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Orioles rally from five runs down in first to win 9-6 (updated)

The first inning tonight lasted 45 minutes. The teams combined for 11 runs, 19 batters and three errors. The starting pitchers threw a combined 90 pitches. And then it got weird. Former Orioles farmhand Mike Yastrzemski marked his first game at Camden Yards with his first major league triple and home run through two innings. Dwight Smith Jr. hit his first career grand slam in

Hyde on missing Saturday game, draft, Yaz (O’s lead 9-6)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde will miss Saturday afternoon’s game in order to attend his step-daughter Aria’s high school graduation in Illinois. He’s boarding a flight to Chicago in the morning and getting back to Baltimore for Sunday’s series finale. Tim Cossins, field coordinator and catching instructor, will replace Hyde, as he did on April 15 after his close friend was ejected from a game in

Elias talks about the upcoming amateur draft

Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias indicated this afternoon that the club has narrowed its list of choices to four players for the first-overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft that begins Monday. Elias won’t mention any names, but three of those players certainly are Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, prep shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. and University of California first baseman Andrew

Orioles lineup vs. Giants

The Orioles lineup tonight again includes DJ Stewart in right field against a left-hander as the Giants come to town for a three-game series. Hanser Alberto is leading off again, Trey Mancini stays at first base and Pedro Severino is catching. Richie Martin is the shortstop. Andrew Cashner is 3-7 with a 4.81 ERA and 1.455 WHIP in 18 career games (11 starts) against the

Better bullpen needed to begin beating teams

A rested bullpen didn’t provide a solution for Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, who failed again Wednesday night to unearth a late-inning combination that could protect the slimmest of leads. Hyde used only three relievers over the previous two games. Dan Straily ate four innings Monday after following starter Gabriel Ynoa, and Dylan Bundy worked through the seventh the following night. Two ways for a club

This, that and the other

The Orioles have reached their first non-weather-related day off since May 9. They had back-to-back postponements in the Bronx but still reported to the ballpark and waited for the inevitable announcement. At least the second one came much quicker, with an ominous forecast sending everyone back to the hotel. Twenty games in a row were stretched across the schedule before today’s breather. “Needed,” said manager

Givens, Kline yield late home runs in 4-2 loss (updated)

Orioles left-hander John Means must hear the All-Star talk and wonder if he’s restricted to endorsing a candidate rather than being seen as one. Means set a career high tonight with seven strikeouts while holding the Tigers to one run and three hits in six innings. He mixed his pitches, he showed the usual composure. And he did his part to lead the Orioles to

Davis provides update on hip injury (plus other notes, tied 2-2)

Chris Davis said earlier today that his left hip is feeling better and he should be able to play when he’s eligible to return from the 10-day injured list. The Orioles put Davis on the IL retroactive to Saturday with left hip inflammation. He doesn’t anticipate needing a rehab assignment in the minors, though he hasn’t received an at-bat since going 0-for-3 Thursday with three

Orioles and Tigers lineups

DJ Stewart stays in right field and bats seventh tonight as the Orioles try to win their series against the Tigers. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left field and batting fifth, followed by Keon Broxton. Hanser Alberto continues to lead off and Trey Mancini is playing first base in Chris Davis’ absence. Austin Wynns is behind the plate tonight. Alberto is batting .414 (24-for-58) against

Mancini on the “tremendous honor” he’s trying to ignore

Voting is underway for the 2019 All-Star Game that’s slated for July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and outfielder Trey Mancini appears to be a virtual lock to represent the Orioles, a perception that he tunes out like hostile crowd noise. There isn’t a more obvious choice than Mancini, who impresses with his average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, power and run production. It’s hard

Stewart’s three hits a highlight for Orioles in 3-0 loss (with quotes)

The reception for DJ Stewart tonight in his first at-bat of the season didn’t force the young outfielder to choke back tears. Polite applause accompanied him to the plate. Nothing that would cause a player to step out of the box and gather himself. Stewart was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Norfolk, a popular move judging by the reaction on social media, if

Hyde on Stewart, Givens and driving the Mancini bus (O’s down 3-0)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde intends to give DJ Stewart an extended look after the Orioles called up the outfielder earlier today from Triple-A Norfolk. Stewart is starting tonight in right field and also will move over to left, “and we’ll see how it goes,” Hyde said. “This is a position player who’s going to get a lot of everyday at-bats. I think DJ is a

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

DJ Stewart is playing right field and batting sixth against Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd on the day that the Orioles recalled him from Triple-A Norfolk. Stewart was 16-for-40 (.400) with five doubles, three home runs, 16 RBIs and 13 walks against International League left-handers this season. Trey Mancini is starting at first base again. Stevie Wilkerson is in left field. Hanser Alberto continues to lead

Orioles recall DJ Stewart

The Orioles have found a spot for outfielder DJ Stewart, rewarding him for an extended hot stretch at the plate by recalling him today from Triple-A Norfolk. Stewart, 25, replaces reliever Evan Phillips, who was optioned yesterday following a 5-3 win over the Tigers. Stewart was batting .316/.425/.586 with 13 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 35 RBIs in 43 games. He slashed .456/.512/.882

Stacking up the Orioles’ trade chips and where Givens fits

With each failed outing by Orioles reliever Mychal Givens, fan reaction tends to be divided in equal parts frustration over a bungled lead and the loss in value of one of the club’s largest trade chips. Is Givens really hurting the front office’s ability to negotiate a deal, if that’s what it wants to do? Givens just turned 29 and is under team control until

Orioles and Tigers lineups

Gabriel Ynoa makes his first start in two years today as the Orioles begin their three-game series against the Tigers at Camden Yards. This could turn into a bullpen game with Ynoa unlikely to work into the later innings. Dan Straily is available in relief and could back him up now that they’ve switched roles. Ynoa has never faced the Tigers or anyone on the

Is DJ Stewart’s time approaching?

DENVER - Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias mentioned last week that Triple-A Norfolk outfielder DJ Stewart was on the club’s radar, based on the first-round pick’s scorching bat. However, he included the complication of trying to fit Stewart on the roster as a corner outfielder. The Orioles have a wealth of them. Putting first baseman Chris Davis on the injured list

Hyde, Givens and Hess talk about Orioles’ 8-7 loss

DENVER - The situations line up properly. The matchups unfold as Orioles manager Brandon Hyde envisions them. And then chaos ensues and he’s left to wonder again about the composition of his pitching staff and praise a team for resiliency that’s tested to the limit. The Orioles came within two outs of a rare series win, but the feel-good comeback was followed again by a

Davis might be headed to injured list (Davis on IL, O’s lose 8-7)

DENVER - The Orioles are prepared to make a roster move today involving first baseman Chris Davis. Manager Brandon Hyde said Davis has been bothered by hip soreness. Davis was examined last night and unavailable for a 9-6 win over the Rockies, which included Rio Ruiz playing first base in the ninth inning. Davis wasn’t in the dugout or inside the clubhouse after the game.

Orioles and Rockies lineups

DENVER - Keon Broxton moves down to seventh in the order today as the Orioles close out their series against the Rockies and return home. Austin Wynns is catching. Renato Núñez remains at first base with Chris Davis on the bench. David Hess comes into Coors Field today leading the majors in home runs allowed with 17. Daniel Murphy and Mark Reynolds are 0-for-2 against

Evan Phillips joins Orioles

DENVER - The Orioles have brought reliever Evan Phillips to Coors Field this morning, setting up a bullpen move that manager Brandon Hyde hinted at yesterday. The club stuck with its current group in last night’s 9-6 win over the Rockies, but Hyde said earlier that a change could come in the next day or two. Hyde used only two relievers last night, covering the

Hyde making adjustments to bullpen approach

DENVER - The excessive bullpen usage by the Orioles in two months can be blamed on starters who don’t get through the middle innings. On relievers who run up pitch counts and need to be bailed out. On game situations that prompt manager Brandon Hyde to pick up the phone. Hyde has indicated that he’s going to be more inclined to lay off certain guys

Orioles bullpen covers last four innings in 9-6 win (with quotes)

DENVER - As the Orioles made the final out tonight in the top of the first inning and players jogged onto the field, the eight relievers vacated the dugout and began the long walk to the bullpen in center field. Outfielder Keon Broxton fist-bumped each one, a friendly gesture rather than the taking of relief inventory. A casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that

Notes on Ynoa, bullpen, Armstrong and Davis (O’s lead 9-6)

DENVER - Gabriel Ynoa is getting another opportunity to start for the Orioles. Manager Brandon Hyde has chosen Ynoa to pitch Monday afternoon against the Tigers at Camden Yards, the spot that opened with Dan Straily’s move to the bullpen. Ynoa hasn’t started in the majors since Sept. 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh. He missed the 2018 season due to shin and shoulder injuries and has

Straily on his bullpen assignment

DENVER - While disappointed that he didn’t produce as a starter, Orioles right-hander Dan Straily understands and approves of his move to the bullpen. However long it lasts. Manager Brandon Hyde announced yesterday that Straily would pitch in a relief, his availability beginning tonight, rather than make Monday afternoon’s start against the Tigers at Camden Yards. Straily has posted a 9.09 ERA and 1.990 WHIP

Orioles and Rockies lineups

DENVER - Renato Núñez is carrying a hot bat into the cleanup spot for tonight’s game against the Rockies at Coors Field. Núñez has homered in three consecutive games and four of the last five. He’s collected six hits in 15 at-bats since May 19 and he’s starting at first base tonight. Keon Broxton stays in center field after homering last night on the first

Davis back on bench for latest reset

DENVER - Chris Davis’ name was missing from the Orioles lineup in last night’s series opener against the Rockies and his removal versus a right-handed starter, in this case Jeff Hoffman, serves as a sharp indicator that another reset is underway. Davis also expects to sit tonight with the Rockies sending left-hander Kyle Freeland to the mound. But he won’t be idle, his work continuing

Orioles lose late lead and seventh game in a row (updated)

DENVER - Keon Broxton just wants to have fun. And if a man can’t enjoy a 474-foot home run on the first pitch thrown to him on his new team, well, there’s something truly wrong in the baseball world. Broxton was all smiles as he crossed home plate tonight and turned toward the Orioles dugout, knowing the enthusiastic reception that waited for him. Rio Ruiz

Straily coming out of Orioles rotation (tied 6-6)

DENVER - The Orioles are moving Dan Straily to the bullpen. Straily would have started Monday afternoon against the Tigers at Camden Yards, but the spot is listed as TBD. Manager Brandon Hyde said the replacement will be announced prior to Saturday’s game. This is the latest reset employed by the Orioles, who are hoping that Straily can work out his issues away from the

Broxton excited for chance to play

DENVER - Keon Broxton already looks comfortable with the Orioles, smiling freely and spending part of today’s pregame clubhouse time chatting with former high school teammate Josh Lucas at his locker. The new guy described his reaction to Wednesday’s trade as “pure joy.” He doesn’t care about the standings. He just wants a chance to play and have fun. “I was excited just getting an

Broxton making Orioles debut tonight

DENVER - Keon Broxton has joined the Orioles and is starting in center field tonight for the series opening game against the Rockies. Broxton is batting sixth between Rio Ruiz and Hanser Alberto. Chris Davis is on the bench against Rockies right-hander Jeff Hoffman and Trey Mancini is handling first base. Stevie Wilkerson stays in the lineup as the right fielder and is batting second.

Means looking forward to batting in Colorado

While I’m not aware of any scientific studies on the topic, I’m certain that most pitchers love to hit. Or think that they can. You’ll stumble across a few exceptions, much like the haters trying to get out of the batter’s box. Former Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is 7-for-98 with 42 strikeouts and he comes by it honestly. He’d rather step on broken glass in

Givens walks in go-ahead run in 6-5 loss (Rickard optioned)

The Orioles had to believe that today would be different. They rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to tie the game, the last three coming on Renato Núñez’s homer, the ball jumping off a resuscitated bat. Gleyber Torres and Gary Sánchez came off the bench in the ninth and settled for a walk and single, respectively. That’s tame stuff. But that’s how the

Hyde on pitching: “As of right now, this is what we have” (O’s lose 6-5)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he expects outfielder Keon Broxton to join the club Friday in Colorado, which will require a corresponding roster move. A position player is more likely to be removed with the Orioles trying to compensate for a lack of pitching depth. Hyde repeated that Stevie Wilkerson will stay busy. Broxton’s arrival won’t impact his roster spot or bury him on the

Orioles and Yankees lineups

Orioles starter Dylan Bundy won’t have to face Gleyber Torres and Gary Sánchez today in the series finale against the Yankees. They aren’t in the lineup. Bundy already gets a win before stepping on the mound. Keon Broxton isn’t expected to join the team today. In the meantime, Stevie Wilkerson is batting second today and staying in center field. Dwight Smith Jr. is batting cleanup,

Lucas on Broxton: “That dude’s a freak athlete”

When outfielder Keon Broxton arrives in the Orioles clubhouse, whether today or perhaps Friday in Colorado, he’s going to seek out former Brewers teammate Jonathan Villar. They spent parts of three seasons together. He already reached out to Villar after yesterday’s trade. But Broxton also will recognize reliever Josh Lucas, a small baseball world reuniting them as well. Lucas and Broxton played together at Lakeland

Straily still slumping in Orioles’ 7-5 loss (with quotes)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde described pitcher Dan Straily this afternoon as someone on a mission. A veteran determined to reverse a string of short outings and limited production from the mound. “I know that he wants to prove that he’s the guy we signed, where he was going to give us some innings and give us some major league starts,” Hyde said. “Hoping it starts

Hyde on Broxton: “His tools are off the charts” (O’s down 7-5)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said today that he expects new outfielder Keon Broxton to join the club in a day or two. “I think it’s a little cloudy right now,” he said. What’s clear is Broxton, who’s out of minor league options, will get an extended opportunity with the Orioles based on his tools and their needs. “He’s a really athletic guy,” Hyde said after

Elias talks about Broxton, minor league prospects and more

The pending arrival of outfielder Keon Broxton might be only the tip of the Orioles roster iceberg. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias indicated today that he’d like to get Triple-A Norfolk outfielder DJ Stewart and catcher Chance Sisco to Baltimore relatively soon. It’s a trickier maneuver with Stewart because he’s a corner outfielder and the Orioles are playing Dwight Smith Jr. in

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Hanser Alberto is on a roll and facing the Yankees, who are starting left-hander CC Sabathia. There’s no way he was going to sit out tonight’s game. Alberto, who’s starting at third base and leading off, is 8-for-15 in his last four games and 12-for-25 against the Yankees this season. He’s slashing .442/.442/.628 against southpaws, with 19 hits in 43 at-bats. Joey Rickard is in

Orioles acquire Broxton and DFA Ramirez

The Orioles have a new outfielder and a decision to make regarding how to fit him on the 25-man roster. Keon Broxton has been acquired from the Mets in exchange for international signing bonus slots. He isn’t reporting today, which delays the corresponding roster move. Does the club remove a position player or go with a four-man bench and send down a pitcher? Does his

Orioles running short on starter replacements

The latest failed start from Orioles right-hander David Hess last night raised more questions about his stay in the rotation. As in, how much longer? It’s the same with Dan Straily, who’s carrying an 8.51 ERA and 1.891 WHIP into tonight’s start against the Yankees. And therein lies the problem. The Orioles don’t have an abundance of choices and Hess isn’t riding alone on the

Orioles reach 100 home runs surrendered in 11-4 loss (updated)

The Orioles waited for it. The bounce back that has come within a day or two. The displays of resiliency and pride and the short memories that allow them to march forward after an ugly loss. They did it after a 15-3 thrashing by the Yankees, defeating the Athletics 12-4 in the next game. David Price and two relievers shut them out in Boston and

Notes on Wilkerson, last night’s loss and pitchers’ BP (O’s down 11-4)

Stevie Wilkerson hasn’t batted in the leadoff spot in the majors until tonight. However, he isn’t a novice. Wilkerson has been perched atop the order at Clemson University and in the minors. “I’ve hit almost everywhere one through nine at some point in my career,” he said. “I do have some experience hitting leadoff.” It won’t change his approach - a question that’s always asked

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

The Orioles are switching leadoff hitters again tonight, with Stevie Wilkerson getting the call for the first time. Rio Ruiz is batting cleanup and Hanser Alberto has moved down to eighth after collecting a career-high four hits last night while atop the order. Jonathan Villar is playing shortstop and batting fifth. Chris Davis returns to first base after sitting out last night’s 10-7 loss. Austin

The bullpen, Alberto at leadoff and Mountcastle at first base

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde can envision how he’d like to line up his bullpen, though some of the names could change. How he’d want an innings-eater or two in long relief, a couple of left-handers and sturdy bridges to closer Mychal Givens, who in an ideal setting would be saved for the last inning. The games and certain individuals won’t allow it to come to

Orioles mishandle late lead and lose 10-7 (with quotes)

The fundamentals that Orioles manager Brandon Hyde demands of his team, no matter how far away it sits from contention, disappeared tonight along with a late-inning lead. And the outcome was predictable. The Yankees scored four runs in the ninth while taking advantage of poor throws and a missed pop up and produced a 10-7 win over the Orioles before an announced crowd of 16,457

Notes on Lucas, Karns, Trumbo, Villar and more (O’s up 7-6)

The Orioles needed a fresh bullpen arm tonight to begin a four-game series against the Yankees and they brought Josh Lucas to the majors for the second time this season. His contract has been selected again from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s available to pitch in relief. Lucas has made only four appearances with the Tides since the Orioles designated him for assignment on April 22.

Orioles select Lucas’ contract (plus O’s lineup and notes)

The Orioles have replaced Yefry Ramirez with Josh Lucas in their latest attempt to find a fresh and productive bullpen arm. Lucas had his contract selected this afternoon from Triple-A Norfolk, with pitcher Nate Karns moving to the 60-day injured list to free up room on the 40-man roster. Lucas made three appearances with the Orioles before they designated him for assignment and outrighted him.

Orioles return home needing improved play and roster replacement

The Orioles concluded a road trip yesterday that didn’t cooperate in any fashion. The weather worked against them. The opponents worked against them. Pitching, hitting and defense broke down at various stages, leading to five losses in the six games and a 15-31 record heading into a four-game series against the Yankees that begins tonight at Camden Yards. The Yankees swept a doubleheader Wednesday that

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

The Orioles close out their four-game series today against the Indians, and their road trip, with Hanser Alberto at second base and Jonathan Villar playing shortstop. Renato Núñez is the designated hitter while Trey Mancini goes back to right field. Stevie Wilkerson continues to play center field and bat fifth. Austin Wynns is catching Yefry Ramirez. Indians right-hander Shane Bieber is 2-2 with a 3.81

Ramirez chosen to make today’s start

The Orioles flirted with the idea of switching to a six-man rotation earlier in the year and now they’re doing it - for one game. The doubleheader in New York forced manager Brandon Hyde to find another starter today in Cleveland instead of using someone on short rest and he’s chosen right-hander Yefry Ramirez. The alternative would have been an opener or recalling a starter

Orioles lineup vs. Indians (updated)

Joey Rickard is in right field today and Trey Mancini is the designated hitter as the Orioles try to build on last night’s 5-1 win over the Indians. Chris Davis continues to bat cleanup, with Stevie Wilkerson behind him. Richie Martin is the shortstop and Pedro Severino is catching. John Means is making his seventh start and 11th appearance. He’s 5-3 with a 2.33 ERA

Hays happy with health

Austin Hays indulged a reporter yesterday by taking inventory of his health. “I feel really good,” he said, having unfortunately grown accustomed to the initial line of questioning. “My legs feel good, my thumb feels good, my ankle still feels good, like it did during spring training. So my body’s healthy and I’m moving in the right direction.” This is the most important aspect of

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Richie Martin is playing shortstop tonight and Chris Davis is batting cleanup again as the Orioles continue their series in Cleveland. Austin Wynns is catching right-hander Dylan Bundy. Indians right-hander Jefry Rodriguez is 1-2 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.176 WHIP in four starts over 24 2/3 innings. He’s surrendered only two home runs. Rodriguez’s last three starts have been quality by definition and he

Bundy’s start tonight, Trumbo’s first game and more on the draft

Dylan Bundy was supposed to open the four-game series in Cleveland last night until two days of rain in New York necessitated an adjustment of the Orioles’ pitching plans. Dan Straily took the mound last night after missing the Yankees and allowed four runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings. Bundy goes tonight, knowing that the radar readings at Progressive Field will garner most

Orioles and Indians lineups

Chris Davis is batting in the cleanup spot again tonight as the Orioles start their four-game series in Cleveland. Jonathan Villar is playing shortstop, with Richie Martin again moving to the bench. Martin has been sitting frequently against right-handers and the Indians are starting four of them in the series. Pedro Severino is catching. Dan Straily gets another chance to reverse a tough start with

Orioles activate Bleier from injured list

The Orioles have made a significant adjustment to reliever Richard Bleier’s pitching schedule. He won’t report to Triple-A Norfolk as planned. He won’t stay in the minors. Bleier was removed from his injury rehab assignment at Single-A Frederick this afternoon and activated from the 10-day injured list, giving the bullpen a second left-hander along with Paul Fry as the Orioles begin a four-game series tonight

Wondering about Rogers, Castro’s improvement and more

NEW YORK - The Orioles had become roster move slackers after lots of early activity, but they’re trying to pick up the pace again. They optioned reliever Evan Phillips on Saturday, recalled him yesterday as the 26th man for the doubleheader, returned him to Triple-A Norfolk after Game 2 and were prepared to recall left-hander Josh Rogers. Rogers was on standby for a flight to

Orioles waste Cashner’s quality start in 3-1 Game 2 loss (updated)

NEW YORK - Following a game that featured four more home runs hit off Orioles pitching, Andrew Cashner seemed to find a solution in the nightcap by limiting the contact against him. Can’t drive the ball over the fence if you can’t touch it. Cashner struck out six of the first nine batters he faced. A four-seam fastball averaging 93.87 mph, according to brooksbaseball.net, was

Wrapping up 5-3 loss in Game 1 (O’s trailing 3-1 in Game 2)

NEW YORK - Catcher Austin Wynns didn’t intend to serve as a team spokesman this afternoon as he stepped outside of the visiting clubhouse and met the media. But he was asked about the 88 home runs surrendered by Orioles pitching in 41 games, putting them on pace to shatter the major league record. A question placed on a tee. Wynns expressed feelings that no

Orioles Game 2 lineup vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - Dwight Smith Jr. is the Orioles’ designated hitter for the nightcap of today’s doubleheader, with Joey Rickard moving from center field to left and Trey Mancini staying in right. Stevie Wilkerson is in center field. Jonathan Villar is the shortstop and Hanser Alberto is playing second base. Chris Davis is the cleanup hitter after batting seventh in the opening game. For the

Hess surrenders four home runs in 5-3 Game 1 loss

NEW YORK - David Hess had to wait two days to make his start against the Yankees. The sun came out, the field dried and he was able to pitch in ideal conditions. Little else seemed to go right for Hess. Mostly the weather. Hess surrendered a career-high four home runs while taking over the major league lead, and the Orioles lost the first game

The rotation, Phillips’ return and more (O’s down 5-3)

NEW YORK - The Orioles’ pitching plans have become clearer as the rain moves out of the Bronx. David Hess and Andrew Cashner are starting in today’s single-admission doubleheader. Dan Straily flew to Cleveland today and is starting Thursday night in the series opener against the Indians, followed by Dylan Bundy on Friday and left-hander John Means on Saturday. The starter for Sunday is TBD

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - The sky is blue and the Orioles are set up to play two games today at Yankee Stadium. Field conditions and the forecast are giving them the green light. Reliever Evan Phillips has joined the team as the 26th man for the doubleheader. I heard his name mentioned yesterday as the likely choice, but assumed that Josh Rogers was coming up after

Orioles hoping to finally catch a break from the weather

NEW YORK - Will the Orioles be able to play two games today? One has been impossible. The forecast shows partly cloudy skies but no rain, with temperatures inching toward the 70s. Which means hail. Watch for it. It can’t get much worse than Monday night. The Yankees called off yesterday’s game more than an hour before first pitch. They ripped off the Band-Aid. They

Orioles-Yankees postponed again tonight

NEW YORK - The Orioles and Yankees won’t play tonight, with the decision to postpone the game due to rain and an unfavorable forecast coming much earlier than last night. The teams will engage in a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 12 with the opener starting at 1:05 p.m. Game 2 begins at 7:05 p.m. This is the fifth postponement for the Orioles, who are scheduled

Updating Pop’s surgery and revisiting last night’s postponement

NEW YORK - The Orioles announced today that minor league pitcher Zach Pop underwent successful surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery after yesterday’s examination in Pensacola, Fla. Pop, 22, had appeared in eight games with Double-A Bowie and allowed only one run and seven hits in 10 2/3 innings. He walked four

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - The Orioles will try again tonight to make it through nine uninterrupted innings as they begin their series against the Yankees. Start on time and pray for drier weather. Renato Núñez is batting fourth as the designated hitter while stuck in slumps that stretch to 1-for-31 and 4-for-52. He hasn’t drawn a walk since April 23. Tonight brings a favorable matchup on

Yacabonis hoping to stay off the shuttle

NEW YORK - Jimmy Yacabonis didn’t return to Triple-A Norfolk with instructions to just keep doing whatever he’s been doing and get back to the majors at some point in the summer. It was more complicated. The Orioles needed Yacabonis to work on his mechanics. Fix his delivery to regain movement on his pitches and hope that a spot reopened for him in a bullpen

Pop to undergo surgery (game postponed, updated)

NEW YORK - Reliever Zach Pop, one of the Orioles’ highly rated pitching prospects who came to the organization last summer in the Manny Machado trade, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Tuesday morning, according to multiple industry sources. Pop had appeared in eight games with Double-A Bowie and allowed only one run and seven hits in 10 2/3 innings. He walked

Notes on Cobb, Davis, new power, Núñez and more

NEW YORK - Rain has been falling in the Bronx all day and should continue into the night, but the Orioles are hoping to avoid their fourth postponement, no matter how long it takes to play. The weather continues to challenge them. Temperatures that are plummeting and storms that keep the tarp on the field and force fans to run for cover. The month of

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - The Orioles begin a three-game series against the Yankees tonight with first baseman Chris Davis remaining in the cleanup spot. Davis has homered in two of his last three games. Yesterday’s home run was the first for Davis as the cleanup hitter since Sept. 26, 2017 in Pittsburgh. He’s hit four on Mother’s Day. Davis’ .952 OPS since April 13 leads the

Bundy “not one bit” concerned over arm and early removal

The pitcher who used to light up radar guns wouldn’t mind if they were set ablaze and never replaced. Put them on a raft in the bay and give it a shove. Dylan Bundy insisted again yesterday morning that his dip in velocity during Saturday’s start wasn’t due to an injury. Might have been based on mechanics or the weather. He’s trying to figure it

Orioles hit four home runs and avoid sweep in 5-1 win (updated)

Chris Davis found the cleanup spot again. Which happens when a former slugger appears to be regaining his stroke. Left-hander John Means is finding the rotation to be an ideal fit, his tendency to hold opponents to one run a most endearing trait. Davis led off the top of the second inning today by launching a 93 mph fastball from Angels starter Griffin Canning onto

Notes on Bundy, Bleier, Hays, Sisco and more (O’s lead 5-1)

A day after Orioles starter Dylan Bundy raised some concerns over his decline in velocity and poor command, the sense within the organization remains that he isn’t hurt. “I feel fine physically and that’s the most important thing,” Bundy said this morning. Manager Brandon Hyde checked again on Bundy this morning. “His velo was down a little bit all game long,” Hyde said. “What we

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

Chris Davis has risen to the cleanup spot for today’s series finale against the Angels. Dwight Smith Jr. is batting second and Trey Mancini is lowered to third. Hanser Alberto is playing second base and Jonathan Villar is moving back to shortstop with Richie Martin on the bench. Renato Núñez is the designated hitter after sitting out yesterday’s loss. Stevie Wilkerson continues to play center

Means ready for latest challenge

Orioles left-hander John Means continues his series of firsts in the majors today with his initial up-close looks at the Angels’ Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Means has pitched to Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. He’s faced Khris Davis. His first three games in 2019 were against the Yankees. He’s wandered into baseball’s mine fields. Trout and Pujols present another dangerous situation. But one that

Pujols homers and missed chances doom O’s in 7-2 loss (updated)

The curiosity over Dylan Bundy’s fastball velocity climbed another notch today as his readings declined at critical junctures. Bundy’s heater kept slipping below 90 mph as the temperature fell at Camden Yards and the latest storm moved into the area. He was burned twice by Albert Pujols because of it. Pujols targeted the seats in left field, providing leads for the Angels in the first

Núñez held out of lineup while slump continues (O’s down 6-2)

Figuring out what’s wrong with Renato Núñez isn’t the complicated part of his slump. It’s snapping him out of it. Núñez is missing from the Orioles lineup after another hitless night left him 1-for-27 since May 1. He’s 4-for-48 going back to April 24 and hasn’t drawn a walk in that period. Health isn’t the issue. Núñez could swing the bat while bothered by right

Hyde on Phillips: “He’s going to be back up here shortly”

Reliever Evan Phillips is the latest Oriole to be given a reset in the minors. The club optioned Phillips this morning and recalled reliever Jimmy Yacabonis in an exchange of right-handers. Phillips has allowed two earned runs in each of his last three appearances and also let two inherited runners score last night to leave him with a 7.11 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. Command

Orioles lineup vs. Angels (Yacabonis recalled)

Can Chris Davis lift his average above .199 for the first time since the end of the 2017 season? A hit in his first at-bat today will raise Davis’ average to .202. He’s currently at .193 and batting sixth. Davis is batting .309 (17-for-55) with three doubles, four home runs, 14 RBIs and eight runs scored in his last 19 games since April 13. Trey

Ynoa settling into solid bullpen role

It never fails. A reliever has success and is capable of gobbling up innings and a manager is asked whether a spot in the rotation could open up. Brandon Hyde is experiencing it with Gabriel Ynoa, who has allowed only one run and walked one batter with 11 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings. He’s tossed three scoreless innings in back-to-back appearances. “I think he would

Trout in rain too much for Orioles in 8-3 loss (with quotes)

Stevie Wilkerson kept trying. And all he had to show for his airborne attempts to catch a baseball were a few bruises. A diving try in left-center field that resulted in a run-scoring triple. A leap at the fence in front of the bullpen that netted only more frustration and influenced the outcome of the game. Mike Trout’s two-run shot off Dan Straily in the

The rotation, the catch, Núñez and the weather (O’s down 8-2, delay)

The Orioles begin a stretch tonight of playing 20 games in a row before the next off-day on May 30 that divides a homestand consisting of series against the Tigers and Giants. Manager Brandon Hyde hasn’t made any firm decisions regarding changes to his rotation to accommodate the heavier workload. Hyde had toyed with the idea of using six starters, but Alex Cobb is on

Orioles and Angels lineups

Jonathan Villar moves back to shortstop and Hanser Alberto gets the start at second base for tonight’s series opener against the Angels at Camden Yards. Rio Ruiz is batting cleanup. Stevie Wilkerson remains in center field and Pedro Severino is catching. Dan Straily will try to rebound from his last start against the Rays, when he allowed five runs and nine hits with three walks

Leftovers for breakfast

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is staying true to his word in his use of reliever Mychal Givens. It’s fine to label Givens as the closer based on his team-leading four saves and how he’s the first choice to pitch last. But he won’t be saved for the saves. Hyde trusts Givens to get the biggest outs anywhere after the sixth inning. Givens worked the eighth

Orioles caught controlling the running game

The moment easily could have gone unnoticed in a game featuring nine runs scored on homers through the fifth inning. J.D. Martinez strikes out swinging, Mookie Betts breaks for second base and catcher Austin Wynns pops out of his crouch and makes a perfect throw. Tag applied, runner out, another caught stealing for the Orioles. A similar moment last night drew more attention with the

Wrapping up a 2-1 loss in 12 innings

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde laughed tonight and took a sip from his cup before formulating his answer. Before he could revisit Jackie Bradley Jr.’s catch in front of the Orioles bullpen - over their bullpen - that denied Trey Mancini of a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning. “Let’s just start out that it was an incredible catch and you tip

Benintendi homers in 12th and Orioles lose to Red Sox

Andrew Cashner pounded a fist into his glove tonight and stormed off the mound after striking out Mitch Moreland on a changeup to close the first inning and strand a runner at third base. He threw another changeup with two outs in the third, Mookie Betts launched it into the left field seats to break a scoreless tie and the veteran right-hander took a few

Hyde on crafting lineup, pitch counts and walks (tied 1-1)

Before Orioles manager Brandon Hyde could begin jotting down names on tonight’s lineup card, he had to more closely study the matchups and video of the opposing pitcher. Hyde is sitting first baseman Chris Davis, who hits from the left side and is 2-for-22 with nine strikeouts lifetime against Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale. Jonathan Villar is leading off despite being 2-for-12 with nine strikeouts

Bleier updates his shoulder and rehab outing

Orioles left-hander Richard Bleier threw 14 pitches last night at Single-A Frederick, earned the win and didn’t experience any discomfort or weakness in his shoulder. He didn’t keep the ball, but it was an important game as Bleier started an injury rehab assignment that leads him Friday night to Double-A Bowie. “I feel pretty good,” he said. “Shoulder feels pretty good yesterday and today. Just

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was left with some interesting lineup decisions today based on the Red Sox starting left-hander Chris Sale in the series finale. Chris Davis is 2-for-22 with nine strikeouts lifetime against Sale, Joey Rickard is 2-for-16 and Jonathan Villar is 2-for-12 with nine strikeouts. Hyde kept Villar in the lineup and is leading him off as usual. Rickard is batting second and

Hyde: “I feel good about how our team is playing”

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde proved yesterday that he can play the comedic and straight-man roles in the same sound bite. Told that his club was 10-11 within its division, Hyde said, “Well, we didn’t play good against the Twins, right?” Laughter ensued, led by Hyde, who suddenly broke character and turned serious. “What’s so funny?” he asked. Hyde knew because he started it. The Orioles

Home runs hurt Orioles again in 8-5 loss (with quotes)

The Orioles were playing a dangerous game tonight with the Red Sox, going toe-to-toe and trading home runs while leading the majors in the number allowed by a wide margin. Pretty hard to win that battle. Mitch Moreland broke the third tie of the night with a three-run shot off reliever Branden Kline in the top of the fifth inning and the Red Sox outlasted

Hyde giving Givens plenty of innings (O’s down 8-5)

The fourth save of reliever Mychal Givens’ season last night required him to get the last four outs. It’s happened twice this month, with Givens striking out three batters in 1 1/3 innings in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader in Chicago. The extreme already had passed, with Givens facing nine batters and covering the last two innings of a 4-3 win over the White Sox

MRI on Karns’ elbow comes back clean

Orioles reliever Nate Karns is confident that he’s going to avoid surgery on his right elbow. Karns received a second opinion yesterday from Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., and an MRI showed no evidence of structural damage. He received an injection to alleviate the tightness in his forearm and will remain shut down. “Doing great, doing great,” Karns said this afternoon while standing at

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Joey Rickard is starting in left field tonight and Stevie Wilkerson is in center as the Orioles continue their series against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Dwight Smith Jr. is the designated hitter. Hanser Alberto was out of the lineup last night, but he’s playing second base tonight. Jonathan Villar moves to shortstop. Chris Davis is batting fifth. Austin Wynns is catching. Renato Núñez

Orioles roster remains in a calm state (with a few notes)

Almost a week has passed since the Orioles made a roster move, and it was done only because of a traditional doubleheader that allowed for a 26th player. Outfielder Anthony Santander joined the club Wednesday in Chicago, homered in Game 2 and returned to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles haven’t shaken up the roster for other reasons since they recalled reliever Yefry Ramirez from Norfolk on

Villar’s slam supports Means in Orioles’ 4-1 win (with quotes)

A fan interference call in the first inning tonight denied Orioles second baseman Jonathan Villar a leadoff double. He stood at second base, waited through a crew chief challenge and jogged back to the dugout. The solution in his next at-bat, of course, was to hit the ball where a paying customer couldn’t influence the outcome. Where he’d be able to circle the bases. Aim

Notes on rotation, Bleier and Mullins (O’s lead 4-1)

Yesterday’s postponement due to inclement weather, the third for the Orioles this season, has pushed back the starters while keeping them in order. Manager Brandon Hyde sees no reason to tamper with the rotation and leapfrog anyone. Left-hander John Means opens tonight’s series against the Red Sox instead of closing out the Rays series yesterday. David Hess and Andrew Cashner will start the next two

Bleier to start rehab assignment in Frederick

Orioles left-hander Richard Bleier is beginning an injury rehab assignment Tuesday night at Single-A Frederick, his recovery from shoulder tendinitis no longer keeping him down in Florida. Bleier said he’ll make a couple of appearances for the Keys and a couple with Double-A Bowie and later report to Triple-A Norfolk, estimating that he’ll need more than five appearances in the minors before the Orioles will

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Joey Rickard is out of the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox, but Richie Martin has returned to shortstop. Stevie Wilkerson is in center field. Pedro Severino is catching left-hander John Means. Hanser Alberto is on the bench tonight, with Rio Ruiz at third base and Jonathan Villar at second. Means made an April 14 start against the Red Sox at

Will Orioles be able to expand bench?

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde appreciates the value of having an extra pitcher in his bullpen. He also covets a fourth bench player. The math doesn’t work and Hyde knows it. No calculator required. A 26th man is permissible only for the second game of a traditional doubleheader scheduled the day after a postponement. Rosters won’t expand until September. What’s a manager to do? He concedes

Orioles and Rays postponed

Today’s game between the Orioles and Rays has been postponed due to inclement weather. The teams will play a split-admission doubleheader on July 13, with the first game starting at 1:05 p.m. The nightcap will begin at 7:05 p.m. This is the third postponement for the Orioles this season. They also were rained out April 19 against the Twins at Camden Yards, swept in a

Notes on Cobb, Karns, Severino and the weather (start delayed)

Orioles pitcher Alex Cobb is in Baltimore and has been inside the clubhouse the past two days. He played chess after last night’s game. As updates go, that’s about it. Except that the discomfort may not be restricted to Cobb’s back. Cobb remains on the injured list with a lumbar strain, the move retroactive to April 27, and his only baseball activity consists of some

Orioles and Rays lineups

Joey Rickard and Richie Martin return to the Orioles lineup for today’s series finale against the Rays. Jonathan Villar is playing second base and Hanser Alberto has moved to third. Rio Ruiz is on the bench. Stevie Wilkerson is 6-for-14 with four RBIs and three runs scored in his last four games, but he isn’t in today’s lineup. Dwight Smith Jr. is 12-for-29 (.413) in

Means hoping to expand his starts beginning today

The bouncing between bullpen and rotation has stopped for Orioles rookie John Means. He’s settling in as a starter, circumstances and performance conspiring to define his role. Alex Cobb is on the injured list for a third time. The Orioles determined in spring training that Nate Karns was more likely to hold up physically if pitching in relief, though he joined Cobb on the IL.

Orioles spin the shutouts with 3-0 win over Rays (updated)

The Orioles scored a run in the first inning tonight and the race was on to make it an official game before the storms hit. The forecast called for rain around first pitch, but there were only dry eyes in the house. Another run in the third inning and still nothing. Dwight Smith Jr. led off the fourth with a home run and the grounds

Notes on Karns, Carroll, Martin, Alberto and more (O’s lead 3-0)

Orioles reliever Nate Karns has returned to Baltimore and will receive a second opinion on his right forearm Monday after being removed from his injury rehab assignment. Karns hasn’t pitched since working one inning April 25 at Double-A Bowie, where he allowed two runs and two hits. He retired only one batter April 20 at Triple-A Norfolk, and surrendered three runs, but the Orioles are

Orioles and Rays lineups

Shortstop Richie Martin and center fielder Joey Rickard remain out of the Orioles lineup for tonight’s game against the Rays. Jonathan Villar continues to play short while Hanser Alberto starts at second base. Stevie Wilkerson will make his second professional start in center. Wilkerson is 8-for-24 against right-handers this season and 0-for-9 versus lefties. Austin Wynns is behind the plate tonight. Dwight Smith Jr., who’s

This, that and the other

Anthony Santander lasted only one game with the Orioles after serving as the 26th man in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader in Chicago. Hit a home run and hit the road. He won’t be forgotten by the Orioles. Santander was wise to unpack his bags after returning to Triple-A Norfolk, but manager Brandon Hyde expects to write the outfielder’s name on the lineup card again

Home woes continue for O’s in 7-0 loss (updated)

As if the Orioles needed any more reminders tonight that the baseball gods don’t usually treat rebuilding teams with a gentle touch, a check-swing roller in the first inning reached the grass in shallow right field and put them behind only two batters into the game. A soft hit, but another hard lesson. Tommy Pham stood on second base with arms spread and a huge

Updating Bleier, Hays, Rickard and the defense (O’s down 7-0)

Left-hander Richard Bleier is making significant progress down at extended spring training, with Orioles manager Brandon Hyde passing along an update before tonight’s series opener against the Rays. Bleier is on the injured list retroactive to April 10 with left shoulder tendinitis, but he’s been pitching in extended spring training games. “Bleier’s throwing the ball good,” Hyde said. “He’s had a few appearances and he’s

Orioles and Rays lineups

The Orioles are shaking up their lineup again tonight for the series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards, including Stevie Wilkerson playing center field while Joey Rickard heads to the bench. Rickard is batting .183/.269/.333 in 104 plate appearances and is 1-for-20 in his last six games. Trey Mancini is in right field, Hanser Alberto is at second base and Jonathan Villar slides over

Orioles dealing with decline in defense

The latest non-weather related off-day for the Orioles should allow for a return to normalcy after the weirdness of Wednesday’s doubleheader in Chicago. The recovery period might need an extension more than any young Oriole in the rebuild. A defense that’s been lauded this season committed five errors in the two games. It also was guilty of a few mental blunders that showed up only

Orioles left with one southpaw option in bullpen

CHICAGO - Paul Fry feels like the last left-handed reliever standing in the Orioles bullpen. Richard Bleier is rehabbing a shoulder injury in Sarasota. Tanner Scott is back with Triple-A Norfolk after his latest demotion. John Means is in the rotation and makes his next start Sunday against the Rays. Fry and Means are the only left-handers on a 13-man pitching staff. Josh Rogers made

Orioles settle for doubleheader split with 7-6 loss in Game 2

CHICAGO - One more out and the Orioles had their first doubleheader sweep since June 25, 2016. One more out and Gabriel Ynoa had his first major league win since Sept. 21, 2017. One pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning, and the Orioles had to settle for a split. Yonder Alonso lined a single into left field of Miguel

Extras from Game 1 and an early lead in Game 2 (O’s lose 7-6)

CHICAGO - The Orioles decided tonight in Game 2 that they weren’t going to spot the White Sox an early lead. Jonathan Villar drove in the final run of Game 1 with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly and scored the initial run in the nightcap after a leadoff single and stolen base in the first inning. Dwight Smith Jr., also starting both ends of the doubleheader,

Orioles overcome early defensive miscues in 5-4 win (updated)

CHICAGO - A defense that has brought relief to Orioles manager Brandon Hyde during stretches where home runs allowed and injuries tested his patience suffered a breakdown in Game 1 of today’s doubleheader. Careful where you lean. Three of the four runs surrendered by David Hess through three innings were unearned. The first four ground balls that he induced didn’t turn into outs, and not

Armstrong on getting a fresh start with Orioles (O’s lead 5-4)

CHICAGO - The revolving door attached to the Orioles bullpen pushed Tanner Scott back to Triple-A Norfolk and brought in right-hander Shawn Armstrong, who’s been added to the 25-man roster for today’s doubleheader. The Orioles claimed Armstrong off waivers from the Mariners Sunday afternoon and he joined the club yesterday. “It’s been a lot, but the Orioles made it super easy for me,” he said.

Hyde on Mancini and injuries, Santander on his return

CHICAGO - The Orioles decided to use an outfielder as the 26th man in today’s doubleheader, with Anthony Santander ticketed for a start in Game 2. Santander has joined the club from Durham, where Triple-A Norfolk is playing. “With the rainout yesterday, the off-day tomorrow, we feel good about our pitching situation,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “A little bit beat up from the position-player standpoint.

Orioles Game 1 lineup vs. White Sox (updated)

CHICAGO - Trey Mancini has returned to the Orioles’ lineup today for Game 1 of the doubleheader against the White Sox. Mancini is batting second and playing right field. Renato Núñez is the first baseman while Chris Davis goes to the bench. Hanser Alberto is playing third base. Stevie Wilkerson is in left field. David Hess faced the White Sox last week in Baltimore and

Orioles outfield a work in progress

CHICAGO - The depth that the Orioles possess in the outfield was trumpeted in spring training as if the club had its own horn section. How they sent down prospects Austin Hays, DJ Stewart and Yusniel Diaz in the name of development. How they didn’t need to keep veteran Eric Young Jr. as insurance. Opinions haven’t necessarily undergone makeovers, but it’s easy to forget as

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