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Notes on Matt Wieters, Dylan Bundy and Mike Yastrzemski

Another Halloween is upon us and I’m still breaking out the same costume - sportswriter sitting on his front step handing out candy. If something works, I stick with it. I don’t pass out candy corn, toothbrushes or pennies. I’m not that guy. I grab bags of fun-size candy bars from the shelves of my local grocery store and ponder exactly what makes them fun.

More on Matt Wieters

The Orioles are having a typical non-playoff October, with only trickles of news before the World Series ends and the free agency floodgates open. Reliever Brian Matusz underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder. The Orioles released their spring training schedule. They claimed pitcher Vance Worley off waivers from the Pirates and lost reliever Jorge Rondon to a waiver claim by the Pirates. They re-signed

Manny Machado named Gold Glove finalist

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been named a finalist for the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Winners will be announced on Nov. 10. Machado is the lone representative for the Orioles. He’s joined by the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre and the Rays’ Evan Longoria. Machado won a Gold Glove and Platinum Glove in 2013, but fell out of contention last year while limited to 82

Do the Orioles need a left-hander in their rotation?

The Orioles used eight starting pitchers this season, including rookies Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson, who made their major league debuts, and veteran Bud Norris, who eventually was sent to the bullpen and designated for assignment. Wei-Yin Chen was the lone left-hander of the group and he may leave as a free agent this winter. Should the Orioles replace him with another southpaw? Can they

Notes on Chris Davis and David Lough (and Oliver Drake)

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been named to the Sporting News 2015 American League All-Star team. Davis and the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera were co-winners at the position. Executives voted for players in each league. Davis, who received the same honor in 2013, batted .262/.361/.562 with 31 doubles, 47 home runs and 117 RBIs in 160 games. He led the majors in homers and strikeouts

This, that and the other

The list of free agents has increased by one after former Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown refused an outright assignment. Seconds after news broke that the Phillies designated Brown for assignment, Orioles fans anticipated that executive vice president Dan Duquette would make a run at him. A former No. 1 prospect who was an All-Star in 2013. Who desperately needs a bounceback season. Who is under

Orioles sign local product Adam Kolarek

The Orioles are playing the local angle again, signing left-hander Adam Kolarek to a minor league contract, according to Baseball America’s transactions page. Kolarek, 26, was born in Baltimore and attended Catonsville High School, and the Mets selected him in the 11th round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Maryland. He was released on Oct. 5. You can’t get much more local

This, that and the other

The Pirates claimed reliever Jorge Rondon off waivers yesterday, according to Major League Baseball’s transactions page. The Orioles haven’t confirmed it. It basically works out as a swap of pitchers. The Orioles designated Rondon for assignment last week after claiming Vance Worley off waivers from the Pirates. Rondon allowed 11 earned runs (15 total) and 20 hits in 13 1/3 innings with the Orioles. He

Machado places fourth in Comeback Player of the Year voting

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who returned from another knee surgery to play in all 162 games this season, finished fourth in voting for the Sporting News’ American League Comeback Player of the Year award. The Rangers’ Prince Fielder was first with 112 votes, followed by the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez with 14 and the Indians’ Jason Kipnis with 12. Machado received six votes. The Royals’

Christian Walker on his second-half improvement

If the Orioles aren’t willing to enter a bidding war for first baseman Chris Davis, they’ll need to figure out whether his replacement is inside the organization, or if they need to come up with a cheaper alternative from another team or the free agent market. Where does Christian Walker fit into this puzzle? My guess is Walker begins the 2016 season at Triple-A Norfolk,

More on the coaching staff and Trey Mancini

While the Orioles have all seven coaches under contract for the 2016 season, they’re still in the early stages of deciding on a new assistant hitting coach. Names are being collected from inside and outside the organization, but the process is delayed while the Royals and Mets play in the World Series. Potential candidates may want to interview for jobs in other organizations. The Rangers

This, that and the other

While the Nationals continue their search for a new manager, I’ll point out that Cal Ripken Jr. still hasn’t been contacted about interviewing for the job and he isn’t sitting by the phone waiting for a call. The Nats seem to bring in a new candidate every day, but I’ve heard that Ripken doesn’t expect to join them. If his name is linked to the

Is Zobrist a good fit for the Orioles?

I was chatting up a couple of Royals fans Wednesday who shared their roster concerns while also averting their eyes from the television that showed their team losing Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. The current roster is fine. More than fine, actually, but it’s never too early to fret over free agency. I found it interesting that these guys deemed Ben Zobrist

Orioles announce Dylan Bundy’s addition to AFL roster

The Orioles confirmed today that right-hander Dylan Bundy will pitch in the Arizona Fall League. He’s going to join Peoria’s roster “soon,” according to a team official. Bundy is taking pitcher Jon Keller’s spot on Peoria’s roster. Keller has a sore oblique muscle. Bundy is throwing all of his pitches in bullpen sessions down in Sarasota and has been deemed ready to face hitters. The

Orioles 40-man roster raises some interesting questions

The Orioles have marked an important item off their check list by reaching agreement with their entire coaching staff on contracts for 2016. Manager Buck Showalter wanted to keep the group intact and it’s going to happen, despite interest from other organizations. There were concerns that bullpen coach Dom Chiti might leave to accept a job as pitching coach, but he signed a new deal

Orioles coaching staff remains intact for 2016

The Orioles will bring back their entire coaching staff for the 2016 season. Bench coach John Russell, pitching coach Dave Wallace, bullpen coach Dom Chiti, hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, third base coach Bobby Dickerson, first base coach Wayne Kirby and assistant hitting coach Einar Diaz have signed contracts. An announcement should come later this week. I reported on Friday that Russell agreed to terms last

Update on coaching staff, thoughts on Worley and reflecting on last spring

The Orioles have reached an agreement with first base coach Wayne Kirby on a contract for 2016, according to a source. I’ve received confirmation on five of the coaches. Still no word on pitching coach Dave Wallace. The Orioles were concerned that bullpen coach Dom Chiti might leave if he received a chance to become pitching coach in another organization, but he signed a new

Orioles claim Vance Worley off waivers

The Orioles have claimed right-hander Vance Worley off waivers from the Pirates and designated reliever Jorge Rondon for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster. Worley, 28, went 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 23 games, including eight starts, with the Pirates in 2015. He posted a 2.83 ERA, allowing nine earned runs in 28 2/3 innings, and held opponents to a .236 average

Orioles release 2016 spring training schedule

The Orioles will play their first spring training game next year where they ended their 2014 Grapefruit League schedule. The Orioles will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on March 1 to play the Braves in a home-and-home series, with Atlanta making the trip to Sarasota the following day. The schedule includes five road games within the first seven, including split-squad games in Fort Myers

Is there any chance that Chen stays with the Orioles?

If you took a poll on the chances of the Orioles re-signing their six pending free agents, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen would set up permanent residence at the bottom of the list. I put him there. Others in the media have put him there. At least a few members of the organization have put him there. The reasons range from the price tag agent Scott Boras

Getting an early start on Orioles rumors

The Royals and Mets are trying to siphon all the drama out of the League Championship Series. Is Jake Arrieta running out of gas or has he just proven to be human? Arrieta threw 229 innings in the regular season and he’s added 19 2/3 in the playoffs, including five last night. His previous high was 156 2/3 innings last season. We can’t say with

This, that and the other

The Royals trailed the Astros 6-2 in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the American League Division Series. They’ve outscored their opponents 23-5 since that point. Is that good? The Royals won Games 4 and 5 in the ALDS and have taken a 2-0 lead over the Blue Jays in the Championship Series. They’re a snowball-type team, getting on these ridiculous rolls in innings

Hardy on Janish: “He fits right in”

The Orioles are expected to announce their coaching staff by Monday, though the date is flexible. Don’t plan your entire day around it. Bench coach John Russell, third base coach Bobby Dickerson, hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and bullpen coach Dom Chiti have signed their contracts. Those four are confirmed. The odds seem to have improved that the entire staff will return in 2016. We’ll find

John Russell signed for two seasons (Coolbaugh, Dickerson, Chiti sign)

As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette works to get all of the coaches under contract for 2016, he has one fewer task at hand than what’s been reported. It turns out that bench coach John Russell agreed to a two-year deal last month, according to a source, so he’s in the fold through the 2017 season. The contracts of all seven coaches, including assistant

Camden Yards remains atop the rankings

No matter how many years pass, Camden Yards continues to age like a fine wine or Jim Palmer. Stadium Journey released its annual rankings of all 30 major league baseball stadiums. The top 10 reads as follows: 1. Oriole Park at Camden Yards - Baltimore Orioles 2. PNC Park - Pittsburgh Pirates 3. Busch Stadium - St. Louis Cardinals 4. Fenway Park - Boston Red

Remembering Jose Bautista’s brief stay with the Orioles

Dylan Bundy has another bullpen session today in Sarasota. He’s up to 30 pitches, an increase of 10 from his starting point, and is mixing in his changeup with his fastball. Bundy continues to make progress and the Orioles remain encouraged. Before Jose Bautista became a fastball-crushing, bat-flipping, opponent-baiting, All-Star outfielder for the Blue Jays, he was a quiet, skinny Rule 5 infielder breaking into

Updating Orioles in the AFL

Jason Garcia struck out five batters over two scoreless innings today while starting for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. Garcia allowed one hit and walked a batter in the Javelinas’ 9-7 loss to Salt River. He threw 23 of his 39 pitches for strikes. Though he made the start today, Garcia will enter spring training next year as a reliever. The Orioles want him

Another look at 40-man roster and arbitration-eligibles (with FanFest note)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette didn’t bite yesterday when I asked whether he’s attempted to re-sign any of his pending free agents before they hit the open market. “We’re working on our offseason plans,” he replied. That’s a pretty broad brush. We’ll find out whether Duquette can get the coaches under contract for 2016. There’s a growing sense, as I wrote yesterday, that they

Quick update on Orioles coaching staff (updated)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed today that the club has extended contract offers to every coach on the staff for the 2016 season. Duquette added that he hopes to “get it resolved this week.” Agreements need to be reached with bench coach John Russell, first base coach Wayne Kirby, third base coach Bobby Dickerson, pitching coach Dave Wallace, bullpen coach Dom Chiti, hitting

Because You Asked - With A Vengeance

As you may have noticed, I don’t own the stereotypical mailbag, where I take original questions from fans. That would be boring. Much better to heap on the sarcasm while constantly repeating myself. Nothing wrong with having a little fun, especially during a lull in the activity. You know the drill. You ask, I answer, you ask again, I answer again. And I blame the

Checking on minor league free agents (updated)

As the Orioles were closing out their season, winning five straight to finish at .500 for only the second time in franchise history, they already were plotting for ways to improve in 2016. Various lists were compiled as team executives gathered with manager Buck Showalter. Pending major league, minor league and international free agents were discussed, debated and either kept on the club’s radar or

Wondering about the composition of the bullpen in 2016

It’s apparently safe for me to resurrect my visions of an epic Royals-Blue Jays matchup in the American League Championship Series. Reports of their demise were greatly exaggerated. Love ‘em or hate ‘em - and I know where most of you stand on the topic - these are two special teams. It’s hard to imagine the series ending in fewer than seven games. Which opponent

Sports Legends Museum searching for new home

Unable to reach an agreement on a new lease, the Sports Legends Museum is closing its doors immediately and formulating plans to relocate. Following several weeks of negotiations, the board of directors of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation today unanimously voted not to accept a counter offer from the Maryland Stadium Authority to renew its Sports Legends Museum lease at Camden Station. The museum has

Adam Jones on Dariel Alvarez: “He just needs reps”

The Astros won yesterday and are one victory away from advancing to the American League Championship Series. The Rangers lost last night, but they’re still one victory away from advancing to the ALCS. I spent most of September talking about an epic ALCS between the Blue Jays and Royals, unable to decide on a favorite. It may happen anyway, but the odds remain stacked against

Catching up on the catching situation (and other notes)

Cal Ripken Jr. is attending today’s Browns-Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium. However, he won’t be coaching either team next season. He may answer the phone if they call, but he’s not actively searching for a job. I’ve decided to start killing rumors before they gain steam. As I’ve written numerous times, the Orioles still must decide whether to make catcher Matt Wieters the $15.8

More on the qualifying offer and the 2015 season

The qualifying offer for free agents this winter reportedly has risen from $15.3 to $15.8 million, which is the amount that the Orioles will dangle in front of first baseman Chris Davis and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. They haven’t decided what to do about catcher Matt Wieters. No player has accepted the qualifying offer, which sets his salary for the upcoming season. Teams receive a compensation

Updates on Dylan Bundy, Branden Kline and Brian Gonzalez

Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy threw another 20-pitch bullpen session today in Sarasota and continued to make significant progress. Bundy also threw 20 pitches on Wednesday, his first time on a mound since May in Trenton. The Orioles are limiting him to only fastballs before mixing in the changeup and breaking ball. Dr. James Andrews cleared Bundy last month to start a throwing program after

This, that and the other

The Orioles will be searching for a starting pitcher this winter who fits at the top of their rotation. They don’t figure to stay in the bidding for left-hander David Price, however, since he’s going to break the bank into millions and millions of pieces. Yes, there seems to be mutual interest here, with Price liking the idea of pitching for the Orioles, from what

Leftovers on Jake Arrieta, Rick Adair and Ron Johnson

Jake Arrieta threw a complete-game shutout last night to lead the Cubs to a 4-0 win over the Pirates in the National League wild card game. Of course he did. This guy can do no wrong. His stuff is nasty and he’s got confidence oozing out of his pores. Arrieta always had his chest puffed out with the Orioles, but as one official noted, he

Former Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair talks about Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta takes the mound tonight and the knife turns. Orioles fans must cringe as Arrieta gets the assignment for the Cubs in the National League wild card game in Pittsburgh. He’s 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA in 33 starts, with four complete games, three shutouts and a no-hitter. He’s exactly what the Orioles thought he would become after drafting him in the fifth round

J.J. Hardy on his shoulder injury

As Colby Rasmus was rounding the bases last night following his home run for the Astros in the American League wild card game, did anyone reflect back on his negotiations with the Orioles over the winter? Rasmus came very close to signing with the Orioles, who thought they had an agreement on a one-year deal that guaranteed around $7 million. Then, agent Casey Close decided

Medical update on Brian Matusz

Orioles reliever Brian Matusz underwent a successful medical procedure yesterday on his right shoulder and has returned home to Arizona. Matusz stayed back in Baltimore and had arthroscopic surgery to repair the AC joint, allowing him to get a head start on his recovery. Ravens physician Dr. Leigh Ann Curl also cleaned out about a centimeter worth of arthritic bone in the shoulder. “Everything went

More thoughts on the Duquette/Showalter news conference

I’m happy to report that the end of the 2015 season hasn’t diluted the passion here. Executive vice president Dan Duquette’s comments yesterday at an exit press conference stirred the masses. A few of you were shaken. Here’s what I took out of the 30-minute session with Duquette and manager Buck Showalter: * The Orioles want to re-sign Chris Davis. Duquette said it, Showalter said

Dan Duquette on the 2015 season and what lies ahead

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter met with the media today for about 30 minutes to recap the 2015 season and share some thoughts on improvements needed to get back into the playoffs. It’s done every year after the final game. The topics also included the six pending free agents, the coaching staff and the possibility of negotiating an extension with

Nuggets from today’s news conference

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter stated today that they want to remain in their current roles in 2016 and downplayed reports of friction between them, laughing at various points when asked about it. “It’s a great honor to manage the Baltimore Orioles and I don’t plan to do anything else,” Showalter said, adding that this will be his “last rodeo.”

Angelos on whether Showalter and Duquette will return: “Absolutely yes”

While the Orioles clubhouse may undergo signficant changes with six pending free agents set to hit the market, executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter are expected to remain in their current roles in 2016. Managing partner Peter G. Angelos attempted today to squelch rumors that changes may be on the horizon. Asked whether Duquette will stay in the front office and Showalter

The good, bad and ugly from the 2015 season

It wasn’t all bad. I don’t suggest that the Orioles adopt this line as their slogan. Nor would I go with “It could have been worse.” But honestly, there was plenty to like about this season and lots more to lament. Manny Machado played in all 162 games. That alone was cause for celebration following two knee surgeries and the scrutiny that accompanied his every

A day of loss for Buck Showalter as Orioles win finale

Players walked off the field in a straight line today as they do after every victory, except each one stopped in front of the dugout to embrace manager Buck Showalter. Pitching coach Dave Wallace hugged the guys in his rotation and bullpen, pausing to pat Wei-Yin Chen on the face and say a few words to him. Fans chanted “We want Chris” as Davis did

Matt Wieters on catching today and his future (O’s win 9-4)

Matt Wieters felt it was important today to catch the final game of the 2015 season. Catch what could be the final game of his Orioles career. No matter the circumstances, no matter his physical condition, he wanted to be behind the plate. He had to be behind the plate. Wieters comes across today as both motivated and melancholy. “Yeah, I wanted to catch today,”

Manny Machado: “This is the organization I want to be with”

As he approaches the final game today in his finest season as a professional, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said he’s open to discussing a contract extension if the team wants to resume a dialogue. The sides spoke in the past without coming close to an agreement. Maybe it’s time to try again with Machado now eligible for arbitration and his production substantially on the

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop remain out of the Orioles’ lineup on the final day of the 2015 season. Nolan Reimold is leading off and playing center field. Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base. Manny Machado is the first Oriole to homer in four straight games since Caleb Joseph on Aug. 2-9, 2014 (five games). It’s the 24th such streak in club history. Chris

Orioles reach their 162nd game

Another season comes to a close this afternoon. The last game of 2015, started by the same pitcher who opened it. Chris Tillman is trying to finish at .500, a modest goal considering his combined 29-13 record the past two seasons. His 5.05 ERA looks strangely out of place next to 3.71 and 3.34 in the two previous years. For the first time in three

Showalter speaks after sweep

The Orioles keep putting their best foot forward despite no longer being in a race. They know the remaining games are important to teams in playoff contention, so they continue to field competitive lineups rather than experiment. The result today was a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees, including a 4-3 win in the nightcap that’s moved them within one game of .500 with one left

Reimold hits first leadoff home run, Mancini a hit with Orioles (O’s win 4-3)

Nolan Reimold reached base four times as the leadoff hitter in Game 1, and he homered in his first at-bat from the same slot in Game 2. Reimold seems to like the view from atop the order. This is Reimold’s first career leadoff home run and the sixth for the Orioles this season. He drove a 94 mph fastball from Yankees starter Luis Severino into

Orioles’ Game 2 lineup vs. Yankees

The Orioles didn’t make many changes to their Game 1 lineup as they prepare for the nightcap against the Yankees. Nolan Reimold is in center field again while Adam Jones remains unavailable due to tightness in his back. Ryan Flaherty is at second base again while Jonathan Schoop nurses a bruised right hand. Steve Pearce is in left field, Gerardo Parra is in right and

Buck Showalter on Wei-Yin Chen and a 9-2 win

Wei-Yin Chen walked off the mound for the final time today to a nice ovation, many fans standing to applaud his performance in Game 1. The final time today. Probably the final time as an Oriole. The pending free agent was charged with two runs as he sat on the bench, but his 20th quality start this season pointed the Orioles toward a 9-2 victory

Game 1 update and notes (O’s win 9-2)

The Orioles worked Yankees Game 1 starter Ivan Nova for 24 pitches in the bottom of the first inning and took a 1-0 lead on Manny Machado’s double play grounder after back-to-back singles by Nolan Reimold and Gerardo Parra. Chris Davis doubled with two outs, barely missing his 46th home run, and Matt Wieters walked before left fielder Steve Pearce flied to the warning track

Orioles’ Game 1 lineup vs. Yankees

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop (hand) and center fielder Adam Jones (back) are absent today from the Orioles’ Game 1 lineup. Nolan Reimold is batting leadoff and playing center field. Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base. Matt Wieters is catching Game 1, with Steve Clevenger serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nolan Reimold CF Gerardo Parra RF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B

Another doubleheader and another look at Chris Davis’ pending free agency

Let’s try this again. The Orioles are scheduled to play games at 12:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. They’re just hoping to get three more done before scattering for the winter. They’d like to receive the gate on those games after having a series moved to Tropicana Field and being forced to play a few single-admission doubleheaders. You want the Orioles to re-sign all these free

More on the makeup doubleheader, Schoop and Davis

The Orioles will start left-hander Wei-Yin Chen in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Yankees and Ubaldo Jimenez in Game 2, keeping them in the same order. New York is countering with Ivan Nova and Luis Severino, though adjustments could be made if the Astros lose tonight and the Yankees clinch home field for the wild card game. Chris Tillman, who threw a bullpen

Orioles-Yankees game postponed

Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Yankees at Camden Yards has been postponed due to rain. The teams will play a split doubleheader on Saturday, with Game 1 scheduled for 12:05 p.m. and the nightcap set for 7:05 p.m. This is the fourth weather-related postponement for the Orioles and their third at home. The Yankees are starting Ivan Nova and Luis Severino in the doubleheader.

Chris Davis named Most Valuable Oriole

First baseman Chris Davis has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award by members of the local media who cover the team on a regular basis. Davis also won the award in 2013 after leading the majors and setting a club record with 53 home runs. He’s the 13th Oriole to win the award multiple times, joining

Orioles fighting for third place

The Orioles will try to play a game tonight at its regular starting time and without the aid of a tarp or 5,000 tons of drying compound. Are they asking too much? We’re down to the final series of the season, as long as Joaquin lets them play. The Orioles need to sweep the Yankees to finish at .500 and avoid their first losing season

Showalter on Schoop and a 6-4 win

X-rays on Jonathan Schoop’s right hand this afternoon came back negative and he’s day-to-day. Manager Buck Showalter had no idea whether Schoop would play this weekend. Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison hit Schoop in the bottom of the first inning of the Orioles’ 6-4 win at Camden Yards, a game delayed 3 hours and 25 minutes by rain. Schoop said the hand was swollen and

Jonathan Schoop leaves game with bruised hand (O’s win 6-4)

Jonathan Schoop left today’s game against the Blue Jays with a bruised right hand. He’s day-to-day with three games remaining on the schedule. The Orioles announced the injury but not his status. I just made the bold assumption. Schoop was hit on the hand by a Drew Hutchison pitch in the bottom of the first inning, as six consecutive batters reached. Steve Pearce followed with

Showalter trying not to think about potential loss of free agents

The tarp came off the field briefly while the grounds crew applied more drying compound. Rain continues to fall, though not as heavy, and the game remains in a delay. The obligatory Bugs Bunny cartoon already has run. Pitching prospect Branden Kline is in Baltimore today after having his right elbow examined by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs. Kline seemed to be in good spirts

Adam Jones: “You have to go out and spend some of the money” (updated)

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out of the lineup again today due to tightness in his back. He isn’t ready to shut down for the remaining three games. He’s taking it day by day, knowing that the cold, wet weather and his aggressive style of play are working against him. Jones sat at this locker, surrounded by reporters and other media types, and talked

Orioles lineup vs. Jays

Adam Jones is out of the lineup for the finale against the Blue Jays. Nolan Reimold will play center field. Jones said his back is feeling a little better, but that the weather and wet field aren’t helping. Manny Machado is back at third base on a quick turnaround after playing both ends of yesterday’s doubleheader. Tyler Wilson will make his fifth start (ninth appearance)

The need to make contact, and today’s game

Besides duplicating the Blue Jays’ placement in the division standings next season, the Orioles would like to more closely mimic their approach at the plate. Manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles need to make better contact next season, and he cited the Blue Jays as a prime example. His club began Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader ranked fourth in the majors with 1,299 strikeouts, while

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