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One strike from victory, O’s instead lose in extras (quotes added)

One strike away from a win that would have moved them into third place, instead the Orioles suffered a deflating extra-inning loss tonight. Steven Souza Jr.’s three-run homer in the 10th off Darren O’Day lifted Tampa Bay to the 6-4 victory. After Brad Brach suffered a blown save with two outs in the ninth as the Rays tied it, O’Day came on for the 10th

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman on the mound in series opener

Last night the Orioles saw one struggling right-hander pitch a gem to lead them to a win in Toronto. Can it happen for them again tonight as they open a series in Baltimore? Chris Tillman (1-5, 8.39 ERA) will make his 11th start of 2017, looking to jump-start a season that has been running in neutral for him. The Orioles host Tampa Bay in their

Left-hander DL Hall on signing with and joining the Orioles

It has been quite a day for Orioles’ first-round draft pick DL Hall, the prep lefty from Valdosta, Ga. He officially signed with the organization earlier today. He made his first visit to Baltimore and Camden Yards and got introduced to the Baltimore media during a press conference before tonight’s game. “It’s been really exciting and it is an awesome experience for me and my

O’s sign top draft pick DL Hall

The Orioles have signed their first-round selection in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. The team has come to terms of a signing bonus with high school left-hander DL Hall. Hall’s bonus amount is exactly $3 million, which is just over the slot amount for that pick of $2,892,400, MASNSports.com has learned. Hall was taken No. 21 in round one out of Valdosta (Ga.) High School.

Another look at a brilliant, yet unlikely pitching performance

TORONTO - Don’t over-analyze it, just enjoy it. Maybe that is the point we have reached with Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez. Will we get the good Ubaldo or bad one? On this night we got a great one. On the same mound where he gave up the homer that ended the Orioles’ season last October, Jiménez was dominant against the Toronto Blue Jays. Eight scoreless

Ubaldo Jiménez on his dominant start, plus other postgame quotes

TORONTO - On April 17, 2010, then-Colorado Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez threw a no-hitter at Atlanta in a 4-0 win. Tonight, he said the quality of his pitches compared to that outing. Jiménez was dominant against the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing just two doubles over eight scoreless innings as the Orioles beat Toronto 2-0 to take two of three here. “Yeah (this compared to the

Jiménez throws eight scoreless innings as O’s blank Blue Jays

TORONTO - Coming off a start where he allowed a career-high-tying nine runs in just 2 1/3 innings, no one could have expected this. But Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez blanked the Toronto Blue Jays on two hits over eight innings as the Orioles beat the Jays 2-0 in front of 37,291 at Rogers Centre. It was a sensational outing for a pitcher that began the

Showalter on Sisco and Scott (O’s lead 2-0)

TORONTO - The Orioles will send two players to the All-Star Futures Game set for Sunday, July 9 in Miami: Triple-A Norfolk catcher Chance Sisco and Double-A Bowie pitcher Tanner Scott. They will play for Team USA against the World Team. Sisco played in the game last year and homered in his hometown of San Diego. Sisco is batting .266/.342/.383 with 16 doubles, three homers

O’s game blog: O’s and Jays meet in series finale

TORONTO - The Orioles have won all three previous series this season against the Toronto Blue Jays. To go 4-for-4 they need to win the rubber match tonight at Rogers Centre. The Orioles won the series opener 3-1 on Tuesday night, but were blanked on five hits 4-0 last night. They were shut out for the fifth time while Toronto pitched its fifth shutout. The

Showalter on Britton’s rehab and more (Castillo scratched)

TORONTO - Before his team meets Toronto in the final game of a three-game series tonight, Orioles manager Buck Showalter provided another positive report on Orioles closer Zach Britton. Britton pitched the fourth inning today for Double-A Bowie in a win over Altoona. He got a groundout and two strikeouts on 14 pitches with eight strikes. “He got the win,” Showalter said. “He got the

Givens on his strong season and getting the band back together

TORONTO - Orioles reliever Mychal Givens had a very solid 2016 season. He is having an even better 2017. Last year, he went 8-2 with an ERA of 3.13 and a WHIP of 1.272. This season, he is 6-0 with a 2.31 ERA and a WHIP of 1.077. Givens has made dramatic improvement in getting left-handed batters out. Last season, they hit .366 with an

Another slow night on offense, plus more O’s notes and quotes

TORONTO - The Orioles offense has been so inconsistent this year that when they fail to score like last night, you figure to put more blame on their hitters than pass on credit to the opposing pitcher. But last night tipping your hat to Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman was probably just fine. He threw a strong game at the Orioles and had them pounding the

Wrapping up 4-0 loss by Orioles

TORONTO - Looking to get back over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 31-30, the Orioles were denied tonight. Mostly by the right arm of a pitcher looking to bounce back from his worst start of the season. Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman blanked them over 7 2/3 innings, as Toronto beat the Orioles 4-0 at Rogers Centre. The O’s failed to

Stroman shuts down Orioles as Blue Jays win 4-0

TORONTO - The Orioles did well against Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman last year when he posted a 7.04 ERA against Baltimore in four starts. But it was a different story tonight in front of 38,847 at Rogers Centre. Stroman pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Toronto beat the Orioles 4-0 to improve to 37-40 while dropping Baltimore back under the .500 mark at 38-39. The

Hyun Soo Kim reacts to Pagan’s sentencing (O’s down 4-0)

TORONTO - Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim was back in the spotlight today - and not for the right reason. The man that threw a beer can at him last October from the Rogers Centre left field stands was sentenced in Toronto this morning. For throwing that can that just missed hitting Kim as was making a catch in deep left, Ken Pagan was given

O’s game blog: Wade Miley faces the Jays at Rogers Centre

TORONTO - A win here tonight would give the Orioles (38-38) an over-.500 record and their longest winning streak since they took six in a row from May 4-9. The Orioles’ 3-1 win here Tuesday night was their third in a row, their longest win streak since taking three straight May 31-June 2. The Orioles also have a three-game road winning streak and they have

Pregame notes on Tillman, Britton and more

TORONTO - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman threw a bullpen session here earlier today and is now headed back to Baltimore, where his wife is expecting a baby at any time. For now, Tillman is still scheduled to start Friday’s opener of the series with the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park. If he has to leave the team before that, right-hander Dylan Bundy, currently slated

The Orioles’ GCL and DSL team rosters (Bowie’s All-Stars)

TORONTO - With a team featuring 10 selections from the just concluded 2017 First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles’ team in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League began its season this week. The GCL Orioles play their home games at the club’s Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla. The team will play 30 home games running through Sept. 1. The games are open to the public

Notes on Schoop’s strong bat, Gausman’s outing and Akin’s gem

TORONTO - Second baseman Jonathan Schoop continued his breakout season last night at Rogers Centre. The Orioles scored three runs in the first two innings in beating Toronto 3-1, with Schoop right in the middle of it. He contributed a single to start a first-inning two-run rally and crushed a double with an exit velocity of 113 mph and scored a run in the second.

Gausman, three relievers pitch O’s past Blue Jays (quotes added)

TORONTO - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman ran some deep pitch counts. He didn’t get deep in this game. But he also didn’t give up any runs, with an assist from the bullpen and his catcher. Gausman threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings tonight as the Orioles beat Toronto 3-1 in front of 40,606 at Rogers Centre to start a three-game series. The Orioles move back to

Showalter on O’Day’s milestone strikeout (O’s lead 3-0)

TORONTO - Since he returned Friday from the disabled list, Orioles reliever Darren O’Day has pitched two scoreless innings. He threw one on Friday against Tampa Bay and one more on Sunday. He needed just 20 pitches, 15 strikes to get those six outs. It is nice to have him back in the late innings for the Orioles. An Oriole since the 2012 season, O’Day

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman pitches series opener

TORONTO - The Orioles have had just one winning record in the last 11 season series in Toronto and they might have a chance to do that this year. In 2015, they went 3-6 at Toronto, and last year they went 4-6. The Orioles posted a winning season series mark at Rogers Centre in 2014, going 5-4. Tonight they play their second of three series

Pregame notes on Bundy and Britton’s schedules

TORONTO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that right-hander Dylan Bundy’s next start has been set for Saturday at home against Tampa Bay. Bundy would be pitching on six days’ rest after facing the Rays last Saturday at Tropicana Field. A complicating factor is that Chris Tillman’s wife is expecting a baby any day now. Tillman could leave the club at any time and the

Dylan Bundy on getting extra rest in upcoming starts

TORONTO - After a recent two-start stretch where he gave up 10 earned runs over 9 1/3 innings and his ERA jumped from 3.05 to 3.72, the Orioles decided to give right-hander Dylan Bundy some extra rest. He made his last start on regular rest and pitched well on Saturday against Tampa Bay. He gave up three runs over seven innings to improve to 8-6

Manto’s takes, Mancini’s homers and Gausman’s split usage

Several batters with Single-A Frederick have been thriving this year. The Keys lead the Carolina League in batting average (.272), rank fourth in OBP (.331), first in slugging (.428) and fourth in runs scored. Three Keys position players - shortstop Ryan Mountcastle and outfielders Austin Hays and Randolph Gassaway - made the Carolina League All-Star team. Orioles minor league hitting coordinator Jeff Manto made an

Looking back on a road series win, Crichton rides the shuttle

For the first time since the Orioles took two of three at Cincinnati April 18-20, they have won a road series. By taking the last two games at Tropicana Field, the Orioles win a series away from Camden Yards. Now can they get two in a row? The Orioles scored 16 runs and hit six homers the last two days in back-to-back wins over Tampa

O’s game blog: Tillman on mound in series finale (O’s win 8-5)

After a 15-5 loss to the Rays on Friday followed by an 8-3 win on Saturday afternoon, the Orioles and Tampa Bay play the third and deciding game of their series this afternoon. The Orioles are 36-38 overall, 12-24 on the road, 3-2 against Tampa Bay and 22-17 versus the American League East. Saturday’s win was just the second road victory in the last 15

After a solid win Saturday, now can O’s win a road series?

They got some clutch hits late in the game and they held an opponent to three runs. So Saturday was a good day for the Orioles as they beat Tampa Bay 8-3 for just their second road win 15 games. They are still two games under .500 at 36-38 and have lost 28 of 42 games since May 10. The way their starting rotation has

O’s game blog: Hitting notes heading into Game 2 (O’s win 8-3)

The Orioles have been losing a lot lately, while Tampa Bay has been winning lately. The Orioles will try to reverse that trend this afternoon at Tropicana Field. The Orioles (35-38) have lost four of five and 22 of their past 32 games. Tampa Bay (40-36) is a season-high four games over .500 after winning five of six and 11 of its past 16 games.

When it comes to draft pick signings, O’s have moved fast

When the Orioles announced two more draft pick signings on Thursday afternoon, that brought their total to 29 signed picks out of the 41 they selected in the recent First-Year Player Draft. That is an impressive total to have wrapped up this soon. This will definitely benefit the individual players. By signing fast, they can get their pro careers started sooner and begin learning the

O’s game blog: Road trip begins at the Trop (O’s lose 15-5)

After completing a 3-4 homestand that leaves them two games under .500 at 35-37, the Orioles begin a six-game road trip tonight in St. Petersburg, Fla., against the Tampa Bay Rays. The trip also will take them to Toronto for three games beginning Tuesday. The Orioles have been a very poor road team with a 11-23 record away from Oriole Park. They have lost 12

Bleier tries to establish himself in O’s ‘pen (O’s lose again)

It seemed like a bit of a curious move at the time, seeing a team trade a lefty reliever that pitched to a 1.96 ERA last year in 23 games. Not only did the New York Yankees trade that pitcher, they traded him to the Orioles. And only for a player to be named later. The lefty who pitched so well in a short look

O’s extend five-runs streak as they lose series finale (quotes added)

The Orioles extended their club-record streak for pitching futility and pulled to within one of a major league record tonight. And they looked bad in doing so. O’s starter Wade Miley gave up four runs in the first three innings and the Indians went on to beat the Orioles 6-3 at Camden Yards. The Indians take three of four in the series. Orioles pitchers have

O’s game blog: Orioles look for four-game split (plus draft news)

The Orioles host the Indians tonight to complete a four-game series and a seven-game homestand at Oriole Park. They are 1-2 in this series and 3-3 on the homestand after taking two of three from St. Louis over the weekend. At 24-13 (.649), the Orioles own the third-best home record in the American League and fifth-best in the majors. They went 1-for-8 with runners in

Back from Triple-A, Donnie Hart returns with improved mechanics

Orioles lefty reliever Donnie Hart said he has felt his mechanics a bit out of sync for most of this season. He went from pitching to an ERA of 0.49 last year to an ERA that rose to 4.32 on June 6 this year. That was when he was sent to Triple-A Norfolk for the second time. He was there for two weeks and returned

The 14-year-old that impressed the Orioles

Sometimes when a teenager meets Major League Baseball players, he can learn a lot from them. Sometimes, it can happen the other way. On Wednesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Orioles learned a lot about an inspiring young man. He is 14-year-old Luke Terry. An eighth-grade catcher from Cornersville, Tenn., Terry had his right arm amputated as an infant. Through perseverance and hard

Blanked until the ninth, O’s fall 5-1 to Indians (quotes added)

After giving up 16 runs over his previous three starts, it got better for Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman tonight. But the Orioles offense had no answers for Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who got a huge assist from former O’s lefty Andrew Miller. The Orioles fell 5-1 to the Indians at Oriole Park as the Birds lost for the 10th time in 14 games. The American

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces Cleveland at Oriole Park

After splitting the first two games of a four-game series, the Orioles host the Cleveland Indians tonight in Game 3 at Oriole Park. Right-hander Kevin Gausman (3-6, 6.60 ERA) faces right-hander Carlos Carrasco (7-3, 3.21 ERA). The start of tonight’s game is being delayed by rain. Gausman keeps working to turn around his season but just has not been able to do it. In three

Orioles reach agreements with two of highest draft picks (updated)

The Orioles have reached agreements with two of their top four picks from the First-Year Player Draft. The club has come to terms with lefty pitcher Zac Lowther of Xavier, whom the club selected No. 74 overall with a Competitive Balance Round B pick. The Orioles also came to terms with right-handed pitcher Michael Baumann, taken in round three (No. 98 overall) from Jacksonville University.

Manto’s big praise for Mountcastle, plus other notes

ABERDEEN, Md. - To say the least, Orioles minor league hitting coordinator Jeff Manto is a big Ryan Mountcastle fan. He has seen the kid show off an impressive bat pretty much since the day the organization drafted him No. 36 overall in 2015. The 20-year-old Mountcastle has seen big power emerge this season and he has had a Player of the Year type of

Zach Britton throws scoreless inning at Aberdeen (quotes added)

ABERDEEN, Md. - Pitching in a game for the first time since he faced Boston on May 4, Orioles closer Zach Britton pitched a scoreless first inning tonight for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Facing the Hudson Valley Renegades in Aberdeen’s season opener, Britton fanned second baseman Vidal Brujan on a 2-2 pitch that the young hitter chased off the outside corner. Britton then walked center fielder

O’s game blog: A Tillman-Tomlin matchup tonight at Oriole Park

If you remember all the close games the Orioles played in April, well, we have not seen many lately. In fact, over the four games of the current homestand, the Orioles lost to St. Louis 11-2 and then beat them 15-7 and 8-5. They began a series with Cleveland last night losing 12-0. Right-hander Corey Kluber was dominant against the Orioles holding them to three

Aberdeen manager Kevin Bradshaw on the 2017 IronBirds

ABERDEEN, Md. - While Orioles All-Star closer Zach Britton is expected to throw the first pitch and inning of their season tonight, after that the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds will try to win without major league help. A veteran of many seasons as a manger in the Detroit Tigers organization, Kevin Bradshaw is back for his second season as manager at Aberdeen. After a rainout

O’s making progress with draft pick signings (plus other notes)

An MLB source said the Orioles are making very solid progress in negotiations with a large group of their 41 draft picks. In fact, some of the signings will soon be announced, perhaps as early as today. The Orioles are said to be making progress with some of their highest-drafted players. They do have an agreement in place with their fifth-round pick, outfielder Lamar Sparks

O’s game blog: Bundy faces Kluber in series opener

After taking two of three from St. Louis, the Orioles begin a four-game series against Cleveland tonight at Oriole Park, where they are 23-11. The Orioles (34-34) went 5-1 against the American League champion Indians (36-31) last season. Cleveland has won five in a row by a combined score of 40-13 after completing a four-game sweep of Minnesota on Sunday. They are a season-high five

Aberdeen’s season-opening roster

ABERDEEN, Md. - The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds released their season-opening roster this afternoon - even though there will not be a season opener tonight. Their scheduled game with Hudson Valley was rained out at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium and the opener is now set for tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Orioles closer Zach Britton, who was scheduled to begin a minor league rehab

More on Mancini, the offense and the bullpen (plus farm notes)

The weather got warmer and for at least for two days, so did the Orioles bats. Prior to Saturday’s win, the Orioles had scored three runs or less in 10 of their 14 previous games. But now in back-to-back games they have plated 23 runs on 26 hits with five doubles, two triples and nine home runs. They went 9-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

Trumbo’s praise for Mancini and other postgame quotes

The baseball was carrying today at Camden Yards. But the Orioles were able to outscore St. Louis 8-5 on a day when both teams hit four homers. Several Orioles had impressive days on offense, but after his three-RBI day that included a two-run homer, veteran Mark Trumbo threw some nice praise the way of rookie Trey Mancini. Mancini flicked his wrist at a 94 mph

O’s bash four more homers, beat St. Louis to win series

For the Orioles, the homers kept coming today - and that often means a nice runs total and a win. It did today, as the Orioles hit the longball four times in an 8-5 victory over St. Louis to take the series, two games to one. On Saturday, the Orioles bashed four homers in the first four innings and five on the game. Today, they

O’s game blog: O’s host St. Louis in series finale

After an 11-2 loss Friday and 15-7 win on Saturday, the Orioles (33-34) host the St. Louis Cardinals (31-36) in the series finale this afternoon. The winner today takes the series. Then the Orioles welcome Cleveland to town for four games starting on Monday night. Right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez (1-2, 6.71 ERA) returns to the Orioles rotation today. He has swapped spots with Alec Asher, who

J.J. Hardy on offense breaking out and his own contribution

In an attempt to get back to winning baseball after an extended run of losing, the Orioles beat the Chicage White Sox 10-6 Wednesday night. But they lost the next day and then they lost the series opener 11-2 Friday at home against St. Louis. But they posted a 15-7 win on Saturday over the Cardinals. Will that be the win that sparks this team?

Jonathan Schoop homers twice, offense breaks out (quotes added)

Whether they were taking out several weeks worth of frustrations or just hammering a pitcher having a bad day, either way, the struggling Orioles will gladly take it. Having lost eight of their previous nine games, they battered right-hander Adam Wainwright today for nine runs and seven hits over 1 2/3 innings as the Orioles beat St. Louis 15-7 to even this three-game series. A

O’s game blog: Wade Miley faces Adam Wainwright in Game 2

The Orioles (32-34) host the St. Louis Cardinals (31-35) this afternoon in the second game of this series and of a seven-game homestand. It began last night with St. Louis bashing a season-high five homers and scoring a season-high 11 runs to beat the Orioles 11-2. St. Louis outhit the Orioles 14-5 and scored seven runs from the sixth inning on to turn the game

Mike Wright updates his status, talks about stay on the DL

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Mike Wright got a cortisone injection yesterday. He was put on the 10-day DL on Friday with right shoulder bursitis, retroactive to Thursday. Wright is eligible to return on June 25, but it will probably be longer than that before he is back on the active roster. In six games with the Orioles, Wright is 0-0 with a 5.56

O’s Gary Rajsich on the draft and top pick DL Hall

When the First-Year Player Draft began on Monday night, Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich did not expect the first round to end with high school left-handed pitcher DL Hall being selected by the Orioles. He expected Hall to be gone by the time the Orioles selected at No. 21. But Hall wasn’t gone and the Orioles gladly pulled the trigger on a pitcher that they

O’s game blog: Orioles host St. Louis as homestand begins

The Orioles have returned home and now we find out if some wins will return for them as well. They are 21-10 at home and 11-23 on the road. During a 1-7 road trip, the Orioles were outscored 71-29. They averaged 3.6 runs per game but had a team ERA of 9.14 and a starters ERA of 12.53 on the trip. According to STATS, LLC.,

Kevin Gausman makes adjustments to try and turn around his season

CHICAGO - Last season, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman went 9-12 with a 3.61 ERA. Now his ERA is nearly three runs higher. In the second-half of the 2016 season, Gausman went 8-6 with a 3.10 ERA. From Aug. 23 to Sept. 14, Gausman pitched four scoreless starts in five games, going 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA. He came up big for the team down the

Wrapping up another loss and a 1-7 road trip

CHICAGO - The Orioles had a chance to at least end a disappointing road trip on a good note today. But they could not do it. The White Sox scored four runs in the last of the sixth to break a 1-1 tie and beat the Orioles 5-2 in front of 20,139 at Gauranteed Rate Field. A White Sox team that began this series having

O’s lose series finale in Chicago to end a brutal 1-7 road trip

CHICAGO - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman kept getting into and out of jams, but he finally broke. We’ve seen this a lot lately from Orioles pitching. Chicago scored four runs off Tillman in the last of the sixth, with some wildness from right-handed reliever Jimmy Yacabonis thrown in, as the White Sox beat the Orioles 5-2. The Sox take three of four in this series

Showalter on Machado’s loud outs, plus a game update

CHICAGO - In the game here last night, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had a loud 1-for-5 night. He singled in the sixth, but could have had three other hits in the Orioles’ 10-6 win. That is noteworthy since Machado is trying to get his bat going. He is 4-for-13 in this series, returning Monday from missing four games with a strained left wrist and

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

CHICAGO - As Chris Tillman tries to begin to pitch better for the Orioles, he needs to start at the start. Tillman (1-4, 8.01 ERA) has allowed a first-inning ERA of 16.71 on the season. Over seven first innings, he has given up 13 runs and 16 hits, including four of his seven homers. Tillman has made seven 2017 starts. He did not allow a

Mike Wright dealing with shoulder soreness

CHICAGO - The Orioles will be one pitcher short in their bullpen today for the series finale against the White Sox. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters that right-hander Mike Wright felt some shoulder soreness after the game last night. He is unavailable today. He pitched two scoreless innings in the win over the White Sox. But he gave up some hard-hit balls in the sixth

Chris Tillman’s first-inning struggles and other notes

CHICAGO - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman pitches the series finale in Chicago this afternoon. He will try to avoid allowing a first-inning run for the first time since May 19. He has allowed one or more runs in the first inning of his past four starts. He’s allowed 13 runs in the first and over his past four starts, 13 of the 21 runs he

Castillo’s grand slam leads O’s past Chicago (quotes added)

CHICAGO - The Orioles flipped the script tonight. Even though starter Dylan Bundy gave up five early runs as they fell behind by four, this time their offense bailed them out. Catcher Welington Castillo hit his first career grand slam as the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 10-6 to snap a six-game losing streak and an 11-game road losing streak. They get back to

Scott Coolbaugh’s son drafted by the Orioles (O’s lead 10-5)

CHICAGO - This doesn’t happen every day. The Orioles drafted a player this afternoon who was already in their clubhouse when he was selected. In the 36th round, the Orioles took shortstop Tyler Coolbaugh from Angelo State (Texas) University. He is the son of their hitting coach, Scott Coolbaugh and is with his dad here in Chicago. The elder Coolbaugh said he was working in

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

CHICAGO - Will this be the night for the Orioles? The night they end a six-game losing streak and an 11-game road losing streak that is tied for the second-longest in team history? And what will it take? Maybe a starter pitching a great game or maybe a breakout by an offense that has scored three runs or fewer five times in the last six

Pregame notes on Smith, Washington and more

CHICAGO - Tonight’s game will be delayed by rain at the start. It was scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. CT but it has been raining here most of the afternoon. But a press box announcement indicated that they do expect to get this game in. Now we just await a start time. Update: The White Sox announced that tonight’s game will begin at 9:40

David Washington is getting ready to make his major league debut

CHICAGO - On his first day in the big leagues David Washington will make his major league debut. The Orioles selected his contract today, and then manager Buck Showalter selected him to bat eighth as the DH. Washington admitted he’s a bit of a nervous wreck right now, but he’ll try to channel the nerves and emotions as best as he can. “It’s crazy,” Washington

Trying to avoid a club record road losing streak

CHICAGO - Now a team with a losing record for the first time since the next to last day of the 2015 season, the Orioles continue to search for answers. They are just not finding many. Whether it is another starter that doesn’t get deep in a game or another night of missed chances on offense, a lot continues to go wrong for a team

Wrapping up a loss that dropped the Orioles under .500

CHICAGO - At this point, the players are probably running out of answers and the reporters are a bit weary of having to ask the same questions. But we heard more of both tonight after the Orioles’ latest loss. The Orioles lost 6-1 to the Chicago White Sox as starter Alec Asher gave up a grand slam and the offense could not cash in on

O’s fall in Chicago as road losing streak reaches 11 games

CHICAGO - Another night when a starter struggled, but at least it took longer this time. One pitch was pivotal, and so were several missed chances on offense. The Orioles took a sixth straight loss tonight, falling to the Chicago White Sox by a 6-1 score as they fall under .500, at 31-32. They have a losing record for the first time since they were

The search for rotation help (O’s trail 6-1)

CHICAGO - With a rotation ERA that has now ballooned to 5.27 to rank last in the American League, the Orioles have some improving to do there. Coming into tonight’s second game of this series against the White Sox, Orioles starters have pitched to a 15.56 ERA the past six games, and a 6.70 ERA while the team has gone 9-21 since its 22-10 start.

O’s game blog: Alec Asher on the mound in Chicago

CHICAGO - The Orioles try to end two losing streaks while also trying to avoid falling under the .500 mark here tonight. After last night’s 10-7 loss, the Orioles (31-31) play the White Sox in the second game of a four-game series. During a five-game losing skid, the Orioles have been outscored 54-16. Their starters’ ERA is 15.56 the past six games, and is 6.70

Buck Showalter updates Chris Davis’ status, plus other notes

CHICAGO - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is headed for the 10-day disabled list but just not yet. For now, Davis is headed back to Baltimore after an MRI here this morning showed a Grade I right oblique injury. This is on the lesser scale, but it appears that Davis still could miss several weeks. The Orioles are expected to replace Davis with Norfolk first

Trey Mancini on playing first base tonight

CHICAGO - Just when Trey Mancini started to get this left field thing down and was doing well with the glove out there, he is moving back to first base. At least for tonight, and we’ll see for how long. With Chris Davis not starting tonight and possibly headed for the disabled list with what is apparently an oblique injury, Mancini is starting tonight at

O’s take a college pitcher in the third round (updated)

The First-Year Player Draft has resumed this afternoon. In the third round, with the No. 98 overall selection, the Orioles selected right-handed pitcher Mike Baumann from Jacksonville University. This season, the 21-year-old Baumann made 14 starts, going 5-3 with a 3.09 ERA. Over 87 1/3 innings, he allowed 70 hits with 35 walks and 97 strikeouts. He has a four-pitch mix. On the MLB.com coverage,

When will it end? The slide of O’s rotation continued last night

CHICAGO - The Orioles were 22-10 and playing great baseball. They had a winning percentage of .688 and were on a 111-win pace. We knew that could not continue to that extent, but just over a month after that hot start, the O’s could be under .500 with a loss tonight. This has not been a slump, this has been a collapse of a pitching

Hearing from O’s scouting director Gary Rajsich and DL Hall

CHICAGO - In a bit of a surprise, with many analysts expecting the Orioles to take a college player in the first round, they selected a high-school, left-handed pitcher with their No. 21 overall selection Monday night in the First-Year Player Draft. The O’s selected DL Hall from Valdosta (Ga.) High School with the pick that began what will be 41 selections over three days

Wade Miley takes fall for latest loss as frustration mounts

CHICAGO - As the losses mount, so does the frustration. That was clear tonight as O’s starter Wade Miley pointed the finger at himself after the Orioles’ 10-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox. And then he kept blaming himself. Miley suffered his second straight short start, allowing six runs and six hits over 2 1/3 innings. By the end of the fourth, the Orioles

O’s dig early hole, lose fifth straight to fall to .500

CHICAGO - It was one thing for the Orioles to lose big to the first-place New York Yankees. Not that it was acceptable, but the Yanks are a hot team with the second-best record in the league. But tonight the Orioles trailed big early and then lost 10-7 in Chicago to a White Sox team that began today with the American League’s worst record. Chicago

O’s take high school lefty in first round (Chris Davis injured)

CHICAGO - The Orioles selected a high school left-hander with their first-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft tonight. They selected DL Hall out of Valdosta (Ga.) High School with the 21st overall selection. He is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 14 overall talent in the draft, and No. 18 by Baseball America. MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis call the pick “a steal for the Orioles

O’s game blog: Wade Miley on mound in Chisox series opener

CHICAGO - The Orioles begin a four-game series tonight here at Guaranteed Rate Field. They are trying to break two losing streaks tonight. They have lost their past four games and have been outscored 44-9. They have also lost nine straight road games since beating Detroit in 13 innings May 16. The Orioles had a lost weekend in New York. They lost three games by

Pregame notes on Machado, Britton and Flaherty

CHICAGO - Manager Buck Showalter, who almost always proceeds with caution when talking about players returning from injury, was not ready to pronounce third baseman Manny Machado officially yet back in the lineup when he met with reporters here earlier. Machado is in the posted lineup, but the skipper said he needs to make sure Machado gets through batting practice fine. That is the expectation.

Manny Machado on returning to Orioles lineup tonight

CHICAGO - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado returns to the lineup tonight for the first time since Wednesday, when he got inadvertantly spiked by Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen. He missed the next four games. But his strained left wrist and sore hand made progress each day and he passed the final test here this afternoon when he took early batting practice and fielded grounders. It went

Previewing the draft as the major league team looks to regroup

Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft begins tonight and runs through 40 rounds of selections on Wednesday. It is a chance for all teams to add a host of new talent to their organizations. The Orioles have 11 picks in the first 10 rounds, with four of the first 98 selections and 41 picks overall. The Orioles pick in the first round with selection No.

O’s game blog: O’s trying to avoid a sweep in the Bronx (O’s lose 14-3)

The Orioles are looking to avoid a series sweep and also snap an eight-game road losing streak this afternoon in the series finale in the Bronx. The Yankees (36-23) host the Orioles (31-29) after winning by 8-2 Friday and 16-3 last night. While the Baltimore offense has produced just five runs and nine hits this weekend, O’s pitching has given up 24 runs on 29

Bashed in the Bronx: Can O’s regroup in series finale?

It was Wednesday night when the Orioles pulled off a second straight rally in the ninth inning against Pittsburgh that led to a second straight extra innings win. Trey Mancini homered in the ninth to tie it and in the 11th to win. It was pretty special stuff. Since then the Orioles have lost three in a row and been outscored 30-6. The Yankees have

O’s game blog: Tillman faces Severino (O’s crushed 16-3)

As they have fallen 4 1/2 games out in the American League East to tie a season high, the Orioles (31-28) play the Yankees tonight for the second game of three this weekend in the Bronx. New York is 35-23 and leading Boston by three games for first place. New York is 20-9 at home, 5-3 in June and 14-14 since moving a season-best 12

More concerns emerge as O’s lose opener at New York

So much for the feel-good vibe that surrounded the Orioles on Wednesday night after Trey Mancini’s heroics against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They went back on the road and the losing resumed. They’ve scored three runs in two games at Washington and New York. Their bullpen collapsed late in the game last night. Doom and gloom returned to Birdland. The bigger concern is that a stretch

O’s game blog: Bundy on mound in series opener (O’s lose 8-2)

Will the Orioles get at least one hit tonight with a runner in scoring position? If they do it will be the first hit with RISP that New York Yankees pitching has given up this month. Over the seven games in June, Yankee opponents are 0-for-35 with RISP. According to Elias Sports, opponents are 0-for-their-last-36 overall with RISP dating back to May 31 at Baltimore.

O’s add Tim Raines Jr. as Aberdeen’s hitting coach, plus other notes

The Orioles have hired Tim Raines Jr. to be the hitting coach at short-season, Single-A Aberdeen. Raines Jr. is the son of new Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tim Raines Sr. Raines Jr. played for the Orioles in 2001 and again in 2003-2004. On Oct. 4, 2001, father and son played in a game together for the Orioles against Boston, with Raines Jr. in

How do win-now O’s approach the draft? (plus O’s-Yankees preview)

With several key Orioles players - a list that includes Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Adam Jones and Chris Tillman - eligible to be free agents in the next year or two, the Orioles are in win-now mode. The latest First-Year Player Draft begins Monday and runs through Wednesday. The Orioles have four of the first 100 selections, picking at Nos. 21, 60, 74 and 98.

O’s game blog: O’s have won eight of 10 against Nats (O’s lose 6-1)

Once again, it’s the Orioles and Nationals. This time for one night only at Nationals Park, as the clubs make up the rainout in Washington from May 11. The clubs were scheduled for a four-game, home-and-home series. The Orioles won the first two games in Baltimore, 6-4 and 5-4. The Nats rallied late to win the first in Washington 7-6. The Orioles lost that game

Mancini’s impressive RISP stats and other notes from last night

Not only did Trey Mancini hit game-tying and game-winning home runs for the Orioles last night, but he added to some amazing stats he is compiling when he bats with runners in scoring position. Mancini is now batting .483 (14-for-29) with six homers, 24 RBIs and an OPS of 1.672 when batting with runners in scoring position. Last night, he hit with a runner in

Trey Mancini: “This is a pretty special night for sure”

The Orioles’ Trey Mancini had gone 21 games without a homer. Then tonight he hit one in the ninth inning to tie the game, and again in the 11th to win it. It was a remarkable performance by a player who didn’t even start the game, and by a team that trailed 6-1 in the eighth. The Orioles trailed 5-3 in the ninth and won

Trey Mancini hits game-tying and game-winning homers

If Trey Mancini’s first homer was pretty special tonight, his second was even better. Mancini’s Oriole legend grew tonight as he hit a two-run homer in the ninth to tie the game and then a three-run homer in the 11th to win it. You had to see it to believe it. The Orioles beat the Pirates 9-6 in 11 innings. With the game tied 6-6

O’s game blog: Dan Duquette and Gary Rajsich talk draft

The Orioles are in the midst of a week’s worth of pre-draft meetings. The First-Year Player Draft will be held over 40 rounds and three days beginning Monday. The Orioles have the No. 21 selection in round one, their highest pick since taking right-hander Kevin Gausman fourth overall out of LSU in 2012. They have three other top 100 picks, with selections at Nos. 60,

Edwin Jackson talks about joining the Orioles

The newest reliever in the Orioles bullpen is a veteran of over 1,700 major league innings. The Orioles added right-hander Edwin Jackson to their roster today, selecting his contract from Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles are his 12th different major league team. The Orioles signed him April 5, and after he built up some innings at extended spring, they sent him to Norfolk. Over 12 games

Scouting makeup in the draft (Chris Davis on Homers for Hearts)

Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, consisting of 40 rounds, will be held over three days beginning on Monday, June 12. The first two rounds of the draft, through competitive balance round B (where the Orioles have a pick) will be held beginning Monday at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Rounds three through 10 will be held starting at 1 p.m. on June 13. On June

Walk-off win: Mark Trumbo’s single wins it in the 10th

They used some dramatic home runs to get back in the game, but a measly single to center won it for the Orioles tonight in the series opener with Pittsburgh. Mark Trumbo’s RBI single to center with two outs scored Adam Jones in the last of the 10th as the Orioles rallied to beat Pittsburgh 6-5 at Camden Yards. Jones came up with a one-out

O’s game blog: O’s and Pirates begin two-game series

The Orioles are 4-2 against National League teams this year, going 2-1 against both Washington and Cincinnati. Their next three games are versus NL teams, starting with a two-game series that begins tonight with Pittsburgh. This series will end a nine-game homestand. The Orioles are 4-3 on the stand, going 2-1 against the Yankees and 2-2 against the Red Sox. The Orioles went 14-6 in

Infielder Rubén Tejada talks about joining the Orioles

A veteran of 616 major league games since 2010, the Orioles added infielder Rubén Tejada to their 25- and 40-man rosters today, and he was in the clubhouse this afternoon. Tejada will wear No. 17. To make roster room, Paul Janish was designated for assignment. The Orioles had just acquired Tejada on Sunday night for cash considerations from the New York Yankees. The 27-year-old right-handed

O’s rank 13th in starting rotation ERA, but will it get better?

When it comes to some starting rotation stats, they are not overall favorable for the Orioles. But they must hope that some recent potentially positive developments can begin to change some of that. You may have heard, starting pitching is pretty important and the pundits had it as a question mark for Baltimore to start the year. Through Sunday’s games, the Orioles’ starting pitching ERA

Did O’s steady the ship with 4-3 run?

After going through a 3-13 stretch through the end of a series at Houston a week ago yesterday, the Orioles went 4-3 over their past seven games against the Yankees and Red Sox. A 4-3 record against those teams would be pretty solid most of the time, except maybe when they started the stretch 4-1, then lost the next two games as the Orioles just

Orioles acquire infielder Rubén Tejada

The Orioles tonight added a right-handed hitting infielder when they acquired 27-year-old Rubén Tejada from the New York Yankees for cash considerations. Tejada is not on the 40-man roster and will report to Triple-A Norfolk. He can play second, third and shortstop. A veteran of 616 major league games since 2010, Tejada was playing at Triple-A Scranton this season. In 37 games, he is batting

Francisco Peña on key throwing error and Chris Tillman on his outing

Orioles catcher Francisco Peña saw a great chance to get a key out this afternoon and he took it. But he didn’t get the result he wanted. In the sixth inning of a 3-3 game, his costly throwing error allowed two Boston runs to score and the Red Sox went on to a 7-3 victory in the series finale. With two outs, Chris Tillman had

O’s get three early runs but nothing after and lose series finale

The Orioles scored three runs in the first inning today off Boston left-hander Chris Sale. But they could not muster any offense after that. Then a costly throwing error gave Boston the lead and the Red Sox beat the Orioles 7-3 to split the four-game series. It was a disappointing last two games of the series for the Orioles that leaves them at 29-26 and

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

The Orioles have played Boston in four series now and they have not lost one. They won’t lose this current series either after taking two of the first three games. But they lost last night 5-2 and need a win today to take this series. Earlier, they split two games with Boston, won two of three and split a four-game series. The Orioles are 7-5

Mike Wright on his family’s charity today at Camden Yards

It is a charity very near and dear to Orioles right-hander Mike Wright. And today at Camden Yards, his sister will have a community booth set up on the main concourse to raise money. It is all about helping families dealing with an Alzheimer’s disease or dementia patient. Mike’s mom is dealing with this now and the Wright family wants to educate and help other

Fred Manfra on wrapping up 25 years in O’s radio booth

He is a kid from Baltimore that did good. Real good. But after today, life will be very different for longtime Orioles broadcaster Fred Manfra as he heads into retirement. It is possible he could be asked to call an occasional game or two later at some point, but a 25-year Orioles broadcasting career comes to a close with this afternoon’s game at Camden Yards.

David Price with a strong start as Boston wins 5-2 (quotes added)

The Orioles struggled to get to left-hander David Price tonight. When they finally did and cut their two-run deficit to one, Boston added two keys runs in the eighth off struggling right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez. The late runs, Hanley Ramirez’s three-RBI night and Price’s strong outing helped Boston secure a 5-2 win tonight in front of 35,470 at Camden Yards. And they have a chance to

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

As the Orioles and Red Sox play Game 3 of a four-game series tonight, a marquee pitching matchup is being featured at Camden Yards. Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy (6-3, 2.89 ERA) faces 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner David Price (0-0, 5.40 ERA). Price is making his second start of the year, coming back from elbow issues which delayed his start to the season.

O’s Brad Brach on his latest save and club’s strong AL East record

Orioles reliever Brad Brach is getting locked in again. Over his last five outings, he has pitched five hitless and scoreless innings, with American League hitters going 0-for-15 against him with seven strikeouts. Last night, Brach saved the Orioles’ 3-2 win over Boston with an 1-2-3 top of the ninth on just 11 pitches. He threw nothing but fastballs between 95 and 97 mph to

O’s Trey Mancini has been an impressive all-fields hitter

The Orioles’ Trey Mancini had two very different months to begin this season. In April, he hit five homers in 51 at-bats, but his batting average was .216. In May he hit two homers in 73 at-bats, but his batting average was .342. The longer he plays a picture is emerging of a pretty well-rounded hitter. One that is hitting for a good batting average

Manny Machado on long homer, Alec Asher on outing and ovation

On the night he blasted a 465-foot home run into the second deck at Camden Yards, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said right-hander Alec Asher was the biggest key to a 3-2 win over Boston. “We won the game because of how Alec went out there and did his job. He pitched a helluva game and kept us in the game,” Machado said. Asher did

Alec Asher pitches the Orioles past Boston 3-2

Well, giving right-hander Alec Asher another start turned out to be a pretty good thought by the Orioles. Rebounding from Sunday’s outing, where he allowed six runs over two innings at Houston, Asher pitched the Orioles to a 3-2 win over Boston tonight in front of 33,193 at Camden Yards Retiring the side in order four times, Asher went 6 1/3 innings allowing three hits

O’s game blog: Alec Asher gets the start in Game 2 versus Boston

It won’t get them a prize or anything or have much meaning on June 2, but the Orioles could move past Boston into second in the AL East standings with a win tonight. They hit four homers in beating the Red Sox 7-5 last night to open a four-game series. The Yankees lead Boston by three games and the Orioles by 3 1/2 atop the

Notes on the offense and O’s strong play in AL East

For the Orioles offense, there was no June swoon last year. The opposite, in fact. The Orioles went 19-9 last June despite a team ERA that was 4.85. They did it with offense. A lot of it. They began June 2017 with a lot of offense. The Orioles hit four homers last night in a 7-5 win over Boston. Can the Orioles have another big

Trumbo and Schoop on the offense, Miley on his outing

In the seven games that preceeded Wednesday’s game, the Orioles scored 15 total runs and were shut out twice. The last two nights they’ve bashed six homers, scoring 17 runs in back-to-back wins over the Yankees and Red Sox. The Orioles hit four homers tonight off former O’s farmhand Eduardo Rodriguez as they bashed their way to a 7-5 win in the series opener against

O’s mash four homers and beat Boston 7-5 in series opener

This was no way to treat a former teammate. Or maybe it was the best way to treat an American League East rival. Former Orioles minor league left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez was pounded for four homers tonight, as the Orioles beat the Red Sox 7-5 to open a four-game series at Camden Yards. After going through a seven-game stretch where the Orioles hit .199 as a

O’s game blog: Wade Miley pitches series opener against Boston

For the fourth time this season, the Orioles are playing the Boston Red Sox. They open a four-game series tonight that runs through Sunday at Oriole Park. The Orioles split two games in Boston in early April and later in the month took two of three in Baltimore. They played four in Boston May 1-4 and split that series at Fenway Park. The Orioles are

Asher on getting another start, Joseph on catching E-Rod

After his short outing in Houston on Sunday, right-hander Alec Asher had to wait a couple of days to find out if he would get another chance in the Orioles rotation. He will. Asher will start at Camden Yards on Friday night against Boston. “It’s great. It was disappointing what happened that last start. It happens, but I’ll go back out there tomorrow and go

Feeling a draft: The Orioles have four of the top 100 selections

After he heads out to scout an NCAA regional tournament this weekend, Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich will head to the warehouse at Camden Yards for about a week’s worth of meetings leading up to another First-Year Player Draft. This will be Rajsich’s sixth draft with the Orioles. He took right-hander Kevin Gausman with his initial first-round pick (No. 4 overall) in 2012 and right-hander

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