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Jimenez and Pearce on the win, Davis on playing third, McFarland on getting a start

Ubaldo Jimenez had not won at home all year and finally he got one tonight. He gave up just four hits and one unearned run over eight innings, pitching the Orioles past Texas 7-1. He entered this start 0-6 with a 6.28 ERA in eight home starts. “It feels good, finally to get the first win at home and finally being there for the team.

Jimenez with eight strong innings, Pearce homers twice in win over Saunders, Rangers

Joe Saunders entered his start tonight with a career 7-0 mark and 3.98 ERA in 10 starts against the Orioles. That was the most wins all-time without a loss against Baltimore. But Steve Pearce hit two of the Orioles’ four homers off Saunders and Ubaldo Jimenez gave up just one unearned run over eight innings as the Orioles beat Texas 7-1 in the opener of

Dan Duquette on Machado’s suspension and the Reimold situation

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette provided reporters with a briefing just before game time to discuss Manny Machado’s suspension and Nolan Reimold’s status. On Machado’s appeal being upheld: “We were disappointed. We were hoping the suspension would be reduced and we thought there were good reasons it should have been reduced. Basically, we argued for equity and that we would have an even footing

O’s game blog: Jimenez on mound for series opener against Texas

After losing their first American League East series since April 11-13, the Orioles get back at it tonight, hosting Texas in a four-game series at Camden Yards. The Orioles are 3-4 on this 11-game homestand and 19-21 at home on the season. They begin the second half of the season tonight with a record of 42-39 and 1 1/2 games out in both the AL

Machado talks about starting his suspension

Manny Machado, meeting with a horde of reporters at his locker moments ago, said the most disappointing thing about his five-game suspension that was upheld today is that the Orioles will play with a 24-man roster for five games. “That is the worst part about it,” Machado said. “We’re down a man and obviously I don’t want to put my team in that situation, especially

Orioles’ top three draft picks will make pro debuts Tuesday, Wednesday

The Orioles’ top three draft picks will make their professsional baseball debuts this week, pitching in games in Florida and Maryland. Also, the Orioles today announced the signing of their seventh-round pick, UCLA pitcher Max Schuh. The O’s are close to signing their ninth-round pick, University of Mississippi infielder Austin Anderson, according to a source. When Anderson’s signing is completed, the Orioles will have signed

The scoop on Schoop: Showalter on his rookie second baseman

Jonathan Schoop has had his moments this year for the Orioles. He homered in two different games against New York’s Masahiro Tanaka. He homered off Toronto’s Drew Hutchison. He hit a pair of homers May 26 at Milwaukee off Kyle Lohse and Francisco Rodriguez. During his rookie season at 22, Schoop is getting the bulk of the starts at second base. His two hits Sunday

Miguel Gonzalez and Nick Hundley comment after O’s lose to Tampa Bay

Miguel Gonzalez was disappointed with his outing today - and he could say the same for his three starts since coming off the disabled list. The right-hander gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings today, has an ERA of 6.13 and has given up 25 hits in 14 2/3 innings in those last three starts. “Command,” Gonzalez said. “Just flying open and I have

Tampa Bay produces 11 extra-base hits in 12-7 romp over O’s

Miguel Gonzalez lasted just 4 2/3 innings. He was not around when Tampa Bay scored seven runs in the sixth inning. Or added two more in the seventh. Yeah, it was a rough day for Orioles pitchers. Matt Joyce went 5-for-6 with two homers and four RBIs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 12-7 rout of the Orioles in front of 32,665 at

O’s game blog: Orioles need a win today for series split with Rays

When the season began, the Orioles lost two of their first three series against American League East rivals. But since they lost that second series, dropping two of three to Toronto from April 11-13, they are unbeaten in AL East series. They are 6-0-2 since then, splitting a pair of four-game series and winning the others. They’ll need a win today to split this series

McFarland on his recent success and the possibility of starting Tuesday

Orioles reliever T.J. McFarland has an ERA of 0.57 in June. That leads American League relievers with at least 10 innings pitched. He is having a good season for the Orioles, going 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA over 14 games. Now the question is, will he make his second major league start on Tuesday when the O’s need a starter against Texas? McFarland said he

A look at the Orioles offense on this homestand and at home this year

For the Orioles, this has been a homestand where they fall behind in the early and middle innings, and try to pull out the game late. They have pulled out a few games, but yesterday was one where they could not do that. They fell behind 5-0 after four innings against Tampa Bay and pulled within 5-4 after eight innings, but they lost by that

Wei-Yin Chen and Caleb Joseph comment after the O’s loss to the Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays hit three early homers today to take a 5-0 lead against Wei-Yin Chen, who began today with a 2-0 record and 2.61 ERA this month. But Chen got bit by the longball today in the Orioles’ 5-4 loss. He gave up five runs and seven hits over 3 1/3 innings in the shortest start of his career. “Those pitches were not

O’s late rally comes up short as Rays win 5-4

After struggling for seven innings against former Oriole Erik Bedard, the Birds offense came to life in the eighth inning today. But the late rally fell short as Tampa Bay held off the Orioles for a 5-4 win in front of 36,387 at Camden Yards. Bedard, who entered with a 6.30 career ERA against Baltimore, gave up just a Nick Markakis homer in the sixth

O’s game blog: Chen faces Bedard today at Camden Yards

The Orioles and Rays play the third game of their four-game series this afternoon as Wei-Yin Chen (7-2, 3.84 ERA) faces former Oriole Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.25 ERA). Chen’s last loss came on May 3 against Minnesota. Since then, he is 4-0 over his last nine starts. In five June starts, Chen is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA. Over 31 innings, he has walked just

Dan Duquette addresses fans at “State of the Orioles” address

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter held their annual “State of the Orioles” address today at Camden Yards and answered questions from season ticket holders. Duquette and Showalter sat on top of the visitors’ dugout along the third base in an event moderated by MASN’s Jim Hunter. Here are some excerpts: Duquette on Nolan Reimold’s future as an

Dylan Bundy on his time in Aberdeen and some Orioles notes

Dylan Bundy is ready to move up from the New York-Penn League. That is obvious. The Orioles’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America made his third start with short-season Single-A Aberdeen last night, throwing five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts against Hudson Valley. Bundy was pitching from 90-94 mph and thought his secondary pitches were solid during his 70-pitch outing. “Curveball, I was a

Dylan Bundy and Brian Graham on Bundy’s outing tonight

ABERDEEN, Md. - Pitching on the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, Dylan Bundy pitched five more scoreless innings for short-season, Single-A Aberdeen tonight in what will likely be his last start in the New York-Penn League. At this point, Single-A Frederick appears to be the most likely next stop for Bundy, although nothing has been announced. Bundy’s fastball again sat in the 90

IronBirds game blog: Bundy makes third start at Aberdeen tonight (Bundy with five scoreless)

ABERDEEN, Md. - Right-hander Dylan Bundy tonight will make his third, and likely last, start for short-season Single-A Aberdeen as the IronBirds host Hudson Valley here at Ripken Stadium. Bundy will be pitching tonight on the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews last June 27. In two Aberdeen starts, Bundy has pitched 10 innings, allowing seven hits

Gausman on his outing, Davis on the offense

Kevin Gausman walked a season-high four batters today, and gave up five runs and seven hits over five innings in a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay. He had pitched to an ERA of 0.95 over his three previous starts. But he didn’t blame his struggles today on his recent schedule, one where he was sent back to the minors since his last start. “It was

Gausman not sharp as O’s lose opener against Tampa Bay

Since he last started for the Orioles, Kevin Gausman was optioned to the minor leagues, pitched an inning at Triple-A Norfolk and threw a bullpen session with Double-A Bowie. Did all of that throw Gausman off his recent form? It’s a question worth asking after he gave up five runs and seven hits and was not sharp today as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 5-2

O’s game blog: Gausman starts against Tampa Bay in Game 1

The Orioles resume playing American League East games today hosting Tampa Bay for a four-game series that starts with a day-night doubleheader. This should come as good news to an Orioles team that has not lost an AL East series since April 11-13. The Orioles have won six games and split two four-game series in the division since then, going 17-8 for a .680 win

Bud Norris talks about going on the disabled list

The Orioles today officially placed pitcher Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with a right groin strain. Reliever Evan Meek was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. “I tried to throw the bullpen on Wednesday and it definitely didn’t feel as good as I wanted it to,” Norris said this morning. “Was grimacing a little bit and (pitching coach Dave Wallace) made the

McFarland on a roll, the Sisco kid and some Orioles series notes

When David Lough charged down the line for the winning run on Wednesday night, it not only gave the Orioles an important victory, but it provided them with their first series win all year against an American League Central opponent. Until they took two of three from Chicago, the Orioles had lost four and tied two series this year against the Central. In order, they

Gamboa on suspension: “I wasn’t doing this as a performance enhancer”

Saying he is not a cheater, Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Eddie Gamboa said he took a prescription drug for a thyroid condition he has battled for years. That led to his 50-game suspension that was announced earlier this month by Major League Baseball. Gamboa has begun serving the suspension, which ends Aug. 5. He is currently working out at the Orioles facilities in Sarasota, Fla. In

Cruz on his slam and other clubhouse reaction

In the victorious Orioles clubhouse, Nelson Cruz was asked if he was trying to hit a homer when he batted with the bases loaded and the O’s down 4-0 in the eighth inning tonight. “I was trying to not hit a groundball to shortstop,” Cruz said laughing. “I think I did that enough tonight. Was trying to get something I could drive.” He sure did

Cruz slam ties it, O’s win on walk-off wild pitch in 12th

A night of frustration on offense for the Orioles ended with one big swing in the last of the eighth tonight. A Nelson Cruz grand slam tied the game against Chicago at 4-4. It took a bit longer to win it but the Orioles did that. David Lough scored from third on a Daniel Webb wild pitch in the last of the 12th as the

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez looks for first home win at Camden Yards

When Ubaldo Jimenez makes his 16th Orioles start tonight, fans will be watching early on to see how his control is. Jimenez has walked five or more in three straight starts, with 16 walks over 14 innings in that stretch. The right-hander has often walked a lot of batters during his career, but his walk rate as an Oriole is the worst of his career.

Nelson Cruz not sure if he’d take part in Home Run Derby if asked

The Orioles’ Nelson Cruz seems on his way to ending Boston’s David Ortiz’s three-year run as the starting designated hitter for the American League All-Star team. Cruz, an All-Star in 2009 and again last year, has a sizable lead in the fan voting released Sunday. Cruz has 2,457,349 votes to 1,652,470 for Ortiz. With 23 homers, Cruz ranks second in the majors in that category

Manny Machado talks about today’s appeal hearing

Manny Machado had his appeal hearing today and it was on his home field, so to speak. Machado, his agent and Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette met for about an hour with Joe Garagiola Jr., Major League Baseball’s senior vice president in charge of standards and on-field operations, at the Camden Yards Warehouse. Machado said he feels his case is strong in his attempt

No hard feelings: Zach Clark on the end of his nine-year run with the Orioles organization

For Zach Clark, this was his ninth season, and as it turned out, his last in the Orioles organization. The right-hander who pitched in 196 games for the club since 2006 was released June 13. The 30-year-old UMBC product saw every stop on the O’s farm and even made the majors for one game last season. But the 2013 season was certainly a wild one

Gonzalez on his outing, Joseph on play at plate, Markakis on Quintana

Miguel Gonzalez has allowed 17 hits and seven runs over 10 innings in two starts since coming off the disabled list with a right oblique strain. He took the loss tonight, giving up nine hits and three runs over five innings in a 4-2 loss to Chicago. “Yeah, I’m healthy,” Gonzalez said. “Just got to keep working hard and having my team in the game,

No comeback this time: O’s bats quiet in 4-2 loss to White Sox

This time there was no ninth-inning magic. No comeback. Not even a lead. Chicago scored single runs off Miguel Gonzalez in the first, second and fourth innings and beat the Orioles 4-2 tonight in front of 20,596 at Camden Yards. The Orioles lost for just the second time in seven games to fall to 17-18 at home and 40-36 for the season. Gonzalez gave up

O’s game blog: A look at the June homers and Futures Game selections

The Orioles used the longball early and late last night to beat the White Sox. Home runs are a big part of the Orioles’ offense and they lead the majors with 33 in June. The Orioles hit 16 homers in April, 37 in May and now 33 in June. They are also spreading the wealth more. They had just six players hit homers in April

Machado on his appeal: “Five games could maybe even cost us the playoffs”

Manny Machado’s appeal of his five-game suspension will be heard tomorrow in Baltimore. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will join Machado at the hearing. Earlier today, before reporters were informed of the appeal date, Machado talked about the appeal process and the organization’s hope that his suspension will be reduced. “I hope we get it down at least below four (games),” he said. “Four

How much will one swing mean for Chris Davis? (Harvey and Alvarez make Futures Game)

Can one swing turn around a player’s season? I guess we are going to find out after Chris Davis’ pinch-hit, walk-off homer in the ninth Monday that lifted the Orioles to a 6-4 win over the White Sox. With Toronto’s win over New York, the Orioles moved ahead of the Yankees into sole possession of second place and remained 1 1/2 games back of Toronto

Chris Davis on his game-winning home run against Chicago

After struggles that saw him go 4-for-36 over his previous nine games and with a batting average of just .187 in June, Chris Davis stepped to the plate in the ninth inning tonight and hit a walk-off, three-run homer for the Orioles. Davis didn’t start tonight’s game, but he certainly ended it with a shot to right-center on a 3-2 pitch from Ronald Belisario. It

Chris Davis with a pinch-hit walk-off homer in the ninth as O’s stun Chicago

After a night of frustration on offense the Orioles won on a walk-off home run by their struggling first baseman. Chris Davis, who didn’t start tonight and was 4-for-36 over his last nine games, hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to turn a potential one-run loss into a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. The ninth inning began with

O’s game blog: Birds look to buy a few hits off Sale tonight

The next week and a half provides the Orioles with a chance to do themselves some good. But first they need to improve on a 16-17 home record as they settle in for an 11-game homestand that begins tonight against Chicago. Wei-Yin Chen (7-2, 3.78 ERA) faces left-hander Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20 ERA). One day after facing one of baseball’s best starters, the Orioles see

Chris Davis talks about his struggles at the plate

Chris Davis is not starting for the Orioles tonight. Physically, he is fine but Davis is struggling at the plate. During a seven-minute interview with reporters at his locker today, he talked at length about his struggles this year. First he talked about not starting tonight. “Physically no (issue). It’s probably because I’ve been sucking lately,” Davis said. “That is pretty evident. It’s about putting

For the Orioles, the AL East looks ripe for the taking

Nice response to Friday’s blown save wasn’t it? The Orioles hit four homers to beat the Yankees 6-1 Saturday and became the first American League team to beat Masahiro Tanaka with an 8-0 win on Sunday. Since Zach Britton gave up that homer Friday, the Orioles outscored the Yankees 14-1 on their home turf. Has a good run of baseball finally come for this team?

Nelson Cruz and Matt Wieters still lead in AL All-Star voting

Nelson Cruz still leads at designated hitter and Matt Wieters remains the leader at catcher in the latest voting released for the American League All-Star team tonight. Cruz, aiming for his first fan-elected starting assignment, has received 2,457,349 as he continues to hold off Boston’s David Ortiz (1,652,470), a nine-time All-Star who has earned each of the last three fan elections at designated hitter. Cruz,

Tillman outpitches Tanaka as O’s take series finale 8-0

The Orioles had to figure that if they were going to beat Masahiro Tanaka today, they would need some timely hits and a big game from Chris Tillman. They got both this afternoon as Tillman pitched seven scoreless innings in an 8-0 win over the Yankees in front of 47,493 at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles scored seven runs over the final three innings to break

O’s game blog: Orioles face Tanaka in series finale

New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka takes a record of 11-1 and ERA of 1.99 over 14 starts into his outing today against the Orioles. Over his last five starts, Tanaka is 5-0 with an ERA of 1.26. Over seven home starts, he is 5-0 with an ERA of 1.86. He has recorded a quality start all 14 times he has pitched. Over 99 2/3 innings,

Graham, Merullo and Bundy on Bundy

So the Dylan Bundy rehab at short-season Single-A Aberdeen is going rather well. Fans at Ripken Stadium last night got to see that first-hand. Bundy fanned nine over five scoreless innings against Brooklyn, touching 93 and 94 mph with his fastball. In two Aberdeen outings, he has given up just seven hits and one run over 10 innings with one walk and 15 strikeouts. So

Dylan Bundy talks about his rehab outing at Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - Dylan Bundy’s outing tonight started and ended with two strikeouts and he got a few more in between as well. Making his second start for short-season Single-A Aberdeen, Bundy struck out nine batters and pitched five scoreless innings against the Brooklyn Cyclones. He gave up just two hits and issued just one walk in a game that Brooklyn won 3-1 in 11

IronBirds game blog: Dylan Bundy makes second Aberdeen start tonight (Fans nine in five innings)

ABERDEEN, Md. - Dylan Bundy will make his second rehab outing tonight for short-season Single-A Aberdeen as the IronBirds host Brooklyn. This will be Bundy’s first career appearance at Ripken Stadium. The 21-year-old right-hander threw 65 pitches and went five innings last Sunday night at Hudson Valley. He gave up five hits and one run with no walks and six strikeouts. Hudson Valley came up

O’s hit four homers, Norris leaves with injury in win over New York

Bud Norris exited the game early due to an injury and that was not good. Some fly balls exited the park early on and for the O’s offense, that was good. Norris went five innings to get the win and the Orioles backed him with four homers to tie a season high in a 6-1 win over the Yankees in front of 47,165 at Yankee

O’s game blog: Orioles have gone a while without a double-digit hits game

The Orioles would like to snap a streak today at New York. They have now gone 13 consecutive games without one game of 10 or more hits. They continue adding on to the longest streak of the year and had nine hits last night. During that time, the team batting average is .230. The runs, as we know, have been scarce. The Orioles have scored

After rough ninth, can O’s bounce back today in The Bronx?

The Toronto Blue Jays trailed 8-0 in the second inning last night. They were tied 9-9 in the ninth at Cincinnati. The Orioles led 3-1 with two outs in the ninth at New York. An O’s win and Toronto loss last night, and the Orioles would have been 1 1/2 games out of first place. Instead they begin play today 3 1/2 out after a

Yankees score four in ninth to stun Orioles 5-3

One out away from an uplifting victory, the Orioles suffered a walk-off loss tonight in The Bronx. Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer with two on and two out against Zach Britton in the last of the ninth as the Orioles lost 5-3 at New York. Beltran hit a high 3-1 fastball out on Britton’s 27th pitch of the inning. The lefty took the mound

O’s game blog: Jimenez on the mound in New York series opener (with Clark note)

While the New York Yankees were sweeping first-place Toronto, the Orioles were taking two of three from Tampa Bay, and it’s gotten closer at the top of the American League East. Toronto now leads the division by 1 1/2 games over the Yankees and 2 1/2 over the Orioles as the Birds begin an important three-game series tonight in The Bronx. The Orioles are one

The Orioles’ Gulf Coast League roster

The Orioles’ entry in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League begins a new season this afternoon playing against the GCL Rays in the season opener. The GCL Orioles’ opening day roster (with round noted for 2014 draft picks): Pitchers: Almonte, Jefferies - 22 Alvarado, Cristian - 19 Aquino, Wilmer - 22 Ayers, Daniel - 19 Fermin, Yeraldo - 22 Floranus, Wendell - 19 Grendell, Kevin -

The search to put it all together continues tonight for the Orioles

If the Orioles can get their offense going consistently and keep up some of the pitching we’ve seen recently, maybe they can finally go on a long winning streak or a long stretch where they win a large percentage of their games. That is probably what it is going to take for the club to create some distance above the .500 mark. The most games

Minor moves: Mancini, Yastrzemski, Yacabonis promoted to Frederick

With the second half starting tonight in the Single-A Carolina League and Single-A South Atlantic League, the Orioles are using this time to move three players up from Delmarva to Frederick. First baseman Trey Mancini, outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis are moving up and will join the Keys for tonight’s game at Carolina. Mancini, an eighth-round pick last year out of Notre Dame,

A few random off-day thoughts

Some thoughts and observations as we settle in for an O’s off-day before their series this weekend at Yankee Stadium: Kevin Gausman’s innings: Because the Orioles used Gausman out of the bullpen last season at the major league level, he ended the year with just 129 2/3 innings between the minors and majors. So that means he is probably slated to pitch around 175 innings

Kevin Gausman pitches six scoreless innings as the O’s beat the Rays

Kevin Gausman provided the Orioles with another outstanding start today, and during an afternoon where runs were hard to come by, they sure needed it. Gausman went six scoreless innings and Nelson Cruz ended his homer drought as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 2-0 at Tropicana Field. The Orioles took two of three in the series and improved to 37-34 for the season. This was

O’s game blog: Gausman against Cobb in Tampa Bay series finale

The Orioles have not lost a road series to an American League East rival this year and they’d like to avoid doing that today. They are 10-5 in American League East road games and 3-0-1 in four series. The Orioles went 2-1 at New York, 2-2 at Boston, 2-1 at Toronto, 3-0 at Tampa Bay and now are 1-1 in this series against the Rays.

Great Britton: The ninth is becoming drama-free for the Orioles

Here is a pretty impressive stat: In Zach Britton’s last five saves, he has needed just 42 total pitches to get those 15 outs. Talk about a lack of drama in the ninth inning. Orioles fans could get used to that. We can’t expect Britton to keep doing it this efficiently, but in those outings he needed, in order, eight, eight, 10, 10 and six

Chris Davis hits slam, Steve Pearce adds two-run shot in win over Tampa Bay

When Chris Davis homered in the third inning tonight, it was not one of those majestic 400-plus foot homers that carry well into the stands. But it sure was a welcome sight for Davis and O’s fans, no matter how far it traveled. Davis hit his third career grand slam in that five-run third as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 7-5 to improve to 36-34

O’s game blog: Gonzalez returns as bats look to heat up at the Trop

The search for runs continues tonight for the Orioles. When Delmon Young homered in the ninth last night, they got to four and that has often been a magic number for a win. But this time, the Orioles lost 5-4 to the Rays. The O’s are 26-10 (.722) when they score four or more runs and 9-24 (.273) when they score three runs or less.

Solid mental approach leads to All-Star season for Mike Yastrzemski

Sure, he has a famous baseball name, but this year Mike Yastrzemski is making a name for himself. He’s had a huge year, filling up the stat sheet for Single-A Delmarva, and is one of seven Shorebirds that will play in tonight’s South Atlantic League All-Star game in Hickory, N.C. Over 63 games, the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is batting .306 with

Sands’ two-run pinch homer in eighth breaks tie, Tampa Bay wins series opener

Another quality start, but another loss for the Baltimore Orioles. Another night with not much offense and this one went wrong with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. After the Orioles tied the game 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Brian Matusz came on to face lefty David DeJesus with two outs and a man on first, but the Rays instead

O’s game blog: Chen has 1.45 ERA over his last three starts

The Orioles are beginning a six-game road trip and maybe that is good news. The club has won more and scored more runs this year away from Camden Yards. The Orioles are 16-17 at home, averaging 3.18 runs per game. They are 19-16 on the road, scoring 5.09 runs per game. The Orioles send Wei-Yin Chen (7-2, 3.76 ERA) to the mound tonight in St.

With improved pitching, but a lack of offense, O’s are treading water right now

There are those among you that insist the Orioles are nothing more than a .500 team that will fall short of a playoff berth this season. The last 10 games gave that opinion more credibility. While the clubhouse take seemed to be that the club is fine and they’ll be more chances to face Toronto later in the year, this was the chance for the

In return to mound, Bundy allows one run for Aberdeen

Less than a year since he underwent Tommy John surgery, right-hander Dylan Bundy returned to a pro mound tonight as he gave up one run over five innings for short-season Single-A Aberdeen at Hudson Valley. Bundy gave up five hits and threw 65 pitches in his outing for the IronBirds. He walked none and struck out six. He left with Aberdeen trailing 1-0. Bundy’s fastball

Adam Jones and Chris Tillman comment after loss to Toronto

Adam Jones would not characterize it as frustrating, but the Orioles left their series with Toronto right where they started it. They split the four games and are 4 1/2 games back of the first-place Blue Jays. “Not frustrating,” Jones said. “They’re a good team, man. We could have got swept. We could have swept them. Look at the bright side, we got two out

O’s bats quiet as Jays take finale to split four-game series

The Orioles are still trying to put it all together and match up strong starting pitching with solid hitting. Today was another day with half the equation. While Chris Tillman produced the rotation’s seventh straight quality start, the bats were mostly quiet in a 5-2 loss to Toronto in front of 46,469, the fifth sellout of 2014. The Orioles split this four-game series with first-place

O’s game blog: Orioles go for series win against Toronto

The Orioles will try to win an important series against Toronto this afternoon. A win will move the O’s within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Blue Jays while a loss will drop them, once again, 4 1/2 games out. The Orioles have taken two of the first three games in this series and they’ve now won nine of their last 11 American League East

Davis on his off-day, Hundley on Saturday’s play at the plate

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit a two-run homer in yesterday’s 3-2 win over Toronto, but he’s not starting today. It is just a day off and there is no injury or any physical reason he is not starting, Davis said. “With everything that has been going on lately, obviously, been putting in a lot of extra work, swinging a lot,” Davis said. “Just kind

Dylan Bundy’s comeback takes the next key step later today

Dylan Bundy’s comeback and recovery from Tommy John surgery takes another step forward later today at 5:05 p.m. when he gets the start for short-season Single-A Aberdeen at Hudson Valley. Bundy is scheduled to throw around 75 pitches in that game and is slated to then pitch two more times for Aberdeen - at home on June 21 and June 27 - and then we’ll

Jones, Davis and Norris comment after O’s win over Toronto

During a day that produced some big hits, big plays and big outs recorded by pitchers in key spots, there were some hustle plays that paid off big for the Orioles, too. After a stirring 3-2 win over Toronto, Adam Jones cited one of those plays. In the fourth inning, Delmon Young singled and scampered from first to third with one out on Ryan Flaherty’s

Norris gets the win, Davis homers as O’s edge Jays 3-2

With a seventh-inning assist from Darren O’Day and an eighth-inning assist from his defense, Bud Norris pitched another strong game for the Orioles today. Norris gave up just one run over 6 2/3 innings as the Orioles edged Toronto 3-2. The Orioles improved to 35-32 and moved back to within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Blue Jays. Following up on his eight scoreless innings

O’s game blog: Bud Norris on the mound for Game 3 against Toronto

Four of the last five Orioles games have ended with the losing team being shut out. The Orioles are 2-2 in those games. The Birds pitching staff is on a five-game roll: * The team ERA is 1.20 with 26 hits allowed over 45 innings. * The starters’ ERA is 1.09 with five consecutive quality starts, a season-high. * The bullpen ERA is 1.50 with

Machado on his offense, Showalter on facing a knuckleballer

Is Manny Machado’s bat beginning to heat up? After a five-game stretch where he went 0-for-17, Machado is 4-for-7 with two doubles the last two games. He had three hits last night. He has been moved back to the second spot in the batting order for today’s game. When asked if his bat is starting to get going after last night, Machado was honest to

Bud Norris can bring the heat, but changeup has become big pitch for him

After Bud Norris pitched eight scoreless innings Monday night against Boston, a lot of the postgame talk was how effective the right-hander’s changeup was that night. Norris gave up just three hits in that win. After he gave up a leadoff single to start the game, he retired the next 13 Red Sox hitters. He was rolling. Even though Norris estimates he threw just 12

Jimenez, Joseph and Machado talk after O’s loss to Toronto

After pitching to an ERA of 7.04 over his last five starts and coming off an outing in which he got just seven outs, Ubaldo Jimenez felt like he took a step forward tonight. “Yeah, I had a really tough game before this one so this is a good sign,” he said after the Orioles’ 4-0 loss. “I was able to be there for the

O’s get fifth straight quality start, get blanked by Toronto 4-0

The Orioles got another quality start tonight and a decent outing from Ubaldo Jimenez, but they could not back him with any offense and lost 4-0 to Toronto in front of the season’s fourth sellout of 44,031 at Camden Yards. The Orioles got shut out for the sixth time on the year and second time in the last four games. Toronto starter Drew Hutchison pitched

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

Over the last four games, the Orioles pitching staff has allowed zero, one, zero and two runs. That’s three runs over the last four games for an ERA of 0.75 to lead the majors in that time. Can Ubaldo Jimenez keep that run going tonight? The right-hander is 2-7 with an ERA of 5.01 in 13 starts. The Orioles are 3-10 in those games, losing

Hardy on turning double plays with Schoop; Aberdeen’s lineup and more

Given the chance to turn a double play these days, the Orioles are turning it. J.J. Hardy at short and Jonathan Schoop at second have become a formidable combination in the middle of the diamond for the club. This afternoon, Hardy threw some praise Schoop’s way. “From the first time I saw him turn a double play from second base, I thought he was extremely

Aberdeen IronBirds begin a new season tonight (O’s release Clark)

The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds begin a new season in the New York-Penn League tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Hudson Valley. Coming off the first playoff appearance in the 12-year history of the franchise, the IronBirds will play their first seven games on the road and open at home a week from tonight against Brooklyn at Ripken Stadium. Former big league catcher Matt Merullo, who

The pitching roll continues, Markakis and Young speak, plus a take on Gausman

The Orioles’ pitching roll continued last night, even though they gave up twice as many runs in the game against Toronto as they had the previous three games. They gave up two last night and had allowed just one in the three-game series against Boston. That is a team ERA of 0.75 over the last four games for Orioles pitchers. After the win last night,

Kevin Gausman: “I feel good about what I’ve done” (plus Markakis and Young quotes)

If there are some rotation decisions coming for the Orioles, Kevin Gausman has certainly stated his case. He has given up just two runs over 13 innings on this homestand, pitching the Orioles past two first-place clubs in Oakland and Toronto. “I feel good about what I’ve done,” Gausman said. “I feel comfortable right now. It’s not my decision, so whatever happens will be for

Gausman gets win, Young homers as O’s take series opener

Kevin Gausman pitched well against another division-leading team and Delmon Young hit a two-run homer in the first inning as the Orioles beat Toronto 4-2 in the opener of a key AL East series at Camden Yards. With the win the Birds moved to within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Blue Jays. They are 15-7 at home against Toronto since the start of the

O’s game blog: Gausman against Buehrle in series opener

The Toronto Blue Jays are leading the American League East by 4 1/2 games and play 10 of their next 13 games against the Orioles and Yankees, the two teams currently tied for second place. The division race could get real interesting over this stretch. This game is set to start on time following an afternoon of rain that has kept a lot of fans

O’s sign five draft picks, introduce top picks at Camden Yards

The Orioles are well on their way to signing the large majority of their 38 picks selected in the recent First-Year Player Draft. The club today announced the signings of five players: * Third-round pick left-handed pitcher Brian Gonzalez from Archbishop McCarthy High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. * Fourth-round pick, right-handed pitcher Pat Connaughton from Notre Dame. * Fifth-round pick right-handed pitcher David Hess

Miguel Gonzalez updates his status and talks about pitching in Bowie

Currently on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, O’s right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was back in the Baltimore clubhouse today after pitching a rehab outing last night at Double-A Bowie. Over 4 1/3 scoreless innings for the Baysox, he gave up four hits against New Hampshire on Wednesday night at Prince George’s Stadium. He walked one, fanned five and threw 70 pitches. He said

Dylan Bundy talks about his comeback and joining the IronBirds

ABERDEEN, Md. - As the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery approaches, Dylan Bundy’s comeback is about to take a significant step forward when he pitches for short-season, Single-A Aberdeen on Sunday at Hudson Valley. After pitching in several games in Florida at extended spring training, Bundy is about to pitch in a game that counts for the first time since Sept. 25, 2012

Kevin Gausman got some major props for recent outing against Oakland

Kevin Gausman’s best start as a major league pitcher was last Saturday night against Oakland. Now he’ll try to do that two times in a row. Gausman went seven innings, allowing just four hits and one run against the A’s. He walked one, fanned six and threw 102 pitches. After Sunday’s game he got a great compliment from the Oakland clubhouse. The A’s are one

Chen on his outing, Davis on his bat after O’s beat Boston

Wei-Yin Chen went seven innings for the third time this season tonight. For the first time, he did not allow any runs as the Orioles beat Boston 6-0. Now 7-2 with an ERA of 3.76, Chen gave up just four singles in his 87-pitch outing. “I felt great out there pitching,” Chen said through his interpreter. “I was glad to help the team get a

Chen tosses seven scoreless innings as O’s beat Boston in series finale

Wei-Yin Chen retired the first 11 batters he faced tonight and pitched seven scoreless innings as the Orioles beat Boston 6-0 in a rain-delayed win over the Red Sox in front of 25,886 at Camden Yards. The game was halted by rain before the last of the seventh at 9:11 p.m. It resumed after a 1-hour, 38-minute delay with just a few hundred hearty fans

O’s game blog: Orioles have not fared well in series-deciding games

Tonight, the Orioles play another rubber match. The Orioles have not fared well in such games this year. They are 2-6 and have lost four straight series-deciding games. It started in the first series against Boston when they lost Game 3 4-3 and continued through Sunday in an 11-1 loss to Oakland. Meanwhile, the Orioles offense has slowed again. They’ve scored just five runs the

Jim Presley on Chris Davis, Ryan Webb on his solid season

It was about three weeks ago when Chris Davis hit three home runs in Pittsburgh. A couple of days later, he homered and knocked in four runs. But now he is struggling again. Davis went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts last night. Over his last 14 games, he’s batting .164 (9-for-55) with 24 strikeouts. Is it a timing issue? O’s hitting coach Jim Presley doesn’t think

Johan Santana won’t pitch for O’s this year, but impacted organization

Johan Santana won’t throw a pitch in a game for the Orioles this year, but that doesn’t mean he has not had a positive impact on the organization. Santana tore his left Achilles tendon Friday during his final extended spring training start in Sarasota. It could end the career of the two-time Cy Young Award winner. Santana was hit on the left gluteus by a

Tillman and Jones comment after the O’s loss to Boston

After not making it through the second inning in two of his last four starts, Chris Tillman took a step forward tonight. The O’s right-hander struggled at times early, but gave up just one run and seven hits over six innings, and took the loss as Boston beat the Orioles 1-0 at Camden Yards. “Little better,” Tillman said. “I was able to get into a

No-hit into the sixth, O’s fall 1-0 to Boston

There were moments tonight when it looked like Chris Tillman would get rocked. There were moments when it looked like the Orioles would get no-hit. Neither happened, but the Birds did fail to score and lost a 1-0 game to Boston in front of 24,184 fans. Those that made it to the end had to wait out two rain delays. The game was halted twice

O’s game blog: It’s Tillman time tonight against Boston (Hunter Harvey note)

Chris Tillman will try to get his season turned around tonight here at Camden Yards in the second game of the series against Boston. Tillman had an ERA of 3.34 after his first nine 2014 starts. But over his last four starts, he has an ERA of 12.56, allowing eight, six, one and five runs in those outings. Twice Tillman has not gotten an out

Machado on his appeal and speculation he could be sent to minors

Manny Machado confirmed this afternoon that he has appealed his five-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball earlier today. He is in tonight’s starting lineup for the game against Boston. “Yeah, of course,” he said of his appeal. “Obviously (I) don’t want to be down for five days. Need to try and help this team in any way. We have a lot of tough

Bundy expected to make at least two Aberdeen starts, plus IronBirds notes

ABERDEEN - Coming off the first playoff berth in the 12-year history of the franchise, the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds open a new season on Friday at Hudson Valley. Aberdeen went 40-32 last year, going 20-11 over its final 31 games to charge to the playoffs before getting eliminated two games to none by Tri-City. The 2014 IronBirds begin a new year with a season-opening

If O’s rotation is going to get better, it has to start at the top

On Saturday night, Kevin Gausman gave the Orioles starting rotation a shot in the arm. Last night, Bud Norris did the same. The Orioles recently had an 18-game stretch where they didn’t get a single start of at least seven innings. Now, Gausman and Norris have done that twice in three games. The Orioles have gotten some good starts lately, but they’ve also gotten some

Norris on his outing tonight, plus Markakis and Flaherty comments

Bud Norris pitched eight innings of scoreless baseball tonight to lead the Orioles past Boston 4-0 as they get this series off to a good start. What was working for Norris out there? “Little bit of everything,” he said. “We are always focused on getting ahead in counts and really fastball command. Caleb (Joseph) called a great game and the guys made the plays behind

Machado: “We’re all on the same page now”

Manny Machado talked to a large group of reporters around his locker after tonight’s game and said he spoke to his teammates earlier during a team meeting. “You go up there and say what you’re feeling,” Machado said. “I went up there and apologized to everyone here. Just go about it, say what you’ve got to say. “This is the thing about this team. We

Bud Norris with eight scoreless innings as O’s top Boston

After a 2 1/3 inning-outing by their starter yesterday, the Orioles were hoping Bud Norris could get deep into tonight’s game against Boston. Norris not only got the Orioles deep into this game, he pitched darn well while doing it. Norris pitched eight scoreless innings as the Orioles beat Boston 4-0 in front of 19,729 to start a three-game series. This was the Orioles’ fourth

O’s game blog: Norris on the mound against Boston and a take on Machado’s apology

It has been more than a month since the Orioles played an American League East opponent but that ends tonight as the O’s host Boston to begin a three-game series and 13-game stretch against division opponents. They are 13-8 against AL East teams and that is the best record by a division team in division games. The O’s last game within the AL East was

Lough on improved offense, Stinson on his return to team

David Lough is starting in center field tonight for the Orioles as Adam Jones will serve as the designated hitter. Lough is batting just .196 in 102 at-bats. But he is 6-for-14 with a double, two homers and five RBIs over his past six games. “Yeah, but we aren’t winning,” Lough said of his offense finally starting to come around. “So doesn’t matter what I

Dan Duquette’s take on Manny Machado and more

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was a guest on “The Norris and Davis Show” this morning on 105.7 FM The Fan in Baltimore and talked about the events this weekend involving Manny Machado. “Manny had a confrontation with (Josh) Donaldson and then we threw inside to Donaldson and Donaldson turned to their bench and I don’t know what he said exactly but I think

After rough weekend, Manny Machado may have some repair work to do

In the latest American League All-Star Game voting results released last night, Manny Machado is in third place in the vote for the starting AL third basemen. Hope he’s not counting on getting any votes out of Oakland this week. Machado had a rather eventful weekend. It ended with some of his own fans lashing out at him via social media, on here and on

Nelson Cruz and Matt Wieters continue to lead in voting for AL All-Star team

Two Orioles continue to lead their positions in voting for the American League All-Star team. Nelson Cruz remains first in voting at designated hitter and Matt Wieters leads all catchers. Cruz, who entered play on Sunday leading the majors with 21 home runs and 55 RBIs, maintains his lead over Boston’s David Ortiz. Cruz, a two-time All-Star, has 1,404,275 votes while Ortiz, a nine-time All-Star,

Machado: “The bat slipped out of my hands” (plus Jimenez quotes)

Manny Machado said he did not intentionally throw his bat in the last of the eighth inning today. On the second pitch from Fernando Abad, after the first one came in tight, Machado’s bat went flying toward third base. The dugouts emptied and it looked like the Orioles and A’s were headed for an on-field brawl, but cooler heads prevailed. Machado and Abad were both

Jimenez exits early, benches empty late as Oakland beats the O’s

The Orioles’ chances to win a series against the team with the best record in the American League went downhill about the time Ubaldo Jimenez was imploding during Oakland’s six-run third inning. Oakland beat the Orioles 11-1 this afternoon in front of 38,244 at Camden Yards to take the series two wins to one and improve to 39-24. Despite the lopsided score, this game got

O’s game blog: O’s try to hand A’s rare road series loss today

The Oakland A’s have lost just five series all year and just two of 10 road series in 2014. Can the Orioles become the third team to pin a road series loss on the A’s today? Oakland has won seven, lost two and tied one road series. The two series losses came against American League East teams. Oakland went 1-2 at Boston from May 2-4

Tommy Hunter says he’s 100 percent and ready to rejoin the Orioles

O’s right-hander Tommy Hunter passed his final test with his left groin strain last night when he pitched an inning for Single-A Delmarva. Now he’s ready to return to the Orioles roster and will be activated off the disabled list in time for today’s game. Hunter threw 11 pitches in a scoreless second inning for Delmarva last night. He fanned two batters and hit one,

Kevin Gausman pitched like an ace and provided a possible glimpse into the future

Manager Buck Showalter said after last night’s game that pitcher Kevin Gausman has a chance to be a difference-maker for the Orioles. For one night, he sure was. Gausman had a start where he gave up one run in six innings against Detroit last year. But this was probably the best of his seven career major league starts. In a 6-3 win over Oakland, he

Kevin Gausman on his outing, Adam Jones on Gausman and the win

Kevin Gausman picked up his first major league win as a starter tonight. But for a few moments in the top of the sixth inning, he was thinking like a reliever. It helped him get out of a second and third, one-out jam in the Orioles’ 6-3 win over Oakland. “When I got into a little jam in the sixth, I kind of went back

Gausman outpitches Gray, Lough homers off Johnson as O’s beat A’s

In a matchup of former first-round draft picks, the O’s right-hander had the decided edge tonight. Kevin Gausman gave up just one run over seven innings to outduel Sonny Gray as the Orioles beat Oakland 6-3 in front of 44,202 fans, the third sellout of the season. Gausman became the first O’s starter to pitch seven innings or more since May 17. The O’s had

O’s scouting director Gary Rajsich talks about the O’s draft

The Orioles, to say the least, had a pitcher-heavy draft. Of their 38 selections through the 40 rounds, they drafted 27 pitchers. The Orioles’ first five selections yesterday were pitchers. At one point, the O’s drafted 11 pitchers consecutively in rounds 16 through 26. “We did want to target the strength of the draft, which was pitching. We were going after as much pitching as

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman makes his seventh career start tonight

In the second game of the Orioles-A’s series tonight here at Camden Yards, Kevin Gausman (0-1, 11.25 ERA) pitches against right-hander Sonny Gray (6-1, 2.45 ERA). Gausman was 1-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A Norfolk. Gausman will be making his second major league start of this season, the seventh of his career and his 22nd career big league appearance. Gray has

Tim Berry on his short stay in the majors and Miguel Gonzalez updates his injury

As expected, Tim Berry’s stay in the majors leagues was short this time. He was optioned back to Double-A Bowie this afternoon. Kevin Gausman took his roster spot and will start tonight. Berry knew his time could be short in the O’s clubhouse, but before he was officially optioned, he told reporters that this was a special experience for him. “It’s kind of indescribable,” the

O’s look to bounce back tonight, plus checking in with top pick Brian Gonzalez

Well, if you didn’t have a dog in the fight, it was a great game to watch. Plays at the plate, an attempted steal of home, enthusiastic crowd, some clutch hits, some homers and fine defense. But it was a loss to Oakland last night for the Orioles, one that leaves them 6 1/2 games out in the American League East. It was a tough

O’s have two runners cut down at plate in 10th and lose in 11 against Oakland

The Orioles’ 10-game homestand starts with a frustrating loss - one that saw two Orioles cut down at the plate in the last of the 10th followed by Oakland scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th. The A’s beat the O’s 4-3 in 11 innings tonight in the hotly contested game in front of 28,076 at Camden Yards. The Orioles fall to

An interview with Orioles top draft pick Brian Gonzalez

The Orioles had to wait a while to make a pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft and went with a high school pitcher with their first pick. Now, they’ll likely have to wait a while to see if pitcher Brian Gonzalez can make the major leagues. The O’s took the prep lefty with the 16th pick of round No. 3, which was the 90th

O’s game blog: O’s offense faces challenge of A’s pitching staff at the Yard

It’s the O’s against the A’s tonight. Within that battle is the challenge of the Orioles hitters against the Oakland pitchers. While the Orioles have been scoring some runs lately, Oakland has the major league’s best team ERA at 2.90. Over the last 26 games, they’ve been even better with a team ERA of 2.43. In that time, A’s starting pitchers have worked to an

Orioles draft high school pitcher Gonzalez with third-round pick (updated)

The Orioles had to wait until the second day of the First-Year Player Draft to make a selection, but in the third round this afternoon, they drafted a high school pitcher from Florida. In the third round: The O’s selected left-handed pitcher Brian Gonzalez from Archbishop McCarthy High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Gonzalez is 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds. According to Baseball America’s scouting report

A look at the Orioles’ key homestand and today’s draft

It was strange last night seeing the first two rounds of the First-Year Player Draft unfold and not dealing with the drama and suspense of waiting to see which player the Orioles would pick. From 2006-12 the Orioles had a top 10 pick in the first round, and for six straight years starting in 2007, the Orioles had a top five pick. They selected in

Tillman with an early exit and Hardy with three errors as O’s lose to Texas

It was a night where the Orioles fell behind by five runs after two innings but then caught up. They then fell behind again as Chris Tillman’s early exit and J.J. Hardy’s defense contributed to a loss. Strange night, indeed. Hardy’s two errors in the bottom of the seventh - part of a career-worst, three-error night for the O’s shortstop - opened the door for

O’s game blog: Orioles look for their second three-game sweep of the year

Last July the Orioles swept a three-game series at Texas. Now, less than a year later, they can do it again. After 8-3 and 6-5 wins the last two days, the O’s look for their second three-game sweep of 2014 tonight. They swept Tampa Bay on the road from May 6-8. The Orioles have a four-game win streak and offense has been a big reason.

Norfolk Tides get ready to welcome 10 millionth fan and other minors notes

The Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, are about to welcome their 10 millionth fan to Harbor Park. It could happen as soon as their next home game on Monday. Harbor Park opened on April 14, 1993, and has seen 9,993,385 fans walk through the turnstiles over its 22-year existence. That number is just 6,615 fans shy of reaching the 10 million mark. The Tides

Thoughts on Markakis, Joseph and a six-man rotation

Last night’s Orioles win clinched the series victory for the Orioles against Texas. They go for a three-game sweep tonight. A win would also give them a winning road trip at 6-4 after they started the trip 1-4. This up-and-down season of the Orioles is back on the upswing. A win tonight would give the Orioles their second five-game win streak of the season. The

Markakis and Jones drive in two each as O’s top Texas 6-5

Adrian Beltre hammered two more homers against the Orioles. Meanwhile, Bud Norris gave up five runs and left the game with a sore forearm. The Orioles blew a three-run lead. But they didn’t blow the game. Nick Markakis’ RBI single in the sixth broke the 5-5 tie as the Orioles beat the Rangers 6-5 tonight at Globe Life Park. The Orioles have scored 27 runs

O’s game blog: The offense starting to trend up

The Orioles’ offense is trending up, and has been the case even before they scored 17 games over the last two games. It started when the Orioles scored six runs May 18 at Kansas City. Over the next four games they scored nine, eight, seven and eight runs. The Orioles scored 55 runs over a nine-game streak that began with that game against the Royals.

A look at the Orioles’ two Dominican Summer League teams (Frederick’s All-Stars)

For the second year in a row, the Orioles are again fielding two teams in the Dominican Summer League. Teams began play in that league on Saturday and the regular season will end on Aug. 23. The Orioles, Rangers, Yankees and Mets are the four other organizations fielding two DSL teams. The players on the teams are from eight different countries. They represent the Dominican

During live chat, Chris Davis charmed and entertained the audience

During the last Orioles homestand we had two more MASNSports.com live chats. We had another one with outfielder Adam Jones and one with first baseman Chris Davis. The players are generous to come in for a period of time that is usually at least a half hour or so and answer fan questions that come our way through social media. They come up to our

Orioles use six-run outburst in eighth to beat Texas in series opener

Caleb Joseph picked a good time for his first major league extra-base hit. Nelson Cruz picked a good time to hit another homer. They were both part of a six-run explosion in the top of the eighth tonight as the Orioles beat Texas 8-3 in the opener of a three-game series. Moments after a homer by Robinson Chirinos off Brian Matusz tied the game 2-2

O’s game blog: This time, Joe Saunders pitches against Orioles in Texas

The Orioles on the field, Joe Saunders on the mound and the game is at Texas. The Orioles have a pretty good memory when that happened in October 2012. That night, this happened. Despite very poor numbers pitching in that ballpark, manager Buck Showalter went with Saunders in the American League Wild Card Game that night and the Orioles beat Yu Darvish and the Rangers.

No early pick provides challenge for Rajsich and O’s scouting staff

Orioles director of scouting Gary Rajsich said he and his staff are ready for the challenge. The challenge is to find and sign some good players in this week’s First-Year Player Draft without having a pick until the third round. After picking Kevin Gausman fourth and Hunter Harvey 22nd overall in his first two drafts with the Orioles, Rajsich and the Birds won’t select until

Hunter Harvey named SAL All-Star Game starter, five Shorebirds make team

Orioles 2013 first-round pick Hunter Harvey will be the starting pitching for the Northern Division team in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game set for June 17 in Hickory, N.C. Harvey heads a list of five Shorebirds named to the game this morning, and not only does he get to start this game, but he’ll be pitching just 18 miles from his home in Catawba,

A few thoughts on Lough, Webb and the offense

Some thoughts and observations after the Orioles’ 9-4 win over the Astros on Sunday, which allowed the O’s to win the last two games in Houston and split the four-game series. The Orioles are still looking for their first series win since taking two of three from Houston in Baltimore May 9-11. Since then the Birds have lost three series and tied three others. *

Machado hits a grand slam and Lough homers as O’s rout Houston 9-4

Before today, Manny Machado had not hit a grand slam for the Orioles and David Lough had not homered as an Oriole. Check and check. Machado’s first career slam backed the pitching of Wei-Yin Chen as the Orioles routed Houston 9-4 to earn a split of the four-game series. The Orioles are 28-27 on the season and 3-4 on this long road trip, which continues

O’s game blog: O’s look for fourth straight quality start today with Chen on mound

Now that the Orioles have three quality starts in a row, why not shoot for four? The O’s three starters in the Houston series - Ubaldo Jimenez, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman - have pitched to an ERA of 1.86, allowing four runs over 19 1/3 innings. The Orioles have not had four consecutive quality starts all year. They had three in a row once

Tough call on the farm: When is the right time to promote a player?

Anytime a minor league player starts to produce very good stats at one level, the inevitable question comes up: Should he now get promoted to the next level? That topic came up earlier this week when I had a conversation with Orioles director of player development Brian Graham, one of the key front office staff members that is heavily and directly involved in such decisions.

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