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Reyes and O’s pounded as Toronto evens series

So much for the recent good run of Orioles’ starting pitching. Lefty Jo-Jo Reyes, coming off an outing where he gave up just one run in six innings against Minnesota, got hammered tonight by his former team as Toronto routed the Orioles 13-0 at Camden Yards. Reyes gave up eight hits and seven runs over 2 2/3 as his O’s ERA jumped from 4.57 to

Hobgood not being shut down, could pitch in instructional league

Here is another update on pitcher Matt Hobgood, who was placed on the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds disabled list on Tuesday. He will not pitch anymore this season for Aberdeen, but he is not being shut down. Hobgood was examined yesterday by Orioles orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens, who did not find any injury in his right shoulder. Hobgood will soon head to Sarasota to continue

Just when he started to pitch well, Gonzalez is heading out the door

Now that he is leaving the Orioles, Mike Gonzalez is pitching like the player the Orioles thought they were acquiring in December of 2009. No, this is not the new Oriole way. That player was coming off a season with Atlanta where he pitched to a 2.42 ERA and gave up just 56 hits with 80 strikeouts over 74 1/3 innings. Now that he is

Another look at Adams’ big hit and GCL pitchers move to Aberdeen

You have to feel good for a player that has played in 512 minor league games for six different teams and piled up 1,966 at-bats when he gets to the major leagues, and then has success. That is happening now, finally, for Ryan Adams, the Orioles’ second-round pick in 2006 out of a New Orleans area high school. He’s been everywhere from Bluefield, W.Va., to

Ryan Adams on his game-winning hit in the 10th

After he was retired on a pop up to second base with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning, Orioles second baseman Ryan Adams was hoping for another chance in a key spot. It came two innings later. His RBI single off the right-field warning track capped the Orioles’ two-run last of the 10th as they rallied to beat Toronto 6-5 tonight.

O’s blow lead, but not game and beat Toronto in 10 innings

It seemed like a game the Orioles were going to give away, but they took it back with a victory on Tuesday night against Toronto. After they suffered a blown save in the ninth and Toronto tied the game 4-4, the Jays went ahead 5-4 in the top of the 10th. But the Orioles came up with two runs in the last of the 10th

Matt Wieters homers and continues his strong hitting versus left-handed pitching

Here is a question worth asking? How come Matt Wieters all the sudden owns left-handed pitchers? Last year, Wieters hit .210 with an OPS of .564 against southpaws and this year he is batting .340 with an OPS of 1.027 against lefties. And that was before he hit a two-run homer in the second inning tonight off Toronto lefty Brett Cecil to pull the O

Minor league updates on Hobgood and Bundy plus AFL note

At his request, short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds pitcher Matt Hobgood was examined today by Orioles orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and no structural damage was found in his right shoulder and no further exam or MRI is scheduled. For now, rest has been recommended and Hobgood, the club’s first-round draft pick in 2009, is expected to miss the remaining few games of the season. The Orioles

Showalter talks about the recent improved starting pitching

When the Orioles finished 34-23 under Buck Showalter last year, the starting pitching led the way with an ERA of 3.16 over the 57 games. Now, the Orioles have won six of their last eight games, sweeping the Twins and splitting with New York and, again, the starters have been pretty good. Over the eight games, O’s starters have pitched to an ERA of 2.92

Bowie Baysox trying to gain Eastern League playoff berth (Hobgood to DL)

The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds placed pitcher Matt Hobgood on the disabled list today. No official reason for the DL move has yet been announced, but it appears Hobgood’s shoulder has become an issue again. Hobgood was on the comeback trail this year from a strained rotator cuff but had struggled with Aberdeen, going 0-6 with an ERA of 10.46. Over 26 2/3 innings, he

As the long season wears on, Wieters elevates his game

Matt Wieters is playing a lot behind the plate again this year and carrying a heavy load at the demanding catcher position. But don’t think Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t keeping track of just how much Wieters is on the field. When asked about Wieters’ solid offensive numbers in August as he continues to play a lot, Showalter had a question for reporters. “We were

Clubhouse comments from Simon and Hardy after Monday’s loss

Alfredo Simon gave his team a chance to win, but didn’t get many runs to work with tonight against the Yankees. He took the loss despite allowing just four hits and three runs over seven innings. “I just felt great tonight,” Simon said. “I gave up that run in the first inning after walking (Curtis) Granderson. After that, I tried to keep the game as

One run short: Orioles lose series finale to New York

The Orioles had a chance for a series victory over the New York Yankees tonight, but lost 3-2 to wrap up the rain-shortened, four-game series. New York took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Mark Teixeira RBI double and the lead grew to 3-0 in the fourth on Nick Swisher’s two-run homer. It was his 21st of the year and sixth over the

Updating Greg Miclat

Double-A Bowie second baseman Greg Miclat, who leads all Orioles minor leaguers with 50 stolen bases (and has been caught just three times all year), is expected to miss the next 10 days with a left thumb injury. If Bowie doesn’t make the playoffs, Miclat would miss the rest of the season, but if the Baysox do make the Eastern League playoffs, he could still

Manny Machado’s day at Camden Yards

Manny Machado of the Frederick Keys is at Camden Yards today to go on the MASN O’s Xtra pre-game show as guest tonight. He spent time this afternoon standing around the batting cage talking with Orioles players. “It’s great, just to see what the guys are going through right now,” Machado said. “Hopefully, you know, within the next two years I can be up here

A mixed bag for the young gun lefties on Sunday

If the Orioles are to start getting better, even a little, the young starting pitchers certainly have to take a step forward from what we have seen this year. On Sunday against the Yankees, Zach Britton clearly did that and Brian Matusz clearly did not. One out of two is better than 0-for and I still remain confident that Matusz will make that 2-for-2 -

Comments from Brian Matusz and Mark Reynolds after a loss to NY

After he had given up six runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Yankees tonight, a reporter asked Brian Matusz if he thought he had made any progress over his last two outings: “Yeah, I’ve made some progress, being able to be a little more consistent with the fastball,” Matusz said after the Orioles 8-3 loss to New York. “Signs of good changeups today, but

Yankees bash their way to win in nightcap to split the DH

Well, the Yankees were not shutout in the second game of the split doubleheader at Camden Yards. New York hit five homers, three in a row in the sixth, in an 8-3 win over the Orioles after Zach Britton and the Birds had blanked them 2-0 earlier in the day. With the game tied 3-3 in the sixth, Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer off

A couple of game notes from the nightcap

The Orioles and Yankees are tied 3-3 in the fourth inning of Game two of this split doubleheader as the Orioles are looking for their first seven-game win streak since an eight-game streak from April 22 to May 1, 2005. Brian Matusz entered tonight’s start with a record of 2-3 and ERA of 2.56 in five career starts against New York and a career mark

Wieters talks about Britton’s outing against New York

Matt Wieters has been behind the plate a few times this year as Zach Britton had some strong outings, including the May 18 game when Britton allowed just one run (unearned) in seven innings against New York. But Wieters thought Britton’s best outing of the season was today, when he blanked the Yankees on four singles over seven innings in a 2-0 win, the Orioles’

Britton talks about shutting down the Yankees

He had a shutout going, but had thrown 110 pitches through six innings today against New York. Zach Britton then went out and got three quick outs in the seventh, felt strong and was hoping manager Buck Showalter would keep him in the game, even after throwing a career-high 120 pitches. “I was about to ask him to go back out for the eighth,” Britton

Britton blanks the Yanks as O’s take game one of the day-night DH

It was just about one month ago. Zach Britton did not survive the first inning in a loss at Yankee Stadium on July 30. He gave up nine runs and seven hits in just one-third of an inning. Today, he shut out the same club over seven innings, leading the Orioles to a 2-0 win over New York in game one of a day-night doubleheader.

Ryan Adams: “It’s a huge opportunity for me”

During Ryan Adams first stay with the Orioles this year, the second baseman had 23 at-bats over 25 games. In his most recent stint, he has 18 at-bats in five games with the club. This time, Adams is getting to play every day and he is 7-for-18 (.389) in the five games since his recall from Triple-A, with three doubles and two RBIs. “I’m definitely

Minor league playoff updates on the GCL and DSL O’s and Miclat’s injury

The Orioles’ minor league clubs in the Gulf Coast League and the Dominican Summer League are both taking part in playoff games this afternoon. The DSL Orioles are tied 1-1 in a best-of-three series with the DSL Royals and are playing the third and deciding game now with the score tied 1-1 in the fifth. The winner of that game will advance to the Dominican

Wieters heats up on offense

For a while there, it seemed fair to speculate if Matt Wieters’ declining offensive statistics were tied to the heavy load of innings he has played this year at a most demanding position. But after hitting just .235 in July with a .685 OPS, the Orioles’ catcher is having a big August. In 21 games, he is batting .316 with eight doubles, four homers, 13

Minor league news and notes

As of about 4:30 p.m. two of the Orioles minor league clubs have postponed games today. Single-A Frederick was scheduled to host Potomac tonight and the clubs will now try to play a doubleheader at Frederick on Sunday at 1 p.m. with Nate Moreau (11-10, 4.42) and Jake Pettit (5-0, 1.38) making the starts. Short-season Single-A Aberdeen’s scheduled game today at home with Staten Island

Looking back at a fitting tribute and impressive win

The Orioles certainly seemed to hit the right tone in how they honored Mike Flanagan last night. There was a moment of silence before the game and the video tribute after the first inning was emotional and touching. The “Flanny” patch on their right sleeves sure seemed a proper tribute also along with seeing No. 46 on the right-field scoreboard and front of the press

Orioles vs. Yankees: the stats (updated, O’s win)

Heading into this weekend’s games, the Orioles are just 1-9 on the year against New York. The stats, to no surprise, are pretty one-sided as well. The Yankees have a team batting average of .318 and have recorded 28 doubles, five triples, 15 homers and scored 82 runs against O’s pitching in the season series. The Orioles ERA against New York is 6.46 while the

Matt Wieters fondly remembers some conversations with Mike Flanagan

The death of Mike Flanagan, it seems, has impacted different Orioles players in different ways. Some didn’t know the former Oriole player very well. Others had several interactions with him. Manager Buck Showalter pointed out today that Flanagan did not seek players out in the clubhouse but was always there if a player sought his counsel or advice or just wanted to talk. Catcher Matt

Adam Jones said he is feeling better, but not ready to return to lineup

Adam Jones said the soreness in his chest is not yet fully gone and he is not in tonight’s starting lineup against the Yankees. “It’s not feeling comfortable right now. It’s feeling better than it did, but I’d say in another day, hopefully I’ll feel better,” he said. Jones was out of the lineup for Thursday’s win in Minnesota and did not take part in

Wrapping it up on the radio

I hope some of the readers here have had a chance to listen to my radio show this year. I’ve been hosting the Baltimore Baseball Tonight Postgame show on 105.7 FM The Fan in Baltimore each weeknight this season talking about the Orioles and taking listeners’ phone calls. If you have not heard the show yet, you have one more chance tonight. But, just one

Takes on Adams, Wieters and the future of No. 46

A few notes and opinions as the Orioles get set to host the Yankees in what figures to be an emotion-filled weekend, where the weatherman will be the most closely monitored person in town. *Did the Yankees tire themselves out yesterday? As the clubs get set to begin a five-game series tonight, New York comes to town off yesterday’s 22-9 win over Oakland where the

The Orioles beat the Twins to complete first-ever four-game sweep in Minnesota

The Orioles got a fourth straight well-pitched game, along with clutch hits from Craig Tatum and Mark Reynolds, as they beat Minnesota 6-1 this afternoon to complete a four-game series sweep. It’s the Orioles’ first four-game sweep in Minnesota and the first time they have won four in a row there since April 15 to Sept. 5, 2000. They outscored the Twins 24-4 in the

The starters start to pitch well

There has been a stunning turnaround by the Orioles’ starting pitchers in the series at Minnesota. In the first three games of the series - all Orioles wins - the starting pitchers’ ERA was 1.35. The staters in the series before today - Zach Britton, Alfredo Simon and Jeremy Guthrie - had combined to give up just three earned runs and 14 hits over 20

Earl Weaver and Scott McGregor remember Mike Flanagan

A tough day has dawned for Orioles fans as they are remembering Mike Flanagan and still dealing with the sadness of his passing yesterday. Earl Weaver was a guest on 105.7 FM The Fan this morning, remembering the pitcher that won the American Cy Young Award in 1979. “He came through our system,” Weaver said on the “Norris & Davis” morning show. “Mike was quiet

Mike Flanagan was a special person and special Oriole

The Orioles family is devastated tonight by the news of the death of Mike Flanagan. I have known Mike many years and am so blessed that he considered me a friend. He listened to radio shows that I hosted on WBAL and this year on 105.7 FM in Baltimore. He often talked about that with me and said he would listen on his drive home.

Tyler Townsend rejoins the Frederick Keys

The Single-A Frederck Keys are getting their first baseman back tonight. The Keys have activated Tyler Townsend and put catcher Kyle Moore on the disabled list. Townsend has been out since July 13 with a recurring hamstring injury. He was hoping to be activated earlier this month but suffered a setback. Most recently, he tested the hamstring by playing five games in the Gulf Coast

Will it be three in a row for O’s starters tonight at Minnesota?

What we saw the last two nights has been pretty rare for about two months now in terms of Orioles’ starting pitching. Zach Britton and Alfredo Simon each gave up just one run and it’s the first time in more than two months that O’s starters gave up one earned run or less in back-to-back starts. If you remember the first four games of the

Still hopeful for the future of the pitching staff

As a friend said yesterday afternoon, a day after Zach Britton and the Orioles beat Minnesota 4-1: “So that’s what it looks like to get a well-pitched game.” Now, O’s fans can say that again this morning. The Orioles beat Minnesota 8-1 last night as Alfredo Simon allowed just three hits and one run in a career-high eight innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. This

Reimold with a three-run homer as O’s take early 7-0 lead at Minnesota

That three-run shot Nolan Reimold hit in the second inning tonight had to feel good. Reimold’s three-run homer to left off Brian Duensing gave the Orioles a 4-0 lead and was followed a few batters by a Matt Wieters RBI double that made it 1-0. The homer was Reimold’s eighth of the year, but he had just one over his last 21 games. He had

Minor league notes

The Double-A Bowie Baysox are trying to become the fourth Orioles farm club to make the playoffs, joining the Gulf Coast and Dominican Summer League teams and the Single-A Frederick Keys. Bowie beat Akron 9-1 last night, snapping a six-game losing streak against that club. The Baysox are now a half-game behind first-place Harrisburg, but two games ahead of Richmond for second place and a

A new homer career high for Wieters

By homering in each of the last two games, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters now has hit a career-high 13 homers on the year. Wieters hit nine in 2009 and 11 last year. Wieters has homers in back-to-back games for the first time all season. Plus, he has now hit three homers over his last seven games after going 21 games without one. Here is another

Can Britton begin to regain his earlier form tonight at Minnesota? (Britton through three)

Zach Britton will be back on a major league mound tonight when the Orioles play at Minnesota. He’ll be looking to regain the form that saw him win five of his first six Orioles starts and had him being mentioned as an early Rookie of the Year candidate. On May 18, Britton pitched seven shutout against the New York Yankees and, at the end of

There are still at least a few reasons to watch the Orioles

This just in: Orioles games have become difficult to watch and some fans are tuning out early. How can that not be true of a team that is 17-46 over its last 63 games and played what sure looked like very uninspired baseball over the weekend? Today, I am going to take a shot at some reasons to continue to watch the Orioles and retain

Swept away by L.A.: O’s stumble and bumble way to latest loss

Probably the best thing that could be said about today’s Orioles game is that it’s over. In a game that featured a season-high four errors, shaky starting pitching, mental mistakes and overall lackluster play,the Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles 7-1 to complete a three-game sweep. The Orioles have now allowed 38 runs during a five-game losing streak and fall to 47-77 on the year.

It’s time to find out if Ryan Adams can play at the major league level

The reporters with the Orioles in Anaheim, Calif., are indicating that Ryan Adams is expected to return to the club for the series in Minnesota. If Adams does rejoin the Orioles, I hope they plan to use him more this time. From May 20 to June 17, Adams was with the club for his first stay in the majors. He had just six starts in

O’s pondering AFL decision for Bundy

It sounds like the Orioles are leaning toward sending their first-round draft pick, pitcher Dylan Bundy, to the Arizona Fall League, although a final decision has not been made. The AFL season runs from Oct. 4 through Nov. 17. If the Orioles make that move with Bundy, I would guess he would not throw many innings there. As they plan the next year for this

O’s possible comeback win turns into a frustrating loss in the 12th at Anaheim

For a few minutes, anyway, it looked like the Orioles were changing the script. Down 5-3 after three innings and 6-4 in the eighth, they rallied to tie this game in the eighth and went ahead 8-6 in the top of the 12th on Adam Jones’ fourth hit of the night. On came Kevin Gregg and the lead was soon gone and moments later a

Adam Jones comes up with rare road homer

When Adam Jones homered in the top of the fifth at Anaheim tonight, it was a bit of a rare occurrence. Jones’ road home run. The solo shot brought the Orioles to within 5-4 in game two of this series. It was his 22nd homer of the year, adding to his career-high, but just his fourth all year on the road. It was his first

Minor league news and notes

The Orioles are finalizing plans for their 2011 instructional league camp and workouts. Last year, they held a scaled-down version at Camden Yards while their Sarasota complex was being renovated. This year, the Orioles will hold instructional league workouts in Sarasota and they figure to host around 25 players from mid September to around October 5th or a few days later. The list of players

Tommy Hunter gets the next chance to plug a hole in a very leaky rotation

When looking at how the Orioles are playing these days, it is hard to imagine that they were doing so well a year ago after Buck Showalter took over. They went 34-23 in the last 57 games under Buck last year. What’s the difference? Easy, pitching. Orioles’ starting pitchers worked to an ERA of 3.16 with 36 quality starts in those final 57 games of

The job of the minors is to develop players, but winning is nice too

At a time when the Orioles minor leagues and player development system is getting criticism from the media and fans, three of the seven Orioles farm clubs have already qualified for the playoffs and a fourth may join the list. Friday, the O’s teams in the Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League clinched playoff berths and Frederick had already clinched the first-half division title

Some stats, facts & notes as the O’s take on the Angels

Checking in with plenty of stats and notes as the Orioles begin a weekend series in Anaheim tonight against the Angels: *The Orioles have lost two in a row, five of seven, eight of 11 and 14 of their last 19 games. Since they were 30-31 on June 10, the Orioles are 17-43 over the last 60 games, a winning percentage of just .283 in

The Orioles GCL and DSL teams clinched the playoffs, plus other notes

Two Orioles’ minor league teams clinched playoff berths today. The Orioles entry in the Dominican Summer League is headed to the playoffs and clinched its division with a record of 45-24. The DSL Orioles have the third best record in that 33-team league. In the DSL, six teams make the playoffs, the five division winners and a wild card team. Two teams get opening-round byes

Can Reimold recapture 2009 form in season’s final games?

There are several players that need to step up their games and show what they can do in what is left of this Orioles season. One player I put in that category is outfielder Nolan Reimold. Reimold is finally getting to start just about every day in left field and he needs to start looking more like the player the Orioles saw in 2009 than

What makes a good draft?

Here is a question I get a lot from fans about the baseball draft. What makes a good draft? How many of the Orioles’ draft picks can be expected to make the major leagues? My experience has been that very few players make it and very, very few become stars. But I went to a great source with that question the other night on my

O’s third-round pick got his feet wet at Aberdeen before moving to Delmarva

It was during the third round of the First-Year Player Draft in June and East Carolina pitcher Mike Wright was wondering when his name would be called. Then he heard his sister raise her voice and he knew. “Tell you the truth, I didn’t hear my name called,” the 21-year-old right-hander said. “My sister and I were watching on the computer and hers was a

Another losing series for the Orioles after loss at Oakland

It’s one to thing to lose a game, but yet another to look bad and greatly contribute to your own demise. The Orioles did that today at Oakland. Buck Showalter talks to Jim Hunter about the Orioles’ loss in Oakland A few things went wrong in their 6-5 loss at Oakland: * After taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, Alfredo Simon

The GCL Orioles are closing in on a division title

If the Orioles lose today and fail to win another series after taking the first game of the set, the fans’ frustration level will just ratchet up again. It would make me want to be a caller, not the host, on my radio show tonight and vent a little. You can call in and do that tonight on Baltimore Baseball Tonight postgame from 10 p.m.

Frederick outfielder Trent Mummey unlikely to return this season

Outfielder Trent Mummey of the Single-A Frederick Keys had an MRI on his injured hamstring that has kept him out since June 8 and he has not recovered well enough to return this year with just a few weeks left in the minor league season. The 22-year-old Mummey was the club’s fourth-round draft pick last year out of Auburn and will wind up having played

Delmonico is a kid from a baseball family

I wanted to let you in on a few other quotes and notes about Nicky Delmonico from my interview with him yesterday. He is the Orioles’ sixth-round pick from Farragut High in Knoxville, Tenn. that signed just before Monday’s deadline, accepting a $1.525 signing bonus from the O’s and giving up his scholarship to play college ball and join his brother at Georgia. Giving up

With a win Wednesday afternoon, the Orioles can pick up an elusive series victory

After Tuesday night’s loss at Oakland, the Orioles play the A’s this afternoon and a win would give them their first series win in nearly two months and their first road series win in more than three months. The Orioles’ last win in any series was when they took two of three from the Reds at home June 24-26. Since then, they have lost 11

Will Matusz bring Triple-A success with him tonight?

Brian Matusz will be back on a major league mound for the first time in six weeks tonight when he pitches at Oakland. In his last start, June 30 at home against St. Louis, he gave up eight runs over 3 1/3 innings. Let’s hope the Orioles kept Matusz in the minors long enough to get his game together. I wonder if they did. I

Nicky Delmonico on the phone call that convinced him to be an Oriole

After the Orioles drafted Nicky Delmonico in the sixth round in June, they knew it would be difficult to sign him. The now 19-year-old from Farragut High in Knoxville, Tenn., had a strong college commitment to Georgia. But late last night, Delmonico came to terms with the Orioles - and the signing bonus of $1.525 million is first-round money. He was signed to a 2012

As it turns out, the Orioles did get the “big three”

During a season in which the Orioles have had a lot of bad days, Monday was not among them. And I’m not talking about the win at Oakland. I’m talking about scouting director Joe Jordan signing what I had been calling the “big three.” He got Dylan Bundy, Jason Esposito and Nicky Delmonico. The pressure was on Jordan and his staff to get the deals

Joe Jordan: “It’s a great day, we got everything we wanted”

Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan just finished a telephone press conference with Baltimore reporters. Here is the entire transcript. Q: How excited are you to get all this done? “Really, when we got to today and especially this afternoon, the one I was most concerned about was (Nick) Delmonico. I really felt good that (Jason) Esposito would come to us and I felt like we

Dylan Bundy signs with Orioles, beating deadline

The Orioles have signed their first-round draft pick, high school pitcher Dylan Bundy. They selected him with the fourth pick in the June draft. The word came out just about right at the midnight deadline. This means the Orioles signed all their picks over the first 11 rounds of the draft as today they got second-round pick Jason Esposito and sixth-rounder Nicky Delmonico. This is

Delmonico says, “I am an Oriole”

The Orioles have come to contract terms with their sixth-round pick, high school third baseman Nick Delmonico from Knoxville, Tenn. The word comes from Delmonico himself. He just said on Twitter: “Thank you God for Leading me... I will always be a Georgia Bulldog but now I’m a Baltimore Oriole! #GodBless.” Delmonico was drafted with the 185th overall pick out of Farragut High in Knoxville

The Orioles have come to terms with second-round pick Jason Esposito

The Orioles have come to terms with their second-round draft pick, Vanderbilt third baseman Jason Esposito. They selected him with the 64th overall selection. Esposito is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-handed hitter that turned 21 on July 19. This year in college he hit .341 with nine homers and 59 RBIs in 65 games. He had an on-base percentage of .405 and slugging percentage of .534.

Mayo on Bundy and Callis on Esposito and Delmonico

As of just after 6 p.m., there was still no word on the Orioles’ remaining three top draft pick targets. The Orioles still hope to sign first-round pick Dylan Bundy tonight along with second-rounder Jason Esposito and Nick Delmonico, taken in round six. Bundy seems a very safe bet to sign at this point, but right now, there is no clear indication either way about

Minor league notes on Schrader, Townsend, Gleason and more

It appears that Orioles minor league pitcher Clayton Schrader, who was having a real strong season, could miss the rest of this year. Schrader has been on the Single-A Frederick disabled list since Aug. 2, due to elbow discomfort. He has a flexor mass strain. He has not resumed throwing to this point and there may not be enough time for him to get back

Revisiting a Joe Jordan interview on Dylan Bundy (with audio)

As always, things could change in a minute, but from what I have heard, it doesn’t sound like the Orioles will have any draft news with any signings over the next hour or two. All the fun could go into tonight. One source described the O’s “as hopeful still, but not totally convinced” they would get all three of their remaining targets in Dylan Bundy,

Baseball America’s Jim Callis: “I think they get all three done”

Baseball America’s Jim Callis, the man who seems to break the news on most top draft picks when they sign and provides their bonus information, thinks the Orioles are likely to sign their three remaining draft targets. The O’s are said to be still negotiating with top pick Dylan Bundy, second-round pick Jason Esposito and sixth-rounder Nick Delmonico. “I think they are going to get

The final day to sign draft picks is here and O’s are still expected to get Bundy

As the final day to sign 2011 draft pick begins, the Orioles are still seeking their three main targets: first-round pick Dylan Bundy, second-round pick Jason Esposito and sixth-round selection, Nicky Delmonico. According to Baseball America’s Jim Callis, in a tweet filed early this morning, the Orioles signed Arizona high school right-handed pitcher Zach Davies. The 26th-round pick got a reported $575,000 bonus. The Orioles

Baseball America report: Orioles come to terms with 26th-round pick

A tweet this morning from Baseball America’s Jim Callis reports the Orioles have signed their 26th-round pick, high school pitcher Zach Davies, to a $575,000 contract. The 6-foot, 165-pound, right-hander played at Mesquite High in Arizona. He had a college commitment to Arizona State. Here is Baseball America’s scouting report on Davies: “Another Arizona State commit is righthander Zach Davies, who got multiple Mike Leake

Reyes on his outing, Markakis on his offense after O’s top Detroit

A few minutes after the Orioles wrapped up an 8-5 win over Detroit to end a 10-game homestand, Nick Markakis was asked if he needed to have a big day like he did in this win. “I think we needed that more as team, personally,” Markakis said, after his four-RBI game. “You know, I could care less what I do. But whether it’s getting three

Markakis and Reyes lead the O’s to a win in the homestand finale

Nick Markakis had his most productive RBI day in over two months, driving in four runs this afternoon, as the Orioles beat Detroit 8-5 behind Jo-Jo Reyes to take the series finale this afternoon in front of 18,348 at Camden Yards. The Orioles ended their 10-game homestand going 3-7 and are 46-72 on the year as they now head on a West Coast road trip.

A quick update on the Orioles draft situation

Here are a couple things we’ve heard about the Orioles chances to sign more of their draft picks over the last 24 hours. The deadline to sign picks is midnight on Monday and it appears that negotiations with O’s top pick Dylan Bundy are likely to go into tomorrow and perhaps down to those final hours. Orioles officials remain confident a deal with Bundy will

The O’s pitching rotation is struggling again

At a time when the Orioles rotation is currently without Brian Matusz, Zach Britton and Jake Arrieta and Jeremy Guthrie’s ERA is 7.32 over his past three starts, the starters are, not too surprisingly, struggling right now. They are struggling big time. Guthrie gave up six runs over 5 2/3 last night after Chris Tillman allowed six runs in 2 2/3 on Friday in game

Ripken Series begins and Youse’s Orioles end with another title

The 12th annual Cal Ripken World Series has begun at the Ripken Academy in Aberdeen. The Series features ten teams from the United States along with squads from Canada, the Dominican Republic, the Republic of Korea, Australia, Mexico and Japan. The U.S teams include the Maryland State champs from Charles County and the Harford County champs from Bel Air, Md. The CRWS, which will be

It appears Baker is Bowie-bound (updated)

First baseman Aaron Baker, the player the Orioles acquired from Pittsburgh in the trade for Derrek Lee, is likely to join Double-A Bowie today. The word comes from Baker himself, who posted this Saturday night on his Twitter page. Since joining the Orioles, Baker has played with the Single-A Frederick Keys. In 12 games, he went 17-for-44, batting .386 with three doubles, two homers, 9

Guthrie on the loss and Davis on the homer

In the quiet of the Orioles’ clubhouse after another one-run loss on this homestand - the club’s fifth since last Friday - Jeremy Guthrie talked about Detroit’s five-run rally against him in the sixth inning tonight. “I kept making the pitches that we were trying to do, but they were able to put some good swings on it and were able to string together a

Guthrie can’t hold lead as Detroit tops the Orioles 6-5

For a while tonight, it looked like the Orioles had this game well in hand. Jeremy Guthrie went to the mound in the top of the sixth working with a 5-1 lead on Detroit. After needing just 58 pitches to get through five innings, Guthrie quickly recorded two quick outs on ground balls to start the sixth. He looked to be coasting, but suddenly the

Dialing long distance: O’s get five early runs with the longball

The Orioles have once again put the longball to good use, getting a two-run homer from Vlad Guerrero and a three-run shot from Blake Davis to take a 5-0 lead on the Tigers tonight at Camden Yards. It’s now a 5-1 O’s lead in the fourth. Guerrero’s homer was his 10th of the season and ended an 11-game homerless run for him. Davis’ homer to

Bordick and Bancells set to enter O’s Hall of Fame (with Buck audio)

The latest class of the Orioles Hall of Fame will be inducted here tonight in a pregame ceremony at Camden Yards as Mike Bordick and Richie Bancells join a list that includes Cal Ripken Sr. and Jr., Brooks and Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer and 58 others. Bordick played with the Orioles from 1996 to 2000 and again in 2001 and 2002. His .987 fielding percentage

After several games on the bench, Blake Davis gets a start tonight

Even though it’s been awhile, Blake Davis still probably remembers where second base is located. After making just one start over the last 13 games, Davis is in tonight’s starting lineup here against Detroit. He’ll bat ninth at second base. He’s been trying to stay sharp with his pregame work after getting just six at-bats since July 30. “Just staying in a routine every day,”

Orioles are set to move their third and fourth-round picks to Single-A Delmarva

The Orioles are expected to move pitchers Mike Wright and Kyle Simon, this year’s third and fourth-round draft picks, today from short-season Single-A Aberdeen to Single-A Delmarva. Wright, taken in round three out of East Carolina, was 2-1 with an ERA of 3.77 over seven starts for Aberdeen. In 31 innings, he has given up 29 hits with six walks and 29 strikeouts. Over his

The big three: Will the Orioles sign Bundy, Esposito and Delmonico?

So now we are two days away from the deadline day to sign 2011 draft picks. The Orioles have three main targets to try to get signed. They are first-round pick Dylan Bundy, the Oklahoma high school pitcher, along with second-round selection, Vanderbilt third baseman Jason Esposito and sixth-round pick, high school third baseman Nicky Delmonico. In recent days I had a feeling the Orioles

Once again, the O’s are in need of a good starting pitching performance

Alfredo Simon did not get his start tonight off to a promising start. The right-hander gave up single runs in the first two innings against Detroit on five singles and two walks. Simon enters with a record of 3-5 and 4.08 ERA and has never made a start against Detroit. The Orioles are once again in need of a good starting pitching performance. Chris Tillman

Guerrero and Reynolds look to get offense going as Detroit hits town

The only times this year that Vlad Guerrero did not bat fourth for the Orioles were when he pinch hit in interleague games in the ninth spot in the batting order and on July 24 when he played for Double-A Bowie and batted second in the order. Tonight, Guerrero will bat fifth after Adam Jones and before Mark Reynolds, as he tries to snap a

The newest Orioles pitcher quickly makes his way to Baltimore

The newest Orioles pitcher checked into the clubhouse today. Right-hander Willie Eyre is back in the big leagues for the first time since he pitched in 17 games for Texas in 2009. “It’s been a long way to get back up,” Eyre said. “I’ve thrown the ball well over the last year and a half or so. It’s exciting.” The 33-year-old Eyre recently opted out

Berry defends Rice program and its use of pitchers

Earlier today, I wrote about pitcher Ryan Berry and his comeback from right shoulder tendinitis that is continuing now with the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds. Berry had some shoulder issues in college and was limited to 81 2/3 innings in 2009 as a junior when he was one of the top pitchers in college baseball, going 7-2 for Rice with an ERA of 2.42. That

The comeback trail: 2009 pick Ryan Berry is working his way back with Aberdeen

Ryan Berry was looking forward to the 2011 season. The right-hander went 2-2 with a 3.04 ERA in 17 games last year at Single-A Frederick and it was likely he would have started off this season in the pitching rotation at Double-A Bowie. But he never made it there. The Orioles’ ninth-round pick out of Rice from the 2009 draft got sidetracked by shoulder tendinitis

Tillman on his rocky outing and Markakis on a milestone homer

His night began when he gave up four runs to the game’s first five hitters and ended with his being optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk. It could have gone better here this evening for Orioles’ right-hander Chris Tillman, who gave up six runs and eight hits in just 2 2/3 in a 6-3 loss to Chicago. “I felt fine. It is frustrating,” Tillman said quietly

Tillman rocked early as Sox top O’s, 6-3

Coming off a start against Toronto where he gave up just two runs over seven innings, Chris Tillman hoped to build on that tonight against Chicago. Four batters into the game he allowed more runs - three - than he had in that last start. The first five Chisox hitters reached against Tillman, on a single, homer and three doubles, as he got rocked while

Dan Klein still having discomfort throwing

Orioles minor league pitcher Dan Klein tried to throw twice recently and is still having discomfort with his right shoulder. He is going to head back to see Los Angeles Angels physician, Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday. Klein has a SLAP tear in his right labrum and the Orioles third-round draft pick in 2010 out of UCLA has not pitched since June first for Bowie.

Could be another losing series for the Orioles

We already knew the Orioles would not win this series against Chicago, after they had lost the first two games of a four-game series. Now that they are trailing 6-3 in the fifth, they have an uphill battle to even tie this series. A loss tonight would mean the Orioles will have lost 10 of their last 11 series and split one other, since taking

Hardy picks up the homer pace

J.J. Hardy continues to hit home runs at a pretty amazing pace. He now has 21 on the year and that is tied for 11th best in the AL with teammate Adam Jones. Mark Reynolds, by the way, is tied for fourth, with 26. Hardy is second in the majors in homers by a shortstop to Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, who has hit 23. But while

All seems quiet for now on the draft signing front

With four days to go until the deadline to sign this year’s draft picks, the Orioles do not have deals with top pick Dylan Bundy, second round pick Jason Esposito or sixth-round pick Nicky Delmonico. That is not unusual and if they sign one or all three, it could go down to the final day and often does. I asked Orioles manager Buck Showalter today

The longball can be fun, but ...

Of all the ways a team can win a ballgame, a walk-off homer has to rank right up there. Nolan Reimold’s two-run homer to win the game in the 10th against Chicago last night was certainly exciting. The longball is fun and the Orioles are hitting their fair share. Consider these numbers: * The Orioles have now hit 134 homers on the year and that

Baseball America with an update on Delmonico

Baseball America reporter Aaron Fitt, via Twitter, wrote that he expects the Orioles to soon sign sixth-round draft pick Nick Delmonico, a high school third baseman from Knoxville, Tenn. Here is a tweet filed earlier. He later clarified that he meant close to signing with the Orioles and not Georgia, where he has a college commitment. To this point, we have not heard any comment

Wieters and Jones make Baseball America’s best tools list

Baseball America rolled out its “best tools” list for the American and National Leagues today. Of the 25 categories where they surveyed AL managers and ranked the best players, just two Orioles made the list. Matt Wieters was ranked as the best defensive catcher in the AL, ahead of Minnesota’s Joe Mauer and Alex Avila of Detroit. Adam Jones was rated by league skippers as

Has Mark Reynolds’ glove warmed up to the hot corner?

By just about any measurement or stat you could quote, Mark Reynolds has not had a good year fielding at third base. But it sure seems that Reynolds’ defense at the hot corner has improved in recent weeks and he has made just one error in his last 31 games since July 4. That includes four games Reynolds recently played at first base. Reynolds still

Erbe clears waivers, stays with Orioles

Pitcher Brandon Erbe has cleared waivers and remains with the Orioles organization. He is now off the 40-man roster and has been outrighted to Aberdeen, where he had been pitching before the Orioles recently had him designated for assignment. Erbe, who had labrum surgery last August, had pitched in four games for Aberdeen and, over 3 2/3 innings, he allowed five hits and four runs.

Minor league notes on Adams, Hudson, Rowell and more

Outfielder Kyle Hudson, the Orioles’ fourth-round draft pick in 2008 out of the University of Illinois, is on quite a hitting roll right now at Triple-A Norfolk. After going 3-for-4 last night, the 24-year-old Hudson is batting .372 (35-for-94) with 13 multi-hit games over his last 22 contests since he returned to the Tides from Double-A Bowie on July 17. In those 22 games, Hudson

No common denominator with Orioles’ injuries

With the Orioles dealing with several injuries to young pitchers and also some position players in both the majors and the minors, some fans are questioning what is going on throughout the organization. Are the Orioles doing something wrong with how they handle their young pitchers? Are there some issues with how the club handles its strength and conditioning programs with the young hurlers? Does

New starter, but similar result as O’s fall to Chicago

The Orioles entered this series with Chicago with a record of 10-2 in home games on the year decided by just one run. Now that record is 10-4. After last night’s 7-6 loss, tonight the Orioles fell behind 4-0, before losing 4-3 to the White Sox. The Orioles have lost six of their last seven games, fall to 8-17 in the second half and they

It gets a little rocky early for Reyes (updated)

Jo-Jo was a man that gave up two runs in the top of the second inning. Feel free to sing the rest on your own. After a 1-2-3 first inning on 16 pitches, Reyes gave up two runs in the second in his first Orioles start. Carlos Quentin hit a 390-foot homer and later Brent Morel, batting ninth, added an RBI single. In 20 starts

Arrieta heads West with surgery likely

There was some talk late last year that Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta would have bone spurs removed from his right elbow. He didn’t have the procedure performed then, but it might happen later this week. Arrieta is flying to California tonight to meet with Los Angeles Angels physician Dr. Lewis Yocum and he could undergo the procedure on Friday. He is expecting that to be

Evaluating Chris Davis

Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup tonight after missing four games with a sore right shoulder. The Orioles acquired Davis from Texas with Tommy Hunter in the trade deadline deal that sent Koji Uehara to the Rangers. Davis is a player that has put up big numbers in his minor league career, but numbers not as robust in the majors. The Orioles have now

Hitting notes on Wieters, Reimold and Hardy

Checking in with a few Orioles hitting notes before they host Chicago tonight in Game 2 of a four-game series. * Matt Wieters went 3-for-3 with two doubles last night, snapping a stretch where he had just seven hits in 51 at-bats. It was Wieters’ first three-hit game since July 5 and the first time he had two doubles in a game since June 24.

Reyes is up next as Orioles look to piece together their rotation

One week after the Orioles claimed lefty Jo-Jo Reyes on waivers from Toronto, he will take the mound and get his first Baltimore start. “It’s good,” Reyes said. “I’m used to starting, so it’s not going to be that big of a difference. But just to get back on the mound and start the game off is going to be good.” Reyes was 5-8 with

Hardy’s bat was hearty, but Orioles still lose against Chicago

Well, at least the Orioles got their shortstop back tonight. On a night they rallied from 4-0 down to take the lead, the Orioles still lost, 7-6 against Chicago and they fall to 1-3 on this 10-game homestand. After missing three games with a sore left ankle, J.J. Hardy returned with a big game tonight. He went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and two doubles.

Jones and his bat enjoy the home cooking at the Yard

Adam Jones seems to like the friendly confines of Camden Yards. In 57 home games this year, he is batting .296 with 17 homers, 49 RBIs and an OPS of .928. In 53 road games, he is batting .288 with three homers, 20 RBIs and a .704 OPS. Even though he went hitless on Sunday, Jones is batting .344 with eight multi-hit games over his

Aberdeen’s All Stars

The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds will send four players to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game that is set for Aug. 16 in Lowell, Mass. IronBirds outfielder Glynn Davis, infielders Dudley Leonora and Joe Velleggia, and pitcher Trent Howard will play for the American League team. A Baltimore-area native, Davis played one year at Catonsville Community College. Although he went undrafted, the Baltimore Orioles signed

After testing his ankle, Hardy returns to the Oriole lineup

After putting his sore left ankle through some pregame paces, J.J. Hardy has pronounced the ankle healthy enough for duty and he returns to the Orioles’ lineup here tonight against the Chicago White Sox. “Got here early, went through my treatment and then taped it up,” Hardy said. “I went out and tested it, basically doing all the things that hurt me in Kansas City

The comeback trail: Matt Hobgood works his way back at Aberdeen

As he continues his comeback from a strained rotator cuff, Matt Hobgood has had some ups and downs along the way. When he took the mound at short-season Single-A Aberdeen last night, he did so coming off back-to-back starts where he gave up a whopping 15 runs over 4 1/3 innings. But Sunday night, against Hudson Valley, Hobgood had his best Aberdeen outing. He retired

Hobgood pitches well and his night is now done in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md - After pitching very poorly in his last two starts, with the results to show for that, Orioles 2009 first-round pick Matt Hobgood pitched better tonight here at Ripken Stadium and it sure looked like his comeback took a step forward. Working to rehab a strained right rotator cuff, he gave up just one run over four innings plus two batters against the

Hobgood with a strong first two innings at Aberdeen (updated)

ABERDEEN, Md. - In his last outing for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds, right-hander Matt Hobgood gave up nine runs in just 2 2/3 innings. This start tonight at Ripken Stadium is going a little better for him so far. He has retired the side in order in the first two innings on just 22 pitches. The Orioles’ first-round pick in the 2009 draft is

Almost game time in Aberdeen (6:25 p.m. start tonight)

ABERDEEN, Md. - It’s humid and cloudy here at Ripken Stadium. The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds, who are 16-32, will host the Hudson Valley Renegades, who have a record of 24-23 coming up at 5:35 p.m. Matt Hobgood is starting tonight for Aberdeen and expected to pitch four innings as the Orioles 2009 first-round pick continues to work his way back from a strained rotator

Checking in on the Aberdeen IronBirds

Even though I feel like my blogging performance has been solid enough to keep me in the majors, I am sending myself to the minor leagues later today. I’ll skip today’s game at Camden Yards and will check in this afternoon on the Aberdeen IronBirds at Ripken Stadium. Matt Hobgood is slated to make his fifth Aberdeen start there today at 5:35 when the IronBirds

Tillman talks, Jones speaks after O’s win over Toronto

Adam Jones has hit 20 homers this year but the one he hit tonight was the key blast in helping the Orioles win a game and it had Jones a little more fired up and emotional than he usually gets after most homers. He wanted to give his starting pitcher a lift and a lead and he did both. Adam Jones gets a pie in

Tillman’s arm and Jones’ bat lead Orioles past Toronto

Well, there is at least one young pitcher in the Orioles’ rotation not on any disabled list. Chris Tillman put together perhaps one of the best starts of his big league career tonight, pitching the Orioles past Toronto 6-2 in front of 19,396 at Camden Yards. Last Saturday at New York, Tillman looked strong early but then faded. This time, he was strong throughout, allowing

Tillman pitching well with no runs to work with just yet (update, runs now)

No one is comparing him to Jeremy Guthrie, but Chris Tillman has pitched a few games this year without much run support. Through 4 1/2 innings tonight, he trails Toronto 1-0 and the Orioles have been retired in order in four straight innings by Brandon Morrow on 43 pitches, 35 strikes. In his 11 starts on the year, the Orioles have provided Tillman with 19

Zach Britton said he is not concerned about his left shoulder

Zach Britton is not concerned about his left shoulder, that is the good news. He was put on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a left shoulder strain. Britton said it is just a case of inflammation and he feels certain he could pitch Tuesday as scheduled, but for now, he will rest a bit before he resumes throwing in a few days. “I wasn’t

Chris Davis provides an update on his sore right shoulder

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said his sore right shoulder feels better today and he thinks he can play tonight. He missed yesterday’s game after sleeping funny on the shoulder and developing discomfort and he underwent an MRI earlier today. The results of that are still not known and for now, Davis is not in tonight’s starting lineup. “I got X-rayed yesterday, before the game

LHP Ashur Tolliver is pitching well for Delmarva & other notes

Left-handed relief pitcher Ashur Tolliver is on a bit of a roll these days pitching for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds. The 23-year-old Tolliver is now 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 22 games on the season. But he has not allowed a run over his last seven games, with 13 consecutive scoreless innings. Over his past 11 games, Tolliver has allowed just one earned run

Patton is throwing well, but other hurlers keep hitting the DL

After spending time in Baltimore last year, but not pitching much, maybe Troy Patton’s time has come. In the chances he is getting, he has done well. Patton pitched the fifth, sixth and seventh in relief last night, with nine up and down. He gave up an infield hit, walk and bunt hit in the eighth and was replaced. One run did score and was

Now Britton joins long list of injured pitchers (Bundy note added)

Zach Britton went on the disabled list tonight with a left shoulder strain. Another young Orioles pitcher that showed promise now dealing with an injury. Since the announcement came at game time, no reporters have been able to talk with Britton or Buck Showalter to hear more about this. It’s seemingly beyond unbelievable at this point with the young pitchers. Jake Arrieta is headed to

Frederick’s Tyler Townsend will not be activated this weekend

The Orioles were hopeful that Single-A Frederick first baseman Tyler Townsend would come off the disabled list on Sunday but that won’t happen now. Townsend, out since July 13 with a recurring hamstring injury, tried to run this week but felt more soreness in that hamstring and now will remain on the disabled list. Townsend is headed to Sarasota to continue his rehab. When he

Notes on the Orioles against the Jays and Hardy’s homers

Checking in with some stats and notes as the Orioles and Blue Jays begin a three-game series here tonight at the Yard. * If the Orioles beat Toronto tonight, they will have more wins this season against the Jays than they had all of last year. That is not saying much, however, since the Orioles were just 3-15 against Toronto then and are 3-6 now.

Showalter on Britton: “He needed to put that behind him”

While there has been a debate ongoing here about whether Zach Britton should be back in the minor leagues now or continuing to pitch in the Orioles’ rotation, it doesn’t sound like the club had to debate the decision that much. Here is what Buck Showalter said today about whether the Orioles considered sending Britton back to the minors after his start in New York:

Offensive notes on Jones, Davis and more

The Orioles continue to flounder, but Adam Jones continues to flourish. His bat remains hot, and now he gets to hit at home for the next 10 games where he has been a very good hitter this year. Jones has hit safely in 11 of the last 12 games, batting .375 (18-for-48) in that stretch with four doubles, two homers and seven RBIs. He has

The O’s road woes and a take on Britton

The Orioles return home tonight to host Toronto after ending another losing and frustrating road trip. The Orioles won the first game of the three different series on the trip, then lost the other seven games to go 3-7 in Toronto, New York and Kansas City. Some other notes on the trip: *The Orioles scored 12 runs in the first game of the series at

Britton’s bounce-back game (updated)

In his first two major league starts, Orioles pitcher Zach Britton allowed just one earned run and seven hits over 13 2/3 innings. In his last two major league starts, Britton has allowed 13 earned runs (17 overall) on 13 hits in one inning. You could have gotten plenty of people to laugh at you if you had said before the season that Britton would

Orioles may be making some progress with second-round pick

The Orioles may be making some progress in talks with their second-round draft pick, Vanderbilt third baseman Jason Esposito. “We have had some productive, healthy dialogue in the last few days,” Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan said this morning. “I think he wants to go play. The club has been real clear where we are at with this one.” Jordan has said a few times

A closer look at LJ Hoes’ breakout season at Double-A and recent power surge

At a time when the Orioles organization is getting constant criticism from fans questioning the Orioles’ player development operation, there is a young man at Double-A Bowie getting better right before our eyes. LJ Hoes, the Orioles’ 21-year-old, third-round pick out of Washington’s St. John’s High School in 2008 who was signed by scout Dean Albany, is putting up impressive numbers for the team and

Guthrie not able to win back-to-back starts, O’s lose 6-2

Update: Billy Butler hit a three-run homer in the last of the seventh and Alcides Escobar added a two-run triple as Kansas City beat the Orioles 6-2 to even the three-game series at a win each. Jeremy Guthrie gave up six runs over seven innings to fall to 5-14 with an ERA of 4.34. Vlad Guerrero and J.J. Hardy drove in runs for the Orioles

Orioles come to terms with Eyre and Ruettiger

The Orioles today agreed to terms with pitcher Willie Eyre, who is going to be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk after he passes a physical and they have come to terms with Arizona State outfielder Johnny Ruettiger, their eighth-round draft pick. Eyre has pitched in the majors with Minnesota and Texas. This year, the 33-year-old right-hander has been with Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League, going

A couple of offensive notes on Reynolds, Adams and Wieters

Here are a few notes about some Orioles and their recent performance at the bat. * Mark Reynolds drove in a season-high five runs in the Orioles 8-2 win last night. Reynolds had four RBIs total over his previous 11 games and was just 6-for-38 in those 11 games, but he had three hits last night. After going through a stretch where he hit just

Jim Callis: Bauer’s deal does not impact Bundy negotiations

Now that the third player taken in the June First-Year Player Draft, UCLA right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer, has agreed to a contract with Arizona, some are wondering if his deal will serve as a guideline for the Orioles in their contract negotiations with top pick Dylan Bundy, who was taken fourth overall, one spot after Bauer. Bauer got a four-year, major league contract from the

Updates on Schrader, Hobgood and Bundy

At this point, the news is good on Orioles minor league pitcher Clayton Schrader. While he was placed on the Single-A Frederick Keys disabled list today due to elbow discomfort, he could return to pitch in the minors before this season ends. Schrader has what is called a flexor mass strain and has gone on the minor league DL, retroactive to Sunday. No MRI is

The Orioles’ talks with top draft pick Dylan Bundy began today

No dollar figures were exchanged, but the Orioles have begun the process they hope will lead to them signing high school pitcher Dylan Bundy, their first-round draft pick taken fourth overall in June, with a meeting today in Lakeland, Fla. At the East Coast Scouts showcase, Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan met with Denver Bundy, Dylan’s father and also part of his representation. Denver works

Pitcher Randy Henry moves to Frederick

Right-handed pitcher Randy Henry, the Orioles’ fourth-round draft pick in 2009 out of South Mountain Junior College in Arizona, is being promoted from Single-A Delmarva to Single-A Frederick. Righty Scott Copeland is also going from Delmarva to Frederick while the Shorebirds are activating pitcher Josh Dowdy off the disabled list and get right-hander Jake Cowan from Aberdeen. Pitcher Tyler Wilson, the Orioles’ 10th-round pick from

Zach Britton on the radio: “Right now, it’s confidence for me”

They were two outings 22 days apart, but in back-to-back big league starts at Boston and New York, Orioles rookie Zach Britton got knocked out twice in the first inning. Over those two starts, the second of which was Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, Britton pitched a combined one inning giving up 13 hits, 17 runs with 13 earned and threw 85 pitches. Opponent batters

Did I jinx Greg Miclat? My bad, plus other minor league news & notes

I may owe Double-A Bowie second baseman Greg Miclat an apology. I think I jinxed him. I recently wrote about Miclat’s amazing run stealing bases this year, where he had stolen 35 bases in 35 attempts. Well, in game two of a doubleheader Friday at New Britain, Miclat’s run ended at 36-for-36 steals. In the sixth inning, he was picked off first and caught stealing

MacPhail on the trades he made and some he didn’t

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail spoke by conference call with reporters about the trade deadline yesterday evening. He indicated he got plenty of calls about Jeremy Guthrie, but needed pitching back to part with the right-hander. He also revealed that a player like Adam Jones could have brought a good haul in return, but he was not willing to part with Jones right

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