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Markakis to undergo surgery for broken bone

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis will undergo surgery at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning in Sarasota to remove a broken hamate bone from his right wrist. The procedure will be performed by hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield. Markakis will be placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career, with a corresponding roster move to be announced later. It’s believed that Markakis sustained

Orioles waiting for reinforcements (updated)

The Orioles need to get healthy, and that includes their sickening stretch of futility that’s threatening to drop them down the American League East standings as if there’s an anchor tied to their waists. If that were actually true, they’d probably end up with strained obliques and intercostals. The Orioles have lost five in a row and eight of their last 10, but the schedule

Hammel homers hurting Orioles (O’s lose 4-1)

Jason Hammel doesn’t give up home runs. Until tonight. Now he’s passing them out like ballpark peanuts. Hammel has served up four home runs in five innings, all of them solo shots to give Toronto a 4-1 lead. The roll call consists of Edwin Encarnacion, Rajai Davis, Brett Lowrie and Colby Rasmus. I’m waiting for Pat Borders and Garth Iorg to grab a bat. Once

Markakis out of lineup

As expected, Nick Markakis will sit out tonight’s game while nursing a sore right wrist. Endy Chavez will play left field and Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty will start in right. Chris Davis will bat third, as Markakis vacates the lineup for the first time this season. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez LF J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C

Updating Markakis’ wrist injury

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed in a text message today that right fielder Nick Markakis is scheduled to have his right wrist examined by a hand specialist tomorrow in Sarasota during the club’s off day. X-rays taken on Markakis’ wrist came back negative. Markakis’ status for tonight’s series finale in Toronto remains unknown. Manager Buck Showalter won’t post his lineup until later this

Orioles desperately need Hammel to be the stopper

The Orioles are still tied for first place in the American League East. They lost last night, Tampa Bay lost last night and no ground was lost. That’s the good news. There isn’t much of it to pass along these days. I’ll give Jake Arrieta credit for not blaming plate umpire Doug Eddings for last night’s terrible outing. Interviewed on MASN after the Orioles’ 8-6

Now the concern shifts to Markakis

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, being interviewed by MASN play-by-play man Gary Thorne after tonight’s 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays, indicated that right fielder Nick Markakis might have injured his wrist late in the game. Showalter mentioned a possible injury after Thorne asked whether the roster was set for at least the next few days. Pressed to identify the player, Showalter said Markakis “tweaked” his

Orioles go from Arrieta to awful (O’s lose 8-6)

The Orioles began tonight having lost six of their last eight games. And now there’s this debacle. The Orioles have committed three errors, and we’re only in the fifth inning. Jake Arrieta was charged with six earned runs (seven total) and six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Miguel Gonzalez allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up one of his own in two-thirds of

Betemit in left field tonight, Reynolds at first base (Reimold note)

The Orioles activated Endy Chavez from the disabled list today, but he won’t be in their lineup against Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero. Wilson Betemit is starting in left field. Mark Reynolds, who came off the DL yesterday and went 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI, is starting at first base. Steve Tolleson, whose roster spot appeared to be in jeopardy, is starting at third

Hunter and Avery optioned; Chavez and Gonzalez join team

The Orioles made two more roster moves today, optioning pitcher Tommy Hunter and rookie outfielder Xavier Avery to Triple-A Norfolk, reinstating outfielder Endy Chavez from the disabled list and purchasing pitcher Miguel Gonzalez’s contract from Norfolk. Hunter didn’t record an out in the fourth inning last night against the Blue Jays, allowing six runs (five earned) and nine hits in a 6-2 loss. He’s 2-3

This, that and the other

Tommy Hunter didn’t record an out in the fourth inning last night, giving the Orioles their shortest outing of the season and raising serious questions about his immediate future. Hunter hasn’t won since April 24 and his ERA’s up to 5.59. He’s surrendered 13 home runs in 58 innings. The Orioles can go in a variety of directions with Hunter. They can leave him in

The next roster move (O’s lose 6-2)

It wasn’t long ago that manager Buck Showalter talked about the welcomed challenge of making room for players who were rehabbing at extended spring training in Sarasota and readying for minor league assignments. Reliever Stu Pomeranz already was a strong candidate to come off the 25-man roster, since the Orioles were carrying an extra reliever, and the decision became a slam-dunk yesterday after he suffered

Reynolds in tonight’s lineup (with notes & Jays lineup)

Mark Reynolds is in the Orioles’ lineup tonight, batting eighth and serving as the designated hitter. Wilson Betemit gets the start at third base, with Chris Davis playing first. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit 3B Chris Davis 1B Mark Reynolds DH Robert Andino 2B Tommy Hunter RHP Down on the

Is Reynolds replacing Pomeranz? (Yes, he is)

Mark Reynolds isn’t in Double-A Bowie’s lineup this afternoon and he isn’t with the team, which could signal that he’s coming off the disabled list and joining the Orioles in Toronto. Reliever Stu Pomeranz injured his left oblique muscle while warming up yesterday and is expected to be placed on the DL. He stayed in Baltimore and underwent an MRI this morning. Manager Buck Showalter

Toughing it out on the road

The Orioles just completed a 2-4 homestand. They’ve lost five of their last seven games. They no longer have sole possession of first place in the American League East. No reason to panic, right? These things happen. Every team goes through these phases. For me, it’s almost like the Adam Jones contract extension was a shiny object jiggled in our faces, providing a distraction from

Showalter on Pomeranz and the loss

The Orioles have lost back-to-back series’ for the first time this season, and they just lost a reliever to an oblique injury. Manager Buck Showalter explained what happened to Stu Pomeranz, who will undergo a MRI at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Baltimore while the Orioles prepare for their game in Toronto. “Looks like he pulled his oblique while warming up,” Showalter said. “He’ll have an

Pomeranz headed to disabled list

Reliever Stu Pomeranz pulled his left oblique muscle today while warming up in the sixth inning, and he’s expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list tomorrow. Pomeranz won’t accompany the Orioles to Toronto. He’ll stay back in Baltimore and undergo a MRI before a decision is made on his status. But manager Buck Showalter conceded that a DL move is likely. Showalter indicated

Matusz with quality start, but not good enough (O’s lose 4-2)

Today’s attendance: 33,919. Brian Matusz has turned in a quality start today by definition. He allowed three earned runs over six innings. But he gave up four total, and the Orioles are losing 4-2, in the top of the seventh. Matusz has served up two home runs among his seven hits - solo shots by Billy Butler in the first and Jeff Francoeur leading off

More Jones on the field and in the press conference (tied 2-2)

Adam Jones received a nice ovation when he walked to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. He grounded to third base after Nick Markakis’ double scored J.J. Hardy with the tying run. Jones overran Jeff Francoeur’s leadoff single in the top of the second, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position. Francoeur scored on Mitch Maier’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Royals a

Adam Jones: “This is now my town”

The Orioles just concluded their press conference to announce center fielder Adam Jones’ six-year contract extension. Among the highlights: Jones: “Everybody knows I’m not from Baltimore, but this is now my town.” Executive vice president Dan Duquette: “The dude rang the cash register every time he hit a home run.” Cha-ching! Jones: “I’m 26. I feel like the best years are ahead of me.” Jones:

Orioles lineup vs. Kansas City (Wieters now catching)

Ronny Paulino gets the start behind the plate today, with Matt Wieters resting after catching the first two games of this series. Wieters caught Brian Matusz’s last start, the first time they were paired up since May 1. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Wilson Betemit 3B Nick Johnson DH Ronny Paulino C

Matusz trying to extend quality start streak

Left-hander Brian Matusz has registered quality starts in his last two outings, and he’ll go for three in a row this afternoon against the Royals. Matusz has allowed four runs and nine hits in his last 12 1/3 innings, with two walks and 11 strikeouts. He’s permitted six earned runs in his last three starts and 18 innings. It’s imperative that Matusz, who’s 4-1 in

Chen on Chen; Bowie rehab updates

Wei-Yin Chen, speaking through his interpreter, said he wasn’t thinking about his chances of winning today’s game despite leaving after six innings with a 3-2 lead. “In the game, I don’t think that much,” he said. “I just want to keep pitching and help the team to win. “I feel like, compared with the last outing, I feel like I improved today. But I still

Showalter speaks after 4-3 loss

The game today was set up pretty much the way manager Buck Showalter would have taken it. Six innings from Wei-Yin Chen - a quality start - and relievers Darren O’Day, Pedro Strop and Jim Johnson ready to take the baton and protect a 3-2 lead. However, the bullpen gave up two runs, Johnson never pitched because it wasn’t a save situation, and the failure

Bullpen can’t hold lead (O’s lose 4-3)

The Orioles’ bullpen began the day with the third-lowest ERA in the majors at 2.38, but it couldn’t protect a one-run lead today. Darren O’Day gave up the tying run in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Eric Hosmer and Humberto Quintero with one out. Hosmer’s ball didn’t leave the infield. It rolled up the third base line and stopped short of the bag. Mitch

BREAKING: Jones deal is done (more information)

The Orioles and center fielder Adam Jones have reached agreement on a contract extension. An announcement should come later today, with a press conference scheduled for tomorrow. Jones’ agent, Nez Balelo of CAA Sports, remained in town today and the final details have been worked out. Jones is earning $6.15 million this season. He was eligible for free agency following the 2013 season. The extension

Jones extends streak as Orioles stretch lead

Adam Jones still doesn’t have a contract extension, but he’s got a 17-game hitting streak. One accomplishment at a time. Jones tripled into right-center field with one out in the third inning, and Matt Wieters followed with a sacrifice fly to increase the Orioles’ lead to 3-0. Wieters is 5-for-51, but he produced his 22nd RBI of the season. J.J. Hardy led off the inning

Hall outrighted to Norfolk, and other notes (one more)

Bill Hall cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles designated Hall for assignment yesterday to make room for reliever Stu Pomeranz. Orioles manager Buck Showalter is conferring with Brian Roberts to firm up the second baseman’s rehab schedule. Roberts will work out at Camden Yards today and play at Double-A Bowie tomorrow and Monday. He’ll report to Single-A Delmarva for games

Orioles lineup against Kansas City

No big surprises today in the Orioles’ lineup. Matt Wieters is catching a day game following a night game, but it’s a 4:05 p.m. start and the club was off Thursday. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B Wilson Betemit 3B Nick Johnson DH Robert Andino 2B Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Life at the top

The Orioles and Royals have a 4:05 p.m. start today, so the lineup will be coming your way earlier than usual on a Saturday. Perhaps it will be joined by the announcement that Adam Jones has signed a six-year extension. It didn’t happen last night, and executive vice president Dan Duquette refused to confirm whether it would get done before the homestand ends. He hates

Hammel time

Jason Hammel failed to complete six innings in his last two starts, but he made it tonight, shutting out the Royals on five hits before Stu Pomeranz replaced him to open the seventh. Was making it through the sixth a victory in itself? “Definitely, getting through six,” Hammel said. “I was aware of the knee. In the fifth inning was when it started. I knew

Showalter: “You want the promotion to be good baseball”

The Orioles set a Camden Yards record tonight with a walk-up crowd of nearly 11,000. It was Fireworks Night, but there also was a buzz in the air about Adam Jones’ contract extension and the Orioles continuing to possess the best record in the American League. It was loud until the end, when Dana Eveland recorded the final out to secure an 8-2 victory over

Hammel through the fifth (O’s lead 8-2)

Jason Hammel has run up his pitch count tonight, but he’s held down the Royals. Hammel is shutting out Kansas City on five hits over five innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. But he’s thrown 93 pitches, including 61 for strikes. A walk and double put two runners in scoring position with one out in the fourth, but Hammel struck out Alex Gordon and

Duquette “encouraged” by contract talks with Jones

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette didn’t offer much to reporters regarding Adam Jones’ contract extension, but it doesn’t appear that an announcement is coming tonight. “There’s not a lot I can say about it other than I’m encouraged by the fact that Adam wants to stay in Baltimore, and we’d certainly like him to stay in Baltimore, and hopefully we can work something out

Showalter tackles a variety of pregame topics

Manager Buck Showalter explained why the Orioles optioned backup catcher Luis Exposito to Triple-A Norfolk and replaced him with Ronny Paulino. He didn’t mention Exposito being 1-for-17 since joining the club. “We’re trying to get him catching consistently,” Showalter said. “Young guy. I think at the time we sent Ronny out, we had some pitching things. “A lot of these moves aren’t just as simple

Reynolds and Chavez reporting to Bowie (updated)

It’s been another newsy day here at Camden Yards. In non-Adam Jones developments: Third baseman Mark Reynolds and outfielder Endy Chavez are playing today at extended spring training. They’re scheduled to report to Double-A Bowie and start tomorrow and Sunday before the Orioles decide whether to activate them from the disabled list. Yes, two more roster moves are on the horizon. Zach Britton is starting

Orioles lineup against Royals; Paulino is here

It looks like the Orioles are switching backup catchers. Ronny Paulino is here, and Luis Exposito appears to be headed out the door. As for the lineup, Adam Jones is starting in center field, but he isn’t sitting at his locker. There’s a group of reporters waiting for him. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt

Pomeranz back in bullpen?

The Orioles are prepared to make a roster move today, since it’s been so quiet around here. Seriously, it isn’t all about Adam Jones today. Nothing is official, but reliever Stu Pomeranz is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and return to the Orioles bullpen. The Orioles optioned Pomeranz on May 13 when they purchased outfielder Xavier Avery’s contract from Norfolk. Pomeranz threw four

A call to arms (more on Jones contract update)

So much for having a day off. It’s back to the baseball grind tonight with the Royals arriving at Camden Yards for a three-game series. Jason Hammel turned in five quality starts out of six outings before his swollen right knee altered the early course of his season. He’s allowed nine runs (eight earned) and 13 hits in his last two starts covering 10 1/3

Romero almost part of combined no-hitter with Norfolk

J.C. Romero made his debut tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, and he nearly became part of minor league baseball history. Miguel Gonzalez threw five hitless innings at Durham, allowing one walk and striking out four. Romero replaced him and retired the side in order in the sixth with two strikeouts in his first appearance since the Cardinals released him on May 14. Eddie Gamboa followed with

Duquette on Romero and rumors (Roberts update)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette talked about the reasons why he signed veteran left-handed reliever J.C. Romero to a minor league contract earlier today and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. “He’s a solid left-handed pitcher who can be a specialist, and he’s done that job on a championship team,” Duquette said. “He can run his fastball in on left-handed hitters’ hands. He’s had a

Orioles sign Romero (Phillips on DL)

The Orioles just announced that they signed veteran left-handed reliever J.C. Romero to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Romero, 35, appeared in 11 games with the Cardinals this season and posted a 10.13 ERA before being released. He allowed nine runs and 14 hits in eight innings. Romero has pitched for six major league teams in 14 years, going 34-28

This and that (and more)

In case you don’t recognize it, the Orioles are experiencing what is commonly known as an “off-day.” No reason to report to the ballpark. No workout, no game, no interviews. The rainout that proceeded the doubleheader against the Rangers doesn’t count in manager Buck Showalter’s book. Players still had to show up at Camden Yards. They hit in the indoor cage and watched video and

Hearing from Arrieta and Johnson

Jake Arrieta allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in four of his six innings today, running up his pitch count and lowering his chances of winning. “When you’re pitching with a guy on and no outs to start off an inning, you put yourself in a tight situation,” he said after a 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. “To start the game, my sinker

Showalter speaks after 6-5 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was left to explain another disappointing outing from Jake Arrieta and his club’s failure to take advantage of some late opportunities in a 6-5 loss to the Red Sox before 27,806 at Camden Yards. Arrieta was charged with four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. “He’s a pitch away from getting out of there with three runs in six

Disappointing day for Arrieta; big day for Nick Johnson (O’s lose 6-5)

Jake Arrieta’s maddening inconsistency reared its ugly head again this afternoon. Arrieta was charged with four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, with three walks, two strikeouts and a home run. He threw 98 pitches, 58 for strikes. The fourth run scored on Kelly Shoppach’s two-run homer off reliever Luis Ayala, only his second this season. Daniel Nava hit No. 2 off Arrieta

Bundy reporting to Frederick

After much deliberation, the Orioles have decided to promote pitcher Dylan Bundy to Single-A Frederick, where he’ll start Saturday night against Salem at Harry Grove Stadium. The original plan called for Bundy to make three five-inning starts with low Single-A Delmarva before moving up, but the Orioles have decided to accelerate his program. Bundy, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, tossed

Your daily Xavier Avery blog entry (tied 2-2)

As opposed to your nightly one. We have a 12:35 p.m. start here. Xavier Avery reached on an infield hit to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard fielded the ball on the right side of the mound and made an off-balance throw that skipped past first baseman Kevin Youkilis. He had no shot at the speedy rookie. Avery

Notes on Britton, Hammel and the lineup

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed this morning that left-hander Zach Britton will make his first injury-rehab start Saturday at Double-A Bowie. Britton will stay with the Baysox and pitch again May 31 at Akron. The Orioles could choose to keep Britton on his rehab assignment or activate him from the disabled list. That decision is pending. Let’s see how he gets through those starts. Jason

Did you know ... (with Orioles lineup)

A win today would give the Orioles their fourth consecutive series win against the Red Sox. The last time the Orioles won four straight series against Boston was April 27-Aug. 21, 1960, when they won six in a row. The Orioles have already won three straight series against the Red Sox for the first time since Sept. 17, 1990-June 30, 1991. The Orioles are 21-1

The latest on the rotation

The Orioles and Red Sox conclude their three-game series at Camden Yards with a 12:35 p.m. start, so the lineup will be coming to you a lot earlier than usual in the middle of the week. Jake Arrieta is back on the hill and looking to reacquire his taste for home cooking. He’s 1-3 with a 6.44 ERA in five starts at Camden Yards this

Hearing from Matusz and Tolleson

Brian Matusz says he’s getting his confidence back. It showed again tonight. “I’m going out there and having a game plan, being able to attack the zone,” he said after allowing one run and two hits, walking one and striking out nine over 6 1/3 innings. “Like I’ve said, I forgot all about last year. I look at that just as a fluke. For me,

Showalter speaks after 4-1 win

Brian Matusz was the main topic of conversation in manager Buck Showalter’s postgame session with the media, and for good reason. Matusz turned in his second quality start in a row, holding Boston to one run and two hits and striking out nine over 6 1/3 innings in a 4-1 victory before 25,171 at Camden Yards. “I’ve seen Brian really good here. Not just tonight,”

Matusz masterful tonight; Showalter on J. Johnson (O’s win 4-1)

Brian Matusz walked off the mound to a huge ovation after striking out Adrian Gonzalez for the first out in the top of the seventh inning. Matusz is done after allowing one run - on Kevin Youkilis’ homer in the fourth - and two hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and tied his career high with nine strikeouts. Matusz’s off-speed stuff was off

Tolleson hits first Orioles homer; more from Roberts

Steve Tolleson now has two major league home runs. Tolleson, starting at third base tonight, hit a two-run shot off Boston left-hander Felix Doubront in the second inning to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead. His other homer came on Sept. 26, 2010. Kevin Youkilis, who rejoined the Red Sox today after a stint at Triple-A Pawtucket, homered to center field off Brian Matusz in

Roberts talks about his rehab assignment

Brian Roberts said he’ll play second base and bat two or three times in his first few games at Double-A Bowie. He isn’t sure how many games he’ll play in a row or how often he’ll be used as the designated hitter. “It’s essentially spring training, so it could be two days, it could be four days in a row. I don’t really know yet,”

Roberts to begin rehab assignment Wednesday

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who hasn’t played in a game since May 16, 2011, will begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow night at Double-A Bowie. Manager Buck Showalter made the announcement on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Report on MASN, and the Orioles confirmed it in a tweet. Showalter said he expects Roberts to take the full 20 days, the maximum that a position player

Reimold expected to get second epidural on Friday

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has a second epidural injection scheduled for Friday, and he told me earlier this afternoon that he’ll probably get it done. Reimold had his first injection on May 11. He underwent a follow-up exam yesterday from specialist Dr. Lee Riley, which led to Friday’s appointment. Reimold, who hasn’t played since April 30 because of a herniated disk in his cervical spine,

Orioles lineup against Red Sox

Robert Andino has moved back up to the leadoff spot tonight. Steve Tolleson gets another start at third base for the Orioles. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit 1B Chris Davis DH Steve Tolleson 3B Xavier Avery LF Brian Matusz LHP Down on the farm, Jason Berken allowed three runs and

What happens to Andino?

I’m ready to create another “Because You Asked” just for this one question. If I needed to pad it, I’m sure that I could insert a Dylan Bundy question, too, but let’s stick to Robert Andino this morning. It’s natural to wonder how Brian Roberts’ return to the 25-man roster, assuming it happens, will impact Andino. Roberts could go on an injury-rehab assignment in a

Hearing from Hunter, Gregg and Davis

Tommy Hunter didn’t argue the balk call in the sixth inning that allowed the tying run to score. As he said afterward, “I got got.” “A famous Little League play and it worked,” he said. Apparently, Hunter heard one of the Red Sox yell and became distracted. “I didn’t even see the runner,” he said. “I had no idea what the runner (Will Middlebrooks) was

Showalter talks about Hunter and missed opportunities

Tommy Hunter retired the first six batters he faced tonight, striking out two. He just couldn’t sustain that momentum. Hunter allowed five runs and nine hits over six innings and left with the score tied, 5-5. “He was driving the ball down and away to right-handed hitters, but then he just started elevating the ball,” manager Buck Showalter said following the Orioles’ 8-6 loss to

Reimold undecided about second epidural

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has an appointment to receive a second epidural injection in his spine from Dr. Lee Riley, a neck specialist, but he isn’t sure whether he’ll keep it. Reimold is leaning in that direction, but he’s been told that the shot will only ease the pain he’s experiencing from a herniated disk in his cervical spine, not the numbness and weakness in

Wieters breaks out of slump (O’s lose second in row)

Well, at least for now. Matt Wieters was one more failed at-bat from being 0-for-21, the longest hitless stretch of his career. He fouled off six straight pitches from former Orioles left-hander Rich Hill before lining an RBI single into left field to reduce Boston’s lead to 8-6. Everybody rejoice. Wieters won a nine-pitch battle with Hill, who began the inning by giving up singles

Hunter can’t hold the lead (O’s down 8-5)

Tommy Hunter held the Royals to two runs over seven innings in his last start, but he’s not as sharp tonight. Hunter has allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. He’s thrown 96 pitches, 65 for strikes. This will be the third time in four outings that Hunter has failed to register a quality start. The Orioles

Wieters still looking to break out of slump (O’s lead 5-2)

Matt Wieters grounded out to Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks in the second inning. The funk continues. Wieters is 0-for-19 and 4-for-41. Is he banged up from that violent collision at home plate? “No more than usual,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We gave him a full day off yesterday. I didn’t want to even pinch hit unless we had a chance to win the game.

Showalter talks about Roberts

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts hasn’t played in a game since May 16, 2011, but he’s nearing an injury-rehab assignment in the minors. Roberts and manager Buck Showalter won’t reveal an exact date that Roberts would report to an affiliate, but they’ve got a pretty good idea. “We talk every day,” Showalter said. “Probably a little more informed than what Brian is going to talk

Notes on Roberts, Britton, Reynolds, Teagarden and more

Manager Buck Showalter basically confirmed that second baseman Brian Roberts will join a minor league affiliate on an injury-rehab assignment, perhaps within the next few weeks, rather than report to extended spring training in Sarasota. Showalter is careful not to reveal too much information, but he didn’t dispute Roberts’ assertion that Sarasota will be bypassed. Roberts most likely would join Double-A Bowie or Single-A Frederick

Orioles lineup against Red Sox (with Britton update)

Rookie Xavier Avery gets another start in left field for the Orioles. Nick Johnson will serve as the designated hitter. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B Wilson Betemit 3B Nick Johnson DH Robert Andino 2B Tommy Hunter RHP Nolan Reimold is being examined by a team physician and will know

Leftovers for breakfast (and one more)

The Orioles have another game scheduled tonight as they begin another series, this one against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. Their first day off since May 3 arrives on Thursday, but they won’t admit that they’re fatigued and could use a physical and mental break from the grind. “I’m not tired,” Adam Jones said. “I don’t think anybody else is tired. I had

A little Chen music

WASHINGTON - Wei-Yin Chen wrote off today’s start as “this is baseball.” “Sometimes you have a good day, sometimes you have a bad day,” he said through his interpreter. “Definitely, I had a terrible start today.” Chen shied away from his fastball and got burned repeatedly with his breaking stuff. “My fastball was not as good as the last couple of outings,” he said. “I

Showalter not looking for excuses

WASHINGTON - Manager Buck Showalter deflected a theory that his club might have shown signs of fatigue today in a 9-3 loss to the Nationals. He made more solid contact than his hitters. The Orioles are playing a stretch of 20 consecutive games, their next off day not coming until Thursday. But Showalter isn’t pointing a finger at the schedule. “We scored three runs and

Offense disappears in 9-3 loss

WASHINGTON - The Orioles had four hits by the second inning. They still had four hits by the time the ninth inning rolled around. Adam Jones reached on an infield hit to open the ninth and Chris Davis singled with one out, but the damage was already done. The Nationals got out of a bases-loaded jam and avoided the sweep with a 9-3 win before

Bullpen could be busy again (O’Day enters in fifth)

WASHINGTON - Wei-Yin Chen hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his first seven major league starts. Chen gave up three earned runs in the third inning today at Nationals Park. The Nats almost hit for the cycle against Chen, getting a leadoff single by pitcher Stephen Strasburg, a double by slumping Danny Espinosa and a two-run triple by Bryce Harper on

Your daily Xavier Avery blog entry (Bundy update)

WASHINGTON - The Orioles haven’t faced Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg before today. I’m sure they’ve heard lots about him, watched a few starts on television, studied the video tape. They just haven’t stood at the plate against him. The Nationals probably didn’t know much about Xavier Avery before this weekend, but he’s left an impression. Avery led off the top of the first inning with

Wieters: “I feel like it’s more of a professional locker room”

WASHINGTON - Matt Wieters doesn’t have a hit in his last 18 at-bats. He has four hits in his last 40. He has no concerns about this slump. “It’s just one of those stretches,” said Wieters, who batted .342 during a nine-game hitting streak April 29-May 8. “I haven’t really been hitting too many balls hard lately, but the good thing is we’ve still been

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

WASHINGTON - As expected, Luis Exposito will catch today while Matt Wieters takes a break. Rookie Xavier Avery is leading off. Wilson Betemit is starting at third base and Chris Davis is starting at first. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Wilson Betemit 3B Chris Davis 1B Robert Andino 2B Luis Exposito C Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Tejada update and Nats’ lineup (and Chen note)

WASHINGTON - Miguel Tejada is batting fourth and serving as the designated hitter today for Triple-A Norfolk. It’s Tejada’s first game outside of extended spring training. Brad Bergesen, who cleared waivers and was outrighted, will start for the Tides. The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup. The Nats beat them to it. At least the Nats can brag about beating them once this weekend. Danny Espinosa

Hearing from Hammel and Jones

WASHINGTON - Jason Hammel couldn’t extend the rotation’s streak of quality starts to five, but he improved his record to 5-1. Hammel was charged with four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He worked five innings in his last start. “It’s same as last time, my leg,” he said. “I get to a certain point now where it’s almost like I’m pitching on

Showalter speaks after 6-5 victory

WASHINGTON - Manager Buck Showalter talked about starter Jason Hammel, his bullpen, the Nationals’ comeback attempt, his red-hot center fielder and his ice-cold catcher following tonight’s 6-5 win. Hammel was making his second start since being pushed back because of swelling in his right knee. He was good for a while, but it’s clear that he’s not all the way back. “No more than what

Orioles hang on for 6-5 win

WASHINGTON - This one wasn’t easy, but the Orioles made sure that they’ll leave Nationals Park with a series victory. The Orioles won again tonight, 6-4, with Jim Johnson picking up his 15th save in 15 tries this season, and his 23rd in 23 chances since last August, though it got a little tense near the end. The Orioles have won 19 of their last

Game update and injury note on Steve Johnson (O’s lead 6-4)

WASHINGTON - Jason Hammel gave up his first run tonight when the Nationals strung together three consecutive two-out singles in the bottom of the fifth, the last one by Steve Lombardozzi. Orioles 6, Nationals 1. Four of the last five Nationals have hits against Hammel, including Ryan Zimmerman, who led off the sixth with a double. Five of the last six have reached base after

And then along came Jones (and Markakis)

WASHINGTON - It’s become a tradition of sorts. The Orioles play a game, and Adam Jones hits a home run. And he hits them a long, long way. Jones crushed a Ross Detwiler pitch in the third inning for his 14th home run of the season, a two-run shot that extended the Orioles’ lead to 4-0. Detwiler tried to blow a 93-mph fastball past him.

Pregame notes on Lindstrom, Reynolds, Tejada and more (O’s lead 2-0)

WASHINGTON - Reliever Matt Lindstrom said he’ll probably throw during the next homestand that begins Monday against the Boston Red Sox. Lindstrom, on the disabled list with a partial tear of a ligament in his right middle finger, will have a better idea of when he’ll report to extended spring training once he picks up a ball. Lindstrom is eligible to come off the DL

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - Robert Andino moves up to the leadoff spot tonight, with rookie Xavier Avery dropping down to eighth. Steve Tolleson gets the start at third base, and Wilson Betemit starts at first. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit 1B Steve Tolleson 3B Xavier Avery LF Jason Hammel RHP For the

Tejada reporting to Norfolk

The Orioles just tweeted that Miguel Tejada is reporting to Triple-A Norfolk tonight and will be available to play for the Tides tomorrow. Tejada has been working out and playing in games at extended spring training. It’s been two weeks since the Orioles reached agreement with Tejada on a minor league deal. Executive vice president Dan Duquette told me Thursday that the club was nearing

Rotation turns in right direction again

Because the hour-long drive home from Washington D.C. seemed too short for me late last night, I decided to miss my exit for the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and stay on Suitland Parkway for a good 15-20 minutes before turning around and heading back toward Nationals Park. If there’s a more directionally challenged person on this planet than me, I’d like to meet you. Of course, I’d

Markakis talks about his home run and more

WASHINGTON - Nick Markakis broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 11th inning with his seventh home run, a shot to right field off Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus that was gone the second it left his bat. “Slider down in, I’m pretty sure that’s what it was,” Markakis said. “I wasn’t looking for too too much there. I wasn’t expecting that. I was

Arrieta on Arrieta; Davey Johnson’s one complaint

WASHINGTON - Orioles starter Jake Arrieta said that a key tonight after two rough outings in a row was being able to relax. “Took some of the pressure off myself,” he said. “Just from the get-go wanted to establish my fastball on both sides of the plate, mix in a breaking ball, especially to a pretty heavy left-handed hitting lineup. I think there was five

Showalter: “They have a lot of confidence in close ballgames”

WASHINGTON - Another extra-inning game, another extra-inning win. And on the road, of course. The Orioles defeated the Nationals 2-1 in 11 innings. They’re 6-2 in extras, with all six wins coming in succession away from Camden Yards. They’re also in first place in the American League East, two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays. How does manager Buck Showalter explain all those road

Extra innings - again (Markakis breaks tie, O’s win in 11th)

WASHINGTON - Oh sure, why not? It’s really happening. The Orioles are playing their major league-leading eighth extra-inning game of the season. They’ve won their last five, all on the road, after losing their first two at home. The Nationals are 4-2. Manager Buck Showalter lifted Darren O’Day after the sidearmer retired all four batters he faced. I questioned the move in the press box,

Your nightly Xavier Avery blog entry (updated)

WASHINGTON - Nationals starter Edwin Jackson has allowed five baserunners in six innings. Xavier Avery has accounted for three of them. Avery walked in the first, doubled in the third and singled in the sixth. Yes, I’ll say it: He’s halfway to the cycle. Avery also scored the game’s only run before Ian Desmond homered leading off the bottom of the sixth. And Avery’s average

Jones keeps hitting streak alive while giving Orioles the lead

WASHINGTON - Adam Jones extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the first inning with an infield single that scored Xavier Avery for a 1-0 lead. The ball struck Edwin Jackson’s foot and caromed so high I thought one of the Nats’ infielders would signal for a fair catch. Avery led off with a walk and raced to third on Nick Markakis’ double into

Orioles sign Ford to minor league deal; other notes

WASHINGTON - The Orioles have signed outfielder Lew Ford to a minor league deal, and he’s starting in center field tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. Ford, 35, hasn’t played in the majors since batting .233 in 55 games with the Twins in 2007. He played in Japan in 2008 and Mexico in 2010. He also had three stints with the independent Long Island Ducks, batting .333

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - Xavier Avery is leading off and playing left field for the Orioles tonight. Wilson Betemit and Chris Davis will handle the infield corners. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit 3B Chris Davis 1B Robert Andino 2B Jake Arrieta RHP For the Nationals: Ian Desmond SS Roger Bernadina LF Ryan

What hasn’t happened since April 16, 1970?

WASHINGTON - Give up? Until tonight, baseball teams from Baltimore and Washington hadn’t faced each other with non-losing records in 42 years. On April 16, 1970, the 5-1 Orioles played the 3-3 Senators at Memorial Stadium. The Orioles suffered a rare loss in the rivalry, 4-2, with Frank Howard hitting a two-run homer off Jim Palmer. I’m guessing that Palmer remembers the count and what

Because You Asked: Money Never Sleeps

It’s time for interleague baseball and the return of the Battle of the Beltway, though I still insist on taking the Baltimore-Washington Parkway into D.C. Get ready to watch pitchers try to hit. Or lay down a bunt without losing two fingers. While we’re waiting, I decided to break out another sequel to the always popular and occasionally sarcastic “Because You Asked.” Why? Because I’m

Bergesen outrighted to Norfolk

The Orioles won a game today in Kansas City, lost a minor league player and retained another one. The Yankees claimed infielder Matt Antonelli off waivers this afternoon, but pitcher Brad Bergesen has cleared waivers and will be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Bergesen was designated for assignment on May 12 to make room for infielder/outfielder Bill Hall on the 40-man roster. He was 1-2 with

Antonelli claimed by Yankees, O’s win 5-3

The Yankees have claimed infielder Matt Antonelli off waivers from the Orioles, who designated him for assignment last week to make room for outfielder Xavier Avery on the 40-man roster. The writing was on the wall for Antonelli when the Orioles bypassed him twice at Triple-A Norfolk for non-roster players Steve Tolleson and Bill Hall. Antonelli, signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 21,

Matusz falters in third (Jones homers in fourth)

Brian Matusz retired the first six batters he faced today in Kansas City. The first three batters in the third inning conspired to create a 2-0 deficit for him and the Orioles. Alcides Escobar reached on an infield hit, Irving Falu singled and Humberto Quintero doubled over center fielder Adam Jones’ head to score two runs. Escobar, Falu and Quintero. Not exactly Murderers’ Row, but

Orioles and Royals lineups (and notes)

Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base today, as the Orioles go for the two-game sweep in Kansas City. And while attempting to do so in fewer than 20 innings. Matt Wieters gets the day off after catching 15 innings last night. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Wilson Betemit DH Chris Davis

Orioles going for the sweep on little sleep

Manager Buck Showalter most assuredly told reporters in Kansas City to “sleep fast.” The Orioles have a day game after a night game that ended in the early morning. That’s a quick turnaround. The Orioles were down by two runs in the top of the ninth inning, but they tied the game and won it in the 15th on Adam Jones’ 12th home run of

Eveland deserves save tonight (Jones breaks tie, O’s win in 15th)

The Orioles can’t get enough of extra innings. They’ll do 13, they’ll do 17, they’ll pretty much go all night. The bullpen is being stretched again, but massive amounts of credit go to left-hander Dana Eveland, who turned in three scoreless innings after replacing Darren O’Day. Eveland allowed one hit and struck out two. He retired the last seven batters that he faced. In his

Your nightly Xavier Avery blog entry (game tied, 3-3)

Xavier Avery laid down a bunt in the third inning. It didn’t lead to a run, but I’m writing about it anyway. Robert Andino led off the top of the third inning with a single, and Avery advanced him to second base with his first major league sacrifice bunt. Yes, we also can cross that one off the list. Royals starter Felipe Paulino fielded the

Orioles haven’t been road worriers

The Orioles are 11-5 on the road this season after going 30-51 away from Camden Yards in 2011. They haven’t totaled 11 wins on the road in so few games since 2005, when they were 11-4 outside of Baltimore. Last season, the Orioles didn’t pick up their 11th victory away from Camden Yards until playing their 28th road game on June 16. Their 12th road

Avery leading off, Davis back at first base

Xavier Avery is batting leadoff tonight in the Orioles’ series opener in Kansas City. Wilson Betemit is starting at third base and Chris Davis is starting at first. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Nick Johnson DH Wilson Betemit 3B Chris Davis 1B Robert Andino 2B Tommy Hunter RHP For the Royals: Dyson

Former Oriole Kevin Hickey dead at age 56

I can’t believe that I’m passing along news concerning the death of another former Oriole. One-time left-handed reliever Kevin Hickey died Wednesday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, according to this report. He had been in intensive care following his transfer from a Dallas hospital last month. The cause of death has not been disclosed. Hickey spent the last three of his six major

Orioles could be OK in K.C. with better defense

So what nickname have we agreed upon for rookie outfielder Xavier Avery? X-Man and X-Factor seem like pretty obvious ones. I was mildly intrigued by X-Rated, but we won’t delve too deeply into the reasons. X-Treme? X-Tacy? Exree Hipp? The Orioles will play their next two games in Kansas City, but my 8-2 road record will remain intact. I’m not on the trip. It’s been

Getting a charge out of the Orioles’ battery

Wei-Yin Chen improved to 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his first season pitching in the U.S. He retired 10 straight Yankees tonight. He’s now gone seven innings or more in three of his last four starts. He’s 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four starts at Camden Yards. Wei-Yin Chen talks about his strong outing in the Orioles’ win over the Yankees “Compared with

Showalter speaks after 5-2 win

Manager Buck Showalter has referred to Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Yin Chen as an unknown. So what exactly does Showalter know about Chen after seven starts? “He’s got his feet on the ground a little bit. He’s comfortable,” Showalter said after a 5-2 victory over the Yankees that made the Orioles 9-6 in a brutal 15-game stretch. “Obviously, he’s pitching as well as any of our starters,

Chen loses shutout but O’s win game, 5-2

Wei-Yin Chen came within a strike of posting seven scoreless innings against the Yankees, but Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer on an 0-2 pitch to reduce the Orioles’ lead to 4-2. Granderson had 13 home runs this season - 10 at Yankees Stadium and three at Camden Yards. Xavier Avery timed his leap and almost made the catch. He kept looking back at a

Your nightly Xavier Avery blog entry (updated)

I’ll ease into it by pointing out that Adam Jones hit his 11th home run to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. It was the first home run allowed this month by Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. Why do I hear the ringing of a cash register every time Jones homers? The lead grew to 2-0 in the third, and

Reimold, Hammel and the Yankees’ lineup

Outfielder Nolan Reimold said the club will have a better idea later in the week whether he needs a second epidural injection for the herniated disk in his cervical spine. Team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens examined Reimold yesterday, and he’ll be checked again within a week. Reimold had his first epidural injection Friday, so it’s too early to schedule a second one if it’s needed.

Showalter provides more injury updates

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said reliever Matt Lindstrom has a slight tear in a ligament in his right middle finger. The good news is it’s not a full tear. Dr. Thomas Graham, a specialist based in Cleveland, will re-examine Lindstrom’s finger. Lindstrom will stay back in Baltimore while the Orioles play two games in Kansas City. He has no immediate plans to report to extended

Andino leading off, Betemit at first; Britton and Reimold updates

Robert Andino is leading off tonight against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. Wilson Betemit will play first base, Steve Tolleson will play third, and Xavier Avery will stay in left field and bat ninth. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit 1B Bill Hall DH Steve Tolleson 3B Xavier Avery LF Wei-Yin Chen

This, that and the other

Manager Buck Showalter said he found four teams, including the Red Sox, who have more players on the disabled list than the Orioles. But did anyone exceed the Orioles’ 22 player moves in one week? Joel Pineiro is scratched from his start at Triple-A Norfolk and isn’t listed among their upcoming starters, and I immediately wonder if he’s headed to Camden Yards. Dana Eveland tweets

Hearing from Hammel, Davis and Avery

If anything good came out of tonight’s start for Jason Hammel, it was the condition of his right knee. “Knee is good to go,” he said. “That’s a positive, I guess. No setbacks.” Hammel took the brunt of the blame for tonight’s 8-5 Orioles loss. “Honestly, we should have won the ballgame,” he said. “I let them back into the game twice. A 2-0 lead

Showalter speaks after 8-5 loss

The Orioles’ starters haven’t completed six innings in the last three games, which is taxing the bullpen, which is giving manager Buck Showalter additional challenges that he’d rather avoid. Jason Hammel was done after five-plus innings tonight, failing to record an out in the sixth in the Orioles’ 8-5 loss to the Yankees. “I would have rather not have pitched certain guys, but the game

Xavier Avery having a night of firsts - Part II (O’s lose 8-5)

Xavier Avery hit his first major league triple in the fifth inning. Avery drove in his first major league run with that triple. Avery collected his first major league hit that tied a game. A night of firsts continues for the former second-round draft pick. The Orioles trailed 3-2 after Curtis Granderson homered onto Eutaw St. in the top of the fifth. Robert Andino led

Xavier Avery having a night of firsts (game tied, 2-2)

Xavier Avery is batting first again tonight after making his major league debut on Sunday. Avery picked up his first major league hit with a double to center field off Yankees starter Ivan Nova. Avery scored his first major league run on J.J. Hardy’s single up the middle. Maybe this will be the night that Avery hits his first major league home run or steals

Showalter talks about Reimold injury; a few notes

As I’ve written over the past few days, outfielder Nolan Reimold won’t be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible on Wednesday. He’s not even ready to go on an injury-rehab assignment. Right now, he’s waiting to be re-examined by a team physician and to find out whether he needs a second epidural injection to alleviate the discomfort caused by a herniated

Hunter scheduled to pitch Wednesday

Manager Buck Showalter believes tonight’s game will start on time, but he’ll know more when representatives from both teams, the umpires and head groundskeeper Nicole Sherry meet in the “rain room.” There’s a light rain falling and the tarp’s on the field. Both teams will have to hit indoors. Tommy Hunter is scheduled to start Wednesday night’s game in Kansas City. He’ll probably fly out

Rowell suspended 50 games for drug violation (with quote)

Former Orioles first-round pick Billy Rowell has received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Rowell, who is currently on the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds’ roster, will be effective on June 18th. The Orioles were attempting to convert Rowell into a pitcher at extended spring training after drafting

Avery leading off again

Xavier Avery remains in the Orioles lineup tonight as the leadoff hitter and left fielder. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit 3B Chris Davis 1B Nick Johnson DH Robert Andino 2B Jason Hammel RHP Nolan Reimold said he won’t be examined by a team physician until later this afternoon, so no

Leftovers for breakfast (and two more notes)

According to weather.com, there’s a 90 percent chance of rain today and an 80 percent chance tomorrow. The Orioles have games scheduled today and tomorrow against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. Sounds like a conflict to me. The Orioles could use a break, since their next off-day isn’t until May 24 and the revolving door that leads into the clubhouse hasn’t stopped spinning

Arrieta on Arrieta; Patton on Patton

Jake Arrieta admitted today that he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself to turn in quality starts, which is hurting the cause. Today, he allowed seven runs and a career-high 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings, with two walks and six strikeouts. “I think I need to relax a little bit and trust myself, because I’m more than capable of making good pitches when

Showalter speaks after 9-8 loss

The Orioles didn’t have any quit in them today, but they didn’t have a comeback, either. Oh sure, they made it close, losing 9-8 to the Rays before 29,552 at Camden Yards after falling behind 7-1. They just couldn’t get over the hump. Jake Arrieta put them in a big hole by allowing seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. His early departure

Orioles try to rally, but Rays respond (O’s lose 9-8)

The Orioles were down, 7-1, and appeared to have no chance against Rays starter James Shields, but the momentum swung dramatically. Three runs scored in the sixth and two more came across in the seventh, leaving the Orioles behind 7-6 as we headed to the top of the eighth. Troy Patton was cruising along, having retired all six batters he faced. He fanned Chris Gimenez

Another rough outing for Arrieta (Wieters homers)

The Orioles have lost six of their last seven games on Mother’s Day, and they’ve drained much of the energy from today’s crowd. The Rays lead 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth, and Kevin Gregg has replaced starter Jake Arrieta, who allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Arrieta walked two, struck out six and threw a wild pitch. He threw

Reimold will be re-examined Monday (O’s down 4-1)

Xavier Avery received a nice ovation when he came to the plate in the bottom of the first inning in his first major league at-bat. Avery hit a hard one-hopper to second baseman Will Rhymes. Jake Arrieta struck out three batters in the first, but also issued a walk and gave up a single. The Rays scored three runs off him in the second on

Orioles option Pomeranz and DFA Antonelli

The Orioles created room on the 25-man roster for outfielder Xavier Avery by optioning reliever Stu Pomeranz. They made room on the 40-man by designating infielder Matt Antonelli for assignment. Pomeranz hasn’t allowed a run in two appearances covering four innings since the Orioles purchased his contract May 7. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out three. The writing was on the

A few pregame notes

We’re still waiting on the corresponding roster moves to create room for Xavier Avery on the 25- and 40-man rosters. Left-hander Dana Eveland remains a strong possibility, though I said the same thing yesterday before finding out that Mark Reynolds had a strained oblique. Avery is being thrown into the fire, starting in left field and batting leadoff against James “Big Game” Shields. “We’ll play

Avery leading off

Xavier Avery will make his major league debut today as the Orioles’ leadoff hitter and left fielder. He’s wearing No. 13. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Nick Johnson DH Chris Davis 1B Robert Andino 2B Ryan Flaherty 3B Jake Arrieta RHP With a win today, the Orioles would sweep the Rays in

Pink bats don’t clash with Bill Hall

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, and to the dads who serve both roles. Yes, I include you, as well. Bill Hall made his Orioles debut a special one last night with a home run in the eighth inning, which was followed by a shaving cream pie to the face that still had his eyes burning hours later. Hall may not be

Closing remarks from the set-up man

It took a long time for manager Buck Showalter to publicly admit that Jim Johnson was his closer. Is it safe to call Pedro Strop the set-up man? Strop retired the Rays in order in the eighth inning tonight, and he struck out B.J. Upton and Jose Molina. He spun on the mound, tapped his chest and pointed to the heavens. It’s quite a show.

Hall gets pie treatment; Matusz gets second win

Adam Jones welcomed Bill Hall to the team with a shaving cream pie to the face following tonight’s 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay. Hall hadn’t homered since May 14, 2011, so the occasion called for the traditional baseball celebration. “It’s the first-ever pie in the face,” Hall said. “He got me good. I wasn’t expecting it at all. Got me good. It was a lot

Showalter speaks after 5-3 win

The Orioles improved to 22-10 against the American League East since Sept. 7, 2011. They’re 8-2 against Boston, 4-1 against Tampa Bay, 6-3 against Toronto and 4-4 against New York. They’ve won a series against each division rival this season. “Proud? Sure. I’m proud we’re winning baseball games. But it doesn’t necessarily mean something’s going to happen for the next 100 and some odd games,”

Bullpen is best again (O’s win 5-3)

Left-hander Brian Matusz came within one out of registering a quality start, exiting after 5 2/3 innings with the Orioles clinging to a 4-3 lead over the Rays. The bullpen would have to protect a slim margin, and that’s exactly what’s happened through the eighth inning. Luis Ayala stranded two inherited runners in the sixth by striking out pinch hitter Matt Joyce, and he retired

Hall: “I’m not going to embarrass myself” (Orioles lead 4-3)

Bill Hall didn’t see his name in Triple-A Norfolk’s lineup yesterday, so he grabbed an outfielder’s glove and shagged fly balls during batting practice. He did it on a whim, having no idea that he’d be starting in left field tonight for the Orioles. Worked out pretty well for him. Hall is known primarily as a third baseman, but he’s played in the outfield in

Bergesen DFA; Avery heading to Baltimore

The Orioles have designated pitcher Brad Bergesen for assignment to make room for Bill Hall on the 40-man roster. Bergesen is 1-2 with a 5.13 ERA in eight games, including six starts, at Triple-A Norfolk. He’s allowed 45 hits, walked 13 and struck out 17 in 33 1/3 innings. Bergesen tossed five scoreless innings in Thursday’s start after rejoining the Tides’ rotation. Bergesen, who lost

Lindstrom talks about injury (with Rays lineup)

Matt Lindstrom is waiting to hear the results of the MRI taken on his right middle finger. And he’s crossing his fingers that the news will be good. Lindstrom injured the finger during Game 2 of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rangers, when he allowed his first two earned runs of the season. Lindstrom hadn’t given up an earned run in his first 12 appearances spanning

Another roster move is coming

The Orioles haven’t announced how they’ll make room for Bill Hall on the 40-man roster, but pitcher Brad Bergesen appears to be safe. Hall is wearing No. 35 tonight, which used to belong to Bergesen. However, the corresponding move apparently does not involve him. The Orioles could transfer second baseman Brian Roberts to the 60-day disabled list, but they really want to avoid it. Another

Reynolds going on DL with oblique injury

Keep those roster moves coming. Third baseman Mark Reynolds is headed to the disabled list with an oblique injury that he sustained while throwing yesterday in batting practice. The Orioles have purchased Bill Hall’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk, and he’ll take Reynolds’ spot on the 25-man roster. However, the Orioles must clear room for Hall on the 40-man. Reynolds has never been on the disabled

Hall in left field tonight, Tolleson at third, Reynolds out of lineup

Interesting lineup for the Orioles tonight. Bill Hall is starting in left field and Steve Tolleson is starting at third base. Mark Reynolds is out of the lineup again despite the Rays sending left-hander Matt Moore to the mound. Could Reynolds be headed to the disabled list? For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters DH

Orioles acquire lefty Belfiore from Arizona (updated)

The Josh Bell trade has been completed. The Orioles announced today that they acquired minor league left-hander Mike Belfiore from the Arizona Diamondbacks as the player to be named later in the Bell trade. Belfiore has been assigned to Double-A Bowie. Belfiore, 23, was a sandwich pick, the 45th overall, in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He allowed five earned runs in 19 innings (2.37

Breaking up Tejada, Hall and Flaherty into thirds

I wrote yesterday that Miguel Tejada collected his first hit since reporting to extended spring training. He started at third base after serving as the designated hitter in his first game and starting at shortstop in another game. I received the following text scouting report on Tejada yesterday: “He’s rusty with the bat/timing. Needs to get in baseball shape (at-bats, balls off bat at short/third).

Bill Hall joining Orioles

It pays to stay up late. Infielder Bill Hall just sent the following tweet: “Got the word a lil while ago. Just got called up to #Orioles. See u guys at #CamdenYards 2morrow night.” At this hour, I can’t possibly confirm the corresponding roster move, but the Orioles apparently will add a fourth player to their bench. One possibility is the Orioles designate left-hander Dana

Eveland now

Any Barry Manilow fans out there? OK, anyway... Left-hander Dana Eveland said he didn’t think much of his performance tonight. “I was very fortunate to have awesome defense behind me today,” he said. “It was one of the worst games I have had all year. I’ve been throwing the ball pretty well down there. I haven’t been walking people. Just did not have command today.

Wieters talks about the collision at home plate

Considering how hard Tampa Bay’s Sean Rodriguez hit Matt Wieters while trying to score in the fourth inning tonight, it’s amazing that the Orioles’ catcher escaped with nothing more serious than cuts in his mouth and on his ear. Rodriguez was trying to score on a single to right field after Matt Joyce already had crossed the plate. Nick Markakis threw to Robert Andino, who

Showalter speaks after 4-3 win

Manager Buck Showalter enjoyed talking about Nick Johnson for a change without having to dissect a hitless streak or explain why he kept putting the veteran in his lineup. It was all good tonight, with Johnson singling, walking, stealing a base and hitting a decisive two-run homer in the Orioles’ 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay. “Nick had a lot of good at-bats tonight, the type

Nick Johnson winning over fans one HR swing at a time

If you’re looking for unlikely heroes tonight, cast your gaze in Nick Johnson’s direction. Johnson began the night batting .122 with no home runs and five RBIs. He’s been booed by the Camden Yards crowd. Readers of this blog question why he’s still on the team, the memory of his 0-for-28 start burned into their brains. For one night, at least, he’s the most popular

Wieters survives nasty collision; O’s down 3-2 after Markakis HR

Dana Eveland is littering the bases and running up his pitch count, so he’s not likely to stick around for the late innings of tonight’s game. Eveland has allowed three runs and four hits, walked five (one intentional), struck out two and hit two batters in four innings. He’s thrown 71 pitches, only 37 for strikes. Eveland retired the side in order in the first,

Lindstrom to DL; Wheeler DFA (updated)

The Orioles created room on the 25-man roster for tonight’s starter, left-hander Dana Eveland, by placing reliever Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day disabled list with a right middle finger injury. Lindstrom, 32, has posted a 1.29 ERA in 13 games, allowing two earned runs in 14 innings. Both runs scored last night. Three unearned runs also have scored while he’s pitched. Lindstrom, acquired from the

Wada statement on surgery; Lindstrom could be headed to DL

While we wait for the Orioles to announce their 25-man and 40-man roster moves, here’s a statement from pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada regarding today’s ligament-reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, which was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles: “The procedure went as planned and Dr. Yocum felt good about how it went. He predicts a full recovery. I’m glad to have this over with

A few pregame notes

The Orioles will wait to announce how they created room for starter Dana Eveland on the 25-man roster until team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens arrives at the ballpark around 5 p.m. The feeling here is Tommy Hunter could be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk if Jason Hammel is cleared to start on Monday. Otherwise, manager Buck Showalter will have to tweak his rotation again. On the

Flaherty starting at third base

Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base tonight after playing left field in Game 1 of yesterday’s doubleheader. For the Orioles: Ryan Flaherty 3B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit LF Chris Davis 1B Nick Johnson DH Robert Andino 2B Dana Eveland LHP No roster move has been announced, and it might not come

Quick Tejada update

Miguel Tejada played third base today in an extended spring training game, and he doubled for his first hit since signing a minor league contract. Tejada served as the designated hitter in his first game on Tuesday, and he played shortstop yesterday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said Tejada will be evaluated over a seven-to-10 day period

Thinking about today’s roster moves and next month’s First-Year Player Draft

The Orioles didn’t hit a home run in Game 2 last night, the first time they failed to clear the fences since April 30 at New York. They hit 20 homers in their previous eight games and were 6-2 in that span. No need to worry that the Orioles will deprive you of a roster move today. Dana Eveland is here to make tonight’s start

Hearing from Hunter and Lindstrom

Tommy Hunter started Game 2 tonight and allowed four runs and five hits in six innings. Matt Lindstrom relieved him and allowed three runs (two earned) and three hits in one inning. “I felt real good. I was down in the zone. It was a lot better than what it was the last start,” Hunter said. “It’s a good lineup. Of course, it does help

Showalter speaks after 7-3 loss in Game 2

Manager Buck Showalter asked reporters whether they saw enough baseball today. We’ve seen enough to last a lifetime, considering how many innings this team has played since it arrived in Boston last week. Tommy Hunter gave the Orioles six innings and 91 pitches while working on three days’ rest. “Tommy made a lot of quality pitches down, which you have to do with that club,

Showalter speaks after 6-5 win in Game 1; O’s trail 7-3 in Game 2

Josh Hamilton didn’t homer in Game 1, but he drilled a two-run shot off Tommy Hunter in the first inning of Game 2. Hamilton’s ball landed on Eutaw St., the first time in his career that he’s cleared the flag court. It’s now happened 60 times in Camden Yards history. Hunter gave up two hits and walked a batter in the first inning. Showalter had

Game 2 lineups, Chavez to DL

Steve Tolleson makes his Orioles’ debut as the starting third baseman in Game 2 of today’s doubleheader. Luis Exposito is behind the plate, and Wilson Betemit moves from third to left field for the nightcap. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters DH Wilson Betemit LF Mark Reynolds 1B Steve Tolleson 3B Luis Exposito C

Chen exactly what the doctor ordered (O’s win 6-5)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter needed Wei-Yin Chen to pitch deep into Game 1 of today’s doubleheader. Chen didn’t need to be told twice. We’re in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Chen has held the potent Rangers’ lineup to one run and four hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. His pitch count stood at 72 through the fourth, but he’s at 98 after

Orioles string together three HRs in first inning (more information)

Now that’s the way to announce your presence in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The first three Orioles homered off Rangers starter Colby Lewis in the bottom of the first inning, bringing the sparse crowd to its feet and almost knocking Lewis to his knees. Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty hit his first major league home run on Lewis’ second pitch, the ball clearing the

Orioles must make room for Eveland

Dana Eveland will arrive in Baltimore later today and make tomorrow night’s start against the Rays at Camden Yards. That much we know. In fact, we knew about it yesterday, but manager Buck Showalter confirmed it this afternoon and joked about how the reporters staring back at him already figured it out. Here’s what we don’t know: How the Orioles will make room for Eveland

Updates on Hammel, Chavez, Eveland, Britton and more

Jason Hammel, who isn’t making today’s start because of a sore right knee, is tentatively scheduled to pitch Monday night against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Hammel could be pushed back one more day and start Tuesday. The Orioles will more strongly consider placing him on the disabled list if he remains unavailable. Manager Buck Showalter stressed that Hammel could have pitched today under different

Orioles’ Game 1 lineup against Rangers

It’s the same as yesterday. For the Orioles: Ryan Flaherty LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit 3B Chris Davis DH Mark Reynolds 1B Robert Andino 2B Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Which Lewis will Orioles see?; Rangers lineup

Colby Lewis is off to a fast start for the Rangers, going 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in six starts. He’s walked five and struck out 31 in 39 1/3 innings. The Orioles might not recognize him in Game 1. That’s because Lewis is 1-3 with a 5.53 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in six career appearances against them, including four starts. He’s

Who’s left in left?

I’m going to test your memories, which might seem unfair at this early hour. Remember when the Orioles were set in left field? Nolan Reimold was going to be the regular and get enough at-bats for the Orioles to properly evaluate him. Endy Chavez was going to spell him - making sure to put the E before the I - and give the club good

Tonight’s game is postponed; Hunter recalled for Game 2

Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Texas Rangers has been postponed due to rain. The teams will play a single-admission doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 4:05 p.m., with all gates opening at 3:00 p.m. The second game won’t start before 7:05 p.m. Tickets for tonight’s game may be exchanged for seats of equal value for tomorrow’s doubleheader or any remaining non-prime home game during the 2012

Updating Chavez during rain delay

The tarp’s on the field, it’s pouring rain and the forecast is dismal. We won’t start on time. Endy Chavez continues to receive treatment for a sore intercostal muscle, and it’s quite possible that he goes on the disabled list. “Last night before the game, he said it was the best he’s felt, but the last at-bat he felt it a little bit,” manager Buck

Hammel and Showalter talk about Hammel

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel is optimistic that he can avoid the disabled list if his next start is pushed back a few days. Hammel won’t make tomorrow’s scheduled start because of a sore right knee. An MRI didn’t reveal any structural damage, but there’s fluid in the knee that’s required treatment. “Two or three starts, each start it’s gotten progressively worse - more just fluid

Tolleson headed here; Hammel will be skipped (Phillips optioned)

Another day at Camden Yards brings another batch of news. The Orioles are purchasing infielder Steve Tolleson’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk and will announce the corresponding roster move once the reliever is told that he’s being optioned. Manager Buck Showalter will speak to him during batting practice. Tolleson, who will wear No. 6, is expected to arrive at Camden Yards about an hour before the

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty is leading off and starting in left field tonight. Mark Reynolds is at first base. For the Orioles: Ryan Flaherty LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit 3B Chris Davis DH Mark Reynolds 1B Robert Andino 2B Wei-Yin Chen LHP For the Rangers: Ian Kinsler 2B Elvis Andrus SS Josh Hamilton LF

Willis drops grievance against Orioles

Left-hander Dontrelle Willis has dropped his grievance against the Orioles and will report to extended spring training tomorrow, according to agent Matt Sosnick. Willis left Triple-A Norfolk and returned home with the assumption that he would be granted his release. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said the Orioles never made that promise and that Willis left without permission, leading to the grievance and some hard

More roster moves are coming

No truth to the rumor that the Orioles are trying to trade for Cole Hamels so he can give Josh Hamilton a belated “welcome to the majors” moment later tonight. The Orioles’ 25-man roster was stagnant long enough. Now we’re seeing the ripples. Nolan Reimold goes on the disabled list. Luis Exposito is recalled. Tommy Hunter and Ronny Paulino are optioned. Jason Berken is recalled.

Hearing from Hamilton, Arrieta and O’Day

Josh Hamilton had never hit three home runs in the same game before tonight, the thought crossing his mind after No. 2 cleared the fence. He had no idea what was coming next. Hamilton became the 16th player in major league history to hit four homers in the same game. “Obviously it’s, other than being in the World Series, the highlight of my big league

Showalter speaks after 10-3 loss

Too much Josh Hamilton tonight. That pretty much sums up the Orioles’ 10-3 loss to the Rangers before an announced 11,263 at Camden Yards. The Orioles outscored the Rangers, 3-2, without Hamilton’s four home runs and eight RBIs. Maybe they’ve found a loophole. So ... too much Josh Hamilton? “Yep,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We didn’t score many runs, either. I think you’ve got to

Stop pitching to Josh Hamilton (That’s four home runs tonight!)

The Orioles tried to get back into tonight’s game. Too bad they tried to pitch to Josh Hamilton again in the seventh inning. With his team trailing, 5-1, manager Buck Showalter removed Jake Arrieta and brought in left-hander Zach Phillips to pitch to Hamilton with one on and one out. Hamilton promptly launched his third home run of the night, giving him six RBIs and

Orioles fall behind in first inning (and it’s worse in third)

Well, that didn’t take long. Jake Arrieta, who tossed eight scoreless innings in his last start in New York, served up a two-run homer to Josh Hamilton in the top of the first. Rangers 2, Orioles 0. The big mistake was walking Elvis Andrus with one out. Hamilton followed with his 11th homer, the ball eluding Adam Jones’ leaping attempt and clearing the center field

Showalter talks about Tejada and Phillips

Miguel Tejada signed his minor league deal with the Orioles today and served as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game. That’s all I know. I’d pass along his stats if I had them. Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t said much about Tejada, who contacted the Orioles seeking a tryout after being unable to land a major league deal. “You can talk to Dan

Eveland could join rotation Friday (with Rangers lineup)

The Orioles removed left-hander Dana Eveland from last night’s start with Triple-A Norfolk so he can start here Friday night. Eveland tossed five scoreless innings and threw 63 pitches before coming out of the game. He’s allowed nine earned runs in 36 2/3 innings this season, and only two in his last 13 innings. Eveland isn’t on the 40-man roster, so the Orioles would have

Orioles’ lineup against Texas; Phillips is here (updated)

Mark Reynolds will serve as the designated hitter tonight. Wilson Betemit gets the start at third base. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez LF J.J Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B Wilson Betemit 3B Mark Reynolds DH Robert Andino 2B Jake Arrieta RHP It continues to rain here. I don’t have any inside information on the weather, and

This, that and the other

For fans and media types who are freaking out over the rotation’s poor showing the past two games, second baseman Robert Andino offers a little reminder. “Our pitchers aren’t machines, either,” he said. “It’s a grind. You’re going to have your ups and downs, but we’ll come back out tomorrow and play again. You can’t stress one game.” Baseball doesn’t offer mulligans, but I’m giving

Hearing from Pomeranz, Matusz and Snyder

J.J. Hardy has reached base safely in 13 of his last 14 games. He’s 8-for-12 in his last two. Matt Wieters has a hit in eight straight games and 13 of his last 14. Robert Andino has now homered in consecutive games twice in his career. The bullpen had allowed one earned run in the last 35 2/3 innings before Jason Berken gave up two

Showalter not offering excuses for 14-3 loss

It would have been easy for manager Buck Showalter to refer back to yesterday’s 17-inning game in Boston, and the harm it did to his bullpen, while dissecting tonight’s 14-3 loss to the Rangers before 11,938 at Camden Yards. Easy, but unacceptable. Showalter didn’t blame a carryover from the marathon win over the Red Sox for tonight’s dismal showing. “I know that’s a real easy

Tejada passes physical, Snyder torturing former team (O’s down 14-3)

Miguel Tejada passed his physical today in Sarasota and is expected to sign a minor league contract tomorrow and begin workouts at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Tejada will be evaluated for seven to 10 days before the Orioles decide whether to keep him. He’ll stay at extended spring training. The Orioles consider Tejada to be a possible defensive upgrade at third base, though it’s

Snyder gets revenge, early Bundy update (updated)

Brandon Snyder got a little revenge on his former team tonight, driving a two-out, two-run single into center field off left-hander Brian Matusz in the top of the second inning. Adrian Beltre led off with a walk and Nelson Cruz doubled with one out. Mike Napoli flied to shallow right, but Snyder singled on a 2-2 pitch. Matusz got a called strike with a slider

Starter possibilities for Friday

The Orioles need a starter to take Tommy Hunter’s turn on Friday. Jason Berken, recalled today for the second time this season, is a possibility. He’s been starting at Triple-A Norfolk. However, what happens if Berken is needed in relief this week and throws enough pitches that he’s not available for the series opener against Tampa Bay? Chris Tillman is scheduled to start Friday for

More from Showalter, Snyder starting at third base for Rangers

The Orioles were expected to option third catcher Luis Exposito to make room for a reliever, but baseball can be unpredictable. Exposito is now the second catcher. Ronny Paulino, who won the backup job in spring training while Taylor Teagarden dealt with a lower-back injury, will be the primary starter at Triple-A Norfolk. Didn’t see that one coming. “They both had options,” manager Buck Showalter

More on Hunter’s demotion

Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t named a replacement for Tommy Hunter in the Orioles’ rotation. He told reporters today that Jason Berken is a possibility. The club could call up a starter from the minors. That decision is pending. Hunter must stay with Triple-A Norfolk for a minimum of 10 days unless he’s recalled to replace an injured player. To recap: Hunter and Ronny Paulino were

Hunter optioned, Exposito in lineup

The Orioles are making room for reliever Jason Berken by optioning starter Tommy Hunter to Triple-A Norfolk. Hunter is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA. He lasted only 4 1/3 innings yesterday in Boston, allowing five runs and eight hits, walking one and striking out two. He’s allowed nine home runs in 36 innings. Hunter said his toe and back are fine. His issues aren’t related

Berken also here

The Orioles apparently will make two roster moves today. Jason Berken is running sprints in the outfield with Stu Pomeranz before batting practice at Camden Yards. It looks like he’s being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, though we’re still waiting for the Orioles to send out a news release. They’re most likely going to wait until closer to the first pitch to make sure the weather

About yesterday and last night

BOSTON - I made it to my Southwest gate, proving once again that sleep is vastly overrated. However, a belt is not, and my jeans almost hit the floor in the security line. No need to thank me for the early-morning visual. I’d like to point out that my road record improved to 8-2. I won’t take full credit for the Orioles’ surge into first

Pomeranz expected to get the call (updated)

BOSTON - The Orioles haven’t announced a roster move and won’t do so until tomorrow, but they’re expected to purchase Stu Pomeranz’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk to provide manager Buck Showalter with another bullpen arm. It’s not official, but that’s what I’ve heard. Stay tuned. Pomeranz, 27, has emerged as a logical choice despite not being on the 40-man roster. He didn’t pitch for the

Chris Davis: “I seriously don’t know what happened”

BOSTON - Chris Davis still had a little shaving cream on his chin when he met with reporters in the cramped visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park. He got a pie in the face and a beer shampoo from teammates helping him celebrate his two scoreless innings that completed a 9-6, 17-inning victory over the Red Sox that won’t soon be forgotten. Those innings also completed

Showalter helps sort through the craziness

BOSTON - Today’s game fell eight minutes short of tying the longest in Orioles history. Eighteen pitchers were used, the most ever in a single game at Fenway Park. Adam Jones became the first Orioles player to homer in the 17th inning or later since Andy Etchebarren in the 19th inning in 1967. According to Elias, Chris Davis is the first player to go 0-for-8

Chris Davis pitches a scoreless 16th (O’s win 9-6)

BOSTON - I can’t believe I just typed that sentence. Chris Davis has entered the game in the bottom of the 16th after manager Buck Showalter ran out of relievers. Brian Matusz, scheduled to start tomorrow night, walked to the bullpen. However, Davis was the one warming up after serving as the designated hitter. This way, the Orioles don’t really lose their DH. He just

Gregg delivers again (we’re tied in the 15th)

BOSTON - Kevin Gregg was forced to go two innings today, and he shut out the Red Sox on one hit. He also struck out four batters. Don’t look now, but Gregg hasn’t allowed a run in his last four appearances covering five innings. He’s permitted two hits, walked two and struck out six. In his last three appearances covering four innings, he’s allowed one

Reynolds continues to feast at Fenway (we’re tied again)

BOSTON - The Red Sox might want to consider Mark Reynolds if they need a third baseman. Reynolds has walked three times today, and he broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning with a two-out double to center field that scored Adam Jones, who singled, stole second base and took third on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s second error of the frame. Reynolds saw seven pitches

You know you’re going good when ... (bad day for Hunter)

BOSTON - The Orioles could have run themselves out of a big inning in the top of the fourth. A baserunning blunder could have bitten them, could have come back to haunt them, could have brought the same level of regret as a few 2 a.m. bar decisions. But not when you’re going good. Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds walked in the fourth. With one

Showalter on why Flaherty is starting (Hardy homers twice)

BOSTON - J.J. Hardy homered with one out in the top of the first inning to give the Orioles a quick 1-0 lead. Hardy has five homers this season. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz has allowed eight in 30 innings. Ryan Flaherty estimated that he’s got 30 friends and family members at today’s game. The Rule 5 pick from Maine has been feeling right at

Reimold will go on rehab assignment

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters today that he expects outfielder Nolan Reimold to go on an injury rehab assignment in the minors before being activated from the disabled list. Reimold is eligible to return May 16 after being shut down with a herniated disk in his cervical spine. He still has some tingling in his fingers, though his condition is improving. Showalter

Flaherty leading off and playing left field

BOSTON - Ryan Flaherty has a lot of friends and family here who made the trip from Maine. They’ll get to watch him play left field and bat first against Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz. For the Orioles: Ryan Flaherty LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis DH Mark Reynolds 3B Nick Johnson 1B Robert Andino 2B

If the Orioles win today ...

BOSTON - With a win today, the Orioles would move 10 games above .500 for the first time since June 25, 2005, when they were 42-32. Yes, it all keeps going back to 2005. How in the world did that team not win the World Series? A victory today also would give the Orioles their first three-game sweep in Boston since June 10-12, 1994. You

Chris Davis: “We just feel like we have a good group of guys here”

BOSTON - The Orioles are going for the sweep today at Fenway Park. They already won the series. They already won the series in New York on the first leg of this trip. But they’re not satisfied. One of the best quotes to come out of the victorious clubhouse yesterday was provided by center fielder Adam Jones. What’s been the biggest difference in the Orioles

Showalter speaks after 8-2 win

BOSTON - Manager Buck Showalter provides a good mix of analysis and humor in his postgame sessions with the media. The analysis, when asked about Jason Hammel: “He was good, Boy, he pounded the strike zone and stuff. He’s doing the things to give himself a chance to be good and he’s in a good place right now and it’s on us to try to

Dropping the Hammel

BOSTON - Once again, Jason Hammel gave the Orioles a quality start and didn’t allow more than two earned runs. It’s become routine. “I felt good,” he said after being charged with two runs in 6 2/3 innings in an 8-2 victory over the Red Sox. “I was able to establish the strike zone early and a big inning really takes the stress out of

More about the third inning and Hammel (O’s win 8-2)

BOSTON - The Orioles erupted for seven runs in the top of the third inning today, their highest output in a single frame since they scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth on May 25, 2011 against the Royals. The Orioles also collected seven hits in the inning - including six with two outs - their highest total since tallying seven in the

Orioles almost knock out Red Sox’s starter (O’s up 8-0)

BOSTON - Boston starter Aaron Cook left today’s game. Then he returned to it - with a gash on his left shin that could double as a parking garage. Cook was injured while covering home plate as Chris Davis scored on a passed ball. Cook’s leg came down on Davis’ spikes, and he limped to the dugout with the Red Sox’s head athletic trainer as

Britton throws batting practice, Duquette talks about Tejada

BOSTON - Orioles left-hander Zach Britton threw 47 pitches today in live batting practice at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. The reports on Britton’s left shoulder continue to be positive, and he’ll pitch in an extended spring training game on Thursday. Britton is scheduled to start three extended spring games, including May 15 and 21. He could begin an injury-rehab assignment in the

Orioles lineup versus Red Sox

BOSTON - Endy Chavez is back in left field for the Orioles today. Mark Reynolds remains at third base, with Wilson Betemit serving as the designated hitter. Robert Andino slides back down to the ninth spot after leading off last night. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B Wilson Betemit DH

Bullpen still in pretty good shape (with notes)

BOSTON - I hope everyone slept fast, as manager Buck Showalter always suggests after a quick turnaround. In case you forgot, we’ve got a 1:10 p.m. start today, with Jason Hammel opposing Aaron Cook, who’s subbing for Josh Beckett. Hammel switched places with Tommy Hunter, who starts tomorrow. I asked Hunter yesterday how his foot was feeling, and he got a puzzled look on his

Hearing from Ayala, Patton and Reynolds

BOSTON - Reliver Luis Ayala gets the award tonight for biggest understatement by an Oriole. “The team in tonight’s game had really good relief pitching,” he said. To say the least. “We have a good ‘pen, and that’s one of the reasons why,” he added, after the Orioles’ relievers combined for eight scoreless innings. “We have a pretty good bullpen this year. We make great

Showalter speaks after 6-4 victory in 13 innings

BOSTON - The Orioles committed three errors in the first two innings and added a passed ball to the toxic mix. But in the end, they celebrated a 6-4 win in 13 innings that made the miscues seem a little less important. Not that manager Buck Showalter overlooked or excused them. They were just easier to accept. “We played solid,” he said. “I’m just disappointed

Well, that didn’t take long

BOSTON - The Orioles scored twice in the top of the 13th inning tonight and defeated the Red Sox 6-4. The Orioles have won five of six games and six of eight against the Red Sox. They’ve won four of five at Fenway Park after losing six in a row. The bullpen was masterful again, registering eight scoreless innings after starter Wei-Yin Chen left the

Bullpen still bullying the opposition (heading to the 13th)

BOSTON - The Orioles’ bullpen began the night with a 1.73 ERA in 72 2/3 innings, the lowest total in the majors. Matt Lindstrom kept the pride alive by retiring the side in order in the sixth after replacing starter Wei-Yin Chen. Lindstrom needed only 11 pitches to finish off the Red Sox, but manager Buck Showalter brought in Pedro Strop for the seventh. Yes,

Still tied in the fifth (and tied in the seventh)

BOSTON - It’s been a strange night. I never imagined that I’d be blogging about Miguel Tejada again, at least in connection to the Orioles. I’ll stress again that he hasn’t signed a contract, according to team officials. They’re taking a look at him and could bring him back to the organization on a minor league deal. Anyway, the Red Sox took a 3-1 lead

Orioles preparing to bring back Tejada? (Reynolds homers)

BOSTON - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed tonight that infielder Miguel Tejada will report to extended spring in Sarasota and work out for team officials. Duquette said the Orioles haven’t reached a formal agreement with Tejada and no contract has been signed. For now, it’s a tryout of sorts that could turn into a deal. “He’s reporting to Sarasota so he can get

So why is Andino batting leadoff? (Reimold to DL official)

BOSTON - That’s the question I posed to manager Buck Showalter earlier today, since he indicated after Wednesday night’s game in New York that he didn’t want to mess with a good thing and move Robert Andino from the ninth spot in the order. Andino has raised his average to .342. He’s also risen from ninth to first. So why Andino? “As opposed to who?”

Showalter explains pending roster move

BOSTON - The Orioles are waiting until shortly before tonight’s game starts to place outfielder Nolan Reimold on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, with a bulging disk in his cervical spine. Showalter wants to make sure the game isn’t postponed because of rain. It’s overcast here, but both teams are taking batting practice and the weather isn’t expected to halt play. Luis Exposito

Exposito excited to be back, N. Johnson has one more hit

BOSTON - Luis Exposito is back in Boston - just not the way he once imagined. Exposito signed a minor league contract with the Orioles after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox. As part of baseball’s circle of life, he ended up at Fenway Park today after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Exposito takes the roster spot of outfielder Nolan Reimold, who’s going

Exposito listed among reserves, Andino leading off

BOSTON - Nolan Reimold isn’t listed among the reserves for tonight’s game, so he’s headed to the disabled list. Luis Exposito is wearing No. 25. I’ll post comments from him later today. Robert Andino has moved atop the order, with Wilson Betemit starting in left field and Endy Chavez on the bench against Boston left-hander Jon Lester. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy

Exposito brought to Boston, Red Sox lineup

BOSTON - Former Red Sox catcher Luis Exposito, signed by the Orioles as a minor league free agent, was on the field a few minutes ago. He’s been summoned from Triple-A Norfolk, which indicates that a roster move is coming. Is Nolan Reimold headed to the disabled list? Exposito is batting .288/.339/.423 with three RBIs in 13 games with the Tides. Exposito is on the

Reimold hasn’t rejoined the Orioles (note on Roberts)

BOSTON - Outfielder Nolan Reimold remains in Baltimore while receiving treatment for a bulging disk in his cervical spine. Reimold hasn’t joined the team in Boston, according to executive vice president Dan Duquette. More information will become available later today - including whether Reimold could be headed to the disabled list - after manager Buck Showalter meets with reporters during batting practice at Fenway Park.

If the Orioles win tonight ...

BOSTON - With a win tonight, the Orioles would move eight games above .500 for the first time since July 18, 2005, when they were 50-42 under Lee Mazzilli. Despite winning four of the last five games against Boston and six of the last nine, the Orioles lost the season series, 8-10. They were 5-4 in Baltimore and 3-6 in Boston. The Orioles are 11-13

Orioles get another crack at Lester tonight

BOSTON - Teams might want to steer clear of the Orioles. The Red Sox come to Camden Yards for the final series of 2011, get knocked out of the playoff race and lose their manager and general manager. The Yankees host the Orioles in a three-game series this week, lose the last two games and lose their closer to a torn ACL. Beware. Mariano Rivera

Pineiro debuts with Norfolk (updated)

BOSTON - Joel Pineiro was added to Triple-A Norfolk’s roster and made his debut tonight, going six innings against Indianapolis. Pineiro, signed as a minor league free agent after being released by the Phillies, allowed one run and three hits, walked none and struck out five. He threw 75 pitches, 55 for strikes. One of the hits off Pineiro came from former Oriole Jake Fox,

Orioles’ bullpen continues to provide relief

BOSTON - You can point the finger in a lot of different directions when figuring all the ways that the Orioles have bolted to a 16-9 start. The club’s bullpen deserves a big hand. Orioles relievers have combined to post a 1.73 ERA heading into Friday night’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the lowest figure in the majors. They’ve permitted only seven

Should Andino continue to bat ninth?

NEW YORK - I’d just like to point out that I’ve got a 5-2 road record this season. Chicago couldn’t take me. Neither could New York. So what have you got, Boston? I’m getting ready to board another train, where I’ll spend about four hours blogging, tweeting, reading or sleeping. I may do all four and shoot for the Mount Rushmore of rail travel. The

Getting a charge out of the Orioles’ battery

NEW YORK - You only had to look 60 feet, 6 inches to find two of the key components in the Orioles’ 5-0 victory over the Yankees. Jake Arrieta tore through the Yankees’ lineup, shutting them out on five hits over eight innings, walking none and striking out nine. Catcher Matt Wieters guided Arrieta through yet another quality start by the Orioles and added a

Showalter speaks after 5-0 win

NEW YORK - Start spreading the news: The Orioles took two of three in the Bronx. It all started tonight with Jake Arrieta’s masterful performance. He shut out the Yankees on five hits over eight innings, didn’t walk a batter and tied his career high with nine strikeouts. “I thought the biggest inning was the one after we scored the one run. Go back out

Arrieta brings his A game (O’s win 5-0)

NEW YORK - Once again, an Orioles starter pitched deep in a game tonight. It all starts with starting pitching. Jake Arrieta was superb, blanking the Yankees on five hits over a career-high eight innings. He didn’t walk a batter and tied his career high with nine strikeouts. Arrieta also tied Jason Hammel for the longest outing by an Orioles starter this season. Hammel lasted

Orioles increase lead, Wada gives statement (updated)

NEW YORK - The Orioles are 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position tonight, and they’ve stranded eight runners through the sixth inning. Good thing Jake Arrieta is shutting out the Yankees. Robert Andino’s infield hit scored Chris Davis in the sixth to increase the Orioles’ lead to 2-0. Endy Chavez lined into a double play - the third inning that’s ended with him at the

Orioles won’t get Beckett Saturday (Wieters homers)

NEW YORK - The Orioles aren’t the only team adjusting its rotation this weekend. According to a tweet from @GordonEdes, the Red Sox have scratched Josh Beckett from Saturday’s start against the Orioles because of a stiff lat muscle. Aaron Cook, just brought up from the minors, will start in Beckett’s place. Beckett is 7-5 with a 4.25 ERA in 18 career starts against the

Showalter talks about rotation, Reimold and Wada

NEW YORK - Manager Buck Showalter explained to reporters earlier today why Tommy Hunter is being held back until Sunday in Boston, with Jason Hammel moving up a day. “Tommy’s had an ingrown toenail that he’s had cut on,” Showalter said. “I just want to give him a couple extra days and get him back to 100 percent. He’ll tell you that he is, but

Hunter pushed back one day

NEW YORK - Tommy Hunter and Jason Hammel are being flip-flopped in the rotation for this weekend’s series in Boston. Hunter had an ingrown toenail removed and is being given an extra day to recover, which lines him up to pitch on Sunday at Fenway Park. Hammel will start on Saturday. The day off tomorrow allows for extra rest for everyone in the rotation. Also,

Orioles and Yankees lineups (and Norfolk notes)

NEW YORK - Mark Reynolds is back in the Orioles’ lineup tonight, starting at third base against Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova. Nick Johnson remains the designated hitter after collecting his first hit last night. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez LF J.J Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B Nick Johnson DH Mark Reynolds 3B Robert Andino 2B Jake

Wada will undergo elbow surgery

NEW YORK - Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada has decided to undergo ligament-reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, ending his 2012 season before it actually started. Dr. Lewis Yocum will perform the surgery on May 11 in Los Angeles. Yocum removed bone chips from Wada’s elbow in 2007. An MRI and CT scan confirmed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. The Orioles let Wada

A little more on Reimold

NEW YORK - Before I head to Yankee Stadium for tonight’s series finale, I wanted to explain more clearly what’s happening with Nolan Reimold. Well, the “clearly” part might be a reach, but anyway ... Reimold’s bulging disk is located in his cervical spine, and it’s more neck than back. At least, that’s how it’s been explained to me. I’m not a doctor, so I’m

Rotating the starters (and Reimold note)

NEW YORK - The news came fast and furious yesterday, beginning with outfielder Nolan Reimold’s tingling fingers and continuing with hitting coach Jim Presley’s kidney stone. I hadn’t left my hotel room in Times Square and my day already had taken a busy turn. As I walked into the press box at Yankee Stadium, still beaming at my ability to take the D train in

Nick Johnson: “It’s been tough, but you’ve got to keep working”

NEW YORK - I’m unable to access your comments at the moment because there’s some sort of glitch with Disqus. Yes, I’m disgusted over it. Anyway, we’re working to find a solution. In the meantime, here’s a little something from Nick Johnson, who ended an 0-for-29 drought with a run-scoring double in the eighth inning: “It feels good. It’s been a long time, so it

Hearing from Matusz, Hardy and Davis

NEW YORK - Brian Matusz won his first road game since Sept. 27, 2010 at Tampa Bay, snapping a seven-game losing streak away from home. Eleven different Orioles starters earned victories since his last triumph. Tonight’s feat is more special to Matusz because of how it ties to manager Buck Showalter. “It couldn’t be more exciting being Buck’s 1,000th win,” Showalter said. “Growing up, I

Showalter speaks after career win No. 1,000

NEW YORK - The Orioles surrounded manager Buck Showalter on the field after tonight’s 7-1 victory became official. “Mobbed him” might be a more accurate description. In the clubhouse, the players toasted him with champagne rather than douse him with Gatorade or deliver a shaving cream pie to his face. “It’s kind of embarassing, quite frankly,” he said. “I don’t make any bones about it,

Johnson almost ends hitless drought (He does it!)

NEW YORK - Well, that was a cruel tease. Yankees left fielder Eduardo Nunez misjudged Nick Johnson’s fly ball in the sixth inning, freezing on it before breaking in and failing to make a lunging catch. The baseball world held its collective breath for the official scorer’s decision. E-7. Johnson’s now 0-for-29 on the season, including 0-for-3 tonight. The Orioles scored three runs in the

Davis ties game and continues tear (Hardy gives O’s 3-1 lead)

NEW YORK - I’m talking about the good kind of tear here. Chris Davis hit another home run tonight, his fourth in the last seven games, to tie the score at 1-1. He connected off Yankees starter Phil Hughes with one out in the second. Davis is 8-for-18 with a double, four homers and nine RBIs in his last seven games. He’s batting .319 with

The rap on Reynolds (and more on Wada and Tillman)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated earlier today that Mark Reynolds will return to the lineup tomorrow against the Yankees, and also will play in the Red Sox series that begins Friday. Tonight is another rest period for Reynolds, in part because Showalter is trying to get Nick Johnson on track. Reynolds needs to do the same. He’s batting .143 and hasn’t hit

Showalter talks about Reimold and more

NEW YORK - Manager Buck Showalter updated reporters on Nolan Reimold’s tingling fingers and Tsuyoshi Wada’s aching left elbow. Showalter confirmed that Reimold has a bulging disk in his back and won’t play in the last two games of this series. The Orioles are hoping that Reimold joins them in Boston for the three-game series that begins on Friday. “They’re trying a Medrol Dosepack to

Reimold has bulging disk in back, Wada update

NEW YORK - Outfielder Nolan Reimold won’t make another appearance in this series after an examination in Baltimore today revealed a bulging disk in his back. Reimold is taking a Medrol Dosepack to reduce the inflammation and could rejoin the team in Boston. There are no current plans to place him on the disabled list. Reimold complained of a tingling sensation in his fingers after

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Endy Chavez is back in the Orioles’ lineup tonight and playing left field. Nick Johnson will serve as the designated hitter. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B Wilson Betemit 3B Nick Johnson DH Robert Andino 2B Brian Matusz LHP For the Yankees: Jeter SS Granderson CF Rodriguez

Orioles postpone Brooks Robinson ceremony

NEW YORK - The Orioles announced today that the Brooks Robinson sculpture unveiling originally scheduled for Saturday, May 12 has been postponed until Saturday, Sept. 29. Robinson’s sculpture was supposed to be the second one unveiled in the bullpen area after Frank Robinson’s ceremony on Saturday. “I am sorry I am unable to be there for the originally scheduled unveiling of the Brooks Robinson statue,”

Reimold returns to Baltimore, Presley spends night in hospital

NEW YORK - The Orioles could be a man short for tonight’s game against the Yankees. They also might not have their hitting coach in the dugout. Outfielder Nolan Reimold boarded a train back to Baltimore this morning after complaining of a tingling sensation in his fingertips. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells checked out Reimold and recommended that he be examined by team physicians. The

It’s Matusz vs. Hughes tonight

NEW YORK - The sky looks like it could open up any second and drench us in heavy rains, but tonight’s game doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy. Brian Matusz could use a break in the clouds - the black ones that have hovered over him since spring training 2011. Matusz has lost 12 consecutive decisions, but he’s coming off his finest start, allowing two

The DH dilemma

NEW YORK - Mark Reynolds served as the Orioles’ designated hitter last night and was hitless in three at-bats in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees. In 23 games this season, the Orioles’ designated hitters are a combined 18-for-80 (.225) with three doubles, one home run and three RBIs. Reynolds has done it, and he’s batting .143 with no homers and three RBIs this season.

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