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It certainly is not all Dave Trembley’s fault

Well, a manager does have to live with his won-loss record. For Dave Trembley, he is saddled with 15 and 36. It’s clear some of you feel he has earned every bit of that. If you look deeper at how the Orioles, a team on the rise according to many experts over the winter, got to this point, much that has happened has been out

One week and counting before the draft

The First-Year Player Draft is now just a week away and the Orioles have the third pick in the the first round next Monday. It’s their highest pick since they drafted Ben McDonald with the first overall selection in 1989. Which ever player they select with that pick could cost a lot of money in a signing bonus. O’s scouting director Joe Jordan said that

Swept away in Toronto

Well, at least that didn’t take too long. Toronto beat the Orioles 6-1 to complete the three-game sweep today as the Orioles scored just three runs in the series. The Orioles are 0-6 vs. the Jays on the year and have lost eight in a row and 17 of their last 19 games at Rogers Centre. Gary and Mike talk with Dave Trembley following the

Bell and Snyder start to hit a bit

Heading into this season, many fans were excited to track the progress of Josh Bell and Brandon Snyder at Triple-A. They could be future cornerstones at the corner infield spots in Baltimore. When they both started slowly, some jumped off their respective bandwagons. And, while no one is hyping anything about their play, both are hitting better recently and improved their stats from April to

Notes and numbers

Here are some pre-game stats and facts to consider before the final game of the Orioles-Blue Jays series in Toronto. After 5-0 and 5-2 losses, the O’s will need a win today to avoid being swept in a three-game series for the fifth time on the year. They have been swept at home vs. Toronto and Tampa and on the road at Seattle and New

Matt Angle moves to Triple-A

Matt Angle, one of the O’s top outfield prospects, was moved today from Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk and immediately joined the Tides lineup as the leadoff hitter and center fielder. Angle went 5 for 22 in 16 games for the Orioles in spring training but suffered a broken hamate bone in his right hand very late in camp and underwent surgery. He joined Double-A Bowie

O’s fourth-round pick placed on the DL

Right-handed pitcher Randy Henry, the Orioles fourth-round pick in the draft last June, has been placed on the Delmarva Shorebirds disabled list today, retroactive to Thursday. Henry, who had Tommy John surgery and missed his senior year of high school in Arnett, Oklahoma, has not had a setback, but is dealing with some soreness that should not keep him out long. The Orioles plan called

The hanger went far (update...O’s lose again)

I am not going to jump on Jason Berken. He is finally getting a deserved chance today to pitch in the later innings and not in long relief. But O’s relief pitchers seem to make bad pitches at bad times lately. See Cla Meredith recently vs. Josh Willingham and Kevin Kouzmanoff. See Mike Gonzalez from the first week. See various other pitchers at other points

Taking advantage of Toronto’s mistake (w-update)

The Orioles came up with three straight hits with two outs in the sixth inning today to take a 2-1 lead at Toronto. They took advantage of a mental error by Blue Jays left fielder Fred Lewis. First, Cesar Izturis hit a two-out double to right and Julio Lugo singled to left to tie the game, 1-1. On Lugo’s single, Lewis made the wrong decision

The failures of the offense (update)

There are several things that can frustrate you when you watch the Orioles hitters: *The lack of production, an obvious one. *The fact they swing at so many pitches that are not strikes. *The fact they can’t seem to adjust to a pitcher as the game wears on. *The fact that some players recognition of pitches is poor and they chase so many breaking balls.

Tillman time again

Over the winter he was considered likely to begin the 2010 season in the Orioles starting rotation. But that didn’t happen and now today, 22-year-old right-hander Chris Tillman makes his first Major League start of the year. Tillman was having a real solid year at Triple-A, highlighted by his no-hitter on April 28 at Gwinnett. That outing seemed to turn his season around. Tillman was

O’s lay an egg in Toronto (Meredith to AAA)

During a season of poor performances, the Orioles may have actually raised the bar on poor on Friday night in a 5-0 loss at Toronto. They made physical and mental errors in the first inning, failed to score or record an extra-base hit and basically looked flat, disinterested and just plain bad. Here are more notes from the latest O’s loss: Roster move: After the

Gabino takes Tillman’s spot at Triple-A

While the Orioles have not yet made it official that Chris Tillman will make Saturday’s start vs. Toronto, it is, of course, all but official and expected that the right-hander will take the mound Saturday vs. the Jays. For now, the O’s will not move a pitcher up from Double-A to take Tillman’s spot in the rotation, although that could change. Right-hander Armando Gabino will

Rowell removed from Frederick’s roster (Rowell comments added)

When the Frederick Keys activated infielder Greg Miclat from the disabled list today the player removed from the roster was Billy Rowell, the Orioles first-round pick in 2006. Rowell has been transferred to Aberdeen’s roster. I just spoke on the phone with Rowell, who is with the Keys in Lynchburg. He said he’s a little banged up right now and the Orioles are taking him

Jordan preps for draft and O’s No. 3 pick

The First-Year Player Draft is now less than two weeks away and the Orioles will have the third pick in round one on June 7. The man who will make the selection, O’s scouting director Joe Jordan, has narrowed his choices but said he has not yet made his final call on which player he’d like to take. “We haven’t made a decision and we

Clubhouse quotes after Thursday’s loss to the A’s

In the quiet of the O’s clubhouse after thier latest blown lead we heard from Brad Bergesen, Ty Wigginton and Mark Hendrickson after Oakland scored five in the 8th for a 7-5 win over the Orioles. The Orioles are now 11-6 when leading after seven innings after going 52-5 in those situations last year. Bergesen on when the umpires spoke to him about not pitching

I’m going with the cursed theory at this point

Cursed. How else to explain some of this. Yes, I don’t think Dave Trembley needed to take Jason Berken out in the eighth either. But a grounder caroms off Mark Hendrickson for a hit to keep the inning alive. He gets what looks like an inning-ending ground ball vs. Jake Fox and it takes a bad hop off Izturis at short for an RBI and

Bergy settles in

With dark clouds close and lightning lighting the sky beyond the center field fence, the O’s and A’s are tied 2-2 after five and a half innings. Brad Bergesen struggled with his control early, but looks to have it dialed in now. After giving up a two-run homer to Gabe Gross in the second, he walked the first two hitters to start the third. But

Early game notes

*From the something has to give department, tonight, either the Orioles will win a series for just the third time this year or the A’s will win a road series for just the second time. The O’s are 2-11-1 in series and are 6-9 in the final game of a series on the season. Oakland is just 1-5 in road series and is 6-14 in

Trembley on Markakis’ power numbers

If you look at the stats of Nick Markakis this year, he’s exceeded his usual numbers in batting average, on base and OPS. His career average is .298 and he’s batting .305 now. His career on base figure is .371 and now he’s at .401 and his OPS this year of .850 exceeds his average OPS of .835. But after hitting 18 homers with 101

The longball cometh

When Garrett Atkins came to the plate in the third inning last night, he had just one hit in his last 18 at bats and just one RBI over his previous 24 games. Now he has one home run. He drove a 1-2 pitch from Trevor Cahill 374 feet to left center field to end a 145 at bat drought without a longball. “Obviously, its

Matusz talks about his outing vs. Oakland

For the second start in a row, Brian Matusz gave up four runs in the first inning. But he said when he took the mound tonight at Camden Yards the last thing on his mind was that outing at Texas where he allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. “For me, I don’t hold on to feelings from previous outings. I got into some trouble

Another rocky outing for Matusz

O’s lefty Brian Matusz struggled for the third time in his last four starts as the Oakland A’s beat the Birds 6-1 Wednesday night to even the series at a win each. Matusz allowed six runs and eight hits over five innings to fall to 2-5, 5.76. He gave up four runs in the first inning, three on an Adam Rosales homer. He had retired

Props for Pope

Two days in a row now, O’s manager Dave Trembley has taken time during his pre-game media session with reporters to mention outfielder Kieron Pope, who just joined the Delmarva Shorebirds team a few days ago. Pope, the O’s fourth-round pick out of a Georgia High School in 2005, has come back from a major injury. He missed all of last year with a broken

Another Luke Scott shoulder update

The Orioles are likely to play again tonight without one of their hottest hitters. Luke Scott, who suffered a left shoulder strain in Sunday’s game at Washington, missed Tuesday’s game and is not in tonight’s starting lineup. But he said the injury is progressing. “Better. I just took some dry swings (swinging but not at live pitching or BP pitching). I didn’t take anything off

Roberts: “June 9 might be pushing it at this point.”

After a bout with pneumonia and two nights in a hospital, O’s second baseman Brian Roberts has resumed light baseball activities. He will head to Sarasota, Florida on Friday to continue his rehab. He still fully intends to return this season but admits now that the date of June 9th, when he can return from the disabled list, might be a little optimistic for his

Guthrie is getting the job done (plus Florimon move)

So what do CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, Mark Buehrle, John Lackey, Rick Porcello and Gil Meche all have common? Besides being pretty good pitchers they all have ERA’s higher than Jeremy Guthrie right now. I wonder how many fans would admit they wanted Guthrie gone after he led the AL in losses and homers allowed last year. He went 10-17, 5.04. Now after

Quotes and notes to wrap up a 5-1 win over the A’s

Some more clubhouse quotes after the Orioles 5-1 win over Oakland from Ty Wigginton, Jeremy Guthrie and Nick Markakis. Wigginton on the win: “A lot of credit goes to Guthrie. He did a good job getting us in and out of the dugout. Miggy got a couple of walks and Nicky came through with a big homer late in the game.” Guthrie on his night:

Luke Scott updates his shoulder injury

Two injuries on the same play. Yep, sounds like the 2010 Orioles. On the same play where Alfredo Simon suffered a hamstring injury Sunday at Washington, Luke Scott suffered a strained left shoulder. He was in the original starting lineup tonight, but was scratched before game time. “Right now it feels better. It was aggravated and inflamed. But I’ve got some good anti-inflammatories in me

O’s use walks and Guthrie’s effort to win in series opener

Oakland pitchers walked the first two batters in the fourth and sixth innings tonight and the Orioles turned that into three runs in a 5-1 win over the A’s in front of 14,686 Tuesday at Camden Yards. Ty Wigginton and Adam Jones had sac flies in the sixth after the O’s took advantage of an error to plate a run in the fourth. Nick Markakis

Arrieta impressive again

I didn’t see one pitch of the game, but Jake Arrieta was impressive in the box score again and is doing all he can to get a callup to Baltimore. Today he allowed just one run over seven innings as Norfolk bested Rochester, 2-1. He threw 112 pitches, 70 for strikes. Arrieta is now 5-2, 1.86 through ten starts. On the year, he has allowed

Daunting stat

Here is a stat that is rather amazing. If you think the Orioles have played a tough schedule so far, peak ahead a few weeks. Kal from MASN, our co-worker, not that Cal, points out this fact. Starting with this series vs. Oakland, the Orioles will play 17 of the next 18 series, vs. clubs with a current winning record. The only club coming up

Hernandez accepts the move to the bullpen

Just four days after picking up his first win of the season and ending a 16-start winless stretch, today David Hernandez found out the news he is heading to the Orioles bullpen. Hernandez certainly didn’t seemed thrilled by the news but handled himself well when the reporters gathered around his locker. “I would rather be a starter, but right now our team needs some guys

MacPhail speaks on the Trembley front

Maybe O’s team president Andy MacPhail has contemplated firing his manager, Dave Trembley, but he will not admit to that publicly. He was asked by MASNSports.com if he contemplated a manager change on Monday. “No, we had our hands full dealing with the fact that two of our relief pitchers are going on the DL.” He was asked about his commitment to Trembley and if

The defense has been shaky on the farm

Here is a stat that is not good for the Orioles minor leagues. All four O’s affiliates lead their respective leagues in errors. Norfolk has made 47 errors, most in the International League. Bowie leads its league with 49; Frederick tops the Carolina League with 58; and Delmarva has committed a whopping 77 errors. That is the most in the Sally League. The shortstop position

Let’s talk about criticism of the Orioles

We are at a point and time in sports cyberspace where fans on message boards can be nastier than ever. Sometimes when the home team loses they want to extract a pound or two of flesh. Some just need to vent and bash and the message boards are there for them. If you are part of the Orioles organization, it should come as no surprise

Checking in with Brandon Snyder (Givens to Delmarva)

Afternoon update: The Orioles are sending Mychal Givens, their second-round draft pick last year, to the Delmarva Shorebirds. Tyler Kolodny has been transferred to Aberdeen’s roster. The 20-year-old Givens will join Delmarva on the road in Hickory, North Carolina. Now back to the Brandon Snyder story - It’s only four games. But it’s four games where the hits have fallen in for Brandon Snyder, the

Not expecting big news today

I sure could be wrong, but I don’t expect any grand announcements today about Dave Trembley. I am guessing, without any inside info, that he will be the manager Tuesday vs. Oakland and losing two of three to Washington should not change anything. But, moving forward, here are some moves I would like to see the Orioles make. Some that can happen sooner and

Willingham’s walk off

Does it seem like the Orioles don’t have much luck sometimes? Alfredo Simon retired all four batters he faced in Washington today. He got a ground out to start the last of the tenth, but while running to cover first base on that grounder, seemed to strain a hamstring and had to leave the game. Cla Meredith came on and faced Josh Willingham. The count

Overtime, okay, extra innings

The O’s and Nats, who play a lot of close games, are now in the tenth inning at Washington tied 3-3. The Orioles scored two runs in the ninth off Matt Capps, who had been 16 for 16 in save situations. He came on to protect a 3-1 lead in the ninth. With one out, Luke Scott reached on an infield single and Adam Jones

Corey Patterson’s mental mistake

Corey Patterson likely cost the O’s a run in the sixth inning at Washington. A run that would have cut the Nats lead in the game to 3-2. Patterson walked and stolen second. When Nick Markakis hit a fly ball to deep center, Patterson strayed off the bag at second and did not tag up. He would have made third easily. The next hitter, Miguel

Another GIDP

Miguel Tejada grounded into a double play in the top of the first today to kill a rally. The O’s had runners on first and third and scored a run on the grounder, but it took the air out of their first-inning rally. The O’s are among the AL leaders in hitting into double plays: 53 - Minnesota 49 - Orioles 48 - KC Here

The series so far and today’s pitchers (plus minor lg note)

The O’s and Nats have split 5-3 and 7-6 decisions this weekend with the third and deciding game of the series today at 1:35 at Nats Park. The Orioles have scored 11 runs in the series and given up 10. They are batting .271 (19 for 70) in the two games without a double and triple, but with three homers. They are 4 for 12

Nats post 7-6 win to even series

After pitching to an ERA of 2.77 over his previous four starts, the Orioles staked Brad Bergesen to a 6-3 lead today. But he could not hold it. The Nationals scored four runs in the sixth off Bergesen and Mark Hendrickson to rally for a 7-6 lead and win over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon. The Nats had not held a lead in this series

Wiggy notes

Ty Wigginton has tied his season-high and career-high with a 4-RBI game today at Washington. He hit a two-run single with two outs in the first and a two-run homer to left on a 1-0 pitch off Craig Stammen in the sixth. He now has 13 homers, two more than last year and 31 RBI, 10 fewer than last year. He also had 4 RBI

Ryan Berry to Frederick

The Orioles are moving 21-year-old, right-hander Ryan Berry from Delmarva to Frederick where he is expected to start for the Keys tonight at home vs. Kinston. Berry, a ninth-round draft pick last June from Rice, went 0-3, 3.50 in eight starts at Delmarva. He led the Shorebirds staff with 43 strikeouts to just 11 walks over 46 1/3 innings. His ERA was at 2.40 before

Bowie wins matchup of top pitching prospects

On the O’s farm last night, Bowie beat New Hampshire 5-1 in a matchup of top pitching prospects at Prince Georges Stadium. It was Zach Britton, ranked by Baseball America as the O’s third-best prospect vs. Kyle Drabek, rated as the Phillies second-best prospect after the 2009 season before a trade to Toronto. Baysox lefty Britton outdueled Drabek, who allowed season highs in earned runs

Post-game notes: O’s take series opener vs. Nats

Here are some post-game notes from Friday’s 5-3 Orioles win over Washington. The win featured an Adam Jones two-run homer and Craig Tatum two-run single and David Hernandez gaining his first victory of the 2010 season. Win and losses: The Orioles are now 1-2 on this road trip, 6-17 on the road this year and only 7-26 in their last 33 road games. They are

Hernandez gets win as O’s top Nats

That winless streak is over for David Hernandez. He picks up his win since August 11, 2009 as the Orioles beat the Nationals 5-3 Friday night to start a weekend series at Nats Park. Hernandez gave up just one hit and one run over 5 1/3 and is 1-5, 5.31. He had gone 16 starts since that last win. Alfredo Simon picked up his sixth

Strong outing for Hernandez

Looking for his first win since August 11, 2009, David Hernandez pitched a very good game tonight in Washington and is now out of the game. Hernandez allowed just one run and one hit over 5 1/3 innings. He did walk five with three strikeouts, throwing 105 pitches, 59 strikes. He lowered his ERA to 5.31. Hernandez pitched no-hit ball through 4 2/3 until pitcher

Jones leaves game with leg cramps in fourth

Adam Jones has come out of the game in the last of the fourth in Washington. Lou Montanez entered in left field while Corey Patterson moved into center. Jones is one for one in the game with a two-run homer and walk. MASN’s Amber Theoharis reports Jones left the game due to leg cramps.

Super sub Tatum (update, Olsen out)

Craig Tatum, who is subbing for Matt Wieters tonight with Wieters out after fouling a ball off his right knee last night, has come up big early in the game at Nats Park. Tatum is two for two and just delivered a clutch, two-out, bases-loaded single for two RBI in the third that gave the O’s a 4-0 lead. In the top of the second,

Minor league moves

Here is a recap of some minor league roster moves made today on the O’s farm: With Scott Moore’s contract selected by the Orioles, Justin Turner was designated for assignment to make 40-man roster room for Moore. To replace that pair on Norfolk’s roster, pitcher Chris George was activated off the disabled list and is starting for Norfolk tonight and Paco Figueroa was added off

A preview: Orioles vs. Nationals

The Orioles enter with a record of 13-29 after back-to-back losses at Texas to start this five-game road trip. They have lost five of the last six games and are 11-13 since the 2-16 start. The Orioles are 5-17 in road games and 2-10-2 in series on the year. Baltimore posted an 11-7 record vs. the National League last year, tied with an 11-7 mark

That’s Scott as in hot (bat)

So what is the deal with Luke Scott? How can one player be looking so bad one day and a few days later be one of the hottest hitters in the game? The only thing that is consistent with his swing is its inconsistency. Scott was hitting just .177 after his first 24 games and had just one multi-hit game in that time. But over

Matusz and O’s rocked at Texas

For lefty Brian Matusz, it was the shortest outing of his 17-start, Major League career. Five days after shutting out Cleveland for seven innings, he allowed eight hits and a career-high seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Orioles 13-7 Thursday to sweep the two-game series. Matusz, who had given up just two homers all year over 47 1/3,

Two homers, two innings

Brian Matusz has given up two longballs over the first two innings tonight and Texas leads the Orioles, 6-3 after two frames. Matusz had allowed just two homers over 47 1/3 innings in his first two starts and Texas matched that in two innings. It’s a roller coaster Matusz, who gave up six runs two starts ago vs. Minnesota and then pitched seven scoreless last

Hoes and Miclat to the Keys DL

The Frederick Keys have placed two middle infielders on the disabled list today as second baseman L.J. Hoes and shortstop Greg Miclat go on the DL, which must last at least seven days in the minor leagues. Hoes has missed several games now due to a form of strep throat and his DL stint is retroactive to May 18. Miclat, who missed two weeks in

A Mychal Givens update

A lot of fans have been asking about Mychal Givens, the shortstop that the Orioles drafted in the second round, with the 54th overall selection, last June out of Plant High in Florida. Givens turned 20 a week ago today and continues to play every day at extended spring training. He is expected to play for a short-season O’s affiliate when they begin play next

Stats, facts and notes from Wednesday’s loss at Texas

Win and losses: The O’s began their five-game road trip with a 4-3 loss to Texas Wednesday night. They are now 13-28 on the year and have lost four of their past five games. The Orioles are 5-16 on the road, 7-8 in one-run games and 3-8 vs. AL West teams. The offense comes up short: The O’s fall to 2-24 when scoring three runs

Rangers win in the last of the ninth

It was another 4-3 game for the Orioles, but they lost this one when Texas scored in the last of the ninth. Michael Young ripped a leadoff double off the glove of shortstop Cesar Izturis to start the ninth and after a walk and flyout, Alberto Castillio replaced Cla Meredith. Castillo walked Josh Hamilton and Dave Trembley called for Jason Berken, the seventh pitcher of

Why no Guthrie in the seventh? (updated, tie game)

Jeremy Guthrie was pitching well tonight and making big pitches when he needed to. He had a 2-1 lead after six innings but did not take the mound for the seventh and Matt Albers came on and now Texas has scored twice in the inning to take the lead 3-2. Guthrie was at just 90 pitches, so why didn’t he come out for the seventh?

Tillman talk

Another outstanding start tonight for Chris Tillman at Triple-A. He pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit for Norfolk vs. Pawtucket with two walks and four strikeouts to lower his ERA for the season to 3.31. Over his last six starts, Tillman’s ERA is just 2.14 and he has fanned 30 and walked just seven over 42 innings. A Baltimore Sun report indicates Michael Aubrey will

Izturis for the lead (w-updates)

Number nine hitter Cesar Izturis made sure the Orioles did not blow a bases loaded chance in the top of the second at Texas. Tejada, Scott and Jones all singled. Up came Garrett Atkins with one out and the sacks full. He took a called third strike that might have been a ball outside, but he was punched out. With two outs up came Cesar.

In the minors tonight

Chris Tillman pitches for Triple-A Norfolk when it hosts Pawtucket. Tillman is 3-4, 3.83 on the year. But over his last five starts, he is 3-1, 2.57 and has walked just five and fanned 26 over 35 innings. Norfolk is 16-24 after getting blanked 6-0 by the Pawsox last night. The Tides have lost six of seven. Michael Aubrey is batting .441 (15 for 34)

O’s vs. Rangers - a preview

The Orioles (13-27) begin a two-game series and five-game road trip at Texas (22-18) tonight. The Rangers won the last two games vs. Los Angeles after losing three in a row. They are in first in the AL West, with a two-game lead over Oakland. The Rangers, who are 15-7 in home games, have won eight of their last 12 and 14 of 21 games.

Wieters clocked at 1.69 - that’s fast!

It looked like just another routine out in a baseball game. But it wasn’t. It was the top of the fifth inning of Monday night’s game at Camden Yards. Kansas City was batting with one out and a man on first. The runner, Mike Aviles, broke for second. O’s catcher Matt Wieters threw a strike to second to record the out as Cesar Izturis applied

Post-game notes: O’s top KC in ten

The Orioles 4-3 win in 10 innings over the Royals on Tuesday gave them a split of the two-game series and they went 4-4 on the eight-game homestand. Wins and losses: The O’s improve to 13-27 on the season and are 11-11 since starting the year 2-16. They are 8-12 at home, 4-1 in extra-innings games and 7-7 in one-run contests. The Royals are now

O’s end homestand with walk-off win

Nick Markakis’ RBI single to deep center with the bases loaded in the last of the tenth, gave the Orioles a 4-3, comeback win over KC on Tuesday night. The O’s ended the homestand going 4-4. With one out in the tenth, Julio Lugo singled and Corey Patterson walked. Cesar Izturis then reached on an error charged to pitcher Brian Bullington, that loaded the bases.

Does first to score win?

With Kevin Millwood facing Zack Greinke tonight, we could have a night where not a lot of runs are scored. Of course, usually when you think that the final will be 10-9. MLB - ERA leaders since start of 2009: 2.27 - Zack Greinke 2.33 - Tim Lincecum 2.42 - Cris Carpenter 2.54 - Roy Halladay 2.60 - Adam Wainwright Here is a stunning stat.

Wieters and Jones talk about the RISP stat

The stat that keeps rearing its ugly head did again for the Orioles last night. They went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and today a couple of players talked about the lack of hitting in those key situations. “Is it tougher? (hitting in those spots),” Adam Jones repeated the question. “You’ve just go to be more selective. It’s baseball, the opposition is

Updating the RISP stats (Cooney promoted)

Since the Orioles have struggled all year when batting with runners in scoring position, here is a closer look at that stat. Lowest average, AL, with RISP: .217 - CWS .221 - Orioles .233 - Oakland .234 - Seattle Fewest at bats AL with RISP: 277 - CWS 303 - Orioles & Cleveland 310 - Toronto Most at bats AL with RISP: 372 - Detroit

Player versatility in the O’s minors

There is a subtle change coming to the O’s minor leagues. It might even be one a lot of fans won’t notice. There are indications the Orioles will begin to use some of their prospects and maybe others as well at multiple positions. It’s worth seeing if a player can play multiple positions and it just makes sense. It’s the minors, that’s where you should

O’s fall by one run to KC (with Bergesen video)

A frustrating night with a frustrating ending for the Orioles. They loaded the bases with one out in the last of the ninth, trailing 4-3, but could not tie it or pull the game out in a 4-3 loss to the Royals in the opener of a two-game series. Joakim Soria struck out Ty Wigginton on a 1-2 pitch and Miguel Tejada grounded out on

Garrett Atkins on his struggles at the plate

Did Andy MacPhail put Garrett Atkins on the hot seat today? When asked by the Baltimore Sun, how long he would stick with his struggling first baseman he said “it doesn’t have to be that way forever.” Atkins is hitting just .243-0-6 and was asked today if he feels he’s been put on notice. “I’m not too worried about it, it’s been 100 at bats.

Some notes and a look ahead to the KC series

The Orioles (12-26) will host the Kansas City Royals (14-24) the next two nights to wrap up a three-team, eight-game homestand. The Orioles took two of three from Seattle, then lost two of three to Cleveland to go 3-3 on the homestand. The O’s are 10-10 since the 2-16 start. The pitching recently: *O’s starters have an ERA of 2.62 over the last five games.

Clubhouse quotes after Sunday’s loss to Cleveland

Some clubhouse quotes after the Orioles 5-1 loss to Cleveland dropped them to 3-3 on this homestand and 12-26 on the season. The O’s scored just three runs in the final two games of the series. Ty Wigginton, was the catch in the first inning by Sizemore that robbed you of extra bases a key play in the game?: “I don’t look at any one

Punchless O’s drop series finale to Tribe

The day can change and so can the opponent. The story remains the same. The O’s offense continues to be one of the worst in the game. Today, Cleveland beat the punchless O’s 5-1, as Jake Westbrook, now 2-2, pitched a complete-game, nine-hitter. Down to their last out, the O’s avoided their fourth shutout when Luke Scott homered to left. The O’s have scored one

The frustration level mounts

So the O’s are losing 3-0 and have hit into double plays in the last two innings. How is your day going? It can be maddening as the team kills rallies with double-play grounders. Garrett Atkins hit into a twin killing in the 4th and Adam Jones in the 5th. Atkins has driven in just one run over his last 18 games. That’s 18 games.

Alberto is back

Alberto Castillo is back in the O’s bullpen. With Mark Hendrickson starting today, we now know why Castillo was summoned when Rhyne Hughes was optioned. Hendrickson starting today meant one less lefty for the pen and the 34-year-old southpaw from Cuba is back. He began the year at Norfolk, was recalled by Baltimore April 20 and went back to Triple-A just 11 days ago. He

No second guessing from Wieters (plus AAA news)

Some may be second guessing why Alfredo Simon threw a split-finger pitch on an 0-2 count to Austin Kearns in the ninth inning last night. Kearns hit the pitch for a three-run homer and 4-2 Cleveland lead. Catcher Matt Wieters, who called for the pitch, won’t second guess that decision. “No, once it’s over, it’s over, you can’t take it back. Second guess, you can’t

A few more notes and quotes from Saturday’s loss

Lost a bit in the O’s bullpen meltdown Saturday night was that Brian Matusz did not give up a run over seven innings vs. Cleveland. Matusz was coming off his worst start of the year, when he gave up six runs last Sunday vs. Minnesota. But he was not necessarily motivated by that effort on Saturday, he said. But he pitched shutout ball and it

My take on “the pitch”

I don’t second guess Alfredo Simon, a pitcher who has recently thrown some nasty split-finger pitches, for going with that pitch on that 0-2 offering to Austin Kearns in the ninth Saturday. To me it was much more about pitch location rather than pitch selection there, although Dave Trembley would not offer an opinion on pitch selection there after the game. But you need to

Simon talks about the ninth inning

After the game, Dave Trembley said he did not want to say publicly if he agreed with Alfredo Simon throwing a split-finger pitch on that 0-2 count to Austin Kearns in the ninth inning. The pitch found the middle of the plate and was not low in the zone as you intend with the splitter and Kearns three-run homer gave Cleveland a 4-2 lead. Alfredo

Hughes talks about heading back to Triple-A

In the quiet of the Orioles clubhouse, Rhyne Hughes was gracious enough to talk about the news he got after the game, that he has been optioned back to Triple-A. “I’m just going back down to Norfolk, I’ll meet those guys I guess on Tuesday. “He told me to go down there and find my swing again. Hopefully I’ll just go down there and do

O’s pen melts down in ninth of 8-2 loss

Talk about a ninth-inning meltdown. After getting out of jam after jam for eight innings, the O’s pitching staff, living on the edge, toppled over the edge in the top of the ninth. Alfredo Simon, who had been five for five in save chances, came on to try and preserve a 2-0 win for Brian Matusz. With one out, he gave up a single, walk

Matusz and O’s lead at the halfway mark (w-updates)

Ty Wigginton’s 11th homer of the year, which came on a 414-foot shot to left in the second inning, has the O’s up on Cleveland 1-0 through four and a half innings. Brian Matusz, touched for six runs in just 3 2/3 Sunday at Minnesota, has not been scored on through five tonight. Matusz has pitched out of the stretch in each frame and Cleveland

Ohman remains “O-man” in ERA

The O’s bullpen has been pitching much better lately with an ERA of 1.65 over the last 12 games. Several pitchers are throwing well out of the pen right now. A list that includes first-year Oriole Will Ohman. Turns out he is more than a funny guy. He is also turning out to be more than a left-handed specialist. In fact this year, lefties bat

A Matusz matter

As good as Brian Matusz has been for most of this year, there is one trend when he pitches that needs some improving on his part. With each succeeding plate appearance during the game, opponent batters hit Matusz better according to stats posted at baseball-reference.com That can and does happen to many pitchers, but it is something worth noting about Matusz and Dave Trembley has

Did You Know...

*That even though the Orioles offense has produced 19 runs over the last three games, several players are currently in or have recently been in RBI droughts. Atkins - Just 1 RBI his last 17 games Markakis: Has 0 RBI his last 6 games and 3 in 12 games Scott: Had just 2 RBI in a recent 10-game stretch, but now has 7 RBI the

Guthrie and Millwood are showing the way

Jeremy Guthrie and Kevin Millwood are coming up big for the Orioles this year. They are providing veteran leadership for the younger pitchers, but just as important, they are eating up innings and carrying the bulk of the load to lessen that load for Matusz, Bergesen and Hernandez. In his last three starts, Millwood has pitched 8, 7 and 6 2/3 innings. Over his last

Clubhouse quotes after the O’s 8-1 win over Cleveland

On a night the O’s were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position in the first five innings, they went 3 for 5 while scoring four in the 6th to beat the Tribe 8-1. They are 3-1 on this homestand and 10-8 over the last 18 games. Here are quotes from four Birds after the game. Jeremy Guthrie on his outing tonight: “Felt good

Guthrie and O’s romp over the Tribe

For the Orioles, it was their most lopsided win of the year. They beat Cleveland 8-1 behind Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie beat the organization that drafted him in the first round in 2002 and is now 2-0 in two career starts vs. Cleveland. After giving up a first-inning run, he retired 16 batters in a row and on the night gave up just two hits and

A Miggy stat

Miguel Tejada drove in another run tonight with an RBI single in the seventh. He is 2 for 4 tonight with 3 RBI. Before tonight, he had just 2 RBI over his last 12 games. He may not have been getting too many chances to plate runners recently, because his average on the year with runners in scoring position is a respectable .294. He now

Corey’s catch (with updates)

Corey Patterson is winning the fans over quickly at Camden Yards. He just made a leaping catch at the wall to end the top of the third and rob Shin-Soo Choo of his fifth homer. This after he led off the bottom of the first with a ground single to center. He just led off the last of the third with another single and is

We are now underway (plus Norfolk roster move)

Play Ball: As of 8:12p, we are underway at Camden Yards after a rain delay of one hour and seven minutes. It’s 74 degrees at gametime. Jeremy Guthrie is pitching vs. Justin Masterson in game one of this O’s vs. Cleveland weekend series. From earlier: The grounds crew is putting the tarp on the field here at Camden Yards. It’s getting darker and rain is

The pen is mightier

The Orioles are 9-8 over the last 17 games. That sure beats 2-16. There are many reasons the team has a winning record in that stretch. But Dave Trembley cited his improved and remodeled bullpen as a big reason today during his pre-game media session. “It’s real simple. When you pitch, when you hit, when you catch the ball, you have a chance to win.

Updating the Indians

Cleveland is 13-19 on the year and 2-1 on its current eight-game road trip after winning two of three at Kansas City. The Indians are 7-11 in road games and 4-6 in May. Cleveland has played one series versus an AL East team and was swept three straight by Toronto last week. The Indians, who have won seven of their last ten games against the

Erbe starting to put it together at Triple-A

Right-hander Brandon Erbe pitched seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday as he continues to improve his stats after his first four starts. The 22-year-old began the year with an ERA of 8.35 after four starts. But his ERA is 3.37 over his last three starts for Norfolk. “I tried not to pay too much attention to the numbers, but rather

Erbe making progress at Triple-A (w/quotes added)

After a slow start in his rookie season at Triple-A Norfolk, right-hander Brandon Erbe is starting to pitch much better. Thursday afternoon he pitched seven shutout innings of four-hit ball vs. Syracuse. He walked one with six strikeouts. On May 2nd, Erbe allowed just one run, then had a start where he gave up six runs followed by today’s outing. Erbe in 2010 at Norfolk:

Patterson on his outfield assist to end the game

Sometimes to make a game-winning play you have to be prepared for it before it happens. That was the case today for O’s left fielder Corey Patterson. In just his second game with the team, he threw out Josh Wilson at the plate on Ichiro Suzuki’s single to end the game as the Orioles beat Seattle 6-5. Corey Patterson gets a pie in the face

Luke Scott: “This is why we play the game.”

The Orioles entered today with a record of 0-19 this year when trailing after seven innings. After scoring just one run over seven today vs. Felix Hernandez, and behind 5-1, the O’s came to bat in the 8th this afternoon vs. Seattle righty Brandon League. League got a save here Tuesday and had not allowed an earned run over his last six games. But Luke

Was it Oriole Magic? (updated with O’s win)

Luke Scott’s second career Grand Slam in the last of the 8th has just given the Orioles a 6-5 lead on Seattle. Scott drilled a Brandon League offering to left center and left fielder Michael Saunders leaped at the wall, but it appeared that a fan had the ball glance off his hands as Saunders stretched his glove out, over the wall, trying to make

Groundhog Day for Millwood

Kevin Millwood and David Hernandez could have a conversation after today’s game about lack of run support. Maybe they can vent to each other. Sure, some balls were hit hard off Millwood today as he allowed three homers, but one day, hopefully before say, the All-Star break, the Orioles will score some runs when he pitches. He has received just 17 runs of offense in

Give Griffin some credit for Bergesen’s turnaround

For Brad Bergesen the results have been different and the numbers jump out at you. In three starts before he was optioned to Norfolk his ERA was 12.19. In three starts since returning, his ERA is 2.33. Give Bergy credit for putting the time in to find his sinker and maybe even regain some confidence. But how big a role did Norfolk pitching coach Mike

More notes from Wednesday’s win and today’s pitchers

The Orioles improved to 10-24 with Wednesday’s 5-2 win over Seattle. The O’s are the last team in the Majors to get to 10 victories. The O’s went 4 for 10 with runners in scoring position and are batting .394 with RISP in their ten wins and .123 with RISP in the 24 losses. O’s record when scoring four or more: 8-4 O’s record when

More clubhouse quotes after a win over Seattle

Here are more comments from the O’s clubhouse after tonight’s 5-2 win over the Mariners. Here are some quotes from winning pitcher Brad Bergesen and Luke Scott, who had a double and homer. Bergesen on his good outing: “Tonight felt good, all the pitches felt comfortable and the defense played great behind me. As a starting pitcher you always want to stay in the game

Wigginton: “I should be good to go tomorrow.”

Ty Wigginton’s right wrist is sore and he had it wrapped after tonight’s game, but he said he feels certain he can play on Thursday afternoon vs. Seattle. “It got me on the wrist, little bit of swelling. I should be good to go tomorrow. “It hurt worse than getting hit by pitches but it’s better now and I should be ready to go. There’s

Just sayin’ (updated)

On the day that Nolan Reimold was sent to the minor leagues, Luke Scott and Adam Jones both have two hits. I’m just sayin’. This is my career high for shortest blog entry. Update: Jones’ RBI single to right in the sixth is his third hit tonight, matching his season high. It’s his fourth, three-hit game of 2010 and the last was April 30 vs.

Paco Figueroa to Triple-A

Paco Figueroa is joining the Norfolk Tides to fill Corey Patterson’s roster spot at Triple-A. Figueroa, a ninth-round O’s pick from 2005, will be playing at that level for the first time. He was batting .306-1-10 in 28 games at Double-A Bowie with a .757 OPS where the 27-year-old righty hitter had played second and third base and left and right field. After hitting .361

Some facts and stats to check out

*The newest Oriole, Corey Patterson, grounded out in the first in his first at bat. In 14 games with the Tides, he was batting .368-0-2. He was three for six in stealing bases. He began 2 for 16 with Norfolk, but hit .463 in his last ten Tides games. He batted .250 vs. lefty pitching and .400 vs. right handers. *Tonight’s Seattle starter, lefty Ryan

MacPhail’s message to the fans

I am not sure what is was all about, but a video of O’s president Andy MacPhail appeared on MLB.com today. It seems to be his update to the O’s fans. Here is the transcript of what he said and the video link. “I wanted to take an opportunity to talk to you a little bit about where we are at this stage of the

Jones on his struggles and Reimold’s departure

Even though Corey Patterson had not yet arrived when the media was allowed in the Orioles clubhouse today, Nolan Reimold was already gone. He was hitting just .205 in 25 games. Not far from where Reimold had his locker, Adam Jones talked about Reimold’s departure. “It’s kind of sad. Everybody knows the process of getting sent down, you have to go down there and work

The starting pitchers deserve better

Of all the problems the Orioles have right now, here is one you can’t put a stat on: teammates losing faith in one another. As in the starting pitchers wondering when the offense will provide them some support. It’s the pitcher’s job to get the hitters out no matter what, but besides the fans, I wonder who has noticed the O’s lack of offense most?

Wigginton and Reimold on another night with little offense

For the Orioles hitters, it was another night getting asked about the lack of offense the team is producing and another night to talk about a loss. The O’s offense has produced just two runs and 18 hits and a batting average of just .188 over the past three games after losing 5-1 to Seattle on Tuesday night in front of 12,614 at Camden Yards.

For Hernandez, it starts well, but didn’t end that way

O’s starter David Hernandez must be wondering what he has to do to get a win. He began tonight with some of the best stuff he’s had all year, at times dominating stuff. But he couldn’t keep it going and, as usual when he pitches, there were not many runs to work with either. He remains winless on the year as the Orioles lost 5-1

No offense so far tonight (updated)

You may have missed a stat I had in a post earlier today. In six of their last seven games, the Orioles do not have a single hit with runners in scoring position. Now in some of those games, they did not have many chances, but are a collective 0 for 21 with RISP in the six games. In the other game, game one of

Reimold improves and left field playing time increases

If it seems like Nolan Reimold has been playing more regularly in left field, that is because he has. Reimold has started seven of the O’s last 11 games in left and manager Dave Trembley said you can expect to see more of Reimold in left. “That’s an indicator that we have to find out if he can do it or not. He’s been

Posting some stats before the start of O’s vs. M’s

Checking on some O’s and Mariners stats as those teams begin a three-game series tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles scored just one run and hit .161 (10 for 62) in losing the last two games of the Minnesota series. The Birds have scored two runs or less in five of the last seven games. The Orioles have gone without a hit with runners in

Looking closer at the Adam Jones enigma

O’s outfielder Adam Jones is struggling at bat, and the worry for fans - and for team officials as well - is that this could be more than just a slump. It hasn’t been only a series, road trip or month where Jones has been not great at bat, but all season, and his struggles date back well into last year. This time in 2009,

Cooney on working with pitching coaches on the farm

Earlier today I wrote about Frederick Keys reliever Brandon Cooney. The hard-throwing right-hander is Frederick’s closer and off to a great start. He is 2-0, 0.60 and tied for the Carolina League lead with five saves. Cooney, a 30th-round pick in 2007 out of Florida Atlantic, has pitched 15 innings for the Keys and has allowed 12 hits and just one earned run on the

Hard throwing Cooney off to great start at Frederick

After pitching very well late last season for Frederick, right-handed reliever Brandon Cooney is using his plus 90’s fastball and an amazing ground-ball ratio to put up numbers there again. Cooney, a 30th-round pick in 2007 out of Florida Atlantic, is 2-0, 0.60 with five saves for the Keys. Over 15 innings, the Keys closer has allowed 12 hits and just one earned run on

O’s lose at Minnesota as offense fires blanks again

Scott Baker had an ERA of 5.35 and Nick Blackburn 5.79. But those two pitchers shut down the O’s over the last 24 hours as the Orioles lost the last two games in Minnesota, scoring a total of one run on ten hits. Gary Thorne and Mike Flanagan discuss the O’s 6-0 loss with Dave Trembley Today the final was Twins 6, O’s 0 as

The offense remains the biggest problem (updated)

You can make stats do a lot of things and you can twist them a lot of ways. But if you look at the stats from the Orioles 9-22 start, here’s a simple one that tells the biggest story of this season. O’s record when scoring four or more: 7-4 O’s record when scoring less than four: 2-18 Asking a Major League team to score

O’s bats silenced Saturday night at Minnesota

Well, every time you think maybe the O’s offense is coming to life, it doesn’t happen. They could not follow up the seven run, 12-hit win over the Twins and Francisco Liriano on Saturday night. Scott Baker, who had pitched to an ERA of 7.56 over his previous three starts, shut down the O’s in Minnesota’s 6-1 win that split the doubleheader. Tonight he gave

Norfolk roster moves (Jim Johnson to the DL)

Reliever Jim Johnson has been placed on Triple-A Norfolk’s disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. The move took place before last night’s game. Pitcher Alberto Castillo, who was optioned to Triple-A from Baltimore, took Johnson’s roster spot. Johnson was 1-1. 6.52 in ten games with the Orioles and had allowed 15 hits in 9 2/3 before being sent to Norfolk. He pitched one scoreless

Notes from the O’s 7-3 win in game one at Minnesota

The Orioles are now 7-5 over the last 12 games after beating Minnesota 7-3 today in game one of a day/night doubleheader. They improve to 9-21 on the year, 2-3 on this road trip and 5-13 in road games on the season. A win tonight or tomorrow would give the Orioles just their second series victory of 2010. The O’s overcame their 2-0, first-inning deficit

Some stats to ponder before today’s doubleheader

Some notes, stats and facts to ponder while we await the start of a long day of Orioles baseball. The Orioles are 6-5 since their 2-16 start. In those 11 games, the team average is .258 and they have scored 44 runs. The team ERA is 4.18 during that run. O’s runs scored on the year: *78 in 21 games vs. AL East, 3.7 per

The 2010 Orioles: Is the worst over?

There should be no doubt that the American League East remains the best division in baseball. It’s not an excuse, but playing so many division games early has been a factor in the Orioles poor start. Not only have they played more games within the division than any other AL East team, they have played the most road games of any division squad. AL East

Millwood sizes up the O’s clubhouse

Has there ever been a pitcher that deserved a win on his record more than Kevin Millwood? The Orioles had a game recently where they beat Boston 12-9 with Brad Bergesen as the starter. Meanwhile they have scored 3,2,2,1, 5 and 3 in the games started by Millwood. That’s 16 runs in six games. Yet he has allowed 2 ER or less in four of

Some post-game thoughts after Bergesen and Wigginton lead the O’s past Minnesota

Well, you won’t win many games when you score just two runs, but the Orioles did it tonight at Minnesota. The O’s had been 0-12 this year when scoring two runs or less. By far the best news of the night was seeing Brad Bergesen look like the Bergesen of 2009. He did get behind more hitters tonight than he did then, but he still

Pitching leads the O’s past Minnesota

The Orioles had another night with little offense. This time the O’s pitching had enough to win. Brad Bergesen pitched shutout ball over 6 2/3 and Alfredo Simon got the save in the ninth as the Orioles beat Minnesota 2-0 Thursday night in game one of a four-game series. Bergesen improved to 2-2, 7.36 as four O’s pitchers combined on a six-hitter. It’s the O’s

Wiggy homer notes

Ty Wigginton’s two-run homer in the second inning tonight at Minnesota gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. He becomes the first Oriole this year with 10 homers. He is now one homer shy of his 2009 total. Wiggy homers: (through four innings tonight) 2010: 10 in 85 at bats (1 every 8.5 AB’s) 2009: 11 in 410 at bats (1 every 37.3 AB’s) He has

Ryan Berry is on a roll at Delmarva

Right-hander Ryan Berry, the O’s ninth-round pick out of Rice last June, is on some pitching roll right now for the Delmarva Shorebirds. Berry pitched seven scoreless last night vs. Savannah, giving up just three hits with ten strikeouts. Over his last three starts, Berry has pitched 21 innings, allowing just 12 hits and one run, with four walks to 25 strikeouts. He is 0-1,

Hoes now batting .309 with Frederick

Will Little Jerome put up some big stats this year for the Frederick Keys? So far this season, the Keys 20-year-old second baseman, Jerome Hoes, is well on the way to doing that. In 26 games, Hoes is batting .309-1-17. Hoes was the Orioles third-round pick out of St. John’s High in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Most of his life his friends and family have

Keys blanked as win streak ends in Frederick (quotes added)

Well, I had a good time, but didn’t bring the Keys any luck tonight. The final was Winston-Salem 3, Frederick 0. Three Dash pitchers held the Keys to eight hits. This was the third time this year the Keys had a four-game win streak, but could not make it five in a row. They are still looking for their first five-game win streak since August

Zagone out, Keys trail in the 8th

Rick Zagone is out of the game here in Frederick as Winston-Salem leads the Keys 3-0 after seven innings. Sean Gleason is on to start the eighth. Zagone tonight: 7IP, 9H, 3R-ER, 0B, 6K......82 pitches, 57 for strikes. It seems the Keys, who are second in the league in runs, have not scored much for him this year and he could fall to 0-3 tonight.

Scoreless first three at Frederick (now updated)

In a briskly played first three innings tonight at Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick and Winston-Salem are 0-0. Keys lefty Rick Zagone has pitched shutout ball on just one hit through the first three frames. After giving up a hit to the second hitter of the opening frame, he got a double-play ball. Zagone, who began the night 0-2, 3.65, has retired the last seven batters

Some pre-game notes and thoughts from Frederick

Well, for one night I get to cover a first-place team. I have had a chance to talk with several Keys players today in addition to a long conversation with Keys manager Orlando Gomez and roving hitting coach Denny Walling who is here today. Over the next few days I’ll throw some quotes your way. But it sure seems like this Frederick team is playing

Heading to Frederick later today (Keys lineup now added)

Tonight, I’ll be checking in on the Frederick Keys, the club with the best record in the O’s minor leagues right now. The Keys are 15-10 with four wins in a row and tonight look for a 3-0 start to their four-game series with a Winston-Salem team which has the second best record in the Carolina League at 17-8. I’ll head to Harry Grove Stadium

O’s bats again come up empty in the Bronx

Maybe the only thing more frustrating than watching the Orioles lose to the Yankees is how they do it. Get runners on second and second third for the top of the order. Three straight strikeouts on pitches out of the zone vs. Burnett. Yankee liner to center and Adam Jones makes a foolish dive and it costs them a run. Matusz almost gets out of

Baseball loses a legend

Baseball lost a great one today with the news coming out tonight that Ernie Harwell died today. He was 92. He lived a full life and will always be known as one of the greatest to ever work behind a microphone. I met him just once and over the winter wrote about that. RIP Ernie, you were a wonderful human, so good for this game

Get a run, waste a chance

Well, the Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third tonight at New York, only because A.J Burnett helped them. After he helped them, he dominated them. Garrett Atkins led off the third with a ground single to left, off A-Rod’s glove. Rhyne Hughes then walked on a 3-1 pitch. Cesar Izturis dropped a bunt up the third base line and Burnett

A scare for Zach Britton in today’s game at Harrisburg

One of the O’s top pitching prospects, lefty Zach Britton, got quite a scare today pitching for Bowie at Harrisburg in a game that began at 10:35 this morning. Britton took a two-hit shutout to the bottom of the fifth when the first batter hit a liner back toward the mound. “It hit me right in the (left) shoulder and dropped right in front of

A question without a good answer right now

Every day now we are getting a variation of the same question from our readers that Baltimore sports talk-show hosts are getting from callers to their shows. How much longer can the Orioles go with Luke Scott? I don’t know what answer we can be expected to give. What if we said 50 at bats, but not 75. Or 100 at bats, but not 150.’

Re-visiting that Arrieta story

I wanted to re-visit a story today that I wrote back on Sunday. I think some people saw it but it got lost a bit in the shuffle on a day the O’s won to sweep the Red Sox. It is about the possibility of the Orioles bringing one of their top pitching prospects, like Jake Arrieta, to the Majors and using him in relief.

More frustration for Guthrie and some post-game notes

If Jeremy Guthrie was frustrated after his start vs. New York last week, and he sure seemed to be, Monday night likely didn’t ease his angst. He pitched six good innings, but was done in by one poor inning and one poor pitch in a 4-1 loss to the Yankees. Randy Winn, who hit just two homers last year, drilled a Guthrie 1-0 pitch for

Not tonight, as O’s fall in the Bronx

On a night where Jeter, Teixeira, Rodriguez and Cano went a combined 1 for 14 against him, it was number nine hitter Randy Winn that delivered the big hit against Jeremy Guthrie for the Yankees. Winn, who hit two homers in 149 games last year, hit a three-run shot off Guthrie in the 4th to break a 1-1 tie as the Yankees beat the O’s

Welcome to CC’s house

Tough night for CC Sabathia. He’s got a 4-1 lead, the Orioles are beating every ball into the ground, usually early in the count and now home plate ump Bill Kohn won’t give him a close pitch. How does the guy deal with it? Sabathia just barked at the ump and started walking toward home plate in the top of the seventh. Kohn, I guess

Delmarva roster news

The Delmarva Shorebirds roster underwent some shuffling today as the Birds added three players. Catcher Justin Dalles returns to the Shorebirds and is activated off the DL. He suffered a concussion in a home plate collision on April 18. Delmarva also added IF Mike Mooney from Frederick and RHP Brent Allar from Aberdeen’s roster. Catcher Luis Bernardo is heading from Delmarva to Frederick, catcher Jason

Orioles vs. Yankees: Check out some stats

Some notes and stats to ponder as the O’s begin a seven-game road trip at New York tonight with Jeremy Guthrie (0-3, 4.70) vs. CC Sabathia (3-1, 3.12). Ty Wigginton’s performance to start the year has been rather stunning. He hit .273-11-41 in 410 at bats in 2009. He did hit 23 homers in 386 at bats with Houston in 2008. AL leaders, slugging percentage:

O’s made the right moves with Hughes and Johnson

Since the Orioles recalled Rhyne Hughes from Triple-A, the Birds record is 5-3. Those eight games have been played against New York and Boston. Hughes addition and the O’s starting to win are not directly related. He has played well, no doubt, but is not the saviour to this season. However, the O’s on the field resurgence has come at a time when the team

You predicted a sweep all along, right?

So I’m sure this is what you thought at the beginning of the weekend series vs. the Red Sox. Sure, the Sox had won seven of their last nine games coming into this series and were coming off a three-game sweep of Toronto. Boston would start John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Beckett in the series. The Orioles would blow a 3-1 lead in game

More clubhouse quotes after Sunday’s walk-off win

Here are some more clubhouse quotes after the O’s 3-2, 10-inning win over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. Will Ohman on the short mound meeting with Dave Trembley in the ninth inning: “He just said ‘I want you to get this guy out.’ Any relief guy is going to want that to happen. He comes out and maybe you have to plead your case,

Wigginton on the walk off

With the game on the line in the last of the 10th Sunday, the Orioles had their home run and RBI leader at the plate vs. Jonathan Papelbon. Not Nick Markakis, or Matt Wieters or even Miguel Tejada. It was Ty Wigginton at the plate and a Papelbon error had moved Markakis, who drew a leadoff walk, to second base. Ty Wigginton gets a pie

Walk-off win and a sweep of Boston!

Ty Wigginton, who has been getting big hits throughout the season for the Orioles, drilled an 0-2 pitch deep to center field for a game-winning RBI double in the the last of the tenth as the Orioles beat Boston 3-2 today. The O’s have their first three-game home sweep of the Red Sox since 1974. They also beat nemesis Jonathan Papelbon. He entered today with

The last time the O’s swept three at home from Boston.......

I find it amazing, but the Orioles last three-game sweep over the Red Sox in Baltimore, was from September 2-4, 1974. Now the O’s last swept four from Boston at home in July of 1998. But the last three-game home sweep came during the 1974 season when the O’s had Al Bumbry and Rich Coggins at the top of the lineup. Here is something also

Pondering Jake Arrieta’s future

Here is an interesting question. Are the Orioles open to using Jake Arrieta in the bullpen in Baltimore? Don’t take it to the bank that it could be the O’s plan for the hard-throwing right-hander, but Dave Trembley at least opened the door to that possibility today. There was a time many years ago that pitchers like Mike Flanagan and Scott McGregor came to the

More facts, stats and notes after a wild O’s win

Well, the O’s and their fans have had some fun at Camden Yards this weekend. The O’s wins this weekend vs. Boston (2) matches their win total of all last year vs. Boston (2-16). Here are more notes on the homers and the win: The Birds scored a season-high 12 runs in the 12-9 win over Boston and they hit five homers in the game.

Clubhouse quotes after the 12-9 victory over Boston

Some clubhouse quotes after the Orioles 12-9 win Saturday night over Boston. It’s the O’s first series win of the year after going 0 and 7. The O’s now lead the season series, 3-2 vs. Boston and have won three in a row vs. the Sox for the first time since September 2, 2005. The teams combined for nine homers and it’s the 12th time

O’s win home run derby game

The O’s offense exploded for ten runs over the 5th and 6th innings tonight, and, on an evening where the teams combined for nine homers, the Orioles took an 11-4 lead and won it, 12-9 over Boston in front of 35,164. The Birds are now 4-4 in this 12-game stretch vs. Boston and New York. The Orioles are now 3-2 on the year vs. Boston

Wigginton homer notes (plus game update)

Ty Wigginton is certainly hitting homers at a great rate. He hit number seven in the bottom of the fifth tonight vs. Boston, a 368-foot shot to left center on a 2-0 pitch. Wigginton began tonight third in the AL in at bats per homer this season. 1st - Paul Konerko, CWS, 1 every 7.09 at bats 2nd - Nelson Cruz, Tex, 1 every 8.86

Rough return for Bergy

Brad Bergesen has not had a smooth return to the big leagues. Well, for one inning he did. He retired the Sox in order on 15 pitches in the first. Perhaps the fact that two of the outs came on fly balls was not a good sign for him. Boston has scored in three straight innings vs. Bergesen and leads 4-1 as the O’s bat

Rick Kranitz talks about JJ heading to Norfolk

This has not been an easy day for Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz. Today he had to tell a pitcher that has been solid for him for a few seasons, that he was going back to the minor leagues. Kranitz and manager Dave Trembley met with Jim Johnson earlier today here at Camden Yards to tell the right-hander he was being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

More notes and quotes and another look back at Friday’s win over Boston

Well, I guess when you go just 2-16 vs. a team like the Orioles did last year vs. the Red Sox, it is hard to not do better the next season. But in 2010 the Orioles are 2-2 vs. the Red Sox and the O’s have won the last two games vs. Boston, each in ten innings. O’s first four games vs. Boston: 2009: 0-4

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