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Orioles outright Shepherd to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles have wasted little time in beginning their work on the 40-man roster. Less than 24 hours after losing their final game in Boston, the Orioles have outrighted pitcher Chandler Shepherd to Triple-A Norfolk after he cleared waivers, per multiple industry sources. That’s one move. Shepherd started yesterday’s game and lasted five-plus innings in a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox. He was charged

More work to be done after Orioles conclude season

BOSTON - With the Orioles unable to secure the last out yesterday in the ninth inning, a walk-off loss done in a bizarre manner being an appropriate parting shot in a summer filled with oddities, we’re left to wonder what the heck is coming next. The offseason won’t be stagnant. The 40-man roster will undergo a major reconstruction. It should be surrounded by yellow caution

Orioles lose final game 5-4 in walk-off fashion (updated)

BOSTON - As the visiting dugout emptied this afternoon at Fenway Park, the 162nd game completed and players in a rush to eat, shower and catch their flights, there was no evidence of the grim atmosphere that carried so many of them out the door last year. The Orioles felt good about the effort and energy in 2019. They’d like to cut back on the

Hays on closing out his 2019 season (tied 4-4)

BOSTON - Austin Hays grounded out in his first at-bat this afternoon, on the last day that he’s going to play baseball in 2019. Hays no longer is headed to the Arizona Fall League and can return home, as the rest of his teammates are doing after the last out is recorded. He’s hopping on the team charter, taking with him a tremendous sense of

Hays no longer ticketed for Arizona Fall League

BOSTON - The Orioles have changed their plans regarding outfielder Austin Hays, choosing to shut him down after today’s game instead of sending him to the Arizona Fall League. Hays had been part of the Surprise Saguaros’ roster until the Orioles learned that they could recall him this month prior to the assignment - a new rule implemented by Major League Baseball. The decision is

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Jonathan Villar stays in the Orioles lineup this afternoon and is going to play in all 162 games. Villar is the first Orioles player to do it since Jonathan Schoop in 2016. Mark Trumbo is playing his final game with the Orioles, serving today as the designated hitter. Austin Hays is in center field and Austin Wynns is catching again. Stevie Wilkerson is

Orioles reach end of 2019 season

BOSTON - The final Orioles lineup of the 2019 season will be posted later this morning. We’ve moved past penultimate. The word is placed in storage until the next-to-last exhibition game unless someone is bold enough to break it out on the Wednesday of baseball’s Winter Meetings. The lineup is going to include Mark Trumbo, playing his last game with the club and perhaps in

Orioles assured of series win to close out season (updated)

BOSTON - A season that again proved to be unforgiving for the Orioles, highlighting every deficiency while also sprinkling in the occasional reward in an ill-fated attempt to provide some balance, finally and mercifully has reached its 162nd game. The chance to make an impression, to perhaps have it carry through the cold winter months and into sunny Sarasota, Fla., is down to a nub.

Hyde on Means: “He’s been a rock for us” (O’s lead 8-4)

BOSTON - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde isn’t ready to name his starter for Sunday’s season finale, waiting to find out which relievers are used this afternoon. “It could absolutely be anybody,” Hyde said. Meanwhile, left-hander John Means is wrapping up an impressive first season that could thrust him into the voting for American League Rookie of the Year. Means has proven to be one of

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - The penultimate game of the Orioles’ 2019 season includes Rio Ruiz batting cleanup today against the Red Sox and Stevie Wilkerson playing center field. Chris Davis is playing first base and Austin Wynns is catching. Austin Hays and Hanser Alberto are on the bench For the OriolesJonathan Villar 2BDJ Stewart LFTrey Mancini RFRio Ruiz 3BRenato Núñez DHChris Davis 1BStevie Wilkerson CFAustin Wynns CRichie

Bundy done in 2019

BOSTON - A decision has been made regarding Dylan Bundy’s final start in 2019. He’s already made it. Bundy no longer is going to take the mound for the last game of the season. Manager Brandon Hyde hasn’t named a Sunday replacement, but called it a “potential” bullpen game. “That’s probably going to be decided after Saturday,” Hyde said. “We’re probably going to piece it

Orioles begin final series by beating Red Sox 4-1 (updated)

BOSTON - The final series of the 2019 season came upon manager Brandon Hyde in quick fashion, the months since spring training gaining speed and distorting as if painted by Picasso. The only similarity to a work of art, though tonight’s game had shades of a masterpiece. “It does seem like spring training was years (ago). I feel like the season did kind of fly

Hyde on Trumbo, Santander, Williams, Sisco, more (O’s up 4-0)

BOSTON - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he intends to put Mark Trumbo in Sunday’s lineup to close out the season. Left unsaid is how the game also closes out Trumbo’s career with the Orioles. He’ll decide later whether to retire or pursue a contract with another team. Trumbo is 5-for-25 with three doubles this month since coming off the 60-day injured list. He didn’t

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Anthony Santander remains out of the lineup tonight as the Orioles begin their final series of the 2019 season. Santander hasn’t played since Monday. He’s in a 1-for-23 slump. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left field and batting cleanup. DJ Stewart is in right field. Trey Mancini is playing first base and Chance Sisco is catching. Mancini has hit safely in 12 consecutive

Checking on Orioles’ progress with three games left

The Orioles won’t finish with the worst record in baseball this season. Does it matter? That sound you might have heard following Wednesday night’s game in Toronto wasn’t champagne corks popping. The lockers inside the visiting clubhouse weren’t covered in plastic. Players weren’t covered in alcohol. First or second pick. Second or third. It won’t alter the rebuild plan crafted by executive vice president/general manager

Orioles could eliminate title of minor league catching coordinator

As Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias makes a series of changes to the front office, player development and scouting departments, it’s become clear that titles also can be altered or eliminated. It isn’t just the individuals behind them. I’ve heard that the Orioles might do away with the role of minor league catching coordinator that used to be filled by Don Werner, who

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Austin Wynns is behind the plate again tonight for the Orioles after hitting his first home run last night in Toronto. Austin Hays remains in center field and Chris Davis is playing first base. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left field after going 3-for-4 with a home run last night. Trey Mancini collected five hits last night and he’s the designated hitter tonight as the

Notes and some thoughts on Hays and Phillips

If Austin Hays stays healthy - and it’s been a challenge over the past few seasons - he’s going to be the Orioles’ opening day starter in 2020. Period. End of discussion. OK, there’s more. Manager Brandon Hyde isn’t prepared to make that declaration. He’s just trying to navigate his team through the last road trip. He’s busy conducting exit interviews with players and figuring

New Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

The Orioles have made multiple changes to tonight’s lineup in Toronto. The Blue Jays scratched their starting pitcher. Write down everything in pencil. In an apparent response to the hosts replacing left-hander Anthony Kay with left-hander Thomas Pannone, if that makes sense, the Orioles have removed shortstop Richie Martin, third baseman Hanser Alberto and right fielder Anthony Santander from their lineup with less than two

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Austin Hays stays in center field tonight as the Orioles continue their series in Toronto. According to STATS, Hays became the first major league rookie last night to have at least five RBIs, a stolen base and an outfield assist in the same game since RBIs became an official stat in 1920. Trey Mancini is playing first base. He’s batting .413 (19-for-46) with four home

More on Elias’ media session and Davis’ Sunday home run

While sorting through Sunday afternoon’s 15-minute dugout interview with Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias, held before the home finale, there were certain points that stood out more than the others. It’s bound to happen during a conversation of that length. The important and enlightening stuff mixed in with the more obvious parts. Wins and losses don’t matter in the early stages of a

Mancini chosen as AL Player of the Week

Trey Mancini wasn’t done after collecting his Most Valuable Oriole award yesterday afternoon. The honors keep rolling in for Mancini, who’s been named the American League’s Player of the Week. Mancini, who’s the designated hitter for the Orioles tonight in Toronto, collected 12 hits in 26 at-bats for a .462 average. He had four doubles, two home runs, 10 RBIs and four runs scored. The

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Chris Davis is in the Orioles lineup for back-to-back games, playing first base tonight in the series opener against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Austin Hays remains in center field and is batting second. Trey Mancini, who sat out yesterday’s game with a bruised left thigh, is the designated hitter. Anthony Santander is the right fielder and he’s batting cleanup. Rio Ruiz moves down to

Hyde’s late-season tasks include exit meetings with players

The final days spent on the road for Orioles manager Brandon Hyde will include a series of closed-door meetings with players as part of the annual exit interviews. They happen everywhere, but it isn’t something that Hyde has done as a major league manager. The closest comparisons are the talks in spring training after players are optioned or reassigned, and when someone is sent down

Davis homers to give Orioles 2-1 win in home finale (updated)

The status of other players on the roster didn’t really matter today to Orioles manager Brandon Hyde as he wrote out his final home lineup for 2019. Mark Trumbo was playing. Chris Davis was playing. And he knew exactly how he wanted the crowd at Camden Yards to receive them. “They both have done so many good things in their career,” Hyde said. “Had some

Elias on 2019 season and looking ahead (O’s lead 2-1)

Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias stressed again today that wins and losses won’t be a priority next season as the Orioles move through the rebuilding process. It’s still about infusing talent into the organization. Rebuilds don’t happen overnight or in one year. Elias covered a variety of topics during a 15-minute media session, including the expectation that Chris Davis will be with the

Orioles and Mariners lineups

The Orioles will begin their final home game this afternoon with Austin Hays moving up to second in the order. Renato Núñez is playing third base and Chris Davis is across the diamond. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter in his final home game with the Orioles. He becomes a free agent after the season and likely won’t be re-signed. He also could choose to

More on Brooks’ relief outing and minor league award winners

The Orioles went the more traditional pitching route last night in a 7-6 loss to the Mariners at Camden Yards. Asher Wojciechowski was the starter instead of an opener. No reliever worked more than Dillon Tate’s 2 1/3 innings. Manager Brandon Hyde used six of them as the game marched into the 13th. The seven relief innings logged Friday night by Aaron Brooks rank among

Orioles surrender run on infield hit in 13th and lose 7-6 (updated)

The Orioles finished their batting practice rounds today and retreated to the clubhouse, still a few hours left before they’d take the field again and continue their series against the Mariners. An important part of their future was scattered on the center field roof deck, where various minor league award winners were made available to fans and the media. The hardware would be delivered to

Hyde on the bullpen, progress and rebuild (tied 6-6)

Orioles outfielder Mason Williams is out of the lineup again tonight and hasn’t made an appearance since crashing into the fence Tuesday night while chasing Cavan Biggio’s fly ball that resulted in a triple for the Blue Jays rookie. Williams was left with a badly bruised knee that’s kept him on the bench. He passed the concussion tests. Asked if Williams will play again before

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

Austin Hays remains in center field for the Orioles tonight as they continue their series against the Mariners at Camden Yards. Why remove him from it? Hays has made sensational catches on back-to-back nights and is 6-for-14 in his last four games. Trey Mancini is playing first base. He’s 27-for-74 (.365) this month and 16-for-35 (.457) during an eight-game hitting streak. Stevie Wilkerson is in

Leftovers for breakfast

Last night’s game was only a few minutes old and manager Brandon Hyde already had been pressed about the chances that he’d try Richard Bleier again as an opener, with Aaron Brooks being the bulk guy. Hyde has made it clear that he’s unable to plan too far in advance with a pitching staff that can’t offer consistent performances. And the season is running out

Brooks does bulk of work behind Bleier in 5-3 win (updated)

Richard Bleier emerged from the Orioles dugout at 6:45 p.m. and began making the walk to the bullpen. Coaches Doug Brocail and John Wasdin were waiting for him. So, too, was Chance Sisco, who grabbed a ball and played catch to loosen his arm. Bleier wasn’t on the usual starter’s warmup schedule. He wasn’t in the traditional mindset. This was a reliever used as an

Hyde on Mancini: “Class guy, everything you want” (O’s up 5-3)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde didn’t possess inside information on the voting process for the Most Valuable Oriole award. However, he seemed to know what was coming. Hyde expected Trey Mancini to receive the honor, which the club announced earlier today. “Well, it’s not a surprise to me,” Hyde said. “Well-deserved. Had an amazing year. He’s finishing the year extremely strong and he’s done everything for

Orioles lineup vs. Mariners

Chris Davis is playing first base tonight and Trey Mancini is the designated hitter for the series-opening game against the Mariners at Camden Yards. This is the final homestand of the season. Mancini was hit on the left leg last night, but he’s staying in the lineup. He’s just off the field. Anthony Santander is in left field, Austin Hays is in center and DJ

Mancini named Most Valuable Oriole

Outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini has been named Most Valuable Oriole by members of the media covering the team, an honor that he’s collecting while in the midst of another hot streak at the plate. Mancini enters tonight’s game with a .286/.356/.536 slash line, 36 doubles, two triples, 34 home runs, 93 RBIs, 100 runs scored and 56 walks. He’s tied for second among American League

Notes on Wilkerson, Hays and Bleier

Stevie Wilkerson keeps showing up at the ballpark each day unsure if he’s playing and having no clue which glove he’ll be using if he does. The Orioles gave Wilkerson 57 starts in center field this season and used him in 71 games. He’s also played left and right field, second base, shortstop and third base and served as an emergency reliever on four occasions.

Mancini’s four hits can’t prevent 13th sweep (updated)

An uncomfortable streak for Trey Mancini finally ended tonight. A strange, inexplicable, coincidental streak that left him shaking his head and searching for the humor in it. Like the bashing on Twitter about how he isn’t clutch. A guy who’s the overwhelming favorite to be voted Most Valuable Oriole had made the final out in three consecutive games. He’s been swinging a red-hot bat, going

Harvey on being shut down and his relief role (O’s down 8-4)

Hunter Harvey understands why the Orioles shut him down for the rest of the month. Why he’s going to watch instead of pitch. Doesn’t mean he has to like it. “It stinks,” he said this afternoon, “but I know their reasoning and, all in all, I think it’s been a good year, so I’m happy with it.” Harvey has pitched only once since Sept. 2

Mountcastle, Baumann, Rodriguez among Orioles award winners

Ryan Mountcastle didn’t squeeze onto the Orioles’ expanded roster this month. However, he’s going to be at Camden Yards this weekend. His name won’t be in the lineup, but it’s etched with the past recipients of the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. Mountcastle has been chosen as the organization’s top position player and will be honored in an on-field ceremony before

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Left-hander Ty Blach cleared waivers today and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles designated Blach for assignment Monday after claiming pitcher Eric Hanhold off waivers from the Mets. Blach was 1-3 with an 11.32 ERA and 2.18 ERA in five starts and opponents posted a .356 average against him. Tonight’s lineup includes Mark Trumbo as the designated hitter and Austin Wynns catching. Austin

Notes on Cobb, Givens, Harvey, rotation and minors

The contact that manager Brandon Hyde has maintained with Alex Cobb is confined to the daily medical reports that reach his desk. The ones that, Hyde says, show how the veteran starter is “recovering well.” Cobb underwent two procedures over the summer that kept him in Nashville, Tenn. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd repaired a tear in the labrum that ended Cobb’s season after

Castro surrenders slam to Grichuk in 11-10 loss (Harvey shut down)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde bumped back Dylan Bundy in the rotation to provide a little extra rest as the season moved into the third week of September. A sound plan, except that Bundy threw 31 pitches tonight in the first inning and 20 more in the second. A heavy load threatening to cancel out the benefits of a slightly fresher arm. Bundy pushed through five

Updates on Williams, Trumbo, Núñez and rotation (O’s up 8-5)

Mason Williams is unable to put much weight on his left leg today after slamming into the fence last night at full speed while chasing Cavan Biggio’s triple in front of the bullpen area. Williams said today that he didn’t sustain a concussion, but the knee is wrapped and he has a deep bruise that brings uncertainty to his availability over the last 11 games.

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Stevie Wilkerson is starting at second base tonight against the Blue Jays. The Orioles have Trey Mancini at first base and Anthony Santander in right field. Austin Hays is in center field. DJ Stewart is the designated hitter. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left. Dylan Bundy has allowed three runs in 12 innings this season in his two starts against the Blue Jays. He owns

Núñez hoping hand heals and he’s available tonight

Renato Núñez felt the ball slam into his left hand Monday afternoon, spun out of the batters’ box and measured the levels of pain and anger. Bones tend to shatter in these circumstances, especially in the part of the hand that absorbed the pitch from Tigers reliever Buck Farmer. Núñez stayed in the game and X-rays were negative, but he remained on the bench last

Mancini’s four-RBI night wasted in 8-5 loss (updated)

The Orioles used their power tonight to take an early lead while attempting to win the first game of their series against the Blue Jays. They switched to a small ball approach to tie the score. Anything that might work for them. Don’t live and die by one method. Trey Mancini proved again that he could handle both of them. But his work was wasted.

Updates on Trumbo, Núñez, Hanhold and rotation (tied 4-4)

The tightness in Mark Trumbo’s upper back and neck area that caused him to be scratched from yesterday’s lineup has subsided and he’s available to play tonight, according to the veteran outfielder and Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. The club announced yesterday that Trumbo had a strained left trapezius. “Upper back, something tightened up and it just wouldn’t cooperate by the time that the game came

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Chris Davis has returned to the lineup for the Orioles’ series opener against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Davis hasn’t played since Wednesday against the Dodgers. He’s accumulated only nine plate appearances this month. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter and DJ Stewart is in right field. Mason Williams is in center field. Rio Ruiz is batting cleanup. Chandler Shepherd is making his first

Villar being more practical on the bases

DETROIT - Jonathan Villar was born to run. Which also means it’s in his blood to get thrown out on certain occasions. That’s the risk he takes. The Orioles can’t tame him. It’s more like they’re trying to educate him on the proper times to be aggressive and to show some restraint. Make smart decisions, but don’t become timid. A recent check of baserunning WARs

Means with rough start and finish in 5-2 loss (updated)

DETROIT - Four pitches into today’s start, left-hander John Means already had surrendered a leadoff triple and a long home run. He hadn’t worked up a sweat. Hadn’t built up any mound dirt in his spikes. Means would get on a serious roll after Jordy Mercer’s 424-footer into the left field seats. Back to the form that allowed him to string together four consecutive quality

Orioles claim Hanhold, Trumbo scratched (O’s down 5-2)

DETROIT - Just as the Orioles appear set with their 25-man roster over the final two weeks of the season, they make another move that today involves a new addition to the pitching staff. The Orioles claimed right-hander Eric Hanhold off waivers from the Mets this afternoon and designated left-hander Ty Blach for assignment. Hanhold, 25, isn’t with the team, but could join it Tuesday

Notes on Santander, Means, Villar and more

DETROIT - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde thought about sitting Anthony Santander today while the young outfielder was mired in a lengthy slump. Santander altered those plans yesterday with a two-run single that snapped an 0-for-27 streak. “He wanted to be in there today,” Hyde said this afternoon. “I know how much that hit meant to him in his last at-bat. I told him, ‘Listen, I

Orioles hire Matt Blood as director of player development

DETROIT - The Orioles didn’t wait until the offseason to name a new director of player development. Matt Blood has been hired to fill the role, with the club making the announcement this afternoon. Blood had served as director of baseball innovation with the Rangers, who hired him in November 2018 as director of player development. He’s in charge of staff recruitment, technology programs and

Shepherd set to make first major league start

DETROIT - Being chosen as the International League’s Player of the Month for August will be the last honor bestowed upon pitcher Chandler Shepherd in 2019. However, the true highlight of his summer is coming Tuesday night. Shepherd has been told that he’s starting against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards, a first for him in the majors after two relief appearances with the Orioles.

Orioles answer walk-off loss with 8-2 win (updated)

DETROIT - Rio Ruiz would have attracted a crowd at his locker last night, or whatever passed for one with a scaled-back media crew, if not for the walk-off grand slam that doomed the Orioles. Ruiz had provided a lead in the top of the 12th with his run-scoring single off Tigers left-hander Daniel Stumpf, but he was bumped down every story and allowed to

Hyde adjusting bullpen usage today (O’s lead 8-2)

DETROIT - Using nine relievers last night has forced manager Brandon Hyde to make a few adjustments for today’s game against the Tigers. The expanded roster doesn’t solve every issue. Hunter Harvey is available because Hyde kept him in the bullpen for an 8-4, 12-inning loss. However, he’s going to avoid multiple relievers this afternoon while hoping for an extended appearance from starter Asher Wojciechowski.

Orioles and Tigers lineups

DETROIT - Anthony Santander is playing center field today as the Orioles continue their series against the Tigers. Trey Mancini is playing first base with Chris Davis staying on the bench. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left field and DJ Stewart is in right. Chance Sisco is catching. Asher Wojciechowski has never faced the Tigers. Edwin Jackson has pitched for 14 teams, including the Tigers

Orioles using 37 of 40 players on roster

DETROIT - The Orioles are down to their last 14 games of the 2019 season and content to go through them with a 37-man roster. Reliever Tayler Scott was the last consideration and the Orioles recalled him yesterday from Double-A Bowie, which lost to Trenton in the Eastern League Championship Series. Manager Brandon Hyde had indicated that Scott could rejoin the team after he stayed

Eades surrenders Hicks walk-off grand slam in 12th (updated)

DETROIT - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde knew exactly what was coming. When the Tigers were making their first bullpen move and which reliever would enter the game. There are certain tendencies that begin to take shape. The trick is being able to counterpunch. Left-hander Daniel Norris worked three innings for the seventh start in a row and right-hander Drew VerHagen replaced him for the sixth

Notes on Scott’s return, expanded pitching and more (tied 3-3)

DETROIT - The Orioles ran out of lockers today on the pitchers’ side of the visiting clubhouse, causing reliever Tayler Scott to dress with the position players. He was happy to be back, no matter where the Orioles put him. Scott, 27, was recalled today from Double-A Bowie after the Baysox lost to Trenton in the Eastern League championship series. He relieved starter Tyler Herb

Davis on limited playing time and Roberto Clemente Award

DETROIT - Chris Davis wasn’t in the Orioles lineup last night against right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, a favorable matchup on paper failing to influence his manager on the field. Being a left-handed hitter and owning six hits in 11 career at-bats, including four home runs, didn’t get Davis off the bench. Davis figured to sit again tonight versus left-hander Daniel Norris, which is how it played

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

DETROIT - The Orioles recalled reliever Tayler Scott from Double-A Bowie earlier today. Scott joined the Baysox for the Eastern League championship series, which ended last night with Trenton’s victory. Manager Brandon Hyde has 15 relievers in his bullpen and the roster swells to 37 players. Austin Wynns is getting the start today behind the plate and Hyde is putting Mason Williams in left field

Brooks trying to get back to better starts

DETROIT - Aaron Brooks was a solitary figure in the visiting dugout yesterday, the first Orioles player out of the clubhouse with about 45 minutes left before the game started. He’d walk to the bullpen and warm up, but not before he sat alone on the bench, leaning forward with an intense stare as if locking his eyes on an invisible object in front of

Orioles ignore race talk in Motor City with 6-2 win (updated)

DETROIT - The pennant races have an evil twin. Sort of like fight club. Not supposed to talk about it. Clubs tanking in order to earn the first draft pick. Some fans are upset if their team wins, as if screwing up the master plan. Rooting in reverse is trendy. The Orioles and Tigers began their four-game series tonight, the two worst records in baseball

Hyde on Brooks, bullpen, Fry and more (O’s lead 6-2)

DETROIT - Aaron Brooks gave the Orioles six scoreless innings in D.C., with only two hits allowed, but hasn’t been able to duplicate or come close to it. Brooks is back on the mound tonight after allowing six runs Saturday against the Rangers prior to recording his first out. He was gone after 2 2/3 innings. The previous start wasn’t as bad, but Brooks lasted

Orioles and Tigers lineups

DETROIT - Mason Williams is in center field and batting second tonight for the Orioles in their series opener against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left field and batting cleanup and Stevie Wilkerson is at second base. Trey Mancini is playing first base and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. DJ Stewart is in right field. Aaron Brooks, who starts

More auditions for Hays, Williams and Stewart

The Orioles are in Detroit to play four games against the Tigers and manager Brandon Hyde will decide how to cover center field. Hyde wants to keep evaluating Austin Hays. He’d like to do the same with Mason Williams. Only one of them can play center. Though teams are doing some crazy things with shifts. The Orioles view Hays, who had his first career three-hit

A bloop and blunders in sixth cost O’s in 4-2 loss (updated)

Actor Barry Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game at Camden Yards. He didn’t walk or hit anyone, which made him more effective and much safer than Dodgers starter Rich Hill. Then again, television’s Greg Brady hadn’t gone this long without throwing off a mound. His arm is fine. Williams is making the major league rounds, with Baltimore his latest stop. Maybe

Orioles breaking out football jerseys for team flight (O’s down 4-2)

The seams on a baseball will be traded in later tonight for the laces on a pigskin. The Orioles will be wearing football jerseys from their favorite teams as they board tonight’s charter flight to Detroit, a team bonding activity that brings out the kid in everyone. Richie Martin walked into the clubhouse donning a Barry Sanders’ No. 20 Lions jersey. Richard Bleier brought his

Mancini on “aiming higher” than exceeding 47 wins

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde’s disinterest in his club tying last year’s win total seems to be shared by his players. Reaching 47 wasn’t a magic number. It doesn’t hold any real importance. “I don’t think it does at all,” said Trey Mancini. “I don’t really think it’s anything that should be celebrated too much. I saw what Brandon said last night and I agree with

Orioles lineup vs. Dodgers

Austin Hays stays in center field tonight as the Orioles go for the series win against the Dodgers and board a flight to Detroit. Trey Mancini is playing first base and Anthony Santander is the cleanup hitter and left fielder. DJ Stewart is in right field and Rio Ruiz is the third baseman despite the Dodgers sending left-hander Rich Hill to the mound. Dylan Bundy’s

Orioles notebook items on Martin, Hays and Kirby

Orioles shortstop Richie Martin was out of the lineup last night as the Orioles proceeded with their series against the Dodgers. Will Martin be off the active roster in 2020? Too soon to know. Martin can ditch his Rule 5 status, which requires him to stay in the majors, as he’s done since opening day. He’s made the jump from the Double-A level and the

Means offers quality and Villar breaks tie in 7-3 win (updated)

A sense of calm and comfort swept over Orioles manager Brandon Hyde today as he glanced at the bottom of his lineup card. Where the starting pitcher is listed. Left-hander John Means was assigned the task of getting the Orioles through the early innings, which hadn’t been done lately. No more instant deficits and quick exits. No more sorting through an expanded bullpen to cover

Hyde on Harvey, exit interviews and Dodgers (O’s lead 5-2)

The Orioles aren’t going to use reliever Hunter Harvey before the weekend, but they’ll continue to downplay his absence as more of a precautionary measure with a reasonable explanation. Harvey said he’s been bothered with some biceps soreness. He didn’t have any issues during yesterday’s bullpen session. “He hasn’t thrown this much since 2014, so he’s got some normal soreness that everybody else has and

Updating Harvey, Wojciechowski, Lowther and more

Orioles reliever Hunter Harvey said he’s been experiencing some biceps soreness and will be given a few extra days of rest before he’s available to pitch over the weekend in Detroit. Manager Brandon Hyde hasn’t used Harvey since Sept. 2 at Tropicana Field. Harvey faced one batter. “We talked about things just from finally pitching a full season, so it’s just normal stuff, nothing bad,”

Orioles lineup vs. Dodgers

Stevie Wilkerson gets this third start tonight at second base as the Orioles try again to pick up their 47th win and match last year’s total. Jonathan Villar is leading off and Hanser Alberto is batting second. Trey Mancini is in right field and the cleanup spot. Dwight Smith Jr. is the designated hitter tonight. Chris Davis is at first base and Austin Hays is

More on retirements and Elias’ latest media session

Members of the Orioles organization who have been fired or won’t have their contracts renewed beyond Oct. 31 bring the highly publicized total to 25 in fewer than three weeks. However, it’s important to give a nod to Len Johnston, who’s retiring after 43 years with the club. His departure at age 90 shouldn’t go ignored. Johnston served as administrator of Sarasota operations, making the

Another early exit from Orioles starter leads to 7-3 loss (updated)

Ty Blach’s career numbers against the Dodgers didn’t matter tonight. The Orioles’ preference for not having a team spray champagne in the visiting clubhouse didn’t matter. The contrast in the level of talent on the two teams was significant. The Dodgers sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the first inning while working Blach for 44 pitches. They scored four runs. They

Hyde says Harvey has “a little bit of soreness” (O’s down 7-3)

Hunter Harvey threw a bullpen session this afternoon during Orioles batting practice, joining a group that included left-handers Tanner Scott and Paul Fry and right-hander Chandler Shepherd, and he should be available to pitch in the Dodgers series. Manager Brandon Hyde said Harvey has been dealing with some soreness, which caused the rookie to sit out the Rangers series this week. Harvey hasn’t pitched since

Elias on latest changes in organization

Executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias confirmed this afternoon that the Orioles informed 14 more employees that they won’t return in 2020. Elias said the total includes individuals at the Dominican academy who hadn’t been reported. There are indications that more changes are coming, though Elias didn’t address them in specific terms. He said the amount of hires could exceed the losses, but there will

Orioles lineup vs. Dodgers

Jonathan Villar remains in the Orioles lineup tonight as they begin a three-game series against the Dodgers at Camden Yards. He hasn’t missed a game this season. Villar is one of six players in the majors to appear in every game. He’s trying to become the first Oriole to do it since Jonathan Schoop in 2016. Mason Williams gets the start over Austin Hays in

More this, that and the other

Orioles reliever Mychal Givens extended his scoreless streak to nine appearances in a row while working the ninth inning of Sunday’s 10-4 loss to the Rangers. Easy to overlook considering the margin, but the importance holds. Nick Solak drew a leadoff walk, which wasn’t a bad outcome considering how he hit in the series. Logan Forsythe and Ronald Guzmán struck out and Delino DeShields lined

Minor, Manto among latest dismissals from Orioles (updated)

The changes in various departments in the Orioles organization, reaching down to the lower levels of the minors, continued today with the firings of at least eight more employees. According to sources, the Orioles are parting ways with minor league hitting coordinator Jeff Manto, minor league catching coordinator Don Werner, special assignment pitching instructor Ramón Martinez, Single-A Frederick manager Ryan Minor, Keys pitching coach Justin

This, that and the other

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde must get creative again with his rotation, with today’s off-day perhaps making the task a little easier. And an expanded roster could come into play. Asher Wojciechowski is expected to be pushed back before his next start due to fatigue. Wojciechowski was charged with four runs yesterday in only two innings and has posted a 7.05 ERA in his last eight

Orioles swept in four-game series with 10-4 loss (updated)

Aaron Brooks fell behind by six runs last night before recording an out. Asher Wojciechowski was down after four batters this afternoon and didn’t get past the second inning. It starts with starting pitching. It also can end there. The Rangers completed their sweep of the Orioles with a 10-4 victory before an announced crowd of 16,142 at Camden Yards that saved its loudest cheers

Orioles set rotation for Dodgers series (O’s down 10-2)

The Orioles have chosen left-hander Ty Blach to start the series opener against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Camden Yards. Blach is tabbed as the fifth starter in the rotation. Left-hander John Means and Dylan Bundy are starting the other two games. The Dodgers are sending Walker Buehler, Ross Stripling and left-hander Rich Hill to the mound. Blach has made 13 career appearances against

Orioles lineup vs. Rangers

Austin Hays is in center field today for his first start in the majors in two years. The Orioles wrap up their series against the Rangers with more Hanser Alberto atop the order versus a left-hander. Renato Núñez is playing first base with Chris Davis on the bench and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Anthony Santander is in left field. He’s batting .373 (19-for-51)

Elias on losing and regaining Alberto

The story of Hanser Alberto has been retold more times than “The Night Before Christmas.” Except this one is less believable. A rotund old man in a red suit with flying reindeer sliding down chimneys to hand out gifts to millions of children? Sure, it’s plausible. Even the part about the milk and cookies at every stop. But Alberto has a chance to win a

Six-run first inning puts Orioles in inescapable hole (updated)

Aaron Brooks got called third strikes on Delino DeShields and Ronald Guzman tonight in the top of the first inning and the crowd erupted. Jeff Mathis went down swinging for the final out, but the reaction was a bit more subdued. The fans must have been running low on sarcasm. Brooks wasn’t fooled, of course. He understood the reasoning behind the enthusiastic response. Six runs

More on Hays and other roster decisions (O’s down 9-4)

Austin Hays almost took a detour through Arizona to make it back to the majors. Hays was preparing to board a flight Wednesday and join the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League until he got a call yesterday, as unexpected as they come, with news that the Orioles wanted him in Baltimore. Major League Baseball is allowing players on the 40-man roster to report

Orioles recall Austin Hays

The Orioles have shifted gears based on an unexpected rule change regarding the Arizona Fall League and recalled outfielder Austin Hays from Triple-A Norfolk. Hays has arrived at Camden Yards and is part of the expanded roster. Major League Baseball notified teams that players on the 40-man roster can report to the AFL in October instead of Sept. 11, with games starting a week later.

Orioles lineup vs. Rangers

Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup tonight with the Rangers starting a right-hander. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. Mason Williams is in center field and Dwight Smith Jr. is in left. Hanser Alberto ranks fourth in the American League with a .321 average. The White Sox’s Tim Anderson is first at .333, followed by the Yankees’ D.J. LeMahieu at .329 and the Astros’

Wynns caught in logjam behind plate

Another game passed last night with Austin Wynns unable to swing the bat beyond the usual cage work. He’s healthy and he’s ready, but the life of a third catcher on an expanded September roster can be filled with idle time. There’s the fast lane and then the cell phone lot. Wynns hasn’t received a plate appearance with the Orioles since Game 1 of a

Orioles bullpen can’t hold lead in 7-6 loss (updated)

With his team playing so many close games, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde keeps relying on the same set of relievers rather than diving into the expanded area of his bullpen. It works at times. Tonight wasn’t one of them. The Orioles couldn’t hold a two-run lead in the seventh inning, with Paul Fry unable to throw strikes and Shawn Armstrong unable to save him. And

Familiar bullpen faces need strong finishes (O’s down 7-6)

The row of lockers against one wall in the home clubhouse at Camden Yards is the setting for a Triple-A reunion. The expanded roster has allowed pitchers Ty Blach, Chandler Shepherd, Branden Kline, Tanner Scott, Evan Phillips and David Hess to get back to Baltimore. Dillon Tate is assigned a corner locker that leads to the hallway outside manager Brandon Hyde’s office, but he already

Orioles lineup vs. Rangers

Mason Williams gets the start in center field as the Orioles continue their series against the Rangers. Trey Mancini is playing first base. DJ Stewart is in left field. Anthony Santander is batting .415/.415/.854 (17-for-41) with three doubles, five home runs, 12 RBIs and six runs scored during his 10-game hitting streak. He’s in right field tonight. Hanser Alberto continues to lead the majors with

Mills on his first year managing and uncertain future

Alan Mills became the third manager of an Orioles minor league affiliate to earn an award for his work in 2019. And he’s still uncertain about his future, wondering if he’s going to stay with them, the obvious preference, or be searching for a job. Mills was chosen as the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League’s Manager of the Year after leading the rookie-level Orioles to the

Means cruises through six innings in 3-1 loss (updated)

John Means found a needed distraction again tonight as he stepped on the mound. His thoughts locked on baseball. An escape of sorts before his personal life again takes hold and spins him around. Making his second start since returning from the family medical emergency list, Means plowed through the Rangers batting order for six innings and waited for the Orioles to hand him a

Notes on rotation, roster, Trumbo and more (O’s down 2-1)

The Orioles have their rotation set through their four-game series against the Rangers and are going to figure out later how to insert a fifth starter. The team is off again Monday, which gives manager Brandon Hyde some maneuverability. He’s staying with John Means, Dylan Bundy, Aaron Brooks and Asher Wojciechowski, and can decide between Gabriel Ynoa and left-hander Ty Blach for the fifth spot.

Peterson and Eshelman outrighted, Orioles lineup vs. Rangers

Orioles infielder Jace Peterson and pitcher Tom Eshelman have been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The club made the announcement this afternoon. Peterson could have declined the assignment and elected free agency, but he accepted it. Eshelman and Peterson came off the 40-man roster while the Orioles were in Florida to create room for Mark Trumbo and Mason Williams, respectively. Trumbo is in the Orioles lineup

More of what we know about Orioles

We never stop learning. This is what I’ve been told as I advance through middle age. My problem is that I keep forgetting. The Orioles made it out of Florida without any weather issues. Hurricane Dorian posed an enormous threat, raising discussions about moving the series to a neutral site before the teams settled on a Tuesday doubleheader to allow for an earlier departure. There

Tate wants to keep earning Hyde’s trust

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is measuring the level of composure that Dillon Tate brings into the first set of major league games. He already knows how the rookie can handle an uncomfortable situation while sitting in the clubhouse. Tate removed his earbuds and put down his phone yesterday afternoon as a reporter approached him, braced for a set of questions related

Ynoa’s quality start wasted in Game 2 loss (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde arrived at Tropicana Field yesterday still plotting how he was going to get through the next day’s doubleheader. He needed two starters and had none on regular rest. Left-hander John Means was pushed back to Thursday in Baltimore. The minor league system provided one answer, with left-hander Ty Blach included among the call-ups and working the opener.

Santander stays hot and in Game 2 lineup (O’s down 1-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Anthony Santander is staying in the Orioles lineup tonight for Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Rays. And with good reason. Santander extended his career-high hitting streak to eight games in the opener with the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning that propelled the Orioles to a 4-2 win. During a scorching stretch of games, Santander has collected 15

Orioles calmly dispose of Rays 4-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tommy Pham saw five pitches today from Ty Blach in the bottom of the first inning. None of them clocked higher than 91.3 mph. None of them buzzing the tower. Pham drew a walk and was erased on a double play. There was no takeout slide at second base or chirping from an Orioles dugout that tends to set the volume

Williams getting a chance he knew would come (O’s up 3-2)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mason Williams signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on March 28 because he saw an opportunity to play for them. It just took a while. Williams had his contract selected today from Triple-A Norfolk and got the start in center field in Game 1 of the doubleheader. He’s the 57th player used by the Orioles to break last year’s

Hyde defends Tate in Pham controversy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde denied this afternoon that rookie pitcher Dillon Tate intended to throw near Tommy Pham’s head yesterday in the 10th inning and noted how players in his dugout weren’t “chirping.” Or making any sounds. “I was surprised,” Hyde said when asked about Pham’s postgame comments. “I’m sitting in the dugout. I’ve never heard one of our guys all

Tate responds to Pham accusations

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The venom and confrontational accusations that flowed out of the Rays’ Tommy Pham following yesterday’s game have left the Orioles a bit confused. Pham apparently thought Tanner Scott hit him intentionally in the eighth inning and Dillon Tate buzzed him in the decisive 10th, right before a walk-off single in Tampa Bay’s 5-4 win. He also told the media that the

Orioles DFA Peterson and announce call-ups (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles designated infielder Jace Peterson for assignment today to make room for outfielder Mason Williams on the 40-man roster. Williams had his contract selected today from Triple-A Norfolk. Pitchers Ty Blach, David Hess, Evan Phillips and Chandler Shepherd and catcher Austin Wynns were recalled today. Peterson batted .220/.269/.330 in 29 games. Williams is wearing No. 40. Shepherd was named the

More on Orioles’ expanded roster and exclusions

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field is running low on available locker space. Roster expansion can shrink a room. It also can trigger some fans, depending on which players are kept out of it. The pitching staff is gaining more arms for the bullpen and perhaps the rotation with the arrivals of David Hess, Chandler Shepherd, Ty Blach and Evan Phillips.

Trumbo makes triumphant return in Orioles’ 5-4 loss (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mark Trumbo stood on the on-deck circle today in the top of the first inning, waiting for an opportunity that was a year in the making. A chance to bat again in a major league game. No longer a prisoner to the pain in his surgically repaired right knee. Just putting on the uniform and checking the lineup card felt like

The pitching, expanded roster, Trumbo’s return and more (tied 4-4)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde and Rays manager Kevin Cash aren’t ready to list their starters for Tuesday’s doubleheader at Tropicana Field. There’s too much uncertainly to finalize pitching plans. Hyde knew he’d need a spot starter and Hurricane Dorian created a complication by forcing the teams to play a doubleheader in order for the Orioles to fly back home a day

Orioles reinstate Trumbo from injured list and DFA Eshelman

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have reinstated Mark Trumbo from the 60-day injured list, setting him up for his first major league action since Aug. 19, 2018. Trumbo is serving as the designated hitter today and batting sixth at Tropicana Field. Renato Núñez is playing first base. Chris Davis is situated among the reserves. DJ Stewart is in left field and Anthony Santander is

Trumbo making it back to active roster

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mark Trumbo is expected to have a locker inside the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field this morning as the latest roster addition for the Orioles. The reaction on Twitter will include such unique and classy gems as “Who cares?” and “It doesn’t matter.” Because ... Twitter. Well, try telling that to the Orioles. Try telling that to Trumbo, who’s returning from

Orioles and Royals lineups

The Orioles placed four players on their expanded September roster this morning, recalling outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. and pitchers Branden Kline and Tanner Scott from Triple-A Norfolk and reinstating pitcher Shawn Armstrong from the 10-day injured list. More moves are coming after Monday. Smith is starting in left field today as the Orioles close out their series in Kansas City. Trey Mancini is playing first

This, that and the other

Exactly how much has Jonathan Villar increased his trade value in the offseason? The Orioles couldn’t move Villar at the deadline, failing in attempts to work out a deal with the Cubs. He slashed .225/.320/.382 with three home runs in 26 games in June. Contenders had to be leery of a player with a reputation for being reckless on the basepaths and not always exhibiting,

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