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Gerardo Parra talks about joining the Orioles (plus postgame clubhouse quotes)

New Orioles outfielder Gerardo Parra arrived in Baltimore tonight, shortly after first pitch. He was activated for tonight’s game but didn’t play. He did get to meet his new teammates and watch them post a comeback 8-7 win over Detroit. “I feel like I played today, too, being in the dugout and seeing the guys play hard. I love it,” the 28-year-old Venezuelan native said.

Jones and Machado homer as Orioles rally from six runs down to win

This time, the comeback was complete. One night after they fell a run short after being seven runs down, the Orioles rallied from behind 6-0 to win. Adam Jones hit a three-run homer and Manny Machado a go-ahead two-run homer as the Orioles rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7 in front of 36,985 at Camden Yards. The Orioles won for the sixth time in

O’s game blog: It’s Chen against Farmer as O’s host Detroit (Delmarva no-hitter)

As an active day for the Orioles winds down, they still have a game to play tonight. They host the Detroit Tigers in the second game of a four-game series. The Orioles’ comeback from seven runs down fell one short last night in a 9-8 loss to the Tigers. They are 51-50 and had a five-game win streak snapped with that loss. Over a longer

Wieters and Britton on O’s additions, Givens on rejoining the team

In the Orioles clubhouse, the players are coming to terms with today’s moves and the new look of their roster, with outfielder Gerardo Parra and pitchers Mychal Givens and Mike Wright added. Bud Norris was designated for assignment and Tommy Hunter was traded to the Cubs for outfielder Junior Lake, who will head to Triple-A Norfolk. Parra is not in the starting lineup but is

A look at Zach Davies and a take on Gerardo Parra (Davies quote)

You have to give up something of quality to get something of quality, and the Orioles (pending the review of medical records) have agreed to part with right-handed pitcher Zach Davies, a young man they drafted out of an Arizona high school in the 26th round of the 2011 draft. In the deal, the Orioles are getting 28-year-old outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers.

A look at the human side to trade deadline reports and speculation

In this Twitter and social media age, where we are bombarded with instant news and information, this week must be a challenging one for some major league players. They are the subject of trade rumors and are asked constant questions about the trade deadline. While no players are asking anyone to feel sorry for them - ye,s they make a good living - there is

Miguel Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop comment after O’s loss to Detroit

Twice in the series with Atlanta the Orioles scored just two runs and won. Tonight they scored eight and they lost. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez put his team in a hole tonight, allowing 10 hits and five runs over 3 1/3 innings as Detroit held off an O’s rally for the 9-8 win. The first time through the order tonight, Detroit went 7-for-9 at bat and

O’s rally from seven runs down comes up short as Tigers take series opener

After allowing just seven runs during a five-game win streak, tonight the Orioles trailed by seven in the fourth inning. That was too big of a hole to completely climb out of tonight. They almost did though. The Orioles rallied before losing 9-8 to the Detroit Tigers in front of 30,136 at Camden Yards. Coming into tonight, O’s starters had gone 4-0 with a 1.25

O’s game blog: Orioles look to extend win streak as Tigers come to town

Beginning play tonight one game out in the American League wild card race and six games behind the AL East leading Yankees, the Orioles host the Tigers at Camden Yards. It is the start of a four-game series. The Orioles won two of three in Detroit to start the second half. The Tigers won the season series 5-1 last year and then got swept by

Chris Parmelee on his struggles on offense: “I know I can hit up here”

He got off to an incredible start as an Oriole. Chris Parmelee went 5-for-9 with three homers in his first two games on June 16 and 17. What has followed has been plenty of struggles on offense. He is batting .215 in 31 games. He is just 2-for-20 over his last seven games. “Honestly, I feel pretty good at the plate,” Parmelee said this afternoon.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred attends Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - Perhaps proving yet again how important Cal Ripken Jr. is to Major League Baseball, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was in Aberdeen today to spend time with the former Oriole and to attend the Cal Ripken World Series. The event brings together 10 elite teams from the United States and eight others from around the world. They are competing in the Babe Ruth

At this point, Orioles fans may have both reasons for hope and to doubt

As the trade deadline approaches on Friday afternoon, the Orioles are on their second-longest win streak of the season. They’ve won five in a row after last night’s victory over the Atlanta Braves. The Orioles swept that series. Right now, the team may sending its own fans some mixed messages. There appear to be both reasons for hope and reasons to doubt this team. Reasons

Chris Tillman talks about his excellent outing against Atlanta

Chris Tillman was one out from a complete-game shutout, but when manager Buck Showalter called for Zach Britton to get the last out tonight, Tillman left the mound to a standing ovation. “It’s awesome,” he said. “Our fans have always done that for us. They’re consistently good. Any player would appreciate that.” The fans appreciated what Tillman did tonight, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings on

Chris Tillman pitches 8 2/3 scoreless innings as O’s blank Atlanta

Does each Chris Tillman outing get better than the previous one? Hard to do, as well as he’s been pitching, but tonight he pitched 8 2/3 shutout innings as the Orioles blanked Atlanta 2-0 at Camden Yards. Seeking a complete-game shutout, Tillman allowed a two-out double in the ninth to Cameron Maybin and Buck Showalter called for Zach Britton from the bullpen. Britton got Freddie

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman set to pitch as O’s look for sweep over Atlanta

The start of tonight’s Orioles-Atlanta game is being delayed by rain, and should start at 7:35 p.m. Yet but the skies around Camden Yards are brighter than they were about an hour ago. So stay tuned. A win tonight over Atlanta would provide the Orioles with a three-game sweep of the Braves and also give them their second-longest winning streak of the 2015 season. The

Should O’s attention turn more toward the wild card race?

With the Minnesota Twins’ loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon, the Orioles could move within a game of the second American League wild card spot if they win tonight against Atlanta. Should their focus turn more in that direction now rather than focusing on chasing the Yankees, who lead the AL East by seven games? “I think our focus needs to be on just

Has a four-game win streak changed the Orioles’ trade deadline outlook?

Are the Orioles sellers or buyers? Are they contenders or not? Is a four-game winning streak the start of something big or just fool’s gold? A lot of questions and I guess the answers depend on which person is giving the opinion. After his two-homer game last night, Chris Davis said the Orioles players can’t let trade deadline rumors distract them from the task at

Chris Davis: “There is a sense of urgency in here to go now”

With the trade deadline approaching and talk whether the Orioles should be buyers or sellers being discussed, the O’s won their fourth game in a row. After he hit two homers and drove in five as the Orioles beat Atlanta 7-3, Chris Davis said he sees his team as a contender and wants to see this group stay together past Friday’s deadline. “We’ve felt that

Chris Davis homers twice, records five RBIs as Orioles top Atlanta

Chris Davis did the heavy lifting early on. Later, his teammates joined in. After a slow start, Ubaldo Jimenez did his part as well. Davis homered in the first and second innings tonight and had five RBIs by the second inning as the Orioles beat Atlanta 7-3 at Camden Yards. The Orioles have their third four-game winning streak of 2015 as they improve to 29-18

O’s game blog: Orioles look for a fourth straight win tonight against Atlanta

The Orioles are looking to extend their winning streak to four games tonight when they host the Atlanta Braves. The Orioles’ 2-1 win in 11 innings last night improved their record to 49-49. The O’s three-game win streak followed a four-game losing streak and a stretch where they lost 15 of 20 games. The Orioles have just two win streaks this year of four or

Catcher Caleb Joseph on the plan to get Ubaldo Jimenez back on track tonight

During the last four games, Orioles starting pitchers have allowed just four runs over 27 2/3 innings for an ERA of 1.30. Tonight, they try to get Ubaldo Jimenez (7-6, 3.81 ERA) back into the act. After ending the first half with an ERA of 0.45 his last three starts, Jimenez has started the second half by going 0-2 with an ERA of 18.00. He

Some notes and quotes after the Orioles’ fourth walk-off win of the year

The Orioles scored just two runs and Zach Britton allowed a home run. That doesn’t seem like it would end in a win, but it did for the Orioles last night. As they somehow try to find consistent offense and wins, they found at least a win last night. In a small victory, they at least gained ground on Minnesota, which was idle. The Orioles

Matt Wieters and Kevin Gausman on the win, Nick Markakis on his ovation

When Orioles catcher Matt Wieters singled in the seventh inning tonight, he snapped an 0-for-14 stretch. Two innings later, he singled again. Two innings later, he ended the game. Wieters hit his fourth career walk-off homer as the Orioles beat Atlanta 2-1 in 11 innings. His last walk-off homer was May 1, 2014 in Game 2 of a doubleheader with Pittsburgh. “It’s a great feeling,”

Wieters walk-off: O’s catcher wins it on homer in the 11th

On a night when it looked like the Orioles might lose after Zach Britton gave up a homer in the ninth inning, they tied it in the ninth and won it in the 11th. Matt Wieters led off the 11th with a homer as the Orioles recorded a 2-1 walk-off win over the Atlanta Braves. The Orioles’ fourth walk-off win of the year and Wieters’

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman on the mound in homestand opener

The Orioles have played much better at home than on the road this season. Tonight, they begin a seven-game homestand hosting Nick Markakis and the Atlanta Braves to start a three-game series. Since losing 10 of 13 and 15 of 20 games, the Orioles have won their last two against the Rays. They ended a four-game losing streak Saturday and followed that up with Sunday’s

Chris Davis on Friday’s trade deadline and Markakis’ return

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was asked about the upcoming trade deadline. Like a few Orioles, he has been the subject of what has amounted to just rumors at this point. Can the approach of Friday’s deadline be an uneasy time for a player? “Sometimes. I think with all the information there is now, it can really weigh on you if you let it. But

Nick Markakis talks about his return to Baltimore

After spending the day at his home in Baltimore County, Nick Markakis drove to his former baseball home today - Camden Yards. After nine years as an Oriole, tonight he’ll take right field in the last of the first inning and play against the Orioles. “Mixed emotions,” he said in the Braves dugout. “It probably won’t hit me all until game time standing out in

A look at the wild card race and a take on Nick Markakis’ return tonight

There are now six teams within five games of the second wild card berth in the American League. The Orioles are one of the six and they are 3 1/2 games back of Minnesota at this point. Did the Orioles pull some fans back in with back-to-back wins at Tampa Bay? The wins came right after a four-game losing streak that included dropping three in

Caleb Joseph homers, Wei-Yin Chen gets win as O’s take road trip finale

The Orioles have not scored a lot of runs this year in support of left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Today, they did provide some support and even though Chen was not as his best, he did get the win. The Orioles beat Tampa Bay 5-2 to take the final two games of the series. The Orioles improved to 48-49, ending their road trip going 4-5 on trips

O’s game blog: It’s Chen against Moore in road trip finale

The Orioles scored five runs in their win over Tampa Bay on Saturday night. While four came on one swing, it was still just the third time in the last 19 games the Orioles have scored five or more runs. With that 5-1 win, thanks in large part to Chris Davis’s fifth career grand slam, the Orioles are 41-12 when they score four or more

Miguel Gonzalez with a bounceback outing, plus some Bowie banter

With Chris Davis and Miguel Gonzalez playing co-starring roles, the Orioles ended their four-game losing streak and won for just the sixth time in 21 games on Saturday night. They improved to 47-49 for the season. Davis hit his fifth career grand slam to back a much-needed strong outing by Gonzalez, who had pitched to an ERA of 6.75 over his previous five starts. But

Chris Davis hits slam, Miguel Gonzalez wins ninth as O’s top Tampa Bay

For a team scuffling on offense, one swing was very big tonight. Chris Davis hit his fifth career grand slam in the third inning as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 5-1 at Tropicana Field. Miguel Gonzalez allowed just one run and five hits in 7 2/3 innings, in his longest outing since May 29. Gonzalez and Chris Tillman have pitched 14 2/3 innings the last

O’s game blog: Erasmo Ramirez has a 1.29 ERA his last nine starts

As the Orioles look to get their offense going tonight, they’ll try to do so against the pitcher than leads the American League in ERA since April 29. Tampa Bay right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (8-3, 3.54 ERA) gets the starts for the Rays. He’s made 21 appearances, 14 as a starter. Since he joined the Rays rotation for good on May 14, his eight wins are

A few notes on the latest loss and more winning on the O’s farm

Not too much more to say after the latest loss for the Orioles, one that has Birdland remaining in an ornery mood. Despite public comments that they remain buyers, not sellers, there seems at this point little reason for the Orioles to part with anything that could help in the future. Yes, they can get draft picks for departing free agents that turn down a

O’s lose another close game as Tampa Bay rallies in eighth for win

Even on a night they took the lead for the first time since Sunday and got a great outing from their starter, the Orioles still lost. Tampa Bay scored three runs in the last of the eighth off Chris Tillman and Darren O’Day. The Rays rallied to beat the Orioles 3-1 at Tropicana Field. The Orioles have lost four in a row, 10 of 13

O’s game blog: Can Orioles bounce back against Tampa Bay?

Remember when the American League East standings were so tightly bunched? Not anymore as New York has separated itself from the pack. Tonight, two teams that have fallen back meet in St. Petersburg. The Tampa Bay Rays (48-49) host the Orioles (46-48) to start a three-game series. The Rays are in third place, 6 1/2 games out, and the Orioles are in fourth, seven games

After sweep in New York, where do the Orioles go from here?

With 68 games to play in the 2015 regular season, it may not be time to punt the season. But it may be time to consider making some changes. The current group has played 94 games and has a losing record. While the Orioles were not healthy for much of this year, they have gotten some players back now and are still not winning. The

O’s get swept in New York, fall seven games out of first place

Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez picked a bad day to have a bad game. Needing a win to avoid a sweep, instead the Orioles fell behind 4-0 after one inning and 7-1 after three in a 9-3 loss to the New York Yankees. The Orioles got swept in this key series and have fallen seven games out of first place. The series result must have O’s

O’s game blog: Today’s game and the winning Wednesday on the farm

The Orioles need a win this afternoon to avoid their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium since June 1-3, 2010. They have lost a pair of one-run games the last two nights to fall six games out of first place. After going 13-6 last season versus the Yankees, the Orioles are 5-7 this year, including a 1-5 mark at New York. Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 3.29

As Orioles offense struggles yet again, will Dariel Alvarez get a chance?

Well, the Orioles had been hitting well against the Yankees. Had being the key word there. Coming into this series, they had scored 54 runs in 10 games against New York pitching, which had an ERA of 5.23 against O’s hitters. The Orioles had scored 31 runs in their previous five games against New York. But then came this big series in New York, and

Yankees use big first inning to win, Orioles now six games out of first

The Orioles got three hits in a four-batter span in the top of the third tonight. Other than that, their offense was mostly shut down. Couple that with a poor first inning for Kevin Gausman and it added up to another loss at Yankee Stadium. New York beat the Orioles 4-3 tonight to take the first two games in this series and drop the Orioles

O’s game blog: Gausman faces Yankees, Orioles add draft pick, Reyes in GCL

Pitching on the same day that ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Orioles are willing to discuss him in trade talks, right-hander Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.00 ERA) gets the start for the O’s tonight in New York. The report said the Orioles “appear to be willing” to talk about Gausman and immediately it sent some fans into a frenzy of worry on Twitter this afternoon.

A look at Orioles’ struggles in series-opening games this year

We have sized up some statistics in recent days and weeks that have been an issue for the Orioles at times this year, such as their starting rotation’s ERA and recent batting with runners in scoring position numbers. Here is one not discussed much, but one that has been an issue for the Orioles in 2015: their losing record in series-opening games. Let’s compare it

Brendan Ryan’s tiebreaking double lifts Yankees to win in series opener

On a night when they struggled to hit with runners in scoring position, a key double by their No. 9 hitter before a runner had even advanced that far was big tonight for the New York Yankees. Brendan Ryan’s two-bagger scored the tiebreaking run from first base in the last of the sixth and the Yankees bullpen made it stand up in a 3-2 win

O’s game blog: Chen on the mound in series opener at New York

Tonight, an Orioles team that has been struggling to score runs lately plays against a team that they have hit well this year. While the Orioles have scored three runs or less in 10 of their past 13 games, they have scored 54 runs with a team average of .299 this year in going 5-5 against the New York Yankees. The clubs begin a big

Just how big is this Orioles-Yankees series?

There are probably a few words we could use to label the Orioles-Yankees series that begins tonight: Big, important, crucial, critical. For the good of the collective psyche of Birdland, the Orioles probably need to take at least two of three games. At worst, they’ll be seven games out by Thursday night and at best they will be one game behind New York. While getting

A look at a pitcher who has made a huge impact for the Bowie Baysox

As the Double-A Bowie Baysox pursue their first division championship since 2008 and second playoff berth in four years, their pitching staff is being led by a veteran right-hander who is putting up very strong numbers on the field while also providing an example for younger pitchers to follow. Terry Doyle picked up his latest win on Sunday, allowing two earned runs or less for

O’s win series in Detroit and take some momentum to New York

I guess the glass-half-full Orioles fan will look at the weekend series in Detroit as a positive in that the Orioles won the series, they bounced back from a very poor game on Friday and their offense had a big game Sunday. The glass-half-empty crowd may look at it as they remain four games out of first, as they were at the All-Star break, and

Orioles offense breaks out in 9-3 win at Detroit in series finale

The Orioles offense broke out today and it included a big inning, 14 hits, a couple of home runs and even hits with runners in scoring position. The Orioles went 4-for-5 with RISP in the top of the fourth today against 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. They scored six runs that inning to break a 1-1 tie on their way to

O’s game blog: Orioles seek their first series win since June

The Orioles have not won a series since June 26-28 against Cleveland. Remember, that series ended with shutouts in both ends of a day-night doubleheader. Since then, the Orioles have lost series against Texas, the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota and Washington. They can end that slide if they get a victory today at Comerica Park in the third game against Detroit after splitting the first

A resurgent Chris Tillman would be a big boost for the Orioles rotation

Maybe we should not get carried away over one game. Then again, what a game it was. In desperate need of a win, Chris Tillman pitched the Orioles past the Tigers last night in a 3-0 victory. He pitched with a 1-0 lead for most of his night and retired the last 23 Tigers batters he faced in an exceptional performance. Tillman has been pitching

Chris Tillman with an eight-inning gem as O’s tame Tigers

Detroit’s Comerica Park was the scene of a dramatic pitcher’s duel tonight. David Price was very good, but the Orioles’ Chris Tillman was better. Tillman gave up a single to Ian Kinsler to lead off the game and then allowed no runs or hits after that, pitching the Orioles to a 3-0 win over Detroit. Tillman retired the last 23 batters he faced after issuing

O’s game blog: It’s Tillman against Price tonight in Detroit

So, for the Orioles, is the bigger issue right now the pitching or the hitting? Both have their share of issues. The offense has scored three runs or fewer in six of its last seven games and nine of its last 11. The O’s have scored just 19 runs in their last nine losses. As for the pitchers, the starting rotation has not been good

As losses mount, Orioles are losing touch with a playoff berth

The Detroit Tigers had to be looking across the field at the Orioles dugout last night and wondering what happened to the team that kicked their butt last October. The Orioles had to be wondering how they were in first place earlier this month but are now five games out. The Orioles were tied for first place on July 2, but since then, they are

Second half starts with a thud as Orioles lose at Detroit

Their starting pitcher got hammered. Their hitters struggled with runners in scoring position again. Simply stated, the Orioles began the second half with a terrible game. They lost 7-3 at Detroit to fall to 44-45. They are under .500 for the first time since June 11 when they were 29-30. Ubaldo Jimenez ended the first half by giving up just one run in 20 innings

O’s game blog: Second half begins with Orioles at Detroit

The Orioles begin the second half tonight, looking to find some consistency and return to winning baseball after they went 3-10 and lost four straight series to end the first half. On June 3, the Orioles were a season-high six games under .500 at 23-29. But an 18-5 stretch improved their record to a season-best seven games over at 41-34. But those 10 losses in

Orioles will not sign second-round pick Jonathan Hughes

The Orioles’ second-round pick of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, Jonathan Hughes, will not sign and has chosen to attend college at Georgia Tech. Hughes was the No. 68 overall selection in the draft. The Orioles will receive the 69th overall pick in the 2016 draft as compensation, per MLBpipeline.com, which first reported the news. Huges, a 6-foot-2, 184-lb. right-handed pitcher, is the highest unsigned

If skid continues to start second half, should Orioles be buyers or sellers?

To sell or not to sell, that is the question. I don’t know if they represent a large percentage of fans or not, but it seems that an increasing number of Orioles fans want the team to sell off players if they start the second half losing as they ended the first. The Orioles are 44-44 - four games out of first place - losing

Dan Duquette on minor league pitching injuries: “It is a war of attrition”

When your top two pitching prospects have thrown a combined 22 innings this deep into the season, that has to be a concern for any organization. Both Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey have missed time this year for the Orioles. Harvey had a PRP injection during a visit with Dr. James Andrews on May 18 and was shut down for the next six weeks after

How important is winning in the minor leagues?

It is a question that is debated from time to time in baseball: How important is winning in the minor leagues? Well, who doesn’t like to win, but can you develop players to help your major league team without winning? Orioles director of player development Brian Graham spoke with me at length recently on this topic. He said sure you can develop players no matter

Adam Jones and Darren O’Day on tonight’s All-Star Game

Adam Jones is headed to the All-Star Game for the fifth time and Darren O’Day for the first. But both are thrilled to join Zach Britton and Manny Machado to represent the Orioles tonight in Cincinnati. O’Day was a manager’s selection after a first half where he went 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA in 35 games. “The initial shock and excitement was pretty cool. I’m

Orioles put Pat Connaughton on minor league restricted list for now, still hopeful he returns

Pat Connaughton is currently playing basketball for the Portland Trail Blazers summer league team. While he is trying to make that team’s roster for the coming NBA season, the Orioles still hold out hope that one day he will be pitching in the major leagues for them. They seem to feel Connaughton has a better future in baseball and the door remains open for him

Dan Duquette on the trade deadline this month

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette feels the countdown this month to the non-waiver trade deadline could and should be active throughout baseball with plenty of trade discussions that will include the O’s pursuing one or more deals to fortify their team for the stretch run. “Our team is in contention and there are a lot of teams in contention, so there is going to

Is recent lack of runs masking bigger issue for Orioles?

After winning 96 games and a division title last year, a .500 finish for the 2015 Orioles would surely be seen as extremely disappointing by players and fans alike, not to mention team management. A .500 record will not be good enough. But while we have all been focusing on an offense that recently is underperforming, there may be a bigger issue holding this team

Clubhouse quotes as Orioles size up the first half and look ahead

The Orioles reach the All-Star break at 44-44 after today’s 3-2 loss to the Nationals, their 10th loss in the last 13 games. Several players took time to reflect on the first half and look ahead in the clubhouse after today’s game: Adam Jones on moving past Frank Robinson for eighth on the O’s all-time homer list: “Anytime you do anything and you mention his

Scherzer shuts down O’s, loss drops Orioles to 44-44 at break

This was not the way the Orioles wanted to head into the All-Star break. They could not overcome Nationals ace right-hander Max Scherzer today and lost 3-2 to hit the break with a record of 44-44. Last year the Orioles were 10 games over .500 at the break and led the American League East by four games. Today they fall back to .500 and will

O’s game blog: It’s Chen against Scherzer in Nats-O’s series finale

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year and the Orioles will have to get past him today to win their series against the Washington Nationals. Wei-Yin Chen (4-4, 2.82 ERA) faces Scherzer (9-7, 2.12 ERA) this afternoon at Camden Yards in the game to decide this three-game series. Scherzer had a rare poor start in his most

Zach Davies on playing in today’s Futures Game, plus O’s notes

In recent years the Orioles have sent players like Manny Machado, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey, Christian Walker, Henry Urrutia and Dariel Alvarez to the All-Star Futures Game, a showcase for the sport’s best prospects. Today, 22-year-old right-hander Zach Davies is on the U.S. team that will take on the World team at 3 p.m. in Cincinnati. He is scheduled to be the eighth pitcher used

Comments from Adam Jones, Miguel Gonzalez, Steve Pearce and Bryce Harper after O’s loss

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones told reporters after tonight’s game that he is fine after he got hit in the face by Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore’s glove as he slid into first base in the last of the fifth. Jones also reached for the bag with his sore right shoulder but was out on the play. “He made sure he tagged me,” Jones said.

Nats strike for two homers in sixth, rally to beat Orioles

Miguel Gonzalez looked like he was on a roll. The Orioles right-hander had retired 10 straight heading into the top of the sixth inning and held a 4-2 lead. But four batters and two homers later, the Orioles trailed by two runs and the Washington Nationals used that rally to beat the Orioles 7-4 tonight in front of a sellout of 44,495 at Camden Yards.

O’s game blog: Orioles have won eight of last 10 against Nats

The Orioles look to continue their winning ways against the Washington Nationals when the teams continue their weekend series tonight. The Orioles’ 3-2 win last night was their 21st in 51 games in the all-time series between these clubs decided by a single run. The O’s are 16-5 in those games. The Orioles have won eight of their last 10 against the Nationals and are

Chaz Roe on his recent struggles

For a relief pitcher, it can take only a few outings to go from pitching lights out to struggling. Orioles right-hander Chaz Roe knows all about that. Roe got called up from Triple-A Norfolk on May 24 and immediately threw six scoreless outings to start his Orioles career. After his first 15 games, he had an ERA of 0.90 and a .162 average against. But

Before late heroics, Schoop’s turn of double play was pretty special, too

So the Orioles had yet another game where they failed to get even one hit with a runner in scoring position. But that didn’t stop Johnny Baseball. Jonathan Schoop’s first walk-off home run gave the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Nationals last night. Not a bad way to start a big weekend series in front of a sellout crowd of 46,289. Schoop was on

Jonathan Schoop on his walk-off homer vs. Nats (more clubhouse quotes)

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop may have been just following instructions. He came to bat in the last of the ninth of a 2-2 tie with two outs and none on. He got a 2-2 slider from right-hander Tanner Roark that he drove into the left-field seats to send a sellout crowd of 46,289 into a frenzy, giving the Orioles a walk-off 3-2 win over

Walk-off win: Jonathan Schoop’s homer wins it in ninth for Orioles

It ended with a walk-off homer. Jonathan Schoop homered to left on a 2-2 slider from Tanner Roark with two outs in the last of the ninth as the Orioles beat the Nationals 3-2 tonight in the series opener. The Orioles failed to get a single hit with a runner in scoring position, but they did post their third walk-off win of the year on

O’s game blog: It’s Chris Tillman vs. Gio Gonzalez in series opener

The Orioles return to interleague play tonight when they host the Washington Nationals for a three-game series that will end the first half. The Orioles are 4-5 this season against the National League, going 0-2 against the Mets, 1-2 versus the Marlins and 3-1 against Philadelphia. They went 12-8 last year and are 153-179 all-time in interleague games. The Orioles lead the all-time series with

Machado on the Home Run Derby and Davis on O’s recent struggles

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said he looks forward to playing in his second All-Star Game and to taking part in the Home Run Derby on Monday night in Cincinnati. He said today he will have Orioles assistant hitting coach Einar Diaz pitch to him and he admitted he wasn’t yet familiar with the new derby rules. But he is excited to take his shot.

How big is the series against the Nationals for Orioles fans?

So another Orioles-Nationals series is here. It seems to me the rivalary is getting bigger and better in recent years with both teams contending for the playoffs. It’s been a matchup of two good teams. The games have been well attended and a nice rivalry is developing. The Nationals (46-38) are playing better with this three-game series set to begin. While they lost on Monday

Zach Davies’ strong season will take him to Futures Game on Sunday

It’s probably about time, maybe well past time, that analysts start focusing more on what Orioles pitching prospect Zach Davies can do rather than what he cannot. Yes, he is a slender-built right-hander at 6-foot and 150 lbs., and no, he does not throw a mid-90s fastball. Yet he has made consistent progress since the day the Orioles drafted him, and that progress will lead

Twins get two homers in sixth off Bud Norris to beat O’s, complete sweep

The Orioles again struggled to score. Their starting pitching kept the other team from doing so, but Ubaldo Jimenez’s pitch count elevated quickly. And with two big swings in the last of the sixth today, the Minnesota Twins surged to a victory. Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer off struggling right-hander Bud Norris and Joe Mauer followed with a solo shot as the Twins beat

O’s game blog: Jimenez on the mound as O’s try to avoid the sweep

The Orioles went 9-5 at Minnesota from 2011-14, but they have lost the first two games of this series. A loss today and they would be swept three straight in Minnesota for the first time since April 2-4, 2007. The Orioles are still looking for some clutch hits. They went 0-5 with runners in scoring position in the first two innings last night in an

Luis Pujols and staff work with young players at Aberdeen on situational hitting and more

With a roster that features 14 players from the Orioles’ 2015 draft class, short-season Single-A Aberdeen is playing good baseball after a slow start. The IronBirds started the new season 2-7, but now have won three in a row and seven of nine to get to 9-9 for the season. Aberdeen manager Luis Pujols - with help from coaches Calvin Pickering and Shawn McGill and

Kevin Gausman allows eight runs in shortest career start as Minnesota beats O’s

Maybe we should have known it might not be the Orioles’ night when they went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position in the first two innings. If that didn’t clue us in, an ugly four-run last of the fourth, which put Minnesota ahead 8-0, surely was convincing. Kevin Gausman allowed a career-high eight runs while pitching just 3 2/3 innings as Minnesota hammered the Orioles

O’s game blog: It’s Gausman and Gibson in Minnesota, plus notes from the farm

After losing four of five and six of their last eight games, the Orioles look to get back in the win column tonight at Minnesota. The Twins won 4-2 last night on Brian Dozier’s walk-off two-run homer in the 10th inning. Minnesota is 44-39 and 26-15 at home. The Orioles have lost their last four games decided by one or two runs and have scored

A look at the Orioles’ recent struggles with runners in scoring position

Sometimes you get the clutch hits and sometimes you don’t. Recently for the Orioles, they don’t. They went hitless with runners in scoring position in last night’s loss at Minnesota. But heading in to the night, the Orioles topped major league baseball in batting average with RISP: .306 - Orioles .301 - Toronto and Colorado But last night, the Orioles went 0-for-8 in RISP situations,

Brian Dozier’s walk-off homer in 10th gives Twins the victory

It was a high fastball and Minnesota’s Brian Dozier didn’t miss it. Dozier’s two-run blast in the last of the 10th gave Minnesota a 4-2 walk-off win over the Orioles tonight in the opener of a three-game series. Working his second inning, Tommy Hunter allowed a one-out single to Danny Santana. He fell behind Dozier 2-0, who smoked a 96 mph fastball for his 17th

O’s game blog: Orioles, Twins begin three-game series in Minnesota

The Orioles and Twins begin a three-game series tonight in Minnesota; the teams begin the series with identical 43-39 records, and both are in second place. The Orioles and Twins are tied for the second American League wild card spot right now, one game behind the Angels and one game ahead of the Rays and Blue Jays. Minnesota, which just split a four-game series against

Norfolk and Bowie are in first place, plus other minor league notes

Taking a look at a few notes around the Orioles minor leagues: * The Orioles’ top two farm clubs are in first place with identical 47-34 records. Triple-A Norfolk is leading its division by 1 1/2 games and Double-A Bowie leads its division by 3 1/2 games. Here are notes on those clubs plus a few from Single-A Frederick, Single-A Delmarva, short-season Single-A Aberdeen and

Taking a shot at some mid-season Orioles grades

The Orioles are one game past the season’s halfway point with a 43-39 record 82 games into the 2015 season. Time to take a look back and pass out some grades on the team. Some statistics are through Saturday’s games. Starting pitching: C This is one area that needs to get better over the second half of the season. On their way to 96 wins,

O’s offense breaks out, Schoop returns with a homer in win at Chicago

The Orioles got another solid starting pitching outing - and this time, they backed it with some runs. Caleb Joseph drove in three and Jonathan Schoop returned from the disabled list with a homer as the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 9-1. The Orioles had been held to just six runs over the previous four games. The White Sox were trying for their first

O’s game blog: Orioles need a win to avoid a three-game sweep at Chicago

The Orioles have not been swept in a three-game series on the road by the Chicago White Sox since May 13-15, 2003. From 2011-14, the Orioles went 10-4 at U.S. Cellular Field. But they lost there this weekend by scores of 1-0 and 3-2, coming up with just nine hits. They went 26 consecutive innings without scoring until Manny Machado’s two-run homer in eighth inning

Is O’s struggling offense a temporary issue?

The Orioles’ inconsistent offense is in another down cycle. The Orioles had not scored - or even had an extra-base hit - in 26 consecutive innings until Manny Machado’s two-run home run in the eighth inning on Saturday. Machado’s 50th career homer produced a 2-2 tie, but the O’s quickly fell behind and lost 3-2 to Chicago. So they’ve lost their last three games by

Manny Machado hits game-tying homer, but O’s lose at Chicago (Rowen opts out)

The Orioles scoreless streak came to an end today, but their losing streak did not. Moments after a game-tying homer in the eighth by Manny Machado, Chicago got the lead back in their half of the inning to beat the Orioles 3-2 this afternoon. The Orioles have lost three in a row and five of six, and reach the season’s midpoint at 42-39. The Orioles

O’s game blog: An update on Delmarva’s Jared Breen and a look at today’s game

Single-A Delmarva shortstop Jared Breen was hospitalized after he ran into a wall near the stands chasing a foul ball in the first inning Friday night. Observors say Breen hit the wall very hard on the game’s fourth pitch and was down for a long time before he was transported to a Salisbury, Md. hospital, and he has since been moved to Baltimore. The 24-year-old

O’s top draft pick DJ Stewart on being an Oriole and his unique batting stance

Before the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, some scouting reports expressed concerns about the very low batting crouch of Orioles top draft pick DJ Stewart. Here is an excerpt from Baseball America’s scouting report on Stewart: “He has managed to make his unorthodox stance work in college, but scouts aren’t sold that it will work at the next level. He crouches very low at the plate,

O’s lose 1-0 in Chicago, shut out for the second night in a row

Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks had a terrible June. But tonight, he got his July off to a good start against an Orioles team that is suddenly struggling on offense. Danks pitched seven scoreless innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Orioles 1-0 at U.S. Cellular Field in the opener of a three-game series. The Orioles have been shut out in back-to-back games,

O’s game blog: Tied for first place, Orioles begin road trip in Chicago

The Orioles begin a six-game road trip to Chicago and Minnesota tonight by facing the White Sox to open a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Orioles went 5-1 against the Sox last year and swept a three-game series in Chicago. The Orioles are 2-1 versus Chicago this year, and have held the White Sox to 19 hits and a .198 batting average in

Jonathan Schoop comments after his night in Frederick and a take on Kevin Gausman

Jonanthan Schoop doesn’t hit a homer in every rehab game he plays in. It just seems like it. After homering in three of his last four games while with Double-A Bowie, Schoop played at Single-A Frederick last night. He went 2-for-4 and hit a solo homer over all three levels of billboards in the eighth inning at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. “I am

Kevin Gausman on his outing tonight, plus other clubhouse quotes

After pitching 6 1/3 scoreless innings tonight against a Texas team that had hit 10 homers the last three nights, O’s right-hander Kevin Gausman is - for now at least - staying on the team. He will fly with the Orioles to Chicago tonight and await word on what the next move for him will be. Will he stay in the rotation? For now, he

Texas rallies for two in ninth to beat O’s, take series 3-1

Two starting pitchers dueled to keep the game scoreless into the late innings, and it stayed that way until a leadoff walk hurt the Orioles in the top of the ninth. Leonys Martin’s RBI single in the top of the ninth produced the game’s first run and Rougned Odor added a second run-scoring base hit in the frame as Texas beat the Orioles 2-0 at

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman takes mound in finale vs. Rangers

As he takes the mound tonight against Texas, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman is probably hoping his July is less challenging than his month of June. Coming back from right shoulder tendinitis and a stay on the Baltimore disabled list, Gausman pitched with four different teams in June. Here is a look at his month: * June 6: Goes three innings for Single-A Frederick * June

Dariel Alvarez is selected to start the Triple-A All-Star Game, Norfolk sends four to game

The Norfolk Tides will send four players to the Triple-A All-Star Game. Outfielder Dariel Alvarez was elected to start the contest, while catcher Steve Clevenger and pitchers Michael Bowden and Oliver Drake have been selected to the team as reserves. This is the most Tides players selected to the game since 2000, when Norfolk was a Mets affiliate, and most they’ve had since becoming the

Darren O’Day on being in first place right now, plus other O’s notes

The Orioles have moved from fourth place to first place. But with 84 games to go, pitcher Darren O’Day said it’s too soon to focus much on the standings right now. “I don’t think the standings necessarily are a big deal yet,” he said. “We are a proud team and we won the division last year. It’s going to be a challenge with everyone coming

Chen on his outing, plus Hardy on his homer, Machado’s defense and Young being DFA’d

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen was a bit of a stopper tonight for the Orioles. Sure, he did give up two homers, but they were solo shots and he held down a Texas team that had scored 16 runs and hit eight homers the past two nights. But don’t call him a stopper though. “I didn’t even think about that,” he said through his translator. “All I

J.J. Hardy’s tiebreaking homer in seventh lifts O’s past Texas

Did the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers at their own game tonight? Tied 2-2 in the last of the seventh, shortstop J.J. Hardy hit a two-run shot to left to break the tie and send the Orioles to a 4-2 win over the Rangers at Camden Yards. While Texas has hit 10 homers in this series, the Orioles have five, and No. 5 by Hardy

O’s game blog: A look at tonight’s game, Bowie’s All-Stars, Stewart’s debut and more

After winning 18 of 23 games, the Orioles have now lost the first two games of this series with Texas. The Orioles have not lost a series since they dropped three of four at Houston from June 1-4. They need to win the next two nights to avoid losing this series. The Orioles are 8-0-1 in nine series since those four games at Houston. They

Kevin Gausman on challenges this year and making the start Thursday

It has been an interesting season for Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman. He has has been on the disabled list for nearly six weeks with right shoulder tendinitis and has pitched at three minor league affiliates in addition to pitching in nine games for the Orioles. Of his nine major league appearances this year, just one has been as a starter (June 20 at Toronto), but

A look at the homer barrage at the Yard, plus Aberdeen’s draft picks and other notes

The ball was carrying at Camden Yards last night. There were seven homers hit between the teams, and Mitch Moreland and Chris Davis hit two each. But Moreland’s second two-run shot, which gave Texas two insurance runs, and an 8-5 lead in the eighth, surprised a few Orioles. Even on a night when the ball was carrying so well. “That last one, I don’t think

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