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Tillman with the win, Cruz hits No. 20 as O’s top Houston

Chris Tillman needed a good outing and the Orioles needed a win. They got both today as Tillman gave up just one run over 6 2/3 innings. The Orioles got back to the .500 mark at 27-27 and ended a four-game losing streak. They snapped Houston’s seven-game win streak and denied the Astros their first eight-game streak since 2008. Nelson Cruz hit his 20th homer

O’s agree to terms with pitcher Ramon Ramirez on minor league deal

The Orioles have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Ramon Santo Ramirez. It’s a minor league contract. Ramirez is expected to take his physical Monday and sign the deal after that. He will report to the club’s Sarasota facility and then join Triple-A Norfolk. The 32-year-old has pitched in the majors with Colorado, Kansas City, Boston, San Francisco and the New York Mets. He was

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman looks to turn it around against Houston

Coming off the worst two-start stretch of his career, Chris Tillman will try to turn it around this afternoon at Houston. Tillman is 4-2 with a 4.97 ERA on the season. In his past two outings combined, he has pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing 14 hits and 14 runs. He’s never allowed more over a two-start stretch. Since beginning the year with an ERA of

A look at the Orioles and the upcoming First-Year Player Draft

A week from today, the First-Year Player Draft will conclude with teams selecting players in rounds 11 through 40. Next Friday, they draft players in rounds 3 through 10. The draft begins Thursday, June 5, when the first two rounds are televised live on MLB Network. But this year, the O’s won’t be involved that first night. Their first pick will come in round 3

Gonzalez loses no-hitter, shutout and game as O’s fall 2-1 at Houston

So the Orioles finally get some quality starting pitching back-to-back nights in Houston and they lose both games. The runs stopped coming just as the starters began throwing better. Miguel Gonzalez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and a 1-0 lead into the seventh tonight, but Houston scored twice with two outs in that inning to beat the Orioles 2-1. Gonzalez deserved a better

O’s game blog: Nelson Cruz homer numbers

The Nelson Cruz show continues tonight for the Orioles. Cruz is now batting .310 in 51 games with 19 homers, 49 RBIs and a 1.038 OPS. Last night, Cruz did not homer and that was news. It was just the third time in the last 10 games where he did not hit a homer. Cruz now leads the majors in home runs and is tied

Delmarva outfielder Josh Hart suffers knee injury, will miss four to six weeks

Single-A Delmarva outfielder Josh Hart will have arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and the recovery time is four to six weeks. So the hope is Hart can return to play later this summer. The Orioles’ No. 13 prospect according to Baseball America, Hart was injured in the second game of a doubleheader on Monday night. He was going back

Bowie’s Christian Walker talks about his solid season and all those homers

There have been a few players off to real solid starts in the Orioles minor leagues this season, but perhaps none is faring better right now than Double-A Bowie first baseman Christian Walker. Walker has always been a good solid hitter with gap-to-gap power, but this year he’s continuing to hit for a high average and he’s mashing more homers, too. Through 52 games, the

Springer’s homer leads Houston to win over O’s in series opener

After their starting pitchers had worked to an ERA of 7.71 over the last 10 games, tonight the O’s got an effective start from Ubaldo Jimenez. But it still didn’t lead to a win. Houston rookie George Springer continued his recent torrid hitting with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh as Houston beat the Orioles 3-1 in the opener of a four-game series. The

O’s game blog: The Orioles play series opener at Houston

The Orioles begin a four-game series in Houston tonight against the Astros, who are 22-32, in last place in the American League West and have the worst record in the AL. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Houston has started to score plenty of runs and win games. The Astros have won five in a row, outscoring their opponents 34-10 in that stretch. As

Minor league notes on extended spring training and more

While the Orioles have been playing games and their minor league affiliates have been doing the same, games have also been played by O’s young players under the hot Florida sun. We don’t see any standings or stats from these games - they are not kept or reported, at least publicly. But important learning and development has been going on at the Orioles extended spring

A look at the recent pitching numbers and Markakis’ success atop the order

These numbers on the Orioles pitching staff recently are unsightly and troubling: * The O’s gave up 21 runs in the Milwaukee series with an ERA of 6.83. O’s starters gave up 15 runs over 16 2/3 innings in the series for an ERA of 8.10. * O’s pitching has allowed 63 runs over the last 10 games with a team ERA of 5.92 in

Nelson Cruz homers twice, but O’s lose series finale at Milwaukee

Nelson Cruz put on a homer display and the Orioles rallied again, but this time came up short. Up by just one late in the game, Milwaukee scored four times in the eighth to pull away for an 8-3 win over the Orioles at Miller Park. The Brewers took two of three in the series and the Orioles lost for the seventh time in the

O’s game blog: O’s play Milwaukee series finale plus a take on Samardzija

After exchanging 7-6 wins in 10 innings the past two days where the winning team trailed with two outs in the ninth, the Orioles and Brewers play the series finale tonight in Milwaukee. Can this game match the excitement of the first two? Bud Norris (3-4, 3.83 ERA) pitches for the Orioles against Yovani Gallardo (2-3, 3.51 ERA). Gallardo won last night’s game with a

While offense heats up, O’s pitching has headed south again

Over the last nine games, the Orioles have scored 55 runs. But they are just 4-5 in that stretch. Over their last nine games the Orioles have allowed 55 runs. Yeah, we have a problem here. Earlier when the Orioles were not hitting much, their pitchers kept them above .500 and went on a pretty good run for several weeks. But now the pitchers are

O’s rally from five runs down, but Milwaukee rallies to win in 10th

That one went from stirring comeback win to walk-off loss. Tied 6-6 in the last of the 10th, the Orioles elected to have pitcher T.J. McFarland intentionally walk Mark Reynolds with two outs and none on. Then pitcher Yovani Gallardo pinch-hit and ripped a double to left center to produce a 7-6 Brewers win. Down 6-5 in the ninth, Milwaukee tied the game on Jonathan

O’s game blog: Orioles have scored 35 runs in five interleague games

The Orioles offense is going pretty well right now. Yesterday, they got to both Kyle Lohse and Francisco Rodriguez, both whom have been having pretty good seasons. The O’s scored four off Lohse to end his streak of eight consecutive quality starts. Rodriguez blew the save in the ninth for just the second time in 19 games on the season. The Orioles have had a

Minors matters: Shorebirds still winning, Walker still hitting homers

The Orioles Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds affiliate is on a real hot streak right now. After a doubleheader sweep of first-place Hagerstown on Monday, the Shorebirds are now 29-21. The Shorebirds produced a pair of comeback victories in that doubleheader. Delmarva erased a 6-0 deficit, coming up with a 7-6 walkoff win with three runs in the seventh in the opener. In the nightcap, Drew Dosch

Plenty of stars in comeback win at Milwaukee, but Schoop was right in the middle of it

Where to start with O’s heroes in that comeback win over Milwaukee? Nick Hundley made an error in the bottom of the ninth and drove in the winning run in the top of the 10th. Nick Markakis doubled in the tying run with two outs in the ninth. J.J. Hardy had three hits and scored the winning run in the 10th. Brad Brach got out

Down to their last out in ninth, O’s rally to beat Milwaukee 7-6 in 10

The mystery that is Chris Tillman and his struggles continued today at Milwaukee. But despite that, the Orioles picked up an impressive comeback win today, beating the first-place Brewers 7-6 in 10 innings. The Orioles went to the top of the ninth down 6-4 and had two outs and none on when they rallied against Francisco Rodriguez, who was an Oriole last year. Jonathan Schoop’s

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman tries to bounce back in Milwaukee series opener

Two starts ago, Chris Tillman pitched a five-hit shutout. In his last start, he failed to get an out in the second inning, giving up six hits, three walks and eight runs (six earned) in one inning plus four batters against Pittsburgh. Tillman could use a good outing today to ease any concerns about his recent performance. In his first three 2014 starts, he pitched

Solid yet not spectacular: Miguel Gonzalez leads the O’s in quality starts

He doesn’t dominate. He doesn’t strike out a lot of hitters. He doesn’t have a blazing fastball and he certainly doesn’t get much attention. But Miguel Gonzalez gave the Orioles yet another solid and workmanlike effort Sunday and picked up another win for the orange and black. I keep contending that Gonzalez is an underrated pitcher, but find that many readers here don’t agree with

Machado, Gonzalez, Pearce and more comment after O’s beat Cleveland

Manny Machado returned to the O’s lineup today, and his homer in the fifth inning put the Orioles ahead by one. The team went on to beat Cleveland 4-2. Machado said his groin injury held up fine today in his first game action since Thursday. “No, it didn’t bother me at all,” he said. “Had it wrapped pretty good. Everything went well. Everything felt good.

Cruz hits No. 16 to take major league lead as O’s top Cleveland

The Orioles needed a win today to split the four-game series before the start of a long road trip, and they got one. Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz homered, and Miguel Gonzalez got the win as the Orioles beat Cleveland 4-2 in front of 37,649 at Camden Yards. The O’s are now 11-12 at home and 25-23 overall. They begin a three-city, 10-game road trip

O’s game blog: It’s Gonzalez against Bauer at Camden Yards

The Orioles lost Saturday afternoon to the Cleveland Indians, and they are now a major league-worst 5-12 (.294) in day games this season. They play another day game here today, and it’s on a Sunday to boot. The Orioles are just 1-6 on Sundays this season. Double whammy or reverse lock? Miguel Gonzalez (2-3, 4.53 ERA) will pitch for the Orioles against right-hander Trevor Bauer

Nick Hundley on joining the O’s, Caleb Joseph on possibly being optioned (updated)

Nick Hundley’s trade to the Orioles is less than 24 hours old. But it sure hasn’t taken him long to adjust to it, it seems. In his first interview in the O’s clubhouse this morning, you could tell the catcher was very excited to join this team. “I woke up (yesterday) to a call from our GM Josh Byrnes, our former GM and I didn’t

A few thoughts on Jimenez, Joseph and Schoop

A few observations after the Orioles were shut out 9-0 by Cleveland on Saturday afternoon. The Orioles have now lost five of their last seven and nine of the last 13 games. The Orioles were shut out for the fourth time this season and for the first time at home against Cleveland since April 3, 2003. If they lose today to the Tribe, they would

Ubaldo Jimenez and Steve Clevenger comment after the Orioles’ loss to Cleveland

Ubaldo Jimenez needed 99 pitches today to get just 12 outs. Not what he had in mind in going against his former Cleveland Indians teammates. Jimenez walked five on the day and two in the fifth inning when Cleveland scored five to break the 0-0 tie and knock him from the game on its way to a 9-0 win. “My first mistake was walking the

Jimenez takes loss against former teammates as Cleveland rolls 9-0

Ubaldo Jimenez faced his former Cleveland Indians teammates today. This one did not go as planned. The Indians scored five in the fifth and four runs in the seventh today to beat the Orioles 9-0 in front of 36,873 at Camden Yards. The Orioles fall to 24-23 with their ninth loss in the last 13 games. They are 6-13 against American League Central teams and

O’s game blog: Markakis climbing hits chart, Cruz ahead of Davis’ homer pace

Nick Markakis is having a good series against Cleveland. He is 6-for-12 the last two days. During a five-game hitting streak, he is 10-for-24 with a homer and four RBIs. With four hits last night, Markakis moved past Paul Blair and into eighth place on the Orioles’ all-time hits list. He now has 1,429 hits. Next on the list is Brian Roberts in seventh with

Darren O’Day is about to make his pitch for the USO

Orioles right-hander Darren O’Day and his wife Elizabeth are hosting a barbecue at Camden Yards before Sunday’s game and proceeds are going to benefit the USO. Net proceeds raised through this event will go directly to USO programs that support deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops, as well as their caregivers and families of the fallen. O’Day provided some background on how

Norris on the win, Davis and Cruz on the offense after O’s beat Cleveland

Here are some clubhouse quotes after the Orioles beat Cleveland 8-4 tonight. The Orioles have scored 38 runs on 63 hits with 13 doubles and 10 homers over the last five games. Chris Davis on the offense and his hot bat lately: “I think it was just a matter of time. We’ve been doing a good job of stringing good at-bats together lately and scoring

Chris Davis homers and drives in four as O’s beat Cleveland

Chris Davis continued his four-game run of torrid hitting tonight with a two-run double and two-run homer as the Orioles beat Cleveland 8-4 to even this series at a win each. The Orioles finished with 14 hits and now have recorded five straight games of 12 or more for the first time since they had a club-record seven in a row from May 26-June 1,

O’s game blog: It’s Norris against House tonight at the Yard

Bud Norris has been pitching well for the Orioles and wants to continue that trend tonight as the Birds host Cleveland in Game 2 of a four-game series. Norris is 2-4 with a 3.58 ERA over eight starts. He has gone over seven innings in each of his last two outings. He went 7 2/3 frames, allowing four runs against Detroit and gave up one

Joseph on the Tribe’s starter, McFarland on his return, Guilmet on his solid pitching (updated)

Cleveland’s starting pitcher tonight is 24-year-old left-hander T.J. House. He’ll be making his first major league start, but his second start this year against the Baltimore organization. House made his major league debut with a scoreless inning May 17 against Oakland. Before that, he faced the Orioles’ Triple-A Norfolk affiliate on April 29, pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings on eight hits in that game. Norfolk’s

O’s hit the skids, Davis talks the mental game and previewing today’s live chats

The Orioles have now lost four of their last five games and eight of their past 11. That escalated quickly and not in a good way. They’ve now lost three straight one-run games and lost for the first time in extra innings last night after a 4-0 start this year. A loss tonight would drop the Orioles back to even .500 at 23-23. They have

Manny Machado provides an update on his groin injury (plus Patton quotes)

Manny Machado said his right groin became an issue for him early in the game Thursday. It may have happened when he slid into second base on a force play after he singled in the bottom of the fourth. He hopes he can play Friday in the second game of this series. “It tightened up on me early on in the game and just continued

Cleveland scores two in the 13th to beat the O’s 8-7

The Orioles were behind, they went ahead, the game got tied. And then they lost. But it took quite a while. In the longest game of the season, Cleveland beat the Orioles 8-7 in 13 innings tonight. The Orioles had been 4-0 in extra-inning games. To make matters worse, Manny Machado left the game after he struck out in the last of the 11th with

O’s game blog: Birds look to end home losing streak against Cleveland

When we last saw the Orioles at Camden Yards, they were getting swept by Detroit in a three-game series. The O’s have lost their last four at home as they begin a four-game series tonight with Cleveland. The Orioles are 9-10 in home games and 14-11 on the road. They have scored nine runs total in their last four games at the Yard. But the

With oblique injury in rear-view mirror, Chris Davis’ bat starts to heat up

Chris Davis said today that his oblique injury has not bothered him since he returned from the disabled list on May 11. Davis was just 5-for-28 (.179) in his first eight games since returning to the lineup with one homer until his three-homer game Tuesday. But he said physically he was feeling fine the whole time. “My left elbow hurts today thanks to my last

Tommy Hunter talks about going on the disabled list

It was before the game yesterday in Pittsburgh. Tommy Hunter threw a pitch and realized he would not be pitching in the game last night. Today he goes on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain and Preston Guilmet has been recalled from Triple-A. “I threw a couple of pitches and felt it,” Hunter said. “Tried to get up on the mound and

With suddenly improved offense, O’s return home to face Cleveland tonight

Orioles fans had been hoping their team’s offense would break out and it did. The Orioles scored 23 runs in the last three games. But they lost two of the three games. Just when it looked like they could sweep the two-game set in Pittsburgh with Chris Tillman on the mound, and the offense starting to hit, the sweep didn’t happen. This season has been

Tillman gets early exit as Pittsburgh beats the Orioles 9-8

For the Orioles tonight, eight runs on 12 hits with a homer and four doubles was not enough. Chris Tillman lasted just one inning plus four batters in the second-shortest start of his career as Pittsburgh scored eight early runs and one late to beat the Orioles 9-8 at PNC Park. Down 8-6, the O’s scored twice in the seventh on RBI singles by J.J.

O’s game blog: Birds go for the sweep in Pittsburgh

After going through a stretch where they scored three runs or less in 12 of 20 games, the Orioles have scored 15 runs on 24 hits the past two games. The O’s are batting .320 in those two games with two doubles and five homers. They are also 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Hey, it’s a start. Chris Davis hit three homers last night

A few thoughts on the offense, Joseph, Schoop and more

A few thoughts and observations after Chris Davis and the Orioles offense had a breakout game Tuesday night at Pittsburgh: * The headline was Davis and his second career three-homer game. Before last night’s game, some here suggested Steve Pearce get the start over Davis against the lefty last night. After Davis looked bad with a strikeout in the first inning, you had to wonder

Davis’ power explosion leads Birds past Pirates

Chris Davis is back hitting homers for the Orioles. Entering tonight’s game with three homers on the year in 30 games and 104 at-bats, Davis hit three in one game as the Orioles routed Pittsburgh 9-2 tonight at PNC Park. Davis hit a two-run shot during the O’s four-run fifth, a solo homer in the seventh and a two-run blast in the ninth. He had

O’s game blog: Miguel Gonzalez on the mound at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s PNC Park is the latest stop where the Orioles will try to get their offense going with some consistency. The Orioles scored 12 runs in a four-game series split at Kansas City and have scored three or fewer in 12 of the last 21 games. The Orioles scored 11 runs on 21 hits with three homers in a doubleheader sweep of the Pirates on

Enough criticism of Adam Jones already

Adam Jones chases pitches and the Orioles don’t draw enough walks. We should talk more about that. While we are at it, I think Jones is to blame for Matt Wieters’ elbow discomfort, Ubaldo Jimenenz’s poor April, Tommy Hunter’s blown saves and J.J. Hardy’s homer drought. I also thought it was a little chilly out last night and Jones should have to explain why. Meanwhile,

Minor league notes on Bridwell, Walker and more

Single-A Frederick pitcher Parker Bridwell has been named the Pitcher of the Week in the Carolina League after his near no-hitter last Tuesday. Bridwell becomes the first Key to be named Pitcher of the Week since Tyler Wilson won the award in September 2012. Bridwell was the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week last August. He lost a no-hitter with one out in the

Orioles offense not living up to 2013 performance so far

The Orioles scored six runs yesterday at Kansas City. But until Adam Jones hit a three-run homer with his team down by five in the ninth, the Orioles were on their way to scoring three runs or less for the 13th time in the last 21 games. In my opinion, the Orioles’ lack of offense through 42 games is the biggest mystery of this season.

Alex Gordon hammers a pair of three-run homers and O’s lose series finale

Alex Gordon began today with just one homer on the year in 160 at-bats. The Orioles began the game with an ERA of 0.69 in the first three games of this series. Ubaldo Jimenez had allowed one run in three starts this month. That all changed in the fifth inning this afternoon. Gordon hit the first of his two three-run homers today as Kansas City

O’s game blog: O’s have scored just six runs so far in K.C. series

Can the Orioles get their bats going today at Kansas City? We keep waiting. The Orioles have scored just six runs in this series, just 15 over their past seven games and just 39 over the last 14 games. In six games on the season against Kansas City pitching, the Orioles are batting .205 with 12 runs scored. They are 4-for-27 (.148) with runners in

Troy Patton is pitching well out of the Orioles bullpen

It took awhile in this 2014 season, but left-hander Troy Patton once again seems to be a key member of the Orioles bullpen. Suspended for the season’s first 25 games after testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s joint drug prevention and treatment program, Patton finally made it on the roster on May 1. Since he gave up a run in

Danny Duffy takes perfect game into seventh as Royals beat Orioles

Danny Duffy took a perfect game into the seventh inning tonight as the left-hander pitched Kansas City to a 1-0 win over the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium. This was the Orioles’ first 1-0 loss since Sept. 20, 2008 against the Yankees in New York. They were held to a season-low three hits. The Orioles had a chance against Royals closer Greg Holland in the ninth.

Norris against Duffy tonight in K.C. (Jones ends perfect game bid in seventh)

Bud Norris (2-3, 3.98 ERA) takes the mound for the Orioles tonight. He is making his eighth start of the season and first since he was ejected in the eighth inning Monday night for hitting Detroit’s Torii Hunter. Norris said it was the first ejection of his career and he didn’t feel it was justified. He hit Hunter following a two-run homer by Ian Kinsler

Orioles rank third in AL in team ERA in May

At a time when the Orioles are not scoring many runs, they are now doing a better job of preventing them. This comes as good news since it’s clear that how the O’s starting pitching especially does will have a lot to say about how this season goes. After Chris Tillman’s shutout last night, the O’s team ERA moved under 4.00 for the season at

Well, if O’s fans were worried about their ace ...

It had to be a nice feeling for Orioles fans to see Chris Tillman pitch so well last night. Sure, Kansas City is not a great hitting club but a complete-game shutout against any team is noteworthy. For Tillman, it came at a time when some questions were being raised about his health, his velocity, his first-inning struggles and his recent overall effectiveness. One good

Chris Tillman with a gem as O’s beat Kansas City 4-0

Chris Tillman began this night with a career ERA of 9.00 against Kansas City and with an ERA of 6.49 over his last five starts. But if there were any concerns about Tillman, they were silenced tonight. Tillman pitched a complete-game five-hitter on 117 pitches as the Orioles blanked Kansas City 4-0 at Kauffman Stadium. Tillman walked one and fanned three batters. He is now

O’s game blog: The search for runs continues tonight at Kauffman Stadium

This feels like I’m writing a nightly update on the Orioles and their runs scored - or maybe we should call it a lack of runs scored. Over the last five games, the Orioles have scored two, one, one, five and two runs. They’ve scored 11 runs total in those five games and 35 runs the last 12 games. Yep, less than three per game.

O’s make a closer change, but are not only AL East team with issues there

Tommy Hunter didn’t leave Buck Showalter much choice. He simply was struggling so much and everyone could see it. He scores high on Buck’s want-to meter but he was simply giving up too many hits and runs, and before it started costing the Orioles games, Showalter made the move. For now, Hunter is no longer the O’s closer. Through all his struggles, they only cost

Delmarva pitching staff is on a roll and Buck Showalter has noticed

Reporters have come to expect it. During his pregame press conferences, Orioles manager Buck Showalter will often drift from the topic of his own team to mention something about the Orioles minor leagues. It happened again earlier this week. “They’ve really had some good pitching in Delmarva lately,” Showalter said. “You know who’s had a really good year down there? (Jimmy) Yacabonis. He’s an interesting

Zach Britton gets his first big league save as O’s edge Kansas City

Yordano Ventura was dominant at times tonight. He struck out six batters in a row at one point. But he also took a tough loss as the Orioles got some good pitching of their own in a 2-1 win over Kansas City in the opener of a four-game series. The drama of who would close the game in a save situation in the ninth was

O’s game blog: O’s looking for offense as KC series begins

As the Orioles face Kansas City for the next four games, they’ll need more offense than they got in an earlier three-game series against this same team. The Orioles lost two of three to the Royals in April at Camden Yards. In that series, they were shutout once and scored six total runs on 20 hits. KC pitchers posted a 1.65 ERA in the series.

Sizing up the Orioles after 38 games

As the Orioles move toward the quarter pole of this season, they are 20-18 and in first place in the American League East. The bottom line is that just about any fan would have taken that - first place after 38 games going into the season. But how they got there is the interesting part. The Orioles offense is underperforming and their rotation has been

Cruz, Clevenger and Gausman comment after O’s loss to Detroit

In the fourth inning today, Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander threw a pitch behind Nelson Cruz. An inning later Cruz hit a three-run homer to cap off a five-run O’s rally. What did Cruz think about the Verlander pitch that went behind him? “I cannot tell. I think he was dealing. I don’t know if it was on purpose or not. Only he knows that. I

Orioles’ rally falls short as Tigers win to sweep series

It was Justin Verlander against Kevin Gausman, but this was no pitchers’ duel. Detroit moved out to a 6-0 lead this afternoon and then held off the Orioles for a 7-5 win and sweep of this three-game series in front of 36,727 at Camden Yards. The Orioles have lost four in a row to fall to 20-18. They are 1-5 against the Tigers and 3-9

O’s game blog: It’s Gausman against Verlander in series finale

A couple of hard-throwing right-handers match up today at Camden Yards - one an ace pitcher and one that hopes to be an ace one day. Justin Verlander (4-2, 2.67 ERA) pitches against the Orioles’ Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.08 ERA at Triple-A) here this afternoon. In six Triple-A starts for Norfolk, Gausman went 26 innings allowing 23 hits with 14 walks, 26 strikeouts and .242

Tillman on his groin injury and Showalter on defensive shifts

Orioles manager Buck Showalter revealed yesterday that Chris Tillman has been dealing with a minor groin injury. This morning, Tillman said he feels the issue has improved and he fully expects to make his next start on Friday at Kansas City. “I’m much better now. Got a bullpen today so we’ll see how it goes but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be just fine.

At least in the short term, O’s need to make a change at closer

When the top of the ninth began last night, Tommy Hunter had a chance, with a 1-2-3 inning, to avoid facing Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera or Victor Martinez. But he gave up another leadoff hit and later walked Hunter, and that brought up Cabrera with runners on first and second. I really thought this could have been that very rare instance where a team pitches

Tommy Hunter on Cabrera’s homer and the blown save in the ninth

In the quiet of the Orioles clubhouse, Tommy Hunter talked about the ninth inning, the win that got away and his third blown save. “It sucks, man. It’s not fun to lose. That’s my take on it. I don’t like getting beat,” he said. Hunter walked Torii Hunter to put two on with two outs for Miguel Cabrera and Cabrera’s three-run shot gave Detroit the

Miguel Cabrera hits three-run homer in ninth as Tigers rally to stun Orioles

Victory turned into defeat. Another rough outing for Tommy Hunter. A stirring victory denied. A gut punch loss for the Orioles. Trying to protect a 1-0 lead with two outs and two on in the ninth, Hunter gave up a three-run homer to Miguel Cabrera. Victor Martinez followed with a solo shot as Detroit stunned the Orioles 4-1 tonight at Camden Yards. The blown save

O’s game blog: It’s Jimenez against Smyly tonight at Camden Yards

The Orioles are averaging just three runs per game at home this year and have scored three runs or fewer in 12 of their 17 home games. They are 9-8 in those games and will try to get their bats going at the Yard tonight. In the second game of this series between first-place teams, Ubaldo Jimenez (2-4, 4.73 ERA) faces lefty Drew Smyly (2-2,

Kevin Gausman on returning to the Orioles and getting tomorrow’s start

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides played at Indianapolis last night, so it took Kevin Gausman a couple of flights to get here. But after a trek from Indy to Atlanta to Norfolk, he’s now in the O’s clubhouse and set to start tomorrow against Detroit. “Obviously, really excited,” Gausman said. “Pitched against them last year, so you know, little bit different lineup without (Prince) Fielder in

Orioles offense this season: inconsistent and struggling to score at home (Gausman note)

Maybe lost a bit last night in all of the postgame talk about Bud Norris hitting Torii Hunter was that besides Norris hitting the Tigers right fielder, the Orioles didn’t hit much of anything else last night. They aren’t hitting much of anything at all these days. Where has the offense gone? The Orioles went to Minnesota and scored six runs in three games. They

Bud Norris on hitting Torii Hunter and his ejection

Bud Norris said this was the first ejection of his career tonight and he didn’t feel it was justified. Norris was ejected after hitting Torii Hunter in the top of the eighth. That followed a two-run homer by Ian Kinsler that gave Detroit a 4-1 lead. “First of all I respect Torii Hunter and the game he has played for a long time. But I’m

O’s offense comes up short in series opener with Detroit

For the Orioles it was another night with not much offense at Camden Yards. Bud Norris kept it close for a while, but Detroit scored twice in the fourth and eighth innings to beat the Orioles 4-1. The dugouts and bullpens emptied onto the field in the top of the eighth. After Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer to put Detroit ahead 4-1, Norris hit

O’s game blog: Orioles and Detroit meet in series opener

As the Orioles begin a series tonight against Detroit, they are still trying to get their bats going in home games. It’s been somewhat strange but the Orioles have a team batting average of .283 and average 5.2 runs per game on the road while batting just .242 and scoring only 3.1 runs per game at the Yard. The Orioles have scored three runs or

Preston Guilmet talks about joining the Orioles

The latest pitcher to join the Orioles’ bullpen is 26-year-old right-hander Preston Guilmet. He was acquired by the Orioles in a trade for minor leaguer Torsten Boss April 7 and today he was officially recalled. “I’m excited to be with the club, really excited to have the opportunity,” he said. “This is awesome, it’s what we all try to do. To get the chance to

Troy Patton not surprised his name has surfaced in trade rumors

When a report came out over the weekend that the Orioles were floating Troy Patton’s name in trade talks, Patton said that didn’t surprise him even a little bit. “I kind of assumed,” Patton said this afternoon. “When my suspension came out and I still got a deal from the team I kind of thought my name might be circling around for a while. We’ll

Getting a test from the Tigers

After facing the team with the worst record in the major leagues, the Orioles now play a three-game series against the team with the best record. Detroit is in town for a series beginning tonight. The Tigers are 21-12 overall, 8-4 on the road and their plus-37 run differential ranks second in the American League to Oakland at plus-61. The Orioles, by the way, are

Caleb Joseph is soaking up every minute he spends as an Oriole

There were reports over the weekend indicating that the Orioles are aggressively pursuing adding another catcher. That may be true, but Caleb Joseph is one of their current catchers. A major leaguer for just five days, right now he’s aggressively pursuing what the big league experience is all about. For a long time, it looked like the 27-year-old Joseph might never make it onto a

Matt Wieters talks about going on the disabled list (plus Tillman and Davis quotes)

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters met with reporters after the game to discuss the decision that led to him going on the disabled list today with a right elbow strain. “Ultimately it was what is going to get me back catching as quick as possible,” he said. “Letting it completely rest, as opposed to trying to go get half ready every day, it may have been

O’s fall 5-2 to Houston as Astros avoid the sweep

It is hard to sweep any team and the Orioles could not pull that off for the second series in a row. Trailing by three runs after one inning, they never caught up today in a 5-2 loss to Houston. The season’s second sellout of 45,944 looked on during a beautiful afternoon at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman gave up a three-run homer to Jason Castro

O’s game blog: O’s look for sweep today against Houston

The last time the Orioles swept back-to-back three-game series was April 22-May 1, 2005 at Toronto and against Tampa bay. The Orioles are going for a sweep of the Houston Astros here today with Chris Tillman on the mound. He has made six starts this year and the Orioles are 5-1 in those games. In fact, they are 36-18 in Tillman starts since 2012. The

Chris Davis and Buck Showalter on Davis’ return to the lineup

The Orioles will have Chris Davis back in the lineup today for the first time since April 25. He’s been activated off the disabled list and he’s batting third this afternoon against Houston. Does manager Buck Showalter expect Davis’ timing to be off a bit at the plate at the start? “No. I’m not expecting that,” Showalter said today. “I wouldn’t activate him if... like

Some streak talk and a take on Tommy Hunter

Jinx alert, here comes the mention of streaks. The Orioles have won five games in a row and they’ve all been games decided by one or two runs. They have now won nine straight games decided by one or two runs. Their record in one- and two-run games is 13-6. Here is a real good streak note: Orioles starting pitchers have gone 12 straight games

After Bowie game, Chris Davis said he feels ready to return to the Orioles

BOWIE, Md. - After playing nine innings at first base and getting four at-bats tonight for Double-A Bowie in its 7-6 loss to New Britain, Chris Davis feels he’s ready to return to the Orioles. Out since April 26 with strained left oblique, Davis went 1-for-4 with a single in the eighth inning. He can be activated by the Orioles for Sunday’s game and said

Chris Davis in Bowie: “It’s exciting to be in the lineup, no matter where it is” (Davis singles)

BOWIE, Md. - Chris Davis arrived in Bowie a little after 4 p.m. today. There was no on-field batting practice, so he took some swings in the cage and took a few ground balls on the field. Now it’s almost time for him to play a rehab game at 6:35 p.m., one that could soon lead him back to the lineup in Baltimore. Davis has

Chris Davis plays in Bowie for the second time tonight

BOWIE, Md. - The last time Chris Davis played in Double-A Bowie, he batted third and played third base. It was Sept. 5, 2011. Davis had been in the Orioles organization for just weeks and the Orioles were still weeks away from ruining Boston’s season on the final day of the year. So, yeah, it’s been a while. Tonight’s Baysox lineup is out and, as

Machado, Schoop and Hoes on the same field in Baltimore, not Bowie

Watching Manny Machado, LJ Hoes and Jonathan Schoop all play in the same game last night, I could have been easily confused and thought I was watching a game at Single-A Frederick or Double-A Bowie. But this was Baltimore, this was the big leagues, and those O’s developed players all had good moments in the game last night. Schoop’s single put the Orioles ahead in

Schoop, Pearce, Chen and Clevenger comment after O’s win over Houston

A lot of Orioles came through tonight in a 4-3 win over Houston. That included 22-year-old rookie second baseman Jonathan Schoop. His two-out single in the seventh broke a 2-2 tie and was a clutch hit for the Orioles. “Just was looking for a pitch I could hit to put us on top,” Schoop said. “Think it was a fastball or a cutter. I was

O’s rally in seventh on hits by Schoop and Markakis to beat Houston

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was talking about the clutch nature of two-out, run-scoring hits before tonight’s game. Then his team went out and came up with a couple of big ones to lead the O’s past Houston 4-3 tonight in front of 28,875 at Camden Yards. After Houston tied the game 2-2 in the top of the seventh, the O’s untied it off reliever Jerome

O’s game blog: Birds try to improve on non-AL East record against Houston

Now that the Orioles are playing well with a record of 13-8 against the American League East, they will try to win a few series outside of the division. It’s not like they haven’t done that. They swept a doubleheader against Pittsburgh. But the Orioles lost two of three to Detroit, Kansas City and Minnesota. They went 0-3 in those series and 5-2-1 in the

Pregame clubhouse chatter from Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and LJ Hoes

Before he took the field and had an impressive batting practice session today, Chris Davis talked earlier in the Orioles clubhouse and wondered just how long his oblique injury has hindered his swing this year. “I’ve looked at a lot of swings from the first couple of weeks and my follow through just didn’t look the same, just didn’t look right. Felt good yesterday (hitting

Updating Matt Hobgood and other minor league notes

Single-A Frederick right-hander Matt Hobgood is seeing a doctor today after leaving his relief outing last night with shoulder tightness and stiffness. The Orioles’ 2009 first-round draft pick came on to pitch in the sixth inning against Winston-Salem, gave up a single and then got a strikeout before leaving the game. After pitching at a velocity between 92 and 95 mph most of this season,

Some notes on the bullpen, starters and more after a sweep of the Rays

Tommy Hunter had pitched in five of the last seven games and Zach Britton had pitched in three in a row. Even without two of their key bullpen arms, the O’s relievers did a great job in closing out that game last night. Ryan Webb, Brian Matusz and Darren O’Day pitched the final 3 2/3 innings without allowing a run and giving up just two

Pearce homers, Jimenez gets win as O’s complete sweep of Tampa Bay

Steve Pearce homered, Ubaldo Jimenez gave up just one run and the Orioles’ bullpen pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 3-1 tonight to complete a three-game sweep. There was some bottom-of-the-ninth drama again tonight. With Tommy Hunter having pitched in five of the last seven games, Darren O’Day came on to get the save. He got it after the first

Matt Hobgood leaves his outing tonight with tightness in right shoulder

Right-handed pitcher Matt Hobgood, the Orioles’ 2009 first-round pick, left a relief outing tonight after facing just two batters for Single-A Frederick due to tightness in his shoulder. Hobgood came on to pitch in the top of the sixth at Harry Grove Stadium for the Keys against Winston-Salem. He gave up a single, got a strikeout and then was removed as Lex Rutledge came on.

O’s game blog: Orioles go for the sweep against Tampa Bay

The Orioles go for their first three-game sweep against Tampa Bay on the road since April 1-3, 2011. This would be the O’s third series sweep of the season, because going 2-0 in rain-shortened series against the Rays and Pirates does count. The Orioles lost six of their last seven games at the Trop last season and went 3-7 there on the year. A win

A statistical look at Zach Britton’s amazing start to this season

Sometimes the stat sheet doesn’t tell the whole story. For O’s reliever Zach Britton right now, it tells a lot. He is pitching well, he is pitching often, and he is pitching with great sink on his low to mid 90s two-seamer. Britton is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.89 in 15 games. He has already pitched 20 1/3 innings to lead all O’s relievers.

Some thoughts on Jones, Britton and Joseph

A few observations after the latest Orioles win which featured the latest escape by Tommy Hunter as he picked up his 10th save in 11 chances: * The most analyzed and over-analyzed Oriole I can ever remember, Adam Jones, got his homer swing back last night. He crushed two balls to center field and not one person complained he swung at the first pitch. At

Jones homers twice, Schoop with two-run shot as O’s beat Tampa Bay

The longball returned to the Orioles offense tonight. Tied for 12th in the American League in homers at game time, the O’s blasted three tonight as they beat Tampa Bay 4-3 at Tropicana Field. It got interesting in the last of the ninth. Tampa Bay’s Ryan Hanigan singled with one out to bring Tampa within 4-3 and put runners at first and third. But Tommy

O’s game blog: Orioles’ road success in AL East and a Caleb Joseph scouting report

Let’s start with this stat that could get your attention: If the Orioles win one of the next two nights, they will have three road series wins this year in the American League East. They didn’t win their third AL East road series in 2013 until Sept. 13-15 at Toronto. After going 15-23 (.395) in AL East road games last season, the Orioles are 7-4

The longball has been lacking for the 2014 Orioles

So where have all the homers gone? The Orioles have hit 23 homers over their first 30 games. That ties for 12th in the American League and just five teams in the majors have hit fewer. After 30 games last season, the Orioles had hit 34 homers. Last year at this point, the O’s had eight multi-homer games and now they have just four. This

High-wire act: Hunter puts them on base and then gets key outs

Does Tommy Hunter need to put runners on base before he dials it up and gets hitters out? Is he really the new Don Stanhouse, as MASN’s Rick Dempsey said? The new Orioles closer is 9-for-10 in save chances after getting out of a one-out, runners on second and third jam against Tampa Bay last night. Hunter’s stats after he gets a runner or runners

Orioles score two in eighth to beat Tampa Bay and take series opener

Ryan Flaherty began tonight batting just .194 with just three hits over his last 20 at-bats. But his bases-loaded single in the eighth gave the Orioles the lead and they beat Tampa Bay 5-3 at Tropicana Field to open a three-game series. After Tampa Bay tied the game 3-3 in the seventh, the Orioles scored twice in the eighth. Matt Wieters singled and went to

O’s game blog: The O’s-Tampa Bay rivalry resumes

The Orioles return to Tropicana Field tonight. That is the place where the 2013 season unofficially ended. The O’s lost an 18-inning game there late last September and three more losses followed. They fell out of any wild card contention with a week left in the season. Going 6-13 last year against Tampa Bay didn’t help their chances either. In 2012, when the Orioles returned

A look at some Orioles’ plate discipline stats

The Orioles offense has not gotten up to speed yet, that is pretty clear to see. The Orioles scored just six runs on 24 hits and went 2-for-22 with runners in scoring position at Minnesota. Right now, the Orioles rank third in the American League in team batting average, but 11th in on-base percentage, 12th in runs and last in walks. The O’s have drawn

A look at how Nelson Cruz’s start compares to Chris Davis’ in 2013

To say the least, Nelson Cruz is off to a very strong start at the plate. Where would the Orioles be without him? Fortunately, they don’t have to answer that question. Cruz has hit three homers over his last six games and seven in his past 13 contests. Over his last 15 games, Cruz is batting .328 (20-for-61) with seven homers, 22 RBIs and eight

Checking in on the O’s minors

With an off day today for the Orioles in the majors, here is a quick look at the four Orioles minor league affiliates and how they are faring so far. * Triple-A Norfolk is 10-19 * Double-A Bowie is 15-14 * Single-A Frederick is 12-15 * Single-A Delmarva is 13-16 Norfolk was averaging just 3.5 runs per game and then scored 24 runs on 28

Even with recent struggles, Schoop should stay in the majors

Even though he has struggled at times at bat and has made five errors in the field, I think the Orioles should stick with Jonathan Schoop as their starter at second base. That’s for now. With Manny Machado’s recent return to the team, Schoop should be given more time now to settle in at second base. How much time? That, as usual, depends on several

Miguel Gonzalez with early exit, O’s offense comes up short as Twins take finale

The Orioles got their weekend series in Minnesota off to an uplifting start with a shutout win behind Ubaldo Jimenez as they moved into first place on Friday night. But their offense never did get going in the series and they lost 5-2 this afternoon as they dropped the final two games at Target Field. The Orioles scored just six runs on 24 hits and

O’s game blog: O’s starters struggle with pitch efficiency

When it comes to pitch efficiency, the Orioles have some improvements to make. On Saturday, Wei-Yin Chen threw 24, 22 and 20 pitches over his first three innings. He only gave up one run in that time, so it’s not like he was getting hit much there. That is simply too many pitches, especially early in a start. It’s not a formula to pitch deep

Giving some props to Garabez Rosa, a Bowie player that is getting overlooked

Sometimes a player can play in one organization so long without putting up real impressive stats that you tend to overlook him when he does start to improve his game. Garabez Rosa is one of those players. On a Double-A Bowie team that has several players hitting the ball well, it is easy to overlook Rosa right now. But he is having what is so

Correia ends struggles, Mauer drives in four as Twins beat O’s

Twins right-hander Kevin Correia had been struggling this season, but that all ended today. Correia held the Orioles to one run over seven innings as Minnesota beat the Birds 6-1 to even the three-game series at a win each. Correia began this start with an 0-3 record and 7.33 ERA over five starts. He gave up eight runs in 2 1/3 innings in his most

O’s game blog: Should O’s look to re-sign Cruz already?

As the Orioles take the field today at Minnesota, they do so as the first-place team in the American League East. They are 14-8 since starting the season 1-4 and they are looking for a fourth win in a row this afternoon. Will Nelson Cruz continue his hot streak today? Cruz, who hit a 424-foot homer last night, is on a real tear over the

As the weather starts to heat up, will the Orioles follow suit?

The Orioles have dug out of two holes, one much more meaningful than the other. They began the year 1-4 and their starting pitching ERA at that point was 7.56. Now, at 15-12, the Orioles are 14-8 since that 1-4 start, and last night they got the best outing of the year from Ubaldo Jimenez. They are also now a plus-2 in run differential. Digging

Jimenez gets first O’s win and Cruz homers again in victory over Twins

The Orioles signed Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz to contracts totaling $58 million dollars before the season and tonight those players made that look like a good investment. Jimenez had a strong game on the mound to pick up his first Orioles win and Cruz crushed a long two-run homer as the Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 to open a three-game series. Jimenez was

O’s game blog: Jimenez on the mound for Minnesota series opener

Even with a starting staff that has not produced many quality starts or pitched enough innings so far this season, even having played parts of the year without three key members of the infield and dealing with some crazy weather and travel, the Orioles still could emerge atop the American League East standings at the end of tonight. That would be a nice rebound from

Zach Davies heads to Double-A Bowie’s disabled list with shoulder tendinitis

Monday night, right-hander Zach Davies had a strong start for Double-A Bowie. He went seven innings at Richmond allowing four hits and two runs with five walks and 10 strikeouts. But today he finds himself back on the disabled list for the second time this year. The 21-year-old Davies is dealing with shoulder tendinitis. At this point the issue doesn’t appear serious and the Orioles

Some bullpen notes and Duquette talks Jimenez, Gausman in radio interview

On a day and night where the Orioles played two games, and 19 innings, and their starting pitchers covered just 10 of those innings, the O’s bullpen was called on often during the doubleheader with Pittsburgh. The Orioles used six pitchers in Game 1 and seven in Game 2. Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Darren O’Day and Ryan Webb pitched in both games. O’Day said he

Wieters on the walk-off homer, Machado on his first game back and more

So was Matt Wieters thinking about hitting a game-winning homer when he led off the 10th inning of Game 2 tonight? “You know, you don’t try to hit one out. It’s tough to do when you do that. Just trying to hit something hard, especially in an extra-inning game,” he said. Wieters did hit a walk-off homer, connecting off Stolmy Pimentel to give the Orioles

Wieters with a walk-off homer as the O’s sweep Pittsburgh

It ended with one swing in the last of the 10th inning. Matt Wieters smoked a homer down the right field line leading off the inning and the Orioles had a 6-5 extra-inning walk-off win against Pittsburgh. Wieters connected on a 1-0 pitch for his fifth homer of the year to give the Orioles a sweep of the doubleheader. Now at 14-12, the O’s moved

O’s game blog: Tillman on mound, Machado at third as O’s go for sweep

Chris Tillman gets the start in the second game of this doubleheader as the Orioles go for the sweep. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five starts. He has not pitched since last Wednesday at Toronto when he gave up seven runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings, but still got the win. That start raised his ERA from 1.71 to

Bud Norris on pitching out of jams and getting the Game 1 win

Bud Norris didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning and he allowed 10 baserunners in fewer than six innings, but he made some key pitches when he needed to and got the win in Game 1 of today’s doubleheader. Norris gave up seven hits and one run over 5 1/3 innings in the 5-1 win over Pittsburgh and is now 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA. Pittsburgh batters

Pearce and Flaherty drive in two as O’s take opener over Pittsburgh

He didn’t hit any homers or strike out Adrian Gonzalez with a splitter, but Steve Pearce did a pretty good job filling in for Chris Davis at first base today. Pearce, playing his first game since the Orioles re-signed him Tuesday, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and made some nice plays in the field as the O’s beat Pittsburgh 5-1 in Game 1 of a

O’s game blog: O’s host Pittsburgh in the first of two with Norris on mound

So we finally get to see another Orioles game in today’s doubleheader against Pittsburgh. The Orioles are 1-2 on this homestand and 12-12 on the season. How about a few O’s notes: * Orioles starters have pitched six innings or more in each of the last four games, That is their longest stretch of six-inning starts this season. The starters’ ERA is 4.32 in that

Manny Machado talks about decision to not start both games of doubleheader

So Manny Machado has made his way back to the Orioles’ active roster, but not the starting lineup quite yet. The Orioles decided it would not be the best move for him to play 18 innings today, so he’ll start the second game of today’s doubleheader against Pittsburgh. It’s a move Machado had input into and agrees with. “I don’t think it’s a great idea

J.J. Hardy talks about the return of Manny Machado

J.J. Hardy clearly knows how much Manny Machado means to the Orioles and what it means to have him back on the team. He is very aware he led the American League with 51 doubles last year and that he won both Gold and Platinum Gloves. He has a great view to watch Machado’s amazing glove and arm at work at third base. But despite

Getting to know you: Weeks familiar with several current teammates before trade

No truth to the rumor that the last time we saw the Orioles play, Brooks Robinson was at third and Boog Powell at first. It’s been a while and finally, hopefully today the team gets back on the field. They’ll host Pittsburgh at 4:05 p.m. in a single-admission doubleheader. The O’s will have to make a roster move to activate Manny Machado and one of

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