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Zach Britton on trade deadline passing, plus other clubhouse quotes

Zach Britton’s day began with him yet again at the center of trade rumors. He ended it yet again doing a solid job for the Orioles. He pitched a scoreless ninth tonight and was the winning pitcher in the Orioles’ 2-1 walk-off win over Kansas City. It was a nice start to a three-game series and weeklong homestand on a day where Britton went through

Walk-off win: Craig Gentry’s single in ninth provides 2-1 victory

This was a nice way to start a homestand. Ubaldo Jiménez gave his team an outstanding start. He didn’t get the win, but his team did with a walk-off victory in the last of the ninth. The Orioles beat Kansas City 2-1 in front of 20,663 at Oriole Park in the opener of a three-game series. Joakim Soria came on for the ninth for Kansas

O’s game blog: Tonight’s game and trade notes

It appears the Orioles added a solid starting pitching prospect today when they acquired 23-year-old right-hander Yefry Ramírez from the New York Yankees for international bonus slots. From Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Ramirez is having a good year for Double-A Trenton, going 10-3 with an ERA of 3.41 in 18 starts. Ramirez was added by the Yankees to their 40-man roster last winter in advance

Jeremy Hellickson talks about joining the Orioles

In his first interview since being acquired from the Phillies, right-hander Jeremy Hellickson said he was surprised that the Orioles were the team that traded for him on Friday night. “I was excited,” he said of when he heard about the deal. “Didn’t really hear Baltimore too much, so was kind of a little surprised. But just playing these guys for four years in Tampa,

More on Schoop’s RBIs, Castillo’s bat and trade deadline talk

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who has been getting a lot of notice for his bat, and catcher Welington Castillo, who has gotten much less, both had big games Sunday in the Orioles’ 10-6 win at Texas. Schoop’s RBI surge continued. He hit a two-run homer in the fifth and singled in a run an inning later for a 2-for-4 three-RBI day.

In final game before trade deadline, O’s win road trip finale

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles built an eight-run lead, then saw that turn into a Zach Britton save situation. They also watched the Texas Rangers celebrate Adrian Beltre’s 3,000th hit, but they also won. After losing the series opener on Friday night, they got 8 2/3 scoreless innings from Kevin Gausman last night and a lot of offense today to beat the Rangers 10-6 and

Beltre gets No. 3,000, but O’s get the win, take series

ARLINGTON, Texas - On the day that Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre got his 3,000th hit, the Orioles hit two homers, scored double-digit runs and got the victory. The Orioles scored four in the fourth and five runs on a pair of homers in the fifth for a 10-6 victory. They lost the series opener Friday, but won the next two games to take this

Adrian Beltre gets hit No. 3,000 (O’s lead 10-3)

ARLINGTON, Texas - On his fourth attempt to achieve history, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre got it done. He doubled to left in the fourth inning this afternoon off the Orioles Wade Miley to become the 31st member of Major League Baseball’s 3,000 hits club. Beltre, who had struck out on a 3-2 pitch in the second, fell behind 3-0 in the count and

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

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles started this road trip by losing two of three at Tampa Bay after winning the opening game of that series. They could end it today winning two of three in Texas after losing the opening game of this series. Chris Tillman gave up eight runs over 4 1/3 innings on Friday night as Texas routed the Orioles 8-2. Kevin Gausman

Pregame notes on Mark Trumbo, Jeremy Hellickson and more

ARLINGTON, Texas - Mark Trumbo was scratched from the original Orioles lineup today. He was batting fourth as the designated hitter. But manager Buck Showalter said during his pregame media session that it was injury related and, no, Trumbo has not been traded. “He tweaked his back stretching in the weight room,” Showalter said. “He’s not playing today and hopefully it is not a DL

Notes and quotes after the Orioles’ shutout of Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles have played two very different games at Globe Life Park this weekend: one where their starting pitcher Chris Tillman allowed eight runs and one where starter Kevin Gausman allowed no runs in 8 2/3 innings. A team that is the worst in the league in starting pitcher ERA seemed to much more enjoy Gausman’s latest strong outing. It seems a

Kevin Gausman with a gem as the O’s blank Texas (quotes added)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman produced a third straight strong outing tonight. The Orioles backed him with early offense and they beat Texas 4-0 at Globe Life Park. Gausman came within one out of the Orioles’ first complete-game shutout since Miguel Gonzalez against Cincinnati on Sept. 3, 2014. After Manny Machado turned a nifty double play to deny Adrian Beltre his 3,000th hit

Chris Davis on Adrian Beltre (O’s blank Rangers 4-0)

ARLINGTON, Texas - It has become very apparent in two days during this series at Globe Life Park that Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre has a room full of admirers in the visiting clubhouse. Beltre enters tonight’s game two hits shy of becoming the 31st player in the Major League history to reach 3,000 hits. He had two hits last night and is at 2998

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

ARLINGTON, Texas - This Orioles road trip began well. Right-hander Kevin Gausman pitched six scoreless innings on Monday in a 5-0 shutout of Tampa Bay, but the Orioles have lost three straight since then by a combined score of 18-7. They lost the series opener at Texas 8-2 last night and are 48-54 heading into tonight’s second game of the series. A loss would drop

Showalter on the addition of Jeremy Hellickson

ARLINGTON, Texas - Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson’s entry into the clubhouse with his new team will have to wait a couple of days. On his way to the airport to fly to Texas, Hellickson and his girlfriend were in a car accident that briefly sent her to the hospital. “I think Jeremy is OK, but his girlfriend had to go to the emergency room,” manager Buck

Chris Davis, Chris Tillman talk adding Hellickson and losing Kim

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis feels the club’s acquisition of pitcher Jeremy Hellickson is a good move for the team. But what if the Orioles also began to look toward the future and dealt one of its key relievers? What if a team 6 ½ games out of the wild card race started to look more toward the future than the present?

A look at the Orioles trade for Jeremy Hellickson

ARLINGTON, Texas - On a night when starter Chris Tillman gave up eight runs and his ERA increased to 7.65, the Orioles added veteran right-handed starter Jeremy Hellickson in a trade with Philadelphia. Hellickson should provide some level of upgrade to the Orioles rotation, but the bar has not been set high by a rotation with a combined ERA of 5.98 after last night. Some

Chris Tillman allows eight runs as Texas rolls (quotes added)

ARLINGTON, Texas - When Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman faced the Texas Rangers in Baltimore last week, he gave up two hits and one run over six innings. But it was very different for Tillman and his team tonight. After pitching to an ERA of 3.31 his past three starts, Tillman tonight got torched for nine hits and eight runs over 4 1/3 innings as the

Showalter on Beltre’s upcoming milestone hit (plus a game update)

ARLINGTON, Texas - An Orioles pitcher could throw the pitch that leads to a milestone hit this weekend. Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre has 2,996 hits and needs four to become the 31st member of Major League Baseball’s 3,000-hit club. Beltre is coming off a series against Miami where he went 7-for-10 with two walks in the three-game series. The seven hits matched the second-most

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman starts Texas series opener

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles begin the second leg of their two-city, six-game road trip with the opener of a three-game series against Texas at Globe Life Park. The Orioles (48-53) won the opener of their series at Tropicana Field and then lost the next two games to Tampa Bay. Texas (49-52) got hammered 22-10 by Miami on Wednesday night but is 4-2 since getting

Showalter with a solid report on Santander’s first rehab game

ARLINGTON, Texas - The rehab assignments at Double-A Bowie for utilityman Ryan Flaherty and outfielder Anthony Santander got off to strong starts last night - at least for three innings. Bowie took an early 9-0 lead over Akron before the game was suspended by rain. Due to be completed today and then followed by another game, that got rained out, too. But Orioles manager Buck

O’Day on trade talk: “More speculation than I’ve ever heard before”

ARLINGTON, Texas - As the non-waiver trade deadline approaches at 4 p.m. on Monday, we could soon have a clearer indication of the thinking of Orioles management. Are they looking to make trades to acquire prospects and build for the future? Are they looking to add to the current team, despite its 48-53 record? Are they looking to do some of both or maybe none

A look at Schoop’s longest home runs as O’s play final series before trade deadline

Jonathan Schoop took a swing and blasted another baseball. This one carried well over the fence for a homer to produce the only Orioles run in a 5-1 loss Wednesday at Tampa Bay. The season of Schoop continues. The 25-year-old from Curacao who often tells reporters how much he just “wants to get better” continues to do just that. Schoop is now three homers from

The coach working with Ryan Mountcastle, plus other notes

When the Orioles recently moved prospect Ryan Mountcastle up to Double-A Bowie, and also moved him from shortstop to third base, the coach that has been with him a lot this year was there again. Dave Anderson, the Orioles’ minor league infield coordinator, is well-versed on Mountcastle and his defense. He was there with him in Sarasota, Fla., at minicamp in Janauary when the Orioles

O’s game blog: Ubaldo gets the start in series finale (O’s lose 5-1)

After winning 5-0 on Monday and losing 5-4 last night, the Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays play a third and deciding game of their series this afternoon. The Orioles have split the first two games of a three-game series seven times this year, and they have gone 6-1 in the decisive third game, including winning four straight such games. The Orioles are 27-21 in

A rally falls short and some prospects talk

We’ve seen the script play out a few too many times in the 2017 season. O’s fall behind by a lot of runs early. O’s battle back. But the rally comes up short. It did again last night when Tampa Bay scored five runs off left-hander Wade Miley in the second inning and got nothing after that. The Orioles rallied, and when Welington Castillo singled

O’s game blog: Looking for two in a row at The Trop

Behind Kevin Gausman and three relievers, the Orioles blanked Tampa Bay 5-0 last night to start their six-game road trip. Tonight they play the second game of the series at Tropicana Field. The Orioles (48-51) will play their 100th game. They are 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card, which is held by Kansas City (51-47) right now. But there are seven teams,

Notes on Kevin Gausman, Jonathan Schoop and more

Pitching, defense and a three-run homer. OK, the Orioles didn’t get all three last night, but they did hit a solo homer. It was a nice and tidy 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays and a good start to an important road trip. At least in recent days, the Orioles certainly don’t seem to be unnerved by the oncoming non-waiver trade deadline. Since being

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

For the first time since July 2, the Orioles play an American League East opponent tonight. On that date, they played Tampa Bay and the Rays are the opponent tonight at Tropicana Field to begin a three-game series and six-game road trip. The Orioles are 26-20 against AL East opponents and 5-4 versus the Rays, including a mark of 2-1 at The Trop. Right-hander Kevin

O’s minor league playoff contenders and other farm notes

With about six weeks to go in the minor league regular season, five of the seven Orioles minor league teams are either leading for a playoff berth or are within four games of one. Double-A Bowie (53-47) is leading its division in the Eastern League by one game over Erie, two games over Altoona and 2 1/2 over Akron. The top two teams will make Continue reading ....

Notes on the homestand, Britton’s saves and Schoop’s RBI tear

It was a strange homestand for the Orioles. They won five. They lost five. There were two sweeps. Orioles pitching gave up 27 runs in getting swept three straight by the Cubs. Then they allowed just four runs in a three-game stretch versus Texas. But then they allowed 30 runs the last four games of the homestand. Yet they won two of those last four

Zach Britton sets an AL record and more from today’s win

On a day when the Orioles scored nine runs on 14 hits, a pitching performance was pretty noteworthy as well. In the Orioles’ 9-7 win over Houston, closer Zach Britton set an American League saves record. Britton converted his 55th straight save to break a tie for the most consecutive in the AL at 54 with Tom Gordon. It is a streak that began Oct.

Slugfest in Baltimore: O’s win 9-7 to get series finale

To win today, the Orioles needed to outscore the AL’s leading offense. That is just what they were able to do. Manny Machado’s sac fly in the last of the eighth broke a 7-7 tie as the Orioles beat Houston 9-7 at Oriole Park. They salvaged the final game of the series, completed a 5-5 homestand and now hit the road with a 47-51 record.

Showalter on Bundy’s season innings total (plus a game update)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has seldom mentioned a number as a potential season innings limit for right-hander Dylan Bundy who is pitching today. But the number 180 was mentioned by the skipper during his pregame media session earlier. Bundy is making his 20th start of the year this afternoon and is 9-8 with an ERA of 4.18. After 11 days of rest he pitched Tuesday

O’s game blog: O’s need a win to avoid sweep

The Orioles started this 10-game homestand getting swept three straight by the Chicago Cubs. They need a win today to avoid ending it being swept three by Houston. Astros hitters have produced 31 hits and six homers the last two nights in 8-7 and 8-4 wins over the Orioles. They are 5-0 this season and have won eight in a row over the Orioles. Right-hander

Jonathan Schoop on his recent RBI tear

With an RBI surge this week, the Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop now ranks third in the American League RBI race. Nelson Cruz of Seattle is first with 75, Aaron Judge of New York is second with 73 and Schoop comes next at 69. Schoop is on some hitting tear. He has now homered in three straight games and has an RBI in six straight games. He

Schoop still raking but O’s lose back-to-back against Houston

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop made his first All-Star game earlier this month. Lately, each night he continues to show us why he got that honor. Schoop hits a lot of ropes lately. He has now homered in three straight games and has an RBI in six straight games. He has had multiple RBIs in five straight games, recording 14 RBIs in those five games.

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman faces Houston

It happened 17 days apart, one outing before the All-Star break and one after, but right-hander Chris Tillman has put together back-to-back solid outings. Tonight, he will try to make it three in a row against Houston, the American League’s highest-scoring team. In the two games, Tillman went 11 innings, allowing nine hits and three runs. In his previous six starts, he had given up

Another look at Friday’s loss and notes from the night on the farm

The Houston Astros began last night leading the American League in runs scored, averaging 5.87 per game, and with a 33-11 road record. They built a big early lead and improved on both stats in Friday’s 8-7 win over the Orioles. Houston entered this series scoring a major league-best 7.14 runs per game on the road. When compared to previous full season totals, that number

Late rally falls short as Houston gets series opener (quotes added)

Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez was a pitch away from a scoreless first inning tonight. If he gets that pitch, maybe his night would have been different. Ultimately he was unable to make that pitch and Houston scored three off him in the first and two more in the second on its way to an 8-7 win at Oriole Park tonight. But the Astros needed to

O’s game blog: Jimenez on the mound for Houston opener

After winning four in a row against Texas, the Orioles face another team from that state tonight. They open a three-game series with the Houston Astros, who at 63-32, hold the best record in the American League. Houston is leading the AL West by 16 games and easily has the best AL record. Boston at 54-43 has the second-best record in the league and they

How big is the Houston series for the Orioles?

So will the real second-half Orioles please stand up? We’ve seen them get swept by the Cubs and outscored 27-11. Then we saw them sweep four from Texas by a total score of 34-11. That brings us to tonight, when the Orioles play Houston, a team with a 63-32 record and .663 winning percentage. They are running away with the American League West, leading by

Gary Kendall on David Hess and DJ Stewart, plus O’s notes

BOWIE, Md. - While other outfielders on the Orioles farm like Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins and Randolph Gassaway have gotten some deserved attention this year, the Orioles’ 2015 top draft pick has been quietly having a solid year at Double-A Bowie. Florida State product DJ Stewart is batting .265/.357/.429 with 11 homers, 54 runs, 15 steals and 48 RBIs in 87 games for Bowie. As

Mountcastle on his Double-A debut and move to third base

BOWIE, Md. - For Ryan Mountcastle, his first game in the Eastern League could have had a storybook ending. He batted for the Double-A Bowie Baysox in a 6-6 tie in the last of the ninth with runners on first and second and no outs. Could he produce a walk-off win in his first game with Bowie after being promoted earlier today from Single-A Frederick?

Ryan Mountcastle makes Double-A debut at Bowie (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - Promoted today from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie, 20-year-old infielder Ryan Mountcastle is batting fifth and playing third base tonight for the Baysox. Mountcastle played exclusively at shortstop this season for Frederick, where he hit .314/.343/.542 with 35 doubles, a triple, 15 homers, 47 RBIs and with an OPS of .885 in 88 games. He began today leading all of minor league

O’s game blog: Orioles go for four-game sweep of Texas

The Orioles started the second half and lost three straight to the Cubs and were outscored 27-11. They’ve now won three straight against Texas and outscored the Rangers 25-4. Tonight, the O’s and Texas play the fourth game of this series and they bring identical 45-49 records into the finale. The Orioles last swept four straight from the Rangers at home on June 30-July 3,

Orioles promote prospect Ryan Mountcastle to Bowie

The Orioles are moving one of their best prospects up a level and he is moving positions as well. Up until now exclusively a shortstop, 20-year-old infielder Ryan Mountcastle has been promoted from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie and will start at third base for the Baysox at home tonight. The 36th overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Hagerty High School

Notes and quotes after three straight quality starts and wins

I couldn’t tell whether Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was kidding or serious, but this is what he said when a reporter pointed out that his three hits last night all went to the opposite field. “I was late (on the swing). I was late, trying to pull it. I was late, just trying to hit the ball hard anywhere it goes. I don’t care,

Adam Jones on three wins: “Shuts up all the trade rumors”

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones went 3-for-5 with two RBIs tonight as the Orioles won their third in a row, beating Texas 10-2. Despite these wins, the Orioles (45-49) would need four more consecutive wins just to get back to .500. But Jones made his feelings clear when asked tonight what three straight wins does for the Orioles. “Shuts up all the trade rumors, I know

Gausman bounces back, offense blows it open in rout of Texas

So this series has been very different. The Orioles pitching staff got bounced around over the weekend by the Chicago Cubs, but they have turned the tables against Texas. For the second night in a row, the offense joined in the act. Right-hander Kevin Gausman produced the third straight quality start for the Orioles tonight as they beat Texas 10-2 at Oriole Park. They have

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces the Rangers

The Orioles have taken the first two games of their four-game series against Texas by scores of 3-1 and 12-1. They host the Rangers the next two nights to conclude this series. In three weekend games versus the Cubs, the O’s pitching staff allowed 27 runs on 41 hits. In the last two games against Texas, they have allowed two runs on nine hits. With

Catcher Caleb Joseph on trying to get Kevin Gausman going tonight

Catcher Caleb Joseph will be back behind the plate tonight in the latest attempt to get pitcher Kevin Gausman on the right track. In his first second-half start on Friday against the Cubs, Gausman faced 17 batters, allowing eight runs and a career-worst four homers over three innings. He has gone from a pitcher with an ERA of 3.61 last year (which was 3.10 in

Mancini ends homerless stretch and second-round pick makes big debut

The Orioles reminded themselves how it can look when pitching and hitting come together in the same game. They scored six runs before they made a single out last night in beating Texas 12-1 at Camden Yards yesterday. Chris Davis hit a two-run homer during the Orioles big first inning and added his eighth career grand slam in the fourth as the Orioles built the

Chris Davis with two homers and six RBIs as O’s roll (with quotes)

The Orioles offense had produced just six runs and two homers the last three games. They matched those numbers in the first six batters of the last of the first tonight. But it would get even better. First baseman Chris Davis hit two homers, one a grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs as the Orioles hammered Texas 12-1 at Camden Yards. On

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy makes second-half debut

After getting a quality start and a win in well-pitched game last night, the Orioles shoot for two in a row tonight. Chris Tillman allowed one run over six innings in last night’s 3-1 win over Texas. Tillman was pitching on 16 days’ rest last night, and right-hander Dylan Bundy (8-8, 4.33 ERA) will be pitching on 11 days’ rest tonight since his last start

O’s Richard Bleier continued his strong season last night

Orioles lefty reliever Richard Bleier picked up his first major league win on May 16 at Detroit. Last night he picked up his second as the Orioles beat Texas 3-1. Entering to pitch the top of the seventh of a 1-1 game, Bleier hit Carlos Gomez, the first batter he faced. But then he got a fly out and a double-play grounder. When the Orioles

O’s get elusive quality start, trade talk and a gem on the farm

Entering his start last night with an 7.90 ERA and with just two quality starts in 11 outings for the season, right-hander Chris Tillman was desperately in need of a well-pitched game. So were the Orioles. Both got one. Tillman allowed just two hits and one run over six innings as the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 to open a four-game series. Tillman’s outing

Chris Tillman on his outing, Seth Smith on the go-ahead homer

He didn’t get the win tonight, but his outing was big. Chris Tillman allowed one run over six innings in the Orioles’ 3-1 win over Texas. It snapped a stretch of 10 straight games without a quality start by Orioles starting pitchers. His outing also followed a weekend where the club’s starters allowed 21 runs in 11 1/3 innings against the Cubs. Did Tillman think

Seth Smith hits go-ahead homer as O’s take series opener

The Orioles tonight got a rare quality start. That led to them getting a lead for the first time since the All-Star Game and that led to a victory. Seth Smith hit a tiebreaking homer in the last of the seventh as the Orioles beat Texas 3-1 at Oriole Park to improve to 43-49. They win the opener of a four-game series. With the game

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman pitches Texas series opener

The Orioles welcome the Texas Rangers to Oriole Park tonight as their 10-game homestand to start the second half continues. It began with three losses to the Chicago Cubs by a 27-11 score. The Cubs won 8-0 Sunday to complete the sweep. The Orioles starting pitchers combined to pitch just 11 1/3 innings in that series allowing 27 hits and 21 runs and they gave

Zach Britton on trade rumors

It is the time of year for trade rumors, talk and speculation. Orioles closer Zach Britton’s name has come up a few times in the last few days in that regard. He hears that talk and can easily see speculation via social media, but tries not to let it distract him or keep him from returning to top form since he came back off the

Pondering the future, a draft pick gets signed and farm notes

It was such a poor start to the second half this past weekend for the Orioles. Swept by the Cubs and three poor starting pitching performances. Maybe the 2017 Orioles are not done, but it feels like they are. They have the time to salvage this season, but they just don’t seem like they have nearly enough starting pitching to do so. Growing speculation that

Ubaldo Jiménez and Chris Davis on the 0-3 second half start

The Orioles were a team looking for a fresh start and the clean slate that the beginning of the second half presented. A chance to try and get back to .500 and back into serious playoff contention. Then they rallied from 8-0 down to tie the Cubs late on Friday night. But a ninth inning loss there just led to a pair of weekend blowout

Ubaldo Jiménez allows six runs as Cubs complete sweep

A team desperate for a good starting pitching performance went another day without one. Right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez lasted just 3 2/3 innings this afternoon as the Chicago Cubs batters teed off again on an Orioles starting pitcher. The Cubs scored four in the second and two in the fourth on their way to an 8-0 win over the Orioles behind lefty José Quintana at Camden

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jiménez pitches series finale

When the Chicago Cubs began their weekend series at Oriole Park they were 43-45 with eight losses in their last 12 games. They were 13-18 since June 6. But the Cubs have bashed eight homers the last two nights in 9-8 and 10-3 wins in the first two games of this series. The Cubs have 26 hits in the two games and have gone 8-for-14

Arrieta’s return, Joseph’s bat still hot, Miley still struggling

Well on a positive note, catcher Caleb Joseph is still hitting well. He ended the first half swinging a hot bat and has continued it in the Cubs series. Last night at Camden Yards, he went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and RBI single in the Orioles’ 10-3 loss to the Cubs. A diving stop by third baseman Kris Bryant in the seventh robbed Joseph

Cubs hit three more homers in romp over Orioles (quotes added)

This is no way to win a series. Orioles’ starting pitchers have allowed 15 runs and six homers over 7 2/3 innings the last two games. Kevin Gausman got hit hard Friday night and Wade Miley allowed seven runs over 4 2/3 tonight as the Chicago Cubs beat the Orioles 10-3 at Camden Yards. At least the Cubs fans in a big crowd of 40,258

O’s game blog: Jake Arrieta and Cubs face O’s at Camden Yards

After the great comeback attempt that fell short, the Orioles (42-47) host the Chicago Cubs (44-45) in the second game of a three-game series tonight at Oriole Park. Down 8-0 after the top of the third inning last night, the Orioles pulled even at 8-8 on Mark Trumbo’s two-run homer off Koji Uehara in the eighth inning. But Addison Russell’s solo homer off Brad Brach

Kevin Gausman struggles again and some notes from the farm

The Orioles ended the first half with two wins. They had a chance to start the second half with an improbable win last night. But for the 2017 Orioles, each time it looks like something good might happen, it usually doesn’t. And last night the club’s rally from 8-0 down to win was not completed. They came back from 8-0 down to tie but Addison

Down 8-0, O’s rally to tie, but lose on HR in ninth (quotes added)

The start of the second half was delayed by rain tonight. Once the game did begin, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman gave up four homers and eight runs over three innings. But what looked like a terrible start to their post All-Star break schedule would get better for the Orioles. It just didn’t have a happy ending. After the Orioles scored eight unanswered runs to come

O’s game blog: The Cubs visit as the second half begins

The Orioles begin the second half tonight, looking to produce a strong homestand to get them closer to a playoff berth in the American League. The start of tonight’s game is being delayed with inclement weather in the area. At 42-46, they begin play tonight in fourth place in the AL East at 7 ½ games behind division-leading Boston and just one game up on

As the second half begins, so does trade speculation

As the Orioles begin the season’s second half tonight, their win total is low but their doubters are many. The only way to change that is start piling more of the former, which would probably reduce the latter number. The team has reached a critical point in the season. While a playoff run seems unlikely, it’s not too late, but a lot must be different

Comparing some numbers from the last two All-Star breaks

This is not exactly breaking news, but if you compare the Orioles at the All-Star break in 2016 and 2017, the Orioles of last year fare a lot better - both in team stats and when looking at several individuals, as well. Despite a rotation ERA of 5.15 at the break last year, the 2016 Orioles were 51-36 as the first half ended and led

A look at the unheralded pitcher leading the Eastern League in ERA

He saw 720 players taken ahead of him in the First-Year Player Draft and he’s never been on anyone’s top prospects list. But there is one list where he ranks No. 1 right now. He is the league leader in ERA in the prospect-laden Double-A Eastern League for the Bowie Baysox. A 24-year-old right-hander taken by the Orioles in round 24 in 2014, Lucas Long

Outfielder Austin Hays moved up to Double-A and didn’t miss a beat

Orioles minor league outfielder Austin Hays has been hitting well pretty much since his first day in the organization. He hasn’t been slowed down much since they selected him in the third round of the 2016 draft. His rapid rise through the farm system and recent promotion to Double-A Bowie has some wondering how soon he can get to Baltimore. Taken with the No. 91

Flying under the radar on the farm (plus other notes)

We write here often about some of the top players in the O’s minors. Often they are players well-known because they were high draft picks and/or have played well for a long time. Today let’s take a look at a few players flying under the radar. This is by no means a complete list but some of these players should start getting noticed more. At

O’s game blog: O’s face Twins in road trip finale

The Orioles hit the All-Star break after today’s game in Minnesota, which will end not only the first half but a four-game series and a seven-game road trip. The Orioles will hit the break in a very different situation than a year ago. At the 2016 All-Star break, they were 51-36, leading the American League East by two games and sending five players to the

Tanner Scott rides big fastball, improved slider into Futures Game

So maybe there is one downside to the plan. He can never be a winning pitcher. But other than that, there is a whole lot to like about the Orioles’ 2017 development plan for pitcher Tanner Scott, a left-hander who can touch 100 mph. Mostly a reliever previously in his pro career, the 22-year-old Scott has been making starts of three innings this season for

O’s game blog: Orioles are 0-5 on the road trip

The Orioles have two games to go on what has so far been a winless road trip to Milwaukee and Minnesota. They lost three straight at Milwaukee and have lost back-to-back games at Minnesota by 6-4 and 9-6 scores. Last night, the Orioles led 6-0 in the third inning. The Twins (45-41) are 1 1/2 games behind the division leading-Indians in the American League Central.

Another look at the latest loss and some farm notes

The latest chapter during this miserable extended stretch of baseball by the Orioles where no lead is safe and there is seemingly no end to the poor play was written last night. The Orioles led 6-0 after the third inning in Minnesota. By the end of the fifth, they trailed 7-6. They lost 9-6 to fall to 40-46. The Orioles have been outscored 33-13 during

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces the Twins

The Orioles are 0-4 on a seven-game road trip and look to begin to change that tonight. They play at Minnesota in the second game of a four-game series that leads into the All-Star break. Minnesota won 6-4 last night scoring six runs in the last of the third off Dylan Bundy. The Orioles had 11 hits but went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Orioles will not sign their fourth-round draft pick

Today is the final day to sign selections from the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. The deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern time. But the Orioles are not going to sign their lone remaining unsigned top 10 pick, right-hander Jack Conlon from Clements (Texas) High School in Sugarland, Texas. He was taken in the fourth round with the 128th overall selection. Had the Orioles signed Conlon, they

Another loss mixed with some facts and opinions

The latest Orioles game just produced more frustration for players and fans alike. Now at 40-45 after falling 6-4 at Minnesota, the Orioles are tied for fourth and fifth in the American League East with Toronto. So that means they are tied for last place. They have lost four in a row and six of seven. They are 18-35 since May 9, when they were

O’s game blog: The road trip moves on to Minnesota

When the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Orioles 4-0 last night at Miller Park, they became the fifth team this year to sweep three straight from Baltimore. Tonight the Orioles face one of the previous four. They’ve also been swept by the Royals, Astros, Yankees and Twins. The Orioles (40-44) begin a four-game series tonight at Minnesota (43-41). It’s the final series before the All-Star break.

Bowie skipper talks Austin Hays, plus other notes

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles minor league outfielder Austin Hays turned 22 yesterday. He will probably remember being 21 rather fondly. In just over a 12-month span, he has been drafted in the third round by the Orioles out of Jacksonville University, hit .336 at short season Single-A Aberdeen, hit .328 at Single-A Frederick and now is batting .339 at Double-A Bowie. Isn’t it supposed to

O’s game blog: Birds trying to salvage a series finale

With losses by 8-1 and 6-2 scores in the first two games of the series, the Orioles need a win tonight to avoid being swept in this three-game set at Milwaukee. The Orioles have been swept three straight this year at Kansas City, Houston, in New York versus the Yankees and at home against Minnesota. At 40-43, the Orioles have matched a season high at

Nice rookie season: Trey Mancini has hit for average and power

Orioles rookie Trey Mancini hit better than .300 for his minor league career. He is doing that this year in the majors, showing even more power than he showed for much of his time on the farm. For his minors career, Mancini hit .306/.357./472 with an OPS of .829. For the 2017 Orioles, he is batting .305/.351/.544 with an OPS of .895. Mancini hit 20

O’s game blog: Jimenez on the mound at Milwaukee

So that was not the start of a road trip that the Orioles wanted. Left-hander Wade Miley gave up seven runs over 1 2/3 innings as they fell behind big early in the game and lost 8-1 at Milwaukee on Monday. In the last five games, O’s pitchers have had a few ups and downs. In that stretch they’ve allowed zero, six, 10, one and

Are the O’s considering Tanner Scott a future starter?

When it was announced last Thursday that hard-throwing Double-A Bowie left-hander Tanner Scott was selected for the All-Star Futures Game, manager Buck Showalter made some nice comments about Scott and the strong season he is having. He also said this: “Who knows, he might even be a starting pitcher one day. If he can grasp the changeup like he’s grasped the slider, who knows? He’s

O’s game blog: Road trip begins in Milwaukee (O’s lose 8-1)

When the Orioles begin a three-game series and seven-game road trip in Milwaukee this afternoon, they will be a facing a team that is in first place. While the Orioles (40-41) are in fourth place and 6 1/2 games out in the American League East, the Brewers (44-40) lead the National League Central by two games over the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee,

Notes and quotes with Dan Duquette, Kevin Gausman and more

The Orioles may have a losing record at the season’s halfway point, but for now, they are not considered sellers with the July 31 trade deadline approaching. It is all subject to change, but Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has made that clear in a few interviews now. The latest was Sunday when he was my guest on “Orioles Baseball Tonight” 105.7 the Fan

Postgame Gausman, Machado, Showalter quotes (updated)

When he was sitting with an ERA of 6.60 in mid-June, you had to wonder if Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman would ever turn around his season. He may be doing that right now. Today, he followed up Tuesday’s start of 5 1/3 scoreless in Toronto with seven scoreless in the Orioles’ 7-1 win over the Rays. The Orioles avoided being swept as Gausman allowed just

Gausman deals, Machado homers as O’s take series finale

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman pitched a gem. Manny Machado hit a blast. Those were the highlights this afternoon as the two former Orioles first-round picks led the club to a 7-1 win over the Rays at Oriole Park. Using a fastball that nearly hit 100 mph and a, at times, swing-and-miss splitter, Gausman threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only two singles. No Rays runner reached

Duquette on Sedlock, plus Showalter comments (O’s lead 4-0)

The Orioles’ top draft pick from 2016, right-handed pitcher Cody Sedlock, went on the disabled list for the Single-A Frederick Keys on Saturday with a right elbow flexor strain. The No. 27 overall selection last year, Sedlock is 4-4 with 6.46 ERA. He got off to a great start for the Keys, pitching to an ERA of 1.64 over his first four starts, but has

O’s game blog: Orioles need a win to avoid a sweep

The Rays have not swept three from the Orioles in Baltimore since May 17-19, 2013. After their comeback win Friday and blowout win Saturday, the Rays can sweep the Orioles today. Even if the Orioles get the victory, they are going to hit the season’s 81-game midpoint today with a losing record. They are 39-41 heading into this series finale and Tampa Bay is 43-40.

Right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis returns to O’s roster

The Orioles are adjusting their bullpen once again. Right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis has returned to the team and right-hander Alec Asher has been optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk. Asher will pitch as a starter for the Tides. The 25-year-old Yacabonis was with the Orioles briefly last month. His contract was purchased and he was added to the 25-man and 40-man rosters on June 11. He got

Dylan Bundy approaches 2016 innings total, plus other notes

It has gotten this bad for the Orioles rotation. The one pitcher that could almost always be counted on is now struggling himself. Just 6 2/3 innings short of his 2016 season total now, Dylan Bundy allowed a season-high three homers in yesterday’s 10-3 loss to Tampa Bay. Bundy gave up a trio of homers of over 400 feet each to tie his career high

Tampa Bay hits four homers in 10-3 rout of Orioles (quotes added)

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy gave up a season high in homers while also recording his shortest start of 2017. It was not a good combination for him or the Orioles today. Pitching on six day’s rest, Bundy allowed seven hits and five runs over four frames, as the Rays hammered the Orioles 10-3 at Camden Yards. When this series began, the Orioles were 10-3 at

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Tampa Bay

The Orioles were a strike away from a win last night, but they could not get that 27th out or that last strike to wrap up a victory. Tampa Bay tied it in the ninth against Brad Brach and won it in the 10th against Darren O’Day. Today’s scheduled start of 4:05 p.m. has been delayed by the threat of inclement weather with storms on

Zach Britton feels ready to rejoin the Orioles

Orioles closer Zach Britton has pronounced himself ready to return to the big league club after pitching back-to-back days the last two days for Double-A Bowie and Single-A Frederick. He still does have one more rehab outing to go Monday at Triple-A Norfolk and his official return should be next Wednesday in Milwaukee. Last night, Britton pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning at Frederick. It was

The scoop on Schoop: Coolbaugh on his breakout season

With a batting average hovering near .300 and an OPS 130 points ahead of last year, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is having his best season. The 25-year-old from Curacao is maturing on offense before our very eyes with a career-best walk rate and is on pace for 31 homers and 100 RBIs. Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh has watched Schoop raise his game while

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