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Those early-inning woes for the O’s

In addition to a current losing streak of four games and inconsistent play, the Orioles have another problem that is contributing a lot to some of their losses: They can’t seem to get out of the gate well. The Orioles have been outscored by their opponents 252-212 on the year. That is a run differential of minus-40. Most of that has come over the first

Joe Jordan not scared of high school talent in first round

Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan has taken four high school players and two collegians with his six first-round picks since he was named to that post in November of 2004. Right now, he is in the final days of his preparation for another draft and the Orioles have the fourth pick in Round 1 next Monday night. There are several draft projections and predictions that

Losing streak reaches four as O’s fall at Seattle

The Orioles are now one loss away from following a five-game win streak with five consecutive losses. They are now 0-4 on their current road trip after this afternoon’s 4-3 loss at Seattle, as they fall to 24-28. The Mariners have won 10 of 12 games to improve to 27-26. Jake Arrieta had the shortest start of his career as he allowed four runs and

Checking in with some Orioles & Mariners notes

Here are some notes and stats about the Orioles and Mariners as they begin a three-game series this afternoon. It’s the second leg of a two-city road trip for the Orioles, who are 24-27 overall and 9-13 in road games. * The Orioles swept a three-game series from the Mariners May 10-12 in Baltimore by scores of 7-6, 4-2 and 2-1. They won the first

Minor league updates on Machado, Mahoney, Hobgood and more

The Orioles are hopeful that 2010 first-round draft pick Manny Machado will play in extended spring training games in Sarasota, Fla., starting Wednesday or Thursday. Machado has been out since May 5 with a left knee injury. In 25 games with Single-A Delmarva before that, he was hitting .333 with five homers, 21 RBIs and a 1.062 OPS. If he continues to progress he could

Baseball America’s Jim Callis on the first few picks in the draft and the O’s at No. 4

With the First-Year Player Draft now just one week away, Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis is projecting the Orioles will take Oklahoma high school pitcher Dylan Bundy with the fourth overall pick. But trying to predict the draft is tricky business at best, even for someone with Callis’ background. This year, he said, even the first pick is unclear right now. “Two years ago,

Lost weekend at Oakland: A’s win 6-4 to sweep the Orioles

When the Orioles scored four runs in the top of the fifth today it looked like the club might pick up a rare win at Oakland and give Zach Britton his first win since May 1. But the good vibes didn’t last long. Josh Willingham’s three-run homer capped Oakland’s four-run last of the fifth off Britton as the A’s regained the lead and beat the

Kipp Schutz leaves Frederick game in the second inning

Outfielder Kipp Schutz of the Single-A Frederick Keys left today’s game at Salem in the second inning when he was hit by a pitch in the helmet. That was according to the team’s Twitter feed, which said he left the field under his own power. The initial report was that Schutz was taken out as a precaution and was not showing any ill effects from

What will the Orioles do with the fourth pick in the draft?

So will the Orioles take a position player or pitcher with the fourth pick in round one of the June 6 First-Year Player Draft? Will they take Bobby Bundy’s brother or perhaps will Anthony Rendon fall to the Orioles at number four? These are some of the burning questions with the draft now just over a week away. Both Jim Callis of Baseball America and

Another night, another loss in Oakland for Orioles

It was a familiar script for the Orioles on Saturday night at Oakland: another loss and another night with not much offense. Oakland scored single runs in the second, third, sixth and eighth innings in a 4-2 win over the Orioles, as the A’s take the first two games of this series. For the second night in a row the Orioles were held to six

Avery hit streak reaches 11 games in Baysox loss tonight

Xavier Avery, the center fielder for Double-A Bowie, needed all nine innings, but extended his hitting streak to 11 games tonight as the Baysox lost 8-3 at Harrisburg. After going hitless heading until the last inning, Avery singled in the ninth to extend his streak, which began on May 18 against Richmond. Avery is batting .425 (17-for-40) with six multi-hit games during the streak. His

The Orioles have just one win this year with Bergesen on the mound

No knock on Brad Bergesen, but when he has started this year, the Orioles have lost almost every time. They are just 1-7 in his eight starts this year. He’ll try to begin to reverse that tonight when he makes his ninth start of the season tonight at Oakland. Bergesen is 1-5 with a 5.64 ERA on the season and his last appearance was on

Minor league notes on Townsend, Schutz, Miclat and Schrader

First baseman Tyler Townsend of the Single-A Frederick Keys has missed the last three games, but is not injured. He is away from the team on a personal matter and should return soon. He could be back tonight but if he doesn’t get back to the team in time for that game at Salem, the club just may wait until they return home on Monday

Tillman talk and other notes from last night

You wouldn’t think a pitcher that has worked to an ERA of 1.33 over his last four starts would be in danger of losing his rotation spot, but that may be the case for Chris Tillman. The positive results with that ERA have come at a time when he keeps failing to show pitch efficiency and struggles to get deep in games. Tillman’s last four

A short start and long string of double plays end O’s win streak

To say the least, it was a frustrating night in Oakland, where the Orioles have had a few. Their starter could not survive five innings, meanwhile, at bat, the Orioles hit into four double plays. The scoreless streak for the Orioles’ bullpen ended at 15 2/3 innings when Oakland scored three runs off Alfredo Simon in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie. The

Will it be a tough Gio tonight for O’s against Gonzalez?

Chris Tillman takes the mound for the Orioles tonight for his 10th start of the season. Tillman has pitched very well over his last three starts. In that time, his ERA is 1.13 and he has allowed 14 hits and two runs over 16 innings. Now the Orioles would like him to get deeper into the games as he has pitched six, five and five

Series preview: O’s versus A’s

The Orioles begin a six-game west coast road trip with a three-game series at Oakland tonight. Now that they have reached the .500 mark at 24-24 with a five-game win streak, the O’s could go over that mark tonight. A win would put Baltimore over the .500 mark for the first time since the Orioles were 6-5 on April 14. The Orioles are now 58-47

Leo Gomez will manage at Aberdeen; Drese to be released

Former Oriole Leo Gomez will manage the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds this season. Aberdeen opens a new year in the New York-Penn League on June 17 at home against Hudson Valley. The last two seasons, Gomez was a field coach for the O’s Gulf Coast League and Bluefield clubs. He played with the Orioles from 1990 to 1995, batting .245 over 475 games. Gary Kendall,

Extra-base hits have been elusive for Markakis

Nick Markakis has been starting to get base hits and his average is on the rise. Markakis is working on an 11-game batting streak, during which he is hitting .362 as the Orioles get set to open a series tonight at Oakland. But here is a disturbing Markakis stat. He has just eight extra-base hits through 46 games and is on pace for just 28

Clubhouse comments from Vlad and Guthrie after the win over K.C.

After his game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning today, Vladimir Guerrero talked with reporters in the O’s clubhouse with help from O’s staffer Rudy Arias, who served as interpreter. Can you talk about your game-winning hit? “I was trying to look for a good pitch to hit and get a base hit. Nothing to pull or home runs, just trying to get good contact.

Reimold on his two-homer game against Kansas City

The day didn’t start out great for Nolan Reimold, but it ended up that way. In the top of the second inning, Reimold, playing in left field, threw to the wrong base. With a man on first and one out, Wilson Betemit singled and Reimold’s throw to third was much too late to get the runner and allowed Betemit to move into second. Kansas City

A walk-off win and three-game sweep for the Orioles

After blowing a great opportunity to win the game in the last of the 11th, the Orioles did win it today in the 12th to complete a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. Vladimir Guerrero’s seeing-eye, ground single to center scored Robert Andino as the Orioles beat K.C. 6-5. Andino led off the 12th with a double and with one out and runners on

Reimold homer notes

What do Cliff Lee and Jeff Francis have in common? Besides being left-handed pitchers, they are now the last two hurlers to yield two homers in a single game to an Orioles batter. Nolan Reimold produced his first major league multi-homer game today, going deep in the second and third innings off Francis. He hit a solo shot to left on an 0-1 pitch in

A rocky second for Guthrie as O’s trail early against K.C.

Jeremy Guthrie threw 42 pitches today in a rocky second inning. The Royals scored four times on five hits and a catcher’s interference charged to Craig Tatum to take a 4-0 lead. Guthrie threw just 13 pitches in a sharp first inning when he fanned two batters, but was at 55 pitches through two frames. With two outs in the second, Tatum was charged with

After shoulder scare, Tatum returns to Orioles

Catcher Craig Tatum returns to the Orioles today and will start the game, catching Jeremy Guthrie and batting ninth in the series finale against Kansas City. Not only is Tatum thrilled to be back in the major leagues, but he is very relieved he is not dealing with a major shoulder injury. In early May with Triple-A Norfolk, Tatum made a throw in a game

Lose four, win four

The Orioles have now followed a four-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak. They were outscored 42-15 in the four losses and have outscored their opponents 24-9 in the four wins. The O’s lost last Thursday by a 13-2 score to the Yankees and last Friday by a 17-5 score to Washington. At that point, the pitching staff was a bit of a mess.

The Orioles use their biggest inning since 2009 to beat K.C.

The Orioles didn’t score in six of their eight innings at the plate tonight, but they got more than enough runs in one inning to beat Kansas City 9-2 this evening. They have taken the first two games of the series and will go for a sweep Thursday at 12:35 p.m. After being shut out on just 28 pitches by Luke Hochevar through three innings

Wieters talks about batting with RISP

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters began this season going 7-for-7 when batting with runners in scoring position. While he wasn’t going to keep hitting 1.000 in those clutch spots, he is still batting over .500 with RISP and the team is now 46 games into the season. Wieters is hitting .576 on the year at 19-for-33 with RISP. He has five doubles, three homers and 25

Does upcoming schedule give the O’s a chance to shoot for .500?

One thing that has been pretty true about how this Orioles season has gone is this observation. Just when you think you may have a handle on how the O’s are playing, it will usually change. They began the year going 6-1 and fans were fired up by that start. They then proceeded to lose eight in a row. In late April, the Orioles won

Great news for the Frederick Keys franchise

The news came out yesterday, not long after I wrote this story about concern over the future for the Single-A Frederick Keys. The City of Frederick yesterday selected the Keys over an Atlantic League team to negotiate a new lease with to play in Harry Grove Stadium starting next year. This comes as great news and should mean the Keys, who have played as an

Wieters, Jones have emerged as real bright spots

A caller to my radio show last night on the 105.7 FM The Fan in Baltimore asked me a question: Which ending was more exciting - Matt Wieters’ caught stealing double play that ended Sunday’s game or Adam Jones’ walk-off homer last night in the ninth against Kansas City? Both were exciting finishes, but that was an easy one for me. I went with the

Two young guns on the mound tonight in Baltimore

Tonight’s pitching matchup at Camden Yards features two young-gun, rookie left-handers that were third-round draft picks out of high school. Zach Britton will be making his 10th major league start for the Orioles and 22-year-old Danny Duffy will be making his second big league start for Kansas City. Britton was drafted in the third round in 2006 out of Weatherford High in Texas. Duffy was

Jones talks about his season and batting second

There seems to be a perception that Orioles’ center fielder Adam Jones is playing better this year, a season where he is batting .289 with five homers and 24 RBIs. Jones said right now, he doesn’t see that he is really playing any better than last year. “I think I’m playing the same way, playing hard,” he said. “The results are a little different, but

Wieters excels at throwing out base runners and he has had some help

After throwing out two more would-be base stealers Sunday against the Nationals, Matt Wieters now ranks second in the American League, throwing out 50 percent of runners. He has caught 14-of-28 on the season, second only to Kelly Shoppach of Tampa Bay, who is at .538 nailing 7-of-13. The AL average for a catcher is 29 percent. As team the Orioles have thrown out 42.4

Kipp Schutz promoted to Frederick, Randy Henry to Delmarva

Outfielder Kipp Schutz, who has put up amazing numbers this year for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds, is moving to the Single-A Frederick Keys today and should join the team in time to be in the lineup tonight at Wilmington. The 23-year-old Schutz, a 19th-round pick in the 2009 draft, was batting a robust .381 for the Shorebirds with 13 doubles, two triples, four homers and

Decision day is getting close for the future of the Frederick Keys (with update)

There will be an important decision coming soon that could impact the Orioles’ minor leagues: whether the Single-A Frederick Keys will continue to play in Frederick and at Harry Grove Stadium beyond this season. The City of Frederick sought and received two requests for proposals that seek to be awarded the lease to play in that stadium in 2012. The Keys filed a request and

Chorye Spoone is moving back to Bowie from Norfolk

Right-handed pitcher Chorye Spoone, the Orioles eighth-round pick from the 2005 draft, and a member of the club’s 40-man roster, will move from Triple-A Norfolk back to Double-A and start on the mound tomorrow night for the Bowie Baysox. The 25-year-old Spoone is 2-1 with an ERA of 5.50 in eight Triple-A starts and International League batters hit .293 off him. He struggled with his

Dan Klein gets off to a great start in the minor leagues

When the Orioles sent right-hander Dan Klein to Single-A Frederick to begin the season, you had to figure he’d have a good chance to move up to Double-A later this year. But it came very fast, as Klein moved to Bowie after just seven games with the Keys and was in the Eastern League on May 2. “I really didn’t think about it (moving up)

Tillman battles to keep his spot in the rotation

Chris Tillman may not be pitching deep into many of his starts, but he is pitching pretty well. But with Brian Matusz nearing a return from the disabled, is Tillman pitching well enough to remain in the rotation? After Sunday’s outing against Washington, where he gave up just one run, Tillman’s ERA is 1.13 over his past three starts, lowering his ERA on the year

Vlad talks about his game-winning homer

When the Orioles signed Vladimir Guerrero, they probably envisioned he would have some big hits like he had today. After the Orioles were shut out on one hit through six innings this afternoon by Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman, Guerrero provided the win with one key swing. His homer to left, a line shot on an 0-2 pitch, gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the seventh

Wieters and Gregg talk about the play that ended the game

You don’t see many games end that way. With the Orioles nursing a 2-1 lead in the ninth and pinch runner Brian Bixler on first with one out, Kevin Gregg threw a 3-2 pitch to the Nats’ Roger Bernadina, who had two hits in the game already. Bernadina took a called third strike, then Matt Wieters threw a quick strike. Bixler was caught stealing at

Not this time: Orioles bullpen holds lead as O’s top Nats 2-1

This time, the Orioles’ bullpen did not give up the lead. And, after giving up 17 runs in Friday’s loss, the Orioles beat the Nationals today 2-1 at Camden Yards in front of 33,626 to come back and win this series, two games to one. The game ended on a strike-‘em-out, throw-‘em-out double play as Matt Wieters caught pinch runner Brian Bixler trying to steal.

A quick note or two about the Orioles’ offense

Somewhat lost in the two pitching debacles of Thursday and Friday, where the Orioles allowed 30 runs over two games, is that the offense continues to make a slow, but steady resurgence. In the first two games of the series versus the Nats, the Orioles had 26 hits, batted .351, scored 13 runs and went 8-for-21 with runners in scoring position. Over the Orioles last

Ryan Adams looks back on his first night in the major leagues

Now that he is on his third day in the big leagues, Ryan Adams is getting more and more comfortable being in a big league clubhouse. He made his major league debut Friday night, batting ninth at second base and got his first hit, going 1-for-4 against Washington. He has been hearing from a lot of family and friends since his call-up from Triple-A Norfolk,

There is no reason for the Orioles to bring Brian Matusz back too soon

I watched Brian Matusz pitch six shutout innings on just 70 pitches last night for Double-A Bowie against Erie at Prince George’s Stadium. I am sure most Orioles fans can’t wait to see Matusz back on the mound and producing those kind of results for the big league club. He has been out all year with a strained intercostal muscle. But even with two rehab

Matusz talks about his six shutout innings tonight at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - Brian Matusz has completed his work tonight at Double-A Bowie and left with a three-hit shutout and 2-0 lead after six innings and 70 pitches. Matusz gave up a bunt single in the second, a double in the fourth and an infield single in the sixth. Only three runners reached second base against him and two of those did that with stolen

Matusz departs after six shutout innings at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - Brian Matusz is still working on a shutout tonight at Prince George’s Stadium. He just pitched around a one-out error and stolen base to blank Erie in the fifth and is leading 1-0. Matusz got a popout to start the fifth and then No. 7 hitter Andy Ciriaco reached on an error charged to third baseman Carlos Rojas. But Matusz got a

Matusz with three scoreless for Bowie (another zero in fourth)

BOWIE, Md. - Brian Matusz has pitched three shutout innings for Double-A Bowie against Erie tonight in his second injury rehab start. He has allowed just one hit and one walk so far. After a 1-2-3 first inning and a quick second where he gave up just a bunt single, Matusz got a double play ball to help him move quickly through the third inning.

Very quick first for Matusz at Bowie (updated with second inning)

BOWIE. Md. - Wearing a white No. 10 Bowie Baysox jersey, Brian Matusz retired Erie leadoff hitter Jamie Johnson on a flyout to center on his second pitch. That got his second injury rehab start under way. He pitched a 1-2-3 first inning on just five pitches, all strikes. He retired the No. 2 hitter on a pop to shallow left on the first pitch

Baysox lineup for Matusz’s start

BOWIE, Md. - Here is tonight’s lineup for the Double-A Bowie Baysox as they take on the Erie SeaWovles at 6:35 p.m. here at Prince George’s Stadium. Brian Matusz is pitching tonight for Bowie, making his second rehab start. Matusz pitched four innings, allowing two hits and one run, Monday with Single-A Frederick. Matusz threw 60 pitches, 37 for strikes in that outing with Frederick

The Orioles haven’t won since Monday’s mess at Fenway

It was less than a week ago. Last Sunday, the Orioles blew out the first-place Rays on the road 9-3. At that point, they had won five of six games and were just a game under .500, at 19-20. They took that momentum to Fenway Park and led Boston 6-0 in the sixth inning the next night. But they blew that game. The Orioles haven’t

A tough time for a good guy

Sometimes when you get to talk to the Orioles players as much as we do, you find out there are some good guys in that clubhouse. Guys any fan would want to root for. Jason Berken is one of those guys. Right now he is having a tough time getting people out and it got worse for him in the loss to the Nats when

A take on Adam Jones batting second

I don’t think he did it to tick off those that revel in stats, but manager Buck Showalter is batting Adam Jones second tonight for the second time this year. Jones came up with a solid single in the first tonight off Jason Marquis and then grounded out in the third. He is now 3-for-7 on the year when batting in that spot. Is that

With his bat starting to heat up, Reimold returns to the Orioles

Manager Buck Showalter said one reason Nolan Reimold is returning to the Orioles is because he was swinging better the last few games with Triple-A Norfolk. Reimold agreed with that assessment. “I feel good right now, physically I feel great,” Reimold said. “I have been more comfortable at the plate the last week or so. It’s a good time to come up.” Reimold had hit

Ryan Adams talks about making his major league debut tonight

Ryan Adams started at second base last night for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in Syracuse. He didn’t know then that after the game he would be told he was coming to Baltimore to make his major league debut. Tonight, Adams will bat ninth and play second for the Orioles here at Camden Yards. He will make his big league debut after 458 minor league games

Can O’s starting pitching get back on a roll this weekend?

After their great run of starting pitching was derailed last night against New York, we will find out if the Orioles can get back on the wagon this weekend against Washington, which has struggled offensively. Before last night, Orioles’ starters had pitched to an ERA of 1.29 over the previous eight games. But Brad Bergesen gave up eight runs, all earned, in just 3 1/3

From Bluefield to Baltimore, Ryan Adams gets set for his major league debut

As the Orioles welcome Nolan Reimold and Ryan Adams to the roster today, it has to be exciting for Reimold to return to the major leagues and for Adams to make it to the show for the first time. Adams’ long road through the Orioles’ minors began when they drafted him out of a Louisiana high school in the second round in 2006. Since then,

The numbers tell the tale against the Yankees

So the Orioles lost big tonight versus New York by a score of 13-2. They fall to 0-6 on the year against the Yankees and have been outscored 51-18 in those games. The Orioles are 7-6 this year against Boston and Tampa, but winless versus New York. Tampa can beat New York and the Orioles can beat Tampa. Boston recently owns New York and the

Not a good stat for the Orioles

This is the sixth meeting of the year between the Orioles and Yankees. In those six games, the Yankees have outscored the Orioles 16-0 in the first two innings of the games. They are hard enough to beat without having to do it coming from behind. Brad Bergesen gave up three extra-base hits, two walks and hit a batter in the top of first as

While the rain falls, do you have a question?

As we are now in a rain delay, and who knows how long it will last, I would love to get some questions or comments in this space while we wait out the rain drops at Camden Yards. Feel free to leave it here now. As a college basketball coach I know used to say, “I’d be happy to answer any questions you care to

Checking on some Orioles and Yankees stats and notes

Some notes as the Orioles try for their first win of the year after an 0-5 start against New York. * After getting 12 hits last night, the Orioles team batting average is now .288 over the last eight games. They are hitting .311 with runners in scoring position during that stretch. * The last two Orioles games, one each with Boston and New York,

The Orioles bullpen pitchers: Trying to stick together through tough times

Orioles relief pitcher Jason Berken said the pitchers in the Orioles’ bullpen remain confident they can do the job and he said they are a close-knit group and continue to support each other. The ‘pen and some of its members are going through a rough time after the bullpen meltdown Monday in Boston and the struggles of Mike Gonzalez that continued last night against the

Vlad’s bat heats up

Orioles cleanup hitter Vlad Guerrero has a hot bat right now. He has produced four straight multi-hit games after going 2-for-5 last night. Over the four games, Guerreo is 9-for-19 with five doubles and three RBIs. He is batting .433 (13-for-30) over his last seven games, raising his average 31 points. In 39 games on the year, Vlad is batting .298 with four homers and

For the Orioles, it was just more frustration against New York

Maybe the most frustrating thing about the last two games is that the Orioles’ starters gave up just one run - it was unearned - and they wasted those efforts by losing both games. Orioles starters have now pitched to an ERA of just 1.29 over the last eight games, but the Orioles have lost three of those eight. The starters have allowed two earned

O’s waste Britton effort and chances in extra-innings in loss to Yankees

It was going to be hard to top the frustration of Monday’s loss at Boston, but the Orioles may have done it with this 4-1 loss in 15 innings versus New York. Another poor night for reliever Mike Gonzalez who gave up a two-run triple that broke a 1-1 tie in the 15th and was ejected after hitting the next batter in the head. I

Britton shows the Yankees his serious side

Zach Britton pitched out of a first-and-third, one out situation in the second inning tonight and has blanked the Yankees through three innings here at Camden Yards. Britton last allowed a run in the second inning of his start May 6 versus Tampa Bay when the Rays scored three in that inning. He left that game with one out in the sixth but pitched shutout

Brandon Snyder rejoins the Orioles and now hopes for his chance

It was a unique situation earlier today in the Orioles’ clubhouse. Reporters interviewing players that were not yet on the active roster and not certain if they would be. Before the Orioles headed out for batting practice, Brandon Snyder stood by his locker awaiting word on whether he would be on the active roster for tonight. He was activated before tonight’s game and is in

Derrek Lee pleads his case to stay off the DL

For now, Derrek Lee is not going on the disabled list and he is pleading his case with Buck Showalter to keep it that way. But Lee did reveal today that he has had some discomfort in his left oblique for a while now, but it got much worse during the game in Boston on Monday and he was removed from the lineup in the

Sweet 16 for Schoop plus Machado update

The date was April 29. That was the last time Jonathan Schoop, an infielder for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds, did not have a game with a hit. He went 0-for-5 that night versus Savannah. Since then, the 19-year-old from Curacao is working on a 16-game hitting streak. Schoop is batting .348 during the streak (23-for-66) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and eight RBIs.

After holding their own with Boston and Tampa, can the O’s take down NY?

The Orioles have won two of three series this year against Tampa Bay, the current American League East leader. They won their first series of the year versus Boston. They are 21-21 against the AL East since Buck Showalter took over as manager. But if they really wanted to get their fans’ attention they may need to do something else - beat the Yankees. The

Taking a closer look at Mark Reynolds’ stats

In taking a closer look at Mark Reynolds’ statistics, there are some trends worth looking at. At this point in the season, he is batting much better on the road than at home, better versus right-handed pitching over lefties and his batting average goes up the lower he bats in the order. Reynolds: Home:.097 avg., two homers, nine RBIs and .476 OPS. Road: .275 avg.,

Unheralded Cole McCurry is off to a great start with Bowie

After four seasons in the Orioles’ organization, mostly as a starting pitcher, lefty Cole McCurry is posting some eye-popping stats right now in his first season at Double-A, pitching out of the Bowie bullpen. The 25-year-old McCurry, a 43rd-round draft pick in 2007, made 102 appearances in his first four seasons with 76 coming as a starter. In 2009, he went 6-9 with a 2.71

It wasn’t all bad Monday at Fenway

It won’t take all the sting out of blowing a 6-0 lead and losing the game in the last of the ninth, but two things continued to go well for the Orioles last night at Boston. They got another good starting pitching outing and the resurgence of the offense continued with seven runs and 10 hits. Of course, the Orioles could have scored more, especially

Fan predictions of impending doom came true

One thing that struck me a bit as the game with Boston wore on Monday night was the feeling of impending doom around Birdland. Checking out posting on Twitter and taking phone calls on my radio show last night in the late innings, it seemed most were predicting the Orioles would blow this game. Those turned out to be right, of course, as the bullpen

Orioles take the lead at Boston, Lee leaves game

Many may not be able to stay awake for the end of this one, but the Orioles hold a 3-0 lead on Boston in the fifth inning. Each team has had a mess of base runners and chances to score more runs than they have. For Boston, that’s a goose egg so far versus Chris Tillman. Boston has four hits and two walks against Tillman,

After sweep of Yankees, Boston welcomes the Birds to Fenway tonight

After winning a series against one red-hot American League East team over the weekend, the Orioles begin a series against another one tonight in Boston. The Orioles won the last two on the road versus Tampa Bay to take that series. The Rays entered the series with the Orioles with the majors best record since April 11 at 21-7. Boston completed a three-game road sweep

A closer look at Chris Tillman’s season

Here is my take on Orioles’ right-hander Chris Tillman, who is 2-3 with an ERA of 6.15 over seven starts and faces Boston tonight. He has been terrible, but in just two starts. He has pitched pretty well in five of his seven outings this year and that gets lost in the debate when fans start talking about Tillman. Tillman gave up 14 of his

Arrieta was solid again today in O’s win over Tampa

Jake Arrieta continued his solid season this afternoon for the Orioles, giving up just two runs over six innings against Tampa Bay. Orioles’ starting pitching continued the roll that has seen the starters work to an ERA of 1.64 over the last six games. Arrieta seems to crank out six innings and two or three runs allowed each time out. He started today with some

A big day on offense as O’s win series finale

Heading into today’s game, the Orioles were batting .293 over their last five games and they were facing a pitcher, Andy Sonnanstine, whose career ERA against the O’s was 6.62. Yes, it set up as a day the Orioles might post some numbers on offense and they did in a 9-3, 15-hit win against Tampa Bay to take this series, two games to one. The

Is the Orioles’ offense starting to come around?

It has only been five games. We’ve thought before this year that the Orioles’ offense was starting to show signs of life. Maybe this time it is for real. They are not exactly mashing the ball, but the Orioles have produced 10 hits or more in four of the last five games. They have 55 hits and a team average of .293 in the stretch,

The Rays are a good organization to emulate

Andy MacPhail wasn’t wrong in saying the Orioles should use the Rays as their role model. A lot of people were ready to throw dirt on Tampa Bay when they started 1-8, but the Rays quickly found their way back to first place and that’s where they reside right now with a 23-16 record. Others have much larger payrolls and boast more star power. Tampa

Reversing the trends: Bergy gets it done against Tampa

Brad Bergesen came into this start today with an ERA of 7.45 in his past two starts, just one quality start all year and with a career record of 0-5 and 9.13 ERA in five lifetime starts against Tampa Bay. But he got a huge double-play grounder against Evan Longoria to keep Tampa Bay off the board in the first inning on his way to

Klein is doing just fine on the O’s farm right now

Right-handed relief pitcher Dan Klein continues to pitch very well on the farm for the Orioles. Klein pitched 2 1/3 scoreless in Double-A Bowie’s loss last night and has now pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings in his first four games there since moving from Single-A Frederick. In 11 games between the two teams, Klein is 1-1 with an ERA of 0.78 and .193 average against.

A closer look at the struggles of Mark Reynolds

I have heard some fans say that we all should have expected to see new Orioles’ third baseman Mark Reynolds hit for a real low average after he batted .198 last year. However, Reynolds hit .279 in 2007, .239 in 2008 and .260 in 2009. His career batting average coming into this season was .242. He was a career .280 hitter in the minor leagues.

Quick thoughts and notes on the Orioles’ shutout loss against Tampa

A few quick thoughts after the Orioles’ lost 3-0 to Tampa Bay tonight to begin a three-game series. * The Orioles have now scored just six runs over Jeremy Guthrie’s last seven starts. They have not scored in five of those starts while he was still in the game. There is an adjective for that, but amazing and unbelievable doesn’t seem to do that stat

A closer look at the pitcher the Orioles are facing tonight

Here are some notes on Jeremy Hellickson, the right-handed Tampa Bay pitcher the Orioles will try to beat tonight. * He is 3-2 on the year with an ERA of 3.72 in six starts with a batting average against of .236. He gets more air outs with a ground to air out ratio of 0.74. * His last start was last Saturday when he got

Minor league updates on Machado, Mahoney and George

It appears the return of shortstop Manny Machado to the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds’ lineup is at least a week away at this point. The Orioles’ first-round pick in last year’s draft suffered a dislocated left kneecap May 5. The swelling in the knee has gone down and Machado is close to returning to baseball activities. When he shows club officials he is 100 percent, they

Comparing Britton

By just about any standard, Zach Britton’s start to his rookie season has been pretty amazing. He is 5-2 with an ERA of 2.42 and that now ranks as the seventh best ERA in the American League. Only three pitchers, Trevor Cahill of Oakland, Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Jered Weaver of Los Angeles have more wins with six to his five. Britton’s WHIP is now

Can O’s take momentum from Seattle sweep into key seven-game stretch?

Coming off their second walk-off win in three days and a three-game series sweep, now the Orioles head into a stretch of seven games over the next seven days against the AL East. It starts tonight with three games at Tampa, followed by two at Boston and then two at home versus New York. Are the O’s ready for this tough stretch, and will the

Brilliant Britton with his best start yet

Zach Britton did everything but get a win tonight with his amazing nine innings of scoreless baseball. It’s the first time this year Britton did not get a decision, but with a single run of offensive support, he could have easily been the Orioles’ first six-game winner before May was over since Kris Benson in 2006. Britton is now 5-2 with an ERA of 2.42

Wieters’ caught stealing rate now over 50 percent

Matt Wieters continues to throw out opposing base stealers at an amazing rate. When he threw out Luis Rodriguez trying to steal to end the top of the fifth tonight, Wieters moved over 50 percent on the year in throwing out runners. He has now thrown out 11 of 21 runners trying to steal. Here are the AL leaders by percentage among catchers coming into

Some Orioles & Mariners game notes

*The Orioles are looking tonight to end this homestand with a three-game sweep after it started with Tampa sweeping them three straight. The last time the O’s were swept in three or more games to start a homestand and then swept the next opponent on the stand was from June 26-July 2, 1997. They were swept by Toronto, but then swept the Phillies. *M’s starter

Checking on some Zach Britton stats

When Zach Britton took the loss in his last start, last Friday versus Tampa, he allowed four hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings, throwing 95 pitches. It was the first time this season Britton has worked fewer than six innings in his seven starts. He has recorded five quality starts to date, and the Orioles are 5-2 when he takes the mound. That

B-Rob talks about his struggles on offense

Right now, Brian Roberts is going through perhaps one of the worst slumps of his career. He is hitless in his last 26 at-bats, dating to last Wednesday at Kansas City. He is batting just .209 in 34 games and he is a .283 career hitter. Roberts says it’s as frustrating a stretch he has been through in recent years. “Yeah, probably,” he said. “You

Orioles-Yankees makeup date announced

The Orioles announced today that their April 22 postponed game against the New York Yankees will be made up at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 as part of a day-night doubleheader at Camden Yards. The originally scheduled game for Aug. 27 will still be played at 7:05 p.m. that evening. Tickets dated April 22 will be accepted only at the 1:05 game Aug. 27;

This time around, Caleb Joseph is doing better at Double-A Bowie

After catcher Caleb Joseph hit .284 in 2009 at Single-A Frederick and made the Carolina League All-Star team, he had high hopes for the 2010 season with Double-A Bowie. But he got off to a slow start and never really got his bat going. He finished hitting .235 in 106 games and fell off some of those top prospects lists. But after his key two-RBI

Orioles starters have outpitched Mariners in this series

Sometimes, a little pitching and a little offense can go a long way. You probably know that the Orioles have scored three runs or fewer in more than half their games this year and are 2-16 in those games. So they almost always lose when they score so little. But if they can get four runs, they almost always win. After Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over

Tale of the tape on Tillman’s effort

Chris Tillman outpitched Felix Hernandez tonight to help the Orioles beat the Mariners 4-2 at Camden Yards. You would have gotten long odds of that happening back at 7 p.m. tonight. After being traded by Seattle to the Orioles on Feb. 8, 2008, it had to feel good for Tillman and Adam Jones to beat their former team tonight. Jones went 4-for-4 with a key

Just the facts

* Derrek Lee is now the only Oriole to start every game. Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds were on that list until today when neither is in the starting lineup. * After grounding out with the bases loaded to end the second inning tonight, Robert Andino is now 2-for-12 on the year batting with runners in scoring position. * Chris Tillman entered this game with

After rough outing at K.C., it’s Tillman time again

Contrary to popular belief, Chris Tillman has not been terrible for the Orioles this year. There have been two terrible starts, but four others that have been decent. Tillman gave up six runs in just 1 2/3 on April 13 versus the Yankees. In his last start, he gave up ten hits and eight runs in just 3 2/3 against Kansas City. Those were two

Simon talks about his outing today at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - Before I leave Bowie where today’s game was played in near-perfect weather, here are some quotes from Alfredo Simon, who was very pleased with his outing today. “I felt great,” Simon said after throwing 94 pitches. “I just tried to work on all my pitches and everything is fine. My velocity, my two-seamer, my splitter and my breaking ball are fine. I’m

John Stockstill comments on Simon’s outing at Bowie (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - O’s director of player development John Stockstill got an up-close look at Alfredo Simon’s outing today here at Bowie from right behind the screen in the first few rows at Prince George’s Stadium. Simon allowed five hits and three runs, all earned over five innings, throwing 94 pitches. “He was a little improved with his overall performance from the other day,” Stockstill

Simon now out of the game at Bowie (updated with final line)

BOWIE, Md. - Right-hander Alfredo Simon has exited today’s game at Double-A Bowie after giving up a double and walk to the first two batters in the top of the sixth. Lefty Pedro Viola has come on. Simon has given up just one run on five hits, but the runners on base are his responsibility. He walked three and fanned eight, throwing 94 pitches, 61

Richmond gets on the board against Simon

BOWIE, Md. - Alfredo Simon gave up one run in a 30-pitch, top of the fourth here today. The inning began with a Roger Kieschnick double on a 94 mile per hour fastball. Juan Perez then singled to get Richmond on the board and cut Bowie’s lead to 2-1. Simon walked the next batter, but then got a ground out, strikeout and ground out to

Simon with three scoreless at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - Alfredo Simon, making his second start for Double-A Bowie here today, has pitched shutout ball through three innings and has a 2-0 lead on Richmond with Bowie batting in the third. Simon just threw 19 pitches in the third, 12 for strikes. He has allowed two singles and one walk in the game, and has four strikeouts. He has touched 94 on

Simon’s first inning

BOWIE, Md. - Richmond leadoff batter, Justin Christian, led off the game with soft liner to left for a single on a 1-2 pitch from Alfredo Simon to get this game underway. He would advance to second on a Simon throwing error on a pickoff attempt at first. But Simon stranded him there in a scoreless top of the first. Simon got a line out

Baysox lineup

BOWIE, Md. - Here is the Double-A Bowie Baysox lineup for today’s 11:05 a.m. game with Richmond. After scoring twice with two outs in the last of the ninth to win 5-4 last night, the Double-A Baysox begin play today at 16-16, in second place in the Eastern League’s Western Division, a half-game behind the Harrisburg Senators. CF - Xavier Avery LF - Kyle Hudson

Some quick takes on players that came up big in a four-hour win

It you made it through every pitch, every key play, every blown lead and all four hours and eight minutes, you can raise your hand and if I had a pair of free tickets here, they would be heading your way. A couple of quick thoughts after a dramatic win: Adam Jones had two huge hits. His two-run double in the sixth put the O’s

M’s use a somewhat-rare homer to grab the lead on the Orioles

The Mariners don’t hit many homers but they used a two-run shot from Adam Kennedy to take a 2-0 lead tonight against the Orioles. They hold a 2-1 edge in the third. Kennedy’s homer came in the top of the second and just made it over the leaping attempt by right fielder Nick Markakis. It was his third homer of the year and first since

Machado update from John Stockstill

O’s director of player development John Stockstill was just on O’s Xtra on MASN2 HD and said it might be “a couple of weeks” in all before Manny Machado can get back in a game for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds. Machado, who suffered a dislocated kneecap last Thursday, has remained with the Delmarva team which is in Hagerstown right now on a road trip. Stockstill

Can Arrieta be a stopper tonight?

The Orioles have not won a game since last Wednesday at Kansas City. Jake Arrieta started that contest and he is back on the mound tonight for his eighth start of 2011. The Orioles have won just twice this year in the 18 games where they have scored three or fewer runs. One of those two was that last start for Arrieta where the Orioles

Minor league notes on Cooney, Simon, Mummey and Hoes

Right-handed reliever Brandon Cooney of the Double-A Bowie Baysox went on the disabled list Monday due to shoulder soreness. Cooney was 1-1 with one save and an ERA of 2.70. Over 10 innings, he allowed just five hits with seven walks and 10 strikeouts. The Orioles don’t believe the injury is too serious and he should not be out long. Billy Rowell came off the

O’s hitters get set to challenge Pineda and Hernandez

Whether Orioles manager Buck Showalter makes subtle changes, major changes or no changes to his lineup today, the Orioles will for sure see some tough pitching in the next two games. Tonight, the Orioles are due to face Seattle’s Michael Pineda, the 22-year-old rookie right-hander that is gaining attention with his blazing fastball and impressive stats. Then, Wednesday night, they face the reigning American League

Even without Machado, Delmarva Shorebirds are still winning

Even without Manny Machado, the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds are still winning. They are 3-0 since a knee injury last Thursday sent him to the disabled list. Catcher Michael Ohlman led the Shorebirds to their latest win on Sunday at Asheville going 4-for-4 with Delmarva’s first grand slam since August 2008 when Tyler Henson hit one. Ohlman connected in the sixth inning as part of a

Hitting the skids: O’s go from 6-1 to 8-18

Well, when the Orioles began the year with a record of 6-1 and quickly got to five games over .500, none of us probably figured that just 26 games later they would be five games under .500. It is just not a pretty picture right now for the Orioles. They were thoroughly outplayed in every facet of the game in losing the weekend series to

Luke Scott: “I lose sleep over this stuff.”

After he saw his team score three runs or less for the 18th time over 33 games and get swept by Tampa, manager Buck Showalter talked about some balls that were hit hard and said “the worm will turn.” Luke Scott echoed those comments in the quiet of the Orioles’ clubhouse, but also said the team-wide offensive slump is wearing on him. Luke Scott admits

Swept away: Tampa wins 5-3 to complete sweep of O’s

B.J. Upton said he likes to hit at Camden Yards. I guess this weekend he proved it. Upton drove in four more runs today as Tampa completed a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win over the Orioles on a sunny Mother’s Day with 16,359 in attendance at the Yard. The Orioles have lost four in a row and six of the last seven to fall

A note from Frederick

After retiring the last 22 batters he faced in his last start, today right-hander Oliver Drake of the Single-A Frederick Keys retired the first three hitters he faced at home versus Wilmington. When he gave up a leadoff single in the second, that ended a run of 25 straight hitters retired by Drake, a 43rd-round draft pick in 2008 out of Navy. He and the

No offense yet, O’s down by three in the fourth

It could all change any minute, but the first three innings today here at Camden Yards have just brought more offensive frustration and no runs for the Orioles. Tampa has scored three times in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead on the O’s and Brad Bergesen. Brian Roberts, who has just one hit over his last 21 at-bats, has walked twice to leadoff an

Showalter’s juggling act

It seems every year the Orioles call on their bullpen to work a lot of innings. Over six months and 162 games, that creates a strain and drain on the the bullpen hurlers. As American League teams begin play this Sunday, right now the Orioles rank last in the AL in starting pitcher innings at 179 2/3. There are extenuating circumstances, of course, when you

Orioles’ pitching is struggling this time against Tampa

Here is how different this series is for the Orioles against Tampa Bay as compared to their season-opening, three-game sweep versus the Rays. In the opening three games, the Orioles allowed 12 hits total in the three games. The last two days Tampa has 12 extra-base hits off Orioles’ pitching. Tampa batters hit just .132 with three runs over three games earlier against the Orioles.

Lee talks about his 0-for-5 day and the O’s struggling offense (Tatum note)

It was yet another Orioles game where the talk was about a lack of offense. Once again, Derrek Lee stood by his locker to answer similar questions after Saturday’s 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay. “We didn’t swing the bats. I don’t know what else to say. We didn’t score any runs,” he said. “We are putting too much pressure on our pitching staff, scoring one

Rough day at the office: Rays top Orioles 8-2

Jeremy Guthrie entered his start today at Camden Yards with a run of seven consecutive quality starts against Tampa Bay. He also had given up just three runs total in three home starts this season. But this afternoon, Guthrie allowed three-run homers to Evan Longoria and B.J Upton as Tampa routed the Birds 8-2 in front of 18,961. Prior to today, Guthrie was 9-8 with

Can the Orioles improve at working the count?

Programming note: Today’s game is not airing on MASN, and instead is being broadcast on FOX. More information can be found here. With the Orioles’ offense continuing to struggle, the issue of taking more pitches and trying to increase the opposing starters’ pitch count often comes up. The Orioles want to become a good team at working counts, but right now, they just are very

Uehara talks about his recent struggles

Orioles reliever Koji Uehara has now been scored on in four of his last six appearances after giving up a two-run homer to Johnny Damon in the ninth last night. He’s trying to regain the form that saw him start this season with 4 2/3 scoreless innings. “Major leagues is all about results so when you give up runs it’s very frustrating,” Uehara said today

For now, Townsend likely to stay put at Frederick

With Joe Mahoney back on the disabled list at Double-A Bowie and expected to be out the next three or four weeks, some fans have wondered if the Orioles would move first baseman Tyler Townsend from Single-A Frederick to Bowie, at least while Mahoney is out. It appears that will not happen. Despite Townsend putting up some real solid numbers so far this year, the

Orioles and Tampa notes

A couple of notes on tonight’s game with Tampa leading the Orioles 3-0 in the fourth. *Zach Britton had given up just one run in the first and second innings over his first six starts, until Tampa got to him for three runs and four hits in the top of the second tonight. The Rays four hits in that inning was more than the three

Machado update

The MRI on Manny Machado’s left knee found that he has a patellar sublaxation. I am not a doctor and cannot give more inside info on that, but it still doesn’t appear to be too serious. While Machado is likely to go on the seven-day disabled list, it remains possible that he will not. If the club sees improvement in the next day or two,

Mark Reynolds: “I needed those games in Kansas City”

After a three-hit game on Wednesday in Kansas City and with four hits over his last six at-bats, Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds hopes he is on the verge of a hot streak at the plate. “I had a pretty good stretch for a couple of games in K.C.,” Reynolds said today in the Orioles’ clubhouse. “Some times that is all it takes. Get a

For now, Luke Scott can deal with his shoulder pain

Orioles outfielder Luke Scott is in the lineup again tonight. He continues to play with some pain in his right shoulder. He is going to have an MRI Monday so doctors can take a more complete look. “I want to just see if there is anything going on in there,” Scott said. “And, if there is, what to do and if there isn’t, what to

The red hot Rays come to Baltimore

The Tampa Bay Rays hit Baltimore tonight with a record of 17-14 and that is good for second in the American League East, one game behind the Yankees. Since starting the year with a 1-8 record, Tampa is 16-6. That is the best record in the major leagues since April 11. The Rays have the best road record in the AL at 8-4 and the

Machado says he feels “fine” this morning

Orioles prospect Manny Machado said he feels “fine” this morning and is hopeful that he can be back in the Single-A Delmarva lineup in a few days. He’ll know more later today, in a few hours, when a doctor takes a closer look at his left knee. Machado said he was not sure if he would undergo an MRI. Machado injured the knee in the

Zach Britton: For his next act ...

When you consider that, at this time last year, Zach Britton was 2-2 with an ERA of 3.60 for the Double-A Bowie Baysox, his start in 2011 for the Orioles is rather stunning. Living up to the hype and his top prospect status, Britton is now 5-1 with an ERA of 2.63 in his first six major league starts. He is tied for second in

Mahoney expected to miss 3-4 weeks

The Orioles’ 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, Double-A Bowie first baseman Joe Mahoney, is expected to miss the next three to four weeks with a quadriceps strain. Mahoney is making his second trip to the disabled list this year for the same injury. Mahoney was out earlier from April 10-25, and returned to game action, but so did the quad injury, and he

Road trip ends with a thud as O’s get rocked at K.C.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead to the last of the first today at Kansas City. The lead lasted just three batters. It only would get worse as the Royals hammered Chris Tillman and the Orioles 9-1 in the series and road trip finale. The O’s missed a chance to get back to .500 as Tillman gave up eight runs and 10 hits over just

Minor moves

Single-A Frederck outfielder Trent Mummey, who suffered a concussion when his head struck the outfield wall in yesterday’s game at Harry Grove Stadium, today was placed on the disabled list. It appears Mummey could miss at least two weeks. Steven Bumbry, who was with Frederick earlier, is returning to the Keys from Single-A Delmarva. Pitcher Tim Bascom joins Frederick from Double-A Bowie. At Delmarva, the

Nick in the day (updated with Tillman’s line)

The long-awaited resurgence of Nick Markakis’ bat may be underway. Maybe now I won’t get any comments from fans that want him waived to help the club get out from under his contract. After driving in two runs last night, one with a homer, Markakis has singled in his first two trips this afternoon at Kansas City. His average is now at .229, meaning plenty

A lead that didn’t last long

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first today at Kansas City. But the Royals came right back and got four off Chris Tillman in the last of the first to lead 4-1. Nick Markakis singled in the first with one out and later scored on an Adam Jones single. It’s Jones’ 16th RBI. He now has eight hits over his

Some notes as the O’s and K.C. get set for day baseball

Having already secured a winning road trip at 4-2, the Orioles play at Kansas City this afternoon at 2:10 p.m. in the final game of this trip. Here are some notes on the Orioles: * The Orioles picked up their 14th win last night. Last year, they didn’t win their 14th game until May 21.They improved to 7-7 on the road last night and last

Arrieta with another good outing as O’s top K.C.

When Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta threw a staggering total of 35 pitches in the second inning Wednesday night at Kansas City, it sure didn’t look like he would be able to pitch seven innings in the game. But from the third through fifth innings, Arrieta needed only 35 more pitches and he was on his way to another solid outing for the Birds. Arrieta pitched

Lee and Markakis with early RBIs for the Orioles

Nick Markakis and Derrek Lee tried to quiet their critics with RBIs in the early innings tonight at Kansas City. The Orioles lead 2-1 in the third inning. Lee’s sac fly in the first scored Brian Roberts, who had doubled and advanced to third on a fly ball. It was Lee’s seventh RBI on the year and his fifth over the past seven games. Markakis

Mummey’s tweet

There are some encouraging words late this afternoon coming from Single-A Frederick Keys outfielder Trent Mummey after his scare during today’s game at Harry Grove Stadium. Mummey tweeted this via his Twitter account a few moments ago: Thanks for all the wishful thoughts! Scary moment but I’m thanking god that everything is going to be ok. #countingmyblessings Mummey’s head hit the outfield wall in the

Another look at the offense

The Orioles offense continues to be a mixed bag of some good and some not so good. After last night’s loss in Kansas City, the team batting average is .238 and the club is averaging 4.2 runs per game. The Orioles have scored 29 runs in the five games of the road trip. After getting double-figure hits just five times as team over the first

Joe Mahoney likely headed back to the disabled list (updated)

This has been a brutal Wednesday in the Orioles minor leagues. Earlier, I posted the info on Trent Mummey leaving the Single-A Frederick game and Jesse Beal’s surgery. Now comes word that Billy Rowell has been placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Bowie with a left ankle injury and Joe Mahoney, the Orioles’ 2010 minor league Player of the Year is probably headed

Mummey taken from field in Frederick; Beal has surgery

Some of the news coming out of the Orioles minor leagues today is not good. Single-A Frederick is playing Winston-Salem at home right now in a day game and center fielder Trent Mummey has left that game in the second inning after crashing into the center-field wall. He was taken by ambulance from Harry Grove Stadium. If there is further word later, I will pass

Kyle Hudson moves to Double-A Bowie

Single-A Frederick Keys center fielder Kyle Hudson has moved today to Double-A Bowie. This will be the first crack at Double-A ball for the 24-year-old left-handed batter. He was hitting .279 in 23 games with the Keys with no homers, two RBIs and eight steals. He played all last season with Frederick and recently Trent Mummey was moved from Single-A Delmarva to Frederick, giving the

Orioles pitchers raised kids’ spirits during hospital visit

While fans must be enjoying the good starting pitching they have seen from some of the young Orioles starters, you may not know these guys are pretty solid people, as well. Pitchers Zach Britton, Jake Arrieta and Jeremy Guthrie recently paid a visit to the kids at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. They did this because they really wanted to and not so someone like me

Frustration in Kansas City

Whenever you lose by one run, you can often point to a lot of things that went wrong. Tuesday night in Kansas City, a lot of things went wrong. Brad Bergesen pitched a scoreless first, but got rocked during a three-run second. He can’t seem to find any consistency right now. Derrek Lee made a baserunning blunder. In the fourth he hit a bloop single

Tracking the O’s hitters versus Jeff Francis

Here is a pretty surprising stat. The four hitters batting second through fifth for the Orioles tonight - Nick Markakis, Derrek Lee, Vladimir Guerrero and Mark Reynolds - are a combined 21-for-41 in their careers at gametime against Jeff Francis, who is starting for the Royals tonight. The rundown: Markakis is 2-for-3 with a homer Lee is 7-for-12 with a homer Vlad is 3-for-4 with

Another honor for Machado

After being named South Atlantic League player of the week yesterday, today, shortstop Manny Machado of the Class-A Delmarva Shorebirds was named the Orioles’ minor league player of the month for April. The 18-year-old that was the Orioles 2010 first-round draft pick hit .338 with four home runs and 18 RBI in the month. In 21 games in April, Machado also had 27 hits, including

Are Nick and D. Lee getting ready to break out on offense?

Here is a bad stat that simply must get better for the Orioles and certainly should get better. Derrek Lee and Nick Markakis are batting a combined .133 with runners in scoring position at 6-for-45. Lee is 2-for-22 and Markakis is 4-for-23. I am going to go out on a limb here and say there is no way that number continues too much longer. There

Saying goodbye to my biggest fan

Some of you may have noticed that I have not been filing the usual number of blog entries and stories recently. That is because I have been busy with something else over these past few days. Last Friday morning at 6:35 a.m., my Mom died. She and our family had been dealing with Mom’s Alzheimer’s disease for more than 10 years. It was, as some

Orioles news and notes

A couple of Orioles stats and facts to check out as Zach Britton takes the mound in Chicago today in Game 3 of a four-game series in search of his fifth win. * When starting pitcher Chris Tillman gave up just one earned run over five innings last night, it was the sixth time over the last 11 games an O’s starter allowed two earned

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