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Wieters: “We know we need to start playing better and we need to win games”

NEW YORK - The Orioles clubhouse was surly today following a 2-0 loss to the Yankees. It was surely surly. Other words used by beat writers to describe it included “sullen” and “tension-filled.” It also was mostly empty after the game. It was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. What about a pennant? The Orioles slipped into fourth place behind the Yankees in

Feldman superb but not supported (O’s lose 2-0)

NEW YORK - Scott Feldman won’t get the win today. And the Orioles won’t stay in third place unless they score in the ninth inning. Feldman has been removed after 111 pitches over seven innings, his highest total in 10 starts with the Orioles and his second-highest this season. He threw 114 in a May 1 start for the Cubs. Feldman held the Yankees to

Game update and stuff (where’s the offense?)

NEW YORK - The Yankees ranked last in the American League with 191 doubles before today, the second-lowest total in the majors behind the Marlins’ 174. So what happens in the first inning? They use doubles by Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano to take a 1-0 lead against Orioles starter Scott Feldman. The Yankees had four doubles last night, including two by former Oriole Mark

Speaking in Morse code

NEW YORK - Let’s get the important stuff out of the way regarding newest Oriole Michael Morse. He’s still going to use Aha’s “Take On Me” as his walk-up song. Morse and Nate McLouth could spend hours talking ’80s pop music. McLouth already approves of Morse’s hair. If you assumed that Morse was stressed during the 48-hour period after the Orioles won the waiver claim

Showalter on Pearce and Morse

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is hoping that outfielder Steve Pearce will be ready to come off the disabled list in 12 days, which would make him eligible on Sept. 12. Yes, that’s my birthday. No, I don’t consider Steve Pearce to be an appropriate or suitable gift. Pearce is bothered again by inflammation in his left wrist, which is heavily wrapped this

Pearce to DL to make room for Morse (plus lineups)

NEW YORK - Steve Pearce will be placed on the disabled list with left wrist inflammation to make room for Michael Morse on the 25-man roster. Pearce said his wrist started bothering him again about a week ago. He will go to Sarasota and hopes to be ready to return in two weeks. Morse will not be making his first start for the Orioles today,

Morse joins O’s in New York (plus pregame notes)

NEW YORK - Michael Morse has joined the Orioles in New York after the team was unsure whether he’d get here until Sunday. Morse said he got in last night and is excited to be here, a part of a pennant race. He added that he’s 100 percent physically. It’s not yet known whether he’ll be in the lineup, so I’ll have that along with

Can Feldman be a starter who turns into a stopper?

NEW YORK - Not to heap any pressure on Scott Feldman today, but he’s got to register a quality start against the Yankees. He’s got to give the Orioles innings - good ones - and hand a late lead to the bullpen. He’s got to be a stopper. He’s got to stop the Yankees from moving into third place in the American League East, which

Hearing from Gonzalez and Markakis

NEW YORK - As I pointed out earlier, Miguel Gonzalez had allowed eight earned runs in five career starts in the Bronx covering 32 2/3 innings. Tonight, he gave up seven in four-plus innings. Gonzalez couldn’t get the ball down, as he pointed out more than once during his postgame session with the media. He also was adjusting to a schedule that kept him from

Showalter speaks after 8-5 loss

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it’s a possibility that Michael Morse will arrive here in time to be included in Saturday’s lineup. “We’ll see,” Showalter said. “Trying to.” If he can pitch, get him on the next flight to New York. Here’s a sampling of Showalter’s comments following tonight’s 8-5 loss to the Yankees: On what happened to Gonzalez again in the

Valencia states case as right bat while Orioles lose lead (O’s lose 8-5)

NEW YORK - Danny Valencia must have cringed each time it was written or stated that the Orioles needed another right-handed bat. His latest response came tonight against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. Valencia homered into the Yankees bullpen in left-center field in the top of the fifth inning after Nick Markakis led off with an infield hit, giving the Orioles a 3-2 lead. He was

Orioles looking for first baserunner (O’s trail 2-1)

NEW YORK - Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez has faced the minimum number of batters through three innings tonight in his first non-relief appearance since Aug. 20. Gonzalez has let one ball out of the infield. He also made a nice play to retire Curtis Granderson and end the bottom of the second, racing off the mound to field a bunt against the infield shift and

Showalter updates Morse and Hammel

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t certain whether Michael Morse will join the team Saturday or Sunday. Showalter spoke to Morse earlier today after the Orioles acquired him from the Mariners for Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Xavier Avery. Morse will go directly from Houston to New York. “He and Jessica are trying to round up their life and head this way shortly,” Showalter said.

Jones on Morse and more (updated)

NEW YORK - Michael Morse won’t join the Orioles for tonight’s game against the Yankees, and he may not get here before Sunday. There’s a convenience factor to having Morse arrive on Sunday. Rosters can expand and the Orioles wouldn’t have to make room for him. Update: Upon further review, Morse has to be placed on the 25-man roster by 11:59 p.m. Saturday to be

Casilla in lineup, Wieters on bench (plus Yankees lineup)

NEW YORK - The Orioles have dropped six of their last 11 series. They get another chance beginning tonight at Yankee Stadium. Since the start of 2012 , the Orioles have gone 16-14 against the Yankees during the regular season. Taylor Teagarden is starting behind the plate tonight because the Orioles have a day game on Saturday and Matt Wieters is 7-for-40 lifetime against Yankees

More on Morse trade

NEW YORK - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette isn’t certain whether Michael Morse will join the club in New York tonight or later in the series that concludes on Sunday. “We’re working on that now,” Duquette said. “We’re working on the logistics.” The Orioles acquired Morse from the Mariners this afternoon for Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Xavier Avery. The Orioles were awarded the waiver claim

Orioles acquire Morse from Mariners (O’s send Avery to Seattle)

NEW YORK - Executive vice president Dan Duquette acquired the right-handed bat that he’s been seeking. The Orioles completed a trade with the Seattle Mariners today for first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse, according to an industry source. The clubs haven’t announced the deal. The Mariners will receive a minor leaguer in return for Morse, according to the source. Still waiting for more details. Morse is expected

Orioles still trying to acquire Morse, less optimistic about Willingham

NEW YORK - The Orioles are continuing efforts to acquire first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse from the Seattle Mariners after being awarded a waiver claim on Wednesday. Discussions with the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Josh Willingham, also claimed off waivers this week, have stalled because of their high demands, according to multiple industry sources. Willingham figured to come at a steeper price because he’s signed through

Leftovers for breakfast

BOSTON - So much for a big three-game series against the Red Sox. Now, it’s time for a big three-game series against the Yankees. The Orioles are in another pennant race. Remember when late August and early September games meant nothing more than trying to be a spoiler? Miguel Gonzalez will make his first start since Aug. 20 against the Rays. He’s made two relief

Tillman: “It was big to get that win tonight”

BOSTON - Until tonight, the last Orioles pitcher to record 15 wins was left-hander Erik Bedard in 2006. Now, Chris Tillman has joined him. Will they always be linked? Tillman held the Red Sox to two runs over seven innings, walking none for only the second time this season and striking out eight in a 3-2 victory at Fenway Park. Tillman is 15-4 with a

Showalter speaks after 3-2 win

BOSTON - The Orioles avoided a sweep at Fenway Park and headed to New York in a much better frame of mind after tonight’s 3-2 win over the Red Sox. The Orioles improved to 15-24 in one run games. They had lost eight in a row. Here’s a sampling of comments from manager Buck Showalter: On Chris Tillman: “Difference. Tilly was solid again. I’m glad

Tillman outlasts Lester (O’s win 3-2)

BOSTON - Chris Tillman has returned to the mound for the bottom of the seventh inning, trying to hold onto a 3-2 lead over the Red Sox. Jon Lester was done after the sixth, charged with three runs and five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. He won’t pick up his 16th career win over the Orioles in 24 starts. Tillman had retired eight

More two-out trouble for Orioles, but they lead 2-1 (now 3-1)

BOSTON - Last night, the Orioles were burned by a two-out, two-run single by Boston’s Dustin Pedroia in the seventh inning that tied the game. The outcome was decided after pinch-hitting Mike Carp blooped a two-out RBI single into left field in the eighth. Fast-forward to tonight’s game and the bottom of the second inning, when Orioles starter Chris Tillman gave up a leadoff double

Showalter: “I like that people are counting us out”

BOSTON - Manager Buck Showalter joked today about all the attention given to the number of players that the Orioles have claimed off revocable waivers, noting that the Red Sox and plenty of other teams in baseball have been just as busy. Does he like that the front office is working hard to bring in another bat? “Everybody is,” Showalter replied. “That’s why the ‘trade

Valencia at DH, Markakis batting seventh

BOSTON - Danny Valencia will serve as the designated hitter for the Orioles tonight against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester. Valencia will bat eighth, one spot after right fielder Nick Markakis, who is hitting seventh. For the Orioles: Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Danny Valencia DH Brian Roberts 2B

Pregame notes and Red Sox lineup

BOSTON - Chris Tillman will make his fifth attempt at his 15th victory tonight, and the Orioles will try to avoid being swept by the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Tillman is 0-1 in his last four starts, but he left two of the three no-decisions with a lead. The other game was tied. Tillman is 7-1 with a 2.97 ERA and seven quality starts

Add Morse to the Orioles’ list of waiver claims

BOSTON - Executive vice president Dan Duquette is serious about adding a right-handed bat as the deadline approaches for teams to set their playoff rosters. The Orioles made a waiver claim yesterday on Minnesota outfielder Josh Willingham, and they did the same today with Seattle first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse, according to an industry source. Maybe it’s an ex-Nats thing. Or an injured slugger thing. Morse

About last night ...

BOSTON - This isn’t exactly how the road trip was supposed to unfold. The Orioles will try to avoid being swept tonight at Fenway Park. Then, they’ll fly to New York for a three-game series against the Yankees. Then, it’s off to Cleveland, which also is ahead of the Orioles in the wild card race. Having fun yet? I scanned Twitter following last night’s 4-3

Orioles put in waiver claim on Willingham

BOSTON - In their continuing search for a right-handed hitter, the Orioles have put in a waiver claim on Twins outfielder Josh Willingham, an industry source confirmed late tonight. The Orioles are attempting to work out a trade for Willingham, 34, who’s batting .215/.347/.391 with 19 doubles, 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 88 games. He’s a career .257/.360/.475 hitter with 179 homers in 10

Machado and Hunter on 4-3 loss

BOSTON - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado raced into shallow left field, his glove raised, his eyes locked on a looping ball off the bat off Red Sox pinch-hitter Mike Carp. He almost had it. He only got air. Carp’s single scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie. The Orioles lost 4-3 and fell 4

Buck and Bud in Boston

BOSTON - The Orioles have lost eight one-run games in a row, the latest a 4-3 defeat to the Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park. Last season, they were 29-9 in one-run games. So much has changed. Manager Buck Showalter watched his club surrender a 3-1 lead, the Red Sox moving ahead on Mike Carp’s two-out bloop single in the bottom of the eighth. The

Davis breaks tie with Gentile (O’s lose 4-3)

BOSTON - If you’re keeping count, that’s 47 home runs for Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. Davis added to his total tonight by jumping on the first pitch from Boston starter John Lackey in the top of the sixth inning. He drove an 85 mph cutter to center field to increase the Orioles’ lead to 3-1. Davis also drove in a run in the first

Norris holds onto early lead (Machado homers, O’s lead 2-1)

BOSTON - Before tonight, Orioles starter Bud Norris had posted a 6.31 ERA in the first inning this season. It dropped to 1.80 in the second and 1.08 in the third, jumped to 8.28 in the fourth, dropped to 2.19 in the fifth and rose to 6.27 in the sixth. Norris has allowed 18 runs in the first, 23 in the fourth and 17 in

Showalter confirms Chen as Sunday starter

BOSTON - Remove “TBA” from Sunday’s starter at Yankee Stadium. Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed this afternoon that left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will take the mound in the series finale against the Yankees after being optioned earlier today. Chen will throw a bullpen session at 11 a.m. Thursday and meet up with the team over the weekend. Because he started last night, he will be working

Chen optioned to GCL, Gausman talks about latest promotion

BOSTON - The Orioles made the expected roster move today, recalling Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to the Gulf Coast League team. The GCL Orioles end their season on Thursday, making Chen eligible to return in a few days. However, he’s expected back when rosters expand on Sunday. The Orioles list Sunday’s starter as TBA. Chen can fill that spot

Gausman is in Boston (with lineups and updates)

BOSTON - Pitcher Kevin Gausman has joined the Orioles and is currently at Fenway Park. The Orioles haven’t announced a roster move. They could option left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who started last night, and bring him back in a few days. Gausman is 1-2 with a 4.04 ERA in eight games at Triple-A Norfolk, including seven starts. He was 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA in nine

It’s Norris vs. Lackey tonight

BOSTON - Wilson Betemit is expected to make his first start tonight with the Orioles facing right-hander John Lackey at Fenway Park. Betemit replaced Chris Davis at first base last night and had one at-bat, resulting in a ground ball to second that completed a 13-2 loss to the Red Sox. Betemit is 1-for-8 with a double and three strikeouts lifetime against Lackey. In a

Orioles’ starters need to pitch in

BOSTON - Call it a cliche or a tired expression or the foundation of winning teams, but it all starts with starting pitching. Again last night, an Orioles starter fell short as the club fell further behind in the wild card race. The Orioles’ rotation has posted a 4.65 ERA this season, ranking 27th in the majors. Only the Astros (4.67), Blue Jays (5.05) and

Chen: “I have to apologize to my team”

BOSTON - Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen turned in his worst start as a major leaguer, allowing a career-high eight runs in a career-low 3 2/3 innings in a 13-2 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. “I have to apologize to my team. I didn’t want to hurt my team,” Chen said through his interpreter, Tim Lin, while standing outside the visiting clubhouse. “I

Showalter speaks after 13-2 loss

BOSTON - With the Athletics winning tonight, the Orioles now trail them by 3 1/2 games for the second wild card spot in the American League. Orioles manager Buck Showalter stood beside his desk in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park and took questions from reporters following tonight’s 13-2 loss to the Red Sox. On Boston left-hander Felix Doubront: “He had a basket full of

Flaherty headed to Delmarva (O’s lose 13-2)

BOSTON - Upon further review, Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty will report to low Single-A Delmarva after being optioned today, and he will play for the Shorebirds on Wednesday and Thursday. The Orioles initially said Flaherty have been optioned to Single-A Frederick. The Shorebirds are home against Kannapolis the next two nights before finishing the season at Hickory. Flaherty will become the first major league player

Chen turns in worst major league start (O’s down 11-2)

BOSTON - This is no way to start an important three-game series and three-city road trip. Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen was charged with eight runs tonight, the most of his major league career. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing. Chen twice gave up seven runs in a game last season. His shortest start lasted four innings on July 8, 2012 in Anaheim.

Chen gives up rare run in first (O’s trail 4-2)

BOSTON - During the 2012 season, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen posted a 5.91 ERA in the first inning in his 32 starts. He gave up seven home runs. Chen fixed his first inning woes this season, posting a 1.69 ERA over 16 starts. He allowed only one home run. The Red Sox weren’t interested in trends tonight, just taking an early lead. Shane Victorino drew

Showalter on roster move

BOSTON - Wilson Betemit was all smiles today as he passed by reporters and headed to the trainers room inside the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park. The horrific knee injury in late March that forced Betemit onto the 60-day disabled list is deep in the past. Now, he’s ready to contribute at the plate. His first opportunity should come Wednesday night against Red Sox right-hander

Orioles option Flaherty (updated)

BOSTON - The Orioles have optioned infielder Ryan Flaherty to Single-A Frederick to make room for Wilson Betemit on the 25-man roster. In 75 games for the Orioles this season, Flaherty hit .218 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs. He can return when rosters expand on Sept. 1. Betemit tore the PCL in his right knee during a March 25 exhibition game against the

Orioles and Red Sox lineups (Betemit in Boston)

BOSTON - Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is back on the mound tonight for the Orioles, who begin an important three-city road trip with a three-game series at Fenway Park. Chen has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 37 of his 48 major league starts, and he has allowed three or fewer in 14 of his 16 starts this season. Danny Valencia and Steve Peace are

More Matusz and tonight’s matchups

BOSTON - The Orioles are returning to Fenway Park, where they’ve won five consecutive series. Left-hander Brian Matusz has only worked 4 1/3 innings this month over eight appearances, but he figures to be busy in Boston. For example, David Ortiz is 1-for-17 with 10 strikeouts lifetime against Matusz, and they’re likely to meet again in another late-inning matchup. Dustin Pedroia is 2-for-11 against Matusz.

Matusz stays focused on what matters

It’s a little early to be focusing on the Orioles’ offseason decisions, considering that they’ve still got four days to acquire a hitter for their playoff roster and an important road trip that begins tonight in Boston. But I’m more than a little curious about their plans for left-hander Brian Matusz. The Orioles selected Matusz with the fourth pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft

Urrutia hits grand slam tonight

Henry Urrutia hit a grand slam tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, and it came against former Oriole Freddy Garcia, who was traded last week to the Atlanta Braves and is pitching for Gwinnett. Urrutia went 2-for-6 and drove in five runs. The Orioles are expected to recall Urrutia when rosters expand next month, though it’s still being discussed. Garcia allowed eight runs and seven hits in

A few notes on Orioles’ 2014 schedule

The Orioles will open the 2014 season at home against the Boston Red Sox on March 31 after starting out in St. Petersburg, Fla., against the Tampa Bay Rays for three of the past four years. The three-game series against the Red Sox will continue from April 2-3 after an off-day. The Orioles will release their schedule later in the year, complete with dates and

Orioles move Alvarez to Bowie, release Ford (updated)

Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez continues to move up the organizational ladder. The Orioles have promoted Alvarez, 24, to Double-A Bowie after he batted .436/.463/.641 with two doubles, two homers and seven RBIs in 10 games with Single-A Frederick. Alvarez went 4-for-9 in three games with the Gulf Coast League team, including two doubles, a triple and a home run. The Orioles signed Alvarez for $800,000

What’s happening with the Orioles’ roster this week?

The Orioles are indulging in their next-to-last off-day of the regular season. The fifth in August, leaving them with one in September. Who made out this schedule? They were off Thursday and they’re idle again today. Was that really necessary? The roster figures to undergo some changes this week, beginning with Wilson Betemit’s arrival in Boston. Is Betemit ready? Probably not. He’s not moving with

Duquette on his 1,000th win

The Orioles won their 70th game today, which also produced the 1,000th career victory for Dan Duquette while he’s been in charge of a major league team. Duquette’s teams were 930-786 coming into the 2013 season, his second as the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations. “One of my first wins in Montreal when I got the job to be the GM was in

Showalter speaks after 10-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter considered giving Nick Markakis the afternoon off today, but changed his mind after considering how the sun was going to present challenges in the outfield. Markakis is a plus defender. Showalter wanted him out there in unfavorable conditions, the kind that seemed to bother Oakland’s outfielders all afternoon. “I’m glad I talked myself out of that one,” Showalter said. Markakis doubled

Hardy adds to Orioles home run total (O’s win 10-3)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy led off the bottom of the sixth inning with his 23rd home run of the season, increasing the lead to 7-1. The Orioles have hit 173 home runs this season to lead the majors. They’ve also allowed 163 homers, tying them with the Blue Jays for most in the majors. Interesting, right? Maybe more than you realized. According to STATS, if

Markakis ends extra-base hit drought (Feldman done after fifth)

Though Nick Markakis continues to wait for his next home run, he’s no longer thirsting for an extra-base hit. The drought is over. Markakis lined a double into right-center field off Oakland rookie Sonny Gray with one out in the bottom of the third inning. He hadn’t collected an extra-base hit since July 19 in Texas, a span of 31 games. Seattle shortstop Brendan Ryan

Orioles take one-run lead (now four-run lead)

The Orioles are 12-6 in the finale of a three-games series that decides the winner, going 6-3 at home and 6-3 on the road. They split the first two games of this series against the Athletics, so that statistic is going to change. Scott Feldman threw 29 pitches in a 16-minute top of the first inning. He walked two batters, committed a balk and gave

Hammel completes another bullpen session, and other notes

Jason Hammel threw 60 pitches in the bullpen today and will report to Double-A Bowie for Thursday’s game against Binghamton. “As of right now, everything is good to go,” Hammel said. “I threw an extra inning’s worth of pitches today. I probably threw 45 like I did yesterday, and then after that I did some sequences, throwing all pitches to simulated batters, stuff like that.”

Sunday lineups for A’s and Orioles

Yesterday, Brian Roberts played second base and Ryan Flaherty was the designated hitter in the Orioles lineup. Today, they’ve switched roles for the finale of a three-game series against the A;s. Flaherty is at second base and Roberts is the DH against A’s rookie Sonny Gray. For the Orioles: Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Nick

Sunday version of this and that

Despite yesterday’s loss, the Orioles already have clinched their first season series over the Athletics since 1998. So, you know, there’s always that. The Orioles trail the all-time series, 249-251, and I largely blame Sal Bando and Herb Washington. And a little bit of Bill North. You’re not completely innocent, Dick Green. The Orioles are 14-23 in one-run games this season and have lost seven

Showalter speaks after 2-1 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wasn’t tempted to bring back Chris Tillman for the top of the ninth inning in a 1-1 tie. “I thought it was a little tougher bringing him out for the eighth, but that’s where we are,” Showalter said. Darren O’Day replaced Tillman and served up Coco Crisp’s leadoff home run in a 2-1 loss to the Athletics. Tillman held

Tillman’s outstanding effort won’t produce 15th win (O’s lose 2-1)

Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman remains stuck on 14 wins. Tillman was superb today, holding the Athletics to one run and three hits over eight innings, with two walks and nine strikeouts. He retired the last seven batters he faced, striking out four. Unfortunately for Tillman and the Orioles, the game remains tied 1-1 as Darren O’Day enters in the top of the ninth. Jim Johnson

Flaherty hits eighth home run (we’re tied)

The Orioles haven’t abandoned hope of adding a hitter this month, according to a club official. They continue to check the waiver wire and remain hopeful that a deal gets done before the Aug. 31 deadline to set playoff rosters. Nothing appears to be hot at the moment, and the Orioles are presently focused on choosing their call-ups for their expanded roster. In the meantime,

Hammel expected to start Thursday at Bowie

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel is scheduled to make his first injury-rehab start on Thursday at Double-A Bowie. The club also discussed Wednesday as a possibility, but Hammel is expected to take the mound Thursday against Binghamton. The Orioles want Hammel to pitch in two minor league games before activating him from the disabled list and placing him on the expanded roster. He could be used

O’s and A’s lineups

Ryan Flaherty is serving as the designated hitter today against Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker, and Brian Roberts is starting at second base. Nick Markakis is batting sixth again between Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Nick Markakis RF J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty DH Brian Roberts 2B Chris

Orioles want to go streaking

The Orioles won their second consecutive game last night, which raises the age-old question of whether two in a row constitutes a streak. What’s the minimum length for acceptable use of the term? Does it have to be three or more? Four? The Orioles are 11 games above .500 at 69-58. They trail Oakland by two in the wild card race. They’re in the thick

Showalter: “There are a lot of warriors out there”

The Orioles fell behind by three runs tonight and took the lead. They fell behind by a run and reclaimed the lead. “There are a lot of warriors out there,” said manager Buck Showalter. “They’ve been through some battles together and you’re not going to see them give in.” Jim Johnson retired the Athletics in order in the ninth inning for his 40th save after

Roberts keeps delivering in clutch, Orioles take lead in 7th (O’s win 9-7)

The Orioles have received lots of attention and criticism for their failures with runners in scoring position this season. None of the fingers can be pointed at second baseman Brian Roberts. Roberts’ grand slam in the fourth inning tonight gave the Orioles a 6-3 lead. Bud Norris allowed two runs in the top of the fifth and was removed with the bases loaded and two

Norris can’t break patterns (Jones and Roberts homer in fourth)

Before tonight, left-handers were batting .302 this season against Orioles starter Bud Norris. Brandon Moss, a left-handed hitter, delivered an RBI single in the first inning and homered to right field in the third to give Oakland a 3-0 lead. Moss’ home run came with two outs. Coco Crisp, a switch-hitter, led off the inning with a home run to right. Norris struck out the

More notes before tonight’s game against the A’s

Scott Feldman is available in the bullpen tonight for the Orioles, and he will start Sunday’s series finale against the A’s if he isn’t needed in relief. The A’s changed their rotation for the series. Jarrod Parker will start Saturday instead of left-hander Tommy Milone, who was scratched, and Sonny Gray will start Sunday. The Red Sox tentatively are scheduled to start Felix Doubront, John

Hammel encouraged after mound session

Jason Hammel threw off a mound today for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained right flexor mass. He used all of his pitches, including a slider that had brought the most discomfort to his arm, and is moving closer to an injury-rehab assignment. “It went real well,” Hammel said. “It felt great. I felt the extension that I was

O’s lineup vs. A’s

The Orioles are three games behind the Athletics for the final wild card spot, and the teams are starting a three-game series tonight at Camden Yards. You can do the math. Ryan Flaherty is serving as the designated hitter and Brian Roberts is starting at second base. Nick Markakis is batting sixth. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam

Garcia traded to Braves, A’s lineup

The Orioles have traded veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations. Garcia had been pitching at Triple-A Norfolk. Garcia was 8-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 13 starts with the Tides, with 15 walks and 61 strikeouts. He went 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) with the Orioles. Catcher Luis Exposito has been activated from the minor

It’s Norris vs. Straily tonight at Camden Yards

It’s back to baseball tonight, as the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Athletics at Camden Yards. One of the most important tasks of the day will be performed by Jason Hammel, who’s scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time since going on the disabled list retroactive to July 29 with a right flexor mass strain. He’s been playing catch and

Patton on fans’ expectations

It’s leftovers for lunch. Dig in. As I was wrapping up my conversation yesterday with left-hander Troy Patton about the mood inside the clubhouse, the topic shifted to the reaction of fans who seemingly had given up on the 2013 season after the Orioles dropped six of their last eight games. The Orioles had lost only one more game than last season at the same

The atmosphere inside the Orioles clubhouse

The Orioles are off again today, leaving them with two more open dates on their schedule. Manager Buck Showalter, resisting the urge to take in a minor league game, is having a barbeque at his home. “The players don’t want to see me anymore,” Showalter said. Actually, the players enjoy their interactions with Showalter, but they’ll gladly take a break today and recharge their batteries

Showalter speaks after 4-2 win

Jim Johnson didn’t warm up in the eighth inning tonight. He stood up, stretched, took a drink of water and sat back down, removing the glove from his left hand and the towel from his shoulder. The Orioles had a save situation, protecting a 4-2 lead, and manager Buck Showalter sent Darren O’Day back out for the ninth. After one batter, Brian Matusz came into

Davis ties Gentile on single-season home run list (O’s win 4-2)

Chris Davis led off the bottom of the fifth inning with his 46th home run, the ball disappearing over the flag court in right field to give the Orioles a 4-2 lead. Davis tied Jim Gentile for third place on the Orioles’ single-season home run list. Frank Robinson his 49 in 1966 and Brady Anderson hit 50 in 1996. There’s more. Davis has 25 homers

McLouth and slump go their separate ways (Jones homers)

Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth is a big fan of ’80s pop music, and he’s continued to use Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie” as his walk-up song all season. Not your typical choice among major league players. I doubt if many of his teammates are borrowing his iPod. Mired in an 0-for-17 slump, McLouth decided to make a change tonight, going with Journey’s “Separate Ways.” Maybe it

More pregame notes on Wieters and Johnson

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is doing his usual damage against the Rays, going 4-for-8 with a double, two home runs, four RBIs, a walk and four runs scored in the first two games of this series. He’s batting .337 against the Rays since breaking into the majors in 2009, the highest average for any player. His 50 RBIs also rank first, and his 15 homers

Orioles sending out postseason invoices, and other notes

While the Orioles fight to stay in playoff contention, the organization is mailing out postseason invoices to its season plan holders on Friday. The invoices will be delivered to fans with full-season, 29-game and 13-game packages. Full-season plan holders are entitled to purchase tickets for every postseason home game - a maximum of 11 possible - including four World Series and four American League Championship

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Nate McLouth will try to snap an 0-for-17 streak tonight while the Orioles attempt to avoid being swept by the Rays at Camden Yards. Nick Markakis is batting sixth tonight between Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Nick Markakis RF J.J. Hardy SS Brian Roberts 2B Steve Pearce

This and that

Three days ago, Jim Johnson began to warm in the Orioles’ bullpen in a possible save situation. Chris Davis hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, Johnson sat down and Josh Stinson worked the ninth. The following night, Johnson began to warm as the Orioles attempted to overcome a one-run deficit in the eighth. They couldn’t do it, and Johnson sat down

Hearing from Gonzalez and McLouth

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez failed to complete six innings tonight for the third time in his last five outings. He’s mixed in two quality starts. Tonight, Gonzalez allowed three runs (two earned) and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, with four walks and four strikeouts, in a 7-4 loss to the Rays. He threw 112 pitches before coming out of the game, including eight in

Showalter speaks after 7-4 loss

The Orioles have now lost six of their last eight games and trail the Rays by five in the wild card race. Manager Buck Showalter offered the following comments tonight after his team’s 7-4 loss to the Rays at Camden Yards. On Miguel Gonzalez: “He was up. Really elevated a lot of pitches. Had a lot of counts in his favor. He just couldn’t make

Wieters homers again in 7-4 loss

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hit his third home run in the last four games tonight to add a little drama to the bottom of the ninth inning. Just not enough of it. Wieters accounted for the last of the scoring in the Orioles’ 7-4 loss to the Rays at Camden Yards. Wieters has homered in four of his last seven games, giving him 19 this

SI covering Davis (O’s down 7-2)

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis better not believe in the Sports Illustrated cover jinx or he won’t want to leave the house. Davis is being featured on one of the Aug. 26 regional covers, with a profile written by Tom Verducci. As soon as I tweeted this information, Davis was hit by an Alex Cobb pitch. It’s already starting. Most recently, catcher Matt Wieters made

Flaherty delivers with a runner in scoring position

If anything good came out of last night’s repeated failures with runners in scoring position and less than two outs, it’s that closer Jim Johnson ceased to be the center of attention among frustrated fans. Manager Buck Showalter continued to field questions today about his club going 2-for-14 and stranding a season-high 15 runners. It was the topic du jour at Camden Yards. Adam Jones,

Showalter on Valencia’s success vs. Price (O’s down 1-0)

With two more right-handers scheduled to start against the Orioles after tonight, Danny Valencia may not return to the lineup until Saturday against Oakland left-hander Tommy Milone. You can bet that he’ll start against David Price if the Orioles are matched up against him during the final road series of the regular season on Sept. 20-23. Valencia is 9-for-12 lifetime against Price after going 2-for-2

Pregame notes and Rays lineup

Kevin Gausman picked up his first Triple-A win last night with five scoreless innings for Norfolk, and the reports on him were quite good. Gausman’s fastball was 96-98 mph. One of his finest outings of the year. The Orioles are expected to add Gausman to their expanded roster in September. He’s likely to pitch out of the bullpen, though manager Buck Showalter left open the

O’s lineup vs. Rays

Catcher Matt Wieters will attempt to further inflate his career average against the Rays tonight as the Orioles try to even the series following last night’s one-run loss. Wieters fell a triple short of the cycle last night and is batting .337 lifetime against the Rays, the highest average for any player with a minimum of 40 games. He’s 2-for-5 with a home run lifetime

More on the Orioles and RISP

I talked to a few fans today while running errands, and they unanimously classified last night’s loss as the most frustrating of the season. And it didn’t include a blown save, which I thought was a prerequisite. Must have been all those wasted scoring opportunities. The four consecutive innings with a runner at third base and one out that didn’t alter the score. The failings

Leftovers for breakfast

The Orioles completed the interleague portion of their schedule when the Rockies left town on Sunday, which didn’t bring a tear to the eye of manager Buck Showalter. Showalter jokingly referred to the interleague matchups as exhibition games. The schedule has gotten a whole lot more serious. It’s loaded with division opponents and teams outside of it that remain in playoff contention. The Orioles have

Showalter speaks after 4-3 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has gotten really good at shedding a positive light on his team’s inability to hit with runners in scoring position. Whenever a reporter points out the failings on a given night, Showalter counters with how he’s pleased with the Orioles’ ability to put men on base and present those opportunities. The Orioles stranded 15 tonight in a 4-3 loss to Tampa

Wieters still tormenting the Rays (O’s lose 4-3)

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters tied tonight’s game in the bottom of the third inning with a double that scored Manny Machado, who led off with a single and advanced to third base on Adam Jones’ single. Wieters barely missed a three-run homer, the ball hitting a few inches below the top of the center field fence and eluding the glove of Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings,

Game update and more notes (Valencia has RBI)

Orioles starter Chris Tillman retired the first two batters in the first inning tonight. Then he faced Evan Longoria. That’s not a favorable matchup for Tillman. Longoria drove a 91 mph fastball over the fence in right-center field to give Tampa Bay an early 1-0 lead over the Orioles at Camden Yards. Longoria is now 10-for-22 with four home runs lifetime against Tillman, who is

Pregame notes and Rays lineup

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is downplaying his decision to bat Brian Roberts first tonight against Tampa Bay left-hander David Price, reminding reporters that Roberts had hit leadoff many times in the past. It only happened once this season, back on July 12 against the Blue Jays. And it probably won’t happen on Tuesday, with the Rays starting right-hander Alex Cobb. “Brian’s led off before. It’s

Valencia recalled, Roberts leading off, Hardy in lineup

The Orioles made the expected move and recalled Danny Valencia from Triple-A Norfolk. He’s serving as the designated hitter and batting eighth tonight against Tampa Bay left-hander David Price. Valencia is 7-for-10 lifetime against Price, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. Brian Roberts is leading off tonight, as manager Buck Showalter goes with a right-handed lineup. Roberts has 11 hits in his last

Expanded thoughts on the September roster

Though the Orioles can’t expand their roster until Sept. 1, I’ve been asked to speculate on possible call-ups. As you know, I often take requests. Coming up next, I’ll play “Free Bird.” No one can offer up a list of call-ups without taking into account how the Orioles’ needs may change if they acquire a player from outside the organization. And how a few players

Orioles option Stinson

The Orioles optioned pitcher Josh Stinson to Triple-A Norfolk following today’s 7-2 victory over the Rockies at Camden Yards. A corresponding move will be announced before Monday’s game against the Rays at Camden Yards. The Orioles have a three-man bench, so a position player is likely to come up. Danny Valencia isn’t in Norfolk’s lineup tonight and is the likely choice. Stinson, 25, appeared in

Roberts continues to swing a hot bat (Davis homers, O’s win 7-2)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is getting a reminder of how Brian Roberts can impact a game when healthy. Roberts has two more hits today, and his two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning increased the Orioles’ lead to 5-2. Roberts is 11-for-23 with seven RBIs in his last seven games. Is that good? His average is now up to .275. This is the

Adam Jones joins Frank Robinson in Orioles home run history (O’s lead 3-2)

Center fielder Adam Jones didn’t want the Orioles relievers to be bored, so he deposited a ball at their feet in the bottom of the third inning. Jones homered off Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin with Chris Davis on second base and two outs to increase the Orioles’ lead to 3-0. He launched an 81 mph slider after Chacin started him off with a fastball. The

Showalter on Hammel, Hardy, Betemit and call-ups (updated)

Orioles starter Scott Feldman won the first battle today with Rockies first baseman Michael Cuddyer, retiring him on a force play to end the top of the first inning. Cuddyer began the day 7-for-13 with three doubles, two homers and five RBIs lifetime against Feldman. Manager Buck Showalter provided updates on some injured Orioles before today’s series finale against the Rockies at Camden Yards. Showalter

A few injury updates

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel will throw on flat ground again on Monday and Wednesday before progressing to a mound on Friday, assuming there are no setbacks. Hammel already has played catch twice to test his right forearm. So far, so good. Hammel will need to make a few starts on an injury-rehab assignment before the Orioles activate him from the disabled list. They can find

Hardy provides medical update

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was a late scratch from yesterday’s lineup because of back spasms and he’s excluded from it today. However, his back is “100 percent better than yesterday,” he told reporters, and he expects to start Monday night’s series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards. “I don’t feel that spasm,” he said. “Maybe a little bit of tightness, but not the spasm.

Hardy out of lineup

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy isn’t starting for the second consecutive game, though he’s available as a pinch-hitter. Hardy said his back feels “100 percent better.” The spasms are gone, but he felt a little tightness while moving around the field. Nothing when he took 25 swings. Manager Buck Showalter is being careful with Hardy, who said he could have started today if needed. Instead, the

Feldman looking for better results at home

Scott Feldman gets another chance today to make himself feel right at home in Camden Yards. Feldman is 1-3 with a 7.66 ERA in his four starts in Baltimore since being acquired from the Cubs on July 2, allowing 19 earned runs over 22 1/3 innings. Feldman surrendered seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Rangers, three runs and five hits

Showalter on Hardy, Stinson, Rodriguez and Norris

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was alerted to shortstop J.J. Hardy’s back spasms during batting practice this afternoon and made the decision to remove him from the lineup. Hardy said he could have played, but he was reduced to spectator in the Orioles’ 8-4 win over the Rockies at Camden Yards. “He felt it a little bit yesterday, but they did some treatment and everything and

Norris doesn’t make it through the sixth (O’s win 8-4)

Bud Norris had a seven-run lead tonight, a chance to give the Orioles a quality start and a reason to rest the bullpen. Norris is now sitting on the bench after slamming his glove on it, the lead is down to four runs and manager Buck Showalter has used two relievers as we enter the bottom of the sixth. Norris was charged with four runs

First inning challenges Norris again (O’s lead 8-1)

Orioles pitcher Bud Norris has allowed 17 runs in the first inning this season, including one tonight to fall behind the Rockies 1-0 at Camden Yards. Norris is fortunate that he only surrendered one run after allowing two hits and walking two batters. Troy Tulowitzki grounded into a 6-4-3 double play after Dexter Fowler walked and took third on Corey Dickerson’s single. Norris walked two

New Orioles lineup vs. Rockies

Steve Pearce has entered the Orioles’ lineup as the designated hitter, batting seventh, after shortstop J.J. Hardy was scratched because of back spasms. Ryan Flaherty will play shortstop and bat eighth. Hardy’s 11-game hitting streak came to an end last night. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Steve Pearce DH

Hardy scratched from Orioles lineup (updated)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been scratched from tonight’s lineup. No reason was given, so stay tuned for updates. Ryan Flaherty will start at shortstop and Steve Pearce will serve as the designated hitter. I’ll post the new lineup once it becomes available. The Orioles already had a short bench tonight. Now it’s really short, with Alexi Casilla and Taylor Teagarden perhaps the only players

Pregame notes and Rockies lineup

Orioles reliever Francisco Rodriguez won’t be available for tonight’s game against the Rockies, but he’s avoided the disabled list. Rodriguez left last night’s game in the eighth inning with a strained right groin. He’s feeling better and will attempt to play catch today. Jason Hammel will do some long-tossing again today and take off Sunday. Hammel could throw from a mound on Monday or Tuesday.

Orioles lineup vs. Rockies

Chris Davis is batting third again tonight for the Orioles, with Nick Markakis lowered to fifth. Manager Buck Showalter used the same alignment last night. Ryan Flaherty is serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty DH Brian Roberts 2B Bud Norris

Stinson headed to Baltimore

The Orioles will recall pitcher Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk to provide an extra bullpen arm for tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies at Camden Yards. The team will make the announcement this afternoon. Stinson will replace outfielder Henry Urrutia on the 25-man roster. Urrutia was optioned following last night’s 6-3 loss. Stinson worked six innings Tuesday night for Norfolk, making him more available than

Upon further review, Showalter likes changes to replay system

Major League Baseball will expand its video review process next season. More plays will be subject to review. Managers will be allowed up to three challenges each game. Manager Buck Showalter has been too busy to give the changes a thorough examination, but he had a few quick impressions. He wonders why only one challenge is allowed through the first six innings. Is MLB suggesting

Orioles preparing to add pitcher (Urrutia optioned)

The Orioles seem confident that reliever Francisco Rodriguez will avoid the disabled list despite leaving tonight’s game with a strained right groin. However, they’re expected to make a roster move to add another pitcher for their bullpen. “We’re probably going to have to get an arm here tomorrow,” said manager Buck Showalter following a 6-3 loss to the Rockies. “We’re getting a little short down

K-Rod leaves game with injury (Johnson serves up HR, O’s lose 6-3)

Orioles reliever Francisco Rodriguez gave up a home run in the eighth inning tonight and left the game with an undisclosed injury after retiring the next batter. Rodriguez appeared to hurt himself while warming up, but he continued to pitch. Charlie Blackmon, who replaced Charlie Culberson in left field, led off with a home run onto Eutaw Street to increase Colorado’s lead to 5-2. Dexter

So much for Chen cruising ... (updated)

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen retired 10 batters in a row and 12 of 13 as he entered the top of the fifth inning. A double, wild pitch and one-out single in the fifth cut the Orioles’ lead in half. The first career home run by the Rockies’ No. 9 hitter in the sixth tied the game. Chen has allowed 32 runs this season. Seven have

McLouth belts 12th career leadoff home run (updated)

Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio started off Orioles leadoff hitter Nate McLouth with a 91 mph four-seam fastball tonight. Then he came back with a 90 mph four-seamer. Then he threw the exact same pitch again at the same speed. McLouth timed it just right. McLouth delivered his second leadoff home run of the season and the 12th of his career to give the Orioles

Castro and McGregor talk about their new roles

Bill Castro has previous experience as a pitching coach with the Brewers, and he’s returning to that role with the Orioles starting today after the club announced that Rick Adair had taken a personal leave of absence. This isn’t the way Castro wanted to return to the dugout. “Well, I was surprised,” he said. “I felt uncomfortable in the beginning with the situation. I don’t

Showalter on a variety of topics

Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent about 25 minutes talking to reporters today before turning over the microphone to Bill Castro and Scott McGregor. Here’s a sampling of Showalter’s remarks. On Kevin Gausman having a sore right forearm: “They may skip him in the rotation just to keep him out of harm’s way. He feels good. He’s not happy about not pitching, but just had a

A few notes before tonight’s game

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel said his arm felt good today before he headed outdoors to play catch. If the session goes well, he’ll do it again on Sunday or Monday. Hammel told manager Buck Showalter that he was ready to start Sunday. Showalter assumed that Hammel was joking. Bud Norris remains the scheduled starter for Saturday despite experiencing some lower-back tightness in his last outing.

Orioles and Rockies lineups

The Orioles are concluding the interleague portion of their 2013 schedule with a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Camden Yards. The Orioles are 4-5 against the Rockies, going 3-3 at home and 1-2 on the road. The teams haven’t met since 2007 in Baltimore, when the Orioles lost the final two games of the series after Nick Markakis had two hits, two RBIs

Duquette on Adair: “It’s simply a personal leave of absence”

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is unable to provide specific details on pitching coach Rick Adair’s decision to take a leave of absence from the club, but he emphasized that it’s due to personal reasons and isn’t tied to the staff’s performance this season. “It’s simply a personal leave of absence,” Duquette told me over the phone a few minutes ago. “We don’t really

Adair taking leave of absence

Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair is taking a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons. The club just sent out a release confirming changes to the staff. Bullpen coach Bill Castro will replace Adair as pitching coach. Scott McGregor, who works with rehabbing pitchers in Sarasota, will become interim bullpen coach. McGregor filled the same role on a part-time basis in 2011. There

Orioles interested in Cuban outfielder Jose Abreu

The Orioles have been scouting Cuban outfielder Jose Abreu for more than a year and are intrigued by his “monster power,” as it’s been described by one member of the organization. There’s no doubt that they like what they’ve seen from him Unfortunately for the Orioles, Abreu will probably command a monster contract and they aren’t known to jump into bidding wars for international players.

Notes on Britton and Reynolds (and Betemit)

Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Zach Britton left tonight’s game in Toledo after being hit on the side of the ankle by a hard one-hopper from Danny Worth. No updates are available at this time. Worth reached on an infield hit with two outs in the sixth inning as the ball rolled to Tides first baseman Steve Clevenger. Tim Alderson replaced Britton and stranded Worth by retiring

Another look at the starters

Chris Tillman turned in his 16th quality start in 24 outings yesterday before the blown save, the 14 innings, the gut-wrenching loss that completed Arizona’s three-game sweep of the Orioles. The Orioles have posted seven quality starts in the last nine games, giving them a 2.88 ERA in that stretch. That’s the good. Unfortunately, the starters have gone more than six innings in only three

A few thoughts on Jim Johnson and the closer situation

I hadn’t intended to write about Jim Johnson this morning. The subject was covered quite thoroughly again yesterday after his third consecutive blown save. But I’ll offer my two cents here before finding another topic. First of all, anyone suggesting that the Orioles should release Johnson - or cut him, as if it were the NFL - needs to get a clue. There’s no reason

Norris makes second relief appearance (O’s lose 5-4 in 14 innings)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is going to his bullpen again. He’s also going to his rotation. At the same time. Bud Norris will replace Tommy Hunter in the bottom of the 14th inning with the score tied 4-4. Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland is next in line. Then bullpen coach Billy Castro, who will have to come out of retirement. Norris has appeared in 122

Eliminating today’s closer candidates (heading to the 14th)

Darren O’Day pitched the seventh inning today, allowing an inherited runner to score. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the eighth, stranding the potential tying run in scoring position. The Orioles are clinging to a one-run lead and Jim Johnson is warming in the bullpen. It figured to be Johnson in a save situation. Manager Buck Showalter isn’t ready to make a change. He’s standing firmly in Johnson’s

Orioles having a Teagarden party (O’s lead 4-3)

Before today, Orioles backup catcher Taylor Teagarden was 6-for-48 this season. Plenty of fans questioned why Matt Wieters needed a day off following last night’s game, with an open date on the schedule Thursday. Manager Buck Showalter wants to give players back-to-back days off to freshen their legs. He also consulted with a psychic late last night who told him that Teagarden would collect three

Bottom of order dials it up (more on Machado home run)

The Orioles fell behind 1-0 in the first inning today on a two-out infield hit by Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Davidson that scored Martin Prado, who had doubled off Orioles starter Chris Tillman. Tillman had allowed only four runs in the first inning before today. Manny Machado made a spectacular diving stop along the line and threw from his knees to almost retire Davidson. It

Markakis leading off, Pearce in left field (with note)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has moved Nick Markakis atop the order again today against a left-handed starter, Arizona’s Patrick Corbin. Steve Pearce is in left field. Taylor Teagarden is behind the plate. Markakis is batting .328/.358/.377 with six doubles, 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored in 29 games as the leadoff hitter this season. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones

Pregame notes and Diamondbacks lineup

Over his last 162 games since Aug. 8, 2012, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is batting .298/.371/.663 with 39 doubles, 59 home runs, 142 RBIs, 177 hits and 115 runs scored. He struck out 198 times in those 162 games. According to STATS, the only American League players since 1921 with 44 or more home runs through Aug. 13 are Davis (44), Babe Ruth (44

Will the Orioles add a reliever for today’s game? (updated)

The Orioles may need a bullpen arm for this afternoon’s series finale against the Diamondbacks, which also concludes their three-city road trip. Miguel Gonzalez worked seven innings last night, but the game carried into the 11th before Paul Goldschmidt hit a walk-off home run off left-hander T.J. McFarland, who was making his first appearance since Aug. 3. Kevin Gausman is listed as tonight’s starter for

Gonzalez strong through six, buckles in seventh (O’s lose 4-3 in 11th)

The last two Orioles starters had worked five and 5 1/3 innings. The bullpen was taxed. Miguel Gonzalez needed to step up tonight and get deep into the game. He needed to provide his own relief. Gonzalez has completed seven innings, but he just allowed two runs to reduce the Orioles’ lead to 3-2. He’s surrendered five hits - including three in the seventh -

Davis hits No. 44 (Hardy hits No. 22)

The Orioles had a runner on second base and two outs in the fourth inning tonight, and Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado decided to challenge Chris Davis with a fastball. Delgado lost. Davis hit his 44th home run to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead. Nick Markakis walked with one out and moved up on a wild pitch. Adam Jones grounded out and Davis hit a

Orioles lineup vs. Diamondbacks

No surprises in the Orioles lineup tonight. The Diamondbacks are starting a right-hander, Randall Delgado, which means Nate McLouth moves to the top of the order and Nick Markakis drops down to third. Adam Jones remains the cleanup hitter, with Chris Davis batting fifth and Matt Wieters sixth. Standard stuff, really. Miguel Gonzalez is pitching in his second interleague game. He’s 0-for-1 with a sacrifice

A few pregame notes and Diamondbacks lineup

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is facing the Diamondbacks for the first time tonight. In 12 career outings when starting against an opponent for the first time, Gonzalez is 6-4 with a 4.67 ERA and the Orioles are 7-5 in those games. Gonzalez is 11-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 career outings against an opponent he’s faced in the past, and the Orioles are 16-7

Notes on Palmer and the ‘pen (and Paulino)

Anyone know the significance of today’s date in Orioles history? I’m sure it will be discussed later in the MASN booth. On Aug. 13, 1969, Jim Palmer tossed a no-hitter to defeat the Athletics 8-0 at Memorial Stadium. He walked six, including Reggie Jackson three times, and struck out eight while improving to 11-2 with a 1.77 ERA. I look at that record and ERA

The defense doesn’t rest

During my phone-in segment yesterday on “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report” on MASN - a delayed shameless plug - I was asked about shortstop J.J. Hardy’s overall value to the Orioles. The 21 home runs immediately come to mind. He’s joined Cal Ripken Jr. and Miguel Tejada as the only Orioles shortstops with three straight seasons of 20-plus homers. You won’t find Kiko Garcia or Bob

Feldman goes 5 1/3 tonight in Arizona (O’Day allows walk-off HR)

So, what grade do you give Scott Feldman tonight? Feldman lasted only 5 1/3 innings and threw 109 pitches, including 63 for strikes. But he allowed only one earned run - two total - and left with the Orioles leading 4-2. Matt Wieters hit his 16th home run with two outs in the top of the sixth inning - his sixth from the right side

Markakis remains a hit atop the order (O’s lead 3-2)

During his pregame session with the media this afternoon, part of which aired on “O’s Xtra” on MASN, manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles have discussed Mark Reynolds and will do so again. Showalter wasn’t aware until told by a reporter that the Indians had released Reynolds earlier today. He expects to hear again from executive vice president Dan Duquette. Though the Orioles continue to

Orioles lineup vs. Diamondbacks (and update on Bananagate)

The Orioles begin a three-game set tonight with the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Baltimore will be facing left-hander Wade Miley, meaning Steve Pearce will get the start in left field in favor of Nate McLouth. Nick Markakis will be leading off. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS Matt Wieters C Steve Pearce LF

Orioles notes and Diamondbacks lineup

A win tonight in Arizona would move the Orioles 14 games above .500 for the second time this season. They also were 57-43. Adam Jones has hit safely in nine straight games since Aug. 1, tying his season-high streak (also April 2-11, April 20-28 and June 12-21). Jones is batting .472 (17-for-36) with four doubles, two homers, 11 RBIs and nine runs during his current

Wada turns in another impressive outing (Betemit note)

Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada made another push for a major league promotion today, holding Triple-A Rochester to one run over seven innings and leaving with Norfolk ahead 3-1. Wada allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three. He threw 90 pitches, 62 for strikes. The only run off him scored in the seventh. Wada has limited opponents to one run and 14 hits in his

Giants issue statement regarding incident involving Jones

Less than 24 hours after Orioles center fielder Adam Jones revealed on Twitter that a fan at AT&T Park threw a banana at him in the ninth inning of yesterday’s game, the San Francisco Giants have issued a statement that includes an apology and an update on the investigation. Thus far, the Giants have not been able to identify the person responsible. We were extremely

Orioles will try again to handle Diamondbacks

The Orioles must feel snakebit when it comes to playing the Diamondbacks. And everyone sees what I did there. The Orioles are 3-9 against Arizona, losing all three series. They’re 1-5 at Camden Yards and 2-4 at Chase Field. Tonight, they get another chance to wrangle the Diamondbacks, with Scott Feldman making his seventh start for the Orioles and 22nd overall this season. He’s 4-4

Jones vents at Giants fan via Twitter

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is one of the most active athletes on Twitter, building a following of 128,881 at last count. He talks baseball, food, pets and anything else that’s on his mind. But he may become the latest Oriole to give it up. Earlier tonight, Jones claimed that a fan at AT&T Park in San Francisco threw a banana in his direction in

Roberts triple leads to first run (Jones hits three-run homer, O’s win 10-2)

The Orioles won’t be shut out today. They won’t go the entire afternoon without putting a runner in scoring position. Their starting pitcher won’t supply all of their offense. Brian Roberts led off the top of the sixth inning with a triple to right-center field, and he trotted home with one out on Nate McLouth’s single to reduce the Giants’ lead to 2-1. Roberts hadn’t

Defense shines, Norris struggles (updated)

Bud Norris gave up two runs in the bottom of the first inning today in San Francisco, putting the Orioles in an early hole. It could have been worse if not for Adam Jones’ lunging backhanded catch in left-center field to rob Brandon Crawford following Marco Scutaro’s leadoff single. Just another day at the office for the Orioles, who were on pace to commit only

Orioles and Giants lineups

Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts have returned to the Orioles’ lineup today after beginning yesterday’s game on the bench. Nick Markakis moves up to third after hitting fifth yesterday and going 3-for-4. 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 Brian Roberts 2B Bud Norris RHP For the Giants

A few pregame notes while waiting for the lineups

The Orioles are looking for their 22nd series win this year and their 10th on the road. They’re 20-17 in series finales, including 3-3 since the All-Star break. A win today would mark the team’s first back-to-back road series victories since May (3-1 in Anaheim on May 2-5 and 2-1 in Minnesota on May 10-12. Center fielder Adam Jones will try to extend his hitting

It’s Norris vs. Cain today

Bud Norris makes his third start for the Orioles this afternoon, and so far he’s been a big hit because he hasn’t allowed them. See what I did there? Norris has permitted three runs and nine hits in 12 innings, with four walks and 13 strikeouts. He’s won both starts. Norris is 0-2 with a 3.52 ERA in four career starts against the Giants, including

More on Chen, Jones and Markakis (Davis homers, O’s lose 3-2)

In Wei-Yin Chen’s last 21 starts including today, the Orioles have scored 52 runs while he has been in the game, and 45 more after he’s been removed. In his last 38 starts, the Orioles have scored three runs or fewer while he’s in the game 25 times. Chen is so good, he stops both teams from hitting. The Orioles have scored just 31 runs

Orioles miss DH and more on Markakis (O’s lead 1-0, Chen dealing)

The Orioles loaded the bases with one out in the second inning today against Giants right-hander Chad Gaudin. Taylor Teagarden struck out, which brought Wei-Yin Chen to the plate. Yeah, pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. The Orioles are playing under National League rules on this interleague road trip, so Chen had a chance to help his own cause. He actually got ahead 3-0 in the count before

Flaherty starting at second base today, Markakis dropped to fifth

Ryan Flaherty replaced Brian Roberts at second base in the ninth inning night, and he’s starting at second this afternoon against the Giants. Interesting. Flaherty is batting seventh, followed by catcher Taylor Teagarden. Nick Markakis drops to fifth in the order for the first time this season. He’s batted fifth in six career games, going 5-for-9 with a home run. Markakis is 2-for-4 with two

Wada improvement

Tsuyoshi Wada is scheduled to make his next start for Triple-A Norfolk on Monday afternoon against Rochester. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two outings, walking two and striking out 17 in 11 2/3 innings, and the reports on him indicate that his stuff is good enough now to get out major league hitters. Tides pitching coach Mike Griffin is in total agreement.

Tillman streak ends at 14 batters retired (O’s win 5-2)

Chris Tillman retired 14 straight batters tonight before Brandon Belt homered with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, reducing the Orioles’ lead to 2-1 over the Giants. Tillman threw seven consecutive four-seam fastballs to Belt, who launched the last one to right-center field. Earlier in the at-bat, Belt actually tried to bunt for a hit. Tillman has allowed 24 homers in 138 innings.

Jones, Machado extend hitting streaks to seven games (Hardy homers)

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones continues to love life on the West Coast, producing an RBI single in the first inning tonight in San Francisco. Jones extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-out single up the middle that scored Manny Machado. He’s 13-for-25 with three doubles, a home run, six RBIs and six runs scored. Jones had a nine-game hitting streak on

Orioles and Giants lineups

Nate McLouth returns to the leadoff spot tonight, as the Orioles begin a three-game series in San Francisco. Nick Markakis is hitting third. Brian Roberts continues to bat eighth during interleague games, with pitcher Chris Tillman batting ninth. 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 Brian Roberts 2B

Notes on Tillman, Hardy, the rotation and more

Chris Tillman is seeking his eighth road win tonight. Since the start of the 2000 season, only four Orioles pitchers have recorded eight or more road wins in a season, according to the club’s PR staff: Erik Bedard (eight in 2007), Daniel Cabrera (nine in 2004), Rodrigo Lopez (nine in 2005 and eight in 2002) and Sidney Ponson (eight in 2003). How many fans would

Orioles return to San Francisco

The Orioles are preparing for their third-ever series in San Francisco and the first since 2010, when they lost two of three games by a combined score of 17-9. In their only win, Jake Arrieta held the Giants to one run over seven innings. In the rubber game, Tim Lincecum struck out 10 batters in six innings. The Orioles won two of three in the

Bundy: “I feel fine and I’m right where I want to be”

Six weeks removed from undergoing ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, pitcher Dylan Bundy remains encouraged by his recovery and the progress he’s making toward getting back on a mound. Bundy is on schedule with his rehab at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, which should enable him to begin throwing in late November - five months after his procedure. “Today is six weeks,

A few off-day notes

The Indians designated Mark Reynolds for assignment this morning and I’m already being asked about the Orioles’ level of interest in bringing him back. I have no idea. The ink on the transaction hasn’t even dried yet. The Orioles had no interest in picking up his $11 million option over the winter or tendering him a contract and risking an arbitration hearing. But circumstances do

Is it Tillman’s turn to win 20?

A few days ago, MASN replayed Game 2 of the 1983 American League Championship Series. The Orioles defeated the White Sox 4-0 at Memorial Stadium, and Mike Boddicker put on a pitching clinic with 14 strikeouts while going the distance. Sammy Stewart and Tippy Martinez warmed in the bullpen, but it was Boddicker’s game. A year later, he would win 20 of them in the

A few postgame notes following 10-3 win in San Diego (updated)

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones had three hits today after tallying four last night, the fifth time in his career and the second time this year that he collected three or more hits in consecutive games. It also happened on April 4-5. Jones, a San Diego native, owns a career .550 (11-for-20) average with two home runs and four RBIs in five games at Petco

Gonzalez has quality start, but no lead (Davis homers, O’s win 10-3)

Miguel Gonzalez was cruising today. Then, he hit one of those potholes. Gonzalez surrendered a game-tying, three-run homer to Jedd Gyorko in the bottom of the sixth inning, erasing the Orioles 3-0 lead at Petco Park. Gonzalez has now allowed 13 runs in the sixth this season, most of any inning. He’s given up 11 in the fourth and fifth. Gyorko hammered a fastball to

Hardy hits his 19th homer (O’s lead 3-0)

J.J. Hardy has hit more home runs than any shortstop in the American League this season, and he increased the margin this afternoon with his 19th to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Hardy drove an 89 mph fastball from Eric Stults - the Padres left-hander, not the actor who played Rocky Dennis in “Mask” - over the fence in left

Orioles and Padres lineups

Matt Wieters is catching again today for the Orioles in an afternoon game following a night game. Nick Markakis is leading off and Steve Pearce is starting in left field. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Steve Pearce LF Brian Roberts 2B Miguel Gonzalez RHP For the Padres Will Venable

A few pregame notes while waiting for the lineups

Miguel Gonzalez recorded eight consecutive quality starts for the Orioles before hitting a bump in the road. It’s more like a 10-foot pothole. Gonzalez has allowed 15 runs (10 earned) and 17 hits in his last two starts covering 8 1/3 innings. He’s facing the Padres today for the first time in his career. Before his last two starts, Gonzalez had never allowed as many

Because You Asked - The Squeakquel

I’m asked and I answer. I’m asked again and I answer again. And so it goes. I created the “Because You Asked” series, with all of its cheesy sequels, to provide one-stop shopping for fans who keep bringing the same questions to my doorstep. This way, I can answer everyone simultaneously. Let’s get started. Have you got any updates on Dylan Bundy? This one puzzles

Jones graded on the curve tonight (Jones homers, O’s win 4-1)

Padres starter Edinson Volquez was determined to retire Orioles center fielder Adam Jones on a curveball tonight. Maybe he was following the scouting report. Maybe he was being stubborn. Volquez threw six curveballs to Jones in the first inning, including four in a row to begin the at-bat. He mixed in a changeup, threw another curve, tried a 94 mph fastball and went back to

Orioles lineup vs. Padres

Brian Roberts is back on the active roster and back at second base for tonight’s series opener against the San Diego Padres. Roberts moves up to eighth with the absence of a designated hitter. No real surprises tonight. Nate McLouth is leading off and playing left field. Nick Markakis is batting third. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam

Orioles rotation missing Feldman in San Francisco

The Orioles listed their starting pitchers for the three-game series against the San Francisco Giants that begins Friday at AT&T Park, and it doesn’t include right-hander Scott Feldman. Chris Tillman is scheduled to face Ryan Vogelsong in the opener. Wei-Yin Chen will face Chad Gaudin on Saturday, and Bud Norris will face Matt Cain on Sunday. With off-days yesterday and Thursday, the Orioles could skip

Orioles in Baseball America’s Best Tools Survey

I recently asked Orioles manager Buck Showalter to fill out Baseball America’s Best Tools Survey, which he did without complaint. At least, while I was still in the room. And he got it back to me before the deadline. Each manager was asked to vote for players in his own league. The Orioles were well-represented in the survey, including Chris Davis, who finished first in

Roberts reinstated, Valencia optioned (Betemit update)

The Orioles made the anticipated roster move today, reinstating second baseman Brian Roberts from the paternity leave list and optioning infielder Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk. Roberts had to be placed on the roster today. His three days were up. And Valencia was the obvious choice to go back down, since the Orioles didn’t figure to go with an expanded bench. They already lost their

Betemit begins rehab assignment

Wilson Betemit is in the Gulf Coast League Orioles lineup today, batting second and serving as the designated hitter. Betemit drew a walk in the top of the first inning against GCL Red Sox left-hander Gabe Speier, a 19th-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Dos Pueblos (Ca.) High School. This is Betemit’s first game since he tore the PCL in his

Orioles return to San Diego (updated)

The Orioles are in San Diego for a two-game series against the Padres. Two games? Seriously? Hardly seems worth the flight. Upon further view, it may be an appropriate number, since two significant events happened in Orioles history during their first-ever series in San Diego in 2007. Anyone know without looking it up? Answer to follow. Bud Norris is making his second start for the

Valencia not among players suspended

As expected, Orioles infielder Danny Valencia was not listed among the players receiving 50-game suspensions for their roles in the Biogenesis scandal. Major League Baseball released the names this afternoon and noted that the investigation “found no violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez or Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.” The names of the violators began

Random notes and quotes

The Orioles are enjoying the first of their five off-days this month, though a cross-country flight may not be everyone’s idea of a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Scott Feldman figures to make his next start in San Francisco, unless manager Buck Showalter tweaks his rotation. Feldman will get to bat under National League rules, and he’s not completely overmatched at the plate. Feldman

Showalter speaks after 3-2 loss

If we’ve learned anything about Orioles manager Buck Showalter over the past three years, it’s that he focuses on the positive developments in a game, whether it ends with a win or a loss. Today provided the latest example. Showalter praised starter Wei-Yin Chen and deflected a question about the walk to light-hitting Brendan Ryan with two outs in the seventh inning that preceded Henry

Valencia offers support for Chen (O’s lose 3-2)

Wei-Yin Chen has held the Mariners to one run over six innings. He’s in line for his fifth consecutive quality start since coming off the disabled list. Whether he picks up another win is another matter. The odds just improved, thanks to an unlikely source. The Orioles hadn’t score a run for him through five innings, going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranding

Game update and more notes (updated)

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis began today leading the majors with a .330 average from the leadoff spot. Of course, he singled today leading off the bottom of the first. That’s what he does. Adam Jones doubled after Manny Machado grounded into a double play. Two hits off former Oriole Joe Saunders, but no runs. Jones began today leading the majors with a .387 average

Pregame notes and Mariners lineup

The Orioles’ roster could undergo more changes this week as the club embarks on a three-city West Coast trip that includes off-days on Monday, Thursday and August 15. The Orioles could choose to carry an extra bench player once Brian Roberts comes off paternity leave on Monday. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that it’s one of the possibilities being considered. Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez are

Valencia recalled and in lineup

The Orioles have recalled Danny Valencia from Triple-A Norfolk and inserted him in today’s lineup as the designated hitter against Seattle left-hander Joe Saunders. Valencia replaces pitcher Steve Johnson, who was optioned following last night’s 8-4 loss. Brian Roberts remains on paternity leave. He will accompany the team to San Diego on Monday. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF

It’s Chen vs. Saunders today

The Orioles had a chance to re-sign left-hander Joe Saunders over the winter and didn’t do it, though one member of the organization said they were “close.” They checked on his availability at the non-waiver trade deadline last week, but the Mariners held onto him. Saunders is facing the Orioles today for the second time since signing a one-year, $6.5 million contract over the winter.

Showalter speaks after 8-4 loss (Steve Johnson optioned)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had calmed down considerably by the time he met with reporters following tonight’s 8-4 loss to the Mariners. Showalter was ejected by plate umpire Larry Vanover in the bottom of the seventh inning for disputing a strike call on Nick Markakis. Asked later if he had been given an explanation, Showalter took the high road. “Umpires are an easy target,” he

Showalter ejected in seventh (O’s lose 8-4)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t have to leave the dugout tonight to be ejected from the game. He apparently said enough from the railing. Showalter barked at plate umpire Larry Vanover after a high and outside pitch to leadoff hitter Nick Markakis was called a strike in the bottom of the seventh inning. Vanover turned to the dugout and tossed Showalter, who rushed onto the

Feldman turns in shortest outing as Oriole (updated)

Scott Feldman allowed the leadoff batter to reach in four of the first five innings tonight. He issued four walks. He let 11 of the 25 batters he faced reach base. Quite the recipe for disaster. Feldman was charged with five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing in six starts with the Orioles and tied for his second-shortest this season.

Game update and more notes (Wieters and Machado homer)

Scott Feldman allowed only his third home run tonight in six starts with the Orioles, as Justin Smoak lifted a 75 mph curveball onto the flag court in right field in the top of the second inning to give Seattle a 1-0 lead. Feldman allowed a single and walked a batter in the first before retiring the next three Mariners, striking out Raul Ibanez to

More on Hardy being out of tonight’s lineup

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t write shortstop J.J. Hardy’s name in tonight’s lineup. But that doesn’t mean Hardy is definitely getting the night off. “He doesn’t start,” Showalter said. “Two different terminologies there.” Hardy, who has started every game this season, could be used tonight as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement. The game will dictate it. “I’d like to stay away from him,” Showalter said.

Hammel: “Definitely some good news”

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel was relieved today, and in a good way. Hammel told reporters that the MRI taken on his right forearm didn’t reveal anything more serious than some inflammation. “Definitely some good news,” he said. “Came back real good. No structural damage, but definitely inflammation around the ulnar nerve. We just have to calm that area down. “The forearm’s a little stiff. I

Flaherty at shortstop, Casilla at second base (Hammel update)

Brian Roberts remains out of the Orioles lineup on paternity leave, which gives Alexi Casilla the start at second base. Ryan Flaherty isn’t returning to the bench. He’s replacing J.J. Hardy at shortstop. We’ll find out later whether Hardy is being rested or if he’s hurting. Hardy leads all major league shortstops with 971 1/3 innings played this season. Henry Urrutia moves up to seventh

Roberts (and baby) update

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts and his wife, Diana, are the proud parents of a baby boy, Jax Isaac Roberts, born last night in Baltimore. The club’s public relations staff announced via Twitter that “all are doing well.” Jax is 6 pounds, 7 ounces. No word on whether he bats from both sides of the plate. Roberts was placed on paternity leave last night, with

This and that

Chris Tillman must be living a charmed life when he gives up six runs and still registers his 14th win of the season. As manager Buck Showalter said, the Orioles probably owed Tillman after the way he’s pitched for them this season. Tillman is 14-3, which currently ranks as the highest winning percentage (.824) in franchise history for a pitcher with at least 15 decisions.

Showalter speaks after 11-8 win

The Orioles have hit at least three home runs in a game 19 times this season to lead the American League. The Braves lead the majors with 20. The Orioles’ power was on full display tonight, with Chris Davis hitting his 40th home run, Nate McLouth belting his first career grand slam and Ryan Flaherty coming within a triple of the cycle in an 11-8

McLouth hits first career grand slam (O’s win 11-8)

Chris Davis isn’t the only Oriole who can hit milestone home runs. Nate McLouth belted his first career grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning tonight after the Orioles strung together three straight singles off Mariners reliever Brandon Maurer. J.J. Hardy, Henry Urrutia and Ryan Flaherty singled, and McLouth cleared the fence in center field to give the Orioles an 11-6 lead. At

Davis reaches another milestone and Eutaw Street (O’s lead 7-6)

Add Chris Davis to the list of Orioles who have hit 40 home runs in a season. Davis became the fifth Oriole to reach the milestone when he launched a ball an estimated 442 feet onto Eutaw St. in the bottom of the third inning to increase the lead to 5-3. Mariners right fielder Michael Morse didn’t budge. The only people who moved were the

Tillman and Jones continue to torment their former team (updated)

Chris Tillman must circle the dates on his Orioles schedule that include games against the Mariners. Then, he must duck inside manager Buck Showalter’s office and beg to start each one of them. Tillman is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA in four career starts against the Mariners, with only three earned runs allowed in 27 2/3 innings. He’s posted a 0.69 WHIP against them. The

Orioles place Roberts on paternity leave

The Orioles have placed second baseman Brian Roberts on paternity leave. Roberts left the club this morning to be with his wife, Diana, for the birth of their first child in Baltimore. Roberts can remain on leave for a maximum of three days. To fill Roberts’ roster spot, the Orioles have reinstated pitcher Steve Johnson from the 15-day disabled list. Johnson will serve as an

Showalter reflects on his Orioles anniversary

Today marks the three-year anniversary of Buck Showalter being introduced as Orioles manager. He was hired as the 19th manager in franchise history on July 29, 2010 and took the helm four days later. Reminded of the date this afternoon, Showalter reacted as if he had no idea and wasn’t expecting a cake or presents. He’s uncomfortable with the attention. He’d rather have Angel Hernandez

Showalter waiting for updates on Roberts and Hammel

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts informed manager Buck Showalter at 10:30 a.m. this morning that he was headed to the hospital with his wife for the birth of their first child. Showalter hadn’t spoken to him since around 2 p.m. and didn’t have any updates for reporters this afternoon. Roberts isn’t on paternity leave, and Showalter said “there’s always the chance that everything goes real

Orioles and Mariners lineups and note on Pries (Roberts’ wife giving birth)

Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base tonight for the Orioles, as they begin a three-game series against the Mariners at Camden Yards. Brian Roberts is listed among the reserves, though I haven’t seen him today. He’s expected to go on paternity leave soon for the birth of his first child. Pitcher Jason Hammel underwent an MRI on his right arm today and he’s still

Alomar returns to Camden Yards

Roberto Alomar will be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame later tonight, before the series-opener against the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards. The former second baseman arrived early today to attend a luncheon, along with longtime baseball operations executive Don Pries, who will receive the Herb Armstrong Award. Alomar spent a few minutes talking to the local media, smiling as he recognized the faces

Leftovers for breakfast

Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, who’s been transformed into Cuban designated hitter Henry Urrutia, is 11-for-33 since the Orioles selected his contract from Triple-A Norfolk. He has three multi-hit games on his short resume. Keep running him out there. Speaking of running, it’s one part of Urrutia’s game that needed improvement. He certainly did a nice job going from first to third last night on shortstop

Showalter speaks after 6-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter summed up Bud Norris’ outing tonight in a few words. “He was good,” Showalter said following a 6-3 win over the Astros. “Probably a lot of emotion there. He wants to funnel that. He wants to start well, facing people he knows. I thought he handled it well. “I saw him over in Houston obviously and watched a lot of tape

This Bud’s for you (Davis homers for 100th RBI, O’s win 6-3)

It was bound to happen. May as well get it out of the way now. Bud Norris turned in a quality start tonight in his Orioles debut, allowing two runs and four hits over six innings, with two walks and a season-high eight strikeouts. Both runs came on homers by Brett Wallace and Marc Krauss. Norris was removed after 104 pitches, including 65 for strikes.

Norris allows two home runs in first four innings (O’s lead 3-2)

Outfielder LJ Hoes collected his first major league hit tonight off right-hander Bud Norris. Who knew that it would happen with Hoes playing for the Astros and Norris making his debut with the Orioles? Baseball is a funny game. Hoes lined a two-out single into right field in the top of the third inning after grounding out in his first at-bat. Norris gave up a

Showalter updates injuries and explains Wieters/Yankees comment

Infielder Wilson Betemit is scheduled to begin an injury-rehab assignment on Aug. 6 with the Gulf Coast League Orioles in Sarasota, according to manager Buck Showalter. Betemit hasn’t played since tearing the PCL in his right knee during an exhibition game at Ed Smith Stadium. His recovery has been slow, considering that he had hoped to come off the disabled list shortly after the All-Star

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

Bud Norris will be working on seven days rest when he makes his Orioles debut tonight against his former team, the Houston Astros, at Camden Yards. Norris is 2-8 with a 5.36 ERA in 15 career starts with six-plus days of rest. Bud Norris will be the 14th pitcher to start for the Orioles this season. There have been only three others with more than

Fighting a non-waiver trade deadline hangover

I won’t challenge today to be more hectic than yesterday because it might take me up on the offer. I’m just going to quietly assume that it won’t happen. I ventured inside manager Buck Showalter’s office with WBAL Radio’s Casey Willett shortly before 3:30 p.m. to tape his pregame show. Before we could get started, Orioles advance scouting coordinator Ben Werthan handed Showalter his cell

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