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Matt Wieters, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Davis comment after O’s loss to Texas

Miguel Gonzalez gave up a season high six runs and a career-high-tying three homers tonight as Texas beat the Orioles 8-6 with another four-homer night at Camden Yards. “He just had a few mechanical flaws that kept him from throwing strikes like he normally does,” catcher Matt Wieters said of Gonzalez. “When he doesn’t have his fastball command, something is not quite right with him.

Texas Rangers hit four more homers to beat the Orioles 8-6

On Sunday, two Orioles starting pitchers led their team to back-to-back shutout victories in one day. But in the two games since, Texas Rangers hitters have teed off on O’s starters for eight homers in two nights. Texas hit four total homers tonight in an 8-6 win over the Orioles to take the first two games of the series. The O’s have dropped two in

O’s game blog: It’s Gonzalez against Lewis tonight at Camden Yards

Going into last night’s game, the Texas Rangers had lost 11 of their last 12 games against the Orioles. But the Rangers hit four homers in an 8-1 win Monday night in the opener of a four-game series. The O’s need a win to even the series tonight. Texas had lost seven of its last eight heading into this series, but, over a longer stretch,

Buck Showalter and Chris Davis talk about Manny Machado’s improvement on offense

As he continues to deliver hit after hit recently for the Orioles, third baseman Manny Machado is showing his growth at the plate. His manager and one of his teammates say we are seeing a situation right now where experience, concentration and smarts are combining with huge physical talent to produce impressive numbers. Machado will take an 11-game hitting streak hitting into tonight’s game. He

A look at Bud Norris’ struggles against left-handed batters

Remember that pitcher who threw that great outing in Game 3 of the American League Division Series last year? The one that got the win against the Detroit Tigers and David Price? That was Bud Norris, but the Orioles have not seen Norris pitch this year as he did that day or for much of last season. Norris went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA last

Bud Norris on his struggles tonight and this season

After he struggled badly tonight, allowing four homers to tie his career high and five runs in six innings in a 8-1 loss to Texas, Orioles right-hander Bud Norris admitted that his confidence may have taken a hit this year. “Probably a little bit,” he said. “This game is very humbling. I know what I can do and have to work through it. I know

Texas hits four homers off Bud Norris to beat O’s in series opener

The Orioles gave up three runs total to the Cleveland Indians during a three-game weekend sweep. Tonight, the Texas Rangers hit four home runs off Bud Norris. Texas beat the Orioles 8-1 at Camden Yards in the opener of a four-game series. The Orioles lost for just the sixth time in 24 games to fall to 41-35. Texas was 1-11 in its last 12 games

O’s game blog: O’s look for fifth win in a row in series opener against Texas

The American League East race now features four teams separated by one game in the standings. The Orioles have the best winning percentage in the division at .547 as they open a four-game series tonight against the Texas Rangers. The Orioles and Tampa Bay sit atop the division, but by just 1/2 game over the Yankees and one game over the Blue Jays. The Orioles

For now, Jonathan Schoop works out with Orioles, awaiting next move

For Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, today was another day where he did some pregame work on the field at Camden Yards before batting practice. He’ll work out with the team before the game, but he is still not on the active roster, and no decision has yet been made as to when that might happen. For now, Schoop is in a bit of a

O’s 2009 top draft pick Matt Hobgood to have season-ending shoulder surgery

Right-hander Matt Hobgood, the Orioles’ 2009 first-round draft pick, will have arthroscopic right shoulder surgery July 6 to remove a bone spur. The procedure will end his 2015 season. Hobgood is 1-1 with an ERA of 6.52 in six games this year at Double-A Bowie. He got off to a good start for the Baysox, throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two games,

From Bowie to Norfolk to Baltimore, O’s feature three first-place teams

Not only do the Orioles have the best winning percentage in their division today, but so do their top two farm team, as well. The Orioles are playing .547 (41-34) ball, tops in the American League East by percentage point over Tampa Bay. Triple-A Norfolk, at .573 (43-32), leads its division in the International League, as does Double-A Bowie, at .575 (42-31) in the Eastern

Chris Tillman on his strong outing, Travis Snider on his great catch

A two-game display of pitching and power. Five homers, two shutouts and a 41-34 record for the Orioles, who move into first place in the American League East by percentage points. For Chris Tillman, it was a much-needed outing. He pitched seven scoreless on four hits, throwing 110 pitches in tonight’s 8-0 win over Cleveland. He began the day with a 6.22 ERA. What was

O’s beat Cleveland, post two shutouts in twinbill for first time since 1974

The Orioles used a big inning to get a big win, one that moved them into first place by percentage points in the American League East. A strong pitching performance from Chris Tillman didn’t hurt either. The Orioles beat Cleveland 8-0 in front of 40,006 to sweep the day-night doubleheader and improve to 41-34 for a winning percentage of .547. It puts them ahead of

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman takes the mound as O’s look for a sweep

The Orioles look for a doubleheader victory and to move into first place in the American League East (by percentage points) if they beat the Cleveland Indians tonight at Camden Yards. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight scoreless innings while Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes homered in the day portion of the doubleheader as the O’s beat Cleveland 4-0. The Orioles have won six of seven, nine

Ubaldo Jimenez: “That is why you come to the stadium every day, to be part of that”

On this date last year, Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was 2-8 with an ERA of 4.70. After picking up the Game 1 win against Cleveland this afternoon, he is now 7-3 with a 3.09 ERA. That is one more win than he had in 25 games last season. After he pitched eight scoreless innings, Jimenez talked about pitching so well this year and leaving the

Ubaldo Jimenez pitches eight scoreless innings as O’s top Tribe in Game 1

Ubaldo Jimenez delivered a very strong outing against his former team. Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes continued their hot hitting. It added up to a 4-0 win for the Orioles over Cleveland in the opener of the day-night doubleheader as a sellout crowd of 45,675 looked on at Camden Yards. The game was the Orioles’ 5,000th regular season win since moving to Baltimore in 1954.

O’s game blog: It’s Jimenez on the mound for Game 1 (Rajsich comments on Stewart)

Since they moved to Baltimore in 1954, the Orioles have 4,999 regular season wins. Today, they get two cracks at No. 5,000 while hosting Cleveland in a day-night doublheader. The Orioles look to continue their recent winning ways this afternoon in Game 1. Before Saturday’s rainout, the Orioles won the series opener 4-3 on Friday night to improve to 5-2 against the American League Central

Adam Jones on returning to the Orioles lineup today

Saying he’s “good to go,” Adam Jones returns to the Orioles lineup. He has missed the last five games and has not played in the field since June 15, but he will today, starting in center field and batting third in the opener of a day-night doubleheader with Cleveland. Jones has been out with a sore right shoulder. But he said the soreness was gone

A look at the Orioles’ success on first-pitch swings, plus other notes

We all know the Orioles as a team are generally pretty aggressive hitters. They are not known for working the count, and if you throw the first pitch to their liking, they will hack at it. But the stat sheet tells us that the Orioles have success when they swing at the first pitch. American League leaders, batting average on first pitch: .377 - Texas

Chris Davis on the O’s overcoming injuries and the mood in a winning clubhouse (Stewart note)

Chris Davis was asked before Friday’s game against Cleveland if he is starting to see similarities between the 2014 and 2015 Orioles? “I’m sure there are things you compare to last year, but it’s a different club and a different group of guys. We’re starting to finally play our brand of baseball, and it’s fun to enjoy the winning. “It would have been easy to

Jimmy Paredes, Zach Britton and more from O’s clubhouse after win over Cleveland

Jimmy Paredes is back swinging the bat well, which has been big for the Orioles. He had three hits - including two doubles - tonight in four at-bats in the O’s 4-3 win over Cleveland, their 16th win in their last 21 games. He singled in the sixth then crossed the plate for the tying run; leading off the eighth, he doubled and then scored

O’s push across run in eighth on Chris Davis’ single to beat Indians 4-3

The Orioles had to get the lead twice tonight, but they did so with clutch hits in the sixth and eighth innings to beat Cleveland 4-3 in front of 31,112 at Camden Yards in the opener of the series and a seven-game homestand. The Orioles are 39-34 and go five games over the .500 mark for the first time in 2015. After 2014 Cy Young

O’s game blog: Orioles begin series, homestand against Cleveland Indians

Tonight the Orioles open a seven-game homestand, hosting Cleveland this weekend and then Texas for four games starting Monday at Camden Yards. The last time the Orioles were home, they completed a 7-1 (.875) homestand. It was their best mark during a homestand of at least eight games since also going 7-1 during an eight-game homestand July 4-11, 1977. The O’s are 22-13 at home

During brief Camden Yards visit, Jonathan Schoop said he’s ready to return to O’s

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop was at Camden Yards and took the field this afternoon, but he will play in another game tonight at Double-A Bowie and has not yet been activated by the Orioles. Schoop ran sprints and ran the bases well before batting practice as Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson looked on, along with manager Buck Showalter, head athletic trainer

Orioles reach agreement with top draft pick DJ Stewart

The Orioles have reached an agreement with their top draft pick, Florida State outfielder DJ Stewart, who is expected to get a signing bonus of $2,064,500. That is the exact slot value for the No. 25 pick in Round 1 of the draft. Stewart is in Baltimore today to get a physical, which would lead to the Orioles making an official announcement of his signing

O’s depth, including top levels on farm, will serve team well over long season

The Orioles have reached a point now where each roster move seems to bring about a very difficult decision. They are getting contributions from just about everyone on their current 25-man active roster and removing any player now would mean subtracting a player that has helped the team during its current 15-5 run. Decisions, decisions. The roster crush has arrived. Not only will upcoming roster

O’s get six runs off Eduardo Rodriguez, beat Boston and take series

Former Orioles pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez was rolling early in today’s game against the Orioles. He retired the first nine batters with five strikeouts on 36 pitches. Who knew then that he would not make it out of the fourth inning? The Orioles pounded Rodriguez for seven consecutive hits that produced six runs in the top of the fourth and went on to outlast Boston

O’s game blog: Orioles face Eduardo Rodriguez in Fenway finale

When the Orioles play their third and deciding game of the series this afternoon at Boston, they’ll need a win to post a fourth straight American League East division series win. They are 8-3 in that time in AL East games and are 23-20 in the division for the season. The Orioles are 37-34 overall with six wins in the last nine games and 14

Can O’s brush off tough loss today? (plus notes on Schoop, Alvarez and more)

That was one ugly last of the sixth inning last night for the Orioles. They made two errors and allowed five unearned runs in helping Boston to a 5-1 win. Consider that the Orioles had allowed just one unearned run in 21 games in June before giving up five in one inning last night - ugly indeed. The Orioles allowed eight unearned runs in all

Rough inning: O’s allow five unearned runs in sixth as they lose at Boston

Bud Norris was rolling along with a three-hit shutout on 58 pitches through five innings. The Orioles provided him a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth, but the last of the sixth was a horror show for the Orioles tonight. It began with two errors that opened the door for five Boston unearned runs as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 5-1 at

O’s game blog: Orioles own longest in-season win streak against Boston since 1961

We start with a great note today courtesy of Orioles public relations and Elias Sports Bureau: Tuesday night’s 6-4 win at Fenway Park marked the Orioles’ sixth consecutive victory over the Red Sox, all coming this season. It is the first time since 1961 that the Orioles have won six consecutive games against the Red Sox within one season. The O’s won seven straight in

Darren O’Day on Mychal Givens: “He is super talented”

During a recent conversation with Orioles right-hander reliever Darren O’Day, the topic turned to another pitcher that has a sidearm release point, not as far down under as O’Day’s, but there are some similarities. We talked about then Double-A Bowie hurler and now Orioles pitcher Mychal Givens. Givens was called up by the Orioles from Bowie on Saturday after going 3-1 with a 1.60 ERA

David Lough hits three-run homer, ‘pen strong again as O’s beat Boston

The Orioles didn’t wait until the ninth to get some big runs tonight. However, their only home run of the game came from an unlikely source. David Lough hit a three-run homer during the Orioles’ four-run second inning as the Birds went on to beat Boston 6-4 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won for the sixth time in eight games and the 14th time in

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

As the Orioles arrive at Fenway Park and play at a stadium where they’ve had success the last few years, they will be greeted by a Red Sox team that has put up some big offense lately. Boston may be in last place in the American League East at 31-40, but in winning four of six, the Red Sox have scored 40 runs. They have

The Paredes-Cano connection and a look at the O’s success at Fenway Park

Is Jimmy Paredes starting to get his bat going again? It looks like the answer is yes. Paredes was batting .353 in late May, but, about two weeks ago, his average dipped below .300. It is now back at .305. Over his last seven games, Paredes is 10-for-26 (.385) with two homers and seven RBIs. In 51 games for the season, Paredes has nine doubles,

Notes on DJ Stewart, GCL opener and more, plus a Chris Tillman take

Checking in with a variety of news and notes and wrapping this up with another look at Chris Tillman’s season: * The collegiate honors have been rolling in for the Orioles’ first-round draft pick, Florida State outfielder DJ Stewart. He was recently named first team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America. Stewart earlier claimed first team honors from the National Collegiate

From Frederick to Bowie: Trey Mancini’s bat says hot in Eastern League

First baseman Trey Mancini got off to a slow start at Single-A Frederick this year. When April came to a close, he was batting just .244. But Mancini’s bat took off in May and he has stayed hot this month, as well. He was playing so well that the Orioles moved him up to Double-A Bowie on June 5 and he has continued to hit

Wild day: O’s blow seven-run lead then beat Toronto by four runs

The Orioles lost a big lead but got the game to produce a big win. Leading 7-0 after the top of the second, the O’s saw Toronto score the game’s next nine runs to lead 9-7. But the Orioles stormed back to score the game’s final six runs and post an important and impressive 13-9 win. With the game tied 9-9 in the ninth, the

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman tries to reverse struggles against Toronto today

Today, the Orioles will try to win a series in Toronto in which they start a pitcher they did not draft and face a Blue Jays team starting one they did. Chris Tillman (5-7, 5.58 ERA) pitches against right-hander Scott Copeland (1-1, 2.57 ERA). Tillman is 0-3 this year with an ERA of 12.51 against Toronto. He has allowed seven runs in two starts, and

Jason Esposito retires, plus draft notes and more

A few notes this morning on O’s minor leaguers, some draft pick news and a few notes on the Orioles: * The Orioles drafted third baseman Jason Esposito in the second round in 2011 out of Vanderbilt. He won a minor league Gold Glove for his defensive play at Single-A Frederick last year. But earlier this week, Esposito told club officials he is retiring from

Wei-Yin Chen: “I don’t worry about anything between me and the Orioles’ officials”

FREDERICK, Md. - Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen got his outing in tonight at Single-A Frederick and pitched three scoreless innings against the Wilmington Blue Rocks before a torrential storm forced the game to be suspended after four innings. Chen gave up just one hit - a first-inning, two-out double - and fanned two without a walk. He threw 35 pitches, 25 for strikes. He is

O’Day escapes eighth as Orioles beat Blue Jays behind Machado’s three-hit day

This time not only did Darren O’Day’s escape act keep a team off the board but it may have served to provide some momentum for the Orioles offense. After O’Day stranded the bases loaded in the eighth this afternoon, the O’s scored three in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and beat Toronto 5-3. Manny Machado added three hits and two RBIs. With the

O’s game blog: Gausman starts against Toronto, plus Mychal Givens notes

The Orioles are still looking for their first win of the year at Rogers Centre in Toronto. They are 0-4 there and 3-7 overall in 10 games against the Blue Jays. Mike Wright’s outing of 1 1/3 innings last night was the shortest by an O’s starter this year. Five times in 2015 O’s starters have pitched three or fewer innings. Once it was due

Has stardom arrived for Manny Machado?

Now just a couple of weeks away from his 23rd birthday, is stardom also close by for Orioles third baseman Manny Machado? This year he’s shown both more power and patience at the plate, producing the best numbers of his career and he appears on his way to a big season. Machado’s bat has really heated up this month. In 18 games, he is batting

Updates on Dylan Bundy, Jonathan Schoop and Matt Hobgood in Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - Right-hander Dylan Bundy, the Orioles’ top pitching prospect, said after tonight’s Double-A Bowie game that he had his scheduled follow-up MRI this morning. The initial reading showed infllammation only in his right shoulder, as the first one showed on May 27. That appears to be good news for Bundy, meaning there is no structural damage in the shoulder. Already coming back from

Jonathan Schoop begins his rehab assignment in Bowie (is 0-4 tonight)

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has begun his major league rehab assignment tonight with Double-A Bowie at Prince George’s Stadium, as the Baysox are taking on the Trenton Thunder, a New York Yankees affiliate. Wearing a white No. 33 Baysox jersey, Schoop is batting leadoff and playing second base. It is the first time he is playing in the field since he

O’s game blog: Toronto has averaged 6.7 runs per game this year against the O’s

Tonight, the Orioles’ pitching staff gets another shot at facing the majors’ highest-scoring team when they open a three-game series at Toronto. While the Blue Jays rank 13th in team pitching in the American League, their offense been potent, to say the least. The Orioles know all about that. Toronto has averaged 6.7 runs per game this year in going 6-3 against the Orioles. O’s

The land of opportunity: Duquette and Showalter work the roster as well as anyone

I would guess a lot of fans that heard or saw these transactions and news from the Orioles’ offseason either had little reaction or one that may have even been somewhat negative: * 12-12-14: Orioles sign pitcher Chaz Roe to a minor league contract.* 1-26-15: Orioles sign outfielder Chris Parmelee to a minor league contract. How about this one from last summer: * 7-24-14: Orioles

Ryan Howard’s two-run homer lifts Philadelphia past Orioles

The Orioles came up one run short in their attempt to take four in a row from the Philadelphia Phillies. Ryan Howard’s two-run homer off Bud Norris in the last of the sixth gave the Phillies their first lead of the four games and they made it stand up for a 2-1 win. The O’s had taken the first three games by a combined 29-7

O’s game blog: Notes on Parmelee, the ‘pen and more before series finale

So Chris Parmelee’s first two games with the Orioles have gone pretty well. He is 5-for-9 with five runs, three homers and three RBIs. That works out to a slugging percentage of 1.556 and an OPS of 2.156. Parmelee has homered in consecutive games for the fourth time in his career and and for the first time since June 1-3, 2013. Parmelee became the seventh

An interview with 2015 draft picks in Aberdeen, plus GCL and DSL rosters

There are six 2015 Orioles draft picks currently on the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds roster as the team preps for its season opener on Friday night at Ripken Stadium. But the IronBirds roster will be changing and evolving a lot early in the season. Yesterday, the Orioles announced the signings of 14 players from the draft and they have officially signed 17 picks overall with

O’s hit two more homers, add one big inning to beat Phillies

The Orioles hit two more homers tonight. They threw in a big inning and got a mostly solid outing from Ubaldo Jimenez, as well. That added up to a 6-4 win over the Phillies. The Orioles have won three in a row from Philadelphia, nine of their last 10 overall and 11 of 13 games. They are three games over the .500 mark for the

O’s game blog: Can O’s keep it going in Philadelphia?

Coming off their club-record eight-homer game and 19-3 win last night, the Orioles begin a two-game series against the Phillies tonight at Citzens Bank Park. The Orioles’ homer total of eight last night exceeded their hits total from 28 games this season. The Orioles had 17 hits last night - seven of the homers were solo shots - and raised their team average from .256

A look at Aberdeen’s break-camp roster

The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds have announced their break-camp roster as they get set to open another season in the New-York Penn League. Aberdeen will host Hudson Valley on Friday night at 7:35 p.m. at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium on opening night. Jean Cosme, a 19-year-old right-hander, is expected to get the start on opening night for the IronBirds. He was drafted in round

Travis Snider on mindset vs. Philly and a take on Scott Boras’ comments on Wei-Yin Chen

The Orioles are playing very good baseball right now. The Philadephia Phillies are not. The Orioles crushed the Phillies last night, leading 12-0 in the third on their way to a 19-3 win. The night saw the Orioles set a team record by hitting eight home runs, and their 19 runs were the most by an Orioles team since they scored 23 on Sept. 28,

Chris Parmelee: “Pretty good way to start, right?” (Gausman, clubhouse quotes)

Tonight, Chris Parmelee became the second Oriole to hit two homers in his O’s debut, joining Sam Horn who did that on April 9, 1990 at Kansas City on Opening Day. His teammates added six other homers as the Orioles hit a team-record eight in their 19-3 rout over the Philadelphia Phillies at Camden Yards. He went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs,

Orioles set team record with eight home runs in rout of Phillies

The Orioles are a defending division champion who are playing well right now. The Phillies are not a good team and are definitely not playing well right now. When those forces met tonight, the O’s took a 12-0 lead in the third inning on their way to hitting a club-record eight home runs. They routed Philadelphia 19-3 at Camden Yards. The O’s sweep this two-game

O’s game blog: Ryan Mountcastle signs and a look at tonight’s game

The Orioles have officially announced the signing of just one of their draft picks but many more should soon follow. The Orioles are likely to have signed 10 of their first 11 picks by this Saturday. The only one that would not be in that group is their top pick, outfielder DJ Stewart of Florida State. I have not heard of any negotiating holdups with

Chris Parmelee talks about making his Orioles debut tonight

From the taxi squad to the active roster to batting fifth in the Orioles lineup. Chris Parmelee will make his Orioles debut tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies, batting in that prime position and playing in right field. “Real excited,” Parmelee said in the clubhouse this afternoon. “It’s a good feeling and I’m happy to be here. It’s a great group of guys in this clubhouse

Gausman works his way back, Snider on the Phillies (draft update)

Kevin Gausman’s next step, as he continues to work his way back possibly to the Orioles rotation, comes tonight when the right-hander is scheduled to make a rehab start at Single-A Frederick for the Keys. Gausman is slated to pitch just two innings leading to speculation that his next start after this one could come on short rest for the Orioles. That would possibly be

Chen on his outing, Wieters on Chen, Snider on the win

Wei-Yin Chen was on top of his game tonight and maybe that had the Philadelphia Phillies batters hitting on top of the ball. On his way to pitching eight scoreless innings, Chen rolled through the first six innings on just 67 pitches. The Phillies hit just one ball out of the infield in the first six frames with 11 outs on ground balls and five

Matt Wieters with a three-run homer to back Wei-Yin Chen as O’s top Philadelphia

When Adam Jones hustled up the first-base line tonight, beating out what could have been an inning-ending double play grounder, it led to three big runs for the Orioles. Jones’ hustle kept the sixth inning going for the Orioles. A two-out walk to Chris Davis followed and then Matt Wieters launched a three-run homer to right to turn a 1-0 game into a 4-0 lead.

O’s game blog: Orioles have won eight of 10 heading into Philly series

As one winning streak came to an end on Sunday, the Orioles will look to start another tonight when they host the Philadelphia Phillies at Camden Yards. The teams are scheduled to play the next two nights in Baltimore and then Wednesday and Thursday in Philadelphia. Tonight’s game is not starting on a time. The tarp is on the field and we’re in a rain

Machado on Player of Week award, Parmelee on possibly joining the Orioles

Today Manny Machado was named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday (June 8-14). Machado batted .458 (11-for-24) with a double, two home runs and five RBIs to earn the honor. “Feels good,” he said this afternoon. “It was a good week for the team and this is mostly a team thing. We’re playing well and if it wasn’t for

Jonathan Schoop updates his knee injury, talks of returning to Camden Yards

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been on the disabled list since April 18 with a sprained right knee, but soon he will be back on the field on a major league rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie. Schoop said today he is scheduled to work out with the Orioles the next several days and then begin his rehab assignment on Friday at 6:35 p.m. at

Delmarva third baseman Jomar Reyes will miss time with a thumb injury

Single-A Delmarva third baseman Jomar Reyes is going to miss some time with a sprained right thumb that will need to be immobilized for a couple of weeks. The 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who is ranked as the No. 10 Orioles prospect by Baseball America, will be placed on the disabled list. This injury will force him to miss the South Atlantic League All-Star

From shortstop to the mound: Bowie’s Mychal Givens could be on a fast track to Baltimore

He began his Orioles minor league career as a shortstop, but Mychal Givens is now a pitcher - and he could be on a fast track to Baltimore. There are some that feel the Double-A Bowie reliever could even make it to the Orioles roster before the 2015 season ends. Throwing mid-90s fastballs that sometimes touch the higher 90s from a sidearm delivery, Givens has

Mike Wright and Brian Matusz talk about the top of the fifth in loss to New York Yankees

The game probably came down to the three batters right-hander Mike Wright faced in the top of the fifth inning. On a hot day, he tried to battle his way through the second, third and fourth hitters in the New York lineup, but three walks led to three runs as the Yankees beat the Orioles 5-3 this afternoon. The rookie walked Chase Headley, Alex Rodriguez

Yankees take advantage of walks to get lead, beat Orioles 5-3

Orioles right-hander Mike Wright had worked out of some jams earlier in the game and retired the Yankees 1-2-3 in the fourth inning. So manager Buck Showalter probably felt confident the rookie could give him another inning as Wright took the mound for the fifth inning with his pitch count at 86 and a 3-2 lead. But he walked the Yankees’ Chase Headley to lead

O’s game blog: Mike Wright on the mound as O’s look for sweep of the Yankees

After outscoring the Yankees by a combined score of 20-7 the last two nights, today the Orioles look for a three-game sweep of New York at Camden Yards. At 31-30, the Orioles are over the .500 mark for the first time since May 3 when they were 12-11. A win today would tie a season-high and put the Orioles two games over .500. They have

Nolan Reimold on Buck Showalter’s comments about him and more

On Thursday night, in his second game since rejoining the Orioles, outfielder Nolan Reimold played a key role in the Orioles’ 6-5 win over Boston. He homered and made several nice plays in the field. After that game manager Buck Showalter made these comments about Reimold: “I was thinking tonight watching Nolan, this is a guy who basically broke his neck diving in the stands

O’s surge closer to top of AL East with six-game win streak

So the Orioles have put together a six-game win streak, and beyond just reeling off those wins, the Orioles have beaten two American League East teams in the process. They pretty much sent Boston out of Camden Yards reeling, and now they’ve slowed a Yankees team that was 11-4 in its previous 15 games when they got to Baltimore. According to STATS, today the Orioles

Manny Machado and Bud Norris comment after O’s win over New York

The Orioles have gone from a season-worst six games under .500 to one game over after winning six straight and eight of their last nine games. After tonight’s 9-4 win over New York, Manny Machado talked about the chance the Orioles have now to sweep Boston and New York in back-to-back series. “It’s good, but we have to keep grinding though,” Machado said. “It’s a

Manny Machado, Nolan Reimold combine for six RBIs as O’s beat New York

Just minutes after the New York Yankees tied the score tonight in the top of the sixth, the resurgent Orioles offense untied it in the bottom of the inning. And then added onto that lead. Batting first and second, Manny Machado and Nolan Reimold combined to go 5-for-10 with two homers, a triple, three runs and six RBIs as the Orioles beat the Yankees 9-4

O’s game blog: Orioles look to extend win streak against the Yankees

The Orioles have won six, lost one and tied one in their last eight series against the New York Yankees. They will be able to add another series win to that if they get a victory tonight or tomorrow. New York came to Baltimore with an 11-4 record since May 25 - tied for the best in the majors - but got beat 11-3 last

Adam Jones, MLBPA reps spend time with the kids at James Mosher Little League

In a joint effort of Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and the Major League Baseball Players Association, several former players joined Jones this morning in West Baltimore at the James Mosher Fields, the home of one of the country’s longest continuously operating African-American Little League. After the recent rioting in Baltimore, it was about spending time with the kids and letting them see that some baseball

A look at a potential fringe benefit of O’s current catching situation

With Matt Wieters back on the active roster as of June 5, and catching every other day, both Orioles catchers will now get some extra rest and perhaps their productivity on offense will increase. By having a two-headed catcher situation, the Orioles may see kind of an unintended result here: that both catchers stay fresher as the long season goes on. It could benefit their

O’s say Jimenez created momentum with first-inning escape act against New York

On a night they scored 11 runs on 16 hits and won by eight runs, two Orioles players tonight pointed to the top of the first inning as a key to their 11-3 win over the Yankees. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez faced a bases-loaded, no out situation and got out of that without allowing a single run. The O’s could have come to bat trailing by

Chris Davis homers with four RBIs as O’s rout Pineda, Yankees 11-3

They did not strike out 16 times against Michael Pineda. But they did knock him out the game in the fifth tonight, handing the Yankees right-hander his earliest exit of the season. Pineda allowed nine hits and six runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings as the Orioles hammered the Yankees 11-3 at Camden Yards to open a three-game series. Pineda has fanned 27 Orioles

O’s game blog: It’s Jimenez against Pineda in New York series opener

After winning four in a row and six of their last seven games, the Orioles have moved from six games under .500 (23-29) to one (29-30). Tonight they can get to the .500 mark for the first time since May 5 when they were 12-12. Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 3.02 ERA) faces Michael Pineda (7-2, 3.33 ERA) tonight as the Orioles start a weekend series against

Chris Davis feels the Orioles need to be “patiently aggressive” against Pineda tonight

When a reporter asked Chris Davis about facing Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda tonight - a pitcher that struck out 16 Orioles earlier this year - he didn’t miss the chance to sneak in a quick quip. “We’ve got no shot,” Davis said with a laugh. “Might as well forfeit right now and go home and save ourselves the embarrassment.” Pineda fanned those 16 Orioles over

It looks like the Orioles bullpen is good again

Remember that time when the Orioles bullpen was scored on in the first 10 games of the season and had an ERA of 5.30? It actually happened, and there was concern then. Since then, the bullpen has long since gotten its act together, and the ‘pen pitchers gave up just one run in the sweep of Boston. After they beat the Red Sox on Tuesday

Kevin Gausman talks about his outing tonight at Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman took another step tonight toward what he hopes will be a return soon to the O’s starting rotation, even if the box score didn’t look very good for him. Pitching for Double-A Bowie against Binghamton in a rehab start while on the major league DL, Gausman got his work in, threw all his pitches, expanded his pitch count

Kevin Gausman allows four runs tonight at Bowie (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - Wearing a white No. 18 home jersey, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman is making his second rehab start tonight, this time for the Double-A Bowie Baysox at home against Binghamton. If he needed a reminder that Double-A hitters can hit well too, he got one after he had retired the first five hitters. Mets first basmen Aderlin Rodriguez turned on a first-pitch fastball

O’s game blog: Orioles look for three-game sweep of Boston

The Orioles have been swept in a three-game series this year - by Toronto - but they don’t have a three-game sweep to call their own. They can get one tonight at Camden Yards in the finale of a three-game series with Boston, where they have won the first two games by 1-0 and 5-2 scores. The Orioles’ last three-game home sweep against Boston took

Kevin Gausman starts in Bowie tonight (Frederick’s All-Stars)

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman will pitch tonight at Prince George’s Stadium as the Double-A Bowie Baysox host Binghamton at 6:35 p.m. It will be Gausman’s first Double-A game since May 17, 2013. He pitched for the Baysox during the first half of that season, going 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA in eight starts before being promoted directly to Baltimore. This will be

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 2015 First-Year Player Draft

Another First-Year Player Draft is in the books for the Orioles. They selected 41 players over the last three days - 21 position players and 20 pitchers. After taking seven high school players the first two days in the first 10 rounds, the Orioles selected five among 30 selections on Wednesday. So overall, the Orioles drafted 29 college players and 12 from high schools. They

Adam Jones, Travis Snider and Darren O’Day comment after O’s win over Boston

Reporters have seen it before: Orioles outfielder Adam Jones just does not provide lengthy answers when describing his own play. So it was tonight when he was asked about a couple of excellent defensive catches he made in the outfield, including the flat-out dive to rob Mookie Betts in the fifth inning of the Orioles’ 5-2 win over Boston. Did he think he would

Hardy drives in two, O’s flash defense, beat Porcello and Boston 5-2

Rick Porcello pitched well against the Orioles - last year. This year, the Orioles have hit him hard three times. The latest was tonight, as they got five runs off the right-hander in a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles (28-30) are 6-3 against Boston this year, scoring 49 runs. They are 17-11 versus Boston since the 2014 season and since July

O’s game blog: Orioles are 16-11 against Boston since 2014

The Orioles look to continue their winning ways against the Boston Red Sox tonight as Wei-Yin Chen (1-4, 3.18 ERA) faces Rick Porcello (4-5, 5.01 ERA) in the second game of the series. The Orioles went 11-8 against Boston last year and are 5-3 this year. Since July 19, 2011, the Orioles are 45-27 (.625) versus the Sox, including a mark of 21-15 (.583) at

First rehab outing a success, Kevin Gausman now looks to the next one

For one night, right-hander Kevin Gausman was back in the Carolina League. He made three starts with Single-A Frederick after he was drafted in 2012 and was back on the mound for the Keys last Friday night at Wilmington. It was part of an injury-rehab assignment where Gausman began the process of building innings to get him back into a starting rotation - either in

O’s scouting director Gary Rajsich on the second day of the draft

Through two days of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles have selected 11 players overall - six position players and five pitchers, with four of the selections being college players and seven from high schools. The Orioles selected four outfielders, three right-handed pitchers, two left-handed pitchers, and two infielders. Here are the selections so far: Round 1 (#25) - DJ Stewart, OF, Florida State

Gonzalez hoping to make next start after leaving in fifth inning tonight (plus clubhouse quotes)

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez left tonight’s start in the fifth inning with a right groin strain. He had a similar injury in 2012 and did not go on the disabled list. He hopes to avoid the DL again this time and is hopeful of making his next start. “I hope so. I hope I can. If not, in 2012, kind of did the same thing.

Gonzalez leaves early, but O’s pitchers combine for 1-0 win over Boston

The Orioles did not beat their former farmhand who is now pitching well with Boston. But they did beat Boston. Pushing across the game’s only run on a wild pitch, the Orioles beat the Red Sox 1-0 at Camden Yards in the series and homestand opener. Miguel Gonzalez was throwing well on his way into the fifth inning of a good pitchers’ duel with Eduardo

O’s game blog: Matt Wieters on returning to Camden Yards (Rajsich on today’s draft)

Matt Wieters was pretty happy to return to the Orioles roster over the weekend, and tonight he gets to play in front of the home fans for the first time since May 10, 2014. “I’m excited, this is a great place to play,” Wieters said this afternoon. “Been looking forward to getting back to playing at Camden Yards for a long time now. I’m ready

Nolan Reimold: “I feel like I’m at a point where I can contribute to the team”

Nolan Reimold was back in the Orioles clubhouse today. It’s been a while. He has not played in a game for the Orioles since July 13, 2013, but tonight he’ll bat sixth and start in left field against Boston. “It’s been a long, windy road, I guess,” Reimold said this afternoon. “But made it back and it’s been a goal of mine to get back

A closer look at O’s high school picks with Gary Rajsich (Delmarva’s All-Stars)

One question that has come up since the end of day one of the First-Year Player Draft last night concerns the two high school players the Orioles drafted. After selecting Florida State outfielder DJ Stewart in round one, the O’s took Florida high school shortstop Ryan Mountcastle No. 36 overall and Georgia high school pitcher Jonathan Hughes at No. 68. Mountcastle was ranked No. 110

DJ Stewart: “I cried, this is something you dream of your entire life”

Florida State outfielder DJ Stewart said he cried when he was drafted with the 25th pick in round one by the Orioles last night. “It was an awesome feeling, just a lot of emotions throughout the day, but to finally hear my name called, I cried because this is something that you dream of your entire life. To see your name come up is just

Hearing from Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich and first-round pick DJ Stewart

On an Orioles conference call for reporters early this morning, O’s scouting director Gary Rajsich spoke directly to his first-round draft pick, Florida State outfielder DJ Stewart, before reporters asked questions. “You were the one we wanted all the way and I’m glad you got there (to the 25th pick). I think you are going to be a great fit here,” Rajsich said to Stewart.

O’s scouting director Gary Rajsich on the injury risk with pitchers

There are an alarming number of pitching injuries and Tommy John surgeries in pro baseball. As he gets set tonight to oversee his fourth draft as Orioles scouting director, Gary Rajsich, along with his staff, must factor injury risk into the equation when ranking and/or selecting any pitcher. Scouting directors and scouts always have to do that, but maybe more now than ever. There is

A few thoughts on tonight’s draft

So on the first day of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles will make three picks tonight, much different from last year when they didn’t make a pick until the second day in the third round. Scouting director Gary Rajsich and his staff and scouts have been at the Warehouse at Camden Yards in meetings and final draft preparation for several days now. Tonight,

A preview of the draft and the O’s outlook with MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis

We are now just hours away from the start of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. It begins at 7 p.m. tonight and will be televised live on MLB Network. For the second time in club history, the Arizona Diamondbacks have the first overall pick. They also selected first in 2005. The draft will span three days, as it has since 2009, and will last 40

O’s get Jones and Wieters homers, clutch hits to beat Cleveland 7-3

The Orioles offense looks a lot better when they get some clutch, two-out hits with runners on base. They got some today and Bud Norris appreciated that in his return to the team. The Orioles added to a 1-0 lead with a three-run fourth inning and went to beat Cleveland 7-3 this afternoon to take two of three in the series. Cleveland had won 14

O’s game blog: Bud Norris returns from the DL today to start for the O’s

The numbers for the Orioles offense were good - in April. But since then, we’ve seen nothing but inconsistency that has led to losses. Losses in winnable games like Saturday, where the O’s could have forced extra innings with just two runs and won with three. But they could not do that. The O’s offense: * Has produced one run or less 11 times this

Should the Orioles look to draft more college players this year?

The Orioles have a lot of pending free agents. They could be a very different looking team next year. They also have four picks in the top 102 selections of the First-Year Player Draft that begins tomorrow. Does that mean the club should look to draft more college players this year? Players that are closer to reaching the big leagues and that can help the

Another day with little offense as O’s fall at Cleveland (Gausman note)

So much for Friday’s feel-good victory for the Orioles. The Cleveland Indians could not often take advantage of their many baserunners today, but the Orioles did not have that many runners at all. The O’s were held to six hits today in a 2-1 loss at Cleveland that drops them to 2-4 on this road trip and 25-30 for the season. The game ended when

O’s game blog: Orioles look for first three-game win streak since late April

Well, for one day, the 2015 Orioles resembled the 2014 American League East champions. Matt Wieters returned, J.J. Hardy was at shortstop and Chris Tillman pitched well. They got a key homer from Adam Jones and shutdown work from the bullpen. The defense was sound. Sounds good. Now can they do it again? The Orioles are now exactly 33 percent into this season and on

Talking about the Orioles’ draft outlook with Baseball America’s John Manuel

When it comes to sizing up the First-Year Player Draft, it is hard to find two more knowledgable and experienced pros than John Manuel of Baseball America and his former colleague, Jim Callis, who is now with MLBPipeline.com. I had the chance to interview both in the last few days to get their thoughts on the 2015 draft class and what the Orioles might do.

Jones homers, Wieters returns and Tillman gets win as O’s top Cleveland

Adam Jones’ home run drought is clearly over. Chris Tillman’s struggles may be, too. That would be big for the Orioles. Matt Wieters returned tonight and that did prove big for the Orioles. Jones hit his second tiebreaking homer in two days and Tillman got his first win since April 18 as the Orioles beat Cleveland 5-2 in the opener of a three-game series. The

O’s game blog: Minor league May award winners and a look at tonight’s game

The Orioles have named Double-A Bowie first baseman Trey Mancini their minor league Player of the Month for May and Single-A Delmarva left-hander Donnie Hart as minor league Pitcher of the Month. Mancini earned the awad for his play at Single-A Frederick and was promoted to Bowie yesterday. Frederick’s Drew Dosch was the April award winner. In May, Mancini led all Carolina League hitters with

Minor league notes on Triple-A Norfolk outfielders and more

Without outfielders on their active roster that can be optioned, the Orioles have not yet called up an outfielder from Triple-A Norfolk. But they are certainly presenting themselves as options to help the big club, as manager Buck Showalter might say. Nolan Reimold has hit safely in eight of his last 12 Tides games, batting .421 (16-for-38) with four doubles and four RBIs. Reimold has

Zach Britton remembers the time he started to put shoulder issues in the past

Recently we have been hearing much about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for pitchers in professional baseball. In recent weeks, Orioles minor league pitchers Hunter Harvey and Branden Kline had PRP injections. PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets and stimulates the healing of bone and soft tissue. A pitcher that gets such an injection usually must rest for about six weeks. Long

Clutch pitching, Adam Jones’ clutch homer lead O’s past Houston (Mancini to Bowie)

For two straight innings, Orioles pitchers worked out of huge jams to keep the game tied. Adam Jones didn’t need a runner on base to break that tie. Jones ended a 20-game and 83 at-bat homerless stretch with a solo shot to left in the top of the eighth to snap a 2-2 tie and send the Orioles to a 3-2 win over Houston this

O’s game blog: Orioles look to snap five-game losing streak in Houston

The struggling Orioles’ offense gets a real challenge today as they try to get a win and avoid a four-game sweep at Houston. They face left-hander Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.76 ERA). He ranks second in the American League to Oakland’s Sonny Gray (at 1.65) in ERA. Maybe the Orioles are encouraged by the fact that they are one of three teams this year to score

As runs dwindle, frustration and losses mount

Is this season spiraling out of control for the Orioles? How did they manage to average 5.6 runs per game, bat .286 and hit 1.45 homers per game in April, but score just 3.2 runs per game since? They are 13-19 since May 1. In the first three games of the series at Houston, the Orioles have been outscored 14-7 and outhomered 6-0. They have

Losing streak reaches five as Lance McCullers pitches four-hitter

The Houston Astros do what they do. They struck out a lot and hit home runs. Lately what they do includes beating the Baltimore Orioles. Rookie right-hander Lance McCullers pitched a complete-game four-hitter and Houston hit three solo homers to top Miguel Gonzalez and the Orioles 3-1 tonight at Minute Maid Park. With their fifth loss in a row, the Orioles fall to 23-29 on

O’s game blog: Orioles look to break losing streak tonight at Houston

On Friday night, the Orioles posted a 2-1, walk-off win over Tampa Bay to improve their record to 23-24. They had won four of six games and were 8-5 over the last 13 to move within one game of first place in the American League East. Were the Orioles starting to make their move? Since then, they have lost four in a row and three

Adam Jones on his reduced strikeout rate and a look back at last night

Like his team, Adam Jones got off to a hot hitting start in April, but his bat trailed off in May. When Jones was going through a torrid hitting stretch earlier this year, some analysts felt one reason for the hot bat was improved plate discipline for the Orioles center fielder. There was some justification in saying that. This year, Jones’ walk rate is up

O’s lose lead and game at Houston, fall five games under .500

The Orioles have reached a low point for their 2015 season. They have fallen five games under the .500 mark for the first time with tonight’s 6-4 loss at Houston. The Orioles fall to 23-28 and are 0-4 since a walk-off victory at home on Friday night. There was much frustration with this one. They lost a 4-0 lead. They got just two runners on

O’s game blog: Mike Wright gets the start as Orioles take on Houston

As the Orioles look to find some offense tonight at Houston, they face a pitcher that has been quite effective over his last 20 starts. Right-hander Collin McHugh (5-2, 4.24 ERA) pitches for the Astros against the Orioles tonight. While his ERA is over 4.00 this year, McHugh is 12-2 with an ERA of 2.98 over his last 20 starts, dating to Aug. 1, 2014.

Draft talk: A look at the O’s draft pool and players they’ve been linked to in mock drafts

The 2015 First-Year Player Draft is now less than a week away. It all begins Monday night at 7 p.m., when MLB Network will televise picks made from Round 1 through Competitive Balance Round B. The draft then resumes Tuesday, June 8 at 1 p.m., with Rounds 3-10, and then on Wednesday June 9 at noon with Rounds 11-40. The Orioles have the 25th pick

O’s lose lead as Houston scores four in seventh to take series opener

The Houston Astros lead the major leagues in runs scored from the seventh inning on this year. The Orioles found out the hard way about that tonight. Down 2-1, Houston scored four times in the last of the seventh off three O’s pitchers as the Astros rallied to beat the Orioles 5-2 in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game road trip. The Orioles

O’s game blog: Orioles look to break three-series road losing streak at Houston

After playing just three road games over a 20-game stretch since May 11, the Orioles begin a two-city, seven-game road trip tonight at Houston. This is the first time this year they are playing outside the Eastern time zone. A loss tonight and the Orioles would match a season-high at four games .500. They begin the road trip with a 23-26 record after losing the

More ninth-inning magic at Bowie and other minor league notes

The Double-A Bowie Baysox pulled off more ninth-inning magic Sunday. For the second time in May, Bowie won a game with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. Bowie entered the last of the ninth down 4-1 to Harrisburg and pulled within 4-2 on Brandon Snyder’s single. Then Quincy Latimore hit the slam to give the Baysox the dramatic win and complete

With an ERA of 5.94, will Chris Tillman be able to turn it around?

Chris Tillman is now 2-7 with an ERA of 5.94 and he has already lost one more game this year than he did over 34 starts in 2014. Tillman’s current ERA is higher than it was at any point last year, when it got as high as 5.20 on June 5, and it hasn’t been this high since April 17, 2013 when Tillman had an

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