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Britton looking forward to talking pitching instead of surgery

Orioles closer Zach Britton has thrown three full-mound bullpen sessions at Camden Yards and he’s going to have a bigger audience this week while he’s in Anaheim. Dr. Kenneth Jung, who performed the surgery in December to repair Britton’s ruptured Achilles, will watch him throw on Wednesday with head athletic trainer Brian Ebel and give his final “blessing,” as the left-hander worded it with a

Álvarez homers twice, O’s win first home series (Rickard optioned)

Pedro Álvarez wasn’t supposed to be in the Orioles lineup this afternoon, and they appeared to be fed another dose of rotten luck with Danny Valencia a late scratch. This wasn’t a spoonful of sugar. Just the latest situation to make them bitter. Luis Sardiñas is out with a sore lower back. The Tigers started left-hander Daniel Norris. A normal four-man bench, down to only

Showalter on Davis’ slump: “It’s eating at him” (O’s up 4-3)

Luis Sardiñas informed manager Buck Showalter following last night’s game that he’s experiencing soreness in his lower back, which makes his availability uncertain for this afternoon’s series finale against the Tigers that also closes the homestand. The Orioles are in the process of determining whether he can play later today and if the disabled list is a possibility. The club is off Monday. “He’s not

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

Chris Davis is out of the Orioles lineup again this afternoon for the series finale against the Tigers. The Orioles are facing another left-hander, Daniel Norris, and I’m told there isn’t a physical issue with Davis. It’s just a break before the West Coast trip. Trey Mancini is at first base again today. Adam Jones is the designated hitter, with Craig Gentry in center field.

Gausman vs. Norris in series finale that closes homestand

Will Kevin Gausman continue to trend in the right direction? Will he continue to hack away at his ERA, which has lost so much weight that I’m waiting for it to do the weather on “The Today Show”? Gausman is a tough act to follow after holding the Indians to two runs and four hits over eight innings. One walk, seven strikeouts, but a 2-1

Orioles suffer 20th loss of season (with quotes)

Momentum in baseball always has been and always will be the next day’s starting pitcher. Whether it’s your own or the opposition. Chris Tillman tossed a one-hit shutout over seven innings last night to give the Orioles a rare win, but Andrew Cashner allowed five runs in the first two innings tonight and progress was halted. Left-hander Francisco Liriano exited in the seventh with only

Showalter on Rickard’s return and more (O’s down 9-5)

A combination of factors allowed outfielder Joey Rickard to make it back to Baltimore. The desire to have a four-man bench. The reduced need for a second left-handed reliever. Opposing left-handed starters the next two games. And most important, Rickard’s scorching stretch at Triple-A Norfolk. The former Rule 5 pick batted .345/.456/.473 with five doubles, one triple and 10 RBIs in 16 games with the

Rickard recalled, Scott optioned, Mancini playing first base

The Orioles optioned left-hander Tanner Scott to Triple-A Norfolk this afternoon and recalled outfielder Joey Rickard from the Tides, giving them a four-man bench and Richard Bleier as the sole left-handed reliever. Scott has allowed three runs and six hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings over his three appearances. He goes back in Norfolk’s bullpen, where the Orioles want to

Rickard arrives at Camden Yards

The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup tonight, but outfielder Joey Rickard walked through the clubhouse. Are the Orioles going back to a four-man bench? Is there an injury? Stay tuned. Rickard is batting .345/.456/.473 with five doubles, one triple and 10 RBIs in 16 games with Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles are facing left-handed starters in the last two games of their series against the Tigers

Duquette says it’s “a little early” to talk about tearing down team

If the Orioles are going to undergo any serious changes while enduring the second-worst start in franchise history, they aren’t expected to happen in the coming days or weeks. The sign for the proverbial fire sale won’t be posted outside the warehouse. Executive vice president Dan Duquette noted the areas of concern yesterday, but also suggested that more time should be spent evaluating the club

Tillman, two relievers combine for two-hit shutout (with quotes)

Twenty-two starts without a win. Chris Tillman carried the burden like a refrigerator strapped to his back. The shoulder injury, the demotion to the bullpen, the trust placed in him by an organization that was willing to give him a major league deal in free agency. Tillman escaped a jam in the first inning, didn’t allow a hit until the fifth and shut out the

Showalter on Beckham, Rasmus, Schoop and more (O’s up 6-0)

Tim Beckham appeared in the Orioles clubhouse this afternoon after taking his mile-long walk with head athletic trainer Brian Ebel, a smile on his face and carefully measured steps as he headed toward his locker. Undergoing core muscle surgery one day earlier to repair tears on both sides of the groin will shorten a player’s stride. It didn’t reduce the grin. “I’m not going to

Schoop nearing rehab assignment

With Jonathan Schoop’s strained oblique muscle healing at the desired pace, the Orioles are hoping that their second baseman comes off the disabled list on May 8 following their upcoming West Coast trip to Anaheim and Oakland. Schoop is flying to Sarasota on Sunday and will play Wednesday and perhaps Thursday in extended spring training games. He’s scheduled to join Double-A Bowie no later than

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

Craig Gentry gets the start in right field tonight and Jace Peterson remains the No. 2 hitter as the Orioles begin their three-game series against the Tigers at overcast but dry Camden Yards. Caleb Joseph is catching starter Chris Tillman. Tillman lowered his ERA from 11.91 to 9.87 in his last start, when he allowed four runs in six innings in a 4-0 loss to

Because You Asked - “Dark Territory”

A really bad start to a season can fill up a mailbag faster than a prolonged winning streak. Discontent provides lots of content. I’m bombarded with the same inquiries about job security. Not mine, though I’m sure it’s also going to come up. I’m just hoping it’s not from one of my bosses. You ask, I answer, you ask again, I try to answer again

Bundy unable to stop bleeding as Orioles lose 9-5 (with quotes)

It’s gotten so bad that Dylan Bundy tied his career high tonight with seven earned runs allowed in 4 2/3 innings. Eight runs total to go with 11 hits. And back-to-back losses resulted to the fourth-place Rays. How can the Orioles escape this pit of misery? Bundy has been carrying the ladder, but he couldn’t take the necessary steps tonight. The Rays led two batters

Showalter updates Beckham surgery (O’s down 8-4)

With Tim Beckham undergoing core muscle surgery today, the Orioles will begin the process of getting him back to full health while figuring out the most effective method to compensate for his absence. Danny Valencia remains at third base tonight and Jace Peterson is starting at second. Peterson was moving around the infield before batting practice, taking grounders at third and simulating tag plays at

Beckham undergoes surgery (and other notes)

Tim Beckham underwent core muscle surgery today in Philadelphia and he’s projected to be out for six to seven weeks, leaving the Orioles without half of their starting infield. Beckham is expected back at Camden Yards on Friday to begin rehabbing. He’ll walk with head athletic trainer Brian Ebel and gradually increase activities. Manager Buck Showalter said Beckham had surgery “on both sides.” “He’s resting

Orioles and Rays lineups

Jace Peterson is playing second base and batting second tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the Rays. Peterson took ground balls at third base earlier today. Danny Valencia remains at third base with Tim Beckham on the disabled list. Caleb Joseph is catching. Adam Jones has collected seven doubles in the last six games. Jones has 556 extra-base hits with the Orioles, one

Peterson’s pigskin performance proved positive

The versatility that Jace Peterson brings to the Orioles extends further than your typical utility player. He can start at any position except catcher and also blitz the opposing pitcher if given the signal. Steal a base, sack a starter. Just turn him loose. He’ll figure it out. Baseball wasn’t the extent of Peterson’s athletic prowess at McNeese State. Besides setting the school record for

Cobb can’t hold lead and Orioles fall again 8-4 (updated)

We’ll never know how Alex Cobb would have responded this year to a normal spring training. To the usual progression from bullpens to exhibition games to opening day if he hadn’t waited until March 21 to sign with the Orioles. Cobb’s third start tonight had a rough beginning and finish, the end coming with two outs in the top of the fifth inning and a

Showalter on Beckham, Trumbo and Peterson (O’s down 8-4)

The tarp has come off the Camden Yards field about three hours after the grounds crew unrolled it. A much better forecast for tonight’s game. The Orioles are waiting for Tim Beckham to make a final decision on whether to undergo surgery after they placed him on the disabled list today with a left groin strain. Beckham saw Dr. William Meyers earlier today in Philadelphia

Beckham could undergo surgery (and other notes)

The Orioles could be without third baseman Tim Beckham for a much longer period than the minimum 10 days of his assignment on the disabled list. Beckham saw a specialist today in Philadelphia and is expected to undergo surgery, perhaps by Thursday morning, after the Orioles put him on the DL with a strained left groin. Beckham is weighing his options, which would include rehabbing

Orioles lineup vs. Rays (Beckham to DL)

Jace Peterson is making his Orioles debut tonight as the Orioles begin their series against the Rays at Camden Yards. Peterson is starting at second base and batting ninth. The Orioles haven’t announced the roster move, but Tim Beckham is expected to go on the disabled list. Trey Mancini is in left field. Chance Sisco is batting second. Alex Cobb faces his former team tonight

Weather postpones latest attempt to bust out of slump

More cooperative weather tonight will force the Orioles to again confront their slumping offense. They can run, but they can’t hide. The Orioles have registered a .215 average that was tied with the Indians for last in the majors before last night. They’ve scored 19 runs in 10 home games, the lowest total in baseball. I always thought Camden Yards was supposed to be a

More on Beckham, Peterson and injury-related notes (updated)

With tonight’s postponement due to inclement weather, the Orioles likely will push back Alex Cobb to Wednesday night and Dylan Bundy to Thursday night. They could skip Chris Tillman instead of having him open the Tigers series Friday night at Camden Yards. Confirmation on the rotation will come shortly. Update: Cobb starts Wednesday and Bundy Thursday. It’s confirmed. The Rays will start Jake Faria on

Beckham undergoing MRI (tonight’s game postponed)

The tarp is on the field at Camden Yards and showers are headed this way. The Orioles must prepare as if they’re playing the Rays tonight in the opener of a three-game series. However, they’re also withholding certain roster decisions while braced for a postponement. Third baseman Tim Beckham is undergoing an MRI and figures to go on the disabled list later tonight if the

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Trey Mancini is back in the Orioles’ lineup tonight and Chance Sisco has moved up to second for the series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards. Mancini injured his right knee Friday night, but he pinch-hit last night and figured to return to his leadoff role. Danny Valencia remains at third base and Luis Sardiñas is playing second. The Orioles haven’t announced a roster

Orioles claim Jace Peterson off waivers

The Orioles addressed their need for infield depth this afternoon by claiming utility player Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees. Peterson will report to the club on Wednesday. In the meantime, pitcher Gabriel Ynoa has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster. Infielder Tim Beckham is expected to go on the 10-day disabled list with a groin

Vielma replacement for Beckham if DL move is necessary

The Orioles are preparing to put infielder Tim Beckham on the 10-day disabled list while another injury strikes the roster. Infielder Engelb Vielma is headed to Baltimore and officially could be recalled before tonight’s series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards. The Tides were home last night and Vielma went 2-for-3 with a double. Vielma was optioned on Friday to make room for left-hander

Among Orioles’ needs is more useful utility

The mere mention of a utility infielder as part of a winter shopping list can make the eyes of the most engaged fans glaze over or roll into the tops of their heads. The national media isn’t chasing those rumors. It’s never as important or interesting as starting pitching or a bat. The Orioles had three spots to fill in their rotation and they wanted

Gausman gem wasted in 2-1 loss (Beckham update and quotes)

Further evidence that the Orioles can’t catch a break arrived tonight when the Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco caught a line drive. Cruel but usual punishment. A slumping Anthony Santander was denied by Carrasco, who stuck his glove in the air, snared the ball and threw to first base to double off Chance Sisco and end the bottom of the second inning. Santander was

Updates on Mancini, Schoop, Trumbo, Lee and more (O’s down 2-1)

Trey Mancini is testing his right knee today by performing baseball activities on the field, and he’s hoping to get back into the lineup Tuesday night against the Rays at Camden Yards. Mancini said the knee no longer hurts when he walks and there’s just a hint of stiffness, but nothing that suggests a longer stint on the bench. “We’ll have a good feel after

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Danny Valencia is starting at third base tonight for the Orioles and Tim Beckham has moved to second. Beckham is leading off while Trey Mancini remains out of the lineup. Chance Sisco is catching and batting seventh, and Anthony Santander is in right field. Craig Gentry is in left, but he’s moved down to ninth in the order. Closer Zach Britton performed more fielding drills

Machado named co-AL Player of the Week

Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea have been named co-Players of the Week in the American League. One guy can’t stop getting hits and the other didn’t allow any in his most recent start. Machado batted .500/.560/1.273 (11-for-22) over six games with two doubles, five home runs, eight RBIs and seven runs scored to earn his fourth AL Player of the Week

This, that and the other

From a personal standpoint, Manny Machado is riding the highest professional wave right now. He’s red-hot at the plate with a 10-game hitting streak and three multi-home run games this season. He’s hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games. Machado has posted a .410 average (16-for-39) during his streak with five home runs, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored. According to STATS, Machado

Losses continue to mount for Orioles (with Showalter quotes)

Take one lead against Corey Kluber and count your blessings. Take two and wish you could also take a knee and run out the clock. Not in baseball. Manny Machado homered twice this afternoon and Chris Davis broke a tie in the fourth inning with a run-scoring single, but the Indians battled back against Andrew Cashner to move ahead in the fifth and claimed a

Trumbo to rehab at Bowie, Mancini’s knee better (O’s down 4-3)

Mark Trumbo is headed to Double-A Bowie to restart his injury rehab assignment. Trumbo will play for the Baysox in a three-game series against Richmond that begins Monday, most likely in the field the first two nights before serving as the designated hitter in the afternoon finale. The plan also calls for Trumbo to work out on Thursday and join Triple-A Norfolk for three games

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Craig Gentry remains the left fielder and leadoff hitter today for the Orioles while Trey Mancini recovers from a knee injury. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate today after Chance Sisco started three consecutive games. For the Orioles Craig Gentry LF Pedro Alvarez DH Manny Machado SS Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Tim Beckham 3B Anthony Santander RF Caleb Joseph C Luis Sardiñas 2B

Sisco’s surge and today’s starters

On a team that again couldn’t generate much of an offensive attack yesterday, deep fly balls celebrated as some sort of moral victory, Chance Sisco had a single and a walk in three plate appearances and was crowned king for a day. The kid has hit pretty much throughout his life. But anything he does behind the plate will overshadow it. The bat got the

Orioles blanked on two hits in 4-0 loss (updated and quotes)

There were loud outs and three solo home runs, the last ball reaching Eutaw St. on the fly. Chris Tillman didn’t spend today’s game fooling the Indians, but he turned in his most impressive start in four tries. A small victory while still in search of his first win since last May. Tillman fell short of a quality start by definition after Yonder Alonso’s 414-foot,

Showalter on Mancini, Britton, Schoop, Tillman (O’s down 4-0)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter won’t broadcast a player’s availability to the opposing team. He’s proceeding today as if Trey Mancini could be used off the bench after the left fielder jammed his right knee into the brick wall last night while chasing a foul ball. “Trey’s sore today, got a couple sutures last night, had a CT scan just to make sure we knew everything

Mancini on knee injury, Britton on feeling “normal”

Trey Mancini said his right knee is swollen and he’s having difficulty flexing the leg, which suggests that he’s probably unavailable for today’s game against the Indians at Camden Yards. Mancini underwent a CT scan to confirm that he hadn’t suffered any structural damage. He has a couple of sutures in the knee to close the gashes he sustained last night while sliding into the

Mancini missing from Orioles lineup

Trey Mancini is out of the Orioles lineup today after injuring his right knee last night in the eighth inning. Craig Gentry is leading off and playing left field. Mancini banged the knee against the brick wall in foul territory while attempting to make a sliding catch. He received a couple of stitches after undergoing an x-ray. Another update is coming later today. Pedro Álvarez

Showalter sticking with left side alignment

The left side of the infield has been a red-hot topic of conversation during the Orioles’ frigid start to the 2018 season. Returning Manny Machado to shortstop upon his request, experimenting with Tim Beckham at third base, the plays that haven’t been made while the losses piled up. Manager Buck Showalter said at FanFest that the change could be reversed in spring training, though the

Updating Mancini and wrapping up a 3-1 win

Trey Mancini underwent an MRI on his right knee tonight and his spot in the lineup and atop the order is in jeopardy for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Indians. Mancini sustained a couple of “punctures” in the knee, according to manager Buck Showalter, and he’s likely to receive stitches to close the wounds. Nothing more serious was included in the update following a 3-1

Orioles end losing streak at six games with 3-1 win

Dylan Bundy handled the role of stopper tonight, which comes with the staff ace territory, and an offense that’s now showing signs of life rose up in the middle innings to squash a losing streak. Bundy held the Indians to one run over six innings before his elevated pitch count forced manager Buck Showalter to call upon the bullpen, and the Orioles’ skid stopped at

Showalter on adversity, defense, injuries, roster move (O’s up 3-1)

As the Orioles get reacquainted with their home surroundings tonight, they’re also trying to end a six-game losing streak and regain their footing after absorbing a hard fall on the road. Asked earlier today what message he would send to his team and the fans, manager Buck Showalter replied that there was nothing to “sum up.” It couldn’t be done as a quick hit. “What

Britton and Trumbo provide injury updates

The Orioles keep receiving positive news on closer Zach Britton, who threw off a half-mound today for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon. Twenty four-seam fastballs and not a single regret. “Felt really good,” he said. “It was the first bullpen, so I had to think about that, too. My arm felt really good and really just thinking about getting

Orioles recall Tanner Scott (plus Britton and Trumbo updates)

The Orioles added a second left-hander to their bullpen this afternoon by recalling Tanner Scott from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning infielder Engelb Vielma to the Tides. Vielma went 0-for-3 Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers in his only major league start. He appeared in three games. Manager Buck Showalter complimented Vielma for his work ethic, good hands and intelligence. “His ball security has gotten real good,”

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Luis Sardiñas gets another start at second base tonight and Pedro Álvarez is batting second as the designated hitter while the Orioles open their 10-game homestand against the Indians. Anthony Santander is in right field and Chance Sisco is catching. No roster move has been announced. Manny Machado is a career .333 (37-for-111) hitter in 28 games against the Indians, including 10 doubles, seven home

Orioles need to leave their troubles on the road

What’s next for the Orioles besides a 10-game homestand that starts with four against the Indians and the task of preventing a losing streak from reaching seven? Included among the losses should be the “it’s still early” narrative, because seasons have imploded well before the break. A sense of urgency isn’t misplaced. This is an important series. No one is recommending wide-spread panic, but the

Cobb can’t catch a break and Orioles can’t get on track

Alex Cobb will get crushed on social media again today because he lasted only 3 1/3 innings, a shorter outing than his debut in Boston, and left with the Tigers ahead 7-3. One fan on Twitter referred to him as “garbage.” Meanwhile, Cobb couldn’t get a strike call from plate umpire Larry Vanover down in the zone and the Tigers dinked and dribbled him to

Orioles theme nights include yoga, dogs and popular movies

The Orioles have announced a series of theme nights later this summer at Camden Yards. The following is a partial schedule, which requires the purchase of a limited special ticket package in order to participate. Additional details will be made available for each event at a later date: * Star Wars Night: The first-ever Star Wars Night at Camden Yards will be held on May

Orioles and Tigers lineups

Facing a right-handed starter today, the Orioles have found spots in the lineup for Pedro Álvarez, Anthony Santander and Chance Sisco. Álvarez is batting second against the Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann as the Orioles try to avoid being swept on their road trip. Luis Sardiñas, who hit a game-tying home run yesterday in the top of the ninth inning, is playing second base this afternoon and

Cobb back on the mound as Orioles try to stop skid

The Orioles are 12-34 since the start of September, the latest blow yesterday’s 6-5 walk-off loss to the Tigers. When it rains, it pours - even when a game is played beneath a blue sky. Rally to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning, immediately fall behind 5-4, get a game-tying leadoff home run from unlikely hero Luis Sardiñas in the

Orioles and Tigers lineups

Engelb Vielma gets the start today at second base as the Orioles try to win for only the second time in eight games. Craig Gentry is in right field again and Danny Valencia is the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching. Kevin Gausman is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in six career starts against the Tigers. In his only start at Comerica

How far will the Orioles turn back the clock?

Seventeen games have proven to be an ample sample size for fans who already are declaring the season to be the worst in Orioles history. Some of the verdicts came in much earlier. After the club was swept in Houston in the first road series. Or, going back further, after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. Nerves continued to fray and more hairs were

Luis Sardiñas joins Orioles in Detroit

The Orioles have selected infielder Luis Sardiñas’ contract from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s starting tonight at second base. The 40-man roster is full. Sardiñas was 6-for-30 with two doubles, one home run and three RBIs with the Tides. His last major league game was May 20, 2017 with the Padres. Sardiñas is making his 26th start and 47th appearance at second base in the majors.

Inclement weather forces another change in O’s schedule

The Orioles can’t get away from bad weather. Only the cities change. Following Monday morning’s postponement in Boston, the Orioles have agreed to allow the Tigers to move Wednesday’s game at Comerica Park from 6:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. due to “impending inclement weather.” Major League Baseball granted approval to adjust the start time with the latest forecast in Detroit calling for a 70 percent

Fielding questions and concerns about the Orioles

I had to dig my glove out of basement storage after arriving home late last night - flight delays providing the appropriate ending to the trip - to handle all the questions about the Orioles that have been hit to me. The experience is making me a contender for a job as utility infielder. What’s wrong with the rotation? What’s wrong with the offense? What’s

Hess optioned to Norfolk

BOSTON - The Orioles are preparing to make another adjustment to their roster in Detroit, where they begin a three-game series Tuesday night. Unable to play today due to rain, the Orioles announced that they optioned right-hander David Hess to Triple-A Norfolk one day after recalling him. No word on the corresponding move. Hess arrived in Boston yesterday while the Orioles optioned Donnie Hart to

Latest on rotation, concerns about offense and defense

BOSTON - With no morning game at Fenway Park due to a forecast that didn’t provide a window to play, the Orioles are able to make adjustments to their rotation for the Tigers series that begins Tuesday night. Andrew Cashner is pushed back to the opener at Comerica Park, followed by Kevin Gausman on Wednesday night and most likely Alex Cobb on Thursday afternoon. The

Unearned runs costly in 3-1 loss (Monday game postponed)

BOSTON - The weather couldn’t keep the Orioles from playing today. It couldn’t disturb Dylan Bundy, who operated as if conditions were normal. Fastball, slider and maybe a few shivers, but nothing he couldn’t handle. Out of his control were a couple of plays behind him in the sixth inning that allowed batters to reach. Mistakes that the Red Sox parlayed into another lead and

Schoop on his injury and return (O’s down 3-1)

BOSTON - Jonathan Schoop expressed some hope today about his ability to come off the disabled list after the minimum 10 days. Oblique strains traditionally require a longer recovery period, but no one is stamping out his optimism given the disappointment he felt upon suffering the injury. “I hope 10 days,” he said. “I hope in the next couple of days I’ll feel better so

Orioles recall Hess and option Hart

BOSTON - The Orioles have recalled pitcher David Hess from Triple-A Norfolk today and optioned left-hander Donnie Hart to the Tides in the latest adjustment to the bullpen. Hart was used in the last two games, allowing an unearned run in 2 2/3 innings, and wouldn’t be available for the rest of the series. And the need for a second southpaw isn’t as pronounced for

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Craig Gentry is in center field today, Adam Jones is the designated hitter and the temperature for today’s game is plummeting. A clubhouse guard said it’s snowing six miles outside the city and headed this way. Tim Beckham remains at second base with Jonathan Schoop on the disabled list. Schoop said this morning that he’s optimistic about returning after 10 days. For the

Wondering again about the Orioles roster

BOSTON - The Orioles’ streak of roster moves on game days is up to seven with Jonathan Schoop going on the disabled list yesterday and Alex Cobb getting his official recall from Double-A Bowie. Will it grow to eight? The bullpen is the usual suspect, so let’s go there first. Donnie Hart threw 17 pitches Friday night after being recalled and 22 yesterday while working

Latest on Schoop and wrapping up 10-3 loss

BOSTON - The MRI on second baseman Jonathan Schoop’s right oblique this morning revealed a Grade 1 strain, which is a sliver of good news on an otherwise lousy day for the Orioles. Though Schoop was forced to go on the 10-day disabled list, he suffered a milder strain among the classifications and could return sooner than anticipated. “There’s grades 1 through 5, with 5

Alex Cobb’s debut turns into disappointment (O’s lose 10-3)

BOSTON - Alex Cobb can’t be judged on one start. Signing him as a free agent can’t be deemed a colossal failure after one inning. The same patience required to prepare him for today’s debut with the Orioles is needed to grade him. He didn’t pass today. There will be plenty of other tests. The first four Red Sox batters reached against Cobb this afternoon

Showalter talks about Schoop injury (O’s lose 10-3)

BOSTON - The Orioles finally got their bullpen settled after two extra-inning games in New York and now they’re proceeding without their starting second baseman. The shuffling and worrying doesn’t cease. Jonathan Schoop went on the 10-day disabled list today with a strained right oblique, creating a corresponding roster move for starter Alex Cobb in his debut with the club. “We knew we were going

Schoop goes on disabled list with oblique injury

BOSTON - The Orioles placed second baseman Jonathan Schoop on the 10-day disabled list today with a strained right oblique, creating a roster spot for pitcher Alex Cobb in a way they hadn’t anticipated or desired. Schoop underwent an MRI this morning and the club received the results shortly before noon. Cobb officially was recalled from Double-A Bowie today and is making his debut with

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - The Orioles are listing Jonathan Schoop among their reserves for today’s game against the Red Sox. Schoop was removed last night in the eighth inning with discomfort in his side. No move has been announced to accommodate starter Alex Cobb. Pedro Álvarez is batting second as the designated hitter. Tim Beckham is the second baseman and Danny Valencia is playing third. Adam Jones

Cobb’s career with Orioles begins today

BOSTON - The wait is over. The plastic comes off Alex Cobb today and the Orioles are allowed to play with their new toy. Cobb finally gets to make his 2018 debut after simulated and extended spring training games. And he’ll try to give the Orioles their fourth quality start in the last five games. This will be Cobb’s first major league outing since Sept.

Schoop’s exit from game and wrapping up a 7-3 loss

BOSTON - Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop didn’t leave tonight’s game to allow Engelb Vielma to make his major league debut. The switch was done to prevent a twinge from growing into something more severe. Schoop felt a muscle in his side grab while striking out to end the seventh inning and Vielma replaced him in the field. “He had some discomfort in his side

Tillman toppled in two-plus in Orioles 7-3 loss

BOSTON - If the antiquated ballpark in Boston couldn’t fix Chris Tillman, what’s left for the Orioles to do? A 2.39 ERA in nine career starts at Fenway Park meant nothing tonight. It didn’t enable Tillman to locate the plate, to lower his pitches into the strike zone, to gain velocity on his fastball, to properly defend himself. Tillman faced three batters in the third

Cobb on “wild ride” that dropped him off in Boston (O’s down 7-3)

BOSTON - Alex Cobb will make his Orioles debut on Saturday while also experiencing a homecoming of sorts. Cobb was born in Boston and moved to Florida at age 2. A Red Sox fan growing up, he still has family in the area who will filter into Fenway Park this weekend. “Sadly, I was,” he said with a grin. “I regret that.” Don’t even bring

Injury updates and more on Hart’s promotion

BOSTON - On a relatively slow news day so far, here are a few injury updates related to the Orioles: * Pitcher Gabriel Ynoa, on the disabled list with a right shin stress reaction, is undergoing an MRI today on his right shoulder. His condition hasn’t spread. This is something unrelated. “The shin seems to be doing well,” said manager Buck Showalter, “but he’s had

Trumbo update and Hart’s return

BOSTON - Mark Trumbo sat at his usual locker this afternoon inside the cramped visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park, ready to work out but unsure when his right quadriceps muscle will heal to the point where he can play gain. The Orioles removed Trumbo from his injury rehab assignment after one game at Double-A Bowie. Manager Buck Showalter said it wasn’t a setback that led

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - The Orioles made their roster move official this afternoon by recalling left-hander Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk to take Yefry Ramirez’s spot in the bullpen. Ramirez was optioned to Norfolk following Wednesday night’s game. Trey Mancini stays in the lineup after being hit on the right hand Wednesday night and undergoing an X-ray that came back negative. Danny Valencia is the designated hitter

Tillman trying to keep rotation moving in right direction

The rotation is rolling. Three quality starts in a row and six in the first 13 games. Modest mileage on the surface, but noteworthy if considering how far the group pushed back the team in 2017. The Orioles will find out tonight whether Chris Tillman can maintain it and get himself moving in the right direction. Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner worked seven innings in

Donnie Hart joining Orioles in Boston

The Orioles will add left-hander Donnie Hart to their bullpen for Friday night’s game against the Red Sox. Hart is meeting up with the team in Boston and will join Richard Bleier as the only southpaw relief options for manager Buck Showalter. He basically is going to replace Nestor Cortes Jr., though it took a few other moves since the Orioles designated the Rule 5

Waiting for the next reliever to join the Orioles

With the Orioles coming upon the second open date on their schedule, I feel supremely confident that their streak of roster moves will end at five days in a row. Unless, of course, they decide to announce the corresponding move for pitcher Yefry Ramirez, optioned last night to Triple-A Norfolk, instead of waiting until Friday. So much for supremely confident. I was blindsided yesterday by

Mancini’s hand, roster move and wrapping up a 5-3 win

Trey Mancini stood at his locker tonight with his right middle finger wrapped and a few jokes at the ready. It was safe to laugh after an X-ray came back negative. Mancini was hit on the right hand while swinging at an inside pitch from Blue Jays reliever John Axford in the Orioles’ 5-3 victory at Camden Yards. He stayed in the game and singled

Bats thaw out for Orioles in 5-3 win

The outburst was so unexpected and rare coming from the home team that Van Halen’s “Eruption” should have provided the soundtrack. If a guitar solo is sufficient for a three-run inning. The Orioles eliminated the no-hit drama in the fourth with Manny Machado’s leadoff double and they actually worked Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada for 33 pitches while taking the lead. Jonathan Schoop, in a

Showalter on Trumbo, Rasmus, bench and more (O’s up 5-3)

With Mark Trumbo rejoining the Orioles after one game at Double-A Bowie, his rehab assignment is now delayed but not denied. He’s going to report to an affiliate at a later date. Trumbo served as the designated hitter last night with the Baysox while recovering from a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps muscle. The discomfort didn’t return last night, but Trumbo apparently isn’t

Trumbo removed from rehab assignment (and other notes)

Mark Trumbo is in the Orioles’ clubhouse this afternoon and the Orioles have halted his rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie. Manager Buck Showalter said Trumbo didn’t experience a setback. This is done more as a precaution. “Just talking with him and the trainers, he’s at 36 days and he’s actually a little ahead of things, so we’re going to slow that down a little bit,”

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays (Harvey optioned)

Chance Sisco is behind the plate again tonight as the Orioles try to avoid being swept by the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Sisco also caught last night. Craig Gentry is in right field. Jonathan Schoop continues to bat third while battling a slump that’s lowered his average to .189. He has 10 hits on the season, but seven of them came in Houston and

Vielma could be next roster move for Orioles

The Orioles are prepared to make a roster move for the fifth day in a row and this one involves a utility infielder. Engelb Vielma isn’t in Triple-A Norfolk’s lineup this afternoon and I’m hearing that he’s headed to Baltimore. The club hasn’t announced it. Vielma, 23, is on the 40-man roster after the Orioles acquired him from the Giants on Jan 26 for a

Orioles bullpen about to undergo more changes

The Orioles might be able to complete their series against the Blue Jays tonight without creating another wave in their 25-man roster. It could be stagnant until their charter lands in Boston. There’s going to be more movement with the Orioles carrying only one left-hander in their eight-man bullpen. A second southpaw needs to be inserted and manager Buck Showalter eventually wants to get back

Showalter speaks after 2-1 loss

For the second time in Andrew Cashner’s three starts, the Orioles couldn’t buy a hit as the game marched into the later innings. Nice way to risk leaving a bad impression with the new guy. Tim Beckham smashed a double through third baseman Josh Donaldson’s legs tonight leading off the bottom of the eighth after the Blue Jays had taken a 1-0 lead in the

Cortes and Ramirez present latest O’s roster move (O’s lose 2-1)

The Orioles extended their streak of transactions to four consecutive days by designating Rule 5 left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. for assignment this afternoon and recalling pitcher Yefry Ramirez from Triple-A Norfolk. Cortes was called into manager Buck Showalter’s office shortly before batting practice. Pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis was recalled on Saturday while the Orioles placed outfielder Colby Rasmus on the 10-day disabled list. They optioned Yacabonis

Orioles DFA Cortes and recall Ramirez, Rasmus has MRI on hip

The Orioles are down to one Rule 5 pick and one left-hander in their bullpen. Nestor Cortes Jr. was designated for assignment this afternoon following another rough outing last night, and the Orioles recalled right-hander Yefry Ramirez from Triple-A Norfolk. Ramirez will be in the bullpen tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Cortes, chosen from the Yankees

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Pedro Álvarez is batting fifth tonight as the designated hitter and Chris Davis moves down to sixth against Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Trey Mancini stays in the leadoff spot and Anthony Santander continues to start in right field. Chance Sisco is behind the plate. For the Orioles Trey Mancini LF Manny Machado SS Jonathan Schoop 2B Adam Jones CF Pedro Álvarez DH Chris Davis

Thoughts on Harvey, Davis and tonight’s matchup

It took a special set of circumstances to get Hunter Harvey to the majors. The Orioles needed to play games covering 14 and 12 innings over the weekend. The bullpen had to account for 20 2/3 innings. The next opponent, the Toronto Blue Jays, had to carry a roster heavy in right-handed hitters. And the list of available right-handed pitchers on the Orioles’ 40-man roster

Bundy’s effort wasted in 7-1 loss (with Showalter quotes)

The Orioles put the first two runners on base tonight and didn’t score, with Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ striking out the next three batters. They put the first two runners on base in the second and didn’t score, with Happ striking out the next three batters. Redundant and ridiculous. Two on and no outs in the fifth inning later became bases loaded and one

Beckham and Brach on 1-2-5, plus game update (O’s down 2-1)

The 1-2-5 double play executed yesterday by the Orioles in the 12th inning was the first in club history and certainly the first involving Tim Beckham, who’s making only his 16th career start tonight at third base. Beckham alertly covered the bag as reliever Brad Brach fielded Aaron Judge’s comebacker with the bases loaded, no outs and the Orioles clinging to a one-run lead. Brach

More on Harvey’s call-up and Cobb’s pending debut

The Orioles didn’t announce today’s roster move until the media was out of the clubhouse, but there were rumblings about Hunter Harvey being at Camden Yards. And a fresh arm certainly made sense after another extra-inning game yesterday in New York. It just happened to be attached to the top pitching prospect in the organization. Harvey turned 23 in December and he hasn’t pitched beyond

Orioles recalling Cobb for Saturday start (and other notes)

Alex Cobb will make his Orioles debut on Saturday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Cobb is flying out of Florida later today and will have a work day at Double-A Bowie. He went six innings today in an extended spring training game against the Twins. Mark Trumbo also is leaving Florida and will play in Bowie the next two nights. The Orioles will

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays (Hunter Harvey recalled)

Chris Davis is back in the Orioles lineup tonight for the series opener against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Davis sat out yesterday’s game in New York due to an illness. Danny Valencia is the designated hitter against Jays left-hander J.A. Happ and Anthony Santander stays in right field. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 1-2-5 double

Orioles counting on Bundy to be himself tonight

NEW YORK - The rotation spins back to Dylan Bundy tonight and it couldn’t happen at a better time. Kevin Gausman gave the Orioles five innings plus one batter in Friday night’s 7-3, 14-inning win at Yankee Stadium. Chris Tillman went 5 1/3 innings the following day in a bullpen-depleted 8-3 loss. And Mike Wright Jr. closed the series yesterday by retiring only two batters

Gentry’s run-scoring single in 12th gives O’s 8-7 win (with quotes)

NEW YORK - Starter Mike Wright Jr. didn’t make it out of the first inning today, Anthony Santander hit his first major league home run, left-hander Tanner Scott was in position to earn his first major league win before the Yankees tied the score in the seventh, Adam Jones lost a ball in the sun in the 10th that could have eventually lost the game,

Wright knocked out in first, Scott on promotion (tied 7-7)

NEW YORK - As the Orioles tweak their bullpen again, they also have a decision to make regarding their rotation. How to create room for Alex Cobb, who figures to debut on April 14 or 15 in Boston. Mike Wright Jr. wanted to avoid the added pressure of pitching for his job. Just concentrate on getting outs and not obsess over a decision that isn’t

Davis out of lineup due to an illness (and other notes)

NEW YORK - Today’s pitching matchup isn’t the reason why Chris Davis is missing from the Orioles lineup. Davis, who’s batting .100, is on the bench today because of an illness, according to manager Buck Showalter. Trey Mancini is playing first base and Craig Gentry is in right field against Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery. “He hasn’t been asleep since yesterday,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - Trey Mancini is at first base today and Chris Davis moves to the bench against Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery in the series finale in the Bronx. Craig Gentry is playing left field and Danny Valencia is the designated hitter. Anthony Santander stays in right field. For the Orioles Trey Mancini 1B Manny Machado SS Jonathan Schoop 2B Adam Jones CF Danny Valencia

Orioles recall Scott and option Yacabonis

NEW YORK - The Orioles found another fresh arm for their bullpen today, recalling left-hander Tanner Scott from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis to the Tides before today’s series finale against the Yankees. Yacabonis was recalled yesterday and allowed three runs in the seventh inning. Scott worked two scoreless innings on Friday, which eliminated him from consideration yesterday. He allowed one hit, walked

Bullpen banter and looking at the lineup

NEW YORK - A day after manager Buck Showalter said he had five relievers that he didn’t want to use, we’re going to find out just how quickly a bullpen can heal a few weeks into the season. Another roster move could be on the horizon. Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette met after yesterday’s game. Vice president Brady Anderson also is in New

Pitching falls short for Orioles in 8-3 loss (updated)

NEW YORK - The leash was a little longer today for Orioles starter Chris Tillman, who took the mound less than 24 hours after the Orioles played 5 hours, 20 minutes and needed 14 innings to win their second consecutive game. At 84 pitches through the fifth and with the score tied, Tillman came back out for the sixth and retired only one batter while

Machado stays hot, Gausman reflects on last night (O’s down 8-3)

NEW YORK - Manny Machado isn’t going to stop playing shortstop beyond this season and he won’t stop hitting in this series. Machado’s two-out, two-run double off Yankees starter Sonny Gray in the top of the third inning tied the score 2-2. He reached base six times last night with two home runs, two singles and two walks. It must be the hair. Pedro Álvarez,

More on Yacabonis, roster move and the rundown

NEW YORK - The Orioles couldn’t announce their roster move this morning until reliever Jimmy Yacabonis arrived at Yankee Stadium. Never assume anything. Yacabonis provides a fresh arm. He’s been inserted into Triple-A Norfolk’s rotation, but the Tides weren’t starting him until Sunday. Teams aren’t allowed to recall players on the 40-man roster until Sunday unless the corresponding move involves the disabled list. The Orioles

Rasmus to DL and Yacabonis recalled (plus lineups)

NEW YORK - The Orioles have placed outfielder Colby Rasmus on the 10-day disabled list with a left hip flexor strain and recalled right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Norfolk. Another reliever was needed following last night’s 14-inning game against the Yankees. The Orioles were pondering a variety of moves when alerted to the severity of Rasmus’ injury. Rasmus has been bothered by hip soreness for

This, that and the other

NEW YORK - When Orioles bench coach John Russell posts the lineup later this morning after retrieving it from manager Buck Showalter, it’s going to include Trey Mancini in the leadoff spot. There’s no motivation to lower him. There’s no one else who’s a more logical fit. Mancini is batting .200, but he’s been denied on multiple occasions, including Josh Reddick’s leaping catch in Houston

Wrapping up a 7-3, 14-inning win

NEW YORK - Adam Jones took a called third strike tonight with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the 14th inning, the temperature plummeting as his blood pressure rose. Manager Buck Showalter rushed out of the dugout to make certain that plate umpire Ed Hickox didn’t eject him. One pitch later, Pedro Álvarez hit a grand slam off Yankees right-hander Jonathan

O’s can’t hold late lead, move to extras (O’s win 7-3 in 14)

NEW YORK - The Orioles and Yankees will determine a winner tonight in extra innings. Didi Gregorius homered off reliever Miguel Castro with one out in the eighth inning to produce the third tie of the night. Castro returned for the ninth and retired the side in order to move the game past regulation with the score 3-3. The Orioles wasted two Aroldis Chapman walks

Cobb’s next start coming in extended spring (tied 3-3)

NEW YORK - Alex Cobb will make his next start in extended spring training in Sarasota. Cobb will face the Twins on Monday in a noon game at Ed Smith Stadium. He’s slated to go six innings after working four and five in simulated games. The extra start in Florida pushes back Cobb’s debut with the Orioles to April 14 or 15 against the Red

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - Trey Mancini remains the leadoff hitter tonight while the Orioles continue their four-game series against the Yankees. Mancini collected three hits last night, including a two-run single. Danny Valencia is the designated hitter against left-hander CC Sabathia. Chris Davis moves down to sixth in the order and Anthony Santander stays in right field. Among active pitchers with at least 25 innings against

Rasmus trying to remove himself from early slump

NEW YORK - The Triple-A Norfolk Tides open their season tonight after unveiling their official roster, which currently includes outfielders Joey Rickard, Alex Presley, Jaycob Brugman and DJ Stewart. Rickard is the only right-handed hitter in the group. The Orioles signed Michael Saunders to a minor league deal earlier this week to round out their lefty quartet. They won’t contemplate a roster move this early

Wrapping up a 5-2 win

NEW YORK - Give the Orioles a Thursday game and they’re liable to win it. Adam Jones hit his third home run - and his second on a Thursday, including his opening day walk-off - and the Orioles defeated the Yankees 5-2 in the Bronx. Jones has accounted for half of the Orioles’ home runs, with all of them coming in the sixth inning or

Orioles snap five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win

NEW YORK - Andrew Cashner was working on a one-hit shutout tonight with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Aaron Judge strolled to the plate and launched a home run to right-center field to break a scoreless tie. Masahiro Tanaka was working on a three-hit shutout in the top of the seventh when Jonathan Schoop led off with a single and

Showalter on Cobb, Trumbo, leadoff spot and more (O’s lead 5-2)

NEW YORK - The Orioles still haven’t committed to a date for Alex Cobb’s debut, waiting again for his upcoming work day and input from the right-hander before plotting the next move. Cobb went five innings yesterday in a simulated game in Sarasota. He could go six next week at extended spring training or join the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter said Cobb will throw in

Machado on trade rumors, pending free agency, and more

NEW YORK - A handful of New York reporters congregated near Manny Machado’s locker this afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium, waiting for his arrival and switch from street clothes to batting practice attire. Machado eventually stood up, turned toward them and faced the music. He easily could have named the tune. The Yankees were one of the clubs engaged in winter trade

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Trey Mancini is leading off tonight and Chris Davis has moved down to fifth as the Orioles begin a four-game series with the Yankees. Colby Rasmus is the designated hitter and Anthony Santander is in right field. Chance Sisco is catching. Andrew Cashner is making his first career appearance at Yankee Stadium tonight. He’s allowed four earned runs in 20 innings against

Handling the good and bad through six games

It’s not going to get any easier for the Orioles. Swept by the Astros in a three-game series in Houston and now headed for a four-game set in the Bronx, if the Yankee Stadium field isn’t buried beneath a foot of snow. The early portion of the season already requires some strenuous digging to find positive developments. Dylan Bundy has turned in back-to-back quality starts,

Update on Cobb’s simulated game

Alex Cobb’s progression toward his Orioles debut continued today without a hitch at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. Facing a batch of Orioles minor leaguers and Mark Trumbo, who’s rehabbing his strained right quadriceps muscle, Cobb worked five innings and allowed one run and three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. A club official also passed along that Cobb threw 74 pitches.

Davis out of Orioles lineup for series finale

The Orioles will close out their series today in Houston while trying to avoid a sweep and a five-game losing streak. Chris Davis, who’s 1-for-20, is out of the lineup. Tim Beckham is leading off and Danny Valencia is playing first base against Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel. Adam Jones is the designated hitter and Craig Gentry is in center field. Jones’ 250 home runs rank

Talking about Cobb, tonight’s matchup and Ysla

While the Orioles prepare to close out their series in Houston today and board a flight to New York, the early schedule unforgiving and unfair to a team that’s exhausted itself trying to get its pitching and offense on track - give some love to Mike Wright Jr. if you can spare it - Alex Cobb is back on the mound down in Sarasota and

Orioles and Astros lineups

In an attempt to infuse some energy into a lethargic lineup, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is putting rookie Chance Sisco behind the plate tonight and Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander in right field in the continuation of a three-game series against the Astros. The offense is in a collective funk to start the season, posting a .134/.231/.260 slash line that easily ranks last in the

Wright taking the fifth in Orioles rotation - for now

Breaking camp as the fifth starter in a rotation already creates a layer of uncertainty. When does he debut? How does the rainout day following the opener potentially influence him? How often is he going to be pushed back or skipped? Try walking in Mike Wright Jr.’s shoes while Alex Cobb is throwing down in Sarasota and preparing to join Double-A Bowie’s roster. . Wright

Orioles acquire left-hander Luis Ysla from Dodgers

It’s been a busy transactional day for the Orioles before they open a three-game series in Houston. Already making two earlier moves involving outfielder Michael Saunders and pitcher Stefan Crichton, the Orioles announced early this evening that they acquired left-hander Luis Ysla from the Dodgers for pitcher Jesus Liranzo and assigned him to Double-A Bowie. Ysla, 25, went a combined 1-5 with a 5.28 ERA

Orioles and Astros lineups

Chris Davis continues to bat leadoff tonight for the Orioles’ series-opener against the Astros in Houston. Davis is 0-for-12 with two walks and one strikeout atop the order and manager Buck Showalter contemplated a change before sticking with the experiment for the season’s fourth game. Pedro Álvarez is the designated hitter tonight. Chris Tillman has registered a 4.05 ERA and 1.300 WHIP in seven career

Orioles trade Stefan Crichton to Diamondbacks

After designating four pitchers for assignment in order to create room on the 40-man roster prior to opening day, the Orioles have found closure with one of them by orchestrating a trade. Right-hander Stefan Crichton has been dealt to the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Crichton was optioned to Triple-A Reno. Crichton, 26, rode the shuttle hard between the

Michael Saunders signs minor league deal with Orioles

With previous interest in Michael Saunders carrying over to spring training, the Orioles finally landed the veteran outfielder today by reaching agreement on a minor league contract. Saunders, 31, will report to Triple-A Norfolk. He can earn $1.5 million guaranteed if he reaches the majors. The Orioles negotiated with Saunders’ agent at the 2016 Winter Meetings and kept him on their board this spring while

The Sisco bunting controversy and other notes off first series

While waiting for Gabe Kapler to signal for the other team’s reliever ... I was going to devote this blog entry to an assortment of observations on the Orioles’ first series of the 2018 season and I intend to stick with the narrative, but only after chiming in on the Twins taking exception to rookie Chance Sisco’s bunt single in the ninth inning. Let me

Showalter speaks after 7-0 loss

Five hits on opening day, three last night and three more today - the last two coming in the ninth inning. The Orioles didn’t trend in the right direction in the first series of the 2018 season and proved again that momentum in baseball is the next day’s starting pitcher. And the one after that. Walk-off home runs don’t influence the rest of the schedule.

Gausman serves up three homers in four innings (O’s lose 7-0)

Andrew Cashner allowed three home runs last night in the first four innings in his Orioles debut. On the mound less than 24 hours later, Kevin Gausman served up three homers within three innings while falling behind the Twins 6-0. Gausman lasted four innings, one fewer than Cashner. He was charged with six runs and seven hits with two walks, five strikeouts and two wild

Trumbo on his recovery, and other notes (O’s down 6-0)

A peek ahead to upcoming roster adjustments for the Orioles must include designated hitter Mark Trumbo, who’s making significant progress in his recovery from a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps muscle. Trumbo will fly down to Sarasota after today’s game and take batting practice on Monday. He could play in his first extended spring training game on Friday. “See how everything checks out

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

Chance Sisco is behind the plate this afternoon and Chris Davis remains atop the order, as the Orioles close out their series against the Twins at Camden Yards. Pedro Álvarez is the designated hitter. Colby Rasmus is in right field. For the Orioles Chris Davis 1B Manny Machado SS Jonathan 2B Adam Jones CF Trey Mancini LF Colby Rasmus RF Tim Beckham 3B Pedro Alvarez

The times they are a changin’ for Orioles

If you’re playing starting time bingo, your card is going to fill up in a hurry. First pitch on opening day at Camden Yards was scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Last night’s game was set for 7:05 p.m. Today’s series finale begins at 1:05 p.m. - 30 minutes earlier than past Sunday home games. The Orioles travel to Houston next week for a three-games series with

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