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De Aza talks about joining O’s (plus clubhouse quotes after 12-8 win)

Well, he did miss his first flight and didn’t arrive until the fourth inning, but new O’s outfielder Alejandro De Aza is now settling into the Orioles clubhouse. He talked briefly with reporters after today’s game. “I did miss my first flight, but I’m happy to be here. Glad to be here,” he said. “It’s great, at the same time I get to know a

Hardy with a grand slam, Flaherty with a three-run shot as O’s top Twins

The Orioles have not lost this year when they have hit three or more homers in a game. Today, they produced eight runs on three swings in a 12-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles have taken the first three games of this series that ends here tomorrow. Now at 79-56, they are a season-high 23 games over .500 and have opened a nine-game

O’s game blog: It’s Chen against Nolasco today at Camden Yards

Hosting the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards, the Orioles look for their 79th win of the season here this afternoon. They are currently 5-1 in the middle of an 11-game homestand. After last night’s 3-2 win, the Orioles are 27-19 in one-run games including a 16-6 mark at home. Five of the last seven Orioles games have been decided by two runs or fewer. Darren

Trade winds and another game win for the Orioles

The Orioles are adding wins and players while reducing their magic number. Guess it’s all good these days in Birdland. Who remembers that series sweep in Wrigley Field now? Last night’s win puts the Orioles a season-high 22 games over .500 at 78-56, and their lead atop the American League East is eight games. The Orioles are 5-1 on this homestand and they are 20-6

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman has a 1.26 ERA in August

It is a distant memory now, but from May 21 to June 5, Chris Tillman had an ERA of 12.56 over a four-start stretch that twice included him not getting a single out in the second inning. Looking at how well Tillman is pitching now and with his current stats, it is hard to believe that actually happened. But it did. On June 5, Tillman’s

Caleb Joseph on Miguel Gonzalez’s strong outing, plus other notes

For the second time in five games, the Orioles posted a 9-1 win last night. They have certainly bounced back well from the Cubs series, where they were swept three straight and scored four total runs. In five games since then, they are 4-1, outscoring their opponents 28-11. Chris Davis hit a grand slam, Delmon Young hit a disputed two-run homer and Steve Pearce got

Pearce updates his abdominal issue, with Gardenhire’s postgame reaction

The Orioles’ Steve Pearce will have an MRI in the morning. He left tonight’s game before the top of the fourth inning with a right abdominal strain. Pearce said it was not that painful, and he felt it could be a very short-term injury. The Orioles want to try and resolve this before it gets any worse. When did Pearce first become aware of this

Tough day for May: Davis’ grand slam leads O’s over Twins

For the Orioles, no double steal was needed tonight. The longball returned to the offense. Twins’ starter Trevor May opened the door and the O’s kicked it in with a couple of big swings in a 9-1 romp over Minnesota in the opener of a four-game series. The Orioles are 77-56 and tie their season high in moving 21 games over the .500 mark. Making

O’s game blog: Miguel Gonzalez on mound as Twins-O’s series begins

After taking three of four from Tampa Bay, this long Orioles’ homestand continues here tonight as the Orioles begin a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles lost two of three May 2-4 at Target Field and were outscored 11-6. Twins pitchers posted an ERA of 2.00 in that series. Minnesota is approaching a milestone home run in the history of its franchise. The

Cruz talks about possibility of contract extension with the Orioles

The Orioles’ Nelson Cruz said there is a lot to like about his situation with the team. A free agent at the end of this season, the major league’s home run leader said that the Orioles have approached him about a possible contract extension. Cruz signed a one-year deal for $8 million, which has turned into a bargain for the Orioles, on Feb. 24. He

Jones on scoreboard watching and the Orioles’ bullpen, plus other notes

After the latest Orioles’ win last night over Tampa Bay, Adam Jones said the players do indeed check out the standings sometimes. Right now, it shows them leading the American League East by seven games over the New York Yankees. “We’d be lying if we said we aren’t looking,” Jones said. “That is just human nature. But we also know that we have to take

Jones on steal of home, Miller on first O’s win and more from the clubhouse

In the first inning tonight the Orioles got two runs - one with power and one with speed. We don’t always see the Orioles get a run on the bases, but after a Steve Pearce homer, the O’s had Nelson Cruz on first and Adam Jones on third and one out. The Orioles then pulled off a double steal. It led to Jones stealing home,

Hardy’s single in seventh gives Orioles a 5-4 win over Rays

Sometimes you need a bloop and a blast and sometimes a bloop alone will do. J.J. Hardy’s bloop RBI single in the seventh inning drove in the tiebreaking run as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 5-4. The Orioles win the series, three games to one, and are 76-56 for the season. They gained a game on New York after the Yankees lost this afternoon and

O’s game blog: Birds aim for series win in finale

The Orioles need a win tonight against Tampa Bay to extend a four-series winning streak in American League East games. The O’s lead this series two wins to one. In fact, the Orioles have lost just one of their last 13 AL East series, winning 10 and tying two others. They are 11-3-2 in division series for the season. The Orioles have gone 32-20 (.615)

Paredes on his callup and minor league notes on Sisco and Burgess

Jimmy Paredes was an Oriole for two days in February. He returned to the organization in July and today made it to the major league roster. The 25-year-old switch-hitter, who can play infield and outfield, was called up today from Triple-A Norfolk to take the roster spot of Kevin Gausman, who was officially optioned to the Gulf Coast League after last night’s game. Paredes has

Despite recent struggles, Kevin Gausman needs to stay in the rotation

Should the Orioles be concerned about Kevin Gausman? Earlier this year, their 2012 first-round draft pick gave up two runs over 13 innings in back-to-back starts against Oakland and Toronto when both were in first place. He pitched the final game before the All-Star break and gave up just one run in a rain-shortened win over the Yankees that left him with 4-2 record and

Gausman says he’s not tiring, plus other clubhouse quotes

Kevin Gausman had just a four-inning start tonight, which is tied for the shortest of his big league career. He gave up six hits and three runs as the Orioles lost 3-1 to Tampa Bay. Gausman threw 129 2/3 innings last season, and is at 127 1/3 innings now. It is fair to wonder if he is tiring a bit during a long season. He

O’s bats quiet in loss against Smyly, Tampa Bay

Since he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on July 31, left-hander Drew Smyly had pitched to an ERA of 1.55 over four starts and 0.76 over his last three. The Orioles saw why tonight. Smyly gave up one run and two hits over seven innings as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 3-1 at Camden Yards. He walked one and fanned six, throwing 87

O’s game blog: Clevenger returns as O’s face Smyly tonight

Catcher Steve Clevenger returned to the Orioles today for his third stint with the club this season. The 28-year-old Baltimore native has batted .305/.366/.389 with two home runs and 30 RBIs in 64 games for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides this season. He hit .240/.296/.373 in 26 games for the Orioles earlier this year. Clevenger said he was surprised by the timing of the call-up, which

Darren O’Day is excited about his T-shirt night

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day is pretty fired up about tonight - and not just for the chance for the Orioles to win another game and get closer to their goal of making the playoffs. It’s Darren O’Day T-shirt night at the Yard and all fans that come through the turnstiles will get one. Several Orioles were wearing theirs in the clubhouse before tonight’s game. “Pretty

Andrew Miller may have a ring, but now he wants to actually pitch in the playoffs

The 2013 Boston Red Sox won the World Series and new Orioles pitcher Andrew Miller helped them get there. He just couldn’t pitch when they did make the postseason. On July 6, 2013, Miller went down in a game against the Los Angeles Angels, injuring his left foot on a comebacker to the mound. Surgery was needed to repair ligament damage. His season was over

Joseph, Chen and Schoop’s postgame comments after O’s top Tampa Bay

After winning with five home runs last night, the Orioles had just one extra-base hit, a double, tonight. They had to grind out a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. “That is the best way to describe it,” said catcher Caleb Joseph, who contributed a two-run single. “You are going to grind these games out. Most AL East games are that way. Coming off

Joseph and Schoop combine to drive in three as O’s top Tampa Bay

It was a night where neither starter completed five innings and the game moved along at a snail’s pace. But given the opportunity to produce big hits, the bottom of the Orioles lineup took advantage. Caleb Joseph - batting eighth - came up with a clutch two-run single, and Jonathan Schoop - the No. 9 batter - added an RBI hit of his own as

O’s game blog: Orioles are 16-5 in last 21 home games

The Orioles have been playing well at home here at Camden Yards, a trend they look to continue as they host Tampa Bay tonight in the second game of a four-game series and 11-game homestand. Since June 30, the Orioles are 16-5 at home with a 2.66 team ERA after going 19-21 in their first 40 games at the Yard. In their last 21 home

Another look at some of the Orioles’ homer stats

After hitting five more homers last night, the Orioles have now hit 168 for the season, which easily leads the majors leagues. Colorado is second with 150, and Toronto and Houston are tied with 144. The big league average right now is 114. The Orioles are on a pace to hit 211 homers. They led the majors with 212 last season. They have seven seasons

After Cubs series, O’s still elect to continue season, beat Tampa Bay

Yep, exaggerating to make a point with that headline. I do feel the large, large majority of Orioles fans put the club’s series at Wrigley Field in its proper perspective. Maybe the remaining five percent of fans that - yet again - overreacted to a loss or two, can now come back in off the ledge. Baseball teams lose games, even to teams that are

Hardy, Tillman and Jones comment after Orioles win over Tampa Bay

For the first time in team history, the Orioles hit back-to-back homers and then added three in a row later in one game tonight. The last time that happened in the majors was June 19, 2012 when Toronto did it at Milwaukee. The Orioles hit five homers tonight in a 9-1 win over Tampa Bay in the opener of an 11-game homestand. “Just one of

Homer happy: Orioles bash five homers in 9-1 rout of Rays

To put tonight’s game in perspective, the Orioles scored four runs on 13 hits with two homers in the three-game weekend series at Wrigley Field. Tonight, they scored nine runs on 14 hits with five homers. The Orioles bashed Tampa Bay 9-1 and “bash” is the appropriate word as the longball returned to the offense. Twice tonight the Orioles hit back-to-back homers and the second

O’s game blog: Orioles begin 11-game homestand tonight

For O’s fans concerned after the team got swept at Wrigley Field, here are some numbers to keep in mind. Beginning tonight as the Orioles host Tampa Bay, they will play 21 of their next 27 games at home and they are 15-5 in their last 20 games at Camden Yards. The Orioles will also play 27 of their final 34 regular-season games against the

Manny Machado: “This is the biggest obstacle of my life”

Before he flies to Los Angeles tomorrow in advance of his right knee surgery on Wednesday, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado spoke one more time about his decision to have the procedure. “It has to be surgically repaired,” he said. “The only way it was going to be fixed was with surgery. Maybe we could have gotten it to the best possible position to perform,

A look at the challenge for young players like Jonathan Schoop

There was an interesting discussion the other day on MLB Network about rookies in Major League Baseball. They were basically wondering whether it is tougher for young players to have instant success these days. Long-time writer and reporter Peter Gammons concluded it might be for two main reasons. One is that these kids are hyped more than ever and that puts some pressure on them

Wada takes no-hitter into seventh as Cubs beat O’s 2-1

They did not get no-hit, but they did get swept. And for the first time since late May, the Orioles have a three-game losing streak. Former Orioles farmhand Tsuyoshi Wada took a no-hitter into the seventh today as the Chicago Cubs beat the Orioles 2-1 to complete a three-game sweep. The Orioles get swept for just the second time this season and are 73-55. Their

O’s game blog: Gonzalez on the mound in road trip finale

The Orioles have not had a losing road trip all year. They need a win today to keep that mark intact. They are 4-4 on this trip, which ends this afternoon at Wrigley Field. The Orioles also are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since they dropped four in a row from May 27-30. They have gone 74 games since May 31 without

Q&A with O’s minor league hitting coordinator Jeff Manto

The Orioles have had a decent year on the farm at the plate. Several players and a few of their minor league teams have had success on offense this season. Jeff Manto is nearing the end of his first season as the Orioles coordinator of minor league hitting. A former Oriole and former big league hitting coach with Pittsburgh and the Chicago White Sox, Manto

Long delay, long day: Cubs beat O’s 7-2 at Wrigley

Well, that took a while. The Orioles fell behind by two runs much earlier today, then waited out a rain delay of 3 hours, 9 minutes at Wrigley Field. They could not come back after the delay and lost 7-2 in a game that began during the afternoon and ended at night. The Orioles have lost the first two games of the series and it

O’s game blog: Cubs rookie Hendricks takes 1.48 ERA into start against O’s

The Orioles try to get back in the win column today at Wrigley Field in Game 2 of their series against the Chicago Cubs. A win in one of the next two games will give the Orioles a winning road trip with at least a 5-4 record. A win in the next two games will give the Orioles another series victory, which would be their

Machado’s injury and Hardy’s free agency present questions about future of O’s infield

We are getting ahead of ourselves here since we have not heard yet from the Orioles on the latest news about Manny Machado. How long will he be out if he indeed does have right knee surgery? What will the recovery time period be? But this development has potential ramifications beyond just what this means for Machado. For instance, what does this mean for J.J.

It looks like it’s Davis at third and Pearce at first after latest news on Machado

Here are some stats to keep in mind: The Orioles are playing .573 ball (47-35) this season when Manny Machado starts at third base and they are playing .591 ball (26-18) when someone else has started there this year. The news today that Machado is headed for another knee surgery and his season is likely over does not mean the Orioles cannot win, and does

Arrieta pitches seven strong innings as Cubs beat Orioles

Right-hander Jake Arrieta provided his former team an in-person example of how well he has pitched this season today. Arrieta pitched a strong seven innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Orioles 4-1 in the series opener at Wrigley Field. The Orioles’ four-game winning streak ended and they fall to 4-3 on this road trip and to 73-53 for the season. Arrieta gave up just

O’s game blog: Orioles face Jake Arrieta in Wrigley Field series opener

For just the second time ever, the Orioles play at historic Wrigley Field today as they begin a three-game series against the Cubs. In the 2008 season, the Orioles went 2-1 at Wrigley, outscoring Chicago 22-16. The Orioles are 9-5 this season in interleague games, going 5-1 at home and 4-4 on the road. Kevin Gausman (7-4, 3.70 ERA) pitches against former Oriole Jake Arrieta

O’s DSL team clinches playoff berth, plus Gonzalez to Aberdeen and Bowie’s All Stars

The Orioles have two teams in the Dominican Summer League and their DSL No. 1 team is headed to the playoffs. That club is 47-23 with two regular season games remaining, having clinched its division championship. This is also the best record ever by an O’s team in the DSL. The DSL Orioles won 10 in a row to wrap up the division. The team

Mike Wright talks about his near no-hitter (Aberdeen awarded 2015 All-Star Game)

For Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Mike Wright, this year started slow but sure is finishing strong. That strong finish put him on the verge of history last night when he lost a no-hitter with two outs in the last of the ninth at Durham. Wright went a career-high 8 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and two unearned runs with three walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts

Jeff Manto talks about Christian Walker and Dariel Alvarez (Aberdeen to host All-Star game)

Jeff Manto is in his first season as the Orioles’ coordinator of minor league hitting. He was hired Nov. 5 and brings a lot of experience to this job. That includes time as a big league player and also as the major league hitting coach with Pittsburgh from 2006-07 and with the Chicago White Sox from 2012-13. This week, I had the chance to talk

O’s use longball and a clutch relief outing to complete sweep of the White Sox

Some nights the Orioles get a high percentage of their runs from home runs. Some nights they get all their runs from home runs. It often seems to work out well for them. The O’s bashed three more homers, producing all their runs tonight in a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox as they swept the three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Orioles

O’s game blog: Orioles look for a sweep tonight in Chicago

Tonight the Orioles are looking for their third sweep of three games or more in 2014. The Orioles swept three games at Tampa Bay on May 6-8 and four games at home against Texas on June 30-July 3. They are 2-5 in seven opportunities to sweep three-or-more game series in 2014, going 1-2 at home and 1-3 on the road. With a win, the Orioles

Minor league notes on Tim Berry, Brian Gonzalez, Branden Kline and more

Double-A Bowie left-hander Tim Berry has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 18 with shoulder tendinitis. But the Orioles are convinced this is very minor and are hopeful Berry can start again for the Baysox this season. Berry was examined by Orioles orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs. The Orioles’ No. 6 prospect according to Baseball America, the 23-year-old Berry was added to the

A look at some impressive pitching statistics

The Orioles and their fans could get used to pitching like this. Here are some updated O’s pitching stats: * The Orioles have a 1.33 ERA over their last three games, allowing just eight hits in 27 innings. The O’s have allowed three or fewer hits for three consecutive games for the first time since July 17-19, 1992. The team record is four straight games

Chris Tillman with a gem as Orioles beat White Sox

Chris Tillman is pretty much cranking out strong outing after strong outing these days. His latest stellar effort came tonight as he pitched the Orioles past the Chicago White Sox 5-1 at U.S. Cellular Field. Tillman went eight innings and Tommy Hunter pitched the ninth. The duo combined to hold Chicago to three hits. It’s the third straight game where Orioles pitching has allowed three

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman looks for win No. 10 at Chicago

Fresh off a win over ace Chris Sale, the Orioles look for a second straight win in Chicago tonight. A win in one of the next two games will give the Orioles their ninth series victory in their last 10 series. Nick Markakis went 2-for-3 against Sale last night. He joined Josh Hamilton (June 7), Gregor Blanco (June 18) and Alex Gordon (July 21) as

As his bat begins to heat up again, Pearce talks about O’s team chemistry

Baseball can be a funny game. A hitter can go from struggling badly to hot in just a few games and with just a few swings. That seems to be happening right now to Steve Pearce. In the last two games his bat looks like it is heating up. He has gone 5-for-10 with three doubles, a homer and two RBIs. Before that he went

Orioles added to their hit list against top pitchers last night

This is an impressive stat for the Orioles and it bodes well for them should they still be playing in October: They are now 10-5 in games when they face a starting pitcher who is currently in the American League top 10 in ERA. The latest win came last night. They pinned a loss on Chris Sale. They are 2-0 this year when Sale has

O’s use solid pitching, the longball and strong defense to beat Sale and the White Sox

Get one solid starting pitching performance. Mix in two homers against Chris Sale. Throw in one potential game-saving catch. And then add a late five-run rally to blown open a one-run game. Where to start with this impressive 8-2 Orioles win over the Chicago White Sox to start a three-game series? Bud Norris took a one-hitter and 3-0 lead to the last of the seventh,

O’s game blog: A look at the challenge of facing Chris Sale

As the Orioles face Chris Sale (10-2, 2.01 ERA), one of baseball’s best pitchers tonight, maybe they will be encouraged by how they did against him on June 23. Sale has held American League batters to a .196 batting average this season. But that night, the Orioles had 11 hits off Sale in six innings and batted .423 against him. They beat the White Sox

A look at how the Orioles are turning homers into wins

How important are home runs to the Orioles? Well, when they hit more homers than their opponent this year they are 45-6, and that is an .882 winning percentage. They are perfect, 14-0 in the second half, when out-homering the opposition. That stat is pretty amazing and it was brought to my attention when I first saw it on a graphic during a MASN telecast

Delmarva duo: Sisco and Dosch have been among O’s best minor league batters

During a season where the Orioles have had several position player prospects - like Christian Walker, Mike Yastrzemski and Dariel Alvarez - garner attention and earn promotions, two young kids at Single-A Delmarva have just continued to crank out the hits and put up big seasons of their own. Shorebirds catcher Chance Sisco and third baseman Drew Dosch rank among the top hitters this season

Davis drives in go-ahead run, Gausman gets the win as O’s top Cleveland

For one inning at least, the Orioles broke out of their offensive doldrums in Cleveland, as the longball returned to their offense. They used those runs and a strong outing from Kevin Gausman to beat Cleveland 4-1 today at Progressive Field. The Orioles avoided a three-game sweep as they improved to 70-52. They had not lost three in a row since dropping four straight from

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman to the mound as O’s try to avoid sweep

The Orioles went to Cleveland having won eight of their last 10 games and eight consecutive series. But they need to win this afternoon to avoid being swept by the Indians. The Orioles have been swept in a three-game series once this year, May 12-14 at home against the Tigers. The last time they got swept in Cleveland was April 15-17, 2011. They are looking

Jimenez’s struggles leave his spot on a potential playoff roster in doubt

If the Orioles had to set their playoff roster today, should they get there of course, it would be hard for Ubaldo Jimenez to make it. Right now, he is not one of their five best starters and you probably only need three or four in the playoffs anyway. He could be moved to a long relief role in the bullpen, but at this point,

Jimenez struggles, Orioles blanked 6-0 by Indians

Last season, when he pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Ubaldo Jimenez went 5-2 with an ERA of 1.66 in his last 11 starts at Progressive Field. This outing didn’t go quite that well. Jimenez struggled again and allowed two home runs and six runs as Cleveland blanked the Orioles 6-0 tonight to take the first two games in the series. The Orioles fall to 69-52

O’s game blog: A look at the Orioles’ chance to tie a team record

If the Orioles can pull out wins tonight and tomorrow at Cleveland, they can tie a club record. The Orioles are looking for their ninth consecutive series win. They have won nine in a row twice before. The O’s did that from July 31 to Aug. 27,1968 and they did it over two seasons from Sept. 18, 1995 to April 18, 1996. The O’s have

With big division lead, fans just not that upset at a walk-off loss

This is how good a season the Orioles are having. On a night when they left 10 runners on base, scored just one run and lost in walk-off fashion, there was little gloom and doom to be found on this blog last night. Kind of refreshing, isn’t it? No one second-guessing Buck Showalter’s every move or ripping everyone but the bat boy. No proclaiming this

Walk-off loss: Mike Aviles homers in the 11th as Cleveland tops the Orioles

For the Orioles, it was a tough start to a nine-game road trip. Mike Aviles led off the last of the 11th with a homer to left off Brian Matusz as Cleveland beat the Orioles 2-1 with the walk-off win. Aviles hit a 77 mph breaking ball for his fourth homer. The Orioles fall to 69-51 and their eight-game winning streak in series openers comes

O’s game blog: A look at the O’s impressive record against top pitchers

First, the bad news. The Orioles tonight face Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (13-6, 2.46 ERA). Kluber has given up just one earned run in 31 1/3 innings over his past four starts and he ranks third in the American League in ERA. Now the good news. The Orioles have played 13 games this year against a starter in the current top 10 of the

Checking in with the newest Oriole and the challenge of facing Kluber

For the first time since May of 2013 when he was in the Cleveland organization, 27-year-old infielder Cord Phelps is back in the major leagues. When Manny Machado went on the disabled list Wednesday, Phelps was the choice of the Orioles to take his roster spot. “Anytime you get told you are going to the big leagues it is a pretty cool feeling, so I’m

Has this been the year of the hitter on the O’s farm?

When Baseball America came out with its list of the Orioles top 30 prospects last December, pitchers took up the first four spots, and six of the top eight on the list. Based on what we’ve seen happen this year, and with the departures from that list of Kevin Gausman and Eduardo Rodriguez, several hitters should start making their way higher up on the Orioles’

Dylan Bundy goes on the disabled list with strained latissimus muscle

Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has been placed on the disabled list with Single-A Frederick due to a right latissimus strain. It happened while Bundy was running in the outfield following his most recent start. Bundy saw Orioles doctors today in Baltimore. “We did an MRI and it confirmed the muscle strain,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. With the minor league regular

The 2014 Orioles: While they lose players to injury, they add to their division lead

Call it an Adam bomb. Whenever the 2014 season comes to an end and someone compiles a list of Adam Jones’ greatest hits, last night’s homer will be there. It’s going to be a long list for Jones with key hits and this homer will rank right up there. He has had so many big first-inning homers this year, but this time he saved the

Adam Jones: “Put me in the right spot, I’m expecting to deliver”

In the Orioles clubhouse after his huge tie-breaking three-run homer in the last of the eighth led the Orioles past the Yankees 5-3, Adam Jones was asked if he was a bit more animated than usual when he ran around the bases tonight. “Big spot. Big home run. ESPN game,” Jones said laughing. “Everybody watching. You know me, I play the game with emotion. Big

Two swings, four runs: Schoop and Jones homer in eighth as O’s rally past Yankees

Jonathan Schoop hit a big homer tonight and then Adam Jones topped him. Jones hit a tie-breaking three-run shot off Shawn Kelley as the Orioles beat the Yankees 5-3 at Camden Yards to sweep this rain-shortened, two-game series. A crowd of 37,687 roared on with its approval. After Schoop tied the game 2-2 with a homer off Dellin Betances, Jones delivered on the first pitch

O’s game blog: Orioles go for another AL East series win tonight

The Orioles have won a season-high seven straight series. They have lost just one of their last 12 American League East series. They can add to both totals with a win here tonight in a rain-shortened, two-game series against the Yankees. The Orioles are 9-1-2 in the last 12 AL East series, and they have won three in a row and five of their last

Chris Davis talks about playing third base and batting second

With Manny Machado on the disabled list, Chris Davis moves over from first and gets the start at third base tonight. This will be Davis’ third start this year at third base. The Orioles are 1-1 in the first two games. Davis made 17 starts for the Orioles at third in the 2011 season and has made 68 big league starts at the position. “I

Dan Duquette on Manny Machado and Cord Phelps

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Manny Machado could return to the team by the end of his disabled list stint. Machado was placed on the 15-day disabled list today, retroactive to August 12, with a right knee sprain. “That’s possible,” Duquette said. “We’ll see how it goes. Today he’s feeling pretty good, he’s walking around.” To fill Machado’s roster spot, the Orioles called

A look at the O’s-Yankees season series and the third base situation

Jinx alert. About to write about the Orioles beating up on the Yankees this year and what it could mean. Those that believe in jinxes should probably check out right about now. But for the rest of you... The Orioles are 7-3 this season against the Yankees. If they win just three of the remaining nine games between these teams, the Orioles will take the

MLB commissioner Bud Selig: Baltimore is prime candidate to host 2016 All-Star Game

At a press conference at Camden Yards in advance of Major League Baseball’s owners meetings to be held Wednesday and Thursday in Baltimore, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Baltimore remains a strong candidate to host the 2016 All-Star Game. Previously, Baltimore hosted the game in 1958 at Memorial Stadium and 1993 at Camden Yards. The 2016 season will be the Orioles’ 25th at Oriole Park.

Jones on O’s 60th anniversary celebration and other notes

So if you think you enjoyed the Orioles 60th anniversary celebration after the game on Friday night, check out how Adam Jones felt about it. “The Orioles, and it starts at the top, they outdid themselves,” Jones said. “During the last decade-and-a-half or something, I’m sure it’s been difficult to get that group together. But, for one night, Peter (Angelos) did ... that was big

Manny Machado talks about his right knee injury (plus Davis and Norris quotes)

Leaving the game with a right knee sprain after falling to the ground in a third-inning groundout tonight, Manny Machado said he doesn’t yet know how long he will be out or the severity of his injury. “We don’t know. X-rays came out negative. The MRI tomorrow will tell us what is going on. How long or how many days I’m going to be out.

Machado injured, while Cruz, Schoop and Davis homer as O’s beat New York

In the third inning, Manny Machado left the game injured. In the fifth inning, the player that replaced him hit a go-ahead homer. The Orioles were far from done on offense at that point. So it wasn’t all bad tonight for the Orioles. Chris Davis entered for Machado and hit a two-run shot off New York’s Chris Capuano in the fifth as the O’s moved

O’s game blog: Adam Jones on O’s AL East lead and other notes

No one is calculating magic numbers in the Orioles clubhouse these days but O’s center fielder Adam Jones talked about the club holding the largest division lead of any team in baseball. As they open a three-game series at home against the Yankees tonight they lead Toronto by five games and New York by six games. “Well, we are in a unique position,” Jones said.

J.J. Hardy provides an update on his injured thumb

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is not in the starting lineup for the second day in a row due to a sprained left thumb. Before the lineup was posted today he indicated it was doubtful he would be in it. “I hope tomorrow,” Hardy said. “Every day I hope I wake up and it’s fine and I can play that day. Little sore today, probably about

Orioles continue to win, but Chris Davis continues to struggle

In the big picture, the Orioles had a good weekend. They rolled off a seventh straight series win. They opened a six-game lead atop the division, their largest since 1997, on Saturday. They are just one game behind the Angels for the second-best record in the majors. But some frustrations seemed to surface for fans again on Sunday. One was seeing the team go 2-for-13

Kevin Gausman on his outing today against St. Louis

Kevin Gausman had a streak of three straight quality starts end this afternoon. He was struggling almost from the start, allowing two runs and four hits in the first inning as the Orioles lost 8-3 to St. Louis. “From the first inning on, it was kind of a battle of keeping my pitch count down,” Gausman said. “I did a good job of bouncing back

St. Louis gets early lead, pulls away late to beat O’s and avoid sweep

There were no homers this time. Not enough clutch hits either. And on a day when the Orioles were playing catch-up from the start, they never did quite catch up and the Cardinals pulled away late. St. Louis scored two runs in the first today and three in the ninth on their way to an 8-3 over the Orioles to avoid getting swept. Four times

O’s game blog: A look at the offense this series and Joseph on his power

The Orioles are batting .413 with nine homers in their series against the St. Louis Cardinals. They scored 12 runs on 15 hits Friday and added 10 runs on 16 hits yesterday. They have hit those nine homers against a St. Louis team that began this series allowing the fewest homers in the majors with 71. The last time a Cardinals team allowed nine homers

Delmon Young on O’s power surge and his time in Baltimore

Delmon Young said it is not hard to explain why the Orioles have hit nine homers in the series against St. Louis. “We’re not missing pitches out over the plate that we were missing before,” he said simply. Young went 2-for-4 with a double, homer and three RBIs on Saturday. He’s now batting .321 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 156 at-bats. Young, who

Notes on the offense, Aberdeen’s All-Stars and more with the Hall of Famers

Will the real Orioles offense stand up? Is it the group that scored just three runs on six hits in the last two games of the Toronto series? Or is it the group that scored 22 runs on 31 hits with nine homers the last two games against St. Louis? Chris Tillman and Ubaldo Jimenez probably don’t want to analyze it. They are happy to

Joseph on his homer streak, Jimenez on his outing and the win

Caleb Joseph today became the 15th catcher since 1914 to homer in five consecutive games. For a player that not long ago had a hard time getting out of Double-A, he’s been on quite a run. And he showed some emotion today with a fist pump when he hit that one. “It’s just a big whirlwind of kind of emotions,” he said. “You set a

Caleb Joseph homers for the fifth game in a row as O’s top Cardinals

Caleb Joseph homered for the fifth game in a row. Two of his teammates also connected as the Orioles home run barrage continued this afternoon. The Orioles hit three more longballs today in an 10-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals that gives them their seventh consecutive series win. A crowd of 40,894 was on hand at Camden Yards. The Orioles are a season-high 18

O’s game blog: Jimenez returns to rotation and some homer notes

Well, we know the Orioles rely a lot on the home run ball. At least they hit them often, and that is not just referring to the six they hit last night. The Orioles lead the majors with 42 games where they have hit two or more homers. They are 32-10 in those multi-homer games. They are 55-25 when they hit even one homer in

Looking back on an amazing night, Jimenez on his start and more

For an Orioles fan, does it get much better than last night? The Orioles hit six homers, routed a good team, started a homestand off big and capped the night with an amazing show linking their proud past with their promising present. It ends with the O’s Hall of Famers and the current Orioles on the field together as their adoring fans cheer until they

Tillman, Hardy and Machado on the win over St. Louis and more

Chris Tillman said it well in one sentence during his postgame interview. “It was a good night to do what we did,” he said after the Orioles’ 12-2 win over St. Louis. The Orioles put on a great show tonight for the crowd and for the 23 Orioles Hall of Famers that returned as part of the 60th anniversary celebration tonight. They were introduced during

Home run derby: Orioles bash six homers in rout of Cardinals

After playing nine one-run games in the last 13 contests, this was quite different for the Orioles. A laugher. And they got to do the laughing. On the night they honored 23 Orioles Hall of Famers as part of their 60th anniversary celebration, the Orioles bashed six homers in a 12-2 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals. A huge crowd of 43,743 enjoyed it at

O’s game blog: Some notes and some quotes as the homestand begins

The Orioles’ latest homestand begins tonight here against the 2013 National League champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Yankees come to town Monday. The Orioles begin play tonight with the largest division lead in baseball at five games and with the majors’ third-best record at 65-49. St. Louis is 61-52 and is one game out in the NL Central. The Orioles are just 1-5 all-time against

Frank and Brooks Robinson on their time as Orioles and the current team

Reporters got to hear from a steady stream of Orioles and Baseball Hall of Famers today. We heard from some of the greatest players to ever wear orange and black. Yeah, we had a good afternoon. In the last press conference of the day, Hall of Famers Eddie Murray, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson spoke. Frank spoke eloquently about his time here as a player

Back end of the bullpen looks strong as O’s are set to begin a big homestand

We may have gotten a look at the Orioles future game plan for October last night. That is, if the club is fortunate enough to make the postseason. With a very strong back end of the bullpen, the O’s can turn a contest into a six-inning game. Turn over the lead late to Andrew Miller, Darren O’Day and Zach Britton and you can win some

Caleb Joseph ties a club record as the Orioles beat Toronto

Caleb Joseph homered again to tie an Orioles club record and Miguel Gonzalez pitched a solid six innings to get the win tonight as the Orioles edged Toronto 2-1 at Rogers Centre. The Orioles took two of three in the series between the two top teams in the American League East. They leave town leading Toronto by five games. The Orioles also kept intact their

O’s game blog: Orioles look for another AL East series win

The Orioles have had solid success this season playing within the American League East. In fact, they have not lost an AL East road series this year and they’d like to keep that record intact tonight. The Orioles have won six and tied one road series in the division in 2014. They have lost just three AL East series overall on the year, going 8-3-2

Minor league notes on Luis Gonzalez and Jason Esposito

Yesterday, the Orioles named minor league pitcher Luis Gonzalez the organizational Pitcher of the Month for July. That is a nice honor for a player who has barely been in the organization for a year. The 22-year-old left-hander from the Dominican Republic was originally signed by the Phillies, but they released him. On July 18, 2013 the Orioles signed him as a minor league free

Machado talks defense and the O’s ponder the next move for Jimenez

So does Manny Machado get more satisfaction from a big hit or a great defensive play? “I don’t know, they are both up there,” Machado said. “Big hit you help your team, big play you help your team. It’s a win-win situation.” Well, that’s true. Defense doesn’t go into a slump. Well, it almost never goes into a slump. I can remember a time earlier

Hutchison dominant in Toronto’s 5-1 win over Orioles

He had not pitched that well recently and struggled at home this year. But right-hander Drew Hutchison has pitched well against the Orioles and he did again tonight. Hutchison pitched one-hit ball over 8 2/3 innings as Toronto beat the Orioles 5-1. He retired 22 consecutive batters before issuing a two-out walk in the ninth. Casey Janssen got the last out. Hutchison walked one and

O’s game blog: A look at tonight’s match-up and other O’s notes

Enjoying a five-game lead atop the American League East for the first time since Sept. 20, 1997, the Orioles look to go a season-high 17 games over the .500 mark tonight at Toronto. The Orioles beat the second-place Blue Jays 9-3 last night and they now have a current winning record against every AL East team. The O’s are 6-5 against Toronto, 7-6 versus Boston,

The bats looked good in Toronto, so did Dylan Bundy in Frederick

That escalated quickly. I’m talking about the Orioles’ offense. Now the runs are coming in bunches. They were coming in a slow trickle. Through the first 16 games out of the All-Star break, the Orioles were batting just .202 and scoring 3.3 runs per game. Going into Monday’s game at Washington, they had scored 10 runs in five games. Now, they have 16 in their

Dylan Bundy talks about his outing tonight in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - For the second time in three outings, Dylan Bundy did not allow a run for Single-A Frederick. Bundy went 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in a strong outing. Frederick went on to beat Carolina 7-3 in front of 4,504 at Harry Grove Stadium. After five outings on the road for Frederick, tonight was Bundy’s

O’s game blog: The Orioles begin a key series against Toronto

FREDERICK, Md. - The first-place Orioles and second-place Blue Jays begin a key three-game series tonight with the O’s (63-48) leading Toronto (60-53) by four games atop the American League East. Toronto is the only AL East team that the O’s do not have a winning record against, but they are .500 at 5-5, including 2-1 at Toronto. The Blue Jays have outscored the Orioles

Luis Pujols and Kennie Steenstra on Dylan Bundy (Bundy with 4 1/3 scoreless in Frederick)

FREDERICK, Md. - He had three very strong starts for short-season Single-A Aberdeen, but since he moved to Single-A Frederick, right-hander Dylan Bundy has not pitched as well. Tonight, the Frederick fans get their first in-person look at Bundy. He has made five starts for the Keys, all on the road, but he takes the mound here tonight against Carolina. Bundy went 0-1 with an

Coaches helping pitchers: Tillman, Norris on Wallace and Chiti

Late last October the Orioles made a move that would have a big impact on the 2014 season, even if maybe we didn’t completely realize it at the time. They hired Dave Wallace as pitching coach. Wallace had been the minor league pitching coordinator for four seasons for the Atlanta Braves. He would bring plenty of experience to the Orioles. He had been a pitching

Pitchers helping pitchers: Tillman and Norris on the staff’s improvement

Going into last night’s game, the Orioles were 10-6 since the All-Star break. They had achieved that record against a tough schedule, while last in the American League in batting average, and 12th in runs scored since the break. They had achieved that record mostly behind a pitching staff that ranked third in the league with an ERA of 2.78 since the All-Star Game. That

The O’s offense breaks out in 7-3 win over Washington

The offense came to life. Kevin Gausman battled his way through six innings. The Orioles came from behind to win. The O’s scored three runs in the top of the seventh tonight and added two more in the eighth to rally for a 7-3 win over Washington with a 14-hit attack in front of 42,181 at Nats Park. The Orioles improved to a season-high 15

O’s game blog: The AL East has been a beast in the second half

The teams in the American League East have stepped up their games a bit since the All-Star break. That includes the Orioles, who just concluded a 16-game stretch against the AL West going 10-6. The Orioles led the division by four games at the break and lead Toronto by 3 1/2 games heading into tonight’s makeup game at Washington. The four best records in the

Andrew Miller on his success since leaving the rotation (Bowie’s Davies honored)

New Orioles pitcher Andrew Miller has made two impressive relief appearances for his new team. He got two key outs Friday night against Seattle in his O’s debut and had a real strong outing Sunday. He came on in the eighth to protect a 1-0 lead and retired the side in order on 10 pitches with two strikeouts. He had some overpowering stuff. Like two

Hunter Harvey talks about his injury, remains upbeat about the future

For Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, it had to feel strange. He had never been injured or had any arm problems before. But as he pitched for Single-A Delmarva on July 25 in Rome, Ga., that changed. “In my last start, it didn’t really hurt, it just felt tight. It actually feels really good now,” Harvey said. “No issues before that, felt pretty good all

Markakis on reaching 1,500 hits, Tillman on Markakis and the win

Nick Markakis supplied an answer you would expect today when he was asked about reaching 1,500 career hits. He noted the achievement, but the win meant more. “It’s pretty cool,” Markakis said. “Lot of hard work, time and dedication and it pays off, but I don’t look at things like that. The scoreboard is the main outcome. We won whether I got no hits or

Tillman deals, Markakis homers and O’s top Seattle 1-0

Given just one run to work with today, Chris Tillman made it stand up, once again beating the team that drafted him in the second round in 2006. Tillman pitched seven scoreless innings as the Orioles edged Seattle 1-0 this afternoon on a Nick Markakis leadoff homer in the first inning. It is the first time in club history that the Orioles won 1-0 on

O’s game blog: Orioles look for series win today against Seattle

In the series and homestand finale today at Camden Yards, the Orioles host Seattle with Chris Tillman (7-5, 3.97 ERA) facing right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, 3.06 ERA). Tillman is 5-0 with an ERA of 2.45 in five career starts against Seattle. Four of his five starts have been quality starts. He last faced the Mariners on Aug. 2, 2013 and got the win at Camden

While the offense has struggled, the Orioles have continued to win

You have to wonder how much longer the Orioles can count on their pitching to carry them. They are not scoring many runs but have continued to win and lead the American League East by 2 1/2 games with Toronto’s loss last night. In the last 20 games, 12 times the Orioles have scored three or fewer runs. They are batting just .213 in those

Miguel Gonzalez and Caleb Joseph comment after loss to Seattle

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph said he’d like to have one pitch back tonight. It was a changeup on a 1-1 count from Miguel Gonzalez to Robinson Cano with two men on in the fifth inning. The game was tied 1-1 at the time and runners were on second and third. Cano hit his 29th career homer off O’s pitching to break the game open and

Robinson Cano’s three-run homer leads Seattle past O’s

Orioles fans have seen it before - Robinson Cano with a big home run at Camden Yards. This time it was a three-run shot in the fifth inning tonight that lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Orioles. The Orioles fall to 61-48, but with Toronto’s 8-2 loss to Houston, they maintain their 2 1/2 game lead on the Blue Jays atop

O’s game blog: Miguel Gonzalez on the mound in Game 2 against Seattle

The Orioles have won four of their last five and six of eight games. They are 24-12 in their last 36 games. They are 10-3 in their last 13 home games. They’d like all that winning to continue tonight at home against Seattle when Miguel Gonzalez (5-5, 3.77 ERA) faces 24-year-old left-hander James Paxton (2-0, 2.25 ERA). Gonzalez is pitching very well recently. He’s given

Tillman’s take: Right-hander provides his thoughts on O’s improved pitching

This is quite a good trend for Orioles pitching. The staff ERA has improved during each month this year. The ERA went from 4.49 in March/April to 4.00 in May to 3.46 in June to 2.96 in July. That July mark was the fourth-best team ERA in the majors for the month and best July ERA by an O’s pitching staff since the 1976 team

Chen was good again and the O’s starting pitching roll continues

So I would think the Orioles and their fans could get used to this starting pitching. The Orioles rotation is on a roll with no end in sight. Wei-Yin Chen was the latest with a strong start as he gave up one run and five hits over 7 1/3 innings last night. On a night the O’s scored just two runs, Chen’s outing helped put

Andrew Miller on his O’s debut and the crowd reception, plus other clubhouse quotes

Even before he was introduced into the game tonight, Andrew Miller got a big reception from Orioles fans in the eighth inning as he was about to throw his first pitch for the team. He made his O’s debut and it was a success, as he protected the club’s 2-1 lead with two groundouts around a walk to Robinson Cano. “Real exciting reception,” Miller said.

O’s beat Seattle 2-1 in club-record tying seventh straight one-run game

Get a solid pitching performance and win a close game. It’s a formula the Orioles are using a lot these days. They used it again tonight to beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 in front of 39,487 in the opener of the weekend series behind Wei-Yin Chen. This was the Orioles’ club-record tying seventh straight one-run game and they are 5-2 during that stretch. The Orioles

O’s game blog: Looking for offense as the Seattle series begins

The Orioles started off the Angels series by scoring 11 runs in the first two games. But they got blanked over 13 innings last night and have not scored in their last 17 innings as their series with Seattle begins tonight. Even in winning six of 10 on their West Coast trip, the Orioles hit just .202 as a team and scored 36 runs. A

Britton on Miller, Machado on robbing Pujols of hits

As Andrew Miller joins the Orioles bullpen tonight, he gives the team another power lefty for late in the game. Zach Britton is ready to welcome Miller to the team and the ‘pen. “He’ll be a good addition,” Britton said this afternoon. “We watched him throw for Boston and everything we’ve heard from our hitters, he’s a tough at-bat for lefties and righties. “Anytime you

Andrew Miller: “Clearly they are doing something right here”

New reliever Andrew Miller was asked today what he thought of the Orioles when he was watching them from the Boston dugout. “Admired playing against them,” Miller said at his first O’s press conference. “Someone asked if this was a big change and if I had any animosity toward Baltimore. Definitely not. “Clearly they are doing something right here. Last couple of years they’ve been

Brach on his outing, cheering section, plus reaction to the Andrew Miller trade

Right-hander Brad Brach has been pitching very well for the Orioles and that continued at Camden Yards last night. In the Orioles 1-0 loss in 13 innings to the Angels, Brach pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings on just 21 pitches. He retired all six batters he faced with three strikeouts. “When you go out there in a tie game, you just want to get

Webb on the loss, plus Norris and Joseph comments

There were 12 pitchers used between the two teams tonight but Ryan Webb certainly was disappointed to be the only one that was scored on. He gave up an RBI single to Albert Pujols in the top of the 13th inning of the Angels’ 1-0 win over the Orioles. “You never want to be the one to give it up,” Webb said. “A game like

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