could be officially recalled as a roster replacement for Vladimir Guerrero, who is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured bone in his right hand. Guerrero was in manager Buck Showalter’s office with

Scott updates himself

Luke Scott took two rounds of batting practice today, but he didn’t “turn anything loose.” “I didn’t think it would be a good idea,” he said. “Just kind of build into it and be smart. Part of me wants to just go all out, but the gray hairs on my head tell me otherwise.” Scott estimates that it’s 50-50 whether he’s ready to come off

Hardy talks about his contract extension

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is scheduled to take his physical tomorrow before signing his new three-year contract. The Orioles won’t make an announcement until Hardy signs, but he met with the media at his locker earlier today and confirmed the deal, which The Sun reported will pay him between $22 and $22.5 million total through 2014 and will include a limited eight-team no-trade clause. “There’s a

Latest on Guerrero, Scott and the rotation

Vladimir Guerrero said the pain in his right hand is the same as yesterday. No improvement. He didn’t try to swing a bat today after taking four cuts yesterday and giving up. The Orioles could put Guerrero on the disabled list later today, retroactive to Monday, but they aren’t expected to add a player to their 25-man roster before tomorrow. They’ll play again tonight with

Guerrero still out of lineup

Vladimir Guerrero remains on the active roster, but out of tonight’s lineup. I’m told that Triple-A third baseman Josh Bell and outfielder Matt Angle are with the Tides in Gwinnett. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Felix Pie LF Nolan Reimold DH Blake Davis 2B Alfredo Smon RHP

Machado cleared to play tonight

Shortstop Manny Machado has been cleared to play tonight for Single-A Frederick after leaving last night’s game with tightness in his hip flexor. However, it hasn’t been determined whether he’ll be in the starting lineup. Machado made a leaping throw in the hole last night and landed awkwardly. He left the field with the Keys’ head athletic trainer, bringing more angst to an organization that

Just a Matusz of time

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Orioles placed Vladimir Guerrero on the disabled list this weekend. It’s the corresponding roster move that remains a mystery. They need help everywhere. Maybe it’s Josh Bell’s time again. He’s striking out too much - seven more times in his last three games at Triple-A Norfolk- but he’s hitting .294 with three homers and nine RBIs in nine games

More clubhouse chatter

Congratulations to Single-A Frederick closer Sean Gleason, who set the Keys’ single-season record with his 25th save tonight. Here’s how the Keys’ game report describes the play that led to shortstop Manny Machado’s hip injury: The night was not all positive for Frederick however as after making a leaping throw in shallow left on a fantastic backhand play deep in the hole at short, Keys

Showalter speaks after 6-5 loss

The Orioles have lost nine games in a row to fall 18 below .500. They’ll probably have to put Vladimir Guerrero on the disabled list to avoid being handcuffed by a short bench, which came into play tonight. They’re expected to put tomorrow night’s starter, Alfredo Simon, on the restricted list Sunday when he flies to the Dominican Republic. They still need a starter for

Orioles’ losing streak reaches nine games

At least this one was close and nobody is facing a suspension or fine. Jim Johnson gave up the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Orioles lost to the Indians, 6-5, at Camden Yards. They’ve won six games since running their record to 30-31. Its gone from bad to worse to...whatever you want to call it. Johnson was the pitcher of record the

Orioles getting production from cleanup and DH (updated twice)

It wasn’t necessarily supposed to work out this way, but Matt Wieters homered in the second inning as the Orioles’ replacement cleanup hitter, and Nolan Reimold did the same as the replacement designated hitter. Orioles 2, Indians 1. Then, in the blink of an eye, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Jake Arrieta in the top of the third. Indians 3, Orioles 2. Manager

Guerrero could be headed to disabled list (with lineup and notes)

X-rays taken on Vladimir Guerrero’s right hand revealed a small crack in a bone, and he’s out of the lineup again tonight. Guerrero didn’t play last night, and he couldn’t swing a bat earlier today without experiencing pain in the hand. Guerrero was hit by a pitch from Red Sox rookie Kyle Weiland during Sunday’s game at Fenway Park. The three-day All-Star break didn’t improve

Arrieta’s back on the mound tonight (with notes)

Bragging rights for TCU and Texas Tech are on the line tonight when the Orioles’ Jake Arrieta takes the mound against the Indians’ Josh Tomlin. OK, there’s a lot more at stake than college pride. Arrieta has made two starts since being skipped in the rotation because of an inflamed right elbow. He’s allowed nine earned runs (10 total) and 12 hits in 9 1/3

This, that and the other

The Orioles became the first team last night to score four earned runs off Indians starter Justin Masterson since June 3, and they did it over six innings. The end result was another loss for the Orioles, their eighth in a row. I preached all winter that they could finish .500 or slightly above if a lot of things fell into place. They would have

Guthrie: “I’m just not throwing the ball well”

Jeremy Guthrie seemed pretty despondent after tonight’s 8-4 loss. He didn’t have much to say. And really, what’s left to say when your team is 17 games below .500 and your own record is 3-13? “I’m just not throwing the ball well,” he said. “I haven’t been going deep into games for a while.” Jeremy Guthrie isn’t satisfied with his performance following the O’s 8-4

Russell speaks after 8-4 loss

The Indians lead the season series 4-0 after tonight’s 8-4 victory over the Orioles. The Orioles have lost eight in a row, tying their longest streak of the season (April 9-18). They’re 6-22 since entering their June 11 game with a 30-31 record, and they’re batting .199 with runners in scoring position during that stretch. Orioles starters have completed seven innings only once in the

Brian Roberts and game updates (Guthrie gone and more)

Dr. Michael Collins, the concussion specialist in Pittsburgh, reported today that second baseman Brian Roberts is improving and has been given the green light to increase his workload in Sarasota. He can amp up the baseball activities. However, no timetable has been established for Roberts to go on a rehab assignment in the minors. Don’t look for him in the lineup anytime soon. The headaches

Orioles down three runs after 11 pitches (updated)

So much for a fresh start to the season. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo home run with one out in the first inning, and Carlos Santana launched a two-run shot after Travis Hafner walked. Eleven pitches, two home runs, and a 3-0 lead for the Indians. Jeremy Guthrie threw 19 pitches in the inning, which included a diving stop along the line by first baseman

Pregame Showalter and Indians lineup

Manager Buck Showalter had a lot to talk about during his pregame session with the media. On serving his suspension tonight: “We’ve got a chance tonight.” “Managers don’t really have any rights to appeal, even though we belong to the union. I think our right to appeal is talking to Joe (Torre), so I did that today.” On the players’ punishments: “I haven’t really seen

Two new updates on Guerrero, Izturis, Scott and the rotation

It was determined by Major League Baseball that Red Sox manager Terry Francona will not be suspended or fined because Red Sox pitcher Kyle Weiland did not intentionally throw at Vladimir Guerrero during Sunday’s game. Orioles manager Buck Showalter is serving his one-game suspension tonight. Kevin Gregg was fined $2,500. Michael Gonzalez was fined $1,500, and Jim Johnson was fined $500. Vladimir Guerrero isn’t in

Guerrero out of lineup as O’s open second half vs. Indians

The Orioles have posted their lineup for Thursday’s opener of a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians, and designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero isn’t in it. Instead, Matt Wieters will serve as the DH with Craig Tatum catching. Here’s the Orioles lineup: SS - Hardy RF - Markakis CF - Jones DH - Wieters 1B - Lee LF - Pie 3B - Reynolds 2B - Davis

Gregg suspended four games, Gonzalez three; both will appeal

Major League Baseball has handed down suspensions and fines related to the ejection-filled series between the Orioles and Red Sox at Fenway Park. Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg and Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz received four-game suspensions and undisclosed fines. Gregg’s punishment was scheduled to begin tonight, but he will appeal the ban. Gregg and Ortiz threw punches Friday night, and both dugouts and bullpens

I want to know ...

My biggest fear today is I’ll plop down on my couch, grab the remote, turn on MASN for the Orioles-Indians game and realize it’s being played at Camden Yards. Or I’ll order a dirty martini, ask the bartender to turn on the Orioles-Indians game and ... see above. The Orioles haven’t been home since June 30, and they turned their fans into road worriers with

Nothing new on Roberts

I was told last week that second baseman Brian Roberts would be re-examined by concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins today in Pittsburgh, but his appointment is now set for tomorrow. Roberts’ most recent appointment was June 21. He wasn’t cleared to begin full baseball activities, but he’s been swinging a bat, playing catch and tracking pop ups. Roberts hasn’t played since May 16 in Boston.

A few off-day notes

The Rangers put pitcher Scott Feldman on waivers for the purpose of outrighting him to Triple-A Round Rock. He’d have to clear, of course, before the Rangers could do it. The Orioles don’t appear to have much interest in Feldman despite their need for another starter in an unproductive rotation. I wouldn’t say their level is zero, but it’s not much higher. Feldman is expected

Munching on trade chips

Maybe I missed it last night. Did the FOX announcers bother to point out that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters didn’t have a passed ball in the first half of the season? It seemed like a good time to mention it while he was being charged with one in his first All-Star Game. Watching Lance Berkman last night reminded me of the times over the winter

Wieters grounds out, charged with passed ball

Matt Wieters finally got to bat in his first All-Star Game, grounding to second baseman Brandon Phillips on the first pitch thrown by Atlanta’s Jonny Venters while leading off the top of the eighth inning. Wieters, batting from the right side, swung at a 97 mph fastball. No sense wasting any time. Wieters made the American League team largely on his defense, but he was

Wieters behind the AL plate (will lead off eighth)

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters entered tonight’s All-Star Game in the bottom of the sixth inning. That didn’t take too long. I thought American League manager Ron Washington might save him for extra innings. Wieters set the target for Indians reliever Chris Perez, who gave up a double to former teammate Yadier Molina in a scoreless inning. Wieters has faced Perez only once in his career,

Reviewing the first half

If you weren’t invited to the All-Star Game as a late replacement, you might want to check your voicemail or text messages. My interest in the “mid-summer classic” has waned over the years. Considering that three-fourths of the players chosen this year withdrew for various reasons - they’re injured, they pitched on Sunday, they don’t like a dry heat - I’d prefer to watch any

Quick updates on Scott and Duchscherer (and Miclat)

Nothing major here, but Luke Scott and Justin Duchscherer were examined today by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens while the rest of the team - with the exception of All-Star catcher Matt Wieters - returned home or went on vacation. Scott underwent an MRA last week that didn’t reveal additional damage to his right shoulder. He received another cortisone injection today, along with further reassurances

What’s happening at second base?

You know it’s going bad for Jeremy Guthrie when he gives up one run yesterday and loses his 12th game. Talk about no run support! Guthrie pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief of Mitch Atkins. He’s slated to start Thursday night against the Indians at Camden Yards, but he could switch places with Jake Arrieta. Yes, the Orioles also play at Camden Yards. It’s just

Quick Machado update

Shortstop Manny Machado went 0-for-2 tonight in the All-Star Futures Game in Phoenix. Machado, batting second, flied to right field in the first inning and flied to right again in the third. They looked like duplicate outs. Tim Beckham, the first-overall pick in the 2008 draft, pinch-hit for Machado with two outs in the fifth inning and Team USA leading the World Team, 3-0. Machado

Are eight ejections enough? (O’s lose 8-6)

Since plate umpire Marty Foster issued warnings to both benches, he’s had to toss Red Sox pitcher Kyle Weiland and manager Terry Francona, and Orioles pitcher Michael Gonzalez and manager Buck Showalter. Weiland hit Vladimir Guerrero on the hand. Gonzalez threw behind David Ortiz. Buck Showalter is not happy with losing Reynolds and Guerrero Ortiz still hasn’t been hit in this series, but he’s been

Quick Matusz, Reynolds and game updates (Weiland ejected)

Left-hander Brian Matusz threw 105 pitches in 5 1/3 innings today for Triple-A Norfolk. He left with two runners on base, and they both scored while he sat in the dugout. Matusz is charged with two runs and six hits. He walked three, struck out six and threw a wild pitch. He threw 60 strikes among his 105 pitches. Nick Bierbrodt let the inherited runners

Can Guthrie provide relief? (Reynolds injured)

Mitch Atkins is done after 1 2/3 innings, which makes him a perfect fit for this Orioles rotation. Atkins gave up three home runs in the second inning, though not in a row. It wasn’t that bad. Kevin Youkilis just tied the game, 6-6, with a two-run shot that sent Atkins to the bench. Atkins also surrendered homers to Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia among

Another early deficit (O’s take lead)

The Orioles didn’t turn a double play. They didn’t come up with a sharp ground ball. They didn’t put a batter away after getting ahead in the count. They didn’t keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the first inning. Yes, the Orioles will play from behind again today. The Red Sox scored twice off Mitch Atkins in the first inning to take a

While waiting for the lineups (and here they are)

For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Mitch Atkins RHP For the Red Sox: Ellsbury CF Pedroia 2B Gonzalez 1B Youkilis 3B Ortiz DH Reddick LF Varitek C Drew RF Scutaro SS Weiland RHP Orioles starters have completed seven innings just once

Another night, another loss (and Norfolk update)

I wondered this morning whether last night’s brawl would serve as a “rallying point” tonight. I warned that they could fall behind by 18 runs in the first inning. Wrong and wrong. The Orioles went down quietly, managing only four hits and losing, 4-0, at Fenway Park. Buck Showalter meets with Jim Hunter after the O’s are shutout by the Red Sox 4-0 They’ve dropped

Simon doesn’t complete five, Orioles not competing against Lackey

In typical Orioles fashion, the starting pitcher didn’t complete five innings tonight and the opponent did all of its damage with two outs. The Orioles should receive a check in the mail whenever it happens to another team. Alfredo Simon took a shutout into the fifth inning, but the Red Sox scored three runs with two outs on doubles by Kevin Youkilis and Josh Reddick.

Britton optioned to Double-A Bowie (with MacPhail quotes)

The Orioles found a way to reduce Zach Britton’s innings, at least on the major league level. Britton will be optioned to Double-A Bowie to make room for Mark Hendrickson on the 25-man roster. Didn’t see that one coming. Britton is 6-7 with a 4.05 ERA in his rookie season. He’s won only once in his last 12 starts, and lasted only two-thirds of an

Reimold in left field tonight

Nolan Reimold has cracked the lineup tonight against Red Sox right-hander John Lackey, but Blake Davis remains on the bench. For the Orioles: J.J.Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Alfredo Simon RHP X-rays on Brad Bergesen’s right arm came back clean. He feels good and

A few pregame notes

The Orioles didn’t allow 10 or more runs in their first 37 road games this year before allowing 10 or more in four of the last five. They’ve surrendered 10 or more hits in 19 of their 42 road games and are 1-18. The Orioles have allowed 81 hits in the last six games, including at least 10 hits in six straight. They’ve been outscored

More on Hendrickson

Did you really think a season would pass without Mark Hendrickson wearing an Orioles uniform? Hendrickson is heading to Boston and will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Norfolk. A corresponding move will be announced. The Orioles need a fresh reliever after Zach Britton lasted only two-thirds of an inning and Brad Bergesen took a David Ortiz line drive off his right forearm. Chris Jakubauskas

Gregg gives Orioles a puncher’s chance (Hendrickson joining club)

Two more games before the All-Star break. Two more games before sweet relief. I’ll remind all of the pessimists that the Orioles can’t go 0-10 on this road trip. They won a game. Stop being so negative. Speaking of sweet relief, the Orioles could use it after Zach Britton lasted two-thirds of an inning last night and Brad Bergesen tried to shake hands with David

Ortiz, Gregg throw punches (updated)

David Ortiz and Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg exchanged punches in the bottom of the eighth inning. Finally, a little excitement. Ortiz started it. Gregg wasn’t going to let him end it. Ortiz took exception to an inside pitch from Gregg earlier in the at-bat and started walking toward the mound. Ortiz pointed at Gregg as both dugouts and bullpens emptied. Gregg moved toward Ortiz and

Orioles trying to rally (Boston expands lead)

The Orioles scored three runs in the fifth inning off Boston starter Josh Beckett, the first on Derrek Lee’s leadoff homer. Red Sox 8, Orioles 3. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones had RBI singles, but Vladimir Guerrero stranded two runners by striking out. Dagger. Brad Bergesen was diagnosed with a bruised right forearm. He also took a liner off his arm in an exhibition game

When it rains, it floods (and gets deeper and deeper)

The Orioles are already trailing the Red Sox, 7-0, with two outs in the first inning and Zach Britton is out of the game. Only the circumstances seem to change. Tonight, it was a sharp ground ball that eluded shortstop J.J. Hardy and opened to door for the outburst, and a mental cramp from second baseman Robert Andino that expanded the lead and again turned

Scott MRA doesn’t show additional damage

I swapped text messages a few minutes ago with outfielder Luke Scott, who was relieved that the MRA taken earlier today didn’t reveal a more significant tear in his right shoulder. The Orioles think it’s possible that Scott will be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible on July 19. The MRA is similar to an MRI, except dye is injected into

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

No surprises in tonight’s lineup. Felix Pie gets the start in left field against Boston right-hander Josh Beckett. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Felix Pie LF Robert Andino 2B Zach Britton LHP In his only start against the Red Sox on April 26 in Baltimore, Britton

Talking about Adair and accountability

Manager Buck Showalter is taking heat from a lot of fans for the Orioles’ collapse, if that’s what we’re calling it, as we near the All-Star break, but I’ll give him major props for not burning out his bullpen. He’s on the phone more than a teenage girl. I’m waiting for him to start texting instructions to bullpen coach Don Werner. “OMG, get JJ 4

From bad to embarrassing (O’s lose 10-4)

The bullpen isn’t doing any better than the rotation tonight. The Red Sox have hit six home runs, the last four off Orioles relievers. Jacoby Ellsbury took Jason Berken deep in the sixth inning. Pedro Viola replaced him in the seventh and gave up consecutive bombs to David Ortiz, Josh Reddick and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Red Sox 10, Orioles 3. I guess this is rock bottom.

Errors in their way (Arrieta exits)

The Orioles committed 18 errors in their last 23 games before tonight. And that total didn’t include plays that should have been made and were scored as hits. Jake Arrieta and Nick Markakis were charged with errors in the fourth inning tonight, and the Red Sox reclaimed the lead 4-3. Arrieta missed the bag after taking Derrek Lee’s flip, allowing Josh Reddick to reach, though

Shocking developments in first inning (updated twice)

I’m not sure what rates higher on the Shock Scale. You can decide. The Orioles got a hit with a runner in scoring position. Adam Jones singled to score J.J. Hardy, who led off the game with a single off the Green Monster and advanced to second on Nick Markakis’ single. Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller deflected the ball, but couldn’t stop it from rolling

Roberts tweets update

Brian Roberts tweeted earlier today that he’s been taking swings in the cage “the past few days.” I was told that Roberts will be re-evaluated by Dr. Michael Collins next Wednesday in Pittsburgh, which is a longer wait than I expected. Roberts is hoping to be cleared for full baseball activities. Swinging a bat represents progress, considering that he had been limited to playing catch

Lineup includes Reimold, Guerrero batting fourth

The Orioles will lean heavily to the right tonight against Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Jake Arrieta RHP

Is there a silver lining at Fenway Park?

I would never suggest that the Orioles are catching a team at a good time. Not the way they’re playing. But they won’t have to face Boston starters Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, and they won’t have to pitch to Carl Crawford. Crawford is expected to be activated from the disabled list on July 18, when the Red Sox visit Camden Yards. All good things

Pitching a poor fit

I could keep beating the same drum about the Orioles’ poor starting pitching, but it’s starting to sound like a Neil Peart solo. And I’m not getting a Rush from it. See what I did there? Oriole starters have posted an 8.19 ERA in the last 12 games. You can find more distasteful stats if you go back further, but really, why do that to

The less said, the better

The Rangers completed their sweep of this three-game series tonight with a 13-5 victory over the Orioles. It wasn’t that close. Orioles pitching allowed 18 hits to go with those 13 runs. Jim Hunter asks Buck Showalter his thoughts on the Birds’ 13-5 loss to Texas Jeremy Guthrie surrendered six runs and eight hits in five innings. Michael Gonzalez gave up two runs and three

Guthrie done, Orioles trail by six (Vlad homers)

Jeremy Guthrie settled down after allowing four runs in the first inning, but the Rangers scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to increase their lead to 6-2. Michael Gonzalez replaced Guthrie in the sixth. Guthrie allowed six runs and eight hits, increasing his ERA to 4.23. He threw 101 pitches, 60 for strikes. The Orioles had runners on first and

Rough start for Guthrie (updated)

When a pitcher loads the bases with no outs, he figures to sit in the dugout after the inning and count all the runs he surrendered. Jeremy Guthrie was hoping to count his blessings, maybe hold the Rangers to one run. It didn’t happen. The Rangers scored four runs in the bottom of the first to put the Orioles in a big, early hole. Guthrie

A few pregame notes (and Orioles lineup)

For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Derrek Lee 1B Felix Pie LF Robert Andino 2B Jeremy Guthrie RHP The game-time temperature for the Orioles the last two days has been over 100 degrees. According to the club’s PR staff, the last time the Orioles played as many as three games

Weekend starters still undecided

The Orioles haven’t listed a starter for Sunday’s game in Boston that closes out the first half, but if you do the math, it’s Mitch Atkins’ turn in the rotation. Atkins held the Rangers to one run over six innings last night. He didn’t walk a batter and threw 58 of his 90 pitches for strikes. As I pointed out in another entry, he retired

Taking a closer look at Jim Johnson

Before we point too many fingers at reliever Jim Johnson for causing last night’s 4-2 loss to the Rangers, it’s important to note that the Orioles went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. And three kids. And a dog and cat. Also a hamster. Two solo home runs won’t usually get you a victory in Texas. Hitting in the

Atkins leaves with lead, Johnson can’t hold it

I’m not ready to name Mitch Atkins the opening day starter in 2012, but he held a potent Rangers lineup to one run over six innings in his first major league start. I’d say he’s earned another opportunity. Atkins scattered eight hits - which is what you do when you give up only one run - didn’t walk a batter and struck out four. The

Another Hardy homer (with Matusz updates)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy turned the second pitch of tonight’s game into his 13th home run, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead against Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison. Hardy’s hitting .298 with 32 RBIs. I still believe that he was worth giving up minor league relievers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson. Don’t try to talk me out of it. Down on the farm, Brian Matusz is making

Orioles lineup against Rangers (and Scott update)

Nolan Reimold is making back-to-back starts in left field. Vladimir Guerrero continues to bat cleanup. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 3B Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Mitch Atkins RHP I wrote earlier today about Luke Scott going on the disabled list, but I forgot to mention

Luke Scott going on DL

The Orioles will place left fielder Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list later today to make room on the 25-man roster for pitcher Mitch Atkins, who gets the start tonight. The Orioles will purchase Atkins’ contract from Triple-A Norfolk. He flew into Arlington yesterday. Scott is batting .223 with 11 doubles, nine homers and 22 RBIs in 63 games. He hit .226 with three

As the rotation turns

I didn’t need to leave my house last night to watch fireworks. Thanks to MASN, they were set off in my living room. My blinds are still scorched and my ceiling fan ... well ... I wouldn’t pull the chain. Sometimes, I think the Orioles are pulling my chain. I wish they’d stop. The Rangers lit up Orioles pitching for 13 runs last night, making

Showalter says Atkins most likely will start

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MASN’s Jim Hunter that the “tentative plan” calls for Mitch Atkins to start tomorrow night against the Rangers, though he still needs to speak with president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Showalter brought up Atkins’ name following tonight’s 13-4 loss to the Rangers. The Orioles are expected to purchase Atkins’ contract tomorrow and make a corresponding 25-man roster move. They

Atkins the likely starter tomorrow night (updated twice)

Alfredo Simon has replaced starter Chris Jakubauskas in the third inning, which eliminates him from consideration for tomorrow night’s assignment. Mitch Atkins is in Arlington and could have his contract purchased after tonight’s game. Jakubauskas is charged with six runs and seven hits in two-plus innings. Adrian Beltre delivered the knockout punch with a two-run homer. Jakubaukas threw 45 pitches, 31 for strikes. His ERA

Reynolds homers again (Rangers take lead)

Mark Reynolds is staying hot, no matter where he hits in the lineup. Reynolds just belted his 19th home run, a two-run shot in the second inning that gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. Rangers starter Colby Lewis hit Vladimir Guerrero on the left shoulder, and Reynolds followed with his third homer in three games and his fifth in five games. And like the others,

Reimold in tonight’s lineup (Atkins in Arlington)

Nolan Reimold is starting in left field and batting eighth tonight. Mark Reynolds drops to fifth in the lineup behind Vladimir Guerrero. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 3B Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Nolan Reimold LF Blake Davis 2B Chris Jakubauskas RHP NOTE: Mitch Atkins left Triple-A Norfolk to join the Orioles

What’s right with Reimold (and notes)

The Orioles will face another right-hander tonight in the Rangers’ Colby Lewis. Other than the Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia last Thursday, I don’t think the Orioles have seen a left-handed starter since Ron Guidry. It’s no coincidence that Nolan Reimold hasn’t been in the lineup since hitting a three-run homer off Garcia, and has started twice since June 15. Manager Buck Showalter prefers to use Luke

Keep Reynolds wrapped in cleanup

If you thought that the Orioles would go 0-10 on this road trip, well, you were just plain wrong. They won yesterday, so there’s no need for all that negativity. I’m not one to overreact - OK, I’m famous for overreacting - but there’s no way I’d remove Mark Reynolds from the cleanup spot. Reynolds hit a two-run homer and had a sacrifice fly yesterday

Reynolds gives Orioles lead (updated)

Say this about Mark Reynolds: None of his home runs are cheap ones. Nick Markakis collected his fourth hit of the day, and Reynolds collected his 18th home run of the season. It was an absolute bomb, which is typical of Reynolds. He doesn’t need a gust of wind - except for the one that his swing creates. Reynolds gave the Orioles a 5-4 lead

Britton gets another hit and a scare (Braves lead 4-3)

Zach Britton is 2-for-2 today after reaching on an infield hit in the fifth inning, but he stumbled after crossing first base and looked like he injured his leg. Fortunately for the Orioles, he was laughing after returning to the bag and stayed in the game. He’s the only one laughing. Britton scored on Nick Markakis’ third hit, a double. Markakis’ average is up to

Britton makes argument against DH (updated)

I mentioned earlier today that Zach Britton’s .600 batting average (3-for-5) was the fourth-highest for an American League pitcher. You can add a home run to that tally. Britton gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning with his first major league home run. He pulled a pitch from Braves starter Brandon Beachy over the right field fence. An Orioles

Wieters is an All-Star

Catcher Matt Wieters will be the Orioles’ lone representative for the July 12 All-Star Game in Arizona. Wieters is batting .262 with 13 doubles, seven homers and 33 RBIs in 71 games, but his selection is based heavily on his work defensively. Wieters leads all major league catchers in runners caught stealing (23) and in fielding percentage (.998, one error) and is the only catcher

Orioles lineup against Braves (and notes)

The Orioles will try and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Braves today and end interleague play on a positive note. For those of you hoping to see Nolan Reimold in the lineup, you didn’t get your wish, but Mark Reynolds slides into the cleanup spot. For the Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy RF Nick Markakis CF Adam Jones 3B Mark Reynolds 1B Derrek

Orioles break out familiar recipe for defeat

A play isn’t made in the field. A young pitcher can’t minimize the damage. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve seen this act play out, I’d report to spring training next year in my own private jet. Or I’d almost be able to pay Sidney Ponson’s bar tab. The Orioles led, 2-0, in the fourth inning tonight, but starter Jake Arrieta gave

Quick injury updates

I’m going to make another attempt to go off campus and watch the Orioles-Braves game, though I’m packing up the laptop in case of baseball emergency. Before I head out, I want to pass along three injury updates that manager Buck Showalter relayed to reporters in Hot-lanta. Brian Roberts could start swinging a bat early next week. He’s had two good days in a row,

Davis gets start, Reimold does not

I know this will be an unpopular lineup with most of you, because Nolan Reimold isn’t in it. Does it help that Blake Davis is starting at second base? For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Luke Scott LF, Mark Reynolds 3B Blake Davis 2B Jake Arrieta RHP For the Braves: Jordan Schafer CF

It won’t get any easier with Hudson

Think the Orioles had problems at the plate last night? Now they have to deal with Braves right-hander Tim Hudson, who’s 9-2 with a 2.53 ERA in 11 career starts against them. Hudson’s allowed 64 hits in 74 2/3 innings, with 19 walks and 45 strikeouts. The Orioles are hitting .232 against him. This season, Hudson is 6-6 with a 3.51 ERA, 24 walks and

No Guts, no glory?

Jeremy Guthrie deserved better than a loss last night, but how many times have I written those words? Guthrie didn’t get a single run of support. He took a one-hit shutout into the bottom of the sixth and still ended up with the loss. Just his luck that he’d pitch on the same night that Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens decided to take a one-hit shutout through

Orioles won’t be no-hit (and they won’t win)

It was getting pretty dicey there. Adam Jones bounced a single into center field with one out in the top of the seventh inning to break up Jair Jurrjens’ no-hit bid. The ball took a few hops, but I swear that I counted 17. Maybe it just looked that way. Jurrjens still has his shutout intact, however. The Orioles are losing, 2-0. Jurrjens had a

Reimold back on bench

Nolan Reimold homered and drove in four runs last night, but Luke Scott gets the start in left field for tonight’s series-opener in Atlanta. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Derrek Lee 1B Luke Scott LF Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Jeremy Guthrie RHP For the Braves: Jordan Schafer CF Jason Heyward RF Brian McCann

Viola headed to Atlanta, Rapada clears waivers

The Orioles haven’t announced the transaction, but left-hander Pedro Viola will join the team in Atlanta and be officially recalled from Double-A Bowie. Viola will replace Brian Matusz on the 25-man roster. This is a short-term move. Viola will give the Orioles an extra southpaw in the bullpen to counter the Braves’ left-handed hitters, but he’s not expected to stay long. Viola made one appearance

Looking back at a loss and an option

Well, so much for finishing the homestand on a high note. The Orioles tied their season high by hitting into four double plays last night, and the Cardinals completed their first road sweep of the season. Brian Matusz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game, a move that couldn’t have come as much of a surprise. Manager Buck Showalter wanted Matusz to work through

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