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Nice comeback: O’s spot Yankees five-run lead, then rally to win

For the second night in a row, the Orioles posted an impressive win in New York. Last night, they held on late to win. Tonight, they came back early on to win. After falling behind 5-0 after the bottom of the first, the Orioles erupted for seven runs in the top of the second to quickly regain the lead on their way to a 11-5

Some Orioles-Yankees pregame notes (game update)

Some pregame notes to ponder as the Orioles meet the Yankees tonight in New York: * The Orioles went 5-13 vs. the Yankees last year. They are 4-5 in 2012 and a win tonight would match their win total of all of last year. The Orioles have won four of their last five games against the Yankees after starting the season 0-4. * The Orioles

How active will O’s be, as trade deadline is now hours away? (Urrutia update)

The trade deadline is now just over four hours away. Will it be an active few hours for the Orioles? As the deadline draws near I go back to an interview I had with Dan Duquette on July 6. I sat across from him in his office that day as he spoke about the possibility of the Orioles making moves. “The future is always now,

Nick Markakis finds a home in the leadoff spot

Nick Markakis had yet another productive game in the leadoff spot Monday as the Orioles beat New York 5-4. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Since he returned from the disabled list and was moved to the leadoff spot, Markakis is batting .364 over 18 games with six doubles, one homer, five RBIs and an OPS of .885. He

Gonzalez gets the win as O’s take series opener in New York

Even though half the hits he gave up tonight were home runs, Miguel Gonzalez still was on his game for most the evening, keeping the Yankees off balance with some offspeed pitches which produced eight strikeouts as the Orioles beat New York 5-4 in the opener of a three-game series. With the win the Orioles improved to 4-1 in their last five games against New

The Orioles’ last trip to Yankee Stadium went well

It has been a long time since the Orioles played at Yankee Stadium. Three months, in fact. But the last trip there, unlike many others over the years, went quite well for the Orioles. On April 30 Baltimore lost the series opener in the Bronx 2-1, but they then beat New York 7-1 and 5-0 on back-to-back nights to improve to 16-9 on the year.

Omar Quintanilla has provided a spark for the Orioles

Omar Quintanilla has started the last seven games for the Orioles. He has provided a bit of a spark for the team since his trade from the Mets. After a three-hit game that included a solo homer Sunday, Quintanilla is 7-for-13 over his past three games and 10-for-20 over his last five after going 1-for-6 to start his O’s tenure. After the Mets designated him

Chen came up big for Orioles so they can take some momentum to N.Y.

A lot of the talk Sunday was about Wei-Yin Chen picking up 12 strikeouts in the win over Oakland. But the bigger accomplishment for me was simply that Chen pitched the Orioles to a big win, strikeouts or no strikeouts. The Orioles needed to avoid getting swept and Chen gave up just one run (unearned) over 5 2/3 innings against an Oakland team that had

Postgame comments from Wieters, Chen and Quintanilla

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has talked often about how competitive Wei-Yin Chen is on the mound. It may be hard at times for fans or reporters to notice that side of him, but Matt Wieters said his teammates do. “He has that competitive spirit out there,” Wieters said. “Anytime we’ve needed a big win or big game, he’s stepped up for us and given us

Chen’s 12 strikeouts, Wieters’ three-run homer help O’s top A’s

It was not just another Sunday at Camden Yards. Wei-Yin Chen set a major league record for strikeouts by a Taiwenese-born pitcher, Matt Wieters returned to the lineup and hit a key homer, Omar Quintanilla had a big day at the plate and Adam Jones continued his recent run production increase. All that happened as the Orioles beat Oakland 6-1 in front of 19,698 to

Run production trending up for Adam Jones

Don’t look now but Adam Jones’ run production is on the rise. Again. Jones got the Orioles started today with an RBI double to left-center in the third for a 1-0 lead and then he scored moments later when Matt Wieters homered in the same general area to end a 1-for-31 drought. Jones now has nine extra-base hits with four doubles, a triple and four

Brian Roberts talks about his upcoming hip surgery

A few moments ago, Brian Roberts told reporters at Camden Yards that he is opting to have surgery on the labral tear in his right hip. He played last night in Aberdeen, going 0-for-4 with a walk, but decided this was the best course of action. Here is Roberts’ opening statement to reporters along with the questions and answers that followed: “After playing last night

Lew Ford: “This is more than I could have dreamed of”

You could have tried to wipe the big smile off Lew Ford’s face this morning, but you would not have been able to do it. The 35-year-old Ford has not played in the majors since 2007 with the Twins. Since then, he’s played in Mexico, Japan and in the Atlantic League. But after being called up by the Orioles, he is back in the American

Brian Roberts talks about his night in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - He didn’t get any hits Saturday in his first game since July 1, but Brian Roberts played all nine innings for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds at Ripken Stadium in their 7-2 loss to Vermont. Roberts hopes to return for another game here tomorrow. “Got through nine innings, so we’ll wait and see how everything goes tonight and in the morning,” Roberts

Roberts walks and scores in the first at Aberdeen (updated with audio)

ABERDEEN, Md - Wearing a blue No. 17 Aberdeen IronBirds jersey, but using his specially-designed Orioles batting helmet, Brian Roberts moved to the plate here a few moments ago for his first-ever at-bat in a New York-Penn League game. Starting what he hopes will be just a two-game rehab assignment before he can rejoin the Orioles, Roberts led off the last of the first drawing

Brian Roberts is set to test hip injury here in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - After taking his cuts during batting practice in front of short-season Single-A Aberdeen manager Gary Allenson, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is going to bat leadoff and play second tonight for the IronBirds. His goal is to play nine innings the next two days here with the IronBirds and come through the games healthy enough to rejoin the Orioles for a road

Brian Roberts will play for Aberdeen tonight

Brian Roberts, who has been on the Orioles’ disabled list since July 3 with a labral tear in his right hip, has progressed to the point where he will test the injury in game action. MASNsports.com has learned that Roberts will play for Aberdeen tonight at Ripken Stadium, beginning an injury-rehab assignment. It’s uncertain how long this assignment will last, but Roberts is expected to

Can Johnson and the Orioles bounce back from this one?

With the great season he has had, what Orioles fan wouldn’t have taken Jim Johnson on the mound last night with a one-run lead in the ninth? The Orioles had come back from 5-0 and 8-6 deficits, and after a stirring three-run last of the eighth, their All-Star closer needed three outs to end an uplifting comeback win to start a big weekend series. Instead,

Chris Davis and home homers

Chris Davis hit a solo homer tonight in the last of the second. His liner to right got out of here in a hurry and was his 17th homer of the year and second in two games. Davis leads the Orioles in home runs at home. That was No. 12 for him. He began today batting .277 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs in 41

Hardy in the lineup and not expecting any issues with sore ribcage area

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is back in the lineup tonight, set to make his 97th start of the year, despite getting hit in the ribcage yesterday in the fifth inning by Tampa Bay’s James Shields. Hardy had X-rays taken, which were negative. “I’m not anticipating any problems,” he said today. “It is sore to the touch, but I’m not worried about swinging or throwing. I

Eveland designated for assignment, prepares to head back to Triple-A

Orioles lefty Dana Eveland is packing his bags. Again. For the third time this year, he has been designated for assignment. It happened again today so the Orioles could add Miguel Socolovich back to the active roster. Eveland was added to the O’s roster just yesterday and was here this time for just one game that he never pitched in. “I didn’t know what was

Wieters talks about tight right bicep that has him out of tonight’s lineup

Mired in a 1-for-30 slump, some might say Matt Wieters has a sore bat. Now, he has a tight right bicep to match. He is not in tonight’s lineup because of that. He felt some discomfort during yesterday’s game. “I took a few swings yesterday where I got a little tight with the right bicep, and we just want to make sure we can get

A very difficult nine-game stretch arrives for the Orioles

For the Orioles, the next nine games may well determine if they can truly be in or out of the wild-card race for the rest of this season. They are currently 1.5 games out of the second AL wild-card spot. Breaking a three-game losing streak Thursday was big and the Orioles are 6-3 over the last nine games. But now their next nine will be

Dylan Bundy: “Probably the best stuff I’ve had all year”

WILMINGTON, Del. - Throwing a fastball that was overpowering at times in the 95-96 mph range, with a sharp curveball to go with it, Dylan Bundy dominated the Wilmington Blue Rocks for 2 2/3 innings tonight before the game was halted by rain at Frawley Stadium. Bundy did not give up a run or hit and had one walk and three strikeouts. He threw 32

D. Bundy expected to move to Double-A before end of season

WILMINGTON, Del. - Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson said tonight he wants pitching prospect Dylan Bundy to have “a handful” of starts going beyond five innings with Single-A Frederick and then the Orioles are likely to move Bundy to Double-A Bowie for his final few starts of the 2012 season. Tonight was the first time this year that Bundy was slated to pitch

Strong outing for D. Bundy halted for now by rain at Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Del. - Dylan Bundy’s 10th start for the Single-A Frederick Keys is off to a good start. But it has been halted, at least for a while, by a rain delay at Frawley Stadium. Bundy has pitched scoreless and no-hit ball through 2 2/3 innings and play was halted at 7:50 p.m. with the score tied 0-0. Wilmington had a man on first, two

Updates on Frederick’s Brandon Erbe and Tyler Townsend

WILMINGTON, Del. - There is some good news to report on Frederick pitcher Brandon Erbe. He said he hopes to come off the disabled list soon after experiencing a setback early this month. Erbe had labrum surgery in August 2010 and has been working his way back since. He said earlier this year his shoulder felt great and his velocity had returned to pre-surgery levels.

As Dylan Bundy takes mound, are O’s thinking about promoting him?

WILMINGTON, Del. - As Dylan Bundy gets ready to take the mound tonight here at Frawley Stadium for his 18th start of the season and 10th with Single-A Frederick, he could experience both a first and a last this evening. While he will pitch beyond five innings for the first time as a pro, there are also some indications that tonight could be his last

Talk show callers and their trade ideas

It is one of those topics that might come up on a sports talk show and make for interesting conversation, even though the odds of it happening are very, very low. One of those topics came up on my radio show last night on 105.7 FM The Fan in Baltimore. A caller thought the Orioles should be sellers at the trade deadline and one big

Rays score five in the first on way to romp over Orioles

The Orioles entered tonight having allowed three runs or less for seven consecutive games and their starters had recorded seven straight quality starts. They didn’t come close to extending either streak to eight. Tampa Bay scored five runs in the first inning on its way to a 10-1 romp over the Orioles as the Rays take the first two games of this series and they

Will the Orioles be able to buy a run off Price tonight?

The last two nights the Orioles have a total of two runs on 11 hits and have gone 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. With their team average down to .239, its lowest mark since Opening Day, all the Orioles have to do tonight is beat Tampa Bay’s David Price, who is first in the American League in wins and fourth in ERA. Matt Wieters

Matt Wieters on his hitting slump, serving as DH and the strong run of pitching

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has just one hit in 23 at-bats over his last six games. That has dropped his average from .258 to .243, its lowest point since early June. A reporter asked Wieters if he thought his bat has been streakier this year. “I don’t know,” Wieters said. “I’m sure the numbers come and go. But it’s something you can’t worry about. When

Updating the Bundy brothers

Orioles minor league pitcher Bobby Bundy is expected to have surgery Thursday to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. The procedure will keep him out for the rest of the season. The procedure will be performed by a doctor based near Little Rock, Ark., who has dealt with the Bundy brothers before and has the approval of Orioles doctors. The older brother of Dylan

Chen with a quality start, but O’s lose against Tampa Bay

For the second night in a row, the Orioles got a solid starting pitching performance and quality start, but not a win. Jeremy Hellickson outdueled Wei-Yin Chen as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 3-1 in Game 1 of a three-game series and an O’s six-game homestand. Chen gave up just four hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings, throwing 109 pitches. He falls to

Buck talks about the RISP stats (O’s lead 1-0)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is quite aware of his team’s struggles to get clutch hits with runners in scoring position. But don’t look for him to bring it up unless he is asked about it, as he was today. “Just do it. We’ve done it and will again,” Showalter said. “It’s like what comes first, creating all these opportunities and putting people out there. There

Matt Lindstrom with an update on his right knee injury

Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom felt he was throwing the ball really well on Friday night in Cleveland. Then, he took a Johnny Damon liner off his left leg on his knee, his plant leg, and he hasn’t pitched since then. But Lindstrom reports that his knee is feeling much better today and that he is available to pitch tonight if needed. “I’m available,” Lindstrom said

Spreading dugout wisdom: Jim Thome is happy to help

If you have a player on your team with 611 homers and with the resume of Jim Thome, it is probably worthwhile to spend some time talking to him and learning from him. It seems the Orioles have been doing that since Thome was acquired on July 1 from Philadelphia. Every time the camera catches Thome in the dugout, he seems to be talking with

The Orioles are still struggling with RISP

Last night was a real rarity for the Orioles. Not only did they lose for just the sixth time this year when their starting pitcher produced a quality start, but they lost for just the second time when their starter went seven innings or more. Tommy Hunter gave up just three runs over seven innings, but took the 3-1 loss at Cleveland. It was the

Win streak ends as O’s can’t complete four-game sweep

Well, that was one frustrating loss. The Orioles got a sixth straight quality start but not a sixth straight win, losing 3-1 to Cleveland as they missed a chance to record their first four-game sweep there since September of 1971. Justin Masterson gave up one run and seven hits over 7 1/3 innings to get his seventh win. The Orioles had eight hits overall but

Will the O’s bats join in the fun?

The Orioles’ five-game win streak has certainly been fueled by excellent starting pitching, and the Orioles have given up just ten runs over those five games. As for the offense, the Orioles are certainly not putting up big numbers there. They currently rank third in the AL in homers and ninth in slugging, but only 11th in runs and batting average and 12th in OBP.

Ty Kelly’s big season and a look at minor league records

After spending all of the last two seasons at Single-A Delmarva, Ty Kelly was considered a decent player but was not listed among the Orioles’ top minor league prospects. But his play this year should be getting him some attention. He recently moved up to Double-A Bowie from Single-A Frederick, and is 9-for-23 with four RBIs in his first six Baysox games. But Kelly, a

A win streak, kudos to Teagarden and some Orioles history

It sure makes it easier to win when your pitching staff gives up 10 runs over a five-game stretch. And it was seven before the ninth inning Sunday. Before this win streak, the Orioles had lost six of seven games and they gave up 45 runs during those six losses. Pretty easy to note the difference. By the way, seldom will you see a player

O’s minor league homer leader suffers oblique injury

Aaron Baker, who leads all Orioles minor leaguers this season with 22 homers and 76 RBIs, suffered an oblique injury today during batting practice with Double-A Bowie and the injury could keep him out for the rest of the season. Sometimes, these types of injuries can take four to six weeks to heal and there are only about six weeks remaining in the minor league

Britton and Hardy lead the Orioles to a fifth straight win

It’s been a stunning five days of pitching by the Orioles. Since giving up 25 runs in losses Monday and Tuesday at Minnesota, the Orioles now have a five-game win streak during which they have given up ten total runs. Zach Britton pitched six shutout innings today as the Orioles beat Cleveland 4-3. Britton gave up four hits with two walks and five strikeouts, throwing

A few mid-game notes

Some mid-game notes as the Orioles lead the Tribe 2-0 after four innings: * Zach Britton has allowed just two hits so far and has gotten seven groundball outs among his nine outs. It is always a good sign for Britton to get groundballs with his sinker. Britton pitched to an ERA of 2.81 over his last five Triple-A starts before giving up four runs

Will Ryan Flaherty hold off Omar Quintanilla at second base?

Don’t look now, but not only has Ryan Flaherty homered in back-to-back games, but he has hit three homers over his last 19 at-bats. That came after he had hit just one homer in his first 91 Orioles at-bats. This also comes at a time when some fans were becoming vocal about Flaherty and wondering why the Orioles were keeping the Rule 5 pick on

Orioles welcome momentum back to their dugout

For a road trip that began with the Orioles allowing 25 runs in two games as their starters gave up 11 runs over a combined 4 2/3 innings, things have improved. And in a hurry. The Orioles four-game win streak has energized the team and probably encouraged a fan base that was sensing some doom and gloom. Now the Orioles are tied with Chicago and

Thome, Tillman and Flaherty lead O’s past Cleveland 3-1

The Orioles used two big swings and several big pitches to pick up another big win. Jim Thome hit a two-run homer in the seventh to back the strong pitching of Chris Tillman as the Orioles beat Cleveland 3-1 at Progressive Field to take the first two games of this series. The Orioles went into the seventh down 1-0 to the Tribe as Shin-Soo Choo

Does Chris Tillman get a mulligan for Monday? (Orioles lead 2-1)

You know what Orioles fans were thinking on Monday night. Only an O’s pitching prospect can dominate a team one game like Chris Tillman did in 8 1/3 innings against Seattle and not make it through the first inning the next start. Tillman gave up seven runs, with just one earned, in two-thirds of an inning Monday at Minnesota. I’ll give him a mulligan for

Bowie pitcher Bobby Bundy could be headed for surgery

Double-A Bowie right-handed pitcher Bobby Bundy is expected to miss the rest of the season and is very likely headed for surgery. An MRI discovered that Bundy has bone spurs in his right elbow. The older brother of Dylan Bundy, the Orioles’ top pitching prospect, Bobby Bundy had given up 15 runs in just 3 2/3 innings in his last two starts for Bowie, on

Notes from Norfolk

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides are 21-11 over their last 32 games and are now 51-50 on the season. The 32-game run has moved the Tides within six games of first place in their division and within 4 1/2 games of an International League wild card playoff spot. Norfolk’s 51 wins are just five shy of matching the entire season total from 2011, when Norfolk finished

Thome talk

It was exactly a week ago that I wrote about Jim Thome and asked fans what they thought about Thome after his first seven games with the club. He was just 5-for-25 as an Oriole at that point with 11 strikeouts and not one extra-base hit. A week later, Thome’s bat is now percolating. Over the last five games he is 8-for-22 (.364) with four

Big third inning sends the Orioles past Cleveland

For a team struggling to get big hits with runners in scoring postion, it was a welcome sight. Not just scoring 10 runs tonight in a 10-2 win at Cleveland, but the two big hits the Orioles got came seconds apart in the top of the third. With the Orioles leading 2-1, one inning removed from stranding the bases loaded, Mark Reynolds came up with

It’s been a while since the Orioles last recorded three straight quality starts

For the Orioles, it has been nearly two months since their pitchers recorded three straight quality starts. Yes, it has been that long. They can make it three in a row tonight when Miguel Gonzalez pitches at Cleveland. From May 25 to May 27 against Kansas City, the Orioles posted three in a row. Jason Hammel pitched six scoreless innings, then Wei-Yin Chen gave up

The Orioles have suspended two minor leaguers

Two players on the Orioles Gulf Coast League team, third baseman Hector Veloz and right-handed pitcher Jhondaniel Medina have been suspended by the team. The suspensions began a few days ago and could end sometime next week. They were suspended for disciplinary reasons, a team official confirmed, but would not say what exactly had happened. Veloz was signed out of the Dominican to a $300,000

Orioles win the close ones to offset a poor run differential

The question has been asked often: How can a team that leads the majors in errors, struggles to score runs and get clutch hits and has an ever-changing rotation that ranks 12th in the league in ERA, still be in the playoff hunt after 92 games? I have another question as an addendum to that: How can a team with a minus-55 run differential still

The clutch hit finally came: O’s top Minnesota in series finale

Frustrated most of the afternoon by their inability to get a key hit with runners in scoring position, Mark Reynolds ended nearly eight innings of frustration for the Orioles this afternoon. His two-run single to center put the Orioles ahead and they beat the Twins 4-3 to split this four-game series by winning the last two. Down 3-2 entering the eighth, Matt Wieters and Wilson

Chris Davis gets the Orioles on the board with a long homer

It wasn’t exactly a homer drought, but when Chris Davis hit a long homer to right today in the second inning off Cole De Vries, it ended a stretch of nine homerless games for him. It was Davis’ 15th homer of the year. Davis entered today 0-for-11 over his past three games and 3-for-26 over his last seven contests. That brought the Orioles to within

Ranking O’s starters by quality start and win percentage

After noticing last night that the Orioles are a surprising 9-5 this year in games started by Tommy Hunter, I wondered what the team’s record was in games started by others. Here is a ranking of the starters by the team’s winning percentage when they start: .643 - Hunter (9-5) .611 - Jason Hammel (11-7), Wei-Yin Chen (11-7) .500 - Miguel Gonzalez (1-1), Dana Eveland

A statistical look at Adam Jones’ improvement against left-handers

Adam Jones is certainly hitting better against left-handed pitchers this season. That came in handy last night when he hit a two-run homer in the first inning against Francisco Liriano. It was all the offense the Orioles would get in a 2-1 win over the Twins. Jones hit four homers all of last season in 153 at-bats against lefties. This year, he has six in

If Tommy Hunter falters, will Steve Johnson be next man up?

Tommy Hunter, at least for one night, rejoins the Orioles rotation tonight in Minnesota. Steve Johnson will also be starting for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides at home against Rochester. You have to wonder if Johnson could soon get a crack at the Orioles rotation. While Johnson has been used mostly in relief in recent appearances with Norfolk, he was a starting earlier this year and

Orioles get fourth pick in Competitive Balance Lottery

The Orioles added a draft pick for next June today in the first Competitive Balance Lottery. The Orioles will get the fourth pick in Round A, which will follow the first-round picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. A projection on the MLB Network, where the results were announced this afternoon, was that the pick would fall between the 32nd and 37th overall selections and

Orioles’ seventh-round draft pick is dealing with shoulder issue

The Orioles say their seventh-round draft pick, pitcher Matt Price from the University of South Carolina, is dealing with a tight right shoulder capsule and may not pitch in a game this year. “His physical wasn’t completely clean and they are being overly cautious,” Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich said. “I’m not saying that is anything out of the ordinary, it is just a pitcher

O’s may add a draft pick in today’s Competitive Balance Lottery

The Orioles and 12 other major league teams have a chance to add a pick in next June’s First-Year Player draft today when baseball holds its first Competitive Balance Lottery this afternoon. The lottery, scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m. in New York, is a mechanism designed to help teams perceived to need the most assistance by awarding extra draft picks to some of

Britton takes the mound tonight as fans turn to another young starter

At this point, beyond just getting wins to turn around a long run of losing, Orioles fans could use a few good outings from some of the Orioles’ young starting pitchers for their collective psyche. By now, maybe long before now, some fans have begun to doubt these young hurlers. They have seen them go back and forth between Triple-A and the majors too much

Why is J.J. Hardy struggling so much at bat?

If there was ever a player that didn’t let his slump on offense carry over to his defense, it’s Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy. He continues to give the club superior defense at a premium position and that is important on a team that makes so many errors at other spots on the diamond. But at the same time, the duration of Hardy’s slump has to

Taking a look at some bullpen stats

For a while, the Orioles bullpen had the best ERA in the majors and/or the American League. Yesterday, before the game, the Orioles’ bullpen ERA of 2.87 ranked second-best in the AL, but after giving up 12 runs in the 19-7 loss at Minnesota, the Orioles’ bullpen ERA is up to 3.16 and they have fallen all the way to fifth in AL. 2.75 -

The Orioles are looking to add to win streak against Twins

As the Orioles try to get some wins after a stretch where they have gone just 7-15 over their past 22 games, tonight they begin a four-game series with the team with the worst record in the American League. The Twins are 36-52 and have lost five in a row. They are just 5-12 this year against the AL East, 17-28 at home and 4-7

Can the Orioles offense get it going on this road trip?

Here are some of the recent numbers on the Orioles’ offense: * They have been shut out three times in the last five games and five times in the past 22 games. * They have scored just 34 runs in the last 11 games, and 73 over the last 25 games, an average of 2.9 per game. * The Orioles are 3-for-31 with runners in

Orioles remain very much in playoff hunt, but losses are mounting

With each Orioles loss these days, is it possible that a reality is setting in and that reality is that this year, which started out with such promise, will not end up with the Birds in the playoffs? It hasn’t been just a tough series, or week, or homestand the team has endured. But since starting the year with a record of 27-14 on May

Postgame comments from Chris Davis and Miguel Gonzalez

Chris Davis has seen Justin Verlander on top of his game before. He went 0-for-4 today, as did several of his teammates, as Verlander pitched the Tigers to a 4-0 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards. “I thought after the All-Star Game, we were going to have a real good shot at lighting him up, but he was just setting us up,” Davis said.

Steve Johnson talks about his major league debut

For Baltimore native Steve Johnson, it’s been quite an afternoon. He got to play for his hometown team on the field at Camden Yards for the first time. He pitched two innings against the Tigers and gave up a Miguel Cabrera homer in his major league debut. But Johnson left to the cheers of the crowd after the top of the eighth. He walked the

Verlander victorious as Tigers take the series finale

There is a saying in baseball that momentum is only as good as that day’s starting pitcher. If the Orioles had any momentum after Saturday’s 13-inning win, Justin Verlander squashed it. He gave up just three hits over eight innings today as Detroit beat the Orioles 4-0 to take the series finale in front of 30,439 at Camden Yards. Verlander retired 16 of the last

Jim Thome’s impressive career power numbers against Justin Verlander (updated)

Here is an interesting stat: Eight of the players in the Orioles’ starting lineup today have combined for just one career homer off Justin Verlander in 85 at-bats. But the other player in the lineup today has seven career homers in 49 at-bats against the Detroit right-hander. Jim Thome is the guy with all the homers. He is 12-for-49 in his career vs. Verlander for

Jason Hammel talks about his decision to have surgery

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel told reporters a few minutes ago that he has decided he will have surgery on his right knee. The arthroscopic procedure will take place at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Monday. “Obviously, it’s not what I want to do, but it’s what needs to be done,” Hammel said. “I can’t keep pitching on a bad leg and start doing things

Jim Johnson calls himself out for blown save, but O’s got win

You could hardly blame Jim Johnson for his blown save Saturday. Not that giving up four hits and three runs in one inning is ever a good thing, but Johnson also was hurt by a key error on third baseman Ryan Flaherty in that inning. Also, Johnson has been near-perfect in closing games for the Orioles this year and that was just his second blown

Hardy and Teagarden talk about those 13th-inning homers

Taylor Teagarden was the last hero of the day for the Orioles in his first game for the club. But it also had to be a nice sight for O’s fans to see J.J. Hardy tie the game with a homer in the bottom of the 13th, setting the stage for Teagarden’s game-winner. Hardy had just one homer in his last 28 games and was

O’s get two homers in the 13th to stun Detroit

Well, that was not just another game. In his first game and just his second at-bat with the Orioles, Taylor Teagarden hit his first career walk-off homer. His two-run shot to right was two batters after J.J. Hardy’s game-tying shot to left and gave the Orioles a remarkable and exhausting 8-6 win in 13 innings over the Tigers. The Orioles earlier had blown a 4-1

Paulino on getting outrighted and Eveland on being DFA

The Orioles today outrighted catcher Ronny Paulino to Triple-A to make roster room for the addition of catcher Taylor Teagarden. Paulino could refuse the assignment and become a free agent. “I have a couple of days to decide what I’m going to do,” he said this afternoon in the O’s clubhouse. “It’s tough because you want to be here in the big leagues. But I’m

Some highlights from the Jim Palmer statue ceremony

Well, that is 3-for-3. The Orioles have now had three statue ceremonies, and they have all been fantastic and a great reunion of Baltimore Orioles royalty. Jim Palmer was honored today and there was a real buzz in the crowd when the fans got a glimpse of Brooks Robinson, who attended today along with Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray and Earl Weaver. Also present were many

What’s your take on Thome?

In seven games as an Oriole, Jim Thome is batting just .200 with no extra-base hits and one RBI. He is 5-for-25 with 11 strikeouts and just one multi-hit game. In interleague games with Philadelphia, Thome went 12-for-36 with four homers, 14 RBIs and an OPS of 1.137. But so far with the Orioles, his slugging percentage is just .200 and his OPS is only

O’s begin second half with 7-2 loss to the Tigers

This was not exactly the start to the second half the Orioles had in mind. Get blown out at home and lose their No. 1 starting pitcher to an injury. Jason Hammel left the game in the top of the fourth as Detroit routed the Orioles 7-2 at Camden Yards. For the Tigers, this is their sixth win in a row. For the Orioles, they

Kevin Gausman and Gary Rajsich talk about first-rounder’s signing

At the press conference to announce his signing, O’s first-round pick Kevin Gausman was asked what today was like for him as he waited to see if he would get signed by the Orioles. “Kind of stressful,” Gausman said after agreeing to a reported $4.32 million bonus with the club. “Didn’t sleep very much last night and wasn’t allowed to eat until about 1:30 today

Orioles come to terms with Kevin Gausman

The Orioles have come to terms with pitcher Kevin Gausman, their first-round draft pick, taken fourth overall, out of LSU. Moments ago, Gausman said this on his Twitter account: Happy to be the newest member of the Baltimore Orioles organization!!! Living my dream!! #GoBirds!— Kevin Gausman (@KevinGausman) July 13, 2012 The Orioles did not sign fifth-round pick, Texas high school pitcher Colin Poche, who is

Nick Markakis on his return to the Orioles and batting leadoff

Not only will Nick Markakis play for the Orioles tonight for the first time since May 29, but he’ll be the first to bat tonight. Markakis is in the leadoff spot in the order for the first time in his career. “I had a little heads up about it,” Markakis said a few moments ago in the O’s clubhouse. “I’m up for whatever. I think

Jim Callis of Baseball America expects the O’s to get Gausman

As of 11 a.m., the Orioles had not come to terms with top draft pick Kevin Gausman, the right-handed pitcher from LSU. But Orioles officials remain hopeful that they will have an agreement by today’s 5 p.m. deadline. “I’d be stunned if the O’s didn’t get a deal done with Gausman,” Baseball America’s Jim Callis said. Callis expects an agreement to come at around the

Talking pitching and some minor league notes

There is no doubt the Orioles have some problems on defense. There is no doubt the Orioles are inconsistent on offense. But to me, the club could overcome much of that and still win a wild card playoff berth if it can get consistently solid starting pitching. Sometimes, the stats don’t tell us what we need to know, but sometimes they do. The Orioles are

With less than 24 hours to go, the O’s are still optimistic on Gausman

With less than 24 hours now until Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline to sign 2012 draft picks, the Orioles remain optimistic that they will come to terms with their top pick, LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman. The Orioles and Gausman’s representatives at Legacy Sports have had ongoing talks throughout today, and it appears that they have closed the gap somewhat in terms of a signing bonus. The

Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado talk about their seasons

Fresh off playing in the All-Star Futures Game, the Orioles’ top two prospects, pitcher Dylan Bundy and shortstop Manny Machado returned to their respective teams to continue on a path that just about everyone suspects will one day take them to Baltimore. Bundy is 5-2 with an ERA of 1.87 in 15 starts this year between Single-A Delmarva and Single-A Frederick. Over 62 2/3 innings,

The Orioles make a new offer to Kevin Gausman

The Orioles have until Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern time to sign their top draft pick, LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman. An Orioles source tells MASNsports.com that the club made a new offer yesterday and that the Orioles “still feel pretty confident” that they will get this deal done. The club source would not reveal any details of the new offer, but the slot amount listed

Dan Duquette talks about the Orioles’ international efforts

With over 30 percent of major league clubhouses made up of players born outside of the United States, any team that wants lasting success must sign some promising international talent. Orioles vice president Dan Duquette has said he wants to improve the Orioles international efforts. Signing a player that is making a key contribution like Wei-Yin Chen was a nice first step for him. But

The Orioles at 85 games: A look back and a look ahead

The Orioles are 45-40 at the All-Star break. They are in second place in the American League East and are in second in the AL wild card race right now. Time to take a look back at the first half and ahead to what we may see over the second half of the season. What went right: The Orioles’ tremendous bullpen performance coupled with their

Dan Duquette on the young pitchers and their struggles

When Chris Tillman pitched that great game in Seattle, we later learned that Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson had worked with Tillman in Norfolk in mid-May, which helped lead to some of Tillman’s improvements this year. Peterson brought biomechanical analysis to the Orioles when he was hired in January and many of the organization’s pitchers took part in that during spring training. After

O’s end first half with a thud as Angels win 6-0 (Dylan Bundy note)

If the Orioles were hoping to head into the All-Star break on a high note, this wasn’t it. They have now been shut out in back-to-back games and have gone 22 innings without scoring a run. A pitcher with a terrible career ERA shut them out over five innings this afternoon, as the Orioles lost 6-0 to Los Angeles to head into the break with

The Angels use the longball to post lead over the Orioles

At a time when they are struggling to score runs, the Orioles have fallen behind Los Angeles 5-0 today after four innings in the final game before the All-Star break. For what it is worth, the Orioles are now guaranteed to be holding the American League’s second wild card playoff berth at the break. Cleveland could have tied the Orioles today, but gave up three

A few Orioles are struggling with the bat as the first half closes

As the first half comes to a close today, maybe fans may have some hope to see an improved O’s pitching rotation after the All-Star break that, at least initially, will include Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez. Who could have predicted that even as recently as a few weeks ago? But the Orioles’ offense also needs to step it up a notch pretty soon. The

Notes from Bowie on Markakis, Teagarden and Welty

The first time Nick Markakis played with the Double-A Bowie Baysox, in 2005 on his way through the Orioles’ farm system, he hit .339 with three homers and 30 RBIs to go with a .993 OPS in 33 games. He hit those three homers then in 124 at-bats and last night, on an injury-rehab assignment with Bowie, he hit two in three at-bats, driving in

Nick Markakis talks after his two-homer night at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - After playing with the Double-A Bowie Baysox tonight, both Nick Markakis and Taylor Teagarden said they hope they can rejoin the Orioles next Friday when the second half begins. Markakis went 2-for-3 with two homers and four RBIs in Bowie’s 7-1 win over Akron. He hit two-run homers in the third and seventh innings. He had surgery on his right wrist about

Markakis homers twice at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - Nick Markakis seems to be enjoying his return tonight to the Eastern League, even if it will be temporary. He has hit a pair of two-run homers this evening against Akron as Bowie leads 7-1 in the seventh. In his second at-bat at Prince George’s Stadium, Markakis hit a two-run homer off knuckleballer Steven Wright’s 3-0 pitch to give the Bowie Baysox

Nick Markakis will bat second in Bowie Saturday

BOWIE, Md. - Fans coming here to Prince George’s Stadium tonight will not see Manny Machado play, as he has left to play in the Futures Game Sunday in Kansas City. But they will see two players that have been in the major leagues and who have hopes of joining the Orioles when play resumes after the All-Star break. Nick Markakis and Taylor Teagarden are

Dan Duquette talks about Kevin Gausman and Seong-Min Kim

Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the club has spent time this week working on trying to get its first-round draft pick, LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman, to agree to a contract. The deadline to sign this year’s draft picks comes up Friday. The Orioles have agreed to terms with eight of their top 10 picks with only Gausman and their fifth-round pick,

D. Bundy, Machado talk about playing in the Futures Game

When the All-Star Futures Game, featuring some of baseball’s best prospects, is played tomorrow, there will be seven players on the U.S. roster that were teenagers when the calender turned to July. Three of those seven are ranked as top ten prospects and two of that trio are from the Orioles. Pitcher Dylan Bundy, the 19-year-old O’s 2011 first-round pick and shortstop Manny Machado, the

Miguel Gonzalez outpitches C.J. Wilson as the Orioles top the Angels

With a big eighth inning assist from Troy Patton, Miguel Gonzalez pitched the Orioles to a big win on Friday night, as they beat the Angels 3-2 to even the four-game series after the first two games. Gonzalez gave up just three hits and one run over seven innings. It was his first major league start. Now, he may get a second. Gonzalez improved to

Trade talk with Dan Duquette

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that the Orioles have been involved in some recent trade discussions, but that any talks are in the very early stages right now. “We’ve talked to a number of teams, probably over half the teams,” Duquette said. “Some teams are still trying to decide what they are going to do. I think it’s still early

O’s use biomechanical analysis for improvements and changes with Tillman

It seemed like fans and reporters alike were saying the same thing Wednesday - “Where did this come from?” - as they watched Chris Tillman take a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning at Seattle. Tillman’s average fastball velocity in his major league starts in 2011 was 89.3 mph and he averaged 95 mph in Seattle and topped that late in the game as his

Jake Arrieta struggles again as the Orioles lose to the Angels

There are brutal losses. There are ugly losses. Then there are losses like Thursday’s defeat for the Orioles. The Angels starter, Garrett Richards, gave up three homers and seven runs in just 4 1/3 innings and his team won. The Angels improved to 28-12 since May 21 with a 9-7 victory over the Orioles in Game 1 of a four-game series. Orioles starter Jake Arrieta’s

Baseball America ranks Dylan Bundy as No. 1 prospect

If has not been often that we can say an Orioles prospect is ranked as the best in baseball. But today, Dylan Bundy is No. 1. He has been ranked as baseball’s best prospect at midseason by Baseball America. Matt Wieters was ranked the game’s No. 1 prospect by Baseball America before the 2009 season. In this current listing, Manny Machado is ranked No. 9.

Looking at 81-game math and the rotation

Today provides a unique opportunity. Since the Orioles have played exactly 81 games with exactly 81 more to go, it is that one day that we can simply double some player and team statistics to project what totals they could finish with. Of course they probably won’t exactly duplicate their first-half performance over the next 81 games but we have enough of a sample size

Chris Tillman comes up big in his return to the majors

Well, that was impressive. As the Orioles search for some consistent starting pitching, Chris Tillman, at least for one afternoon, presented a very strong case for himself. In his first major league start of the season and his first since last Aug. 11, Tillman pitched the Orioles to a 4-2 win this afternoon at SafeCo Field. Tillman threw a career-high 8 1/3 innings allowing two

Chris Davis’ bat starts to heat up again

Chris Davis is getting hot again at the plate. He recently went through a 10-game stretch where he went just 1-for-35 which dropped his average to .267. But he began today at .275 and his RBI single in the third inning gave the O’s a 3-0 lead this afternoon at Seattle. Davis is 1-for-2 so far today and that makes him 8-for-21 over his last

As strikeout rate increases, Tillman’s ERA decreases

Unlike some fans and analysts, I am not a huge believer that a high strikeout rate is generally a predictor that a pitcher will do well. But I do put some importance on it and it stands to reason that a pitcher with a lot of strikeouts must have something going for him. If you look at Chris Tillman’s strikeout rates at Triple-A Norfolk this

Should we worry about the Orioles bullpen?

Don’t look now, but after last night’s games, the Orioles no longer lead the major leagues in bullpen ERA. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh have ‘pen ERAs of 2.70 and the Orioles’ mark went up to 2.71. That still ranks first in the American League. The Orioles bullpen has now given up runs in eight straight games; before this, five in a row was the longest stretch

This time the Orioles lose the lead, but not the game, at Seattle

A pitcher on a roll takes a perfect game into the seventh inning but doesn’t even get a win. A struggling hitter delivers a huge home run. Just another night with the Baltimore Orioles. Wei-Yin Chen lost a perfect game bid when Casper Wells hit a solo homer off him after he had retired the first 19 batters tonight. The O’s took a 4-1 lead

Brandon Erbe heads to Frederick’s DL

It appears that the comeback of right-handed pitcher Brandon Erbe, the Orioles third-round pick in 2005, has hit another roadblock. Erbe had been pitching well and was pain-free for Single-A Frederick, but after two straight poor outings, has been placed on the Keys’ disabled list today. For now, Erbe is being shut down due to more shoulder issues. It’s possible he won’t be able to

Machado’s bat heats up at Bowie

Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we were talking about Manny Machado being in a slump. Actually, it was. Remember this story. Yeah, that didn’t last long. Machado was not picked for the Eastern League All-Star Game and maybe league officials are regretting that now. He will play on the big stage of the Futures Game Sunday for the second year in a

The O’s continue to hold the second wild card spot, but for how long?

The Orioles’ current slide is nothing that a four-game winning streak couldn’t fix. It’s just that right now, the Orioles don’t look capable of winning four in a row. The O’s have lost six of their last seven games and have been outscored 58-25 during that stretch. They have looked every bit as bad as that run differential would indicate. Here is something pretty amazing:

The Orioles can’t hold late lead as Seattle comes back to win

The Orioles had just three hits tonight, but for a while it looked like they had enough runs to get a win in Seattle. Then the Mariners took advantage of a late O’s miscue on defense to score five runs over their last two innings and beat the Orioles 6-3. Chris Davis hit his second homer in the last three games, a three-run shot in

Some Orioles-Mariners pregame notes

A couple of pregame notes as the Orioles begin a seven-game road trip with a three-game series tonight in Seattle. The road trip will take them to the All-Star break. * Steve Johnson was officially added to the roster this afternoon. He is 3-5 with an ERA of 2.73 in 14 games in nine starts at Triple-A Norfolk. His last four appearances came out of

The Orioles need more production from the big guns in their lineup

There has been a lot of focus recently on the Orioles’ pitching and the starting rotation and for good reason. Since giving up just five runs in a three-game series against the Nationals, the Orioles have allowed 52 runs in losing five of six games. They have allowed 13 homers with a team ERA of 8.17 in that stretch and yes, that is terrible. But

Seeing the Earl of Baltimore highlights busy weekend at the Yard

So, did anything happen the last two days at Camden Yards? Well, first Earl Weaver was honored and it was amazing, emotional and special. Just as we were finishing writing our stories on that came word of a trade and that Jim Thome would be headed to Baltimore. Then we interviewed the other players talking about Thome’s addition. Then we found out the Orioles had

Brian Matusz on his struggles and going back to Triple-A

After a lengthy postgame stop in the manager’s office, Brian Matusz emerged today to talk about being sent back to the minor leagues. Was he surprised that he is being sent back to Triple-A? “No, not at all. My last five or six outings or so just haven’t been getting the job done. Today was just really inconsistent. There were signs of good pitches, but

Matusz struggles again as Tribe takes series finale

After getting hammered in two mid-week games against the Angels, the Orioles were hoping to get back on track with a four-game series against Cleveland. The Tribe came to Camden Yards riding a five-game losing streak and a record of 11-19 over its previous 30 games. But another poor outing by another starter led to another loss today as the Tribe beat the Orioles 6-2.

Hardy on Thome: “He’s the perfect teammate”

J.J. Hardy is the one Orioles player who has been on the same team with Jim Thome. They played together with Minnesota in 2010 and Hardy said Thome will bring a lot to the Orioles on the field and in the clubhouse. “You guys will all see. He’s probably one of the best guys to ever play the game personality-wise. A leader, just a great

Hearing from the Orioles’ All-Stars

Three Orioles - and maybe a fourth - will be heading to the All-Star game. Adam Jones, Jim Johnson and Matt Wieters have made the American League squad and Jason Hammel will be in the Final Vote, with one player selected from a group of five. The Orioles have not sent more than one player since Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora and B.J Ryan

Jim Thome talks about joining the Orioles

Jim Thome will make his Orioles debut today, batting fifth as the designated hitter. Not long after arriving at the ballpark, he talked about joining the Orioles. “I’m excited to be here,” Thome said. “These guys have had a great year and done some special things. Hopefully, we can continue to do that.” Thome is batting .242 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 62

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