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A look at the Orioles’ crazy, improbable and dramatic win in the Bronx

The Orioles escaped Yankee Stadium with a win today. They avoided getting swept in the three-game series. They did it the hard way. The real, real, real hard way. Once a team with a closer than almost never blew a ninth-inning lead, today the O’s blew a lead in the ninth for the second time in this series. But right-hander Logan Verrett escaped a major

O’s game blog: Orioles look to salvage series finale

After losing 14-11 in 10 innings on Friday and 12-4 on Saturday afternoon to the New York Yankees, the Orioles have lost their first series of the season. They need a win today to avoid being swept three in a row. The Yankees’ last three-game sweep of the Birds in New York was from July 21-23, 2015. The teams entered the second game of this

Ubaldo Jiménez struggles again; Yankees on verge of sweep

So for the Orioles, the process of regrouping after Friday’s blown eight-run lead is going to take a little while. At least longer than a day after they were crushed 12-4 by the Yankees on Saturday afternoon. The O’s pitchers entered the weekend with the third-best team ERA in the American League at 3.41 and now it is 4.24. The rotation ERA has gone up

O’s game blog: Orioles try to even series (O’s trounced, 12-4)

The Orioles have been either tied for or alone in first place every day of the 2017 season. But a loss today at Yankee Stadium would end that streak. The Orioles and Yankees begin today tied atop the American League East at 14-7, both 2 ½ games ahead of the Red Sox and 3 1/2 up on the Rays. We’ll soon find out if the

Orioles don’t have long to regroup after brutal loss in the Bronx

As far as painful losses go, that one ranks right up there. The Orioles blew a 9-1 lead. They blew a three-run lead in the ninth. They lost to a bitter rival. They lost at Yankee Stadium. They are no longer alone in first place atop the American League East. We could discuss how it unraveled, who is to blame and what it all means,

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman on the mound in series opener

Since the Orioles took two of three from the Yankees April 7-9 in Baltimore, New York has been doing a lot of winning. The Yankees began the year 1-4, but they are 12-3 since then and just took a two-game series from Boston with 3-1 and 3-0 wins. This is the Yankees’ best 15-game stretch since July 9-July 28, 2015. New York is 8-1 at

Do the Orioles face a tough call on Chris Tillman?

Is a pitcher with an ERA of 6.35 and a batting average against of .319 in three minor league rehab starts ready to pitch in the majors? Those numbers suggest he’s not, but Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was pretty emphatic that the answer is yes when he was interviewed last night. Making his third rehab start and coming back from shoulder discomfort, Tillman pitched five

Despite mixed results, Chris Tillman feels ready to rejoin O’s

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman made his third minor league rehab start here tonight. Pitching for Single-A Frederick, he gave up six runs to the Potomac Nationals at Pfitzner Stadium. But despite a shaky pitching line, Tillman said felt great and he feels ready to join the Orioles’ rotation and make his 2017 season debut. Tillman expects that decision to be made after

Without everything clicking, Orioles are playing .700 baseball

So here are a few things going on with the 2017 Baltimore Orioles. Their opening day starter Kevin Gausman has an ERA of 7.50. Right-hander Chris Tillman has been on the disabled list all year and closer Zach Britton has been on the DL the last 10 games. All-Star third baseman Manny Machado is batting .205 and 2016 MLB homer leader Mark Trumbo is hitting

Bundy on his outing and reduced velocity (plus other quotes)

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy delivered another solid performance tonight. He did it with reduced fastball velocity and heavy use of his secondary pitches. But he was good again, allowing four hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 5-4 by scoring two runs in the last of the 11th. He left with a 3-2 lead that

Walk-off walk: Seth Smith’s bases-loaded walk gives O’s a 5-4 win

The Orioles scored two runs in the last of the 11th tonight, turning defeat into victory, to beat Tampa Bay 5-4 and improve to 14-6 through 20 games. Down 4-3 heading to the 11th, they loaded the bases on two singles and a walk with one out against Alex Colome. They would tie the game on Jonathan Schoop’s sac fly and won it when Danny

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy looks for fourth win in series finale

They have not lost a series all year and the Orioles will try to keep that stat intact tonight at Camden Yards. But they’ll need to win in the third and deciding game of their series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles are 5-0-1 in their six series on the season. The only series they did not win was a two-game split against Boston

After rare bullpen appearance, Alec Asher hopes to stick on O’s roster

Maybe we didn’t realize it at the time, but we got to see a rarity on Sunday here at Camden Yards: 25-year-old right-hander Alec Asher pitched in relief. He is one of the newest Orioles and since the 2014 season, Asher had made 77 starts in the minors and majors with zero relief outings. Then he pitched in the ninth inning against Boston and he

The Orioles offense is looking to break out

When the Orioles produced just two hits and no runs over 29 at-bats last night in a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay, it was an offensive low point for a season in which the team has not scored many runs. We, of course, should keep in mind that the Orioles are 13-6 overall, with the second-best record in the American League, and that they lead

Trumbo on struggling offense, Miley on his outing

The Orioles were shut out tonight for the first time since Aug. 25, 2016 at Washington. Five pitchers combined on a two-hitter as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 2-0. It was the first time the O’s were held to two hits since Sept. 12, 2016 at Boston. The Orioles have scored 21 runs over their past eight games. They’ve scored two runs or less five

No runs, no win: O’s blanked 2-0 by Tampa Bay

Left-hander Wade Miley, whose control eluded him at times, pitched another strong game for the Orioles tonight. But his offense couldn’t get much going against a procession of Tampa Bay pitchers. Shortly before gametime, the Rays announced that right-hander Erasmo Ramírez would not start as planned due to the “uncertain weather conditions.” So the Rays went with a bullpen game and made it work. Five

O’s game blog: Orioles host the Rays in Game 2 of series

With five wins over their last six games and Major League Baseball’s best record at 13-5, the Orioles host Tampa Bay tonight at chilly Camden Yards. It’s game two of a three-game series after the Orioles won the opener 6-3 last night. The 2017 Orioles are the fourth squad in team history to start 13-5 or better. The first three all played in the World

Vidal Nuño came up big in long relief as O’s win again

When left-hander Vidal Nuño came into the game in the fourth inning last night, he needed to get out of a big jam started by Ubaldo Jiménez. The Tampa Bay Rays had scored twice to take a 3-1 lead, the bases were loaded and the top of the order was up. Nuño would face Corey Dickerson, a lefty hitter and then another lefty batter in

O’s take Archer deep three times, win series opener (quotes added)

In his first four starts over 25 1/3 innings this year, Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer did not allow a home run. He didn’t yield one through 5 2/3 innings tonight in the series opener against the Orioles. But then the Orioles hit three off Archer in a span of five batters to come from behind for a 6-3 victory at cold and sometimes rainy

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jiménez facing Tampa Bay in series opener

After taking two of three from Boston, and with a 5-0-1 record in six series to start the season, the Orioles host Tampa Bay tonight to begin a three-game series at Camden Yards. The Orioles are 12-5 and leading the American League East by 1 1/2 games over New York and two games over Boston. On the mound tonight, right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez (1-0, 5.51 ERA)

Hyun Soo Kim on getting few starts and his first hit against a left-hander

Between the Orioles taking a look at Trey Mancini for a few games in left field and the club facing a pretty steady diet of left-handed starters, outfielder Hyun Soo Kim has started just 35 percent of the team’s games. That should change some, beginning tonight. The Orioles face Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer and the Rays have three right-handers scheduled to start in this

Another look: The beanball, the postgame comments and more

Unless we truly believe that the pitch that Matt Barnes threw in the direction of Manny Machado’s head Sunday had no intent behind it and was just one that got away, there was a disconnect in the Boston clubhouse this weekend. The guy injured by Machado’s slide on Friday - Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia - didn’t seem to be upset about the play.

Chris Davis: “I thought it was a cheap move” (plus Machado quotes)

For the second time in this series with Boston, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was surrounded by reporters at his locker. There were no questions about how the Orioles lost 6-2 today to the Red Sox. The topic was the 90 mph pitch that right-hander Matt Barnes threw high and tight in his direction in the eighth inning. It led to Barnes’ ejection from the

Sox hit two early homers, Machado nearly beaned in series finale

As today’s game began, the Boston Red Sox ranked last in the majors with eight homers, and Baltimore Orioles pitchers were on a roll. They had allowed just three runs over their past 42 innings. That all changed, and fast. Within a span of eight pitches to start the game, Boston had four runs and had hit two homers off Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman. The

O’s game blog: Orioles try for a sweep of the Red Sox

Whether it’s been Dylan Bundy, Wade Miley, Alec Asher, Jayson Aquino or even Ubaldo Jiménez, the Orioles have gotten some strong starting pitching for most of this season. But with just one quality start to his credit (the rest of the staff has nine), right-hander guKevin Gausman (1-1, 7.23 ERA) will try to join the party today as the Orioles look for a three-game sweep

Jonathan Schoop on homering off a 58 mph pitch

With Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, we might be seeing the continuation of a player maturing and getting better before our eyes. He did something pretty impressive last night, hitting a nearly 400-foot homer off a pitch that was recorded at just 58.4 mph. You won’t see a batter hit off one much slower this year. Not only did he have to generate the power

Caleb Joseph on Jayson Aquino, plus impressive pitching stats

The Orioles still are not scoring many runs, but they continue to get outstanding starting pitching and they continue to win. Last night’s 4-2 victory over Boston gives them a major league best 12-4 record. They have won four games in a row by a combined 10-3 score. They are 5-0-1 in series for the season. They are 6-1 at home. They are 10-3 versus

Jayson Aquino gets first major league win as O’s top Boston (quotes added)

The latest Orioles starting pitcher to shine was a 24-year-old left-hander from the Dominican Republic that was acquired from St. Louis last April for cash considerations. And left-hander Jayson Aquino was making just his fourth major league appearance and first as a starter. But save for allowing a two-run homer, he was strong tonight as the Orioles beat Boston 4-2 in front of 35,457 at

O’s game blog: Jayson Aquino makes first major league start

Proving that baseball can be hard - or even nearly impossible to predict - we can go back to the third inning Tuesday night when the Cincinnati Reds led the Orioles 9-3. Since that inning, O’s pitchers have allowed one run over 33 innings. They blanked the Reds over the last five innings of Tuesday’s game and pitched a shutout the next night. Then they

Britton on Brach: “He’s been doing that for a while now”

Orioles right-hander Brad Brach has basically pitched a one-hitter this season. After recording three saves on a total of 33 pitches over the last three games, he has now pitched nine innings for the season. He has not allowed a run and given up one hit with three walks and 12 strikeouts. American League hitters are batting .037 (1-for-27) versus Brach. You don’t have to

Givens on winning his duel with Betts (plus other notes)

There has likely never been a visiting hitter to produce such prolific stats at Oriole Park through the years as much as Boston’s Mookie Betts last year. In back-to-back games at Camden Yards last May 31 and June 1, Betts went 5-for-8 with five home runs and seven RBIs. Coming into last night’s game, he had an 11-game hitting streak at the ballpark, batting .488

Manny Machado on the slide, Dylan Bundy on his outing

It was another game that featured some excellent Orioles pitching. But in the home clubhouse, that took a bit of a back seat to a controversial slide that injured Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia late in the game. But before the postgame interviews, the Orioles posted another win, 2-0 over Boston at Camden Yards, to improve to 11-4. Their pitchers have allowed just one run

Dylan Bundy and three relievers blank Red Sox 2-0

The Orioles went from road to home, from playing a National League team to taking on an American League East rival. But their recent run of outstanding pitching followed the club to Camden Yards tonight. And Dylan Bundy’s very impressive season continued, as he faced the defending division champion Boston Red Sox. Bundy pitched seven-plus scoreless tonight as the Orioles blanked Boston 2-0 in front

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy gets start in Boston series opener

The Orioles had a winning home record last year versus every American League East team - except the Boston Red Sox. They went 6-3 at home against New York, 8-2 versus Tampa Bay and 5-4 against Toronto. But the Orioles went just 2-8 at Camden Yards against the 2016 AL East champion Red Sox. As the clubs open a three-game series here tonight, the Orioles

Brad Brach on his first two successful save chances

The Orioles’ first two save opportunities without All-Star closer Zach Britton could not have gone much better. Two clean saves, with Brad Brach recording six outs over the last two nights on 19 total pitches. Called on to protect a 2-0 lead Wednesday night at Cincinnati, Brach retired the side on nine pitches. He entered in the last of the 10th with a 2-1 lead

A look at the stunning pitching run at the end of the Cincy series

So the Orioles’ series in Cincinnati did not start well. They trailed the Reds 9-1 at the end of the third inning on Tuesday night. We didn’t know then what would happen next. The Reds would score just one run in the last 24 innings of the series. Yep, Orioles pitchers did some stunning work. The Reds scored no more runs in their last five

O’s game blog: Miley on the mound in road trip finale (O’s win, 2-1)

After going 1-1 in a two-game series at Boston and 3-1 at Toronto, the Orioles conclude their nine-game road trip tonight at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. They are 1-1 in this series and 5-3 on the trip. Kevin Gausman allowed eight runs over 2 2/3 innings Tuesday night as the Reds won 9-3. Ubaldo Jiménez threw 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball Wednesday night

After strong finish, Drew Dosch gets off to fast start (plus O’s notes)

Since opening day, Triple-A Norfolk has placed two third basemen on the disabled list. First, Chris Johnson suffered a right forearm injury and then Alex Castellanos went on the disabled list yesterday with a left hamstring injury. This all opened the door for third sacker Drew Dosch to get promoted to Triple-A for the first time yesterday. After a strong second half at Double-A Bowie

O’s game blog: Jiménez on the mound at Cincinnati (O’s win 2-0)

He has pitched just 4 1/3 innings in each of his two starts this season. But after right-hander Kevin Gausman went just 2 2/3 innings last night, the Orioles (8-4) could use a solid outing tonight from right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez (0-0, 10.38 ERA). Jiménez has given up five runs against both the Yankees and Red Sox to begin the season. Over 8 2/3 innings, he

Gausman struggles big in series opener (plus minor league results)

Coming off a start at Toronto where he allowed just one run over six innings, the Orioles felt right-hander Kevin Gausman could get their series in Cincinnati off to a good pitching start. No one figured he’d give up more runs in 2 2/3 innings last night than he had allowed in his first three starts combined. But he did. Gausman tied his career-worst night,

O’s game blog: O’s begin interleague play in Cincinnati (O’s lose 9-3)

After splitting two games in Boston and winning three of four in Toronto, the Orioles start the last series of this road trip tonight in Cincinnati. They begin the night at 8-3 overall and 4-2 on this nine-game trip. The Reds are 8-5 and in first place in the National League Central. This is not only the Orioles’ first interleague series of the 2017 season,

Has Wade Miley turned a corner for the Orioles?

Perhaps somewhat lost amid Trey Mancini bashing homers, J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop having big series in Toronto, injuries to Chris Tillman and Zach Britton, and the Orioles being in first place, there is this: Left-hander Wade Miley ended last year pitching well and has begun 2017 the same way. Miley’s first eight O’s starts: 8.41 ERA, .351 average against. Miley’s last five O’s starts:

Cedric Mullins is Eastern League Player of Week (plus other notes)

He’s off to a great start on the O’s farm and today Bowie Baysox outfielder Cedric Mullins was named the Player of the Week in the Double-A Eastern League. Mullins has hit safely in all 10 games to start the season, batting .455/.489/.818 with five doubles, a triple, three homers and eight RBIs. His sizzling hot bat was going to eventually slow a bit and

More on Mancini and Bundy has another strong outing

With four home runs in seven games this year and three in five games last year, Orioles rookie Trey Mancini has put himself in pretty select company. This is courtesy of STATS, LLC and 1913 is as far back as they were able to go on this note which was also discovered Sunday through research on the baseball-reference.com website. Most Home Runs in first 12

Mancini has two-homer day, Britton talks about his injury

TORONTO - A day that started with concern for the Orioles over closer Zach Britton ended with that concern eased a bit. A barrage of home runs and taking three of four from the Blue Jays didn’t hurt. Trey Mancini produced his second two-homer game over his last three games as the Orioles pounded the Blue Jays 11-4 in front of 38,188 at Rogers Centre.

Trey Mancini has second two-homer game, O’s crush Jays 11-4

TORONTO - Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini did more damage to a baseball today. Once again it didn’t take long for it to leave a ballpark once he put a good swing on it. Then he did it a second time. Then his teammates joined in. It was a bash-fest at Rogers Centre. Mancini hit two home runs in a game for the second time

Orioles missed chances early (Mancini hits three-run shot, O’s lead 6-0)

TORONTO - At one time this year, the Orioles as a team had a batting average that was in the high .300s when batting with runners in scoring position. They were leading the American League in that stat. They entered today’s series finale in second, at .313. That had to come back down to earth, and it has the last few games here at Rogers

Orioles place Zach Britton on the 10-day disabled list

TORONTO - The Orioles, as expected, did make a roster move today, but one that was very unexpected. They have put All-Star closer Zach Britton on the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm strain. Right-hander Stefan Crichton has returned to the active roster. Britton is eligible to return on Wednesday April 26. The Orioles were hopeful to backdate that one day since Britton has

O’s game blog: Bundy on mound as O’s go for series win

TORONTO - The ballpark in Toronto, now Rogers Centre and once known as Skydome, has at times over the years been a house of horrors for the Orioles. But with a win today, the Orioles will have back-to-back series wins here. They took two of three in this ballpark last September and have taken two of the first three in this series. The Orioles lead

A few notes and quotes on the weekend series at Rogers Centre

TORONTO - The Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays played 19 regular season games last year, with Toronto winning the season series 10-9. Then the American League wild card game went to extra innings before the Blue Jays won. The clubs have played five games this year, none decided by more than two runs. I sense a theme here. These rivals play a lot of close

Asher on his start, Wilson on the finish, Showalter on loss

TORONTO - On a day that the Orioles were short-handed in the bullpen, they needed a good outing from their starter. They got one big time, but their offense produced only one run to back that up and another walk-off homer beat them in Toronto. The stakes were much less on Saturday than they were in October, but another big crowd roared its approval when

Kendrys Morales homers in ninth and Toronto wins 2-1

TORONTO - That was one strong Orioles debut by Alec Asher. But at the end of the game, the Orioles had suffered another walk-off loss in Toronto. Asher, the 25-year-old right-hander the Orioles acquired late in spring training, proved at least for one day to be a strong pickup. But when Toronto DH Kendrys Morales homered on the first pitch of the last of the

Showalter’s glowing praise for his closer (plus game update)

TORONTO - To say the least, Orioles closer Zach Britton has set the bar sky high. He went 2-1 with an ERA of 0.54 last year and saved 47 games in 47 chances. His current saves streak - which has reached 54 in a row - is tied with Tom Gordon for the second-best in baseball history. They trail only Eric Gagne, who saved 84

O’s game blog: O’s look for an 8-2 start in Toronto

TORONTO - He has not been in the Orioles organization very long, in fact just over two weeks. But right-hander Alec Asher will join the club’s starting rotation - at least for one day. He will start here this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles acquired Asher on March 28 from Philadelphia for a player to be named or cash. Two days later,

Alec Asher on today’s start, J.J. Hardy on Friday’s win

TORONTO - Right-hander Alec Asher has had a whirlwind last couple of weeks. The Orioles acquired him in a March 28 trade with Philadelphia. Two days later, he pitched a scoreless inning versus Detroit in a spring training game. Then he broke camp with Triple-A Norfolk and made a start for the Tides on Monday against Gwinnett. He pitched 4 1/3 scoreless, allowing four hits

Adam Jones on Jackie Robinson Day

TORONTO - In recognition of the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Orioles will honor Robinson’s legacy during today’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. All Orioles uniformed personnel will wear No. 42, Robinson’s retired number, joining all other MLB teams in honoring Robinson’s historic achievement. No doubt this is a very special day in baseball. But

O’s use homer power to rally past Jays, go to 7-2 (with quotes)

TORONTO - The struggling Toronto Blue Jays, seeking to break a six-game losing streak, worked their way into a 3-1 lead through four innings tonight. But the Orioles, a club that can suddenly hit homers in bunches, then did just that. They hammered three out over the fifth and sixth innings and added a fourth in the ninth to rally to a 6-4 victory over

Showalter on Schoop, plus game update from Rogers Centre

TORONTO - Before today’s game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed confidence in second baseman Jonathan Schoop. After batting .105 through the season’s first two games, the second baseman has gone 4-for-7 over the last two games with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs. “Jon’s got a little track record now,” Showalter said. “He brings defensive things that contribute on a night he might not

O’s game blog: Wade Miley gets start in Game 2 at Toronto

TORONTO - Through Thursday’s games, the Orioles held the best record in baseball, a .750 winning percentage at 6-2. A 4-0 record in one-run games was a huge help for a team that has outscored its opponents by just two runs while winning six of eight games. The Orioles are still looking to get their offense going, pulling out a 2-1 victory last night on

O’s add pitcher Paul Fry; Tillman on track for Monday at Bowie

TORONTO - It happened again. The Orioles have acquired yet another pitcher, this time adding 24-year-old lefty Paul Fry from Seattle. The Orioles acquired Fry in exchange for 2016-17 international signing bonus slot No. 105. To make 40-man roster room, right-hander Parker Bridwell was designated for assignment. Fry made one appearance this year for Seattle’s Triple-A Tacoma club on April 10. He pitched two innings,

Pregame notes with Crichton, Asher and Schoop

TORONTO - Taken by the Orioles out of Texas Christian in the 23rd round of the 2013 draft, right-hander Stefan Crichton’s climb to reach the majors leagues is at hand. He was activated by the Orioles yesterday and awaits the chance to pitch in a game and make his major league debut. He found out from Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson just before midnight Wednesday

A look at the latest win and latest pitcher to join the bullpen

TORONTO - Don’t blink during this 2017 Orioles season or you could miss something. Like a close game, another win, another trade, a standing of first place in the American League East. So it hasn’t been boring, right? You think close games are not important? Well, the Orioles are 4-0 in one-run games and lead the division at 6-2. The Blue Jays are 0-4 in

Showalter, Gausman and Britton after O’s hold off Jays 2-1

TORONTO - In the end, all the Toronto Blue Jays needed was a sac fly with one out or bloop single with two outs and they could have pinned a blown save and/or a loss on Orioles closer Zach Britton. But they couldn’t get that and Britton recorded his 53rd consecutive save tonight as the Orioles beat Toronto 2-1. The Orioles are now 6-2 on

Showalter on Drake’s DFA (Orioles win 2-1)

TORONTO - Before tonight’s game, the Orioles selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Stefan Crichton from Triple-A Norfolk, adding him to the 25- and 40-man rosters. To make roster room, right-hander Oliver Drake was designated for assignment. This could mean the end of Drake’s Orioles career. He has been in the organization since the Orioles selected him in the 43rd round out of the Naval

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman starts series opener at Rogers Centre

TORONTO - The Orioles have returned to Rogers Centre tonight to begin a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles’ 2016 season ended here with a 5-2 loss in 11 innings last Oct. 4 in the American League wild card game. The Birds begin the night with a 5-2 record and leading the AL East. Toronto is 1-7 for its worst eight-game start

Showalter on addition of Crichton, decision to start Asher Saturday

TORONTO - The thought process was that the Orioles might remove a pitcher from their roster to get right-hander Alec Asher active to make a start here on Saturday against Toronto. Well, there were two pitching moves today, even before the Orioles have to make a roster move to add Asher. The Orioles today selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Stefan Crichton from Triple-A Norfolk,

Mychal Givens on his big outing in Boston last night

TORONTO - Orioles right-hander Mychal Givens is aware that his fastball velocity was down somewhat in the game last night in Boston. He concedes it was a cold night and his stuff might not have been at its best. At the same time, he also got some huge outs and kept the Red Sox from mounting an amazing comeback from nine runs down. According to

A look at Tanner Scott pitching at Bowie (plus O’s notes)

He is a 22-year-old left-hander that has worked his way into prospect status thanks to a fastball that has touched 100 mph. What comes along with that is the challenge to control and command that pitch along with his slider and throw it consistently for strikes. It has been a bit of a battle for young Tanner Scott, but he remains upbeat about the challenge

O’s game blog: O’s have lost five in a row against Boston

The Orioles and Red Sox conclude a brief two-game series tonight at Fenway Park. The Orioles lost 8-1 last night and have now lost five games in a row to Boston. They have been outscored 28-9 during those five games, which started with Boston’s four-game sweep at Camden Yards last September. The Orioles have scored two or fewer runs in four of the five games.

That escalated quickly: Ugly losses follow Orioles’ 4-0 start

Well, the Orioles will wake up this morning tied for first place in the American League East. So there is some good news. But entering the sixth inning at home on Sunday, the Orioles led the Yankees 3-0 and seemed headed for a 5-0 start. What has followed that is a 13-inning stretch where the Orioles have been outscored 15-1. That has led to back-to-back

Ugly loss: Defense comes unglued as O’s lose series opener

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy held his own in the anticipated showdown tonight against the team that led the majors in runs last year. But the Orioles didn’t do much on offense themselves and then had a major meltdown on defense in the last of the seventh. Bundy was not going to overcome that lack of support and took the loss as Boston beat the Orioles

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Boston in road trip opener

The Orioles begin a three-city, nine-game road trip tonight at Boston’s Fenway Park. The Orioles begin the night at 4-1 and leading the American League East by a half-game over Tampa Bay (5-3) and by 1 1/2 games over Boston (3-3). Tonight’s pitching matchup features right-hander Dylan Bundy (1-0, 1.29 ERA) against left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who is making his season debut. Pomeranz, acquired last year

Dylan Bundy gets tough test as Boston series begins

With a starting rotation that needs to cover more innings and a bullpen that finally cracked on Sunday, the Orioles move on to play in Boston tonight. Last year, the Red Sox hit well against the Orioles. O’s highest ERA versus opponents from 2016: 7.47 - Seattle (seven games) 6.33 - Houston (seven games) 5.50 - San Diego (four games) 5.29 - Boston (19 games) Continue reading ....

Talking player development: The O’s team that did it well while losing

If you look at the job of any minor league organization, its biggest task by far (but not the only one) is to develop players. Coach, teach, instruct and provide a framework for players to get better so they can one day reach the bigs and help the major league team win games. If you can win games on the farm while doing the first

Darren O’Day on his struggles in the ninth, plus more clubhouse quotes

On a day when Orioles pitchers walked 11 batters, the final three hurt the most. The Yankees took advantage of three Darren O’Day walks in the ninth to score four times, break a 3-3 tie and beat the Orioles 7-3. It is the Orioles’ first loss after a 4-0 start. Now they start a nine-game road trip Tuesday at Boston. O’Day felt he didn’t get

Orioles can’t hold 3-0 lead, lose series finale

Sometimes a team might get by when walking a few batters. But 11 is a few too many. The walkathon finally caught up to the Orioles today. After winning via comebacks for two straight days, the Orioles this afternoon watched the Yankees rally to a 7-3 win in front of 42,487. The Orioles fall to 4-1. Starter Wade Miley walked seven, but somehow managed to

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

The Orioles go for a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees and a 5-0 start this afternoon at Camden Yards. They produced back-to-back comebacks in the first two games of the series. The Orioles trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning Friday and came back to win 6-5. They trailed 4-1 in the fifth last night and won 5-4. According to the Elias Sports Bureau,

Comparing Orioles’ 4-0 starts from 2016 and 2017

The Orioles have won four games by a total of five runs to start the new season. Three wins by a run and one by two. One win in extra innings. Two wins in the series with New York where they have come from behind. A plus-five run differential isn’t impressive, but their won-loss record is. No other team is unbeaten in the majors at

Hyun Soo Kim on go-ahead hit, Kevin Gausman on his outing

After going hitless in his first two games of the 2017 season, Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim came up with three hits today. The last produced a go-ahead run as the Orioles rallied to beat the Yankees, 5-4, in front of 38,916 at Camden Yards. They rallied from a 4-1 deficit and are 4-0, making the O’s the majors’ only remaining unbeaten team. They rallied

Rally time again: O’s come from three down to beat Yankees

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman had a tough day with his command, and one throw he made that did find its intended target was a balk, and that was costly as well. But despite those struggles, and a 4-1 deficit in the fifth, the Orioles won again. They rallied to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 in front of 38,916 at Camden Yards. Just like yesterday,

O’s game blog: Gausman against Tanaka in Game 2 of series

The Orioles are 14-7 at home against the Yankees since 2014 and have won 10 of their last 13 versus New York in their home park. The Yankees have lost nine consecutive series at Camden Yards since the start of the 2014 season. The latest O’s win was last night’s 6-5 comeback victory, which left the team atop the American League East at 3-0. In

Brad Brach on his dominant inning and the bullpen’s good start

The Orioles bullpen is off to a good start as the club is 3-0. Over 12 2/3 scoreless innings, the ‘pen has allowed 12 hits, with six walks and 12 strikeouts. No surprise to see that unit doing well. The Orioles ‘pen led the American League with a 3.40 ERA last season. The bullpens for the Orioles, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins are the

Chris Davis on moving up the club’s homer list (plus other notes)

When first baseman Chris Davis hit a solo homer off Toronto Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ in the fourth inning Wednesday, he became the eighth player in Orioles history to hit 200 or more homers for the club. Davis joined teammate Adam Jones in that club. Jones homered in the third inning Wednesday, and that longball moved him into a tie for fifth on the

Hart on his first win, Smith on his homer, Jiménez on his outing

On a night that right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez struggled and the club fell into a four-run hole, the Orioles called on their bullpen and power to bail them out. Manny Machado’s three-run homer pulled the Orioles within 5-4 in the fifth inning and Seth Smith’s two-run shot gave them the lead two innings later. The bullpen recorded 4 2/3 scoreless innings as the Orioles beat the

Seth Smith hits go-ahead homer, O’s beat Yankees to go to 3-0

Sometimes a sac fly will do. But a two-run homer is better. Needing a fly ball to tie this game in the last of the seventh tonight, new Orioles outfielder Seth Smith instead delivered a go-ahead two-run homer. His first as an Oriole took the club from one run down to one up as they rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Yankees 6-5

O’s game blog: O’s host Yankees in series opener

After wins by 3-2 in 11 innings and 3-1 over Toronto to start the season, the Orioles (2-0) host the New York Yankees (1-2) tonight. It is the opener of a three-game set to begin the second series of the year. The Yankees began the year on Sunday, losing 7-3 at Tampa Bay. They rebounded to win 5-0 in the second game, but lost the

Dan Duquette on Edwin Jackson and Miguel Castro

The Orioles officially signed veteran big league right-hander Edwin Jackson today. He passed his physical, signed a minor league deal and now will report to extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla. Jackson, 33, has played for 11 teams over his 14-year major league career, most recently making 13 starts with the Padres last summer after the Marlins released him. He made eight relief appearances with

Adam Jones on donation to Boys & Girls Clubs (plus other notes)

Earlier this week we saw yet another example of how Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is a leader for the team not only on the field, but off the field as well. The Orioles Charitable Foundation and Jones, along with his wife Audie, made a $75,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore for the fourth consecutive year. The donation will include $10,000

A look at tonight’s starting lineups on the farm

Today is opening day and night in minor league baseball. The Orioles’ Triple-A Norfolk affiliate plays at Charlotte at 7:05 p.m. with Mike Wright on the mound. Double-A Bowie plays at Akron with Brandon Barker on the mound at 6:35 p.m. Single-A Delmarva plays at Greenville at 7:05 p.m. with Lucas Humpal getting the start. Single-A Frederick was scheduled to open the season at the

O’Day on Bundy: “He was born to do what he’s doing right now”

Counting the American League wild card game last October, the Toronto Blue Jays went 11-9 against the Orioles last year, scoring 102 runs and hitting 30 homers in the 20 games. In losing two games to begin the 2017 season at Camden Yards, Toronto scored three runs and didn’t hit a single homer. The Blue Jays scored three runs over 12 1/3 innings against Kevin

Bundy on his outing and the win, plus other clubhouse quotes

Edwin Encarnacion delivered three runs on one swing last October, ending the Orioles’ 2016 season. But in starting 2-0 this year against Toronto, O’s pitchers have allowed just three runs on 18 hits over 20 innings. And the Blue Jays went 1-for-16 in the series with runners in scoring position. Dylan Bundy broke out his slider/cutter big-time tonight. He tied his career highs with seven

Bundy pitches a gem as O’s beat Toronto 3-1

So much for Dylan Bundy’s 7.41 ERA in spring training. The 24-year-old right hander threw a gem at the Toronto Blue Jays tonight as the Orioles won 3-1 to sweep the season-opening two-game series. Zach Britton recorded his 50th straight save since Oct. 1, 2015, pitching out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth. On his 24th pitch of the inning, he got Steve

O’s game blog: Bundy faces Jays (plus minor league rotations)

After their season-opening walk-off win over Toronto in the 11th inning Monday, the Orioles look to sweep this brief two-game series tonight at Oriole Park. Right-hander Dylan Bundy (10-6, 4.02 ERA in 2016) pitches against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18 ERA in 2016). Bundy entered the Orioles rotation last year after the All-Star break and went 4-2 with a 2.76 ERA in his

O’Day feeling better, plus notes with Rickard and Mancini

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day said he is ready to pitch tonight. After battling a severe bout with the flu bug, O’Day was pretty sure he was not going to pitch on opening day. But he was also pretty certain he was not going to need to go on the disabled list. “No, I didn’t think so,” he said this afternoon. “The other day, I didn’t

Dylan Bundy on his spring, his cutter, facing Toronto and more

For right-handers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, their time has arrived. Ready or not, they are heading up the Orioles rotation at a time when the club will play 24 of its first 27 games against American League East competition. The two No. 4 overall draft picks (Bundy in 2011 and Gausman in 2012) provide the Orioles two homegrown young guns to top their starting

Notes from Bowie on the rotation, Mullins, DJ Stewart and more

BOWIE, Md. - Two years removed from an Eastern League championship, the Double-A Bowie Baysox begin their 25th season on Thursday. Bowie opens at Akron and plays seven games on the road before its April 13 home opener with Harrisburg. Right-hander Brandon Barker will start on opening night for the Baysox. Bowie will use a five-man rotation but in its fourth starter slot the Baysox

In first day as new O’s catcher, Welington Castillo played key role

If catching five different pitchers over 11 innings and facing a tough lineup like the Toronto Blue Jays was a test for new O’s catcher Welington Castillo, he passed. Kevin Gausman, Mychal Givens, Brad Brach, Zach Britton and Tyler Wilson gave up 11 hits but just two runs as the Orioles won on opening day, 3-2 in 11 innings. Toronto’s top three hitters each got

Mark Trumbo on his walk-off homer, plus other clubhouse quotes

For the first time in team history, the Baltimore Orioles got a walk-off home run on opening day. After not hitting a spring training homer in 52 at-bats, Mark Trumbo, the 2016 Major League Baseball homer leader, hit his first of this year in his fifth at-bat. His homer to left on Jason Grilli’s 1-2 slider with two outs in the last of the 11th

Mark Trumbo with a walk-off homer as O’s win in 11th

Yes, there were similarities to the American League wild card game. The Orioles and Toronto, tied 2-2, playing in extra innings. But a different team won in 11 innings this time. Mark Trumbo, who didn’t homer once in spring training, blasted a shot to left on a 1-2 pitch from Jason Grilli, and the Orioles beat Toronto 3-2. This was the sixth career walk-off homer

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman on mound in season opener

The Orioles begin their 64th season this afternoon when they play the Toronto Blue Jays to begin a two-game series and a five-game homestand. The Orioles and Blue Jays tied for second in the American League East last year, going 89-73. They were four games behind division-winning Boston. Toronto beat the Orioles in the AL wild card game and advanced to the American League Championship

O’s ‘pen should certainly be good again

We don’t know how much we will see them today but the Orioles bullpen pitchers figure to be a teams strength again this year. The O’s ‘pen led the American League with a 3.40 ERA in 2016. Beyond the talent in their bullpen, the team also enjoys strong roster flexibility. The Orioles have a host of pitchers who can be optioned back and forth between

Orioles players talk about that run down the orange carpet

It is a tradition on opening day at Camden Yards. Some players even get nervous when they do it. They run through an entrance in the center field wall and then down the orange carpet as they get introduced during pregame ceremonies. Opening day and pomp and circumstance is on the docket for today as much as a baseball game. Reliever Brad Brach can’t wait

Jones on raising the bar to win, Mancini’s great quote and more

For an Orioles team that leads the American League in wins since the 2012 season, the expectation of winning has become, well, expected. The fans expect the players to win and the players expect to do just that. On the eve of a new season Sunday, outfielder Adam Jones said the bar has been raised in Baltimore. “Big time,” Jones said. “When I first got

Kevin Gausman on opening day start: “I’ll try to set the tone”

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman seems to be finding the right balance of completing his preparation for tomorrow’s opening day assignment, while at the same time realizing how exciting and special the day will be for him. While Jim Palmer and Mike Mussina have made the most opening day starts on the mound as Orioles with six each, Gausman’s first is Monday afternoon against Toronto. Chris

Orioles’ minor league break-camp rosters

Here are the minor league break-camp rosters for the Orioles’ four full-season affiliates at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva. Some of the expected assignments are as we reported on Friday, but here the entire rosters. They could change between now and opening day on Thursday. They become final on Thursday after any potential changes or adjustments. TRIPLE-A NORFOLK Pitchers: Jayson Aquino,

Quietly confident Orioles are ready to start a new season

With the start of a new season now just one day away, the Orioles feel they are right about where they need to be. Sure, pitcher Chris Tillman will start on the disabled list, but this remains a team full of quietly confident players. They’ve won more games than any other American League team since 2012. And even though they’ve faced another preseason with a

More on Mancini and props for the Tides from the Orioles

Orioles first baseman-turned-outfielder Trey Mancini was a popular interview Friday at Harbor Park. And why not? He returned to the place where he had a strong 2016 season, and the Norfolk reporters wanted to ask him about making the opening day roster and adjusting to life in the outfield. Mancini repeated again that he is feeling comfortable already playing in the outfield. He feels he

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