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Buck Ball: O’s hold their own vs. the AL East

There are so many encouraging stats to pick from since Buck Showalter took over as manager of the Orioles. How about these: The Orioles went 1-14 in series vs. AL East foes before Buck and with Buck they won five of nine series vs. the East. Before Buck, they were 10-35 in games in the division and with Buck they went 14-13. O’s record vs.

Millwood in command: O’s blank Rays 2-0 to win series

If this was Kevin Millwood’s last outing in an Orioles uniform, he sure left on a high note. Millwood gave up just two hits, both bloop singles, over seven innings, as the Orioles beat Tampa 2-0, to win the series at Tropicana Field. O’s pitching recorded two shutouts and allowed just 12 hits in this series. Millwood, who threw just 50 pitches over the first

Can a pitcher with 13 victories win the Cy Young?

I say the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Despite being the owner of just 13 wins, I believe that 24-year-old right-hander Felix Hernandez should be the winner of this year’s AL Cy Young Award. Yes, Felix should be King. After beating the Texas Rangers last night, Hernandez has a record of 13-12 and ERA of 2.27. While CC Sabathia is 21-7, 3.18,

Bergy takes loss as Tampa beats O’s 5-0

One night after getting an outstanding outing from their starting pitcher, tonight the Orioles got one not nearly as good and lost 5-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays. With the win, Tampa clinched a playoff spot for the second time in team history. Brad Bergesen gave up runs in four straight innings and left after five tonight in his third start of the year vs.

The Rays are winners, but where are the fans?

If the Tampa Bay Rays win to wrap up a playoff berth, but no one is there to see it, did they really clinch? It seems quite a few people were surprised at the low turnout of 12,466 Monday night at Tropicana Field. With a win, the Rays would have clinched the second playoff berth in team history and Tampa-St. Pete apparently was not bubbling

Masterful Matusz: O’s top Tampa, 4-0

Brian Matusz had another good outing vs. an AL East rival and the Orioles gave the Yankees some help by winning tonight vs. the first-place Tampa Bay Rays. Matusz gave up just three hits over seven innings as the Orioles beat the Rays 4-0 at Tropicana Field. He lowered his ERA to 3.70 vs. AL East opponents, his lowest mark vs. any division. Matusz, who

Wondering about Wieters

Matt Wieters looked poised for a big finish to this season, but, just as quickly, his bat has trailed off again. In the first half of September, Wieters was batting .395,-1-9 with four doubles, but since mid-September, he is just 2 for 22 at bat. There doesn’t seem to be any explanation for it outside of the usual ups and downs of the game. Wieters

Like father, like son: Younger Narron begins his O’s career

The name Narron is already listed once on the Orioles’ all-time roster, and now Connor Narron is looking to put the family name there a second time in the future. Jerry Narron managed in the O’s farm system from 1989 to 1992 and in 1993 and ‘94, he was a coach on Johnny Oates’ staff. In June, the O’s drafted his son Connor in the

Marcum in control as Jays win to complete three-game sweep

In addition to giving up a lot of homers this year to Toronto batters, the Orioles have struggled at times to hit Blue Jays pitchers. That was the case again today as Shaun Marcum gave up just one run over seven innings as Toronto beat the O’s 5-2 to sweep the three-game series. Jim Hunter talks with Buck Showalter following the O’s 5-2 loss to

Snyder trying to make the most of any chance he gets

For Brandon Snyder, the path to the Major Leagues has not been an easy or smooth ride. He dealt with a position move to catcher and injuries early in his minor league career. Then the last two years he has been unable to put up consistent numbers at Triple-A. Despite all that, the Orioles have seen other times in the minors when Snyder showed a

Still winless in Toronto: Jays with a walk-off win in the 11th

For the second day in a row, the Toronto Blue Jays used the home run ball to beat the Orioles. Lyle Overbay led off the last of the 11th and hit an 0-1 pitch from Mark Hendrickson over the right field wall for a 5-4, walk-off win. That was the Jays fourth homer of the game and seventh of this series. The Jays have hit

Jays pitchers have proven tough to hit

You probably could guess that one reason the Orioles are just 3-13 on the year vs. Toronto is all the homers the Blue Jays hit vs. O’s pitching. Through Friday, Toronto has out-homered the Orioles 30-7. But, also consider the fact that Toronto’s team ERA is 2.51 vs. the O’s. In fact, the Orioles score fewer runs per game vs. the Jays this year than

A rough patch for the starting pitching

Well, O’s starters couldn’t put up great numbers every night. Kevin Millwood and Chris Tillman have allowed 11 ER over 11 innings the last two games. After a stretch where O’s starters recorded quality starts in nine of ten games, missing only when Brian Matusz left a game early after a line drive off his left arm, O’s starters now have just one quality start

Homer-happy Jays hit three in 6-4 win over the O’s

The team with the most homers in the Majors used the longball to beat the Orioles tonight. Despite being outhit 16-5, Toronto hit three homers in a 6-4 win over the Orioles in game one of the three-game series. Jim Hunter asks Buck Showalter about the Birds’ 6-4 loss to Toronto The Orioles are 0-7 in Toronto on the year and have lost 12 in

Your basic Blue Jays offense (update....Bautista again)

Now that’s the typical Toronto offense, or at least their 2010 version. They have two hits off Chris Tillman tonight, the Orioles have seven hits, but the Jays have a 3-1 lead on the O’s in the last of the fifth at Rogers Centre. Jose Bautista, who hit a solo homer in the first last night, did so again tonight on a 2-1 pitch from

A national writer’s take on Buck

In addition to all O’s fans and the local media, the national media has certainly taken notice of the club’s turnaround under Buck Showalter. Some of those media members were the same ones praising the club last winter, saying they were a team on the rise. ESPN’s Jayson Stark was on MASN’s and 105.7 the Fan’s Scott Garceau Show on Thursday and talked about the

O’s young talent enjoying the Camden Yards workouts

The stands are empty. The players were in shorts and orange shirts with no names or numbers on the back. The atmosphere was relaxed. But some important baseball work was going on. The O’s instructional league camp at Camden Yards resumed Thursday amidst warm temperatures and sunny skies at the ballpark. There are 15 players taking part and some of the organization’s top young talent

A change of plans for Tyler Townsend

He was headed for Arizona, but now it’s going to be Australia for Tyler Townsend. The O’s first base prospect has had a change of plans and will not play for the Scottsdale Scorpions. “Originally I was going to Arizona for the Fall League as a taxi squad player, which means I could only play in one or two games a week. You know, I

Entire O’s organization gets a lift with Buck Ball

What a strange season for the Baltimore Orioles. Some of the worst baseball seen from this team as they hit rock bottom. Now, some of the best baseball seen in years and hope for the future. Hope. Enthusiasm. Confidence. Success. Words that are very important for this long-suffering franchise and its long-suffering and dedicated fans. The winning run under Buck Showalter has provided a lift

No sweep: O’s fall in Fenway finale

In the first two games of the series at Fenway Park, O’s starters allowed just 2 ER over 11 innings in O’s victories. But Kevin Millwood gave up six runs tonight as Boston beat the Orioles, 6-1. Boston avoided a three-game sweep, which would have been the O’s first at Fenway Park since June 10-12, 1994. The Orioles lost for just the fifth time in

Buck ball = lots of winning

The Orioles have been so good since Buck Showalter took over that, even after starting the second half with a record of 3-14, they now have a winning record since the All-Star break at 32-31. They are 29-17 in 46 games under Buck. They could lose their last 11 games at this point and still finish over .500 since he took over on August 3rd.

Minor leaguers get well-rounded education at Camden Yards camp

The Orioles may be on the road right now, but Camden Yards is still hosting some ballplayers for the next two weeks. The O’s were not able to have their normal instructional league for minor leaguers this year due to the field and stadium renovations going on in Sarasota. So they have brought 15 minor leaguers to Baltimore where, beginning this past Monday, they are

Wigginton comes up big again as O’s beat Sox 9-1 at Fenway

For the third day in a row, Ty Wigginton produced the RBI that untied a game and led the Orioles to a win. Tonight at Boston, Wigginton’s three-run homer in the 7th, just inside of the Pesky Pole in Fenway Park’s right field, gave the O’s a 4-1 lead and they beat the Red Sox, 9-1. Gary Thorne talks with Buck Showalter following the O’s

O’s tie game on Sox pop flop (update....Ty un-ties it)

Clay Buchholz was shutting down the Orioles again. He led 1-0 with a man on first and two outs in the top of the sixth when Felix Pie hit a pop up on the right side of the infield. It should have been caught by second baseman Marco Scutaro, but he missed it amidst some Fenway Park wind and the O’s tied the game, 1-1

A rare Fenway winning streak

Okay, I know you can’t call two wins in a row a winning streak. Taking a liberty here, but the O’s now do have a two-game winning “streak” at Fenway Park. They beat the Sox 6-1 on the Fourth of July in the final game of a series and followed it up with last night’s 4-2 victory. Both games were started by Brian Matusz, by

Koji: The splitter returns

Since he gave up that three-run homer to A-Rod on Friday night, Koji Uehara has pitched scoreless innings vs. the Yankees and Red Sox, fanning five of six hitters. His split-finger pitch has returned. He threw several nasty ones Sunday vs. New York and it looked like he mixed in one or two in Monday’s quick save vs. Boston. That’s two innings, 21 pitches, 17

Wiggy and Luke lead O’s past Sox, 4-2 at Fenway

Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott, who teamed up to get the Orioles a win over the Yankees in the 11th inning on Sunday, combined for three RBI tonight as the O’s beat Boston 4-2 in game one of a three-game series. Wigginton drove in the run that ended Sunday’s game and tonight gave the O’s a 3-2 lead in the seventh with his 70th RBI

Matusz pitches well, just not long

When he needed 38 pitches in the first inning tonight, it pretty much insured that Brian Matusz would not get too deep into his start this evening at Fenway Park. But Matusz pitched well, allowing just three hits and one first-inning run over five innings. He threw 101 pitches, 61 for strikes. Matusz left with a 2-1 lead so he still has not lost a

Troy Patton still waiting for his chance

Left-hander Troy Patton is back with the Orioles, for the third time, but still waiting to get into his first game. He was with the club for just one day, on July 21st, then returned from August 1-8 and was recalled on September 7th. “I’m just waiting, they keep telling me to be ready. I’ve never been in this situation. But I’m here. So, that’s

Ryan Adams had a big year at bat for Bowie

There have been some questions, at times, about his defense, but Ryan Adams can hit. The 23-year-old, O’s second-round pick out of Louisiana high school in 2006 hammered that point home big time this year at Double-A Bowie. At times, he hammered Eastern League pitching, batting .298-15-68 with 43 doubles and an .829 OPS. Adams led or tied for the league lead in hits, doubles

The O’s instructional league roster

Here is the list of the 15 players that will take part in the O’s instructional league workouts at Camden Yards that begin on Monday. The camp will run for two weeks. Catchers: Riley Hornback, 12th round pick, 2010 Tanner Murphy, 22nd round pick, 2010 Michael Ohlman, 11th round pick, 2009 Wynston Sawyer, 8th round pick, 2010 Infielders: Mychal Givens, 2nd round pick, 2009 L.J.

Clubhouse quotes after the O’s extra-innings win over New York

Some O’s post-game quotes after their 4-3, 11-inning win over the Yankees in a game they trailed 3-1 heading to the last of the eighth. It’s just the Yankees second loss all year when leading after eight innings and they are now 77-2 in those situations. The Orioles are now 3-79 when trailing after eight frames. Luke Scott’s homer in the ninth off Mariano Rivera

O’s rally vs. Rivera, beat Yankees, 4-3 in 11

Luke Scott’s homer leading off the last of the 9th off Mariano Rivera tied the game 3-3 and he doubled and scored the winning run in the last of the 11th as the Orioles beat the Yankees 4-3 today in front of 39,537 at Camden Yards. After Scott’s double to left leading off the last of the 11th, Ty Wigginton ripped an RBI single into

Can’t defend a walk

After a stretch where O’s starters posted nine quality starts over ten games, now they have two games in a row without one. After Jeremy Guthrie allowed six runs last night, Chris Tillman gave up six walks today. He allowed three runs over 3 2/3 and the O’s trail 3-1 in the 6th as once again they can’t seem to hit Andy Pettitte. Here is

Challenging Pettitte

Andy Pettitte is 27-6, 3.57 all time vs. the Orioles in 41 games, 39 starts, covering 247 1/3 innings. In his only previous start vs. the O’s this year, he beat them 7-5 on May 5th, allowing just one run over five innings. Pettitte is pitching in the Majors for the first time since he left a start on July 18 vs. the Mariners in

Andino gets his chance and runs with it

Robert Andino, a player who was dropped from the O’s 40-man roster in April, is now impressing his manager and perhaps laying the groundwork for a shot at a roster spot in 2011. Andino has proven to be versatile, while at the same time showing pop in his bat, in the chances he has gotten in recent days. “I’m just going out here and playing

Guthrie on his outing vs. New York

After going 3-0, 0.81 and allowing just two runs total over his last three starts, tonight Jeremy Guthrie gave up six runs, one off his season high in an 11-3 loss to the Yankees. Guthrie gave up two runs and two hits in the opening inning. “That more than anything, probably set the tone. If I get out of that, you’re rocking and rolling and

Yankees get to Guthrie, top Orioles, 11-3

The Orioles run of excellent starting pitching came to an end tonight as Jeremy Guthrie was touched for six runs as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 11-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 48,775 at Camden Yards. Jorge Posada’s two-run single in the first gave New York the lead and Robinson Cano added a two-run homer in the fifth as Guthrie gave up six

A six-spot vs. Guts (updating Andino)

Jeremy Guthrie had been pitching so well, but when he gave up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano in the 5th, New York moved ahead 6-2. They have scored in four of their five at bats vs. the O’s righty, who has allowed six runs on seven hits through five frames. Guthrie was 7-2, 2.29 in 11 starts since the All-Star break, but entered with

Jeter hit, A-Rod still running

Is there some bad blood now festering between the O’s and Yankees? Derek Jeter was hit to start this game. This ball actually did hit him. No, really it did. Later in the inning, when Alex Rodriguez scored the second run on a Jorge Posada two-run single, he crossed home plate and kept running. Right toward the O’s dugout. I mean he got within a

The Arrieta numbers

With the Orioles deciding today that Jake Arrieta’s season is over, here are his Major League numbers in some detail from this year. Arrieta told reporters today he has a bone spur in his right elbow, it does not cause him pain or any problems when pitching, he said, but he will undergo a procedure to remove it and Arrieta will not pitch any more

Arrieta says bone spur is not a problem

O’s pitcher Jake Arrieta revealed this afternoon that he has a bone spur in his right elbow. He said it does not impact his pitching and he has no pain from it, but the Orioles are considering Arrieta undergo a procedure to have it removed. “I’ve got a bone spur and I’ve had it for years. It’s never bothered me. I think they just want

O’s now try to bounce back from a gut-wrenching loss

So the Orioles are 9-3 in their last 12 games. Two of the losses have come vs. the Yankees with Koji on the mound in the ninth inning. The other came at Detroit, when the O’s led 2-1 going to the last of the eightth, but gave up five runs. They were several outs away over three games from a possible 12-game winning streak. That

Millwood and Koji talk about the loss to the Yankees

For the second time in eight games, the Yankees beat Koji Uehara and the Orioles on a ninth inning homer. A-Rod’s three-run shot off Koji on a 2-2 pitch gave the Yankees a 4-3 comeback win over the Orioles on a night when the O’s were a strike away from a win over the New Yorkers. “I feel bad. The pitch before the home run,

A-Rod’s three-run homer in the 9th sinks the Birds, 4-3

Down to their last out and last strike tonight, New York’s Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to left off Koji Uehara to give the Yankees a stunning, 4-3 comeback win over the Orioles tonight in front of 32,874 at Camden Yards. The O’s took a 3-1 lead to the 9th, but Koji gave up singles to Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson. He faced A-Rod

Did the umps miss another one involving Jeter?

With runners on first and second and none out in the O’s second inning, Adam Jones hit a grounder to first. Mark Teixeira fielded the ball and threw to Derek Jeter covering the bag at second. Replays showed that the ball quickly popped out of Jeter’s glove, but an out was ruled by second base ump Paul Nauert. I guess he was ruling that the

Mahoney on winning the Brooks Robinson award

He wasn’t on Baseball America’s list of the O’s top 30 prospects in the pre-season, but he will be now. Joe Mahoney is at Camden Yards tonight to receive his Brooks Robinson O’s Minor League Player of the Year award. “Great honor. To get the call was definitely a good day. It means a lot. The Orioles are a great organization and for them to

Britton on his award and the call that didn’t come

Zach Britton is at Camden Yards tonight. But to get an award and not pitch in a game, like he had hoped. Britton was named the winner today of the O’s Jim Palmer award, which goes to their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Britton went 10-7, 2.70 between Bowie and Norfolk and was hoping he’d pitch for the Orioles this month as a September

The standings with Buck: O’s lead the East by 3 1/2 games

If baseball passed a rule that stated the standings didn’t count this year until beginning with the games of August 3rd, the Orioles would be okay with that. That is the day Buck Showalter managed his first O’s game this year and since then the Orioles are the AL East division leaders - by 3 1/2 games and the Yankees are in fourth place. Team.......W....L.......Pct........GB

Britton and Mahoney honors now official

The Orioles have now made it official with their announcement that Joe Mahoney has won the Brooks Robinson Award as their minor league player of the year. Zach Britton is the Jim Palmer Award winner as minor league pitcher of the year. Here is the news from the O’s press release: The Orioles today announced the winners of their player development and scouting awards for

One manager’s take on Britton and Mahoney

They are home-grown, drafted and developed, Orioles’ products. One selected out of high school, the other from college. Later today, the O’s will make the announcement official. Joe Mahoney is expected to be named winner of the Brooks Robinson O’s Minor League Player of the Year award and Zach Britton winner of the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year honor. Both players are

Rowell had solid finish at Frederick

After three seasons and 348 games in a Frederick Keys uniform, Billy Rowell is more than ready to play for a different minor league team. For the first time in a few years, Rowell’s career move be on the move upward. The O’s first-round pick in 2006, Rowell hit .275-11-61 this year with 25 doubles in 117 Keys games. His average was up from last

The four seamer helps Bergy get on a roll

Blame Yunel Escobar. If he didn’t hit a liner off Brian Matusz’s left triceps Tuesday night, the Orioles might have a streak of nine straight quality starts right now. We don’t know how well Matusz would have done had he stayed in that game, but he’s been pitching well, so I’d like his chances to get it done. O’s starting pitching has gone from good

Bergesen on his gem over the Jays

After one inning tonight, Brad Bergesen had thrown 20 pitches and allowed a homer. We didn’t know then that he would need just 75 more pitches over the next eight innings and that he would pitch an at times dominant game vs. Toronto. But Bergesen produced his second complete game of the year and third of his career, with a 95-pitch, seven-hitter as the Orioles

Bergesen dominant in O’s 3-1 win over Toronto

Kyle Drabek pitched pretty well at Camden Yards tonight in his Major League debut. But Brad Bergesen was better. The O’s great run of starting pitching continued Wednesday night as the Orioles beat Toronto 3-1 on Bergesen’s seven-hitter to complete a three-game sweep. Bergesen improves to 7-10, 5.03 and pitched his second complete game of the season and the Orioles third. Buck Showalter talks with

Drabek’s debut

Kyle Drabek sure handled himself well and was pretty impressive in his Major League debut tonight. He leaves trailing 3-1 to Brad Bergesen and the Orioles as the O’s bat in the seventh. He gave up nine hits and three runs, throwing 88 pitches through six frames. He showed a low 90’s fastball and two pretty good curveballs. He limited damage during a couple of

Bautista vs. Baltimore

Jose Bautista, who did not homer in 11 Orioles at bats in 2004, tonight hit his seventh homer this year against Baltimore pitching. Bautista has 17 hits this year vs. the O’s and 14 have gone for extra-bases after he homered off Brad Bergesen in the first tonight. He is 17 for 55 (.309) vs. the O’s in 2010 with six doubles, a triple, seven

Preparing to face Kyle Drabek

His father made his first-ever Major League start in Baltimore and Kyle Drabek will do the same tonight, pitching for Toronto vs. the Orioles. After pitching four times in relief, former Cy Young winner Doug Drabek, who was an Oriole himself in 1998, made his first career start for the Yankees at Memorial Stadium on June 15, 1986. This will be the younger Drabek’s Major

Andino gets a chance to make an impression for 2011

The end of this season is turning out better for Robert Andino than the beginning. Andino was designated for assignment by the Orioles on April 3rd. But he cleared waivers, went to Triple-A and put up enough numbers to get a September recall. Now he has started the last three games, going 4 for 15 and had a big three-run double in last night’s win.

Pitching leads the way in the 25-15 run under Showalter

So the Orioles have now won four series in a row for the first time since August 3-15, 2004. Overall, they have won eight of their last ten and 12 of the last 17 games. They are 6-1 in their last seven games vs. the AL East. There are so many positive individual and team stats right now, it is even hard for a reporter

Arrieta on silencing the Jays and his innings total

Buck Showalter says players don’t get stronger this time of year, some just hold up better than others. Jake Arrieta seems to be one of those players. Even though he is now 22 innings over his 2009 total, Arrieta is thriving and tonight pitched six shutout innings in the O’s 11-3 romp over Toronto. He is now 6-6, 4.66 in 18 starts and is 2-0,

Arrieta with six scoreless as O’s romp 11-3 over the Jays

The Orioles used a big inning and a big pitching performance to post another win over Toronto on Tuesday night. Jake Arrieta pitched six scoreless innings and the O’s added to a 3-0 lead with a six-run 7th in an 11-3 romp over the Jays. The Orioles have now won four series in a row for the first time since August 3-15, 2004. Buck Showalter

Bell’s struggles

Josh Bell continues to strike out too much. He has fanned twice tonight vs. Shawn Hill. He has swung at six pitches and missed them all. He has now fanned 49 times and walked just twice in 141 Major League at bats. Yes, that is an alarming rate of strikeouts. This is not to bash Bell because his defense has improved and over the last

Minor League honors coming on Friday

The Orioles will announce their minor league player and pitcher of the year award winners this Friday and the players will be introduced to the crowd that night when the O’s host the Yankees. Barring an upset, it appears that Joe Mahoney is the top candidate for the Brooks Robinson player award and Zach Britton for the Jim Palmer pitcher honor. The 23-year-old Mahoney, a

The day after for Matusz

Brian Matusz said today he hasn’t yet met with Rick Kranitz and/or Buck Showalter to discuss whether he will make his next start. He and the O’s expect that he will after Matusz suffered a left triceps contusion last night vs. Toronto and pitched just one inning vs. the Jays. “It feels good, still a little bit swollen and bruised up a little bit. We

VandenHurk finally gets his chance

Luke Scott was the last hero for the Orioles in their 11-inning win over Toronto Monday night, but Rick VandenHurk was likely the most important. When Brian Matusz left his start after one inning with a left triceps contusion, VandenHurk entered the contest on short notice. It was his fourth O’s appearance, but he had pitched just one inning over the previous 17 days. He

Matusz: “It was the right decision.”

Brian Matusz took the mound tonight and could have become the first O’s pitcher to win five consecutive starts since Erik Bedard did it in July of 2007. But Yunel Escobar’s line drive changed those plans. When Escobar, the second batter of the game, hit one back at the mound, Matusz took the liner on his left arm and suffered a left triceps contusion. He

Luke Scott with a walk-off RBI single as O’s top Toronto

The O’s needed extra innings, but they have finally beaten Toronto. Luke Scott’s RBI single to center with one out in the 11th gave the Orioles a 4-3 win as they improve to 1-12 vs. the Blue Jays. Nick Markakis led off the 11th with a single to left off Brian Tallet, his third hit of the night and went to second on a groundout.

Jays vs. O’s: MLB’s longest current win streak

Well, the Orioles did sweep three from Toronto in Baltimore to end last season. But this year, as most are well aware, the O’s are 0-12 vs. the Blue Jays as they begin this series here tonight at Camden Yards. That is the current longest win streak in the bigs by one team over another. MLB’s longest current win streaks: *Toronto with 12 straight vs.

No injury for Hernandez

Well, it turns out that when David Hernandez was seen grabbing at his right elbow after being taken out of the game in Detroit Sunday, he was just doing that. He was not reaching for his elbow because it was sore or hurt in any way. “Everything is fine. My wife told me she saw me do that and she asked too.” Hernandez is finally

Snyder excited to make his first home start

Brandon Snyder was with the Orioles for 10 games before he made his first Major League start. Now he will make two in a row as he’s batting ninth and starting at first base vs. Toronto tonight at Camden Yards. “I was almost expecting to come in and kind of be sitting today. But I am extremely excited about getting a chance to get in

Buck’s to do list

I sense that on the wall in his office near the O’s clubhouse, Buck Showalter has these items on his to do list. -Win more than we lose - Check -Motivate players - Check -Get solid starting pitching - Check -Convince Matt Wieters he’s good - Check -Use Koji in the ninth, but don’t call him closer - Check -Take in some minor league games

No sweep: Tigers score 5 in the 8th to beat the Birds

Just like on Wednesday at New York, the Orioles came within a few outs of sweeping a series, but could not get it today at Comerica Park. Miguel Cabrera’s three-run double off David Hernandez in the last of the 8th gave Detroit the lead as the Tigers beat the Birds 6-2 this afternoon as the Orioles wasted a very strong start by Chris Tillman. Detroit

Pitchers duel in Detroit

Maybe I am watching this game through Orange and Black glasses, but I thought Chris Tillman was squeezed on some pitches early in this game today by home plate ump Derryl Cousins while Justin Verlander was not. Verlander blanked the O’s through four, but they just scored two in the 5th to take a 2-1 lead. Jake Fox scored Felix Pie with a triple to

Riding the Koji train

Buck Showalter certainly has his ticket punched. He has used Koji in six of the last seven games and 10 of the past 16. Uehara has saved nine of the last 12 Orioles wins. He is two outs away from being 10 for 10 in save chances. Perhaps more surprising than his success, is how he does it. By pumping seemingly nothing other than 88

Guthrie pitches the O’s past Detroit, 5-3

Jeremy Guthrie continued his second-half pitching success tonight. Max Scherzer kept his going, for a while. The O’s finally broke through with a four-run 6th to give Guthrie the lead and eventual 5-3 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park on Saturday night. Down 4-0, the Tigers pulled within one, scoring three in the 8th vs. Matt Albers. Felix Pie came up with a big

Keys fall at Potomac to end their season

After winning the first game of their playoff series with Potomac on Wednesday, Frederick lost the last three games of this series and the Keys season ended with tonight’s 10-3 loss at Potomac. The Nationals advance to face Winston-Salem for the Carolina League championship after taking the series, three wins to one. Frederick starter Luis Noel gave up four runs over 2 2/3 and Keys

Guts and Max (update, O’s lead)

It’s Jeremy Guthrie vs. Max Scherzer tonight at Detroit. It’s 0-0 after four innings, but each team has had scoring chances and they have combined to leave 11 on base. The O’s just loaded the bases on three singles with one out in the fourth, but Scherzer fanned Josh Bell and Cesar Izturis to end that threat. Scherzer is 4-3, 2.15 in 11 second-half starts.

Keys now need two wins to advance

After losing 7-1 at Potomac last night, the Frederick Keys need to win two games in two days to advance to the Mills Cup finals vs. Winston-Salem. Frederick trails the best-of-five series, 2-1, heading into tonight’s game four at Potomac where Luis Noel (3-2, 6.18) pitches for the Keys vs. right-hander Marcos Frias (7-5, 5.69). Frias is 1-1, 7.31 in three starts vs. Frederick on

Filling the Orioles with confidence

I’ve heard some fans say one reason the Orioles are playing so much better under Buck Showalter is because he is not afraid to kick some players’ butts if needed and they know that. While that may be true, it seems to me that, rather than confront players and get on them to make them play better, Buck has boosted the confidence of the players

O’s score three late runs to top Tigers 6-3 in series opener

Two innings after he dropped a foul pop that cost the Orioles, Matt Wieters hit a fly ball of his own that scored a run to give the Orioles the lead. Wieters came up with the bases loaded and one out in the 8th and his sac fly to right gave the O’s a 4-3 lead. Adam Jones followed with an RBI single as the

Orioles look to best Tigers at Comerica Park

After missing out on their first three-game sweep at New York in 24 years, the Orioles’ road trip resumes at Detroit tonight where the Tigers host the O’s in game one of a three-game series. The Orioles were also looking for the season’s first five-game winning streak, but didn’t get it on Wednesday. They have won four in a row six times. The Orioles have

Jake Fox is the forgotten Oriole

Despite the fact he almost never plays, Jake Fox remains an upbeat, optimistic, hard-working guy. He says he feels certain the Orioles will give him a chance, but it sure hasn’t happened yet. Fox has just 19 at bats since August 1 and has started just one of the last 17 O’s games. “I know at some point, I will get my opportunity to show

Keys fall by one run in game two of the playoffs

The Potomac Nationals pushed across a run in the top of the 7th vs. Nate Nery to break a 4-4 tie as the Nationals beat Frederick tonight 5-4 at Harry Grove Stadium. The win evens their best-of-five Northern Division Championship Series at a game each. The Keys took a 1-0 lead in the second when L.J. Hoes doubled and scored on Miguel Abreu’s single. Frederick

Gomez gives his take on several Frederick Keys

Frederick hosts Potomac tonight in game two of the Carolina League playoffs after last night’s wild, 10-9 win. It was a game where the teams combined for 15 runs in the first inning, then each scored once in the ninth. The Nationals scored to tie the game and Frederick’s run won it in walk-off fashion. Attempting to throw Miguel Abreu out on a sac bunt,

A walk-off win for Frederick in game one

After giving up a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, the Frederick Keys scored on a throwing error to win the game in the last of the ninth. They won a game in which they trailed 8-0 after the top of the first inning. L.J Hoes led off the ninth with a bloop single to right, his second hit. Then Miguel Abreu dropped

We’re tied in the ninth

Frederick took a 9-8 lead on Potomac to the ninth tonight, but Derek Norris led off the inning with a homer to right off Will Startup and this game is tied 9-9 in the ninth. Potomac had not scored since its big first inning until that home run. Frederick had rallied from the first-inning 8-0 deficit to lead but now the game is tied. The

After the 15-run first inning.....(update, Keys lead)

This game has settled down. We have seen just one run scored since that explosion. So, Frederick and Potomac are tied 8-8 and we’ve now played four innings at Harry Grove Stadium. Here is the recap from the wacky 44-minute first inning. Lefty Cole McCurry, who replaced Keys starter Oliver Drake in the first, has pitched well. He has given up just one hit and

Drake bounced out in the first frame, then Keys score seven (update, now tied)

Six batters into this game, Frederick was trailing Potomac, 5-0. Oliver Drake is struggling with his control. He walked three of the first four batters, gave up an RBI single and then a Grand Slam to Jamar Walton for the 5-0 edge. After a diving catch by left fielder Kyle Hudson, Robby Jacobsen hit a solo homer to center for a 6-0 lead. After two

Pre-game notes and quotes from Frederick

Even though Frederick played better in the first half, with a record of 41-29 as opposed to 31-39 in the second half, Keys third baseman Billy Rowell says his team is upbeat and excited about the playoffs as the Keys host Potomac tonight in game one of a best-of-five series. “It’s a good atmosphere right now. Both teams have good hitters so I think it’s

Game one: Keys vs. Nats lineups

After nearly driving off I-70 as I heard Joe Angel’s call of that Swisher homer, I managed to stay in my lane long enough to make it here to Frederick for the start of the Carolina League playoffs. Here are the lineups for game one of tonight’s best-of-five series: Potomac Nationals: 2B - Dan Lyons C - Derek Norris RF - Bill Rhinehart 1B -

Keys add Avery for playoffs

The Frederick Keys just got a little better. They have added 20-year-old outfielder Xavier Avery from Bowie for the playoffs. Avery spent most of this year with Frederick and in 109 games batted .280-4-48 with 73 runs and 28 steals. Frederick also added RHP David Walters from Delmarva and infielders Miguel Abreu and Buck Britton rejoined the team from Triple-A Norfolk. Walters went 2-1, 4.91

O’s in position to finish better than last season

Some O’s stats and facts to consider as they now have a 21-13 record since Buck Showalter took over. That is the second best record in the AL in that time, best among AL East clubs and a winning percentage of .618. The O’s last playoff team, the 1997 Orioles, went 98-64 for a .605 winning percentage. The last two games, the young guns of

Stunner in the Bronx: O’s beat Sabathia and Yankees, 6-2

In baseball’s version of a stunning upset, the Orioles beat CC Sabathia, denied him his 20th win, ended his 21-game home unbeaten streak and now have a chance to sweep the Yankees in New York for the first time in 24 years. Yes, the O’s had a good night in the Bronx. Jake Arrieta allowed just two runs for his second win this year vs.

The Bluefield Blue Jays

As expected, another Major League team has taken over in Bluefield, where the O’s affiliate recently played its last game with Baltimore as its parent club. Toronto has signed a four-year working agreement to supply players to the Appy League team and rename them the Bluefield Blue Jays. Had no big league team taken over there, the Orioles would have stayed on with Bluefield, but

The CC stats

This would not be an upset on a par, say, like the Jets over the Colts in Super Bowl III, but the O’s and Arrieta over the Yankees and Sabathia would be an eye opener. My eyes opened wide when Nolan Reimold hit that shot halfway to Brooklyn for a 5-1 lead. Keep in mind, Sabathia had these stats entering this start: *11-0, 2.27 this

Frederick Keys begin the playoffs tomorrow night

The Frederick Keys host Potomac tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in game one of a best-of-five Northern Division playoff series. Oliver Drake (6-6, 4.36) will pitch vs. Potomac’s Daniel Rosenbaum (3-2, 2.09) in the series opener. Here is the schedule for this series: Game one, Wednesday: Potomac at Frederick, 7 p.m. Game two, Thursday: Potomac at Frederick, 7 p.m. Game three, Friday: Frederick at Potomac,

Mahoney wraps up a big year; awaits busy October

When Joe Mahoney looks back on his 2010 season, bet he will fondly remember that month of July. Not only did he get promoted from Frederick to Double-A Bowie on July 9th, but Mahoney took the Eastern League by storm and, for a few weeks, became the talk of the entire Orioles organization. He went 3 for 3 with a homer in his first Bowie

These Orioles have come a long way

Sweeping Los Angeles was nice. Winning games from the White Sox and Texas was a good accomplishment. Winning versus AL East teams is most impressive of all. The Orioles have now won three in a row from Tampa and New York, maybe the two best teams in the game, and are now 4-3 in a nine-game run versus Boston, Tampa and New York. The Yankees

Roberts, Matusz and the pen come up big as O’s top the Yankees, 4-3

On a day when he appeared in discomfort several times throughout the game, Brian Roberts still went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI as the Orioles, behind Brian Matusz, beat the Yankees 4-3 in New York. The O’s got several clutch performances on a day where they knocked off the AL East leaders and the team with baseball’s best record. After a Roberts single gave

Three outs to go for Bowie (updated with loss)

A funny thing happened to the Bowie Baysox on the way to the playoffs. They may not make it. Trailing Harrisburg by one game for a playoff berth, they are trailing Richmond 4-3 in the last of the 8th in their final game of the regular season. With three more outs left, if they lose, they are eliminated from the race. Mr. clutch, Joel Guzman

Noting the Orioles & Yankees

Somes notes on the Yankees and Orioles as the teams begin a three-game series today at New York. *The Yankees are 86-51 and own baseball’s best record. They are 30-19 in the second half and 29-21 vs. AL East clubs. *Toronto’s 7-3 win Sunday ended New York’s eight-game win streak. The Yankiees are 14-5 over their last 19 games. *They are 48-23 at home and

15 years have passed since Cal became baseball’s IronMan

It seems hard to believe, but it was 15 years ago today that Cal Ripken broke a record they said would never be broken. He played in consecutive game number 2,131, surpassing Lou Gehrig’s 56-year-old record. The two-day celebration of 2130 and 2131 at Camden Yards was amazing and was voted Most Memorable Moment in baseball history by a fan vote. Ripken threw out the

Bowie loses, now one game down with one left

The Bowie Baysox picked a bad time for their offense to go south. Bowie was held scoreless on just two hits Sunday in a 1-0 loss at Richmond. Coupled with Harrisburg’s 13-3 romp over Binghamton and Bowie is now one game back of the Senators for the final Eastern League playoff berth with one game to go. Bowie needs to win Monday’s Noon game at

Clubhouse quotes after the O’s win over Tampa

Some quotes from Chris Tillman, Nick Markakis and Corey Patterson after the Orioles 8-7 win over the Rays on Sunday. It was the O’s first series win this year vs. an AL East team other than Boston. Tillman on his outing: “I felt good. Overall, I thought it went well. I think all my pitches were there. It kind of rolled over from Norfolk and

O’s edge Rays 8-7 to win series at Camden Yards

For most of the time since Buck Showalter has been O’s manager, when the team won it usually had a lot to do with the pitching. Sunday, the O’s out-slugged Tampa in an 8-7 win to take the three game series, two wins to one, in front of 28,268 at Camden Yards. Buck Showalter meets with the media after the O’s 8-7 win over the

Cal’s 15th anniversary

Some of the longest and loudest ovations heard at Camden Yards are those reserved for Cal Ripken Jr. There was another today when the Hall of Famer threw out the ceremonial first pitch on the 15th anniversary of his playing in consecutive game number 2,130 to tie Lou Gehrig’s record. “I keep milking it for whatever it’s worth. It seems like time has gone by

Guthrie pitches O’s past Tampa, 8-4

The Orioles ended their first three-game losing streak of the Buck Showalter era in resounding fashion tonight. Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings to gain his 9th win while the O’s had 15 hits in an 8-4 win over Tampa. The victory was the 900th of Showalter’s managerial career. He becomes the 64th manager in baseball history to reach the 900 mark and is 9th

Updating Markakis & Wieters

Nick Markakis entered tonight’s game without an RBI or homer this year vs. Tampa. That first-inning, two-run shot to right took care of both of those. Markakis was 7 for 51 in his first 13 games on the year vs. Tampa. He had a batting average of .137 and slugging percentage of .255 vs. Rays pitchers. But he is 2 for 3 with two RBI

Eastern League pennant race

The Bowie Baysox and Harrisburg are now tied for the final Eastern League playoff spot with identical 75-64 records with three games to go. Bowie is playing at Richmond tonight while Harrisburg is at Binghamton. Should the teams finish tied for second place and that last playoff spot, they will play a one-game playoff contest on Tuesday at Bowie. Eddie Gamboa (7-5, 3.70) is tonight’s

Not many chances yet for Snyder

Brandon Snyder has been here for three games now without an at bat. It’s becoming apparent that, despite his callup, he will likely not get too many starts. I asked Buck Showalter today if Snyder can gain something here, even if not playing much and if he can evaluate some things about Snyder without seeing him play much. “I know there’s never any substitute for

Tillman time again

On July 19, Chris Tillman gave up eight runs in just 2 2/3 vs. Tampa Bay. For him, the rematch and the resumption of his Major League career comes tomorrow here at Camden Yards. Tillman will make his 7th big league start of this season Sunday vs. the Rays. This is his third stint with the Orioles after going 11-7, 3.34 in 21 starts with

Admiring Millwood

It’s probably going to be an unpopular opinion, but I admire Kevin Millwood. Yes, I admire a pitcher with a 3-15 record, a new career high in losses and ERA of 5.38. The pitcher that leads the American League in losses. I remember that he pitched the first two months of this season without a win, despite a 3.89 ERA. That was the lowest ERA

Luke on the loss

It would be hard to blame Luke Scott for this loss or the lack of offense vs. Matt Garza in Tampa’s 4-1 win tonight. He reached base all three times he was up vs. Garza with a single and two walks. Perhaps Garza tread lightly with him after he homered off him twice in that July game vs. the Rays. Here is what Scott about

Garza over Millwood as Rays top O’s, 4-1

No one got hit. But the Orioles didn’t get many hits either, off Matt Garza. This time they didn’t hit four homers off him like they did back on July 20th. Garza gave up just one run and five hits over 5 2/3 pitching Tampa Bay to a 4-1 win over the Orioles in the opener of the weekend series. Buck Showalter meets with the

Did O’s miss the ‘beat Garza’ memo?

The O’s trail Tampa and Matt Garza 4-1 through five innings. No one has shoved anything down anyone’s throat that I have seen, but I have noticed the O’s not getting any clutch hits off Garza. At least, so far. They had runners on second with just one out in the 3rd and 5th and failed to score. They got two hits and a walk

Keys set their playoff rotation

Despite losing 10 of their last 12 games, the Frederick Keys are playoff bound. In fact, it looks like it will be Orioles vs. Nationals in the playoffs. That’s the Carolina League playoffs. After going 41-29, Frederick won its division in the first half. The Nats team in that league, Potomac, is leading in the second half. The best-of-five Carolina League semi-finals will begin next

Markakis and Roberts have struggled vs. TB

Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts have combined for 69 at bats this season vs. Tampa pitching without a single homer or RBI. Markakis is batting .149 (7 for 47) in 12 games this season vs. the Rays while Robers is batting .136 (3 for 22) in six contests vs. Tampa. Some O’s that have hit Tampa pitching well include: *Felix Pie at .343-1-3, going 12

Jones reacts to Garza’s comments during live chat earlier today

Earlier today, when we had a live video chat in the MASNsports.com web studio with Adam Jones, I asked him about Matt Garza’s comments. Garza, who pitches for Tampa vs. the Orioles tonight, sounds still stung by the game on July 20 when he gave up seven runs and four homers vs. the O’s. Garza said of tonight’s rematch: “I owe them a lot of

Guzman is putting the finishing touches on a big year at Bowie

The Bowie Baysox are pushing for a playoff berth and they now hold second place in their division, and a playoff spot, by a ½ game over Harrisburg heading into their final series of the year. Bowie begins a four-game set to end the regular season at Richmond tonight. The Baysox posted huge wins the last two nights over Altoona, thanks in large part to

Garza to O’s: “I’m going to shove it down your throat this time.”

Tampa Bay right-hander Matt Garza has had a lot of success vs. the Orioles, going 8-1, 3.14 in 11 career starts vs. the Birds. But on July 20th, the O’s scored seven runs off him in 6 1/3 innings and hit four homers against him. That game clearly didn’t sit well with Garza. Tonight, Garza starts vs. the O’s at Camden Yards. He tells the

Baysox pick up key win and move into second place

It was the final regular season home game for Bowie tonight, but maybe not the final time they will be at this stadium this year. In front of a small, but enthusiastic crowd of 1,694, the Baysox beat Altoona 7-2 tonight and, coupled with Harrisburg’s 3-2 loss to New Hampshire, they moved into second place in the Eastern League’s Western Division. They are a 1/2-game

Harrisburg now trailing (now a final)

New Hampshire has taken a 3-2 lead over Harrisburg as that game is now in the ninth inning. If that result holds, Bowie could move into second place tonight. The Baysox lead Altoona 7-2 in the last of the 7th in Bowie. The Baysox began today a 1/2 game behind Harrisburg for second place in the division and a playoff berth. Tonight’s attendance is 1,694

Baysox add to the lead in the fourth (updated)

Joel Guzman, Carlos Rojas and Xavier Avery have the clutch hits so far tonight as Bowie leads Altoona 6-2 after four innings here at Prince George’s Stadium. Guzman hit a three-run homer in the first, his 33rd of the year to tie the Baysox single-season record and Rojas came up with a two-run double in the fourth. After Altoona scored single runs in the 3rd

Guzman ties Walter Young

Bowie has a 3-0 lead on Altoona after two innings. Baysox slugger Joel Guzman hit his 33rd homer, a three-run shot in the last of the first. That homer ties Walter Young’s club record for homers in one season with Bowie, set in 2004. The 26-year-old Guzman ripped a 1-0 pitch from Jeff Locke over the wall in left center. It scored Danny Figueroa, who

Tonight’s Bowie lineup

Here is tonight’s starting lineup here in Bowie at the Baysox face Altoona. CF - Xavier Avery LF - Danny Figueroa 2B - Ryan Adams DH - Joel Guzman 1B - Joe Mahoney 3B - Brandon Waring C - Steve Lerud RF - Jonathan Tucker SS - Carlos Rojas P - Rick Zagone I have had major internet connection issues today, I think mostly related

Pre-game notes from Bowie

Checking in from Bowie where I’ll get to watch the Baysox chase a playoff berth tonight as they host Altoona. It’s the final regular season home game for Bowie, but they, of course, hope to be back here this year for the playoffs. The Baysox are trying to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Bowie is a ½ game back

Baysox battling for playoff berth

The Bowie Baysox will play their final regular season home game tonight, hosting Altoona at 7:05 p.m. The Baysox are 73-64 and trail Harrisburg by a half game for second place in the Eastern League’s Western Division. The top two teams make the playoffs, so the Baysox are looking to catch and pass Harrisburg. Bowie has five games remaining and Harrisburg has six. After tonight,

Post-game notes and quotes

Some final notes and quotes after Boston’s comeback, 9-6 win over the Orioles. There are clubhouse comments from Jake Arrieta, Ty Wigginton and Nolan Reimold. Arrieta on facing Boston: “Those guys are similar to the Yankees where they see a lot of pitches, lot of veteran players that really work the counts. Felt like I was in a lot of deep counts. I felt like

Early lead vs. Lester evaporates as Sox rally to beat O’s

On a night when the Orioles scored more runs vs. Jon Lester than they had in any of his previous 15 starts against them, they still could not beat him. After the Orioles had given up just three runs total during a four-game win streak, Boston stormed back with six in the 7th for a comeback, 9-6 win over the Orioles. Buck Showalter meets with

Bullpen meltdown

Well, the Orioles won’t beat Jon Lester tonight. I don’t think they ever will. After torching him for five early runs, they could not score any more off him and now, in the top of the seventh, the O’s bullpen had a meltdown and now Boston has a 9-5 lead. Mark Hendrickson, who had not pitched since August 22nd, worked a scoreless sixth in relief

Minor League moves

There have been a few transactions today on the O’s farm. With the three callups from Norfolk now in Baltimore, the Tides today added Miguel Abreu, Buck Britton and Phillip Britton from Frederick. The Keys have added 18-year-old shortstop Jonathan Schoop from Bluefield, where he hit .316-2-16 in 39 games after batting .250-3-16 in 17 Gulf Coast League games. In his last four games with

O’s vs. Lester note

The Orioles scored five runs tonight on six hits in the first two innings vs. Jon Lester. He threw 57 pitches. Usually, that’s about six innings worth for him vs. the Orioles. Until tonight, the Orioles had never scored this many runs in one game off Lester. His previous worst outing vs. Baltimore was on August 13, 2006 when they got four runs in five

Once on the outside looking in, Andino is back with the Birds

For a guy that was designated for assignment by the Orioles April 3rd, Robert Andino has had quite a season - still with the O’s organization. Back in April, he cleared waivers and was out-righted to Triple-A. With Norfolk, the 26-year-old Andino hit .264-13-76 with 72 runs and 16 steals and he was batting .305 since the All-Star break. Now, he’s gone from DFA’d and

Reimold returns

He was considered a Rookie of the Year candidate late into last season. Nolan Reimold must have figured this year would go a lot differently for him than it has. But today, for the first time since May 11, he is back with the Orioles. “I didn’t play well so I got sent down and then I kept not playing well, so I had to

Snyder: “It’s an awesome, awesome moment.”

Brandon Snyder has been pointing to this day for a long time. He’s always wanted to play pro ball and dreamed of the day he’d be in the Major Leagues. Today he walked into the O’s clubhouse and was on the O’s roster for the first time after getting a September callup. “It’s so surreal. Ever since I was five years old coming up with

Thanking Bluefield

It’s almost impossible to properly thank someone for a 53-year relationship. The O’s did post a nice thank you in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph newspaper, as their tenure as the Bluefield Orioles parent club came to an end after last night’s season-ending doubleheader. This picture by the way is of the last championship team there, the 2001 Bluefield Orioles.

August, glorious August

It’s September first. Really? Do we have to start a new month? Can you blame an O’s fan for not wanting August to end? The Orioles are in first place in the AL East. No, not yet; not even Buck is that good. But they had the best record in the division in August. AL East standings for August: Balt......17-11 TB.......17-12 NYY.....16-13 Bost.....15-13 Tor.......15-13 These

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