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Chris Dickerson: “I knew I’d hit my first career walk-off. Pretty cool” (updated)

Not long after he had provided the Orioles with their fourth walk-off win of the year, Chris Dickerson said he had a simple approach in his at-bat in the ninth inning tonight. He also knew his game-winning three-run homer was gone right after he drove a 2-1 pitch from Jose Valverde toward the right-center field seats. “Just told myself to be a little shorter and

Chris Dickerson hits a walk-off, three run homer as O’s stun Detroit

Maybe it was just Orioles magic. Chris Dickerson hit a three-run walk-off homer on a 2-1 pitch from Jose Valverde as the Orioles scored four in the last of the ninth to stun the Tigers 7-5 tonight. Max Scherzer had retired 16 straight Orioles through the last of the eighth, but he exited after a season-high 119 pitches. Nick Markakis started the ninth with a

Will the Yard be rocking with runs this weekend? (updated)

So is this going to be a high scoring series? It features the Orioles, who rank second in the American League in runs scored, and the Detroit Tigers, who rank third. They are the only teams in MLB scoring over five runs per game with Detroit at 5.15 and the Orioles at 5.05. Ranking the Tigers and Orioles in some AL stat categories: Batting Average

Troy Patton goes to videotape looking for better command

As he tries to reverse a slide, in which he has been scored on in four straight and five of his last six outings, Orioles lefty Troy Patton is going to the video. He is looking to see what he might be doing differently after a successful 2012 season out of the O’s bullpen. Over his last four games, Patton has pitched 5 2/3, allowing

Chris Davis talks to kids at Catonsville High and a Davis-Miguel Cabrera comparison

Several times in recent weeks when talking about the great season Chris Davis is having, manager Buck Showalter has mentioned that he is proud of how Davis has handled the added attention of his success this year. The latest example of Davis making his skipper proud came off the field yesterday. Davis did an appearance at Catonsville High School on behalf of AT&T to educate

Orioles offense has been outstanding, but can rotation join in the fun?

Before Freddy Garcia pitched eight shutout innings last night, Orioles starting pitchers had pitched to an ERA of 4.90 on the year. That ranked 12th in the American League, ahead of only Toronto, Houston and Minnesota. Those three clubs are a combined 33 games under .500 and two of the three reside in last place. That is not the company the Orioles want to be

Freddy Garcia talks about his outing against the Nationals (plus other quotes and notes)

Freddy Garcia last tossed at least eight shutout innings on Sept. 19, 2006 for the Chicago White Sox at Detroit. Tonight he matched that, blanking the Nationals on three hits over eight in the Orioles’ 2-0 win. So what was working for him tonight? “Everything, man,” Garcia said after his 113-pitch outing. “Good to go out there and perform the way I did and throw

Freddy Garcia pitches eight shutout innings as the O’s beat the Nats, 2-0

One night after the Orioles and Nationals combined to hit eight homers at Camden Yards, Freddy Garcia and Dan Haren hooked up in a pitcher’s duel. Garcia was outstanding, and a little bit better, pitching the Orioles to a 2-0 win. Garcia pitched eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball, allowing just three singles. He pitched out of a two on, none out jam in the

Will the offense keep rolling tonight for the Orioles? (updated)

As a team, the Orioles are leading the American League in runs scored (271), hits (515), doubles (118), home runs (75), slugging (.464), extra-base hits (197), stolen bases (41) and OPS (.796). The Birds are also second in average (.276) and stolen base percentage (83.7 percent). The Orioles are on pace to hit 230 homers, which would be second-most in franchise history behind the 1996

It’s Davis and Cabrera one-two right now in several MLB offensive stats

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won a Triple Crown and an American League MVP award last season. But right now, in several key categories in the majors, he is a distant second to the Orioles Chris Davis. Davis leads MLB with 19 homers with Cabrera second with 15. He has the slugging percentage lead over the Tigers star by .766 to .656 and the

Jim Johnson on his outing last night, the crowd reception and more

When Jim Johnson took the mound Sunday in Toronto, he was trying to protect a three-run lead, but he couldn’t do it, giving up four runs as the Orioles lost 6-5. In his first game since that outing at Camden Yards last night, he got the Nationals out 1-2-3 in the ninth and he came in to protect another three-run lead. This time he got

Minor league updates on Lew Ford, Bobby Bundy, Oliver Drake and more

Outfielder Lew Ford, who made several key contributions to the Orioles’ 2012 playoff run, has been out since May 10 after a sports hernia injury. Ford saw a doctor recently and surgery is a possibility. No decision on that has yet been made. It was quite a story last season when the Orioles signed Ford out of the Atlantic League on May 17 and called

Chris Davis: Mashing baseballs and leaving them laughing, too

Chris Davis came to bat in the seventh inning last night and the Orioles had just taken a 7-6 lead on Washington. With Nick Markakis on second base and first base open, Davis didn’t know if he’d even get a chance to swing the bat. He did, and he took a mighty swing and miss at the first pitch he saw from the Nationals’ Tyler

Comments from Steve Johnson, Chris Tillman and Manny Machado after the O’s win

Chris Davis had the starring role tonight and a crush of reporters around his locker. Crush, get it? But other Orioles had a few things to say after the comeback win. Steve Johnson about the feeling on the bench in the last of the seventh: “It was awesome. We got on a roll. Even over the last few days, we’ve hit the ball hard and

Chris Davis talks about another big night at the plate

After his latest big night at the plate, Chris Davis talked about being locked in so well at bat right now. “It’s fun,” Davis said. “You are always working on things. Just the consistent approach every day has helped me out. The routine. I heard for such a long time that routine is such a big part of this game and I’ve really found one

Chris Davis homers twice as Orioles come from down four to beat Nats

What a wild night at Camden Yards. Chris Davis got out-homered three to two by Ryan Zimmerman, but the Orioles stormed back from a four-run deficit to beat the Nationals 9-6 in front of a stirred up crowd of 39,129 at Oriole Park. The Birds went to the last of the seventh down 6-3 but scored six times to get the lead. The inning featured

Hot-hitting O’s offense faces the NL wins leader tonight (updated twice)

The Orioles offense, which has produced a batting average of .309 and 5.4 runs per game over the last 17 games, gets a real challenge tonight. They face Nats right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who is 8-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 10 starts. He has allowed two earned runs or less in seven straight starts, recording nine quality starts on the season. Zimmermann has pitched seven

Pedro Strop talks about fielding ground balls at shortstop today

It was a strange sight at Camden Yards this afternoon - Orioles pitcher Pedro Strop, who went on the disabled list Saturday with a lower back strain, fielding ground balls at shortstop and making throws to first base. It turns out J.J Hardy has nothing to worry about. Strop, who was an infielder from 2005-08 in the Colorado organization, is not going back to the

Ryan Flaherty talks about returning to the Orioles

In a bit of a surprise, Ryan Flaherty returned to the Orioles today. He will bat eighth and start at second base tonight against the Nationals. He got the phone call from Norfolk manager Ron Johnson to head to the airport and here he is, already back at Camden Yards. Flaherty was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk while Yamaico Navarro was optioned back to the Tides.

After busy spring, O’s scouting director Gary Rajsich set for his second draft with club

After having a selection between the third and fifth pick in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft for the last six years, the Orioles will not make a selection until the 22nd pick in the draft in round one this year. The draft will be held from June 6-8. The last time the Orioles picked 22nd or lower with their first pick was

Nats rock Gausman and O’s 9-3 to even series

After allowing just three homers over eight starts and 46 1/3 innings this season at Double-A Bowie, right-hander Kevin Gausman gave up three tonight as the Nationals beat the Orioles 9-3 at Nats Park. Gausman gave up a three-run homer to Adam LaRoche on a 2-0 fastball after allowing back-to-back singles with one out in the first inning. The Orioles got solo homers from Chris

After allowing three homers in eight starts at Bowie, Gausman has allowed three tonight

I wonder how Birdland is dealing with seeing Kevin Gausman get hit hard tonight by the Washington Nationals? Gausman gave up four runs over five innings to Toronto last Thursday and allowed seven runs in the first four innings tonight at Nats Park. Right after a pair of Orioles homers tied this game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth, the Nats quickly untied

The 2013 Orioles offense is outperforming the 2012 version by a big margin

This just in: The Orioles did not hit a homer Monday. They had hit at least one homer in the previous seven games and had hit 16 homers in the previous six games. It didn’t slow their offense even a bit, however, as they banged out 15 hits and, despite leaving 14 on base, beat Washington 6-2. The team’s offense is humming along pretty well

Does a higher volume of minor league innings provide young pitchers big league success?

Is it a question that evokes much discussion and debate. How much seasoning on the farm does a young pitcher need, and when is he ready to make the jump to the majors and have success there? Are players like Chris Sale and maybe now Kevin Gausman, who pitches tonight, showing that if you have enough talent that you just don’t need all those minor

Hammel pitches a gem as O’s take series opener against the Nats

After a four-game series where O’s pitchers gave up 29 runs and O’s starters failed to go six innings once, the Orioles needed Jason Hammel to go deep in today’s game. Hammel did just that, pitching eight very solid innings as the Orioles beat the Nationals 6-2 in Game 1 of a four-game home-and-home series. The game attracted a sellout of 41,260 at Nats Park.

Will defense be the difference in this series? (O’s get lead)

Something worth tracking in the Orioles-Nationals series over the next four days is the defensive disparity between the teams. The Orioles are tied for first in the American League with a .990 fielding percentage while the Nats tie for last in the National League at .979. The O’s have made the fewest errors in the AL (18) while the Nats are tied for the most

After latest ninth-inning struggles, what is Showalter’s next move with Jim Johnson?

First of all, I don’t have great answers to the two pressing questions of the day: What is wrong with Jim Johnson and will Buck Showalter give Johnson the ball today at Washington if a save situation presents itself? As for the second question, Showalter did say he would go to Johnson today on the MASN postgame interview Sunday. However, you have to wonder if

Toronto scores four in ninth off Jim Johnson to win 6-5

A shaky save would have been better than a blown save, but the O’s didn’t get one today. Toronto No. 9 hitter Munenori Kawasaki drilled a two-run double on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the last of the ninth as the Blue Jays stunned the Orioles 6-5. Toronto scored four in the ninth off Jim Johnson, who suffered his fourth blown save in

O’s need a victory today to win another AL East series (updated)

The Orioles have a chance to win another American League East series today. So far this season, they have won five of seven series within the division. They recently had a five-game AL East losing streak, which included being swept by Tampa Bay. That streak ended when they won the last two games of the Yankees series. Overall, they are 13-11 versus the AL East

The homer-happy Birds

The 2013 Orioles are suddenly bashing and mashing baseballs. The Orioles have become homer happy. If those homers lead to wins, that makes their fans happy. In the last few days, they have been. The Orioles have won four of the last five games, hitting 15 homers in that stretch. Over their last 12 games, they have hit 26 homers with nine games of two

Orioles beat Toronto 6-5 with Garcia getting the win and J. Johnson the save

For the fourth time this season, the Orioles faced a pitcher that won a Cy Young Award in 2012. They are now 4-0 in those games after producing a 6-5 win over R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays. Dickey gave up nine hits and six runs over 6 2/3. He falls to 4-6 on the year with an ERA of 4.85, and Toronto is

O’s look to keep impressive mark against 2012 Cy Young winners going today (bats stay hot)

As the Orioles get set to face R.A Dickey for the second time this year today, it will also be their fourth game this season against a 2012 Cy Young Award winner. The Orioles scored 21 runs and went 3-0 in those first three games against Dickey and Tampa Bay’s David Price. On opening night, they beat Tampa Bay 7-4 when Price started, and they

Watching the Chris Davis show has been fun this year

Manny Machado is the topic of plenty of Orioles stories and headlines these days, and rightfully so. Some other topics in the news about the club recently include its bullpen struggles and the call-up of Kevin Gausman. But while all these legit stories have taken up recent headlines, Chris Davis just continues to have a remarkable year. He possibly could be leading or close to

O’s hit season-high four homers, Machado equals Ty Cobb in win over Jays

The Orioles scored three runs just three batters into tonight’s game and the early offensive onslaught continued into the third inning as they bashed their way to a 10-6 win at Toronto tonight. Amid the Orioles hitting a season-high four homers and tying their season high for runs, Manny Machado put his name in the record book again when he singled in the seventh inning.

O’s offense trending up, now can pitching get in line? (More offense tonight)

The Orioles have somewhat quietly put together a real nice run on offense. They rank third in the American League and also third in MLB with 232 runs scored. Over the last 12 games, that offense has been humming real well with a team average of .302 and 62 runs scored with 33 doubles, three triples and 21 homers. The Orioles averaged 3.2 extra-base hits

The go-go O’s? From worst to first in stolen bases

The numbers tell the story and it is an impressive change for the better for the Orioles. Last season they stole 58 bases all year to rank last in the American League. This season they have 37 stolen bases and that ranks first in the AL. At this pace the Orioles would steal 127 bases to more than double last year’s total. They are also

The message for O’s minor league batters and a take on Gausman

During a recent visit to Bowie’s Prince George’s Stadium to cover a Baysox game, I noticed some stat sheets taped to the home clubhouse wall. They were stats for Baysox players, but also a variety of team stats for each club in the O’s organization. They went beyond just some of the basic stats and the sheets were put there by Mike Boulanger, the Orioles

Gausman takes the loss in his debut as Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 12-6

For a while it looked like this could be a real feel good evening for the Orioles. They gave Kevin Gausman an early 3-0 lead in his major league debut and Gausman kept Toronto off the board in the first three innings on just two singles. But the Blue Jays got to the 22-year-old right-hander for four runs over the fourth and fifth innings and

A look at Gausman’s recent outings, season innings limit and more (game update)

As he makes his major league debut for the Orioles tonight, Kevin Gausman does so at a time he has been pitching as well as he has all year. Since pitching to an ERA of 5.63 over his first three starts for Double-A Bowie, the 22-year-old right-hander has pitched to an ERA of 1.78 with a batting average against of .218 over his past five

O’s 2012 second-round draft pick Kline to undergo right ankle/fibula surgery today

Right-hander Branden Kline, the Orioles’ second-round draft pick last June out of the University of Virginia, is having surgery today to repair a right ankle/fibula fracture. The recovery time after the procedure is six to eight weeks, so the Orioles remain hopeful he can return to pitch this year. Orioles orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens will perform the surgery. Kline was injured, not in a game,

Is the Orioles’ starting pitching now in good shape?

For the Orioles, besides ending their six-game losing streak, the best development over the last few days was seeing their starting pitchers deliver some solid performances. Jason Hammel had pitched to an ERA of 10.43 over his previous three starts until giving the club a solid 6 2/3 innings last night. No doubt, seeing Hammel throw well was a big development for him and the

Postgame comments from Davis, Wieters, Markakis and Hammel

Not long after the Orioles had finished off a second straight win over the Yankees, Matt Wieters talked about Jason Hammel and his strong outing in this win. “I’d say this was probably the best outing he’s had this year. They have a lot of tough lefty hitters in that lineup, and he had to locate and mix in his change-up, which was big for

Jason Hammel records quality start, O’s bash three homers and top N.Y.

Jason Hammel recorded his first quality start tonight since April 25, and the Orioles scored five runs off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda as they beat New York 6-3 to win the series, two victories to one. That is back-to-back wins for the Birds after a six-game slide. They have won 10 of 15 series on the year and moved to within three games of the

No shutout this time (updated)

The Orioles entered this game with a real challenge tonight, facing New York right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. He shut out the O’s on five hits and 113 pitches April 14 at New York, giving up just one hit to the last 17 batters he faced that night. Kuroda is 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA on the year. He ranks second in the AL in ERA, and

Duquette provides an update on Jonathan Schoop and talks about Gausman

In a press briefing with reporters at Camden Yards this afternoon to talk about the call-up of Kevin Gausman, Orioles vice president Dan Duquette was also asked about infield prospect Jonathan Schoop, who is on the Triple-A Norfolk disabled list. The news doesn’t sound very encouraging on Schoop. He has not played since May 12 and will see a doctor in California next week. “It

After arriving in Baltimore, Gausman looks forward to his big league debut

Kevin Gausman got the news last night that he was headed to join the Orioles. He arrived in the Orioles clubhouse just after 3 p.m. today and later talked about his start tomorrow night when he will make his major league debut at Toronto. “Obviously, it is going to be real exciting,” Gausman said. “You know, trying not to think about it too much and

After rough stretch, Jason Hammel looks to turn it around tonight

In his first six starts this season, Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel pitched to an ERA of 3.79 and American League batters hit just .244 off him. In his last three starts, his ERA is 10.43 and opponents are batting .409. Hammel gave up seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings Friday against Tampa Bay. Over the past three starts, he has gone 14 2/3 innings,

Kevin Gausman has been on a fast track to the majors almost from the start

Almost from the day the Orioles drafted him last June, right-hander Kevin Gausman has been on a fast track to the major leagues. Last Aug. 12, I was at Aberdeen’s Ripken Stadium for Gausman’s second pro outing for the Orioles. He was so impressive that day for the short-season Single-A IronBirds that the organization quickly changed its initial plan for him to only pitch at

Jim Johnson, Miguel Gonzalez and Nate McLouth talk after win over N.Y.

After he pitched a 1-2-3 10th inning tonight and then became the winning pitcher on Nate McLouth’s walk-off homer leading off the 10th, Jim Johnson was ready to talk more about other players than his one-inning outing. “There are a lot of good things to talk about than a guy that pitched in the 10th inning tonight,” Johnson said after the O’s 3-2 win over

Kevin Gausman expected to start Thursday for Orioles (update)

The Kevin Gausman era for the Orioles is about to begin. An industry source confirmed tonight for MASNsports.com that Gausman is likely to make the start for the Orioles on Thursday at Toronto. The club’s top pick last year is 2-4 with an ERA of 3.11 in eight starts this year for Double-A Bowie. He is coming off a start Friday at Trenton where he

Walk-off win ends the losing streak

One batter, one swing, one win. That was all it took in the last of the 10th as Nate McLouth homered on a 1-1 pitch from lefty Vidal Nuno to give the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Yankees in walk-off fashion to end their six-game losing streak. It’s McLouth’s second career walk-off homer. The first was on April 20, 2010 for Atlanta. It was

Back in rotation, Miguel Gonzalez looks for another good outing against N.Y. (updated)

Miguel Gonzalez returns to the Orioles rotation tonight for the first time since May 3 when he left after six innings and 80 pitches in Anaheim with a right thumb blister. He was activated off the disabled list today and will face a team he has had success against in the New York Yankees. In 2012, Gonzalez went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two

Adam Jones talks about stealing bases

Here is a surprising stat: The Orioles now lead the American League in stolen bases with 34. Last season, they ranked last in the AL with 58. At this pace, the Orioles would steal 125 bases this season. While no one is confusing him with Ricky Henderson out there, Adam Jones has stolen three bases in the last two games and is now 8-for-8 on

Clubhouse supports Jim Johnson

How could there not be some tension in any big league team’s clubhouse after a stretch of six straight losses that has featured three straight blown saves by All-Star closer Jim Johnson? But if the Orioles are feeling any extra pressure right now, they are not showing it and they are certainly talking like that is not the case. Adam Jones addressed that topic this

Orioles bullpen has a 7.94 ERA on this homestand

One concern some fans have expressed here is that if Orioles starters continue to struggle to get deep into games, it will eventually have an impact on a bullpen that will have to pitch more innings. Manager Buck Showalter has discounted the notion that the O’s bullpen is having to throw too many innings a couple of times during recent days and he feels that

Some stats and some thoughts on struggling closer Jim Johnson

Of course, Jim Johnson is going to be the main topic of conversation for Orioles fans today - and he will be in this blog entry, too. But first, a few other points to make. Of the five relievers the Orioles used last night, three gave up runs and a fourth let in an inherited runner. The batters went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Jim Johnson talks about his third straight blown save

After talking about his recent struggles after tonight’s game Jim Johnson was asked about the Orioles’ losing streak that has reached six games. “Three of them are my fault,” he said. “The other guys do their job. If I do mine we are not standing here. I think everyone is doing a great job, I’m not pulling my weight, but I’ll figure it out. “Ball

Jim Johnson suffers third straight blown save as Yankees beat Orioles in 10

The Orioles’ losing streak reached six games tonight and each loss seems more gut-wrenching than the last. Tonight the Orioles came back to gain a 4-3 lead and took that edge to the ninth only to see closer Jim Johnson suffer a third straight blown save as the Yankees tied it then and won it 6-4 in 10 innings. Travis Hafner’s one-out solo homer off

Can the O’s get past Sabathia this time? (updated)

You may not remember this now - not after what happened in the American League Division Series last year - but the Orioles fared pretty well against CC Sabathia in the 2012 regular season. Sabathia made three starts against the Orioles then and went 0-2 with an ERA of 6.38 allowing 13 earned runs and four homers over 18 1/3 innings. But then he won

Chris Davis on the losing streak and facing the Yankees

The Orioles have lost five in a row for the first time since May 26-June 1, 2012, when they lost six in a row and they have dropped six straight at home for the first time since April 9-14, 2010. The last time the Orioles lost seven in a row at home was August 22-September 7, 2007 when they lost 11 in a row. Right

After simulated game and side session, Miguel Gonzalez is ready to re-enter rotation

Miguel Gonzalez said this afternoon he is ready to re-enter the Orioles’ rotation and pitch against the Yankees tomorrow night. He has been on the disabled list with a right thumb blister since May 9 which was backdated to May 4, the day after his last start. He never made a minor league rehab start but Gonzalez threw in a simulated game at Camden Yards

How will the Orioles stack up the next three nights against New York?

So how will the Orioles match up with the Yankees over the next three nights? Last season, these teams matched up very well. They split 18 regular season games and the Orioles scored 92 runs to New York’s 90. They met in a hard-fought playoff series that was decided in the fifth and final game. But right now, as they get set to open a

Back in Double-A, Xavier Avery works to get back to where he was exactly one year ago (updated)

On this date last year, Xavier Avery started for the Orioles and went 2-for-4 against the Washington Nationals. At that point, he was batting .313 after just eight major league games. He was called up quickly to the bigs last season, barely after a month in his first go-around at the Triple-A level with Norfolk. But Avery ended last season struggling at bat, the Orioles

Postgame comments from Markakis, Jones and Tillman

Nick Markakis said he wasn’t sure exactly where that ball that was eventually ruled a home run hit exactly. It was ruled a homer for Matt Joyce off Chris Tillman in the top of the sixth as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles to complete the sweep. “I wasn’t even looking where the ball landed. I was looking to the spot I needed to get to

O’s lose series finale, are swept away by Tampa Bay

After using offense to win the first two games of this series, Tampa Bay today turned to the American League co-leader in wins, and lefty Matt Moore outdueled Chris Tillman as the Rays beat the Orioles 3-1 to complete the three-game sweep. The Orioles have lost five in a row and are 0-5 on this homestand. It’s the Rays’ first three-game sweep in Baltimore since

O’s will try to beat the AL co-wins leader to avoid sweep today (updated)

To win today and end a four-game losing streak, the Orioles will have to win a game started by Tampa Bay lefty Matt Moore. Moore is 7-0 with an ERA of 2.44 through eight starts. He is tied for the American League wins lead with Yu Darvish of Texas. Moore ranks fifth in the league in ERA and has the best batting average against of

Turning the page on a tough loss

The Tampa Bay Rays last swept a three-game series in Baltimore from May 6-8, 2011. The Rays will attempt a sweep today and if they succeed, the Orioles’ losing streak would reach five games. Twice over the last four losses, the Orioles have lost when they took the lead to the ninth inning. That happened once all of last year when the Orioles were 75-1

After batting tear at Norfolk, Danny Valencia joins Orioles today

The goal of any player in Triple-A is to play well enough to force the big league team to bring him to the major leagues. Danny Valencia has certainly done that. He’s been having a very solid year with Triple-A Norfolk and now, after a recent batting tear, he is back in the big leagues, joining the Orioles today. Valencia is in today’s starting lineup,

Have the Orioles become Team Turmoil?

Nice homestand, huh? The Orioles have lost all four games and have been outscored 33-22 by San Diego and Tampa Bay. They won nine of their first 12 series this season and now have lost two series in a row. They must try to beat a 7-0 pitcher today in Matt Moore to avoid being swept by a division rival at home. The Orioles now

Jim Johnson talks about his second straight blown save (plus Jurrjens comments)

After he suffered back-to-back blown saves and took the loss today against Tampa Bay, Jim Johnson said all the innings that the bullpen is having to pitch lately is not a factor in his form being off the last two outings. “No, that is not an excuse at all,” Johnson said. “If you look at the way Buck sets the bullpen up and how he

O’s seven-inning win streak ends as Tampa scores six in ninth to win

Things are just not going well in Birdland these days. The Orioles took a 6-4 lead to the top of the ninth this afternoon, but Jim Johnson suffered his second straight blown save after converting 35 straight, as Tampa Bay scored six in the ninth to win 10-6 over the Orioles. With the loss, the Orioles’ regular season win streak of 109 straight when leading

Chris Dickerson on signing with the O’s and starting again today (updated rotation stats)

Chris Dickerson has made six starts this season, and the Orioles are 5-1 in those games. Not that he takes any credit for that, but it’s a nice winning percentage. Dickerson is making his seventh O’s start, today as the DH, after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth last night, which pulled the O’s within 12-10 against Tampa Bay. Dickerson is batting .320 with

O’s pitching coach Rick Adair talks about Jason Hammel

He gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings last night in the second-worst start of his 29 as an Oriole. Just three times in those 29 starts has Jason Hammel given up six runs or more, and it’s now happened in back-to-back starts. The Orioles have some issues to resolve right now with their struggling opening day starter. Hammel is 5-2 with a 5.72

Jake Arrieta talks about returning to the Orioles

He last pitched for the Orioles on April 21, but today Jake Arrieta has rejoined the club and is expected for now to be available out of the bullpen, as Jair Jurrjens starts here this afternoon against Tampa Bay. Arrieta was scheduled to start for Triple-A Norfolk tonight and had a recent start pushed back due to a shoulder issue, which he feels is no

Jurrjens up next, Gonzalez may return soon as O’s continue search for solid rotation

There is no question about the struggles for much of this season, especially recently, regarding the Orioles’ starting rotation. The starters have just one quality start over the last seven games, with an ERA of 7.34 in that stretch. In five of the last six games, the O’s starter pitched five or fewer innings. The rotation ERA for the season is now 4.86. That has

Hammel: “I’ve been here before. I’ve figured it out before”

After allowing 15 earned runs over his first six starts, covering 35 2/3 innings, Jason Hammel has given up 17 earned runs in 14 2/3 frames over his last three starts. He took the loss tonight in the 12-10 defeat against Tampa Bay, giving up 10 hits and seven runs over 4 2/3 innings. “I am missing over the plate, arm-side fastball,” he said. “And

Hammel struggles again and O’s comeback bid falls short against Tampa Bay

As they began a 17-game stretch tonight against the Rays, Yankees, Jays, Nats and Tigers, the Orioles did so with another subpar outing from a starter. And not just any starter, but their opening day starter Jason Hammel. The right-hander struggled for the third straight start as Tampa Bay held off the Orioles 12-10 in front of 38,061 at Camden Yards. Hammel’s struggles are the

Updating the recent rotation stats

Read this at your own risk. If shaky stats make you queasy, sit down first. Over the last seven games, counting tonight, Orioles starters have pitched to an ERA of 7.34, allowing 28 earned runs over 34 1/3 innings. With Jason Hammel pitching just 4 2/3 tonight, O’s starters have now worked five or fewer innings five times in the past six games. Not exactly

Notes on Norfolk and on Machado’s impressive doubles surge

Here are a couple of rather impressive notes on the Orioles’ Triple-A Norfolk club, which is hosting Lehigh Valley tonight with Steve Johnson on the mound. * Norfolk’s 29-12 record is now the second best in all of minor league baseball, topped only by Single-A Ft. Myers of the Florida State League at 29-10. * Norfolk is averaging 6.7 runs per game over its last

Can Jason Hammel get his fastball command locked in tonight?

If he gets a win tonight here against Tampa Bay, Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel would improve to 6-1 this season. He would become the first Oriole to go 6-1 or better to start consecutive seasons since Mike Boddicker went 6-1 to begin the 1985 season and 10-1 the following year. Hammel had a 6-1 start to the 2012 season. While that is a very impressive

Jair Jurrjens on returning to the big leagues and his expected start tomorrow

After making eight starts with Triple-A Norfolk, right-hander Jair Jurrjens is here at Camden Yards today and expected to be activated to start tomorrow afternoon against Tampa Bay. Jurrjens went 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA for the Tides, allowing two earned runs or less in five of his eight starts. Over 51 2/3, he has allowed 44 hits with 15 walks, 36 strikeouts and a

The Orioles were in first place after 40 games last year

With the Yankees’ loss to Seattle while the Orioles were off last night, the idle Birds moved to within 1 1/2 games of first in the AL East. They are in third place in the standings, and they were in first after they had played 40 games last year. AL East after 40 games in 2012: Baltimore: 26-14 Tampa Bay: 24-16, 2 GB Toronto: 22-18,

With their starting pitching in flux, O’s begin key stretch tonight

Two of their starting pitchers are on the disabled list, although Miguel Gonzalez could be returning soon. Jason Hammel, who pitches tonight, has allowed 10 earned runs in 10 innings over his last two starts. Freddy Garcia has struggled in back-to-back starts. The rotation ERA is 6.37 over the last six games. OK, the O’s starting pitching is not exactly peaking right now. And here

Gausman’s time could be coming, but it’s not now

He is one of baseball’s best pitching prospects. He is a pitcher the Orioles like a lot. He has an ERA of 1.85 over his last four Double-A starts. Despite all that, the message the Orioles seemed to be sending this week was that Kevin Gausman may make the O’s roster this year, but not in the very near future. The Orioles rotation is springing

Norfolk’s Jonathan Schoop out with lower back strain

Triple-A Norfolk infielder Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles’ No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America, has been out the last few days with a lower back strain, according to Orioles vice-president Dan Duquette. Duquette said via text tonight that Schoop “is resting a few days.” Schoop last played on Sunday for Norfolk when he had three hits, including a homer and three RBIs. Schoop is 5-for-9

Garcia on his outing, Gonzalez on pitching Friday in a simulated game

Freddy Garcia got out of a jam in the first inning, but allowed two runs in the second, two runs in the fourth and took the loss this afternoon in the Orioles’ 8-4 defeat against San Diego. He struggled with his control almost from the start as he falls to 0-2 with an ERA of 5.51 in three Orioles starts. “I was behind on the

Garcia exits early as San Diego wins to sweep the Orioles

Their starter struggled and failed to survive the fourth inning. They didn’t have much success with runners in scoring position. They lost a pop-up in the sun that cost them a run and they got swept for the first time this year. It wasn’t the best day for the Orioles, who lost 8-4 to San Diego in front of 32,418 fans at Camden Yards. Less

Plenty of experience on the mound today at the Yard (updated)

Here is the good news: Today’s O’s starter Freddy Garcia is 4-2 with a 2.51 career ERA in nine starts with seven career quality starts against the San Diego Padres. But the other side of that news is that he has not faced San Diego since June 12, 2005. Garcia makes his third Orioles start today and makes another bid to hang onto to and/or

For Orioles, the defense never rests

For the Orioles, it is the case for the defense and it is a strong one. The Orioles have made just 11 errors all year, the fewest in the American League and behind only Arizona, with 10 for the fewest in baseball. While an error total alone only tells part of the defensive story, the Orioles have made just two errors over their last 17

Steve Pearce on getting a second straight start and his bat heating up

For the third time this season, Steve Pearce is starting back-to-back games for the Orioles. After going 1-for-3 last night with an RBI single that put the O’s ahead 2-1 in the eighth, Pearce is back in the lineup at DH today and batting ninth. “Yeah, definitely (excited to start again),” Pearce said. “My goal is to get to the plate, I want to hit.

For the Orioles, a four-game sweep on the farm last night

The Orioles’ four full-season affiliates went 4-0 last night, as the four clubs combined to score 34 runs. Triple-A Norfolk beat Lehigh Valley 12-7 improving to 27-12 on the year with its 16th win in 19 games. Danny Valencia hit two homers and leads the club with nine. The Tides scored seven runs in the eighth inning to come from 7-5 behind. Valencia and Russ

Jim Johnson on the loss and end of his saves streak (plus Flaherty and Tillman quotes)

After the longest regular season saves streak in Orioles history had come to an end tonight, Jim Johnson said it was pretty simple. It was matter of not executing pitches in the top of the ninth when San Diego scored twice against him to come back and beat the Orioles 3-2. “It was location,” Johnson said. “As soon as I got off the field, I

San Diego ends Jim Johnson’s saves streak, beats Orioles 3-2

The Orioles were 18-1 when leading after eight innings this year. Make that 18-2. Jim Johnson’s consecutive saves streak ended at 35 tonight when San Diego scored twice off him in the top of the ninth to stun the Orioles 3-2 at Camden Yards. Chris Denorfia and Everth Cabrera came up with RBI singles in the ninth off Johnson, who suffered his first blown save

Adam Jones talks about Manny Machado

During a live video chat this afternoon here on MASNsports.com, a fan asked Adam Jones about Manny Machado and how well he is playing right now. In 38 games, the 20-year-old Machado is batting .331 with five homers, 24 RBIs and an .891 OPS. “This kid is special, to be honest with you,” Jones said. “He fouled that ball off his ankle the other day

Navarro and Burnett talk about rejoining the Orioles

To take the roster spots of Mike Belfiore, who was optioned to Triple-A yesterday, and Wei-Yin Chen, who was placed on the disabled list today, the Orioles recalled pitcher Alex Burnett and infielder Yamaico Navarro from Norfolk. Both players have been on the O’s roster already this season, twice before in the case of Burnett. The 25-year-old Navarro, who returns for a second stint, was

Miguel Gonzalez still hopes to pitch in a minor league game later this week

That blister on the right thumb of Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez is finally healing. The Orioles are hopeful he can pitch in a minor league game, perhaps as soon as Thursday, which could line him up for a return to the rotation next Monday or Tuesday against the Yankees. Manager Buck Showalter said today that Gonzalez might not even need to throw six or seven

When looking at possible changes, does the club look at the big picture too?

Most reporters that cover the Orioles likely get similar questions, but here are some I have been getting lately: * How long can the Orioles go with Ryan Flaherty struggling on offense? * Is Jair Jurrjens the next minor league pitcher to get a shot in the rotation? * When will the Orioles callup Kevin Gausman? * Will Manny Machado be moving back to shortstop?

Help for Urrutia and LJ Hoes’ bat heats up at Triple-A

At Double-A Bowie, there is help for Henry. As Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia learns what baseball is all about in the United States, there are also plenty of things he needs to learn and adapt to in and around the game. To help Urrutia, Orioles minor league coach Ramon Sambo has been assigned by the organization to be with him every day. Sambo managed the

As he works to chase fewer pitches, Adam Jones batting average is on the rise

In the third inning yesterday, Adam Jones hit a line drive homer. It got out of the park in a hurry. When I say in a hurry, no home run hit in the major leagues this season exited the park faster. According to ESPN Stats and Information, that homer had a flight time of 3.09 seconds, the quickest of any home run this season. Does

Chen leaves with injury as O’s beat Twins to win another series

The Orioles won another game. They won another series. They won again on the road. But did they lose a starting pitcher? Wei-Yin Chen pitched five shutout innings today in the Orioles’ 6-0 win over Minnesota, but he left the game with a strained right oblique. Chen appeared on his way to going deep into a game for an O’s staff that could have used

Orioles have won six of last seven series heading into Minnesota finale (Davis HR note)

So far this year, the Orioles have been more consistent than streaky. Their longest winning streak is four games. Their longest losing streak is three games, which came in the fifth, sixth and seventh games of the year. The Orioles have lost back-to-back games just twice this year. A loss today would be the third time for that. On their way to a 22-15 record,

On a rainy night in Bowie, Kevin Gausman takes another step on the road to Baltimore

BOWIE, Md. - It was not the easiest night to play or pitch. There was on-and-off rain. And, for a rare occasion, Kevin Gausman saw his command a bit on and off, too. The Orioles’ 2012 first-round pick still pitched well, giving up just one run, but after walking just one batter in his first six starts over 35 2/3 innings, Gausman walked three last

Gausman with two scoreless to start his night at Bowie (leaves after 4 2/3)

BOWIE, Md. - Throwing a steady diet of upper 90s fastballs, Kevin Gausman has pitched two scoreless innings tonight here at Bowie, and the Baysox have a 1-0 lead after the second frame. The game was scheduled to start at 6:35 p.m., but began 55 minutes late due to a rain delay. After seeing several pitches register at 97 mph on the stadium radar gun,

In Bowie, Zach Clark talks about his first start tomorrow using the knuckleball

BOWIE, Md. - If you want to talk about a player with perseverance, you could start with pitcher Zach Clark. In his eighth season in the Orioles’ organization, he finally made the big leagues recently. But just a few days later, he was designated for assignment and now he is back here with Double-A Bowie, learning to throw a knuckleball. It’s been a wild few

A stat comparison that shows Manny Machado ahead of Harper and Trout

It sounds like a few fans turned the game off on MASN last night when the Orioles fell behind the Twins 6-0. If they didn’t make their way back to the broadcast, they missed a stunning comeback and 9-6 win. The Orioles, Red Sox and Yankees all won Friday night to remain tied atop the AL East with New York actually a few percentage points

Down 6-0, the Orioles rally to stun the Twins, 9-6, in series opener

Well, to say the least, that was an impressive win. Down 6-0 as they came to bat in the top of the sixth tonight, the Orioles scored six to tie the game over a two-inning span and then scored three in the top of the 10th to stun the Twins, 9-6, tonight. This was the first time the Orioles won when down 6-0 since June

Twins are 5-2 so far against AL East

This might surprise you, but the Minnesota Twins, a team that has lost 99 and 96 games the last two seasons, are 5-2 this season against the American League East. The Twins host the Orioles for three games over the weekend beginning tonight at Target Field. The Twins took two of three in Baltimore in the second series of the year and they just took

Henry Urrutia gets off to a solid start with Bowie, but there is more work to do

If you just look at the stat sheet, you can’t help but be impressed by Double-A Bowie outfielder Henry Urrutia. The Cuban defector signed by the Orioles last July is swinging a good bat for the Baysox during his first 15 games in the Orioles organization. The 26-year-old Urrutia is batting .317 with eight doubles, two homers, 15 RBIs, a .550 slugging percentage and .929

Matt Wieters and Freddy Garcia talk about the Royals’ four-run fourth inning

Matt Wieters didn’t throw any pitches tonight, but he took responsibility for one that went over the left field wall in the top of the fourth. Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer hit two-run homers in that frame to beat Freddy Garcia and the Orioles 6-2 at Camden Yards. “The ball Hosmer hit, you can put that one on me,” Wieters said. “That was the wrong

Guthrie tops Garcia as Royals win to avoid series sweep

Orioles starter Freddy Garcia gave up just five hits tonight, but four of them came consecutively in the top of the fourth and two were homers as the Kansas City Royals beat the Orioles 6-2 to salvage the final game of a three-game series. Winning pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was facing the Orioles for the first time and extended his consecutive unbeaten starts streak to 18.

Freddy Garcia talks about making his second start for the Orioles (updated)

After taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his Orioles debut Saturday at Anaheim, what does Freddy Garcia have in store for an encore? We find out tonight when the 36-year-old Venezuelan makes the start opposite former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie. “Real excited (to get back out there),” Garcia said Wednesday. “Nice to be back in the big leagues and I’m trying to do the

Jones and Guthrie: Teammates for four seasons, opponents tonight

Jeremy Guthrie pitched for the Orioles from 2007 through 2011, a total of five seasons. For most of the last four years he wore an O’s uniform, when he took the mound, Adam Jones was playing behind him in center field. But tonight they compete against each other for the first time. They will be friends off the field, but Jones said he’ll be putting

Miguel Gonzalez talks about heading to the disabled list

The blister that first showed up on Miguel Gonzalez’s right thumb two starts ago and forced him out of his last start after just 80 pitches is now sending Gonzalez to the 15-day disabled list. He was placed on the DL today, retroactive to May 4, and cannot return to the O’s active roster until May 19. Alex Burnett was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and

Who’s hot and who’s not

Here is a strange stat: The Orioles have been outhit in their last three games, but won each game. Those are the O’s only three wins of the season when their opponent has more hits. Despite that, their offense continues to be productive and the Orioles rank second in the American League with 168 runs, behind only the Athletics with 177. Who’s hot at bat

Tillman on Johnson, Guthrie on his return (updated)

After the Orioles had won their game last night, the result came in from Boston where Minnesota beat the Red Sox 15-8. Former Oriole Pedro Florimon knocked in a career-high three runs and help his former O’s teammates move into a first-place tie with Boston at 21-13. While the Orioles have won four in a row, Boston has lost five of its last six games.

Jim Johnson on tying Randy Myers’ consecutive saves record and more

Getting Jim Johnson to talk about himself at any length may be harder than trying to hit Jim Johnson, who tonight tied the Orioles’ club record with his 34th straight save. But in a rare moment for him, Johnson was asked about his pitching tonight and his evolution into a top closer. He is better at the job now, he feels, than he was when

Jim Johnson ties club record with 34th straight save as Orioles top K.C.

Jim Johnson put his name in the Orioles’ record book tonight and Chris Tillman provided a fourth straight quality start in a 5-3 win over Kansas City at Camden Yards. Johnson pitched the ninth inning to record his 13th save in 13 chances on the year. It is his 34th consecutive save conversion, which ties the Orioles team record set by Randy Myers in 1997.

Tillman looking for another strong outing tonight against K.C.

Maybe something has to give here tonight. Chris Tillman has pitched very well over his last three starts, but he has not pitched very well at all in three career starts against Kansas City. Tillman makes his seventh start of the year tonight. He is 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA. Over his first three starts, his ERA was 7.07. Over his past three, he is

Jeremy Guthrie on his return to Baltimore and getting ready to face the Orioles

After pitching for five seasons and for nearly 1,000 innings in an Orioles uniform, Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound at Camden Yards tomorrow and pitch against the Orioles for the first time ever. Will that be strange for him? “Not too much,” he said this afternoon in the Kansas City clubhouse. “I think enough time has passed and having seen them last year, to

Nick Markakis talks about batting as the DH

For the third time this season and the second time in the last eight games, Nick Markakis will serve as the Orioles’ designated hitter tonight. “It’s different,” Markakis said about being the DH. “You just have to stay loose, stay stretched and wait for your turn to hit. Haven’t done it much, but it’s good. It gives me a chance to get my feet back

Adam Jones: New year, but same attitude for Orioles

Orioles players have long since moved on from the 2012 season. They know it was the year that put the Orioles back into the playoffs and ended a long run of losing seasons. They also know it won’t do them any good this year and they have to play well again to have two successful seasons in a row. But while they have moved on

Matt Hobgood pitching well out of bullpen, will stay there for now

The last two seasons, right-hander Matt Hobgood, the Orioles’ 2009 first-round pick (fifth overall), went 0-6 with an 8.76 ERA over 37 innings. This season with Single-A Delmarva, the 22-year-old Hobgood is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.90 over 20 innings, allowing just nine hits on two runs with 10 walks and 13 strikeouts. South Atlantic League hitters are batting just .136 against him. Hobgood

Jones, Wieters, Chen and Hunter talk after Orioles win over Kansas City

Before tonight, Brian Matusz had stranded all 26 inherited runners when coming out of the bullpen. The streak ended tonight when Alex Gordon homered off him with a man on in the seventh to tie the game 3-3. But the Orioles untied it on Matt Wieters’ RBI double in the eighth to win 4-3 over Kansas City and improve to 20-13. Adam Jones, who drew

Wieters’ RBI double in eighth gives O’s series-opening win over K.C.

The Orioles have done this before this season - give up the lead, but still win the game. And they did it tonight at soggy Camden Yards as Matt Wieters knocked in three runs in the Orioles’ 4-3 win over Kansas City. Wieters began the evening batting just .197 with an OPS of .572 this season against right-handed pitching, but had a two-run double in

Miguel Gonzalez provides an update on his thumb blister

After leaving his last start on Friday at Anaheim after six innings and 80 pitches due to a thumb blister, Miguel Gonzalez could have made his next start this Thursday against Kansas City, but now is expected to have it pushed back to Friday or Saturday. Gonzalez said the blister would not allow him to pitch today, but he figures he will be able to

Back in the lineup, Chris Davis says his right knee is fine

Four days after leaving a game with a right knee injury and two days after returning to the lineup, Chris Davis has pronounced himself fine. He is in the lineup tonight and said he is not restricted in any way. Although there were a few moments of concern when he limped off the field Friday at Anaheim. “It was one of those things where you

Strop uncertain if WBC competiton has contributed to his 2013 struggles

Among the theories out there about why O’s relief pitcher Pedro Strop has struggled this season is that he pitched often in the World Baseball Classic. Strop pitched six times in a 13-day span between March 7-19 for the Dominican Republic in the tourney and he pitched very well. He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits and no runs with no walks and

A look at an improved K.C. team and a couple of minor league notes

Like the 2012 Orioles, the 2013 Kansas City Royals are looking to bring winning baseball back to their city while ending a long playoff drought. The Royals’ last playoff appearance was in 1985, when they won the World Series, and their last winning season was in 2003. They went 72-90 last season. But even after a tough 2-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday,

The story from extended spring training last week that pleased Buck Showalter

Here is a story from extended spring training that may not resonate much with the average fan, but when O’s manager Buck Showalter was told about it, I heard he was quite pleased. The story was relayed by new Aberdeen IronBirds manager Matt Merullo Saturday at Ripken Stadium during a fan Q and A session on Fan Day in Aberdeen. Merullo, who is currently running

Minor league notes on Schoop, Hobgood, Gausman and more

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides remain the winningest and also the hottest team in the O’s minors right now. The Tides beat Syracuse in 11 innings Sunday to conclude a 7-1 homestand at Harbor Park. Here is a look at each of the O’s four full-season clubs: Norfolk is 20-10, tied for first and has won nine of its last 10 games. Double-A Bowie is 13-16

ESPN injury expert with some thoughts on Dylan Bundy and PRP injections

Dylan Bundy has started his prescribed six weeks of rest after getting a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection last Monday in his right forearm/elbow area from orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. An MRI on Bundy’s right elbow came back clean. PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets and stimulates the healing of bone and soft tissue. Zach Britton received

Machado hits go-ahead homer as O’s win to complete 7-4 road trip

Maybe it wasn’t quite as dramatic as his ninth-inning homer at Fenway Park earlier this year but Manny Machado’s latest homer was a big one today for the Orioles as they beat Los Angeles 8-4 in the finale of an 11-game west coast road trip. The Orioles went an impressive 7-4 on the trip, going 3-1 each at Oakland and Anaheim sandwiched around a 1-2

Angels score early against Hammel (O’s lead 8-4)

Adam Jones came up with another hit with a runner in scoring position today as the Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against the Angels. But the Amgels scored three times with two outs off Jason Hammel to take a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Mike Trout reached on a one-out infield single and then

With a winning road trip in the bank, the O’s look for one more today at Anaheim

The Orioles are going to leave the west coast with a winning record on this road trip. They are 6-4 heading into the last game today. Of course 7-4 would look real good and they have a chance to get there this afternoon behind Jason Hammel. It would look even better considering my entry yesterday morning pointed out the O’s have not exactly been tearing

After watching him pitch in Florida, Merullo provides a take on Wada

The latest outing for pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada was Saturday and it went well. The 32-year-old left-hander from Japan pitched six innings in extended spring training, allowing just three hits and one run on 76 pitches. Matt Merullo wasn’t there to see that outing, but he has been in the dugout for Wada’s other starts during extended spring training as he works his way back from

Garcia flirts with no-hitter, O’s lose lead but not game, winning in 10 at Anaheim

It was an eventful day for the Orioles in Anaheim. Their starting pitcher took a no-hitter into the seventh. They took a 4-0 lead. They lost that 4-0 lead. They almost lost their win streak when leading after seven innings. But when it was over, they extended it by beating the Angels 5-4 in 10 innings. With Nolan Reimold on second base and two outs

For fifth starter: Let someone settle in or is the one-and-done approach best?

Today, Freddy Garcia starts for the Orioles and when he does, he will become the eight different pitcher to start for the team this year. At this point last season, the Orioles had made no rotation changes and were still working with the five-man rotation that began 2012 with the team. Then the order, beginning with opening day, was Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, Jason Hammel,

Just part of ebb and flow of the season, or have O’s hit a bump in road?

If you are the worrying kind, you could potentially find something to worry about when you consider that since the Orioles let that game get away last Sunday at Oakland they are 2-4. Almost any team will look flat when they are shut out and the Orioles did Friday night at Anaheim, held to a season-low three hits and shutout for the second time this

Davis leaves game injured as Orioles fall at Anaheim

The Orioles lost a game, 4-0, to the Los Angeles Angels and lost their first baseman tonight in Anaheim. They have a chance to get back in the win column tomorrow, but we don’t yet know if Chris Davis will be back in the lineup that soon. Davis led off the top of the fifth with a groundout to third base. His right leg appeared

Gonzalez looks to hurdle recent sixth-inning issues tonight

If the Orioles win just one of the next three games against the Los Angeles Angels, they will have a winning road trip at 6-5. Two wins will make that 7-4 and three would produce a pretty impressive 8-3. When Miguel Gonzalez takes the mound for the Orioles tonight in Anaheim, he will try to get past the sixth inning without struggling at that point,

Norfolk Tides look to extend their win streak to eight tonight

The hottest team right now among the Orioles’ minor league affiliates is the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, who are 18-9, tied for first place with seven wins in a row and a have a 9-1 record over the last 10 games. The Tides have not won eight games in a row since May 12-19, 2009 and the club record is 10 in a row, set July

Manny mania: MLB Network’s Bill Ripken compares Machado to Trout, Harper

Orioles fans have marveled at the play of the now 20-year-old Manny Machado since his call up to the major leagues last August. The kid has clearly taken his game to a new level in recent weeks and a lot of people are noticing. That includes the national media. On MLB Network’s “MLB Now” Wednesday, former Oriole and current network analyst Bill Ripken anchored a

Tillman tames the Angels as O’s win 5-1

After their starting pitchers had worked a total of 20 1/3 innings over the last four games, the Orioles were hoping Chris Tillman could get them a deep outing in the series opener at Anaheim against the Angels - and he delivered. Pitching near his Fountain Valley, Calif., home, Tillman gave up just three singles over eight shutout innings as the O’s beat Los Angeles

Another night, another matchup with a struggling right-hander for Orioles

For the second night in a row, the Orioles face a pitcher who doesn’t look very good on the stat sheet. It didn’t turn out that well for Baltimore last night. That is when Aaron Harang began the night with an ERA of 11.37 and batting average against of .362 and then shut out the Orioles for the first five innings of the game and

O’s players are well represented in AL offensive league leaders

Even after scoring just two runs in a loss at Seattle Monday and just three in last night’s loss, the Orioles still rank third in the American League in runs scored with 141. Oakland is first with 162, followed by Boston at 145. Meanwhile, O’s players’ names are all over other prominent among the AL league leaders. In batting average, Chris Davis is fourth at

Pondering some O’s questions

Taking a look at some questions and, as always, seeking your answers to some Orioles topics this morning: Why is Adam Jones struggling on defense? He seems to be getting some poor jumps, poor reads and sometimes running poor routes. Not a good combination. Jones can be a lightning rod for criticism and those waiting for some material to criticize are getting it. It seems

O’s lose at Seattle, come up short in bid to win five straight series

Well, that could have gone better. Adam Jones again had some tough defensive plays that he failed to make. Wei-Yin Chen lasted just four innings. The Orioles’ offense failed to score over the first five innings against Aaron Harang, who entered with an ERA of 11.37. Seattle beat the Orioles 8-3 tonight to take the series finale and snap the O’s streak of four straight

The O’s bullpen: OK for now (updated)

It is a concern that right now is not going away. Can the Orioles bullpen withstand pitching so many innings and will it become an issue for the team if the starting pitchers continue to not get deep in games? The Orioles have had a starter go seven innings or more just once all year. While there haven’t been many early exits by O’s starters,

Comparing the Orioles in April 2012 and 2013

Now that the calendar has turned to May, we can take a look back at April and make some comparisons to where the Orioles were at this point last year. As for the bottom line, they went 14-9 (.609) in April 2012 and were in second place at that point, one game out. At the end of this April, they are 16-11 (.593) and two

Robbie Alomar: ” It’s an honor that will stay with me the rest of my life”

He brought a flair for playing the game and some big time talent to the team for three seasons, and today Roberto Alomar has been elected to the Orioles’ Hall of Fame. “It was a great time with the Orioles,” Alomar said on a media conference call this afternoon. “There were great fans, and I got to meet some great people. We had some great

Rodriguez and Berry are impressing at Frederick

They are two good-looking, young left-handed pitchers off to good starts at Single-A Frederick. One was an international amateur signing, and the other was a 50th-round draft pick. Eduardo Rodriguez and Tim Berry have both had some impressive moments already during the Keys’ season. The O’s selected Berry in 2009 in the last round of the draft - Round 50 doesn’t even exist anymore -

O’s use big first inning to beat Mariners, finish April at 16-11

Held to two runs Monday night, the Orioles doubled that before the game’s second out was recorded Tuesday and beat Seattle 7-2 to even this three-game series at a win each. The Orioles scored four runs in the first inning against rookie right-hander Brandon Maurer, who entered this start with an ERA of 15.43 in the first inning this year. It started with a leadoff

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