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Machado’s second opinion matches the first

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado received good news today following his visit to orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. I’m told that Andrews’ recommendation matched up with the one provided by the Orioles’ medical staff. Machado will rest and continue down the same rehabilitation path for his left knee that the club has laid out for him. Machado, 21, tore the medial

The morning after the 2013 season

The Orioles currently hold the 17th pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Better to count down the days until pitchers and catchers report. Welcome to Day One of the offseason. It’s going to be quiet for a while, with teams pretty much in shutdown mode during the playoffs. It seems like only yesterday that reporters

Showalter speaks after 7-6 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn’t do well with goodbyes, and it showed again today following a 7-6 victory over the Red Sox at sold-out Camden Yards that officially closed the 2013 season. His eyes were moist as he talked about his team and the fan support, and he closed his media session by joking about how he wanted to avoid a Jerry Maguire/Roy Firestone moment.

Tillman with another no-decision to close season (O’s win 7-6)

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman will finish the 2013 season with two wins in his last 11 starts. Tillman is 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 206 1/3 innings. The Orioles rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth today, leaving Tillman with his fifth no-decision in that span. T.J. McFarland pitched the sixth inning and left the bases loaded. Tillman was charged

Davis’ season ends with injury in fourth inning (we’re tied, attendance note)

Chris Davis received at least three standing ovations today. The first one came while receiving his award as Most Valuable Oriole. The second came as he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. The last one came as he walked off the field in the fourth with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Davis appeared

Game update and more notes

Chris Tillman wanted to start today in the Orioles’ final game of the season. He didn’t want the Red Sox to almost hit for the cycle against him in the first inning. Jacoby Ellsbury hit his 10th career leadoff homer, and his third this season, for a quick 1-0 lead. David Ortiz singled and Mike Napoli doubled with one out, and Ortiz lumbered home on

Notes and quotes before today’s season finale

The Orioles expected to face John Lackey today, but they’ll get rookie right-hander Allen Webster instead after the Red Sox clinched home field advantage in the playoffs yesterday following Oakland’s loss. Webster is 1-2 with a 9.55 ERA in seven games (six starts), with 37 hits, 15 walks, 21 strikeouts and seven home runs in 27 1/3 innings. The Orioles and Yankees are tied for

Davis named Most Valuable Oriole (plus lineups)

In maybe the least surprising news of the day, Chris Davis has been voted 2013 Most Valuable Oriole by the local media. Davis enters today’s season finale leading the majors with 53 homers, 96 extra-base hits and 138 RBIs. His home run and extra-base hit totals are club records. He also ranks in the top three in the American League in slugging percentage, OPS, runs

Markakis reflects on his 2013 season

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is still in learning mode after eight seasons in the majors. Markakis told me yesterday that it’s his failure to make adjustments, not his health, that’s contributed to his career-low 10 home runs and 23 doubles in 631 at-bats. The three surgeries last year and the neck injury in spring training didn’t drain his power. “I just didn’t feel comfortable

Showalter speaks after 6-5 win

Chris Tillman will start Sunday’s season-finale against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. It’s not known whether Steve Pearce will be in the lineup against right-hander John Lackey - the odds are against it - but he was a huge contributor to tonight’s 6-5 win with two doubles and three RBIs. “That’s why his work has always been wanted,” Showalter said. “Stevie’s a professional hitter.

Pearce gives Orioles the lead, Schoop is available (O’s win 6-5)

Steve Pearce delivered a two-run double off Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales with one out in the bottom of the eighth to give the Orioles a 6-5 lead. Pearce has doubled twice and driven in a season-high three runs tonight. It’s his third multi-RBI game of the season and his first three-RBI game since Aug. 11, 2012. Matt Wieters and Danny Valencia singled to start

If Roberts is leaving, he won’t go quietly (O’s down 5-4)

Is Brian Roberts trying to make a statement here? If so, it may go something like, “You really should re-sign me.” Roberts homered again tonight, leading off the bottom of the third with a shot to left field off Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester to increase the Orioles’ lead to 2-0. Roberts has eight home runs on the season, and three in his last five

Notes and quotes before tonight’s game

The Orioles still need one more win to clinch the season series against the Red Sox for the second straight year, which hasn’t happened since 1991-92. Adam Jones needs one more hit to tie his career high of 186 set last season. The Orioles have recorded 200-plus home runs and 200-plus doubles for the second consecutive year. Prior to 2012, they had done it only

Morse shut down with wrist injury

The Orioles’ expanded roster is being stretched thin. Manager Buck Showalter has five players who are unavailable for health reasons, including Michael Morse, who’s been shut down with lingering soreness in his left wrist. Morse didn’t inform the club of his injury until three or four days ago, according to Showalter. Morse, who’s still with the team, will to be examined by hand specialist Dr.

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox (plus Boston lineup)

Jason Pridie is in left field again tonight against a left-hander, Boston’s Jon Lester, and Steve Pearce is serving as the Orioles designated hitter. Anyone seen Michael Morse? For the Orioles Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Danny Valencia 3B Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce DH Jason Pridie LF Wei-Yin Chen LHP For the Red Sox

Orioles still feeling good about Feldman

Scott Feldman made his final start of the season last night, and it wasn’t pretty. It also wasn’t indicative of his time spent in an Orioles uniform. Feldman had allowed three earned runs or fewer in his last eight starts before the Red Sox shelled him. The Orioles won’t judge him on it. The question is, will they re-sign him? Feldman will become a free

Showalter speaks after 12-3 loss

The Orioles held another Fireworks Night following their 12-3 loss to the Red Sox. Seemed kind of redundant. Scott Feldman turned in his shortest outing as an Oriole, allowing eight runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. “He was up. Basically up,” said manager Buck Showalter. “There’s a fine line there. I thought he might find his step. He had a pretty clean second

Davis sets another record (Ortiz ties Ripken on HR list, O’s lose 12-3)

Each home run by Orioles first baseman Chris Davis causes me to grab the game notes to make sure he hasn’t set another record. He just did. Davis hit his 53rd home run tonight, a solo shot off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz that reduced Boston’s lead to 8-3 in the sixth inning. It’s also his 28th homer in Baltimore. Why is that significant? Because

Game update and more notes (Jones hits career-high 33rd homer)

The Red Sox are serious about securing the top seed in the American League playoffs. Real serious. They sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning and jumped Orioles starter Scott Feldman for five runs, the last three coming on Daniel Nava’s home run to right field. Five straight batters reached after Feldman retired leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury. Mike Napoli doubled to score

More from Duquette

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette watched part of Wednesday night’s game with agent Scott Boras, who was in town to visit clients from both teams. Boras represents catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis and pitchers Wei-Yin Chen, Francisco Rodriguez and Zach Britton. Rodriguez is a pending free agent. “They’re some of our core group,” Duquette said. “It was just an informal meeting. We’re

Orioles will tender contract to Jim Johnson

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed this afternoon that the Orioles will tender a contract to closer Jim Johnson for the 2014 season, viewing him as part of a core group that he wants to keep in Baltimore. Johnson’s status was uncertain after nine blown saves and the prospect of receiving another substantial raise from the $6.5 million he’s earning this season. That’s a

Davis returns to Orioles lineup

Chris Davis is starting at first base tonight for the Orioles after sitting out last night’s game with a sore right foot. Brian Roberts is leading off as the designated hitter, with Jonathan Schoop at second base. For the Orioles Brian Roberts DH Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Nate McLouth LF Jonathan Schoop 2B Ryan

While waiting for the lineups ...

The Orioles are down to their last three games and will attempt to play spoilers by denying the Red Sox home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Orioles (9-7) are the only American League East team to post a winning record against the Red Sox in 2013. The Yankees were 6-13, the Rays were 7-12 and the Blue Jays were 8-11. Scott Feldman is making

Because You Asked - A Good Day To Die Hard

The Orioles’ season is almost over, but the questions keep coming in waves. Sometimes, you actually wave to me before asking them. But that only happens in person. I keep answering them and you keep asking them and we dance the night away. Here’s the latest sequel to “Because You Asked.” Unfortunately, I had to rush through it because someone named Sweet Pea said she

Showalter speaks after 3-2 win

The Orioles are back to playing spoilers this weekend, trying to deny Boston the best record in the American League and homefield advantage in the playoffs. But first, they made sure to win the season series against Toronto by winning tonight’s game 3-2. The Orioles finished 10-9 against the last-place Blue Jays. They’re 13-5 at home against Toronto since the start of the 2012 season.

Pridie, Gonzalez and Markakis in a 1-1 tie (O’s win 3-2)

Miguel Gonzalez was charged with an unearned run in the first inning tonight when left fielder Jason Pridie dropped a routine fly ball with two outs and Munenori Kawasaki on second base. Pridie was camped under the ball and it popped out of his glove. Very strange. The Orioles tied the game in the bottom of the second on Matt Wieters’ 22nd home run, and

More notes before tonight’s game

Orioles manager Buck Showalter hasn’t made a final decision on his Sunday starter to close out the 2013 season. Chris Tillman remains the listed starter, but Showalter could choose to call upon Jason Hammel. A deciding factor could be whether the Red Sox or Athletics already have clinched home field advantage in the playoffs. “All things being equal, Chris wants to pitch,” Showalter said. “I

Davis out of lineup with sore foot

It’s first baseman Chris Davis’ turn to get a night off. Davis is out of the lineup tonight because of a sore right foot, a condition that he aggravated during the four-game series at Tropicana Field. Manager Buck Showalter pinch-hit for Davis in the eighth inning last night and is starting Steve Pearce at first base again tonight, with Brian Roberts serving as designated hitter.

Schoop and Pridie return to lineup

The Orioles’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays includes Jonathan Schoop at second base and Jason Pridie in left field. Chris Davis is on the bench tonight. Steve Pearce is starting at first base. Adam Jones returns to center field and Matt Wieters is behind the plate. For the Orioles Brian Roberts DH Nick Markakis RF Danny Valencia 3B Adam Jones CF Matt

This, that and the other

The Orioles didn’t play split-squad games last night. The regulars didn’t head over to Dunedin. Manager Buck Showalter rested some regulars, went with a makeshift lineup and ended a six-game losing streak. It won’t be the same lineup tonight. Showalter dismissed that idea. I’d expect Adam Jones in center field and Matt Wieters behind the plate. Jonathan Schoop brings the most intrigue. Does he stay

Showalter speaks after 9-5 win

With a bunch of their regulars planted on the bench tonight, the Orioles ended a six-game losing streak with a 9-5 victory over the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. So, same lineup tomorrow night? “Ah, no,” said manager Buck Showalter. Not even tempted? “No.” So much for that idea. “We’ve got some other things we need to accomplish,” he said. The Orioles did accomplish something

A night of firsts for the Orioles (Flaherty homers twice, O’s win 9-5)

It figures that the lineup chosen tonight by manager Buck Showalter would produce a bunch of firsts. Jonathan Schoop collected his first major league hit and scored his first run in the third inning. He later hit into his first double play. And yes, this is his first game with the Orioles. Ryan Flaherty followed Schoop’s hit with his ninth home run, and his first

Pridie makes debut, Davis sets club strikeout record (updated)

Jason Pridie, starting in center field tonight, is the 54th player to suit up for the Orioles this year, tying the 1955 team for most in a season. They dressed 53 last year. I don’t have a list available of the ones who declined to wear clothes. Pridie grounded out to end the second inning, with Jays second baseman Ryan Goins making a lunging stop

Machado meets the press

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hobbled into the auxiliary clubhouse on crutches today and left the same way. He’s not quite ready to walk on his own, but he’s otherwise in pretty good spirits. That will happen - the crutches and the positive attitude - when an MRI reveals far less damage to the knee than once feared. “Obviously, when it first happened, it was

A few pregame notes

Outfielder Chris Dickerson underwent an MRI on his sore right hamstring and hasn’t been available. That’s why Jason Pridie’s contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles placed third baseman Manny Machado on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Pridie on the 40-man roster. Machado will meet with reporters at 6:15 p.m. Pridie was expected to arrive at Camden Yards around 4 p.m.

Pridie in center field, Schoop at second base

Wondering whether the Orioles would drastically change their lineup after being eliminated from the wild card race? You better believe it. Jason Pridie has his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s in center field tonight. Adam Jones had started every game last season and all 157 this year. The last time he was absent from the lineup was Sept. 25, 2011. Jones has played

Norris returns to rotation tonight, Davis tries to avoid club record

Orioles pitcher Bud Norris will make his first start tonight since Sept. 8 against the White Sox. He was skipped in the rotation because of a sore right elbow. Norris made one relief appearance, allowing a run in the 18th inning in Friday night’s 5-4 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field. In his last start, he surrendered four runs and nine hits in 4

What happens once the playoffs are off the table?

The Orioles begin the next phase of the 2013 season and it’s down to only five games. For the first time, they will arrive at the ballpark today knowing they won’t return to the playoffs. They’ve been mathematically eliminated. It went from improbable after leaving Florida to impossible after the 10th inning. Five more games and they will clean out their lockers and scatter across

Showalter speaks after 3-2, 10-inning loss

The Orioles are officially eliminated from the playoff race. They can still finish with a winning record, but they need one more victory. They’ve failed in their last six attempts, losing tonight to the Blue Jays 3-2 in 10 innings. One year after finally get back to the postseason, the Orioles will be home in October. “A time like right now, that’s probably one of

Free baseball! (O’s eliminated from playoff race with 3-2 loss)

The Orioles don’t care how early reporters were flying out of Tampa this morning. They’re in no rush to leave Camden Yards. We’ve got free baseball, with the Orioles and Blue Jays tied 2-2 in the top of the 10th. The Orioles are 8-6 in extra innings this season. They’re 9-10 when tied after the eighth. They’ve now scored four runs or fewer in 17

Orioles get back-to-back at Jays (we’re tied)

For the fifth time this season, the Orioles have hit back-to-back home runs in an inning. Tonight, it allowed them to take a 2-1 lead over the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Brian Roberts led off the bottom of the third inning with his seventh homer, and Nate McLouth followed with his 12th, depositing the ball onto the flag court in right field. Roberts also

Updating Machado’s injury (and more)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and head athletic trainer Richie Bancells confirmed today that third baseman Manny Machado suffered a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left kneecap during Sunday’s game at Tropicana Field. The ligament is located in the inner portion of the knee. Machado, 21, did not suffer any damage to the anterior cruciate ligament or medial collateral ligament, which comes as

Casilla talks about collision

The Orioles announced that they officially released infielder Wilson Betemit, who was designated for assignment on Sept. 16. Alexi Casilla remains with the team, but he may not play again this season. Casilla underwent a CT scan yesterday in St. Petersburg, Fla., after slamming his head into right fielder Nick Markakis’ leg while diving for a shallow fly ball. The Orioles held their bus in

Showalter optimistic about Machado’s recovery time from injury (update)

The Orioles are waiting for team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens to read the MRI on Manny Machado’s left knee. The club should have an update on the third baseman’s condition after batting practice. It sounds as though the news is better than anticipated. Showalter confirmed that Machado won’t play again in the final six games, but he added, “I feel very confident that Manny will

Flaherty at third base (with Casilla update)

While the Orioles await the results of the MRI on Manny Machado’s left knee, Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base tonight against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. This is the first lineup without Machado since the Orioles selected his contract on Aug. 9, 2012. Nate McLouth is batting second tonight. Dan Johnson will make his first start for the Orioles as the designated

Non-update updates

Still no word on Manny Machado’s MRI, which took place early this afternoon. The Orioles are expected to make an announcement later today. That’s all I’ve got at the moment. The only certainty is that Machado won’t play again in 2013. I wrote this morning that Danny Valencia and Ryan Flaherty are two candidates to replace Machado at third base, and Jonathan Schoop has played

Tidbits for a Tuesday

TAMPA - The more observant readers will notice that the dateline has changed on this blog entry. I spent the night at the Tampa Airport Marriott again, turning in my rental car around 9:30 p.m. and racing to the TGI Friday’s for a quick bite to eat, a beverage and another scan of the blog comments. It’s nice to roll out of bed, splash cold

More comments from the clubhouse

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles were swept by the Rays in a four-game series at Tropicana Field. They’ve lost five games in a row and are five behind the Indians for the second wild card. They only have six left in the regular season. Could it get any worse? It did today with a knee injury to Manny Machado and a possible concussion suffered

Showalter talks about injuries in 5-4 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter had lots to say about losing Manny Machado and Alexi Casilla to injuries in today’s 5-4 loss to the Rays before 17,830 at Tropicana Field. I’ll give you his quotes, and later pass along comments from concerned teammates. “It started out as a real good road trip and we ran into some problems here and a lot

Quick updates on Machado and Casilla

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will fly back with the team tonight and undergo an MRI on his left knee Tuesday morning in Baltimore. Machado had the knee X-rayed at Tropicana Field, but the film hasn’t been read. Machado was taken off the field on a stretcher in the seventh inning after his knee buckled and ankle turned as he hit

Machado injured in seventh inning (O’s lose 5-4)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles’ road trip just got a whole lot worse. Manny Machado was taken off the field on a stretcher, his left leg immobilized, after tripping over first base in the top of the seventh inning. He appeared to suffer an injury to his knee. Machado let out a scream and laid on his side while athletic trainers Richie Bancells and

Another short outing for Chen

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rays manager Joe Maddon continues to take full advantage of the expanded September roster. Some would say he abuses it. Maddon used four pitchers in the top of the fifth, again playing matchups in the middle innings. He can’t control himself. Orioles manager Buck Showalter continues to show more restraint, but he removed starter Wei-Yin Chen today after 4 1/3 innings

No. 52 for Davis (O’s lead 4-2)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have a lead for the first time since the top of the seventh inning Friday night. Continue to breathe normally. Chris Davis belted a two-run homer off the batter’s eye in center field - naturally going to the deepest part of the ballpark - to wipe out Tampa Bay’s 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. He increased his team-record

A few more pregame notes (O’s down 1-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Not much to report before today’s series finale against the Rays, which also represents the final road game of the 2013 regular season. Yes, I left the door open for the playoffs. The Orioles are 39-41 on the road, assuring themselves of a losing record after leading the American League with 46 road wins in 2012. As I wrote earlier, Chris

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - I don’t think it’s possible for rain to come down any harder than what I’m hearing at Tropicana Field. The roof is being severely tested right now. Let it pour buckets. First pitch will still happen at 3:10 p.m., give or take a few minutes. Dome sweet dome. Wei-Yin Chen has one win in his last nine starts. He’s failed to

Backs against the wall

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It’s still a little too soon to write the Orioles eulogy for the 2013 season. Not that a rough draft would be a bad idea. Always be prepared. The Orioles needed to take three of four from the Rays at the very least. Losing three of four or being swept was the equivalent of sticking a fork in a light socket.

Postgame comments following 3-1 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles never wanted to be dependent on other teams to make the playoffs. Their remaining schedule contained games only against division opponents. Their fate rested in their hands. Now, they need a helping hand or two. Today’s 3-1 loss to the Rays left the Orioles 4 1/2 games back in the wild card chase. Three teams separate them from the

Rays running on Feldman, Orioles running out of time (O’s lose 3-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - While the Orioles’ bats remain in a deep freeze, the Rays scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to lead 3-0. T.J. McFarland warmed in the bullpen as Scott Feldman struggled to get three outs. Desmond Jennings led off with a bunt single and was removed for a pinch-runner after pulling up slightly as he reached the bag. Feldman threw

Feldman loses early battle with DeJesus (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Scott Feldman needed to throw 10 pitches today to get Rays leadoff hitter David DeJesus out of the batter’s box. He didn’t intend for DeJesus to trot around the bases. DeJesus hit his seventh home run of the season to give Tampa Bay an early 1-0 lead. Feldman threw the following pitches: changeup, curveball, changeup, curveball, cutter, changeup, curveball, cutter, curveball,

Quick note on rotation (Longoria note)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles rotation is tentatively set for the rest of the regular season, which is down to eight games. Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday afternoon against the Rays in the final road game. Chris Tillman, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez are scheduled to start against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Scott Feldman, Chen and Tillman are listed for the Red

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Is this the day that the Orioles’ offense breaks out and offers sufficient run support for its starting pitcher? The Orioles are batting .180 (17-for-94) in the first two games of this series and .193 (59-for-305) in the eight games on this road trip. They’ve scored four runs or fewer in 14 of their last 18 games. Adam Jones leads the

In must-win mode, Orioles will face lefty making major league debut

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A split of this four-game series doesn’t seem sufficient for the Orioles as they fall further back in the wild card race, but it sure beats losing three of four or being swept. Not by much, but it’s preferred. The Rays were going to start Jeremy Hellickson today, but he was needed in relief during Friday night’s 18-inning marathon. Instead, they’ve

Hearing from McLouth and Gonzalez (with note)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - No matter how much today’s game at Tropicana Field was dissected, the main points kept coming back to Rays starter Alex Cobb. The man was dealing. “He was tough,” said left fielder Nate McLouth following a 5-1 loss to the Rays. “You see what he does. He throws a lot of breaking balls, split-finger or changeups, whatever it is. And he’s

Showalter speaks after 5-1 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Today’s 5-1 loss to the Rays dropped the Orioles three games back in the wild card chase, with three teams ahead of them for that last spot. The Orioles had plenty of excuses to lean on, including last night’s 18-inning marathon, but they declined. “Everybody was engaged and ready to go today,” said manager Buck Showalter. “There’s no excuses. We’re all

Davis breaks another Anderson record (O’s lose 5-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rays starter Alex Cobb won’t get a shutout or a complete game. Chris Davis tripled with one out in the top of the ninth and scored on Adam Jones’ opposite-field single, reducing Tampa Bay’s lead to 5-1. It was a gift triple, but it counts. Left fielder David DeJesus appeared to lose the ball in the Tropicana Field roof and fell

Gonzalez’s walks on the wild side (O’s down 5-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez has tied his career high today by issuing five walks in five innings. It’s happened three times this season, including April 12 and July 5 against the Yankees. Continually falling behind in the count, Gonzalez played with fire and got burned in the fifth when Desmond Jennings smacked a three-run homer to give Tampa Bay a 3-0

Game update and more notes (O’s get a hit)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rays starter Alex Cobb walked the second and fourth batters in the first inning and escaped the jam with a strikeout. Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez walked the second and fourth batters in the first inning and escaped the jam with a strikeout. Somebody hold me. Nick Markakis fanned to end the Orioles’ rally. Wil Myers fanned to end the Rays rally.

Notes before today’s game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter already planned on bringing left-hander Zach Britton to Tropicana Field today. Once last night’s game stretched to 18 innings, he decided to also include left-hander Mike Belfiore on the expanded roster. “We were the only ones who got normal sleep,” Belfiore said with a grin. “I found out at like 3 a.m. They called me right after

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Left-handers Zach Britton and Mike Belfiore shared a ride to St. Petersburg early this morning and sat on a couch together, chatting with catcher Steve Clevenger, when the clubhouse opened to reporters at 11 a.m. Belfiore said he got the call around 3 a.m., after watching the Orioles’ 5-4, 18-inning loss to the Rays. He was dozing off, but he’s learned

Now what? (Britton and Belfiore recalled)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles didn’t arrive in Tampa until around 3 a.m. on Friday. They played an 18-inning game that night. They have a 1:05 p.m. game today. Sleep fast - if they can sleep at all. The Orioles are 2 1/2 games back and tied with the Royals in the wild card race. Last night’s defeat, which became official on David DeJesus’

Orioles will add pitching

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles will summon one or two pitchers from Sarasota for Saturday’s game against the Rays, according to manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette. No names have been revealed, but left-hander Zach Britton is a likely choice to join the expanded roster. Showalter said the Orioles were going to bring up a pitcher or two no matter how

Orioles-Rays still tied in the 16th (O’s lose 5-4 in 18 innings)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - T.J. McFarland began to warm in the Orioles’ bullpen in the bottom of the first inning tonight after the first three batters reached against starter Jason Hammel. McFarland entered the game in the 14th and has tossed two scoreless innings. It’s that kind of a night/morning. This is the 24th time in Orioles history that they’ve played 16 or more innings.

Rare misstep by Orioles bullpen (to the 14th ...)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have used five pitchers tonight, including Tommy Hunter, who retired the side in order on 12 pitches in the bottom of the eighth inning. They look like slackers compared to the Rays. Fernando Rodney, who will work the top of the ninth, is the seventh pitcher summoned by manager Joe Maddon. Welcome, again, to September baseball. The Orioles bullpen

Orioles get within a run of the Rays (we’re tied)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Both starting pitchers are out of tonight’s game as we finish up the bottom of the sixth inning. Jason Hammel retired 12 of the last 14 batters he faced, but will remain winless since May 27. The Orioles have scored a run in each of the last two innings and trail the Rays 3-2. Hammel allowed three runs (two earned) and

Hammel’s slow start and Valencia’s reaction to batting cleanup (O’s down 3-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel took the mound tonight at Tropicana Field in search of his first victory since May 27 in D.C. It took the Rays two batters to get on the scoreboard and three batters for pitching coach Bill Castro to visit Hammel while T.J. McFarland began to throw in the bullpen. It’s September baseball, folks. David DeJesus and Ben

More notes before tonight’s game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Though the Orioles rotation appears to be set with the inclusion of Miguel Gonzalez on Saturday, it’s possible that manager Buck Showalter will have to make another adjustment this weekend. Bud Norris has been available in the bullpen, but he could make a start against the Rays. It’s up in the air. One of the pitchers is dealing with a serious

Machado and Jones comment on the new lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - So, when’s the last time Manny Machado batted leadoff? Try his senior season at Brito Miami Private High School. “My whole senior year I batted first,” he said. “That was the last time I hit first. Yep.” Machado has been moved atop the order for tonight’s game against Rays left-hander David Price. And it happened without advance notice from his manager.

Gonzalez will start Saturday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has decided to give Miguel Gonzalez the start on Saturday against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Showalter was deciding between Gonzalez and Bud Norris, who has been available to pitch in relief. Gonzalez performed some fielding drills this afternoon with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and didn’t experience any discomfort related to the groin strain that forced

Leading off for the Orioles: Manny Machado

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is breaking out a new lineup tonight, one that includes Manny Machado as the leadoff hitter. Machado has never batted first, but he’s doing it tonight. Adam Jones moves up to second - he’s started in that slot in 135 career games - followed by Chris Davis and Danny Valencia. Looks like Showalter is trying to jump-start

Jones approaching another milestone

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones broke up John Lackey’s no-hit bid last night with a home run in the seventh inning. When Jones crossed home plate, he needed only two more runs to become the fourth Orioles outfielder to hit 30 homers and record at least 100 runs and 100 RBIs in the same season. He’s on the verge of joining

Leftovers for breakfast

BOSTON - One big series down, another one coming up. The Orioles took two of three games from the Red Sox, last night’s defeat leaving them two back in the wild card race. They flew into Tampa early this morning and begin a four-game series tonight at Tropicana Field, with Jason Hammel opposing left-hander David Price. I’m booked on a 6:20 a.m. flight out of

Hearing from Jones, Roberts and Tillman after 3-1 loss

BOSTON - The Orioles weren’t satisfied tonight with winning another series. Taking two of three from the Red Sox left them cold. “Who cares about getting two out of three?” said center fielder Adam Jones following a 3-1 loss. “At this point and time, winning the series means nothing. We need wins is all. Good job getting the series if this was June, but it’s

Showalter speaks after 3-1 loss

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter still hasn’t named a starter for Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field, choosing to wait until Jason Hammel pitches on Friday. If Showalter needs a long reliever, he could end up using one of his candidates - Miguel Gonzalez or Bud Norris. “Ham hasn’t exactly been throwing seven, eight (innings), 100-plus pitches, so if we have to get him early

Tough times for Tillman (O’s lose 3-1)

BOSTON - The first four hits off Orioles starter Chris Tillman went for extra bases tonight, and the game had only progressed to the bottom of the second inning. One out in the bottom of the second inning. Tillman is off his game, and the Orioles trail the Red Sox 3-0 in the top of the third. Tillman has thrown 53 pitches. He received one

Still waiting on Saturday starter

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has narrowed the field of Saturday starter candidates to right-handers Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris. Showalter said he most likely will make the announcement before tonight’s game. “I need to have one other conversation,” Showalter said. “Miggy threw some in the bullpen today and felt good, so that’s encouraging. He’s an option. I’ll have one more conversation during or

Updates on Gonzalez and O’Day

BOSTON - Miguel Gonzalez threw a light bullpen session today and said he felt good. No issues related to the right groin strain that forced him out of Sunday’s game in Toronto. Gonzalez said he’s ready to start for the Orioles on Saturday if given the ball. That decision is pending. Manager Buck Showalter may announce his starter later this afternoon. Bud Norris also is

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Matt Wieters caught all 12 innings of last night’s game against the Red Sox and he’s back in the Orioles lineup tonight for the series finale at Fenway Park. Since 2010, Wieters leads all major league catchers with 174 extra-base hits, followed by Yadier Molina with 173. The next-closest catcher is A.J. Pierzynski with 155. The Orioles are trying to build their first

Tillman takes his next turn tonight

BOSTON - Chris Tillman will seek his 17th win tonight and the Orioles will attempt to sweep the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Tillman is 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA in nine career starts against the Red Sox. He’s 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts at Fenway Park, with five earned runs allowed over 23 1/3 innings. Tillman’s career ERA against the Red

More on the Orioles’ record-setting defense

BOSTON - After registering their 81st win last night, the Orioles are assured of their second consecutive non-losing season. I’m fairly certain that they’re not aiming for .500, though. Dropping their last 11 games would probably be considered a huge disappointment. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the defense in the Orioles’ transformation from punchline to playoff contender. They’ve played 114 errorless games this

Showalter on Davis: “I’m going to run out of adjectives for what he’s done”

BOSTON - Eighteen of the Orioles’ last 24 games have been decided by two runs or fewer, including tonight’s 5-3, 12-inning victory over the Red Sox. The bullpen really comes into play in these situations, and it shined tonight under the lights at Fenway Park. Darren O’Day wasn’t available after rejoining the team earlier today, but he should be ready for Thursday night’s series finale.

Hearing from Davis and Gausman following 5-3, 12-inning win

BOSTON - The Orioles trail the Rangers by one game in the wild card race following tonight’s 5-3, 12-inning win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Show of hands if you counted them out before this series. Don’t be shy. “I think we obviously know what’s going on with the race, and the fact there’s another wild card team out there, it makes things

Game moves to the 11th inning (O’s win 5-3 in 12 innings)

BOSTON - The Orioles are trying to improve on their 7-5 record in extra innings, and they don’t care how long it takes. Tonight’s game has moved to the top of the 11th inning with the score tied 3-3. Tommy Hunter allowed a leadoff bloop single to Shane Victorino in the bottom of the 10th, but David Ortiz grounded into a rare 6-5-3 double play.

Valencia stays hot and Orioles tie game (Hunter pitching the ninth)

BOSTON - Is it worth mentioning that Danny Valencia was batting .209 against right-handers before tonight? The average is actually climbing, and Valencia gave it another lift with a leadoff single in the top of the fifth inning that ended Jake Peavy’s no-hit bid. Valencia scored on Matt Wieters’ double to the deepest part of the ballpark in center field, and Wieters came home with

Game update and more notes (updated)

BOSTON - Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had allowed only four runs in the first inning before tonight. David Ortiz tacked on two more with one huge swing. Ortiz’s two-run shot into right field gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead over the Orioles. Ortiz struck a pose at home plate, as if posing for a statue. As if he actually were the statue. Chen posted

Gonzalez a candidate to start Saturday

BOSTON - In the latest installment of “As the Rotation Turns,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested today that Miguel Gonzalez could start Saturday afternoon against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Gonzalez left Sunday’s start in Toronto in the sixth inning with a strained right groin, and he experienced some mild discomfort while playing catch yesterday at Fenway Park. However, he’s feeling much better today and

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Darren O’Day is listed among the relievers on tonight’s lineup card, so he’ll be in uniform for the Orioles against the Red Sox. Danny Valencia’s hot streak has earned him another start as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Danny Valencia DH Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS

Looking back on last night’s win

BOSTON - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters produced his 11th sacrifice fly last night, tops in the majors, to score the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. Wieters had been tied with Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart. Forty-eight of Chris Davis’ 51 home runs this season have come as a first baseman, tying Jim Thome (2002) for the most at the position in the American

Hearing from Showalter and Feldman after 3-2 win (and wild card update)

BOSTON - Seventeen of the Orioles’ last 23 games have been decided by two runs or fewer. Tonight, they improved to 7-10 in that span. It wasn’t easy and it sure wasn’t pretty, but the Orioles rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Here’s a sampling of comments from manager Buck Showalter: On Scott Feldman and the ninth inning: “Scotty

Davis on his 51st home run and a 3-2 victory

BOSTON - The visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park figures to get a little more cramped Wednesday afternoon. Reliever Darren O’Day is scheduled to take an 11:30 a.m. flight to Boston if he wakes up in the morning without any discomfort in his pitching hand. O’Day threw all of his pitches off a mound today in Sarasota, and manager Buck Showalter wants him back with the

Davis breaks Anderson’s home run record (O’s win 3-2)

BOSTON - With one swing, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis tied tonight’s game and broke Brady Anderson’s franchise single-season home run record. Leading off the top of the sixth, Davis drove an 82 mph slider from Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster into the center field seats for his 51st home run, knotting the score at 2-2. Anderson hit 50 homers during the 1996 season. Davis

Orioles defense finally rests

BOSTON - The Orioles will remain tied with the 2008 Astros for most errorless games in a season since 1900. The record still stands at 113 after two Orioles miscues in the bottom of the fourth inning tonight led to an unearned run off Scott Feldman. The Orioles now trail the Red Sox 2-1 after Brian Roberts’ RBI grounder in the top of the fifth.

Game update and more notes

BOSTON - Dustin Pedroia led off the bottom of the first inning tonight with a home run to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead over the Orioles. Pedroia’s ball cleared the seats atop the Green Monster for the 17th home run allowed by Scott Feldman this season and the seventh with the Orioles in 78 innings. Pedroia has three career leadoff home runs, the

More on O’Day, Gonzalez, Norris and the rotation

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated today that reliever Darren O’Day could join the team in Boston before Wednesday night’s game against the Red Sox. O’Day threw all of his pitches off a mound this morning in Sarasota. If his hand responds favorably, he could grab a flight to Boston. O’Day received another injection to reduce the inflammation that was causing discomfort and tingling

Updates on Gonzalez and Pearce

BOSTON - Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, who left his most recent start in the sixth inning with a strained right groin, will play catch today and throw a bullpen session on Thursday. Gonzalez said he’s feeling “a lot better.” “Yesterday, I was sore, but today I can walk better and move around, so it’s progressing a lot better than what I expected,” he said. Gonzalez

Orioles and Red Sox lineups and O’Day update

BOSTON - Outfielder Steve Pearce has rejoined the Orioles today after being placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his left wrist and receiving cortisone injections to lessen the discomfort. He’s been swinging a bat in Sarasota. Nate McLouth is leading off tonight after being hit on the left knee Sunday by a Kyle Drabek pitch. Danny Valencia remains the designated hitter. Darren O’Day

It’s Feldman vs. Dempster tonight in Boston

Is this a make-or-break series for the Orioles? Three games in Boston. Get swept and get out of the race? Probably not, considering that there isn’t a single team that seems capable of putting a stranglehold on a wild card spot. For the Orioles, it starts tonight at Fenway Park with Scott Feldman opposing Ryan Dempster. The Orioles should feel good about handing the ball

Updates on O’Day, Urrutia and Pearce (Betemit DFA’d, quote added)

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day threw off flat ground this morning in Sarasota and may progress to a mound on Tuesday if his hand responds favorably. O’Day hasn’t pitched since Sept. 7 because of soreness and tingling in the index and middle fingers on his right hand. He didn’t accompany the team to Boston. O’Day threw only fastballs today, but will mix in his break ball

Jones nominated for Clemente award

Major League Baseball has announced the names of the 30 club nominees for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, and Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is included on the list. The annual award recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Clemente, a 15-time All-Star and Hall of

Scoping out Schoop’s chances at second base

The Orioles are off today, the only open date on their September schedule. They arrived in Boston last night after taking two of three games from the Blue Jays. Outfielder Henry Urrutia comes off the restricted list, which requires a corresponding 40-man roster move. The Orioles could remove Dan Johnson, who took Urrutia’s spot in Toronto. Darren O’Day may do some throwing today in Sarasota.

Orioles take the bad with the good (updated)

So, how about those Orioles? They were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position today, but the hit was Danny Valencia’s two-run double in the third inning that gave them a 2-1 lead over the Blue Jays. The Orioles were 7-for-30 with RISP in the series, and they’re 37-for-171 (.216) in their last 22 games. Valencia is batting .472 (25-for-53) with eight doubles, four homers and

Can the Orioles be clutch today?

The Orioles were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position yesterday, and a lead that they nursed through the middle innings dissolved into a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Can’t blame customs or the exchange rate in Canada. The Orioles are prone to these lapses in the clutch on any side of the border. The Orioles are 6-for-22 with RISP in the

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Nick Markakis is leading off today for the final game between the Orioles and Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Danny Valencia is batting fifth as the designated hitter, and Michael Morse is batting eighth as the left fielder. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Danny Valencia DH J.J. Hardy SS Matt Wieters C Michael Morse LF

It’s Gonzalez vs. Buehrle today

The Orioles will try to improve their series record to 26-17-4 with a win today in Toronto, but it’s more important to improve their spot in the wild card race. Taking a lead hasn’t been an issue for the Orioles. Holding it in the late innings is another matter. A few more hits with runners in scoring position also would provide a boost. Might actually

Will Orioles regret missed opportunities? (O’s lose 4-3)

The Orioles carried a a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning at Rogers Centre, but Chris Tillman issued a four-pitch walk to Moises Sierra and Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer. Tillman hadn’t allowed any runs since the first inning. Now he trails the Blue Jays 4-3. Oh, those leadoff walks. And those two-out walks. Just the walks in general. Tillman has

Make Machado’s a double (O’s lead 3-2)

The Yankees lost today, which would enable the Orioles to pass them in the wild card standings with a win today in Toronto. The Orioles are wearing their black jerseys instead of the usual orange on Saturday. They won last night. Superstitious? Last night, Chris Davis hit his 50th home run. Today, Manny Machado hit his 50th double. Apparently, 50 is the new ... 50.

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Danny Valencia remains in the Orioles’ lineup today against the Blue Jays at Rogers Center. Brian Roberts is playing second base and batting ninth, one spot below Valencia. Chris Davis hit his 50th home run last night to tie Brady Anderson’s single-season club record. Davis’ 47 homers as a first baseman are the most in the AL since Jim Thome had 48 for Cleveland in

Choosing the MVO

Manager Buck Showalter started Danny Valencia against a right-hander last night, and he put Steve Clevenger behind the plate for the Baltimore native’s debut with the Orioles. He also inserted Ryan Flaherty at second base instead of Brian Roberts. And it worked. Showalter handed the ball to closer Jim Johnson in the ninth inning, and the Orioles headed back to their hotel with a 5-3

Davis gives Orioles lead and makes history (O’s win 5-3)

Chris Davis turned 50 tonight. Not his age. Heaven forbid. But Davis hit his 50th home run in the top of the eighth inning to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead. Davis crushed a changeup from Blue Jays’ right-hander Steve Delabar leading off the inning, sending the ball to the opposite field, as he tends to do. Delabar had replaced Sergio Santos. Davis has tied

Orioles’ offense muted by Redmond (game tied)

The first inclination among some Orioles fans tonight will be to rip Jason Hammel for his start in Toronto. Two home runs in five innings. A 3-0 deficit. I’m focused more on how Todd Redmond shut out the Orioles over 6 1/3 innings. Todd Redmond. Sound familiar? The Orioles selected him off waivers from the Reds on Feb. 8. He didn’t do much to impress

A few pregame notes

The Orioles are looking for their first road series win against an American League East opponent since April 8-11, when they took two of three at Fenway Park. Since the start of the 2012 season, the Orioles are 11-4 at home against the Blue Jays. They’re 9-14 in their last 23 games in Toronto. The Orioles are averaging 5.7 runs per game in their seven

Valencia, Clevenger starting tonight for Orioles (and Jays lineup)

Danny Valencia’s hot bat stays in the Orioles’ lineup tonight against Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond, and Baltimore native Steve Clevenger will make his first appearance with the team he rooted for growing up. Clevenger is behind the plate for Jason Hammel’s first start since Aug. 28. Valencia is batting .212 against right-handers and .380 vs. left-handers, but he’s 23-for-42 (.548) since Aug. 4 and

Dan Johnson joins Orioles in Toronto

The Orioles have selected the contract of infielder Dan Johnson, who joined the team in Toronto. To make room for Johnson on the 40-man roster, outfielder Henry Urrutia has been placed on baseball’s restricted list. Urrutia, a Cuban defector, isn’t allowed to travel into Canada. He’s down in Sarasota and could rejoin the Orioles in Boston, where they begin a three-game series on Tuesday. The

State of the Orioles in Canada

The Orioles are 77-69 and 11 games out of first place in their division. The Nationals are 77-69 and 11 games out of first place in their division. Did anyone see this coming a few weeks ago? The Nats are in second place. The Orioles have dropped to fourth, but they’re only 2 1/2 games back in the wild card chase. I write “only” in

Showalter speaks after 6-5 loss

The Orioles have fallen 2 1/2 games behind the Rays in the wild card race after tonight’s 6-5 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards. They trailed 5-1, battled back to tie the game and lost it in the ninth when Jim Johnson gave up a leadoff single, committed a throwing error and uncorked a wild pitch. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Johnson had never

Valencia gets it right, but Johnson can’t keep game tied (O’s lose 6-5)

Is there still a reason to platoon Danny Valencia? Valencia’s three-run homer off Yankees set-up man David Robertson in the eighth inning tied the game 5-5, but Jim Johnson allowed the go-ahead run in the ninth on a wild pitch. The Rays have won. The Indians are beating the White Sox 14-2. The Orioles are in danger of slipping further back in the wild card

It’s been a rocky ride for Chen in first three innings (Markakis homers)

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin retired the first two Yankees in the first inning tonight, allowed two singles and got the final out. Chen gave up a leadoff single to Eduardo Nunez and Mark Reynolds’ two-run homer in the second inning, then struck out the next three batters. That’s the good and the bad. Here’s just the bad: Alex Rodriguez led off the third with a walk,

Weather update (and another gift update)

The tarp is coming off the field at Camden Yards. We’re playing baseball tonight. The Orioles announced an approximate start time of 8:20 p.m. Wei-Yin Chen will oppose Phil Hughes. Had the game been postponed because of rain, the teams would have played Monday and filled the open dates on both schedules. The dugouts were filling with water earlier, and I came close to doing

More pregame notes

With a victory tonight, the Orioles would clinch their first season series win over the Yankees since 1997. Prior to that year, they hadn’t won a season series against New York since 1982. Chris Davis needs one more home run to reach 50 and tie Brady Anderson’s single-season club record set in 1996. Also, Davis would become the third player in major league history with

O’Day won’t fly with Orioles to Toronto

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day underwent more tests today in an attempt to determine the cause of soreness and tingling in the index and middle fingers on his pitching hand. O’Day won’t fly with the team to Toronto later tonight, according to manager Buck Showalter, and may visit hand specialist Dr. Brian A Schofield in Sarasota. Showalter hadn’t confirmed O’Day’s condition until this afternoon while meeting

Markakis returns to Orioles lineup

Nick Markakis is back in right field tonight for the Orioles after the birth of his third son, Toby, yesterday afternoon. Markakis was used as a pinch-hitter last night. Wilson Betemit is serving as the designated hitter. He’s hitless in nine at-bats since coming off the disabled list. For the Orioles Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis

Orioles win and lose by split decision

Boy, are the Yankees going to be mad when they have to forfeit all those wins after Alex Rodriguez begins serving his suspension. Wait... what? I’ve been crunching so many numbers lately, I’m surprised that I haven’t chipped a tooth. Every lineup, every at-bat, every pitching change has me checking the splits on various Orioles. It happened again last night. Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano

Showalter on Hunter/Cano and more

The Yankees have changed starters for Thursday night’s series finale. They’re sending Phil Hughes to the mound instead of left-hander Dave Huff. The Orioles are sticking with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen as they attempt to gain a split of the four-game series. Tonight’s pivotal moment came in the ninth inning when Robinson Cano led off with a home run against Tommy Hunter, leaving manager Buck Showalter

Norris skipped with elbow discomfort

After Bud Norris threw his bullpen session this afternoon, the Orioles decided to skip his next turn because of discomfort in his right elbow. Jason Hammel will start the series opener on Friday in Toronto. Norris will be shut down and allow the elbow to “quiet down,” said manager Buck Showalter. “How do I put it? Elbow,” Showalter said when asked why the Orioles changed

Feldman with another quality start (O’s lose 5-4)

Scott Feldman allowed only three hits tonight for the Orioles. Unfortunately for the veteran right-hander, those hits included solo home runs by Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez. Feldman left the game after walking Brett Gardner with two outs in the top of the eighth. Tommy Hunter retired Alex Rodriguez on a liner to center field to keep the score tied. Feldman allowed three runs and

Davis stands alone in 40/40 club (we’re tied)

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis swings the bat, makes contact with a pitch and climbs another list in franchise history. He can’t help himself. Davis’ two-out, two-run double off Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte in the bottom of the third inning gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead. It also made Davis the only Oriole to register a 40-double, 40-home run season. Only 26 different players in

Game update and more notes

Apparently, Nick Markakis couldn’t talk his way into the Orioles lineup tonight after arriving at Camden Yards following the birth of his third son. He may have to settle for pinch-hitting or defensive duty. A nap wouldn’t be a bad idea, but sleep will have to wait. The Yankees manufactured a run off Orioles starter Scott Feldman in the top of the first inning on

Updates on Markakis, the bullpen and more (Hammel to start Friday)

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis and wife Christina are the proud parents of a baby boy, Toby, born this afternoon in Baltimore. Toby Markakis weighs 8 pounds. “Everything seems to be fine,” Showalter said. “I can tell how tired Nicky was because he texted 7 pounds and 16 ounces. That is 8 pounds, right? That’s a big boy.” Markakis was waiting for his sister-in-law to

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Nick Markakis was up early this morning to be with his wife, Christina, for the birth of their third child. Doctors were supposed to induce labor today. Michael Morse is starting in right field. Danny Valencia is batting fifth as the designated hitter. Left-hander Andy Pettitte is 28-6 with a 3.52 ERA in 44 career games against the Orioles. He’s 16-4 with a 4.11 ERA

Change in game time and other notes

Major League Baseball has changed the starting time of the Sept. 21 game between the Orioles and Rays at Tropicana Field from 7:10 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. to... wait for it... accommodate a FOX national television broadcast. The game, the second of four between the two clubs to close the road portion of the Orioles’ regular season schedule, will no longer air on MASN2. Also,

O’Day among the unavailable relievers

The Orioles have expanded their roster to 34 players, including 16 pitchers. They can bring up more this month. Guys have gathered in Sarasota to work out and wait for a call. And yet, manager Buck Showalter felt short-handed last night while trying to protect a one-run lead against the Yankees. That’s a pretty neat trick in September. Showalter isn’t going to broadcast injuries and

Showalter speaks after 7-5 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wanted to avoid using a couple of relievers tonight, which explained why he sent Kevin Gausman back out for the eighth inning. He noted how Francisco Rodriguez struggles to hold runners, which explained why Gausman stayed in the game to face Alfonso Soriano. In the end, the Orioles suffered a 7-5 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards and remained 1

Chris Davis expands Orioles lead and ties Frank Robinson (O’s lose 7-5)

Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova started off Chris Davis with an 81 mph curveball in the bottom of the fifth inning. Davis supplied all the power, homering to center field with Henry Urrutia aboard to give the Orioles a 4-1 lead. Davis has 49 home runs this year to tie Frank Robinson for second place on the club’s single-season list behind Brady Anderson, who hit 50

A peaceful first inning tonight at Camden Yards (updated)

Orioles bench coach John Russell and Yankees first base coach Mick Kelleher took out the lineup cards before tonight’s game. No managers. No punches thrown. So far, so good. I wasn’t sure if plate umpire Jim Joyce was going to issue warnings during the pregame stretch. After the bottom of the first inning, both bullpen coaches started screaming at each other and had to be

Notes and quotes before tonight’s game

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he hasn’t heard from the commissioner’s office regarding last night’s outburst after the bottom of the first inning. “If I had, I probably wouldn’t tell you, but I haven’t,” he said. Showalter took exception to Yankees manager Joe Girardi yelling at third base coach Bobby Dickerson, accusing him of stealing signs, and had to be restrained by the plate umpire

Markakis leading off again, Urrutia serving as DH (with NY lineup)

Nick Markakis is batting leadoff again tonight after collecting three hits from atop the order in the series opener against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Markakis is 11-for-32 (.344) with three doubles and a home run lifetime against Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova. Matt Wieters is 11-for-26 (.423) with three doubles, four homers and seven RBIs. Henry Urrutia will serve as the designated hitter and bat

Orioles release 2014 schedule

The Orioles will begin celebrating their 60th anniversary next season with a March 31 home opener against the Red Sox. The schedule was released this afternoon, and it includes a home-and-home series against the Pirates, which I wrote here. Now, we know that the dates are April 29-30 at Camden Yards and May 20-21 in Pittsburgh. The Orioles also will host the Blue Jays, Rays

Morse needs to heat up to get more at-bats

So, does anyone have an extra ticket to the Buck Showalter-Joe Girardi steel cage match? Girardi was born on Oct. 14, 1964. He used to be a Libra, but Bobby Dickerson stole his sign. It figures that Showalter and Girardi would exchange words during the first game of a four-game series. There’s lots of time left for more bad blood to boil. I wonder whether

Girardi on his exchange with Showalter

Yankees manager Joe Girardi reluctantly offered his side of the story concerning tonight’s on-field exchange with Orioles manager Buck Showalter. What led to the dispute with Showalter? “The one thing that I’ve done, the whole time that I’m here, and everywhere I’ve been, is I’m going to protect our players at all lengths. That’s what I’m going to do, and there was something that I

Showalter speaks after 4-2 win

Chris Tillman became the first Orioles pitcher to record 16 victories since Mike Mussina won 18 games in 1999, but manager Buck Showalter couldn’t heap praise on him until reporters were done grilling him about his heated exchange with Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Showalter confirmed that Girardi yelled at third base coach Bobby Dickerson, accusing him of stealing signs, after the final out was made

Tillman through the seventh (O’s win 4-2)

So, who’s irritating Yankees manager Joe Girardi the most tonight? Is it Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson, manager Buck Showalter or starter Chris Tillman? Right now, my money is on Tillman. Tillman has retired 14 batters in a row to carry a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. He struck out the side in the top half of the inning. The

Showalter and Girardi exchange words (O’s lead 3-1)

The Orioles tied the game in the bottom of the first inning tonight, but the score became secondary to what transpired between the two managers after the final out. Chris Davis flied to right field to end the inning. Suddenly, Orioles manager Buck Showalter bolted out of the dugout, his face reddening as he screamed at Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Girardi walked out of the

Showalter on the schedule (game update)

The Orioles will have 19 games remaining after tonight, all of them against division opponents. Nobody said the path to the postseason would be a smooth one. Does manager Buck Showalter take it day-by-day? “It’s hour-by-hour almost,” he said. The Orioles have home series remaining against the Yankees, Blue Jays and Red Sox, and trips to Toronto, Boston and Tampa. As part of their September

Notes and quotes before tonight’s game

Nick Markakis’ wife, Christina, is due to give birth to the couple’s third child on Wednesday. Doctors will induce labor in the morning, and Markakis is planning to play that night against the Yankees if there are no complications. “That’s the way he’s got it set up. We’ll see,” said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s one thing to induce. It’s not like going to the dentist.

Casilla vs. Sabathia tonight at Camden Yards

Alexi Casilla is in the Orioles lineup tonight, making his third start since Aug. 18. Casilla is 16-for-31 (.516) lifetime against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. Of course, he’s in the lineup. Michael Morse is starting in left field. He’s 4-for-7 with a double and home run against Sabathia. Danny Valencia is the designated hitter. He’s batting .375 against southpaws this season. For the Orioles Nick

Liddi outrighted to Norfolk

The Orioles announced today that infielder Alex Liddi cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Liddi was designated for assignment on Friday to make room for outfielder Chris Dickerson on the 40-man roster. The Orioles acquired Liddi and International Signing Bonus Slot No. 3 from the Mariners for International Signing Bonus Slot No. 2 on July 6. He went 1-for-17 in eight games with

Taking another look at Roberts

When I spoke with Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts over the winter, he made it clear that he had no intention of retiring after the 2013 season. And he confirmed his desire to continue playing while meeting with reporters at his locker in spring training. It may not be with the Orioles, he said, but he wants to play. Roberts’ contract runs out after this

Showalter speaks after 4-2 loss

Meeting with reporters following today’s 4-2 loss to the White Sox at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter explained what happened to pinch-runner Chris Dickerson on Brian Roberts’ pop up that turned into a game-ending double play. “Stealing second, popped the ball up,” Showalter said. “Shortstop did a good job of, I think, a little deke there. I think he had the base stolen. He

Norris done after Dunn home run (O’s lose 4-2)

Bud Norris turned in his shortest start as an Oriole today, lasting only 4 1/3 innings before coming out of the game. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the fifth, the ball bouncing along Eutaw St., to give the White Sox a 4-1 lead. Jeff Keppinger lined to short for the first out, and manager Buck Showalter popped out of the dugout and signaled

Game update and more notes (Jones homers)

The Orioles were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position after the first inning today, in case anyone is keeping track. Manny Machado and Chris Davis walked with one out, but Adam Jones struck out and Nate McLouth flied to deep center. McLouth had one plate appearance this season as the No. 5 hitter before today’s game. The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the

Urrutia won’t make trip to Toronto

Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia won’t accompany the Orioles on their trip to Toronto next weekend, according to manager Buck Showalter. As part of his work visa, Urrutia isn’t allowed to leave the country. Urrutia will fly down to Sarasota and rejoin the Orioles in Boston for the series that begins on Sept. 17. The Orioles have signed 16-year-old Dominican pitcher Olelky Peralta, a 6-foot-4 right-hander

Orioles and White Sox lineups

The Orioles will try to complete a four-game sweep of the White Sox today and put together their first four-game winning streak since they won five in a row from July 14-22. They took the first game before the All-Star break and the next four after the season resumed. Brian Roberts is the designated hitter today, with Ryan Flaherty starting at second base. Nate McLouth

Urrutia and Wright receive organizational awards

The Orioles announced today that outfielder Henry Urrutia has been chosen as the organization’s top minor league player and right-hander Mike Wright has been selected as the top minor league pitcher. The winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony before today’s game against the White Sox at Camden Yards. Urrutia, the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, hit a combined .347/.406/.506 with

Looking back and ahead

I’m still trying to digest yesterday’s 10-inning win and my breakfast. Insert your own joke here. One of the key moments of the game occurred in the bottom of the 10th inning, and I’m not referring to Matt Wieters’ two-out, two-run single that ended it. Nick Markakis stole second base as Nate McLouth took a called third strike, putting the potential winning run in scoring

Showalter speaks after 4-3 win

Just another victory while going 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Happens all the time, right? The only statistic that interested the Orioles today was the final score. They defeated the White Sox 4-3 in 10 innings on Matt Wieters’ two-run walk-off single. Here’s a sampling from manager Buck Showalter’s post-game session with the media: On whether he felt fortunate to get the win: “I

Chen leaves with score tied in 7th (O’s win 4-3 in 10th)

Before today, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had allowed eight earned runs in the seventh inning this season for an unsightly 9.82 ERA. Chen escaped a jam in the top of the sixth today after Paul Konerko doubled with one out. Darren O’Day and Francisco Rodriguez were warming in the bullpen. The writing was on the wall. Chen, with his pitch count at 99, wouldn’t return

Davis double gives Orioles the lead, and other notes (Roberts homers)

Chris Davis proved today that the Orioles don’t depend entirely on home runs to do their scoring. Manny Machado raced home on Davis’ two-out double into left-center field in the first inning, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead against White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago. Davis has 124 RBIs, tying Eddie Murray for fourth on the club’s all-time single-season list. Next up are Jim Gentile (141

A few pregame notes from Camden Yards

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wanted to rest Matt Wieters after a night game, and he decided to start Chris Snyder against White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago. He would have considered Steve Clevenger against a right-hander. Clevenger has impressed Showalter and bench coach John Russell with his hitting skills during workouts. “He has a nice flat bat,” Showalter said. “It reeks of hit and run when

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will try to rebound today from two poor starts in a row, and the Orioles will try to win their third consecutive game in their series against the White Sox at Camden Yards. It would be the Orioles’ first three-game winning streak since Aug. 6-9 - a span that included an off-day between trips to San Diego and San Francisco. Chen has

What will the Orioles do with Wada?

While the Orioles continue to gradually expand their roster, left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada remains in Sarasota. Away from the team. His major league debut still an uncertainty. Other players have hopped on planes to join the Orioles. For Wada, only his future is up in the air. Here’s what I know: There are people in the organization who would like for Wada to pitch for the

Hearing from Feldman, Wieters, Davis and Valencia

The Orioles have taken the first two games of this four-game series against the Chicago White Sox, allowing only one run in the process. Scott Feldman tossed his first career complete-game shutout and only his second complete game, the other coming on May 1, 2013 against the Padres. “It’s my first shutout, so any time something like that happens, it’s something I’ll always remember,” he

Showalter speaks after 4-0 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he couldn’t remember the last time one of his pitchers tossed a complete game. Did it happen this season? Sure didn’t seem like it. Showalter probably knew the exact date - June 16, 2012 - but reporters supplied the answer anyway. Scott Feldman was the first to do it since Jason Hammel, going the distance to blank the White Sox

Feldman gets complete-game victory

Scott Feldman took the mound in the ninth inning tonight with Jim Johnson and Brian Matusz warming in the Orioles bullpen. He hadn’t allowed a run. His pitch count was up to 101. But he was staying in the game. Manager Buck Showalter was going to let Feldman try for a complete-game shutout, but he also had two relievers ready to match up if the

Valencia continues the longball barrage (Davis and Wieters homer)

Danny Valencia is in the Orioles lineup again tonight because the Chicago White Sox sent another left-hander to the mound. Just as they did last night. Just as they will do on Saturday. John Danks retired the first eight Orioles before Valencia stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the third. Danks tried to blow a fastball past Valencia on a

Orioles defense doesn’t rest (Dickerson added to expanded roster)

How good is the Orioles’ defense this year? You may already know that their 40 errors in 139 games puts them on pace to commit 47, shattering the 2003 Mariners’ record of 65 over a 162-game season. But there’s more. According to STATS, the Orioles are the first team in major league history to post 100 errorless games by the end of August. They had

Notes on Adair and Pearce

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had lunch today with pitching coach Rick Adair. Adair took a personal leave of absence from the team on Aug. 16. He returned to Baltimore this morning and packed up a few belongings before heading to to Birmingham, Ala., to be with his father, who’s ill. Showalter didn’t know whether Adair would rejoin the Orioles later this month or return in

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Nick Markakis is back in right field tonight for the Orioles after being used as a defensive replacement last night. Michael Morse is in left field and Danny Valencia is the designated hitter. Orioles starter Scott Feldman has a lifetime 5.16 ERA in September/October, compared to 3.98 in August. He’s 4-2 with a 4.09 ERA in 15 career games against the White Sox, including nine

This, that and the other

While wondering whether the Ravens will ask to borrow the Orioles’ defense... I’m going to make a bold prediction here, so stay with me. The Orioles will not rely on home runs for all of their scoring in their remaining 23 games. A single might do the trick. Maybe a double. Heck, they may bring back the sacrifice fly that was all the rage for

Showalter speaks after 3-1 win

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez looked like a different pitcher tonight than the one who lasted only four innings in New York. What made the difference? “I wish I had the answers every time,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Obviously, I don’t.” Showalter did his best to come up with some answers following the Orioles’ 3-1 win over the White Sox at Camden Yards. “I thought he

Hardy and Roberts make sure the homers keep coming (O’s win 3-1)

The Orioles have hit three home runs tonight, which is pretty much the norm these days. No small ball. Not a lot of production with runners in scoring position. Just aim for the seats. Shortstop J.J. Hardy led off the bottom of the fifth inning with his 25th home run to break a 1-1 tie, and Brian Roberts added a solo shot with two outs.

Jones goes 30/100 tonight (updated)

Adam Jones did more than give the Orioles a 1-0 lead tonight in the first inning. He rounded off a few key numbers. Jones hit his 30th home run, a line drive to left field off White Sox starter Jose Quintana. It also produced his 100th RBI, a career high for the Orioles’ center fielder. Jones and Chris Davis are the first pair of Orioles

More pregame notes and quotes

Orioles manager Buck Showalter explained to reporters today why the club optioned left-hander Zach Britton to Aberdeen following last night’s abbreviated start. Britton allowed four runs in the first inning in Cleveland and was done after 2 1/3. “With the limited number of pitches, 50-ish, he could pitch Sunday (for Aberdeen),” Showalter said. “If they win the first round, they’re off Monday. He’s eligible to

Clevenger on his return home

After joining the Orioles in New York over the weekend and making the trip to Cleveland, catcher Steve Clevenger has finally come home again. Take that, Thomas Wolfe. Clevenger grew up in the Pigtown area and played baseball at Mount St. Joseph in Baltimore. Being at Camden Yards obviously has special meaning to him beyond joining the expanded roster of a contender. “Oh definitely,” he

Teagarden clears waivers, and other notes

Catcher Taylor Teagarden has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles designated Teagarden for assignment over the weekend in New York to create a 40-man roster spot for catcher Chris Snyder. Norfolk’s season is over, but Teagarden could report to the minor league complex in Sarasota and participate in the instructional league. It’s also possible that the Orioles decide to

Markakis out of tonight’s lineup

With three left-handers starting for the White Sox over the next three nights, Orioles manager Buck Showalter figures to put Michael Morse in the lineup and keep him there. Morse is starting in right field tonight in the series-opener at Camden Yards. It’s the position that comes as a bit of a surprise. Nick Markakis is out of the lineup. He’s played in 136 of

Orioles recall Steve Johnson (Britton optioned, Hammel reinstated)

The Orioles have recalled pitcher Steve Johnson, who had been part of the instructional league roster in Sarasota. Johnson is currently tossing a football in the outfield at Camden Yards. Later, he’ll watch the game from the bullpen, providing a fresh arm for manager Buck Showalter. Johnson is 1-1 with a 7.82 ERA in six games with the Orioles, including one start. He was 2-3

What’s next for Gausman and the Orioles?

The road trip is over. After nine games in three cities, it’s finally done. Talk about a buzz-kill. So much hype surrounding it, and the Orioles lost two of three games at each stop. They didn’t get consistent starting pitching, they didn’t hit in the clutch, they didn’t show any signs of putting together the kind of run necessary to blow past the clubs ahead

Good job by bullpen, but bad ending to a disappointing road trip

When a starter only goes 2 1/3 innings, the result is fairly predictable. Not many teams are going to win those games. The Orioles managed to tie tonight’s game and take left-hander Zach Britton off the hook, but Kevin Gausman allowed two runs in the fifth inning in a 6-4 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field. This all-important road trip ends with the Orioles

Bad beginning for Britton (O’s down 6-4)

Big start for Zach Britton tonight and a big disappointment in the first inning. Britton allowed four runs and five hits in the opening frame against the Indians, with one walk and one strikeout. Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles had RBI singles, and Ryan Raburn delivered a two-run double. Left fielder Nate McLouth threw out Raburn at the plate on Aviles’ single to end the

Orioles and Indians lineups

The Orioles conclude their nine-game road trip tonight in Cleveland and will attempt to win their 25th series. Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base tonight, with Brian Roberts leading off again and serving as the designated hitter. Flaherty is 2-for-5 with a home run against Indians right-hander Zach McAllister. Nate McLouth, who has homered in back-to-back games, moves up to seventh tonight. J.J. Hardy

Davis has a case of the Wednesdays

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has hit 12 home runs on Wednesdays this year. Yes, someone is keeping count. Why do I mention it? Because in American League history, only Tino Martinez has hit more Wednesday homers in a season. He bashed 14 for the Yankees in 1997. Davis’ 12 homers are tied with Roger Maris (1961) and Frank Thomas (2000) for second. You want

As the rotation turns

Is there a more unsettled and fluid rotation among contenders than the one belonging to the Orioles? Seriously, I’m asking here. And I’m not taking injuries into account. Miguel Gonzalez is healthy, but he’s being pushed back to Thursday night against the White Sox at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter has always handled him with care, to the point where he’s on a wacky schedule.

Tillman through five (O’s lose 4-3)

Chris Tillman has held the Indians to one run over five innings tonight. What he can’t do so far is enjoy a lead. Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez is shutting out the Orioles over six innings. He left the bases loaded in the sixth, allowing a single to Manny Machado and walking Chris Davis and Matt Wieters. Michael Morse, who singled in his first at-bat tonight,

Britton starting Wednesday in Cleveland

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is shaking up his rotation. Or maybe it’s more of a tweak. During his pregame session with the media in Cleveland, part of which aired on “O’s Xtra” on MASN2, Showalter announced that left-hander Zach Britton would start Wednesday’s series finale against the Indians at Progressive Field. Britton’s insertion in the rotation pushes back the other starters. Miguel Gonzalez will start

McLouth batting ninth tonight (and notes)

After being lowered to eighth in the Orioles’ lineup yesterday and collecting two hits, including a home run, left fielder Nate McLouth will bat ninth tonight against the Indians at Progressive Field. McLouth has been in the ninth spot in four games this year, though he’s only had five at-bats. Michael Morse is making his second start for the Orioles, and his first as the

What’s at stake for Tillman tonight

Chris Tillman won a grand total of 16 major league games over his first four seasons. Nine of those victories came in 2012. Tonight, Tillman will attempt to become the Orioles’ first 16-game winner in the 21st century. Let that one marinate in your minds. The last Orioles pitcher to reach 16 wins was Mike Mussina, who notched 18 victories during the 1999 season. In

Looking back, ahead and sideways

The Orioles scored 13 runs in the first five games of the road trip. They’ve totaled 14 over the last two days. Scott Feldman pitched seven innings on Saturday and allowed one run. Bud Norris pitched seven innings on Monday and allowed one run. In between, Wei-Yin Chen lasted only four innings. The bullpen posted a 6.43 ERA on the road trip before registering five

Norris is all the rage on road (O’s win 7-2)

In three home starts with the Orioles this season, right-hander Bud Norris is 2-0 with a 7.27 ERA. He’s allowed 13 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings. In three road starts with the Orioles, Norris is 1-0 with a 2.20 ERA. He’s allowed four earned runs in 16 1/3 innings. Same amount of starts and innings. Vastly different results. Norris is carving up Cleveland today,

O’s will recall Urrutia, Schoop and Stinson (McLouth homers, O’s lead 5-0)

Now that Triple-A Norfolk has been eliminated from playoff contention, losing its final game today against Durham and the tie-breaker with Rochester, the Orioles will begin picking through the Tides’ roster. The Orioles will recall outfielder Henry Urrutia, infielder Jonathan Schoop and pitcher Josh Stinson as part of their roster expansion. The trio will head to Cleveland for the series that begins today at Progressive

Orioles and Indians lineups (Britton recalled)

The Orioles have returned to Progressive Field, where they took three of four games last season, but are 23-51 overall. I liked it better as The Jake. Xavier Avery hit his first major league home run in Cleveland on June 29, 2012. A year later, he’s been traded to the Mariners for Michael Morse. Alexi Casilla is starting at second base today. He’s 10-for-29 with

Interesting lineup decision for Showalter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter shot down a reporter’s theory yesterday that the offensive outburst in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium may have relaxed his hitters. “We’ve got (Justin) Masterson tomorrow,” Showalter replied. “You think we’ll be relaxed and confident? That’s why people are playing meaningful games this time of the year, because they’ve got good pitchers you’re going to see every day.” Masterson certainly

Leftovers for breakfast

The Orioles rode another roller coaster of emotions yesterday. No height requirement. And keeping your hands inside at all times was purely optional. Manager Buck Showalter was saddened to learn that catcher Taylor Teagarden had been designated for assignment. Definitely not his call. Then, his team fell behind 3-0 and starter Wei-Yin Chen made another early exit. Nobody called for that scenario. The Orioles erupted

Hearing from Morse, Hardy, Gausman and Chen

NEW YORK - Making his first appearance with the Orioles today after Friday afternoon’s trade, Michael Morse collected two hits and ignited the decisive seventh-inning rally with a leadoff single. Baseball is fun again. Nothing like a pennant race to invigorate a guy. “I love it,” Morse said after the Orioles’ 7-3 win over the Yankees. “This is what we play for. This is a

Showalter: “This isn’t a situation for the weak of knees”

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to enjoy the seventh-run outburst today in the top of the seventh inning. It ended an 18-inning scoreless drought. It made all the difference in the outcome. The Orioles sent 10 batters to the plate, with J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones hitting three-run homers, and a sweep was averted with a 7-3 victory over the Yankees. “I

‘Pen is mightier today (O’s win 7-3)

NEW YORK - The Yankees scored three runs off Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen in four innings today. They’ve come up empty against the bullpen. Kevin Gausman, Francisco Rodriguez and Tommy Hunter have combined for four scoreless innings, with three hits allowed, one walk and six strikeouts. Hunter stranded two in the eighth by retiring Brett Gardner on a fly ball to left field. Nate McLouth,

What’s wrong with Chen? (Hardy and Jones homer, O’s lead 7-3)

NEW YORK - Wei-Yin Chen turned in the shortest start of his major league career on Tuesday, lasting only 3 2/3 innings in Boston. He exceeded it by one-third of an inning today in the Bronx. Chen allowed three runs and four hits in four innings, with a career-high five walks and five strikeouts. He was pulled after throwing 82 pitches, only 50 for strikes.

Morse debuts with single (updated)

NEW YORK - In Michael Morse’s first at-bat with the Orioles today, he lined a 91 mph fastball into left field for a one-out single in the second inning. The game wasn’t halted. He didn’t keep the ball. Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte threw Morse a 90 mph fastball, an 87 mph cutter and 82 and 81 mph sliders before the single. Morse entered the game

Orioles and Yankees lineups and more notes

NEW YORK - Michael Morse will make his Orioles debut today in left field, with Danny Valencia serving as the designated hitter against Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte. Nick Markakis is leading off for the Orioles. Catcher Steve Clevenger and Chris Snyder are listed among the reserves. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Michael Morse LF Danny

No locker for Teagarden; Clevenger, Snyder headed to NY (updated)

NEW YORK - The Orioles wasted no time taking advantage of September call-ups. The Orioles have called up catcher Steve Clevenger, the Mount St. Joseph grad, and purchased the contract of catcher Chris Snyder from Triple-A Norfolk.. Taylor Teagarden does not have a locker in the clubhouse. Teagarden may have been designated for assignment. Update: Teagarden has been designated for assignment. Clevenger was acquired in

Orioles in series trouble

NEW YORK - The Orioles have no shot at winning the current three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Best they can do today is avoid the sweep, just as they did in Boston. It’s still better than being reduced to spoiler status, but hardly what they had in mind after the last homestand. The Orioles have lost seven of their last 12 series, leaving them 24-16-4

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