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Davis on No. 200, Wieters on No. 100 and other clubhouse quotes

It wasn’t time for any goodbyes just yet in the Orioles clubhouse tonight, but both Chris Davis and Matt Wieters spoke as players who knew they could be playing their last days as Orioles. Both said it was speical to hit milestone homers in front of their home fans at Camden Yards. Davis hit his 200th and 201st career homers and Wieters hit No. 100

Gausman fans 10; Wieters hits No. 100, Davis No. 200 as O’s top Toronto

The offense finally came in support of Kevin Gausman. The right-hander had his strikeout pitch going and finally the Orioles backed him with a pair of home runs. Then they added to that. Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit back-to-back homers in the last of the seventh, and Gausman pitched eight strong innings as the Orioles beat Toronto 8-1 in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

Toronto beats Orioles to clinch its first AL East title since 1993 (quotes added)

One team was recently eliminated from playoff contention. The other was a win away from its first division title in 22 years. It was not hard to tell which club was which this afternoon. Toronto hammered the Orioles 15-2 in Game 1 of a doubleheader to clinch the American League East championship for the sixth time and first time since 1993. Five of the Blue

O’s game blog: Miguel Gonzalez on mound in opener of doubleheader

In the opening game of today’s doubleheader, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez returns to the Orioles active roster, coming off the disabled list for the second time to make the start against Toronto. The Blue Jays have won five in a row, 12 of their last 17 games, and are 91-65 overall. They are closing in on the American League East championship with a magic number of

Notes on the offense and quotes from Matt Wieters and Darren O’Day

The Orioles still have six games to play in the 2015 season. Hopefully the weather cooperates as the Orioles and Blue Jays have a doubleheader scheduled today beginning at 4:05 p.m after last night’s rainout. The Orioles will look for some offense this afternoon. They have just 16 hits in the last four games. Starting with Friday’s game at Boston, they have (in order) games

Zach Britton looks back at O’s season and ahead to team’s future

A few Orioles were approached in the clubhouse today to talk about the Orioles being officially eliminated from the postseason and to look ahead to the team’s uncertain future. As usual, closer Zach Britton put it into perspective in both looking back and ahead. “I’m pretty disappointed,” Britton said. “As a team, there wasn’t one person or two people that were the reason behind it.

Orioles are now officially out of playoffs, crucial offseason is six games away

For the Orioles, what was inevitable became final and official at 1:07 a.m. today. Their playoff hopes for 2015 officially ended when Houston won 3-2 at Seattle. They began Monday with an elimination number of two that was reduced to one with their loss and to zero with Houston’s victory. The unofficial end is in the eye of the beholder. Some may go back to

Brad Brach on ninth inning, Chris Tillman on his outing and Matt Wieters on O’s offense

For the Orioles, it was frustrating to lose another game. For reliever Brad Brach, it was tough to make a good pitch in the ninth inning, but see the end result be that Toronto took the lead on that pitch. Brach came in with the score tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth. He gave up two straight singles to Dioner Navarro and Kevin

Toronto rallies to beat Orioles and move closer to AL East crown

The Orioles ended their scoreless streak, but not their losing streak. Toronto rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Orioles 4-3 tonight in the series opener and opening game of a seven-game homestand to conclude the 2015 regular season. With the loss, the Orioles fall to 76-80 with four straight defeats. Their elimination number is one and a Houston win later would eliminate them

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman gets another shot at Toronto in series opener

The Toronto Blue Jays begin a series in Baltimore tonight against the Orioles as a team closing in on the American League East championship. They hold a four-game lead over the New York Yankees and a magic number of four to succeed the Orioles as division champs. Toronto beat Tampa Bay 5-4 Sunday on Josh Donaldson’s walk-off homer. At 90-65, they are a season-high 25

Matt Wieters on Chris Tillman and possibly playing his last games as an Oriole

The reality must be setting in after a scoreless weekend in Boston that the Orioles are now on the brink of official elimination from the 2015 playoff race. Their elimination number is 2 as they begin the final homestand tonight against Toronto. Another reality is also at hand - some players may be playing their final week in an Orioles uniform. Pending free agent catcher

Will the Orioles make Matt Wieters a qualifying offer?

Well, it could be worse for the Orioles. At least they didn’t have one teammate attack another in the dugout and choke him. Pitcher Jonathan Papelbon has not exactly been the addition the Washington Nationals had hoped for. After throwing at the head of one of the game’s best young stars on Wednesday, he physically went after another yesterday in Bryce Harper. If Papelbon was

Blanked in Beantown: O’s swept by Red Sox, go scoreless for series

The Orioles went scoreless in Boston. They were shut out for the third consecutive game today as they lost 2-0 to the Red Sox and got swept in the series. It is the first time they’ve been held scoreless three straight games since 1957. Boston left-hander Henry Owens blanked the Orioles for 7 2/3 innings as the Red Sox completed the sweep at Fenway Park.

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound in Boston series finale

The Orioles began this series at Boston with 11 wins in their last 15 games, a .500 record and momentum coming off a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals. But today, they must win to avoid getting swept three straight at Fenway Park. They have fallen to a record of 76-78 with eight games left after losses of 7-0 and 8-0. Add to that their

O’s momentum hits a brick wall at Fenway Park

It seemed that a group of fired-up Orioles got on the plane after the game in Washington on Thursday. They swept the Nationals. They hit huge homers. They played great defense and were making a late charge to try and keep playoff hopes alive. But just which players got off the plane in Boston? We’ve seen a group playing without the same passion and fire,

Blanked again: O’s fall flat in Boston, lose 8-0 to Red Sox

In Washington, the Orioles played winning baseball with fire and passion. In Boston, they have lost and looked flat in doing so. For the second straight game, the Orioles were shut out. They lost 8-0 today at Boston in a game where a relief pitcher made his first-ever big league start. It got so bad for the Orioles this afternoon that Manny Machado made errors

O’s game blog: Wei-Yin Chen on mound in Game 2 in Boston

The Orioles hit dramatic late-inning homers to pull out wins on Wednesday and Thursday at Washington, but they were held to two singles by Rich Hill at Fenway Park and shut out 7-0 last night. This afternoon, they need a win at Boston to even this series and get back to the .500 mark at 77-77. The Orioles went 2-for-29 at bat and were shut

Will a strong third pitch make Kevin Gausman a top of rotation pitcher?

The thinking from some Orioles fans goes like this: Kevin Gausman needs to improve his third pitch to become a top of the rotation starting pitcher. While I don’t disagree, I don’t think it is a prerequisite. Of course, it would help a lot. Three good pitches is better than two. But keep in mind Gausman’s fastball and changeup are already plus pitches. Also, even

Rich Hill silences O’s bats as they lose Boston series opener

Rich Hill proved to be too big of a mountain for Orioles hitters to climb tonight. The 35-year-old left-hander was pitching just a few weeks ago for the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks after he was released by Washington. Tonight, Hill pitched a complete-game two-hitter for Boston in a 7-0 victory over the Orioles at Fenway Park. Needing to continue to reel off wins for

O’s game blog: Orioles look for fourth straight win in Boston series opener

As they try for a fantastic finish and to catch three teams ahead of them for the second American League wild card, the Orioles open a three-game series at Boston tonight. The Orioles are 11-5 against the Red Sox this year, including a 4-3 mark at Fenway Park. The O’s are 46-26 versus the Red Sox since 2012. This year, Boston’s team ERA is 4.50

Notes on starting pitching, one-run games and some wild card math

The Orioles’ three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals was quite impressive. They did it without Adam Jones and Zach Britton. They did it winning games where they trailed in the seventh inning Wednesday and in the eighth inning yesterday. They did it against a Nats team desperate for wins to make the playoffs. The Orioles have their own level of desperation going right now, but

Matt Wieters hits go-ahead homer in eighth as O’s complete sweep

For the second day in a row, the Orioles got a go-ahead homer in the late innings. It led to another important win this afternoon and a three-game sweep on the road of the Washington Nationals. With the Orioles trailing 4-3 in the eighth, Matt Wieters crushed a two-run homer to center off Blake Treinin. The Orioles went on to win 5-4 to improve to

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson makes his fourth MLB start in series finale

Right-hander Tyler Wilson (2-2, 3.72 ERA) makes his fourth major league start for the Orioles this afternoon and pitches against right-hander Tanner Roark (4-6, 4.78 ERA) in the series finale against Washington at Nats Park. On Friday at Tampa Bay, Wilson gave up six runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in his last start. He had allowed four runs in 13 2/3 innings

A take on Papelbon, the umpires, Machado’s homer and more

Lost in the Jonathan Papelbon hit-by-pitch and ejection for nailing Manny Machado in the ninth inning last night was how big Machado came up for his team in the seventh inning. Let’s get to that in a moment. First, outside of Papelbon himself, how can anyone really know if he threw at Machado? But we can have an opinion. Mine is that he threw at

Manny Machado’s homer off Max Scherzer lifts Orioles over Nationals

It was one of those classic game-on-the-line matchups between a top pitcher and hitter. The Orioles’ Manny Machado won the battle against Nationals ace Max Scherzer and the Orioles won the game. Machado hit a two-run go-ahead homer in the seventh on Scherzer’s 122nd pitch as the Orioles beat Washington 4-3 at Nats Park. With their seventh win in the last 10 games and 10th

O’s game blog: Orioles are 10-8 this year against the NL

The Orioles may have been fortunate to win a game last night where they made three errors and allowed six walks. But still they posted a 4-1 victory over Washington in the opener of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Orioles improved to 74-76 with their sixth win in the last nine games and ninth in their past 13 games. They improved to 24-27

O’s slowed down a hot-hitting Nats team last night, plus other notes

Heading into last night’s game, the Washington Nationals were averaging 6.0 runs per game over their previous 32 games, scoring 193 runs and going 20-12. But for one night anyway, the Orioles slowed the Washington offense, holding the Nats to three hits in a 4-1 win on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series. Considering the Orioles made three errors - and one or

Ubaldo Jimenez becomes 11th Dominican-born pitcher with 100 wins as O’s top Nats

On the way to his 100th career win tonight, Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez walked five, struck out five, drove in a run and weathered an ugly defensive inning. So his night was eventful. Jimenez also allowed just one unearned run over six innings, becoming the 11th Dominican-born pitcher to record 100 wins as the Orioles beat Washington 4-1 at Nats Park. In winning for the

O’s game blog: A look at the Orioles’ road record and tonight’s game

If the Orioles were to finish .500 this year at 81-81, that would mean they would have won 15 fewer games this season compared to last year’s 96-win division champions. There are a lot of reasons for the falloff and we discuss many of them here daily. But the dropoff in the O’s performance on the road is one that is significant. A current 15-win

A look at Orioles’ consecutive-season stretch of hitting 200 home runs

When Chris Davis hit a two-run homer in the third inning on Sunday against Tampa Bay, it was a milestone home run for the 2015 Orioles. It was Baltimore’s 200th homer of the season and it gave the Orioles four consecutive seasons hitting 200 or more homers, starting in 2012. Before you think that is not a big deal, only three teams in Major League

A few notes on the Orioles and Nationals

Coming off Sunday’s walk-off loss in the ninth to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles were going to try and regroup as they were scheduled to begin a three-game interleague series at Nationals Park Monday night. But that game has been rained out and will be made up on Thursday at 4:05 p.m. Now these clubs are scheduled to begin this series Tuesday night at

A take on the rotation, Jonathan Schoop and a winning season

With 13 games to play in the 2015 season, many Orioles fans must have one eye on the present and one on the future at this point. As the hopes dim and are almost closed on this year, there is always hope that next year could be better. The Orioles’ winter will be interesting to follow as we will eventually find out if they can

Tampa Bay scores two in last of ninth for walk-off win over Orioles

So much for an important one-run win. The Tampa Bay Rays scored twice in the last of the ninth off Orioles closer Zach Britton to post a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Orioles this afternoon. Britton, who was 34-for-37 in save chances when he took the mound, gave up a homer to pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer on the inning’s first pitch and that tied it 6-6.

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman on the mound in Tampa Bay series finale

As the Orioles play the fourth and final game of their series at Tropicana Field today, they need a victory for a fourth consecutive series win. They went 2-1 against New York, Kansas City and Boston and are 2-1 this series against Tampa Bay. The Orioles are 10-8 versus the Rays, 34-31 against the American League East, 31-46 in road games and 10-7 this month.

Another look at Bowie’s rally the last two games to win the championship

If the Double-A Bowie Baysox winning their first Eastern League championship last night was not impressive enough, there are a few other stats that might impress you. During the regular season, Reading went 5-2 against Bowie and scored 40 runs in those five wins. They added nine runs in a Game 3 victory to take a 2-1 series lead. Against that offense, which led the

Dan Duquette on Bowie’s title and more after Baysox win Eastern League championship

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was at Prince George’s Stadium tonight to watch the Bowie Baysox as they won their first Eastern League championship with a 7-2 victory over Reading in Game 5. Duquette spent some time in the Baysox clubhouse postgame congratulating players and coaches. “The staff here did a great job and we have some real gritty players here

Bowie beats Reading in Game 5 to win Eastern League championship (with photos)

BOWIE, Md. - With two big swings from Garabez Rosa, one from Quincy Latimore and some clutch pitching, the Double-A Bowie Baysox won the Eastern League championship tonight. Rosa homered twice, driving in three runs, and Latimore knocked in two as Bowie beat Reading 7-2 in the fifth and deciding game of the Eastern League Championship Series. The Baysox won the last two games of

O’s game blog: Wei-Yin Chen looks for his 10th win against Tampa Bay

After coming from three runs behind late in the game Thursday night to win, the Orioles let an early three-run lead get away last night and lost. Tonight, they play the third game of their four-game series at Tampa Bay. On the mound, it’s left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (9-7, 3.44 ERA) making his 29th start of the season and facing right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (10-5, 3.75 ERA).

Joe Gunkel on the mound tonight for Bowie in decisive Game 5 (Bowie leads 7-2)

BOWIE, Md. - After playing 150 games between the regular season and postseason, the Double-A Bowie Baysox have one more left to play tonight. It’s being billed as the biggest game in the 23-year history of the franchise. Tonight at 6:05 p.m., Bowie hosts Reading in the fifth and deciding game of the Eastern League Championship Series. The Baysox crushed the Fightin Phils 9-1 on

One win for the championship: Bowie hosts Reading in Game 5

In the 2015 Eastern League playoffs, it seems you can get the Double-A Bowie Baysox down, but not out. In the first game of Bowie’s EL semifinal series with Altoona, the Baysox blew a 7-0 lead and lost 8-7. They then won the next three games by a combined score of 21-3 to reach the EL Championship Series. They then again lost the series opener

David Hess pitches Bowie past Reading in must-win game, sets up Game 5 on Saturday

BOWIE, Md - In a must-win game tonight, Orioles 22-year-old pitching prospect David Hess came up very big for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. He kept their season alive and put them on the brink of a championship. Continuing his very strong second half, Hess allowed just three hits and one run over seven innings as Bowie beat Reading 9-1 to force a fifth and deciding

O’s game blog: Orioles look for their eighth win in 10 games against Tampa Bay

The Orioles tonight play the second game of a four-game series against Tampa Bay and it is the second contest of a 10-game road trip to Tampa Bay, Washington and Boston. The Orioles (72-74) have won four of five and seven of their last nine games after Thursday’s comeback 4-3 win at Tropicana Field. They are 30-45 on the road, 33-30 versus the AL East,

David Hess takes the mound in must-win game for Bowie (Baysox lead 4-1)

BOWIE, Md. - As the Double-A Bowie Baysox face a must-win situation tonight against the Reading Fightin Phils, they turn to a 22-year-old right-hander that had an ERA of 5.83 at Single-A Frederick in June. After last night’s loss, Bowie trails Reading 2-1 in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series. The Baysox need to win tonight and tomorrow to claim their first league championship. Before

A look at Trey Mancini winning Eastern League batting title (plus O’s notes)

When the Double-A Eastern League regular season ended, it appeared that Altoona’s Adam Frazier, who hit .324, would win the league’s batting title. Bowie’s Trey Mancini hit .359, but he did not have enough plate appearances to qualify for league leaders, which is 2.7 plate appearances per league games scheduled. But through Rule 9.22(a), formerly Rule 10.22(a), Mancini won the batting title. The rule states

Reading romps to Game 3 win over Bowie in Eastern League Championship Series

BOWIE, Md. - The Double-A Bowie Baysox won big Wednesday night but lost big tonight. Now they’ll have to win any way they can the next two nights to claim the Eastern League championship. Reading’s Fightin Phils hammered Bowie 9-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series. Bowie had evened the series with a 10-3 win last night at Reading.

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

The Orioles begin their last road trip of the season tonight, playing the first of four games against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. It is the opener of a three-city, 10-game trip that also will see the Orioles play at Washington and Boston. The Orioles are 8-7 against Tampa Bay in 2015 and 6-3 at The Trop. They have a team batting average of .211

Bowie Baysox two wins from Eastern League championship (Reading leads 9-1)

BOWIE, Md. - So far, the Eastern League Championship Series has mirrored the EL semifinal series for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. And the Baysox would be fine if that trend continued. In their series with Altoona, Bowie lost the opener 8-7 before running off three straight wins to advance. In the ELCS with Reading, Bowie lost the opener on Tuesday night 3-1 and then bounced

It’s too soon to pass any judgment on Mike Wright

There is a saying in baseball that goes like this: You are never as good as you look when you are winning or as bad as you look when you are losing. Maybe that applies right now to Orioles right-hander Mike Wright. He burst on the scene in May with back-to-back scoreless starting outings, but now he looks very, very hittable. It was clear that

Mike Wright talks about his outing against Boston

To say the least, Orioles right-hander Mike Wright was pretty upset about his poor start. He feels good out there physically but is just not getting the results right now. Tonight, he gave up six hits and six runs in three-plus innings as the Orioles lost 10-1 to Boston. Dustin Pedroia hit two homers tonight, the first off Wright plating two runs in the third.

Dustin Pedroia homers twice as Boston avoids sweep, beats Orioles

For the Orioles, this game did not start well when Boston took a 1-0 lead in the second. And then it got worse. Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer in the third and added a three-run homer in the fourth as the Red Sox crushed the Orioles 10-1 to avoid the three-game sweep. Orioles starter Mike Wright struggled again and gave up six hits and

O’s game blog: Christian Walker on rejoining the O’s and a look at tonight’s game

The 2014 Orioles minor league Player of the Year is back with the team. First baseman Christian Walker was called up from Triple-A Norfolk after the end of the Tides’ season Monday. After a slow start this season with Norfolk - one where he hit .205 in April - Walker had a big second half and felt his season overall was solid. In 138 games,

At Camden Yards, Gov. Hogan talks about partnership with O’s to fight pediatric cancer

In conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Orioles announced a new partnership with the office of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Ronald McDonald House Charities in the fight against pediatric cancer. Through this partnership, the Orioles and Hogan together hope to make a meaningful difference in the fight against childhood cancer. Hogan is currently undergoing

Jason Garcia on recent success and his future with the O’s (plus other notes)

Right-hander Jason Garcia has just about made it through his Rule 5 season. Barring a trade, he and the Orioles know that he will be in the organization next year. There will no Rule 5 restrictions on Garcia next season and he could be optioned to the minors then. “I really like it here,” Garcia said. “It’s a great organization with a great coaching staff.

Chris Davis on game-winning hit, plus Steve Pearce and Ubaldo Jimenez quotes

The Orioles came up with their ninth walk-off win of the year and fourth against an American League East opponent. Chris Davis’ single in the 13th provided the 6-5 win for his third walk-off hit. It ended a four-hour, 20-minute game. Davis’ winning hit followed a leadoff walk to Gerardo Parra and a single by Manny Machado. Parra got a great read on Machado’s hit

Walk-off win: Chris Davis’ single in the 13th provides victory over Boston

Finally, they won it. Chris Davis’ RBI single in the last of the 13th gave the Orioles a 6-5 walk-off win over Boston. It was their ninth walk-off win of the 2015 season as Davis drove in his 107th run. Gerardo Parra led off the 13th and drew a five-pitch walk from Jonathan Aro, the eighth Boston pitcher. Manny Machado followed with a single to

O’s game blog: It’s Ubaldo Jimenez against Joe Kelly at Camden Yards

Winners of five of their last six games after losing 15 of 18, the Orioles host Boston tonight in the second game of a three-game series and fifth game of a six-game homestand. With last night’s 2-0 win over the Red Sox, the Orioles improved to 10-4 this year versus Boston and clinched the season series. It is the fourth straight year the Orioles will

Pitcher Tyler Wilson talks about rejoining the Orioles

Last night, they were playing Game 5 in an International League playoff series at Columbus, but tonight pitchers Tyler Wilson and Oliver Drake, first baseman Christian Walker and outfielder Junior Lake are all with the Orioles. They were called up to the team after Triple-A Norfolk’s loss to Columbus on Monday night, which ended the Tides’ season. “It feels great to be back,” Wilson said.

Mike Yastrzemski on 2015 season and Bowie’s pursuit of Eastern League championship

When the Double-A Bowie Baysox play at Reading tonight in Game 1 of the Eastern League Championship Series, outfielder Mike Yastrzemski will look for a repeat of the playoff series with Altoona. It was one that was quite good for him and his team. The grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemki, the younger Yaz went 7-for-14 with two doubles, a triple, two homers and

Kevin Gausman on his start tonight, plus other clubhouse quotes

Kevin Gausman has pitched well several times this year without a lot of run support. He was in a similar spot tonight, but this time he navigated his way through six innings and actually got a win. Gausman gave up just two hits and got his first victory since Aug. 1 as the Orioles beat Boston 2-0. Gausman has recorded a win in just two

Kevin Gausman gets the win, Adam Jones drives in two as O’s top Boston

In a matchup of former top Orioles pitching prospects tonight, Kevin Gausman was just a little better than Eduardo Rodriguez. The Orioles used two RBIs by Adam Jones to beat Rodriguez and Boston 2-0 at Camden Yards. The Orioles are 10-4 against Boston and clinched the season series for the fourth year in a row. That is the first time the Orioles have done that

O’s game blog: It’s Gausman against Rodriguez in matchup of former O’s top prospects

When the Orioles host Boston tonight in the opener of a three-game series, the pitching matchup features two pitchers that are former top prospects for the Orioles. Kevin Gausman (2-6, 4.43 ERA) faces Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (9-5, 4.05 ERA). Rodriguez was traded when the O’s added reliever Andrew Miller in July 2014. For two years, these two were ranked among the top five O’s

Brian Matusz talks about being nominated for Roberto Clemente Award

Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz has been very active in the community for several seasons. Today he was named as the Orioles’ nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. Prior to Wednesday’s game, the Orioles will observe Major League Baseball’s annual Roberto Clemente Day and present Matusz his award during an on-field ceremony. “I’m absolutely honored to be the Orioles’ representative,” Matusz said this afternoon.

A look at O’s longball success against Johnny Cueto, plus other notes

Kansas City Royals right-hander Johnny Cueto has pitched 6 percent of his innings this year against the Orioles. But he has given up 35 percent of his homers against Baltimore batters. A pitcher that has twice finished among the top four in voting for the National League Cy Young Award, Cueto has allowed seven homers in two starts and 11 1/3 innings this year versus

Jonathan Schoop on his impressive homer hit list and more after O’s win over K.C.

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop already had Johnny Cueto on his homer hit list, even before tonight’s game. Schoop has homered off some very good pitchers in his career and he hit two off Cueto tonight in the Orioles’ 8-2 win over Kansas City. In five career at-bats versus Cueto, Schoop is now 4-for-5 with three homers and four RBIs. Schoop has homered twice in

O’s use homer barrage to beat Johnny Cueto and Kansas City

In 27 starts this year with two teams, right-hander Johnny Cueto has allowed only one club to hit three or more homers in a game: the Orioles. They did that for the second time tonight, bashing four homers against the recently struggling right-hander in an 8-2 win over Kansas City. The victory gives the Orioles a 69-73 record, four wins in five games and back-to-back

O’s game blog: It’s Chen against Cueto in series finale

The Orioles continue to look for consistent starting pitching and, I’d say that with 21 games to go, they may not get it during the 2015 season. In this series against Kansas City, Mike Wright and Chris Tillman have allowed eight runs over 10 1/3 innings. In the last 15 games, the Orioles have one quality start. In their last 13 games, their starter has

Jason Garcia on his recent success, Mychal Givens on his Saturday stop at Bowie

On a night when the Orioles bullpen gave up 10 runs, Jason Garcia had a strong outing last night. He retired all five batters he faced Saturday in Kansas City’s 14-6 win. Since he returned to the active roster Aug. 6 from the disabled list, Garcia has been throwing well. He has pitched scoreless outings in eight of 10 appearances with a 2.70 ERA, a

After first playoff series win ever, Bowie Baysox will play for Eastern League title

For the first time in the 23-year history of the franchise, the Double-A Bowie Baysox won a playoff series. Now, for another first, Bowie will play against Reading for the Eastern League championship starting Tuesday night. Needing one win to take its series with Altoona three wins to one, Bowie got it last night with a 3-0 shutout. Right-hander David Hess pitched a gem, allowing

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman looks to snap losing streak against Kansas City

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman (9-11, 5.15 ERA) tries to end a four-game slide today when the Orioles host Kansas City in the middle game of the three-game series. The Orioles announced that today’s game will not start on time due to rain. On Sunday at Toronto, Tillman allowed eight hits, including three homers and six runs over three innings. He is 0-4 with a 15.50

O’s homer notes; Bowie closes in on franchise first

So while I was at Bowie last night, did anything interesting happen at Camden Yards? Well, two grand slams in one inning would classify. Nolan Reimold and Steve Clevenger both hit their first career slams during the Orioles’ 10-run eighth inning Friday night in a 14-8 win over Kansas City. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the New York Mets were the last team to hit

Latimore drives in six as Bowie routs Altoona 11-3, now one win from advancing

BOWIE, Md. - Former Orioles minor league pitcher Steven Brault has had tremendous success this year against most of the Double-A Eastern League. He’s done well against every team except the Bowie Baysox. Facing his former organization for the second time in less than two months, Brault got hit hard again tonight in a 11-3 Bowie win over Altoona. Quincy Latimore had a six-RBI night

O’s game blog: Mike Wright on the mound in series opener against K.C.

Right-hander Mike Wright (2-4, 5.19) ERA makes his ninth major league appearance tonight and eighth start of the season as the Orioles begin a six-game homestand at Camden Yards. They’ll host Kansas City over the weekend for three and then Boston for three games starting Monday night. Wright came off the disabled list to make the start last Saturday at Toronto. In four innings he

Bowie faces former O’s farmhand in Game 3 of the playoffs (Bowie up 10-2)

BOWIE, Md. - On January 27, the Orioles acquired outfielder Travis Snider from Pittsburgh for minor league pitcher Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later. Tonight the PTBNL pitches for the Altoona Curve against the Double-A Bowie Baysox in Game 3 of their Eastern League semfinal playoff series. That is 23-year-old left-hander Steven Brault, the Orioles’ 11th-round draft pick in 2013. Brault went

Chris Davis’ big second half could lead him to a big contract (plus minor league notes)

For Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, this season began with fans frustrated and some angry at him. That was because he hit just .196 last year, and then he was suspended and missed the playoffs. He had some repair work to do with the fans. When he struggled at times early this year, some fans got frustrated by that and his high-strikeout totals. But now,

Bowie beats Altoona 7-0 tonight in EL playoffs (Norfolk game suspended)

The Double-A Bowie Baysox bounced back from last night’s tough loss to win 7-0 tonight at Altoona. The win evens their Eastern League playoff series at one victory each in the best-of-five series. It was an important win for Bowie to not fall behind 0-2 in the series and also to rebound from last night when the Baysox led 7-0 in the second inning, but

The Orioles instructional league roster

The Orioles’ fall instructional league is set to begin on Sept. 22 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., and the workouts and games will run through Oct. 13. The Orioles will have 59 players reporting including 24 pitchers, five catchers, 14 infielders, 11 outfielders and five players listed as on rehab. Pitchers Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey and Branden Kline will be there continuing their

A look at Chance Sisco’s late-season promotion to Double-A (plus O’s notes)

As the Double-A Bowie Baysox look to win their first Eastern League championship in the 2015 playoffs that started last night, they are chasing the title with a very young player playing a very key position. In mid-August, the Orioles moved 20-year-old Chance Sisco from Single-A Frederick to Bowie. So far, the organization’s No. 4 prospect, according to Baseball America, has held his own well

Steve Pearce homers in the eighth, Chris Davis drives in two as O’s top New York

After getting a break and two gift runs to tie the game, the Orioles went to an old formula to go ahead at New York. Steve Pearce homered to left with one out in the eighth, and the Orioles went on to beat the Yankees 5-3. Pearce hit No. 10 off Adam Warren on a 2-2 pitch to break the 3-3 tie. With the win,

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez on mound as Orioles go for series win

Coming off an outing in which he got the win on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays, Ubaldo Jimenez will try to beat the team chasing Toronto in the American League East, the New York Yankees. Jimenez (10-9, 4.24 ERA) makes his 28th start tonight. On Friday at Rogers Centre, he went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned). While

Bowie playoff preview: Trey Mancini leads the Baysox against Altoona (updated)

When the Eastern League playoffs begin tonight, the Double-A Bowie Baysox hope the hot bat they watched first baseman Trey Mancini sustain for 84 games this year can stay hot for a few more. Bowie (79-63) plays at Altoona (74-68) tonight in Game 1 of a best-of-five series. Altoona hosts Game 2 tomorrow, and then the series shifts to Bowie for Game 3 Friday and

Norfolk playoff preview: A look at Terry Doyle, who takes the ball in Game 1 tonight

For Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Terry Doyle, his 2015 season is ending up very differently than it started. Hoping to break spring training with Norfolk, he was instead sent to Double-A Bowie, where he was not even on the active roster on opening day. But on April 17, he was activated by Bowie. On May 10, he joined the Baysox rotation and pitched great. On Aug.

Chris Davis hits tiebreaking homer in ninth as O’s win 2-1

Chris Davis probably was not unhappy when the Yankees had a lefty reliever face him to start the top of the ninth tonight. Chasen Shreve came on in a 1-1 game. After all, Davis has hit lefies well this year, batting .289 with an OPS of .850 and nine homers in 149 at-bats. Then, when Shreve left a 2-0 fastball up and out over the

O’s game blog: Orioles are 1-7 this season at Yankee Stadium

Last season, as the Orioles were on their way to the American League East championship, they went 13-6 against the New York Yankees and 6-4 in New York. This year, as they may struggle to even have a winning record, they are 5-9 against the Yankees and only 1-7 in New York. On Monday, the Orioles lost an early 4-1 lead in losing 8-6 at

A look at the interesting case of pending free agent Gerardo Parra

When the Orioles traded with Milwaukee for outfielder Gerardo Parra, they got a player who was having a great season to plug a hole at a corner outfield position. In 100 games this year with Milwaukee, Parra was outstanding. He came to the Orioles ranked fourth in batting in the National League, and ninth in slugging and OPS. He came to Baltimore batting .328 with

O’s lose early lead and then game on tiebreaking homer in seventh

We’ve seen it happen far too often lately: An Orioles pitcher allows a key hit when ahead in the count. It happened today at a crucial point in the game at New York. First baseman Greg Bird hit a three-run homer on an 0-2 pitch from Brian Matusz. He got a hanging breaking ball and didn’t miss it. That broke a 5-5 tie in the

O’s game blog: Chen faces Yankees, plus a look at minor league playoffs

The road trip has moved on to Yankee Stadium,where the Orioles and New York open a three-game series this afternoon. The Orioles (65-71) have lost 14 of 17 games and another loss today would put them a season-high seven games under .500. The Orioles are 14-18 in American League East road games. They are 5-8 versus New York and just 1-6 with four straight losses

A look at the O’s shaky rotation stats, plus Norfolk celebrates a division championship

The Orioles three-game series in Toronto was a lot like most of the 2015 season. Just when it looked like something good could happen, it didn’t. Friday’s 10-2 blowout win was impressive and the Orioles crushed the red-hot, high-scoring Blue Jays. Given a chance to win a series at Rogers Centre, the Orioles scored just one run Saturday and gave up 10 runs yesterday. Friday,

Hearing from Showalter, Jones and Tillman after O’s loss in Toronto

TORONTO - For the Orioles, it was a missed chance to win a series against the American League East leaders after a blowout win on Friday. They scored too few runs Saturday and gave up too many today in a 10-4 loss. They’ve lost 14 of 17 to fall to 65-71 and certainly the players see what everyone else does. The window is almost closed

Chris Tillman gets knocked out early as Jays win big in series finale

TORONTO - Chris Tillman against the Toronto Blue Jays has just not been a good matchup for the right-hander or the Orioles this year, and that trend continued this afternoon. Tillman got blasted for three homers and allowed six runs in three innings plus one batter as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 10-4 to take two of three in the series. The Orioles lost

O’s game blog: Showalter on Wieters, Hardy, Reimold and more

TORONTO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter would not say whether catcher Matt Wieters is available to play today or not. Wieters injured his left wrist Friday night and was not available yesterday, as reporters found out after the game. He is not starting today as the Orioles and Blue Jays wrap up this three-game series. “He’s better today,” Showalter said. “We won’t talk about his

Some notes from the weekend series at Rogers Centre

TORONTO - Well, the Orioles pitching has done OK in this series at Rogers Centre. The O’s staff gave up two runs on Friday night and five on Saturday to the highest scoring team in the majors. But today Chris Tillman will have to turn around his problems pitching against the Blue Jays - both this year and in his career. In four starts this

Wieters on wrist injury; Showalter, Wright and Joseph discuss O’s loss to Jays

TORONTO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter revealed after today’s game that catcher Matt Wieters was not available this afternoon. He provided that information when asked about not using Wieters or anyone else as a possible pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of the O’s 5-1 loss to Toronto. The Orioles had runners on first and second with one out and had just ended David Price’s shutout

David Price holds O’s to one run as Blue Jays even series

TORONTO - O’s pitchers held down the high-scoring Toronto Blue Jays last night but could not do it two days in a row. The Orioles also had their own problems at bat against Blue Jays ace David Price. After scoring 17 runs their past two games, the O’s offense was held to one this afternoon in a 5-1 loss to Toronto in front of a

O’s game blog: Notes on Davis and the offense, quotes from Showalter and Givens

TORONTO - With five homers his last three games, Chris Davis is the first Oriole to have five home runs in a three-game run since Mark Reynolds did so, July 2-4, 2011. The last major league player with five home runs in a three-game stretch was the Nationals’ Bryce Harper, May 6-9, 2015. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Davis has 26 homers against the

More notes and quotes from Orioles’ blowout win Friday at Toronto

TORONTO - The Orioles put an end to one impressive Toronto Blue Jays streak last night. Until their 10-2 loss to the Orioles on Friday, the Blue Jays had allowed seven or fewer runs in all 42 games since the All-Star break and were 31-11. The 42-game streak was a club record and the longest in MLB this year. Last night’s loss for Toronto was

Davis on his big night, plus Showalter, Wieters and Jimenez postgame quotes

TORONTO -- First baseman Chris Davis tonight became the first Oriole to ever have two 40-homer seasons. He hit his 39th and 40th and drove in three in the O’s 10-2 rout of Toronto. “It means a lot,” Davis said. “I really don’t focus a whole lot on personal goals. My goal is to come in here every day and do what I can to

Chris Davis homers twice, reaches 40 for year, as Orioles trounce Toronto

TORONTO - Chris Davis had another good night. The Orioles’ slugging first baseman homered twice again tonight and became the first player in the majors to reach 40 homers as the Orioles hammered first-place Toronto 10-2 at Rogers Centre in front of a sellout crowd of 46,201. The Orioles slowed a red-hot Blue Jays team that went 21-6 in August and was 31-11 since the

O’s game blog: Showalter on Hardy’s impending return and more on tonight’s game

TORONTO - The Orioles fully expect J.J. Hardy to be back in their lineup on Tuesday when he is eligible to come off the DL. He went on the disabled list Aug. 24 with a left groin strain. “He’s doing good and hopefully will be playing shorstop for us Tuesday in New York,” manager Buck Showalter said this afternoon. “He’s very close now. Brady (Anderson)

Miguel Gonzalez on going on the DL; Mike Wright on his start Saturday

TORONTO -- Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez officially went on the disabled list today, retroactive to Monday, with right shoulder tendinitis. He still intends to pitch again this year and hopes to do some throwing sometime next week. “That’s the goal,” he said today in the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre. “As soon as we start throwing, we’ll see if I can get on the mound.

Is O’s staff ready for challenge of Toronto? (Bowie wins division title)

As you know, the Orioles have had plenty of problems on offense recently, but they’ve had their share on the mound as well. The Tampa Bay Rays rank 14th out of 15 American League teams in runs scored. But in three games at Camden Yards this week, the Rays produced 23 runs, 38 hits and seven homers off Baltimore pitching. O’s starters pitched a combined

The infield or the mound? That was the question in 2009 for Mychal Givens

Would he get drafted as a position player or a pitcher? That was a good question, and heading into the First-Year Player Draft in 2009, Orioles reliever Mychal Givens wasn’t sure of the answer. Back then, were there more teams looking at him as a shortstop or a pitcher? “I have no idea,” Givens said as he pondered that question recently in the Orioles clubhouse.

O’s game blog: Orioles have allowed 17 runs in series against Tampa Bay

After losing by scores of 6-3 and 11-2 the past two nights against Tampa Bay, the Orioles need a win tonight to avoid being swept for the third time in their last four series. They got swept four straight by Minnesota, then lost three of four at Kansas City, lost three in a row at Texas and now have lost the first two against the

Minor league notes on Reyes, Miranda, Berry and more, plus playoff updates

The Orioles’ Triple-A Norfolk affiliate beat Charlotte 6-3 last night and is closing in on a division title. At 76-61, the Tides lead the division by four games over Gwinnett with seven games left. Norfolk hosts Gwinnett in a doubleheader today and if the Tides were to sweep the doubleheader and have Charlotte lose at Durham, Norfolk would clinch the South Division of the International

Did any fans really see this collapse coming? (plus more from Cal Ripken Jr.)

As the Orioles’ free fall continues, I read some comments here on the blog where fans say they knew this was coming and that this was always a flawed team. I see that as bravado in some cases and venting in others. I wonder if some fans are truly being honest here. If they are, then great. You called it. But, less than two weeks

Adam Jones on the frustration of the Orioles’ latest loss and more

It was another night where the Orioles lost and outfielder Adam Jones was pretty much a spokesman for the clubhouse, trying to provide insight into why the Orioles are struggling so badly right now and explain what they will try to do to reverse the trend. Jones was asked if he could pinpoint the issue. “Nothing to pinpoint,” he said. “If you pinpoint something, that

Another night, another loss: O’s routed 11-2 by Tampa Bay

During an awful stretch of baseball in which the Orioles’ offense and pitching have both struggled, the O’s saw both trends continue tonight. Chris Tillman allowed seven runs over 4 2/3 innings as the Tampa Bay Rays routed the Orioles 11-2 at Camden Yards. At least the pregame ceremonies involving Cal Ripken Jr. were entertaining because that all changed once the game started. In losing

O’s game blog: Ripken on the 2,131 anniversary, tonight’s game and more

Before throwing out the first pitch tonight to celebrate the 20th anniversary of 2,131, Cal Ripken Jr. met with reporters. Here are some of the highlights from that press conference: “In some ways it feels like it was yesterday. Although when I see my kids - Rachel is 26 and Ryan is 22 and they were two and six then - in some ways it

Jones on Ripken; Johnson and Drake on rejoining Orioles

Tonight, the Orioles will celebrate the 20th anniversary of when Cal Ripken Jr. played his 2,131st consecutive game, passing New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig at Camden Yards. The Orioles will be on the road Sunday for the actual anniversary date of Sept. 6, 1995. Before tonight’s game against Tampa Bay, Ripken will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. From approximately 5:30-6:30 p.m., the Orioles

Steve Johnson on his return, Bowie is in the playoffs and O’s lose again

Right-hander Steve Johnson was back in the Orioles clubhouse yesterday. He has had a very strong season with Triple-A Norfolk and is expected to be added by the Orioles as rosters can be expanded today. Johnson went 4-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 32 appearances with the Tides, with 16 walks and 67 strikeouts over 54 2/3 innings. He held left-handed batters to a .197

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