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A few notes on the Orioles’ series-opening win at New York

When the Orioles started their series at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night, they were 2-5 in that ballpark this year and then won two of three games. They need to do that or better this weekend at Yankee Stadium, where they began this series with a 2-5 record. On a rainy and miserable night in the opener of this final series of the regular season,

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

The final regular season series of 2016 is here for the Orioles. They know if they sweep the Yankees this weekend in the Bronx, they will be in the American League wild card game next week. But there are still so many possible scenarios that could play out. The Orioles (87-72) and Toronto Blue Jays (87-72) begin the weekend tied for the first AL wild

Michael Bourn the basestealer, plus more notes and quotes from Toronto

TORONTO - Do the Orioles, easily the worst base-stealing squad in the major leagues, suddenly have a base-stealing threat? They certainly do. Michael Bourn has stolen two bases in two nights. That gives the Orioles 19 for the year (the next lowest team total in MLB is 35) and Bourn is now two shy of the team lead. Joey Rickard leads the club with four

Jimenez on his outing and more clubhouse quotes from Toronto

TORONTO - Once a house of horrors for Baltimore Orioles pitchers, the O’s just won a series at Rogers Centre and scored only eight runs in three games. But the Orioles pitching staff allowed just seven runs (five earned) and 18 hits in three games, capping it off with tonight’s 4-0 shutout on three hits. The Orioles won the last two games of this series

Ubaldo Jimenez with a gem as O’s tie for first AL wild card

TORONTO - Pitching in a ballpark where he lasted just 1/3 of an inning in June and where Orioles pitchers had allowed 54 runs in nine games this year, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez delivered a gem tonight for the O’s. The right-hander, who earlier this year lost his rotation spot as his ERA ballooned to 7.06, gave up just one single over 6 2/3 scoreless innings

Showalter on Kim’s success as pinch-hitter (O’s lead 4-0)

TORONTO - In discussing last night’s win again before the game tonight, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked what makes Hyun Soo Kim a good pinch-hitter. His two-run pinch-hit homer last night gave the Orioles the 3-2 lead in the ninth inning. Kim is now 6-for-9 with a double, homer and two RBIs as a pinch-hitter, slugging 1.111 with an OPS of 1.838. “I think

O’s game blog: It’s Jimenez against Stroman in series finale

TORONTO - After last night’s dramatic comeback win, the Orioles can win this series and tie the Blue Jays for the first American League wild card with a victory tonight at Rogers Centre. While the Orioles have won four of their last five games, they have scored just 15 runs in those games and they’ve managed to win several low-scoring games while waiting for their

O’s line up Gausman for Sunday, Bundy could pitch in ‘pen in N.Y.

TORONTO - The Orioles have lined up right-hander Kevin Gausman to pitch the regular season finale on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. That would be after Yovani Gallardo gets the start on Friday and Wade Miley on Saturday. Gallardo left Toronto today to fly to New York in advance of Friday’s start. Manager Buck Showalter today indicated Gausman is Sunday’s starter, but was not ready to

Brian Duensing talks about getting key out in O’s Wednesday win

TORONTO - Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing has only thrown 12 1/3 innings in 13 games for the Orioles. But he was on the mound last night in one of the biggest spots of the year. Toronto, leading 2-1, had the bases loaded and two outs in the last of the eighth with Orioles killer Michael Saunders coming up. Manager Buck Showalter turned to Duensing for

More notes and quotes from one of the biggest wins of the year

TORONTO - The Orioles still are not coming up with the clutch hits with runners in scoring position very often and they are not producing many runs. But they did produce a huge win last night. Yep, they were resilient again. Just as talk was heating up that the Orioles were playing their way out of the postseason, they came up with two huge home

Hyun Soo Kim on pinch-hit homer and other clubhouse quotes

TORONTO - Maybe it is too dramatic to say the Orioles’ season hung in the balance. But maybe it is not. What happens over the next four games and throughout October may truly tell us how huge their 3-2 win over the Blue Jays was at Rogers Centre tonight. Just when it looked like the struggling Orioles offense would fall short in a key game

Hyun Soo Kim’s pinch-hit homer in ninth lifts O’s to huge win

TORONTO - Down by one run and down to their last two outs, Hyun Soo Kim hit one of the biggest homers of the 2016 season for the Orioles tonight. His pinch-hit two-run shot off Toronto closer Roberto Osuna turned a potential 2-1 loss into a 3-2 Orioles win tonight in front of 44,668 at Rogers Centre. The Orioles improved to 86-72 and ensured they

Showalter on the Toronto defense (Trumbo homers)

TORONTO - With two games to go against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2016 regular season, the Orioles have lost the season series. Toronto has won 10 of the 17 games between these teams, including six of eight at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays (87-70) begin this game two games ahead of the Orioles (85-72) for second place in the American League East and

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman faces the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre

TORONTO - Still with a shot to catch the Blue Jays for the first American League wild card while also trying to hold off the teams trailing them for the second wild card, the Orioles play in Toronto tonight in the second game of a three-game series. The Birds were held to eight hits - just one for extra bases, a double - and went

Orioles pitching rotation takes shape for New York series

TORONTO - The Orioles rotation for the final series of the year is starting to take shape. The tentative plan right now calls for right-hander Yovani Gallardo to start Friday night against the Yankees in New York and lefty Wade Miley to pitch on Saturday afternoon. “Gallardo is going to leave (Toronto) tomorrow and he’ll start in New York,” manager Buck Showalter said this afternoon.

Back in lineup tonight, are things slowing down for Mancini?

TORONTO - After nine days in the major leagues, maybe the Orioles’ Trey Mancini has reached the point where his life is starting to feel somewhat normal again. Maybe. He sure had a crazy first few days as he became an instant fan favorite getting curtain calls as he homered in each of his first three major league starts. He became the third player in

After poor 10-game run on offense, O’s bats need to get going fast

TORONTO - In losing four straight games against Boston the Orioles scored just eight runs. In sweeping Arizona three straight they won games scoring three and two runs. Once they won in 12 innings with three solo homers and once they won with an early two-run homer that their pitching made stand up. The starting rotations in Boston and Toronto are going well now and

Chris Davis on ejection and more from the clubhouse

TORONTO - Even at a ballpark where they have averaged five runs a game this year and hit 15 homers in seven games, the Orioles offense could not break out. When Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the last of the first tonight, the Toronto Blue Jays had all the offense they would need. They beat the Orioles 5-1 as the O’s fell two

Orioles drop series opener 5-1 at Rogers Centre

TORONTO - With a chance to move into a tie for the first American League wild card tonight, the Orioles instead fell behind early, struggled again on offense and never caught up. They lost 5-1 to Toronto in front of 44,762 at Rogers Centre to fall two games back of the Blue Jays with five to play. The Orioles are 85-72 overall and 2-6 in

Showalter on Givens and the bullpen (O’s fall 5-1)

TORONTO - No doubt the Orioles bullpen will get a few chances to shine in this series at Rogers Centre. And the Orioles relievers have been doing that most of this season. In fact, over the club’s last 13 games, the Orioles bullpen has pitched to an ERA of 0.74, allowing nine runs (four earned) over 48 2/3 innings. With Darren O’Day back from the

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman gets start in Toronto series opener

TORONTO - The Orioles’ last road trip of the 2016 season begins tonight at Rogers Centre as the Orioles (85-71) and Toronto Blue Jays (86-70) start a big three-game series. It could possibly be a preview of the American League wild card game a week from today. The Orioles were off Monday and moved to within one game of Toronto for the first AL wild

Showalter pregame on Miley, Jimenez and more

TORONTO - As the Orioles play six big games in their final two series of the 2016 regular season, will Buck Showalter manage any differently? He knows the standings show his team just one game behind Toronto for the American League’s first wild card as a three-game series with the Blue Jays begins tonight. “We’ll see what the game dictates,” Showalter said this afternoon in

Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones on playing at Rogers Centre

TORONTO - For a visiting player, Rogers Centre in Toronto can be a tough place to play. And that goes beyond simply facing a tough opponent. As the Orioles open a big three-game series here tonight, a couple of players say the crowd here is as tough on visiting players as any place they play all year. “You know, at least as a defender, you

Will O’s pitching step up at Rogers Centre?

Well, that was one productive off-day for the Orioles. While the players got some much-needed rest, they gained ground on the teams in front of and behind them in the wild card race. The Yankees scored five runs in the top of the ninth and then held off Toronto (86-70) in the last of the ninth to beat the Blue Jays 7-5. That result moved

Britton focused on the playoffs, not awards (plus other notes)

Orioles closer Zach Britton is focusing on trying to get his team into the playoffs and not his chances to contend for a Cy Young Award after this season. But that doesn’t stop reporters from asking him about it and he was asked yet again during the 11-game homestand that ended yesterday. After his 14-pitch save Sunday, Britton is now 46-for-46 in save opportunities. According

A few notes on today’s win and sweep of Arizona

The Orioles pitching staff made an early two-run home run stand up today as they beat Arizona 2-1 on a four-hitter to complete a three-game sweep. It was a big win for the Orioles (85-71), who swept Arizona after being swept in four straight by Boston. If Detroit loses against Kansas City, the O’s will open a lead of 1 1/2 games for the second

Mancini on getting great support and Hardy and Trumbo on Mancini

Here is something Trey Mancini hasn’t done yet - hit a single. So the O’s 24-year-old prospect from Notre Dame is not perfect. But he is putting his name in the major league and team record books. When he hit a three-run homer off Boston’s David Price on Thursday night, Mancini became the first Orioles player to homer for his first two major league hits.

Wade Miley on his outing, plus other clubhouse quotes

Earlier this year, Orioles left-hander Wade Miley heard some boo birds as he struggled here at Camden Yards. Tonight, as he lost a shutout with one out in the ninth, he left the mound to a huge ovation from 40,610 as the Orioles beat Arizona 6-1. “That is kind of what we play for,” Miley said. “You want to do good and do your job

Wade Miley pitches a gem as O’s beat Arizona 6-1

Orioles left-hander Wade Miley was dealing and Trey Mancini was swinging. Both helped the Orioles to an important 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks tonight in front of 40,610 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards This win moved the Orioles (84-71) a half-game ahead of the Tigers (83-71) for the second American League wild-card spot with seven games to play. They remain 1 1/2 games behind

O’s game blog: O’s can move into second AL wild card spot with win

The Detroit Tigers allowed five runs in the top of the ninth this afternoon and lost to the Kansas City Royals 7-4 at Comerica Park. That loss provides the Orioles a chance to move back into the lead for the second American League wild card spot if they can beat the Diamondbacks tonight at Camden Yards. Toronto beat the New York Yankees 3-0 and the

Oliver Drake improves pitch efficiency and finds better results

Orioles reliever Oliver Drake has probably reached that point in his career where he is looking to show the major league staff that he can be more than an occasional call-up player from Triple-A Norfolk. After two years of some back and forth between the minors and majors, Drake is having a strong September for the Orioles. And his manager Buck Showalter is noticing. Drake

A look at the recent strong performance by the Orioles bullpen

They no longer lead the American League in bullpen ERA (fourth), but the Orioles bullpen has been big for the team lately. Last night was the latest example, as six pitchers combined for six scoreless innings in the 3-2 12-inning walk-off win over Arizona. While the Orioles were waiting for a few runs to come - and they had a long wait after being shut

O’s get walk-off win on Trumbo’s home run

On a night they failed repeatedly with runners in scoring position, the Orioles got an important win thanks to two team strengths - power and their bullpen. Mark Trumbo led off the last of the 12th with a solo homer to left to give the Orioles a 3-2, walk-off win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Orioles (83-71) needed to win as the two teams ahead

Notes and quotes with Mancini, Worley and on the Boston series

In the series with the Boston Red Sox, Trey Mancini hit two homers and drove in four runs. But Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo, Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters combined for one homer and four RBIs. That was a problem. In the Boston series, Ubaldo Jimenez made a start and allowed two unearned runs over 5 1/3 innings. But in

Chris Tillman on the loss and more, plus other clubhouse quotes

The Tigers beat the Twins 4-2 tonight to complete a sweep of a day-night doubleheader. That win in the nightcap moves the Tigers (82-70) past the Orioles (82-71) for the second American League wild card. After allowing three early runs tonight and pitching just 1 2/3 innings - his shortest outing of the year - Chris Tillman said he struggled with his mechanics and his

Mancini first Oriole to homer for first two hits, but O’s lose to Sox

Trey Mancini made some Orioles history tonight and he got his team right back in this game as well. They got even, but could not go ahead, as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 5-3 to complete a four-game sweep in front of 26,788 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Detroit beat Minnesota earlier today and is leading its game with the Twins tonight. A

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman faces Boston in series finale

After wins by scores of 5-2, 5-2 and 5-1, the first-place Boston Red Sox can complete a four-game sweep of the Orioles tonight. They have not swept a four-game series at Camden Yards since Sept. 20-23, 2002. Boston has won seven in a row to get to 88-64 and is a season-high 24 games over .500. The Red Sox have a season-best five-game lead in

Adam Jones on hitters pressing, Donnie Hart on facing David Ortiz

If the Orioles are pressing on offense as Chris Davis and manager Buck Showalter said last night, here’s a good question: How does a team in a playoff race, desperate for wins, stop pressing and start scoring? I asked center fielder Adam Jones for his take. “I just think at this time, you want it so bad,” Jones said. “You want to be the guy

Still holding a wild card spot, can O’s come back from brutal loss?

That loss felt like the dagger last night. The Orioles were beaten again by the Boston Red Sox and they greatly contributed to their own demise. Chris Davis made the two-run throwing error on a play that should have ended the top of the sixth with the Orioles leading 1-0. Brad Brach then made it worse by leaving the next pitch right where Andrew Benintendi

Chris Davis on his costly throwing error, plus more clubhouse quotes

For Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, there was no need for spin or rationalization. His error tonight loomed large and led to a costly 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Given a second chance at the ground ball to his right with the bases loaded in the sixth, Davis might have stayed near the bag and let second baseman Jonathan Schoop try to record

Boston takes advantage of O’s sixth-inning meltdown for 5-1 win

Even after allowing a walk and two singles, and even after right-hander Brad Brach fell behind a batter 3-0 with the bases loaded, the Orioles still should have been out of the top of the sixth inning tonight with a 1-0 lead. Instead, they allowed five unearned runs and left that half-inning trailing Boston 5-1 at Camden Yards. They lost by that 5-1 score to

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez gets the start against Boston

With a record of just 2-4 on an 11-game homestand, the Orioles look to get their offense going and get back in the win column tonight as they host the first-place Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox (87-64) have won the first two games of this series over the Orioles (82-69) by identical 5-2 scores. The Orioles have just 10 hits in this series. Over

Adam Jones on Orioles attendance, Donnie Hart on Trey Mancini

The topic of Orioles attendance seems to be one creating continued discussion. The Orioles rank 10th in the American League in attendance and the first two games of the Boston series drew crowds of 18,456 on Monday and 20,387 last night. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones today gave his take on the club’s attendance, thanking the fans that do come and wishing a few more

After falling back in division race, O’s need to hold wild card now

The Orioles’ hopes to win a second American League East title in three seasons have pretty much gone south in less than a week. When they beat Boston 1-0 last Wednesday at Fenway Park, the Orioles came home one game out of first place. Who knew after completing a 6-3 road trip, with impressive series wins at Detroit and Boston, that the Orioles would unravel

Gausman on a pitch that got away, Mancini on a special homer

It was a pitch that didn’t go exactly where O’s right-hander Kevin Gausman intended. It was a pitch that David Ortiz hit for a huge three-run homer. His blast off Gausman in the seventh tonight turned a one-run lead into four and Boston beat the Orioles 5-2 at Camden Yards. The Orioles fall to 82-69, falling five games out in the American League East with

Trey Mancini hits first major league homer, but O’s lose to Boston

Boston’s Mookie Betts and David Ortiz combined to beat the Orioles. Yes, again. The two players that O’s pitchers can’t contain this year helped Boston to a 5-2 win tonight at Camden Yards. At 82-69 the Orioles have lost the first two games of this four-game series to fall five games out of first place with 11 remaining. The hopes of another division championship are

O’s game blog: Gausman faces Boston at Camden Yards

After last night’s 5-2 loss to Boston, the Orioles host the Red Sox tonight in the second of a four-game series at Camden Yards. The American League East leading Red Sox are 86-64 while the Orioles are 82-68. The Orioles are tied with Toronto for second place, both four games behind Boston and both co-leaders for the two AL wild card spots. In that race,

David Ortiz on retirement, dugout phones and more

On his last regular season trip as a player to Baltimore, during a dugout press conference where he mainly discussed his team, David Ortiz did take a few questions about playing against the Orioles and playing in Baltimore over the years. He was asked, of course, about what happened in the visiting dugout on July 27, 2013. Ortiz destroyed a dugout phone during a brief

Mancini on starting tonight, Wieters on Gausman’s improved third pitch

After getting called up to the majors for the first time on Sunday, tonight Trey Mancini will make his major league debut for the Orioles. He’s batting seventh as the designated hitter against Eduardo Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox. “It is really exciting,” Mancini said this afternoon. “This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life. But at the same time, it’s the

A take on Dylan Bundy, plus O’s and Red Sox notes

Watching Dylan Bundy give up five runs over five innings last night and pass the 100 innings mark for the second time in his pro career, I wondered if the Orioles should consider shutting him down for the 2016 season. But guess what? He is probably only going to make another two starts in the regular season. The Orioles pretty much have gotten the kid

Dylan Bundy on the loss, Manny Machado on Porcello and more

The Orioles’ chance to win the American League East took a hit tonight. A relentless offense finally got to right-hander Dylan Bundy, while the Orioles never did much get to right-hander Rick Porcello. Porcello’s complete-game four-hitter on just 89 pitches lifted Boston to a 5-2 win. The Orioles fall to 82-68 and four games back with 12 to play. They will need to win three

Dylan Bundy allows five runs as Boston takes series opener

Coming into this game, Boston’s Mookie Betts and David Ortiz had hit 14 of the Red Sox’s 26 homers against Baltimore pitching this year. To the Orioles detriment, they added to that total tonight. Betts and Ortiz hit two-run homers off right-hander Dylan Bundy as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 5-2 tonight at Oriole Park. The loss drops the Orioles to 82-68 and they

O’s game blog: A look at tonight’s game (O’s extend deal with Aberdeen)

The Orioles have 13 games remaining and they are three games behind American League East-leading Boston. They open a four-game series with the Red Sox tonight at Camden Yards. They’ll have to win at least three of these games to gain ground. If the O’s manage a four-game split, they would just lose four days off the calender. Anything less than that, and they lose

Chris Davis: “We know how big this series is”

For the Orioles, the math is pretty simple. They trail first-place Boston by three games heading into a four-game series starting tonight. The O’s must win three or more games the next four days or they will fail to gain any ground. But as the series is set to begin tonight, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said the players can’t put pressure on themselves by

A look ahead to the Boston series and more O’s notes/quotes

The Orioles get their last shot this regular season at the Boston Red Sox starting tonight. The Orioles host a four-game series at Camden Yards. After the Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-4 last night, they come to town leading the Orioles by three games and the Blue Jays by four atop the American League East. Boston posted another comeback win over New York and

Mark Trumbo on his big home run (plus more clubhouse quotes)

Two of the Orioles’ strengths all year - power and their bullpen - helped carry them to an important 2-1 win over Tampa Bay this afternoon. They improved to 82-67 and could move to within two games of first if Boston loses to New York tonight. They will be within at least three games of the top spot when the Orioles and Red Sox begin

Mark Trumbo’s tiebreaking homer in eighth lifts O’s to win

Frustrated again by some missed chances that left runs on the board, the Orioles turned to what they do best to get one more run than the Tampa Bay Rays today. Mark Trumbo blasted a tiebreaking homer to center field in the last of the eighth as the Orioles beat the Rays 2-1 to even the series at two wins each. The Orioles improved to

O’s game blog: Wade Miley on the mound in series finale

After losing two of three games to last-place Tampa Bay, the Orioles need a win today at Camden Yards to split this four-game series. Tampa Bay won 7-6 here on Thursday and 5-2 last night, holding the Orioles to seven hits, while the O’s were 5-4 comeback winners on Friday night. At 81-67, the Orioles are tied with Toronto for second place in the American

Trey Mancini talks about his first callup to the major leagues

When Trey Mancini got a text from a club official last night saying to keep his phone nearby, he figured something was up. Not long after, Mancini got a call telling him he was headed to the big leagues for the first time. “It is a dream come true,” Mancini said this morning in the Orioles clubhouse. “The reason I have been playing baseball since

More from the minor league award winners (plus O’s notes)

When the Orioles’ minor league Player and Pitcher of the Year sat at a table at Camden Yards before last night’s game, taking questions from reporters at a press conference, we saw a bit of a contrast. On one side of Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette was catcher Chance Sisco. The expectations were high for Sisco, selected in the second round

Adam Jones and Chris Tillman on falling three back in AL East

The Orioles won two of three at Boston, six of nine of their road trip and pulled within a game of first place coming home for an 11-game homestand. But now they have lost two of three to last-place Tampa Bay to fall three games out in the American League East. Tonight, the Orioles had just four hits after the third inning in a 5-2

O’s can’t hold early lead and lose to Tampa Bay

One night after the stirring ending to beat Tampa Bay at Camden Yards, the Orioles could not hold an early 2-0 lead and lost to the Rays to fall three games off the American League East pace. It was a damaging loss as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 5-2 in front of 27,823 at Camden Yards. The O’s fall to 1-2 on this homestand and

Hearing from the minor league award winners

The Orioles honored their winners of scouting and player development awards for 2016 before tonight’s game. The honorees were also at a press conference earlier tonight at Camden Yards. 2016 AWARD WINNERS * Brooks Robinson Player of the Year: Chance Sisco ( Triple-A Norfolk/Double-A Bowie) * Jim Palmer Pitcher of the Year: Donnie Hart (Bowie) * Elrod Hendricks Community Service Award: Drew Dosch (Bowie) *

O’s game blog: Orioles are 12-5 against Rays

The Orioles host Tampa Bay tonight in the third game of this four-game series and 11-game homestand. The Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks will follow the Rays to Camden Yards during this final homestand of the regular season. The Orioles, 81-66 overall and 30-30 in the second half, are tied with Toronto with both teams 2 1/2 games behind Boston for first in the

Not in lineup, Mark Trumbo provides an update on his back spasms

The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo feels he could play in tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. But for the second game in a row, he is not starting due to back spasms. Trumbo is batting .248 with a major league-leading 42 homers and 100 RBIs, ninth-most in the majors. He has missed just two of the team’s first 147 games. He might miss a third

More notes and quotes from Friday’s win over the Rays

How many times have we seen the Orioles execute a relay play well to get an out at the plate or on the bases? Many times, but it is always important to play good defense and it is pretty critical when it happens to get the last out to preserve a one-run win. We’ve seen Orioles closer Zach Britton pick up his team so many

Orioles talk about the ending and win over the Rays

In a short time with the Orioles - just 12 games - outfielder Michael Bourn has made a nice impact. Tonight in a short time at the end of Friday’s game he made a big impact. Bourn drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth and was involved with the relay play that cut down the potential tying run at the plate

Rally complete: O’s come from four runs down to beat Rays 5-4

For the Orioles, the rally finally came. With some big help from Tampa Bay right-hander Brad Boxberger. The Orioles scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to take a one-run lead and they went on to beat Tampa Bay 5-4 tonight in front of 30,094 loud fans at Camden Yards. The O’s came from 4-0 down to post an important win. The game ended

O’s game blog: Jimenez faces Archer at Camden Yards

After opening an 11-game homestand with a 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay last night, the Orioles host the Rays tonight in the second game of a four-game series. Now at 80-66, the Orioles are tied for second with Toronto in the American League East, two games behind Boston. They are tied with the Blue Jays for both American League wild card spots with both teams

A look at the Orioles’ minor league award winners for 2016

The Orioles today named catcher Chance Sisco their minor league Player of the Year and pitcher Donnie Hart their minor league Pitcher of the Year. Sisco wins the Brooks Robinson award and Hart the Jim Palmer award. They head the club’s player development and scouting awards for 2016. The winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony at Camden Yards tomorrow with awards presented by

One pitcher’s take on Chance Sisco’s defense (plus O’s notes)

Throughout his career, catcher Chance Sisco has continued to move up the list of top Orioles prospects. Drafted out of a California high school in the second round in 2013, Sisco was the organization’s No. 10 prospect, according to Baseball America, at the end of the 2013 season. He moved up to No. 4 after 2014 and to No. 3 after last year. Now Sisco

Matt Wieters and Yovani Gallardo on the Orioles’ loss to the Rays

There were two tough ninth innings for the Orioles tonight. One with missed chances in Baltimore and one where Boston scored five runs for a walk-off win at home against New York. The late-inning drama and tough loss in Baltimore leave the Orioles two games behind Boston with 16 games to play for the American League East lead. Catcher Matt Wieters was asked about O’s

Orioles come up short in series opener against Rays

For the Orioles, it was one frustrating night. In the first of an 11-game homestand, they got poor pitching early in the game and some non-productive at-bats later. It all added up to a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Rays in the opener of a four-game series. The Orioles fall to 80-66. Should New York go on to beat Boston, they will have missed a

O’s game blog: Tampa Bay in town as 11-game homestand begins

Now within one game of the American League East lead while leading the chase for the No. 1 AL wild card spot by one game, the Orioles open an 11-game homestand tonight. It’s the last homestand of the regular season, as they host Tampa Bay and Boston for four games Arizona for three. Tonight the Orioles, 80-65 overall and 29-29 in the second half, host

Steve Pearce on his PRP injection, Britton on Gausman’s outing

The Orioles’ Steve Pearce said he cannot take part in baseball activities for 10 days after getting a platelet-rich plasma injection to alleviate discomfort in his right elbow/forearm area. Pearce received the injection yesterday following an exam in New York with Dr. David Altcheck. With just 17 games remaining, can Pearce even make it back to play at all in the final games? “I don’t

After stirring win in Boston finale, O’s head back to Camden Yards

Sometimes outstanding pitching and defense goes hand in hand, like during many games of the Orioles’ glory years. Like last night, for instance. With an infield defense making tough plays look easy behind him, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman took yet another step toward permanent inclusion in the top-of-the-rotation club. He may have begun to state his case for future memership in the ace club. On

Gausman’s gem: Right-hander throws eight scoreless at Boston

In a big game, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman delivered a huge performance. It was absolutely ace-like in every way. Gausman pitched eight brilliant innings against baseball’s highest-scoring team as the Orioles beat Boston 1-0 at Fenway Park. The Orioles (80-65) moved to within one game of the first-place Red Sox by taking the final two games of the series after losing by 10 runs on

O’s game blog: Birds face 20-game winner Rick Porcello in series finale

The Orioles won their first two series this year at Fenway Park in Boston. They could make it three-for-three if they win the series finale tonight against the Red Sox. The Orioles (79-65) hit three homers and won last night 6-3 after Boston (81-63) won big on Monday night. The Orioles are 7-7 versus the Red Sox this season and 5-3 at Fenway Park. The

After yet another bounceback win, O’s look for series win in Boston

Despite the fact they have been written off more times than we can count and overlooked often by national analysts, the Orioles will take the field with a chance tonight to move within one game of first place with 17 games to play. If they could pull off a huge win tonight at Fenway Park, the division title will still be very much within reach.

A few quick takes on the Orioles’ win over the Red Sox

It was, to say the least, an important victory. For the O’s pitching staff, it felt like a save situation from about the second inning on. But they were up for it tonight as the Orioles beat the Red Sox 6-3 at Fenway Park a night after losing by 10 runs. The Orioles improved to 79-65 and moved to within two games of the first-place

O’s game blog: Bundy faces Boston in Game 2 of series

Needing a win to ensure they stay in sole possession of the second American League wild card while also moving closer to the AL East lead, the Orioles send rookie right-hander Dylan Bundy (8-5, 3.82) to the mound tonight. The Orioles (78-65) play at Boston (81-62) in the second game of this three-game series. Boston leads the division by two games over Toronto, by three

Orioles’ 2016 instructional league roster

The Orioles have announced the roster of players taking part in their Fall Instructional League at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., with games that are free and open to the public from Sept. 19 through Oct. 11. Instructional League is usually comprised of players early in their minor league careers and the roster for this year includes plenty of players drafted just this year.

After blowout loss, can Bundy/Gausman duo slow Boston?

After the Red Sox pounded Orioles pitching last night in a 12-2 win in the series opener, how will the young guns do the next two nights? With their American League East title hopes perhaps hanging in the balance, the Orioles turn to a pair of first-round draft picks in the next two games at Fenway Park. Dylan Bundy (8-5, 3.82 ERA) gets the start

O’s trip continues at Boston (O’s hammered 12-2)

For the Orioles, it started badly tonight and then it got worse. They were blown out 12-2 by the surging first-place Boston Red Sox. The Orioles now need to win the next two nights to take this series and they’ve fallen three games back of Boston in the division. With his defense not making some plays behind him, left-hander Wade Miley had a terrible outing.

Wade Miley on facing his former team and extra rest

When the Orioles begin a big series in Boston tonight, left-hander Wade Miley will once again be on the mound at Fenway Park. But this time he will be pitching against the Red Sox. Last year, Miley made 32 starts for Boston, going 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA. The Red Sox acquired him from Arizona in a December 2014 trade. About a year later, Boston

Notes and quotes from a winning weekend at Comerica Park

DETROIT - It happened again with the Baltimore Orioles. They lost a tough game and yet there didn’t seem to be any tension or concern in their clubhouse after Friday’s gut-punching 4-3 loss at Detroit. The players used a phrase we hear them say often. They would “flush it” and move on. They would quickly put a tough loss behind them, not look back and

Givens on facing Cabrera, Tillman on his return, plus more

DETROIT - For a game in which just four runs were scored, there were clutch performances all over for the Orioles this afternoon at Comerica Park. They beat Detroit 3-1 to win the final two games of the series after Friday’s 4-3 loss. They tie Toronto at 78-64 for second in the division and for the first American League wild card spot. They stay two

Homers by Bourn and Schoop give O’s early lead (Orioles win 3-1)

DETROIT - The Orioles’ 225th home run of the season came from an unlikely source today. But it was big and provided them with a 2-0 lead on Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers in the top of the third inning. Michael Bourn got the start today in right field and presumably one reason was his career .371 (13-for-35) batting average against the Tigers right-hander.

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman faces Justin Verlander in series finale

DETROIT - The Orioles and Tigers have exchanged wins. The Tigers won 4-3 Friday night. The Orioles hit four homers and romped 11-3 last night at Comerica Park. So today’s winner takes the series and the stakes are high. The Orioles will leave here either tied with the Tigers for the second American League wild card or leading them by two games. Heading into today,

Showalter on extra days’ rest for pitchers and more

DETROIT - Right-hander Chris Tillman re-enters the Orioles rotation today, but manager Buck Showalter is not ready to say he is working with a six-man pitching rotation or even say he has six starting pitchers for five spots. For now, he wants to see how Tillman gets through this start and he is looking at how to best use and match up his staters given

Jones on big win, Showalter backs Ausmus, plus more

DETROIT - After losing a tough 4-3 game on Friday night, the Orioles responded well last night. They hit three homers the first time through the batting order, had eight runs by the fourth inning and hammered Detroit 11-3 at Comerica Park. “We understand what’s going on right now,” center fielder Adam Jones said. “(Friday) night was a very tough loss. We battled back, but

Orioles talk about their big 11-3 win over Detroit

DETROIT - On a night they needed a win, the Orioles got solid starting pitching and a leadoff homer, which started an evening that ended with four homers and a blowout victory. One night after a tough 4-3 loss at Comerica Park, the visitors’ clubhouse was alive with loud music after the Orioles’ 11-3 victory. Center fielder Adam Jones delivered the Orioles’ sixth leadoff homer

O’s get lead on early homer barrage (O’s hit four homers, win 11-3)

DETROIT - The Orioles suffered a frustrating loss last night. Perhaps they took out some of those frustrations early in tonight’s game at Comerica Park. The Orioles bashed three homers off Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann among their first eight hitters to take a 6-1 lead after their second at bat tonight. Adam Jones homered on the game’s first pitch. He hit No. 27 on a

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jimenez faces Jordan Zimmermann in Detroit

DETROIT - Now with identical records of 76-64 after Detroit’s 4-3 win last night, the Orioles and Tigers play tonight and will break that tie at Comerica Park. Victor Martinez hit a 404-foot homer off Brad Brach in the eighth inning last night to break a 3-3 tie. The Orioles got a two-run homer from Jonathan Schoop and an RBI single from Adam Jones, but

Orioles set rotation for Boston series (updated)

DETROIT - The Orioles have set their rotation for their upcoming three-game series with the Boston Red Sox that starts Monday night at Fenway Park. Wade Miley (8-12, 5.49 ERA) is set to pitch Monday, with Dylan Bundy (8-5, 3.82 ERA) going Tuesday and Kevin Gausman (7-10, 3.61 ERA) starting on regular rest on Wednesday. Miley will be pitching on seven days rest and Bundy

Chris Davis on his left hand injury and team outlook after Friday loss

DETROIT - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is still bothered by his left hand injury. He sat out Wednesday’s game against Tampa Bay and got Thursday’s off day to rest it, but that didn’t seem to bring about much improvement. Davis has dealt with it all year and knows he will be dealing with it the rest of the way. It is not to the

Time to regroup again: O’s look to bounce back after loss in Detroit

DETROIT - With back-to-back losses to the Rays and Tigers by one run each, the Orioles are 76-64 and have fallen three games back in the American League East race behind division-leading Boston. They’ve now been tied by Detroit as the clubs have identical records and co-hold the second AL wild card spot as play begins today. The New York Yankees are now just one

Brach on V. Martinez homer (and other clubhouse quotes)

DETROIT - For the Orioles, it was a gut-punch loss. After they had rallied from 3-0 down to tie the Tigers 3-3, Detroit’s Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking homer off Brad Brach in the last of the eighth. Kevin Gausman gave them a strong start and battled out of some jams. Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop had huge hits. They cut down a run at

Jones not ready for scoreboard watching (Orioles lose 4-3)

DETROIT - With the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox playing each other this weekend while the Orioles face the Tigers, there is some scoreboard watching to do. Not to mention the fact that five teams are within 4 1/2 games of the Orioles for the second American League wild card spot. The September races in the AL are wild indeed. While there is

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces Michael Fulmer in series opener

DETROIT - The Orioles’ three-city, nine-game road trip makes its second stop tonight. The Detroit Tigers (75-64) host the Orioles (76-63) for a three-game series. Just one game separates the teams in the race for the second American League wild card berth, with the Orioles currently holding the spot. While this series takes place, the Toronto Blue Jays host Boston for three games this weekend

Showalter: “They’ve earned the right to be on this stage”

DETROIT - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said his team has “earned the right to be on this stage.” He was asked by a Detroit reporter this afternoon about how big this series with the Tigers is, The reporter wondered if there is “more juice” for players this time of year? He obviously meant more intensity for such a big series. “We have juice (every game),”

Adam Jones on a big series, Chris Tillman on rejoining rotation

DETROIT - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sounds rather excited about the big weekend series against the Detroit Tigers that starts tonight at Comerica Park. As the series begins, the Orioles are two games out in the American League East and lead Detroit by one game for the second AL wild card spot. “It starts with the first pitch tonight,” Jones said. “We have to

A look ahead at a big weekend series in Detroit

The Orioles’ important nine-game road trip moves on to Detroit for a three-game series that starts tonight at Comerica Park. The Orioles took three of four from Detroit in May at Camden Yards. At 76-63, the Orioles lead Detroit, at 75-64, by one game for the second American League wild card. So, needless to say, this is a big series. Since May 16, the Tigers

Some notes on the Tampa Bay series and contenders’ schedules

After today’s off day for the top three American League East clubs, a big weekend begins Friday with the Orioles at Detroit for a three-game series and Boston at Toronto for three games. Then later, in the final week of the regular season, the Orioles will play three games at Toronto and three at New York. When the Orioles are in Yankee Stadium on the

A few thoughts after the Orioles’ loss to the Rays

The Orioles came up short in their bid to get a three-game sweep to start this important nine-game road trip. They lost 7-6 to Tampa Bay this afternoon to take two of three in the series. They fall to 76-63 with their second loss in the last six games. They are 31-38 on the road, 32-27 versus the American League East and 11-4 against the

O’s game blog: Orioles are 11-3 against the Rays in 2016

The Orioles today are looking for their first three-game road sweep of this season and first three-game sweep at Tropicana Field since May 6-8, 2014. Now one game out of first place in the American League East and leading the second wild card by one game, the Orioles (76-62) have won four of five and six of their last nine. A win today would improve

Are the Orioles elevating their play in time for the stretch run?

Maybe it is not enough of a sample size to make any judgements at all, but the Orioles seem to have elevated their play in the last few games. They went into St. Petersburg to face a Tampa Bay team that was 12-8 in its previous 20 games and with a winning record since the All-Star break. They then won 7-3 and 11-2 at Tropicana

A few notes on the Orioles’ 11-2 win over the Rays

For the second game in a row the Orioles used a big inning to break open a game at Tropicana Field. For an offense that had scored three runs or fewer in 26 of 49 games in the second half at the start of this series, it’s a good sign. The Orioles scored six runs in the top of the fourth tonight and went on

O’s game blog: Yovani Gallardo on the mound in Game 2 against TB

After Monday’s 7-3 win over Tampa Bay, the Orioles are 75-62 with 25 games to play in the 2016 regular season. They start play tonight in third place, two games out in the American League East. They are tied with Detroit for the second AL wild card spot with both teams one game behind Boston, which is holding the top wild card berth, while the

O’s get a big win, plus a look at the final day on the farm

The Orioles don’t seem to want to go down without a fight. It is rather admirable and I’m sure appreciated by the fan base. They are 3-1 since losing that series against Toronto that dropped them four games out of first place in the American League East. They pulled within two games, dropped three back and now are back at two games off the AL

O’s beat Tampa Bay as Ubaldo Jimenez pitches complete game

On Sunday, the Orioles fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and could not overcome the early deficit. Today was quite different. Down 3-0 in the first on the road against Tampa Bay, the Orioles stormed back with two runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to beat the Rays 7-3 at Tropicana Field. The Orioles are 75-62 overall, 30-37 on the road

Duquette talks Bundy and Gausman, plus a look at the RISP stat

After pitching a total of 63 1/3 innings from 2013-2015, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy is at 90 2/3 innings after his most recent outing against the Yankees. Bundy was limited after his Tommy John surgery from June 2013 and the subsequent rehab in addition to a shoulder issue that ended his 2015 season. But as the Orioles push for a playoff spot with 26 games

Wade Miley on his start, Chris Davis on the loss against New York

After a two-start stretch where he pitched to an ERA of 3.75, left-hander Wade Miley could not build on that today. His troubles started with the first pitch. He walked the first two batters to set up what turned into a three-run inning as the New York Yankees beat the Orioles 5-2. There would be no shutout or three-game sweep today. “Just didn’t throw strikes,”

O’s come up short on bid to sweep, lose 5-2 to Yankees

After back-to-back shutouts of the Yankees in this series and three straight games dating to last weekend, today the Orioles’ pitching didn’t measure up. On top of that, the Orioles went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position the first six innings. The O’s fell behind 3-0 in the first inning today and never could catch up in a 5-2 loss to the Yankees. They fall

O’s game blog: It’s Miley against Pineda in series finale

After posting wins of 8-0 and 2-0 the last two nights, today the Orioles look for a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Yankees have just six hits, all singles, in this series, going 6-for-57 (.105) at bat. The Orioles have recorded three straight shutouts of the Yankees for the first time ever. They have allowed 14

A few notes and observations on another shutout win

So yes, it is kind of crazy that the Orioles allowed 27 runs and 36 hits against the Yankees in back-to-back games last weekend and now have allowed no runs on 14 hits in three straight shutouts against the same team. According to STATS, LLC., the Orioles had never blanked the Yankees in three straight games. Until now. The last club to hold New York

O’s game blog: A look at the O’s pursuit of home run records

With 28 games remaining in the regular season, the 2016 Orioles’ 213 homers already rank sixth among all clubs in team history. The Orioles are on a pace to hit 257 homers, which would tie the team record set in 1996. That total is tied for third-most in major league history. The O’s all-time single-season homer leaders: 257 - 1996 217 - 2015 214 -

Trumbo on Bundy, Joseph’s return and homer notes

Last weekend, on Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, the Orioles lost two games to New York. They gave up 27 runs, 36 hits and six home runs in those games. But they shut out the Yankees in the series finale last Sunday in the Bronx and they did the same last night in Baltimore. So in the last two games versus New

Bundy on his outing, Trumbo and Alvarez on the power display

For one night, the Orioles got their hitting and pitching going well at the same time in an 8-0 win over the New York Yankees to start a three-game series at Camden Yards. With Toronto’s loss, the Orioles (73-61) pulled to within three games of first place in the American League East. They recorded their sixth shutout of the season and third against New York.

O’s mash four homers in shutout of Yankees, take series opener

For a team that had scored three or fewer runs in 24 of 46 second-half games (going 3-21), tonight’s second inning was quite welcome. The team leading the majors in homers mashed three of them in a span of four batters to take an early 6-0 lead. The Orioles went on to blank New York 8-0 in front of 24,226 at Camden Yards to start

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces New York in series opener

Now sitting four games out in third place in the American League East and tied for the second AL wild card with Detroit, the Orioles begin a three-game series with the Yankees tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles (72-61) just lost two of three to Toronto and have lost five straight AL East series after going 9-2-1 in their first 12 division series of the

Jones on returning to lineup, Joseph on returning to team

Center fielder Adam Jones is returning to the Orioles lineup tonight. He’s leading off in center field and in the lineup for the first time since a week ago at New York. He has missed the last five games with a strained left hamstring. A reporter asked him how he is feeling today. “I’m fine, how you feeling?” he said. Jones is not a fan

A few things to track over the remaining 29 games (plus farm notes)

Despite the avalanche of negativity on the blog and social media yesterday, I notice the Orioles have a game scheduled with the Yankees tonight. I assume they will show up. I plan to go cover it, so I hope both teams are there. Yes, of course, the Orioles’ poor play has given fans plenty of reasons to doubt them. Some of you have pointed each

Is a division title chance slipping away from O’s and will wild card be next?

On kind of a strange Wednesday for the Baltimore Orioles, their front office was quite active but their offense was not. While the Orioles scored just one run until down to their final out last night, they added two outfielders to their team. They acquired Drew Stubbs on a waiver claim from Texas. They traded for Michael Bourn from Arizona and gave up minor league

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