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Matusz masters Boston again

Brian Matusz didn’t face Boston last year. He’s seen them four times this year and the Red Sox are still trying to figure him out. Tonight he gave up two runs and six hits over six innings plus one batter as the Orioles beat Boston 5-2 to start a three-game series. The O’s improved to 8-1 in series-opening games under Buck Showalter. Brian Matusz talks

Matusz with the win and Scott, Pie homer as O’s top Boston

The Orioles did not post another shutout, but they did post a pleasing victory over an AL East rival that was desperate for a win. Luke Scott hit his 26th homer, that’s a new career high and Brian Matusz pitched well again vs. Boston as the Orioles beat the Red Sox 5-2 at Camden Yards Tuesday night in the opening game of a six-game homestand.

30 Rocked

The Orioles scoreless streak, dating back to Brad Bergesen’s first-inning balk at Anaheim Friday night, ended at 30 innings tonight when Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer off Brian Matusz in the fifth inning. After 30 straight, Lowrie rocked one out to left as Matusz found too much of the middle of the plate on a 3-1 pitch. That cut the O’s lead to 3-2

Can O’s take season series from Boston?

After winning just two of 18 games vs. Boston last year, the Orioles are 6-6 vs. the Sox this year with six games remaining in the season series. They last took a season series from Boston in 2004, going 10-9. That is the only time since 1997 that the O’s won the season series vs. the Red Sox. Boston is 34-12 in its last 46

Buck in Aberdeen (Showalter comments added)

This time he didn’t have to rush to the game and show up in full O’s uniform, as he did when he went to Bowie. But O’s manager Buck Showalter was at Aberdeen Monday night for Manny Machado’s IronBirds debut and his first look at Ripken Stadium. “He came in prior to the game and he spoke with the staff. I was really impressed he

Saying goodbye to Bluefield

The news became official on Saturday. After 53 years as the Bluefield Orioles’ parent club - the current longest running relationship between a minor league team and a Major League organization - the Orioles are moving on. The O’s will leave Bluefield, which first hosted an O’s farm team in 1958. The Orioles, who have had three short-season teams, are cutting back to a more

Post-game notes and quotes from Aberdeen

It was a night where Aberdeen pitchers gave up 17 hits and it made a long game seem even longer in an 11-5 Ripken Stadium loss to Vermont. But still, the IronBirds’ debut of Manny Machado, the Orioles’ first-round pick, was a success. He went 1 for 3 at bat, with a third-inning single, and had an excellent play in the field, ranging up the

Manny looked good

Now that the internet connection is back here in the Ripken Stadium press box, I can tell you that Manny Machado’s first game in Aberdeen was a success for him, even though the IronBirds are getting trounced. Vermont leads 11-2 in the 7th. Machado went 1 for 3 with a single to center in the third. He crushed a ball in the fifth that was

Machado’s first and second Aberdeen at-bats (updated)

Update 2:With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Machado lined the first pitch he saw to the left fielder. He’s now 1-3. In a move that was expected Michael Rooney replaced Machado at short. Mychal Givens is now 1-3 and Conner Narron is 0-1 and was hit by a pitch. Vermont is beating Aberdeen 10-2 in the fifth. Update 1: Machado led off

Machado’s Aberdeen press conference (Henson out for year)

After spending most of this summer not playing on a team, O’s first-round draft pick Manny Machado admits he is still knocking some rust off. He’s played two games as a DH in the Gulf Coast League and tonight he debuts for the Aberdeen IronBirds here at Ripken Stadium, where he will bat third and play shortstop vs. Vermont. “I’ve definitely been rusty, but you’ve

Reporting from Aberdeen

With a starting lineup that includes Mychal Givens at second, Manny Machado at short and Conner Narron at third, it should be an exciting night here in Aberdeen. I’ll cover Manny Machado’s latest press conference, which is set for about 5:15 today and file posts from here at Ripken Stadium during the night. Most of the O’s top minor league brass is here and they

The back story on the O’s signing of Glynn Davis

It probably doesn’t happen very often, but last week the Orioles agreed to terms with a player that did not get taken in the June draft, but one they feel has a lot of talent. They came to terms with 18-year-old Glynn Davis of Catonsville Community College, a player with great speed that played shortstop in junior college but will move to center field in

A dominant Guthrie pitches O’s to win and sweep over LA

In an amazing pitchers duel on Sunday afternoon, Jeremy Guthrie out-dueled Jared Weaver as the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 1-0 to complete a three-game sweep. O’s pitching allowed just one run on 16 hits in this series as LA went scoreless over the last 26 innings. Guthrie, who improved to 8-13, 3.94, gave up just four hits over 8 1/3. He walked one,

Jordan on Machado

O’s scouting director Joe Jordan said he will not put too much importance into the stats for Manny Machado in his first few games with the Orioles. The O’s top draft pick went 1 for 7 the last two days for the Gulf Coast League O’s with a two-run homer there on Saturday. “I just think it’s important to get on the field. Be a

A few random notes and thanks Bluefield

Some notes to ponder as the O’s and Angels play this afternoon in the final game of the series and the Orioles six-game road trip to Chicago and LA. *The Orioles today are looking for their fifth series sweep of the year. They swept three from Boston at home at the end of Aprill and took three from the Nats in June. They swept four

Millwood with eight scoreless as O’s top LA

Who would have thought that it would be August 28th this year before Kevin Millwood got his first win of the season vs. an American League team? But he beat the Los Angeles Angels tonight for his third win. He is 2-1 in four starts vs. the National League this year and was 0-13, 5.36 in 21 starts vs. AL clubs. But Millwood allowed six

In the minors tonight

Triple-A Norfolk rallied from 4-0 down to beat Gwinnett 5-4. It gives the Tides their first four-game win streak of the year. They had won three in a row eight times, but never got to four. Rhyne Hughes and Brandon Snyder homered and Lou Montanez went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Montanez is 12 for 31 (.387) during a seven-game batting streak. New Britain

O’s end relationship with Bluefield

After this year, the Orioles will end their long relationship with the Bluefield Orioles of the Appalachian League. Here is a statement from Andy MacPhail: “On behalf of the Orioles, I wish to express our deepest appreciation to the town and residents of Bluefield for their support of the Orioles organization and over a thousand players who have worn the Bluefield Orioles uniform in the

Josh Bell: Some good and not so good right now

So, is Josh Bell a nugget or not? Too early to know. He really needed a hit and got two big ones on Friday in the O’s win over the Angels. He didn’t start, but came on when Brian Roberts left with a hip strain. I thought Bell would take off a bit after his two-homer game a week ago today vs. Cliff Lee. But

Bergesen shuts down LA as O’s take series opener

Brad Bergesen has been pitching well in many of his recent starts and tonight was one of his best. He held Los Angeles to one run and four hits over eight innings, throwing 102 pitches, as the Orioles beat the Angels 3-1 in the weekend series opener. Bergesen is now 6-9, 5.55 in 22 starts. Over his last six starts, the right-hander is 3-0, 2.70.

Roberts exits game at Anaheim (updated)

When the Orioles took the field for the last of the fourth tonight at Anaheim, Brian Roberts was not at second base. He was replaced by Julio Lugo, who moved from third to second as Josh Bell entered the game, batting first and playing at third base. We are awaiting word why Roberts left the game. He doubled leading off the contest, stole third and

Machado in Aberdeen

We’ve mentioned it a few times in this space and the Orioles made it official this afternoon. Top draft pick Manny Machado is heading for Aberdeen. He will work out with the IronBirds on Sunday, but will not dress for that game but is expected to be in the starting lineup Monday against Vermont at 7:05 p.m. I’m told he is expected to start at

The O’s offense is struggling

Sometimes baseball is not that complicated. There are two reasons the O’s have lost some games lately: Their starting pitching has not been as good as it was when they went 8-1 in Buck Showalter’s first nine games and their offense is producing less. Oh - So, that’s why they are 5-9 over the last 14 games. Happy to spell it out for you. Actually,

After success at Bowie & Norfolk, Britton wonders if Baltimore is next

O’s 22-year-old pitching prospect Zach Britton has had an excellent season. He has pitched well at the two highest levels of the minors and could be a fixture at some point in the future in the Orioles rotation. That future could come as early as the next week or two as Britton knows the O’s have considered him for a September callup. For now, he

Jackson’s strong outing leads Sox past the O’s

Jake Arrieta needed 35 pitches to get through the first inning and 70 to pitch through three. Meanwhile, Edwin Jackson fanned seven over the first four innings. One team got excellent starting pitching and the other did not as the White Sox routed the O’s 8-0 Thursday night to win the three-game series, two to one. Arrieta gave up seven hits and four runs and

Machado set for Friday debut then on to Aberdeen

O’s top draft pick Manny Machado is expected to make his pro debut on Friday when he serves as designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Machado is expected to DH in the Gulf League Friday and Saturday. Saturday is the last day of games in the GCL and Machado is expected to join Aberdeen on Sunday. While Machado is expected to play in

O’s add Catonsville CC shortstop

The Orioles have agreed to terms with Glynn Davis, an 18-year-old shortstop from Catonsville Community College near Baltimore. The right-handed hitter and thrower was the youngest player on the Catonsville CC team this past season and was a Juco All-American. He hit .430 with 10 homers and 35 steals. Davis was named Catonsville CC’s Male Athlete of the Year. Speed is said to be his

Will Britton’s next start be in Baltimore?

O’s pitching prospect Zach Britton made his 10th start for Norfolk last night and pitched well. Now the question is when and where will his next start be and will he be an O’s September callup? In an interview with Britton this afternoon, he mentioned that the day of his next start has not been set and he didn’t think it would be next Monday,

It’s almost always about the pitching

In game one of the series in Chicago, the Orioles scored five runs on 11 hits. They lost. Last night they had four runs on just seven hits. They won. Yes, it’s pretty much about the pitching and almost always about the starting pitching. Grow the arms. Produce the arms. Trade for the arms. Sign the arms. However they get them, and the O’s are

Matusz with a gem as O’s even series in Chicago

After their starters had given up 17 earned runs the past three games, tonight the O’s got very solid work from Brian Matusz in a 4-2 win at Chicago. Matusz gave up just one run and three hits over seven innings, throwing 117 pitches. He improved to 6-12, 4.79 in 26 starts. Jim Hunter interviews Buck Showalter about the O’s 4-2 win over the Whtie

Matusz through five

Brian Matusz has a two-hitter and 2-0 lead through five innings at Chicago. He gave up two singles in the second, but got an Andruw Jones double play ball to end that inning. Just like with his last start when he pitched eight scoreless vs. Texas, he really is mixing his pitches well and it seems the Sox just don’t know what is coming. Guess

Wondering about Wieters

For the second time in two days in the Chicago series, Matt Wieters came to bat in the second inning with two runners on and hit into a double play. Wieters is clearly struggling right now. He is 0 for 1 tonight and has just seven hits over his last 38 at bats over 11 games, an average of just .184. He has only 3

Two pitchers leaving Frederick

With two weeks remaining in the regular season and the playoffs looming, the Frederick Keys will soon have to do without two pitchers that have been in their rotation for at least part of their season. Ryan Berry is headed back to Rice and Nate Moreau to Georgia to return to school. Berry had pretty much reached the limit on his innings for this season

Even under Buck, O’s stumble a bit

For a while, there was great starting pitching, clutch hitting, walk-off wins and a record of 8-1. That was the O’s mark in their first nine games under Buck Showalter. It was quite a honeymoon. But the O’s are 4-8 since then. Have the real Orioles returned? Last night, with runners on first and third and none out in the second inning, Matt Wieters hit

Beckham’s blast carries Sox to a win in series opener

One swing by Gordon Beckham broke up a good pitchers duel tonight in Chicago. He hit a 2-2 pitch from Jeremy Guthrie for a three-run homer to center in the last of the seventh and that broke a 2-2 tie and put the Sox ahead 5-2 on their way to a 7-5 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night. It was game one of a

Beckham bashed it & Guthrie now out

White Sox number nine hitter, Gordon Beckham, hit a three-run homer to center off Jeremy Guthrie in the 7th to break a 2-2 tie and give Chicago a 5-2 lead. Beckham came up with runners on second and third and one out in a tie game. The infield came in. On a night when Guthrie has struggled to command his slider, he missed with a

Scott homer notes & Jones leaves game

Luke Scott tied his career high with his 25th homer tonight at Chicago. He led off the fourth with a shot to right off Gavin Floyd on a 1-1 pitch as he homers for the third game in a row. Scott has hit eight of his 25 homers on the road this year and now has hit eight in 21 August games. He has more

Can O’s keep perfect mark under Buck intact?

No, the O’s have not won every game since Buck Showalter has been manager. In fact, the Orioles are 12-8 since his first game as skipper on August 3 versus the Angels. But the Orioles are 6-0 in the first game of every series since Buck took over: 8-3: at O’s 6, LAA 3 8-6: at O’s 2 CWS 1 (10) 8-10: O’s 14 at

O’s are draft’s 4th biggest spenders since 2008

A report by Baseball America lists the top teams in spending on the First-Year Player Draft from 2008 through 2010. The Orioles are listed fourth on that list, with bonuses totaling 24.8 million over the last three drafts. Top draft spendors, 2008 through 2010: $30.6 million - Pittsburgh $28.3 million - Boston $28.2 million - Washington $24.8 million - Baltimore Baseball America says that the

Scott the slugger

Here are some stats about Luke Scott that may surprise you. This year he is averaging one homer every 14.5 at bats. That is fourth best in the AL and the best ratio of his career. If a player hitting one homer every 14.5 at bats, got 600 at bats in a season, that player would hit 41.4 homers. Scott won’t get 600 at bats

Millwood gives up two homers as Texas takes the series finale

O’s starter Kevin Millwood has struggled this year when pitching in the first inning. And, he began today tied for fifth in the Majors with 24 homers allowed. Today, he allowed a homer as he gave up runs again in the first. Millwood gave up two, three-run homers to the middle of the Texas order as the Rangers beat the Birds 6-4 to even the

Millwood regroups (for a while)

After giving up more first-inning runs, Kevin Millwood has settled into a nice groove today through the fourth inning vs. his former team, the Texas Rangers. Millwood gave up a single, walk and three-run homer to Josh Hamilton to start today’s game and put the O’s in a 3-0 hole. Millwood has now allowed 38 runs in the first inning this year and his ERA

Trent Mummey to Delmarva (Ripken finale today)

The Orioles have promoted outfielder Trent Mummey from Aberdeen to Delmarva, where he will take the roster spot of Steven Bumbry, who went on the disabled list Saturday with an oblique strain. Mummey, this year’s fourth-round pick out of Auburn, was batting .266-3-24 in 49 IronBirds games with 16 doubles and two triples. He played in the New York-Penn League All-Star game. The 21-year-old center

Koji closed it, but who is next?

There are many things to like about Buck Showalter in his short time as O’s manager. Among them, right now, is the fact that he has not labeled anyone as the Orioles closer. It’s been frustrating at times this year when the O’s seemed to use a pitcher in the ninth, because he had the label as “closer.” With Alfredo Simon’s recent struggles, that job

Bell: “Something I’ll remember the rest of my life.”

Before he could get to post-game interviews, Josh Bell was heading out of the Orioles clubhouse to take care of some business. He was looking to get the two baseballs he hit for his first two Major League homers today in the O’s 8-6 win over Texas. Two fans sitting near each other in right field had the baseballs. Now each has a Bell bat

Digging the longball: Bell homers twice as O’s top Texas

The Orioles used a stunning display of power over the third and fourth innings today to beat Texas and Cliff Lee 8-6 in front of 23,041 at Camden Yards. Josh Bell homered twice for his first two Major League homers while Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott went back-to-back for the Orioles, who are 6-1 in their last seven games vs. the AL West leaders. It

Additional homer notes (Lee now out)

Another note or two on the Orioles home run outburst today after just watching Josh Bell single off the top of the fence in right, just missing his third homer of the day. Coming into this game, the O’s had hit just one in their last five games and they hit four homers total over the last nine games. Then, they hit four today over

That’s an amazing stat

The Orioles put on a power display with three homers in the last of the fourth today vs 2008 AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and have a 7-2 lead on Lee after four innings. Here is the amazing stat. Lee has now given up 13 homers all year and seven have come off the bat of an Oriole. Lee in 2010: *7 homers allowed

Minor league updates on Spoone & Bumbry

The Orioles put Bowie starting pitcher Chorye Spoone on the disabled list Friday due to a tired shoulder, but they have not necessarily shut him down for the rest of the season. The DL move came one day after Spoone’s outing Thursday at Trenton, where he allowed a career-high eight walks and hit three batters over a 3 2/3 innings outing. “There is nothing physically

Manny Machado’s press conference

Well, it wasn’t exactly a grilling by the Baltimore baseball writers, but top pick Manny Machado did speak with those writers today for the first time since signing his 5.25 million dollar contract with the Orioles. It was a telephone press conference with Machado in Florida answering a few questions from reporters at Camden Yards. Here is how it went. Q: What was signing night

O’s still pondering a September call for Britton

O’s manager Buck Showalter said today the Orioles have not made a final decision yet on whether pitching prospect Zach Britton will be a September callup. Britton is 9-6, 2.70 this year between Double-A and Triple-A. He’s now pitched 136 2/3 innings after pitching 140 last year and a career-high 147 1/3 the year before at Delmarva. How many innings Britton has left to pitch

Some O’s notes before game three of the Texas series

Checking in on some O’s notes, stats and facts as they get set to play Texas in game three of the series this afternoon at Camden Yards. *The Orioles have been involved in a shutout in back-to-back games for the first time all year, one they won and one they lost. They have been involved in shutouts in three of the last four and four

Not tonight: Wilson pitches Texas past the O’s, 2-0

The Orioles tonight had three hits and two ejections. Probably not a good ratio. It wasn’t tonight as C.J. Wilson, perhaps with some help from home plate ump Jeff Nelson, depending on your perspective, pitched Texas past the Orioles 2-0 in front of 18,751 at Camden Yards. Nick Markakis was ejected for the first time in his career. It came after he was called out

Chorye Spoone to the DL

After allowing a career-high eight walks and also hitting three batters last night, today the Bowie Baysox put right-handed pitcher Chorye Spoone on the disabled list. There is no immediate word on what the injury may be or the extent of it for Spoone. Spoone did not a allow a hit, but did give up three runs last night at Trenton. He walked four and

Interesting Arrieta stat

Most realize that Jake Arrieta can, sometimes, walk too many hitters. Over 72 1/3 innings in his first 13 Major League starts this year, he has walked 40 hitters, that’s a high number. But on nights when he has kept the walk number low, he’s been pretty good. In five of Arrieta’s 13 O’s starts, he has walked two or fewer hitters. His ERA in

Gonzo won’t push for closer role, at least not now

He is back and pitching well, but Mike Gonzalez has not had a save chance since April 9 and that didn’t go well on Opening Day here in Baltimore vs. Toronto. But now that Gonzalez is pitching like the O’s hoped he would, he is beginning to look ready for another save chance. He says he would surely welcome that, but won’t push for it

Lugo on his start in left

Partially due to an effort to stack his lineup with right-handed bats vs. Rangers lefty C.J Wilson, Buck Showalter is starting Julio Lugo in left field tonight vs. Texas. “It’s been a while since I’ve been out there,” Lugo said. He played as a reserve in the outfield in 2008 with Boston, but you have to go back to 2006 when he was a Dodger

With starting pitching like this...

You can win a lot of games. The O’s starting pitching has probably been the biggest reason the Orioles are 11-6 since Buck Showalter took over. The stats say that Orioles starting pitchers had pitched to an ERA of 5.61 before Buck. In the 17 games since he’s been with the club, the starters’ ERA is 2.82. It’s been quite a roll for the O’s

More late-inning drama for Aberdeen

All year, it seems, the Aberdeen IronBirds have had a penchant for late-inning offense and comebacks. The last two nights, the IronBirds have produced walk-off wins at Ripken Stadium. Wednesday, they beat Hudson Valley 7-6, scoring twice in the ninth. Last night, Aberdeen’s Kipp Schutz hit a one-out, RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth to tie Hudson Valley 2-2. One inning later, Austin

Matusz too good for Texas as O’s win, 4-0

This time, Brian Matusz got the better of the Texas Rangers. In two starts earlier this year, Matusz had allowed 11 ER and 14 hits over 5 1/3 vs. Texas for an ERA of 18.56. His career ERA over three starts vs. Texas was 10.95. Those numbers will come down now after Matusz pitched eight shutout innings vs. the AL West leaders Thursday night as

The pitchers’ duel rolls on

The O’s and Texas head to the sixth inning in a 0-0 tie. Brian Matusz has allowed just three singles in the game and the O’s have turned two double plays behind him. He has fanned six and thrown 72 pitches. A nice change for Matusz vs. Texas. In his first two starts this year vs. this club, he had allowed 11 ER and 14

A note on Klein from Aberdeen

If a pitcher can look good in a non-game situation, I’m told that O’s third-round pick Dan Klein did this afternoon at Aberdeen. Klein threw a live batting practice session today. His fastball was in the low 90’s (yes we have a BP velocity report) and he touched 95 once. The off-speed stuff showed some good movement as well. I wonder if he threw a

After solid ninth inning, Simon looks to bounce back

After giving up a homer over four straight appearances, O’s right-hander Alfredo Simon pitched a 1-2-3, ninth inning last night. He needed a good outing and got one in the O’s 6-5 loss to the Mariners. “The night before I just got behind in the count and he was a fastball hitter. Last night I used all my pitches and my two seamer and threw

Izturis wants to stay

As the Orioles look ahead to the 2011 season, who is going to play shortstop? It’s way too soon for Manny Machado and there is not a player pushing for that spot in the upper levels on the farm. Cesar Izturis told Josh Land of the Carroll County Times that he wants to remain an Oriole. Some fans will want someone there with more bat.

No AFL for Machado

There is no rule that would keep the Orioles from sending top draft pick Manny Machado to play in the Arizona Fall League. But they are not going to do it. Club sources indicate the O’s are not considering sending Machado to play in the AFL, even with the minor league seasons winding down as he is about to start up. It’s just too soon

The pitch they’d like to have back

Baseball can be a game of inches, they say, and I guess it’s a game of key pitches as well. Some you want back and wish you never had thrown. Jeremy Guthrie felt that way after Wednesday’s 6-5 loss to Seattle. His slider on a 2-1 count to Matt Tuiasosopo in the second inning was belted for a three-run homer. Sometimes after a game, pitchers

Mariners win 6-5 as O’s drop second straight series

The O’s have hit their first speed bump on Buck Showalter’s watch. After starting 8-1 for their new manager, they have now lost five of the last seven after falling 6-5 to Seattle Wednesday night in the series finale. The O’s got the possible tie run to second in the last of the ninth, but David Aardsma retired Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis to end

Wieters homer note

If you are keeping track, that is a new career high 10 homers for Matt Wieters after he connected for a two-run shot off David Pauley in the last of the seventh. That pulled the O’s within 5-4 of the M’s. Wieters probably caught Pauley early last year when both played for Norfolk. Wieters last year: 9 homers in 354 at bats. Wieters this year:

The guy with the long name did it again

Matt Tuiasosopo was a late addition to the Seattle lineup when Ryan Langerhans was a late scratch last night. Now, maybe they won’t get him out of the lineup. Getting him out has been difficult for the Orioles. Tuiasosopo hit a three-run homer in his last at bat last night and hit a three-run homer in his first at bat tonight. He also had an

Buck on Bell

While Josh Bell is batting just .232 in 21 Oriole games, for the first time as a Major Leaguer, he’s putting together what might be the makings of a hot stretch at the plate. Bell in 2010 with the O’s: First 15 games: 8 for 48 with 19 strikeouts Last 6 games: 8 for 21 with 7 strikeouts Bell went 2 for 3 with his

Draft pick updates

Now that the draft is over, even though there are just a few weeks left in the minor league seasons, here are the affiliates where some of the recently signed players will be reporting to: Manny Machado - Gulf Coast League Dan Klein - Aberdeen Matt Bywater - Aberdeen Parker Bridwell - Gulf Coast League Alex Schmarzo - Aberdeen Klein has thrown two bullpen sessions

Minor League notes

Bowie infielder Ryan Adams is not noted for his glovework, but he sure is swinging a hot bat right now. Since June 1, Adams is batting .335 with 26 doubles over 67 games. The Orioles’ second-round pick in 2006, he is among the league leaders in several categories in the Eastern League. His .302 average is tied for 5th, while he is 2nd with 136

Checking out some O’s stats, facts and notes

Let’s take a look at some Orioles stats and notes as we await the third and final game of the Seattle series tonight at Camden Yards. *The Orioles were shutout for the eighth time this year last night. They were held to three hits, which tied a season-low output that they were held to in five games this year. *Josh Bell did go 2 for

O’s can’t score as Millwood pitches a good game

Kevin Millwood has been down this road before. He knows the landmarks on the side of the road and every pothole at this point. It was a night where he pitched well, but got little, or should we say, no run support. Millwood gave up just one run and six hits over eight innings, but Luke French topped that as Seattle beat the Orioles 4-0

French pitches Seattle past the Birds to even the series

A 24-year-old left-hander making his first career appearance vs. the Orioles shut them down tonight and took a no-hitter into the sixth as Seattle beat the Birds 4-0, in front of 14,739 at Camden Yards. The Orioles were shutout for the eighth time in 2010, as Seattle evened the series at a win each. Luke French, who had allowed 9 ER in 20 innings in

Talking about Machado in the O’s clubhouse

O’s outfielder Adam Jones can’t quite relate to all the hype and attention that O’s first-round pick Manny Machado has gotten. Jones was a high draft pick, but not like Machado. Jones was a supplemental first round pick, taken 37th overall by Seattle in 2003. “I was never as highly touted as him. I was the end of the first round,” Jones said. “He’s drawing

An honor for Buck

As he gets ready to manage the Orioles tonight, Buck Showalter has been honored today. It’s an honor he may not even know about yet. He’s been named the manager on the New York Penn League’s All-Time team. Showalter managed the Oneonta Yankees in 1985 and 1986. His ‘85 team went 55-23 in the short-season league and beat Auburn for the league title. A year

Buck staying positive on Simon

O’s reliever Alfredo Simon got five outs last night, but it was the one he didn’t get that stands out. With one out in the top of the tenth, Seattle catcher Adam Moore blasted a 430-foot shot to left that gave the M’s a 4-3 lead. The O’s would tie it up and win it an inning later, but Simon continues to struggle. He has

It all happened pretty much as expected

When the dust settled and the day was over, there were no real surprises. The Orioles got Manny Machado and they said from the beginning they were confident they would. Jim Callis, in this space last week, said it was 99.9 percent certain. He said that for a few reasons I’m sure but one of the biggest was that most of these kids do sign

More on Manny and a few other things

In the end, the O’s added three draft picks today getting top pick Manny Machado, seventh-round pick Matt Bywater and 19th-round pick, pitcher Kenneth Wise. Scouting director Joe Jordan told me tonight that Manny Machado did not get a Major League contract. It wasn’t expected that he would. I asked Jordan what had to happen to officially finalize this deal that the sides agreed to

O’s get Machado

The Orioles have come to terms with their top draft pick, Miami prep shortstop Manny Machado, the third pick in the first round. Machado’s bonus is between five and six million dollars. Machado goes 6’2” and 180 pounds and is a right-handed hitter. He just turned 18 July 6th. This season for Miami’s Brito High he batted .639-12-56 and had 27 doubles in 86 at

Matt Bywater interview

While we wait for the stroke of midnight....... Pepperdine pitcher Matt Bywater confirmed tonight that he agreed to a bonus of $195,000 to come to terms with the Orioles. He said the O’s upped their offer sometime around 4 pm West Coast time today and he happily accepted the deal. “We were getting the feeling that was where it was going to stay. Going into

Not Manny, but one Boras client signs (Taillon signs)

Maybe Scott Boras is working his way up the first-round ladder. He is the representative for four players in the first-round that were unsigned to start today, including O’s pick shortstop Manny Machado. Tonight, there are reports that one of his players, outfielder Gary Brown of Cal-State Fullerton, taken 24th overall by the Giants, has agreed to terms. It’s reported to be a deal worth

A scout’s take on Matt Bywater

O’s scout Gil Kubski was the area scout for O’s third-round draft pick Dan Klein of UCLA and also for seventh-round pick pitcher Matt Bywater, who agreed to terms with the club tonight. Here is Kubski’s take on Bywater: “He’s a 6’3”, 6’4” left-hander, real lean. I think he’s going to get bigger and stronger when it’s all done. He’s not a flame thrower, about

Orioles now confirm: Bywater comes to terms

The Orioles have now confirmed that they have come to terms with pitcher Matt Bywater, their seventh-round draft pick out of Pepperdine. The 6’3”, 195-pound lefty went 6-5, 2.40 as a junior this past season. Over 97 2/3 innings, he allowed 88 hits with 30 walks and 83 strikeouts. The 21-year-old Bywater, from Thousand Oaks, California, pitched five complete games for Pepperdine with four shutouts.

What if they don’t sign Machado?

First of all, don’t let that headline scare you. There is no word yet on whether the O’s will or won’t sign Machado tonight, but the guess remains that they do get it done. I’ll keep you posted all night with anything I hear. Meanwhile, as of 7pm, no other O’s signings to announce and the clock is ticking toward midnight. If the O’s don’t

O’s 3rd-round pick missed 2009 but is healthy now

While awaiting tonight’s draft developments... The Orioles are excited that their third-round draft pick, pitcher Dan Klein of UCLA, should be pitching sometime soon for the Aberdeen IronBirds. Klein was 6-1, 1.90 with ten saves for the Bruins team this year that made the College World Series. It was a big year for Klein as he showed the scouts he was healthy after he took

Matt Bywater update

Pepperdine pitcher Matt Bywater, the Orioles seventh-round draft pick, said he has had some phone conversations with club officials today, but he still does not have an agreement with the team as of a little after four this afternoon. “Not so much progress at this point,” Bywater said. “I’d like to be optimistic, I guess we are kind of at a standstill,” he said. The

Urban hopeful he’ll be an Oriole

As of a little after two o’clock this afternoon, there is no announcement of any additional signings of O’s draft picks. But there is a long way to go before the midnight deadline. One player the O’s still could sign is right-handed pitcher Austin Urban from Richland High in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Urban was taken in the 27th round and told me a few moments ago

Good reports on Erbe and Klein

The good news for O’s pitching prospect Brandon Erbe is that he should be back on a mound sometime next year. Exactly when that will be, no one knows for sure right now, but his surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder last Friday was a success. “We feel like the surgery went well and less damage was found than they thought,”

Jordan on the one that got away & others that may still sign

The Orioles have already agreed to terms with 36 draft picks and may add more before this day is over. But, apparently one they will not get is pitcher Dixon Anderson of Cal, who was drafted by the O’s in round six with the 178th overall selection. A draft-eligible sophomore, the 6’5”, 225-pound Anderson went 5-4, 5.17 in 17 games, 13 starts, for the Golden

Draft signing deadline day dawns

So the deadline day to sign draft picks has finally arrived. We are all probably glad that after midnight tonight, or perhaps even earlier we can hope, no one will have to ask the question “Will the O’s sign Manny Machado?” Last night, I reported that the O’s signed two more picks: pitcher Jaime Esquivel taken in the 28th round and pitcher Alex Schmarzo, taken

O’s ink two more draft picks

The O’s have come to terms tonight with two more draft picks. They have agreed on deals with high school pitcher Jaime Esquivel, drafted in round 28 and right-handed pitcher Alex Schmarzo from St. Mary’s College in California. Schmarzo was drafted in round 48. Esquivel got a $225,000 signing bonus. Meanwhile, the O’s still need to come to terms with top pick, high school shortstop

O’s lose by one in road trip finale

The Orioles have their first two-game losing streak since Buck Showalter took over as manager. The Birds lost 3-2 vs. Tampa this afternoon to lose their first series with Showalter and end their road trip to Cleveland and Tampa with a 3-3 record. They were trying for a fourth straight series win for the first time since August of 2004. Jeremy Hellickson got the win

O’s 7th-round pick, Matt Bywater, still open to signing

Pepperdine pitcher Matt Bywater, who was drafted in round seven by the Orioles, said he still could sign with the team, although it hasn’t happened yet. “We are still in negotiations,” Bywater, a 21-year-old lefty said this afternoon from his home in Thousand Oaks, California. “It’s not a done deal on either side.” When asked if he is still open to coming to terms with

A matchup of young guns: Arrieta vs. Hellickson

Here is the reason to watch and/or listen to today’s Orioles-Tampa game. The contest features a matchup of the two of the best, young pitching prospects in the game. It’s Jake Arrieta for Baltimore and Jeremy Hellickson for Tampa. Let’s start with Hellickson. Entering this season, Baseball America ranked the 23-year-old righty as Tampa’s number 2 prospect and number 18 in all of baseball. In

Shoppach with a Slam & a solo as Rays top the O’s, 7-3

The Orioles sailed into the last of the fourth today with a 3-0 lead. But the game unraveled for the Birds and Brian Matusz when Tampa scored five runs in that inning and went on to beat the Birds, 7-3. The O’s were batting .302 since Buck Showalter took over, but today were held to just four hits. There were 19 straight O’s batters retired

Is Britton struggling?

There’s a question no one needed to ask just a week or two ago. But now, after giving up five runs in just 3 2/3 in his last start, Zach Britton, the left-handed pitching prospect has an ERA of 5.71 over his past four Norfolk starts. He is 1-2, 3.57 overall in seven Triple-A starts over 35 1/3 innings. Britton had been pitching so well,

Jones homer notes

Adam Jones gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead with a three-run shot off the left field foul pole in the top of the third. It was Jones’ 17th homer of the year. He is 1 for 2 today and is now batting .415 over his last 11 games at 17 for 41 with two homers and 8 RBI. He also has five doubles and a

Conley to Frederick

Outfielder Brian Conley, a Gaithersburg, Maryland native and Towson University product, has been promoted from Delmarva to Frederick today. Conley, a 17th-round pick in 2008, is having his best professional season. In 98 games, he hit .270 with 16 doubles and 29 RBIs. The 24-year old ranks fourth in the South Atlantic League in on-base percentage (.393) and second in the league in walks (70).

Erbe update

This will be a short update. A club official said Brandon Erbe’s shoulder surgery yesterday “went well, better than expected.” At this point, I don’t have any further update but may have more later today, so check back here. Erbe has not pitched since a July 24th injury-rehab outing with Aberdeen. He was 0-10, 5.73 over 14 starts this year at Triple-A Norfolk. He was

At what point do O’s consider long-term deal for Guthrie?

O’s pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is throwing so well now, that even on a night when he doesn’t have his best command, he didn’t give up a run. “I didn’t have a great feel for any of my pitches and had to battle,” Guthrie told reporters after pitching six innings of two-hit, shutout ball in Friday’s win over Tampa. You wonder what he might have done

Guthrie golden again as O’s shutout Tampa, 5-0

Despite facing the club with the second-best record in the Majors tonight, the O’s good pitching continued and so did the winning. Jeremy Guthrie and two relievers teamed on a three-hitter in a 5-0 blanking of the Rays in St. Petersburg. It’s the O’s second shutout of the year. The Orioles are now 9-2 since Buck Showalter took over as manager, their best 11-game stretch

Klein’s bonus

According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, in a tweet tonight, Orioles third-round pick, UCLA pitcher Dan Klein, got a signing bonus of $499,900. That is more than most of the players taken late in the second round received. According to BA, it is the third highest bonus the O’s have handed out so far. Fifth-round pick Conner Narron got $650,000 according to the publication

Early offense vs. Shields

Tampa pitcher James Shields, coming off that start in Toronto where he gave up nine hits and all nine went for extra bases, has allowed three extra-base hits to the Orioles in the first three innings tonight. The O’s lead 3-0 on the strength of a three-run first inning. After Nick Markakis walked and was picked off, the rally began with two out and none

Stats to take you into the Tampa series

Here are some facts, stats and notes to consider as the O’s and Rays start a three-game weekend series tonight. The clubs played six times in the season’s first nine games and have met just three times since. *The Birds are 2-1 on this six-game road trip and 16-41 on the year in road games. *The O’s are 2-7 vs. Tampa and 10-35 vs. AL

A Q&A with Joe Jordan as the signing deadline nears

As we head into the final weekend before the deadline at midnight Monday to sign picks from the First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles have come to terms with 34 of their 49 selections. They have agreed on deals with 10 of their 14 picks in the first 15 rounds. The four remaining unsigned among those picks include first-round selection, prep shortstop Manny Machado. They also

Not tonight: O’s fall short at Cleveland

After sporting a team average of .308 and scoring 5.3 runs per game in the first nine games of the Buck Showalter era, Thursday night the O’s offense got shutdown by a rookie right-hander and two relievers as Cleveland topped the O’s 4-1. The Orioles are now 8-2 since Showalter took over and were denied their first three-game sweep at Cleveland since April of 1987.

Klein headed for Aberdeen

O’s third-round pick Dan Klein, the UCLA pitcher, is on his way to Baltimore for a physical and then is expected to join the Aberdeen IronBirds. Klein has been been throwing and keeping in good shape so it could be only the matter of a few days before he pitches in a game. The O’s agreed to terms with Klein on a signing bonus last

The rare complete game

The complete game has almost disappeared in Major League Baseball. Where Jim Palmer once had 25 complete games all by himself, in 1975, last night’s two-hitter for Brad Bergesen was just the O’s second route-going effort all year and the first to go nine innings. Kevin Millwood was credited with an eight-inning complete game on April 21 in a losing effort at Seattle. Bergesen needed

O’s close in on agreement with Klein

The deal is not completely done, but the Orioles are closing in on an agreement with their third-round draft pick, UCLA pitcher Dan Klein. The 22-year-old Klein was a redshirt sophomore for the Bruins, who made the College World Series this year. He was the 85th overall selection in the draft. This season for the Bruins, Klein was 6-1, 1.90 and ten saves. Over 52

Bergy with two-hit gem as O’s top Tribe, 3-1

The Orioles have been getting solid work by their starting pitchers for manager Buck Showalter. Tonight’s outing topped them all. Brad Bergesen pitched a complete-game two-hitter as the Orioles topped Cleveland 3-1. Bergesen, now 4-9, 5.84, threw just 102 pitches in recording his second career complete game. He pitched a five-hitter in topping Atlanta last June 14. He missed out on throwing the Orioles first

Erbe headed for surgery

O’s pitching prospect Brandon Erbe will undergo shoulder surgery on Friday to repair a torn labrum. Erbe was seen by Dr. Lewis Yocum today, and as a result of that exam, Friday’s surgery has been scheduled. They won’t necessarily know the extent of the injury until the procedure or how much time Erbe will miss. The 22-year-old right-hander from Baltimore has not pitched since a

Another pitcher’s duel? (updated)

After last night, when these teams combined for 22 runs, one more than the O’s and White Sox had combined to score during their entire four-game series, maybe the O’s and Cleveland will return to a pitcher’s duel tonight. The O’s lead 2-0 after four on a Luke Scott RBI groundout in the first and a Cesar Izturis RBI single in the fourth. Brad Bergesen

No worries about Avery to Double-A

I see where some fans think the Orioles may be rushing 20-year-old outfielder Xavier Avery by promoting him to Bowie, a story we reported here yesterday. To that I say, don’t worry about it. The O’s are providing a player who has had a solid year with a new challenge and a chance to get his feet wet at the level he would likely be

Callis on Machado and the O’s unsigned draft picks

If you missed my story yesterday with Jim Callis of Baseball America, he believes very strongly that the Orioles will sign their top draft pick, prep shortstop Manny Machado, by next week’s Monday midnight deadline. The Orioles have five players unsigned among players they drafted in the first 15 rounds: Round one pick Manny Machado Round three pick Dan Klein Round six pick Dixon Anderson

The booming bats: O’s rout Cleveland 14-8

This time, no quality start was necessary. The Orioles hit four homers and scored a season high in runs in a 14-8 romp over Cleveland Tuesday night in game one of a six-game road trip. The Orioles improve to 7-1 under new manager Buck Showalter and are 8-4 over the last 12 games. Jim Hunter talks with Buck Showalter following the O’s 14-8 win over

Callis confident O’s will sign Machado (w/Avery to Bowie update)

If Baseball America draft expert Jim Callis is right, and he usually is, the Orioles will sign their top draft pick, number three overall selection Manny Machado. But, as has been expected since the day they selected the Miami prep shortstop, the negotiations are expected to go down to the deadline, next Monday at midnight. “I’d be shocked if they didn’t sign him. If you

Now that’s more like it

In Bull Durham, didn’t Annie Savoy say something like, “For one glorious week, our Durham Bulls played like champions.” O’s fans can relate this morning. When Brian Roberts made like Crash Davis last night, the O’s walked-off jubilantly with another win, and in just a week’s time, you get the feeling watching this team now that something good, not bad, will happen. For one glorious

Roberts talks about his game-winning homer

As Brian Roberts remembers, this was just his second Major League walk-off homer. He hit one on June 28, 2005 in the tenth inning vs. the Yankees and he connected for the win in the tenth tonight vs. the first-place White Sox. “Just got a 1-0 fastball and, at that time of the game, I was trying to figure out whether to take a strike

A Roberts walk-off blast for the win

Even when the Orioles get deflated, they seem to win these days. The Birds completed their best homestand of the year tonight when Brian Roberts hit a booming homer over the right-field scoreboard on a 1-0 pitch leading off the last of the tenth. It gave the O’s a 3-2 win over the AL Central-leading White Sox. It was the O’s first walk-off homer of

Joe Mahoney interview

Joe Mahoney, first baseman for the Double-A Bowie Baysox, was a guest of Jim and Rick on MASN’s O’s XTRA tonight before the game here at Camden Yards. Joe is becoming quite the rock star. I’ve been told he was a pretty popular guy with autograph seekers after he got off the TV set out in left center here at the ballpark.

Two in a row anyone?

Not two wins, two series. The Orioles, who have won just five of 35 series all year, can win two in a row for the first time in over a year if they beat Chicago tonight. After sweeping the Angels to start this homestand, they have taken two of the first three in this four-game set with AL Central-leading Chicago. The last time the O’s

Tatum returns, and talks about it

When last seen in the Orioles clubhouse Craig Tatum had a sore hand and overall, he was, well, sore about an O’s roster decision. The decision made that day, July 25th, was to option Tatum to Triple-A when Matt Wieters came off the DL so the club could keep 13 pitchers. Tatum didn’t hide his disappointment as he headed out to join Norfolk. The night

Buck’s take on Matusz

It’s been a bumpy ride at times this season for Orioles 23-year-old lefty Brian Matusz. After going 5-2, 4.63 in eight starts last year, he is 4-11, 5.26 in 22 starts this season. On July 4th, Matusz pitched seven innings of two-hit shutout ball at Boston. But then he gave up 18 ER over 13 innings in a four-start stretch. That poor run ended when

Big day for Izturis: How many more will he have with the O’s?

For a player who is rather quiet and never seems to be in the limelight or the center of attention, this was different. When Cesar Izturis hit a bloop single to center in the second inning Sunday, the fans erupted in cheers and so did the players in the O’s dugout. It was the 1,000th career hit for Izturis, who suddenly, at least for a

Guthrie: “To see it happen in the last week is a great sign.”

Jeremy Guthrie began his recent roll of solid pitching July 17 vs. Toronto when he gave up just one run over 6 1/3. Now his ERA is 1.78 over his last five starts and today he matched his longest outing of the year and got the win as the Orioles beat Chicago, 4-3. “I’m just trying to be more aggressive. That’s about the only thing

Guthrie solid as O’s go to 5-1 under Showalter

The Orioles strong run of starting pitching continued this afternoon as Jeremy Guthrie was solid again in the Birds’ 4-3 win over the first-place White Sox. Guthrie gave up just one run and six hits over eight innings as he improved to 6-11, 4.04. He tied his season high in pitching eight frames, throwing 116 pitches. O’s starters have now recorded six straight quality starts,

Aberdeen’s All-Stars

Four members of the Aberdeen IronBirds, including three 2010 draft picks, have been selected to play for the American League affiliates in the New York-Penn League All-Star game set for August 17th. They are Trent Mummey, the Auburn outfielder drafted in the fourth round this past June. He is joined by teammates Tim Adleman, a 24th-round pick, Adam Gaylord, drafted in round 31 and Kipp

Can’t hold them down forever

Jeremy Guthrie has been making some big pitches today vs. the first-place White Sox. But, after they had gone 0 for 7 against him with runners in scoring position, Alex Rios finally got a clutch hit. His two-out single to left center in the fifth scored Omar Vizquel to tie this game at 1-1. Guthrie may be on his way to another quality start. It

Too soon for Buck to be up to speed on the minors

For now, Buck Showalter is spending most of his time, as you might expect, dealing with the 25 players on the Orioles Major League roster. So far, he admits, he has taken a look at what the Orioles have in the minor leagues, but he’s not as clued in on that right now as he will be later. “Not as I’m going to be. I’m

Patton waits for his chance

Troy Patton has been with the Orioles for more than a day this time. Patton was called up for just one day and one game on July 21st, but he’s been back with the club now since last Sunday in Kansas City. He is still waiting to get into his first O’s game on the mound. When he does it will be out of the

Showalter’s first loss: O’s lose lead and game vs. the Sox

Even with Buck Showalter as manager, the Orioles can’t win them all. Saturday night they took an early 2-0 lead, but then saw it evaporate in a 4-2 loss to the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox in front of 24,929 at Camden Yards. After an Adam Jones homer in the second and Ty Wigginton RBI single in the third, Chicago came back. Kevin Millwood left

Comparing Mahoney & Wieters

The reader that calls himself “eagleeye” had an interesting question earlier today. He wanted to know how Joe Mahoney’s great start with Double-A Bowie compared to Matt Wieters torrid start when he tore it up at Bowie in 2008. An interesting question and, after a little research, here are the numbers for Mahoney and Wieters in their first 24 games at Bowie. Wieters in 2008:

Lending a hand to Bell

The education of Josh Bell continues. He’s learning on the job now in the Major Leagues, while at the same time, trying to impress Buck Showalter enough to play himself into a spot in the Orioles future. All of this with just 81 Triple-A games under his belt. Bell went 0 for 4 last night. After producing five hits in his first 19 big league

One more to go for Izturis

No, they are not counting down with banners on the Warehouse, but the next hit for O’s shortstop Cesar Izturis will be the 1,000th of his career. He said he found out recently he was closing in on the milestone hit because his 10-year-old son, Daniel, was keeping track. “My son has kept me up to date on it. He tells me you need eight

Checking the stats before and with Buck

Considering the Orioles had a record of 3-14 post All-Star game before Buck Showalter took over, the fans seem pretty excited about the club’s 4-0 mark with Showalter. Beating a struggling Angels team was nice, but knocking off the first-place White Sox was more impressive. Chicago was a Major-League best 38-13 over its last 51 games when they got to town. They were scoring 5.4

Bergy: “I’m fighting for my job.”

Brad Bergesen did not get a win tonight, but his pitching helped the Orioles to have a chance to get one. Bergy matched John Danks of the first-place White Sox and the Orioles eventually won in ten innings, 2-1 on Adam Jones’ RBI single for a second straight, walk-off victory. Bergesen admitted after the game that he wanted to not only show his new manager

Another walk-off win: O’s top the first-place Sox in 10

Oriole baseball is getting fun with Buck Showalter at the helm. Tonight, the O’s improved to 4-0 under their new manger and won in walk-off fashion for the second night in a row. Adam Jones RBI single to left with two outs in the 10th gave the O’s the 2-1 win over Chicago. Nick Markakis singled with one out in the tenth and advanced to

Well, the O’s do lead the league when it goes extras

The Orioles have the most extra-inning wins and best extra-innings winning percentage in the AL. Best AL records in extra-innings: .727 - Baltimore, 8-3 .700 - KC, 7-3 .667 - NYY at 4-2 and Minnesota at 6-3 The White Sox are 3-4 in extra-inning affairs, tied for 9th best in the AL.

Big play on defense

Ty Wigginton and Matt Wieters combined on a good defensive play in the top of the seventh tonight to keep the game with the White Sox tied, 1-1. After a triple, Mark Kotsay was on third with one out. The infield came in and Alexei Ramirez hit a slow roller up the first base line. Wigginton charged and made a bare-handed pickup. His throw to

Not good news on Erbe

The Orioles did not get good news on right-hander Brandon Erbe. While O’s president Andy MacPhail would not confirm exactly what was found during an MRA exam yesterday, Erbe’s season is over and he is heading for further examination. “It’s not good,” one team official said. He has been out with a sore right shoulder and MacPhail said Erbe will head to Birmingham, Alabama to

The process of evaluating Josh Bell

After sitting out last night, Josh Bell returns to the Orioles lineup tonight at third base. Bell is doing better after leaving Wednesday’s game due to hamstring cramps in his left leg. It’s an important time for Bell to show the organization and new manager Buck Showalter that he can be a part of the team’s future at third base. Even though first impressions can

Adam Jones on outfield positioning

Several interesting topics were addressed today earlier in our MASNSports.com web studio when I hosted live chats with pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and outfielder Adam Jones. During my time with Adam, we talked about where he positions himself in the outfield. “I play the hitter. I’m not going to play Torii Hunter like I play Reggie Willets. I necessarily don’t want to play too shallow or

Erbe & Mahoney updates and a look ahead

The Orioles have to be somewhat concerned about right-handed pitcher Brandon Erbe of the Norfolk Tides at this point. The 22-year-old from Baltimore has not pitched since a July 24 injury-rehab start with Aberdeen and underwent an MRA exam on Thursday. Erbe has been dealing with right shoulder soreness and was on the road back to Triple-A when he was sent to Aberdeen. The O’s

Notes and quotes after an Orioles’ walk-off win

Some notes and quotes from Jake Arrieta, Jason Berken and Matt Wieters after the Orioles 5-4 win over the Angels that provided them a series sweep and 3-0 record for Buck Showalter as manager. *This was the O’s first three-game home sweep of the Angels since July 23-25, 1999. Their last three-game sweep of the Angels was in Anaheim from September 17-19, 1999. It was

Walk-off win as O’s go to 3-0 under Showalter

For the Orioles, it was a blown lead, but not a blown game. When Torii Hunter drilled a three-run homer to left off Jason Berken in the 8th, the Angels had rallied from 4-0 down to tie the game, 4-4. The homer kept Jake Arrieta from getting a win on a night he took a no-hitter into the fifth and gave up just one hit

Will the homers come more often now for Markakis?

Nick Markakis hit his eighth homer of the year in the 6th tonight to break up the 0-0 tie. He drove a Dan Haren pitch 416 feet to right field. It is good to see Markakis turn on the ball and drive the inside pitch to right. It seems he gets a lot of his doubles gap to gap, but he sure does have the

Gabino is excited and ready for a shot with the O’s

Right-hander Armando Gabino joined the O’s today to take the roster spot of David Hernandez, who went on the DL. The 26-year-old native of the Dominican was 7-0, 2.12 with two saves at Norfolk in 27 games with seven starts. He allowed just 55 hits in 76 1/3 with 20 walks, 68 strikeouts and a .199 average against. “I am so excited. I found out

The Showalter-Wieters dugout conversation

During the early stages of last night’s game, the MASN cameras captured a dugout conversation between Buck Showalter and O’s catcher Matt Wieters. Today, both revealed they were discussing a situation from the top of the first inning when the Angels had runners on first and third with two outs and Torii Hunter stole second. The O’s did not throw to second base to attempt

Hernandez talks about going on the DL

Pitcher David Hernandez officially went on the disabled list this afternoon, a move that he was pretty sure was coming. “Today it was a little more sore than yesterday, so they put me on the disabled list. “Richie (Bancells) told me it’s seven to ten days at the earliest so they are going to send me down to Sarasota and I assume, throw in a

Mahoney not in the Baysox lineup

First baseman Joe Mahoney, who has been on a tear for the Double-A Bowie Baysox, left last night’s game at Portland after the fourth inning and is not in the lineup today for their afternoon game there. I’m told Mahoney was dealing with some cramping, probably due to the heat. Mahoney is batting .402-6-18 in 23 Baysox games after going 0 for 3 last night.

Not much progress to report with Machado

While the Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan is making some progress in signing some of the O’s top ten draft picks, progress continues to move slowly when it comes to their top pick, prep shortstop Manny Machado. The O’s selected Machado with the third pick in the draft. In a July 23 MASNsports.com article, Jordan said contract talks have begun with Machado and the sides

Hernandez likely DL-bound; better news on Roberts & Bell

The O’s got good post-game news on two of the three injured players that left Wednesday’s game. Both Brian Roberts and Josh Bell hope to play tomorrow, but the news was not nearly as good for David Hernandez, who seems likely to end up on the disabled list. He suffered a left ankle sprain while covering home in the seventh inning. “I kind of had

O’s go to 2-0 for Showalter

Brian Matusz picked up just his second win since April 18 and the O’s scored nine runs in the first four innings in a 9-7 win over the Angels Wednesday night as they are now 2-0 for new manager Buck Showalter. Felix Pie, who had just one RBI over his past 18 games, had three hits, including a triple and 3 RBI. Luke Scott hit

Taking rain delay questions (play has resumed)

The game is in a rain delay with the O’s leading 9-1 and batting in the last of the sixth. If it is called off at this point, the Orioles will win. Feel free to post some questions here during the delay which came at 9:16. Questions on any O’s topic, majors or minors. Update: Could be one of the shortest delays ever. As of

Showalter must like Pie (updated)

Here is a stat for you. In the last six games before Buck Showalter took over as manager, Felix Pie went 4 for 22 at bat. Now, in 12 innings with Showalter here, he is 4 for 5. That is through tonight’s third inning. After going 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored last night, and several nice catches in left field,

Jordan heads West for scouting and signing negotiations

The deals are not completely done, but the Orioles expect fifth-round draft pick, Connor Narron, a high school infielder from Goldsboro, North Carolina and ninth-round pick, prep pitcher Parker Bridwell from Hereford, Texas, in Baltimore this Thursday and Friday for physicals. If all goes well, they could soon officially sign and report to the Gulf Coast League Orioles as early as next week. “We are

Gonzo on a roll right now

From jeers to cheers. That’s how it’s now going for O’s lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez. When he was activated on July 21 off the 60-day DL, he hadn’t pitched since April and had an ERA of 18.00. Now, his ERA is down to 4.50 and Gonzalez has put together a real solid stretch. Since his return to the active roster, his ERA is 1.13 over

Still too soon to develop the book on Showalter

The Orioles picked a good night to play one of their best and most complete games of the year. Their starting pitcher was effective and efficient with pitches and they did not issue a walk all night. There were no errors. They went 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position. They hit a key homer, stole a base and actually advanced a runner with

Post-game notes and quotes after Showalter’s first O’s win

Some post-game clubhouse comments from Jeremy Guthrie, Josh Bell, Adam Jones and Luke Scott after the Orioles 6-3 win over the Angels on Buck Showalter’s first night as O’s manager. Guthrie on Buck’s first night: “I actually was very excited today. Watched the press conference yesterday and came to the ballpark with a big excitement. I’m really, really, excited to have Buck here managing. I

Getting Buck started with a win

On Buck Showalter’s first night as manager, the Orioles did a few things they have not done much since the All-Star break. Or too often at any point this season. They got solid starting pitching. They got a couple of clutch hits. And, they won. The O’s scored four times in the sixth to back Jeremy Guthrie for a 6-3 win over the LA Angels

Luke & Josh deliver

It’s clear that under Buck Showalter the Orioles will get more clutch hits. Just kidding, but they did get two big ones in the sixth to score four and lead the Angels, 5-2. Luke Scott hit the first homer of the Showalter era, a 422-foot, two-run blast to right center for a 3-2 lead. He homers for the second game in a row and the

Updating Hobgood, Joseph and Johnson

For now, Delmarva Shorebirds right-hander Matt Hobgood is avoiding the disabled list. Hobgood, last June’s first-round O’s pick, left his last start on Saturday night at Lexington after just nine pitches due to lower back spasms. He is reporting some improvement. For now the O’s will monitor his progress, but a date for his return to the Shorebirds rotation has not been set. That was

Wigginton on Showalter’s talk with the team

During a pre-game interview with reporters, that word accountability came up again with Ty Wigginton. He was asked if that was a part of Buck Showalter’s message to the players and if it is needed on this team. “I think so. I know, every time I step out on the baseball field, I want to be accountable for my actions. Whether it’s an error or

Markakis talks about Showalter’s address to the team

Nick Markakis said, that as he had promised, Buck Showalter’s first address to the Oriole players as their manager, was not a long one. “It was pretty simple. I don’t think it was anything unexpected. He just pretty much came in and told us how it’s going to be and we’re all ready to get started.” Markakis said accountability was one theme of Showalter’s talk

How will the players react to Showalter taking over?

So what happens if an Oriole player decides to jog down the first-base line tonight on a routine grounder to short? Does Buck Showalter yank him from the game or is it just part of his evaluation process and does he make a mental note of it and address it later or out of sight of the media and the cameras? You would think a

An Exclusive One-on-One with Showalter

Following his press conference at Camden Yards today, Showalter made his way down to the MASNsports.com WebStudio for an exclusive one-on-one sit down where I got the chance to talk with him further about the new job before him. Watch the video of our interview below for even more insight from Showalter as he takes the reins in Baltimore, followed by my impressions from the

“This team doesn’t know what’s going to hit them.”

Well, he didn’t hold too much back. Jim Palmer is often outspoken and Sunday was no different. Palmer was interviewed by Tom Davis on the Orioles Insider Roundtable show on O’s flagship station, 105.7 the Fan. He said basically that the Orioles players are in for a rude awakening as Buck Showalter takes over as manager today. “I get the feeling, because Buck Showalter does

O’s come up short in Samuel’s final game as skipper

Well, this time there was no blown lead. Or comeback. The Orioles lost 5-4 at Kansas City Sunday and Buck Showalter will inherit a team on Tuesday night with a three-game losing streak and 3-14 record since the All-Star break. Jim and Mike talk to Juan Samuel in his last postgame interview as Orioles’ interm manager It was Juan Samuel’s final game as interim manager

VandenHurk to debut Monday for Norfolk

Rick VandenHurk’s first start for his new team will come tomorrow night when he gets the ball at 7:15 for Norfolk at home vs. Indianapolis. VandenHurk was acquired Saturday in the deal that sent Will Ohman to the Florida Marlins. The 25-year-old right-hander is 8-4, 4.68 in 19 starts this year for Triple-A New Orleans. Over his last four starts there he pitched to an

The first inning again

The first inning gets Kevin Millwood again. In his first nine starts this year, he did not allow a single run in the first inning. But today, he gave up three runs on four hits in Kansas City as the Orioles fall behind 3-0. Millwood has now allowed two runs or more in the first inning of 11 of his last 12 starts. He has

Some O’s stats and facts before the KC series finale

Most of these are far from positive or encouraging, but here are some numbers to ponder as we await the series finale of the Orioles-Royals series this afternoon. It’s Juan Samuel’s final game as interim manager and he should get some props for handling everything over the last few weeks with some class and dignity. Let’s see today if the O’s can get a win

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