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O’s game blog: Gausman faces Tanaka in series finale (O’s win 10-4)

The Orioles face Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (5-4, 5.86 ERA) tonight in the third and final game of this series between AL East rivals. Tonight’s game will start at 7:15 p.m. after a very short rain delay. Tanaka has had a wild last three starts. Before he pitched on Friday against Oakland and threw very well, he had back-to-back terrible starts versus Houston and Tampa

For the Orioles, the recent hitting and pitching stats are equally bad

When trying to size up whether the pitching or offense has been the bigger issue during a run where the Orioles are 1-8, it is a tough choice. Both have been poor. Let’s start with the pitching and start with the starters. Over the last eight games, the rotation ERA is 7.09 and O’s pitchers have thrown five or fewer innings five times. While Dylan

Chris Tillman says he is physically fine after start against Yankees

As his ERA went up and his usual number of innings pitched went down tonight, one obvious question for Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was about his shoulder. He didn’t make his first start this season until May 7. Tonight he gave up seven hits and five runs over 2 2/3 innings as the New York Yankees hammered the Orioles 8-3 to drop Baltimore 4 1/2

Chris Tillman knocked out early as Yankees win 8-3

It had to be at least a bit concerning to the Orioles when Chris Tillman gave up four early runs in his last start against Minnesota and lasted just five innings. But he had a rougher outing tonight. Tillman gave up solo homers to two of the first three batters he faced and allowed five runs over 2 2/3 innings. The Yankees went on to

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman faces Yankees at Camden Yards

The Orioles tonight host the New York Yankees in the second game of a three-game series. Monday’s 3-2 win ended the Orioles’ seven-game losing streak and a seven-game losing streak in one-run decisions. At 29-19, New York is leading the American League East by three games over Boston, 3 1/2 games over Baltimore, four games over Tampa Bay and 6 1/2 games over Toronto. The

Logan Verrett on riding the shuttle and his slider usage

When 26-year-old right-hander Logan Verrett was selected by the Orioles in the December 2014 Rule 5 draft, he had hopes of making the O’s roster for the 2015 season. But he didn’t make it to opening day that year and wasn’t on the opening day roster this year, either. But he was recalled Sunday from Triple-A Norfolk for the third time this year. After staying

A look at Dylan Bundy’s strong record against the AL East

So we could look at plenty of stats this year that show us that right-hander Dylan Bundy is having a big season for the Orioles. As he pitched the club past the Yankees Monday with bullpen help from Darren O’Day and Brad Brach, Bundy improved to 6-3 with a 2.89 ERA. But how about Bundy’s 2017 stats in his seven starts versus American League East

Wrapping up a 3-2 win and the end of a losing streak

You could not actually see it, but no doubt some weight was lifted off the collective shoulders of about 25 Orioles players here this afternoon. They ended a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees in front of 40,242 at Camden Yards. Reporters have trudged over to reliever Darren O’Day’s locker in the last two weeks under less happy occasions,

Bundy as stopper: Right-hander pitches O’s past Yankees

You can call Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy a stopper today because he helped the Orioles halt a seven-game losing streak and start a nine-game homestand with a win. Bundy gave up two runs over seven innings as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 in front of 40,242 at Camden Yards. The Orioles are 26-23 and moved to within 3 1/2 games of the

O’s game blog: Bundy on mound in series opener against Yankees

Well, the Orioles have a good record at home this season and a good record versus American League East teams. So maybe returning home to play their next seven against the AL East will serve as a tonic for the club right now. At 25-23, the Orioles host the first-place New York Yankees this afternoon to celebrate Memorial Day and begin a three-game series. They’ll

For the Orioles, a fall to third place has been a team effort

When the Orioles’ seven-game losing streak began, they were leading the American League East by a half-game over the New York Yankees team they face today at Camden Yards. Now, seven losses later, they are just two games over .500 and 4 1/2 games out. That happened fast. The Orioles are in third place, just a half-game ahead of fourth-place Tampa Bay and three up

O’s game blog: Orioles try to salvage series finale (O’s lose 8-4)

If the Orioles thought facing Dallas Keuchel was tough last night, facing 23-year-old right-hander Lance McCullers might prove tougher today. McCullers has allowed just one unearned run over his past four starts. He’ll try to pitch Houston to a three-game sweep of the Orioles this afternoon at Minute Maid Park. The Orioles were 22-10 on May 9, and that was the best record in baseball.

Some notes on the losing streak and 3-12 O’s slide

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel took the mound for Houston last night with a record of 7-0 and ERA of 1.84. He was facing an Orioles team had that lost 11 of 14 games and been shut out in two of their previous three games. It was not a good matchup on paper. It turned out not to be one on the field either. Keuchel pounded his

O’s game blog: Orioles look to snap losing streak at Houston

The Orioles tonight will try and turn around a slide that has seen them fall into third place for the first time all year. To get a victory tonight, they’ll have to win a game started by a former Cy Young winner. The Orioles have lost five in a row, seven of nine and 11 of 14 games. They are 3-10 in their last 13

A turn for the worse in close games (Mountcastle hits three homers)

After an off-day, the frustration level for the Orioles and the fans around Birdland got worse, not better. They were blanked 2-0 at Houston last night, shut out by that score for the second time in three games. Back on Monday night, the Orioles scored seven runs. But they gave up 14. They gave up two runs Tuesday and two last night, but scored zero

O’s game blog: At 32-16, Houston has MLB’s best record

A run where the Orioles are playing 15 home games over an 18-game stretch takes a brief interlude this weekend. The Orioles (25-20) play in Houston (32-16) tonight to start a three-game weekend series at Minute Maid Park. Houston has the best record in the majors, with a winning percentage of .667 with Colorado second at .633. At .614, the Yankees have the second-best win

A catching prospect emerges on the farm (plus Machado talk)

Chance Sisco is the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Orioles farm system and he has earned the right to be called the best catching prospect in the O’s organization. But another catching prospect has emerged. Austin Wynns has flown under the radar for a few seasons. Known for years as a solid defender, Wynns’ offense has been trending up in recent seasons and he

After off-day, Orioles look to end 3-10 tailspin

Did one swing one from former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters send the current O’s team into a two-week tailspin? It is probably much more complicated than that, but since Wieters’ walk-off two-run single led the Nationals to a comeback win over the Orioles on May 10, the club has just three wins. They are 3-10 since that time. On that night, the Orioles were looking

Chris Davis on late strikeout and Chris Tillman on his outing

After a blown five-run lead Monday and being held to two hits last night, the Orioles today endured more frustration in a 4-3 loss to Minnesota. The Twins completed a three-game sweep at Camden Yards. Some of the latest frustration occurred in the last of the eighth after the O’s had turned a 4-0 early deficit into a winnable 4-3 game. But struggling first baseman

Tillman struggles early and Twins complete three-game sweep

Needing a win to avoid being swept three straight by the Twins, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman struggled early today and the Orioles never could get even. They lost 4-3 as Minnesota completed the sweep. Tillman allowed nine hits and four runs over five innings as he falls to 1-1 with an ERA of 4.43 through four starts. He has pitched five innings or less three

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

After losing 14-7 on Monday and 2-0 yesterday, the Orioles have lost a home series for the first time this year. Today they try to avoid being swept in a home series by the Minnesota Twins. The Twins have not swept a three-game series in Baltimore since July 22-24, 1996. However, Minnesota did have a four-game sweep at Oriole Park from Aug. 20-23, 2015. Both

Santana’s dominance, Bleier on his outing and other notes

It might be frustrating for Orioles players and fans alike, but on some nights, you just get beat and there is little you can do about it but move on to the next one. Minnesota right-hander Ervin Santana has been a pretty special pitcher this year and the Orioles saw it firsthand last night. A night after a 14-7 loss, they lost 2-0 as Santana

Dylan Bundy on his outing and Trey Mancini on Ervin Santana

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy recorded his ninth quality start in 10 outings on the season tonight. He gave up two runs or fewer for the seventh time. But this time the other pitcher was better. We haven’t seen that happen often this year with Bundy on the mound, but the Twins’ Ervin Santana pitched a complete-game two-hitter in Minnesota’s 2-0 win. Santana is 7-2 with

Twins’ Ervin Santana blanks O’s on two hits in 2-0 victory

Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana began tonight with a road ERA of 0.45 through three starts on the year away from Target Field. Tonight he lowered it. Using a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a very effective three-pitch mix, Santana threw a complete-game two-hitter at the Orioles in the Twins’ 2-0 win, besting Dylan Bundy in a pitchers’ duel. Santana needed just 105 pitches to record his

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Ervin Santana at Oriole Park

Now 1 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East, and with eight losses their past 11 games, the Orioles (25-19) host Minnesota tonight in the second game of a three-game series. The Orioles lost the series opener 14-7 last night despite taking an early 5-0 lead. The Twins (23-18) scored four runs in the fifth for a 6-6 tie and six

Jonathan Schoop on making two key errors in two days

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has made four errors this year, and two have come in the last two games. They were both costly in Orioles losses. In the first inning Sunday, the Orioles were shifting against Toronto’s Kendrys Morales, a switch-hitter who was batting right-handed. Positioned on the left field side of second base, Schoop tried to backhand a ground ball and it just

As he struggles again, can O’s give Jiménez more chances this time?

Last year at the All-Star break, right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez was 5-9 with an ERA of 7.38. He pitched better after the break with an ERA of 2.82 that left his final season mark for 2016 at 5.44. Jiménez pitched well in some important games for the Orioles late last year. But now, as the 33-year-old veteran is struggling badly again, can the Orioles wait and

Adam Jones on the lost leads and Ubaldo Jiménez on his outing

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said it was a loss. It was a lost game like other losses and the score could have been 5-3 or 7-6, he said. But this was one where the Orioles worked out to a 5-0 lead in the second tonight and watched another lead evaporate. And then they got hammered 14-7 by the Twins on a night when starter

After early 5-0 lead, O’s blasted 14-7 in Minnesota series opener

Right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez struggled again big time tonight. But after he left the game, it didn’t get much better for a while for the Orioles. Trailing 5-0 in the second inning, the Twins rallied for 10 runs over the fifth and sixth innings tonight to beat the Orioles 14-7 at Camden Yards. It was pretty much a disastrous night for a pitching staff that had

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

The next three games at Camden Yards will match up the team with the best home record in the majors against the team with the second-best road record in the majors. The Orioles (25-17) host the Twins (22-18) to begin a three-game series tonight. The Orioles are 15-4 (.789) at home and had an eight-game win streak at Camden Yards snapped on Sunday. The Twins

Back with Orioles, Tyler Wilson tries to earn his teammates’ trust

Right-hander Tyler Wilson found his way again on the Triple-A Norfolk-to-Baltimore shuttle and was added to the Orioles roster today, taking the spot of right-hander Miguel Castro, who was optioned to Double-A Bowie after yesterday’s game. Wilson began the season on the O’s opening day roster, was optioned out April 19 and returned for one day on May 4. But it was an important day

After rocky road trip, O’s steady the ship against Toronto

Orioles starting pitching had a good weekend, as the team took two of three games from Toronto. Entering the weekend, the O’s rotation had produced just one quality start the last seven games. But they got three in three games versus the Blue Jays. Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman and Wade Miley gave up a combined five earned runs over 19 innings for a series ERA

Wade Miley, Caleb Joseph and Trey Mancini after O’s loss to Jays

The Orioles came up a win short of their first three-game home sweep of Toronto since September 2014. Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada fanned 12 today over 7 2/3 innings to tie his career high in Toronto’s 3-1 win. Estrada threw a season-high 115 pitches and held the Orioles to five hits. They have faced him three times this year, and he has an ERA

Marco Estrada fans 12 as Blue Jays get series finale

The Orioles were looking for a three-game sweep of Toronto today. But right-hander Marco Estrada intervened to keep that from happening. For the third time this year, the Blue Jays right-hander threw a quality start at the Orioles as Toronto took the series finale 3-1 this afternoon in front of 36,632 at Oriole Park. Estrada tied his career-high with 12 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings.

O’s game blog: Looking for a sweep over Toronto

With a win today, the Orioles can complete their first three-game home sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays since Sept. 15-17, 2014. They have taken the first two games of this series by scores of 5-3 in 10 innings and 7-5. Orioles catcher Welington Castillo has gone 4-for-8 in the series with three homers and seven RBIs. He had a game-tying homer Friday and later

A look at the confidence factor for Welington Castillo and Brad Brach

If you play major league baseball, you are probably a pretty confident player. But if you play every night against some of the best in the world, sometimes they might get the best of you. That could test that confidence. In the Orioles clubhouse last night, two players talked about confidence. One seems to have it in abundance right now, and the other saw it

Welington Castillo’s homer lifts O’s past Toronto (quotes added)

José Bautista hit a huge three-run homer in the top of the seventh that gave Toronto the lead tonight. Then Orioles catcher Welington Castillo hit one of his own that topped him in the home half. After hitting two homers last night - including a walk-off shot in the 10th - Castillo’s three-run homer tonight put the Orioles ahead as they beat the Blue Jays

O’s game blog: Orioles have played 10 straight close games

Will the Orioles play another close game tonight? After their 5-3 win in 10 innings over Toronto on Friday night, the last 10 Orioles games have been decided by one or two runs. It has been almost two weeks since they played a game decided by a bigger margin. That was when they blanked the White Sox 4-0 on May 7. The Orioles have gone

Alec Asher gained his manager’s confidence and that helped his own

Through the first 40 games of the 2017 season, right-hander Alec Asher is proving to be a nice find for the Orioles. Acquired from Philadelphia on March 28 for a player to be named later or cash considerations, he has pitched well for his new team in a variety of roles. In nine games (two starts), the 25-year-old Asher is 1-2 with a 2.52 ERA.

The long-time O’s farmhand that made his MLB debut with Toronto

When the Orioles drafted catcher Mike Ohlman in the 11th round of the 2009 draft and signed him to a hefty overslot bonus, they probably envisioned a day he would be playing at Camden Yards. He did too. Just not as a player for the Toronto Blue Jays. But Ohlman is here in Baltimore this weekend enjoying his first trip to the major leagues as

Walk-off win: Welington Castillo homers in the 10th (quotes added)

Camden Yards was pretty quiet after a 58-minute rain delay halted the game before the last of the 10th. When play resumed, Toronto’s Jason Grilli quickly got two strikeouts. But Mark Trumbo dumped a single into right and Welington Castillo came up. Castillo hit a two-run homer earlier and then he blasted another on a 1-2 pitch as the Orioles beat Toronto 5-3 in walk-off

O’s game blog: Homestand begins with Toronto series opener

The Orioles hope a return to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for a six-game homestand also means a return to winning. They host Toronto tonight in the opener of a three-game series. Minnesota will follow the Blue Jays for another three-game series. The start of tonight’s game is being delayed by a threat of rain in the area. First pitch is set for approximately 7:30 Continue reading ....

Adam Jones: In mid-May, “I don’t think there is panic”

It has been true for years of the Orioles and it could serve them well now. They are a team that works hard to maintain an even keel. They don’t get too up with a winning streak or down when they’ve lost a few. And now they’ve lost a few. They come home to face Toronto tonight for a three-game series after a 1-6 road

Can the recent homer increase help O’s get turned around?

Who would have thought that returning to playing games within the American League East might be a way for the Orioles to get more wins. Well, we will see about that, but they play three games at home against Toronto starting tonight. They also have upcoming series with the Yankees, Red Sox and Yankees. The Orioles just completed a stretch of playing 12 consecutive games

O’s game blog: Road trip ends in Detroit (Orioles lose 6-5)

A road trip that has seen the Orioles lose five of six games ends this afternoon at Comerica Park, as the Orioles and Detroit Tigers wrap up a three-game series. The Orioles won 13-11 in 13 innings Tuesday night and lost 5-4 last night. After beginning the year 8-1 in one-run games, the Orioles are 8-6. All five losses on this trip have been by

Sizing up the latest loss, bullpen additions and catcher stats

The Orioles have now fallen 1 1/2 games off the pace in the American League East after they lost at Detroit 5-4 last night while New York was winning 11-7 at Kansas City. The Yankees (24-13) are 8-1 in their last nine road games, while the Orioles (23-15) are 1-5 on their current road trip, which ends this afternoon. It’s a road trip marked by

O’s game blog: Jiménez on the mound at Detroit (O’s lose 5-4)

After winning in 5 hours, 19 minutes in the series opener that took 13 innings, the Orioles and Detroit Tigers play Game 2 of their three-game series tonight at Comerica Park. The Orioles improved to 23-14 and snapped a four-game losing streak with the crazy 13-11 win. It was a win that saw the Orioles lose an early six-run lead and then blow a three-run

O’s kept blowing leads, but kept scoring in wild win over Detroit

The Orioles had a 7-1 lead and lost it. The Tigers had an 8-7 lead with two outs in the ninth inning and lost it. The Orioles had an 11-8 lead in the 12th and lost it. The Orioles had a 13-11 lead in the 13th and held it. In a bizarre and crazy game that saw the Orioles bullpen allow seven more runs, including

O’s game blog: O’s looking to end losing streak (O’s won 13-11 in 13)

The Orioles will try to put a stop to a four-game losing streak and a winless road trip tonight. They play at Detroit to start a three-game series. The Orioles are 22-14 and the four consecutive losses all came by one run. They are 0-4 on a road trip that begin in Washington, went to Kansas City and now will end Thursday in Detroit. The

A look at some solid performances on the O’s farm

As the four full-season affiliates in the Orioles organization have all now played around 36 games, we’ve got a large enough sample size to see a few things emerge. A few quick impressions: * Ryan Mountcastle’s bat has been pretty special during his debut season at age 20 in the Carolina League for Single-A Frederick. Yes, there are big questions about his defense at shortstop,

Here today, gone tomorrow: The Norfolk-Baltimore shuttle is active

We have seen it happen several times this year to young Orioles pitchers with minor league options remaining. Pitch well one day and get sent back to the minors the next. It doesn’t really seem a fair reward for a job well done. But for now, as the Orioles stay with a six-man bullpen and five-man bench, the Triple-A Norfolk to Baltimore shuttle has been

Chris Davis on Kevin Gausman and his offense, plus other notes

KANSAS CITY - Right-hander Kevin Gausman has had a disappointing 2017 season, that is clear for all to see. No one expected his ERA to be 7.19 after nine starts when he pitched so well in the second half last year. Sunday’s game may have been his most disappointing, because he could not protect a 5-0 lead. In fact, he could not hold the lead

Wrapping up a tough weekend for the Orioles

KANSAS CITY - Earlier this year, the Orioles lost a 9-1 lead and a game at Yankee Stadium. Today, they blew a 5-0 lead in Kansas City. As they left Kauffman Stadium today, the Orioles realized they’ve got some regrouping to do. They’ve lost four in a row - all by one run. After scoring just five runs in the first two games of this

O’s lose five-run lead and series finale, get swept in K.C.

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles offense came to life with four runs in the fourth today to produce a 5-0 lead. But even that wasn’t enough for them to win in this Orioles house of horrors known as Kauffman Stadium. Not nearly enough. The Orioles got swept three straight, losing 9-8 to hte Royals this afternoon, and lost for the 10th time in their last

Showalter talks about getting Kim in lineup (O’s lose 9-8)

KANSAS CITY - Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim is making what for him this year has been a rare start. He’s batting sixth and playing left field this afternoon as the Orioles and Royals conclude this three-game series. Kim has started in just 12 of the Orioles’ first 35 games. The emergence of Trey Mancini and the fact that the Orioles have already seen 15

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman on mound in K.C. finale

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles are a day away from Monday’s off-day and they will certainly enjoy it more if they can escape Kauffman Stadium with at least one win this weekend. The Orioles have lost here by scores of 3-2 and 4-3 the past two nights. They are 2-9 in their last 11 games in this ballpark since May 17, 2014. Right-hander Kevin Gausman

Showalter on today’s lineup and roster move

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles have two of their regulars out of the lineup today for the third game of this series in Kansas City. Joey Rickard - not Adam Jones - is starting in center field, while Ryan Flaherty starts at shortstop for J.J. Hardy. It seems mostly an off-day for Hardy, but Jones may have gotten banged up last night in the third

For now, O’s not stressing over Dylan Bundy’s innings totals

KANSAS CITY - By almost any standard, right-hander Dylan Bundy is having a fantastic season for the Orioles. He is 6-1 with a 2.26 ERA and has recorded eight straight quality starts. He ranks eighth in the American League in ERA and 10th in WHIP at 1.03. But he ranks high up among the league leaders in another category that could present a concern for

Chris Tillman struggles as Orioles fall 4-3 (quotes added)

KANSAS CITY - Chris Tillman struggled and his offense couldn’t save him. As a result, the Orioles have their first three-game losing streak of the 2017 season. The Orioles hit three solo homers - two by catcher Francisco Peña, one by Chris Davis - but lost 4-3 to Kansas City in front of 24,662 at Kauffman Stadium. The Orioles fall to 22-13 overall, 9-10 on

Francisco Peña homers twice in Kansas City (O’s lose 4-3)

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles are trying to avoid the season’s first three-game losing streak and an 0-3 start to this road trip. They are tied 1-1 with Kansas City tonight through three innings. The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the last of the second. Making his second start of 2017, Chris Tillman got into and out of trouble and needed 27 pitches to

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman faces K.C. in his second start

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles try to get back in the win column tonight and avoid the season’s first three-game losing streak. They play the Royals in the second game of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. The Orioles are now 2-5 in road series openers after last night’s 3-2 loss at Kauffman Stadium. The Orioles are 2-8 in this ballpark since May 17, 2014.

More seven-man bullpen talk

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles’ move toward adding a pitcher for a seven-man bullpen. and not one with six pitchers, now seems inevitable and is likely more a matter of when and not if. For the second day in a row at Kauffman Stadium, manager Buck Showalter has said as much. He’s had relievers he intended not to use over the last two games and

Adam Jones on visiting, supporting Negro Leagues Museum

KANSAS CITY - Playing Major League Baseball is very important to Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. But so is recognizing and appreciating the sacrifices of others who opened the door for him and other African-American players. This afternoon, Jones presented a $20,000 donation to Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Kansas City is the site of the birth of the Negro Leagues

A few notes and quotes from O’s Friday loss at Kansas City

KANSAS CITY - The Yankees lost again last night to Houston, so the Orioles maintain the best record in the American League East. At 22-12, they lead the division by half-game over New York (21-12). But all is not well in Birdland. On Wednesday night, the Orioles took a 6-2 lead to the last of the eighth and they lost at Washington. Last night, they

Showalter, Bundy and Joseph after O’s loss in series opener

KANSAS CITY - A team that plays a lot of close games is going to need its key bullpen pitchers late in the game. Already without All-Star closer Zach Britton, the Orioles tried to get through tonight without using at least two bullpen pitchers. With two lefties due up, left-hander Vidal Nuño took the mound in the last of the eighth of a 2-2 tie.

Kansas City pushes across late run to beat O’s 3-2 in series opener

KANSAS CITY - Called on to throw a season-high 112 pitches tonight, right-hander Dylan Bundy was up to the task yet again. But an O’s bullpen still somewhat taxed and trying to get on its collective feet saw the Royals push across the go-ahead run in the last of the eighth. Kanas City beat the Orioles 3-2 as the club that began today with the

Jones helps Negro Leagues Museum (Tied, 2-2)

KANSAS CITY - Orioles outfielder Adam Jones will tour and visit the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City here on Saturday. Jones will be joined by Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick. As part of his visit, Jones will bestow a $20,000 personal contribution to the museum. Jones will also formally announce that he

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy on mound in K.C. series opener

KANSAS CITY - After facing the major leagues’ highest-scoring team the last three games, the Orioles begin a series in Kansas City tonight. The Royals are Major League Baseball’s lowest-scoring team. During a 13-21 start, the Royals have scored just 103 runs for an average of 3.03 runs per game. At the beginning of the three games with Washington, the Nationals were averaging 6.26 runs

Pregame notes on Chris Davis, the bullpen and more

KANSAS CITY - For the second time this season, Chris Davis is not in the starting lineup for the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter said it is just a night off at the start for Davis, who is batting .239 with four homers and eight RBIs. “Yeah, it was about three or four things,” Showalter said, one of which was getting Trey Mancini a start at

Brad Brach: “I think my best outings are after I’ve had rough ones”

KANSAS CITY - It won’t surprise anyone to know that reliever Brad Brach can’t wait to get back out on the mound. He allowed three runs in the ninth in the Orioles’ 7-6 loss to the Nationals Wednesday. It was a second blown save in 10 chances. But he is ready for the next chance. “Yeah, definitely,” Brach said this afternoon. “I think my best

A closer look at Dylan Bundy’s big improvement in 2017

There have been a few positives to develop during this 2017 season for the Orioles. One of the biggest is the major step forward that right-hander Dylan Bundy is taking right before our very eyes. When he was drafted fourth overall in 2011, the Orioles envisioned a day Bundy would pitch like a top-of-the-rotation starter and that day is at hand. Whether he continues on

Rained out in D.C.: A few O’s notes as they head to K.C. next

The Orioles and Washington Nationals were going to try to end a stretch of four straight games against each other tonight at Nats Park. The O’s won two of three so far. But word came down just after the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start time that tonight’s game has been rained out. The game is now scheduled to be made up on Thursday, June 8 at

O’s second stretch without Zach Britton gets rocky

Catcher Matt Wieters produced his ninth career walk-off hit last night. It was the first one Orioles fans did not truly enjoy. Wieters’ two-run single off Brad Brach in the ninth capped the Washington Nationals three-run rally in the final inning as they beat the Orioles 7-6. With a 6-2 lead heading to the bottom of the eighth, the Orioles seemed in good positon to

O’s game blog: Does winning streak get extended? (Nope, Nats win 7-6)

They have the majors’ best record and a six-game winning streak, and the Orioles open a two-game series at Nationals Park tonight. The Orioles (22-10) swept the two-game series in Baltimore against the Nationals (21-12) by scores of 6-4 and 5-4. The club’s six-game win streak is the longest active winning streak in the majors and is the longest for the Orioles since June 22-29,

Logan Verrett came up big last night (plus other O’s notes)

The Orioles just keep finding ways to win and they have used their whole roster and then some to do it. They faced the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez on Monday. He took the mound leading the National League in ERA. They faced Max Scherzer last night. He looked like he was on the way to a third career no-hitter. But the Orioles won both games. The

Walk-off win: Mark Trumbo’s single wins it in 12th (quotes added)

Down by three runs in the last of the eighth, the Orioles rallied late to tie this game and then won it in the 12th. Mark Trumbo’s RBI single gave the O’s the 5-4 win over the Nationals. They improved to 22-10 and now have MLB’s best record. They’ve won six in a row and moved back into first-place by a 1/2-game over the Yankees.

O’s game blog: Jiménez faces Scherzer in series finale

The Orioles went 14-6 (.700) in interleague play last season and have started this year with an even better winning percentage with a 3-1 mark (.750). Baltimore’s 14 interleague victories last season were the most in club history after the Orioles had 12 interleague wins each in 2014 and 2015. Tonight, the Orioles host the Nationals in the second game of the two-game series here.

Caleb Joseph on the benefits of playing every day

For the last seven days, Caleb Joseph has been the regular catcher for the Orioles, starting six of the last seven games. He took over the starting role when Welington Castillo went on the 10-day disabled list on May 2, retroactive to May 1, with right shoulder tendinitis. Castillo could return soon. He is eligible to come off the DL on Thursday. But for now

Notes and quotes after O’s beat the Nats in series opener

The New York Yankees have won six in a row. The Orioles have won five in a row. After the Orioles’ win last night over Washington at Camden Yards, the O’s and Yankees have MLB’s two best records. At 21-9 (.700), the Yankees lead the American League East by 1/2-game over the Orioles at 21-10 (.677). The Nationals are tied with Houston for MLB’s third-best

Kevin Gausman on his outing, plus other clubhouse quotes

Denied a chance to turn around his season due to a quick ejection in Boston last Wednesday, O’s right-hander Kevin Gausman instead did so against the majors’ best offense tonight. Facing a Washington Nationals team that was averaging 6.26 runs per game during a 21-10 start, Gausman allowed five hits and two runs over seven innings tonight as the Orioles beat the Nats 6-4 at

O’s use early homers, Gausman’s solid outing to beat Nats

Coming into his start against the Orioles tonight, Washington Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez led the National League with an ERA of 1.64. He had allowed seven earned runs and four homers all year through six starts. Then the Orioles unloaded for three home runs in the first inning in taking a 4-0 lead. Behind right-hander Kevin Gausman’s solid outing they went on to beat the

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

Tonight’s pitching matchup at Camden Yards features a pitcher that leads the National League in ERA against a pitcher that ranks last in ERA among all current 47 qualifying pitchers in the American League. It’s Kevin Gausman (1-3, 7.55 ERA) for the Orioles and Gio Gonzalez (3-0, 1.64 ERA) for the Washington Nationals. These clubs will play the next four nights, with the first two

Adam Jones on Wieters: “He gave his blood, sweat and tears here”

After playing 882 games in an Orioles uniform, catcher Matt Wieters is back as a visiting player for the first time tonight. His new club, the Washington Nationals, and the Orioles begin the first of a four-game, home-and-home series. Wieters played in four All-Star games and won two Gold Gloves as an Oriole. He was part of the core group of players that turned the

O’s Dan Duquette on a Britton time frame, pitching depth and more

A picture is emerging of the 2017 Orioles as a team that is playing .667 baseball at 20-10, even with a few things that have not gone nearly as expected during the first 30 games. We know for instance, that opening day starter Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jiménez have struggled. That Zach Britton is now on the disabled list for the second time. That the

Chris Tillman on his outing and other clubhouse quotes

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman had to wait until the season’s 30th game to make his first start. And then he threw seven pitches out of the strike zone and walked the first two White Sox batters this afternoon. Moments into his season debut he was in trouble. But he said he knew what to do at that point. “For me, the first seven pitches were

Chris Tillman with five scoreless in season debut as O’s sweep Sox

When Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman threw his first seven pitches for balls today and walked the first two batters he faced, we could not have predicted how the rest of his day would go. He went on to get out of a major jam, stranding the bases loaded in the first, and then threw five scoreless at the Chicago White Sox this afternoon as the

O’s game blog: Orioles look for series sweep today

He had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his right shoulder in December and a cortisone shot in the middle of March. Now, after four minor league rehab starts, right-hander Chris Tillman finally makes his season debut here this afternoon, facing the Chicago White Sox. Tillman made one start with Single-A Frederick, two for Double-A Bowie and one with Triple-A Norfolk. His tour of the

O’Day on pitching depth and Trumbo’s take on Bundy

No doubt just in the last week or so we’ve seen just how important pitching depth has been for the Orioles. Kevin Gausman got an early ejection, and Richard Bleier covered four innings and Ubaldo Jiménez three in relief. Wade Miley took two line drives in the first inning and Gabriel Ynoa pitched six scoreless. Logan Verrett was called to New York and pitched two

As AL pitchers adjusted, Trey Mancini looked to do likewise

In an interview before last night’s game, Trey Mancini spoke about seeing pitchers beginning to serve him a more steady diet of off-speed pitches. He also said he was adjusting to that and was feeling really good at the plate. Then during the game last night those words rang true. Mancini produced an RBI double in the first and drilled a 398-foot, two-run homer in

Bundy wins his fifth, Machado and Mancini homer in win (quotes added)

In the all-Dylan pitching matchup tonight, Dylan Bundy reigned supreme. The Orioles right-hander produced his seventh consecutive quality start to begin the year as the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 in front of 28,718 at Oriole Park. The Orioles improved to 19-10, winning their third in a row and for the fifth time in seven games. They are 10-3 at home and can

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy looks for fifth win facing White Sox

The Orioles host the Chicago White Sox tonight in the second game of a three-game series at Camden Yards. The Orioles (18-10) begin play a half-game behind the New York Yankees in the American League East, while the White Sox (15-13) start the night in a four-way tie for first in the AL Central. Tonight’s game is not starting on time ,but the delay is

Miley expects to make his next start, Hart on loss of Britton

After last night’s game, Orioles left-hander Wade Miley felt his left wrist contusion was not going to be much of a problem. And today, even though he had a wrap on his left wrist, he said he fully expects to make his next start on Wednesday. “Yeah, I feel fine,” Miley said. “I could pitch tonight if they needed me. I feel like my wrist

At challenging time for pitching staff, the depth has come up big

In just the last few days, the Orioles have had Kevin Gausman ejected in the second inning and Wade Miley knocked out after being hit by two line drives in the first inning. Nothing like a few challenges during a long season. The Orioles seem to be getting a new test nightly. Right now, they’d probably give their kingdom for a routine and comfortable 6-2

Postgame updates on Britton, Miley and Ynoa

During a season that has featured a steady stream of pitching roster moves, the Orioles could again be busy tomorrow on the transactions wire. During tonight’s 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, one starting pitcher got hit by two line drives, the pitcher that relieved him had a leg issue and an All-Star closer was unavailable altogether. As the Orioles added to a 2-1

Called on in first inning, Gabriel Ynoa pitches O’s to 4-2 win

Given an unexpectedly big opportunity tonight by the Orioles, 23-year-old right-hander Gabriel Ynoa took it and ran with it. Called on to pitch with just two outs in the top of the first, Ynoa got out of a two-on jam and then pitched scoreless ball into the seventh against the Chicago White Sox as the Orioles won 4-2 to start a five-game homestand. The Orioles

Struck by two line drives, Miley exits in first inning (O’s up 2-0)

Two nights after the Orioles lost a starting pitcher who was ejected after recording just three outs, they lost their starter tonight after just two outs. Left-hander Wade Miley was hit twice by line drives in a three-pitch span in the top of the first tonight against the Chicago White Sox. It was just Wednesday night in Boston when Kevin Gausman was ejected pitching to

O’s game blog: O’s face former teammate Miguel González in series opener

The Orioles have finally moved into a stretch of the season where they will face some non-American League East opponents. But that doesn’t necessarily mean their schedule gets easier. After playing 24 of the first 27 within the division (and going 15-9), their next seven games are against the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals. Both teams currently reside in first place in their respective

Joey Rickard and Buck Showalter on Rickard’s defensive gem in Boston

It was one of those plays that, as manager Buck Showalter said today, can “change the game.” With the Orioles leading the Red Sox 8-3 last night, Boston had a rally going with the bases loaded in the last of the seventh. In the top of the seventh, Seth Smith singled to right for a 4-for-4 game. But in the bottom of the inning, Joey

After rough spring training outing, Cody Sedlock got off to a good start at Frederick

For young right-hander Cody Sedlock, the Orioles’ top draft pick last June, it was memorable, very exciting and it seemed to happen real, real fast. After the Orioles drafted Sedlock with the 27th pick in the first round out of the University of Illinois, he got his feet wet in pro ball last summer throwing 27 innings and pitching to an ERA of 3.00 at

O’s game blog: O’s face Boston in series finale (O’s win 8-3)

A rather eventful road trip for the Orioles through New York and Boston comes to an end tonight at Fenway Park. The Orioles went 1-2 at Yankee Stadium and are 1-2 at Boston as the four-game series ends tonight. The trip began with the Orioles leading New York by one game for first place in the American League East. They begin play tonight at 16-10,

Hot starts on the farm: Ring, Mountcastle deliver with bats (plus O’s notes)

One player is a high draft pick and the Orioles were confident he would do well as he moved up a level on the farm this year. He has so far. Another has basically come out of nowhere. But they both have gotten off to very strong starts with the bat. The first player is Single-A Frederick shortstop Ryan Mountcastle. He was taken with the

Night of frustration: Gausman, Jones ejected and O’s lose at Fenway

At this point, what else could go wrong? Last night, Boston pitcher Chris Sale threw a 98 mph fastball behind Manny Machado and was not ejected. Tonight, Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman threw a 77 mph curveball that hit Xander Bogaerts and he was ejected by a home plate umpire with an itchy trigger finger. There were no outs in the second inning at the time. That

O’s game blog: Gausman faces Boston; today’s minor league results

The Orioles send struggling right-hander Kevin Gausman (1-2, 7.50 ERA) to the mound tonight at Fenway Park. The Orioles and Boston have exchanged 5-2 wins the past two nights. Gausman will be making his seventh start. As play begins tonight the Orioles (16-9) and New York Yankees are tied for the American League East lead. Both are 2 1/2 games ahead of Boston, 3 1/2

In Machado-Boston feud, a former Red Sox player sides with Machado

So it’s pretty clear that when Boston lefty Chris Sale’s 98 mph fastball went buzzing behind Manny Machado’s legs in the first inning last night, the Orioles third baseman had about reached his breaking point. During his postgame interview, he went past that point as the emotions boiled over and came out during an expletive-laced response to the latest pitch thrown in his direction by

O’s game blog: O’s battle Chris Sale (Sale and Sox win 5-2)

Is the reverse lock in effect tonight? Little-known right-hander Alec Asher (1-0, 2.16 ERA) makes the second start of his Orioles career against left-hander Chris Sale (1-2, 1.19 ERA), a five-time All-Star who currently ranks first in the American League in strikeouts and second in ERA and WHIP. Let’s just the say the Orioles are the underdog. The Orioles acquired Asher near the end of

A look at reasons for Dylan Bundy’s great year

They lacked a three-run homer, but the Orioles sure had some pitching and defense in last night’s 5-2 win over Boston. Earl Weaver would have approved of that victory. He would loved to have seen right-hander Dylan Bundy use a combination of talent, smarts, work ethic and a great mix of pitches to get off to such a strong start. How about a 4-1 record

O’s game blog: Bundy faces Boston (Bundy and O’s beat Boston)

The Orioles begin a four-game series tonight at Boston’s Fenway Park. The Orioles won all three series there last season, going 6-3. They went 1-1 this year in a two-game series on April 11-12, losing the series opener 8-1 and then winning the next night 12-5. Since the 2012 season, the Orioles are 57-42 (.576) against the Red Sox. Since that season in Boston, the

Thoughts on Wade Miley, the AL East and O’s-Boston series

The Orioles played just two extra-inning contests among their first 19 games this year. Now they have gone extras in three of the past four games, winning two of the three. Last year, Zach Britton went 47-for-47 in save chances. But over the weekend, with Britton pitching on a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie, the Orioles blew two ninth-inning leads. At least the one yesterday

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