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Will playoff experience be important?

How critical will playoff experience be when the Orioles and Detroit Tigers meet beginning Thursday in the American League Division Series? Detroit has a lot of it. In fact, the four pitchers named to start today for Detroit - Max Scherzer in Game 1 followed by Justin Verlander, David Price and Rick Porcello - have made a combined 30 playoff starts. We don’t yet know

Three reasons why Orioles can beat Tigers and three reasons why they may not

From the “Did you know?” department ... Nelson Cruz pretty much single-handedly destroyed the Detroit Tigers while with Texas in the 2011 American League Championship Series. As the Rangers won that series in six games, Cruz went 8-for-22 with two doubles, six homers, 13 RBIs, a 1.273 slugging percentage and 1.713 OPS. He hit the first postseason walk-off grand slam in Game 2 of that

A look back at Tigers’ last visit to Baltimore

The Orioles were swept three straight at home just one time during the 2014 season. The Detroit Tigers were the team that did it and that Tigers team will be at Camden Yards again on Thursday for Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Before they came to Baltimore, Detroit hosted the Orioles in the season’s second series and won the first two games

A few notes on Orioles and Tigers in advance of ALDS

Finally, the regular season is over. Clinching early seemed great at the time for the Orioles, but it sure meant a lot of less than exciting baseball was played for nearly two weeks. The Orioles went 5-6 in the 11 games since they clinched the American League East on Sept. 16. They had some less than stellar play since then, especially on defense. This has

Orioles beat Toronto 1-0 to end regular season at 96-66 (O’s to play Tigers in ALDS)

The Orioles used a Jonathan Schoop home run and a six-pitcher six-hitter to beat Toronto 1-0 today in their regular season finale. The Orioles finished with a 96-66 record (.593) and they snapped a three-game losing streak. Now they look ahead to Thursday’s Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The Orioles took the lead in the top of the fifth on Schoop’s first

Orioles, Blue Jays scoreless at Rogers Centre (Schoop homers for 1-0 lead)

The Orioles had some chances, but did not score early on today against Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The Orioles and Blue Jays have played three scoreless innings to start the regular season finale. Nick Markakis led off the game with a double to left field, but was left on base as Alejandro De Aza grounded out, Adam Jones flied out and Nelson Cruz flied out.

O’s game blog: It’s Gonzalez against Dickey in regular season finale

What began with a 2-1 win over Boston March 31 at Camden Yards will end today at Rogers Centre in Toronto - the Orioles’ 2014 regular season. The Orioles (95-66) play Toronto (83-78) for the 19th time. They are 10-8 against the Blue Jays, going 6-4 at home and 4-4 on the road. Miguel Gonzalez (9-9, 3.33 ERA) makes his 26th start and pitches against

Remembering the 2012 American League Division Series

With the Orioles set to play in the American League Championship Series for the second time in three years, let’s take a quick second to look back at the 2012 AL Division Series. Yes, it’s a bit of a painful memory as the Orioles lost in five games to the Yankees and they didn’t hit much. But they did get strong pitching in that series.

O’s game blog: Orioles will become first team in eight years to win the division by 10 games (O’s lose 4-2)

The Orioles lead the American League East by 12 games with two to play, so they are going to become the first team to win the division by double digits since the 2006 Yankees won by 10 games. The Orioles have the best record in baseball since June 30 (53-26, .671) and are the 20th club in team history to win 90 games games. Orioles

Lough elevates his play, plus minor league notes on Rosa and Reyes

When the Orioles acquired outfielder David Lough in December, it appeared that they added a speedy outfielder with an excellent glove and one that maybe was ready to help a good team at the big league level. In 2013, Lough batted .286 in 96 games for Kansas City. He finished eighth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting and led all rookies in

A few Chris Tillman streaks end as Orioles lose at Toronto

When Chris Tillman gave up four runs and took the loss for the Orioles in tonight’s 4-2 defeat at Toronto, a few streaks came to an end. * Tillman’s run of 20 straight starts allowing three earned runs or fewer is over. He went 8-3 with a 2.21 ERA during the streak, which began June 10. * Tillman’s run at a season without a road

O’s game blog: Tillman tries to complete an unbeaten road season

As the Orioles begin the final series of the regular season tonight at Toronto, Chris Tillman (13-5, 3.26 ERA) will face Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison (10-13, 4.51 ERA). Tillman can complete the season without a road loss. He is currently 8-0 with a 4.19 ERA in 15 road starts. With a win or no-decision tonight, Tillman will record the most road starts without a

Pondering a tough loss along with the ALDS roster

When Cal Ripken Jr. decided to end the streak, the Yankees cheered Ripken from their dugout at Camden Yards. Last night the Orioles cheered Derek Jeter from their dugout at Yankee Stadium. Did the baseball world go full circle on us there? The Orioles had five hits last night and four were homers. It was the first game they lost all year when hitting three

A storybook ending for the Yankees: Derek Jeter’s walk-off single beats O’s

Even two dramatic homers in the ninth inning tonight could not stop a storybook ending for Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees. In his final home game, Jeter’s RBI single in the last of the ninth gave the Yankees a 6-5 walk-off win over the Orioles. After it ended, the O’s players stayed and watched the Yankees on-field celebration, applauding Jeter in a show

O’s game blog: Orioles look for 14th win this year against New York

The Orioles play the Yankees for the final time this season tonight and a victory would give the Orioles their second-most wins ever in the season series. The most victories for the Orioles in one season against New York was in 1966 at 15-3. They were 13-5 versus the Yankees in 1965, 1967, 1968 and 1976. Last night’s win matched that as the 2014 Orioles.

Notes on the AL East, O’s hot hitters and more

With the Orioles’ win on Wednesday in New York, the American League East champion has won 95 or more games for 14 consecutive seasons, dating back to 2001. No other division comes even close to that. On another note, this year will be the first time since 1993 that neither the Yankees or Red Sox will be in the postseason. That will come as music

O’s use big inning to get best of Greene, Yankees 9-5

The Orioles finally made Shane Greene feel blue. He went 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his first two starts against them this year and took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning today. Then the Orioles knocked him out of the game during a six-run, seven-hit inning where they sent 11 batters to the plate on the way to beating the Yankees 9-5 this

O’s game blog: Bud Norris is 8-1 with a 2.72 ERA against AL East

Right-hander Bud Norris (14-8, 3.62 ERA) pitches against right-hander Shane Greene (5-3, 3.24 ERA) today as the Orioles face New York at Yankee Stadium. Norris is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in three career starts against New York, all coming this season. In 17 innings, he has allowed 12 hits and four runs with five walks and 19 strikeouts. Yankees batters are hitting just .197

How can baseball reduce the time of the games?

It is a big problem facing baseball - the games take too long. OK, not always and there can be plenty of drama and good play to make even a 3 1/2-hour game enjoyable, but the amount of games that take three-plus hours to play now seems endless. It is time for MLB to take some measures to improve this. This week, the sport did

Nelson Cruz hits No. 40 as the Orioles beat New York

Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 40th homer and Nick Markakis drove in three to break out of a batting slump as the Orioles beat New York 5-4 at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles are 94-63 with the win. That is their most wins since the 1997 Orioles won 98. Cruz’s solo shot leading off the fifth off Brandon McCarthy made him the sixth player in

O’s game blog: Jimenez on the mound for Game 2 at New York

One week later, Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 4.90 ERA) is back on the mound for the Orioles. Last Tuesday, he made his first start in a month and gave up two runs in five innings to get the win against Toronto as the Orioles clinched the American League East championship. After a season filled with disappointment for Jimenez, one in which he lost his rotation spot

Has third base become an issue for the Orioles?

Do the Orioles have a problem at third base? Well, yes, in the sense that they don’t have Manny Machado and the player that was replacing him, Chris Davis, has been suspended. The club is a bit down the depth chart at the position. Bringing further concern to the fanbase is the poor defensive play we are seeing at the hot corner. Ryan Flaherty’s error

O’s bats silent as New York takes the series opener

Micheal Pineda was on tonight and that meant the Orioles’ offense was off. The New York right-hander retired 22 of the 24 batters he faced as the Yankees beat the Orioles 5-0 on a one-hitter in the opener of a four-game series. With the loss the Orioles are 93-63 with six games to play in the regular season. This ends any longshot hopes at a

O’s game blog: A look at the Orioles’ winning ways this season against New York

From 1998 through last season the Orioles never won a season series against the New York Yankees. They tied the season series twice - going 9-9 in 2007 and 2012 - but lost the season series 14 times. This year is quite different, however. The Orioles are 11-4 against the Yankees, going 7-2 at home and 4-2 on the road. The teams have played five

A look at some impressive starting pitching stats

It is true about most teams most years: They’ll go as far as their starting pitching will take them. The 2014 O’s starters have taken this team a long way - to the club’s first AL East crown in 17 years and back to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Consider a few stats from just the last three seasons which tell

A quote-worthy homestand

The Orioles may have lost Sunday to Boston, but they won seven of 10 games on the homestand that ended yesterday. They had two walk-off wins against New York and no one will forget the American League East clincher last Tuesday against Toronto. It was a homestand where several players did in-depth interviews to talk about a special group of players - the 2014 Orioles.

Gonzalez, Joseph and Cruz comment after O’s loss to Boston

Miguel Gonzalez didn’t have a bad outing today, but for the first time since Aug. 2, he did not record a quality start. He gave up two solo homers and three runs over 5 2/3 innings as Boston beat the Orioles 3-2. “I thought it was better than last outing,” Gonzalez said. “I felt good. Couple more days of rest. Everything looked good, just a

Red Sox get early lead and hold on to beat Orioles in home finale

It was not a great ending to the Orioles 2014 regular season home schedule. The Orioles were held to six hits in a 3-2 loss to Boston. Of course, there will be more baseball here in October. This was just the fifth series loss in 22 this season by the Orioles to an American League East team. The O’s finished 11-8 against Boston and are

O’s game blog: Miguel Gonzalez looks for 10th win against Boston

Miguel Gonzalez (9-8, 3.28 ERA) gets the start this afternoon as the Orioles host Boston in the final 2014 regular-season home game. Over his last four starts, Gonzalez is 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA. In 11 starts since July 5, he is 5-3 with a 2.03 ERA. Gonzalez has recorded six straight quality starts since Aug. 7, the longest run by an O’s starter this

Nelson Cruz talks about his MVO award

He got off to a fast start this season and now he is enjoying a strong finish. Today it culminated in Nelson Cruz being named the Most Valuable Oriole. Cruz is batting .269 with 32 doubles, 39 homers, 105 RBIs, a .527 slugging percentage and .862 OPS. “I have to thank my Lord for the help, and, you know, my teammates,” Cruz said. “Without them

2014 Orioles match the 2012 Birds in wins, plus other notes

With their 93rd win last night, the 2014 Orioles matched the 2012 Orioles. The current club has eight games left to make a run at 100 wins. The last O’s club to win 100 or more games was the 1980 Orioles, who went 100-62 - and missed the playoffs. The Orioles have five 100-win seasons in club history and this team still has a shot

Tillman extends impressive streak and O’s hit three homers to beat Sox

Chris Tillman pitched a strong game after a shaky start. The Orioles hit three home runs. And order was restored at Camden Yards with the O’s back in the win column. Adam Jones homered twice and Christian Walker hit the first of his career as the Orioles beat Boston 7-2 to improve to 93-61 with eight games left. The 93 wins matches the total of

O’s game blog: Orioles have won in each of Chris Tillman’s last 10 starts

Chris Tillman has a lot to pitch for tonight. Besides getting the Orioles even in this series and keeping them in range of home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, there are some other factors as well. If Tillman allows three earned runs or fewer tonight, he will have 20 straight such starts to tie for the second-best streak by an Oriole. Also he needs to pitch

In a new twist, the Orioles played poorly and lost (plus other notes)

Kevin Gausman gave up two homers. Darren O’Day gave up one. The Orioles made three errors and allowed two unearned runs. The Orioles lost. Yeah, it was not their best night. Should we be concerned? Only if... oh never mind. Buck Showalter gave some players the night off and they lost. Are the two related? Maybe, but I repeat my point. This team needs to

Ortiz homers off O’Day in 10th as Red Sox top Orioles

It was a rare sight at Camden Yards most of this season, but it happened tonight for the third time this month. Darren O’Day gave up a home run. David Ortiz hit a two-run shot to right off O’Day in the 10th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 5-3 win over the Orioles tonight. O’Day has given up just six homers on

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces Boston in series opener

Kevin Gausman can achieve an Orioles first for this season tonight. No Orioles starter has had four straight starts of seven innings or more and Gausman has three straight heading into his outing against Boston. Gausman (7-7, 3.57 ERA) pitches against Boston’s 24-year-old right-hander, Allen Webster (4-3, 6.02 ERA). Gausman has an ERA of 2.53 in 21 1/3 innings over those three starts with eight

Remembering the panic after Wrigley series and other O’s notes and quotes

We can laugh about it now. It was the afternoon of Aug. 24 and the Orioles lost 2-1 to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Orioles were swept three straight and their American League East lead was down from nine games to six. There was panic coming from some circles. One poster wrote commented with this on that Sunday: * “As NO ONE sees us

Orioles need to put a deep playoff run over working for AL home field advantage

With just 10 games remaining, the Orioles’ pursuit of the best record in the American League and top seed in the playoffs may not be very realistic. Sure, they’d like to catch and/or pass the Los Angeles Angels for the top record, but they are three games behind with just 10 to play. To me, the bigger goal now in these final games is setting

Pearce, Walker and Norris comment after O’s beat Blue Jays

After he hit two homers tonight, Steve Pearce almost got hit. Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez threw a pitch high and tight toward Pearce in the seventh inning. It hit his bat and not him, but it was curious to say the least. Pearce was asked if he thought Sanchez threw at him. “I don’t know. You have to ask him that. No idea,” he said.

Steve Pearce homers twice as O’s beat Jays to sweep series

In their first game as official American League East champions, the Orioles did what they’ve been doing a lot of lately - they won. Steve Pearce hit a pair of homers and Bud Norris pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the Orioles beat Toronto 6-1 in front of 37,537 at Camden Yards. The Orioles improved to 92-60 and swept the three-game series. They are a

O’s game blog: Manto on Walker and a look at tonight’s game

It is always fun to see a player make his major league debut and Christian Walker will do that tonight as he bats seventh and plays first base for the Orioles. The club’s minor league Player of the Year figures to see a lot of action in the remaining 11 regular-season games. This season, his power numbers increased while he continued to hit for a

Jones on lap with fans: “You could see the excitement in their eyes” (Walker quotes)

The Orioles clubhouse was a much quieter place today but there were still plenty of smiles and the usual loose atmosphere. I asked Adam Jones about his lap around the stadium last night where he interacted with fans, high-fived many of them and was hugging some. “They haven’t celebrated here in Baltimore since ‘69,” Jones said. “Sure most of the people that stayed around weren’t

The Orioles won the AL East and their fans soaked it up for every minute

Well, what a special night at Camden Yards and what a special team. It was a night 17 years in the making, and the Orioles and their fans can claim supremacy again in the American League East. It was pretty much perfect, wasn’t it? The Orioles players deserve credit for so many reasons. For overcoming injuries and adversity. For playing so hard and bringing their

Some quotes from the AL East champions’ clubhouse

Here are some Orioles clubhouse quotes compiled amidst the celebrating: J.J. Hardy on winning the American League East: “Starting in spring training you work for this and this is the first goal. Now the next goal is to continue playing for a long time.” Hardy on Ubaldo Jimenez tonight: “We all feel for Ubaldo. He’s been working hard. He’s been doing everything and team has

AL East champs: O’s beat Toronto and are headed back to the playoffs

The Baltimore Orioles are the 2014 American League East champions. The Orioles picked up two early home runs and got five effective innings from Ubaldo Jimenez tonight to beat Toronto 8-2 in front of 35,257 screaming fans at an electric Camden Yards. This is the Orioles’ ninth AL East title in team history and first since 1997. They improved to 91-60 for the season and

O’s game blog: Orioles go for the clincher against Toronto

Is this going to be a special night, one that ends with the fans on their feet and the Orioles beginning to celebrate the division title? On paper, the Orioles may be the underdogs. They are sending out Ubaldo Jimenez (4-9, 4.96 ERA) to face a pitcher in right-hander Drew Hutchison (10-11, 4.36 ERA) who has pitched very well lately and also very well against

Nick Markakis: “I kind of understand what the fans are going through”

Nick Markakis is in his ninth season with the Orioles and he’s finally going to get to play in the postseason, it appears. With the Orioles magic number at one, their next win will give the Orioles their ninth division title. Markakis has played for losing Orioles teams, and was on the 2012 squad, but his season ended when he got hit by a pitch

Orioles have used a special blend of talent and chemistry to close in on AL East crown

On June 6, the Orioles were 6 1/2 games out of first place. With last night’s win they lead second-place Toronto by 12 1/2 games and are within one win of the American League East title for the first time since 1997. It is clear that the Orioles are the class of the division and a very talented team. But they are not winning on

Joseph on Stroman’s high and tight pitch (plus more clubhouse quotes)

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph had a crowd of reporters around his locker tonight. They asked him about Wei-Yin Chen and the O’s 5-2 win over Toronto, but also about plays he was involved in during the middle of the game. Joseph was asked about the play at the plate that angered Jose Reyes and the Blue Jays in the fifth inning and then the pitch

One to clinch: Orioles beat Toronto, reduce magic number to one

Wei-Yin Chen certainly has had sharper outings. But tonight, he minimized the damage and won his 16th game as the Orioles beat Toronto 5-2 at Camden Yards. The Orioles have reduced their magic number to clinch the American League East to one. They can win the division title here on Tuesday night. The Orioles are a season-high 30 games over .500 at 90-60 and have

O’s game blog: A look at the club’s strong play in the AL East

When the Orioles made the 2012 playoffs, they had an excellent record within the American League East. The Orioles went 43-29 (.597), posting their best winning percentage in division games since 1980. The Orioles finished at .500 or better against each AL East team that year. The 2014 Orioles are doing even better against their own division. These Orioles are 40-23 (.635) in games versus

Adam Jones not quite ready to talk about any celebrations yet

It is so close now. The Orioles could be celebrating a division title as soon as tomorrow. But it should come as no surprise that players in the O’s clubhouse who have been so focused on taking the season day by day are not quite ready to talk much about that yet. Even with the magic number to clinch the American League East for the

Talking strikeouts with Andrew Miller

As it turns out, Andrew Miller can’t strike out everyone. The Orioles lefty faced four batters last night against the Yankees and one actually put the ball in play. But of the last 12 outs Miller has recorded over his past four outings spanning four innings, he has gotten 11 via a strikeout. Miller has fanned 14 over his last 5 2/3 innings and has

Kelly Johnson: “It feels like a first-place team” (plus other clubhouse quotes)

For the second time in the series, the Orioles beat the Yankees with a walk-off win. Kelly Johnson’s double was the last of three in the ninth for the Orioles against Yankees closer David Robertson as the Birds stunned the Yankees 3-2 at Camden Yards. “It is really, really exciting,” Johnson said. “I’m not going to lie. It feels really good. You want to contribute

Stunning win: O’s score two in last of ninth to beat Yankees 3-2

Comeback win. Walk-off win. Against the New York Yankees in front of a huge crowd on Sunday Night Baseball. Kelly Johnson’s RBI double to right center capped an Orioles two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth as they stunned the Yankees 3-2 in front of 43,947 at Camden Yards. Nelson Cruz led off the ninth off against Yankees closer David Robertson and doubled to

O’s game blog: Tillman on the mound in series finale

When Chris Tillman gave up just one run in five innings at Boston in his last start, he added to his streak of consecutive starts allowing three or fewer earned runs. He is now at 18 straight such starts which ties him with Steve Barber for the fourth longest streak in club history: * Dave McNally, 25 straight from May 19-Sept. 8, 1968. * Steve

Jimenez talks about getting the start on Tuesday

Ubaldo Jimenez hasn’t pitched in a game this month, and he has only made two bullpen appearances since his last start on Aug. 16, but the right hander will start for the Orioles on Tuesday night against Toronto. “I’m happy about it because that is the thing I’ve been doing my whole career in the major leagues,” Jimenez said this afternoon. “Happy to have the

ESPN analysts talk up the Orioles

If there is one thing some Orioles fans seem to crave, it is respect from national analysts. For those of you that fit into that category, you got what you want earlier this week on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight,” when the analysts spent several minutes talking up the Orioles and their postseason chances. Jayson Stark was first. “All I hear is they can’t win the World

Caleb Joseph and Miguel Gonzalez discuss loss to Yankees

O’s starter Miguel Gonzalez gave up runs in just one inning today, but that was enough to beat him. Gonzalez allowed three runs in the second inning as the New York Yankees beat the Orioles 3-2 at Camden Yards. Catcher Caleb Joseph talked about Gonzalez’s outing. “I thought he did a really good job of, you know, kind of keeping us engaged in the game

Yankees score three early runs and hold on to top O’s 3-2

This time, there was no comeback or walk-off win and the O’s magic number remains at five. Shane Greene held the Orioles to two runs over 5 1/3 innings as the Yankees won 3-2 in front of 44,231 at Camden Yards. It was the eighth sellout of the year. Greene, now 5-3 with an ERA of 3.56, fanned nine. In two starts against the Orioles,

O’s game blog: What now at third base?

The Orioles have Steve Pearce to take over for Chris Davis at first base. But what is going to happen at third base, where Davis had made 16 starts over the last three weeks? There is a job to be won there for someone, most likely among Ryan Flaherty, Kelly Johnson and Jimmy Paredes. Johnson said this morning that he sees it that way. There

Feel-good Friday: O’s sweep keyed by pitching, club now on doorstep of division title

The Orioles are 10-3 against the Yankees and have already clinched the season series for the first time in 17 years with six games yet to play. On the same day the Orioles recorded their 5,000th all-time win, counting the postseason, they added No. 5,001. They gave up one run in 20 innings. They reduced their magic number to five. That covers just some of

De Aza on being an Oriole: “I feel young again, I feel 20 again”

Alejandro De Aza has now been an Oriole for one day shy of two weeks. But he is sure fitting in well with his new club. After he had two triples tonight, driving in two runs as the Orioles beat the Yankees 5-0 to complete a doubleheader sweep, De Aza talked about what his first few days as an Oriole have been like. “I feel

O’s complete their first doubleheader sweep of Yankees since 1984

Simply put, the Orioles could get used to starting pitching like this. Bud Norris pitched seven scoreless innings as the Orioles beat the Yankees 5-0 in front of 43,707 at Camden Yards. The Orioles completed their first doubleheader sweep of the Yankees since Sept. 24, 1984. The O’s now have a season-high six-game win streak and are 88-59. They are a season-high 29 games over

O’s game blog: Norris on the mound as Orioles go for sweep

Maybe it’s milestone day and night at Camden Yards. The Orioles’ stunning 2-1 win in 11 innings this afternoon was the 5,000th in club history, counting the playoffs. It was also win No. 1,250 for Buck Showalter as a big league manager. Now the Orioles try for their first doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees since Sept. 24, 1984 in Game 2 of the

Paredes on game-winning hit, Gausman on his outing and losing Davis

Jimmy Paredes said he just tried to stay calm and get a good pitch to hit when he batted with the bases loaded in the 11th inning today. “I didn’t feel any pressure in that moment,” Parades said. “Just went to home plate to do my job. Tried to put a good swing on the ball.” He did that, for sure. His two-run double on

Walk-off win: Paredes two-run double in 11th lifts O’s past Yankees

It was an unlikely walk-off win to say the least. An out away from wasting their third bases-loaded chance in four innings, pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes produced a two-run double to right field as the Orioles beat the Yankees 2-1 in 11 innings. The O’s loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter against Adam Warren. Down to their last out, Paredes batted for

O’s game blog: Orioles are closing in on season series win over Yankees

The Orioles host the Yankees in a day-night doubleheader today as they look to reduce their magic number and to close in on a season series win over the Yankees. The Orioles are 8-3 against New York this season, winning all four series. The teams have eight games remaining and if the O’s go 2-6 or better, they will win the season series for the

How will the Orioles withstand the Chris Davis suspension?

The Orioles have withstood injuries to Matt Wieters and Manny Machado. They dealt with Machado’s suspension. Now how will they survive today’s gut punch? Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games without pay, effective immediately, after testing positive for an amphetamine, a violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. “Like always in my situation, you have to learn to deal with

Comparing 2014 to 2012 and ESPN analyst Wedge talks O’s and October

With Wednesday’s win at Boston, the Orioles came up with their 86th win of the season. That is one more than the 2013 Orioles squad that went 85-77. The 2012 Orioles that advanced to the playoffs as a wild card went 93-69 in the regular season. This year’s team can top that wins total by going 8-9 or better the rest of the way. A

O’Day is a big fan of Showalter’s use of the bullpen, plus other O’s notes

There are a few reasons why the Orioles have a good bullpen. They have good pitchers and that is pretty important. But they also have a manager who uses his bullpen in a way to best benefit those pitchers. In a recent interview, Darren O’Day threw some big praise Buck Showalter’s way for how he handles the Orioles bullpen. This includes not overusing pitchers -

Chen good again as O’s beat Boston to complete Fenway sweep

Wei-Yin Chen took a perfect game into the sixth inning and the Orioles scored six runs in the third today in a 10-6 win over the Red Sox to complete their first three-game sweep in Boston since May 4-6, 2012. The Orioles improved to 37-22 against the American League East and to 86-59 for the season. They reduced their magic number for a division title

O’s game blog: A look at the O’s run of success when scoring four runs or more

So here is a unique stat: Since July 19, the Orioles are 27-1 when scoring four runs or more. They added two wins to that total in this series in Boston, winning 4-0 and 4-1. The one loss came Sept. 1 at home when they were beaten 6-4 by the Twins. The Orioles have also gone 35-2 in their 37 games since June 30 when

A few notes and quotes after the Orioles’ latest win

Chris Tillman’s streak lives. He didn’t have his best game or stuff by any stretch last night, but he has now recorded 18 straight games allowing three earned runs or fewer. Tillman is is 7-3 with a 2.24 ERA during this stretch that began June 10. Yeah, pretty impressive run of pitching. Tillman’s streak is now tied for fourth-longest in Orioles history. From last night’s

De Aza homers twice, Jones hits his 25th as O’s top Red Sox

Alejandro De Aza hit his first Orioles homer tonight. Then he hit his second. Then Adam Jones hit one so far it should have counted as two. The Orioles used the longball and Chris Tillman’s 18th straight start allowing three earned runs or fewer to beat Boston 4-1 at Fenway Park. The Orioles improved to a season-high 26 games over .500 at 85-59, winning for

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman has a 1.74 ERA since Aug. 1

Heading into tonight’s game at Fenway Park, Orioles starting pitchers have worked to an ERA of 1.75 over their last seven games with six quality starts. Chris Tillman (11-5, 3.40 ERA) will try to keep that going tonight when he faces Boston right-hander Anthony Ranaudo (3-1, 4.63 ERA). Tillman’s streak of starts allowing three earned runs or fewer has reached 17 games. He is 6-3

Steve Pearce may have finally found a big league home

Could Steve Pearce, the player who has bounced around the major leagues seemingly from team to team in recent years, finally be finding a home wearing orange and black? In the 2012 season, Pearce began spring training with Minnesota and was released. He later caught on with and then was designated for assignment by the Orioles, Astros and Yankees. Heck, this year he was DFAd

Gonzalez strong again as O’s blank Boston in series opener

Miguel Gonzalez was real good. Again. The Orioles’ defense was pretty good again too and Boston’s was not. Gonzalez, with big help from Tommy Hunter, worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings tonight as the Orioles blanked Boston 4-0 at Fenway Park in the opener of a three-game series. With the win, the Orioles are 84-59 to reduce their magic number to 11 and lead the American

O’s game blog: A look at Gonzalez’s success against the AL East

Orioles starting pitchers have pitched to an ERA of 2.03 over the last six games. Miguel Gonzalez (8-7, 3.38 ERA) will try to keep that going tonight when the Orioles begin a three-game series at Boston’s Fenway Park. In 40 innings over the past six games, O’s starters have allowed 30 hits and nine earned runs with five quality starts. Gonzalez is on a roll

Pondering Nelson Cruz’s future as an Oriole

With his next home run, Nelson Cruz will become the sixth player in Orioles history to hit 40 or more homers in one season. Cruz hit his 38th and 39th yesterday during his seven-RBI game in the win over Tampa Bay. Chris Davis tops the list with 53 (2013) and is followed by Brady Anderson with 50 (1996), Frank Robinson with 49 (1966), Jim Gentile

Cruz homers twice, records seven RBIs as the O’s beat Tampa Bay

Nelson Cruz would not let them lose. The Orioles’ slugger drove in seven runs today with two homers and a triple as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 7-5 in 11 innings to avoid a sweep at Tropicana Field. Just when it looked like Tampa Bay would beat the Orioles at their own game, by hitting home runs, Cruz flipped the script. The Orioles went to

O’s game blog: Orioles look to end five-game road losing streak today

The Orioles need a win this afternoon at Tropicana Field to avoid being swept by the Rays and to avoid extending a road losing streak to six games. The streak began when the Orioles were swept at Wrigley Field. The Orioles have scored just six runs during the five-game streak, and they have been outscored outscored 19-6 in the five games. In this stretch, the

Kevin Gausman could be a postseason weapon for O’s in rotation or ‘pen

So where does Kevin Gausman fit in on a potential Orioles playoff roster? There seems to be a feeling that Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez would be the top four starters, in some order, should the O’s advance to a playoff series. That may prove true. But Gausman made a strong case for his inclusion in that rotation yesterday. He pitched

Orioles lose on error and passed ball in ninth

That was a tough way to lose. The Tampa Bay Rays took advantage of an error and passed ball to score in the last of the ninth this afternoon and beat the Orioles 3-2 at Tropicana Field. This is the first time all year that the Orioles have lost an American League East road series. They went 7-0-1 in their first eight. Batting against Brad

O’s game blog: Orioles 8-1 after being shut out in 2014

The Orioles and Tampa Bay play the second game of their series and second of the O’s road trip this afternoon at Tropicana Field. The Orioles were held to eight hits and shut out 3-0 by the Rays last night. The O’s went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base. The Orioles had gone 9-for-20 with RISP in their sweep of

The time has come to begin thinking about the playoff roster

The Orioles are saying all the right things. They are not taking their big American League East lead for granted. They are not looking too far down the road. Yet in some respects, they likely are looking down the road and I think they should be. The time has come for the club to begin to look at some players on what is now a

O’s blanked by Cobb and Rays as they lose series opener

After scoring nine runs last night and 67 during their 9-2 homestand, the Orioles were blanked 3-0 by Tampa Bay to lose tonight’s series opener. With a win, the Orioles would have opened a lead of at least 10 games atop the American League East for the first time since Sept. 22, 1979. After starters Wei-Yin Chen and Alex Cobb matched zeroes, Tampa Bay finally

O’s game blog: Orioles are 33-20 against the AL East in 2014

The Orioles’ magic number to clinch the American League East is down to 15 and they have 23 games remaining as they begin a road trip tonight against Tampa Bay. That may come as good news to an O’s team that is 33-20 against the AL East this year. Since starting this season by losing two of its first three series within the division, the

More from the minor league award winners

Last night was a special one for the Orioles player development department as this year’s award winners were announced and honored at Camden Yards. They were introduced to the crowd at the ballpark and before that held a press conference with reporters that was also attended by their family members who came to support the players and honorees. First baseman Christian Walker was named O’s

Hundley on the homestand and his recent hot hitting, plus more O’s notes

So that homestand went OK, right? The Orioles went 9-2 over the last 11 games at Camden Yards. If the Yankees had any hope of catching the Orioles, most of it should be gone by now. The Orioles took three of four from Minnesota and swept three from Cincinnati. They outscored their opponents 67-38 on the homestand and scored nine runs or more four times.

Postgame comments from Schoop, Hardy and Tillman after O’s sweep Reds

Tonight, the Orioles concluded a 9-2 homestand, the first time they’ve gone 9-2 or better on a homestand of at least 11 games since going 10-2 from June 22 to July 1, 1979. Although Jonathan Schoop didn’t send one to the bullpen, the second baseman homered for the third game in a row in the Orioles’ 9-7 win over Cincinnati tonight. How good of a

O’s lose lead, but not game to complete 9-2 homestand with win over Reds

Well, that was some homestand. The Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-7 tonight in a game that felt like they won twice. They took a 6-0 lead in the first inning, got tied up 7-7 in the seventh and then pulled out the 9-7 victory. J.J. Hardy’s two-out two-run single in the seventh snapped the 7-7 tie and provided the winning margin. Hardy is batting

Hearing from Dan Duquette and the minor league award winners

First baseman Christian Walker and right-handed pitcher Tyler Wilson were named the Orioles minor league Player and Pitcher of the Year today. Walker is the Brooks Robinson Award winner and Wilson is the Jim Palmer Award winner. Those players appeared at a press conference before tonight’s game, along with Elrod Hendricks Community Service Award winner Mark Blackmar, Ryan Minor and Delmarva coaches who won the

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman has a 2.50 ERA at Camden Yards this year

The Orioles need a win tonight at Camden Yards to complete a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds and a 9-2 homestand. Also, a win tonight would clinch a third straight winning season for the Orioles (81-57) for the first time since 1992-94. The last time the Orioles were 25 games over .500 was Oct. 2, 2012. Chris Tillman (11-5, 3.36 ERA) pitches against right-hander

Caleb Joseph: “I’m fine. Bruised ego mainly”

When a couple of reporters approached catcher Caleb Joseph at his locker today, he knew what the line of questions would be. He knew we wanted to ask him about what he called his “epic fall” last night. It was in the top of the fifth inning when Joseph chased a foul pop near the Orioles dugout. He slipped on the on-deck circle and went

The scoop on Schoop’s improving bat and other O’s notes

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop didn’t exactly tear it up at bat in the month of August. But it was the best month of his rookie season and perhaps showed that he is starting to improve as a big league hitter. We saw further examples the last two nights when he hit nearly 900 feet worth of homers at Camden Yards against Cincinnati. In 24

Miguel Gonzalez on pitching shutout against Cincinnati (and more)

Miguel Gonzalez was asked if his four-hit shutout over the Cincinnati Reds tonight was the best outing of his career. “Sure, we’ll call that the best,” he said. “Caleb (Joseph) did a great job back there, changing speeds and working up and down, in and out. That was fun. Fun to be a part of it. “It’s an awesome feeling. Overall, we played a great

O’s blast three homers to back Miguel Gonzalez’s shutout in win over Reds

Jonathan Schoop blasted another homer into the Reds bullpen. Chris Davis smashed one out to left. Miguel Gonzalez was rolling on the mound. Just another night on this current homestand for the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles blanked the Reds 6-0 tonight to record their 81st victory and to improve to 8-2 on the homestand that ends Thursday night. Gonzalez pitched a four-hit shutout to improve

O’s game blog: O’s hold their biggest AL East lead since 1997

The Orioles last had a lead of at least 10 games atop the American League East on Sept. 22, 1979. With a win and a New York Yankees loss last night, their current lead grew to 9 1/2 games, the largest since Sept. 6, 1997. Since June 30, the Orioles own the best record in the majors at 38-18 (.679). Their magic number to clinch

Andrew Miller updates his hamstring issue, Kelly Johnson on the AL East

Orioles relief pitcher Andrew Miller last pitched on Monday night. He went two-thirds of an inning, throwing seven pitches against Minnesota. On his last pitch, he felt something in his left hamstring. He was apparently not available to pitch last night, but he said whatever it is that bothered him is no longer a concern. “I think I just barely tweaked it, grabbed it a

Joseph on the challenge of Hamilton, Berry ready to help in any way he can

Jim Palmer never gave up a grand slam in his career. Darren O’Day could say the same - until last night. The Orioles are certainly not used to seeing the dependable and reliable O’Day give it up, but he did last night. It was an ugly top of the eighth inning, but even that and two rain delays could not stop the Orioles from another

Schoop on the game-ending double play and other clubhouse quotes

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop said that was about as exciting an ending to a game he has ever been involved in. With Cincinnati down one in the ninth, the Reds had first and third with one out. Todd Frazier hit a high chopper toward second. Schoop charged the ball and in pretty much one quick motion tagged Billy Hamilton out, who was heading to second,

After rain delays, O’s get flood of runs in first to beat the Reds

The Orioles offense got off to a fast start tonight. They just had to wait a while to do it. The Orioles scored four runs in the first inning on their way to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game, interleague series. The Orioles are now 7-2 on this homestand and 80-57 for the season. Their American League East

O’s game blog: The Reds make second visit to Baltimore since 1970 World Series

When the Cincinnati Reds played at Camden Yards in 2011, it was their first visit to Baltimore since the 1970 World Series. Tonight they make their second trip since then. The Orioles went 2-1 in that series three years ago and the clubs have split six all-time regular season meetings. Brooks Robinson was the MVP of the 1970 Series that the Orioles took four games

Quintin Berry on joining the Orioles and Ryan Webb on returning to the team

The Orioles’ expanding roster added four players today. Pitcher Ryan Webb was recalled from Triple-A and outfielder Quintin Berry had his contract purchased from Triple-A. Steve Clevenger and T.J. McFarland were activated after a very short stay with short-season, Single-A Aberdeen. To make room for Berry on the 40-man roster, Manny Machado was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Webb went 3-2 with a 3.80

A few notes from the final day of the minor league season

Single-A Delmarva catcher Chance Sisco capped off a strong first full season in pro ball by winning the batting title in the South Atlantic League, becoming the first Shorebird to ever do that. The 19-year-old Sisco entered Monday with a four-point lead and did not play. He finished the year batting .340 with five homers, 63 RBIs and a .854 OPS. In his final two

O’s notes and quotes before the Cincinnati series begins

Even with a loss on Monday afternoon, the Orioles are having a pretty good homestand. They have gone 3-1 in both series and are 6-2 with three games left on the homestand. The Orioles have outscored their opponents 47-27 during these last eight games, with a team batting average of .279, scoring 5.9 runs per game and with a team ERA of 3.00. Monday’s loss

Postgame comments from Gausman, Hundley and Davis

Kevin Gausman had pitched a total of nine innings, allowing 12 hits and six runs in his previous two starts. But he took a step forward today. He took a shutout into the sixth and gave up four earned runs over a career-high 7 1/3 innings against Minnesota as the Twins won 6-4. “Thought I threw the ball where I wanted to,” Gausman said. “A

Twins score three in eighth to beat O’s, take series finale

The Orioles rallied once from three runs down, but they could not do it twice. Taking advantage of a Jimmy Paredes error, the Twins scored three in the eighth today to snap a 3-3 tie and beat the Orioles 6-4 at Camden Yards. Nelson Cruz hit a solo homer, his 36th, in the ninth to bring the Orioles to within two runs, but that was

O’s game blog: Orioles look for four-game sweep of Twins

The Orioles today play their final regular season game against an American League Central opponent. With a win today they will have a winning record over the Central at 17-16. Just as long as there is no pressure. The Orioles have won seven straight games against AL Central opponents dating back to Aug. 17 and Sunday’s win evened their record against the division for the

Joe Saunders and Kelly Johnson talk about joining the Orioles

He was an Oriole for several weeks late in the 2012 season and he pitched the Orioles to a Wild Card playoff win over the Texas Rangers. Now 34-year-old left-hander Joe Saunders is back with the Orioles and will be added to the team as rosters can expand to as many as 40 players starting today. After being released this season by Texas and Kansas

Flaherty and Lough score big off bench, plus Sisco pursues a batting title

If you list a job description for Adam Jones it might include driving in runs and showing leadership. For Chris Tillman it might include anchor the top of the rotation. For other players that job description might be less clear cut, but for players like Ryan Flaherty and David Lough it must includes the words ‘be ready.’ That pair combined for five hits, four runs

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