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Post-game Notes: Boston takes series opener

Eight of the Orioles last nine losses have been by one or two runs. With tonight’s loss, they fall to 11-13 in one-run games. The O’s fall to 4-10 since the All-Star break. In those games, they have been out-scored by just one run, 65-64 and they have out-hit their opponents 139-128 since the break. Jeremy Guthrie gave up six runs and nine hits in

Boston uses the longball to edge O’s, 6-5

Jeremy Guthrie continued to give up home runs tonight and the Orioles continued their season-long struggles vs. Boston. The Red Sox hit three homers off Guthrie in a 6-5 win over the O’s on Friday night in front of 44,091 at Camden Yards. The O’s fall to 2-9 on the season vs. Boston. Aubrey Huff hit his 200th career homer, a two-run shot in the

Second guessers, you’re up

Dave Trembley might get some criticism tonight for leaving Jeremy Guthrie in one batter too long. He was leading the game 5-4, with one on and two out in the top of the seventh. With Kevin Youkilis, two for three in the game coming up, Jeremy Guthrie, now over 100 pitches, was left in. Guthrie then hung one that Youkilis hit out for a 6-5

Tonight’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Smoltz

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-9, 5.21) tonight will make his 21st start of the 2009 season, his 11th at home and his 3rd this year vs. Boston. Guthrie’s last outing was Saturday at Boston. He gave up five runs in 6 2/3. In four July starts, he is 1-2, 5.62. Right-handed batters are hitting .261 against him and lefties bat .272 vs. Guthrie. He has allowed

Andy MacPhail comments on the trade dealine

O’s president Andy MacPhail said the last few hours before the trade deadline passed today without the Orioles close to making another deal. “It was uneventful. I would say we only talked to four or five clubs today. We only had one thing kind of different come up today and that really never got off the ground. It was kind of how I anticipated it

Talking with the O’s new closer

O’s right-hander Jim Johnson had one career save in the minors and he has three career Major League saves, with two coming this season. Now he’ll get plenty of chances to add to that total. The 26-year-old now takes over the closer duties for the Orioles after George Sherrill’s trade to the Dodgers. “It’s very similar to pitching the 8th inning. It’s a critical part

Audio from Thursday’s post-game radio show

So many have asked to hear it. Here is how it sounded on the Orioles’ all-access post-game radio show Thursday afternoon when Tom Davis told his co-host Dave Johnson that his son had been traded to the Orioles. The audio is courtesy of CBS Radio, O’s flagship station, 105.7 FM the Fan in Baltimore and the Orioles radio network. 105.7 The Fan Post-Game Audio: July

Weekend preview: Boston at Baltimore

Game Preview Boston (59-42) at Orioles (44-57) The Orioles are trying to get their offense going again. Perhaps they are on their way after scoring 14 runs in beating Kansas City the last two days. After splitting that four-game series, the Orioles welcome Boston to town tonight to continue this seven-game homestand. Pitching Matchups: Fri, 705p - Jeremy Guthrie (7-9, 5.21) v. John Smoltz (1-4,

Goodbye George, welcome Steve and Josh

One of the perks of the job of reporter covering the Orioles is that you get to meet and talk to Orioles’ players. That’s a pretty neat thing for a kid from Baltimore like myself. What’s cooler yet is when those players turn out to be quality people that are easy to root for. The Orioles have many such players on their roster but they

Comments from Josh Bell

For Josh Bell, it is not easy to leave the only organization he’s ever known, the Dodgers, but he also knows this. His chance to be a future Major League third baseman will be much greater with the Orioles. O’s president Andy MacPhail stopped short of anointing him the O’s third sacker of the future during a telephone press conference Thursday night, but he did

Emotional afternoon for Dave Johnson

So what must it be like to hear your son may be traded to the Orioles while you are on the air on the Orioles radio network? That’s the afternoon Dave Johnson had as he was working today’s postgame show with Tom Davis when reports began to surface that his son, pitching currently for the Dodgers Double-A team, may be headed to the O’s organization.

About Bell and Johnson

Josh Bell is a switch-hitting third baseman, who is 22 years old. He is currently batting .296-11-52 with Double-A Chatanooga and has 30 doubles in 94 games. He goes 6’3”, 235 pounds. He has an on base percentage of .386 and a slugging percentage of .497. This year he is hitting .212 vs. LHP and .335 vs. RHP. Bell was a fourth-round draft pick by

Bergesen talks about his injury

Brad Bergesen talked with reporters a few moments ago in the O’s clubhouse. He left today’s game after seven innings. On the last out he recorded he took a line shot off his left shin and he limped off the field. “It hurts pretty bad. When it first happened, I didn’t know what happened at first. When I got into the dugout, I fell down,

Bergesen pitches O’s past Royals, 7-3

Brad Bergesen gave up just one run over seven innings to get his 7th win as the Orioles beat Kansas City 7-3 to split the four-game series. Bergesen left the game in pain as Billy Butler’s liner back to the mound hit him on his left shin. Catcher Matt Wieters would field the ball and throw Butler out to end the seventh. As of this

Brandon Snyder’s bat heating up

Brandon Snyder must finally be warming up to Triple-A pitching. He is 1 for 2 in Norfolk’s game this afternoon. That extends his current batting streak to eight games. He has 12 hits in his last 29 at bats (.414) as his average has climbed from .200 to its current .245. Snyder has 69 RBI on the year to lead all O’s minor leaguers. Earlier

Today’s pitchers: Bergesen vs. Hochevar

RHP Brad Bergesen (6-5, 3.56) today makes his 19th start of the year, his 11th at home and the 1st of his career vs. the KC Royals. Bergesen, who has just one win over his last five starts, last worked on Friday at Boston. He gave up nine hits and three runs over six innings vs. the Sox. Bergesen has been outstanding at home this

Afternoon baseball: KC at Orioles

Game Preview Kansas City (40-60) at Orioles (43-57) For the Orioles, it’s 100 games down and 62 to go in this 2009 season. The O’s are 43-57 at the 100-game mark after Wednesday’s 7-3 win over KC. Adam Jones and Nick Markakis knocked in three runs each. Jones hit a first-inning homer for the third straight game in this series. The four-game set comes to

Post-game Notes: O’s top KC

Chris Tillman got a no decision in his Major League debut. In 4 2/3, he gave up three runs and seven hits. He allowed three solo homers. He had given up just five homers in 18 starts at Triple-A. Tillman threw 93 pitches, 58 for strikes and has a one-start ERA of 5.79. Matt Albers got the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Tillman’s take on his debut

He didn’t pitch as well as he had been at Triple-A this year, but Chris Tillman can relax a little now. The first one is out of the way. “I had some nerves in the beginning but then I got my feet under me a little bit. I was just trying to get ahead of hitters but I hurt myself falling behind at times. The

O’s rally late for 7-3 win over KC

On a night where Chris Tillman allowed three solo homers in his Major League debut, the Orioles rallied for five late runs to gain a much-needed win. The Birds topped Kansas City 7-3 Wednesday in front of 19,741 at Camden Yards. The O’s came to bat in the 7th down by 3-2. But after 116 pitches, Zack Greinke was taken out of the game and

Five Major League debuts

The Orioles have had now five pitchers make their Major League debuts this year. Chris Tillman was the first of the five to allow more than two earned runs, as he gave up three over 4 2/3. It was not a great outing by any stretch, but a start for a 21-year-old who has to deal with hype and high expectations. The five debuts added

Tillman homer note

Chris Tillman allowed solo homers to Alberto Callaspo and Miguel Olivo in the second inning tonight. It’s the first time this year he has allowed more than one homer in a start. In 96 2/3 innings at Triple-A, he gave up only five homers. Over his last six Triple-A starts before tonight, he had given up just one homer, a span of 36 2/3 innings.

Tonight’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Greinke

RHP Chris Tillman tonight makes his Major League debut. The 21-year-old right-hander was acquired by the O’s from Seattle on February 8, 2008 as part of the Erik Bedard deal. At 21 years, 106 days old, Tillman will become the youngest Oriole to make his Major League debut since Hayden Penn did so at 20 years, 228 days old on May 28, 2005. Tillman has

Tillman and O’s host Royals tonight

Game Preview Kansas City (40-59) at Orioles (42-57) The Kansas City Royals were struggling when they arrived in Baltimore on Monday. They had just completed a 1-8 road trip and had lost 11 of 12 games. They have the worst record in the American League. But they have posted back-to-back, 5-3 and 4-3 wins over the Orioles. Tuesday’s win came in 11 innings as KC

Reimold is on a roll

O’s left fielder Nolan Reimold entered the All-Star break in a slump, but he’s out of it now. Reimold was 3 for 28 heading into the break as his average dropped to .257. But he is batting .457 since the break with five doubles, four RBI and four stolen bases. “I just fell into some bad habits and had to work my way out of

The players talk about Tillman

Here are some comments from Orioles’ players about Chris Tillman and his debut tonight. David Hernandez - “When I was brought up from Norfolk, he was just starting to get going. If he just pitches how he pitches, he shouldn’t change a thing when he gets up here. “He’s a guy that when he goes out there and if he’s getting hit around, if you

It’s Tillman time tonight (Updated with Wieters audio)

Chris Tillman has impressed the Orioles in many ways. With his talent, with his poise and with the ability he has at just 21 years of age. Tonight, the young right-hander will make his Major League debut when the O’s host Kansas City at 7:05 p.m. In spring training, he impressed O’s Minor League Pitching Coordinater, Dave Schmidt. Tillman looked to improve one aspect of

Post-game Notes: KC wins second straight

Seven of the Orioles last eight losses have been by one or two runs. The Royals improve to 4-1 in extra-innings while the O’s fall to 4-4. O’s Player of the Night - Catcher Matt Wieters. His single in the 6th gave Baltimore a 3-2 lead it could not hold. Wieters went 4 for 5 with four singles and an RBI. It’s his first career

Berken makes progress but O’s fall to KC

Amidst a very quiet Orioles clubhouse, Jason Berken had to feel happy and relieved. He pitched well and it appears he’ll get more chances in the future in the O’s rotation. Berken gave up just two runs and six hits over six innings Tuesday vs. Kansas City. He was in line to win for the first time since May 26th until KC tied it in

Buck lifts Royals to extra-inning victory

Catcher John Buck, who entered the game in the ninth inning, produced a two-out RBI single to right in the 11th as Kansas City topped the Orioles 4-3 in 11 frames. Mark Teahen led off the 11th with a single vs. Danys Baez and stole second. He scored on Buck’s liner to right for the go-ahead run. Billy Butler, who had five hits last night,

Andy MacPhail comments on Sano

O’s president Andy MacPhail tonight confirmed for MASNsports.com the club’s continuing interest in Dominican shortstop Miguel Angel Sano. He said the club has not yet made Sano an offer, but that could be coming. He also confirmed the club has interest in Sano, even if it is proven that he is older than 16. “We have some interest,” MacPhail stated. “We’ve followed the player. There

Tonight’s starters: Berken vs. Bannister

RHP Jason Berken (1-8, 6.55) tonight makes his 12th start of 2009, his 7th at home and the 1st of his career vs. the KC Royals. Berken won his Major League debut on May 26th vs. Toronto, but is 0-8 in ten starts since. The Orioles are just 2-9 in Berken’s 11 starts, losing the last six. In six home starts, Berken is 1-4, 4.54

Once again, Sherrill is riding out trade rumors

It’s one year later, late July and George Sherrill is again hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors. He says it’s flattering, but that he would still prefer to stay an Oriole. “Same take as last year. I don’t want to go anywhere, but that’s not my call,” Sherrill said. “If somebody is willing to give them something they feel they can rebuild with, that’s

Tuesday baseball: KC at Orioles

Game Preview Orioles (42-56) at Kansas City (39-59) The Orioles offense started to hit the skids beginning in the recent series at New York and that trend continued when the O’s began a seven-game homestand Monday vs. Kansas City. The O’s were held to three runs by Bruce Chen and two relievers in a 5-3 loss to the Royals. Over their last seven games, the

Post-game Notes: Royals take series opener

The Orioles have now lost six of the last seven games. They have scored a total of 21 runs in those games and are batting just .252 as a team with 16 extra-base hits in that stretch. They have scored four runs or less six times in the last seven games. Six of the Orioles last seven losses have been by one or two runs.

Hill dealing with shoulder issues

After giving up three runs in just 2 1/3 innings tonight, Rich Hill told reporters he’s been dealing with shoulder soreness throughout the season. “I don’t know what to say really. I’ve been having some issues with the shoulder. We’ve been doing a good job of keeping the fire down a bit. Unfortunately it’s something where I haven’t been able to maintain any consistency. I

Royals win series opener, 5-3

Billy Butler had his first career five-hit game and added 3 RBI as Kansas City beat the Orioles 5-3 Monday night. It was game one of the series and a seven-game homestand. Butler was 5 for 5 with three singles, two doubles and two runs. The Royals broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh. Butler led off with a double, his fourth

Bass-man not gas-man

It’s a thankless job, that of the long reliever. Tonight O’s fans should thank Brian Bass for restoring order to this game. After Rich Hill left trailing 3-2 in the third, Bass came on and got out of that mess. He got Pena and Freel to strand two and keep the O’s down one. They have since tied the game. Bass tonight pitched 3 1/3

Tonight’s starters: Hill vs. Chen

LHP Rich Hill (3-3, 7.64) tonight will make his 13th start of this season, his 5th at home and his 2nd this year vs. Kansas City. Over his last five starts, Hill has pitched to an ERA of 10.64 (26ER in 22IP). Hill took the loss Tuesday at New York, giving up five runs and four walks over three innings. He threw 82 pitches. Hill

Interesting Trembley comment

While the Orioles were just 2-7 on the last road trip, within those nine games, mostly losses, they saw some solid performances from young players. For instance, Nolan Reimold went 7 for 10 in the Boston series and hit .429 on the trip. David Hernandez gave up just two runs in back-to-back starts at New York and Boston. Matt Wieters has quietly put some hits

Taking time to enjoy success

He now has the best ERA among all O’s starters. And in the last week, David Hernandez pitched back-to-back games at New York and Boston, giving up just two runs and eight hits over 13 innings. “It’s a real positive to go into Boston and New York and get two quality starts. It will help me in future starts. You know you can compete,” Hernandez

The homestand begins: KC at O’s

Game Preview Kansas City (38-59) at Orioles (42-55) After completing a grueling 2-7 road trip with a win on Sunday, the Orioles return home to Camden Yards. Tonight the Birds begin a seven-game homestand with the start of a four-game series vs. Kansas City. Tonight’s pitching matchup features Rich Hill (3-3, 7.64) pitching for Baltimore vs. former Oriole lefty Bruce Chen (0-5, 6.58). The O’s

One reason to like Yankee Stadium

On May 19th, Brad Bergesen took the mound at Yankee Stadium. His record was 1-1 and his ERA 5.27. For most of the night, Bergesen dueled with CC Sabathia pitch for pitch. When he left in the 7th he was trailing by just 2-1. Two of his inherited runners would score and his final line showed four runs allowed over 6 1/3 and his ERA

Post-game Notes: Hernandez pitches O’s past Sox

O’s Player of the Game - Pitcher David Hernandez. He followed up an excellent outing at Yankee Stadium with one today at Fenway Park. This afternoon he pitched a career-high seven innings and allowed just five hits with one run. He did not walk a batter and fanned two. In the two starts at New York and Boston he gave up two runs and eight

Hernandez pitches O’s past Boston, 6-2

David Hernandez picked up his third win and Nick Markakis went 2 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI as the Orioles beat Boston 6-2 Sunday to salvage the final game of the series. Dave Trembley talks with Buck Martinez after the O’s 6-2 win With the win, the Orioles ended a five-game losing streak and 11-game losing streak at Boston. They end their

Today’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Smoltz

RHP David Hernandez (2-2, 3.55) today makes his 7th start of this season, his 5th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Boston. Hernandez allowed just one run over six innings but did not get a decision last Monday at New York. He gave up just three hits, throwing 103 pitches. Over his last three starts, Hernandez is 1-0, 2.89 (6ER in

Sunday baseball: Orioles vs. Red Sox

Game Preview Orioles (41-55) at Boston (57-39) The road trip that has featured just one win and dropped the Orioles 14 games under the .500 mark comes to an end this afternoon. Boston can sweep three straight from the O’s with a win today at 1:35 p.m. David Hernandez (2-2, 3.55) will pitch for Baltimore vs. 42-year-old right-hander John Smoltz (1-3, 6.31) The Orioles win

Post-game Notes: Sox win again vs. O’s

Nolan Reimold went 2 for 3 with a double and run scored in Saturday’s loss. Reimold is 5 for 6 in this series with two doubles, two runs and two walks. He has increased his average from .259 to .277 the last two days. David Ortiz started the Boston scoring with a three-run homer in the first inning. His 13th of the year came on

Sox score early in win over O’s

David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Boston was on its way to a 7-2 win over the Orioles Saturday night. The Sox have taken the first two games of this series. The Orioles, who are 1-8 this year vs. Boston, have lost 11 in a row at Fenway Park and are 1-16 on the road this season vs. AL East

O’s tell Sano “we want you to be an Oriole”

Orioles director of international scouting, John Stockstill, is back from the Dominican Republic tonight. In recent days he has met with the representatives for Dominican shortstop Miguel Angel Sano. “We certainly expressed an interest in him becoming a Baltimore Oriole,” Stockstill said. During a week or so in the country, Stockstill met Sano’s representatives and officials from Major League baseball. Stockstill would not comment when

Tonight’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Lester

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-8, 5.12) tonight will make his 20th start of this season, his 10th on the road and the 9th of his career vs. Boston. Guthrie is coming off one of his best starts of this year. He got the win last Sunday at Chicago, giving up just three hits and two runs over eight innings. He allowed two solo homers and threw

Saturday night baseball: O’s at Boston

Game Preview Orioles (41-54) at Boston (56-39) For the Orioles lately it’s been a story of close but no cigar or wins. They have a similar story riding vs. Boston. The O’s have lost their last four games on their current road trip by 7 total runs. Of the O’s seven losses vs. Boston this year, five have come by two runs or less. The

Post-game Notes: O’s fall at Fenway

Since the O’s scored 21 runs on 37 hits in the three-game series at Chicago to start this trip, the O’s have struggled on offense. In the last four games of this trip, they have scored just 10 runs on 31 hits with only seven extra-base hits. The O’s were 0 for 6 tonight with runners in scoring position and are 3 for 29 over

Sox take series opener, 3-1, over Orioles

The bottom four batters in the Red Sox lineup combined to drive in all three runs tonight as Boston beat the Orioles 3-1, to snap a five-game losing streak. The O’s loaded the bases with one out in the ninth vs. Jon Papelbon. But he fanned Luke Scott for the second out and struck out Melvin Mora on a 3-2 pitch to record his 25th

Not yet Tillman time

It’s looking like, for now, Jason Berken and Rich Hill will stay in the O’s rotation. Will that be for just one more turn through or more, we don’t know. Such was reported in a Baltimore Sun story earlier tonight. Moments ago on the MASN telecast, O’s president Andy MacPhail was asked about Chris Tillman. “We haven’t finalized anything yet,” MacPhail said. “Most of the

Tonight’s pitching matchup: Bergesen vs. Penny

RHP Brad Bergesen (6-4, 3.51) tonight makes his 18th start of this season, his 8th on the road and his 2nd start of 2009 vs. Boston. As well as he has pitched this year, Bergesen tonight is looking for his first career road win. Bergesen, 2009: Home: 6-1, 2.82 and team is 8-2 Road: 0-3, 4.57 and team is 1-6 Bergesen took the loss over

Weekend preview: O’s at Boston

Game Preview Orioles (41-53) at Boston (55-39) The last time the Orioles played the Red Sox the series ended with two wild games. In the middle game of three, the O’s went to the last of the 7th down 10-1 and rallied to beat the Sox 11-10. It was the greatest comeback ever in O’s history. But the next day, the Birds took a 5-1

New spring home to help the minors too

The news this week that the Orioles are moving their spring training home to Sarasota starting next year, will help the Major League O’s in many ways. The facilities will be better and spring training travel much easier. The O’s will even likely now see some of their AL East rivals for spring games. But it will help the O’s minor leagues in many ways

More pitchers show their stuff on the O’s farm

While pitchers like Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz attract most of the attention in the O’s minor leagues, having great seasons, others are emerging with strong seasons, but sometimes get overshadowed by the top hurlers. Two pitchers that fit in that category are Pat Egan and Nate Moreau. Egan, a 24-year-old right-hander began this season at Delmarva, is now at Frederick, but also made a

Tillman and Hobgood take the mound tonight

He may or may not make his next start in Baltimore, but Chris Tillman is scheduled to make a start tonight for Triple-A Norfolk at Gwinnett. O’s Director of Player Development David Stockstill said it is anticipated to be a “normal” start and we should not expect to see Tillman pulled after just a few innings. After pitching in a doubleheader last Friday, Wednesday would

Post-game Notes: tough series in NY

This is the second time this season the O’s were swept in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. They lost three straight by a combined 27-9 score from May 19-21. They lost the three games this time by five total runs. The O’s have been swept five times on the season in three game series. All five came on the road. They were also swept

O’s swept in New York

Winning pitcher A.J. Burnett picked up his 9th win as the Yankees beat the Orioles 6-4 Wednesday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep. The O’s are 0-6 at New York this season and have lost ten straight games in the Bronx. Burnett is now 9-4, 3.74. He gave up two runs in seven innings. Over his last seven starts, he is 5-1, 1.93. Alex Rodriguez

Today’s pitchers: Berken vs. Burnett

RHP Jason Berken (1-7, 6.44) today makes his 11th start of this season, his 5th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the Yankees. Since pitching to an ERA of 2.25 over his first two starts, Berken has mostly struggled. He is coming off his second worst start of the year. Last Friday at Chicago he took the loss and allowed six

Matinee baseball: O’s at New York

Game Preview Orioles (41-52) at New York (56-37) Things are getting this rough for the Orioles. They’ve allowed just ten hits in two games and a team average of just .182 to the Yankees, but they have lost both games of their series at New York. This afternoon at 1:05 p.m. New York can wrap up its second three-game home sweep of the Orioles this

Is it Tillman time?

While I am sure that there is more Chris Tillman could learn and more polish he could add to his game in Triple-A the rest of this season, it also seems quite clear by the numbers that he has made major improvements throughout this season. It’s time for a change in the O’s rotation with Rich Hill out and Chris Tillman in. Tillman is 8-5,

Post-game Notes: O’s fall again to NYY

O’s starting pitcher Rich Hill struggled again. He pitched just three innings and falls to 3-3, 7.64 on the year. In three frames, he allowed three hits, five runs (all earned) with four walks and two strikeouts. He threw 82 pitches. Hill has lasted less than five innings in seven of his 12 starts. He has just three quality starts. Over his last five starts,

Hill struggles and O’s fall at NY

O’s starter Rich Hill struggled again and it led to another O’s loss at New York. Hill gave up five runs and four walks over three innings. He falls to 3-3, 7.64 and his ERA is 9.82 over his last five starts. O’s pitching walked eight tonight and four of eight scored. The O’s fall to 3-8 on the season vs. New York and have

Tonight’s pitchers: Hill vs. Mitre

LHP Rich Hill (3-2, 7.22) tonight makes his 12th start of this season, his 8th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the Yankees. Hill pitched in relief in Chicago. On Friday, he gave up two hits and two runs in just 1/3 of an inning. His last start was July 11th in a no decision at home vs. Toronto. In six

Minor moves

Here are some roster moves made today in the O’s organization: OF Lance West from Aberdeen to Bluefield RHP Scott Mueller from Aberdeen to Delmarva OF Brian Conley from Delmarva to Aberdeen RHP Joshua Dowdy from Delmarva to Aberdeen OF Kraig Binick from Frederick to Bowie IF Matt Tucker activated by Frederick off the DL. Mueller was 1-0, 0.95 in 19 innings with Aberdeen. Binick

Tuesday baseball: O’s at New York

Game Preview Orioles (41-51) at NY Yankees (55-37) What’s been a frustrating road trip to begin the season’s second half continues tonight at 7:05 p.m. when the O’s play at New York. Rich Hill (3-2, 7.22) will start for Baltimore and Sergio Mitre (4-1, 2.32 in minors) for the Yankees. The O’s were frustrated on Monday night when they had two runners make outs at

Post-game Notes: O’s fall at New York

After the O’s offense produced 21 runs on 37 hits in Chicago and a team average of .319 in that series, the Birds were held to one run on six hits by three Yankees’ pitchers on Monday. The Birds went 6-30 at bat in that game. Nick Markakis hit a solo homer in the first for the only Baltimore run. It was his second homer

Yankees win with walk-off homer

Hideki Matsui hit a 2-2 pitch from Jim Johnson over the wall in right in the last of the 9th and the Yankees picked up a 2-1 win over the Orioles Monday night. It was his 15th of the year. New York has now won eight home games in a row over the Orioles, who fall to 1-12 on the year in AL East road

Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Pettitte

RHP David Hernandez (2-2, 3.94) tonight makes his 6th start of this season, his 4th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the Yankees. Hernandez was optioned to the minors on July 10th when Cesar Izturis was activated off the DL. Hernandez made his last start, last Monday for Double-A Bowie vs. Altoona. In four innings, he allowed two hits and one

Bronx series begins: O’s at Yankees

Game Preview Orioles (41-50) at NY Yankees (54-37) After winning the final game of their series in Chicago, the Orioles begin a series in New York tonight. They’ll look to end a seven-game losing streak at New York and begin to turn around their recent terrible record in AL East road games. While the O’s are 12-8 at home this season vs. AL East opponents,

Slow go on Sano right now

When it comes to the Orioles and Dominican shortstop Miguel Angel Sano, two things remain pretty clear at this point. The O’s still are very interested in pursuing Sano, who is an international free agent. But, like every other team in the Majors right now, that pursuit is in a holding pattern as the clubs await the results of MLB’s investigation to determine if Sano

Post-game Notes: O’s whip the Sox

The O’s scored five in the 5th and four in the 9th on the way to Sunday’s 10-2 win over the White Sox. The Orioles out-hit Chicago in all three games of this series. In the series, the O’s scored 21 runs on 37 hits. They had a team average of .319 (37 for 116) over the weekend with 12 doubles and three homers. They

Guthrie pitches O’s past Sox, 10-2

Jeremy Guthrie allowed just two runs over eight innings as the O’s beat Chicago 10-2 Sunday to take the final game of the series. Guthrie improved to 7-8, 5.12. In eight innings he allowed just three hits, but two of them were solo homers to Dewayne Wise and Chris Getz. Guthrie, who improved to 1-3 in five career starts vs. the Sox, had pitched to

Today’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Contreras

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (6-8, 5.35) today makes his 19th start of this season, his 9th on the road and his 2nd this year vs. Chicago. Guthrie has not pitched since July 7th at Seattle. That night he felt ill and left the game after just 2 1/3 innings. He gave up two hits and three runs. Doctors determined Guthrie had a virus and he missed

Sunday baseball: O’s at Chicago

Game Preview Orioles (40-50) at Chicago (47-43) After ending the first half on a positive note, with two straight series wins, the O’s have begun the second half with two straight losses. They need a win today at 2:05 p.m. to avoid being swept three straight by the White Sox. Jeremy Guthrie (6-8, 5.35) pitches for the Orioles vs. Chicago’s Jose Contreras (4-7, 4.54). The

Sunday baseball: O’s at Chicago

Game Preview Orioles (40-50) at Chicago (47-43) After ending the first half on a positive note, with two straight series wins, the O’s have begun the second half with two straight losses. They need a win today at 2:05 p.m. to avoid being swept three straight by the White Sox. Jeremy Guthrie (6-8, 5.35) pitches for the Orioles vs. Chicago’s Jose Contreras (4-7, 4.54). The

Sunday baseball: O’s at Chicago

Game Preview Orioles (40-50) at Chicago (47-43) After ending the first half on a positive note, with two straight series wins, the O’s have begun the second half with two straight losses. They need a win today at 2:05 p.m. to avoid being swept three straight by the White Sox. Jeremy Guthrie (6-8, 5.35) pitches for the Orioles vs. Chicago’s Jose Contreras (4-7, 4.54). The

Post-game Notes: Sox make it two in a row over O’s

For the second game in a row, the Orioles out-hit the White Sox, but lost the game. They entered this series with a record of 30-6 on the year when they had more hits than their opponent. That mark is now 30-8. The O’s fall to 11-10 in one-run games and are now 21-19 in games decided by two runs or less. The error on

Error opens the door for Sox to top O’s

The throw from shortstop just glanced off Ty Wigginton’s glove for a two-base error on the first baseman. Brad Bergesen, rolling along with a shutout to that point, would soon see this game unravel on him. There would have been two outs and none on in the last of the 5th if Wigginton held that ball. Instead, the White Sox would follow with six straight

Strange last of the 5th

We haven’t seen many innings like the bottom of the 5th today in an O’s game this year. Brad Bergesen looked on his way to a three up, three down frame, but instead, the Sox went on to score four runs. In the same inning when an O’s error opened the floodgates, Nolan Reimold and Nick Markakis threw out runners at the plate to end

Today’s pitchers: Bergesen vs. Buehrle

RHP Brad Bergesen (6-3, 3.54) today makes his 17th start of this season, his 7th on the road and his 2nd this year vs. the White Sox. In the final game before the All-Star break, Bergesen got the win vs. Toronto. In 6 2/3, he gave up seven hits and two runs, throwing 91 pitches. Over his last nine starts, Bergesen is 5-1, 2.35 (17ER

Afternoon baseball: O’s at Chicago

Game Preview Orioles (40-49) at Chicago White Sox (46-43) It was a night where the O’s pitching staff struggled to throw strikes vs. a hot-hitting team. That was not a good combination for the Birds as they lost 12-8 at Chicago to start the second half on Friday night. The O’s pitchers allowed seven walks, three homers including a Grand Slam and 13 hits. It

Post-game Notes: O’s fall at Chicago

O’s righty Jason Berken took the loss, falling to 1-7, 6.44. It was Berken’s second worst start, topped only by the 9ER he allowed in just 3 1/3 innings June 6th at Oakland. Tonight, Berken gave six runs in 4 1/3 innings, allowing two homers. He had pitched to an ERA of 3.72 in his previous two starts. Berken is now 0-3, 10.26 in four

Thome homers lead Sox past O’s

The Orioles had a season-high eight extra-base hits tonight and got homers from Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, but all that was topped by Jim Thome. The slugger had a 7 RBI night as the White Sox out-slugged the Birds, 12-8 to start the second half. Thome’s three-run homer in the 5th broke a 3-3 tie and, after the O’s had pulled back within a

Thome time

Jim Thome took over the game tonight in Chicago, hitting two homers in two innings as the Sox pulled away from a 3-3 tie to lead the O’s 10-5 in the seventh. Thome hit a 2-0 pitch for a three-run shot in the 5th to break a 3-3 tie. After an Adam Jones homer pulled the O’s within 6-5, Thome hit a 2-1 pitch from

Noting Tillman and Markakis

Norfolk RHP Chris Tillman picked up his 8th win of the year tonight in game one of a doubleheader. Tillman and Norfolk beat Charlotte, 5-1. The righty went 6 2/3 and gave up seven hits and one run with no walks and seven strikeouts. Tillman, who had not allowed a run over his previous two outings, is now 3-0, 0.44 over his last three starts,

Tonight’s pitchers: Berken vs. Danks

RHP Jason Berken (1-6, 5.87) tonight makes his 10th start of the year, his 4th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the White Sox. Berken took a loss last Friday, giving up two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 vs. Toronto. After the game, Berken was encouraged by his outing said he “made some adjustments to clean up his delivery.

The second half begins: O’s at Sox

Game Preview Orioles (40-48) at Chicago White Sox (45-43) After winning their last two series before the All-Star break, the O’s begin the second-half tonight at Chicago. It’s game one of a three-game series and a nine-game, ten-day road trip. The Orioles, who have won four of five games, won six of their last nine series before the break, going 15-12 over the last 27

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