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Tillman on his struggles, Machado on the offense after loss to Rays

For the first time in his career, Chris Tillman has a six-game losing streak. He also has an ERA of 5.94, creating some concern about the Orioles’ opening day pitcher for the last two years. Tillman gave up nine hits and six runs (five earned) in today’s 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. He threw 93 pitches and falls to 2-7. That is one

Chris Tillman suffers his seventh loss as Rays get series finale

It might have come down to the fifth inning today. The Tampa Bay Rays got runs out of their two-out rally, while the Orioles got none. Tampa Bay scored four times in the inning to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Orioles 9-5 this afternoon in front of 36,945 sun-splashed fans at Camden Yards. The Orioles lost the series, two games to one, and

O’s game blog: O’s host Rays in series and homestand finale

The Orioles host the Tampa Rays this afternoon to wrap up an eight-game homestand and a 20-game stretch where the Orioles will have played 17 games at Camden Yards. The Orioles are 4-3 on the homestand and 10-9 in the 20-game stretch that began on May 11 with the Orioles 5 ½ games out of first place. The Orioles are 23-25 overall, 15-11 at home,

In Camden Yards visit, Brooks Robinson introduces high school stars, talks Orioles

It is always a great day when Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is at Camden Yards. And so it was on Thursday when No. 5 paid his latest visit. He had some business to attend to, but he also took a few minutes to talk about the Orioles. Brooks was at the Yard to head up a press conference and to introduce the players for

Steve Clevenger and Wei-Yin Chen comment after O’s loss to Tampa Bay

The Orioles have been shut out four times this year and three have come against Tampa Bay. Today, the Birds were blanked 3-0 as Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven scoreless innings on three hits. Steve Clevenger went 2-for-3 today and the rest of the O’s lineup went 1-for-26. “He was changing eye levels, working up and down,” Clevenger said of Ramirez. “He used that changeup and

The bats were quiet again: Rays blank Orioles at Camden Yards

For the Orioles, it was yet another day where their offense came up short. Tampa Bay starter Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven scoreless innings as the Rays beat the Orioles 3-0 in front of 38,177 at Camden Yards. If they were hoping to build on last night’s walk-off win, getting shut out was not the way to do it. The Orioles have been blanked four times

O’s game blog: After 8-5 stretch, the Orioles are one game out of first

So, after they have won four of six games and are 8-5 over their last 13 games, is this the beginning of a hot streak for the Orioles? Fans have thought that before and it didn’t happen. After last night’s win, the Orioles are back within a game of .500 at 23-24. A win today would bring them back to .500 for the first time

With his back to the wall, O’Day went for the strikeout (plus other notes)

Darren O’Day said sometimes you do go for a strikeout. Take the top of the ninth inning last night: the game was tied 1-1 with Tampa Bay, and O’Day gave up two singles and hit a batter to load the bases with no outs. Then Steven Souza Jr. came up. He had homered earlier in the game. “Yeah, a sac fly can score a run

Hardy on winning hit, O’Day on his escape act and more from the clubhouse

The Orioles were 0-16 this year when scoring two runs or less until tonight’s 2-1, walk-off win over the Tampa Bay Rays. J.J. Hardy began the night batting .194, but he ended it getting mobbed by his teammates after his single provided the winning run and broke a 1-1 tie in the last of the ninth. He hit a 1-0 pitch from Steve Geltz into

Walk-off win: O’s top Rays on Hardy’s single in last of the ninth

After a strong starting pitching performance and amazing escape act in the top of the ninth, the Orioles’ offense did its part in the bottom of the ninth. J.J. Hardy’s two-out RBI single gave the Orioles a 2-1 win walkoff win over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of a loud sellout crowd of 45,505. This was Buck Showalter’s 400th win as O’s manager and

O’s game blog: Back to the East as the Orioles host Tampa Bay

It has been over two weeks since the Orioles played another American League East team, but that streak ends tonight as they begin a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays here at Camden Yards. The Orioles are 4-2 against the Rays, winning two road series in St. Petersburg earlier this season. The games have been very low scoring. In the last four, between the

David Lough hopes to take advantage of playing time to earn more (Heim update)

After Alejandro De Aza was designated for assignment by the Orioles, it would seem that opened up more at-bats for someone at a corner outfield spot. Who that may be, we are going to find out. But right now, with Jimmy Paredes as the everyday designated hitter, there are still four players vying for playing time in left and right field: Steve Pearce, Delmon Young,

Previewing the First-Year Player Draft with O’s scouting director Gary Rajsich

Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich is about to make selections for his fourth draft for the organization. He selected pitcher Kevin Gausman fourth overall in 2012 and pitcher Hunter Harvey with the 22nd pick in 2013. Last year, the Orioles did not have a first-round pick. Their first selection was No. 90 overall in the third round, when the club took high school left-hander Brian

Machado on his Game 1 ejection and the Orioles’ offense (plus more clubhouse quotes)

Manny Machado saw a group of reporters around his locker and knew why they were there ... to ask the 22-year-old third baseman about his Game 1 ejection. Machado was tossed by home plate umpire Toby Basner in the opener when he struck out in the last of the eighth. He wanted Basner to check with another umpire to see if he checked his swing

Mike Wright gets the win, six O’s drive in runs in victory over Chicago

Mike Wright’s scoreless streak ended with the first batter he faced today. But he stuck around long enough to get a win, and the slumping Orioles offense came up with four early runs behind him. Six Orioles drove in runs to back Wright as the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 to gain a split of the doubleheader. Chicago won the first game, 3-2,

O’s game blog: Wilson on his Game 1 start and Wright on the mound for Game 2

Tyler Wilson pitched well but took the loss in Game 1 of the doubleheader. He talked about his outing, going six innings and allowing five hits and two runs against Chicago in his first major league start. “I felt pretty good,” Wilson said. “Felt like I commanded the zone with all pitches today. Biggest takeway was walking the leadoff guy in the sixth inning, can’t

Chris Sale strikes out 12 as Chicago beats the Orioles

Well, the Orioles could not buy a run off Chris Sale. When talented pitcher met struggling offense today at Camden Yards, the pitcher won out. Sale pitched 7 2/3 scoreless and fanned 12 as Chicago beat the Orioles 3-2 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Down 3-0 with two outs in the last of the ninth, Delmon Young singled off Zach Duke and then Chris

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson makes his first major league start in doubleheader opener

After taking two of three games from the first-place Houston Astros, the Orioles host the Chicago White Sox for a doubleheader here this afternoon at Camden Yards. Houston was 11-4 in one-run games when the series in Baltimore started, but lost both one-run games in the series. Chris Davis hit two homers in last night’s win, his first multi-homer game this year and eighth of

Clevenger said improved changeup has been big for Wilson this year

As Tyler Wilson takes the mound this afternoon, making his first major league start, catcher Steve Clevenger will be looking on from the Orioles dugout as Caleb Joseph catches the doubleheader opener. But Clevenger has been a part of Wilson’s strong 2015 season at Triple-A Norfolk where he went 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA. Wilson has made eight starts for Norfolk this year, and Clevenger

Homegrown pride: From Bowie to Baltimore, Kendall proud of O’s rookie hurlers

Having Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright both start today for the Orioles has to provide a sense of pride for the O’s organization. They are homegrown, drafted and developed pitchers who will try to pitch the big club to victories. Wilson, Wright and Oliver Drake, who was recently called up, all spent more time with Double-A Bowie than any other O’s farm team. Bowie’s Gary

Bud Norris on his outing at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - For the first three innings tonight, Bud Norris looked more like the pitcher that went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA last year than the one that is 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA for the Orioles this season. On the Orioles disabled list with bronchitis retroactive to May 11, Norris started for Double-A Bowie tonight against Erie. He did not allow a run

Bud Norris starts his Bowie outing with two scoreless innings (Norris out after five)

BOWIE, Md. - Showing a mid 90s fastball and a solid slider, Orioles right-hander Bud Norris started his outing tonight at Double-A Bowie with two scoreless innings against the Erie Seawolves. Norris retired the side in order on 13 pitches in the top of the first, hitting 95 mph on the Prince George’s Stadium radar gun. Shortstop Ozzie Martinez made a very nice play getting

O’s game blog: Jimenez on the mound in series finale against Houston

The Orioles latest chance to get their offense going comes this afternoon when they host Houston in the finale of a three-game series. The Orioles were held to one run and five hits in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss, and they’ve scored two runs or less in eight of their last 15 games. They have scored just seven runs over the last 40 innings. The O’s team

In Bowie, Dylan Bundy provides an update on his MRI today

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy had an MRI this morning in Baltimore that found inflammation, but no structural damage, in his right shoulder. Bundy said he will rest for a week and then have a follow-up MRI. Why does he need a second MRI? “Just to re-check it in case the inflammation covered up some other stuff,” he told MASNsports.com this

Bowie’s Branden Kline to have PRP injection, plus other minor league updates

As of late this morning, there was no information available yet on Dylan Bundy’s MRI today but the Orioles at this point are expecting the same news from yesterday - that the shoulder issue is on the minor side. Today’s precautionary MRI was just to take a closer look, but if this does in fact turn out to be shoulder/rotater cuff tendinitis, it could set

Alan Mills on Givens and Bundy (plus more on O’s struggling offense)

He was drafted as a shortstop, but now he is playing to rave reviews as a pitcher in the Orioles farm system. Mychal Givens was selected by the Orioles out of Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., in the second round of the 2009 draft. He was signed to an $800,000 bonus, and the Orioles envisioned him developing into an athletic shortstop that could eventually

Matt Wieters on night in Bowie and returning soon to the Orioles

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and threw out a runner trying to steal tonight in his first rehab game for Double-A Bowie as the Baysox beat Erie 4-2. Wieters said the plan calls for him to work out in Baltimore tomorrow and not play here. He’ll return to catch for Bowie on Thursday and Saturday, and

Matt Wieters rehabbing tonight at Bowie (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, playing for Double-A Bowie tonight for the first time since the Eastern League playoffs in 2008, is 1-for-2 with a fourth-inning single. Beginning a rehab assignment that he hopes will lead him back to the Orioles when he can be activated off the disabled list on June 4, Wieters flied out to shallow center field on a 2-0

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

Well, the Orioles are not exactly setting the world on fire with their win-loss record, but they keep gaining ground slowly but surely. Since May 11, the Orioles are over .500 at 7-6. In that stretch, they have gone from 5 1/2 games out of first place to two games beginning play tonight. This is the closest they’ve been to first since they were two

Dylan Bundy in Bowie: “I don’t think it’s anything too serious” (Wieters in Baysox lineup)

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy was pitching well; he had just thrown his first outing of the year of four innings, and now he is dealing with another potential injury issue. Bundy will have an MRI on his right shoulder tomorrow, but he doesn’t believe this will turn out to be a serious issue. He was on the comeback trail from

New O’s reliever Chaz Roe on the time he thought his career might be over (Kline update)

Somewhat lost in the shuffle - with Mike Wright making two scoreless starts, Oliver Drake pitching four scoreless innings so far and Tyler Wilson getting his first major league win - was that another pitcher came up from Triple-A Norfolk in recent days and did well in his first Orioles appearance. Right-hander Chaz Roe was called up Sunday and pitched two scoreless innings that afternoon

Pearce on win, Brach on ‘pen, Chen on his outing after victory over Houston

Steve Pearce said American League ERA leader Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros made a rare mistake. With a man on first base and with a 3-2 lead in the last of the seventh, his first pitch to Pearce was up in the zone and Pearce didn’t miss it. He hit a two-run homer to right-center that put the Orioles ahead 4-3, and they

Steve Pearce hits go-ahead homer in seventh as O’s beat Houston

The Orioles were facing the American League’s ERA leader, who had given up just one homer all year over nine starts and 64 2/3 innings. But the O’s hit two homers today to beat Dallas Keuchel and the Astros 4-3 this afternoon in front of 28,909 at Camden Yards. Caleb Joseph’s two-run homer in the last of the second off Kuechel had given the Orioles

O’s game blog: O’s host first-place Astros in series opener

Two years ago, the Houston Astros lost 111 games. They lost 106 in 2011 followed by 107, 111 and 92. So that team is now in first-place? Yep. The 29-16 Astros have the second-best record in the majors (behind only Kansas City at 28-15) and they begin a three-game series in Baltimore this afternoon. Since starting the season 3-5, Houston is 26-11. The Astros have

Oliver Drake on making the majors and hearing from his Navy friends

After pitching in 176 games and 564 innings since 2008 on the O’s farm, right-hander Oliver Drake is enjoying his first few days on the Orioles’ big league roster. Drake has been with the O’s so long that he made his pro debut in Bluefield in 2008, when that club was the Orioles’ Rookie-level Appalachian League affiliate. The O’s have not had a team there

O’s offense: Inconsistent, but scoring more runs than last year

We all know the Orioles offense is struggling lately. The O’s scored just two runs over the last 23 innings in Miami and have scored two runs or less in seven of their last 13 games. The Orioles are just 1-15 when they fail to score at least four runs. They have scored 10 runs total in their last seven losses. That is not nearly

Missed scoring chances hurt O’s in 5-2 loss at Miami as Marlins take series

It was another frustrating day for the Orioles. They fell behind early, scored just two runs and lost a series to a team that had a seven-game losing streak when they got to town. After being shut out over 13 innings last night, they didn’t score today until the sixth inning in a 5-2 loss to Miami. The Orioles fall to 19-22 on the year

O’s game blog: Miguel Gonzalez on the mound in Miami series finale

After a very frustrating Saturday night that ended in a 1-0 loss in 13 innings, the Orioles will need a win today to avoid losing the series to Miami. The Orioles are now 7-19 all-time against the Marlins in interleague games and are just 2-12 in Miami. The O’s have lost seven of the eight series the teams have played all-time. Miami is 17-27 and

A look at the struggles of the O’s offense this month

The Orioles pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.17 in May. Kansas City has a team ERA of 3.16 this year to rank first in the American League.This month, all the O’s good pitching has gotten them is a record of 9-11.The offense is not performing nearly well enough this month and now the Orioles have scored just 3.4 runs per game in May.

Tough loss: Prado’s single gives Miami a 1-0 win in 13 innings

After two rookies combined for 10 scoreless innings, another pitcher was ejected and both teams had runners thrown out at the plate, the Marlins finally won the game in the bottom of the 13th. With the bases loaded and two outs after the O’s intentionally walked Giancarlo Stanton with runners on first and third, Martin Prado singled to right-center off T.J. McFarland and Miami beat

O’s game blog: Wright makes second big league start, Paredes takes lead in batting race

The last time the Orioles were at the .500 mark was May 5, when they were 12-12. They can get to 20-20 if they win tonight at Miami in the second game of a three-game series. The Orioles are 4-1 in their last five games and now are 8-12 on the road and 5-9 in series-opening games after Friday’s 8-5 win over the Marlins. Miami

Mike Wright on his velocity, his time on the farm and more

He struck out Mike Trout for his first big league strikeout. He pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings on just 90 pitches. He was throwing in the high 90s at times both early and late in his outing. Mike Wright’s major league debut last Sunday at home in a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels was sensational. Tonight, he makes his second big league start

O’s rally to beat Miami and post first Friday win of the 2015 season

The Orioles won on a Friday night in Miami. What were the odds of that? Beginning the night 0-6 this year on Fridays and 1-11 all-time in Miami, the Orioles rallied from an early three-run hole to win tonight 8-5 over the Marlins to open a weekend series. In improving to 19-20, the Orioles are now one game away from getting back to .500 for

O’s game blog: Jimenez on the mound in Miami series opener

The Orioles have not fared well this year in series-opening games. They play another one tonight in Miami. The O’s are 4-9 in the first game of their 13 series in 2015. They did go 2-1 in series openers on their just completed 5-4 homestand. But in road series openers this year the Orioles are just 1-5. The Orioles are 7-12 overall on the road.

Minor league notes on Kline, Snyder, Marin, Murphy and more

Double-A Bowie right-handed pitcher Branden Kline is having an MRI today in Baltimore. He left his start Wednesday in the second inning with right elbow discomfort and felt some tenderness in his flexor mass area. Kline, the Orioles’ second-round pick in the 2012 draft out of the University of Virginia, went 1 2/3 innings in that start, allowing one hit and no runs. He had

The O’s bullpen carried a heavy load, plus other notes and minor league results

They may not have known it heading into yesterday’s game, but the Orioles bullpen would be quite busy in Thursday’s 5-4 win over Seattle. After a rain delay of two hours and five minutes, starter Chris Tillman did not return after pitching the first three innings. So, the O’s bullpen had to cover six innings, and six different pitchers were used to get the 18

Clubhouse comments after the Orioles beat Seattle

After a long day and a blown lead, getting the win was rather important for the Orioles. J.J. Hardy, batting just .190 at gametime, singled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Orioles beat Seattle 5-4 after an early 4-0 lead turned into a 4-4 tie. “We needed that,” Hardy said. “To get the series win, that was a big game for

O’s lose lead but not game as Hardy’s tiebreaking single provides 5-4 win

For the Orioles, a long afternoon of baseball and rain ended with a win. The Orioles took a 4-0 lead early on before a rain delay of two hours and five minutes after the top of the third. They lost the lead and were tied 4-4 after the delay, but J.J. Hardy’s RBI single in the eighth broke the tie and lifted the O’s to

O’s game blog: Nelson Cruz on Jimmy Paredes and more on today’s game

Because of the rain, today’s game will start a few minutes late as the Orioles have announced a start time of 12:45 p.m. for the series finale. The Mariners’ Nelson Cruz was a teammate of Jimmy Paredes last year with the Orioles and saw him do pretty well. This year he is seeing more of the same, maybe even better. Cruz and Paredes are from

More on the struggling offense, the AL East standings and Wilson’s debut

The Orioles’ offense returned to scuffling last night, one night after plating nine runs. In 17 games this month, the Orioles have scored just 55 runs or 3.2 per game. They have scored three runs or less nine times in the last 14 games. In the Orioles’ last five losses, they have scored two, two, one, one and two runs. On May 11, the Orioles

Pearce on lack of runs, Chen on his outing, Wilson on big league debut

After scoring nine runs last night, the Orioles were held to a pair tonight in a 4-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners. They fall to 17-20 for the season and have scored just eight runs in their last five losses. The Orioles have scored three runs or less in nine of their last 14 games. “(Roenis) Elias pitched a great game,” Steve Pearce said. “He

O’s bats quiet in 4-2 loss to Elias, Mariners

One night after the Orioles plated nine runs on 13 hits, their offense didn’t advance a runner to second base until the seventh inning and failed to score until the eighth inning. Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias recorded his fourth straight quality start, allowing six hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings as the Mariners beat the Orioles 4-2 at Camden Yards to even the

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

The Orioles have had just one three-game winning streak this year and have not won more than three straight. They shoot for a third straight victory tonight when they host Seattle in the middle game of this three-game series. A win would improve the Orioles to 18-19 for the year and to 8-9 in May. After scoring five runs total on just 15 hits in

Mike Wright on getting another start for the O’s and a Branden Kline update

Since he threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut on Sunday at Camden Yards, Mike Wright’s cell phone has been blowing up. He’s getting a lot of congratulations from a lot of people. “I had a lot of message, lot of things on social media,” Wright said this afternoon. “Good to know I have that much support. I heard from my grandmom.

Did O’s offense get going last night?

The Orioles offense broke out last night. The O’s beat the Seattle Mariners 9-4 and the nine runs they scored are their second-most in a game this year, topped only by the 18-7 win over Boston on April 26. The Orioles had scored three runs or less in nine of the last 15 games before last night, averaging just 2.9 runs per game in that

Jimmy Paredes on his latest big game, plus other clubhouse quotes

Some of the pregame talk centered on Nelson Cruz and his return to Baltimore. By the postgame interviews, there was more talk about Jimmy Paredes and another big night for him at the plate. He went 2-for-5 and drove in a career-high four runs as the Orioles beat Seattle 9-4. Paredes delivered a two-run single in the fourth, which tied the game at 4-4, and

Jimmy Paredes drives in career-high four runs as O’s beat M’s in series opener

The bottom of the order did its part and Jimmy Paredes, batting second, made sure the top of the order did as well. Paredes homered and recroded a career-high four RBIs as the Orioles beat Seattle 9-4 in the opener of a three-game series. The Orioles improved to 17-19 for the season and to 4-3 on a nine-game homestand. Former Oriole Nelson Cruz came back

O’s game blog: Miguel Gonzalez on the mound in series opener with Seattle

Tonight, the Orioles host Seattle in Game 1 of a three-game series to end a nine-game homestand. The Orioles are 16-19 for the season, 3-3 on the homestand and 9-7 at Camden Yards for the season. They are 14-15 in games against an American League East opponent and 2-4 when playing outside the division. Like the Orioles, the Mariners are three games under .500 at

Nelson Cruz on his return to Baltimore, his year with the Orioles, free agency and more

When he steps into the batter’s box at Camden Yards tonight as an ex-Oriole, what kind of reception does Nelson Cruz expect from the fans? “Love, hopefully,” he said this afternoon in the Seattle Mariners dugout. “Maybe the first at-bat will be different, but after that it’s another game. You have to move on. “I have good memories. I had a great time and we

Dylan Bundy’s most recent outing looked better in person than in a boxscore

It was a rare sight in a pro baseball boxscore last Friday night. Pitching for the Double-A Bowie Baysox, O’s top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy gave up six runs against Richmond. In two innings plus two batters, Bundy allowed a career-high eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts, throwing 57 pitches. His ERA increased from 2.25 to 4.50 in seven Baysox starts. The six

O’s rotation gets on a roll and a take on Mike Wright’s debut

Don’t look now, but Orioles starting pitchers are starting to get on a roll. Mike Wright’s Sunday outing was outstanding, but it was only the latest in a series of pretty strong starts by the rotation. Here are the updated rotation numbers through Sunday: * Four consecutive quality starts with a rotation ERA of 1.24. * Six quality starts in the last eight games with

Mike Wright: “That is everything you dream of”

Well, that major league debut could not have gone much better for 25-year-old right-hander Mike Wright. “That is everything you dream of. Really fun. I was a little nervous that first inning, but tried to enjoy it,” he said after pitching the Orioles to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels. “At times, I had everything working. But as a whole, my slider wasn’t

Sensational debut: Mike Wright was dominant as O’s beat Angels

If Mike Wright was nervous for his major league debut, it sure didn’t show. Trying to pitch the Orioles to a win to avoid a three-game sweep, Wright was sensational this afternoon at Camden Yards as the Orioles beat the Los Angels Angels 3-0 in front of a loud and enthusiastic crowd of 41,733. Retiring the side in order five times, the 25-year-old right-hander pitched

O’s game blog: Mike Wright makes debut today; O’s looking at Parmalee

The Orioles are considering calling up Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Chris Parmelee, who is off to a good start with the Tides. The O’s offense has produced just two runs in this series and just 41 runs in 15 games this month as the team has gone 5-9 in May. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, in an interview this afternoon on 105.7 The Fan’s “Orioles

Kevin Gausman remembers his major league debut

Even though he is currently on the disabled list, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman is excited about today’s game. He has played with Mike Wright, who makes his major league debut today, in both Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Gausman remembers his first big league game very well. He said you try to make it just another game, but that is almost impossible to do. Gausman’s

Jimenez strong, bats cold and Wright is set for his major league debut

Well, on the plus side, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well yet again. The Orioles lost for the eighth time in 11 games last night, but Jimenez gave up just two runs over seven innings and has an ERA of 2.43 through seven starts. Last night, he pounded the strike zone and threw 37 strikes among his first 45 pitches over the first four innings. He did

Ubaldo Jimenez and Steve Pearce comment after O’s loss to Angels

For a baseball team, scoring two runs on eight hits is not a big night on offense. But that is the Orioles’ total in two games this weekend against Los Angeles Angels pitching. “You know, we are just not getting the timely hits right now,” Steve Pearce said after tonight’s 6-1 loss. “Hitting a lot of balls hard right at people. Tomorrow is a new

Orioles held to one run for second straight night in loss to Angels

The Orioles came into this game with a record of 5-8 in May and were scoring just 3.1 runs per game this month. They couldn’t even hit that total tonight. Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker, whose ERA was 6.61 at gametime, shut down the Orioles and Mike Trout homered as Los Angeles beat the O’s 6-1 at Camden Yards. In falling to 15-19, the Orioles are

O’s game blog: O’s have lost seven of 10 heading into Game 2 against the Angels

The Orioles need a win tonight to avoid falling four games below the .500 mark for the first time all year. At 15-18, they are now three games under .500 for the fifth time this year, and they have lost seven of 10 games heading into the second game of this weekend series with the Los Angeles Angels. Tonight’s game will not start on time.

Adam Jones on O’s 15-18 start: “It is about personal accountability”

At 15-18, the Orioles are now three games under the .500 mark for the fifth time this year. They have never fallen four games under .500 and need a win tonight to avoid that. That is quite a change for a team that is coming off a 96-win season. The Orioles had four more wins at this point last year and, at 19-14, were in

Bowie right-hander Bobby Bundy will have knee surgery, miss rest of season

Bowie right-hander Bobby Bundy, Dylan Bundy’s older brother, is going to have right knee surgery on Monday and will miss the rest of the 2015 season. Bobby Bundy was pitching in a game May 5 against Akron when he fielded a ball to the third base side of the mound and felt something in the knee. He had ACL surgery on that same knee in

Chen was good again, but the offense has headed south (plus minor league notes)

So what has happened to the Orioles offense? After their 3-1 loss Friday night to the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles have scored three runs or less in seven of their last 13 games, going 5-8. On May 1, the Orioles began a home series on the road against Tampa Bay. At that point they led the major leagues, averaging 5.6 runs per game. They

Clubhouse quotes after the Orioles’ 3-1 loss to the Angels

The Orioles saw their starter give up just five hits and two runs in seven innings tonight. But it didn’t lead to a win. Jered Weaver allowed just three hits and one run over 7 1/3 innings as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles 3-1 at Camden Yards, dropping the O’s record to 15-18. “He’s the same guy he’s been for a number of

Pujols homers and Weaver holds O’s to three hits as Angels take series opener

Heading into his start last Friday night, Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jered Weaver had an ERA of 6.29 through his first six starts of this year. But whatever he found in his most recent start, a six-hit shutout of Houston, carried into tonight as Weaver pitched the Angels to a 3-1 win over the Orioles in front of 35,470 in the series opener at Camden

O’s game blog: Wei-Yin Chen on mound for series opener with the Angels

The Orioles host the Los Angeles Angels tonight to start a three-game weekend series. This will be just their fourth game all year against a non-American League East opponent and just their second against an AL team not from the east coast. The Angels are 17-17 and have allowed just four runs total in winning their past three games. They are 6-2 since beginning the

Darren O’Day on the bullpen improvement and more

The Orioles’ bullpen has gotten on a bit of roll and is putting up numbers that fans have come to expect from the pitchers after a slow start. Since April 29, the bullpen ranks second in the majors (behind Detroit) with a 1.41 ERA and ranks first in opponent batting average at .161. Right-hander Darren O’Day got the save Wednesday, getting the last four outs.

Talking strikeouts with Chris Davis

Chris Davis led the American League in strikeout rate in 2014, and he leads the league again in 2015, with the whiffs coming even more frequently. But along with his 50 strikeouts, he is batting .246 with eight homers and 21 RBIs. He is slugging .509 with an .821 OPS. Through Wednesday’s games, he was tied for sixth in the league in homers and tied

Minor league notes on Triple-A Norfolk’s strong pitching and more

The Triple-A Norfolk squad has the best record of the Orioles’ full-season minor league affiliates at 19-14. The Tides beat Scranton 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon when Dariel Alvarez hit a two-run homer in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie. Norfolk completed a 5-1 homestand with that win, and has won three straight series. The Tides’ pitching has been outstanding this year, and Norfolk’s 2.48

Slump breaker: Alejandro De Aza has two hits in O’s win over Toronto, plus other notes

After batting .293 in 20 games for the Orioles last season after they acquired him Aug. 30, outfielder Alejandro De Aza got off to a fast start this year. He hit safely in his first six games of the season, batting .333. But his bat soon trailed off and he came into last night’s game batting just .211 for the year, and just .122 (5-for-41)

Gonzalez and Joseph on the pitching, Navarro on his first big league homer

Against a Toronto team averaging 7.4 runs per game against the Orioles this year, Miguel Gonzalez stepped up big time tonight. He shut out Toronto on 75 pitches through his first seven innings, and gave up just one unearned run and three hits over 7 2/3 innings in the Orioles’ 6-1 win. “Just being aggressive in the zone the whole time and not trying to

Gonzalez with a gem as O’s beat Toronto to win the series

Given a chance to gain a win and begin to erase the memory of last night’s poor performance, the Orioles accepted the challenge tonight. Miguel Gonzalez led the way. Gonzalez buzzed through the Toronto lineup without allowing a run over the first seven innings on just 75 pitches. He pitched the Orioles to a 6-1 win and a series victory tonight in front of 24,654

O’s game blog: Orioles look for series victory over Toronto

The Orioles can begin to erase the bad feelings about last night’s 10-2 loss to Toronto with a win tonight, which would give them their first series win this year against the Blue Jays. The Orioles are 2-6 versus Toronto, 0-2 in two series, and have been outscored 59-40 on the season series. The O’s staff has an ERA of 7.17. Toronto batters are hitting

Mike Wright talks about his first call-up to the major leagues

When he got added to the Orioles’ 40-man roster in November, you had to figure Mike Wright’s chance to pitch in the big leagues would come at some point during this 2015 season. Well, the time is now. Ranked as the club’s No. 8 propsect according to Baseball America, Wright got his first call to the major leagues today. It comes a day after he

Ugly loss leads to more questions about defense for the Orioles

Tuesday night was an ugly loss for the Orioles as they lost a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning and saw a 2-2 tie turn into a 10-2 loss last night against Toronto. It got quite ugly in the seventh and eighth innings as the Orioles made three errors and had a passed ball that scored a run. They gave up two-run homers each inning.

Machado: “We collapsed and they took advantage of it” (Hunter Harvey to have MRI)

In the quiet of the Orioles clubhouse, Manny Machado talked about the latest loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Tonight’s 10-2 defeat was marked by three errors, a passed ball and four unearned runs. “That wasn’t us. That wasn’t us,” Machado said. “Then it kept rolling. That was an inning where we lost the game. We collapsed and they took advantage of it. We have

Ugly loss: Down 2-0 early, Toronto scores eight late runs to beat the Orioles

It started well for the Orioles. They had a 2-0 lead and Chris Tillman needed just 29 pitches over the first three innings. But that feel-good vibe didn’t last and it did a 180. Toronto scored four runs in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and added four more in the eighth amid more Orioles errors and mistakes. In the end, Toronto had an

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

Will tonight’s game be high-scoring? Chris Tillman (2-4, 6.25 ERA) pitches for the Orioles against Toronto’s 36-year-old left-hander, Mark Buehrle (4-2, 6.00 ERA). Tillman has an ERA of 18.00 this year against the Blue Jays, while Buehrle has allowed a batting average against this year of .371. In two starts against the Blue Jays this season, Tillman has allowed seven runs over 2 2/3 innings

Jimmy Paredes talks about his red-hot bat for the Orioles

In 37 games as an Oriole since last year, Jimmy Paredes is batting .337 with 10 doubles, two triples, seven homers and 23 RBIs. He has a .602 slugging percentage and an OPS of .964. His bat has been red-hot this year. In 19 games since he was activated from the disabled list, he is batting .363 with six doubles, two triples, five homers and

Jimenez on his success against Toronto, Davis on his power numbers and more

Here is a crazy stat: Ubaldo Jimenez has made three starts this year against the Toronto Blue Jays and has an ERA of 2.84. Orioles starters in four other games against Toronto have an ERA of 22.62. Yep, told you it was crazy. Chris Tillman and Bud Norris have combined to make four starts versus Toronto this year. In the four games, they have combined

Manny Machado: “To have that across our chest today meant a lot”

Manny Machado said it meant a lot to take the field tonight wearing the white jersey with “Baltimore” in script across the chest. The Orioles finally returned home and a vocal crowd provided support before, during and after their 5-2 win over Toronto, as they wore specially designed jerseys to show support for Baltimore. “It was awesome,” Machado said. “Definitely a tough couple of weeks.

Happy homecoming: O’s hit three homers to back Ubaldo Jimenez and beat Toronto

In their first home game with fans in attendance since April 26, the Orioles gave a Camden Yards crowd of 20,468 something to cheer about tonight. After losing five of the last six games on a road trip, they had a happy homecoming in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to start a three-game series and nine-game homestand. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well again

O’s game blog: Orioles begin nine-game homestand against Toronto tonight

The Orioles have allowed 10 or more runs in three games this year and each time it happened against Toronto. As the clubs begin a three-game series and the Orioles open a nine-game homestand at Camden Yards tonight, the O’s will look to start pitching better against the Blue Jays. The O’s team ERA is 8.29 as they have lost five of six to Toronto

After long road trip, the Orioles are excited to return to Camden Yards

It has been two weeks and a day since the Orioles played a game at Camden Yards where fans could attend, and the players, to say the least, are excited to be back in front of their home crowd tonight. “Feels good, missed my own bed,” center fielder Adam Jones said. “We had to do what we had to do, but we are glad to

At 13-16, is this just a slow start or glimpse into troubling future for Orioles?

On April 24, the Orioles fell to 7-10 and were three games under .500. Then they won five of six games, were 12-11 and won that series of home games that was moved on the road to St. Petersburg. It appeared the club had handled well the disruption to its schedule which even included an impressive win over Chicago’s Jeff Samardzija in the no-attendance game.

O’s hitters set club record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game with loss to Yankees

Orioles hitters got dominated today by New York right-hander Michael Pineda. Meanwhile, Bud Norris was knocked out in the fourth inning. That was not a good combination for the Orioles, who lost 6-2 to the Yankees. In winning three of four in this series, New York won its first series against the Orioles since Sept. 9-12, 2013. The Orioles lost for the fifth time in

O’s game blog: It’s Norris against Pineda in Yankee Stadium series finale

After hitting three homers and scoring six runs in a win over the Yankees on Saturday, the Orioles have a chance to even the four-game series today. But they’ll have to get past right-hander Michael Pineda (4-0, 2.97 ERA). Pineda has pitched to an ERA of 1.27 over his last three starts for New York and leads the American League with a strikeout-to-walks ratio of

Some notes after a much-needed win

It all looks so much better when the Orioles combine a solid pitching performance with a few home runs. Saturday’s win was much needed and today the Orioles look to salvage a four-game split in this series. A win today would give the Orioles a 4-3 record on the road against Tampa Bay and the Yankees mixed in with an 0-2 record against the Mets.

O’s turn to longball to back Chen and beat Yankees 6-2

In need of a victory to end a four-game losing streak, the Orioles turned to a familiar formula today: Get solid starting pitching and hit a few homers. Wei-Yin Chen went seven innings and the Orioles backed him with a three-homer game as they beat New York 6-2 at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles had scored just 10 runs during the losing streak but they broke

O’s game blog: Orioles look to snap losing streak this afternoon at Yankee Stadium

While the New York Yankees are surging and have opened a three-game lead atop the American League East, the Orioles need a win today to avoid their second five-game losing streak of the 2015 season. In 2014, the Orioles never lost more than four in a row. Today, the 2015 Orioles try to avoid another five-game losing streak just 28 games into the season. New

A look at Chris Davis’ season, both the strikeouts and the run production

Chris Davis has been striking out a lot. Anyone notice that? Does it come up much? Davis has become the whipping boy for some of you and the guy to blame whenever the Orioles do not score many runs. The more he strikes out, the more venom and snark come with the comments. Some just want him gone and are ready to drive him to

One run short again: O’s fall at Yankee Stadium as losing streak reaches four

For the Orioles, it was another frustrating night in New York and another one-run loss. Their rally from five runs down came up short as the Yankees beat the Orioles 5-4 in front of 38,731 to take the first two games of a four-game series. The O’s losing streak has reached four in a row and they have been outscored 17-10 during the streak. The

O’s game blog: The Orioles have scored six runs during a three-game losing streak

The Orioles head into tonight’s game at Yankee Stadium at 12-14 and trying to break a three-game losing streak. They have fallen four-and-a-half games behind first-place New York in the American League East. They have been three games under .500 just once before in the 2015 season at 7-10. During the three straight losses, the Orioles have scored just six runs, going 2-for-16 with runners

Vent fest: Three-game losing streak doesn’t sit well with some fans

A three-game losing streak against two different New York teams. The O’s have scored six runs total in those games. Another mental mistake when Jimmy Paredes was picked off first base. Just when it looked like the Orioles’ season was trending up, they took another downturn. Reading some comments here and on Twitter, the fans generally didn’t deal well with a one-run loss to the

Frustrating loss: O’s one run short at Yankee Stadium as losing streak reaches three

The Orioles switched ballparks but suffered yet another frustrating loss in New York tonight. Alex Rodriguez hit career homer No. 661 to move to fourth on the all-time list, and Chris Tillman gave up four runs and 10 hits as the Yankees beat the Orioles 4-3 at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles fell to two games under .500 for the season at 12-14. They are now

O’s game blog: Orioles look to get the bats going in series opener in the Bronx

After going 13-6 against the New York Yankess last year - and winning the season series for the first time since 1997 - the Orioles took two of three when the teams met for the first time this year. The Orioles are 6-0-1 in their last seven series against New York since losing three of four Sept. 9-12, 2013. Adam Jones is 5-for-11 with two

The O’s offense hits a bump in the road at Tampa and New York

Will the real Orioles offense stand up? Pitching staffs with Tampa Bay and the New York Mets have been tough on O’s bats recently. The Orioles’ torrid stretch of producing runs has reached a five-game stretch with a lack of runs. The Orioles have scored just 11 runs their last five games. Before that, they had scored 26 runs the previous two games, 42 over

J.J. Hardy after Bowie game: “My shoulder is ready”

BOWIE, Md. - After three games and 12 at-bats each with Double-A Bowie for J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty, it appears the next stop for this duo is New York to rejoin the Orioles on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Hardy can be activated at any time and Flaherty can be activated off the DL on Friday. Hardy has been on the DL all year with

J.J. Hardy singles in first at Double-A Bowie, Flaherty homers in the second

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy contines to hit the ball hard as he gets closer to a return to the team. He singled in the last of the first inning at Double-A Bowie tonight. He could possibly rejoin the Orioles as soon as tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium, and Ryan Flaherty could join him. Hardy playing short and Flaherty playing second base make

O’s game blog: It’s Ubaldo Jimenez against Jacob deGrom at Citi Field

The Orioles have a .500 record (12-12) for the eighth time already this year. But that will end at least for one day after tonight’s game, the second of their brief two-game series at Citi Field against the New York Mets. Bartolo Colon gave up just one run over 7 2/3 innings last night, pitching the Mets to a 3-2 win. It was just the

With or without big league help, Bowie Baysox are playing well

Two players on major league rehab assignments will play again tonight with the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Since J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty showed up, the Baysox are 2-0, but they were playing good baseball even before they arrived. With last night’s win, Bowie is now 15-10 and has moved to within one game of first place in its division of the Eastern League. The Baysox

Is Manny Machado’s power increasing in front of our eyes?

We are seeing the ups and downs of the season. The Orioles lost last night to fall to 12-12 and they are back at .500 for the eighth time this year. Remember when they were scoring all those runs? They got 18 against Boston, eight against Chicago and had 59 over a nine-game stretch. Now they have scored just 10 runs over the last four

Bartolo Colon silences O’s bats as Mets take series opener

Less than three weeks from his 42nd birthday, right-hander Bartolo Colon showed again tonight that he can still get batters out from both sides of the plate and from both leagues, as well. Colon gave up just one run over 7 2/3 innings, pitching the New York Mets to a 3-2 win over the Orioles to start the two-game series at Citi Field. The Orioles

O’s game blog: Orioles week in New York begins tonight at Citi Field

The Orioles begin interleague play tonight starting a two-game series at Citi Field against the New York Mets. It is the first of 20 games the Orioles will play against National League opponents. It is also the start of a six-day stretch of games for the team in New York. The O’s play four against the Yankees after this series. For years, the O’s struggled

All things considered, 12-11 is not bad for the Orioles (plus more Hardy and Flaherty in Bowie)

As the Orioles embark on a six-game road trip in New York that starts tonight with a two-game series against the Mets, they do so with a record of 12-11. How should we judge that? I think it is just fine when you consider a few things. For one, the Orioles have been playing without shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Matt Wieters all year. They’ve

Hardy and Flaherty on their night in Bowie and return to the Orioles

BOWIE, Md. - Both J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty said they came through their rehab game tonight at Double-A Bowie just fine. They will both likely play here the next two days as they get closer to returning to the Orioles. Hardy, who has not played in a game since late in spring training, was asked if he could possibly be ready to return as

Hardy with a single, Flaherty grounds out in first (both double in seventh)

BOWIE, Md. - J.J. Hardy singled in the first inning and Ryan Flaherty grounded out to second as they began their major league rehab assignments tonight for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Playing in a minor league game for the first time since May 2011 with Triple-A Norfolk, Hardy lined a two-out single to center on a 1-1 pitch from Akron’s Ryan Merritt. Hardy is batting

J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty will start tonight at Double-A Bowie (with Kendall quotes)

BOWIE, Md. - It can be pretty exciting for a minor league team and its fans when a major league player joins the team on a rehab assignment. Tonight, the Double-A Bowie Baysox will have two big leaguers joining them. Orioles J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty are both in the lineup for the Baysox, who host Akron at Prince George’s Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Flaherty

A look at the Orioles’ hot hitting with RISP and Bowie’s walk-off grand slam

It is an important stat, but according to many that play in and/or cover the game, hitting with runners in scoring position is not a skill - and certainly not one a player can work on like he can in trying to improve his power, speed or fielding. It is a stat the Orioles are excelling in so far during the 2015 season. Their team

Rally time: Orioles score three in seventh to post come-from-behind win over Tampa Bay

The Orioles have been hitting well lately with runners in scoring position. Although it took a while for the clutch hits to come today, they did arrive as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 4-2 to win the series, two games to one at Tropicana Field. In improving to 12-11, this is the third time this year the Orioles lost the first game of a series

O’s game blog: Orioles look for series win at Tropicana Field

Here is an impressive stat for the Orioles: They are 4-2-1 in seven series this year and, with a win today, they would be 5-2-1. What makes that impressive is that they are only 2-6 in series-opening games. Yes, that all does count the game Wednesday against Chicago as both a one-game series and, of course, a series-opening win. The Orioles have won three-game series

Dosch off to solid start for Frederick (plus the Gonzo numbers)

Third baseman Drew Dosch of the Single-A Frederick Keys is off to a promising start this year, moving up a level pretty seamlessly in his first go around in the Carolina League. After finishing seventh in the South Atlantic League batting .314 last year, Dosch is batting .291 with six doubles, two triples, a homer, two steals, 14 runs and 18 RBIs for the Keys.

Miguel Gonzalez with gem as O’s beat Chris Archer, Rays 4-0

Chris Archer began Saturday night with a streak of four straight starts and 26 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. The Orioles had a streak of 25 consecutive innings without scoring at Tropicana Field. Both streaks ended in the third inning tonight. And Miguel Gonzalez was pretty darn good also. Gonzalez went 7 2/3 scoreless innings, and the Orioles beat Archer and the Tampa

O’s game blog: Chris Archer on a roll, faces Orioles tonight

In their last three games, the Orioles have scored 18, eight and zero runs. That is trending the wrong way. You just can’t predict ball. Just ask Pecota. Anyway, tonight the Orioles will be playing on back-to-back days for the first time in nearly a week. After Sunday’s win, two games were postponed. After Wednesday’s win, they had a scheduled off-day. The Orioles have played

A look at Manny Machado’s struggles at third and a Gold Glove presentation in Bowie

It was quite a picture captured by the MASN cameras in the last of the eighth last night. Jonathan Schoop, who is on the disabled list, had his arm around his close friend, Manny Machado, trying to console him as Machado just shook his head. Machado seemed down after making yet another error. We are not used to Machado making this many mistakes. But in

The bats were quiet: Hot-hitting O’s get blanked 2-0 by Rays

Well, the last time we saw them, the Orioles were a hot-hitting team. But tonight, in their home game away from home, they were shut out 2-0 by the Tampa Bay Rays, who took the series opener at Tropicana Field. The Orioles have been shut out twice this year and each time it was by a 2-0 score at The Trop. It happened April 8

O’s game blog: Tillman on the mound in series opener against Tampa Bay

After starting the season with 19 straight games against American League East opponents, the Orioles played one non-division game this week against Chicago. Tonight, they get right back into playing AL East teams. They open a series at Tropicana Field tonight where they will play three games this weekend serving as the home team. It begins a stretch where they’ll play 10 of the next

Minor league updates on Taylor, Harvey, Bundy, Sisco, Hart and more

Single-A Frederick pitcher Matt Taylor, who was hospitalized in Salem, Va. on Thursday night after being hit in the head by a line drive, was released from the hospital today. “He is on his way back to Frederick with the strength coach. He will be under the doctor’s care when he gets back to Fredeick. The diagnosis is a concussion. We just don’t know how

Comparing Orioles’ Aprils, Chris Davis heating up and take on home games in St. Petersburg

The Orioles ended April of last year with a 12-12 record, and they were 2 1/2 games out of first place. They have ended April 2015 at 10-10, and are two games out of first place. So far, they have hit better than last April but the pitching stats have been behind the April 2014 numbers. April 2014 batting: .265 avg., .319 OBP, .393 slugging,

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