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O’s lose late lead, streak reaches seven (Grenier agrees)

On a steamy Saturday afternoon at Camden Yards, right-hander Andrew Cashner delivered a solid outing, another quality start and was in position for his first win at home with the Orioles. But an offense that didn’t score after the first inning and an O’s bullpen that imploded conspired against him. The Los Angeles Angels scored five times in the eighth to win 6-2 in front

O’s game blog: O’s try to snap six-game losing streak

The Orioles reached the midpoint of the 2018 season after last night’s 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The Orioles are 23-58 and that projects to a final record of 46-116. Today they host the Angels in game two of this three-game series. The Orioles are now 0-14 versus American League West opponents and they’ve lost six in a row. This year they have

Showalter on O’Day having surgery and Schoop’s reset

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day is going to have season-ending surgery on his strained left hamstring. Yesterday O’Day was moved from the 10-day to the 60-day disabled list. The recovery time will be six months after the procedure. O’Day suffered the injury while trying to field a ball Tuesday night versus Seattle in what will turn out to be his last game of the 2018 season.

In June, Ryan Mountcastle got his bat going at Bowie

Double-A Bowie third baseman Ryan Mountcastle might be making up for some lost time with his bat. He didn’t begin his season at Bowie until May 10, but as June comes to an end, his bat has heated up for the Baysox. On June 23 at Richmond, Mountcastle went 6-for-7 in a doubleheader. It was part of a run where he had 12 hits in

O’s game blog: David Hess faces the LAA in series opener

Well, one of these teams will snap a losing streak tonight when the Orioles host the Los Angeles Angels to begin a three-game weekend series. The Orioles (23-57) have lost five in a row and the Angels (41-41) have lost six straight. The O’s reach the 81-game midpoint of the season after this game. With a best-case scenario of 24 wins then, the O’s would

In latest loss, two young right-handers showed their potential

If you are a fan of a baseball team team that is 34 games under .500, 1-15 in its last 16 home games and has been swept nine times in series of three or more games, you take good news anywhere you can get it. In their latest loss Thursday afternoon to Seattle, two young right-handed pitchers showed some promise for the Orioles. They’ll have

O’s miscues help Seattle rally as Mariners win in 10 (with quotes)

The Orioles got solid pitching and held the Seattle Mariners in check through nine innings today. But two errors opened the door in the 10th and the Mariners won this afternoon to stay unbeaten in extra innings games. Seattle beat the Orioles 4-2 to complete their third four-game sweep of the Orioles and first in Baltimore. The Mariners had lost six of seven before this

O’s game blog: Jimmy Yacabonis faces Seattle in first major league start

As the Orioles try to avoid being swept in four straight today, they send right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis to the mound. He’ll be making his first big league start as the Orioles conclude their series with the Seattle Mariners. The Orioles (23-56) have lost to Seattle by scores of 5-3, 3-2 and 8-7 in 11 innings last night. They’ve lost four in a row, 15 of

It was another night when O’s players had to explain why they came up short

After the latest Orioles loss, pitchers Alex Cobb and Zach Britton held themselves accountable for their shortcomings, which led to their team’s 56th defeat of the season. That was admirable and not surprising, coming from that veteran duo. The frustrating part for players and fans alike is that the Orioles constant stream of losses keeps providing players plenty of opportunities to fall on the sword.

Chris Davis hits go-ahead homer, but O’s still fall in 11 (with quotes)

Chris Davis came through and Zach Britton didn’t. These are different times in Birdland. Davis’ homer provided an eighth-inning lead that Britton gave back in the ninth. It led to a loss in the 11th as Seattle beat the Orioles 8-7 at Camden Yards. The Mariners can sweep a four-game series with a win on Thursday afternoon. Shortstop Jean Segura led off the 11th with

O’s game blog: Orioles looking for first win in Seattle series

The Orioles have lost the first two games of their series with Seattle by 5-3 and 3-2 scores. Tonight, the clubs meet at Oriole Park in the third game of a four-game series. The Orioles have scored just eight runs on 18 hits and have gone 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position over the past three games. They have scored three runs or less in

Steve Wilkerson on returning to the Orioles

After he made a pretty solid first impression in a short time frame last week, infielder/outfielder Steve Wilkerson rejoined the Orioles today. He is expected to be activated before tonight’s game with Seattle. Wilkerson had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk last Tuesday when the Orioles played in Washington. The next night, he made his major league debut as a ninth-inning defensive replacement. Then, in

Bowie notes on Hays, Akin, Mountcastle and more

Bowie, MD. - If you can be a happy player on the disabled list, Double-A Bowie outfielder Austin Hays was that on Tuesday. He was all smiles because he got positive news from a visit to a foot specialist. Out since May 24 with a right ankle bone bruise and tendinitis, Hays found out yesterday that the walking boot he’s been wearing for a couple

Bowie’s Keegan Akin leaves tonight’s start with groin tightness (updated)

Bowie, MD. - Double-A Bowie left-hander Keegan Akin, who is having one of the best seasons of any Orioles minor league pitcher, left his start tonight against Akron due to groin tightness. Akin was throwing his warmup tosses before the top of the fifth when he apparently felt something. He bent over on the mound as athletic trainer Brian Guzman came out to check on

O’s game blog: Kevin Gausman faces James Paxton

The Orioles host the Seattle Mariners tonight in the second game of a four-game series and a seven-game homestand. They lost 5-3 last night in the series opener. It was the Orioles 12th loss in their past 13 home games. The Orioles (23-54) have lost 13 of 17, 20 of 26 and 34 of their past 49 games. They are 11-24 at home and 12-30

Bowie notes: Good news on Hays, Mountcastle raking and more

Bowie, MD. - The Orioles got some good news today on Double-A outfielder Austin Hays. He has been out since May 24 with an ankle bone bruise and tendinitis and has been in a walking boot. But he is expected to get that boot off in a week and then slowly begin some light baseball activities. Hays was the Orioles 2017 minor league Player of

Balk angers O’s, but the walks beat them, plus other notes

In their latest loss last night, this one against Seattle, Orioles pitchers gave up just seven hits, but they walked 10 batters. That tied for the most in a game this year and it was a significant factor in a 5-3 loss to the Mariners. The Orioles seemed to have plenty of reasons to be angry at home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater for his balk

O’s walk 10 and lose homestand opener to Seattle (with quotes)

Orioles pitchers tonight issued 10 walks. At times, they came in bunches and that was pretty costly. Baltimore walks led to four runs as the Seattle Mariners beat the Orioles 5-3 in front of 21,202 at Oriole Park. It was the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand. The Orioles, now 4-4 in their last eight games, are 23-54 for the year and have

O’s game blog: Orioles face Seattle in homestand opener

After a 3-3 road trip, the Orioles are back home tonight to start a seven-game homestand. It starts this evening with the opener of a four-game series against Seattle, then the Orioles host the Los Angeles Angels for three games over the weekend. The Orioles went 1-2 at Washington and 2-1 at Atlanta. At 23-53, they are five games from the season’s midpoint. The Orioles

Chris Davis on playing again at home, Tim Beckham on return to team

For the first time in two weeks, first baseman Chris Davis will play in front of the home fans at Camden Yards tonight when the Orioles host Seattle. After missing eight games to get a mental break and work on his swing, Davis returned over the weekend and had five RBIs in wins Friday and Saturday over the Atlanta Braves. He’s got a lot of

Frederick will host 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic

The Orioles’ Single-A Frederick affiliate announced today that the Keys will host the 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic. The game will take place at Nymeo Field on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The 2019 game will mark the third straight season the Carolina League’s Northern and Southern divisions will face off. Previously, the midsummer classic was an interleague affair, pitting the Carolina League against the California

Hess struggles, Davis returns and other notes

No doubt Orioles right-hander David Hess has hit a rough patch. He gave up seven hits and five runs in Sunday’s loss at Atlanta. Over his past three starts against Boston, Washington and the Braves, he has allowed 15 runs and 17 hits over 12 innings for an 11.25 ERA. Manager Buck Showalter said: “You look at the strikes thrown in the outing, it’s OK,

O’s game blog: Going for a sweep in Atlanta

The Orioles have posted 10-7 and 7-5 wins in Atlanta, and if they get one more win at SunTrust Park today, it will represent a first for this season. While the Orioles have been swept eight times this year in series at of three or four games, they have no such sweeps themselves. But they can get one this afternoon with another victory. In the

Young shortstop Adam Hall gets pro career going at Aberdeen

When the Orioles drafted Canadian prep shortstop Adam Hall in the second round in 2017, it wasn’t long before he signed and began to play in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He began his pro career going 6-for-9 in his first two games with a double, triple, four runs scored, a stolen base and two RBIs. Hard to get off to a much better start

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Atlanta

After their 15-inning win over Atlanta that ended early this morning, the Orioles meet the Braves again this afternoon in the second game of this three-game series. The Orioles need one more win this weekend to take their third road series of 2018. They are 2-9-1 in road series, going 11-29. Friday night’s 10-7 win was the O’s sixth consecutive victory over Atlanta. The Braves

O’s get marathon win, plus a look at the night on the farm

It was long and it was wild, and for the Orioles , Friday’s marathon game that ended this morning ended up with a victory. There were smiles in the visiting dugout five hours and 21 minutes after first pitch as the Orioles outlasted first-place Atlanta 10-7 in 15 innings. Chris Davis returned to the lineup and after he walked his first time up, he homered

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb pitches series opener in Atlanta

The Orioles’ two-city road trip moves on to Atlanta tonight as they open a three-game series with the Braves at SunTrust Park. The trip started with the Orioles (21-52) losing two of three at Washington. Last night’s 4-2 loss was the Orioles 11th loss in 13 games and they have dropped 18 of 22 and 20 of 26 games over longer stretches. While they are

O’s momentum quieted after Rasmus’ throw (plus other notes)

WASHINGTON - It was the kind of defensive play we have not seen from the Orioles much this year and one that was big in last night’s game. But it didn’t serve to provide the momentum to lead to a win, it just delayed the winning runs scoring until an inning later. The Nationals’ sensational rookie, Juan Soto delivered, a two-run double off Mychal Givens

O’s hit two homers off Scherzer, but fall 4-2 (with quotes)

WASHINGTON - Right-hander Kevin Gausman recorded a quality start and the Orioles became the first team this year to hit more than one homer in a game off three-time Cy Young Winner Max Scherzer. But that didn’t get them a win tonight at Nationals Park. The Nats’ 19-year-old rookie sensation Juan Soto delivered his latest big hit. This was a two-run double to left center

O’s game blog: O’s face Scherzer, McKenna promoted

WASHINGTON - After winning 3-0 last night and splitting two games, the Orioles (21-51) will win the series against the Washington Nationals (39-33) with a victory tonight. The Orioles have won just two road series this year, with eight losses and one tie. They took three of four at the New York Yankees April 5-8 and swept two in New York versus the Mets June

Davis expected in lineup tomorrow, plus other notes (game update)

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he expects first baseman Chris Davis to return to the starting lineup tomorrow night when the Orioles begin a three-game series in Atlanta. When the Orioles play in Washington tonight, Davis will not be in the lineup for the eighth consecutive game since his last start, June 11 versus Boston, when he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts to

Chris Tillman’s night in Aberdeen, and other notes

Aberdeen, MD. - Before last night’s Orioles game in Washington, manager Buck Showalter was asked about right-hander Chris Tillman. At the moment of Showalter’s pregame interview at Nationals Park, Tillman was less than two hours away from pitching for short-season Single-A Aberdeen at Ripken Stadium to begin an injury-rehab assignment. “I want to see him get people out and pitch well,” Showalter said of Tillman,

Chris Tillman allows three runs over two innings at Aberdeen (with quotes)

Aberdeen, MD. - Pitching in a game for the first time in nearly six weeks, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman allowed three runs in two innings pitching tonight for short-season Single-A Aberdeen against the Tri-City ValleyCats, a Houston Astros affiliate. To say the least, the game did not start well for the right-hander, who walked the leadoff batter on five pitches and gave up a ground

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner faces the Nationals

The Orioles and Washington Nationals have played every year since 2006, and that is 12 season series through 2017. The Orioles have won more games head-to-head seven times, the clubs tied four times and the Nationals won the season series just one time, in 2007. That is until this year. The Nationals are 4-0 against the Orioles with two games to go in the season

Orioles GCL and DSL rosters and All-Star game results

The Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles have begun a new season in Sarasota, Fla. The club’s opening-day roster included 16 players from the 2018 draft, including nine pitchers, two catchers, two infielders and three outfielders. Here is the roster and we’ve noted the draft round for the players on this roster taken in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. Pitchers: Felix Bautista, Andrew Ciolli (round 37),

O’s game blog: David Hess pitches Washington series opener

The Orioles’ struggling offense produced just two runs in three games the last time they faced the Washington Nationals. That was against a pitching staff that currently ranks third in the majors with an ERA of 3.38 and second in rotation ERA at 3.23. In late May, the Nationals (38-32) won three at Camden Yards by scores of 6-0, 3-2 and 2-0. The Orioles were

Maine man: Ryan McKenna’s breakout year on the O’s farm

Minor league players improve at different stages of their careers, and to different degrees. But with his massive improvement from the 2017 season to this year, Single-A Frederick center fielder Ryan McKenna has gotten everyone’s attention. With a batting average that has gained more than 100 points and an OPS that has grown by more than 300 points, McKenna has been not just the best

As trade talk heats up, the offense breaks out

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said trade talk started heating up in the majors around the time of the First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. Duquette said the Orioles’ front office has a “sharper focus on the future” with the team buried in last place at 20-50. Duquette was my guest Sunday on “Orioles Baseball Tonight” on flagship station 105.7 FM

O’s offense breaks out, Peterson drives in four in win (with quotes)

When you’ve scored just five runs in the last three games, and three or less runs in 20 of the last 25 games, scoring 10 runs seems like an offensive explosion. It was for the Orioles today as they ended a nine-game losing streak with a 10-4 victory over the Marlins. The Orioles had scored five or less 19 straight games since scoring nine May

O’s game blog: O’s try to snap 11-game home losing streak

A loss today by the Orioles against the Miami Marlins would mean the Orioles will be swept in five of their past six series. The Birds (19-50) host the Marlins (28-43) to complete the series. Miami won 2-0 Friday night and 5-4 yesterday. The Orioles have been swept in four of their last five series, they lost three at home to Washington and two at

A few notes and quotes from loss No. 50 (Dietz is an All-Star)

Well, the Orioles finally scored a few runs. But they still lost 5-4 on Saturday to the Miami Marlins. The Orioles are 19-50 and have lost nine in a row overall and 11 straight at home. That’s a lot of losing. The last time the Orioles lost 50 games this fast was actually not that long ago. The 2010 Orioles also started 19-50. That club

Losing streak reaches nine as O’s fall to Miami (with quotes)

The Orioles were not held to three runs or less again today, but right-hander Alex Cobb didn’t have the bounceback outing he wanted, either. It led to Miami beating the Orioles 5-4 at Oriole Park to take the first two games in this series. The Orioles (19-50) have lost nine in a row - six by two runs or less - and 16 of their

O’s game blog: Orioles face Wei-Yin Chen at Camden Yards

The search for offense continues today in Baltimore. After being shut out for the eighth time last night - and fourth time in the last 15 games - the Orioles host Miami in the second game of a three-game set. The Orioles’ 234 runs scored are the fewest in the majors, 10 less than Miami, which ranks 29th. The O’s have scored 19 runs the

Lack of runs equals lack of wins, plus farm results

The Orioles offense seems to be relentless in its pursuit of being bad. They’ve faced lefties and righties, experienced and inexperienced pitchers, hurlers from the American League and the National League, and they have failed to produce much against most. A day off did nothing to revive things. The 2-0 loss to Miami on Friday night means the Orioles have been shut out eight times

O’s game blog: Orioles and Marlins begin series at Camden Yards

When we last saw the Orioles, they lost to Boston on Wednesday afternoon and were swept in three straight games. The Orioles (19-48) have lost seven in a row, four at Toronto and those three home games versus Boston. They have now lost nine straight home games since beating Tampa Bay 17-1 at Oriole Park on May 13. The Birds have been swept in four

Comparing offensive stats, plus Aberdeen’s starter & Grenier’s college award

Fans, reporters and even baseball executives can debate the stats in the game - advanced, traditional or any others. There is probably no one stat that summarizes a player’s contribution in a nice and neat number, although Wins Above Replacement and others attempt to do that. It at least gives us a framework for some level of a comparison. But for an admitted somewhat simplistic

Will more youth be on the way, plus other notes and Aberdeen’s roster

Right-hander Yefry Ramirez had the look of player who knew he did a decent job in the Orioles clubhouse yesterday. And for a player chasing a major league dream since his first season on the farm in 2011, to pitch in a big league game against a good team and handle himself well had to be so special for him. Ramirez saw two of his

Ramirez solid in debut, but O’s get swept (with quotes added)

Orioles right-hander Yefry Ramirez was certainly respectable in his major league debut. But to beat the Boston Red Sox today he would have needed more help. His offense couldn’t get much going against left-hander Chris Sale and his bullpen let in two of his runs as Boston beat the Orioles 5-1 at Camden Yards. The Orioles (19-48) have lost seven in a row to tie

O’s game blog: Yefry Ramirez faces Boston in his MLB debut

When the Orioles play the finale of their three-game series with Boston this afternoon, 24-year-old right-hander Yefry Ramirez will get the start and make his major league debut. Acquired by the Orioles from the New York Yankees last July 31 for international bonus slots, the Dominican Republic native has been pitching this year with Triple-A Norfolk. He spent one day on the Orioles roster this

Britton’s velocity, the RISP stat and more with Grayson Rodriguez

At least this time while the Orioles were taking another loss they also saw the return of closer Zach Britton to the mound. He had Achilles surgery in December and the long road back to a big league mound culminated with his appearance in the seventh inning in last night’s 6-4 loss to Boston. Pitching for the first time in the majors since Sept. 18,

Boston gets to David Hess again as O’s lose 6-4 (with quotes)

In his first six major league starts, Orioles right-hander David Hess has delivered four quality starts. But the two times he has not been able to do that were against the Boston Red Sox. Hess allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings tonight as Boston beat the Orioles 6-4 at Camden Yards. The Orioles are 19-47 with six consecutive losses. This is the third losing

O’s game blog: David Hess gets a rematch with Boston

Right-hander David Hess (2-2, 3.07 ERA) tonight gets his second look at the Boston Red Sox, the one team that hit him hard so far during his first five major league starts. Since that outing, Hess is 1-1 with an ERA of 0.96 over his past three starts. But May 20 versus Boston, in his second big league start, he gave up five runs and

Top pick Grayson Rodriguez talks about signing with Orioles

The Orioles today officially signed their top draft pick, prep pitcher Grayson Rodriguez, who was just introduced at a Camden Yards press conference where he was joined by Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich. It was not long after the Orioles selected Rodriguez 11th overall in round one on June 4 that they were closing in on agreement to a signing bonus. Rodriguez will head to

Dylan Bundy keeps it rolling (plus a Grayson Rodriguez note)

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy had another good outing last night. By now, he is probably getting used to pitching without a lot of runs to work with. Bundy threw eight scoreless innings on three singles against the Boston Red Sox. No runner even got to third base against him during his 104-pitch outing. Leaning more heavily than usual on his fastball, Bundy saw Andrew Benintendi

Dylan Bundy with a scoreless start, but O’s with another loss (with quotes)

Dylan Bundy was pitching like dealin’ Dylan again. But could the Orioles score even a single run to support him tonight? They started a lineup minus Manny Machado, who was sick and missed the game. They could not as they lost to Boston 2-0 to start a three-game series at Camden Yards. The Sox broke the scoreless tie with a pair of sac flies in

O’s game blog: Bundy faces Wright in homestand opener

After losing four straight at Toronto to complete a 2-4 road trip, the Orioles begin a six-game homestand tonight. They will host Boston for three games and Miami for three beginning Friday night. The Orioles (19-45) return home with the worst record in the majors. They have lost 11 of 13, 13 of 17 and 17 of their past 23. The Orioles are 1-6 against

Zach Britton on returning to the active roster today

Orioles closer Zach Britton may get in a game tonight and pitch for the team for the first time since Sept. 18, 2017, when he threw a scoreless inning versus Boston. His return from his right Achilles surgery in December has led him finally and officially back to the Orioles active roster today. “Been a long road,” he said this afternoon in the Orioles clubhouse.

A few final notes and quotes from the Toronto series

The Orioles’ recent run of solid starting pitching came to a screeching halt Sunday in Toronto. After the Blue Jays put together a two-run rally against right-hander Alex Cobb with an infield hit and a bloop double in the second, they hit him hard later in the game. Cobb tied his career high by allowing nine runs and 11 hits in the 13-3 loss. His

Swept away in Toronto: O’s lose big to end road trip (quotes added)

TORONTO - A series that began with the Orioles blowing a three-run ninth-inning lead Thursday night ended today with no late leads to worry about. The Orioles trailed 9-1 after the fourth and lost 13-3 to Toronto at Rogers Centre. It was an awful ending to a four-game sweep by a Toronto team that began this series losers of seven of their last eight games

Showalter pregame on Davis, the offense and more (game update)

TORONTO - After two days off, first baseman Chris Davis is back in the Orioles lineup today, batting sixth and playing first base. He’s batting .152/.232/.232 with just four homers and 15 RBIs for the season. His skipper hopes some time to reset and clear his head may finally help get the slugger get back to producing. “I hope so. We’ll see,” manager Buck Showalter

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

TORONTO - The Orioles end a four-game series in Toronto and a six-game road trip this afternoon at Rogers Centre. Since Thursday, they’ve lost by scores of 5-4 in 10 innings, 5-1 and 4-3 in 10 innings. The Blue Jays today seek their first four-game home sweep of the Orioles since June 26-28, 1978. Yes, that is 40 years ago. The Orioles have scored just

O’s rotation gets rolling, but the wins are still hard to get

TORONTO - At a time when the Orioles rotation is on its best run of the season, that success is not translating into wins. During a five-game road trip, the Orioles have gotten five quality starts, but have gone 2-3. During the past 10 games, they have gotten nine quality starts, but have gone 2-8. In the last five games, the starters have posted an

Another walk-off loss: Bases-loaded walk ends it in 10th (with quotes)

TORONTO - For the Orioles it was yet another day when they got a decent starting pitching effort but little offense. You’ve heard this story before, and it rang true again this afternoon at Rogers Centre. The Orioles went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 13 on base. In a 3-3 tie in the ninth they got runners to second and third with

Updating Harvey, Showalter on Scott and more (game update)

TORONTO - Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey will be out at least six weeks, according to an industry source. Harvey was scratched from a scheduled start last night due to “posterior shoulder instability.” In his last Baysox start, Harvey gave up six runs and five hits over two innings. That raised his ERA from 4.15 to 5.57 after nine starts. The source said that

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

TORONTO - On this current road trip, the Orioles have scored two, one, four and one run. They actually won two games in New York, but they’ve lost the last two nights in Toronto. The Blue Jays (28-35) host the Orioles (19-43) this afternoon in the third game of the series and fifth of the road trip. The Orioles have scored eight runs on 23

As losses mount, players know changes likely

TORONTO - As the Orioles have continued to struggle to score runs and the losses began to mount, no one in the clubhouse has blinders on. They know how bad it is and as they look around that clubhouse these days, players seem to realize it could look very different in there over the next few weeks and months. The team has four pending free

O’s get another quality start, but offense comes up short (with quotes)

TORONTO - For the fourth time on this road trip and the eighth time in the last nine games, the Orioles got a quality start tonight. But once again, they lost due to their underperforming offense. They are 2-7 in those nine games. Toronto beat the Orioles 5-1 in front of 28,863 at Rogers Centre. They’ve taken the first two in this series after the

Showalter on Davis, Harvey scratched (game update)

TORONTO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter once again left Chris Davis out of the starting lineup tonight as the Orioles face Toronto lefty J.A. Happ. Davis is batting .152/.232/.232 with four doubles, four homers and 15 RBIs. While he is batting just .174 (4-for-23) against Happ for his career, Davis obviously isn’t hitting anyone right now. His last homer was May 9, and in that

O’s game blog: Orioles looking to bounce back from series-opening loss

TORONTO - After blowing a lead in the ninth and losing in the 10th last night, the Orioles return to Rogers Centre tonight looking to bounce back with a win against the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s the second game of a four-game series. The Orioles (19-42) will have 100 games remaining after this one. Last night they fell short in a bid for a season-high

Darren O’Day on rejoining the Orioles

TORONTO - Orioles reliever Darren O’Day rejoined the club today after spending a few days with the Single-A Frederick Keys and pitching twice at Woodbridge, Va., against the Washington Nationals’ Potomac farm team. O’Day has been on the disabled list, retroactive to May 6, with a hyperextended right elbow. When he pitched for the Keys on Tuesday, he walked three batters, got just two outs

The rookie battery created a mostly feel-good night for the Orioles

Maybe we can set aside for the moment the fact that manager Buck Showalter gambled and lost, pitching Brad Brach three days in a row. And also leaving him in too long when he was struggling. If we could put aside a blown three-run lead in the ninth and the latest gut-punch loss we can realize that something pretty neat happened last night at Rogers

Walk-off loss: O’s blow lead in the ninth, lose in 10th (with quotes)

TORONTO - The Orioles tonight turned a feel-good win into a walk-off loss. They blew a three-run lead in the last of the ninth and took a walk-off loss in the last of the 10th, losing 5-4 at Toronto to start a four-game series. Against Miguel Castro, Teoscar Hernández led off the 10th with a double to left-center and Justin Smoak was intentionally walked. Castro

Showalter on Britton’s strong outing (game update)

TORONTO - Orioles closer Zach Britton threw another scoreless inning today during his minor league rehab assignment. Britton has thrown scoreless ball over four games and today needed just seven pitches to pitch a scoreless sixth inning for Triple-A Norfolk at Columbus. Britton got a strikeout on four pitches and then got a groundout, allowed a single and induced a lineout - all on first

O’s game blog: David Hess pitches Toronto series opener

TORONTO - The Orioles managed to score just three runs in two games at Citi Field against the New York Mets, but they posted 2-1 and 1-0 wins to sweep that two-game series. Tonight, they look for their first three-game road winning streak of the 2018 season. According to STATS, LLC., the series win was just the second in Orioles history when scoring three or

Wrapping up the draft with O’s scouting director Gary Rajsich

The Orioles completed three days of the First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. As we reported here yesterday, they’ve made a lot of progress on getting agreements already, with most of their top 10 selections, including first round pick prep pitcher Grayson Rodriguez and their second pick, Oregon State shortstop Cadyn Grenier. Both are expected to sign for slightly under-slot bonuses. From a draft pool of

O’s game blog: Bundy pitches against Mets in series finale

The Orioles have won just one road series this year and it was in New York. They can sweep a two-game series this afternoon, winning another road series. And it’s in New York. At Citi Field, the Orioles play the New York Mets. Baltimore won 2-1 last night as Alex Cobb gave up just two hits and one run over six innings. Three O’s relievers

O’s make progress on draft signings and Rajsich on day two

The implementation of the slot bonus amounts, that began in the First-Year Player Draft a few years ago as part of a new collective bargaining agreement, means that teams can reach agreements very quickly with draft picks. The Orioles have done just that. The Orioles are very close to signing multiple draft picks they have selected in the first two days of the draft including

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb pitches series opener (O’s close with Rodriguez)

After Sunday’s rainout and yesterday’s off-day, the Orioles open a two-game series tonight on the road against the New York Mets. It is the start of a six-game road trip that will also take them to Toronto for a series that starts Thursday. The Orioles lost by 4-1 and 8-5 scores Friday and Saturday versus the Yankees, with two games rained out in what was

Orioles select Arkansas right-hander in round three (with updates)

In the third round of the First-Year Player Draft today, the Orioles selected University of Arkansas right-handed pitcher Blaine Knight. He was the No. 87 overall selection. Knight is rated the No. 36 prospect by Baseball America, No. 48 by MLBPipeline.com, No. 55 by ESPN and No. 58 by FanGraphs. This season he went 11-0 with an 2.74 ERA over 16 starts with one shutout.

O’s Gary Rajsich and club’s top two picks talk about the draft

For the first time, the Orioles have selected high school pitchers in back-to-back years with their top pick in the First-Year Player Draft, which has been held since 1965. With the No. 11 pick last night, the Orioles selected prep right-hander Grayson Rodriguez from Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is 6-foot-5 and 230 lbs., and has a college commitment to Texas A&M.

Draft day arrives: The Orioles will pick No. 11 and No. 37 tonight

The three-day, 40 round First-Year Player Draft begins tonight. The first round, which will be televised live on MLB Network, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET. Tonight, teams will draft through the second round and the completion of compensation picks after that round, so that takes the draft through 78 selections. The draft resumes at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday with round three

Looking back at the latest Orioles loss

The Orioles continue moving on like a boat taking on water, springing leaks all over. After getting four straight quality starts - a season-high - Kevin Gausman allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings last night. The defense behind him collapsed with three errors in the sixth, leading to an unearned run. The offense finally scored some runs and hit three homers, but still fell

O’s hit three homers, make three errors in loss (with quotes)

The game started an hour and 44 minutes late due to a delay that featured little rain. Kevin Gausman allowed two homers and the home team made three errors in the top of the sixth. So there have been better nights for the Orioles this year. At least the run total was higher than the errors total by one. They did cut a four-run deficit

O’s game blog: O’s starters have four straight quality starts

The Orioles and Yankees will not start on time today. There is a message on the scoreboard that reads: “Ladies and gentlemen, the start of today’s game is being delayed by the threat of inclement weather. We are monitoring the national weather service reports and will keep you advised of an expected start time as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and

For Mike Wright Jr. as his velocity got better so did his results

Ask Orioles righthander Mike Wright Jr. why he was throwing 88 to 91 mph fastballs in April and now is throwing 95 and last night touched 97 and he’s not sure of the answer. “Nope. Not at all. But this is the best my arm has felt in a very long time,” he said this afternoon. “I just hope that continues and this velo stays.

O’s have taken more high school players early in recent drafts

It has not exactly been an organizational mandate or philosophy, but the Orioles have selected more high school players than college players in the first five rounds of the draft over the last five years. High school kids can have more upside and can get to the majors at a younger age, sometimes than their college counterparts, who may be 21 or older in some

O’s game blog: Cashner against the Yankees in series opener

After Thursday’s rainout, the Orioles and Yankees will begin their series tonight at Camden Yards. What was to be a four-game series is down to three at this point with the rained out game set to be made up on July 9 as part of a single-admission doubleheader. On the mound tonight for the Orioles is right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-6, 5.07 ERA) who will be

Orioles and Yankees notes, plus Cedric Mullins is moving up

After Thursday’s rainout, the Orioles and New York Yankees look to get their series going tonight at Camden Yards. It is now a rain-shortened three-game series and the rainout will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on July 9 at 4:05 p.m. Both clubs just pushed their starters back a day. So Andrew Cashner (2-6, 5.07 ERA) faces Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.98

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