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Jonathan Schoop and Yovani Gallardo on the series loss to Toronto

It was a series where the Orioles’ much-maligned starting rotation gave up just nine runs, but their hitters scored just nine. The Orioles lost 5-3 to the Blue Jays tonight, scoring just one run until Jonathan Schoop’s two-run homer with two outs in the ninth. Over three games the Orioles scored nine runs on 19 hits and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Their

O’s offense falls flat as Jays take the series finale

For the second time in this series the Orioles got a decent starting pitching performance - this one after a bad start to the game - but their offense could not get much going. Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez held the Orioles to one unearned run on five hits over six innings as the Blue Jays beat the O’s 5-3 at Camden Yards. The Orioles lost

O’s game blog: It’s Gallardo against Sanchez in series finale

The Orioles host Toronto tonight in the finale of this three-game series and everyone knows the math involved. An Orioles win moves them two games behind the first-place Blue Jays, while a loss drops them four games back. The Orioles (72-60) won 5-3 last night after losing Monday’s game 5-1. The Birds hit three homers last night as Steve Pearce, Manny Machado and Matt Wieters

A look at the six Orioles players headed to the Arizona Fall League

Six Orioles minor league players were named to the roster of the Peoria Javelinas today for play in the Arizona Fall League. The 25th AFL season is set to begin Oct. 11 and run through the championship game Nov. 19 and the preliminary rosters were announced today. The O’s are sending right-handed pitchers Jesus Liranzo and Jimmy Yacabonis and left-handed pitcher Tanner Scott to the

Another day, another leadoff man: Kim talks about batting atop order

The Orioles will use their fifth different leadoff hitter in the last six games and their third different one in this series tonight. Hyun Soo Kim will hit leadoff for the first time as an Oriole in the series finale against Toronto. “It is always important for someone to do right on the first time you go out,” Kim said today through his translater Danny

Pedro Alvarez heaps some praise on Manny Machado (plus other notes)

When Orioles third baseman Manny Machado swung at an 0-1 pitch and drove in into the Toronto bullpen in left-center field in the fifth inning last night, it was impressive in a lot of ways. The homer came at a big time. It broke a 1-1 tie and put the Orioles ahead 3-1. It came off 17-game winner J.A. Happ, a strong Cy Young candidate.

Manny Machado on his 100th homer (plus more clubhouse quotes)

On a night the Orioles picked up a huge win, Matt Wieters hit a big homer late, Steve Pearce had a big one much earlier and Manny Machado hit one to reach a nice round number. Machado’s 438-foot, two-run homer in the fifth gave the Orioles, at the time, a two-run lead. It was also the 100th homer of his career and 32nd of this

Wieters’ homer breaks tie and Machado hits No. 100 as O’s top Jays

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez gave the Orioles a strong start. Catcher Matt Wieters gave the Orioles a huge homer that produced a lead and a win. Wieters’ two-run shot off Jason Grilli in the bottom of the eighth broke a tie and lifted the Orioles to a 5-3 win over Toronto tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles improved to 72-60 and moved back within three game

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

After last night’s 5-1 loss to Toronto where the Orioles were held to four hits, the all-bird matchup continues at Camden Yards tonight with the Orioles (71-60) hosting the first-place Blue Jays (75-56). The Orioles are now a season-high four games out of first place. They do hold the second wild card spot in the American League, but by just one game over Detroit, by

Oliver Drake talks about role change from closer to multi-inning reliever

Right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake returned to the Orioles on Sunday. This time he comes back to the team after a role change at Triple-A Norfolk. Before he joined the Orioles for four games in June, Drake was a one-inning closer for the Tides and he went 10-for-12 in save chances. When he went back on June 30, he began to pitch longer outings and earlier

The Orioles’ recent record against American League East is dismal

There was a time when the Orioles were playing around .700 baseball at home and they were in first place in the American League East with a 24-13 (.649) record against division opponents. But right now the Orioles don’t win as much at home or against AL East opponents. They have lost four straight series in the division and lost last night 5-1 to Toronto

Wade Miley on his outing, J.J. Hardy on the loss to Toronto

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy homered and singled in three at-bats tonight - and that was half of the club’s hits as the Orioles went 4-for-30 as a team in a 5-1 loss to Toronto. Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada has had a strong year, but he had given up 11 runs in nine innings in his last two starts. But that trend did not continue

O’s offense quieted, loss to Jays drops them four games out

On the first night of a critical series with American League East leader Toronto, the Orioles got a strong starting pitching performance, but their offense was quieted by Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada. Estrada allowed just four hits and a run in seven-plus innings as Toronto beat the Orioles 5-1 in front of 15,532 at Camden Yards. The Orioles (71-60) fall four games behind the

O’s game blog: Important O’s-Jays AL East series begins at Camden Yards

They have been the leaders in the American League East more days this season (111 of 148) than any other team. But with 32 games left, the Orioles find themselves three games out of first place. They get a chance to cut into that deficit the next three days, hosting first-place Toronto at Camden Yards. The Orioles (71-59) have won four of seven, but have

For Tommy Hunter, another day and interview, plus more one liners

Right-hander Tommy Hunter has been an Oriole again for just over 24 hours and he did his third interview since rejoining the team today. He had one before and after yesterday’s game at Yankee Stadium and today was the first chance for much of the Baltimore media to talk to him because the team was on the road Sunday. So, per usual with Hunter, it

Chris Davis talks homers, pitching, pressure and more

NEW YORK - During an expansive pregame interview Sunday where he called his season “disappointing on a number of levels,” Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit on a number of topics. They included the team’s home run potential, the ups and downs of the pitching staff, and the pressure that goes with signing a big contract. In January, Davis signed the biggest contract in Orioles

Showalter on Gausman, Trumbo on No. 40 and more clubhouse quotes

NEW YORK - Considering that the New York Yankees had torched Orioles pitching for 27 runs on 36 hits the past two days, throwing a shutout this afternoon was a nice upgrade. And, it provided a much-needed Orioles win. Right-hander Kevin Gausman gave up seven hits and fanned nine over seven innings as the Orioles beat the Yankees 5-0 to avoid a sweep and record

Davis on blowout losses, Hunter on O’s reunion (O’s win, 5-0)

NEW YORK - The Orioles have suffered two blowout losses at Yankee Stadium the last two days. While all losses count the same, they may not feel the same. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis seemed to agree with that sentiment when I asked him this morning about the recent run of blowout losses. “We don’t like it,” Davis said. “It is one thing to get

O’s blog: Orioles look to salvage series finale at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman is out to end a long streak of unsuccessful outings on the road. Gausman is winless in his last 25 road starts. His last win away from Camden Yards was on Aug. 17, 2014 at Cleveland. In his 25 road starts since, Gausman is 0-16 with an ERA of 5.55. This season, Gausman has looked very different on

Showalter pregame on Hunter, Tillman, Jones and more

NEW YORK - It has been a busy day at Yankee Stadium for the Orioles roster. Tommy Hunter was signed to a major league contract. Oliver Drake was recalled from Triple-A and T.J. McFarland and Julio Borbon were designated for assignment. Hunter was 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 21 relief appearances with the Indians. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since July 9 and

Looking for an elusive win at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK - We certainly would not expect to hear any players or manager Buck Showalter say it, but the Orioles have to be a bit shaken by the events of this weekend at Yankee Stadium. They came here off an impressive 3-1 run against the Nationals. But the Orioles have allowed 27 runs and 36 hits in back-to-back blowout losses to the Yankees. They

Clubhouse quotes after a second straight blowout loss

NEW YORK - After a second straight blowout loss at Yankee Stadium, the Orioles’ recent pitching numbers look bleak. Now the fans have to hope the season outlook doesn’t match that. The Orioles fell to 70-59 with today’s 13-5 loss to the Yankees. Toronto beat Minnesota, so the Orioles are three games out of first in the American League East and trying to hang onto

Davis hits O’s 200th homer (O’s routed 13-5 at New York)

NEW YORK - The Orioles have now hit 200 or more homers for five straight seasons. Chris Davis connected on a two-run shot in the third inning today that was No. 31 for him and No. 200 for the 2016 Orioles. Davis drilled a 2-1 slider from Chad Green to center field to score Mark Trumbo, who walked ahead of him. It was the seventh

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy on the mound this afternoon at New York

NEW YORK - After a 14-4 loss in the series opener on Friday night, the Orioles are hoping some baseball in the daylight will lead to a victory today. It will take more than sunshine. They’ll need to pitch better. The O’s staff has allowed 62 runs over the last eight games. In that span, they’ve given up eight earned runs or more four times

Showalter on Jones’ injury, Borbon’s addition and more

NEW YORK - With center fielder Adam Jones not starting today because of a left hamstring strain, the Orioles added outfielder Julio Borbon, who is starting in center field this afternoon. The Orioles selected Borbon’s contract from Double-A Bowie and optioned pitcher Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk, where he will re-enter the Tides rotation in a few days. To get Borbon on the 40-man roster,

Another look at a rough series opener

NEW YORK - The Orioles are seeing a new-look New York Yankees team this weekend. They have traded Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran and Ivan Nova since the last time they faced the Orioles, right after the All-Star break. They also released Alex Rodriguez. But the younger lineup has produced a team that is 10-5 over its past 15 games and 14-9 this month.

Adam Jones on his injury, other clubhouse quotes after loss

NEW YORK - Well, Manny Machado hit two home runs. Other than that, not a lot went right for the Orioles tonight. This was a disastrous start to a big three-game series in the Bronx, as the O’s got hammered 14-4 by the Yankees. The Orioles certainly could not build on their run of three wins in four games against the Nationals. Tonight they trailed

Jones leaves with hamstring strain (O’s blown out 14-4)

NEW YORK - Before today’s game, it seemed clear that Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not convinced that center fielder Adam Jones was going to start tonight’s game. That was after Jones was pinch-hit for the in ninth inning last night due to cramping in his hamstring. Tonight, Jones did start, batted once and was removed when the Orioles took the field for the second

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

NEW YORK - The Orioles are out to break a unique 10-game losing streak tonight, one that dates back to the 2013 season. The Orioles have lost the first game in their last 10 series at Yankee Stadium. So, yes, a win tonight in the series opener would be a welcome end to that strange streak. The Orioles are 5-5 against the Yankees this season,

Showalter pregame on Adam Jones, the roster move and more

NEW YORK - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning in Washington last night, but he’s in the starting lineup tonight for the series opener against the Yankees in New York. Jones was removed from the game due to cramping in his hamstring, but said after that contest at Nats Park that he would play tonight. When asked today about

T.J. McFarland on rejoining the Orioles

NEW YORK - With his left knee now sound and his sinker back with its normal movement, left-hander T.J. McFarland rejoins the Orioles’ bullpen today. In the latest shuffling in the Orioles ‘pen today, McFarland was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. The Orioles also designated right-hander Logan Ondrusek for assignment off the 25-man roster. McFarland, 27, was placed on the 15-day DL on June

Second-round pick Keegan Akin pitching well for Aberdeen (plus O’s notes)

As the Orioles’ top draft pick in June this year, right-hander Cody Sedlock has gotten a lot of attention, as top picks do. But the Orioles’ second draft pick, left-hander Keegan Akin, has quietly put together a nice run at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. The Orioles selected Akin out of Western Michigan University with the 54th overall selection. He went 7-4 with a 1.82 ERA in

Max Scherzer throws eight scoreless innings as Nats beat Orioles

He didn’t get to finish the game, but he sure had an impact on it while he was out there. On a night when the Orioles’ Ubaldo Jimenez gave the club a very strong start, the Nationals’ Max Scherzer was even better as Washington beat Baltimore 4-0 tonight at Nationals Park. The Orioles missed a chance for the first-ever season series sweep between these teams

O’s game blog: O’s face Max Scherzer in series finale

With three straight wins this week against the Washington Nationals, the Orioles might need an upset to make it four in a row tonight at Nationals Park. That is because struggling right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.94 ERA) will pitch against right-hander Max Scherzer (13-7, 3.05 ERA), the major league leader in strikeouts (217) and WHIP (0.960). Jimenez has not made a start since he allowed

A look at the O’s success against the Nationals over the years (plus other notes)

Both the Orioles and Nationals have been winning teams since the 2012 season. Both have been in the playoffs twice since then. But despite the fact that the Nats have been a pretty good team since then, the Orioles are 17-6 (.739) versus Washington since that 2012 season, and again this year the Orioles will win the season series, leading 3-0 with one game to

A few stats and notes on the Orioles’ third straight win over the Nats

The Orioles scored five early runs tonight and five more late in the game. Then they had to hold off the Nationals, who scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth, to win 10-8 in front of 39,100 at Nationals Park. The Orioles have won three straight games against the Nationals, outscoring them 22-12. They have won six in a row and 10 of

O’s game blog: Wade Miley has an ERA of 9.53 in four O’s starts

The Orioles’ pursuit of a playoff berth continues tonight at Nationals Park in Washington. The Orioles beat the Nats the last two nights in Baltimore by scores of 4-3 and 8-1. They begin play tonight at 69-56 with 37 games remaining. They are in third place in the American League East, two games back of co-leading Toronto and Boston at 71-54. The Orioles have scored

For now, Zach Britton is not listening to Cy Young talk (Tillman to DL)

By any standard, Orioles closer Zach Britton is having a brilliant season. It is a year that could end with Britton becoming the 10th reliever in major league history to win a Cy Young Award. In 54 games, Britton is 2-1 with an ERA of 0.53 and 38 saves in 38 chances. He has walked 16 and fanned 61 in 51 1/3 innings with a

A few notes on the Orioles’ 8-1 win over the Nats

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman pitched well again at home and for the second straight start, the Orioles backed him with some solid run support. Gausman went six scoreless innings tonight - his fourth scoreless start of 2016 - as the Orioles beat the Nationals 8-1 at Camden Yards. The Orioles sweep this two-game series which now heads to Nats Park for the next two games.

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces Nats in Game 2 of series

After the Orioles posted a 4-3 win at Camden Yards last night against Washington, they host the Nationals again tonight to end a two-game series and an eight-game homestand. They are 2-5 on the homestand, going 0-2 versus the Red Sox, 1-3 against the Astros and 1-0 against the Nats. Tomorrow night this four-game stretch moves to Nationals Park for two more games before the

Norfolk continues to chase a playoff berth plus other minor league notes

Despite holding a record that is 18 games under .500 at 56-74 and currently holding last place in a four-team division, the Triple-A Norfolk Tides remain just two games out of first place with 14 to play. The International League’s South Division is likely going to send an under-.500 team to the playoffs this year. That has not happened in the International League since 1992.

Brach on the bullpen, Trumbo on his homers after the O’s beat the Nationals

O’s closer Zach Britton picked up yet another save last night as they beat the Nationals 4-3 in the first of four straight games between the teams. Britton is now 38-for-38 in save chances. But the game was also saved in the eighth inning, although there is no save stat for the eighth. However Donnie Hart and Brad Brach combined to get three big outs

Bundy on his outing, Hart on a key play and other clubhouse quotes

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy walked four batters tonight and was not touching 96 and 97 mph as he had in some earlier starts. But even with both his velocity and command not as strong as we’ve seen it before, he held a good hitting team in check tonight. The Washington Nationals have the second-best record in the majors and are fourth in the National League

O’s use the longball and some clutch pitching to beat Nats 4-3

The Orioles used a combination of a strong outing by right-hander Dylan Bundy, the longball and some clutch bullpen pitching late to beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 tonight. The O’s take the first of four straight between these teams in front of 31,660 at Camden Yards. Leading 4-3 in the eighth, rookie Donnie Hart came on with left-handed batters Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper coming

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy on the mound in series opener with Nats

The Orioles and Nationals resume their regional rivalry tonight as the clubs meet in the first game of four consecutive meetings. The first two are at Camden Yards and the last two are at Nationals Park. Tonight’s pitching matchup features right-handers. For the Orioles, Dylan Bundy (6-4, 3.36 ERA) makes his eighth start and for the Nationals, A.J. Cole makes his first of the season

Matt Wieters on returning to the O’s and series with the Nationals

After missing two games while on paternity leave, Matt Wieters is back in the Orioles lineup tonight. He’s catching and batting seventh. Wieters and his wife, Maria, welcomed the birth of their second son, Micah, on Saturday night. “It is nice to be back with the guys and get back to playing baseball,” Wieters said. “You appreciate your wife and women a lot more, but

Donnie Hart used preparation and talent to lead to big league success

For a player taken in the 27th round with the 819th overall selection of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, left-hander Donnie Hart is doing pretty well so far in the major leagues. He was called up on Aug. 12 for his second stint with the Orioles this season. So far, the 5-foot-11 hurler has pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits over seven appearances. Lefty

Mark Trumbo on the inconsistent offense and other clubhouse quotes

On a day when the Orioles got seven innings from their starter, their defense let them down in a three-run fifth inning this afternoon when right fielder Chris Davis lost a liner in the lights and third baseman Manny Machado made an error. Houston used the three runs that inning to lead its way to a 5-3 win and the Astros took three of four

Astros beat O’s 5-3 as Birds fall to 1-5 on homestand

For an Orioles team looking for a split of this four-game series, the Astros’ half of the fifth inning was a problem. The Orioles made an error on one play and could not come up with another liner that led to two runs. The Astros scored three runs in the inning and went on to beat the Orioles 5-3 at Camden Yards. Today’s game, scheduled

O’s game blog: O’s face 2015 Cy Young Winner Dallas Keuchel

When this Orioles’ homestand began on Tuesday night against Boston, the Birds had lost just two home series all year, going 13-2-3. But if they lose today, they will have lost back-to-back home series after going 0-2 versus Boston and dropping three of four in this four-game set with Houston. Today’s game is not starting on time and is in a rain delay as the

Parker Bridwell talks about his first callup to the major leagues

Right-hander Parker Bridwell has had a long road to the major leagues, but it ended for him today when he got his first callup to the major leagues to pitch out of the O’s bullpen. An Orioles ninth-round pick in the 2010 draft, he’s thrown 646 career innings on the farm. Today he was added to the roster to provide a fresh bullpen arm. Last

Outscored by 24 runs their last three losses, can O’s turn it around?

The message is pretty much the same after last night’s 12-2 loss to Houston as it was after Friday’s 15-8 loss: the Orioles’ legion of doubters continues to grow and it is up to them to prove them wrong. Right now they are flunking a very important homestand. They lost twice to Boston and were blown out once. They’ve been blown out twice the last

Tillman on his outing, Flaherty on pitching, Jones on team struggles

The best news and maybe the only real good news to come out of the Orioles’ 12-2 loss to the Astros tonight is Chris Tillman said he is fine. He said his shoulder is sound, but his command wasn’t tonight. Tillman gave up six runs and six hits with five walks in two-plus innings, throwing 67 pitches, 33 strikes. His velocity was sitting at 88

Chris Tillman makes early exit as Astros rout Orioles again

Chris Tillman’s velocity was down early in his outing and his command was off later. It was not a good combination and Tillman lasted just two innings plus four batters tonight as the Astros beat the Orioles 12-2. After the Orioles beat the Astros 13-5 on Thursday night, they have been outscored 27-10 the past two nights. In losing for the 15th time in the

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman faces Houston in Game 3 of series

With his start pushed back three days due to right shoulder discomfort, the Orioles will be watching right-hander Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.46 ERA) closely when he faces the Houston Astros and right-hander Mike Fiers (8-6, 4.66 ERA) tonight. The O’s seem confident that Tillman is fine and have said he could have started on his turn, but they decided to take the time to give

Catcher Francisco Pena on rejoining the Orioles

Catcher Francisco Pena found out after Triple-A Norfolk’s game last night at Durham that he was headed back to the majors, although it could be for just a day or two this time. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters went on paternity leave today and could miss as few as one or as many as three games, although two seems most likely. So the 26-year-old Pena, son

Orioles must regroup after discouraging loss to Houston

A night after the Orioles produced an impressive win, scoring 13 runs and hitting six homers, they gave up a season-high 15 runs and lost big to Houston. At least the Orioles can say they have outscored the Astros 21-20 in this series. They’ve hit 11 home runs in two games with one win to show for it. Last night they became the first team

Wade Miley after O’s loss: “I flat-out stunk”

After hearing Wade Miley’s postgame interview tonight, it might be harder to judge whether he took a worse pounding on the field tonight or through the one he gave himself. Miley certainly had a terrible outing tonight. But no one can say he was not accountable for that bad outing. He was certainly not looking for any positives or silver linings in the clubhouse after

O’s hit four homers before making an out, but yield 15 runs in loss

In the first inning tonight, the Orioles hit four homers before making an out. That was historic. But the lead generated by that barrage didn’t last long and the Orioles lost amidst a barrage of Astros runs. The Astros battered O’s pitchers for 18 hits and Jose Altuve drove in five as Houston beat the Orioles 15-8 at Camden Yards. The Orioles fall to 67-54

O’s game blog: Wade Miley looks for first O’s win as Orioles host Houston

When they got swept in a three-game series at Houston in late May, the Orioles scored seven runs in three games with three homers among 24 hits and with a major league record 52 strikeouts for a three-game series. Last night was very different. They beat Houston 13-5, going 18-for-40 with five strikeouts and six home runs. The club had a season-high nine extra-base hits

Manny Machado on the close race in the AL East

For the Orioles, they have now played 74 percent of the 2016 regular season with 26 percent remaining. They’ve played 120 games with 42 to go. For the last three days, they have not been in first place. But for 111 of the season’s 138 days, they have been either tied for first or alone atop the American League East standings. In the only close

A few notes and quotes on series-opening win over Houston

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy did not want to say the Orioles needed it, but they pretty much did. They came off back-to-back losses to Boston where they scored four runs in two games and had dropped into third place. Since the All-Star break, the O’s offense ranked near the bottom or at the bottom of the league in several categories. A night of big offense

Orioles talk about their breakout night on offense

For an Orioles team averaging 3.5 runs per game since the All-Star break, with two or fewer runs in six of the last 11 games, tonight was a big breakout. They hit six homers and beat Houston 13-5. The 13 runs ties a season high and the 18 hits is one off their season best. How badly needed was it? “I don’t want to say

Birdland Power Company: O’s bash six homers in rout of Houston

After scoring just four runs in two losses against Boston, the Orioles topped that tonight in two innings against Houston. For an offense that had scored the fewest runs in the league since the All-Star break, it was a needed breakout game. Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy each hit a pair of home runs,

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman starts series opener with Houston

The Orioles’ outstanding home record has taken a hit recently. Heading into tonight’s game with Houston, they have lost three in a row and five of their last seven at Camden Yards. But overall, the club’s 39-19 home record still produces a .672 winning percentage. And the Orioles still have won eight of their last 13 and 22 of the last 31 at Oriole Park.

Looking at the O’s challenge of facing a rookie pitcher with a strong resume

An Orioles team that is last in the American League in runs scored since the All-Star break faces a different challenge tonight. The last two nights, they saw Boston starting pitchers they are very familiar with in Eduardo Rodriguez and David Price. But tonight, they will see 23-year-old Houston right-hander Joe Musgrove for the first time. He will be a nobody to many fans, but

As O’s offense continues to struggle, the team is 19-22 since July 1

The Orioles had a two-game lead atop the American League East at the All-Star break. But after losing two straight at home to Boston, they find themselves two games behind first and in third place for the first time all season. The Orioles have lost three of four and six of nine games. They are 8-13 the last 21 games and they are 15-17 in

Bundy on his ankle and outing, Davis on his homer and the series

In sizing up his previous starts compared to Wednesday night’s outing against Boston, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy said what happened tonight was easy to explain. “They hit everything,” he said. “I guess. I don’t know. I threw some good pitches and they still hit ‘em. Just one of those nights, I guess. Just have to learn from it and get better from here. Those guys

Boston wins rain-shortened game, sweeps two-game series

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy was eventually going to have a rough night. It happened tonight against the highest-scoring team in the majors. Bundy allowed career highs with nine hits and five runs over 4 1/3 innings as Boston beat the Orioles 8-1 at Camden Yards. The game was shortened to six innings, called after a rain delay of 1 hour, 17 minutes. The Red Sox

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces David Price at Camden Yards

After making starts this season opposite Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi, Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer, Colorado’s Jon Gray, Texas’ Yu Darvish, Chicago’s James Shields and San Francisco’s Matt Cain, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy (6-3, 2.93 ERA) tonight faces 2012 AL Cy Young Winner David Price (10-8, 4.29 ERA) of the Boston Red Sox. Bundy is 4-2 with a 2.76 ERA in his six starts and the Orioles

Hyun Soo Kim talks about making a rare start against a left-hander

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said starting Hyun Soo Kim in left field against Boston lefty David Price was his best option for this evening’s lineup. Kim has had few chances against left-handers this year, but is 0-for-14 with three walks and two strikeouts. Tonight, he’ll make his second start of the year with a lefty facing the Orioles. He started against Mariners lefty Wade LeBlanc

Mookie Betts has not hit the rest of the AL East like he has O’s pitchers

When it comes to Boston outfielder Mookie Betts and his play this year against the American League East, he has been mediocre against three teams but sensational against one. Bet you can guess which one. Or is that Betts you can guess? Betts is crushing Oriole pitching, but batting a collective .223 combined against Toronto, Tampa Bay and New York. In 11 games on the

Orioles talk about the two pitches that cost them a game

Catcher Matt Wieters called them two mistake pitches, and tonight they turned a possible comeback win into a loss for the Orioles. Boston outfielder Mookie Betts, who hit five homers earlier this season in a two-game span at Camden Yards, hit two more tonight, leading Boston past the Orioles 5-3. It was quite a show by Betts, who hit a three-run homer off Yovani Gallardo

Mookie Betts homers twice as Boston takes series opener

The Orioles were able to overcome trailing 3-0 and being no-hit into the seventh inning tonight. They just could not overcome Boston right fielder Mookie Betts. Betts’ two-run homer in the eighth - his second blast of the game - broke a 3-3 tie as Boston beat the Orioles 5-3 tonight at Camden Yards. The teams now have identical 66-52 records with 44 games to

O’s game blog: Orioles host Boston in series, homestand opener

The top four teams in the American League East play tonight as the Orioles begin a two-game series at home with Boston and Toronto continues a three-game series at New York. As they begin play, the Orioles (66-51) and Toronto (67-52) are tied for first with Boston (65-52) one game out and New York (61-57) 5 1/2 games back. No other division in baseball has

Manny Machado talks about home fans and home stretch

With the Orioles about to start a stretch where they will play 14 of the next 19 games at home, and 25 of their last 45 at Camden Yards, third baseman Manny Machado was asked about the Camden Yards fans today. Clearly, the Orioles love playing at home and they have the best home record in the game at 39-17. But the club does rank

With 14 of next 19 at home, can O’s make their move in AL East?

Three teams and one game. That is all that separates the top clubs in the American League East today after Boston won and Toronto lost yesterday. The Orioles (66-51) and the Blue Jays (67-52) share first place and the Red Sox (65-52) are one game back. A Red Sox win at Camden Yards tonight coupled with a Blue Jays loss to the Yankees would create

More notes on the comeback win and a look ahead

When Jonathan Schoop batted in the ninth inning yesterday in San Francisco, he had just one homer and one RBI in his previous 19 games. Nice time to break out. Schoop’s three-run homer completed the Orioles’ comeback from a 7-1 deficit to an 8-7 win. They were down to their last out, trailing 7-5, when he connected. It was Schoop’s 50th career home run. Schoop

Rally time: O’s come from 7-1 down, beat SF on Schoop’s HR in ninth

They were down by six runs at one point. In the ninth inning, they were down 7-5 and down to their last out. But the Orioles completed an amazing comeback when second baseman Jonathan Schoop blasted a three-run homer in the ninth, leading the Orioles past San Francisco 8-7 at AT&T Park. The Orioles were behind 7-1 after five innings, but scored the game’s final

O’s game blog: Orioles look for 5-5 road trip in finale at SF

The Orioles’ 10-game, three-city road trip ends this afternoon when they face the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. They have gone 2-1 at Chicago, 1-3 at Oakland and 1-1 at San Francisco on this trip. In their four wins, they have hit .325 with 11 homers and 19 extra-base hits and have scored 7.8 runs per game. In the five losses, they have batted

Alexander Wells on making All-Star Game (plus O’s notes)

The Orioles’ Australian import is certainly having a strong first season in pro ball. Alexander Wells, a 19-year left-hander from Newcastle, Australia, is 4-5 with a 2.03 ERA in 10 starts for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. His strong season is leading him to Tuesday’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Hudson Valley. “It is a very good honor,” Wells said in Aberdeen this week. “A bit

O’s lose walkathon to Bumgarner, Giants 6-2

It was a walkathon by Orioles pitchers tonight in San Francisco. They walked a season-high nine batters. That was not a recipe to try and outscore Giants left-hander Madsion Bumgarner. They could not do it in a 6-2 loss to the Giants. Coupled with Toronto’s win over Houston earlier, the Orioles (65-51) fell back into second place in the American League East by a half-game

Some Bundy numbers, Jones on MLB Network and August trade targets

It looked like Dylan Bundy didn’t have his best command. It looked like the Giants might get to him when they had a run in and two on in the third. But they didn’t and Bundy had yet another solid outing in his sixth major league start. Over 5 2/3 innings, Bundy allowed three hits and one run as the Orioles beat the Giants 5-2

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy on the mound in SF series opener

The Orioles begin a weekend series in San Francisco tonight, the last stop of a three-city, 10-game road trip. They went 2-1 at Chicago and 1-3 at Oakland to begin the trip. Their 9-6 win yesterday ended a three-game losing streak at Oakland, where they had scored just three runs in the first three games. Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam and drove in five

All in the family: Preston Palmeiro brings familiar swing to Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - When it was time for the second day of the 2016 First Year Player Draft on June 10, N.C. State first baseman Preston Palmeiro was in front of his computer to watch every pick unfold. He said that went against all the advice he had gotten. “I didn’t really do a lot to help myself,” Palmeiro said Wednesday at Aberdeen’s Ripken Stadium.

A few notes on the offense after a breakout game at Oakland

When the Orioles scored three runs in the fourth inning today, they matched their total from the first three games in Oakland. In the fifth inning, they topped that on one swing. Mark Trumbo hit a fifth-inning grand slam and drove in five, while Pedro Alvarez added three RBIs, as the Orioles beat Oakland 9-6 to salvage the finale of the four-game series. They had

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman will try to stop another losing streak

He will certainly need some run support to do the job this afternoon, but once again Chris Tillman (14-4, 3.50 ERA) will try to stop an Orioles losing streak. The right-hander has proven very adept at halting streaks this year. In fact, he has helped the club snap five streaks of three consecutive losses or more. He’s done this three times alone in the last

Cody Sedlock has strong outing in Aberdeen (plus O’s notes)

ABERDEEN, Md. - Known as a workhorse pitcher as a junior this season at the University of Illinois, Orioles first-round draft pick Cody Sedlock said the three-inning outings he is throwing now for short-season Single-A Aberdeen are taking some getting used to. Before the Orioles selected Sedlock with the 27th-overall pick in June, he averaged over seven innings a start while going 5-3 with an

Orioles shut out in Oakland, have lost three straight to the A’s

The Orioles’ offensive slump reached a new low on this road trip. They scored two runs on Monday night, one last night and none tonight. They were held to seven hits in a 1-0 loss at Oakland. Oakland left-hander Ross Detwiler had an ERA of 4.40 this year in Triple-A and 5.79 in April pitching out of the Cleveland Indians bullpen. But he made the

As the offense struggles, Chris Davis is bearing the brunt of the criticism

Chris Davis’ struggles have frustrated and angered Orioles fans, who are lashing out at the first baseman who signed a seven-year deal worth $161 million in January. Right now, and for a while now, Davis is not giving the fanbase a reason to embrace him. He hit a 418-foot homer on Sunday at Chicago, but he is 0-for-9 since that blast. Since the All-Star break,

No offense, no win: O’s bats quiet again in another loss in Oakland

For the Orioles, it was yet another night when they didn’t get enough offense. Not nearly enough. New Oriole left-hander Wade Miley pitched a strong game. But as with Kevin Gausman last night, the Orioles plated just one run while Miley was out there and Oakland beat the Orioles 2-1. The Orioles were held to three hits, going 3-for-29 at-bat tonight. The Orioles could have

O’s game blog: Comparing the offense before and after the break

The Orioles’ offense has been seemingly all or close to nothing in the four games of their road trip that continues tonight at Oakland. They’ve scored seven, two, 10 and two runs in going 2-2. The Orioles went 51-36 before the All-Star Game and averaged 5.08 runs per game in the first half. They have gone 12-12 while scoring 3.42 runs per game in the

A look at the inconsistent offense, Aberdeen’s All-Stars and more

The Orioles offense has been inconsistent this season and on this road trip. That inconsistency continuted last night as they lost 3-2 at Oakland and are 2-2 on the trip. In the two road wins the Orioles have hit .359 (28-for-78) with seven home runs, 17 runs and a mark of 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position. In the two losses they have hit .197

O’s bats are quiet in series-opening loss at Oakland

On Sunday in Chicago, the Orioles scored 10 runs in the first three innings. Tonight at Oakland, the Orioles produced two over nine innings in a 3-2 loss to the Athletics to begin a four-game series. Right-hander Kevin Gausman has now made 24 consecutive road starts without gaining a win. He gave up just two runs, but the Orioles scored him just one when he

O’s game blog: Gausman faces Oakland, plus home run notes

After seeing Orioles who were drafted in the first round in Manny Machado (2010) and Dylan Bundy (2011) lead the team to a win Sunday in Chicago, can 2012 first-round pick right-hander Kevin Gausman pitch the Orioles to victory tonight? Gausman (3-8, 4.08 ERA) has recorded five quality starts in his last seven outings, going 3-3 with a 3.61 ERA. He’s allowed two earned runs

At 19 games under .500, Triple-A Norfolk is a playoff contender

One year after the Orioles’ farm system produced division winners at the Triple-A and Double-A levels and saw Bowie win the Double-A Eastern League championship, the O’s could end this season without one playoff team on the farm. As we sometimes say, “if the season ended today” no O’s farm teams would qualify but a few still have a shot while others are well out

More on Machado’s three-homer game, plus is the offense coming around?

There are times when we see something happen at the ballpark that we have never seen before. Yesterday was one of those times. Just twice in the history of the majors - and not for 86 years - has a player hit a homer in each of the first three innings of a game. But the Orioles’ Manny Machado did that yesterday in the 10-2

Pearce on his injury, Bundy his outing and other Orioles notes & quotes

CHICAGO - He has been back with the team for less than a week, but Steve Pearce will now likely miss at least a few games after suffering a strained flexor mass in the right elbow. He got a cortisone injection after today’s game and is optimistic he won’t miss much time. Pearce said the injury first surfaced during his time this year with the

Manny Machado talks about his three-homer day

CHICAGO - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado today became the 16th player in team history to hit three home runs in a game. He also became the second player in Major League history to hit three home runs in each of the first three innings as the Orioles beat Chicago 10-2 at U.S. Cellular Field. Machado hit a two-run homer off James Shields in the

Machado with three homers as O’s beat White Sox 10-2

CHICAGO - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has put on a remarkable show this afternoon at U.S. Celluar Field. He has hit three homers in the first three innings as the Orioles lead 10-0 after the top of the third. Machado hit a two-run homer in the first, a three-run shot in the second and another two-run blast in third. He began the day with

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy on mound in Chicago series finale

CHICAGO - The Orioles and White Sox play the third and deciding game of their three-game series this afternoon. The Orioles (62-47) won Friday night 7-2 and lost last night 4-2 to the White Sox (53-57). Chicago has lost seven of its last 10 games and is 8-14 since the All-Star break. The Sox are 29-25 at home and 16-12 versus the American League East,

Showalter pregame on Bundy, Trumbo’s day off and A-Rod

CHICAGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is giving outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo a day off today, at least at the start of this afternoon’s game. Trumbo is batting .267 with a league-leading 31 homers and 77 RBIs. He is batting .140 (7-for-50) over his last 13 games. “He hasn’t had one (a day off) this year,” Showalter said. “I’m trying to get him, CD (Chris

Brach on his struggles, Showalter on Bundy and other notes

CHICAGO - If there is such a thing as a reliever slump, maybe Brad Brach was in one recently and is starting to come out of it. He’s been so good for so long this year that when he gives up runs, it stands out. Brach pitched a scoreless seventh inning in Friday night’s win in Chicago. But in five games and 4 1/3 innings

Showalter and other clubhouse quotes after 4-2 loss to Chicago

CHICAGO - Sure, the Orioles had a replay call overturned tonight and it cost them a run, but once again their offense didn’t produce much and that was the bigger issue in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. A night after scoring seven runs on 16 hits they were held to six hits by Carlos Rodon and three relievers. The White Sox evened

Chicago takes early lead on Tillman and the O’s (Orioles lose 4-2)

CHICAGO - In search of his 15th win tonight, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman gave up single runs in the first and third innings as the White Sox took an early lead in Game 2 of this three-game series. White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson smoked a double to lead off the home half of the first inning and then Melky Cabrera, batting second, doubled him in

O’s game blog: Tillman looks for win No. 15 against Chicago

CHICAGO - With back-to-back road wins - the last game in Toronto and first game in Chicago - the Orioles look for three in a row tonight against the White Sox. They won 7-5 last night as five players had multi-hit games and Pedro Alvarez homered twice. The Orioles had 16 hits - their most since 17 on June 28 at San Diego. Their seven

Showalter on today’s lineup decisions

CHICAGO - He has hit five homers over his last three games, going 7-for-12, and hit two homers last night, but Pedro Alvarez is not in tonight’s starting lineup for the Orioles against White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon. O’s manager Buck Showalter is not always fond of lineup questions, but he got one today. Why is Alvarez, who has been so hot, not starting? “Why

Gonzalez says he has no hard feelings toward Orioles

CHICAGO - After pitching in 101 games for the Baltimore Orioles, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez pitched one against them last night. He said today that it was definitely weird to be facing his former team and some of his best friends. Gonzalez gave up four runs (three earned) and 10 hits over six innings as the Orioles beat the White Sox 7-5. After pitching to an

Another look at the Pedro Alvarez power surge, plus other notes

CHICAGO - Not only is Pedro Alvarez on a homer tear right now for the Orioles, but he is hitting big home runs. He homered in the second inning last night to give the Orioles a one-run lead over the Chicago White Sox. When he batted in the eighth, the O’s were up by two and his blast added a big run. In his last

Wrapping up the win over Chicago to start the road trip

CHICAGO - It was a strange night at times for the Orioles. They tied a season high by making four errors. Darren O’Day was replaced after getting just one out in the eighth. But they still had enough to hang on to a big win to start this 10-game road trip. Pedro Alvarez produced his second multi-homer game in his last three games and continued

Showalter on Davis’ slump (O’s win wild one 7-5 over White Sox)

CHICAGO - As this game began tonight, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is mired in a long slump. He has just six hits in his last 53 at-bats. Over his past 24 games, Davis is batting .138 with one homer and four RBIs. When asked today if he has seen signs recently of Davis breaking out of this slump, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he

O’s game blog: O’s face Miguel Gonzalez in series opener at Chicago

CHICAGO - After taking two of three at home against the American League Central-leading Rangers, the Orioles begin a key 10-game road trip at U.S. Cellular Field against the Chicago White Sox. The Orioles are 61-46 and tied for the AL East lead with Toronto. They are looking to improve on a 22-29 road record that has seen them lose 12 of their past 18

Pregame notes and updates from Chicago

CHICAGO - Orioles left-hander Wade Miley said his lower left calf felt fine today. He took a comebacker off that calf in the fifth inning of his Orioles debut last night. “No news is good news,” manager Buck Showalter said today of Miley. “Richie (Bancells, head athletic trainer) felt good about it last night. It didn’t swell much last night. I haven’t heard anything from

Wieters on facing Gonzalez and starting seven straight games

CHICAGO - Over the years, the Orioles’ Matt Wieters has caught many of Miguel Gonzalez’s starts. Tonight, he’ll be in the batter’s box trying to get a hit off his former teammate when the Orioles begin this three-game series with the Chicago White Sox. In the visiting clubhouse today, Wieters talked about his affection for the right-hander, and it sounded like he meant more as

Top draft pick Cody Sedlock doing well at Aberdeen (O’s begin big road trip)

The Orioles’ 2016 first-round draft pick, right-handed pitcher Cody Sedlock, has now made five pro appearances for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Sedlock has made five outings of three innings each, going 0-1 with an ERA of 3.00. In 15 innings, he has allowed nine hits and five runs with eight walks and 14 strikeouts. “He’s been good,” Orioles director of player development Brian Graham said. “I’ve

Wade Miley on his debut, Hyun Soo Kim on his first Oriole Park homer

New Orioles left-hander Wade Miley said he should be fine after taking a comebacker off his lower leg to end his outing tonight. Rougned Odor’s hot smash up the middle deflected off Miley and toward second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who threw Odor out to end the top of the fifth inning. “It is on the (left) lower calf,” Miley said. “It tightened up a little

Wade Miley takes loss in O’s debut in Texas series finale

The Orioles debut for left-hander Wade Miley lasted just five innings and ended when he took a comebacker off his foot. Miley might have come out of the game anyway, but he allowed four runs as Texas beat the Orioles 5-3 to salvage the final game of a three-game series. Held to three runs and 10 hits in the series first two games, the Rangers

O’s game blog: Wade Miley makes O’s debut in Texas series finale

Acquired via trade from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, left-hander Wade Miley (7-8, 4.98 ERA) makes his Orioles debut tonight against the Texas Rangers. Miley made 19 starts for the Mariners before the deal. Over his last three starts, he has pitched to an ERA of 2.79 with six walks to 17 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings. Miley went 1-4 with an ERA of 3.45

Zach Britton talks about setting a major league record

After recording his latest save last night in the 3-2 win over Texas, Orioles closer Zach Britton is a major league record holder. He is 2-1 with a 0.59 ERA and 33 saves in 33 chances. According to STATS, LLC, Britton has the longest save streak in as many chances to start a season by a left-handed pitcher in major league history. He broke a

A look at Kevin Gausman’s home versus road stats, plus other notes

In the first two innings last night, it didn’t look like Kevin Gausman was on his game. The Orioles right-hander allowed a run in the first and threw 35 pitches as Texas cut the O’s two-run lead into a one-run game in the second. But without warning, Gausman got locked in. After throwing 50 pitches over those first two innings, he needed to throw just

Kevin Gausman and Matt Wieters on the win over Texas

So over the last three games, the Orioles have won games started by Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez and by Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels of the Texas Rangers. Sanchez was first in the American League in ERA when they faced him and Hamels was second when he took the mound tonight. But the Orioles scored three in the first off Hamels and their pitching made it

Kevin Gausman gets the win as Orioles beat Texas 3-2

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman followed up Dylan Bundy’s scoreless outing last night with a strong outing of his own tonight. Although it didn’t start out that way. Gausman recovered from early trouble to allow two runs over seven frames as the Orioles beat Texas and southpaw Cole Hamels 3-2 tonight at Camden Yards. Darren O’Day pitched a scoreless eighth on seven pitches and Zach Britton

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces Cole Hamels in Game 2 with Texas

The recently streaky Orioles look for a third straight win tonight when they host the American League Central-leading Texas Rangers at Camden Yards. Since July 17, the Orioles have lost four in a row, won five in a row, lost four straight and now have won their past two games over Toronto and Texas. At 60-45, the Orioles lead the AL East by one game

When it comes to Dylan Bundy, the veteran is impressed with the kid

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy has made four major league starts. His teammate, Yovani Gallardo, has made 257. The veteran is impressed with the kid. How could you not be after Bundy’s latest outing for the Orioles last night. Bundy had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings and gave up just one single over seven scoreless frames as the Orioles beat Texas 5-1 in the series

O’s notes on Bundy, O’Day, the offense and more

With each outing, it might be hard for Orioles fans to contain their enthusiasm over rookie right-hander Dylan Bundy. After taking a no-hitter through 5 1/3 innings in his start last week against Colorado, last night he took one through 5 2/3 innings against Texas. While Bundy gave up two homers that spoiled his outing against the Rockies, he held the Rangers scoreless on one

Dylan Bundy on his outing against Texas (plus more clubhouse quotes)

Leave it to Orioles veteran reliever Darren O’Day to perfectly sum up the outing starter Dylan Bundy had tonight. It was a night when the 23-year-old rookie right-hander held the first-place Texas Rangers to one single in seven scoreless innings as the Orioles beat Texas 5-1. “He was born with a gift to command the baseball,” O’Day said. “It was fun to watch. Talked about

Dylan Bundy pitches seven scoreless innings as Orioles top Texas

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy seems to keep getting better and better, and his starts keep getting more exciting. Tonight, he picked up his second victory as a starting pitcher with the longest start of his professional career. Bundy held the Texas Rangers, the team with the best record in the American League, to one single over seven scoreless innings as the Orioles beat the Rangers

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Yu Darvish in Texas series opener

As the Orioles begin a one-series homestand tonight, in advance of a challenging 10-game road trip, they host Texas in a matchup of American League division leaders. The Orioles (59-45) lead the AL East and the Rangers (62-44) top the AL West. The Rangers have the best record in the AL and have won four in a row and seven of nine games. Before this

Adam Jones on the new Orioles, Steve Pearce on his latest return

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones appreciated the moves the Orioles made in the last two days, trading for left-handed pitcher Wade Miley and reacquiring infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce. “It means the front office understands that we have something good on the field and a good product, and they want to improve it,” Jones said. “That is what the trade deadline is. Cool part is we still

A schedule comparison, plus notes on Miley and the month of July

As the Orioles, Red Sox and Blue Jays begin play in August, the chase is on for the 2016 American League East championship with less than 60 games to play. Boston won the AL East in 2013, Baltimore in 2014 and Toronto in 2015. In comparing the remaining schedules for each contender, the Orioles have the most home games remaining. That is a good thing

He’s back: A quick take on Steve Pearce’s return to the Orioles

Steve Pearce is returning to the Orioles. They did not re-sign him over the winter when he hit free agency, but today they traded with Tampa Bay to bring him back to Baltimore. The Orioles gave up 21-year-old switch-hitting catcher Jonah Heim, their fourth-round draft pick in 2013, who was playing at Single-A Frederick. Pearce’s return figures to be popular, from the clubhouse to the

On busy Sunday, O’s picked up a big win and added lefty to rotation

When the Orioles came to bat in the 12th inning on Sunday at Toronto, they had scored just three runs since the start of Saturday’s game at Rogers Centre. They had scored just 12 runs during their five-game losing streak. But they scored four runs in that inning - on Jonathan Schoop’s single and Adam Jones’ three-run homer - as they picked up a huge

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