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Update on Orioles series against Rays at Tropicana Field

The Orioles still intend to play three games against the Rays next week, but they’ll be packed into two days. An adjustment has been made in the schedule due to threatening weather conditions caused by Hurricane Dorian. The Tampa Bay Times reported that the Orioles and Rays will play a doubleheader on Tuesday and remove Wednesday’s game. The series opens Monday afternoon as planned. An

Orioles and Royals lineups

Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup tonight in Kansas City and is batting sixth for the 12th time this season. Trey Mancini is in right field and Anthony Santander is the designated hitter. DJ Stewart is in left field and batting cleanup. Hanser Alberto, playing second base tonight, is leading the majors with a .417 average against left-handers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau,

Ortiz, Carroll, Bundy and Dorian

The list of Orioles who are going to join the expanded September roster is bound to include some pitchers who have spent the summer on the shuttle. Extra arms are coveted over the final month. We can speculate about guys like David Hess, Evan Phillips, Branden Kline, Chandler Shepherd, Tom Eshelman, Tanner Scott and Tayler Scott. We’ll wonder about Keegan Akin. We’ll assume that it’s

Orioles and Royals lineups

Hanser Alberto is leading off tonight for the Orioles, bringing a .407 average against left-handers to Kansas City that leads the majors. The 72 hits off left-handed pitching this season are tied with Rafael Palmeiro in 1996 for second-most in Orioles history. Palmeiro holds the club record with 73 hits in 1998. The last player to exceed 80 hits off southpaws was the Mariners’ Ichiro

Means starting tonight in Kansas City

John Means has been reinstated from the family medical emergency list and is starting tonight in Kansas City, where he attended games as a kid. The native of Olathe, Kan., left the team Sunday after holding the Rays to one run over seven innings the previous night. The Orioles kept the matter private out of respect for Means and his family. Reliever Tayler Scott was

Thoughts on Núñez, series at The Trop and Bleier/Flores

Leaving D.C. behind has allowed the Orioles to get back to a normal lineup. They can use a designated hitter again in Kansas City, which more easily puts Renato Núñez into play. Núñez started at first base Tuesday night against Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin, sending Chris Davis to the bench, and the arrangement could be repeated tonight with the Royals sending lefty Eric Skogland to

Scott optioned to Norfolk (updated)

Less than 24 hours after registering his first scoreless appearance with the Orioles, right-hander Tayler Scott has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. The move likely has been made in order to reinstate left-hander John Means from the family medical emergency list and allow him to start Friday night’s series opener in Kansas City. Manager Brandon Hyde indicated yesterday that Means could start one of the

Long on Villar: “He’s really under control”

Jonathan Villar’s daring on the basepaths, an aggressive approach that allows him to collect stolen bases and criticisms for running into ill-timed outs, isn’t the same mindset that he’s bringing into the batter’s box. Not since the All-Star break. Not since the calendar turned to August. There’s an element of restraint that’s working for him. Villar began last night slashing .308/.381/.547 in 43 games in

First inning dooms Orioles in 8-4 loss to Nationals (updated)

WASHINGTON - Asher Wojciechowski struck out the first and last batter he faced tonight in the first inning. The stuff in between eventually would decide the outcome. All of it bad for the Orioles. The Nationals hit for the cycle in the span of four batters, scored five runs and made the Orioles settle for another split of a two-game series with an 8-4 victory

Hyde updates Means (and other notes, O’s down 8-4)

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he’s expecting left-hander John Means to start Friday or Saturday night in Kansas City. Means left the team Sunday and was placed on the family medical emergency list. He’s been gone for the required minimum of three days. “We’re hoping first or second day in Kansas City,” Hyde said. “Still got a couple things to figure out, but

Five Orioles confirmed for Arizona Fall League

WASHINGTON - The Orioles have five confirmed representatives playing in the Arizona Fall League, with room for more additions. The Surprise Saguaros roster includes pitchers Dean Kremer, Alex Wells and David Lebron and infielders Rylan Bannon and Mason McCoy. Single-A Delmarva manager Kyle Moore is serving as one of the coaches. The Orioles also have spots reserved for one more pitcher and an outfielder. It’s

Orioles and Nationals lineups

WASHINGTON - The Orioles are coming off their fifth shutout of the season and trying to piece together their first four-game winning streak since March 30-April 2. Jonathan Villar is leading off and playing shortstop and Rio Ruiz is playing third base. Hanser Alberto is on the bench. Anthony Santander is in center field, DJ Stewart is in left and Trey Mancini is in right.

Thoughts on Mountcastle and Diaz

The month of August is down to three days after today and it used to serve as a countdown to the final trade deadline. The one where players first had to pass through waivers before changing teams. And the media kept posting names that surfaced on the waiver wire as if it meant something. Pretty much every player was put on waivers to give teams

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals (Mountcastle honored)

Hanser Alberto has been cleared to play tonight and is starting at third base in D.C. Alberto left Sunday’s game with a head contusion and cervical neck strain. Renato Núñez was removed from the same game with discomfort behind his left knee. In the hamstring “area.” But he’s starting at first base tonight. The off-day worked wonders. Anthony Santander is left field and Stevie Wilkerson

Orioles will try to avoid hard fall on trip to D.C.

Now that the Orioles have completed their first winning homestand of the season, going 4-3 against the Royals and Rays, they’re rewarded with a trip to D.C. to play a red-hot team with two aces showing. The Nationals have won five in a row, coming off a sweep of the Cubs, but that doesn’t put a dent in their story. They’ve gone 54-26 since hitting

Alberto gaining appeal on trade market

Hanser Alberto as a trade chip seemed like an outrageous concept prior to the 2019 season. Hanser Alberto as a guy who avoided the waiver wire seemed like an outrageous concept. The Orioles are full of surprises this season. Residency at the bottom of the division and being within reach of the first overall pick in next year’s First-Year Player Draft aren’t among them. It’s

Villar joins 20/20 club and Alberto is injured in 8-3 win (updated)

Jonathan Villar walked up the first base line in the fourth inning and chucked his bat as if disgusted by what he had done with it. The truth sat on the opposite side. Guys who join the 20/20 club have no complaints. Villar hit his 20th home run to go with his 28 steals, becoming the sixth Orioles player to achieve the milestone in an

Hyde on Means’ departure from the Orioles (O’s lead 8-3)

The Orioles aren’t releasing much information regarding pitcher John Means, who left the team and has been placed on the family medical emergency list. Means started last night and worked seven innings in a 7-1 victory over the Rays, easily his finest outing since the All-Star break. Because of the delicate nature of the situation, the Orioles are allowing Means to address it upon his

Means removed from active roster (plus Orioles lineup)

The Orioles made an unexpected roster move this morning, placing left-hander John Means on the family medical emergency list and recalling right-hander Tayler Scott from Triple-A Norfolk. Means started last night and held the Rays to one run in seven innings. A player must remain inactive for a minimum of three days and no more than seven. No details have been provided. The Orioles have

Mancini sits, Villar swings and steals, Severino sets target

The Orioles are wrapping up their series against the Rays today, and trying to win it, with Trey Mancini returning to the lineup. Could be first base, right field or as the designated hitter. But he’s going to play. Manager Brandon Hyde has been wanting to sit Mancini, but he needed to find the right moment. Mancini is such an integral part of the lineup

Severino slam and sensational Means start highlight win (updated)

Hanser Alberto wanted to hit 10 home runs this season. Told the media that he set the total as a goal. Jonathan Villar is trying to become the sixth Orioles player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season. He’s made no secret of his desire to do it. Pedro Severino just wanted a second chance tonight with the bases

Hearing from Hyde, Armstrong and Eades (O’s lead 7-1)

The news has slowed down at Camden Yards as the Orioles perform fielding drills, take batting practice and throw in the outfield. Players are allowed to wear shorts and T-shirts. Hey, it’s their weekend. Trey Mancini is getting a day off. There’s nothing wrong with him physically. “He needs a breather,” said manager Brandon Hyde. Reliever Shawn Armstrong said his right forearm feels better after

Orioles and Rays lineups

Trey Mancini is getting a rest tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the Rays. Chris Davis is playing first base and DJ Stewart is in right field. Jace Peterson is in left field. Jonathan Villar is batting second and playing shortstop. Rio Ruiz is playing third base. Left-hander John Means has made three appearances (two starts) against the Rays and allowed eight earned

Orioles recall Eades

The Orioles have recalled right-hander Ryan Eades from Triple-A Norfolk this afternoon as the latest pitcher to enter their bullpen. Eades replaces left-hander Ty Blach, who was optioned to Norfolk following last night’s 7-1 loss to the Rays. Blach worked four innings and the Orioles don’t have a pressing need for a fifth starter with two off-days next week. Eades could become the 55th player

Leftovers for breakfast

Hunter Harvey didn’t warm in the bullpen last night, the Orioles falling behind by seven runs in the second inning and a high-leverage situation nowhere to be found. Dillon Tate got the call behind starter Ty Blach and responded with three scoreless innings. His first appearance in the majors without allowing a run. Last night marked only his fourth game, but he had permitted seven

Second inning dooms Orioles in 7-1 loss (Blach optioned)

As he stood outside the clubhouse for his pregame media scrum, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde talked about the importance of left-hander Ty Blach providing length tonight. Of the need to protect a “beat up” bullpen. Hyde has one fewer reliever with a four-man bench, and he used three last night following the rain delay. He’s being careful with Hunter Harvey. He didn’t issue a challenge

Elias on changes in scouting and front office (O’s down 7-0)

The Orioles have subtracted 11 individuals from their scouting department and front office, with executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias confirming the number but offering little in the way of names. Elias said Brady Anderson remains in the organization in an advisory role, primarily with strength and conditioning. The executive title was removed in spring training. Kent Qualls remains as director of minor

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Chris Davis is in the Orioles lineup tonight for the first time in five games, with Trey Mancini going back to right field. DJ Stewart moves to left field and Anthony Santander is in center. Rio Ruiz is at third base. Jonathan Villar is the shortstop and Hanser Alberto is playing second base. Left-hander Ty Blach has allowed 11 earned runs (12 total) and 12

Orioles replacing more holdovers from previous front office

The Orioles have made more changes in their scouting department today, including the removal of Dean Albany and Nathan Showalter, according to industry sources. They also are replacing director of baseball operations Tripp Norton, per sources. Norton was hired from the Tigers organization in March 1998 as assistant director of minor league operations. He moved into his present role in January 2012. Norton and Brian

Orioles aren’t wrecked by record number of home runs

Asked in his postgame media session Tuesday night about the Orioles tying the major league record for most home runs allowed in a season, manager Brandon Hyde interrupted his own answer to find out the total. He wasn’t being coy. He wasn’t pretending to be out of the loop. No one has to tell Hyde that his club surrenders home runs at an alarming rate.

Orioles set home run record in rainy 5-2 loss (with quotes)

The inevitable home run record was set tonight in the third inning. The watch is over. The only drama is in the final tally. Taking an early lead was the first order of business for the Orioles, but they also had to deal with their place in baseball history. The Rays’ Austin Meadows lined a curveball from Asher Wojciechowski over the railing in front of

Davis’ playing time, Martin’s hand, Trumbo’s knee (O’s down 4-2)

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hasn’t been in the lineup for the last four games and nine of 14, and manager Brandon Hyde conceded today that opportunities will be harder to find after the roster expands in September. “Yeah, I think there are people we want to see and there’s at-bats that we want to give to guys,” Hyde said. “I’m just going to continue

Orioles and Rays lineups (Martin scratched)

Chris Davis is out of the Orioles’ lineup for the fourth night in a row. Trey Mancini remains at first base as the Orioles open a four-game series against the Rays at Camden Yards. DJ Stewart stays in right field, with Stevie Wilkerson in center and Anthony Santander in left. Richie Martin is the shortstop after collecting two hits last night. Hanser Alberto, leading off

Settling down in sixth sends Orioles to series win

The Royals’ Jorge Soler led off the sixth inning Tuesday night with a single off Dylan Bundy and the Orioles had to be flashing back to just about every game in the 2019 season. The inning has crushed them. If wine could be made out of baseball players, the Orioles would turn every ballpark into a vineyard. Bundy put a cork in it, inducing a

Orioles turn home run tables in 8-1 win (with quotes)

The record was inevitable, the only mystery surrounding the date of its arrival and who would be responsible on the mound and at the plate. It was coming as sure as nightfall. The Orioles have tied the 2016 Reds for most home runs allowed in a season with 258. There are 35 games left on the schedule. They will claim it as their own, most

Notes on Harvey usage and Mancini’s history with him (O’s up 8-1)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is unlikely to use Hunter Harvey on consecutive days out of the bullpen, which eliminates the rookie from consideration as the team closes out its series against the Royals. Harvey retired the side in order last night in the eighth inning, striking out two batters and earning his first major league win. He also tossed a scoreless inning in his debut

Orioles and Royals lineups

The Orioles conclude their three-game series against the Royals with Chris Davis out of the lineup for the third night in a row. Trey Mancini remain at first base and DJ Stewart is in right field. Richie Martin is the shortstop tonight with Jonathan Villar at second base and Hanser Alberto at third and leading off. Stevie Wilkerson is in center field. Aaron Brooks has

Sisco settles in behind plate again

Chance Sisco has absorbed the usual punishment as a catcher. The foul tips, the backswings, the collisions. No one is immune to it if their chosen profession involves squatting behind home plate. But the sixth inning. What in the world was going on in the sixth inning? The Red Sox sent 12 batters to the plate Sunday afternoon and scored six runs. They also sent

Alberto three-run homer gives Orioles 4-1 win (with quotes)

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis wasn’t in tonight’s lineup, but he delivered the card to home plate for the traditional exchange. Coaches repeat the task after a win. The losing streak had manager Brandon Hyde searching for replacements. Davis could be on the bench again Wednesday night, but he’s going to be the first Orioles player at the plate. Dylan Bundy held the Royals to

Hyde explains why Davis is sitting again (tied 1-1)

Chris Davis remains out of the Orioles lineup tonight for the second straight game with the Royals sending a right-hander to the mound. He also could sit Wednesday night against left-hander Mike Montgomery. Manager Brandon Hyde said the lineup isn’t influenced by Davis’ health. The veteran isn’t injured or ailing. Hyde wants to play Trey Mancini at first base and give him a break from

Rutschman promoted to Delmarva, plus tonight’s lineups

Less than 24 hours after having the best night of his professional career, catcher Adley Rutschman earned a promotion to the next level of the Orioles farm system. Rutschman is moving up from short-season Single-A Aberdeen to low Single-A Delmarva, where he’s expected to be in the lineup for Wednesday’s home game against Greensboro. He’ll be available to participate in the upcoming South Atlantic League

Momentum mounting for Mountcastle to move up

Almost at the exact moment that Hunter Harvey walked through the visiting clubhouse doors at Fenway Park, mental wheels began turning about other pitching prospects who could join him. How the collection of promising arms is increasing and creeping closer to the majors. Grow the arms, build the hype. The position players don’t create the same excitement, a deficiency that the Orioles worked hard to

Means loses no-hit bid and game 5-4 (with quotes)

The fingerprints are fading from the John Means panic button. Another loss surfaced tonight, but Means seemed to be fine. He just couldn’t hold form or catch a break after the fifth inning, which is a distinct pattern with the Oriole in 2019. Means carried a no-hit bid into the sixth, faced six batters and didn’t record an out. He threw 28 pitches. A one-run

Sisco cleared to play tonight, plus other notes (O’s down 5-3)

Orioles catcher Chance Sisco is available tonight if the Orioles need him behind the plate or as a pinch-hitter. A doctor cleared Sisco to play and the club was able to avoid a roster move. Sisco is on the bench for the series opener against the Royals at Camden Yards. How comfortable is a separate matter. Sisco was removed from yesterday’s game against the Red

Orioles and Royals lineups

Pedro Severino is catching tonight in the series opener against the Royals with Chance Sisco possibly unavailable to the Orioles due to injury. No word on a roster move. I’ve heard that Austin Wynns is in Baltimore, which likely puts him on the taxi squad. Chris Davis also is out of the lineup. Trey Mancini is playing first base and DJ Stewart is in right.

Orioles announce 2020 spring training schedule

The Orioles already have made spring training plans as they move through the remaining weeks of the 2019 season. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Sarasota, Fla., on Feb. 11, with position players due on Feb. 16. The first full-squad workout is held the following day. The first exhibition game at the Ed Smith Stadium complex is Feb. 23 versus the Red Sox.

This, that and the other

The news yesterday that DL Hall is going to miss the remainder of his season at Single-A Frederick with a mild strain of his left lat muscle shouldn’t cause a massive panic. The key word here is “mild,” which is confirmed by the Grade 1 diagnosis. Resist the urge to replay all the images of past injured pitching prospects. But try to say it three

Orioles surrender 13 straight runs in 13-7 loss (updated)

The sixth inning is like the trap door that keeps fooling the Orioles. If they don’t fall through it, a lead certainly will disappear. Ahead by six runs in the third, the Orioles became helpless as the Red Sox started to chip away and dismantled them by scoring six times in the sixth to take the lead and complete the sweep with a 13-7 victory

DL Hall and Zach Watson done for season with injuries (down 13-6)

BOSTON - Left-hander DL Hall, the Orioles’ first-round pick in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft and one of their top prospects, will miss the remainder of the season at Single-A Frederick due to mild strain of his left lat muscle. Hall complained of soreness after his last start on Aug. 8 and was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain. There aren’t enough games left in

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup today and they’ll try to avoid being swept in their three-game series at Fenway Park. Renato Núñez is playing third base. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter and Anthony Santander is in right field. Jace Peterson is in left. Left-hander Ty Blach makes his second start for the Orioles. Nathan Eovaldi is making his fifth start

Kendall talks about Harvey’s work out of the bullpen

BOSTON - A fulltime pitching role for Hunter Harvey, whether he’s back in the rotation or staying in the bullpen, is one of the many important decisions that the Orioles need to make after playing their final game. The kid, and he still qualifies at age 24, would seemingly benefit from a concrete plan. The kicker here, of course, is that Harvey’s string of injuries

Harvey makes major league debut in 4-0 loss (updated)

BOSTON - The Orioles’ bullpen has drawn lots of unwanted attention this season with the constant shuttling of relievers and the overall lack of dependability that’s been a constant source of frustration to manager Brandon Hyde. The insertion of former first-round pick Hunter Harvey tonight created a different kind of buzz. The kid made it back to the majors and his debut could come at

Hyde on Harvey’s arrival in majors and “Show hairdo” (O’s down 4-0)

BOSTON - Left-hander Ty Blach is starting Sunday at Fenway Park, his second opportunity with the Orioles. The rotation is set now with John Means, Dylan Bundy and Aaron Brooks handling the next three games against the Royals at Camden Yards. Gabriel Ynoa was a candidate for Sunday, but becomes a bullpen option for manager Brandon Hyde. Hyde has a new reliever in his bullpen

Harvey: “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet”

BOSTON - Hunter Harvey found out around 10:30 p.m. last night that the Orioles wanted him in Boston. He made it after a 3:30 a.m. wakeup call for a flight out of Syracuse 90 minutes later, good sleep put on hold with no regrets. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet that you’re in the big leagues,” Harvey said this afternoon while standing outside

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Trey Mancini is playing first base tonight as the Orioles try to win for only the second time in their last 12 games. According to STATS, Mancini’s streak of seven straight games with an extra-base hit at Fenway Park is the most by an Orioles player in club history and tied for fifth-longest by a visiting player. The Twins’ Harmon Killebrew (May 24,

Orioles recall Hunter Harvey

BOSTON - The latest roster move for the Orioles brings pitcher Hunter Harvey to the majors for the first time since 2018 and sets him up to make his long-awaited debut. The Orioles recalled Harvey this morning from Triple-A Norfolk. He fills the roster spot that opened after pitcher Tom Eshelman was optioned following last night’s 9-1 loss to the Red Sox. Harvey can become

Using the eye test vs. defensive metrics for Richie Martin

BOSTON - Orioles shortstop Richie Martin darted to his left in a game this week in the Bronx, slid to gather a groundball hit by Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, and popped back up to his feet and fired to first base to record the out by a half-step. He earned a full style point for the maneuver. Six innings earlier, as the Yankees were batting

Orioles watch Red Sox pull away for 9-1 win (Eshelman optioned)

BOSTON - The Orioles saw some improvements tonight in Aaron Brooks, who still carried the welts from a beating administered by the Astros in his last start. The healing process after a 23-2 thrashing, with four home runs hit against him in three innings, won’t happen overnight or in a couple of days. Brooks made it into the sixth inning tonight, an opportunity for a

Hyde on roster, Stewart’s return and more (O’s down 9-1)

BOSTON - The Orioles are rolling the dice that a seven-man bullpen will be ample, with Chandler Shepherd optioned today to make room for outfielder DJ Stewart. Yesterday’s break in the schedule allowed the relievers to rest, and more of them became available tonight. The payoff is a four-man bench and more roster flexibility. “It’s nice we have that extra position player right now,” said

DJ Stewart on his return from concussion

BOSTON - DJ Stewart knows that there’s nothing funny about a concussion. He can smile now at the circumstances. He’s watched the video. But as someone who’s suffered multiple head injuries, he takes them very seriously. The Orioles reinstated Stewart from the injured list this afternoon and he’s starting in right field tonight against the Red Sox, his first game since attempting a sliding catch

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Trey Mancini makes his third start in left field tonight, stationed in front of the Green Monster, for the series opener against the Red Sox. DJ Stewart, reinstated from the seven-day concussion injured list, is in right field and Anthony Santander is in center. Jace Peterson is playing second base and Jonathan Villar is the shortstop.. Rio Ruiz is starting at third base,

Orioles reinstate Stewart and option Shepherd

BOSTON - The Orioles have increased the number of reserves on their bench today to four by reinstating outfielder DJ Stewart from the seven-day concussion injured list and optioning reliever Chandler Shepherd to Triple-A Norfolk. Chandler made his major league debut Tuesday night in New York and held the Yankees to one run over four innings. Stewart attempted to make a sliding catch in left

Because You Asked - Dawn of Justice

The Orioles are three-quarters through the 2019 season and, much to the chagrin of the most optimistic of fans, a winning record no longer is a mathematical possibility. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve responded to the same questions. Of how many times I’ve made a mockery of the mailbag format for interacting with readers. You keep coming back, so you must get

Brocail on pitching inside and fixing Means

Getting away from the Yankees offers the kind of relief to the Orioles that the bullpen has struggled to provide this season. Sixteen losses in a row to them. Seventeen total out of 19 games. Some ugly, some competitive. They count just the same. Among the lessons learned is the wisdom in walking Gleyber Torres. Doesn’t matter whether first base is open. Down five runs

Latest Orioles rally falls short again in 6-5 loss (updated)

NEW YORK - The Orioles forced J.A. Happ to throw 33 pitches in the top of the first inning today. Loaded the bases against him after scoring a run. Listened as fans booed the starter. Seemed on the verge of releasing all the frustration that built over past games against the Yankees. They settled for the one run, gave up four in the bottom half

Orioles claim Eades off waivers from Twins (O’s down 6-5)

The Orioles have been searching for pitchers to improve their depth in the rotation and bullpen, and they made a minor move this afternoon by claiming right-hander Ryan Eades off waivers from the Twins, according to multiple sources. Eades, 27, made his major league debut earlier this summer and appeared in two games. He blanked the Tigers on two hits over two innings on June

Hyde: “I think the vibe has been good all year” (O’s down 4-2)

NEW YORK - Outfielder DJ Stewart is joining Triple-A Norfolk today in Pawtucket for the first of two rehab games before the Orioles are expected to remove him from the seven-day concussion injured list for Friday’s series opener in Boston. “I think we’re going to make a decision after Thursday,” said manager Brandon Hyde. There’s always the possibility that the Orioles activate Stewart and option

Orioles and Yankees lineups (updated)

NEW YORK - Trey Mancini is playing first base this afternoon as the Orioles try to salvage a game in the series and end their 15-game losing streak to the Yankees. Hanser Alberto is leading off and playing third base. The outfield includes Jace Peterson in left again and Stevie Wilkerson is in center. Richie Martin is the shortstop with Jonathan Villar at second base.

What’s next for Chandler Shepherd?

NEW YORK - Chandler Shepherd is in that uncertain state where he could stay with the Orioles based on a largely effective relief outing or be optioned based on a largely effective relief outing. Shepherd worked four innings last night and threw 68 pitches, trading a start with Triple-A Norfolk for his major league debut. Other relievers in the past have been sent down, no

Means struggles again in 8-3 loss (with quotes)

NEW YORK - One pitch from John Means tonight, the first ball to leave his hand, brought evidence that the feeling of déjà vu also makes a sound. Leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu pulled a 91 mph fastball into the left field seats for the latest home run surrendered to the Yankees. The eighth run allowed in the first inning in three games in the series.

Updates on Stewart, bullpen and rotation (O’s down 8-2)

NEW YORK - Outfielder DJ Stewart will go on a brief rehab assignment before the Orioles activate him from the seven-day concussion injured list. Stewart will join Triple-A Norfolk in Pawtucket and play in two games before coming back to the Orioles on Friday in Boston, where a roster move will be made. The latest move for a club that’s in a constant state of

Shepherd hoping for chance to pitch in return to Orioles

NEW YORK - Chandler Shepherd lasted one day with the Orioles to close out the month of July. Joined them in San Diego and was optioned quicker than it takes to unpack a bag. The Orioles recalled Shepherd again today as Evan Phillips’ bullpen replacement and he’s hoping to do more than dig into the pregame and postgame meals. “It would be special,” he said

Orioles lineup and more on Shepherd

NEW YORK - Renato Núñez is playing first base tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the Yankees and try to shake off yesterday’s doubleheader sweep. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter and Anthony Santander is playing right field. Jace Peterson continues to play left field. Jonathan Villar is leading off and playing shortstop. Rio Ruiz, who had a two-run single and RBI grounder

Leftovers for breakfast (Shepherd joining Orioles)

NEW YORK - The release of the 2020 schedule seemed to come a bit earlier than usual and held a couple of interesting nuggets for the Orioles, including the home-and-home series against the Cubs. Manager Brandon Hyde goes back to Wrigley Field, where he served in a coaching capacity and can share countless stories. The dugout will be crowded for the pregame media sessions. I’m

Orioles’ losing streak to Yankees grows in Game 2 (updated)

NEW YORK - The 52nd player used by the Orioles this season had one major issue tonight. Same as everyone else. A wrong kind of bonding. Can’t beat the Yankees. Not anymore. Four of the first five batters reached against Ty Blach, Brett Gardner delivered a three-run triple and Gleyber Torres kept bullying the Orioles while they were being swept by the Yankees with an

Lineups and more on Santander’s offensive surge (O’s down 11-6)

NEW YORK - Ty Blach makes his Orioles debut tonight in Game 2 of the doubleheader, the 52nd player they’ve used this season and four short of last year’s club record. Blach hasn’t started in the majors since Aug. 11 with the Giants. He’s working on three days’ rest after throwing 61 pitches in his lone start with Triple-A Norfolk. DJ LeMahieu is 3-for-7 lifetime

Orioles allow four more homers in 8-5 Game 1 loss (updated)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde keeps stating what should be obvious to everyone. That his club has to pitch better in order to be competitive and at least partially tame a Yankees club that slips into savage mode when it steps in the box. Can’t keep giving up home runs at a record pace. Can’t keep running through relievers as if there’s prize

Blach on his first visit to Yankee Stadium and more (O’s down 8-3)

NEW YORK - Ty Blach will start Game 2 of today’s doubleheader after spending the opener on the taxi squad. Blach is set to become the 52nd player used by the Orioles, four shy of last year’s club record. The corresponding move will be announced after Game 1. Meanwhile, Jimmy Yacabonis is the 26th man. The Orioles selected Blach off waivers from the Giants on

Details on Orioles’ 2020 schedule

NEW YORK - The Orioles are opening the 2020 season at home on March 26 against the Yankees, with Major League Baseball releasing the schedule earlier today. The Red Sox follow the Yankees to Camden Yards before the Orioles head to St. Louis for their first road series - and first visit there since 2003 at the old Busch Stadium. The Orioles then head to

Orioles Game 1 lineup vs. Yankees (update)

NEW YORK - The Orioles recalled Evan Phillips today from Triple-A Norfolk as the replacement for reliever Tayler Scott, who was optioned yesterday. They also recalled Jimmy Yacabonis as the 26th player. No Ty Blach, which is a reversal from what I heard yesterday. Yacabonis could be the opener in Game 2, though the Orioles haven’t revealed their plans. Trey Mancini is playing first base

Positive feedback on two Dominican Summer League players

You don’t judge a trade for at least a few years unless the players involved disappear quickly. A one-for-one where ties are cut, maybe retirement is the next life phase. But in the case of the Andrew Cashner deal orchestrated by executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, it’s premature to assign a final grade to it. What we know so far is that

Rio Ruiz walk-off home run gives Orioles 8-7 win (updated)

How the Orioles responded to last night’s thrashing at the hands and bats of the Astros provided the most intriguing element of the day. Get back on their feet and hold their ground or be knocked down again. Heads held high or chins pressed into their chests. Could they return to playing competitive baseball, a trait that’s been harder to sustain this month? Could they

More on Orioles pitching plans and bouncing back (O’s up 5-4)

Gabriel Ynoa is starting Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader against the Yankees in the Bronx. Plans for the nightcap remain uncertain, perhaps depending on what transpires today against the Astros. “The second game is still up in the air,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “We’ll see what happens in the game today. Not ready to announce the starter for the second game yet.” I’m hearing that

Orioles and Astros lineups

The Orioles will try to make a quick recovery from last night’s 23-2 shellacking with the same 25-man roster. Changes will be made before Monday’s doubleheader in New York, including the use of a 26th man. Anthony Santander is in center field today and Jace Peterson is in left. Rio Ruiz, who homered last night, gets the start at third base. He returns to the

Leftover thoughts on Karns

Anything interesting happen last night? The news last week that the Orioles released Nate Karns from his contract didn’t send shockwaves through the industry. Karns cleared waivers and was outrighted. He had the right to decline the assignment and apparently chose to do it. What followed was a paper move. And a final admission that the major league free agent signing for the Orioles in

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup tonight after coming off the bench last night and going 0-for-2, his line drive into the shift providing the final out in a 3-2 loss. Past success against Aaron Sanchez might factor into the decision. He’s 9-for-26 (.346) with two doubles, five home runs and 11 walks against Sanchez. Aaron Brooks continues to search for his first win

This, that and the other

Manager Brandon Hyde finally had to bite his tongue this week. And on this club, any movement is an injury risk. Hyde tore into the umpiring and review process Monday night after the blown call at the plate on the Jace Peterson-Chris Davis double steal attempt, and he didn’t pull any punches - or muscles or tendons - after the pitching staff served up six

Orioles calmly lose to Astros 3-2 (with quotes)

The Orioles made it through nine innings tonight without any extracurricular activities in the dugout. Guys leaned on the railing or sat on the bench. They talked. They spit. They bonded. They watched another early deficit materialize and the Orioles lose for the sixth time in eight games since a .500 July. Given the unwanted attention that clung to them since the fifth inning Wednesday

Elias and Hyde address Davis’ dugout eruption (O’s down 3-2)

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is ready to move on from Wednesday night’s dugout incident. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde feel the exact same way. The matter has been discussed internally, they’ve met individually with the media and now they want to drop it. Among the important points made today are how Hyde and Davis respect each other

Davis talks about dugout incident with Hyde

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis met with the media outside the clubhouse today for nine minutes and offered an explanation for Wednesday night’s dugout eruption without getting into too much detail. Davis said he reached a “breaking point” over a poor defensive showing and a season that again has been one long struggle. Davis and manager Brandon Hyde met for more than an hour today,

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is out of tonight’s lineup for the series opener against the Astros at Camden Yards. Trey Mancini is playing first base, Jace Peterson is in left and Anthony Santander is in right. Rio Ruiz is on the bench after the Orioles recalled him today. Hanser Alberto is playing third base and leading off. Jonathan Villar is batting .393 (22-for-56) with

Rio Ruiz recalled for return to Orioles roster

The Orioles have swapped out a pitcher for a position player to give their short bench a little more length. Third baseman Rio Ruiz has been recalled today from Triple-A Norfolk and will be in uniform for the series opener against the Astros at Camden Yards. He’ll find out later whether he’s in the lineup against left-hander Wade Miley. Ruiz was optioned to Norfolk on

Ripken reflects on 1989’s “Why Not?” season

The slogan came late to the future Hall of Famer. One of the most detail-oriented players in baseball history, so precise that he wore a watch during batting practice and infield drills, somehow missed it. Cal Ripken Jr. can laugh about it now. A collection of players from the 1989 “Why Not?” Orioles are gathering this weekend at Camden Yards to celebrate the 30th anniversary

Matusz trying to make comeback via independent league

Brian Matusz can’t really explain it. The former Orioles first-round draft pick needed some time away from baseball and couldn’t get back into it. Couldn’t find a team willing to take a chance on a 32-year-old left-hander with starting and bullpen experience who had some success in the majors. Left-handed and breathing usually gets you a phone call. Matusz decided that he wanted it to

Hyde: “We’re going to keep it in-house”

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wouldn’t go into much detail about his dugout confrontation with first baseman Chris Davis that slapped another ugly coat on a 14-2 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards. Hyde said he wanted to keep it private and would speak with Davis later. He also expressed remorse that it happened in view of the public, including media, and downplayed the impact

Davis removed after dugout altercation with Hyde (O’s lose 14-2)

The first public blowup of the Orioles 2019 season played out in the dugout tonight after the top of the fifth inning. A MASN camera caught hitting coach Don Long and injured outfielder Mark Trumbo restraining Chris Davis from going after manager Brandon Hyde. Jace Peterson pinch-hit for Davis in the bottom of the fifth and grounded out. Hyde appeared to say something to Davis

Updating Stewart, Alberto in left, Means on mound (O’s down 10-1)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said DJ Stewart remains under concussion protocol after going on the seven-day injured list today, the result of last night’s fly ball that smashed into the outfielder’s left temple. He isn’t sure how long Stewart will be out. “Hopefully he checks all the boxes coming up soon and we’re able to activate him at some point after the seven days,” Hyde

Orioles and Red Sox to play in Williamsport, Pa., next season

The Orioles are scheduled to play a home game next season in Williamsport, Pa. Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association announced this afternoon that the Orioles and Red Sox will serve as participants in the fourth iteration of the “MLB Little League Classic” on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. The game will air nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio at 7 p.m. and count as

Orioles lineup and today’s transactions

Ditching the two-man bench lasted one game. The Orioles placed outfielder DJ Stewart on the seven-day concussion injured list today and reinstated left-hander John Means from the 10-day IL. Means is making tonight’s start and close out the Yankees series. The Orioles could have optioned a pitcher for Means and recalled a position player for Stewart, but they’ll go back to having two reserves. Stewart

Hyde has backing of players who appreciate his support

Manager Brandon Hyde has been scrambling to learn about the players in the organization since he took the job. There’s the minicamp in January, phone calls, spring training, plane rides, office visits and the rhythm of a season. It also works in reverse. Players are getting to know Hyde, a first-time manager who coached in the National League. His moods and how he communicates. What

Orioles can’t hold down the homers in 9-4 loss (updated)

Whether it’s the baseballs or the ballpark or the pitching or the stacked lineups providing the opposition, the Orioles simply cannot contain the number of home runs surrendered this season. They come in waves. They come in bunches. And a lot of them come from the Yankees, who hit six more tonight in a 9-4 victory before an announced crowd of 17,201 at Camden Yards

Hyde, Peterson revisit call at home (O’s down 7-4)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said today that he hasn’t heard from the commissioner’s office in New York after his comments last night regarding the failure, upon his challenge, to reverse the out call on Jace Peterson at home plate. The denial of the go-ahead run on a double steal infuriated Hyde and his players. And their moods didn’t improve when the Yankees responded with three

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

DJ Stewart gets right back into the Orioles lineup after being recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Norfolk. Stewart is playing left field tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the Yankees. Anthony Santander is the designated hitter and Renato Núñez is playing first base. Chris Davis is out of the lineup. Jonathan Villar is starting at second base after hitting for the

Orioles recall DJ Stewart

The two-man bench is no longer in existence in Baltimore. The Orioles replaced pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis, optioned to Triple-A Norfolk late last night, with outfielder DJ Stewart. They made the announcement this afternoon. Recalling Stewart enables the Orioles to carry three reserves for tonight’s game against the Yankees at Camden Yards. The last of Stewart’s seven games with the Orioles occurred back on June 5

Is Núñez a keeper in 2020?

The remaining 50 games on the Orioles’ schedule will be used to stay competitive, to emphasize that winning still matters, to stay far ahead of last year’s 115-loss pace. But the evaluating of talent and sorting through the keepers and expendables - and anyone in between - won’t diminish in importance. The task ranks highly on the rebuild scale and it hasn’t slowed. Manager Brandon

Orioles begin brutal stretch of games with 9-6 loss (updated)

Soft spots on the schedule are harder to find for a team with the second-worst record in baseball. The Orioles don’t enter a series as the favorites. They aren’t on equal footing with their lineups or pitching, and that’s simply a product of tearing down the roster and beginning a rebuild. It’s just a tougher stretch of highway against certain teams than others, and the

Latest on Castro, Smith and Karns (tied 6-6)

The Orioles needed a reliever more than a position player tonight, which led to them recalling right-hander Tayler Scott from Triple-A Norfolk. Scott made two relief appearances for the Orioles and allowed five runs in two innings. He surrendered two home runs. However, he’s tossed 13 scoreless innings and recorded one walk and 17 strikeouts with Norfolk. Miguel Castro is “iffy” for tonight’s game, according

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees (updated)

The Orioles posted their lineup without announcing a roster move. Jace Peterson is playing third base in the series opener against the Yankees. Anthony Santander stays in left field, with Stevie Wilkerson in center. Hanser Alberto is the second baseman. Gabriel Ynoa makes his eighth start tonight and his 25th appearance. His last start was June 30 against the Indians, when he allowed one run

This, that and the other

The Orioles are starting Gabriel Ynoa tonight and faced with a decision on how to fill the opening on their 25-man roster after optioning reliever Dillon Tate to Triple-A Norfolk. They must have it figured out, but we’re left to wonder if they want a fresh arm - especially with Miguel Castro sick - or a third bench player. If it’s a bench player, do

Orioles maneuver through the bizarre in 6-5 win (Tate optioned)

Jimmy Yacabonis lasted one inning today as the opener, loading the bases with no outs and somehow escaping without a run scoring. Sean Reid-Foley walked three of the first four batters he faced, allowed a run and was spared the possibility of more damage when the final out was made on an RBI single. A combined five walks in the first. One double play. One

Updating the Orioles rotation and bullpen (O’s lead 6-5)

The Orioles are starting Gabriel Ynoa for Monday night’s series opener against the Yankees at Camden Yards, with manager Brandon Hyde able to avoid using him last night while sorting through bullpen options. Miguel Castro is still sick and unavailable for today’s series finale against the Blue Jays. An expanded pitching staff still feels a little short. Hyde isn’t sure how long the Orioles will

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

The Orioles will go for a split of their four-game series against the Blue Jays today with no roster move announced. They apparently intend to keep a two-man bench and 14 pitchers. Jonathan Villar is the shortstop today and leadoff hitter. Jace Peterson is playing third base. Stevie Wilkerson is in center field. The bench consists of shortstop Richie Martin and catcher Pedro Severino. Trey

What’s next for the Orioles roster?

The Orioles could go back-to-back days with a roster move, which would be as surprising as cracking open a peanut M&M and finding a peanut. The only shocker yesterday was the use of a two-man bench after the Orioles designated José Rondón for assignment and recalled pitcher Branden Kline. Especially with Hanser Alberto and Stevie Wilkerson hobbled. Unusual and risky. Wilkerson wasn’t supposed to be

Orioles rally past Jays for 6-4 homemade win (updated)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a ball tonight that should have sent the cover in one direction and yarn in another. It also should have landed in Anthony Santander’s glove, except he broke in and tried unsuccessfully to make a leaping catch. Guerrero had a run-scoring double with two outs in the first inning, another early lead for the visitors, and the Orioles probably had a

Hyde explains need for extra reliever (O’s lead 6-4)

The two-man bench utilized by the Orioles will be a short-term arrangement. Manager Brandon Hyde explained the need for an extra reliever, with Branden Kline recalled for the fifth time. Hyde said Miguel Castro has been under the weather and unavailable. Castro didn’t sit in the bullpen last night. “We have a few guys who are unavailable,” Hyde said. “We wanted to make sure that

Orioles DFA Rondón (with lineup)

The Orioles made a series of roster moves this afternoon that leaves them with two bench players. José Rondón was designated for assignment and the club recalled reliever Branden Kline from Triple-A Norfolk. It has to be a temporary arrangement. Rondón popped up as a pinch-hitter and has disappeared in less than a week. Also, the Orioles claimed left-hander Ty Blach off waivers from the

Dalton Hoiles trying to make a name for himself

The name carries a certain amount of weight. But it won’t break Dalton Hoiles. He knows that it’s a magnet for attention. The oldest son of former Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles playing in the same organization. Wearing the same No. 23. It isn’t quite on par with being Ryan Ripken or Preston Palmeiro, who are teammates at Double-A Bowie, but there’s still a level of

Orioles can’t overcome early deficit in 5-2 loss (updated)

Aaron Brooks began to hop off the mound at least twice tonight in the bottom of the first inning, thinking he caught the outside corner for a third strike and shifting his momentum toward the dugout. Plate umpire Jeremie Rehak wouldn’t let him leave. The Blue Jays wouldn’t let him get away unscathed. Brooks hopped and the Jays jumped him, scoring twice and never trailing

Updating injuries, Sisco’s slump, Tate’s relief and more (O’s down 4-2)

The Orioles are down to one healthy reserve tonight, their short bench reduced further after Stevie Wilkerson and Hanser Alberto took foul balls last night off the right knee and left shin, respectively. José Rondón needs to avoid injury tonight or the Orioles are in a major bind. Wilkerson said the knee feels “OK,” which isn’t a ringing endorsement. “It’s pretty sore, as expected, but

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Stevie Wilkerson and Hanser Alberto are missing from the Orioles lineup tonight after taking foul balls off their knee and shin, respectively, in last night’s 11-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Anthony Santander is in center field and Jace Peterson is in left. Renato Núñez is playing third base and Chance Sisco is the designated hitter. Sisco was 0-for-17 before his single last night in

Leftovers for breakfast

Adley Rutschman caught last night for short-season Single-A Aberdeen, the media attention much lighter, and threw out two more runners attempting to steal. The first overall pick went 0-for-4 with a walk and run scored and is 4-for-20 with the IronBirds and 6-for-34 with a home run as a professional. The bat will come around. Give it time. Executive vice president Mike Elias is impressed

Orioles surrender five home runs in 11-2 loss (updated)

Orioles pitching coach Doug Brocail and head athletic trainer Brian Ebel walked to the mound tonight with two outs in the fifth inning and a 2-1 count on Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk. They wanted to check on Asher Wojciechowski as Jimmy Yacabonis warmed in the bullpen. Something didn’t seem right to them. Allowed to stay in a game he already trailed by three runs,

Elias on trade deadline and other topics (O’s down 9-2)

The Orioles didn’t reach the serious stages of trade talks involving major league talent at yesterday’s deadline. Not from a lack of effort or discussions. The right offer just eluded executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, who settled for trading Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Dan Straily to the Phillies for cash considerations. “I think there were some moments where it looked like something might

More on trade deadline, Rondón’s addition and Trumbo’s plans

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde threw batting practice to son Colton in right field yesterday and sat in his office at Camden Yards until the conclusion of the trade deadline. He stayed in contact with executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. And he kept busy. Hyde didn’t know until 4 p.m. that he’d also keep the players on his current roster. “I honestly had

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

The Orioles begin a new month and a 10-game homestand tonight with Asher Wojciechowski making the start against the Blue Jays. They went 12-12 in July for their first non-losing month since going 17-12 in August 2017. Wojciechowski has allowed five runs with three walks and 23 strikeouts in his last three starts over 19 2/3 innings. He started July 7 in Toronto and surrendered

Orioles get back to non-trade baseball business (updated)

The trade deadline is dust and Orioles manager Brandon Hyde can get back to talking about his rotation, bullpen, lineup, injuries and anything else that doesn’t involve territory occupied by the front office. (I was beginning to feel sorry for him. What is he supposed to say when he isn’t the one doing the trading?) Of course, Hyde will be pressed to offer his thoughts

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