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Mychal Givens on his improved recent pitching (and other notes)

It probably gets somewhat lost amidst what else happened in Sunday’s win by the Orioles, but righty reliever Mychal Givens recorded another scoreless inning. He rolled through a 1-2-3 top of the eighth on just eight pitches, all fastballs. Givens had an ERA of 7.04 after his first six games of the 2018 season. But he has now allowed just one run over his past

Pedro Álvarez on last-minute start and Kevin Gausman on outing

A surprise last-minute starter at third base today, Pedro Álvarez hit two more homers to back Kevin Gausman and the bullpen. He helped lead the Orioles (8-20) to a 5-3 win over Detroit to take two of three in the series. The late notice was OK with Álvarez as he replaced Danny Valencia, who sat out with a tight hamstring, in the lineup. So Álvarez

Gausman’s pitching and the longball lead O’s to win in series finale

It hasn’t been often this year when an Orioles starting pitcher got an early lead to work with. Right-hander Kevin Gausman got one today and made it stand up with help from the bullpen. Gausman’s ERA continued to tumble as the Orioles beat Detroit 5-3 at Camden Yards. The Orioles took two of three from the Tigers, improving to 8-20. They won a series for

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces Tigers in series finale

The Orioles and Detroit Tigers have split the first two games of a three-game series that concludes this afternoon at Camden Yards. The Orioles won 6-0 Friday night behind Chris Tillman. The Tigers won 9-5 last night as Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in five runs. The Orioles fell to 7-20 with last night’s loss. They are 4-10 at home and 2-6 on this homestand

The starting rotation takes a turn for the worse

Over the last four games, it was the previously struggling Chris Tillman that gave the Orioles their lone solid start on the mound. He pitched seven scoreless innings on one hit Friday night against Detroit. But in the three games wrapping around his start, Orioles starters have an ERA of 12.15. Alex Cobb, Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner have combined to pitch 13 1/3 innings,

Cashner exits early as Detroit beats the Orioles 9-5 (quotes added)

Pitching one night after Chris Tillman held Detroit scoreless on one hit over seven innings, right-hander Andrew Cashner could not follow that up tonight at Camden Yards. Detroit ended a 22-innings scoreless run scoring once against him in the first and then opened up a big early lead in the second on its way to an 9-5 win at Oriole Park. The Orioles fall to

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner scheduled to face Detroit in Game 2

After Chris Tillman’s gem last night and a 6-0 win, the Orioles (7-19) host the Detroit Tigers (10-14) tonight in the second game of a weekend series. Tonight’s game will not start on time. At around 6:30 p.m. the Orioles annouced a delayed start due to inclement weather. No start time has been announced. Update: Now we do have a start time. The Orioles announced

More Tillman talk and other notes after O’s end losing streak

While Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman had to be thrilled with his outing last night, he was firm in saying this doesn’t yet mean he is back or that he has turned a corner or turned around his poor pitching of the last two seasons. “No. Absolutely not,” Tillman said. “Every start is a challenge. The next team could care less what the heck I did

Chris Tillman on his seven scoreless innings in win over Detroit

At game time tonight, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman had an ERA of 9.87, a WHIP of 2.365 and opposing batters were hitting .395 against him this year through four starts. He seemed an unlikely candidate to deliver seven shutout innings of one-hit ball. But he did exactly that, using improved mechanics and strong secondary pitches to end his 22-start winless streak. “I think it is

Chris Tillman tosses a gem as the Orioles blank Detroit

In the latest edition of you never know in baseball, a pitcher with an ERA of 9.87 tonight ended a 22-start winless streak with seven shutout innings. The until-now struggling Chris Tillman stunned more than a few people tonight by pitching a gem as the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 on a combined two-hitter to start a three-game weekend series at Camden Yards. Pedro

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

The Orioles host the Detroit Tigers tonight, beginning a three-game series that will end a scheduled 10-game homestand that is down to nine games after Tuesday’s rainout. The Orioles (6-19) have lost five in a row and 11 of their past 12 games. They are 1-5 on this homestand and 3-9 at Oriole Park for the season. Detroit (10-13) just lost two of three at

Tim Beckham provides an update after his core muscle surgery

A day after his core muscle surgery in Philadelphia, which repaired tears on both sides of his groin, Orioles infielder Tim Beckham was back in the clubhouse today. He is trying to stay positive and said he’s ready to attack the rehab process. He hopes to be playing rehab games perhaps around mid-June, give or take a few days. “I’m not going to be put

O’s starters struggled against Rays as latest losing streak reaches five

The Orioles are trying to stop losing. But right now they can’t, going 1-11 over the last 12 games. When they score some runs, they give up too many. When they need a clutch hit, they can’t get it. When they need a key play in the field, they don’t make it. As a season spirals out of control everyone is frustrated - from the

Dylan Bundy allows eight runs as O’s lose to Rays (quotes added)

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy began tonight fourth in the American League in ERA and had allowed just one homer in five starts, covering 31 2/3 innings. He’s been the ace for the Orioles early this year. But his great run to start the 2018 season ended as the Orioles lost again. Bundy allowed a career-high eight runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Orioles

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Chris Archer at Camden Yards

The Orioles haven’t won since Friday when Dylan Bundy was on the mound. The right-hander’s rotation turn has come up again and he pitches tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays. Since Bundy pitched the Orioles to a 3-1 win over Cleveland on Friday, the Orioles have lost four in a row by a combined 21-8 score. They are 1-10 in their last 11 games and

A closer look at Dylan Bundy’s strong start to the season

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy is off to a great start, pitching like the ace pitcher the Orioles hoped they’d get when they drafted him No. 4 overall in the 2011 draft. But fast starts are not new to Bundy. He got off to one last season, as well. Here is a comparison of his first five starts last year and this year. 2017: 3-1 with

A look at the latest loss, with notes on Cobb and the offense

Well, at least the Orioles didn’t score three runs or less for the 17th time. They got four last night, but it wasn’t nearly enough in an 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay. The Orioles have lost four in a row, 10 of 11 and 12 of their past 14 games. Their miserable start now has them 12 games under the .500 mark at 6-18. The

Alex Cobb falls to 0-3 as O’s lose to Tampa Bay (quotes added)

For the first time as an Oriole, right-hander Alex Cobb made it through the fourth inning. But in his third start with his new team, he didn’t make it through the fifth. Cobb was hit hard in the fifth when he allowed four runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Orioles 8-4 at Camden Yards. While the Rays have won five straight, the Orioles

O’s game blog: O’s Alex Cobb faces his former Tampa Bay teammates

Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb (0-2, 15.43 ERA) makes his first start as an Oriole at home and he will do so against his former team. For the first time ever Cobb pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays as the clubs open a rain-shortened, two-game series. Cobb has failed to complete the fourth inning in his first two starts, which came at Boston and Detroit. He

Jace Peterson on his “wild ride” that led him to the Orioles

As he joins his fourth major league team today, Jace Peterson will hit the ground running for the Orioles. He’s going right into the starting lineup tonight, batting ninth at second base. Since opening day he has been called up by the New York Yankees, designated for assignment by New York, re-signed by the Yankees, DFA’d again and claimed on waivers by the Orioles. All

Can the rotation lead an O’s turnaround? (Plus farm notes)

If there was ever a good time for a rainout, maybe last night was it for the Orioles. They were scheduled to begin a three-game series with Tampa Bay but got washed out at Camden Yards. The Orioles are trying to reverse a 6-17 start that has seen them lose nine of 10 and 11 of their past 13 games. They are just 3-7 at

O’s offense comes up short again and Cobb faces his former team

It is beginning to look like Groundhog Day. The Orioles show up at Camden Yards, get a decent starting pitching performance many nights, but can’t back it up with enough offense to win. Any offense would be appreciated at this point. The Cleveland Indians have an excellent pitching staff and the Orioles offense can vouch for that after scoring just seven runs on 21 hits

Chris Davis on the offense, Kevin Gausman on his outing

The Orioles tonight ended a season-opening stretch where they played all five American League playoff teams from last season. To say the least, they didn’t handle it well. Tonight’s 2-1 loss to Cleveland was the latest flat game for the offense. The Orioles have lost nine of 10 of 11 of 13 to begin the year at 6-17. They scored just seven runs on 21

One-run short: O’s fall 2-1 as Cleveland takes three of four

Kevin Gausman pitched a very strong game. But so did Carlos Carrasco as the Orioles bats fell mostly silent again tonight. Cleveland beat the Orioles 2-1 at to take the last three games and three of four in this series. The loss was the Orioles ninth in 10 games and 11th in 13 contests as they fall to 6-17. Cleveland is 12-8 and has won

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces Cleveland

With eight losses in the last nine games, and 10 in the past 12, the Orioles will try to split their four-game series with Cleveland tonight. The Birds won Friday, but lost the last two days to the Tribe by 4-0 and 7-3 scores. The Orioles offense continues to scuffle and is producing just 3.3 runs per game after last year’s team averaged 4.6 per

Manny Machado on his co-AL Player of the Week award

For the fourth time in his career, the Orioles’ Manny Machado is the winner of the American League Player of the Week award. This time he shares the honor with A’s pitcher Sean Manaea after he no-hit Boston on Saturday night. Machado posted a slash line of .500/.560/1.273 (11-for-22) with seven runs scored, 11 hits, two doubles, five home runs and eight RBIs over six

O’s Dan Duquette comments on the offense and more during Sunday radio interview

When I interviewed Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on the radio on Sunday, he pointed out that many factors have contributed to the Orioles’ dismal 6-16 start. But he seemed to focus more on the strikeout total on offense and the misplays on defense. Duquette was my guest on “Orioles Baseball Tonight” on flagship station 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. I

Manny Machado and Andrew Cashner after O’s loss to Cleveland

Individual performances are nice, like Chance Sisco throwing out three runners in a game or Manny Machado hitting two homers. Again. Yet they seem to keep happening in Orioles losses. Machado hit solo homers off two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber in the first and fourth innings today, yet his team lost again.m Cleveland beat the Orioles 7-3 at Camden Yards, dropping the Orioles record

Manny Machado homers twice, but O’s fall to Cleveland 7-3

The Orioles got some early offense going against two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, who had allowed just one run in his last two starts combined. But it would not be enough today. Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings - the exact numbers as Chris Tillman Saturday - as Cleveland beat the Orioles 7-3 in front of 27,394

O’s game blog: It’s Cashner against Kluber at Camden Yards

With a team batting average of just .216 for the season and a club that is scoring just 3.3 runs per game, today the Orioles face a two-time Cy Young Award winner. Right-hander Corey Kluber, the AL Cy Young winner in 2014 and 2017, will face the Orioles this afternoon at Camden Yards. Baltimore beat Cleveland 3-1 Friday night behind Dylan Bundy but was shutout

Taking stock of the struggling offense and Tanner Scott’s outing

The Cleveland Indians pitching staff has been on a roll. The Orioles hitting has definitely not. That has been a bad combination in this series for the Orioles. Thanks to Dylan Bundy, they managed to win on Friday night, but they are batting .138 (8-for-58) the past two nights against Cleveland pitchers. The Orioles have scored a total of 15 runs in eight home games

Tillman on his outing, Sisco on three caught stealing

After pitching to an ERA of 11.91 with a WHIP of 2.824 through three starts, right-hander Chris Tillman needed to pitch better in a hurry. He did today but the Orioles were blanked on two hits by Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger in a 4-0 loss that drops them to 6-15. They’ve lost nine of 11 and have been held to three runs or fewer 14 times

Cleveland blanks the Orioles 4-0 behind Mike Clevinger

Granted the bar had not been set very high, but Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman had his best start of the year this afternoon. But Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger pitched better. Clevinger pitched a complete-game two-hitter, as the Tribe beat the Orioles 4-0. He walked two and fanned three to improve to 2-0 with an ERA of 1.75. Clevinger threw 107 pitches, 70 or strikes. The

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

The Orioles have won back-to-back games just once this season. They beat the Yankees on April 5-6 at Yankee Stadium. A win today over Cleveland and they would double that total. The Orioles (6-14) host Cleveland (9-8) at Camden Yards in Game 2 of a four-game series and 10-game homestand. Baltimore won 3-1 last night behind right-hander Dylan Bundy. Today, Chris Tillman is set to

Left-hander Tanner Scott on rejoining the Orioles

We often hear Orioles manager Buck Showalter say that for a pitcher sometimes less is more. He is usually referencing velocity with that comment. That seems to be the case right now for left-hander Tanner Scott, who was recalled to the big leagues for the second time this season yesterday. Scott has a fastball that can touch 100 mph and did last year in the

Notes on ending two losing streaks, Bundy’s slider and more

So the Orioles got a much-needed win over a good team with Friday’s 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. They ended an 11-game losing streak. Yes, I know they had lost their previous six games. But they had also lost their previous 11 games when scoring three runs or fewer. The Orioles were 1-11 on the year in such games. The only previous win was

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy looks for first win as homestand begins

The Orioles are back home after their winless road trip and tonight they open their longest homestand of the season. They’ll play 10 games over the next 10 days. The homestand begins with four games vs. Cleveland and then three each against Tampa Bay and Detroit. Tonight the Orioles look to end a six-game losing streak. They are 2-4 at home and have lost five

Will poor play from the road carry over as long homestand begins?

DETROIT - When the Orioles’ road trip to Boston and Detroit started a week ago tonight, the club was three games under .500. After going 0-6 the team comes home reeling at 5-14. The players keep insisting they are better than this and it will turn. The fans are wondering when that will happen. Meanwhile, the team has dug itself a huge early hole. They

Showalter, Cobb, Machado and Jones after the O’s fall to 5-14

DETROIT - As the Orioles leave behind Detroit and an 0-6 road trip, they’ll head home with one of baseball’s worst records at 5-14. There is a lot to fix. Over the next few weeks we’ll find out if they can fix it and if they haven’t buried themselves too far within the first three weeks of a new season. In today’s 13-8 loss to

Swept away in Detroit: Cobb takes loss as Tigers win third straight

DETROIT - The Orioles were swept away in Motown in blowout fashion this afternoon. Right-hander Alex Cobb got knocked out in the fourth inning in his second start for the team as Detroit routed the Orioles 13-8 to complete a three-game sweep. The Orioles went 0-6 on this road trip to Boston and Detroit and were outscored 43-22. They came to Detroit hoping to win

Pregame notes on Britton, the roster and more (O’s lose 13-8)

DETROIT - Orioles closer Zach Britton will take another important step tomorrow in his rehab from his right Achilles surgery in December. Britton will throw off a half mound at Camden Yards. It’s his first time on a mound since the surgery. “That’s a good step for us,” manager Buck Showalter said before today’s game. “Do that a couple of times, and if that goes

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb faces Detroit in series finale

DETROIT - If the Orioles lose to the Detroit Tigers this afternoon, they will have a winless road trip, going 0-6. They’ve not been swept in a three-game series at Detroit since July 5-7, 2010. The Orioles have fallen to 5-13 overall, 3-9 on the road, and have lost seven of their last eight games. They are trying to snap their second five-game losing streak

Trying to find something to build on after a brutal loss

DETROIT - If you were managing the Orioles right now and your team was so desperate for wins, taking some positives from a brutal loss would probably not be a bad strategy. Buck Showalter was looking to at least do some of that after Wednesday’s 6-5 walk-off loss at Comerica Park. The Orioles came back with late offense, but so did Detroit. Backup catcher John

Postgame quotes from Showalter, O’Day and more after loss to Tigers

DETROIT - Right now the Orioles can’t seem to avoid losing. They scored three runs in the top of the eighth to lead 4-2 and then saw Detroit score three in the bottom half to lead 5-4. The Orioles homered to tie it in the ninth. The Tigers homered for the walk-off in the ninth. Dixon Machado’s homer on the second pitch of the last

O’s lose in Detroit on walk-off homer in the ninth

DETROIT - The Orioles came back with late runs. But their bullpen could not keep Detroit from scoring. A wild end to the game featured four runs scored by each team over the last two innings. But when second baseman Dixon Machado homered to left off Pedro Araujo on the second pitch of the last of the ninth, the Tigers produced a 6-5 walk-off win

Showalter pregame on strikeouts and injury updates (O’s lose 6-5)

DETROIT - The Orioles strike out a lot. That we knew. But their strikeout rate to date is up over 2017. Through Tuesday’s games, the Orioles strikeout rate of 28.5 percent is the worst in the major leagues, with the Chicago White Sox next at 27.3 percent and San Diego third at 26.6. Last year the Orioles ranked ninth in the majors with a 23.0

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces the Tigers

DETROIT - Just 17 games into a new season, the Orioles need to win this afternoon in Detroit or they will already have their second five-game losing streak of 2018. It has been a miserable road trip for the Orioles. Bad weather and bad baseball. Not a good combo. They are 0-4 in Boston and Detroit and have been outscored 24-9. Since winning a big

Familiar story: O’s bats remain dormant in Detroit series opener

DETROIT - The Orioles could not get their offense going in the cold of Fenway Park and they didn’t hit much in frigid Comerica Park last night, either. They have now lost six of seven games, scoring a total of 16 runs since they won three of four games at Yankee Stadium. So much for that momentum. The Orioles offense has been offensive, but don’t

Buck Showalter and Adam Jones on the loss at Detroit

DETROIT - Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy gives up one earned run in Boston, yet the Orioles lose. Tonight right-hander Andrew Cashner provided his third straight quality start but again the offense didn’t get it done. Since the Orioles won that series at Yankee Stadium, they are 1-6 and have scored 16 total runs. Tonight they scored two or less for the eighth time in a

Orioles offense comes up short again in series-opening loss

DETROIT - The story was familiar again tonight for the Orioles. On a night where they got some solid starting pitching, again their offense did little to support that. The Detroit Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win at frigid Comerica Park. The Orioles fall to 5-12. They have lost four in a row and six of their last seven. They are

O’s game blog: O’s begin three-game series at Detroit

DETROIT - Tonight the Orioles begin the second stop on their current road trip looking for their first win. They went 0-3 with a rainout in Boston, were badly outplayed and outscored 20-7. The Orioles spent three days not looking great on offense and defense and with most of their pitchers. Tonight the Orioles (5-11) open a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers (4-9) at

Chris Tillman will re-enter the rotation on Saturday (game update)

DETROIT - He has struggled badly with a 11.91 ERA and a 2.824 WHIP through three starts, but right-hander Chris Tillman is getting another shot in the Orioles rotation. Manager Buck Showalter said today that Tillman will start Saturday at Camden Yards against the Cleveland Indians. After Andrew Cashner starts tonight, Kevin Gausman and Alex Cobb will round out the series the next two days

Sardiñas on joining the Orioles, Givens on early struggles

DETROIT - The newest Orioles player joined the team today and was inserted right into the starting lineup. Venezuelan-born infielder Luis Sardiñas had his contracted selected from Triple-A Norfolk and he was added to the 40-man roster which is now full. Pitcher David Hess was optioned back to Norfolk Monday which left the active roster at 24 before Sardiñas was added. A 24-year-old switch-hitter, Sardiñas

As Orioles struggle, lefty Richard Bleier is thriving yet again

Can a pitcher who doesn’t throw very hard or strike out many batters succeed in the major leagues? Orioles reliever Richard Bleier is sure making it work yet again this season. The lefty, who turned 31 yesterday, went 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA in 2017. It was a pretty strong first season as an Oriole. So far this year, he has allowed 10 hits and

Looking at Delmarva’s hot start and the Orioles’ cold offense

During an 8-2 start, the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds pitching staff has been outstanding. Especially Delmarva’s six-man rotation, which has seen its starters allow two earned runs or less nine time in 10 games. The Shorebirds have seven pitchers on starters’ schedules in a six-man rotation. Right-hander Michael Baumann started opening day and was followed by Cameron Bishop, Matthias Dietz, Brenan Hanifee, Zac Lowther and 2017

O’s game blog: It’s Dylan Bundy against Chris Sale at Fenway Park

The Orioles have been outscored 17-6 in the first two games of their series at Fenway Park in Boston. Today in frigid conditions, they’ll send right-hander Dylan Bundy (0-1, 1.35 ERA) to the mound in search of victory. At 5-10, the Orioles are off to their worst 15-game start since the 2010 team began the season 2-13. The Orioles have lost five in a row

A look at two rough days for the O’s at Fenway Park

The Orioles have been outhit, outplayed and outclassed the first two days in Boston. They’ve lost by scores of 7-3 and 10-3, and their starting pitchers allowed 17 hits and 14 runs over 5 2/3 innings. Their run total of three was matched by their errors total of three on Saturday. Not a formula for success at Fenway Park - or anywhere for that matter.

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb makes his Orioles debut

The time has finally come for new Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb. After signing with the club on March 21 and making four starts in Florida, Cobb’s first game for the Orioles is set for this afternoon at Fenway Park. The 30-year-old right-hander was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA for the Tampa Bay Rays last season. His ERA was 4.52 after his first 12 starts. But

Chris Tillman continues to struggle as his ERA reaches double figures

Pitching against Houston, New York and Boston on the road would be a challenge for any pitcher. But the Orioles’ Chris Tillman has gone 0-3 with a 11.91 ERA in those games. Last night it went from bad to worse for the right-hander who once was the club’s top starting pitcher and an opening day starter. It is tough to watch a pitcher with such

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman starts Fenway Park series opener

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman remains confident he is a different and better pitcher than he was last year. But so far, the stat sheet doesn’t provide much support of that. When the Orioles begin a four-game series in Boston tonight, Tillman (0-2, 8.68 ERA) will make his third start. In his first outing of 2018 he gave up four runs over four innings in Houston.

Austin Hays is back at Bowie, adding polish to his offensive game

When I interviewed outfielder Austin Hays before the game Wednesday night at Double-A Bowie, his batting average was just .160 in his first six games of the year. You knew Hays would start hitting soon, but you couldn’t know then that it would be just hours away. But during Bowie’s win over Erie that night, Hays batted four times. He lined a single to center

With rotation trending up, a key reinforcement is on the way

BOWIE, Md. - Just as the Orioles rotation is starting to produce positive results, providing a real lift to a team in the midst of a brutally tough schedule, a key reinforcement is about to be added to the mix. Right-hander Alex Cobb, signed on March 21, has now made four essentially spring training-type outings and his season is about to begin for real. Cobb

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman pitches Toronto series finale

After 7-1 and 2-1 losses, the Orioles need a win at home tonight to avoid getting swept three straight by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles are 4-8 and Toronto is 8-4. Toronto is 3-0-1 in its four series. They split four with the Yankees and then won two of three from both the White Sox and Rangers. A Toronto win tonight would give them

In Bowie, Alex Cobb talks about making his Orioles debut

BOWIE, Md. - Today Alex Cobb took the mound in an empty ballpark at Double-A Bowie. It was one last bullpen session before the season begins for the new Orioles right-hander. But it will be very different Saturday. He’ll take the mound in Fenway Park, most likely in a packed stadium and in a much different atmosphere, and face the current American League East-leading Boston

Chance Sisco on Andrew Cashner, the offense and more (plus farm notes)

The Orioles came home from winning three of four in New York in need of some deep starting pitching performances to rest a taxed bullpen. Right-handers Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner delivered. They combined to allow two runs over 14 innings over the past two night, yet the Orioles have lost both games to Toronto. Scoring one run each night will cause that to happen.

Curtis Granderson’s homer in the ninth leads Toronto to 2-1 win

The Orioles avoided being no-hit and shut out tonight, but they could not avoid another loss. Curtis Granderson’s solo homer in the ninth off Darren O’Day broke a 1-1 tie as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 2-1. They’ve taken the first two games of this series to leave the Orioles at 4-8. After the momentum of the series win in New York, now the

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner faces Toronto

Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner (1-1, 4.09 ERA) makes his third start for his new team tonight at chilly Camden Yards. He will try to pitch the Orioles even in this three-game series following Toronto’s 7-1 win last night. Cashner allowed three homers and five runs in his first O’s start against Minnesota. And then on Thursday night he got his first win with Baltimore in

How Darren O’Day was impressed from the start by Pedro Araujo

He has only pitched in five major league games so far, but 24-year-old Dominican-born Pedro Araujo is impressing Orioles fans and is also gaining fans inside the clubhouse as well. Araujo was charged with four runs in 2/3 of an inning in a game at Houston. Then the right-hander bounced back to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless when he pitched in both extra innings games over

A look at the inconsistent offense and a strong start on the farm

Orioles manager Buck Showalter sometimes says “There was a game to be won there” after an Oriole loss, and that statement was certainly true last night. Yes the game got away in the top of the ninth, but if the Orioles offense had gotten something going before that, we would not have seen Nestor Cortes Jr. try to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam in

Dylan Bundy on his outing, Hunter Harvey on his call-up

The Orioles went to the ninth tonight trailing 2-1. They lost 7-1 when the Toronto Blue Jays added five runs. Up to that point, right-hander Dylan Bundy seemed headed for a tough-luck loss. Over seven innings, he allowed just two runs and both came on one swing. Former Oriole Steve Pearce got green-lighted and hit a 3-0 fastball 438 feet to left for a 2-0

Bundy solid, but offense slowed in 7-1 loss to Toronto

For the third time this season, Orioles starter Dylan Bundy gave his team a strong start. For the third time, he got little run support. The Orioles went 0-for-12 tonight with runners in scoring position in a 7-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. They began a three-game series with the loss to fall to 1-3 at home and to 4-7 for the season. A

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy pitches Toronto series opener

After a road trip where they went 0-3 at Houston and 3-1 at New York, the Orioles get a brief chance to play a few games at home starting tonight. They’ll host Toronto for a three-game series at Camden Yards before they go back on the road. The Orioles produced a couple of wild extra-inning wins at Yankee Stadium to take that series after going

Caleb Joseph on Sunday’s unexpected heroes and more

It would be one thing for the Orioles to win a big game in Yankee Stadium with the middle of their order doing most of the damage and/or Dylan Bundy or Zach Britton on the mound, but it was quite another on Sunday in the Bronx. The Orioles pulled out the 12-inning, 8-7 win with two Rule picks 5 contributing big in outfielder Anthony Santander

Brach’s great escape was final act as O’s win three of four in the Bronx

Of all the crazy things that took place over 4 hours, 48 minutes and 12 innings on Sunday, the most improbable may have been saved for last. Orioles closer Brad Brach - in the span of a few pitches - went from a goat, and potentially blowing a key save, to one of the heroes. All he had to do to achieve that was face

O’s game blog: Orioles look for series win at New York

After losing three series and going 2-8 at Yankee Stadium last season, the Orioles can win a series there with a victory this afternoon. They have taken two of three in New York heading into the series finale. The Yankees (5-4) are 3-2 on a six-game homestand that ends today. Baltimore (3-6) is 2-4 on a seven-game road trip that ends today. Right-hander Mike Wright

Britton on Buck the manager, but not that one (plus other notes)

When the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds began a new season on Thursday, the other Buck started his career as a minor league manager. Buck Britton, the older brother of Orioles closer Zach Britton, is the Shorebirds’ first-year manager. An O’s 35th-round selection in the 2008 draft, Britton had a nine-year playing career in the minors. He moved into the coaching ranks last season when he was

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman faces the Yankees

After recording back-to-back wins for the first time in the 2018 season, the Orioles are shooting for three in a row this afternoon as they face the Yankees in New York. They scored five runs in the seventh inning to win 5-2 Thursday night and they won 7-3 in 14 innings Friday night/Saturday morning. Pedro Álvarez hit a grand slam in the 14th, the Orioles

That was wild: A few takes on the O’s 14-inning win in the Bronx

Some days there is no reason to complain that a lot of the Orioles offense comes from the longball. Like last night, when they hit four homers in the marathon 7-3 win over the Yankees in 14 innings. All of last year the Orioles won two games at Yankee Stadium. This year they have two wins there nine days into the season. Manny Machado hit

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman looks for bounceback game in NY

Right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-1, 13.50 ERA) makes his second start of the new season tonight when the Orioles play the Yankees in New York. It’s Game 2 of a four-game series. Gausman’s 2018 season got off to a poor start on Sunday at home against Minnesota. He gave up a homer on the game’s first pitch and allowed three home runs in the first three

A look at Norfolk’s roster ahead of tonight’s season opener

Three of the Orioles’ four full-season minor league affiliates began a new season last night, and Triple-A Norfolk starts its season tonight. The Tides will host the Gwinnett Stripers at 7:05 p.m. Norfolk starts the year with a six-game homestand at Harbor Park. Here is the Tides final opening day roster, which was announced today: Pitchers: Jayson Aquino, Josh Edgin, Andrew Faulkner, Donnie Hart, David

There were a lot of heroes in a series-opening win at New York

For the third day in a row, the game hung in the balance versus a 2017 playoff team in the seventh inning. This time, the Orioles got the biggest hits and they beat the New York Yankees 5-2 in the Bronx to start a four-game series. It is probably not overstating it to call that win huge. The offense came to life in the seventh

O’s game blog: Orioles begin a four-game set in the Bronx

The Orioles are about to begin the second leg of their two-city road trip. They got swept three straight at Houston and take a 1-5 record into tonight’s series opener in Yankee Stadium. The clubs will play a four-game series through Sunday. The Yankees, who open with 13 straight within the AL East, are 4-2. They split four with Toronto and just swept two from

A look at the minor league rosters and pitching rotations

A new minor league season will begin tonight for three of the four Orioles full-season affiliates. Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva will get its seasons going while Triple-A Norfolk plays its opener on Friday night. Bowie, managed by Gary Kendall, hosts Harrisburg at Prince George’s Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Frederick, managed by Ryan Minor, plays at Myrtle Beach at 7:05 p.m. Delmarva, and

Schoop and Bundy are going well, but need some help

The Orioles lost 6-1 at Houston on Monday night and that one was a pretty comfortable win for the defending World Series champs. The Orioles put up big challenges against Houston the last two games, but they failed to win. On Tuesday night, the score was tied 5-5 in the last of the seventh before Houston scored five that inning and won 10-6. Yesterday’s game

Wrapping up a series sweep from Houston

HOUSTON - The defending World Series champs got the big hit when they needed it most and the Orioles did not. That was a key difference today, and during this series, as Houston beat the Orioles 3-2 this afternoon to sweep the three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The Orioles fall to 1-5 as they head to Yankee Stadium. Their stretch of playing 10 straight

Orioles fall 3-2 to Houston, get swept in three-game series

HOUSTON - The Orioles were hoping opening day starter Dylan Bundy could give them a big effort today and take them deep into the game. If he could, they might leave Houston with at least one win. Bundy pitched well and through the sixth inning. But as they did all series, the Astros came up with offense when they needed it. They pushed across a

Showalter’s props for Rasmus and a game update

HOUSTON - Outfielder Colby Rasmus has not gotten off to a hot hitting start for the Orioles. He has a lot of company in that regard. He is 1-for-13 and has struck out eight times. This after he hit .281/.318/.579 in 37 games with Tampa Bay in 2017 with nine homers and 23 RBIs. He figures to see a lot of time in right field

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

HOUSTON - The Orioles’ road trip has begun with back-to-back losses here. They need a win this afternoon at Minute Maid Park to avoid getting swept before the trip moves on to Yankee Stadium. Opening day starter Dylan Bundy returns to the mound this afternoon, pitching with an extra day of rest. Against the Twins on Thursday, Bundy threw seven scoreless innings in a no-decision.

Showalter pregame on the lineup decisions and Rule 5 pitchers

HOUSTON - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is not in the starting lineup today against Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel. Davis is 1-for-8 in this series and 1-for-20 (.050) with no homers or RBIs on the season. He was 0-for-5 last night with four strikeouts after having struck out just once in the season’s first four games. Manager Buck Showalter said Davis is fine physically after

Outing in Houston provides Wright something to build on

HOUSTON - Orioles right-hander Mike Wright Jr. was making his first start for the club since June 17, 2016. Taking the mound with a career ERA of 6.32 in 21 previous major league starts, the expectations were not exactly high among some in Birdland as Wright prepared to face the defending World Series champs. But when Mychal Givens replaced Wright to start the last of

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 10-6 loss at Houston

HOUSTON - The Orioles scored as many runs tonight as they had in the previous four games. And right-hander Mike Wright Jr. allowed one fewer run than Justin Verlander. But in the end, the Orioles could not stop the defending World Series champions from doing what they do best - piling up runs. Rule 5 pitchers Pedro Araujo and Nestor Cortes Jr. were put in

Houston gets big inning against Rule 5 pitchers for 10-6 win

HOUSTON - Mike Wright Jr. pitched capably and left with a lead. Adam Jones homered and drove in three. The Orioles finally scored off a starting pitcher. But would it add up to a victory? Not tonight for the Orioles. With the game tied 5-5 entering the last of the seventh, Houston scored five times off Rule 5 pitchers Pedro Araujo and Nestor Cortes Jr.

Rasmus gets nice reception in Houston (plus game update)

HOUSTON - During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Houston Astros were becoming a pretty good team. They won 86 games in 2015, won the AL wild card game and advanced to the AL Division Series. They won 84 the next year but missed the playoffs. A key member of the Houston outfield those two seasons was Colby Rasmus, who is starting as the DH

O’s game blog: Wright Jr. faces Verlander in Game 2 in Houston

HOUSTON - As the Orioles offense looks to break out tonight in Houston, the challenge on this Tuesday is vast. They face right-hander Justin Verlander, who has been brilliant since the Astros acquired him in a deal with Detroit last Aug. 31. Verlander made his season debut and got the win Thursday at Texas when he allowed four hits over six scoreless in a 4-1

Showalter pregame on Cobb and Sisco on catching Wright

HOUSTON - Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb it seems will have the most input as to when he makes his debut for the club. Cobb is scheduled to pitch a five-inning simulated game in Florida tomorrow. He has already had outings of three and four innings. Manager Buck Showalter will get the video from that outing and then talk with Cobb after his workday this weekend

Buck Showalter on the decision to give Dylan Bundy extra rest

HOUSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has had to make several important decisions already, despite the fact that the 2018 season is just four games old. He had to decide whether to bat Chris Davis first and now he has to weigh when and/or if to make any lineup changes for a slumbering offense. But he made an interesting decision involving opening day starter Dylan

A look at an ugly three-game losing streak and a beautiful first pitch

HOUSTON - Unfortunately for the Orioles, a three-game losing streak has truly been a team effort. Has the offense or the starting pitching been worse? They have both been pretty bad and that is why they’ve been outscored 19-3 in losing the last three games. The O’s offense has produced one run the last two games and three runs on 12 hits the past three.

Wrapping up the series-opening 6-1 loss at Houston

HOUSTON - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman remains convinced he will be a much better pitcher in 2018 than he was last year. While his results tonight looked too much like 2017, he doesn’t feel his season will ultimately go poorly again. Tonight, Tillman allowed back-to-back doubles to start his night and he gave up four runs over four innings plus one batter as Houston beat

Chris Tillman takes the loss as O’s drop road-trip opener

HOUSTON - The Orioles came here looking to jump start their offense. Chris Tillman took the mound looking to reclaim his pre-2017 form. Neither happened however as the Orioles lost the series opener to the defending World Series champion Astros. Tillman allowed a run two batters into his night and gave up four runs on the evening as Houston beat the Orioles 6-1 at Minute

O’s game blog: O’s play at Houston in road opener

HOUSTON - The Orioles, who went 29-52 on the road last season, begin the new season’s first road trip tonight as they open a three-game series with Houston. The defending World Series champion Astros are unveiling their championship banner as part of a pre-game ceremony before their home opener. Right-hander Chris Tillman will make his season debut tonight. The Orioles’ opening day starter three straight

Showalter pregame on Cobb, Sisco and more (game update)

HOUSTON - Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb is inching closer to his first game action for the Orioles. He threw his latest bullpen session yesterday in Florida. He has thrown a pair of simulated games, one for three innings and his second for four innings. That last outing was a 48-pitch effort last Friday. His next game in Florida will be on Wednesday. “The decision will

Chris Davis comes to the support of O’s catcher Chance Sisco

HOUSTON - The Orioles, to say the least, are ready to move on from yesterday’s postgame comments out of the Minnesota clubhouse. The Twins, particularly second baseman Brian Dozier, criticized O’s catcher Chance Sisco for bunting against the shift in the ninth inning. Sisco singled to start a bases loaded rally in the 7-0 loss to the Twins. One of the O’s veterans that Dozier

After lackluster losses, the O’s hit the road for Houston and New York

HOUSTON - The Orioles could not score off any of the Minnesota Twins starting pitchers in the season’s first series. Over 21 combined innings, Jake Odorizzi, Kyle Gibson and José Berríos allowed just five hits and struck out 19. The Orioles looked bad in the back-to-back losses to the Twins in the last two days and tonight they begin their first road trip against the

Kevin Gausman on his outing, Chris Davis on the offense

Over the last two games, Orioles starters allowed 11 runs and six homers over nine innings. Meanwhile, Orioles batters produced two runs and six hits in 6-2 and 7-0 losses to Minnesota. The Orioles will take a 1-2 record to Houston and begin a series with the World Series champion Astros on Monday night at Minute Maid Park. Several Orioles are not hitting, including first

Berríos blanks Birds 7-0 as Twins take series

To say the least, the Orioles could not maintain any momentum after their opening day walk-off win. Nearly no-hit last night, they were held to just three hits this afternoon in 7-0 loss to Minnesota and right-hander José Berríos. He needed just 107 pitches to throw his first career shutout in his 40th career start. Kevin Gausman got hammered as the Orioles lost two of

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman pitches Twins series finale

It is almost time for the last game of the first series of the year for the Orioles. They beat Minnesota 3-2 on Adam Jones’ walk-off homer in the 11th on Thursday. Last night, they were no-hit into the eighth in a 6-2 Twins win. On the mound today, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman (11-12, 4.68 ERA in 2017) faces Twins right-hander José Berríos (14-8, 3.89

One game, two big league debuts: Hearing from Cortes and Araujo

In the span of three innings last night, the Orioles saw two Rule 5 pitchers make their major league debuts. And they did fine, as Nestor Cortes Jr. and Pedro Araujo combined to allow one run over three innings in the Orioles’ 6-2 loss to Minnesota. A 23-year-old lefty, Cortes pitched at three levels on the Yankees farm in 2017, reaching Triple-A. He went a

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