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Darren O’Day on tonight’s loss and Zach Britton’s injury (plus other clubhouse quotes)

It was the sight the Orioles did not want to see: their All-Star closer walking gingerly off the field tonight in the top of the ninth inning. Zach Britton suffered a sprained left ankle while trying to field a bunt single by White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton. For now, Britton’s status is day-to-day until the Orioles find out more about the injury on Sunday.

Jose Abreu’s single in ninth lifts Chicago to wild 8-7 win at Camden Yards

The Orioles lost a tough game tonight to the Chicago White Sox and also saw their All-Star closer walk off the field with an apparent leg injury. They’ve had better nights at Camden Yards. Zach Britton came on for the ninth in a 7-7 tie. After two strikeouts, he allowed a bunt single up the first base line to Adam Eaton. Britton fielded the ball

O’s game blog: Orioles look to run win streak to four against Chicago

There are a few ups and downs in a long season and the Orioles offense can certainly attest to that. In the last four games of the Orioles’ road trip that ended on Wednesday, their offense produced just five runs. But in the first two games of this series against the Chicago White Sox, the Orioles have scored 16 runs on 23 hits. Can the

Brad Brach on his rare misstep and the bullpen’s strong start

Orioles reliever Brad Brach has been so good this year that when something doesn’t go his way, it almost catches you off guard. The right-hander took an ERA of 0.68 and opponent average against of .095 to the mound last night in the seventh inning. The Orioles were holding a 3-2 lead on the Chicago White Sox. Second baseman Brett Lawrie, whose error had cost

Zach Britton’s take on Mike Wright and that diving play for last out

Orioles relief pitcher Zach Britton knows a little something about being a young and promising starting pitcher. He was one once and now is the Orioles’ All-Star closer. After he got the final three outs last night as the O’s beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3, I asked him if he has seen right-hander Mike Wright make progress in recent starts and in what ways.

Nolan Reimold on the bunt sign that never came, plus other clubhouse quotes

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold said he thought he might get a bunt sign. In the Chicago clubhouse, White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon said he thought Reimold would, as well. But Rodon threw the pitch with two on and none out in the Orioles seventh and there was no bunt. Batting in a 3-3 tie, Reimold hit an opposite-field three-run homer to right to give

Reimold’s tiebreaking three-run homer lifts O’s over White Sox

After seeing a 3-1 lead disappear tonight over the sixth and seventh innings and turn into a 3-3 tie, the Orioles moved quickly to get back in front. Their old friend the longball showed up just in time. Nolan Reimold’s three-run homer to right snapped the 3-3 tie and lifted the Orioles to a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at chilly Camden Yards.

O’s game blog: It’s Mike Wright against Carlos Rodon at Camden Yards

After hitting just three home runs over an eight-game stretch, the Orioles hit three in one game last night. They beat the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Thursday to start a four-game series and 10-game homestand. The Orioles’ 31 homers rank fourth in the majors behind Arizona (36), St. Louis (33) and Colorado (33). The Orioles are 6-2 when they hit two or more homers.

Adam Jones on the Marvin Miller award presentation and his offense so far

In a pregame presentation this evening, Orioles’ outfielder Adam Jones will receive the prestigious Players Choice Award as 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year. Jones’ teammate and Orioles player representative Darren O’Day will make the presentation. Jones was selected via a secret ballot of all major leaguers. The award is named in honor of the Major League Baseball Players Association’s first executive director and

A few stats, quotes and notes on O’s impressive home record

The Orioles’ win last night over Chicago improved their home record to 8-1. That is the best home record in the major leagues. Kansas City, at 8-3, has the second-best American League home record. The Orioles have pitched well at home this year with an ERA of 2.09 and a .219 batting average against. They have outscored their opponents 42-21 and out-homered them 13-6 at

Machado on his grand slam and more, plus other clubhouse quotes

The Orioles were already leading the Chicago White Sox by four runs when Manny Machado batted against Jake Petricka with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. He looked to put a jolt into the ball and he did. Machado hit his second career grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs in the Orioles’ 10-2 win over the White Sox. Beating the team

Machado with a grand slam as O’s rout Chicago 10-2

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had a rare run of four straight games without a hit. He ended that tonight. And the Orioles ended the Chicago White Sox’s six-game winning streak. The Sox entered with an American League best 16-6 record and a team ERA of 2.24. But they allowed a season-high in runs tonight as the O’s beat Chicago 10-2 to start a four-game

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson on the mound in series opener

Since scoring eight runs in a win at Kansas City on Saturday night, the Orioles have scored just one, zero, one and three in their last four games. As they try to break out on offense, they begin a 10-game homestand tonight against the team with the best pitching so far in the American League. The Orioles host the 16-6 Chicago White Sox to start

Bullpen battle: O’s, Sox rank one-two in bullpen ERA

Will we see a battle of the bullpens at Camden Yards over the next four days when two American League division leaders meet? The AL East leading Orioles (12-8) host the AL Central leading Chicago White Sox (16-6), who own the best record in the American League. The White Sox have gotten off to a stunning start on the mound. Their pitchers have allowed one

Pitching takes a turn for the better as first-place White Sox arrive

In the 2014 season, Chris Tillman went 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA. How many times this winter did we discuss that he needed to return to his 2014 form for the Orioles? Well, we have seen him make five starts so far and he is 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA. He gave the Orioles a huge effort last night with 6 2/3 scoreless on two

Chris Tillman with a gem, Joey Rickard with a blast as O’s beat Tampa Bay

Chris Tillman was dominant. Joey Rickard was clutch. That duo led the Orioles to a much-needed 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays tonight. The Orioles had lost the first two games of the series. The Orioles ended a three-game slide and improve to 12-8. They completed a 2-4 road trip and will return to Camden Yards tomorrow night still in first place. The Birds

O’s game blog: A look at the O’s and the home run ball so far

We all know the Orioles offense is very reliant on the home run ball. That is clearly true through the small sample of the 19 games the team has played so far this year. The simple stat of runs scored in relation to homers hit points that out. When the Orioles don’t homer, they score fewer runs than when they hit one homer. When they

A look at the struggling offense and the thriving bullpen

The Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays have good pitching, and the Orioles can attest to that. In losing four of five on this road trip to those two teams, the O’s scored four runs total in those losses. The offense that looked so special to start the season has slowed and it has really been for more than just a few games. Over

O’s offense slowed again in 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay

The Orioles are still looking to get their suddenly cold bats going. That, along with a poorly located 0-2 pitch, led to their latest loss tonight. After winning their first three series against American League East opponents, the Orioles will not win this series. Since their 7-0 start, the Orioles are 4-8 after falling tonight 3-1 to Tampa Bay. The Orioles are 1-4 on this

O’s game blog: O’s have scored three runs in the three losses on road trip

We didn’t expect to say this a lot this season, but the Orioles need to get their offense going tonight when they play the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. The Orioles are 1-3 on this road trip. They scored eight runs in the win on Saturday at Kansas City. But in the three losses, they have been held to three runs and 14 hits.

A look at Mike Wright through three starts: Is he showing signs of progress?

When the Orioles drafted Mike Wright in the third round out of East Carolina in 2011, they looked at a few numbers they liked about the right-hander. He was 6-foot-6 and he could throw 96 mph. You can’t teach that. The Orioles could envision Wright advancing to the majors and become a big, strong and durable innings eater who had mid-90s heat. In 2013, Wright

Chris Archer shuts down Orioles in series opener at The Trop

It looks like Chris Archer’s struggles this season and against the Orioles are over. Archer pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings tonight as the Rays beat the Orioles 2-0 at Tropicana Field. Behind the right-hander’s strong outing, Tampa Bay takes the opener of this three-game series. The Orioles fall to 1-3 on this road trip, 6-3 against the American League East and to 11-7 on the

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman makes season debut facing Tampa Bay

After three rehab starts for three different Orioles minor league affiliates, right-hander Kevin Gausman finally will pitch in a major league game tonight. He makes his Orioles season debut as the Birds face the Rays in the opener of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Gausman went two innings and threw 47 pitches in his first rehab start. Then he threw 77 pitches over 3

Minor league notes on Yastrzemski, Mancini, Janish and more

Double-A Bowie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski today was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. Yastrzemski hit .438 (14-for-32) with three doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs and seven runs scored during the week. This all followed a slow start for the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, who was hitting .143 after eight games. But since then, the

Hyun Soo Kim on his improvements at the plate (Trey Mancini to Triple-A)

After he struggled in spring training and then declined an assignment to the minor leagues, there are probably quite a few people surprised that Hyun Soo Kim has a .500 batting average right now. Sure it is only a handful of at-bats, but in spring training Kim hit just .178 and looked overmatched at times. The first Korean-born player in Orioles history now also has

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 6-1 loss at Kansas City

KANSAS CITY - It was a day when a close game got away from the Orioles in the last of the seventh inning. It was a day when their offense was held to one run on four hits - and none for extra bases - in a 6-1 loss to Kansas City. The Orioles had a chance to pull out a 4-2 run against Toronto

Mychal Givens on his slider (O’s lose 6-1)

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles took a 1-0 lead into the last of the fourth inning today at Kauffman Stadium. If they win, they’ll take the series and improve to 12-5. Manny Machado, the league’s leading hitter at .397, walked with one out in the first against Yordano Ventura. He reached second on Adam Jones’ infield single and scored on Mark Trumbo’s two-out single to

O’s game blog: Orioles looking for a series win in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles have won four of their five series this year. Today, they have a chance to add another series victory if they can beat the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The teams have exchanged wins this weekend. Mike Moustakas homered and drove in three runs on Friday as K.C. beat the Birds 4-2. Last night, the Orioles recorded a season-high

Tyler Wilson is staying in O’s rotation (plus other pregame notes)

KANSAS CITY - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that right-hander Tyler Wilson is staying in the rotation - at least for now. He will start for the Orioles on Thursday at home against the Chicago White Sox. Wilson pitched five innings, allowing six hits and three runs, and got the win last night at Kauffman Stadium. He is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.70

Another look back at Saturday’s impressive road win

KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Royals don’t lose very often in their ballpark, but the Orioles pinned an 8-3 loss on them in front of a sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadium last night. Kansas City is now 7-3 at home this year and lost for just the third time in their last 17 home games, counting the 2015 postseason. Adam Jones has played 1,254

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 8-3 win over Kansas City

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles beat Kansas City 8-3 tonight and it was a nice response to last night’s loss. There were plenty of reasons for the win, including starting pitcher Tyler Wilson’s outing, an offense that produced big again and another lockdown game by a bullpen that got big outs. The Orioles improved to 4-4 on the road and 11-5 overall (.688), the best

Kim gets first career RBI (Orioles win 8-3)

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles scored first tonight and their rally included the first major league RBI for Hyun Soo Kim. Starting for the first time since April 13, Kim hit a soft single into center off Royals starter Kris Medlen. It gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. Chris Davis led off the frame with a homer to left estimated to have gone 402 feet.

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson makes his first 2016 start as O’s play K.C.

KANSAS CITY - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has clearly been impressed with right-hander Tyler Wilson. During spring training, he said Wilson throws every pitch like it’s the seventh game of the World Series. Tonight, Wilson will make his first 2016 start and he’ll be facing the Kansas City Royals, a team that played in the last two World Series, winning it last year. In three

Yovani Gallardo will have an MRI on Sunday in Baltimore

KANSAS CITY - When the Orioles put right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the disabled list this afternoon, they announced that he was dealing with right shoulder bicep tendinitis. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters today that was an initial diagnosis and the club will learn much more about the full extent of Gallardo’s injury when he has an MRI tomorrow in Baltimore. “He’ll have an MRI and

Notes on Gallardo, McFarland, Machado, Rickard and more

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles lost the first game of the Toronto series and then won the next two against the defending American League East champs. They lost 4-2 to Kansas City last night and now will try to win the next two games against the defending World Series champs. The Royals had two runs after two pitches last night against right-hander Yovani Gallardo. A

Yovani Gallardo and Buck Showalter on Gallardo’s early exit

KANSAS CITY - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said tonight’s starter, Yovani Gallardo, told him his shoulder didn’t feel right after he had pitched the last of the second inning. Gallardo was taken out of the game at that point and will now head to Baltimore for further examination on Saturday. Gallardo allowed hits to the first three batters he faced, and gave up three runs

Yovani Gallardo exits after two innings (Orioles lose 4-2)

KANSAS CITY - The Toronto Blue Jays went just 1-for-23 to end last night’s game against Orioles pitchers. The Kansas City Royals went 3-for-3, including a homer, to start tonight’s game against Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo, who began tonight 1-0 with a ERA of 5.63, allowed three runs and four hits in the last of the first as Kansas City went ahead 3-0. Before tonight, Gallardo

O’s game blog: Yovani Gallardo on the mound in K.C. series opener

KANSAS CITY - It is a matchup tonight of two American League division leaders and the two clubs with the current best records in the AL. The Orioles (10-4) play at Kauffman Stadium against Kansas City (10-5) in the opener of a three-game series. The defending World Series champion Royals are 6-2 at home and are 13-2 in their last 15 home games dating to

O’s to start Tyler Wilson on Saturday, Kevin Gausman on Monday

KANSAS CITY - It has been a while, but some roster and rotation shuffling is about to begin for the Orioles. They have not had an in-season roster move through the season’s first 14 games, but that will likely change tomorrow. So will the rotation. We know now which pitchers will be starting tomorrow and Monday. As expected, right-hander Kevin Gausman will come off the

After three rehab starts, Kevin Gausman awaits season debut (updated)

KANSAS CITY - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman has made three injury rehab starts, one each with Single-A Frederick, Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. After his most recent outing for Norfolk on Wednesday, it appears his next start could come for the Orioles on Monday or Tuesday on the road against Tampa Bay. But in the Orioles clubhouse earlier here this afternoon, Gausman said he still

After impressive series win against Toronto, it’s on to K.C. for the Orioles

The Orioles’ lead in the American League East was down to 1 1/2 games when they lost to Toronto on Tuesday night at Camden Yards. Now it is 3 1/2 games after they posted impressive back-to-back wins over Toronto. A few clutch hits finally came and O’s pitching was so impressive the last two nights, just at a time when the staff was getting some

O’s push across runs late to beat Toronto 3-2, take series

The Orioles’ leading hitter in 2016 got it done again. The guy that can drive the ball far and produce over 100-mph exit velocities put them ahead with a bloop. Manny Machado’s flare to short right field went for a double and scored Joey Rickard to break a tie in the bottom of the eighth. The Orioles went on to a 3-2 win over Toronto.

O’s game blog: Orioles host Toronto in decisive game of series

When the Orioles host Toronto tonight, for the first time this year they will play a third and deciding game of a three-game series. Toronto won 4-3 on Tuesday night and the Orioles won 4-3 in 10 innings last night. The Orioles played just a single one-run game in their first 11 games - that was a win on opening day - and now have

A look at the O’s minor league affiliates so far

The Orioles’ four full-season minor league affiliates are a combined 21-33 to date. Triple-A Norfolk is 4-9, Double-A Bowie 5-8, high Single-A Frederick 5-9 and Single-A Delmarva 7-7. Norfolk had scored just 31 runs in its first 11 games and then the Tides burst out in a big way during Tuesday’s 20-4 win at Charlotte. The 20 runs were the most a Tides club has

Joey Rickard on the win and some impressive Manny Machado stats

For Orioles rookie outfielder Joey Rickard, the night began with him facing a knuckleball pitcher for the first time ever. It ended with him on second base, where he had a good view of the first walk-off win via a passed ball in Orioles history. “It was exciting,” Rickard said of the Orioles’ 4-3 win over Toronto in 10 innings. “We put ourselves in a

Caleb Joseph and Ubaldo Jimenez comments after O’s win over Toronto

For eight innings tonight, from the second through the ninth, the Orioles did not score and were held to just four hits. For just the second time all season, they failed to hit a homer. They let a 3-0 lead turn into a 3-3 tie. But in the end, they won. It was the first win in Orioles team history on a walk-off passed ball,

O’s beat Jays 4-3 in 10 on a walk-off passed ball

It was a walk-off win on a passed ball. Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole let a 1-1 pitch to Adam Jones with the bases loaded get away from him and the Orioles posted a 4-3 walk-off win in 10 innings. Caleb Joseph scored the winning run that gives the Orioles a 9-4 record. It was the Orioles’ second walk-off win. The other was opening day.

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound in second game against Toronto

The Orioles played their second one-run game of the season and lost 4-3 last night. They try to even this three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Camden Yards. Manny Machado hit a solo shot and Matt Wieters a two-run homer last night. For the seventh time this year and third game in a row, the Orioles hit two or more homers. They’ve

Another first for Joey Rickard as he faces R.A. Dickey tonight

For his next trick, Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard will try to hit a knuckleball off a pitcher 17 years his senior. He’ll bat leadoff tonight and face 41-year-old R.A. Dickey as the Orioles play the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Rickard has played in 359 games in the minors but said this afternoon he has never faced a knuckleball. “I lot of guys have been

Did Wright take a step forward last night? (Plus Schoop on the power)

The Orioles have lost four of their last five games since their 7-0 start. They were 5-0 at home this year and 10-0 at home since the second game of a doubleheader last Sept. 30 until last night’s loss to Toronto. On the plus side, O’s starting pitchers have now gone exactly six innings three straight games. O’s starters went six innings or more just

Clubhouse quotes from Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright, Matt Wieters and Manny Machado

The Orioles won’t go unbeaten at home this year. They saw a 10-game home winning streak end tonight in a 4-3 loss to Toronto. It dated to Game 2 of a doubleheader last Sept. 30 and the streak was tied for the seventh-longest in team history. He only pitched two innings tonight, but reliever Tyler Wilson pointed a finger at himself for the loss. After

Matt Wieters and Manny Machado homer, but O’s drop series opener

The Orioles got a quality start for just the second time this season. But it did not lead to a win. Toronto’s Marcus Stroman allowed three runs over seven innings as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 4-3 in the opener of a three-game series at Camden Yards. The Orioles have lost four of the last five games after a 7-0 start to fall to

O’s game blog: Mike Wright on the mound in Toronto series opener

When the Orioles (8-3) open a series against the Toronto Blue Jays (7-7) tonight at Camden Yards, right-hander Mike Wright will once again be pitching on extra rest. Wright’s first scheduled start was pushed back twice - once by a rainout - and he didn’t make his first start until April 12 in the Orioles’ seventh game of the year. Then, after Sunday’s rainout at

Mark Trumbo on his fast start and co-AL Player of the Week award

For those uncomfortable with small sample size stats, skip to another paragraph. For the rest, the Orioles’ Mark Trumbo and Manny Machado are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the American League in both batting average and slugging percentage. Trumbo is batting .386 and slugging .750, with Machado at .383 and .723. Trumbo’s best months have usually been April and May. Why is he a

Is the O’s staff making progress with putaway pitches?

When interviewing Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman on Friday night at Single-A Frederick, he made an interesting comment about the 2015 O’s pitching staff. When asked about his outing that night, where he recorded eight strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings, as part of his answer, he talked about last year’s pitching staff. “I threw pitches out of the zone when I wanted to and I was

Orioles trade minor league outfielder Alfredo Marte to Phillies

The Orioles began today with six outfielders on the roster of their Triple-A affiliate at Norfolk. They have now reduced that by one by trading Alfredo Marte to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a player to be named. With the open roster spot, the Tides activated right-handed pitcher Scott McGough. The O’s acquired him Friday off waivers from the Miami Marlins. The 27-year-old Marte,

A look at the O’s minor league pitcher that started his career with 32 2/3 scoreless innings

He has a unique name and a career ERA of 0.00 on the O’s farm since being drafted in June. But most fans have never heard his name, as unforgettable as it is. Right-hander Christian Turnipseed has pitched in 24 games since the 2015 draft and has not allowed a run over 32 2/3 innings. He did allow two inherited runners to score while pitching

With the team ERA rising, can the pitchers step up? (O’s rained out)

With nine outs to go for a 9-2 start, it unraveled for the Orioles in the seventh inning last night at Texas. The same inning where their bats exploded about 24 hours earlier. Obviously, the Orioles pitching needs to turn it around. They have allowed 23 runs during a 1-3 stretch. The rotation ERA is 5.14 on the year and an unsightly 7.05 over the

It unravels for the Orioles in the seventh as Texas rallies to win

The seventh inning was pivotal for the second night in a row. This time, just not for the Orioles. The Rangers scored six runs in the last of the seventh to come from 4-2 down and beat the Orioles 8-4 tonight. The Rangers have taken two of the first three in this series at Globe Life Park to improve to 7-6 as the Orioles fall

O’s game blog: The Orioles have scored 34 runs on this road trip

To say the least, the Orioles offense is humming along pretty well through 10 games. Last night, the Orioles scored nine or more runs for the third time in the last five games. In the five games of the road trip, they have scored 34 runs and that includes two games where they scored five total. They have hit 12 homers in that span. With

Some of the Orioles’ top hitting prospects get off to good starts on farm

Let’s take a quick look at the Orioles’ minor league teams so far. It’s very early obviously, but right now none of the O’s teams at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick or Single-A Delmarva have a winning record. Norfolk is 2-6 and has scored just 24 runs with a 5.70 team ERA. Bowie is 1-7 with a 6.17 team ERA. Both the Keys and

Kevin Gausman and Brian Matusz talk about their night in Frederick (plus other notes)

FREDERICK - The Single-A Frederick Keys have long been a team that draws well at the gate. But last night’s attendance produced a big crowd even for the Keys, as 5,712 came to Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. They came to see two Orioles pitch on injury rehab assignments. The Keys lost 4-0 to Lynchburg, but the fans got to see right-hander Kevin Gausman

O’s game blog: Birds hoping to get back on track against Perez

After starting the season with seven straight wins, the Orioles find themselves in the midst of a slight skid after back-to-back losses. The losses were going to come eventually, but making sure each step back is followed by multiple steps forward is important to the team’s long-term goal of returning to the postseason. They’ll get that chance tonight against the Rangers’ Martin Perez. Fortunately, the

Rotation starts to falter as Orioles drop back-to-back games

It was a frustrating first game of the series for the Orioles last night in Texas. They saw a 3-1 lead quickly unravel when Texas scored five in the last of the sixth. They stranded three runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings, including squandering a second-and-third opportunity with no outs in the fifth. Mark Trumbo hit another homer as he drilled

Texas erupts for five runs in sixth, rallies to beat the Orioles 6-3

For the Orioles tonight, the combination of a few missed chances on offense and one rough half inning on the mound led to a defeat at Texas. The Rangers scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth - all charged to starter Chris Tillman - and beat the Orioles 6-3 to start a four-game series at Globe Life Park. The Orioles have lost back-to-back

O’s game blog: Is bullpen in good shape going into Texas series?

As the Orioles begin a four-game series tonight against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park, is their bullpen already getting used too much? Well, the fact that O’s starters have pitched more than five innings just once in eight games tells you the answer is yes. But the bullpen still is in pretty decent shape heading into this series. The O’s have Tyler Wilson,

Dylan Bundy impresses a veteran teammate (plus other notes)

Orioles right-handed reliever Dylan Bundy has now made four major league appearances - two in 2012 and two this season. The player ranked as the Orioles’ No. 1 prospect a whopping five times (2011 through 2015), pitched more than one inning for the first time as an Oriole on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The 23-year-old right-hander had a solid outing. Over 2 1/3 innings,

Ubaldo Jimenez struggles as O’s suffer first loss of 2016

On a night when both starting pitchers struggled, the game was played at times at a laborious pace. The Orioles made a couple of outs on the bases. It was just not a crisp night for Baltimore. But it was a long one, as the Orioles lost for the first time this season. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez gave up four runs and six hits over five

O’s game blog: Orioles have gotten some clutch pitching in 7-0 start

Clutch pitching has been a big part of the Orioles’ 7-0 start. The Orioles are second in the majors in batting average against with runners in scoring position. When their opponents have hit with RISP, they are batting just .140 (7-for-50) with 16 strikeouts. In the opening series, Twins hitters went just 2-for-21 (.095). Tampa Bay then went 2-for-10 (.200) over two games. Boston batters

A look at the Orioles’ minor league affiliates, who went 1-3 this afternoon

This was a rare day on the Orioles farm, as all four full-season affiliates played day games. Here is how it went: Triple-A Norfolk lost 8-1 at home to Charlotte to fall to 2-4. Tides starter Odrisamer Despaigne allowed nine hits and seven runs over four innings. He is 0-2 and has an ERA of 8.00 through two starts. Right-fielder Dariel Alvarez went 1-for-4 and

A few notes and stats on a 7-0 start

According to ESPN Stats and Info and Elias Sports, the Orioles are the 28th team since 1903 to start 7-0 or better. Five of those teams went on to win the World Series, including the 2015 Kansas City Royals. Until Monday, no Orioles team had ever started 6-0, and now this club is 7-0 and tonight going for its third straight series sweep to the

J.J. Hardy homers twice as O’s go to 7-0 with win at Boston

It looks like the Orioles offense has come to life. Tonight, they used all parts of the ballpark to hit three homers and beat Boston 9-5 at Fenway Park. The Orioles scored seven consecutive runs after falling behind 4-2 on their way to the first 7-0 start in Baltimore Orioles team history. Shortstop J.J. Hardy hit not one, but two homers into the right field

O’s game blog: Orioles look to stay unbeaten against the Red Sox

Now owners of the first 6-0 start in Orioles’ team history, the Birds look for the first-ever 7-0 beginning to a season when they play the Red Sox at Fenway Park tonight. It’s the second game of a three-game series and seven-game road trip. According to the Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN Stats & Info, the Orioles are the first team from the American League

A look around the minors and the Birdland Passport program is back

Let’s take a look around the Orioles’ minor league affiliates, as Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, high Single-A Frederick and low Single-A Delmarva have combined for an 8-11 start. NORFOLK After an 0-3 start, Norfolk has won back-to-back games, scoring 16 runs. Norfolk scored three runs in the seventh last night and two in the eighth to rally past Charlotte 7-6 after trailing 6-2. Former Oriole

Dan Duquette provides the backstory on O’s acquisition of Joey Rickard

In the Camden Yards warehouse, the Orioles’ stats analysts could see that outfielder Joey Rickard made big improvements last year during a season where he played at three different minor league levels in the Tampa Bay organization. Later, in the dugouts in the Dominican Winter League in Oct., Nov. and Dec., an O’s staff member got an up-close and first-hand look at Rickard. It turned

Chris Davis’ three-run homer in ninth lifts O’s to win and 6-0 start

Earl Weaver would approve. The Orioles used a pair of three-run homers today to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-7 and ruin the 105th home opener in Fenway Park history. The Orioles improved to 6-0 for the first time in team history. This was just the second time in 12 years that Boston lost its home opener. The Orioles’ three-run shots came off Boston’s two

O’s game blog: It’s Gallardo against Price in road trip opener

The Orioles begin their first road trip of the 2016 season this afternoon when they play the first game of a three-game series at Fenway Park in Boston. The last time the Orioles played there they were shutout three straight games last Sept. 25-27 by scores of 7-0, 8-0 and 2-0. The Orioles hit just .129 (12-for-93) with only two extra-base hits (both doubles) in

Machado on the pitchers: “If they lock in ... the sky is the limit for us”

This is the Orioles’ 63rd season and for just the second time they have a 5-0 start. The 1970 and 2016 Orioles are the only teams in club history to do that. The current O’s are the only unbeaten team in the majors and lead the American League East by two games heading into today’s series opener in Boston. While several hitters have gotten off

Hyun Soo Kim on his first game and hit, plus Manny Machado and Vance Worley quotes

Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim made his major league debut today in the Orioles’ 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of infield hits as he became the first Korean-born player in Orioles history. After hearing a few boos on opening day, Kim heard what sounded like almost all cheers today as he batted for the first time and singled

Manny Machado homers, goes 4-for-4 as O’s win to go to 5-0

Score early and hold them off late. Get some help from Manny Machado. The Orioles used that formula this afternoon to post a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at cold Camden Yards, completing an unbeaten homestand. They sweep the rain-shortened two-game series and have the second 5-0 start in team history. The world champion 1970 Orioles also began the year 5-0. With the

O’s game blog: Vance Worley makes his season debut and faces Tampa Bay

Their season-opening homestand shortened now to five games by last night’s postponement, the Orioles look to sweep what is now a two-game series against Tampa Bay. A win today would give them just the second 5-0 start in team history and match the 1970 Orioles. Right-hander Vance Worley makes his 2016 season debut this afternoon facing Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Worley went 4-6 with

First start pushed back yet again, Mike Wright looks forward to season debut

Orioles right-hander Mike Wright left spring training as the club’s No. 4 starter. He was set to make his first 2016 start on Friday night against Tampa Bay. Then Chris Tillman pitched just two innings on opening day due to rain and had his next start moved up to Friday. Wright would have to wait another day, as he was pushed back to start last

Taking another look at the Orioles’ 4-0 start

The weather has been bad and the Orioles have been good. That pretty much sums up the first few days of the 2016 baseball season in Baltimore. After losses yesterday by the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates, the Orioles are the only unbeaten team remaining in the major leagues. They sure tried hard to get Saturday’s game in. Other area teams postponed games, but the

O’s game blog: O’s look for 5-0 start against the Rays (tonight’s game postponed)

As we approach the scheduled start time of tonight’s game here, the tarp is still on the field and the start will be delayed. The Orioles announced that the start is being delayed by the threat of inclement weather. An expected start time will be announced as soon as possible, the club said. They still hope to play baseball at chilly Camden Yards tonight. The

Kevin Gausman updates his comeback and Darren O’Day talks bullpen depth

His scheduled start at Double-A Bowie tonight has been rained out, so right-hander Kevin Gausman is now expected to pitch at Bowie tomorrow afternoon at 2:05 p.m. and then at Single-A Frederick on Friday as he works his way back to the Orioles rotation. Gausman received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder on March 20 and has been engaged in a throwing program. He

Wieters on his 10-pitch at-bat and more, plus Matusz on pitching in Bowie

The Orioles have their first 4-0 start since 2011. They have now won four or more consecutive games to begin a season for the eighth time in franchise history. The club’s best-ever start was 5-0 in 1970. They have outscored their opponents 17-7, allowing two, two, two and one run in those games. Their team ERA is 1.50 and the starters’ ERA is 1.42. They’ve

Manny Machado on the offense against Chris Archer, Chris Tillman on the pitching

He might be one of the best pitchers in the American League, but Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer does not have a good record against the Orioles. He is now 2-5 with a 5.03 ERA in 10 career games after the Orioles beat him 6-1 tonight. Archer allowed a career-high four homers with three coming in the fifth inning in a span of five batters.

O’s use homer barrage to bash Archer and Rays 6-1

Last year, when he finished fifth in the American League Cy Young voting, Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer gave up three homers in a game just once in 34 starts. Tonight he gave up three homers in the fifth inning. The O’s bashed Archer for six runs on 10 hits with four total homers over five frames tonight in a 6-1 win over Tampa Bay.

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman faces Chris Archer in O’s-Rays series opener

When the Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays tonight in their first American League East game of 2016, we’ll find out if right-hander Chris Tillman can pick up where he left off on Monday afternoon. Tillman was carrying some strong stuff when he pitched two scoreless innings opening day against Minnesota before he did not return to the game after a rain delay. He retired

Caleb Joseph on throwing out runners last night and a good start for the pitchers

In his first start of the year last night, catcher Caleb Joseph had a big impact on the Orioles’ 4-2 win. He caught three pitchers who combined to give up just two runs, no walks and 12 strikeouts. He also threw out two runners trying to steal second base, including pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez with Dylan Bundy on the mound nursing a one-run lead in the

Notes on the sweep, Rickard on the Rays and opening night on the farm

Last year, the Orioles went 0-7 against Minnesota and this season they are 3-0 after a three-game sweep. Last year, the Orioles went 38-45 in one and two-run games. This year they are 3-0 in such games. The Orioles pitched well and won three close games against the Twins, coming from a 2-0 deficit to win last night 4-2. The Orioles are the only 3-0

Joey Rickard and the reluctant curtain call (more clubhouse quotes)

For Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard, it was a reluctant curtain call. It’s not that he didn’t greatly appreciate the crowd chanting his name after he hit his first major league home run in the eighth inning tonight. It’s just - as he would later explain - not exactly something he would do. But with some prodding from a teammate, Rickard took his first major league

Ubaldo Jimenez goes seven, O’s rally to win and sweep Twins

A rain delay, a rally and a win. And a Joey Rickard curtain call. The O’s started a winning rally before a brief rain delay of 21 minutes in the bottom of the seventh. When play resumed they scored twice to go from trailing by one run to leading by one. They won 4-2 tonight to record an impressive season-opening three-game sweep of the Minnesota

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound as O’s go for sweep

After posting 3-2 and 4-2 wins over Minnesota the last two nights, the Orioles seek a three-game sweep of the Twins tonight at Camden Yards. Their last three-game home sweep of Minnesota came April 6-8, 2012. After going 0-7 versus Minnesota in 2015 and being outscored 43-18, the O’s could have a 3-0 start this season with a victory tonight. O’s pitching has allowed just

Joey Rickard talks about batting leadoff and playing in center field

For his next trick with the Orioles, Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard will replace Adam Jones in center field and bat leadoff. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters this afternoon that Jones is sore in the rib area and that it happened during his final at-bat last night. The hope is he can play tomorrow night, but he’s not in the lineup tonight, so Rickard not

Brad Brach gets a huge out as the bullpen steps up in Game 2

Even after just a couple of days of the new season, there is just one unbeaten team in the America League East and only two in the entire AL. The Orioles and Tigers are 2-0. In the very small sample size of two games, first baseman Chris Davis said he’ll take this starting pitching - just one run allowed over seven innings by Chris Tillman

Yovani Gallardo on his first O’s win, Chris Davis on season’s first homer and more

Right-hander Yovani Gallardo didn’t have his best command. But he does have his first Orioles victory. “It’s exciting. Always a good feeling. Had to battle. Had to battle as I got into some deep counts. But we got the victory and that is the most important thing,” Gallardo said after pitching the Orioles past Minnesota 4-2 at chilly Camden Yards. He went five innings, allowing

Yovani Gallardo wins his debut and Chris Davis homers as O’s top Twins

He didn’t get as deep into the game as he would certainly like, but right-hander Yovani Gallardo went far enough to pitch his way to a win in his Orioles debut tonight. Gallardo gave up just two hits and one run over five innings in the chill of Camden Yards as the O’s beat Minnesota 4-2 to start the year 2-0 in front of 12,622

O’s game blog: Yovani Gallardo makes O’s debut tonight against Twins

After winning on opening day for the sixth consecutive season, the Orioles will look for a 2-0 start tonight in the second game of their series against the Minnesota Twins. Matt Wieters’ single in the last of the ninth Monday afternoon gave the O’s a 3-2 walk-off win, their fifth walk-off win on opening day, but their first since 2003. O’s batters went 4-for-11 (.364)

Hardy and Schoop talk about the new rules on slides

A topic of conversation in the Orioles clubhouse today was the slide by Toronto’s Jose Bautista last night that was ruled as illegal because it was determined Bautista tried to grab the leg of Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe, interfering with him. Originally, two runs scored on the ninth-inning play at second base and Toronto moved ahead of Tampa Bay 4-3. Then, after a replay

As O’s debut nears, Yovani Gallardo talks declining strikeout rates and more

When the Orioles added 30-year-old right-hander Yovani Gallardo to their starting rotation, they knew were getting a veteran pitcher with a solid track record. One that has made 30 or more starts seven consecutive seasons, pitching to a career ERA of 3.66. He’s also a pitcher with a career .576 winning percentage at 102-75. But while Gallardo has been a winning pitcher six of seven

Frederick media day: New Keys skipper talks Scott and Reyes

FREDERICK - Looking for their first playoff berth since winning the Carolina League championship in 2011, the Single-A Frederick Keys start a new season on Thursday night. The Keys play at Myrtle Beach to begin a season-opening seven-game road trip. The home opener is April 14 at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Frederick’s new manager is Keith Bodie, who was hitting coach last season

Bowie media day: Gausman to pitch, Mancini on Baysox

BOWIE - The defending Double-A Eastern League champion Bowie Baysox will open a new season at Prince George’s Stadium on Thursday night. Orioles reliever Brian Matusz may pitch during that game for the Baysox. And right-hander Kevin Gausman, who like Matusz is also on the O’s disabled list, is slated to start on Saturday night for Bowie, according to manager Gary Kendall. Gausman, who got

There were a lot of positive signs on opening day for the Orioles

It was just one game and one win. One game to start the marathon that is a major league baseball season. But opening day produced some good signs for the Orioles: * They got some solid at-bats in keys spots, drew five walks and won without hitting a home run* Newcomer Mark Trumbo went 4-for-5 and Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard had two hits and

Joey Rickard on the day and win: “It was amazing” (plus other clubhouse quotes)

For a guy who was playing for the Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs this time last year, this was not a bad day. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard hit .397 this spring and he kept up the pace today on a much bigger stage. Rickard went 2-for-4 on opening day in his major league debut in the Orioles’ 3-2 walk-off win over the Minnesota Twins. “It

Wieters walk-off: O’s catcher singles home game-winner in ninth

A walk-off win on opening day. The Orioles overcame two rain delays today and beat a team they were winless against last year in the season opener. Matt Wieters, who had been 0-for-4, singled with two outs in the last of the ninth to give the O’s a 3-2 victory over Minnesota in front of a chilled sellout crowd of 45,785. Not too many were

O’s game blog: Orioles begin their 63rd season hosting Minnesota

Welcome to the first game blog of the 2016 season. There will be 161 to follow. If you are new here, this is a place where readers comment throughout the game. They react to plays as they happen, discuss strategy and just keep a good conversation going during the game. Welcome in and join in. Don’t wait for the game to start and drop in

Rickard gets advice, Jones on team goals, Britton on the orange carpet

As he gets ready to play in a major league game that counts for the first time in his life, new Orioles outfielder and Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard said he’s gotten some advice from his teammates about opening day. “Guys have been telling me even veteran guys can get nervous on opening day,” Rickard said. “They said embrace it and they have my back.

Manny Machado on his big 2015 season and the excitement of opening day

Coming off a season where he filled up the stat sheet, won another Gold Glove and finished fourth in the American League MVP voting, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is ready to get the new season started. “Opening day - this is where it all begins,” Machado said this morning in the Orioles clubhouse. “All the hard work we’ve done in the offseason and in

Opening day notes and quotes with Chris Tillman, Adam Jones, Hyun Soo Kim and more

Happy opening day, everyone - and welcome to the 2016 Orioles season! When they play ball today at 3:05 p.m. at Camden Yards against Minnesota, right-hander Chris Tillman (11-11, 4.99 ERA in 2015) faces right-hander Ervin Santana (7-5, 4.00 ERA in 2015). In his last seven starts last season, Santana went 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA. While Santana will be making his first opening day

The Orioles’ minor league “break camp” rosters

Here are the Orioles’ “break camp” rosters for their four full-season minor league affiliates. They are Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva. These are preliminary rosters and not completely set for opening day in the minors on Thursday. These rosters are subject to some changes. NORFOLK Pitchers: Todd Redmond, Odrisamer Despaigne, Terry Doyle, Nick Additon, Oliver Drake, Pedro Beato, Richard Rodriguez, Andy

Hyun Soo Kim on making the roster plus minor league rotations and notes

When the Orioles announced their opening day roster this afternoon, outfielder Hyun Soo Kim was on it. He did not accept an asssignment to the minor leagues and the Orioles are not prepared to release him. “Very happy to be on the roster and will try my best,” Kim said through translater Danny Lee this afternoon in the Orioles clubhouse. Kim said, “Not too much,”

A few final questions before the opener

Thankfully, we are almost out of time to predict and project and prognosticate on what may happen during the 2016 baseball season. That is because it starts today for six teams and for the Orioles tomorrow afternoon. The long spring is finally over. But in our final hours leading up to opening day, here are three questions about the 2016 Orioles. There are many others

A few notes on Xavier Avery, Garabez Rosa and winning ways (updated)

While many of us were focused on Hyun Soo Kim, Joey Rickard’s nightly stellar play, Nolan Reimold’s late-spring surge and Garabez Rosa’s seemingly nightly late-inning hit, the X-man was laying in the weeds. Has the Orioles’ 2008 second-round draft pick Xavier Avery made this team? He has had one impressive spring which included a two-run homer to left by the lefty hitter last night in

Hyun Soo Kim indicates he’s still not going to accept a minors assignment

PHILADELPHIA - The Orioles played their final exhibition game tonight in Philadelphia and some roster decisions remain. Chief among them: Will outfielder Hyun Soo Kim make the opening day roster? In his first public comments tonight since the Orioles requested that he accept an assignment to the minor leagues, Kim was asked about his status on the team right now. “Everyone around here are treating

Vance Worley talks about his final spring training outing

PHILADELPHIA - The Phillies added a run in the sixth tonight and now trail the Orioles 6-4 in the eighth in the spring finale. Todd Redmond allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings after Edgar Olmos gave up two solo homers. T.J. McFarland is now pitching. With Zach Phillips outrighted, McFarland’s chances to make this team likely got much better. Vance Worley was scheduled to

After rain delay, O’s get lead against the Phillies

PHILADELPHIA - It’s pouring and very dark, and the Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies are in a rain delay with this game tied 1-1 after two and a half innings at Citizens Bank Park. One day after playing their Grapefruit League finale, the Orioles were back in a major league ballpark tonight for their final spring training game in a matchup with the Phillies. After the

Showalter pregame in Philadelphia on Kim, Gonzalez and more

PHILADELPHIA - There is still no resolution to the situation involving the Orioles and outfielder Hyun Soo Kim. The Orioles would like to send him to the minors to the start the season. But Kim, through his agency, informed the club last night he won’t agree to the assignment. Kim is with the Orioles here tonight for the spring training finale in Philadelphia. “He’s not

Can Joey Rickard produce what the Orioles need? (Plus a look at homegrown pitchers)

If Joey Rickard gets the chance to start in left field for the Orioles, he could bring the team two very needed elements - speed and on-base capability. This spring, through Thursday’s games, Rickard was batting .387 to rank seventh among all American League players during spring training. He ranked third with a .465 OBP and was 22nd in slugging at .565. Rickard also has

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