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Showalter speaks after 4-2 win

Shortly before tonight’s game started at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter turned to bench coach John Russell and said, “Boy, this place is hoppin’.” The electric atmosphere didn’t go unnoticed. “It was cool,” Showalter said following the Orioles’ 4-2 win over the Yankees in the first ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game in Baltimore in eight years. “You could tell there was some real energy

Roberts singles, Tillman continues (O’s complete sweep with 4-2 win)

Brian Roberts lined a 1-2 pitch into center field for a single with one out in the fifth inning. Must have felt like a walk-off home run. Roberts had collected his first hit since April 4 at Tropicana Field, and his first hit in Baltimore since June 29, 2012. He took a deep breath and exhaled as he stood on the bag. He traveled a

Machado’s first homer since May 5, Roberts’ first game since April 4 (O’s lead 3-1)

Manny Machado rounded the bases in the first inning tonight, waved to some fans after crossing home plate and disappeared into the Orioles’ dugout. Machado hit his first home run since May 5, and it gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead over the Yankees in the bottom of the first inning at Camden Yards. This place was loud before the game started. Machado crushed an

Notes before tonight’s game (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters today that Brian Roberts will start at second base Tuesday night in Chicago. Roberts is serving as the designated hitter tonight in the series finale against the Yankees. “Just a good place to start,” Showalter said. Roberts is 5-for-12 in three games. “We saw it early on, the few games he played with us,” Showalter said. “He had a

Roberts serving as DH tonight (updated)

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is off the disabled list and in the lineup for tonight’s series finale against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. Roberts is batting ninth, as he did in the first three games of the season. He was 5-for-12 before injuring his hamstring on a slide into second base at Tropicana Field. Roberts is serving as the designated hitter, with

Orioles designate Jurrjens for assignment (updated)

The Orioles have officially activated second baseman Brian Roberts from the 60-day disabled list and designated pitcher Jair Jurrjens for assignment. Roberts is expected in tonight’s lineup against the New York Yankees. Jurrjens threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief last night, allowing three hits after following starter Zach Britton to the mound. Jurrjens signed with the Orioles on Feb. 15 after the Atlanta Braves

A few notes on the series, Tillman and Davis

The Orioles have claimed consecutive home series wins against the Yankees for the first time since they took two of three on April 18-20 and May 26-28, 2008. But there’s more to the story. The Orioles are looking to complete their first sweep of a three-game home series against the Yankees since April 15-17, 2005. They’ve won four straight at home against the Yankees for

Orioles acquire Thames from Mariners

The Orioles made another minor league trade today, sending infielder Ty Kelly to the Mariners for outfielder Eric Thames. Thames has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, but he will report to Sarasota while rehabbing a non-displaced fracture of the second metacarpal of his left hand, suffered when he was spiked in a collision with an infielder on June 15 with Tacoma. He’s expected to be

Orioles working on their Sunday night moves (updated)

Tonight marks the first “ESPN Sunday Night Baseball” game at Camden Yards since July 31, 2005. It seems like only yesterday. A week, tops. Maybe what happened to the Orioles explains why the network stayed away for so long. Rodrigo Lopez lasted only 1 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs and seven hits, walking three batters and hitting one. The Orioles lost to the White Sox

Davis: “I’m not going up there to try and hit home runs”

It was just another night at the ballpark for Chris Davis. A couple of home runs, five RBIs, more records to approach. Davis has 54 extra-base hits in 82 games and is on pace for 106, which would break Brady Anderson’s club record of 92 set in 1996. His 30 homers tie Anderson for the most by an Oriole before the All-Star break and are

Showalter speaks after 11-3 win

Are there any superlatives left to heap upon Orioles first baseman Chris Davis? Manager Buck Showalter won’t even try. He’ll just appreciate the return. “I’ll let you all do it. You’re better at it than I am,” Showalter said following tonight’s 11-3 win over the Yankees. “Chris knows what we think of him and how proud we are of the year he’s having. I think

Davis continues to do it (O’s win 11-3)

Why stop at one home run? Chris Davis has homered twice tonight, sending an Ivan Nova curveball onto the flag court in right field in the sixth inning to increase the Orioles’ lead to 11-2. Ridiculous. Out of control. Davis has six career multi-homer games and three this season. The others came on May 29 vs. Washington and June 19 in Detroit. Davis has tied

Davis does it again (O’s lead 9-2)

Chris Davis isn’t satisfied with terrorizing opposing pitchers. Now he’s taking aim at his own relievers. Davis hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning tonight, the ball landing in the Orioles’ bullpen and causing teammates to scatter on the bench to avoid becoming seamheads. Davis has 29 home runs, 77 RBIs and serious designs on the American League Most Valuable Player

Showalter on roster move and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter explained to reporters why the club designated first baseman Travis Ishikawa for assignment this afternoon and recalled pitcher Jair Jurrjens. “Just felt like we needed some coverage in our bullpen tonight after last night, and we’re going to make a move with Brian (Roberts) tomorrow, anyway,” Showalter said. The Orioles will continue their attempts to trade Ishikawa. If he goes through

Ishikawa on today’s roster move

First baseman Travis Ishikawa received the news this afternoon that the Orioles designated him for assignment to make room for pitcher Jair Jurrjens. He took it in stride, knowing that it was a distinct possibility. “They needed another arm,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen now. They have a few days to try to trade me, and then if they can’t trade

McLouth back at the top of the order (Jurrjens called up, Ishikawa designated)

A night after breaking up CC Sabathia’s no-hitter and hitting the game-winning home run, Nate McLouth is back at the top of the order and playing left field for the Orioles. Chris Dickerson is hitting eighth and is listed as the designated hitter. Tonight’s starter is Zach Britton, who is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA with the Orioles this season. As of right now, the

Roster rumblings

Second baseman Brian Roberts will return to Camden Yards today, take batting practice and wait to be activated on Sunday. For fans questioning whether he’s ready to come off the disabled list after being removed from last night’s game at Triple-A Norfolk because of rain, I’ll respond by asking if you’re really serious. Of course he should have come out of the game. Why risk

Showalter speaks after 4-3 win

The Orioles are discussing whether to bring up a reliever for Saturday night after Kevin Gausman worked 4 1/3 innings in relief. They don’t really have a long man, since T.J. McFarland started tonight. Manager Buck Showalter prefers having a right-hander backing up a left-handed starter, and Zach Britton takes the mound Saturday night. Tommy Hunter pitched the last two innings for the Orioles and

Orioles no-hit through the fifth (McLouth homers, O’s win 4-3)

It’s another night where the Orioles have ventured into the middle innings without a hit. They have one baserunner against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia through five innings. Alexi Casilla reached on third baseman Alberto Gonzalez’s fielding error with two outs in the third. It’s getting a bit tense. Kevin Gausman has kept the Yankees from building on their 3-0 lead. He retired eight of the

Showalter on McFarland’s first start (Gausman replaces McFarland)

Left-hander T.J. McFarland found out after last night’s game that he would make his first major league start tonight against the New York Yankees. Manager Buck Showalter approached McFarland at his locker and delivered the news. And he didn’t take a direct path with it. “I asked him, ‘What time do you usually get here?’” Showalter recalled. “He said, ‘Oh, about 1 o’clock.’ I said,

Updates on Roberts, Betemit, Pearce and more

Brian Roberts is expected to play nine innings at second base tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, drive to Baltimore Saturday morning and come off the disabled list on Sunday. The Orioles would prefer that he avoid traveling on the day that he’s activated and inserted into the lineup. Roberts isn’t coming here to sit on the bench. He’s going directly into the lineup, most likely batting

Orioles break out interesting lineup vs. Phelps (Sabathia in, Phelps out tonight)

Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland makes his first major league start tonight to open a three-game series against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. McFarland is the 12th starter used by the Orioles this season, matching last year’s total. Manager Buck Showalter is breaking out his right-handed lineup, which is interesting, considering that the Yankees are starting right-hander David Phelps. Nick Markakis is leading

A closer look at McFarland and tonight’s start

If you had June 28 as the date of T.J. McFarland’s first major league start, step up to the window and collect your money. No shoving, please. Manager Buck Showalter dropped a few hints about McFarland this week, but Kevin Gausman still seemed to be the choice. At least, that’s how most of the beat crew read it. Showalter did pause when asked about Gausman’s

McFarland named starter for Friday (with quotes)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter threw the best curveball of the night, telling reporters that Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland will start Friday night’s series opener against the Yankees at Camden Yards. McFarland was chosen over Kevin Gausman, who will be available in relief. McFarland will be making his first major league start. He hasn’t worked more than 4 1/3 innings in any relief appearance. McFarland

And they’re back (O’s win 7-3)

Play resumed at 10:45 p.m., just as the Orioles told us. On the money. The delay lasted 1 hour, 18 minutes. I swear it only felt like 1:17. Former Oriole Matt Albers, who was introduced before the delay, retired Nick Markakis on a grounder to shortstop to get us started again.. Troy Patton is warming in the Orioles’ bullpen and will work the top of

Machado streak ends with ejection (game will resume at 10:45 p.m.)

Third baseman Manny Machado had played every inning since the Orioles selected his contract from Double-A Bowie on Aug. 9, 2012. The streak ended tonight in the bottom of the fifth when rookie plate umpire Will Little ejected Machado after a strikeout. Machado must have argued, briefly, that it was a foul tip. MASN cameras showed him smiling and saying, “Wow.” Perhaps he said something

Orioles surrender another home run (O’s down 3-2)

You can add Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to the list of players who have sent baseballs bouncing on Eutaw St. Chisenhall crushed a 92 mph fastball from Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez in the second inning to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead. Estimated distance: 430 feet. This is the 70th home run to land on Eutaw St. and the 42nd by an opponent. It’s the

More from Showalter before tonight’s game

Orioles manager Buck Showalter will announce his starter for Friday night at the conclusion of tonight’s game against the Indians. Showalter made the decision earlier this week, but he hasn’t confirmed it with reporters. Kevin Gausman is expected to take the ball against the Yankees. Showalter just wanted to make sure that the rookie wasn’t needed in relief. “We’ll see how we get through tonight,

Roberts likely to rejoin Orioles this weekend

Second baseman Brian Roberts is continuing his rehab assignment with two games today at Triple-A Norfolk, including the resumption of a suspended game from last night. He most likely will come off the disabled list and rejoin the Orioles for this weekend’s series against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. Roberts went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Tuesday night, and he

Garcia signs minor league deal with Orioles, tonight’s lineup (plus Indians lineup)

Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia opted out of his contract with the Orioles and agreed to a minor league deal that will keep him in the organization. He will report to Triple-A Norfolk. Garcia was optioned to make room for Kevin Gausman on the 25-man roster, and was given 72 hours to accept it. He chose free agency, but agreed to a newly structured deal. Garcia

Urrutia moving up to Norfolk (Ryan Ripken transferring)

Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, who didn’t make it out of Haiti until February and got a late start on his professional career, has been promoted to Triple-A Norfolk. Urrutia tweeted the news this morning, and a team official confirmed it. Urrutia batted .365/.433/.550 with 16 doubles, seven homers and 37 RBIs in 52 games with Double-A Bowie. The Orioles had been discussing his move to

A few images from last night’s loss

Buck Showalter’s face turned red again last night. It’s become his primary color. The orange and black are secondary. Showalter has done more arguing over these past few weeks than I can remember during his entire tenure as Orioles manager. It’s a nightly scene. Calls on the bases. A decision regarding warmup tosses. And he absolutely fumes over the nightly strike zones, which change like

Showalter speaks after 4-3 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had Tommmy Hunter warming in the bullpen tonight after closer Jim Johnson faced two batters. Troy Patton ended up replacing Johnson, but not until the Indians loaded the bases with no outs, tied the game on a fielder’s choice grounder and took the lead on another force play. “I wasn’t going to extend Jimmy any more than I had to,” Showalter

Orioles being no-hit through six innings (O’s lose 4-3)

Maybe it should have kept raining. Indians starter Scott Kazmir hasn’t allowed a hit in six innings. The only baserunner came on a four-pitch walk to Matt Wieters in the fifth after Kazmir retired the first 13 Orioles. First base umpire Will Little is probably rehearsing his quotes for the pool reporter. If Kazmir completes the no-hitter, immediate attention will fall upon Little, who blew

Duquette on Bundy’s surgery (game update)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette met with reporters in the back of the press box to discuss pitcher Dylan Bundy’s pending elbow surgery. Bundy will undergo ligament-reconstructive surgery Thursday morning in Gulf Breeze, Fla. The Orioles are hopeful that he will be cleared to pitch next summer. “The thinking was that Dylan is 20 years old, he’s very young and it’s early in his

Rain delay update and more notes

Rain continues to fall at Camden Yards and the tarp remains on the field. However, we’ve been told that tonight’s game will start at approximately 8:05 p.m. Sounds like a one-hour rain delay to me. Also, executive vice president Dan Duquette will meet with reporters in the back of the press box at 7:55 p.m. to discuss Dylan Bundy’s pending elbow surgery. Jim Johnson’s next

Notes and quotes before tonight’s game (Chen update)

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen threw in the bullpen today without any physical issues, and he remains scheduled to begin an injury-rehab assignment on Saturday. Double-A Bowie is his likely destination, according to manager Buck Showalter, but it hasn’t been made official. Chen’s assignment may last only one start before the Orioles activate him from the disabled list. Showalter said he wouldn’t anticipate second baseman Brian Roberts

Bundy to undergo Tommy John surgery, Orioles and Indians lineups

After consulting today with orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrew in Gulf Breeze, Fla., Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy will undergo ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow Thursday morning, according to an industry source. Bundy was examined yesterday by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens before returning to Florida for a follow-up opinion. An MRI taken on Bundy’s right elbow back in April came back clean, but he’s

Tough times for the Bundy brothers (with Navarro note)

Pitcher Dylan Bundy has a scheduled appointment today with renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. The Orioles may have an update later this afternoon. Bundy is seeking a follow-up opinion after yesterday’s examination by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens. Bundy felt more discomfort in his right forearm, near his elbow, while throwing from 120 feet Monday morning in Sarasota. Wasting no time,

The morning rambler

Since July 29, 2012, the Orioles have posted the best winning percentage in baseball at .604, making them the only team above .600. They’re tied with Oakland for the most wins with 83. And yet, there’s just no pleasing some fans. Seriously though ... Jim Johnson picked up his 27th save last night despite allowing a hit and walking two batters in the ninth. He’s

Showalter speaks after 6-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to choose between Alexi Casilla and Ryan Flaherty as his starting second baseman tonight against Indians right-hander Justin Masterson. It’s the same choice every night, but there were strong arguments on both sides. Flaherty has a six-game hitting streak. Casilla has lots of success against Masterson. Showalter chose Casilla, whose tie-breaking three-run homer in the seventh inning was the decisive

Jones breaks up perfect game (O’s win 6-3)

Adam Jones separated Justin Masterson from perfection tonight, lining a single into center field leading off the bottom of the fifth inning. The shutout also disappeared. Maybe it melted in this heat. Chris Davis singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Matt Wieters struck out - he’s still scuffling as the No. 6 hitter in the lineup - and J.J. Hardy grounded

Updates on tonight’s game, Roberts and rotation (O’s down 3-0)

Chris Tillman loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning tonight and received a visit from pitching coach Rick Adair. Not quite the way Tillman wanted to start this game. Michael Brantley lined to left field, scoring Mike Aviles and giving the Indians a 1-0 lead. Tillman allowed a hit and issued back-to-back walks to bring Adair out of the

Showalter focused on his own starters

The Orioles officially signed their top two picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, pitcher Hunter Harvey and center fielder Josh Hart, and introduced them to the local media. Seeing those boyish faces reminded me that I’m really getting old, and it’s going to take a while before Harvey and Hart are in the majors. Assuming they make it, of course. There are no guarantees.

Notes on Bundy, Chen and Steve Johnson

Pitcher Dylan Bundy was examined today by Orioles orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens, and he’s headed down to Florida to visit orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t provide any additional information on Bundy, who felt discomfort in his right forearm/elbow again yesterday while throwing from 120 feet in Sarasota. Andrews administered the platelet rich plasma injection on April 29. Bundy had been diagnosed

Casilla starting at second base for Orioles

A six-game hitting streak isn’t enough to get Ryan Flaherty in the Orioles’ lineup tonight against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards. Alexi Casilla, who’s 9-for-26 (.346) with a double, triple, home run and eight RBIs against Justin Masterson, is starting at second base. Catcher Matt Wieters is batting sixth after being lowered to seventh last night and hitting a home run. For the Orioles

This, that and the other

Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 with a home run last night to record his 27th multi-hit game this season. Only four players in the American League had more than 27. Markakis has 363 career multi-hit games, leaving him two behind Melvin Mora for the 10th-most in franchise history. Markakis is batting .438 (7-for-16) with a home run, a walk and two runs scored in his last

Showalter speaks after 5-2 loss

Zach Britton took a shutout into the sixth inning tonight and ended up taking a loss. Britton didn’t retire a batter in the sixth and allowed three runs in the Orioles’ 5-2 loss to the Indians at Camden Yards. “Just elevated some balls, lost his command,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Strikes and balls, and straightened some out. He had pretty good movement, late life. He

Bundy shut down again

Pitcher Dylan Bundy experienced a setback today while throwing from 120 feet at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. A team official confirmed tonight that Bundy felt more discomfort in his right forearm/elbow area. He’s been shut down and is scheduled to be examined by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Tuesday in Baltimore. Bundy also will be examined again by orthopedic specialist Dr.

Orioles lead and Britton vanish in sixth (O’s lose 5-2)

Orioles left-hander Zach Britton was headed toward a quality start. Now he’s headed for the showers. Britton took a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning and didn’t retire a batter. The fifth Indians hitter, Michael Brantley, singled past Britton into center field to score two runs and give Cleveland a 3-2 lead. Tommy Hunter stranded two inherited runners by retiring the next three batters. Britton

Markakis homers in 1st inning (Wieters homers in 4th)

Nick Markakis, trying to hold onto the third outfield spot in the American League for the 84th All-Star Game at Citi Field, padded his home run total with his eighth of the season in the bottom of the first inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead over the Indians. Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez threw a changeup and curveball to Markakis before challenging him with

Orioles sign undrafted free agent Tanner Rust, and other notes

The Orioles have signed New Mexico State infielder Tanner Rust, an undrafted free agent whose .375 average this year led the Western Athletic Conference and ranked ninth in the country. Rust, who’s listed at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, had 15 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 54 RBIs this season. He led the Aggies with 54 runs scored and 24 multiple-hit games. His .481

Quick hits before tonight’s game

The Orioles are taking batting practice under a darkening sky. Looks like we could get some rain. Wei-Yin Chen threw his four-inning simulated game today in Sarasota, and he’s going to board a 6 p.m. flight to Baltimore. Chen will throw a bullpen session here and report to an affiliate on Saturday to begin an injury-rehab assignment that should last only one or two starts.

Gausman recalled, replaces Garcia on roster (updated)

Kevin Gausman is listed among the Orioles’ relievers for tonight’s game against the Indians. Freddy Garcia is no longer listed among the starters and said he has been put on waivers. More accurately, he has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. However, Garcia apparently can decline the assignment and become a free agent, which appears to be his choice. The Orioles haven’t made an announcement, but

The rotation, the lineup and other stuff

The Orioles need to make a roster move this afternoon or they need left-hander Zach Britton to give them innings tonight. T.J. McFarland worked 4 1/3 innings yesterday in Toronto. An early exit by Britton would require some baton passing and really tax the bullpen. The Orioles must make a decision on Freddy Garcia. They’re willing to put him in the bullpen, though they would

What’s next for Garcia? (O’s lose 13-5)

Do the Orioles keep Freddy Garcia in the rotation after today’s start, or do they consider the alternatives at Triple-A Norfolk? Garcia turned in his shortest start today, lasting only 2 1/3 innings, and was charged with a season-high seven runs. He allowed seven hits, walked two, struck out one, gave up a home run and hit a batter. Manager Buck Showalter removed Garcia after

Orioles waste chance, Blue Jays take advantage (updated)

The Orioles loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the first inning today, and catcher Matt Wieters fouled out to Blue Jays catcher J.P. Acencibia. The Blue Jays loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, and Freddy Garcia hit Arencibia to force in a run. Wieters has only five hits in his last 34 at-bats, lowering

Dickerson the DH today

Chris Dickerson is in the Orioles’ lineup today as the designated hitter, making his first start since June 17. Dickerson is 4-for-7 against Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson. 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 Freddy Garcia RHP For the Blue Jays

Retaliation won’t be on Sunday’s menu

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista managed to circle the bases yesterday at his usual speed despite carrying a large chip on his shoulder. Bautista sought revenge on Orioles reliever Darren O’Day, and his tie-breaking, two-run homer pretty much did the trick. But he wasn’t content with letting his bat do the talking. Bautista chirped and gestured at O’Day, whose enthusiastic reaction to striking him

Orioles still have four players leading in All-Star voting

For the second straight week, the Orioles have four players who are ranked among the American League leaders in voting for the 84th All-Star Game. First baseman Chris Davis has accumulated the second-highest vote total behind Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. J.J. Hardy is first among shortstops. Adam Jones is first among outfielders and Nick Markakis is third. Catcher Matt Wieters remains second behind the

Another quality start for Gonzalez and RBI for Teagarden (O’s lose 4-2)

The only thing missing from Miguel Gonzalez’s start today was run support. And maybe a better plan against Blue Jays third baseman Maicer Izturis. Gonzalez allowed only three hits in 7 1/3 innings - Adam Lind’s single in the first, Izturis’ first-pitch home run in the fifth and Munenori Kawasaki’s bouncer up the middle with one out in the eighth. The Jays led 2-1 before

Orioles searching for first run (O’s down 2-1)

Miguel Gonzalez has four strikeouts in the first three innings today against the Toronto Blue Jays. All of them are called third strikes. Gonzalez punched out Munesori Kawasaki in the third inning. Not literally, though there must be a slight temptation. Kawasaki was batting .229 before today, but .321 vs. the Orioles. Eight of his 17 RBIs came against them. Gonzalez has allowed only one

Steve Johnson begins throwing progression

Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson began his throwing progress today with a game of catch at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. Johnson made 25 throws from 60 feet. He’s waiting to find out what’s next on his schedule. Johnson, on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, sent out the following tweet earlier this morning: “Threw today and felt good! Hopin to be

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Travis Ishikawa will make his second start at first base today, as the Orioles try to even their series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Chris Davis will serve as the designated hitter for the second time. He hit two home runs Wednesday in Detroit. Taylor Teagarden is behind the plate. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF

It’s Gonzalez vs. Wang today

The Orioles have a quick turnaround today with their 1:07 p.m. game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Again, I’m convinced that they lead the world in day games. Taylor Teagarden most likely will be behind the plate, which will appease the fans who are convinced that Matt Wieters cost the Orioles last night’s game by calling for a cutter to Munenori Kawasaki with

Hammel leaves game, Orioles lose lead (O’s lose 7-6)

Jason Hammel won’t be satisfied with tonight’s start. He’s a harsh critic. But he had a chance to register his eighth victory of the season and his seventh on the road. It won’t happen. Toronto shortstop Munenori Kawasaki continues to harass the Orioles, launching a two-run homer off Tommy Hunter in the seventh inning to tie the game 6-6. It was Kawasaki’s first major league

Showalter ejected in second inning (Davis, Flaherty homer)

Plate umpire Angel Hernandez infuriated both managers tonight in the top of the second inning. Hernandez is in mid-game form. Chris Davis appeared to swing through an R.A. Dickey knuckleball for the first out of the inning. He dropped the bat and started running to first. However, Hernandez ruled it was foul tipped, which brought Blue Jays manager John Gibbons out of the dugout. Hernandez

Orioles place Pearce on DL

The Orioles have reinstated pitcher Miguel Gonzalez from the paternity list and placed outfielder Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist tendinitis. The DL move is retroactive to yesterday, making Pearce eligible to return on July 5 in New York. Pearce appeared in Wednesday’s game in Detroit without an official at-bat, replacing Nick Markakis in right field in a 13-3 win. He’s

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups (Pearce not listed among reserves)

Still waiting on the Orioles’ roster move for Miguel Gonzalez’s activation tonight. The lineup is pretty standard for the series opener in Toronto. Ryan Flaherty is at second and Danny Valencia is batting ninth as the designated hitter against R.A. Dickey. On another note, the July 7 game against the Yankees in the Bronx will air on TBS beginning at 1 p.m. For the Orioles

It’s Hammel vs. Dickey tonight (with notes)

The Orioles will make a roster move later today to create room for pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, who’s returned from paternity leave and will start Saturday at Rogers Centre. First baseman Travis Ishikawa had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk after filing paperwork to opt out. He’s 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in two games. Ishikawa can’t be sent back down to the minors without an outright

Machado second to none in lineup

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had a plan for third baseman Manny Machado. He formulated it over the winter, kept it quiet and sprung it on the media - and the world - toward the end of spring training. Showalter elevated Machado to second in the order in a late exhibition game. Since the rest of the lineup seemed to be designed for opening day in

Update on Chen’s simulated game

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen completed three innings today in a simulated game in Sarasota and remains on schedule to return to Baltimore next week. Chen threw 42 pitches, 27 for strikes. He threw all of his pitches, as he did in his second bullpen session on Monday. “He looks good,” said Scott McGregor, the Orioles’ pitching rehab coordinator. “It was a good test for him

Orioles trade minor league catcher Chris Robinson (updated)

Though the Orioles are off today, they managed to swing a minor league trade involving Triple-A Norfolk catcher Chris Robinson. Robinson has been dealt to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. He was batting .241/.268/.278 with four doubles and five RBIs in 29 games. He hadn’t played since June 9. Robinson will report to the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in Tucson.

How do you like them now?

The Orioles are off today, so they can savor being 11 games above .500 for the first time this season. More likely, they haven’t given it a single thought. That’s especially true of third baseman Manny Machado, who only gives double thoughts. (See what I did there?) This team doesn’t obsess over records and streaks. It hasn’t swept a series longer than two games, but

Quick Gausman update

Kevin Gauman’s first start at the Triple-A level didn’t produce the desired results. Gausman allowed seven runs and 10 hits in six innings for the Norfolk Tides in Game 1 of a doubleheader, with one walk, four strikeouts and one wild pitch. He served up a three-run homer to Indianapolis left fielder Andrew Lambo in the sixth inning. Jon Rauch replaced Gausman in the seventh

Strop with another scoreless inning, Davis homers in 13-3 win (rotation update)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter found another safe spot for reliever Pedro Strop today, inserting him into the eighth inning with a six-run lead. Strop responded by retiring all three Tigers he faced, striking out two, and watched the Orioles extend their lead to 13-3. The Orioles tacked on four more runs against Jose Valverde in the top of the ninth on Adam Jones’ two-run double

Tillman trying to remain unbeaten on the road (updated)

The Orioles scored six runs for Chris Tillman today. He gave them five-plus innings. Tillman won’t pick up his 10th quality start, but he could improve to 6-0 on the road this season. Since Aug. 21, 2012, Tillman has made 12 consecutive starts on the road allowing three runs or fewer. He’s charged with three today, the last two scoring after T.J. McFarland entered the

Game update and a few more notes (Davis and Teagarden homer)

Chris Tillman has thrown 47 pitches in two innings today, but the Orioles and Tigers remain scoreless at Comerica Park. Tillman has allowed four hits and walked a batter. He’s been aided by outstanding plays by third baseman Manny Machado and left fielder Nate McLouth. Tillman has allowed eight runs in the third this season, his highest total in any inning. McLouth singled in the

Ishikawa starting at first base, Davis the DH

Travis Ishikawa is starting at first base today for the Orioles in the series finale against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Chris Davis will get a partial break as the designated hitter. Taylor Teagarden is catching today. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis DH J.J. Hardy SS Travis Ishikawa 1B Ryan Flaherty 2B Taylor

Orioles go for series win today, Chen pitches in simulated game

The Orioles have an early game today in Detroit, and Chris Tillman will attempt to record his 10th quality start out of 15 appearances, and his fourth in a row. In three June outings, Tillman has held opponents to three earned runs (four total) and 11 hits in 19 innings, with seven walks and 16 strikeouts. Tillman is 1-0 with a 4.07 ERA in four

Hunter protects another lead (O’s win 5-2)

Remember when Pedro Strop was pretty much responsible for the eighth inning last season? Remember when Darren O’Day took over that role after Strop slumped? It seems as though the Orioles are giving Tommy Hunter that responsibility this season. O’Day replaced starter Zach Britton in the sixth inning tonight, and left-hander Brian Matusz replaced him in the seventh and stranded two runners. Hunter took over

Gausman and game update (O’s lead 5-2)

Kevin Gausman will have to wait until Wednesday to make his Triple-A debut. Norfolk’s game against Indianapolis tonight was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Harbor Park. Gausman is scheduled to pitch Game 1, followed by Josh Stinson in Game 2. Fans are asking when Gausman will return to the Orioles. Zach Britton could influence that

Orioles remove Navarro from 40-man roster (and rotation note)

The Orioles made their roster moves official this afternoon. Zach Britton has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and will start tonight against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Travis Ishikawa’s contact has been selected from the Tides, and he’s the designated hitter in manager Buck Showalter’s lineup. Pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was placed on three-day paternity leave to make room for Ishikawa on the 25-man roster. Infielder

Ishikawa in tonight’s lineup

Travis Ishikawa is in Detroit and in the Orioles’ lineup tonight as their designated hitter. The club hasn’t announced a corresponding 40-man roster move. 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 Travis Ishikawa DH Ryan Flaherty 2B Zach Britton LHP For the Tigers Austin Jackson CF Torii Hunter

Ishikawa expected to join Orioles (updated)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the club is “leaning toward” selecting the contract of first baseman Travis Ishikawa from Triple-A Norfolk. Ishikawa filed paperwork Sunday to opt out of his contract, giving the Orioles 48 hours to decide whether to bring him to the majors. They didn’t have a spot on the 25-man roster until pitcher Miguel Gonzalez left the team yesterday to

Talking pitching and catching

Jake Arrieta started last night for the Orioles. Zach Britton will start tonight. Chris Tillman will start Wednesday. Brian Matusz is in the bullpen. Not too long ago, they were viewed as four-fifths of the Orioles rotation for years to come. Not sure who was supposed to round out the staff. Brad Bergesen? Anyway, Arrieta was optioned after last night’s 5-1 loss to the Tigers,

Arrieta optioned to Norfolk

Jake Arrieta’s return to the Orioles rotation lasted one night. The Orioles announced after tonight’s game that they’ve optioned Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk. The move was made to create room on the 25-man roster for left-hander Zach Britton, who will start Tuesday night against the Tigers at Comerica Park. The Orioles won’t announce the corresponding move until Tuesday. They also can make a second move

Davis vs. Cabrera in Motown (Gonzalez leaves team, O’s lose 5-1)

Triple Crown contender Miguel Cabrera hit his 19th home run tonight in Detroit. Triple Crown contender Chris Davis hit his 24th home run in the following inning. Two heavyweights standing toe-to-toe in the center of the ring, if you’ll excuse the boxing analogy. Cabrera is ahead on points right now, since he belted a two-run shot off Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the first

Britton to start Tuesday in Detroit

The Orioles announced today that left-hander Zach Britton will start Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Jason Hammel is being pushed back again while recovering from a stomach virus. The Orioles are off Thursday, and Hammel could start Friday night in Toronto. Britton made one start for the Orioles this season, allowing six runs and 10 hits in six innings in an

Orioles lineup and Chen update (and Tigers lineup)

Chris Dickerson is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter for tonight’s series opener against the Detroit Tigers. Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base. Nothing unusual about this lineup. 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 Jake Arrieta RHP For the Tigers

More Manny Machado

It never gets old. And neither does Manny Machado, who’s still only 20. Machado has 99 hits this season. According to Elias, if he gets his 100th hit tonight, he will tie Alex Rodriguez (100 hits in 71 games in 1996) and Ty Cobb (100 hits in 71 games in 1907) for third-fewest games reaching 100 hits to start a season by a player under

It’s Arrieta’s turn

I didn’t sense a whole lot of enthusiasm on this blog over manager Buck Showalter’s announcement that Jake Arrieta would start tonight’s series-opener in Detroit. Arrieta lasted only four starts this season before being optioned for the first time. His last two starts at Triple-A Norfolk were bad. But it makes sense to give him the ball. Jason Hammel isn’t ready to pitch tonight after

Showalter speaks after 6-3 win

Miguel Gonzalez picked up his fifth win today for the Orioles, but he’s still waiting to hold his first child. “They have a baby as stubborn as Miguel when they told him he couldn’t do this,” manager Buck Showalter quipped after today’s 6-3 win over the Red Sox. Here’s a sampling from Showalter’s postgame press conference: On significance of taking three of four in this

Arrieta will start Monday’s game

Orioles manager Buck Showalter named Jake Arrieta as Monday night’s starter in Detroit. Jason Hammel is being pushed back at least one day while he recovers from a stomach virus that swept through his family’s home. If Hammel is unable to start Tuesday, the Orioles could recall left-hander Zach Britton from Triple-A Norfolk and option Arrieta. Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland also would be an

Gonzalez keeps going (O’s win 6-3)

Imagine that you’re Miguel Gonzalez. Your wife is due to give birth to your first child in three days. She could go into labor at any minute. Babies don’t wear watches. And your home is in California, on the opposite coast. You’re still required to throw bullpen sessions, attend meetings, watch video of your upcoming opponents. Today, you’re facing the Boston Red Sox, the first-place

Rotation and injury updates

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is making contingency plans in case Jason Hammel can’t start Monday night in Detroit. An announcement is expected following today’s game against the Red Sox. Jake Arrieta is a possibility if he isn’t used in relief today. Zach Britton, scratched from his start with Triple-A Norfolk, also is an option. T.J. McFarland isn’t a consideration after he worked 3 2/3 innings

Hammel’s here, but unsure whether he’ll start Monday

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel returned to Camden Yards this morning after being away the last two days because of a stomach virus. Hammel said he’s feeling better, but didn’t know whether he’d make Monday night’s start in Detroit. He didn’t sound encouraged, and the Orioles are making other plans. Left-hander Zach Britton was scratched from today’s start with Triple-A Norfolk. Chris Jones is taking Britton’s

Looking back and ahead

Yesterday’s game at Camden Yards ended with Alexi Casilla standing on third base with a confused look on his face, first base coach Wayne Kirby holding his arms in the air and Chris Dickerson standing in the on-deck circle. Dickerson was pinch-hitting for catcher Taylor Teagarden, except he never got to home plate. Manager Buck Showalter was willing to give up his designated hitter if

Showalter speaks after 5-4 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was going to speak with Alexi Casilla after meeting with reporters following today’s 5-4 loss to the Red Sox. Casilla has some explaining to do after going from first to third on Ryan Flaherty’s liner to right field and being doubled off to end the game. Showalter relayed the explanation from third base coach Bobby Dickerson. “Bobby, I think, talked to

Markakis moves into third place among AL outfielders in All-Star voting

If the 84th All-Star Game were played tonight, the Orioles would have four starters in the American League lineup. Nick Markakis has moved into third place among AL outfielders with 1,463,392 votes. Teammate Adam Jones is first with 2,740,505 votes, followed by Mike Trout with 2,710,115. Chris Davis continues to lead all first basemen with 2,999,094 votes - the second-highest total in the league -

Machado continues monster season (O’s lose 5-4)

It’s been quite a day for Manny Machado, and it’s only the fourth inning. Machado is 2-for-2. He doubled in the first inning, giving him 31 this season. He singled in the third, giving him 28 mult-hit games, which also leads the majors. The 97 hits? Yeah, that also leads the majors. Machado has four straight multi-hit games, going 9-for-18 with four doubles. His average

More on Manny Machado (O’s lead 2-0)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has 30 doubles in 68 games. According to Elias, the earliest any other major leaguer under 21 reached 30 doubles since 1900 was 81 games by Hall of Famer Ted Williams in 1939. According to STATS, Machado’s 30 doubles in 68 games are the most by any player under age 22 since 1920, topping Williams’ 25 in 1939 and Joe

Roberts approaching date for rehab assignment

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts continues to take outdoor batting practice and will accompany the team to Detroit following Sunday’s game. He may also go to Toronto and could begin his injury-rehab assignment when the Orioles begin a seven-game homestand on June 24. Roberts hasn’t played since the third game of the season. Wei-Yin Chen threw off a regular mound today in Sarasota. He could

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Matt Wieters is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter today and Taylor Teagarden is behind the plate. Ryan Flaherty remains at second base against Red Sox right-hander John Lackey. Nothing else to see here. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters DH J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty 2B Taylor Teagarden C Freddy

The bullpen, McFarland’s first win and team chemistry

I find it absolutely shocking that the Orioles are 10 games above .500. Judging by some of the comments here after Wednesday’s loss, I thought the season was over and a managerial change was on the horizon. The bullpen has been instrumental in these last two victories, both of them against the first-place team in the American League East. A bullpen that Buck Showalter refused

Showalter speaks after 2-0 win

The Orioles’ bullpen was stellar again tonight in a 2-0 win over the Red Sox, turning in three scoreless and hitless innings behind starter Chris Tillman. The only baserunner coming on a hit batter by closer Jim Johnson. “Chris allowed that to happen,” said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s not very often he has four or five walks. He made a lot of good pitches. He

Tillman doesn’t trip during walk on wild side (O’s win 2-0)

Chris Tillman walked a batter in the first inning. He walked one leading off the second. He walked one in the third. He walked one leading off the fourth. The Red Sox couldn’t feast on a recipe for disaster. Tillman made it through the sixth without allowing a run, gave up a leadoff double to Jose Iglesias in the seventh and was done. Darren O’Day

Wada and game updates (Wada move official, O’s lead 2-0)

Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada has agreed to accept being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk once his injury rehab assignment concludes this weekend. The final details are being ironed out. Wada has to give his consent, according to a clause in the two-year, $8.15 million contract that he signed on Dec. 14, 2011. Wada has made six starts with Norfolk, going 1-4 with an 8.14 ERA in

Notes and updates before tonight’s game

Pitcher Jake Arrieta hadn’t arrived at Camden Yards when reporters met with manager Buck Showalter shortly after 4 p.m., but he’s on the field now for batting practice and will be available in the bullpen. “It’s his day to pitch,” Showalter said. “We needed some length out there and Jake fit for us. We’ll see what the next couple days bring. Freddy (Garcia) would also

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Chris Tillman takes the mound tonight for the Orioles, who will attempt to beat the Red Sox in the regulation nine innings. Something different to break the monotony. Tillman is 1-1 with a 2.97 ERA in six career starts against the Red Sox. In seven home starts this year, he’s 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA over 39 innings, with four quality starts. For the Orioles

Arrieta joining Orioles’ bullpen

The Orioles will recall Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Norfolk this afternoon to serve as an extra bullpen arm for tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. An announcement will come later today. Arrieta will take Kevin Gausman’s spot on the 25-man roster. Gausman was optioned after last night’s 13-inning game, which included six relievers being used behind him. Arrieta hasn’t pitched since

Really random thoughts

This blog entry is going to shift in many directions, so buckle up or grab onto the railing. The Orioles will announce their corresponding roster move today after optioning Kevin Gausman late last night. They have a spot open on their 40-man roster, though they’ll need it for Tsuyoshi Wada once his 30-day rehab assignment ends this weekend. The plan is to put him on

Showalter speaks after 5-4, 13-inning win (Gausman optioned)

The Orioles are contemplating a roster move for Friday to add another reliever after using six in tonight’s 5-4, 13-inning win over the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. Brian Matusz threw 26 pitches, Tommy Hunter 21, Darren O’Day 26, Troy Patton five, Jim Johnson 10 and T.J. McFarland 16. Patton and Matusz also pitched Wednesday afternoon against the Angels. “We didn’t overextend anybody,” said

Davis wins it in 13th

Chris Davis’ two-out bloop single into left field in the bottom of the 13th inning off Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson scored Nick Markakis and gave the Orioles a 5-4 victory before whatever remained of 20,098 at Camden Yards. Markakis walked with two outs and Adam Jones singled to right field. Davis followed with his second run-scoring single of the night. Rule 5 pick T.J.

Gausman leaves with lead (free baseball!)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter let rookie Kevin Gausman start the top of the sixth inning, but he had left-hander Brian Matusz ready in the bullpen. Gausman was going to face two more batters before David Ortiz came to the plate. Shane Victorino flied out and Dustin Pedroia singled. With Ortiz representing the tying run, Showalter brought in Matusz for one of the more favorable matchups

A few more notes and updates (O’s lead 4-2)

The Orioles have won 11 of their last 15 games against the Boston Red Sox and 21 of their last 30. They’ve won five straight series and eight of nine dating back to Sept. 19, 2011. Manager Buck Showalter gave Nate McLouth the start in left field tonight against Boston left-hander Felix Doubront, leaving Steve Pearce on the bench. Pearce walked past the lineup card

Showalter on Strop

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked today whether he’s comfortable using reliever Pedro Strop in any situation after yesterday’s outing, when the right-hander allowed two inherited runners to score and four of his own. “What does ‘comfortable’ mean,” Showalter replied. Will Showalter use Strop in any situation? “Well, it depends what the needs of our bullpen are,” he said. “Yesterday, we had three or four

Reimold almost ready for rehab assignment

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold said he expects to begin his injury-rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. “That’s what I’m shooting for,” he said. Reimold ran sprints and did quick bursts today before the heavy rain arrived at Camden Yards. As long as his right hamstring didn’t bark, he would be cleared to start playing again. “It’s feeling better. I’ve made a lot of progress,” he

McLouth and Flaherty included in tonight’s lineup (plus Casilla update)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t entirely break out his right-handed lineup tonight against Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront. Nate McLouth is in left field. No Steve Pearce. Ryan Flaherty is at second base. No Alexi Casilla. Casilla’s right index finger must still be sore. For the Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury CF Shane Victorino RF Dustin Pedroia 2B David Ortiz DH Mike Napoli 1B Daniel Nava

Kevin Gausman and his two changeups

Kevin Gausman is on the mound tonight for the Orioles, searching for his first major league win in the opener of a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox. As usual, no pressure. During his last two starts, the Gameday pitch tracker kept giving readings on a “splitter,” which seemed curious, since Gausman doesn’t throw a split-fingered fastball. One split was clocked at 81 mph,

Orioles facing decision on Strop

I didn’t plan on writing about Pedro Strop this morning as yesterday’s game moved past the middle innings. But then, you know, stuff happened. I was surprised that starter Jason Hammel returned for the seventh inning. My ears were ringing from all the loud outs. It was a gutsy performance on a day when Hammel’s command wavered, and I thought that trying to squeeze one

Showalter: “We can’t pitch the same guys every night”

Without revealing the names, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he had two or three relievers that he wasn’t going to use today. Pedro Strop wasn’t on that list. Strop allowed two inherited runners to score and four of his own in the Orioles’ 9-5 loss to the Angels before 25,964 at Camden Yards. The seventh inning unraveled after Strop, inheriting two runners from starter Jason

Strop enters game and loses lead (O’s lose 9-5)

The first two batters reached against Jason Hammel in the top of the seventh inning, and manager Buck Showalter called for Pedro Strop. It didn’t go as planned. Hank Conger reached on an infield hit to load the bases, the ball deflecting off Strop’s glove, and Erick Aybar followed with a three-run triple. Aybar scored on Ryan Flaherty’s throwing error on the relay to third

McLouth’s stolen base streak ends, Davis’ HR drought ends

Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth is 2-for-2 at the plate today and 0-for-1 in arguments. McLouth singled again leading off the bottom of the third inning, and he appeared to get his 23rd stolen base of the season, which would have tied his career high. However, second base umpire Joe West ruled that McLouth’s foot came off the bag as he came out of his

Orioles facing decision on Wada (O’s lead 2-0)

Wada mess. OK, I couldn’t resist. Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada’s injury rehab assignment ends this weekend and he can’t be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk without his consent. It’s part of his contract. Wada was torched last night for eight runs (seven earned) in 1 1/3 innings. He’s totaled only 24 1/3 innings in six starts with the Tides, allowing 33 hits and posting an 8.14 ERA.

Chen progressing, and other notes

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will throw off a half mound on Thursday in Sarasota, and off a full mound on Saturday if he doesn’t experience any setbacks in his recovery from a strained oblique. Chen could be in Baltimore by the weekend or early next week, as the Orioles monitor his progress and determine when he’s ready to go on an injury rehab assignment. He

Casilla’s finger improving, but he remains out (plus matinee lineups)

Although Alexi Casilla says his right index finger is doing much better, the second baseman remains out of the Orioles lineup for a third straight game. The finger, which Casilla jammed attempting to steal second against Tampa Bay on Sunday, isn’t as swollen and is no longer bandaged. He feels more flexibility in his hand and can almost make a fist. Casilla threw today and

Hammel trying to feel at home

The lineups will be coming to you earlier than normal on a Wednesday, with the Orioles scheduled to play a 12:35 p.m. game against the Angels. Do the Orioles lead the majors in day games? Their body clocks must be out of whack. Jason Hammel is making his sixth start at Camden Yards. He’s 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA at home, allowing 22 earned runs

Showalter speaks after 3-2 win

Knowing that Alexi Casilla couldn’t play tonight because of an injured finger, Orioles manager Buck Showalter went against conventional thinking and put two left-handed hitters back-to-back in his lineup against a left-handed starting pitcher. Ryan Flaherty batted ninth. Nick Markakis led off. And they were instrumental in a 3-2 victory over the Angels. Flaherty had two hits off Angels starter Jason Vargas, including an infield

Great Gonzo (O’s win 3-2)

We’re not sure whether Miguel Gonzalez is making his last start for the Orioles before going on paternity leave. Manager Buck Showalter isn’t sure about it. Gonzalez isn’t sure about it. Gonzalez is the most nervous, though Showalter ranks a close second. Showalter understands why Gonzalez will be leaving the team for a few days, but he’s dreading it if the right-hander’s turn falls during

Hardy robbed again (we’re tied)

Last year, Angels center field Mike Trout scaled the fence in right-center field - see what I did there? - to rob Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy of a home run in the first inning. Tonight, Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos scaled the fence in center field to rob Hardy of a home run in the first inning. Hardy might want to try pulling the ball

More pregame notes

Orioles closer Jim Johnson has converted seven consecutive save opportunities since the meltdown in Toronto on May 26, when he fumbled a three-run lead on the artificial surface at Rogers Centre. He hasn’t permitted a run during the current stretch. So, what’s the difference now? “Results,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Jimmy lives in results. Not nearly as much difference as people may think. It’s that

Casilla day-to-day with finger injury

Alexi Casilla attempted to play catch today, made one throw and gave up. Casilla remains day-to-day after jamming his right index finger while attempting to steal second base during Sunday’s game at Tropicana Field. He didn’t try to throw the ball yesterday and ended his scheduled session early today. “Hopefully, I’ll be good to go for tomorrow,” said Casilla, who still has a bandage wrapped

Orioles lineup against Angels

The Orioles are trying to move nine games above .500 for the first time this season. They’re facing a pitcher, Angels left-hander Jason Vargas, who shut them out on three hits back on May 3. Miguel Gonzalez will be leaving the team soon to join his wife for the birth of their first child. But first, he faces the Angels tonight. Gonzalez has allowed four

Casilla not switching the way he hits

Remember back in early May when Orioles second baseman Alexi Casilla sat at his locker in the visiting clubhouse at Target Field and informed reporters that he was prepared to give up switch-hitting and concentrate on batting exclusively from the right side? Well, forget it. Casilla told me yesterday that he’s decided to continue batting from both sides of the plate. The experiment is over.

Showalter speaks after 4-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter offered praise for the Camden Yards grounds crew and the umpiring crew following tonight’s soggy 4-3 victory over the Angels. The rain delay lasted 2 hours, 14 minutes. The game itself lasted 2 hours, 23 minutes. At one point, it seemed highly unlikely that it would resume in the bottom of the sixth as the rain came down in buckets and

Hunter will replace Garcia (O’s win 4-3)

Tommy Hunter is warming in the Orioles’ bullpen and will replace Freddy Garcia in the seventh inning. Garcia is charged with two runs and six hits in six innings, with one walk, three strikeouts and two home runs. He threw 83 pitches, 52 for strikes. A scoring change resulted in an extra hit off Garcia. Credit Josh Hamilton with a single in the first inning

Game delayed in sixth with Orioles leading 4-2 (updated)

Finally, the umpires have decided that conditions aren’t conducive to playing baseball. Holding a swim meet, perhaps, but not playing baseball. Tonight’s game was halted at 8:46 p.m., with two outs in the sixth inning and the Orioles leading 4-2. They picked the right time to rally. Nate McLouth bunted for a hit leading off the inning and stole second, the 22nd base he’s swiped

Garcia update and minor league note (we’re tied)

Technically, tonight’s game didn’t start on time. First pitch was 7:10 p.m. However, the weather had nothing to do with it. Games here rarely begin at 7:05 p.m. The sky is ominous. And so is Mike Trout, who homered onto the flag court in right field with one out in the third inning to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. Freddy Garcia had retired five

Casilla out of lineup with finger injury (with more quotes added)

Alexi Casilla most likely would have started again tonight at second base, but he jammed his right index finger yesterday while sliding into second base at Tropicana Field and he has a bandage wrapped around it. Casilla may be available tonight off the bench. It depends how the finger feels while he plays catch this afternoon. Casilla reached base three times yesterday, drove in two

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

It’s raining cats, dogs and other assorted house pets here at Camden Yards. If tonight’s game is postponed, the teams likely will play a doubleheader on Tuesday. Stay tuned for updates. 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 Freddy Garcia RHP For

This, that and the other

TAMPA - No matter how many times I think it’s going to be different, 5 a.m. always arrives early. You can set your watch by it. The Orioles completed their 3-3 road trip and begin a three-game series tonight against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Near Disneyland But Not the Disney World Resort. Freddy Garcia has already worked himself into a lather because he’s

Casilla’s tag included in today’s highlights

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It easily could have gone unnoticed after all the runs and extra-base hits today, but Alexi Casilla’s tag at second base on Desmond Jennings’ stolen base attempt in the second inning received the proper attention following the Orioles’ 10-7 win over the Rays. “I thought Lexi played real well at second base for us today,” said manager Buck Showalter. “What a

Showalter and Tillman speak after 10-7 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles scored one run and totaled one extra-base hit over the first two games of their series at Tropicana Field. Today, they had seven doubles and a home run, and matched their season high with 10 runs. Baseball is a funny game. “When you figure it out, let me know,” said manager Buck Showalter after the Orioles’ 10-7 win over

Jones continues his All-Star campaign (O’s win10-7)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones homered in the top of the fourth inning today and Ben Zobrist homered in the bottom half. Jones has 12 homers this season. Zobrist has a man-crush on the Orioles and keeps showing off for them. Jones leads all American League outfielders in voting for the All-Star Game with 1,944,450, passing last week’s leader, the Angels’ Mike Trout, who’s

Orioles have double vision, Hardy continues All-Star campaign (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore introduced his 91 mph fastball to Manny Machado’s right knee in the first inning today, sending the Orioles’ third baseman sprawling to the dirt. Shortstop J.J. Hardy let everyone know that Machado’s knee was fine. Hardy doubled over the head of Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings, and Machado scored all the way from first base to

Updates on Steve Johnson, Bundy, Jurrjens, Roberts and Britton

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson had an MRI yesterday that showed only a slight strain of his left oblique. Johnson has a three-centimeter tear, which qualifies as a strain. Dylan Bundy will begin his throwing progression on Monday with 25 tosses from 60 feet. He hasn’t pitched since spring training because tightness in his right forearm. Jair Jurrjens threw from 90 feet

Orioles lineup vs. Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter will try to salvage the last game of this series by using his right-handed lineup today against Rays lefty Matt Moore. Nick Markakis is leading off and J.J. Hardy is batting third. Danny Valencia is the designated hitter and Steve Pearce is starting in left field. Alexi Casilla is starting at second base. For the Orioles Nick

A few leftovers for breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles had collected at least two extra-base hits in 34 consecutive games, a streak that ended Friday night at Tropicana Field. And they didn’t start a new one yesterday. The Orioles were held to four hits, all singles. They’ve totaled one run and six hits in the first two games of their series against the Rays. Forget the angst over

Showalter and Gausman speak after 8-0 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter was more concerned about the lack of offense in today’s 8-0 loss to the Rays than anything that happened to rookie starter Kevin Gausman. The Orioles have scored once in the first two games of the series. The last 15 batters were retired today. Gausman was charged with seven runs in 4 1/3 innings, the last three

Hardy takes shortstop lead in AL All-Star voting

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Major League Baseball released the latest round of voting results in the American League for the All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field in New York, and there’s a new leader at shortstop. J.J. Hardy has overtaken the Rangers’ Elvis Andrus, joining teammates Chris Davis and Adam Jones as leaders at their respective positions. Nick Markakis moved up to fourth

Game update and more notes (O’s lose 8-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked before today’s game whether he will use reliever Pedro Strop in the same role or ease him back into competition after a stint on the disabled list. “He’s physically ready to go,” Showalter said. “We’ll let the game dictate it and the needs of our bullpen physically. But I’m hoping there was a byproduct of

Hearing from Betemit and Showalter before today’s game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Infielder Wilson Betemit also made the trip from Sarasota to Tropicana Field today to visit with teammates and provide an injury update. Betemit remains on the 60-day disabled list with a Grade 2/3 PCL tear in his right knee. He’s hitting in the cage, running and throwing, but his return isn’t expected until after the All-Star break. Betemit will begin participating

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Pedro Strop is listed among the Orioles’ relievers on their lineup card today, so he’s coming off the disabled list. The lineup doesn’t offer any surprises. 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 Kevin Gausman RHP For the

Chen: “Physically, I’m good right now”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen threw from 120 feet today for the first time since going on the disabled list May 12 with a strained oblique. Chen made 25 throws in the outfield at Tropicana Field, with pitching coach Rick Adair, head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel paying close attention. Chen made 25 throws at 90 feet

Roberts will be “highly disappointed” if he isn’t playing by the break

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Brian Roberts sat at a table in the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field after last night’s game, a plate of food in front of him and first baseman Chris Davis sitting to his right. Roberts smiled, nodded and dug his fork into a late dinner as Davis engaged him in conversation. Once again, Roberts was part of the team, even though

Orioles option Belfiore

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - For the second day in a row, the Orioles recalled a player from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned him following the game. One and done. Left-hander Mike Belfiore was sent back to Norfolk after tonight’s 2-1 loss to the Rays. He wasn’t being punished. He didn’t pitch. He just sat in the bullpen and watched for nine innings. The move was anticipated,

More clubhouse chatter following 2-1 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - James Loney led off the bottom of the seventh inning tonight with a single into left-center field, putting the tying run on base against Orioles starter Jason Hammel. Desmond Jennings stepped to the plate, and a few Orioles anticipated a bunt to move Loney into scoring position. Jennings swung at the first pitch and launched a two-run homer to center field.

Orioles acquire Loman, Showalter and Machado speak after 2-1 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles made a minor league trade tonight, acquiring first baseman Seth Loman from the Chicago White Sox organization for cash considerations. Loman, 27, was batting .223/.390/.471 with six doubles, eight homers and 19 RBIs in 39 games at Triple-A Charlotte. He’s a career .282/.382/.509 hitter with 123 homers and 424 RBIs in 668 minor league games over eight seasons. Loman

Machado remains a hit on the road (O’s lose 2-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Manny Machado bounced an RBI single into center field with two outs in the top of the third inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead and continue his assault on road pitching. Machado has hit safely in 22 of the last 24 road games, batting .394 with 14 doubles, three homers, 13 RBIs and 18 runs scored. He’s hit in

Notes on Strop, Chen, Jurrjens, Wada, Reimold and more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said reliever Pedro Strop is “a consideration” to be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday afternoon’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Strop threw an indoor bullpen session yesterday in Sarasota - heavy rains washed away his outdoor plans - and said his back feels good. He’s eager to rejoin the bullpen. Wei-Yin Chen,

Orioles recall Belfiore

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have recalled left-hander Mike Belfiore from Triple-A Norfolk to take the roster spot vacated yesterday by outfielder Xavier Avery. Belfiore is in the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field and listed among the relievers on the Orioles’ lineup card. Belfiore could be optioned on Saturday if the Orioles activate reliever Pedro Strop from the 15-day disabled list. Today’s move leaves

Orioles option Snyder (draft update)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are taking early batting practice today. Roll call includes Ryan Flaherty, Alexi Casilla, Danny Valencia, Steve Pearce and Taylor Teagarden. Manager Buck Showalter has stepped out of the dugout at Tropicana Field to watch the session. Earlier today, the Orioles optioned backup catcher Chris Snyder to Triple-A Norfolk. Snyder was designated for assignment on Tuesday to make room for

It’s Hammel vs. Archer tonight (another draft update)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jason Hammel takes the mound tonight at Tropicana Field for the first time since being ejected Saturday afternoon following back-to-back-to-back home runs by the Tigers and a slider that hit Matt Tuiasosopo on the left shoulder. Hammel insisted that he wasn’t aiming at Tuiasosopo, and he presented a strong argument just a few inches from the face of plate umpire Hunter

What’s the latest on Wada?

Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada worked 5 1/3 innings last night in his fifth injury-rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk, allowing three runs and six hits, walking one and striking out six. He threw 95 pitches, 70 for strikes. For the first time since signing his two-year, $8.15 million deal with the Orioles in December 2011, Wada was credited with a win. There’s another W besides the first

Orioles select high school pitcher Hunter Harvey (with final update)

With the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles selected North Carolina high school right-hander Hunter Harvey, the son of former major league closer Bryan Harvey. Harvey was 8-0 with a 0.38 ERA at Bandys High School in Catawba, N.C., with 116 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings. Baseball America rated him as the seventh-best right-handed pitcher in the draft. John Hart

Orioles option Avery

Outfielder Xavier Avery’s stay with the Orioles was an extremely short one. The Orioles optioned Avery to Triple-A Norfolk following today’s 3-1 victory over the Astros. A corresponding move will be announced on Friday. Avery was recalled today, sat on the bench and packed up his belongings. The Tides are in Louisville. The Orioles are headed to Tampa. Avery began the season with Double-A Bowie,

Gonzalez dodges injury, not ball, while completing six innings (O’s win 3-1)

The Orioles placed one pitcher on the disabled list today. They didn’t need to lose another one. Miguel Gonzalez stayed in the game after J.D. Martinez’s sharp bouncer struck his left forearm with two outs in the sixth inning. Martinez reached base and Gonzalez reached for his left arm, flexing his hand as head athletic trainer Richie Bancells came out to the mound. At least

A few pregame notes (O’s lead 3-1)

With outfielder Xavier Avery’s promotion earlier today, 16 players have now appeared on the active rosters of both the Orioles and Triple-A Norfolk Tides this season. Avery isn’t expected to stay for long. He’s an extra outfielder until Nick Markakis rejoins the team Friday in St. Petersburg. And the Orioles will need another pitcher to replace Steve Johnson in the bullpen, with Pedro Strop a

Steve Johnson headed to DL, Orioles and Astros lineups (Avery called up)

The Orioles are prepared to place reliever Steve Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury. Johnson felt the discomfort while warming up last night and allowed two home runs in 2 1/3 innings. An announcement will come later in the day. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters DH J.J. Hardy SS

Much to like about Hader

The Orioles hold the 22nd pick in the first round of tonight’s First-Year Player Draft, which makes it a heck of a lot harder to project their selection than back in the days when they chose third or fourth. They like South Carolina high school catcher Nick Ciuffo, but they usually lean toward pitching, and University of San Francisco right-hander Alex Balog has been linked

Long ball could make for short night for Garcia (O’s lose 11-7)

Freddy Garcia threw eight scoreless innings in his last start against the Nationals. Tonight, he’s served up three home runs in two innings and trails the Astros 5-1. Garcia is like a box of chocolates. Never know what you’re going to get. Against the Astros, he’s sort of like that jelly candy that you bite into and want to spit out. Remember those? Jason Castro

Pearce replaces Markakis in right field (and notes)

With Nick Markakis away from the team for the next two games, Steve Pearce is starting in right field tonight against the Houston Astros. J.J. Hardy moves up to third in the order, as manager Buck Showalter breaks out his right-handed lineup. Danny Valencia is serving as the designated hitter, and Alexi Casilla is starting at second base. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny

It’s Garcia vs. Keuchel tonight

A win tonight in Houston would put the Orioles nine games over .500 for the first time this season. It also would improve their series record to 13-5-2. Once again, they will be facing an Astros pitcher who is new to them - left-hander Dallas Keuchel, 25, who’s making his sixth start among 12 appearances. Keuchel is 2-2 with a 5.10 ERA in 47 2/3

Patton’s progress

The Orioles will break out a different lineup tonight with Nick Markakis missing his first game this season to attend his grandmother’s funeral. The Orioles will be facing a left-hander, Houston’s Dallas Keuchel, who’s 2-2 with a 5.10 ERA. Steve Pearce could start in the outfield, with Danny Valencia again serving as the designated hitter. Right-handers are batting .315 against Keuchel, compared to .283 for

Valencia homers again (O’s win 4-1)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter hasn’t been predictable in his use of Danny Valencia. There isn’t the anticipated strict platoon at designated hitter. Valencia is starting again tonight against a right-hander, the Astros’ Lucas Harrell, and he gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead with a home run to right field in the top of the third inning. Valencia has homered in three of his last seven

Orioles DFA Snyder to make room for Teagarden

The Orioles finally made their roster move official tonight, activating Taylor Teagarden from the 15-day disabled list and designating Chris Snyder for assignment in a swap of backup catchers. Teagarden, 29, went on the DL on April 28 with a dislocated left thumb after appearing in four games and going 0-for-13. He threw out one of two runners attempting to steal. Teagarden appeared in three

Flaherty remains at second base, Valencia serving as DH (with Astros)

Ryan Flaherty gets another start at second base tonight against the Houston Astros, and Danny Valencia will serve as the designated hitter after delivering a pinch-hit, game-tying single Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. The rest of the lineup is predictable. Still waiting for the Orioles to announce that catcher Taylor Teagarden has been activated from the disabled list. He’s no longer

Quick update on Chen

Wei-Yin Chen, on the disabled list since straining his right oblique during a May 12 start in Minnesota, was scheduled to do some light throwing today in Sarasota. Apparently, the session went pretty well, judging by a tweet that Chen sent a few minutes ago. Using Google translate, it read as follows: “Today began to pass the ball, and the progress of all the best”

A scout’s take on Arrieta and the catchers (Hader note)

The Orioles’ quiet off-day made plenty of noise yesterday. Wei-Yin Chen will start doing some light throwing today in Sarasota, according to interpreter Tim Lin. The first round of American League All-Star voting was announced, and Chris Davis ranked first among first basemen and Adam Jones ranked second among outfielders. Davis was named AL Player of the Week for the second time this season, but

Bundy cleared to resume throwing, Davis named AL Player of the Week

The Orioles received good news today on pitcher Dylan Bundy following his visit to Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Bundy, the fourth-overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, has been cleared to resume a throwing progression program that will start on June 10, according to Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette. The Orioles have been targeting June 10 as the date, so

Davis, Jones among AL All-Star voting leaders

Major League Baseball announced today that Chris Davis is leading American League first baseman in All-Star voting, and Adam Jones ranks among the top three outfielders. Today marks the first day that totals have been revealed. Third baseman Manny Machado, shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Matt Wieters currently rank second. Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who never has been elected a starter, leads all

Chen will do “light toss” on Tuesday (and notes)

Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, will do some soft throwing on Tuesday in Sarasota if the weather permits it. The news came via Chen’s interpreter, Tim Lin, who sent out the following tweet earlier this morning: “Light toss tomorrow -> big step!!! Please stop raining, Florida!!!” Chen hasn’t picked up a ball since sustaining the injury on

Who knows what tomorrow brings?

The Orioles are off today and it should be relatively quiet, but Tuesday figures to bring more than just a game against the Houston Astros and right-hander Lucas Harrell, who leads the majors with 37 walks in 63 2/3 innings. As if I need to provide Lucas Harrell’s walk total. Who doesn’t know about this guy? Anyway, Pedro Strop will pitch a simulated game and

Showalter speaks after 4-2 victory

The confidence that Orioles manager Buck Showalter demonstrated in pitcher Kevin Gausman didn’t waver after two outings that left the rookie’s ERA at 11.00. And today, Gausman repaid Showalter in a sense by holding the Tigers to one run over six innings in the Orioles’ 4-2 victory at Camden Yards. “I thought he had a much better angle today,” Showalter said. “Rick and he made

Gausman concludes outstanding day (O’s win 4-2)

Still think Kevin Gausman is overmatched and should be sent back to the minors? Gausman went six innings for the first time in three major league starts and held the potent Tigers attack to one run - on Prince Fielder’s homer in the fourth. He allowed five hits, walked none and struck out four. Gausman’s 96th and final pitch of the afternoon was a 97

Gausman’s first time through the order much better (updated)

Kevin Gausman has lowered his ERA from 11.00 to 8.25 today with three scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. Gausman has allowed two hits - an infield single by Torii Hunter in the first and a bloop double by Ramon Santiago in the third on a ball that eluded a diving Adam Jones in center field. He’s struck out two. Gausman served

Updates on Strop, Teagarden, Reimold and Chen

Pedro Strop will accompany the Orioles to Houston and pitch in a simulated game Tuesday. Strop, on the disabled list with a strained lower back, has thrown two bullpen sessions and performed a drill off a mound over the past four days. He will throw another bullpen session following the simulated game before the Orioles decide whether to send him on an injury-rehab assignment. Taylor

Snyder catching Gausman today

As you were told yesterday, Chris Snyder is behind the plate today for Kevin Gausman’s third major league start. Snyder and Gausman watched video together yesterday while preparing for the start. Chris Dickerson is the designated hitter again today and Ryan Flaherty remains at second base. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Chris

Looking back and ahead

Kevin Gausman will attempt today to win his first major league game and avoid becoming the second consecutive Orioles starter to be ejected. I’m confident that he will achieve the second goal. I mean, what are the odds of it happening twice in two days? If the ball keeps slipping out of his hand, as it did yesterday with Jason Hammel, he may want to

Showalter and Hardy comment on Hammel’s ejection

Orioles manager Buck Showalter and shortstop J.J. Hardy used the same logic and arguments to defend starter Jason Hammel, who earned his first career ejection today in the fourth inning after surrendering three consecutive home runs and hitting Matt Tuiasosopo with the next pitch. The ball kept slipping out of Hammel’s hand today, especially when he tried to throw his slider. And if you’re going

Hammel ejected in fourth inning (O’s allow fifth homer today, lose 10-3)

It’s gone from bad to worse for Orioles starter Jason Hammel, who will spend the rest of his afternoon in the Orioles’ clubhouse. And not because manager Buck Showalter removed him from the game. Hammel served up back-to-back-to-back home runs to Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila to open the top of the fourth inning, giving Detroit a 4-1 lead. His next pitch sliced

Hammel wild early

Jason Hammel has matched his season high for walks today, and he hit the mark after only 1 2/3 innings. Not good. Hammel has issued three free passes, as he also did in four other starts. Factor in two singles, and he’s fortunate to only be trailing 1-0. Five of the first nine batters reached against Hammel, including Matt Tuiasosopo, who singled in the second

Duquette talks about Rauch

The Orioles had interest in signing pitcher Jon Rauch over the winter, and they were able to secure a minor league deal with him over the weekend. Executive vice president Dan Duquette is hoping that his patience pays off. Rauch will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday and join the Tides bullpen. A spot must be cleared for him, since the current roster is at

Orioles sign Rauch to minor league deal

The Orioles have signed 6-foot-11 pitcher Jon Rauch to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. He will report to the Tides on Monday. Rauch, 34, was 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA in 15 relief appearances with the Miami Marlins this season, with 23 hits allowed, seven walks and 15 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. Rauch has played for eight major league

Orioles break out same lineup today (with Tigers lineup)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t making any changes to his lineup this afternoon after his club rallied last night to defeat the Tigers 7-5 at Camden Yards. Chris Dickerson hit a walk-off three-run homer and he remains the designated hitter today. Ryan Flaherty gets another start at second base. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris

Gausman learning from Garcia

While Freddy Garcia was sweating profusely and putting the Nationals’ offense in a deep freeze Thursday night during his eight scoreless innings, Orioles manager Buck Showalter glanced down the bench at young starter Kevin Gausman and noticed how he kept watching intently. Each pitch, each sequence, each out. Gausman throws 99 mph. Garcia celebrates if his fastball ventures into the upper 80s. They have little

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