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O’s fall 2-0 at New York as Nova pitches shutout

Scott Feldman pitched a very strong game, but Ivan Nova was just a little bit better. Nova threw a complete-game three-hitter as the Yankees beat the Orioles 2-0 this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The O’s fall to 1-4 on this important road trip. Nova, now 8-4 with a 2.88 ERA, threw 104 pitches in pitching his second complete game of the year against the Orioles.

A look at Scott Feldman against the AL East and other notes

The Orioles are 1-3 on this road trip and they have allowed 27 runs in those four games. Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez got rocked. To say the least, the Orioles could use a good start today from Scott Feldman, who is 4-3 with an ERA of 4.56 since being acquired from the Cubs. Feldman has been solid in his career against the AL East

A look at the latest disappointing loss and an interview with Xavier Avery

The Orioles have a record of 26-28 against the AL East, 18-19 since the All-Star break and 6-10 in the last 16 games. These do not seem to be numbers that a playoff team would have. Yet, the Orioles are still in the hunt, even after their latest disappointing loss. They have a chance to make a run, but we keep waiting for them to

Gonzalez starts well, gets hit hard in middle innings as O’s fall at New York

When Miguel Gonzalez sailed through the first three innings on just 30 pitches tonight, he looked like he was on his way to a strong outing. He was pitching at Yankee Stadium, where he was 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four regular season starts. He had an ERA of 2.48 in five career outings against New York. But the Yankees scored twice off Gonzalez

A look at CC Sabathia’s recent struggles and other notes

Last October, CC Sabathia might have been the difference between the Orioles winning or losing their five-game American League Division Series with the Yankees. Now the lefty is struggling and that has to be a strange sight to New York’s AL East foes. Sabathia is 11-11 with an ERA of 4.81 in 27 starts this season. But over his last seven starts since the All-Star

A look at the O’s playoff chances in the minors and a Xavier Avery quote

The final weekend of the minor league regular season has arrived and Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie and short-season Single-A Aberdeen still have playoff hopes with a few days left. Bowie faces an interesting scenario. The Baysox need to finish second and are four games behind second-place Erie as they begin a five-game series at Erie with a doubleheader tonight. If Bowie sweeps the five-game series,

O’s hope Morse can get his bat going, help vs. lefty pitching

The Orioles have struggled against left-handed pitching. Michael Morse has a power bat from the right side and thus today’s trade makes plenty of sense. It will truly work out for the Orioles if Morse can get his recently ice-cold bat going. Morse is batting .226 this season in 76 games with Seattle. He has 13 homers and 27 RBIs, but he is batting just

O’s win much needed for the team and the fans

To say the least, the Orioles needed that win over the Red Sox. Just when you’re out, they pull you back in. Well, many of you - most of you - were never really out, but you know what I mean. The roller coaster of emotions for the fans is back on the upswing. The Orioles moved ahead of Cleveland into third in the wild-card

Jason Hammel talks about his outing tonight at Bowie (Waring hits three homers)

BOWIE, Md. - After throwing 47 pitches and going 2 2/3 scoreless innings tonight for Double-A Bowie in a rehab outing, Jason Hammel said he feels fine physically and was able to throw all his pitches. The Orioles right-hander said the right flexor mass strain that sent him to the disabled list July 29 was a problem for most of this year but he tried

Jason Hammel pitches out of bases loaded jam in the first at Bowie (Hammel goes 2 2/3)

BOWIE, Md. - Pitching in a game for the first time since he faced the Boston Red Sox on July 28, Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel is making a major league rehab start tonight for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Hammel pitched out of a bases loaded jam to keep the Binghamton Mets off the board in the top of the first. The right-hander is expected to

Notes from Bowie on Hammel’s start, Joseph’s award, Alvarez and more

BOWIE, Md. - Jason Hammel will make a major league rehab start tonight for the Double-A Bowie Baysox against the Binghamton Mets at 7:05 p.m. in the final home game of the regular season at Prince George’s Stadium. Hammel last pitched for the Orioles when he went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs July 28 versus Boston. He has been on the disabled list with

O’s minor league strikeout leader Bridwell searches for consistency (Ohlman, Joseph notes)

So which Orioles minor league pitcher has the most strikeouts this year? You might guess Mike Wright or Eduardo Rodriguez, Zach Davies or maybe Kevin Gausman. But the correct answer is Single-A Delmarva right-hander Parker Bridwell, who has fanned 141 in 138 2/3 innings. Bridwell, who just turned 22 on Aug. 2, was drafted by the Orioles in the ninth round out of Hereford (Tex.)

In the chase for a playoff spot, the Orioles are going in the wrong direction

Plenty of teams have come back from 4 1/2 games out to make the playoffs this late in the year. Teams have come from 7 1/2 back this late in the year. Those are the margins the Orioles are behind right now in the wild card and AL East races. Teams have come back from those deficits, but the 2013 Orioles don’t look like they

O’s can’t hold two-run lead and fall 4-3 at Boston

Chris Davis hit a long home run for the Orioles. But the Red Sox didn’t need the longball. A seeing-eye two-run single and bloop single that plated another run did the trick. Boston rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the seventh to beat the Orioles 4-3 Wednesday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox, who have won four in a row over the O’s, dropped

A look at Bud Norris against lefty batters and one other take

Since joining the Orioles, Bud Norris has struggled when facing left-handed batters. The not so good news is that his stats against left-handed batters were only slightly better with Houston. Norris is 3-1 with a 5.53 ERA over six games and five starts with the Orioles since they acquired him July 31. The O’s are 5-0 in his five starts and that is despite the

After attitude adjustment at Notre Dame, Trey Mancini has had solid season for Aberdeen

The Orioles’ eighth-round draft pick, Notre Dame first baseman Trey Mancini, is having an excellent season for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. It is a carryover from the end of his junior season, when he batted .486 over his last 25 games for the Fighting Irish to end the year batting .389. He needed just three more hits and he would have hit .400. The strong finish

Wei-Yin Chen has worst outing of his career as Boston hammers the Orioles

Maybe we should have known it might not be the Orioles’ night when they had the bases loaded, no outs and scored a run in the top of the third but plated just one more run with their 2-3-4 hitters up. If we didn’t know it, then it started to sink in when Boston scored 10 runs during the third, fourth and fifth innings. Boston

As Red Sox series begins, O’s are looking for first AL East road series win since April

On their way to 93 wins and a playoff berth in 2012, the Orioles played very good baseball against the AL East and they have not fared as well within the division this year. The 2012 Orioles played .500 or better ball against every team in the division for the first time since 1970. They posted a .597 win percentage (43-29), their best since 1980.

O’s sending eight players to Arizona Fall League

The Orioles will send eight players to the Arizona Fall League and they will play with the Surprise Saguaros beginning Oct. 8. The O’s players going include Cuban outfielders Henry Urrutia and Dariel Alvarez along with pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Jason Gurka, Branden Kline and Tim Berry. Catcher Michael Ohlman and infielder Jonathan Schoop round out the O’s players headed for Arizona. Ohlman is listed as

A look at the O’s recent success at Fenway Park (Asencio note)

The Orioles have six games remaining this year at Fenway Park in Boston. Maybe that is good news as the Orioles have done well there recently. Dating back to September 2011, the Orioles have won five series in a row at Fenway, going 12-4 in that time. They went 3-1 there in a series in late 2011, 7-2 last season in Boston and 2-1 in

Aberdeen pitching coach Alan Mills talks about Hunter Harvey (updated)

Orioles 2013 first-round draft pick, pitcher Hunter Harvey, will make his second start for short-season, Single-A Aberdeen tonight at Lowell. It is an important game for the IronBirds’ playoff chances. Aberdeen is 33-29 and leading its division, but by just a 1/2 game over Brooklyn with 10 games to play in search of its first-ever playoff berth. Last Tuesday night at Ripken Stadium, Harvey made

After very impressive game on offense, a nine-game road trip awaits for the Orioles

The Orioles scored 10 runs against Oakland in a key win on Sunday. The O’s offense was really clicking in that game. They got a few things done on offense on Sunday: * Run aggressively on the bases. Check. * Make productive outs with good situational hitting. Check. * Get Nick Markakis’ bat going again. Check. * Get some key hits with runners in scoring

Markakis on the end of extra-base hit drought (plus other clubhouse quotes)

Several minutes after the Orioles had beaten Oakland 10-3, Nick Markakis talked about ending his 31-game drought without an extra-base hit and his 51-game homerless stretch this afternoon. “I’m just glad I hit the ball hard,” Markakis said. “Where it goes, sometimes you have no control over it. I just want to go up with a good approach and hit the ball hard. Just continue

O’s get early offense, Markakis ends homer drought in win over A’s

The Orioles got some early offense today and their starting pitcher worked out of some early trouble. It added up to a 10-3 win over the Oakland A’s in front of 33,820 at Camden Yards. The Orioles won the series, completed a 5-4 homestand and improved to 70-59 on the season heading into a nine-game road trip that begins Tuesday at Boston. They are 13-6

O’s hitting coach Jim Presley talks about Nick Markakis (O’s get early lead)

Nick Markakis has now gone 31 games without an extra-base hit and 51 games, since June 24, without a home run. Orioles batting coach Jim Presley doesn’t feel there is any one specific reason for the power falloff for Markakis, who is batting .210 with an OPS of .500 in 20 August games. “I think it is more mental than anything,” Presley said. “I think

A look at the Orioles’ one-run record

The Orioles’ latest one-run loss was Saturday at Camden Yards. Coco Crisp hit a homer in the top of the ninth and Oakland beat the Orioles 2-1. One season after the Orioles had a 29-9 record in one run games, to post the best win percentage in major league history, they are now nine games under .500 in the one-run decisions. The Orioles have gone

Postgame comments from Darren O’Day, Chris Tillman and Adam Jones

Darren O’Day said he threw the right pitch, but it was located in the wrong spot. His 3-1 slider to Coco Crisp in the top of the ninth was hit for a homer to right to break the 1-1 tie as Oakland beat the Orioles 2-1 this afternoon. “He might have been looking for it, but if I put it where it is supposed to

Coco Crisp’s homer in the ninth gives Oakland a 2-1 win over the Orioles

Coco Crisp led off the top of the ninth with a homer off Darren O’Day over the right field scoreboard and that lifted Oakland to a 2-1 win over the Orioles this afternoon in front of 33,834 at Camden Yards. The blast, which came on a 3-1 pitch, snapped a 1-1 tie and was the seventh allowed by O’Day this season. It was the 12th

A look at the O’s offense against the A’s and Oakland’s Jarrod Parker

The Oakland A’s have one of the better pitching staffs in the American League with a team ERA of 3.62, which is third-best in the AL, and a batting average against of .242, which ranks second. But in five games this season, the Orioles are batting .298 with 37 runs and 54 hits off Oakland pitchers. The O’s have gone 20-for-57 (.351) with runners in

K-Rod on his improved pitching and Jim Johnson

Since getting off to a rocky start with his new team, veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez has been pitching well for the Orioles. They acquired him in a deal with Milwaukee for minor leaguer Nicky Delmonico on July 23. He gave up four homers in four innings over his first four games. Since then, he has allowed one earned run over his last 7 2/3 innings

Brian Roberts on Jim Johnson: “You could see the look in his eye”

There were a few positives that came out of last night’s win for the Orioles over the Athletics. From a team standpoint, they moved to within two games of Oakland for the second American League wild-card spot and within 4 1/2 games of first in the AL East. But seeing Jim Johnson buzz through the top of the ninth with no drama and get the

Jim Johnson and Brian Roberts comment after the O’s beat the A’s

After he picked up his first save since Aug. 6 with a 1-2-3 ninth inning on just nine pitches, Jim Johnson was asked what made this outing different from the recent ones where he suffered blown saves. “Command. I was able to command both sides of the plate. And getting later action,” he said. “There were a couple of games where it looked like the

Roberts with a slam, Johnson with a save as O’s top Oakland

Get the lead. Lose the lead. Get the lead back. The Orioles used six- and three-run innings to do just that in a 9-7 win over Oakland in the start of this important weekend series tonight in front of 36,761 at Camden Yards. Up by two runs, Tommy Hunter pitched a scoreless eighth inning before Jim Johnson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record his first

Some O’s and A’s stats and notes

In the chase for the AL’s second wild card playoff berth, Oakland is leading Cleveland by 2 1/2 games, the Orioles by three and New York by 3 1/2. Another important series has arrived for the Orioles, who are 68-58 to Oakland’s 71-55. The A’s have lost their last two games and are 15-16 since the All-Star break. Oakland has solid pitching with a team

Another look at Matt Wieters and his very fast time to second base on Wednesday night

When Matt Wieters threw out Kelly Johnson trying to steal to end Wednesday’s game, not only did J.J. Hardy make a nice tag, but Wieters’ time in getting the ball to second base was exceptional. Wieters was clocked at 1.75 seconds from the time he caught the ball to the time it took to get the ball to Hardy’s glove. The major league average is

Tommy Hunter on pitching in the ninth Wednesday and the O’s closer role

While Buck Showalter hasn’t said that Jim Johnson is still the Orioles closer, he hasn’t said he isn’t either. But Tommy Hunter did get the save Wednesday against Tampa Bay and it was his fourth this year. Hunter said he didn’t know he would be on the mound to end the game that night, but he also doesn’t feel the Orioles have any closer controversy

Orioles’ Brian Graham talks about Dariel Alvarez

When I presented one writer’s take on Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez yesterday, I mentioned that several members of the O’s front office had mentioned to me how impressed they were with Alvarez’s play so far in his first few weeks in the organization. Alvarez went 4-for-9 in three games in the Gulf Coast League when he was recently activated and he’s been with Single-A Frederick

Aberdeen IronBirds remain in pursuit of first-ever playoff berth

With a team full of 2013 Orioles draft picks, this year’s short-season Single-A IronBirds are trying to make history by becoming the first playoff squad in Aberdeen. This is the IronBirds’ 12th season and not only have they never made the New York-Penn League playoffs, but Aberdeen has had just one winning season. But after an extra-innings win last night at Hudson Valley, Aberdeen is

Despite one unfavorable scouting report, Dariel Alvarez is off to a hot start

Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez, signed by the Orioles in July, has gotten off to a real strong start in his first few weeks with the organization. After going 4-for-9 in three games in the Gulf Coast League, the 24-year-old Alvarez moved to Single-A Frederick. Last night, he hit another homer for the Keys. In seven games with Frederick, he is batting 13-for-27 (.481) with two

Wieters on the last out, Davis on the win, Hunter on the save

A few minutes after he was involved in the play that ended the game, Matt Wieters talked about catching Kelly Johnson stealing and his throw to J.J. Hardy that ended the O’s 4-2 win over Tampa Bay. “(Kelly) Johnson got a pretty good jump, but I was just going to try and throw it as hard as I could,” Wieters said. “Really, all the credit

Chris Davis hits No. 46, Tommy Hunter gets save as O’s top Tampa Bay

Chris Davis hit his 46th home run tonight to tie Jim Gentile for third on the O’s single-season homer list as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 4-2 in front of 28,323 at Camden Yards. With the win, the O’s salvage a game in this series, end Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak here and beat the Rays for just the second time in the last nine

Does Wei-Yin Chen hit the wall when the pitch count reaches 100?

If Wei-Yin Chen gets deep into the game here tonight against Tampa Bay, do the Orioles have to tread very lightly when he reaches the 100-pitch count? The stat sheet says yes. First of all, Chen’s ERA is 11.25 from the seventh inning on, with four homers allowed over eight innings. Secondly, his batting average against, which is just .213 on his 76th to 100th

Chris Davis talks about being a Sports Illustrated cover boy

As he continues his climb up the Orioles’ single-season home run list, Chris Davis talked about his latest honor of sorts today. He is going to be a Sports Illustrated cover boy. Davis is being featured on one of the Aug. 26 issue’s regional covers in a profile written by Tom Verducci. Davis said his knowledge of the magazine goes back to his childhood. “I

These O’s stats are not pretty right now

Well, this morning, there is not too much to be cheerful about or encouraged about for the Orioles. It’s been a disappointing series against Tampa Bay, one where they had a chance to gain ground on a key rival and make progress toward a playoff berth, but they have not. Check out these numbers: * The Orioles are now 5-9 against Tampa Bay, including a

Aberdeen manager was very impressed with Hunter Harvey

ABERDEEN, Md - To say the least, Aberdeen manager Matt Merullo was impressed tonight when the Orioles 2013 first round draft pick, Hunter Harvey made his debut for the short-season, Single-A IronBirds. Harvey went 4 1/3 innings, throwing 77 pitches and gave up four hits (two infield hits) and one unearned run. He walked one and fanned five and now has an ERA of 1.02

Hunter Harvey starts Aberdeen debut with two scoreless (Harvey exits in the fifth)

ABERDEEN, Md. - Wearing his bright white No. 23 Aberdeen IronBirds jersey, Orioles’ first round draft pick Hunter Harvey has pitched two scoreless innings tonight here at Ripken Stadium in his debut with short-season, Single-A Aberdeen. Harvey pitched around a two-out jam in the second when he fanned Hudson Valley’s John Alexander after allowing back-to-back singles with two outs. Harvey threw a 94 mph fastball

Hunter Harvey expected to throw 75 to 80 pitches tonight at Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - After five outings in the Gulf Coast League, the Orioles first round draft pick, right-hander Hunter Harvey makes his debut tonight for short-season, Single-A Aberdeen. Harvey will face the Hudson Valley Renegades here at Ripken Stadium at 7:05 p.m. after working to a 1.35 ERA over 13 1/3 innings in the GCL with two walks and 18 strikeouts. Harvey is the son

Hunter Harvey makes Aberdeen debut tonight as IronBirds’ playoff chase continues

This is the Aberdeen IronBirds’ 12th year in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League. With 16 games left in the regular season, Aberdeen is hoping for its first playoff berth. The IronBirds are 30-26 and lead their division by 1 1/2 games over Brooklyn and 4 1/2 over Hudson Valley. They host Hudson Valley tonight at Ripken Stadium as Hunter Harvey, the Orioles’ 2013 first-round

When it comes to the close games, the O’s have lacked that 2012 magic

For the Orioles, what a difference a year makes in one-run games. From an amazing 29-9 mark last season to 14-22 this year. Last season, from June 1 through the end of the regular season, the Orioles went 21-4 in one-run games. That is a remarkably low total of four one-run losses in four months. In comparison, the Orioles lost four one-run games on their

Postgame comments from Jones, Wieters and Tillman

After the Orioles left a season-high 15 on base and went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, Adam Jones was asked if the players needed to change their approach tonight during some key at-bats? “You can’t change your approach,” Jones said. “Once you change, other things will start failing. If you are an aggressive hitter, you have to go up there and be aggressive. We

O’s with missed chances all night in 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay

A long night of missed chances ended with the Orioles losing a key game to Tampa Bay and feeling like the result would have been much different with just one or two clutch hits that never came. The Orioles set a new season high by leaving 15 men on base tonight and they went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position in a 4-3 loss to

Chris Tillman takes another shot at his 15th win tonight

Chris Tillman tries for the third time tonight to become the Orioles’ first 15-game winner since Erik Bedard in 2006. A win this evening would make Tillman the 29th O’s pitcher to record a 15-win year. Tillman pitched well in two starts on the recent road trip - giving up just three runs over 14 innings - but didn’t get a win as the O’s

Hunter Harvey talks about making his Aberdeen debut tomorrow

ABERDEEN, Md. - For pitcher Hunter Harvey, the Orioles 2013 first round draft pick, his first few weeks as a pro have gone really well. Now the next step in his climb up the minor league ladder has arrived and he’ll make a start for the short-season, Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds on Tuesday night at Ripken Stadium. In Aberdeen this afternoon, Harvey said he’s excited for

O’s playoff push shifts into a higher gear starting tonight

I’m sure Orioles players might tell us their playoff push began 123 games ago. They may even say it began weeks before that under the hot Florida sun on the back fields in Sarasota. But the playoff push really heats up tonight. The Orioles still have nine games remaining with Boston - and they’ll see the Red Sox soon enough - but starting tonight they

Postgame comments from Jones, Davis and Feldman after the O’s beat the Rockies

After they combined for seven hits, two homers and four RBIs today, Adam Jones talked about the combination of Chris Davis batting third with him fourth in the O’s batting order. “I like the combination of me and Chris,” Jones said. “If it’s four and five (in the order), we’ve done the same damage. Me and him following each other, we both make each other

Feldman gets the win, Jones and Davis homer as O’s top Rockies

Scott Feldman pitched a strong game, Adam Jones joined an exclusive homer club and Brian Roberts came up with another key hit as the Orioles beat Colorado 7-2 this afternoon in front of 22,238 at Camden Yards. The O’s won the series after losing the Friday opener and improved to 67-56. Not to be upstaged, Chris Davis hit another homer, a two-run shot in the

Brian Roberts on what it will take to make the playoffs

For the Orioles, there are now 122 games down and 40 left to play in the 2013 regular season. They are 5 1/2 games back of Boston for the AL East lead and trail Oakland by three games for the AL’s second wild card spot, as they begin play this afternoon. The chase is on for wild card berths with Cleveland 3 1/2 back of

Troy Patton on the end of his run of 26 consecutive appearances without a walk

When Troy Patton came into the game last night and walked the only batter he faced in the sixth inning, it was news. Patton had not walked any batter in any outing since May 31 against Detroit, going 26 consecutive appearances without a walk. It is the second-longest streak in club history behind Koji Uehara’s run of 36 straight appearances without a walk from July

A look at Dariel Alvarez so far and his thoughts on joining the O’s organization

Before having a big game last night at Harry Grove Stadium, Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez was a guest on the Frederick Keys radio network’s pregame show. Through his interpreter, O’s minor league coach Ramon Sambo, Alvarez took a few questions from Keys broadcaster Adam Pohl. The 24-year-old Alvarez talked about playing baseball in the United States. Has it been about what he expected? “It has

J.J. Hardy feels confident he can play on Sunday (plus Norris and Roberts quotes)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who was a late scratch from tonight’s starting lineup due to back spasms, provided an update on that after tonight’s game. “Today right before BP, I was getting my glove ready and got up out of my chair and my low back started to spasm on me,” Hardy said. “Went in to get some treatment and it has loosened up a

O’s use seven-run third to beat Colorado, end four-game skid

The Orioles came up with their biggest inning of the year tonight as they posted an 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies to end a four-game losing streak. The O’s sent 12 batters to the plate and knocked out Rockies starter Chad Bettis during their seven-run, six-hit bottom of the third to open an 8-1 lead. The inning featured RBI singles by Nick Marakakis and

Bud Norris takes the mound to try and stop a losing streak tonight

After taking the loss in relief on Wednesday at Arizona, Bud Norris returns to a starting role tonight as he faces Colorado at Camden Yards. Norris is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA for the Orioles and they’ve won each of his three starts. In his only Camden Yards start, one day after he got traded from Houston, he beat the Astros with six innings of

Josh Stinson talks about returning to the Orioles

Josh Stinson returned to the Orioles today from Triple-A Norfolk for the third time. His first stay lasted just one day and the second stay lasted only two days. He joked he is shooting to be here three days this time. Stinson first came up to start against Toronto on April 24 and gave up five runs and four homers over 5 2/3 innings. He

Showalter talks about Davis hitting third and Markakis batting fifth

For the second game in a row, Chris Davis will bat third for the Orioles and Nick Markakis will hit fifth. It’s no secret that Markakis is struggling to drive the ball recently. He has gone 24 games without an extra-base hit and 44 games without a homer since June 24. He’s getting his hits, not just any for extra bases recently. Markakis has just

O’s are now four games out of the playoffs with teams behind them gaining ground (Walker update)

When the Orioles began the second half going 4-0 and scoring 23 runs, they looked like a team poised to go on a hot streak. But then they lost five of the next six. When the Orioles started their last road trip going 4-1 they looked poised for a great trip. Then they lost three straight at Arizona, each in walkoff fashion. When Nate McLouth

K-Rod updates his injury (plus other postgame quotes)

Francisco Rodriguez walked off the mound beside trainer Richie Bancells in the eighth inning tonight, but said he does not expect to end up on the disabled list. He gave up a homer and one batter later, left with a strained right groin, an injury he also dealt with in 2011. “This did not start today,” Rodriguez said. “Been for the last week kind of

Rockies get two homers from No. 9 spot in 6-3 win over Orioles

A pitcher with an ERA of 9.64 over his previous three starts made a quality start and two different No. 9 hitters homered as Colorado beat the Orioles 6-3 in front of 31,438 at Camden Yards. It’s going that well for the Orioles, who have now lost four in a row to fall to 65-56. Not the start to the homestand they wanted. The game

Chris Tillman and Tommy Hunter talk about the change at pitching coach

Two Orioles pitchers this afternoon expressed support for pitching coach Rick Adair, who is taking a personal leave of absence, and confidence in Bill Castro, who has moved from bullpen coach to take over as pitching coach. Scott McGregor joins the staff as bullpen coach. “I think we are on the same page here and we know what we need to do. Just go about

Adam Jones on the Arizona series and the mood in the clubhouse (Harvey to Aberdeen)

Adam Jones was asked today about the Orioles’ three losses in Arizona. They suffered three consecutive walk-off losses and now have to bounce back from that tonight as they begin a homestand against Colorado. “A loss is a loss. Any loss (stinks),” Jones said. “The way they happened is not the best way to lose a game. We gave ourselves a chance to win. “We

Jim Johnson: “My confidence is fine, Buck’s confidence is fine”

Struggling closer Jim Johnson answered several questions today by his locker. It was not his favorite thing to do, I’m sure, but he was accountable for his performance as always. He ended his session with reporters answering a question about manager Buck Showalter’s confidence in him. “It’s fine. I mean, we talk and what else is there to say? I’ve talked about this for the

Several O’s minor league clubs are chasing the playoffs

We are coming down the home stretch in the minor league seasons with the regular season finales set for Sept. 2 in several leagues, and a few Orioles affiliates remain in playoff contention. After a 7-2 win last night, Triple-A Norfolk is 66-61 and one game behind Pawtucket in the International League’s wild card race. There are four teams within 2 1/2 games in the

A look at Jim Johnson’s saves record in one-run games

The stat sheet tells a story that is critical of Orioles closer Jim Johnson. He has been excellent closing games this year with a two- or three-run lead, but has struggled when he enters the game with just a one-run advantage. Pitching with a one-run lead, Johnson has saved nine of 16 games for a 56.3 percent success rate. Pitching when ahead by two or

As Davis pursues him on O’s homer list, Gentile recalls magical 1961 season

With 44 home runs, Chris Davis now ranks fourth on the Orioles’ single-season list. He is chasing Brady Anderson’s 50 homers in 1996, Frank Robinson with 49 in 1966 and Jim Gentile, who hit 46 in 1961. Gentile, had a breakout season in 1961 and that was quite a year for Major League Baseball. While Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle of the Yankees were chasing

Arizona beats Orioles in 14 innings to sweep series

For the Orioles, it was a blown save, a blown game and a frustrating end to their road trip. Aaron Hill’s RBI single in the last of the 14th gave Arizona a 5-4 win over the Orioles as the Diamondbacks sweep the series, winning three in a row by one run each. Arizona won each game in its last at-bat. Down to one pitcher left

Alvarez set to move to Frederick; O’s face tough task today against Corbin

Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez is playing his third game in the Gulf Coast League today. It is believed to be his last in Florida, as the Orioles are planning to move Alvarez to Single-A Frederick, where he is expected to debut for the Keys on Thursday at Potomac. The Keys return home Saturday to begin a series against Winston-Salem. The 24-year-old Alvarez, signed by the

A look at some of Jim Johnson’s stats from 2012 and 2013

So why did Jim Johnson save 94 percent of games last year (51-of-54) and is on pace for 83 percent this year (39-of-47)? Johnson began this year saving 14-of-14. He then suffered four blown saves in five chances before saving 12 in a row. He then suffered two blown saves in four chances before saving 10 in a row. Now he has suffered back-to-back blown

Paul Goldschmidt homers in ninth and 11th as D-backs beat Orioles

Jim Johnson suffered another blown save, and T.J. McFarland knows how he feels. Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt hit a game-tying homer off Johnson in the ninth and a game-winning homer off McFarland leading off the 11th as the Diamondbacks beat the Orioles 4-3 at Chase Field. The Orioles fell to 65-54 and missed a chance to move within a game of Tampa Bay for second

A look at some big hits by Chris Davis and his MVP chances

Chris Davis has had a string of big hits on this current road trip that have been MVP-like. They have come in big spots and produced very big runs for the Orioles. Tuesday at San Diego: An RBI double in the eighth inning for a 3-1 lead. Wednesday at San Diego: A three-run homer in the eighth for a 6-3 lead. Friday at San Francisco:

So how will the Orioles bounce back from that one?

Going into the bottom of the eighth last night, Troy Patton had allowed just one homer since May 28 and Wil Nieves had not homered in 126 at-bats all year. Of course, Nieves homered as Arizona took a 6-5 lead. But then, with a gritty rally, the Orioles tied it in the ninth. But Darren O’Day, who had not allowed an earned run in 41

Arizona wins on homer in ninth, 7-6 over Orioles

A wild game that saw the O’s lose a lead and then regain a tie, ended in a walk-off loss. Adam Eaton hit his first homer of the year, on the first pitch of the last of the ninth off Darren O’Day, as Arizona beat the Orioles 7-6 at Chase Field. The O’s went to the ninth down 6-5, but tied it 6-6 with a

Feldman looks to reverse recent slide tonight against Arizona

Scott Feldman could use a good outing tonight for the Orioles at Arizona. Over his last two starts, he is 0-2 with an ERA of 8.38, giving up nine earned runs over 9 2/3 innings. In his two starts before that, he went 2-0 with an ERA of 2.94. Will the real Feldman stand up? He is 2-3 with a 5.70 ERA over six O’s

Minor league notes: Alvarez set to debut, Walker has MRI (Alvarez homers)

Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez, signed by the Orioles in late July, will make his debut for the organization when he plays this afternoon for the Gulf Coast League Orioles. The 24-year-old Alvarez recently acquired his work visa, the last step before he could take the field. Alvarez, who signed for $800,000, played for Camaguey in the Cuban League from 2007-11 and Tuxpan in Mexico in

Memo to minor league pitchers: When you throw, keep it low

In the minor leagues, the Orioles want their pitchers to develop consistent and repeatable mechanics and deliveries. They prefer they have a good fastball and changeup combination along with a breaking pitch, and they really want their pitchers to work hard on pitching down in the strike zone. Sounds like good advice. It makes sense that it is easier for a batter to drive a

Shut down early, O’s rally to beat Giants 10-2 and take series

Over the first five innings today, the Orioles didn’t come close to scoring a run off San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain. They were held to an infield hit and Cain needed just 61 pitches to get through five. Who knew they would later explode for 10 runs? But the third time through the order saw the O’s bats come to life and they beat San

Bud Norris looks for his third O’s win in three starts this afternoon

It has been two starts and two wins for Bud Norris in an O’s uniform. He gave up two runs over six innings in beating his former Houston teammates and then gave up just one run over six innings to win at San Diego. Norris is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA over the two starts with four walks to 13 strikeouts over 12 innings. So

Have the Orioles done enough in this recent stretch of games?

Back on July 30, the Orioles began a stretch of playing 14 games in a 17-game stretch against teams with a losing record. Today they play Game 11 in that run and they are 6-4 so far, going 2-1 vs. Houston, 1-2 vs. Seattle, 2-0 at San Diego and 1-1 at San Francisco. They have won two of three series and today’s game will decide

O’s fall one run short in San Francisco, as Giants even series

The Orioles’ unbeaten run on their road trip ended today with a one-run loss to San Francisco. The Giants scored three times in the sixth off Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Orioles 3-2. The O’s fall to 3-1 on this trip and 64-52 overall. With a win, the O’s would have moved to within a half-game of the second AL wild card spot. The Giants

A look at Chris Davis, Adam Jones and the RISP stat

Sometimes it seems the Orioles really struggle to get the clutch hit and struggle with runners in scoring position. It was just last Sunday they went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the game’s first six innings against Seattle’s Joe Saunders. But then you look at a night like last night when the O’s went 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position and all three

Should O’s consider Dunn or Reynolds?

They are two sluggers and both are known for hitting a lot of home runs and also for striking out a lot. One bats left-handed and one right-handed. Could either Adam Dunn or Mark Reynolds help the O’s at the DH position? Should the club pursue one of these sluggers for the stretch run? Reports say Dunn has cleared waivers meaning he could be traded

After blown save, O’s rally in 10th to beat Giants 5-2

There was a blown save, but not a blown game. After San Francisco tied the game at 2-2 off Jim Johnson in the last of the ninth, the Orioles scored three times in the top of the 10th to beat the Giants 5-2 in the series opener. A Hunter Pence RBI single tied it in the ninth as Johnson issued a single, a walk and

Will the O’s have a good weekend against a struggling Giants team?

The Orioles begin a key weekend series in San Francisco tonight, but the Giants don’t have a record like the Giants teams that won the World Series in 2010 and 2012. They are 51-63 and have lost four of their last six, and nine of their last 14 games. San Francisco is 3-8 against the American League and just 7-17 in its last 24 home

Wright gets on a roll at Bowie

Bowie right-hander Mike Wright has recently turned a good season into an even better one by going deeper into games and continuing to lower his ERA for the Double-A Baysox. Wright is 9-2 with an ERA of 3.46 over 22 starts. He ranks 1st in the Eastern League with an .818 winning percentage. He is tied for fourth in wins, fifth in strikeouts and ninth

Why is Nick Markakis hitting with less pop recently?

It is a fair question to ask: What has happened to Nick Markakis’ power numbers and why are they down so much in recent weeks? For the 2013 season Markakis is batting .282 with 19 doubles, eight homers and 45 RBIs. He has a .336 OBP, a .377 slugging percentage and .713 OPS. He is on a pace to compile 27 doubles, 11 homers and

O’Day provides insight on his pitching and his fishing during live chat

We hosted a live chat at MASNsports.com during the last Orioles homestand with reliever Darren O’Day. As expected, O’Day was interesting, articulate, told some great stories and answered a lot of fan questions. During these chats, we often find out some interesting things about the players both on and off the field. For instance, O’Day talked about his effectiveness over the years against left-handed batters.

Chris Davis hits a 453-foot homer to lead the Orioles to victory

Chris Davis has been called “Crush” this year and today that nickname fit. Davis crushed a breaking pitch from lefty Colt Hynes in the eighth inning into the right-field stands for a three-run shot that broke a 3-3 tie as the Orioles beat San Diego 10-3 to sweep the two-game series. It was homer No. 41 for Davis and traveled 453 feet. That ties that

A look at today’s pitchers and some O’s hitter notes (Hunter Harvey update)

Yes it was very strange seeing Miguel Gonzalez give up 15 runs over his last two starts. Especially considering he had given up 11 runs total in four June starts and 11 runs total in five starts in July. But Gonzalez gave up a career high nine runs (four earned) in his last start against Houston. Over his last two starts he has pitched 8

A look at Adam Jones’ pursuit of the down-and-away breaking ball

In the seventh inning Sunday with the Orioles down by one run, Adam Jones struck out on a down-and-away pitch by San Diego’s Yoervis Medina. But, as if to prove that pitch won’t always get him out, Jones delivered an RBI single in the first inning last night off Seattle’s Edinson Volquez on another down-and-away pitch. In fact, this one looked to be a few

Norris wins his second as an Oriole, Jones has four hits as O’s top Padres

Adam Jones went 4-for-4 with a homer in his hometown, and Bud Norris improved to 2-0 with the team as the Orioles beat San Diego 4-1 in the opening game of an important eight-game road trip. Norris pitched out several jams, going six innings and allowing five hits and one run, with two walks and five strikeouts. He has an ERA of 2.25 in two

Gausman makes Baseball America list, plus other notes

The Orioles minor leagues did not exactly do very well when Baseball America released its “best tools” survey for every professional level. The publication ranks players in categories like best power prospect, best baserunner, best pitching prospect and best defender at each position in each league. The only Oriole to get mentioned was pitcher Kevin Gausman, who was rated to have the best changeup and

An important road trip arrives for the Orioles

This is not a make-or-break road trip for the Orioles, but with 50 games left and now being on the outside looking in for a playoff berth, it is pretty important. The O’s went backwards during a 4-5 homestand. They lost ground in the standings and days on the calender - not a good combination. Right now, not only are the Orioles chasing two teams

Bud Norris on his strange home and road splits

Bud Norris makes his second Orioles start tonight, but first on the road. If you look at Norris’ stats the last two seasons, he has pitched much better at home than on the road. Here are Norris’ home-road splits the last two seasons with Houston: 2012: 4-1 with 1.71 ERA in 11 home starts, 3-12 with 6.94 ERA in 18 starts on road. 2013: 4-4

With MLB suspensions coming, Chris Davis talked about PEDs over the weekend (MLB’s release)

When Chris Davis made his latest comments on Saturday at Camden Yards about performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, I asked him some questions I have been wondering about. With more PED-related suspensions coming today, why don’t more players in baseball speak out against the cheaters? Why aren’t the clean players outraged that they are under suspicion because of others? “I don’t expect guys to be who

Minor league notes on Hunter Harvey, Mychal Givens and Gary Kendall

It was just one outing but it was a dominating outing, one that gets your attention. Hunter Harvey, the Orioles 2013 first-round pick simply overmatched the first-place Gulf Coast League Red Sox last Thursday in his third pro outing. Over three hitless and shutout innings, Harvey walked one and fanned eight batters. He struck out the side in the first and third innings. The 22nd

Chen, Markakis and Jones comment after Mariners’ win over the Orioles

Maybe a few things were lost in translation today, but Wei-Yin Chen, in talking about Henry Blanco’s homer this afternoon, said he threw the ball where he wanted on that 0-2 pitch, but later said he threw it in a dangerous spot. Either way, Blanco - the Mariners’ No. 9 hitter - put a key swing on that pitch in the seventh for a two-run

Batting ninth, Blanco delivers key two-run shot as Mariners beats O’s

Sometimes one pitch is the difference. It was today for the Mariners, as No. 9 hitter Henry Blanco hit a two-run homer in the seventh on an 0-2 pitch to give Seattle a 3-2 win over the Orioles in front of 30,759 sun-splashed fans at Camden Yards. After getting swept in a three-game series in Boston, the Mariners took the last two of this series

From Pawtucket to Norfolk to Baltimore, Valencia rejoins O’s today

It has been a few crazy days for Danny Valencia, who played third base last night in Norfolk - going 2-for-4 - and was called up after the game. He is here now and in today’s starting lineup for the Orioles against Joe Saunders, batting seventh as the DH. He has had a few days of long travels as he explained a few moments ago.

The pitching staff hits another bump in the road

Miguel Gonzalez gave up nine runs Wednesday, Chris Tillman allowed six runs Friday and Scott Feldman gave up five last night. What is going on here? Playing the role of Captain Obvious this morning, O’s pitchers are giving up too many home runs. They have allowed seven in this series to Seattle and 12 over the last four games. The Orioles lead the majors in

Feldman and Wieters talk after Seattle’s win over the Orioles (S. Johnson optioned)

It was not a mystery to Scott Feldman why he struggled tonight in the O’s 8-4 loss to Seattle. “It was pretty basic. Just falling behind on everybody, walking guys,” Feldman said after he gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings. “Just no command of the baseball. Got a few days to get that ironed out for my next one and just go from

Feldman struggles, Mariners hit three homers to beat O’s

The first two batters of the game reached tonight against Scott Feldman. That trend would continue as the Mariners beat the Orioles 8-4 at Camden Yards to even the series at a win each. Feldman weaved his way through a few jams over the first four innings, limiting damage along the way, but Seattle broke through with a four-run fifth inning. Feldman gave up seven

Francisco Rodriguez talks about giving up two homers last night

In his first 710 career major league appearances, new Orioles reliever Francisco Rodriguez allowed more than one homer in a game just once. Last night was the second time. Brought in to pitch the eighth with the O’s leading Seattle 11-6, Rodriguez allowed two solo homers while also recording three strikeouts in the inning. Rodriguez gave up just two homers in 25 games with Milwaukee,

Chris Davis talks about the latest PED-related suspensions coming in MLB

With more suspensions expected to come in Major League Baseball over the next few days for players’ use of performance-enhancing drugs, the Orioles’ Chris Davis was asked yet again today to talk on the subject. Davis has been an open book on this topic this year, repeatedly saying he has not used performance enhancing drugs and has never even thought about using them. He was

O’s gain some ground after a homer-happy night

I guess it should have been no big surprise that the Orioles and Mariners combined for seven homers last night as the O’s won 11-8 to take the series opener. Seattle gets 47 percent of its runs this year via the home run to rank first in the majors. The Orioles are second, scoring 44 percent of their runs with a homer in 2013. Of

Chris Davis talks about joining the O’s 40-homer club (plus more clubhouse quotes)

Chris Davis said he had seen the list of players that have hit 40 homers as an Oriole. He joined Brady Anderson, Frank Robinson, Jim Gentile and Rafael Palmeiro on that list tonight in the win over Seattle. “That’s pretty good company to be in,” Davis said. “I’m proud of the way things have gone this year, but we still have a lot more work

Davis hits No. 40, McLouth adds slam as O’s top Seattle

The Orioles scored four runs in the first inning tonight and they were just getting started. Nate McLouth hit his first career grand slam and Chris Davis became the fifth Oriole to hit 40 homers as the O’s beat Seattle 11-8 in a series-opening slugfest. The O’s put up so much offense tonight that Chris Tillman matched his season high with six earned runs, but

Roberto Alomar talks about being inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame

When he took the field tonight at Camden Yards, Roberto Alomar got another nice ovation in Baltimore as he was officially inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony. “It was special playing for the Orioles organization and my teammates,” he said at a press conference after the ceremony. “We had great ballclubs with some great chemistry. The fans were great with

Facing his former team, Chris Tillman looks for his 14th win tonight

Orioles pitchers have recorded 13 quality starts over their last 18 games. The O’s starters are 11-6 with a 3.78 ERA in that stretch. Chris Tillman, who has recorded eight quality starts over his last 10 games and 14 in 21 outings on the year, takes the mound tonight against his former team. Seattle drafted Tillman in the second round in 2006 and then sent

Showalter not scoreboard-watching yet

The calender has turned to August and last season, that turned out to be good news for the Orioles. They went 18-9 in August 2012 and 20-11 in September to finish 38-20 down the stretch to make the playoffs for the first time since 1997. With 53 games left in the 2013 regular season, the Orioles are 5 1/2 games out in the AL East

Is the O’s offense ready to heat up again? (Hunter Harvey fans eight)

Going into the fifth inning last night, the Orioles had been shutout in two of their last three games and had been shutout over the previous 15 innings by Houston pitching. They finally broke out a bit on offense and posted a 6-3 win. The Orioles had scored just 19 runs in their previous eight games and had just 15 hits in their last three.

Bud Norris and Chris Davis comment after the O’s win over Houston

Bud Norris got what he wanted tonight - the chance to compete in a pennant race - and he got the win for his new team against his former one as the O’s beat Houston. “Been working a long time in my career to be in a pennant race,” he said. “To be thrown into the fire and to go out there and control my

Norris gets first win, Davis gets 100th RBI as O’s top Houston

For the Orioles, the offense finally came. And it came in time for Bud Norris to get the win in his Orioles debut. The O’s scored three in the fifth, twice in the sixth and once in the seventh tonight to beat Houston 6-3 and take the series, two wins to one. The game also featured another Chris Davis homer. His solo shot off Travis

Some Norris numbers and hearing from his former catcher

It’s probably going to feel very strange for Bud Norris when he takes the mound for the first time as an Oriole tonight. Not only will he be trying to make a strong first impression for his new team, but he’ll try to do it against his old team. The 28-year-old Norris was drafted by Houston in round six of 2006. Since 2009, he has

LJ Hoes starts to settle in with Houston and talks about his phone call with Dan Duquette

It’s been a crazy few days for LJ Hoes. He was recalled by the Orioles from Triple-A Sunday and started that day against Jon Lester. Yesterday he was scheduled to start for the Orioles, then was traded and wound up switching clubhouses and starting for Houston. He is still catching his breath a bit after the whirlwind of activity and emotions from yesterday. He said

Matt Wieters talks about catching Bud Norris tonight

Matt Wieters will catch Bud Norris for the first time tonight. He said you can’t really learn that much about working with a new pitcher until you get a few games catching him under your belt. You don’t see O’s pitchers shake off Wieters very much, but he said it could happen several times tonight and that would be totally fine if and when it

Did the O’s pay too high a price to get Bud Norris?

We probably won’t know this answer for a long time, but it’s a question worthy of debating now: In adding Bud Norris, did the Orioles give up too much of their future? The Orioles traded 23-year-old LJ Hoes, 19-year-old Josh Hader and another young player to Houston for the 28-year-old Norris. I say another young player because they actually traded a high draft pick (likely

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