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Kuroda tops Hammel as Yankees take series opener

The Orioles were done in pretty much by one swing tonight and this time there was no late-inning comeback. Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer to right in the last of the second tonight and Yankees pitching made it stand up in a 2-1 win over the Orioles in the start of a three-game series. The Orioles fall to 14-9 overall, 6-5 on the road

Bundy with another strong outing tonight

Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy of the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds allowed his first professional hit tonight, but then went on to pitch four shutout innings against Asheville in his fifth pro start. He is expected to now come out of the game for a reliever. Bundy allowed just the one hit over the four frames with one walk and four strikeouts. He has now

Orioles’ good start produces some good stats

The Orioles have compiled some strong stats during an impressive 14-8 start. Here are a few of them: * The Orioles lead the American League with five wins this year when trailing after seven innings. In fact, the only other AL team that has more than two of those wins is Tampa Bay with three. AL East records, when trailing after 7: Orioles 5-6 Boston

Dan Duquette talks about Dylan Bundy

When Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was approached by a small group of reporters Sunday, he was asked about Dylan Bundy and whether he’d ever seen a young pitcher get his pro career off to a start as dominating as Bundy’s has been through his four outings. “Have you?” Duquette fired back. Has anyone? Bundy, who will make his fifth pro outing tonight at

It’s Hammel time tonight in New York

Right-hander Jason Hammel hasn’t even been an Oriole for three months yet. But after coming to the club in the February trade of Jeremy Guthrie to Colorado, he is off to a great start with the Birds with a record of 3-0 and ERA of 1.73 over his first four starts. He currently ranks third in the American League in ERA. “It’s been a lot

Betemit, Wieters and Hunter talk about the comeback against Oakland

Wilson Betemit’s three-run walk-off homer may have touched off a wild scene on the field today as the Orioles came from behind in the ninth to beat Oakland 5-2, but minutes later the Orioles clubhouse was low key and business-like, even after they had completed a 5-1 homestand with a stirring win. Betemit was asked how he felt when he touched home plate with the

Camden Yards stunner: O’s with five in ninth to beat Oakland

What a way to end a homestand. Wilson Betemit’s three-run homer to right center snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Orioles a stunning 5-2 walk-off win over Oakland in front of 31,793 this afternoon at Camden Yards. Betemit’s third homer of the year capped a five-run rally for the Orioles in the last of the ninth. They had been shutout on five hits by

A homestand of good pitching and Bundy note

The Orioles are trying to end a very good homestand, one that has featured some solid pitching, with more good pitching on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards. The Orioles and A’s headed to the top of the fifth in a 0-0 game. Tommy Hunter, coming off an outing where he gave up just one run and three hits over six innings versus Toronto,

Mark Reynolds has a few words about playing first base today

Upon seeing Mark Reynolds’ name in the Orioles lineup today starting as the first baseman, reporters went up to Reynolds a few minutes ago in the clubhouse to ask him about playing there today. “I told Buck a couple of weeks ago, whatever I can do to help the team. CD (Chris Davis) needs a day, he’s DHing. So he’s throwing me over there,” Reynolds

Chris Davis trying to make the most of his chance with O’s

In case you are wondering, the ball Chris Davis hit down the right-field line in the seventh inning last night just landed. It didn’t hit the warehouse, but did become the 25th homer hit by an Oriole to land on Eutaw Street in Camden Yards history. So far, so good for the Orioles first baseman. Through 19 games he is batting .313 with four homers,

Chris Davis and Wei-Yin Chen talk after the Orioles win over Oakland

After he had driven in four runs in the Orioles’ 10-1 win over Oakland and homered for the third time in his last four games, first baseman Chris Davis said getting regular playing time has been a key to his good start for the club. “It means a lot. I don’t remember if it was ‘Baseball Tonight’ or ‘SportsCenter,’ but I heard some of the

The Orioles offense finally breaks out in rout of Oakland

It was a matchup of a team that has been struggling to score runs against the club with the best ERA in the league. But the Orioles reversed course tonight and scored 10 runs on 14 hits to beat Oakland 10-1 and even this three-game series. The A’s began the night with a 2.68 team ERA that was tops in the American League and was

Frank Robinson: “Ranks right up there with the Hall of Fame”

Frank Robinson had a busy afternoon at Camden Yards. Between the unveiling of his statue in left-center field today and before an on-field ceremony before tonight’s game he spent some time at a press conference and talked about today’s honor. “Since this is going to be a lifetime thing as far as the statue is concerned, it ranks right up there with the Hall of

What the Orioles Hall of Famers say about Frank Robinson

Here are some excerpts from an Orioles press release with comments from the other National Baseball Hall of Famers from the club on Frank Robinson: Brooks Robinson: “I am thrilled that Frank is being honored today with this statue. He was a fantastic player. His arrival put us over the hump and turned us into a championship team. He has also had numerous accomplishments after

Frank Robinson’s comments at his statue ceremony

He was the first Oriole to have his number retired and today Frank Robinson was the first to have his statue unveiled in the picnic area in left center field at Camden Yards. Here are some of Robinson’s comments during that ceremony: “When I came over here, I was one person, one man. But I did say this was a good team before I got

In the minors: Delmarva’s good pitching, Welty’s great start

The good pitching start for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds continued last night when Tyler Wilson and Devin Jones combined on a four-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over Greenville. Delmarva pitchers have not allowed an earned run over their last 20 innings and the team has moved up to second in team ERA in the 14-team South Atlantic League at 2.87. That

Is it time to get concerned about the offense?

Here is a good question: Is it time to start worrying about the Orioles’ lack of offense? For a while the club was bashing homers but now the homers and runs scored have slowed a bit. Over the last 10 games, the Orioles have scored just 30 runs and eight times in those ten games they have scored three runs or less. They actually won

Arrieta and Jones talk after the Orioles loss to Oakland

After giving up three runs in the second inning tonight and taking the loss in the Orioles’ 5-2 defeat against Oakland, Orioles starter Jake Arrieta criticized himself for allowing the early big inning to the A’s. “I fell behind (Eric)Sogard there. Really wasn’t able to make pitches down in the zone to him,” Arrieta said after allowing four runs over 5 2/3 and throwing 105

Adam Jones rips the fan that ran on the field

Adam Jones is clearly not a fan of the fan that ran on the field here at Camden Yards tonight. A male fan ran on the field during the seventh inning stretch, removed his orange T-shirt and darted through the outfield. He veered to the infield after juking a policeman, rounded third base and dived across the plate. After hopping to his feet in a

Early offense carries Oakland to a win in the series opener

The Orioles run of excellent starting pitching ended tonight as Oakland scored three early runs off Jake Arrieta and went on to a 5-2 win over the Orioles in front of 18,297 on a chilly night at Camden Yards. After watching their starters pitch to an ERA of 0.71 during a four-game win streak, allowing just two earned runs over the last 25 1/3 innings,

Will the Orioles extend the quality start stat tonight? (updated)

This stat surely will not hold up forever, but when the Orioles get a quality start from their starting pitcher this year, they are 9-0. By definition a quality start is one where the starting pitcher works six innings or more allowing three earned runs or less. Yes, that is a 4.50 ERA, but most quality starts produce single game stats much better than that.

Matt Wieters on Jake Arrieta and that inning in Anaheim

Jake Arrieta takes the mound for the Orioles tonight in the first game of this three-game weekend series with Oakland. He is 1-1 with an ERA of 4.01 over his first four starts. Arrieta has looked strong this year and fully recovered from having bone spurs removed from his right elbow last August. He has said that procedure will benefit him in many ways and

Jim Johnson returns to the Orioles clubhouse after hospital stay

After spending a few nights at Baltimore’s St. Agnes hospital with food poisoning, pitcher Jim Johnson was back in the Orioles clubhouse today. He may have lost a few pounds, but not his sense of humor. “At different points of time, it was pretty bad. You’re going to have to wash your mics after this,” he told reporters at his locker. Johnson was clearly in

Updating Lino and some minor league roster news

It looks like the injury that forced Single-A Delmarva catcher Gabriel Lino out of a game last night is not that serious, and at this point, it doesn’t appear he is headed for the disabled list. Lino suffered a slightly jammed left middle finger when he caught a pitch in an awkward fashion. He left the game and could miss a couple of upcoming Shorebirds

Not functioning on all cylinders, but Orioles are winning and in first place

Baseball can be a hard game to explain sometimes. Consider the 2012 Baltimore Orioles. They lead the American League with 22 errors. They are batting just .213 as a team with runners in scoring position. Their homer leader from last season hasn’t hit even one yet. Their starting shortstop is batting .178. They had to use their second and third closers in their most recent

Jones, Matusz and Flaherty talk about the Orioles’ win over Toronto

After the latest Orioles win was over, Adam Jones was happy to see the Orioles get a sweep of Toronto, but wished that Brian Matusz could have been rewarded for a good outing with his first win since last June 6. “I just wish we could have gotten him a W,” Jones said. “Starters get the wins and losses and relievers get the holds and

Homers by Jones and Davis in the eighth carry the Orioles to victory

Adam Jones picked a good time for his sixth homer of the season and Chris Davis did as well for his third of the year. Jones’ drive to left leading off the last of the eighth just made it into the left field seats to break a 2-2 tie and propel the Orioles to a 5-2 win over Toronto tonight and a three-game sweep in

O’s face Blue Jays youngster tonight in series finale

Some of you think the Orioles rush some pitchers to the major leagues. Drew Hutchison, tonight’s Toronto starter against the Orioles, is just 21 years old and with just six career starts as high as Double-A on his resume before April 21. He made his major league debut then against Kansas City and got the win despite allowing five runs and eight hits over 5

Reimold hopes return to lineup becomes permanent this time

Nolan Reimold returns to the lineup tonight at Camden Yards for the first time since Friday and he said this time he’s hopeful he is back for good after missing the past four games due to neck spasms. “I feel confident,” Reimold, who is batting .370 with five homers, 10 RBIs and an OPS of 1.166, said. “I wouldn’t play if I thought it was

Wada heads west for a second opinion and Tommy John surgery is possible

He’s been shut down since pitching in a Triple-A game on April 19 and Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada said today that he will head to California on Sunday for a Monday appointment with Dr. Lewis Yocum about his ailing left elbow. He said that Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery is a possibility. Wada will be getting a second opinion from Dr. Yocum after seeing

Orioles are moving Stu Pomeranz to Triple-A

The Orioles are expected to move 27-year-old right-hander Stu Pomeranz to Triple-A Norfolk in time for the Tides’ next game Friday. Norfolk is currently one player under the 25-man limit after Jason Berken joined the Orioles. Pomeranz, who can throw his fastball into the mid-90s, was off to a great start with Double-A Bowie. Over his first 13 1/3 innings, he allowed seven hits, two

The Orioles are playing good ball as brutal stretch approaches

So the Orioles are off to an 11-7 start and they have won six of their last nine games. They have been impressive in pulling out some close ones, going 8-2 in games decided by two runs or less. If the Orioles can go 2-2 in the final four games of this homestand they will enter play Monday with a record of 13-9. That would

Hammel and O’s blank Blue Jays 3-0

The Orioles have now won their last three games without scoring many runs. They have scored a total of eight runs in the wins over Los Angeles and Toronto. Jason Hammel pitched seven shutout innings tonight as the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 3-0 for their first shutout of the year. The Orioles have allowed just three runs over the last three games. The Orioles

Can O’s get offense untracked against Drabek?

The Orioles are looking to get their offense going tonight against Toronto right-hander Kyle Drabek. After going 4-5 with a 6.06 ERA last year, Drabek is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.00 so far this season. He beat the Orioles on April 15, giving up two runs (one earned) over 7 1/3, throwing 103 pitches. Through three starts, left-handed batters are hitting .143 against him

For now Berken is workin’ back at Camden Yards

With Robert Andino on the paternity leave list, the Orioles have added Jason Berken from Triple-A Norfolk and the right-hander that pitched in 105 games over the last three seasons was today back in the Orioles clubhouse. “I’m excited,” Berken said. “I was fortunate to pitch pretty well in Triple-A and I’m excited about doing the same here. It’s just great to see all the

Nolan Reimold said he feels he can avoid the disabled list

He is not in tonight’s starting lineup, but Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is hopeful that he will soon be in there. For now, he feels like his neck spasms are making progress to that end and that he will avoid going on the disabled list. “I assume I can and am going to (avoid the DL). I think I’m almost ready,” Reimold said. “I think

The 2012 Delmarva Shorebirds: Young and fun to watch

I kind of came to this conclusion long before yesterday, but being at Perdue Stadium on Tuesday afternoon and night reinforced the thought: The Delmarva Shorebirds are going to be an exciting young team to watch this year and that team may have a heckuva season in 2012. Led by a young pitching staff filled with good arms, some of the organization’s top picks from

Dylan Bundy talks about tonight’s strong outing for Delmarva

SALISBURY, Md. - After another outing where he was dominant and once again didn’t allow a single baserunner, Dylan Bundy said he is not looking down the road for a possible promotion within the Orioles farm system. He said for now, the Orioles have not said if or when he will move to a higher level. “Nope. I really don’t even want to get into

Another dominant outing for Dylan Bundy (updated)

SALISBURY, Md - Dylan Bundy was clearly up for the challenge tonight in his latest outing for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds. Matched up with Matt Barnes, Boston’s first-round pick (No. 19 overall) last year, Bundy retired all 12 Greenville batters he faced with six strikeouts over four perfect innings. The game was scoreless heading to the top of the fifth as Barnes fanned nine Shorebirds

Bundy with six up and out so far at Delmarva

SALISBURY, Md. - Right-hander Dylan Bundy has retired the first six batters tonight here at Perdue Stadium with three strikeouts. He threw 15 pitches in the first inning and 11 more in the second against the Greenville Drive. Bundy threw 10 of 15 pitches for strikes during an opening inning where his fastball ranged from 96 to 98 mph. In that inning he faced two

Tonight’s Delmarva Shorebirds lineup

SALISBURY, Md. - Here is tonight’s lineup for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds as they host Greenville in their 18th game of the season and first of a six-game homestand with Dylan Bundy making his fourth start at 7:05 p.m. CF - Glynn Davis LF - John Ruettiger 3B - Jason Esposito C - Gabriel Lino RF - Brenden Webb DH - Connor Narron 1B -

Ryan Minor on Dylan Bundy: “He’s going to be a special one”

SALISBURY, Md. - It is hard to find someone that has seen Dylan Bundy pitch this year that is not raving about his talent and work ethic. The Orioles’ 2011 first-round draft pick has pitched nine hitless and shutout innings in three outings so far for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds as he prepares tonight to face Greenville at 7:05 at Perdue Stadium in his fourth

Marquee matchup: Dylan Bundy vs. Matt Barnes tonight at Delmarva

They have been two of the best pitchers in the Single-A South Atlantic League this year, and tonight they face each other at Salisbury’s Perdue Stadium when the Delmarva Shorebirds host the Greenville Drive. It’s Dylan Bundy making his fourth start for the Shorebirds and right-hander Matt Barnes for Greenville, a Red Sox affiliate. The two pitchers were both first-round picks last year, with Bundy

Nolan Reimold starts fast, now can he stay on the field?

So far, during this 2012 season, it seems that leg cramps and neck spasms can slow Nolan Reimold’s bat better than American League pitchers can. Flashing some of the potential that Orioles fans have seen before, Reimold is off to a fast start - when he can get on the field. In 11 games and 46 at-bats, he is batting .370 with four doubles, five

Chen was good while Reynolds still is struggling

In his first three starts as an Oriole, pitcher Wei-Yin Chen is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.60. He has allowed two earned runs or less in each outing and the Orioles have won two of his three starts. Chen recorded his first career quality start Sunday in Anaheim, pitching a season-high 6 1/3 innings. He has a 15-to-6, strikeout-to-walk ratio in 17 1/3 innings.

Nick Markakis ends RBI drought as Orioles beat Angels

Nick Markakis began today in a 6-for-33 stretch, without an RBI over his last eight games and with just one over his past 13 contests. But the Orioles right fielder delivered huge hits this afternoon in the eighth and 10th innings as the Orioles beat the Angels 3-2 in 10 innings. The win allowed the Orioles to finish their trip through Toronto, Chicago and Anaheim

The offense continues to struggle so far today

The Orioles have not put any runs on the board so far today through five innings against Angels right-hander Dan Haren. They trail 1-0 after four and a half innings. The Orioles are just 3-for-17 at bat today with three singles and eight strikeouts and have put just one runner in scoring position. The Orioles’ bats have been scuffling a bit since that late-game homer

Dontrelle Willis moved to the restricted list at Triple-A

The Orioles have placed left-hander Dontrelle Willis on the restricted list at Triple-A Norfolk. He had been on the minor league seven-day disabled list with a left forearm strain, but was moved to the restricted list Friday. When asked if Willis is healthy enough to pitch now, a club official said, “Yes,” but would not comment on exactly why Willis is on the restricted list.

After falling out of first place, O’s look to regroup today in Anaheim

After falling behind early Friday night and then watching Jake Arrieta give up a 2-0 lead in the last of the fifth last night, the Orioles need a win today against the Angels to avoid being swept three straight for the second time in 2012. In the last few days - almost suddenly, it seems - the Orioles have had their share of problems on

Angels come up with big fifth inning to beat the Orioles

For four innings tonight, it looked like Jake Arrieta was pitching with some dominant stuff in Anaheim. But then he failed to make it through the last of the fifth inning. Matt Wieters gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead on a home run, getting a green light on a 3-0 pitch from Jered Weaver in the top of the fifth, but then Los Angeles scored

Angels knock Arrieta out in the fifth to take the lead

It is not often you see a pitcher cruising with what looks like some dominant stuff suddenly give up five runs. But it happened tonight to Jake Arrieta and the Orioles. After Matt Wieters got the green light and gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead on a 3-0 pitch against Jered Weaver in the top of the fifth, Arrieta failed to make it through the

O’s will not play error-free ball tonight (Wieters homers for 2-0 lead)

The Orioles are 3-0 this year when they play error-free ball but they won’t add to that tonight. Jake Arrieta bounced a pickoff throw past Chris Davis at first base in the first inning for the Orioles’ first error of the game and 17th on the season. Arrieta was able to strand a runner at second base in the first. Tonight’s game is scoreless heading

Josh Bell traded to Arizona (updated)

The Orioles have traded Josh Bell to the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team source has confirmed. Bell was designated for assignment by the team Tuesday. He was hitting just .094 (3-for-32) this season with Triple-A Norfolk with one homer, three RBIs and an OPS of .506. The 25-year-old Bell hit .164 in 26 games and 61 Orioles at-bats last year and hit .253 with 19 homers

Checking some stats on the pitching, defense and minors

While awaiting tonight’s second game of the series in Anaheim, it is clear that the Orioles need to begin to come up with some better pitching and defense pretty soon. Pitching and defense were staples of the club during the glory years of the ’60s and ’70s, but is eluding them in recent games. The Orioles made three errors last night. In addition to that,

ESPN analyst criticizes O’s handling of Bundy

Whenever ESPN’s Keith Law speaks, it seems, the Orioles fans listen. He got them stirred up when he criticized the team’s signing of Vlad Guerrero before last year at a time when many fans were excited over the addition. But while Law now looked right with that opinion, he spoke again on the Orioles this week and I think he took a huge swing and

Matusz takes another loss as Orioles drop series opener

On a night when his teammates didn’t support him much at times on both offense and defense, Brian Matusz gave up six runs to take another loss as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles 6-3 in game one of a three-game series in Anaheim, Calif. Matusz allowed nine hits and four earned runs over five-plus innings as he falls to 0-3 with an ERA

Is Brian Matusz pitching for his rotation spot tonight?

It is just a hunch on my part, but unless it goes really south for Brian Matusz tonight in Anaheim, I don’t think he is pitching for his rotation spot tonight. He earned his way into the opening day rotation with his offseason work and a good spring. I don’t think that ends after three starts. Perhaps his spot would be more shaky if Tsuyoshi

Weekend preview: Road trip stops in Anaheim

The Orioles have been hammering the homers so far this year. They have hit 21 in the season’s first 13 games and they have hit 14 in the seven games on this road trip. The Orioles hit seven homers in Toronto and seven in Chicago. The Orioles are second in the majors in homers behind only Texas with 23 and third in the majors in

Delmonico starts to settle in at Delmarva

Not all young players will thrive instantly in their first seasons of pro baseball like Dylan Bundy has. Bundy plays on a Single-A Delmarva squad filled with some young talent but some of his teammates have already experienced some struggles at the minor league level. This time last year Nicky Delmonico was playing for Farragut High in Knoxville, Tenn. In June, the Orioles selected him

Adam Jones has a three-RBI day as the Orioles win in Chicago

It got shaky there in the last of the ninth but the Orioles won another close one today, beating Chicago 5-3 to improve to 8-5 on the season. The White Sox loaded the bases against Jim Johnson in the last of the ninth, but he fanned Alex Rios to end the game and strand the bases loaded. Johnson is now six for six in saves

Sometimes, there is nothing wrong with a productive out

I don’t expect everyone to share this opinion, but I think Nick Johnson did a good job in the top of the first inning today, even though he made another out. Johnson is now 0-for-17 on the year and that is the most at-bats by anyone so far this year without a hit in the majors. He came up today with a run in, after

Orioles starting pitchers hit a bump in the road

Even after their second loss on this road trip by seven runs, the Orioles woke up today for the series finale in Chicago still in first place. At 7-5, they lead the American League East by a half-game over Toronto. Tommy Hunter gave up eight runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings last night. Three runs scored after he left the game, but it

Time to tighten up the defense (Orioles lose 8-1)

While the Orioles began today in first place in the American League East, they began in last place in the AL in some defensive stats. They rank at the bottom of the league in fielding percentage at .973 and have the most errors with 12 through Tuesday’s games. Matt Wieters has thrown out four of 13 base stealers so far to rank ninth in the

Memo to O’s fans: Enjoy this good start

I know what you were thinking when the ball was hit to Wilson Betemit with two outs and the bases loaded in the last of the ninth last night. You were thinking that third base has been a disaster for the Orioles on defense this year and now the White Sox hit the ball to the third sacker with the game on the line. Yikes,

The bullpen is pulling its weight

Maybe somewhat lost during the Orioles 7-4 start which has featured some longball bashing and solid starting pitching is that the Orioles’ bullpen has been pretty solid this year as well. Outside of that Kevin Gregg meltdown Sunday in Toronto the bullpen has been very good. The ‘pen ERA on the year is 2.75 and if you take away Sunday’s game that lowers to 1.82.

Another excellent outing tonight for Dylan Bundy (update, O’s beat Chicago)

Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy just completed his third outing as a pro and he has now pitched the equivalent of a nine-inning no-hitter over his three games for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds. In the first inning tonight versus Hagerstown, the 19-year-old right-hander got a strikeout, followed by a pair of ground outs. In the second inning he got a fly out and then

Matt Wieters with some impressive homer stats

Here are some impressive home run stats for Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. He started hitting more homers late last year as you may recall and, in fact, he had 12 of his 22 homers in 2011 in the season’s final two months. If you combined that with his fast start this year - he has four homers already - Wieters has now hit 16 home

Big night in Salisbury: Dylan Bundy makes his home debut tonight

I would have to guess the Orioles fans on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are pretty fired up about tonight’s game at Salisbury’s Perdue Stadium. Dylan Bundy makes his third pro start and first at home as the Single-A Shorebirds host Hagerstown at 7:05 p.m. Hagerstown’s Alex Meyer, drafted 23rd overall last year (Bundy was No. 4) will make this a matchup of first-round draft picks for

Improbable win: O’s use late homer barrage for latest comeback victory

You don’t often see a team win a game where it makes three errors, strikes out 15 times, leaves the bases loaded twice, goes 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position through the first nine innings and trails by three runs with six outs to go. But the Orioles scored nine unanswered runs over their last three at-bats last night to storm back and win 10-4

Orioles score nine late runs to beat the White Sox

Who saw that coming? Maybe after watching the Orioles come up with some late offense on Friday and Saturday in Toronto led many fans to not give up on tonight’s game. Those that stayed with it were rewarded. The Orioles scored nine unanswered runs in the last three innings tonight to beat Chicago 10-4 in ten innings. In the top of the eighth, Matt Wieters

Orioles release pair that were on minor league deals

The Orioles released catcher Josh Johnson and pitcher Casey Fossum over the weekend. Both were in extended spring training on minor league contracts. Neither was currently on a roster of any of the team’s minor league affiliates. Beyond that, I have no other info as to how they played or looked this spring, just that both have been released. Here are some notes about tonight’s

Minor league news and notes

Taking a look around the Orioles’ minor leagues: Triple-A Norfolk picked up a walk-off win Sunday, 4-3 over Charlotte on Ryan Adams’ two-out, bases-loaded single in the last of the ninth. The Tides are now 5-6. Outfielder Jai Miller went 0-for-2 Sunday to end his six-game batting streak. Miller is hitting .297 over ten games but has struck out a whopping 20 times in 37

Thoughts on Gregg, Matusz and more

I would guess if you put it to a vote right now among the fan base, it might be almost unanimous that the club should now cut ties with reliever Kevin Gregg, even if the Orioles have to eat all of his 2012 salary. The 2011 season was bad for him, but it’s started worse this season. He allowed six straight batters to reach yesterday

Toronto scores seven in the sixth to avoid the sweep

The Orioles chance to come up with their first three-game series sweep at Toronto since April of 2005 evaporated today during the Blue Jays last of the sixth when Toronto scored seven times against Brian Matusz and Kevin Gregg. Toronto beat the Orioles 9-2 to salvage the series finale as the Orioles fall to 2-1 on this road trip and 5-4 on the season. Buck

Orioles among the AL leaders in a few categories

As they look for a three-game sweep this afternoon, the Orioles began today among the American League leaders in several team categories: * Team ERA: second at 2.84 * Opponent batting average: fourth at .236 * Saves: Tied for first with four * Batting average: fifth at .261 * Runs: Tied for fifth with 38 * Home runs: Tied for first with Texas at 13

Surprised to see Reimold missing from the lineup (updated)

I can understand the decision to sit Matt Wieters today and can even understand Buck Showalter deciding to rest J.J. Hardy also at the start of today’s game. But the omission of Nolan Reimold from today’s starting lineup is a real head scratcher to me. Knowing Showalter there is a very good reason to do it, I just haven’t heard it yet. Maybe he is

O’s show some spunk and chemistry during 5-3 start

The Orioles began yesterday in a four-way tie for first place in the American League East and now they are, at least for a day, alone at the top at 5-3. So they’ve got that going for them. They also seem to have a little spunk and chemistry going for them in the early going. It is impressive that they pulled out these games in

Clutch homer: Reimold’s blast in ninth carries O’s past Toronto

Nolan Reimold came into this Toronto series batting just .238, but he now has five hits in the last two days, including a very big one today in the top of the ninth. Reimold’s two-run homer broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Orioles a 6-4 win at Toronto. He is 5-for-10 in the series with two doubles, two homers and three RBIs. The Orioles

Finally another homer with someone on base for the Orioles (Betemit ties it)

The Orioles finally have hit another homer with someone on base. After Nick Markakis hit a two-run shot in the first inning on opening day, the Orioles’ next nine homers were all solo shots by five different players. But Chris Davis showed off his power potential in the top of the fourth today at Toronto with a two-run blast that gave the Orioles a 3-2

Checking in with some minor league stats and notes (updated)

The Double-A Bowie Baysox are playing this afternoon and, at least check, lead Erie 10-5 in the seventh inning. Tyler Townsend has two hits, including his fourth homer. Hot-hitting Buck Britton is 2-for-3 and is now batting .361. Brandon Waring is 3-for-4 with a three-run homer. Antoan Richardson has hit a three-run homer as well for Bowie, which began today with a record of 3-6.

Not concerned about Adam Jones

Adam Jones may have had another of what Buck Showalter calls “emotional at-bats” last night. After failing to produce the winning hit in the ninth inning Wednesday against New York, he came up in a key spot in the top of the eighth last night. The Orioles were trailing Toronto by a run at the time and had runners on first and third with one

Betemit’s two-run single lifts the Orioles past Toronto

This time the Orioles got the key hit late in the game. Wilson Betemit’s two-run single with two outs in the top of the eighth gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead and they won by a 7-5 score Friday night at Toronto in Game One of a three-game series. The win improves the Orioles to 4-3 on the year and was just their sixth win

O’s facing tough customer tonight in Morrow

The Orioles are facing a tough pitcher at Toronto tonight in 27-year-old right-hander Brandon Morrow. He led the American League last year in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.19 and leads the majors in that stat over the last two seasons at 10.53. Morrow pitched seven innings allowing just one hit and two runs that were unearned in his first start on Saturday at Cleveland.

Orioles pitching prospect Dan Klein will have shoulder procedure on Monday

Right-hander Dan Klein, the Orioles’ third-round draft pick in 2010 out of UCLA, will undergo another shoulder procedure and he will likely miss all of the 2012 season. The rotator interval closure procedure will be performed by shoulder specialist Dr. Craig Morgan this Monday, April 16, in Wilmington, Del. It is expected to tighten the area around the shoulder capsule. It is a very similar

The early-season pitching plan for Dylan Bundy

Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson said the early-season plan for Dylan Bundy calls for the Orioles’ 2011 first-round pick to go three innings again in his next start Tuesday and then begin to bump up his innings per start after that. The goal is to have Bundy pitch through the entire year staying within his season limit of 120 to 130 innings while

A few words from the coach working with Reynolds on his defense

He is the man on the Orioles coaching staff that started working with Mark Reynolds on his defense during spring camp and will continue to try and help Reynolds make needed improvements with his defense. DeMarlo Hale is the Orioles’ third-base coach, but also works with the team’s infielders. He served on Terry Francona’s Red Sox coaching staffs the last six years, the last two

How will the fans see the Yankees series and a take on Bundy

So as an Orioles fan, do you look at the last three nights in black and white terms or with shades of gray? Do you just see three losses and the team getting swept as the bottom line or did you see some things that were positive within the losses and give the team something to build on? I can’t help feeling that the Orioles

Another strong outing for Dylan Bundy

Dylan Bundy’s second pro start for the Orioles went about as well as the first one. In fact, just as he did in that outing last Friday night, Bundy tonight retired all nine batters he faced for Single-A Delmarva over three perfect innings, this time at Kannapolis, again with six strikeouts. He has pitched six perfect innings with 12 strikeouts over his first two outings.

Dan Duquette talks about the addition of Joel Pineiro

The Orioles signed 33-year-old right-hander Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract today. Orioles vice president Dan Duquette said they intend to get him soon into Triple-A Norfolk’s rotation and he provides more depth for the major league club. He could eventually be a long reliever working out of the Orioles bullpen. “We agreed to terms with Joel Pineiro on a Triple-A contract,” Duquette said

Showalter on the RISP stats

The Orioles have scored 21 runs in their first five games to rank sixth in the American League. They are fourth with a .260 team batting average and third in homers with seven. But the club has struggled in this series and so far this season when batting with runners in scoring position. The Orioles are just 2-for-23 (.087) the last two nights and 6-for-41

Dylan Bundy’s second pro start is tonight

When Dylan Bundy makes his much-anticipated second pro start tonight at Kannapolis, N.C., he will likely pitch three innings again as he did last Friday at Asheville, N.C., in his pro and South Atlantic League debut. Bundy made a stunning first impression in that game, retiring all nine batters he faced and recording six strikeouts in what was about a 45-pitch outing. He touched 97

It’s a mixed bag for the Orioles through five games

Losing to the Yankees is about as frustrating as it gets for an Orioles fan. But blowing a lead to New York, helping them with a key error and failing time after time with runners in scoring position takes the frustration to an even higher level. Unfortunately, the O’s and their fans have been here before against this team. The Orioles went just 5-13 against

A Hardy homer early for the Orioles (O’s lose in 12)

J.J. Hardy hit another early-game homer for the Orioles. It came in the last of the first inning and tied the game 1-1. Later in the inning a Freddy Garica wild pitch put the O’s ahead 2-1 as Garcia needed 36 pitches to get through that inning. Hardy’s homer was his second of the year and the Orioles’ seventh. They have homered in the first

Josh Bell will start in the outfield tonight at Triple-A

When the Triple-A Norfolk Tides host Gwinnett tonight at Harbor Park, Josh Bell will be in the starting lineup in right field, making his first ever professional start in the outfield. Bell did play in one game in left and one game in right field for the Orioles last season, but did not have a ball hit to him and those were not starts. Bell,

Robert Andino talks about having words with Russell Martin

When the Orioles’ clubhouse opened to reporters a few minutes ago, Robert Andino knew what to expect. He was waiting by his locker for us to ask him about what happened between him and Yankees catcher Russell Martin at the end of the game last night. “I was waiting for you all,” he said. Andino said it was a miscommunication and said he did not

Matusz struggles and Chen is up next for the Orioles

Well a little cold water was thrown on the good vibes created by the three-game sweep of Minnesota with that loss to the Yankees where Brian Matusz failed to consistently find the strike zone. It seems some fans were kind of jumping on Matusz in some of the comments we saw after last night’s game as the Yankees beat the Orioles 6-2 for the Birds’

Matusz not sharp as Orioles suffer first loss

After making progress over the offseason and making the team with a solid spring training, it was back to struggling for the Orioles tonight as the New York Yankees beat the O’s 6-2 to drop the Orioles to 3-1 on the season. Matusz struggled from the start, giving up a first-inning run and throwing 30 pitches in the inning. He went just four innings on

Trying to equal the 1974 Orioles (updated)

If Brian Matusz pitches seven innings or more tonight, this would be the first time since 1974 that the Orioles had four starters begin the year by pitching seven or more. That year it was Jim Palmer (8 1/3), Dave McNally (10), Ross Grimsley (8 2/3) and Mike Cuellar (eight). It didn’t look good for him to do that after the Yankees took a 1-0

Wei-Yin Chen gets ready to weigh in against New York

He was signed by the Orioles to a three-year contract with a club option for 2015 back in January and tomorrow Wei-Yin Chen makes his official Orioles’ debut. Manager Buck Showalter slated him to start the fifth game to give him more time to settle in as a big leaguer, but that also means he faces the Yankees right out of the box. “I’m feeling

Looks like Jim Johnson is settling into the closer’s role

It took awhile for Buck Showalter to proclaim that Jim Johnson is his closer for this year, but now that he is, Showalter seems confident in what Johnson can do in the role. Johnson is 2-for-2 in save chances over the first three games and now has saved 10 straight dating back to last Aug. 14. He certainly seems comfortable now in that role. “We

Tyler Townsend off to fast start at Double-A

Maybe it should come as no surprise that Tyler Townsend is hitting well again. The Orioles’ third-round pick in 2009 out of Florida International is off to a fast start in his debut season in the Double-A Eastern League. After going 0-for-3 in Thursday’s opener, Townsend is 5-for-11 over Bowie’s last three games with three homers and six RBIs. At this very early stage, he

It’s Matusz on the mound tonight

For the first time since he gave up six runs against the Detroit Tigers last Sept. 25, Brian Matusz will take a major league mound tonight, in a game that counts, to begin to try and finally erase, once and for all, the memory of his terrible 2011 season. Matusz put in some hard work during the offseason after going 1-9 with an ERA of

Matt Wieters and Rick Adair talk about Jason Hammel

Here are comments from Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and pitching coach Rick Adair on Jason Hammel’s near no-hitter today at Camden Yards. Wieters on Hammel’s outing: “He threw the ball well. He was able to get a lot of ground balls and use all his offspeed. In spring training, you could tell he had good stuff, but you are always constantly working on things. He

Jason Hammel talks about his no-hit bid against Minnesota

It was quite an Orioles debut for right-hander Jason Hammel. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and wound up with a two-hitter over eight as the Orioles beat Minnesota 3-1 to sweep the series. This was a day where Hammel pretty much had all his pitches going for him. Jason Hammel speaks to the media about his impressive Orioles debut “Honestly, pretty close,”

No-hit bid comes up short, but Hammel pitches O’s to sweep of Twins

After the starting pitching the Orioles got the first two days of this series, you had to figure it would be hard for Jason Hammel to top what Jake Arrieta and Tommy Hunter had done. But for the first seven innings this afternoon, the 29-year-old right-hander was nearly perfect. He took a no-hitter on two walks into the eighth before back-to-back doubles by Justin Morneau

Once again, the Orioles score first against Minnesota

The Orioles jumped out to another lead against the Twins this afternoon when J.J. Hardy hit a 2-1 pitch from Anthony Swarzak for a solo homer to left center in the last of the first today. The Orioles still hold that 1-0 lead in the fourth and have outscored the Twins 6-0 in the first three innings of the games this weekend. The Orioles began

An early look at the minors

The four Orioles full-season minor league affiliates are underway in their seasons with a combined record of 5-6 so far. * Triple-A Norfolk is 1-2, averaging 4.0 runs per game with a 5.57 ERA. * Double-A Bowie is 1-2, averaging 3.0 runs per game with a 6.00 ERA. * Single-A Frederick is 1-1, averaging 8.5 runs per game with a 5.00 ERA. * Single-A Delmarva

Mark Reynolds talks about his defense

It is safe to say that Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds has not gotten off to the start on defense that he wanted. After leading the American League with 31 errors last season, he made an errant throw on opening day but first baseman Chris Davis saved him with a nice stretch and catch. Last night, Reynolds made an error in the eighth that led

Just like last year, a good start for the starters

Yes, it’s only been two games and no one will confuse this Minnesota lineup with the Yankees. But the back to back solid starting pitching outings by Jake Arrieta and Tommy Hunter may remind you of how the O’s starters started last year. In the first series of the 2011 season, the Orioles swept the Rays in Tampa Bay as Jeremy Guthrie, Chris Tillman and

Postgame comments from Hunter, Andino and Paulino

For Tommy Hunter, it was just a matter of doing what he is expected to do. “Starting pitchers are supposed to go deep into the game, give your team a chance to win,” he said after a strong seven-plus innings as the Orioles beat Minnesota 8-2 to improve to 2-0. “Just throw strikes and let the defense play. They made some plays all night behind

Tommy Hunter and the longball lead Orioles past Twins 8-2

On a night the Orioles broke out some big offense, another excellent outing by a starting pitcher set the tone for a second straight win over the Minnesota Twins. Tommy Hunter followed up Jake Arrieta’s outstanding opening day performance by pitching seven-plus strong innings tonight in the Orioles’ 8-2 win over Minnesota in front of 31,532 at Camden Yards. Tommy Hunter talks about his strong

Bottom-of-the-order offense (Markakis, Wieters homers make it 8-0)

The middle of the Orioles batting order delivered some key offense for the Orioles in their season-opening win, with Nick Markakis producing a homer and three RBIs. Tonight, the bottom of the order has contributed five hits, four runs and two RBIs between Ronny Paulino and Robert Andino. The Paulino-Andino combo has been retired just once tonight by Twins pitching. After Adam Jones’ homer in

Showalter talks sabermetrics

There were terms like UZR (ultimate zone rating) and wOBA (weighted on base average) mentioned today during Buck Showalter’s pregame press session with reporters. This will come as welcome news to some readers of this blog. The fans that are into sabermetrics and some of the new statistics in the game are well aware of these terms and what they represent. But Showalter today mentioned

After surgery, Arrieta’s improved breaking pitches were on display in opener

At FanFest, Jake Arrieta was saying that having the bone spurs removed from his right elbow last August was going to provide a new-found flexibility and range of motion with his arm. He specifically felt that would most benefit his ability to throw more quality breaking balls. Then he went out on opening day and saw that unfold during his outing. Arrieta threw many quality

A look back at some notes from the opener as we await Game 2

Checking in with more notes from Orioles opening day win a few hours before the second game of the season tonight at Camden Yards. * It was 20 years ago yesterday when Rick Sutcliffe pitched a five-hit shutout as the Orioles opened Camden Yards by winning by two runs, 2-0. On Friday, they won by two runs, 4-2 as the pitching staff allowed six hits.

Bundy’s sensational pro debut (with play-by-play)

I guess right-hander Dylan Bundy could have had a better pro debut. He could have struck out all nine batters he faced. He didn’t quite do that, but he was very impressive nonetheless when he took the mound last night in Asheville, N.C., for his first game in the O’s organization. Scheduled to pitch three innings, Bundy retired the Tourists in order three straight times

Billy Rowell is going to try pitching, plus Norfolk’s rotation

Orioles 2006 first-round draft pick Billy Rowell, who has struggled the last few years as a hitter, has agreed to take a shot at pitching. He has been taking part in the beginnings of a throwing program the last two days in Sarasota and will continue with that for about a month. At that point, the Orioles will decide if he has made enough progress

Markakis on his homer, Arrieta, the fans and more

Nick Markakis got the Orioles off to a fast start today, delivering a two-run homer off Carl Pavano in the last of the first inning as the Orioles beat the Twins 4-2 on opening day. Markakis went 2-for-3 and had a triple and three RBIs and it was a great sign to prove he is healthy for the season after being limited early in camp.

Arrieta: “I think we made a statement today”

Jake Arrieta said he doesn’t feel he should be called the Orioles’ No. 1 pitcher, but he sure looked like one today. Allowing just two hits - both singles - over seven, at times, dominant innings, Arrieta pitched the Orioles to a 4-2 win over Minnesota in front of a sellout crowd of 46,773 at Camden Yards. Arrieta walked two and fanned four. He faced

Arrieta and Markakis co-star as O’s beat Twins in opener

It took the Orioles a long time to name their opening day starter. It looks like Buck Showalter made the right decision. Jake Arrieta blanked Minnesota on just two hits over seven innings as the Orioles beat the Twins 4-2 to win this afternoon in front of sellout crowd of 46,773. Arrieta’s strong outing came 20 years to the day Rick Sutcliffe blanked Cleveland 2-0

O’s getting to Pavano again

When the Orioles got six earned runs off Minnesota right-hander Carl Pavano on March 22, it was in a spring training game that didn’t count. When they got to him today, it did count. In the spring outing, the Orioles had eight hits in just four innings against Pavano. Last year, in two starts against the Orioles, he was 0-2 with an ERA of 8.49,

Sutcliffe and Hoiles on first pitch and first game

Twenty years ago today, right-hander Rick Sutcliffe threw a five-hit shutout to pitch the Orioles past Cleveland to open Camden Yards. He threw another strike today to help lift off the 2012 season. He said that 1992 opening day was among the most special in his career. “There was nothing like that one,” Sutcliffe said. “There was always going to be another opening day, but

For starters, it’s Arrieta against Pavano

It was 20 years ago today that Rick Sutcliffe was the first pitcher to take the mound in a regular season game here at Camden Yards. He pitched the Orioles to a win with a five-hit shutout that today. If Jake Arrieta could come up with a performance even close to that this afternoon, the Orioles could start the 20th anniversary season at the Yard

Reimold talks about batting leadoff

When the Orioles come up to bat for the first time today, Nolan Reimold will be batting first. He has just 24 career at-bats in the leadoff spot, but will add to the total today. “I’m excited. Get up there first and set the tone. Try to get on base and score runs is my focus,” he said. He was asked if he has to

Nick Markakis pronounces himself ready to go

Even though he had just 24 at-bats in spring training after offseason abdominal surgery, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis today pronounced himself fit and ready to go for this season. “Yeah, physically, I think I’m about as good as I can be right now. It’s just a matter of going out and playing now. All the rehab and hard work in spring training is behind

For now, it’s still the Eastern League for Tim Bascom

BOWIE, Md. - At a time when the Orioles brought what seemed like dozens and dozens of pitchers to major league camp this year, there was an omission that was somewhat glaring to me. The Orioles failed to provide a major league spring training invite to their 2011 minor league Pitcher of the Year, Tim Bascom. I’m not saying that Bascom is ready to make

Machado on his first-pitch homer and the opening night win

BOWIE, Md. - For the second year in a row, Manny Machado made an impressive debut with a new team. The Orioles top-rated position prospect must have a flair for the dramatic. With everyone paying close attention to his first at-bat in the Double-A Eastern League Thursday night, he smoked a first-pitch fastball from Harrisburg’s Patrick Gilliam over the wall in left-center in the second

Machado struggle in the Eastern League? Not yet (updated, Baysox win)

BOWIE, Md. - Manny Machado admitted before tonight’s game that he could face some struggles as a 19-year-old playing in the Double-A Eastern League. So far he isn’t having any issues. On the first pitch he saw tonight, batting with one out and none on in the last of the second, Machado homered to left-center off Harrisburg starter Patrick Gilliam. Machado hit a liner that

Rain keeps Bundy from debut tonight; Machado on Double-A debut

BOWIE, Md. - It is sunny but chilly, but there have been some intense thunderstorms in Asheville, N.C. today and Dylan Bundy’s scheduled pro debut has been rained out. The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds will try again to open their season on Friday night. Bundy is now scheduled to be the starter tomorrow when the Shorebirds meet Asheville at 7:05 p.m. The rainout will be made

Machado and Schoop set for Double-A debuts tonight

BOWIE, Md. - There is plenty of excitement surrounding the Bowie Baysox game tonight. Not only is it opening night, but the game will also feature the Double-A debuts of the Orioles’ top two position prospects in Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop. Machado, the club’s first-round pick in 2010, will play at short and bat fifth tonight. Schoop, the Orioles 2011 minor league Player of

LJ Hoes is going to have a new position in his future

BOWIE, Md. - When the Double-A Bowie Baysox open a new season tonight at Prince George’s Stadium against Harrisburg, LJ Hoes will bat third and play left field. But tomorrow night he will likely be at another position. About 10 days ago, the Orioles moved Hoes from left to center field at camp and he will likely begin playing center field for the Baysox tomorrow

Looking at pitching depth and minor league rotations

Then there was one. One day left until the Orioles begin a new season and we finally get to see games that count. My trip to Norfolk, Va., was fun but the day was obviously busy and filled with the news of the finalization of the rotation and the completing of the 25-man roster. Buck Showalter made an interesting point a few times yesterday in

Duquette on Brian Ward’s suspension

NORFOLK, Va. - When Major League Baseball made the 50-game suspension of Orioles minor league catcher Brian Ward official today, Dan Duquette could comment on the situation with Ward for the first time. Here is the release from MLB: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Baltimore Orioles Minor League catcher Brian Ward has received a 50-game suspension after a second violation

Rotation finally is set

NORFOLK, Va - Buck Showalter just informed reporters of his season opening rotation and final roster move. The Orioles starters will be in order: Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, Jason Hammel, Brian Matusz and Wei-Yin Chen. Zach Phillips has now officially been optioned to Triple-A, so Troy Patton and Darren O’Day get the final two roster spots. The Orioles also put lefty Tsuyoshi Wada officially on

O’Day and Patton claim final two bullpen spots

NORFOLK, Va. - Even though he was slowed by a groin strain in camp, Darren O’Day has made a major league opening day roster for the fifth time. Troy Patton will join him there. The Orioles have announced that they’ve optioned lefty Zach Phillips to Triple-A and Patton and O’Day claim the final spots in the bullpen. It was a mild surprised that O’Day made

Matusz on his outing today and his spring

NORFOLK, Va. - As this game moves into the late innings, Brian Matusz is still awaiting word that he is in the Orioles’ starting rotation. Barring a major surprise, he’ll get that word from Buck Showalter after this game. Here is what Matusz said a few minutes ago outside the Orioles clubhouse. On today’s outing: “I felt really good. From the start warming up with

Matusz through four

NORFOLK, Va. - Lefty Brian Matusz has kept the Triple-A Norfolk Tides off the scoreboard through four innings today as the Orioles and Tides are scoreless on a now cloudy afternoon with a light rain falling at Harbor Park. Matusz, expected to be officially named to the O’s rotation after today’s game, has allowed just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Matusz entered

Homecoming for Reynolds

NORFOLK, Va. - Today is a homecoming for Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds. He lived in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area up until he left to play in college at the University of Virginia. He attended First Colonial High, which is 17 miles from Harbor Park. “It feels good (to come home),” Reynolds said. “I was telling those guys earlier, I’ve never played here before. I

Duquette on Machado, Schoop and Bundy

NORFOLK, Va. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was asked today about Dylan Bundy’s season. Does he see the O’s 2011 top draft pick pitching all year with Single-A Delmarva, or could he moved up later to higher levels on the farm? “Dylan Bundy’s year, I hope, is as a starting pitcher and that he gets into the flow of a routine that a

Still waiting on Orioles’ final moves

NORFOLK, Va. - Besides telling reporters that Tommy Hunter will start the second game of the season between Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel, Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t reveal any new news today here during pre-game interviews at Harbor Park. Showalter said he would announce his five-man rotation and any final roster moves after today’s game with the Tides. It still appears that Wei-Yin Chen

Orioles and Tides lineups from Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. - Here are today’s starting lineups for the 3 p.m exhibition game with the Orioles playing the Triple-A Tides here in Norfolk. Orioles LF - Endy Chavez SS - J.J. Hardy RF - Nick Markakis CF - Adam Jones DH - Nick Johnson C - Matt Wieters 3B - Mark Reynolds 1B - Chris Davis 2B - Robert Andino Norfolk Tides CF -

Dylan Bundy closes in on his pro debut

SALISBURY, Md. - He may be a first-round draft pick. He has a ton of talent and the scouts rave about him. Orioles fans are expecting nothing less than to see Dylan Bundy in the orange and black one day, dominating American League hitters. If he is feeling any pressure to live up to all those expectations, Bundy was not letting on yesterday here during

Shorebirds gain early lead on Salisbury (Birds win 2-1)

SALISBURY, Md. - After three innings of tonight’s exhibition game at Perdue Stadium, Delmarva has a 2-1 lead on Salisbury University. Delmarva took a 1-0 lead in the last of the first. Glynn Davis led off with an infield single, stole second and third bases, and later scored on a Wynston Sawyer sac fly. Salisbury tied the game with a run in the top of

Hearing from Bundy, Givens and Delmonico at Shorebirds media day

SALISBURY, Md. - You had to figure Dylan Bundy might pitch Single-A Delmarva’s season opening game and that is exactly what he will do when he takes the mound on Thursday night in Asheville, N.C. for the Shorebirds in his professional debut for the Orioles organization. There was a lot of speculation about where Bundy would begin his minor league career and he will start

Ryan Minor on Bundy, his opening rotation and more

SALISBURY, Md. - At the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds media day this afternoon, Birds’ manager Ryan Minor said Dylan Bundy will be his opening night starter Thursday at Asheville and is scheduled to pitch three innings in the club’s South Atlantic League opener. The Orioles’ first-round pick from last year’s draft has pitched sparingly so far in camp and will likely be limited to several outings

Shorebirds announce current roster

Here is a press release from the Delmarva Shorebirds: Salisbury, Md. - In conjunction with the Baltimore Orioles, the Delmarva Shorebirds are excited to release the “Break Camp Roster” for the 2012 season. Headlining the roster is Dylan Bundy, the Orioles first round selection in 2011, and the top overall prospect in the farm system according to Baseball America. The Shorebirds roster features four of

Talking predictions and prospects

It is time for your official predictions for the Orioles for the 2012 season. Post them here and we will revisit this many months from now in the winter. I said I would do that last winter, but this time I really mean it. I’m going with 75 wins. The offense was just about league average last year. If Nolan Reimold and Chris Davis produce

Still feeling discomfort, Dan Klein is scheduled to see shoulder specialist

Dan Klein, the Orioles’ third-round draft pick in 2010 out of UCLA and a pitcher the team had high hopes for, will see shoulder specialist Dr. Craig Morgan on April 13. Klein had shoulder surgery last Aug. 16 and had still been experiencing some discomfort at camp at Twin Lakes Park. Klein was able to do some light throwing during camp, but when he extended

Sending Dylan Bundy to Delmarva is the right move

I see that several fans are expressing the opinion that the Orioles should be starting their top pitching prospect, Dylan Bundy, at Single-A Frederick and not Single-A Delmarva, where he is going to begin the season. I think the Orioles are doing exactly the right thing with Bundy in sending him to the Shorebirds right now. The fans’ expectations are that Bundy will dominate from

Will a pitcher’s mound be in Rowell’s future?

Although no one will say much about it, it appears the Orioles have asked Billy Rowell, their first-round draft pick in 2006, to consider converting from a position player to a pitcher. Rowell was drafted as an infielder and has played at first base, third base and right field in the minors. But after producing some solid offensive numbers very early in his career, he

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