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Orioles notes on Machado, Davis, Hammel and more (updated)

The good teams seem to avoid long losing streaks and the Orioles will try to avoid having a three-gamer tonight. Prior to last night, the Birds had not lost back-to-back games since losing three in a row April 6-8. The 2013 Orioles are 7-2 after a loss. Some other notes on the Orioles: * Manny Machado is batting .412 (14-for-34) during an eight-game batting streak

Even with inconsistent outings, McFarland settles in with Orioles

What T.J. McFarland is trying to do is certainly not easy. He is trying to stay in the major leagues with the Orioles as a Rule 5 pick and do so with just 17 career starts at the Triple-A level under his belt. The Orioles felt McFarland had a decent chance to make the opening day roster when they selected him from the Cleveland Indians’

J.J. Hardy still looking to get it going at the plate

Should Orioles fans be concerned about J.J. Hardy? Maybe a little. He is batting just .192 with one multi-hit effort through 26 games after going 0-for-3 last night. His on-base percentage is just .236 and his OPS is only .559. Hardy is batting .162 against right-handed pitching and his average has been over .200 after only six of the team’s 26 games. Plus, this continues

It was Saunders over Britton as Mariners take series opener

After giving up just one run in each of his last two Triple-A starts, Zach Britton gave up one on his second pitch tonight. His evening never got too much better, as the Orioles lost 6-2 to Seattle in the opener of a three-game series. Former Oriole Joe Saunders got the win tonight, pitching a complete-game four-hitter. Michael Saunders hit a belt-high fastball out for

Is impressive Triple-A grounder rate a good sign for Britton? (updated)

When Zach Britton pitches in Seattle tonight, it will be interesting to track how many groundouts and how many flyouts he gets. It’s not a secret that Britton has a power sinker, and when it is on, opposing batters hit on top of the ball and the groundouts start to mount. Britton went 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Norfolk. Over

A closer look at Kevin Gausman’s first five starts for Bowie

Double-A Bowie right-hander Kevin Gausman made his fifth start Sunday for the Baysox. He threw well, allowing just five hits and one run over a career-high 7 2/3 innings. He threw a season-high 94 pitches, but took a tough 1-0 loss at home against Harrisburg. Gausman is 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA. Over 28 2/3 innings, he has a 29-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Eastern League left-handed

Despite Sunday’s bitter loss, it has been mostly good so far for the Orioles

Don’t panic Birdland, don’t panic. In this social media age, which includes our blog comments here, we saw some big-time venting after the Orioles’ loss last night. The fans now can react publicly and immediately and they do when it doesn’t go well. Don’t hold it in, I guess. OK, let’s talk big picture first. The Orioles have won 15 of 25 games. They have

A’s homer to tie it in ninth, take advantage of miscues to win it in 10th

So close to their first four-game sweep at Oakland since May 22-25, 1987. The Orioles lost a 5-0 lead after five innings and a two-run lead in the last of the ninth today, and fell 9-8 in 10 innings to Oakland. After Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer with one out in the the last of the ninth off Brian Matusz to tie it 8-8,

Orioles are 7-1 in Miguel Gonzalez’s last eight starts (updated)

The stats sheet says when Miguel Gonzalez takes the mound, the Orioles have a pretty good chance to win. Today, he will try to pitch the O’s to their first four-game sweep at Oakland since May 22-25, 1987. Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA over four starts in 2013. The Orioles are 3-1 in those starts and 7-1 in Gonzalez’s last eight starts, dating

More on Caleb Joseph’s move back to catcher and multiple minor league injury updates

Double-A Bowie’s Caleb Joseph began this year as the Baysox’s third catcher and as a player that was expected to get most of his at-bats between designated hitter, first base and left field. But Joseph’s hot start at the plate had the Orioles re-evaluating a few things. Joseph is back catching almost full time for now and expected to get the bulk of the catcher

Showalter says Teagarden is likely headed for the DL

In his postgame interview today on MASN, Orioles manager Buck Showalter told Gary Thorne that Taylor Teagarden is likely headed for a stint on the disabled list. Teagarden left today’s game when he took a foul ball that dislocated his left thumb in the last of the sixth inning. Teagarden quickly removed his mitt and headed toward the O’s dugout. “It is just a matter

O’s win over A’s for first four-game win streak at Oakland since 1998

In Oakland today, the Orioles lost a catcher, but won another game. Taylor Teagarden suffered a dislocated thumb on his left hand in the sixth inning and exited the Orioles’ 7-3 win over Oakland. It is possible that Teagarden will now head to the disabled list and that Luis Exposito, who is on the 40-man roster, could be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Meanwhile, with today’s

Orioles rotation takes a turn for the better (updated)

It wasn’t that long ago that Buck Showalter said he felt playing 20 games in 20 days - a stretch the Orioles are currently in the middle of - could be a good thing for the starting pitchers. He figured getting the pitchers working on an every-fifth-day routine would be a good thing and perhaps recent results prove he was right about that. Over the

A take on Chris Jones, who moved to Triple-A today, and look at LJ Hoes batting tear

Lefty reliever Chris Jones, a player the Orioles acquired from Atlanta in the trade April 10 for Luis Ayala, was today promoted from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk. Since joining this organization, the 24-year-old Jones pitched in four games at Bowie. Over seven innings, he allowed eight hits and two runs with no walks and six strikeouts. A 15th-round draft pick by Cleveland out of

Kendall on Urrutia, Urrutia on the Orioles

On the first pitch he ever saw in the Eastern League last April, Manny Machado homered off a Harrisburg pitcher. Last night, on the first pitch he ever saw playing at Bowie’s Prince George’s Stadium, Henry Urrutia homered off a Harrisburg pitcher. Now, that was Machado’s first game - the 2012 Double-A season opener - and Urrutia was playing his sixth game, but first at

Chen good again as Orioles beat Oakland 3-0

Wei-Yin Chen became the first Orioles starter to go seven innings this season and took it one step beyond that, pitching them to a 3-0 win over the Oakland A’s tonight in game two of the series. After going 3-16 the last five years at Oakland, the Birds are 2-0 there in 2013. Chen went eight superb innings, a career high, allowing just two hits

In Bowie home debut, Urrutia homers on the first pitch he sees (Baysox win)

BOWIE, Md. - Nice home debut for Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia. Playing in front of the Double-A Bowie Baysox fans for the first time here tonight, the 26-year-old Urrutia smoked a solo homer over the center field fence on the first pitch he saw in this game. Urrutia, batting .316 with one homer and five RBIs in his first five Baysox games since joining the

Caleb Joseph will start catching more for the Baysox, plus Kendall on Gausman

BOWIE, Md. - It has been an interesting first few weeks of the season for Double-A Bowie’s Caleb Joseph. He has been hitting the ball very well for the Baysox, but has had just two starts as a catcher, which was his regular position until this year with the O’s organization. But now, after starting 11 times as a designated hitter, three at first base,

Urrutia talks about fitting in with the Baysox and his first homer

BOWIE, Md. - The Double-A Bowie Baysox are back at Prince George’s Stadium, where tonight they begin a seven-game homestand hosting the Harrisburg Senators. Tonight Baysox and Orioles fans have a chance to get their first in-person look at Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, who was activated by the team a week ago today. Over five games, the 26-year-old Urrutia is batting .316 with one double,

McLouth is making it happen on the bases

Nate McLouth stole two more bases for the Orioles in the series-opening game at Oakland on Thursday night. He now has seven steals on the year in eight attempts. McLouth is tied for second in the AL right now with those seven steals with Oakland’s Coco Crisp, trailing only Jacoby Ellsbury of Boston with 10. At that pace, he would steal 51 bases this season.

O’s tie season high for runs scored and start road trip with win at Oakland

Jason Hammel picked up his third win. Chris Davis hit his eighth homer with two RBIs, while Nick Markakis and Nate McLouth drove in two runs each tonight as the Orioles beat Oakland 10-2 in the opener of a four-game series. The win was impressive for a few reasons: * It started badly for the Orioles, who allowed two unearned runs to fall behind 2-0

The Orioles are still searching for a starter to go seven innings or more (updated)

Will this be the night that the Orioles see one of their starting pitchers go seven innings or more? Will Jason Hammel become the first in 2013 to do that? Hammel may be the most likely of the O’s starters to get that done. The longest outing by an O’s starter is 6 2/3 innings, with Hammel doing that on April 7 against Minnesota. Chris

The Houston factor

The Orioles begin a four-game series tonight and 11-game road trip against the Oakland A’s. The A’s have a 13-9 record while the Orioles are 12-9. But while Oakland has lost five of its last six games in series against Tampa Bay and Boston, Oakland has gone 6-0 against the Houston Astros who are in their first season in the American League. Later this year

Some pretty amazing Manny Machado stats

When I looked at a particular Manny Machado stat, I had to do a double take. But there it was staring back at me on my computer screen. When he is hitting with runners in scoring position and two outs this year, Machado is batting .750. He is 6-for-8. But he doesn’t just deliver clutch singles in those spots. He has a double, a triple

Jim Johnson: “Kind of lost the feel, that’s a terrible way to lose a game” (plus Stinson and Hardy quotes)

Jim Johnson was pitching for the third day in a row. He got a win here Monday, throwing 14 pitches against Toronto and a save last night, throwing 13. Today, after getting the last out of the 10th, he quickly got the first two outs of the 11th. But two singles and a hit batter followed. Then a bases-loaded walk on four pitches to Maicer

Toronto pushes across a run in the 11th to avoid sweep, beat O’s 6-5

An impressive Orioles comeback attempt came up short today when the Toronto Blue Jays pushed across a run against closer Jim Johnson in the top of the 11th this afternoon, to beat the Orioles 6-5 and avoid a sweep. The result snapped the Orioles’ 17-game winning streak in regular season extra-inning games. After the potential winning run for the Orioles was thrown out at the

Darren O’Day talks about the streak that is now at 100 games

With last night’s win, the Orioles have now won 100 straight regular season games when leading after seven innings. Their last loss was on Aug. 8, 2011. It is the second-longest streak for any club during the expansion era (since 1961), trailing just the 1998-99 Yankees at 116 games. No doubt it is impressive for the entire team, but especially for the bullpen to have

Orioles and their fans get their first look at right-hander Josh Stinson (updated)

So what happens when a pitcher and catcher have to work together for the first time and have to do it in a major league game? We’ll find out shortly when Taylor Teagarden catches Josh Stinson as he makes his first appearance for the Orioles. The 25-year-old right-hander went 1-0 with an ERA of 0.77 in two starts at Triple-A Norfolk. He is 0-2 with

Impressive stat: O’s are 3-0 this year in games started by 2012 Cy Young winners

Is there any team in baseball that has played three games already this season against 2012 Cy Young Award winners? The Orioles have and they are a very impressive 3-0 in those games, scoring 21 combined runs. On opening night, April 2, they faced David Price and beat the Rays 7-4. On April 18, they faced Price again and beat the Rays 10-6 in 10

Jim Johnson talks about the streak that has reached 100 games (plus Machado and Gonzalez quotes)

When it was over, reporters wanted to talk to Jim Johnson. He has been a big part of the Orioles now winning 100 consecutive regular season games when leading after seven innings, even if he was not even aware of the streak that is now at triple digits. “I didn’t know honestly,” Johnson said after recording his eighth save in eight tries. “But obviously it

O’s win their 100th straight game when leading after seven innings

The last time the Orioles faced R.A. Dickey he pitched a one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts against them. Tonight they used a big inning to beat the knuckleballer and the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in front of 13,272 at Camden Yards. The win was the Orioles’ 100th consecutive in the regular season when leading after seven innings. The last loss came on Aug. 8, 2011.

After shutout against O’s last June, R.A. Dickey faces them again tonight (updated)

The last time the Orioles faced R.A. Dickey, it didn’t go well for them. He pitched a one-hit shutout against them last June 18 for the Mets with just two walks and 13 strikeouts. He was on a real roll then. After that start, he improved to 6-0 with an ERA of 0.18 over his previous six starts. That is right, 0.18 as he had

After hectic few weeks, Stinson arrives in Baltimore to start Wednesday

Josh Stinson is back in Baltimore and this time, he gets to stay and pitch in a game. The 25-year-old right-hander, who has only been part of the Orioles organization for just over two weeks, will start Wednesday afternoon’s game here against Toronto. Stinson flew into Baltimore today after being told last night in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 11 p.m. that he was headed back

The Orioles are playing .615 ball in AL East games

It’s a good thing the Orioles are playing well early on in games against the AL East because they sure seem to play a lot of games against AL East opponents right now. In fact, this series with Toronto will end a stretch where the Orioles have opened the season playing 15 of their first 21 games against teams from the division. Their 2-1, walk-off

Postgame quotes from Tillman, Wieters and Markakis

After pitching a total of 14 innings over his first three starts, Chris Tillman needed to start getting deeper into games and he did that tonight in the Orioles’ 2-1 win over Toronto. Tillman didn’t get a decision, but gave his team a strong start, allowing just four hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings to lower his ERA from 7.07 to 5.23. “He

Markakis with a walk-off RBI single as O’s beat Jays 2-1

There’s another walk-off win for the Orioles. Nick Markakis looped an 0-2 pitch from Aaron Loup safely into left field with the bases loaded and two outs in the last of the ninth as the Orioles beat Toronto 2-1 in front of 11,168 chilled fans at Camden Yards. The lefty Loup came on in the ninth and hit Chris Davis with the inning’s first pitch.

Orioles rank fourth in AL East in starting pitchers’ innings and ERA

Throughout this season, the amount of innings, or at times, the lack of innings, Orioles starters are pitching right now has been an issue. Here is a look at the average innings per start by each team in the AL East: 6.24 - Tampa Bay 6.13 - Boston 6.00 - New York 5.54 - Orioles 5.40 - Toronto How they rank in starting pitchers’ ERA:

Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair talks about Jake Arrieta and his struggles

There are plenty of people rooting for Jake Arrieta to perform better consistently at the big league level, including those who have worked the most and closest with him. Like Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair. What does he want Arrieta to accomplish when he joins Triple-A Norfolk after being optioned to the minors today? “I don’t think there is any one thing,” Adair said this

Pitcher Alex Burnett is here and talks about joining the Orioles

The newest Oriole is Alex Burnett, who joined the club today from Triple-A Norfolk. He takes the roster spot of Jake Arrieta, who was optioned to the Tides. The Orioles claimed the 25-year-old right-hander off waivers from Toronto on April 12 and he had pitched in three games with the Tides, going 3 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits with no walks and

Three of four O’s minor league clubs are in first place

The Orioles’ four full-season minor league teams continue to all have winning records and three of the four are either alone in first place or tied for first. The four have a combined 40-30 (.571) record. * Triple-A Norfolk is 10-8 in second place * Double-A Bowie is 10-8 in first place * Single-A Frederick is 9-7 in first place * Single-A Delmarva is 11-7,

Presenting some possible theories for Arrieta’s struggles

We all know that Jake Arrieta has a lot of talent. He can throw a mid-90s fastball and a knee-buckling curveball. But he can’t get his ERA under 6.00 right now and he hasn’t pitched beyond five innings this year. He clearly has consistent issues with his control and command. Here are some theories on why he is struggling so much: * He thinks too

Wieters and Davis talk about Arrieta’s command issues

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was asked about Jake Arrieta’s continuing command issues. Is it mechanical or are there some other issues? “We are going to work hard to find it where it’s locked in a little more,” Wieters said. “That’s the big thing is he had it early. Just being able to keep it through a whole game, he has to find some keys that

Arrieta: “The Dodgers didn’t beat us today, I beat us”

After another short and inconsistent outing, Jake Arrieta took the fall for today’s Orioles loss to the Dodgers. He could not hold a 4-1 lead or get a single out in the fifth as he walked five and allowed five runs in four innings plus four batters. “Really feel like the Dodgers didn’t beat us today, I beat us,” Arrieta said. “Put us in a

Arrieta has another short outing as O’s lose series finale with Dodgers

The Orioles’ momentum in this series came to a screeching halt today in the top of the fifth inning at Camden Yards. Working with a 4-1 lead, O’s starter Jake Arrieta loaded the bases on a pair of four-pitch walks and a hit batter. The Dodgers turned that into a four-run inning to take a 5-4 lead on their way to a sweep-avoiding 7-4 victory.

Arrieta continues to frustrate himself and the fans with another inconsistent outing

Well, it has now probably gone beyond frustrating. Maybe it’s reaching the exasperation point for the fans, the players and Jake Arrieta himself. His inconsistency was on display again today against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He retired the game’s first six batters on 23 pitches. At that point, ESPN’s Buster Olney posted this on Twitter: “You watch Jake Arrieta dominate hitters the way he did

Orioles offense is trending upward again

The Orioles have taken a roundabout way to get there, but their offense through 17 games has been solid. Here is what I mean by roundabout: They began the year scoring 34 runs in the first five games. A stretch producing just 29 runs over nine games followed and now they have scored 23 runs over the last three games. So over an eight-game stretch

Matt Wieters on his 70 percent success rate throwing out runners

Matt Wieters has now thrown out seven of 10 potential base stealers and his 70 percent success rate leads the American League. Joe Mauer of Minnesota has gotten 60 percent (3-of-5) and no one else is close to that pair in the AL. Wieters has made improvements in this area and said he feels the speed of getting the throw off is probably the biggest

Jones reacts to DH duties while Chen was pretty tough on himself after last night’s win

Entering last night’s game, Adam Jones had just three at-bats in his big league career serving as the designated hitter. Now he can add four more to that. Batting fourth as the DH, Jones went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the 6-1 win over the Dodgers. Through 17 games, he is batting .352 with seven doubles, two homers, 14 RBIs and a .905 OPS.

Manny Machado on his big night, plus comments from Chen and McLouth

Manny Machado is not one to over-analyze his own play but tonight he was asked if he could explain how he is hitting homers at a greater rate in the majors than he did last year at Double-A Bowie. Last season there, Machado hit 11 homers in 109 Baysox games and now he has nine in 68 big league games after his three-hit, four RBI

Machado homers and drives in four as O’s sweep doubleheader

Orioles fans have seen Manny Machado do some special things for their team already in his short big league career. He had quite a night tonight, leading the Orioles past Los Angeles 6-1 and a sweep of today’s day-night doubleheader. The Orioles are 10-7 and three games over .500 for the first time in 2013. They have won three in a row, four of five

Orioles Hall of Famers return to honor Earl Weaver

They came back to say goodbye to the Earl of Baltimore. Orioles Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson spoke tonight at a pregame ceremony to honor the life of former Orioles manager and fellow Hall of Famer Earl Weaver, who died in January. Brooks spoke to Earl’s family in his opening remarks. “You have been in our hearts and prayers for the

Postgame comments from Hammel and Reimold after the O’s beat the Dodgers

With a second game coming today, Jason Hammel was in trouble early in today’s opening game. He was at 51 pitches through two innings and down 4-0. Not the way he wanted his day to start. “After I was at 51 after two I was like, ‘Not with a doubleheader, I have to get deep.’ That would have been the worst thing to do, kill

Reimold’s two-run double in eighth gives O’s 7-5 win over LA

On a day where they fell behind 4-0, rallied to lead 5-4 and were tied at 5-5, the Orioles had the final answer today to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 in the opener of the series. Nolan Reimold’s two-run double to right in the bottom of the eighth broke the 5-5 tie. Chris Davis doubled with one out for his third hit of the

How the Orioles prepared to face pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu today (updated)

There is a little unknown for Orioles batters in Game 1 today as they face Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, a 26-year-old rookie in major league baseball, but a pitcher who spent seven seasons pitching in Korea. He was a Korean Baseball Organization All-Star every season he played for the Hanwha Eagles and won the KBO strikeout title five times. He has made three starts for

Minor league injury updates on Delmonico, Joseph and more

Nicky Delmonico, ranked as the Orioles’ fourth-best prospect by Baseball America, was put on the Single-A Frederick disabled list yesterday, meaning he will miss at least seven days. Delmonico suffered a concussion in a game Thursday while sliding into second base. In 11 Keys games, he is batting .325 with two homers, nine RBIs, a .600 slugging percentage and 1.071 OPS. Delmonico homered in back-to-back

Checking in on some numbers before today’s Orioles-Dodgers split doubleheader

Passing along a few notes and stats before the Orioles and Dodgers play a split-admission doubleheader today with games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The Dodgers have lost a season-high four games in a row and are trying to avoid their longest skid since losing seven straight last June 24-30. They have been outscored 23-7 during the losing streak. Since beginning the year 4-2,

Don Mattingly talks about playing with and for Buck Showalter (Bowie update, O’s postponed)

After Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke at length yesterday about his praise and admiration for former teammate and former player Don Mattingly, it was Mattingly’s turn today. Sitting in the visiting dugout at Camden Yards, the Dodgers manager remembered his days as Showalter’s minor league teammate in 1981 and 1983, and as his player with the Yankees from 1992-95. “Just the respect that you get

Jake Arrieta provides solid insights on Matt Wieters’ amazing caught stealing percentage

Here is a stat that may get your attention: Matt Wieters has thrown out 77.8 percent of base stealers this year, getting seven of nine runners. The rest of the AL East is a combined 9-for-57 for 15.8 percent. The AL average right now is 24.7 percent. Was anyone surprised last night when Wieters threw out Desmond Jennings trying to steal in the top of

Delmarva Shorebirds are off to their best start in eight years

Led by several 2012 Orioles draft picks, the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds are 10-5 and off to their best 15-game start since 2005. Delmarva is in first place in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division with a season-best, four-game win streak. Creede Simpson, a 25th-round pick last June out of Auburn, is batting .395 with two homers, 13 RBIs and an OPS of 1.097 after hitting

More on Orioles’ walk-off win and a look at an amazing minor league RBI streak

OK, you don’t see that every night: a walk-off grand slam. But Matt Wieters hit one to beat Tampa Bay in the last of the 10th last night. It was the first by an Oriole since Harold Baines hit one against the White Sox on May 4, 1999. Wieters said he could not remember ever ending a game that way, even going back to Little

Postgame comments from Pearce, Gonzalez and Machado

When Steve Pearce came up to bat with a man on second, no outs and the Orioles down 5-4 in the seventh inning Thursday, he didn’t figure he’d hit a home run. He didn’t think he’d even get that chance. “I thought I was going to be bunting in that situation to get the runner over to third. I was surprised that Buck let me

Wieters on the walk-off and the win

Matt Wieters tried to jog his memory bank going back to Little League to remember if he’d ever hit a walk-off grand slam before. “I don’t think a grand slam. So, anytime you get a walk-off and get to celebrate with your teammates it’s a good day,” Wieters said after his slam gave the Orioles a 10-6, 10-inning win over Tampa. It was the Orioles

Wieters wins it with a walk-off grand slam for the Orioles

Not a bad way to extend a 16-game extra innings regular season win streak to 17. Matt Wieters hit a grand slam with no outs in the last of the 10th as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 10-6 to win the series. Wieters went 2-for-5 on the night. Nick Markakis led off the tenth with a single and singles by Manny Machado, on a bunt

The Orioles have a rematch with David Price tonight (updated)

You can look at David Price’s 0-1 record and 5.82 ERA through three games and think he is struggling, but that is really not true of the 2012 AL Cy Young winner. He gave up eight runs in five innings in his second start against Cleveland, but allowed just three earned runs over 12 innings (2.25 ERA) in his other two starts, one of which

Nolan Reimold said struggles at the plate are not injury related

In case you are wondering, Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold said his slow start at the plate has nothing to do with any physical ailment. He had surgery in June to remove a herniated disc in his neck and fuse two vertebrae. He was slowed in spring by right shoulder soreness and earlier this season with a hamstring injury. In 12 games, Reimold is batting .189

Orioles release pitcher Rick Zagone and other minor league moves (updated three times)

There were a few moves in the Orioles minors today. Double-A Bowie reinstated lefty pitcher Rick Zagone off the disabled list and released the club’s sixth-round pick from 2008 out of Missouri. The release of the 26-year-old Zagone is a bit surprising and perhaps an indication of the pitching depth at the higher level of the minors. He went 9-5 with an ERA of 3.41

For Orioles, a lack of fans this series and a lack of runs of late

The Orioles’ first home series of the season, a three-game set against Minnesota, drew a total attendance of 121,788. The last two games against Tampa Bay have drawn a total of 27,182 fans. Frankly, I thought we’d see a little better attendance than that. The club is playing a division rival and the weather has been good. But then I remembered the deal. It’s a

Postgame comments from Tillman, McLouth and Jones

For the second straight night in this series, an O’s starting pitcher failed to get one out in the sixth inning. Tonight, Chris Tillman gave up six hits and four runs over five innings as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 6-2. “It’s disappointing,” Tillman said of not getting deeper in the game. “I have some things to work on right now and the biggest thing

Moore gets third win, Loney gets three RBIs as Rays even series with O’s

Matt Moore hadn’t given up a run in his first two starts this year. He gave up two tonight, but that was not nearly enough to beat him as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Orioles 6-2 in front of 13,591 at Camden Yards. The Orioles fall back to .500 at 7-7 and this three-game series is even at a win each heading into Thursday

Rays get their home run swing back in Baltimore

The Tampa Bay Rays entered this series in Baltimore trailing the Orioles’ Chris Davis in homers for the season. Davis had six and the entire Rays roster had five heading into Monday’s series opener. But in the first 11 innings of this series, Tampa Bay hit five homers and they have now moved ahead of Davis on the year, 10-6 in the homer race. Desmond

Should O’s swing less tonight against Moore?

As they try to go two games over the .500 mark tonight and improve to 4-1 this season against Tampa Bay, the Orioles face tough lefty Matt Moore tonight. He is 2-0 this year and has not allowed a run in 11 1/3 innings. Moore went 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA over four starts against the Orioles last year, when he was 11-11 with a

Davis on Machado: “He never ceases to amaze me”

Chris Davis had a pretty good view of the play. There was one out in the top of the ninth last night, with his club nursing a one-run lead, when speedy Desmond Jennings hit a slow roller toward third. Manny Machado charged in, made a barehanded pickup and then a quick and accurate throw to first. The kid made another tough play look very easy

All four Orioles full-season affiliates are now over .500

All four Orioles full-season minor league affiliates now have winning records. In fact, the four clubs have combined to win 19 of their last 25 contests through Tuesday’s games. * Triple-A Norfolk is 7-6 with six wins in its last eight games * Double-A Bowie is 7-6 with six wins in its last eight games * Single-A Frederick is 7-4 with three wins in a

Orioles starters are getting better, now they need to start getting deeper

Orioles starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs or fewer for the last seven games. In that time, the Orioles’ rotation ERA is 3.63. This is pretty solid. If you don’t think so, consider that the Orioles had the best record in the majors the last two months of last season going 38-20 and the rotation ERA then was 3.85. Also consider that, after six

Wieters and Arrieta postgame comments after the Orioles’ win over Tampa Bay

There seemed to be a theme in the postgame questions tonight, and it was about Jake Arrieta. He pitched a game where he allowed just one run on three hits, but again his pitch count was high and he needed 112 pitches to get through five innings and the first batter of the sixth. “He battled,” catcher Matt Wieters said. “He didn’t have his best

Arrieta gets first win as Orioles open long homestand with win

Matt Wieters hit his first homer since opening day and Jake Arrieta picked up his first win of the year tonight as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 5-4 in front of 14,670 at Camden Yards. The Orioles improved to 7-6 in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game homestand. The Rays fall to 4-9 with their seventh loss in the last eight games. Arrieta

Matt Wieters needed a hit and delivers homer in the second (Joseph update)

For Matt Wieters, it had been a while between home runs. It had been a while between extra-base hits. Wieters homered off Roberto Hernandez leading off the last of the second tonight to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead at the time. It was his second homer of the season. His first had come in the first inning of the first game when he took

Will the O’s pitching keep the struggling Rays bats ice cold?

Before the Orioles played the Yankees, New York had scored 32 runs in its previous three games. Tampa Bay has scored three runs in its previous three heading into the series beginning tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles held New York to 11 runs and we’re about to see how they fare against a badly struggling Tampa Bay offense. The Rays left Boston Monday after

O’s offense slows a bit, but McLouth remains upbeat about the lineup’s potential

Even though he was hitless on Sunday night against Hiroki Kuroda - like most of his teammates - Orioles leadoff man Nate McLouth feels his swing is pretty solid right now as the Orioles host Tampa Bay tonight to begin a nine-game homestand. “I feel good about it. I’m happy with my at-bats. Maybe don’t have a ton to show for it yet, but feel

Orioles get off to a good start in stolen base and caught stealing percentage

Buck Showalter often talks about playing the game 90 feet at a time. Try not to give up the extra base with mistakes in the field and advance runners and get that extra base when you can when batting. In one aspect of the game, the Orioles are doing very well at this early stage. They rank first in the American League in caught stealing

Bridwell looks for better delivery, better results (plus other notes)

He has worked his way up and sometimes down on those top Orioles prospects lists. Back at Single-A Delmarva this season, 21-year-old right-hander Parker Bridwell hopes a cleaner, more consistent delivery will lead to better results. The Orioles drafted Bridwell out of Hereford (Texas) High School in the ninth round in 2010. He was ranked by Baseball America as the organization’s 12th-best prospect after that

A .500 record is respectable at this point

Well, I was hoping to begin this morning’s blog with this stat: Since the start of last season the Orioles have played eight series at Boston and New York and won all eight. Make that 7-1 after last night’s loss, but that is still a 16-8 record at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium since last opening day. I think a 6-6 overall record at this

Blanked in the Bronx: Yanks, Kuroda shut out O’s 3-0 in series finale

In their first appearance on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” since 2008, the Orioles’ bats were silent as they lost 3-0 to Hiroki Kuroda and the New York Yankees. This game was the decisive in the series, and with a win, the Orioles would have improved to 8-0 in series at Boston and New York since opening day 2012. They went a combined 19-53 in those

In March, the ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” crew was talking up the Orioles

So the Orioles have returned to ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” for the first time since 2008. The announcers have had a few nice things to say about the club already in the early innings and they’ve had plenty of praise as well as some good stories already about Buck Showalter. In March, on a media conference call, ESPN’s three “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcasters all talked

A look at Kuroda against the Orioles and Matt Wieters’ recent struggles

The Yankees start right-hander Hiroki Kuroda against the Orioles tonight in the series finale. He has faced the O’s three times in his career, counting the playoffs, all from last season, and has pitched seven innings or more each time. In two regular season starts last year, he went 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA and then faced the Orioles in Game 3 of the American

It has been an interesting start to the season in terms of fan comments and reactions

Yesterday was not a good day to listen to the sports talk shows in Baltimore. I generally listen when I can, and have hosted many shows over the years, but some of the comments about Adam Jones and the Orioles were overreactions and way over the top. When I was a guest with Ken Weinman on his show this afternoon on 105.7 FM The Fan

Orioles bullpen remains one of the strongest areas of this team

When the Orioles bullpen gave up six runs in the second game of the season against Tampa Bay, there were already some observers firing off a certain type of comment: “I told you so,” they said. They said the Orioles’ 2012 bullpen performance could not be duplicated. It was not sustainable. I love that word. Not really. First of all who are they and why

Hammel gets a win, Orioles hit three homers to beat Yankees 5-3

The Orioles hit three solo homers and put last night’s ugly loss behind them, beating the Yankees 5-3 today behind Jason Hammel at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles even this series at a win each and improve to 5-3 in American League East games and 6-5 overall. The Orioles hit Yankee starter Phil Hughes pretty hard and got to him for solo homers in three consecutive

Minor league notes on Mummey, Marin, Delmonico and more (Hobgood video interview)

Single-A Frederick outfielder Trent Mummey is headed for surgery on an injured hamstring. The estimated rehab and recovery time is six to eight weeks for the Orioles’ fourth-round pick in 2010 out of Auburn. Mummey played in the season’s first two games, going 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. He dealt with some hamstring issues last season when, over 72 games with the Keys,

The Orioles’ offense: inconsistent so far

Will the real Orioles offense please stand up? Over the first five games, it looked like a juggernaut and over the last five games, it has looked feeble at times. The real offense certainly lies somewhere in the middle, not as good as the group that got out of the gates so fast or the one we’ve seen in recent days. The Orioles scored twice

O’s have no choice but to try and put ugly loss behind them and bounce back today

On a night when they gave up three runs on one error and three outs on one grounder, it was going to be hard to win. And it was for the Orioles Friday night at Yankee Stadium. That loss felt a little like some pre-2012 Orioles defeats at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles’ defense, which was among the best in the American League late last year,

A three-run error and a triple play doom O’s in New York series opener

A 2-2 tie turned into a 5-2 Orioles loss tonight at New York. Within a few minutes of one another, Adam Jones dropped a fly ball that cost the team three runs and the O’s hit into a triple play to end a promising rally. The Yankees took advantage of the three unearned runs in the last of the seventh to pick up a three-run

Yankees’ offense hot heading into series with Orioles (Schoop homers)

The New York Yankees’ offense will provide a real challenge tonight for Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, pitching for the first time since he allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings April 4 against Tampa Bay. The Yankees have scored 32 runs in winning their last three games before they were slowed down not by pitching, but by rainouts the past two days. In Tuesday’s win

Fewer Boston and New York road woes for the O’s

In recent years when the Orioles would play at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium, it usually didn’t go well and often didn’t end well. But since the start of last season, all that has changed. From 2008-11, the Orioles went 10-26 at Boston and 9-27 at New York for a combined mark of 19-53. But since opening day 2012, the Orioles are a combined 15-6

Is Gausman close to major league-ready? He looked the part last night

BOWIE, Md. - It seems a little crazy to say this but, after just 28 professional innings, is Kevin Gausman ready for the major leagues? He may be - or at least he may be close. Double-A Bowie manager Gary Kendall is not one to rave about or overly hype players, but after seeing Gausman’s strong six-inning outing last night against Akron, where he allowed

Kevin Gausman talks about his strong outing tonight at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - Showing a mid- to sometimes high-90s fastball and a slider that was much improved over his first start, Kevin Gausman picked up his first professional win, pitching Double-A Bowie to a 5-1 victory over Akron tonight in front of 4,673 chilled fans in the team’s home opener. Gausman threw 92 pitches, 66 for strikes over six innings, allowing just two hits and

Gausman gets off to a good start tonight at Bowie (Baysox win)

BOWIE, Md. - Kevin Gausman has retired the first six batters he has faced tonight in his first home start for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Gausman pitched a perfect first on 15 pitches, 11 for strikes. He got, in order, two groundouts and a swinging strikeout against Akron No. 3 hitter Chun Chen. In a very quick top of the second, he sandwiched two outs

Orioles will field two Dominican Summer League teams (plus other notes from Bowie)

BOWIE, Md. - For the first time since 2010, the Orioles will field two teams in the Dominican Summer League when play begins in June. The O’s entry in the league went 34-36 last season after making the playoffs in 2011, going 46-24. Four organizations - the Yankees, Mets, Cubs and Pirates - fielded two teams in the DSL in 2012. This is the latest

Some pregame notes from Bowie before the Baysox home opener tonight

BOWIE, Md. - The Double-A Bowie Baysox, after completing a 3-4 road trip to Harrisburg and Richmond with back-to-back wins the past two days, open their home season tonight at 7:05 against Akron and Kevin Gausman will start on the mound. This will be Gausman’s first time pitching at Prince George’s Stadium. The Orioles’ 2012 first-rounder made a start for Bowie on the road in

Machado’s huge homer provides latest example that his power potential is on the rise

A lot had to happen last night before Manny Machado could stun about 30,000 Red Sox fans and delight who knows how many Orioles fans looking on from the homefront and places beyond. Chris Davis had to hit a massive center field homer. Ryan Flaherty had to get his first base hit of the year when he was down to his last strike on a

Machado smokes three-run homer as O’s score five in ninth to stun Fenway

Down to their last strike, the Orioles erupted for four of their five runs in the top of the ninth to storm back and beat Boston 8-5 in front of a stunned fan base at Fenway Park tonight. Joel Hanrahan came on in the ninth to protect a 5-3 Red Sox lead, but Chris Davis greeted him with a leadoff homer, his fifth, to pull

Orioles move Devin Jones from Frederick to Bowie to join Baysox rotation

The Orioles are moving Single-A Frederick’s opening night starting pitcher, right-hander Devin Jones, to Double-A Bowie where he will enter the Baysox rotation on Friday night. Jones will take the rotation spot of Julio Rodriguez, who went on the Baysox disabled list this week after allowing six runs and six hits with seven walks in just 2 2/3 innings on Monday at Richmond. The 22-year-old

Will the Red Sox try to run on Wieters? (plus other notes)

Here is a surprising stat: At this early point, the Boston Red Sox lead the American League with eight stolen bases in 10 attempts. Jacoby Ellsbury is 4-for-4. No other team has more than six steals. But can the Sox steal on the Orioles and Matt Wieters? Shane Victorino tried, but was gunned down by Wieters in the fourth inning on Monday. Right now, the

Glynn Davis adds some weight and it paid off recently for Frederick

Back in August of 2010, I reported the Orioles signing of a player from Baltimore who had gone undrafted earlier that year in June. He was a rarity in that the Orioles felt they got a player with top 10 round talent that wasn’t drafted by anyone. You don’t see that very often. Here is the behind the scenes story I wrote that August on

An early look at the RISP stat

How do the Orioles do as individual hitters and as a team when batting with runners in scoring position? It is a stat worth tracking and one that can have some meaning. How are the Orioles doing cashing in on scoring chances when they present themselves? First of all, be cautioned that reading anything into seven games’ worth of stats is foolish, but nonetheless, here

Updating Dylan Bundy and a look at the minor leagues so far

Orioles 2011 first-round pick Dylan Bundy is still in Florida in rehab mode dealing with mild tightness in his right elbow. I’ve heard there have been no setbacks, but he has yet to throw any bullpen sessions. The club is just being cautious with a young prospect. He is now pain-free and is on a strengthening program. We are likely looking at a timetable of

Machado brings talent and smarts to his approach to batting second

We already know that Manny Machado is a very talented young player. But a conversation I had with him in the clubhouse Sunday morning provided further proof that the kid is a very smart and savvy player also. Machado never batted second in the minors for the Orioles. But he’s batting second now for the big club. I wanted to know if batting second means

Orioles fall under .500 for the first time since the final day of 2011 with loss at Boston

Last season, the Orioles never once fell under the .500 mark on their way to 93 wins and the playoffs. They won’t be able to say that about this year. The Orioles are now 3-4 and lost their third straight game today as Boston won its home opener 3-1 over the Orioles at Fenway Park. It’s the first three-game losing streak for the O’s since

Orioles look to snap a Boston win streak in home openers today

The Orioles will try to put an end to a two-game losing streak today and a Red Sox streak as well. The Red Sox have won their last eight home openers since 2005, the longest streak in club history and the longest active streak among major league teams. Boston is 16-4 in home openers since 1993. By the way, with Boston at 4-2 and in

Looking into some of the stats so far

You say you want some stats on the Orioles? OK, here you go. Even if you don’t, take a look. Something may be of interest to you. * Adam Jones is the American League leader today or tied for the league lead in batting average (.538), hits (14), runs (nine) and multi-hit games (five). He is second in OBP at .556 and tied for sixth

We saw the latest example of Adam Jones’ leadership after Sunday’s game

Players have done it before. They hit a grounder that looks to be a sure out and they don’t run hard to first base. That never looks good, but it does happen almost every day in the majors. Not the best example for the kids. But we haven’t seen it happen often with Adam Jones. It did yesterday, when he hit a ball toward the

Reimold optimistic about injury and Hammel still looking for fastball command

Nolan Reimold doesn’t feel he will have to miss any games after leaving today’s game because of tightness in his right hamstring suffered when he grounded into a double play in the sixth. “I just had a little cramp, spasm whatever you want to call it that kept getting tighter and tighter,” Reimold said. “Sprinted out to first to try and beat out that double

Adam Jones calls himself out after O’s loss to Minnesota (updated)

Adam Jones was involved in some key plays in the Orioles’ 4-3 loss to the Twins today and after the game, with a crowd of reporters at his locker, he called himself out for a few things. First was for not running hard on a grounder back toward the mound in the last of the eighth. “You know me, I always give an effort,” he

Orioles drop another one-run game as Twins take series finale

Some miscommunication in the Orioles outfield was among the factors leading to a 4-3 loss this afternoon to Minnesota. Also, don’t look now, but the Orioles have started the year 0-3 in one-run games after going 29-9 last year. They didn’t lose their third one-run game last season until May 13, in the 35th game. The Orioles are 3-3 as they head to Boston and

Making his first start today, Taylor Teagarden talks about calling pitches

There seem to have been a few times this season, and even in spring training, where I’ve noticed an Orioles starting pitcher praising catcher Taylor Teagarden and his ability to call pitches. The O’s have one of the best backstops, of course, in Matt Wieters and it’s nice that the club can send a guy out there to sub for Wieters without a huge dropoff.

Miguel Gonzalez not listed among starters for Boston series

A few eyebrows were raised today when the Orioles released the probable starting pitchers for the upcoming Boston series and Miguel Gonzalez was not listed. The Orioles list Wei-Yin Chen to pitch game one of that series tomorrow afternoon with Jake Arrieta going Wednesday, after an off day and Chris Tillman on Thursday night. Gonzalez, who gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings in

Getting some help today with a pregame McFarland interview

The players are not supposed to be better at asking questions than the reporters, but when Tommy Hunter noticed several reporters interviewing T.J. McFarland today, he jumped in and provided some solid help. He asked McFarland who he got out for his first major league strikeout last night and then gave him some grief for not instantly remembering it was Trevor Plouffe in the top

Sometimes we overreact to early season statistics and trends

What have we learned through the Orioles’ first five games? Well, the rotation could struggle this year with an ERA of 5.74 through one turn. Chris Davis may not be reliable at first base. After all, he made an error last night, but he may drive in over 500 runs. Adam Jones may have a shot to hit .400. Heck, he’s batting .522 already. And

Postgame comments from Davis, Tillman and McFarland

This time, Chris Davis spent a portion of his postgame interview not talking about his hot bat or making history, but rather a ground ball that he didn’t make the play on. It led to an unearned run for the Twins in the ninth tonight off Jim Johnson as they beat the Orioles 6-5. “I went back and looked at it, and my glove was

Showalter on Davis, Tillman and McFarland after the O’s loss to Minnesota

After all the heavy lifting Chris Davis has done for the Orioles’ offense this year, you knew Buck Showalter was not going to be very critical of the guy for a ninth-inning error that led to the go-ahead run for Minnesota in their 6-5 win tonight at Camden Yards. “Chris knows how we feel about him and he’s done a great job at first base

Twins take advantage of Davis error in ninth to beat O’s 6-5

Chris Davis didn’t homer, but he did drive in a run for the fifth game in a row to start the season. However, the runner that reached on his one-out error in the top of the ninth came around to score the tie-breaking run as Minnesota beat the Orioles 6-5 tonight. The Orioles are now 3-2 and 0-2 in one-run games. Justin Morneau’s ground single

Leaning to the left on offense (Gausman pitches four tonight for Bowie)

Yes, it’s a very small sample size, but so far the Orioles have better numbers batting against left-handed pitching. They are facing right-hander Vance Worley of the Twins tonight. He was their opening day starter and gave up eight hits and three runs in losing to Detroit and Justin Verlander. While the Orioles’ team average is .348 with a slugging percentage of .717 against southpaws,

Was a velocity increase the biggest factor for Chris Tillman in 2012?

Chris Tillman comes off the disabled list tonight to make his first start of the season after going 9-3 with an ERA of 2.93 in 15 starts last year. He went 3-1 with an ERA of 1.80 over his last six starts. The season was a huge success for him and fans wondered if he had finally turned a corner and had gone from prospect

Ryan Flaherty talks about getting the chance to start at second base

With Brian Roberts now on the disabled list, Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base tonight and batting eighth after also getting the start yesterday against Minnesota. “Any time you get a chance to play, it’s exciting,” Flaherty said. “Just to come out and try to help this team do what it’s been doing the first few games, help this team win.” Flaherty is usually

Minor league notes on Ford, Gausman, Jones, Avery and more

The Double-A Bowie Baysox had quite a night of offense Friday at Harrisburg. The Baysox recorded 20 hits in a 15-7 win over Harrisburg to improve to 1-1. Lew Ford is 4-for-9 through two games with three doubles and a homer. He has an OPS of 1.556. After going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the season opener, Xavier Avery went 5-for-7 with two RBIs to

With torrid start, Davis overshadowing teammates who are also hitting well

So remind me again. Is the Orioles first baseman’s name Chris, Crush or Crash Davis? Call him what you want, but just don’t call Chris Davis late to get into the batter’s box. Davis has set a major league record for most RBIs in the first four games of a season with 16, crushing (pun intended) the previous mark of 12. He has tied three

Postgame comments from Wieters and Arrieta

It is starting to get to the point where Orioles players are having a hard time coming up with adjectives describing what Chris Davis is doing right now. But Matt Wieters admits that the players were thinking homer just like the fans were when Davis came up in the eighth today in a 5-5 tie. “I think everybody was thinking it the way he has

Chris Davis on the slam, the record book, the crowd and more

Chris Davis said he is now aware of the elite company he joined today as he became the fourth player in major league history to homer in each of his team’s first four games of a season. “They told me. It’s pretty cool,” he said simply. “I saw something last year where Larry Bird was talking about individual statistics and records and people come along

Davis puts name in record book, O’s beat Twins 9-5

Different town, almost the same result for Chris Davis. The red-hot Oriole brought his act to Camden Yards today and didn’t disappoint. After driving in four runs each of the last two games and 11 in the season’s first three games, he knocked in five today as the Orioles beat Minnesota 9-5 in front of a sellout crowd of 46,653. Yes, this is unbelievable. Davis

Arrieta struggles to limit the damage in the fourth and other notes

As he tries to prove he’s a better pitcher than the one that carried a 6.20 ERA last year, Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta is going to need to limit the big inning better than he was able to today in the top of the fourth. The Twins scored four times - on two singles, a double, a triple and a walk - to take a

Alexi Casilla: Ready when needed (Frederick’s roster added)

When the Orioles picked up Alexi Casilla off waivers from Minnesota in November he was a player that added some infield depth who could also be a second base option if Brian Roberts needed to start the season on the disabled list. Well, Roberts was placed on the DL today, after the third game, and Casilla, one of the club’s backup plans, now could get

Chris Tillman said he’s fine and ready to come off the DL tomorrow

Chris Tillman keeps saying the left abdominal strain that forced him to miss some time in spring training is no longer an issue. It is now further in his rear-view mirror and he’s ready to come off the disabled list tomorrow night and make his first start of the 2013 season. “Absolutely, I feel great,” he said this morning. “I have since the last time

Chris Davis talks about his hot bat, playing at home today and more

It should come as no surprise that Chris Davis’ phone has been blowing up in the last few days as friends and family congratulate him on his good start. Of all the well wishes, one stood out to him. “Lot of people from back home saying what’s up and they’re proud of me. My uncle told me that he was proud how I was playing

Some impressions on the series with Tampa Bay and other notes

So the Orioles are 0-1 in one-run games so far, but they are plus-5 in run differential. So there is that. It wasn’t completely a one-man show - sure, it was close - but the Orioles offense just put up seven, seven and six runs over three games against a pretty good pitching staff. The Rays led the American League in ERA easily last year

Some impressive stats from the Tampa Bay series

Here are some of the impressive stats for the Orioles after they won today 6-3 against Tampa Bay to take two of three in that series. * Chris Davis had an amazing series, going 7-for-11 with three doubles, three homers and 11 RBIs. He somehow managed to work a single in there. He exits this series batting .636 with a slugging percentage of 1.727 and

Three Orioles affiliates play season openers tonight

Three Orioles minor league affiliates play season openers tonight, while Single-A Frederick is set to open Friday night at home against Salem. Zach Clark, who was added to the Orioles’ 40-man roster over the winter, pitches tonight at Harbor Park as Triple-A Norfolk hosts Durham with Chris Archer on the mound. The Tides have lost five straight season openers. Clark went 3-1 with an ERA

Will the bats have a third straight good day against Tampa Bay? (updated)

Earl Weaver used to wonder how many games constitute a good start to a season. Is it just a few games or maybe 10, 20 or 40? Well, for two games, the Orioles’ offense has certainly been clicking. In their first two games in St. Petersburg last June, the Orioles scored two total runs off the talented Rays’ staff and they have 14 in the

Opening day rosters for Norfolk, Bowie and Delmarva

Here are the opening night rosters for the Orioles’ Triple-A Norfolk team, along with Double-A Bowie and Single-A Delmarva. You’ll notice Dylan Bundy has officially been placed on Bowie’s disabled list with mild elbow tightness, but remember the minor league DL stay can be a minimum of seven days. Each roster can have 25 active players. Players are listed alphabetically. Frederick opens tomorrow night and

Can Chris Davis become the fifth player in O’s history to hit 40 homers? (AAA roster)

Let this stat sink in: Chris Davis has hit nine homers over his last nine regular season games. He has homered in eight of those nine games. He homered in six in a row late last year, took game 162 off and is now 2-for-2. I guess that is pretty good. I also guess talk that Davis could hit 40 this year is not just

Veteran O’s minor league skipper Kendall talks about the depth and upgrades on the farm

If you want to talk about the changes, upgrades and improvements in the Orioles’ minor leagues over the last, say, 10 or more years, Baltimore native Gary Kendall is a great guy to talk to. The 2013 season is his 14th in the Orioles’ organization and he has managed at Bluefield, Delmarva, Aberdeen and Bowie. This will be his this third year as Baysox manager

Joyce homer ends wild game as Rays earn 8-7 walk-off win over O’s

What a wild game. What a bad ending for the Orioles. Matt Joyce hit a solo homer off Tommy Hunter leading off the last of the ninth as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 8-7 to leave both clubs 1-1. Joyce entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh and had a key bunt single then. Last year, the Orioles were an AL-best 14-2

The Orioles have not had much success against Jeremy Hellickson (update)

The O’s reward for winning a game started by 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price is a game against right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. He is 6-3 with a 2.30 ERA in 12 career games against Baltimore. Such is life against the Rays’ talented pitching staff. Hellickson faced the Orioles a whopping six times last season, going 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA over 34 innings.

After eventful 2012 year, Avery begins this season with Double-A Bowie (updated)

After being named a Carolina League postseason All-Star in 2010 and earning a spot in the Eastern League midseason All-Star game in 2011, Orioles outfield prospect Xavier Avery had a rather wild 2012 season. It started with him playing his first season at the Triple-A level on opening day and by May he was already in Baltimore for one of four stints in the majors

The importance of AL East games, plus another national writer likes the O’s

The so-called experts have it figured out that there are some areas where the 2013 Orioles can’t duplicate the 2012 version. Areas like their 29-9 record in one-run games and 16-2 record in extra inning. The experts might actually have that one right for a change. Another area that may be hard for the Orioles to duplicate is the 2012 record of 43-29 and .597

Did we see the potential for what the O’s offense could be today?

When I made my season predictions earlier today, my take on the Orioles’ offense was that it could be league average or a tick or two above that this season. One game is a rather small sample size, don’t you think, but it was an impressive start this afternoon with seven runs, six extra-base hits and 13 overall hits in the win over Tampa. Anytime

O’s seventh-inning explosion produces win over Tampa Bay in season opener

With one big swing in the first inning and two huge swings in the seventh, the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 7-4 today to win their opener for the 10th time in the last 13 years. Last season, the Orioles scored six runs total in their last four games at Tropicana Field. Jason Hammel had allowed just one run on 56 pitches through five innings until

Will the O’s be able to buy a run off Price today? (update)

Well, if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, right? Today the Orioles face one of the American League’s best on opening day in Tampa Bay lefty David Price. He went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA last year and won the AL Cy Young Award in a close vote over Justin Verlander. He was the first AL East pitcher to

Baysox set season-opening rotation, plus checking in with Kevin Gausman in Bowie

BOWIE - Double-A Bowie manager Gary Kendall has set his season-opening pitching rotation as the Baysox are working out today in the wind and cold at Prince George’s Stadium before they open on Thursday at Harrisburg. Mike Wright will start on Thursday and pitch the opener and be followed by Jake Pettit, Kevin Gausman, Eddie Gamboa and Julio Rodriguez. “Mike Wright was here last year

Fearless predictions

These are fearless predictions because, if I am wrong, the sun will still come out. Well, unless it rains. But here are my American League East predictions for the 2013 season, where I am predicting a one-game difference at the top and only an 11-game difference from top to bottom with every team at .500 or better. Baltimore: 92-70 Tampa Bay: 91-71 Boston: 86-76 Toronto:

Orioles baseball is ...

Well, it is almost here, another season of Orioles baseball. There is always excitement for opening day and the rebirth we feel with a new season. I think one of the neat things about last year’s Orioles playoff appearance was hearing many writers and broadcasters around the country say it was great to see the O’s winning again. “Baseball is better when the Orioles are

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