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Wrapping up the win that sends Orioles back into first place

TORONTO - Even if the Orioles were not calling this a big win, it sure felt like one. Down 2-0 to Toronto in the seventh to American League ERA leader Aaron Sanchez, they scored twice to tie the game and then won it in 12 innings. When the Orioles scored four in the 12th off the Blue Jays bullpen, it not only broke a 2-2

Showalter on Wieters starting three in a row (Orioles win in 12)

TORONTO - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters recently missed six games with a right foot injury. Today, he is catching for the third time in three games in this series. Manager Buck Showalter said before today’s game that is not because of any physical issue with backup Caleb Joseph, who is fine to play. “He (Wieters) feels good,” Showalter said. “We thought about him (being off)

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman on mound as O’s look to avoid sweep

TORONTO - The Orioles will look to break a five-game losing streak overall and a five-game losing streak at Rogers Centre this afternoon as they play the series finale against the Blue Jays. After losing back-to-back games by 6-5 and 9-1 scores, the Orioles have fallen to second place in the American League East, a half-game behind Toronto. They could reclaim the top spot in

Showalter on trade talk as non-waiver deadline approaches

TORONTO - The non-waiver trade deadline is now just over 24 hours away. It hits at 4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday. Manager Buck Showalter was asked again today if he feels the Orioles will make a deal. “We’ve talked about some different things that are out there,” he said. “If it fits and is a good move for us now and the future, I’m

For starters: Right now, Blue Jays rotation trumps O’s starting five

TORONTO - The Orioles need a win today to avoid a sweep, keep this from being a completely lost weekend in Toronto and keep from falling 1 1/2 games out of first place. There is one stark difference between these teams this year - starting pitching. While Toronto’s rotation ERA of 3.72 is second best in the American League, the Orioles’ is second-worst at 5.02

Gallardo and Givens on their outings, Trumbo and Showalter on loss

TORONTO - The Orioles will have to wait another day for their next shot to pick up a win at Rogers Centre. They’ve now lost five in a row in this ballpark and the first two games of this series after today’s 9-1 defeat. The result produced a change in the standings as the Blue Jays (59-45) moved a half-game ahead of the Orioles (58-45)

Logan Ondrusek on joining O’s (Toronto routs Orioles 9-1)

TORONTO - New Orioles reliever Logan Ondrusek pitched in Japan the last two seasons but has not been on the mound in a major league game since he pitched for the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 14, 2014. After he signed with and joined the Orioles yesterday, the 31-year-old right-hander now looks forward to his debut with his new team. “You know, I’m happy to be

O’s game blog: Yovani Gallardo on the mound in Game 2 at Toronto

TORONTO - Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo faced the Toronto Blue Jays twice last year in the regular season for the Texas Rangers and did not allow a run. He faced them last month at Camden Yards and got a win. He has strong career numbers versus the Blue Jays. We’ll see if Gallardo can slow down this team this afternoon, as the right-hander with a

O’s set rotation through the Texas series

TORONTO - The Orioles’ starting rotation is set through the Texas series that begins Tuesday night at Camden Yards. Yovani Gallardo starts in Toronto this afternoon and Chris Tillman pitches here Sunday. Dylan Bundy starts the series opener Tuesday against Texas, with Kevin Gausman pitching Wednesday and Gallardo back on the mound on Thursday night. The Orioles don’t need a fifth starter again until Saturday.

Can Orioles end struggles at Toronto’s Rogers Centre?

TORONTO - The Orioles need to prove they can beat the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. If they can’t do it today, they’ll be looking up at the Blue Jays in the standings. Last night’s 6-5 loss was frustrating for the team and its fans. Kevin Gausman could not follow up some recent good outings. The Orioles could not start the series off on

O’s talk about the frustration of series-opening loss at Toronto

TORONTO - The Orioles got the start they wanted tonight at Rogers Centre. A struggling offense produced a 2-0 lead when Mark Trumbo plated two with a clutch double with two outs in the first inning. But five batters into the last of the first, O’s right-hander Kevin Gausman had allowed three solo homers and the Orioles trailed 3-2. They would never lead again in

Kevin Gausman allows three homers in the first (Blue Jays win 6-5)

TORONTO - Well, this did not start as a pitchers’ duel. These teams picked up where they left off here early last month when, in a four-game series, Toronto outscored the Orioles 30-24. Tonight, in the first inning, Toronto outscored the Orioles 3-2. The Blue Jays rocked Kevin Gausman for three solo homers in the first five batters. He took the mound leading 2-0, but

O’s game blog: It’s Gausman against Estrada in Toronto series opener

TORONTO - The Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays open an important weekend series tonight at Rogers Centre. As the series begins the Orioles (58-43) hold first place in the American League East by 1 1/2 games over the second-place Blue Jays (57-45). The Orioles are looking to improve on a 21-27 road record and a mark of 4-9 since the start of last season in

Showalter pregame on Ondrusek, Brach, the offense and more

TORONTO - In adding right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek today, the Orioles got a pitcher who has had good major league numbers against left-handed batters, a clear factor in this addition. While Ondrusek pitched the last two years in Japan, in 270 2/3 major league innings with Cincinnati between 2010-2014, he held lefty batters to a .236 average and right-handed hitters to an average of .257.

Orioles sign Ondrusek, Roe designated for assignment

TORONTO - The Orioles today made an addition to their bullpen, signing 31-year-old right-handed pitcher Logan Ondrusek to a major league contract, the team announced. To make room on the 25-man roster, right-hander Chaz Roe was designated for assignment. Ondrusek went 8-3 with a 2.17 ERA in 102 games with the Yakult Swallows of the Japan Central League over the last two seasons, including a

With bats slumping, Orioles head to Toronto for a big weekend series

With their one-game trip to Minnesota now behind them, the Orioles can now set their sights on the Toronto Blue Jays and a big weekend series at Rogers Centre. It’s a matchup of two of the top teams in the American League East. The Orioles have been rather streaky since the All-Star break. They won the first two out of the break, then lost four

Jimenez allows one run, but bullpen falters in loss to Twins

On the night that struggling right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well, those that followed him to the mound in Minnesota could not say the same. The Twins scored four times in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Orioles 6-2 at Target Field. The Orioles fall to 58-43 with three straight losses that have followed a five-game winning streak. They were trying for

O’s game blog: Can Ubaldo Jimenez turn it around against the Twins?

The Orioles play a makeup game at Minnesota tonight for the postponement there on May 9. They play at Target Field tonight in the final game of the season series between the teams before they head to Toronto for a big American League East weekend series starting Friday. Tonight, we find out if Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 7.38 ERA) can beat the odds and pitch well

Notes on Dylan Bundy, Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Davis

Here are a few notes and observations as the Orioles head out on a two-city, four-game road trip starting tonight at Minnesota and moving on to Toronto this weekend. Dylan Bundy was impressive: Bundy was dealing. Bundy looked strong last night, retiring the first 16 Colorado Rockies he faced and taking a perfect game into the sixth inning. The fact he gave up two homers

Dylan Bundy on his outing and other clubhouse quotes

For most of his postgame interview tonight, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy was as tough on himself as he was for most of tonight on Colorado Rockies hitters. While he will no doubt take away a lot of positives from tonight’s outing, maybe it’s another good sign for the rookie that he wants to focus as much on what went wrong in a game his team

Rockies finally get to Dylan Bundy and top O’s in series finale

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy was rolling. He struck out the side in the second. He tied his career high with seven strikeouts by the fourth inning. He had a perfect game through five. But two changeups that found too much of the plate in the Colorado sixth changed everything. Nick Hundley and David Dahl homered to turn a dominant outing into one where Bundy took

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy gets the start, plus farm notes

After splitting two games with the Rockies, the Orioles host Colorado tonight in the series finale. Having lost just one home series all year, going 12-1-3, the Orioles need a win to keep that intact. They lost two of three to Seattle at Camden Yards in mid-May. Right-hander Dylan Bundy (3-2, 3.30 ERA) makes his third start and 25th appearance. Right-hander Jon Gray (6-4, 4.12

Matt Wieters: No excuses for the pitches he could not catch

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is a two-time Gold Glove winner. So when O’s pitchers threw three wild pitches the last two nights, it was a strange sight to see Wieters misplay one or two pitches that looked catchable. One instance occurred Monday night with the Orioles and Rockies tied 1-1 in the top of the seventh. David Dahl was on first base with two outs.

As Chris Tillman struggled, Tyler Wilson was strong for the Orioles

For the Orioles, two right-handers took the mound last night, one that had been struggling lately and the other who was looking to become the majors’ first 15-game winner. Who would thought it would be Chris Tillman that would give up six runs to slow the recent momentum of the Orioles starting rotation? Who would have thought that Tyler Wilson would get back on the

Chris Tillman and Adam Jones comment after O’s loss to Colorado

Over his previous four starts, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman allowed four runs on 16 hits in 28 innings. Tonight, he gave up four runs in one inning when he allowed five hits in the top of the third of the Orioles’ 6-3 loss to Colorado. Tillman gave up a season-high-tying six runs on nine hits over five innings and 89 pitches. His ERA was 1.29

Chris Tillman takes the loss and Orioles’ win streak ends at five

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was a pitch away from getting out of a third-inning jam. Then he was a pitch away from allowing just two runs. But both times the Colorado Rockies hitters won the battle. Tillman, who was 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA his last four starts, allowed four runs in the third and six over five innings tonight as the Orioles lost 6-3

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman looks for his 15th win of the season

With back-to-back walk-off wins, the Orioles have enjoyed a 4-0 homestand since Friday and look for another win tonight as they host the Colorado Rockies in the second game of a three-game series. At 58-40 with five consecutive wins, the Orioles own the best record in the American League, the second-best record in the majors behind the Cubs (59-39) and lead the AL East by

Back with the Orioles, Ubaldo Jimenez waits for his next chance

Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is back with the club after becoming a father for the first time. Now he’s waiting to find out when and where he will pitch again. Jimenez went on paternity leave on Saturday and that night his wife gave birth to a daughter named Jimevi. While Jimenez was going through that wonderful experience, his name was the subject of trade rumors.

The O’s now have second-best record in the majors (plus other notes)

Here are a few notes and observations after the Orioles pulled off their second straight walk-off win last night, beating the Rockies 3-2 on an error in the 10th inning: Cubs first, O’s second: Remember when the Chicago Cubs got off to that incredible start and were the talk of baseball? Chicago was 25-6 on May 10 and looked to be easily the best team

Adam Jones on the win, Yovani Gallardo on his outing

Tonight, the Orioles followed up their walk-off win via Nolan Reimold’s pinch-hit two-run homer with a walk-off win on an error as they beat the Rockies 3-2 in 10 innings. Adam Jones charged down the line from third on a grounder back to the mound in the 10th. Colorado right-hander Jordan Lyles fielded that grounder off Manny Machado’s bat with runners on first and third

Another walk-off win: Game ends on an error as O’s top Colorado

For the second day in a row, the Orioles produced a walk-off win. This one came with less drama, but it still counts. Tied 2-2 with Colorado in the 10th, they faced right-hander Jordan Lyles. With one out, Adam Jones singled. He went to third on Jonathan Schoop’s single to right. Jones scored on an error to produce a 3-2 win. Manny Machado hit a

O’s game blog: It’s Gallardo against De La Rosa in series opener

The Orioles are 5-2 against National League opponents as they get set to host the Colorado Rockies tonight for the first of a three-game series at steamy Camden Yards. The O’s have gone 2-1 versus the Los Angeles Dodgers and 3-1 against San Diego. This is their first series with the Rockies (47-51) since they went 2-1 in 2013. The clubs have split 12 all-time

Matt Wieters on his return to Orioles lineup tonight

For the first time since last Monday, catcher Matt Wieters is back in the Orioles lineup tonight, catching and batting sixth. He got hit in the right foot in New York a week ago and was on the active roster, but missed six games. “It has gotten better each day and moving around is no problem now,” Wieters said this afternoon. “That is what we

With rotation getting better, do O’s still need to add a starter?

The Cleveland Indians went 22-6 in June. They came to Baltimore on Friday night with the best record in the American League. They were 30-14 in their previous 44 games. But they left Baltimore after getting swept three in a row. The Orioles, at 57-40, now own the best record in the AL and are on a 95-win pace. Some of the dire predictions by

Reimold on his walk-off homer (and other clubhouse quotes)

It was not a bad Sunday for the Orioles. They got another strong performance from their starting pitcher. They got Darren O’Day back and they completed a three-game sweep of the first-place Cleveland Indians with a walk-off victory. It was a walk-off win produced by an unlikely hero. Outfielder Nolan Reimold batted with Pedro Alvarez on second and two outs in the ninth of a

Reimold’s pinch-hit, walk-off homer in the ninth beats Indians

Well, that is one way to win a game. Struggling Nolan Reimold hit a pinch-hit, walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Orioles beat Cleveland 5-3 to complete a three-game sweep. This was Reimold’s third career walk-off homer and his fifth homer of the year. It scored Pedro Alvarez, who struck out to start the ninth against right-hander

O’s game blog: Vance Worley on the mound as O’s go for sweep

The Orioles last swept a three-game series at home against the Cleveland Indians from June 26-28, 2015. It was just last year, so they try for two in two years if they win today over the Tribe at Camden Yards. The Orioles have posted wins by 5-1 and 5-2 over Cleveland the last two nights. They have held the Indians to three runs on 15

A few stats and notes on Trumbo, the starters, Britton’s record and more

I guess you can’t predict baseball. The last two nights, the last-place Twins have beaten Boston while the the Orioles have beaten first-place Cleveland. The Orioles are back on top of the American League East and their lead is now 1 ½ games over Boston and three over Toronto. Cleveland came to Baltimore with the best record in the American League. Now they share that

Kevin Gausman on his outing, the rotation (plus other clubhouse quotes)

For a team and a fanbase waiting for good starting pitching, two Orioles first-round draft picks have delivered the last two nights. The Cleveland Indians came to Baltimore with the best record in the American League, but have lost back-to-back games, scoring three combined runs. Dylan Bundy allowed one unearned run over five innings last night and right-hander Kevin Gausman tonight pitched seven scoreless innings

Kevin Gausman throws seven scoreless as O’s top Tribe 5-2

If the Orioles’ starting pitchers are pushing to elevate their game in the season’s second half, tonight’s game was another significant step. Right-hander Kevin Gausman delivered his third scoreless outing of the season, pitching seven strong innings as the Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in front of 31,946 at Camden Yards. Gausman allowed four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts, throwing a career-high

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman on the mound in Game 2 against Tribe

The Orioles are 3-1 this season against the American League Central-leading Indians and 17-6 against teams from that division. They try to add to both totals tonight in the second game of the series at Camden Yards. Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer and Manny Machado added a solo blast in last night’s 5-1 win at Oriole Park. Dylan Bundy allowed one unearned run over

Dan Duquette defends farm during State of the O’s address

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter met with season ticket holders today at Camden Yards. It was their annual “State of the Orioles” address. There were a few questions about the Orioles’ minor league system, during which time Duquette defended the O’s farm. One woman asked this: “When will the Orioles farm system come into the 21st century?”

After Bowie rehab game, Darren O’Day feels ready to return to Orioles

It has been more than a month since reliever Darren O’Day has pitched for the Orioles, but his wait to return to the active roster is now potentially down to to hours. O’Day could return as soon as tomorrow. After his rehab outing last night for Double-A Bowie, he feels ready to rejoin the team. On the disabled list since June 3 with a right

Dylan Bundy’s long road back leads to first win as a starter (plus trade talk)

I can remember a time when we wondered if Dylan Bundy would be treated like a Rule 5 draft pick this year. At one point in the spring, manager Buck Showalter wondered how things would go if Bundy was healthy but not getting major league hitters out. On the day after the Orioles announced that one top pitching prospect in Hunter Harvey would undergo Tommy

Dylan Bundy gets first win as a starter as O’s top Cleveland

Showing an effective pitch mix from the outset tonight, Orioles rookie right-hander Dylan Bundy picked up his first win as a starting pitcher as the O’s beat Cleveland 5-1 in the opener of a three-game series. Bundy’s secondary pitches were effective early on as he pitched a career-best five innings, allowing five hits and one unearned run. He did not walk a batter, fanned five

O’s game blog: It’s a matchup of 2011 top draft picks at Camden Yards

The Orioles return home tonight to start a six-game homestand. The Cleveland Indians are in town first for a three-game series. The Colorado Rockies follow Cleveland to Camden Yards. At 54-40, the Orioles trail Boston by a ½ game for first place in the American League East. At 56-38, Cleveland owns the best record in the AL and leads the Central by seven games over

At least for a few games, the O’s rotation is trending up

While some were fretting over the Orioles’ slumping offense, did the O’s shaky starting pitching rotation start to put some things together? There have been some modest gains. For instance, over the last nine games, the O’s rotation ERA is 3.61. In seven of the nine games, the O’s starter allowed three earned runs or less. Five times that was two earned runs or less.

Tillman wins 14th, Schoop drives in two as O’s end losing streak

The Orioles had a few at-bats in their series at New York where the clutch hits didn’t come, so Jonathan Schoop’s at-bat in the seventh inning today was a nice change. Clinging to a one-run lead over CC Sabathia and the Yankees, the Orioles’ second baseman delivered a key two-out, two-run double. It provided the Orioles a three-run lead and they went on to beat

O’s game blog: Tillman looks for 14th win (O’s add Brandon Bonilla)

The Orioles will try to end their road trip on a winning note today. That would allow them to end a four-game losing streak and avoid being swept four in a row at New York for the first time since Sept. 19-22, 2005. The Orioles have gone 3-10 at Yankee Stadium since the start of the 2015 season and are 12-20 there since 2013. The

A look at the offense, Gallardo’s outing and some trade talk

Well, look on the bright side: Yovani Gallardo went seven innings for the first time in over a calender year. That actually could be a positive and we’ll get to that in a moment. But first, the offense. It’s been offensive. It’s been real bad. Here are the latest numbers: The Orioles have scored just two runs in the first three games of this four-game

Blanked in the Bronx: O’s fall as losing streak reaches four

At this point for the Orioles, both the losses and the frustrations are mounting. For the Orioles, it was another night lacking clutch hits and runs as they lost 5-0 to the Yankees in the Bronx. They have lost three games in this series scoring a total of two runs on 14 hits. They went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position tonight, making them 2-for-17

O’s game blog: Orioles look to end three-game slide at New York

With a lineup missing Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Hyun Soo Kim, the Orioles take on the Yankees in the Bronx tonight. They’ve lost the first two games of this series by 2-1 and 7-1 scores. The Orioles’ offense has produced just two runs on nine hits with one homer in this series, going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The Orioles have

With each loss, the fanbase gets a little more nervous

The Orioles have been alone or tied for first place every day since June 4. By the end of tonight, they could fall into second in the American League East. A loss by the Orioles (53-39) at New York and a win by Boston (52-39) over the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park would move Boston atop the division standings. To say there is at

The sixth inning proves pivotal as the Orioles fall at New York

It was one inning in one game, but it was pivotal tonight. In the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium, the Orioles failed to maximize a rally. Meanwhile, the Yankees took advantage of a rally of their own. It led to another O’s loss, this one 7-1 to New York. The Orioles have dropped three straight games, scoring just four runs in that span. The Birds

O’s game blog: The O’s have scored just nine runs on the road trip

The Orioles look to get their slumping offense going tonight in the second game of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Birds have scored just five runs the last three games. In the four games of this road trip, the O’s are batting just .206 and have scored nine runs. They are 1-for-21 with runners in scoring position on the trip. The Orioles begin

A look at the recent struggles of the offense

Last night seemed like a good time for the Orioles to break out of a developing batting slump. Try to nip it in the bud before it could develop any further. They just could not do it. They lost 2-1 to the Yankees and figured to have trouble in the late innings with Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and then Aroldis Chapman, who was throwing 105

O’s game blog: Tonight’s game and minor league notes (O’s lose 2-1)

The Orioles have played the Yankees six times this year, winning four, but both of those series were in Baltimore. They make their first visit to Yankee Stadium tonight to start a four-game series. Off a series win on the road against the Rays, the Orioles are 53-37 and leading the American League East by two games over the Red Sox and three over the

Quick takes on Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and the offense

A few quick thoughts on the Orioles as they leave St. Petersburg, Florida after taking two of three and head for Yankee Stadium. The Orioles and Yankees play a four-game series starting tonight. Does Bundy continue to start?: I see no reason for the Orioles to do anything but give Dylan Bundy the ball every fifth day for now. At some point they are going

Dylan Bundy allows three homers as O’s fall to Rays

In a span of just 11 batters today, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy allowed as many homers as he had given up in his previous 22 games and 38 innings this year. Bundy allowed three homers this afternoon in his first major league start as the Rays beat the Orioles 5-2 at Tropicana Field. The Orioles were looking for their first three-game sweep there since May

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy makes first major league start in Rays finale

After posting wins by scores of 4-3 on Friday and 2-1 last night, the Orioles go for a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon at Tropicana Field. The Orioles last three-game sweep in St. Petersburg was from May 6-8, 2014. Last month, from June 24-26, the Orioles completed their first-ever four-game sweep of the Rays, home or away, when they took four

After Tillman time, it’s Bundy time

From mid-June until the end of the month, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman allowed 14 runs in 14 2/3 over three starts. Now that looks very much like a blip on a radar. Tillman allowed four or more runs in all three of those starts. He has allowed four or more in his 17 other combined starts this year. So yeah, minor bump in the road.

O’s game blog: A look at the season series with TB (O’s win, 2-1)

The Orioles look to continue their 2016 success against the Tampa Bay Rays as the clubs play the second game of their three-game series tonight at Tropicana Field. The Orioles are 8-2 versus the Rays this season. They have won six in a row, outscoring Tampa Bay 38-18. They completed their first ever four-game sweep of Tampa from June 24-26 in Baltimore. The Orioles rallied

O’s open second half with a win that looked familiar

In one game to start the Orioles’ second half we saw a microcosm of many of the 87 games that took place in the first half. The Orioles hit homers. The O’s bullpen and defense was outstanding. Their starting rotation was not. They won. We saw that a lot in the first half. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop didn’t make the All-Star team this year, but

Slow start, strong finish: O’s rally to beat Rays on Schoop’s homer

The Orioles got another shaky performance from a starting pitcher. They fell behind 3-1 after three innings. Chris Archer looked sharp early on. Zach Britton saw the tie run reach third with one out in the ninth. But the Orioles won. Maybe it was a case of a first-place team finding a way to win and a last-place team finding a way to lose. Second

O’s game blog: Orioles, Rays begin second half tonight at the Trop

The Orioles begin the second half tonight at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., taking on the Tampa Bay Rays in the start of a three-game series. To say the Rays are struggling is an understatement. They have lost six in a row and 10 of 11 games. Since June 16, they are 3-22. During that 25-game stretch, the Rays’ team ERA is 5.99 and

Orioles agree to terms with seventh-round pick Preston Palmeiro

With less than two hours remaining before today’s 5 p.m. deadline to sign 2016 draft picks, the Orioles reached an agreement with N.C. State first baseman Preston Palmeiro, their seventh-round pick. Palmeiro, the son of former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro, agreed to the slot bonus of $204,700 for that 211th pick. With this agreement, the Orioles have come to terms with their top 13 selections and

Hart gets shot as bullpen lefty and the Rays are still struggling

There has been a bit of a shuttle going on in recent days in the Orioles bullpen as the club works to find another left-hander to join Zach Britton and also fresh arms to help keep the ‘pen from being overused. Just in the last several days before the All-Star break, we saw Ariel Miranda, Jayson Aquino and Jason Garcia make their way onto the

Orioles working to sign Preston Palmeiro as deadline approaches

Here is the latest on the Orioles’ draft signings as all major league teams face a deadline at 5 p.m. ET on Friday to complete them. The Orioles continue to pursue their seventh-round pick, N.C. State first baseman Preston Palmeiro, the son of former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro. An industry source says the Orioles and Palmeiro’s reps, including his father, have had “active discussions the last

Looking at some possible in-house options for the rotation

As the Orioles look to upgrade their starting rotation during the second half, will they look first at internal options? There are just not many pitchers on the farm right now pitching to a level that is forcing their way onto the roster in Baltimore. But there may be some pitchers worth at least looking at. Odrisamer Despaigne is currently on the Orioles roster and

Are the Orioles considering adjusting the plan for Dylan Bundy?

You may have noticed that the Orioles rotation ranks near the bottom of the American League right now, while the team has a 51-36 record to rank at the top of the AL East. But in the second half, the rotation will need to pitch better and the Orioles will need to find pitchers that can do that. That brings us to Dylan Bundy. The

Great Britton: O’s lefty closer perfect so far in save chances

Once one of baseball’s top young starting pitching prospects, Orioles left-hander Zach Britton is now one of baseball’s best ninth-inning pitchers. He leads the American League with 27 saves in 27 chances and tonight takes the field in San Diego as part of his second straight All-Star team. Britton has remarkable numbers. He is 2-1 with an 0.72 ERA. Over 37 2/3 innings, he has

Davis on the first half, Duquette on the rotation, Brach on All-Star nod

The Orioles reach the All-Star break leading the American League East by two games. They are 51-36 and ahead of the pace of the 2014 Orioles that won 96 games and the American League East title. “I think we’ve played well,” first baseman Chris Davis said. “There have been times when we’ve really shown we’re a complete team and there have been times we struggled.

Kim on his injury, Tillman on the win and more clubhouse quotes

Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim suffered a strained right hamstring today and left the game in the second inning of the O’s 4-2 win over the Angels. The injury happened when Kim was running to first base on a groundout to second in the first inning. “I felt a stinging pain as I was running,” Kim said, through interpreter Danny Lee. “I talked to the

Tillman with seven strong innings, Davis and Hardy homer in win

Chris Tillman may not have made the All-Star team, but he reminded us today why he was clearly deserving of consideration. Even if he did walk a few more than he wanted to. Tillman pitched seven strong innings as the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 in front of 32,963 at Camden Yards. The O’s hit the All-Star break with a record of 51-36

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman starts first-half finale

He got the start in the first game of this season, and today Orioles’ right-hander Chris Tillman gets the call in the last game of the first half. Tillman (11-2, 3.55 ERA) faces Los Angeles Angels’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (1-2, 7.50 ERA) in the finale before the All-Star break. Tillman is indeed having the bounce-back season the Orioles had hoped for. He has recorded 10

Manny Machado expresses confidence in O’s front office (plus other notes)

During an interview Friday before the start of this series between the Orioles and Angels, third baseman Manny Machado expressed confidence in the team’s front office. He has confidence in that group to make any moves the Orioles need to make to stay in first place for the long haul. “They know what we need,” Machado said. “Now it is just a matter of getting

Jonathan Schoop on his go-ahead hit, plus other clubhouse quotes

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is putting the finishing touches on a strong first half. He had two more hits for the Orioles today, as he scored the tying run and drove in the go-ahead run in their 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. With runners on first and third in the eighth of a 2-2 tie, his line drive single to center put

O’s tie in seventh, get lead in eighth and beat Angels 3-2

Sometimes the Orioles use home runs to win and sometimes a few singles get the job done. Today, they strung together three singles off Joe Smith in the last of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 in front of 43,288 at Camden Yards. Now 50-36, the O’s lead atop the American League East is back at two

O’s game blog: Yovani Gallardo faces Angels in second game of series

After last night’s ugly 9-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles need to beat Los Angeles the next two days to win this series. By doing that, the Birds would avoid losing only their second home series of the 2016 season. The O’s fell to 31-14 at home last night. That result ended their five-game home winning streak, and they are 14-4 in

Solid bat, improved defense have led Chance Sisco to the Futures Game

He is one of the Orioles’ top prospects. While he has never been ranked in an end-of-season top 100 list by Baseball America, catcher Chance Sisco was rated No. 85 yesterday when it released its mid-season top 100 prospects report. The Orioles’ 21-year-old Double-A catcher is trending up. The kid the Orioles drafted out of a California high school in the second round in 2013

Jimenez and Wieters after O’s loss to Angels

After his latest poor outing - one in which he gave up five runs and five hits in 1 1/3 innings - Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez said this is the toughest stretch of his career. “There is no doubt about it,” he said. “This is the toughest thing I’ve had to face, but like I’ve said before, I’m never going to put my head down.

Ubaldo Jimenez struggles again, O’s blasted in series opener

It got even worse tonight for struggling Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. He had another short outing, put his team behind four runs early in the game and didn’t survive the second inning. Jimenez allowed five runs and five hits over 1 2/3 innings as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles 9-5 in front of 44,317 at Camden Yards. On the night the Orioles honored

O’s game blog: O’s hosts Angels to wrap up first half

The Orioles are back home tonight to host the Los Angeles Angels in the final series before the All-Star break. The Orioles are 31-13 (.705) at home this year and are 10-1-3 in 14 series at Camden Yards. The Birds are 14 games over .500 for the season at 49-35 and 18 games over .500 in home games. The Orioles won two of three in

Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer and Boog Powell on the 1966 World Series

This figures to be a special night at Camden Yards. The Orioles will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 World Series four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the first of three World Series wins for the Orioles. There will be a pregame video tribute to that team that will begin at approximately 6 p.m.. Following the video, the Orioles will welcome

Mark Trumbo talks about the Home Run Derby

The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo is the major league leader with 26 home runs and the top seed for Monday’s eight-player Home Run Derby competition at the All-Star game. It is an event that he looks forward to and said he will enjoy. But just how important is this event to Trumbo? “Not very,” he said this afternoon in the Orioles clubhouse. “It is a lot

Time for some home cooking before the break (plus other O’s notes)

The Orioles, who own a .705 winning percentage at Camden Yards this year, are about to enjoy some home cooking heading into the All-Star break. After the Orioles’ 14-inning win over the Dodgers on Wednesday gave them a 4-5 road trip, the Orioles host the Los Angeles Angels for three games beginning tonight. The Orioles have lost just one of 14 home series. They have

Another look at how the Orioles ended the road trip on a high note

LOS ANGELES - When the game ended, the Los Angeles Dodgers had just one relief pitcher left and were out of position players. The Orioles had two relievers left and J.J. Hardy still available. After they played for 5 hours and 26 minutes and over 14 innings, the Orioles outlasted the Dodgers to post an impressive 6-4 victory. The O’s bullpen pitchers - they used

After long day, Orioles talk about 14-inning win over the Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - The Orioles’ bullpen kept getting huge outs, but the Orioles offense kept making outs. Mark Trumbo tied the game 4-4 with a homer in the sixth inning. When the O’s batted in the top of the 14th against the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was still a 4-4 game. Orioles hitters had a stretch after Trumbo’s roundtripper where they went 0-for-21 with 12

Caleb Joseph on facing Bud Norris (Orioles win 6-4)

LOS ANGELES - The Orioles trail the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 this afternoon in the third inning against their former teammate, pitcher Bud Norris. Justin Turner hit a two-run homer in the first off Kevin Gausman. The dinger was No. 12 for Turner and it came on a 1-0, 94 mph fastball. The Orioles got one back in the second. Mark Trumbo was credited with

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman on mound in L.A. series finale

LOS ANGELES - Back in late May, the Orioles had a three-city road trip with two series on the West Coast. They went 4-5 on that excursion to Anaheim, Houston and Cleveland. A win today at Dodger Stadium would make the Orioles 4-5 on this trip to San Diego, Seattle and Los Angeles. That would not be a winning trip, of course, but a respectable

Notes on Friday’s starter, Sedlock’s debut and more

LOS ANGELES - Orioles manager Buck Showalter still has not announced which pitcher will start Friday’s series opener at home against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Showalter was asked if it will be an internal candidate. “All options are open. See how we get through today. Put our best foot forward today and put our best foot forward on Friday,” he said. Showalter was

A few notes on Tuesday’s win and more with the All-Stars

LOS ANGELES - Now that the Orioles have a win, how about two in a row? Now that they saw their starting pitcher record a quality start, what about doing that again? The Orioles scored one more run on Monday at Dodger Stadium (5), than they did in last night’s 4-1 win. But Chris Tillman pitched his team to a victory, going seven innings, allowing

Tillman, Machado and Showalter after O’s 4-1 win

LOS ANGELES - Looking to end a five-game losing streak and finally get a deep start from their rotation, the Orioles got both tonight. Chris Tillman allowed just one run over seven innings in their 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers had won five in a row and 15 of 20 games, and also had a 10-game home winning streak riding. That

Showalter on O’s All-Stars, plus other notes (Orioles win 4-1)

LOS ANGELES - Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent a good portion of his pregame meeting with reporters today talking about his club getting five players chosen for next week’s All-Star Game. “Real proud of them, for the organization, for the fans,” he said. “It’s good to see that they got there by different ways. Somebody asked me which one meant more. I think they all

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman takes mound as O’s look to end slide

LOS ANGELES - The Orioles are trying to end a few streaks tonight in the second game of this three-game series with the Dodgers. The Orioles have lost five in a row, the Dodgers have won 10 games in a row. With their American League East lead down to two games, the Orioles (47-35) try to end a losing streak during which they have been

Five Orioles headed to All-Star Game react to their selections

LOS ANGELES - For the first time since the 2013 season, the Orioles have five players headed to the All-Star Game. Manny Machado will start at third base for the American League team next Tuesday in San Diego. He is joined on the AL roster by four teammates: pitchers Zach Britton and Brad Brach, outfielder Mark Trumbo and catcher Matt Wieters. The Orioles have had

Machado an All-Star starter, four other O’s selected

LOS ANGELES - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been selected as the starter at third base for the American League in the All-Star Game, which will be played on Tuesday, July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego. Machado is batting .325 with 29 doubles, 18 homers, 50 RBIs, a .380 OBP, a .584 slugging percentage and an OPS of .964. Machado’s name is

Facing Norris, Aquino’s arrival, Shorebirds pitcher gets award

LOS ANGELES - The Orioles will have a reunion of sorts with old friend Bud Norris in the final game of this series on Wednesday afternoon. He will pitch for the Dodgers against Kevin Gausman. Los Angeles acquired Norris in a trade from Atlanta last Thursday and he made his Dodgers debut the next night. He threw six scoreless innings on two hits against Colorado.

Can O’s salvage this road trip or will it get worse?

LOS ANGELES - New city, same recent result for the Orioles. The flight south from Seattle to Los Angeles did not lead to a win to snap a losing streak. It just led to more frustration. Now they have lost five in a row, the latest defeat a 7-5 loss Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Their starting pitcher seems to get knocked out of the

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 7-5 loss to the Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - Tonight at Dodger Stadium, a red-hot team met one struggling for wins. The struggling group took the early lead, but in the end, the hot team charged back to win. The Los Angeles Dodgers won for the 15th time in 20 games and ran their home win streak to 10, beating the Orioles 7-5 in front of 47,378. The Orioles fall to

Hardy wins long battle with Urias, O’s get lead (Dodgers win 7-5)

LOS ANGELES - Looking to snap a four-game losing streak, the Orioles got the jump on the Los Angeles Dodgers and their talented young left-hander tonight. After 19-year-old Julio Urias retired the Orioles on just 10 pitches in the top of the first, they worked him for three runs as he needed 41 pitches to get three outs in the second inning. That frame started

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

LOS ANGELES - Trying to avoid what would be a season-high five-game losing streak, the Orioles look to get back in the win column tonight. They face the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium to start a three-game series. Exactly 81 games into the season with 81 more to go the Orioles are 47-34. Boston won this afternoon 12-5 over Texas to move to within

Showalter pregame on the bullpen, O’Day and Friday’s starter

LOS ANGELES - Orioles manager Buck Showalter saw his team allow 31 runs in losing four games at Seattle and his starters cover just 18 innings in that series. Despite that, he said his bullpen is in good shape heading into this three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that starts tonight. “We came out of four tough days pitching-wise and we have just about

O’s add D. Alvarez from Norfolk, Aquino from Bowie

LOS ANGELES - The Orioles made four roster moves today in advance of their series opener in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. They recalled outfielder Dariel Alvarez from Triple-A Norfolk and left-hander Jayson Aquino from Double-A Bowie. They placed Pedro Alvarez on the bereavement list and optioned left-hander Ariel Miranda to Norfolk. The 27-year-old Dariel Alvarez hit .271/.309/.363 with three home runs, 21 doubles, and

Jones on Kim: “People are eating their words on pointless opinions”

LOS ANGELES - When he hit just .178 in spring training with no extra-base hits and two RBIs in 45 at-bats, who would have expected Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim to be playing as well as he has in the first half? He refused to go the the minor leagues and hardly got off the bench early in the year. But now, after 130 at-bats,

Swept in Seattle, can O’s rebound in Los Angeles?

SEATTLE - So the Orioles are 7-4 in their last 11 games but they got there in a streaky manner. They won seven in a row for the third time this year to tie a season best. Now they have lost four in a row for the second time to tie a season-worst. Mark Trumbo was asked if he had any concerns about the team

Winless in Seattle: Wrapping up the series loss at Seattle

SEATTLE - For the Orioles, it was a terrible series in Seattle. They lost four games by a combined 31-15 score. Their starting pitchers gave up 21 runs in 18 innings. Seattle’s Seth Smith homered in every game and hit a grand slam today. The Orioles are 1-6 versus the Mariners in 2016. After today’s 9-4 loss at Safeco Field, the Orioles reach the season’s

More with Ariel Miranda (O’s lose 9-4, swept four straight at Seattle)

SEATTLE - Cuban-born left-hander Ariel Miranda is in the major leagues for the first time. The Orioles signed the 27-year-old Miranda to a minor league contract in May of 2015 after he pitched for seven seasons in Cuba’s Serie Nacional. Today his contract was purchased from Triple-A Norfolk and he was added to the Orioles roster as right-hander Tyler Wilson was optioned to Triple-A. Pitcher

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez on mound as O’s look to avoid Seattle sweep

SEATTLE - After coming out of a brutal stretch where he pitched to an ERA of 11.47 over seven starts, Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7, 6.63 ERA) has pitched well in back-to-back games. Does he make it three in a row today at Safeco Field? An O’s rotation that has pitched to an ERA of 6.43 its last 15 games could stand to use a

O’s add Ariel Miranda, option Tyler Wilson to Triple-A

SEATTLE - The Orioles’ roster is still ever-changing, even when the Orioles have to add player from the East Coast to join them on the West Coast. Cuban-born left-hander Ariel Miranda was added to the roster today and is in the bullpen for today’s game. To make roster room, right-hander Tyler Wilson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher

O’s reach the halfway point today in first, but with rotation concerns

SEATTLE - First, the good news: The Orioles will reach the halfway point of the 2016 season today and will be in first place. They are 47-33 and will either be on a 94 or 96-win pace after today’s game. They will lead the American League East by, at worst, three games at the 81-game mark. Now the not so good news: The Orioles’ rotation

Showalter, Wilson and Wieters after O’s blowout loss in Seattle

SEATTLE - Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the first inning tonight for Seattle and Mike Zunino added a two-run shot in the second. But the Mariners were not close to done at that point. Seattle blasted five homers tonight off O’s pitchers and right-hander Tyler Wilson allowed a career-high eight runs as the Mariners routed the Orioles 12-6 in front of 29,362 at

Showalter on lack of bullpen lefties (O’s lose 12-6)

SEATTLE - As the Orioles face Seattle here at Safeco Field in this four-game series they are playing with just one left-hander in their bullpen, closer Zach Britton. Lefty T.J. McFarland went on the disabled list on Thursday and was replaced by a right-hander. Are the O’s a little short on southpaws in the bullpen? “It would be an excuse that we are not going

O’s game blog: Tyler Wilson on the mound in Game 3 at Seattle

SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners have been pretty good this year against the American League East and the Orioles are quite aware of that. Seattle is 4-1 versus the Orioles and 11-6 against the AL East, including a 5-0 record at Safeco Field. The Orioles will try to hand them their first home loss against an AL East team when the clubs play tonight in

O’s notes on O’Day, Givens, Wright (Harvey to pitch at Aberdeen)

SEATTLE - The Orioles are hopeful that reliever Darren O’Day could throw another bullpen session when the team plays in Los Angeles starting Monday. But while saying O’Day felt good today and that was a positive step, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said again that O’Day’s return from a high hamstring strain is still moving at a slow pace. Showalter made it sound like the chances

O’s are rooting hard for Brad Brach to make All-Star team

SEATTLE - Brad Brach has been one of the best relief pitchers in the American League this year. And if the right-hander makes the American League All-Star team for the first time, it will be very popular in the Orioles clubhouse. The Orioles are pulling for the 30-year-old right-hander to get selected. His resume is strong. In fact, Brach’s stats right now are very similar

Showalter on Gausman, Schoop and the rotation

SEATTLE - The Orioles began this series Thursday night at Safeco Field coming off a series at San Diego where they scored 23 runs in winning two games. They had scored 82 runs in their last 10 games and were averaging 6.74 runs per game over the last 27 games. They had scored six runs or more in 16 of those 27 games. That pace

Showalter, Gausman and Schoop after O’s lose to Seattle

SEATTLE - The Orioles’ road trip started with an offensive bang. They scored 23 runs on 29 hits with four homers in two wins at San Diego. But now they have scored just five runs on 13 hits with two homers at Seattle. The Orioles lost 5-2 to the Mariners tonight to fall to 1-4 versus Seattle this year. They’ve scored 12 runs in those

Showalter on position players pitching (O’s lose 5-2 at Seattle)

SEATTLE - In the clubhouse this afternoon, Orioles players were watching the Cleveland-Toronto game with great interest. The Indians ended up winning 2-1 in 19 innings. The losing pitcher was Toronto infielder Darwin Barney. That led Orioles manager Buck Showalter to tell reporters he knew which position player he would use on the mound in a similar situation, but he wasn’t volunteering any names. Of

O’s game blog: The Orioles have scored 10 runs in four games against Seattle

SEATTLE - The Orioles are 1-3 this season against the Seattle Mariners after Thursday’s 5-3 loss at Safeco Field in the opener of a four-game series. They have been outscored 24-10 in the four games. The Orioles are batting just .189 with three homers and an OPS of .546 against Seattle pitching. Mariners hurlers have an ERA of 2.31 in the season series. As the

Notes on Kim’s start, O’Day’s injury, Britton’s velocity

SEATTLE - Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim has 122 at-bats this year, but just four against left-handed pitchers. He is starting tonight versus Seattle lefty Wade LeBlanc. It’s his first start against a southpaw. “LeBlanc is a reverse split guy with the changeup. So we’ll see,” manager Buck Showalter said. Reverse splits means LeBlanc does worse against left-handed batters over right-handed hitters. In his career

Chaz Roe talks about his callup to the Orioles

SEATTLE - After clearing waivers April 1 and heading to Triple-A Norfolk, right-hander Chaz Roe pitched quite well this year on the farm and he rejoined the Orioles yesterday at Safeco Field. Manager Buck Showalter said Roe was throwing as well as anyone in Norfolk and the O’s added him to their bullpen on Thursday. With the Tides, Roe went 1-2 with a 2.39 ERA.

O’s notes: The 50-RBI club, Joseph’s one liner and more

SEATTLE - When the Orioles’ Manny Machado drove in a run with an eighth-inning single Thursday at Seattle, it was his 50th RBI of the 2016 season. The Orioles now have four players with 50 RBIs or more, as Mark Trumbo has 60, Chris Davis 52 and Machado and Adam Jones have 50 each. The Orioles have played less than half the season at 78

Orioles played .679 ball in June and surged into first place

SEATTLE - For the Orioles, the month of June ended with Thursday’s 5-3 loss to Seattle at Safeco Field, but what a month it was overall. It just may have set the tone for the Orioles to push toward a second American League East crown in three years. Hyun Soo Kim’s homer last night gave the O’s a major league record 56 home runs in

Kim on record-breaking homer, plus other O’s quotes after loss

SEATTLE - The Orioles broke their tie with Oakland and stand alone as the club hitting the most homers ever in June. But it came in a 5-3 loss to Seattle that ended their seven-game win streak tonight at Safeco Field. That took some of the shine off the homer Hyun Soo Kim hit in the seventh inning. He homered for the second straight game

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