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Showalter on Schoop, Peterson, Britton and more (postponed)

Jonathan Schoop will try to bust out of his slump tonight against Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray. He’s batting fifth for the first time this season after occupying the cleanup spot in 21 games. Manager Buck Showalter also used Schoop once as the leadoff hitter and batted him third in 14 games. Nothing is working for Schoop while he’s gone 3-for-20 with seven strikeouts in his

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Jonathan Schoop has been lowered to fifth in the lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Yankees. Mark Trumbo inherited the cleanup spot against right-hander Sonny Gray. Schoop, last year’s Most Valuable Oriole, is 3-for-20 with seven strikeouts in his last five games and is batting .230/.258/.375 this season. Chris Davis is batting sixth tonight. Jace Peterson continues to lead off. Andrew Cashner started at

Getting caught up in the draft

Executive vice president Dan Duquette hasn’t made the usual appearances around the batting cage this week. The First-Year Player Draft begins Monday night and the Orioles are updating their board in preparation for one of the most important events of the year. The significance grows for an organization that’s poised to lose a chunk of its roster to free agency or trades with the club

Orioles silenced by Scherzer in 2-0 loss (updated)

Orioles rookie David Hess struck out Bryce Harper on three pitches tonight in the top of the first inning, freezing him on a slider and sending him back to the Nationals dugout. He got ahead of Harper 0-2 in the third inning, watched the count go full and then saw a changeup disappear into the left field seats. It would be one of only two

Notes on Valencia, Hart and more (O’s down 2-0)

The decision on Danny Valencia’s return to the Orioles rests entirely with the player and his family. Valencia went on paternity leave today following the birth of his first child, Oliver, early this morning. He can be away from the club for a maximum of three days, but is allowed to come back sooner. It’s a different rule if a player goes on bereavement leave.

Valencia on paternity leave, Hart joining Orioles

The Orioles will recall left-hander Donnie Hart for tonight’s game as the replacement for infielder Danny Valencia, who’s been placed on the paternity list. Valencia is the proud father of a baby boy, Oliver, born a little after 6 a.m. Though Valencia can be away from the club for a maximum of three days, he’s allowed to come back sooner if he chooses. Meanwhile, Hart

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

Jace Peterson inherited the leadoff spot tonight for the Orioles as they try to salvage a game of their series against the Nationals. Peterson is playing third base while Danny Valencia is away from the team for the birth of his child. Chris Davis moves down to sixth in the order after batting cleanup last night. Joey Rickard is in right field. Max Scherzer is

Can Hess turn Nats into Rays?

The major league education of rookie right-hander David Hess continues tonight and he won’t be facing the club that’s provided the least resistance. Hess already owns two victories and quality starts against the Rays, including his debut in Game 1 of a May 12 doubleheader at Camden Yards. Matt Duffy’s three-run homer in the first inning accounted for all of the scoring against him. He

Orioles offense still in low gear in 3-2 loss to Nats (updated)

There are only so many ways that a manager can manipulate a 25-man roster while trying to resuscitate his offense. Sub out a few names, raise or lower guys in the lineup, say a few prayers and maybe light a few candles, depending on the level of desperation and religious denomination. Buck Showalter dropped Trey Mancini from the leadoff spot to sixth yesterday afternoon and

Lineup change and more on Britton rehab (O’s down 3-2)

Third baseman Danny Valencia has been scratched from tonight’s lineup. Jace Peterson is playing third base and Joey Rickard goes to left field and bats seventh in Valencia’s slot. Bryce Harper homered off Dylan Bundy in the top of the first inning to give the Nationals a quick 1-0 lead. Zach Britton didn’t know today whether he’d start or work a later inning in the

Quick hits during batting practice

Closer Zach Britton had his bags packed for tonight’s drive to Triple-A Norfolk, where he was supposed to begin his injury rehab assignment Wednesday night. However, the weather forecast may create an unexpected detour. Britton might join Single-A Frederick in Wilmington, Del., instead of pitching for the Tides. The Orioles are finalizing the decision and how it could impact his schedule. Sitting at his locker

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

The Orioles are changing leadoff hitters again, with Jonathan Schoop batting first tonight against Nationals right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Trey Mancini is on the bench. He hit .272/.339/.427 in March/April and is batting .198/.281/.327 in May. He’s 1-for-17 in his last four games and 6-for-53 in his last 13. Jace Peterson is in left field. Chris Davis is batting cleanup. He’s 11-for-30 (.367) with three doubles,

Taking the Orioles rotation for another spin

I’m never going to obsess over a pitcher’s won-loss record due to all the factors that are out of his control. The lack or abundance of run support. Exceptional or poor play in the field. Blown holds and saves. Whether the manager is giving a long or short leash. However, I’ll bring it up here because three Orioles were found yesterday in the cluster of

Orioles and Nationals lineups

Mark Trumbo has returned to the Orioles lineup today after receiving a cortisone injection in his right knee. He’s serving as the designated hitter against the Nationals at Camden Yards. Trey Mancini has moved down to sixth in the order, with Joey Rickard leading off and playing right field. Mancini is playing first base and Chris Davis is on the bench with Washington starting left-hander

Does Memorial Day marker move Orioles toward changes?

Anyone expecting or praying for a complete overhaul of the Orioles roster or the entire organization shouldn’t have set the alarm so early today. Let’s not confuse “marker” with “concrete deadline.” I’m not anticipating massive changes before today’s series opener against the Nationals that kicks off the latest homestand. The Orioles have reached the point where, 19 games below .500 on Memorial Day, they need

Orioles complete road trip with 8-3 loss (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles come off their 11-game road trip with more bumps and bruises as they reach the Memorial Day marker. The seventh loss was especially painful today with an early three-run lead and Kevin Gausman on the mound against a team that gives the impression of having more interest in cutting costs than deficits. The Rays sent 12 batters to the

Showalter on Jones, Trumbo, Beckham and more (O’s down 8-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - There wasn’t much news to come out of this morning’s media session with Orioles manager Buck Showalter. A few injury updates Adam Jones is able to play, but he’s out of the lineup. Showalter is starting Craig Gentry in center field. “He’s got to get off this turf,” Showalter said. “We’ve got four in Toronto before long. He’s just sore. Everybody

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones is out of the lineup today as the Orioles conclude their 11-game road trip. Manager Buck Showalter wanted to get Jones off the turf, especially with a day game Monday at Camden Yards. Just the usual soreness for Jones. Craig Gentry is in center field and Jace Peterson is in right. Pedro Álvarez is the designated hitter and Chance

Today’s game and a few suggestions for payroll-paring Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles will close out their road trip this afternoon by facing reliever-turned-starter Sergio Romo for the second time in the series, unless he’s traded before first pitch. The Rays keep searching for ways to save money, which usually impacts the roster. However, here are a few ideas they might want to consider: * Get rid of the cable in both

Cashner can’t keep Rays off bases in 5-1 loss (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The third time through the order didn’t trip up Andrew Cashner today. He struggled right out of the gate, with five runs allowed through the second inning and 12 baserunners against him as the game progressed through the fourth. The Orioles weren’t in come-to-the-rescue mode. They didn’t have a hit until Danny Valencia’s leadoff triple in the fifth and stranded him

Showalter on Trumbo, Britton, O’Day and more (O’s down 5-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles will wait at least one more day on Mark Trumbo before deciding whether he needs to go on the disabled list. Trumbo continues to report that his knee is much better since yesterday’s cortisone injection and the Orioles think he could be ready as early as Monday afternoon against the Nationals at Camden Yards. “Trum’s a lot better,” said

Britton on today’s simulated game and what’s next

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles closer Zach Britton is set to begin his injury rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Norfolk. He’s been setback-free in his mound work and simulated games. Britton threw two innings this morning at Tropicana Field. The extended spring training players who batted and played defense behind him included infielder Steve Wilkerson, who’s completing his 50-game suspension. Here’s Britton on the sim

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Closer Zach Britton threw his two-inning simulated game this morning at Tropicana Field, with the Orioles summoning six players from extended spring training to assist him. Britton said it was the best he’s felt. Britton did extensive fielding drills afterward and is expected to join Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday to begin his injury rehab assignment. While the extended spring players took

Machado rumors heat up as talks remain cool

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - How ironic that a team slashing one of the lowest payrolls in baseball has a manager with the last name Cash. The Rays traded center fielder Denard Span and closer Alex Colomé before last night’s game against the Orioles. They were in third place in the American League East, only two games below .500 and certainly within sniffing distance of a

Hess and three relievers combine for 2-0 win (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles knocked out the starting pitcher tonight after only two-thirds of an inning. They scored one run. A quick hook or a quirky plan by the opposition? Go with the latter. The Rays continue to use relievers as starters, tabbing Sergio Romo for tonight and Sunday afternoon. The Orioles turned to prospect David Hess, the more conventional move, and he

Trumbo appears headed to disabled list (O’s lead 2-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With Mark Trumbo likely to be out at least another three days after receiving a cortisone injection in his right knee, the Orioles are expected to place him on the disabled list following tonight’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field. A decision will be made whether to call up a pitcher or position player. There could be multiple moves if

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mark Trumbo said the MRI on his knee this morning showed some “fairly advanced arthritis” and the usual “wear and tear.” No structural damage. He expects to receive a cortisone injection - and perhaps have the knee drained - and could be available in a few days. Trumbo is listed among the reserves for tonight’s series opener against the Rays. Trey

The need for a left-handed hitting outfielder

The Orioles signed Colby Rasmus to a minor league deal because they wanted a left-handed hitting outfielder who could give them plus-defense in right and also back up in center. He made it through eight games before going on the disabled list with a hip injury and only two hits with 13 strikeouts in 21 at-bats. Rasmus is playing in extended spring training games and

Palmer follows up on last night’s Davis criticism

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer exhibited pinpoint control again today on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network while defending his criticisms of first baseman Chris Davis during last night’s postgame show. Palmer didn’t back down after the network aired responses from Davis and hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. After relaying how he read an article in January that pointed out Davis’ propensity for taking third strikes, a

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Mark Trumbo remains out of the Orioles lineup today with soreness in his right knee that could require further testing after the club arrives in St. Petersburg, Fla., to start a weekend series against the Rays. Craig Gentry is playing right field and Pedro Álvarez is the designated hitter. Chance Sisco is catching. Jace Peterson is playing third base. Chris Davis continues to bat fifth.

Today’s game and latest injury concerns

As the Manny Machado trade rumors swirled at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the White Sox were deemed as a potential partner based on the Orioles interest in some of their young pitching. In fact, the club was tabbed by multiple outlets as the frontrunner over the final days. Never mind that the White Sox were more inclined to keep right-handers Lucas

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Mark Trumbo had four hits last night, but he’s out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the White Sox. Danny Valencia is the designated hitter and Joey Rickard is in right field. Trumbo, who also failed to hold onto a fly ball in the eighth inning that sparked the White Sox’s three-run rally, is 2-for-3 lifetime against right-hander Dylan Covey. Chris Davis is batting

More on Manny Machado and Chris Davis

My trip to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the weekend series against the Rays will lack the entertainment value of having the opposing city’s media staked out at Manny Machado’s locker. I’m fairly certain that the Rays aren’t deemed as a potential trade partner for the Orioles or a candidate to sign Machado in free agency. It’s a modest media contingent to begin with, and no

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Mark Trumbo is in right field tonight and Pedro Álvarez is the designated hitter as the Orioles try to win back-to-back games against the White Sox in Chicago. Chris Davis moves up to fifth in the order. Kevin Gausman will try to bounce back from his second-worst outing of the season, when he faced the Red Sox and allowed six runs and eight hits in

Hart’s “aggression” could get him back to the majors

The same changes that enabled left-hander Donnie Hart to experience some success in spring training also got him back to the majors. One of the nicest guys in the clubhouse has widened his mean streak. It’s not a personality disorder. He isn’t undergoing anger-management classes. Hart just slipped into more of an attack mode on the mound. Hart has made four appearances with the Orioles

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

Chris Davis has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight against White Sox left-hander Héctor Santiago. He’s batting seventh. Danny Valencia is batting fifth, followed by designated hitter Mark Trumbo. Andrew Cashner is 0-2 with a 4.61 ERA and 2.049 WHIP in four career games (two starts) against the White Sox. He’s allowed seven earned runs (eight total) and 18 hits in 13 2/3 innings, with

Too many runners left on base before Orioles left Boston

The Orioles can’t be accused of becoming monotonous. Not when they managed to find a unique way to lose yesterday while closing out the Boston portion of their three-city road trip. It wasn’t a wasted quality start or the typical offense malaise where baserunners are scarce and the opposing pitcher settles into cruise control. It wasn’t a late defensive miscue, whether a botched grounder or

Hess falters in fifth and Orioles strand 14 in 5-0 loss (with quotes)

BOSTON - The Red Sox lineup can take a promising start and destroy it as if hooked to explosives. It can bring down a veteran pitcher or a prospect making his second major league start. And it won’t be gentle. David Hess needed only seven pitches this afternoon to cruise through the fourth inning and keep the Orioles within a run, but it all came

Showalter on Davis’ exclusion from lineup (O’s down 5-0)

BOSTON - The Orioles are closing out the Boston portion of their three-city road trip today without Chris Davis in the lineup. Davis’ average is down to .166 with a .241 on-base percentage and .272 slugging percentage. He’s gone 2-for-24 with 12 strikeouts in his last six games. The Red Sox are starting Eduardo Rodriguez, making it an easier call for manager Buck Showalter to

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Left-hander Donnie Hart isn’t listed on the Orioles lineup card today and has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for starter David Hess. First baseman Chris Davis, on pace for a record 231 strikeouts this season, is on the bench against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Trey Mancini is playing first base. Craig Gentry is in left field. The Orioles have

Does Davis get a day off as strikeout total climbs?

BOSTON - The Orioles will face their third left-hander in four games this afternoon with the Red Sox starting Eduardo Rodriguez in the series finale. Manager Buck Showalter must decide whether to keep Chris Davis in the lineup or start Trey Mancini or Mark Trumbo at first base. Davis struck out four times last night to run his streak to six going back to Friday

Orioles’ road woes return in 6-3 loss (updated)

BOSTON - The reprieve from road losses was a brief one. Dylan Bundy served up three home runs tonight within the first five innings and the Orioles lost to the Red Sox 6-3 at Fenway Park for their fourth defeat in the last six games. The Orioles are 14-31 overall and 4-18 on the road. They haven’t won back-to-back games away from Camden Yards since

Schoop on his Orioles record (and other notes, O’s down 6-3)

BOSTON - The tarp came off the Fenway Park field tonight with about 40 minutes to go before the first pitch. The Red Sox say the game will start at 7:10 p.m. as scheduled. The window to play is here. Jonathan Schoop said he was made aware of his pursuit of Brian Roberts’ club record for home runs by a second baseman, but not until

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - A light rain continues to fall today at Fenway Park as the Orioles and Red Sox prepare for the third game of their series. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Pedro Álvarez is the designated hitter. Jace Peterson is at third base and Chance Sisco is catching. Dylan Bundy is making his second start at Fenway Park this season. He allowed one

Leftovers for breakfast

BOSTON - In order to finally snap a 13-game road losing streak last night that tied for the longest in club history, the Orioles had to take an early lead, expand it, watch it reduce and hold on tightly until the final out. A typical night at Fenway Park. A 7-4 win rarely has looked so good. The stretch of futility away from home, in

Orioles end road losing streak at 13 games with 7-4 win (with quotes)

BOSTON - The Orioles scored a run tonight in the first inning. They didn’t lose on the road. Alex Cobb earned a win. Crank up the music, take seconds on the clubhouse spread and celebrate with gusto. Adam Jones broke a tie in the fourth inning with a bases-loaded, two-run single, Manny Machado collected three more hits and the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 7-4

Latest on Britton, O’Day and more (O’s lead 6-4)

BOSTON - Zach Britton threw another batting practice session earlier today at Fenway Park, facing Craig Gentry and Andrew Susac before handling more fielding drills. Britton increased his pitch count from 15 to 30 by working two “innings.” “It was good,” he said. “Threw against Gentry and Susac, so I got a good read. Didn’t tell them what was coming this time, so I got

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Mark Trumbo moves up to fifth in the order tonight with Chris Davis lowered to sixth. Joey Rickard remains in right field and Andrew Susac is behind the plate. A loss tonight would give the Orioles a club-record 14 in a row on the road. Alex Cobb is still looking for his first win as an Oriole, going 0-5 with a 7.06 ERA

About last night ...

BOSTON - A team hitting the road shouldn’t expect to keep getting punched in the mouth. Not this many times in a row. The Orioles have lost 13 consecutive games away from Camden Yards to tie the club record set during their historic 0-21 start in 1988. As if we need another link to the inglorious past. No team had lost 13 straight on the

Gausman gone by the fifth in 6-2 loss (updated)

BOSTON - The numbers didn’t lie. Mookie Betts was 12-for-29 against Orioles starter Kevin Gausman heading into tonight’s game. He led off the bottom of the first inning with a sharp single into left field. J.D. Martinez was 4-for-7 against Gausman. He drove a splitter into the center field seats. The lopsided nature of the inning also held true, along with the Orioles’ futility on

Showalter on today’s roster move and more (O’s down 6-0)

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter explained today’s roster move, with catcher Andrew Susac recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and Caleb Joseph optioned to the Tides, as being “best for everybody concerned.” Susac is in tonight’s lineup and Joseph will be reporting to Norfolk after batting .182/.203/.325 in 24 games and going 4-for-19 throwing out runners attempting to steal. He also had four errors and two

Susac talks about his return to the majors

BOSTON - As Andrew Susac sets the target tonight for Kevin Gausman, he’ll be making his first start in a major league game since Aug. 12, 2017 with the Brewers. He received six more at-bats spread over six games in September, his only hit coming in his final plate appearance on Sept. 30 in St. Louis. Susac wasn’t expecting the Orioles to recall him. He

Orioles option Joseph and recall Susac (tonight’s lineup)

BOSTON - The Orioles have made a surprising change to their 25-man roster today, optioning catcher Caleb Joseph to Triple-A Norfolk and recalling Andrew Susac to replace him. Susac is in tonight’s lineup against the Red Sox. Joseph broke camp as the projected starter behind the plate, but rookie Chance Sisco has been kept busy by appearing in 30 games. Joseph has played in 24

Wondering what’s next for the roster

Orioles manager Buck Showalter hinted that a roster move could be made following yesterday’s game or later today. No announcement was forthcoming after a 4-1 loss to the Phillies. It must be happening while the team is in Boston. The bullpen is housing three left-handers, which is unusual in a season when Richard Bleier often has been the lone guy. Tanner Scott rejoined him on

Orioles can’t hold early lead in 4-1 loss to Phillies (updated)

Andrew Cashner bolted off the mound, across the first base line and near the Orioles dugout to secure Maikel Franco’s pop up and close the top of the fourth inning. He was intent on taking care of business today. The rain and the Phillies weren’t going to deny him. A man can only withstand so much. With the weather turning uglier in the top of

Updates on O’Day, Sunday starter, Tillman and more (O’s down 4-1)

Darren O’Day threw another bullpen session this morning and could come off the disable list as early as Friday afternoon in Boston. The Orioles passed along that the session “went well” and it will check how he responds on Thursday. O’Day is recovering from a hyperextended right elbow. He was eligible to return today. Miguel Castro and David Hess are candidates to start Sunday afternoon

Orioles and Phillies lineups

The Orioles will roll out the same lineup today that was posted last night before rain forced a postponement. Mark Trumbo is batting fifth and playing right field. Chance Sisco is catching and batting seventh. Pedro Álvarez, recovered from hamstring discomfort, is the designated hitter and Jace Peterson is the third baseman. On this date in 1965, 19-year-old rookie Jim Palmer entered in relief and

Castro’s next start put on hold

Miguel Castro would have needed to be a mudder to make today’s start for the Orioles. Down the stretch they slosh ... The Orioles’ refusal to pitch David Hess on short rest again created an opportunity for Castro to pop into the rotation. But the weather intervened, Andrew Cashner was pushed back to early this afternoon and Castro was shoved back into the bullpen.

Tonight’s game postponed, time change for Wednesday game

Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Phillies has been postponed due to rain after a delay that exceeded the three-hour mark. The teams will play on July 12 at Camden Yards, with the time to be determined. The Orioles will squeeze it into a homestand that includes a pair of three-game series against the Yankees and Rangers leading into the All-Star break. The tarp was

Showalter on Britton and O’Day (start of game delayed)

Zach Britton returned to his locker in the Orioles’ clubhouse this afternoon with sweat pouring down his forehead. A teammate draped a towel over his shoulder for later, after the media was done with him. Fifteen pitches thrown to Craig Gentry in batting practice followed stretching exercises and tosses in the outfield. He still had to complete fielding drills before he could catch his breath

Miguel Castro on getting Wednesday’s start

The second major league start of Miguel Castro’s career will take place Wednesday afternoon, weather permitting, as the Orioles and Phillies close out their two-game series. Someone had to take the spot with Kevin Gausman pushed back to Thursday night in Boston and Chris Tillman headed to Sarasota. Castro hasn’t thrown since working 4 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday night against the Royals. “I was told

Updates on Britton, Tillman, O’Day and more

Orioles closer Zach Britton faced a hitter today for the first time since his Achilles surgery in December and will throw a simulated game early next week in Chicago. Outfielder Craig Gentry stood in the cage while Britton threw 15 pitches. His audience included manager Buck Showalter, pitching coach Roger McDowell, bullpen coach Alan Mills, team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs, head athletic trainer Brian Ebel

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies (Castro starting Wednesday)

Pedro Álvarez has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight after being day-to-day with tightness in his right hamstring. Álvarez is starting at third base as the Orioles begin a two-game series against the Phillies - weather permitting, of course. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Chance Sisco is catching. Jace Peterson is playing third base. Andrew Cashner has made 13 career appearances against the

Future for Orioles pushes into present

The homestand is down to its last two games before the Orioles hit the road again and hope it doesn’t swing back. They’re 3-16 away from Camden Yards, the wins coming in the Bronx during a four-game series against the Yankees. Their most recent excursion, to Anaheim and Oakland, raised more welts and increased the likelihood that the playoffs would proceed without them. The Orioles

No game leaves Orioles with more time to figure out roster

The Orioles won’t play a game today, but they’ve got a lot of roster maneuvering to consider before the Phillies come to town. Joey Rickard was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before Sunday’s game to give the Orioles another right-handed bat against Rays southpaw Blake Snell, who’s murder on left-handed hitters. And to finally let Anthony Santander, shed of his Rule 5 status, continue his development

Wrapping up a 17-1 win

Dylan Bundy walked the leadoff hitter today and whatever thoughts had drifted away from his last start came rushing back to it. This afternoon’s outing wouldn’t be a duplicate. Bundy retired the next three batters on a ground ball and two strikeouts. He didn’t surrendered a hit until two outs in the fourth. He wouldn’t make history against the Rays. He’d simply go back to

Orioles claim Renato Núñez, build 17-1 lead (O’s win)

The Orioles took a break from scoring runs today to claim infielder Renato Núñez off waivers from the Rangers. He’s joining the team on Tuesday, leading to another roster move before they open a two-game series against the Phillies. The Rangers designated Núñez, 24, for assignment on Friday after he went 6-for-36 with a double and home run over 13 games. He’s spent parts of

Showalter on today’s roster moves (O’s lead 3-0)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter apologized this morning for his late arrival to the daily media briefing. He’s had a busy day. Showalter didn’t want the roster moves revealed until the arriving players reported to Camden Yards. Outfielder Joey Rickard and left-hander Donnie Hart walked through the doors and the transactions were official. Rickard appeared in two games with the Orioles on April 28-29 and went

Santander, Yacabonis optioned; Hart and Rickard recalled

The Orioles optioned pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis to Triple-A Norfolk and outfielder Anthony Santander to Double-A Bowie prior to today’s game against the Rays. As replacements, left-hander Donnie Hart and outfielder Joey Rickard have been recalled from Norfolk. Rickard is starting today in right field. Santander lost his Rule 5 status yesterday and will play left and right field at Bowie. The Rays are starting left-hander

Bundy searching for better results versus Rays

Dylan Bundy gets another chance today to look like his old self instead of the newer version that’s been scuffling and gaining national attention for the wrong reasons. Bundy didn’t record an out in his last start against the Royals. He became the first pitcher in the modern era to allow four home runs in a game without retiring a batter. Opponents have hit nine

Orioles settle for rain-delayed doubleheader split (updated)

Alex Cobb retired seven batters in a row tonight when the rain picked up in intensity and the tarp was unrolled. Play was halted at 7:37 p.m. The Orioles’ momentum was stopped right after Trey Mancini’s leadoff home run. The Orioles didn’t collect another hit before the game was delayed with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. They had only one baserunner,

Mancini’s leadoff home run, Schoop on tying Roberts (O’s down 7-3)

The first inning bit the Orioles again in the nightcap. Always a painful spot. C.J. Cron, the second batter of the game, homered to center field off Alex Cobb to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. But the Orioles aren’t taking any crap lately, and Trey Mancini’s leadoff homer in the bottom half tied the score. Mancini has accounted for both of the Orioles’ leadoff

Hess, Schoop and Machado shine in 6-3 Game 1 win (updated)

The David Hess cheering section in front of the press box fought to pace itself this afternoon as the right-hander made his major league debut. Shrieks, cheers and raised iPhones for photo ops upon his introduction, as the video board in center field showed him in the dugout, as he walked to the mound for his warmup tosses. Each strike drew a reaction heard ‘round

Showalter on Hess, catching decision, Bundy (O’s lead 6-3)

David Hess is making his first major league start today with a chance to also make a lasting impression. The kind that keeps him with the Orioles beyond the doubleheader. Manager Buck Showalter provided another reminder that Hess isn’t required to be optioned as the 26th man. He can stay with the club while someone else comes off the 25-man roster. He can move into

Injury updates on Álvarez, Tillman, Rasmus and others

Pedro Álvarez tested his right hamstring this morning with some light running on the field, but he remains out of the lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Rays. The Orioles will use Mark Trumbo as their designated hitter. Álvarez came out of Thursday’s game against the Royals after experiencing spasms and some cramping in the hamstring. “He moved around,” said manager Buck

Orioles Game 1 lineup vs. Rays

Chance Sisco is behind the plate today for Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Rays. Jace Peterson continues to play third base. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter and Anthony Santander is in right field. Santander loses his Rule 5 status today and can be optioned to the minors without passing through waivers and being offered back to the Indians. It provides more roster

Prepping the pitching for the doubleheader and beyond

If you need a reminder or an explanation why the Orioles do everything in their power to play games despite threatening forecasts and weather, I give you today’s single-admission doubleheader at Camden Yards and the potential to wreck a pitching staff. Both teams can bring up a 26th man and the Orioles chose David Hess, who also starts Game 1 against the Rays. Jimmy Yacabonis

Hess named Game 1 starter and wrapping up a 9-4 win

The Orioles have chosen David Hess to start Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Rays at Camden Yards, an unexpected move after he pitched Tuesday for Triple-A Norfolk. The short rest doesn’t concern the Orioles, who are playing the hot hand. Hess, 24, is 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in six starts and opponents are batting .189. The Orioles drafted him

Gausman and Machado keep Orioles rolling in 9-4 win

Kevin Gausman didn’t exhibit the same dominant form tonight as he displayed in his last start in Oakland. He hoisted the bar pretty high. But making big pitches in tight spots proved just as impressive - and more profitable if counting wins. Manny Machado will profit later. Machado homered twice, including his eighth career grand slam in the seventh inning, and Gausman maintained his roll

Showalter on Tillman, plus injuries (Tillman on DL, O’s up 8-4)

The Orioles are finished with batting practice and on the verge of announcing their corresponding roster move for pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis, who has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk as an extra reliever. Showalter said earlier today that he could address Chris Tillman’s situation “probably after the game,” an indication that the right-hander might be involved in the transaction. “We’ve got some things we’re looking at,”

Yacabonis joins Orioles

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club would add a reliever before tonight’s game and Jimmy Yacabonis is on the field for batting practice at Camden Yards. Yacabonis has been starting at Triple-A Norfolk, where he’s 0-1 with a 4.95 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in six games. However, he will be available out of the bullpen tonight. The Orioles haven’t announced the move, most likely

Orioles and Rays lineups

Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter tonight and Anthony Santander is in right field for the series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards. Pedro Álvarez is day-to-day after experiencing cramping last night in his hamstring. Chance Sisco is catching and Jace Peterson is the third baseman. Manny Machado leads the team with 10 multi-RBI games. No one else has more than five. Machado is

Gausman back on the bump as Orioles continue homestand

Is it Kevin Gausman’s turn to assume the role and the responsibility of staff ace for the Orioles? It belonged to Chris Tillman until his disastrous 2017 season. Dylan Bundy earned it, along with the opening day start on March 29, but he’s struggled in his last three outings and failed to retire a batter Tuesday night. Alex Cobb is getting better and Andrew Cashner

Wrapping up an 11-6 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t ready to decide Chris Tillman’s fate or to make a proclamation hours after the veteran right-hander retired only four batters. An off-day on Monday allows him to play with the rotation. Options are under consideration, but that’s been the case for a while. Tillman was taken off the hook, at least for tonight, when the Orioles rallied against Ian Kennedy

Tillman removed again in the second inning (O’s win 11-6)

As Chris Tillman walked off the mound tonight with one out in the second inning and six runs already against him, he had to wonder if he’d get another chance in the rotation. Whether he’d get another chance to wear the uniform. The leash figured to be long for a former All-Star who signed a contract in spring training that guaranteed him $3 million. However,

Notes on Vielma surgery, bullpen and Mancini (O’s down 6-3)

Triple-A Norfolk infielder Engelb Vielma, who’s played in six games with the Orioles this season, will undergo surgery Tuesday morning on his fractured patella. Vielma sustained the injury last night in Durham in his first game with the Tides after the Orioles optioned him earlier this week. He was chasing a foul ball, stumbled on one of the bullpen mounds and banged his kneecap into

O’Day on injury: “It’s just a freak accident”

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day is on the disabled list with an injury he sustained in a bizarre mishap before Tuesday night’s series opener against the Royals. O’Day said he was stretching his arm and a teammate accidentally came into contact with him and hyperextend his right elbow. “My arm felt great,” he said. “I was just stretching in the bullpen first game and someone ran

Orioles lineup vs. Royals

The Orioles will attempt tonight to win back-to-back games for the first time since April 5-6 in New York and only the second time since Aug. 23-30, 2017. Mark Trumbo is in right field tonight for the series finale against the Royals. He’s 10-for-33 (.303) since coming off the disabled list, including his tie-breaking, two-run single last night in the eighth inning. Pedro Álvarez is

This, that and the other

Is it too early to wonder which player would represent the Orioles at the All-Star Game if Manny Machado is traded before July 17? Kevin Gausman could make it if he stays on his roll. Otherwise, left-hander Richard Bleier has earned consideration by anyone’s standards. There are still plenty of games left before the break, but look at Bleier today. He’s 3-0 with a 0.40

Trumbo two-run single gives Orioles 5-3 win (updated)

Getting back some of their injured players was deemed as a possible solution to what’s been ailing the Orioles. Maybe inject some life into the offense. Maybe tighten up the defense. Maybe create some late-inning excitement and a much-coveted win. The defense part, though improved, remains a work in progress, but the Orioles won’t quibble on this night. They’ll just give thanks. Sweat profusely and

Showalter: “This game can beat up on anybody” (O’s win 5-3)

Tanner Scott is riding the Triple-A shuttle this season, making his third appearance with the Orioles following today’s promotion as the corresponding roster move for Darren O’Day going on the disabled list. Scott was recalled on April 8 while the Orioles recalled Jimmy Yacabonis, and he was sent down the next day while Hunter Harvey was recalled from Double-A Bowie. The Orioles recalled Scott again

O’Day goes on disabled list

Orioles manager Buck Showalter mentioned the possibility earlier today of a roster move involving the bullpen and it was announced after batting practice, with reliever Darren O’Day going on the 10-day disabled list and left-hander Tanner Scott recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. O’Day has a hyperextended right elbow. The DL move is retroactive to Sunday. Showalter used O’Day in Friday night’s game in Oakland and the

Orioles lineup vs. Royals

Jonathan Schoop remains the cleanup hitter tonight and Craig Gentry is playing right field as the Orioles make another attempt to find the win column. Danny Valencia is the third baseman. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Andrew Cashner has made three career starts against the Royals and allowed three earned runs in 16 innings, but he’s lost both decisions. Cashner is 1-4 with a

Araujo learning hard lessons in majors

Mike Wright Jr. was in the Orioles bullpen and come-to-the-rescue mode last night with Dylan Bundy failing to retire a batter. Wright covered 4 2/3 innings and threw 80 pitches before Rule 5 pick Pedro Araujo replaced him and let an inherited runner score on Mike Moustakas’ two-run shot to center field. Wright’s extended appearance likely impacts his candidacy to start Game 1 of Saturday’s

Wrapping up a 15-7 loss

Dylan Bundy insists that he’s fine physically. Manager Buck Showalter said Bundy dealt earlier with some mild groin discomfort that he’s told is no longer an issue. Health may not factor into Bundy’s last three outings, but something is wrong. Bundy didn’t record an out tonight and surrendered home runs to four of seven batters faced in the Orioles’ 15-7 loss to the Royals before

Bundy allows four home runs in first without an out (O’s lose 15-7)

Add Dylan Bundy to the list of Orioles concerns. Bundy served up four home runs tonight and didn’t record an out in his start against the Royals, who sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning and took a 10-0 lead. Mike Wright Jr. replaced Bundy and allowed three runs on four singles. Fans let loose a sarcastic cheer as Lucas Duda grounded

Showalter on Schoop, rotation and more

The Orioles are back home tonight for a three-series homestand after going a combined 0-6 in Anaheim and Oakland. They’re 5-10 at Camden Yards. According to STATS, the Orioles have gone winless on back-to-back road trips with at least two games in each series only three times in club history. It also happened in June 1987 and June/July 1998. The last team to go winless

Early notes from Camden Yards (Vielma optioned)

The Orioles will announce their corresponding roster move for second baseman Jonathan Schoop after batting practice. They want to make certain that Schoop doesn’t have any setbacks in his recovery from an oblique injury. Infielder Engelb Vielma is expected to be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Schoop, who’s batting cleanup tonight. Update: Vielma was optioned. It should benefit the Orioles to have

Orioles lineup vs. Royals

Jonathan Schoop is back on the Orioles’ active roster tonight and batting cleanup for the series opener against the Royals at Camden Yards. The corresponding move hasn’t been announced. Adam Jones is in center field after sitting out Sunday’s game in Oakland and Trey Mancini is leading off and playing left field. Chris Davis is batting sixth. Danny Valencia is playing third base. For the

Schoop’s return one positive development for Orioles

The Orioles will activate second baseman Jonathan Schoop from the disabled list before tonight’s series opener against the Royals that begins an nine-game homestand. The corresponding move could involve utility infielder Engelb Vielma if they decide to keep Jace Peterson on the 25-man roster. Schoop went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk last night at Single-A Frederick and finished 2-for-13 with six strikeouts on

Orioles need to regroup - and a whole lot more

OAKLAND, Calif. - The schedule can be torturous for teams and the Orioles have felt the effects of its cruel nature over the years. Too many consecutive games in a row, playing until late at night before changing cities, oddly timed West Coast excursions. But the arrival today of another break should be embraced like a loved one. Wrap both arms around it, squeeze tightly

Joseph: “We’ve got to man up, grow up, start playing better”

OAKLAND, Calif. - The starting pitcher allows one earned run today in six innings, the bullpen offers up two scoreless innings and the potential tying run reaches third base with one out in the ninth. And the Orioles board their charter for the flight home also riding a six-game losing streak. No wins on the road trip and multiple reasons why they’re stuck on only

Defense does in Cobb as Orioles swept on road trip

OAKLAND, Calif. - The rotation is fixed again, for however long it lasts. Nine shutout innings last night for Kevin Gausman, only one earned run today from Alex Cobb over six innings. The Orioles were put in positions where they could win, but firing on only one cylinder won’t get them moving forward. The batters were befuddled by former farmhand Andrew Triggs, who retired the

More on Jones and Mancini as reserves today (O’s down 2-1)

OAKLAND, Calif. - Center fielder Adam Jones said his right hand and wrist are fine, last night’s X-ray came back negative and today was a scheduled day off. No reason to be concerned about his absence from the lineup. Jones gripped a reporter’s hand tightly to show that he’s pain-free and there’s no weakness. He said drinking milk as a child is responsible for his

Orioles and Athletics lineups

OAKLAND, Calif. - Adam Jones and Trey Mancini are missing from the Orioles’ lineup today for the finale of their West Coast trip. Jones was hit on the right wrist last night in the 10th inning and underwent an X-ray. Mancini is slumping and was removed for a pinch-runner. Mancini struck out three times last night and is 2-for-16 in his last four games. He

Showalter: “As bad as it gets? I don’t live in that world”

OAKLAND, Calif. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter was left again to sift through the extra-inning rubble last night and try to find a few nuggets. Anything with value. He noted the outstanding performance turned in by starter Kevin Gausman, who worked a career-high nine innings and shut out the Athletics on two hits. He praised Mychal Givens, who retired all six batters faced with five

Nine shutout innings by Gausman wasted in 12-inning loss (updated)

OAKLAND, Calif. - Nine shutout innings tonight from Kevin Gausman couldn’t assure the Orioles of a victory. They couldn’t end a game and a losing streak in regulation or beyond. Nothing is going to come easily. It’s just the direction of the season. Shut out through six innings by Athletics starter Trevor Cahill and six more by the bullpen, the Orioles finally ran out of

Notes on Tillman, Britton, Rasmus, Beckham and more

OAKLAND, Calif. - Chris Tillman will be available in the bullpen for Sunday’s game against the Athletics that concludes the West Coast trip. Tillman threw only 47 pitches Thursday night in Anaheim while retiring three batters in a 12-3 loss. He wanted to be in the bullpen tonight, according to manager Buck Showalter, but the club decided to give him an extra day’s rest. Showalter

Orioles lineup vs. Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. - Adam Jones continues to bat second tonight for the Orioles after collecting three hits last night. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter and Anthony Santander is in right field. Pedro Álvarez is playing third base and Chance Sisco is catching. Closer Zach Britton was put through more fielding drills before batting practice, including chasing down bunts and covering first base. He also

Gausman vs. Cahill tonight in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. - Second baseman Jonathan Schoop has reported to Triple-A Norfolk to continue his injury rehab assignment and he’s batting second for tonight’s game. The Tides are home against Louisville. Schoop went 0-for-2 with a strikeout last night at Double-Bowie and a rain delay removed him from the game. The forecast prompted the Orioles to send Schoop to Norfolk. The Orioles intend to activate

Jones: “We’re frustrated ... as a group because we’re professionals”

OAKLAND, Calif. - Players aren’t punching holes in walls or flipping over tables or using the postgame spread to decorate the ceiling. To describe the mood of the Orioles clubhouse, a popular question during the most trying times, it’s not necessary to wield brushes and paint colorful descriptions. It’s actually pretty bland. Guys sat at tables and quietly ate last night, poking their forks in

Orioles waste early lead and late rally in 6-4 loss (with quotes)

OAKLAND, Calif. - The want-to isn’t lacking in the Orioles. It’s the can’t-do that’s destroying a season. Can’t get out of the first inning unscathed. Can’t get the rotation and bullpen completely on track, a steady flow of offensive production or the level of defense that used to be a trademark of the franchise. The Orioles surrendered four runs tonight in the bottom of the

Showalter on the rotation, Schoop, Jones and more (O’s down 5-4)

OAKLAND, Calif. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter continues to withhold his plans for the rotation and where Chris Tillman fits into it. The off-day on Monday allows the Orioles to skip Tillman, who retired only three batters last night in Anaheim while raising his ERA to 9.24 in 25 1/3 innings. However, there’s also the desire to provide rest for other starters by pushing everyone

Orioles and Athletics lineups

OAKLAND, Calif. - Adam Jones moves up to second in the Orioles’ lineup tonight, vacating the cleanup spot that Chris Davis will occupy for the series opener against the Athletics. Mark Trumbo is in right field, Pedro Álvarez is the designated hitter and Danny Valencia is playing third base. Zach Britton threw another bullpen session today. Valencia stood at the plate holding a bat, but

Latest Jones milestone, Lee’s debut and minor league awards

OAKLAND, Calif. - Adam Jones has reached another milestone with the Orioles. Assuming that he’s in tonight’s lineup for the start of a three-game series, Jones will play in his 1,500th game since coming to the Orioles in a February 2008 trade with the Mariners. Jones will be the eighth player in club history to reach the mark, joining Cal Ripken, Jr. (3,001 games), Brooks

Wondering again about Tillman and notes on tonight’s game

OAKLAND, Calif. - Now what? That question can be pinned on so many different lapels. But I was referencing Chris Tillman, who followed up his seven scoreless innings by retiring only three batters last night in Anaheim and being charged with seven runs. Tillman’s ERA is up to 9.24 and the Orioles have the option of skipping him with Monday’s off-day. Otherwise, they can push

Orioles and Angels lineups

Pedro Álvarez is starting at third base tonight and Mark Trumbo is serving as the designated hitter as the Orioles try again to win a road game outside the Bronx. Chris Davis has moved up to fifth in the lineup. Jace Peterson is starting at second base after last night’s pinch-hit, three-run triple. Chance Sisco is back behind the plate after his collision with Alvarez.

Tillman trying for back-to-back victories

The Orioles will find out tonight whether Chris Tillman’s last start was a sign or a tease. Whether his success was based more on the opponent or ... The second question may go unanswered because Tillman is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in six career outings against the Angels. He’s 7-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 11 starts against the Tigers. Manager Buck Showalter lined

Orioles and Angels lineups

Danny Valencia is back in the lineup at third base as the Orioles continue their series in Anaheim. Valencia was day-to-day with tightness in his hamstring, which caused him to be scratched from Sunday’s lineup. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter against left-hander Andrew Heaney. Craig Gentry is in right field instead of Anthony Santander. Chris Davis continues to bat seventh. Engelb Vielma is starting

Sisco’s collision, Brach’s slump and other observations

The Orioles announced after last night’s game that rookie catcher Chance Sisco was day-to-day following a collision with Pedro Álvarez’s forearm, the equivalent of running face-first into an oak tree. Sisco sustained a “facial contusion,” according to the club, but wasn’t showing symptoms of a concussion. He just looked that way while lying flat on his back after a failed pursuit of a pop up

Santander countdown, Rickard rehashed and more

The NFL draft is over, leaving Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander alone on the clock. Santander had to stay in the majors for the first 44 days of the season to lose his Rule 5 status and allow the Orioles to option him to the minors. No need to put him on waivers or offer him back to the Indians, who gladly would take him. Manager

Orioles and Angels lineups

Chris Davis has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight, batting seventh as the first baseman. Davis sat out the last two games against the Tigers at Camden Yards. Pedro Álvarez remains at third base, with Danny Valencia on the bench. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter after coming off the disabled list earlier today. Chance Sisco is behind the plate to catch Alex Cobb. On

Trumbo activated, Vielma recalled

The latest strokes to the Orioles’ 25-man roster were applied today prior to the start of their three-game series in Anaheim. Mark Trumbo has been activated from the disabled list and likely will make his debut tonight, whether he’s in right field or serving as the designated hitter. Trumbo has been on the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps muscle, an injury that surfaced

Does the Seager injury really push Machado closer to the exit?

The media’s obsession over Manny Machado’s future spiked yesterday with news that Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, anything you read is speculation. But it still makes for good copy. The Orioles might be more inclined to move him. The Dodgers might be willing to surrender prospects for a rental, though it mostly goes

Tonight’s game and roster moves, Bleier’s been best and more

A win tonight in Anaheim will allow the Orioles to equal their longest streak of the season. If anyone regards back-to-back victories as constituting a streak. The Cambridge Dictionary defines “streak” as: A mark of a color that is different from what surrounds it, or a thin strip of light. Doesn’t seem like a fit here. Let’s keep going. An obvious characteristic in a personality.

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