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What do we overvalue and undervalue in baseball?

One great thing about the sport of baseball is it lends itself to many opinions about all aspects of the game. Some of us value strikeouts, whether they be a pitcher getting a lot of them or a hitter amassing too many. Some value homers, others like players more versed at attaining a high on-base percentage. They are all just opinions, but sometimes (hopefully here

The Orioles offense: Productive with homers, but don’t expect a high OBP

When it comes to the Orioles offense, we pretty much know what we are going to get. They are going to score enough runs to win enough games to make the playoffs and they are going to do it with the longball and not as an offense that features variety. Despite some fans’ constant calls for better on-base percentage and more working the count, the

Any reason to be concerned about Zach Britton?

It seems that after the playoffs, some Orioles fans are concerned about Zach Britton - and those concerns have something to do with Jim Johnson. The thinking goes that when Johnson struggled at times during the 2012 playoffs, those carried over to his 2013 season when he saved 50 games, but suffered nine costly blown saves that led to his departure from the team. Britton

Can one pitcher carry a team to the World Series title?

In the World Series, the San Francisco Giants are 2-0 when Madison Bumgarner has started and 1-2 when anyone else has. Since the start of the National League Championship Series, the Giants are 4-0 when Bumgarner starts and 3-3 when anyone else has. The Giants have played 15 postseason games and Bumgarner has started six times. That begs these questions: Can a team ride one

Bundy, Harvey, Walker top Baseball America list of O’s top 10 prospects

For the fourth year in a row, pitcher Dylan Bundy has been ranked the Orioles’ No. 1 prospect by Baseball America, which released its latest list of the top 10 Orioles prospects today. You can read the full list here (subscription required). Last year, the top four prospects were all pitchers; this year, after the top two pitchers, the next three are position player prospects.

With new top 10 prospects list due today, Baseball America writer sizes up O’s

Later today, Baseball America will release a new Orioles top 10 prospects list and we’ll find out who’s in and who’s out. We know for certain that three members of last year’s top 10 will not be on the list today. Kevin Gausman, who was No. 2, and Jonathan Schoop, who was No. 5, now have too much major league time to qualify for the

Around the AL East: Cashman is staying while Friedman and Maddon are leaving

The Orioles are going into the 2015 season in a position unfamiliar to them. They will be the chasee and not the chaser for the American League East title. The Orioles won 96 games this season and took the AL East for the first time since 1997. It was their ninth division championship. The Orioles clinched the division on Sept. 16, the second-earliest date in

A look at why the Orioles will fall when organizational rankings come out

When Baseball America and other publications that rank minor league prospects comes out with a new list of organizational rankings, the Orioles are likely to take a bit of a fall. These rankings take a look at the minor league systems around baseball and rate the current overall talent. ESPN rated the O’s No. 10 before last season while Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus rated

After great 2014 season, will O’s shell out big bucks for Andrew Miller?

Andrew Miller picked a good time to have the best year of his life. He pitched great for two teams during the 2014 season and now he can sit back and watch teams fight over him during free agency. He can go to the highest bidder and the bidding should go high for this reliever who combines talent, size, smarts and a devastating slider to

Chris Tillman has solidified himself as No. 1 in the O’s rotation

Let’s face it, Chris Tillman did not have a strong postseason for the Orioles. He gave up seven runs in 9 1/3 innings and went 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA. He went five innings, allowing two runs, against Detroit and he went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, against Kansas City. The Orioles rotation produced just one quality start in the postseason, so Tillman was

First offseason edition: 10 questions for O’s fans

Since it’s the offseason, it is time for the first edition of 10 questions for O’s fans. You can expect about one of these blogs a month until opening day as we survey Birdland on a variety of Orioles topics. If you are somewhat new here, I throw out a bunch of questions and get your answers. Answer one question, two, three or all 10.

After Dyson’s comments, are O’s fans rooting against Kansas City?

Kansas City outfielder Jarrod Dyson said he believes the Royals will beat San Francisco in the World Series. He believes the Giants feel that way, too. Well, he didn’t actually say that, but would anyone be surprised if he had? Has a player ever played less and talked more? Dyson is the mouth that roared, but he’s no modern-day Joe Namath. You have to actually

A look at the biggest Orioles development of the past few weeks

The best news for the Orioles and their fans over the last few weeks didn’t take place on the field. But it will have a big impact on the field. It was the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series when the O’s made a surprise announcement: They signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a new three-year deal through 2017 with an option

Time for more patience with Bundy, plus a few more playoff notes

Looking ahead to the 2015 season, I think the time has come for us to stop asking one question: When is Dylan Bundy going to be in this rotation? Even though he pitched just 41 1/3 innings this season, it was a success for Bundy. He came back from Tommy John surgery, made it into a minor league game less than a year removed from

Will Jimenez make the 2015 rotation? (plus winter ball assignments)

If you start to think about how the Orioles rotation will shape up next season, there certainly seem to be fewer questions than heading into most recent seasons. You have the four that started in the playoffs in Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez. Kevin Gausman made 20 starts this season and he certainly looks to be a key member of the

Cruz has earned big payday, but should Orioles give it to him?

Nelson Cruz said he’d like to remain an Oriole. But for that to happen, the club will likely need to sign him to a long-term deal of at least three years - and probably more. Cruz is about to hit the free agent market, and if he does, it seems likely some team will throw big dollars his way after a 40-homer, 108-RBI season. He

After tough ALCS loss, the offseason begins

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles’ first batter yesterday hit a groundball up the middle and Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante made a nice play, ranging to his right. The Royals’ first batter hit one up the middle. It went for an infield single and Kansas City scored two runs without hitting the ball out of the infield. That is how the series went for

Final clubhouse quotes from Markakis, Gonzalez, Jones and Joseph

KANSAS CITY - Here are more comments from the quiet Orioles clubhouse after today’s 2-1 loss that sends the Royals to the World Series and ends the O’s 2014 season. Nick Markakis on this year: “We had a great season. We just fell short of where we wanted to go. Doesn’t take anything away of what we did all season. We did what we were

Joseph on play at plate, Jones on season, Markakis on his future

KANSAS CITY - In Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, the Orioles gave up just two runs in their loss to the Royals. Both scored on a play at the plate in the last of the first inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Eric Hosmer hit a grounder to first and Steve Pearce threw home in time to get

Kansas City beats Orioles 2-1 to complete four-game sweep

KANSAS CITY - In the end, each game was close, but the series was not. Winning a fourth straight game by two runs or fewer, the Kansas City Royals beat the Orioles 2-1 this afternoon to complete a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series. The O’s season ends as they were held to two runs on seven hits in the last two games.

Game blog: It’s Gonzalez against Vargas in Game 4

KANSAS CITY - With their season one loss away from ending, the Orioles play at Kansas City this afternoon in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Royals have posted wins by 8-6 in 10 innings, by 6-4 and by 2-1 last night to move to within one win of their first World Series since winning it all in 1985. On the mound

Gausman having solid postseason for Orioles

KANSAS CITY - One bright spot emerging from these playoffs for the Orioles is the pitching of right-hander Kevin Gausman, who is finishing up his rookie year. The kid has done a good job in three postseason outings. Over eight innings, he has allowed four hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts. He has a postseason ERA of 1.13 while the O’s

Guthrie said he used a lack of judgement in wearing shirt and apologizes

KANSAS CITY - It is not often that a player during a series as important as the American League Championship Series asks to come to the interview room, but former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie did that here today. He apologized for wearing a shirt last night that said “These O’s Ain’t Royal.” It is clear that the shirt stirred up a firestorm on social media circles

O’s say comeback not impossible, but they’re one loss from the end of their season

KANSAS CITY - So the 2014 Orioles season may have just one day to go. I don’t think anyone could have predicted a four-game sweep of the 96-win Orioles coming off their three-game sweep of Detroit. But that is where this series is with the Orioles needing a miracle to pull out the American League Championship Series now. It seems the Royals are always one

Adam Jones on the Orioles’ loss in Game 3, plus other clubhouse quotes

KANSAS CITY - Now that they are one game from elimination, the Orioles need to run the table in this American League Championship Series and win four straight games. Kansas City won 2-1 tonight to take a 3-0 lead in the series. The Royals have won the three contests in this series by five total runs. A comeback from down 3-0 happened once before. That

Royals edge Orioles 2-1 to take 3-0 lead in the ALCS

KANSAS CITY - After scoring 31 runs in five playoff games and 10 in the first two games of the American League Championship Series, the Orioles were held in check by Kansas City pitching tonight and and now the Royals are closing in on a World Series berth. Billy Butler’s sac fly in the sixth put Kansas City ahead and the Royals’ late-inning relievers made

O’s game blog: Orioles look for first win of ALCS tonight at Kansas City

KANSAS CITY - After Sunday’s workout day and Monday’s rainout, the Orioles and Royals have had two days without a game in the American League Championship Series. But the weather will finally allow this series to resume tonight in windy and cool conditions in Kansas City. The Royals lead the series, two wins to none. The Royals are two wins away from returning to the

Yost on windy conitions, Vargas on Game 4 start

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles and Royals will play Game 3 of the American League Championship Series tonight amid windy and blustery conditions, which figure to impact the game. At his pregame press conference earlier, Royals manager Ned Yost was asked how the wind might make a difference tonight. He doesn’t seem to feel it favors his team even though it has played in these

In Buck they trust: O’s skipper calm and relaxed despite 0-2 hole in ALCS

Don’t worry, be happy. Cue the Bobby McFerrin song. If they take their lead from their manager - and the players, to a man, pretty much say they do - then the Orioles are not exactly stressing over their 0-2 deficit in the American League Championship Series. Is Buck Showalter really as relaxed as he seems? Well, maybe not completely on the inside, but the

ALCS notes and quotes with Hunter, Cruz, Tillman and more

KANSAS CITY - So can the rain slow down the Kansas City Royals? Nelson Cruz was asked that question after Monday’s rainout of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. Kansas City has a 2-0 lead in this series over the Orioles and is 6-0 this postseason. “Probably that helps, hopefully that helps,” he said. “You come to the ballpark ready to play and

Yost on Dyson, Gonzalez on uncertainty of Game 4 start

KANSAS CITY - Kansas City manager Ned Yost was asked about Jarrod Dyson’s comments at his press confernce today. It’s the American League Championship Series story that won’t die. Dyson said he was confident the series would not return to Baltimore and that the Orioles players may feel the same. Yost was asked if he shares that confidence. “I look to win tomorrow,” he said.

Britton, Cruz and Hunter comment after ALCS Game 3 postponement

KANSAS CITY - The consensus of the Orioles players interviewed today after the announcement that Game 3 of the American League Champions Series was rained out is that it doesn’t change much. They just have to wait another day to try and get in the win column in this series. But O’s closer Zach Britton said it could help the bullpen pitchers that worked in

In battle of bullpens, Kansas City gets the two-game edge

The Orioles bullpen has allowed five runs and nine hits over 10 1/3 innings of the American League Championship Series for an ERA of 4.36. The O’s ‘pen pitchers have seven walks and 10 strikeouts. Darren O’Day has taken the loss in each of the first two games after losing twice in 68 regular-season appearances. O’Day and Brian Matusz gave up homers in the 10th

ALCS notes and quotes heading into Game 3

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles need to win two of the next three games in the American League Championship Series or Jarrod Dyson will be right and this series will not return to Camden Yards. The Orioles went from favorites to win the World Series back to underdogs in the ALCS after losing a pair of two-run games in Baltimore. The Orioles were loose, relaxed

Joseph on O’s strategy against the stolen base and the Royals offense

KANSAS CITY - A major storyline coming into the American League Championship Series was whether the Orioles could slow the Kansas City running game The Royals were 12-for-13 stealing bases in going 4-0 in the postseason before taking on the Orioles. Well, they are 1-for-3 in steals in the ALCS. Jarrod Dyson, who stole 36 of 43 in the regular season, has been thrown out

Adam Jones on Jarrod Dyson: “He doesn’t speak for this clubhouse”

KANSAS CITY - He doesn’t play for the Orioles, but Jarrod Dyson’s name certainly came up a lot in their clubhouse this afternoon during the 45-minute media availability before their workout at Kauffman Stadium. Dyson was asked last night by a Kansas City writer whether he expected to return to Baltimore for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. “No sir, I don’t,” he

Time to regroup: O’s head to Kansas City looking to change momentum in ALCS

The Oakland A’s couldn’t do it. Neither could the Los Angeles Angels. And you can now add the Orioles to the list. Those three teams are a combined 0-6 against Kansas City this postseason. The Royals are 4-0 in games decided by two runs or less and 4-0 in extra innings. During the regular season, they went 22-25 in one-run games and 5-7 in extra-inning

Zach Britton on O’s Game 2 loss to Kansas City, plus other clubhouse quotes

It was another Orioles loss in this American League Championship Series followed by O’s relievers talking about giving up late runs. Zach Britton gave up a groundball RBI double to Alcides Escobar in the ninth tonight that put Kansas City ahead 5-4. Lorenzo Cain added an RBI single for a 6-4 lead and win for the Royals as they take a 2-0 lead in the

Royals scores twice in ninth to beat O’s and take 2-0 ALCS lead

The Kansas City Royals used more late-inning magic to pull out another close game and take a two games to none lead in the American League Championship Series. The Royals scored twice in the ninth to snap a 4-4 tie and beat the Orioles 6-4 tonight in front of a sellout crowd of 46,912 at Camden Yards. They went home stunned at the end as

O’s game blog: Orioles need a win in Game 2 to even ALCS

The Orioles take the field this afternoon at Camden Yards needing a victory to avoid heading to Kansas City down two games to none in the American League Championship Series. The Orioles came from four runs down to tie last night’s series opener, but homers in the 10th by Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas gave Kansas City the 8-6 victory. The Royals, who led the

Yost names Guthrie Royals’ Game 3 starter, plus other K.C. quotes

This afternoon, Kansas City manager Ned Yost announced that former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 on Monday night in Kansas City and he said Jason Vargas would “probably” start Game 4. Guthrie had a strong finish to the regular season with a 2.40 ERA in September and he went 13-11 with a 4.13 ERA in 32 starts for the year. He has not

After tough Game 1 loss, do the Orioles bounce back today?

The Orioles scored six runs, they had 14 hits, they went 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. They came from four runs behind. And they lost. It was a rare sight to see Chris Tillman, Zach Britton and Darren O’Day all have moments when they struggled and all in the same game as Kansas City beat the Orioles 8-6 in 10 innings last night. Maybe

O’Day talks about Gordon’s go-ahead homer (plus other clubhouse quotes)

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day gave up just three homers in his first 77 2/3 innings this season. Then he allowed three homers in September. Tonight he gave up a tiebreaking homer to Alex Gordon leading off the 10th inning as Kansas City posted an 8-6 win over the Oriolesto take Game 1 of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. O’Day got a double play to

Gordon, Moustakas homer in 10th as Royals take Game 1 of ALCS

In a game that featured some strange plays, ineffective outings by both starters, a blown four-run lead and an amazing escape act in the top of the ninth, Alex Gordon hit a go-ahead homer in the 10th inning as Kansas City took the opener of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series 8-6 over the Orioles. Gordon’s homer to right, on a 1-1 pitch from Darren

O’s game blog: It’s Tillman against Shields in Game 1 of the ALCS

In the first 17 years there was a Championship Series in each league, starting in 1969, there were only three years (1975, 1981 and 1982) when neither the Orioles nor Royals played for the pennant. They just never played against each other. That changes tonight when the Orioles host the Royals in Game 1 of the 2014 American League Championship Series. The Orioles host the

Hearing from possible Game 2 starters Bud Norris and Wei-Yin Chen

Two possible choices for the Orioles’ Game 2 starter in the American League Championship Series meant two players and one interpreter in the interview room a little earlier here at Camden Yards. Both Bud Norris and Wei-Yin Chen were interviewed and Louis Chao was there to translate for Chen. Norris was the Game 3 winner against Detroit when he went 6 1/3 scoreless innings on

Adam Jones was holding court on ALCS media day

When he is playing well, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones can fill up the stat sheet. When he is on top of his interview game, he can fill up reporter’s notebooks. While O’s fans wait for Jones to get his postseason offense in high gear, he had the interview game going strong on Thursday. During the Orioles 45-minute team media availability, a steady stream of local

O’s ALCS notebook: Markakis on winning, Young on Shields and more

So it is finally here. The day of the first game of the American League Championship Series between the Orioles and the Kansas City Royals. This felt just like another All-Star break. The last game was Sunday. Just like the four-day break in July. “We’re ready. It’s been a long wait. It’s going to be a wild atmosphere here and we’re ready for it,” O’s

Showalter and Tillman meet the media

Here are some quotes from a press conference earlier today at Camden Yards with Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Game 1 starter Chris Tillman. Showalter told reporters he feels confident the Orioles can get the game in tomorrow despite the possibility of rain. He also said the O’s players will know the makeup of the roster before they leave tonight, even if it is not

Markakis, Jones and Pearce react to pending Hardy deal (updated)

J.J. Hardy’s teammates were asked several questions today about the Orioles shortstop. Even though a new deal for Hardy is not official and there has not been any announcement from the club, the sides have reached an agreement on an extension. That news, as you might expect, was met with a very positive reaction by Hardy’s teammates. “Besides playing a prime position, what he brings

Jeremy Guthrie could see O’s building a winner, plus other Royals notes

Former Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie never got to play on a winning team in Baltimore. He missed it by one year. His last season was 2011 and the Orioles returned to the playoffs the following season. Back at Camden Yards today with the Kansas City Royals, Guthrie said he could sense something good was coming for the Orioles, even though he was not around to

Checking in with a Kansas City reporter for a scouting report and a bullpen comparison

From 1969 to 1980, the Orioles and Kansas City Royals were well represented in the American League Championship Series. One of those two teams played in the ALCS in 10 of those 12 years, with the Orioles playing six times and the Royals four. But they never played each other, as they will starting tomorrow night in Baltimore. I had a chance to get a

Pondering the Orioles’ possible ALCS rotation

So what will the Orioles’ rotation look like for the American League Championship Series? Good luck trying to guess with manager Buck Showalter on that. The Orioles went Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris in the Detroit series. Miguel Gonzalez, it appeared was going to pitch Game 3, and then the O’s switched to Norris. Does Norris’ outstanding Sunday outing bump him up to

One team will end a long World Series drought in ALCS, plus other notes

The Kansas City Royals held Major League Baseball’s highest scoring team to six runs and a .170 batting average and swept the Angels in the American League Division Series. The Orioles held baseball’s second highest scoring team to 10 runs and a .218 average in a sweep of Detroit. Now the Orioles host the Royals in the American League Championship Series as these clubs meet

A look at Nelson Cruz’s remarkable postseason stats

Whether you say, “Oh, Nelly” or O’s Nelly, Nelson Cruz continues to get it done for the Orioles. In his first game with the team, opening day against Boston, he hit a homer in the seventh inning off Jon Lester. It broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Orioles a 2-1 win. He’s been hitting big homers ever since and that carried through the American

A look at O’s prospects who begin play today in Arizona Fall League

Seven Orioles prospects take the field later today as play begins in the Arizona Fall League. The Orioles players are on the Glendale Desert Dogs, who open against Mesa. Each major league team sends four pitchers and three position players to the AFL. The O’s pitchers are Zach Davies, Parker Bridwell, Mychal Givens and Ashur Tolliver. Also on the Glendale roster are catcher Michael Ohlman,

Showalter on Camden Yards homecoming: “It doesn’t surprise me with our fans”

They came ready to cheer. They came wearing orange. They came waving orange towels and they came to welcome their Orioles home a day after they defeated the Detroit Tigers in a three-game sweep of the American League Division Series. Several hundred fans lined the walkway to home plate plaza at Camden Yards today as the Orioles arrived home from Detroit. Orioles vice president of

Begin the ALCS countdown: O’s-Royals starts Friday

So now we get ready for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. The Orioles will host the Kansas City Royals in the first two games on Friday and Saturday at Camden Yards. Both teams completed three-game sweeps yesterday against teams with bigger payrolls and bigger names. But Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout and their teams are done now. During the regular season, the Royals

On to the ALCS: Norris with a gem, Cruz with a homer as O’s sweep Detroit

In his first career postseason start, Orioles right-hander Bud Norris was sensational. He matched 2012 Cy Young Award winner David Price pitch for pitch and his offense finally got him the lead. Norris pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer as the Orioles beat Detroit 2-1 to complete a three-game sweep of their American League Division Series. The win sends

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

With a win this afternoon, the Orioles will advance to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 1997 when they played the Cleveland Indians. The Orioles hold a 2-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series and need one win to advance. A win today at Comerica Park would give them their first postseason series sweep since a 3-0

O’s are only team with 96-plus wins with a playoff victory, plus other notes

If Orioles fans didn’t already greatly appreciate and enjoy the strong position their team is in the series with Detroit, just looked around a bit. * Los Angeles Angels, 98 wins, down 0-2. * Washington Nationals, 96 wins, down. 0-2. * Baltimore Orioles, 96 wins, up 2-0. The two No. 1 seeds are both a loss from elimination while the Orioles have a chance for

Adam Jones on key hit by pitch, playing in Detroit and other O’s notes

It started with an errant pitch. A pitcher missed his spot by several inches and hit a batter. When Joba Chamberlain plunked Adam Jones with one out and no one on in the eighth inning yesterday, it was the start of a big Orioles rally. It was a big mistake by Chamberlain. You can’t hit a batter to fuel a rally leading by three with

A look at some heroes from first two ALDS games for O’s

You want a real unsung hero from the first two games of the American League Division Series? How about Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson? He had aggressive sends of Alejandro De Aza in the eighth inning Thursday night and J.J. Hardy in the eighth yesterday. Both players scored critical runs in what were, at the time, close games. When you coach third and a

Zach Britton on last of eighth and top of ninth (plus other clubhouse quotes)

Zach Britton admitted that for a brief moment today, he was like a fan. While he was warming up in the last of the eighth inning Delmon Young came to bat. Seconds later, Young lined a pitch into left field to score three runs and give the Orioles a 7-6 lead. Britton let out a cheer in the bullpen and then realized now he was

Delmon Young talks about his pinch-hit, three-run double

Delmon Young was asked if it was Orioles magic. “Magic is the word to use, but we are just trying to beat a very good ballclub in Detroit,” Young said. “We did it yesterday and we’ve been doing it all year against teams in our division. When we get guys on, we feel like we can win. “They gave us an opportunity with (Adam) Jones

Stunning rally: O’s score four in eighth to beat Detroit, take 2-0 ALDS lead

It was an amazing and stirring comeback win. Last night the Orioles used the eighth inning to pull away. Today they produced a remarkable comeback win in the same inning. Delmon Young’s pinch-hit, three-run double to left off Joakim Soria turned a 6-4 deficit into a 7-6 lead and the Orioles beat Detroit in front of another frenzied sellout crowd at Camden Yards. It was

O’s game blog: It’s Chen against Verlander in Game 2

Since the Orioles moved to Baltimore in 1954, their postseason winning percentage of .588 (50-35) ranks second in the majors behind only Miami at .667 (22-11). The Orioles look to add to that here this afternoon. According to ESPN Stats & Info, since 1995, 61 percent of teams that won Game 1 of a Division Series went on to win the series. And 12 of

Tigers J.D. Martinez: “It’s just one loss” (updated)

During his Game 2 American League Division Series pregame press conference at Camden Yards this morning, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he would not know if outfielder Rajai Davis would play today until after batting practice. Davis has been hampered since Saturday by a ligament sprain in the pelvic area. He played last night, going 1-for-3 but was pinch hit for in the ninth inning.

Jonathan Schoop talks about playing in his first playoff game

Well, the kid got off to a good start in the first major league playoff game of his life. Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-4 last night. He singled in the second inning in his first postseason at-bat and then added a two-run double in the eight-run eighth. Schoop ended the regular season batting just .109 (6-for-55) over his last 20 games with one

Andrew Miller on playoff bullpen usage and other notes and quotes from the Game 1 win

The 1966 Orioles didn’t do it. Neither did the great teams from 1969, ‘70 and ‘71. Or the 1983 World Series champs. None of them scored 12 runs in a playoff game. The Orioles’ previous best was 11 runs four times before last night’s 12-3 win over Detroit in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The last time the O’s scored 11 runs

Markakis: “Want to thank the best fans in baseball” (plus other clubhouse quotes)

Amid the crush of the Orioles postgame clubhouse, Nick Markakis talked about playing and winning the first playoff game of his career. “Awesome,” Markakis said. “Everything you want it to be. We play for the people that come here and they supported us. It was everything you work for. We want to thank the best fans in baseball. They showed it tonight.” Markakis had played

O’s score eight in eighth to beat Tigers 12-3, turn ALDS Game 1 into rout

In the end it turned into a rout. Using a familiar formula that led them to 96 wins and a division championship, the Orioles beat the Tigers 12-3 tonight to take Game 1 of the American League Division Series. A frenzied crowd of 47,842 roared its approval at Camden Yards. The Orioles got a solid starting pitching performance from Chris Tillman, homers from Nelson Cruz

O’s game blog: It’s Tillman against Scherzer in Game 1

The Orioles’ long wait for the playoffs is finally over. They are hosting the Detroit Tigers today in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. These clubs have never met in the postseason. The Orioles won the AL East, going 96-66, including a mark of 50-31 at home. The Tigers won the AL Central, going 90-72, including a mark of 45-36 on the road.

Some notes from the Tigers pregame press conference

Some notes and quotes from the Tigers’ press conference earlier today with manager Brad Ausmus and Game 2 starter Justin Verlander. Ausmus talked about outfielder Rajai Davis, who has a sprained pelvic ligament that forced him out of Saturday’s game against the Twins. He is starting today and batting ninth in center field. “We got here this morning at 8:30 and he got some treatment

Caleb Joseph on late-season slump and his first playoff series, plus O’s hot hitters

The Orioles have a couple of players that ended the 2014 regular season slumping. They will look to get their bats going in the American League Division Series against Detroit. Catcher Caleb Joseph ended the year going 0-for-30 over his last 10 games as his average dropped from .236 to .207. Joseph hit just .080 (4-for-50) in September with 18 strikeouts. He said he felt

Orioles talk about challenge of facing three straight Cy Young winners

If the Orioles want to get the lead in the American League Division Series against Detroit, all they have to do is beat last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner in Game 1 today. After that, they face another former Cy Young winner. And then another. If the series gets to a fourth game they are expected to face Rick Porcello and, hey, he’s never

ALDS notebook: Hardy on intensity, Cruz on crowd, Scherzer on facing the O’s and more

The Orioles clinched the American League East on Sept. 16 and they played 11 games since with a postseason berth already assured. We saw the Orioles end the season playing with less intensity than they had before the clincher. Now they need to get that back for the AL Division Series that starts at Camden Yards Thursday against Detroit. Will it be hard to get

Manager Brad Ausmus, pitcher Max Scherzer talk about Detroit’s postseason experience

During separate press conferences this afternoon at Camden Yards, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Game 1 starting pitcher Max Scherzer gave quite different answers when asked about the club’s playoff experience. This is the fourth year in a row that Detroit has reached the postseason and the Tigers have won the American League Division Series the last three years by winning Game 5 on

Note to O’s hurlers: Be wary of the first pitch against Detroit

Over the years, when asked what is the best pitch, many pitching coaches have said “strike one.” They mean it doesn’t matter whether you throw a fastball, slider or changeup. As long you get ahead in the count, everything flows from there. Pitching ahead and getting strike one is big. It will be big for Orioles pitchers in this series against Detroit. But O’s hurlers

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