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Post-game notes and quotes: Yankees top O’s

Winning pitcher Andy Pettitte improved to 12-6, 4.03. He is 2-0, 1.17 in two starts this year vs. the Orioles and improved his career numbers vs. Baltimore to 26-6, 3.56 in 39 career games, 37 starts. The win was his 190th all-time, moving him into third on the all-time Yankee wins list. He pitched a season-high eight innings tonight. Pettitte is tied with Catfish Hunter

Pettitte pitches NY to series opening win vs. Birds

It didn’t turn out to be a magical night for Andy Pettitte, but still a pretty good one as he pitched the Yankees past the Orioles 5-1 at Camden Yards. Pettitte took a perfect game bid into the 7th and retired the first two batters of the inning. His run of retiring 20 straight ended there when third baseman Jerry Hairson booted Adam Jones’ grounder

It’s never happened (and it will not tonight)

No Oriole has ever pitched a perfect game, nor has a perfect game ever been pitched vs. the Orioles. Andy Pettitte lost a perfect game bid tonight with two outs in the last of the 7th when third baseman Jerry Hairston booted Adam Jones’ grounder for an error. On his 81st pitch of the night, Nick Markakis singled to left for the O’s first hit.

Oriole killer

Robinson Cano leads all Yankees players this year with 13 RBI vs. the Orioles. Who is second? Not A-Rod, he has 8. Not Teixeira, he has eight also. How about Damon? No he has nine. It’s Nick Swisher, who has been ripping O’s pitching this year and hit a solo homer in the third tonight to give New York a 1-0 lead. With that blast,

Tonight’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Pettitte

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (9-12, 5.26) tonight is set to make his 27th start of this season, his 14th at home and the 10th of his career vs. the Yankees. Guthrie is trying to do something tonight he has not done all year - win three starts in a row. Over his last two starts, vs. Chicago and Minnesota, Guthrie is 2-0, 1.29. He has won

Roberts on trying to avoid another September swoon

As the calendar turns to September on Tuesday, the Orioles will have 30 games remaining in their season. Of the 30, they will play Boston and New York five times each, Texas three times and Tampa eight times. Can the O’s avoid another September swoon, like last season’s club that went 5-20 in the month? With the young starting pitching now here, and the Oroles

O’s not worried about Britton

Frederick Keys lefty Zach Britton, one of the O’s top pitching prospects, left his start after just two scoreless innings on Sunday, but the Orioles aren’t too worried at this point. “He said he just didn’t feel right,” O’s pitching co-ordinater Dave Schmidt, who was at the game in Frederick, said today. “He said there wasn’t any pain or tightness, he just didn’t quite feel

A very uplifting day for the Orioles

Call it a look at the Orioles future, Brian Matusz’s coming out party or just a very well pitched game by a rookie left hander. I think what Matusz did yesterday is lift an entire organization - of course those shoulders aren’t really broad enough to do that yet. But he did it in a symbolic way. The Orioles are trying to produce pitchers like

Post-game Notes: Matusz pitches O’s past Tribe

Matusz was the Man - In just his 6th Major League start, Brian Matusz pitched a gem to win his third game. He limited the Indians to four hits and one run over seven innings. He is now 3-2, 5.28. He set season highs for innings, strikeouts with eight and fewest hits allowed with four. Matusz threw 96 pitches, 67 strikes. In his last inning,

Matusz pitches O’s past Cleveland, 5-2

In his best outing yet as a Major Leaguer, Brian Matusz shut down the Cleveland Indians over seven innings today as the Orioles beat the Tribe 5-2 at Camden Yards to split the four-game series. Matusz, who retired the first 11 batters he faced today, had a no-hitter through four innings and a shutout through five. He allowed just four hits and one run over

Today’s pitchers: Matusz vs. Masterson

LHP Brian Matusz (2-2, 6.46) today will make his 6th start of the Major League season, his 2nd at home and the 1st of his career vs. Cleveland. Matusz, whose longest outing so far is 5 2/3 innings, has posted wins over Detroit and Tampa. In his only previous home start, he allowed 11 hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings August 15th vs.

Sunday afternoon baseball: Cleveland at Orioles

Game Preview Cleveland (58-71) at Orioles (53-77) After dropping two of three vs. Cleveland, the Orioles will need a win this afternoon at 1:35 p.m. to split this four-game series with the Indians. Andy Marte hit a three-run homer in the 6th inning Saturday night to put Cleveland ahead 4-2 and the Tribe went on to a 5-3 win. Marte’s two-run homer in the 9th

Post-game Notes: Tribe tops O’s

Another key big fly - For the second time in three nights, Andy Marte hit a homer that led directly to an Indians win. His two-run homer in the 9th Thursday led the Tribe to a 5-4 win. His three-run shot in the 6th tonight put Cleveland ahead 4-2 in a game the Indians won, 5-3. In this series, Marte is 5 for 11 with

Marte again leads Cleveland to victory

This time Andy Marte hit his game-winning homer in the 6th inning, not in the 9th. Not long after the game resumed after a rain delay of one hour and 37 minutes, Chris Ray took the mound in the 6th replacing starter Chris Tillman. Marte came up with Cleveland trailing 2-1. With two men on, he hit a pitch from Ray over the left field

Play has resumed at Camden Yards

We are back playing baseball after a delay of one hour and 37 minutes at Camden Yards. The O’s are batting and leading 2-1 in the last of the 5th. Nolan Reimold has walked tonight, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 16 consecutive games. Nick Markakis had an RBI double in the first tonight, it’s his 89 RBI of the year. He began

Taking rain delay questions (game set to resume soon)

UPDATE - The rain has been gone for quite a whille at Camden Yards. One problem here now is standing water, plenty of it, in each dugout. The drainage system seems to have been overloaded or something and there is more water on the field and certainly in the dugouts than after the usual rain delay. We’ll keep you posted on this. Looks like I’ve

Strange night for Tillman

The bottom line is this - Chris Tillman has allowed just one run to the Indians through five innings tonight. But if runs were scored for just hitting the ball hard, the Tribe would have a big lead now. Loud outs count, too, however and Tillman has acquired a few of them tonight. He has been spotty with his control and fallen behind a few

Tonight’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Sowers

RHP Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.58) tonight will make his 7th Major League start of this season, his 3rd at home and the 1st of his career vs. Cleveland. Tillman, who has allowed 3ER or less in five of his starts, has lost his last two outings vs. Tampa and Minnesota. Tillman first two starts: 6.75 ERA Tillman last four starts: 3.65 ERA Right-handed batters are

Plenty of praise for Berken

Can a pitcher with a record of 4-11 and ERA of 6.33 get praise from his manager? Jason Berken got it today from Dave Trembley, in large doses. Trembley talked at length about how Berken has persevered through tough times to emerge pitching well now for the O’s. On August 2nd, Berken was 1-9, 6.93 and seemingly on his way back to Triple-A. Over his

Saturday night baseball: Cleveland at Orioles

Game Preview Cleveland (57-71) at Orioles (53-76) After scoring three runs or less in 18 of 40 games in the second half, the Orioles offense broke out over the middle innings Friday night on the way to a 13-4 win over Cleveland. Tonight the clubs play game three of this four-game series with Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.58) facing Cleveland’s Jeremy Sowers (5-9, 4.93). The Orioles

Post-game Notes: O’s crush Cleveland

They kept scoring - It was the Orioles’ second biggest night scoring runs this year. They plated 13 in the win over Cleveland, topped only by their 16-6 win over the Angels on August 14th. Six different O’s drove in runs and five had multi-hit nights. The Birds went 15 for 36 at bat as a team and scored in five different innings. They were

Wieters talks about his big night

For Matt Wieters, he admits job one as a catcher is helping your pitcher behind the plate. But it’s also nice to deliver when you stand at that plate. Tonight, Wieters drove in a career-high four runs in the O’s 13-4 win over Cleveland. “I knew he (Fausto Carmona) had a good sinker so you gotta get something up and I was able to get

Wieters leads Birds rout of Cleveland

Matt Wieters had a career-high four RBI while Felix Pie and Nick Markakis added three each in the O’s 13-4 rout of Cleveland on Friday night. The O’s scored 11 runs from the 4th through the 7th to turn a close game into a blowout. Wieters went 3 for 4 with two doubles and single. Pie had three hits including a double and solo homer

Baysox washout

Double-A Bowie, which still has an outside shot to make the Eastern League playoffs, got rained out tonight at Reading. So now the clubs will play a doubleheader tomorrow at 6:35 p.m in what is a crucial four-game series for Bowie. Second-place Reading is a game and a half ahead of third-place Erie and Bowie is another game and a half back in fourth place.

Tonight’s pitchers: Berken vs. Carmona

The start of tonight’s game was delayed 56 minutes by rain. Tonight’s first pitch was at 8:01 p.m. RHP Jason Berken (3-11, 6.49) tonight will make his 18th start of the year, his 10th at home and the 1st of his career vs. Cleveland. In 86 innings, Berken has allowed 113 hits, including 13 homers. The Orioles are just 4-13 when he starts. Berken, who

Taking questions during a rain delay (first pitch now set for 8pm)

OK, I’ll try this again. While this rain delay goes on, feel free to ask any O’s question - Major or Minors - and I’ll take a shot at it. Post some questions right here and right now!!!

Relaxed Mickolio now putting up impressive numbers

In a brief shot with the Orioles last year, nine games, reliever Kam Mickolio pitched to an ERA of 5.87. Through eight games and 11 1/3 innings with the team this year, the 25-year-old Mickolio has worked to an ERA of 0.79. He has allowed just five hits with 13 strikeouts. Right-handed batters hit .263 against him but lefty hitters are 0 for 19 with

Friday baseball: Cleveland at Orioles

Game Preview Cleveland (57-70) at Orioles (52-76) The Orioles continue to play plenty of close games. They lost one last night and tonight look to even their four-game series with Cleveland at a win each at 7:05 p.m. Jason Berken (3-11, 6.49) will pitch for Baltimore and Fausto Carmona (3-8, 5.92) starts for Cleveland. Andy Marte’s two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch with two outs

Post-game Notes: Tribe wins on homer in ninth

The Orioles began tonight with a record of 44 and 2 this year when leading after eight innings. The Indians were 4-62 when trailing after eight. But Andy Marte’s two-out, two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch lifted Cleveland to a 5-4 win. Marte is batting .414-2-8 during an eight-game batting streak. This was the Orioles’ fourth one-run game in their past five contests. They are

Marte’s homer stuns O’s in ninth

The Orioles were one strike away from a homestand-opening win vs. Cleveland. They took a 4-3 lead to the top of the 9th and closer Jim Johnson got the first two batters out. Then Matt Laporta singled and number nine hitter, Andy Marte hit a two-run homer to left to put Cleveland ahead 5-4. The Tribe went on to the 5-4 victory on Marte’s second

Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Laffey

RHP David Hernandez (4-6, 4.35) tonight will make his 13th start of this season, his 6th at home and the 1st of his career vs. Cleveland. Over his last four starts, Hernandez is 1-3, 7.11. In the four starts before that, he pitched to an ERA of 2.31. The Orioles are 5-7 when Hernandez starts, but have lost four of his last five starts. In

Aubrey looks forward to series with former teammates

On June 24th, O’s first baseman Micheal Aubrey was acquired from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later. Now, the next four days, Aubrey will be playing against Cleveland. “It’s nice to see those guys. I was there since 2003 and left in June of this year. I have a lot of friends over there, I wished them well when I left.

The homestand begins: Indians at Orioles

Game Preview Cleveland (56-70) at Orioles (52-75) It may be August 27th, the time for pennant races and almost time when Major League rosters can expand to 40 players, but tonight the Orioles will meet the Cleveland Indians for the first time this year. The O’s host the Tribe tonight at 7:05 p.m. in game one of a four-game series and a ten-game homestand. The

Stockstill comments on the AFL players

The Orioles are sending eight players to the Arizona Fall League. They are pitchers Brandon Erbe, Josh Perrault, Ryohei Tanaka and Eddie Gamboa. Also headed to play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs are position players Brandon Snyder, Josh Bell, Matt Angle and Brandon Waring. “We wanted to get people who are prospects and guys that could help us at the big leagues in the future.

Post-game Notes: Guthrie and O’s top Twins

Two in a row - Jeremy Guthrie has now won back-to-back starts vs. Chicago and Minnesota. Tonight he gave up just one run and six hits over seven innings. He threw 112 pitches, 72 for strikes and is 9-12, 5.26 on the year. Guthrie did not walk a batter for the fourth time this year and allowed 2ER or less for the sixth time. Guthrie,

Guthrie pitches O’s past Twins, 5-1

Jeremy Guthrie put together a second straight strong start to pick up his 9th win as the Orioles beat the Twins 5-1 Wednesday in the final contest of a nine-game road trip. The O’s ended the trip 4-5 and won the season series from the Twins, three wins to two. It’s their first season series win vs. Minnesota since 2002. The O’s win snapped Minnesota’s

Tonight’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Blackburn

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (8-12, 5.45) tonight will make his 26th start of the season, his 13th on the road and the 2nd of his career vs. Minnesota. Guthrie picked up his 8th win Friday at Chicago when he gave up just one run and six hits over seven innings. In his previous two starts, he had given up 12ER over 10 1/3 frames. Guthrie, 2009

Road trip finale: Orioles at Minnesota

Game Preview Orioles (51-75) at Minnesota (63-63) After losing back-to-back games by one run each, tonight the Orioles play at Minnesota at 8:05 p.m. in the final game of a three-game series and nine-game road trip. Jeremy Guthrie (8-12, 5.45) pitches for the Orioles vs. Twins right hander Nick Blackburn (8-8, 4.27). Scott Baker pitched the Twins to a 2-1 win Monday night and Delmon

O’s suspend minor leaguer Adams for rest of the year

What has been a tough season for Frederick Keys second baseman Ryan Adams has come to an end even though the Keys have about two weeks left in the regular season. Adams, the O’s second-round pick in 2006, missed much of May and June due to a groin injury. A few days ago the Orioles put Adams on the suspended list and sent him home

Post-game Notes: Twins with walk-off win

The Orioles have played eight games on their current road trip and five of those have been decided by one run. The O’s are 2-3 in those games. They have lost the first two games in this series vs. the Twins by 2-1 and 7-6 scores. The O’s have lost nine of their last 12 games decided by one run and are 14-18 on the

Twins win in last of 9th, 7-6

Delmon Young’s fourth hit of the night, a two-out, RBI single in the last of the ninth, gave the Twins a 7-6, walk off win over the Orioles Tuesday night. The Twins have taken the first two games of this series. Kam Mickolio got the first two batters out in the 9th. But then Micheal Cuddyer singled and pinch hitter Jason Kubel drew a walk.

Halfway home

I kind of wish I were but I’m still at the CBS radio studios where I will host the post game show later tonight along with Dave Johnson. Yes, we are still watching this game. Hope we are not alone. Yes, this has been a hard one to watch, we just reached the halfway point and it took almost two hours. Brian Matusz has struggled

Tonight’s pitchers: Matusz vs. Gabino

LHP Brian Matusz (2-2, 6.75) tonight will make his 5th Major League start of this season, his 4th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Minnesota. Matusz, the fourth pick in round one of the draft last year, was the winning pitcher Wednesday at Tampa. He took a four-hitter into the 6th inning before giving up a three-run homer to Ben Zobrist.

Tuesday night preview: Orioles at Minnesota

Game Preview Orioles (51-74) at Minnesota (62-63) The Orioles are hopeful that their on again, off again offense will be more on again tonight at 8:05 p.m. when they play at Minnesota in game two of this series and game eight of a road trip. Brian Matusz will pitch tonight for the O’s (2-2, 6.75) vs. Twins right hander Armando Gabino who will be making

O’s headed to the AFL

Here is the Orioles’ list of players heading to the Arizona Fall League: They are position players Brandon Snyder, Josh Bell and Matt Angle and pitchers Brandon Erbe, Ryohei Tanaka, Josh Perrault and Eddie Gamboa. Brandon Waring will go as a “taxi squad” player, meaning he can play two days a week. The O’s prospects will play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, the team that

Post-game Notes: Twins win pitchers duel

The Orioles played a second straight one-run game in Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Twins. They won 5-4 at Chicago on Sunday afternoon. The Birds are 14-17 on the year in one-run decisions and have lost eight of their last 11 decided by a single run. A solid outing - Losing pitcher Chris Tillman was two outs away from a fourth straight quality start. He

Tillman takes tough-luck loss, 2-1 vs. Twins

Scott Baker and the Minnesota Twins won a pitchers duel against Chris Tillman and the Orioles when the Twins scratched out two runs in the last of the sixth Monday night. Minnesota posted a 2-1 win in game one of this three-game series. Tillman took a three-hit shutout and 1-0 lead to the 6th. Alexi Casilla led off with a triple and scored on a

Josh Bell headed to the AFL

A baseball source confirms tonight that Josh Bell will represent the Orioles in the Arizona Fall League. The O’s may send as many as seven players to the AFL but have yet to announce their list. Bell, since his trade from the Dodgers, is batting .327-4-10 in 16 games with the Bowie Baysox. This will be Bell’s first time in the AFL.

Tonight’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Baker

RHP Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.80) tonight makes his 6th Major League start of this season, his 4th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Minnesota. Tillman’s first two starts: 6.75 ERA Tillman’s last three starts: 3.72 ERA Over those last three starts, Tillman is 1-1, 3.72, allowed 8ER over 19 1/3 innings. Tillman has allowed 9 homers in 30 innings. Right-handed batters

Series preview: Orioles at Minnesota

Game Preview Orioles (51-73) at Minnesota (61-63) After winning a series for the first time since the All-Star break the Orioles take a little momentum into Minnesota, the last stop on their three-city, nine-game road trip. The O’s and Twins begin a three-game series tonight at 8:05 p.m. Series Pitching Matchups: Mon, 8:10p - Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.80) v. Scott Baker (11-7, 4.62) Tues, 8:10p

Jacobson adjusting to life in the O’s organization

Brett Jacobson thought it was just going to be a normal Monday. He would get some throwing in and then shag flies during batting practice for his Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League. Then he was summoned to the office of the Tigers’ Director of Player Development. “I thought I was in trouble, then he told me I got traded. My mind just kind

Post-game Notes: O’s win series at Chicago

Finally! - By taking the third and deciding game of this series, the Orioles won their first series since the All-Star break. They had been 0-9-1 in ten series since the break. The O’s also won the season series, 5 wins to 4 over Chicago, for just the second time in the last ten seasons. They also won the season series in 2007, 5 wins

Berken picks up third win as O’s top Sox

Jason Berken pitched 5 2/3 innings to pick up his third Major League win as the Orioles beat the White Sox 5-4 Sunday afternoon. The O’s took two of three in the weekend set to win their first series of the second half. They had been 0-9-1 in series since the All-Star game. Berken, now 3-11, 6.49, gave up five hits and three runs (two

Jones leaves game (updated)

After driving in a run to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the top of the first today at Chicago, Adam Jones did not take the field in the bottom of the first. Jones left with what is called a “mild mid back muscle spasm,” and was replaced by Felix Pie. MASN replays showed Jones grabbing at his back during his first-inning at bat.

Today’s pitchers: Berken vs. Buehrle

RHP Jason Berken (2-11, 6.72) today makes his 17th start of this season, his 8th on the road and his 2nd of the year vs. Chicago. Berken gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday to take the loss at Tampa. Over four August starts, he is 1-3, 8.50. Right-handed batters and left-handed hitters are both batting .322 vs. Berken. The Orioles are 3-13

Sunday baseball: Orioles at Chicago

Game Preview Orioles (50-73) at Chicago (63-60) After splitting the first two games of this series, the Orioles and White Sox play the deciding game today at 2:05 p.m. Jason Berken (2-11, 6.72) pitches for the O’s vs. Chicago’s Mark Buehrle (11-6, 3.78). Brian Roberts homered twice as the Orioles won the series opener 5-1 Friday night. But John Danks limited O’s hitters to a

Post-game Notes: Sox even series vs. O’s

Slow night on offense - After scoring 13 runs in winning the last two games, tonight the Orioles were held to one run on four hits. The O’s were just 4 for 30 at bat in the game, leaving 11 men on base and going 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. They have been held to three runs or less eight times in

Hernandez and O’s fall at Chicago

O’s starter David Hernandez gave up three runs and three hits over four innings and took the loss as the Chicago White Sox beat the Orioles 4-1 Saturday to even the series. Carlos Quentin’s solo homer in the 2nd gave Chicago a 1-0 lead and it grew to 3-0 in the 4th on RBI from Alexei Ramirez and Mark Kotsay. The O’s cut a 4-0

Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Danks

RHP David Hernandez (4-5, 4.20) tonight will make his 12th Major League start of this season, his 7th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the White Sox. After a four-start stretch where Hernandez had pitched to an ERA of 2.31, Hernandez’s ERA is 7.20 (12ER over 15IP) over his last three starts. Hernandez has allowed 12 homers in 64 1/3 innings.

Post-game Notes: Homer happy Roberts leads O’s to win

B-Rob with a longball, then another - Brian Roberts homered for the third game in a row, and this time he hit a pair of homers to lead the O’s past Chicago 5-1 on Friday. He hit a solo shot off Gavin Floyd in the 3rd and his two-run shot in the 8th off Floyd broke a 1-1 tie and sparked a four-run inning. It

Roberts homers twice in O’s win at Chicago

Brian Roberts hit two homers in a game for just the second time in his career as the Orioles beat the White Sox 5-1 in Chicago in game one of a three-game series. Roberts, who has 14 homers on the year, has now homered in three straight games. He has hit four homers over the last three games and five homers in his last six

Passing Mr. October

When Jim Thome crushed a homer to center field in the 4th tonight to tie the game with the Orioles at 1-1, he moved past one former Oriole on the all-time homer list and set his sights on another. Thome entered this game tied for 12th on the all-time homer list with 563 with Reggie Jackson. Now he has 564 and that is five behind

Tonight’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Floyd

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 5.66) tonight will make his 25th start of the season, his 12th on the road and his 6th in his career vs. the White Sox. Sunday vs. the Angels, Guthrie allowed seven runs (all earned) and ten hits in 5 2/3 innings. Over his last five starts, he is 0-4, 7.55. He has allowed 2ER or less in just four of

Weekend preview: O’s at Chicago

Game Preview Orioles (49-72) at Chicago White Sox (62-59) After playing three games at Tampa decided by four total runs, the Orioles move on to Chicago for the second stop on a nine-game road trip. Pitching Matchups for the Series: Fri, 8:11p - Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 5.66) v. Gavin Floyd (10-7, 3.94) Sat, 7:05p - David Hernandez (4-5, 4.20) v. John Danks (10-8, 3.96) Sun,

Post-game Notes: Roberts, Reimold lead O’s to win

A B-Rob blast - Brian Roberts turned a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 Orioles lead when he hit a Grand Slam off Lance Cormier in the 6th inning. Cormier had just entered the game in relief of starter James Shields. It was Roberts’ fourth career Grand Slam and first in over five years. Roberts has hit two homers in two games and three over his

Roberts’ Slam leads O’s past Tampa, 8-7

The Orioles produced seven runs on two swings as Brian Roberts hit a Grand Slam and Nolan Reimold a three-run shot in Thursday’s 8-7 win over Tampa. The O’s avoided the series sweep and ended a five-game losing streak. Roberts hit his fourth career Slam off Lance Cormier in the 6th to break a 1-1 tie. An inning later, after Tampa cut the 5-1 lead

Noting B-Rob Slams

Brian Roberts hit a Grand Slam in the 6th tonight to break a 1-1 tie and give the Orioles a 5-1 lead at Tampa. It’s his 12th homer of the year, his 2nd in two nights and his 4th career Grand Slam. Roberts career Grand Slams: 5-22-03 at Anaheim off Troy Percival 5-28-03 v. Anaheim off Ramon Ortiz 6-20-04 at Colorado of Shawn Chacon 8-20-09

Tonight’s pitchers: Matusz vs. Shields

LHP Brian Matusz (1-2, 6.75) tonight makes his 4th Major League start of this season, his 3rd on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Tampa. In his Major League debut, August 4th at Detroit, Matusz got a win, giving up just one run over five innings. Over his last two starts vs. Toronto and Los Angeles, he has given up 9ER and

Thursday preview: O’s at Tampa

Game Preview Orioles (48-72) at Tampa Bay (65-54) The Orioles have yet to win a series since the All-Star break. They won’t win this one either as they have lost the first two games of a three-game set at Tampa Bay. Tonight, the clubs meet at 7:08 p.m. as the Orioles look to get one win in this series. Lefty Brian Matusz (1-2, 6.75) will

Post-game Notes: Tillman takes first ML loss

O’s pitching has been hampered by the longball all year, especially in the last few games. Chris Tillman allowed three solo homers tonight and the O’s have allowed six homers in two games in this series. The Birds have allowed 12 homers over the last four games and 37 in the last 22 games. Tillman time - Tillman, now 1-1, 4.80 through five Major League

Rays use three homers to top O’s, 3-1

Chris Tillman allowed three solo homers and took his first Major League loss as Tampa Bay beat the Birds 3-1 Wednesday night to take the first two games of this series. Pat Burrell homered in the 4th, Ben Zobrist in the 6th and B.J. Upton took Tillman deep leading off the 7th. Tillman, now 1-1, 4.80, gave up seven hits and three runs over six

Another solid Tillman outing

Chris Tillman gave up just three runs, all on solo homers, in six innings plus tonight at Tampa. He leaves trailing 3-0 and might absorb his first Major League loss. But he pitched very well in this game and maybe had his best curveball of any of his five O’s outings. Tillman tonight: 6IP, 7H, 3R-ER, 2B, 3K.....101 pitches. I thought he might not come

Tillman’s poise

Chris Tillman showed some big-time poise in the bottom of the first inning tonight. Meanwhile, home plate umpire Mark Wegner is sure missing a good game, at least missing some good Tillman pitches. I give the 21-year-old right hander immense credit for keeping his poise while Wegner was missing pitches and forcing Tillman to work to the max to get out of a bases-loaded jam.

Tonight’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Niemann

RHP Chris Tillman (1-0, 4.88) tonight makes his 5th Major League start of this season, his 3rd on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Tampa. Tillman’s first two starts: 6.75 ERA (8ER in 10 2/3IP) Tillman’s last two starts: 3.38 ERA (5ER in 13 1/3IP) Right-handed batters are hitting .327 off Tillman while lefties are batting just .214. The O’s are 2-2

Wednesday baseball: O’s at Tampa

Game Preview Orioles (48-71) at Tampa Bay (64-54) Orioles pitchers have been giving up the longball a lot in recent games and Tampa Bay hit three homers to beat the Orioles Tuesday night, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game series. Tonight, in game two of this series at 7:08 p.m. at Tropicana Field, Chris Tillman (1-0, 4.88) pitches for the Orioles vs. Jeff Niemann

Post-game Notes: Rays take series opener

The O’s began their nine-game road trip with a one-run loss at Tampa. The Birds are now 12-16 in one-run games and have lost seven of their last eight one-run decisions. Matt with a longball - Matt Wieters two-run homer in the 8th was his 4th of the season. He has hit two solo shots and a pair of two-run homers. It was his first

Rays use longball to edge O’s, 5-4

The Tampa Bay Rays hit three homers and beat the Orioles 5-4 Tuesday night. For the Birds, it was game one of a nine-game road trip. Gabe Gross hit a two-run shot in the 3rd and Pat Burrell and B.J. Upton hit solo shots in the 6th as the Rays won their third in a row. O’s pitchers have allowed nine homers over the last

Tonight’s pitchers: Berken vs. Price

RHP Jason Berken (2-10, 6.63) tonight makes his 16th Major League start of the year, his 7th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Tampa Bay. Two starts ago, Berken gave up three runs in six innings vs. Toronto to get his second victory. In his last start, Wednesday vs. Oakland, he took his 10th loss. Berken gave up eight hits and

Series preview: O’s at Tampa

Game Preview Orioles (48-70) at Tampa Bay (63-54) After winning just two of seven games on a homestand that ended with Monday’s loss to the Angels, the Orioles begin a nine-game road trip tonight at Tampa Bay. After three games with the Rays, the road trip takes to the Orioles on to Chicago and Minnesota. The O’s are just 18-39 on the road this season

Post-game Notes: Angels take series finale

The Orioles ended this homestand with two wins in seven games vs. Oakland and Los Angeles. They are now 30-31 at home on the year and 48-70 overall. Nick Markakis went 2 for 4 with a double, homer and two RBI. He now has 84 RBI. Markakis extended his current hitting streak to ten games. During the streak, he is batting .378 (17 for 45)

Guerrero goes deep twice as Angels top O’s

Vladimir Guerrero, struggling to hit homers earlier in the season, hit two tonight leading the LA Angels to an 8-5 win over the Orioles as the Angels won the final three games of the four-game series. After Maicer Izturis hit a solo homer to give LA a 3-2 lead in the 6th, Guerrero hit a two-run shot two batters later for a 5-2 lead. In

Matt Albers talks about his struggles

The pitcher’s mound had to be a lonely place for Matt Albers in the top of the 13th inning on Sunday. Not only did he let in some inherited runs, but he gave up five of his own over just one inning. Earlier this year, Albers had a stretch where he did not allow an earned run in 17 of 21 appearances. His ERA was

Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Santana

RHP David Hernandez (4-4, 3.81) tonight makes his 11th start of this season, his 5th at home and his 2nd this year vs. Los Angeles. He is coming off of a win on Tuesday vs. Oakland. He gave up six hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings, throwing 106 pitches. Over his last six starts, Hernandez is 2-2, 3.55. He has recorded five quality

Andy MacPhail’s comments on the Huff trade

Here are some comments from O’s team president Andy MacPhail on the Aubrey Huff trade. “This has more to do with the status that he is going to be a free agent in six weeks. There are a couple of benefits to this including sending the player to a first-place team. “From a self-interest standpoint, this is probably a time when you can get a

Still a no-go on Givens (Ohlman money update)

The Orioles have a contract offer back on the table, should second-round draft pick Mychal Givens accept it before tonight’s midnight deadline to sign draft picks. But O’s scouting director Joe Jordan does not expect that to happen. “I’m not very optimistic. Both sides are pretty set where they are. I don’t have any reason to think that will change. The final decision is up

Series finale: Los Angeles at Orioles

Game Preview LA Angels (70-45) at Orioles (48-69) After giving up nine runs in the 13th inning to lose on Sunday afternoon, the Orioles host the LA Angels tonight at 7:05 p.m. needing a win to even the four-game series at two wins each. RHP David Hernandez (4-4, 3.81) will make the start for the Orioles and RHP Ervin Santana (5-6, 6.38) takes the mound

Post-game Notes: O’s fall in 13

Not his year - O’s starter Jeremy Guthrie struggled again. He gave up ten hits and seven runs (all earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Guthrie’s ERA is now 5.66. It was his most earned runs allowed since he also gave up seven on 8-29-08 vs. Tampa. Over his last five starts, he is 0-4, 7.55. Over his last two starts, Guthrie has given up 12ER

Angels score nine in 13th, to beat Birds, 17-8

They lost a lead in the ninth inning, but not the game. The LA Angels scored nine runs on eight hits off Brian Bass and Matt Albers in the top of 13th to post a somewhat rare, extra-inning rout, 17-8. Torri Hunter’s RBI single made it 9-8, then Erick Aybar’s two-run single gave LA a three-run lead. Later, Juan Rivera capped the inning with a

Updating the homers

Coming into today’s game, the Orioles had hit just three homers in their last nine games and three over the last 81 innings. When Nick Markakis connected for a two-run homer in the last of the 5th to tie today’s game at 6-6, the O’s had hit three homers over their last three innings. Today’s longballs: Brian Roberts, his 10th, a two-run shot in the

Today’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. O’Sullivan

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 5.43) today makes his 24th start of this season, his 13th at home and the 5th of his career vs. the Angels. Guthrie has lost four straight decisions. He is 0-4, 6.75 over those last four starts. Guthrie has been hurt by the long ball this year, allowing an AL-high 27 homers. He has given up at least one homer in

Sunday baseball: Angels at Orioles

Game Preview LA Angels (69-45) at Orioles (48-68) The Orioles and Angels each have one win in their four-game series that continues today at 1:35 p.m. at Camden Yards. Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 5.43) pitches for the Orioles vs. LA’s Sean O’Sullivan (3-1, 5.12). The Birds had 12 extra-base hits in Friday’s 16-6 win over the Angels, but last night the O’s were held to one

Post-game and minor league notes plus Matusz quotes

Not tonight - One night after producing 12 extra-base hits and 19 hits in a 16-6 romp over the Angels, the O’s were held to one run on nine hits. They went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position after going 11 for 22 Friday. The O’s have scored three runs or less in six of seven and eight of the last ten games.

Matusz and O’s fall 5-1 to Los Angeles

It was an inning where the LA Angels, one of the Major League’s best hitting clubs, put together three singles, three walks and an error and turned that into five runs. The five-run third vs. Brian Matusz carried LA to a 5-1 win over the Orioles, in front of 28,770 at Camden Yards on Saturday night. Matusz pitched out of trouble in other innings, but

Off target at the Yard (updated with Matusz’s line)

I feel for Brian Matusz, who walked three in the third inning tonight leading to a five-run inning by the Angels. They are a team that will take a crack and turn it into a three-foot hole. Matusz opened the door big time when he walked three of four hitters. That stat sheet won’t show the close pitches to Bobby Abreu that were not called

Tonight’s pitchers: Matusz vs. Lackey

LHP Brian Matusz (1-1, 7.04) tonight makes his 3rd start of the season, his 1st at home and the 1st of his career vs. the Angels. Matusz’s first two starts: Aug 4 at Det: 5IP, 6H, 1R-ER, 3B, 5K, 99 pitches Aug 9 at Tor: 2 2/3IP, 7H, 5R-ER, 2B, 1K, 62 pitches Matsuz has faced almost all right-handed batters so far and the righty

Some excerpts from the “State of the Orioles” address

O’s president Andy MacPhail and manager Dave Trembley took some questions here today at Camden Yards from season ticket holders as part of their latest “State of the Orioles” address. Here are some of the questions and their answers. MacPhail was asked about Rhyne Hughes, the player the O’s got today as the player to be named later for Gregg Zaun. AM - “We were

The day after for Felix Pie

Yesterday Felix Pie was just another reserve player on the Orioles. Today, his cleats are headed to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The Hall has something from each of the seven Major League players that have hit for the cycle this year and last night Pie became lucky number seven. “I’m excited and happy. I never thought anything like that would happen in my

Saturday night baseball: Angels at Orioles

Game Preview LA Angels (68-45) at Orioles (48-67) After a night of amazing offense and a 16-6 win on Friday over the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles will look for two staright in the series when the clubs meet at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night. Brian Matusz (1-1, 7.04) pitches for the Orioles vs. John Lackey (5-5, 3.88). The Orioles have won two in a row

Post-game Notes and Tillman quotes

We could not have seen this coming. Not after the Orioles scored 2, 3, 1, 3 and 3 runs in their last five games. Not after the Orioles were batting .163 their previous five games with runners in scoring positon and had just one ten-hit game in their last 8 contests. But they produced season highs in runs and hits and batted around twice tonight

Pie apologizes to Scioscia

Just a few minutes after he became the fourth Oriole ever to hit for the cycle, Felix Pie was in the O’s clubhouse issuing an apology to Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia. Apparently, right after Pie hit a two-run triple in the 7th to reach the cycle, he was gesturing toward the O’s dugout. Scioscia, out to remove his pitcher, saw it and didn’t like it.

Tillman wins and offense explodes in 16-6 romp

On the night Chris Tillman picked up his first Major League win, he got overshadowed by a stunning night of Orioles’ offense. Felix Pie became the fourth Oriole to hit for the cycle and the O’s tied a team-record with 12 extra-base hits in a 16-6 romp over the first-place Angels. All this offense from an O’s club that scored seven total runs in the

Tonight’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Weaver

RHP Chris Tillman (0-0, 5.19) tonight will make his 4th Major League start of 2009, his 2nd at home and the 1st of his career vs. the Angels. In Tillman’s first two starts, he gave up a combined 8ER and 14 hits in 10 2/3 vs. KC and Detroit. Last Saturday at Toronto, Tillman pitched very well, allowing just four hits and two runs over

A ray of hope for Chris

Chris Ray has not had too many good days during this 2009 season. When he looks at the stat sheet he sees an ERA of 7.16. But there have been better days lately. Ray has not allowed an earned run over his last seven games, covering 8 1/3 innings. “I feel good,” the 27-year-old right hander said. “It’s a lot easier to pitch when your

Weekend preview: Angels at Orioles

Game Preview LA Angels (68-44) at Orioles (47-67) With the Orioles struggling and the Angels surging, this may not be the best time for the Orioles to challenge the two-time defending AL West champs. But, ready or not, the clubs begin a four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Camden Yards. Pitching Probables for the LAA Series: Fri, 7:05p - Chris Tillman (0-0, 5.19) v.

Joe Jordan comments on the signing of Coffey

O’s scouting director Joe Jordan has confirmed that the O’s tonight have finalized a contract with their 22nd-round draft pick, Houston high school left-handed pitcher Cameron Coffey. Reports out of Houston and from Baseball America say Coffey will receive a signing bonus of $990,000, more than some late first-round picks got this year. Jordan would not confirm the amount of the signing bonus but it

O’s agree with Coffey on big bucks deal

When the Orioles were unable to sign second-round draft pick Mychal Givens, O’s scouting director Joe Jordan said this would now allow the club to pursue other players later in the draft that the O’s felt were “second round talents.” It’s clear tonight, one of the players he was referring to was high school pitcher Cameron Coffey. Check out this story out of Houston tonight

No blame in Givens situation

Joe Jordan’s track record as Orioles’ scouting director is very good. We can all look at his drafts and see the talent he has added to the organization. His decision to withdraw a contract offer to second-round pick Mychal Givens was not made lightly. When I spoke on the phone with him Wednesday night he sounded pretty down about the whole thing. After all, he

O’s withdraw contract offer to Givens

It was not looking good earlier this week for the Orioles to sign their second-round draft choice, Florida high school shortstop Mychal Givens. Tonight it looks like the O’s have closed the door on negotiations and will move on without signing Givens. O’s scouting director Joe Jordan tells MASNsports.com “we no longer have an offer on the table.” In the weeks leading up to the

Post-game Notes: A’s take series finale

The Offense Again - Another day with just three runs for the O’s on offense. They scored just seven runs in this series and have scored just 12 runs over the last five games and 24 runs over the last eight. The O’s had nine hits today and have just one game of ten or more hits in the last eight games. They have homered

Post-game comments from Berken & Markakis

Some post-game comments from Jason Berken and Nick Markakis after the O’s lost 6-3 to Oakland on Wednesday afternoon. Jason Berken on his outing - “I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff, but I was able to make some pitches early in the game, but the big inning hurt me. For whatever reason, that’s something that has hurt me all year. If you

A’s beat O’s 6-3 in series finale

Jason Berken pitched shutout ball in four of his five innings Wednesday afternoon. But he gave up four runs in the fourth inning vs. Oakland and that was enough for the A’s to hand him his 10th loss and win the final game of this series, 6-3. Oakland, which has won seven of its last ten games, takes the series, two wins to one. The

Today’s pitchers: Berken vs. Mazzaro

RHP Jason Berken (2-9, 6.72) today makes his 15th start of this season, his 9th at home and the 2nd of this season vs. Oakland. Berken got that elusive second win on Friday at Toronto. He pitched six innings and gave up five hits and three runs. He allowed two homers and threw 91 pitches. That followed his worst start of the year when he

A quick take on the O’s offense from Terry Crowley

When the O’s offense struggles, the message boards start buzzing with criticism of hitting coach Terry Crowley. But he can’t go into the box and swing for the players. While he can and should provide help, doesn’t it really become the responsibility of the guy with the bat in his hand? We could debate that for hours, but let’s skip that for right now. Anyway,

Afternoon baseball: Oakland at Orioles

Game Preview Oakland (50-63) at Orioles (47-66) Now that the Orioles have ended a nine-game losing streak vs. Oakland, this afternoon they’ll try to take the next step and win a series from the A’s. The clubs have split the first two of this series and today, in the deciding game at 1:35 p.m. Jason Berken (2-9, 6.72) pitches for the Orioles vs. Vin Mazzaro

Post-game Notes: O’s top A’s

A rare type of win - Coming into tonight the Orioles had lost 19 straight games when scoring three runs or less. That streak ends with a 3-2 win over Oakland. Their last win in such a game was a 2-1 victory on June 21st at Philadelphia. The Orioles ended a nine-game losing streak vs. Oakland and beat the A’s for the first time in

David Hernandez’s post-game comments

When David Hernandez pitched at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park back-to-back and gave up just two earned runs in 13 innings, it looked like he was a pitcher on a roll. But over his last two outings, vs. Boston and Detroit, he allowed 7ER in 7 1/3 innings for an ERA of 8.59. He certainly bounced back well tonight, pitching the Orioles past Oakland, 3-2.

Hernandez gets the win as the O’s edge the A’s

David Hernandez rebounded from two sub-par starts to win his 4th game of the year as the Orioles beat the Oakland A’s 3-2 Tuesday in front of 23,006 at Camden Yards. The O’s ended a nine-game losing streak vs. the A’s and beat Oakland for the first time since July 22, 2007. Hernandez, who picked up his first win since July 26th, gave up two

A few words from Koji

The next step is here for O’s right-hander Koji Uehara. He will head to Sarasota, Florida tomorrow to begin a throwing program that the Orioles hope will lead to him returning to the team and the mound in September. But this time the 34-year-old from Japan will pitch out of the O’s bullpen. He has been on the DL twice this year, most recently with

Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Cahill

RHP David Hernandez (3-4, 3.96) tonight makes his 10th start of the season, his 4th at home and the 1st of his career vs. Oakland. Hernandez was pitching very well until his last two starts, when he has failed to pitch even five innings each vs. Boston and Detroit. He is 0-2, 8.59 in those outings, giving up 14 hits and seven earned runs over

Will some of the young pitchers need to be shut down?

It would seem to make sense that some of the Orioles young starting pitchers might have to be shut down before the season ends due to pitching a lot of innings. But Dave Trembley today seemed to indicate that will not happen, as the club watches the youngsters carefully, while at the same time going to a six-man rotation in September. “I think we’ve got

Trembley on the lack of offense

If you look at the players that make up the Orioles lineup and think that group should be scoring more runs, you are not alone. Manager Dave Trembley was asked about that today and agrees that the team’s offense has underachieved. “Agreed. We’ve gone through a stretch here where we are 6 and 18 and probably 13 or more of those have been decided by

Tuesday night baseball: O’s host A’s

Game Preview Oakland (50-62) at Orioles (46-66) Orioles fans have somewhat gotten used to the fact the O’s struggle against teams in the tough American League East. But the O’s have also struggled this year vs. the AL West and they have not won vs. the Oakland A’s in over two years. The Birds are 8-18 on the season (2-8 at home) vs. AL West

Post-game Notes: A’s over O’s

Jeremy Guthrie took his 12th loss tonight, that matches his total from all of last year. Guthrie gave up a season-high 11 hits along with five runs in 4 2/3 innings. He threw 107 pitches and is now 7-12, 5.43. He has made two starts vs. the A’s this year and is 0-2, 18.57. He did not survive the first inning in a June 5th

Guthrie’s post-game comments

Jeremy Guthrie stood in front of his locker and answered questions at length tonight about his poor outing vs. Oakland and his tough season. On tonight’s outing: “It was a tough game, they strung together some two out hits. You tip your cap to Gio Gonzalez, he proved tonight unless I shut them out, we didn’t have much of a chance anyway. I did not

A’s take series opener, 9-1 over Orioles

It seems Jeremy Guthrie is not the pitcher to shut down the Oakland A’s. The A’s hit him hard for the second time this year in a 9-1 win over the Orioles on Monday night that started a seven-game homestand. Guthrie allowed a season-high 11 hits and five runs and is now 7-12, 5.43. In two starts vs. Oakland, he is 0-2, 18.57 and has

Taking rain delay questions (the game has resumed at 9:58pm)

Okay, the rain delay is now here. During this delay, please send in some O’s questions and I’ll try to answer them. Any O’s topic, Major or Minors. Sends those questions on this blog. I’ll answer a few more here during the game, but we are back to baseball. Thanks for all the questions!

Rain delay anyone?

It was raining hits on Jeremy Guthrie earlier. Soon, it should just be raining. The wind is whipping up big time at the Yard and the radar says the rain is cloisng in. Good times all around.

If Guthrie knew why.......

He gave up so many runs in the first two innings of his starts this year, he’d fix the problem. Because it has been a season-long issue for him. Coming into tonight, where he allowed two runs in the second to Oakland, Guthrie had given up 36 runs in the first two innings of his starts and 46 in all other innings. That’s 43.9 percent

Tonight’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Gonzalez

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-11, 5.28) tonight will make his 23rd start of the year, his 12th at home and the 5th of his career vs. Oakland. Guthrie is coming off a decent outing, but still took the loss on Wednesday night at Detroit. In 7 1/3 innings he gave up six hits and three runs, throwing 109 pitches. In four second-half starts, Guthrie is 1-3,

Matusz talks about his rough start in Toronto

Brian Matusz says a combination of less than stellar command, nerves and spending too much time focusing on the hitter rather than his own game, all led to his short outing on Sunday at Toronto. Matusz gave up seven hits and five runs, three homers, in just 2 2/3 innings vs. the Blue Jays. “I’ve learned a lot, a lot about myself. I know what

The homestand begins: A’s at O’s

Game Preview Oakland (49-62) at Orioles (46-65) Home after a seven-game road trip where they went only 2 and 5, the Orioles look for more victories as they begin a seven-game homestand tonight vs. Oakland. The Orioles are 28-26 at home this year. After they play three with Oakland, the stand continues with a four-game series vs. the Los Angeles Angels. Here are the pitching

Another take on Steve Johnson

He never seemed to be atop anyone’s top prospects list. He never blew up anyone’s radar gun. But Steve Johnson just kept getting outs, impressing his coaches and just kept moving up the Minor League ladder. Just a few weeks ago, the Dodgers promoted him to Double-A Chatanooga and just days after that, Johnson got traded to the Orioles with Josh Bell for George Sherrill.

Post-game Notes: Jays take series finale

Roy Halladay today became a career 20-game winner vs. the Orioles. In eight innings he gave up nine hits and three runs (two earned) with one walk and four strikeouts. He threw 107 pitches, 79 strikes. He is 12-5, 2.73 on the year. Halladay improved to 2-0, 3.13 in three starts on the year vs. the O’s and 20-4, 2.89 in 31 games, 27 career

Jays use longball to win series finale

Brian Matusz could not follow up his winning Major League debut at Detroit with another strong outing. Matusz got rocked for three homers today as his outing lasted just 2 2/3 innings as Toronto beat the Birds, 7-3, to win the series, two games to one. Kevin Millar hit a solo homer in the second while Vernon Wells and Marco Scutaro hit two-run shots in

The home run problem

Giving up the longball continues to be a problem for the O’s pitching staff. The Orioles entered play today with 138 homers allowed, the most by any staff in the American League. Brian Matusz gave up three homers today in his 2 2/3 innings outing. O’s pitchers have now allowed at least one long ball in 12 of the last 13 games, giving up 23

Today’s pitchers: Matusz vs. Halladay

LHP Brian Matusz (1-0, 1.80) today makes his second Major League start of this season. He got the win Tuesday at Detroit. In five innings, he gave up six hits and one run with three walks and five strikeouts. Matusz threw 99 pitches. In 19 starts this year between Frederick and Bowie, the 22-year-old Matusz went 11-2, 1.91 and fanned 121 in 113 innings. He

Sunday baseball: O’s at Jays

Game Preview Orioles (46-64) at Toronto (52-57) The Orioles inconsistent offense was in down mode on Saturday in a 3-2, 10-inning loss vs. Toronto. The O’s left 10 men on base and went 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position. The Orioles scored 13 runs in the first two games of their series at Detroit, then plated just five runs in the series final

Post-game Notes: O’s fall in ten vs. Jays

The Orioles fall to 4-4 in extra-inning games and are now 11-15 in one-run games and have lost six one-run decisions in a row. Tillman time - Chris Tillman pitched 6 2/3 innings, the longest outing of his three starts to date. The only runs he allowed came on an Alex Rios two-run homer in the second. He gave up four hits, those two runs,

Lind wins it in 10th for Jays

Adam Lind’s RBI double to left with one out in the last of the tenth gave Toronto a 3-2 win over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon. The series is even at a win each. Joe Inglett led off the 10th with an infield hit, and, after a fielders choice and single by Aaron Hill, Lind hit one off the left field wall to end the

Today’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Cecil

RHP Chris Tillman (0-0, 6.75) today will make his third Major League start of this season and the first of his career vs. Toronto. In his Major League debut, July 29 vs. KC, Tillman gave up three runs in 4 2/3. Monday at Detroit, he allowed five runs over six innings. Through those two starts, right-handed batters are hitting .304 vs. Tillman and lefties are

Afternoon baseball: Tillman takes on Toronto

Game Preview Orioles (46-63) at Toronto (51-57) For most of this season, the Orioles have struggled when playing AL East opponents. But not vs. Toronto. The O’s have 15 division wins on the year and are 6-4 vs. Toronto. The Birds are 9-23 vs. the three other AL East teams. Today at 1:07 p.m. in game two of this three-game series, Chris Tillman (0-0, 6.75)

Post-game Notes: Berken and O’s top Toronto

Two starts ago Jason Berken left his start vs. Kansas City with a lead after giving up two runs over six innings, only to see his potential win go by the board when the Royals tied the game. Tonight, when he got the lead the O’s kept it and Berken got his second win of the year as the Orioles beat Toronto. Berken beat the

Berken gets his second win as O’s top Jays

The Orioles rallied from a mid-game 3-0 deficit and Jason Berken finally got that elusive second Major League win as the Birds beat Toronto 7-5 Friday night to start a three-game series. Berken won his big league debut May 26th vs. Toronto but then went 0-9 over 12 starts - until tonight. Dave Trembley talks with Gary and Buck after the O’s 7-5 win Berken,

Looking around the Minor Leagues

Some news and notes around the O’s Minor Leagues. With all the players that have made their way from Norfolk to Baltimore this year, the Tides still have a good record at 61-51 and are three games out of first place. Brandon Snyder is hitting .424 with 13 RBI over his last 15 games. He has seven multi-hit games in that stretch. Justin Turner is

Tonight’s pitchers: Berken vs. Romero

RHP Jason Berken (1-9, 6.93) tonight will make his 14th start of the season, his 6th on the road and his 3rd of the year vs. Toronto. Berken remains winless since beating Toronto in his Major League debut on May 26th. That night he gave up seven hits and two runs over five innings. His most recent start was his worst of the year. Sunday

Weekend preview: Orioles at Toronto

Game Preview Orioles (45-63) at Toronto (51-56) After losing three of four games vs. first-place Detroit, the O’s road trip moves on to Canada where tonight the Orioles meet fourth-place Toronto. The O’s have lost six of seven, 13 of 17 and 26 of the last 39 games. They are 17-37 on the road on the year and have lost 17 of their past 23

An educated opinion on Josh Bell

There are not many people in the baseball industry that know new Bowie Baysox third baseman Josh Bell better than De Jon Watson. Watson is the assistant general manager in charge of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team that traded Bell to the Orioles. He has gotten to know the player and person well since Bell began his Dodgers’ minor league career

Post-game Notes: Detroit gets series finale

David Hernandez pitched so well at New York and Boston, but today lasted just three innings at Detroit. He gave up seven hits and five runs and is now 3-4, 3.96. Hernandez threw just 81 pitches, ending a run of six straight starts with 100 or more pitches. He had pitched to an ERA of 2.70 in his five starts before today. The Orioles are

Tigers gain early lead and top Orioles, 7-3

Brandon Inge hit a two-run homer during a four-run second inning that gave Detroit an early lead. The Tigers went on to a 7-3 win over the Orioles Thursday afternoon, to take three of four in the series. O’s right-hander David Hernandez, who had pitched to an ERA of 2.70 over his last five starts, today lasted just three innings. He gave up seven hits

Today’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Porcello

RHP David Hernandez (3-3, 3.28) today makes his 9th start of this season, his 6th on the road and his 2nd of the year vs. Detroit. Hernandez won his Major League debut in Baltimore on May 28 vs. the Tigers. That night, he allowed five hits and one run over 5 2/3 innings. Hernandez took a loss last Saturday vs. Boston, allowing two runs and

Afternoon baseball: O’s at Detroit

Game Preview Orioles (45-62) at Detroit (56-50) It’s beginning to become an all too familiar story. The Orioles will play hard, be in the game to the final out, but in the end, lose a close one. It happened again Wednesday night, when Detroit beat the Orioles 4-2. The Tigers lead the four-game series, two wins to one. In the series finale today, at 1:05

Post-game Notes: O’s drop close one in Tigertown

Jeremy Guthrie had a strong outing in a losing cause Wednesday night. He allowed six hits and three runs over 7 1/3 as he falls to 7-11, 5.28. Two of the runs charged to Guthrie scored after he left the game. It was his 10th quality start of this season. The Orioles fall to 8-14 in his 22 starts. Guthrie allowed his AL-leading 27th homer,

Jackson and Tigers top O’s, 4-2

Jeremy Guthrie came up with one of his best starts in what has been a frustrating season for him. But, Edwin Jackson pitched better. For the second time in five weeks, Jackson produced a dominant performance vs. the Orioles as the Tigers topped the Birds 4-2 on Wednesday night. Jackson took a two-hit shutout to the ninth, but hit Nolan Reimold leading off the inning

Tonight’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Jackson

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-10, 5.37) tonight will make his 22nd start of this season, his 11th on the road and the 3rd of his career vs. Detroit. Guthrie has lost his last two starts, both vs. Boston. He is 0-2, 7.43 in those outings. In the start before that, on July 19th at Chicago, he held the White Sox to just three hits in eight

Wednesday baseball: Orioles at Detroit

Game Preview Orioles (45-61) at Detroit (55-50) One night after Brian Matusz pitched the Orioles past the Tigers to provide the club a big lift and end a four-game losing streak, the O’s meet the Tigers tonight in game three of this four-game series. The series is even at a win each after Tuesday’s 8-2 Baltimore victory. Matusz won his Major League debut, allowing one

Beato gets his shot at Double-A

When Brian Matusz left the Bowie Baysox for the Major Leagues, a rotation spot became open with the Double-A club. The O’s could have promoted lefty Zach Britton from Frederick. Britton, a real up and coming prospect, is 7-5, 2.68 this year with the Keys. But instead, 22-year-old right hander Pedro Beato was moved up to Bowie and will make his first Double-A start tonight

Post-game Notes: Matusz and O’s top Tigers

O’s lefty Brian Matusz retired the side in order on just 11 pitches in the first inning. He got out of jams in the second, third and fifth innings and picked up a win in his Major League debut. Matusz tonight: 5IP, 6H, 1R-ER, 3B, 5K....99 pitches. Matusz struck out Marcus Thames and Ryan Raburn with runners on second and third and just one out

Matusz wins his Major League debut as O’s tame Tigers

Brian Matusz became the latest O’s pitcher to win his Major League debut, pitching five solid innings, as the Orioles beat the Tigers, 8-2 Tuesday night. The 22-year-old lefty, called up from Double-A Bowie earlier in the day, gave up just one run and six hits. He walked three and fanned five, throwing 99 pitches. Matusz finished with a flourish, getting two strikeouts to end

Big night for Matusz

Not a bad start. Brian Matusz out pitches Jarrod Washburn, who is second in the league in ERA and had pitched to an ERA of 0.74 over his last five starts. And for most of the night, the kid was a two-pitch pitcher, fastball and change. His last pitch of the night, when he struck out Raburn in the 5th was the slider I mentioned

Little help from the hitters please

By that I don’t mean more hits and runs, but Brian Matusz would take that. But after Matusz threw 27 pitches and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the last of the second, the O’s hitters in the third came up and made three outs in about 30 seconds. I exaggerate a bit. But how about stalling a bit, taking a few pitches, going

Tonight’s pitchers: Matusz vs. Washburn

LHP Brian Matusz, who has had a brilliant season in the Orioles minor leagues this year, tonight makes his Major League debut. In 19 starts this year between Frederick and Bowie, the 22-year-old Matusz went 11-2, 1.91 and fanned 121 in 113 innings. He began the year at Frederick, going 4-2, 2.16 in 11 starts. Matusz made his first Double-A start on June 17th and

Matusz and O’s face Tigers tonight (roster move also)

Game Preview Orioles (44-61) at Detroit (55-49) It was a promising start followed later by a deflating finish. The Orioles took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first against Justin Verlander Monday night. But Detroit battled back to tie the game in the 5th and win it 6-5 on a Clete Thomas homer off Danys Baez in the last of the ninth. That’s

I’m not a scout, but......

I’ll pass along some thoughts here on Brian Matusz who will make his Major League debut for the Orioles tonight. I have seen Matusz pitch several times this year at both Frederick and Bowie. I don’t see the game with the critical eye of a scout and can’t quite project if what I saw of Matusz at Bowie will translate vs. big league hitters. I

Post-game Notes: O’s lose series opener at Detroit

The O’s current stretch of losing close games continued with Monday’s 6-5, bottom of the ninth loss at Detroit. Nine of the Orioles last 12 losses have come by one or two runs. The O’s fall to 11-14 in one-run games and have lost their past five one-run decisions. The Rookie - Rookie Chris Tillman did not get a decision again in his second Major

Tigers with a walk-off win, 6-5 over the Orioles

Another night and another frustrating loss for the Orioles. Tigers outfielder Clete Thomas hit a solo homer to center with two outs in the last of the ninth off Danys Baez to give Detroit a 6-5, walk-off win over the Birds to start this four-game series. The O’s and rookie Chris Tillman could not hold a 5-0 lead they gained in the top of the

Tonight’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Verlander

RHP Chris Tillman (0-0, 5.79) tonight makes his second career Major League start. Wednesday vs. Kansas City in his big league debut, Tillman gave up seven hits and three runs over 4 2/3 innings. He walked one with two strikeouts and threw 93 pitches. A late O’s rally led to a 7-3 win and took Tillman off the hook for a loss. He gave up

Series preview: O’s at Detroit

Game Preview Orioles (44-60) at Detroit (54-49) With Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz expected to start the next two nights for the Orioles, the pressure is on that pair to restore order to Orioles’ pitching. They’ll take the mound in Detroit where tonight the O’s and Tigers begin a four-game series. The Red Sox hit .395 over the weekend vs. O’s pitchers with 28 runs

Take two for Tillman

With his first start, and all the hype that went with it, now out of the way, Chris Tillman takes the mound tonight in Detroit for his second Major League start. “I feel like I’ll be a lot more comfortable,” Tillman said. “That first outing had a lot to do with nerves, trying to do too much. Now that I got my feet under me

Now what for the O’s and Mora?

He’s played ten years with the Orioles and in over 1,200 games. He is in the top ten all-time in some O’s career offensive categories and it seemed that some year down the line he’d be headed to the Orioles Hall of Fame. But Sunday, with the MASN camera rolling and reporters scribbling notes as fast as they could, Melvin Mora took his biggest swing

Post-game Notes: Sox sweep O’s

After scoring 10 runs on 24 hits in the first two games of this series, Boston produced 18 runs on 23 hits on Sunday. They ended the series with 28 runs on 47 hits. Boston’s 18 runs and 23 hits are season highs. The O’s staff actually allowed more runs once this year when Texas scored 19 vs. the O’s on April 15th. The O’s

Sox bomb O’s to sweep series

The Boston Red Sox scored 14 runs on 16 hits today. And, that was just in the first four innings. The Sox scored a season-high 18 runs while O’s pitching allowed a season-high 23 hits in Boston’s 18-10 win over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. Boston sweeps the series and it’s the first time all year the Orioles have been swept three strait at home.

MacPhail comments on Matusz, Steve Johnson update (MacPhail audio)

Neither Andy MacPhail or Dave Trembley have yet to confirm that Brian Matusz will be the Orioles’ starting pitcher Tuesday at Detroit, but all signs point to that happening. Here are some quotes from MacPhail on this situaiton from today’s Orioles Insider Roundtable Show heard on the O’s Baltimore flagship station, 105.7 FM, the Fan. “Matusz is probably the most prepared of all minors leaguers

Today’s pitchers: Berken vs. Buchholz

RHP Jason Berken (1-8, 6.21) today makes his 13th start of this season, his 8th at home and the 2nd of his career vs. Boston. Berken is 0-8 over his last 11 starts after winning his Major League debut, May 26th vs. Toronto. But he left with a lead in his last start, Tuesday vs. Kansas City. He gave up just two runs and six

Steve Johnson scheduled to start today

Even though he didn’t arrive at New Britain until after 8 p.m. last night, Steve Johnson is scheduled to take the ball and make his first Bowie Baysox start today. Johnson and Bowie take on New Britain today at 1:35 p.m. Johnson went 1-1, 1.69 in two starts at Double-A Chatanooga before Thursday’s trade to the Orioles. At two levels this year in the Dodgers

Sunday baseball: Boston at Orioles

Game Preview Boston (61-42) at Orioles (44-59) After posting 6-5 and 4-0 wins over the Orioles this weekend, the Boston Red Sox can do something today no team has been able to do all year. That is sweep the Orioles three straight in Baltimore. The O’s have been swept in three game series five times this year, but all came on the road. In April

Post-game and Minor League notes - Sox blank O’s

O’s hurler David Hernandez took the loss, giving up seven hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings. He had four strikeouts and walks which helped elevate his pitch count. He had thrown 50 pitches after two innings and 92 after four. He finished with 102 pitches, just 57 for strikes. Hernandez had pitched to an ERA of 1.38 in his previous two outings at

Hernandez with his take on his start

Five days after holding the Red Sox to one run over seven innings at Fenway Park, O’s right-hander David Hernandez was not able to duplicate that outing vs. Boston. “They made me work tonight. I made it hard on myself not throwing strikes early in the count. I had to use my fastball to try and get by,” Hernandez said. He struggled with command early

Beckett and Sox blank O’s, 4-0

Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis hit solo homers to back the seven innings of scoreless pitching of Josh Beckett as the Red Sox blanked the Orioles 4-0 Saturday night. The crowd of 49,384 was the 4th largest in Camden Yards history and second sellout of the season. Beckett, now 13-4, 3.27, gave up six hits in his seven shutout frames with two walks and five

That’s why

Watching David Hernandez struggle to keep his pitch count down tonight vs. Boston, it is easy to understand why the Orioles did not want Chris Tillman’s second start to come vs. the Red Sox. Hernandez, making his 8th start, certainly struggled with his command, but the Sox are just a relentless bunch in that lineup and work the count so well. The O’s made a

Updating Hobgood, Bell and Johnson

O’s top draft pick Matt Hobgood made his third start at Bluefield tonight. For the third time in a row, he gave up runs. In two innings vs. Johnson City, the right-hander allowed six hits and three runs (two earned). In five innings on the year, he has allowed nine hits and four earned runs for an ERA of 7.20. He was scheduled to throw

Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Beckett

RHP David Hernandez (3-2, 3.20) tonight will make his 8th start of this year, his 3rd at home and his 2nd in a row vs. the Boston Red Sox. Hernandez is coming off back-to-back very strong starts at Yankee Stadium (one run, six innings) and Fenway Park (one run, seven innings). In those two games he pitched 13 innings, allowing eight hits and two runs

One vote for Matusz

So the Orioles are considering Brian Matusz to make Tuesday’s start in Detroit in the place of the injured Brad Bergesen. I don’t have a vote, but in this blog I do. I sign off big time on that move. And, it’s not just because I’ve seen him pitch three or four times in person this year and his stuff has looked great. It’s because

Saturday night baseball: Boston at O’s

Game Preview Boston (60-42) at Orioles (44-58) Friday night featured more of the same for the Orioles. Another loss since the All-Star break. Another close loss and another defeat vs. Boston. They’ll try and break into the win column vs. the Sox tonight in game two of the series at Camden Yards at 7:05 p.m. when David Hernandez (3-2, 3.20) pitches vs. Boston’s Josh Beckett

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