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If you are watching or listening to today’s game......

.......why not send in a comment or question to me while you are tuned in. I’ll be watching today’s game from home here in beautiful Harford County. While you are tuned in and also keeping up with all of Roch’s great reporting from the game itself, feel free to send me a comment as well. We’ve gotten a lot of interesting comments today on my

Mounting concern over Guthrie

When Robinson Cano launched that 3-1 pitch over the fence Monday night, you could almost feel Orioles fans confidence in Jeremy Guthrie drop another notch. He has not done much this spring to provide fans with hope that he will have a bounce back season. But I do think the concern, some would say panic, over Guthrie’s struggles, is a little over the top. *Why

Next challenge for Waring: Eastern League pitchers

So after being named Carolina League MVP last year while also winning the Brooks Robinson award as the O’s Minor League Player of the Year, what will Brandon Waring do this season for an encore? In his second year in the O’s organization he’ll move up to Double-A Bowie and tangle with Eastern League pitching. “This year will be the most challenging year yet,” the

Some pitching and some hoops

Jeremy Guthrie seems to be one pitcher that many fans feel is in for another poor year. Some reporters are questioning his confidence. Some don’t even feel he should begin the year in the rotation. I am not in that camp. He showed me enough in 2007 and 2008 and I am not yet overly concerned about his spring performance. Only 15 pitchers in the

Plenty of reasons to watch the minors

While the Orioles are closing in on another opening day, so are their four full-season farm teams: the Norfolk Tides, the Bowie Baysox, the Frederick Keys and the Delmarva Shorebirds. With the parent club rebuilding around youth and pitching, there will be plenty of reasons to follow the O’s minor leaguers this year. Bowie - Early on, this may be the most interesting team to

David Stockstill comments on his new role

The Orioles announced today that David Stockstill will officially begin in his new position as the club’s director of international scouting on April 5th. Stockstill, who has headed up the O’s minor league operations since November of 2004, is in Florida now and will remain there through early April to help setup the club’s minor league rosters. In his new role, David will oversee all

Not everyone is on the Bergesen bandwagon

Whether he’s getting hit with batted balls or getting sore after shooting a commercial, maybe nothing can stop Brad Bergesen from his mission to become a solid Major League pitcher. Throughout his career Bergesen has heard the critics - he doesn’t throw hard enough, he doesn’t strikeout enough hitters, he’s just not a top prospect. Click here for a recent Fangraphs article where the author

Brian Matusz questions and answers

So Brian Matusz gave up three runs. That matched the total runs he had given up in his three previous outings. They said he didn’t have his best stuff, yet Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday went a combined 0-for-6 against him. All pitchers should struggle so. With a 3.10 spring ERA and 19 strikeouts to three walks in 20 1/3 exhibition innings, the kid is

David Stockstill will oversee the setup of O’s minor league rosters

We’ve learned a few more nuggets of info today and tonight about the front office changes coming with the O’s organization. It’s been reported that David Stockstill is expected to move into international scouting while his brother John moves into a role leading the farm system operations. While the announcement may come Friday, their official new positions will not take effect until at least opening

B-Rob comments

Brian Roberts said he is making solid progress as he attempts to get in some exhibition games soon and be ready for Opening Day. Roberts was a guest today on the phone on the Scott Garceau show on MASN and 105.7FM the Fan during MASN’s Brian Roberts report. “I’ve taken batting practice three times now with no ill effects of that. The swing is starting

After setback, Flacco looks forward to the 2010 season

When Mike Flacco reported to Bluefield last summer, many Orioles fans were following his progress closer than they might with most 31st-round draft picks. That had a lot to do with the fact that Mike is the younger brother of Joe Flacco, the Ravens quarterback. But if you look into Mike’s baseball past, you find a player with his own story to tell, someone that

Minnesota’s gain, New York’s loss

There were likely many fans and front office people around baseball delighted to see catcher Joe Mauer sign his megabucks contract with the Twins. Mauer’s eight-year, $184 million deal tops even Mark Teixeira’s eight-year, $180-million package. By the way, Mauer’s OPS last year was 1.031 to Tex’s .948. Jason Stark of ESPN wrote that if Mauer had made it to free agency, the Yankees and

Monday morning musings

It was a good weekend for O’s starting pitching. Four starters worked a combined 20 innings and pitched to an ERA of 2.25. Brian Matusz got it started with 5 1/3 scoreless and hitless innings Friday vs. Philly. Tillman and Bergesen pitched well in split-squad games Saturday and Kevin Millwood gave up just one run Sunday vs. Philly. Don’t the O’s seem to pitch well

Anxious times for O’s fans

Oriole nation is concerned. Some are more than concerned. If you talk to fans lately, their first comment on the team usually goes something like, “should I worry about (fill in the blank).” The concerns include: *Brian Roberts’ back *Koji’s hamstring *Nolan Reimold’s return from Achilles surgery *Nolan Reimold’s batting average *Mike Gonzalez’s back *Mike Gonzalez’s velocity *Jim Johnson’s struggles *Felix Pie’s shoulder *Jeremy Guthrie’s

One more time: Joe Jordan talks O’s draft picks

Today we present the fourth and final article in a series of interviews with Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan. Once again, Jordan sizes up some of the players he selected in last June’s draft. He provides insight and analysis today on a few players the Orioles selected in the 18th round and later last year. At the end of the interview there is a link

Did you know...

An Orioles and NCAA tourney hoops version. Did you know........ *The Orioles will not play back-to-back series vs. teams with 2009 losing records until May 14th when they begin series vs. Cleveland and Kansas City. *The Orioles will play 12 consecutive games vs. the Red Sox and Yankees from April 23 to May 5. From June 1-10, the O’s play nine in a row vs.

Is the game trending toward defense?

Last year, the Seattle Mariners finished 85-77 and recorded 24 more wins than they had in 2008. They made such a dramatic improvement and actually scored 31 fewer runs than the season before. But after giving up 811 runs in 2008, the Mariners gave up just 692 last year. That’s 119 fewer runs allowed and 24 more victories. The Mariners pitching had a hand in

Still making his pitch for the Birds

Andy Mitchell admits he was open to leaving the Orioles organization, where he has pitched since 2001. For the third winter in a row, he was a minor league free agent. But after nine years and nearly 800 innings, all in the minors, he is back with the organization for another go around. He re-signed in late January. “I was ready to listen to any

Is it too early to worry?

Let’s survey the issues. Brian Roberts returns to Baltimore for further examination of his back. Kevin Millwood’s ERA is 29.70. Nolan Reimold is just getting into games. Mike Gonzalez left an outing due to back stiffness. Matt Wieters is 1 for 13 at bat and the O’s record is 3 and 8. Am I wrong or is spring training not going so well? Suddenly, how

Joe Jordan sizes up more O’s draft picks

Today we continue a series of articles on the Orioles’ 2009 draft picks. To get more information on the players, we are going to the man that drafted them, O’s scouting director Joe Jordan. Earlier, Joe provided his thoughts and analysis on the O’s selections in the top ten rounds. In this article he discusses players taken from Rounds 11 through 16. In a follow

Forever the voice of sports in Baltimore

The day began amid sunshine, warm temperatures and blue skies. But most days in Hawaii are like that. On March 6, 2005 I was just weeks into my first season as baseball play-by-play broadcaster for one of college baseball’s all-time great programs at Florida State. Lucky for me the Seminoles had planned a ten-day trip to the islands for that March and that day found

Looking to the future, Coffey makes changes in his mechanics

About a week ago, I published a story here on O’s pitching prospect Cameron Coffey. He was drafted in round 22 last June, then signed a nearly one million dollar bonus in August with the Orioles. This, even after he underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery last March. During a recent phone conversation with the 19-year-old lefty, I could tell he was a real

MacPhail’s take

Earlier today, I wrote about the latest talk of possible realignment of divisions in Major League baseball. All the talk is in the preliminary stages. O’s president Andy MacPhail serves on MLB’s special committee for on-field matters. At FanFest in January, in response to a fan question about a salary cap in baseball, MacPhail discussed the possibility of division realignment. Here are his comments from

Is realignment talk heating up?

The talk of possible realignment of divisions in baseball may become more than just talk. When Andy MacPhail floated the thought at FanFest, some in the audience didn’t seem to grasp the concept, but basically baseball officials may be looking at moving teams to another division on a “floating” and not permanent basis. Here is more on that thought in Tom Verducci’s article in SI.com.

MLB Network sizes up the Orioles

For a franchise that lost 98 games last year, has not had a winning season since 1997 and has not won the World Series since 1983, the Orioles are getting their fair share of positive publicity. Countless national media outlets and big-time writers, broadcasters and columnists are bullish on the O’s. No one is predicting the playoffs but the message from most is some variation

Some facts & overreactions, then some sanity

Fact: Kevin Millwood gave up six runs and didn’t survive the first inning Saturday vs. Detroit. Overreaction: “I told you he was overrated.” Sanity: After 13 years and 155 career wins, the man knows how to prep for a season. Wait until at least May to begin to worry. Fact: The O’s lost Thursday, Friday and Sunday when they gave up ninth-inning runs. OR: “This

What B-Rob said on MASN

O’s second baseman Brian Roberts remains out of the Orioles lineup again today as he deals with a small herniated disc in his back. This past Thursday, during the Brian Roberts segment on the Scott Garceau show, that airs on MASN and 105.7 FM the fan, Roberts provided an update on his injury. “The back is getting better every day. I’m doing most regular activities

B-Rob & Nick can lead the way

While some fans wonder who will become the future clubhouse and on field leader of the Orioles, the Birds have two players right now who are leaders on this team. That’s Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis. Okay, no one confuses their style of leadership with that of Frank Robinson from the 1966 World Champs and they are not vocal in the clubhouse like a Kevin

Coffey makes solid recovery after surgery

As he approaches the one-year anniversary of having Tommy John surgery, lefty pitcher Cameron Coffey is throwing well and optimistic about the 2010 season. The 19-year-old underwent the elbow ligament replacement procedure last March 19th, then in June he was drafted in round 22 by the Orioles. Most everyone assumed Coffey was headed to Duke to play college baseball, but the O’s made him an

After a rough start, the future could be bright for Townsend

It happened to Tyler Townsend. He isn’t the first player and won’t be the last to put up great numbers in college, then struggle in his first professional season. The 21-year-old Townsend was one of college baseball’s best hitters last year, hitting .426-24-77 at Florida International. He set several school records and was a Louisville Slugger first-team all American. Then the Orioles drafted him in

Will this year turn into a do-over for Guthrie?

Jeremy Guthrie’s mulligan for the 2009 season starts today in the Orioles’ exhibition opener. When Guthrie takes the mound in Sarasota, all O’s fans hope it’s the start of a season for him much like the years he had in 2007 and 2008. Based on his first two seasons in the Orange and Black, Guthrie’s performance was way off in 2009. Guthrie by year: 2007:

What to look for when the games start

Taking a page from Sunday’s blog, here are six questions to follow when the spring training games begin tomorrow. It’s an exciting time with a real game (granted an exhibition) at hand. We start getting answers to these questions on Wednesday afternoon. How will Miggi do at third base? I expect he will at least be an average third baseman on defense by Opening Day.

Reimold and Pie: One year later

It’s funny what a difference a year can make. Last March, approaching opening day, there were many O’s fans angered that Felix Pie was going to be the starting left fielder while home-grown product Nolan Reimold was headed to Triple-A. Now some fans are wondering how Pie will get at bats and wondering why Reimold has been anointed the starter in left. Maybe it’s the

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