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Betts hits three homers, Gausman allows three as Boston wins 6-2

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman gave up three home runs in his last start at Houston. Tonight, he gave up three more in the first two innings. Meanwhile Boston’s Mookie Betts hit three in this game by himself. Gausman gave up five early runs tonight. He would settle in, but the damage was done as Boston beat the Orioles 6-2 at Camden Yards. The Red Sox

O’s game blog: It’s Gausman against Rodriguez (plus Keys sweep awards)

It’s a matchup of former Orioles pitching prospects when the Birds host Boston tonight in the second game of this four-game series. Right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-2, 3.24 ERA) pitches against left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who is making his major league season debut for Boston. The Orioles were held to four hits Monday by knuckleballer Steven Wright and Boston hit three homers in a 7-2 win. Ryan

After dropping series opener, can Orioles bounce back tonight against Boston?

The Boston Red Sox lost at Toronto 7-5 on Friday night. Saturday they blew a four-run lead in the eighth inning and lost in walk-off fashion. Sunday, with a chance to be swept, they pulled out a 5-3 win and yesterday they came to Camden Yards and looked impressive in beating the Orioles 7-2. These are no longer the last-place Red Sox. Some of their

Mark Trumbo on battling the knuckler and Tyler Wilson on his outing

After being held to four hits today by knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright in a 7-2 loss to the Red Sox, are the Orioles concerned that chasing that unique pitch for nine innings could mess up their swing for the next few days? Before the game manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t buy that theory and it would make for a convenient excuse. I asked Mark

Boston hits three homers to beat O’s 7-2 in series opener

The Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles at their own game today. After the Orioles scored twice to produce a 2-2 tie, the Red Sox hit three homers to score the game’s next five runs. The Red Sox went on to beat the Orioles 7-2 today in front of 43,926 at Camden Yards. The Red Sox (31-20) open a two-game lead over the Orioles (28-21)

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson faces Steven Wright in Boston series opener

The Orioles are back home after a 4-5 road trip, and today, the top two teams in the American League East meet here this afternoon, as the Orioles (28-20) host the Boston Red Sox (30-20). These two teams have the two best records in the American League, with the Red Sox leading the Orioles by one game atop the division. This begins a 10-game homestand

A few notes and a look at the Orioles-Red Sox series

If it seems like it has been a long time between games within the American League East for the Orioles, that is because it has. The Orioles just completed their longest stretch of the season between games against a division rival. They have played 21 straight non-AL East games since May 7, going 12-9. It was a stretch scheduled for 22 games, shortened by a

Hyun Soo Kim hits first major league homer as O’s top Tribe, take series

One surprising home run and two huge escape acts on the mound were big for the Orioles today. On a day when Chris Tillman allowed three homers and the Orioles blew a 4-0 lead, they still pulled out a 6-4 win at Cleveland. The first career home run by Hyun Soo Kim put the Orioles ahead in the seventh. Yet another clutch pitching performance by

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman on the mound in road trip finale

Out to quickly erase the memory of Saturday’s 11-4 loss where Ubaldo Jimenez allowed six runs and the Orioles fell behind 7-0 after three innings, the O’s play the series and road trip finale today at Cleveland. The Orioles (27-20) gave up runs in six different innings on Saturday, went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and made four errors. So yeah, they expect today

A look at the Tillman-Wieters pairing and some notes on the offense

After a miserable game yesterday and an 11-4 loss at Cleveland, right-hander Chris Tillman (6-1, 2.61 ERA) will take the mound for the Orioles this afternoon. If this game is like the rest of his starts this season, his catcher will be Matt Wieters. Wieters has caught every Tillman start this year, 10 of 10. He has also often caught Kevin Gausman. Caleb Joseph has

After his latest struggles, what is next for Ubaldo Jimenez?

On a day the Orioles hoped that right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez would begin to turn his season around, things instead got worse. With an ERA of 7.81 over his last five starts coming into this game, Jimenez allowed four runs in the first inning today and lasted just 1 2/3 in the Orioles’ 11-4 loss at Cleveland. Now comes the pertinent question: Can the Orioles continue

O’s game blog: A look at today’s game and a few minor league notes

Now that the Orioles have ended that little four-game losing streak, they hope to start to build another winning streak starting this afternoon at Cleveland. Last night’s 6-4 victory came with only six strikeouts, but also with 13 hits. Adam Jones and Manny Machado combined to go 7-for-10 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI. Mark Trumbo hit his 15th homer and the Orioles

Fewer strikeouts, more runs lead to win at Cleveland (plus other notes)

Strikeouts, what strikeouts? Even for a free-swinging team like the Orioles, the series in Houston was an outlier when you look at 52 strikeouts in three games. It was a major league record after all, so not only do we not see that often, we had never seen that. Through Thursday’s games, there were four American League teams striking out at a greater rate than

Machado has four hits, Bundy gets first win as losing streak ends

Three runs on two swings and a highlight-reel double play. After the Orioles’ offensive struggles in Houston, the offense broke out tonight and two big hits in the seventh inning helped lead the way. Their middle infield on defense came up big, too. Tied 3-3 in the seventh, Chris Davis’ RBI double off reliever Zach McAllister gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead. On the next

O’s game blog: A look at Orioles’ strikeout rates in 2015 and 2016

With Adam Jones batting first and Hyun Soo Kim batting second, the Orioles certainly are sending out a new-look lineup in the first game of the series in Cleveland. Maybe Buck Showalter thought, “Why not shake some things up?” The Orioles scored just seven runs and struck out 52 times in Houston, a major league record for a three-game series. The Orioles also went just

More stats on the offense, plus notes on Tolliver, Gallardo and Rickard

HOUSTON - The Houston Astros brought a four-game losing streak into their series with the Orioles. They leave it with a three-game win streak, their first sweep of the year and the Orioles have their first four-game losing skid. Starting this weekend we find out if the Orioles can stop chasing curveballs and start scoring more runs. Houston’s 52 strikeouts in the three-game series is

Adam Jones: “Let’s get the hell out of Houston” (plus other quotes)

HOUSTON - When it was over, the Houston Astros had beaten the Orioles 4-2 tonight and swept them three straight. The Orioles set a major league record with 52 strikeouts in a three-game series, and center fielder Adam Jones put it into a perspective that only he can. All losses hurt, but was Jones disappointed in the how the Orioles lost, with strikeouts and errors

Valbuena homers again, Astros set K record (Houston wins 4-1)

HOUSTON - Luis Valbuena did it again. The Houston third baseman, who had hit just two homers this year before the Orioles got here, tonight hit his third in this series. Valbuena’s two-run shot to right off Kevin Gausman broke a 1-1 tie in the second and Houston went ahead 3-1. The homer scored Tyler White, who drew a one-out walk. At the start of

O’s game blog: Orioles look to avoid the sweep in Houston

HOUSTON - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman has made six starts this year, allowing two earned runs or less four times. But he is still looking for his first win of the season. Gausman (0-1, 2.70 ERA) will look to be a stopper tonight. He is out to help the Orioles end the season’s second three-game losing streak. The Orioles have not scored much for Gausman

Showalter talks corner outfield and more, Gallardo on ‘pen session

HOUSTON - Today’s pregame session with Orioles manager Buck Showalter included several injury updates. In addition, Showalter was asked about playing time at the corner outfield positions. Hyun Soo Kim is starting for the second straight day and Nolan Reimold started last night. Any changes coming here for the Orioles? “We’ll take it day to day and keep everybody involved,” he said. “I had two

Will more at-bats be coming for Hyun Soo Kim and Nolan Reimold?

HOUSTON - As the Orioles look to get their offense going again, is it time for outfielders Nolan Reimold and Hyun Soo Kim to get more at-bats? Of the 14 players that have at-bats for the Orioles this year, Reimold has the 10th most at-bats and Kim is 13th. But in batting average among all Orioles Kim is first at .438 and Reimold is third

O’s notes on the offense, Vance Worley, Hyun Soo Kim and Mike Yastrzemski

HOUSTON - The Orioles’ road trip has hit a road block. It began Friday night in Anaheim with back-to-back homers to start that game leading to a 9-4 win. The next night Matt Wieters hit a three-run blast in the ninth to win it. Would that provide momentum for the O’s to have a great road trip? Nope. Over the last four games, the Orioles

Wrapping up another Orioles one-run loss in Houston

HOUSTON - The Orioles only lost by one run tonight. They were in the game from the first pitch to the last. But how they lost could not have sit well with them. A night after striking out 19 times over 13 innings, tonight they struck out 18 times in the regulation nine innings. They made four errors. They went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring

Batting second, Schoop doubles in first run, O’s trail Houston (updated)

HOUSTON - Buck Showalter’s decision to move second baseman Jonathan Schoop up to second in the batting order paid immediate dividends tonight. His RBI double in the first inning scored Manny Machado, who had also doubled. The Schoop RBI was his 14th in his last 12 games and made it 1-0. Machado had gone 5-for-22 (.227) when batting leadoff this year before his ringing double

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson faces Collin McHugh in Houston

HOUSTON - After their 19-strikeout game last night, the Orioles look to get their offense back on track tonight in the second game of the series at Minute Maid Park. The usual two through five hitters in the lineup have all hit a slump at the same time. Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo have a combined six hits over their past

Showalter pregame on Schoop hitting second, Hardy and more

HOUSTON - A few quick notes from manager Buck Showalter’s pregame media session today: * Showalter’s reasoning for batting Jonathan Schoop second tonight: “When I hit Jon down there (lower in the lineup), the challenges he has had with left-handed pitching. When I put him down there between (Pedro) Alvarez and sometimes (Ryan) Flaherty, it creates really three advantages for a left-handed pitcher. So this

Davis on strikeouts and offense; Bundy on recent struggles

HOUSTON - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis provided his take today on the Orioles’ three-game run with 40 strikeouts. Last night, the club struck out 19 times in 13 innings. According to STATS, that is two off the club record of 21 strikeouts set on Sept. 12, 1962. That was in a 16-inning game where the Washington Senators’ Tom Cheney threw all 16 innings. The

A look at some hitters recently and more with Ashur Tolliver

HOUSTON - The good news for the Orioles is they have a pretty strong middle of the order. The current bad news is that group is not hitting much right now. Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo often bat two through five in the lineup. Right now, they have just six hits over their last 78 at-bats for an .077 average. Machado

The runs are scarce, but strikeouts plentiful recently for the Orioles

HOUSTON - Well, if you want to say the Orioles’ offense is inconsistent, you will not get too many arguments right now. The Orioles have been held to just seven runs and have struck out 40 times the last three games. Over 13 innings of last night’s 3-2 loss to Houston, they struck out 19 times. From the ninth inning on, they struck out 12

Jones and Wieters on the offensive struggles (plus other quotes)

HOUSTON - The Orioles struck out 19 times tonight in a 13-inning, 3-2 loss to the Houston Astros. They have now struck out 40 times the last three games while scoring just seven runs. After the game, outfielder Adam Jones said the team is frustrated and he knows the Orioles fans are too. For now they just have to turn the page and try to

Tillman strong early, Alvarez homers to give O’s the lead (O’s lose in 13)

HOUSTON - If you were looking for a lot of runs early in this game, you are probably disappointed so far. Both pitchers came in throwing well and have continued that in the early innings in the series opener. The Orioles and Astros played scoreless ball over the first four frames tonight. But Pedro Alvarez led off the O’s fifth with a line drive homer

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman on the mound in Houston series opener

HOUSTON - The Orioles have arrived at Minute Maid Park to begin the second leg of a three-city road trip spanning three time zones. Tonight they play the first of three games in Houston. Houston ended a run of six straight losing seasons in 2015, winning 86 games to finish second in the AL West and earn the second wild card. They beat the Yankees

Showalter pregame in Houston on the Matusz trade and more

HOUSTON - The Orioles have a different left-hander in their bullpen tonight. Ashur Tolliver joins the team from Double-A Bowie after Brian Matusz was traded yesterday. Today, in his pregame press update, we got our first chance to hear Buck Showalter’s thoughts on yesterday’s Matusz trade and other moves. “Brian and I have been together for a long time,” Showalter said. “I was talking to

Ashur Tolliver: “I’m so blessed to be an Oriole”

HOUSTON - Ashur Tolliver’s long road to get to the big leagues - which included a major pothole via injury - reached its peak today when he joined the Orioles from Double-A Bowie in the visiting clubhouse at Minute Maid Park. A fifth-round draft pick of the team in 2009, Tolliver had major labrum surgery in the spring of 2012 which threatened his career and

The backstory on how Ashur Tolliver found out about his callup

HOUSTON - When Double-A Bowie manager Gary Kendall found out that left-hander Ashur Tolliver, a minor leaguer since 2009, was finally getting the call to the big leagues, he knew he had to do something special when telling Tolliver he was about to join the Orioles. When he has told players they were going to the majors in the past, Kendall usually calls them into

Dan Duquette talks about the three pitchers O’s added Monday

HOUSTON - Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette sounds pretty high on all three of the pitchers the Orioles acquired last night. He provided some information on each hurler during a telephone interview this morning. In trading Brian Matusz to Atlanta yesterday, the club shed his salary and added two pitchers from the Braves. A third pitcher came in a deal with Cincinnati.

Notes on Ashur Tolliver, draft picks and Chris Tillman

HOUSTON - If, as expected, the Orioles add Double-A Bowie left-handed reliever Ashur Tolliver to their roster today to replace the recently traded Brian Matusz, the move will very likely be popular among O’s minor league staff and players. They will be excited to see a career minor leaguer get his shot. Tolliver is no pitching version of Crash Davis, but he has been hurling

Reimold taking advantage of chances (plus farm notes)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - It might be one of the hardest things to do in Major League Baseball. That is not play regularly, but then come through with hits in the times when you are called on. So far this year, Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is handling that task well. He doesn’t start every night and has just 62 at-bats and that ranks 10th on the

O’s notes on Ubaldo Jimenez, Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles have seen this before. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is struggling again. He is 2-5 with an ERA of 6.04 through nine starts after his latest poor outing Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels. The Orioles have allowed 10 runs in a game twice this year and that has happened in Jimenez’s last two starts. They lost 10-0 Tuesday to Seattle and

Yovani Gallardo on bullpen session: “I was pretty excited how it went today”

ANAHEIM, Calif. - As one Orioles starting pitcher struggled badly today in a 10-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, another took a solid step closer to rejoining the starting five. Before a game where Ubaldo Jimenez would allow six runs in a 10-2 loss to Los Angeles, right-hander Yovani Gallardo threw an important bullpen session. It was his first since he went on the

Showalter on Jimenez’s struggles and hold on a rotation spot, plus more

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez struggled again today. He gave up six runs over 5 2/3 innings in this afternoon’s 10-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. He is 2-5 with a 6.04 ERA. But manager Buck Showalter said postgame that Jimenez is not in danger of losing his rotation spot. At least not right now. “No, we’re not at that point. What

Jimenez struggles again as Angels score five in third (Angels win 10-2)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles were looking for improvement today from right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, but they sure didn’t get any. The Los Angeles Angels scored five times against him in the last of the third to open a 6-0 lead. In the first three innings, Jimenez gave up seven hits and six runs with two walks and one strikeout. His ERA went from 5.60 to

O’s game blog: O’s go for three-game sweep at Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - After 9-4 and 3-1 wins the last two nights here, the Orioles go for a three-game sweep of the Angels today in the afternoon sunshine at Angel Stadium. Los Angeles had won six of seven games heading into this series, but the Orioles have slowed their recent run and have out-homered the Angels 5-0 in the two games and outhit them 19-16.

Buck Showalter updates Yovani Gallardo’s bullpen session

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo took another step toward his return to the starting rotation today at Angel Stadium. He threw off a mound in a bullpen session for the first time since going on the disabled list April 23 with right shoulder tendinitis. Gallardo had thrown from 120 feet on flat ground twice in Baltimore, but today was his first bullpen since

Wieters and Tillman on the O’s strong start to the season

ANAHEIM, Calif. - When the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night, they improved to 25-15. That was a nice round number. The team had played 40 games - about one-quarter of the full season - and was on a pace to win 100 games. Not a bad start to the 2016 season. It got better last night when Matt Wieters hit a

Wieters on birthday blast: “I think I’ll remember this one”

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters celebrated his 30th birthday with a game-winning homer in the top of the ninth inning tonight. His three-run shot with two outs gave the Orioles a dramatic 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on a night they seemed headed for a 1-0 loss. “I think I’ll remember this one,” Wieters said of the birthday blast. “It was

Shoemaker and Gausman put up zeros early (O’s win 3-1)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Los Angeles Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker has struggled this year, but he retired the first nine Orioles in order tonight. Shoemaker recorded three straight 1-2-3 innings to start his night. He retired the Orioles on 11 pitches in the first, 16 in the second and just eight in the third. He got Ryan Flaherty out on a play scored 1-2-3 to end

O’s game blog: Will O’s mash more homers in Game 2 in Anaheim?

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Can the often homer-happy Orioles bash more homers tonight against a pitcher that has allowed seven this year over 29 2/3 innings? The Orioles and Angels play the second game of a three-game series with Kevin Gausman (0-1, 3.00 ERA) facing right-hander Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 8.49 ERA). While Shoemaker got the win in his last start, allowing three runs in five innings

Showalter with updates on McFarland and Hardy

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said left-hander T.J. McFarland is heading to Baltimore for an MRI on his left knee tomorrow. He was injured in a start for Triple-A Norfolk last night and left that outing after allowing two runs in the first inning. “He’ll see Dr. (Michael) Jacobs afterward and we’ll be on the safe side and see what we’re dealing with,”

O’s notes on the longball, Trumbo’s return, Janish’s defense

ANAHEIM, Calif - The longball mashers were at it again last night at Angel Stadium. Two homers to start the game, three in three innings and four for the night. For the fourth time in the last 11 games and sixth time in the 2016 season, the Orioles hit four or more homers in a game. They are 6-0 when they hit at least four

Showalter on the win in road trip opener (plus other clubhouse quotes)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - For the Orioles, a lot went right tonight in their road trip opener in Anaheim. They hit four homers, they made some strong defensive plays. Their starter had some good moments, as did their bullpen as usual. The Orioles won for the 14th time in 21 games, beating the Los Angeles Angels 9-4. They hit four homers and improved to 6-0 this

Rickard and Machado go back-to-back in the first (O’s win 9-4)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles made themselves feel welcome early tonight in Anaheim, taking a 2-0 lead on a pair of homers two batters into the game and the start of a nine-game road trip. On the second pitch from Angels lefty Hector Santiago, the O’s Joey Rickard homered to left center. He hit an 0-1 fastball for his fourth homer of the season and

O’s game blog: Angels offense heating up as O’s hit town (McFarland note)

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels are heating up on offense just as the Orioles arrive for a three-game series beginning tonight. While Los Angeles is under .500 at 19-22 overall, the Angels have won six of their last seven games and just took three of four from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers by 8-1 and 7-4 scores. Mike Trout went 5-for-7 with two

Showalter on T.J. McFarland’s injury at Triple-A and more

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is waiting for an update on pitcher T.J. McFarland. He left Triple-A Norfolk’s game at Syracuse tonight after one inning. McFarland allowed two runs on two hits on 21 pitches for the Tides and then was replaced when the bottom of the second started. “Richie (Bancells, Orioles head athletic trainer) is waiting until the (Norfolk) game is over,”

Mark Trumbo talks about his Anaheim homecoming

ANAHEIM, Calif. - For just the third time since he played with the Los Angeles Angels from 2010-13, Mark Trumbo is returning to play against them tonight. It is not just a series where the Orioles outfielder will face one of his former teams, but he is also returning to Anaheim, where he was born. He went to Villa Park High School in Orange County

Minor league notes on Cedric Mullins, Mike Yastrzemski, Andy Oliver and more

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Single-A Delmarva outfielder Cedric Mullins has recorded four straight multi-hit games for the Shorebirds as his bat has heated up after a slow start. The Orioles’ 13th-round pick out of Campbell University last June, the 5-foot-8 switch-hitter reported to short-season Single-A Aberdeen after last year’s draft and hit .264 in 68 games. Over his past four games with Delmarva, he is batting

The Orioles begin an important road trip tonight (plus other notes)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles have followed up a seven-game winning streak by losing three of their last four games. They have been outscored 25-12 since Sunday, when they let that late lead get away against the Tigers at Camden Yards. They were outscored 19-7 by the Seattle Mariners as they lost two of three in that series. But at 24-15, the Orioles still lead

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

The Orioles go for another series win today as they host Seattle to wrap up a seven-game homestand and three-game series. The Mariners won 10-0 Tuesday night, with the Orioles winning 5-2 last night. The Orioles are 8-3-1 in their 12 series on the year and today’s game will decide this series. The Orioles are 17-7 at home and 4-2 on this homestand. They head

A look at two starting pitchers excelling for the Frederick Keys (plus O’s notes)

Neither pitcher was a high draft pick. Both are 23 and having very solid seasons for the Orioles’ Single-A Frederick affiliate. Right now, they hold two of the top three spots among Carolina League ERA leaders. Left-hander John Means was drafted by the Orioles in Round 11 in 2014 out of West Virginia University. In that same draft, the Orioles took right-hander Matthew Grimes in

Wieters has three extra-base hits, Tillman wins sixth as O’s top M’s

Chris Tillman gave up a rare home run, but not much else tonight. The Orioles hit back-to-back homers again. Their bullpen had another good night and they returned to the win column with a 5-2 victory over Seattle. Tillman got the win and is now 6-1 with an ERA of 2.61, and the Orioles are 8-1 in his nine starts. He went 6 1/3 innings,

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman is 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA at home this year

After winning seven in a row, the Orioles have now dropped back-to-back games heading into their game tonight against Seattle at Camden Yards. At 23-14, the Orioles still lead the American League East by percentage points over Boston with Tampa Bay five games back, Toronto six out and New York 7 1/2 games off the pace. The Orioles have won nine of 13 games, 12

Mychal Givens talks strikeouts and his numbers against lefty batters

Orioles reliever Mychal Givens pitched his latest solid outing on Sunday against Detroit. He threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and is now 2-0 with an ERA of 2.25 over 15 games. “Just trying to bounce back each time, just take one pitch at a time. Trying to get ahead and stay ahead and put the pressure on the hitters,” Givens said. After allowing

Brian Matusz on his struggles, Ubaldo Jimenez on his rough outing

Orioles lefty reliever Brian Matusz had allowed four runs in his first six appearances this season. Tonight he allowed four runs in just 1 2/3 innings as the Orioles got routed 10-0 by Seattle. It was the O’s largest shutout loss since a 11-0 defeat against Houston on July 31, 2013 at Camden Yards. It was their largest shutout loss versus Seattle since 11-0 on

Nelson Cruz drives in five runs as Seattle routs the Orioles

Coming into tonight, O’s starting pitchers had put together a solid run to help the team move 10 games over .500. But that run did not continue. Allowing four or more runs for the third time in his last four starts, Ubaldo Jimenez got knocked out with one out in the fifth as the Seattle Mariners routed the Orioles 10-0 to start a three-game series.

O’s game blog: It’s Jimenez against Miley in series opener

The Orioles homestand continues tonight as they host the Seattle Mariners to start a three-game series. The Orioles lead the American League East by percentage points and Seattle leads the AL West in the same manner. The 23-13 Orioles are playing .639 ball (best in the AL) and are just ahead of Boston at .632. Seattle is 21-16 and playing .568 ball, just ahead of

Adam Jones with props for pitchers and a welcome back to three Mariners

The Orioles begin their series at home tonight with the Seattle Mariners. Right now, the Birds are leading the American League East by percentage points over Boston. They are 23-13 overall, 16-6 at home and have won 12 of their last 17 games. Today, outfielder Adam Jones said the O’s pitching staff that ranks third in the AL with a 3.53 ERA, deserves the bulk

Draft countdown: O’s making final preparations for First-Year Player Draft

After three days of meetings in Dallas last week with his area scouts, Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich and his top staff members are in the final stages of their preparations for the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The 40-round draft will begin at 7 p.m. on June 9 with picks through Round 2 and the Competitive Balance Lottery Round B. It will resume June 10

Aberdeen IronBirds announce plans to honor fallen Harford County deputies

The Orioles’ short-season Single-A affiliate, the Aberdeen IronBirds, today announced plans to pay tribute to two fallen Harford County deputies, Senior Deputy Patrick Daily and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon, who were killed in the line of duty on Feb. 10. In partnership with the Harford County SheriffÂ’s Office, the IronBirds will honor the fallen deputies throughout the 2016 season, both at home and on

No strikeouts, no problem: Chris Lee thriving at Bowie (plus Peralta update)

Orioles pitching prospect Chris Lee has picked up in 2016 where he left off in 2015. He pitched well for the Orioles at Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie after they acquired him in a trade with Houston last May. Acquired for two international bonus slots worth $655,000, the 23-year-old left-hander jumped right into the list of the Orioles’ top 10 prospects at No. 6 by

Darren O’Day very critical of umpire after strike call he didn’t get

The Orioles were leading 5-4 in the eighth inning with Darren O’Day on the mound and two outs. O’Day threw a 2-2 pitch to Detroit’s J.D. Martinez and thought Martinez, trying to check his swing, instead went too far and struck out. Home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg appealed to first base umpire Mark Wegner. No swing, Wegner ruled. On the 3-2 pitch, Martinez homered to

Detroit homers twice in the eighth to end O’s win steak

The Orioles entered today’s eighth inning with a record of 17-1 when leading after seven innings. But they could not add to that or extend their seven-game win streak. Detroit’s J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back solo homers off Darren O’Day in the eighth as Detroit rallied for a 6-5 win over the Orioles this afternoon. Looking for their first eight-game win streak since

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman on the mound as O’s go for sweep

The Orioles today look for their first four-game home sweep of the Detroit Tigers since April 17-20, 1992. They also look for a season-high eight-game winning streak. If they get the win, it will be the O’s first eight-game winning streak since April 22-May 1, 2005. Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.16 ERA) makes his fifth start of 2016 today, looking for his first win, and pitches

Another win and another night producing some amazing stats and notes

After their latest win last night by a 9-3 score over the Detroit Tigers, there are some amazing notes and statistics right now involving this Orioles team. The Orioles are now 23-12 overall and 16-5 at Camden Yards. How about the fact that the Orioles had just two seven-game winning streaks over the stretch from 2000 through 2015, according to ESPN? So that is two

O’s game blog: Orioles look to run win streak to seven against Detroit

The Orioles have been getting some real solid pitching most of this season and we’ve seen them deliver a real nice stretch of pitching during their current six-game win streak. The O’s staff has given up three runs or less in five of those six wins, allowing 15 runs total with a team ERA of 2.33 during this streak. The O’s bullpen has not allowed

Darren O’Day on his strong outing and the challenge of facing Miguel Cabrera

Chris Tillman had another outstanding outing for the Orioles last night. He went seven scoreless innings to improve to 5-1 with a 2.58 ERA. The Orioles have won seven of his eight starts this season. That was one impressive stat for Tillman. But he doesn’t get his latest win if the Orioles’ late-inning relievers don’t do what they usually do: get big outs with little

Tillman on the win, Jones on 200, O’Day on attempted homer catch

Chris Tillman’s 2016 season just seems to keep getting better and better. Tonight, he pitched seven scoreless innings as the Orioles beat the Tigers 1-0 on Adam Jones’ 200th career home run. The Orioles have won six in a row to get to 22-12. With Houston’s win over Boston tonight, the O’s claim sole possession of first place in the American League East. After the

Chris Tillman with seven scoreless and Adam Jones homers in 1-0 win

Last night, the Orioles scored seven runs without a homer. Tonight, the one run they got came via a homer. Chris Tillman and the bullpen made that stand up. Adam Jones homered as the Orioles beat Detroit 1-0 at Camden Yards. Tillman threw 107 pitches over seven scoreless innings to win again for the Orioles. He is 5-1 with an ERA of 2.58 and the

O’s game blog: The Orioles are 6-1 in Chris Tillman’s seven starts

One night after their comeback to win from a 5-0 deficit, the Orioles look for a victory tonight in the second game of their series against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. Held to just three singles and no runs as they headed to the the sixth inning last night, the Orioles began their comeback scoring two runs on three hits in the sixth. Then

After slump, Joey Rickard’s batting average is on the rise again

It looks like Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard has weathered the storm - and not one of the many the Orioles have dealt with this year that have caused delays and postponements. It is the one where he struggled at the plate and his average took a dip. It is on the rise again. Rickard was batting .350 on April 21 and then saw his average

Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones talk about Manny Machado

The more he continues to play well at an incredibly high level, it seems the more Orioles players are getting questions about Manny Machado. What has been behind his great season, they are being asked. A couple of Machado’s teammates fielded such questions yesterday including outfielder Mark Trumbo. He played with Mike Trout, now he plays with Manny. What impresses him so far about Machado?

Pedro Alvarez on his clutch hit and winning without a homer (other clubhouse quotes)

The Orioles rallied from five runs down to win tonight and they did it without hitting a single home run. Pedro Alvarez, whose single tied the game 5-5 in the seventh, said no one should be surprised by that. The Orioles won by hitting 10 singles, a double and a triple and by going 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position. “I mean this is a

Orioles rally from five down to beat Tigers 7-5, run win streak to five

On a night they got a poor outing from their starting pitcher, did not hit a home run and fell behind by five runs, the Orioles still won. They ran their win streak to five games tonight beating the Detroit Tigers 7-5 in the series and homestand opener at Camden Yards. Trailing 5-0, the Orioles scored twice in the sixth and then added five runs

O’s game blog: Orioles have won nine of 13 as homestand begins

One night after striking out 20 times in Washington against the Nationals Max Scherzer, the Detroit Tigers are in Baltimore. They begin a four-game series against the Orioles tonight at Camden Yards. Since they were 14-10, the Tigers have lost eight of nine games to fall to 15-18. They are 10-9 in road games. The Orioles are 20-12 on the year and have outscored their

Adam Jones on his health, his struggles and all those O’s home runs

Rare would be the day a reporter could hear Orioles center fielder Adam Jones say physically he doesn’t feel right or that he can’t play in that night’s game. This afternoon, Jones said he’s been healthy enough to play throughout this year, save for the few games he had to and did miss. “I’ve felt comfortable since day one,” Jones said. “It is just you

A look at some hot and cold stretches for the Orioles with the longball

When the Orioles start hitting homers in bunches, it can be fun to watch and it can be pretty good for the team’s won-loss record. Over the last three games they have hit six, two and four. This is the second time this season the O’s have produced three consecutive multi-homer games. But we know the homers don’t always come. Here is a breakdown of

Trumbo with another two-homer game as O’s top Twins

When the Orioles bash home runs, it can be impressive to see. It was today at Target Field. Under cloudy and sometimes wet skies, the Orioles were raining homers. They hit three - two by Mark Trumbo - in the first four innings and added another later on their way to a 9-2 win over Minnesota. The Orioles are 20-12 and have won four in

O’s game blog: Machado has eight multi-hit games his last 11 games

The Orioles will look for a sweep of a series shortened to two games by a rainout this afternoon in Minnesota. Last night Adam Jones drove in three runs to lead the Orioles to a 5-3 win. His two-run single in the ninth broke the 3-3 tie. Jones now has 1,305 hits as an Oriole, passing Orioles Hall of Famer Mark Belanger (1,304) for sole

A few notes and stats on the Orioles’ win over the Twins

With a rainout thrown in, it felt like it had been a while since the last Orioles game. They finally played again last night and Adam Jones’ two-run single in the ninth provided a 5-3 win at Minnesota. The victory was the Orioles’ eighth in the last 12 games and they are now 19-12. They tied a season-high going seven games over .500. They ended

Adam Jones delivers tiebreaking single in ninth as O’s top Twins

The Orioles pulled out a game tonight with a ninth-inning rally and struggling center fielder Adam Jones drove in the decisive runs. The Orioles beat Minnesota 5-3 to take the first of a rain-shortened two-game series. Tied 3-3 in the ninth, Kevin Jepsen came on and got the first two batters out. Then Joey Rickard doubled and Manny Machado was walked intentionally. On a 1-2

O’s game blog: A look at tonight’s pitchers and some farm notes

The Orioles will try again tonight to start their series in Minnesota. Right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-1, 1.42 ERA) pitches against Twins right-hander Jose Berrios (1-1, 6.75 ERA). Gausman has allowed just three earned runs in three 2016 starts and pitched eight scoreless innings against the Yankees in his last start. So far in 2016, left-handed batters are hitting just .118 (4-for-34) off Gausman with a

Talking exit velocity with Mark Trumbo

The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo just might be the thinking man’s hitter. Listen to him in interviews and it’s clear he has a real plan when he gets in the batter’s box. Talented pitchers don’t always allow him to execute it, but he is doing a lot more than just hacking up there. Off to a solid start this year with his new team, Trumbo has

O’s game blog: The Orioles are 5-7 in road games (game rained out)

The Orioles have a very good record at home this year. Tonight they try to work on improving their road record when they begin a three-game series at Minnesota. Having just concluded a 6-4 homestand, the Orioles are 13-5 at Oriole Park this year. But they are under .500 at 5-7 on the road. The Orioles have lost three of their four road series. They

Minor league notes on Ryan Mountcastle, Corban Joseph, Chance Sisco and more

Single-A Delmarva’s Ryan Mountcastle has started to hit for the Shorebirds after a slow start. The 19-year-old shortstop has six hits in his last two games and an eight-game hitting streak. Drafted 36th overall by the Orioles last June, Mountcastle went 4-for-4 on Saturday and added two hits yesterday for a 6-for-9 stretch those two games. He is batting .429 (12-for-28) during his hitting streak

Orioles announce plans to celebrate 1966 World Series champs

It was a special time in Baltimore Orioles history. The Orioles beat the favored Los Angeles Dodgers in a stunning four-game World Series sweep in 1966 for their first championship. With a remarkable display of pitching, the Orioles allowed just two runs in the entire series and none in the last three games. The Orioles today announced plans for a celebration of the 50th anniversary

Trumbo talks Trout and Machado, plus other notes and quotes

Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo played two seasons with Mike Trout. In 2012 and 2013 they were teammates on the Los Angeles Angels. Trumbo is now playing with Manny Machado. In the clubhouse after the Orioles’ 11-3 win over Oakland on Sunday, Trumbo made a brief comparison of the two young stars. “They wow you, each and every day,” Trumbo said. “Just when you think that

Manny Machado: “It’s a great day” (plus more clubhouse quotes)

It was Mother’s Day, but this whole weekend was a bit of a family affair for the Orioles’ Manny Machado. He had family in the stands and was playing against his brother-in-law, Oakland’s Yonder Alonso. Today, Machado put on a show for his family and his many Orioles fans. He homered twice, hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs in the

Homer happy: O’s hit six homers, Machado with two, in 11-3 win

When Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman allowed three runs in the first inning today against Oakland, the Orioles knew they would have to come from behind. No one knew they’d hit five homers in the first four innings. Then get a grand slam several innings later. Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the first and a grand slam in the eighth. He produced a

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman has a 1.37 ERA his last three starts

Chris Tillman is having a strong season for the Orioles. He’ll try to pitch them to a win this afternoon against Oakland. If he can do it, the Orioles will win this series, complete a 6-4 homestand and head to Minnesota six games over the .500 mark at 18-12. A look at how good Tillman has been this season: * He is 3-1 with an

A look at some strong catcher ERA stats for Matt Wieters

We know that Caleb Joseph is a very solid defensive catcher. He was behind the plate last night when Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight strong innings in a win over Oakland. Matt Wieters was behind the plate Saturday afternoon when Mike Wright gave up five runs in five innings. Some fans were so impressed with Joseph’s defensive work last year (and rightfully so) that they thought

Ubaldo Jimenez on his outing; Chris Davis on his homer and the win

Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was motivated to pitch well tonight. But not, he said, because he gave up six runs in his last start. “There is always motivation to pitch good,” Jimenez said after pitching the O’s past the A’s 5-2. “But I try to forget what happened in the past because there is nothing you can do with it. In baseball, every day is

Jimenez goes eight strong as O’s beat Oakland, split twinbill

Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez bounced back very well from a poor outing. The Orioles offense came up with a much-needed big inning to back him. It all added up to a 5-2 win for the Orioles over the Athletics and a split of the day-night doubleheader at Camden Yards. The Orioles are 17-12 overall, 12-5 at home and 7-2 against the A’s since the start

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez pitches in Game 2 against Oakland

Having scored just 10 runs their last five games, the Orioles host the Oakland Athletics tonight in the nightcap of a split doubleheader. The A’s won 8-4 earlier to improve to 14-16, while the Orioles are 16-12. The pitching matchup tonight features right-handers: Ubaldo Jimenez (1-3, 5.20 ERA) makes his sixth start and Oakland’s Jesse Hahn (1-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second. Jimenez had an

Mike Wright on his outing today; Paul Janish on being added by O’s

Orioles starter Mike Wright did not give up too many hard-hit balls today, but he did give up a lot of hits. Wright allowed 10 hits and five runs in the Orioles’ 8-4 loss to the Athletics in Game 1 of the day-night doubleheader. “I felt like I was throwing really well,” Wright said. “Just like the other games, I was executing pitches and felt

O’s offense slowed again as A’s win big in doubleheader opener

A team struggling to score runs faced a hot pitcher. It was not a good combination today for the Orioles. They lost Game 1 of the split doubleheader 8-4 to Oakland and left-hander Rich Hill. The Orioles had scored just two runs their previous 30 innings until they scored three in the ninth today. The Orioles fall to 16-12 overall and 11-5 at home. Oakland

O’s game blog: The Orioles went 6-1 against Oakland last season

The Orioles today begin a stretch of 22 straight games playing non-American League East opponents. It starts with a three-game series, now spread over just two days, against the Oakland Athletics to end this 10-game homestand. This stretch ends on May 30 when the Orioles host Boston. The 22-game stretch is the longest run all year in which they will not play an AL East

A look at home/road splits and playing time in left field

The Orioles are 4-3 with three games to go on this 10-game homestand. They host Oakland today in a split doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. after last night’s rainout. If they win two of three this weekend, the Orioles will have a winning homestand at 6-4. They have played much better this year at home than on the road. Taking a look at

Mark Trumbo on ups and downs on offense, his first month as an Oriole

The Orioles offense has seen some ups and also some downs in recent games. Here is a look: * After an 8-3 win on April 23 in Kansas City, the Orioles scored just five runs in the last four games of a road trip to K.C. and Tampa Bay, going 1-3. Three of those runs came via a Joey Rickard homer. * Then the Orioles

Notes on the Orioles’ rotation improvement and more

The Orioles’ starting rotation has kind of quietly been on a pretty solid run of games lately. The O’s starters have recorded seven quality starts over the last nine games, pitching to an ERA of 2.95 in that stretch. After right-hander Kevin Gausman’s eight scoreless innings last night, O’s starters pitched to an ERA of 1.29 in the Yankees series. Over 21 innings, the rotation

Kevin Gausman: “My confidence is growing” (plus other clubhouse quotes)

In matching scoreless innings tonight with Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman looked like an ace himself. Through three starts, he has an ERA of 1.42 and a batting average against of .152. Tonight, he gave up just three hits over eight scoreless innings on 98 pitches. In a season where the Orioles hoped he would step up his game and become a

Walk-off win: Pedro Alvarez with a sac fly in the 10th for 1-0 victory

After they dueled through nine scoreless innings tonight, the Orioles produced a walk-off win in the last of the 10th against the Yankees. Hyun Soo Kim led off the 10th with a high-chop infield hit off right-hander Johnny Barbato. Then he advanced to third on Jonathan Schoop’s second hit of the night, a single to center. The O’s sent out Nolan Reimold to third to

O’s game blog: It’s Gausman against Tanaka in series finale

The Orioles have won three of four series against American League East teams this year. Tonight’s game against the Yankees will decide this series after the teams exchanged wins the last two nights. The Orioles are 8-5 against AL East teams, going 2-1 against Boston, 3-2 against Tampa Bay, 2-1 versus Toronto and 1-1 against New York. Orioles starting pitchers are slowly making some progress.

Showalter on Jones: “He’s going to do what he has done for us many years”

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones can be a focal point for fan criticism when both he and his team’s offense are struggling. And right now, some fans have expressed concern about his slow start. Through 22 games, the O’s five-time All-Star is batting .205 with one homer and seven RBIs. He is slugging just .295 with an OPS of .582. His career numbers in both

A look at the recent streaky nature of the Orioles offense

The Orioles offense has certainly been streaky lately. In the last four games of the road trip to Kansas City and Tampa Bay, the Orioles scored just five runs. Then they came home and scored 23 runs in the first three games against the Chicago White Sox. Now they have scored just five runs over the last three games. Eight times this year, the Orioles

Chris Davis on CC Sabathia; Tyler Wilson on his outing tonight

The Orioles could not get it going tonight against 35-year-old left-hander CC Sabathia in a 7-0 loss to the Yankees. He gave up six hits over seven innings to improve to 2-2 with an ERA of 3.81. This was Sabathia’s first scoreless outing of seven or more innings since April 7, 2013 at Detroit. The O’s Chris Davis talked about the lack of offense against

O’s can’t score against CC Sabathia, fall 7-0 to Yankees

The New York Yankees finally got to Tyler Wilson and later added on. The Orioles never could get to left-hander CC Sabathia. The Yankees (9-16) scored three runs in the sixth off Wilson and went on to beat the Orioles 7-0 tonight at chilly Camden Yards to snap their six-game losing streak. The Orioles fall to 15-11 as their six-game winning streak over the Yankees

O’s game blog: The Orioles are 8-4 against AL East teams

At one time, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was a dominant pitcher against the Orioles - and a few other teams. But in recent years, the Orioles have had a lot of success when facing Sabathia. The 35-year-old lefty owns an 18-7 career record and ERA of 3.45 when pitching versus the Orioles. But since 2012, he is just 2-7 with an ERA of 5.06 over

Manny Machado at short and Jonathan Schoop at second has familiar look

When Manny Machado took his position at shortstop last night, not only was he replacing J.J. Hardy, but he was once again forming a double-play combination with his good friend, second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The two have played a few major league games together as a DP combo, but also many on the farm. Fans in places like Frederick and Bowie have seen how good

Manny Machado on his Player of the Month award (plus other notes)

On Monday an Oriole player picked up the American League Player of the Month award for the first time since Chris Davis was honored in April of 2013. Manny Machado took the award for April after a month where he batted .344 (33-for-96) with 20 runs scored, 10 doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBIs over 23 games. It is his first AL monthly honor,

Mark Trumbo on his two-homer night; Chris Tillman on his strong start

The Orioles have now won six in a row against the New York Yankees dating to the end of last season. The club record for most consecutive wins against New York is nine in a row from Aug. 15, 1967 to May 22, 1968. The Yankees fell to 8-16 tonight and have lost six in a row, being outscored 37-13. When asked tonight if the

Mark Trumbo homers twice as O’s beat Yankees in series opener

Orioles right fielder Mark Trumbo had hit just one homer this year at Camden Yards. He doubled that total tonight as Trumbo’s two-homer game led the Orioles past the Yankees 4-1 in the opener of a three-game series. With the victory, the Orioles have won six in a row against the Yankees for the first time since an eight-game win streak from Sept. 19, 1996

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman on the mound in Yankees series opener

They come to town as the last place team in the American League East. The New York Yankees are 8-15 and have lost five in a row heading into tonight’s series opener at Camden Yards. New York has been outscored 33-12 during the losing streak and were just swept at Fenway Park. The Yankees are 1-5 on a nine-game road trip. They are 3-8 in

Zach Britton with an injury update, hopes to return soon

Orioles closer Zach Britton, who left Saturday’s game with a sprained left ankle, is hopeful that he can return to pitch during what is left of this homestand. He hopes he can return during the three-game series with the Yankees that starts tonight. “I think this week is a good timeline,” Britton said this afternoon in the clubhouse. “I’m not sure exactly whether that is

Can the Orioles withstand the loss of J.J. Hardy?

It says here that the Orioles will be all right playing the next six to eight weeks without shortstop J.J. Hardy. That would not be something several other teams may be able to say or do when you consider how good Hardy is at shortstop. And beyond his considerable defensive skills, his quiet leadership will be missed on the field. He’s a rock for both

At 14-10, the Orioles are on a pace to win 94 games

The Orioles split a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox, the team with the best record in the American League. Encouraging on one hand, but on the other not so much, since they won the first two games of the series. On Saturday night the Orioles were six outs away from taking the first three in the series. But we know what happened. Darren

Adam Jones on O’s injuries: “This is a true test of what a team is all about”

The Orioles played today without closer Zach Britton and now could be missing shortstop J.J. Hardy, as well. Over the last two days, they’ve lost two games and two important players. For how long, that is uncertain right now. Hardy fouled a ball off his left foot today and left the game after five innings. He will have CT scan on the foot tomorrow as

Chicago gets five in fifth off Ubaldo Jimenez to split four-game series

To beat a top pitcher like Chris Sale today, the Orioles would likely need a very strong outing from their starting pitcher. For a few innings today, Ubaldo Jimenez was indeed holding the White Sox at bay. But then they scored five runs in an ugly fifth for the right-hander. Chicago went on to beat the Orioles 7-1 today at Camden Yards to split this

O’s game blog: O’s face Chris Sale in White Sox series finale

Had the Orioles won last night, today they would be looking for their first four-game home sweep of the Chicago White Sox since 1990. Instead, they merely need to beat Chris Sale to win the series. That figures to be tough, indeed. Sale is 5-0 with a 1.66 ERA this year in five starts. Over 38 innings he has allowed just 21 hits and eight

Hyun Soo Kim talks about his improvement at the plate

Hyun Soo Kim, the first Korean-born player in Orioles history, is now batting .600 at 9-for-15 on the season. He has made four starts and gotten multiple hits in three of those games. A spring training that ended with the Orioles asking him to accept an assignment to the minors suddenly seems a long time ago. Not only did Kim go 3-for-4 last night, but

Another look at Saturday’s tough loss, plus minors notes

When the Orioles take a one-run lead to the eighth inning, they usually feel pretty good about getting the win in that game. But this time, Darren O’Day gave up the lead and Zach Britton got injured. Not at all what the Orioles had in mind when they took the field leading the Chicago White Sox 5-4 in the eighth last night. The Orioles had

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