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Post-game Notes: O’s come up short again

Not his night - O’s starting and losing pitcher, David Hernandez, had another poor outing. Coming off his last two starts, he had pitched pretty well, with an ERA of 3.75. But tonight he gave up five runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. Over his last nine starts, Hernandez is 0-6, 7.65. The Orioles are 5-14 when he starts, losing the last nine

Rays post 5-3 win as the streak reaches 13

The Orioles rally from a five-run deficit came up short Wednesday night as they lost 5-3 to Tampa at Tropicana Field. The O’s remain winless on this road trip and their losing streak, the longest in the Majors this year, has reached 13 games. That’s the O’s longest since a 14-game streak in August of 1954 and the 1988 team began 0-14 on its way

Tonight’s starters: Hernandez vs. Shields

RHP David Hernandez (4-9, 5.20) tonight makes his 19th start of this season, his 10th on the road and the 2nd of this year vs. Tampa. Even though he is winless over his last eight starts, Hernandez has pitched better in his last two starts, going 0-1, 3.75 vs. Boston and Cleveland. His last win was August 11th vs. Oakland. Hernandez has recorded eight quality

Trying to end a streak: O’s at Tampa

Game Preview Orioles (60-97) at Tampa Bay (81-76) Heading into tonight’s game at Tampa, the O’s need a win to end a 12-game losing streak and three wins in the next five games to avoid a 100-loss season. Tonight, in game three of a four-game series, David Hernandez (4-9, 5.20) pitches vs. Tampa’s James Shields (10-12, 4.17). The O’s losing streak is the longest in

Post-game Notes: Davis pitches Tampa to victory

That’s a Dozen - The O’s suffered their 12th straight loss with Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Tampa. It’s the most consecutive losses since the Birds lost 12 in a row from August 16-28 in 2004. The losing streak is the longest in the Majors this year. No beef - The O’s offense was held to one run on nine hits tonight. The O’s went 2

Rays beat O’s as the losing streak reaches 12

Looking like a team on an inevitable march toward 100 losses, the O’s lost 3-1 Tuesday night at Tampa. The O’s have now lost 12 in a row, matching their losing streak of 12 in a row from August 16-28, 2004. At least they couldn’t blame the bullpen this time. Tampa got a pair of clutch, two-out hits in the first to take a 2-0

Tonight’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Davis

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-16, 5.10) tonight will make his 32nd start of this season, his 16th on the road and the 9th of his career vs. Tampa. Guthrie is 0-3, 6.38 over his past three starts. This follows a four-start stretch where he went 3-1, 1.33. Guthrie is the AL leader in losses, earned runs and homers allowed with 32. Guthrie, 2009 season: First half:

Tuesday night baseball: O’s at Tampa

Game Preview Orioles (60-96) at Tampa (80-76) You need to get 27 outs to win a baseball game. The way the O’s bullpen is performing recently, those final few outs have been hard to pick up. The O’s pen blew a 7th-inning, 6-3 lead Monday night and Tampa beat the Orioles 7-6 extending the season’s longest losing streak to 11 games. That’s no where near

Is Sano saga finally nearing end stages?

There was a time when it seemed like the Orioles were one of the favorites to sign Dominican shortstop Miguel Angel Sano. That no longer seems to be the case, but the O’s aren’t out of it yet, either. John Stockstill, the O’s director of international scouting said, “We have had talks with Sano in the past few days.” While the signing of Sano by

Post-game Notes: Pen can’t hold lead vs. TB

The pen falters again - The O’s bullpen went from bad to worse Monday night. The pen could not protect a 6-3 lead after six and a half innings. Willie Aybar’s three-run, pinch hit homer tied it in the 7th and Tampa scored the winning run in the 8th. Tonight the O’s pen allowed four hits and four runs over three innings. The pen ERA

O’s fall in Tampa as losing streak reaches 11

The O’s got a decent outing from a starter and six runs on offense, but their struggling bullpen could not hold on again. Tampa pushed across a run in the last of the 8th to snap a 6-6 tie and beat the Orioles 7-6, handing the Birds their 11th straight loss. It’s the longest losing streak since the O’s lost 12 in a row from

Tonight’s pitchers: Hendrickson vs. Niemann

LHP Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.37) tonight makes his 10th start of this season, his 5th on the road and his 4th vs. Tampa Bay. Hendrickson pitched well, but did not get a decision Tuesday at Toronto. Over six innings, he gave up four hits and two runs, throwing 68 pitches. Hendrickson, 2009 season: As starter: 1-5, 5.73, nine starts As reliever: 4-0, 3.44, 42 games

The final road series: O’s at Tampa

Game Preview Orioles (60-95) at Tampa (79-76) After going winless at Toronto and Cleveland, the O’s play at Tampa tonight. It’s the start of the final week and final road series of the year. The Orioles are 0-6 on this trip and have lost ten games in a row. Tonight, the Rays host the Orioles in the opener of a four-game series at Tropicana Field

Another September swoon

The O’s can only hope the saying “it’s darkest before the dawn” might apply to baseball as well. It’s getting pretty dark around here lately. Until this ten-game losing streak, the Orioles were not only competing with but they were beating good teams. They took two of three from Texas and won back to back series over the Yankees (on the road) and vs. Tampa.

Post-game Notes: The losing skid reaches ten

Tough time for Tillman - Chris Tillman took the loss Sunday, pitching just two innings, in his shortest start of the year. His previous shortest start was 4 2/3 vs. Kansas City in his Major League debut July 29th. Today he allowed six runs in the first inning and threw just 53 pitches in falling to 2-5, 5.40. Tillman has allowed 10ER in seven innings

Tribe blanks O’s to complete three-game sweep

The Cleveland Indians scored six runs in the first inning Sunday off Chris Tillman, on their way to 9-0 win over the Orioles and a sweep of the three-game series. The Orioles have lost ten in a row, matching their longest losing stretch since September of 2008. Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-run double in the 1st and Kelly Shoppach’s three-run homer capped the inning. Cabrera

Not Tillman’s time

Chris Tillman gave up six runs in the first inning today at Cleveland and lasted just two innings. His previous shortest start this year was his first start, July 29 vs. KC, when he went 4 2/3 innings. Tillman may have tired here at the end of the year. His ERA in September is 7.30 after it was 5.79 in July and 4.04 in August.

Today’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Huff

RHP Chris Tillman (2-4, 4.71) today makes his 12th start of the season, his 7th on the road and his 2nd this year vs. Cleveland. Two starts ago, Tillman gave up just one run over 6 2/3 vs. Tampa. In his last start he gave up four runs and six hits in five innings Monday, in taking the loss at Toronto. In four September starts,

Series finale: Orioles at Cleveland

Game Preview Orioles (60-94) at Cleveland (63-91) After 4-2 and 9-8 losses the past two nights vs. Cleveland, the Orioles will need to win this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. to avoid a three-game sweep. Chris Tillman (2-4, 4.71) pitches for the O’s vs. Cleveland’s David Huff (10-8, 5.98). The Orioles are 0-5 on this ten-game road trip and are 24-52 in road games on the

Post-game Notes: Tribe walks off to victory

The pen was not mightier - The O’s struggling bullpen continue in that fashion on Saturday night. The Tribe rallied for four runs in the 7th vs. Sean Henn and Chris Ray and scored in the 9th to beat Jim Johnson. The O’s pen tonight allowed seven hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings. The bullpen ERA is 7.99 over the last seven games.

Tribe with a walk-off win, 9-8 over O’s

Jhonny Peralta’s RBI single in the last of the 9th gave Cleveland a 9-8 walk-off win over the Orioles Saturday night, after the Birds had rallied to tie it in the top of the ninth. Luis Valbuena singled off Jim Johnson leading off the 9th and advanced to second on a grounder. Peralta’s 2nd RBI of the night was the game winner. The Orioles have

Tonight’s pitchers: Berken vs. Sowers

RHP Jason Berken (5-12, 6.41) tonight makes his 23rd start of the year, his 10th on the road and his 2nd vs. Cleveland. After a five-start stretch where Berken went 3-0, 4.23, the right hander took the loss Sunday vs. Boston. In three innings, he allowed ten hits and six runs. Right-handed hitters are batting .312 against him and lefties hit .337. The O’s are

Saturday night baseball: O’s at Cleveland

Game Preview Orioles (60-93) at Cleveland (62-91) When two baseball teams working on long losing steaks collided Friday night in Cleveland, the Indians ended their frustration while the Orioles must wait at least a few more hours. A loss Friday and Cleveland would have equaled its longest streak ever - 12 games in May of 1931. But the Indians took advantage of O’s mistakes and

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

Tough night at the office - The O’s lost the game Friday night as much as Cleveland won it. They went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base. Melvin Mora’s throwing error plated Cleveland’s third run. A Matt Albers bases-loaded walk handed the Tribe their 4th run. The O’s stranded two runners on base four times in the

O’s can’t get the clutch hit, lose at Cleveland

It can’t get much more frustrating for the Orioles. A pitcher with an ERA of 13.11 over his last three starts beat them. So did a team with an 11-game losing streak. The O’s offense missed out on scoring chances throughout the night as Cleveland beat the Orioles 4-2 Friday night to snap their long losing streak. Gary Thorne talks with Dave Trembley after the

Pie leaves game injured

O’s center fielder Felix Pie left tonight’s game in Cleveland in the top of the 7th with a left leg injury. He was trying to beat out a double-play grounder, he did not, and he fell to the ground after hitting the first base bag. It was a possibly a quad injury as Pie was grabbing the front of his leg. Pie was 2 for

Chasing doubles history

With 55 doubles, Brian Roberts is tied with Lance Berkman and Gee Walker for 18th on the all-time, single season doubles list. His next double will be number 56 and that would tie him for 13th best all-time. If he gets 57, he’ll move into the all-time top ten for one season. 56 doubles Craig Biggio, 1999 Garret Anderson, 2002 Nomar Garciaparra, 2002 George Kell,

Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Carmona

RHP David Hernandez (4-8, 5.34) tonight will make his 18th start of the season, his 9th on the road and his 2nd of the year vs. Cleveland. Hernandez had been struggling, but put together a decent start last Saturday at home vs. Boston. He did not get a decision and over six innings allowed seven hits and three runs. He threw 93 pitches. Hernandez, 2009

Weekend preview: O’s at Cleveland

Game Preview Orioles (60-92) at Cleveland (61-91) Tonight the Orioles begin a three-game series in Cleveland and they’ll face a team that is currently struggling worse than they are. While the Orioles are out to break a season-long, seven-game losing streak, Cleveland has lost 11 games in a row. It’s the Tribe’s longest streak since losing a club-record 12 in a row in May of

Reimold talks about his surgery

After playing at times with pain for parts of the last two seasons, O’s outfielder Nolan Reimold can now look forward to the 2010 season. One where he expects to be healthy, pain-free and not in the trainers room nearly every day. Reimold, who batted .279-15-45 in 104 games this year, underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair the Achilles tendon in his left foot. “They

Matt Hobgood talks about his season at Bluefield

He didn’t have the fastball velocity he had while dominating in high school. For sure he didn’t have the eye-opening stats either. But for O’s first-round draft pick, RHP Matt Hobgood, his first season of pro ball was productive. He made the transition from high school ball and found out what it takes to be a pro. It all happened fast for Hobgood. On May

Post-game Notes: O’s swept in Toronto

Swept away by the Jays - Toronto posted wins over the O’s by scores of 9-2, 6-5 and 7-3 in this series to complete the sweep by a combined score of 22 to 10. It’s Toronto’s second sweep of the O’s this year. They took three straight at home from May 1-3. The O’s fall to 16-33 in series finales. They are now 4-18 in

Jays beat O’s, complete sweep

Toronto scored three runs in the 4th to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Orioles 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep. The O’s were out-scored 22-10 in the series and their losing streak has reached a season-high seven straight games. Travis Snider hit a solo homer and had 2 RBI as six different Blue Jays drove in runs and Toronto improved to

Hobgood article coming

A quick plug. Check this space and blog on Thursday morning for a report on Matt Hobgood’s first season in the O’s organization. Hobgood pitched at Bluefield this summer and talks about his experience there, what he’ll be doing this winter and where he hopes to pitch next year.

Tonight’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Richmond

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-15, 5.05) tonight will make his 31st start of this season, his 15th on the road and the 10th in his career vs. Toronto. Guthrie has lost his last two starts vs. New York and Boston, giving up 8ER over 11 1/3 innings. In his four previous starts, he went 3-1, 1.33. So, over his last six starts, he is 3-3, 2.82.

Series finale: O’s at Toronto

Game Preview Orioles (60-91) at Toronto (68-83) With an inconsistent offense and a slumping bullpen, the Orioles have now lost six games in a row to tie a season high. Tonight they try and avoid a three-game sweep at Toronto at 7:05 p.m. when Jeremy Guthrie (10-15, 5.05) pitches against Scott Richmond (6-10, 5.31). During the six-game losing streak: *O’s have been out-scored 41-16 *Team

Post-game Notes: O’s lose lead and game at Toronto

On the Mark - Mark Hendrickson got the start and pitched a season-high six innings but did not get a decision. He pitched very well, allowing just four hits and two runs, throwing 68 pitches. Hendrickson, who retired the last 11 batters he faced, was seeking his first win since July 11th and his first win as a starter since April 10th. Another rough night

Jays win in the last of the 11th

The Orioles blew a lead and the game. Their bullpen is still struggling. Aaron Hill’s RBI double to right center scored Jose Bautista in the last of the 11th as Toronto beat the Orioles 6-5 Tuesday to hand the O’s a 6th straight loss. Dennis Sarfate came on in the 11th and walked Bautista on a 3-2 pitch before Hill delivered his second RBI of

Tonight’s starting pitchers: Hendrickson vs. Tallet

LHP Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.47) tonight will make his 51st appearance of this season and his 9th start. It’s his 4th road start and the 12th of his career vs. Toronto. Hendrickson took the rotation spot of Brian Matusz and made the start last Thursday vs. Tampa. In 3 1/3 innings, he gave up five hits and two runs, throwing 57 pitches. In 42 games

Tuesday night baseball: O’s at Toronto

Game Preview Orioles (60-90) at Toronto (67-83) Back in late April and early May, the Orioles lost six games in a row. It is a season-high mark they would like to avoid matching tonight. In game two of a three-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m., the Blue Jays host the Orioles with Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.47) pitching vs. Brian Tallet (7-9, 5.31). The O’s have

Post-game Notes: Trip begins with loss at Toronto

Not Tillman time - After allowing just one run over 6 2/3 vs. Tampa in his last start, tonight, O’s rookie Chris Tillman gave up four runs and six hits over five innings. Tillman falls to 2-4, 4.71 after 11 Major League starts. In two starts vs. Toronto, Tillman is 0-1, 4.63. The O’s are 4-7 when he starts. The O’s bullpen again served up

O’s fall in series opener at Toronto

Lefty David Purcey picked up his first win of the year in his 7th Major League start of the season, pitching Toronto past the Orioles 9-2 Monday night. It was game one of a ten-game trip for the Orioles. Purcey, 1-2, gave up just one run and four hits, all singles, over 7 2/3. He fanned and walked four, throwing 111 pitches. This was his

Tonight’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Purcey

RHP Chris Tillman (2-3, 4.50) tonight will make his 11th Major League start of the year, his 6th on the road and his 2nd this year vs. Toronto. Tillman is coming off his best start of the year in the big leagues. He did not get a decision Wednesday vs. Tampa, but allowed just one run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings. For the

The final road trip begins: O’s at Toronto

Game Preview Orioles (60-89) at Toronto (66-83) Their first road trip of the season took them to Texas and on to Boston. Tonight, the Orioles begin their 11th and last road trip of this year. They’ll play three games starting tonight at Toronto, than it’s on to Cleveland for three and Tampa for four to wrap up the ten-game trip. The Orioles have not had

Post-game Notes: Sox complete sweep in Baltimore

Not his day - Losing pitcher Jason Berken entered with a record of 3-0 and 4.23 ERA over his previous five starts. But he walked two of the first three batters he faced today and it only got worse from there. Berken falls to 5-12, 6.41. In three innings today he allowed ten hits (one off his season high) and six runs. Over his last

Sox top O’s to complete series sweep

The Red Sox scored six runs over the first three innings today on their way to a 9-3 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards to complete a three-game sweep. It’s Boston’s fourth series sweep of the Birds this year and they end the season series going 16-2 vs. the O’s. On his 31st birthday, Jason Bay hit a solo homer and drove in three

Luke and the longball

Luke Scott’s two-run homer in the 4th inning today is his 24th this year, that’s a new career high surpassing last season’s total of 23 longballs. Last year he hit 23 in 475 at bats. Today, he got number 24 in his 408th at bat of the year. Last year, he hit just 5 of 23 homers off a lefty. This year he has hit

Today’s pitchers: Berken vs. Matsuzaka

RHP Jason Berken (5-11, 6.08) today makes his 22nd start of this season, his 13th at home and his 4th of the year vs. Boston. Despite allowing five runs over 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday, Berken got the win vs. Tampa. He gave up four runs in the first, then settled down after that. Over his last five starts, Berken is 3-0, 4.23. Before this

Sunday baseball: Boston at Orioles

Game Preview Boston (88-59) at Orioles (60-88) The Boston Red Sox, who have three series sweeps already this year vs. the Orioles, can add a fourth today when the clubs meet for the final time in 2009. Jason Berken (5-11, 6.08) pitches for the O’s vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-5, 7.02) at 1:35 p.m. It’s the final game of a seven-game homestand where the O’s are

Post-game Notes: Sox top O’s, 11-5

Late offense - Hard to remember that Saturday’s game was actually tied 3-3 after six innings. The Red Sox scored the next eight runs to open an 11-3 lead before the Birds got some back in the last of the 9th. Boston tonight through six frames: three runs, seven hits. Boston offense, innings 7 - 9: eight runs on ten hits. When the Red Sox

Trembley and Hernandez post-game quotes

On a night his team lost 11-5, Dave Trembley saw some pitching he liked and some he didn’t. “We were encouraged the way Hernandez threw. That was his best outing in a while. Albers had good numbers coming in, 1 for 7, vs. Pedroia. Youkilis, we were looking for a groundball there and didn’t get it. Castillo has pitched well for us, much improved from

Sox score eight late runs to top Birds

The Red Sox scored three times in the 7th to break a 3-3 tie and went on to an 11-5 win over the Orioles, in front of 39,285 Saturday night at Camden Yards. Kevin Youkilis, J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell came up with RBI singles in the frame vs. the Birds Matt Albers and Alberto Castillo. The rally enabled Jon Lester to pick up yet

Decent outing for Hernandez

Tonight’s attendance - 39,285. Considering some of his recent outings, which included giving up four homers and six runs in 2 2/3 at Fenway Park, David Hernandez had a good one tonight. Nice bounce back effort and I’m sure the club is encouraged he got them to the 7th in a 3-3 tie. Hernandez’s line: 6IP, 7H, 3R-ER, 3B, 1K, 1 HR.....93 pitches. He’d probably

O’s get to Lester (update)

We know Jon Lester won’t shutout the Orioles tonight. He still may beat them. Brian Roberts led off the bottom of the first and ripped a double (his 53rd) in the gap in left center and scored on a Matt Wieters RBI single to center. In the second, Ty Wigginton homered off Lester for a 2-2 tie. In that first frame, the O’s snapped Lester’s

Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Lester

RHP David Hernandez (4-8, 5.40) tonight will make his 17th start of this season, his 9th at home and his 4th this year vs. Boston. To say the least, Hernandez has been hit hard lately by the home run ball. He has given up nine homers over 10 2/3 in his last three starts and allowed 12 homers over 26 innings in his past six

The O’s finally found Lou Montanez

With Nolan Reimold now on the disabled list, the O’s decided they could use another outfielder. They wanted to add Lou Montanez, if they could just get him to answer his phone. “I was coming out of a Salsa lesson. They were ringing my phone like crazy and I was in a Salsa lesson, working on my hips. When I got in my car I

Saturday baseball: Boston at Orioles

Game Preview Boston (87-59) at Orioles (60-87) If it seems like the Orioles lose a lot of close games vs. Boston, well, they do. The Orioles are just 2-14 vs. the Sox this year. The clubs have played nine games decided by two runs or less and the O’s are just 1-8 in those nine. Boston has won six in a row vs. the O’s

Post-game Notes: Boston takes series opener

Not much on offense - The O’s were held to just five hits by Clay Buchholz and three relievers Friday night. The O’s went 5 for 31 at bat, were 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. The Birds have just 14 hits and a team average of .157 (14 for 89) the past three games. They have

Guthrie on a frustrating loss and season

After he took another loss, his 15th, and another vs. Boston, his third this year, Jeremy Guthrie talked at length about his season. He was asked if the season has been a huge disappointment for him? Jeremy Guthrie talks with the media about his struggles tonight in the O’s 3-1 loss “Absolutely. I’ve pitched terrible. The start when I felt good, I got no breaks.

Buchholz pitches Sox to a series-opening win

Clay Buchholz shut down the Orioles over six innings and Jason Bay hit his 34th homer as Boston topped the Birds 3-1 Friday night to start a three-game series. The O’s fall to 2-3 on this seven-game homestand. Buchholz, now 6-3, 3.49, gave up just five hits and one run, throwing 95 pitches. Over the last 11 games, Red Sox starting pitchers have worked to

Tonight’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Buchholz

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-14, 5.06) tonight is set to make his 30th start of this year, his 16th at home and the 11th of his career vs. Boston. Guthrie was 3-1, 1.33 over his previous four starts before taking the loss Sunday vs. New York. Over 5 2/3 at Yankee Stadium, he allowed 12 hits and five runs. Still, over the past five starts, Guthrie

Mora honored by Brooks’ appearance

Earlier this week, Melvin Mora played in his 793rd game at third base for the Orioles. That moved him past Doug DeCinces into second all-time in games played at third by an Oriole. The man who is the clear number one in that department, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, will be at Camden Yards tonight to present Mora with third base from the game where

Reimold shutdown for season

O’s outfielder Nolan Reimold told reporters today in the O’s clubhouse that the pain and fraying of his left achilles tendon has reached the point where he can no longer play this season. He has been placed on the disabled list and will have surgery in Baltimore next Wednesday. The rehab period should be three to four months. “I hate to stop playing now, but

Weekend preview: Red Sox at Orioles

Game Preview Boston (86-59) at Orioles (60-86) After splitting a four-game series with Tampa Bay, the Orioles welcome Boston to town tonight to start a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. It’s the last series of the year between the teams. Jeremy Guthrie (10-14, 5.06) will pitch for the Birds vs. Boston’s Clay Buchholz (5-3, 3.66). The Orioles are 2-2 on this homestand and 36-39 at

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

Blanked - The Orioles were shutout tonight for the 9th time this year and the second time in nine games. They were held to four hits, going 4 for 29 at bat and were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. They were last shutout by Boston, 10-0 at Fenway Park on September 8th. In his third Major League start, right hander Wade Davis

Davis pitches a gem as Rays top O’s

Tampa right hander Wade Davis pitched a four-hit shutout tonight, in just his third Major League start, as the Rays beat the Orioles 3-0, in front of 12, 436 at Camden Yards. This came just days after Davis gave up eight runs in 2 2/3 in his last start vs. Boston. The 24-year-old walked two, fanned ten and threw 124 pitches in picking up his

Walk-off rookies

There have been three walk-off homers hit by rookies in the American League this year and two have been hit by Orioles. *Nolan Reimold, May 27 vs. Toronto *Luis Valbuena (Clev), August 22 *Matt Wieters, September 16 vs. Tampa With a win tonight, the Orioles would win a four-game series for the first time all year. Previously they have lost five and tied four 4-game

Tonight’s pitchers: Hendrickson vs. Davis

LHP Mark Hendrickson (5-4, 4.43) tonight will make his 50th appearance and 8th start of this year, his 5th start at home and his 3rd start of the season vs. Tampa. Hendrickson tonight takes over the rotation spot of Brian Matusz. The rookie lefty has been shutdown for the rest of the season due to his innings load. So Hendrickson tonight makes his first start

Tillman finds that less is more

A day after giving up just one run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings, his best Major League start yet, Chris Tillman said pitching with less velocity led to better results. “Results-wise, I would say it was my best. But I don’t think I pitched like myself. I kind of backed off on my velocity some, kind of stepped out of who I am.

Series finale: Tampa at Orioles

Game Preview Tampa (73-73) at Orioles (60-85) At a time when the Orioles are counting on their young players, now and in the future, Wednesday was a game where Orioles youth was served. Rookie right hander Chris Tillman pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit ball. Rookie catcher Matt Wieters hit the game winning homer, a two-run shot off Russ Springer in the last of

Post-game Notes: A Wieters’ walk-off for the win

Yes, but can he walk on water? - Matt Wieters’ two-run homer in the last of the 9th gave the O’s a 4-2 win over Tampa tonight. Wieters went 1 for 3 with 3 RBI. Wieters has two homers and 8 RBI over the past two games. In the three games of this series vs. Tampa, Wieters is 5 for 10 with two homers and

Wieters hits walk-off homer in 9th, O’s top Tampa

Minutes after seeing the O’s lose a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning, Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer to left in the last of the 9th to give the O’s a 4-2 walk-off win over Tampa. Luke Scott led off the 9th and drew a walk. Wieters then hit his two-run shot out to left off Russ Springer. It was his

Wieters potential

When you watch Matt Wieters drive in five runs one night and easily throw Carl Crawford out trying to steal the next, you can see his massive potential. That’s with the glove and bat. Wieters threw Crawford out at second base tonight. He got a guy who currently has 56 steals, has five career 50-steal seasons and is the AL stolen base leader in four

Tonight’s pitching matchup: Tillman vs. Sonnanstine

RHP Chris Tillman (2-3, 4.91) tonight will make his 10th Major League start of the year, his 5th at home and his 2nd career start vs. Tampa Bay. The 21-year-old Tillman got the victory Friday at New York. Over five innings, he allowed nine hits and four runs and fanned a season-high eight batters. Tillman has recorded three quality starts and has allowed 3ER or

Wednesday baseball: Tampa at Orioles

Game Preview Tampa (73-72) at Orioles (59-85) Following a pleasing comeback victory, the Orioles host Tampa tonight in game three of a four-game series at Camden Yards. The Birds were behind 5-0 after Tampa batted in the top of the third Tuesday night. But then the comeback was on and 10 unanswered runs later, the O’s had a 10-5 win. Tonight at 7:05 p.m. Chris

Post-game Notes: Wieters and Berken lead O’s past Tampa

Comeback win - The O’s trailed tonight’s game 5-0 after 2 ½ innings. The O’s then scored 10 unanswered runs over the next six frames to post a 10-5 win. The O’s had 16 hits in the game, five for extra-bases with three doubles and two homers. Rookie Matt Wieters went 3 for 4 with a double, two-run single and three-run homer. Wieters, who entered

Wieters with 5 RBI as O’s top Tampa

When Pat Burrell followed a first-inning, three-run homer with an RBI single in the third, Tampa had an early 5-0 lead on the Orioles. Jason Berken appeared headed for his 12th loss. But, as Berken settled down, the O’s bats, especially that of Matt Wieters, came alive and the Birds rallied to beat Tampa 10-5 Tuesday. Each team has one win in this four-game series.

Tonight’s pitchers: Berken vs. Niemann

RHP Jason Berken (4-11, 6.02) tonight will make his 21st start of the year, his 12th at home and the 2nd of his career vs. Tampa. Over his last four starts, Berken is 2-0, 3.38 which has lowered his ERA for the year from 6.72 to 6.02. Berken has struggled in the first inning this year, giving up 21 of his 66 runs and a

Tuesday preview: Tampa at Orioles

Game Preview Tampa (73-71) at Orioles (58-85) The Tampa Bay Rays seemed due, maybe overdue, for an offensive breakout. After starting a road trip 0-7 by scoring eight total runs, the Rays matched that in one night, taking the first game of a series Monday at Camden Yards. Tonight, the O’s host Tampa in game two of this series and seven-game homestand. Jason Berken (4-11,

Post-game Notes: Rays win series opener

Long time coming - Tampa Bay snapped an 11-game losing streak with Monday’s 8-4 win. During the streak, the Rays were out-scored 61-23. Tampa was 0-7 on its current road trip, losing four at New York and three in Boston. A loss would have extended Tampa’s losing skid to 12 games, which would have been its longest since September of 2004. The Tampa club record

Rays break out on offense, end streak vs. the Orioles

Number nine hitter Reid Brignac led the way as Tampa Bay broke out of its hitting slump and beat the Orioles Monday 8-4 to end an 11-game losing streak. That was the longest losing streak in the Majors this year. The Rays had scored just eight runs over their past seven games and 23 runs during the losing skid. Brignac went 4 for 4 with

Thoughts on David Hernandez

The quality of David Hernandez’s pitches was not his problem tonight. The location of said pitches was a huge problem. Tonight he struck out five batters in three plus innings, so when he put the ball where he wanted he got positive results. That was not often enough however, not nearly. But he gave up nine hits and five runs, including two more homers. His

Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Price

RHP David Hernandez (4-7, 5.05) tonight will make his 16th start of this season, his 8th at home and the 1st in his career vs. Tampa. Hernandez allowed four hits, all homers in a loss Tuesday vs. Boston. He gave up six runs in just 2 2/3 innings. Hernandez has given up seven homers in 7 2/3 vs. New York and Boston over his last

Series preview: Rays at Orioles

Game Preview Tampa Bay (72-71) at Orioles (58-84) With three weeks to go in Major League baseball’s regular season, tonight the Orioles host Tampa Bay at 7:05 p.m. It’s the start of a seven-game homestand, the O’s next to last homestand of the year. The O’s host Tampa for four games and Boston for three over the next seven days. Tonight, David Hernandez (4-7, 5.05)

Post-game Notes: NY takes series finale

Not this time - O’s starter Jeremy Guthrie was on a four-start roll that ended today, as he allowed 12 hits and five runs in 5 2/3IP. Guthrie is now 10-14, 5.06. Over his previous four starts, Guthrie was 3-1, 1.33 and had allowed just 4ER over 27 innings. The O’s are now 11-18 in Guthrie’s 29 starts. In 12 games, 11 career starts vs.

Sabathia wins 17th as New York routs O’s

CC Sabathia pitched seven strong innings to pick up his American League-leading 17th win as the Yankees beat the Orioles 13-3 Sunday afternoon. The O’s won the series but missed their chance for their first three-game sweep in New York since June of 1986. New York held a two-run lead, but then scored eight runs in the 8th to open the ten-run lead. Dave Trembley

Today’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Sabathia

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-13, 4.96) today is set to make his 29th start of this season, his 14th on the road and the 11th of his career vs. New York. Guthrie pitched seven scoreless innings Sunday vs. Texas as the O’s posted a 7-0 win for their shutout of the year. Over his last four starts, Guthrie is 3-1, 1.33. Over 27 innings, he has

Sunday preview: O’s go for the sweep today at New York

Game Preview Orioles (58-83) at New York (91-52) The Orioles entered their weekend series with the Yankees with just one win in their last 24 combined games at Boston and New York. Today, with a victory, they could pick up their first three-game sweep at New York since June 6-8, 1986. The O’s sent rookie starters to the mound the last two games, but Chris

Post-game Notes: O’s look for Sunday sweep at New York

Matusz was the man - Winning pitcher Brian Matusz went seven innings for the third start in a row and had a strong outing for the third straight start. The 22-year-old lefty gave up just four hits and one run over seven innings, throwing 106 pitches. It’s his first time going over 100 pitches in the big leagues. The Yankees went just 4 for 24

Matusz and Roberts lead O’s past New York, 7-3

Brian Matusz made his first start at Yankee Stadium one to remember and Brian Roberts hit his 5th career Grand Slam as the Orioles beat the Yankees 7-3 Saturday afternoon. The O’s have won the first two games in this series. A win Sunday would give the Orioles their first three-game sweep in New York since June of 1986. Matusz gave up just four hits

B-Rob notes (updated)

Brian Roberts entered today batting .183 since August 23. No one is thinking about that now as his second-inning Grand Slam off A.J. Burnett gives the O’s the early 6-1 lead at New York. So, Roberts is 2 for 2 today, making him 3 for 5 with 7 RBI in this series. It was Roberts’ second Slam of the year, he also hit one August

Today’s pitchers: Matusz vs. Burnett

LHP Brian Matusz (4-2, 5.26) today is set to make his 8th Major League start of this season, his 5th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the Yankees. Matusz has wins over Cleveland and Texas over his last two starts, going 2-0, 3.21 in that time. He gave up just one run in seven innings vs. Cleveland and then gave up

Saturday afternoon baseball: O’s at New York

Game Preview Orioles (57-83) at New York (91-51) The Orioles ended a ten-game losing streak vs. the Yankees, but it surely was not easy. They overcame two rain delays and an early 4-1 deficit to post a 10-4 win in a game that ended just before 1:30 am on Saturday morning. Now, a few hours later, the O’s and Yankees play game two of this

Post-game Notes: O’s take series opener in New York

That streak is over - The Orioles snapped a ten-game losing streak vs. New York with Friday’s win over the Yankees. It’s their first win over New York since May 9th. The ten-game losing streak vs. New York was the O’s longest since 1955. The O’s also snapped a ten-game losing streak at New York. They entered tonight 0-6 this year at Yankee Stadium and

O’s overcome the rain and the Yankees in 10-4 win

In a game played in the rain and wind in New York, the Orioles ended a ten-game losing streak vs. the Yankees with a 10-4 win. The O’s also ended a ten-game losing streak in New York. The game was delayed an hour and 24 minutes at the start and for another hour and seven minutes in the top of the seventh. The contest ended

O’s take lead at New York (update - play ball again)

The Orioles, looking to snap a ten-game losing streak vs. New York and a ten-game losing streak in New York, scored four in the 6th tonight to take a 7-4 lead on the Yankees. Brian Roberts’ two-run single made it a 5-4 lead, the O’s first lead of the night. Cesar Izturis followed with an RBI hit and Nolan Reimold added a sac fly. The

Tonight’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Pettitte

RHP Chris Tillman (1-3, 4.66) tonight will make his 9th Major League start of this season, his 5th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the Yankees. In his last start vs. Texas, Tillman gave up five runs and seven hits over six innings. Tillman has allowed 3ER or less in six of eight starts. He has recorded three quality starts on

Weekend preview: Orioles at New York

Game Preview Orioles (56-83) at Yankees (91-50) Winning road games in the AL East has been a season-long problem for the Orioles. A big one at that. They are just 4-22 on the year in division road games. Starting tonight they will play three of them this weekend vs. the red-hot and almost certainly playoff-bound, New York Yankees. The O’s are just 3-12 on the

The uphill climb vs. Boston and New York

In a sport dominated by statistics, I can’t find any stats to explain why the Orioles can’t beat the Yankees or Red Sox. We all know the O’s aren’t better than those teams, not even close. And, yes, those clubs are now pushing for the post-season while the O’s aren’t pushing for anything. But they are 2-13 this year vs. Boston and 3-12 vs. New

Slow finish doesn’t take away from Joseph’s solid season

For most of this past season, Caleb Joseph carried a heavy load for the Frederick Keys. As a catcher, he had to handle a pitching staff that included top pitching prospects like Brian Matusz and Zach Britton. As a hitter he batted in the middle of the Keys’ order. Joseph delivered on offense and defense. At the plate for much of this season he was

Sox beat O’s 7-5

Tonight’s game between the Orioles and the Red Sox wasn’t your ordinary ballgame. Through nine innings, the two teams combined to score 11 runs; walk 11 times; get 27 hits and use 13 different pitchers. Dave Trembley talks with Gary Thorne about the O’s never giving up in the loss The Orioles battled tonight, but the Red Sox came through when it counted. The game

O’s and Sox tied after 6

The fourth inning brought more clutch hitting by the Red Sox. Jason Varitek drove in Mike Lowell to get the Red Sox their third run of the game. In the fifth, Brian Roberts hit his 50th double of the year, stole third and scored on a Nolan Reimold sac-fly. Nick Markakis followed with a single, but Mora flew out to right to end the inning.

Sox lead 2-1 after 3 innings

The Orioles got two runners on with two outs in the 1st, but Melvin Mora flew out to center to end the threat. They could have used those two runs. After two walks by Jason Berken in the bottom half of the 1st, David Ortiz fought off a 3-2 pitch and it rolled down the third-base line for a hit. Jason Bay then did what

O’s look to split the series

The Orioles take on the Boston Red Sox tonight at 7:05 to try to avenge yesterday’s 10-0 loss and split the short two-game series. Jason Berken takes the hill tonight for the Orioles, looking to cool down the Red Sox bats and earn his fifth win of the year. His counterpart, 13-year veteran Paul Byrd, will look to earn his second win. The Red Sox

Don Werner talks about O’s minor league catchers

Don Werner is in his seventh season in the Orioles’ organization and in his third year as the O’s minor league catching instructor. Werner oversees the instructing of catchers at all levels of the organization. He played seven seasons in the Majors and on June 16, 1978 caught a Tom Seaver no-hitter. Werner recently answered several questions about top catching prospect Caleb Joseph and some

Hoes and Avery solid for Delmarva

Xavier Avery and L.J. Hoes were drafted out of high school by the Orioles last year. They both then went on to play solid ball in the Gulf Coast League last summer. This season, the O’s brass decided to see how the pair would handle the full-season with the Delmarva Shorebirds in low Class-A ball. At just 19, the pair played to rave reviews in

Red Sox beat O’s 10-0

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Orioles 10-0 on the strength of six home runs and a strong start by Clay Buchholz. Buchholz only allowed three hits to the Orioles batters and walked one. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit two of Boston’s six home runs in the game. Gary Thorne talks with Dave Trembley after the O’s 10-0 loss to Boston David Hernandez

Orioles down nine after six innings

Chris Lambert was greeted with a three-run home run by J.D. Drew increasing Boston’s lead to 8-0. Clay Buchholz is still stifling the O’s holding them to two hits and no runs. In addition, Buchholz has walked only one Oriole all night. The Birds, on the other hand, have used five pitchers. David Hernandez, Lambert, Brian Bass, Alberto Castillo and Chris Ray have all seen

Hernandez done after 2 2/3

David Hernandez got off to a rough start giving up two first inning home runs. The first was a two-run bomb to Dustin Pedroia and the second was a solo to Kevin Youkilis. Hernandez seemed to battle his control in the first inning. However, he seemed to regroup in the second before giving up another solo home run to Alex Gonzalez. Chris Lambert, just recalled

Play ball at Fenway: O’s at Boston

Game Preview Orioles (56-81) at Boston (79-58) After winning back-to-back games to take a series from playoff contending Texas, the O’s begin a five-game road trip tonight that will take them to Boston and New York. The O’s are a combined 1-12 in those parks this season. Pitching Matchups in Boston: Tues, 7:05 p.m. - David Hernandez (4-6, 4,54) v. Clay Buchholz (4-3, 4.40). Wed,

Widlansky wins Carolina League batting title

Even though he was not listed once this year among the Carolina League leaders, Frederick Keys first baseman-outfielder Robbie Widlansky ends the season as the league’s leading hitter, winning the batting title. Widlansky went 0-4 in the Keys final game Monday at Wilmington. But he will end the year with a batting average of .340, far above anyone else. The O’s 11th-round draft pick out

With some help, Wieters is making strides on defense

It was the first inning of a game on August 14th at Camden Yards. The LA Angels were in town and one of the game’s best base stealers, Chone Figgins, was on first base. He broke for second with the pitch. Catcher Matt Wieters jumped quickly out of his crouch and fired a strike to second to gun down Figgins. In the dugout at the

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

Guts with a win - Jeremy Guthrie and two relievers teamed on a 7-hit shutout in the O’s 7-0 win over Texas Sunday. Guthrie, now 10-13, 4.96, worked seven innings and gave up six hits and one walk and had six strikeouts. Guthrie threw 110 pitches, 73 for strikes as he lowered his ERA under 5.00 for the first time since May 30th. Over his

Guthrie and O’s blank Texas, 7-0

Jeremy Guthrie continued his recent excellent pitching and the Orioles blanked Texas 7-0 Sunday to win the series with their third shutout of the year. Guthrie pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and is now 10-13, 4.96. Over his last four starts, Guthrie is 3-1, 1.33. Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 8th and Kam Mickolio got out of a two on jam in the 9th

Today’s pitchers: Guthrie vs. Holland

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (9-13, 5.17) today will make his 28th start of this season, his 15th at home and the 5th of his career vs. the Texas Rangers. Guthrie, who has a career high 13 losses, has pitched well recently. Over his last three starts, he is 2-1, 1.80. Monday, he allowed two runs over six innings in taking a loss vs. New York. He

Sunday afternoon baseball: Texas at Orioles

Game Preview Texas (76-59) at Orioles (55-81) After a 5-4 win over Texas on Saturday night the Orioles and Rangers meet today at 1:35 p.m. in the third and deciding game of this series. The Orioles have a chance to gain just their second series win since the All-Star break with a victory today. The O’s are just 1-11-2 in 14 series in the second

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

Another win for the rookie - After giving up three runs in the first today, Brian Matusz was strong after that. He pitched seven innings for the second start in a row and is now 4-2, 5.26 on the year. Matusz, who retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced, needed 52 pitches for his first three innings, but just 41 for the last

Matusz talks about his win over Texas

After he gave up three runs, including a homer, in the first inning today, it didn’t look like Brian Matusz would pitch deep into this game. But the rookie lefty settled down and settled in and pitched seven innings vs. Texas to get his fourth Major League win. “I didn’t feel like I struggled in the first, I just made some bad pitches. The home

Matusz and O’s top Texas, 5-4

After a poor start, O’s rookie lefty Brian Matusz settled in and pitched a solid game Saturday as the Orioles beat Texas 5-4 at Camden Yards. The loss was damaging to the Rangers, who would have pulled within one game of Boston in the wild-card race with a victory. Matusz allowed three runs in the first and not much after that. He improves to 4-2,

Today’s pitchers: Matusz vs. Millwood

LHP Brian Matusz (3-2, 5.28) today will make his 7th Major League start of the 2009 season, his 3rd at home and the 1st of his career vs. Texas. Matusz is coming off his best start of the year. He got his 3rd win Sunday vs. Cleveland when he allowed just four hits and one run over seven innings. It was his longest outing of

Saturday afternoon baseball: Texas at Orioles

Game Preview Texas (76-58) at Orioles (54-81) The Orioles pitching staff struggled in its three-game series vs. New York, giving up 24 runs as the Birds lost three straight. The O’s offense scuffled Friday in a 5-1 loss vs. Texas to open a three-game series. Today, at 4:05 p.m. in game two of this series, Brian Matusz (3-2, 5.28) will pitch for the Orioles vs.

Post-game Notes: Rangers take series opener

He won again - Winning pitcher Scott Feldman did not allow an Oriole to get to second base until the 6th inning and that was also the inning he lost his shutout and a scoreless streak of 18 1/3 innings. Feldman is now 15-4, 3.62 on the year after pitching 6 2/3 tonight and throwing 102 pitches. Over his last three starts, he is 3-0,

Feldman pitches Texas to a series-opening win

Texas right hander Scott Feldman picked up his 15th win, one off the AL lead, as the Texas Rangers beat the Orioles 5-1 Friday night to start a three-game series. Feldman entered with 12 2/3 scoreless innings and did not give a run until the sixth. On the night he pitched 6 2/3, allowing four hits and one run. He improved to 15-4, 3.62 on

Feldman the road warrior

Quick, who are the only two AL pitchers with more wins than Texas righty Scott Feldman? You mean there are only two? CC Sabathia has 16 wins, Justin Verlander 15 and Feldman joins two others for third in the AL with 14 wins. The Orioles are finding out about him tonight as he has pitched five shutout innings allowing just two hits so far and

Tonight’s pitchers: Tillman vs. Feldman

RHP Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.24) tonight will make his 8th Major League start of this season, his 4th at home and the 1st of his career vs. Texas. Tillman did not get a decision in his last start, Saturday at home vs. Cleveland. Over five innings and 90 pitches he gave up just one run and six hits. Tillman’s first two starts: 6.75 ERA Tillman’s

B-Rob on batting third and a possible milestone

Brian Roberts said he probably batted third in college. Tonight, he’ll hit third in the Orioles’ lineup for the first time ever as a Major Leaguer. “Dave asked me about if I cared, I don’t care, it’s just a spot in the lineup,” Roberts said. “I’m going to try and hit homers,” Roberts joked. “No, I’ll do what I normally do. The only thing that

Weekend preview: Texas at Orioles

Game Preview Texas (75-58) at Orioles (54-80) After splitting four games vs. Cleveland and losing three straight vs. New York, the final series of the O’s ten-game homestand begins tonight. The O’s host Texas at 7:05 pm. Pitching Matchups for the Series: Fri 7:05p - Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.24) v. Scott Feldman (14-4, 3.72). Sat 4:05p - Brian Matusz (3-2, 5.28) v. Kevin Millwood (10-8,

That’s one way to win a batting title

In his first year in pro ball, Robbie Widlansky batted .181 for Aberdeen in 48 games in 2007. Now, the 24-year-old lefty hitter is just a few days away from likely claiming the batting title this year in the Carolina League. That’s quite an accomplishment for a player that didn’t play his first game for the Keys until May 22nd and who right now is

Waring wore out Carolina League pitching

Not many O’s fans will remember Stanton Cameron. But in 1992 he hit 29 homers for the Frederick Keys. His name is worth mentioning in a story about Brandon Waring because Cameron is the only player to ever hit more homers for Frederick than Waring did this year. The 23-year-old Waring, who joined Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, batted .273-26-90 this year with 35 doubles in

Post-game Notes: Yankees complete the sweep

The Yankees improve to 12-3 on the season vs. the Orioles with 10 straight wins. They have three sweeps of three games vs. the Birds on the year. They are 6-3 vs. the Birds in Baltimore and 6-0 at Yankee Stadium. The last time the Yankees won as many as ten in a row vs. the Orioles was from April 21 to June 29, 1955.

Yanks score seven in 9th in 10-2 win

A close game turned into a last-inning blowout tonight as the Yankees scored seven runs off Jim Johnson and Dennis Sarfate in the 9th and beat the Orioles 10-2 Wednesday. The Yankees sweep the three-game series and have won ten in a row vs. the Orioles for the first time since 1955. Winning pitcher CC Sabathia gave up one run and seven hits over seven

Big news from Frederick

It’s a clean sweep tonight for the Frederick Keys. Brandon Waring has been named this year’s Carolina League Most Valuable Player and lefty Zach Britton has been named Pitcher of the Year in the League. The 23-year-old Waring, who was just moved up to Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, batted .273-26-90 in 128 games for the Keys this year. His 26 homers is tied for second

Tonight’s pitchers: Berken vs. Sabathia

RHP Jason Berken (4-11, 6.33) tonight will make his 19th start of the year, his 11th at home and the 2nd of his career vs. the New York Yankees. Since starting the year 1-9, 6.93, Berken is 3-2, 4.94 over his last five starts. He is 2-0, 3.37 over his last two starts. Right-handed hitters bat .307 vs. Berken while lefties hit .320 off him.

More with Adam Jones

He wants to play again this year, but O’s center fielder Adam Jones is trying to come to grips with the concept that he may not. Jones suffered a badly sprained left ankle last night vs. the Yankees. It will keep him out at least two to three weeks and his season may well be over with so little time left. “It’s a tough injury,

Series finale at The Yard: Yankees vs. O’s

Game Preview Yankees (84-48) at Orioles (54-79) After back-to-back losses at Camden Yards, the Orioles need a win tonight at 7:05 p.m. vs. New York to avoid a three-game sweep by the Yankees. Jason Berken (4-11, 6.33) pitches for the Orioles vs. CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.56). New York has two three-game sweeps over the O’s already this year, both at Yankee Stadium. Game Preview Yankees

Post-game Notes: Yanks hit five out in win over O’s

Bronx Bombers - There were seven homers hit in the game - five by New York. The Yankees five homers tied their season high. They last did it August 23rd at Boston. This is their fourth, five-homer game of the year. New York, which has hit at least one homer in 105 of their 132 games, leads the Majors with 207 homers. They are on

Yankees use the longball to beat O’s, 9-6

A-Rod didn’t homer. Neither did Derek Jeter. Or Johnny Damon or Mark Teixeria. Still the New York Yankees hit five homers in Tuesday’s 9-6 win over the Orioles in front of 25,782 at Camden Yards. The game had ties and lead changes like a basketball game. Luke Scott’s 412-foot, three-run homer gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead in the 5th. It was the 52nd homer

Jones update

Adam Jones, lifted for a pinch runner in the bottom of the sixth, left the game with a sprained left ankle. The O’s have tied their season high tonight, giving up five homers. The Yankees have tied their season high, hitting five homers. It’s the fourth time they have hit five in a game.

Will Adam Jones...

ever learn to hit the cutoff man. This is September and he is still making that basic mistake. It just happened on A-Rod’s RBI single in the sixth. Jones, with no shot to get a speedy runner at the plate, overthrew the cutoff man by 10 feet, allowing A-Rod to practically walk into second. You wonder how mistakes like these happen time and time again.

A bomb, but the warehouse is safe

Luke Scott hit a huge three-run homer, it was a bomb, but it didn’t hit the Warehouse in case you were wondering. He hit it 412 feet down the right-field line onto Eutaw Street, but it would have needed to go 439 feet to reach the Warehouse. Still, off the bat it made you wonder, that was crushed. The three-run shot off A.J. Burnett in

Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Burnett

RHP David Hernandez (4-6, 4.24) tonight makes his 14th start of the season, his 7th at home and his 2nd of the year vs. New York. Hernandez did not get a decision in his last start vs. Cleveland when he gave up two runs over six innings. Hernandez, 2009 season: In July: 2-0, 2.45 in four starts In August: 1-4, 5.83 in six starts Right-handed

MacPhail on Matusz, Tillman and Bergesen

O’s manager Dave Trembley today said he expected Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman to each make “three starts maximum” before being shut down for the remainder of this season. O’s president Andy MacPhail also spoke about limiting appearances and innings for the rookie pitchers. “With Brian you have to remember this is his first year of pro experience. He doesn’t have the innings built up

Minor League transactions (and updates)

There were a flurry of roster moves made today around the O’s farm system. OF Dave Krynzel from Bowie to Norfolk OF Ambiorix Concepcion from Bowie to Norfolk IF Miguel Abreu to Bowie inactive list IF Paco Figueroa to Bowie inactive list OF Danny Figueroa to Bowie inactive list RHP Zach Clark from Frederick to Norfolk OF Matt Angle from Frederick to Bowie IF Pedro

Tuesday baseball: Yankees at Orioles

Game Preview Yankees (83-48) at Orioles (54-78) Despite a tough schedule coming up, the Orioles hope that September will be a better month for them than August was. The O’s finished the month playing and pitching a little better and won six of the final 12 games in the month. But overall, the Orioles lost 20 of 30 games in August. Tonight they begin September

Tillman feeling strong as season winds down

The Orioles have discussed possibly limiting the innings of their rookie pitchers in September or maybe even shutting them down at some point during the month. O’s 21-year-old right hander Chris Tillman could understand if that happens, but he says right now, it’s not really necessary for him. After throwing about 135 innings each of the last two seasons, Tillman is at 131 now between

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