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McLouth and Machado stay hot (updated)

Nate McLouth made a triumphant return to the Orioles’ lineup tonight. One night after sitting on the bench against a left-hander, McLouth hit his 11th career leadoff home run to give the Orioles a quick 1-0 lead. Mariners starter Brandon Maurer threw four straight fastballs to McLouth, at 91, 91, 93 and 91 mph. He might want to mix in an off-speed pitch. He might

Orioles option Britton, DFA Exposito

The Orioles announced a flurry of roster moves before tonight’s game in Seattle. They officially recalled former UMBC pitcher Zach Clark from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned left-hander Zach Britton to the Tides. Also, the Orioles purchased catcher Chris Snyder’s contract and designated catcher Luis Exposito for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster. And finally, the Orioles reinstated pitcher Steve Johnson from the disabled

Dickerson in right field, Markakis the DH

Whatever roster move is being made by the Orioles today, it won’t involve outfielder Chris Dickerson. He’s starting in right field tonight against the Seattle Mariners. Nick Markakis is serving as the designated hitter. Nate McLouth is back in left field and atop the order. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters

Mariners lineup vs. O’s (and Ayala note)

Still waiting for the Orioles to announce their roster moves today. Still waiting for their lineup. Michael Saunders, who came off the disabled list yesterday and homered on Zach Britton’s second pitch, is back in the leadoff spot for the Mariners. For the Mariners Michael Saunders CF Kyle Seager 3B Kendrys Morales DH Michael Morse RF Jason Bay LF Justin Smoak 1B Dustin Ackley 2B

Clark joining Orioles in Seattle (updated)

The Orioles are continuing to make roster moves today, and the latest one has a nice local flavor. Besides needing to free up a spot on their 40-man roster for new backup catcher Chris Snyder, they also have summoned pitcher Zach Clark from Triple-A Norfolk. Clark is flying to Seattle today and could provide another arm in the bullpen. The Orioles are expected to officially

McLouth won’t be left on the bench tonight

The Orioles will face right-handers in five of the final six games on this West Coast trip, and you know what that means. Nate McLouth will be in the starting lineup in five of the final six games on this West Coast trip. McLouth is pretty much in a platoon situation despite his red-hot bat. Nolan Reimold has been starting in left field against southpaws,

Britton’s strange night lasts six innings (O’s lose 6-2)

Orioles left-hander Zach Britton experienced a little bit of everything tonight in his first major league start of 2013. The home run he allowed on his second pitch of the night. The 34-pitch fourth inning. The easy nine-pitch fifth inning. The three-run sixth inning, and the bruise he probably sustained on his left arm from the home plate umpire. Strange night indeed. Britton allowed six

Britton falls behind on second pitch (O’s down 3-2)

For Orioles left-hander Zach Britton to have success tonight, he needs to keep the ball on the ground. He needs that sinker to be working. He needs to do a better job with Michael Saunders. Activated from the disabled list this afternoon, Saunders drove Britton’s second pitch of the game into the right field seats to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead over the Orioles.

Garcia staying at Norfolk

Veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia has decided to remain in the Orioles organization beyond his five starts at Triple-A Norfolk. Garcia could have opted out of his contract after Sunday’s start, but he has agreed to stay through May 14. Garcia is 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts, with two walks and 21 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings. Earlier today, he was named the

McLouth sits vs. Saunders (Steve Johnson update)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is sticking with his right-handed lineup tonight against Mariners left-hander Joe Saunders, which puts Nate McLouth on the bench. Nolan Reimold is starting in left field and Steve Pearce is serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Steve Pearce DH Nolan Reimold

Manny Machado joins Brooks Robinson in Orioles history

According to the Orioles, only two players in club history at the age of 20 have collected four hits in a single game. Brooks Robinson was the youngest at 20 years, 130 days on Sept. 25, 1957. Manny Machado because the second-youngest yesterday in Oakland at 20 years, 296 days. Machado was 4-for-5. Robinson was 4-for-4. Robinson’s four-hit day included a triple and his 10th

Bundy receives PRP injection

Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, shut down because of stiffness in his right forearm, received a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection this afternoon from orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Andrews prescribed six weeks rest for Bundy, who will conduct his rehab in Sarasota. Bundy hasn’t pitched since March. He tried to throw off flat ground from 90 feet recently and complained

Notes on Snyder, Garcia and Bundy (and Charlie Zill)

New Orioles catcher Chris Snyder is expected to meet up with the Orioles tonight in Seattle, but his contract won’t be selected until Tuesday, which allows Luis Exposito to serve in a backup role for one more game. The Orioles will need to create room on their 40-man roster, which also could impact Exposito. Stay tuned. Executive vice president Dan Duquette has been interested in

Strop and the bullpen: The morning after (and Garcia note)

I could hear the blood pressure of some fans rising after yesterday’s loss. My ears popped when it spiked. It’s never easy to surrender a five-run lead, blow a two-run lead in the ninth and commit back-to-back throwing errors in the 10th that hands a game to the opponent. That’ll make you chew nails for the rest of the night. To the fans who wondered

Orioles acquire Chris Snyder (updated)

The Orioles didn’t wait long to find another backup catcher. According to a text message from executive vice president Dan Duquette, the Orioles have acquired catcher Chris Snyder from the Los Angeles Angels for reliever Rob Delaney in a minor league deal. Update: The Orioles and Angels both announced the trade. Snyder, 32, could join the Orioles in Seattle on Monday night, according to Duquette,

Orioles getting top production from top of order (O’s lose 9-8 in 10th)

Nate McLouth and Manny Machado have combined for eight hits, two RBIs and five runs scored today. The Orioles have a pretty nice one-two combination at the top of their order. McLouth produced his first four-hit game in four years. Machado has his first career four-hit game. McLouth, who’s scored four of the runs, is batting .351. He’s making $2 million this season. That’s quite

Orioles string together singles to break tie (Davis homers)

So much for that scoreless tie in Oakland. Nate McLouth, Manny Machado, Nick Markakis and Adam Jones singled in succession to produce the game’s first run in the top of the fourth inning. Chris Davis drove in two more runs with a double and Matt Wieters produced a sacrifice fly. The Orioles didn’t knock out Oakland starter Bartolo Colon. They just peppered him with jabs.

O’s lineup vs. A’s (updated)

Nolan Reimold is serving as the designated hitter today, as the Oriolestry to complete a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics. Nate McLouth remains the leadoff hitter. Ryan Flaherty gets the start at second base. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty 2B Nolan Reimold DH

A’s lineup vs. O’s (updated)

The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list today and designated Casper Wells for assignment. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Wells, the Towson University alum, off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on April 10. The A’s purchased him from the Blue Jays on April 22. Now he’s out there again. The Orioles had some interest in Wells earlier this year. He’s out

Orioles make roster move official

The Orioles placed backup catcher Taylor Teagarden on the 15-day disabled list today with a dislocated left thumb and recalled catcher Luis Exposito from Triple-A Norfolk. Exposito, 26, is batting .218/.254/.273 in 16 games and 59 plate appearances with Norfolk. He’s 1-for-15 throwing out runners attempting to steal. The Orioles also transferred catcher Luis Martinez from Double-A Bowie to Norfolk. The Orioles’ game notes say

Britton inching closer to Monday’s start (updated)

Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia remains listed as today’s starter for Triple-A Norfolk. If he takes the mound, he won’t be taking a flight to Seattle. Left-hander Zach Britton remains the favorite to start Monday for the Orioles. He hasn’t pitched in the first three games in Oakland and it’s doubtful that he would be needed today in relief, considering that Tommy Hunter and T.J. McFarland

Life without Teagarden

The Orioles will place backup catcher Taylor Teagarden on the disabled list today with a dislocated left thumb. They’re not going to make an announcement until his replacement gets to Oakland. The corresponding move would figure to involve Triple-A Norfolk’s Luis Exposito, who’s on the 40-man roster. Chris Robinson is not, and he caught last night for the Tides. He probably would have been scratched

Teagarden leaves game with injury (O’s win 7-3)

Orioles backup catcher Taylor Teagarden exited today’s game in the bottom of the sixth inning after taking a foul tip off his left thumb. Teagarden removed his mitt and immediately headed to the dugout. There was no hesitation. The thumb obviously isn’t exposed, but the foul ball from Josh Donaldson still created an injury situation. Donaldson has been a pest today. Two RBIs, one injured

Another bunt by Machado (Tillman struggling, O’s leading)

Manny Machado extended his hitting streak to six games today, reaching on a bunt single with one out in the top of the first inning. I won’t dare suggest that it was a “perfect” bunt. I did that once this season on a Machado sacrifice and was shouted down in the comments section. Machado didn’t keep the ball on the ground, ending his quest for

Wieters serving as DH today

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is putting Matt Wieters and Taylor Teagarden in the same lineup this afternoon. Teagarden will catch a day game after a night game. Wieters will serve as the designated hitter. Otherwise, it’s the standard lineup vs. a right-handed starter. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters DH J.J.

Orioles release Proctor

The Orioles have released veteran right-hander Scott Proctor, who was pitching at Triple-A Norfolk. Proctor allowed seven earned runs, and 13 total, in 7 1/3 innings with the Tides. He surrendered 10 hits, walked 10 and struck out six. The Orioles have plenty of other pitching options at Norfolk. Josh Stinson returned to the Tides today after starting for the Orioles on Wednesday. Left-hander Chris

Reversing a nasty Oakland trend (and A’s lineup)

You’ve probably figured out that the Orioles have struggled in Oakland in past years. Here are a few more examples: The Orioles have posted consecutive quality starts in Oakland for the first time since April 16-18, 2010 when they posted three straight - Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Matusz. The Orioles have won three straight in Oakland, dating back to Sept. 16, 2012, for

Wieters on Arrieta

The day after the Orioles optioned pitcher Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk, manager Buck Showalter sought out catcher Matt Wieters to discuss the right-hander and bounce ideas about what went wrong. “Very frustrating for Matt,” Showalter said. “He’s as good as there is at putting fingers down. Most of us are looking at how we’re failing him.” Arrieta didn’t fail last night. Making his first

Will Chen go seven? (O’s win 3-0)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is rooting for one of his starters to go seven innings just so he doesn’t have to address the topic during every postgame media session. It’s a hot topic among reporters. Probably a few fans, too. Wei-Yin Chen has come pretty close, going 5 2/3, 6 1/3, six and six innings this season. He’s turned in three straight quality starts. He’s

McLouth sits vs. lefty (updated)

The Orioles have a red-hot hitter sitting on their bench tonight. Nate McLouth is 4-for-8 with two doubles, three RBIs, three walks, five runs scored and three stolen bases in his last two games. He’s 8-for-18 with two doubles, four walks, eight runs scored and four stolen bases in his last five games. McLouth has really thrived atop the order, but he’s not in tonight’s

A’s lineup vs. O’s (and O’s lineup)

Major props again to the Oakland Athletics, and their charming 500 miles of foul territory, for posting their lineup ridiculously early. For the Athletics Coco Crisp DH Chris Young CF Josh Reddick RF Jed Lowrie 2B Josh Donaldson 3B Derek Norris C Nate Freiman 1B Casper Wells LF Adam Rosales SS Tommy Milone LHP The Athletics have lost six of their last seven games. In

Matusz providing relief in a role he doesn’t relish

Could the umpiring have been any worse last night? Not to mention the official scorer. OK, I just mentioned him. You know it’s bad when a pitching coach, in this case Oakland’s Curt Young, comes out of the dugout for a mound visit and instead yells at the first base umpire, who ejected him. Young never did talk to Jarrod Parker. I hadn’t seen that

Hammel goes six innings again (O’s win 10-2)

Jason Hammel was at 80 pitches through five innings tonight. Seemed like a pretty good bet to become the first Orioles starter to make it through the seventh. Not anymore. Hammel needed 24 pitches to complete the sixth and strand two runners. That’s 104 pitches. Manager Buck Showalter shook Hammel’s hand in the dugout. It’s up to the bullpen now - except for closer Jim

Hardy still slumping (McLouth still scorching, Davis homers)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy popped up to end the second inning tonight and strand Chris Davis, who drew a walk off Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker. Hardy is in 2-for-20 and 4-for-33 slumps that have lowered his average to .177. He did produce a hit in the 10th inning yesterday that almost won the game for the Orioles, but Rajai Davis threw out Manny Machado at

O’s lineup vs. A’s

The Orioles confirmed that they have recalled left-hander Zach Britton from Triple-A Norfolk. He’s available in the bullpen tonight. Nate McLouth is back in the leadoff spot tonight, which comes as no surprise. Over his last five games, McLouth is batting .462 (6-for-13) with six walks and six runs scored. In the leadoff spot, McLouth is batting .321 (17-53) with 11 walks. McLouth is second

A’s lineup vs. O’s

The Oakland Athletics have already posted their lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Orioles. For the Athletics Coco Crisp CF John Jaso C Seth Smith DH Jed Lowrie SS Brandon Moss 1B Chris Young LF Josh Reddick RF Josh Donaldson 3B Eric Sogard 2B Jarrod Parker RHP Reddick batted .343 with two homers and seven RBIs in eight games against the Orioles last season.

Orioles pitchers taking too many walks on the wild side (Britton in Oakland)

Zach Britton is still listed as tonight’s starter for Triple-A Norfolk. If he isn’t a late scratch, he won’t be starting for the Orioles on Monday. Update: Zach Clark (UMBC) is now listed as Norfolk’s starter tonight instead of Britton. Feel free to speculate. The assumption here is that Britton will be in the Orioles’ bullpen the next few nights and will start Monday if

McLouth proving to be a bargain

The Orioles woke up this morning in Oakland while I woke up in Sykesville. I’m having separation anxiety. I’m completely detached from the Orioles for the first time since Feb. 11. We’re on a break. They’re going to face a right-hander tonight, Jarrod Parker, who’s 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA. Without seeing the lineup, I’m fairly confident that Nate McLouth will return to left field

Showalter speaks after 6-5, 11-inning loss

Extra innings on a travel day with the Orioles heading to the West Coast later this afternoon. Not exactly the way they would have drawn it up today. Except... “We’d draw it up if we could have gotten a W out of it,” manager Buck Showalter said after a 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. “Really proud of the guys the way they

Bundy has Monday appointment with Dr. Andrews (Stinson optioned)

No wonder the Orioles didn’t have an update today on Dylan Bundy’s visit to Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. It still hasn’t taken place. Bundy will be examined on Thursday by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens in Baltimore. His visit to Dr. Andrews won’t take place until Monday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter corrected the information he passed along to reporters yesterday. Wilckens previously

Orioles rally to tie, McLouth an on-base machine (O’s lose 6-5)

The Orioles scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the Blue Jays 5-5 and take Josh Stinson off the hook. It happened in part because Nate McLouth keeps getting on base. McLouth has doubled, walked twice, singled, stolen a base and scored three runs. He’s got the only single in this game among the 10 hits. The Orioles didn’t have

Jones continues to torment Morrow (Stinson done after 5 2/3)

Nate McLouth immediately got into scoring position for the Orioles today with a leadoff double to center field, the ball clearing the fence on one bounce off the natural-surface warning track. I guess it’s not a synthetic thing. Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow retired the next two batters, bringing Adam Jones to the plate. Morrow could have pitched around Jones with first base open, but

No update on Bundy

The Orioles don’t expect to receive an update today on pitcher Dylan Bundy, who traveled to Gulf Breeze, Fla., yesterday to be examined by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Bundy threw on flat ground from 90 feet on Monday and still experienced tightness in his right forearm near the elbow. He may have undergone a second MRI after the first one on his elbow came back

Teagarden catching, Stinson starting in finale vs. Jays (Burnett likely optioned)

Manager Buck Showalter is going with close to his standard lineup for today’s afternoon finale against the Blue Jays. The only change is Taylor Teagarden starting at catcher in place of Matt Wieters because it’s a day game after a night game. Teagarden has appeared in just two games this season, with the last one coming on Saturday. Right-hander Josh Stinson is set for his

Notes on Stinson and Shannon’s Fund

Your baseball body clock is probably out of whack this morning. The Orioles are playing a 12:35 p.m. game today. It’s Wednesday. Something doesn’t feel quite right. It’s a travel day, with the Orioles flying to Oakland following Josh Stinson’s debut with the club. Stinson was given today’s assignment instead of left-hander Zach Britton, but don’t read too much into it. The Orioles could have

Showalter speaks after 4-3 win

The Orioles registered their fourth series win against American League East teams tonight by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 at Camden Yards. That sound you hear isn’t champagne corks popping in the home clubhouse. “We have a lot of bridges to cross, but I’d rather see that than the other way,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We’ve got a quick turnaround, a game tomorrow, and

Different story with Dickey (O’s win 4-3)

The Orioles apparently have recovered from the one-hit shutout that R.A. Dickey threw against them last summer. Different night, different team, much different results. Dickey has faced 12 batters in only two innings, and seven have reached base. Nine Orioles came to the plate in a four-run second inning. Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters strung together singles to open the second inning and

In non-Bundy news ...

Tsuyoshi Wada worked four innings today in an extended spring training game in Sarasota, striking out six and throwing around 68 pitches. The reports on him remain favorable. Not a single setback in his recovery and return from ligament-reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, which took place on May 11. Wada’s progression will take him to five innings in his next outing, assuming the elbow

Bundy getting second opinion from Dr. Andrews (updated)

Dylan Bundy decided to get a second opinion on his right forearm today from renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews. Bundy threw on flat ground from 90 feet yesterday and still felt discomfort in the forearm, near his elbow, which led to his visit with Andrews. The Orioles supported Bundy’s request to get the second opinion. An MRI taken on Bundy’s right elbow came back

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

The Orioles are going with their standard lineup tonight against a right-hander. In this case, it’s Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Nate McLouth is leading off and playing left field. Nick Markakis drops down to third. Ryan Flaherty is the second baseman, and Nolan Reimold is the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF

Stinson expected to make Wednesday’s start

The Orioles will add pitcher Josh Stinson to the 25-man roster on Wednesday, and he’s expected to start that day against the Toronto Blue Jays. I’m told that manager Buck Showalter hasn’t made a final decision on his starter, but Stinson’s arrival would seem to signal that he’s taking the mound in the last game of the homestand. Freddy Garcia is listed as tonight’s starter

Will Orioles knuckle under again vs. Dickey? (with note)

He’s back. R.A. Dickey and his confounding knuckleball will present the latest challenge for the Orioles, who don’t care to dance with his signature pitch. They couldn’t keep up the last time he faced them in a June 18 interleague game with the Mets. Dickey tossed a one-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory. Dickey struck out a career high 13 batters while improving to 11-1

Showalter speaks after 2-1 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t wait for reporters to fire off questions tonight before commenting on pitcher Chris Tillman, who held the Toronto Blue Jays to one run over 6 2/3 innings. “Tillman was good, huh?” Showalter said after the Orioles’ 2-1 victory at Camden Yards. “That was an impressive outing. To have that kind of command of the curveball and off-speed pitches on a

Orioles still waiting for a starter to complete seven innings (O’s win 2-1)

We’re tied tonight and Chris Tillman won’t get a decision. It sure looked like he was barreling toward a win. Tillman allowed three of his four hits in the seventh inning, and Colby Rasmus’ two-out single with the count full scored Edwin Encarnacion and erased the Orioles’ 1-0 lead. Darren O’Day replaced Tillman and walked Brett Lawrie to load the bases again. Emilio Bonifacio struck

Game update and more from Showalter (O’s lead 1-0)

Chris Tillman retired the first four Toronto Blue Jays tonight, gave up a single a walk, and induced a double play grounder from Colby Rasmus. The third inning was a breeze - and trust me, it’s breezy tonight. And bitter cold. Tillman retired the Blue Jayas in order on two fly balls and a pop up. He’s thrown 35 pitches, 22 for strikes. Tillman has

Showalter on Arrieta

The vast majority of today’s pregame media session with manager Buck Showalter, which lasted more than 16 minutes, was devoted to today’s roster move. Jake Arrieta down, Alex Burnett up. Here is a sampling of Showalter’s comments: “He’s obviously got to stay down there 10 days unless there’s an injury and we’ve got him pitching on his normal day down there. I can’t sit here

Arrieta talks about his demotion

Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta emerged from a closed-door meeting with manager Buck Showalter this afternoon and headed to the video room to watch more tape of himself. The work continues. The process of turning him into a consistent major league pitcher continues. Arrieta said he understood why the Orioles optioned him today to Triple-A Norfolk. “I wasn’t doing my job well enough. That’s the bottom

What’s next for Arrieta and the pitching staff?

Orioles manager Buck Showalter just completed his pregame media session, and I’ll post his comments later this afternoon. In the meantime, Showalter stressed that Jake Arrieta was sent down today only because the Orioles needed a long reliever for the next few days after using Tommy Hunter and T.J. McFarland for multiple innings the past two games. Otherwise, Arrieta would still be on the 25-man

Burnett in the clubhouse (Arrieta sent down)

Alex Burnett is in the Orioles clubhouse and Jake Arrieta just left Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s office. Draw your own conclusions. We were waiting for a roster move, and that could be it. Nothing official yet, but it looks like there is a No. 68 jersey waiting for Burnett. Burnett is a 25-year-old right-hander who was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on April

Strong-arming the Orioles’ catchers

Unsure whether the Orioles would make a postgame roster move yesterday, I checked my phone approximately 72 times per minute. And ... nothing. No demotions, no promotions. It’s conceivable that they will do something before tonight’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. If not, manager Buck Showalter will be asked about his discussions with executive vice president Dan Duquette and the state of their

Showalter speaks after 7-4 loss

Orioles starter Jake Arrieta didn’t point fingers and he didn’t make excuses. He took full blame for today’s 7-4 loss to the Dodgers at Camden Yards. “Really feel like the Dodgers didn’t beat us today, I beat us. It’s unacceptable,” he said. He later added, “I’m so close to being so good and everybody knows it. And that’s what’s frustrating.” Arrieta stood at his locker

The Two Jakes make another appearance (O’s lose 7-4)

Jake Arrieta struck out two batters in a routine first inning and needed only nine pitches to dispose of the Dodgers in the second. He threw 37 pitches in the third while walking three batters and surrendering a run. He struck out two and retired the side in order in the fourth. He couldn’t record an out in the fifth and was gone. The Orioles

Game update and more notes (Jones homers)

Orioles starter Jake Arrieta struck out the first two Dodgers batters he faced in the first inning and got the final out on a routine ground ball to second. Fourteen pitches, 11 for strikes. The Orioles gave him a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Nate McLouth’s leadoff single, a wild pitch by emergency Dodgers starter Stephen Fife, Nick Markakis’ RBI single

Bundy ready to resume throwing

Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will throw from 75-90 feet on Monday as he begins a progression that should lead him back to the mound. Bundy has been shut down with tightness in his right elbow, but he’s been pain-free and symptom-free for a while, according to manager Buck Showalter. “They’ve just been doing some stuff to make sure it doesn’t occur again, hopefully,” Showalter

Orioles lineup against Dodgers (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had Matt Wieters catch Game 1 of yesterday’s doubleheader so the two-time Gold Glove winner could return to the lineup this afternoon. Day game after a day game. Nolan Reimold is the designated hitter. His right hamstring is fine. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J.

A leftover from Game 1 and Game 2 (updated with new LA starter)

The next time you hear from me this morning, I’ll be posting the lineups for the series finale between the Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers at Camden Yards. The Orioles will be facing right-hander Chad Billingsley, and their exposure to him is limited. Nate McLouth is 5-for-16. J.J. Hardy is 2-for-10 with a home run. Chris Dickerson is 1-for-3 with a double. Alexi Casilla is

Showalter speaks after sweep

The Orioles sweep the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sort of like the 1966 World Series, only different. The starters went six innings in both games, and Tommy Hunter covered the last three in Game 2 to spare the bullpen. “I would have signed up for that in blood before we started, to try to get through it,” said manager Buck Showalter after the 6-1 victory in

Davis muscles up and ties game (O’s complete sweep with 6-1 win)

Need more proof that Chris Davis is freakishly strong? Davis unloaded on Dodgers starter Josh Beckett in the second inning of Game 2, homering to straightaway center field to tie the game, 1-1. The ball easily cleared the 410 foot sign and kept going, traveling an estimated 448 feet. Davis is now tied for the 11th-longest home run in Camden Yards history. It’s the third-longest

First inning continues to be haunt Orioles

The Orioles didn’t allow a run in the first inning over their first 12 games of the season. Now they can’t stop it from happening. The Tampa Bay Rays scored in the first inning in all three games of their series here, and the Los Angeles Dodgers scored in the first in both ends of today’s doubleheader. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen hit Carl Crawford with a

Showalter speaks after 7-5 Game 1 victory (updated)

The Orioles are setting up for the Earl Weaver tribute that will take place on the field before Game 2 of today’s doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. I’m told that Frank Robinson won’t be here. He was supposed to speak, along with Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, manager Buck Showalter and others. Update: Palmer also couldn’t attend the tribute, but Cal Ripken Jr. is here.

Orioles Game 2 lineup (and Dodgers lineup)

Adam Jones is making his first start as the Orioles’ designated hitter tonight in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chris Dickerson is starting in center field. Taylor Teagarden is behind the plate, and Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones DH Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy

A 32-pitch first inning for Hammel (O’s win 7-5)

The Orioles are playing two games today, which could tax their bullpen. Jason Hammel’s 32-pitch first inning won’t offer much relief. Hammel allowed back-to-back singles to Mark Ellis and Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier belted a three-run homer onto the flag court in right field to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Ethier jumped on Hammel’s first pitch, a 93 mph fastball, and

Sifting through the options for Wednesday’s starter

As soon as manager Buck Showalter received yesterday’s weather report, he began to consider his options for a Wednesday night starter against the Toronto Blue Jays. Showalter anticipated a postponement last night and a doubleheader today, which will require the club to find a starter from outside their current five-man rotation. They’re considering all the possibilities at Triple-A Norfolk, which also was rained out last

Lineups for Game 1 vs. Dodgers

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t make any changes to the lineup he posted last night before rain caused a postponement and today’s split-admission doubleheader. Nick Markakis is still leading off against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. Steve Pearce remains the designated hitter and Nolan Reimold is starting in left field. Ryan Flaherty is on the bench again against a southpaw. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF

Two for the price of two

The Orioles are playing a split-admission doubleheader today against the Los Angeles Dodgers, something that did not happen in the 1966 World Series. They weren’t trying to be nostalgic. Doubleheaders can challenge even the best pitching staffs, and the Orioles’ starters haven’t been getting deep into games. Last night’s postponement provided rest for the bullpen, but manager Buck Showalter needs Jason Hammel to give him

Orioles-Dodgers postponed, doubleheader on Saturday (updated)

Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Dodgers has been postponed due to rain. The teams will play a split-admission doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The second game will start at 7:05 p.m. The Earl Weaver tribute will take place as scheduled prior to the 7:05 p.m. game. Tickets for tonight’s game will be honored for Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. game.

Wieters’ success rate behind the plate and more in pregame notes (updated)

The Orioles are 8-for-9 (88.9 percent) in stolen base attempts this season following Chris Dickerson’s swipe of second base last night, the second-best percentage in the American League behind the Toronto Blue Jays, who are 14-for-15 (93.3). On the flip side, the club’s catchers have thrown out 8-of-10 runners to lead the majors at 80 percent. Matt Wieters has thrown out seven of the nine

Showalter offers his own advice to Rex Ryan

Orioles manager Buck Showalter bit his tongue today to avoid going on a prolonged rant about the recent comments made by Jets head coach Rex Ryan, but his point still came through loud and clear. Ryan told the New York Daily-News that it’s “unfortunate” that the Orioles didn’t move their Sept. 5 home game against the Chicago White Sox so that the Ravens could open

Orioles-Dodgers lineups for Friday night

Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will oppose Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel in tonight’s opener of a three-game interleague series at Camden Yards. It’s the Dodgers’ first visit to Baltimore since 2002 and the Orioles’ first series against a National League club this season. Here are tonight’s lineups: For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy

Showalter looking forward to reunion with Mattingly

Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn’t typically spend 12 minutes on one topic while chatting with the media before games. Then again, the subject isn’t usually one of his former teammates and players who just happens to be visiting Camden Yards this weekend. Don Mattingly is coming to Baltimore, and he’s bringing the Los Angeles Dodgers with him. He’ll always have Showalter’s respect. Showalter can’t say

Showalter speaks following 10-6 10-inning win

The Tampa Bay Rays had five players in the infield as Matt Wieters stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. What’s the best way to beat a five-man infield? Deposit the ball into the right field seats. Wieters flipped his bat and enjoyed the moment, his walk-off grand slam giving the Orioles a dramatic

Matusz remains right as lefty in bullpen (Wieters grand slam ends game)

Miguel Gonzalez’s final line tonight didn’t need to be changed after Brian Matusz replaced him with two runners on base and two outs in the top of the sixth inning. Those runners didn’t budge, which is typical when Matusz comes into a game with the bases littered. Matusz induced a fly ball from Kelly Johnson to strand Yunel Escobar and Desmond Jennings, who singled with

Orioles can’t get out of first inning clean (O’s down 5-4 in sixth)

It happened again. The Tampa Bay Rays have homered in the first inning in all three games of this series at Camden Yards. How often does that happen? Desmond Jennings walloped his second leadoff homer in three nights, and Evan Longoria added a two-out solo shot to give the Rays a 2-0 lead against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez. The Orioles hadn’t permitted a run in

Notes on Pearce and Jackson

Steve Pearce gets the start as the Orioles’ designated hitter tonight, just as manager Buck Showalter alluded to following last night’s game. Pearce is 0-for-13 this season after hitting .340/.377/.851 with three doubles, seven homers and 18 RBIs in 26 exhibition games. He’s 1-for-5 with an RBI against Tampa Bay left-hander David Price, who starts tonight. This isn’t the first ace that Pearce has been

Latest on S. Johnson, Wada, Roberts and Urrutia

Steve Johnson tossed four innings today in an extended spring training game in Fort Myers, throwing 70 pitches and withstanding a line drive off his thigh. The Orioles will send Johnson on a rehab assignment, with the affiliate to be determined. He’s finally getting out of Florida. Johnson will be a starter during his assignment. No relief work, though he came out of the bullpen

Orioles lineup vs. Rays (with Rays lineup)

Steve Pearce is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter tonight against Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price. Nolan Reimold is starting in left field. Matt Wieters, 9-for-29 (.310) with three doubles and a home run lifetime against Price, is behind the plate. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Steve Pearce

DH for Orioles has meant “doesn’t hit”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter hinted at tonight’s lineup while meeting with reporters yesterday in the auxiliary clubhouse at Camden Yards. Nolan Reimold is expected to start in left field against Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. Steve Pearce is expected to serve as the designated hitter. Showalter is trying to squeeze some production out of the DH slot, and he’s giving Pearce another turn. It’s

Showalter speaks after 6-2 loss

The Orioles’ No. 6 through No. 9 hitters in the lineup went 1-for-14 last night and 1-for-14 tonight. There’s good consistency and bad consistency. There’s also the postgame media session with manager Buck Showalter, who addressed his starters going five innings in back-to-back outings. “The off day and some of the good starts, we were in a position the last two days to cover it,”

McFarland allows first run (O’s lose 6-2)

It hasn’t been a good night for the Orioles and we still have three more innings to play. Or should I say, but we still have three more innings to play? Depends whether that glass is half full or empty. Chris Tillman became the latest Orioles starter to exit in the middle innings, lasting only five and departing with the Rays leading 4-2. Rule 5

Another slow start for Orioles (Rays lead 4-2, Tillman done)

The Orioles hadn’t allowed a run in the first inning before last night. Now they can’t stop doing it. Desmond Jennings led off last night’s game with a home run. Kelly Johnson, the second batter tonight, homered to right field. I guess that’s progress. Johnson has gone deep in back-to-back games. He hadn’t faced Chris Tillman until tonight. All three outs recorded by Tillman came

Notes on S. Johnson, Wada, Urrutia, Davis, Strop, Borbon, lineup and more

Not much news to report this afternoon from Camden Yards, but there are plenty of updates. Steve Johnson will pitch four innings on Thursday at extended spring training, and Tsuyoshi Wada will pitch three. Wada most likely will need at least one more outing before the Orioles consider sending him on an injury rehab assignment, but Johnson is likely to begin one after Thursday. Johnson

Markakis leading off, Casilla at second vs. Rays (and TB lineup)

Buck Showalter has shuffled the Orioles’ lineup after using the same order over the last three games. Nick Markakis moves up from third to leadoff. Nate McLouth slides from the top spot to seventh. Alexi Casilla is playing second base and batting ninth. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Nate

Revisiting last night’s game and Strop’s season

Nolan Reimold went 0-for-3 last night, which wouldn’t be worth mentioning if he started in left field. But every failed at-bat by an Orioles designated hitter is magnified over these first few weeks of the season. The club’s designated hitters are 3-for-43, which works out to a .070 average. The unit has one RBI. That’s not much production when the word “hitters” is included in

Showalter speaks after 5-4 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter believed that starter Jake Arrieta had good stuff tonight. “Command was a challenge for him,” Showalter said. That pretty much sums it up. Arrieta allowed only one run and three hits in five-plus innings, but he walked five and threw 112 pitches in a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. “Very similar to his first two outings,” Showalter said. “Someone

Mixed bag from Arrieta (O’s win 5-4)

Do you focus on the walks and the pitch count, or do you focus on the runs allowed and strikeouts? Jake Arrieta worked five-plus innings tonight against the Tampa Bay rays, and the only run against him came on Desmond Jennings’ leadoff home run in the top of the first inning. He has a chance to win his first game of 2013 after two no-decisions.

Arrieta allows homer on first pitch (O’s lead 3-1)

One pitch from Jake Arrieta tonight, and the Orioles were losing to the Tampa Bay Rays. Desmond Jennings hit his fifth career leadoff homer, launching a 94-mph fastball into the left field seats. Yes, it escalated quickly. Arrieta struck out the next batter, Kelly Johnson, but the at-bat lasted 13 pitches. I guess it’s going to be a night of extremes. Ben Zobrist flied to

For Flaherty, Boston tragedy hit especially close to home

The news of yesterday’s explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon may have affected Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty more than anyone else inside the clubhouse. Flaherty is a native of Portland, Maine, and he has a deep appreciation for Patriots’ Day, which always includes the marathon. He sat quietly in his Baltimore apartment yesterday, staring at the horrific images flashing on his television

Pregame notes on Roberts, Wada, Steve Johnson and more

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts hasn’t been cleared for baseball activities, and he won’t be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible on Saturday. It was considered a long shot anyway after an MRI revealed a ruptured tendon behind Roberts’ right knee. He sustained the injury on April 4. “He’s feeling a little better each day,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Still not doing

McLouth leading off, Reimold at DH vs. Rays (and Rays lineup)

Back home for just their fourth game at Camden Yards this season, the Orioles are using a pretty familiar lineup - the very same one they employed in each of their last two contests. Nate McLouth is in left and leading off for the third straight game. Nolan Reimold is at designated hitter and Ryan Flaherty is playing second. The rest of the usuals are

Arrieta looking to get on track tonight (and more notes)

The Orioles are preparing for only their fourth home game of the 2013 season. They can be excused if they accidentally head to the visiting clubhouse and wait to take batting practice after their opponent. The Tampa Bay Rays were able to fly out of Boston last night following the bombings that killed at least three people and injured several more, another senseless act of

Another Conor Jackson update

I couldn’t resist filing a blog entry today that didn’t include a dateline. It’s good to be home. Conor Jackson’s contract has been placed on Triple-A Norfolk’s restricted list pending receipt of a letter stating that the first baseman/outfielder desires to voluntarily retire, according to executive vice president Dan Duquette. Yesterday, Jackson informed Tides manager Ron Johnson of his decision to retire. Johnson texted Orioles

Leftovers for breakfast

NEW YORK - Orioles left-hander T.J. McFarland got his feet wet in an April 6 game against the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards. He was tossed into the deep end of the pool last night at Yankee Stadium, and the Rule 5 pick didn’t sink to the bottom. McFarland threw two scoreless innings, raising his major league total to 5 1/3. He’s allowed two hits

Postgame comments following 3-0 loss

NEW YORK - The smile disappeared from Wei-Yin Chen’s face tonight. So did most of the words in his vocabulary. Chen was brief in his postgame comments following the Orioles’ 3-0 loss to the New York Yankees. He was clearly upset with his performance and his 10th straight regular season start without a win. “I feel like it’s an OK performance tonight,” Chen said through

Chen receiving the usual run support (O’s lose 3-0)

NEW YORK - Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is shutting out the New York Yankees on two hits over the first four innings, which is the good news. Chen is receiving the usual run support, which his the bad news. The game is scoreless in the fifth inning, with four Orioles hits going to waste against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. Chen hasn’t picked up a win in

Pregame comments from Showalter

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter found out about first baseman/outfielder Conor Jackson’s retirement today during a text exchange with Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson. “He loved being with the organization and all that, but he’s at the stage of his life where it wasn’t something he wanted to continue to do,” Showalter said. “I know a little bit more than that, but that’s

More on Conor Jackson’s retirement

NEW YORK - Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson said Conor Jackson’s decision to retire today wasn’t related to a physical ailment. “He just said at this point, his heart wasn’t in it right now and that was it,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t a physical issue. He’s been playing down here. It’s just a personal decision he made and I’ve got a lot of respect for

Orioles-Yankees lineups for Sunday night

NEW YORK - Nate McLouth is back in left field and atop the Orioles lineup tonight, and Nolan Reimold again is serving as the designated hitter. Pretty sure this lineup is the exact same as the one posted yesterday. For the Orioles: Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty

Conor Jackson retires (and a few pregame notes)

NEW YORK - Conor Jackson was the Orioles’ final cut in spring training, losing out to Steve Pearce for the last bench spot on the 25-man roster. He figured to get back into the majors this summer. It was only a matter of time. Nine games into his Triple-A season, Jackson has decided to retire. Jackson informed team officials of his decision today, and the

Jim Johnson’s closing argument

NEW YORK - I was flipping through Sports Illustrated’s baseball preview issue, because I tend to fall behind in my reading, and noticed an ominous prediction regarding Orioles closer Jim Johnson. Strikeout rate is the single-best predictor of a pitcher’s longevity and effectiveness, according to the magazine, and Johnson fanned only 15.2 percent of the batters he faced last year while setting a franchise record

Showalter speaks after 5-3 win

NEW YORK - Here’s a sampling of manager Buck Showalter’s comments following today’s 5-3 Orioles win over the New York Yankees. On Jason Hammel: “He was pretty good. His command was good. He threw a lot of strikes, threw enough breaking balls, got some big outs when he needed it, like you always say. He made the lead matter. He got it over to our

Hearing from Hammel, Markakis, McLouth and Reimold

NEW YORK - Jason Hammel earned his second victory today, both of them on the road. He berated himself after the game against the Tampa Bay Rays, but he found more to like this afternoon against the New York Yankees. “Much better,” he said after allowing three runs (two earned)in six innings in the Orioles’ 5-3 victory. “I still think there’s room for improvement, but

Hammel keeps the walks to a minimum (O’s win 5-3)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter appeared to be bothered more by the number of walks and hit batters from his pitchers last night than Adam Jones’ dropped fly ball and the triple play that contributed to an 8-5 loss to the New York Yankees. Jason Hammel has been a comfort to Showalter this afternoon. Hammel issued only one walk in six innings, and

Flaherty carries momentum to New York (Reimold homers)

NEW YORK - Remember that two-out single by Ryan Flaherty in Boston that broke an 0-for-17 streak and ignited a late game-winning rally? He’s staying hot. Flaherty homered off Yankees starter Phil Hughes with one out in the second inning to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead. It’s his first homer of the season, and his first since Game 3 of the American League Division

Positive reports from extended spring training

NEW YORK - Besides the full-season minor league affiliates that began playing this month, the extended spring training games in Sarasota also hold a great deal of importance to the Orioles. Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia served as the designated hitter again for the second straight day and is scheduled to play right field on Monday and Tuesday. The Orioles are close to assigning him to

Casilla offers his perspective on the triple play

NEW YORK - Alexi Casilla held up on Manny Machado’s low line drive to second base last night, broke late to third after Robinson Cano played the ball on one hop, and realized that he had no shot at reaching the bag. Glancing back at Machado, his priorities changed in a hurry. “I stayed in the rundown to give Manny time to get to second

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Nate McLouth is back atop the order today after sitting out last night’s 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees. Nolan Reimold is serving as the designated hitter after starting in left field last night. Orioles DHs are 1-for-33. Reimold, at 1-for-13, has the only hit. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris

About last night and today ...

NEW YORK - A loss like the one that the Orioles experienced last night should be dissected and discarded. It’s over and done. We’ve picked it apart - the drop, the triple play, the walks. Now it should be buried before it stinks up the joint. But first... I’m going to repeat that Adam Jones didn’t commit the three-run error because of a bubble. My

Postgame comments on the triple play, the walks and the loss

NEW YORK - Most of the blame for the Orioles’ 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees tonight will be laid upon the shoulders of center fielder Adam Jones, whose dropped fly ball in the seventh inning let three runs score. However, other aspects of the club’s performance can’t be overlooked or easily excused. Let’s start with the 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play that the Yankees turned

Revisiting Jones’ dropped ball in center field

NEW YORK - Adam Jones returned to his locker tonight, fully dressed and fully prepared to discuss his drop in center field in the seventh inning that cost the Orioles three runs in a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees. “Missed it,” he said. “Trust me. Wish I could do it again, but hey, I missed it.” It was pointed out that somebody on

Jones error allows three runs to score (NY turns triple play, O’s lose 5-2)

NEW YORK - Adam Jones reached up to catch Vernon Wells’ fly ball to the warning track in center field with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. It landed in his glove - and popped out of it. All three Yankees runners scored, and we’re no longer tied. Yankees 5, Orioles 2. The runs are unearned, and the Yankees

DH slot still not hot (O’s trail 2-1)

NEW YORK - Lots and lots of good seats remain for tonight’s game, so if you’re near Yankee Stadium, stop by and take in the ambiance. Steve Pearce stepped to the plate in the second inning with two runners on base and two outs in a scoreless game. He struck out. Pearce is 0-for-11 this season, and Orioles designated hitters are 1-for-31. Nolan Reimold has

Updates on Urrutia, Britton, Burnett and more

NEW YORK - It looks like we’ll have baseball tonight. Really, really cold baseball, but we’ll have it. The Yankees aren’t going to be quick with another postponement. The teams will stay here all night if necessary. Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia served as the designated hitter today at extended spring training and will do it again on Saturday. He will take off Sunday and play

Orioles and Yankees lineups (updated)

NEW YORK - Nick Markakis is leading off tonight and Nolan Reimold is in left field, as the Orioles attempt to beat the forecast and the New York Yankees. It’s brutally cold. No other way to describe it. Well, rainy also works. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Nolan Reimold

Orioles claim Alex Burnett from Blue Jays (updated)

NEW YORK - The Orioles just can’t get enough minor league pitching. The club announced today that it claimed right-hander Alex Burnett off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Burnett on the 40-man roster, infielder Wilson Betemit has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Burnett, 25, is 3-4 with a 4.61 ERA in 174

Rainy days and Fridays

NEW YORK - Well, that was an interesting trip. It included an unscheduled stop because of a electrical wire on the track that eventually forced our train to back up - from Connecticut to about block from my Boston hotel - and a long wait in the cab line while rain fell and the temperature plummeted. Folks, it’s cold and wet here. Not exactly baseball

Bringing on the Bronx

BOSTON - The euphoria of winning another series at Fenway Park - and it’s becoming the norm - quickly died down for the Orioles last night. No time to celebrate with the team boarding a flight to New York. It’s on to the next city and the next set of obstacles. “We move on to another challenge in New York,” said manager Buck Showalter. “A

Hearing from Jones, Matusz, Tillman and Johnson

BOSTON - Adam Jones and Chris Davis were a combined 3-for-7 tonight with a double, home run, three RBIs, two walks and a run scored. In other words, their standard night. The duo is batting a combined .434 with seven homers and 29 RBIs. The rest of the team is batting .217 with four homers and 14 RBIs. “I think everyone thought we were going

Showalter speaks after 3-2 win

BOSTON - The Orioles have won five straight series at Fenway Park, 11 of the last 15 games and 21 of the last 30. The latest conquest became official when Jim Johnson retired Jacoby Ellsbury on a fly ball to left field to strand the potential tying run on first base. The bullpen was solid again tonight with 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Brian Matusz stranded

Jones with RBI against Uehara (O’s win 3-2)

BOSTON - Adam Jones broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh inning tonight, lining an RBI double to left field against former teammate Koji Uehara. Jones didn’t wait long. Uehara replaced Andrew Miller with two on and two outs, and Jones swung at the first pitch. The result was Jones’ second RBI and his 10th of the season. He’s 2-for-4 tonight and

Davis finds the seats again (Jones with RBI, Tillman done)

BOSTON - Boston Red Sox starter Alfredo Aceves fell behind Chris Davis 3-0 in the top of the second inning tonight. At that point, it may have been a good idea to just bounce one in the dirt. Aceves challenged Davis with a 93-mph four-seam fastball and lost. Davis belted his sixth home run in nine games, the ball slamming into the seats in center

Quick update on Roberts and other notes

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said second baseman Brian Roberts, on the disabled list since April 5 with a ruptured tendon behind his right knee, still hasn’t been cleared to begin baseball activities. Roberts isn’t walking with a limp, which is a good sign. However, Showalter said it would be a “challenge” for Roberts to be ready in two weeks since suffering the injury.

Dickerson makes first start for Orioles

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter, wanting an extra left-handed bat for his lineup tonight, is starting Chris Dickerson in right field and using Nick Markakis as his designated hitter in the series finale against the Boston Red Sox. Alexi Casilla is starting at second base. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt

Palmer recalls his Fenway Park home run

BOSTON - Manny Machado’s three-run homer in the ninth inning last night did more than break a 5-5 tie. It also put the young third baseman in select company in franchise history. Machado became only the second Oriole to homer at Fenway Park before his 21st birthday. The first may surprise you. According to Elias, pitcher Jim Palmer also homered at age 20, which led

Homers keep hurting Hunter

BOSTON - You see the way Tommy Hunter can overpower hitters. He replaces starter Jake Arrieta after the rain delay last night and immediately strikes out Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks. You see the way Hunter can frustrate himself and a fan base that no longer has Kevin Gregg to kick around. He pumps fastballs at Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and watches the two

Hearing from Arrieta, Flaherty and Machado

BOSTON - Orioles starter Jake Arrieta watched the ninth-inning rally tonight on one of the televisions in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park. “We were freaking out pretty good,” he said. The Chris Davis leadoff homer. The two-out single by Ryan Flaherty. The back-to-back walks to Nolan Reimold and Nate McLouth. The wild pitch from Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan that tied the game. The

Showalter speaks following 8-5 win

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent about seven minutes with reporters following tonight’s 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Here’s a sampling: “Chris (Davis) gave us a little hope there, but our guys battled. A really nasty night to play. It’s very easy to give in, but it was a battle and I’m real proud of them. Their bullpen is something. To be

Hunter allows two homers after replacing Arrieta (O’s win 8-5)

BOSTON - Orioles starter Jake Arrieta was removed from tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox after a 43-minute rain delay and replaced by Tommy Hunter, who struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the sixth. Then it went bad. Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit back-to-back home runs to give Boston a 5-3 lead. Nava lined a 96-mph fastball over the

Note on Urrutia and game update (rain delay)

BOSTON - Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia has been cleared to play this season. All of his paperwork has been submitted and approved. The Orioles must decide where to assign Urrutia, who remains at extended spring training. Part of the delay is due to a “leg issue,” according to manager Buck Showalter. It sounds like a minor ailment, but it’s preventing Urrutia from playing. The Orioles

Pregame quotes from Showalter

BOSTON - Orioles right-hander Steve Johnson is slated to pitch in an extended spring training game on Saturday in Sarasota, and left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada could join him. Johnson is expected to go three innings or throw 55 pitches, “somewhere in there,” said manager Buck Showalter. Wada threw his second bullpen session yesterday and could go two innings on Saturday. Johnson is on the 15-day disabled

Dickerson celebrates 31st birthday with promotion to majors

BOSTON - Chris Dickerson has a No. 60 jersey hanging in his locker in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park. He’d rather lower the digit to something more baseball-like, but at least it’s a major league uniform. Dickerson hopped on a 6 a.m. flight to Boston, his 31st birthday coinciding with his return to the Orioles, who selected his contract (though they still haven’t announced

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Nolan Reimold is back in the lineup tonight, batting ninth and serving as the designated hitter. Chris Dickerson, wearing his spring training No. 60, is listed among the reserves and is sitting at his locker. Dickerson found out about his promotion to the majors last night as he stepped into the batter’s box to lead off the first inning for Triple-A Norfolk. Tides

Ayala traded to Braves (updated)

BOSTON - The Orioles traded reliever Luis Ayala to the Atlanta Braves today for minor league left-hander Chris Jones, who will be assigned to Double-A Bowie. The deal allows the Orioles to keep Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland in their bullpen and also gives manager Buck Showalter a fourth bench player with outfielder Chris Dickerson having his contracted selected from Triple-A Norfolk. Ayala was 6-5

Waiting on the roster move and Arrieta’s start (updated twice)

BOSTON - The Orioles were off yesterday, but they stayed busy. Besides the private screening of the film “42,” they made preparations for a roster move involving outfielder Chris Dickerson. As I wrote last night, outfielder Nolan Reimold’s hamstring is fine and the move isn’t expected to involve him. Dickerson isn’t on the 40-man roster, but infielder Wilson Betemit can be transferred to the 60-day

Dickerson headed to Boston?

BOSTON - Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Chris Dickerson was removed for a pinch-hitter tonight before batting in the first inning. He was supposed to lead off and play center field against Charlotte. LJ Hoes batted for Dickerson and went to right field, with Jason Pridie moving over to center. Should we read anything into it? Apparently, a roster move is pending that involves Dickerson and he’s

The DH hasn’t been OK for Orioles

BOSTON - If you think the Orioles have hit a rough patch, consider what’s happening at Triple-A Norfolk. The Tides gave up three touchdowns last night and lost to Charlotte 21-4. Outfielder Jason Pridie, pitching for the first time since high school, threw two fastballs and recorded the final out. Pridie tweeted that his two-seamer had some nice movement. Good to know, just in case

Postgame comments from Jones, Chen and Wieters

BOSTON - The Orioles are below .500 for the first time since 2011. They’ve lost three games in a row. Adam Jones isn’t concerned and he wonders why anyone would be at this early stage of the season. “Seven games into the season,” he said. “I mean, seven games into the season. No one’s concerned.” Are the Orioles badly in need of Tuesday’s off day

Showalter speaks after 3-1 loss

BOSTON - The Orioles wasted a solid outing from left-hander Wei-Yin Chen today in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Chen took a shutout into the seventh inning before Dustin Pedroia reached on an infield hit up the middle, Mike Napoli doubled on a towering fly ball to left-center field and Daniel Nava launched a fastball over the Green Monster in left. Ballgame.

Chen’s winless streak continues (Jones homers, O’s lose 3-1)

BOSTON - Wei-Yin Chen carried a shutout into the seventh inning today, but the weight of it eventually brought him down. Dustin Pedroia led off the bottom of the seventh inning by reaching on an infield hit, Mike Napolis doubled to left-center field to put two runners in scoring position, and Daniel Nava launched a 1-1 pitch over the Green Monster in left. Shutout gone.

Chris Davis named AL Player of the Week

BOSTON - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been named the American League’s Player of the Week, an honor that seemed destined to be bestowed upon him after his historic home run and RBI binge. Davis batted .455/.500/1.136 with three doubles, four homers, 17 RBIs and five runs scored in the Orioles’ first six games. He went 0-for-4 yesterday to end his streak of five

Still scoreless in Boston (and still)

BOSTON - Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth was stranded in the first inning today after a leadoff single, and Chris Davis was stranded in the second after a leadoff walk. Manny Machado and Nick Markakis singled with two outs in the third, but Adam Jones took a called third strike. Davis drew another walk leading off the top of the fourth, but Matt Wieters grounded

Showalter on Ayala, Reimold and more (updated)

BOSTON - Reliever Luis Ayala is available to pitch today after becoming dizzy yesterday at Camden Yards and spending a few hours at a local hospital. Ayala is throwing in the bullpen during batting practice to make certain that he’s physically up to the task. “He wasn’t feeling well and doctors took some of his vitals and decided to check it out a little further

Scenes from the visiting clubhouse

BOSTON - If you’ve never stepped inside the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park, imagine trying to fit your sectional sofa inside a phone booth. I volunteered to scrape the paint off the walls, just to create more space. It’s so small, the mice are hunchbacked. It’s so small, I had to step outside to change my mind. It’s so small, the clubhouse attendant put a

Orioles-Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Nolan Reimold is listed among the Orioles reserves today at Fenway Park, and said he should be ready to go by Wednesday. Reimold reports that his right hamstring feels better, but it still a little tight. Also, Miguel Gonzalez will start Friday’s opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. For the Orioles: Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam

On the road again

BOSTON - The Orioles will experience their third opening day of the 2013 season this afternoon when they arrive at Fenway Park to begin a three-game series against the Red Sox. Boston’s record streak of 793 regular-season sellouts dating back to May 15, 2003 is expected to end this month, and quite possibly in this series. Today’s game is sold out, but Wednesday could be

Navarro on standby as possible roster move (Ayala update)

The Orioles won’t make an official roster move before Monday, but they’ve already decided on a player if it’s necessary. Infielder Yamaico Navarro, who spent one day with the Orioles during the just-concluded homestand, is meeting them in Boston and will be placed on the taxi squad, which allows teams to have a minor leaguer on standby for 24 hours. The taxi squad was introduced

Showalter speaks after 4-3 loss (updated with Navarro note)

A day that started slowly really picked up steam as it progressed into the late afternoon. Nolan Reimold exited the game with tightness in his right hamstring, and he could go on the disabled list because the Orioles already are playing with a short bench. We learned that Luis Ayala was taken to a local hospital after becoming ill. And manager Buck Showalter confirmed that

Ayala taken to hospital, Reimold could go on DL

Orioles reliever Luis Ayala began to feel ill during today’s game and is currently being checked out at a local hospital. He won’t accompany the Orioles to Boston tonight, but he could meet up with them later. Manager Buck Showalter said Ayala left the bullpen around the sixth or seventh inning. Showalter said the club has a pretty good read on the problem, but he

Reimold leaves game with tight hamstring (O’s lose 4-3)

Nolan Reimold grounded into a double play today to end the bottom of the sixth inning, and he didn’t take the field for the top of the seventh. The Orioles announced that Reimold was removed from the game with right hamstring tightness. He will be re-evaluated on Monday. Reimold was bothered by a sore right shoulder in spring training, but didn’t have any hamstring issues.

Game update and more from Showalter (update)

Jason Hammel threw 10 of his 13 pitches for strikes in the first inning today, allowing a single and striking out two. He retired the side in order in the second, picking up another strikeout. Hammel has thrown 27 pitches, 20 for strikes. J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead. Hardy’s ball traveled

A few pregame notes

It’s been a quiet Sunday morning at Camden Yards. Not much to report. Second baseman Brian Roberts still plans on flying to Sarasota later today to rehab his right knee. He intends to meet up with the Orioles sooner than first anticipated. Wilson Betemit is here today, on crutches, to be examined by a team physician. His right knee is feeling much better since we

Pearce, Teagarden and Casilla in lineup

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is using Steve Pearce as his designated hitter, starting Taylor Teagarden behind the plate and putting Alexi Casilla at second base for today’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards. Nick Markakis is leading off, with Nolan Reimold in left field and Nate McLouth on the bench against Twins left-hander Pedro Hernandez. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado

A look ahead, and Showalter’s theory on patience at the plate

The Orioles have gone through their rotation once, and it’s back to Jason Hammel for today’s series finale against the Minnesota Twins. The club’s starters have posted a 5.74 ERA, which includes the three runs Hammel allowed to the Tampa Bay Rays over six innings on opening day. Hammel berated himself afterward, but the Orioles would gladly take another quality start after the back-to-back struggles

McFarland with impressive debut (O’s lose 6-5)

The wait ended for T.J. McFarland with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Manager Buck Showalter walked to the mound and signaled for the Rule 5 pick. It was time to make his major league debut in the fifth game of the 2013 season. McFarland is taking full advantage of the opportunity while also demonstrating why the Orioles wanted so badly to

So much for that infield hit stat (Jones single ties game)

The Orioles and Blue Jays were the only American League teams without an infield hit before tonight. Now the Jays stand alone. Adam Jones took a full swing in the bottom of the first inning and sent a slow roller up the third base line with runners on second and third and only one out. Manny Machado raced home, and Nick Marakis followed him when

McFarland waiting for turn, and other notes

Orioles left-hander T.J. McFarland began to warm up yesterday as starter Jake Arrieta tried to fight out of a jam in the home opener against the Minnesota Twins. He eventually sat down, another day passing without the Rule 5 pick getting into a game. McFarland is being patient, of course. No complaints will be forthcoming. He’s in the majors for the first time and more

Chris Davis facts

Chris Davis is keeping the Orioles’ PR staff extra-busy with his historic start to the 2013 season. Here are some facts that have been gathered and made available before tonight’s game against the Minnesota Twins: * Davis has more RBIs (16) than 17 major league teams. * Has twice as many RBIs as the Marlins (8), Padres (8), Giants (8), Cubs (7), Dodgers (7) and

A few pregame notes and Twins lineup

The Orioles officially removed infielder Yamaico Navarro from the 25-man roster today by optioning him to Triple-A Norfolk. The move allowed the Orioles to activate pitcher Chris Tillman from the 15-day disabled list and hand him the ball tonight. Navarro was hoping to catch a flight back to Norfolk and play in the second game of the Tides’ doubleheader. The Orioles will go with a

Orioles lineup vs. Twins (roster update)

Chris Tillman will start for the Orioles tonight in their 7:05 p.m. game against the Twins at Camden Yards. Still no word on the corresponding roster move that will restore Tillman to the 25-man roster. While we wait for that move, here’s the Orioles lineup: Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy

McCutchen suspended 50 games

Orioles minor league pitcher Daniel McCutchen, who gained attention this spring for an adjustment to his delivery, has been suspended 50 games without pay for his violation of the Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. According to a press release from Major League Baseball, McCutchen tested positive for performance-enhancing substances Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone. His suspension is effective immediately. McCutchen, who is currently on

Steve Johnson nearing return

Steve Johnson threw 35 pitches yesterday in a bullpen session in Sarasota without any discomfort related to his strained right latissimus dorsi muscle. Johnson, on the 15-day disabled list, will pitch live batting practice on Monday. Assuming the session goes well, he could begin an injury-rehab assignment with one of the Orioles’ minor league affiliates. The Orioles are hoping that he will be ready to

Machado second to none through four games

With 16 RBIs in four games, Chris Davis seemed like the appropriate person to also drive me in today, Alas, he wasn’t willing to carpool. While replaying the eighth inning in my head, I kept coming back to the perfect sacrifice bunt from Manny Machado that led to the intentional walk to Nick Markakis, which led to Adam Jones’ RBI single, which led to Davis’

Showalter on Roberts, Davis and Arrieta

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will fly home to Sarasota on Sunday to begin his recovery and rehab after an MRI this morning revealed a ruptured tendon behind his right knee. Manager Buck Showalter regarded the findings as “actually good news.” “Considering that’s the same tendon area they take out of your leg for Tommy John, which tells you some doctors think it’s not a

Jones: “We’re just having some fun”

As Adam Jones watched Minnesota reliever Casey Fien issue an intentional walk to Nick Markakis in the bottom of the eighth inning today, he turned toward the visiting dugout and smiled at Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. Gardenhire smiled back at him. “I love the dude, I love his competitiveness,” Jones said. “He’s a great manager. And he always smiles at me.” Jones got the last

Davis hits grand slam, makes history (O’s win 9-5)

This has gotten ridiculous. And historic. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Chris Davis swung at the first pitch from Twins reliever Tyler Robertson and hit a grand slam to give the Orioles a 9-5 lead. Davis reached out and lifted the ball over the fence in left field, and Camden Yards erupted. He came out for

Showalter on the new warning track, and game update

Did anyone notice the new warning track at Camden Yards? Orioles manager Buck Showalter is pleased that the Orioles replaced their synthetic track with a natural surface. “I know it’s a lot safer,” he said. “I really applaud our ownership for it, because somebody had to pay for it, and it was huge. “I know our outfielders are very excited about it. They came out

Showalter on Ravens, and game update (Arrieta done for day)

The Orioles acknowledged the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory with a video tribute during today’s pregame ceremony. “I’m a big fan of them and the way they do things,” manager Buck Showalter said during his session with the media. “I know Ozzie Newsome, being an Alabama guy. I got to spend some time with him. I liked to see how they did things, and I spent

Orioles strike again with two outs, Arrieta gives up four in fourth (updated)

In an earlier blog entry, I noted how 14 of the Orioles’ 20 runs this season have scored with two outs. Apparently, it’s not just a dome thing. Nate McLouth singled with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, stole second base and raced home on Manny Machado’s single up the middle. Nick Markakis had the Orioles’ only hit, a single in the

More notes and quotes before the home opener (and pregame ceremony)

It’s already been a busy day and we’re still waiting for the first pitch from Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta to start the home opener against the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles have had runners on base for all five of their home runs in 2013. Last year, 122 of their 214 homers were solo shots (57 percent). Sixty percent of the Orioles’ runs this year have

Roberts has ruptured tendon

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts suffered a ruptured tendon behind his right knee yesterday while stealing second base at Tropicana Field, and he’s expected to miss two to four weeks of the season. Roberts underwent an MRI on his knee this morning in Baltimore, and team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens passed along the results to Orioles officials. Roberts had to be carried off the field

Showalter on Roberts: “It will heal and he will play for us again”

Yamaico Navarro walked into the Orioles clubhouse around 11 a.m. today, carrying an equipment bag and bats. He’s expected to stick around while Brian Roberts goes on the disabled list, but that move won’t become official until Dr. John Wilckens reads the results of an MRI taken on the second baseman’s right leg. “I keep reminding myself that Dr. Wilckens has other patients who are

Orioles lineup for home opener vs. Twins (updated twice)

Here’s the Orioles lineup for today’s 3:05 p.m. home opener against the Twins. Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty 2B Nolan Reimold DH Jake Arrieta RHP For now - and pending an MRI - Brian Roberts remains listed among the Orioles reserves. But as I mentioned in an

Opening day ceremonies will include Ravens video tribute, but no Ravens (updated)

We’re about 5 1/2 hours from first pitch in the Orioles’ home opener against the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards, where the sun is shining and the forecast calling for a 100 percent chance of rain apparently was sent to extended spring training to work out the kinks. The Orioles haven’t revealed their plans for the ceremonial first pitch. They will honor Hall of Fame

The pending roster move

Something doesn’t feel right about this morning’s blog entry. Must be the missing Florida dateline. I’m back in Sykesville, but not for long. It’s opening day at Camden Yards and I’ll be arriving at the ballpark about 5 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch. I’ll be feeding you plenty of blog entries, updates and tweets, so save room. More will be written about second

Hearing from Gonzalez and Davis

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez couldn’t avoid Yunel Escobar’s sharp grounder in the fifth inning, but he dodged an injury. The ball nailed Gonzalez in the shin as Escobar reached on an infield hit. However, Gonzalez stayed in the game and lasted 6 1/3 innings in the Orioles’ 6-3 win over Tampa Bay. “It skinned me,” Gonzalez said. “Good thing it didn’t

Roberts “frustrated” by latest injury

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts said he “felt something kind of pop” in the back of his right knee today on his stolen base in the top of the ninth inning. Being unfamiliar with hamstring injuries, he’s uncertain of its severity and will await the results of his MRI on Friday. “Somewhere in the last couple of steps, I felt something

Showalter talks about Roberts, Gonzalez and more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will undergo an MRI on his right leg Friday in Baltimore after being carried off the field in the top of the ninth inning. Roberts said he felt something pop behind his right knee as he was about to dive into second on a stolen base. Dr. John Wilckens will examine him in the morning. “Just

Roberts carried off field with injury (O’s win 6-3, Roberts update)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts appeared to injure his right knee in the top of the ninth inning and had to be carried off the field. Roberts dived head-first into second on a stolen base after leading off the inning with a single. He beat the throw, but had difficulty standing up and eventually crouched as head athletic trainer Richie Bancells

Davis does it again (Gonzo goes 6 1/3, Hardy homers)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Davis remains on pace to hit 162 home runs this season. Davis muscled up again today in the top of the second inning, launching a changeup from Rays starter Robert Hernandez over the fence in right-center field to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead. Adam Jones led off with a single and Davis homered for the third time in three

Orioles sign Stinson off waivers (updated twice)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- The Orioles aren’t done adding to their minor league pitching depth. Earlier today, the Orioles claimed right-hander Josh Stinson, 25, off waivers from the Oakland Athletics and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Stinson is 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA in 20 major league games, including one start, over parts of the last two seasons with the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers.

Encouraging news on Betemit, Johnson and Bundy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Infielder Wilson Betemit underwent an exploratory arthroscopic procedure on his right knee yesterday in Baltimore, and the Orioles were encouraged by the reports. Team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens “cleaned up a few things,” said manager Buck Showalter, and didn’t find any further damage to the knee. Betemit suffered a Grade 2/3 tear of the PCL while running to second base during

Wieters and other assorted pregame notes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters can block out contract talks and distractions as easily as home plate. Wieters basically is ignoring a published report that the Orioles reached out to agent Scott Boras with an offer of a contract extension for the two-time Gold Glove winner. The offer, according to CBSSports.com, covers at least five years. “Once the season has started, I’m

It’s Flaherty’s turn to DH

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Three games, three different designated hitters. Orioles manager Buck Showalter is shuffling the DH deck again today, going from Steve Pearce on Tuesday to Nolan Reimold yesterday to Ryan Flaherty this afternoon in the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. Nate McLouth remains in the leadoff spot. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam

This and that

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - I woke up and it hit me. This is my last morning in Florida until I make a return trip to The Trop. I left my house on Feb. 11. I have no idea if I’ll be able to find it. The challenge will be to catch my 9:20 p.m. flight out of Tampa. Today’s game begins at 3:10 p.m. I

Hunter, Strop, Chen and Davis comment following 8-7 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tommy Hunter left a pitch over the middle of the plate tonight in the bottom of the ninth inning. Then came the slow walk to the clubhouse. Matt Joyce, who began the game on the bench, homered to right field to give Tampa Bay a wild 8-7 victory over the Orioles. Joyce got ahead 3-1 and evened the series. “He put

Showalter speaks after 8-7 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It could take hours to dissect all of the moments and decisions that helped to shape the Orioles’ 8-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Tropicana Field. We don’t have that kind of time, so let’s just get to the highlights. Wondering why Wei-Yin Chen was removed from the game after 5 2/3 innings and 84 pitches? “It was

Orioles lose four-run lead (O’s lose 8-7)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Well, that escalated quickly. Wei-Yin Chen left tonight’s game after giving up a two-out RBI single to Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Orioles led 4-1, and Luis Ayala was called upon to get the final out. He got it, but not before Evan Longoria singled and Shelley Duncan mashed a three-run homer to left field. Orioles

Showalter on leadoff hitters, Davis on an early home run binge (updated twice)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter will have another decision to make on Thursday regarding his lineup. Does he keep Nate McLouth in the leadoff spot against Tampa Bay right-hander Roberto Hernandez or does he go back to Nick Markakis? “It’s based on pitchers, but also based on our guys’ skills, where they are in the season,” Showalter said earlier today. “A lot

McLouth on batting leadoff

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Nate McLouth didn’t know that he was batting first tonight until told by a reporter before the pregame stretch. He hadn’t checked the lineup card hanging in the hallway that leads into the clubhouse. Nick Markakis led off on opening day against Tampa Bay left-hander David Price. McLouth is leading off against Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Who knows what tomorrow will

McLouth leading off, Machado batting second (plus Rays lineup)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have a new leadoff hitter tonight. Nate McLouth will bat first against the Tampa Bay Rays, with Nick Markakis moving down to third. Manny Machado will bat second again, as he did on opening day. Nolan Reimold will serve as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris

Is tonight’s game Chen music to Zobrist’s ears? (plus home opener plans)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Now that we’ve slowed our heart rates following yesterday’s opening day festivities at Tropicana Field, and the Orioles’ 7-4 victory that followed, it’s time to move onto the second game of the 2013 season. Jason Hammel basically trashed himself yesterday after turning in a quality start by definition, allowing three runs over six innings. He retired 15 of the first 17

Showalter shifts Machado

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Kelly Johnson lined a pitch from Orioles reliever Darren O’Day into right field yesterday leading off the bottom of the eighth inning. I lowered my head to mark a single on my score sheet until realizing that someone had snatched the ball, tapped his glove once and fired a throw to first base to record the out. Second baseman Brian Roberts

Hearing from Showalter, Wieters and Hammel

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Matt Wieters feels right at home in Tropicana Field, which makes you wonder whether he lives in a large storage shed. Wieters’ .371 average here is the second-highest among active players with a minimum of 100 at-bats, trailing only Victor Martinez (.402). He had two hits today, including a two-run homer in the first inning off Cy Young Award winner David

Reimold and Roberts talk about their return to the lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The first Tampa Bay batter of today’s game, Desmond Jennings, sent a long fly ball to left field that Nolan Reimold ran down before slamming into the wall. He held onto it despite the impact. A few of the Orioles probably held their collective breath. Reimold didn’t play after April last season because of a herniated disc in his neck that

Jones has a typical opening day, Davis has a big swing

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones doubled twice, singled and drove in two runs today that gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Three hits on opening day? So, what else is new? Jones has recorded three-hit games in three of his six openers with the Orioles. He’s 10-for-19 (.526) during that stretch. The Orioles were 1-for-9 with runners

And there goes the lead (O’s win 7-4)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position today, and it’s come back to haunt them. Tampa Bay left-hander David Price is done after six innings and 100 pitches. He served up a two-run homer to Matt Wieters in the first, but that’s all the scoring off him. Jason Hammel carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth,

Wieters gives Orioles early lead (Zobrist homers)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay left-hander David Price retired the first two Orioles in the top of the first inning. Then he ran into a little trouble. It was compounded when catcher Matt Wieters ran into a changeup. Wieters launched a two-run homer to left-center field following Adam Jones’ double, giving the Orioles a quick 2-0 lead over the reigning Cy Young Award winner.

More from Showalter before the first pitch

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Three players in the Orioles clubhouse made an opening day roster for the first time in their major league careers: Pitchers Miguel Gonzalez and T.J. McFarland, and third baseman Manny Machado. McFarland is getting his first exposure to the majors after being selected from the Cleveland Indians’ organization in the Rule 5 draft. “Before I came over here, I was looking

Lots of moving pieces in DH slot

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter looked ahead at the upcoming pitching matchups and figured that he needed to get Steve Pearce in the lineup today as the designated hitter against Tampa Bay’s David Price. The Orioles may not face another left-hander for a while, and Showalter didn’t want Pearce to sit for too long. “It looks like we’re going to go quite

A few pregame notes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manny Machado will become the fourth Oriole to start on opening day at 20 or younger, joining Brook Robinson, Ron Hansen and Boog Powell. Robinson was 19 on April 15, 1957. Did anyone here attend that game? Hansen (1958) and Powell (1962) were 20. The last Oriole to play on opening day at 20 was pitcher Wally Bunker in 1965. Brian

Let the real games begin

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Finally, the games count. No more Grapefruit League action. No more Team Spain and State College of Florida. No more torturous drives to Dunedin and intimate candle-lit gatherings in Bradenton - at least until 2014. The Orioles begin their regular season this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. We’re still in Florida, but now it matters. Manager Buck

Orioles opening day lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Nick Markakis will lead off and Matt Wieters will bat cleanup for Tuesday’s opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Nolan Reimold will start in left field and bat seventh. For the Orioles: Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Nolan Reimold LF Steve Pearce DH Brian Roberts

Machado: “Buck does everything for a reason”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manny Machado hasn’t batted higher than sixth in the majors and he’s never hit second as a professional except for exhibition games. May as well do it on opening day. Against the reigning Cy Young Award winner. When Orioles manager Buck Showalter posts his lineup later today, Machado will be listed as the No. 2 hitter against Tampa Bay Rays left-hander

Machado will bat second on opening day, Pearce will DH (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is waiting to post his lineup until he speaks with a few players during batting practice, but he confirmed to reporters in his office that Manny Machado will bat second and Steve Pearce will serve as the designated hitter. Showalter also batted Machado second and started Pearce on Thursday against Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price, who

Rays opening day lineup against Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - One advantage to having a manager on Twitter is it’s easier to obtain the opening day lineup. Not that Buck Showalter is going to be influenced by Joe Maddon’s social media skills. Maddon just tweeted his lineup for Tuesday afternoon’s game against the Orioles at Tropicana Field. Desmond Jennings CF Sam Fuld RF Ben Zobrist 2B Evan Longoria 3B Matt Joyce

Men at work

ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles will conduct their workout at Tropicana Field today at 3 p.m., and my first prediction for the 2013 season is that the temperature will be 72 degrees. That’s the last time I’m going out on a limb. The clubhouse will be open to reporters from 2-2:45 p.m. Then it’s back up to the press box while players trickle out of

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