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Hearing from Showalter and Matusz after doubleheader split

The Orioles have four games remaining and are four below .500. The math is simple. A poor performanace in Game 1 of today’s doubleheader was followed by an 8-1 win in the nightcap, with Kevin Gausman holding the Jays to a Darwin Barney solo home run over eight innings. Mychal Givens worked the ninth after Gausman threw 98 pitches and struck out a career-high 10

Buck: “We had something that people came after and they took it from us” (O’s split)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said no loss is easy to accept. I’ll counter that some are uglier than others. The Orioles commited four errors in Game 1 of today’s doubleheader, matched their season high for most runs allowed and watched the Blue Jays celebrate a 15-2 win and the franchise’s first division title in 22 years. The four errors were the most by the Orioles

Orioles Game 2 lineup vs. Jays

Adam Jones remains out of the Orioles lineup for Game 2 of tonight’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays.Nolan Reimold is leading off and playing left field. Gerardo Parra is in center field and Ryan Flaherty is in right. For the Orioles Nolan Reimold LF Gerardo Parra CF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis DH Jonathan Schoop 2B Matt Wieters C Steve Pearce 1B Ryan Flaherty RF

Notes on Matusz, Machado and more (O’s lose 15-2)

Orioles reliever Brian Matusz will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure on Monday in Baltimore to clean out his right shoulder. It’s outpatient surgery and he will fly home to Phoenix, Ariz., the following day. Matusz had a cortisone injection in the shoulder in spring training. The discomfort has returned, though he remains available to pitch. “It’s just something that’s been bothering him as he turns,”

Orioles announce time change for Thursday game

The Orioles are moving up their game against the Blue Jays on Thursday from 7:05 p.m. to 12:05 p.m. due to another ominous weather forecast. Both clubs were working in conjunction with Major League Baseball. Inclement weather is anticipated across the Mid-Atlantic region. The Orioles and Jays are forced to play a doubleheader today due to last night’s postponement. All ballpark gates will open at

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Manny Machado told manager Buck Showalter that he wants to play both ends of today’s doubleheader at Camden Yards. He also wants to play all 162 games. Machado is starting at shortstop in Game 1, with Ryan Flaherty at third base. Showalter remains hopeful that center fielder Adam Jones will play again this season. He’s hoping as early as Game 2. Reliever Brian Matusz will

Looking ahead to two games

The Orioles can’t win their division and they can’t qualify as a wild card. They can, however, stay out of last place. Their positioning from third to fifth is still under their control. The suddenly hot Red Sox have moved ahead of the Orioles by a half-game for third place, defeating the Yankees again last night. Only a half-game separates the Orioles from the last-place

Orioles-Blue Jays game postponed tonight

Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Blue Jays has been postponed due to rain and a forecast that offers no relief. The game will be made up on Wednesday as part of a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 4:05 p.m. The second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game concludes, but no earlier than 7:05 p.m. All ballpark gates will open at 3

Steve Pearce: “We’re going to show up to win ballgames”

A light rain continues to fall at Camden Yards. There’s nothing else to update. Tarp looks the same. The Orioles haven’t laid out their contingency plans if tonight’s game is postponed. The Orioles insist that they remain motivated through their final six games despite being eliminated last night from the wild card race. “We’re going to show up to win ballgames,” said Steve Pearce. “We’re

Branden Kline experiencing more elbow discomfort (plus other notes)

A light rain is falling at Camden Yards and the tarp is on the field. No batting practice. Orioles pitching prospect Branden Kline left yesterday’s fall instructional league game with tightness in his right elbow. Team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs will examine Kline, and the Orioles also will set up an appointment with Dr. James Andrews. Kline, a second-round pick in 2012 out of the

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays (with Fan Appreciation Weekend details)

Adam Jones is out of the Orioles lineup tonight for the seventh time in the last eight games due to tightness in his back. Gerardo Parra is leading off and playing center field. Ryan Flaherty is in right, Matt Wieters is the designated hitter and Steve Clevenger is catching. Wieters is 6-for-15 in his last four games. Reliever Brad Brach suffered his first loss last

Tyler Wilson starting on Thursday

Orioles rookie Tyler Wilson will get the start Thursday night in the series finale against the Blue Jays. The Orioles are listing Wilson as their starter rather than wait until Miguel Gonzalez’s outing tonight. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that a final decision might not come until he knew how many relievers were needed tonight, with Gonzalez coming off the disabled list to make his first

More on the coaching staff and tonight’s game

If the Orioles are going to offer contracts to their entire coaching staff, they shouldn’t wait too long on pitching coach Dave Wallace. Wallace could be one of the more attractive free agents on the market this winter. A few teams already are checking on his availability. Executive vice president Dan Duquette told me in Boston that the club was still in “the process” of

Showalter speaks after 4-3 loss

With tonight’s 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Camden Yards, the Orioles must win their six remaining games to finish above .500. They must run the table while still hurting for runs. The scoreless innings streak ended at 29 tonight, but the three runs came on one swing from Ryan Flaherty in the second. Three of the four hits came in that inning. The

Orioles’ scoreless streak ends with Flaherty home run (O’s lose 4-3)

The Orioles no longer are stringing together scoreless innings, the streak finally ending tonight at 29, four short of the franchise record. Ryan Flaherty hit an opposite-field three-run homer off Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada in the bottom of the second inning to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead at Camden Yards. Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop singled with one out before Flaherty belted his

Tarp on the field, O’Day talks about award (tarp off the field)

Rain is in the forecast pretty much the entire week and it started to fall this afternoon as the Blue Jays were taking their final swings in batting practice. The tarp is on the Camden Yards field after the grounds crew lined up behind it and waited for the Jays to finish. It’s more of a drizzle right now and there’s no word on whether

Notes on Tyler Wilson, Adam Jones and Alan Mills

The Orioles haven’t named a starter for Thursday’s series finale against the Blue Jays, but rookie Tyler Wilson is expected to get the call. Manager Buck Showalter is waiting until Miguel Gonzalez comes off the disabled list and makes Tuesday night’s start, in case he needs to dig deep into his bullpen. Wilson is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA in eight appearances, including four starts.

Adam Jones out of Orioles lineup tonight

Adam Jones is out of the Orioles lineup tonight after returning to it yesterday. Jones missed five games with back spasms. Gerardo Parra is replacing him tonight in center field. Ryan Flaherty is starting in right field. The Orioles are attempting tonight to avoid setting the franchise record for most consecutive scoreless innings at 33 set in 1957. They’ve been shut out in three straight

Orioles set to begin final homestand as season winds down

Can the Orioles score within the first five innings tonight and avoid tying their record for the longest streak without a run at 33? That would be the first step toward regaining their winning touch and perhaps finishing at .500 or above. The Orioles can’t talk about repeating as division champions. They can talk about the second wild card based only on math. They’re 5

Zach Britton: “This is unacceptable to our standards”

BOSTON - Rather than check the wild card standings, consider that the Orioles must go 6-1 this week to finish with their fourth consecutive winning record. The goals have been whittled down. The Orioles have been shut out in three straight games for the first time since July 29-31,1957 following today’s 2-0 loss to the Red Sox. They haven’t scored in 28 innings, five short

Game update and more on rotation (O’s lose 2-0)

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter won’t commit to a five- or a six-man rotation for the final week of the season. It’s a work in progress. Chris Tillman is the confirmed starter for Monday night’s series opener against the Blue Jays that begins the last homestand of the season. He’s 0-4 with a 15.50 ERA in five starts against Toronto this season, but he’s

Buck Showalter on Adam Jones’ return to lineup (O’s down 1-0)

BOSTON - Adam Jones knew that reporters were waiting for the Orioles’ lineup to be posted this morning, specifically to see whether his name was included in it. That was the primary reason for standing inside the cramped visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park. Jones hadn’t appeared in the last five games due to back spasms. Rather than keep the media in suspense, he said, “I’m

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Adam Jones is back in the Orioles’ lineup today for the final road game. Paul Janish is starting at shortstop, with J.J. Hardy getting the day off. Manager Buck Showalter said reliever Darren O’Day is available today, along with closer Zach Britton. Dr. James Andrews will examine Hunter Harvey’s right elbow on Oct. 5. For the OriolesNolan Reimold LFManny Machado 3BChris Davis DHAdam

Orioles trying to score and avoid sweep

BOSTON - The Orioles haven’t scored in the last 19 innings, never a good idea when desperately clinging to your playoff hopes. It’s like waiting for a bus and then motioning to the driver, “That’s OK, I’ll get the next one.” You’re never going to reach your destination. The Orioles hadn’t been shut out in consecutive games by the same team since the Angels blanked

Wrapping up an 8-0 loss

BOSTON - If the Orioles had any shot at stealing the second wild card spot in the American League, they had to sweep the Red Sox before returning home for the final seven games versus the Blue Jays and Yankees. Winning a series wouldn’t suffice. They needed to run the table. They’ve run into a buzzsaw. The Red Sox have posted back-to-back shutouts, including today’s

Gonzalez gets the start Tuesday, and other notes (O’s lose 8-0)

BOSTON - Miguel Gonzalez will be activated from the disabled list and start Tuesday night against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. He also would be able to start the season’s final game on Oct. 4 versus the Yankees. Gonzalez hasn’t pitched since Aug. 30 because of a sore right shoulder and elbow. “It’s great,” Showalter said. “We were really hopeful at the time that

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Adam Jones will sit for the fifth straight game. Nolan Reimold will start in center field and lead off. Ryan Flaherty is starting in left field for the first time since July 1, 2012. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has held opponents to a .168 average (25-for-149) with runners in scoring position, which leads all qualifying starters. In his last 26 starts since April 25,

David Lough on his return to the Orioles

BOSTON - Orioles closer Zach Britton said he expects to be available for today’s game against the Red Sox. Britton hadn’t gone on the field, but he seemed to be recovered from the mild strain in his left lat muscle. Britton hasn’t pitched since Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Outfielder David Lough figures to be listed among the reserves again today - the Orioles haven’t

Looking ahead to today’s game and leftover notes from last night

BOSTON - The Orioles lost last night to a 35-year-old journeyman left-hander who was pitching for the independent Long Island Ducks earlier this summer. Later today, they’re going to face a 35-year-old journeyman left-hander who’s making his first major league start. Rich Hill shut them out on two hits. Craig Breslow might only make it through the order once due to a strict pitch count.

Wrapping up a 7-0 loss

BOSTON - How fitting that tonight’s game would end with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts reaching far over the fence and nearly flipping into the bullpen to rob Chris Davis of a two-run homer and record the final out. At least half of Betts’ body disappeared over the fence. The ball stuck in his glove. And the Orioles were stuck with a 7-0 loss

Notes on Sunday starter, coaches, suspension, injured players (O’s lose 7-0)

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed this afternoon that Ubaldo Jimenez will stay in turn and start Sunday’s series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are sending left-hander Henry Owens to the mound, the third southpaw to face the Orioles in the series. None of the Orioles coaches are under contract beyond the 2015 season. Executive vice president Dan

Zach Britton says he “felt good” during today’s throwing sessions

BOSTON - Zach Britton played catch, did some long-tossing and headed to the bullpen mound this afternoon before the Orioles took the field for batting practice. The bullpen session wasn’t expected, but it provided further evidence that Britton is feeling much better. Britton hasn’t appeared in a game since Sunday due to a sore left lat muscle. Darren O’Day recorded saves in all three games

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Adam Jones did some throwing today at Fenway Park. He even grabbed a bat. But Jones isn’t in the Orioles lineup for tonight’s opener of a three-game series against the Red Sox, and will miss his fourth straight game because of back spasms.In a tweet, Jones said, “Feeling a lot better. Almost there.”Nolan Reimold will start in center field. Closer Zach Britton played

Papelbon suspended for throwing at Machado (updated)

BOSTON - The Orioles didn’t retaliate yesterday after Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon hit third baseman Manny Machado with a pitch the previous day. They let Major League Baseball handle the punishment. Papelbon has been suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount for “intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area,” according to a news release. Joe Garagiola, Sr., MLB’s senior vice president of standards

What’s left, what’s happening tonight and Brad Brach’s contributions

While wondering if the Nationals should have chosen Pearl Jam’s “Better Man” instead of “Even Flow” as Manny Machado’s walk-up music yesterday ... We’re down the final 10 games of the regular season and the last road series. Three games against the Red Sox this weekend at Fenway Park before returning home for four against the Blue Jays and three versus the Yankees. Repeating as

Buck Showalter: “I still like our storyline”

WASHINGTON - The MRI on Adam Jones’ back earlier today came back clean, according to manager Buck Showalter, who spoke to the center fielder at his locker following today’s 5-4 win over the Nationals. The Orioles received confirmation that Jones has some inflammation and remains day-to-day. Zach Britton said he hopes to play catch Friday afternoon in Boston to check the condition of his left

Buck Showalter: “The best retaliation would be to win another game” (O’s win 5-4)

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said there’s no reason to gather his players today and warn them against retaliating for last night’s incident involving Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. He trusts them to take the high road, no matter how much it challenges their self-control. “Retaliation? No, you’re not supposed to do that. The best retaliation would be to win another game, right? That’s usually

Orioles select Lough’s contract, Jones undergoing MRI, and other notes

WASHINGTON - The Orioles selected the contract of outfielder David Lough from Triple-A Norfolk and placed pitcher Dylan Bundy on the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster. Lough, 29, batted .259/.290/.310 (15-for-58), with a double, a triple, six RBIs and seven runs scored in 14 games with the Tides this season. He also hit safely in four of five postseason games

Orioles and Nationals lineup

WASHINGTON - Adam Jones is out of the Orioles lineup for the third straight game with back spasms. Gerardo Parra will start again in center field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Manny Machado (23 years, 79 days old) became the second-youngest Orioles player to notch 30 home runs in a season. Boog Powell hit his 30th at the age of 22 years, 360 days

Leftovers for breakfast and a look ahead

I can’t move onto today’s make-up game between the Orioles and Nationals without revisiting last night’s 4-3 win over the hosts. I devoted most of my final blog entry to the Jonathan Papelbon fastball that nailed Manny Machado on the shoulder, coming dangerously close to his head and causing both benches to empty. Manager Buck Showalter predicted that everyone would focus on the incident more

Wrapping up a 4-3 win and the benches-clearing incident

WASHINGTON - The Orioles won last night and most of the attention fell upon closer Zach Britton, who revealed that he couldn’t pitch due to a strained left lat muscle. The Orioles won tonight and most of the attention fell upon third baseman Manny Machado, who hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh but was targeted by the media after being targeted by Nationals

Game update and Showalter on Machado milestone (O’s win 4-3)

WASHINGTON - The Orioles have a chance tonight to gain another game on the Astros for the second wild card and reduce the margin to four. They currently trail by 4 1/2 games after Houston’s 6-5 loss earlier today to the Angels. The Orioles jumped out to a quick lead tonight on Steve Pearce’s two-run homer off Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer with two outs in

Showalter on Berra: “He’s as much as everything we try to be about in America”

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent the majority of today’s pregame media session reflecting on the life of Yankees great Yogi Berra, who passed away early this morning at 90. This is a rough day for Showalter. He lost a friend and mentor, and today would have been his father’s 92nd birthday. Showalter learned of Berra’s passing from the Hall of Famer’s granddaughter, Lindsay

Ryan Flaherty’s start, Miguel Gonzalez’s sim game and Zach Britton’s status

WASHINGTON - Ryan Flaherty didn’t know that he was starting in right field tonight until bench coach John Russell posted the lineup next to his locker. “I just saw it right there,” Flaherty said. Flaherty is no stranger to the position, but they need to get reacquainted. He appeared in one game in right last season and 17 in 2012, including nine starts. “It’s been

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - Center fielder Adam Jones remains out the Orioles lineup for tonight’s game against the Nationals. He’s been battling back spasms.Gerardo Parra will start in center field and Ryan Flaherty will play right field.Jones tweeted the following after the lineup was posted: Feeling better. Not quite there yet #StayHungry. -- 10 (@SimplyAJ10) September 23, 2015 Chris Tillman is 0-for-10 lifetime with a run scored

Taking another look at Machado and Jimenez milestones (updated)

WASHINGTON - The traffic getting into D.C. today was the same as the previous two days despite the arrival of Pope Francis. No reason to leave the house any earlier, but I’m already seated in the Nationals Park press box while the grounds crew waters the infield and Paul Janish chats with Reed Johnson in shallow center field. The Orioles will take early batting practice

Leftovers from last night’s win, tonight’s game and more

Looks aren’t everything, and the same rule applies to baseball games. The Orioles looked sloppy last night, committing three errors and failing to make a few other plays that didn’t show up in the box score. Chris Davis missed a pop-up in foul territory with two outs in the ninth inning, but Darren O’Day stranded a runner that reached on Steve Pearce’s dropped fly ball

Zach Britton’s injury and a 4-1 win

WASHINGTON - Darren O’Day closed out the Orioles’ 4-1 win over the Nationals tonight, leading to more speculation over Zach Britton’s health. Britton blew a save Sunday against the Rays after O’Day was called upon to get the last three outs in the series opener. Britton explained tonight that he’s bothered by a sore left lat muscle and basically is day-to-day at this point. The

Jimenez helps his own cause (O’s win 4-1)

WASHINGTON - Who needs a designated hitter? The Orioles did OK without one in the second inning tonight, getting a two-out RBI single from starter Ubaldo Jimenez to break a scoreless tie with the Nationals. Nolan Reimold followed with a single into left field that scored J.J. Hardy to increase the lead to 2-0. Caleb Joseph and Hardy drew one-out walks against left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

Notes on Jones, the rotation, Gonzalez, Harvey and more

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Adam Jones’ back has improved, though the All-Star center fielder remains out of the lineup. “He’s better, he’s better,” Showalter said. “That’s encouraging. Hopefully, it will continue down that path. He can do some things today that he couldn’t do yesterday. That was good to see.” Showalter can’t commit to Jones being in the lineup Wednesday night. “No

Adam Jones out of Orioles lineup (with Nats lineup)

WASHINGTON - Center fielder Adam Jones remains out of the Orioles lineup tonight with back spasms. Junior Lake replaces him. Nolan Reimold is leading off and playing left field. Steve Pearce is playing right field and serving as the cleanup hitter. The Orioles’ game notes include this gem from the PR department: On this date in 1994, the “cotton uniforms” episode of Seinfeld first aired

Sad news on former Oriole Walter Young

Former Orioles first baseman Walter Young, once rated among the organization’s top prospects, passed away on Saturday from an apparent heart attack. He was 35. A team official confirmed Young’s death earlier today. According to this article, Young was working as a resource officer for the Lamar County School District in Mississippi. The Pirates drafted Young in the 31st round in 1999 out of Purvis

Tyler Wilson talks about his next opportunity

What could be better than losing the season’s final off-day on Thursday and making the horrible drive to D.C. four times instead of three? What could possibly top spending all day and a large chunk of the night at Nationals Park without actually covering a game? The baseball gods have a wicked sense of humor. The Orioles will be eliminated from the division race with

Orioles-Nationals game postponed due to rain (updated)

WASHINGTON - The Orioles’ game against the Nationals tonight in D.C. has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up Thursday at 4:05 p.m., eliminating the off-day for both clubs. The alternative was a doubleheader Tuesday or Wednesday. No word yet on how the rainout impacts the Orioles’ rotation, but the starters are expected to be kept in order. Ubaldo Jimenez would

More Orioles notes while waiting out a rain delay (game postponed)

WASHINGTON -The start of tonight’s game at Nationals Park will be delayed by rain. Orioles manager Buck Showalter would have played Adam Jones tonight if not for the back spasms that basically took the decision out of his hands. “He’s not available to start,” Showalter said before tonight’s game against the Nationals. “We’ll see what the rest of the game brings. Just a little wear

Adam Jones bothered by back spasms, Tyler Wilson starting Wednesday

WASHINGTON - Rain continues to fall at Nationals Park. People here sound confident that the game will be played. No word on contingency plans if there’s a postponement. Manager Buck Showalter said Adam Jones is out of the lineup due to back spasms. Jones wasn’t available to start tonight, but might be able to play later if needed. “We’ll see what the rest of the

Updates on Adam Jones and Miguel Gonzalez

WASHINGTON - Center fielder Adam Jones said he’s just receiving a normal day off in the series opener against the Nationals and he wonders why it’s a story.Jones usually has to be dragged out of the lineup, which makes his absence seem like a bigger deal.”Just played four days on the turf, man. Got to let my body relax a little bit and heal a

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - Adam Jones is out of the lineup, but says it’s just a day off. Junior Lake will get the start in center field and bat eighth. Lake is 3-for-19 (.158) in six games with Baltimore this season. The Orioles lead the all-time series against the Nationals, 36-32, with a 23-14 record at home and 13-18 on the road. Ubaldo Jimenez is trying again

More on yesterday’s loss and tonight’s game

We need to get the math out of the way. There’s really no avoiding it. We can’t cut class and sneak into human physiology. There will be time later to dissect the 2015 season. The Orioles are down to their last 13 games. They trail the Astros by 5 1/2 for the second wild card. Three teams are ahead of them - the Angels, Twins

Wrapping up 7-6 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles had to settle for a split of their four-game series with the Rays today, losing 7-6 on Kevin Kiermaier’s first walk-off hit, an infield single off closer Zach Britton with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. This team isn’t in a position to settle. The Orioles were 61-1 when leading after the eighth

Game update and more notes (O’s lose 7-6)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles weren’t able to jump on the Rays again in the first inning this afternoon, putting two runners on base before stranding them. Instead of taking another 1-0 lead, they’re down by a run. Manny Machado reached on an infield hit with one out against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, and Chris Davis drew his team-leading 74th walk. But Adam Jones

Showalter on the rotation, Hardy and Bowie’s title

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles continue to list Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman as the first two starters for the D.C. series, and TBD on Wednesday. Tyler Wilson’s turn falls on Wednesday after he allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Rays in the second game of the series. “Wally (Dave Wallace) wants to wait on a couple of things,” said manager

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Paul Janish is started at shortstop today as the Orioles try to win their fourth consecutive series. Manager Buck Showalter said J.J. Hardy is fine physically. He just wanted to give Hardy a day off after playing three straight games on the artificial surface. Gerardo Parra is leading off today and Steve Pearce is in left field. On this date in

Adam Jones’ game-winning RBIs, Jonathan Schoop’s streak and today’s game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Is Adam Jones clutch? I’ve heard fans argue that he doesn’t get hits in important situations. Well, his game-winning RBI last night was his second in this series against the Rays and his 14th this season according to STATS, which is tied for third in the American League. The only players with more game-winning RBIs before last night were the Blue

Wrapping up a 2-1 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A day after surrendering eight runs, failing to execute pitches and turn a double play, and losing a game that further jeopardized their season, the Orioles defeated the Rays 2-1 while getting a quality start and key outs from their bullpen and playing flawlessly in the field. They pitched well, they fielded well, they got a timely hit from Adam Jones

Showalter on Hardy: “Everybody’s been pulling for him” (O’s win 2-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles didn’t waste much time today going after Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez in the top of the first inning. The Rays didn’t waste much time responding with their own run. No shutouts today at Tropicana Field. Leadoff hitter Gerardo Parra flied to left field on Ramirez’s second pitch, a 90 mph fastball. Manny Machado bunted for a hit on the

Hunter Harvey shut down with elbow discomfort

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is experiencing discomfort in his right elbow and the club is arranging an examination with Dr. James Andrews, a development that could lead to surgery. Harvey hasn’t pitched this season due to a slight fracture in his shin and a strained right flexor mass. He was cleared to throw in the fall instructional league in Sarasota,

J.J. Hardy on last night’s home run and his decline in power

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - J.J. Hardy walked to his locker today at Tropicana Field, noticed a small group of reporters following him and joked that collecting one hit last night wasn’t worth an interview. Well, it was a home run, his first since July 29, and it accounted for three runs. And it’s a slow news day, so ... Hardy, who remains in the lineup

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Gerardo Parra is leading off and playing right field today for the Orioles. Steve Pearce is in left field and Steve Clevenger is serving as the designated hitter. Jonathan Schoop is batting .333 (15-for-45) with three home runs and five RBIs during his 11-game hitting streak. Mikie Mahtook is out of the Rays lineup against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen after recording five

Inexperience in the rotation, Mychal Givens and tonight’s game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If the Orioles are going to make that magical run and qualify as the second wild card - they remain 4 1/2 games behind the Astros - they’ll do so with an inexperienced starter in the rotation or a healthy Miguel Gonzalez trying to salvage his season. Maybe both. It’s not an ideal setup by any stretch of the imagination. I’m

Wrapping up an 8-6 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have lost three of their last 10 games by scores of 14-6, 10-1 and tonight’s 8-6 final against the Rays. The other two most recent losses were 10-4 and 8-6. When they’re on the short end of a final, they’re not shy about giving up runs. There’s no logical explanation, of course. It’s just another layer of frustration in

More on closers and catwalks (O’s lose 8-6)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles’ pecking order for closers starts with left-hander Zach Britton, who’s 33-for-36 in save situations this year. Next in line is Darren O’Day, who notched his third save last night. Is Brad Brach third among the options if he’s available to pitch? “I wouldn’t handicap it that way,” manager Buck Showalter said before tonight’s game against the Rays at Tropicana

Showalter on Britton, Gonzalez and scoreboard watching

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter won’t commit to left-hander Zach Britton closing tonight if there’s a save situation - at least not while he’s talking to reporters in the dugout during batting practice. That’s information he prefers to keep private. Britton said he’s available after resting the past two nights. Showalter isn’t going to tip off the opposing manager by laying out

Zach Britton: “I’m ready to go”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles closer Zach Britton said he’s available to pitch tonight if the club is in a save situation. Britton was held out of last night’s 4-3 victory over the Rays, with manager Buck Showalter wanting to rest him in back-to-back games. Britton had appeared in three straight before Wednesday night’s series finale against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Showalter hinted

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Steve Pearce is starting in left field tonight, Dariel Alvarez returns to right and Nolan Reimold is leading off. Caleb Joseph is catching. Shortstop J.J. Hardy is batting .192/.224/.269 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 43 games since the All-Star break. He’s 4-for-35 this month with no home runs or RBIs in nine games. The Orioles have won seven

Tyler Wilson in the rotation, tonight’s game, last night’s win and more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Now it’s Tyler Wilson’s turn. The Orioles aren’t holding auditions for their 2016 rotation. It only seems that way with Wilson getting the start tonight after Mike Wright took the mound again on Wednesday. This is being done more out of necessity. Miguel Gonzalez is on the disabled list. The list of alternatives is short. We’re not even talking cocktail napkin

Wrapping up a 4-3 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles won’t say that the eighth inning tonight was the most important of the season. They turned a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead and won for the seventh time in nine games, trimming their deficit for the second wild card to 4 1/2 games. Every loss is devastating as they try to make up ground. Most important inning of

Four-run rally pushes Orioles past Rays in eighth inning (O’s win 4-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles came to life tonight after Rays starter Matt Moore left the game. They also came from behind to take a 4-3 lead. Moore held them to two hits over seven scoreless innings, with no walks and nine strikeouts. He hadn’t gone more than five innings in any of his eight previous starts in 2015 or struck out more than

Mychal Givens has homecoming at The Trop (O’s down 3-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The four-game series against the Rays offers a chance for Orioles reliever Mychal Givens to pitch at home. Givens was drafted as a shortstop in the second round in 2009 out of H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, about a 20-25 minute drive to Tropicana Field. “It’s a good feeling to be home,” he said. “I haven’t played here since high

More from Buck Showalter on the rotation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Ubaldo Jimenez will start Monday night against the Nationals in D.C. Chris Tillman will pitch Tuesday, and Wednesday’s starter is listed as TBD. Tyler Wilson’s turn falls on that day. However, Showalter didn’t rule out Mike Wright returning to the rotation. It’s a fluid situation. Miguel Gonzalez will throw from 120 feet on Friday and

Tyler Wilson added to rotation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have adjusted their rotation for the Rays series by inserting rookie Tyler Wilson. Chris Tillman starts tonight, followed by Wilson on Friday, Wei-Yin Chen on Saturday and Kevin Gausman on Sunday. Ubaldo Jimenez had been scheduled for Sunday, but he could go Monday in Washington D.C. The Orioles are off next Thursday. Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t met with the

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Nolan Reimold is leading off tonight and playing left field for the opener of a four-games series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Dariel Alvarez is in right field , Steve Pearce is at first base and Chris Davis is serving as the designated hitter. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is batting .324/.359/.595 (12-for-37) during his career-high nine-game hitting streak. Third baseman

Buck Showalter on Darren O’Day: “He’s good people”

The schedule has 17 games remaining on it. Ten of those games are away from Camden Yards and they’re played in succession, an off-day on Sept. 24 the only interruption. The Orioles need to develop their road rage before it’s too late. A 29-45 record outside of Baltimore has undermined the Orioles’ efforts to repeat as division champions or grab one of the wild card

Showalter speaks after 10-1 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t commit to Mike Wright making another start following tonight’s 10-1 loss to the Red Sox at Camden Yards. It may happen. Tyler Wilson could replace him. And Showalter updated Miguel Gonzalez’s throwing progression. Your guess is as good as mine. It’s obvious that Wright hurt his chances tonight by lasting three innings plus two batters. He was charged with six

Christian Walker, leadoff hitters and the closer (O’s lose 10-1)

A win tonight would put the Orioles one game below .500 for the first time since Aug. 27 in Kansas City. They were headed in the wrong direction, losing 12 of 13 games and tumbling down the division and wild card standings. The Orioles are facing three left-handed starters in a row, including Boston’s Henry Owens. Manager Buck Showalter chose tonight to put Nolan Reimold

Buck Showalter on today’s anniversary and Miguel Gonzalez

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Orioles clinching the American League East at home and setting off a wild on-field celebration shared with the fans who were in no hurry to leave Camden Yards. Merry Clinchmas to everyone. Manager Buck Showalter was challenged today to share his most vivid memories from that night. “I’d have to think about it,” he said. “You never assume

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Nolan Reimold returns to the Orioles’ lineup tonight as their leadoff hitter and designated hitter. Steve Pearce is in left field and Gerardo Parra is in right. Miguel Gonzalez threw in the outfield again today. He’s supposed to play catch again on Friday, extending the distance to around 120 feet. For the Orioles Nolan Reimold DH Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF

Another win, Hardy’s defense, tonight’s game and international signing

As the Orioles gathered inside their clubhouse following last night’s dramatic 6-5 13-inning win over the Red Sox, they still had sole possession of third place in the American League East and trailed the Astros by 5 1/2 for the second wild card. The heart is still beating. Chris Davis produced the game-winning single, his third walk-off hit of the season. The bullpen allowed one

Showalter: “We still feel like it’s there for us if we can get the momentum needed”

Chris Davis lined a single past a drawn-in infield to score the winning run tonight in the 13th inning, rounded first base and made a mad dash toward the dugout to avoid another water-bottle shower. The walk-off wins never get old, but he wouldn’t mind staying dry. The Orioles, meanwhile, are staying alive. Their 6-5 victory over the Red Sox at Camden Yards gave them

Ubaldo Jimenez seeking milestone win (O’s win 6-5 in 13 innings)

If Ubaldo Jimenez registers his 100th career victory tonight, he will become the 11th Dominican-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Hall of Famer Juan Marichal ranks first with 243 wins. Current Orioles pitching instructor Ramon Martinez owns 135 career wins. Jimenez tossed a scoreless first inning tonight, striking out David Ortiz on his 25th pitch to strand Xander Bogaerts, who drew a two-out walk. Center

Miguel Gonzalez on pitching again in 2015: “I think it’s important for all of us”

Miguel Gonzalez remains encouraged by his recovery and his chances of starting again this season for the Orioles. Gonzalez made 25 throws from 60 feet yesterday, his first activity since going on the disabled list Sept. 4 with tendinitis in his right shoulder. He also had swelling in his right elbow. He’s scheduled to throw from 90 feet on Wednesday and 120 feet on Friday.

Notes on roster, Tyler Wilson, coaching staff, Chris Parmelee and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn’t anticipate the club bringing up any more players following today’s additions. “We’re at 34 now? That’s enough,” Showalter said. The Orioles did consider outfielder David Lough, who recently was hit on the right hand while trying to bunt. X-rays were negative. Lough isn’t part of the taxi squad in Sarasota, a group that includes outfielder Henry Urrutia, infielder Rey Navarro

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Gerardo Parra is leading off and playing right field tonight for the Orioles. Steve Pearce is starting in left field and Nolan Reimold is on the bench.Steve Clevenger is serving as the designated hitter. Chris Davis has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .425/.574/1.025 (17-for-40), including 10 extra-base hits in that span. Adam Jones has recorded nine RBIs over the last

Orioles recalling four players, FanFest scheduled for Dec. 12 (updated)

The Orioles’ expanded roster will include four more players from Triple-A Norfolk. Officials confirmed today that the club will recall pitchers Tyler Wilson and Oliver Drake, first baseman Christian Walker and outfielder Junior Lake. The Tides lost Game 5 of the International League semifinals last night to Columbus, ending their season and freeing the Orioles to bring up reinforcements. Wilson hasn’t pitched in five days,

Upcoming roster moves and tonight’s game

While wondering if anyone cares that I went 12-3-1 picking against the spread in NFL games ... The Orioles haven’t tinkered with their roster since reinstating shortstop J.J. Hardy from the disabled list on Sept. 8 and recalling outfielder Dariel Alvarez from Single-A Frederick. That’s an entire week. More changes could be coming today. The Orioles would like to act quickly now that Triple-A Norfolk

Showalter speaks after 2-0 win

Don’t look now, but the Orioles have sole possession of third place in the American League East. They’re not covering the lockers in plastic, but it beats a last-place tie. Kevin Gausman threw 29 pitches in the first inning before settling down and working through the sixth in a 2-0 win over the Red Sox before 19,666 at Camden Yards. The Orioles won for the

Reimold trying to maintain his roll in a new leadoff role (O’s win 2-0)

Before Nolan Reimold knocks in another run for the Orioles, he taps his fist against his wood locker inside the home clubhouse. Reimold freely admit that he believes in jinxes and would rather void talking about the adjustments that he’s made at the plate with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. He skimps on the details, a smile creasing his face. It’s going good for Reimold. Don’t

Updating Miguel Gonzalez and more

Miguel Gonzalez threw off flat ground today in his first session since going on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder and inflammation in his right elbow. “Felt really good, no problems,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Actually got more aggressive toward the end and didn’t feel anything, so that’s good news today.” The next step probably involves another flat ground session. “Would do

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

The Orioles are breaking out their right-handed lineup tonight against Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. Nolan Reimold is leading off again and serving as the designated hitter. Steve Pearce is in left field and Dariel Alvarez is in right. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Manny Machado needs three more stolen bases for the seventh 20/20 season in Orioles history. He already has 28 home

Orioles still doing math while climbing division

Orioles manager Buck Showalter checked the final 25 games on the schedule and said his team was aiming to go 25-0. That’s how you make up ground in a pennant race and extend your season into late October. You have 25 games left, you win all 25 of them. We’re down to the last 20 games and the Orioles have won four of their last

Showalter on snowball time of year

Manager Buck Showalter refers to the final month of the season as the “snowball time of year.” Losses can pile up on a team - just ask the Orioles - but so can the wins. The Orioles are rolling in the right direction again, winning back-to-back series for the first time since July 24-29 following tonight’s 8-2 victory over the Royals before 22,496 at Camden

Notes and quotes before tonight’s game (O’s win 8-2)

Most of the early talk during manager Buck Showalter’s pregame session with the media today involved college football, the Ravens and new ESPN baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza, a four-time All-American softball player at Stanford. Showalter keeps suggesting that reporters look up her career stats. OK, I did. She batted .416 with 70 doubles, nine triples, 50 home runs and 188 RBIs in 259 games. She

Orioles lineup vs. Royals

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is keeping Nolan Reimold in the leadoff spot tonight as his club tries to win its second consecutive series for the first time since July 24-29. Chris Davis is batting third again, with Adam Jones in the cleanup spot. Steve Clevenger is serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nolan Reimold LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones

High scoring, hit batters, Reimold’s resurgence and tonight’s game

In recognition of the 2015 NFL season, the Orioles scored two touchdowns on Friday and surrendered two yesterday. Manager Buck Showalter gladly would settle for one field goal and a win. First baseman Chris Davis has been hit by pitches in three consecutive games and has walked in seven straight. My guess is he prefers the walks, but I haven’t gotten it confirmed. The Orioles

Wrapping up a 14-6 loss

Heading into today’s game at Camden Yards, the Orioles’ bullpen led the American League and ranked third in the majors with a 2.70 ERA since April 29. Opponents were batting .230 during the span, which ranked fifth in the majors. Maybe they were due for a dud. The relievers who followed starter Chris Tillman combined to allow 10 runs. Two of Tillman’s inherited runners also

Rain goes away and game begins (O’s lose 14-6)

Today’s game between the Orioles and Royals finally started after a delay of 3 hours and 2 minutes. It rained for a large part of it. Chris Davis was hit by another pitch in the bottom of the first inning. Yordano Ventura nailed him on the left foot. Davis limped to first base and the moment passed without incident. No bats were harmed in the

Updates on game status, Garcia, Gonzalez and more (we’re under way)

The rain continues to fall at Camden Yards and the start of today’s game will be delayed. The only time that the tarp was peeled back was to allow the grounds crew to work on the area around home plate. It was a brief exposure. Manager Buck Showalter stopped by the weather room after finishing his session with the media. He’s searching for a window

Orioles lineup vs. Royals (with Royals lineup)

Nolan Reimold remains the Orioles’ leadoff hitter today as they attempt to win their fourth consecutive game. Gerardo Parra is batting fifth. Matt Wieters is behind the plate and Jimmy Paredes is serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nolan Reimold LF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Gerardo Parra RF Matt Wieters C Jonathan Schoop 2B Jimmy Paredes DH J.J.

Notes, quotes and today’s game

Did you sleep fast? It’s recommended with a day game following a night game. You can’t toss and turn with a short turnaround. You may need a raft to get from your car to the ballpark. The forecast calls for rain most of the day and the Orioles could be forced to play a doubleheader on Sunday. I don’t have inside weather information and the

Chris Davis: “It just didn’t look right, regardless of whether it was on purpose or not”

Hitting two grand slams as part of a 10-run inning normally would absorb most of the attention, but not tonight. Not when Chris Davis was hit by a pitch and slammed his bat to the ground, snapping it in half. Not when manager Buck Showalter was ejected and had his face turn beet-red as he screamed at home plate umpire Mark Carlson for not ejecting

Reimold and Machado occupying top two spots in order (O’s win 14-8)

Mike Wright struck out two batters tonight in the top of the first inning, but Lorenzo Cain crushed a 94 mph fastball for his 15th home run of the season to give the Royals a quick lead at Camden Yards. If the Orioles are going to win, they’ll have to climb out of another hole. Nolan Reimold is leading off again tonight for the Orioles,

Showalter on Jones and Wieters

Adam Jones is back in center field tonight for the Orioles and Matt Wieters should be catching on Saturday afternoon after both players underwent MRIs in the last 24 hours. Jones’ right shoulder and Wieters’ left wrist don’t have any structural damage and the Orioles’ athletic training staff will continue to treat them in the same manner. Manager Buck Showalter didn’t let Jones make any

Wieters and Jones underwent MRIs

Catcher Matt Wieters expects to be in the lineup for the last two games of the series against the Royals, who will be starting right-handers Yordano Ventura and Johnny Cueto. Wieters underwent an MRI on his left wrist yesterday that came back clean. Adam Jones underwent an MRI on his right shoulder today that also came back clean. Jones returned to the lineup tonight. Wieters

Orioles lineup includes Adam Jones

Adam Jones returns to the Orioles lineup tonight after missing the last two games in New York with a sore right shoulder. Nolan Reimold remains atop the order, as manager Buck Showalter loads up the lineup with right-handed bats against Royals left-hander Danny Duffy. Dariel Alvarez is playing right field and Steve Pearce is starting at first base. Matt Wieters is out of the lineup

Mike Wright: “Right now I feel better than I have all season”

They’ve come back. The Royals are making their first visit to Camden Yards tonight since Game 2 of last year’s American League Championship Series. Did you miss them? The hurt and anger may linger for many of you. The Orioles swept the Tigers in the Division Series and couldn’t win another game, losing all four to Kansas City by a total of six runs. They

This, that and the other

NEW YORK - The schedule provides another break for the Orioles today, just as it will in exactly two weeks. It must be a Thursday sort of thing. So where are we in the standings? Well, the Orioles remain a game behind the Rays for third place and a game ahead of the last-place Red Sox. Before last night, the Orioles were batting .251/.305/.421 in

Wrapping up a 5-3 win

NEW YORK - The Orioles hadn’t won a series in their last six attempts since the four-game sweep of the Athletics on Aug. 14-17. It probably felt like an eternity as the losses piled up and more teams moved ahead of them in the chase for the second wild card. A few streaks ended tonight with their 5-3 victory over the Yankees. The Orioles finally

Buck Showalter expects to keep same coaches in 2016 (O’s win 5-3)

NEW YORK - There wasn’t much news to report following manager Buck Showalter’s pregame media session in the visiting dugout. Showalter said he’s expected his entire coaching staff to return in 2016, though that’s always subject to change. It’s known that the contracts for pitching coach Dave Wallace, bullpen coach Dom Chiti and first base coach Wayne Kirby expire after this season. “They might be

Adam Jones provides update on shoulder (with Yankees lineup)

NEW YORK - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is getting two more days off in an attempt to alleviate the discomfort in his right shoulder. Jones wanted to play last night, but he wasn’t in the lineup. He wants to play tonight, but again, manager Buck Showalter has inserted Gerardo Parra in center field and found a spot for Jones on the bench. The Orioles

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - Adam Jones will sit for the second straight game tonight while nursing a sore right shoulder. Gerardo Parra will start in center field. Ubaldo Jimenez ranks 10th among Dominican-born pitchers with 1,426 career strikeouts, one shy of Ramon Martinez for ninth place. Martinez serves as special assignment pitching instructor with the Orioles. Jimenez ranks third among active pitchers from the Dominican behind

Leftovers from last night and what’s cooking tonight

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has two lineups sitting on his desk for tonight’s series finale against the Yankees. One lineup includes center fielder Adam Jones and the other does not. Jones was held out of last night’s 2-1 win while he continued to receive treatment on his sore right shoulder. Showalter could decide to give Jones extended rest by not playing him

Wrapping up a 2-1 win

NEW YORK - The Orioles no longer are tied with the Red Sox for last place. They weren’t sellers and they aren’t in the cellar. Chris Davis’ home run leading off the top of the ninth inning gave the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Yankees. The Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays 5-1 in 10 innings. Davis connected off left-hander Chasen Shreve, who

Showalter on Jones, Hardy, Gonzalez, 2016 schedule and more (O’s win 2-1)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t bother to ask Adam Jones about the center fielder’s status for tonight’s game, about how the right shoulder was feeling after discomfort forced his removal yesterday in the eighth inning. Showalter isn’t meeting Jones for the first time here. “You check with him, you’re going to pretty much get the same answer,” Showalter said. “Adam

Adam Jones: “There’s a lot of things that’s hurting, man”

NEW YORK - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones arrived at Yankee Stadium today expecting to be in the lineup. Instead, he’s on the bench for the second game of the series while Gerardo Parra plays center and Chris Davis moves to right. Jones left yesterday’s game in the eighth inning with a sore right shoulder. His entire body seems to be banged up, including his

Jones sits, but Wieters and Hardy return to Orioles lineup

NEW YORK - Adam Jones, who left yesterday’s game with a sore right shoulder, is not in tonight’s Orioles lineup against the Yankees. Gerardo Parra will play center field and bat second, with Nolan Reimold leading off and playing left field. Chris Davis moves from first base to right field. As expected, J.J. Hardy will play shortstop. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list

J.J. Hardy and Dariel Alvarez added to roster

NEW YORK - The Orioles made their two anticipated roster moves this afternoon, reinstating shortstop J.J. Hardy from the 15-day disabled list and recalling outfielder Dariel Alvarez from Single-A Frederick. Hardy, 33, was placed on the disabled list Aug. 24 with a strained left groin. He’s appeared in 93 games this season, making 91 starts at shortstop, and has compiled a .992 fielding percentage while

Orioles release complete 2016 schedule

NEW YORK - The Orioles will open the 2016 season with home series against the Twins and Rays before hitting the road for the first time on April 11 against the Red Sox. Opening day is set for April 4 against the Twins at Camden Yards. The Orioles are off the following day before playing the next two nights. They host the Rays on April

A few notes on 2016 Orioles schedule (updated)

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball will release the 2016 schedules later this week - possibly as early as this afternoon - and the Orioles will avoid another season opener at Tropicana Field. The Rays will have to wait. Update: The schedule will be released today at 1 p.m. The Orioles will begin their season at home against the Twins, just as they did in

Looking back and ahead

NEW YORK - If MASNsports.com decided to make my life easier by hiring a School of Roch assistant, I’d immediately want him or her to do the following: 1. Look up Salma Hayek’s address and phone number. 2. Lie about my age to anyone who asks for it. 3. Research how many hits and runs the Orioles have allowed on 0-2 pitches. I’d also want

Updating Adam Jones’ injury and wrapping up an 8-6 loss

NEW YORK - The Orioles announced that they optioned reliever Oliver Drake and outfielder Junior Lake to Triple-A Norfolk following today’s 8-6 loss to the Yankees. They can assist the Tides in their push toward the International League championship. Norfolk faces Columbus on Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs. Center fielder Adam Jones said he expects to be in Tuesday night’s lineup against

Adam Jones leaves game with sore shoulder (O’s lose 8-6)

NEW YORK - The Orioles left the bases loaded in the eighth inning today and lost their center fielder. It keeps getting worse. Adam Jones was removed from the game with a sore right shoulder. Steve Pearce entered in right field, with Gerardo Parra moving to center. Jones grimaced while striking out to end the top of the seventh. Greg Bird hit a three-run homer

Hearing from Showalter, Wieters and Hardy (O’s down 8-5)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter never wants to tip his hand regarding the availability of his players, but it’s safe to assume that Matt Wieters will remain on the bench today for the series opener against the Yankees Wieters took some swings in the cage today and stopped by Showalter’s office before the lineup was posted. Wieters’ left wrist remains sore in one

A few pregame notes from Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK - The Orioles lineup on Tuesday should include catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy. Hardy is more of a certainty to play against the Yankees. He’s ready to come off the disabled list today, but he must wait one more day. Manager Buck Showalter said Hardy could have played today if eligible to return. He’s doing full baseball activities and hasn’t experienced

Wieters remains out with sore wrist (with Orioles-Yankees lineups)

NEW YORK - Catcher Matt Wieters tested his injured left wrist in the batting cage today, but reported that there’s still some soreness in the joint, which he hurt in a diving play at first base on Friday night. Wieters isn’t in the Orioles lineup today for the opener of a three-game series against the Yankees and doesn’t expect to play. Caleb Joseph will catch

Orioles need to start spreading good news in New York

NEW YORK - Is this the day that the Orioles fall a season-high seven games below .500? Is this the day that they drop into a last-place tie with the Red Sox in the American League East? Will it continue to get worse for them before it gets better? The Orioles begin a three-game series today against the Yankees, while the Red Sox take their

Orioles claim infielder Andy Wilkins off waivers

The Orioles announced today that they claimed infielder Andy Wilkins off waivers from the Dodgers and designated left-hander Cesar Cabral for assignment. The 40-man roster was full. Cabral’s removal creates a spot for Wilkins, a left-handed hitter who has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Wilkins, 26, has batted .251/.315/.447 (109-434) with 18 home runs and 79 RBIs between Triple-A Oklahoma City (105 games) and Triple-A

Orioles lineup vs. Jays

Matt Wieters remains out of the Orioles lineup today after injuring his left wrist Friday night while attempting to make a tag. Steve Clevenger is behind the plate, as the Orioles attempt to win their series in Toronto. Nolan Reimold is in left field. Manny Machado is playing shortstop. For the Orioles Manny Machado SS Gerardo Parra RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Jonathan

Orioles select Nolan Reimold’s contract (with Blue Jays lineup)

The Orioles made their latest roster move official this morning by announcing that they selected outfielder Nolan Reimold’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk. Reimold flew into Toronto yesterday and was placed on the taxi squad. Reimold, 31, batted .227/.306/.340 (22-for-97) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight RBIs in 39 games with the Orioles this season. He hit .274/.363/.371 (54-for-197) with 13 doubles,

Tillman trying to end the torture in Toronto

The Orioles are searching today for their first series win since sweeping the Athletics in a four-game set on Aug. 14-17. They could have sealed the deal yesterday, but left-hander David Price was shoving and their offense managed only one run. The Orioles are expected to add outfielder Nolan Reimold to their roster after he grabbed a flight to Toronto yesterday morning and was placed

Rotation comes up short again in 5-1 loss

The Orioles were held to one run today, the offense reverting to its previous form after totaling 17 runs over the last two games. However, they also had another abbreviated start from their rotation, a shortcoming that can’t be ignored. Mike Wright lasted four innings in a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. He threw 80 pitches on three days’ rest. An

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups (Jays change starter Sunday)

Can Chris Davis and the Orioles stay on a roll? Davis has hit five home runs in the last three games. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he’s the first Oriole to have back-to-back multi-homer games since Luke Scott on May 28-29, 2009 against the Tigers. According to STATS, Davis is the first Oriole to have five home runs in a three-game stretch since Mark

Nolan Reimold rejoining the Orioles

The Orioles aren’t done making additions to their roster this weekend. I’m hearing that outfielder Nolan Reimold will have his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk. He’s flying to Toronto this morning. The Orioles already added Junior Lake, another right-handed hitting outfielder, but you never can have too many with the Blue Jays starting left-handers David Price today and Mark Buehrle on Sunday. Reimold is 4-for-28

Wright getting another chance to make it right

Mike Wright gets another chance today to impress the Blue Jays and his manager. The first attempt at Rogers Centre didn’t go according to plan, but opportunity knocks again. Wright was activated from the disabled list yesterday after making two rehab starts at Triple-A Norfolk. He tossed six scoreless innings on Tuesday, which puts him on short rest today. However, he threw only 65 pitches.

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups (updated)

Matt Wieters is catching tonight for the third time in four nights as the Orioles open their three-game series in Toronto. Manny Machado is playing shortstop and Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base. Jimmy Paredes is serving as the designated hitter. The Orioles made their roster moves official. Junior Lake, Jorge Rondon and Mike Wright are back with the team and Miguel Gonzalez goes

More on today’s roster moves and crunching some numbers

The Orioles will announce their roster moves later today as they approach their series opener in Toronto. As I wrote yesterday, Miguel Gonzalez will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder and elbow. The move allows the Orioles to recall reliever Jorge Rondon in fewer than the 10 days required for an optioned player to remain in the minors.

Tonight’s game and Zach Britton note

The Orioles go back to the grind tonight. It may be beneath a dome, depending on the weather, but it’s 100 percent grind. Having lost three of four games in Kansas City, the Orioles walk into the other lion’s den. The Blue Jays are 76-57 and hold a 12-game lead over them in the American League East. They’re 45-24 at Rogers Centre. They lead the

Orioles place Jorge Rondon on taxi squad (updated again)

Following last night’s dramatic 11-inning win over the Rays, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club most likely would add a pitcher and a position player to the expanded roster before Friday night’s game in Toronto. The Orioles optioned outfielder Dariel Alvarez to Single-A Frederick, since visa issues prevented him from making the trip. And they placed reliever Jorge Rondon on the taxi squad this

Dylan Bundy to start throwing program next week

The Orioles received two pieces of good medical news within the past few days. Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy’s right shoulder passed the test administered by Dr. James Andrews. He’s been cleared to start a throwing program. Miguel Gonzalez may go on the disabled list as the Orioles begin a three-game series in Toronto, but MRIs on his right shoulder and elbow revealed nothing more

Notes on Chris Davis, Manny Machado and more

The Orioles are off today. The schedule says they don’t have a game. They just played 20 in a row. Let them rest. The same goes for everyone who’s covered all 20 games. Sleep came more easily to the Orioles last night following a 7-6 11-inning win over the Rays. Chris Davis hit his fourth career walk-off home run, the ball traveling so far that

Wrapping up a 7-6 11-inning win

A loss tonight would have given the Orioles their first seven-game streak since July 2011. And their first seven-game streak at home - including the Twins’ sweep before the last road trip - since May 2013. Chris Davis wouldn’t allow it. And he was adamant about it. Davis hit his second home run of the night leading off the bottom of the 11th inning, driving

Orioles option Dariel Alvarez

The Orioles have optioned outfielder Dariel Alvarez to Single-A Frederick after tonight’s 7-6 11-inning win over the Rays at Camden Yards. Alvarez can return to the Orioles after the Keys’ season ends next week. They didn’t qualify for the Carolina League playoffs. Manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles probably will add a reliever and a position player for Friday’s series opener in Toronto. Alvarez has

Orioles trying to cut down on the strikeouts (Davis hits walk-off HR)

So much for the Orioles being the club that finally gets all the breaks tonight. J.P. Arencibia followed up his six-RBI night last night with a towering home run to left field leading off the top of the third inning to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. Manager Buck Showalter argued that the ball hooked foul, but the call stood following a crew chief review

Miguel Gonzalez expects to start again this month

Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez expressed relief today at the results of his MRIs and hopes to start throwing in the next couple of days. Gonzalez was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right shoulder and elbow. He received a cortisone injection in his shoulder on Monday. “The results, I was pretty happy,” Gonzalez said. “It’s just a little bit of inflammation, tendinitis, on my elbow and

Dariel Alvarez won’t make trip to Toronto

Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez won’t accompany the Orioles to Toronto this weekend because he’s still waiting for the necessary paperwork to obtain his work visa. Alvarez may be optioned to Single-A Frederick following tonight’s game, since the Keys won’t make the Carolina League playoffs and he could return after their final game. The Orioles could choose to place pitcher Miguel Gonzalez on the disabled list

Early notes and Rays lineup (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Mike Wright is a candidate to start Saturday afternoon in Toronto on three days’ rest. Wright threw 65 pitches in six scoreless innings last night at Triple-A Norfolk. He’s on the disabled list with a strained calf muscle. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is expected to start Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles will make another roster move before Friday’s series

Manny Machado starting at shortstop tonight

The Orioles are closing their brief homestand tonight and trying to avoid their first seven-game losing streak in four years. Manny Machado is making his second major league start at shortstop tonight, with Ryan Flaherty playing third base. Gerardo Parra is in right field and Steve Pearce is playing left. Steve Clevenger is serving as the designated hitter. Matt Wieters will be behind the plate

As the season turns ...

The Orioles truly believe they’re going to get on a roll this month. Hope arrives with each new day. The rotation will need to perform better. The offense will need to perform better. Runners on base will need to exhibit better judgment. That’s a good starting point. Mike Wright allowed two hits over six scoreless innings last night at Triple-A Norfolk and could soon return

Buck Showalter: “We’re going to have to get hot in order to get in this thing”

Kevin Gausman is the confirmed starter for Wednesday night’s series finale against the Rays that also closes the abbreviated homestand. Manager Buck Showalter said he may adjust the rotation Saturday night in Toronto. The Orioles still prefer to have Wei-Yin Chen pitch in New York. “Yeah, Kevin’s going to start tomorrow,” Showalter said. “Like I said before, let’s see how we come through tonight’s game.

Dan Duquette: “We’ve got to get out of our rut here” (O’s lose 11-2)

There’s a touch of irony tonight that baseball’s Iron Man is playing hurt. Cal Ripken Jr. said he flipped over the handlebars of his bicycle today and landed on his right shoulder. It’s barking now and he warned reporters that he might have to throw the ceremonial first pitch from halfway between the mound and home plate. He wasn’t kidding. Ripken stood in that spot

Hardy on his health, Showalter on Ripken and more

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy returned to his locker before batting practice today covered in sweat. He joked about sitting outside and watching catcher drills in the heat, but he actually took ground balls to make sure he didn’t experience any discomfort in his groin. “I feel fine,” he said. “Just took a bunch of ground balls and really wasn’t holding back at all and I

Notes on Gonzalez, Gausman, Wilson, Wright and AFL roster

The Orioles still are waiting for the results of Miguel Gonzalez’s MRIs on his right shoulder and elbow. A team physician still needs to read them. Manager Buck Showalter is hoping that Gonzalez favored the shoulder and caused inflammation in the elbow. Gonzalez underwent ligament-reconstructive surgery in the elbow in 2009. Despite the expanded roster this month, the Orioles could choose to place Gonzalez on

Chaz Roe activated from disabled list (with Orioles lineup)

The Orioles activated reliever Chaz Roe from the 15-day disabled list and he’s in the bullpen tonight. He could be available to pitch on Wednesday. Shortstop J.J. Hardy took ground balls today and said he still expects to be activated from the DL when eligible on Sept. 8. He needs to run and make sure there’s no lingering discomfort in his groin. As for tonight’s

Orioles adding Oliver Drake to expanded roster (updated)

One day after deciding to select the contract of right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk, the Orioles also are leaning toward recalling reliever Oliver Drake, according to an official. He’s expected in Baltimore for the Rays series this week. Drake, who pitched at the Naval Academy, is 1-2 with a 0.82 ERA and 0.89 WHIP and 23 saves in 42 games with Norfolk. He’s allowed

Ripken’s return serving as much-needed distraction for Orioles

The Orioles will turn back the clock tonight. Not to 2012 or 2014. We’re not talking playoffs. Not to the Winter Meetings or the start of spring training or opening day. Those ships have sailed as the Orioles take on water. They’re going back to 1995 to reminisce with Cal Ripken Jr. about the night he broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-games streak. The actual date is

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