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Showalter speaks after 7-5 victory

After Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer retired the last 16 batters he faced tonight, the Orioles must have felt as though they were getting a fresh start with a new pitcher entering in the bottom of the ninth. “Kind of similar to last night with Freddy (Garcia),” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Except for the outcome. Jim Johnson got the save for the Orioles last night

Gonzalez done after six innings (Dickerson with walk-off HR)

Another Orioles starter completed six innings tonight, the third to do so in the last nine games. Otherwise, it was a fairly disappointing night for Miguel Gonzalez, who was replaced by left-hander Troy Patton to begin the seventh. Gonzalez is charged with a season-high five earned runs and seven hits, with three walks, six strikeouts, two home runs and a wild pitch. He threw 105

Gonzalez feeling the heat early tonight (O’s down 5-3)

It was 90 degrees at Camden Yards tonight as Miguel Gonzalez threw his first pitch to Tigers leadoff hitter Omar Infante. It probably rose to 92 as Infante swung through a slider for the first out. Freddy Garcia is now classified as a flood zone. Before tonight, the Orioles ranked second in the American League with 273 runs scored. The Tigers ranked third with 268.

Notes on Dickerson, Strop, Teagarden, Britton and the rotation (updated)

Orioles outfielder Chris Dickerson has been receiving treatment for a sore left wrist, which limited him to one at-bat since his last start on May 23. Dickerson was a candidate to go on the disabled list last weekend before the Orioles decided to put reliever Pedro Strop on the DL while recalling pitcher Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk. Manager Buck Showalter had mentioned that there

Dickerson the DH tonight (with Tigers lineup)

Chris Dickerson is in the Orioles lineup tonight as the designated hitter, his first start since May 23 in Toronto. Dickerson has one at-bat since making that start. The rest of the lineup is predictable. 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 Chris Dickerson DH Ryan Flaherty 2B

Machado and more

Here’s a nugget for lunch, which isn’t deep-fried and doesn’t come with any dipping sauces: According to the MLB Network, Manny Machado has the most hits in a month (44) by a player under 21 since Mickey Mantle had 46 in July 1952. Machado leads the majors with 25 doubles - Boston’s Mike Napoli is next with 19 - and he’s tied with Detroit’s Miguel

Some striking numbers

While the Orioles continue to rank at or near the top in several offensive categories, they’ve totaled the third-fewest strikeouts in the majors. Why is this stat significant? Well, the Orioles ranked sixth in the majors last season with 1,315 strikeouts. So, you know, they’re not doing it as much this year. Last year, the Orioles struck out 449 times in 1,829 at-bats in their

Showalter speaks after 2-0 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter got eight scoreless innings out of Freddy Garcia tonight. He considered letting Garcia come back out for the ninth. “He’s not going to sweat any more than he already is,” Showalter said. “Man, he had a great lather going tonight. I think he changed shirts two or three times. He wears a 54 jersey. That’s a big shirt, more room to

Markakis RBI machine churns out another one (O’s win 2-0)

The Orioles wasted a prime scoring opportunity in the first inning tonight after Nate McLouth’s leadoff double and Manny Machado’s sacrifice bunt. The next two batters lined out, including Nick Markakis, who was denied by Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa. Given another chance in the third inning, Markakis came through with a double off Nats starter Dan Haren that scored Ryan Flaherty and gave the

More notes before tonight’s game

Steve Johnson is the only Orioles reliever who definitely isn’t available tonight after working 2 1/3 innings last night and getting the win. Manager Buck Showalter may attempt to lay off Tommy Hunter, as well. Johnson became the 13th Orioles pitcher to record a win last night. In 2012, the Orioles had 17 pitchers record a win, though that total includes first baseman Chris Davis.

Teagarden nearing return, Reimold nearing rehab assignment

The Orioles could be on the verge of changing backup catchers. Taylor Teagarden has left extended spring training in Sarasota and is headed to Triple-A Norfolk, where he’s scheduled to catch nine innings on Friday and seven-to-nine on Saturday, and serve as the designated hitter on Sunday. “Hopefully all those things happen,” said manager Buck Showalter. “That’s the plan, Stan.” Teagarden may rejoin the Orioles

Flaherty stays at second base, Pearce remains the DH

Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted the contributions from the bottom of his lineup last night, and he’s not making any changes to it tonight. Ryan Flaherty remains at second base after registering his first two-hit game of the season, including an RBI double. Steve Pearce remains the designated hitter after homering last night. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF

Garcia vs. Haren tonight

Freddy Garcia is still looking for his first win at Camden Yards as an Oriole, and he’s willing to work up a sweat for it. As if he has a choice. Garcia is nicknamed “Sweaty Freddy” for a reason. The man perspires while shuffling a deck of cards. He’s drenched by the first inning. Heck, he’s drenched by his first meal. If a manager gauged

This, that and the other

I have to admit, I began to wonder yesterday whether the Orioles were considering a position change for reliever Pedro Strop. He was fielding balls at shortstop while the club videotaped him. And around here, guys change arm slots and pitches and positions as regularly as they change socks. Strop started out as a shortstop, so it wasn’t that far of a reach. “He’s not

Showalter speaks after 9-6 win

The Orioles set a season high with four home runs tonight and also tied their season high by allowing four home runs, the second night in a row that they’ve surrendered that many to the Nationals. If that’s going to happen, you may as well win the game and focus on the first part. “It was a good win,” said manager Buck Showalter following a

Tillman victimized by the long ball again (O’s win 9-6)

Chris Tillman allowed three home runs in his first six starts, and six in his first eight outings. Suddenly, he can’t keep the ball in the park. Tillman has surrendered three more home runs tonight against the Nationals, including two by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Roger Bernadina led off the top of the fourth with a shot onto Eutaw Street, the 68th in Camden Yards

Showalter talks about Gausman and Flaherty (updated)

The Nationals grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning tonight on Ryan Zimmerman’s two-out solo home run off Orioles starter Chris Tillman, the ball traveling to the visiting bullpen in left-center field. Tillman struck out Roger Bernadina on a changeup before Zimmerman unloaded on a 93 mph fastball. Tillman has allowed at least one home run in his last five starts,

Reimold provides update on his hamstring

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold worked with a physical therapist while the team was in Toronto and continues to do exercises for his strained right hamstring. “I’ve been rehabbing, working out, getting kind of like active rest, strengthening and getting the flexibility back in my hammy,” said Reimold, who hasn’t played since May 11. “That’s the program for now.” Reimold took his rehab to Johns Hopkins

Updates on Strop, Schoop, Bundy, Teagarden, Chen and more

Reliever Pedro Strop, on the disabled list with a lower-back strain, did some early work at shortstop today as part of a throwing drill incorporated by pitching coach Rick Adair. He isn’t changing positions. The drill is supposed to aid a pitcher in refining and repeating his throwing motion. “We can’t sneak anything by you all,” said manager Buck Showalter. Strop also threw off a

Orioles option Navarro and recall Flaherty (plus lineups)

The Orioles made a roster move today, optioning infielder Yamaico Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk and recalling infielder Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty was batting .265 with one double, two homers, five RBIs and four multi-hit games in eight games with the Tides. He was optioned on May 18 after batting .133 in 30 games with the Orioles. Navarro batted .286 with two RBIs in eight games with

Wieters on Gausman

Unless Orioles manager Buck Showalter changes his mind later this week, Kevin Gausman will make his third major league start on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers. His home debut will follow a disappointing outing last night in Washington, where he allowed seven runs and eight hits - including three home runs - in four innings. Catcher Matt Wieters shared his thoughts on Gausman after last

Showalter on Machado, and debating Sunday’s starter

Manny Machado played 51 games for the Orioles as a rookie last year. Last night marked his 52nd game of the 2013 season. Showalter hasn’t noticed much of a difference in Machado beyond the statistics, which included a single and walk last night that left his average at .335. “He seems to have a pretty good approach about it. He doesn’t get too high or

Gausman will start again Sunday

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Kevin Gausman will make his third major league start on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. Gausman will be making his home debut against a team that began tonight leading the American League in average, hits, runs and on-base percentage. “He’s fine. He’ll be all right,” Showalter said. Gausman allowed seven runs and eight hits

Davis and Hardy keep muscling up, Gausman allows three HRs (O’s lose 9-3)

WASHINGTON - Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy hit solo home runs off Nationals rookie Nate Karns in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game 3-3, but Kevin Gausman served up two more homers and an RBI double in the bottom half that gave the hosts a 7-3 lead. Steve Pearce pinch-hit for Gausman leading off the top of the fifth. In his

Hunter’s hand and Davis’ interview skills (O’s down 3-1)

WASHINGTON - We’re still in a rain delay at Nationals Park. It was pouring a few minutes ago, but the intensity has lessened. That doesn’t mean we’re close to starting tonight’s game. Rain continues to fall and there was thunder and lightning earlier, but the grounds crew is sweeping water off the tarp. Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter told reporters earlier today that his right hand

Injury updates and more (rain delay)

WASHINGTON - Orioles backup catcher Taylor Teagarden caught five innings yesterday at extended spring training and served as the designated hitter today. He will catch seven innings on Wednesday and head out on an injury rehab assignment. “He’s coming along real well, so that’s encouraging,” said manager Buck Showalter. Teagarden could be activated from the 15-day disabled list next week. Second baseman Brian Roberts is

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - Yamaico Navarro is starting again at second base tonight, as the Orioles conclude their two-game series with the Nationals before starting a new one Wednesday night at Camden Yards. Tommy Hunter said his right hand feels fine. An X-ray taken yesterday came back negative. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt

A few pregame notes

WASHINGTON - The Orioles lead the all-time series against the Nationals 24-19, going 13-8 in Baltimore and 11-11 in Washington (3-3 at RFK Stadium and 8-8 at Nationals Park) since the franchise was relocated from Montreal in 2005. Manny Machado has posted at least three hits in eight road games this year, the most in the majors. Jed Lowrie and James Loney had collected three

Leftovers for breakfast

We have an interesting matchup tonight with the Orioles sending Kevin Gausman to the mound and the Nationals countering with Nathan Karns. It’s Double-A Bowie vs. Double-A Harrisburg. Gausman, 22, will be making his second major league start. Karns, 25, will be making his major league debut. What’s the record for fewest combined major league starts among two pitchers in the same game? Somebody get

Hammel on Hammel

WASHINGTON - Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel has been searching for his fastball command. Today, he found it. “The fastball command that I’ve been searching for has been getting closer and closer and closer, and today it was finally there,” he said after holding the Nationals to two runs over eight innings and striking out eight in the Orioles’ 6-2 victory. “A small adjustment I made

Showalter speaks after 6-2 win

WASHINGTON - The Orioles’ bullpen needed a break today, and starter Jason Hammel provided one by going eight innings in a 6-2 victory over the Nationals. “It reminded me a little of the Atlanta outing last year,” said manager Buck Showalter. “A lot of strikes. Throwing zeros up after you score some runs. He was good. He was the difference today. We all would have

Burnett claimed off waivers, game update (O’s win 6-2)

WASHINGTON - Reliever Alex Burnett has been claimed off waivers. We will know later today where he’s headed. The Orioles designated Burnett for assignment on May 23 to create room for Kevin Gausman on the 40-man roster. Gausman is starting against the Nationals Tuesday night. Burnett, 25, made two appearances with the Orioles, allowing three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. He was 1-0 with

Orioles need to capitalize on opportunities (updated)

WASHINGTON - One day after stranding 12 runners in a 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays, the Orioles have left four on base in the first three innings against the Nationals. The Orioles were 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position yesterday at Rogers Centre. They’re 0-for-1 today, with Adam Jones grounding out with runners on second and third and two outs in the second inning.

Pregame notes on Hunter, Johnson, Strop and more

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tommy Hunter will likely have an X-ray taken on his right hand today, though the reliever said this morning that it wasn’t necessary. “There’s different levels of X-rays. We’re at level two,” Showalter said. “Richie (Bancells) said he felt pretty good, all things considered, so I’m hoping we dodged an injury. Not necessarily the ball. “Richie’s pretty upbeat

Hunter update and Orioles lineup (and Nats lineup)

WASHINGTON - Tommy Hunter said he won’t undergo a second X-ray on his right hand. There’s minimal swelling and bruising, and he expects to be available on Tuesday. Hunter probably will play catch today. “It’s fine,” he said. “Feels like it got hit by a ball, but other than that, it’ll be all right. Kind of like taking one off the shin, I guess. it’s

Who closes for the Orioles today?

If the Orioles take a slim lead into the bottom of the ninth inning today at Nationals Park, I’d bet that Darren O’Day would be used as the closer. Not because manager Buck Showalter is ready to assign Jim Johnson’s duties to another reliever. I still don’t believe that he’s reached that point. But Johnson threw 37 pitches yesterday and 51 over the past two

Gonzalez and Wada updates (O’s lose 6-5, Hunter update)

The Orioles haven’t had a starter complete six innings in the last four games, including today, when Miguel Gonzalez fell an out short. Gonzalez allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, with three walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches, 58 for strikes. Brian Matusz stranded a runner to end the sixth. Matusz has stranded 18 of 20 inherited runners this

Jones continues to jolt the Jays (updated)

Doesn’t matter if the roof is open or closed at Rogers Centre. Doesn’t matter who’s pitching, or whether the game is in Canada or the U.S. Adam Jones just keeps raking against the Blue Jays. His double in the first inning today extended his hitting streak against Toronto to 16 games, tied for the third-longest in franchise history. Al Bumbry hold the record, having hit

Orioles notes before today’s game

The Orioles complete their four-game series against the Blue Jays today at Rogers Centre. They’ve gone 11-35 in their last 46 games in Toronto dating to June 8, 2008, but they’re 9-10 in the last 19 games. Adam Jones has a 15-game hitting streak against Toronto dating to Aug. 24, 2012, tied for the fourth-longest streak by an Oriole versus the Blue Jays in club

Valencia stays in Orioles lineup

Danny Valencia will serve as the Orioles’ designated hitter again today after collecting a double and home run yesterday against Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. So much for Valencia being part of a DH platoon. He’s facing another right-hander today, Jays starter Chad Jenkins. Alexi Casilla gets the start at second base. Matt Wieters is batting seventh for the first time this season. For the Orioles

Today’s game and yesterday’s roster move

Miguel Gonzalez takes the mound today at Rogers Centre in Toronto, his second start since coming off the disabled list. The Orioles would settle for a repeat of the first, when he limited the Yankees to two runs over seven innings, with no walks and five strikeouts. Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA in four career games (three starts) against the Blue Jays, with

Valencia takes advantage of start vs. right-hander (O’s win 6-5)

Danny Valencia has been the left-handed half of a platoon at designated hitter since the Orioles recalled him from Triple-A Norfolk. So, what’s he doing in today’s lineup against Toronto right-hander R.A. Dickey? Drawing a walk and hitting a home run. The splits tend to go out the window when a knuckleballer is on the mound. Manager Buck Showalter inserted Valencia in the lineup and

Orioles again score three in the first

Last night, J.J. Hardy hit a three-run homer in the first inning to give the Orioles a quick 3-0 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays. Less than 24 hours later, they scored three runs in the first inning against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to take a 3-0 lead. Chris Davis drove in a run on a ground-rule double, giving him 15 extra-base hits in his last

Strop goes on DL

The Orioles officially recalled pitcher Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk today and placed reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a lower-back strain. Strop, 27, is 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in 22 appearances for the Orioles this season, allowing 12 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings. His control has been the biggest issue. He’s walked 14 batters, including two in one-third of

Valencia serving as DH today

Danny Valencia is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter today. He won’t be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for pitcher Steve Johnson. Yamaico Navarro is starting at second base again today, and Chris Snyder is behind the plate. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Danny Valencia DH Yamaico

A look at Garcia and the offense (Steve Johnson joining team in Toronto)

The Orioles needed to sleep fast last night, as manager Buck Showalter says, with a 1:07 p.m. game today against the Toronto Blue Jays. Freddy Garcia will make his fifth start for the Orioles, which may be four more than some folks anticipated when the Orioles first selected his contract from Triple-A Norfolk. Garcia has gone at least six innings in three of his outings,

Tillman done after five innings (O’s win 10-6)

Chris Tillman’s streak of quality starts has ended at six tonight, but he leaves the game with a 10-3 lead. Seems like a fair trade. Tillman allowed a season-high 10 hits, but he also tied his season high with seven strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. Tillman also fanned seven against Oakland on April 27 and May 14 against San Diego. Tillman still hasn’t allowed

Markakis keys Orioles’ early onslaught (Tillman update)

Toronto left-hander Sean Nolin received a rude introduction to the majors tonight, courtesy of Nick Markakis and the Orioles. Nolin lasted only 1 1/3 innings and left with the Orioles leading 6-1. Markakis led off the top of the first with a single and later scored on J.J. Hardy’s three run homer. He brought home three runs in the second inning with a bases-loaded double,

Steve Johnson scratched from Norfolk start (and notes)

Steve Johnson won’t make tonight’s start for Triple-A Norfolk, but it isn’t a health-related decision by the Orioles. According to a member of the organization, Johnson is being kept available in case the Orioles need to recall him Saturday as an extra reliever. Tonight’s game in Toronto may dictate whether a roster move is forthcoming. Left-hander Chris Jones, acquired from the Braves for reliever Luis

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups (Braddock released)

Adam Jones is back in center field tonight for the Orioles after serving as the designated hitter for three consecutive games. Danny Valencia is the DH against the Toronto Blue Jays, and Yamaico Navarro gets the start at second base. Shortstop J.J. Hardy is batting third. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt

Notes on Machado, Tillman and Nolin (and more Machado)

The Orioles just tweeted an interesting fact regarding third baseman Manny Machado, who continues to swing a hot bat away from Camden Yards. Not that it’s been ice cold at home, but check this out: Machado has three hits in each of his last four road games. According to Elias, the only other player younger than 21 with a streak of four or more consecutive

Taking another look at Patton and Strop

Jim Johnson’s slumps are the most noticeable in the Orioles’ bullpen because he’s the closer. Leads and games are usually lost if he surrenders a run or more. He’s not looking for company in the misery department, but he’s got it. Troy Patton replaced starter Kevin Gausman last night and issued back-to-back walks, including one to the Blue Jays’ No. 9 hitter, Munenori Kawasaki, that

Walks trip up Orioles in 12-6 loss

The Orioles used four pitchers tonight at Rogers Centre, and they each issued two walks. My math is poor, but that adds up to eight free passes. Not good. The Orioles also committed two errors, by first baseman Chris Davis and shortstop J.J. Hardy, and catcher Matt Wieters had a passed ball in the Orioles’ 12-6 loss to the Blue Jays. Factor in the 11

Some firsts for Gausman (Markakis and Jones go back-to-back)

Kevin Gausman’s first major league pitch tonight was a 96 mph fastball that Toronto’s Melky Cabrera took for a ball. His first strike came on the next pitch, a 95 mph heater. The first hit that he allowed was Cabrera’s single up the middle on a 98 mph fastball. The first out came against the next batter, Jose Bautista, who flied to center on an

Arrieta optioned, Burnett designated for assignment

The Orioles made two roster moves today to accommodate pitcher Kevin Gausman, who had his contract selected from Double-A Bowie and will make his major league debut tonight in Toronto. Pitcher Jake Arrieta was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to create room on the 25-man roster, and reliever Alex Burnett was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster. Arrieta didn’t pitch for the

Gausman debuts, Jones remains the DH

Kevin Gausman makes his major league debut tonight for the Orioles, who begin a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Gausman is the 11th starter used by the Orioles this season, one short of their 2012 total. He’s the third Oriole to make his major league debut this year, joining Zach Clark and T.J. McFarland. Adam Jones remains the designated hitter

A scout’s take on Gausman

In case you missed it, Kevin Gausman will make his major league debut tonight in Toronto. I’m kidding, of course. Gausman will face the Blue Jays, but nobody has missed it. That’s pretty much all that fans and the media can talk/write about. I spoke with a scout from outside the organization who watched Gausman in spring training and at Double-A Bowie. His first words

Wieters dishes on Gausman before moving behind plate

Kevin Gausman will garner most of the attention tonight in his major league debut in Toronto, but keep an eye on the man behind the mask. Not the plate umpire, though would it surprise anyone if he ended up in the middle of a controversy? I’m referring to catcher Matt Wieters, who will guide Gausman through his first start. Keeping Gausman from getting too amped

Showalter speaks after 6-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter finally confirmed that Kevin Gausman will start Thursday night’s game in Toronto. The corresponding move won’t be announced until earlier in the day. “They’re deciding who they’re going to pitch second day in. I’d kind of like to see who that’s going to be between a left- and right-hander before we do something,” he said. Showalter indicated that he would be

Hammel keeps the quality coming (O’s win 6-3)

Orioles starter Jason Hammel kept the rotation on its recent roll tonight. Hammel labored early, but he became the fourth consecutive Orioles pitcher to complete six innings. And he kept going, striking out Reid Brignac and Austin Romine in the seventh before manager Buck Showalter signaled for left-hander Brian Matusz. OK, Kevin Gausman, it’s your turn. Hammel tied his longest outing of the season at

Orioles ambush Kuroda in first inning (Wieters homers)

Hiroki Kuroda shut out the Orioles on five hits in his first start against them on April 14 in New York. Tonight, the Orioles strung together four hits with two outs in the first inning and took a 3-0 lead. I’m pretty sure that’s Kuroda on the mound, but he doesn’t resemble the same pitcher who shut them down with such ease in the Bronx.

More notes and quotes before tonight’s game

Orioles manager Buck Showalter passed along a lot of credit today to the LSU coaching staff for preparing Kevin Gausman for the professional level. The staff includes former Orioles bullpen coach Alan Dunn, who’s now the Tigers’ pitching coach. “They did a great job with him at LSU, Alan Dunn,” Showalter said. “He came with pretty good times to the plate from the stretch. He

Showalter on Gausman

Orioles manager Buck Showalter still won’t confirm Kevin Gausman as Thursday night’s starter against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. However, Gausman is on the taxi squad today, he’s flying with the team to Toronto later tonight and he’s going to start the series opener. The Orioles will just wait until Thursday afternoon to make the move official. They will have to remove players

Injury updates on Jones, Reimold, Schoop and Betemit (updated)

Adam Jones is bothered by soreness in his groin, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter elected to use him as the designated hitter again tonight in the series finale against the New York Yankees. Jones could play center field, which is his preference, but Showalter is being careful with him. The Orioles will be playing four games on the artificial surface at Rogers Centre in Toronto

Jones serving as DH again (Gausman in Baltimore)

The Orioles lineup for tonight’s series finale against the New York Yankees includes Adam Jones serving as the designated hitter for the second consecutive game. Jones was bothered by a sore right leg late in Monday night’s game. Chris Dickerson again will start in center field. Alexi Casilla will start at second base. For the Orioles: Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF

Orioles acquire Horton from A’s

The Orioles swung a minor league deal this afternoon to improve their infield depth, acquiring Josh Horton from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later or cash. Horton, 27, is hitting .224/.246/.373 this season in 16 games at Triple-A Sacramento. He’s a career .274/.349/.369 hitter in seven minor league seasons. The A’s chose Horton in the second round of the 2007 First-Year

More on last night’s game and Gausman

Remember that stat I passed along last night about the Yankees being 19-0 when they score first? Well ... That was quite a dramatic mood shift at Camden Yards last night. The Orioles win in 10 innings on Nate McLouth’s walk-off home run, and news breaks that last year’s top draft pick, Kevin Gausman, was going to make his major league debut Thursday night in

A few thoughts on the Gausman decision

After talking to manager Buck Showalter about the two candidates for Thursday’s start that he passed along earlier today, I wondered whether he had just talked himself out of both of them. Jake Arrieta’s career numbers in Toronto were a concern. T.J. McFarland’s lack of experience and the possible repercussions of a failed start were a concern. Showalter always adds “among others” when listing candidates.

Showalter speaks after 3-2, 10-inning win

With tonight’s game heading to the bottom of the 10th inning and the Yankees bringing in left-hander Vidal Nuno, did Orioles manager Buck Showalter consider pinch-hitting for Nate Mclouth, who was leading off? “I thought he would hit a home run,” Showalter said, grinning. McLouth did exactly that, of course, delivering the second walk-off home run of his career in a 3-2 victory over the

Starters getting deeper in games (McLouth with the walk-off)

Center fielder Chris Dickerson isn’t the only Oriole going deep tonight. Miguel Gonzalez has become the third consecutive Orioles starter to complete six innings. He’s held the Yankees to two runs and four hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. Gonzalez has thrown 80 pitches, 54 for strikes. No one is warming in the Orioles’ bullpen, so he’ll return for the seventh with the score

Orioles fall behind early (Dickerson homers twice)

The Yankees are 19-0 when they score first, the only team in the majors that remains undefeated. A win tonight would tie them with the 1990 Cincinnati Reds for the longest streak since 1900, according to Elias. Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez allowed a run in the first inning tonight, but he deserved a better fate. Nate McLouth ran down Brett Gardner’s fly ball toward the

More pregame notes and quotes

Adam Jones is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter tonight, with Chris Dickerson starting in center field for the second time this season. Jones’ right leg was sore last night, but he could have played center tonight. That’s his preference, but manager Buck Showalter took the more cautious route. “He felt some soreness last night late in the game,” Showalter said. “He feels good today.

Arrieta and McFarland are candidates to start Thursday

Orioles manager Buck Showalter named Jake Arrieta and T.J. McFarland as the primary candidates to start Thursday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. It’s an interesting and complicated decision. Arrieta hasn’t pitched since May 7 at Triple-A Norfolk, and he missed his last scheduled start because of a strained right shoulder. He’s been throwing in the bullpen and is fine physically. Arrieta

Gonzalez reinstated from disabled list, Jurrjens optioned

Miguel Gonzalez is back from the disabled list, and Jair Jurrjens is one and done - for now. The Orioles announced this afternoon that they have reinstated Gonzalez, who had been dealing with a blister on his right thumb, from the 15-day DL. To clear a spot on the 25-man roster, Jurrjens was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Gonzalez will start tonight against the Yankees, against

Orioles lineup against Yankees

Yamaico Navarro is back at second base as the Orioles face the Yankees in the middle game of their three-game set. Chris Dickerson will play center field tonight, with Adam Jones serving as the designated hitter. For the Yankees Brett Gardner CF Robinson Cano 2B Vernon Wells LF Travis Hafner DH Lyle Overbay 1B Curtis Granderson RF David Adams 3B Jayson Nix SS Austin Romine

Taking a closer look at Casilla, Markakis and Machado

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has another decision to make tonight regarding his starter at second base. Yamaico Navarro started three straight games before stepping aside last night for Alexi Casilla, who made two dazzling plays in the field and also singled and scored from first base on Nick Markakis’ double. “Alexi put on a show at second base,” Showalter said afterward. “What a game he

Because You Asked - Revenge of the Fallen

The Orioles will activate Miguel Gonzalez from the 15-day disabled list this afternoon and hand him the ball tonight at Camden Yards. Nobody is asking me about Gonzalez, but I’m getting plenty of inquires about other players. And I keep getting them. The same ones. On this blog and via Twitter (@MASNroch). That’s why I created “Because You Asked” and all of the sequels. You

Showalter sticking with his closer

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t ready to change closers after Jim Johnson’s third consecutive blown save. Asked if there was any doubt that he would go right back to Johnson tonight in another save opportunity, Showalter replied, “Come back tomorrow and watch it again.” “He was one pitch away,” Showalter said after the Orioles’ 6-4, 10-inning loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards that extended

Johnson gives up home run and lead (O’s lose 6-4 in 10 innings)

It happened again. Closer Jim Johnson blew his third consecutive save opportunity, serving up a solo home run to Travis Hafner with one out in the top of the ninth to tie the game 4-4. Robinson Cano grounded out with the count full, but Hafner drove a 3-1 pitch into the seats in left-center field. Johnson shouted at himself as the ball cleared the fence,

Patton gives up home run, Casilla states case for more starts (O’s lead 4-3)

We’re no longer tied. Troy Patton entered the game in the top of the seventh, and the first batter he faced, first baseman Lyle Overbay, belted a home run to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The Yankees have four hits tonight. Three are home runs. Meanwhile, Alexi Casilla is making a strong argument for receiving more starts at second base. Casilla is in the

Yankees leaning toward left vs. Garcia (we’re tied)

The Yankees have seven left-handed hitters in tonight’s lineup against Orioles right-hander Freddy Garcia. Somebody has been reading the splits. Left-handers were batting .333 against Garcia heading into the game. Right-handers were batting .156. Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano wasn’t going to dispute the numbers. He homered to the opposite field with one out in the top of the first inning to give the visitors

Notes and quotes before tonight’s game

Home hasn’t been sweet to the Orioles, who are 9-11 at Camden Yards this season. They also began the 2011 season with a 9-11 home record. The Orioles have dropped six straight at home for the first time since April 9-14, 2010. The last time they lost seven straight at Camden Yards was Aug. 22-Sept. 7, 2007, when they dropped 11 in a row. The

Hardy moves up in Orioles lineup

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has moved J.J. Hardy to third in the lineup tonight against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. Hardy has batted sixth in 13 games this season and seventh in 30. Alexi Casilla, who’s 14-for-24 against Sabathia, is starting at second base. For the Yankees Brett Gardner CF Robinson Cano 2B Travis Hafner DH Lyle Overbay 1B Curtis Granderson LF David Adams 3B Ichiro

Orioles not liking what they CC

CC what I did there? So how exactly did CC Sabathia end up on the mound tonight for the Yankees? Why is this man making another start at Camden Yards? The Yankees-Blue Jays game was postponed yesterday because of rain, which Orioles manager Buck Showalter referenced following a 3-1 loss to the Rays. “They somehow got rained out in New York,” he said. I see

Showalter says umpires “got it right”

Upon further review, Orioles manager Buck Showalter agreed with the umpires’ decision to award a home run to Tampa Bay’s Matt Joyce in the top of the sixth inning. Joyce initially was given a double, and he remained on the bag during a lengthy delay that ultimately included a review. “I think Joe (Maddon) was just waiting to get the right call out of the

Tillman through the sixth (O’s lose 3-1)

An Orioles starter has exceeded five innings for the second time in the last eight games. It’s Chris Tillman again today. Tillman has allowed three runs and five hits over six innings, with one walk, four strikeouts and two home runs. He’s thrown 111 pitches, 71 for strikes. The Rays expanded their lead to 3-1 in the sixth on a controversial home run by Matt

Tillman through three innings, and more pregame notes (O’s down 2-1)

Chris Tillman retired the first eight Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon before walking No. 9 hitter Yunel Escobar. You can guess what happened next. Desmond Jennings ran the count full and doubled to left, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead at Camden Yards. Tillman retired the side in order in the top of the first, getting a fly ball, pop-up and grounder. The first two

Garcia expected to start Monday (with more notes)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Freddy Garcia remains the scheduled starter for Monday’s series opener against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. Jake Arrieta also was a consideration, but Garcia apparently will pitch on normal rest. “Freddy’s scheduled right now,” Showalter said. Garcia has allowed eight runs and 12 hits in 9 2/3 innings over his last two starts after taking a perfect game

Valencia in the lineup

Danny Valencia will serve as the designated hitter today, as the Orioles try to avoid being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. Valencia is wearing No. 35. Steve Pearce is playing left field and Chris Snyder is catcher. Matt Wieters gets the day off despite being 6-for-11 with two home runs lifetime against Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore. Yamaico Navarro gets his

Orioles turning to Tillman

Orioles starters have gone more than five innings only once in the last seven games. That starter is on the mound today. Chris Tillman held the Padres to one run over seven innings Tuesday night, allowing four hits, walking two and striking out seven. The Orioles lost 3-2 when Jim Johnson blew the save - the beginning of a four-game losing streak that they will

Flaherty talks about his demotion

Second baseman Ryan Flaherty was called into manager Buck Showalter’s office after last night’s game and given the news. To break out of his season-long slump, he would need to go back down to the minors. Flaherty wasn’t exactly floored by the Orioles’ decision to option him to Triple-A Norfolk. He was batting .133/.228/.233 with two homers and six RBIs in 30 games. He had

Showalter speaks after 10-6 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked again tonight about closer Jim Johnson, who blew his second straight save opportunity in a 10-6 loss to the Rays. “He had little command issues, but he usually works his way through them, like a lot of our pitchers, like all pitchers in the major leagues do at times,” Showalter said. Showalter mentioned Desmond Jennings’ broken-bat single into left

Orioles option Flaherty, Valencia expected to be recalled

The Orioles announced after tonight’s game that they have optioned infielder Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk. Flaherty, 26, is batting .133/.228/.233 in 30 games for the Orioles this season. Flaherty played second base in the ninth inning today in a 10-6 loss to the Rays. Yamaico Navarro started for the second consecutive game. A corresponding roster move will be announced on Sunday, and it figures

Reimold talks about going on DL

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is hopeful that he can return from the disabled list as soon as he’s eligible on May 27, but there’s no way to be certain on this day. He’s going to continue receiving treatment on his right hamstring and see how it responds. Reimold hasn’t played since last Saturday. The Orioles placed him on the 15-day DL today after manager Buck

More on Jurrjens and the game (O’s lose 10-6)

Jair Jurrjens made Orioles history today. Jurrjens allowed the most extra-base hits (six) without a single in an Orioles debut in franchise history, according to the club’s PR department. The Rays collected five doubles and a home run over five innings. Also, Jurrjens’ six extra-base allowed are the second-most for an Oriole in his debut. John O’Donoghue allowed seven - four doubles and three home

Orioles give Jurrjens early lead (O’s lead 6-4)

If the Orioles aren’t careful, Jair Jurrjens may expect this kind of offensive support in every start. The Orioles scored four runs off Rays starter Roberto Hernandez in the bottom of the first inning to give Jurrjens an early cushion in his debut with the club. Nick Markakis had an RBI double that scored Nate McLouth, who led off with a single, and Adam Jones

Showalter on Reimold, Arrieta and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter considered bringing in his reserves last night as the Tampa Bay Rays built an eight-run lead, but Nolan Reimold wasn’t going to leave the bench. Reimold has been unavailable because of a strained right hamstring - news that Showalter didn’t want spreading to the opposing manager’s office - and the Orioles were debating whether to place him on the 15-day disabled

A few pregame notes

The Orioles will try to avoid their first four-game losing streak of the season today when they host the Tampa Bay Rays. Nolan Reimold’s move to the disabled list is backdated to last Sunday. His hamstring has been bothering him since spring training, to varying degrees, and he may not be ready when he’s eligible to be activated. The cold weather has been a challenge

Jurrjens making O’s debut, Arrieta back in Baltimore (with notes)

Jair Jurrjens is set to make his Orioles debut for today’s 4:05 p.m. start vs. the Rays. After hitting a three-run home run in last night’s game, Chris Dickerson will get another start. He’ll DH, batting eighth. Yamaico Navarro will get his second consecutive start at second, batting ninth. He went 2-4 with a triple and a run yesterday. For the Rays Desmond Jennings CF

Pitching woes for the O’s

Want to view the glass as half full? The Orioles scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning last night and brought the tying run to the plate. They had no business being in that game. Except that they truly believe that they’re in every game, no matter the deficit or the inning. Want to view the glass as half empty? The rotation

Showalter speaks after 12-10 loss

The Orioles are discussing whether they need to make two roster moves following tonight’s 12-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. One player must be removed from the 25-man roster to make room for starter Jair Jurrjens, and the Orioles might need another bullpen arm after Alex Burnett threw 28 pitches and Troy Patton threw 40. “We were starting to talk about it a little

Hammel’s struggles continue in big way (O’s lose 12-10)

Jason Hammel retired the side in order in the fourth, the only time tonight that he posted a clean inning. By the fifth, his start had completely unraveled. Hammel is charged with seven runs and 10 hits, both season highs, in 4 2/3 innings, with two walks, four strikeouts and a home run. He threw 99 pitches, 58 for strikes. Reliever Alex Burnett inherited a

Early innings continue to trip up Hammel, Rays lead 5-3

Jason Hammel has allowed 29 runs in nine starts this season, including tonight’s outing against the Tampa Bay Rays. Fifteen of them have scored in the first two innings. Hammel threw 21 pitches in the opening frame tonight and fell behind 1-0 on Evan Longoria’s sacrifice fly to right field. Matt Joyce singled with one out and Ben Zobrist doubled to left, with Chris Dickerson

Showalter speaks before tonight’s game (two injury updates)

Tsuyoshi Wada’s next injury-rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk is Tuesday against the Durham Bulls. Wada allowed four runs (three earned) in four innings yesterday in his first start. He surrendered two home runs and left the game after 78 pitches. Asked what he was looking for from Wada, manager Buck Showalter replied, “Health.” “I wasn’t going to base it too much performance-wise,” Showalter said. “You

Updates on Gonzalez, Jurrjens, Arrieta and more (Gonzalez quotes)

Miguel Gonzalez is expected to start for the Orioles on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. The Orioles also are considering Monday night, but they’re leaning toward giving him an extra day. He’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Gonzalez threw 50-55 pitches in a simulated game today without a bandage on his right thumb. The blister

Orioles lineup and notes

You want lineup changes? You’ve got them. Yamaico Navarro is making his first start for the Orioles at second base tonight, as they begin a three-game series against the Rays at Camden Yards. Nate McLouth is the designated hitter tonight, with Chris Dickerson starting in left field. For the Orioles Nate McLouth DH Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B

Jurrjens at Camden Yards, set for Saturday’s start

Jair Jurrjens is sitting at his locker at Camden Yards, further confirmation that he’s starting Saturday afternoon against the Rays. The Orioles will need to clear a spot on the 25- and 40-man rosters. They could option infielder Yamaico Navarro and transfer second baseman Brian Roberts to the 60-day disabled list. Also, Alex Burnett is here as an extra bullpen arm, and will eventually be

Griffin on Britton

During my phone conversation yesterday with Triple-A Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin, I asked him about left-hander Zach Britton and the physical issues that have contributed to his struggles with the Tides. Britton’s first start on April 7 ended after two innings because of a blister on the side of his left thumbnail. It first developed while he threw at Twin Lakes Park on the

Griffin on Wada

Triple-A Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin found a few reasons to be encouraged today by Tsuyoshi Wada’s four-inning start against Lehigh Valley. Wada allowed four runs (three earned) and three hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. He served up two home runs in the fourth and came out of the game after 78 pitches. Wada was making his first injury rehab start. “I know

Wada update (with his final line and Schoop DL note)

Tsuyoshi Wada has allowed an unearned run and one hit in three innings today in his initial injury-rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk. He’s walked one, struck out four and thrown a wild pitch. Wada threw 27 pitches in the first inning, 17 in the second and 14 in the third to leave his count at 58, including 33 strikes. The run is unearned because of

McLouth trying to end his slump

Nate McLouth smoked a ball in the first inning yesterday that dissolved into another out, with Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera soaring to his right to make a sensational diving catch. Nick Markakis smoked a ball in the fifth inning that turned into an infield hit when the ball clanked off Cabrera’s glove as he attempted to make another diving catch. McLouth sat in the dugout

Machado on Machado

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado registered his 18th multi-hit game today, tying Kansas City’s Alex Gordon and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera for the major league lead. He’s notched at least three hits in four of his last five games. Machado has 13 multi-hit games in his last 21 and is batting .419 (39-for-93) with 12 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBIs. He’s hit

Wieters and Showalter speak after 8-4 loss

Miguel Gonzalez will pitch in a simulated game Friday, throwing about 25 pitches in the bullpen and 25-30 in the game. The Orioles want to control his environment - pitch count, pitch selection - and make sure he’s available next week. Gonzalez is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday. He could start any of the next three nights after returning to the 25-man

Hunter’s scoreless streak ends (O’s lose 8-4)

The Orioles are on the verge of being swept at home in a two-game series against the San Diego Padres. Marinate in that one for a while. Tommy Hunter served up a two-run homer to Alexi Amarista in the top of the seventh inning to leave the Orioles in a 7-2 hole. They got one run back in the bottom half on Adam Jones’ RBI

Garcia struggling early, Hardy extends hitting streak (O’s down 5-2)

Freddy Garcia isn’t making the Padres regret their decision to release him in spring training. Garcia has faced 11 batters in two innings and allowed two runs and five hits, with one walk and one strikeout. He’s thrown 40 pitches, 24 for strikes. The Orioles turned a 5-4-3 double play on Carlos Quentin’s ground ball to bail out Garcia in the first inning, but No.

Notes on Gonzalez, Reimold, Arrieta and more (updated)

Miguel Gonzalez played catch in the outfield today, gradually increasing the distance until it turned into a long-toss session, and threw 35 pitches off the bullpen mound. He removed the bandage from around the blister on his right thumb for his last five or six throws and didn’t experience any problems. Gonzalez expects to start Friday night for Double-A Bowie. He’s still a candidate to

Orioles and Padres lineups (with Gonzalez note)

Steve Pearce will serve as the designated hitter again today for the Orioles after delivering a tie-breaking single in the eighth inning last night. Matt Wieters will catch a day game following a night game. 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 Steve Pearce DH

Showalter on Gausman: “He’s right where he needs to be”

Freddy Garcia is starting today for the Orioles against the San Diego Padres, the team that let him go in spring training. Jason Hammel is starting Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, Jair Jurrjens will have his contract selected and start on Saturday, and Chris Tillman will close the series on Sunday. It’s assumed that Garcia will take the ball Monday against the New

Showalter speaks after 3-2 loss

It’s not often that manager Buck Showalter sits in the dugout and watches closer Jim Johnson blow a save. Johnson hadn’t squandered a lead in the regular season since last July, but the Padres scored twice against him tonight to win 3-2. “They hit some balls hard,” Showalter said. “The first ground ball would be about the only one. ... Big double play ball on

Casilla’s running leads to go-ahead run (O’s lose 3-2)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter brought Alexi Casilla into tonight’s game as a pinch-runner with the score tied in the bottom of the eighth inning. Casilla was 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts this season, and 25-for-26 since the start of the 2012 season. Nice weapon to have on the bench, and Showalter picked the right time to use him. Casilla, running for Ryan Flaherty, swiped second

Hardy extends hitting streak (Tillman update)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy extended his hitting streak to 10 games tonight with a single leading off the bottom of the fifth inning. Hardy, who grounded out in his first at-bat, is 13-for-37 (.351) with three homers, seven RBIs and five runs scored during the streak. It’s been a slow climb, but Hardy’s average is up to .228. Hardy was doubled off first base on

Arrieta and game updates (Flaherty ties game with HR)

Jake Arrieta threw 30 fastballs today in a bullpen session at Triple-A Norfolk, and he didn’t report any discomfort in his right shoulder. Arrieta will be re-evaluated on Wednesday and the Tides will determine when he’s able to make his next start. Arrieta was scratched from Sunday’s assignment because of discomfort in his right shoulder that was diagnosed as a strain. Reliever Adam Russell started

Notes on Gonzalez, Gausman and Zambrano

Miguel Gonzalez played catch on flat ground today and is scheduled for a bullpen session Wednesday. Gonzalez threw his breaking ball today, but he continued to wear a bandage to cover the blister on his right thumb. He will remove it Wednesday for the bullpen session. Gonzalez could be sent out on an injury-rehab assignment Thursday, and it’s possible that the Orioles start him Tuesday

Chen, Showalter and pregame notes

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen said he is “very disappointed” that he’s been diagnosed with a strained right oblique that forced him to go on the 15-day disabled list today. “I really wanted to help the team win and hoped the result was just a cramp, but things went in a different direction. I hurt myself and I hope I can get well sooner,” Chen said through

Orioles lineup against Padres (Navarro recalled, Jurrjens to start Saturday)

Alex Burnett isn’t the only new arrival in the clubhouse. The Orioles have also recalled infielder Yamaico Navarro, adding a bench player to their 25-man roster. Burnett replaces Wei-Yin Chen, who went on the disabled list, while Navarro takes the place of reliever Mike Belfiore, who was sent back to Triple-A Norfolk yesterday. Here are tonight’s lineups for the opener of a two-game interleague series

Orioles will recall Burnett (updated)

The Orioles will recall reliever Alex Burnett from Triple-A Norfolk today for a third time this season. In this instance, Burnett will replace starter Wei-Yin Chen on the 25-man roster. Chen will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Burnett was optioned over the weekend to make room for Steve Johnson, who later was optioned to make room for reliever

Orioles prepare for Padres and roster moves

The Orioles are back home tonight after playing 14 of their past 17 games on the road, and they’re facing an opponent that doesn’t normally make the trip to Baltimore. The San Diego Padres have been to Camden Yards once before, and you have to go back to 2002, when the Orioles took two of three games. Melvin Mora had five RBIs in the series

Chen headed to DL, Orioles option Belfiore (Wada update)

Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen is expected to be placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained right oblique. Chen underwent an MRI earlier today in Baltimore. “Chen is a DL candidate,” said executive vice president Dan Duquette. “It’s a right oblique strain, and these things take a little time to heal. So, it looks that way. We’ll decide tomorrow. But he looks like a

Checking on Jurrjens and the rotation (updated)

Jair Jurrjens made today’s start for Triple-A Norfolk and has allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings, with no walks and five strikeouts. Former Orioles farmhand Mike Constanzo, part of the Miguel Tejada trade with the Houston Astros, homered off Jurrjens as the Syracuse Chiefs’ designated hitter today. The Orioles are down to three starters with Miguel Gonzalez on the disabled list and

Strop’s stopping the slump

MINNEAPOLIS - Orioles reliever Pedro Strop seems to have straightened himself out after an extremely rough stretch of games. His cap is still crooked, but he’s straightened out. More on that later. Strop tossed another scoreless inning yesterday at Target Field, again throwing eight of 12 pitches for strikes, just as he did Saturday night. Velocity good. Movement on his slider good. Results good. Strop

Postgame comments from Showalter, Snyder, Davis and Machado

MINNEAPOLIS - Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent most of his postgame session with the media this afternoon talking about Wei-Yin Chen’s injury and whether it’s regarded as serious at this point. Showalter is being optimistic. That’s the only approach he’s going to take until finding out more about the injury on Monday. “I was just talking to him about it,” Showalter said following a 6-0

Updates on Chen and Arrieta (with Chen quotes)

MINNEAPOLIS - Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is hoping that today’s injury is nothing more serious than cramping on his right side. Chen is listed as having a strained right oblique, but he will be re-evaluated Monday in Baltimore. Chen said he felt the discomfort while facing his last batter, Eduardo Escobar, in the bottom of the fifth inning, and it intensified on the final pitch.

Chen leaves game with oblique strain (O’s win 6-0)

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles’ rotation is dealing with another injury. Wei-Yin Chen left today’s start after five innings with a strained right oblique. Tommy Hunter has replaced him. Chen appeared to be reaching for his right side as he walked to the dugout after retiring Eduardo Escobar to end the bottom of the fifth. He allowed five hits over five scoreless innings, with no walks,

Machado stays hot

MINNEAPOLIS - You can’t stop Manny Machado, you can only hope to hold him to two hits. Machado has posted his 17th multi-hit game of the season today, collecting a single in the first inning and a double in the fifth. There’s more with Machado, of course. He now has 12 multi-hit games in his last 19, with nine doubles, a triple, three homers and

Davis dials long distance with pink bat (Jones does, too)

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles scored three runs in the first inning last night. They scored two in the first inning today, and those runs came off the pink bat of first baseman Chris Davis. Davis hit the batter’s eye in center field with a two-run shot off Twins left-hander Scott Diamond that traveled an estimated 442 feet and gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. Players

Notes and updates before today’s game

MINNEAPOLIS - Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will wait until Tuesday to throw his bullpen session. Gonzalez was supposed to throw today, but he wants to give his blister a few more days to heal. The area is still inflamed. Gonzalez is still scheduled to go on an injury-rehab assignment Thursday or Friday, affiliate to be determined. Tsuyoshi Wada could start his rehab assignment on Thursday

Belfiore recalled from Norfolk

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles have recalled left-hander Mike Belfiore from Triple-A Norfolk as the replacement for pitcher Steve Johnson on the 25-man roster. Belfiore’s flight landed from Syracuse, and he’s headed to Target Field. Belfiore, 24, was acquired from the Diamondbacks on May 12, 2012 as the PTBNL in the Josh Bell trade. He’s on the 40-man roster, so a corresponding move isn’t necessary. The

It’s Chen’s turn

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles finish up their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins this afternoon and head back home. If you blinked, you may have missed this road trip. Their starters in the last two games have each lasted four innings. They’re looking for left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to give them some length today and spare the bullpen, though they’re adding another reliever as insurance. Chen

Hearing from Steve Johnson, Wieters and Flaherty (Johnson optioned)

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles optioned pitcher Steve Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk following tonight’s game. They will announce a corresponding roster move Sunday morning. They need to add a reliever who can pitch multiple innings. Making his first start for the Orioles this season, Johnson was changing speeds effectively over the first two innings while keeping the Twins off the scoreboard and protecting a 3-0 lead.

Showalter on possible roster move and Steve Johnson

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles appear to be leaning toward making a roster move that would add a reliever for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Minnesota Twins. “We’re looking at it,” said manager Buck Showalter following tonight’s 8-5 loss to the Twins. Showalter needed Troy Patton to go two innings in relief of Steve Johnson, who allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings on

Is another roster move coming? (O’s lose 8-5)

MINNEAPOLIS - Steve Johnson’s 2013 debut with the Orioles lasted only four innings and could lead to another roster move following tonight’s game. Johnson allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings, with four walks (one intentional), three strikeouts and a wild pitch. He threw 88 pitches, 48 for strikes. The fourth inning got away from him. The Twins sent nine batters to the

Orioles dialing up doubles again tonight (Wieters homers)

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles have decided to double their pleasure again tonight. Manny Machado and Adam Jones doubled in the first inning, giving the Orioles nine in the first two games of this series. Nick Markakis and Chris Davis, who didn’t get the memo, had RBI singles and Matt Wieters lifted a sacrifice fly. Orioles 3, Twins 0. Davis did Twins starter Vance Worley a

A few pregame notes

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles scored nine unanswered runs last night to overcome a 6-0 deficit. According to STATS, it marked the first time that the Orioles won a game by three runs or more after being down by six or more in the sixth inning or later since June 15, 1983 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Orioles were behind 7-0 in the top of the

Orioles option Burnett, Flaherty back at second base

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles made today’s roster move official by optioning reliever Alex Burnett to Triple-A Norfolk and recalling Steve Johnson, who will make tonight’s start against the Minnesota Twins. Burnett appeared in one game in his second stint with the club, striking out one in a scoreless inning. Ryan Flaherty is back at second base tonight after Alexi Casilla started last night. Casilla will

Looking back at Hunter, Casilla and Hammel

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles will make another roster move today to clear room for starter Steve Johnson. Reliever Alex Burnett is expected to be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, but we’ll have to wait for an announcement. Tommy Hunter has been credited with the win in his last three appearances. He retired all seven batters he faced last night, striking out three, and lowered his ERA

Hearing from Dickerson, Johnson, Hunter and Hammel

MINNEAPOLIS - Chris Dickerson, who started in right field tonight for the Orioles, has a theory about this club and its ability to overcome deficits and adversity. “I almost think the team enjoys playing from behind, with an attitude that’s like, ‘OK, we’re going to come back,’” Dickerson said. “The team has been so incredibly resilient and everybody just working within the team, putting together

Showalter speaks after 9-6, 10-inning win

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles rallied from a six-run deficit to win tonight for the first time since June 25, 2010 against the Washington Nationals at Camden Yards. “It’s not a club that panics,” manager Buck Showalter said after a 9-6, 10-inning victory over the Minnesota Twins. “I’ve told you many times. It’s a mature group, even though it’s the youngest team in our division. They

Orioles make theirs a double, tie game (O’s win 9-6)

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles have battled back from a 6-0 deficit to tie the Minnesota Twins. They’re also threatening the club record for most doubles in one game. Seems appropriate when you’re playing the Twins. The Orioles have seven doubles tonight, including six over the last two innings. The franchise record is nine, which has happened twice, most recently on Aug. 14, 2009. The Orioles

Hammel on the road to nowhere so far (O’s down 6-3)

MINNEAPOLIS - Jason Hammel hasn’t been able to work his road magic tonight. All five of Hammel’s wins this season have come away from home, but he’s down 3-0 in the second inning at Target Field and the Twins already have worked him for 51 pitches. The Twins have sent 12 batters to the plate and collected five hits and a walk. Joe Mauer was

Steve Johnson looking forward to Saturday’s start

MINNEAPOLIS - Steve Johnson isn’t sure how long he will remain with the Orioles. If you’re keeping track at home, he will be the ninth starter used this season when he takes the mound on Saturday. He’s just going to appreciate the moment and see what develops. “I’m happy to get the call for however long it will be,” he said. “It’s just good to

Wada ready for rehab assignment

MINNEAPOLIS - Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada threw seven scoreless and hitless innings today at extended spring training. He didn’t issue a walk, struck out 10 and hit two batters. Wada, who threw 88 pitches, is ready to go on an injury-rehab assignment. His next start will be with one of the Orioles’ affiliates. “He hit two guys. That’s good to see,” Showalter said. “That tells me

Casilla may abandon switch-hitting

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles aren’t afraid to experiment. They will lower a pitcher’s arm slot or turn him into a knuckleballer. They will turn a Double-A shortstop into a major league third baseman. And they will talk a switch-hitter into batting exclusively from one side of the plate. Second baseman Alexi Casilla said he will bat from the left side tonight against Twins right-hander Mike

Orioles and Twins lineups

MINNEAPOLIS - Nine of Nate McLouth’s 11 stolen bases this season have come with Manny Machado at the plate. They’re batting first and second again tonight. Why mess with a good thing? Orioles second baseman Alexi Casilla is getting a rare start against a right handed pitcher, and Nick Markakis is again serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado

Hammel hitting the road again

MINNEAPOLIS - Jason Hammel goes for his sixth win tonight, as the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Twins at Target Field. Then it’s back home. Not worth unpacking the suitcase. Only three other pitchers have six wins in 2013: Clay Buchholz, Matt Moore and Jordan Zimmermann. All five of Hammel’s wins have come on the road. According to STATS, Hammel is the fifth

Wada decison awaits the Orioles

The Orioles’ future plans for left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada remain up in the air. I hope my flight to Minnesota this morning does the same. We know that Wada will make another start today at extended spring training. Then he’s expected to go on an injury-rehab assignment, which can last up to 30 days for a pitcher. Then what? Wada can’t be optioned to the minors

S. Johnson to start Saturday, Showalter speaks after 6-2 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed tonight that Steve Johnson will be recalled and start Saturday night against the Twins in Minnesota. Johnson will be making his fifth major league start. He was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 12 games last year, including four starts, with 18 walks and 46 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings. Johnson has made three starts for Triple-A Norfolk this season,

Hardy still sizzling, Garcia still unhittable (O’s lose 6-2)

J.J. Hardy shattered his bat tonight and drove in a run. Another sign that his season-long slump is ending. Oh, sure, there’s the three home runs in his last four games before tonight, but it’s also a positive development when the cheapies are on his side. Hardy is 8-for-19 with six RBIs in his last six games. Former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie’s scoreless innings streak ended

Showalter provides updates on Roberts and Gonzalez (7:35 p.m. start)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter exchanged text messages today with second baseman Brian Roberts, who underwent surgery on his right hamstring in Dallas. Roberts will fly back to Sarasota on Friday. “Everything went well today,” Showalter said. “Very positive. The doctors felt good about getting it done after getting in there. It will speed up the process. I’ve got marked off what X-number of weeks is

Gonzalez to DL, Burnett recalled (with O’s lineup)

The Orioles have placed starter Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his right thumb and recalled reliever Alex Burnett from Triple-A Norfolk. Gonzalez’s move is retroactive to May 4. He left his start the previous night in Anaheim after six innings and 80 pitches because of the blister. Gonzalez, 28, is 2-2 with a 4.58 ERA in six starts this

Orioles acquire Brandon Wood from Royals (updated)

The Orioles made a minor league trade this morning, acquiring third baseman Brandon Wood from the Kansas City Royals organization for cash considerations. Wood, 28, will report to Triple-A Norfolk. This move isn’t an indication that the Orioles are promoting an infielder to their major league club. At least not now. It’s more organizational depth. Wood was the 23rd overall pick by the Anaheim Angels

A second look at the second base situation

Is it too early to start checking the standings? If not, the Orioles and Red Sox are tied for first place in the American League East. The news that Brian Roberts will undergo surgery today on his right hamstring didn’t send the Orioles scrambling for another second baseman. They acquired Alexi Casialla and kept Ryan Flaherty as insurance policies in case Roberts returned to the

Showalter speaks after 5-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke to second baseman Brian Roberts for about 20 minutes today, going over the upcoming hamstring surgery and looking ahead to his eventual return to the lineup. “He’s very frustrated by it, as we are, but Brian Roberts is going to come back and make a contribution to this club this year,” Showalter said. “I’ve got a good feeling about that.”

Bullpen gets it done in 5-3 win

The Orioles’ bullpen turned in three scoreless innings tonight in relief of starter Chris Tillman to complete a 5-3 victory over the Royals before 12,344 at Camden Yards. The Orioles have their first four-game winning streak of the season. Troy Patton retired the side in order in the seventh. Darren O’Day struck out the first two batters in the eighth before allowing an infield hit

Hardy homers keep happening (O’s lead 5-3)

For the third time in his last four games, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has hit a home run. Hardy deposited an 80-mph slider from Royals starter Luis Mendoza inside the left field foul pole to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Matt Wieters led off with a single, continuing his recent tear, and Hardy followed with his sixth

More pregame notes

The tarp is off the field and it appears that tonight’s game will start on time. A few of the Royals ignored the rain this afternoon and played catch in the outfield. Manager Buck Showalter said Saturday is as far back as the Orioles can push starter Miguel Gonzalez. Showalter has weighed his options if Gonzalez can’t pitch. “We looked at it, but I’m hoping

Roberts to undergo hamstring surgery Thursday

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, limited to 118 games over the past four seasons because of various injuries, will undergo surgery Thursday on his right hamstring. Roberts, 35, will undergo a procedure to repair one of the muscles in his hamstring - it’s a “semitendinosus release” - and the recovery time is expected to be approximately six weeks. Dr. Daniel Cooper will perform the surgery

Garcia starting Thursday against Royals

The Orioles’ rotation isn’t set in Minnesota this weekend because of the uncertain status of Miguel Gonzalez, who left his last start with a blister on his right thumb. However, Freddy Garcia will close the three-game series against the Royals by taking the mound Thursday at Camden Yards. Garcia will be working on regular rest after making his Orioles debut Saturday in Anaheim and taking

Orioles and Royals lineups

Chris Dickerson is in right field tonight for the Orioles and Nick Markakis is serving as the designated hitter. Ryan Flaherty gets another start at second base. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty 2B Chris Dickerson RF Chris Tillman RHP For the Royals Alex Gordon

Hardy won’t use elbow as an excuse

J.J. Hardy’s home run streak ended at two games last night. So did his streak of two-hit games. Hardy went 1-for-4 to leave his average at .211. He has six hits in his last four games and eight in his last seven. It’s not good enough for Hardy, of course. He batted .238 last season and he expects to do better. Hardy has a mild

Showalter speaks after 4-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke to the media for almost eight minutes following tonight’s 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals. He naturally spent some time on starter Wei-Yin Chen, who was charged with two runs in 6 1/3 innings, and the 48-minute rain delay that forced the left-hander out of the game in the seventh. “They were hitting some balls,” Showalter said. “I think

Matusz talks about his outing

The at-bat lasted through seven pitches. Brian Matusz vs. Alex Gordon, with a runner on first base, two outs and the Orioles holding a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Matusz usually wins these battles, but not tonight. Gordon sent a 2-2 pitch, a 91-mph fastball, over the out-of-town scoreboard in right field to tie the game. Gordon fouled off a nasty

Rain halts play in the seventh (O’s win 4-3)

Umpires halted play in the top of the seventh inning tonight with one out and former Oriole Miguel Tejada on first base. Time was called at 8:56 p.m. The sky just opened up as Elliot Johnson stood at the plate. It went from a light rain to a downpour in the blink of an eye. The Orioles continue to lead 3-1 and it’s an official

Still no rain as tonight’s game gets under way (O’s up 3-1)

Wei-Yin Chen’s first pitch came at 7:09 p.m. It’s 63 degrees and overcast, but no rain. Alex Gordon singled up the middle on the second pitch, but Alcides Escobar grounded into a double play. Chen threw 10 pitches, seven for strikes, in the first inning. Orioles starters have pitched 185 innings in 32 games before tonight, an average of 5.78 innings per start. Last season,

Showalter provides updates on Gonzalez and Roberts

The sun is trying to peek through the gray clouds hovering over Camden Yards. The tarp is on the field, but it’s no longer raining. The forecast isn’t good, but the Orioles will attempt to play tonight. Kansas City has already been subjected to five postponements and had 10 days off in April, and the Royals don’t come back to Baltimore after this series. Also,

Roberts to be examined by knee specialist

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is flying to Dallas on Wednesday to visit with a knee specialist after an attempt to take light batting practice in Sarasota didn’t produce the desired results. Roberts will be examined by Dr. Daniel Cooper, who previously worked with Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. Roberts remains on the 15-day disabled list after suffering the injury during the third

Orioles lineup vs. Royals (plus Gonzalez note)

Providing the rain now pelting Camden Yards lets up - and there’s always a window, as we know - here is the Orioles lineup for tonight’s opener of a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals. 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 RHP Wei-Yin

Focusing on Flaherty in the field

The Orioles are back in action and back home tonight after completing their 11-game road trip and taking off yesterday. The Royals are visiting after playing back-to-back extra-inning games against the White Sox. CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler came up with an interesting note on this series. On Sunday, the Orioles won their 107th consecutive regular season game when leading after the seventh inning. Also on Sunday,

Clark clears waivers, outrighted to Double-A Bowie (updated)

The Orioles announced today that pitcher Zach Clark has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Double-A Bowie. Clark was designated for assignment on Saturday to make room for pitcher Freddy Garcia on the 25- and 40-man rosters. Clark made his major league debut May 1 and allowed three runs and three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Clark (UMBC) was 1-2 with a 4.56 ERA in

Flashing back to yesterday’s win (updated)

So many moments from yesterday’s game jump out at me as I replay it in my head. And the best part is I can mentally fast-forward through the commercials. Jason Hammel throwing 38 pitches in a three-run first inning and still making it through the sixth to improve his record to 5-1. It was a gritty performance. A lot of pitchers would have been gone

Hammel rebounds nicely from bad beginning

Knowing Jason Hammel, he’s going to pick apart his start today and give himself a failing grade. He’s a harsh critic. Hammel needed about two hours to get through the bottom of the first inning - and that’s only a mild exaggeration - but he made it through six innings and is in line for the win. Hammel gave up four runs and nine hits,

Orioles lineup against the Angels

First baseman Chris Davis is back in the lineup today for the Orioles’ series-finale against the Los Angeles Angels that concludes their three-city road trip. Davis missed Saturday’s game with a knee injury. Davis’ knee is feeling much better and he will avoid the disabled list. The Orioles can give him an extra day off with tomorrow’s open date on the schedule. For the Orioles

It’s Hammel vs. Williams today in Anaheim

Orioles starter Jason Hammel is the anti-Freddy Garcia when it comes to pitching against the Angels. Garcia owns them. Hammel is standing in the return aisle. Hammel is 0-3 with a 7.02 ERA in four career games (three starts) against the Angels, with 13 runs, 21 hits, 10 walks and nine strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. Howie Kendrick is 4-for-7 with a double and three

Heaping praise on Hunter

Maybe it will go unnoticed because of Freddy Garcia’s intense flirtation with a no-hitter yesterday, the Orioles’ inability to hold a two-run lead in the eighth inning and their rally in the 10th that produced a 5-4 victory. Maybe Steve Pearce’s go-ahead single and Jim Johnson’s save will be the lasting memories from that game. Or maybe someone out there will throw a little love

Updating Garcia’s debut (O’s win 5-4)

No matter what happens the rest of the day, Freddy Garcia has earned another start with the Orioles. As long as he doesn’t develop a blister, which tends to happen with the Orioles’ pitchers. Garcia has allowed one baserunner through five innings, and it came on a walk. He’s also struck out one batter. Garcia has thrown 55 pitches, 36 for strikes. He’s working extremely

Duquette confident that Davis can avoid disabled list (O’s lead 3-0)

The Orioles will wait until Monday to have one of their physicians read the MRI taken this morning on Chris Davis’ right knee, but it appears that the first baseman will avoid the disabled list. An Angels physician reviewed the MRI today, but executive vice president Dan Duquette said the Orioles aren’t able to “effectively read the MRI until Monday.” “But the information we have

Machado starts new hitting streak (updated)

Manny Machado’s 11-game hitting streak ended last night, which largely went unnoticed because of Chris Davis’ knee, Miguel Gonzalez’s blister and a shutout loss to the Angels. Well, Machado has started a new one. His home run with one out in the top of the first inning today gave the Orioles a quick 1-0 lead. Machado has seven doubles, a triple and two home runs

Pearce playing first base, Snyder catching

Steve Pearce is starting at first base today while the Orioles wait for the results of Chris Davis’ MRI. Chris Snyder is making his first start behind the plate for the Orioles. Nolan Reimold is batting fifth and serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Nolan Reimold DH J.J. Hardy SS Steve

Clark DFA to make room for Garcia

The Orioles have designated pitcher Zach Clark (UMBC) for assignment to make room for today’s starter, Freddy Garcia, on the 25- and 40-man rosters. Garcia was 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Norfolk this season. He was named International League Player of the Week for the week ending April 28 after going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings. Garcia’s

Angels lineup vs. Orioles

The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup or announced today’s roster moves. And still no word on Chris Davis’ MRI results. Will pitcher Zach Clark be optioned to make room for starter Freddy Garcia on the 25-man roster? Could the Orioles place last night’s starter, Miguel Gonzalez, on the disabled list with a blister on his right thumb? They’re off Monday and have two more off-days

Orioles welcome Garcia into the rotation

Freddy Garcia makes his Orioles debut this afternoon in Anaheim, and I’m sure many fans still remember his first start of the 2012 season at Camden Yards. Garcia faced the Orioles three more times, but nothing could erase his April 10 outing for the Yankees, when he allowed four runs (three earned) and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, with three walks, a hit batter

Davis likely to get MRI on Saturday

The Orioles are in the process of trying to schedule an MRI for Chris Davis after he left tonight’s game in the fifth inning with a right knee injury. Davis was trying to beat out a slow ground ball and came down on the front edge of the bag. He limped off the field and was replaced at first base by Ryan Flaherty. Interviewed on

Davis leaves game with knee injury (O’s lose 4-0)

Chris Davis came out of tonight’s game against the Angels with a right knee injury after landing awkwardly on first base while trying to beat out a slow ground ball in the top of the fifth inning. Davis immediately veered into foul territory, and he barely applied any pressure to his right leg. He was grimacing as he limped to the dugout, and Ryan Flaherty

Gonzalez vs. Trumbo still one-sided

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez needed only five pitches to retire the Angels in order in the first inning. Mark Trumbo needed only one pitch to remind Gonzalez that he owns their match-up. It’s a small sample size, but Trumbo is 2-for-2 with two home runs lifetime against Gonzalez. He lined a 92-mph fastball over the left field fence in the second inning tonight to give

Orioles lineup against Angels (Jurrjens update)

Nate McLouth is sitting again tonight against a left-hander. Nolan Reimold is starting in left field and leading off against Angels southpaw Jason Vargas, and Steve Pearce is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter. For the Orioles: Nolan Reimold LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Steve Pearce DH Alexi Casilla 2B Miguel

Orioles still playing like road warriors

The Orioles won 46 road games last season, the most in the majors, 16 more than their total in 2011 and their most since 1997 (52). The Orioles picked up their 10th road win last night, tied with the Cardinals for most in the majors. Their road win percentage of .588 is second in the American League behind the Red Sox (9-3, .750). The Orioles,

It’s Gonzalez vs. Vargas tonight

The Orioles are facing a left-hander tonight, the Angels’ Jason Vargas, which could put Nate McLouth back on the bench. Manager Buck Showalter is inclined to go with his right-handed lineup, which includes Nolan Reimold in left field and Steve Pearce as the designated hitter. Reimold is 3-for-9 with a double and home run against Vargas. McLouth is 1-for-2 with an RBI. Pearce has never

Etchebarren deserves entrance into Orioles HOF

The announcement earlier this week that Roberto Alomar would be the latest inductee into the Orioles’ Hall of Fame this summer sparked a debate over his worthiness and who should be next in line. The knock on Alomar: He only played three seasons here - the minimum requirement for induction - and only posted two really good ones. The third season was sub-par by his

Tillman the king at his homecoming (O’s win 5-1)

If the sixth inning doesn’t jump up and bite Chris Tillman - it tends to happen to Orioles starters - he’s headed toward an outstanding start in his first game in Anaheim. Tillman’s having quite a time at his homecoming. He’s retired 11 batters in a row and holding tightly to a 2-0 lead over the Angels. Joe Blanton had allowed only one run until

Needing the bottom to step up (Machado stays hot)

The Orioles’ lineup is definitely top-heavy again tonight. The first five batters are posting averages of .329 (Nate McLouth), .311 (Manny Machado), .284 (Nick Markakis), .333 (Adam Jones) and .337 (Chris Davis). The bottom four are posting averages of .228 (Matt Wieters), .194 (J.J. Hardy), .117 (Ryan Flaherty) and .203 (Nolan Reimold). Wieters is 5-for-15 in his last four games, with a double, home run

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

The bottom of the Orioles lineup tonight remains shortstop J.J. Hardy, second baseman Ryan Flaherty and designated hitter Nolan Reimold. The top may look familiar, as well, with left fielder Nate McLouth leading off and third baseman Manny Machado batting second. Machado will try to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam

Angels lineup vs. Orioles

The Orioles have won one season series against the Angels since 2003. They went 6-0 in 2010, the only time they’ve swept the series in franchise history. Here’s the lineup they will be facing tonight: For the Angels Erick Aybar SS Mike Trout CF Albert Pujols 1B Mark Trumbo DH Josh Hamilton RF Howie Kendrick 2B Hank Conger C Brendan Harris 3B J.B. Shuck LF

Davis named AL Player of the Month

First baseman Chris Davis has been voted the American League Player of the Month for April, the first Oriole to receive the honor since Melvin Mora in August 2008. Davis batted .348 (32-for-92) with eight doubles, nine home runs, 28 RBIs, 16 walks and 19 runs scored in 27 games to claim his first career Player of the Month award. Among league leaders last month

Revisiting O’Day’s dominance (and note)

Late last night, I stumbled upon a retweet from one of the Orioles’ beat writers and couldn’t believe my eyes. The original tweet may rank as the dumbest that I’ve read since I joined the Twitter world, which explains why it was being shared. It was so absurd, it could not be ignored. You be the judge. A fan contended that Pedro Strop and Darren

Tillman vs. Blanton tonight

Chris Tillman is making his second career start tonight against the Los Angeles Angels, and his first in their home ballpark. Considering that he’s an Anaheim native, this is a pretty big deal. He may have to beg teammates for their spare tickets. Tillman owns a victory against the Angels. He allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings on Aug. 14, 2009. That’s it.

The Clark bar is raised tonight (O’s lose 8-3)

Tonight’s game had been largely forgettable until the Orioles scored twice in the sixth inning, but we should hold onto the memory of Zach Clark making his major league debut. Clark will turn 30 in July. He agreed to terms on a professional contract while standing with scout Dean Albany in the parking lot at UMBC. It wasn’t a hard negotiation. He settled for a

Jones having a rough night in center field (Chen done)

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen hadn’t allowed a run in his last 13 innings before tonight. He fell behind 1-0 in the first after a line drive fell in front of center fielder Adam Jones to spark the Mariners’ two-out rally. He fell behind 3-0 in the second after Jesus Montero tripled on a ball that bounced off the heel of Jones’ glove as he raced

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Nate McLouth is leading off and Manny Machado is batting second tonight for the Orioles’ series finale against the Seattle Mariners. Why mess with a good thing? 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 Wei-Yin Chen LHP For the Mariners Saunders CF

Can Chen save the ‘pen?

Orioles manager Buck Showalter used four relievers last night to cover the final four innings of a 7-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Showalter used Tommy Hunter for a second consecutive game, but he avoided closer Jim Johnson, who hasn’t pitched since Saturday. He’s rested and ready tonight if there’s a save situation. Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland hasn’t pitched since Thursday in Oakland. He’s

Alomar voted into Orioles Hall of Fame

The Orioles Hall of Fame will make room a player later this summer who’s already been elected into Cooperstown. Former second baseman Roberto Alomar will be honored on Aug. 2 prior to the Orioles game against the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards. Former Orioles scout and baseball operations executive Don Pries will be inducted as this year’s Herb Armstrong Award winner. Alomar played for the

Pleading for the fifth starter

I can still feel the Sarasota sun beating down on me as Orioles manager Buck Showalter revealed the last few names in his rotation during a late spring training batting practice. He confirmed that Jake Arrieta would be the No. 4 starter rather than No. 5, and that Chris Tillman would be the fifth starter after coming off the disabled list. It seemed simple enough,

Dickerson proved to be the right choice in right field (O’s win 7-2)

Chris Dickerson was 1-for-8 as an Oriole before manager Buck Showalter decided to give him the start in right field tonight. He hadn’t started since April 20. Showalter must have played a hunch. He may want to swing by Atlantic City on his way back to Baltimore. Dickerson is 3-for-3 tonight, and his two-run single in the sixth inning increased the Orioles’ lead to 6-0.

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