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Showalter speaks after 8-7 loss

The Orioles finish the month of April with a 14-9 record and uncertainty over the status of their closer beyond an early diagnosis of a sprained left ankle. Zach Britton is day-to-day after jamming his ankle in the ninth inning, capping off the madness of an 8-7 loss to the White Sox in a game that lasted 3 hours and 42 minutes. Britton was receiving

Zach Britton has sprained left ankle

Orioles closer Zach Britton sprained his left ankle tonight while trying to field a bunt single by White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton. Britton limped off the field with two outs and the score tied in the top of the ninth inning. Vance Worley gave up an RBI single to Jose Abreu, and the Orioles lost 8-7 at Camden Yards. The club announced afterward that

Zach Britton leaves game with injury, O’s lose 8-7

The Orioles are trying to win a game tonight while hoping that they haven’t lost their All-Star closer. Zach Britton limped off the field with two outs in the top of the ninth inning after Adam Eaton reached on a bunt single. No word on the exact nature of the injury. Eaton pushed the ball past the right side of the mound. Britton fielded it

Catching up on a crazy game (we’re tied, Britton hurt)

Kevin Gausman stepped onto the mound tonight and entered the Bizarro World. How else to explain back-to-back errors by Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop that gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead in the third inning? They didn’t have a miscue through 22 games before tonight. Or the White Sox’s attempt to get a double play changed to a triple play via manager’s challenge, and

Showalter on Wieters and Kim (O’s down 3-1)

Matt Wieters is catching on back-to-back nights for the first time this season, as the Orioles continue their four-game series against the White Sox at Camden Yards. The Orioles have been cautious with Wieters after he experienced soreness in his surgically repaired right elbow on March 12. By starting Wieters again tonight, manager Buck Showalter can rest him for two consecutive days. He won’t play

Hunter Harvey seeing specialist after latest setback

Former first-round pick Hunter Harvey will be examined by a specialist next week after experiencing more discomfort in his groin. The latest setback occurred after he pitched Thursday in an extended spring training game. Harvey has been shut down for the third time because of the injury, which first surfaced late in spring training while pitching at Twin Lakes Park. Manager Buck Showalter didn’t say

Kim replaces Rickard in lineup

With the Orioles seeing their only right-handed starter tonight in a five-game stretch, Hyun Soo Kim has been included in the lineup after going 6-for-11 in five games. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is out of the lineup for the first time this season. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Pedro Alvarez is serving as the designated hitter. Kevin Gausman is making his second

Brach’s bullpen mates appreciate his contributions

Brad Brach elevated a 94 mph four-seam fastball last night to the first batter he faced, White Sox’s second baseman Brett Lawrie, who took it for a ride into the left field seats and pointed in that general direction as he headed up the line. It wasn’t Babe Ruth calling his shot. It was Brett Lawie making sure everyone saw it. The game now tied,

Showalter: Reimold “dialed up a lot of things that we’ve needed”

The Orioles continue to thrive in the worst weather. Nolan Reimold’s tiebreaking three-run homer tonight in the bottom of the seventh inning propelled the Orioles to a 6-3 victory over the White Sox before 19,912 at cold and damp Camden Yards. The game was played in a steady mist, the kind you find in the produce section at your grocery store. But Mike Wright held

Orioles feasting on chilled dishes with home cooking (O’s win 6-3)

The first-pitch temperature tonight at Camden Yards is 51 degrees, an increase of three from last night. Put away the parkas. It will continue to climb through the weekend and into next week, but rain stays in the forecast for the duration of the 10-game homestand. The Orioles are used to it. In fact, they seem to be thriving in miserable conditions. They have the

Notes on Wandy Rodriguez, Ryan Flaherty and more

It’s a slow news day at Camden Yards. Orioles manager Buck Showalter described left-hander Wandy Rodriguez as “inventory” following news today that the club signed him to a minor league deal. Rodriguez, 37, has been sent to extended spring training in Sarasota. The Orioles eventually want to insert him into Triple-A Norfolk’s rotation, but he may push for a promotion to the majors. For now,

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

The Orioles are keeping Nolan Reimold in left field and Joey Rickard in right for tonight’s game against the White Sox. It’s the right-handed lineup, including Mark Trumbo as the designated hitter. Adam Jones remains in the fifth spot. Mike Wright is 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA in four career outings (three starts) versus the American League Central. He’s allowed 12 earned runs in 17

Orioles sign Wandy Rodriguez

Looking to bolster their pitching depth at the Triple-A level, the Orioles have signed veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league contract. Rodriguez will report to extended spring training in Sarasota and attempt to work his way back up to the majors. Being left-handed won’t hurt his chances. The Orioles are sorely lacking in that department. Rodriguez, 37, is 97-98 with a 4.10 ERA

One year ago today ...

The Orioles have reached an anniversary tonight that they won’t celebrate. Exactly one year ago, they played the first no-fans game against the White Sox at Camden Yards. Empty seats except for a couple of scouts. Almost forgotten is the final score, an 8-2 win for the Orioles. Two games were postponed and a series against the Rays was moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. due

Showalter speaks after 10-2 win

The White Sox showed up at Camden Yards tonight with the lowest ERA in the majors and the Orioles crunched the numbers. Manny Machado hit his second career grand slam, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo went back-to-back, and the Orioles cruised to a 10-2 win at frigid Camden Yards. Skated was more like it. Machado has 75 career home runs. Only Boog Powell and Eddie

Orioles get busy in third inning (O’s win 10-2)

The Orioles managed to accomplish a lot tonight in the bottom of the third inning. Let’s start with Manny Machado snapping an 0-for-17 skid with an RBI double into the right field corner that scored Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Rickard was flying around the bases and scored standing up to tie the game 2-2. Let’s continue with Chris

Showalter on Harvey, Gallardo and pitching (O’s down 2-1)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter provided an update today on former first-round pick Hunter Harvey, who worked two innings at extended spring training. “Did well, felt good,” Showalter said. “No problems with the groin. Hopefully, he’s going to get out of there soon and get on with his season.” Harvey is expected to be assigned to Single-A Frederick, but the Orioles aren’t gazing too far into

Early notes before tonight’s game

Hunter Harvey pitched two innings today in extended spring training in Sarasota and didn’t report any discomfort in his groin. Harvey is expected to pitch again in extended before the Orioles assign him to an affiliate. Harvey, the 22nd-overall pick in the 2013 draft, hasn’t pitched since July 2014 due to a strained right flexor mass and a fractured fibula. Orioles manager Buck Showalter would

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

The Orioles are sticking with their right-handed lineup tonight against White Sox southpaw John Danks. Joey Rickard is in right field, Nolan Reimold is in left and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Adam Jones moves down to fifth, with Chris Davis batting third and Trumbo fourth. According the Elias Sports Bureau, Rickard is the first player in the majors to debut on opening day

Orioles begin homestand with four games vs. White Sox

TAMPA - The Orioles begin a 10-game, 11-day homestand tonight with rain naturally in the forecast. Same with much of the weekend. It’s become more of a Maryland tradition than crab cakes, Old Bay and snow panic. There will be windows, of course, and the forecast can change hourly. The Orioles already have to make up two games that were postponed and aren’t looking to

Showalter, Tillman and Rickard wrap up a 3-1 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter knew that Chris Tillman wanted to stay in tonight’s game after issuing a two-out walk to Logan Morrison in the seventh inning. Tillman offered confirmation later, of course. He never wants to come out. Showalter needed to give relievers Darren O’Day, Brad Brach and Zach Britton some work before a four-game series against the White Sox. Tillman

Rickard homers, Tillman deals and Orioles avoid sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If the Rays were going to keep making all the plays in the field tonight, the logical countermove from the Orioles was to hit a ball into the seats. Baseball really is a simple game. Why try to complicate it? Joey Rickard, in the midst of his first major league slump, drove a Matt Moore pitch over the left field fence

Showalter on Schoop: “We all know he’s capable of better” (updated)

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop may lead the league in loud outs. Deep drives down the left field line that hook foul, avoiding the pole like it’s contagious. Blistering ground balls, ropes in the gap that find a glove. These are consolation prizes at best, their bulk dragging down his average. Schoop began tonight’s game batting .200, the cost of a

Machado talks about playing in the WBC (plus other notes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado confirmed today that he’s going to represent the Dominican Republic in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, a way of honoring his family and allowing it to fulfill a dream. “It’s a great experience,” he said. “It’s a great tournament, so I always wanted to be a part of it, always wanted to represent our country. I

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is playing right field tonight and Nolan Reimold is in left field against Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore. Manny Machado returns to the second slot in the order, with Adam Jones batting third. The Orioles will try to avoid being swept in the three-game series before returning home. They’ve lost eight of their last 12 games

Can Tillman match Gausman’s success against Longoria?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - During his start in the series opener against the Rays, Kevin Gausman threw his slider on six of his seven pitches to Evan Longoria spread over two-bats - both ending in strikeouts. He seemed to have a plan in mind. Let’s see how Chris Tillman goes after Longoria, his nemesis on the Rays. Longoria is 17-for-51 (.333) versus Tillman, with 11

Britton trying to save organization’s reputation

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - Given the responsibility of closing out games for the Orioles, left-hander Zach Britton also wants to shut down the steady stream of criticism directed at the organization for failing to develop its young pitchers. It’s become a sensitive topic. Jake Arrieta has thrown two no-hitters and won a Cy Young Award since the Orioles traded him to the Cubs three years

Wrapping up a 3-1 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - One run in 26 innings. The story of another loss tonight can be told in many ways, but the main plot continues to center on an offense that can’t catch a break or break out. The Orioles dropped their second series in a row, losing to the Rays 3-1 at Tropicana Field. They’ll try to avoid the sweep on Wednesday before

Rickard remains in lineup, seeks solution to slump (O’s lose 3-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was tempted to start Hyun Soo Kim in left field tonight but decided to keep Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard in the lineup. Kim’s chances become more limited with the Rays starting left-hander Matt Moore on Wednesday and the White Sox starting three southpaws in a four-game series at Camden Yards. “I consider everybody getting

Pregame notes on Harvey, Jones and Hardy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Hunter Harvey is scheduled to pitch two innings Thursday afternoon at extended spring training in Sarasota. Harvey had been shut down for a second time with discomfort in his groin. The injury first surfaced on March 29 during Harvey’s third inning of work in a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park. Harvey has pitched in simulated games after being cleared

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Joey Rickard is leading off again tonight for the Orioles despite a 1-for-16 slump. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. Adam Jones appeared to be in pain last night after a hard swing in the ninth inning, but he remains in the lineup. The Orioles are 4-7 in their last 11 games following a

Starters set for Orioles-White Sox series at Camden Yards

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Barring an unforeseen change, former Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez won’t make a start later this week at Camden Yards. The redemption angle is shot. The White Sox’s starters for their four-game series don’t include Gonzalez, who made his debut last night after the club purchased his contract from Triple-A Charlotte. Tyler Wilson will oppose John Danks in the opener Thursday night.

More on the second base situation (and notes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - J.J. Hardy has played 1,374 games at shortstop and none at any other position. Manny Machado has played 461 games at third base, nine at shortstop and none at any other position. Chris Davis has played 670 games at first base, 91 at third and 71 in the outfield. He’s also made one relief appearance. Pedro Alvarez has played 554 games

Wrapping up today’s roster move and a 2-0 loss

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he’d check later on Adam Jones to find out whether his center fielder was hurting again or annoyed during an at-bat in the top of the ninth inning. Jones took a big swing and missed a pitch from Rays reliever Erasmo Ramirez, circled the batter’s box while grimacing and hit a slow roller to the mound.

Alvarez living up to BP billing, Gausman goes five innings (O’s lose 2-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter sat in the dugout during batting practice today and interrupted his own thought to marvel at a ball launched by slumping slugger Pedro Alvarez. He was scrambling for the right words, as if it were one of those “you had to be there” moments. Reporters had their backs turned to the field, but Showalter said the ball

Paredes on his rehab assignment, plus other notes (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jimmy Paredes will play at Double-A Bowie the next two nights, report to Single-A Frederick for one game and rejoin the Baysox. The left wrist is pain-free and he’s ready for a rehab assignment. “I’m feeling very well, I’m feeling very good. I’m good to go,” said Paredes, who joined the Orioles from extended spring training in Sarasota. “I’m good. I’m

Orioles option Ryan Flaherty

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have optioned infielder Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk to create a roster spot for starter Kevin Gausman. The decision leaves manager Buck Showalter with a short bench, but the bullpen and rotation remain intact. For how long is another matter, but Flaherty must stay down for at least 10 days unless he replaces an injured player. Flaherty was 2-for-10

Updates on Jimmy Paredes and Yovani Gallardo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jimmy Paredes will begin his injury rehab assignment Tuesday night at Double-A Bowie with another game Wednesday night. Paredes, who’s working out today at Tropicana Field, said he’ll then report to Single-A Frederick for one game before returning to Bowie. Yovani Gallardo confirmed today that he has tendinitis in his right shoulder. Team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs examined Gallardo, who underwent

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mark Trumbo is batting fifth and playing right field while riding a nine-game hitting streak. Manny Machado is batting second and moves back to third base. His 16-game hitting streak came to an end in yesterday’s finale in Kansas City. J.J. Hardy returns to the starting lineup after yesterday’s off-day, batting seventh and playing shortstop. Kevin Gausman is set to come

Orioles claim David Hale off waivers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles claimed right-hander David Hale off waivers from the Rockies today and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. The Rockies designated Hale, 28, for assignment on Friday. Hale made two relief appearances with the Rockies this season and allowed three runs and four hits. He also walked two batters. In two starts with Triple-A Albequerque, Hale allowed one run and five

A few early notes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles still haven’t announced their corresponding roster move that allows Kevin Gausman to come off the disabled list and start tonight against the Rays. Yovani Gallardo is with the team and will receive treatment from the athletic training staff while the Orioles engage in their three-game series. An MRI yesterday didn’t reveal any damage to Gallardo’s right shoulder beyond the

Kevin Gausman set to make 2016 debut

Yovani Gallardo is expected to meet up with the Orioles in St. Petersburg, Fla. for their three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Gallardo will receive treatment from head athletic trainer Richie Bancells after undergoing an MRI yesterday to confirm that his health issue is right shoulder and biceps tendinitis. And to figure out what’s causing it. A cortisone injection will shut down Gallardo

Joey Rickard on All-Star ballot

Orioles rookie Joey Rickard is listed on the ballot for the 2016 All-Star Game, to be played July 12 in San Diego. Rickard, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo are included among the American League outfielders. Rickard, the Rule 5 pick from the Rays, leads major league rookies with 22 hits heading into today’s games. The Orioles also are represented by first baseman Chris Davis, second

Orioles and Royals lineups

Manny Machado is playing shortstop today in the Orioles’ series finale against the Royals in Kansas City. Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base while J.J. Hardy takes a seat on the bench. Machado has recorded an extra-base hit in a career-high seven consecutive games (five doubles, three home runs), the longest streak by an Orioles player since Chris Davis in 2013. Machado also has

Today’s pitching matchup and an assortment of notes

Mike Wright continues to be linked to Tyler Wilson, no matter where they are and what roles they handle. Wright is starting today’s series finale in Kansas City after Wilson allowed three runs in five innings last night and picked up the win. Wright faced the Royals once last year and surrendered four runs and four hits over five innings in a Sept. 11 start

Orioles place Gallardo on DL and activate Matusz (updated)

The Orioles have placed pitcher Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with “right shoulder bicep tendinitis,” according to the team. Gallardo’s spot on the 25-man roster will be filled by reliever Brian Matusz, who comes off the disabled list. Gallardo worked only two innings last night in Kansas City and threw 45 pitches before exiting the game. He flew back to Baltimore and underwent

Orioles’ lineup tonight includes Hyun Soo Kim

Tyler Wilson makes his first start of the 2016 season tonight and his sixth in the majors, as the Orioles continue their series in Kansas City. Wilson has never faced the Royals, who did all of their scoring last night in the first two innings in a 4-2 victory. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field tonight, his first start since April 13, with Joey

How will the Orioles create spots for their returning pitchers?

The Orioles apparently are determined to make up for lost time after going 15 games without changing their opening day roster. Yovani Gallardo is expected to land on the disabled list after returning to Baltimore and undergoing an examination of his right shoulder. It would be a shock if he’s simply day-to-day or pushed back one start after leaving last night’s game before the bottom

Chris Davis on his defense

Chris Davis knows what you’re thinking. (Don’t get embarrassed. It’s baseball-related.) Big guy, big muscles, hits really long home runs, strikes out a lot, can’t possess the athleticism to play first base at an elite level. This is why we have scouts and defensive metrics and, if blessed with it, the ability to see and comprehend. Davis is playing an outstanding first base. He’s got

Orioles and Royals lineups

The Orioles are going with a mostly predictable lineup tonight in Kansas City, with Joey Rickard leading off and playing left field, Mark Trumbo in right field and Pedro Alvarez back as the designated hitter after sitting out last night’s game. Caleb Joseph is catching instead of Matt Wieters. That’s the component that isn’t predictable. For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF Manny Machado 3B Adam

Orioles announce starting time for makeup game

The Orioles announced today that their makeup game against the Rangers on June 20 in Arlington, Texas, will start at 8:05 p.m. ET. The game was supposed to be played last Sunday, but heavy rain early in the morning caused an early postponement. The weather improved by first pitch and the teams actually could have taken the field. The Orioles are squeezing in one game

Tonight’s pitching matchup in Kansas City

Yovani Gallardo’s quest to record an out beyond the sixth inning continues tonight in Kansas City. Twenty starts have passed since Gallardo’s done it. He came close again Saturday night in Texas, but failed to retire the two batters he faced in the seventh as a 4-2 lead dissolved into an 8-4 loss. Gallardo is 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in his

Orioles getting ready to make roster moves

The Orioles embark on their second road trip of the season and are another day away from their first roster move. They’re going to make it through 15 games and two postponements, destroying another Baltimore tradition. First Natty Boh and now a stagnant roster. Reliever Brian Matusz is expected to come off the disabled list on Saturday while the Orioles are in the middle of

Matt Wieters on ejection: “Temper got the best of me and boiled over”

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had calmed down considerably tonight as reporters approached him for comment on his second career ejection. A game was won. That’s what truly mattered. “I don’t like to get them, but I said some things I probably shouldn’t have,” said Wieters, who was tossed by plate umpire Dan Bellino after the bottom of the fifth inning for arguing that he checked

Showalter and Tillman on tonight’s challenges and a 3-2 win

Everyone was in agreement that plate umpire Dan Bellino presented an assortment of unwanted challenges for the Orioles in tonight’s game against the Blue Jays. All they could do was push ahead and try to focus on winning their fourth series. They did it, disposing of the Blue Jays 3-2 before an announced crowd of 17,644 at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman had a bad first

Matt Wieters ejected from tonight’s game (O’s win 3-2)

Both teams have objected tonight to the floating strike zone of plate umpire Dan Bellino. However, it was a disputed check swing that brought the game’s first ejection. Matt Wieters was tossed after striking out to end the fifth and strand two runners- raising the Orioles total to eight. Wieters was convinced that he stopped his swing and barked at Bellino while heading back to

Keeping the defense together, and other notes (updated)

The Orioles’ defense continues to make plays on a nightly basis that grab the attention of manager Buck Showalter, his coaching staff and the media. Showalter wondered today how many times catcher Matt Wieters, third baseman Manny Machado, shortstop J.J. Hardy, second baseman Jonathan Schoop and first baseman Chris Davis were in the same lineup last season at their normal positions - as they are

Early notes on Matusz, Worley, Gausman, Paredes, Alvarez and more

Though it isn’t official, the Orioles appear set to activate left-hander Brian Matusz from the disabled list on Saturday and give the start to Vance Worley. Manager Buck Showalter said Matusz is a possibility for Friday night in Kansas City, but the reliever is more likely to be activated the following day. He worked four innings Tuesday night at Single-A Frederick and probably could use

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Mark Trumbo is serving as the designated hitter tonight as the Orioles close out their brief homestand against the Blue Jays. Slumping Pedro Alvarez is on the bench against Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada. Nolan Reimold is in right field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is one of only two players in the last 50 seasons (1967-2016) to make his

Can Tillman build off his last start against the Jays?

Bring up Chris Tillman’s struggles against the Blue Jays and he’ll quickly mention his last start against them. That’s going out on a high note. And the improvement ... wait for it ... strikes a chord with him. Tillman held the Blue Jays to two runs and five hits over 7 1/3 innings on Sept. 28 at Camden Yards. He needed it to lower his

Showalter speaks after a 4-3 10-inning win

Few moments in sports rival the walk-off passed ball for pure excitement. It never happened for the Orioles before tonight. They were in a celebratory mood after Caleb Joseph raced home with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give them a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays before 15,404 at Camden Yards. With Adam Jones at the plate, a pitch from

Pedro Alvarez trying to join the hit party in Baltimore (O’s win in 10th)

Before the clubhouse opened to the media today and before the Orioles took batting practice, Pedro Alvarez performed drills at first base to sharpen his footwork and skills at digging throws out of the dirt. The Orioles set up a JUGS machine at the shortstop position and launched the ball across the infield, some reaching his glove on the fly and some short-hopping him. Alvarez

Showalter on Matusz, Jones and the rotation

The Orioles did a nice job of bumping up Brian Matusz’s innings total after he was limited to two in spring training due to a strained muscle in his lower back. Matusz worked 10 innings in his five appearances on his injury rehab assignment, including four last night at Single-A Frederick. He went three innings in his previous appearance with the Keys. “It’s good for

Updating Matusz, Gausman, Jones, Lohse and more

Left-hander Brian Matusz is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday while the Orioles are in Kansas City. Matusz allowed one hit and struck out nine batters over four scoreless innings last night at Single-A Frederick. He’s made five appearances on his minor league rehab assignment. “It felt good to be able to get extended to four innings,” Matusz said today. “Threw

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Adam Jones is in the Orioles lineup tonight after leaving last night’s game with a stomach virus. Joey Rickard continues to lead off and play left field. Mark Trumbo is in right. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Pedro Alvarez is on the field early today working out at first base. A JUGS machine is used to simulate throws to first, allowing Alvarez to field

Taking a look at tonight’s pitching matchup

Having lost four of their last five games, the Orioles will try to straighten out tonight against a knuckleball pitcher. Consider it the latest challenge in a young season. Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey is 2-6 with a 3.93 ERA in 14 outings (11 starts) against the Orioles. He’s 1-3 with a 3.09 ERA in six outings (five starts) at Camden Yards. The current Orioles

Leftovers for breakfast

Mark Trumbo reached base twice last night on a walk and infield hit. He also threw out Troy Tulowitzki at the plate to conclude the third inning, and it wasn’t close. Tulowitzki went in standing and ran into catcher Matt Wieters’ tag. He could have just stopped and held out an arm. Trumbo has 16 career outfield assists, the most recent before last night coming

Showalter speaks after 4-3 loss

The Orioles no longer are unbeaten at home or on a nice early roll. Though they got six innings out of starter Mike Wright and the first home run from Matt Wieters, the Orioles lost again tonight, 4-3 to the Blue Jays before an announced crowd of 16,783 at Camden Yards. The Orioles have dropped four of their last five games, tonight’s defeat coming after

Jones leaves tonight’s game with stomach virus (O’s lose 4-3)

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones left tonight’s game after the bottom of the sixth inning with a stomach virus, according to the team. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard moved to center field and Nolan Reimold was inserted into left. Jones grounded to short for the second out in the sixth inning. He hit into a double play and singled in two previous at-bats. The news

Orioles trying to remain perfect at home (Machado homers)

Ramon Martinez is serving as Orioles pitching coach for the three-game series against the Blue Jays while Dave Wallace attends to a family matter. Martinez is in his second season as special assignment pitching instructor. The Orioles are the only team in the majors to remain unbeaten at home with a 5-0 record. The Nationals are 5-1 and the Royals are 4-1. When does a

Showalter on Gausman, Matusz and Paredes

The Orioles rotation could include Kevin Gausman as early as Monday, or he could remain out of it next week. It’s anybody’s guess at this point. Gausman is starting Wednesday night for Triple-A Norfolk, putting him in line to pitch Monday unless manager Buck Showalter wants to keep Ubaldo Jimenez on his normal turn. And unless the Orioles decide Gausman would benefit from another start

Gausman starting Wednesday for Norfolk (plus other notes)

The Orioles are keeping Kevin Gausman on his injury rehab assignment. Gausman will report to Triple-A Norfolk and start Wednesday night in Charlotte. He could be activated and start for the Orioles when his turn comes up again, but the decision is pending. Gausman, on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, has allowed three runs (one earned) and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings

Orioles lineup vs. Toronto

Manny Machado will try to extend his hitting streak to 12 games as the Orioles open their brief homestand with tonight’s game against the Blue Jays. Machado and the Angels’ Andrelton Simmons are tied for the longest active hitting streak in the majors. No surprises in tonight’s lineup. Joey Rickard is leading off and playing left field. Mark Trumbo is in right. Pedro Alvarez is

Mike Wright finally gets a second chance

The Orioles should be able to play tonight’s game without any delays, without the sky opening and the tarp unrolling. The forecast calls for temperatures in the upper 70s during the day and dipping to 47 in the evening. No chance of precipitation. Rain doesn’t return until Friday when the Orioles are in Kansas City. The Blue Jays arrive at Camden Yards with a 7-7

Mark Trumbo shares weekly award

Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo is being rewarded for last week’s offensive outburst. Trumbo has been named the American League’s co-Player of the Week for the period ending April 17 after batting .320/.346/.960 in six games. He shares the award with Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. This is Trumbo’s first weekly honor and Altuve’s second. Trumbo had one double, five home runs, 11 RBIs and six

Orioles’ infield defense has been golden

ARLINGTON, Texas - Manny Machado makes a diving stop along the third base line and fires from his knees to record the out. A few innings later, he crouches to backhand a nasty one-hopper near his body and starts a rally-killing double play. It seems to almost become a competition among Orioles infielders. Jonathan Schoop takes a couple of steps up the middle, makes a

Orioles adjust rotation for Blue Jays series

ARLINGTON, Texas - Mike Wright will avoid being skipped in the rotation following today’s rainout. Wright is forced to wait again, but he’s scheduled to pitch Tuesday night against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. The Orioles also announced that Ubaldo Jimenez will start Wednesday, followed by Chris Tillman on Thursday. They’re each being pushed back a day. Manager Buck Showalter could start Vance Worley

Orioles-Rangers game postponed due to rain

ARLINGTON, Texas - Today’s game between the Orioles and Rangers has been postponed by rain and will be made up on Monday, June 20. The time will be determined later. This is the Rangers’ first rainout since May 29, 2013. They held the majors’ longest overall streak without a home or road postponement, spanning 448 games. It’s already pouring this morning, the storm accompanied by

Orioles, Rangers unsure whether weather will let them play

ARLINGTON, Texas - Depending on which forecast you check today, we’re getting a lot of rain or a whole bunch of rain. There may be a few windows to play the game, but we could be here all night. The Orioles will wait as long as necessary rather than lose their off-day on Monday. The Rangers also are off Monday, but it’s the first open

Wrapping up an 8-4 loss

ARLINGTON, Texas - One night after the Orioles battered the Rangers in the seventh inning, hitting four home runs and erasing a four-run deficit, they came unglued in the bottom half of the same frame. The Rangers sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring six runs and came away with an 8-4 win at Globe Life Park. Yovani Gallardo was at 96 pitches through the

Game update, Schoop injury anniversary and more (O’s lose 8-4)

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles decided tonight not to wait until they were down four runs in the later innings to flex their muscles. Manny Machado, the second batter of the game, lined an 88 mph fastball from Colby Lewis over the left-center field fence to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead over the Rangers. A strong wind blow in did nothing to redirect the

Pregame notes on Matusz, Gausman, Alvarez and more

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz will make another rehab appearance at Single-A Frederick following last night’s three-inning stint at Harry Grove Stadium. Matusz is expected to pitch on Tuesday and work three to four innings if he’s able. He allowed one run last night, on a solo home run, over three innings. The Orioles could activate Matusz next weekend while they’re in Kansas

Orioles and Rangers lineups

ARLINGTON, Texas - Mark Trumbo has hit five home runs in the last five games, and he’s in the Orioles lineup again tonight with a chance to do more damage. According to Elias, Trumbo is the first Oriole to hit five home runs in his first 10 games with the team. Nine players hit four homers through 10 games, most recently Todd Zeile, Rafael Palmeiro

Orioles release Todd Redmond

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles have released veteran right-hander Todd Redmond from his Triple-A contract, according to a tweet from the Norfolk Tides. Redmond’s next turn in the rotation on Wednesday is now listed as TBA. Right-hander Terry Doyle has moved up from Double-A Bowie and is starting tonight against Gwinnett. Redmond, 30, allowed 15 runs and 18 hits in two starts covering only five

J.J. Hardy on walking with a “limp” and a look at tonight’s matchup

ARLINGTON, Texas - As he headed back to the dugout during Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy must have been walking with a slight limp or appeared to be in some discomfort. He wasn’t aware of it until I told him that numerous fans on Twitter and the blog wondered whether he was hurting again. Hardy missed two games with stiffness

Wrapping up an 11-5 win and a five-homer night

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles had lost two games in a row and were down four runs tonight in the top of the seventh inning. It looked bad. It soon bordered on ridiculous, and in a very good way. Four home runs hit in a nine-run seventh, with Mark Trumbo launching two of them. Jonathan Schoop hit his second homer of the night in the

Showalter says Trumbo not just “some brute” at the plate (O’s win 11-5)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Mark Trumbo, a career .250 hitter in his first six major league seasons, is batting .389 heading into tonight’s game against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Trumbo also has posted a .421 on-base percentage in 38 plate appearances. He had a .300 OBP when the Orioles acquired him from the Mariners over the winter for backup catcher Steve Clevenger. It’s not

Early notes on Paredes, Alvarez, Beliveau and Gallardo

ARLINGTON, Texas - Jimmy Paredes will play in an extended spring training game Monday in Sarasota as he moves closer to a return from the disabled list. Paredes sprained his left wrist on March 3 while diving for a ball in right field in Port Charlotte. He’s on the DL retroactive to March 25. The Orioles eventually will send Paredes on an injury rehab assignment

Orioles and Rangers lineups

ARLINGTON, Texas - Adam Jones is in the Orioles’ lineup for the second night in a row. He’ll bat third and start in center field. Joey Rickard remains in the leadoff position and will start in left field. Orioles relievers rank second in the American League and third in the majors with a 1.54 ERA in 35 innings. Chris Tillman is celebrating his 28th birthday.

Orioles claim reliever Scott McGough off waivers

The Orioles have claimed right-handed reliever Scott McGough off waivers from the Marlins and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. With the move, the Orioles have 39 players on their 40-man roster. The Marlins designated McGough, 26, for assignment yesterday to make room for Eric Jokisch, who was claimed the previous day. McGough made his major league debut last season, appearing in six games with the

Wondering about Worley and tonight’s lineup

ARLINGTON, Texas - In the Orioles’ continued pursuit of a deep start from their rotation, they’re turning tonight to right-hander Vance Worley. Next man up. Worley lasted 4 2/3 innings in his debut against the Rays. He kept them scoreless through the third, surrendered a bases-empty home run to Corey Dickerson in the fourth and managed only two outs in the fifth. A catcher’s interference

Kevin Gausman, Brian Matusz and No. 42

ARLINGTON, Texas - Kevin Gausman and Brian Matusz remain scheduled to pitch tonight at Single-A Frederick, perhaps their final appearances in the minors before coming off the disabled list. Team executives Dan Duquette and Brady Anderson will be in attendance, along with special assignment pitching instructor Ramon Martinez. Manager Buck Showalter wants more than good health from Gausman and Matusz. He expects good results, too.

Wrapping up a 6-3 loss

ARLINGTON, Texas - How do you critique a start where the pitcher is victimized by the kind of misfortune that fell upon Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman? “You can’t,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “Just say that.” Tillman worked 5 1/3 innings tonight, the second Orioles starter to move past the fifth, but he was charged with six runs in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers.

More on Machado’s hot start and Hardy’s heads-up play (O’s lose 6-3)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Adam Jones swung at the first pitch tonight from Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels, a 90-mph fastball, and grounded to short to end the top of the first inning. No sense milking the at-bat, Jones’ first since April 6. Elvis Andrus made a nice backhanded stop and throw, getting Jones by the closest of margins. The Orioles considered a challenge, but declined it.

Buck Showalter on Adam Jones: “He’s like a caged lion”

ARLINGTON, Texas - With the weather warmer and more batting practice sessions behind him, Adam Jones has returned to the Orioles’ lineup and a more comfortable element. Leaning on a railing and watching games in a hooded sweatshirt isn’t his idea of fun. “He’s ready,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We’re ready to get him out of the clubhouse and out of the dugout. Clubbies ask

Vance Worley on his next opportunity to start

ARLINGTON, Texas - It wasn’t until yesterday evening, shortly before first pitch, that the Orioles confirmed their starter for Friday night. The TBA designation was replaced by a name. It also wasn’t until yesterday that Vance Worley found out the Orioles chose him for the assignment. Worley will stay on turn against the Rangers at Globe Life Park, making his second start of the season

Orioles and Rangers lineups

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles’ lineup finally includes center fielder Adam Jones. Jones is starting tonight for the first time since April 6. He’s been used as a defensive replacement twice while receiving treatment for soreness in his rib area. Jones took early batting practice again this afternoon at Globe Life Park, along with Ryan Flaherty and Caleb Joseph, and later played catch in the

This, that and the other

BOSTON - The Orioles are returning to the scene of their meltdown. It actually was the continuation of one. They were swept in a three-game series in Arlington in August after the Twins won all four games at Camden Yards and the Royals took three of four at Kauffman Stadium. It didn’t get any better after the Orioles left Texas. They dropped two of three

Wrapping up a 4-2 loss

BOSTON - The Orioles won’t go 162-0. The season-opening winning streak ended at seven games tonight with a 4-2 loss to the Red Sox at frigid Fenway Park. The Orioles actually won 12 in a row dating to last September. They set a franchise record by hitting 14 home runs in their first eight games, the previous mark being 13 in 1966, 2012 and 2015.

The wait continues for Tyler Wilson (O’s lose 4-2)

BOSTON - Tyler Wilson is alive and well, and he appreciates your concern. Wilson was amused when told that fans wondered what happened to him. Was he injured? Was he dead? The inactivity has nothing to do with his health. He hasn’t pitched since tossing three scoreless innings on opening day, but that’s the life of a long reliever. And Wilson is full of life.

Notes on Jones, Wilson, Kim, O’Day and Bundy (updated)

BOSTON - Adam Jones felt good this afternoon after taking early batting practice and four rounds with the regular group, and there’s a good chance he starts Thursday night’s series opener against the Rangers. Manager Buck Showalter already has checked the forecast in Arlington and the temperature is supposed to be 71 degrees at game time. Jones hasn’t started since last Wednesday due to discomfort

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

BOSTON - Adam Jones is out of the Orioles lineup again tonight, but Hyun Soo Kim has been included in it. Kim is making his second major league start and he’s confronting the Green Monster at Fenway Park. J.J. Hardy moves up to fifth. For the Orioles Joey Rickard CF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo RF J.J. Hardy SS Pedro Alvarez DH

Adam Jones working out before batting practice as Orioles wait to post lineup

BOSTON - Adam Jones took early batting practice today and did some long-tossing in the outfield, as the Orioles figure out whether he can rejoin the lineup for tonight’s series finale against the Red Sox. Jones hit off a tee in the cage before taking swings against a coach. He moved to the outfield to play catch and gradually extended the distance before moving back

This, that and the other

BOSTON - The recent and more distant pasts of Ubaldo Jimenez will collide tonight in the series finale against the Red Sox. Jimenez held the Twins to one earned run over seven innings on April 7, walking none and striking out nine. Manager Buck Showalter extended him to 106 pitches and it paid off. No other Orioles starter has gone more than five innings. Jimenez

Wrapping up a 9-5 win

BOSTON - The Orioles are having so much fun these days, they even found tremendous joy tonight in two J.J. Hardy home runs that sneaked inside the Pesky Pole in right field. They got a lot of mileage out of two balls that measured 321 and 331 feet. Hardy couldn’t contain his smile as he rounded the bases after the second, also a two-run shot

Flaherty takes left field assignment as “just another game” (O’s win 9-5)

BOSTON - Ryan Flaherty is taking on the Green Monster again. No slingshot. Just a glove and a clue how to play it. Flaherty has made only eight career starts in left field, but tonight marks his third at Fenway Park. He made six starts in 2012 and one last year, on Sept. 26 in Boston. Manager Buck Showalter inserted Flaherty into left field yesterday

Orioles extend Brian Matusz’s injury rehab assignment

BOSTON - The Orioles have extended Brian Matusz’s rehab assignment, with the left-hander scheduled to pitch multiple innings Friday night at Single-A Frederick. Matusz will follow Kevin Gausman to the mound. The Orioles would like to get five innings out of Gausman and perhaps three out of Matusz. The assignment was extended after Matusz allowed six runs and seven hits last night in the first

Adam Jones remains out of Orioles lineup

BOSTON - Center fielder Adam Jones is out of the Orioles’ lineup again tonight, with Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard replacing him and batting first. Jones hasn’t been in the lineup since Wednesday while he continues to receive treatment for soreness in his rib area. He played center field yesterday in the bottom of the ninth inning. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Ryan

Dan Duquette says Nationals haven’t contacted him

BOSTON - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette denied a report this morning that the crosstown-rival Nationals are pursuing him for the job of team president. “I don’t know anything about this,” he wrote in a text message, “nor has anyone contacted me.” The St. Paul Pioneer Press, citing a source, reported the Nationals’ interest in Duquette, who’s in Boston for the Orioles’ three-game series

Wright ready for delayed debut (plus leftovers for breakfast)

BOSTON - Mike Wright finally gets a turn. The Orioles pushed back Wright’s debut from Friday to Saturday in order to accommodate Chris Tillman, who lasted only two innings and 22 pitches on opening day due to the weather. Wright warmed up and was ready to go Saturday, but a wintry mix and freezing temperatures caused a postponement before he took the mound. So let’s

Wrapping up a 9-7 win

BOSTON - The Orioles are 6-0 for the first time in club history, a milestone that doesn’t seem to be a hot topic inside the clubhouse or the manager’s office. No one is ordering a cake or thumbing through the display of Hallmark cards. It’s just six wins in six games. “Our guys are very reality based, understand it doesn’t mean much of anything,” manager

Orioles adjust outfield alignment at Fenway Park (O’s win 9-7)

BOSTON - The opening day introductions and ceremonies have ended at Fenway Park and the Orioles are batting in the top of the first inning. No rain or wintery mix. No tarp on the field. It’s just baseball. Players on both teams were introduced, along with the video coordinators, translator and the Red Sox massage therapist. No love thrown toward the press box. The Red

Adam Jones: “I’m getting a lot better day by day”

BOSTON - Adam Jones did some running and throwing before batting practice this morning and took a few swings to check whether he still felt discomfort in his rib area. The Orioles lineup already was posted inside the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park while their center fielder worked up a sweat in the cold air. Jones wasn’t in it. Jones hasn’t played since Wednesday and

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Adam Jones is not in today’s Orioles lineup against the Red Sox and will miss his fourth straight start because of rib soreness. Joey Rickard will replace Jones in center field and lead off. Mark Trumbo will play left field in front of the Green Monster, while Nolan Reimold is in right field. Matt Wieters is the designated hitter, with Caleb Joseph catching

Leftovers for breakfast

BOSTON - The first homestand is behind us and it’s time to embark on the first road trip, with stops in chilly Boston and steaming Arlington. The latest forecasts calls for a 100 percent chance of rain on Tuesday. There’s no escaping it. Grab a comfortable seat today and enjoy the Red Sox’s opening day festivities and whatever they have planned for David Ortiz. Tissues

Showalter speaks after latest sweep

Darren O’Day battled, Zach Britton breezed and the Orioles matched the best start in club history. O’Day struck out Hank Conger today on his 33rd pitch to escape a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning and Britton retired the Rays in order to record his second save in a 5-3 win at Camden Yards. The Orioles matched their best start at 5-0. Move over 1970

Hyun Soo Kim singles in first major league at-bat (O’s win 5-3)

Fans applauded Hyun Soo Kim today as he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the second inning. A much different response from opening day. Kim’s first major league at-bat came immediately after Pedro Alvarez scored from first base on Jonathan Schoop’s double into the left field corner to break a scoreless tie. Aggressive send by third base coach Bobby Dickerson. Aggressive reaction from

Showalter on Jones: “He’s worth waiting on”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter still can’t provide an exact date for Adam Jones’ return to the lineup. He’s confident, however, that Jones is getting close and the injury isn’t related to the oblique. Jones hasn’t played since Wednesday night and it’s not known whether he’ll play Monday afternoon in Boston. “Any time you’re dealing with that area, it’s such an unknown,” Showalter said. “It’s so

Hyun Soo Kim and J.J. Hardy in Orioles lineup

Hyun Soo Kim makes his Orioles debut today, starting in left field and batting ninth for the series finale against the Rays that also closes out the homestand. J.J. Hardy is back at shortstop, but Adam Jones remains out of the lineup. Joey Rickard is in center field. Manager Buck Showalter said there’s one movement at the end of Jones’ swing that still brings some

This and that on today’s game

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s today, with zero chance of rain. This qualifies as baseball weather in Baltimore as the season’s first homestand draws to a close. Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim is expected to make his Orioles debut against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Vance Worley will take the mound in his Orioles debut. Two of the last three Orioles to get into

Orioles-Rays game postponed (Worley starting Sunday)

Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Rays is over before it started. The tarp came off the field, it returned as a wintry mix began to fall again and the Orioles just announced a postponement due to inclement weather. Not a single pitch was thrown. No makeup date has been announced, but the Rays are back here on June 24-26. Mike Wright likely will have

Hearing from Showalter, Hardy and Matusz (game postponed)

The Orioles are the only undefeated team left in the majors. The ‘72 Dolphins have champagne on ice in case the streak ends. The Rays hit in the indoor cage this afternoon while the Orioles took batting practice outside. Ryan Flaherty was in short sleeves. The sky is darkening again, but the Orioles feel good about their chances of playing. “We take a lot of

Notes on Jones, Hardy, Matusz, Gausman, Worley and more

The Orioles are taking batting practice this afternoon on a sun-splashed field, though the temperature continues to drop. “It’s going to be cold, but we play games,” said manager Buck Showalter. “That’s what we do.” Showalter added that the wind is going to be “a challenge.” Center fielder Adam Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy may have played tonight if the temperature wasn’t supposed to dip

Hardy, Jones still out of Orioles lineup

Tonight’s Orioles lineup against the Rays is still missing shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones. Hardy said the calf tightness that caused him to miss Friday’s game is no longer a problem, but he won’t start because of the cold temperatures that are predicted for tonight’s game. Hardy expects to start Sunday. Jones is still dealing with soreness in his rib area. With

Updating the weather situation and starters in Boston

The tarp has been peeled back from the infield at Camden Yards and the sun is trying to peek through the clouds. Though it’s NFL weather in Baltimore, the Orioles still could play the Rays tonight despite the ominous forecast that caused the team to consider making contingency plans in case of a postponement. The Nationals already have postponed their game. Meanwhile, Orioles manager Buck

Move must be made for Matusz

Freezing rain, snow, high winds, temperatures in the 20s. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack - plus a scarf, mittens, hot chocolate and a set of jumper cables shoved up my nose to keep me functioning. (Nose was my second choice. I was advised by a friend that my first choice probably would get me fired.) Let’s play snow ball tonight at Camden Yards

Wrapping up a 6-1 win

The Orioles are 4-0 for the first time since 2011, and a win in their next game would make them 5-0 for the first time since 1970. Can they run the table? Tonight’s 6-1 win over the Rays gave the Orioles at least four wins in a row to start a season for the eighth time in franchise history. Chris Tillman rebounded from a shaky

More from Showalter on Machado (Orioles hit four homers in 6-1 win)

The Orioles shifted their infield tonight against the second batter of the game, Tampa Bay first baseman Logan Morrison, a left-handed hitter played to pull the ball. Ryan Flaherty abandoned third base and moved over to second, with Jonathan Schoop sliding to his left and back toward right field. Manny Machado was alone on the left side of the infield, manning the shortstop position. Machado

Weather could impact Gausman at Bowie (Worley starts Sunday)

With frigid temperatures and the possibility of snow in Saturday’s forecast, Kevin Gausman may have his start at Double-A Bowie pushed back to Sunday. Gausman attended high school in Colorado and is used to firing mid-90s fastballs in the snow. He said he’s pitched while wearing a hooded sweatshirt. But the Orioles aren’t going to expose him to those elements while he’s trying to return

J.J. Hardy out of lineup with calf tightness

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is out of tonight’s lineup with tightness in his calf. Hardy felt the calf tighten up shortly before last night’s rain delay. He received treatment and noticed improvement after taking the field again. Hardy was fine earlier today, but the calf stiffened as he did some running. “I just kind of made the decision we’re going to back off it today,”

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

After hitting his first career home run in last night’s win against the Twins, Joey Rickard is back in the leadoff spot and in center field as the Orioles open a three-game series with Tampa Bay. Adam Jones spoke earlier in the clubhouse and said he is feeling better and hopes to return to the lineup this weekend, but doesn’t feel a huge sense of

Jones says he feels much better, expects to play this weekend

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones isn’t in tonight’s lineup for the series opener against the Rays. However, he says that he’s feeling much better and expects to play this weekend. Jones sat out last night’s game with soreness in his rib area. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard played center field and Nolan Reimold was in left. “Good. A lot better than yesterday,” he said today

Hardy’s handy work

During his playing days, Cal Ripken Jr. would change stances about as often as manager’s change their lineups. Or their socks, if Ripken was slumping or trying to compensate for a sore back. J.J. Hardy isn’t trying to uphold a tradition among Orioles shortstops, but he’s been known to experiment, too. While Ripken might bend more at the knees or straighten up, Hardy is known

Wrapping up a 4-2 win and three-game sweep

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said no tests are scheduled for Adam Jones and he remains hopeful that the center fielder will return to the lineup on Friday for the series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards. Jones is bothered by discomfort in his rib area. The Orioles will check him again after he arrives at the ballpark. “Right now we’re in pretty good shape,”

Jimenez with rare loss in battle against Mauer (O’s win 4-2)

Ubaldo Jimenez wasn’t going to get the best of Joe Mauer in every at-bat. It just seemed that way. The Twins’ first baseman was 1-for-14 against Jimenez until tonight, when he homered to right-center field with two outs in the first inning to put the Orioles in an early hole. Brian Dozier struck out and Danny Santana was thrown out trying to steal after reaching

Showalter on Jones: “I hope he’s back in the lineup tomorrow”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter eased into specifics today on Adam Jones’ injury, saying there were “a lot of reasons” why the center fielder’s name didn’t appear in the lineup. “I’m trying to get everybody a start before we get through this homestand,” Showalter said. “Got Caleb (Joseph) and Nolan (Reimold) in there.” Jones is out because he was “a little sore in the rib area

Orioles say Adam Jones out of lineup with soreness in “rib area”

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out of tonight’s lineup for the series finale against the Twins due to soreness in his rib area, according to manager Buck Showalter. Jones wasn’t at his locker while the media was allowed inside the clubhouse. Showalter said Jones insists that he’s fine and wants to play, but the Orioles aren’t taking any chances in the first week of

Orioles give pitcher Eric Fornataro a tryout (Jones out of lineup)

Still in search of pitching to improve their depth in the system, the Orioles worked out right-hander Eric Fornataro yesterday at Camden Yards. Fornataro, 28, spent last season at Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals’ organization and went 1-4 with a 5.54 ERA in 36 games, including one start. He posted a 2.57 ERA in 44 games with Triple-A Memphis in 2014. The Nats selected Fornataro

Orioles acquire pitcher Jayson Aquino

The Orioles made a minor league trade this morning, acquiring left-hander Jayson Aquino from the Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations. Aquino has been optioned to Double-A Bowie. Aquino, 23, pitched in three organizations last summer - none of them being the Cardinals. Aquino went 5-11 with a 3.28 ERA in a career-high 24 starts between Single-A Lynchburg (Indians), Dunedin (Blue Jays) and Bradenton (Pirates).

Tyler Wilson in prime real estate in Orioles clubhouse

The left side of the Orioles clubhouse belongs to the pitchers, the row broken up into two sections to allow access to the shower area. There’s light spillage to other areas, with Ubaldo Jimenez on the opposite side and Vance Worley against the back wall, but the left dominates. To find rookie Tyler Wilson, you must go all the way to the end of the

Wrapping up a 4-2 win

The Orioles have won their first two games in 2016. They just have 160 to go for that elusive undefeated season. Then come the playoffs, of course. Zach Britton recorded his 74th career save to tie Eddie Watt for seventh on the Orioles’ all-time list. He ranks third among left-handers behind Tippy Martinez (105) and Randy Myers (76). Manager Buck Showalter said he’s unaware of

Chris Davis hits Orioles’ first home run (O’s lead 4-2, Gallardo done)

The Orioles’ first home run of the 2016 season came off the bat of first baseman Chris Davis. In a lineup full of candidates, Davis seemed like the safe bet. Davis’ shot to straightaway center field broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning after the Twins knotted the score in the top half on Byron Buxton’s leadoff double, a sacrifice bunt and Joe Mauer’s

Showalter on Trumbo, Kim and the new slide rules

Jimmy Paredes hit off a tee today as part of his progression after being restricted to taking dry swings. Paredes is on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left wrist. Mark Trumbo will try to build on his four-hit day while returning to the cleanup spot. He sprayed the ball to all fields again on Monday. “He’s shown that ability,” Orioles manager

Quick hits from the clubhouse

It didn’t take long for the Orioles to make the first adjustment to their rotation. Chris Tillman will start Friday night against the Rays on three days’ rest after working only two innings on opening day. Mike Wright will be pushed back to Saturday night. The Rays are starting Chris Archer, Drew Smyly and Jake Odorizzi. Manager Buck Showalter is withholding the identity of his

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is batting ninth again for tonight’s game against the Twins at Camden Yards. Manny Machado continues to lead off for the Orioles and Adam Jones is batting second. Mark Trumbo is batting cleanup after collecting four hits from that spot on opening day. Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo is 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA and 10 quality starts in 16 career

Pitching in on tonight’s game

The Orioles’ eight-man bullpen should be in good shape tonight with the off-day and only Tyler Wilson working more than 1 1/3 innings on opening day. Wilson threw 38 pitches in three scoreless innings. Vance Worley and T.J. McFarland are available as long men if starter Yovani Gallardo makes an early exit against the Twins. With the Orioles needing a fifth starter on Sunday, manager

Gausman progresses to simulated game, assignment at Bowie

Kevin Gausman will pitch a two-inning simulated game Wednesday in Sarasota as he nears a return from the disabled list and his rightful place in the rotation. Gausman received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder on March 20 and has been engaged in a throwing program, expanding the distance on his throws on flat ground. He received good results from a bullpen session on

Leftovers for breakfast

With the NCAA men’s basketball tournament ending last night in such dramatic fashion, did Orioles catcher Matt Wieters experience his own one shining moment? Wieters had the walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning in a 3-2 win over the Twins at Camden Yards. His moment came after four failed at-bats that included two strikeouts and five runners left on base. Mark Trumbo

Hearing from Showalter after a 3-2 walk-off win

The Orioles didn’t want any part of free baseball today after two weather-related delays totaling 2 hours, 51 minutes. Matt Wieters delivered his eighth career walk-off hit with a two-out single in the ninth inning that scored Chris Davis and gave the Orioles a 3-2 opening day win over the Twins before 45,785 at Camden Yards. The Orioles snapped an eight-game losing streak to the

It’s Tyler Wilson’s turn on opening day (O’s win 3-2)

Two years ago, Tyler Wilson started against the Orioles in an exhibition game at Triple-A Norfolk. Now he’s replacing their starter on opening day. No task is too daunting for Wilson, who broke camp with the Orioles for the first time. He’s confident but not obnoxiously cocky. He’s got swagger, but nothing that’s going to offend teammates. He’s easily one of the most likeable guys

Rickard gets first major league hit before latest delay (Wilson in relief)

The tarp is back on the field at Camden Yards, with time called at 5:19 p.m. We’re experiencing our second delay, this one caused by actual rain. Meanwhile, the legend of Joey Rickard continues. Only the state has changed. Rickard was a spring training sensation, batting .397 to lead American League hitters in the Grapefruit League. Needing to do something special today for an encore,

It’s opening delay at Camden Yards (game starts after 1:41 delay)

The opening day ceremonies are over and the tarp is on the field. Welcome to our first rain delay of the 2016 season, though we’re still waiting for the first drop to fall. First pitch is on hold due to the “threat of inclement weather.” No word on how long it’s going to last. Just get comfortable. The starting pitchers, Chris Tillman and Ervin Santana,

Joey Rickard, Mark Trumbo and more from Buck Showalter

Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard walked into the clubhouse this morning having no idea whether he’d be in the opening day lineup and where he’d bat if manager Buck Showalter included him. It wasn’t until later that he found out he would start in left field at bat ninth against the Twins. The realization is slowly sinking in for Rickard that he’s made the club,

Pregame notes and Showalter quotes before the opener

Left-hander Brian Matusz is scheduled to pitch at Double-A Bowie on Thursday and the Orioles want to activate him three days later. Kevin Gausman will throw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. He will make starts covering three and five innings before coming off the disabled list. Gausman remains targeted to start on April 19. Infielder Jimmy Paredes is taking dry swings with a fungo

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is in left field for the Orioles in their opener against the Twins today, but third baseman Manny Machado will hit leadoff. As he did for much of spring training, center fielder Adam Jones is batting second, followed by first baseman Chris Davis, right fielder Mark Trumbo and catcher Matt Wieters. Designated hitter Pedro Alvarez is hitting sixth. Chris Tillman

Opening days past and present

We’ve reached another opening day, my 20th on the Orioles beat. There’s rain in the forecast, but I’ve covered openers in the snow. Rain isn’t going to faze me. In 2003, the Indians’ Ellis Burks hit a fly ball to right field in the third inning that Jay Gibbons lost in the flakes. Second baseman Jerry Hairston sprinted after the ball, knowing that Gibbons couldn’t

Worley and Reimold go from bubble to opening day roster

Vance Worley didn’t know he made the club until noticing today that his jerseys and pants were hanging in his locker at Camden Yards. Nolan Reimold wasn’t aware that he was part of the Orioles’ 25-man roster until realizing that no one told him otherwise as morning turned to afternoon. The bubble guys didn’t burst. Worley started Friday night’s exhibition game in Philadelphia and had

Duquette and Showalter talk about Kim, the roster and more

The Orioles are continuing their workout today at chilly Camden Yards, many players wearing wool caps and hooded sweatshirts. Hyun Soo Kim is on the field with his teammates after the club failed to convince him to extend his spring training in the minors. “Kim’s been on the roster and we asked him to take some more time to get the at-bats that we felt

Quick hits before today’s workout

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he expects the 25-man roster to go unchanged on opening day. Last year, the Orioles designated reliever Ryan Webb for assignment and purchased catcher Ryan Lavarnway’s contract after setting the roster the previous day. Duquette said the club looked at 10 or 12 available players this spring before setting its roster. Manager Buck Showalter said Xavier Avery will

Orioles set 25-man roster (updated)

The Orioles have set their 25-man roster for opening day, and it includes outfielders Hyun Soo Kim and Nolan Reimold. Xavier Avery has been reassigned to minor league camp and will report to Triple-A Norfolk. Kim wouldn’t give his consent to a minor league assignment and the Orioles wouldn’t cut him and eat $7 million. The bullpen currently holds eight pitchers, including Tyler Wilson and

Spring training stars, the roster and the menu

The games that don’t count have ended. The Orioles are working out today at Camden Yards and opening the 2016 season on Monday afternoon against the Twins. With so much angst over the Hyun Soo Kim situation and the rotation, let’s pause to reflect on pitcher Dylan Bundy and shortstop J.J. Hardy getting through camp healthy and productive. Those are important achievements. We haven’t been

More thoughts on the roster

Hunter Harvey has been playing catch at the Orioles’ minor league complex while recovering from a mild groin strain. He’s feeling much better and it shouldn’t be too long before he’s back on the mound. Harvey was forced out of Tuesday’s start at Twin Lakes Park in the third inning. He hasn’t pitched since 2014 due to a strained right flexor mass. And that’s how

Orioles whittle down spring training roster to 29 players

The Orioles made eight cuts tonight that put their opening day roster into sharper focus, unless they make any other changes before Sunday’s deadline. It’s still possible. The Orioles reassigned pitchers Todd Redmond and Pedro Beato, infielders Paul Janish and Steve Tolleson, and outfielder L.J. Hoes to minor league camp. They also optioned catcher Francisco Pena and confirmed that pitchers Chaz Roe and Zach Phillips

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

Hyun Soo Kim isn’t in the Orioles lineup for tonight’s exhibition finale against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is playing left field and batting ninth. Manny Machado is leading off. Adam Jones continues to bat second. Mark Trumbo is batting cleanup and shortstop J.J. Hardy moves up to sixth. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris

Miguel Gonzalez given unconditional release

The Orioles officially have parted ways with former starter Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez, 31, cleared waivers this afternoon and was given his unconditional release. He becomes a free agent and may sign with any team. Gonzalez was due to make $5.1 million this year after avoiding an arbitration hearing, but the Orioles placed him on release waivers Wednesday before he could embark on his fifth season

Chaz Roe placed on waivers (updated)

Sitting on the roster bubble at the beginning of spring training, reliever Chaz Roe has been placed on waivers as the Orioles break camp and head to Philadelphia for tonight’s exhibition game. Roe appeared in 10 games this spring and allowed three runs and 12 hits in 11 2/3 innings, with five walks, nine strikeouts and a hit batter. He left camp for a few

A crazy camp doesn’t get any calmer with Kim news

TAMPA - The Orioles are concluding one of the most bizarre, exasperating and exhausting spring trainings in franchise history. This could be inaccurate, a gross exaggeration, but I’d need examples that trumped what happened in Sarasota. Yovani Gallardo agrees to terms on a three-year contract, concerns about his right shoulder surface during a physical and the deal is restructured. Dexter Fowler agrees to terms on

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