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Frederick pitcher Matt Taylor hospitalized after hit by liner (Taylor tweets he is OK)

Single-A Frederick Keys pitcher Matt Taylor was taken by ambulance tonight to a hospital in Salem, Va., after he was hit by a line drive in a game against the Salem Red Sox. “He got hit by a line drive on the side of the head, just above the temple,” Orioles director of player development Brian Graham said tonight. “The doctor on site feels he

On day that drew no fans, but plenty of attention, Orioles took care of business

Usually when Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hits a homer at Camden Yards, he gets to enjoy the roar of the crowd. Yesterday, when he hit one, all he heard was the echo of the bat striking the ball coming off empty seats. He said it sounded like batting practice. But Davis hit a big three-run homer during the Orioles’ six-run first inning on Wednesday

Machado: “I think this is what the city needed” (plus more clubhouse quotes)

With the sports spotlight on Baltimore today, Adam Jones was asked what he would like fans from around the nation to take from today. “The Orioles support the city of Baltimore,” Jones said. “On everything. We are out there playing for the fans and the city. That is what is across our chest, and we are trying to represent them in the best way. They

No fans, but plenty of runs, as O’s top White Sox 8-2

Well, the Orioles made noise with their bats. In the first-ever major league game played with no fans, the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 at Camden Yards in a game that lasted just two hours and three minutes. The Orioles have a three-game win streak for the first time all year and a .500 record at 10-10 for the first time since they

O’s game blog: O’s host Chicago with no fans at Camden Yards

The Orioles get back on the field this afternoon and play a non-American League East division team for the first time when they host the Chicago White Sox at 2:05 p.m., in a game not open to the public. The Orioles went 5-1 against the White Sox last year and are 15-6 against them since the 2012 season, including a 8-3 mark at Camden Yards.

Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce on playing game without fans and more

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph said the players have certainly spent a lot of time in recent days talking about the rioting seen in Baltimore. “We are talking a lot about it,” Joseph said. “It’s our home, too. For six months, this is where we reside. We get to know a lot of people we live around. “It is a little scary, because you don’t know

Zach Britton and Chris Davis on today’s game and moving the Tampa series

It was close to a normal pregame scene in the Orioles clubhouse this morning, just with more reporters than usual. But the questions players were getting were not about their play on the field, but regarding the last few days around Baltimore and the changes that have happened because of the rioting. Today’s game will be played without fans and the Orioles are moving what

After two big wins to end Boston series, O’s scheduled to return to the field today

As the city of Baltimore tries to regain some sense of normalcy, so will its baseball team. The Orioles are scheduled to take the field this afternoon at 2:05 p.m. against the Chicago White Sox even though no fans will be in the ballpark. It figures to be a strange and surreal scene. Some challenges have been thrown the Orioles’ way, but they pale in

Minor league notes on Brandon Snyder, Parker Bridwell, Delmarva pitching and more

The Orioles signed Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract this week and he made his return to the Orioles organization yesterday after an extended absence when he joined the Double-A Bowie Baysox. The O’s drafted Snyder in the first round of the 2005 draft, and he’s in today’s Baysox lineup for the 4:05 p.m. game at Erie, batting fifth and playing first base. Snyder

Getting back to a baseball topic while awaiting next move for Orioles

It was a sad day and night in Baltimore on Monday. The right decision was made to postpone the Orioles game with Chicago and take people out of a potentially dangerous location and situation. Watching the local TV coverage and seeing rioting and looting just made me sad, and innocent people and businesses were no doubt damaged and hurt. Again, just sad. As we wait

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday’s postponement

On a night when the Orioles and White Sox game has been postponed by the protests and rioting in Baltimore, the commissioner of Major League Baseball was in Baltimore. Rob Manfred was here for a previously arranged visit and just happened to be here on a day when MLB officials were obviously involved with Orioles officials in monitoring the events. A few minutes ago, Manfred

A look at Rey Navarro’s connection with a former Oriole

For now, Rey Navarro has become the everyday second baseman for the Orioles. Signed by the club to a major league contract in November, he was called up from Triple-A Norfolk for Friday night’s game and made his major league debut that evening. It was a long time coming for the 25-year-old Navarro, who was orginally a third-round draft pick by Arizona in 2007. Before

A closer look at Jimmy Paredes and other notes from the weekend

The second time around as an Oriole is so far proving to be the charm for Jimmy Paredes. The first time lasted two days. Do we even count that? On February 15, 2014 the Orioles selected Paredes off waivers from Miami. Two days later, needing to open a 40-man roster spot for pitcher Suk-min Yoon, the Orioles designated Paredes for assignment and he was claimed

Norris on his outing, Young and Pearce on the offense after 18-7 win over Red Sox

After the slow start he has had this year - allowing 20 runs over 10 1/3 innings - today was important for Orioles right-hander Bud Norris. In the big picture, his outing was probably more significant for the Orioles than their 18-run outburst in an 18-7 win over Boston. “It feels really good to be honest, just to prove to these guys I’m here to

Bud Norris strong as O’s score their most runs since 2006 in rout of Red Sox

Entering today with a 17.42 ERA, Bud Norris needed a good outing. All those runs were an added bonus. Norris pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, Delmon Young drove in five runs and the Orioles produced their biggest inning of the year twice today in an 18-7 romp over Boston before 43,802 at Camden Yards. The 18 runs was five off the team record, and the

O’s game blog: It’s Norris against Miley in Red Sox-O’s series finale

After last night’s amazing comeback win over Boston, the Orioles and Red Sox, who each have one win in this series, play their series finale at Camden Yards this afternoon. Last night’s win kept the O’s from a six-game losing streak. Since July 19, 2011, they are 44-27 versus Boston, including a mark of 20-15 at Camden Yards. This year, the season series is tied

Zach Britton on wild ninth inning and bullpen’s big outs

If it is possible to pitch well while suffering a blown save, Orioles lefty Zach Britton did that in the top of the ninth last night vs. the Red Sox. He kept the game tied at 3-3 after it seemed several things went against him. He gave up two hits and one run as a 3-2 O’s lead turned into a 3-3 tie, but the

Looking back at the biggest win of the year

For the Orioles, that was one important win. In baseball, we don’t often see teams go on a tear after a big win because the opposing pitcher has something to say about that. So we will see if this game has any carryover effect. But last night’s result for the Orioles sure beats seeing a losing streak stretch to six games and falling to four

David Lough and Adam Jones comment after comeback win over Boston

It has been an eventful, and at times, strange night in and around Baltimore. With protests going on in the city, the Orioles played a baseball game at home and turned what looked like a devastating loss into a remarkable victory. It was kind of surreal at times, and late in the game, an announcement was made asking fans to stay in the ballpark after

David Lough hits walk-off homer in 10th as O’s stun Red Sox 5-4

A bitter defeat turned into an amazing victory. Down 4-3, the Orioles scored twice off Boston closer Koji Uehara in the last of the tenth for a remarkable 5-4 victory over the Red Sox to end their five-game losing streak. Adam Jones led off the 10th with a triple to right and scored on a Chris Davis sac fly. Then, David Lough hit a game-winning

O’s game blog: Chen on the mound as Orioles look to even series

The Orioles have won two, lost two and tied one series so far in 2015. They are going to need to win the next two games against Boston to take this series after losing 7-5 Friday night. That result made Boston 6-0 in series-opening games while the Orioles are now 1-5 in such games. The Orioles went 32-21 in series openers in 2014. On the

Steve Pearce: “I’ve been like a one-man rally-killer this past week”

After a breakout 2014 season with the Orioles, Steve Pearce has gotten off to a poor start this year. Right now, he is the first one to point a finger at himself for his struggles. One year removed from batting .293 with 21 homers, 49 RBIs, a .556 slugging percentage and an OPS of .930, the numbers are way off so far. In 14 games,

More on the O’s losing streak, plus Jones and Machado on tempers flaring in MLB

So the 2015 Orioles now have a five-game losing streak, something that never happened to the 2014 O’s. It was another night where the Orioles made mistakes in the field and on the bases, and their pitching staff gave up too many runs. The Orioles lost 7-5 to Boston on Friday night and have been outscored 38-20 during their longest losing streak since they dropped

Machado on his error, O’Day on Brock Holt’s home run (plus other clubhouse quotes)

Right before Boston’s Brock Holt hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Darren O’Day tonight in the top of the eighth inning, the Orioles had a chance to record the third out of the inning. Third baseman Manny Machado ranged to his left, but could not come up with a groundball off the bat of Allen Craig. He was charged with an error and Holt got

Holt’s tiebreaking homer in the eighth leads Red Sox past the Orioles

A walk, an error and a blast. That did in the Orioles tonight in the top of the eighth inning. With two outs and no one on in a 4-4 tie, Brian Matusz came on in relief of Tommy Hunter and walked Pablo Sandoval. Darren O’Day replaced Matusz and an error by third baseman Manny Machado followed. That brought up Brock Holt. Hitting .414 at

O’s game blog: Miguel Gonzalez on mound in series opener (Navarro on callup)

Back at home, will the Orioles begin to pitch better? Ranking last in the majors in team ERA at 5.15 and rotation ERA at 5.82, the Orioles need to turn that around as they begin a three-game series and nine-game homestand against Boston tonight. These clubs split four games last weekend at Fenway Park. In the series the Orioles scored 15 runs and Boston scored

Jones on losing streak, Machado on pitching struggles, Flaherty on his injury

When asked this afternoon about the Orioles’ four-game losing streak and recent inconsistent play, center fielder Adam Jones had a short and to-the-point answer. “Still April. Doesn’t concern us. Long way to go,” he said. The Orioles are just two games out of first place, but they’ve fallen into last at 7-9 and have been outscored 31-15 during the losing skid. Now they have to

After 16 games of mediocre pitching, O’s look for turnaround tonight as homestand begins

The Orioles’ pitching stats are rather ugly right now. Through their 7-9 start, the team ERA is 5.15, which ranks last in all of Major League Baseball. The rotation’s 5.82 ERA so far also ranks last in MLB. The O’s starters have pitched 5 1/3 innings or fewer for eight consecutive games. In 13 of 16 games, the O’s starters have worked six or fewer

Chris Tillman allows seven runs as Blue Jays beat Orioles, complete three-game sweep

It’s pretty safe to say the April version of the Toronto Blue Jays has been better than the April Baltimore Orioles. Now we see what the rest of the season will hold. The Blue Jays knocked another O’s starter out early and beat the Orioles 7-6 tonight for their fifth win in six games between the teams. The Orioles have lost four in a row

O’s game blog: Orioles need a win to avoid a sweep at Rogers Centre

In the bunched up American League East standings, the Orioles find themselves in fourth place for the second time this year. But at 7-8, they are just two games out of first place. They have fallen back with a three-game losing streak, during which they’ve been outscored 24-9. Last season, the Orioles were not swept in a three-game series by any AL East team. The

Is Orioles’ well-earned three-game losing streak cause for concern?

In the long term, there is no reason to be concerned over a 7-8 record for the Orioles right now. No one is red-hot in the division, and the Orioles are certainly OK in the standings with so much baseball remaining. But in the short term, their play has been poor and they’ve made some physical and mental mistakes that were not often seen during

Jays hit pair of two-run homers to top Orioles 4-2

This time, there was no arguing among players or anything close to a benches-clearing incident. The Orioles and Blue Jays played without the emotional outbursts we saw last night. But there was still plenty of frustration for the Orioles, who could not take advantage of a wild starting pitcher and lost again to Toronto, this time by a 4-2 score at Rogers Centre. The Orioles

O’s game blog: Orioles have 9.26 ERA against Jays (plus a scout’s take on Adam Jones)

Beyond the emotion we saw on the field last night emerges this reality for the Orioles: They need to start pitching better against Toronto. The Blue Jays are 3-1 against the Orioles this year, and they’ve scored 36 runs. They have a team batting average of .313, and are slugging .556 with an OPS of .927, against the Orioles. Toronto has scored 10 or more

After the latest emotion-packed night for the Orioles and Toronto, what happens next?

One definition of powder keg is, “A potentially explosive situation or thing.” Welcome to the final two games of this series at Rogers Centre between the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto reporters quoted Jose Bautista after last night’s game as saying, “I think it’s all pretty well planned out and premeditated and I think they hide behind the way their manager acts and conducts

Bud Norris exits early as Toronto routs Orioles in series opener

Well, this was no way to start a series against an American League East rival. Bud Norris struggled again and the Orioles defense was shaky again. Late in the game, some tempers flared between these teams yet again. Toronto scored six runs in the second inning and knocked out Norris in the third in a 13-6 blowout of the Orioles at Rogers Centre. In the

O’s game blog: Orioles faring better at Rogers Centre in recent seasons

The Rogers Centre in Toronto was once a house of horrors for the Orioles. They hardly ever won there. In 2010, they went winless there, losing all nine games between the teams. From 2009-12, the Orioles were 4-23 in Toronto. But since they have been winning again, they are 13-15 at Rogers Centre since the 2012 season. That included a 5-4 mark last year, the

Minor league notes on Norfolk’s pitching, Dosch, O’Brien and more

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides are off to an 8-4 start after beating Gwinnett 1-0 at Harbor Park last night. Right-hander Mike Wright pitched six scoreless innings and is 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA. After allowing three runs in his first 2015 outing, Wright has put together 12 scoreless innings over his past two starts. Tides pitchers have been good all year. Their starters have worked

Remembering Keith Lupton and his distinguished career in minor league baseball

Longtime Baltimore baseball fans may remember the 1993 season. Baltimore was home for a season to two baseball teams. The Orioles played at shiny, new Camden Yards, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox played at old Memorial Stadium. It was the first year for the Baysox franchise and, despite horrendous weather on the eve of the season and a big league team taking attention away from

Bad day at the office: Errors, walks lead to loss in rain-shortened game at Fenway Park

With a chance to win the series and move into first place in the American League East, the Orioles fell flat today. They allowed five unearned runs on three errors and had just four hits in a rain-shortened 7-1 loss to Boston. Play was halted before the bottom of the seventh and the game was not resumed after a 1-hour, 42-minute rain delay. So, it

O’s game blog: Pitching strong during series at Fenway Park

In the Red Sox’s series against the Washington Nationals last week, they scored 22 runs in taking two of three games. The Red Sox have scored seven runs in losing two of the first three against the Orioles. After the O’s bullpen was scored upon in each of the season’s first 10 games, creating some concern, the club’s relievers have pitched scoreless ball in back-to-back

With fewer strikeouts and more line drives, Adam Jones off to a sizzling start

We sure don’t have enough at-bats or a large enough sample size to fully analyze why Adam Jones is off to such a blistering start at the plate. But looking at some of his plate discipline stats from FanGraphs, there are a few trends developing through 12 games for Jones. So far, he is striking out much less, swinging a bit less at pitches outside

Adam Jones ties career high with five RBIs as O’s win 8-3 at Fenway Park

For the Orioles, it was another good day at Fenway Park. For outfielder Adam Jones, it was another good day at the plate. Jones had four hits, including a homer, and drove in five runs to tie his career high as the Orioles beat Boston 8-3 for their seventh win in their last eight games at Fenway. The Orioles and Red Sox are both now

O’s game blog: The Orioles are 6-1 in last seven games at Fenway Park

The Orioles picked up another win at Fenway Park on Saturday. Today they look to gain a 2-1 edge in this four-game series that ends Monday. The Orioles are 6-1 in their last seven games at Fenway dating to last year and have outscored Boston 38-21 in those games. The Orioles are 23-11 at Boston since July 19, 2011. Maybe they just love the green.

Dylan Bundy makes progress with his secondary pitches and the O’s bounce back

Granted, when judging Dylan Bundy so far this season, we’re just going by a stat sheet of just six innings over two outings. However, as he continues to make his way back from his June 2013 Tommy John surgery, O’s top pitching prospect Bundy said he made progress last night. He gave up two runs over three innings Friday night against Erie. In his first

Dylan Bundy gives up two runs over three innings for Bowie (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - Dylan Bundy showed similar velocity to his first start and a curveball that looked good at times Saturday, but the middle of the Erie Seawolves’ order got to him in the top of the third inning. The right-hander threw three innings at Prince George’s Stadium in his second 2015 start, his first at home, for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. After keeping Erie

Pregame notes from Bowie on Hardy, Hobgood and Bundy

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain, has worked out at Prince George’s Stadium the last two days, taking part in drills early in the day even before the Double-A Bowie Baysox took batting practice. “It’s going great,” Bowie manager Gary Kendall said. “Yesterday he took his groundballs, going through different plays and different moves to

O’s game blog: It’s Tillman time in second game of series

Coming off a start in which he allowed seven runs in the Orioles’ loss to Toronto, Chris Tillman will try to get the Orioles even in Game 2 of four-game series at Boston. Tillman (1-1, 7.71 ERA) will pitch against Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz (1-1, 7.84 ERA) at Fenway Park. After giving up just one run over 6 2/3 innings on opening day, Tillman

On frustrating night, more than ejection led to tough loss

It was a tough and frustrating night for the Orioles and their fans. But in the end, the O’s also contributed to their own demise last night. Orioles pitchers walked seven, including the eventual winning run when Brian Matusz issued a four-pitch free pass to start the bottom of the ninth. The Orioles went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, including Chris Davis hitting into

Tough night: Jimenez ejected and O’s lose 3-2 at Boston in ninth

The first night of a seven-game road trip turned into nothing but frustration for the Orioles. Their starting pitcher was ejected. They were held to two runs. They had just one hit after the fifth inning. They lost in walk-off fashion. Xander Bogaerts’ bloop RBI single to right off Tommy Hunter with one out in the ninth gave Boston a 3-2 win over the Orioles

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound in road trip opener

Ubaldo Jimenez, who has a very poor career record against the Boston Red Sox, will try to turn that around tonight when the Orioles open a four-game series at Fenway Park. Jimenez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) pitches against Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly (1-0, 1.29 ERA) in the series opener. In three starts against the Red Sox in 2014, Jimenez went 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA.

Five years ago today, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched a no-hitter, plus Adam Jones notes

It was five years ago today. A flame-throwing 26-year-old right-hander, Ubaldo Jimenez, who pitches tonight for the Orioles at Boston, threw a no-hitter for the Colorado Rockies against the Atlanta Braves. Jimenez threw 128 pitches, his fastball touched 98 mph and he walked six batters. He struggled with command pitching out of the windup so much that he switched to the stretch position to end

A look at the Orioles through nine games with notes on Brach, Joseph and Schoop

So far, the Orioles offense is ahead of their pitching. Going into last night’s games, the Orioles ranked fourth in the American League in batting at .270, were sixth in runs scored with 47 and first in homers with 15. The Orioles have scored five runs or more in seven of their first nine games and they scored 35 runs during their 3-3 homestand, batting

Clubhouse quotes from Chris Davis, Bud Norris and Brad Brach after win over Yankees

Chris Davis began tonight 1-for-12 with eight strikeouts over his last three games. But tonight, while he did strike out three more times, he added an RBI single and two-run double in the Orioles’ 7-5 win over the Yankees. “It’s the ninth game of the year. Still early, still trying to feel some things out,” Davis said. “Better at-bats tonight. Saw the ball a lot

O’s use five-run sixth to get lead, beat Yankees 7-5

During a homestand where the Orioles offense has been quite productive, tonight that offense produced a five-run inning for a come-from-behind win. Trailing 3-1 in the fourth and 3-2 in the sixth, the Orioles put up a five-run inning to beat the Yankees 7-5 and take the series, two wins to one. The Orioles bounced back from Monday’s tough loss to take the final two

O’s game blog: Bud Norris on mound in series finale against New York

The Orioles have gotten solid starting pitching this series against the New York Yankees, and after a shaky first start, right-hander Bud Norris looks to keep that going tonight. Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez have combined to pitch 13 innings against the Yankees, allowing eight hits and three runs with two walks and 14 strikeouts. Over their last four games, O’s starters have pitched to

Adam Jones and Buck Showalter talk about Jackie Robinson Day

It is Jackie Robinson day throughout Major League Baseball. Today marks the 68th anniversary of Robinson’s first big league game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, when he became the first African American to play in the majors. All players on all teams will wear No. 42 in today’s games. “It is awesome,” Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. “It is bringing unity to the game. This

Zach Britton on his four-out save, plus other Orioles notes

It was a first for Orioles pitcher Zach Britton. His 39th career save was his first of more than three outs. This time, Britton got the last out of the eighth inning and all three in the ninth for his first career four-out save. Britton said he was ready for this challenge, and if the club needs him to do it again, he’s up for

Clubhouse quotes from Gonzalez, Jones, Britton and Joseph after win over Yanks

In need of a win and also hopeful of getting a good pitching performance, the Orioles got both tonight. Miguel Gonzalez struck out a career-high 10 batters, giving up just one run and four hits over seven innings in the Orioles’ 4-3 win over the Yankees. “I think everything started in the first inning,” Gonzalez said. “Minimizing the damage and throwing all my pitches for

Miguel Gonzalez pitches a gem, Adam Jones drives in two in win over Yankees

For a team that had allowed 28 runs in its last three losses, this pitching performance was needed tonight. Miguel Gonzalez threw a gem against the New York Yankees, striking out a career-high 10 batters and pitching the Orioles to a 4-3 win to even this series at a victory apiece. Gonzalez went seven innings, allowing just four hits and one run with one walk

O’s game blog: Orioles look to even series with Yankees

After losing to the New York Yankees at Camden Yards last night, the Orioles need a win tonight to even the series and get them back to the .500 mark at 4-4. They last were two games under .500 at 5-7 last April 13. On the mound, Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 1.59 ERA) pitches against left-hander CC Sabathia (0-1, 6.35 ERA). Gonzalez went 5 2/3 innings

Alejandro De Aza talks about getting off to a fast start for the Orioles

Acquired by the Orioles from the Chicago White Sox last Aug. 30 for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar, outfielder Alejandro De Aza is off to a good start in his first full season with team. He has hit safely in all six games he has played, batting .333 (9-for-27) with one double, two homers, four RBIs, one stolen base and a .950

A look at Jones’ hot bat, the bullpen’s struggles and a 13-7 start in the minors

A blown lead against the Yankees. A 1-3 homestand. Four losses in five games since a 2-0 start. A bullpen that has been scored upon in every game this year. This is not what the Orioles or their fans had in mind. But there is no reason to panic just yet and keep this stat in mind: At 3-4, the 2015 Orioles have one more

O’s position players remain confident in bullpen, Hunter on the grand slam

When it was over and the Orioles had let a game get away against the New York Yankees, two key position players expressed big confidence in an O’s bullpen that has been scored on in each game this year. “Hell yeah. One game doesn’t determine if you are doing bad. Our bullpen is the best in the league. I have a lot of confidence in

Stephen Drew’s pinch-hit grand slam lifts Yankees to the win in series opener

Adam Jones hit a very big home run tonight and then Stephen Drew topped him. Jones’ two-run homer in the sixth gave the Orioles a 4-2 lead over the Yankees, but then Stephen Drew hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the seventh. Drew’s third career slam, which came on a 3-1 pitch from Tommy Hunter, put New York up by two and

O’s game blog: Orioles went 13-6 against Yankees last year

The Orioles and Yankees meet for the first time this year tonight to begin a three-game series at Camden Yards. Last year, the O’s won the season series for the first time since 1997. They came close to a season series win, going 9-9 in 2012 and 9-10 in 2013, but they broke through big last year, going 13-6 against New York, including a 7-2

Are first-inning pitch counts becoming an issue? (plus other notes)

It’s too early to call it a trend, but already three times this season the Orioles starting pitcher has had a pitch count of over 30 at the end of the first inning. Chris Tillman threw 32 pitches in the first yesterday, Miguel Gonzalez threw 32 against Tampa Bay and Bud Norris threw 36 in the home opener on Friday against Toronto. By the way,

Keith Lupton, former general manager of three O’s minor league teams, dies at 73

Keith Lupton, a man that was instrumental in the start-up and operation of three Orioles minor league franchises, died Sunday. He was 73. Keith was well-known to long-time employees in the Orioles player development department and was a minor league executive that won General Manger of the Year honors in the South Atlantic, Carolina and Eastern leagues. Most recently, he was involved with two independent

Dan Duquette on Ryan Webb trade, Chris Tillman and more in radio interview

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was my guest Sunday on the “Orioles Baseball Tonight” radio show on the O’s flagship station, 105.7 The Fan. Among the topics we discussed was the recent trade between the Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. On Thursday, the O’s sent pitcher Ryan Webb, minor league catcher Brian Ward and a competitive balance draft pick (No. 74 overall) to the

After O’s loss, Snider and O’Day take the fall for their miscues (with Tillman quotes)

The Orioles lost 10-7 today to the Toronto Blue Jays and when it was over, right fielder Travis Snider took the fall for the three runs that came in on his watch. With the bases loaded, two outs and the Jays leading 3-2 in the third against Chris Tillman, Snider had Devon Travis’ drive to right tick off his glove. It was scored an error

Tillman knocked out early as Toronto takes series finale

In a matchup of opening day starters coming off strong outings, this kind of game was not expected. Chris Tillman and Drew Hutchison lasted a combined seven innings and allowed 14 runs, as the Toronto Blue Jays held off an Orioles rally for a 10-7 victory. The Blue Jays won the series 2-1 in front of 32,522 at Camden Yards and the Orioles are 3-3

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

After exchanging blowout wins, the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays play the third and deciding game of their three-game series here this afternoon. Toronto spoiled the O’s home opener with a 12-5 win Friday, but the Orioles won 7-1 last night in front of 38,897 at the Yard behind Ubaldo Jimenez and a Jonathan Schoop grand slam. Right-handers Chris Tillman (13-6, 3.34 ERA last season)

O’s pregame notes and quotes with Ryan Lavarnway, Chris Davis and Eddie Gamboa

When Chris Tillman takes the mound today, he’ll be throwing to catcher Ryan Lavarnway for the first time in a regular season game. I asked Lavarnway if he and Tillman can gain anything from last night as they attack the Blue Jays hitters today? They saw Ubaldo Jimenez hold Toronto to one hit and no runs over seven innings last night. Can they just take

The very early returns: Jason Garcia has pitched well for the Orioles

So far, so good for Orioles right-hander Jason Garcia. The 22-year-old Garcia had not pitched above low Single-A level until Wednesday, when he threw a scoreless inning against Tampa Bay. On Friday, he pitched during the home opener, going 2 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and one run against Toronto. Garcia recorded his first major league strikeout when he fanned Edwin Encarnacion in the sixth

Ubaldo Jimenez talks about his outing against Toronto (with other clubhouse quotes)

Ubaldo Jimenez has walked off the mound before at Camden Yards and heard boos. Tonight, he was cheered throughout a seven-inning outing where he allowed just one hit and no runs in a 7-1 Orioles win over Toronto. He sees his 2015 season as a fresh start and a chance to put 2014 in his rear-view mirror. “Yes I do. I did from the first

Ubaldo Jimenez pitches a gem as O’s beat Toronto, even series

For the Orioles, it was a nice answer to Friday’s blowout loss. For right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, it was a fresh start and a chance to show his spring training progress was meaningful. Jimenez pitched seven scoreless one-hit innings and Jonathan Schoop hit his first career grand slam as the O’s beat Toronto 7-1 in front of 38,897 at Camden Yards. After going 6-9 with a

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez makes season debut against Toronto

Now 2-2 on the season after back-to-back losses that followed a 2-0 start, the Orioles host Toronto here tonight at Camden Yards in the middle game of a three-game set. Toronto built a 10-1 lead by the fourth inning on Friday and had 16 hits in a 12-5 win that snapped the Orioles four-game home opener winning streak. The Orioles are now 17-7 in Camden

Davis on his offense, Jones on AL East, Joseph on Jimenez

After starting the season 0-for-6 with three strikeouts against Tampa Bay, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis picked up his first hit of the year against Toronto Friday. Then he got his second and was robbed of a third. It was a good day at the plate for Davis, who went 2-for-4 with a single and double, and hit another ball to the wall in left

After strong spring, Ubaldo Jimenez makes his season debut tonight

In his first start since his 2014 struggles and since he had a strong spring training, Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez can be a bit of a stopper tonight. He can both help the Orioles stop a modest two-game losing streak and help them slow down a Toronto offense that produced 12 runs on 16 hits Friday in a 12-5 win at Camden Yards. Coming off

Bud Norris: “I’ll take that one for sure on me” (plus other clubhouse quotes)

After a spring training where he had an ERA of 9.26, this was not the start Bud Norris wanted today. He gave up eight runs and seven hits in three-plus innings as Toronto beat the Orioles 12-5 at Camden Yards. “Frustrating,” Norris said. “Not what I envisioned. Tough to do here at home in front of these guys. I’ll take that one for sure on

Tough opener: O’s trounced 12-5 by Toronto at Camden Yards

Well, that could have gone a lot better. The Orioles had lost just two home openers since 2001, but today they got crushed by the Toronto Blue Jays 12-5 in front of a sellout crowd of 45,936 at Camden Yards. This is the most runs the O’s have allowed in a home opener since a 12-0 loss to Milwaukee in 1988. The Orioles fall to

O’s game blog: Bud Norris on the mound in Camden Yards opener

The Orioles will play their 62nd home opener today since they arrived in Baltimore in 1954. They are 41-20 all-time, have won four in a row and are 17-6 in home openers since the first year at Camden Yards in 1992. The O’s host Toronto at 3:05 p.m. They went 11-8 against the Blue Jays last season, going 6-4 here and 5-4 on the road.

Showalter on the Blue Jays, Pearce on Buehrle, Schoop on team chemistry

Two teams that could be battling for the top spot in the American League East all year open the Orioles’ home schedule today as the Toronto Blue Jays are in town for a weekend series. Toronto went 2-1 in New York against the Yankees with a team batting average of .218 and 15 runs scored. The Blue Jays walked eight times, struck out 29 and

O’s players talk about running down the orange carpet on opening day

So what is it like to run down that orange carpet in front of a packed house wildly cheering at Camden Yards? Orioles players get to do it again today for the home opener in Baltimore. In a continuation of the club’s opening day tradition, Orioles players and coaches will be introduced prior to the game. The players will run through the center field gate

Checking in with Britton, Garcia and more as opening day in Baltimore arrives

With a 2-1 record after the season-opening series against Tampa Bay, the Orioles play their home opener this afternoon at 3:05 p.m. against Toronto at Camden Yards. Right-hander Bud Norris (15-8, 3.65 ERA in 2014) gets the start against Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle (13-10, 3.39 ERA). Norris had an excellent record last year against Toronto, going 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA and a .239

Kevin Gausman on the pitch he has started to throw again and his bullpen role

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman mentioned today that he is throwing a pitch that he hasn’t thrown in several years. There is a new addition to his repertoire. “I’m actually starting to throw my curveball right now and that is what I threw in the game (against Tampa Bay),” he said. “I feel really good about it, talking with Caleb (Joseph) and other guys that caught

Mike Yastrzemski: “I think it is important to play with a chip on your shoulder”

If he had any doubters, Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski must have proved a lot of them wrong last year. He was not selected until round 14 in the 2013 First-Year Player Draf. There were 428 players selected before the Orioles drafted Yastrzemski, a senior from Vanderbilt. But the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski didn’t play like a 14th-round pick in 2014,

Frustrating loss: O’s blanked by Tampa Bay, fail to sweep series

For the Orioles, their first loss of the year was a very frustrating one. They failed to score, were held to three hits and allowed Tampa Bay to get the game’s first run by walking four consecutive batters. The Rays beat the Orioles 2-0 at Tropicana Field as the O’s went to 2-1 in the season’s first series. The Rays took a 1-0 lead in

O’s game blog: Orioles look for the sweep at the Trop

Tonight, the Orioles try to match something they accomplished last year: a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays on their first visit of the season to Tropicana Field. The O’s swept the Rays by scores of 5-4, 4-3 and 3-1 last May 6-8. Tonight, they look for a season-opening sweep. The Orioles are 2-0 for the first time since 2012. The last time Baltimore

Orioles minor league pitcher Jesse Beal is having Tommy John surgery (plus other notes)

Orioles minor league right-hander Jesse Beal is undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery today in Baltimore. The procedure is being performed by Dr. Derrick Papp, one of the O’s team physicians.A 14th-round draft pick by the Orioles in 2008 out of South County (Va.) High School, Beal went 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 41 1/3 innings last summer at Single-A Frederick. He was a

A look at the gas man, minor league pitching rotations and more

So last night, Kevin Gausman took the role and morphed into Kevin Gasman. He threw smoke and was clocked at 100 mph on the MASN radar gun and 101 mph on the Tropicana Field stadium gun. He was rested and ready, and it showed. He did make one bad pitch, and it went over the wall for a two-run homer, but the velocity was impressive.

O’s build big early lead, hold off Rays for win and 2-0 start

After two innings, it looked like it could be a laugher. But a nailbiter broke out instead. Staked to an early six-run lead tonight, Wei-Yin Chen could not pitch deep enough to get the win. But the Orioles did, holding off the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 to begin 2015 at 2-0. The Orioles got off to a stunning start, leading 3-0 four batters into the

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

In their search for a series victory and 2-0 start, the Orioles send left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (16-6, 3.54 ERA in 2014) to the mound tonight at Tropicana Field. Right-hander Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.50 ERA) starts for the Rays. Chen has pitched well in his career against Tampa Bay and has pitched well at The Trop. He is 3-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 13 career

Mitch Horacek will start Keys’ opener, other media day notes from Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - Left-hander Mitch Horacek will be on the mound Thursday night when the Single-A Frederick Keys open their Carolina League season against Winston-Salem. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Horacek, the Orioles’ ninth-round pick in 2013 out of Dartmouth, went 6-10 with a 3.80 ERA in 137 1/3 innings last season for Single-A Delmarva. He

A look at Bowie’s rotation and more from Baysox media day

BOWIE, Md. - When the Double-A Bowie Baysox begin a new Eastern League season on Thursday night at Richmond, Tim Berry will be their opening night starter and Dylan Bundy will be No. 5. Bundy is obviously not the fifth starter based on talent. But it may have just about everything to do with the fact he will be limited in innings early this year.

On opening day, 2015 Orioles looked a lot like 2014 version

The Orioles’ first game of the 2015 season looked like a lot of them we saw during a 96-win 2014 season that ended with an American League East championship. They got very solid starting pitching, hit homers, turned a nifty double play and played solid defense. The other team made mistakes and the Orioles made them pay for them in a win over Tampa Bay.

Tillman shines while De Aza, Pearce and Flaherty homer as O’s take opener

Chris Tillman ended the 2014 regular season pitching like an ace and he started 2015 in the same fashion today. Tillman took a shutout into the seventh, pitching the Orioles past Tampa Bay 6-2 in the season opener at Tropicana Field. Tillman went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just four hits and one run with three walks and four strikeouts. Evan Longoria homered off him in

O’s game blog: It’s Tillman time in season opener

Welcome to the first game blog of the new season. Leave comments here as the game goes, as instant reactions we get from fans can be interesting to track as we watch each pitch. As the Orioles begin their 62nd season since moving to Baltimore today, they open on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays. Right-hander Chris Tillman (13-6, 3.34 ERA in 2014) faces

Since 2012, Orioles lead the AL East in wins and rank fourth in MLB

Since baseball is a sport featuring a lot of stats, how about a blog featuring a lot of stats with opening day now just hours away? Sure, why not, said the 1989 Orioles. The 2012 through 2014 Orioles are the winningest team in the American League East over that stretch and the only one to make two playoff appearances since 2012. They’ve won 93, 85

Baseball is back: O’s begin AL East title defense today

Well, that was a fast offseason. Seriously, it did feel that way to me. It seemed like we had just gotten off the plane from Kansas City, had a few weeks to catch our breath and then it was off to San Diego for the Winter Meetings. Then it was Christmas, then FanFest was here and then spring training. Now, spring training did drag on.

Minor league notes on Kline’s velocity and more (plus a take on Jimenez)

When the Orioles’ minor league break-camp rosters were published here yesterday, I counted 22 members of the organization’s top 30 prospects from Baseball America on the four rosters. Here is the breakdown: * Single-A Frederick with seven: Chance Sisco (4), Jon Keller (13), Drew Dosch (15), David Hess (20), Adrian Marin (21), Josh Hart (25), Trey Mancini (30). * Triple-A Norfolk with six: Christian Walker

An AL East prediction

Once again, I will go on record with my prediction for the order of finish for the American League East this year: Orioles 93-69Toronto 86-76Boston 83-79New York 78-84Tampa Bay 72-90 I think the Orioles are the most well-rounded and best of the bunch. They have an excellent defense, enough offense that will again feature plenty of homers, and solid but underrated pitching. The rotation should

Orioles’ minor league break-camp rosters

Here are the break-camp rosters for the Orioles’ four full-season minor league affiliates, which begin play Thursday. As usual, these rosters are not final for opening day and changes could occur over the next few days. The roster limit for each of those teams is 25 players. TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Pitchers: Pedro Beato, Michael Bowden, Zach Davies, Oliver Drake, Eddie Gamboa, Steve Johnson, Chris Jones, Pat

Kevin Gausman is getting a rep for asking questions, so I asked him about it

I don’t know if he has a future career as a reporter or talk show host, but Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman is developing a reputation as someone that asks a lot of questions. He gets praised for that because it shows he wants to learn and is not afraid to speak up. When I interviewed O’s pitching coach Dave Wallace over the winter, he talked

Will American League hitters adjust to Zach Britton’s sinker this year?

One concern that some fans seem to have about Orioles closer Zach Britton is the sense that American League hitters will make an adjustment against him to make his job tougher in 2015. The adjustment would be laying off more of his sinkerball pitches that dip low and out of the strike zone. The thinking is, lay off the pitch, make him bring it up

With clubhouse and other improvements complete, Delmarva preps for its 20th season

As they get ready to begin their 20th season, the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds have made some upgrades to Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md. The changes won’t actually be seen by the fans, but they will be very appreciated by the players. “This offseason, the Shorebirds - along with our partners from Wicomico County, Md., that own the stadium - took on an improvement

Travis Snider looks ahead to his O’s future, reflects on his past as a top prospect

Since Baseball America released its first list of the top 100 prospects in baseball in 1990, just six Orioles minor leaguers have made the top six on that list. Here is the rundown: No. 1 - Matt Wieters in 2009 No. 2 - Dylan Bundy in 2013, Ben McDonald in 1990 No. 3 - Jeffrey Hammonds in 1994 No. 5 - Brian Matusz in 2010,

An update on the Pat Connaughton situation

Orioles director of player development Brian Graham talked to minor league pitcher Pat Connaughton on Tuesday. Tonight, he told me about that conversation and sounded very much like someone who expects to see Connaughton return to the Orioles. He just doesn’t know exactly when that might be. In an interview on Boston radio station WEEI Monday, Connaughton said there was a chance he would not

Reliable Tillman to start opener, AL East notes and more (Tuiasosopo released)

Chris Tillman is dependable. He thinks that is important, and said that among all the things he can do to help the Orioles, he is most proud of the ability to take the ball every fifth day for his team. They can depend on him to do that. “For me, that is big,” Tillman said. “Numbers are numbers, but when you can go out for

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