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Morales homers three times in Toronto’s win (quotes added)

The Orioles overcame two poor starting pitching performances and won against Seattle, but they not could not do it again tonight. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson allowed seven runs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Orioles 11-8 at Oriole Park. The loss ends the O’s win streak at seven. Their last eight-game streak was April 22-May 1, 2005. Toronto’s Kendrys Morales went 4-for-5 with three homers

O’s game blog: Hellickson faces Toronto in series opener

The Orioles will try to run their season-high winning streak to eight games tonight as they host Toronto to start a four-game series. The Orioles last won eight in a row from April 22-May 1, 2005. Winners of eight of nine and 26 of their past 42 games, the Orioles have outscored their opponents 52-24 during their win streak. Toronto is 61-72 and just got

Tim Beckham praises team offense, criticizes his own defense

Shortstop Tim Beckham is no longer hitting better than .500 - or even .400. But he’s had a pretty special 28-game start to his Orioles career. It is probably not exactly a coincidence either that the Orioles have had a pretty special month of August hitting as a team. Today, Beckham took some time to praise the team’s offense while throwing himself under the bus

Frederick’s Ademar Rifaela named Carolina League MVP

Single-A Frederick outfielder Ademar Rifaela has been named the Most Valuable Player in the Carolina League. Rifaela leads the league with 24 homers and ranks among the league leaders in several other categories. The 22-year-old from Willemstad, Curacao, is batting .280/.350/.499 with 21 doubles, a triple, 24 homers, 78 RBIs and an OPS of .849. He becomes just the second player in Frederick’s 29-year history

Notes and quotes on the sweep, plus Bowie clinches a playoff spot

You can’t always outscore a shaky starting rotation, but the Orioles did it twice in their three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners. Wrapped around Dylan Bundy’s gem Tuesday night, Chris Tillman gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings on Monday, but the Orioles won 7-6. Yesterday, Ubaldo Jiménez gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings, but the Orioles won 8-7. As manager Buck

Orioles outscore Seattle and sweep series (quotes added)

One big inning by Seattle and a short start by right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez put the Orioles in a big hole today. But a relentless offense that hit four more homers helped them dig out. Down by 6-2 in the third inning, the Orioles rallied to beat Seattle 8-7 this afternoon at Oriole Park. With a season-high seventh straight win, the Orioles improved to 68-65. Jiménez

O’s game blog: Orioles look for sweep against Seattle

Last season the Orioles went 1-6 against Seattle. This season they are 3-2 and can complete a three-game sweep of the Mariners today. The Orioles have not swept Seattle three in a row at home since Aug. 6-8, 2012. The Orioles have won six in a row overall to move to 67-65, are 40-26 at home and two games over .500 for the first time

Another look at a great pitching performance

For 24-year-old right-hander Dylan Bundy, it was his 39th career major league start. But it was his best. Minutes before Bundy would take the mound and dominate the Mariners on Tuesday night, catcher Welington Castillo could sense he might have great stuff. “From the ‘pen he had great life on the fastball,” Castillo said. “So when he took the mound, it was nice and smooth.

Dylan Bundy and Welington Castillo on Bundy’s one-hitter

The Orioles had not had a complete-game since Ubaldo Jiménez at Tampa Bay on Sept. 5, 2016. They had not had a complete-game shutout since Miguel Gonzalez against Cincinnati on Sept. 3, 2014. The last individual one-hitter was thrown by Jason Hammel at Atlanta on June 16, 2012. But after tonight, we can update all those notes. Right-hander Dylan Bundy, in his 39th career Major

Dylan Bundy with a one-hitter and 12 strikeouts to blank Seattle

Dylan was dealing. Dylan Bundy set a new career high with 12 strikeouts and pitched a complete-game one-hitter tonight as the Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 at Oriole Park. The Orioles have won six in a row to tie a season high first set May 4-9. This current run improves their record to 67-65. They are two games over the .500 mark for the

O’s game blog: Orioles look to extend win streak

With five wins in a row, the Orioles can tie a season high if they make that six tonight versus the Seattle Mariners. The Orioles won 7-6 last night on the strength of 16 hits, with Trey Mancini, Manny Machado and Welington Castillo getting three each. Six different players drove in runs. The start of tonight’s game is being delayed by rain, but the Orioles

Mancini breaks slump, notes on Hart, minors award winners

Any hitter who is having a good offensive season has probably had times during the year when he minimized a cold streak at the plate and got right back to hitting well again. Orioles rookie Trey Mancini has had to do this a few times. From Aug. 13 through 20, Mancini went 2-for-26 (.077), and that dropped his average to .282. Since then he has

Zach Britton and Chris Tillman on the O’s win streak

The Orioles played mediocre or worse baseball for several months, but in the last few days they have gotten hot and perhaps turned around their season. Back-to-back one-run wins over Boston and Seattle give the Orioles a five-game winning streak and put them a game over .500 at 66-65. They have not been over .500 since they were 31-30 June 11. Zach Britton, who got

O’s outscore Mariners 7-6 to start homestand (quotes added)

Orioles pitchers gave up just four runs in three games in Boston. Tonight, Chris Tillman allowed that many by the fourth inning. If the Orioles were going to win tonight, the bats would need to come up big. And the bats did that as the Orioles scored runs in five of six innings from the second through the seventh. They beat Seattle 7-6 at Oriole

O’s game blog: Tonight’s game and minor league award winners

After a weekend sweep of the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles host Seattle tonight to start a three-game series and 10-game homestand. They’ll host the Mariners for three games, the Blue Jays for four and the Yankees for three at Camden Yards. The Orioles recorded their first sweep of the Red Sox since June 9-11, 2015 at Camden Yards and the first series sweep at

Britton is ready to go and Hart thinks about the homefront

Orioles closer Zach Britton hasn’t pitched since his run of 60 straight converted saves ended last Wednesday at Oriole Park. The 60 straight is an American League record. Britton has had some left knee soreness and had an MRI, which did not show any structural damage. He didn’t close Sunday’s game in Boston, as Brad Brach came on for a five-out save. But Britton indicated

Can O’s take Boston sweep and run with it to October?

Heading into their series with the Orioles starting Friday night, the Red Sox had gone 16-5 over the previous 21 games. They were 40-22 at home with 10 wins in the previous 12 games at Fenway Park. They were 8-3 in their last 11 games versus American League East teams. They were averaging 6.05 runs per game their previous 21 games. But then they got

O’s game blog: O’s look for series sweep at Fenway Park

After recording a season high in runs in Friday’s 16-3 win and recording their eighth shutout of the year in Saturday’s 7-0 victory, the Orioles have a chance to sweep the Boston Red Sox today at Fenway Park. The Orioles (64-65) also have a chance to get back to the .500 for the first time since they were 56-56 on Aug. 7. Their last three-game

O’s go for sweep today, plus minor league pitcher notes

The Orioles top two picks in the 2016 draft, pitchers Cody Sedlock and Keegan Akin, will end the minor league season on the disabled list with Single-A Frederick. But the Orioles will bring both players to their instructional league next month in hopes they head into the offseason healthy. Sedlock, the 27th overall pick in round one, has been on the disabled list twice with

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman on the mound in Game 2

After their sixth straight win in a series-opening game, the Orioles play the second game of a three-game set today at Fenway Park. The Orioles’ 16-3 win on Friday improved their overall record to 63-65, their road record to 25-39 and their record against the American League East to 28-22. The Orioles set a season-high for runs last night, and tied their season high with

Will O’s blowout win lead to good weekend at Fenway Park?

For the Orioles, finally a two-game winning streak. They haven’t had one since winning three in a row from Aug. 5-7. But after a 12-inning win Wednesday, they crushed Boston last night 16-3 in the series opener at Fenway Park. It was a season high in runs for the Orioles and they tied a season high with 20 hits. They surpassed the previous best when

O’s game blog: Hellickson faces Porcello in series opener

For the first time since late July, the Orioles will play an American League East opponent tonight. They begin a three-game series at Boston’s Fenway Park against the first-place Red Sox. The Orioles (62-65) are tied for third and 11 games behind Boston (73-54). The Orioles are three games out for the second AL wild card, but there are four teams closer to that current

Previewing the O’s-Red Sox series, plus farm notes

The Orioles and their flickering playoff hopes head to Boston’s Fenway Park tonight to begin a three-game weekend series. The Red Sox are leading the American League East at 73-54 and are 16-5 their last 21 games. The Orioles are 62-65 and won two of three against Oakland in the series that ended Wednesday. But they have lost five of eight overall and nine of

Trey Mancini had help for his slump buster, plus other notes

It was a slump, but it didn’t last long. All hitters go through them and Trey Mancini recently found that he was dealing with one. Before the series with Oakland that started Monday and ended yesterday, Mancini was 2-for-26 his previous seven games. He went 0-for-11 in the series versus the Angels. His average dropped from .297 to .282. But manager Buck Showalter has said

Zach Britton on his left knee and other clubhouse quotes

After playing over four hours, blowing leads of five runs and two runs, but winning on a walk-off extra innings homer, the Orioles emerged with a victory today but also some concern over their closer. And not necessarily because left-hander Zach Britton finally blew a save for the first time since Sept. 20, 2015. But because after the game it was revealed that a left

Manny Machado’s walk-off HR gives O’s win over Oakland

The Orioles lost leads of 6-1 and 7-5, but they didn’t lose this game. In fact, they won it in walk-off fashion, but it took awhile. After Oakland tied the game in the ninth off Zach Britton, the Orioles won it in the 12th inning when Manny Machado led off with a homer to left-center that just made it into the stands. That gave the

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy pitches Oakland series finale

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy has been pretty good when pitching on extra rest this year. He takes the mound today with 10 days rest as he tries to pitch the Orioles past Oakland in the third and deciding game of this series. Bundy’s last start was Aug. 12 against the same Oakland team he faces today. He got the win that night, allowing three runs

The O’s rotation and its latest turn for the worse

Over their last five series, counting the current one versus Oakland, the Orioles are 5-0 in series-opening games. They are 1-9 in all other games in those series. Yikes. They have not won any of the previous four series but could win this one if they beat Oakland behind right-hander Dylan Bundy this afternoon at Camden Yards. Anyone that has been even remotely paying attention

Ubaldo Jiménez allows three homers as the A’s beat the O’s

Last night, left-hander Wade Miley provided the Orioles with what has lately been a rare quality start. But they could not get two in a row tonight. Right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez allowed five runs and three homers over five innings as the Oakland Athletics beat the Orioles 6-4 at Oriole Park. A late-game O’s rally fell short. They pulled within 5-4 on Jonathan Schoop’s two-run single

O’s game blog: O’s look for a series win against Oakland

After last night’s 7-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics, the Orioles (61-64) host the A’s (54-71) tonight in the second game of a three-game series. Adam Jones homered twice last night and went 4-for-4 as the Orioles improved to 3-2 versus Oakland, 37-25 at home and 10-10 in August. Jones hit his 23rd and 24th home runs. This was his second multi-home run game of

Manny Machado goes to bat for Scott Coolbaugh, plus other notes

During an interview to discuss his American League Player of the Week award, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado took two opportunities to pass on some props to Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. It seems at times this year, when the team’s hitting or rotation has struggled, some fans point a finger at Coolbaugh or pitching coach Roger McDowell. But unsolicited, Machado said of Coolbaugh: “He

Adam Jones homers twice as O’s take series opener (quotes added)

When the Orioles faced Athletics right-hander Chris Smith on the road Aug. 10, they homered four times against him. Tonight, they added two more, as they beat Smith and the A’s 7-3 at Oriole Park to start a three-game series. After losing four of five and eight of their past 12 games, the Orioles got the win tonight to improve to 37-25 at home and

O’s game blog: Wade Miley pitches Oakland series opener

After they lost two of three to the Los Angeles Angels, losing the last two games of that series, the Orioles host the Oakland Athletics tonight to start a three-game series. At 60-64, the Orioles have lost four of their last five and eight of last 12 games. They are 0-3-1 in the last four series, even after winning the opening game of all four

Manny Machado on his AL Player of the Week award

After a week that included not one but two grand slams, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado today was named the latest American League Player of the Week. “It is always an honor,” Machado said this afternoon. “At this point of the season, all we are trying to do is play for the team. Trying to get some Ws, which is the most important part. This

Tillman’s struggles, falling four games under and farm notes

In 2013, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was an American League All-Star. In the 2014 through 2016 seasons, he was the Orioles’ opening day starter. From 2012 through 2016, his ERA was under 4.00, but now he sports an ERA of 7.75. Tillman’s continuous struggles is one of the biggest mysteries of the 2017 season. He has contended several times he is not hurt. If he

Chris Tillman on his outing, Chris Davis on missed chances

On a day that first baseman Chris Davis returned to the Orioles lineup today and hit a solo home run, he also struck out in the sixth and ninth innings with men on base. It was a day where Orioles pitchers walked nine and the bats didn’t do quite enough. The Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles 5-4 at Camden Yards. With eight losses in

Angels push across go-ahead run in eighth for 5-4 win

On a day that Orioles pitchers walked nine, two free passes in the top of the eighth proved very costly. They led to the game-winning run as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles 5-4 at Oriole Park. The Angels win the series, two games to one. The Orioles have now won the opening game of four straight series without winning any of the series.

O’s game blog: Tillman faces Bridwell in series finale

The Orioles have split two games this weekend with the Los Angeles Angels and they host the third and deciding game this afternoon. After they scored nine runs and won on Manny Machado’s walk-off grand slam Friday, they scored one run and lost on Saturday with seven hits and a 1-for-10 performacne with runners in scoring position. Right-hander Chris Tillman (1-7, 7.83 ERA) makes a

O’s stay in win-one, lose-one mode, and Brady Anderson on HR Derby

The Orioles are still taking one step forward followed by one step back. They can’t seem to build on any momentum they gather. The latest example was the walk-off grand slam hit by Manny Machado that provided an uplifting win on Friday night. It was followed by a 5-1 loss last night to the Los Angeles Angels. Over the last 12 games the Orioles have

Angels use early homers to beat O’s, even series (quotes added)

For the second night in a row, the Los Angeles Angels used an early homer barrage to build a lead. This time they held it. The Angels homered in each of the first four innings off right-hander Kevin Gausman and beat the Orioles 5-1 in front of 43,929 at Oriole Park. Baltimore falls to 60-63 with its seventh loss in 11 games. Mike Trout and

O’s game blog: Tonight’s game and Brady Anderson wins Home Run Derby

The Orioles have had a few solid wins recently with a chance to build some positive momentum, only to follow up those victories with more losing. They will try to reverse that trend tonight. The Orioles (60-62) host the Los Angeles Angels (62-60) in the second game of a three-game series. They won 9-7 on Manny Machado’s walk-off grand slam in the ninth last night.

Notes on Tim Beckham, Anthony Santander and the 1992 Orioles

With their win last night over the Los Angeles Angels on Manny Machado’s walk-off grand slam in the ninth, the Orioles now have five wins this year when trailing after eight innings. That is tied for the American League lead. Such wins are rare. The Orioles are 5-57 when trailing after eight, while the New York Yankees are 5-52 and Tampa Bay is 5-56. Division-leading

Notes and quotes from Manny Machado’s remarkable night

It was a remarkable performance by Orioles’ third baseman Manny Machado. He hit a two-run homer in the third inning, a solo homer in the fifth and a walk-off grand slam in the ninth. The Orioles hit four homers before Machado batted in the ninth and yet they were on their way to a homestand-opening 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. But Machado’s blast

Manny Machado on his walk-off grand slam against the Angels

Tonight Manny Machado became the first player to hit three homers in a game for the Orioles since ... Manny Machado. He became the first Oriole to hit a walk-off grand slam since Matt Wieters did it on April 18, 2013 against Tampa Bay. With the Orioles down 5-1 after two innings and 7-5 heading to the last of the ninth, the homestand seemed to

Manny Machado hits walk-off grand slam in last of ninth

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had a night to remember. He hit three homers tonight, the last of which was a walk-off grand slam in the last of the ninth. That turned a potential 7-5 loss into a stunning 9-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels in the series opener. Machado produced his fourth career walk-off hit and third via a homer. It was Machado’s

O’s game blog: Tonight’s game and hearing from the 1992 Orioles

After some heavy rain at Camden Yards earlier this afternoon, the Orioles and Los Angeles Angels will try to get this game in tonight. It is the start of a three-game series, a six-game homestand and a stretch of 16 home games in 19 contests for the Orioles. However, the tarp was still on the field as 7 p.m. approached, and tonight’s game will not

Anthony Santander on making his major league debut

Anthony Santander, a 22-year-old Orioles outfielder from Venezuela, will make his major league debut tonight, weather permitting. He is batting seventh in right field against Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney. Santander’s path to Camden Yards came via Single-A Lynchburg of the Carolina League last season. Then the Orioles selected him in the Rule 5 draft in December from Cleveland. He was on the disabled list all

During big year, outfielder Austin Hays may be underrated

Outfielder Austin Hays of the Double-A Bowie Baysox continues to rake. He was promoted in the middle of June from Single-A Frederick to Bowie and his stats have gotten better at the higher level. A case can be made that Hays is having as good of a season as any player on any team in the minor leagues in 2017. He ranks among the top

O’s head home after disappointing road trip

It was a disappointing road trip, Captain Obvious called and told me. He added it was a real chance for the Orioles to beat teams they are directly competing with for a wild card spot and that they went 2-4 against the Angels and Mariners, losing both series. This is no way to start a strong late-season charge. It ended in the most disappointing fashion

O’s game blog: O’s play series, road trip finale at Seattle

The Orioles have a chance to do something today they haven’t done yet on this long West Coast trip ending today - win a series. They went 1-2 at Anaheim against the Angels and 2-2 in Oakland versus the A’s. The O’s and Mariners have split the first two games of this series with the Orioles winning 11-3 Monday night and losing 3-1 last night.

O’s stay in win-one, lose-one mode and some Britton talk

The Orioles are in win-one, lose-one mode and they can’t seem to get out of this cycle. It is probably not going to be good enough if they can’t begin to improve on it - even in a mediocre group of teams competing for the second American League wild card. The Orioles got a homer from Jonathan Schoop in the first inning last night and

O’s game blog: Orioles lead majors in runs scored since All-Star break

After scoring 26 runs on 50 hits in four games at Oakland, the Orioles began their series in Seattle last night winning 11-3, with four homers among 16 hits. When added to the 12 runs the Orioles scored on Saturday night, the team has scored 26 runs on 46 hits the past three games. The team batting average for the year has increased from .260

Dylan Bundy is dealing well with a schedule of extra rest

As the Orioles go through the rest of this season with right-hander Dylan Bundy, it is clear they will continue to get him extra rest when they can. It is also becoming clear that Bundy is starting to get used to and even thrive with the adjusted schedule. The team’s best starter over the entire season, the 24-year-old Bundy is 12-8 with a 4.17 ERA

O’s game blog: O’s face Mariners in series opener

After losing two of three in Anaheim and splitting a four-game series in Oakland, the Orioles have arrived at the final stop of this road trip. They begin a three-game series tonight at Safeco Field against the Seattle Mariners. The Orioles (58-60) are 3-4 on this trip and continue to chase the .500 mark. They would need to sweep this series to return home on

O’s still chasing .500, plus Chris Tillman’s bullpen debut

OAKLAND, Calif. - If the Orioles are going to be a playoff team in the 2017 season, they probably first need to be a team that wins at least half of its games. Right now the club is having a hard time even getting to .500, much less staying there or moving several games over. Since June 21, the Orioles have gotten to .500 just

Wrapping up a loss in the series finale at Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. - It is probably getting a little late in the season for the Orioles to take one step forward and then one back, but that is what they’ve been doing on their West Coast road trip. Today looked good early. Coming off a 20-hit, 12-5 win Saturday night, they took an early 2-0 lead. They had seven hits before they had made an

Oakland scores five in fourth to top Hellickson and the O’s

OAKLAND, Calif. - It looked like right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was rolling. He had pitched to an ERA of 2.08 in his first two Orioles starts. Then today, he got through the first three innings at Oakland with a 2-0 lead on just 24 pitches. But on a sunny afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum, looks were deceiving. Matt Chapman hit a three-run homer as Oakland scored

Showalter talks rotation (plus a game update)

OAKLAND, Calif. - Orioles starting pitchers have been pitching better. We have the games and the stats to show us that. But manager Buck Showalter has been reluctant to say his rotation has turned any corners. There is good reason for that probably. He has seen the rotation pitch so poorly for most of this year. But coming into today’s game, O’s starters have allowed

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

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Orioles can get back to the .500 mark if they win today at the Oakland Coliseum. They have taken two of three in this series. If they can make it three of four, they will leave Oakland with a record of 59-59. The Orioles bashed eight doubles among 20 hits in last night’s 12-5 win. In this series they have scored

Showalter on Santander, Sept. 1 callup talk and more

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Orioles are expected to add Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander to their major league roster next Thursday. That would be two days after his 20-day rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie ends. Teams have 48 hours after the end of the assignment to add players. Even though the Orioles are off that day, Santander will have to be added on the 17th

Another look at Tim Beckham’s amazing start with the Orioles

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Orioles scored 12 runs on Saturday night. They had 20 hits. But they didn’t hit a single homer. They did bash eight doubles, one off the team record, in the 12-5 victory over Oakland. Adam Jones continued his big series at the Oakland Colisuem, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Joey Rickard went 3-for-4 and scored three runs. Manny Machado drove in

O’s erupt for seven-run first and beat Oakland 12-5 (with quotes)

OAKLAND, Calif. - After coming up a run short and blowing a late lead last night, the Orioles started the game tonight like a team still smarting from that loss. They scored seven runs in the top of the first and produced 20 hits on their way to a 12-5 win over the Athletics in front of 29,742 at Oakland Colisuem. The Orioles hit eight

Orioles score seven runs in the first inning at Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. - Well, that was one way to respond to a tough one-run loss on Friday night. The Orioles scored seven runs on eight hits in the top of the first inning tonight at the Oakland Coliseum. They knocked A’s starter Sean Manaea out after he got just one out - and that was an out at the plate. The seven runs ties for

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Sean Manaea in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. - After their second one-run loss in four days on this road trip, the Orioles play the third game of their weekend series tonight against the Athletics. The Orioles let a 4-3 lead get away in the eighth last night and lost 5-4 to the A’s. They are 2-3 on this 10-game road trip and that included Tuesday’s 3-2 loss in Anaheim to

Pregame notes from Oakland on Jiménez, Bundy and more

OAKLAND, Calif. - Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez is fine to make his next start. Jiménez fanned 11 and gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings last night. He was pulled from the game after being hit on the right leg by a hot-smash grounder off the bat of Chad Pinder that went for an infield hit. After the game, Jiménez said he was pretty

Chris Tillman still waiting for first chance to pitch out of bullpen

OAKLAND, Calif. - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman remains a member of the bullpen for now. But he is a member yet to appear in a major league game in relief yet. Since his last start on Aug. 3 at home against the Tigers, Tillman has had eight days’ rest as he awaits his first appearance out of the Orioles bullpen. “I’ve just been going out

One that got away: Another look at a frustrating loss

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Orioles have had some tough losses this year. The one last night ranks pretty high on the brutal scale. Playing a bad team and six outs from victory, the Orioles instead suffered a 5-4 loss to the Athletics. Six outs from getting back to .500 and moving over .500 on this road trip, the Orioles instead find themselves this morning at

O’s can’t hold late lead, fall 5-4 at Oakland (quotes added)

OAKLAND, Calif. - Right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez tonight showed some swing and miss stuff. The Orioles offense meanwhile, showed just enough stuff to get a one-run lead. But the Orioles bullpen could not close it out. Oakland scored twice in the last of eighth off right-hander Brad Brach to come from behind and beat the Orioles tonight 5-4 in front of 14,330 at the Oakland Coliseum.

Buck on Mancini; Ubaldo Jiménez fans eight over first three frames

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Orioles’ Trey Mancini went through a six-game stretch heading into last night’s game where he went 3-for-23. His average dipped from .302 to .291. But that average got a jolt last night when Mancini had a huge game in the Orioles 7-2 win in the series opener. Mancini doubled to left in the second inning in his first at-bat. Then he

O’s game blog: Jiménez on the mound for Game 2 at Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Orioles offense came back to life last night with nine extra-base hits, including four homers, in a 7-2 win over Oakland. Tonight we’ll see if the offense can continue in the second game of this four-game series. The Orioles (57-58) can get back to the .500 mark. They are in a wild race for the second AL wild-card spot. Six teams

Buck Showalter on tonight’s batting order

OAKLAND, Calf. - The Orioles lineup that took on a different look last night, with Tim Beckham leading off and Adam Jones batting fourth, has an even different look tonight. Chris Davis, who sat out last night, is back in the lineup, but batting seventh for the first time this season. Yesterday manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to give Davis a break and he

Chris Davis on returning to the lineup and batting seventh

OAKLAND, Calif. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis returns to the starting lineup tonight in Oakland, after sitting out Thursday’s series opener. But with just two hits his last 25 at-bats and one homer the past 17 games, Davis has been dropped to seventh in tonight’s batting order. Davis has not hit seventh this year. He has hit fourth for 41 games, fifth for 42

Mancini’s two-homer game and other notes from the win

OAKLAND, Calif. - If Trey Mancini was in a slump, it was hard to notice. But he did have just three hits his previous 23 at-bats going into last night’s series opener at Oakland. His average had dipped below .300 and he went 0-for-11 to start the road trip. But he matched that hit total last night, going 3-for-4 with a double and two solo

O’s hit back-to-back homers twice to win opener (quotes added)

OAKLAND, Calif. - In need of offense after scoring three runs over the last two games, the Orioles turned to an old friend tonight - the longball. They hit back-to-back homers on back-to-back pitches twice tonight to beat the A’s 7-2 in the opener of this four-game series at Oakland Coliseum. The Orioles improved to 57-58 for the season and to 2-2 on this 10-game

Showalter talks up Santander (plus a game update)

OAKLAND, Calif. - It may now be just a matter of days before the Orioles get a look at Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander at the major league level. Manager Buck Showalter is excited to see what he’s got. The 22-year-old native of Venezuela was taken from the Indians organization last December at the Winter Meetings. Santander played for Lynchburg in the Carolina League last

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

OAKLAND, Calif. - New city, new series. The Orioles begin a four-game series in Oakland tonight, looking to get their offense going again and looking to start compiling some wins on this 10-game road trip. The trip began with the Orioles losing two of three to the Angels in Anaheim. They scored just nine runs in that series and just three runs on 12 hits

Showalter on Davis not starting and lineup changes

OAKLAND, Calif. - With his batting average at its lowest point since he went 1-for-5 opening day, first baseman Chris Davis is not starting tonight. He is fine physically, but he has just two hits over 25 at-bats his last seven games and manager Buck Showalter will give him a day off and potentially more than that. “Just give him a day or so,” Showalter

Joey Rickard back in lineup after hit by pitch

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Orioles seemed convinced after yesterday’s game that outfielder Joey Rickard was going to be fine and it turns out that is exactly the case. Rickard was hit on the batting helmet by a Troy Scribner pitch in the top of the sixth Wednesday afternoon in Anaheim. He came out of the game as Craig Gentry pinch-ran for him during the Orioles’

Orioles and A’s lineups for series opener

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Orioles’ road trip begins its second stop tonight as they start a four-game series against the Oakland A’s. Tonight’s lineup has Tim Beckham in the leadoff spot, Adam Jones batting fourth and Chris Davis starting the game on the bench. Beckham hit leadoff for seven games with the Rays batting .226 (7-for-31). Also, Joey Rickard returns after leaving yesterday’s game when

The Orioles head to Oakland looking to jump-start their offense

ANAHEIM, Calif. - They say momentum in baseball is only as good as the next day’s pitcher. When Manny Machado hit a seventh-inning grand slam on Monday night, the Orioles grabbed momentum and a win in Anaheim. At that point they had gone 14-7 the previous 21 games to get back to .500. You had to like their chances to win the series against the

Wrapping up the disappointing loss in the series finale in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - When this road trip started on Monday night, the Orioles got an uplifting win. Manny Machado hit a grand slam in the seventh, Dylan Bundy fanned 10 and the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2. But not a lot went right after that. The O’s bats were shut down by former Oriole Parker Bridwell last night, and today the Orioles were

Offense comes up short as Orioles drop series finale

ANAHEIM, Calif. - It was a series where the Orioles didn’t get much offense and the trend continued this afternoon against a pitcher making his second major league start. The Orioles lost 5-1 in front of 36,202 to the Los Angeles Angels to drop the series after winning Monday’s series opener. It’s a disappointing end to a series that began with promise when Manny Machado’s

Mark Trumbo on coming off the DL (plus game updates)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mark Trumbo is back in the Orioles lineup today for the first time since July 29. He was on the 10-day disabled list with a right rib cage strain. Over 103 games, Trumbo is batting .238/.300/.405 with 17 doubles, 17 homers, 50 RBIs and an OPS of .706. He is batting fifth as the designated hitter and struck out swinging his first

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

ANAHEIM, Calif. - When the Orioles and Los Angeles Angels wrap up a three-game series this afternoon, right-hander Kevin Gausman will try to pitch another strong outing. He owned a 6.47 ERA in mid-June, but Gausman (8-7, 5.15 ERA) has been on a pretty good roll since then. Over his past four starts, he is 3-0 with a 0.65 ERA. Over 27 2/3 innings he

Buck Showalter on Chris Davis (Steve Johnson traded)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is back in a down cycle with the bat. He is 2-for-21 his last six games with nine strikeouts as his average has dropped from .224 to .215. He is 1-for-7 in this series. I asked manager Buck Showalter this morning if he wishes Davis would become more aggressive at the plate and take fewer pitches? “Of

Notes and quotes from the Orioles’ loss last night

ANAHEIM, Calif. - In a pitcher’s duel Tuesday night the Orioles lost to one of their former players. They had some big chances to score on offense but the key hit that came on Monday night didn’t arrive last night. One night after getting back to the .500 mark, the Orioles are one game under again after Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Bridwell bests Hellickson as O’s lose 3-2 (quotes added)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - It came without much warning. Orioles right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, in his second start for the club, seemed to be rolling. He struck out six of the last seven batters to face him as he took the mound for the last of the seventh tonight. The game was tied 1-1. But Hellickson’s effectiveness ended there. The Angels started the inning with four straight

Showalter remembers Schoop in LLWS (plus game update)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - It is a storyline that comes up it seems every August. Right about the time that the Little League World Series begins in Williamsport, Pa. Someone will interview Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop about the time his team won the championship. Schoop and the kids from the tiny island nation of Curacao played in the LLWS not once, but twice. They had

O’s game blog: Jeremy Hellickson makes second start for O’s

ANAHEIM, Calif. - After their Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy-led 6-2 victory Monday night, the Orioles try for two wins in a row over the Los Angeles Angels tonight. The Orioles (56-56) have won eight of 10 and 14 of the last 21 games. They have won three straight by a combined 23-7 score and are 21-33 on the road. Machado hit his fifth career

A look at Dylan Bundy’s upcoming schedule and other notes

ANAHEIM, Calif. - After a strong outing on Monday night in the series and road trip opener, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy is lined up to make his next start on Saturday, pitching on the normal four days’ rest. The Orioles keep looking for ways to get Bundy extra rest and he had an extra day of rest before last night’s start. Then he went out

After yielding slam, Mychal Givens bounced back last night

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Besides having a mid- to high-90s fastball and nasty slider, Orioles right-hander Mychal Givens has something else that helps him pitch well as a reliever - a short memory. When Givens took the mound Friday night at Camden Yards in the eighth inning, he was trying to protect a 2-1 lead for Kevin Gausman and help the Orioles beat the Tigers. When

Parker Bridwell talks about facing the Orioles tonight

ANAHEIM, Calif. - He was selected by the Orioles in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of a Texas high school. He pitched at every level of their farm system, going 31-43 with an ERA of 4.71. He was ranked among the O’s top 25 prospects not once or twice, but seven times. After all that time logged on the Orioles

Manny Machado came up huge on night one of the road trip

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Great players make great plays. Given two chances in the seventh inning Monday night to make such plays, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went 2-for-2. In a 2-2 tie he batted with the bases loaded and two outs and hit a grand slam 423-feet to left field. That was in the top of the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, he

Manny Machado hits tiebreaking grand slam in win (quotes added)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - On his 26th birthday, Mike Trout hit a huge homer. Moments later, 25-year-old Manny Machado trumped him. With the game tied 2-2 and the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the seventh, Machado hit a rocket grand slam to left to provide a 6-2 lead. The Orioles won by that score tonight over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Buck talks up Schoop and about Beckham’s award (game updates)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - During his pregame media session today, Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent some time talking up his middle infielders tonight - second baseman Jonathan Schoop and shortstop Tim Beckham. He had praise for Beckham, the latest American League Player of the Week announced today. He wondered if more praise should be forthcoming for Schoop and if he will be in the hunt for

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy pitches road trip opener

ANAHEIM, Calif. - With a road record of 20-33 for the season, the Orioles play in Anaheim tonight to begin a three-game series versus the Los Angeles Angels. It is the first stop of a 10-game, three-city road trip. It is an important stretch for the Orioles, who are in fourth place in the AL East (7 ½ games out). They are 2 ½ games

Buck Showater remembers Don Baylor (and other notes)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was asked to take part in a pre-game ceremony tonight honoring the life of Dan Baylor. The former Oriole and Angel passed away today at 68 after a 14-year battle with multiple myeloma. Baylor spent six of his 19 seasons with the Orioles after they selected him in the second round of the 1967 draft. He

O’s Tim Beckham on his Player of the Week award

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles infielder Tim Beckham doesn’t seem too interested in trying to analyze his stunning start with the Orioles. But after going 14-for-24 (.583) in his first six games with the team, today Beckham was named the latest American League Player of the Week. One thing that Beckham will credit for some of his success, he’s played every day since arriving in Baltimore.

Farm news: Wells, Breazeale honored, plus other notes

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The honors continued today for Single-A Delmarva pitcher Alex Wells. He was named the Player of the Month in the South Atlantic League. Wells went 3-0 with an ERA of 0.00, throwing 31 scoreless innings in five July starts. The 20-year-old lefty from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, allowed just 13 hits with no walks and 26 strikeouts. Both position players and

With seven wins in nine games, O’s begin key road trip tonight

ANAHEIM, Calif. - After a successful end to the homestand with Sunday’s 12-3 win over the Tigers, tonight the Orioles begin an important 10-game, 10-day, three-city West Coast road trip. Taken in whole, it will be an important 10 games. If the club can have a winning road trip at 6-4 or better, they will return to Baltimore as an over .500 team. Anything less

O’s game blog: Ubaldo Jiménez on mound in series finale

If the Orioles can beat Detroit at Camden Yards this afternoon, they will pull within one game of the .500 mark at 55-56. They would also split this four-game series and complete a 5-2 homestand. It would be a nice way to head to the west coast for a 10-game trip beginning Monday night. Coming off back-to-back solid outings, right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez (4-7, 6.56 ERA)

A look at last night’s win and other notes

After losing the first two games of the series with the Tigers and losing a one-run lead in the eighth inning on Friday, it felt like a big game for the Orioles last night. It was a big one to win, as they beat the Tigers 5-2 at Oriole Park. Coming into this series, they wanted more than a four-game split, but if they get

O’s game blog: O’s try to get back in win column versus Tigers

A five-game win streak has been followed by back-to-back losses to the Detroit Tigers for the Orioles. They host the Tigers tonight in the third game of a four-game series. The Orioles (53-56) are 33-23 at home for the season. They have won five of seven games and are 11-7 in the last 18. Detroit (51-57) is 4-1 versus Baltimore in 2017 and 24-32 in

Orioles look to bounce back tonight after gut-punch loss

It is hard to win a game with just two runs, but the Orioles seemed positioned well to do it last night. They took a 2-1 lead behind Kevin Gausman to the top of the eighth. They brought in Mychal Givens, who has been among the best relievers in the game this year. A 1.86 ERA for the season, no runs allowed his previous 12

Justin Upton’s grand slam in the eighth stuns O’s (quotes added)

That one was tough to take. Orioles starter Kevin Gausman had outdueled Justin Verlander through seven innings and the Orioles turned the game over to their bullpen to protect a one-run late lead. They turned to right-hander Mychal Givens, who has been outstanding, with a 1.86 ERA for the season. He had pitched to a 0.60 ERA over his past 26 games. But he couldn’t

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

A five-game winning streak now over after Thursday’s series opener, the Orioles will try to start a new one tonight. They host the Detroit Tigers in the second game of a four-game series. The Orioles (53-55) last night missed a chance to get back to the .500 mark for the first time since June 29, when they were 39-39. But an early 7-0 deficit was

Catcher Welington Castillo on Miguel Castro’s strong outing

On a night when Chris Tillman struggled again, the Orioles fell behind 7-0 and a winning streak ended, Miguel Castro’s performance stood out big time last night. Touching 100 mph with a fastball that averaged 96.3 mph, Castro threw a career-high six innings and allowed just one hit and no runs. He did give up an inherited run, but also settled down to pitch four

Adam Jones on criticism O’s got over trade deadline moves

Winning five in a row and 11 of 16 games was not going to undo what two-plus months of poor baseball brought about: a losing record for the Orioles. They have been an under .500 team every day since June 30. But losing last night by a 7-5 score to the Tigers is also not going to wash away the turnaround that the Orioles started

Chris Tillman allows seven runs as Detroit wins (quotes added)

As right-hander Chris Tillman struggled badly again tonight and the Orioles trailed 7-0 in the third inning, two questions came to mind: Would this outing knock Tillman from the rotation, and could the team come back from so far down? The first answer will have to wait and the second is no, not tonight. Not quite. Detroit held off the Orioles 7-5 to snap the

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman faces Detroit in series opener

For the first time in more than a month, the Orioles can reach the .500 mark tonight. They were 39-39 on June 29 and have been an under-.500 team since. But a five-game win streak and 11 wins the past 16 games have them at 53-54 heading into tonight’s series opener with Detroit. The five-game streak is one shy of a season high. They won

Adam Jones: “The word ‘rebuild’ is not in my vocabulary”

It is probably obvious, but as the non-waiver trade deadline approached on Monday, one group that didn’t necessarily want the Orioles to look to the future is the current group of players. Some players have told me that they would have understood if the team had started to look to the future. The Orioles were seven games under .500 about two and a half weeks

Notes and quotes after the Orioles’ sweep of Kansas City

So, with an impressive three-game sweep of the hottest team in the league, the Orioles seem to have pumped some big-time life into their 2017 season. While they are still an under-.500 team at 53-54, they are now just 2 1/2 games back for the second American League wild card spot. It no longer looks out of reach and they still have 55 games to

Hellickson with seven scoreless, O’s sweep K.C. (quotes added)

Well, that was some debut. In his first game on the mound for the Orioles, right-hander Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball as the Orioles blanked the Royals 6-0 at Camden Yards. This completes a stunning three days of pitching by the club, which gave up just three runs in this series. O’s starting pitchers allowed just one earned run in 22

O’s game blog: Jeremy Hellickson makes Orioles debut

Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson tonight joins an Orioles rotation that has pitched to an ERA of 0.94 the last four games and 3.18 the past eight. He will make his Orioles debut as the O’s look to complete a three-game sweep of the Royals. At 52-54 and with four wins in a row and 10 wins the past 15 games, the Orioles could move to within

Givens on Britton staying, his big year and more

When the non-waiver trade deadline passed Monday and closer Zach Britton was still an Oriole, his teammates were certainly pleased that he was still among them. But not just because he is one of the best late-inning pitchers in the game. For 27-year-old right-hander Mychal Givens, Britton has been a mentor and a friend. Someone to help him with whatever he might need - on

Notes on the rotation, Schoop chases Cruz, Santander rakes

The Orioles rotation, much maligned this year for obvious and deserved reasons, is making a brief resurgence. Now we await the next few games and weeks to find out if it is merely a small sample of good pitching or a bigger turnaround. The Orioles have won four straight games. Over that stretch we’ve seen Kevin Gausman throw 8 2/3 scoreless innings. Then Wade Miley

Bundy on his outing, Schoop on the RBIs and the win

The Orioles have not had a pitcher throw a complete game since Ubaldo Jiménez against the Rays on Sept. 5, 2016. Dylan Bundy had a real chance tonight. He was rolling with 93 pitches and with a big lead through eight innings. But manager Buck Showalter has to think long-term and went to Brad Brach to pitch the ninth to complete the Orioles’ 7-2 win

Dylan Bundy pitches a gem in the Orioles’ 7-2 win

The Orioles offense had a good night. But right-hander Dylan Bundy had a better one. It added up to a lopsided win over a red-hot team, as the Orioles beat the Royals 7-2 at Camden Yards. Bundy went a career-high eight innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run in the win. He walked one and fanned five, throwing 93 pitches, 64 for strikes. Bundy

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy on the mound against K.C.

The Orioles came up with their seventh walk-off win of the year last night and it was also the Royals’ seventh walk-off loss. The Orioles won 2-1 in the ninth inning, getting singles by Caleb Joseph, Rubén Tejada and Craig Gentry, whose hit ended the game. The win was the Orioles’ third in a row and ninth in the last 14 games since they started

Tim Beckham looks forward to “new beginning” with Orioles

Just over 24 hours after the Orioles acquired Tim Beckham from the Rays, he will make his Orioles debut at shortstop, batting sixth. He joins a team that added at the trade deadline and is still gunning for a playoff spot despite being 4 ½ games back of the second American League wild card and 6 ½ games out in the AL East race. “I

O’s get post-trade deadline win and now try to build on it

The Orioles’ first game after the non-waiver trade deadline came and went was a success. They won 2-1 in walk-off fashion over one of baseball’s hottest teams, the Kansas City Royals. Coming into this series, Kansas City had won two of three in Fenway Park and was 10-1 in its last 11 games. The Royals’ 33-18 record since June 1 was second-best in the majors

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