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Gonzalez and Hardy with postgame comments after O’s loss to Houston

Miguel Gonzalez took the mound tonight and retired the side in order in the first inning on just five pitches. But his night quickly got more difficult and Houston scored four off him in the second and knocked him out during a five-run fourth inning tonight in an 11-0 win. “My bullpen was great,” Gonzalez said. “Everything was down and I thought I would do

O’s suffer most lopsided loss of year, 11-0 to Houston

Keep in mind, it only counts as one loss. The Houston Astros, who have the worst record in the majors, crushed the Orioles 11-0 tonight at Camden Yards as 25,265 looked on wondering what the heck was going on with the home team. The Orioles have been held to 10 hits in this series and were shutout tonight for the second time in three games.

LJ Hoes talks about the trade from the O’s to Houston

An O’s third round draft pick in 2008, the Orioles were the only pro team LJ Hoes has ever known. But today he is walking down the hall to join his new team in Houston. “My mind is racing,” Hoes said a few minutes ago. “Kind of got my dream come true the other day to start for the hometown team. Now getting traded to

Bud Norris talks about joining the Orioles

Even before he had a chance to meet with Buck Showalter and his new teammates, new O’s pitcher Bud Norris was at the podium a few minutes ago talking about joining the Orioles. Here are some of his comments from his first press conference as an Oriole. His reaction to the deal: “Being traded is exciting. My name has been swirling for a while now,

Chris Davis remembers the trade deadline deal that brought him to the Orioles

Chris Davis celebrated an anniversary yesterday. It was two years ago, on July 30, 2011, that Davis and Tommy Hunter were acquired by the Orioles from Texas for pitcher Koji Uehara. Looks like the deal Andy MacPhail pulled off is working out. Now, 73 homers later, Davis is fitting in well with the Orioles and that day has turned out to be pretty important to

Postgame comments from Davis, Hardy and Chen

Chris Davis sounded like a guy who was not exactly pressing or worrying because he had not hit a homer in his last 10 games. After his key homer tonight, a reporter asked him how happy he was to get back in the longball column. “I’m so happy,” he said sarcastically. “I can go home and sleep tonight. Eat food again. I don’t have to

Chris Davis ends homerless stretch as O’s top Houston

Chris Davis’ homer drought is over. The one he hit tonight was a big one as the Orioles beat Houston 4-3 in front of 24,904 in the series opener at Camden Yards. With the Orioles trailing 3-2 in the last of the sixth, Davis took a Lucas Harrell 3-1 pitch out to left field for the 4-3 lead. It scored Nick Markakis, who led off

Matt Wieters: “It’s time to try and put a good run together”

As the Orioles begin a stretch of games where they play teams with losing records in 14 of their next 17 games, it might be the right time for a team that has lost five of six to get back to winning. Matt Wieters said it is not that important who the opponent is right now. It’s pretty much go time for the Orioles. “I

Machado and Davis talk about their recent struggles at bat

A few moments before he was hit by a ball during batting practice today, Manny Machado talked about hitting the ball. Or, that is, his recent struggles to do just that. Machado is 3-for-28 over his last seven games and 9-for-58 over his last 14 games. “I’m not hitting the ball. Plain and simple,” Machado said. “Not doing what I am supposed to do. That

Dave Trembley and Matt Wieters on Trembley’s return to Batlimore

Dave Trembley is back in Baltimore. This time the former Orioles manager is here as third base coach of the Houston Astros. Today, one of his former O’s players, Matt Wieters, had some nice things to say about his former skipper. “Dave was a manager that got you motivated to play every day,” Wieters said. “We weren’t the best of teams when he was here,

A look at the O’s upcoming stretch of games

Starting tonight, the Orioles will play five of their next six series against teams that currently have losing records. Their next 11 games will be against clubs with losing records until they face Arizona starting Aug. 12. The Orioles begin a 17-game stretch tonight against (in order) Houston, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Arizona and Colorado. That takes the Orioles into a grueling 15-game stretch

Will the Orioles be setting major league records for defense?

The Orioles have made just 32 errors on the year over 106 games. At that pace, they will make 49 this year over the full season. The major league record for fewest errors is 65 by the 2003 Seattle Mariners. The major league record for single-season fielding percentage is .989 by the 2007 Colorado Rockies. The O’s percentage right now is .992. No matter how

Minor league notes on Wright, Jones, Esposito, Marin and more (Ortiz note)

Right-hander pitcher Mike Wright, the Orioles third-round pick out of East Carolina in 2011, has put together a very solid month of July at Double-A Bowie. Wright is 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA in five starts this month. Over 29 2/3 innings, he has walked just six and fanned 26. This followed a June where his ERA was 6.33 in four starts. In 20 starts

With Machado and Davis now struggling, others must now step up on the offense

On Friday night, the Orioles beat the Red Sox scoring six runs and hitting four homers. It looked like the offense we saw coming out of the All-Star break was back. But that was not the case. The Orioles have now lost five of the last six games. In that stretch, the team average is .227, scoring 15 runs, while hitting .128 (5-for-39) with runners

Hearing from Markakis and Hammel after the O’s loss to Boston

A few minutes after the Red Sox had ended a six-series losing streak with a win over the Orioles, Nick Markakis talked about Boston taking two of three this weekend. “It’s disappointing, especially when you come out with the first win,” he said. “They’re a good club, and we’ll be seeing them down the road. It’s not over yet. We need to put this behind

Lester and Red Sox blank O’s 5-0 to take the series

The Orioles had won their last four games when facing Jon Lester. The Orioles had won six straight series against Boston. Both streaks ended today. It was not the Sunday the Orioles wanted. Lester threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits. Jason Hammel’s winless streak reached 10 starts as Boston beat the Orioles 5-0 in front of 32,891 at Camden Yards. In going 25-11

Have the Orioles turned the corner against Jon Lester?

If you go by the results starting last season, the days of Jon Lester taking the mound and Boston expecting to beat the Orioles may be over. Since the start of 2012, Lester has started four times against the Orioles, and the O’s are 4-0 in those games. Lester has an ERA of 5.25 in the four games, pitching 24 innings and allowing 30 hits

LJ Hoes talks about getting called up today to join O’s

When LJ Hoes joined the Orioles last September after being called up, it was more a reward for a good season. He didn’t play much, appearing in just two games getting one at-bat. But he returned to the Orioles today and this time he’s here with a bigger role. Officially recalled this morning from Triple-A Norfolk, Hoes was inserted right into today’s lineup and will

Are pitchers adjusting to Chris Davis? (plus a take on Ortiz)

So have pitchers adjusted to Chris Davis? Why hasn’t he homered since the All-Star break and why is he striking out so much right now? First of all, keep in mind that with 37 homers and 97 RBIs, Davis has already had a year that many players would be proud of over 162 games - and he’s played only 104. But Davis has fanned in

Davis on his struggles and Ortiz, Feldman on his outing

After beating Boston last night and losing 7-3 tonight, Chris Davis was asked if that was a step back for the Orioles. “I don’t think we took a step back, we just got beat,” he said. “We can’t put up six or seven runs every night. Stephen Drew had an outstanding night. I don’t think we took a step back by any means.” Davis went

Stephen Drew homers twice as Boston evens series

Stephen Drew had not hit very well against Orioles pitching this year, but he made up for some of that tonight. Drew homered twice and drove in five runs as Boston beat the Orioles 7-3 in front of a sellout of 44,765 at Camden Yards. It was Drew’s second career two-homer game - his first came Aug. 25, 2010 at San Diego - and his

Showalter on Feldman

Scott Feldman makes his fifth start for the Orioles at Camden Yards tonight against Boston. He has delivered three quality starts and is 2-1 with a 4.73 ERA for the Orioles. Feldman has won his last two starts, pitching a total of 15 1/3 innings allowing 10 hits and five runs. When the Orioles acquired him July 2 in a trade with the Cubs, you

Former O’s first-rounder Brandon Snyder on time with the O’s and being with Boston

Brandon Snyder, the Orioles’ first-round pick in 2005, returned to town to play against the Orioles last season with Texas and he’s back this weekend as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Snyder lost out on making the Rangers’ opening day roster, was released late in spring and then quickly signed with Boston. He was with their Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate until Boston called him

A look at the Orioles’ strong pitching this season against Boston

In winning six of eight games this season against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles’ pitching has been a big key. The Red Sox have one of the best offenses in baseball - in fact, they lead all of the major leagues in runs scored - but their runs have been hard to come by this year against Baltimore pitching. Boston has scored just 22

Notes and quotes on Tillman, Jones, Machado and more

I guess we can call off the panic for a while coming off the O’s series at Kansas City. We can also call off the panic over the offense after Friday’s 6-0 win over Boston. Last night they beat a pitcher in John Lackey that ranked eighth in the American League in ERA and was 12-4 in his career against the Orioles. Entering the weekend

Adam Jones and Chris Tillman comment after the O’s win over Boston

He hit two homers tonight, but when it was over, Adam Jones threw some strong praise Chris Tillman’s way. “He’s been throwing the hell out of the ball all year,” Jones said. “This is the year he takes a turn for the better. This is the year he loses that prospect status and starts to put himself in top-of-the-rotation conversation. He’s got the talent to

Tillman, Jones lead O’s past Boston

Chris Tillman and Adam Jones grabbed co-starring roles tonight as the Orioles beat Boston 6-0 in the opener of a big weekend three-game series in front of 39,063 at Camden Yards. Tillman pitched seven shutout innings and Jones homered twice as the the Orioles ended a three-game losing streak, won for ninth time in the last 13 games and improved to 58-46. The Orioles continued

Can the O’s bats get going tonight against John Lackey? (O’s get early lead)

When the Red Sox got rained out at home last night against Tampa Bay, it meant that their scheduled starter for that game, John Lackey, would be pushed back to open the series tonight in Baltimore. The Orioles, who have scored just six runs over the last three games, going 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position, have their work cut out tonight. Lackey is 7-7

Francisco Rodriguez talks about joining the Orioles

The Orioles acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez on Tuesday and he made his O’s debut last night in Kansas City. Rodriguez has 304 career saves, the third-most among active players and 21st-most all-time. He said he has not been told about any specific role he’ll have out of the O’s bullpen. “No, just be ready,” Rodriguez said. “Not here to take anyone’s job, just take some

Urrutia on his O’s teammates: “I feel like I’ve been here for years”

Henry Urrutia had a one-word answer when asked what his first few days in the major leagues have been like. “Emotional,” he said through O’s minor league coach Ramon Sambo, who has been with him to interpret and has been helping him since spring training as the former Cuban outfielder adapts to life on and off the field in the United States. In the last

Minor league pitching notes on Harvey, Hobgood and Wilson

The Orioles’ 2013 first-round pick, right-hander Hunter Harvey, made his second pro appearance today in the O’s Gulf Coast League game against Tampa Bay. Harvey gave up three hits and two runs in the first inning of his outing today. He pitched a scoreless second inning. Harvey’s line today: 2 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs (both earned), 0 walks, 1 strikeout. Harvey started and pitched

A look at the Orioles’ winning ways against Boston

The Orioles begin a big series with the first-place Boston Red Sox tonight, looking to continue a recent run of success against a team they went 2-16 against in 2009 and 17-55 against from 2006-09. This year, the Orioles have won both their series against the Red Sox, going 5-2. Last season, the Orioles went 13-5 versus Boston. Here is maybe the most stunning stat

Miguel Gonzalez takes the loss and O’s go 1-3 in Kansas City to end trip

At least this time there was no late-inning heartache. But a road trip that began with such promise ended with a thud for the Orioles, who lost 7-1 tonight at Kansas City. After scoring 23 runs in starting this trip 4-0, the Orioles scored just six runs the last three nights in losing the final three games of a four-game series at Kansas City. The

A look at the O’s recent run of quality starts

Even during two straight frustrating losses, the Orioles are continuing to get quality starts from their pitching staff. That trend, should it continue, would be very big for this club as the final two months of the season are about here. Some are not impressed with a quality start, which by definition is an outing where the pitcher goes six innings or more allowing three

Ryan Braun was suspended, but will it stop anyone else from cheating? (updated)

The Ryan Braun situation is a mess. Mostly because of the player himself. He accepts a suspension from Major League Baseball, yet doesn’t admit to using performance-enhancing drugs. He has yet to answer any questions about his suspension. He issued a statement and ran for the hills, I guess. Here is why the Braun suspension will not be a deterrent for most players moving forward.

Yastrzemski, Mancini making a good early impression with Aberdeen

If you live near Baltimore and want to see a bunch of 2013 Orioles draft picks play, go check out the short-season, Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds at Ripken Stadium. When pitcher Eric Green joined the team this week he became the 15th member of the O’s June draft class to be added to the roster. Many of the players, all drafted from the college ranks, are

Steve Johnson talks about his outing in Aberdeen tonight

ABERDEEN, Md. - For Steve Johnson, tonight’s outing for short-season Single-A Aberdeen was a success, even if he didn’t put up zeroes against the Vermont Lake Monsters. Pitching in a game for just the second time since he went on the disabled list with a strained left oblique on June 6, Johnson wanted to come through his outing feeling healthy and he did. He did

Steve Johnson allows two runs in rehab start at Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - Wearing a bright No. 36 Aberdeen IronBirds jersey, right-hander Steve Johnson made a rehab start tonight for the IronBirds, pitching into the third inning against Vermont. Likely because he reached his pitch count, Johnson was pulled from this game with one out and two on in the top of the third. Over 2 1/3 innings, he allowed three hits and two runs

In Aberdeen, Jonathan Schoop provides an update on his back injury

ABERDEEN, Md. - Orioles infield prospect Jonathan Schoop will play tonight at Ripken Stadium for short-season Single-A Aberdeen and then play again tomorrow with the IronBirds. After that, he expects to rejoin the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. Schoop is coming back from a stress fracture in his lower back. He got hurt in a game on May 12 with Triple-A Norfolk. “I don’t know exactly how

Steve Johnson and Jonathan Schoop will play for Aberdeen tonight

ABERDEEN, Md. - Steve Johnson will pitch tonight at Ripken Stadium as part of a rehab assignment with the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds. Jonathan Schoop will bat third and play second base for Aberdeen in his second game with the IronBirds. Schoop went 2-for-4 here last night with two singles. Johnson is working his way back from a strained left oblique; he went on the

Some reactions to last night’s trade

Give Dan Duquette credit for this at least - he never stops trying to make this team better and he acts quickly when needed. In acquiring Scott Feldman, the timing was important to me. He got him early in the process, early this month, making him available for more starts to help the team. With several top teams reportedly bearing down on Francisco Rodriguez in

O’s offense held down in Kansas City as win streak ends at five

Jason Hammel kept walking the tightrope, but he never quite fell off. However, the O’s bats didn’t have their usual night tonight, and Hammel took the loss as Kansas City beat the Orioles 3-2. The Orioles’ rally in the ninth against Royals closer Greg Holland came up short. Adam Jones produced an RBI triple with no outs to pull the O’s within 3-2, but then

Nicky Delmonico talks about being traded to Milwaukee

Nicky Delmonico’s night began with him batting fifth and playing first base for the Single-A Frederick Keys at Winston-Salem. In the top of the second inning, he flied out. As he was preparing to go back on the field to play defense, his tenure in the Orioles organization was about to come to an end. “I was playing, and I’d had one at-bat,” Delmonico told

O’s at the 100-game mark, plus notes on Hammel and Schoop

For the Orioles, there are 100 games down and 62 to go in the 2013 regular season. The Orioles are 57-43 and 2 1/2 out in the AL East. After 100 games last season, the Orioles were 52-48 and 8 1/2 games out of first place. Jason Hammel will again try to get his season pointed in the right direction tonight. Hammel gave up six

A look at some O’s minor league news and notes

A quick look at some news and notes from around the Orioles’ minor leagues: Since June 8, Triple-A Norfolk’s LJ Hoes has hit safely in 31 of 38 games, batting an International League-best .373 with two home runs and 16 RBIs. Over that span, Hoes has registered more walks (25) than strikeouts (19), while posting a league-best .467 on-base percentage. For the season, the 23-year-old

With eight wins in nine games, Orioles have stepped up their play

Suddenly, the biggest problems the Orioles seem to have are getting playing time for bench players and getting some innings for relievers. These are issues they can deal with. The Orioles are playing some of their best baseball of the year now with eight wins in the last nine games. The offense, the rotation and the defense have all come together at the same time

Crushing in K.C.: O’s post 9-2 win in series opener

The Orioles scored early. They scored often. They now have a five-game winning streak for the first time in 2013. The Orioles won for the eighth time in the last nine games as they pounded Kansas City pitching for 18 hits to tie a season high tonight in a 9-2 win over the Royals. Now at 57-43 after 100 games, the Orioles moved to within

Some Orioles-Royals notes

Although the Royals, can’t match the Orioles as a team defensively,they have been playing pretty good defense for several games now. Kansas City tied a club record on Sunday by playing its 11th consecutive error-less game. That matches streaks the Royals also achieved in 1997 and 2011. Kansas City hasn’t made an error in the last 101 innings, which is five short of the KC

Some thoughts on Roberts, Wieters and a big week of baseball ahead

A big week of baseball has arrived. While the Orioles begin a four-game series at Kansas City tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays begin a four-game series at Boston. The Rays are baseball’s hottest team with 13 wins in 14 games. But the Rays have also recently taken advantage of a weak schedule. Tampa is 15-2 in July and has played against Houston, the White Sox,

Chris Tillman wins his 12th as Orioles complete sweep in Texas

For the third day in a row, the Orioles took an early lead at Texas and went on to win behind a solid starting pitching performance. Tonight, the Orioles led 4-0 after four innings and won 4-2 to complete a three-game sweep, as Chris Tillman picked up his 12th win. The Orioles improved to a season-best 13 games over .500 at 56-43 with their seventh

A tale of Tillman stats and notes

As he takes the mound tonight for the Orioles trying to pitch the team to a three-game sweep at Texas, Chris Tillman has one of the best winning percentages in the league since just before last year’s All-Star break. Since June 25, 2012, Tillman (20-6, .769) has the second-highest winning percentage among AL starters, trailing only Max Scherzer (23-3, .885). Miguel Gonzalez (17-7, .708) is

The 2013 Orioles: The defense never rests

I’m sure sabermetricians could come up with some advanced stats liked runs saved or something else to show us how good the Orioles defense is. I’m going with the old-fashioned eye test and the O’s have filled up with my TV screen with Gold Glove work the last two nights at Texas. Pick a player on the field and he probably made a nice play.

Early offense, Gonzalez’s pitching carry Birds to victory at Texas

It was a night where the Orioles got plenty of early offense, consistent starting pitching and more good defense. They moved 12 games over .500 for the first time in 2013. The O’s led 7-0 after three innings tonight and beat Texas 7-4 to take the first two games of this three-game series. On Sunday night, the O’s go for their first three-game sweep at

How will Urrutia fare against major league pitching?

After posting such a high batting average at two levels of the O’s minors this year, how well will the 26-year-old Cuban outfielder, Henry Urrutia, hit major league pitching? It’s a good question, and there is no formula that can truly take a player’s minor league stats and project what they will be in the major leagues. In some cases, the major league stats can

A look at Machado’s doubles, Davis against Texas and the chance for a road series win

Don’t look now, but Manny Machado is in the midst of a slight doubles drought. He has just one over his last 14 games. Machado has 39 doubles on the year and is on a pace to finish with 65, but that would leave him two short of the all-time record for doubles in one year. Earl Webb had 67 in 1931. If Machado did

The pitching takes a turn for the better

Maybe the Orioles’ pitching is about to go on a real good run and maybe we are seeing the start of it in recent games. Consider these stats: * Over the last six games, the O’s have recorded five quality starts and the starters’ ERA is 3.43. If you could take away the game where Jason Hammel gave up six runs, the starters’ ERA is

Chen gets it done again as O’s top Texas in series opener

For the second start in a row since returning from the disabled list, Wei-Yin Chen faced the Texas Rangers. For the second start in a row, he pitched the O’s to a win over Texas. Chen gave up just one run tonight as the Orioles beat the Rangers 3-1 in the opener of a three-game road series to begin the second half. The O’s needed

Will Chen pitch well again as the O’s face Texas?

The Orioles are certainly delighted that Wei-Yin Chen returned to their rotation before the All-Star break. He pitched the Orioles to a 6-1 win over Texas in his first start off the disabled list and faces the same team tonight. Chen is 4-3 with a 2.82 ERA in nine starts during a season where he missed two months with a strained oblique. Chen has produced

A few notes before the second half begins

A few quick notes and thoughts as the second half is about to begin: * Chris Davis has homered in his last four games, tying his best mark of the season. He homered in each of the first four games of this season. In the last four games before the break, Davis went 6-for-14 with four homers and eight RBIs. He has hit nine homers

AL East chase resumes; Urrutia’s time in Baltimore about to begin (Harvey’s debut)

The Boston Red Sox begin the second half tonight as the American League East leader. Tampa Bay is in second place after an impressive run to end the first half. But both clubs begin the second half with challenging schedules as the chase for the AL East resumes. The Red Sox reside atop the division with the best record in the AL at 58-39 and

Will the latest version of the O’s rotation be the greatest version?

The Orioles offense looks good enough to make the playoffs. The bullpen, most nights, is good enough. The defense is plenty good enough. That leaves the rotation. Will the O’s rotation be good enough? The latest version of the O’s five-man rotation - one that includes both Wei-Yin Chen and Scott Feldman - just completed its first turn Sunday, and the early returns were promising.

Duquette on developing pitchers, Machado’s defensive future and more (DSL All-Stars)

The man has a nice view from his office and I recently got to see it and interview O’s executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette in his office at the Camden Yards warehouse. The topics were many and varied. You have read some of his thoughts already this week in this entry, where he talked about the O’s international efforts. Today he discusses

Taking a look at the O’s draft with Jim Callis of Baseball America

The Orioles drafted 41 players in the June draft and they signed 32 of them. They signed all of their top 15 picks. To take a closer look at the O’s draft and get some analysis about it, I turned again to Jim Callis of Baseball America. What is your overall take on the O’s draft? “I thought it was solid. They get a real

Hearing from the man who will be pitching to Chris Davis tonight

Sometimes, how a player fares in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game depends somewhat on the player’s batting practice pitcher. For Chris Davis, that guy is Orioles coach Einar Diaz. A former big league catcher who played 11 seasons in the majors, the 40-year-old Diaz is in his sixth year in the O’s organization and the first with the major league club. He

Dan Duquette talks about the Orioles’ international efforts

The Orioles have become more of a factor in the last year or two in producing, adding and developing international talent. Their big league team has added a player like Wei-Yin Chen and the farm system has added players like Henry Urrutia and Eduardo Rodriguez, who played in the Futures Game on Sunday, while others like Jonathan Schoop have moved up the prospect ranks. When

Chris Davis talks about first half, Scott Feldman discusses first win after O’s beat Toronto

After the game, Chris Davis was asked to comment on what it means to have a first half where he hit 37 homers with 93 RBIs. “That means I can take the second half off and coast,” Davis said with a laugh. “No, it is something to be proud of. It means I’ve been doing my job, but it also speaks volumes about the guys

Chris Tillman talks about being added to the All-Star team

Chris Tillman can tell you the exact time today that he found out he was being added to the American League All-Star team. Not long after he got the official word, he was being introduced to the crowd today as the fifth Oriole going to the game in New York. “It’s an honor,” Tillman said. “It was kind of a surprise to find out last

Feel-good Sunday: Davis homers and O’s beat Toronto to hit the break on a high note

With each swing these days, it seems Chris Davis puts that seven-game stretch - where he went 1-for-24 - further and further in his rearview mirror. It seems like a distant memory now. Scott Feldman, with a strong outing, made his last start a distant memory also and picked up his first win as an Oriole today. Davis homered for the fourth straight game and

A look at Scott Feldman’s career numbers against the AL East

Here is a stat you may not have been aware of: O’s right-hander Scott Feldman, who makes his third start for the team today, has better stats against the AL East than his overall career numbers. Feldman is 46-51 in his career with a 4.70 ERA. In 25 career starts against the AL East teams, he is 10-9 with a 4.08 ERA. If he pitches

Three O’s prospects play on the big stage today in the All-Star Futures Game

Over the last five years, the Orioles have sent eight players to the All-Star Futures Game, which will be played today at 2 p.m. at Citi Field in New York. It has become a prestigious event featuring some of the top young prospects in the sport in a game pitting the U.S against the world. The Orioles are one of six major league organizations that

Jason Hammel: “I’m beating myself right now” (plus Davis quotes)

After his latest difficult outing, Jason Hammel spent about three minutes berating his own performance and talking about trying to fix it for the second half of the season. Hammel gave up six runs and 10 hits over six innings today as Toronto beat the Orioles 7-3. He is now 7-6 with an ERA of 5.24. “Unacceptable,” Hammel said. “Far too many baserunners. Getting behind

Hammel struggles again as Toronto evens series with the Orioles

For Jason Hammel, the search to find consistency and the form he showed the Orioles during the 2012 season continues. Hammel took a 3-2 lead to the sixth today, but gave up two runs that inning and was knocked from the game during Toronto’s three-run seventh as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 7-3 at Camden Yards. The game attracted a crowd of 46,150 and

Duquette and Showalter address season ticket holders at Camden Yards

Orioles vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter held their annual “State of the Orioles” address today with the club’s season ticket holders. It didn’t take long for Duquette to get asked if the club is considering calling up Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia. “Buck and I discussed our needs on the major league team and we thought we’d send him to Triple-A and it

Scott Feldman settles in with the Orioles, looks forward to his next start for his new team

During the 2005 season, right-hander Scott Feldman made his major league debut for the Texas Rangers, who were managed by Buck Showalter. Now, several years later, he is reunited with his first big league skipper here in Baltimore. Feldman is settling in with his new team after the July 2 trade that sent him from the Chicago Cubs to the Orioles. He said he had

Hearing from Davis and Tillman after O’s win over Toronto

After his two-hit game tonight in the O’s win over Toronto, which included a two-run homer, Chris Davis is batting .313 with career highs with 35 homers and 88 RBIs. He was asked if he knew he would have those stats for the full season back in March, would he have taken those numbers? “Yeah, I think so,” Davis said. “That’s a productive year. But

O’s hammer three homers, Tillman wins his 11th in Toronto series opener

Chris Davis hit another homer. He even hit a single tonight and watched his teammates add two homers as the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 in front of 42,660 at Camden Yards in the opener of a weekend series. Davis’ two-run homer in the second started the O’s scoring and was his major league-leading 35th homer. With 88 RBIs, Davis breaks a tie

O’s not facing red-hot Blue Jays this time

The last time the Orioles saw the Toronto Blue Jays, they were getting trounced by them June 23 at Rogers Centre by a 13-5 score. That completed a three-game sweep by a Blue Jays team that also recorded its 11th straight win that day. Things are different with the Jays as they hit Baltimore this weekend. Since that 11-game winning streak, Toronto has gone 6-11.

O’s hitting coach Jim Presley on Adam Jones’ walk total

Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley came to the defense of one of his key players this week when the topic turned to walks and Adam Jones’ lack of them. Jones has drawn just 10 walks in 93 games and is on pace to have just 17 by the end of this year. He drew 34 walks last year when he had an OBP of .334.

Frederick will be the next stop for Zach Clark (plus other minor league notes)

Right-handed pitcher Zach Clark is taking his knuckleball to the Single-A Frederick Keys, and he’ll start Saturday night at Harry Grove Stadium. This will be the fifth team in the O’s organization that Clark will have pitched for this year following time at Triple-A Norfolk, a relief appearance May 1 with the Orioles and stints with Double-A Bowie and the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Clark

Dan Duquette on the trade deadline and Henry Urrutia

In terms of possibly adding a starting pitcher via another trade, it appears, at least for now, that the Orioles are taking a wait-and-see approach. They want to see how their rotation looks with recent acquisition Scott Feldman and the return from the disabled list of Wei-Yin Chen, who got the win Wednesday night. That was the indication Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette gave

Miguel Gonzalez reveals he overcame back spams before he overcame Texas

Not only did Miguel Gonzalez pitch the Orioles past the Texas Rangers tonight, but it was revealed after the game that he did so about 30 minutes after dealing with some pregame back spasms. “Yeah, it was not that bad, just a little bit,” Gonzalez said. “They were a little curious about it, but I told them I was feeling good. I was fine. Treat

Miguel Gonzalez pitches Orioles past Texas and to a series split

The Orioles didn’t give Miguel Gonzalez much offense to work with tonight. With a late assist from the O’s bullpen, he made it work. Gonzalez gave up just one run over 6 2/3 innings to pitch the Orioles past Texas 3-1 and to a four-game split of a series where the O’s lost the first two nights. Gonzalez has now recorded an Orioles’ season-high seven

O’s Jim Presley on the hitters’ approach and working counts (O’s hit two homers)

It was somewhat of a rare sight last night, when an opposing starter ended the first inning and his pitch count was at 31. But that was the number for Texas right-hander Josh Lindblom, who would go on to give up six runs over 5 1/3 innings, throwing 119 pitches. Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley said that was probably more a product of how the

Wieters on missing out on being an All-Star, the rotation and more

Matt Wieters played in the All-Star game in 2011 in Arizona and last year in Kansas City, but he didn’t make the American League team this year. “It’s always a fun experience to go to the All-Star game, but at the same time you can get a lot of value out of three days off and be able to rest and get strong for the

Can Nolan Reimold still be a key contributor for the Orioles? (O’s add a pick)

It was no tape measure clout or majestic blast, but Nolan Reimold reminded us last night that he can still do some good things for the Orioles. He went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer in the win over Texas. Reimold has hit just .202 this season in 37 games. In six games since returning from his latest stint on the disabled list, he is

Chen on his outing, Reimold on his homer after O’s top Texas

Wei-Yin Chen returned to the Orioles tonight and the club was thrilled to have one its key starters back. The feeling was mutual. “I missed the Orioles a lot,” Chen said with a smile through interpreter Tim Lin. Chen went seven innings tonight and gave up just three hits and a run in the Orioles’ 6-1 win over Texas. Chen is 4-3 with an ERA

Wei-Yin Chen returns to rotation and pitches Orioles past Texas

Wei-Yin Chen returned to the rotation and pitched quite well. Nolan Reimold hit a homer. Brian Roberts drove in a run. Adam Jones drew a walk. For this night, all was well in Birdland. The Orioles scored twice in the third and four times in the fourth to open up an early six-run lead on their way to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers

Nate McLouth: “We know we have a good offense”

The Orioles are the third-highest scoring team in the American League, even if it hasn’t looked like they are recently. The Orioles scored just 16 runs on their recent six-game road trip and added nine the last two nights in losses to Texas at Camden Yards. Right now, Chris Davis is 1-for-21, Brian Roberts is 2-for-22, Nolan Reimold is 3-for-14 and Adam Jones is 11-for-53.

Josh Stinson on his return to Baltimore and his recent stretch of solid pitching

Josh Stinson got a clue before the Triple-A Norfolk Tides’ game yesterday that he might be called up to the Orioles. Tides pitching coach Mike Griffin told him to skip his planned bullpen session. Today, Stinson joined the O’s again and he will be the long reliever out of the bullpen tonight behind starter Wei-Yin Chen. Stinson made one start for the Orioles, on April

O’s sign another draft pick (Mike Wright to start All Star game)

The Orioles have come to terms with another draft pick, reaching an agreement with lefty pitcher Max Homick, their 32nd round pick out of the University of San Diego. Homick agreed to a bonus under the allotted amount of $100,000 for a pick from round 11 on. This season as a sophomore, Homick went 5-2 with a 3.34 ERA and six saves with 57 strikeouts

Is the recent criticism of Adam Jones valid?

Adam Jones, at his current pace, will finish with the following statistics at the end of the 2013 regular season: A batting average of .291 with 39 doubles, 28 homers, 16 steals, 107 runs and 109 RBIs. He has made his third All-Star team and was the leading vote getter among outfielders in the American League. If his numbers remain the same, he will set

Adam Jones on chasing pitches and the O’s loss to Texas (plus Machado, Britton quotes)

Just two days after pinning a loss on Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a ninth-inning homer, Adam Jones was answering questions about chasing pitches out of the strike zone tonight. He was far from the only Oriole who didn’t come up big on offense, but Jones didn’t back away from the question after he went 0-for-4 in the O’s 8-4 loss to Texas. “I saw

Beltre bashes Texas to win over O’s in Game 2 of series

Coming into tonight’s game, Orioles pitchers had not allowed a homer in four games, covering 34 1/3 consecutive innings. Had Adrian Beltre not played, they might have made it five in a row for the first time since April 2007. Beltre homered twice and drove in five runs as the Rangers beat the Orioles 8-4 in front of 29,160 at Camden Yards. Texas has now

The search for the clutch hit continues: O’s batting just .128 with RISP last seven games

Buck Showalter is not one to dwell on negative stats, but he certainly is aware of trends and stats that involve his team. Like the Orioles’ recent performance batting with runners in scoring position. The Orioles went 0-for-7 with RISP in the first three innings last night and 1-for-12 in the game. There are many games when the team doesn’t get seven such at-bats, but

Kevin Gausman talks about adapting to a bullpen role

Down the road, no one expects to see Kevin Gausman pitching out of the Orioles bullpen, but he is working in that role right now. He said he has adapted well to a relief role and is enjoying it. “You are a little bit more aggressive,” Gausman said. “That is one thing I noticed. When you come out of the ‘pen, you go right at

Chris Davis talks about the Home Run Derby

Chris Davis came clean today. He said Robinson Cano had asked him a while back to be in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby. It didn’t become official until early last night. So what will Davis’ strategy be next Tuesday at Citi Field? “Swing hard and hit it far,” he said. He sounds almost more excited to be in the Home Run Derby event than

A look at the RISP stat and Adam Jones on the O’s transformation into a winning team

The Orioles just could not get the big hit, especially early in last night’s game. They went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the first three innings and 1-for-12 on the night in the loss to Texas. Going back to the start of the last road trip, the Orioles are batting only .128 (6-for-47) with runners in scoring position over the last seven games

Postgame comments from Feldman, Wieters and Jones after O’s loss to Texas

After giving up just two runs in six innings in his first O’s start, Scott Feldman gave up seven runs and nine hits in his second O’s start tonight. His former team, Texas, knocked him out of the game during a six-run sixth inning as the Rangers won 8-5 in the series opener. “It wasn’t too good,” Feldman said. “Got an early lead there and

Texas uses big sixth inning to beat O’s in series opener

The Orioles returned home tonight after a road trip where they scored just 16 runs in six games. They got five tonight, but the Texas Rangers used one inning bigger than that to beat the Orioles 8-5 in the opener of a four-game series. Making his second O’s start and first at home, right-hander Scott Feldman allowed six runs in the sixth inning to a

Will the O’s bats heat up on this homestand?

Tonight the Orioles meet the Texas Rangers for the first time since they beat Texas in the American League Wild Card game last October 5. That was just the O’s fourth win in the last 14 meetings against the Rangers. The Orioles are 2-10 the last two regular seasons against the Rangers. Texas has won seven of its last 10 games at Camden Yards and

Hearing from the four Orioles All-Stars

Earlier today the Orioles’ four All-Stars held a press conference to talk about being elected to play in the game next Tuesday in New York. Here are some of the comments from Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis and Manny Machado. Jones on the O’s getting four players on the AL team: “It’s kind of surreal we have three starters. We have a great group

They’re still talking about Machado’s latest great play today at the Yard

Plenty of people are still talking today about the play that Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made in the sixth inning Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Whether the play reminded you of one Brooks Robinson made in the 1970 World Series, or you just liked it on its own merits, it was among the best we’ve seen from Machado during a year where he seems to

O’s agree with two more draft picks, set Hunter Harvey’s pro debut

The Orioles’ first-round draft pick, right-hander Hunter Harvey, is expected to make his pro debut July 19 pitching in the Gulf Coast League. Harvey has been at the club’s facility in Sarasota taking part in a throwing program leading up to that debut. The O’s third-round pick, lefty pitcher Stephen Tarpley, is expected to make his debut in the GCL on July 18. The Orioles

An interesting weekend of a blown save, save, dramatic homer and how it played out on social media

With one swing in the ninth inning Sunday, Adam Jones silenced what would have been an avalanche of fan criticism toward the Orioles on social media. He beat Mariano Rivera and the message board, blog and Twitter critics. They’ll be back, but for one day, the O’s and those that read social media forums get a respite. It seems every Orioles loss this year brings

Jones homers off Rivera in ninth as O’s come back to beat Yankees

Two outs away from a 1-0 loss and a 1-5 road trip, the Orioles handed Mariano Rivera a blown save and the Yankees a bitter loss. Adam Jones’ two-run homer to left off the Yankees closer pulled the Orioles off the deck today and gave them a 2-1 comeback win over the Yankees. The O’s were two outs away from a fourth straight one-run loss.

Orioles look to avoid their third sweep against division foe

The Orioles need a win this afternoon to avoid getting swept in a three-game series for the third time this year. The first two times came against AL East opponents when they lost three straight at home vs. Tampa Bay on May 17-19 and three straight on the road vs. Toronto on June 21-23. A few other O’s-Yankees notes: * Chris Davis has five homers

Could Kevin Gausman handle the closer’s role?

Kevin Gausman is pitching quite well right now for the Orioles, and some have even suggested that he could become the closer for this team. Gausman has put together seven scoreless innings in his last three appearances - all of which have come in relief. He has allowed just four hits with one walk and six strikeouts. He has needed just 91 pitches to throw

Yankees rally from two down to beat Tillman, Orioles 5-4

For the third straight day, the Orioles lost by one run. They fall to 1-4 on this road trip, losing to New York 5-4 at Yankee Stadium. At 48-39, the Yankees move into second place in the AL East ahead of the Orioles, who are 48-40. The Yankees handed Chris Tillman his first lost since May 19. The Orioles had won Tillman’s last eight starts.

Frederick’s Christian Walker added to Futures Game roster

The Orioles will now have three players representing the organization in the All-Star Futures Game set for Sunday, July 14. Frederick’s Christian Walker has been added to the U.S. team roster. Earlier, Henry Urrutia and Eduardo Rodriguez were named to the World team. The 22-year-old Walker began this season with Single-A Delmarva. In 31 games, he hit .353 with three homers and 20 RBIs. Walker

Orioles offense struggling with just 10 runs on current road trip

The Orioles are third in the American League in runs scored, behind only Boston and Detroit, but their bats have been pretty quiet on this road trip. In the last two games of the Yankees series at home last weekend, the Orioles scored 15 runs and hit six homers. But in the first four games of this road trip, they have scored 10 runs and

Orioles now have to consider a change in closer

For the immediate future, I think the Orioles need to make a change with their closer’s role. I never thought I’d feel this way - not after seeing how good he was last year and most of this year, too - but I don’t think the O’s should use Jim Johnson if there is a save situation on Saturday. I am not saying Johnson should

Did sweeping the Twins give the Yankees needed momentum for this weekend?

When the Orioles beat the Yankees 4-2 last Sunday night on ESPN, they completed a three-game sweep of New York. At that point, the Yankees had lost five in a row and 13 of 18 games. The Yankees were reeling, but then headed to Minnesota to face their longtime whipping boys, the Twins. And, per usual, they whipped them, scoring 29 runs in a four-game

Minor league notes on Veloz, Hoes, Ohlman and more

Many O’s fans may not even know his name right now, but one day the Orioles hope he turns into something that has been extremely rare in their organization - an O’s signed and produced major leaguer from the Dominican Republic. In July of 2010, the Orioles signed the then 16-year-old Hector Veloz to a $300,000 bonus which is believed to be the largest the

ESPN’s Buster Olney on the Duquette-Showalter braintrust

They are the Orioles one-two punch in running the organization, and making the key baseball decisions. Executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter. They are both strong personalities that have their own opinions about the game and how to produce a winner. They have come together to make the Orioles a winner again. When I spoke to ESPN’s Buster Olney recently he talked

Adam Dunn’s homer in the last of the ninth gives Chicago walk-off win

That was a tough way to lose a game. Adam Dunn hit a homer to left field off Tommy Hunter on a 3-2 breaking ball in the last of the ninth as the White Sox won 3-2 over the Orioles. The O’s had lefty Brian Matusz up in the bullpen, but Dunn hit his 23rd homer to give the White Sox the walk-off win. Trailing

A few Orioles and White Sox notes (Winegardner released)

Checking in with a few notes and stats as the Orioles play the series finale this afternoon in Chicago: * Here is a good stat for the Orioles: They are 8-3 when they play the third game of a series after splitting the first two as they have in Chicago. They have won five in a row in such situations. They are 3-1 at home

A look at Chris Davis’ career homer rates

Not only is Chris Davis leading all of major league baseball with 32 homers, but he is homering at a greater rate per at bat than anyone in baseball - and it’s not really even that close. MLB leaders at-bats per home run: 9.50 - Chris Davis, Orioles 12.50 - Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox & Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates 12.60 - Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

Davis does it again: Hits 32nd homer, drives in three as O’s beat Sox

That saying that you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him probably applies to Chris Davis right now. Tonight, the Chicago White Sox couldn’t slow him even a bit. Davis drove in three runs as the Orioles beat Chicago 4-2 in Scott Feldman’s first game with the club. Davis hit a solo homer down the left-field line in the fourth to give

Can Scott Feldman pitch for the Orioles like he did for the Cubs this year? (Seabrooke update)

It is a big if, but if Scott Feldman pitches for the Orioles at the same level that he pitched for the Cubs this season, he could become one of the best starting pitchers on the O’s staff. Here is where he ranks this year against the other O’s starters in 2013. WHIP: 1.14 - Scott Feldman 1.19 - Miguel Gonzalez 1.20 - Wei-Yin Chen

As deadline approaches, O’s still hope to sign a few more draft picks

Even though they have signed 14 of their first 15 and 18 of their first 21 draft picks, the Orioles are still trying to get a few more signed between now and the July 12 deadline to sign this year’s picks. The most recent selection to agree to terms was right-handed pitcher Jon Keller, taken in round 22 out of the University of Tampa. He

A take on Hammel’s homers and Feldman’s addition

For whatever reason, it seems Jason Hammel is not getting the consistent sink on his fastball that he got last year for the Orioles. He had the best homer ratio of his career last season and now he has the worst. He gave up just nine homers in 118 innings in 2012 and he has given up 18 in 100 2/3 in 2013. He has

Hammel takes the loss as White Sox beat Orioles in series opener

On the day the Orioles added a pitcher, they needed more from their bats at Chicago. The Orioles were held to eight hits in a 5-2 loss to the White Sox in the opener of a six-game road trip. Winning pitcher John Danks gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings, throwing 93 pitches to improve to 2-5 with an ERA of 4.20

Former O’s executive Jim Duquette provides his take on Feldman trade (draft picks debut)

Former Orioles executive Jim Duquette feels the club made a good trade today when it acquired pitcher Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs, sending Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to Chicago. “I like it because they took two struggling pieces and turned it into a real consistent contributor in Scott Feldman,” Duquette said. “He’s not a top-of-rotation starter, but that would have cost you a

Will Feldman be a Joe Saunders-type acquisition for the Orioles?

The Orioles struck quickly today in adding a pitcher for their starting rotation. It will be possibly as soon as tomorrow when we begin to find out if Scott Feldman will be a key addition for this team like Joe Saunders was late last season. Feldman was having a solid year for the Cubs going 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA and nine quality starts in

With new pitch and better results, Gamboa’s stock is now on the rise

Right-hander Eddie Gamboa has pitched well enough the last few seasons for Double-A Bowie to keep his spot on the staff, but never quite well enough to get a promotion or to be considered one of the club’s top pitching prospects. Gamboa is back at Bowie again this season. But armed with a new pitch and now producing strong results, Gamboa is finally getting noticed.

Minor league notes on Ohlman’s hot bat and Drake’s good start for Bowie (draft pick signing)

When the Orioles announce their minor league player of the month for June, Michael Ohlman should get some strong consideration. The Single-A Frederick catcher batted .356 with five homers, 17 RBIs and an OPS of 1.104 in June. His scorching hot bat finally cooled off during an 0-for-4 day on Sunday. But, in the four games before that, Ohlman went 10-for-15 with four doubles, one

The Orioles and their fans showed their stuff on a big stage over the weekend

I’ve covered Baltimore sports long enough and hosted enough radio shows over the years to know that Baltimore sports fans spend a lot of time, almost obsessive, over what the national media is saying about their sports teams. That being the case - and I don’t really agree with it, but I don’t deny it’s true - the fans had to love the last two

Roberts talks on the win, thanks crowd for its support (with other player quotes)

In his first game back with the Orioles since April 4, Brian Roberts went 1-for-2 and produced a key insurance run with a sac fly. He received several big ovations from the crowd of 40,878 during the Orioles’ 4-2 win over the Yankees. “My first at-bat was special for me,” Roberts said. “To be here as long as I have and to be through so

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