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Means chosen as Orioles representative for All-Star Game

Rookie left-hander John Means didn’t expect to break camp with the Orioles. Didn’t expect to crack the rotation and become one of the most reliable pitchers on the staff. Didn’t think having to stop inside his manager’s office before today’s game was leading to good news. The surprises keep coming to Means, who learned today that he’s been chosen to the American League All-Star team.

Shutout shoe on other foot as Orioles lose 2-0 (Scott optioned)

The Orioles didn’t get greedy. The consecutive shutouts with 13 runs scored in both games, a major league first, had a shelf life. The streak wasn’t going to carry through an entire series. Carlos Santana’s run-scoring single with two outs in the third ended the Orioles’ scoreless streak at 21 innings. The task at hand was finding a way to overcome a small deficit, to

Monday’s starter, injury updates and other notes (O’s down 2-0)

The Orioles won’t announce their Monday starter against the Rays until later today. However, Tom Eshelman has been scratched from his start at Triple-A Norfolk and manager Brandon Hyde said his club won’t resort to a bullpen game. Sure sounds like Eshelman is the choice, but the Orioles haven’t made it official. “We’re still figuring some things out and nobody’s been told,” Hyde said. “The

Orioles and Indians lineups

Dwight Smith Jr. is the Orioles’ designated hitter this afternoon and Anthony Santander stays in the lineup in left field for the series finale against the Indians. Trey Mancini is in right field and Chris Davis is playing first base. Chance Sisco, who’s homered in back-to-back games, is catching and batting fourth. Stevie Wilkerson replaces Keon Broxton in center field. Jonathan Villar has scored 12

Sifting through more starter options

The series win and back-to-back victories are out of the way. The Orioles don’t have to be reminded of the huge gaps. Of the many teases and failed attempts. Let it go. The next goal is a three-game sweep, which would be the first since Aug. 27-29, 2018 against the Blue Jays. Probably not as long ago as many people would have expected. David Hess,

Orioles post back-to-back 13-0 victories to win series (updated)

The announcement was made shortly before the anthem. Andrew Cashner no longer would start for the Orioles. Reliever Shawn Armstrong had become the chosen one. Not a trade. Not an injury. Just a weather report that called for storms to pummel the area. Manager Brandon Hyde didn’t list “juggler” on his baseball resume, but he’s been doing it with his rotation. The Orioles nailed the

More on pitching plans and playing Sisco (O’s leading 13-0)

The Orioles are set with two of their starters for next week’s series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. However, they haven’t committed to anyone for Monday’s opener and are mulling a variety of possibilities. “Not ready to announce,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “We just have some gaps to fill and we’ll do that here shortly.” Asked whether the choice could come from the minors,

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Chance Sisco and Anthony Santander combined for nine RBIs last night and they’re back in the lineup this afternoon against the Indians. Sisco is catching and batting fifth and Santander is in right field, with Trey Mancini replacing Chris Davis at first base. Sisco is 7-for-16 with two home runs in four home games. Santander is 14-for-35 in nine home games. Hanser Alberto is 11-for-28

What’s next for Orioles rotation? (and other notes)

The return of Orioles rookie left-hander John Means makes life a lot easier for manager Brandon Hyde, who has four-fifths of his rotation in place. It’s far from perfect, but the situation doesn’t seem as dire. The off-days on Monday and Thursday allow Hyde to tweak the rotation if he chooses, but he hasn’t figured out what to do. Andrew Cashner gets the ball this

Orioles hit halfway point with 13-0 win, familiar record (updated)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde hasn’t memorized the standings. He isn’t loyal to them. They aren’t part of his daily reading. The Orioles are halfway through their schedule following tonight’s 13-0 romp over the Indians at Camden Yards that raised their record to 23-58. They had the same amount of wins and losses at this point in 2018. Hyde will take your word for it. “I’ll

Updates on Rogers, Stewart, Karns, Lucas and more (O’s up 9-0)

Orioles rookie pitcher Josh Rogers will receive the second opinion on his left elbow Tuesday morning in Arlington, Texas, while bracing for confirmation that he’ll need a second Tommy John surgery. Rogers also underwent the procedure as a high school senior in 2013. He had a bone spur removed from the elbow four years later. He’s no stranger to elbow surgeries. Not that it gets

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

Chance Sisco is behind the plate tonight and batting in the cleanup spot as the Orioles begin another home series. Anthony Santander is in right field and future All-Star Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. Jonathan Villar moves to shortstop and Stevie Wilkerson is the center fielder. John Means has been activated from the injured list and is starting tonight. The Indians are starting Mike

Hall and Rodriguez chosen for All-Star Futures Game

The top draft picks by the Orioles over the past two years will participate in the 2019 All-Star Futures Game, to be held July 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Single-A Frederick left-hander DL Hall and Single-A Delmarva right-hander Grayson Rodriguez have been chosen on the American League side. The format has changed for the annual event, with top prospects divided by leagues following the

Importance of returning Means to the rotation (and other notes)

The importance of a rookie left-hander on the Orioles roster keeps growing. To the point where his absence feels like it could lead to a total collapse. Not just a brick at a time. An implosion and a huge cloud of dust. John Means is coming off the injured list today, making him available to start against the Indians as the Orioles keep searching for

Orioles bullpen still unable to provide much relief

Each break in the Orioles’ schedule gives the bullpen a chance to settle down. The phone doesn’t ring. The revolving door doesn’t spin. It’s the calm before the next storm. Keeping track of the changes is becoming harder to do. Especially while I vacationed in Charleston, S.C., with limited access to the West Coast reports. (Want to test the strength of your relationship? Keep checking

Rogers likely to undergo elbow surgery

Orioles pitcher Josh Rogers is seeking a second opinion on his left elbow that’s expected to lead him to season-ending surgery. Rogers came out of yesterday’s game with soreness in the elbow and underwent tests today. The Orioles are classifying the injury as a strain of the ulnar collateral ligament. “I’m pretty concerned,” said Rogers, who will visit orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas.

Orioles lose 10-5 while trying to solve rotation riddle

No matter how Dylan Bundy fared this afternoon, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde could reach a certain level of comfort in knowing that he sent an actual starter to the mound. Hyde is plugging holes in the rotation as if it’s a kiddie pool. He’s resorted again to using openers, which really constitutes a bullpen game with the first reliever unable to provide length. There’s a

Elias on Henderson, international signings and more (O’s down 10-4)

The Orioles announced the signings of their top two draft picks over the past two days and they still have more work to get done. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said negotiations continue with the remaining unsigned players, who include LSU outfielder Zach Watson (third round), Stanford first baseman Andrew Daschback (11th) and University of Pittsburgh right-hander Dan Hammer (13th). Ten of

Updating Rogers’ injury and latest Orioles acquisition

Josh Rogers is undergoing tests today on his left elbow and the Orioles are braced for more bad news. Rogers complained of soreness following last night’s relief appearance and the Orioles placed him on the injured list, classifying the ailment as a sprain. They should receive the results later today or Thursday morning. “I’m not a doctor, ” said manager Brandon Hyde, “but I don’t

Rogers goes on injured list (plus Orioles lineup)

The Orioles have placed pitcher Josh Rogers on the 10-day injured list today with a left elbow sprain. They recalled left-hander Paul Fry from Triple-A Norfolk. Rogers replaced opener Jimmy Yacabonis last night and was charged with three runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings. Chris Davis returns to the lineup this afternoon. Pedro Severino is batting cleanup. Stevie Wilkerson is in center field.

Leftovers for breakfast

Adley Rutschman provided a nice distraction yesterday for the Orioles. He also supplied the humor. Asked if he had any nice purchases in mind after receiving a record $8.1 million signing bonus, Rutschman smiled and said, “I don’t really know. I’m pretty comfortable with my Honda Civic.” A question about his physical condition was handled in three words and with another grin: “I feel great.”

Orioles lose 8-3 but announce signing of Henderson (updated)

Jimmy Yacabonis walked the first batter he faced tonight and waited for the third. Yacabonis stayed off the rubber as the ovation built for Manny Machado, the former Orioles All-Star and Platinum Glove winner making his return to Camden Yards. He understands and appreciates a moment, but he also won’t surrender to it, getting a called third strike with a sweeping slider. Machado had the

Hyde on Machado, Rutschman and injured Orioles (O’s down 8-3)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde joked twice today about speeding up and concluding his pregame media session so everyone in the room could get the next guy. Manny Machado drew a crowd in his return to Camden Yards and his session lasted about 11 minutes longer. Hyde was more of an opener, but only for today. “I didn’t get to see him play much to be

Machado on his return and the relationships he built

While catcher Adley Rutschman continued his day at Camden Yards with rounds of batting practice, hitting balls over the flag court in right field, former Orioles infielder Manny Machado met with the media in the auxiliary clubhouse and tried to express his feelings at returning to the city for the first time since last summer’s trade. Machado wore a sleeveless T-shirt in Padres blue and

Recapping Rutschman presser and tonight’s lineups

Catcher Adley Rutschman, the first overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft who signed his contract with the Orioles yesterday, will receive a few more awards this week before beginning his professional career. The banquet circuit will be followed by a trip down to Sarasota, where Rutschman will report to the Gulf Coast League team. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said Rutschman

Orioles claim Scott off waivers and DFA Gilmartin

The Orioles have made another move this afternoon by claiming right-hander Tayler Scott off waivers from the Mariners and optioning him to Triple-A Norfolk. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster. Scott, the first pitcher from South Africa to play in the majors, is a 27-year-old rookie who served as the Mariners’ opener Thursday against the Orioles. He

Machado returns while Orioles are reeling

The Orioles have lost 11 of their last 12 games, 15 of 18 and 27 of 34. They went 1-6 on the road trip and were outscored 59-29. They’ve surrendered 10 runs or more in six games this month and the rotation is in turmoil with another bullpen collaboration in the works tonight, John Means on the injured list and Gabriel Ynoa allowing 13 runs

Orioles sign Rutschman and reportedly agree with Henderson

The confidence that Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias expressed in his ability to sign his top draft pick wasn’t unfounded or misplaced. The Orioles announced this evening that they signed Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, with an introductory press conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. MLB.com’s Jim Callis is reporting an agreement with Alabama prep shortstop Gunnar Henderson, the club’s second-round pick.

Cobb: “I am working hard to make the future the best that I can”

While the Orioles enjoy the first of two off-days this week, any break providing relief after losing 11 of the last 12 games and 15 of 18, pitcher Alex Cobb remains in Nashville, Tenn., while thrust into the early stages of a rehabilitation program following hip surgery. Cobb is staying close to orthopedic surgeon Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd, who repaired a tear in the labrum

Hyde and Cossins catch up on friendship

The failures that keep flowing to Orioles manager Brandon Hyde as if shot through an open hydrant are made more tolerable by having his best friend to share in the journey. Hyde is a first-time manager guiding the Orioles through the infancy stage of a massive rebuild. He appreciates the competitiveness one night, including yesterday’s 8-4 win in Seattle that ended a 10-game losing streak,

McCoy making major impression

The Orioles prospect talk doesn’t usually bring infielder Mason McCoy into the conversation. Pitching is the area that warrants the most attention, and fans are waiting for first baseman Ryan Mountcastle and outfielders Austin Hays and Yusniel Diaz to be thrust into the rebuild. Catcher Chance Sisco made it back and DJ Stewart got the call before landing on the injured list with a sprained

This, that and the other (and more)

Double-A Bowie outfielder Yusniel Diaz was chosen as the Eastern League’s Player of the Week on Monday and hasn’t appeared in a game since receiving the honor. Fans are curious about his disappearance. I’m here to clear up any confusion that I don’t create on my own. Diaz, 22, was placed on the temporary inactive list because he’s on paternity leave. He’s put baseball on

Orioles and Mariners lineups and notes

The Orioles arrive in Seattle with a season-high eight-game losing streak and Dylan Bundy attempting tonight to extend his streak of eight consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer. Bundy has surrendered only two earned runs (three total) and seven hits with 16 strikeouts in three career games against the Mariners covering 14 2/3 innings. Tonight marks his second start. Former Orioles infielder Tim

Straily designated for assignment and Means placed on IL

The Orioles have designated Dan Straily for assignment today while also losing the most effective pitcher on their staff. John Means is headed to the 10-day injured list with a strained left shoulder. The move is backdated to Monday and he’s eligible to return for the series against the Indians that begins June 28 at Camden Yards. A series of moves today also included outfielder

Orioles announce plans for Mussina to throw out first pitch

Mike Mussina is coming back to Baltimore before heading to Cooperstown, N.Y. The Orioles announced today that Mussina will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before their June 30 game against the Indians at Camden Yards. Mussina spent the first 10 seasons of his 18-year career with the Orioles after they selected him in the first round of the 1990 draft out of Stanford University.

What’s next for Orioles roster?

The Orioles are changing cities and their roster. Dwight Smith Jr. is expected to come off the concussion injured list after playing two games with Triple-A Norfolk and hitting a home run last night, though manager Brandon Hyde left open the possibility on MASN that it could happen Friday. The Orioles must decide whether to option Anthony Santander or Stevie Wilkerson, the latter capable of

Orioles lineup vs. Athletics

Jimmy Yacabonis makes his first start since Sept. 30 today as the Orioles try to avoid a sweep in Oakland and shake off last night’s embarrassing 16-2 loss that included a 10-run sixth inning. Yacabonis shut out the Astros on one hit over four innings in a 4-0 win to close out the 2018 season. He’s been returned to a relief role, coming out of

Orioles replacing Alvarez in GCL (and other notes)

With less than a week remaining until the start of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League season, the Orioles are in the process of naming a new pitching coach after removing Wilson Alvarez. I’ve heard that Wilson was let go Thursday after six seasons with the GCL team. Minor league pitching coordinator Chris Holt is in Sarasota as the temporary replacement for Alvarez until the new

Orioles and Athletics lineups

The Orioles will try to break a six-game losing streak tonight with Hanser Alberto serving as the designated hitter and Renato Núñez playing first base while the Athletics start left-hander Brett Anderson. Rio Ruiz is playing third base. Pedro Severino is catching. Alberto leads the majors with a .432 average against left-handers. Severino has posted a .340 average. Gabriel Ynoa has allowed three earned runs

Is Hess really changing roles?

One decision had been made on David Hess. He was going back down to Triple-A Norfolk as the latest poster child for the Orioles’ quest to reset. But what would Hess be doing after returning to the International League? The Orioles could have slotted him into the Tides’ rotation or continued with their plan to again make him a reliever, the path taken over the

Orioles lineup vs. Athletics

Chance Sisco is catching tonight and Pedro Severino will serve as the designated hitter. Andrew Cashner is working on eight days’ rest due to an off-day and blister on his right middle finger. Cashner faced the Athletics on April 8 in Baltimore and allowed three earned runs (four total) and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 12-4 win. Josh Phegley and Mark Canha

Orioles select Gilmartin’s contract and DFA Rickard

The Orioles have selected the contract of left-hander Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Norfolk this afternoon and placed him in their bullpen for tonight’s series opener against the Athletics in Oakland. With a full 40-man roster, the Orioles also designated outfielder Joey Rickard for assignment to create room for Gilmartin. In 17 games with Norfolk, Gilmartin registered a 2.48 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 36 1/3

Mancini stays 17th in All-Star voting

Trey Mancini has held firm in the 17th spot among American League outfielders after the latest round of voting for the All-Star Game. Mancini is the only Orioles player appearing among the leaders at any position. First baseman Chris Davis has disappeared after ranking 10th last week. As the Orioles begin a three-game series in Oakland tonight, Mancini is batting .310/.365/.571 with 18 doubles, two

Rogers leaned on Cashner long-distance

The friendship that developed between pitchers Andrew Cashner and Josh Rogers in spring training shifted a bit toward mentorship last week as the veteran decided to contact the rookie. A phone call that accomplished two purposes. Check on Rogers’ life outside of baseball and pass along some professional advice. Rogers was struggling and unable to gain a promotion until the Orioles had little choice. They

O’s fail to protect late lead and lose 8-6 in 10 innings (Hess optioned)

The final game of the homestand was turning into a day of atonement for the Orioles. An improved level of play had to satisfy their manager, who fumed after yesterday’s defeat. And then Brandon Hyde boiled over and got tossed on Father’s Day. Scolded by Hyde for their shoddy play the previous afternoon, mental and physical errors pushing him to the breaking point, the Orioles

Orioles could use opener in Oakland (tied 3-3, Hyde ejected)

The Orioles may decide to use an opener Wednesday afternoon in Oakland instead of giving the start to left-hander Josh Rogers. The spot behind Andrew Cashner and Gabriel Ynoa again is to be determined. Manager Brandon Hyde announced yesterday that Rogers would get the assignment, but he’s now considering alternatives. Rogers likely would follow the opener if he’s put back in the bullpen. “We let

Lucas provides update on injured shoulder

Reliever Josh Lucas sat at his locker this morning with an ice pack wrapped on his right shoulder. He’s on the 10-day injured list, but optimistic about his ability to return as soon as he’s eligible. An MRI confirmed a strain in the shoulder, but no structural damage. Lucas said he felt some tightness while warming up prior to the ninth inning of Thursday night’s

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

First baseman Chris Davis is in today’s lineup against Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson. The Orioles also will have Keon Broxton in center field, Anthony Santander in left and Pedro Severino behind the plate. A lineup heavy in right-handed hitters also includes Rule 5 shortstop Richie Martin and third baseman Hanser Alberto. Rookie left-hander John Means has faced the Red Sox twice this season and

More on Orioles rotation and Straily’s struggles

The sidebar on yesterday’s news about Josh Rogers’ insertion in the rotation is how Gabriel Ynoa is staying in it. It speaks of the building trust in Ynoa, who’s made four starts, and the limited alternatives as the Orioles seek ways to improve their depth in the high minors. They’ll keep a close eye on Tom Eshelman, who made his debut with Triple-A Norfolk last

Bundy unable to maintain roll in 7-2 loss (with quotes)

Dylan Bundy had his share of weird today and the game aged only two innings. He stumbled while warming up before his first pitch and held onto the ball, whether due to loose footing or the plate umpire moving toward catcher Pedro Severino. He stood helplessly, arms spread out, as outfielders Keon Broxton and Anthony Santander chatted in right-center and Andrew Benintendi tagged up and

Rogers provides relief before rotation return (O’s down 4-2)

A relief outing that stretches over 4 1/3 innings and requires 82 pitches has been known to punch a ticket back to the minors. Left-hander Josh Rogers wondered if he’d be packing his bags again, saving the bullpen last night leading to his removal from it. Rogers is, indeed, coming out of the Orioles bullpen, but only to join the rotation and make Wednesday night’s

Rogers returns to rotation while Hess moves to ‘pen

The Orioles are moving David Hess to the bullpen in the latest rotation makeover of the season. Left-hander Josh Rogers, recalled yesterday from Triple-A Norfolk, will start Wednesday night in Oakland. Hess is available in relief today and will remain in that role for an undermined length of time. Manager Brandon Hyde informed Hess yesterday of the switch and decided on Rogers as the replacement

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Hanser Alberto is back in the Orioles lineup and in the leadoff spot today after leaving last night’s game with an illness. Trey Mancini is playing first base, Anthony Santander is in right field and Stevie Wilkerson is in left. Chris Davis sits against Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale. Pedro Severino moves up to third in the order. He continues to rake against lefties. Keon

Orioles recall Jimmy Yacabonis

The shuttle has dropped off Jimmy Yacabonis at Camden Yards. Yacabonis is making his latest return to the Orioles, who recalled him this morning from Triple-A Norfolk. He replaces Luis Ortiz, who was optioned following last night’s 13-2 loss to the Red Sox. The bullpen is holding eight relievers, though Josh Rogers won’t be available for a while after throwing 82 pitches last night in

Hyde unable to give relievers defined roles

I’m not sure if there’s a media member alive covering baseball who doesn’t want the answer. We have to know specific bullpen roles. Who’s the closer, primary set-up man, lefty specialist, middle reliever and long man? The emergency catcher also is a common curiosity, but let’s stick to the bullpen for the sake of this morning’s discussion. (Manager Brandon Hyde hasn’t revealed the identity of

Orioles stay on wrong side of lopsided score in 13-2 loss (Ortiz optioned)

Luis Ortiz was given orders to attack. Don’t nibble or the Red Sox will devour you. Work quickly, throw strikes, stay aggressive. A high pitch count and short outing would be frowned upon on a club scrambling late last night to find a starter and freshen up the bullpen. Do anything to avoid it. Pitching coach Doug Brocail visited Ortiz by the third inning, which

Trumbo unsure of return after latest setback (O’s down 13-1)

Mark Trumbo is trying to stay optimistic that he’s going to play for the Orioles in 2019. That his major league career won’t end after September knee surgery. He might know more about his future in the next few weeks. Trumbo received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the right knee yesterday and has been shut down again after eight rehab games. He’s left Triple-A Norfolk

Orioles recall Rogers and put Lucas on IL

The Orioles needed more coverage for their bullpen tonight and recalled left-hander Josh Rogers from Triple-A Norfolk. Reliever Josh Lucas was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain. Lucas handled the last three innings last night and threw 63 pitches. A fresh arm was necessary following last night’s 12-3 loss to the Blue Jays. “Last night hurt us in a lot

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Chris Davis is starting at first base tonight and catcher Pedro Severino is batting cleanup as the Orioles open a three-game series against the Red Sox. Severino is slashing .348/.404/.717 against left-handers and the Red Sox are sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound. Renato Núñez moves up to third in the order. Anthony Santander is batting fifth and playing left field. Keon Broxton is in

Orioles recall Ortiz to make tonight’s start

The Orioles are giving tonight’s start to right-hander Luis Ortiz, who’s been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to face the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Camden Yards. Reliever Evan Phillips has been optioned to Norfolk in the corresponding roster move. Phillips, who was recalled Saturday, worked two-thirds of an inning last night and surrendered one run and three hits in a

Mancini: “I want to play here for a long time”

Trey Mancini understands both sides of the issue and he resides directly in the center of it. The Orioles should make a long-term commitment to their best player and build around him. Or they should consider any trade proposals because they’d be selling high and the return could aid a process that isn’t happening overnight. “They can take several courses of action,” Mancini said yesterday

Pitching falls apart for Orioles in 12-3 loss (updated)

The Orioles begin to feel better about their rotation and bullpen and inevitably are thrown a curve. They’re caught looking at another predicament. They won’t get Alex Cobb back in the mix because he’s set to undergo season-ending hip surgery this week. Andrew Cashner has been scratched from Friday night’s series opener against the Red Sox due to a blister on his right middle finger.

Trumbo gets injection (Cashner scratched, O’s down 12-3)

Mark Trumbo’s latest attempt to come back from knee surgery hit another snag. Trumbo reported soreness in the knee yesterday and received a platelet-rich plasma injection today in Baltimore. He left Triple-A Norfolk and has rejoined his teammates at Camden Yards. Coming off the 60-day injured list no longer is an option this weekend. The injury rehab assignment ends Sunday, but Trumbo will be shut

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Chris Davis is in the Orioles lineup tonight for only the second time in the last five games, again batting eighth while the club tries to win its first series since April 22-24. Stevie Wilkerson is in center field and Chance Sisco is catching and batting fourth, as he’s done in two other games. Sisco is batting .429 (9-for-21) in nine career games against the

Wondering about Santander’s staying power

If you’re willing to venture outside of the draft talk and who’s a trade chip or candidate for an extension, one of the more interesting storylines that’s developing with the Orioles involves their prospects and which ones are deemed ready for extended auditions with the club and which are viewed as needing more time in the minors. In the case of Anthony Santander, the Orioles

Hess can’t repeat success vs. Jays in 8-6 loss (with quotes)

David Hess tossed a nine-inning no-hitter against the Blue Jays. He just did it over two starts separated by two months. Hess attached 2 2/3 hitless innings tonight to 6 1/3 back on April 1 that sparked fan outrage over his removal, which was done based on pitch count and the early portion of the schedule. He served up Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s single with two

Hyde on Davis, bullpen, Cobb and more (O’s down 8-6)

The lineup for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays was posted later than usual, with Orioles manager Brandon Hyde sifting through various stats and reports on Derek Law. The Blue Jays switched from veteran Edwin Jackson to Law this afternoon and Hyde wanted to know whether changes were necessary. The lineup stayed the same. It still didn’t include first baseman Chris Davis. “We wanted to

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

David Hess finally gets another shot tonight at his favorite opponent. Hess no-hit the Blue Jay for 6 1/3 innings on April 1 for his only win of the season. He’s failed in his next 11 attempts, though he posted only his second quality start in his last outing. Hess has made four career starts against the Blue Jays and allowed only two runs and

Orioles could be ready to expand bench

The improvements in the Orioles rotation during the last road trip and John Means’ ability to gut out five innings last night after a laborious first could open some doors for manager Brandon Hyde. Maybe shuffle the hand that he’s been dealt. Hyde finds it much easier to rest certain relievers with fewer innings to cover. A burden finally is lifted from the bullpen, for

Means grinds through five innings in 4-2 win (updated)

Extending the Orioles’ streak of quality starts to six tonight became a tall order for left-hander John Means after a 33-pitch top of the first inning. Making it through the fifth was now an issue. Means managed to complete five innings while continuing to impress in his rookie campaign and the Orioles claimed their fourth series opener in the last five opportunities with a 4-2

Cobb to undergo season-ending hip surgery (O’s lead 4-2)

Orioles pitcher Alex Cobb will undergo surgery on his right hip later this week in Nashville that’s going to close out his 2019 season after only three starts. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias provided a rare update on Cobb this afternoon in the home dugout during batting practice. Cobb has been attempting to rehab his lower back and hip in Sarasota. The

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup tonight after sitting out the last two games in Houston. He’s batting eighth again. The Blue Jays are starting right-handers in all three games of the series, so Davis could stay in the lineup. Richie Martin and Keon Broxton are on the bench. Jonathan Villar is playing shortstop with Hanser Alberto at second base and Stevie Wilkerson is

Tackling topics before tonight’s game

Rather than take a deep dive into my “mailbag,” and I realize that I’m getting loose with the language when I refer to it as such, I’ve chosen to tackle a few prevalent questions. No real heavy lifting this morning. Why are the Orioles wasting their international signing bonus slots instead of using them on the top foreign-born players? Executive vice president and general manager

Mancini 17th among AL outfielders in All-Star Game voting

Major League Baseball released the first update on All-Star Game balloting in the American League and only two Orioles register in the top 10. Trey Mancini is 17th among outfielders and Chris Davis is 10th among first basemen. Mancini has received 100,457 votes to put him at a significant distance from leader Mike Trout, who paces all AL players with 951,002. George Springer is second

Orioles acquire Eshelman from Phillies

The Orioles need rotation help at the Triple-A level. Their options have been limited due to the ineffectiveness of starters who otherwise would have been under consideration for promotions. A move was made this morning to address the issue. The club announced that it’s acquired right-hander Tom Eshelman from the Phillies in exchange for international signing bonus slots. He’s been assigned to the Norfolk Tides.

Notes on Cobb, Núñez, Alberto, Castro and Martin

A few thoughts on the Orioles after they completed a 2-4 road trip, playing four consecutive one-run games, and reach another off-day today prior to division battles with the Blue Jays and Red Sox at Camden Yards: The information on starter Alex Cobb is scarce, to say the least. No one is talking much about him, the assumption being that there’s nothing new to pass

Orioles shut out for fifth time in 4-0 loss (updated)

HOUSTON - One question had been answered today before the Orioles took the field. They wouldn’t use 162 different lineups. But could they win a series for the first time since April 22-24? Could they win back-to-back games for the first time since May 4-6? Not if they can’t score. Wade Miley carried a shutout into the seventh inning, the Orioles came up empty after

Hyde on lineups, Davis, Broxton, Hays, Trumbo and more (down 3-0)

HOUSTON - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde didn’t know that he’d used a different lineup through the first 64 games until told about it last week. It wasn’t done intentionally. It wasn’t devised as some sort of a plan. Hyde has been basing his decisions on personnel and how the club is approaching the 2019 season. Nothing more to it. But today marks the first repeat,

Orioles going with duplicate lineup for first time

HOUSTON - The Orioles will try again today to win their first series since April 22-24, going 0-11-1 leading into today’s finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. They’re repeating a lineup for the first time this season, sticking with the group that produced a 4-1 win yesterday afternoon. Hanser Alberto is leading off, Jonathan Villar is batting fifth and Anthony Santander is batting

Hays may be hovering over Orioles outfield

HOUSTON - While the Orioles continued to audition Anthony Santander in right field yesterday with DJ Stewart on the injured list, one of their top prospects joined the highest affiliate for the first time in his professional career. Austin Hays started in center field last night with Triple-A Norfolk and went 2-for-5 with a double. Release the streamers and confetti. The rehab portion of Hays’

Home runs and a web gem highlight 4-1 win (updated)

HOUSTON - Astros left fielder Derek Fisher didn’t flinch. Didn’t move a muscle. Renato Núñez launched a ball over his head today in the sixth inning and he had no interest in watching its flight or checking where it landed. He knew only that he couldn’t touch it and a scoreless tie was history. Anthony Santander raced to the fence in right-center field in the

More on Phillips’ latest promotion and Kline’s exit (O’s lead 2-1)

HOUSTON - Sending down reliever Branden Kline last night had less to do with performance than the need to have someone available out of the bullpen. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is sifting through his options today after using Shawn Armstrong, Richard Bleier and Mychal Givens last night. Kline surrendered the walk-off double to Robinson Chirinos, threw 23 pitches in two-thirds of an inning and headed

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

HOUSTON - Trey Mancini is playing first base this afternoon and Chris Davis heads to the bench, as the Orioles continue their series against the Astros. A right-handed lineup includes switch-hitters Anthony Santander in right field and Stevie Wilkerson in left, Hanser Alberto at third base, Pedro Severino behind the plate and Renato Núñez as the designated hitter. Severino and Jonathan Villar return to the

Orioles recall Evan Phillips

HOUSTON - The latest bullpen move for the Orioles has returned Evan Phillips to the majors. Phillips has been recalled again this morning after the Orioles optioned Branden Kline following last night’s 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Astros. He’s a fresh arm with his last appearance coming Wednesday. Phillips’ next appearance with the Orioles will be his 13th. He’s allowed 10 runs and 14 hits

Health review and pending roster move

HOUSTON - The Orioles lost another game last night on a walk-off, this time with catcher Chance Sisco holding up the ball and sprawled in front of the plate and the Astros’ Yuli Gurriel somehow able to touch it while disappearing from sight. The latest defeat for the Orioles, their 44th in 63 games, didn’t come at the usual price on this trip. No one

Orioles lose again in walk-off fashion (Kline optioned, quotes)

HOUSTON - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde keeps challenging his younger and less experienced players to seize an opportunity. Run with it. Do what’s necessary to become established at the major league level. Anthony Santander has played only two games for the club this season. He homered last month in the second game of a doubleheader in Chicago and doubled and scored in the first inning

Elias on Rutschman, rebuilds and reunions (tied 3-3)

HOUSTON - Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias anticipates that the club can begin announcing draft-pick signings next week, and he remains convinced that the process with catcher Adley Rutschman, the first-overall selection out of Oregon State University, will be a smooth one. The July 12 deadline shouldn’t trip up the Orioles. “We’ve got a big effort on our hands now getting

Santander on his latest opportunity with the Orioles

HOUSTON - Dwight Smith Jr. has joined the Orioles in Houston, allowing the medical staff to check on him again before he dressed and headed out of Minute Maid Park this afternoon. Smith isn’t available to the media because he’s under concussion protocol. In his place is outfielder Anthony Santander, who’s starting tonight in right field after the Orioles recalled him from Triple-A Norfolk. “I

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

HOUSTON - Anthony Santander is back with the Orioles and playing right field tonight for the series opener at Minute Maid Park. Santander is batting second and catcher Chance Sisco is hitting cleanup. Trey Mancini remains the designated hitter and Chris Davis returns to first base. Mancini is 38-for-108 (.352) in 28 road games. Six of his 13 home runs have come in the first

Orioles recall Anthony Santander

HOUSTON - Needing an outfielder today to replace Dwight Smith Jr., the Orioles have recalled Anthony Santander from Triple-A Norfolk as they begin a three-game series against the Astros. Smith has been placed on the seven-day concussion injured list after crashing into the left field fence last night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. He didn’t fly with the team following a 4-3 loss

What it means for Means to be considered for All-Star Game

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles are urging fans to cast votes for Trey Mancini and get him into next month’s All-Star Game in Cleveland. Ideas on how to promote him are percolating and he’s the logical team representative based on his impressive first-half statistics and the limited alternatives on a team that began last night tied with the Royals for the worst record in baseball.

Smith latest injured Orioles player in 4-3 loss (updated)

ARLINGTON, Texas - The 62nd game of the season produced the 62nd different lineup posted by Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. Hyde isn’t trying to earn points for creativity. He’s searching for a winning combination. He’s playing matchups. And he’s making concessions again tonight for a rash of injuries. A three-man bench hasn’t limited the ways that Hyde maneuvers personnel. Nor has one healthy reserve. Chris

Orioles lineup reflects injuries and IL move (O’s down 4-3)

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles made their roster move official this evening by placing outfielder DJ Stewart on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right ankle and recalling super-utility player Stevie Wilkerson from Triple-A Norfolk. Wilkerson is in the lineup in center field and Keon Broxton is the only healthy reserve. The Orioles optioned Wilkerson after Sunday afternoon’s game. He’s on the 40-man roster

Stewart headed to injured list

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles are placing outfielder DJ Stewart on the 10-day injured list pending doctor approval, which is expected to come shortly. Stevie Wilkerson reported to Globe Life Park as the corresponding roster move. He’s allowed to return prior to the minimum 10-day requirement because he’s replacing an injured player. Stewart sprained his right ankle last night while chasing a fly ball in

About last night ...

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles apparently will try to perform a neat trick and play tonight’s game without a healthy reserve. The three-man bench was emptied last night after catcher Pedro Severino left the game with a bruised head and no concussion symptoms, second baseman Jonathan Villar with a sore right thumb and outfielder DJ Stewart with a sore right ankle after rolling it while

Orioles lose three players in 2-1 12-inning loss (updated)

ARLINGTON, Texas - One night after taking a four-run lead in the first inning, the Orioles got stuck in reverse. They stranded two runners in the top of the first, fell behind and lost catcher Pedro Severino to a foul ball off the mask. The catcher who hit three home runs last night. Second baseman Jonathan Villar exited in the fifth inning with soreness in

Cashner pushed back to Saturday (and other notes, tied 1-1)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is making an adjustment to his rotation that allows extra rest for veteran right-hander Andrew Cashner. Cashner was supposed to start Thursday night to close out the series against the Rangers, but he’s pushed back to Saturday afternoon in Houston. David Hess starts Thursday and Gabriel Ynoa takes the mound Friday night to open the series against the

Givens on last night’s save and the pitch that eluded Severino

ARLINGTON, Texas - Mychal Givens got the save last night and took the blame. Givens said he was responsible for the pitch that scooted past catcher Pedro Severino as Elvis Andrus struck out with the tying run at second base. Severino raced to the backstop and threw out Andrus at first to preserve a 12-11 victory over the Rangers in the series opener at Globe

Orioles and Rangers lineups

ARLINGTON, Texas - Renato Núñez stays in the Orioles lineup tonight against the Rangers after manager Brandon Hyde removed him for a pinch-hitter last night in the sixth inning. Hyde said Núñez has a sore leg and the intent was keeping him available as the designated hitter. Núñez is batting third, as he did last night. Chris Davis is on the bench after going 0-for-5

Hyde must figure out how to back up center field

ARLINGTON, Texas - If a player doesn’t show up on the Orioles roster with a diverse background in defense, the club is going to make it happen through trials and extreme patience. The organization is weighed down by corner outfielders, first basemen and designated hitters. And Mark Trumbo is getting closer to being reinstated from the 60-day injured list, his rehab assignment taking him to

Severino’s three homers and Smith’s six RBIs key 12-11 win (updated)

ARLINGTON, Tx. - It started with a bunt single. An innocent infield hit. Nothing to suggest that muscles would flex and a four-run lead would accompany Dylan Bundy to the mound in the bottom of the first inning. That the Orioles would match their season high in runs and the teams would combine for 23. The Orioles worked Rangers left-hander Drew Smyly for 40 pitches

Hyde on the catchers, Davis, Stewart and more (O’s lead 11-5)

ARLINGTON, Tx. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde stopped short today of saying that he’d go with a strict platoon at catcher. However, his roster is set up where Pedro Severino can start against left-handers and Chance Sisco can play versus right-handers. Severino is in the lineup tonight with the Rangers starting southpaw Drew Smyly. He’s slashing .351/.405/.649 when the opponent sends a lefty to the

Sisco talks about his return to the Orioles (plus draft update)

ARLINGTON, Tx. - Catcher Chance Sisco is listed among the reserves tonight on a three-man bench that’s more comfortable to him than a seat on the Triple-A shuttle. Sisco is back in the majors after the Orioles recalled him yesterday from Norfolk. He was batting .289/.383/.530 with 10 doubles, 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 44 games. The 10 home runs already are a

Orioles and Rangers lineups (and draft update)

ARLINGTON, Tx. - The Orioles reinstated first baseman Chris Davis from the injured list this afternoon to complete their 25-man roster. He’s batting seventh tonight to start a three-game series against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Renato Núñez moves up to third, followed by Dwight Smith Jr. Dylan Bundy was 0-4 with a 6.67 ERA and 1.518 WHIP in six March/April starts over 28

Davis expected to complete latest roster moves

The First-Year Player Draft resumes today with the Orioles launching the third-round selections at 1 p.m. It will continue through the 10th round and move much faster than last night’s proceedings because there’s no television coverage. Teams won’t be on the clock. They’ll just take their respective turns as the baseball gods intended. The Orioles will try to improve their pitching depth in the system.

Orioles select Rutschman with first draft pick (updated)

The mocks didn’t miss the mark. The Orioles were projected by numerous outlets to use the first-overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft tonight on Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman and that’s exactly what they did, with the announcement coming on MLB Network. A round loaded with high-ceiling position players began with the Orioles selecting a catcher for the first time since Matt Wieters went

Orioles recall Sisco from Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles made the anticipated roster move this afternoon, leaving one more to go before opening their series Tuesday night against the Rangers. Catcher Chance Sisco has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk as the replacement for Austin Wynns, who was optioned after Sunday’s 8-1 loss to the Giants. The Orioles didn’t wait any longer to make it official. Sisco was batting .289/.383/.530 with 10 doubles,

Delving a little deeper into the draft

The day has arrived for the Orioles to unveil the first overall pick in the amateur draft. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias wore his poker face on Friday while sitting in the dugout and taking questions from the media. He didn’t suggest that the Orioles would select Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman. He didn’t lead anyone to believe that they no longer

Orioles option Wilkerson and Wynns after 8-1 loss

The Orioles made two roster moves following today’s game, optioning infielder Stevie Wilkerson and catcher Austin Wynns to Triple-A Norfolk. The corresponding moves are coming prior to Tuesday night’s series opener against the Rangers. Chance Sisco is the obvious replacement for Wynns and the Orioles could activate Chris Davis from the 10-day injured list. Wilkerson went 0-for-4 today with two strikeouts and committed a costly

Orioles fail again to earn series win with 8-1 loss

An Orioles rotation that’s already run nine starters through it is seemingly in a holding pattern. Gabriel Ynoa took his second turn this afternoon, retired nine of the first 11 batters and was hurt by the latest home run surrendered by the staff and some fundamental breakdowns in an 8-1 loss to the Giants before an announced crowd of 16,991 at Camden Yards. An offense

Notes on Davis, Trumbo, Núñez and more (O’s down 8-1)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde flew into Baltimore this morning after attending his daughter’s high school graduation yesterday in Illinois. It was a rare missed game for Hyde, but a trip that he certainly didn’t regret. “Definitely strange, yeah, but really appreciated the organization allowing me to go,” he said. “It’s a pretty special day watching Aria graduate and being with the family for about 24

Orioles lineup vs. Giants

Renato Núñez stays in the Orioles lineup today as they try to secure their first series win since April 22-24. Núñez, serving again as the designated hitter and cleanup hitter, has homered in seven of the last 10 games and eight of 12. His eight home runs and 16 RBIs since May 20 are the most in the American League. Stevie Wilkerson is playing second

Karns ready to start pitching again in Sarasota

Brandon Hyde is back in the manager’s office this morning, marked absent for only one day. He didn’t need to bring a note from home. He had a valid excuse. The responsibility of knowing when to remove a starter and which relievers can be trusted to get the last outs falls again in his lap. The lack of a more veteran presence in the bullpen

Hess unable to build on last start in 8-2 loss (updated)

The plan to duplicate the first five innings of his last start unraveled today for David Hess after back-to-back walks in the opening frame. Seldom is there a positive outcome. Free passes aren’t really free. Brandon Belt singled with two outs to score both runners, Buster Posey homered in the third and the Orioles never led in an 8-2 loss to the Giants before an

Cossins on managing: “I’d be lying if I said it’s not exciting” (down 8-2)

Tim Cossins left the manager’s office this afternoon, walked into the auxiliary clubhouse for the pregame media session and joked about changing the desk. He’s only in charge for one day, the Orioles’ field coordinator and catching instructor replacing Brandon Hyde for today’s game against the Giants. Hyde is in Illinois for his daughter’s high school graduation and he flies back into Baltimore later. “Obviously

Orioles lineup vs. Giants

The Orioles will try today to secure their first series win since April 22-24 against the White Sox. They haven’t won back-to-back games since May 4-6, with a postponement wedged in between. Stevie Wilkerson is in center field today and Keon Broxton gets a breather. Jonathan Villar is playing shortstop and Hanser Alberto is starting at second base. Dwight Smith Jr. moves up to third

Givens’ effective outing, Wynns’ early work, Hess’ start and more

The high-leverage situations continue to find Orioles reliever Mychal Givens. Just not in the ninth inning. Maybe they should be considered lower high-leverage. Givens stepped on the mound last night with a runner on base in the seventh, one out and Evan Longoria representing the tying run. Longoria struck out on a changeup. Brandon Crawford struck out on a 96 mph fastball. An entire ballpark

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