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A look at the handling of Kevin Gausman and Costas’ MLB Network comment

Each time Kevin Gausman pitches and comes out of the game mid-game. the question follows from some fans: How come Gausman only threw 75 pitches? In his first five starts this year for Triple-A Norfolk, Gausman has thrown 4 2/3 innings and then four, three, five and 4 2/3 innings. He is 0-1 with an ERA of 2.53. Over 21 1/3 innings, he has allowed

Manny Machado talks about rejoining the Orioles (updated)

Manny Machado is back in the clubhouse today and was going to play third base tonight once again for the Orioles, had there been a game. But right around 5 p.m. the Orioles announced that tonight’s game with the Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed due to rain and will be made up on Thursday, May 1 at 7:05 p.m. When Machado does get back on

Minor league notes on Rodriguez, Johnson, Sisco and more

Double-A Bowie left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez is progressing well from a sprained knee. He has been in Sarasota, Fla. the last four days and could potentially return to the Baysox within two weeks. “He’s doing well,” Orioles director of player development Brian Graham said this morning. “He’s throwing and his knee is doing very well. It’s just a matter of taking the time to make

In first full pro year, Dariel Alvarez is showing a well-rounded game at Bowie

Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez was signed by the Orioles in the middle of last summer. Now, less than a year later, and after just 44 minor league games, he is flashing some impressive tools and talents for Double-A Bowie and it has been showing up on the stat sheet as well. Going into last night’s game, the 25-year-old right-handed hitter had four straight multi-hit games,

Orioles offense has come up short far too often so far

Will the real Orioles offense please stand up? Just when it seems the team is scoring some runs and taking off on offense, they don’t. The Orioles scored a combined 21 runs Wednesday and Thursday at Toronto. Then they got shut out by Kansas City on Friday night and scored six runs in three games over the weekend. The Orioles scored 10 runs on Wednesday

Postgame clubhouse comments after O’s loss to Kansas City

Kansas City right-hander James Shields gave up just three hits over seven innings today as the Royals beat the Orioles 9-3. One was a two-run homer by Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning. But other than that, the O’s didn’t get much going against him today. “He is one of the toughest pitchers in the league,” Cruz said. “His changeup is always working good. He

Infante’s big day leads Kansas City past the O’s in series finale

Omar Infante began today with just 11 RBIs this season, and he was only 1-for-8 in the first two games of this series. But the Kansas City second baseman had a huge day at the expense of the Orioles, driving in six runs as the Royals beat the O’s 9-3 in front of 38,368 at Camden Yards. For the 10th time in 11 home games,

O’s game blog: The series finale with Kansas City

The Orioles will look to win the series this afternoon here at Camden Yards against the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles are 12-11 on the season, with three wins in their last four games, four wins in their last six and seven wins in their last 11 games. After going through a seven-game stretch recently where O’s starters pitched fewer than six innings six times,

Pregame clubhouse chatter with Steve Clevenger, David Lough and Jemile Weeks

The Orioles will play today and for several days without first baseman Chris Davis, now that he has gone on the disabled list. The team has need a next-man-up philosophy this year, playing without Manny Machado to this point, with J.J. Hardy also missing some games. “We are still going to be a good team,” catcher Steve Clevenger said. “He’s our clean-up hitter, but I

O’s offense has struggled at home, Machado spreads baseball wisdom in Frederick

After spending two days covering Manny Machado playing in Frederick, I’m heading back to cover the big leaguers at Camden Yards today. I hear it’s the same game, but the ballparks are bigger and the players are paid a little better. The Orioles won in walk-off fashion last night when Nick Markakis plated the winning run with a single down the left field line with

Manny Machado on his first two rehab games at Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - Manny Machado’s second game in Frederick did not produce the same excitement from his at-bats as the first did, but he’s quite pleased with his two days so far at Single-A Frederick. Machado went 1-for-4 with a fourth-inning single today as the Keys lost 4-2 to Carolina. He is 4-for-8 in two Keys games. “Great day,” he said. “Felt good to be

Frederick Keys game blog: Machado goes 1-for-4 in second rehab game

FREDERICK, Md. - Manny Machado is playing third base and batting second today for the Single-A Frederick Keys on the second day of his rehab assignment. Machado was modest when talking about how good his swing was last night when he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. He has to be pleased with that swing, right? “I guess. Not completely there. But (I)

Machado on playing third today and day two of his rehab at Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - Manny Machado’s rehab assignment moves to another level today when he plays nine innings for the first time, something he didn’t do during extended spring training games in Florida. He will also play the field at third today here in Frederick and bat second for the Keys in their 2 p.m. game against the Carolina Mudcats at Harry Grove Stadium. “I’m excited

More on Machado in Frederick, updating Sisco and other notes

FREDERICK, Md. - So Manny Machado took a big step toward returning to the Orioles, while Chris Davis left last night’s game after four innings with a strained left oblique. Just another Friday night with the Baltimore Orioles. If you would have seen the amount of rain that fell on Harry Grove Stadium late yesterday afternoon, you would have been surprised, maybe shocked, they were

Manny Machado in Frederick: “Definitely an overall great day”

FREDERICK, Md. - After getting three extra-base hits in four at-bats tonight for Single-A Frederick, Manny Machado was quite pleased with his first rehab game. But despite coming up with two doubles, a triple and two runs scored and hitting all three balls hard, Machado did not pronounce himself ready for a quick return to the major leagues. “You know, this is something, if I

Frederick Keys game blog: Machado finishes 3-for-4

FREDERICK, Md. - Tonight’s game here at Harry Grove Stadium between the Single-A Frederick Keys and Myrtle Beach Pelicans is now set for an 8 p.m. first pitch. Manny Machado is playing in his first rehab game tonight. He was slated to bat second and play third base. Due to the heavy rain from earlier and with a still somewhat damp field, Machado will now

Machado talks about his rehab assignment and more in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - As the rain continues to fall steadily, it’s looking more and more like Manny Machado’s first rehab game with the Single-A Frederick Keys may have to wait another day. As of this hour, the tarp is still on the field, but the game has not yet been postponed. Machado took some ground balls at third base around 3 p.m. before the rains

A weather update from Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - While rain continues to fall and the tarp is on the field here a at Single-A Frederick’s Harry Grove Stadium, tonight’s game is still on as of around 4 p.m. Manny Machado is scheduled to play for the Keys tonight to begin his rehab assignment. The rain started here around 3 p.m. just as Machado was taking some ground balls at third

Machado in Frederick brings back memories of 2011 champs

The last time Manny Machado played in Frederick, he was playing shortstop and Jonathan Schoop was playing second base. That was in September of 2011 when that duo led a team that used strong pitching and defense to win the Carolina League championship. Machado will be back at Harry Grove Stadium tonight for a 7 p.m. game to begin his minor league rehab assignment. After

Takes on Davis, Schoop, Lough and the O’s against AL East

Here are a few impressions after the Orioles scored 21 runs the last two nights in back-to-back wins over Toronto, which gave them their first winning road trip since last July 19-25. * The Orioles just completed a 15-game stretch of games against American League East opponents in which they went 9-6, winning three series, losing one and tying one series. That is impressive anytime

O’s score nine runs in seventh and eighth to beat Toronto

For the second night in a row, the Toronto Blue Jays hit second-inning homers to put the O’s behind early. But for the second night in a row, the Orioles rallied to win at Rogers Centre. Down 3-0 after two innings and 3-2 going to the top of the seventh, the Orioles offense erupted for five runs in the seventh and four in the eighth

O’s game blog: The search for the quality start continues

The Orioles look to get back over .500 and complete a winning road trip if they get a win tonight at Toronto. They are also looking for their third series win of the season. But once again, fans will be closely watching an O’s starting pitcher. The Orioles are still in need of starters getting deeper into games. Six times over the last seven games,

Minor league notes on Wright, Alvarez and more

Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds outfielder Gregory Lorenzo reached base three times on Wednesday. Each time he was on, Lorenzo stole a base. He is 9-for-12 stealing on the year and his nine steals is tied for the South Atlantic League lead. Lorenzo is batting .250 over 17 games, but he is 6-for-13 over his last three games and is 5-for-5 stealing bases in that stretch. The

Is Tommy Hunter the new Don Stanhouse?

Did you catch that on MASN’s “O’s Xtra” postgame show last night, when Rick Dempsey said that maybe we should start referring to Tommy Hunter as Don Stanhouse? For the younger crowd, Stanhouse was the one-time Orioles closer who had a way of getting into big trouble on his way to a save. Earl Weaver called him “Full Pack,” as in Weaver could smoke a

Cruz homers twice, including grand slam, as O’s come from five down to beat Toronto

The wait for the Orioles to hit some homers ended tonight. That worked out well for Chris Tillman, who overcame one bad inning to get the victory. Tillman became just the seventh pitcher in O’s history to give up seven or more earned runs in a game and get the win as the Orioles beat Toronto 10-8 at the Rogers Centre. The last time that

Davis hits No. 2 as O’s take lead in Toronto (Cruz hits grand slam)

Chris Davis is back in the homer column. After going seven games without one, Davis connected off Dustin McGowan in the top of the first tonight in Toronto as the Orioles took a 1-0 lead. Of course he hit one against the Blue Jays. Both of his homers this year have come against Blue Jays pitching. Davis has hit 18 homers in 40 games against

The Frederick Keys are preparing for Manny Mania

When fans in Frederick County see the Frederick Keys van motoring around the area, they can see a picture of Manny Machado on one side of the van from when he played with the Keys in 2011. Friday night in Frederick they’ll get to see the real thing. Machado will play with the Keys on Friday night, and perhaps stay longer, as he begins a

Alan Mills on Hunter Harvey, plus a look at a suddenly taxed O’s bullpen

After he gave up one unearned run over four innings in his latest start last night for Single-A Delmarva, right-hander Hunter Harvey lowered his ERA, which was tied for first in the South Atlantic League at first pitch. The O’s 2013 top draft pick is now alone atop the ERA leaders in that league, lowering the number from 1.06 to 0.86 last night. A check

Toronto’s trio of three-run shots lead Jays past O’s

The Orioles have not been hitting many homers this year, but did get one tonight. But Toronto hit three and those three big swings produced a 9-3 win for the Blue Jays over the Orioles at Rogers Centre. The O’s let another lead get away. They led 3-0 heading to the last of the sixth. Evan Meek started the last of the eighth of a

O’s game blog: Chris Davis has 17 homers against Toronto since 2012

As he looks for his second homer of the 2014 season, Chris Davis probably figures he’s playing the right opponent tonight to get one. In 38 games and 138 at-bats against Toronto pitching since the start of the 2012 season, Davis has hit 17 homers. Davis hit .393 with four doubles, nine homers and 17 RBIs against the Jays in 2012. Last season, he hit

Taking a closer look at the O’s starting pitching

After mentioning the Orioles rotation and quality starts in this morning’s entry, here is an even closer look at how the club’s starting staff is doing so far. Right now, the Orioles are tied for ninth in the American League in average innings pitched per start: 6.3 - Kansas City 6.2 - Los Angeles 6.1 - New York, Oakland 6.0 - Detroit 5.9 - Chicago,

Christian Walker’s good start for Bowie and some O’s rotation talk

Double-A Bowie first baseman Christian Walker is off to another good start. The 23-year-old right-handed hitter was named the Eastern League’s Player of the Week yesterday. Last April, while with Single-A Delmarva, Walker hit .360 with three homers and 16 RBIs on the way to being named O’s minor league Player of the Month. He made it all the way to Bowie last summer and

O’s take big early lead and escape with 7-6 win at Fenway

It was far, far from easy, but it was an important win for the Orioles. They beat the Red Sox 7-6 in front of 37,513 this afternoon to split the four-game series at Fenway Park. A day after blowing a 5-0 lead, the O’s jumped out to a 6-0 advantage in the third inning today and twice saw Boston pull within two runs late before

O’s game blog: Chen against Boston and some hitting notes

Wei-Yin Chen today will try to overcome some shaky numbers in his career against Boston, as the Orioles look to gain a split of this four-game series. Chen is 2-3 with a 5.24 ERA in eight career starts against the Red Sox. But over his last three starts, he is 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA and has given up five homers over 15 2/3 innings.

Trying to pick up the pieces after a very frustrating loss

The Orioles entered Sunday’s game having allowed just two unearned runs all year over 16 games. They allowed three unearned runs in the last three innings last night. In the immediate minutes and hour or two after last night’s game, this blog and Twitter were buzzing with comments. We probably way over-analyzed that one. But fans were frustrated, looking to vent and assign blame. In

O’s defense comes up short as Boston rallies for 6-5 win in ninth

No other way to say it, that was one very ugly loss for the Orioles. They blew a 5-0 lead and lost 6-5 on a throwing error in the last of the ninth. Dustin Pedroia doubled with one out against Brian Matusz and went to third on a wild pitch. After an intentional walk to David Ortiz, Darren O’Day came in and hit Mike Napoli

O’s game blog: Jimenez looks for first win, Ravech on Showalter (with farm notes)

We know Ubaldo Jimenez has been a slow starter during his career, and we know that he struggled early last season and then went on to have a very good year. Despite that information, it would calm some of the O’s fan base a bit if he pitched well tonight at Fenway Park. When Jimenez was so good last year after the All-Star break, he

Is it too early to worry about Chris Davis?

Are some fans concerned about O’s first baseman Chris Davis? I can sense the answer to that question is yes but I don’t see any reason to be concerned yet. Yes, Davis has just one homer and has not looked good at the plate in the Boston series so far, but it’s just too early to draw any conclusions. Davis has just three hits over

O’s offense held in check as Boston wins 4-2 to even series

The Orioles won a replay challenge today and it gained them a run, but they lost the game 4-2 in Boston as the Red Sox evened the four-game series at a win each. The Orioles’ three-game winning streak ended as they fall to 8-8 on the season and 2-3 against Boston. Matt Wieters drew a leadoff walk against Koji Uehara in the ninth, but the

O’s game blog: Orioles look for fourth win in a row against Boston

The Orioles look to go two games over the .500 mark for the first time this season today when they play the second game of a four-game series this afternoon at Fenway Park. A win today would give the Orioles a four-game winning streak. In going 1-4 to start the year, O’s starting pitchers worked to an ERA of 7.56. In going 7-3 over their

Friday’s win latest example O’s have turned it around since 1-4 start

Considering the Orioles are playing without Manny Machado, Ubaldo Jimenez is 0-3 with an ERA of 7.31, J.J. Hardy missed six games, Chris Davis and Adam Jones have one homer each and the O’s started 1-4, an 8-7 record looks pretty good about now. It sure does, as the Orioles have suddenly won seven of their last 10 games. They’ve won three in a row,

Schoop records four-hit game, Tillman earns second win in Boston series opener

Chris Tillman had to struggle to get through five innings tonight. Jonathan Schoop did not struggle tonight, and he came up with his first career four-hit game. Tillman notched his second win as the Orioles beat Boston 8-4 to open a four-game series at Fenway Park. Schoop went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. He has now hit safely in seven straight games, going

Bowie pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will miss his next start due to knee injury

Double-A Bowie left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will miss his scheduled start tomorrow night due to a sprained knee. The Orioles’ No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America, Rodriguez came up with the injury yesterday during normal-between starts weightlifting. The injury is not considered serious, but Rodriguez is likely headed for the minor league disabled list. Rodriguez saw a doctor who diagnosed the injury as a

O’s game blog: It’s Tillman time in series opener at Boston

The Orioles play at Fenway Park tonight in the opener of a four-game series. It’s a ballpark where they have a winning percentage of .682 since late in the 2011 season. The Orioles have won six of their last seven series at Fenway, going 15-7 in that time. That includes a record of 12-6 there the past two seasons. Maybe the Orioles will find their

Tim Berry has used a good fastball and attitude for Double-A success

For left-hander Tim Berry, it seems the power of positive thinking is just as important as the power of a well located fastball. After a very solid 2013 season with Single-A Frederick and a very strong Arizona Fall League, Berry is off to a great start in his first year with Double-A Bowie. He got another no decision Thursday night, but went six innings giving

ESPN’s Karl Ravech on the Orioles, AL East and more

The Orioles are looking to go over the .500 mark for the second time this season tonight. If they win at Boston they’ll move to 8-7 on the year and over .500 for the first time since winning opening day. The team has seven games remaining in a stretch of playing 19 of its 22 games against American League East opponents to start the year.

O’s pitching takes a turn for the better, plus a take on Hunter Harvey

We knew it when last season ended. We knew it at the Winter Meetings. We knew it when spring training started. The key for the Orioles in 2014 would be the pitching. After a very poor start the pitching has started to come around. When the Orioles started 1-4, their team ERA was 5.86. In winning six of nine games since then, the team ERA

Hunter Harvey talks about his outing tonight and matchup with Lucas Giolito

SALISBURY, Md. - The pitching matchup tonight between Hunter Harvey and Lucas Giolito at Perdue Stadium did not disappoint as the two 19-year-old pitching prospects combined to throw 11 scoreless innings, allowing just three singles. For Harvey, the Orioles’ No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, it was another solid start for Single-A Delmarva. He went six innings, allowing just one single. He walked one,

Delmarva game blog: Harvey against Giolito at Perdue Stadium (Shorebirds win in 15 innings)

SALISBURY, Md. - First pitch of today’s doubleheader is minutes away as Single-A Delmarva right-hander Hunter Harvey pitches against Hagerstown right-hander Lucas Giolito in a matchup of two of the game’s top young pitching prospects. Check back on this very blog and I’ll provide a few updates during Game 1 of the doubleheader. The Shorebirds are 5-7 to start the year. Delmarva beat Hagerstown 9-2

Ryan Minor talks about Hunter Harvey and today’s pitching matchup

SALISBURY, Md. - Delmarva Shorebirds manager Ryan Minor knows a little something about top pitching prospects taking the mound for his team. The skipper of the Shorebirds, the Orioles’ low Single-A affiliate, managed Dylan Bundy when he buzzed through here two years ago, pitching 30 innings, allowing just five hits and no earned runs with 40 strikeouts. Hunter Harvey may not put numbers quite that

Classy exit: After being released, minor league player thanks O’s for the opportunity

The Orioles drafted outfielder Trent Mummey in the fourth round out of Auburn University in 2010. He had some solid early success in pro ball, making the New York Penn League All-Star team in 2010 and a year later hitting close to .300 at two levels. But during that 2011 season Mummey suffered a concussion and, four games after he returned from that, he injured

A look at the marquee pitching matchup set for Delmarva’s Perdue Stadium today

This is the South Atlantic League’s version of Chris Tillman against Justin Verlander. Tonight when the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds host the Hagerstown Suns in Salisbury, top pitching prospects Hunter Harvey and Lucas Giolito will oppose each other. This marquee matchup was to take place at 7:05 p.m., but after a rainout last night, it will now take place in first game of a doubleheader starting

Tommy Hunter talks about adjusting to the closer’s role, plus Delmarva note

So how is life pitching in the ninth inning? The O’s new closer Tommy Hunter is still finding that out. Hunter is 3-for-4 in save chances, and suffered a blown save Saturday night when he gave up a Colby Rasmus homer with two outs on a 1-2 pitch and with his club leading, 1-0. Hunter admits he is still finding his way and learning about

Zach Britton on the reasons for his improved sinker and 2014 success

Orioles lefty Zach Britton has found his sinker again. He is pounding two-seam fastballs down in the zone and throwing them at a greater velocity. He is getting very impressive results to start this season. Just when some were doubting they’d see Britton pitch well again in the big leagues, he’s doing it. Over five games, Britton is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00. He

Wieters, Chen and Hardy comment after win over Tampa Bay

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was asked what made the difference tonight for pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. He had an ERA of 6.75 over his first two starts, but this evening gave up just one run and five hits over 6 1/3 innings in the Orioles’ 7-1 win over Tampa Bay. “He was able to throw strikes early, get early outs and let our defense work behind

O’s back Chen with early offense in series-opening win over Rays

Wei-Yin Chen had been struggling to get outs and the Orioles had been struggling to score runs. But Chen had a strong outing and the Orioles came up with their second-highest run total of the season tonight in a 7-1 win over Tampa Bay in the opener of a three-game series. In the first three innings the Orioles scored six runs, one more than they

O’s game blog: Chen on the mound in series opener against Tampa

The Orioles have lost three of four series this year. They’ll try to turn that around starting tonight, but they will have to do it against a Tampa Bay team that they went just 6-13 against in 2013. Remember that four-game sweep the O’s suffered late last season in St. Petersburg? It pretty much ended any of their playoff hopes. The Orioles lost 11 of

Chris Davis on first homer and the team’s early struggles on offense

It might have been a bit of a footnote in a game where the Orioles were blown out and Ubaldo Jimenez did not pitch well again Sunday, but Chris Davis did get into the homer column. Last season Davis hit nine homers in April on his way to 37 by the all-star break and to a club-record 53 for the season. The longest Davis went

Off to good start, Meek works to gain trust of his new teammates and manager

During the 2010 season, right-hander Evan Meek pitched to an ERA of 2.14 out of the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen and made the National League All-Star team. He ranked among National League relief leaders in innings, opponent batting average and ERA. But Meek suffered a torn labrum early during the 2011 season. He continued to pitch, but it took him a long while to get back

A look at how injuries are already having an impact in the AL East

The Yankees hosted the Red Sox last night on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” but before the game the news came out that two of the marquee players would not even play in the game. The Yankees were holding out shortstop Derek Jeter due to a tight quad. The Red Sox were sending second baseman Dustin Pedroia back to Boston to check on his injured left

Minor league notes on Givens, Davis, Rodriguez and more

Even though the Single-A Frederick Keys have not gotten off to a good start, going 3-7 through their first 10 games, a couple of their players sure have. That includes relief pitcher Mychal Givens. The 23-year-old right-hander was converted from an infielder to a pitcher last season at Single-A Delmarva. The Orioles’ second-round pick in 2009, Givens went 2-3 with a 4.22 ERA and three

Jimenez on today’s outing, poor start plus Davis and Wieters quotes

In a very quiet Orioles clubhouse Ubaldo Jimenez talked about his third straight poor start for his new team. “Tough one, really bad one,” Jimenez said. “Couldn’t be there for the team once again. I’ve been missing right down the middle of the plate. I’ve been making too many mistakes right down the middle. That is something I have to work on. Executing the pitches.

Jimenez hit hard as O’s lose series finale 11-3

Ubaldo Jimenez was hoping to put it all together today in his third Orioles start, but it didn’t happen. Jimenez allowed five runs this afternoon as Toronto crushed the Orioles 11-3 in front of 39,281 at Camden Yards. The right-hander, who came in with an 0-2 record and 6.75 ERA, gave up a long homer to Colby Rasmus, the second batter he faced. It didn’t

O’s game blog: Jimenez looks for his first win as an Oriole

The Orioles will try to win another series today after losing the first game. That is hard to do, but the O’s did it at New York and will try to do it this afternoon against Toronto. The Orioles have lost the series opener three straight times this, but the one time this year they won the first game was opening day and they then

Zach Britton on his good start, a Zach Davies update and a marquee minor league matchup

During his pregame press conference today Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked briefly about Double-A Bowie right-hander Zach Davies. Davies, the club’s 11th-ranked prospect according to Baseball America, left his start in the second inning at Akron yesterday when he took a line drive off his right forearm, very close to his pitching elbow. “I think Davies is okay,” Showalter said. “Our guys said he might

Ubaldo Jimenez: “I want to put everything together”

After two starts when he has not been at his best, new Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez hopes to show the home fans his stuff today when he pitches against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. “I haven’t been able to be there for the team the first two games,” Jimenez said Saturday. “But I look forward to doing that (today). As I get out on

Clubhouse quotes from Lough, Hunter, Norris and more

The Orioles played their first extra-inning game of the year and walked off with a 2-1, 12-inning win over Toronto. Steve Lombardozzi tripled with one out in the 12th and scored the winning run on David Lough’s single to left. The Orioles got outstanding pitching and finally ended a 15-inning scoreless streak in the last of the seventh inning. Tommy Hunter suffered his first blown

David Lough with a walk-off single in the 12th as O’s top Toronto

It took longer than they wanted, but the Orioles picked up a hard-earned win tonight at Camden Yards. After they lost a 1-0 lead with two outs in the ninth, they won it 2-1 in 12 innings. With one out in the 12th, Steve Lombardozzi tripled to right off Todd Redmond. David Lough followed with a line-drive single to left for the walk-off victory. Your

O’s game blog: Bud Norris on the mound against Toronto

Bud Norris makes his second start of the season here tonight against Toronto. His first went well for a short time. He needed just 25 pitches to sail through the first two innings last Saturday at Detroit, but he then gave up five runs over the next three innings on 78 pitches. Norris made five Camden Yards starts last season and went 2-1 with an

Steve Clevenger on batting fifth and an update on Bowie pitcher Zach Davies

Precautionary X-rays on the right arm of Double-A Bowie pitcher Zach Davies were negative today and he’s listed as day-to-day. Davies got the start this afternoon for Bowie at Akron. But he left the game in the last of the second when he was struck by a line drive on the right arm, specifically his pitching elbow according to the team’s Twitter feed. Matt Bischoff

Hardy and Lough talk about returning to the Oriole lineup

J.J. Hardy is back in the Orioles lineup tonight and feeling pretty excited about that. “Really good. It’s been a long week for me,” Hardy said this afternoon. “These back spasms are no fun. I hope they are behind me and I won’t have to deal with them for the rest of the year.” Hardy hasn’t played since a week ago today at Detroit when

O’s minor leaguer hospitalized after being hit by a pitch last night (Davies exits Bowie start)

Orioles minor league infielder Anthony Caronia is in a Baltimore hospital after getting hit in the face by a pitch last night while playing for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds at home against Greensboro. During his first at-bat, in the last of the third inning, Caronia took a fastball from Greensboro starter right-hander Domingo German up and in and the lefty hitter could not avoid getting

Ten games into the new season the Orioles are still looking for consistency

OK, through 10 games to start the 2014 season, the Orioles have not played overall crisp baseball. I think we are certainly going to see better. So far, we’ve seen some baserunning mistakes and some mental errors. We saw a couple of physical miscues that were costly last night. The Orioles had made just one error all year until Jonathan Schoop made two at third

Schoop, Jones and Tillman comment after the O’s loss to Toronto

Chris Tillman gave up just three singles over eight innings and no earned runs tonight, but he took the 2-0 loss against Toronto. One of his teammates said he could not have done much more to get a win. “I told him after the game. That was one of the best I’ve ever seen Tillman throw. They’ve got some thump over there. He threw the

Tillman takes tough loss as O’s fall 2-0 to Toronto

The Orioles had a tough night on offense and in the field, but a good night on the mound. But it did not produce a victory as the Toronto Blue Jays used a pair of unearned runs to post a 2-0 win in front of 22,327 at Camden Yards. The Orioles lose the opener of this six-game homestand to fall to 4-6. Toronto took a

O’s game blog: Orioles host Toronto in series opener

The Orioles are 3-0 this year when the opposing starter has been Jon Lester, Justin Verlander or Masahiro Tanaka. So how difficult can it be to beat Dustin McGowan? Actually, it doesn’t work that way and the O’s will have to earn a win tonight if they get one. But McGowan is 0-3 with a 6.99 career ERA against the Orioles in 13 games, six

Chris Davis on the search for his first homer and rookie Schoop

Chris Davis was a rookie and top prospect once. So he can relate to Jonathan Schoop as the Orioles’ 22-year-old infielder begins to settle in as a big league player. “I think he’s starting to find it a little bit,” Davis said. “The first few games he was swinging at a lot of pitches. The more he’s up here, the more he gets a chance

Hardy: I’ve made “big strides the past couple days”

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will not be in the starting lineup tonight for the fifth game in a row and for the sixth time in seven games. He’s been out due to lower back spasms and stiffness. After being hopeful of playing the last few games, Hardy hopes this time he really is one day away from rejoining the lineup. “I’ve made a bunch of

As Schoop has big league success, O’s minor league staff looks on with pride

When Jonathan Schoop first made the major leagues - and that happened last September - he beat the odds. Most young players drafted or signed at an early age never see the majors. Some get released before they even get to the higher levels of the minors. But Schoop made it all the way from the Dominican Summer League - his first pro ball destination

Tillman on the mound as O’s homestand begins, plus minor league scores and notes

The Orioles are in a stretch where they play 16 consecutive games against American League East opponents. Tonight is the fourth game of that stretch that will see them open the year with 19 of 22 against the AL East. They will face Toronto six times over the next 13 games, starting with tonight’s homestand-opening contest at Camden Yards. One of the many reasons it

With expectations high, Hunter Harvey makes home debut tonight

For the third year in a row, the Orioles selected a talented right-handed pitcher with their first-round draft pick in 2013. Just like Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman before him, Hunter Harvey is beginning his first full season in the organization this year amid the high expectations that come with being a high pick. Harvey made a very good first impression when he pitched a

After Matusz got out the big-salary boys, O’s won it in the ninth

When Brian Matusz took the mound in the last of the eighth inning last night, he saw Yankees players with bats in their hands, not dollar signs. In a 3-3 game with one out and the go-ahead run just 90 feet away, Matusz would get Jacoby Ellsbury on a foul pop to third. After an intentional walk to Carlos Beltran, he got Brian McCann to

Orioles score twice in the ninth to beat New York 5-4

The Orioles could not pin a loss on Masahiro Tanaka tonight, but they did score twice in the ninth to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 and win the series. The first four O’s reached in the ninth against Shawn Kelley and a Nick Markakis RBI single made it 4-3 while a Chris Davis sac fly made it 5-3. The Orioles would need both runs

O’s game blog: Miguel Gonzalez on the mound for series finale at New York

While a lot of eyes will be on right-hander Masahiro Tanaka tonight as he makes his Yankee Stadium debut, Orioles fans will also be watching to check on a few things as well. They’ll be checking to see if the club’s offense is back on track and to see if Miguel Gonzalez can bounce back from his last outing. Gonzalez lasted just 3 1/3 innings

Orioles minor league update

We are nearly a week into the minor league seasons. To this point, the Orioles’ four full-season teams have a combined record of 10-13. Norfolk is 1-4, Bowie is 5-2, Frederick is 2-3 and Delmarva is 2-4. Several pitching prospects pitched either scoreless ball or did not allow an earned run in their first starts. This list includes Kevin Gausman, Tim Berry, Hunter Harvey, Matt

Did O’s offense heat up just in time for matchup with Tanaka?

Of the many positive things that happened for the Orioles offense yesterday, the best development may have been Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop both having big days. Flaherty had three hits after starting the year 1-for-21 and that has to take some of the pressure off him. Schoop had two hits and is now 3-for-8 with two doubles the past two games after starting the

O’s offense breaks out big in 14-5 rout of the Yankees

The Orioles began today with a team batting average of .231 and just 22 runs scored over their first seven games. But their offense broke out in a big way this afternoon, as the Orioles routed the Yankees 14-5 to even this series at a win each. The Orioles had hit just three homers on the season until Adam Jones, Delmon Young and Matt Wieters

O’s game blog: Will the offense break out today?

The Orioles are just 1-5 since winning on opening day and today they face right-hander Ivan Nova (1-0, 3.18 ERA) in New York. Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 6.35 ERA) starts for the Orioles in the second game of the three-game series. We’ve talked a lot about the starting pitching here already in the first eight days of the season. Let’s take a look at the offense

After struggles and injuries in 2013, Chen looking for better results in 2014

So the Orioles are 2-0 when Chris Tillman starts and he has an ERA of 1.35 in those two games. They are 0-5 when anyone else starts with an ERA of 8.76. So, yeah, that has to change and soon. We can talk about the Orioles’ lack of hitting - and the team has scored just 22 runs with only three homers in seven games

Jimenez struggles, takes defeat as O’s lose at New York

Ubaldo Jimenez became the latest O’s starter not named Chris Tillman to struggle. The offense didn’t provide much help, either, as the Orioles lost 4-2 in the Yankees’ home opener at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles fall to 1-3 on this road trip and 2-5 on the season. Jimenez struggled with his control throughout his start. He pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and four

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez makes his second O’s start

Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1, 6.00 ERA) faces Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 3.00 ERA) in a matchup of right-handers today as the Orioles play in New York for the Yankees’ home opener. Jimenez is 1-3 with a 6.45 ERA in four career starts against New York. He gave up two-run homers to David Ortiz and Mike Napoli on Wednesday against Boston in his O’s debut. That snapped a

Tillman provides ace-like effort, plus some minor league notes

Chris Tillman made 15 starts for the Orioles in the 2012 season and they team went 10-5 in those games. He made 33 last season as the Orioles went 21-12. He has made two this year and the team is 2-0. Sense a trend? When Tillman starts, the Orioles have a good chance to win. That adds up to a mark of 33-17 in his

Tillman pitches a gem and O’s beat Verlander, Tigers 3-1

Chris Tillman, pitching like an ace today, gave the Orioles a huge effort on the mound. The Orioles backed him with solid defense and a few clutch at-bats to post a 3-1 win over the Tigers this afternoon. The O’s ended their four-game losing streak and head to New York with a 2-4 record. Tillman gave a struggling rotation a great outing today. He entered

O’s game blog: Verlander pitched to 6.00 ERA last year against the Orioles

We don’t know how the Orioles will fare against 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander today, but they did pretty well against him last year. Verlander went 13-12 with an ERA of 3.46 last season and went 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two 2013 starts against the Orioles. On June 1 at Camden Yards, J.J. Hardy homered twice off the right-hander,

Some fans start to get nervous plus a look at Berry’s Bowie debut

After five games last season, the Orioles had a 3-2 record. Fans would take that about right now after the team fell to 1-4 with Saturday’s loss to Detroit. The one thing to keep in mind is that the O’s have played just three percent of their season. Three percent. Yes they need to pitch better and the bats need to get going. Maybe we

O’s score five in ninth, but come up one short in Detroit

A blowout loss turned into a one-run defeat today, when the Orioles produced a stunning rally in the ninth inning, but it fell short. The O’s, down 7-1 entering the ninth, scored five times to pull within one, but lost 7-6 to Detroit to fall to 1-4 with four straight losses. A Chris Davis single off Phil Coke was followed by an Adam Jones triple

Another poor start for Orioles, as Norris goes five in Detroit

Bud Norris is the latest Orioles starter to have a bad outing, as he gave up nine hits and five runs over five innings this afternoon in Detroit, leaving with his team behind 5-1. Brian Matusz came on to pitch in the last of the sixth. Norris’ day started real well, as he rolled through the first two innings on 25 pitches. But that roll

O’s get the early lead in Detroit (Tigers lead)

A Chris Davis RBI single in the top of the first has given the Orioles the early 1-0 lead today. It was Davis’ third RBI of the series and season. David Lough drew a leadoff walk from Rick Porcello and stole second on the first pitch to Nelson Cruz. Lough is now 2-for-2 on steal attempts. Davis then dumped a single into left along the

O’s get strong pitching on the farm Friday, but it’s a different story for the big club

Well, let’s start on a positive note this morning, and it comes from last night on the Orioles farm, where pitchers Kevin Gausman, Tyler Wilson and Hunter Harvey combined to pitch 16 2/3 shutout innings. At Triple-A Norfolk, Gausman went 4 2/3 innings before leaving due to his pitch count reaching 71. He gave up three hits and two walks and had six strikeouts. Left-handed

O’s game blog: Orioles play road opener at Detroit (O’s lose 10-4)

The Orioles play their road opener this afternoon in Detroit where Miguel Gonzalez will make his season debut. He went 11-8 with a 3.70 ERA during a very solid 2013 season. Here is a good Gonzo stat: When he has started over the last two seasons, the Orioles have gone 26-17 for a .605 winning percentage. Here is one stat that needs work: In the

After series loss to Boston, O’s will try to find their bats in Detroit

The Orioles’ starting pitchers failed to produce a quality start and gave up nine runs and 24 hits over 16 2/3 innings in the Boston series. The O’s batters produced just seven runs in three games. Not hard to look at those numbers and understand how the Orioles lost two of three to the Red Sox. Even with that, they went to the last inning

Postgame comments from Chen, Wieters and Hardy

It was kind of a bend, but don’t break night for Wei-Yin Chen against Boston tonight. He gave up a career-high 12 hits but Boston never got more than a run in any inning against him. They got to him for four runs over 5 2/3 innings to beat the Orioles 4-3 tonight in the series finale. Chen was asked about facing Boston’s tough lineup

Chen allows 12 hits, takes loss as Boston wins series finale

Wei-Yin Chen gave up a career-high 12 hits and the Orioles fell behind early tonight and never caught up in a 4-3 loss to Boston. The Red Sox took two of three in the season opening series at Camden Yards. Chen went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs with no walks and five strikeouts to take the loss. He threw 98 pitches, 66 for strikes.

O’s game blog: Orioles and Red Sox play series finale

The Orioles and Red Sox play the finale of their three-game, season opening series tonight at Camden Yards. After the Orioles won the opener 2-1, Boston won last night 6-2. The Orioles are 25-14 against Boston since the start of the 2012 season and are 36-27 against the Red Sox since Buck Showalter took over as manager. The Orioles have won 11 of the last

Erika Brannock talks about throwing out the first pitch tonight at Camden Yards

There will be a very special first pitch ceremony tonight at Camden Yards. It will be thrown by Erika Brannock, a 29-year-old teacher at a Towson preschool. It was almost a year ago when Erika lost part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. She was near the finish line to watch her mom, Carol Downing, finish the race. Erika’s comeback from her

Cruz on his good start, signing a one-year deal and more

The Orioles are not exactly tearing it up on offense so far, batting just .194 (12-for-62) as a team and with just four runs scored. The O’s have just two extra-base hits in two games and both were homers and both by Nelson Cruz. The rest of the team has no extra-base hits in 56 total at-bats. Cruz, who signed a one-year deal for $8

A look at the O’s minor league teams and tonight’s season openers

The Orioles’ four full-season minor league affiliates open new seasons tonight. Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie open at home while Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva begin with road openers. * The Norfolk Tides open against Charlotte at Harbor Park. The Tides will play their first eight games at home. Norfolk lost on the final day of the 2013 regular season to miss out on its

O’s offense still looks to get going, plus talking OBP with Chris Davis

Well, is it too soon to worry? That is an easy one. Yes, it is way, way too early or to have any concerns about the 2014 Orioles. The Yankees have started 0-2 and Tampa Bay is 1-2. The Orioles can win another series against Boston with a victory tonight. If they win this game, they will have won 12 of their last 15 series

Ubaldo Jimenez on his outing and other clubhouse quotes

Ubaldo Jimenez was not hurt by the home run ball very much last year. He gave up two homers in a game just three times in 32 starts, once against the Orioles. After the All-Star break last year he allowed just three homers total in 13 starts, covering 84 innings. But he gave up a pair of two-run homers tonight. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli

Ubaldo Jimenez takes loss in debut as O’s fall 6-2

It was not the O’s debut Ubaldo Jimenez wanted. He had, at times, some swing and miss stuff, but also threw a couple of pitches he might like to have back. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli got to Jimenez as each hit a two-run homer as Boston beat the Orioles 6-2 tonight. Napoli later added a two-run single as Boston evened the series at a

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez makes debut against Boston

Here are some notes on 30-year-old right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. He went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA over 32 starts for Cleveland in 2013 and makes his Orioles debut tonight. * He averaged 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings last year to finish seventh among MLB starters, ahead of pitchers such as Stephen Strasburg, Felix Hernandez, Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw. * He had a stunning month

Steve Lombardozzi on opening day, his O’s debut and more

After being traded twice since the end of last season, infielder Steve Lombardozzi would like to find a home with the Orioles. The Fulton, Md., native, and graduate of Atholton High School near Baltimore in Columbia, played the last three seasons for the Nationals. He was traded by Washington to Detroit in the Doug Fister deal and then Detroit traded him to the Orioles March

David Lough talks about making his O’s debut tonight

Outfielder David Lough makes his Orioles debut tonight. He’ll bat second against Boston’s John Lackey and play in left field. He said it’s pretty clear-cut what his No. 1 job is when batting high in the order like tonight. “Just get on base. I get on base, I score,” Lough said. “Look who is hitting behind me. A lot of great hitters. My job in

Notes and quotes from Bowie Baysox media day

BOWIE, Md. - Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will get the start on opening night Thursday at Prince George’s Stadium as the Bowie Baysox begin their 22nd season as the Orioles’ Double-A affiliate. The Baysox, managed by Gary Kendall, start the year with a seven-game homestand against Harrisburg and Richmond. Bowie also begins the year with a starting rotation featuring three of the Orioles’ top 11 prospects,

A look at how Jimenez matches up with Boston, plus minor league pitching rotations

The Boston Red Sox sure can make a starting pitcher work. Chris Tillman needed 104 pitches to get through five innings on opening day as Boston hitters kept fouling off pitches and escalating his pitch count. He threw 18 or more pitches every inning in that game. This will be something to watch closely tonight as Ubaldo Jimenez makes his Orioles debut. While Jimenez had

Branden Kline will start opening night for Frederick, other notes from media day

FREDERICK, Md. - Featuring a team with 16 returning players and five of the Orioles’ top 30 prospects according to Baseball America, the Single-A Frederick Keys open a new season in the Carolina League on Thursday night at Lynchburg. The five top 30 players on the Keys are shortstop Adrian Marin (No. 12), pitcher Parker Bridwell (No. 19), pitcher Branden Kline (No. 20), pitcher Mychal

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