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Angels break scoreless tie to beat O’s 1-0 in 13 innings

Someone finally scored. Usually something good happens to the Orioles when the game reaches extra innings, but tonight the Los Angeles Angels broke the long, grueling scoreless tie and beat the Birds 1-0 in 13 innings. Albert Pujols, who had been robbed of hits twice tonight by Manny Machado, lined an RBI single to center to break the 0-0 tie in the 13th inning. Kole

O’s game blog: Orioles look for a three-game sweep against the Angels

The Orioles will try to complete their first three-game home sweep against the Angels tonight since Aug. 3-5, 2010. The Orioles have won back-to-back one-run games to take the first two games of this series and they are 9-3 against the Angels since 2013. The Orioles are 19-10 (.655) against the American League West, which is the best record in the league against that division.

A take on the Andrew Miller-Eduardo Rodriguez deal

Dan Duquette called Andrew Miller a left-handed reliever that can dominate left-handed batters and be very effective against right-handed batters as well. In the end, it appears the Orioles were just not willing to pay the price to get a starter like Jon Lester or David Price, so they strengthened the back-end of their bullpen. As Duquette mentioned today, a lot of postseason games are

Eduardo Rodriguez reacts to being traded by the Orioles

He’s been with the Orioles since the day he was signed by former Oriole pitcher Calvin Maduro out of Valencia, Venezuela in January 2010. But now, 21-year-old left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez is leaving the organization after being traded today to Boston for reliever Andrew Miller. Reached by phone today in Binghamton, New York where the Double-A Bowie Baysox play tonight, Rodriguez said he was surprised by

Britton’s sinker, Jones’ Camden Yards homers and a take on Jon Lester

Zach Britton got another save for the Orioles last night. It was No. 21 and he is now 3-2 with a 1.65 ERA, 21 saves in 24 chances and a .187 batting average against. Britton said again last night that while the impression may be that he’s never thrown a sinker as well as he’s throwing it this year, that is just not true. “I

Gausman, Britton and Jones comment after the O’s beat the Angels

Kevin Gausman retired the first 14 batters he faced tonight, but he walked three in a row and they all scored in the top of the fifth. But he was pleased that he rebounded from that poor inning to get Los Angeles out in the sixth and seventh to complete his outing as the Orioles beat the Angels 4-3. “I was pretty mentally drained after

Gausman goes seven for win, Jones homers as O’s beat Angels

Kevin Gausman pitched six very good innings and one shaky one. The O’s offense camp up big early and then got quiet. It still added up to another Orioles victory. Gausman picked up the win and Adam Jones hit another first-inning homer as the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 at Camden Yards. The Orioles’ last five games have all been decided by one

O’s game blog: It’s Gausman and Richards on the mound at the Yard

When Kevin Gausman gets the start tonight against the Los Angeles Angels, he will face yet another top opposing pitcher. Obviously, Gausman doesn’t bat, but he has sure faced quite of list of starters pitching against him this year. The list includes Justin Verlander, Sonny Gray twice, Mark Buerhle, Alex Cobb, Jake Peavy and Felix Hernandez. The Orioles are a very impressive 5-2 in those

Ubaldo Jimenez on his night in Aberdeen and that postgame spread

We don’t know yet when Ubaldo Jimenez will return to the Orioles, but we do know his sprained right ankle passed a test in Aberdeen last night. Pitching for the short-season Single-A IronBirds, Jimenez went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and one unearned run with three walks and strikeouts against Tri-City. Jimenez, who went on the disabled list July 13 (retroactive to July 8),

A look at the latest O’s win and notes on the bullpen, Jones, Machado and more

The Orioles don’t win every close game. It just feels like they do. They actually lost three one-run games on the West Coast trip. But the Orioles have now played three extra-inning games in their last four contests, winning in 10 innings twice against Seattle and winning in 12 last night. Manny Machado’s first career walk-off homer ended it after 4 hours, 5 minutes. It’s

Machado: “I got chills running around the bases”

Tonight, the Orioles produced their eighth walk-off win of the year. For Manny Machado, it was his first career walk-off homer. He hit it out in the 12th to give the Orioles a 7-6 win over the Angels. Was he thinking homer as he led off that inning? “No shot. Was just trying to get on base,” Machado said. “Fell behind quick, so at that

Walk-off win: Machado homers in 12th inning vs. Angels

It was a night where the Orioles were not sharp. They made two errors and allowed two unearned runs. It appeared there was a mental error or two as well. But in front of an unusually large Tuesday night crowd, they pulled out yet another extra-inning win. It ended with one big swing. Manny Machado hit a 1-2 Cory Rasmus pitch out to left field

O’s game blog: A rematch with the Angels as homestand begins

As the Orioles begin a six-game homestand tonight, they do so with a rematch against the Los Angeles Angels. The Orioles took two of three last week at Anaheim. The Angels have been one of baseball’s hottest teams, and after they lost that series to the Orioles, they took three of four from the American League Central-leading Tigers by winning the last three games and

O’s players talk trade deadline and scoreboard watching

With the non-waiver trade deadline set for Thursday, July 31 at 4 p.m., there is still some uncertainty in the Orioles clubhouse. The players have to be happy to be in first place but also wondering if there will be any additions or subtractions coming. “You know it’s always interesting,” pitcher Zach Britton said. “We hear what people are saying. But until something happens or

Notes on the AL East, Britton’s bounceback and Markakis’ consistency

Well, no one said it would be easy. Toronto blew out Boston last night and moved to within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Orioles, even though they are four games out in the loss column. Tampa Bay beat Milwaukee 2-1 and is 28-12 since falling 18 games under the .500 mark on June 10. Texas beat the New York Yankees 4-2 and New York

Delmarva’s Sisco and Dosch rank among top South Atlantic League hitters plus other minor league notes

A look at a few notes from around the Orioles minor leagues as the big league club takes a day off before the start of tomorrow’s homestand. Single-A Delmarva currently features two of the top four hitters in the South Atlantic League. Catcher Chance Sisco leads the league batting .347 and third baseman Drew Dosch is fourth at .334. The Orioles second-round draft pick last

Orioles had the look of a playoff team on impressive road trip

For the Orioles, maybe it was a playoff primer. Playing three good teams on the road and seeing good pitching just about every night, they went 6-4 and added two games to .500 on their record. It was impressive and it was the latest evidence that the Orioles are very much a strong contender to win the American League East. While that hasn’t happened yet

Machado drives in go-ahead run as O’s beat Seattle in 10 innings

They didn’t score many runs. They didn’t take advantage of many scoring chances. But in the end the Orioles scratched out a win today and end their 10-game West Coast road trip with an impressive 6-4 record. Manny Machado’s sac fly in the top of the 10th today snapped a 2-2 tie as the Orioles beat the Mariners 3-2 at Safeco Field to take three

O’s game blog: Orioles look for a victory to complete winning road trip

The Orioles’ long west coast trip comes to a close today and a victory will give the Orioles a winning road trip at 6-4. They’ve gone 1-2 at Oakland, 2-1 at Anaheim and 2-1 in Seattle. It would be impressive to finish with a winning trip against three American League playoff contenders who are all having good seasons. The O’s went 7-4 on their trip

Offense has struggled on road trip and has an AL East team thrown in the towel?

In the big picture, the Orioles began this road trip with a four-game lead atop the American League East. At worst, they will come home two games ahead. At worst, they will have a .500 road trip against two teams that seem almost certain to make the AL playoffs and a third that is contending. This current road trip could have gone a lot worse

O’s late rally falls short in 4-3 loss to Seattle

The Orioles were able to beat Seattle when Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez got the start but lost today when Chris Young took the mound, although they did rally late in the game. The 35-year-old right-hander held the Orioles to two hits - both by Delmon Young - over seven scoreless innings this afternoon as Seattle beat the Orioles 4-3 at Safeco Field. Down 4-0,

O’s game blog: Orioles face another solid starter today

After facing Jeff Samardzija, Sonny Gray, Jered Weaver, Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez in recent days, maybe Orioles hitters will get a break and finally face a pitcher with a high ERA. Not today. Right-hander Chris Young (8-6, 3.22 ERA) gets the start this afternoon for the Mariners. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs for seven straight starts, pitching to an ERA of

A look at two impressive wins in Seattle and other O’s notes

The Orioles did not pin a loss on Felix Hernandez’s record last night but they did beat the Mariners in a game that he started and pitched very well. Seattle had won five in a row with Hernandez on the mound, and they were 13-2 in his last 15 starts before last night’s 2-1 loss in 10 innings. It is very impressive that the Mariners

Chris Davis hits tie-breaking homer in 10th as Orioles top Seattle

The pitching match-up between right-handers Kevin Gausman and Felix Hernandez lived up to the hype. So did the Orioles’ play this year in extra innings. Chris Davis led off the 10th with a homer to right field off left-hander Charlie Furbush to snap the 1-1 tie as the Orioles beat Seattle 2-1 in 10 innings. The game ended on a replay review. Zach Britton fielded

O’s game blog: It’s the kid against the king (Davis homers for 2-1 win in 10)

Well, we sure have an interesting pitching matchup in Seattle tonight. The Orioles’ Kevin Gausman (4-3, 4.04 ERA) faces the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez (11-2, 2.02 ERA). Hernandez won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award and may be on his way to another one. He leads the AL in ERA and quality starts (19). He ranks second in innings (151 1/3), strikeouts (163) and WHIP

Making the match-ups work on the mound

The Orioles continue to get good starting pitching on their current road trip. The latest example was Wei-Yin Chen’s outstanding eight innings of scoreless ball last night. He gave up just five singles in the win over Seattle. On this trip, it seems that preparation and performance have led to results. The preparation part takes place when O’s manager Buck Showalter decides which pitcher will

A look at Tyler Wilson’s strong season and the O’s win over the Mariners

Wins are just one stat for a pitcher, but it’s nice to get them. There is a pitcher in the Orioles organization that has been racking them up this year. In fact, he is second in all of minor league baseball in wins through Wednesday’s games. Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Tyler Wilson began this year with Double-A Bowie and moved up to Norfolk, where he has

Chen throws gem as the O’s win Seattle series opener

The Orioles used a big three-run homer and a fourth straight strong starting pitching performance to win their series opener at Seattle tonight. Wei-Yin Chen pitched eight scoreless innings and Delmon Young backed him with a three-run homer as the Orioles beat the Mariners 4-0 at Safeco Field. With the win, the Orioles improved to 4-3 on this road trip and to 56-45 on the

O’s game blog: Orioles playing .667 ball this month (O’s win 4-0)

The Orioles begin a four-game series in Seattle tonight. They are 3-3 so far on this west coast road trip. They hope to continue playing well this month. July has been the O’s best month of the year by winning percentage: .500 in March/April at 12-12 .500 in May at 15-15 .571 in June at 16-12 .667 in July at 12-6 The O’s strong record

A look at the O’s recent struggles on offense and a take on Jim Johnson

As the Orioles get ready to begin the third and final leg of their 10-game road trip, their bats once again need to heat up. In the final series before the All-Star Game, the Orioles scored six runs in three games against New York. They then scored 14 runs in Oakland and just 10 in Anaheim. The Orioles have seven hits or less in 10

Zach Britton on Caleb Joseph’s path to the majors and a look back at the Angels series

The 2010 season was just the third pro season for catcher Caleb Joseph. Coming off a solid 2009 year at Single-A Frederick, he was named the Orioles’ No. 10 prospect by Baseball America before the year. He would begin 2010 playing at Double-A Bowie for the first time. He must have been excited to begin that year in the Eastern League. Little did he know,

O’s bid to sweep Angels comes up short in series finale

The Orioles were six outs from an impressive sweep of the Los Angeles Angels, but they could not get them tonight. The Angels scored twice in the last of the eighth to come from behind 2-1 and beat the Orioles 3-2 tonight at Angel Stadium. Josh Hamilton led off the eighth and singled off Tommy Hunter. Erick Aybar’s double tied it, 2-2. Hunter picked up

O’s game blog: Orioles look for first three-game sweep at Anaheim since 2010

The Orioles are looking for their second three-game sweep of the season tonight when they play at Anaheim. The O’s took three in St. Petersburg against Tampa Bay from May 6-8. The Orioles swept a four-game series at home against Texas from June 30-July 3. They were swept in a three-game series at home by Detroit from May 12-14. The Orioles last took three in

Orioles awarded competitive balance pick, plus starting rotation notes

The Orioles added a pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft this afternoon when Major League Baseball announced the results of the third annual Competitive Balance Lottery. The Orioles were awarded the fifth pick after the second round next June. The drawing was conducted this afternoon at Major League Baseball’s New York offices. The Competitive Balance Lottery gives clubs with the lowest revenues and in

As they chase AL East crown, which teams will be chasing the Orioles?

Well, that was two impressive back-to-back wins by the Orioles and three impressive wins on this road trip. Lose a ninth-inning lead on Friday and win 8-4 at Oakland on Saturday. Lose big by a 10-2 score Sunday and respond by taking two in a row in Anaheim against the Angels. The Angels began this series with a Major League-best 28-10 record since June 6

Miguel Gonzalez pitches a gem as the Orioles beat the Angels

The Orioles have posted back-to-back wins against the team with the best home record in the majors and their pitching has led the way. Miguel Gonzalez pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs tonight as the Orioles beat the Angels 4-2. The Orioles have allowed four runs in two games to the highest scoring team in the majors. The Angels entered this series with

O’s game blog: A look at three hitters with strong stats against lefty pitching

If the Orioles can win either of the next two games, they will win this series from the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have won a club-record 10 straight home series. Even with last night’s loss to the Orioles, the Angels are 14-3 in their last 17 home games and 25-6 in their past 31. Tonight, the O’s face left-hander Hector Santiago (2-7, 4.32 ERA).

Davis, Burgess moving to Bowie and other O’s notes

Two outfielders are moving up today on the Orioles farm. Outfielders Glynn Davis and Michael Burgess are moving from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie and are expected to be in the Baysox lineup tonight. The 22-year-old Davis, a Baltimore native, was batting .295 with one homer and 31 RBIs for the Keys. In 89 games, he has a .363 OBP, .386 slugging percentage, a .750

To trade or not to trade, that is the question

So the Oakland A’s acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a big trade, but the trade front has been pretty quiet otherwise so far this July. Will the Orioles be involved between now and July 31? Dan Duquette has made trades in July the last two years. Is a three-peat coming? The Orioles could use a true No. 1 starter. Almost any team could

Jones homers twice to back Norris as O’s win over Angels

In the last three games of the Orioles road trip, Adam Jones has hit three homers. Each one gave his team the lead. Jones hit a pair of two-run homers tonight and Bud Norris pitched well against Los Angeles again as the Orioles beat the Angels 4-2 at Angel Stadium. With their eighth win in 12 games and 12th in the last 17 games, the

O’s game blog: Angels are 25-5 in their last 30 home games

Bud Norris has outstanding career numbers against the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have some outstanding offensive numbers of their own this season. To steal a line from my own network, who will own it? Norris (7-6, 3.96 ERA) hasn’t made a big league start since July 9 when he gave up five runs over four innings against the Nationals. He was optioned to Double-A

A look at the Orioles’ Dominican Summer League All-Stars and other minor league notes

Two players from the Orioles organization played in Sunday’s Dominican Summer League All-Star Game. They were on the South team that lost 9-7 to the North. Ricardo Andujar, a 21-year-old switch-hitting shortstop from Azua, Dominican Republic, got the start and went 1-for-3. Victor Romero, a 19-year-old right-hander from Los Teques, Venezuela, retired the only hitter he faced. Andujar is batting .358 to rank seventh in

From Oakland to Anaheim, it won’t get easier for the Orioles

Are the Orioles headed from the frying pan into the fire? They have left Oakland, where they faced the team with the best record in the majors, to head to Anaheim to face the Los Angeles Angels, who have baseball’s second-best record. The Angels are 59-38 and while they trail Oakland by 1 1/2 games for the American League West lead, they are red-hot right

Gausman with an early exit as A’s rout O’s

The first Kevin Gausman-Sonny Gray pitching matchup went to the Orioles. This one went to the A’s. In a big way. Oakland took an early 3-0 lead in the third and then poured it on, scoring seven runs in the middle innings to rout the Orioles 10-2 this afternoon. Oakland (61-37) takes two of three for the second time this year against the Orioles. The

O’s game blog: It’s Kevin Gausman against Sonny Gray in Oakland series finale

They may be two of the top young right-handed pitchers in baseball. Both pitched at Southeastern Conference schools. Both were first-round draft picks. They faced each other about six weeks ago and meet again today in Oakland. The Orioles’ Kevin Gausman (4-2, 3.29 ERA) will face the A’s Sonny Gray (10-3, 2.79 ERA) in the third and deciding game of the series. The 23-year-old Gausman

After bounceback win, do O’s have a series victory in them today at Oakland?

On June 20, Zach Britton gave up a three-run homer in the ninth at Yankee Stadium and the Orioles lost to New York. On Friday night, he gave up a three-run homer at Oakland and the Orioles lost. The day after that first blown save, the Orioles beat the Yankees 6-1. The day after this latest one, they beat Oakland 8-4. What do both games

Jones ties career-high with five RBIs as Orioles beat Oakland

If you can lead by example on a baseball diamond, Adam Jones did that tonight. Less than 24 hours after the Orioles gut-wrenching loss in the last of the ninth on Friday, Jones hit a three-run homer in the first inning tonight as part of a five-RBI night, leading the Orioles past Oakland 8-4. Jones added two steals to become the first player in Orioles

O’s game blog: The offense hits a bump in the road

The Orioles thought they scored enough runs to win last night when they took a 4-2 lead over Oakland to the last of the seventh. After all they were 40-12 this year when scoring four runs or more. But this time they needed more as they lost the series and road trip opener 5-4 to fall to 52-43. With New York and Toronto both winning

Tough night at the office: Machado booed, three batters hit, walk-off loss

Well, some Orioles fans may be waking up this morning still feeling that gut punch from just after midnight. The Oakland A’s entered the last of the ninth behind 4-2 and Zach Britton came on. He entered with an ERA of 1.30 and was riding a 10-inning scoreless streak. But an impressive win turned into a tough loss in a span of six pitches. Yoenis

Walk-off loss: Donaldson’s three-run homer in ninth lifts Oakland to win

What looked like an impressive win rapidly turned into a stunning loss in the bottom of the ninth inning. Down 4-2 when the inning began, Josh Donaldson hit a three-run, walk-off homer off Zach Britton as the A’s stunned the Orioles 5-4 in the series and road trip opener. The Orioles had taken a 4-2 lead on Manny Machado’s two-run homer in the top of

O’s game blog: A matchup of division leaders as the second half begins

The Oakland A’s have had a terrific first half. If their 59-36 record didn’t tell you that, maybe their run differential will. Not only is Oakland’s plus-145 run differential the best in the majors, the 2014 A’s are one of five American League teams to have a run differential of plus-139 or better at the All-Star break since 1940. The Orioles are on this list

A look at draft pick signings as today’s deadline approaches and some O’s-A’s notes (O’s sign 33rd-rounder)

There is a 5 p.m. Eastern time deadline today for major league teams to sign their 2014 draft picks. Heading into today, the Orioles had signed 30 of their 38 selections, including 19 pitchers. The Orioles are working to add one more player to that and will likely end today with 31 picks signed from this draft. One player they will not get is left-handed

In last six games, Davis reminded us how important he can be for O’s

It didn’t seem very likely before this season began that Chris Davis would hit 53 homers again for the Orioles. But no one could have expected him to be batting .199 at the All-Star break either. As the games resume tonight, a big second half from Davis would go a long way toward helping the Orioles claim their first American League East title since 1997.

A look at the Orioles’ Aussie connections

For Orioles minor league players, it provides a chance to extend their summer, play more baseball and work on their games. It also provides a chance to see a land far, far away and maybe even spend Christmas in Australia. Over the years, the Orioles have developed a strong professional relationship with the Perth Heat of the winter Australian Baseball League. Perth has won the

Dan Duquette talks about team chemistry, working the roster and more

In building a winning baseball team, you need to have plenty of talented players. That part is obvious and a given. But how do aspects like team chemistry and character of the individual players factor in? Are they important, even if you can’t put a stat on those intangibles like you can a batting average or ERA? I asked Orioles executive vice president of baseball

Adam Jones on being an All-Star, Chris Davis on Jones and Cruz

The Orioles had three players voted onto the All-Star team in catcher Matt Wieters, center fielder Adam Jones and designated hitter Nelson Cruz. With Wieters recovering from his elbow surgery, Jones and Cruz will take the field representing Baltimore tonight. In 94 games so far, Jones is batting .301 with 19 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and an .810 OPS. He has cleaned up against

Reviewing the Orioles’ first half

The Orioles were 10 games over .500 at the All-Star break last year and they are 10 over .500 this year at 52-42. But unlike last season, they are not in third place. Then they were 4 1/2 games out of first place. Now they hold first place by four games. This is the first time the Orioles lead the division at the All-Star break

Duquette talks about the trade deadline and Gausman

As baseball’s July 31 trade deadline approaches, Orioles fans are waiting to see if their team will make one or more deals. In July 2012, O’s executive vice president Dan Duquette acquired Jim Thome and Joe Saunders. Last July, he traded for pitchers Scott Feldman, Francisco Rodriguez and Bud Norris. Duquette will not handicap how likely it is that the Orioles will make a deal

Kevin Gausman on the win and his first career complete game (plus Davis quotes)

So who knew Kevin Gausman would need so few pitches in his first career complete-game win? “It’s great. Complete game with 78 pitches. I’ll take that for sure. That’s gotta be a record,” Gausman said with a laugh. He didn’t need any more pitches with the game called after five innings by rain and the Orioles winning 3-1 over the Yankees. Gausman improves to 4-2

Orioles beat New York 3-1 in rain-shortened win

The final game of the the first half of the Orioles’ season ended not with any drama like a walk-off win or on a big defensive play, but it ended with a lot of rain. Too much to resume play, and the Orioles beat the Yankees 3-1 tonight in a game shortened to five innings by rain. Play was halted at 9:48 p.m. with Steve

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces the Yankees in finale before All-Star break

Kevin Gausman (3-2, 3.51 ERA) takes the mound tonight for his seventh start of the year as the Orioles play their final game before the All-Star break. Last year, the Orioles were 53-43 at the break and with a win tonight they would enter this year’s break at 10 games above .500 at 52-42. But they were in third place, 4 1/2 games out last

Chris Davis on being in first place, plus O’s prospects square off in Futures Game

The Orioles will head into the All-Star break in first place and will enjoy seeing their name atop the American League East standings at least for the next few days. First baseman Chris Davis said that’s nice, but it doesn’t mean too much. At least not yet. “Means we’re in first place,” Davis said. “I don’t think you can read too much into it. We

Duquette talks about Harvey and Alvarez playing in All-Star Futures Game

When the All-Star Futures Game is played later today at 5 p.m. at Target Field in Minnesota, the Orioles will be represented by Single-A Delmarva pitcher Hunter Harvey on Team USA, and Double-A Bowie outfielder Dariel Alvarez on the World Team. Harvey is scheduled to pitch the fourth inning for Team USA, and Alvarez is starting in right field and batting sixth for the World

Nick Markakis on Shane Greene, Chris Tillman on his outing and first half

The Orioles were shut out today for the seventh time this season in a 3-0 loss to the New York Yankees. Shane Greene pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing just four hits in his second major league start. Was it a challenge for O’s hitters facing him for the first time? “You know, you could say there is, but he still did a good job pitching,”

Shane Greene pitches 7 1/3 scoreless and O’s bats silent in loss to Yankees

Did Shane Greene pitch the game of his life today? The 25-year-old right-hander certainly pitched the best game of his season. On June 22, he had an ERA of 5.74 for New York’s Triple-A Scranton team. Since then, he has pitched 13 scoreless innings in the minors and 13 1/3 innings in the majors, allowing just two runs. Today, in just his second big league

O’s game blog: The Orioles are 25-17 in AL East games

With a win in either of the next two games, the Orioles can add another American League East series victory to their already impressive total. The Orioles begin today leading the division by three games and one big reason is their 25-17 AL East record. The Orioles have won eight, lost three and tied two series in the East in 2014. They have lost just

Kevin Gausman on rejoining the rotation, Steve Clevenger on his return to the team

For Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman, it appears the proverbial handcuffs are off. Meaning that the Orioles are no longer working to limit his innings for the 2014 season. Gausman has pitched 76 2/3 innings this year between Triple-A and the majors. Now the Orioles seem set to turn the kid loose beginning with his start here on Sunday Night Baseball against the Yankees. “Yeah, that

Ubaldo Jimenez on his ankle injury and his outlook for the second half

Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to officially go on the disabled list tomorrow due to his right ankle injury. He could return to the team the sixth day out of the All-Star break. Jimenez said he fully expects to be back then. “I don’t think it’s going to take a long time,” he said this afternoon. “If I were to tape it, I probably

At Norfolk, Harbor Park lives up to its name (plus some O’s notes and quotes)

If a team’s baseball field was several inches under water one day, could they play a doubleheader there the next day? They could and they did in Norfolk. Harbor Park, the home of the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, was under water on Thursday afternoon after torrential rain and the game got rained out. Last night, they played a doubleheader there and the Tides

Nick Hundley: “I want to be in the box in those situations”

When Nick Hundley was due up tonight with a man on second and one out in the last of the 10th, the Orioles could have gone to a pinch-hitter. But manager Buck Showalter stayed with Hundley and he delivered an RBI single to give the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Yankees. Hundley said he wasn’t thinking he would be pinch-hit for in that spot.

Walk-off win: Hundley’s single gives O’s win over New York in 10

A walk-off win over the Yankees in front of a sellout crowd at Camden Yards. Nick Hundley’s RBI single in the last of the 10th ended it tonight as the Orioles beat New York 3-2 in front of 45,389. After Dellin Betances pitched two scoreless innings, right-hander Adam Warren came on to start the 10th and Manny Machado greeted him with a double to right

O’s game blog: Gonzalez faces Kuroda in series opener

As the Orioles-Yankees series begins tonight at Camden Yards, the O’s will try to beat Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.20 ERA) to get the series off to a winning start. Kuroda has often been very tough on the Orioles. Over his last three starts against Baltimore, he is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA with two walks and 14 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings. In two starts

For Preston Guilmet, the Norfolk-Baltimore shuttle makes another stop at Camden Yards

Right-hander Preston Guilmet knows the Norfolk-Baltimore shuttle well. He was recalled to the majors from Triple-A yesterday and this is already his fifth stint with the club. He was with the Orioles previously from May 11-13, May 22-23, May 25-June 6 and on July 5 when he was the 26th player for the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Red Sox. So he’s getting

Matt Wieters talks about rejoining O’s and updates his rehab

Matt Wieters had ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on June 17 in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Yesterday, he rejoined his teammates in the Orioles clubhouse and today he updated reporters on his recovery. “It’s a long process. Surgery went well,” Wieters said. “Now it’s about going through the steps of doing what you can each day and keep progressing. It’s not a two-week rehab, it’s

Roberts’ return: What kind of reception will B-Rob get tonight?

After 13 years and more than 1,300 games in an Orioles uniform, Brian Roberts will play at Camden Yards tonight for the first time as an opponent. What kind of reception will Roberts get in pinstripes? My prediction: Roberts will get a nice ovation his first time up and some fans will be standing and applauding. If I were in the crowd, that is what

The bullpen was good again and other O’s notes

When Bud Norris went just four innings on Wednesday night it meant the Orioles’ bullpen would have to pitch five innings in that game. Brad Brach and Brian Matusz combined to go five in a game the Orioles would lose 6-2. Why was that important? Because when you combine Tuesday’s rainout with the job Brach and Matusz did in a loss, it meant the O’s

Jones, Pearce, Chen and Britton comment after the Orioles beat the Nationals

When Nats shortstop Ian Desmond threw wildly past third base in the bottom of the third inning tonight, two key runs scored for the Orioles. It looked like a very poor choice by Desmond to throw that way and it was certainly very poor execution. But Adam Jones, who scored from second on Nelson Cruz’s grounder up the middle, did not see it as a

O’s build early lead, hang on to beat Nats 4-3

The Orioles built an early four-run lead and they needed every run tonight. Steve Pearce hit an early homer and the bullpen came up big late as the Orioles held off the Nationals 4-3 at Camden Yards. The Orioles won two of three this week from the Nationals to improve to 50-41 on the season and to 28-21 in the all-time series with Washington. Leading

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

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (8-3, 4.12 ERA) faces a challenge tonight. Not only is Washington sending out a pitcher against him that has thrown 22 straight scoreless innings, but the Nationals are a much better hitting team against lefties. The Nationals are hitting .234 with a .376 slugging percentage against right-handed pitchers but .281 with a .408 slugging percentage against southpaws. That team average ranks

Showalter on Machado’s hot streak and Frederick’s Burgess gets Player of the Month honor

So has Manny Machado’s bat heated up because his knee is finally healthy? Is it because of any specific adjustments he has made at the plate? Is there another reason? If there is a specific reason for Machado’s current hot streak, manager Buck Showalter was not going to reveal it during his pregame press conference today. Machado is 8-for-10 with a double, two homers and

Some O’s and Nats notes, plus more advice for Jones for the Home Run Derby

Maybe the Nationals have the Orioles right where they want them - at Camden Yards. It’s a place where the Orioles win 51 percent of their games as opposed to the road where they win 58 percent. They also score fewer runs at home as we’ve detailed here often this year. Actually, the Orioles have not hit much in the last two games, save for

Bud Norris, Caleb Joseph and Manny Machado comment after O’s loss to Washington

Bud Norris was trying to find the form he had before he went on the disabled list tonight. But it never quite came around for him as he gave up five runs in four-plus innings in a 6-2 loss to Washington. “Couple of weeks off like that, yes, definitely was different,” Norris said. “But I just wanted to go out there and compete. That is

Nationals hit three homers, get five off Norris in 6-2 win over the Orioles

Bud Norris returned from the disabled list tonight, but not with the stuff or the results he had before his DL trip. Norris allowed five runs tonight to tie his season-high as Washington hit three homers and beat the Orioles 6-2 at Camden Yards. The Orioles fall to 49-41 with their second loss in nine games. Their American League East lead stays at 2 1/2

O’s game blog: A look at the Orioles’ improved interleague record

After years of not playing well in interleague games, the Orioles are 5-3 against the National League this season and have a chance to post a winning interleague record for the third year in a row. That would be an accomplishment for a team that has just two winning seasons in the first 11 years of interleague play. But the Orioles went 11-7 in 2012

Adam Jones on the Home Run Derby and Chris Davis on his advice for Jones

Adam Jones said his invitation to participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby came a few days ago and once he cleared it with manager Buck Showalter, he wanted to take part. “I’m just having some fun, man,” Jones said this afternoon. “It’s not anything important. I’m just having some fun. That’s all it is.” Any concerns about it hurting his swing? “No. It might

Minor league notes on Wilson, Givens, Aberdeen’s improved offense and more

When Triple-A Norfolk beat Durham 7-4 last night, Tides right-hander Tyler Wilson made his second start with the team and picked up his first Triple-A win. Wilson gave up four runs over seven innings. He is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts with the Tides after going 10-5 with a 3.72 ERA for Double-A Bowie. The win was the 11th for Wilson between

A question for Zach Britton: Is he throwing the best sinker of his career?

Zach Britton is having an amazing year for the Orioles. He is 3-1 with a 1.36 ERA along with 14 saves in 16 chances. He ranks second among American League relievers in batting average against (.181) and fifth in ERA. Over 46 1/3 innings, he’s allowed just 28 hits with 13 walks and 37 strikeouts. Britton averages 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.5 walks

O’s game blog: Bud Norris returns for start at Nats Park (game rained out)

The Orioles begin tonight leading the American League East by three games with a 49-40 record. Tonight presents a chance to go a season-best 10 games over the .500 mark. The Orioles were last 10 games over .500 at 80-70 on Sept. 17, 2013. Looks like the Orioles are, at least temporarily, done with their win one, lose one mode. They have won seven of

O’s notes on Davis, Cruz, O’Day, extra-inning homers and more

Chris Davis hit 33 homers in 2012 and 53 in 2013. But going into the 11th inning last night, some Orioles fans probably considered him among the most unlikely O’s to homer at that point. But he did just that. When Orioles fans probably least expected it, there it was. Davis with a two-run bomb to right-center and the floodgates opened. The Orioles hit three

Davis, Hardy and Machado homer in the 11th as O’s beat Nats 8-2

This time, struggling first baseman Chris Davis came through. Then several of his teammates did as well. The Orioles exploded for three homers and six runs in the top of the 11th tonight to break open a tense, extra-inning game and beat Washington 8-2 at Nats Park. Davis found himself at the plate with Nelson Cruz on first and no outs in the 11th with

O’s game blog: Both Orioles and Nationals playing well as they meet tonight

On June 6 the Orioles were 6 1/2 games behind first-place Toronto. Today, they enter tonight’s action two games ahead of Toronto and leading the American League East. A lot changed in just one month. A lot can change over the next month. Pretty sure the Tampa Bay Rays would agree with this. The Orioles’ recent surge has some similarities to their playoff run of

Bundy, Harvey named to Baseball America’s top 50 list (Bowie’s All-Stars)

Two Orioles pitching prospects made the list today when Baseball America released its list of the current top 50 prospects in baseball. Dylan Bundy was rated No. 10 and Hunter Harvey was No. 31. On the Baseball America top 100 list before the season, Bundy was No. 15 and Harvey was not ranked. The 21-year-old Bundy just recently returned to pitch in the minors as

Batting .356 since June 1, Adam Jones quiets critics and makes another All-Star team

It seems like a distant memory now, but it wasn’t that long ago that I wrote an article here wondering why Adam Jones gets criticized so much. Some said we just want him to be an elite player. Some said he needs to walk more. Some said he chases too many pitches. Now, Jones is not getting criticized much by anyone about anything. There is

In extra-inning marathon, Orioles outlast Red Sox 7-6 in 12

The Orioles lost a big lead today, but in the end they didn’t lose the game. After blowing a 6-1 lead in the seventh and watching Boston tie it up 6-6, the Orioles pushed across a run in the top of the 12th to end this marathon game and beat the Red Sox 7-6 in 12 innings. David Lough, batting just .191, led off the

O’s game blog: Gausman on the mound in Fenway finale

The Orioles can win another American League East series today if they take the finale of the three-game series at Boston. The Orioles are 7-3-2 in 12 series in the division so far this year, for a record of 23-17, a .575 winning percentage. The Orioles had gone unbeaten in eight straight AL East series, winning six and tying two, until they recently lost three

Schoop on his rookie year, Yastrzemski hits for the cycle on the farm

He won’t turn 23 until October and is going through some on-the-job training at the major league level. Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-8 in yesterday’s doubleheader. It was the kid’s latest chance to learn and grow as a big leaguer. What has this rookie year been like for him? “Learning experience. Some ups and downs,” Schoop said during the O’s recent homestand. “But

O’s game blog: Jimenez against Lackey in Game 2 (O’s win 7-4)

Coming off an outing in which he gave up just one unearned run over eight innings, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (3-8, 4.31 ERA) will try to pitch the Orioles to a doubleheader split at Boston tonight. The Orioles were held to five hits in Game 1 and lost 3-2 on Jonathan Herrera’s pinch-hit single in the last of the ninth. Jimenez has allowed two earned runs

Herrera’s pinch-hit single ends it as Boston beats O’s in ninth

It ended with a broken-bat, pinch-hit bloop single. That is how the Red Sox ended today’s game, beating the Orioles 3-2 with a walk-off victory in the last of the ninth. After Miguel Gonzalez pitched a strong eight innings, Boston broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth. T.J. McFarland came on and Jonny Gomes reached on a pinch-hit infield single to deep short. He moved

O’s game blog: A look at the Orioles success against Jon Lester since 2012

The Orioles will face Jon Lester (9-7, 2.92 ERA) and John Lackey (9-5, 3.62 ERA) in a day-night doubleheader today against the Boston Red Sox. For many years, it seemed that Lester could fall out of bed and beat the Orioles. But as of the 2012 season, the Orioles are no longer Lester’s lackeys. Through the 2011 season, Lester had a 14-0 career record against

Ryan Webb quietly has put together a solid year for the Orioles

Pitching on a team that has relievers like Darren O’Day (1.23 ERA) and Zach Britton (1.42 ERA), Ryan Webb can sometimes be overlooked. But the 28-year-old right-hander has put together a very strong season for the Orioles in his first year with the team. Webb’s signing didn’t get nearly the publicity of other players over the winter but he’s proven to a be a very

A few O’s notes on Pearce, Jones and more (Bundy allows three runs for Frederick)

So no Fourth of July baseball for the Orioles at Boston. Today’s game was rained out and will be made up Saturday as part of a day-night doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. with Game 2 at 7:15 p.m. The first game will air on MASN2 HD and the second game on FOX. So here are a few notes to hold you

A look at the Orioles’ draft pick signings and some signing bonuses

After drafting 38 players this year in the First-Year Player Draft, 27 of which were pitchers, the Orioles had signed 30 picks as of yesterday afternoon. Of the 30 signed players, 19 are pitchers. The latest signing announced by the club on Thursday was its ninth-round pick, University of Mississippi infielder Austin Anderson. The Orioles did not have a pick until the third round and

Pearce on his hot hitting, Chen on his outing after the O’s beat Texas

Steve Pearce spent another night having a big game and another night talking about his recent hot hitting when it was over. “I’m just feeling comfortable in the batter’s box. Hitting is contagious. We are all hitting and we’ll just ride it,” Pearce said. “It feels really good, especially with the win for a sweep. Some close games. Definitely means more when we win.” Pearce

Showalter on the win and travel issues facing the Orioles

The Orioles completed a four-game sweep of Texas and a 7-4 homestand with their 5-2 win over the Rangers. They moved a season-high seven games over .500 at 46-39. Now for thier next trick, they need to get to Boston in time for a 1:35 p.m. game on the Fourth of July. Not as easy as usual for the Orioles over the next few hours

Pearce with a career-high four hits as O’s complete four-game sweep

Wei-Yin Chen had a bounceback outing. Steve Pearce just continued doing what he has been doing. It added up to a 5-2 Orioles win over Texas tonight, as they completed their first four-game home sweep of the Rangers since Aug. 6-9, 2004. The Orioles improved to 46-39, moving a season-high seven games over the .500 mark. They have won nine of 13 games and are

O’s game blog: Will O’s, Rangers battle each other, weather? (O’s win 5-2)

If the weather allows this game to get started and also completed, the Orioles will try to complete their first home four-game sweep of Texas since Aug. 6-9, 2004. As game time approaches, the tarp remains on the field and a light rain is falling. Some fans are in the lower seating bowl and have broken out their umbrellas. Certainly, we will not be starting

On final day of voting, Adam Jones appreciates the All-Star support

With fan balloting for the All-Star game ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time tonight, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is still very much in the hunt to get voted to start for the American League. In the most recent voting released Monday, Jones was in fifth place among AL outfielders, but was just 88,285 votes out of third. Jose Bautista of Toronto and Mike Trout

Brach gets on a roll, plus other Orioles notes

It is not easy to sweep a team in a four-game series, but the Orioles can do that tonight at Camden Yards against Texas. The O’s last home four-game sweep against the Rangers came from Aug. 6-9, 2004. The Orioles swept four at Texas from July 8-11, 2010. That was their first four-game sweep at Texas since June of 1976. One reason the Orioles could

Flaherty on his homer, Tillman on his outing after Orioles top Texas

Ryan Flaherty doesn’t face left-handed pitchers too often. He had just 23 of his 131 at-bats against southpaws before tonight. But with the Orioles playing without Manny Machado, he went up there against Rangers lefty Neal Cotts in the last of the seventh tonight. He then hit a go-ahead solo homer to break a 4-4 tie and the Orioles beat the Rangers 6-4. Cotts had

O’s rally from 4-0 deficit to win, Flaherty homers for go-ahead run

Ryan Flaherty began tonight batting just .203 for the season and with just three homers. But given a chance to do something big for his team tonight, he did just that. Facing left-handed reliever Neal Cotts, Flaherty homered over the right field scoreboard leading off the last of the seventh. His fourth homer broke a 4-4 tie and lifted the Orioles to a 6-4 win

O’s game blog: It’s Tillman time against the Rangers tonight (Davies scratched for Bowie)

Despite going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position the last two nights, the Orioles have scored 15 runs on 18 hits in winning the first two games of their series with Texas. The Orioles had three doubles and seven homers in the wins on Monday and Tuesday. In those games, they beat two struggling pitchers. Joe Saunders had given up 13 runs in 8 2/3

Cruz on the Home Run Derby, Joseph on his offense, Schoop on teammates’ support

After last night’s game, when he hit his 26th home run on his 34th birthday, Nelson Cruz said once again that he will be skipping the All-Star Home Run Derby. “They asked me,” Cruz said. “Like I’ve said in the past, I was in that once. I think the best thing for the team right now and for me is to stay out of that.

Buck Showalter on Caleb Joseph’s strong caught stealing percentage (Gonzalez debuts)

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph does not yet qualify for the American League defensive league leaders. If he did, his caught stealing percentage of 52 percent would be tops in the AL. A player needs to appear in 50 percent of his team’s games to qualify. Joseph has played in 33 of 83 Orioles games. The AL leader is Robinson Chirinos of the Texas team the

McFarland, Joseph and Cruz comment after the O’s beat Texas

Tonight was T.J McFarland’s second career start, but unlike the first outing, he left with a win this time. McFarland pitched a career-high five innings, allowing seven hits and two runs as the Orioles beat Texas 8-3. He said yesterday he would have some nerves out there, and he did. “I’m always going to be a little nervous before. ... I mean even when the

O’s use early homers to back McFarland and beat Texas 8-3

In his second major league start, T.J. McFarland went five innings to get the win, and for the second night in a row, the O’s starter got plenty of early run support. The Orioles hit three homers in the first two innings on their way to an 8-3 win over Texas tonight at Camden Yards. They’ve taken the first two of this four-game series. The

O’s game blog: Orioles’ team ERA has improved each month

Hard to believe, but three months are now in the books for the 2014 season. There’s now three more to go in the regular season for the Orioles. The O’s had their best record of any month in June, and their team ERA has gotten better each month: O’s in March/April: Went 12-12 on 4.5 runs per game and a 4.49 ERA O’s in May:

Ramon Ramirez: From Tacoma to Sarasota to Norfolk to Baltimore

For 32-year-old right-hander Ramon Ramirez, the last few weeks have been a little crazy. He got released from Seattle’s Triple-A team, the Tacoma Rainiers, after pitching just 4 1/3 innings there. In late May, the Orioles agreed with him on a minor league contract. On June 2, he had his O’s physical, passed it, was officially signed and then reported to Sarasota, Fla. On June

McFarland excited for his start, Davis gets reacquainted at third (Wilson to Triple-A)

It is not often that reporters interview the next day’s starter after a game. But T.J. McFarland, who will make his second major league start tonight, was made available to reporters after the O’s win last night. McFarland has been pitching well out of the Orioles bullpen, but he leaves that role for at least one night to face the Rangers this evening. “I’m extremely

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