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O’s win to complete first three-game home sweep of Yankees since 2005

In their fourth attempt to get a three-game series sweep, the Orioles picked up their first of the year tonight. A large enthusiastic crowd of 40,878 saw Chris Tillman gain his 10th win as the Orioles beat the Yankees 4-2 to complete a three-game sweep in their first home game on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” since July 31, 2005. The Orioles completed their first three-game

Hiroki Kuroda has had two very different starts against the O’s this year (updated)

Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda makes the start against the Orioles here tonight. He is 7-5 with an ERA of 2.77 in 16 starts. Kuroda ranks fifth in the American League in ERA and has had two very different starts this year against the Orioles. On April 14 at New York, in another ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game, he pitched a five-hit shutout, throwing 113 pitches.

Jair Jurrjens on today’s roster move; Eddie Gamboa no-hitter notes and quotes

It was a new one for me today when Jair Jurrjens was designated for assignment off the 25-man roster. There is a difference between DFA and this designation of DFA “off the roster.” To cut to the chase, it appears that Jurrjens, after a 48-hour window, is very likely to remain in the organization, and will likely head back to pitch for Triple-A Norfolk. “They

Brian Roberts on his latest return to the Orioles and more

Brian Roberts’ latest comeback continues tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles activated him off the 60-day disabled list today, and he’ll bat ninth and serve as the DH against the Yankees. Roberts had surgery to repair his injured right hamstring in early May after getting hurt in the third game of this season. “It’s great, I’m excited. Should be a great atmosphere and looking forward

ESPN’s Olney says the time is now for O’s to sign Machado to a 10-year contract

Even though he doesn’t have even a full year’s worth of service time yet and has played just 133 career games with the club, ESPN’s Buster Olney said the time is now for the Orioles to sign Manny Machado to a long-term, megabucks contract. “That is going to be kind of a turning point in the franchise’s history because he clearly is that kind of

In Bowie, Chen says he feels ready to return to O’s rotation

BOWIE, Md. - Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, out since mid-May with a strained right oblique, said he’s ready to return to the Orioles rotation after pitching tonight for Double-A Bowie. Now we wait to find out if the O’s brass agrees with him. He had one bad inning - giving up four runs in the fourth - over a five-inning outing for the Baysox. Chen gave

Chen fans Harper, two scoreless tonight for Bowie (done after five)

BOWIE, Md - Wearing a No. 16 home white jersey, the same number he wears for the Orioles, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has pitched two shutout innings tonight for the Double-A Bowie Baysox in a rehab start against the Harrisburg Senators. In the top of the first, he struck out Bryce Harper. Brian Goodwin singled to right to lead off the game before Chen fanned Harper

In Bowie, Nolan Reimold says hamstring is fine and he’s ready to return to Orioles

BOWIE, Md - Since June 18, Nolan Reimold has been playing with the Double-A Bowie Baysox for the first time since 2008. But his minor league rehab stint may only have two games to go. Reimold will play left field and bat third tonight and he expects to play in at least one game of Sunday’s doubleheader. After that, he could be rejoining the Orioles

Pregame notes from Bowie on Chen, Reimold, Rodriguez and more

BOWIE, Md. - Wei-Yin Chen’s rehab assignment, which could be a short one, begins tonight at Prince George’s Stadium and Nolan Reimold’s rehab continues as the Double-A Bowie Baysox host the Harrisburg Senators. Bryce Harper will play left field and bat second for Harrisburg, putting three current big leaguers on the field at first pitch tonight. Chen is expected to throw 75-80 pitches tonight, which

Orioles were strong in the late innings, and postgame interviews last night

After an impressive Orioles win last night reporters had an impressive array of postgame interviews at our disposal. In one corner of the clubhouse Kevin Gausman was talking about his first win, and pitching in relief. In another corner, Manny Machado was talking about tagging up to get to third base where he could score a key run later on an infield hit. And then

Clubhouse quotes after the Orioles beat Yankees

Here is a sampling of some of the quotes from around the O’s clubhouse after their comeback, 4-3 win over the New York Yankees tonight: Nate McLouth on his homer in the seventh: “It was a breaking ball, elevated, pretty much down the middle. I’m sure he didn’t want to throw it there, but was able to put a good part of the bat on

McLouth hits go-ahead homer, Gausman gets first major league win as O’s top Yankees

Nate McLouth doesn’t start much against left-handed pitchers but he came through tonight against a southpaw, CC Sabathia. Kevin Gausman is not usually a reliever, but he came through tonight out of the ‘pen. And the Orioles rallied to beat the Yankees 4-3 in front of 40,041 at Camden Yards. After the Yankees scored three runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings off starter

How will T.J. McFarland do against the Yankees tonight? (Gausman comes on in third)

Tonight T.J. McFarland gets a big opportunity. It’s his first chance to show the Orioles what he can do as a starting pitcher as he takes the mound against the Yankees. McFarland is 1-0 with a 4.14 ERA, and the Rule 5 pick has been effective in a long relief role. But he’s been a starter most of his minor league career. He made 116

Nate McLouth on the home crowd, facing Sabathia and more (draft picks head to Aberdeen)

It was after one of the late season games last season when the Orioles’ Nate McLouth compared the Camden Yards fans to a college football crowd. He thought the home-field advantage was that good then. McLouth would like to see the same turnout this weekend, when big crowds are expected for all three games of the Yankees-Orioles series that starts here tonight. “I can just

ESPN’s Buster Olney on the Orioles-Yankees rivalry

The Orioles turned around several years of losing to the Yankees in 2012, the year they ended their long playoff drought. After going 5-13 against New York from 2009-11, the Orioles went 9-9 vs. the Yankees in the regular season last year. They lost the first four games the teams played and are 12-8 in the last 20 regular season games. The teams have split

Adam Jones talks about the AL outfield All-Star voting

The last time it happened in the American League was in 2005. That was the most recent time that teammates started in the All-Star game in the AL outfield through the fan-elected vote. Boston’s Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez were voted to start that game. The Orioles’ Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are bidding to do it this year. When the most recent voting was

Manny Machado talks about his first major league ejection (Jones, Gonzalez comments also)

Manny Machado said he had been ejected one time before, in the minor leagues, but he could not remember exactly when. His first big league ejection came tonight in the fifth inning of the Orioles’ 7-3 win over Cleveland when he struck out and later was ejected by home plate umpire Will Little. “Swung at a bad pitch and thought I fouled it off,” Machado

O’s five-run fifth features Machado ejection but leads to comeback win

One productive, but very strange, half inning sent the Orioles to a rain delayed 7-3 victory over Cleveland tonight and to a split of this four-game series in front of 33,086 at Camden Yards. The game was halted by rain, leading to a delay of an hour and 18 minutes before the last of the seventh. The Orioles went to the last of the fifth

After two seven-inning outings for O’s, Gonzalez goes for a trio tonight (updated)

Can the Orioles get another long outing from another starting pitcher tonight? For the first time all year, O’s starters have gone seven innings or more in back-to-back games with Chris Tillman and Jason Hammel doing that on Tuesday and Wednesday vs. Cleveland. Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.75 ERA) makes his 14th start tonight and he’s a good candidate to get deep into the game. For

Orioles planning to move Eduardo Rodriguez to Double-A (plus Gomez’s milestone win)

He is having quite a year at just 20 years old in the Carolina League pitching for the Single-A Frederick Keys, but now the Orioles are set to move left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Rodriguez just yesterday was named to pitch representing the Orioles in the Futures Game for the World Team. The native of Valencia, Venezuela was a spring

After nearly leaving the organization, Ishikawa trying to make it with the Orioles

Just a few days ago, Travis Ishikawa was a player possibly headed out of the O’s organization. Tonight he will make his fifth start with the team and third at first base. When you are a reserve, your roster spot is far from secure, but the veteran is here now after opting out of his minor league contract June 16 and forcing the O’s to

To no one’s surprise, O’s aren’t winning the same percentage of the close ones this year

Those of you who said the Orioles couldn’t possibly play as well as they did last year in close games were right. Those of you who said the O’s bullpen couldn’t pitch as well as it did last year, it is looking like you will be right. Last night’s loss was the Orioles’ sixth on the year when they were leading after eight innings. That

Jim Johnson talks about Cleveland’s two-run rally in the ninth (plus Hammel, Jones)

Jim Johnson had recorded 12 saves in his last 12 chances, but No. 13 got away from him and the Orioles tonight as Cleveland scored twice off him in the ninth to win 4-3. “The leadoff walk, that is pretty much what led to the whole inning. Lately, that is uncharacteristic and something I need to work on,” Johnson said. He walked Michael Brantley on

Cleveland matches O’s rally, scores two in the ninth off Jim Johnson to win 4-3

They rallied, but then so did Cleveland. After the Orioles scored twice in the last of the eighth tonight to get a 3-2 lead, Cleveland scored twice in the ninth off Jim Johnson to post a 4-3 win. It was the fifth blown save for the O’s closer, who had saved 12 in a row since a blown save May 26 at Toronto. Johnson, seeking

A return to 2012 form by Jason Hammel would be big for the Orioles

Tonight would be a good time for Jason Hammel to pitch better than he has in recent outings. Hammel went 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA last year and while he is 7-4 this year, his ERA is up there at 5.30. Hammel has allowed four runs over six innings in each of his last two outings and in his most recent four starts, he is

Valencia wants to be latest Oriole to contribute off bench (O’s send two to Futures Game)

Maybe it won’t be as dramatic as what Alexi Casilla did last night, but Danny Valencia would like a repeat. Last night, Casilla, who hasn’t had much playing time recently, hit a key three-run homer in an Orioles win. It can be hard to sit for a while as a reserve and then start and come up big for the team, but that is the

Urrutia’s defense starts to catch up to his bat and promotion could be coming (Baysox All Stars)

It was April 19 when Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia joined the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Before long, the hits came ringing off his bat. It wasn’t much longer after that, that fans start wondering if the Orioles would promote the hot-hitting Urrutia to Triple-A - or even the majors, at some point. In early May, O’s director of player development Brian Graham said Urrutia, who hadn’t

Wieters on Casilla and other notes on victory that ended losing streak

On Monday night, Zach Britton took a two-hitter and two-run lead into the sixth and didn’t make it through the inning. Last night, Cleveland’s Justin Masterson took a three-hitter and two-run lead to the seventh inning but couldn’t make it through that frame. Two pitchers seemingly rolling along and then - boom - they give up the lead and lose the game. Masterson rolled into

Casilla and Davis on their homers and the comeback win

He was an unlikely homer hitter, but Alexi Casilla put one big swing on the ball in the last of the seventh tonight for the Orioles. His three-run homer broke the 3-3 tie and sent the team to a 6-3 win over Cleveland. Casilla asked to use an interpreter for the postgame interview and O’s coach Einar Diaz helped out. “I felt great after I

O’s use two longballs to end one losing streak

They needed that. Held without a single baserunner through four innings tonight by Cleveland’s Justin Masterson and trailing 3-1 as they headed to the bottom of the seventh, the O’s offense rose up to produce a big inning that ended their four-game losing streak. The five-run seventh lifted the Orioles past Cleveland 6-3 at Camden Yards as Chris Tillman went seven innings to improve to

Masterson has done what some O’s starters have not by pitching deep in games (O’s get the lead)

Here is a stat that hammers home the point that Orioles starting pitchers have not gone deep enough into games this season: The O’s are facing Cleveland’s Justin Masterson tonight. He has gone seven innings or more eight times this year. The entire O’s rotation has gone seven or more nine times. Masterson has done that in 16 starts and the O’s staff in 77

O’s draft picks Harvey, Hart officially sign, hold press conference at Camden Yards

The Orioles just concluded a press conference at Camden Yards to officially announce the signings of their top two draft picks, high school pitcher Hunter Harvey and high school outfielder Josh Hart. Both have completed their physicals and officially signed with the club. They attended the game here last night and today put on O’s jerseys at the press conference. Pretty heady stuff for two

Chen returns to home clubhouse, gets set for his rehab start

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has not pitched for the Orioles since May 12 at Minnesota. But if his rehab keeps progressing, he could return to the rotation possibly to start on July 4 at Chicago. The plan detailed here yesterday for Chen remains the same. He is expected to pitch for an O’s affiliate - the specific one hasn’t been determined yet - this Saturday and

Could the starting rotation sink this ship?

Not good enough. From time to time, we hear Buck Showalter say that phrase. It fits for O’s starting pitching over the last seven games and it fits for the Orioles’ starting pitching for most of this season. For a brief time, it looked like the Orioles were turning a corner. From June 2-16, the Orioles got a run of nine quality starts over 14

Britton second-guesses pitch to Brantley after O’s loss to Cleveland (plus Wieters quotes)

Zach Britton wishes he could have one pitch back tonight. He feels like he should have thrown a different pitch to Michael Brantley with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the sixth. Brantley drove a two-run single to center and drove Britton out of the game. Britton took a two-hit shutout into the sixth, but four hits and one walk later,

Cleveland rallies to beat Orioles in homestand opener

The Orioles’ slim early lead didn’t last, but the losing streak is still here. Trailing 2-0 after five innings, the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat the Orioles 5-2 tonight as the Orioles’ losing streak reached four games in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand. Zach Britton seemed to be rolling along with a two-hit shutout and a 2-0 lead into the top

Reynolds on his return to Baltimore, his new team and more

After two seasons and 290 games playing for the Orioles, tonight Mark Reynolds will play against them. In his return to Camden Yards for the first time as a Cleveland Indian, Reynolds will bat sixth and start at third base for his new team and this time come running out of the third base dugout. “This is going to be fun,” Reynolds said to a

Kevin Gausman and Freddy Garcia talk about today’s roster move

Freddy Garcia was packing his bag. Kevin Gausman was unpacking his. That was the scene a few moments ago in the O’s clubhouse. The Orioles just announced that Gausman has been recalled from Triple-A and that Garcia has been optioned to Norfolk. Gausman said he expected to be available out of the bullpen for now. It is possible he could move into Garcia’s spot in

The AL East is a beast again, how will the O’s stack up?

Before the season some predicted that all five American League East teams could finish at .500 or better this year. As we approach the season’s halfway point, all five are now at least two games above .500. The East has five teams playing winning baseball while the rest of the league has four teams combined. It seems like a year where no East club will

For now, the Orioles seem content to let Hader develop and thrive at Delmarva

He is a 19-year-old left-hander who at this time last year was a brand new Orioles draft pick and a recent high school graduate. Now Josh Hader is on his way potentially toward top 10 prospect status. Whether he’ll make those top 10 lists at the end of this year or not, the results have been pretty stunning for this young man from Millersville, Md.

Toronto knocks Garcia out early to beat O’s and complete three-game sweep

This one got out of hand early. The Toronto Blue Jays knocked O’s starter Freddy Garcia out in the third inning this afternoon to beat the Orioles 13-5 today and complete the three-game sweep at Rogers Centre. This is just the second time on the year the Orioles were swept in a three-game series, and they fall to 42-34. The Orioles were also swept, three

O’s need a win today to avoid getting swept for the second time in a three-game series (Jays lead early)

The Orioles need a win today to avoid being swept in a three-game series for the second time this year. Tampa Bay swept the Orioles on May 17-19. The O’s also got swept at home by San Diego in a two-game series. Meanwhile, no, I don’t think Jose Bautista should get a brush-back pitch today from any O’s pitcher. It appeared that Darren O’Day said

Minor league notes on Britton, Bridwell, Walker and more

Two more games - and two more games with hits on Saturday - for Triple-A Norfolk’s Buck Britton. The older brother of Zach Britton, Buck Britton extended his career-high batting streak to 19 games yesterday against Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Britton is batting .366 (26-for-71) during the streak with one homer and eight RBIs. He is batting .304 in 38 games this season with the Tides, and

For the second day in a row, Toronto scores late to beat the Orioles

The Orioles gave up the winning run in the ninth inning last night and the eighth inning today. Jose Bautista’s two-run homer off Darren O’Day broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth as Toronto beat the Orioles 4-2 for the Blue Jays’ 10th win in a row. The team that was practically awarded the AL East after a busy offseason is finally playing good baseball,

Can the Orioles slow down the red-hot Blue Jays today? (plus pitching notes)

So the Orioles are trying to snap Toronto’s nine-game winning streak today. And they have to beat the Blue Jays in a ballpark where they are 11-37 in their last 48 games since June 8, 2008. Should be no problem, right? A hot baseball team starts to think nothing can go wrong, until something does. Even after falling behind twice by two runs last night,

A look at Caleb Joseph’s big season and why he is still at Double-A

He is 27 and playing in Double-A for the fourth year in a row. Except for 22 games with Triple-A Norfolk last summer, Bowie catcher Caleb Joseph has not advanced past the Eastern League. He is having a big year at Bowie, so the obvious question is this: Why is he still in Bowie and not playing at Norfolk at this point? For now, it

O’s can’t hold late lead as Blue Jays walk off with 7-6 win

Well, that was a tough one to lose. Down 3-1 early in the game, the Orioles moved ahead 5-3 in the sixth and 6-4 in the seventh, but lost 7-6 in the last of the ninth as the Toronto Blue Jays won their ninth in a row. Maicer Izturis led off the ninth with a single off Brian Matusz and advanced to second on a

The Orioles’ Gulf Coast League roster (O’s agree with 12th-round pick)

The Orioles’ short-season entry in the Gulf Coast League is opening up a new season today in Florida. Here is the GCL O’s opening day roster, with more players to be added from the draft as they sign and report. For the most part, almost every high school player the Orioles drafted will be sent to the GCL. Players from the 2013 draft are listed

Productive off-day sees O’s move closer to first, two top draft picks agree to terms

While the Orioles enjoyed an off-day Thursday, the Detroit Tigers beat Boston 4-3 on Jhonny Peralta’s two-run walkoff homer in the last of the ninth. The homer came off Andrew Bailey and it was his fourth blown save of the year. That Red Sox loss moved the Orioles to within one game of first place in the American League East. It is the closest the

Orioles reach agreement with top draft pick Hunter Harvey

The Orioles tonight have agreed to signing bonus terms with their top draft pick, high school pitcher Hunter Harvey, MASNsports.com has learned. The 22nd overall pick in the draft, it is believed Harvey’s deal is around the slot value for that pick of $1,947,600. Harvey is expected to take a physical early next week to make the deal official. Harvey is a right-hander from Bandys

Bryan Harvey on deal with son Hunter: “It is getting real close”

Former big league pitcher Bryan Harvey said reports that his son Hunter is on the verge of signing with the Orioles are accurate. “It is getting real close,” Bryan Harvey said in a phone conversation. The Orioles drafted Hunter Harvey with the 22nd pick in round one on June 6. Could this deal get finalized today? “I hope so,” Bryan Harvey said. “That comes as

O’s come to terms with Josh Hart, close in on Hunter Harvey (O’s announce Sisco deal)

The Orioles have agreed to terms on a signing bonus for their second draft pick, high school outfielder Josh Hart, and are getting close to signing their top pick, pitcher Hunter Harvey, a Major League Baseball source said. Hart agreed to a signing bonus of $1.45 million, just under the slot value of $1,508,600 for that pick. Meanwhile, a source said the O’s have made

An interview with the man that feels Manny Machado can get even better on defense

Very few know Manny Machado the player and Manny the person better than Orioles third base/infield coach Bobby Dickerson. He worked closely with Machado in the minors and he was one of the instructors that helped him convert from shortstop to third base in those early pregame sessions at Bowie last year. I asked Dickerson what has made Machado so consistently good on defense at

Chris Davis becomes second-fastest Oriole to 25 homers as O’s take series in Detroit

Well, it was not a bad last 24 hours for the Orioles. They beat Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello and took another series win against the first-place Detroit Tigers. The Orioles scored six runs in the fourth today, added three in the seventh and four in the ninth in a 13-3 win over Detroit. That is a season high in runs for the O’s. The

O’s begin contract talks with Hunter Harvey, two top 10 picks pass physicals (updated)

The Orioles have begun serious negotiations with their top draft pick, right-hander Hunter Harvey out of Bandys High School in Catawba, N.C., according to an industry source. All along it has seemed like once the talks heated up that an agreement could follow pretty quickly. That is still quite possible. This may only take a few days. Harvey was rated by Baseball America as the

After struggles, Chris Tillman talks about how he took his game to another level

While a few young Orioles pitchers are trying to find some consistent big league success and live up to their potential, the one that has taken his game to the next level is Chris Tillman, who will start this afternoon at Detroit. From 2009-11, Tillman made 36 starts for the Orioles, going 7-15 with an ERA of 5.58. Since the start of last season, Tillman

Nolan Reimold talks about his night in Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - Day one of his injury rehab stint with Double-A Bowie went fine for Nolan Reimold, even if he didn’t have any hits in the Baysox’s 9-1 loss to Harrisburg. Serving as the designated hitter and batting third, Reimold struck out swinging on a 1-2 pitch in the first and fanned swinging on an 0-2 pitch from right-hander Paul Demny in the fourth.

Reimold strikes out in first rehab at-bat tonight at Bowie (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - Well, at least he got to see a few pitches. In his first at-bat tonight beginning his injury rehab assignment for Double-A Bowie, Nolan Reimold struck out against Harrisburg right-hander Paul Demny. Reimold chased a high fastball on a 1-2 count to end the Bowie first. He is batting third as the Baysox designated hitter and is expected to get three at-bats

In Bowie, Nolan Reimold talks about beginning his injury rehab assignment

BOWIE, Md. - The last time Nolan Reimold played at Bowie’s Prince George’s Stadium, he hit three home runs. In his last at-bat here, Reimold hit a grand slam. That was in an Eastern League playoff game for the Baysox against Akron on Sept. 4, 2008. “Man, I should have just ended on a good note. Now obviously I can’t live up to that,” Reimold

Henry Urrutia expected to return to Double-A Bowie’s lineup tomorrow (Reimold in Bowie lineup)

BOWIE, Md. - The Double-A Bowie Baysox are hoping to open up a six-game homestand tonight at Prince George’s Stadium against Harrisburg. Nolan Reimold is expected to begin his injury rehab assignment with the Baysox tonight. But as of 3:50 p.m., a steady rain is falling, the tarp is on the field and there will not be any on-field batting practice. If the game is

A take on Arrieta, updates on draft pick signings and agreements

At this point it, must sound like a broken record when Jake Arrieta hears how he has great stuff. His latest subpar outing came last night in the loss against Detroit. The Orioles can’t unlock the key to success for Jake. Arrieta can’t do it, either. I’ve come to think that the constant talk about how good Arrieta can be has become almost a burden

Report: O’s will call up Ishikawa

Norfolk first baseman Travis Ishikawa filed official paperwork over the weekend to opt out of his contract with the Orioles. At some point Tuesday, that was supposed to make him a free agent, but it appears the O’s will not let that happen as they are planning to call up Ishikawa from Triple-A. Ishikawa has hit .316 in 49 Norfolk games with seven homers, 31

Arrieta takes the loss as Scherzer, Tigers top the Orioles

He was pitching for the first time in a big league game since April 21, but for struggling right-hander Jake Arrieta, the results were too similar to his first four starts of 2013 as Detroit beat the Orioles 5-1 at Comerica Park. He had an ERA of 6.63 in those April outings for the Orioles and tonight Arrieta allowed 10 hits and five runs over

Orioles reach an agreement with their fourth-round draft pick

The Orioles have reached agreement tonight with their fourth-round draft pick, catcher Jonah Heim from Amherst (N.Y.) High School. It is believed he agreed to the slot money signing bonus of $389,700 as the 129th pick overall in the draft. Heim, who will turn 18 on June 27, is a switch-hitter. He batted .522 as a senior with two homers and 24 RBIs and just

Bryan Harvey hopes son Hunter can sign with O’s this week

Bryan Harvey, the former big league pitcher and father of the O’s top draft pick, said he expects negotiations with the Orioles to sign Hunter Harvey to heat up and maybe even conclude this week. “Hopefully, they start talking today,” Bryan Harvey said. “They called last week and said be patient. They had a couple things they wanted to get done, so hopefully we get

A look at Orioles’ amazing bullpen performance in the Boston series

On Thursday at Camden Yards, in a game the Orioles would win in 13 innings, Brian Matusz came on in relief of Kevin Gausman in the sixth inning. In the seventh inning, Boston scored twice off Matusz. Why is that significant? Because Boston would not score against the Orioles bullpen for the rest of the four-game series. Beginning with the eighth inning Thursday through the

After nine years on mound for O’s, Alan Mills now passes on experience to kids at Aberdeen

He pitched for the Orioles for nine seasons, including the 1996 and 1997 playoffs, and Alan Mills returned to the O’s organization last year. For the second season in a row, he is the pitching coach at short-season Single-A Aberdeen and will lead his staff of young hurlers into a new season for the IronBirds that begins at 7:35 p.m. tonight against Hudson Valley at

Postgame comments from Gonzalez, Davis and Markakis after O’s win over Boston

He is continuing to wait for the birth of his daughter, but while he was waiting, Miguel Gonzalez took some time today to pitch in a big league game. He pitched 6 1/3 innings to lead the Orioles past the Red Sox, improving to 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA in four career games against Boston. Has it been hard to pitch with matters at home

Jake Arrieta talks about getting the start Monday night for the Orioles

He hasn’t pitched in a game since April 21 for the Orioles but they need a starter for tomorrow’s game in Detroit and it’s going to be Jake Arrieta getting that start, Buck Showalter said after today’s game. “Been waiting for an opportunity and I look forward to capitalizing on that and trying to help this team continue to win,” Arrieta said after today’s game.

Gonzalez tops Lester and Davis drives in three as O’s win series vs. Boston

The Orioles beat Jon Lester. They won the series over Boston three games to one. They moved to within 1 ½ games of the first-place Sox. What was there not to like about the O’s 6-3 win today over the Sox in front of 41,311 at Camden Yards? The Orioles continued their recent dominance of the Red Sox by winning their sixth straight series against

It’s Gonzalez against Lester in series finale (Urrutia out of Bowie lineup)

As Jon Lester faces the Orioles at Camden Yards this afternoon, maybe his aura of invincibility against them is over. The Orioles pinned their first-ever loss on Lester the last time the Birds faced him on Sept. 21, when Lester went seven innings and gave up eight hits and four runs in a 4-2 Orioles win at Fenway Park. While Lester is 14-1 with an

Markakis on Manny and the All-Star vote

The way Nick Markakis explains it, he has a pretty good view to watch Manny Machado hit. He has watched other top hitters and had a good angle to see their swings from right field over the years. Now he bats behind Machado at times, where has a good view of the kid’s work from the on-deck circle. “From right field I have a good

Davis talks about Orioles players and All-Star voting (Machado note)

The most players the Orioles have ever had voted to start the All-Star Game is three and that has happened twice. Right now, four O’s are leading at their positions to start the game July 16 at New York’s Citi Field. Adam Jones is first and Nick Markakis third among outfielders, while Chris Davis leads all vote getters at first base and J.J. Hardy leads

Alexi Casilla on the baserunning mistake that ended the game

Alexi Casilla had been out with an injured finger and had not played in a game since last Sunday. He wasn’t in this one too long today. Entering in the last of the ninth as a pinch runner, Casilla was doubled off first base on a Ryan Flaherty lineout to right to end today’s game as the Orioles lost 5-4 to the Red Sox. He

O’s rally in ninth, come up one run short against Boston

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead today as their first four batters in the game reached. They couldn’t maximize that rally though and couldn’t get much going after that against John Lackey, as Boston beat the Orioles 5-4 this afternoon in front of 42,422 at Camden Yards. The Orioles did threaten big time in the ninth against Andrew Bailey, as Matt Wieters hit a two-run

Teagarden on trying to get his bat going plus some minor league notes

Taylor Teagarden makes his seventh start behind the plate today for the Orioles. The club is 3-3 in his first six starts, but Teagarden is 0-for-20 at bat and trying to get into the hit column here today. “I’ve been taking tons of swings,” he said. “I’m just trying to get my bat speed going and shorten the curve or whatever to get back to

Jake Arrieta talks about the possibility of a future bullpen role

Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta was called up from Triple-A Norfolk yesterday to provide a fresh arm for the Orioles’ bullpen, but what if the Orioles wanted to move him permanently to the bullpen or at least temporarily give it a shot? Arrieta is very open to that and sounds almost like he expects to see that happen. “I’ve talked to my family and my wife

My take: Kevin Gausman should return from the minors ASAP

He has a record of 0-3 and ERA of 7.66 in five major league starts. He has given up seven runs twice in a game already. Maybe this is the exact right time to send Kevin Gausman to the minor leagues. I don’t think it is. I understand the move in sending Gausman to Triple-A after Thursday’s game so they could get a fresh arm

Machado talks doubles after O’s win over Boston (plus Tillman and Davis quotes)

After tonight’s game - a game where he added two more doubles and the Orioles beat Boston 2-0 - I asked Manny Machado about the latest impressive stat for him. According to ESPN Stats and Info, here are the leaders for most doubles through 68 team games by a player under age 22 since 1920: 30 - Manny Machado, 2013 25 - Ted Williams, 1939

Tillman and the bullpen blank Boston 2-0

Chris Tillman struggled to throw consistent strikes early in this game tonight, but that didn’t stop him from shutting down the team that leads the majors in runs scored. Tillman pitched six scoreless innings as the Orioles beat Boston 2-0 in front of 39,158 at Camden Yards. With the win, the Orioles are 16-8 over the last 24 games and moved to within 1 1/2

O’s come to terms with Sisco and Seabrooke; Wieters talks about Gausman

The Orioles have reached contract agreements with two more draft picks, coming to terms with their second-round selection, California high school catcher Chance Sisco, and their fifth-round pick, left-handed pitcher Travis Seabrooke from Crestwood Secondary School in Ontario, Canada. The signings will not become official until the players pass physicals and that is still to come for both. An 18-year-old lefty hitter, Sisco was the

A look at the Orioles’ recent winning ways against the Red Sox

From 2006-09, the Orioles went 3-15, 6-12, 6-12 and then 2-16 in the season series against the Boston Red Sox. Looks like those days are over. Last year, the Orioles went 13-5 against the Red Sox. With last night’s win, the Orioles are 3-1 this season against Boston. The Orioles have now won 12 of the last 16 against Boston. Since July 19, 2011, they

Wieters and Ellsbury: Round 2 is tonight

At Camden Yards this evening, it’s night two of a game within a game. The Orioles are playing the first-place Red Sox and once again, the league’s best basestealer may challenge the league’s best catcher throwing out runners. Last night, Jacoby Ellsbury tried twice and got thrown out once by Matt Wieters. When Wieters gunned down Ellsbury in the seventh inning with an amazing throw,

O’s making solid progress with two of their top draft picks (O’s announce signings)

A Major League Baseball source said the Orioles are making some real progress in their contract negotiations with two of their top three picks. If the talks continue to proceed as they have, agreements could soon be reached. The O’s are making that progress with their second pick, high school outfielder Josh Hart, taken 37th overall in the competitive balance round after Round 1 of

New Aberdeen manager brings energy and family baseball history to O’s organization

Matt Merullo is a positive, upbeat guy. He is also a real solid baseball man. He is also in his first year as a manager in the Orioles organization and about to lead the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds into a new season, beginning Monday night at Ripken Stadium. He brings a lot of experience to the O’s and his job in Aberbeen. He was a

O’s option Gausman to Triple-A

After a game where the Orioles played 13 innings and used six bullpen pitchers, they are going to need a fresh arm for Friday’s game. And to add a player to their roster for Friday’s game, they optioned Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk after Thursday’s game. A corresponding roster move will be announced before Friday’s game with Boston. Gausman was in line for his first

Chris Davis on the win in the opener of a big series with Boston (plus Gausman and McFarland quotes)

Of course, after a long extra-innings game with the Boston Red Sox, during an interview with Chris Davis, someone had to ask him if he thought he’d get on the mound tonight. “Yeah, I thought about it,” Davis said. “Once it gets late in extra innings, you start going through all the scenarios. Who we have on the bench, whose DHing, who would play first

Davis’ bloop single lifts Orioles to 5-4 win in extras

They won it on a bloop. Major league homer leader Chris Davis dropped a bloop single into short left field in the last of the 13th and it scored Nick Markakis and the O’s outlasted Boston 5-4 with a walkoff win in the 13th. With two outs against Alex Wilson, Markakis walked and Adam Jones singled to right. That set the stage for the walkoff

O’s agree with third-round pick, according to report

The Orioles have agreed to terms with their third-round draft pick, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College pitcher Stephen Tarpley, according to Baseball America’s Jim Callis. A major league baseball source tonight confirmed the agreement for MASNsports.com Callis tweeted: O’s agree to terms w/3rd-rder Stephen Tarpley for $525,000. Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC LHP is athletic, peaks at 95 w/fastball. The slot amount listed for that pick is $525,500.

How about the Wieters vs. Ellsbury matchup in this series? (O’s get early lead)

The next four days we have a matchup at Camden Yards of the Orioles and Red Sox. We also have a matchup of the American League’s stolen base leader and the best catcher in the AL in throwing out runners. Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury is 29-for-31 (93.5) in stealing bases and Matt Wieters has thrown out 52.2 percent at 12-for-23. If you can get on a

Pedro Strop: “I can’t wait to pitch again”

Pedro Strop said he is turning the page. Even as he is the primary topic on the local talk shows. and the focus of stories and blogs and message boards, Strop said he is focusing now on the next game and not his last game. “This is a new day,” he said moments ago in the Orioles clubhouse. “I can’t wait to pitch again. I

O’s come to terms with Mike Yastrzemski and two other draft picks (plus Aberdeen notes)

The Orioles have come to terms with three more draft picks, including the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, although there have not been any official announcements yet by the club. The O’s have agreed with their eighth-round pick, Notre Dame first baseman Trey Mancini, their 10th-round selection; Fresno State catcher Austin Wynns; and their 14th-round pick, outfielder Mike Yastrzemski from Vanderbilt. All three

Should Strop have heard the boo birds? (plus Aberdeen’s preliminary roster)

There is no question that fans have a right to boo. They pay good money to attend the games at Camden Yards and that is a way to show their displeasure with a player’s performance. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. As he struggled on the mound and was hearing a chorus of boos when he left it yesterday, I was feeling for

Strop and Hammel weigh in on O’s loss to Angels

In the quiet of the Orioles clubhouse after today’s game, I interviewed Pedro Strop for the “O’s Xtra” postgame show on MASN. Here are his comments after he allowed four runs and three hits today in just one-third of an inning to take the loss for the Orioles. Q: You could not hold the lead today. What is your take on the outing? Strop: “Not

O’s lose 4-2 lead as Angels avoid sweep at Camden Yards

This one got away. The Orioles took a 4-2 lead to the top of the seventh this afternoon, but Jason Hammel appeared to tire and Pedro Strop struggled yet again. The Angels scored six times that inning to take an 8-4 lead and went on to post a 9-5 win over the Orioles. Hammel issued a single and walk to end his day. Strop got

The starting rotation takes a turn for the better (updated)

When Miguel Gonzalez gave up just one run over eight innings last night, it was the Orioles’ latest good outing from a starting pitcher. The starters have been inconsistent most of the year. Don’t look now, but they have been on a recent nine-game roll. Over those nine games - beginning with Kevin Gausman’s outing where he allowed one run in six innings June 2

Once again, Manny Machado made a major impact in an O’s win

He didn’t hit any homers or rip any doubles in the gap, but Manny Machado once again had a huge impact on an Orioles win last night. There were too many defensive plays to mention, but let’s just the say the kid is playing third base at a level not seen in these part since a man wore No. 5 over there. I didn’t think

Gonzalez, Hardy and Markakis comment after O’s beat Angels

Since he returned from the disabled list, Miguel Gonzalez has been pitching well for the Orioles. Tonight, he gave up two runs or less for the fourth time in five starts, pitching the Orioles past the Angels 3-2 at Camden Yards. Gonzalez gave up just four hits and one run over eight innings. His ERA is 2.85 over his last five starts since his return

Gonzalez on mound, Markakis at plate lead O’s past Angels

Just get Nick Markakis to the plate with the bases loaded. When the O’s right fielder came to bat with the sacks full in the last of the seventh of a 1-1 tie, he was 2-for-2 this year with the bases loaded. After his clutch two-run single to center off Scott Downs, you can make that 3-for-3. And that big hit and a strong outing

Some Orioles and Angels mid-game notes

The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on Mike Trout’s homer to center field. It was his 12th of the year and came on a Miguel Gonzalez 1-1 pitch. That makes Trout 7-for-22 this year against O’s pitching with four homers and seven RBIs. Of Trout’s last 53 hits, 27 have gone for extra bases. Gonzalez kept the Angels off

After DL stint, Strop looks for command and consistency

The Orioles and their fans are hoping Pedro Strop will soon show a return to the form he showed much of last season when he had an ERA of 1.43 in late August. A pitcher with a history of some control issues, Strop walked 5.0 batters per every nine innings last season and that figure is up to 6.8 this year. He just came off

Chris Davis: “I think I am missing pitches that I was hitting earlier”

American League pitchers take note. Chris Davis’ bat may have cooled off for now. How long that lasts, we’ll see. Davis is in an 0-for-16 drought and is hitless over his last four games, his longest hitless stretch since June 15-24, 2012, when he went eight straight games without a base hit for an 0-for-28 stretch. “I think I am missing pitches that I was

From Delmarva to Frederick, Christian Walker’s bat keeps rolling

He is the leading hitter in the Orioles minor leagues and he’s been doing very well at two levels this season. Christian Walker, the club’s fourth-round pick last June out of the University of South Carolina, began this season pounding baseballs for low Single-A Delmarva. Moved to high Single-A Frederick May 12, he picked up in the Carolina League right where he left off in

With bullpen success, Hunter looking ahead only and pushing for more

Seeing Tommy Hunter now thriving in a bullpen role, it is hard to remember he used to be a starting pitcher for this team. But he was in the club’s season opening rotation last year and made a start as late as Aug. 22. But he went 3-0 with an ERA of 0.71 out of the bullpen last September and he has carried that success

Comments from Hunter, Jones and McLouth after O’s outlast Angels

Tommy Hunter said it was simple. He issued what he called a couple of bad walks that put him in what he called a pretty sticky situation. But with the O’s up 4-2, the bases loaded and one out in the seventh, he got Josh Hamilton to hit a ground ball, but Chris Davis threw late to second as a run scored to make it

Orioles outlast the downpour and Angels to win 4-3

It was not exactly a routine win, and it ended a long time after it started, but the Orioles topped the Los Angeles Angels tonight, 4-3, to take the series and homestand opener at Camden Yards. The teams, and a some hearty fans, waited out a rain delay of two hours and 14 minutes in the last of the sixth, and the O’s grounds crew

Will underachieving Angels be a tough opponent for the Orioles? (play to resume at 11 p.m.)

At 27-36, the Los Angeles Angels are not at all where they expected to be. Where they are is third place in the American League West, but 10 ½ games out of first as they open a series at Camden Yards tonight. The Angels are eighth in the AL in runs scored and 10th in team ERA. Los Angeles ranks 10th in starting pitcher ERA

Ryan Flaherty making some progress with bat since return to the Orioles

Is Ryan Flaherty swinging and hitting better since he returned from Triple-A? The stat sheet says yes, but he didn’t have much to out-perform of course. Flaherty was batting .133 when he was sent to the minors after the game on May 18. In nine games since returning to Baltimore, he is batting .276 (8-for-29) with two multi-hit games, two doubles and two RBIs. Does

Brian Roberts talks about returning to Camden Yards and the next step in his rehab

Brian Roberts was back in the home clubhouse at Camden Yards today. It has been a while. He hasn’t played in a game since the third day of the season and underwent surgery May 9 to repair his right hamstring. He made it clear how important it was to rejoin the team over the weekend during the Tampa series and how that provides him a

An interview to wrap up the draft with O’s scouting director Gary Rajsich

In the midst of selecting 41 players in 40 rounds over three days of the First-Year Player Draft, Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich also made himself available for an interview after each day, which was much appreciated as we all got a better understanding of what the Orioles did and why they did it. Here is the Q and A we did Sunday to wrap

Orioles bats break out and O’s win series finale 10-7

After the offense was shut down by Tampa Bay pitching in the first two games of this series, the Orioles made sure that didn’t happen for a third straight day. And they did so against a pitcher in Matt Moore, who was 8-1 with a 2.95 ERA. Held to one run on six hits with just one extra-base hit for two games, the Orioles scored

A look at two pitchers the Orioles drafted who could be tough to sign

Among yesterday’s draft picks by the Orioles were two high school pitchers that may be tough to sign. The Orioles like the duo, however, and may even be willing to go over their allocated draft pool money to get them. They are Daniel Ayers, a left-handed pitcher from Columbus, Ind., who was drafted in Round 25, and right-hander Robert Tyler from Cordele, Ga., taken in

What is with recent lack of offense and what is with all those tall pitchers?

Remember all the O’s offense we were talking about just a few games ago? It has taken a vacation recently. Coming into the Detroit series last weekend, the Orioles were batting .311 in their previous 19 games and scoring 5.6 runs per game in that stretch. In the eight games since then, the O’s are batting just .235 and scoring only 3.6 runs per game.

Today’s Orioles draft picks

The third and final day of the First-Year Player Draft is here. All teams have picks today starting in Round 11 and going through the 40th and last round. So far of the Orioles’ 11 picks, they have selected six high school players and five from college. They have taken a total of eight pitchers and catchers and one first baseman, third baseman and outfielder.

O’s scouting director Gary Rajsich on the final day of the draft and more

For the Orioles scouting staff, the home stretch has arrived. Months of scouting, watching video, talking to coaches and players, and writing reports culminates in what has happened the last two days with the actual drafting of players. Ten rounds of this draft is in the books and the draft concludes today, starting at 1 p.m., with rounds 11 through 40. In an interview last

Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich talks about Day 2 of the draft

The Orioles drafted three high school catchers in the first six rounds of this year’s draft and have taken four catchers among their first 11 picks so far. Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich said tonight that was not necessarily to help a position that some consider lacking in depth in the organization. “Well, I know what it looks like, but really, in a year like

Calvert Hall catcher Alex Murphy says he has agreed to terms with the Orioles

High school catcher Alex Murphy, drafted in round six by the Orioles out of Calvert Hall in Baltimore today, told MASNsports.com tonight that he has already agreed to terms with the team. He has not been officially signed and there has not been any announcement, but the deal has been agreed to and he will soon report to Sarasota, Fla., for orientation with his hometown

A few thoughts on the Orioles’ first three picks (with today’s picks added)

I have interviewed Gary Rajsich many times since he became Orioles scouting director and you could hear a little extra excitement in his voice late last night when he talked with reporters about the O’s top three draft picks. In pitcher Hunter Harvey, they get a kid that already is throwing 91 to 95 mph, and the potential for more is there. When he gets

Hunter Harvey talks about being drafted by the Orioles

Right-hander Hunter Harvey, drafted by the Orioles in the first round tonight, said he doesn’t expect to have any drawn-out contract negotiations and hopes to start his pro career soon. “I think it will be a very quick process,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life and now it’s finally here. I don’t want to mess around, I’m kind of ready

Gary Rajsich on Harvey: “He is a projected front-of-the-rotation pitcher”

The Orioles drafted three high school players tonight in the First-Year Player Draft, but scouting director Gary Rajsich said that was not the exact game plan heading into the draft. “No, it wasn’t really mapped out that way,” Rajsich said. “It’s just kind of how the draft fell. We feel like we did get three young players that we really like and we do trust

A look at some possible O’s first-round draft picks (O’s take Harvey, Hart, Sisco)

As the First-Year Player Draft is set to begin tonight, here are a few things to keep in mind. For one, teams seldom draft for need in the first round. The baseball draft is mostly about what a player can become in the future and not how he can help you now, or maybe even next year. Some players can get to the majors faster,

Miguel Gonzalez pitches the Orioles to victory in Houston series finale

One day after their pitchers allowed six homers and 11 runs, Miguel Gonzalez today restored some pitching order for the Orioles. Gonzalez gave up just one run over six innings, outpitching Houston No. 1 starter Bud Norris, as the Orioles beat the Astros 3-1 at Minute Maid Park. The Orioles take the series, two wins to one, to improve to 7-3 on the year in

A look the recent run of homers allowed by O’s pitching (updated)

On Saturday against Detroit, the Orioles allowed four homers in one inning for the first time in team history. Last night against Houston, they allowed six homers in a game for the first time since July 7, 2011. Last season, the Orioles allowed four or more homers in a game eight times all season. So far in 2013, that has already happened seven times. The

Orioles will add some talent tonight as MLB draft is set to begin (updated)

By the end of tonight, the Orioles will have added three new players to their organization. The First-Year Player Draft begins this evening at 7 p.m. The Orioles have the 22nd pick in the first round, the 37th overall selection - a competitive balance pick they were awarded - and the 61st overall pick in the second round. MLB Network will televise the first two

Houston homer barrage leads the Astros past the Orioles

The Orioles pitching staff tonight allowed six home runs over the game’s first four innings. Houston didn’t hit any more after the early barrage but that was more than enough for the Astros to post a 11-7 win over the Orioles. O’s starter Freddy Garcia pitched eight innings of shutout, three-hit ball last Thursday against Washington. Tonight he gave up seven hits, six runs and

Garcia looks for another strong start tonight at Houston (Garcia doesn’t get it)

Freddy Garcia will try to get the job done again tonight for the Orioles when they play Game 2 of their series at Houston. Over his first three O’s starts, the right-hander pitched to an ERA of 5.51. Over his last three starts - against the Yankees, Blue Jays and Nats - he is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.89. Overall, Garcia is 2-2 with

Tyler Wilson moves into Bowie’s rotation and other minor league notes

Right-handed pitcher Tyler Wilson, recently promoted from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie, is going to enter the Bowie rotation and move into Zach Clark’s rotation spot. Clark will continue to work on his new pitch, the knuckleball, in side sessions. Clark was 1-4 with an ERA of 8.59 in five starts since starting to throw a knuckleball. Wilson, the club’s 10th-round pick in 2011 out

A look at O’s Dominican Summer League teams and other DSL notes

A new season is under way in the Dominican Summer League. The short-season league, which plays games through Aug. 24, began June 1. For the first time since 2010, the Orioles have two teams in the DSL. Their DSL-1 team is managed by Elvis Morel and will play 70 games. Their DSL-2 team is managed by the club’s director of Dominican Republic operations, Nelson Norman,

Tillman goes seven and Valencia homers as O’s take road trip opener

Chris Tillman pitched a very solid seven innings, Danny Valencia homered and Nate McLouth manufactured a run on the bases as the Orioles beat Houston, 4-1, tonight to start a three-game series and six-game road trip. The win was the Orioles’ fifth in six games and 10th in the last 14. They also snapped Houston’s six-game win streak. The Orioles are 18-12 on the road

Will O’s be up to the challenge of the now hot Astros?

Is the pressure really on the Orioles in this series at Houston? The Astros have the worst record in the AL at 21-37, and only the Florida Marlins keep them from having the worst record in baseball. The Astros this season are 0-4 against Boston, 0-9 vs. Oakland, 1-6 against Detroit and 1-5 vs. Texas. But, here is the issue: Most of those losses came

Did the All-Star vote provide Baltimore sports fans with some of the respect they crave?

Baltimore sports fans - at least many of them - seem to crave respect for their sports teams. They don’t like it when national networks cover teams like the Yankees and Red Sox more. So when the first American League All-Star balloting was announced yesterday it seemed to me that the Orioles were given a whole lot of respect. That can’t be just O’s fans

In settling into mundane routine, Chris Davis’ offense become spectacular

This just in: Chris Davis is not slowing down. He was named the American League Player of the Month for April when he batted .348 with a slugging percentage of .728 and OPS of 1.171. He topped those numbers in May going .364/.768/1.210. Miguel Cabrera won the May monthly award after his amazing month, so Davis settled for winning the latest AL Player of the

The Orioles held up well over a rugged 17-game stretch

Before this season, a popular World Series pick was Detroit vs. Washington. Against those teams, the Orioles just went 5-2. It was how they did it that was equally impressive. On Wednesday night, they trailed Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats 5-2 after five innings and 5-3 after six. They erupted for a six-run bottom of the seventh inning and Chris Davis went 4-for-4 with two

Baseball America’s Jim Callis on the Orioles’ draft outlook

Manny Machado, Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman are the three players the Orioles selected with their first pick in the last three First-Year Player Drafts. When the first round of this year’s draft takes place Thursday night at 7 p.m., the Orioles are unlikely to get a talent on that level. That is because they drafted that threesome third, fourth and fourth overall, respectively. This

Kevin Gausman on his outing today against the Tigers, his home debut

Throwing a second variation of a changeup in a game for the first time, Kevin Gausman pitched six strong innings today allowing just one run in a no decision against the Tigers. He yielded only a Prince Fielder homer and five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Gausman threw 96 pitches and was on the hook for a loss, but the Orioles rallied to

Gausman goes a solid six and O’s rally to tame Tigers 4-2

Kevin Gausman showed Orioles fans some of his vast potential today, allowing just one run over six innings, and the O’s rallied for three runs in the seventh to beat Detroit 4-2 and take the series, two wins to one at Camden Yards. Today’s attendance was 39,182 and the three-game series drew 124,376. Gausman gave up five hits and just the one run - on

A rough 10-game run of pitching for the Orioles (Gausman impressive today)

Orioles pitching is going through a bit of a tough stretch here. The Tigers have scored 15 runs on 20 hits and and hit seven homers over the last two days. Over the last 10 games - a stretch that began with that four-game series at Toronto - the O’s pitching staff has given up 61 runs with a team ERA of 5.95. The Orioles

Nick Markakis: Still cranking out the hits

In a lineup that features Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Adam Jones, Nick Markakis can get overlooked. Not by anyone in the Orioles clubhouse, but by the rest of us. While others grab deserved headlines, Markakis just keeps showing up and cranking out hits. And doing that while batting both first and third in the batting order. In 56 games, he is batting .306 with

Tough test: Kevin Gausman faces the Tigers today in his third major league start

The Detroit Tigers have scored 15 runs and hit seven homers this weekend in Baltimore. Kevin Gausman has pitched to an ERA of 11.00 over his first two big league starts. If it is going to get better for the Orioles’ 2012 first-round draft pick starting today, the kid will have to go through one of the best lineups in the American League this afternoon

Jason Hammel: “Zero intent there to hit him”

Jason Hammel was ejected from a game for the first time in the big leagues today. He didn’t think he should have been tossed after he hit Detroit’s Matt Tuiasosopo one pitch after yielding three straight homers in the top of the fourth inning. “I’m not going to make a big deal of - I hit him with a slider. Zero intent there to hit

O’s yield four homers in an inning for first time ever as Tigers roll 10-3

Miguel Cabrera homered again and this time it was a grand slam. Prince Fielder homered. The Tigers scored eight runs in an inning and Jason Hammel was ejected. It could have been a better Saturday for the Orioles, who gave up four homers in one inning for the first time in team history as Detroit pounded the Birds 10-3 behind Justin Verlander. After giving up

O’s hitting coach Jim Presley on the matchup with Justin Verlander (O’s down big early)

Is Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander in a slump? After pitching to an ERA of 2.40 when he won the 2011 American League Cy Young Award and a 2.64 ERA when he finished second in 2012, he is 6-4 now with an ERA of 3.68 over 11 starts. That almost qualifies as an off year for him. And over his last three starts, Verlander has pitched

Chris Davis talks about keeping pace with Miguel Cabrera

If the season ended today, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera would not win the Triple Crown and neither would Chris Davis. That is because they are standing in the way of each other right now. Cabrera leads the American League in batting and RBIs, but Davis has a 19 to 16 edge in homers. In many other years, Davis’ .356 average and RBI total of 50 might

McLouth talks stolen bases and a look at Verlander’s recent outings

He didn’t get any stolen bases last night, but Nate McLouth ranks second in the American League with 17, four behind Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury. At his current pace, he would end the season with 50 steals, something done just three times in Orioles history. 57 - Luis Aparicio, 1964 53 - Brady Anderson, 1992 50 - Brian Roberts, 2007 The Orioles have gone from worst

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