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Will the Orioles recall another reliever following 8-6 loss?

The Orioles are discussing again whether they need to bring up another reliever following tonight’s 8-6 loss to the Rangers before 27,370 at Camden Yards. Brad Brach tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings, leaving the Orioles without a long man in a shorthanded bullpen for Wednesday night’s game. “Brad was the big key,” said manager Buck Showalter after the Orioles lost their second straight game for

Showalter on Parmelee and All-Star selections (O’s lose 8-6)

The Orioles have won four games via shutout at Camden Yards over the last 21 days. According to Elias, June is the first month that the Orioles have registered three shutouts or more at home since August 2006. Chris Parmelee has become a regular in the Orioles’ lineup, starting again tonight at first base. Parmelee was a career .249/.317/.392 hitter in parts of four seasons

Jonathan Schoop will report to Frederick

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop worked out again today at Camden Yards and will report to Single-A Frederick later this week while continuing his injury rehab assignment. Schoop is likely to join the Keys on Thursday. He won’t accompany the Orioles to Chicago. Schoop’s rehab assignment runs through Friday and the Orioles are discussing whether to option him instead of placing him on the active roster.

Orioles lineup vs. Rangers (with Rangers lineup)

Chris Davis remains in right field tonight as the Orioles continue their four-game series against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Chris Parmelee gets another start at first base. Davis is batting .333 during a nine-game hitting streak, his longest since a career high 11-game streak Sept. 22-Oct 2, 2012. Manny Machado is batting .426 (20-for-47) during his 11-game hitting streak. He’s recorded seven multi-hit games

Zach Britton on the All-Star Game

The Orioles won’t have a starter named to the American League’s All-Star team unless Adam Jones or Manny Machado make an incredible run over the next few days. Sort of like Forrest Gump without the long beard, short shorts and what I can only imagine was some hellacious body oder. Machado should be a shoo-in as one of the reserves, and I’d expect Jones to

Buck Showalter speaks after 8-1 loss

The Orioles, Rays and Blue Jays lost tonight. The American League East may avoid a major shakeup. Bud Norris tied his career high with four home runs allowed over six innings in an 8-1 loss to the Rangers before 21,565 at Camden Yards. A 15-game winner in 2014, Norris sliipped to 2-7 with a 6.79 ERA in 11 starts this season. “He made some mistakes

Showalter on Gausman, Schoop, Bundy and MacPhail (O’s lose 8-1)

The Orioles made it through the day without a roster move, but there are a few pending that can’t be ignored much longer. Kevin Gausman will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start Thursday night against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop’s injury rehab assignment runs through Friday. Also, manager Buck Showalter wants a seventh reliever in the bullpen and hinted that

All-Star balloting update and Orioles notes

As the 2015 All-Star Game approaches, the Orioles remain shut out among the leaders in voting in the American League. Adam Jones remains seventh among outfielders and Manny Machado remains fourth among third basemen. The starting position players will be unveiled on Sunday, July 5th at 7:30 p.m on ESPN. Reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates for each league will be announced the following night

Orioles lineup vs. Rangers

Adam Jones is back in the Orioles lineup tonight after sitting out Game 2 of last night’s doubleheader. Nolan Reimold is in left field and Delmon Young is in right against Rangers left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. Chris Davis is serving as the designated hitter. The Orioles are 10-1 at home and 18-8 overall in June. The last time they posted 20 wins in a calendar month

More roster talk, note on Wesley Wright and tonight’s game

Do the Orioles activate second baseman Jonathan Schoop from the 60-day disabled list today or send him to Triple-A Norfolk to continue his injury rehab assignment? No, I really want to know. If you have the information, please pass it along. (I’m a day late in saying that I really want to gnome. Time to put that one to bed.) The Orioles will have to

Buck Showalter speaks after an 8-0 win in Game 2

The Orioles have moved ahead of the Rays by percentage points for first place in the American League East, the result of winning 18 of their last 23 games, including a doubleheader sweep of the Indians at Camden Yards. The Orioles are seven games above .500 as they wait for the Rangers to arrive for the next series. Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t make a daily

Orioles going for the sweep (O’s win 8-0)

Consider it only a slight exaggeration when I say the line for fans to enter Camden Yards for Game 2 of the doubleheader wrapped around M&T Bank Stadium. Lots of interest in a hot baseball team - and a certain garden gnome. The Orioles are 7-0-1 in their last eight series. They’re assured of registering their first season series win over the Indians since 2006.

Orioles and Indians Game 2 lineups

David Lough is starting in center field in Game 2 of today’s doubleheader against the Indians at Camden Yards. Adam Jones is on the bench after playing nine innings in Game 1 and going 0-for-4. Chris Parmelee stays at first base and Chris Davis remains in right field. Travis Snider starts in left field. A win today would move the Orioles into a first-place tie

Buck Showalter speaks after 4-0 win in Game 1

The Orioles officially recalled left-hander T.J. McFarland to serve as the 26th man in Game 2 of today’s doubleheader. Chris Tillman is starting tonight and he’s got a tough act to follow after Ubaldo Jimenez tossed eight shutout innings in a 4-0 victory in Game 1 before a sellout crowd of 45,675. The Orioles (40-34) have won 17 of their last 22 games and are

Buck Showalter on Adam Jones and Chris Davis (O’s win 4-0)

The Orioles announced their signing of first-round pick DJ Stewart this afternoon. Stewart is reporting today to short-season Single-A Aberdeen. My guess is that vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson will follow him there and talk about a conditioning program. Adam Jones fouled out to third base in his first at-bat since June 20 after Jimmy Paredes drew a one-out walk. Jones swung at

Notes on Jones, Gausman, Schoop and more (plus Indians lineup)

The Orioles are one regular-season win shy of 5,000 since the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954. They have two chances today to reach the mark with a split-doubleheader against the Indians at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter said he hasn’t decided whether Adam Jones will play in Game 2. Jones is in center field for Game 1 after throwing three consecutive days without shoulder

Adam Jones back in Orioles lineup

Adam Jones is back in center field for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Indians. It’s his first game since June 20 and his first game in center field since June 15. With the split doubleheader, reliever T.J. McFarland will be back with the Orioles as their 26th man for Game 2. The left-hander was optioned two days ago to make room for Wei-Yin

Orioles hoping to cap off series with gnome win

We’ve got the Orioles vs. the Indians and the caps vs. the gnomes. Choose your sides. (I issued that same challenge to Sidney Ponson and he replied, “Mac and cheese and curley fries.”) Two games and two giveaways at Camden Yards. It feels like Christmas without the tinsel and crippling debt. Adam Jones could return to the lineup today after throwing on back-to-back days to

More on Sunday’s doubleheader (Gausman update)

Now that we’ve got the whole Buck Showalter gnome giveaway straightened out, let’s go over a few more important details about Sunday’s doubleheader at Camden Yards. The Orioles will start Ubaldo Jimenez in Game 1 and Chris Tillman in Game 2. They will add a reliever in Game 2 as the 26th man, giving them a full bullpen. Left-hander T.J. McFarland, optioned yesterday to Triple-A

Orioles-Indians game postponed due to rain (updated)

The Orioles’ game against the Indians tonight at Camden Yards has been postponed due to rain and rescheduled for Sunday as part of a split-doubleheader. Separate admission is required for each game. The first game will be played at 1:35 p.m., followed by the 7:05 p.m. makeup game. The Buck Showalter gnome will be given to the first 25,000 fans 15 and over attending the

Weather, the roster and tonight’s game

The Orioles are giving away Buck Showalter garden gnomes tonight to the first 25,000 fans 15 and over who are wearing snorkels and flippers. Seriously though, we’re supposed to get lots of rain. Keep your fingers crossed, unless you’re using them to plug your nose. I’m going to practice parking my inflatable raft in the A Lot. Showalter doesn’t sound enthused about the gnome and

Showalter speaks after 4-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated tonight that the club could add a seventh reliever on Saturday if center fielder Adam Jones goes on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury. Earlier today, second baseman Jonathan Schoop was tabbed as the likely replacement for Jones if the Orioles made a roster move. However, left-hander T.J. McFarland could return one day after being optioned to Triple-A

Orioles option T.J. McFarland (O’s win 4-3)

The Orioles have decided to go with a short bullpen to create a roster spot for Wei-Yin Chen, optioning left-hander T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk before tonight’s series opener against the Indians. McFarland appeared in one game after being recalled on Wednesday, allowing two runs in two innings yesterday in Boston. He threw 28 pitches. McFarland, 26, has gone 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA in

Buck Showalter on pending roster move, Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop

The Orioles won’t announce the corresponding roster move for left-hander Wei-Yin Chen until they complete batting practice. We’re in a holding pattern. Executive vice president Dan Duquette has been working the phones today. He stood behind the batting cage this afternoon while the Orioles hit. Manager Buck Showalter isn’t lamenting the roster crunch. “Hard roster moves mean you have good people,” he said. “Sometimes, you

Updates on Adam Jones, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and more

Center fielder Adam Jones won’t be placed on the disabled list today unless the Orioles have a sudden change in plans. He isn’t expected to be the corresponding roster move for left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The move remains a mystery. Jones threw today for the first time since the Orioles were in Toronto, and they will place him on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday if

No Adam Jones in lineup as Orioles return home (with Indians lineup)

Adam Jones is not in the Orioles lineup for the fifth straight game as he continues to deal with right shoulder soreness. David Lough will get another start in center field, with Chris Davis getting a rare start in right field, his first since 2012. Wei-Yin Chen is set to start tonight’s matchup against the Indians, but no corresponding roster move has been announced yet.

Jonathan Schoop working out at Camden Yards

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is working out at Camden Yards today before the Orioles taking batting practice. Schoop is running sprints with vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson. Manager Buck Showalter, head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel are standing along the right field line. The drills also include Schoop running the bases, going from first to third at full

Orioles fans vote to receive Steve Pearce bobblehead

While the Orioles figure out how to create room on their roster for starter Wei-Yin Chen, one player fighting to hold onto his spot will have a bobblehead in his likeness distributed at Camden Yards. Outfielder Steve Pearce has been selected as the AT&T Fans’ Choice Bobblehead. He received more votes than Chen, closer Zach Britton, reliever Darren O’Day and starter Bud Norris. The bobblehead

The challenge of making room for Wei-Yin Chen

The roster moves continue for the Orioles. If you’ve got them memorized without taking notes, move up to the front row of the classroom. Better yet, take over for the professor. Wei-Yin Chen will be recalled from Single-A Frederick to make tonight’s start against the Indians at Camden Yards. It’s time to kick off another homestand after a three-city road trip. The bullpen is down

Orioles acquire minor league pitcher Richard Rodriguez (and more)

The Orioles made a minor league trade this afternoon, acquiring right-handed reliever Richard Rodriguez from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash. Rodriguez, 25, was 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA in 23 appearances at Triple-A Fresno. He allowed 32 hits in 42 innings, with 10 walks (two intentional) and 36 strikeouts. Opponents batted .204 against him. Rodriguez is 15-5 with a

Zach Davies named to Futures Game

Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Zach Davies will represent the Orioles at the 2015 All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati. Davies has been named to the United States roster for the July 12 game at Great American Ball Park. No Orioles minor leaguers were selected to the World Team. Davies, 22, is 3-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) for Norfolk this season. His ERA

Orioles option Mychal Givens (O’s and Red Sox lineups)

The Orioles optioned reliever Mychal Givens this morning to make room for starter Miguel Gonzalez on the 25-man roster. Still waiting for the club to announce whether Givens is headed to Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk. Givens retired the Red Sox in order in the eighth inning last night in his major league debut. Nolan Reimold is starting in center field with Adam Jones on

Miguel Gonzalez returns as Orioles try to win series

The Orioles and Red Sox are playing the rubber match this afternoon at Fenway Park after splitting the first two games of the series. The Orioles need to bounce back after allowing five unearned runs last night. And yes, you see what I did there. Did anyone else think J.J. Hardy looked uncomfortable while running the bases after reaching on Dustin Pedroia’s errant throw on

Orioles recall T.J. McFarland

The Orioles made another roster move this afternoon, recalling left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning right-hander Oliver Drake. McFarland gives the Orioles a long reliever for their eight-man bullpen. He was optioned on June 14, making him eligible to return today without replacing an injured player. McFarland allowed baserunners in all 10 of his relief appearances with the Orioles despite posting a 1.93

Orioles and Red Sox lineups (and notes)

Adam Jones is missing from the Orioles’ lineup tonight for the sixth time in the last eight games due to a sore right shoulder. David Lough remains in center field, and manager Buck Showalter is going with a hot bat by starting Travis Snider in left. Chris Parmelee is in right field. The Orioles have won six straight games against the Red Sox in the

Does Travis Snider start tonight?

So, you’re Orioles manager Buck Showalter and you need to write out tonight’s lineup while also trying to forget that a garden gnome in your name is being distributed this week. Do you give Travis Snider another start or put him on the bench? Snider has six hits in his last 10 at-bats, including a double and triple. He’s 10-for-24 in his last seven games,

Taking a closer look at the offense

It’s so interesting to watch certain Orioles producing at the plate and in the field as speculation mounts regarding their security on the roster. Chris Parmelee, 1-for-10 in his last three games with an at-bat, tripled and doubled last night in his first two trips to the plate. David Lough hit a three-run homer - his third home run since June 13. Jimmy Paredes greeted

Jones remains out of Orioles lineup

Adam Jones could be inching closer to the disabled list. Jones is out of the Orioles lineup tonight for the fifth time in the last seven games. He hasn’t played center field since June 15 due to a sore right shoulder, serving twice as the designated hitter. Yesterday’s off-day didn’t alleviate the problem. Update: Jones told reporters in Boston that he’s confident he will avoid

Looking at tonight’s game and the roster crunch

The Orioles are back in Boston for the first time since April 17-20, when they split four games, lost their starting pitcher to an ejection and lost their starting second baseman to a knee injury. Ubaldo Jimenez was tossed in the opener after hitting Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the right shoulder with two outs in the fourth inning. He hadn’t allowed a

Jones drops and Machado moves up in All-Star voting (with note)

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has dropped from fifth to seventh place in American League All-Star voting in the latest results released today by Major League Baseball. Third baseman Manny Machado has moved up from fifth to fourth. No other Oriole is listed among the leaders. Machado has received 1,364,207 votes to leapfrog Texas’ Adrian Beltre (1,239,508). Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has passed Kansas City’s Eric

This, that and the other

The Orioles have reached another open date on their schedule, giving them a free day in Boston to load up on chowder and expensive haircuts. (I haven’t forgotten mine. Next time, take the offer of a glass of champagne while you wait as a clue that the cost is going to reach triple figures - without tip.) The Orioles are 36-33 and three games out

Reversing a splits theory (Tillman’s short start and a 13-9 win)

I passed along Scott Copeland’s reverse splits in my morning blog entry, suggesting that the Orioles might want to load up on right-handers against the Toronto starter. Left-handers were hitting .259 against him, but righties were batting .333. With Adam Jones out of the lineup, manager Buck Showalter put David Lough in center field and inserted switch-hitting Jimmy Paredes as the designated hitter. He started

Notes on draft signings, rotation, Wright, Joseph and more

The Orioles announced the signings of two more picks from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, adding left-hander Garrett Cleavinger (third round) and right-hander Gray Fenter (seventh). They’ve got 30 of their selections under contract. The Orioles are listing Thursday’s starter at Fenway Park as TBD, but it’s expected to be Miguel Gonzalez, who allowed two runs and four hits over five innings last night at

Kevin Gausman optioned, Adam Jones out of lineup

The Orioles made another roster move today, recalling reliever Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning Kevin Gausman. Gausman threw 91 pitches in five innings yesterday in his first start with the Orioles. Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen will be coming off the disabled list this week, and the Orioles needed a spot opened in the rotation. Drake also gives them a fresh bullpen arm.

More on Mychal Givens and today’s game

Mychal Givens didn’t make it into yesterday’s game at Rogers Centre, putting a possible major league debut on hold. He warmed in the eighth inning as Darren O’Day loaded the bases with no outs. That’s close, but it doesn’t count. O’Day escaped the jam with three strikeouts. Givens has escaped the minors with eye-popping numbers and an open mind. Givens batted .263/.342/.343 in 1,220 minor

Jason Garcia transferred to 60-day disabled list (O’s win 5-3)

The roster moves are official. The Orioles reinstated pitcher Kevin Gausman from the 15-day disabled list and selected reliever Mychal Given’s contract from Double-A Bowie. Givens will wear No. 60. Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Givens on the 40-man roster. The logical transaction. The Orioles also optioned pitchers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson to

Givens in bullpen, Reimold in center field today (updated)

Mychal Givens is listed among the Orioles’ relievers today. The club is purchasing his contract from Double-A Bowie and optioning Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk. Givens would be making his major league debut. The Orioles selected him in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Plant (Fla.) High School. Givens, the shortstop-turned reliever, is 3-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 12

Gausman back in the rotation

While still admiring how Adam Jones took his base like a professional last night after being hit in the eighth inning ... The Orioles are making at least one roster move today while activating Kevin Gausman from the disabled list. Mike Wright could be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after starting last night. I’ll apologize if I’m wrong, since I’ve already made that prediction once before

Adam Jones switched to designated hitter (O’s lose 5-4)

The Orioles made a late lineup change, with Adam Jones serving as the designated hitter tonight instead of starting in center field. Manager Buck Showalter wants to be careful with Jones’ right shoulder. Swinging a bat isn’t an issue, but Jones must not be quite ready to make throws from the outfield. Steve Pearce has been inserted into left field and David Lough shifts to

Orioles’ bullpen moving up the rankings (and other notes)

The Orioles trail the Blue Jays in the all-time series 266-305. They lead the series 152-137 at home, but are 114-168 in Toronto. Since April 29, the Orioles’ bullpen leads the majors with a 1.99 ERA over 136 innings and ranks third by holding opponents to a .207 average. Overall this season, Orioles relievers rank fifth in the majors and third in the American League

Jones returns to Orioles lineup

Adam Jones is back in the Orioles lineup tonight, as expected, after missing the last three games with a sore right shoulder. Manager Buck Showalter wanted to watch Jones throw this afternoon before returning him to center field. David Lough moves to left field. Chris Parmelee remains in right. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Chris Parmelee RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt

Taking a look at tonight’s starting pitchers

In the life of Orioles right-hander Mike Wright, no start comes with a guarantee that another one will follow in five or six days. Wright is back on the mound tonight, making his first trip to Toronto. His major league career began with 14 1/3 scoreless innings, but he’s allowed 10 runs and 14 hits in his last two starts over nine innings. Wright walked

Orioles return to Toronto, Showalter on Wieters’ catching schedule

Now that the Orioles are done with the Phillies, it’s time to get back to baseball. (Yes, I know the Phillies won yesterday, but they tried to throw away the game on Chase Utley’s error. There’s also the blind squirrel analogy. That’s a bad team and children shouldn’t be exposed to it.) The Orioles flew into Toronto last night to begin a three-game series on

Updating Gonzalez and wrapping up a 2-1 loss

PHILADELPHIA - Miguel Gonzalez threw a bullpen session today and remains scheduled to pitch Saturday at Double-A Bowie before coming off the disabled list for a June 25 start with the Orioles. Gonzalez will perform some fielding drills to make sure there’s no lingering discomfort in his groin. It rained this morning and limited his work on the field. “Went great, went really good,” said

Machado homers again and Hardy extends streak (O’s lose 2-1)

PHILADELPHIA - It didn’t take long for the Orioles to take another lead against the Phillies. Manny Machado launched Sean O’Sullivan’s fifth pitch of today’s game over the right field wall for his third leadoff home run of the season. The Orioles have hit four leadoff home runs this season, including Alejandro De Aza’s shot against the Blue Jays on April 11. In case you’re

Orioles and Phillies lineups

PHILADELPHIA - There’s no Adam Jones in the Orioles lineup for today’s finale of a two-game interleague series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Jones will miss his third straight game while he rests a sore right shoulder, among other nagging ailments. The Orioles will go with Travis Snider in left field, David Lough in center and Chris Parmelee in right. If they can

Orioles go for another sweep of Phillies

PHILADELPHIA - The Orioles are playing their last game today with a six-man bench, as they finish an interleague series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Long bench, short series. Adam Jones still may be counted among the reserves due to a sore right shoulder, the most painful of his ailments. He’s 4-for-7 lifetime against Phillies starter Sean O’Sullivan, but manager Buck Showalter wants

Wrapping up a 6-4 win

PHILADELPHIA - The Orioles are three games above .500 for the first time this season after tonight’s 6-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The roll continues. The Orioles have won nine of their last 10 games and 11 of 13. The Phillies have dropped 19 of 22. Keep a bad team down, something the Orioles failed to do last month on their

Showalter updates injuries and more (O’s win 6-4)

PHILADELPHIA - Orioles manager Buck Showalter started his pregame media session today at Citizens Bank Park by removing a piece of paper from his pocket and rattling off the injury updates. Showalter decided to give center fielder Adam Jones at least one more day off. Jones is mostly bothered by a sore right shoulder. “Talking to the doctors and MRI and everything, I’m really wanting

Gausman starting Saturday in Toronto (and more notes)

PHILADELPHIA - Kevin Gausman will start Saturday against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre following last night’s two-inning stint at Single-A Frederick. The Orioles will need to activate Gausman from the disabled list and make a corresponding roster move. Mike Wright will start Friday and Chris Tillman will start Sunday. Gausman allowed one run in two innings at Frederick in his final tune-up before joining

Adam Jones: “I’ll be back out there tomorrow, I hope”

PHILADELPHIA - Adam Jones rode to the ballpark this afternoon with manager Buck Showalter, but he didn’t try to talk his way into the lineup. He didn’t see the point. “Didn’t lobby,” he said. “Can’t lobby him. I’ve tried.” The Orioles will play their second consecutive game tonight without Jones in the lineup. David Lough is in center field while Jones receives treatment on a

Orioles and Phillies lineups

PHILADELPHIA - For the second day in a row, Adam Jones will start the game on the bench. The center fielder had an MRI on his sore right shoulder yesterday, and it showed no structural damage. He’s day-to-day and expects to be in the lineup tomorrow. David Lough is getting another start in center field, Chris Parmelee another in right. After yesterday’s 19-3 victory over

Taking a look at tonight’s matchup

PHILADELPHIA - The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup yet, but you can be certain that Manny Machado will lead off again tonight in the series opener against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (That’s “Bank,” not “Bankrupt”.) According to Elias, Machado last night became only the third player in the last 50 years to lead off the first and second innings with home runs, joining

More on Wei-Yin Chen and thoughts on Jonathan Schoop rejoining roster

While wondering if Wei-Yin Chen should change the password on his Twitter account to avoid being hacked ... Is Chen going to be fully motivated to work those three or four innings Saturday night at Single-A Frederick? Either way, he still needs to spring for the postgame spread. I’d skip the sour grapes. But seriously, folks, it’s usually not wise to vent on social media.

Showalter on Jones’ MRI, Chen’s tweets and a 19-3 Orioles win

The Orioles set a franchise record tonight with eight home runs and came within four runs of tying another mark in a 19-3 stomping of the Phillies before 26,964 at Camden Yards. Before we get to those details, manager Buck Showalter provided an update on center fielder Adam Jones, who sat out tonight’s game after undergoing an MRI on his right shoulder. Showalter described Jones’

Orioles tie club record with seven home runs (O’s set record, win 19-3)

The Orioles can’t stop hitting home runs tonight and the Phillies can’t take anymore of it. Reliever Justin De Fratus, working his second inning, was ejected by plate umpire Lance Barksdale in the sixth after throwing at shortstop J.J. Hardy. Chris Parmelee led off with his second homer of the night, and De Fratus followed with a pitch that was tailing into Hardy’s midsection. Hardy

O’s have six homers, Chen tweets disappointment, Gausman update

No wonder Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants to keep Manny Machado in the leadoff spot. And no wonder the Phillies have lost 17 of their last 20 games. The Orioles scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning tonight and Phillies starter Jerome Williams left the game with an injury with two outs after throwing back-to-back wild pitches. Machado hit his second career

Showalter on Chen, Jones, Schoop and more

The Blue Jays lead the majors with a .313 average and .876 OPS vs. left-handed pitching. If the Orioles were going to remove Wei-Yin Chen from the rotation for one start, this weekend seemed like the opportune time. Chen owns a career 3.25 ERA in 20 starts on six days’ rest or more. His ERA is 3.93 in 49 starts on four days’ rest and

More on Wei-Yin Chen and update on Adam Jones

Wei-Yin Chen throws eight scoreless innings last night and is optioned today to Single-A Frederick. It appears to make no sense on the surface. Dig a little deeper. Chen complained of overall body fatigue on June 10, and the Orioles don’t want him to break down. Chen and Miguel Gonzalez have been shortened up in previous seasons. The Orioles are pretty good at it. Manager

Wei-Yin Chen optioned to make room for Chris Parmelee (updated)

As predicted, the Orioles have optioned a pitcher to make room for Chris Parmelee, who is batting fifth and playing right field in tonight’s matchup against the Phillies. It’s just not the pitcher we expected. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has been optioned to Single-A Frederick. Chen is 3-4 with a 2.89 ERA over 13 starts this season. In his start yesterday, Chen went eight innings, scattering

Orioles and Phillies lineups

The Orioles haven’t announced their roster move today, but Chris Parmelee is starting in right field and batting fifth. Twenty-six players are listed on the lineup card. Adam Jones is on the bench tonight. We’ll find out the reason later. Travis Snider is in left field, and David Lough is in center. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Travis Snider LF Jimmy Paredes DH Chris

Possibilities with Chris Parmelee and tonight’s game

The Orioles are bringing more roster intrigue to the party today. Outfielder/first baseman Chris Parmelee will come off the taxi squad and the Orioles seem intent on giving him an audition with the major league club. Parmelee could have exercised the opt-out clause in his contract yesterday, but the Orioles didn’t give him a chance. “We have first dibs,” said manager Buck Showalter. The trick

Showalter speaks after 4-0 win

The Orioles won for the ninth time in their last 11 games tonight and handed the Phillies their 17th loss in the last 20. I try to avoid the cliche about two teams heading in opposite directions, but man, this is a prime example of it. Wei-Yin Chen turned in a masterful performance, tying his career high with eight innings and his season high with

Updating Chen and more notes (O’s win 4-0)

Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Phillies started after a 27-minute delay due to an approaching storm. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen wasn’t fazed by it. He retired the Phillies in order on 12 pitches in the top of the first inning, including a strikeout of Maikel Franco. He threw 14 pitches in the second and survived a two-out walk to Chase Utley. Before tonight, Chen was

Notes and quotes before tonight’s game (game to start at 7:30)

We’ve had lots of activity here today with Chris Parmelee being placed on the taxi squad, Jonathan Schoop working out and preparing to start his injury rehab assignment Friday at Double-A Bowie, third baseman Manny Machado being named the American League’s Player of the Week and reliever Wesley Wright finally leaving extended spring training. Wright, on the disabled list with a strained left trapezius muscle,

Parmelee on taxi squad, updated All-Star results

Chris Parmelee is on the Orioles taxi squad today. The club has 24 hours to make a decision on him. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is working out at Camden Yards today. He told reporters that his injury rehab assignment begins Friday at Double-A Bowie. Meanwhile, Adam Jones remains fifth among American League outfielders in All-Star voting and Manny Machado is fifth among third basemen. Catcher

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

Nolan Reimold is starting in left field tonight and Travis Snider is in right, as the Orioles begin a two-game series against the Phillies at Camden Yards. Jimmy Paredes is the designated hitter. The Phillies (22-42) bring the worst record in baseball to Camden Yards. They’ve lost six in a row and are 7-26 on the road this season. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B

Manny Machado named AL Player of the Week (Parmelee update)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been named the American League’s Player of the Week for June 8-14. Machado batted .458 (11-for-24) with a double, two home runs and five RBIs to earn the honor. Machado is batting .455/.500/.758 during an eight-game hitting streak, tied for his longest streak this season. He has six multi-hit games in that stretch. Shortstop J.J. Hardy is batting .308/.345/.385

This, that and the other

What happens next with the Orioles rotation remains an intriguing riddle. Miguel Gonzalez can’t come off the disabled list until June 25. Mike Wright’s next turn is Friday night in Toronto, but does Tyler Wilson replace him after tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings yesterday? Does Kevin Gausman get a start over the weekend? I’ve predicted that Gausman will face the Blue Jays, but he just

Showalter speaks after 5-3 loss

Leadoff walks can come back to bite a pitcher. Issuing four consecutive walks to start an inning will leave a much deeper gash. Today’s game basically was decided in the top of the fifth inning, when Mike Wright walked Chase Headley, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira to load the bases with no outs and Brian Matusz walked left-handed hitting Garrett Jones to force in a

Manny Machado continues to provide spark atop the order (O’s lose 5-3)

Mike Wright’s first start today since returning to the Orioles isn’t going as smoothly as his first two major league outings. However, he’s got a 2-1 lead to work with at 91-degree Camden Yards. Wright allowed an infield hit to Brett Gardner leading off the top of the first inning and a two-out RBI double to Mark Teixeira, who’s 5-for-9 with two doubles and two

Showalter on roster move (plus Yankees lineup and update)

Left-hander T.J. McFarland, optioned today to make room for pitcher Tyler Wilson, will be used out of the bullpen at Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles want McFarland to simulate his role with the Orioles, including coming into games in the middle of an inning. He also needs to improve his control, having walked eight batters in 9 1/3 innings. “He’s had a little problem in the

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees (Tyler Wilson recalled)

After a sweep of the Red Sox in their last series, the Orioles are going for a sweep of the Yankees this afternoon while trying to extend their winning streak to seven games. Brian Matusz is back in the bullpen. Right-hander Tyler Wilson, who has made three appearances (one start) for the Orioles this season, has been scratched from his Triple-A Norfolk start today. He

More roster moves and today’s game

The Orioles’ roster is undergoing more changes today. Hope you didn’t get too attached to the old one. Left-hander Brian Matusz comes off the suspended list and the Orioles are expected to recall another reliever. As I speculated last night, left-hander T.J. McFarland could be optioned. He’s allowed baserunners in all 10 appearances this season, though his ERA is 1.93. A win today would give

Hearing from Showalter following 9-4 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Mike Wright will start Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees. Wright will be making his fifth major league start. Showalter said the club is considering a bullpen move before the game. One possibility is optioning left-hander T.J. McFarland, who walked the only batter he faced tonight and has walked four in 4 1/3 innings this month. Tyler Wilson

Orioles finally fall behind (O’s win 9-4)

The game time temperature at Camden Yards the past three nights has been 90, 89 and 88 degrees. If this keeps up, I’m breaking out my sweater. Mark Teixeira singled with two outs in the first inning to score Chase Headley, and he raced home on Brian McCann’s double off the out-of-town scoreboard in right field to give the Yankees a quick 2-0 lead. The

Hearing from Matusz and Showalter before tonight’s game

Orioles reliever Brian Matusz arrived in the clubhouse today around the same time that the media was allowed inside. He joked about not getting a tan in Sarasota so teammates wouldn’t tease him about being on vacation instead of serving an eight-game suspension that ends before Sunday’s game. Matusz chose his words carefully when asked about Major League Baseball’s decision to uphold his suspension. Brewers

Orioles release Everth Cabrera (plus other notes)

The Orioles released infielder Everth Cabrera, who was designated for assignment on June 5 as one of six roster moves made in Cleveland. Cabrera batted .208/.250/.229 in 29 games while filling in at shortstop and second base. The Orioles signed him to a $2.4 million contract on Feb. 25. Cabrera had a minor league option when the Orioles signed him, but his service time kicked

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

The Orioles will attempt to run their winning streak to six games tonight and move above .500 for the first time since May 3. They’ve won seven of their last eight games. Left-hander Brian Matusz’s suspension ends on Sunday. The Orioles are 6-1 while playing with a 24-man roster. One more to go. Nolan Reimold remains in left field tonight against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia.

Wieters’ catching schedule and tonight’s game

While wondering why ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte went on the disabled list after injuring only one arm ... Matt Wieters will catch for the Orioles tonight as their series resumes against the Yankees. He’s been behind the plate in four games since coming off the disabled list, never going back-to-back. Asked yesterday if it’s tough to provide these off days to Wieters, manager Buck Showalter

Showalter on 11-3 win and tying Bauer

The Orioles returned to the .500 mark tonight for the first time since May 5 and ran their winning streak to five games with an 11-3 rout of the Yankees before 33,203 at Camden Yards. What does it mean to be back at .500? “We’ll see what tomorrow brings,” said manager Buck Showalter. Showalter tied Hank Bauer for third place on the club’s all-time managerial

Scoring summary and more notes (O’s win 11-3)

Ubaldo Jimenez pulled off a nice escape act tonight in the top of the first inning, loading the bases with no outs and returning to the dugout with the game scoreless. Brett Gardner and Chase Headley singled, Alex Rodriguez walked with the count full and the Yankees were poised for a big inning. They didn’t get it. Mark Teixeira popped up, Brian McCann struck out

Gausman nearing return to Orioles (with Yankees lineup)

Kevin Gausman will move his injury rehab assignment to Single-A Frederick, where he’s scheduled to work two innings on Tuesday. Gausman allowed four runs - including two homers - last night in 3 1/3 innings at Double-A Bowie. He threw 61 pitches. This will be Gausman’s second start with the Keys on his assignment. He allowed one hit and struck out four batters in three

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Nolan Reimold remains in left field tonight as Orioles manager Buck Showalter tries to find a combination that works against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda. Jimmy Paredes is batting second as the designated hitter. Chris Davis is starting at first base despite being 1-for-11 with eight strikeouts against Pineda. Travis Snider is in right field despite being 0-for-9 with five strikeouts. Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who’s 6-for-11

Orioles get another shot at Michael Pineda

The Orioles’ catching pattern figures to remain intact tonight despite the opposing pitcher. And that’s an important consideration. Matt Wieters caught last night and Caleb Joseph is expected to replace him tonight. Wieters isn’t catching back-to-back games, and manager Buck Showalter is debating whether to use him as the designated hitter or totally rest him. Joseph is 1-for-7 with six strikeouts against Yankees right-hander Michael

Wrapping up a 6-5 win

The Orioles completed their first sweep of the season tonight with a 6-5 win over the Red Sox at Camden Yards. They’ve won four games in a row, their longest streak of the season, and six of their last seven. They’re one game below .500 for the first time since May 29. Momentum, anyone? “We have momentum until we leave the locker room and get

More notes before tonight’s game (O’s win 6-5)

While former Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard settles into retirement, the assumption being that he’ll find a quiet spot to be alone with his thoughts, Chris Tillman takes the mound tonight against the Red Sox and Adam Jones continues to patrol center field while in search of his fifth Gold Glove. How’s that trade working for the Orioles? Pipe down, Tony Butler. Bedard was 71-82 with

Hearing from Showalter and Gonzalez before tonight’s game

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed confidence today that pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will be ready to come off the disabled list when his 15 days have expired. Gonzalez went on the DL with a strained right groin muscle after leaving Tuesday’s start with one out in the fifth inning. Gonzalez, who missed a start in 2012 with discomfort in his groin, told reporters that he feels

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Nolan Reimold is batting second and playing left field tonight as the Orioles go for the three-game sweep over the Red Sox. Matt Wieters is catching and batting cleanup. Chris Davis is the designated hitter, with Steve Pearce at first base. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Nolan Reimold LF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Delmon Young RF Chris Davis DH J.J. Hardy SS

Miguel Gonzalez goes on DL, Mike Wright recalled

The Orioles have placed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to yesterday with a strained right groin muscle and recalled pitcher Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk. Wright gives the Orioles a seventh reliever, and he will start on Sunday if not needed out of the bullpen. Wright, 25, became the second Orioles starter in club history to begin his major league career

Miguel Gonzalez latest Oriole headed to disabled list

Will pitcher Miguel Gonzalez become the latest Oriole today to visit the disabled list? The move is coming. It’s just a matter of when, not if, to borrow one of manager Buck Showalter’s favorite expressions. I’m still expecting it to happen this afternoon. There’s no reason to put it off any longer. Gonzalez is bothered by a strained right groin, the same injury that caused

Wrapping up a 5-2 win (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said tonight that the club is “leaning toward” making a roster move on Thursday. Starter Miguel Gonzalez would go on the disabled list and the bullpen would receive a seventh reliever. Orioles relievers have recorded 26 outs and allowed only one hit over the past two games despite being short-handed. “It kind of reminded me of the old days when you

Orioles outfield assists Chen (O’s win 5-2)

The Orioles don’t lead the majors in outfield assists by accident. Need further proof? Rewind to the top of the second inning. They collected two more assists after back-to-back singles by Xander Bogaerts and Pablo Sandoval. Center fielder Adam Jones fired to shortstop J.J. Hardy, who applied the tag on Bogaerts, and left fielder Travis Snider fired to second baseman Ryan Flaherty, who applied the

Showalter provides updates on Gonzalez, Schoop and more

Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez took a few steps toward his locker today and noticed that he was being followed by a pack of reporters wanting an update on his groin injury. Gonzalez turned, smiled at us and said he’d know more about his condition on Thursday, but the soreness was lingering. He was in a rush to watch one of his teammates throw a bullpen

Gonzalez appears headed to disabled list

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Miguel Gonzalez’s start on Sunday is “definitely in jeopardy,” and all signs point to the right-hander going on the disabled list with a strained right groin muscle. Gonzalez said today that he’s still sore after leaving last night’s start in the fifth inning. No roster move is expected before Thursday’s game. Showalter said all of his relievers are available tonight,

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Jimmy Paredes is serving as the designated hitter tonight for the Orioles and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Matt Wieters will begin the game on the bench. Travis Snider is playing left field and Delmon Young remains in right. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Delmon Young RF Travis Snider LF J.J. Hardy SS Ryan

Caleb Joseph on All-Star balloting and Matt Wieters’ return

With Matt Wieters catching last night’s series opener against the Red Sox, Caleb Joseph figures to set the target tonight for starter Wei-Yin Chen. Wieters will serve as the designated hitter unless manager Buck Showalter strays from the script. Joseph remains fifth in All-Star voting among American League catchers. He still finds it hard to comprehand that he’s on the ballot, let alone that he’s

Updating Miguel Gonzalez and wrapping up a 1-0 win

The Orioles are deciding whether to place starter Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin muscle. Gonzalez left tonight’s game with one out in the fifth inning and the bullpen completed a 1-0 win over the Red Sox before 28,460 at Camden Yards. Closer Zach Britton recorded his second five-out save in a week. With a six-man bullpen, the Orioles

Miguel Gonzalez leaves game with groin injury (O’s win 1-0)

The Orioles are short a reliever tonight and they just lost their starting pitcher to an injury. Left-hander T.J. McFarland replaced starter Miguel Gonzalez with one out in the fifth inning and Blake Swihart at third base. Manager Buck Showalter, pitching coach Dave Wallace and head athletic trainer Richie Bancells came to the mound after Dustin Pedroia bounced out. Gonzalez walked to the dugout and

Matt Wieters makes his return to Camden Yards

As some Orioles fans stood to applaud Matt Wieters tonight before his first at-bat, it became more evident that he hadn’t played a game at Camden Yards in a very long time. Wieters’ last appearance came on May 10, 2014. He went 0-for-5 with a strikeout against the Astros. Wieters hadn’t caught a game at Camden Yards since the second game of a May 1

Orioles option Cabral (minor leaguer Encarnacion suspended)

The Orioles optioned left-handed reliever Cesar Cabral to Triple-A Norfolk to create space for outfielder Nolan Reimold on the active roster. The decision leaves the Orioles with a six-man bullpen, a risk with the Red Sox in town and the Yankees coming in behind them. However, they have a full bench and can bring up another reliever if needed. Cabral, 26, made two scoreless appearances

Showalter on Reimold: “We think he’s got a chance to help us”

The Orioles will wait until after batting practice today to announce their roster move. Nolan Reimold is playing left field tonight, but the club must create room for him on the active roster. They have an opening on the 40-man roster. I’m still predicting that the Orioles option a reliever to Triple-A Norfolk and go with a six-man bullpen - a risky decision with the

Nolan Reimold in left field tonight

Nolan Reimold is batting sixth and playing left field for the Orioles tonight in their series opener against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. No corresponding roster move has been announced. The lineup card still shows 25 players. Matt Wieters is catching and batting fourth after yesterday’s off-day. Chris Davis is the designated hitter. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Delmon Young RF Adam Jones

Orioles draft Oregon pitcher Garrett Cleavinger in third round (updated)

The Orioles used their third-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, the 102nd overall, to select Oregon left-hander Garrett Cleavinger. Baseball America rated Cleavinger as the 185th-best player in the draft. Here’s the report: The Ducks rallied in the season’s second half, riding Cleavinger and Stephen Nogosek down the stretch as a two-man bullpen tandem. Cleavinger has been a consistent performer even though, for the

The draft, the next roster move and today’s game

The 2015 First-Year Player Draft resumes this afternoon and I strongly advise that you continue to breathe normally. Talk about an inexact science. Look up the first-round picks in any year and see how many names are recognizable. How many players actually reached the majors, let alone had long and productive careers? The biggest bust for the Orioles? There are plenty of candidates, just like

Orioles select outfielder DJ Stewart in first round (final update)

The Orioles used the 25th overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft tonight on Florida State left-handed hitting outfielder DJ Stewart. Stewart is the first outfielder taken by the Orioles in the first round since Nick Markakis in 2003. Stewart batted .318 with 15 home runs, 59 RBIs, a .500 on-base percentage and 69 walks as a junior. He led the nation in walks.

Orioles selecting Nolan Reimold’s contract on Tuesday

The Orioles will select outfielder Nolan Reimold’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Red Sox, according to industry sources. The club will need to create room on the 25-man roster for Reimold, who signed a minor league deal on Feb. 3 following a lengthy negotiation. The Orioles are playing a man short while left-hander Brian Matusz serves the five remaining

Jones, Machado and Joseph fifth in All-Star voting

Adam Jones has dropped to fifth among American League outfielders in the latest All-Star balloting. No Oriole is ranked higher than fifth, the slots also occupied by third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Caleb Joseph. Jones was fourth in the two previous weeks, but his 1,995,897 votes now trail Kansas City’s Alex Rios (2,311,122) for fourth and Alex Gordon (3,393,134) for third. Another Royal, Lorenzo

Brady Anderson updates Brian Matusz, Jonathan Schoop and more

Winning three of their last four games doesn’t make the Orioles wish they could skip today’s off-day. It’s not even close. They’re embracing it the way Sidney Ponson treats “National Doughnut Day.” The Orioles hadn’t found an open date on their schedule since May 18, giving them 22 games over the past 21 days, including the makeup doubleheader on May 28 against the White Sox.

Getting key contributions from Paredes, Machado and Snider (O’s win 7-3)

Jimmy Paredes singled to right field today in the top of the fourth inning, which draws a different response now that he’s cooled off at the plate. This isn’t Jimmy being Jimmy. It’s Paredes in desperate need of a hit. Paredes was in a 2-for-35 slump dating to May 27, his averaging falling to .296. He was hitting .353 before the bat went cold. Matt

Stats, Wieters, Jones and upcoming starters (Jones homers)

The Orioles are 1-20 when scoring two runs or fewer following yesterday’s 2-1 loss to the Indians. The Orioles are 8-8 in one-run games. They’re also 0-27 when trailing after seven innings, 0-28 when trailing after eight innings and 3-21 when scoring fewer than four runs. Catcher Matt Wieters is 4-for-7 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored since coming off the disabled

Navarro optioned (Orioles and Indians lineups)

The Orioles have optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for today’s starter, Bud Norris, who comes off the disabled list for the series finale against the Indians. Navarro, 25, batted .276/.276/.448 (8-29) with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and five runs scored in 10 games with the Orioles this season. The Orioles are going with a three-man bench as

Norris back on the mound today

So much for Ubaldo Jimenez averaging 2.5 walks per nine innings. I passed along that stat yesterday, and he responded by issuing six walks in five innings. The most costly free pass came from reliever Brad Brach with two outs in the sixth. Jason Kipnis scored on Carlos Santana’s double to break a 1-1 tie. Oh, those two-out walks. The Orioles are 2-4 on their

This, that and the other

The Orioles are trying today to match their longest winning streak of the season at three games. The Orioles are 15-12 at home and 10-17 on the road. They’re 13-8 during the day and 12-20 at night. In five games on the current trip, the Orioles are batting .228 and their pitchers have registered a 3.86 ERA. The team has committed only one error. Center

Orioles and Indians lineups

Matt Wieters is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter today after catching last night in his first game since May 10, 2014. Delmon Young is batting second and playing right field. Steve Pearce is in left field. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Delmon Young RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters DH Steve Pearce LF J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty 2B Caleb

Notes on Tillman, Jones and Britton, plus Duquette on Cabrera and Cabral

That’s two wins in a row for the Orioles. How long does it need to stretch before it constitutes a streak? Chris Tillman continues to ride the roller coaster. A good outing followed by a poor one followed by a good one. Let’s check the earned runs allowed in his starts this season: One, seven, one, seven, two, four, five, one (in three innings), two,

Duquette disappointed Matusz’s suspension is upheld (Orioles win 5-2)

The Orioles remain perplexed and frustrated by the eight-game suspension handed down to reliever Brian Matusz and Major League Baseball’s refusal to remove or reduce it. Brewers pitcher Will Smith had his eight-game suspension lowered to six, but Matusz still must serve all eight games beginning tonight in Cleveland. MLB doesn’t announce the results of the hearings or offer explanations for reducing or upholding the

Wieters batting fifth tonight

Matt Wieters is in the Orioles lineup tonight for the first time since May 10, 2014, catching and batting fifth against Indians right-hander Shaun Marcum. Shortstop J.J. Hardy returns to the lineup after missing three straight games in Houston and being inserted yesterday as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. David Lough is in left field tonight and Travis Snider is in right. Jimmy

Orioles make six roster moves, Matusz suspension remains eight games

The Orioles made six roster moves today, including reinstating catcher Matt Wieters from the 60-day disabled list. They also recalled infielder Rey Navarro from Triple-A Norfolk and selected the contract of left-handed reliever Cesar Cabral. In corresponding moves, the Orioles optioned catcher Steve Clevenger and pitcher Mike Wright to Norfolk, and designated infielder Everth Cabrera for assignment. The Orioles have 10 days to waive or

Orioles set to add Matt Wieters for Cleveland series

The Orioles are prepared to make another roster move today as their road trip leads them into Cleveland for a three-game series. Matt Wieters will be activated from the disabled list and manager Buck Showalter doesn’t seem inclined to carry three catchers. Caleb Joseph figures to stay, but we’ll see. Steve Clevenger is 5-for-11 with a double since being recalled and his defense has improved.

Orioles preaching plate patience (Showalter ejected, O’s win 3-2)

Granted, it’s only one inning today, but the Orioles appear to be taking a much more patient approach at the plate against Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel. The Orioles worked Keuchel for 28 pitches while taking a 1-0 lead at Minute Maid Park. I’m pretty sure rookie Lance McCullers finally reached that total last night after the fifth. I’m exaggerating, but not by much. McCuller’s pitch

Orioles hoping to repeat recent history against Keuchel

Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel, the American League Pitcher of the Month for April and May, has won seven of eight decisions this season and posted a 1.76 ERA in 11 starts. Sounds like a daunting task for the Orioles today, but at least they’ve beaten him once this season. Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Keuchel in a 4-3 victory on April

Orioles and Astros lineups

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is out of the Orioles’ lineup today for a fourth consecutive game. Hardy has avoided the disabled list and should return to the lineup this weekend in Cleveland. Meanwhile, Everth Cabrera starts at shortstop today. Steve Pearce is playing first base and Chris Davis is serving as the designated hitter. The Orioles will try to end a five-game losing streak, tied for

Can offense perk up in time to avoid sweep?

If the Orioles are going to avoid being swept in Houston, they must do some damage today against Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, who has been named the American League’s Pitcher of the Month for April and May. What could go wrong? The Orioles are six games below .500 for the first time since September 2011. They’ve lost five in a row to tie their longest

This, that and the other (updated)

In case you didn’t notice, Ryan Flaherty has become a triples machine in Houston. Flaherty has tripled in consecutive games for the first time in his career. He’s going for three in a row tonight. Before the Astros series, Flaherty had collected a grand total of two triples in 283 major league games. Flaherty is the first Oriole to triple in consecutive games since Felix

Orioles acquire Joe Gunkel from Red Sox

The Orioles announced this afternoon that they traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza and cash to the Red Sox for minor league right-hander Joe Gunkel. Gunkel, 23, is 12-7 with a 3.05 ERA in 54 appearances (20 starts) over three minor league seasons. He’s struck out 178 batters over 165 innings. Gunkel was a combined 3-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 40 1/3

Orioles and Astros lineups

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is out of the Orioles’ lineup for the third consecutive day due to soreness in his left side. Ryan Flaherty remains at shortstop in Hardy’s absence. Steve Clevenger is behind the plate, Steve Pearce is starting at second base and Jimmy Paredes has dropped to eighth in the order. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B David Lough LF Adam Jones CF Chris

Orioles recall McFarland and option Drake

Needing another left-handed reliever in their bullpen, the Orioles have recalled T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned Oliver Drake to the Tides. McFarland will join the Orioles tonight in Houston. McFarland, 25, will begin his second stint with the Orioles this season. He went 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in five appearances, allowing two earned runs (six total) and striking out eight over five

Orioles trade Alejandro De Aza to Red Sox

The Orioles have traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the Red Sox for cash considerations, according to an industry source. De Aza was designated for assignment on May 27 to make room for infielder Ryan Flaherty on the 25-man roster. De Aza, 31, batted .214/.277/.359 (22-for-103) with three home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games with the Orioles this season. He served as their

Thoughts on Matusz, M. Wright, fundamental breakdowns and more

Brian Matusz’s suspension appeal hearing will take place later today in Houston. The Orioles reliever is seeking a reduction of the eight games handed down by Major League Baseball. I doubt that the entire suspension will melt away, but perhaps he can whittle it. The club will have to decide whether to go with a six-man bullpen or three-man bench in Matusz’s absence. It could

Norris’ start at Norfolk pushed back to Wednesday

Tonight’s game between Triple-A Norfolk and Gwinnett at Harbor Park was postponed due to wet field conditions. The Tides will play a doubleheader on Wednesday. Bud Norris will start Game 1, with Matt Wieters behind the plate. They’re expected to rejoin the Orioles on Thursday. Norris has allowed 13 runs and 18 hits in 7 2/3 innings in two rehab starts, with no walks and

Orioles and Astros lineups (Hardy having “oblique issue”)

J.J. Hardy is out of the Orioles’ lineup for the second consecutive game due to soreness in his left side. Ryan Flaherty is starting at shortstop. Manager Buck Showalter, calling into MLB Network, said Hardy is having “an oblique issue” and will undergo an MRI. Hardy missed 25 games in 2011 with a strained oblique. Flaherty is playing shortstop instead of Everth Cabrera, who’s batting

This, that and the other

Catcher Matt Wieters is leading off tonight for Triple-A Norfolk in the final game of his injury rehabilitation assignment. I’m fairly certain that the Orioles will bat him lower in the order, whether he’s the designated hitter Thursday in Houston or catching Friday in Cleveland. Bud Norris will make his final start in the minors before rejoining the Orioles. That’s the current plan. Former Oriole

Random thoughts

Let’s start with J.J. Hardy. The Orioles shortstop is day-to-day with soreness on his left side. That’s dangerously close to an oblique injury, which Hardy experienced in April 2011. He missed a month. He’s having flashbacks. Center fielder Adam Jones returned last night from a sprained ankle, and Hardy unexpectedly left the lineup. This team simply can’t get healthy. Whatever lineup you envisioned over the

This, that and the other

The Orioles finally are playing their first game outside the Eastern time zone. It only took 49. Adam Jones’ sprained left ankle has healed. Now he needs his bat to heat up. Jones hit .400/.440/.707 with six doubles, one triple, five home runs and 19 RBIs in 20 games in April. He hit .239/.272/.284 with two doubles, one home run and seven RBIs in 27

Jones serving as DH tonight

Adam Jones returns to the Orioles lineup tonight as the designated hitter after a two-game absence. Jones has been sidelined with a sprained left ankle sustained in Game 2 of Thursday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. He played on Friday and sat out back-to-back losses to the Rays. Jones is looking for his first home run since May 11. He’s driven in three runs during

Jones remains fourth among AL outfielders in All-Star balloting

The Orioles still don’t have any players in the top three in voting for the 2015 All-Star Game. Adam Jones remains fourth among American League outfielders with 1,514,836 votes, trailing Kansas City’s Alex Gordon, who’s third with 1,917,834. Manny Machado is fourth among third basemen with 419,979 votes, putting him far behind leader Mike Moustakas, who’s garnered 2,385,024 votes. Caleb Joseph is fifth among catchers

Updating the bullpen

Unless there’s an unexpected change in plans, the Orioles won’t bring up a reliever for tonight’s game against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The situation needed to be monitored after Thursday’s doubleheader against the White Sox, when the Orioles used all seven relievers while gaining a split. They weren’t out of the woods yesterday, and starter Chris Tillman lasted only 4 2/3 innings. Manager

Looking back and ahead

Orioles manager Buck Showalter needed one more day before he could pronounce his bullpen rested and recovered from Thursday’s doubleheader. Chris Tillman just needed to give him some length in yesterday’s start. Tillman lasted only 4 2/3 innings and Showalter used three relievers in a 9-5 loss to the Rays. He also had Brad Brach warm up without coming into the game. Oliver Drake threw

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