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Sucre outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk

CHICAGO - Jesús Sucre is staying in the Orioles organization, giving them a veteran catcher as insurance for a roster that is susceptible to change. The Orioles announced this afternoon that Sucre cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk rather than becoming a free agent. Sucre was designated for assignment Sunday after breaking camp as the starter. He batted .210/.269/.242 with two

Game between O’s and White Sox postponed due to rain (updated)

CHICAGO - The latest downpour and a forecast that calls for rain throughout the night have caused the postponement of tonight’s game between the Orioles and White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. The teams are forced to play a traditional doubleheader on Wednesday because the Orioles don’t return to Chicago this season. The first game is slated for 4:10 p.m. eastern time, with Game 2

Armstrong expected to be added to 25-man roster (updated)

CHICAGO - The Orioles should extend their streak of making roster moves later today by adding reliever Shawn Armstrong. Followed by repeated checking of the radar to determine whether they have any shot at playing. The forecast is nasty. Armstrong appeared to be flying to Chicago yesterday, judging by his tweet that included, “Until next time Seattle?” and four airplane emojis. This is the state

Two more homers off Orioles make difference in 5-3 loss (updated)

CHICAGO - The Orioles are trying so hard to change the narrative. They make adjustments to their rotation and bullpen based on production and health. Pitchers are optioned, designated for assignment and put on the injured list. They’re rewarded after good starts by getting another turn, which can bump someone else. No matter what manager Brandon Hyde tries to do, he keeps having to answer

Notes on Ramirez, Alberto, Mancini and more (O’s down 5-2)

CHICAGO - New Orioles reliever Shawn Armstrong, claimed off waivers yesterday from the Mariners, is flying to Chicago and should officially join the team Tuesday or Wednesday. With a vacancy on the 25-man roster, the Orioles recalled right-hander Yefry Ramirez from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s available to pitch tonight on three days’ rest if needed. “He’s going to fill the long role for us,” said

Mancini offers positive update on finger injury

CHICAGO - Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini expects to get back into the lineup Tuesday night against the White Sox. Mancini left Saturday’s game in Minnesota in the first inning after being hit on the right index finger and he sat out yesterday’s 4-1 loss. His day-to-day status extends to tonight’s series opener, but it’s nearing an end. “It feels better than yesterday. I think I’m

Orioles and White Sox lineups

CHICAGO - Trey Mancini remains out of the Orioles’ lineup tonight for the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox. Mancini is day-to-day with a bruised hand. He didn’t play yesterday in Minnesota. Hanser Alberto is making his first professional start in right field. He appeared in two games in right last year with Triple-A Round Rock. Joey Rickard is batting second and

Orioles recall Yefry Ramirez

CHICAGO - The Orioles latest roster move involves another pitcher to be placed in their bullpen. However, it isn’t Shawn Armstrong. The club announced today that right-hander Yefry Ramirez has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. He’s expected to be available in relief for tonight’s series opener against the White Sox. Ramirez has made four starts with Norfolk and posted a 1.50 ERA and 1.11 WHIP

Latest with Orioles pitching and roster

The Orioles can be thankful that the Twins don’t play in their division. Nineteen games against them would be excruciating. The sweep at Target Field over the weekend continued a trend that’s seen the Twins win 12 straight games against the Orioles. Someone asked Dylan Bundy, who took the loss yesterday, what makes them so good. “They don’t miss pitches over the plate,” he replied.

Orioles claim Shawn Armstrong off waivers (Ortiz optioned)

A day filled with roster moves and transactions for the Orioles has room for at least one more. The Orioles announced this afternoon that they claimed right-hander Shawn Armstrong off waivers from the Mariners, the latest attempt to settle a pitching staff that’s giving up home runs in record proportions. Armstrong, 28, is out of minor league options and will be placed on the Orioles’

Orioles DFA Sucre, put Cobb on IL and option Yacabonis

The Orioles have returned pitcher Alex Cobb to the injured list with a lumbar strain, designated catcher Jesús Sucre for assignment and optioned pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis to Triple-A Norfolk. The three moves create room on the 25-man roster for pitchers Branden Kline and Luis Ortiz and catcher Austin Wynns, who were recalled from Norfolk prior to today’s series finale against the Twins in Minnesota. Cobb

Orioles bullpen could undergo more changes today (updated)

The Orioles surrendered five more home runs yesterday in Minnesota, all of them coming out of their bullpen, which again is in need of repair. Relievers have accounted for 34 of the 69 home runs allowed by the Orioles, easily the most in the majors and 15 more than the runner-up Cardinals and Rangers heading into the late slate of games. The Twins hit a

Orioles and Twins lineups

The Orioles will try to end a streak of 10 straight losses to the Twins when they meet again this afternoon at Target Field. Chris Davis has returned to the lineup. He left the club Wednesday to attend to a personal matter and was on the bench last night, but he’s batting seventh against Twins right-hander José Berríos. Trey Mancini had three more hits last

Running through some of the Orioles’ biggest steals

The Orioles wisely used their selection in the eighth round of the 2013 draft on Notre Dame first baseman Trey Mancini, who has emerged as their top hitter and someone capable of making the transition to the outfield. Finding Mancini still available after using earlier picks on outfielder Josh Hart, left-hander Travis Seabrooke, infielder Drew Dosch and catchers Jonah Heim and Alex Murphy was fortuitous.

Orioles and Twins lineups (updated)

Chris Davis isn’t in the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Twins in Minnesota. Davis had to leave the club Wednesday for personal reasons, but manager Brandon Hyde said the first baseman would join the team in Minnesota. The Twins are starting left-hander Martín Pérez and Davis is 3-for-19 with 10 strikeouts lifetime against him. Davis was 2-for-17 with a home run at

Josh Lucas outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles completed another round of roster business this morning, keeping a pitcher in their organization who could provide a fresh arm for their bullpen later in the summer. He just needs to get back on the 40-man roster. Right-hander Josh Lucas cleared waivers today and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles optioned Lucas between games of Saturday’s doubleheader to create room

This, that and the other

The Orioles are back on the road, flying into Minnesota yesterday afternoon with a stop pending in Chicago. They’re 7-6 away from home. The Twins swept the Orioles last year in a four-game series at Target Field. Alex Cobb, making tonight’s start, walked off the mound in the finale with a blister on his finger. Six games on the road trip led to six defeats,

Because You Asked - Catching Fire

You ask me lots of questions. I have legitimate answers on a few occasions. It’s really hit or miss. I’m the Dave Kingman of live chats and mailbags. But somehow we make it work. (Yes, I’m an Orioles beat reporter who referenced Dave Kingman. That’s the direction I chose.) I embrace the inquiries that don’t fly over my head or elicit a blank stare. No

O’s get contributions from many in 4-3 win (updated)

The idea of Renato Núñez as the Orioles’ cleanup hitter and regular DH probably didn’t gain much traction early in the winter, with the new regime trying to formulate a camp roster and learn about its inherited players. Rio Ruiz getting most of the starts at third base evolved as Núñez came down with a sore biceps in camp, other possibilities were eliminated and the

Notes on Karns, Rickard, Smith, Wright and Rodriguez (O’s up 4-2)

Orioles reliever Nate Karns is reporting to Double-A Bowie on Thursday while his teammates fly to Minnesota for the start of a three-game series. Karns threw again today without discomfort in his right forearm. He’s going to throw an inning with the Baysox Thursday and another inning a few days later. “He’s going to have a couple outings and then we’ll kind of reassess,” said

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Chris Davis is absent from the Orioles lineup tonight as they close out their homestand. Davis is 9-for-25 (.360) with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs in his last seven games with an at-bat to raise his season average to .155. Eighteen of Davis’ 34 balls put in play have registered 95 mph or more, the highest percentage on the team at 52.9.

Orioles trade Mike Wright to Mariners

Mike Wright won’t be staying in the Orioles organization. The club announced today that Wright has been traded to the Mariners for infielder Ryne Ogren, who is headed to low Single-A Delmarva. Wright was designated for assignment on Sunday while the Orioles selected Gabriel Ynoa’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk. Wright, a third-round pick in 2011 out of East Carolina University, was carrying a 9.45 ERA

Looking closer at position players pitching for Orioles

The Orioles used their 34th and 35th players Monday night when Stevie Wilkerson started in left field and Gabriel Ynoa worked a scoreless inning, their contracts selected from Triple-A Norfolk a day apart. Ynoa replaced Mike Wright, who was designated for assignment. Wilkerson returned to the club after Cedric Mullins was optioned. The roll call of Orioles appearing in games this season includes 24 names

Cashner, homers and stellar defense propel O’s to 9-1 win (updated)

Brandon Hyde can live with the losses because he has no choice and understands they’re part of the rebuilding process. He knows the deal. They’re a necessary evil. It’s sloppy play in the field and on the basepaths that can irk the Orioles manager and test his patience, with last night’s ugly loss to the White Sox a prime example. Hyde keeps pushing for improvements,

Simulated game has Cobb ready for next start (O’s lead 9-1)

Alex Cobb hasn’t been told exactly where he’s slotted in the Orioles rotation following Thursday’s off-day. He expects to pitch in Minnesota over the weekend and could take the mound for Friday night’s series opener. The uncertainty is beginning to feel like the norm and Cobb would prefer to ditch it. He craves a routine that’s been difficult to find, first because of the late

Hearing from Hyde and Castro before tonight’s game

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said his bullpen should be fine tonight. The club didn’t make a roster move prior to first pitch. He said it without fingers crossed. At least not visibly. “With that being said, would love to have Cash (Andrew Cashner) go deep in the game,” Hyde said. “We should be OK, but looking for Cash to give us some innings and pitch

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Dwight Smith Jr. is back in left field tonight for the Orioles after sitting out last night’s game with a sore right quadriceps muscle. Joey Rickard remains in center field, Chris Davis is back at first base and Richie Martin is the shortstop. Trey Mancini has hit safely in 12 of 14 career games against the White Sox and is 20-for-54 (.370). He’s in right

More this, that and the other

The decision to select Stevie Wilkerson’s contract yesterday from Triple-A Norfolk was primarily tied to the Orioles’ needs through 23 games of the season. Credit goes to Wilkerson for presenting himself as an attractive option. He’s become a super-utility player. He’s embraced the role. No one had to do a hard sell on him. Cedric Mullins was mired in a lengthy slump and organizational concerns

Three four-run innings lead to 12-2 Orioles loss (updated)

David Hess seemed to be dropping hints early tonight that he’d more closely resemble the version of himself that stymied the Blue Jays in Toronto than the one who turned in his shortest start last week at Tropicana Field. It happened in the first inning with back-to-back called third strikes on Yoán Moncada and José Abreu, a changeup and 95 mph fastball getting Hess back

Hyde on Smith, Mullins, Wilkerson and more (O’s down 12-1)

Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. said he could have played tonight, the discomfort in his right quadriceps muscle vanishing since he came out of yesterday’s game. Manager Brandon Hyde wants to avoid using him in the series opener against the White Sox and likely will return him to the lineup on Tuesday. “Leg’s feeling fine, feeling better than it did yesterday,” Smith said. “I was

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

Left fielder Dwight Smith Jr. is out of the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against the White Sox after leaving yesterday’s game with cramping in his right quadriceps muscle. Stevie Wilkerson is in left field after the Orioles selected his contract today from Triple-A Norfolk. Joey Rickard is in center and Trey Mancini is in right. Hanser Alberto is starting at third base and

Orioles option Mullins and bring back Wilkerson

The slump that has enveloped center fielder Cedric Mullins for the first four weeks of the season finally pulled him off the Orioles’ roster and down to the minors. Mullins was optioned today to Triple-A Norfolk and the Orioles selected the contract of utility player Stevie Wilkerson. Pitcher Josh Lucas was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster. The range and

This, that and the other

Though he went hitless yesterday with a pair of strikeouts and a walk, Renato Núñez continues to lead the Orioles in RBIs with 16 and is one ahead of Dwight Smith Jr. Two players who weren’t assured of making the club out of spring training, though Núñez being out of options improved his chances. Smith wasn’t in the organization until a March 8 trade between

Twins complete sweep with 4-3 win over Orioles (updated)

Dylan Bundy was saddled with two unearned runs today in the top of the first inning, a unique spin on the Orioles’ 2019 story. Home runs weren’t included in the opening chapter. Baseballs that kept flying into the seats were more inclined to elude a glove. Bundy turned in a quality start by definition to close out the series against the Twins, with two earned

Hyde on Wright, Ynoa, Karns and more (O’s down 4-2)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde this morning handled the painful task of calling Mike Wright into his office with news that the right-hander had been designated for assignment. The club selected reliever Gabriel Ynoa’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk. “It’s been a tough morning,” Hyde said. “We needed innings and we needed a fresh arm in here, and that was the decision we came up with. But

Orioles DFA Mike Wright

The Orioles made a roster move today to bring up a fresh bullpen arm, and it included the decision to cut ties with Mike Wright. Wright has been designated for assignment prior to this afternoon’s series finale against the Twins at Camden Yards. The Orioles selected Gabriel Ynoa’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk and he’ll be in uniform today. Wright worked 3 1/3 innings last night,

Orioles and Twins lineups

Joey Rickard is starting in center field today as the Orioles close out their series against the Twins at Camden Yards. Cedric Mullins and Rule 5 shortstop Richie Martin are on the bench. Jonathan Villar is playing shortstop and Hanser Alberto is at second base. Jesús Sucre is catching Dylan Bundy. Chris Davis is playing first base and Trey Mancini is in right field. The

Ruiz, Núñez and today’s series finale

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde admits that he knew very little about Rio Ruiz before spring training. Watched him play a few times for the Braves. Noticed a nice swing. That’s pretty much the extent of his early scouting report on a player who’s become the Orioles regular third baseman. Ruiz went 2-for-3 with his team-leading 11th walk yesterday in Game 1 of a doubleheader, the

Twins’ hit eight home runs and complete sweep of O’s (updated)

The patience that Alex Cobb required to get him through his two stints on the disabled list, the groin injury late in spring training and the back spasms that cropped up after his first start, will be needed to guide him through another difficult period in his professional life. Cobb’s return to the active roster and rotation couldn’t have gone much worse tonight. He allowed

Lucas optioned to Norfolk (and Game 1 quotes, O’s down 15-7)

The Orioles created a roster spot for starter Alex Cobb tonight by optioning reliever Josh Lucas to Triple-A Norfolk. Cobb comes off the injured list to start Game 2 against the Twins, as the Orioles try to avoid a sweep. Tonight marks his second outing with the Orioles. He’s been on the IL with groin and back injuries. Lucas allowed two earned runs (three total)

Orioles allow three more home runs in 6-5 Game 1 loss

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde stated before Game 1 of today’s doubleheader that his club needs to play good defense because it’s not going to set any home run records. He meant at the plate. Dan Straily surrendered three homers today over five innings, including two by Eddie Rosario. The Orioles have allowed 49, one short of the 1996 Tigers for the major league mark through

Orioles not letting defense rest (O’s down 6-5)

The Orioles go into today’s doubleheader ranked fifth in the American League in defense with a .986 fielding percentage. Their 10 errors are tied for the fifth-fewest after they committed 104 last season for the seventh-highest total in the majors. The defense was in a steady decline over the past few summers, and anyone in charge was going to prioritize it. “I think you’ve seen

Kline in Baltimore as 26th man for doubleheader

The Orioles have chosen reliever Branden Kline to be their 26th man in Game 2 of today’s doubleheader, the first of multiple roster moves that are pending. Kline is at the ballpark and will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk after Game 1. Alex Cobb will be activated from the injured list and start Game 2, and the Orioles must create a spot for him by

Orioles Game 1 lineup vs. Twins (updated)

Chris Davis is back in the Orioles’ lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Twins. Davis was excluded for the three-game series against the Rays due to illness. He would have played last night except for the postponement. Cedric Mullins wasn’t in the posted lineup last night, but he’s now starting in center field and likely will sit for Game 2 with left-hander

Cobb’s return delayed again

The decision to postpone last night’s game between the Orioles and Twins at Camden Yards was an easy one based on the heavy rains that fell, a forecast that included a tornado warning and proverbial windows busted as if treated by a demolition crew. Setting up the Orioles pitching also was a fairly easy call, the only question being whether Alex Cobb pitched in the

Orioles and Twins lineups (game postponed due to rain)

Alex Cobb is coming off the injured list to make tonight’s start against the Twins, if the weather allows it. He’s listed as the starter, but a corresponding roster move hasn’t been announced. Cedric Mullins is out of the lineup, but Chris Davis returns. Trey Mancini is in right field, with Joey Rickard in center. Hanser Alberto is playing second base and Jonathan Villar moves

More on Orioles’ thrilling 11-inning win

TAMPA - A trip that showed so much promise and offered the chance to inflict further damage within the division following a four-game split in Boston threatened to crumble beneath the dome at Tropicana Field. The Orioles were 2-0-1 in road series before losing two of three to the Rays, but avoiding a sweep last night and winning in such thrilling fashion - 11 innings

Rickard double gives Orioles 6-5 win in 11 innings (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles needed five outs from Mychal Givens tonight to secure a win that would prevent them from being swept to close out their road trip. The latest heavy tax applied to a bullpen that’s in constant motion. Givens surrendered a game-tying home run to Avisaíl García with one out in the ninth inning and manager Brandon Hyde turned to his

Means slated to make more starts (and other notes, tied 5-5)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles left-hander John Means is available in the bullpen tonight and for Friday night’s series opener against the Twins at Camden Yards. However, he isn’t ticketed for exclusive relief duties. Manager Brandon Hyde said Means is the likely choice to start April 26 in Minnesota following the off-day. Means could bounce back and forth between the rotation and bullpen. “Means is

Cobb ready for rotation return

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Alex Cobb was supposed to make a start against the Athletics at Camden Yards before back spasms forced him onto the injured list for the second time this year. He was eligible to return on Tuesday for the series against the Rays that concludes tonight at Tropicana Field, but manager Brandon Hyde wanted to give him a little more recovery time.

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles conclude their latest road trip tonight, having gone 2-4, and Chris Davis stays on the bench while recovering from a stomach virus. Davis is missing his third game in a row. Trey Mancini is in left field tonight, with Joey Rickard in right and Dwight Smith Jr. serving as designated hitter. Renato Núñez makes his second career start at

What Cobb’s return means for the rotation (and other notes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde checked on Alex Cobb yesterday, received the information he wanted and proceeded with his pitching plans for the weekend and beyond. Cobb’s back is fine. The spasms are gone. And he’s coming off the injured list Friday to start against the Twins at Camden Yards. The rotation lines up as Cobb, Dan Straily and Dylan Bundy for

Hess hit hard and dugout heated in 8-1 loss (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If David Hess had any shot at getting deeper into his start tonight against the Rays, he needed to soften the contact against him. Think pillow instead of pillar. Everything that Hess threw was tattooed, with exit velocities in the first inning of 115.4, 102.3, 105.6 and 108.9 mph - the latter resulting in a three-run homer by the University of

Hyde on Davis, bench, Hess, Wynns and more (O’s down 8-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A short bench for the Orioles has reached its tiniest stage with Chris Davis unable to play due a stomach virus. Manager Brandon Hyde needs length from his starters. He won’t get it from his bench, which is down to infielder Hanser Alberto and backup catcher Pedro Severino. It’s risky to use the second catcher, leaving Hyde with Alberto and fingers

Davis battling stomach virus that’s keeping him out of lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Davis feels much better at the plate. It’s his stomach that’s keeping him out of the lineup. Davis was scratched yesterday due to a stomach virus and he’s on the bench for tonight’s game against the Rays. He’s in the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field, but unable to play unless there’s significant improvement in his physical condition. “I don’t think

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Davis is out of the Orioles lineup tonight after being a late scratch yesterday due to an illness. The Orioles are carrying a three-man bench. If Davis isn’t available, manager Brandon Hyde’s late-inning options are further compromised. Renato Núñez is making his first start in the field this season by replacing Davis at first base. Trey Mancini is the designated

Orioles option Austin Wynns to Triple-A Norfolk

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles didn’t need much convincing about catcher Austin Wynns’ readiness to play on a regular basis. Wynns was reinstated from the 10-day injured list this afternoon and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after only four injury rehab games. A strained oblique and placement on the IL denied Wynns a shot at breaking camp with the Orioles. He went 2-for-5 with two

Leftovers for breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has confirmed that Alex Cobb is in line to start Friday night’s series opener against the Twins at Camden Yards, the veteran nearing a return from the injured list after throwing yesterday without discomfort in his back. However, Hyde isn’t able to divulge plans for the corresponding move and how Cobb fits back into the rotation. One

One bad inning dooms Orioles in 4-2 loss (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Playing a team on the road with the best record in baseball was going to challenge the Orioles. No way around it. And so would a pitcher with blistering heat and a microscopic ERA. They’d like to preserve the first three innings, placing them under glass instead of the dome. They’d like to get back the fourth, when the home run

Cobb likely to start Friday (Davis scratched, O’s down 3-2)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Alex Cobb threw approximately 50 pitches today between his simulated game and a bullpen session, and is expected to come off the injured list to start Friday night’s game against the Twins at Camden Yards. Cobb went on the injured list retroactive to April 6 with a lumbar strain, but he no longer is experiencing back spasms and should be cleared

Updating some injured Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are holding an injury reunion prior to tonight’s series opener against the Rays. Pitchers Richard Bleier and Nate Karns and designated hitter Mark Trumbo have joined the team from the spring training facility in Sarasota to provide updates on their health and allow the athletic training staff to check their progress. Bleier received an injection that reduced the inflammation

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles will try to build on their 6-4 road record tonight while beginning at three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Trey Mancini remains in right field while Chris Davis plays first base. Mancini is 16-for-40 (.400) in 10 road games and he’s 7-for-12 (.583) with two home runs in the first inning this season. Dwight Smith Jr., in

Straily: “We’re just one day at a time”

The latest road trip for the Orioles removes them from the cold and dampness in Boston and transports them to climate-controlled Tropicana Field, where it’s always 72 degrees and usually an adventure. The Rays are the darlings of the American League East, a low-budget team holding the highest spot in the standings. They’re the only division club above .500. But right behind them are the

Orioles split series with 8-1 win over Red Sox (updated)

BOSTON - The Red Sox put a catcher at second base today. Their starting pitcher worked an inning in relief two days ago. Their Gold Glove center fielder has the flu. Their left fielder fouled a ball off his foot yesterday and couldn’t play. If the Orioles had a game screaming for them to win, this was it. They still had to go out and

Updates on Cobb, Karns, rotation and more (O’s lead 8-1)

BOSTON - Alex Cobb is scheduled to throw live batting practice Tuesday afternoon at Tropicana Field and could come off the injured list to make Friday night’s start against the Twins at Camden Yards. Cobb played catch over the weekend without any issues related to his lumbar strain. He’s eligible to return from the IL on Tuesday but the Orioles are pushing him back to

Orioles and Red Sox lineups (updated)

BOSTON - The Orioles conclude their four-game series in rainy Boston this morning with Dwight Smith Jr. back in the lineup in left field after being a late scratch yesterday due to a sore right leg. Chris Davis is playing first base and Cedric Mullins is batting ninth as the center fielder. Jonathan Villar leads off again today. Jesús Sucre is catching Dan Straily. For

The next start for Straily

BOSTON - The Orioles conclude their four-game series against the Red Sox this morning, reminded again that a baseball season isn’t the only marathon. Dan Straily will try to build off his first Orioles start, a cumbersome process given his unexpected release by the Marlins in late March and an idle stretch that broke his rhythm. Straily is learning that Alex Cobb can be a

Orioles waste Means start and rallies in 4-0 loss (updated)

BOSTON - John Means gave the Orioles five innings today. Gave them a gritty effort with easy stretches, one jam escaped and minimal damage in another. Gave them reasons to consider him for a longer stay in the rotation. Alex Cobb is expected back next weekend, leaving Means to wonder how he’s going to be handled. He’ll let the people above his pay grade make

Smith scratched from Orioles lineup (O’s down 4-0)

BOSTON - Dwight Smith Jr. has been scratched from the Orioles lineup today with a sore right leg. Manager Brandon Hyde passed along the news that Smith is available to play if needed. Trey Mancini moves from right field to left, Joey Rickard goes to right and Cedric Mullins gets the start in center. Smith was supposed to make his 15th start in left field.

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Chris Davis stays in the Orioles lineup today against Red Sox left-hander David Price, with Trey Mancini in right field again and Renato Núñez continuing to serve as designated hitter. Jonathan Villar is leading off and playing second base. Joey Rickard is in center field, with Cedric Mullins going to the bench. Hanser Alberto replaces Rio Ruiz at third base against a southpaw.

Leftovers from Davis’ big day and a win

BOSTON - The Orioles are continuing their series against the Red Sox this afternoon with clouds in the forecast but minus the huge one that hung over the clubhouse while Chris Davis struggled to get a hit. Players had Davis’ back. They grew more protective of him as stories of the hitless streaks appeared daily. If anyone doubted the closeness of this group of players,

Wrapping up the end of Davis’ streaks and a 9-5 victory

BOSTON - Chris Davis went through the victory line on the field today, handled a walk-off television interview, returned to the clubhouse and was swarmed by his teammates. Streaks were broken. Friendships were strengthened. Players pounded their fists on lockers as Davis raised his hands in the air. A few of them spoke. He wasn’t drenched in beer and water, but the showering of affection

Chris Davis ends hitless streaks with two-run single (O’s win 9-5)

BOSTON - Chris Davis rounded first base today and slapped his hands together. Solid contact made twice in one at-bat. Davis lined a two-run single into right field with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the first inning. The Orioles, slow starters at the plate this season, grabbed an early lead off Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello. Davis, off to the

Notes on Núñez, Cobb, Wynns, bullpen and more

BOSTON - Renato Núñez is in the Orioles lineup again today as the designated hitter, the 13th time in 15 games that he’s served in the role. However, his right biceps has improved to the point where he could get some starts at third base. Soreness in the arm kept Núñez off the field late in spring training and Rio Ruiz has received most of

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Hanser Alberto continues to move around the infield, starting today at second base while the Orioles resume their series against the Red Sox and try to snap a four-game losing streak. Pedro Severino passed his concussion tests and he’s back in the lineup today to catch Andrew Cashner. Trey Mancini is in right field and Chris Davis is playing first base and batting

Mancini getting it right away from left field

BOSTON - An Orioles lineup without Chris Davis last night provided another opportunity for Trey Mancini to play first base. However, he could go back to the outfield this afternoon with the Red Sox starting right-hander Rick Porcello. Mancini hasn’t touched left field this season and Hyde continues to dole out starts to Dwight Smith Jr., who’s homered in back-to-back games. A decision must be

Orioles offense starts slow in 6-4 loss (updated)

BOSTON - Hanser Alberto lined a single into right field tonight with two outs in the top of the fifth inning and the Orioles could exhale. They had their first baserunner. Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, the former Orioles farmhand, wasn’t going to make history against them. Just a mild flirtation on a cold and rainy night in Boston. Fourteen straight Orioles were retired before

Notes on Severino, Cobb, Davis, Mullins and more (O’s down 4-2)

BOSTON - Orioles catcher Pedro Severino has avoided the injured list after being hit by a J.B. Wendelken curveball yesterday on top of his batting helmet and sprawling to the dirt. Severino passed the concussion tests, accompanied the team to Boston and is available to play in the series. “He’s a lot better today,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “He caught a break there. It’s always

Cobb provides update on back injury

BOSTON - Alex Cobb said his sore back is improving daily, but he doesn’t know whether he’ll be ready to come off the injured list Tuesday when he’s eligible. He wasn’t aware of the exact date of his eligibility until told this afternoon by a member of the media. Nothing is circled on his calendar. “Every day is better,” said Cobb, who was placed on

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Trey Mancini is playing first base tonight for the Orioles at a ballpark that tends to bring out the best in him. Mancini is a career .364/.397/.621 hitter with four doubles, two triples, three home runs, 15 RBIs and 11 runs scored in 17 games at Fenway Park. His average ranks third and his 1.018 OPS fifth among active players with a minimum

Wondering what’s next for Davis on road trip

The baseball world’s obsession with Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is fueled by the latest pitching matchups on the first leg of the road trip. No one seems to be pumping the brakes on it. The trick is knowing how much to read into the presence of three left-handers starting for the Red Sox, beginning tonight with former Orioles farmhand Eduardo Rodriguez. Manager Brandon Hyde

Homestand ends with more homers allowed in 8-5 loss (updated)

The slider was working today for Dylan Bundy and the outs came at a pace that enabled him to get deeper into his start. Improvements that he talked about earlier this week. Any failures would be topics addressed later at his locker. The four home runs allowed tied Bundy’s career high, the club’s total increased to 37 on Marcus Semien’s shot off Mychal Givens in

Hyde on Bleier’s injury, latest additions and more (O’s down 8-5)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde hinted at the possibility yesterday. How left-hander Richard Bleier’s reset could involve a trip to the injured list. A medical check would determine the next course of action, which was confirmed this morning. Bleier is IL bound, the move backdated to yesterday. “He’s got a little bit of shoulder tendinitis,” Hyde said. “Like we talked about, he wasn’t bouncing back, he

Bleier: “It’s just not working out for me or the team”

A medical check yesterday on Orioles reliever Richard Bleier revealed tendinitis in his left shoulder and the need to put him on the 10-day injured list. The Orioles are recalling left-hander Tanner Scott and selecting the contract of reliever Josh Lucas from Triple-A Norfolk. Left-hander Josh Rogers was optioned after last night’s game. The 40-man roster had an open spot that Lucas is occupying. He’s

Orioles lineup vs. Athletics (updated)

Chris Davis is back in the Orioles lineup today at first base for the final game of the homestand. Davis is tied with Tony Bernazard for longest streak of consecutive plate appearances without a hit, at 57. Cedric Mullins is leading off. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left field and Trey Mancini is in right. Mancini has hit six home runs in the first 12

Bundy seeks improvements today in third start

Dylan Bundy is attempting today to lose a little of the consistency that he’s brought into his first two starts. Bundy has lasted 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs against the Yankees in the Bronx and in Baltimore. Perhaps a new opponent is needed, with the Orioles closing out their four-game series this afternoon against the Athletics before flying to Boston. The ERA is

Home runs haunt Orioles again in 10-3 loss (Rogers optioned)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde had the plan set up in his mind, with little chance that he’d stray from it. Dan Straily would make his first start since last September, with rookie Josh Rogers backing him up. Use the veteran right-hander against an Athletics lineup heavy in right-handed hitters before turning to the young lefty. The leash on Straily would be shorter than usual due

Hyde on Davis’ latest day off and more (O’s down 10-3)

While the rest of his teammates were inside the clubhouse today or headed to the ballpark, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis grabbed a bat and met up again with hitting coach Don Long for an early batting session on the field. Davis hit off a tee again, but without the slow-motion camera set up behind him. He’s working on staying shorter to the ball, tweaking

Orioles considering whether to place Bleier on injured list

The Orioles are discussing a couple of ways to give struggling reliever Richard Bleier a “reset,” including his placement on the 10-day injured list. Manager Brandon Hyde said Bleier is being “checked” today by the medical staff and the Orioles will make a decision on him. It could happen later this afternoon or the following day. Bleier endured another difficult outing last night, charged with

Orioles and Athletics lineups

Chris Davis remains out of the Orioles lineup for tonight’s game against the Athletics at Camden Yards. That’s two nights in a row. Davis is hitless in 56 consecutive plate appearances, one short of Tony Bernazard’s major league record. He’s 0-for-28 with four walks and 15 strikeouts this season in 32 plate appearances. As he did yesterday, Davis is on the field early hitting off

More on Karns, Cobb and the injured list

Whatever the result of last night’s game, no matter how many runs scored via infield hits, errors and rotten luck, the Orioles could score it a victory simply because no one else got hurt. Within a span of about four hours, the team announced that pitchers Nate Karns and Alex Cobb were going on the 10-day injured list. Moves that hadn’t been anticipated, rumored or

Bad luck and one bad pitch doom Means in 13-2 loss (updated)

The first major league start for Orioles left-hander John Means got silly before it grew ugly. Three infield hits in the second inning, along with a ground ball turned into an out and another grounder that produced a critical error. The grass took more of a beating than Means. It wasn’t until Marcus Semien jumped on a changeup and cleared the fence in left that

Orioles place Cobb on IL (plus other notes, O’s down 10-2)

The Orioles are using the injured list for the second time today, placing Alex Cobb on it with a lumbar strain. The move is retroactive to Saturday. Cobb was supposed to start Wednesday night against the Athletics, but manager Brandon Hyde will have to find a replacement. No corresponding roster move was announced, only the removal of Cobb and the reason behind it. Cobb opened

Karns: “This is just a minor setback”

Nate Karns expressed confidence this afternoon that his stay on the 10-day injured list won’t linger and his placement is only a precautionary measure due to some tightness in his right forearm. The Orioles called up reliever Evan Phillips as Karns’ replacement in the bullpen and on the 25-man roster. Phillips was given the news around 11 p.m. Karns threw 10 pitches last night while

Villar, Mancini and tonight’s Orioles lineup

Jonathan Villar attacked Marco Estrada’s reverse splits last night by batting from the right side against a right-handed pitcher, hardly a new tactic in baseball but one that doesn’t surface on a regular basis. Villar struck out and flied out in his first two at-bats, coming to the plate twice in the first two innings. But he followed Cedric Mullins’ triple in the fourth with

Karns placed on injured list

The comeback attempt of pitcher Nate Karns has stalled. The Orioles placed Karns on the 10-day injured list this afternoon with a strained right forearm and recalled reliever Evan Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk. Phillips will be in the bullpen for tonight’s game against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Karns was the first free agent signed by the Orioles to a major league deal since the

Looking back and ahead

Manager Brandon Hyde is learning about his players and his club pretty much on a daily basis going back to the beginning of spring training. Or perhaps the January minicamp. Last night showed exactly how they’re capable of handling adversity. Coming off an embarrassing 15-3 loss to the Yankees, which featured seven home runs allowed and the pitching debut of infielder Hanser Alberto, the Orioles

Davis sets hitless at-bats record in Orioles’ 12-4 win (with quotes)

Each trip to the plate tonight was met with applause, many fans standing, not a single audible objector in the crowd. It wasn’t at a level that would make a player step out of the box and raise his helmet, but the support represented a new shift in Chris Davis’ baseball life. Nothing else had been working. Perhaps it was possible to cheer away a

Hyde on Alberto and catchers, Means on first start (O’s up 12-4)

Though Chris Davis’ inclusion in tonight’s lineup provided another pregame distraction, it’s also worth noting that Dwight Smith Jr. is sitting for the first time and Hanser Alberto is starting for the third consecutive game. Right-hander Marco Estrada is a reverse-splits guy, which could explain why Smith and Rio Ruiz are on the bench. But Alberto is earning his way into the lineup by going

Hyde on Davis: “He really wanted to play today”

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde sought out Chris Davis after yesterday’s loss to the Yankees and gauged whether the first baseman wanted to be included in tonight’s lineup. Davis could have sat out the series opener against the Athletics, delaying a run at records no one wants to hold. He could have reached for his own reset button. Davis is starting at first base tonight and

Means, Fry and tonight’s Orioles lineup

The bullpen bond that John Means has formed with Paul Fry will be interrupted at least temporarily when he moves into the rotation Tuesday night against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Means doesn’t know how long he’ll be starting. He replaced TBD on Tuesday, a major league career consisting of four relief appearances about to take another turn. Maybe it’s one and done, with Dan

Orioles tasked with trying to bounce back from bad loss

Orioles shortstop Richie Martin followed manager Brandon Hyde to the mound yesterday in the top of the ninth inning and the same thought popped into minds across the ballpark and inside the press box. The Rule 5 kid was going to pitch. Or not. Martin was entering the game to play shortstop while Jonathan Villar moved to second base and Hanser Alberto made his major

Homers hurt Orioles again in 15-3 loss (with quotes)

David Hess didn’t flirt with a no-hitter today. It was gone by the second inning, along with a scoreless tie and any hope that the Yankees might ease up on the power surge. Might stop trying to take out a few of the seats or the batter’s eye. Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and Gary Sánchez homered in the first three innings to create a four-run

Means added to Orioles rotation (and other notes, O’s down 11-3)

Orioles left-hander John Means has been chosen to start Tuesday night’s game against the Athletics at Camden Yards, with manager Brandon Hyde providing a little more clarity today to his pitching plans. The TBD has been scratched. Andrew Cashner starts Monday’s series opener, with Alex Cobb going Wednesday and Dylan Bundy Thursday. Means is replacing Nate Karns, who’s working exclusively out of the bullpen now

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

David Hess returns to the mound this afternoon to close out the series against the Yankees after tossing 6 1/3 hitless innings in Toronto. Hess pitched on opening day at Yankee Stadium and turned in two scoreless innings in relief. Miguel Andújar is 3-for-3 against Hess lifetime, but he’s on the injured list. Domingo Germán held the Tigers to an unearned run and one hit

Running risks with Rule 5 players

The Orioles tried to keep two Rule 5 pitchers in their bullpen last season and also carry outfielder Anthony Santander, who couldn’t shed his status for 44 days. They tried to keep two Rule 5 infielders this year and also carry reliever Pedro Araujo, who needed 17 days in the majors before he could be optioned. One of baseball’s conditioning drills should include lifting such

Castro surrenders late three-run homer in 6-4 loss (with quotes)

The Orioles legends keep coming back to Camden Yards. Brooks, Eddie, Cakes, Cal and Boog for the home opener and again last night for the celebration of Frank Robinson’s life. No last names needed. The 2019 Orioles aren’t as easy to identify, scorecards a necessary expense following the roster turnover that began in earnest last July. But there was no mistaking a winning record that

Hyde on Straily, Jackson, Wynns, Davis and more (O’s down 6-4)

Dan Straily will begin his Orioles career in the bullpen before he’s deemed ready to enter the starting rotation. It shouldn’t take long, and his inclusion will give the club five starters and slam the brakes on the opener experiment. “He’s a guy who eats innings, has a really good slider, knows how to pitch, just a competitor and so we’re really excited to have

Straily on joining Orioles and readiness for rotation

New Orioles pitcher Dan Straily met with manager Brandon Hyde this afternoon and fielded questions form the media for about four minutes in front of his locker, his eagerness to pitch evident after signing a one-year deal yesterday. “The Orioles called me right away,” he said. “They said, ‘Here’s our offer for you. If this is something you’re interested in let us know,’ so it

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Chris Davis and Rio Ruiz are out of the Orioles lineup for tonight’s game against the Yankees, who are starting left-hander J.A. Happ. Hanser Alberto is playing third base. Trey Mancini is at first base and Joey Rickard is in right and batting second. Dwight Smith Jr. moves down to fifth. Cedric Mullins is in the lineup versus a lefty, batting ninth as the center

Davis climbing lists for longest hitless streaks

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde will post his lineup later today for the second home game of the 2019 season. Eyes will do a quick scan. From the media that passes it along and fans wanting to know whether Chris Davis is in it. Where Davis is slotted no longer sparks the most criticism from fans and draws the majority of questions from the press. He’s

Orioles sign Straily, DFA Jackson, trade for Araujo

The Orioles have brought in a veteran starting pitcher that could end their use of an opener and ease the burden on their bullpen. Right-hander Dan Straily, 30, has signed a major league deal with the Orioles, who created room on the 25-man roster by designating Rule 5 pick Drew Jackson for assignment. The Orioles can attempt to trade Jackson or offer him back to

Leftovers for breakfast

Trey Mancini made only two starts in right field coming into the season, both as a rookie in 2017. He learned to play left after moving off first base. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wanted him to become more acclimated to right and expand his versatility on a club that prioritizes it. It’s become more than just an experiment. Mancini has been the right fielder in

Wrapping up reception for Davis, O’s pitching and 8-4 loss

The cheering that accompanied Chris Davis down the orange carpet this afternoon in the Orioles’ home opener had the same lasting power as a bubble blown through a wand. Fans lost patience again with the first strikeout and vented harder with the next two. They cheered his replacement, Hanser Alberto, who pinch-hit in the eighth inning in an 8-4 loss to the Yankees. The bubble

Orioles surrender seven unanswered runs in 8-4 loss

Catcher Jesús Sucre set an outside target this afternoon with an 0-2 count on Gleyber Torres, the Orioles still holding a two-run lead with two outs in the sixth inning in their home opener. One more strike, one more out, and they could inch a little closer to their latest win. Mike Wright’s 95 mph fastball tailed over the plate, moving up and in, and

Mancini hoping hot streak carries into home opener (O’s down 8-4)

The Orioles lost five of their first six games last season and Trey Mancini stumbled hard out of the gate, making what’s transpired in the first week this year the ultimate script flip. Not as entertaining as a bat flip, but terribly important to Mancini. “Winning two series on the road to start the year, especially with so many young guys on our team,” Mancini

Hyde: “We’re real excited to play in front of our fans”

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has been warned about the orange carpet on opening day at Camden Yards. He’s been prepped and has joked about how he’s going to avoid an injury or embarrassing fall. “I’m hearing a lot about the carpet,” he said. “I saw a picture, actually, this morning of what it looked like. Obviously, it’s a very special tradition and can’t wait to

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Chris Davis is in the lineup today against Yankees left-hander James Paxton, as the Orioles ready for their first home game of the 2019 season. Joey Rickard is in center field and Trey Mancini is in right. Jonathan Villar is leading off while Cedric Mullins takes a seat on the bench. Alex Cobb was reinstated from the injured list to make today’s start and fill

Yesterday’s loss, today’s game and making concessions

The disappointment of yesterday’s 5-3 loss in Toronto should be softened by the realization that few people outside the most optimistic and unrealistic predicted four wins on a six-game road trip introducing a 2019 season that’s extremely low on expectations. A season all about the rebuild and what’s best for the long-term plan. Instant gratification isn’t the primary goal, but can happen in spite of

Orioles designate Araujo for assignment (Wotherspoon optioned)

The Orioles placed a fresh arm in their bullpen today in Toronto and have decided to end the Rule 5 experiment with Pedro Araujo. Araujo has been designated for assignment despite needing only 17 days from the start of the season to lose his Rule 5 status. The Orioles selected the contract of right-hander Matt Wotherspoon, who’s been assigned No. 71 and will make his

Orioles saving best for last

The 2018 Orioles had five different pitchers register saves, led by Brad Brach with 11. Only Mychal Givens and Paul Fry remain with the club. Brach, Zack Britton and Darren O’Day were traded in July and Givens was anointed the closer this season by everyone except manager Brandon Hyde, who refused to hang the label on one reliever. He wasn’t doing it just to throw

Orioles trade Susac to Royals

The Orioles loosened the catching logjam at Triple-A Norfolk. Andrew Susac has been traded to the Royals for cash considerations, with the announcement coming from both clubs. Chance Sisco and Carlos Pérez remain with the Tides and Austin Wynns is at extended spring training while recovering from a strained oblique. Norfolk didn’t need a third catcher on the active roster. Martin Cervenka and Cael Brockmeyer

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

The Orioles will attempt tonight to match their longest winning streak of 2018 at four games. They went 0-10 at Rogers Centre last year, but they already notched their first victory this season after 6 1/3 hitless innings last night from David Hess and the bullpen’s tightrope walk. Hanser Alberto gets his first start tonight, replacing Jonathan Villar at second base. Villar has moved to

More early impressions of the Orioles

The education on the 2019 Orioles is ongoing and unable to be contained in one blog entry. What else have we learned through four games? Manager Brandon Hyde will push his pitchers in certain situations, but not all of them. Mychal Givens threw a career-high 49 pitches Sunday in the Bronx, but David Hess was removed last night in Toronto after 6 1/3 hitless innings

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Cedric Mullins has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight and figures to stay there with the Blue Jays starting three right-handers in the series in Toronto. Trey Mancini is in right field again with Dwight Smith Jr. in left. Mancini is making his fourth career start in right. Chris Davis is batting seventh ahead of designated hitter Renato Núñez. Rio Ruiz continues to play third

Early impressions of the Orioles

What did we learn about the Orioles through their first series of the 2019 season? Besides how the players were overjoyed that Brandon Hyde earned his first win as manager, the outpouring of affection coming from 12-ounce cans. They want to get all of the firsts out of the way as quickly as possible. Hyde’s first win. Richie Martin’s first hit. Mike Wright’s first save.

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