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O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner faces New York (game rained out)

After losing three straight to the Washington Nationals by a combined 11-2 score, the Orioles host the New York Yankees tonight. It’s the start of a four-game series to wrap up a seven-game homestand. No game tonight: Tonight’s game has been rained out. The clubs will make it up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Monday July 9 at 4:05 p.m. The Yankees (35-17)

Another night when a lack of runs leads to a loss

Just when you think the Orioles offense has to start putting up some runs, they don’t. Now of course, they faced Max Scherzer last night, and he fanned 12 over eight scoreless in the Washington Nationals’ 2-0 victory. But the Orioles scored only two runs on 20 hits in the series and were shut out twice They have now been shut out six times this

Chris Davis on trying to find positives, David Hess on his start

Tonight, they faced one of the best in the business, but it hasn’t always been that way. Tonight, Max Scherzer fanned 12 Orioles as Washington beat the Orioles 2-0 in front of 20,370 at Oriole Park as the Nationals swept the three-game series. First baseman Chris Davis talked about losing to such a good pitcher: “They don’t just hand out Cy Youngs and I think

Max Scherzer fans 12 as Nationals win to sweep series

Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer came in on a roll and left that way. Scherzer fanned 12 tonight as the Nationals beat the Orioles 2-0 to sweep the series at Camden Yards. Orioles right-hander David Hess gave up just one run, but took the loss. The Nationals improved to 32-22 and complete just their second three-game sweep of the Orioles since moving to Washington in

O’s game blog: Hess against Scherzer in series finale

After taking the first two games of this series by 6-0 and 3-2 scores, the Washington Nationals can complete a three-game sweep of the Orioles tonight. The last and only Nats’ three-game sweep in Baltimore was June 12-14, 2007. Coming into this series, the Orioles were 15-7 at home versus Washington since the 2013 season. Coming into the series, the Orioles were 7-4 in their

Jace Peterson on batting leadoff and facing Max Scherzer

Third baseman Jace Peterson tonight will become the seventh different Orioles hitter to bat leadoff this year. And by the way, it’s only three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals that he has to face. Trey Mancini has hit leadoff 43 times, Chris Davis five times, Craig Gentry three times, Tim Beckham twice, and once each for Jonathan Schoop and Joey

Britton on trade talk, Mancini on his struggles and more

When Orioles closer Zach Britton pitches for a minor league affiliate tonight, it will be his first game action this year, and first since his December Achilles surgery. It will be a nice step forward for Britton. But Britton also knows that while it will be a big step toward his return to the Orioles, it could also lead to his being traded by the

Manny Machado and Bryce Harper homer as Nats win (with quotes)

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy was not as sharp as he was for a complete-game win in Chicago, but he still delivered his team-leading seventh quality start. But with the Orioles offense still not doing much, he wound up with another loss tonight. Washington right-hander Jeremy Hellickson held the Orioles to two runs over five innings and then four bullpen pitchers locked down the win as

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces the Nationals

The Orioles host the Washington Nationals tonight in the second game of a three-game interleague series and a seven-game homestand at Oriole Park. The Nationals took the series opener 6-0 Monday as Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer off Alex Cobb. Lefty Gio Gonzalez pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings to improve to 6-2 with a 2.10 ERA. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer

After his “toughest two weeks” in the majors, Mancini looks to get bat going

With his decreasing average causing his frustrations to increase, Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini is getting a day off today, at least at the beginning of the game. He is not in tonight’s starting lineup. After going 1-for-13 over the weekend versus Tampa Bay, Mancini went 0-for-4 and hit into a pair of double plays in last night’s 6-0 loss to Washington. He is batting

Feeling a draft: Orioles have the 11th pick on Monday

We are now less than a week from the First-Year Player Draft. The Orioles have the No. 11 pick in round one and they have two other selections in the top 100, with picks at No. 37 and No. 87. Major League Baseball has set the Orioles’ allotted total pool for signing their picks in the first 10 rounds at $8,754,400, the 13th highest amount

O’s bats silent again in 6-0 loss to Nats (quotes added)

When a pitcher on a roll met struggling hitters today, maybe we should have known what to expect. Not much changed as Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez continued his strong season and pitched his team to a 6-0 victory over the Orioles this afternoon in front of 36,139 at Camden Yards. The Orioles have scored just six runs their last four games and 21 in the

Showalter on O’s RISP stats, plus a game update

Manager Buck Showalter spent some of his pregame press conference this morning talking about his team’s stats when hitting with runners in scoring position. The 2018 Orioles are lagging behind the 2017 Orioles. After going 4-for-17 with RISP over the weekend at Tropicana Field, the Orioles are batting .241 with RISP to rank 11th in the American League. Last year, the Orioles were second batting

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb faces Nats in series opener

When the Orioles begin an interleague series this afternoon against the Washington Nationals, right-hander Alex Cobb (1-6, 7.32 ERA) will be on the mound. He will be looking to bounce back from a poor outing Wednesday night in Chicago. Cobb retired the first seven batters in that game, but was gone before the end of the home fourth. Over 3 2/3 innings, he allowed eight

Showalter pregame on Mancini’s struggles, Memorial Day and more

Manager Buck Showalter has dropped Trey Mancini from first to sixth in the batting order for today’s series opener with the Washington Nationals. Mancini went 1-for-13 in the Tampa Bay series and his average has dropped to .240, which is its lowest point since April 8. “Give him a little blow up there,” Showalter said. “He’s going through an uncharacteristic period. Trey’s one of those

A look at the O’s and Nats, another strong Akin outing and more

The Orioles are a better team at home than on the road, and they return to Oriole Park this afternoon to face the Washington Nationals to start a seven-game homestand, that will also see the Yankees come to town beginning Thursday night. Entering play as of Sunday, the Orioles were tied with the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins for the fewest home games played

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman pitches road trip finale

The Orioles play their road trip finale this afternoon at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. The trip began as the Birds went 1-3 at Boston and then 2-2 in Chicago. They have split the first two games of this series - beating the Rays 2-0 on Friday and losing 5-1 yesterday. The Orioles are 17-35 overall, which is a .327 winning percentage that

More on the struggling offense, plus minor league notes

The Orioles’ up-and-down offense has certainly had many more downs than ups in the 2018 season. In the series finale in Chicago on Thursday afternoon, the Orioles scored nine runs in the first three innings. They have scored three runs in 24 innings since. They lost 5-1 to Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon to fall to 17-35 overall and to 7-22 on the road. They

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner seeks third win as O’s face TB

The Orioles play at Tropicana Field this afternoon in the second game of a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles improved to 17-34 with last night’s 2-0 win behind David Hess. The Orioles have now won consecutive road games for the second time this season, the first was April 5-6 at Yankee Stadium. It was the Orioles’ second shutout of the season,

As Cashner takes mound today, third time through has been a challenge

The problems in navigating a lineup the third time through the order resurfaced for Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner in Chicago on Monday night. Cashner will look for improvement this afternoon when he faces the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. Cashner threw four scoreless innings to begin his night Monday, but was knocked from the game during the sixth. As the lineup turned over, Cashner

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

The Orioles begin the final stop on their three-city road trip tonight when they open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Thursday’s 9-3 win at Chicago was just the third in the last 20 road games for the Orioles, who are 16-34 through 50 games and 6-21 on the road. The trip began with the Orioles losing three of four

Dylan and Davis dominated the Orioles discussion on Thursday

CHICAGO - When Dylan Bundy fanned 14 Chicago White Sox batters Thursday afternoon he came one whiff short of the Orioles’ single-game record of 15 strikeouts, done three times. Mike Mussina fanned 15 Minnesota Twins batters on Aug. 1, 2000, and he also fanned 15 Boston Red Sox batters on Sept. 24, 2000. On July 7, 2007, Erik Bedard fanned 15 against the Texas Rangers.

Dylan Bundy on his 14-strikeout game in win over White Sox

CHICAGO - On a day when the Orioles offense grabbed the early headlines, right-hander Dylan Bundy had them at the end. He pitched a complete-game two-hitter today on a career-high 121 pitches as the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 9-3 to split a four-game series. Bundy fanned two batters in each of the first four innings and struck out a career-best 14 against just

Dylan Bundy fans 14, uses early offense to beat White Sox

CHICAGO - The struggling Orioles offense got a jump-start in the Chicago sunshine this afternoon. It came via the continued control issues of young Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito. O’s right-hander Dylan Bundy wouldn’t need a lot of offense this afternoon, but he got it anyway. He pitched a complete-game two-hitter. Giolito began the day tied for the American League lead in walks and

Showalter’s pregame updates on Trumbo and O’Day (game update)

CHICAGO - There were some topics to discuss today with the Orioles that didn’t involve struggling slugger Chris Davis. Manager Buck Showalter provided updates on Mark Trumbo and Darren O’Day. Trumbo developed right knee soreness after sliding into a base here on Tuesday night, when he went 4-for-4. He did not play last night. O’Day, who is 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA, has been out

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces White Sox in series finale

CHICAGO - When Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy (2-6, 4.70 ERA) makes his 11th start of the year this afternoon, he will look to do a better job keeping the ball in the ballpark. Over his first five games, when he went 1-2 with a 1.42 ERA, Bundy allowed just one home run in 31 2/3 innings. But over his past five starts, where he is

Chris Davis reacts to Jim Palmer’s criticism

CHICAGO - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis responded today to critical comments made about him on the MASN telecast last night by Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. “They say he works hard,” Palmer said on the “O’s Xtra” postgame show. “He told everybody in spring training that he worked with (hitting coach) Scott Coolbaugh. So I asked Scott in spring training. I said, ‘Hey, you

David Hess excited for another chance, plus other notes

CHICAGO - As of last night, the Orioles had not released their starting pitchers yet for the weekend series against Tampa Bay. But barring a huge surprise, right-hander David Hess will make his third major league start against the team he faced in his MLB debut. “Anytime you get out there it’s a lot of fun,” Hess said in looking forward to Friday. “Just to

Windy city blowout: Alex Cobb exits early, Sox roll 11-1 (with quotes)

CHICAGO - The night began with some promise for Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb. He had pitched to an ERA of 3.38 his previous four starts. He retired his seven batters faced. But when it turned against him, it turned fast. Cobb allowed six runs and eight hits over 3 2/3, as the Chicago White Sox beat the Orioles 11-1 at Guaranteed Rate Field. They have

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb faces the White Sox

CHICAGO - The Orioles and Chicago White Sox have split a pair of 3-2 decisions to start a four-game series that continues tonight at Guaranteed Rate Field. At 15-33, the Orioles are 5-20 in road games, with losses in 16 of their past 18 away from Oriole Park. While they are 7-6 over the last 13 games, over a longer stretch they have lost 13

Showalter on injury concerns for Trumbo and O’Day (game update)

CHICAGO - When the Orioles lineup came out today and Mark Trumbo was not in it, there was at least some reason to wonder if he was being benched after failing to catch a fly ball in the eighth last night that ignited a three-run game-winning rally for Chicago. But at the same time, you had to keep in mind that Trumbo went 4-for-4 Tuesday

With the White Sox now, Delmonico remembers his time with the Orioles

CHICAGO - The Orioles selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of a high school in Knoxville, Tenn. They liked his bat a lot and signed Nicky Delmonico then to an overslot bonus of $1.525 million. But at the trade deadline in 2013, in a search for immediate relief help, he was traded to Milwaukee for veteran right-hander Francisco

Gausman’s strong outing, Mancini in the record book

CHICAGO - Last night was Kevin Gausman’s 116th career start for the Orioles and there have likely been few, if any, where he had better raw stuff. Gausman has been averaging getting swings and misses on 11 percent of his pitches this year and last night he got that on 23.5 percent. His fastball averaged 94.4 mph and topped out at a season-best 99 mph.

O’s lose late lead and fall 3-2 to Chicago (postgame quotes added)

CHICAGO - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman had an outing where he was dominant at times, but it didn’t lead to a win tonight. The Chicago White Sox came back with three runs in the last of the eighth to beat the Orioles 3-2. The Orioles have scored just five runs in this series and 18 in the last seven games as they fall to 15-33

Showalter pregame on Britton, O’Day and OF assists (game update)

CHICAGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter was a keenly interested observer today when closer Zach Britton threw 20 pitches in a one-inning simulated game at Gauranteed Rate Field this afternoon. The skipper liked what he saw. “Went real well,” Showalter said. “That was as good as I’ve seen him. If you didn’t know better, you’d think he was ready to go.” Britton is scheduled to

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces Chicago in Game 2 of series

CHICAGO - The Orioles have won back-to-back games on the road just once this year when they did so April 5-6 at Yankee Stadium. A win tonight over the White Sox in Chicago would give them two straight road wins. The Orioles (15-32) are 5-19 on the road, 1-6 in seven road series and 7-5 over their past 12 games. Manny Machado hit his 15th

Zach Britton on his simulated game today

CHICAGO - It won’t be much longer now for Orioles closer Zach Britton. He is scheduled to pitch in a game for Triple-A Norfolk and begin a rehab assignment on May 30 with the Tides. That is the last stop on a long road that is leading him back to beginning his season with the Orioles. The right Achilles surgery of December is much further

The Orioles bullpen and outfield defense came up big in win

CHICAGO - The Orioles are now 3-23 when scoring three runs or fewer. Their third such win came by a 3-2 score at Chicago last night. The bullpen, the defense and the longball came together to produce the victory. Right-hander Andrew Cashner again had some issues facing a lineup for the third time, and the White Sox started the sixth against him with a double,

Longball, clutch relief help O’s beat White Sox 3-2 (quotes added)

CHICAGO - Manny Machado homered and later was intentionally walked with no one on base. Trey Mancini had two outfield assists in one inning. But Mychal Givens may have had the most impressive night of all. The righty reliever came on with the Orioles leading 3-2 and runners on second and third with no outs in the home sixth. He kept the lead, getting a

Chris Davis remains in lineup, plus other notes (game update)

CHICAGO - After he went 1-for-12 with eight strikeouts in the first three games of the Boston series, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis didn’t start Sunday against Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. Davis got a “reset” in late April when he sat out two games, but manager Buck Showalter said today that is not going to happen this time. Davis is staying in the lineup

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner pitches series opener in Chicago

CHICAGO - The Orioles begin a four-game series tonight at Gauranteed Rate Field versus the Chicago White Sox. The O’s went 1-3 in Boston, the first stop on a three-city, 11-game road trip. It rained steadily earlier this afternoon in Chicago, but there was almost no rain as game time approaches and they should get the game in with an on-time start. The Orioles lost

Manny Machado greeted by media horde in Chicago

CHICAGO - “Welcome to Chicago,” said a local reporter to Orioles shortstop Manny Machado this afternoon. As Machado walked outside the clubhouse and into a hallway, he saw a group of more than 20 reporters waiting for him. It was time for another round of questions about rumors and where he might play next year - or even later this year. He faced just a

It’s time to take a longer look at David Hess

He may have allowed five runs and three homers in 4 2/3 innings Sunday at Fenway Park, but here is one vote for right-hander David Hess to stay in the Orioles’ rotation. He has gotten two big challenges to start his career. The first was making his MLB debut on three days’ rest and overcoming allowing a three-run homer in the first. The second was

O’s game blog: David Hess starts as O’s look for series split

Right-hander David Hess (1-0, 4.50 ERA) will make his second major league start this afternoon when the Orioles end a four-game series at Boston. They’ll need a victory today to split this four-game series that is the start of an 11-game road trip. Hess made his big league debut on three days’ rest and he’ll pitch today on seven days’ rest. A week ago yesterday,

Jace Peterson on his connection to a former Oriole

When the Orioles put in a waiver claim on Jace Peterson on April 24, they added a versatile lefty bat who had been waived by the New York Yankees. Since opening day, Peterson had been called up by the Yankees, designated for assignment by New York, re-signed by the Yankees, designated for assignment again and claimed on waivers by the Orioles. All of that happened

O’s game blog: It’s Bundy against Porcello at Fenway Park

After losing 6-2 on Thursday night and winning 7-4 last night, the Orioles play the third game of a four-game series tonight versus Boston at Fenway Park. Over the last four games the Orioles offense has produced 17, one, two and seven runs. Last night, Baltimore used a four-run fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and take the lead for good. In that inning

Chance Sisco’s insights on David Hess and other notes

When David Hess made his major league debut and won it a week ago today in Baltimore, he had a very familiar catcher. He had worked with Chance Sisco at Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. Then manager Buck Showalter paired the two rookies together against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hess allowed a three-run homer to Matt Duffy in the top of the first. Then he

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb faces the Red Sox at Fenway

If the Orioles can win at Boston tonight, some losing streaks will fall. They have lost 13 in a row on the road. They have lost seven in a row versus Boston. And the Orioles have lost all six games started by right-hander Alex Cobb this year. The 6-2 loss to Boston on Thursday night matched a team record for consecutive road losses. That was

O’s promote righty Michael Baumann in series of minors pitching moves

He’s been the most dominant starting pitcher this year on the O’s farm, and now right-hander Michael Baumann will get the challenge of facing hitters in the Carolina League. We learned late last night that the Orioles are promoting Baumann from Single-A Delmarva to Single-A Frederick as part of moves involving eight players and all four full-season affiliates. A third-round round pick out of Jacksonville

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman pitches the Boston series opener

After allowing just two runs over 16 1/3 innings his past two starts, does Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman stay on a roll tonight? He’ll try to pitch the team to a win in the opener of a four-game series at Boston that is the beginning of an 11-game road trip versus the Red Sox, White Sox and Rays. In his first two starts this season,

A look at the O’s challenge in Boston, and other notes

Since the 2012 season - when they returned to the playoffs after 14 losing seasons - the Orioles have a winning record in head-to-head matchups with the Boston Red Sox. In fact, the Orioles have won the season series in five of the last six years since then. That includes a 10-9 mark last season, when the Red Sox won 93 games and their second

Cashner on his outing, Jones on Pivetta and more after O’s loss

The Orioles offense had scored 58 runs and hit 19 homers in going 5-2 during this long homestand. But those bats got shutdown today by Philadelphia 25-year-old right-hander Nick Pivetta. Throwing a 94 mph fastball and some plus sliders and curves, Pivetta held the Orioles to a pair of hits over seven innings today, as Philadelphia beat the Orioles 4-1. Pivetta retired 17 of the

Andrew Cashner takes loss as Philadelphia beats O’s 4-1

A strong outing for Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner started to unravel a bit in the top of the sixth. But it stayed strong throughout this afternoon for Philadelphia right-hander Nick Pivetta as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Orioles 4-1 at drizzly and rainy Camden Yards. The Orioles fall to 13-29 and they wrapped up this homestand going 5-3. They are 10-13 at home but lost

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner faces Philly at the Yard

After last night’s rainout the Orioles and Phillies will try to get in a single game this afternoon at Camden Yards. It’s the final game of what will now be an eight-game homestand if they get it in. The Orioles have gone 5-2 on the stand, winning the two series’ versus Kansas City and Tampa Bay. They’ve hit 19 homers and scored 58 runs during

Chance Sisco on his strong caught stealing percentage

For years, Orioles catcher Chance Sisco could read scouting reports and articles where prospects analysts questioned his defense. Not long after he was drafted you could find some evaluators that felt he’d never catch a day in the major leagues. Well, the American League leader in caught stealing percentage today is Sisco. He has the best mark in the league. AL leaders, caught stealing percentage:

Notes on Orioles hitters, the Phillies and the farm

After a long wait to get to an eventual rainout last night, perhaps the raindrops will slow enough to allow the Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies to play this afternoon, in a game now scheduled to begin at 12:05 p.m. With the Orioles having hit .312 as a team on this homestand, their team average is up to a season-high .236. During a 5-2 stand, the

O’s game blog: O’s and Phils begin two-game series (game rained out)

The Orioles host Philadelphia tonight at Camden Yards. It’s the start of a two-game series to end a nine-game homestand. The Orioles have gone 5-2 on the homestand, winning series versus Kansas City and Tampa Bay. They’ve hit 19 homers and scored 58 runs during those seven games. The Orioles team slash line was .232/.296/.386 in April and that has improved to .262/.317/.461 in May.

Did club official hint team is pondering a rebuild in radio interview?

The Orioles are 13-28 and for now stuck at the bottom of the American League East. It is a record that would indicate that the team’s management should at least consider rebuilding the roster. Having several players that can become free agents at the end of the year could hasten such a decision. But so far we have not heard anyone from the club say

Better late than never, the longballs and runs arrive

Remember that time when the Orioles scored three runs or less 20 times in their first 34 games? The Orioles returned home and the home runs are back - and so are some big numbers on offense. In those first 34 games, the Orioles hit 34 homers and averaged 3.4 runs per game. In the last seven games, during what has so far been a

Dylan Bundy on returning to form, plus other clubhouse quotes

On a day that the Orioles had 19 hits, including four homers, and beat Tampa Bay 17-1, the biggest development was right-hander Dylan Bundy returning to his previous form. After pitching to a 1.42 ERA through five starts, Bundy had allowed 22 runs and 23 hits with nine homers over his last three starts and nine innings. On Tuesday night he became the first pitcher

Dylan Bundy gets the win and offense rolls in 17-1 victory

It was a day where right-hander Dylan Bundy got back on track. And, after scoring just three runs last night in the second of three games against the Tampa Bay Rays, so did the Orioles offense. Big time. That was an impressive combination on Mother’s Day at the Yard that led the Orioles to a 17-1 romp over the Rays in front of a crowd

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy pitches Tampa Bay series finale

The Orioles split a doubleheader with Tampa Bay on Saturday and have taken two of three in this series. As the teams meet in the series finale today, a win by the Orioles would give them two straight series wins for the first time in 2018. The Orioles took the opener 6-3 yesterday behind right-hander David Hess. They lost the nightcap 10-3 as their pitchers

David Hess led three homegrown pitchers to a win Saturday

In Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Orioles used three homegrown pitchers to beat the Tampa Bay Rays with right-hander David Hess getting his first major league chance and making the most of it. Even though he was pitching on three days’ rest, and even though he gave up a three-run homer to Rays’ Matt Duffy in the first inning, Hess didn’t buckle under any

Tampa Bay gets early runs versus Cobb, splits twin bill (quotes added)

Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb allowed single runs in the first four innings tonight as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 10-3 to split a doubleheader at Camden Yards. The Orioles fall to 12-28 and have lost nine of 14, 20 of 27 and 22 of their last 30 games. They are 4-2 on this nine-game homestand. Tampa Bay improves to 16-21 and ended a five-game losing

Hess wins his major league debut as O’s beat the Rays (quotes added)

Making his major league debut today, Orioles right-hander David Hess gave up a three-run homer to the fourth batter he faced. It got better for him after that. A lot better. Hess pitched scoreless ball from the second through the sixth today to get the win as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay 6-3 for their fourth consecutive victory. They are 4-1 on this homestand and

O’s game blog: Hess and Cobb start in doubleheader

Right-hander David Hess will make his major league debut this afternoon as the Orioles host Tampa Bay in Game 1 of a single-admission doubleheader. The Orioles (11-27) beat the Rays 11-6 last night as Manny Machado hit a grand slam, homered twice and drove in six runs. The Orioles have their first three-game win streak of the season and have outscored their opponents 25-13 in

Machado’s postgame props for Coolbaugh and other notes

After Manny Machado had a huge game with two homers and six RBIs in a win over Tampa Bay last night, he took time to throw some props to his hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. Machado said this during a live interview on MASN: “Working with Coolbaugh has been the key to the success this year. Going in the cage and doing my routine every day.

Manny Machado on his big night and his 150th homer

With two home runs tonight, Orioles shortstop Manny Machado became the youngest player in Baltimore Orioles team history to hit 150 home runs. He drove in six runs in a 9-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He connected for a two-run shot in the first and that was No. 149. He hit a grand slam in the seventh for an 8-1 lead and that

Manny Machado with a grand slam and six-RBI night in O’s win

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman once again gave his team a strong start, but shortstop Manny Machado will grab the headlines tonight. Machado hit a two-run homer in the first to give Gausman an early lead. Then he hammered a grand slam in the seventh to help the Orioles pull away for a 9-4 win over Tampa Bay in the series opener. The Orioles are 11-27

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman starts series opener against Tampa

Perhaps energized by a series win over Kansas City where they scored 23 runs on 37 hits and hit seven home runs, the Orioles host Tampa Bay tonight. It’s the start of a three-day, four-game series that includes Saturday’s single-admission doubleheader. The O’s are 10-27 after last night’s 11-6 win. They fell behind 6-3 in the second and then scored the game’s final eight runs.

Tanner Scott on his strong outing last night

Orioles lefty reliever Tanner Scott has now made six big league appearances since his first call to the majors last September. It is safe to say the best of those was last night. Pitching the seventh and eighth against Kansas City, he put up two zeroes and fanned a career-high four batters. He threw 31 pitches, 24 for strikes and got eight swings and misses.

Notes and quotes from a win in the K.C. series finale

After the third Chris Tillman start of two innings or less this season, last night, right-hander Miguel Castro came to the rescue of the Orioles pitching staff. Castro came in with the Orioles down 6-3 in the second inning and pitched long enough and well enough for the Orioles to score eight unanswered runs and win 11-6 to take the series over Kansas City. Castro

Tillman on his struggles, Castro his outing and Mancini the offense

The Orioles overcame another short start by Chris Tillman tonight. He allowed four hits and six runs in 1 1/3 and allowed a Salvador Perez first-inning grand slam. Yet the Orioles rallied for an 11-6 win over Kansas City to take a series for just the third time in 2018. Tillman gave up sevens runs in an inning-plus in his start before this one against

Chris Tillman struggles, but offense produces 11-6 O’s victory

On a night when right-hander Chris Tillman struggled badly again, the Orioles offense overcame an early hole and continued to show signs of potentially better times ahead for the batters. Down 4-0 after the top of the first, the Orioles hit three homers tonight as they rallied to beat Kansas City 11-6, to win the series at Oriole Park. The Orioles improved to 10-27 overall,

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman pitches K.C. series finale

The Orioles have just two series wins in 2018, going 2-9 in 11 series. They can win a third series tonight as they play the rubber match of a three-game series with Kansas City. The O’s previous two series victories came when they took three of four April 5-8 at New York and they won two of three April 27-29 versus Detroit. Kansas City scored

Richard Bleier gets few strikeouts but plenty of outs in the ‘pen

At a time when many pitchers are impressive for their premium velocity and/or strikeout rates, Orioles reliever Richard Bleier is thriving without either. Throwing an 88 mph fastball and sinker, he’s again getting a lot of groundouts and he’s again putting together a great year out of the Orioles bullpen. Last season he went 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA and averaged 3.7 strikeouts per nine

With Britton and O’Day out, Brach and Bleier come up big for the ‘pen

Manny Machado has been the best player on the Orioles this year. There is little debate over that one. But left-hander Richard Bleier has been the best Orioles pitcher, and there probably isn’t much debate there, either. He pitched two scoreless last night when called on during the seventh inning of a 3-3 tie. He got two double plays and all six outs on grounders.

Postgame comments from Brach, Trumbo and Cashner after O’s win

It was a night when a few struggling or oft-criticized Orioles came through in a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals. First baseman Chris Davis hit a three-run homer. Mark Trumbo’s two-run single in the eighth broke a 3-3 tie and Brad Brach closed out the win, pitching around a leadoff walk and error in the ninth. Brach’s ERA was up to 5.40 when

Mark Trumbo’s two-run single in the eighth lifts O’s to win

With a team batting average of just .220 with runners in scoring position, the Orioles have come up short in a few clutch spots this year. But tonight Mark Trumbo delivered a key two-run single in the eighth as the Orioles beat Kansas City. In his eighth game since coming off the disabled list, Trumbo’s two-out, two-run single to center broke a 3-3 tie as

O’s game blog: O’s try to end losing streak versus K.C.

As the Orioles (8-27) look to break a seven-game losing streak tonight, they host the Kansas City Royals in the second game of a three-game series and nine-game homestand. Right-hander Andrew Cashner (1-4, 4.89) will make his eighth start and fifth at home. Cashner went 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA over his first three starts, but over his past four he is 0-3 with a

Catcher Caleb Joseph on Dylan Bundy’s recent struggles

So how could Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy pitch so well over his first five starts and so poorly over his last three? It hopefully for him reached rock bottom last night when he faced seven hitters and gave up five hits, two walks and four homers in falling behind 7-0, without getting an out. Bundy is the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900)

Kansas City scores 10 in the first in rout of Orioles (Bundy quotes added)

Coming home off a second straight winless road trip and with a record 18 games under .500, the Orioles had to hope things would get better on this homestand. Tonight hope went out the window not long after the first pitch. Right-hander Dylan Bundy gave up four homers and failed to get an out in the first inning as the Kansas City Royals hammered the

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

The Orioles have won just one of five home series this year. But after 12 straight road losses, Oriole Park should feel very friendly to the team tonight in the opener of a three-game series with Kansas City. Tonight begins a three-team, nine-game homestand that includes Saturday’s single-admission doubleheader with Tampa Bay. The Orioles went 0-6 on a road trip to Anaheim and Oakland, and

Jonathan Schoop on his return to the Orioles

The Orioles will happily welcome back one of their key players tonight. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop returns to the lineup, batting fourth at second base against Kansas City. Yep, he goes right into the cleanup spot. Schoop has been out since he got injured April 13 at Boston. He suffered a right oblique strain and the Orioles went 3-17 without him. He played in rehab

Would Birdland be on board with a rebuild?

The Orioles have only played 21 percent of their season. In an NFL season, we would be in week four. But they have fallen so far, so fast, they seem to have left team management little choice. At some point - and maybe it will be very soon - they are probably left with one clear move: Rebuild, and begin the process of trying to

During another winless road trip, O’s offense came up way short

The Orioles seem like a boat taking on water right now and every hole that gets plugged just seems to open another. Or two others. The rotation has been inconsistent, the bullpen worse than expected, the defense has been at times just terrible and other times very mediocre. Good has not been part of the equation many nights on defense. But the Orioles offense has

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb faces the A’s in road trip finale

The Orioles are a loss away from a second straight winless and 0-6 road trip. They lost 2-0 in 12 innings at Oakland last night when Khris Davis hit a two-run homer to end it off Pedro Araujo. The Orioles are 8-25 overall and have now lost 11 consecutive road games. The team record is 13 in a row on the road in 1988. The

Minor league notebook: Mountcastle’s return, props for Peralta & more

Orioles third base prospect Ryan Mountcastle is expected to join Double-A Bowie sometime in the next several days. He’s played four games at extended spring training in Florida with two games in the field. He will probably head north after another three or four games in Florida and join the Baysox. Mountcastle had been out since mid-March when he was hit by a pitch in

O’s game blog: Orioles try to snap 10-game road losing streak

The Orioles have lost four in a row, not winning since Sunday at home versus Detroit. They have lost 10 straight road games, not winning since Sunday April 8 at New York. Tonight they try to end both streaks at Oakland in the second of three games in this series. The road trip started with the Orioles being swept three at Anaheim, as they were

O’s latest loss had familiar look (plus last night on the farm)

Once again, the Orioles lost the first inning. Once again, their defense let them down. Once again, they lost. It’s May 5 and the Orioles have won road games in one venue all year and that was Yankee Stadium, their 2017 house of horrors. They went 3-1 there from April 5-8 and that was great. But that series is the season highlight. In Houston, Boston,

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner pitches Oakland series opener

The Orioles last road win came on Sunday, April 8 at Yankee Stadium. They have lost nine road games in a row since, going 3-13 on the year away from Camden Yards. When they lost to the Angels last night, it marked the fourth time this year the Orioles have gone 0-3 in a road series. They’ve been swept in Houston, Boston, Detroit and Anaheim.

Another look at Chris Tillman’s struggles as O’s get swept

ANAHEIM, Calif. - For the Orioles, from the clubhouse to the manager’s office, it has to be brutal to watch Chris Tillman struggle so badly. He was good for the team for a long time, but it is becoming harder by the day to envision those days returning. He throws seven scoreless against the Tigers and then gets just three outs last night. Tillman allowed

Chris Tillman allows seven runs as O’s are swept (quotes added)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Pitching six days after his best start of the 2018 season, Chris Tillman tonight had his worst. The Los Angeles Angels scored five runs off the right-hander in the last of the first and knocked him out two batters into the second inning as they routed the Orioles 12-3 at Angel Stadium. Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 tonight with a two-run double in

Buck Showalter on Chris Davis’ comments and more (game update)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter today was asked to weigh in on Chris Davis’ postgame comments after last night’s 10-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. For the second night in a row, the Orioles had little offense until the ninth inning, when they scored five runs. Davis said the team needs to become less reliant on homers to consistently score. “I felt

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman pitches series finale in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - As the Orioles take the field tonight, some questions come to mind. Can they get their offense going before the ninth inning? Is Chris Tillman really beginning to pitch better? Will the Orioles ever win another road game? The Orioles have lost eight straight on the road and are 3-12 away from Camden Yards this year. They went 3-1 at Yankee Stadium

For three Orioles, Angels series provides California homecoming

ANAHEIM, Calif. - While the Orioles roster contains players from all over the United States - in addition to players from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela - three Orioles are enjoying a homecoming of sorts during this series against the Angels. Not only are outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo, catcher Chance Sisco and pitcher Chris Tillman from California, but all three were born 30 miles or

Chris Davis calls for a change in the offensive approach (plus other notes)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - For two nights in a row in Anaheim, the Orioles offense did little until the ninth inning. The Orioles lost 10-7 last night but scored five in the ninth to make the final more respectable. They entered the final inning behind 10-2. In this series they’ve scored two runs on six hits in innings one through eight and seven runs on eight

Dylan Bundy allows three homers as Angels beat O’s (quotes added)

It was just 12 days ago that Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy had an ERA of 1.42 that ranked fourth-best in the American League. But for the second game in a row, he got hit hard tonight as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles 10-7 at Angels Stadium. The Orioles are 8-22 and have lost eight straight road games. They start this six-game road trip

Showalter on Brach and Trout’s intentional walks (game update)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter will seldom, if ever, publicly express how he will use - or not use - his relievers. So if he is making any changes involving struggling reliever Brad Brach, he didn’t say so today. In fact, the skipper expressed confidence in Brach, who took the loss last night. Over his past four games, Brach has allowed 10 hits

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces the Angels in second game of series

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles have lost seven consecutive road games and will try to break that streak tonight in the second game of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. The Orioles were held to one hit and no runs last night through eight innings. Then they tied the game 2-2, scoring twice in the top of the ninth. But they lost 3-2

After collision last night, Chance Sisco is ready to play tonight

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Less than 24 hours since last night’s collision with third baseman Pedro Álvarez’s left arm, Orioles catcher Chance Sisco has soreness near his nose, but nothing worse. No concussion, no cuts. Officially, he suffered a facial contusion. Pretty remarkable since the collision - as Sisco went running to chase a foul pop along third base - left him on the ground for

Alex Cobb got his season going in the right direction in trip opener

ANAHEIM, Calif. - In the Orioles’ latest loss - one where the offense came up short again and the defense made a key miscue - starting pitcher Alex Cobb was a bright spot. Signed by the club to a four-year deal worth $57 million on March 21, Cobb had begun his O’s career going 0-3 with an ERA of 13.11 and with batters hitting .484

A few notes and quotes after the latest frustrating loss

ANAHEIM, Calif. - On a chilly night in southern California, the Orioles saw both their losses and frustrations continue to mount. It was another night with not much offense. It was another night where reliever Brad Brach struggled. Those two points headlined their walk-off 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels that was the opener of a six-game road trip. But let’s at least start

Walk-off loss: Orioles fall 3-2 to Angels in trip opener (quotes added)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb pitched much better. He seemed headed for a tough-luck loss until the Orioles offense finally came to life in the ninth. But the runs in the ninth only gave the Angels a chance for a walk-off win, which they produced in the last of the ninth. With one out, Brad Brach came on and allowed two straight singles

Mark Trumbo on return to the roster, plus a game update

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mark Trumbo only got 23 at-bats in spring training before he was shut down with a right quad strain. He recently resumed playing on the farm and got in a few at-bats for Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Officially on the disabled list since March 26, his season begins for real tonight. He was activated before tonight’s game and is batting sixth

Showalter pregame on Machado, Davis, Trumbo and more

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn’t miss much, so it is safe to assume he’s seen and/or read a few things about shortstop Manny Machado in the last 24 hours. The Los Angeles Dodgers lost Corey Seager for the year and now some feel they will pursue Machado via the trade route. But the skipper said today he is not paying much attention

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb on the mound in road trip opener

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles begin a six-game West Coast trip here tonight as they play three games against the Los Angeles Angels before moving on to Oakland for three games there this weekend. When the Orioles beat Detroit on Sunday, they won a series for just the second time all year (now 2-7) and the first time at home (now 1-4). At 8-20, they

Manny Machado on trade rumors: “I want to win with this team”

ANAHEIM, Calif. - He was the subject of constant speculation and trade rumors on Monday, but the one person that didn’t seem to pay much attention to them was Orioles shortstop Manny Machado. “I didn’t read up on it,” Machado said this afternoon in the Orioles clubhouse. “I was trying to enjoy my day off as much as I can, laying in bed watching my

Minor league notes and O’s organizational leaders (updated)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - As the calender turns to May, the Orioles’ four full-season minor league teams have a combined record of 46-45. Triple-A Norfolk is 11-10, with Double-A Bowie 11-11, Single-A Frederick 8-16 and Single-A Delmarva at 16-8. The Shorebirds remain in first place by two games over three other teams in their division of the South Atlantic League. Meanwhile, for a 28th round draft

For Manny Machado, the walks are up and the strikeouts are down

ANAHEIM, Calif. - As the Orioles begin a six-game West Coast road trip tonight, shortstop Manny Machado continues to be one of baseball’s best hitters. Machado is batting .361/.448/.676 with seven doubles, nine homers, 22 RBIs and an OPS of 1.124. We have just a small sample of one month to look at, but Machado has become one of those rare major league hitters that

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