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Showalter on Flaherty, Hardy and a 12-8 win

The Orioles hold a nine-game lead in the American League East, tying their season high, following today’s 12-8 win over the Twins before 40,905 at Camden Yards. A season-high 23 games above .500 is nose-bleed territory. The Orioles are 37-17 since June 30, the best record in the majors. They’re 21-6 at home since June 30 and have outscored opponents 139-82. Is that good? Manager

Orioles break open game with Hardy grand slam (O’s win 12-8)

Now, it’s a party. The Orioles scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, their largest output of the season, to build an 11-2 lead. They sent 11 batters to the plate, including J.J. Hardy, who hit his fourth career grand slam and first since May 15, 2011 at Tropicana Field. Oh yeah, and the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 4-3. The Orioles

Cruz homers, Showalter talks about trades & team chemistry (O’s lead 4-2)

Nelson Cruz wasn’t satisfied with a career-high 34 home runs this season. No. 35 came today with one out in the bottom of the third. He crushed a slider from Ricky Nolasco to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has thrown 23 of his 30 pitches for strikes in three innings today against the Twins. Chen has allowed two hits, including Eduardo

Orioles option McFarland

Apparently, the Orioles found a flight for outfielder Alejandro De Aza that will get him into Baltimore later today. The club announced that De Aza will report this afternoon, which necessitated a corresponding roster move. Left-hander T.J. McFarland was optioned to short-season Single-A Aberden, where he can join catcher Steve Clevenger. They can share a ride back to Baltimore on Tuesday. De Aza missed his

Clevenger optioned to Aberdeen

The Orioles optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to short-season Single-A Aberdeen today to create a roster spot for left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who’s starting against the Twins at Camden Yards. Clevenger will return on Tuesday. In the meantime, the Orioles want him to start at least one game for the IronBirds to stay sharp. Newly acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza didn’t make his flight to Baltimore this

Orioles lineup vs. Twins (with Twins lineup)

Outfielder Alejandro De Aza was acquired from the White Sox last night, but he won’t start this afternoon for the Orioles. Instead, David Lough will get a rare start in left field, batting second. Ryan Flaherty will also get a start, playing second base and batting eighth. After going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, an RBI and two runs scored last night, Jimmy

Looking back at the trades, the impact on the roster and today’s game

Got anyone you want to trade? Give the Orioles a call before it’s too late. Husband, wife, kids, that weird uncle who makes you uncomfortable during the holidays? I’ll repeat that you can’t judge a trade that involves minor leaguers for a few years. We have no idea how pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar are going to pan out, but the Orioles deemed them

The aftermath of another trade and a 3-2 win

Executive vice president Dan Duquette promised that the Orioles are done making trades tonight. The next day is another matter, but it’s safe to go home. As reporters filed into the interview room following the Orioles’ 3-2 win over the Twins, the team announced a second deal within an hour. Infielder Kelly Johnson is headed to Baltimore in exchange for minor league infielders Jemile Weeks

Orioles acquire Johnson, Almanzar from Red Sox for Weeks, De Jesus

We won’t have to wait for tomorrow to see if the Orioles pull off another deal before the Aug. 31 deadline for adding players eligible for playoff rosters. The Orioles have announced their second trade of the evening. They’ve acquired infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan DeJesus Jr. When Johnson makes his Orioles debut, he

Duquette on De Aza trade, O’s win 3-2

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he expects newly acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza to arrive at Camden Yards for Sunday’s game against the Twins. Two roster moves are pending, with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen set to be recalled and start for the Orioles. Duquette described De Aza as “a multi-talented outfielder.” “He’s good in left, he can play center field,” Duquette said. “He had

Orioles acquire De Aza from White Sox (we’re tied again)

The Orioles have made a trade 24 hours before the deadline for adding players who may be included on the playoff roster, acquiring outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. De Aza, 30, batted .243/.309/.354 (96-for-395) with five home runs, 31 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 122 games for the White Sox. He’s a

Young succeeding as second hitter (we’re tied)

Orioles starter Chris Tillman has thrown 38 pitches tonight in two scoreless innings, stranding three runners along the way. The first two Twins reached in the first before Tillman struck out Joe Mauer on a 91 mph fastball and retired Kennys Vargas on a grounder and Oswaldo Arcia on a fly ball. Kurt Suzuki doubled with one out in the second, but Tillman fanned Eduardo

More pregame notes and quotes

In case you missed it, the Yankees lost to the Blue Jays 2-0 this afternoon in Toronto. The Orioles’ lead in the American League East has grown to 7 1/2 games. Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz each have hit two grand slams this season. The last player to hit three or more is Chris Hoiles (three) in 1998. The bullpen has registered a 1.57 ERA

Showalter on rotation, Pearce and roster

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was hit with another rotation question today, causing him to shake his head and chuckle. Yes, it’s still Wei-Yin Chen on Sunday and Kevin Gausman on Monday to close out the Twins series. Chen was in the Orioles clubhouse today after spending a few days in Sarasota. Gausman also is back in Baltimore. Showalter expressed relief that Steve Pearce’s MRI didn’t

Orioles outright Phelps, Yoon off 40-man roster

The Orioles continue to tinker with the 40-man roster. This afternoon, they outrighted infielder Cord Phelps and left-hander Suk-min Yoon off the 40-man and assigned them to Triple-A Norfolk, opening up two spots. Phelps, who was designated for assignment earlier this week when the Orioles recalled Miguel Gonzalez, hit .258 with seven homers and 49 RBIs in 97 games at Norfolk. He was 0-for-3 as

Paredes remains at third base for Orioles

One night after making his Orioles debut, Jimmy Paredes is receiving his first start for them. Paredes is playing third base and batting seventh tonight while Chris Davis moves across the diamond. Steve Pearce is out of the lineup with a strained right abdominal muscle. Paredes replaced him last night. Nick Hundley is behind the plate for the Orioles, who are attempting to move a

Positive news on Pearce MRI

I’m told that the MRI on Steve Pearce this morning didn’t reveal an injury to his oblique or intercostal. The original diagnosis of a strained right abdominal muscle stands after a long review. The Orioles won’t protest it. Pearce is considered day-to-day for now. Manager Buck Showalter will provide more information later today when he meets with reporters, but the news appears to be favorable.

Showalter on his relievers: “They’ve been a rock for us”

While wondering if I’d really get upset if someone sent me an ice cream sandwich while I was working ... I won’t attempt to predict the result of Steve Pearce’s MRI this morning, but as long as we don’t hear “oblique” or “intercostal,” it should be fine. It’s been that kind of season for the Orioles. Pearce unexpectedly has emerged as one of the more

Showalter on Pearce, Davis and a 9-1 victory

The Orioles are thriving at home these days, going 19-6 since June 30 and outscoring opponents 124-72. They’re now 21 games above .500, tying their season high, and continue to lead the Yankees by seven games in the American League East. In addition, the Orioles have won 11 of their last 13 series openers. They ran away with this one tonight. The joy was tempered

Pearce will undergo MRI in morning

The Orioles have scheduled an MRI for first baseman Steve Pearce, who left tonight’s game after three innings with a strained right abdominal muscle. Pearce will undergo the MRI at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. “He’s been swinging the bat well,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Hopefully, we’ll get some good news tomorrow and it will be short-term.” Pearce apparently has been bothered by some discomfort for

Pearce leaves game with abdominal injury (Davis hits slam, O’s win 9-1)

Infielder Jimmy Paredes is making his Orioles debut tonight, but not as manager Buck Showalter planned it. Paredes has replaced Steve Pearce, who left the game with a strained right abdominal muscle. Paredes was on deck to bat for Pearce as Nick Markakis struck out to end the bottom of the third. He went to third base, with Chris Davis shifting across the diamond. Can

Game update and Wright’s latest no-hit bid

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez hasn’t fallen into the trap of laboring in the early innings tonight, keeping the Twins scoreless through the second. Gonzalez threw 12 pitches in the top of the first and stranded Brian Dozier, who singled with one out. He struck out Joe Mauer. The right-hander retired the Twins in order in the second, striking out Oswaldo Arcia. Nelson Cruz struck out

Notes on Gonzalez, the bullpen, the rotation and more

Miguel Gonzalez has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts heading into tonight’s game against the Twins. However, he’s picked up only two wins in his last nine outings. Gonzalez has worked into the seventh inning in 13 of his 20 starts. Manager Buck Showalter will take that kind of length tonight, knowing he’s got a red-hot bullpen to

Early notes on rotation, Wieters, Machado and Cruz

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, responding today to his daily question about the rotation, confirmed that Wei-Yin Chen and Kevin Gausman remain scheduled to start Sunday and Monday, respectively, against the Twins at Camden Yards. It’s not etched in stone, but it’s printed on the game notes. Showalter repeated that he’s focused on tonight’s game. He’s left himself some wiggle room if he decides to make

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

Delmon Young is in left field and Nelson Cruz is serving as the designated hitter tonight, as the Orioles open a four-game series against the Twins at Camden Yards. Miguel Gonzalez is 2-3 with a 3.66 ERA in eight home starts this season. He lost to the Twins in his only career start on May 4 after surrendering three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Call-ups, roster expansion, Rule 5 decisions and minor league award candidates

The Orioles are taking all the drama and excitement out of the September call-ups. I may as well shut down until the playoffs. (Yes, I said that word.) The Orioles always add an extra catcher when rosters expand, but they already recalled Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk. They figured to bring up at least one utility infielder, allowing Ryan Flaherty to actually get in the

Showalter on Hardy and a 5-4 win

The Orioles now lead the American League East by seven games following tonight’s 5-4 win over the Rays at Camden Yards. Do you credit Bud Norris for gutting out six innings after a 34-pitch, two-run first? Or the bullpen, which didn’t allow a run in the four-game series? Or J.J. Hardy, who made a fine play at shortstop to end the top of the seventh

Pearce homers, Jones steals home and Orioles tie game (O’s win 5-4)

The Orioles pulled off their first steal of home in five years tonight to score the tying run in the bottom of the first inning. So, it’s going to be one of those nights? Down 2-0 after the top half, the Orioles battled back on Steve Pearce’s 16th home run of the season, singles by Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz, and the double steal. Cruz

A few pregame notes from Camden Yards

The Orioles continue to list Wei-Yin Chen as Sunday’s starter against the Twins and Kevin Gausman as Monday’s starter. Both pitchers were optioned to the Gulf Coast League team. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed that they’re still “in line” to start, but he added, “Let’s see what today brings and what our needs are.” Stay tuned. Showalter noted how Jimmy Paredes, recalled today from Triple-A Norfolk,

Orioles recall Paredes (Sept. 14 game moved to 8:05 p.m.)

The Orioles have gone from a three-man to a five-man bench in the matter of a few days. Yesterday, they recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk. Today, it’s infielder Jimmy Paredes. The Orioles selected Paredes off waivers from the Marlins on Feb. 15 and lost him two days later to the Royals on another waiver claim. They purchased him from the Royals on July

Norris vs. Hellickson tonight in the series finale

The sun’s out this morning and Bud Norris is hoping he’s not out of tonight’s game after two innings. No repeat of the Wrigley experience. Norris was done after the second inning Saturday afternoon following a rain delay that lasted more than three hours. The Cubs don’t have an indoor mound, which would have allowed Norris to stay loose. Then again, a delay of that

O’Day has been more than OK

Did everyone get a Darren O’Day T-shirt last night? In case you missed out, it says “O’DAYYY O’DAY O’DAY O’DAY”. If that song is now stuck in your head, my work here is done. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t know about the T-shirt giveaway and asked what was written on it. “At some point this year I might be singing that song, I

Orioles option Gausman, Showalter speaks after 3-1 loss

The Orioles have optioned right-hander Kevin Gausman to the Gulf Coast League team. A corresponding roster move will be announced on Thursday. Same paper move as the one earlier today involving left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Relievers Ryan Webb and Joe Saunders pitched today for Triple-A Norfolk. Evan Meek and Preston Guilmet did not get into the game. Gausman, who worked four innings tonight, is listed as

Orioles need do-over in first inning (O’s lose 3-1)

Orioles starter Kevin Gausman will need to become more economical with his pitches tonight if he’s going to exceed the five innings he logged in his previous start. Gausman threw 34 in the first inning while surrendering two runs to the Rays. It got weird. Maybe the umpires will review whether the game actually should have started. Gausman struck out leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings on

Showalter on Machado, the Bundys and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter passed along the update today on Manny Machado’s knee surgery. It was a success. Go figure. “Manny’s surgery went real well. That was good to hear,” Showalter said. “Started at 9 o’clock (our) time, 6 o’clock their time. You always want that first surgery. Brady (Anderson) was telling me last night he’d want the second one. Let (the surgeon) kind of

Machado surgery a success

As expected, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado underwent successful surgery today to repair a slightly torn ligament in his right knee. Machado will remain in Los Angeles for the next three weeks before flying to Sarasota or meeting up with the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter said Dr. Neal ElAttrache didn’t find anything unexpected in the knee and the timetable remains the same. Machado should be

Orioles option Chen

The Orioles made their roster move today, officially recalling catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning last night’s starter, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, to the Gulf Coast League team. The Orioles currently list their starters for the Twins series as follows: Friday - Miguel Gonzalez vs. Trevor May Saturday - Chris Tillman vs. Kyle Gibson Sunday - Wei-Yin Chen vs. Ricky Nolasco Monday - Kevin

O’s add Clevenger to taxi squad

The Orioles added catcher Steve Clevenger to their taxi squad this afternoon. A player can stay on it for 24 hours before being added to the 25-man roster or returned to the minors. The Norfolk Tides announced the move, which has been confirmed, while activating right-hander Robert Coello from the temporarily inactive list. Manager Buck Showalter indicated yesterday that the Orioles could send down a

Machado, the challenge of making a trade and tonight’s game

Unless there’s been a late change, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will undergo surgery this morning in Los Angeles to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. I wonder whether Dr. Neal ElAttrache can zip his own lip. I’m going to eliminate the drama and promise that the surgery will be deemed a success. Machado won’t lose the leg, so don’t lose any sleep

Showalter speaks following 4-2 win

The Orioles won tonight, the Yankees lost and the Blue Jays are losing to the Red Sox 11-4 in the 11th inning. I could close this entry now and wish everyone a peaceful night, but I may as well continue with some quotes from manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles lead the Yankees by seven games in the American League East and are poised to expand

Just to review ... (O’s win 4-2)

Due to the pace of tonight’s game at Camden Yards, it has now been reclassified as a mini-series. We had two crew chief reviews in the first three innings. We’ve had only one run score despite six hits by the Rays. We’ve decided that a pillow and blanket might be needed later. I had a beef and broccoli stir fry for dinner, but that’s not

Roster manuevering and other notes (game update)

Don’t be surprised if the Orioles decide to option a starting pitcher within the next few days and call up an infielder to give them a four-man bench before rosters expand. The affiliates end their season on Sept. 1, at which point the Orioles could recall the pitcher without having to wait the minimum 10 days. Send down a starter who wouldn’t be available anyway

Seven Orioles minor leaguers to play in AFL

The Orioles will send seven of their minor leaguers to play in the Arizona Fall League. Pitchers Parker Bridwell (Single-A Frederick), Zach Davies (Double-A Bowie), Mychal Givens (Bowie) and Asher Tolliver (Bowie), catcher Michael Ohlman (Bowie), infielder Jason Esposito (Frederick) and outfielder Dariel Alvarez (Triple-A Norfolk) will play for the Glendale Desert Dogs. Norfolk’s Mike Griffin will serve as co-pitching coach and Aberdeen’s Chris Poole

Orioles lineup vs. Rays (with Rays lineup)

Not much to see with the Orioles’ lineup tonight unless you enjoy repetition. Steve Pearce is batting second and playing first base. Chris Davis remains at third base and batting seventh, now that the Orioles are back to American League rules. Jonathan Schoop continues to start at second base. The only real drama involves the catcher. Tonight, it’s Caleb Joseph. For the Orioles Nick Markakis

Jays designate Reimold for assignment

The Blue Jays designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment late last night, according to an industry source. The club hasn’t announced the move. Is a reunion with the Orioles in the works? Stay tuned. Reimold batted .212/.283/.404 with four doubles, two homers and nine RBIs in 22 games. He had six walks and 22 strikeouts in 60 plate appearances. Reimold was in the midst of

This, that and the other

So, what did it mean for the Orioles to bounce back last night with a 9-1 victory over the Rays? Delmon Young has the floor. “It’s good,” he said, “because it seemed like y’all went in panic mode when we got swept in Chicago.” I had no idea that Young read this blog. But seriously ... “We weren’t scoring many runs, but it happens and

Showalter speaks after 9-1 win

The Orioles score four runs in three games at Wrigley Field and tally six tonight in the bottom of the fifth inning. Baseball is, indeed, a funny game. The Orioles remain six games ahead of the Yankees in the American League East following a 9-1 win over the Rays at Camden Yards. The losing streak ends at three games. The Blue Jays lost to the

Markakis and Pearce go back-to-back in third (O’s win 9-1)

Nick Markakis interrupted his slump tonight and Steve Pearce maintained his hot streak. In consecutive at-bats. Markakis was hitless in 21 at-bats before drilling a two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the third inning off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead. Yes, Markakis wears No. 21. Coincidence? Of course, but let’s continue. Pearce followed with his 15th

Tillman trying to maintain roll and stop Orioles’ skid

Orioles starter Chris Tillman has retired the first six Rays he’s faced tonight on 23 pitches. Four ground balls and two fly balls. The first two innings have been a challenge for Tillman this season. He’s permitted 19 runs in the first and 17 in the second. By winning his 10th game on Tuesday, Tillman became the first Orioles pitcher to notch 10 or more

Showalter on the expanded roster and Machado, plus the Rays’ lineup

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t offering many hints about his September call-ups. He hasn’t provided a number or any names. However, he indicated that the club will add one or more players who aren’t currently on the 40-man roster. The Orioles have one opening after designating infielder Cord Phelps for assignment, and they can transfer third baseman Manny Machado to the 60-day disabled list. “The

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Chris Davis has been moved down to seventh in the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards. Davis’ average has dropped to .189. Steve Pearce continues to bat second and play first base. Delmon Young is in left field while Nelson Cruz serves as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce 1B Adam Jones CF Nelson

Orioles back home to continue search for offense

CHICAGO - Sitting in his office before yesterday’s game at Wrigley Field, Orioles manager Buck Showalter observed how Chicago is a great town. Then he added, “I’ve had enough.” It’s true that you can have too much of a good thing. The Orioles are back home tonight after playing three games in Cleveland and spending a week in The Windy City, which wasn’t exactly a

Hearing from Pearce, Gonzalez and Wada following 2-1 loss

CHICAGO - If not for Steve Pearce, the Orioles would have been no-hit today. They would have been shut out. They would have more reason to feel bad about today’s loss at Wrigley Field. That is, if you believe that the rest of the game would have played out the exact same. Pearce homered off Tsuyoshi Wada leading off the top of the seventh. Otherwise,

Showalter on Wada, Gonzalez and a 2-1 loss

CHICAGO - In honor of the 1994 season, the Orioles’ bats went on strike today. The throwback uniforms would have sufficed. Good pitching beats good hitting, and the Orioles saw plenty of it while being swept by the Cubs to conclude their first losing road trip of the season. And it won’t get any easier with Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Jeremy Hellickson

Pearce wrecks Wada no-hit bid (O’s lose 2-1)

CHICAGO - The Orioles didn’t have a hit today off left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada through the sixth inning. I know what you were thinking. Jake Arrieta beat them Friday night, with Pedro Strop tossing a scoreless eighth. Wada was poised to make them feel much worse, until Steve Pearce stepped to the plate. Pearce drove Wada’s second pitch of the seventh inning, an 88 mph fastball,

Game update and more notes (O’s down 1-0)

CHICAGO - Nick Markakis flied to left field in the top of the first inning today, leaving him hitless in his last 17 at-bats. “That’s one I don’t think about a whole lot,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I’m sure some of those were at ‘ems, too.” Former Oriole Tsuyoshi Wada threw 13 pitches in a scoreless first inning. Adam Jones drew his 16th walk of

Machado surgery set for Wednesday

CHICAGO - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will undergo surgery on his right knee Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will repair the medial patellar ligament, the same procedure he performed on Machado’s left knee in October. Machado will fly to Los Angeles on Tuesday and stay for two or three weeks before beginning his rehabilitation in Sarasota. Machado rehabbed in Miami last

Phelps designated for assignment to clear roster spot for Gonzalez

CHICAGO - Miguel Gonzalez has officially rejoined the Orioles after being recalled from Double-A Bowie this afternoon to start against the Cubs. To clear a spot on the 25-man roster for Gonzalez, infielder Cord Phelps has been designated for assignment. Phelps was hitless in three at-bats for the Orioles. With only a week left before Sept. 1 roster expansion, the Orioles will go with three

Orioles and Cubs lineups

CHICAGO - Miguel Gonzalez makes the start at Wrigley Field as the Orioles aim to salvage one game of this weekend series. Gonzalez is 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three career interleague starts. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce 1B Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz LF J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis 3B Caleb Joseph C Jonathan Schoop 2B Miguel Gonzalez P For

Orioles conclude road trip with roster move for Gonzalez

CHICAGO - Can the Orioles avoid their first three-game losing streak since late May? They’ve dropped two straight at Wrigley Field. They lost four in a row from May 27-30 in Milwaukee and Houston. The Orioles will make another roster move today to accommodate pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, who’s starting the series finale against the Cubs that also closes out the three-city road trip. Manager Buck

Showalter, Norris and Hundley talk after 7-2 loss

CHICAGO - The Orioles were held to two hits today over the final seven innings, the bats never heating up after a rain delay that lasted 3 hours, 9 minutes. It’s unfortunate for the Orioles that the weather knocked Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks out of the game. They collected two runs and five hits off him in two innings. Orioles starter Bud Norris couldn’t stay

Jimenez will pitch in relief (O’s lose 7-2)

CHICAGO - For the second time in his major league career, Ubaldo Jimenez will be used as a reliever. Jimenez is warming up for the Orioles, who trail the Cubs 4-2 in the top of the third inning at Wrigley Field. Right-hander Justin Grimm will pitch for the Cubs. The game is scheduled to resume at 5:30 p.m. central time following a rain delay that

Norris contributes at the plate (O’s down 4-2 and in rain delay)

CHICAGO - Bud Norris is doing more than pitching today for the Orioles. He’s also padding their lead. Norris reached on an infield hit in the second inning to score J.J. Hardy and give the Orioles a 2-0 advantage over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Orioles pitchers were 0-for-11 this season. Norris recorded his first RBI since May 5, 2012. Norris is no slouch at

Quotes from Duquette, Bancells, Showalter and Machado

CHICAGO - In a short time frame this morning, the media at Wrigley Field conducted interviews with Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter, head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and third baseman Manny Machado. We’re caught up on Machado’s pending knee surgery. All we need to know is the exact date of next week’s procedure in Los Angeles. I’m passing along a big

Orioles confirm Machado surgery

CHICAGO - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will undergo surgery next week in Los Angeles to repair a slightly torn ligament in his right knee. Executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed the news to reporters this morning at Wrigley Field. The medial patellar is the same ligament that Machado ruptured in his left knee in September at Tropicana Field. Though he suffered only a partial

Gonzalez on recall, Davis on playing third base

CHICAGO - Miguel Gonzalez was sitting at his locker this morning when reporters were allowed inside the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. Gonzalez is on the 24-hour taxi squad. He’ll be recalled on Sunday and will start the final game of the series against the Cubs. “Everyone’s receiving me like it was my first time being called up,” he said. “It was fun. They’re all

Orioles and Cubs lineups

CHICAGO - Chris Davis remains at third base today for the Orioles and Steve Pearce continues to start at first base. Nelson Cruz is in left field and Nick Hundley is behind the plate. Executive vice president Dan Duquette will meet with reporters at 11:30 a.m. in front of the dugout. Manny Machado is scheduled to follow at 11:40 a.m. Miguel Gonzalez is expected to

More on Machado and leftover Strop quotes

CHICAGO - There’s good news coming from the Orioles. Manny Machado only has two knees. I got it confirmed late last night. Seriously, the Orioles must be hopeful that Machado will come back stronger and the knee-buckling, season-ending injuries will be behind him. Fix the other abnormality. Exercise to strengthen the areas around both knees. The Orioles haven’t publicly confirmed the pending surgery. I got

Confirmed: Machado to undergo knee surgery

CHICAGO - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will undergo surgery on his right knee and likely will miss the remainder of the 2014 season, according to Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports. The club hasn’t confirmed the surgery, which Brown tweeted should be done within the week. Machado was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 12 with a right knee sprain. Manager Buck Showalter

Hearing from Showalter, Cruz and Gausman following 4-1 loss (and Arrieta)

CHICAGO - The Orioles’ winning streak ended at four games today with a 4-1 loss to the Cubs before 33,761 at Wrigley Field. Former Oriole Jake Arrieta retired the first 13 batters and allowed one run over seven innings. He improves to 7-4 with a 2.53 ERA. Arrieta is 3-1 with a 1.86 ERA in nine starts in Chicago this season. He’s 19-19 with a

Gausman goes five, Orioles denied run (O’s lose 4-1)

CHICAGO - Before today, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman had allowed three home runs in 13 starts covering 73 innings. He surrendered only one in his last six outings. The Cubs became the first team with multiple homers off Gausman in a game this season. Luis Valbuena and Javier Baez took him deep in five innings, and the Orioles trail the Cubs 3-0. Gausman was removed

Jones on Japan trip and Showalter on fan support and more (O’s down 2-0)

CHICAGO - Former Oriole Jake Arrieta retired the side in order today in the top of the first inning. Kevin Gausman did the same in the bottom half, needing only nine pitches. Adam Jones said he’s still considering whether to join other major league All-Stars in November for the five-game series in Japan. Jones was chosen along with the Mariners’ Robinson Cano, the Dodgers’ Yasiel

Machado won’t be ready to come off DL next week

CHICAGO - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado won’t be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible on Wednesday, according to manager Buck Showalter. Machado hasn’t started baseball activities, and Showalter said he’d provide more information before Saturday’s game. “No plan right now,” Showalter said. “Probably update you a little bit next few days where he is. I talked to him a little

Orioles and Cubs lineups (plus Wrigley pics)

CHICAGO - The Orioles are making their second visit to Wrigley Field, and their fans are expected to pack the place. They already were lined up outside the ballpark more than four hours before the first pitch, and large groups were inside taking the tour. Orange jerseys as far as the eye can see. With the Orioles facing Jake Arrieta for the first time, Steve

Today’s game and O’Day’s role as bullpen leader

CHICAGO - Anyone else find it ironic or interesting or coincidental that the Cubs-Giants suspended game yesterday was delayed by rain? Anyone? Apparently, it can rain simultaneously on the north and south sides. This is coming from a guy who didn’t bring an umbrella to Chicago. The Orioles swept the White Sox and now they’re playing the Cubs in their second-ever visit to Wrigley Field.

Jones will play in Japan in November

CHICAGO - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has been included among a group of major league players who will travel to Japan in November to participate in a five-game series. The MLB All-Stars will play Samurai Japan, the country’s national team. The Rangers’ Ron Washington will serve as manager. Jones will be joined by the Mariners’ Robinson Cano, the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig and the Angels’

Andrew Miller: “I’ll take my chances against anybody”

CHICAGO - Regarded as the best left-handed reliever available at the non-waiver trade deadline, Andrew Miller had to feel some pressure upon entering the Orioles bullpen, upon cracking their inner circle. The team was in the thick of a pennant race and he jumped into the middle of it with expectations taller than his listed height. The guy is 6-foot-7. You get the point. Miller

Orioles’ postgame comments following 4-3 win

CHICAGO - Reliever Darren O’Day remains one of my favorite interviews inside the Orioles clubhouse, so let’s start with him tonight. O’Day stranded two runners in the eighth by striking out Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia. Zach Britton retired the White Sox in order in the ninth and the Orioles completed their sweep with a 4-3 victory at U.S. Cellular Field. “Actually, I didn’t feel

Orioles beat White Sox 4-3, move 21 games above .500

CHICAGO - The Orioles’ rotation came through with another quality start, Darren O’Day made another clutch appearance, Zach Britton picked up his 27th save and the Orioles swept the White Sox in Chicago for the first time since July 6-9, 1995. Orioles 4, White Sox 3 The Orioles moved 21 games above .500 at 73-52. They lead the Blue Jays by nine games and the

Chen surrenders home run, and more from Showalter (O’s lead 4-3)

CHICAGO - Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has now allowed a home run in three consecutive starts after Avisail Garcia’s two-run shot tonight with two outs in the bottom of the first inning gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead. Jose Abreu singled with two outs before Garcia hit his third home run of the season on a changeup, the ball traveling an estimated 337 feet

Jimenez: “This is no time to be selfish or to be putting your head down”

CHICAGO - Ubaldo Jimenez said he doesn’t expect to get many opportunities to pitch out of the bullpen following news yesterday that he’s been removed from the starting rotation. Manager Buck Showalter informed Jimenez yesterday that the right-hander would have to transition into a relief role. “They’re doing whatever is best for the team,” said Jimenez, who’s 4-9 with a 4.83 ERA in 20 starts

Orioles and White Sox lineups

CHICAGO - Nick Hundley gets another start behind the plate tonight for the Orioles after collecting two hits last night, including his third home run of the season. Steve Pearce continues to hit second and Chris Davis remains in the seventh slot. Nelson Cruz is playing left field and Delmon Young is serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Steve Pearce

Pitching match-ups at Wrigley Field and other notes

CHICAGO - The Orioles will hold a reunion this weekend at Wrigley Field. Two of the Cubs’ starters for the three-game series have ties to the Orioles. Jake Arrieta opposes Kevin Gausman on Friday, and Tsuyoshi Wada opposes Miguel Gonzalez on Sunday. Factor in reliever Pedro Strop, and there will be plenty of familiar faces on the north side. Wada underwent ligament-reconstructive surgery on his

More on the Jimenez decision and tonight’s game

CHICAGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter still throws the best curveball in the organization. Just when you thought he was going to start Miguel Gonzalez last night, he went with Chris Tillman. You thought Gonzalez might be the pitcher listed as TBA tonight, and it turned out to be Wei-Yin Chen. Chen will take his regular turn despite Showalter’s preference to give him extra rest.

Showalter, Tillman and Hundley following a 5-1 victory

CHICAGO - The Orioles are a season-high 20 games over .500 and 8 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees in the American League East following tonight’s 5-1 victory over the White Sox before a sparse crowd at U.S. Cellular Field. This is the Orioles’ largest division lead since Sept. 7, 1997. They’ve got to sense that something special is nearing, that October baseball looms. “This

Game update and more on Markakis (Hundley homers, O’s win 5-1)

CHICAGO - The first inning tonight presented Adam Jones with another opportunity to drive in a run. Naturally, he took advantage of it. Jones singled with one out to score Steve Pearce and give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Twenty-four of Jones’ 76 RBIs this season have come in the first inning, along with 11 of his 23 home runs. Pearce got on base with

Jimenez going to bullpen

CHICAGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter pulled Ubaldo Jimenez aside this afternoon and told the right-hander that he’s headed to the bullpen. Kevin Gausman, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez will start the three games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and Chris Tillman will pitch Monday night against the Rays at Camden Yards. Jimenez has made one relief appearance, and it came in his major

Orioles and White Sox lineups

CHICAGO - Delmon Young gets another start in left field tonight and Chris Davis continues to bat seventh as the Orioles’ third baseman for the second game of their series against the White Sox. Nelson Cruz is serving as the designated hitter and Steve Pearce is playing first base against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. Pearce is batting second. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF

Tillman tries to keep streak alive

CHICAGO - Chris Tillman held the Blue Jays to three hits over eight innings in his third start of the season back on April 11. If he can duplicate that figure tonight, he’ll be keeping in step with the rest of the rotation. The Orioles have allowed three hits or fewer in back-to-back games for the first time since July 22-24, 2007, according to the

Most unappreciated Oriole, and other notes

CHICAGO - The Orioles have won nine of their last 10 series openers since July 21. A victory tonight or Wednesday would give them nine series wins out of the last 10. They’re 19 games above .500, tying their season high, and 7 1/2 ahead of the Yankees in the American League East. Having fun yet? Shortstop J.J. Hardy is often overlooked with his home

Hearing from Markakis and Norris following 8-2 win

CHICAGO - Before returning to the clubhouse tonight following the Orioles’ 8-2 win over the White Sox, right fielder Nick Markakis headed to the weight room for a late-night workout at U.S. Cellular Field. Three hits and a game-saving catch weren’t excuses to back off his normal routine. Here’s a sampling of Markakis’ quotes: On his catch “I thought I had a shot at it

Showalter speaks after 8-2 win

CHICAGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that tonight’s starter, Bud Norris, will work on normal rest and return to the mound Saturday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Kevin Gausman is starting Friday. We’re just missing the Sunday starter. Stay tuned. Showalter couldn’t decide whether he was more impressed with Nick Markakis’ catch a few years ago on opening day at Tropicana Field or

Markakis makes sensational catch to preserve Norris’ lead (O’s win 8-2)

CHICAGO - Bud Norris was the first Oriole on the field tonight after the top of the seventh inning. He jogged to the mound ahead of everyone else following Adam Jones’ ground ball. It’s understandable why Norris wanted to keep pitching. Norris retired 17 of the first 18 White Sox batters while facing the minimum number through the sixth. Jordan Danks singled in the second

Hardy homers to give Orioles lead (Cruz homers)

CHICAGO - The Orioles are 46-10 when they score first, giving them the best winning percentage in the majors at .821. They scored first tonight. Shortstop J.J. Hardy led off the top of the second inning with his seventh home run of the season to hand the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Hardy pulled a 94 mph fastball from White Sox starter Chris Sale into the

Machado on knee: “Hopefully, we’ll see some progression soon”

CHICAGO - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado drifted over to his locker around 5 p.m. today, making his first appearance in the visiting clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field since reporters were allowed inside about 90 minutes earlier. “What do you want to talk to me for?” Machado asked playfully. Told that the local media wanted to check how he was feeling, Machado replied, “I feel

Showalter names his starter for Friday and updates Gonzalez

CHICAGO - Part of the Orioles rotation has started to take shape for the weekend series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Manager Buck Showalter said Kevin Gausman will start Friday’s opener, keeping the right-hander on normal rest. The next two spots haven’t been announced. Showalter won’t reveal his plans for Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed six runs over 4 1/3 innings Saturday night in Cleveland.

Orioles and White Sox lineups

CHICAGO - Chris Davis is starting at third base and batting seventh for the second straight game as the Orioles open a three-game series at the White Sox. Davis went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI yesterday, so the Orioles decided not to mess with a good thing. Steve Pearce is at first, Nelson Cruz is in left and Delmon Young is serving as

Orioles hoping rest of trip is breeze in Windy City

The Orioles are preparing to spend a week in Chicago, with Thursday’s off-day separating series against the White Sox and Cubs. My Southwest flight this morning must be packed because I’m in the B group and I used early bird check-in. The struggle is real. The Orioles lost two of three at U.S. Cellular Field last season. They haven’t swept the White Sox in a

It’s official: Steve Pearce is heating up (Schoop homers, O’s win 4-1)

Steve Pearce started today at first base despite dragging a 5-for-44 slump into the game. Manager Buck Showalter wanted to get Pearce more at-bats, especially with Chris Davis mired in a lengthy slump. He also knew that right-handers were hitting .317 against Indians starter Danny Salazar. And with the Orioles struggling to score runs and their offense stuck in neutral, it was worth a shot.

Early Gausman update and more notes (O’s lead 2-1)

Ubaldo Jimenez walked two batters in the first inning last night and fell behind 3-0 on Carlos Santana’s long home run to center field. Kevin Gausman walked two Indians in the first inning today and escaped the jam, getting a popup and ground ball with two runners in scoring position. Bad things usually happen when you walk batters. Steve Pearce lined to center field in

Notes on Orioles’ offense, Markakis, Cruz and Pearce

The Orioles are 8-11 on Sundays this season, but 5-4 on the road. So, I’m saying there’s a chance. The Orioles are 23-17 in series finales this year, including 13-7 on the road. They’re 10-4 in their last 14 series finales and have won four of the last five. The Orioles have been held to one run in the last two games, their lowest output

Corrected Orioles lineup

Ignore the earlier Orioles lineup from baseballpress.com that I passed along this morning. It was a duplicate of last night’s batting order. The Orioles posted today’s lineup and it’s quite different. Steve Pearce is batting second and playing first base. Chris Davis is batting seventh and starting at third base. Delmon Young is in left field and Nick Hundley is behind the plate. For the

Orioles and Indians lineups

The Orioles need a win today to avoid being swept in a three-game series in Cleveland for the first time since April 15-17, 2011. The Orioles are 7-1 after being shut out this season, their only loss coming on May 18 in Kansas City. David Lough is batting second again today. Chris Davis is fifth. Caleb Joseph is catching a day game following a night

Wondering about the rotation and looking at today’s series finale

What happens next with the Orioles rotation? It’s one of the more fascinating story lines as the Orioles approach their 122nd game today while closing out the series in Cleveland. The Orioles haven’t listed a starter for Wednesday night in Chicago. Manager Buck Showalter suggested during the last homestand that Miguel Gonzalez could start Tuesday, but that assignment goes to Chris Tillman. Gonzalez could take

Jimenez can’t take the fifth (O’s lose 6-0)

The Orioles haven’t lost back-to-back games since June 28-29 against the Rays, a streak that’s in serious jeopardy tonight. Ubaldo Jimenez, in his second start since coming off the disabled list, lasted only 4 1/3 innings tonight and departed with the Indians leading 6-0. Jimenez had retired 11 of 12 batters until former Oriole Chris Dickerson doubled to left-center field leading off the bottom of

Notes on Jimenez, Joseph and Britton (Jimenez gives up three in first)

Ubaldo Jimenez makes his return tonight to Progressive Field, where he went 16-17 with a 4.00 ERA and 26 quality starts while pitching for the Indians. In his last 11 starts in Cleveland since June 1, 2013, Jimenez went 5-2 with a 1.66 ERA and nine quality starts over 70 1/3 innings. The Indians won nine of the 11 games. Not sure whether that will

Lough batting second for Orioles

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has placed David Lough in the second slot in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Indians at Progressive Field. Lough is making his fourth start this season as the No. 2 hitter. Chris Davis, who went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts last night, was lowered from second to fifth. The Orioles need to win the next two games to extend their

About last night and tonight ...

I’m going to start this blog entry by saying that Orioles manager Buck Showalter is aware of left-hander Brian Matusz’s splits. I feel the need to point this out to anyone questioning why Showalter allowed Matusz to face Mike Aviles last night. It’s the bottom of the 11th. Showalter would rather not play match-ups and risk running out of relievers. And while right-handers were batting

Orioles vs. AL Central, and other notes (O’s lose 2-1 in 11th)

Despite being 19 games above .500, the Orioles are only 9-14 (.391) against the American League Central this season. In their other 96 games, they’ve gone 60-36 (.625) and are playing at a 101-win full-season pace. The Orioles have won eight consecutive series openers dating back to July 21 in Anaheim. They’re 25-15 in series openers this season, going 13-7 at home and 12-8 on

Hardy returns to lineup

J.J. Hardy, who hasn’t played since being scratched from Sunday’s lineup with a sprained left thumb, is batting sixth tonight as the Orioles shortstop for the series opener in Cleveland. Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base. Chris Davis continues to bat second. The Orioles are a season-high 19 games above .500, their highest margin since ending the 2012 season with a 93-69 record. The

Bundy: “If I’m done for the year, I’m happy”

Dylan Bundy, placed on Single-A Frederick’s disabled list yesterday with a strained right latissimus dorsi, said his injury occurred Sunday as he ran in the outfield following a routine throwing session. Bundy underwent an MRI yesterday in Baltimore that revealed the strain, which may end his minor league season. “It’s definitely a weird injury,” Bundy said today during a phone interview. “I had just thrown

A few thoughts on Bundy and tonight’s game

Did everyone enjoy the off day? Major League Baseball has a new commissioner. Dylan Bundy has a new lat injury. That pretty much covers the news. Rob Manfred - the commissioner, not the technical name for Bundy’s injury - shouldn’t be confused with WBAL Radio’s Fred Manfra. Two different guys. As for Bundy, his season at Single-A Frederick was winding down and I doubt that

Quick note and a question

Left-hander Joe Saunders tossed two scoreless innings today for Triple-A Norfolk, walking one Buffalo batter and striking out one. The Saunders relief experiment seems to be working so far. He’s permitted one earned run over 5 1/3 innings since the Orioles signed him to a minor league contract. It hasn’t been a totally clean experiment, with Saunders allowing five hits and walking two, but the

Orioles remain resilient

The Orioles received good news on third baseman Manny Machado, who’s been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right knee with no structural damage, but they continue to check the market for available infielders. Moving beyond the non-waiver trade deadline hasn’t made a difference. A player can be traded if he passes through waivers and many deals are consummated before September. The Orioles nearly

Showalter on Jones and a 5-3 win

Adam Jones reached first base, raised his fist in the air and bounced around the bases, skipping sideways across the plate and slapping a layer of skin off the hands of his teammates as he approached the dugout. He shouted toward the field while tugging at his batting gloves. The needle on his emotion meter was bouncing in the red. I don’t recall seeing Jones

Another quality start for Tillman (Jones HR gives O’s 5-3 win)

Chris Tillman left tonight’s game after seven innings with his seventh quality start in his last eight outings. What’s missing tonight is a lead. Tillman served up a two-run homer to Yankees No. 9 hitter Francisco Cervelli in the second inning, and the Orioles continue to trail the Yankees 2-1 in the eighth. Darren O’Day has replaced Tillman, who threw 100 pitches. Tillman allowed two

Tillman and Pineda perfect so far (O’s down 2-1)

Chris Tillman has retired the first six Yankees tonight, striking out Chase Headley to end the top of the second inning. Tillman has thrown 30 pitches, 20 for strikes. Yankees starter Michael Pineda is pitching for the first time in the majors since April 23, when he was ejected from a game at Fenway Park for using pine tar on the ball. And his cap.

Showalter on Machado, Hardy, Davis, roster move and more

Kevin Gausman is headed to Norfolk today. Relax. He’s just gathering some of his belongings before the trip back to Baltimore in the morning. “Gausman just got all his work done,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He’s driving to Norfolk to pick up a lot of stuff that he had there. Moving out of his apartment. I don’t want him driving after the game tonight. He

Machado: “I’m just glad it’s not as bad as we thought”

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado walked past manager Buck Showalter’s office earlier today with crutches under his arm. He was carrying them. Machado didn’t need any assistance walking into the auxiliary clubhouse this afternoon to meet with reporters and provide an update on his knee injury. He’s encouraged and relieved that it’s only a sprain, though he has no idea whether he will return on

Quick Hardy and Machado updates

Shortstop J.J. Hardy has avoided the disabled list and expects to play this weekend in Cleveland. Hardy is sidelined with a sprained left thumb. “Came in yesterday and a big improvement,” he said. “Went and got an MRI and it was clean. Came in today, had a bigger improvement and real positive about the way it feels. “Will do a little bit more treatment tomorrow.

Machado to DL, Phelps to majors

The Orioles made the roster move official this afternoon. They placed third baseman Manny Machado on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to yesterday and selected the contract of infielder Cord Phelps from Triple-A Norfolk. Catcher Matt Wieters has been transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Phelps on the 40-man roster. Machado has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right knee,

Davis batting second and playing third

Chris Davis is starting at third base tonight with Manny Machado out of the lineup and likely headed to the disabled list. Davis is batting second for the Orioles. He’s never started in that spot in his major league career, but he’s 2-for-5 with a home run after being inserted in it. The home run came Monday night after Machado injured his right knee. Steve

The pending roster move, Chen, Tillman and more

The Orioles will provide more information today on Manny Machado’s MRI results and the condition of his right knee. They’re expected to place their third baseman on the 15-day disabled list after he was diagnosed with a sprained ligament. Triple-A Norfolk infielder Cord Phelps is in Baltimore and waiting to have his contract purchased. The Orioles signed him off waivers from the Indians on Nov.

Machado diagnosed with sprained ligament in knee (updated)

The Orioles announced that third baseman Manny Machado has been diagnosed with a right knee ligament sprain. An update on Machado’s condition, including how long he could be sidelined, will be provided on Wednesday. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said putting Machado on the 15-day disabled list is “under consideration right now.” “We need to get more information on it,” Duquette said. “Manny was feeling

Updating Orioles pitching (and makeup game)

No updates on Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy. I’m not keeping any secrets. You have my word. It’s become obvious that the Orioles will make up tonight’s postponed game next month. The club announced its upcoming starters and didn’t list anyone for Thursday, which remains an open date on the schedule. Chris Tillman will start Wednesday night’s series finale against the Yankees at Camden Yards.

More from Showalter

The Orioles have rooms reserved in Cleveland and Chicago for third baseman Manny Machado and shortstop J.J. Hardy, with the hope that both players will avoid the disabled list and be available to play. Fingers remain crossed. Machado (right knee) and Hardy (left thumb) underwent MRIs today and team physician Dr. Michael Jacobs will read the results at Camden Yards. Showalter noted again that Machado

Updates on Machado, Hardy and postponement

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado underwent an MRI on his right knee this afternoon, and team physician Dr. Michael Jacobs is headed to Camden Yards to read the results. “I haven’t heard anything negative,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Manny seems to be in good spirits. That’s good. So, we’ll see what the day brings. “I’ve heard early stuff and whatever, but until everyone weighs in...

Yankees-Orioles game postponed

As expected, tonight’s game between the Orioles and Yankees has been postponed due to rain. An announcement regarding the makeup date will be made as soon as possible, according to the Orioles. A few New York writers tweeted that the clubs will play a doubleheader on Sept. 12, but the Orioles haven’t confirmed the date. Fans are encouraged to keep their tickets and parking passes

Orioles hoping for sunny outlook on Machado beneath dark clouds

The Orioles have been poised to run away with the American League East, which they lead by six games over the Blue Jays. The rotation is better, the back end of the bullpen can dominate, the defense again has been a team strength despite the three errors last night, and the offense is starting to score runs in bunches - again leading the majors in

Showalter updates Machado injury following 11-3 victory

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will have an MRI on his right knee at 10 a.m. Tuesday to determine the severity of his injury. The initial diagnosis is a sprain, which occurred after Machado’s knee buckled as he swung at a pitch from Yankees starter Chris Capuano in the third inning. Machado fell on his back and writhed in pain, clutching the knee as head

Machado injures right knee (Machado sprains knee, O’s win 11-3)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado left tonight’s game in the bottom of the third inning with an injury to his right knee. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter helped Machado off the field. I’ll pass along an update as it becomes available. Machado shattered his bat while swinging at a pitch from Yankees starter Chris Capuano. His right knee appeared to buckle,

Orioles fall behind early and more notes (O’s down 3-1)

The Yankees have taken an early lead tonight against Orioles right-hander Bud Norris, with Brett Garnder’s leadoff triple in the top of the first inning followed by Derek Jeter’s bouncer to third. The Orioles have won a season-high seven consecutive series. They’ve got three games scheduled against the Yankees at Camden Yards before Thursday’s off day. Try to ignore the weather forecast for Tuesday. Shield

Showalter on Hardy, Davis and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is optimistic that shortstop J.J. Hardy will return to the lineup Tuesday night. X-rays on Hardy’s sprained left thumb yesterday came back negative. No further tests are scheduled, though an MRI is next if the thumb doesn’t improve. “J.J. wasn’t real happy with me yesterday when we scratched him late,” Showalter said. “Didn’t like the cage work and what Jimmy (Presley)

Hardy again out of Orioles lineup

Shortstop J.J Hardy won’t be in the starting lineup tonight when the Orioles open a three-game series against the New York Yankees. Hardy’s sprained left thumb has not sufficiently healed, and Ryan Flaherty will start in his place at shortstop. Hardy said the thumb feels about the same as it did yesterday. He would have to alter his grip if he held a bat, but

Expanded thoughts on September roster

During yesterday’s pregame session with manager Buck Showalter, a reporter asked whether the Orioles will expand their roster next month to the full 40 players permitted by Major League Baseball, or at least an amount close to it. The Orioles won’t get anywhere near that total. Showalter hasn’t laid out an exact figure, but he’d be comfortable staying in the five-to-seven range of additions. He

Showalter on ejection, Gausman, Hardy and 8-3 loss

Long after today’s game ended at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter still didn’t agree with the decision to reverse the out call at second base that led to his first ejection of the season. Showalter is convinced that Jonathan Schoop held the ball long enough to get the force on Jhonny Peralta. Coming out of the dugout to argue the reversal is an automatic

Showalter ejected in seventh inning (O’s lose 8-3)

On the 60th anniversary weekend at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter just broke out his Earl Weaver impression, minus the kicking of dirt on home plate. Showalter was ejected in the seventh inning for the first time this season, with second base umpire Jeff Nelson doing the honors. Bench coach John Russell will take over the managing duties. Nelson ruled that Jhonny Peralta was

Showalter on players: “They don’t scoreboard watch, they scoreboard glance” (more)

Kevin Gausman made it through five innings at 104 pitches, and the Cardinals hold a 3-2 lead over the Orioles. Twenty-two runs in the first two games of this series and two today, the last scoring in the fifth on Lance Lynn’s wild pitch with Nick Markakis on third base. Gausman allowed two hits in the fifth, including Kolten Wong’s leadoff single on a line

37-pitch first inning for Gausman (updated)

Talk about a poor start to the day. The Orioles find out shortly before the first pitch that shortstop J.J. Hardy has a sprained left thumb, forcing him out of the lineup. And the Cardinals score twice off Kevin Gausman in the top of the first inning. Not exactly how the Orioles drew it up. We won’t know the severity of Hardy’s injury and how

Hardy scratched from lineup

The Orioles just announced that shortstop J.J. Hardy has been scratched from the lineup due to a sprained left thumb. The injury must have occurred during batting practice. Manager Buck Showalter will provide more information following the game. Ryan Flaherty moves from second base to shortstop. Jonathan Schoop is starting at second base. Hardy, who had played in 96 straight games, has been bothered previously

The upcoming rotation and Gonzalez on being optioned

Orioles manager Buck Showalter set his rotation for the Yankees series that begins Monday night at Camden Yards. Bud Norris, Wei-Yin Chen and Chris Tillman will start for the Orioles. The Yankees will send Chris Capuano, Shane Greene and Esmil Rogers to the mound. Miguel Gonzalez will work three to five innings for Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday night in Buffalo. The Orioles want to keep him

Orioles and Cardinals lineups

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is sticking with the hot hand today. Or bat, in this case. Delmon Young remains in the lineup, starting in left field against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn. Nelson Cruz is serving as the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph will attempt to tie the Orioles’ record for consecutive games with a home run. Joseph has homered in five straight. Miguel Gonzalez stopped by

Orioles going for sweep today

If I have to provide a list of my biggest Orioles surprises in 2014, it would include Delmon Young hitting .354 in 96 at-bats against right-handers. Did you really see it coming? Be honest. Young is a career .301 hitter against left-handers and a .276 hitter vs. right-handers, including his production this season. If he had any shot at contributing in 2014 after signing a

Showalter speaks after 10-3 win

The Orioles have scored 10 or more runs in back-to-back games for the second time this season. They also did it on April 23-24 in Toronto. The club record is three straight games on May 24-27, 2003. We’re just scratching the surface here. The Orioles hold a six-game lead in the American League East for the first time since Sept. 15, 1997. They’re a season-high

Joseph sets Orioles catching record (O’s win 10-3)

As a 28-year-old rookie, Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph can be viewed as a late bloomer. He’s proving that it’s never too late to climb into a team’s record book. Joseph homered in his fifth consecutive game today to set the Orioles mark for catchers. The overall record of six is shared by Chris Davis (2012) and Reggie Jackson (1976). No wonder Jackson got the big

27-pitch first inning for Jimenez (updated)

Ubaldo Jimenez’s first inning today after coming off the disabled list included two more walks and a run. Jimenez issued a leadoff walk to Matt Carpenter on his eighth pitch, struck out Kolten Wong and walked Matt Holliday. His 62 walks lead the American League despite his stay on the DL. Matt Adams flied out, but Jhonny Peralda lined a double to left field on

Orioles option Gonzalez

The Orioles made room for starter Ubaldo Jimenez on their 25-man roster today by optioning Miguel Gonzalez to Triple-A Norfolk. Gonzalez is 6-6 with a 3.80 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) this season. In his last outing, he held the Blue Jays to one run over six innings in Toronto. Gonzalez has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six

Orioles and Cardinals lineups

Ubaldo Jimenez comes off the disabled list today to make his first start since July 5 in Boston. He joins an Orioles pitching staff that’s registered a 2.80 ERA in 21 games since the All-Star break. Jimenez is 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 18 starts this season. He’s 0-5 with a 10.55 ERA in five day games, which is why manager Buck Showalter slotted

About last night, and more from the Orioles Hall of Famers

Last night, the Orioles posted their first home win over the Cardinals in franchise history. They hit six home runs. They hit multiple homers off three different pitchers for only the second time. They sat their red-hot catcher, Caleb Joseph, and his replacement collected three hits. It was that kind of night. It’s been that kind of season. Nick Hundley didn’t garner much attention, but

Showalter speaks after 12-2 win

The lights are turned off in the press box tonight as the 60th anniversary celebration takes place on the field. I’m typing this blog entry in the dark. Forgive the typos. As usual. As the Orioles walked off the field following their 12-2 win over the Cardinals, they were greeted by a special group of ex-players. “I’ve still got chills,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We

More on Orioles’ home run binge (O’s win 12-2)

For only the second time in franchise history, the Orioles have hit multiple home runs off three different pitchers in the same game. It also happened on May 17, 1967 in Boston. The Orioles hit three homers off Dennis Bennett and two off Galen Cisco and Bill Landis in a 12-8 victory. That nugget was provided by the Orioles’ PR department. Jim Palmer lasted only

Orioles bring their offense to anniversary party (O’s have six homers)

On the night that the Orioles celebrate their 60th anniversary, third baseman Manny Machado hits a three-run homer. Earl Weaver must be smiling. Weaver wouldn’t have approved of David Lough’s sacrifice bunt after Ryan Flaherty led off the second inning with a single, but otherwise... Nick Hundley drove in Flaherty with a single to break a scoreless tie, Nick Markakis walked and Machado provided some

A few minutes with Eddie Murray

The contingent of former Orioles inside the warehouse this afternoon for the 60th anniversary luncheon included franchise legends Eddie Murray, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson. They sat together afterward and fielded questions from reporters, with Murray sliding down a seat after spotting all the microphones aimed at the middle one. “That’s Frank’s seat,” he said. This was a rare opportunity to chat with Murray, and

Showalter on 60th anniversary celebration, rotation and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had another busy schedule today that included a luncheon for the 60th anniversary celebration. He missed the praise heaped upon him by former players. “I left. I had to go and get ready for St. Louis,” he said. “I was sitting next to Doug DeCinces. That’s impressive. Listening to him and Eddie (Murray) and Al Bumbry, Ken Singleton, Rick Dempsey go

Notes on rotation and Joseph

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he’s leaning toward starting Kevin Gausman on Sunday against the Cardinals and Bud Norris Monday against the Yankees. A final decision probably will be made following tonight’s game. Norris held the Yankees to one run over five innings in the Bronx this season before leaving the game with a groin injury. Showalter also will let tonight’s game dictate the corresponding

Orioles and Cardinals lineups

Caleb Joseph is missing from the Orioles lineup tonight in the series opener against the Cardinals. He’s homered in his last four games. Nelson Cruz is batting fourth as the designated hitter, followed by Chris Davis. David Lough gets the start in left field. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B J.J. Hardy SS

Orioles trying to deck the Cards

We’re going to have fireworks and a laser show tonight at Camden Yards. Finally, it’s time to celebrate the umpires making the right call after a review. Manager Buck Showalter says the Orioles lead the majors in calls that “stand,” meaning there supposedly isn’t enough evidence to overturn them. And he’s not bragging about it. As for tonight’s game, the Orioles will wear uniforms from

Joseph ties club record for catchers (O’s win 2-1)

Apparently, Caleb Joseph is tired of being recognized only for his ability to throw out runners. Joseph hit another home run tonight, his two-run shot in the fourth inning off Toronto starter J.A. Happ giving the Orioles a 2-0 lead at Rogers Centre. Happ threw three consecutive 93 mph fastballs to Joseph, who cranked his seventh home run of the season. Joseph has homered in

Davis collects another hit, more on last night’s game

Chris Davis doubled with one out in the second inning tonight, pulling a 79 mph curveball from Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ past first baseman Juan Francisco. Davis didn’t score, but he’s now 4-for-11 with two home runs, three RBIs, two walks and three runs in his last four games. Happ threw three consecutive curveballs to Davis. Manny Machado was hit on the left foot

Roster move coming Saturday

The Orioles’ pitching staff will undergo some sort of adjustment before Saturday afternoon’s game against the Cardinals at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Toronto that Ubaldo Jimenez will come off the disabled list and start Saturday, which will necessitate a corresponding roster move. Jimenez has been on the disabled list with an ankle injury. He made two starts on a rehab assignment,

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Chris Davis moves down to seventh in the Orioles’ lineup tonight for the second time in three games. The Blue Jays are starting left-hander J.A. Happ. Davis batted fifth last night against right-hander Drew Hutchison. Delmon Young is batting fifth tonight as the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz LF Delmon

Leftovers for breakfast

Though the Orioles are intrigued by Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, they’ve decided not to pursue him now that he’s a free agent. The Orioles have scouted Castillo multiple times and watched him work out, and they like his speed and the power that was on display as he took batting practice at the University of Miami. However, an official stated that Castillo’s asking price is

Chen can’t duplicate Seattle success (O’s lose 5-1)

Wei-Yin Chen lasted only five innings tonight in Toronto. The streak of quality starts and working into the eighth inning has ended. Chen was charged with four runs and eight hits, and the Orioles’ offense has gone back into hibernation at Rogers Centre. Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison has allowed one run in eight innings, a home run by Chris Davis back in the second

Three wins in three cities in three days not a first for Orioles

The Orioles have won three straight games in three different cities in three days for the first time since Sept. 7-9, 2011, according to the club’s stellar and increasingly busy PR department. They defeated the Yankees 5-4 in New York, followed by a 5-4 walkoff win against the Yankees in Baltimore and a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Orioles’ winning pitchers

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Chris Davis moves back up to fifth in the Orioles lineup tonight after batting seventh and homering last night. David Lough is starting in left field, with Nelson Cruz serving as the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph has homered in three consecutive games, but he’s on the bench. The Blue Jays have former Orioles Nolan Reimold and Danny Valencia in their lineup. Reimold is making his

Chen makes first start in Toronto

Wei-Yin Chen has never pitched in Toronto. Orioles manager Buck Showalter should try to convince him that the club returned to Seattle for a one-game series. Four cities in four days. It could happen. Chen is coming off two outstanding starts against the Mariners, allowing one run over 15 1/3 innings with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Criticized in the past for not getting deep

Dempsey: “It’s our window right now and they prove it every night”

The Orioles have won three straight games in three different cities. Happens all the time, I’m sure. Every Orioles starter collected a hit last night in a 9-3 win over the Blue Jays. The bottom three batters in the lineup belted home runs - Chris Davis, Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop. Who’s the last rookie before Joseph to homer three straight games in three different

Joseph and Schoop go back-to-back (O’s win 9-3)

Following last night’s win in Washington, I approached Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph at his locker and asked about his hot streak. I started to recite his numbers over his past nine games. I had the average memorized. Joseph smiled and said, “Oh no.” Worried about a jinx? No reason. Joseph has homered in three straight games, and the Orioles are leading the Blue Jays 4-0

Davis, Young and other notes

The Orioles lead the majors with a 3.12 ERA at night, and their 47 wins rank third in the majors and second in the American League behind the Angels’ 50. Someone is keeping track. And the Orioles PR department was kind enough to share. The Orioles have a night game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Roof open or closed, it’s still night. The

Cruz stays in Orioles’ lineup, Davis lowered to seventh

Tonight’s game at Rogers Centre marks the fourth-latest matchup between the Orioles and Blue Jays with both clubs occupying the top two spots in the American League East, according to STATS. The only later games took place on Sept. 29, 1989, Aug. 16, 1989 and Aug. 10, 1992. The Orioles will attempt to increase their division lead, which stands at four games. Nelson Cruz is

The final (maybe) Jim Johnson update

Former Orioles closer Jim Johnson has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, according to an industry source. Johnson threw a bullpen session yesterday in Sarasota, with pitching rehab coordinator Scott McGregor and minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker in attendance. The Orioles maintained interest in signing Johnson to a minor league deal, but they had no room for him on the roster until

Saunders officially signs, Rapada released

The Orioles signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a Triple-A contract after he passed his physical. The transaction is official. Clay Rapada was released to make room for Saunders, who agreed to terms over the weekend. Saunders is being transitioned into a relief role to take advantage of his splits. Left-handers have a career .242 career against him. Right-handers are batting .295. The Tides didn’t need

Will a trip to Toronto cure what’s ailing Davis?

By collecting one hit last night, a single into right field in the eighth inning, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis raised his average one point to .195. Davis hasn’t been above .200 since July 26. He’s 1-for-11 this month after batting .167 in July and .175 in June. The Orioles didn’t get into Toronto until early this morning, but Davis should feel invigorated. He’s a

Showalter, Joseph, Young, Gausman and Brach after 7-3 win

WASHINGTON - The Orioles head to Toronto late tonight with a four-game lead over the Blue Jays in the American League East following tonight’s 7-3 win over the Nationals. Sleep fast. And be ready to play. Here’s a batch of post-game quotes from Nationals Park: Manager Buck Showalter On Kevin Gausman, who picked up the win after allowing three runs in six innings: “It was

Joseph hits another home run (O’s win 7-3)

WASHINGTON - Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph has homered in back-to-back starts. In a related story, Joseph is the team’s hottest hitter. Joseph jumped on a 91 mph fastball from Nationals starter Tanner Roark leading off the top of the third inning to tie the score 1-1. Joseph went 2-for-3 with a double and home run Saturday night against the Mariners at Camden Yards. Jayson Werth’s

Showalter on Jimenez, Johnson and more (updated)

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t offer a date today for Ubaldo Jimenez to come off the disabled list and make a start. Showalter said it’s possible “anytime after Thursday,” which makes sense, considering that Jimenez worked six innings last night at Triple-A Norfolk. “We’re going day to day,” Showalter said before tonight’s game against the Nationals in D.C. Showalter spoke with Tides manager

Jimenez: “Hopefully, I’ll pitch in five or six days”

WASHINGTON - Pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez completed his brief injury rehab assignment last night and is in the visiting clubhouse today at Nationals Park. Jimenez will board the charter for Toronto following tonight’s game and wait for his next start with the Orioles. Jimenez, who’s 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 18 starts for the Orioles, has been on the disabled list with an ankle injury.

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - Back at Nationals Park for the makeup of a July 8 rainout, the Orioles will be without a designated hitter again as they take on the National League East frontrunners. Nelson Cruz is in left field and batting cleanup, Chris Davis is at first and Ryan Flaherty is at second against the Nationals. The Orioles will pit right-hander Kevin Gausman against Nats righty

A few pregame notes from D.C.

WASHINGTON - Nothing much to report on Jim Johnson’s bullpen session today in Sarasota. He completed it and the Orioles are still interested in signing him to a minor league deal. Scott McGregor watched Johnson’s workout today at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The Orioles remain the favorites to sign Johnson to a minor league deal. The only way he probably goes elsewhere is if

Makeup game and Matusz

The Orioles were supposed to be off today. So why am I driving to D.C. again and parking in a sketchy lot? Blame it on the rain. The Orioles and Nationals are playing a makeup game caused by a July 8 postponement. It’s not a fair trade-off, since everyone drove to D.C. that night and waited out a delay that lasted approximately 72 hours. Felt

Updating Orioles’ interest in Jim Johnson

Orioles pitching rehab coordinator Scott McGregor left Baltimore today and is headed to Sarasota, Fla., to watch reliever Jim Johnson throw a bullpen session Monday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Johnson, who lives in Sarasota, is free to sign with any team after the Athletics released him over the weekend. Manager Buck Showalter spoke of the Orioles’ interest in Johnson and the former closer’s

Showalter on leadoff home runs, Tillman, Markakis and more (updated)

With the Blue Jays losing today in Houston, the Orioles now lead the American League East by 3 1/2 games. The Orioles improved to 43-10 when they score first, their .811 winning percentage leading the majors. Today marked the first time in club history that the Orioles won 1-0 on a leadoff home run. Nick Markakis reached the flag court in right field on the

Tillman tosses seven scoreless innings (O’s win 1-0)

Had Chris Tillman been removed from today’s game in the middle of an inning, he would have received a standing ovation on his walk to the dugout. Instead, Tillman will have to settle for the high praise coming from his manager and teammates following the game. Tillman shut out the Mariners on four hits over seven innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. He was

Webb officially optioned, Markakis hits first leadoff home run (Tillman update)

The Orioles have officially optioned reliever Ryan Webb to Triple-A Norfolk. Webb was designated off the 25-man roster on Friday to make room for left-hander Andrew Miller. Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis needs one more hit to reach 1,500 for his career. His latest should have counted as two. Markakis almost deposited a Hisashi Iwakuma pitch onto Eutaw Street today, the ball landing on the

Notes on Cruz, Young, Jimenez, Markakis, Machado, Jim Johnson and more

Nelson Cruz is out of the Orioles lineup today for only the second time this season. Cruz’s average is down to .262. He batted .215/.282/.364 in June and .211/.292/.379 in July, and he’s 1-for-8 with four strikeouts this month. “They’re not getting him out. He’s getting himself out mostly,” said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s so tough. You get down 1-2, you just miss a pitch,

Cruz sits today

Chris Davis has returned to the Orioles lineup today. Nelson Cruz is on the bench. Cruz is in a 1-for-28 slump. He struck out three times last night. Delmon Young is batting cleanup. He has one at-bat in the fourth spot this season. Manny Machado has four multi-hit games in his last six games, going 11-for-29 (.379). He’s totaled six hits in his last two

Tillman vs. Iwakuma in series finale

Now that the Orioles’ streak of one-run games has ended at seven, they can concentrate on increasing their lead in the American League East. The important stuff. They must be tired of playing the American League West. Not that they’re thrilled with Monday’s makeup game in D.C., or how they’re forced to play at night before boarding their flight to Toronto. Would an afternoon game

Showalter speaks after 6-3 loss

The Orioles need to get their offense cranked up. They’ve scored three runs or fewer in six of their last eight games, and four or fewer in 12 of 13 games. The pitching has been outstanding, but that’s too much pressure to put on the arms every single night. Miguel Gonzalez’s streak of quality starts ended at four. Here’s a sampling from manager Buck Showalter

Gonzalez gives up run in third, more on SOR Night at the Yard (O’s lose 6-3)

Dustin Ackley homered onto the flag court in right field with one out in the top of the third to draw Seattle even with the Orioles at 1-1. Miguel Gonzalez followed his 11-pitch first inning with 30 pitches in the second, leaving the bases loaded. He wishes he hadn’t thrown Ackley that two-seam fastball in the third. The Orioles stranded two runners in the bottom

Game update and Davis note

Miguel Gonzalez had a nice little 11-pitch inning in the top of the first, retiring the Mariners in order on a line drive, popup and ground ball. Robinson Cano is now 2-for-25 against Gonzalez after his roller to second. Mariners left-hander James Paxton came off the 60-day disabled list to make tonight’s start. He hasn’t faced major league hitters since April 8. Manny Machado followed

Notes on Davis, the rotation and more

Chris Davis is out of the Orioles lineup tonight for a variety of reasons, but his prolonged slump seems to be the primary issue. Davis batted .175/.292/.381 with six homers and 36 strikeouts in June, and .167/.250/.333 with four homers and 38 strikeouts in July. He showed up early again today to work on his swing mechanics in the indoor cage. The Orioles are facing

Davis out of Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

One day after returning to the Orioles lineup following a bout with the flu, Chris Davis is sitting once again. Davis has started just one of the Orioles’ last five games and is mired in a lengthy slump. Steve Pearce will man first in his place. Miguel Gonzalez, tonight’s starter, is 2-2 with a 3.24 ERA in seven home starts this season. He’s faced the

Orioles attempted to trade for Asdrubal Cabrera

The non-waiver deadline has passed, but I can’t seem to let it go. I’m not sure why, since I mostly find it annoying. This could explain my relationship issues. But seriously... The Orioles failed to trade for a hitter Thursday despite making a final push shortly before 4 p.m. Executive vice president Dan Duquette was trying to work a couple of deals, and he came

Showalter on Chen, Miller and a 2-1 win

In case you missed it in my last entry, the Orioles tied the franchise record tonight with their seventh consecutive one-run game. You have to go all the way back to June 21-29, 1956. The Orioles have won five of those games during the current stretch, including tonight’s 2-1 victory over the Mariners at Camden Yards. Wei-Yin Chen is riding a career-high five-game winning streak.

Sweet Chen music (O’s win 2-1)

For Wei-Yin Chen, the song remained the same while facing the Seattle Mariners. Last week, Chen tossed eight scoreless innings at Safeco Field, leading manager Buck Showalter to tweak the rotation and pair them again tonight. It worked. Chen went 7 1/3 innings tonight, holding the Mariners to one run and five hits. He walked one, the final batter he faced, and struck out a

Game update, notes and Duquette on Saunders (O’s lead 2-1)

Adam Jones is celebrating his 29th birthday today, and I mention it for reasons other than to make you feel guilty for not sending him a card or ordering an ice cream cake. As the Orioles pointed out in today’s notes, Jones has four multi-hit games in six career games on his birthday. He’s batting .375 (9-for-24) with two RBIs and two runs scored. Jones

Orioles sign Saunders to minor league deal, Showalter on roster move

The Orioles have signed veteran left-hander Joe Saunders, part of their 2012 playoff roster, to a minor league contract. Saunders will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday and initially will be used out of the bullpen. He’s never pitched in relief in 229 major league games. The Royals released Saunders, 33, after he went 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Omaha.

Orioles designate Webb off 25-man roster

The Orioles made room for new reliever Andrew Miller today by designating Ryan Webb off the 25-man roster. This is the same move made with Evan Meek earlier this season. It’s procedural. Webb remains in the organization and will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Teams don’t put in claims for players DFA’d off the 25-man. It’s not the same as being taken off the 40-man.

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

Chris Davis has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight after being used as a pinch-hitter last night and getting a second at-bat as the designated hitter. New reliever Andrew Miller is in the clubhouse and wearing No. 48. The corresponding roster move will be announced after batting practice. Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen shut out the Mariners over eight innings last week in Seattle, and he’s

More on the Miller trade and how to make room for him

The Orioles will introduce reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore media today and make a roster move to accommodate his arrival from the Red Sox. They could go in a few directions. Brad Brach, T.J. McFarland and Ryan Webb have options. McFarland could be expendable with three other relievers in the bullpen, but we know how much manager Buck Showalter values his contributions, his ability

Showalter speaks after 1-0, 13-inning loss

Though the Orioles played 13 innings tonight in a 1-0 loss to the Angels, they won’t need to call up a fresh reliever for Friday night’s series opener against the Mariners. Andrew Miller will join the team, with a corresponding roster move pending. Bud Norris tossed seven scoreless innings and didn’t get a decision. The bullpen followed with five scoreless innings before the Angels pushed

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