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Wrapping up a 7-4 11-inning win

NEW YORK - Players were challenged to remember a stranger game in their careers. Reporters were challenged to make sure every detail got into their stories, with so many key moments and bizarre twists and turns that led to the Orioles’ 7-4 11-inning win over the Yankees. Everyone inside the visiting clubhouse seemed to be in agreement that reliever Darren O’Day didn’t commit a balk

Orioles recover from blown lead to win in 11 innings

NEW YORK - Given the chance for redemption today, the Orioles bullpen couldn’t cover the last four innings of regulation without unraveling. It happened again. A late lead lost and a game forced into extra innings. Unwanted drama better saved for Broadway. What didn’t happen was another defeat that tears at the gut. The Orioles overcame the loss of their lead and their manager to

Elbow issues, roster moves and more (extra innings)

NEW YORK - Jonathan Schoop is hit on the elbow yesterday and remains in today’s lineup. Chris Davis is hit on the elbow Friday night, plays yesterday and is scratched from today’s lineup. This is today’s elbow news. Schoop came out of yesterday’s game, but he’s batting seventh today against Yankees rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery. “Where is hit him right above the elbow, it compresses

Davis scratched from lineup (plus other notes)

NEW YORK - First baseman Chris Davis has been scratched from the Orioles lineup due to a sore right elbow after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning on Friday. He was in manager Buck Showalter’s office earlier this morning. Davis wanted to play, but Showalter made the decision to sit him. Here’s the new lineup: Joey Rickard LF Adam Jones CF Manny

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is in today’s Orioles lineup for the finale of a three-game series against the Yankees after being hit on the elbow and leaving Saturday’s game. Schoop has reached base in 16 straight games after singling yesterday. Mark Trumbo is serving as the designated hitter and Trey Mancini is playing right field. Welington Castillo is catching left-hander Wade Miley

Orioles recall Bleier and Verrett

NEW YORK - The Orioles redesigned their bullpen today by recalling left-hander Richard Bleier and right-hander Logan Verrett from Triple-A Norfolk. They optioned left-handers Jayson Aquino and Vidal Nuño following yesterday’s 12-4 loss to the Yankees. Bleier has allowed one earned run and seven hits in nine innings, with no walks and 11 strikeouts. He’s made back-to-back appearances on Thursday and Friday after coming off

Orioles try to avoid sweep today in the Bronx

NEW YORK - The Orioles made half of their roster moves yesterday by optioning left-handers Jayson Aquino and Vidal Nuño to Triple-A Norfolk. They brag about having more optionable pieces this year and no longer being handcuffed when their bullpen is taxed. They’re now providing a demonstration. If Richard Bleier is recalled, and he’s been discussed, the left-hander will be returning to Yankee Stadium. He

Wrapping up a 12-4 loss (Aquino and Nuño optioned)

NEW YORK - Two games lost, a series lost for the first time this month and more roster moves to come. The Orioles are in scramble mode and no longer in first place. Three Orioles pitchers combined to allow 12 runs today over the first seven innings and the Yankees cruised to a 12-4 victory. Caleb Joseph hit a two-run homer off Tommy Layne in

Another disappointing start for Ubaldo Jiménez (O’s lose 12-4)

NEW YORK - Yankees starter Michael Pineda struck out the side today in the top of the first inning. Orioles starter Ubaldo Jiménez served up a leadoff home run to Brett Gardner. And a tone was set. Gardner added a three-run shot in the second inning and the Orioles are threatening to lose their first series of the season while trailing 7-0 in the fifth

Updates on Tillman, Britton, Bundy and more (O’s down 5-0)

NEW YORK - Chris Tillman and Zach Britton will stay on their respective injury rehab assignments. Tillman will join Triple-A Norfolk and pitch Tuesday night in Charlotte. Britton will stay with Double-A Bowie and throw another inning on Sunday. The Orioles considered letting Tillman pitch at Bowie or Single-A Frederick, but decided to bump him up to the International League. “Talking to Chris, the best

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Caleb Joseph is behind the plate today for Ubaldo Jiménez’s start against the Yankees. The Orioles have Seth Smith leading off and playing right field, with Hyun Soo Kim in left. Pretty standard lineup against a right-hander who doesn’t throw a knuckleball. Jonathan Schoop has reached base in his last 15 games since April 12, the second-longest streak of his career, and

Looking back and ahead

NEW YORK - The sun came up this morning and the Yankees weren’t crowned division champions. The Orioles didn’t start making their offseason plans. Last night wasn’t another elimination game without Zach Britton. It counted as one loss, though brutal with the Orioles squandering leads of 9-1 and 11-4. The opponent must have made it feel a lot worse, judging by the response on Twitter.

Wrapping up a 14-11, 10-inning loss

NEW YORK - The Orioles won’t have much time to dwell on tonight’s meltdown, on how leads of 9-1 and 11-4 couldn’t hold up. They’ve got a quick turnaround with a 1:05 p.m. game Saturday. Sleep fast. The nightmare already transpired. Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer off left-hander Jayson Aquino with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Yankees

Orioles squander big lead and head to extras (O’s lose 14-11 in 10th)

NEW YORK - Orioles reliever Brad Brach hadn’t allowed a run in 11 appearances before tonight. Twelve innings without anyone crossing the plate. But it’s never easy at Yankee Stadium. Big leads become small leads. Small leads disintegrate. Crowds get louder. Bullpens get taxed. The Yankees scored three runs off Brach in the bottom of the ninth, the last two on Starlin Castro’s home run

Orioles weigh Tillman’s return, Bundy’s next start (we’re tied)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club will wait until Chris Tillman takes his work day on Sunday before making a decision on his next start. Tillman could be activated from the disabled list and start Tuesday or stay on his rehab assignment. Though Showalter didn’t show his hand, it seems like the Orioles want Tillman to make one more start with

Tillman waiting to find out status next week

NEW YORK - Chris Tillman still hasn’t been told whether he’ll be activated on Tuesday or make another rehab start. The Orioles may wait until Sunday’s bullpen session before notifying him. Tillman made his third rehab start last night and his first with Single-A Frederick, allowing six runs (four earned) and eight hits in five innings at Potomac. He has a 6.35 ERA in 11

Rickard returns to Orioles lineup

NEW YORK - The Orioles activated outfielder Joey Rickard from the 10-day disabled list today and he’s leading off and playing left field tonight in the Bronx. A spot on the 25-man roster opened Wednesday night when the Orioles optioned left-hander Paul Fry to Triple-A Norfolk. They’ve gone back to a five-man bench. Rickard was 0-for-6 before spraining the middle finger on his left hand

Lineup intrigue and Gausman’s important start

Orioles manager Buck Showalter never understands the obsession, curiosity or general intrigue over the daily lineups. I’ll ask him about the latest and he’ll reply, “Do people really care about this stuff?” They do. I do. And I now pronounce us reporter and reader. The Yankees are sending left-hander CC Sabathia to the mound for tonight’s series opener in the Bronx, a tale of teams

Because You Asked - The New Batch

The mailbag is full again, though I’m estimating that three-fourths of it is occupied by weather-based questions. If this is any help, the latest forecast in New York calls for a high temperature of 78 degrees for Friday’s series opener against the Yankees, with a 20 percent chance of rain. There’s a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms on Saturday with a high temperature of 82,

Orioles rally to walk past Rays in 11 innings (Fry optioned)

An Orioles bullpen that allowed only one run in its last 19 2/3 innings before tonight couldn’t hold up in the eighth inning. It also couldn’t hold a slim lead. With the game advancing to the 11th inning, a tie also disappeared. But not the Orioles’ opportunity to win another series. Seth Smith drew a four-pitch bases-loaded walk off Danny Farquhar with two outs in

Flaherty gets rare start tonight (we’re tied)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is out of the Orioles lineup tonight for the first time since April 15 in Toronto, which coincided with Ryan Flaherty’s only start this month. Hardy got to rest two days later with the Orioles having their fourth open date on the schedule. He played in the next eight games without a break, going 4-for-30, after a 7-for-16 stretch in the previous

Early notes on Britton, Tillman, Rickard and upcoming starters

Orioles closer Zach Britton will pitch Friday evening at Double-A Bowie if today’s side session, as expected, didn’t bring any discomfort in his left forearm area. The Baysox have a 7:05 p.m. game against Akron at Prince George’s Stadium. Britton won’t be activated from the disabled list before Sunday in New York. The Orioles will decide whether he needs another outing in the minors. Britton

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Ryan Flaherty is in the starting lineup tonight at shortstop, as the Orioles close their series against the Rays at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to give Flaherty a start during the homestand. Seth Smith is leading off and playing right field. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and batting seventh. Orioles relievers have allowed one earned run in 16 1/3

Triple-A rotation needs to turn around a rough start

The Orioles and Rays didn’t let the weather stop them last night. Cold and rainy conditions are just part of the gig. The affiliates didn’t have it so good - if we’ve lowered our standards to the point where last night’s weather is acceptable. Triple-A Norfolk, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva were rained out. Double-A Bowie was in Richmond and gave up two runs in

Rays walk past Orioles in 2-0 win (with Showalter quotes)

The walks came back and left marks on Wade Miley. Miley handed out six free passes tonight in seven innings, including two in back-to-back fashion in the fourth that led to the first two runs of the game. And the last. Miley completed seven innings at 116 pitches, with two runs and four hits allowed and eight strikeouts. He never got an ounce of offensive

Orioles facing different Rays starter tonight (O’s down 2-0)

The Orioles won’t face Erasmo Ramírez tonight in the second game of their series against the Rays. At least, not at the start. Ramirez has been scratched due to the uncertain weather condition and replaced by right-hander Austin Pruitt. Ramírez is available to pitch in relief. The rain stopped earlier this afternoon and the game will begin on time. Pruitt, a rookie, is 2-0 with

Paul Fry “pretty speechless” after promotion

It was past midnight when Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson informed Paul Fry that the Orioles were calling up the young left-hander. The rest seemed like a blur. “Pretty speechless,” Fry said today while standing in front of a photo of Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson that hangs outside the clubhouse entrance. Fry, 24, said he wasn’t expecting the Orioles to promote him. “Not really,”

Early notes from Camden Yards

The tarp is on the field at Camden Yards and batting practice again has been canceled. There’s a reason why ballparks have indoor cages. It’s not raining at the moment. Manager Buck Showalter said the forecast is similar to last night and the Orioles will try to play. It won’t be comfortable - Showalter said rain was blowing into the dugout last night and there

Fry recalled and Crichton optioned, Orioles and Rays lineups

The Orioles have recalled left-hander Paul Fry from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned reliever Stefan Crichton to the Tides. Crichton had a 9.00 ERA in three innings over two appearances, his first in the majors. The Orioles acquired Fry, 24, from the Mariners on April 14 for international bonus slot No. 105. He’s thrown 2 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts at Norfolk. Fry, who will

More thoughts on the roster and how it could change

Seth Smith’s return to the Orioles lineup last night gave them another leadoff option against right-handers and one fewer option in making room later this week for outfielder Joey Rickard. The Orioles are determined to carry a five-man bench again, with one member of the organization saying, “It makes us a better team.” Rickard played in his first injury rehab game last night at Single-A

Power and ‘pen lead Orioles to 6-3 win (with Showalter quotes)

This wasn’t the Cincinnati version of Ubaldo Jiménez tonight. Different opponent, city, weather and result. These were the same Orioles with a deep bullpen and power throughout the lineup. Vidal Nuño relieved Jiménez with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, got two strikeouts to limit the damage and tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop hit back-to-back home

Matt Barnes appealing suspension (O’s lead 5-3)

Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch yesterday behind third baseman Manny Machado’s head. Barnes will appeal the suspension, according to Major League Baseball. Barnes was ejected from the game after the ball hit Machado’s bat. Machado returned to the batter’s box and produced on RBI double on the first pitch from Joe

Britton plays catch, Tillman readies for next rehab start

Orioles closer Zach Britton ventured outdoors this afternoon and threw on flat ground. He didn’t wait for his appointment with a hand specialist. He feels good and wants to proceed with the next step in his eventual return to the mound. Britton played a “firm” catch from 90 feet and also threw his four-seamer and sinker. “I felt good,” he said. Britton hadn’t talked to

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Seth Smith has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight for the first time since leaving Tuesday night’s game in Cincinnati with a strained right hamstring. Hyun Soo Kim is starting in left field against Rays right-hander Chris Archer. For the Orioles Seth Smith RF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo DH Welington Castillo C Hyun Soo Kim LF Jonathan Schoop

Rickard’s rehab assignment begins tonight in Delmarva

Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard, on the disabled list with a sprained left middle finger, will begin his rehab assignment tonight at low Single-A Delmarva. The Shorebirds made the announcement on their Twitter account. Rickard hit soft tosses and took live batting practice over the weekend and didn’t report renewed discomfort in his finger. The Orioles needed the last of the stiffness to subside before clearing

Jiménez back on the mound, Machado back under the microscope

The Orioles’ romance with the American League East continues tonight with the Rays visiting Camden Yards for a three-game series. Ubaldo Jiménez has been challenged over his career to repeat his delivery. Will he be able to repeat his last start? Jiménez shut out the Reds on two hits over 7 2/3 innings to lower his ERA from 10.38 to 5.51. He began a stretch

Wrapping up a controversial pitch and a 6-2 loss

The Orioles lost a game today, but kept their third baseman in one piece. A 6-2 loss to the Red Sox before an announced crowd of 35,522 at Camden Yards was overshadowed by a pitch from reliever Matt Barnes in the eighth inning that sailed behind Manny Machado’s head. The pitch, clocked at 90 mph, appeared to hit Machado until replays showed that it actually

Gausman surrenders three home runs in 5 1/3 innings (O’s lose 6-2)

Eight pitches into today’s start and Kevin Gausman was behind 4-0. Eight pitches and two thunderous blows. A single for Xander Bogaerts, a single for Andrew Benintendi and a long three-run homer for Mookie Betts, who was 0-for-8 in the series. It all happened so fast. Hanley Ramirez destroyed Gausman’s next pitch, a hanging slider, and pitching coach Roger McDowell hustled to the mound. Eight

Showalter on injuries: “It’s part of the gig up here” (O’s down 6-0)

Edwin Jackson will throw two to three innings and around 50 pitches Tuesday and Friday at extended spring training. He’s getting close to an assignment at Triple-A Norfolk. Anyone feeling angst over Hyun Soo Kim’s lack of playing time can rest easy, with the Rays starting three straight right-handers in the upcoming series. “Obviously, I need to get Kim back out there tomorrow,” said manager

Britton cleared to throw on Monday (and other notes)

Orioles closer Zach Britton will play catch from 90 feet on Monday in his latest progression from a strained left forearm. Britton’s condition has improve to the point where he no longer feels discomfort, and an MRI on his elbow and arm didn’t reveal any structural damage. The Orioles scheduled an appointment on Monday with a hand specialist as the “final piece,” in manager Buck

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Craig Gentry remains in left field today and Trey Mancini is the designated hitter as the Orioles attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Red Sox. This is the standard lineup with a left-hander on the mound: former Orioles minor leaguer Eduardo Rodriguez. Same goes for knuckleballers. For the Orioles Craig Gentry LF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo RF Chris Davis

Edwin Jackson making progress in extended spring training

The Orioles currently are set at long relief with right-hander Alec Asher and left-hander Vidal Nuno in the bullpen. Jayson Aquino made his first major league start last night and is waiting to find out whether he stays or goes. Edwin Jackson is positioning himself as a possibility for next-man-up status this summer. The 14-year veteran is throwing at extended spring training while getting in

Mancini and Schoop homer, Aquino gets first win (with quotes)

The Orioles took a little longer tonight to figure out knuckleballer Steven Wright. Three innings without a run. The flutter pitch had them flummoxed. All was right with the Orioles in the fourth. Chris Davis doubled, Trey Mancini homered, Jonathan Schoop homered and Wright had a flashback and an early start on the postgame spread. The Orioles scored four runs in the inning, with Adam

Game status, Bourn, Tillman, Joseph on Aquino (O’s up 4-2)

Tonight’s game is expected to start at approximately 7:30 p.m. following a brief delay caused by a light rain at Camden Yards. Outfielder Michael Bourn, who broke the ring finger on his right hand two months ago, will play in his first extended spring training game on Tuesday in Sarasota. Bourn has been working out after signing a restructured minor league deal with the Orioles.

Showalter on Machado/Pedroia, Kim and more

The tarp remains on the field and a light rain is falling at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter sounded confident that the Orioles and Red Sox will play tonight. Every effort will be made to avoid the season’s first postponement. Dustin Pedroia isn’t in the Red Sox’s lineup after Manny Machado slid into the back of his left knee last night and sparked a huge

Britton ready to resume throwing on Monday (and other notes)

Orioles closer Zach Britton could start throwing again on Monday after seeing a hand specialist in the morning. Britton said his arm feels great and he was happy with the results of the MRI. He no longer has any discomfort in his forearm and wants to throw today, but the Orioles will make him wait a few more days. Chris Tillman’s next rehab start after

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Caleb Joseph is behind the plate for the Orioles tonight with left-hander Jayson Aquino making his first major league start. Welington Castillo figures to catch the day game Sunday. Craig Gentry is in left field against Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright and Mark Trumbo is in right field. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. Seth Smith must not be available or the Orioles likely would

Tillman pitching for Bowie tonight due to weather (updated)

Chris Tillman’s rehab start has been moved from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Harrisburg due to the weather. Tillman is rejoining the Bowie Baysox tonight after working 2 2/3 innings on Monday at Prince George’s Stadium. Meanwhile, rain continues to fall in Frederick, where Tillman was supposed to pitch this afternoon. The Orioles anticipated the issue and rerouted him to Harrisburg. Tillman threw 42 pitches on

Aquino’s first start, more on Machado’s slide

The Orioles need to find out exactly what they have with Jayson Aquino. Is the left-hander a future rotation piece or better suited for long relief? Can he pitch in the majors in any capacity? They’ll learn tonight how he fares against the Red Sox in his first major league start. So much for easing him into the competition. The Red Sox are the popular

Showalter on Britton’s MRI, Machado’s slide and a 2-0 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter received encouraging news on closer Zach Britton’s MRI from earlier today. Two victories without playing a doubleheader. “Looked good,” Showalter said following a 2-0 win over the Red Sox at Camden Yards. “They did everything. Elbow looked really good. That bodes well obviously down the road. They found what they thought they would find. We’re moving forward. Nothing to hold back

Seven scoreless innings for Dylan Bundy (O’s win 2-0)

Dylan Bundy’s string of quality starts has stretched to four. It’s not a reach to say he’s the Orioles’ best pitcher in April. Dealt a bad hand earlier in his professional career due to injuries, Bundy seems to be turning into an ace. He shut out the Red Sox tonight on six hits over seven-plus innings and the Orioles continue to hold a 2-0 lead

Smith making slow progress with injured leg (updated)

Has Seth Smith dodged the disabled list? It’s never easy to prognosticate when a player is day-to-day with an injury - in Smith’s case, a sore right hamstring. Smith downplayed it after leaving Tuesday night’s game in the sixth inning, insisting that his removal was precautionary and he could have stayed on the field. Manager Buck Showalter painted a bleak picture yesterday, saying the hamstring

Aquino and Asher on Showalter’s starter decision

Orioles manager Buck Showalter informed Jayson Aquino yesterday that the left-hander would start Saturday night against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Aquino appreciates the vote of confidence and the chance to prove himself. “The manager talked to me and let me know about this great opportunity,” Aquino said through interpreter Ramon Alarcon. “This is something I’m really looking forward to, just to demonstrate my

Notes on Britton, Smith, Rickard, Mullins, D. Álvarez and Aquino

The Orioles are waiting for the results of closer Zach Britton’s MRI on his left elbow and forearm. They continue to anticipate good news. Britton told manager Buck Showalter last night that he was ready to pitch. “He’s champing at the bit,” Showalter said. Outfielder Seth Smith reported that his right hamstring has improved. He’s testing it during batting practice. The Orioles need to find

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Craig Gentry is leading off tonight and playing left field, as the Orioles begin their homestand against the Red Sox and left-hander Drew Pomeranz. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. For the Orioles Craig Gentry LF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo RF Chris Davis 1B Welington Castillo C Trey Mancini DH Jonathan Schoop 2B J.J.

Kim’s likely out of the lineup this weekend

CINCINNATI - Hyun Soo Kim escaped the bench last night with Scott Feldman starting for the Reds. A right-hander who doesn’t throw a knuckleball provides an ideal setup for Kim, whose opportunities have been sporadic. The Orioles’ early schedule is heavy in left-handed opposing starters, just as manager Buck Showalter anticipated. He issued the warning. And perhaps no one is affected to the same degree

Miley goes eight innings in 2-1 win (quotes added)

CINCINNATI - Maybe Wade Miley would enjoy the same success if his target was set by a greyhound or a stack of magazines. It might not be tied to catcher Caleb Joseph. Anyone want to end the experiment and find out? Miley lasted eight innings tonight, the longest start for the Orioles this season, and retired 23 of 26 batters. He allowed one run and

Showalter on Joseph catching Miley, injuries and more (tied 1-1)

CINCINNATI - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t intentionally pair left-hander Wade Miley with catcher Caleb Joseph again tonight. There are other circumstances beyond how they’ve bonded. Don’t read too much into it. Told that this is the third time they’ve been together, Showalter replied, “Is it really? OK. Not by design. But I know he likes throwing to both of them. “We decided

Aquino gets Saturday’s starting assignment (plus other notes)

CINCINNATI - Left-hander Jayson Aquino will start Saturday night against the Red Sox at Camden Yards, with Alec Asher staying in the bullpen. Asher is backing up left-hander Wade Miley tonight. Aquino will be making his first major league start. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that the club wanted a left-hander in that spot. Also, the Orioles need to find out exactly what they have in

Joseph catching Miley for third time this month

CINCINNATI - Left-hander Wade Miley is making his third start tonight, giving catcher Caleb Joseph another chance to put down the fingers. Joseph may not be labeled as Miley’s personal catcher, but he’s behind the plate for every start this month. It’s quite a shift from last summer, when Joseph was paired once with Miley in a Sept. 18 game against the Rays. The veteran

Orioles and Reds lineups

CINCINNATI - Hyun Soo Kim is back in the Orioles lineup tonight and serving as their leadoff hitter against Reds right-hander Scott Feldman in the series finale. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. For the Orioles Hyun Soo Kim LF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo RF Jonathan Schoop 2B J.J. Hardy SS Caleb Joseph C Wade Miley LHP For

Who’s up first? Smith’s hamstring gives Showalter dilemma

CINCINNATI - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is expected to change leadoff hitters tonight with the Reds sending right-hander Scott Feldman to the mound. But Seth Smith’s hamstring again could put anyone in play. A healthy Smith stays atop the order. If he can’t go, Showalter might turn to Hyun Soo Kim or stick with Trey Mancini, depending on whether the rookie remains in the lineup.

Jiménez dazzles in 2-0 win over Reds (updated with quotes)

CINCINNATI - Ubaldo Jiménez retired the Reds in order in the first inning tonight on only 11 pitches. Three ground balls, including a bunt that reached the front of the mound. No need to stop the presses, but at least pause to reflect. Jiménez had to throw 30 pitches to clear the first inning in his first start against the Yankees, when he managed to

Showalter on Mancini leading off: “As opposed to who?” (O’s up 2-0)

CINCINNATI - While writing out his lineup for tonight’s game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter sifted through his leadoff options and figured he’d go the unconventional route again and give the job to rookie Trey Mancini. A first baseman learning to play the outfield who’s now leading off for the first time in his life. “As opposed to who?” Showalter said, striking a familiar note. “If

Notes on Aquino, Britton, Smith, Rickard and more

CINCINNATI - Jayson Aquino is back in the majors today and in an Orioles bullpen that needed a long reliever following last night’s lopsided defeat. Aquino replaces Tyler Wilson, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk as the corresponding move. The Orioles already have left-hander Vidal Nuño, but he’s unavailable after working 2 1/3 innings last night. And manager Buck Showalter prefers having a southpaw backing

Mancini on his debut as a leadoff hitter

CINCINNATI - Trey Mancini was shagging fly balls today during early batting practice at Great American Ball Park when Orioles bench coach John Russell approached him with an update on the lineup. An update that Mancini initially didn’t take seriously. “He told me that I would be in left and hitting leadoff, and I didn’t know if I heard him correctly,” Mancini said. “He asked

Mancini leading off tonight in Cincinnati (Aquino recalled)

CINCINNATI - Rookie Trey Mancini is leading off tonight for the first time and playing left field, with Mark Trumbo in right and Craig Gentry on the bench. Manager Buck Showalter is going with offense over Gentry’s defensive skills. The Reds are starting left-hander Amir Garrett, who’s making his third major league start. Manny Machado owns a .314 average (100-for-318) with 13 home runs and

Roster rumblings related to Rickard

CINCINNATI - The Orioles were barreling toward an extremely difficult roster decision today, one almost as perplexing as the Cincinnati airport and my hotel actually being in Kentucky. But circumstances intervened again. Isn’t that usually the case? Outfielder Joey Rickard is eligible to come off the disabled list, but his left middle finger needs more time to heal. The Orioles need more time to decide

Updating Smith injury and wrapping up a 9-3 loss

CINCINNATI - The Orioles are prepared to make at least one roster move before Wednesday’s game against the Reds after using long relievers Vidal Nuño and Tyler Wilson in a 9-3 loss at Great American Ball Park. Nuño and Wilson combined to work 4 1/3 innings and the Orioles may not have sufficient coverage behind starter Ubaldo Jiménez. “They’re both down for tomorrow,” said manager

Smith reinjures right hamstring (O’s lose 9-3)

CINCINNATI - Orioles outfielder Seth Smith left tonight’s game against the Reds with a strained right hamstring, the same ailment that limited his appearances in spring training. Smith started in left field and was replaced by Trey Mancini in the bottom of the sixth inning. He was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored and is batting .259 with three doubles and two home

Reds leave Gausman feeling blue (updated)

CINCINNATI - It’s too early to reach for the panic button. Four starts don’t define a season. Kevin Gausman could take the mound his next turn and dominate. However, it’s never too early to wonder what’s wrong with a guy carrying his stuff who’s getting knocked around. Gausman was down 7-1 after only two innings tonight, with his pitch count at 64 and the chance

Rickard, Britton, the lineup, Brach and Asher (O’s down 7-1)

CINCINNATI - Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects outfielder Joey Rickard to go on a short injury rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list. Rickard won’t be ready on Wednesday when he’s eligible. “Joey’s making progress,” Showalter said. “He’s gotten to where he can grip a bat and a ball. He’s not going to make tomorrow, but that was a good step for him. When

Updates on Rickard and Britton

CINCINNATI - Outfielder Joey Rickard said he won’t be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible on Wednesday due to some remaining stiffness in his left middle finger. Rickard said he’s getting closer and remains hopeful that he won’t need an injury rehabilitation assignment. Closer Zach Britton offered an encouraging update today on his left forearm. He went on the disabled list Sunday

Orioles and Reds lineups

CINCINNATI - Without a designated hitter in their lineup tonight, the Orioles are playing Mark Trumbo in right field and Seth Smith in left against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo. Hyun Soo Kim and Trey Mancini are on the bench. Adam Jones stays in the lineup after crashing into the Plexiglass-covered scoreboard Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Manny Machado is taking earlier batting practice again today.

Orioles making rare visit to Cincinnati

The Orioles finally are able to play outside of their division, the schedule providing a three-game reprieve for the only time this month. They just had to leave the American League to do it. My last visit to Cincinnati coincided with the Orioles’ most recent trip back in 2005. The Reds took two of three, but still couldn’t reverse the outcome of the 1970 World

Tillman throws 42 pitches in 2 2/3 innings at Bowie (with quotes)

BOWIE - Chris Tillman’s first rehab start tonight at Double-A Bowie lasted 2 2/3 innings and 42 pitches. He departed with two Richmond Flying Squirrels on base and two outs, and reliever Lucas Long stranded them. Tillman didn’t appear to be laboring due to the right shoulder at any point, which was the most important development. The Richmond Squirrels managed one run off Tillman on

Orioles trade Bridwell to Angels

BOWIE - The Orioles have traded reliever Parker Bridwell to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash, the latest transaction in a busy first few weeks of the season. Bridwell was designated for assignment on Friday night to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Paul Fry, obtained from the Mariners for international signing bonus slot No. 105. Bridwell, 25,

Jason García outrighted to Bowie

BOWIE - Jason García has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Double-A Bowie, allowing the Orioles to keep him in the organization. The Orioles designated García, 24, for assignment on Thursday to make room for pitcher Damien Magnifico on the 40-man roster. Magnifico was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and made his debut last night, allowing one run and two hits in one inning. García surrendered

Who closes in Britton’s absence? (and other notes)

The Orioles won three of four games in Toronto, lost their closer and almost lost their center fielder. The only defeat came on Saturday’s walk-off home run by Kendrys Morales off Tyler Wilson. That’s how close the Orioles were to a sweep. The latest off-day gives Adam Jones more time to recover after slamming into the plexiglass cover on the scoreboard yesterday while chasing a

Orioles lineup (Britton to DL)

Trey Mancini is starting at first base today and Chris Davis is serving as the designated hitter, as the Orioles conclude their series against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Craig Gentry is leading off against Jays left-hander J.A. Happ. The Orioles placed closer Zach Britton on the 10-day disabled list with soreness in his left forearm and recalled reliever Stefan Crichton from Triple-A Norfolk. Steve

Bundy gets another start against the Jays

The Orioles made it through an entire day without trading for anyone. The only roster move involved optioning reliever Stefan Crichton in order to create a spot for Alec Asher, who had an outstanding debut yesterday. They didn’t surrender an international signing bonus slot or receive a player to be named later or cash considerations. It was business as unusual. Asher was charged with one

Orioles option Crichton (plus today’s lineup)

The Orioles optioned reliever Stefan Crichton to Triple-A Norfolk this morning to make room for Alec Asher, who’s starting against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Crichton’s stay was brief. The Orioles purchased his contract from Norfolk on Thursday and designated reliever Oliver Drake for assignment. Drake was traded to the Brewers. The Orioles are back to having a seven-man bullpen. Ryan Flaherty is making his

Orioles send Alec Asher to the mound today

Alec Asher makes his Orioles debut this afternoon, with a corresponding roster move pending. They finally need a fifth starter. The Blue Jays lineup is loaded with right-handed bats, one of the reasons why the Orioles chose him over left-hander Jayson Aquino. He could be one and done or receive another start. The Orioles are flexible. They’ve also been busy, making their third trade last

Miley vs. Sanchez tonight in Toronto

Orioles left-hander Wade Miley will attempt tonight to restore order to his statistical page. Miley made his season debut on Sunday against the Yankees and allowed only one hit over five scoreless innings. He struck out five batters. All in all, a solid outing that was delayed but not denied - until you check the walks. Seven of them spread over those five innings to

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Hyun Soo Kim has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight, playing left field and batting seventh against Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Kim hasn’t played since April 8 due to the Orioles facing left-handers and knuckleballer Steven Wright. Seth Smith is in right field and leading off. Rookie Trey Mancini is on the bench. Catcher Welington Castillo’s .385 average ranks second in the American League

Notes on Asher, D. Álvarez, Bourn, 40-man and more

With their competition for the fifth starter’s spot reduced to two pitchers occupying the first two spots on an alphabetical list, the Orioles chose the one who would stay in turn and produced the best results at Triple-A Norfolk in an extremely short sample size. Their selection also rewarded the newcomer, a right-hander who joined the organization less than a week before the Orioles broke

Orioles acquire Magnifico from Brewers and trade Drake

The Orioles continued their roster maneuvering following tonight’s 2-1 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto, acquiring right-hander Damien Magnifico from the Brewers in exchange for the 2016-17 international signing bonus slot No. 15 and trading reliever Oliver Drake to the Brewers for a player to be named or cash. Drake was designated for assignment earlier today to make room for reliever Stefan Crichton on

Crichton also joining Orioles in Toronto (Drake DFA)

The Orioles apparently are ready to make a series of roster moves in Toronto. Triple-A Norfolk reliever Stefan Crichton also is joining the team at Rogers Centre, along Tides teammates Alec Asher, who’s expected to start Saturday. No word from the Orioles on the two arrivals, particularly how Crichton fits and who’s coming off the 40-man roster to make room for him. He’s listed among

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Trey Mancini stays in the lineup tonight as the Orioles open a four-game series in Toronto. Mancini, who homered twice last night in Boston, is serving as the designated hitter against left-hander Francisco Liriano. Craig Gentry is in left field and Mark Trumbo is in right. Mancini started in left field the past two nights. Adam Jones recorded hits No. 1,455 and 1,456 last night

Asher joining Orioles in Toronto

Right-hander Alec Asher is on his way to Toronto to join the Orioles, making him the choice for fifth starter on Saturday. Sources confirmed that Asher left Triple-A Norfolk, which is playing an early game today against Gwinnett at Harbor Park. Major League Baseball rules allow Asher to sit in the visiting dugout Friday at Rogers Centre. The Orioles begin a four-game series tonight. The

Orioles return to Toronto on opposite end of standings

BOSTON - The Orioles are back in Toronto tonight for the first time since their 11-inning loss in the wild card game. They’re facing left-hander Francisco Liriano, who earned the win in relief that night. Wonder if anyone will find a good storyline? At least Ubaldo Jiménez can’t come out of the bullpen. He started last night in Boston and won’t be available after throwing

Orioles offense breaks out in 12-5 win (with quotes)

BOSTON - While so much attention is being paid to the flu and how the Red Sox didn’t appreciate the needling from manager Buck Showalter, the Orioles may have found a cure for the common knuckleball. Drop the heavy lumber on it. The Orioles sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning and scored six runs on six hits. It

Tillman to start Monday night at Double-A Bowie (O’s lead 12-5)

BOSTON - Chris Tillman will start Monday night at Double-A Bowie to begin his injury rehab assignment. He’s slated to work three innings if his pitch count allows it. The discomfort hasn’t returned to Tillman’s right shoulder and he feels good after yesterday’s two-inning start at extended spring training. “He’s ready to go,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He’s going to take his work day in

Gentry back on the bench tonight

BOSTON - Craig Gentry was spared Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright tonight at Fenway Park, but he never really had a chance. Not with a right-hander on the mound. Gentry has been forced to tap the brakes since the Orioles broke camp. He played in a career-high 29 spring training games and received 53 at-bats, crafting a .321/.429/.528 slash line and proving that he could

Orioles lineup and challenges vs. knuckleballer

BOSTON - A team that’s tied for the fewest runs scored in the majors through six games must solve a knuckleball pitcher tonight. Because it isn’t supposed to be easy and no one on the other side offers an ounce of sympathy. The Orioles have totaled 21 runs, equaling the Royals’ output, and their .215 average ranks 25th. Now comes the complication provided by Steven

Notes on minor league signings, fifth starter and more

BOSTON - In searching for accomplishments from the Orioles last night, consider that Chris Tillman’s right shoulder felt good during his two-inning start at extended spring training and Joey Rickard’s left middle finger is healing faster than anticipated, and how outfielder Michael Bourn and former outfielder Dariel Álvarez were re-signed to minor league contracts. One loss to the Red Sox, but not a total loss

Orioles get sloppy in 8-1 loss (updated with quotes)

BOSTON - The Orioles rely on their defense to bail them out of jams, not to create or exacerbate the situation, which made the seventh inning tonight especially odd and unsettling. Darren O’Day got the ground ball he needed to produce a rally-killing double play and leave the Orioles behind by one run, but normally sure-handed shortstop J.J. Hardy booted it. It came out of

Orioles re-sign Dariel Álvarez (O’s down 5-1)

BOSTON - The Orioles have signed Dariel Álvarez, the outfielder-turned-pitcher, to a minor league deal after releasing him on Thursday. The club also announced the minor league deal with outfielder Michael Bourn, as reported earlier today. Bourn passed his physical and will stay in Sarasota at extended spring training. Álvarez was let go to make room for pitcher Andrew Faulkner on the 40-man roster after

Showalter on Tillman, Rickard, Mancini in left and more

BOSTON - Chris Tillman could make his next start on Monday at Double-A Bowie following this morning’s positive outing at extended spring training. “Chris went well,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Two innings today, 30 pitches. In fact, they had to stretch the first inning. Velocity ticked up a little bit. “He’ll take a work day there and then we’ll decide where his three-inning stint will

Rickard pointing to quick return from finger injury

BOSTON - Outfielder Joey Rickard, who injured the middle finger on his left hand while trying to steal a base on Saturday, is optimistic that he’ll be ready to come off the 10-day disabled list when eligible on April 19 in Cincinnati. “That’s what we’re shooting for,” he said. “Things as of right now are looking pretty good. I’ve already noticed a drastic loss of

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

BOSTON - Trey Mancini’s outfield experiment has pitted him against the Green Monster at Fenway Park. Mancini is playing left field for the first time tonight and batting seventh. Craig Gentry is leading off and playing right field. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter, with Chris Davis at first base. Chris Tillman threw 25 pitches today in his extended spring training start and there were

Bourn returning to Orioles

Though it took a little longer than expected, the Orioles re-signed outfielder Michael Bourn to a restructured minor league deal. Bourn requested and was granted his release on March 27, the date of his opt-out clause. The move came less than a week after he broke the ring finger on his right hand while trying to catch a football toward the end of a workout

Bundy on the mound for first road game

Orioles manager Buck Showalter will place his full attention on tonight’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, but he’s going to be plugged into Chris Tillman’s extended spring training start earlier in the day in Sarasota. Tillman is slated to work two innings and throw around 30 pitches. A discomfort-free shoulder should allow him to get out of Florida and report to Double-A

Orioles trade Gunkel to Dodgers

Three days after the Orioles designated pitcher Joe Gunkel for assignment, they found a trade partner in the National League West. The Orioles have dealt Gunkel to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash. Gunkel came off the 40-man roster on Friday to make room for pitcher Miguel Castro, acquired from the Rockies for a PTBNL or cash. It’s

Leftovers on rotation, bullpen, Mancini, Flaherty and more

The Orioles bullpen finally took a beating yesterday in the series finale against the Yankees, and as is usually the case, a finger must be pointed at a rotation that’s failing to work deep into games and ... wait for it ... relieve the pressure. Dylan Bundy is the exception, covering seven innings Wednesday night against the Blue Jays. Kevin Gausman has worked 5 1/3

Showalter speaks after 7-3 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t want to use three of his relievers today and needed starter Wade Miley, fresh off the disabled list, to pitch into the later innings. He didn’t need a combined 11 walks from his staff or a four-run ninth inning by the Yankees that handed the Orioles their first loss, 7-3, before an announced crowd of 42,487 at Camden Yards. The

Wade Miley’s wild ride (O’s lose 7-3)

Wade Miley produced one of the strangest final lines in recent memory. Don’t try it at home. Miley shut out the Yankees on one hit over five innings, but he tied his career high with seven walks. He also struck out five batters and departed with his pitch count at 100 - 56 for strikes. The left-hander also walked seven on April 27, 2013 for

Miley’s first start and more on Rickard injury (O’s lead 3-0)

Orioles left-hander Wade Miley demonstrated today that his pickoff move is still on point. He’s just got to work on regaining his control. Miley caught Matt Holliday leaning toward second - and many feet off the bag - to end the first inning after a two-out walk. Miley retired Brett Gardner on a fly ball and struck out Aaron Hicks. Miley threw 13 pitches in

Joseph on today’s start and working with Miley

Caleb Joseph’s fresh start begins today. Joseph is behind the plate as the Orioles attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees. He’s making his 2017 debut along with left-hander Wade Miley, who came off the disabled list. “I’m excited,” he said. “I’m excited to catch Wade. (Welington) Castillo and the boys set a pretty high bar, huh? Yeah, it’s exciting. You work for

Joey Rickard headed to disabled list with finger injury

An injury has created a roster spot today for Orioles left-hander Wade Miley. Outfielder Joey Rickard will be placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left middle finger, an injury that occurred yesterday in the bottom of the seventh inning. Rickard was attempting to steal second base after pinch-running for Hyun Soo Kim. He initially was ruled safe, but umpires overturned the call

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Craig Gentry and Caleb Joseph are making their first starts today while the Yankees send left-hander CC Sabathia to the mound. Gentry is in left field instead of Joey Rickard. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, last night marked the fourth time that the Orioles have won back-to-back games against the Yankees

Today’s game and a pending roster move

Wade Miley finally gets to pitch in a real game today, no longer confined to Sarasota exhibitions, minor league camp matchups and simulated action. This one will count. Miley, freed from the flu or its strength-sapping effects, is searching for his first career win against the Yankees. He’s 0-3 with a 5.58 ERA in seven starts and has registered a 1.463 WHIP in 40 1/3

Showalter on the bullpen, manufacturing runs and 5-4 win

Kevin Gausman didn’t make it out of the fifth inning today. The bullpen made sure again that it didn’t matter. Orioles relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings to increase their total to 16 2/3 in four games, and a late rally produced a 5-4 victory over the Yankees before an announced crowd of 38,916 at Camden Yards. Hyun Soo Kim’s two-out single in the

More on Tillman, roster, fifth starter, more (O’s win 5-4)

Kevin Gausman is warming in the Orioles’ bullpen this afternoon while pitching coach Roger McDowell stands behind him. We’re a few minutes away from the anthem and the season’s fourth game. Chris Tillman’s work already is done for the day. I wrote earlier that Tillman threw 25-30 pitches during a live batting practice session in Sarasota. He’ll take off the next two days and pitch

Britton on his ankle, Hart on his win

Orioles closer Zach Britton isn’t a doctor, but he knows the warning signs of a serious injury, and they weren’t apparent this morning. “My foot and ankle were still there,” he said. “It was good.” Nothing to see here, folks, after Britton rolled his right ankle last night while recording the second out in the ninth inning. He stayed in the game after a visit

Tillman impresses throwing live BP (and other notes)

Chris Tillman threw 25-30 pitches this morning in live batting practice in Sarasota and the reports on him are positive. Still no discomfort in his right shoulder. Tillman used all of his pitches and the Orioles will check how he’s feeling Sunday morning. The plan still calls for Tillman to go two innings/30 pitches Tuesday in an extended spring training game in Sarasota. Showalter said

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

The Orioles are bringing back the same lineup today that they’ve fielded with a right-hander starting for the opposition. Seth Smith leads off and Hyun Soo Kim bats seventh against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Chris Davis mans the cleanup spot, with Mark Trumbo batting fifth. For the Orioles Seth Smith RF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo DH Welington Castillo

Gausman vs. Tanaka today at Camden Yards

The first order of business today at Camden Yards is to check on closer Zach Britton’s right ankle, which he rolled while knocking down Gary Sánchez’s comebacker in the top of the ninth inning. He’s going to insist again that he’s fine, but the disturbing sight of Britton on the ground and scrambling to pick up the ball continues to linger. It’s not the same

Showalter on Britton, bullpen, Smith and a 6-5 win

Seth Smith hit his first home run tonight as an Oriole and Donnie Hart earned his first major league win. Nice timing for a team that now sits alone in first place in the American League East. Smith reached the flag court in right field with his two-run shot in the seventh and the Orioles rallied for a 6-5 win over the Yankees before an

Jimenez fails to complete five innings (O’s win 6-5)

The temperature was dropping and Ubaldo Jiménez’s pitch count was rising. Not a good combination by anyone’s standards. Not in the first inning or any inning. Forty-five degrees felt like 25 tonight with the wind. Thirty pitches felt like 60, but Jiménez got out of the inning with only one run allowed. More would come. Five in 4 1/3 innings before manager Buck Showalter called

Showalter celebrating a baseball anniversary (O’s down 3-1)

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Buck Showalter managing his first game in the majors. And by pure coincidence, he’s facing the team that got him started. Showalter was in the home dugout at Yankee Stadium on April 7, 1992 for a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox. Scott Sanderson got the win, Roger Clemens the loss and Steve Farr the save. Former Oriole John

More notes before tonight’s game

If you’re trying to keep track at home, Edwin Jackson is at extended spring training in Sarasota, left-hander Andrew Faulkner is on Triple-A Norfolk’s roster and Miguel Castro, today’s acquisition from the Rockies, has been optioned to Double-A Bowie. Jackson eventually will be assigned to Norfolk, where he’s expected to work out of the bullpen. He could be used as a starter later if he

Orioles acquire Miguel Castro from Rockies and DFA Joe Gunkel

The Orioles made another trade for a pitcher this afternoon, acquiring right-hander Miguel Castro from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The usual price. Pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment to create room for Castro, who’s been optioned to Double-A Bowie, on the 40-man roster. Castro, 22, was a key piece in the Troy Tulowitzki deal with the

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Seth Smith is the Orioles’ leadoff hitter tonight for the series opening against the Yankees, who are starting right-hander Luis Severino. Smith also batted first on opening day. Manager Buck Showalter is repeating his left-handed lineup, which includes Hyun Soo Kim in left field and batting seventh. Starter Ubaldo Jiménez didn’t pitch in a Grapefruit League game after March 21, though he threw at minor

Edwin Jackson passes physical and signs minor league deal

Veteran pitcher Edwin Jackson has passed his physical with the Orioles and signed a minor league contract. Jackson will report to extended spring training in Sarasota. Jackson’s deal includes a June 1 opt-out clause. In the meantime, the Orioles likely will transfer him to Triple-A Norfolk after he’s deemed ready to pitch. Jackson, 33, has played for 11 teams over his 14-year major league career,

The scoop on Chris Davis

The play drew more attention to third baseman Manny Machado, which tends to happen with any ball hit in his general direction. The magician with leather on his left hand and a cannon for a right arm leaped to knock down a line drive Wednesday night, reached back with the casual manner of someone picking up a quarter off the floor and fired to first

Orioles acquire Andrew Faulkner from Rangers, release Dariel Álvarez

The Orioles have removed injured pitcher Dariel Álvarez from the organization while also acquiring another arm for their system Left-hander Andrew Faulkner was obtained from the Rangers today for a player to be named later or cash. The Orioles also announced that they released Álvarez to create room on the 40-man roster. Faulkner, 24, will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. “Andrew Faulkner is young and

Gentry remains grateful for the chance to play again

Two games into the 2017 season and Craig Gentry’s contributions so far are serving as a pinch-runner and a defensive replacement. He’s waiting to make his first plate appearance. Gentry isn’t complaining. He isn’t growing impatient. After what he’s endured physically and mentally, he’s just thrilled to be in a major league uniform again and feeling like himself. The Orioles selected Gentry’s contract after he

Showalter on Bundy, Britton and a 3-1 win

The Orioles held the Blue Jays to three runs in 20 innings, the result a sweep of the two-game series before their second off-day this week. Dylan Bundy was magnificent with one run allowed, no walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings. The seven innings and 99 pitches tied his career highs. This was only the second time as a starter that Bundy didn’t walk

Dylan Bundy dazzles for seven innings (O’s win 3-1)

Dylan Bundy’s start tonight didn’t come with a pregame ceremony and the unrolling of an orange carpet. No flyovers, no glitter, no sellout crowd. Just a dominant performance against a formidable lineup that couldn’t figure him out. Bundy held the Blue Jays to one run over seven innings, tying his career high with 99 pitches, and the Orioles carried a 3-1 lead into the eighth

Mancini gets first start in the outfield (O’s lead 3-1)

Trey Mancini’s education as a major league outfielder continues tonight under the new LED lights at Camden Yards, with Orioles manager Buck Showalter choosing the rookie to play right instead of veteran Craig Gentry. There are multiple methods to the madness. Showalter said the only way to find out whether Mancini can handle the position is to play him, which is happening tonight against Blue

Dariel Álvarez may undergo surgery on elbow

Dariel Álvarez, who was in the process of converting from outfielder to pitcher, underwent an MRI on his right elbow and may be headed to surgery, according to sources. Álvarez had the MRI today in Sarasota after visiting Dr. Brian Schofield. He was back at extended spring training, having been shut down due to lingering soreness that cropped up about 10 days ago. The expectation

Health updates on Tillman, Miley and O’Day

Chris Tillman completed his third bullpen session today without a hitch, the right shoulder responding favorably to the extended activity. Tillman had two “ups,” throwing 15 pitches and sitting down to simulate a start. “It’s another step for him. He should be just about done now,” said manager Buck Showalter. Assuming that the shoulder continues to feel good, Tillman will fly to Sarasota and throw

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Trey Mancini gets the start in right field tonight against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, with Joey Rickard in left field and leading off. Craig Gentry is on the bench. Manny Machado’s left wrist is fine and he’s in the lineup. Chris Tillman is throwing his third bullpen session this afternoon before heading to Sarasota to throw live batting practice and pitch in extended spring

Orioles will lean toward the right with tonight’s lineup

The Orioles will find out today whether reliever Darren O’Day really is available to pitch or just “physically active,” which might push him onto the disabled list. O’Day is feeling better, but he’s been dealing with the flu only since Thursday and it took Wade Miley a lot longer to get back to 100 percent. Yesterday’s off-day provided more rest for O’Day. A couch and

Reflecting on an opening day win

It may sound odd to suggest that an off day is arriving at an opportune time after only one game has been played. However, set-up man Darren O’Day isn’t fully recovered from the flu and manager Buck Showalter didn’t want to use him yesterday. Third baseman Manny Machado was icing his left wrist after rolling it on his spectacular diving stop in the 11th inning.

Wrapping up a 3-2 11-inning win on opening day

A walk-off home run to break a 2-2- tie in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Blue Jays. Practically writes itself. Mark Trumbo extended the Orioles’ winning streak on opening day to seven in a row by launching a Jason Grilli pitch over the left field fence with two outs for a 3-2 victory before a sellout crowd of 45,667 at Camden Yards.

Ceremonies completed, time to start 2017 season (O’s win in 11th)

Kevin Gausman’s first pitch this afternoon to Blue Jays leadoff hitter Devon Travis was a 96 mph fastball for a called strike, and the second landed in shallow right field for a single. The 2017 season was underway. The Orioles did the usual fine job with the pregame ceremonies. Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was booed upon his introduction, but the volume level was

Smith atop the order, O’Day and Miley health updates and more

Seth Smith wasn’t given a warning from manager Buck Showalter about batting leadoff on opening day. He checked the lineup card posted outside the clubhouse and returned to his locker. “We didn’t have a conversation about it,” Smith said. “but when I’ve been able to play this spring, it’s really the only place I’ve hit, so I kind of assumed that it was a good

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has chosen Seth Smith as his leadoff hitter for today’s season opener against the Blue Jays at sunny Camden Yards. Adam Jones is batting second, followed by Manny Machado. Hyun Soo Kim is hitting seventh. Welington Castillo is 7-for-23 (.304) with four home runs lifetime against Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada. Ryan Flaherty is 3-for-9 with two home runs. Jones is

Duquette: “This should be a big year for the O’s”

Who’s ready for opening day? Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette couldn’t hide his excitement for the team and the start of the season as he stood on the edge of field during yesterday’s workout. “This is our first opportunity to see our new team and for everybody to see the boys. The boys are back in town,” he said. “Should be a big year

Drake on making the team, Duquette on Tavárez talks and more

A day after Orioles reliever Oliver Drake tossed two scoreless innings in the final Grapefruit League game against the Braves in Lake Buena Vista, the former Naval Academy pitcher was summoned into manager Buck Showalter’s office and told that he made the team. Drake would be part of an eight-man bullpen on his first opening day. It was far from a safe assumption, considering how

Tillman’s side session, the roster, opening day and much more

Chris Tillman was pleased with yesterday’s bullpen session at Camden Yards and said his right shoulder felt great today. He’s expected to throw again on Monday and Wednesday before heading back to Sarasota to pitch live batting practice on April 8 and start an extended spring game on April 11. “I went actually better than I was expecting,” Tillman said. “It felt good. No issues,

Orioles set 25-man roster

The Orioles announced their opening day roster this afternoon and it doesn’t contain any surprises. It’s the same math as reported a few days ago, with 14 position players and 11 pitchers, including eight relievers. Oliver Drake (Navy) received the eighth bullpen spot. He’s out of options and may have to be placed on waivers after the Orioles activate left-hander Wade Miley from the disabled

Orioles inching closer to opening day

The Orioles are holding their pre-opening day workout this afternoon beginning at 3:15 p.m. at Camden Yards. It’s starting to get real. Trey Mancini will catch about 5,000 fly balls in right field to get used to the third deck. There’s no way to prepare for it in the Grapefruit League. Mancini also will be surrounded by the media, a new wave on hand to

Updating Tillman’s bullpen session

The Orioles will place pitcher Chris Tillman on the disabled list as one of their remaining moves before finalizing an opening day roster that must be set by noon Sunday. In the meantime, he’s making the necessary progress toward joining the rotation by early May. A big step was completed today with Tillman throwing about 20 pitches off an indoor mound at Camden Yards, his

Who were the biggest camp surprises?

I’ve left spring training behind me, along with a pile of game notes on my hotel room table and one bag of vegetables in the freezer. Only one bag. I should have taken the “under.” Want a bigger spring surprise than my restraint in the frozen vegetable aisle? I’m going to start with Craig Gentry’s arrival in camp and a performance that warranted a spot

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