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Orioles option Hunter

In a move that was anticipated after today’s game, the Orioles have optioned right-hander Tommy Hunter to Triple-A Norfolk. No corresponding roster move was announced. Jim Thome will be added to the 25-man roster tomorrow, but the Orioles also are expected to add pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, who was scratched from tonight’s start at Norfolk. Hunter is 3-4 with a 6.11 ERA in 15 games, including

Postgame chatter and speculation following 11-5 loss

The Orioles are prepared to make two roster moves tomorrow after Dana Eveland threw 77 pitches in 3 2/3 innings and Tommy Hunter threw 51 in 1 2/3 relief innings in an 11-5 loss to the Indians before 35,335 at Camden Yards. Veteran designated hitter Jim Thome will arrive tomorrow, but the Orioles apparently aren’t ready to go back to a four-man bench with left-hander

Duquette discusses today’s trade for Jim Thome (updated)

The Orioles completed a trade today that brings veteran designated hitter Jim Thome to Baltimore for Single-A Frederick pitcher Kyle Simon and Single-A Delmarva catcher Gabriel Lino. Thome is expected to be in uniform for tomorrow’s game against the Indians. Executive vice president Dan Duquette told reporters that the two sides were engaged in trade talks for about a week before completing it today. “Jim

Orioles on verge of completing trade (Simon and Lino headed to Phils)

The Orioles are close to completing a trade for a hitter, according to a source outside the organization, and speculation centers on veteran Jim Thome, who isn’t in the Phillies lineup today. No one with the Orioles will confirm that a deal is in place, but an announcement is expected following today’s game against the Indians at Camden Yards. Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia is

Great start to day, rough beginning for Eveland (O’s down 2-1)

It’s only 91 degrees at first pitch. Anyone have a sweater I can borrow? I had to keep reminding myself that the Orioles were playing a game today. I’ve been a bit distracted by all the Hall of Famers roaming around Camden Yards. I braved the stifling heat to watch the unveiling of Earl Weaver’s statue in the picnic area, and I wasn’t alone. You

Orioles and Indians lineups

Now it’s Ryan Flaherty’s turn to start at third base. He’s handling the hot corner for today’s game against the Indians after starting in right field last night. Wilson Betemit stays at first base. Matt Wieters is batting seventh again after homering in that spot last night. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Wilson Betemit 1B

What’s the plan for Hunter?

The Orioles needed a starter today - well, they need one for every game, but a fifth starter wasn’t required until today - and manager Buck Showalter chose Dana Eveland over Tommy Hunter or a minor league call up. What should we read into it? Well, the Indians are much weaker against left-handers, so Showalter lined up three of them in this four-game series. And

X marked the spot

One of the lingering images for manager Buck Showalter from last night’s 9-8 victory over the Indians involved rookie outfielder Xavier Avery. Not the home run swing. Not the trip around the bases. Not the catch to end the game. Just the smile. Xavier Avery actually smiled. “This is the about the first unabashed smile we’ve gotten out of him out in the public eye,”

More clubhouse chatter following 9-8 victory

Nice little storm we’ve had tonight. Hope everyone got home safely or made the wise decision to stay indoors. Game time temperature was 100 degrees. We hadn’t hit triple digits at Camden Yards since a July 23, 2011 game against the Angels. First pitch was 102 degrees. I knew it felt two degrees cooler tonight. Jake Arrieta allowed five runs and eight hits in 3

Nick Johnson MRI comes back negative

Nick Johnson received some good news regarding the MRI taken on his right wrist this morning. Johnson said the MRI didn’t reveal any structural damage. No tears or broken bones. It only showed old scarring from his multiple surgeries. Johnson, who had to leave Wednesday night’s game after one at-bat and went on the disabled list yesterday afternoon, will wear a brace on the wrist

Another first for Avery (O’s win 9-8)

Xavier Avery can cross “home run” off his list of firsts in the majors. Avery produced the all-important tack-on run in the bottom of the eighth with a shot off Chris Perez that cleared the left-field fence and increased the Orioles’ lead to 9-7. Avery has a home run, walk and two RBIs in his second game since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Avery had

Orioles’ pitching woes continue (Flaherty gives O’s lead)

Orioles starters posted an 11.66 ERA in the last three games before tonight. Jake Arrieta couldn’t stop the bleeding. Arrieta was charged with five runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. He threw 89 pitches, 56 for strikes, before manager Buck Showalter ended his night. The Indians sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the

Lots of activity in first inning, as O’s take 3-1 lead (with Ripken quote)

Jake Arrieta threw 29 pitches in the top of the first inning, and the Indians pieced together three singles to take a 1-0 lead. It didn’t last long, but more on that later. Michael Brantley recorded the RBI after Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis reached base. Brian Roberts reached on Casey Kotchman’s error in the bottom of the first, but his slump grew to 4-for-35.

Pregame notes on Arrieta, Chavez, Wieters, Roberts and more

The game time temperature is supposed to be 100 degrees. The Orioles are having an abbreviated batting practice and they’re again allowed to wear shorts and T-shirts. Yes, they’re also hydrating. “It’s not like the air conditioner comes on for the other team,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We’re both playing in it. And the last time I looked, this game is played in the summer

Andino starting at third, Betemit at first

Robert Andino and Wilson Betemit will handle the infield corners tonight for the Orioles. Betemit is moving to first base after committing his 12th error last night, and his 10th at third base. Andino will start at third tonight. Xavier Avery remains in the lineup in left field. Mark Reynolds is on the bench. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Xavier Avery LF J.J. Hardy

McDonald can see why Orioles want Gausman on farm

During his conference call with reporters after becoming the fourth-overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Kevin Gausman invoked the name of another former LSU pitcher selected by the Orioles in the first round. Ben McDonald was the first overall pick in 1989 and spent seven seasons with the Orioles. He’s been watching Gausman closely while serving as an analyst on LSU broadcasts, dissecting

Reynolds wraps up another bad night

It took me more than an hour to get home from Camden Yards. Russell Street to 295 was reduced to one lane again. I got on 695 and the two left lanes were closed. I’ve tried 95 from the ballpark and it’s always down to one lane. I’m running out of routes. The Orioles should be so lucky. They’ve been outscored 27-6 in their last

Markakis update, postgame comments after 7-2 loss

Right fielder Nick Markakis won’t accompany the Orioles on their West Coast trip to Seattle and Anahaim that begins Monday and leads into the All-Star break. The Orioles will send Markakis to short-season Single-A Aberdeen on July 2-3 and Double-A Bowie on July 4-6, but not for an injury-rehab assignment. They want Markakis to continue receiving treatment from the medical staffs at those two affiliates

Damon does it to the Orioles again (O’s down 7-2)

Johnny Damon loves facing the Orioles and he loves hitting at Camden Yards. The demonstration continued tonight with his three-run homer off Wei-Yin Chen in the second inning that gave Cleveland a 3-0 lead. Damon has 33 career homers against the Orioles, including 22 in this ballpark. Eighty of his 128 RBIs have been accumulated in Baltimore. Chen has thrown 51 pitches in three innings.

Assorted pregame notes and quotes

The Orioles took batting practice in shorts and T-shirts today because of the heat. The temperature is supposed to climb to 106 degrees tomorrow in Baltimore and 104 on Saturday. Shirts vs. skins? Here’s your latest update on the Orioles’ futility with runners in scoring position: The Orioles are 2-for-47 in their last nine games and 5-for-58 in their last 11 games. For the year,

Eveland will start Saturday

Left-hander Dana Eveland will make Saturday’s start against the Indians at Camden Yards. Eveland’s name appeared among the starters on the magnetic board outside the clubhouse, and manager Buck Showalter confirmed the assignment while meeting with reporters. Eveland has posted a 3.00 ERA in 11 games, with 23 hits allowed, 11 walks and 13 strikeouts in 27 innings. In his only start on May 11,

Avery is in Baltimore (and in the lineup)

The Orioles apparently have summoned outfielder Xavier Avery from Triple-A Norfolk because he’s been spotted at Camden Yards. Since Avery can’t be in two places at once, he’s assumed that he’s here in case first baseman Nick Johnson goes on the disabled list with a sore right wrist. Avery makes sense because the Orioles would be replacing one left-handed hitter with another, and Avery is

An amazing catch and a classic prank

Or, reeling in a home run and a reliever. Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was robbed of a home run last night on an incredible leaping catch by Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who scaled the fence - again, I went there - and made one of the finest plays ever witnessed at Camden Yards. Maybe it’s No. 1. I’ll leave that debate to everyone else.

Looking ahead and back - way back

Could the Orioles be poised to make another roster move today? Nick Johnson exited last night’s game after one at-bat with soreness and weakness in his right wrist, the same one that’s undergone multiple surgeries. We’ll know more after the Orioles receive the results of his MRI. If it’s a DL situation, the Orioles could choose to bring back Steve Tolleson after optioning him yesterday.

Hearing from Showalter and Hammel after blowout loss

Jason Hammel has spoiled us with his dominance this season. He brought a streak of 19 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run into tonight’s game, and left after giving up eight runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings for his shortest outing of the season. The eight runs tied his career high set on July 23, 2011 against the Diamondbacks. “There haven’t been

Update on Nick Johnson wrist injury

Nick Johnson will undergo an MRI on his right wrist tomorrow to learn the source of the soreness and weakness that forced him out of tonight’s game. Johnson struck out in the second inning and Ryan Flaherty pinch-hit for him in the fourth. The Orioles have scheduled an MRI amid concerns that it’s the same wrist which has undergone multiple surgeries over the years. “Just

Hammel streak ends, Davis and Hardy with opposite results (O’s down 13-1)

Jason Hammel’s streak of consecutive scoreless innings ended at 19 tonight when the Angels’ Torii Hunter belted a home run in the top of the first inning. Hammel struck out Mike Trout on a 94 mph fastball and Kendrys Morales on a 93 mph fastball, but Hunter jumped on a hanging curveball. Trout got his revenge in the bottom of the first with an incredible

Tolleson, Lindstrom, Hammel and other assorted pregame notes (updated)

Steve Tolleson, optioned earlier today to make room for reliever Matt Lindstrom, will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. Manager Buck Showalter explained to reporters that the club wants Tolleson to get consistent at-bats in the minors. “He’s done a good job for us against left-handed pitching,” Showalter said. “If they stay on schedule, that’ll be seven to nine straight right-handed pitchers against us. But

Tolleson optioned, Orioles lineup

The Orioles have optioned Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for reliever Matt Lindstrom, who’s coming off the disabled list. Dana Eveland also has rejoined the team after flying to California for the birth of his son, Asher Perry. Tolleson was called into manager Buck Showalter’s office shortly before the lineup was posted. He’s not listed among the reserves, and he later confirmed

Berken and Socolovich honored (corrected)

Norfolk pitchers Jason Berken and Miguel Socolovich have been chosen to participate in the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo. Berken, 28, is 1-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 14 starts. I’m not sure how he’s managed only two decisions in 14 games, but I digress. Berken’s ERA ranks third in the league. He’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his starts

Leftovers for breakfast

You won’t find many Orioles swinging hot bats right now, and shortstop J.J. Hardy definitely needs to knock the frost off the ol’ lumber. Hardy is in a 3-for-40 slump that’s lowered his average to .239. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts last night. The Orioles have played 73 games and Hardy has started 71 of them. The obvious move is to rest him for

Matusz on his outing, Jones and Pearce on all the outs with RISP

Brian Matusz hasn’t gone more than 5 2/3 innings in his last four starts, and tonight he failed to retire a batter in the sixth before exiting. “It’s a great hitting team, one through nine,” he said. “I made some good pitches to get out of some innings, but when it came down to it, I left some fastballs over the plate.” Matusz was allowed

Showalter speaks after 7-3 loss

It wasn’t difficult to figure out the reason why left-hander Brian Matusz struggled again tonight. “He was up just about the whole outing,” manager Buck Showalter said following a 7-3 loss to the Angels before 24,296 at Camden Yards. “Was fortunate to still be the game with those hits. They hit a lot of balls hard that found holes. We hit a lot less hard,

Matusz done, Hunter in, Orioles losing 7-3

Brian Matusz gave up a career-high 13 hits tonight and is staring at his fourth consecutive loss unless the Orioles rally from a 5-1 deficit. Maicer Izturis singled leading off the top of the sixth and Peter Bourjos slugged a two-run homer - the 21st and 22nd runs allowed by Matusz in the sixth this season, most in the majors. Tommy Hunter replaced him. Matusz

Matusz littering the bases but limiting the damage (O’s down 3-1)

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has faced 14 batters in the first three innings tonight. The Angels have six hits. How is the score 1-0? Well, the Angels stranded Albert Pujols at second base in the first inning after his two-out double in his Camden Yards debut. They stranded Howie Kendrick and Maicer Izturis in the second inning after they singled. And they managed only one

More random notes before first pitch

The Orioles’ PR staff has provided the following information in today’s game notes: With two more wins in the first half, the Orioles will be assured of posting a winning record at the All-Star break for only the second time since 1998. They were 47-40 at the break in 2005. Brian Matusz, who’s starting tonight against the Angels, has allowed 20 of his 49 runs

Lindstrom will be activated tomorrow

Reliever Matt Lindstrom is in the clubhouse, but he’s not on the 25-man roster. The Orioles have decided to activate Lindstrom from the disabled list tomorrow. They want him to do some long-tossing today. Left-hander Dana Eveland is expected to rejoin the team later tonight, but the Orioles aren’t short-handed in the bullpen because Tommy Hunter is available in relief. Eveland’s wife gave birth to

Reynolds the DH tonight, Andino at third base (Markakis update)

Mark Reynolds will serve as the designated hitter tonight against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson. Robert Andino gets another start at third base, with Wilson Betemit moving across the diamond to first. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds DH Wilson Betemit 1B Steve Pearce RF Steve Tolleson LF Robert Andino 3B Brian Matusz LHP The

This, that and the other (and one more)

Once again, I failed to grasp the concept of a quiet off-day. Nolan Reimold undergoes surgery for a herniated disc (and I’m going with “disc” instead of “disk” after numerous Internet searches), the latest All-Star vote totals are released and Miguel Tejada is released upon his request. Otherwise, nothing happened. When I think about how much time and energy were spent writing about Tejada and

Reimold undergoes successful surgery, Tejada released

The Orioles just provided an update on outfielder Nolan Reimold, and the news is good. Reimold underwent a successful discectomy today at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He’s resting comfortably. The procedure was performed by Dr. Ziya Gokaslan, Professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Oncology at Hopkins. Dr. Gokaslan removed a herniated disc from Reimold’s cervical spine that was pressing on a nerve, and he fused the

Jones slips to fifth in All-Star voting

Adam Jones has dropped from fourth to fifth place among outfielders in voting for the American League’s All-Star team. The Rangers’ Nelson Cruz has passed him. The Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista is third with 2,773,422 votes, followed by Cruz with 2,681,019 and Jones with 2,633,259. This is the final update provided by Major League Baseball before Sunday’s selection show, which will air at 1 p.m.

Showalter talks about slumps and a Hall of Fame manager

Major League Baseball announced today via Twitter that the American League posted a 142-110 (.563) record in interleague play, winning the season series for the ninth consecutive year and 12th time in 16 years. The Orioles may want to switch leagues to avoid facing the Angels’ C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver the next two nights. A team with 17 runs in its last nine games

Plenty of issues, plenty of wins

I love how Orioles fans have raised the bar. There’s utter panic in the streets because the Orioles’ 63 errors are the most in the majors and their bats come with a frost warning. But I just checked the standings this morning and they’re still in second place in the American League East. They trail the Yankees by 2 1/2 games. They’re 10 games above

Showalter speaks after 2-1 win

Manager Buck Showalter almost kept Matt Wieters on the bench today before giving him another start behind the plate. Wieters could have rested for two straight days with an open date on the schedule tomorrow. And the Orioles could have lost today instead of rallying for a 2-1 victory on Wieters’ two-run shot off left-hander Sean Burnett. Wieters was batting .400 against left-handers and .199

No support for Arrieta (O’s win 2-1)

Jake Arrieta held the Nationals to one run over six innings today, and he stands to be the loser unless the Orioles’ offense finally wakes up. Arrieta stranded two runners in the sixth by retiring Ian Desmond on a pop up on his 103rd pitch of the afternoon. Troy Patton has replaced him. Arrieta allowed five hits, walked one, struck out five and hit a

Showalter talks about Chavez and Reimold (O’s trail 1-0)

Endy Chavez wanted to avoid going on the disabled list June 14, and he insisted that his sore hamstring would be fully healed before his 15 days were up. Ten days later, the reports on him out of Sarasota aren’t encouraging. “Endy’s about the same,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s been a real slow process with his hamstring.” Nolan Reimold will undergo surgery tomorrow morning

Eveland going on paternity leave Tuesday

The Orioles will place left-hander Dana Eveland on paternity leave Tuesday as he joins his wife, Ashley, for the birth of their second son in California. Under Major League Baseball rules, Eveland can be away from the team for three days. In his absence, the Orioles could choose to activate reliever Matt Lindstrom from the disabled list. Lindstrom is scheduled to pitch one inning today

Andino at third base

Robert Andino is starting at third base today against Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler. Wilson Betemit is on the bench. Matt Wieters is catching a day game following a night game. Ronny Paulino is the designated hitter. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B Steve Pearce RF Ronny Paulino DH Steve Tolleson LF Robert Andino

Putting the “O” back in “Orioles”

If the Orioles give up two runs in a game, it feels almost certain that they’re going to lose. One run is dicey. Two runs are death. It shouldn’t be that way, of course, but they’ve scored 15 in their last eight games. The fear of being shut out has been replaced by the nightly realization that they could be no-hit. Edwin Jackson retired the

Showalter speaks after 3-1 loss

Wei-Yin Chen came out of tonight’s game after five innings and 90 pitches because he cracked a nail on his left index finger while fielding a comebacker from Nationals catcher Jesus Flores in the fourth. Also, Showalter wanted to place a stricter limit on Chen’s pitch count if he’s going to make his next start Thursday on regular rest. Chen was charged with three runs

Can’t spell “Orioles” without an E (O’s lose 3-1)

The Orioles just committed their 63rd error of the season, most in the majors, and it led to an unearned run off Wei-Yin Chen. Chen gave up back-to-back singles to Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche leading off the top of the second inning. They moved up on Ian Desmond’s grounder, but Chen struck out Tyler Moore. On the verge of escaping the jam, Chen induced

Dontrelle Willis scratched, Bobby Bundy injured (Dylan Bundy deals)

Dontrelle Willis’ debut as a starter with Triple-A Norfolk has been put on hold. Willis’ role isn’t changing again. He was scratched from tonight’s start in Toledo because of a stomach virus. Willis was signed in spring training to be a left-handed relief specialist, but the Orioles agreed to let him go back to starting after he went on the disabled list with a sore

Duquette given green light to be aggressive

After years of being sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Orioles are poised to move in the other direction. It’s time to see how the other half lives. Executive vice president Dan Duquette spoke earlier today of the pitching depth in the organization that allowed the Orioles to bypass purchasing Jamie Moyer’s contract, but he’s not committed to staying in-house. And he’s not simply

More on Moyer from Showalter and Duquette

Manager Buck Showalter is convinced that 49-year-old Jamie Moyer will be pitching for a major league team in the near future. It just won’t be the Orioles. Moyer requested and was granted his release today. He had an opt-out clause in his contract after three starts with Triple-A Norfolk, and the Orioles weren’t ready to make room for him in their rotation. Timing was one

Orioles lineup against Nationals (Moyer released)

This one probably looks familiar to you. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit 3B Mark Reynolds 1B Nick Johnson DH Steve Pearce LF Wei-Yin Chen LHP Moyer Released: Veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer has requested and been granted his release from the organization this afternoon, exercising the opt-out clause in his contract.

A noteworthy morning

The Orioles won their 40th game last night, moving them 10 games above .500 and 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East. Last year, the Orioles didn’t win their 40th until July 23. In 2010, they didn’t win their 40th until Aug. 11. The Orioles hadn’t collected their 40th win in June since 2008. With his two singles last night, Brian

Hammel dismisses importance of All-Star team

Jason Hammel isn’t wasting a lot of time and energy thinking about his chances of making the All-Star team. Not with the Orioles 1 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East. Not with a much bigger carrot dangling in front of him. “I honestly couldn’t care less about that,” he said. “I think we have something bigger going on here with

Showalter endorses Hammel for All-Star Game

Orioles manager Buck Showalter filled out his All-Star ballot today. He also has a good relationship with Rangers manager Ron Washington, who will be in charge of the American League team. Maybe it will work in Jason Hammel’s favor. Hammel continues to pitch like an All-Star. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 19 innings, and he improved to 8-2 with a 2.61

Reynolds ends drought in rain (O’s win 2-1)

Mark Reynolds was in a 1-for-15 slump, with no hits in his last 11 at-bats, before stepping to the plate for the first time tonight. One swing, and he felt right at home. Reynolds hit his sixth home run of the season to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. He admired it for a few seconds before heading

Reimold talks about surgery (first-pitch 8 p.m., Lindstrom update)

After much deliberation and multiple consultations with specialists, Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold decided to undergo surgery Monday morning at Johns Hopkins to remove a disk that’s pressing on a nerve on his cervical spine and fuse the vertebrae. “The best thing to do as far as my career is definitely to get the surgery and get the pressure off the nerve that’s being pushed on,”

Reimold will undergo surgery (updated)

Though the club hasn’t made an announcement, outfielder Nolan Reimold has decided to undergo surgery to alleviate the pressure on a nerve caused by a herniated disk in his cervical spine. Manager Buck Showalter spoke with Reimold for about an hour yesterday. The club is letting Reimold determine how he wants to address the topic with the media. “We’re leaving it in his hands,” Showalter

Davis back in right field

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has regained the use of his designated hitter. However, he’s keeping Chris Davis in right field for tonight’s series opener against the Nationals at Camden Yards. Nick Johnson, who had two hits Wednesday night against the Mets, is serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C

Hammel and Chen trying to turn back clock to 1997

The Orioles are listing Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen and Jake Arrieta as the starters for the three-game series against the Nationals that begins tonight at Camden Yards - just in case there were any doubts about the alignment. According to Elias, if Hammel and Chen win this weekend, they would become the first Orioles duo to record eight wins each by June 23 since 1997:

What Hammel’s bringing to the table tonight (draft signings)

Jason Hammel gets another chance tonight to strengthen his case for inclusion on the American League’s All-Star team. That’s not his priority, of course. He won’t be standing on the mound wondering if each baserunner allowed has ruined his chances. But he deserves serious consideration with a 7-2 record, 2.87 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings. Hammel has lost once since April 30

Britton better today at Norfolk (Machado and Schoop homer)

Left-hander Zach Britton turned in his finest start today at Triple-A Norfolk, holding Buffalo to two runs in six innings before Zach Phillips replaced him in the seventh. Britton allowed both runs in the second inning. He surrendered three hits, walked two, struck out five, threw a wild pitch and committed an error. He threw 90 pitches, 56 for strikes. Britton retired 12 of the

Decisions pending on Moyer and Reimold (and note)

Left-hander Jamie Moyer made his third start for Triple-A Norfolk last night, throwing 77 pitches in four innings against Buffalo. Now the Orioles are on deck. Moyer can opt out of his contract if the Orioles don’t select it from Norfolk and bring him back to the majors. As one team official said, it’s “up or opt.” Catchy. Moyer isn’t listed among Norfolk’s upcoming starters.

Ripken’s opinion on the 2012 Orioles

The Orioles are off today, so don’t waste your afternoon waiting for me to post a lineup. It’s not coming until tomorrow, when the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Nationals at Camden Yards. Warning to all Orioles pitchers: Davey Johnson will be checking your gloves. He’ll probably ask why Brian Matusz’s glove has Brady Anderson’s name on it. And no, I’m not answering

Still looking for a run (O’s lose 4-3)

The Orioles’ scoreless-innings streak has reached 25, which isn’t good when the offense is responsible for it. They have one hit in four innings against Mets starter Dillon Gee, the first for left-hander Brian Matusz in his major league career. Matusz lined a single into center field. He may serve as the DH this weekend. Matusz has held the Mets to two hits in three

Taking a closer look at the Orioles’ shutout streak (and more)

The Orioles have been involved in four consecutive shutouts, winning the first two in Atlanta behind Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen, and losing the next two in New York. So when’s the last time the Orioles were involved in a streak of four or more consecutive shutouts? Elias has the answer, which the Orioles’ PR department obtained earlier today. The Orioles were involved in five

Orioles and Mets lineups

The Orioles have been shut out in two straight games and they haven’t homered in their last five, so manager Buck Showalter is making a few changes tonight. Nick Johnson is starting at first base and Ryan Flaherty is starting in left field, as Showalter goes heavy with left-handed hitters against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Chris

Lindstrom’s rehab continues with GCL team

Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom pitched another inning today with the Gulf Coast League team in Sarasota. Used again as the starter, he allowed one run and two hits, walked none and struck out one. Lindstrom tossed a scoreless first inning on Monday. Lindstrom, on the disabled list with a slightly torn ligament in his right middle finger, is expected to continue his rehab assignment at

Shouldn’t be much longer before Moyer

I’m detecting a pattern with the Orioles. They’re going to shut out their opponent or be shut out. Those are the two choices. Can they extend their streak to five straight games tonight? And which side will they occupy? One of my Twitter followers asked me last night whether the rotation will undergo any changes after the All-Star break. I replied that it might not

Hunter hanging tough, but where’s the offense? (O’s lose 5-0)

The Orioles might want to mix in a run once in a while. Not trying to be a know-it-all here, but I think it’s pretty solid advice and I’m offering it up for free. It’s almost like they’re being punished since Jason Hammel tossed a one-hit shutout Saturday night in Atlanta. They needed another shutout to win the following day while being limited to two

Reimold decision on hold

The Orioles still don’t know whether outfielder Nolan Reimold will undergo surgery. They continue to wait and hold onto whatever bit of optimism remains. I wrote earlier today that Reimold was undergoing another examination - special assistant Brady Anderson accompanied him - after he already visited two cervical specialists. If you missed “O’s Xtra” on MASN HD, here’s what manager Buck Showalter told reporters at

Pearce in right field, Andino at third base (and more notes)

Manager Buck Showalter is changing his lineup today against Mets left-hander Johan Santana. He’s got Steve Pearce in right field, Steve Tolleson in left and Robert Andino at third base. Chris Davis, who has been starting in right field, is 0-for-14 on the road trip. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B Steve Pearce

Pineiro throws five innings in GCL

Pitcher Joel Pineiro, on the minor league disabled list with a sore right shoulder, is nearing a return to Triple-A Norfolk’s rotation Pineiro followed a start in a simulated game on Thursday by going five innings today with the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Pineiro allowed one run and four hits against the GCL Twins, with one walk and three strikeouts. Pineiro tossed four innings Thursday

This, that and the other

You’ve heard manager Buck Showalter rave about shortstop J.J. Hardy’s defense. What does Hall of Famer Cal Ripken think about it? Funny I asked. “He doesn’t do it flashy,” Ripken said yesterday as we kicked back in the seats at the Aberdeen stadium that bears his last name. “He knows himself, he gets good jumps on the ball, he gets good reads, he positions himself

Arrieta was grand until grand slam (deficit grows)

Jake Arrieta had allowed one run in his last 12 2/3 innings when the Mets’ Ike Davis stepped to the plate tonight with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth. With one swing, a scoreless tie was shattered and Arrieta’s run of success had been destroyed. Davis’ first career grand slam gave New York a 4-0 lead against the Orioles,

Davis stays in right field (and Mets lineup)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is giving Chris Davis another start in right field tonight as the Orioles make their first trip to Citi Field to play the Mets. The Orioles last played the Mets in New York in 2006, winning two of three games. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B

Jones moves up to fourth in All-Star voting (and notes)

Adam Jones is pushing to become the first Oriole elected to the All-Star Game in seven years. Jones has moved up to fourth among American League outfielders in the latest balloting figures. Jones has received 1,959,207 votes, leaving him behind the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista (1,996,940) for the third spot. Jones was fifth last week, a spot now occupied by the Rangers’ Nelson Cruz. Nick

Which Orioles will be seeing (all) stars?

With only a few exceptions in recent years, the Orioles’ involvement in the All-Star Game has pretty much been reduced to the obligatory one representative. Someone has to be chosen, no matter how poorly the team is performing. It’s baseball law. Matt Wieters last summer. Ty Wigginton in 2010. Adam Jones in 2009. George Sherrill in 2008. Brian Roberts in 2007. Miguel Tejada in 2006.

Back-to-back blankings of the Braves

I left Ocean Pines at 1:30 p.m. with the idea of catching the end of today’s game on MASN2 after I arrived home. I barely made it across the Bay Bridge when Jim Johnson recorded his 20th save to preserve the Orioles’ 2-0 victory over the Braves. The starting pitchers were getting quick outs and the traffic was moving at a snail’s pace. Did anyone

Roberts gets day off

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is giving Brian Roberts the day off today unless the second baseman is needed later in the game. Nothing to worry about. Roberts is fine. It’s just a scheduled rest. Matt Wieters also is on the bench today. Robert Andino returns to second base. Chris Davis remains in right field. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis

Showalter excelled at rotating his starters (and notes)

Yesterday, I praised manager Buck Showalter’s handling of the bullpen, which continues to own the lowest ERA in the majors. Today, I’m offering the blog equivalent of a fist-bump for the adjustments he made to the rotation. Showalter pushed back Brian Matusz’s start from Wednesday to Friday, giving the left-hander a few more days to recover after a bunted ball smacked him in the nose.

Hammel time (Hammel finishes with one-hit shutout)

Jason Hammel allowed four earned runs in four of his last six starts before tonight. He also won four of his last six starts, though not each time he permitted four runs. It just worked out that way. Hammel is on top of his game tonight, permitting one baserunner in his first five innings - on a walk to Dan Uggla. He’s retired 12 in

Britton scuffling again tonight (O’s take the lead)

Left-hander Zach Britton has allowed three runs and five hits in two innings against Triple-A Toledo. Britton posted a 0.75 ERA in two rehab starts at Double-A Bowie, but he’s gone 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA in his first two starts at Norfolk covering 10 2/3 innings. He’s allowed seven runs and 14 hits, walked four and struck out four. In his most recent outing,

Davis back in right field tonight

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t shaking up the lineup tonight. Chris Davis is starting in right field again, with Steve Pearce in left, Mark Reyolds at first base and Wilson Betemit at third. He’d love to sneak in a designated hitter, but no chance. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B

Orioles not pitching in at the plate

Orioles pitchers are 0-for-9 at the plate with eight strikeouts in interleague games this year, which might seem like an obvious failing except that they were 9-for-22 (.409) last season, setting American League single-season records for most hits and highest batting average by pitchers in interleague competition. Wei-Yin Chen has struck out in both of his at-bats this season, and that’s an obvious failing. He’ll

Orioles trying to get it right in right

Before the Orioles took the field on Thursday for the final game of their homestand, manager Buck Showalter responded to a reporter’s question by confirming that Chris Davis could play first base again this season. He also noted that Davis might play third or left field as part of a double-switch, one of those moves commonly made in National League ballparks. Showalter’s point was that

Matusz left with 1-0 deficit (Matusz done after 5 2/3)

Before tonight, only one left-handed batter had homered off Orioles starter Brian Matusz. Move over, Curtis Granderson. Atlanta catcher Brian McCann homered with two outs in the first inning tonight to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Lefties were batting .138 against Matusz before tonight, with four walks and 22 strikeouts. In his career, Matusz was holding lefties to a .219 average and 11 home

Davis in right field tonight

Manager Buck Showalter is keeping Chris Davis in the lineup tonight by starting him in right field. Davis has never played the outfield in the majors. He’s been a corner infielder and emergency reliever (once). Davis played two games in right field with Single-A Spokane in 2006. For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C

Matusz looking to end interleague streak

Left-hander Brian Matusz is starting tonight for the Orioles after being pushed back two days following his bunting mishap, and he’s got a score to settle with the National League. Matusz has never faced the Braves, but he’s 0-5 with a 7.49 ERA in six career interleague starts, with 28 earned runs allowed in 33 2/3 innings. He’s also hitless in four major league at-bats.

Bullpen’s production has been a huge relief

The Orioles began last night’s game against the Pirates with the lowest bullpen ERA in the majors at 2.40. Darren O’Day gave them a scoreless seventh inning, retiring the side in order. Dana Eveland allowed a run in two innings, which the Orioles didn’t mind conceding in a 12-6 victory. Tommy Hunter collected his first win since April 24 because the Orioles showered him with

Hearing from Pearce, Wieters and Hunter

Steve Pearce is batting .320 with eight RBIs in seven games with the Orioles. He’d probably like a few more against the Pirates, who watched him homer and drive in five runs tonight after he went 2-for-3 with an RBI last night. “It’s nice playing against the Pirates. It just feels good having a great game and helping contribute to this win,” he said. “I’m

Showalter speaks after 12-6 win

The Orioles have won five games in a row for the third time this season. They’ve won seven of their last nine games and have taken their last three series. The Orioles scored a season-high 12 runs tonight, giving them 27 in this series, and Steve Pearce delivered a career-high five against his former team. What kind of impression is Pearce making on manager Buck

Confusing start by Hunter (O’s win 12-6)

Tommy Hunter retired the first 12 batters he faced tonight, which almost went unnoticed while the Orioles picked apart former Oriole Erik Bedard. Hunter was strong, striking out three of the first six Pirates, but he won’t turn in a quality start. Not after allowing five runs and seven hits over six innings. Rod Barajas hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and the

Orioles give Bedard a rude welcome back (O’s up 10-3)

If Erik Bedard has fond memories of Camden Yards, they won’t include tonight’s first inning. Better to erase it from his mind. The Orioles sent eight batters to the plate and scored four runs, all of them with two outs. Bedard threw 36 pitches, including nine to Chris Davis before walking him. Brian Roberts led off with a single, his fourth hit in three games.

Lindstrom nearing return to mound

Reliever Matt Lindstrom, on the disabled list since May 11 with a slightly torn ligament in his right middle finger, played catch from 60 to 100 feet today at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. He’s scheduled to throw batting practice on Saturday and pitch in at least two Gulf Coast League games. He also could report to Double-A Bowie before finally being activated. The Orioles

Tolleson recalled, Chavez to DL (with quotes)

The Orioles have recalled Steve Tolleson from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s starting in left field tonight. Endy Chavez goes on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. “It’s disappointing, but what can I say?” Chavez said. “I feel pretty close, but I understand the situation with the team right now. They had to make a move, but it’s not fun. It’s disappointing. Hopefully, I’ll

Sticking with what works for Davis and Reynolds

Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn’t have a set lineup, in part because of his roster’s flexibility and in part because each day brings another injury that forces him to make adjustments on the fly. If any sort of pattern is developing, it involves first base and designated hitter, where Showalter is using Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis, respectively, when they’re both in the lineup. Showalter

Does this mean Arrieta’s a starter again?

The Orioles had a plan. Keep Jake Arrieta in the majors, but place him in the bullpen until he worked out his problems. Don’t demote him to Triple-A, but don’t keep running him out there every five days. That was before Brian Matusz stepped into the indoor batting cage Tuesday and tried to bunt. A ball deflected off his bat and smacked into his nose,

Davis breaks down his home run

Though Chris Davis has a history with broken-bat home runs, tonight’s wood-shattering blast didn’t come with any excuses. This one was legit. Davis said he’s done it before, “but it was in a Cracker Jack park and basically just a wind-aided home run. The bat didn’t blow up. It cracked. I’ve never done anything like that before. I’m just glad it left the ballpark and

Showalter indicates Arrieta will make next start

Jake Arrieta’s next turn in the rotation comes on Monday, and it appears that he’ll make the start after holding the Pirates to one run over seven innings tonight in a 7-1 victory. Arrieta found out this afternoon that he’d be replacing left-hander Brian Matusz, who was pushed back to Friday. “I tapped him on the shoulder about 2:30 in the food room and said,

Davis goes for broke on home run (O’s win 7-1)

Chris Davis isn’t just strong, he’s country strong. As in, he could lift an entire country on his shoulders and go for a jog. Davis hit his 12th home run tonight in the bottom of the seventh inning, and his second in two games. Without doing any research, I’m pretty sure his latest is the only one that shattered his bat. The barrel of the

Orioles taking care of Arrieta early in game (O’s lead 5-1)

I’ll remind you of a stat I passed along in my previous entry. The Orioles were averaging 3.53 runs per game for Jake Arrieta, the third-worst total among American League starters. Arrieta has a 3-0 lead after two innings tonight. Six of the first eight batters reached against Pirates starter Kevin Correia. The Orioles collected three singles, two doubles and a walk in one inning

A few pregame notes (Davis RBI gives O’s 1-0 lead)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter explained why he pushed back Brian Matusz’s start until Friday and gave the ball to Jake Arrieta tonight. “A lot of factors,” he said. “We’re fortunate to have somebody rested, normal day, and I just didn’t want him to get out there and... He said he actually slept better than he has in a long time. I was talking to him

Reviewing the rotation

Going back over the Orioles’ rotation, Jake Arrieta is starting tonight, followed by Tommy Hunter on Thursday, Brian Matusz on Friday and Jason Hammel on Saturday. Arrieta is taking Matusz’s place. Manager Buck Showalter wanted to give Matusz a few more days to recover from being hit in the nose by a ball yesterday during a bunting drill. Also, Hammel will only have to pitch

Arrieta starting, Chavez on the bench (updated)

Wishing reliever Pedro Strop a happy 27th birthday and passing along an Orioles lineup that once again includes Brian Roberts at the leadoff spot and second base. Jake Arrieta is getting the start tonight in place of left-hander Brian Matusz, who fouled a bunt off his nose yesterday. Arrieta will work on normal rest. Matusz is still expected to pitch Friday in Atlanta, with Tommy

Concussion specialist talks about Roberts’ rehab and return

Among the fans in attendance at last night’s game at Camden Yards was a gentleman who’s practically become part of Brian Roberts’ family. No one else outside of it talks to him more - almost on a daily basis - or has a better understanding of what the Orioles’ second baseman has gone through since he suffered his first concussion late in the 2010 season.

Is another roster move coming?

A day without an Orioles roster move is like a day without sunshine. Second baseman Brian Roberts was activated from the 60-day disabled list yesterday, with Steve Tolleson being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and Nolan Reimold being transferred to the 60-day disabled list. That’s three in one press release. Endy Chavez limped off the field last night after straining his right hamstring. Brian Matusz avoided

Matusz prepared to start tomorrow, but could be pushed back

The Orioles already were listing their Thursday starter as TBA. Now they’ve got the same uncertainty with tomorrow’s pitcher. Brian Matusz was scheduled to start before being hit in the nose by a bunted ball during an afternoon drill. X-rays were negative, but the Orioles could push back Matusz until perhaps Friday in Atlanta to give him a little more time to heal. “For me,

Roberts talks about his triumphant return

Brian Roberts had bad dreams last night, the kind that shook him out of a sound sleep and made him stare at the ceiling. In none of them did he collect three hits and drive in a run in his first game back in the majors in more than a year. “I had to wake up and cross some stuff out of my mind,” he

Showalter speaks after 8-6 win

Kevin Gregg made things interesting in the ninth inning after surrendering a two-run homer to Neil Walker, but Jim Johnson picked up his 19th save in 20 tries to preserve the Orioles’ 8-6 victory over the Pirates before 15,618 at Camden Yards. Gregg had posted a 1.32 ERA in his last 12 appearances before tonight. The biggest story, of course, was Brian Roberts’ three-hit, one-RBI

Reynolds continues to torment the Pirates (Chavez strained hammy)

I couldn’t come up with a “walk the plank” joke, and nothing about an eye patch or a parrot or a hook hand struck me as particularly funny, so I played the headline straight. Mark Reynolds began tonight’s game batting .348/.419/.661 in 112 career at-bats against the Pirates, with seven doubles, two triples, eight homers and 21 RBIs. You know what happened tonight. He hit

Roberts back in the swing of things (Matusz X-rays negative, Reynolds HR)

Brian Roberts received a nice ovation tonight as he walked to the plate for his first Orioles at-bat since May 16, 2011. Many of the fans stood and applauded. It’s far from a packed house, but they made a lot of noise. Roberts looks a little different wearing a specially designed batting helmet with ear flaps on both sides to provide extra protection, but the

Showalter talks about Matusz, Roberts and more (Tolleson optioned)

The Orioles received a dose of good news and a dose of bad news, so they’re playing .500 today. The bad news is related to left-hander Brian Matusz, who fouled a bunted ball off his nose and might miss tomorrow night’s start against the Pirates. Matusz was preparing for the next round of interleague games on the road, where the pitcher is required to hit.

Matusz injured in bunting drill (updated)

Brian Matusz was hit on the nose by a ball while performing a bunting drill, and he may not make tomorrow’s start against the Pirates. The Orioles’ corresponding 25-man roster move to accommodate Brian Roberts could hinge on Matusz’s status. Also, Nolan Reimold likely will go on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster. He’s having another MRI tomorrow. Update: OK,

Roberts in lineup, leading off against Pirates

The Orioles have posted their lineup for tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and, weather permitting, Brian Roberts will lead off and play second base. It will be Roberts’ first appearance in a major league game since May 16, 2011 in Boston and the culmination of a long recovery from concussion symptoms. No official roster move has been made, so we’ll have to wait for

Britton talks about Roberts and Moyer

The last time Brian Roberts took the field with his Orioles teammates for something besides batting practice and infield drills was May 16, 2011 in Boston. I’m expecting to feel a bit nostalgic today when I walk into the clubhouse and glance at the magnetic board across from manager Buck Showalter’s office. Roberts should be batting leadoff and starting at second base against the Pittsburgh

Wieters slips to third in All-Star voting (Eyre released)

Major League Baseball released the latest All-Star Game vote totals in the American League, and Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has dropped to third behind the Rangers’ Mike Napoli and the Twins’ Joe Mauer. Wieters was second a week ago, but Mauer has passed him with 912,997 votes. Wieters has received 904,425 votes. J.J. Hardy ranks third among shortstops. Robert Andino is fourth among second basemen,

Britton’s progress at Norfolk not measured in stats

The most encouraging news on pitcher Zach Britton is he’s in good health. As a bonus, he also says that his stuff is getting better. The results at Triple-A Norfolk might not reflect it, but he’s looking beyond the statistics. First, here’s what Britton says about his physical condition: “I’m feeling good. I definitely feel like I’m starting to get stronger. My arm is getting

This, that and the other

LSU’s baseball season ended last night with a shocking upset loss to Stony Brook in the Super Regionals. Let the Kevin Gausman negotiations begin. The Orioles made Gausman the fourth overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and watched helplessly Saturday as he pitched the 12th inning of Game 1 and seven innings of Game 2 on the same day. Now that LSU has

Showalter speaks after 5-4, 10-inning win

The Orioles are 9-2 in extra innings this season and have won nine in a row, the longest streak in franchise history. There have been different heroes, and today’s roll call included Steve Tolleson, who tied the game with a three-run homer, Ronny Paulino, who had an RBI single, Jason Hammel, who gutted out six innings, Troy Patton, who gave the Orioles two scoreless innings

More free baseball (and another walk-off win!)

Who needs nine innings when you can play 10? Or 11? Or... The Orioles will try for their ninth consecutive win in extras, which would set a franchise record. They also won eight in a row in 1997 and 2010. The current streak is the longest in the majors. They’re 8-2 beyond regulation, including yesterday’s 12-inning victory that was secured by Adam Jones’ walk-off home

Hammel having hard time (Tolleson ties game, Hammel done)

Jason Hammel hasn’t walked more than three batters in his first 11 starts. He matched that total today after 1 2/3 innings. Hammel has allowed three runs and five hits, walked three, struck out one and hit a batter in two innings. He’s already thrown 51 pitches, including 27 for strikes. The Phillies loaded the bases in the first inning without scoring. They loaded the

Orioles expected to activate Roberts on Tuesday

The Orioles’ brain trust will meet tomorrow during the off-day and decide whether to activate second baseman Brian Roberts from the 60-day disabled list before Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates at Camden Yards. The club is expected to add Roberts to the 25- and 40-man rosters, but manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette, among others, want to make sure he doesn’t

Orioles and Phillies lineups

Matt Wieters is serving as the designated hitter today, with Ronny Paulino settling behind the plate. Paulino is batting fifth for the 18th time in his major league career. He’s 2-for-5 lifetime against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters DH Ronny Paulino C Mark Reynolds 1B Steve Pearce LF Steve Tolleson 3B Endy

Hardly a win without Hardy

If you check the box score from yesterday, you’ll find that shortstop J.J. Hardy walked in six plate appearances and scored a run in the Orioles’ 6-4, 12-inning victory over the Phillies. Here’s what you won’t find: A defensive play that made it possible for the Orioles to even this series. I mentioned it yesterday, but I want to revisit it this morning while waiting

Showalter speaks after walk-off win

Adam Jones stepped to the plate with Chris Davis on first base and nobody out in the bottom of the 12th. The score was tied. For many people, the situation screamed for a bunt, unless a manager chooses to cover his ears. Jones got the green light and hit his second career walk-off home run to give the Orioles a 6-4 victory at sold-out Camden

Homers hurting Hunter again (Jones with the walk-off!)

Tommy Hunter has served up three more home runs today, raising his total to 16 in 63 innings this season. Hunter keeps getting the ball up, and bad things keep happening. Hector Luna crushed one in the fifth to tie the game, 3-3, after Jimmy Rollins crushed one in the third and Jim Thome slugged his first of the season leading off the fourth. Showing

Hunter bending but not breaking (O’s trail 2-1)

Three of the first five Phillies singled off Tommy Hunter today, but he’s turned in two scoreless innings in his first start with the Orioles since May 28. Jim Thome grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the first after Juan Pierre and Hunter Pence singled with out one. Shane Victorino singled leading off the second, but former Oriole Ty Wigginton grounded into a

Arrieta to pitch out of the bullpen (quotes added)

The Orioles had a few reasons for optioning Miguel Gonzalez to Triple-A Norfolk today and keeping Jake Arrieta on the 25-man roster. They wanted Gonzalez to return to Norfolk’s rotation and build up innings so he can be considered for starting assignments with the Orioles. It sounds like they have every intention of bringing him back at some point this summer, perhaps not that far

Orioles and Phillies lineup (Gonzalez optioned)

Nick Johnson is starting at first base today, as the Orioles try to even the series with the Phillies following last night’s loss. We still haven’t been told which player is being optioned to make room for Tommy Hunter. Jake Arrieta is here and seems to be in a much better mood than last night. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez LF J.J. Hardy SS Chris

Hunter getting another chance

Look who’s back. Tommy Hunter is being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk today, and he’ll try to nail down his first victory since April 24. Yes, it’s been that long. Hunter was optioned after allowing six runs (five earned) and nine hits in three innings May 28 at Toronto. He’s surrendered five earned runs in three of his last five starts. In the last two, he’s

Arrieta: “I’m just kind of lost right now”

Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta has exuded confidence from the first day that he stepped inside a major league clubhouse in spring training. Not anymore. Arrieta was despondent after tonight’s 9-6 loss to the Phillies, reaching a low we haven’t seen from him. “It’s pretty difficult,” he said. “Just frustration seems to continue to build and just having a hard time getting out of it. It’s

Showalter speaks after 9-6 loss

The Orioles lost for the 12th time in 17 games, and they may have lost whatever patience remained with starter Jake Arrieta, who allowed a career-high nine runs and 11 hits in four innings. “He never seemed to get in a real rhythm,” Showalter said. “Philadephia had a lot to do with that. They came out swinging the bats real aggressive, like we knew they

Hunter confirmed for tomorrow

Orioles manager Buck Showalter just confirmed that Tommy Hunter will start tomorrow afternoon’s game against the Phillies at Camden Yards. Dana Eveland tossed three perfect innings tonight in relief of Jake Arrieta. Miguel Gonzalez threw four innings last night in Boston. The choice became an obvious one. Hunter will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, and a corresponding 25-man roster move will be made by 1

Is this Arrieta’s last start with Orioles? (O’s lose 9-6)

It’s not a comfortable question to pose, but it’s a fair one. I hate to speculate about a player’s future, though it’s a common practice in the media, but Jake Arrieta is a serious candidate to be optioned tomorrow when Tommy Hunter is recalled and makes the start against Philadelphia. Arrieta turned in his second-shortest outing of the season, allowing a season-high nine runs and

Arrieta falls behind early (O’s trail 9-4)

Jake Arrieta retired the first two Phillies batters tonight on a fly ball and grounder, but three straight singles by Hunter Pence, Jim Thome and Shane Victorino produced a run. Thome’s ball never left the infield. Arrieta was late chasing it and couldn’t make a play. Carlos Ruiz struck out on Arrieta’s 21st pitch to end the inning. The Orioles have scored one run while

A few pregame notes

The news content was light in manager Buck Showalter’s pregame session with the media. Still no word on tomorrow afternoon’s starter. “We’ve got our options that we’re prepared to use,” Showalter said. “Obviously, Miguel (Gonzalez) isn’t one of them now. We’ll see how we do tonight. But we have options for tomorrow.” The Orioles will have to make room on the 25-man roster if Tommy

Orioles and Phillies lineups

Ryan Flaherty is starting in right field tonight for the Orioles, with Endy Chavez in the other outfield corner. Adam Jones remains in center field despite being removed for a pinch hitter again last night in the ninth inning. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez LF J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis DH Wilson Betemit 3B Mark Reynolds 1B Ryan Flaherty

More rotation speculation

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides have starters listed for their next five games, and Tommy Hunter isn’t among them. The Orioles pulled Hunter from the Tides’ rotation in case he’s needed to start tomorrow afternoon against the Phillies at Camden Yards. They wanted to keep that option alive if Miguel Gonzalez was needed in long relief. Well, Gonzalez threw four innings last night in Boston after

This, that and the other

BOSTON - I left my hotel room yesterday confident that Tommy Hunter would start Saturday for the Orioles. I walked out of manager Buck Showalter’s office later that afternoon thinking Miguel Gonzalez might have taken the lead. Now I’m back to believing it will be Hunter. Stick with your first instinct. Gonzalez pitched last night, relieving left-hander Brian Matusz and working four innings. It’s down

Showalter speaks after 7-0 loss (Marin says he signed)

BOSTON - The Orioles fell behind, 2-0, in the first inning, 4-0 in the second and 6-0 in the third. Going against Clay Buchholz, they had no shot. Buchholz tossed his third career shutout, all coming against the Orioles. Meanwhile, Brian Matusz went two innings plus a batter and was charged with five runs, four of them earned. “Command of the fastball,” manager Buck Showalter

Hearing from Matusz and Davis

BOSTON - Manager Buck Showalter thought the biggest issue for left-hander Brian Matusz tonight was a lack of fastball command. Matusz said he couldn’t command anything, fastball included. Matusz was charged with five runs (four earned) and four hits in two-plus innings in the Orioles’ 7-0 loss to the Red Sox. He walked five batters. “Yeah, it was just everything today, just out of my

Matusz runs up pitch count in first (O’s lose 7-0)

BOSTON - Brian Matusz threw 97 pitches in 7 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay on Saturday, one of the keys to a 2-1 victory. He was able to go deeper in the game, and the bullpen wasn’t needed until later. Tonight, Matusz threw 37 pitches in the bottom of the first and fell behind, 2-0, on Adrian Gonzalez’s bases-loaded double down the right field line.

Berken breaks nose, and other notes (with quotes)

BOSTON - Pitcher Jason Berken broke his nose during today’s start with Triple-A Norfolk when he slammed into first baseman Joe Mahoney while chasing a foul ball in Rochester. Berken could make his next start. It depends on the amount of swelling around his eyes. “He’s not going to do anything as far as resetting it,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Right now, he’s scheduled to

Orioles sign Rundles from independent league

BOSTON - The Triple-A Norfolk roster is getting another pitcher. The independent Lancaster Barnstormers announced on their website that the Orioles have purchased the contract of left-hander Rich Rundles from the Atlantic League team. Rundles will join Norfolk for its trip to Buffalo. Rundles, 31, was 2-1 with a 3.02 ERA in eight starts for the Barnstormers. He allowed 40 hits, walked 11 and struck

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Endy Chavez is batting leadoff tonight for the Orioles, and Mark Reynolds gets another start at first base. Nick Johnson remains out of the lineup against a right-hander, as manager Buck Showalter again chooses Chris Davis as his designated hitter. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez RF J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis DH Mark Reynolds 1B Wilson Betemit

Hunter expected to start on Saturday (and notes)

BOSTON - Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t named a starter for Saturday’s game against the Phillies, but all signs point to Tommy Hunter. Well, one sign certainly does: He’s not starting today for Triple-A Norfolk and he isn’t listed among the Tides’ probables through the weekend. Hunter was scheduled to start today, but Jason Berken moved up a day and is taking the mound at Rochester.

For the Orioles, is youth really king?

BOSTON - Chris Tillman had another solid outing last night for Triple-A Norfolk, and manager Buck Showalter knew about it before meeting with reporters after the Orioles’ 2-1 win over the Red Sox. He immediately checks the box scores and the reports on all of the affiliates. I’m trying to figure out which direction the Orioles are going in regard to their handling of Norfolk’s

Hearing from Wieters and Chen

BOSTON - It appears as though Wei-Yin Chen doesn’t need to be pampered. He worked on regular rest tonight and turned in arguably his best start of the year. “He was good,” said catcher Matt Wieters. “He pitched out of two jams where he really was able to keep them to one run (or less) and the rest of the inning he knew what he

Showalter speaks after 2-1 win

BOSTON - The Orioles are back in first place in the American League East, and they finally won a series after four straight failed attempts. Most of the credit goes to Wei-Yin Chen, who held the Red Sox to one run over seven innings. Manager Buck Showalter thinks Chen might actually benefit from working on normal rest. “We’ve been trying to be careful with him

Duquette says drafting Ripken “the right thing to do” (O’s win 2-1)

BOSTON - The Orioles managed one hit off Josh Beckett in five innings, but consecutive singles by Wilson Betemit, Ryan Flaherty and Robert Andino to open the sixth allowed them to tie the game, 1-1. Endy Chavez hit into a force, bringing in the go-ahead run. Chavez had three hits last night, and he’s singled and driven in a run tonight. Boston’s Mike Aviles lifted

Injury updates and more

BOSTON - It’s been another slow day covering the Orioles. They draft Cal Ripken’s son and John Russell’s son - who just happens to be sitting in their clubhouse - and Brian Graham’s nephew. They activate Zach Britton from the 60-day disabled list and option him to Triple-A Norfolk. They transfer Stu Pomeranz to the 60-day DL. They sign 49-year-old Jamie Moyer to a minor

O’s sign Jamie Moyer to minor league deal (Ryan Ripken statement)

BOSTON - The Orioles added to their ever-growing veteran pitching depth today, signing 49-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer to a minor league deal. Moyer has been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk and is scheduled to start for the Tides Saturday in Buffalo. Moyer began the season with the Colorado Rockies and went 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts before being designated for assignment. In 25

Orioles draft John Russell’s son (Britton optioned)

BOSTON - Another version of Family Ties is airing in the Orioles organization today. Earlier this afternoon, they selected Ryan Ripken, the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken in the 20th round of the First-Year Player Draft. And a few minutes ago, they used their 32nd-round pick on Midland (Tx.) College catcher William “Steel” Russell, the son of bench coach John Russell Steel Russell

Orioles lineup against Red Sox

BOSTON - Wilson Betemit is back in the Orioles’ lineup tonight after being shelved with a fever and sore throat. Chris Davis is making his first appearance since June 2 in Tampa. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez RF J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis DH Mark Reynolds 1B Wilson Betemit 3B Ryan Flaherty LF Robert Andino 2B Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Red Sox lineup and random notes

BOSTON - In the 29th round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles selected right-hander Jake Pinar of San Juan Hill (Calif.) High School. In the 30th round, they took center fielder Anthony Vega of Manhattan College in New York. Here’s the Red Sox lineup: Mike Aviles SS Dustin Pedroia 2B Kevin Youkilis 1B David Ortiz DH Will Middlebrooks 3B Adrian Gonzalez RF Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Orioles draft Ryan Ripken (updated)

BOSTON - The Ripken name may be staying in the Orioles family. The Orioles just drafted Ryan Ripken - Cal Sr’s grandson, Cal’s son and Billy’s nephew - in the 20th round of the First-Year Player Draft. Ripken, a left-handed-hitting first baseman at Gilman who also played basketball, has committed to the University of South Carolina. He received plenty of scholarship offers after batting .353

In the 16th and 17th rounds... (local kid Hader chosen in 19th round)

BOSTON - It’s Day 3 of the First-Year Player Drafts, and the picks are coming fast and furious. Teams don’t need five minutes between selections. They don’t stay on the clock for more than a few seconds. The Orioles used their 16th pick on pitcher Luc Rennie of Torrey Pines (Ca.) High School. Their 17th pick was used on pitcher Nick Grim of Cal Poly-San

Random thoughts

BOSTON - I can’t figure out who’s going to make Saturday’s start against the Phillies at Camden Yards. It’s easier to eliminate certain pitchers, most notably left-hander Zach Britton, who would be working on short rest and who will stay on his rehab assignment. The Orioles apparently think Britton needs to improve the command of his pitches. They’re in no rush to end his assignment.

More clubhouse chatter after tonight’s victory

BOSTON - Jason Hammel said his knee wasn’t an issue while working five innings tonight in the Orioles’ 8-6, 10-inning victory over the Red Sox. “Knee is getting better each time out,” he said. “It’s manageable right now.” Hammel couldn’t put away the Red Sox early and his pitch count rose to 106. “Yeah, they’re usually pretty patient,” he said. “They were kind of aggressive

Showalter speaks after 8-6 10-inning win

BOSTON - Manager Buck Showalter described tonight’s 8-6, 10-inning victory over the Red Sox as “one of our better wins of the year.” “That was a real test for us a little bit,” he said. It became more challenging when closer Jim Johnson blew his first save of the season. “J.J.’s picked us up so many times this year and the guys come in and

Johnson blows first save (O’s win 8-6)

BOSTON - The Orioles were one strike away from winning tonight’s game and pulling into a first-place tie with Tampa Bay in the American League East. One strike. It seemed like a done deal with Jim Johnson on the mound, but nothing comes easily for the Orioles. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer off Johnson on a 1-2 pitch to tie the game, 6-6, and

Orioles put on clinic on how to lose a lead (O’s lead 6-4)

BOSTON - The Orioles committed two errors and had one lapse in judgement in the fifth inning, and we’re tied, 2-2, at Fenway Park. Mark Reynolds committed his eighth error of the season, and his second at first base, when he mishandled Daniel Nava’s bouncer leading off the inning. Pitcher Jason Hammel was late covering first, but he never got the chance to find out

Jones with healthy at-bat in third, Wieters stays hot

BOSTON - If Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is going to remain unbeaten against the Orioles, his teammates will have to rally from a two-run deficit. Adam Jones and Matt Wieters had back-to-back singles with two outs in the third inning to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead. Endy Chavez, batting ninth, reached on an infield hit with one out, and Robert Andino reached on

Updating Britton, Arrieta, Betemit, Markakis and more

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter needs a fifth starter on Saturday, but he still hasn’t decided who will take the mound. It won’t be left-hander Zach Britton, who starts tonight at Triple-A Norfolk. Britton would be working on short rest Saturday. Also, the Orioles want to keep him on the injury-rehab assignment and make sure he’s ready to be activated. Showalter said Britton’s return

Jones: “If there’s nothing broke, I’m not missing no game” (McLouth signed)

BOSTON - Adam Jones said he could have played yesterday if the schedule allowed it, and he had no intention of sitting out tonight’s game. Jones underwent MRIs on both hands and wrists in Sarasota that came back negative. “I’m not missing no game. If there’s nothing broke, I’m not missing no game,” Jones said. “I wasn’t worried. Since we had an off day and

Jones in lineup

BOSTON - Adam Jones’ right wrist isn’t bothering him enough to keep him out of tonight’s lineup. He’s batting third instead of cleanup for the Orioles. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B Steve Pearce LF Ronny Paulino DH Steve Tolleson 3B Endy Chavez RF Jason Hammel RHP Down on the farm, catcher Brian

Red Sox lineup and random notes

BOSTON - The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup yet, but the Red Sox have shared their starting nine with us. For the Red Sox: Scott Podsednik CF Dustin Pedroia 2B Adrian Gonzalez 1B David Ortiz DH Kevin Youkilis 3B Jarrod Saltalamacchia C Ryan Sweeney RF Daniel Nava LF Mike Aviles SS Jon Lester LHP The Orioles swept the Red Sox in three games at Fenway

In the third round ... (Christian Walker in fourth, Colin Poche in fifth)

BOSTON - We’ve moved into the third round of the First-Year Player Draft, and the Orioles used the 99th overall pick to select shortstop/second baseman Adrian Marin of Gulliver Prep School in Miami. Marin is listed at 6 foot and 170 pounds. He’s regarded as a plus-runner who’s been timed at 6.65 in the 60-yard. He’s committed to the University of Miami. Baseball America ranked

Orioles select Frederick native Branden Kline in second round (with video)

BOSTON - The First-Year Player Draft continues today, and the Orioles selected University of Virginia pitcher Branden Kline with the 65th overall pick. Kline, a graduate of Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, was 7-3 with a 3.56 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 93 2/3 innings, and was named second-team All-ACC for the Cavaliers. He served as their closer last year before moving into the

Orioles make the most of an off-day (Delmonico note)

BOSTON - Yesterday was a good day. The Orioles didn’t lose a game or suffer an injury. Those open dates on the schedule can be a blessing. Adam Jones’ MRIs in Sarasota came back negative. The left wrist and hand are fine except for the contusions. The right wrist and hand are fine except for the contusions. His ego might be bruised, too, because of

Orioles draft LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman (with quotes)

BOSTON - In the end, the Orioles couldn’t resist the allure of a college pitcher. And they had their pick of the best ones. Despite strong interest in high school left-hander Max Fried and San Francisco right-hander Kyle Zimmer, and the unexpected availability of Stanford’s Mark Appel, the Orioles chose LSU right-hander Kevin Gausman with the fourth-overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. Gausman was

Hall outrighted again

BOSTON - Bill Hall is an Oriole. Then he isn’t. Then he is. Then he isn’t. Where he stops, nobody knows. Well, we know that he’s rejoining Triple-A Norfolk after clearing waivers today and again being outrighted. He’ll meet up with the Tides in Rochester. Teams had until 1 p.m. today to put in a claim. The Orioles designated Hall for assignment on Saturday to

Jones recap and draft prediction (corrected)

BOSTON - It’s cold and raining in Boston today. I’m told it will be cold and raining for the rest of the week. Today might not be the last day off for the Orioles on this trip. In case you missed the Adam Jones update from earlier today, which is attached to a previous blog entry, MRIs taken on both hands and wrists came back

Everything needs to get better in Boston

TAMPA - A three-city road trip for the Orioles has been filled with bumps and potholes and strange detours. They were swept in Toronto and lost two of three in St. Petersburg. They flew to Boston last night unsure whether center fielder Adam Jones would be in the lineup tomorrow night because of a sore right wrist. The rotation no longer can crank out quality

Jones getting MRI on right wrist (MRI is negative)

TAMPA - Adam Jones got hit on the left wrist Wednesday in Toronto, but his right wrist is sore. It’s been that kind of stretch for the Orioles, who can’t keep anyone healthy or leave their roster untouched. Jones reportedly will get an MRI on the wrist tomorrow in Tampa before joining the Orioles in Boston for a three-game series that starts Tuesday night. Manager

Arrieta tries to stay positive despite the negative results

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta vowed to continue working hard and not allow himself to get too down after a third straight poor outing resulted in his seventh loss. Asked what went wrong after retiring the first nine batters, Arrieta paused before saying, “Honestly, I’m not really sure. I was commanding the ball well. I wasn’t able to get ahead of a

Showalter discusses Arrieta’s outing

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t promise that Jake Arrieta makes his next start, but he seemed to be leaning in that direction while meeting with reporters following today’s 8-4 loss to the Rays. “We just got through this game here and we’ve got off-days,” Showalter said. “We’ll see what’s best for Jake and the Baltimore Orioles, but that’s the plan right now.”

The Two Jakes (O’s lose 8-4; Is Jones hurt?)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jake Arrieta retired the first nine batters he faced today, striking out three along the way. Then came the fourth inning, and a different set of results for Arrieta. Carlos Pena led off with a walk and B.J. Upton singled. We wouldn’t have a historic day at Tropicana Field unless the Rays cracked 25,000 in attendance. Matt Joyce followed with a

Wieters gets it right with home run (and single)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters is heating up. Wieters has collected four hits in his last nine at-bats, including his ninth home run today leading off the top of the second inning. Wieters hadn’t homered since May 13 against Tampa Bay’s James Shields. He hadn’t homered from the right side all season. It’s going to be a process for Wieters to fatten up

Betemit may not be available because of fever (two updates)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles played with a short bench yesterday, and they could be doing the same thing today. Steve Pearce didn’t arrive at Tropicana Field yesterday until after the game, leaving manager Buck Showalter with three reserves. Today, Wilson Betemit is running a fever that is keeping him out of the lineup. The Orioles will find out later whether Betemit is available

Pearce making Orioles debut today

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Each day brings another unique lineup from Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Today, he’s got Steve Pearce in right field and Ronny Paulino serving as the designated hitter against Rays left-hander Matt Moore. Robert Andino is leading off, with Endy Chavez batting second. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Endy Chavez LF J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark

Now it’s Arrieta’s turn

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles snapped a five-game road losing streak yesterday, and now they have a chance to win this series after dropping the last three. Left-hander Brian Matusz’s gem made it easy to overlook the offense, which continued to scuffle. Two runs were enough yesterday, but that won’t usually be the case. The Orioles have scored 16 runs in their last seven

Hearing from Matusz, Adair and Chavez

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Brian Matusz worked a season-high 7 1/3 innings today in a 2-1 win over the Rays before 21,693 at Tropicana Field. It was his longest outing since Aug. 19, 2010, when he pitched eight innings against the Rangers. “It’s as good as I’ve felt in a while,” he said. “I like pitching here in The Trop. You expect it to be

Showalter speaks after 2-1 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters to hurry with their postgame questions. LL Cool J is performing at Tropicana Field, and Showalter wanted to rush back into the dugout and enjoy the concert. Winning is fun, especially after six straight losses. Brian Matusz held the Rays to one run and two hits over 7 1/3 innings for his fourth consecutive quality

Matusz making it matter today (O’s win 2-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Has Brian Matusz become the Orioles’ ace? Too soon? Matusz is headed toward his fourth consecutive quality start, holding Tampa Bay to one run and two hits today over a season-high seven innings. He’s walked two and struck out seven. Only one Tampa Bay batter has reached second base, when Sean Rodriguez doubled to lead off the fifth inning and later

Endy Chavez goes all Josh Hamilton on the Rays (O’s lead 2-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - OK, who had Endy Chavez in today’s home run pool? Chavez broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with his first homer as an Oriole, lining a 2-1 pitch from Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson over the right field wall. It was the Orioles’ first hit of the day and their first extra-base hit in three games. J.J. Hardy followed with

Wada visits clubhouse

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tsuyoshi Wada made his first appearance today in an Orioles clubhouse since undergoing ligament-reconstructive surgery on his left elbow. Wada made the drive from the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. “Since the surgery, my elbow is getting better and better,” Wada said through his interpreter. “I started doing some lower-body exercises this week, and starting next week, I’ll start some

Orioles acquire Pearce and DFA Hall (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles acquired first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce from the Yankees in a cash transaction. He’s expected to join the team for today’s game. The Orioles made room for Pearce on the 25- and 40-man rosters by designating Bill Hall for assignment. Pearce, 29, was batting .321 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs, 30 RBIs and a .996 OPS in 52 games

Flaherty in right field and Davis batting third tonight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter won’t go with a set lineup in Nick Markakis’ absence. He’s going to mix and match, depending on who’s swinging a hot bat and the opponent’s starting pitcher. Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty gets the start in right field today for the Orioles, replacing Bill Hall. Chris Davis is batting third, with J.J. Hardy moving up one spot.

Series streak on the line and other notes (Rays lineup)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have recorded three straight winning road trips for the first time since April 8-May 19, 2005. However, they will have to take the last two games here against the Rays and three vs. the Red Sox next week at Fenway Park to post a winning record on their fourth consecutive trip. Tall order. The Orioles have lost six games

Beerer not the blueprint for Markakis

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter stopped by the Ed Smith Stadium complex Thursday and ate lunch with a few of his rehabbing players. He got caught up with the likes of Nolan Reimold, Matt Lindstrom and Taylor Teagarden. He found out that Tsuyoshi Wada was going to visit teammates before tonight’s game against the Rays. At another part of the complex, minor

Hearing from Tolleson, Jones and Chen

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Steve Tolleson explained to reporters tonight how he got thrown out at second base on J.J. Hardy’s fly ball as Bill Hall was attempting to score the Orioles’ first run. “I knew the throw was going to come there,” he said. “I just saw where he was in the outfield and thought I could make it. It was a bad play.

Showalter: “We’ll get it going again”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The losing streak has reached a season-high six games. That’s nine losses in the last 11. The Orioles have dropped out of first place for the first time since May 5. It’s no longer fun. “Frustration?” manager Buck Showalter asked, repeating a question. “They’ve got a lot of confidence. They’re a mature group. They understand. We’ll get it going again. Hopefully

Chen’s chance at quality start ends in first inning (O’s lose 5-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - This is no way to end a five-game losing streak. The Rays sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored five runs to take a 5-0 lead against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The rotation posted an 8.10 ERA in the past four games, and Chen is going to inflate that number. Chen gave up five hits in

Britton to continue rehab assignment (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles don’t need a fifth starter at the moment and Zach Britton’s rehab assignment hasn’t run its course, so the left-hander will make another start in the minors. Britton is expected to pitch Tuesday for Triple-A Norfolk. Double-A Bowie also is being considered, but the Orioles are leaning toward sending him to the International League. Dr. Brian Schofield will remove

Markakis talks about his surgery and eventual return

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Nick Markakis arrived in the clubhouse today with his right wrist wrapped and his arm in a sling, which he said wasn’t needed. He was a little groggy, but he still exchanged quips with catcher Matt Wieters, who asked whether Markakis could play tonight “with that thing.” “I can pinch-run,” he replied. Markakis underwent a 20-minute procedure this morning to remove

Hall in right, Hardy batting third

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter is breaking out his most interesting lineup of the season. With Nick Markakis on the disabled list, Bill Hall is starting in right field and J. J. Hardy is batting third. Steve Tolleson is in left field, giving the Orioles another right-handed hitter against Rays starter David Price. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Steve Tolleson LF J.J.

Machado at third base for Bowie (updated)

The Double-A Bowie Baysox tweeted their lineup for tonight’s game against Reading at Prince George’s County Stadium, and it included Manny Machado at third base for the first time in his professional career. Brian Roberts has returned to Bowie to continue his rehab assignment, and he’s starting at second base. Jonathan Schoop, who had been replacing Roberts at second, is starting at shortstop. Machado, the

Welcome back, Bill Hall (Markakis surgery update)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Remember when Bill Hall was removed for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning last night at Triple-A Pawtucket? I guess he needed more time to pack his bags. Hall is in Tampa - he confirmed it on Twitter - and will be added to the 25- and 40-man rosters for tonight’s game against the Rays. Hall is replacing Nick Markakis on

On the road again

I’m taking my 10-3 road record to St. Petersburg, Fla. for the three-game series against the Rays, following by a flight to Boston for a three-game series against the Red Sox. If nothing else, I’m guaranteed of still being above .500 when I return home. Nick Markakis is expected to meet with reporters at Tropicana Field this afternoon after undergoing surgery to remove a broken

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