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Orioles acquire Wade Miley from Mariners (updated)

The Orioles have reached agreement on a trade with the Mariners less than 24 hours before the non-waiver deadline, acquiring left-hander Wade Miley in exchange for lefty Ariel Miranda. Multiple sources confirmed it before the Orioles made the announcement a few minutes ago. The rotation finally gets a southpaw. The Orioles and Mariners have been engaged in heavy discussions involving Miley for the past few

Random trade deadline thoughts

Orioles manager Buck Showalter still needs one more win to tie Wilbert Robinson for 28th place on the all-time list with 1,399 and Paul Richards for second place on the club’s all-time list with 517. With the non-waiver trade deadline arriving Monday at 4 p.m., it’s important to note again that it’s a flimsy deadline. That the Orioles make deals beyond it. That opportunities to

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Matt Wieters is catching again today, staying behind the plate for the entire three-game series against the Blue Jays, who will attempt to complete their sweep of the Orioles this afternoon at Rogers Centre. Wieters has caught all but one of Chris Tillman’s starts this season. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Mark Trumbo is in right. Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter.

Orioles trying to stop five-game skid and avoid sweep

The Orioles’ season ended in New York. It started up again after they returned to Camden Yards. It ended again this weekend in Toronto. It’s so hard to keep up, which is where Twitter comes in handy. The offense remains in a deep freeze, scoring only one run yesterday on Pedro Alvarez’s homer off left-hander J.A. Happ. Alvarez was 3-for-24 with no home runs against

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Nolan Reimold is starting in left field today as the Orioles try to end their losing streak at four games and maintain their hold on first place in the American League East. Matt Wieters is catching a day game after a night game. Jonathan Schoop moves up to second in the order. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Jonathan Schoop 2B Manny Machado 3B Chris

Gallardo vs. Happ today in Toronto

A loss today and the Orioles will relinquish their hold on first place in the American League East. Vance Worley gave up two runs in seven innings in his last start. He threw four scoreless innings in relief last night, allowing only one hit and lowering his ERA to 2.89. Do you start him or keep him in the bullpen? Maybe a little of both.

Orioles find new reliever Ondrusek in most unlikely place

The Orioles found a pitcher today in a most unlikely place as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Rather than deal with another major league team, the Orioles signed right-hander Logan Ondrusek and designated reliever Chaz Roe for assignment. Ondrusek, 31, spent the past two seasons with the Yakult Swallows of the Japan Central League, going 8-3 with a 2.17 ERA in 102 games. He allowed

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

The Orioles are sending out a predictable lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The opposition is starting right-hander Marco Estrada, which puts Hyun Soo Kim in left field, Mark Trumbo in right and Pedro Alvarez at designated hitter. Chris Davis is batting cleanup. Jonathan Schoop is hitting seventh. J.J. Hardy is ninth despite a hot stretch in July. For

Borbon outrighted, plus other notes

The Orioles got their wish and were able to keep outfielder Julio Borbon in the organization. Borbon cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Bowie today, one day after the Orioles made the same move with outfielder Henry Urrutia. Borbon was designated for assignment on Tuesday after going 2-for-9 with a run scored in five games with the Orioles. He was removed from the 25-man

Gausman vs. Estrada tonight in Toronto

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run in five innings last night at Target Field in Minnesota. Wasn’t pretty, wasn’t easy, wasn’t suitable for framing, but he held the Twins to one run in five innings as fans everywhere braced for disaster and were making alternate plans. The fifth inning spoke volumes about Jimenez. Strikeout, strikeout, walk, single, strikeout. Hope you enjoy a nice stroll on the

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

Caleb Joseph will catch Ubaldo Jimenez tonight in the Orioles’ makeup game against the Twins at Target Field. Jimenez owns a career 3.64 ERA in 41 games with Joseph behind the plate and a 7.74 ERA in 20 games with Matt Wieters catching him. His ERA this season is 6.04 in nine games with Joseph and 10.61 in six games with Wieters. Pedro Alvarez is

Urrutia outrighted to Bowie

Outfielder Henry Urrutia cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Double-A Bowie, keeping him in the organization now that he’s off the 40-man roster. Multiple sources confirmed that Urrutia cleared waivers and the Orioles later announced it on Twitter. Urrutia, 29, didn’t have a previous outright and had to accept his assignment to Bowie, where he batted .298/.333/.408 with 10 doubles, a triple, three home

Jimenez getting another shot as a starter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was trying to find the right spot to give Ubaldo Jimenez his next start. The first person who says “San Diego” must leave the classroom. Showalter wanted to adjust the rotation and provide Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman with extra rest. He lost an off day today with the Orioles forced into a one-game series in Minnesota, but he’s got Monday’s

Showalter on Bundy, the offense and a 3-1 loss

Dylan Bundy was perfect tonight for 5 1/3 innings. The outcome was flawed, but Bundy showed that he belonged in the rotation in the heat of a pennant race. The Orioles couldn’t cover for the two home runs Bundy surrendered in the sixth and fell to the Rockies 3-1 for only their second home series loss of the season. Bundy retired the first 16 batters,

Showalter ignoring trade rumors (O’s lose 3-1)

No matter how many names are leaked and reported in trade talks and rumors, Orioles manager Buck Showalter knows where to keep his focus. It never strays from the 25 players in his clubhouse. He’s been in this game for too long to do it any other way. Players don’t seem to be impacted by the speculation. Showalter would know if it became an issue.

Showalter on Davis: “I have a lot of confidence he’ll get it going”

The Blue Jays and Red Sox lost this afternoon. It’s your move, Orioles. A win tonight would give the Orioles a three-game lead over the Jays and a 3 ½-game lead over the Red Sox. Chris Davis continues to bat cleanup despite being hitless in his last 24 at-bats. He’s 9-for-66 (.136) this month with a double, three home runs, seven RBIs, 12 walks and

Early notes from Camden Yards

Not much in the way of news this afternoon at Camden Yards. The updates were also scarce. Vance Worley will be in the bullpen Thursday night, which makes him available to back up Ubaldo Jimenez in the event of an abbreviated start. Worley could get another start, but he’s shifting back into a relief role. One reason why the Orioles went with 13 pitchers was

Orioles lineup vs. Rockies

Chris Davis, mired in an 0-for-24 slump, continues to bat from the cleanup spot tonight as the Orioles conclude their three-game interleague series against the Rockies. Hyun Soo Kim is batting second and playing left field. Nolan Reimold is batting ninth and playing right field, with Mark Trumbo serving as the designated hitter. The Orioles will try to avoid only their second home series loss

Questions with and without answers

Just how long do the Orioles intend to stay with 13 pitchers and what’s the motivation behind it? I’m seriously asking anyone who’s got inside information. Why should I do all the heavy lifting around here? I’m not getting any younger and my back flares up. I wouldn’t expect it to last long. And that’s what ... Nevermind, I’ve got it. The Orioles want to

Showalter on Tillman, Wilson, Davis and 6-3 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed tonight that Ubaldo Jimenez will start Thursday night’s game in Minnesota. Tyler Wilson worked four perfect innings in relief of Chris Tillman in the Orioles’ 6-3 loss to the Rockies before 23,677 at Camden Yards. He won’t be available for at least a few days after throwing 40 pitches. Showalter had been leaning toward Jimenez as Thursday’s starter and made

More on Jimenez-Upton talks, Harvey surgery, Kim (O’s lose 6-3)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette spoke with manager Buck Showalter on the field during batting practice, grabbed a cup of water in the dugout and headed back to his office. He paused only to say hello to reporters, who tried unsuccessfully to pry trade information from him. Duquette smiled, said he needed to get back to work and that he’s always trying to improve

Orioles designate Julio Borbon for assignment

The Orioles designated outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment this afternoon and will go with a 13-man pitching staff. Hyun Soo Kim was activated from the disabled list and Ubaldo Jimenez was reinstated from the paternity leave list. The club optioned outfielder Dariel Alvarez last night. Borbon was 2-for-9 with a run scored in five games with the Orioles. He’s valued for his speed and defense

Orioles deciding on roster move for Jimenez

The Orioles removed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez from the paternity list and he’s back in the bullpen for tonight’s game against the Rockies. However, they intend to wait until later this afternoon to reveal the corresponding roster move. Manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles will consider going with 13 pitchers instead of having a four-man bench. The Orioles haven’t announced their starter for Thursday in Minnesota,

Orioles lineup vs. Rockies

Hyun Soo Kim is off the disabled list and in tonight’s lineup as the Orioles continue their series against the Rockies at Camden Yards. Kim is playing left field and batting second. Jonathan Schoop moves down to sixth. Kim takes the roster spot vacated last night by outfielder Dariel Alvarez, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Ubaldo Jimenez came off the paternity list, but the

Tillman goes for 15th win tonight (updated)

The Orioles remain in trade discussions with the Padres regarding Melvin Upton Jr., with money and prospects remaining the key talking points. It’s not as simple as an Upton-for-Ubaldo Jimenez swap or it would be done. In the meantime, the Blue Jays reportedly have moved ahead of the Orioles and now are the favorites for Upton. Guess the Orioles can’t be first in everything. Update:

Showalter speaks after 3-2 10-inning win (updated)

One night after producing a walk-off home run, the Orioles used a fielder’s choice and an error to close out another game. Walk-offs come in all varieties. Don’t discriminate. Adam Jones slid home safely in the bottom of the 10th inning after Manny Machado bounced to the mound with one out, and the Orioles moved a season-high 18 games above .500 with a 3-2 win

More on the roster and rotation (O’s win 3-2 in 10th)

With Matt Wieters back in the lineup and Darren O’Day back in the bullpen, the Orioles’ roster intrigue shifts to outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Do the Orioles option Dariel Alvarez to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Kim, who’s expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday? They’d be replacing a right-handed hitter with a left-hander, but Julio Borbon has a

Could Jimenez get another start with the Orioles?

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will rejoin the Orioles on Tuesday after being on the paternity list. The Orioles will need to make a corresponding roster move, and it may not involve Tyler Wilson. A decision is pending. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that Jimenez could be a candidate to start Thursday’s makeup game in Minnesota. The Orioles want to give Kevin Gausman an extra day of rest,

Orioles lineup vs. Rockies

The Orioles are breaking out their right-handed lineup tonight, with Nolan Reimold in left field and Dariel Alvarez in right for the series opener against the Rockies. Mark Trumbo is playing first base and Chris Davis is the designted hitter. Matt Wieters is catching for the first time in a week. Reimold became the first Orioles player yesterday to hit a two-out pinch-hit game-ending home

Notes on Kim, Wilson and tonight’s game

Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim has one more rehab game at Double-A Bowie before rejoining the Orioles on Tuesday. He needs a more level playing field. Kim led off yesterday and served as the designated hitter against Erie’s Josh Turley, a left-handed knuckleballer. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. A right-hander with the standard repertoire would be more desirable for Kim tonight as he preps for

Showalter speaks after 5-3 win

Nolan Reimold hit a home run today with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning that did the following: * Gave the Orioles a 5-3 walk-off victory over the Indians before 37,821 at Camden Yards. * Gave the Orioles their second three-game sweep of the Indians in Baltimore in two seasons. * Produced the Orioles’ first pinch-hit walk-off homer since Chris Davis on

Joseph behind the plate day and night (O’s win 5-3)

Caleb Joseph has grown accustomed to doing the unusual and catching day games after night games. It happened Thursday afternoon in the Bronx and it’s happening again today in the sweltering Baltimore heat. “It’s nothing. Getting back on the bike,” he said. “You’ve just got to prepare. You maybe have to stretch a little bit more. You’ve got to do a little bit more the

O’Day activated and Hart optioned (plus other notes)

The Orioles have activated reliever Darren O’Day from the 15-day disabled list and optioned left-hander Donnie Hart to Double-A Bowie. Hart, 25, made his major league debut on July 17 at Tropicana Field. He tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings over three appearances with the Orioles this season. O’Day hasn’t pitched since June 1 due to a strained right hamstring. He’s 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA,

Early notes from Camden Yards

The Orioles are still discussing whether to activate reliever Darren O’Day from the disabled list or wait until Monday. He was on the field this morning to further test his right hamstring. Ubaldo Jimenez’s wife had her baby last night. Jimenez could return from the paternity list on Monday. Shortstop J.J. Hardy is getting a day off. “He feels good,” said manager Buck Showalter, “and

Orioles and Indians lineup

Ryan Flaherty is starting at shortstop today as the Orioles go for the sweep against the Indians. Flaherty is 5-for-11 versus Indians right-hander Corey Kluber. Julio Borbon is in left field and Caleb Joseph is catching a day game following a night game for the second time in less than a week. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Jonathan Schoop 2B Manny Machado 3B Chris

Changes in the roster, some numbers and today’s game

The Orioles’ roster doesn’t remain stagnant for long, with Ubaldo Jimenez going on the paternity list yesterday and Tyler Wilson recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Darren O’Day will come off the disabled list today or Monday. Hyun Soo Kim is expected to do the same on Tuesday. Matt Wieters remains on the active roster, but he hasn’t played since July 18 at Yankee Stadium. However, he’s

Showalter speaks after 5-2 win

Kevin Gausman picked up his second win tonight. A superb effort wasn’t wasted. The media can move onto another topic. Gausman tossed seven scoreless innings and the Orioles remained in first place with a 5-2 win over the Indians before 31,946 at Camden Yards. The Orioles now lead the American League East by 1 1/2 games over the Red Sox, who lost Saturday night. The

Tyler Wilson recalled from Norfolk (O’s win 5-2)

The Orioles have placed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on the paternity list and recalled Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk. Jimenez left the club to join his wife at the hospital. She’s eight months pregnant and the baby may arrive early. “We’ll see what the next few hours bring,” manager Buck Showalter said earlier today. “We wish them well. There’s always concern when it’s about 3 1/2

Rickard on thumb injury: “You never wish this upon anybody”

Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard sat at his locker this afternoon with a splint on his right thumb, which he’s expected to wear for the next three weeks. He confirmed that he suffered a “high grade tear” of a ligament that won’t require surgery. He also expressed surprised at the severity of the injury. The ligament isn’t completely torn and Rickard hopes to leave the disabled

Early notes from Camden Yards

Ubaldo Jimenez has left the Orioles to be with his wife, who is eight months pregnant. He could go on paternity leave if the baby arrives early. Manager Buck Showalter already has been in contact with Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and Double-A Bowie manager Gary Kendall regarding candidates for a long relief role in Jimenez’s absence. Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim will run again today

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Nolan Reimold is starting in left field tonight while Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard occupy space on the Orioles’ disabled list. Matt Wieters remains day-to-day with a sore right foot, but he seems to be moving in a positive direction. He didn’t rule out playing on Sunday. Darren O’Day said he felt good after throwing one inning last night at Double-A Bowie and doesn’t

Trade talk and tonight’s game

The Orioles are trying to move pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, and multiple reports have them in heavy discussions with the Padres involving outfielder Melvin Upton. Executive vice president Dan Duquette insisted yesterday that his primary focus was on the rotation. He’s still determined to find a starter, but he may have understated his concerns over the outfield. Hyun Soo Kim could be back by Tuesday, but

Wrapping up 5-1 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said rookie outfielder Joey Rickard will miss four to six weeks with a ligament injury in his right thumb. However, the Rule 5 pick won’t require surgery. The club is confident that Rickard will be part of the expanded September roster. Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim had a good work day. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday. Showalter

Dylan Bundy goes five innings and leaves with lead (O’s win 5-1)

The Orioles needed to get some length from Dylan Bundy tonight. They needed to see some progress in his second major league start and his first in front of the home crowd. They got it. Bundy completed five innings and threw 87 pitches, both career highs, and the Orioles lead 5-1 at Camden Yards. Odrisamer Despaigne began to warm in the fifth as the Indians

Orioles continue to battle opponents, illness and injury (O’s up 5-0)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was a lighter shade of green today, so he must be feeling better. The stomach virus is hitting guys hard. Showalter didn’t lean on the dugout railing for the entirety of yesterday’s game at Yankee Stadium. He kept disappearing into the shade and beneath an air vent. “I don’t have to play. Kept reminding myself of that,” Showalter said. “Gives you

Rickard on DL with thumb ligament injury

The Orioles have placed Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to yesterday, with a right thumb ligament injury and recalled outfielder Dariel Alvarez from Triple-A Norfolk. Rickard suffered the injury in the first inning of Wednesday’s game at Yankee Stadium while chasing Brett Gardner’s triple. He ran into the fence and fell on the track after failing to make the

Duquette on Harvey and trade market

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette indicated today that he still hopes to add a starting pitcher before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. However, he also noted how it’s a thin market that increases the challenge of upgrading the rotation. Duquette’s focus remains on the rotation ahead of the bullpen and outfield despite injuries to Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard. The latter appears

Rickard may be headed to disabled list

The Orioles are waiting for the results of the MRI on Joey Rickard’s right thumb. However, they’re braced for the worst and already have a player ready in case it’s a disabled list situation. It sounds ominous for Rickard, who hurt the thumb Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium while trying to catch Brett Gardner’s leadoff triple in the first inning. He stayed in the game,

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Adam Jones is in center field tonight, but the Orioles’ lineup is missing Matt Wieters (foot) and Joey Rickard (thumb). Rickard had an MRI on his thumb and the Orioles are waiting for the results. Julio Borbon is starting in left field. Dylan Bundy makes his second major league start and his first in Baltimore. He threw 70 pitches in 3 1/3 innings at Tropicana

More thoughts on the bullpen

The Orioles are back home tonight for only the fourth time in their last 20 games. They’re 33-14 at Camden Yards. A team besieged by illness may have found its tonic. A three-game series with the Indians and Dylan Bundy’s first major league start in Baltimore are prime attractions, but let’s not forget what’s happening in Bowie. Darren O’Day will pitch an inning, most likely

Wrapping up a 4-1 win

NEW YORK - The Orioles didn’t sustain any new injuries today and the flu bug didn’t find another victim. Not that they’re aware of as they waited to head home following a much-needed 4-1 win over the Yankees. Outfielder Joey Rickard will undergo an X-ray on his right thumb after bending it back last night while running into the right field fence in the first

Hunter Harvey to undergo TJ surgery Tuesday

NEW YORK - Top Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey will undergo ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday, news that had been anticipated but only confirmed this afternoon. Dr. Donald D’Alessandro will perform the UCL reconstruction in Charlotte, N.C. Harvey, 21, left Saturday’s start at short-season Single-A Aberdeen after throwing only 23 pitches. The cause was described as soreness in his right flexor mass. Harvey,

Rickard out with thumb injury (O’s lead 4-1)

NEW YORK - The Orioles have swapped out their healthy reserve today, with Pedro Alvarez replacing Julio Borbon. Borbon is starting in center field while Adam Jones is bothered by back spasms. Jones left last night’s game in the bottom of the eighth inning, but he felt better afterward and planned on playing today. Things can change quickly around here. Joey Rickard injured his right

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Adam Jones is out of the Orioles lineup today after leaving last night’s game with a back spasm. However, Chris Davis and Manny Machado have returned. Julio Borbon has replaced Jones in center field. Nolan Reimold is leading off. Ryan Flaherty is in right field. Matt Wieters said his right foot is better, but he’s still day to day. Orioles manager Buck

Orioles trying to get out second place and avoid sweep

NEW YORK - With a win this afternoon, the Yankees would complete their first four-game sweep of the Orioles since September 2005 in the Bronx. They’d also be risking the stomach flu, but they seem willing to live dangerously. In case you’re a masochist and want another reminder, the Orioles are 3-for-33 with runners in scoring position since the All-Star break. Can’t buy a hit.

Wrapping up injuries, illnesses and a 5-0 loss

NEW YORK - Center fielder Adam Jones left tonight’s game in the bottom of the eighth inning with a back spasm, but he intends to play Thursday afternoon as the Orioles try to avoid a four-game sweep. Jones didn’t look comfortable running out a ground ball in the top of the eighth. He also winced and hesitated to make a throw after catching a fly

Orioles make major adjustments in lineup, dugout (O’s lose 5-0)

NEW YORK - Bench coach John Russell will manage tonight’s game at Yankee Stadium while Buck Showalter remains at the team hotel with a stomach virus. Bullpen coach Dom Chiti will serve as bench coach and special assignment pitching instructor Ramon Martinez will serve as bullpen coach. Will this be the night that the Orioles break out offensively, score runs in bunches and draw praise

Machado latest Oriole bitten by flu bug

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t make it to Yankee Stadium this afternoon. Third baseman Manny Machado is on his way and will be examined by a doctor, felled by the same stomach virus that’s delivering knockout punches. First baseman Chris Davis took batting practice and ground balls to gauge whether he could be used later in tonight’s game. Bench coach John Russell,

More on the bench, Borbon and O’Day

NEW YORK - Orioles bench coach John Russell will meet with the media in the visiting dugout around 5:25 p.m. and he can explain why third baseman Manny Machado is out of the lineup. This doesn’t happen without a suspension. He’s got to be sick with the same stomach virus that’s keeping manager Buck Showalter at the team hotel and first baseman Chris Davis out

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has come down with the same stomach virus that’s sweeping through the clubhouse and he may not make it to Yankee Stadium for tonight’s game. Bench coach John Russell would fill in for Showalter. He’s handling the media session later this afternoon. Manny Machado will not start tonight, while Chris Davis and Matt Wieters remain out of the

Can Gallardo give the Orioles innings tonight?

NEW YORK - The latest check on the Orioles’ rotation shows that it’s still ranked 28th in the majors with a 5.11 ERA. Only the Reds at 5.27 and the Twins at 5.18 slot below them. Orioles starters have worked a total of 496 1/3 innings, the fewest in the majors. The Reds are 29th with 497. Dylan Bundy is being inched forward in his

This, that and the other

NEW YORK - If there’s any good to come out of the Orioles’ offensive slump, at least it’s taking some of the heat off the rotation. Has your concern shifted or are you still pitching a fit over the pitching? The Orioles have been held to a single run in each of the first two games of this series. They entered it having scored at

Showalter, Worley and Joseph on 7-1 loss

NEW YORK - Only a half game separates the Orioles from the Red Sox in the American League East. Their bench is thinner than tissue paper and their offense continues to sputter. Another starter failed to provide length, though the lack of run support basically requires perfection. This hasn’t been the best start to the second half. The Orioles lost their third game in a

Recapping a busy day for the Orioles (O’s lose 7-1)

NEW YORK - Today is one of those days when the game almost seems like a side note to the flurry of activity. The Orioles wanted to wait until Wednesday to make a decision on Hyun Soo Kim, but the roster wouldn’t allow it. Funny how these things work out. All of a sudden, Chris Davis comes down with a stomach virus, Matt Wieters is

O’Day will pitch Friday at Bowie (plus other notes)

NEW YORK - Orioles reliever Darren O’Day will go on a brief injury rehab assignment, pitching Friday night at Double-A Bowie if he continues to feel good after today’s simulated game. The Baysox are hosting Erie at 7:05 p.m. O’Day threw 15 pitches today, rested and threw 10 more while facing Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard. The Orioles are hoping to activate him from

Orioles designate Henry Urrutia for assignment

NEW YORK - The Orioles designated outfielder Henry Urrutia for assignment today to create a spot for outfielder Julio Borbon on the 40-man roster. Borbon’s contract was selected today from Double-A Bowie and outfielder Hyun Soo Kim went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 11 with a strained right hamstring. Kim can return on July 26. Borbon, 30, hasn’t played in a major

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - Hyun Soo Kim doesn’t appear on tonight’s lineup card and he’s been replaced by Double-A outfielder Julio Borbon, whose contract will be selected from Bowie. The Orioles must create a spot on the 40-man roster. Catcher Matt Wieters said the X-ray on his right foot last night came back clean and he’s day-to-day. First baseman Chris Davis remains out of the lineup

O’Day completes simulated game

NEW YORK - Orioles reliever Darren O’Day threw around 25 pitches today in two “innings” in his simulated game at Yankee Stadium. He threw to Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard, stopping once to mimic the completion of an inning. Manager Buck Showalter seem pleased with the session just by the look on O’Day’s face. As the righty hoped, the club appears close to making

Notes on Adam Jones and tonight’s game

NEW YORK - It’s becoming the norm within the Orioles organization. The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association again has chosen center fielder Adam Jones as the Orioles’ Heart and Hustle Award winner, which honors active players who “demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.” The Heart and Hustle Award is the only

Orioles have full schedule before tonight’s game

NEW YORK - The Orioles will be busy today before they take the field for the second game of their series against the Yankees. Darren O’Day is pitching a simulated game this afternoon that might determine whether he’s ready to come off the disabled list. He could be assigned a second sim game, sent on a rehab assignment or activated. Hyun Soo Kim will get

Wieters has foot X-rayed following 2-1 loss

NEW YORK - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters rode past the media on the back of a cart following tonight’s game, on his way to get his right foot X-rayed after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. Has injury been added to a 2-1 loss to the Yankees? Wieters was drilled by an Ivan Nova pitch to load the bases with two outs

Orioles can’t reward Gausman in 2-1 loss

NEW YORK - Kevin Gausman is going to win a road start. It’s bound to happen. He certainly is due. The Yankees scored twice off Gausman in the first three innings and turned to their imposing bullpen to defeat the Orioles 2-1 before an announced crowd of 31,102. The loss dropped the Orioles’ record to 53-38 overall and 20-24 on the road. They’re 2-2 since

Worley next man up in Orioles rotation (O’s down 2-1)

NEW YORK - Vance Worley is back in the Orioles rotation, with his first start in three months scheduled for Tuesday night. However, he’s making it in a most unfamiliar place. Worley had never been to Yankee Stadium until arriving this afternoon, leaving Oakland’s ballpark as the only one left on his bucket list. The Orioles visit the Athletics for a four-game series beginning Aug.

Davis out of lineup with stomach virus (plus other notes)

NEW YORK - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis became ill on the flight from Tampa and spent last night at a local hospital in New York. He’s not in tonight’s lineup and may not be available to play. “I saw him on the elevator last night,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He was throwing up on the plane last night. I’m not sure if it’s a

Hyun Soo Kim unsure if he can avoid disabled list

NEW YORK - The tarp is on the Yankee Stadium infield and it’s raining hard. Orioles who were playing catch in left field had to sprint to the dugout as it intensified. That’s the extent of my weather update. Chris Davis wasn’t in the clubhouse while it opened to the media. Manager Buck Showalter will have to explain why the first baseman isn’t in tonight’s

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Davis are out of the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Yankees. Nolan Reimold is in left field and Ryan Flaherty is starting at first base. Despite yesterday’s loss at Tropicana Field, the Orioles remain two games ahead of the Red Sox for first place in the American League East. The Blue Jays are three

Gausman vs. Nova tonight in the Bronx

The Orioles will play their 91st game tonight and finally make their first visit to Yankee Stadium. We’ve figured out the rotation, at least the current version of it. Dylan Bundy and Vance Worley have joined Chris Tillman, Yovani Gallardo and Kevin Gausman. It’s just a question of how long before more adjustments are made. Is this a one-and-done for Worley on Tuesday? Does he

Showalter, Bundy, Hart and Joseph wrap up 5-2 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed this afternoon that Vance Worley will start Tuesday night against the Yankees in the Bronx. Worley retired all five batters he faced today and threw 13 of 16 pitches for strikes after relieving Dylan Bundy in a 5-2 loss to the Rays before 16,161 at Tropicana Field. The abbreviated outing allows Worley to come back two

Bundy goes 3 1/3 innings in first major league start (O’s lose 5-2)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles wanted to see today whether they could extend Dylan Bundy beyond three innings, whether he could be effective and leave with his arm feeling good. They got 3 1/3 innings out of him. No sign of injury. The three home runs hurt. Bundy served up three homers in 22 relief appearances spanning 38 innings. He matched that total today

Showalter on Bundy: “It’s been a long road for him” (O’s down 4-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Three pitches into today’s game, the Orioles had runners on first and second with no outs on Adam Jones’ leadoff single and Jonathan Schoop’s double. Manny Machado flied to right field, Jones scored, Schoop advanced and the Orioles led 1-0. Schoop was stranded at third after Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo struck out, and the Orioles settled for one run off

More on Kim and Harvey

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles will take outfielder Hyun Soo Kim to New York following today’s game. At this point, he’s still managed to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Kim did an assortment of running drills this morning, including sprints, short bursts and moving backward, to further test his right hamstring. He felt slight discomfort only toward the end with one of

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim is listed among the Orioles reserves for today’s series finale against the Rays. Joey Rickard is in left field and Mark Trumbo is in right. Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching. According to STATS, LLC, Zach Britton owns the second-longest save streak to start a season by a left-handed pitcher behind the Tigers’ Willie

Bundy back on the mound as a starter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - While the Orioles continue to search for ways to improve their rotation, they also remain interested in adding a left-handed reliever. They want to find out whether Donnie Hart can be used in matchup situations, but they also are checking outside the organization. One interesting name to consider is Eric O’Flaherty, currently on the Braves disabled list with a strained right

Hunter Harvey leaves start with sore forearm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Pitcher Hunter Harvey, the top prospect in the Orioles system, left tonight’s start with short-season Single-A Aberdeen with soreness in his right flexor mass. Harvey lasted 1 1/3 innings and threw 23 pitches at Batavia before walking off the mound with the IronBirds athletic trainer. He walked one batter and struck out one. Harvey has been pitching in the New York-Penn

Tillman, Hardy and Showalter wrap up a 2-1 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Tillman inched closer tonight to that elusive 20-win mark. He also continued to make life easier on manager Buck Showalter, who otherwise must maneuver relievers to get through nine innings and keep everyone healthy. The bullpen didn’t get busy tonight until Brad Brach started to warm in the top of the eighth inning with Tillman at 92 pitches. Tillman held

Orioles still undecided about Tuesday’s starter (O’s win 2-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - As tonight’s game plays out, it’s important to check which long relievers are warming for the Orioles and which ones may be used, perhaps eliminating themselves from consideration for Tuesday night’s start at Yankee Stadium. Pitch counts always factor into it, of course. Also, someone has to piggyback Dylan Bundy on Sunday. Vance Worley was warming early last night as Yovani

O’Day scheduled for simulated game (and more injury updates)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles reliever Darren O’Day will throw a simulated game Tuesday in New York as his next step toward coming off the disabled list. It’s a big step. O’Day hasn’t pitched since straining his right hamstring on June 1. He’s 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 22 appearances, with 25 strikeouts over 20 innings. A second bullpen session today, along with some

Hyun Soo Kim says his hamstring injury has improved

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter met earlier today with outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, interpreter Danny Lee and head athletic trainer Richie Bancells in his office before batting practice. We’re still waiting to find out whether Kim has avoided the disabled list, but he claimed that he’s feeling good and sounded optimistic that his season wouldn’t be further interrupted. “It feels much better

Orioles lineup vs. Rays (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim remains out of the Orioles lineup tonight, whether it’s due to a strained right hamstring or the Rays starting left-hander Matt Moore. The Orioles will check Kim’s condition again on Sunday before deciding whether to place him on the disabled list. Nolan Reimold is in left field and Joey Rickard is in right. Mark Trumbo is serving

Tillman vs. Moore tonight at Tropicana Field

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Tillman is trying to become the first Orioles pitcher to record a 20-win season since Mike Boddicker in 1984. This is a crop-destroying drought. Can Tillman be the one to end it? He’s 12-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 19 starts going into tonight’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field. In two July starts, Tillman has allowed two runs

Taking the rotation for another spin

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Let’s begin today’s blog entry with a very important question, perhaps the biggest of the 2016 season. Should we use the hashtag #BundySunday or #SundayBundy for Dylan Bundy’s upcoming start? I suggested the former yesterday on Twitter, but I see the logic in the latter if you’re playing off “Sunday Funday.” Let me know what you think. Closer Zach Britton no

Showalter, Schoop and Gallardo wrap up 4-3 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles received another five-inning start tonight from right-hander Yovani Gallardo. They also had another comeback, scoring the tying run in the sixth, and hit another home run, with Jonathan Schoop muscling up in the eighth. Schoop led off with his 15th home run and the Orioles rallied to beat the Rays 4-3 before an announced crowd of 17,672 at Tropicana

More on Bundy, O’Day, Kim and Britton (O’s win 4-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn’t expect right-hander Dylan Bundy to require any major adjustments while going from a relief role to Sunday’s starting pitcher. Bundy basically has been working on a starter’s schedule with the amount of rest between outings. “It was part of the process,” Showalter said while explain the decision to start Bundy. “Really, he’s not going to be

Bundy “really excited” to start Sunday (plus other notes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are nearing a decision on reliever Darren O’Day, who threw a bullpen session during Thursday’s workout and performed fielding drills this afternoon. O’Day will throw off a mound again Saturday and could be cleared to pitch in simulated games. The Orioles would decide whether to include an injury rehab assignment or activate him from the disabled list. Hyun Soo

Donnie Hart talks about his promotion to the majors

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are working with an eight-man bullpen tonight that includes Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez is listed among the relievers for tonight’s game against the Rays. The club still hasn’t announced a starter for Tuesday night in New York. Left-hander T.J. McFarland is in the clubhouse and the Orioles set up a locker for him, though he may be taking a break

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim is not in tonight’s Orioles lineup for the first of three games against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Kim, who left Sunday’s final game of the first half with a right hamstring strain, is listed among the reserves on the lineup card. Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Caleb Joseph and Ryan Flaherty took early batting practice. Mychal and Tiffani

Dylan Bundy announced as Sunday’s starter

TAMPA - The Orioles found a starter in their bullpen. The club announced this morning that Dylan Bundy, 23, will make his first major league start on Sunday versus the Rays at Tropicana Field. The news came about three minutes after my flight landed in Tampa. The rotation against the Rays includes Yovani Gallardo on Friday and Chris Tillman on Saturday. Kevin Gausman will start

Second half begins with Gallardo on the mound

The second half is here and so are all of the same questions about the rotation and how the Orioles will address it. The Orioles will continue to look in-house for rotation help while also checking the trade market. They’d love to add a left-hander, but they can’t be too choosy. Double-A Bowie southpaw Chris Lee remains on the disabled list with a strained lat.

Another look at the first half

The Orioles will conduct a workout this evening at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Their season is inching closer to resumption. Left-hander Donnie Hart may not make it until Friday morning. Either way, he’s the latest roster move, the next reliever to spin the revolving door to the bullpen. Mychal Givens is expected to be available on Friday rather than go on the paternity

Orioles selecting Donnie Hart’s contract

Remember the left-handed reliever that the Orioles wanted to bring up before Friday night’s game against the Rays? It’s Double-A Bowie’s Donnie Hart, who is expected to join the team in St. Petersburg, Fla., after tonight’s Eastern League All-Star Game. Sources confirmed today that the Orioles will select Hart’s contract from Bowie. They already made space on the 40-man roster by outrighting pitcher David Hale

Orioles getting back to business

The Home Run Derby is done. The All-Star Game is gone. The Orioles can rest for a day, hop on their charter Thursday and head to Tampa for their workout. It’s getting serious again. Manager Buck Showalter reminded his players to make smart decisions over the break. They understand that 75 games remain in the regular season, that there’s still so much work to be

Machado goes 0-for-3 in All-Star Game (Britton saves AL’s 4-2 win)

The only Orioles starter in tonight’s All-Star Game in San Diego, third baseman Manny Machado went 0-for-3 before the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson replaced him. Machado swung at the first pitch from National League starter Johnny Cueto in the first inning and flied to shallow left field. He also swung at the first pitch from the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez in the third inning and grounded

Roster undergoing changes to start second half

As the five Orioles get ready for tonight’s All-Star Game in San Diego, they also may wonder how the roster will look on Thursday when players gather at Tropicana Field. The Orioles are taking a 2 p.m. flight to Tampa and heading directly to the ballpark for a 6 p.m. workout. The rotation is a little light at the moment. It includes three confirmed starters,

Trumbo advances in Home Run Derby (updated)

Mark Trumbo needed to clear the Petco Park fences with 16 swings tonight in order to advance to the second round of the Home Run Derby in San Diego. He took it upon himself to deliver jaw-dropping shots for good (tape) measure. Trumbo, the major league leader with 28 and the No.1 seed, eliminated Dodgers rookie Corey Seager by hitting his 16th with eight seconds

All-Star Game lineups

Manny Machado will play a familiar position and bat in a familiar spot in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in San Diego. Machado, voted as the starting third baseman in the American League, will bat third behind Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and Angels center fielder Mike Trout. Machado has hit third for the Orioles in 41 games this season, registering a slash line of .322/.353/.529.

Dan Duquette on the Orioles’ All-Stars

It’s become a point of pride in the Orioles’ organization, the way they stack up among other teams in All-Star selections since the 2012 season. Add five more to the ledger this year. Manny Machado is starting at third base for the American League, and the reserves include outfielder Mark Trumbo and catcher Matt Wieters. The bullpen includes closer Zach Britton and do-everything reliever Brad

Showalter on Kim’s injury and a 4-2 win

The Orioles go into the All-Star break with a 51-36 record, a two-game lead in the American League East and the hope that outfielder Hyun Soo Kim’s right hamstring strain isn’t serious. Kim sustained the injury about halfway up the first base line as he grounded out in the bottom of the first inning. Joey Rickard replaced him in left field. “Strained right hamstring and

Orioles outright David Hale (O’s lead 4-2)

The Orioles scored a big insurance run today in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Chris Tillman has overcome command issues to work through the seventh. Pedro Alvarez reached with two outs on a gift double, his pop up falling into shallow left field. He hustled to second base with the Angels slow to recover and continued to third on shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ throwing

Hyun Soo Kim leaves game with hamstring injury (Davis homers)

Orioles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim exited today’s game after the bottom of the first inning with an apparent leg injury, his first major league ailment. No explanation has been given for his removal. Update: Kim left the game with a strained right hamstring. Kim grounded to Angels’ second baseman Gregorio Petit as Adam Jones advanced to second. Jones led off with a single. Jones

Showalter on Joseph: “We’re lucky to have him” (updated)

Orioles relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton, outfielder Mark Trumbo and third baseman Manny Machado received their All-Star Game jerseys today on the field, holding up the yellow and brown Padres throwbacks and pretending the color scheme wasn’t hideous. Catcher Matt Wieters was in the bullpen. With Wieters catching this afternoon, Caleb Joseph figures to go into the All-Star break still in search of his

Darren O’Day provides an injury update

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day threw on flat ground again this morning, his second session in three days. He’s headed to Sarasota to continue rehabbing and will rejoin the club over the weekend at Tropicana Field. O’Day has been on the disabled list since June 3 with a strained right hamstring. He’s trying to remain patient, and that includes his occasional interviews, which brought some gems

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

The Orioles’ final lineup today before the All-Star break includes Hyun Soo Kim in left field and Pedro Alvarez as the designated hitter. Mark Trumbo is in right field and batting fourth. Reliever Darren O’Day said his hamstring feels better, but he doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to throw off a mound. He’s headed to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. According to

Orioles get rare look at Lincecum

Not only is two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum making only his second career start against the Orioles today to close out the season’s first half, he’s got to reference back to June 16, 2010 for reminders of their first encounter. As you can imagine, the roster has undergone a few changes. Lincecum was pitching for the Giants at AT&T Park. Jeremy Guthrie was

Showalter speaks after 3-2 win

The Orioles are assured of being in first place in the American League East as teams shut down for the All-Star break. They hold a two-game lead with one more to play. The math doesn’t lie. It also doesn’t do much for manager Buck Showalter, who can count how many games are left before the playoffs. “It doesn’t matter at all, right?” Showalter said following

Updating the rotation and O’Day (O’s win 3-2)

While the Orioles rotation remains a work in progress coming out of the All-Star break, manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that Mike Wright will start Thursday for Triple-A Norfolk and Tyler Wilson will take the mound on Friday. Showalter said Wilson will be held to three innings, making him a candidate to be recalled and fill out the Orioles rotation. “It depends how much you

Jason Garcia on his return to the Orioles

Jason Garcia is back in the Orioles clubhouse today - the same bullpen role, uniform No. 61 and big league hair. Garcia returns after making 15 starts at Double-A Bowie, but the Orioles will use him in relief for however long he’s with the club. “It feels good to be back,” Garcia said. “Just here to help the team anyway I can. I’m assuming the

Orioles and Angels lineups

Joey Rickard is in right field today and Mark Trumbo is serving as the designated hitter for the Orioles, who will try to even their series against the Angels and at least hold onto their one-game lead over the Blue Jays in the American League East. Pedro Alvarez is on the bench against Angels right-hander Nick Tropeano. Rickard joins infielder Ryan Flaherty and reliever Jason

Orioles recall Jason Garcia

The Orioles recalled right-hander Jason Garcia from Double-A Bowie today as Mike Wright’s replacement in the bullpen and on the 25-man roster. Wright was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk last night following a 9-5 loss to the Angels at Camden Yards. Garcia, 23, is 4-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 15 starts with Bowie this season. Last year’s Rule 5 pick has rejoined the Orioles for

Gallardo trying for better results against Pujols

Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols has slowed down considerably, as evidenced by his RBI single last night that cleared Mark Trumbo’s head in right field and ricocheted off the fence. He settled for one base despite the distance on his fly ball. Past knee and foot injuries didn’t increase his 40 time. Pujols has been known to reach base with regularity against Orioles right-hander

Showalter on Jimenez’s start: “Not very good” (Wright optioned)

The Orioles’ lead in the American League East is down to one game following tonight’s 9-5 loss to the Angels before 44,317 at Camden Yards. The Blue Jays have won seven in a row. The Orioles are fighting to stay in front of them while their rotation continues to raise concerns. Ubaldo Jimenez lasted only 1 1/3 innings and left to a chorus of boos.

Did Jimenez make his last start tonight? (O’s lose 9-5)

It’s difficult to imagine another start for Ubaldo Jimenez following the All-Star break. The greater intrigue surrounds his spot on the 25-man roster. Jimenez didn’t strengthen his case tonight, lasting only 1 1/3 innings, being charged with five runs and walking off the mound to a chorus of boos. How much is Jimenez struggling? Tonight didn’t mark his shortest outing of the season. He retired

Wright on return, Showalter on pitching and trade deadline (updated)

The Orioles were able to take batting practice today before the grounds crew put the tarp on the field. The Angels were denied. The rain finally let up and the sky’s clearing. The tarp has been removed while a video of the 1966 World Series plays on the big screen. Mike Wright made it back to the majors today and was placed in the bullpen.

Quick hits from Camden Yards

Reliever Darren O’Day threw in the outfield today as he continues his recovery from a strained right hamstring. O’Day is expected to head down to Sarasota during the All-Star break and meet the Orioles in Tampa. They’re going to work out at Tropicana Field on Thursday. Dr. James Andrews will offer a second opinion Monday on reliever T.J. McFarland’s left knee. McFarland has been in

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

Mike Wright has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk today and Pedro Alvarez is serving as the designated hitter after coming off the bereavement list, as the Orioles open a three-game series against the Angels at Camden Yards. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field again and batting second. J.J. Hardy is starting at shortstop after sitting out Wednesday’s 14-inning game in Los Angeles. For the

Wright in Baltimore for tonight’s game

Mike Wright arrived at Camden Yards this afternoon and officially will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk for tonight’s game against the Angels - unless he’s here to visit the Inner Harbor. The Orioles still need to announce the corresponding roster move after optioning left-hander Jayson Aquino to Double-A Bowie. They confirmed yesterday that Pedro Alvarez came off the bereavement list to take the spot vacated

Roster move, tonight’s game and more (Jimenez to start)

The Orioles will announce their remaining roster move today, with right-hander Mike Wright reporting from Triple-A Norfolk. That is, unless there’s something else in the works that we’re not anticipating. It’s been known to happen. The 25-man roster will be back to capacity. We still need to find out whether Wright is starting or going to the bullpen. The Orioles have wanted him to get

Trumbo the top seed in Home Run Derby

Mark Trumbo is doing more than participating in Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego. He’s also the No. 1 seed. Makes sense for the major league leader to rise above the rest of the field. Trumbo will go head-to-head against the Dodgers’ Corey Seager, the eighth seed who’s hit 17 home runs. The winner will compete against the Mariners’ Robinson

Wright remains option to join Orioles (updated again)

Mike Wright is still listed as Triple-A Norfolk’s starter tonight against Syracuse, but he’ll be scratched from the assignment while remaining an option for the Orioles on Friday. Executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed earlier today that Norfolk would send a different pitcher to the mound at Harbor Park. The Orioles need to recall a pitcher to replace left-hander Jayson Aquino, who was optioned to

Because You Asked - The Revenge of Kitty Galore

The Orioles are off today but my sarcasm switch never flips. Open dates on a baseball schedule inevitably lead beat writers to open up their mailbags and answer fan questions. Mine also includes unicorns, dodo birds, the tooth fairy and a bloodied Kevin Costner. You know how this works. You ask, I answer, someone else asks and I answer again. And again. It’s our repetitive

Orioles option Alvarez and Aquino

The Orioles made two more roster moves following tonight’s 6-4, 14-inning win over the Dodgers. Outfielder Dariel Alvarez has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and left-hander Jayson Aquino has been optioned to Double-A Bowie, leaving the 25-man roster two players short going into Thursday’s off day. Alvarez’s departure was anticipated because Pedro Alvarez will come off the bereavement list on Friday, when the Orioles open

Kim isn’t cooling

The Hyun Soo Kim drama in spring training and the booing at Camden Yards on opening day seem almost comical as he works through his first major league season. Kim wouldn’t accept a demotion to Triple-A Norfolk, his contract stipulating that he must give approval. Fans considered him selfish after he looked so overmatched at the plate and in the field. The Orioles were considered

Weekend pitching matchups (and other notes)

The Orioles have confirmed only two-thirds of their rotation for the Angels series at Camden Yards that closes out the first half of the season. They still aren’t listing a starter for Friday night’s opener. Yovani Gallardo will pitch Saturday and Chris Tillman will pitch Sunday on normal rest. Ubaldo Jimenez started on Sunday, and would be working on regular rest if given the ball

Orioles and Dodgers lineups

Ryan Flaherty is making his first start at shortstop this season as the Orioles close out their road trip and attempt to win their series against the Dodgers. Flaherty has played one inning at shortstop this season. He made nine starts among his 15 appearances in 2015. Hyun Soo Kim remains in left field and Mark Trumbo stays in right. Caleb Joseph is behind the

Gausman vs. Norris today in Los Angeles

The same Bud Norris who lost nine of 11 decisions and posted a 7.06 ERA with the Orioles in 2015 is facing them today after back-to-back scoreless appearances with two teams. The same Bud Norris who settled for a $2.5 million contract with the Braves after making $8.8 million in his final season before free agency. The Orioles may not recognize him. Norris hasn’t allowed

AL All-Star omissions include Tillman, Davis and Schoop

The Orioles have five All-Star representatives for next week’s game in San Diego, a group that doesn’t include pitcher Chris Tillman, first baseman Chris Davis and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Third baseman Manny Machado is the only Oriole among the American League starters, earning his third selection. This year marks the first time that he’s been voted into the game. Joining Machado, who received 2,985,003

Orioles lineup vs. Dodgers (Machado an All-Star starter)

Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Mark Trumbo is in right, as the Orioles try to end their five-game losing streak in Los Angeles. Kim is batting second. Jonathan Schoop is seventh. The Orioles are 12-4 in Chris Tillman’s 16 interleague starts. Tillman is 4-1 with a 4.88 ERA against the National League, and he’s 4-0 with a 2.91 ERA in his last

Tillman’s turn to stop skid

Chris Tillman needs to play the part of an ace tonight. Tillman needs to be the April and May version of himself, not the pitcher who’s allowed 14 runs and 21 hits in his last three starts over 14 2/3 innings. Not the pitcher with the 5.19 ERA in June. The Orioles have dropped five in a row and the rotation is a major contributor,

Another loss and All-Star talk

The Orioles have lost five games in a row and the finger remains pointed at the pitching. Yovani Gallardo worked only four innings last night and threw 95 pitches. Odrisamer Despaigne took the loss after allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings. A disputed balk call garnered much of the postgame attention, but the Orioles are putting themselves in harm’s way. The starters aren’t providing

Orioles lineup vs. Dodgers

Jonathan Schoop is batting second tonight as the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Joey Rickard is in left. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Jonathan Schoop 2B Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo RF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Joey Rickard LF Yovani Gallardo RHP In case you missed

Orioles hope Gallardo gives them fresh start after Seattle series

The Orioles will place Pedro Alvarez on the bereavement list this afternoon and bring up a player to replace him for the three-game series against the Dodgers. Alvarez would have been on the bench with no designated hitter in the series, but the circumstances behind his departure from the club are most unfortunate. While Alvarez headed to the Dominican Republic, the Orioles were deciding whether

Pitching woes have Orioles wobbling as they prepare for Dodgers

The Orioles have put the Seattle series behind them. It’s in the past. It’s done. However, their pitching woes won’t budge from in front of their faces. They may as well be jumping up and down and waving their arms. You can’t miss them. The rotation has pitched to a 7.76 ERA in the first six games of the road trip, including four straight losses

Orioles want to avoid being swept in Seattle (updated)

Caleb Joseph is behind the plate today as the Orioles try to avoid being swept in a four-game series in Seattle for the first time since June 2000. Joseph is making his first start since May 30. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez owns a career 3.47 ERA in 40 starts with Joseph catching and a 7.36 ERA in 19 starts with Matt Wieters behind the plate. However,

Jimenez needs to be stopper as skid reaches three games

If the Orioles are going to avoid a four-game sweep in Seattle, they’ll need to do some damage against the pitcher who no-hit them last season. A quality start from Ubaldo Jimenez also would be an asset. Or maybe a bullpen that keeps the team in the game, a missing element in last night’s 12-6 loss. Tyler Wilson put the Orioles in an early hole

Orioles and Mariners lineups

Nolan Reimold gets a start in left field tonight as the Orioles seek to end a two-game losing streak against the Mariners, who start left-hander James Paxton. Even though Paxton has reverse splits - with left-handed batters hitting him better than right-handers - Hyun Soo Kim will start tonight’s game on the bench. Joey Rickard is in right field and Mark Trumbo is serving as

Wilson vs. Paxton tonight in Seattle

It didn’t work with Chris Tillman or Kevin Gausman. Two failed chances to beat the Mariners in a city wedged between two California teams on a nutty road trip. Can Tyler Wilson be the stopper and end a two-game skid? Can the offense revert to its double-digit form - three straight games before the Orioles arrived in Seattle, where they’ve scored five runs in two

Splits could keep Kim in lineup

The idea had been brewing, with Orioles manager Buck Showalter contemplating a lineup that included Hyun Soo Kim versus a left-handed starter. Kim got his first chance last night against Mariners southpaw Wade LeBlanc and went 0-for-2 in the Orioles’ 5-2 loss at Safeco Field. He grounded out twice to second baseman Robinson Cano and also reached on an error against lefty reliever Mike Montgomery.

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

With the Orioles facing a left-hander in Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc, Hyun Soo Kim gets the start in left field for tonight’s game. Kim will bat eighth, one night after hitting his third home run of the season. Joey Rickard starts in right field while Mark Trumbo will bat fifth as the designated hitter. Kevin Gausman, meanwhile, looks to win his second straight decision. Gausman is

Gausman vs. LeBlanc tonight in Seattle

Thanks to the Orioles, we now know that a team can set a June home run record in July. Ah, West Coast life. Hyun Soo Kim hit a solo shot last night in the seventh inning to give the Orioles 56 in June, eclipsing the 1996 Athletics, who must leave the champagne on ice. Kim is 12-for-27 in his last seven starts, with two doubles,

Orioles still waiting on Connaughton

Not sure that anyone anticipated how the Orioles would place T.J. McFarland on the disabled list yesterday, but he was receiving treatment on his left knee both days in San Diego. That should have been a pretty strong clue. I figured it may have been maintenance after he sustained the injury while covering home plate at Triple-A Norfolk. It turned out to be more serious.

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