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Buck Showalter on Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen and a 6-3 loss

The Orioles lost their fifth consecutive game tonight and their 11th in the last 12. Returning to their home ballpark didn’t reverse their slide. The Rays posted a 6-3 win at Camden Yards to drop the Orioles five games below .500 for the first time since June 6. The Orioles (63-68) have been held to three runs or fewer in 11 of their last 12

Gonzalez to undergo MRI in the morning

The Orioles are dealing with an injury to their rotation while also trying to halt a losing streak that’s reached five games. Miguel Gonzalez received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder today and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday after complaining of soreness following yesterday’s start in Texas. His elbow also is bothering him. Earlier today, manager Buck Showalter said Gonzalez was sore in

More on Manny Machado at shortstop (O’s lose 6-3)

The Orioles lineup tonight included a fair share of double-takes. Is that Manny Machado at shortstop instead of third base? Are all three catchers getting starts? Caleb Joseph is 2-for-6 against Rays starter Chris Archer. Matt Wieters is 4-for-12. Steve Clevenger is 0-for-2, but he was swinging a hot bat before leaving the club for the birth of his daughter. Machado is making his first

Britton on Arrieta: “Maybe the change of scenery was what he needed”

Pitcher Steve Johnson is on the Orioles’ taxi squad today and will have his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. With an off-day on Thursday, the Orioles could skip Miguel Gonzalez’s next turn after he showed up today with soreness in “a couple of places,” according to manager Buck Showalter. The break in the schedule comes at a convenient time. The Orioles don’t have

Notes on Bundy, Gonzalez, trade deadline, lineup and more

Dylan Bundy has been cleared to start a throwing program following today’s examination by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Bundy is on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. Miguel Gonzalez, who’s failed to work more than 5 1/3 innings in 11 of his last 14 starts, showed up today sore in “a couple of places,” according to manager Buck Showalter. Showalter said head athletic

Manny Machado starting at shortstop

Manny Machado is making his first major league start and second appearance at shortstop tonight, as the Orioles open a three-game series against the Rays at Camden Yards. Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base. Also, all three catchers are in the lineup. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate, Matt Wieters is playing first base and Steve Clevenger is serving as the designated hitter. Chris

Orioles prepared to select Steve Johnson’s contract

The Orioles won’t dig deep into Triple-A Norfolk’s roster when their own 25-man roster can expand on Tuesday. The Tides are making a run at the playoffs and the Orioles don’t want to leave them at a competitive disadvantage, though helping the major league club remains the top priority. They’ve already got one pitcher in place after summoning right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk. Johnson

What went wrong and what awaits them tonight

ARLINGTON, Texas - If being swept by the Twins in a four-game home series was hitting rock bottom, how do you label a 1-6 road trip that followed it? The Orioles can’t generate any offense unless it’s confined to one inning. The rotation hasn’t come close to duplicating last year’s production, and Bud Norris isn’t the only culprit, though going from 15 wins and a

Adam Jones: “We might be getting beat, but that’s not from a lack of effort”

ARLINGTON, Texas - Let’s start by reviewing the numbers that I tagged onto the end of my last blog entry. Be advised that they’re not pretty. The Orioles lost to the Rangers today 6-0 at Globe Life Park to complete the three-game sweep. They went 1-6 on the road trip. They’ve lost four games in a row, 10 of 11 and 11 of 13 to

Notes on trade deadline, Wilson, Parra, Jimenez and Garcia (O’s lose 6-0)

ARLINGTON, Texas - The next trade deadline arrives on Monday and executive vice president Dan Duquette is engaged in talks in an attempt to add a bat or pitcher. Players must pass through waivers before they can be dealt. They must be in the organization by 11:59 p.m. on Monday for inclusion on the postseason roster. Manager Buck Showalter said he hasn’t heard that the

Orioles and Rangers lineups

ARLINGTON, Texas - Dariel Alvarez makes his third consecutive start today since having his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk, as the Orioles conclude their two-city road trip. Alvarez last night became the first Oriole with a multi-hit game that included an extra-base hit within his first two career games since Jonathan Schoop on Sept. 25, 2013 against the Blue Jays. Steve Pearce is batting second

Steve Pearce: “We know we can turn this thing around”

ARLINGTON, Texas - Steve Pearce didn’t issue a Joe Namath guarantee last night. He didn’t go that far. But he told reporters that the Orioles aren’t “out of this thing” and better days are ahead - beginning this afternoon. “It almost seems like nobody wants to take that last (wild card) spot,” he said. “We’ve got the team for it. We know we can turn

Wrapping up a 4-3 loss

ARLINGTON, Texas - As the losses pile up for the Orioles, it seemed only appropriate that tonight’s game would end with a disputed strikeout and a batting helmet slammed to the ground. Manny Machado thought he checked his swing against Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson with runners on the corners, two outs and the Orioles trailing 4-3. The visiting dugout agreed, but plate umpire David Rackley

Game update and Showalter talks about Wieters (O’s lose 4-3)

ARLINGTON, Tex. - Ubaldo Jimenez came close tonight to allowing another run in the first inning, but he escaped a jam following Delino DeShields’ leadoff triple. Shin-Soo Choo grounded out and DeShields broke for home on Prince Fielder’s bouncer to the mound, running into a 1-5-2 putout. Adrian Beltre flied to deep left-center field to send Jimenez back to the dugout at 15 pitches. As

Orioles continue to discuss expanded roster

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles manager Buck Showalter still isn’t showing his hand regarding the September call-ups. The Orioles will add a few bullpen arms, including Chaz Roe, who’s supposed to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. One or two minor league relievers initially are expected to be promoted. More players will be summoned after Triple-A Norfolk’s season is done. The Tides are in position

Orioles and Rangers lineups

ARLINGTON, Texas - Dariel Alvarez remains in the Orioles’ lineup tonight in right field and Gerardo Parra returns to it after resting last night. Parra is playing left field. Chris Davis is the designated hitter, with Steve Pearce starting at first base. Adam Jones made it through last night’s game without any health issues, and he’s in center field again tonight. For the Orioles Manny

More on Jimenez and upcoming pitching matchups

ARLINGTON, Texas - Ubaldo Jimenez is attempting tonight to become the Orioles’ first 10-game winner this season. He’s tied for the lead with Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez at nine victories. Jimenez is on the verge of posting his sixth career 10-win season and the first since 2013 with the Indians. The Orioles could use a quality start from Jimenez, who’s posted only one in

This, that and the other

ARLINGTON, Texas - With the Orioles losing again last night to fall two games below .500, we’re left to sift through the rubble in search of the smallest gems. You won’t get rich off them, but they’ve got some worth. The Orioles had two more outfield assists last night and now lead the majors with 39. Adam Jones picked up his team-leading 13th and Dariel

Wrapping up a 4-1 loss

ARLINGTON, Texas - With tonight’s 4-1 loss, the Orioles have slipped to 3 1/2 games behind the Rangers for the second wild card. They’ve also lost nine of their last 11 games. The offense continues to sputter, scoring three runs or fewer in eight of the last nine games. It managed only three hits tonight. Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels was exceptional, retiring 14 in a

Showalter on Jones’ health, Urrutia’s chances of returning next month (O’s lose 4-1)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Adam Jones remained in the Orioles’ lineup tonight following batting practice, passing his final test that cleared him to play. Jones struck out to end the first inning. Manny Machado also struck out, as Rangers starter Cole Hamels retired the side in order on 13 pitches. Kevin Gausman retired the Rangers in order on 12 pitches in the bottom of the first,

Hearing from Alvarez, Roe, Clevenger and Hardy before tonight’s game

ARLINGTON, Texas - Dariel Alvarez will become the 1,004th player tonight to appear in a game with the Orioles since 1954 when he takes his position in right field. Alvarez, using coach Einar Diaz as an interpreter, said he learned of his promotion to the majors two days ago. “I was so happy I didn’t know what to say,” said Alvarez, who replaced another Cuban-born

Adam Jones in lineup, Dariel Alvarez making major league debut

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles waited to put out their lineup until seeing how Adam Jones responded to a series of tests. He’s fine and starting in center field tonight. Jones ran into an unpadded section of fence yesterday at Kauffman Stadium. Dariel Alvarez, 26, is set to make his major league debut. He’ll bat eighth and play right field. The Cuban-born outfielder batted .275/.305/.424

Orioles option Henry Urrutia

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles announced their roster moves this afternoon, which includes the decision to option outfielder Henry Urrutia to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles selected the contract of outfielder Dariel Alvarez from Norfolk and reinstated catcher Steve Clevenger from the paternity list. They optioned reliever Jorge Rondon to Norfolk after yesterday’s game in Kansas City. Urrutia, 28, hit .265/.306/.382 (9-for-34) with a double, a

Alvarez, Clevenger, Roe and Hardy with team, plus Rangers lineup (updated)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Dariel Alvarez is with the team and could get a start this weekend with the Orioles set to face three left-handers. He’s batting .295/.333/.459 with six homers against lefties in the minors this season. Alvarez will wear No. 12. A corresponding move has not yet been announced. Steve Clevenger is also in Texas, rejoining the team after going on paternity leave for

Cal Ripken Jr. reflects on The Streak 20 years later

KANSAS CITY - As the 20th anniversary of his historic night crept closer, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. found himself in an unusually reflective mood. Images flashed in his head, his father’s face causing emotions to bubble to the surface. He saw the smile, the wave, and was transported back in time. Even an Iron Man can get sentimental. Ripken played in his 2,131st

More on Adam Jones’ injury and a 5-3 loss (Jorge Rondon optioned)

KANSAS CITY - To the surprise of no one, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said following today’s 5-3 loss to the Royals that he feels fine and he expects to play Friday night in the series opener against the Rangers in Arlington. Jones underwent X-rays on his wrists and neck after slamming into the unpadded portion of the fence at Kauffman Stadium while chasing Ben

Adam Jones leaves game with injury (O’s lose 5-3)

KANSAS CITY - Adam Jones came out of today’s game in the top of the third inning after slamming into the unpadded portion of the Kauffman Stadium fence in the first. Jones was chasing Ben Zobrist’s fly ball, which took a high hop for an automatic double. He began to stumble and hit the fence straight-on while trying to regain his balance. Jones crumbled to

Manny Machado continues to play every day

KANSAS CITY - Royals starter Yordano Ventura delivered the first pitch this afternoon following a delay of 1 hour and 35 minutes. The sun isn’t shining, but at least it stopped raining buckets. Manny Machado, who belted his 26th home run last night, drew a six-pitch walk off Ventura. Well worth the wait. Machado hasn’t missed a game this season, with today marking No. 127.

Orioles outright Nolan Reimold

KANSAS CITY - Outfielder Nolan Reimold cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles designated Reimold for assignment on Monday as part of a flurry of moves. They also reinstated outfielder Steve Pearce from the disabled list, recalled reliever Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk and placed shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. Reimold is expected

Notes on Hardy, Clevenger, Wilson and Davis (start of game delayed)

KANSAS CITY - The tarp is off the field and the sky is clearing over Kauffman Stadium. I’m still soaked from the walk to the press gate - my shoes should be dry by Labor Day - but it’s not about me. Shortstop J.J. Hardy is flying to Dallas and will meet up with the Orioles on Friday. He can continue treatment for a strained

Orioles and Royals lineups

KANSAS CITY - Steve Pearce remains in left field today and Matt Wieters is serving as the designated hitter, as the Orioles attempt to gain a split of their four-game series against the Royals. Ryan Flaherty is back at shortstop after homering last night. I’m told that outfielder Dariel Alvarez won’t join the Orioles today, so stay tuned. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Gerardo

Orioles expected to call up Dariel Alvarez (Alvarez not joining team today)

KANSAS CITY - I wrote this morning about the possibility of a roster move. Well, I’m hearing that the Orioles are calling up outfielder Dariel Alvarez from Triple-A Norfolk. Alvarez, 26, isn’t on the 40-man roster, but there are three open spots. Selecting his contract isn’t complicated. I don’t know whether a reliever is being optioned from the eight-man bullpen or if there’s an undisclosed

Looking back and ahead

KANSAS CITY - Are the Orioles prepared to make another roster move today? There are some rumblings, so stay tuned. They still have an eight-man bullpen, but someone will need to come off the roster Friday when catcher Steve Clevenger returns from paternity leave. Perhaps they go back to a four-man bench today or place someone on the taxi squad. Anything goes around here. With

The final words on an 8-5 win

KANSAS CITY - Music played in the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium tonight. The televisions were tuned to baseball games. Players sat at tables and dined together, plastic containers shared by one group that preferred homemade rice dishes. The Orioles no longer sat in silence. They no longer were tucked away in areas off limits to the media. They seemed happy again. Losers of their

Jimmy Paredes trying to break out of his slump (O’s win 8-5)

KANSAS CITY - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to put Jimmy Paredes in the lineup the day after a costly fielding error in the 12th inning allowed the Twins to score the tiebreaking run and complete a four-game sweep. He prefers to get a player back on the field rather than have him sit on the bench and dwell on the mistake, wondering

Notes on Harvey, Heim, Wright, Givens and more

KANSAS CITY - Hunter Harvey will throw another bullpen session on Thursday while recovering from a strained right flexor mass, and the Orioles remain encouraged by his progression. How much? The club is talking about sending Harvey to the fall instructional league in Sarasota and later assigning him to the Arizona Fall League. Harvey, the 22nd-overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of

Orioles and Royals lineups

KANSAS CITY - With the Orioles facing Royals right-hander Johnny Cueto tonight, Ryan Flaherty gets the start at shortstop and Jimmy Paredes serves as the designated hitter. Steve Clevenger was serving as the left-handed DH, but he’s on paternity leave. Paredes is starting for the first time since Aug. 12. He’s 4-for-34 with 15 strikeouts this month. The Orioles confirmed that former All-Star closer Chris

Upcoming starters, Machado note and more

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles will face three left-handed starters when their road trip shifts to Arlington. The Rangers are sending Cole Hamels (7-8, 3.82 ERA), Martin Perez (1-3, 5.30 ERA) and Derek Holland (1-1, 4.73 ERA) to the mound for the three-game series that begins on Friday. The Orioles list Kevin Gausman (2-5, 4.30 ERA), Ubaldo Jimenez (9-8, 4.26 ERA) and Miguel Gonzalez (9-10,

Same old problems and more on the new shortstop

KANSAS CITY - As manager Buck Showalter stated last night after another loss, you can’t draw one circle around a specific reason why the Orioles have dropped six consecutive games, why their season is slipping away from them. It’s the rotation, it’s the offense’s failure to score more than two or three runs, it’s the inability to catch a break. It’s a lot of things.

Wrapping up a 3-2 loss

KANSAS CITY - It’s not getting any better. The Orioles have lost six consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 19-24, 2013. They’re under .500 for the first time since July 26. They can’t find consistency in their rotation or runs in their lineup. Tonight’s 3-2 loss to the Royals marked the sixth consecutive game where the Orioles have tallied three runs or fewer.

Orioles plotting their next roster move (O’s lose 3-2)

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles will need to make another roster move Friday when catcher Steve Clevenger returns from paternity leave. They could remove an extra reliever from their eight-man bullpen, depending on what transpires over the next few days. Manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles will face three left-handed starters in Arlington after the Rangers adjusted their rotation. He seems inclined to keep shortstop

Update on J.J. Hardy and note on Paul Janish

KANSAS CITY - Orioles shortstop J.J Hardy will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection Thursday, delaying his arrival on the road trip. Hardy was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a strained left groin. He underwent an examination today in Baltimore and was supposed to fly into Kansas City to continue his treatments. The Orioles have a locker set up for him in the visiting

Paul Janish making Orioles debut tonight

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles will try to avoid their first six-game losing streak tonight as their series against the Royals continues at Kauffman Stadium. Paul Janish is starting at shortstop tonight after having his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk, becoming the 1,002nd player to appear in a game for the Orioles. Steve Pearce is in left field against Royals left-hander Danny Duffy. Chris Davis,

Orioles select Paul Janish’s contract from Norfolk

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles selected the contract of shortstop Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk today and placed catcher Steve Clevenger on the paternity list. Clevenger is expected to rejoin the club Friday in Arlington. In the meantime, his wife Tiffany gave birth today to Peyton Lee Clevenger at 1:09 p.m. Peyton is 6 pounds, 13 ounces and 19.5 inches long. Mother and baby are

Orioles trying to stay on the right side of .500

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles haven’t sunk below .500 since July 26. Can they avoid taking another dip tonight? Can they pitch better? Can their offense unload instead of scoring three runs or fewer, as it’s done in six of the last seven games? Can they avoid costly mistakes in the field? The errors suddenly are piling up. They began last night with 52, only

Adam Jones on sixth inning: “It happened so fast you can’t even talk about it”

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles are a .500 team for the first time since July 27. Innings snowball and they can’t dig out from under the storm. The Royals scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth tonight and cruised to an 8-3 win at Kauffman Stadium, handing the Orioles their sixth loss in the last seven games. Ubaldo Jimenez retired nine in a

Orioles grab early lead on Adam Jones home run (O’s lose 8-3)

KANSAS CITY - We have controversy on the first pitch of tonight’s game, and an Orioles lead three batters into it. Lorenzo Cain appeared to run down Manny Machado’s drive to right-center field before slamming into the fence and tumbling to the ground. The Orioles challenged the call and Machado was given a double. Cain must have trapped the ball against the fence to regain

Updates on Clevenger, Hardy, Wright, Roe, Wilson and Reimold

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles will make another roster move on Tuesday after Steve Clevenger leaves the team to be with his wife Tiffany for the birth of their first child. Clevenger will be placed on paternity leave following tonight’s game. The Orioles will bring up a position player. With an eight-man bullpen, it’s possible that the Orioles also will send down a reliever after

Notes on Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce

KANSAS CITY - Ryan Flaherty has played 174 games at second base, 68 at third, 50 at shortstop, 18 at first and 26 in the outfield over his four seasons in the majors. He’s the ultimate utility guy, trusted with the glove at any position, and his responsibilities have grown again following J.J. Hardy’s injury. Hardy went on the disabled list today with a strained

Orioles lineup vs. Royals

KANSAS CITY - With J.J. Hardy hitting the disabled list with a left groin strain, Ryan Flaherty will start tonight at shortstop in the opener of a four-game series against the Royals. Steve Clevenger is batting .414/.452/.586 during a career-high seven-game hitting streak. He’s hit safely in 10 of 12 games with the Orioles this season, batting .395/.422/.535. Adam Jones is batting .341/.364/.659 (14-for-41) over

Reimold designated for assignment

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment today, one of their four roster moves before their series opener against the Royals. Shortstop J.J. Hardy was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. The Orioles activated Steve Pearce from the disabled list and recalled reliever Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk. Reimold, 31, appeared in 39 games for the

Orioles now dealing with roster moves and Royals (Pearce on flight to Kansas City)

The Twins staggered into Camden Yards and swept a four-game series. Can the Orioles repeat those moves in Kansas City? They’re 6 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East. They’re two games back for the second wild card, with the Angels and Twins now ahead of them. Adding injury to insult, shortstop J.J. Hardy is headed to the disabled list with

Hardy headed to DL, Pearce ready to be activated following 4-3 12-inning loss (updated)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is going on the disabled list with a groin injury, leaving the Orioles with two roster moves as they head to Kansas City. The club will activate Steve Pearce from the disabled list and call up a reliever. The Orioles could option Mychal Givens, who worked two scoreless innings today. T.J. McFarland also has options, but he’s fresher. Pearce went 1-for-3 with

David Lough outrighted to Norfolk (O’s lose 4-3 in 12 innings)

I wrote this morning that the Orioles expected to resolve David Lough’s situation later today. Well, consider it resolved. Lough has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, according to the Orioles. Lough can’t refuse the assignment because he doesn’t have a previous outright. He’s going to play for the Tides and perhaps join the Orioles’ expanded roster in September. The Orioles designated Lough

Showalter on Hardy: “He’ll play tomorrow and he can play today” (updated)

Ryan Flaherty is making his second start this month as the Orioles try to avoid being swept by the Twins in a four-game series. They’re also trying to keep J.J. Hardy healthy. Hardy said he feels better today after experiencing discomfort in his groin during Friday night’s game. He played nine innings yesterday and is resting and receiving treatment today. Hardy expects to play Monday

Steve Pearce staying at Bowie today

The Orioles will keep Steve Pearce on his injury rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie today rather than activate him from the disabled list. Pearce is batting third and playing left field today at Prince George’s Stadium. He started at first base last night and went 0-for-2 with an RBI. He also was hit by a pitch. Pearce was 2-for-7 with two games with the Rookie-level

Orioles and Twins lineups

Ryan Flaherty is playing shortstop today as the Orioles close their four-game series against the Twins and their homestand. J.J. Hardy made it through last night’s game without any groin discomfort, but manager Buck Showalter wants to rest him. Steve Clevenger remains the designated hitter and Henry Urrutia is in left field. The Orioles are 5-4 on the homestand. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B

Taking the rotation for another spin

If the Twins are victorious again today, they will complete their first four-game sweep of the Orioles since Aug. 23-26, 2007 at Camden Yards. Steve Trachsel, Jim Hoey, Radhames Liz and Erik Bedard were the losing pitchers in that series. Miguel Gonzalez, Darren O’Day and Chris Tillman have been on the short end in these first three games. This year’s version of the Twins, at

Wrapping up a 3-2 loss

It’s hard to believe that the Twins were a reeling team with a 21-37 record on the road when they arrived at Camden Yards for a four-game series. The Orioles will need more proof. Once again, the Orioles couldn’t break out offensively and couldn’t find a way to counter the Twins’ small-ball approach. Chris Tillman retired 14 batters in a row before allowing the tying

Steve Clevenger and Henry Urrutia keep contributing (O’s lose 3-2)

The newest call-ups from Triple-A Norfolk continue to make an impact with the Orioles. Steve Clevenger singled tonight with one out in the second inning and scored on Henry Urrutia’s two-out double into left-center field to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead over the Twins at Camden Yards. Clevenger made the opening day roster and was gone the following night, optioned to Norfolk as Chris

Showalter on Hardy, the expanded roster and more

J.J. Hardy took batting practice this afternoon and the Orioles haven’t announced any changes to their lineup. Stay tuned. Hardy felt discomfort in his groin toward the end of last night’s game. He did some running earlier today, including figure eights, “and felt pretty good,” said manager Buck Showalter. Hardy is in a 4-for-46 slump in his last 13 games. He’s been bothered this season

Orioles and Twins lineups

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is in tonight’s lineup and the Orioles are hoping he can stay there. Hardy felt some discomfort in his groin last night. He ran earlier today and will take batting practice and field ground balls. Manager Buck Showalter was late posting the lineup because of Hardy’s uncertain status. Steve Pearce is playing first base and batting third tonight at Double-A Bowie. Gerardo

Pearce’s pending arrival puts Orioles in position to make corresponding move

While the Orioles are continuing their home series tonight against the Twins, trying to figure out a way to beat them in 2015, Steve Pearce will be slipping on a Bowie Baysox uniform and checking out Eastern League pitching. The Baysox are hosting the Altoona Curve, and Pearce is expected to start at first base after playing left and right field yesterday for the Gulf

Buck Showalter: “The game’s not always kind to you”

The Orioles had lost only once in 52 games before tonight when carrying a lead into the eighth inning. They were ahead by two runs and they had Darren O’Day on the mound. In most cases, O’Day preserves the lead and Zach Britton closes it out, but the Twins rewrote the script. O’Day surrendered three runs and the Orioles lost again to the Twins, 4-3,

Notes on Hardy and Flaherty, and game update (O’s lose 4-3)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter made some adjustments to tonight’s lineup with the Twins starting left-hander Tommy Milone. Nolan Reimold replaced Henry Urrutia in left field and Matt Wieters replaced Steve Clevenger as the designated hitter. J.J. Hardy remains a constant at shortstop, no matter how much he’s laboring at the plate. Hardy flied out to the warning track in right-center field in his first at-bat

Buck Showalter on Miguel Gonzalez: “He’s our best option”

Miguel Gonzalez posted the lowest ERA of his career last season at 3.23, allowing three earned runs or fewer in 23 of his 26 starts. He posted a 2.19 ERA in his final 11 starts, as the rotation lifted the Orioles to a division title and a berth in the American League Championship Series. They continue to search for the same pitcher this summer. He’s

Steve Pearce joining Bowie over the weekend

Steve Pearce is flying into Baltimore tonight and will report to Double-A Bowie on Saturday. Pearce will be in the Baysox lineup for the next two days. The Orioles will decide whether to have him fly into Kansas City for Monday’s series opener against the Royals. Pearce would need to leave Sunday’s game earlier to make the team charter. He could grab a flight on

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

Matt Wieters is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter tonight and Nolan Reimold is starting in left field against Twins left-hander Tommy Milone. Steve Pearce played left field and right field and batted leadoff today for the Gulf Coast League team. He went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored after going 1-for-4 yesterday. The plan calls for Pearce to head north and

Avoiding doubleheader only victory for Orioles last night

One reason why the Orioles were concerned about a possible postponement of last night’s game against the Twins, besides the usual distain for playing a doubleheader, was the challenge in finding a sixth starter for Tuesday night’s game in Kansas City. Tyler Wilson is on the minor league disabled list with a strained left oblique. He’s throwing on flat ground and nearing a bullpen session,

Showalter speaks after 15-2 loss

The Orioles endured a 2 hour, 31 minute rain delay tonight that seemed pleasant compared to the 15 runs they allowed to the Twins. They hadn’t surrendered that many runs since a 19-7 loss in Minnesota on July 16, 2012. Miguel Gonzalez was charged with seven of the runs tonight over five innings in a 15-2 loss before 20,109 at Camden Yards. His ERA is

Rain delay followed by five-run deficit (O’s lose 15-2)

The Orioles waited 2 hours and 31 minutes to start tonight’s game because of rain. Fans were invited to move down to the lower seating bowl as a reward for sticking around. This is no way to thank them. Miguel Gonzalez retired the Twins in order on 11 pitches in the top of the first inning, but he threw 40 in the second while surrendering

Game status and note on Schoop (start time is 9:35 p.m.)

The start of tonight’s game is delayed due to threat of inclement weather. The tarp is on the field. The rain supposedly is on its way. While most of the attention last night fell on Henry Urrutia, and deservedly so following his walk-off home run, Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted Jonathan Schoop’s contributions at the plate and in the field. Schoop was coming off one

Injury updates and Twins lineup

Now that Steve Pearce has started his injury rehab assignment, the Orioles will attempt to speed it along. Pearce received four at-bats today as the designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League team. He’s scheduled to play in the field on Friday - perhaps three innings in left field, three in right and three at first base. Assuming that Pearce’s oblique doesn’t tighten up, he

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

Henry Urrutia gets another start in left field tonight after his walk-off home run last night in the bottom of the ninth inning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Urrutia is the first Cuban-born player whose first major league home run was a walk-off since 1968, when Cubs rookie Jose Arcia went deep at Wrigley Field for the only homer of his three-year career. Also

Steve Pearce ready for rehab assignment

Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce is beginning his injury rehab assignment today with the Gulf Coast League team in Sarasota. He singled in his first at-bat as the leadoff hitter and designated hitter against the GCL Twins. Pearce is on the disabled list retroactive to July 19 with a strained left oblique muscle. He took live batting practice again yesterday and survived a pitch from Chris

Leftovers for breakfast

Pitcher Kevin Gausman took special interest in the two-homer day by Yankees first baseman Greg Bird. And not because the teams are division rivals and the Orioles are trying to catch them. Gausman and Bird were teammates at Grandview High in Aurora, Colo., their families living a few minutes apart. Bird was a catcher, so the relationship only grew stronger. The Yankees called up Bird,

Showalter: “The games are dwindling and it’s that time”

The Orioles have delivered three walk-off home runs in six games of this homestand - August 14, 15 and 19 if you want to mark your calendars. Henry Urrutia’s liner into the left field seats tonight off Mets reliever Carlos Torres was especially memorable. Urrutia led off the bottom of the ninth with his first major league home run to give the Orioles a 5-4

Orioles load ‘em and leave ‘em in first inning (Urrutia walk-off homer)

The Orioles showed tonight that they can get runners on base against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. It’s the scoring part that may be a challenge. Manny Machado doubled on the first pitch thrown by Syndergaard, Gerardo Parra singled and Adam Jones walked to load the bases with no outs. Chris Davis struck out on an 81 mph curveball with the count full, and Jonathan Schoop

Hearing from Buck Showalter before tonight’s game

The Orioles did more than check on catcher Matt Wieters’ right hamstring following last night’s game. They also made sure his right knee wasn’t creating a health issue. Wieters took a foul tip off his knee, which brought head athletic trainer Richie Bancells out of the dugout. Wieters stayed in the game and collected two hits. “He feels good today,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I’m

Notes on Pearce, Wieters, Roe and more

Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce took live batting practice today in Sarasota and was hit by a pitch in his third at-bat. Chris Perez, serving a 50-game suspension that was handed down in June for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, drilled Pearce in the back. The Orioles ended the BP session and will check on Pearce Thursday before determining how close he

Orioles lineup vs. Mets (with Mets lineup)

Caleb Joseph has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight for the finale of a two-game series against the Mets. Joseph, who’s catching, is batting .342/.359/.816 with six doubles, four home runs and 12 RBIs in 11 games this month. Matt Wieters, on the bench tonight, has hit safely in his last seven games, producing a .385/.407/.500 slash line. Gerardo Parra is batting .478/.500/.913 (11-for-23) in

More notes and quotes on the Orioles’ defense

The Orioles entered last night with the lowest error total in the majors with 46 and the highest fielding percentage at .989. The Athletics, their opponent the past four games, led the majors with 99 errors, had the lowest fielding percentage at .978, and were so challenged to catch a fly ball, they should have worked with a safety net. The emphasis on defense is

Wrapping up a 5-3 loss

The Orioles rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning tonight and brought Manny Machado to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Pretty much how they’d draw it up, except the ending needed a rewrite. Machado grounded out against Mets closer Jeurys Familia, and the Orioles’ winning streak ended at four games with a 5-3 loss before 34,068 at

Hardy: “I haven’t been getting hits and that all needs to change” (O’s lose 5-3)

The Orioles are putting the tarp on the field and the start of tonight’s game will be delayed due to the threat of inclement weather. In other words, dark clouds have rolled in and it’s expected to rain. Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy would like the black clouds that follow him to home plate to finally disperse. Hardy batted .226 in 59 games in the first

Matt Wieters on his return to the lineup (and other notes)

Steve Pearce took live batting practice today in Sarasota and the Orioles will check on Wednesday to make sure the tightness in his oblique doesn’t resurface. They want to reach the point where he’s ready to go on an injury rehab assignment. Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Tyler Wilson, also on the disabled list with a strained oblique, threw off flat ground today from 75 feet. He’s

Matt Wieters returns to Orioles lineup

Matt Wieters has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight after missing five games with a strained right hamstring. Steve Clevenger remains the designated hitter for the series opener against the Mets. Henry Urrutia stays in left field. Hot-hitting Caleb Joseph takes a seat on the bench. The Orioles have lost eight consecutive games to the Mets, including two in May at Citi Field. Their last

Note on Jason Garcia and tonight’s game

The Orioles will continue to handle Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia with care, inserting him into high-pressure situations only out of necessity. If they can’t stash him, they can at least try to protect him. The task becomes simpler after rosters, including the bullpen, expand in September. The Orioles could summon Oliver Drake, Cesar Cabral and Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk. They’re on the 40-man

Showalter speaks after 4-2 win

The Orioles completed their first four-game sweep of the Athletics in Baltimore with tonight’s 4-2 victory before 22,766 at Camden Yards. They also produced a four-game sweep in 1987 in Oakland. Steve Clevenger hit his first home run as an Oriole, a three-run shot in the fourth inning, and only his second in the majors - the other coming off Bud Norris in 2012. Chris

Showalter on Flaherty, Wieters, Bridwell, Bundy and more (O’s win 4-2)

Ryan Flaherty isn’t in the Orioles’ lineup tonight and he’s started only once since July 29. He received an at-bat yesterday and struck out looking. He was on deck with first baseman Ike Davis pitching for the Athletics when the final out was recorded. Flaherty could use a favorable matchup. He really could use a hit. Flaherty is in an 0-for-34 slump that’s the longest

Buck Showalter provides injury updates

Major League Baseball announced today that the American League Wild Card Game will be played on Oct. 6. The World Series starts on Oct. 27 in the AL representative’s ballpark, and Game 7 would be played on Nov. 4. Plan accordingly. Matt Wieters ran the bases today and his right hamstring felt good. Manager Buck Showalter said Wieters will play on Tuesday “if there are

Matt Wieters remains out of Orioles lineup (with A’s lineup)

Matt Wieters remains out of the Orioles lineup tonight as they go for the four-game sweep against the Athletics. He hasn’t played since Tuesday in Seattle due to a strained right hamstring. Steve Clevenger continues to serve as the designated hitter. Henry Urrutia gets another start in left field. Four Orioles collected at least three hits and three RBIs yesterday: Joseph, Manny Machado, Gerardo Parra

Notes on time change and Norfolk’s Chris Jones

The Orioles’ game against the Royals on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Camden Yards has been moved from 1:35 p.m. to 8:05 p.m. to accommodate ESPN. All gates will open to fans at 6:05 p.m. The Ravens are in Denver that afternoon, so there’s no conflict. Also, Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Chris Jones, 26, has been named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week. Jones went 2-0

Orioles keep same attitude while moving into second wild card spot

Remember when the Orioles were alternating wins and losses while losing ground in the wild card chase? And being no-hit by Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma and remaining calm while everyone around them melted down? No one yelled or punched a wall or mugged the bat boy. No one lost control. And they’re no longer losing ground after winning the first three games of the homestand. If

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 18-2 win

An 18-2 win is in the books and Orioles manager Buck Showalter is celebrating by leaning against a brick wall beside the home plate field entrance and talking to the players’ kids before the Family Day game. What else were you expecting? The Orioles are four games above .500 for the first time since July 5. They’ve scored 30 runs in three games since being

Orioles piling up the runs and hits (O’s win 18-2)

If you blinked today, you didn’t miss the bottom of the fifth inning. It lasted an eternity. The Orioles reached season highs with nine runs and 10 hits to take a commanding 15-2 lead over the Athletics at Camden Yards. And they scored twice in the sixth on Caleb Joseph’s home run to go ahead 17-2. Joseph has a career-high four RBIs. The Orioles have

Gerardo Parra homers again today (O’s lead 6-2)

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen needed 22 pitches today to get through the first inning, the last 11 in Brett Lawrie’s at-bat, but he managed to strand runners on the corners and keep the game scoreless. It didn’t stay that way for long. Gerardo Parra homered for the second time in two games to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

A few pregame notes

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Matt Wieters just needs to get past “a little knot” in his right hamstring. Wieters remains out of the lineup, but he could be ready for Monday night’s series finale against the Athletics. The Orioles will consider a move to the disabled list if Wieters can’t play. “He was a little, I wouldn’t say sore, but just from all the

Orioles and Athletics lineups

Henry Urrutia is in left field and Steve Clevenger is serving as the designated hitter today, as the Orioles attempt to win their third game in a row. Caleb Joseph is catching. Matt Wieters remains on the bench while recovering from a strained right hamstring. Chris Davis enters today’s game leading the majors with 88 RBIs and ranked second in home runs with 34. Nelson

Chris Davis, today’s game and School of Roch Night II

A walk-off home run from Chris Davis on SOR Night II. Just my little gift to you. I didn’t mention it earlier because I wanted it to be a surprise. The Orioles are a half-game behind the Angels for the second wild card and five games behind the first-place Yankees, who have cooled off the Blue Jays. Say what you will about the Orioles -

Buck Showalter: “Without a doubt, that was fun”

The Orioles went 4-5 on their West Coast trip and were no-hit in the final game in Seattle. They’re 2-0 on the current homestand and have produced a pair of walk-off home runs. They now trail the Angels by a half-game for the second wild card. Baseball is a funny game. Chris Davis homered twice tonight, including a two-out shot off Oakland switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

Game update and more from Showalter (O’s win 4-3 on Davis walk-off)

I was able to stop by SOR Night II tonight on the Miller Lite Flite Deck and visit with fans who endured the heat and my selfies. Wish I could have stayed there all night. Chrost made an appearance and I forced him to give me a quick man hug. My night is made. I can’t speak for him. Many thanks to MASNsports.com and the

Notes on Monday starters, Pearce, Harvey, Wright and more

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter are sitting on top of the visiting dugout at Camden Yards for the annual season ticket holders’ Q&A session. A young boy asked Duquette about the chances of the club re-signing its top free agents. Duquette said the Orioles should be able to keep some of them, and he made it clear that Chris Davis

Junior Lake optioned to Norfolk (Travis Snider released)

Henry Urrutia is serving as the designated hitter tonight for the Orioles. Outfielder Junior Lake has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to create room on the 25-man roster. Lake was 2-for-14 with the Orioles. Nolan Reimold is in left field. Steve Clevenger is catching. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Manny Machado is the only Orioles player in history to hit multiple walk-off home runs

This, that and the other

Who’s ready for another roster move? Outfielder Henry Urrutia will be recalled today after spending yesterday on the taxi squad. A spot must be created for him. Junior Lake, who doubled in six at-bats last night and is 2-for-14, has a minor league option, but it doesn’t guarantee his removal. It’s just an easier avenue to take if the Orioles choose it. Plenty of guys

Showalter speaks after Orioles’ 8-6 13-inning win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter provided the reminder. “It would be easy to forget we were down 4-0 in that game,” he said. Oh, yeah, right. Then came the three-run homer by Adam Jones in the fifth inning after Junior Lake’s double and Gerardo Parra’s hit by pitch. And Chris Davis’ two-run homer in the seventh after Adam Jones’ sacrifice fly to center field. And a

More on Hall of Fame ceremony, Wieters and Mancini (O’s win in 13th)

Ubaldo Jimenez needed only 12 pitches tonight to retire the Athletics in order in the top of the first inning. He struck out Josh Reddick to end it. Gary Roenicke and Melvin Mora received standing ovations when introduced during the Orioles Hall of Fame ceremony. Mora threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Gerardo Parra, his former teammate in Arizona, and Roenicke threw to Jimmy

Buck Showalter on David Lough’s DFA: “It tugs at you”

I omitted a health update in my last entry. Pitcher Mike Wright, on the disabled list with a strained left calf muscle, remains tentative running and pushing off, according to manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles will bring him along slowly as he rehabs down in Sarasota. “I thought that was moving pretty quick,” Showalter said, “but I’ve been told to be a little cautious with

Notes on roster move, Urrutia, Wieters, Roe, Pearce and more

With today’s roster move, the Orioles have designated outfielders David Lough, Alejandro De Aza, Delmon Young and Travis Snider since opening day. Nine players are off the roster since the opener, and reliever Ryan Webb represents a 10th if you consider that he was included on it until being designated for assignment to make room for catcher Ryan Lavarnway. As I wrote in my last

Orioles designate outfielder David Lough for assignment

The Orioles have recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk and designated outfielder David Lough for assignment. Clevenger is in the Orioles clubhouse this afternoon and is listed as a reserve for tonight’s series opener against the Athletics. Caleb Joseph gets the start at catcher. Clevenger hasn’t seen much major league action this season, appearing in only four games with the Orioles. He is 5-for-11,

Orioles and Athletics lineups

Steve Clevenger is in the Orioles’ clubhouse and listed among the reserves for tonight’s series opener against the Athletics. However, Henry Urrutia’s name doesn’t appear anywhere. The Orioles have 26 players on the board, so no corresponding move has been announced for Clevenger. No idea why Urrutia isn’t listed. Nolan Reimold is the designated hitter tonight and Junior Lake is in left field. Jonathan Schoop

Hearing from Melvin Mora and Gary Roenicke

Former third baseman Melvin Mora and outfielders Gary Roenicke and John Lowenstein will be inducted later tonight into the Orioles Hall of Fame, the ceremony taking place before the 7:05 p.m. game against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Long-time scout Fred Uhlman Sr. will be inducted as this year’s Herb Armstrong Award winner. Lowenstein is on a cruise and unable to attend. Mora and Roenicke

This, that and the other

Has everyone submitted their guesses for the corresponding roster moves today to make room for outfielder Henry Urrutia and catcher Steve Clevenger? Don’t assume that Matt Wieters is going on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Executive vice president Dan Duquette mentioned on Wednesday how the Orioles needed “two healthy catchers,” and Clevenger could be the second one while Wieters is given a few

Orioles preparing to call up Henry Urrutia and Steve Clevenger

The Orioles are in the process of tweaking their roster before Friday night’s series opener against the Athletics. According to sources, catcher Steve Clevenger and outfielder Henry Urrutia are headed to Baltimore. The Orioles wanted to add two position players after being no-hit yesterday by Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. The moves won’t become official until Friday. And no word on the corresponding moves. Feel free to

Orioles won’t face Jesse Chavez in Friday’s series opener

The Athletics will send a new starter to the mound for Friday’s series opener against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Sonny Gray was scratched from today’s start against the Blue Jays due to back spasms, but he could be plugged into the rotation this weekend. In the meantime, Jesse Chavez has been bumped up from Friday to today. Chavez was supposed to oppose Ubaldo Jimenez,

Are roster changes coming for the Orioles?

The Orioles are off today, but they weren’t exactly on yesterday while being no-hit by Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. We said it wasn’t going to get weird. If you’re going to end a nine-game West Coast trip with a loss, you may as well make it a no-hitter. And the Orioles didn’t come close to threatening Iwakuma, who only needed to get within a few feet

Orioles no-hit by Iwakuma

The Orioles ended their nine-game road trip today by winding up on the wrong end of a historical start. Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma no-hit the Orioles in a 3-0 victory at Safeco Field. He retired David Lough on a foul pop, Manny Machado on a grounder and Gerardo Parra on a fly ball to left-center field, and was mobbed by teammates. Yes, they were hitless

Tyler Wilson placed on minor league disabled list

The Orioles placed right-hander Tyler Wilson on Triple-A Norfolk’s disabled list with a strained left oblique. The move is retroactive to Monday. Wilson suffered the injury while long-tossing on Sunday before heading to the bullpen to warm up for his start. Wilson was scratched and Dana Eveland took his place. An MRI revealed a “mild strain,” according to an Orioles official. Wilson said he’s hoping

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who has committed errors in back-to-back games, is out of today’s lineup for the series finale in Seattle. Ryan Flaherty, hitless in his last 30 at-bats, is starting at shortstop. David Lough, with two hits in his last 23 at-bats, is in left field. Jimmy Paredes, with three hits in 27 at-bats this month, is the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching

Looking at upcoming pitching matchups vs. Athletics

The Orioles are attempting to conclude their road trip with a 5-4 record before heading home and enjoying Thursday’s off-day. Lineups will be posted shortly. The Orioles are 22-17 in day games and 21-16 in the last game of a series. They’re batting .267 on their current trip, and the starters have posted a 4.70 ERA in 46 innings. Home teams won all 15 games

Wondering about Wieters and whether Orioles can win series

Road teams went 0-15 last night for the first time in major league history, the clincher coming when the Orioles lost to the Mariners 6-5 in 10 innings on Austin Jackson’s bases-loaded single off left-hander T.J. McFarland. The Orioles remain two games back for the second wild card and 4 1/2 behind the first-place Yankees in the American League East. Another opportunity lost. We’ll find

Matt Wieters leaves game with hamstring injury

The Orioles need a do-over in tonight’s game in Seattle. Chris Tillman exited after only 2 1/3 innings and catcher Matt Wieters followed him to the dugout with the Orioles behind 5-2. The Orioles announced that Wieters was removed due to a strained right hamstring, which he apparently suffered while fielding Mark Trumbo’s roller in front of the mound. Manager Buck Showalter summoned reliever Brian

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners (updated with Seattle lineup)

Nolan Reimold is in left field tonight for the Orioles as their series continues in Seattle. Chris Davis is playing first base and Gerardo Parra is in right field. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Gerardo Parra RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C Jonathan Schoop 2B Jimmy Paredes DH J.J. Hardy SS Nolan Reimold LF Chris Tillman RHP For the MarinersAustin

A few notes before tonight’s game

Chris Davis has collected 11 home runs and 29 RBIs in his last 19 games dating back to July 22. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only Orioles with as many home runs and RBIs in 20 games or fewer are Jim Gentile in 1961, Albert Belle in 2000 and Davis in 2013. I wrote this morning that Chris Tillman, making his first start

Orioles acquire Jason Stoffel from Astros (Tyler Wilson update)

The Orioles announced two minor league trades this afternoon aimed at improving their pitching depth. The Orioles acquired right-hander Jason Stoffel from the Astros in exchange for cash considerations. He’s been assigned to Double-A Bowie. They also confirmed the acquisition of right-hander Matt Buschmann from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations. He’s been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. Stoffel, 26, was 4-2 with a 4.91

Leftovers from last night

The Orioles are 18-8 against the Mariners since 2012, including a 10-4 record at Safeco Field. With last night’s win, the Orioles also improved to 15-18 in one-run games and 51-0 when leading after the eighth inning. They’re 45-21 when scoring first and 49-29 when homering. Chris Davis is sporting more than a new mustache. He also owns an eight-game hitting streak that includes 10

Tonight’s game and Duquette on possible in-house reinforcements

The Orioles moved to within two games of the second wild card last night and 4 1/2 games of the first-place Yankees in the American League East. Zach Britton didn’t stay in the bullpen last night. He worked the final 1 2/3 innings after Wei-Yin Chen’s superb start and recorded his 28th save in 29 opportunities. He also threw a season-high 36 pitches while allowing

Chaz Roe headed to disabled list (now it’s official)

The Orioles will place reliever Chaz Roe on the 15-day disabled list before tonight’s game in Seattle and recall Mychal Givens from Double-A Bowie. Givens already has joined the team in Seattle, as I wrote in my last blog entry. He was optioned on Thursday to make room for Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia, but he’s allowed to return before the minimum 10 days because

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Matt Wieters is serving as the designated hitter and Junior Lake is starting in left field tonight, as the Orioles begin a three-game series in Seattle. Wieters is 4-for-28 as the designated hitter this season. In 26 career starts against the American League West, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is 14-5 with a 2.81 ERA and 17 quality starts over 166 1/3 innings. The Orioles are 20-6

Orioles preparing to recall Mychal Givens

Right-hander Mychal Givens has joined the Orioles in Seattle today for the start of a three-game series and will be added to the bullpen. The Orioles officially will recall Givens later today from Double-A Bowie and make a corresponding 25-man roster move. Givens was optioned four days ago and can’t return unless he’s replacing an injured player. Someone is headed to the disabled list. If

Can the Orioles cool down Cruz?

A rotation that is seriously lacking in consistency must deal with Nelson Cruz for the next three games. Life isn’t always fair. The former Oriole is riding a 19-game hitting streak with the Mariners. He’s homered in seven of his last nine games and is tied with Mike Trout for the major league lead with 33. His .998 OPS ranks fourth and his .325 average

Playing the numbers game after yesterday’s loss

With yesterday’s 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Angels, the Orioles fell three games back for the second wild card spot and failed to gain ground on the Yankees, who remain five games ahead of them in the division. An opportunity also was lost, and the second-guessing carried through the night. Manager Buck Showalter took a huge risk by ordering intentional walks to Mike Trout and

Tyler Wilson scratched with sore oblique (O’s lose 5-4 in 11 innings)

Orioles pitching prospect Tyler Wilson was scratched from today’s start at Triple-A Norfolk with a sore oblique muscle. Veteran left-hander Dana Eveland replaced Wilson in the rotation and tossed two scoreless innings against Indianapolis. Jorge Rondon took over for Eveland in the third. Wilson is 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA in six appearances with the Orioles, including two starts. He was optioned again after allowing

Chris Parmelee accepts outright assignment

Chris Parmelee is staying in the Orioles’ organization. Parmelee has accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. He could have declined it and become a free agent. The Orioles designated Parmelee for assignment on July 31 to create a roster spot for outfielder Gerardo Parra. He cleared waivers yesterday and had his contract assigned to Norfolk. Parmelee batted .216/.255/.433 with seven doubles, one triple, four

Orioles and Angels lineups

The Orioles are going for a series win against the Angels this afternoon with Miguel Gonzalez on the mound. He took the loss in his last outing, allowing three runs over 5 1/3 innings in Oakland. Gerardo Parra is in right field while David Lough gets a start in left. For the Orioles:Manny Machado 3BGerardo Parra RFAdam Jones CFChris Davis 1BMatt Wieters CJonathan Schoop 2BJimmy

Orioles going for series win today in Anaheim

A rotation that posted a 7.07 ERA in the previous eight games got exactly what it needed last night. Good Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez blanked the Angels on two hits over eight innings in the Orioles’ 5-0 victory - the club’s ninth shutout of the season. He had registered a 10.61 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break. The Orioles moved to within five games

Notes on the rotation, Schoop and more

The Orioles have tweaked their rotation for the Mariners series at Safeco Field. The club announced that Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday night, followed by Chris Tillman on Tuesday and Kevin Gausman on Wednesday. Tillman was supposed to start the opener, but he’s being pushed back one more day. The Mariners are starting left-hander Vidal Nuno, Taijuan Walker and Hisashi Iwakuma. Orioles second baseman Jonathan

Orioles and Angels lineups

Ryan Flaherty, trying to snap an 0-for-26 slump, is starting at first base tonight for the Orioles. Flaherty is 4-for-7 with a home run and four RBIs lifetime against Angels starter Garrett Richards. Chris Davis moves to right field and Gerardo Parra shifts over to left. Matt Wieters is serving as the designated hitter. He’s 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs against Richards.

Orioles release Bud Norris (Chris Parmelee clears waivers)

Unable to work out a trade, the Orioles have released pitcher Bud Norris. He’s now free to sign with any club. Norris was designated for assignment on July 31 leading to the non-waiver trade deadline. Norris lost his spot in the rotation and didn’t get on track as a reliever, finishing with a 2-9 record, 7.06 ERA and 1.643 WHIP in 18 games, including 11

Chris Tillman makes his next start on Monday

The Orioles are pushing back Chris Tillman one more day in the rotation, holding him until Monday night in Seattle. Miguel Gonzalez will start Sunday’s series finale in Anaheim. The Angels are sending Jered Weaver to the mound. Tillman is listed as Monday’s starter vs. Mariners left-hander Vidal Nuno. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen opposes Taijuan Walker on Tuesday night and Kevin Gausman opposes Hisashi Iwakuma on

More on the roster and tonight’s game

Unless the unexpected happens, the Orioles figure to keep the same 25-man roster as they head into the second game of their series in Anaheim. They will go a full day without designating anyone for assignment. Was there any doubt that they would make a move yesterday while I was in studio for “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report?” Sort of like when I’m driving, except I

Dan Duquette on today’s roster move (O’s lose 8-4)

The Orioles aren’t letting their roster grow stagnant in the second half. Outfielder Travis Snider becomes the third player designated for assignment in the past week, joining pitcher Bud Norris and outfielder/first baseman Chris Parmelee. Snider cost the Orioles minor league pitchers Stephen Tarpley and Steven Brault, who were sent to the Pirates in the January trade. He’s under team control through 2016, but he

Junior Lake batting eighth for Orioles (updated)

Junior Lake will bat eighth for the Orioles tonight and serve as the designated hitter for the series opener against the Angels. He will wear No. 48. Lake will be player No. 1,002 to play for the Orioles since the franchise moved to Baltimore.For the Orioles:Manny Machado 3BGerardo Parra RFAdam Jones CFChris Davis 1BMatt Wieters CJ.J. Hardy SSJonathan Schoop 2BJunior Lake DHNolan Reimold LF Kevin

Orioles recall Junior Lake from Triple-A Norfolk, designate Travis Snider for assignment

The Orioles have recalled outfielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Norfolk, who will join the club tonight in Anaheim. To make room for Lake, they designated outfielder Travis Snider for assignment. Lake came to the Orioles from the Cubs in a trade for reliever Tommy Hunter just hours before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. He reported to Triple-A Norfolk, where he appeared in four

More on Chris Davis’ hot streak

Chris Davis will find out tonight whether his hot streak extends into another city as the Orioles begin a three-game series in Anaheim. Davis has homered in three of the last four games, four of seven, five of nine and eight of 15. His 79 RBIs rank third in the majors and trail leader Josh Donaldson by only two. Davis has collected nine home runs

Tonight’s game and yesterday’s roster move

The Orioles continue their West Coast trip tonight in Anaheim with Kevin Gausman taking the mound as their most effective healthy starter. Gausman has allowed two runs and 10 hits over his last two outings, with one walk and 11 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. His ERA is down to 3.97 ERA in 14 games, including six starts. Ubaldo Jimenez is 1-3 with a 10.61

Orioles reinstate Jason Garcia and option Mychal Givens (with Duquette quotes)

The Orioles have reinstated Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia from the 60-day disabled list and optioned reliever Mychal Givens to Double-A Bowie. Garcia’s 30-day injury rehab assignment ended today, and the Orioles needed to create a spot for him in the bullpen. Givens and left-hander T.J. McFarland are the only relievers who have minor league options. McFarland is valuable as a long man backing up

This, that and the other

The Orioles have again climbed within 5 1/2 games of first place in the American League East. All it took was a dramatic 10-inning victory in Oakland and a Yankees loss to a Red Sox team that hadn’t won on the road since July 2. Assuming that his left ankle is fine, do you start Chris Tillman on Sunday in Anaheim or Monday in Seattle?

Taking the Orioles’ rotation for another spin (O’s win 7-3)

Billy Butler continues to torment Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Jonathan Schoop continues to swing a hot bat against everyone. Butler led off the bottom of the second inning today with a double down the right field line. He’s now 9-for-20 lifetime against Chen, with three doubles, a triple and two home runs. Schoop led off the top of the third with a double and scored

Orioles and Athletics lineups (updated)

Nolan Reimold is in left field today and Gerardo Parra is in right as the Orioles conclude their three-game series in Oakland. The Orioles rank fourth in the American League with a .568 (21-16) winning percentage in day games this season. They’re 20-15 in the last game of a series. Center fielder Adam Jones ranks seventh in the majors and fifth in the American League

Wei-Yin Chen trying to lead Orioles to series win

I’ll spare everyone the usual lecture about how it all starts with starting pitching. But it really does. You saw what Tyler Wilson did in the opening game of the series in Oakland. You saw how Miguel Gonzalez didn’t make it through the sixth last night, his ERA now at 5.48 in his last nine starts. He’s failed to complete six innings in seven of

Orioles and Athletics lineups (McFarland recalled)

Gerardo Parra moves to right field tonight for the first time since joining the Orioles, who are attempting to win for the ninth time in 11 games. Travis Snider is starting in left field and Chris Davis is playing first base. Jimmy Paredes, the right fielder last night, is serving as the designated hitter. The Orioles are 46-13 when they score more than four runs

Chris Davis following his own act from 2013 (and other notes)

Chris Davis is on such a roll these days, he’s resembling the 2013 version of himself. Davis belted a three-run homer in the first inning last night to point the Orioles toward a 9-2 victory in Oakland. He’s collected six home runs and 19 RBIs in his last 10 games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Oriole to do so was also Davis

Miguel Gonzalez trying to follow Tyler Wilson’s lead

The West Coast trip is off to a good start, with the Orioles scoring the first six runs last night in a 9-2 victory over the Athletics. The Orioles have won eight of their last 10 games. They’re tied with the Blue Jays and Twins for the second wild card and trail the Yankees by 5 1/2 games in the American League East. Still not

Chris Davis continues his power display

Is anyone still bothered by Chris Davis’ strikeout total? Davis drilled a three-run homer in the first inning tonight in Oakland to stake rookie Tyler Wilson to an early lead. Adam Jones added an RBI double off Jesse Chavez in the third that scored Gerardo Parra, who showed a good eye at the plate while drawing a walk, and Caleb Joseph hit a two-run homer

Orioles and Athletics lineups

Jimmy Paredes is making his first start and appearance in right field with the Orioles tonight as they begin a three-game series in Oakland. Paredes has played 54 games in right field in the majors (45 starts), most recently in 2013 with the Astros. Matt Wieters is serving as the designated hitter and Chris Davis is playing first base. Manny Machado continues to lead off,

West Coast trip presents next challenge for Orioles

The Orioles can’t avoid it any longer. The dreaded West Coast trip is upon them. Three cities and nine games in 10 days. It’s always a grind, no matter how the opponents are playing. A travel day would have been nice, but the folks making out the schedule aren’t doing the Orioles any favors. They boarded a flight last night for Oakland and begin a

Jorge Rondon optioned, Buck Showalter on 6-1 loss

Tyler Wilson is the confirmed starter for Monday night’s series opener in Oakland. Jorge Rondon, who tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings today in his Orioles debut, has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the 25-man roster. Manager Buck Showalter summed up the reasons why the Orioles had to settle for a split of their four-game series with the Tigers, why they kept

Orioles facing another early deficit (O’s lose 6-1)

Last night was the exception. The Orioles are off to another slow start today against the Tigers. Once again, the Orioles are behind in the first inning. The saving grace is the Tigers’ bullpen. No lead is really safe. J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez after Jose Iglesias singled and Ian Kinsler walked with one out. Jimenez grooved a 1-2 pitch down

Chris Tillman’s next start pushed back to Friday

Tyler Wilson is on the taxi squad today and is expected to start Monday night in the series opener in Oakland. Wilson was in the clubhouse this morning. The Orioles will need to create a spot on the 25-man roster. They can option reliever Jorge Rondon, who was recalled yesterday after Mike Wright went on the disabled list. Chris Tillman, whose turn falls on Monday,

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

Gerardo Parra will bat second and play left field again for his second game with the Orioles. Nolan Reimold is getting a start in right field and batting ninth. Chris Davis is at first base. Matt Wieters will be back behind the plate after playing first base last night. For the Orioles:Manny Machado 3BGerardo Parra LF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C

Looking ahead and back

The Orioles were supposed to face veteran David Price this afternoon in the series finale against the Tigers that leads into a three-city West Coast trip. They’re getting a left-hander. It’s just a different one. Price was traded to the Blue Jays for a package that included elite pitching prospect Daniel Norris, who takes the mound today at Camden Yards. Norris is 1-1 with a

Showalter speaks after 6-2 win

The Orioles have won seven of their last eight games and are within five of the Yankees for first place in the American League East. The Twins rallied tonight to defeat the Mariners and stay one game ahead of the Orioles for the second wild card. Buckle up. Kevin Gausman held the Tigers to two runs over seven innings, Brad Brach worked two scoreless, and

Gerardo Parra officially becomes 1,000th Oriole (O’s win 6-2)

Orioles starter Kevin Gausman delivered his first pitch tonight at 7:07 p.m., a ball to Tigers leadoff hitter Anthony Gose, and left fielder Gerardo Parra officially became the 1,000th player to appear in a game in team history. He celebrated by extending his hitting streak to 15 games with a double to right field. The guy really knows how to rise up to the occasion.

Showalter on Parra: “Everybody tells me he loves to win”

Outfielder Steve Pearce and pitcher Mike Wright will fly down to Sarasota on Sunday to rehab their respective injuries. Pearce is on the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, and Wright went on the DL today with a strained left calf. Manager Buck Showalter said he’s hopeful that Wright can “make the DL period.” Pearce is eligible to return on Monday, which isn’t

Injury updates on Chris Tillman and Mike Wright

Chris Tillman isn’t expected to make Monday night’s start in Oakland as he recovers from a sprained left ankle. Tillman said the ankle felt better today, but he hasn’t thrown a bullpen session and manager Buck Showalter wants to push him back. Tillman isn’t considered a candidate for the disabled list. Showalter said he won’t start Miguel Gonzalez on short rest. Gonzalez will pitch Tuesday

Orioles lineup includes Parra in left field and Wieters at first base

Gerardo Parra is batting second behind Manny Machado and playing left field tonight in his Orioles’ debut. He will become the 1,000th player to appear in a game for the team since it moved to Baltimore in 1954. Matt Wieters is making his second career start at first base and his third appearance. His other start came in 2011. Chris Davis remains in right field.

Mike Wright on DL, Jorge Rondon recalled

The Orioles have placed pitcher Mike Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf muscle and recalled right-handed reliever Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk. Wright replaced starter Wei-Yin Chen in the fourth inning last night and exited in the fifth. The club hoped that Wright was experiencing cramps in his calf, but an MRI this morning revealed the strain. Wright was recalled

Ditching deadlines and getting back to baseball

The Orioles won last night for the sixth time in seven games. They gained ground in the wild card race. And they still need to regroup. The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, though plenty of deals are struck in August. It’s mostly a superficial deadline that doesn’t warrant a countdown clock and mass hysteria. Players now must pass through waivers before being traded, which isn’t

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