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Orioles blown out 9-2 in series opener (with quotes)

KANSAS CITY - Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins hit the second pitch of the game tonight for a home run. But the O’s did little on offense after that. On the mound, right-hander Andrew Cashner allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings and the bullpen gave up five as Kansas City beat the Orioles 9-2 at Kauffman Stadium. It was the first of a three-game

O’s game blog: Orioles, Royals begin series in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles begin a three-city, nine-game road trip tonight at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals. They will play three games in Kansas City, three in Seattle and end the trip with three in St. Petersburg, Fla., against Tampa Bay. This series could be billed as a battle for the top 2019 draft pick. It features the two teams with the

Mark Trumbo’s surgery is set for next week (game update)

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo will have arthroscopic right knee surgery next week on either Thursday or Friday in Baltimore. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Leigh Ann Curl. “We all felt like that was where this was going to head, but Mark gathered all the information and feels real comfortable with what is going to be done,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter

Orioles’ Cedric Mullins on visit to the Negro Leagues Museum

KANSAS CITY - Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is based here. The non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American baseball. Over the years, the Orioles have toured the museum a few times, and several players took another tour today. Among them was center fielder Cedric Mullins. “It was awesome,” said Mullins. “Growing up, I got a lot of

Notes on team speed, international signings and Chris Davis

No one is calling them the Go-Go Orioles just yet, but an Orioles team that stole 32 bases all of last year has 19 steals in August. Yes, this is very different. The club is making some things happen on the bases, morphing into a team hitting fewer home runs, but trying to make it happen more with speed before our eyes. In the first

Orioles add another international player

The Orioles’ move to begin signing international amateur talent continued today when the club announced it has agreed to terms with outfielder Damian Valdez, a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. A source said the Orioles signed Valdez to a $200,000 bonus. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said in a team-issued statement: “Valdez is a gifted, young left-handed hitter. He possesses a discerning batting eye

DL Hall’s first full professional season is a rousing success

He’s getting ready to make his final start of the minor league season on Friday night. And for the Orioles 2017 top draft pick, 19-year-old left-hander DL Hall, there has been almost nothing but success in his first full season of professional baseball. He’s made all his starts, been healthy, dramatically improved his changeup, posted very good statistics and gained both knowledge and maturity. And

Adam Jones hits grand slam as O’s complete sweep (with quotes)

For the third night in a row, the Orioles offense was humming against the Toronto Blue Jays. On this night it was needed as the Orioles climbed out of an early 4-0 hole to beat Toronto 10-5 and sweep this three-game series. When the series began Monday night, the Orioles were 1-12 on the season against the Blue Jays with 10 consecutive losses. But tonight,

O’s game blog: Orioles go for three-game sweep of Toronto

The Orioles have a chance for a 2018 first tonight. They can complete their first sweep of any three-game series. They have beaten Toronto by scores of 7-0 and 12-5 over the past two nights, generating plenty of offense while getting wins from rookie pitchers David Hess and Josh Rogers. When this series began the Orioles were 1-12 this year against Toronto and they had

Josh Rogers makes winning debut, Delmarva’s All-Stars and more

An 11th-round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 2015, left-hander Josh Rogers made it to the Double-A level with Trenton in the Eastern League in the 2017 season. But it was just for seven starts and he assumed he would begin this year back in that Double-A rotation. But Rogers got a surprise and he began the 2018 season in the rotation with

Josh Rogers wins his MLB debut as O’s top Toronto (with Rogers quotes)

Left-hander Josh Rogers made a successful major league debut at Camden Yards tonight. He went five innings to get a 12-5 win over Toronto. And an Oriole team that entered this series 1-12 this season against the Blue Jays is 2-0 in this series. Rogers, called up from Triple-A Norfolk, became the first lefty to start on the mound this year for the Orioles. Over

O’s game blog: Josh Rogers faces Jays in his MLB debut

After recording their sixth shutout of the year behind right-hander David Hess last night and ending an eight-game losing streak, the Orioles host the Toronto Blue Jays again tonight. It’s the second game of a three-game series and sixth of a seven-game homestand. Hess went six scoreless on four hits and 99 pitches as the Orioles (34-98) snapped a 10-game losing streak to Toronto. He

Second baseman Jonathan Villar on the O’s stolen bases

The Orioles rank 11th in the American League with 54 stolen bases, but they are trending up with that stat after getting six steals the last two games. They are doing a lot better than the 2017 Orioles, who had 32 steals for the year to rank last in the AL, 21 behind the next closest team. Second baseman Jonathan Villar is happy to lead

David Hess impressed in latest solid outing, plus other notes

If the Toronto Blue Jays were going to break through last night versus Orioles right-hander David Hess, the middle innings provided them with plenty of chances. A leadoff double in the fourth. Runners on first and second with one out in the fifth. Runners on the corners with two outs in the sixth. I guess we could say Hess bent but didn’t break. Toronto went

Hess throws six scoreless, Mancini drives in five in win (quotes added)

In might be a little early to be calling him a stopper, but in a rematch with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight, right-hander David Hess handled them again and in the process the Orioles ended an eight-game losing streak. Hess had a co-star tonight as Trey Mancini produced a five-RBI night with a three-run homer and two-run double. It matches his career high of June

O’s game blog: Can Hess duplicate success against Toronto?

The last time right-hander David Hess (2-8, 5.50 ERA) took the mound he pitched well in a loss at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. That was on Wednesday afternoon. Now, five days later, Hess goes back to the mound and the Blue Jays are once again the opponent. In that game last week, Hess went a career-high seven innings and threw a career-high seven strikeouts. He gave

Ryan Meisinger is among the latest young arms to get bullpen chance

As the Orioles continue to look at a series of younger pitchers in their remodeled bullpen, right-hander Ryan Meisinger returned to the team Aug. 17 for his second stint this year in the majors. An 11th-round pick out of Radford University in Virginia in 2015, Meisinger was with the Orioles from June 29 to July 10. He allowed two runs and four hits over six

Notes on 100 losses, stolen bases and the farm on Sunday

With Sunday night’s 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees, the Orioles were swept four straight and they fall to 37-94. The 2018 Orioles are closing in on becoming the third team in club history, which dates to 1954, to lose 100 or more. The 1954 Orioles went 54-100 and the 1988 Orioles went 54-107. There have been nine Orioles teams since 1954 that lost

Dylan Bundy takes 13th loss as O’s are swept (postgame quotes)

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy had moments where he showed some improvement tonight, but he also fell behind 4-0 in the third inning. It was a hole the Orioles could not quite climb out of as they lost 5-3 to the New York Yankees, who sweep this four-game series at Oriole Park. For New York (83-47), this is its first four-game sweep in Baltimore since Aug.

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Yankees on “Sunday Night Baseball”

It is certainly not a showcase of two contenders, but for a few hours tonight, the Orioles will be in a national spotlight when they host the New York Yankees. The game will be shown nationally on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Orioles are 13-18 all-time in ESPN Sunday games. The Birds will need a win tonight to avoid being

Renato Núñez says pregame work is starting to pay off

Orioles third baseman Renato Núñez said he feels like he’s made some recent improvements on his defense at third base, which is starting to show during games. In a small sample size of 30 games for the Orioles, Núñez has made four errors, but just one in his past 13 games. Errors, of course are just one defensive stat to look at. In the case

The Orioles need a win tonight to avoid the four-game sweep

Maybe the New York Yankees just got tired of hearing about the Orioles beating them six out of 12 times when this series began. They stormed back to beat the Orioles in 10 innings Friday night and then bashed five homers in two wins on Saturday. The Yankees have won the first three in this series by 7-5 (10), 10-3 and 5-1 scores. Before we

O’s don’t score until ninth as Yankees sweep (with quotes)

It was a night where Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner was getting in a lot of trouble, but he was minimizing the damage. But against struggling right-hander Sonny Gray, the Orioles didn’t do any damage. The Orioles were nearly shut out for the 13th time as they lost 5-1 to New York, which sweeps the day-night doubleheader. The Yankees can sweep a four-game series here on

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner on the mound as O’s look for split

Orioles pitchers have allowed 17 runs and 21 hits, including seven homers, in the first two games of this series against the New York Yankees, losing 7-5 in 10 innings and 10-3. Tonight, the Orioles host New York in the third game of a four-game series. The Yankees hit four homers off four different pitchers to win the day portion of this day-night doubleheader, 10-3,

Yacabonis gets early exit as O’s drop Game 1 (postgame quotes)

After losing a late lead last night, the Orioles were ahead early in today’s game. But that lead didn’t last long, either, as New York scored six runs over the third and fourth innings to pull ahead and away to a 10-3 win in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader at Oriole Park. The Orioles’ (37-92) latest losing streak has reached six in a row.

O’s game blog: Jimmy Yacabonis takes the mound in Game 1

The Orioles host the Yankees twice today at Camden Yards. It’s a day-night doubleheader with games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. New York rallied for a 7-5 win in 10 innings last night at Oriole Park as Neil Walker and Luke Voit hit 10th-inning homers off Cody Carroll to break a 4-4 tie. The Orioles (37-91) have lost five in a row and this

This one gets away from the ‘pen, plus more on Players’ Weekend

So that is two bullpen meltdowns for the Orioles in the last two games. Their ‘pen has allowed 10 runs in five innings over the last two games against Toronto and New York. The Orioles went ahead of the Yankees 4-2 in the seventh last night on Jonathan Villar’s two-run homer but they lost 7-5 in 10 innings Gleyber Torres punched a two-run single into

O’s lose late lead and fall 7-5 in 10 to the Yankees (postgame quotes)

The Orioles bullpen has had some good moments in recent games. But tonight will not be added to the list. The New York Yankees scored two in the eighth to tie the game and three in the 10th to win 7-5 over the Orioles at Camden Yards. The Orioles (37-91) have lost five in a row, seven of eight and 16 of the last 20

O’s game blog: Orioles host Yankees as homestand begins

After a 1-5 road trip and an off-day, the Orioles begin a six-day, seven-game homestand tonight at Oriole Park. They are looking to break a four-game losing streak as they host the Yankees to start a series that includes Saturday’s day-night doubleheader. Toronto will be in Baltimore starting Monday for a three-game series. While the Orioles are just 1-12 this season versus Toronto and 2-14

Zach Britton on returning to Baltimore with the Yankees

When former Orioles closer Zach Britton walked underneath the stands at Camden Yards today and down a tunnel, his destination for the first time in this park was the visiting clubhouse. He made it there eventually. “Walking down the tunnel and going past the home side, I stopped in for a second just to say hi,” Britton said this afternoon during an interview in the

O’s are settling in with speed atop the lineup

We have seen it for five games now: center fielder Cedric Mullins as the Orioles leadoff batter and followed in the batting order by infielder Jonathan Villar hitting second. It certainly provides the Orioles with the kind of speed at the top of the order that we have not seen often in recent years. To this point the duo has not had either a significant

A look at the rotation recently, plus notes on Castro, Hess and more

TORONTO - The Orioles’ starting rotation has had a wild ride the last turn through. On Saturday, Alex Cobb pitched a complete game, allowing two runs at Cleveland on 100 pitches. Yesterday, David Hess went seven innings, allowing three hits and one run at Toronto. But in between, the trio of Yefry Ramírez, Andrew Cashner and Dylan Bundy allowed 19 runs in 13 innings. Ramírez

David Hess was strong, but trip ends with yet another Toronto loss

TORONTO - Today, Orioles right-hander David Hess controlled what he could control. He pitched a gem at Toronto. But he could not help an offense that got just two hits or a bullpen that gave up five runs after he left the game. The Orioles lost 6-0 today to Toronto to fall to 37-90 for the year and go 0-10 at Rogers Centre this season.

David Hess takes tough loss and O’s go 0-10 in Toronto

TORONTO - Who knew that Orioles right-hander David Hess, entering with an ERA of 5.95 and Toronto lefty Thomas Pannone, making his first big league start, would produce such a great pitcher’s duel. But that duo did today at Rogers Centre. Hess took a no-hitter to the fifth and Pannone to the seventh. In the end the game was decided in the seventh inning when

O’s game blog: O’s look to avoid sweep with David Hess on mound

TORONTO - Well this is the Orioles last chance. Last chance to win a game in Toronto in the 2018 season. They take an 0-9 record at Rogers Centre into this afternoon’s finale of a three-game series with the Blue Jays winning the first two. The Orioles have been outscored 57-28 in the ballpark this year including 13-5 in this series. The Orioles have lost

Showalter pregame on Trumbo and more (plus a game update)

TORONTO - The Orioles are still waiting to hear the decision by Mark Trumbo of the next course of action for his injured right knee. Trumbo went on the disabled list Monday with right knee inflammation. He has sought several opinions including one from Dr. James Andrews and one from Dr. Leigh Ann Curl, the head orthopaedic surgeon for the Baltimore Ravens. The Orioles would

Message to Mullins: Make improvements or possibly give up switch-hitting

TORONTO - When it comes to exciting rookie center fielder Cedric Mullins, no doubt he has impressed Orioles manager Buck Showalter in many ways. With his speed, his defense, his maturity. But this year it was how he attacked a weakness during his time in the minor leagues that may have impressed his manager the most. In 2016 and 2017 on the farm, the switch-hitting

Bundy hit hard as O’s lose again (Hunter Harvey update)

TORONTO - Tonight it went from bad to worse for struggling Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy. After giving up 15 runs in his past two starts, he allowed seven more, and three more home runs, as Toronto beat the Orioles 8-2 at Rogers Centre. He failed to get an out in the fifth inning and allowed at least one run in four of the five innings

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Toronto at Rogers Centre

TORONTO - For the Orioles, it’s another night and another chance to get a win at Rogers Centre. They are 0-8 in the ballpark this season with several close losses, like last night’s 5-3 defeat. They’ve lost four one-run games at Rogers Centre and been outscored 49-26. In the four games on this road trip, the Orioles are 1-3 and they’ve scored eight runs on

O’s set most of rotation for weekend (plus a game update)

TORONTO - We are still waiting to hear further word on Mark Trumbo, who went on the disabled list yesterday due to right knee inflammation. He can come back off the DL for the game at Kansas City on Aug. 31. But whether he will make it back for that game seems to be in question. Manager Buck Showalter said the team got an update

Miguel Castro on meeting his baseball hero

TORONTO - If you are a pitcher from the Dominican Republic in your 20s, you probably admire the great Pedro Martinez, a Dominican native and national baseball Hall of Famer. He was an eight-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award Winner. Miguel Castro is a 23-year-old O’s pitcher from La Romana, Dominican Republic. Through the magic of television, he met his baseball hero yesterday, although

Dylan Bundy pitches tonight, searching for answers and results

TORONTO - When Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy takes the mound tonight at Toronto’s Rogers Centre he will try to get his season - one that once looked very promising - turned back around. Bundy began the year with an ERA of 1.42 through five starts. In June his ERA was 1.98 for the month and 3.75 for the year as June ended. But that ERA

O’s lose 5-3, fall to 0-8 at Toronto for the season (with quotes)

TORONTO - The Orioles still don’t have what it takes this year to win at Rogers Centre. An early lead tonight certainly wasn’t enough, as Kendrys Morales homered twice in Toronto’s series-opening 5-3 win in front of 25,031. The Orioles (37-88) fall to 1-3 on this road trip and to 0-8 at Rogers Centre with two games remaining in the season series. Toronto is 10-1

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

TORONTO - The Orioles lost two of three at Cleveland and tonight begin a three-game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Orioles went 6-4 here last year, but are 0-7 in Toronto in 2018. They were swept in four straight by a combined 27-11 score in June. The were swept three in a row by a 17-12 score in July.

Showalter pregame on Trumbo, Mullins and more (game update)

TORONTO - When he met with reporters before tonight’s game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter still had not gotten the results of an MRI on the right knee of Mark Trumbo. Trumbo, batting .261 with 17 homers and 44 RBIs, went on the 10-day disabled list today with right knee inflammation. The Orioles are still trying to determine the timetable for his return. “Hopefully, there is

O’s announce international signing, Andreoli joins team

TORONTO - The Orioles announced today they have agreed to terms with international player Isaac Bellony, a 16-year-old switch-hitting outfielder out of the Dominican Republic who was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the first announcement by the club of any international amateur signing since the new signing period went into effect on July 2. “Bellony is a young, switch-hitting center fielder with

A look at mounting strikeouts in MLB and the O’s record in Toronto

This could prove to be a unique year in Major League Baseball. It could turn out to be the first one we’ve ever seen where there are more strikeouts than base hits. Years ago, there was no chance we would see that. But in an excellent column recently in the New York Times, Tyler Kepner wrote this: “This could be the first season in major

O’s game blog: Yefry Ramírez pitches Cleveland series finale

The Orioles are just 3-14-2 in 19 road series this year. They can pick up a fourth road series win if they beat the Indians today at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. The Tribe won 2-1 Friday night, and the Orioles won 4-2 on Saturday afternoon. Right-hander Alex Cobb pitched a complete-game five-hitter in the win, throwing 100 pitches. Cobb threw 37 four-seam fastballs, 37 split-finger fastballs

Alex Cobb finished what he started, plus farm notes

The Orioles have played two pretty solid games in Cleveland this weekend and they posted an impressive 4-2 win on Saturday afternoon to end the Indians’ six-game win streak. Right-hander Alex Cobb had another strong start. In fact, he pitched a complete-game five-hitter to improve to 4-15 with a 5.09 ERA. Cobb posted his fourth career complete game and his first nine-inning complete-game since a

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb has a 2.17 ERA over his last six starts

After right-hander David Hess delivered the Orioles’ fifth quality start in the last 10 games last night, right-hander Alex Cobb (3-15, 5.31 ERA) will look to add to that total this afternoon. After Friday’s 2-1 loss at Cleveland, the Orioles play the second game of a three-game set with the Indians. Cobb has two of those five quality starts and he’s been pitching his best

A few notes on Hess, Núñez, Hall and Thome

The Orioles are now 50 games under .500 at 36-86 after Friday’s 2-1 loss at Cleveland. The Orioles are 15-46 on the road with 17 losses in their last 20 away from Oriole Park. With 40 games to go, the Orioles would have to go 27-13 to avoid 100 losses. Despite another loss, right-hander David Hess pitched well enough to win and that was a

O’s game blog: David Hess on mound in road trip opener

After Thursday’s off day, the Orioles begin a two-city, six-game road trip tonight in Cleveland. The Orioles split two games earlier this week at home against the New York Mets. They won 6-3 Tuesday and lost 16-5 on Wednesday. The Orioles (36-85) have lost six of seven, 10 of 13, and 26 of their last 38 games. They are 15-45 in road games and 3-14-2

After SEC success, Blaine Knight starts pro career at Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - He has pitched in big-time Southeastern Conference college games on Friday nights for two years. Those are high-intensity, high-pressure games in the top college league in the country. A lot is riding on every pitch. In the college game, Friday night starters are the aces for each club, and their rabid fans expect them to win. University of Arkansas right-hander Blaine Knight

A look at Zac Lowther, the O’s minor league ERA leader

In a year in which a few Orioles pitchers have excelled on the farm there are more than a few contenders for the Jim Palmer award, which goes to the minor league Pitcher of the Year in the O’s system. Just to name several in no particular order, there are Keegan Akin, DL Hall, Michael Baumann, Brenan Hanifee, Cameron Bishop, John Means and even the

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy and O’s go for sweep against Mets

As the Orioles look for a two-game sweep of the New York Mets tonight, they will also look for right-hander Dylan Bundy (7-10, 4.70 ERA) to get back on track. In his last start versus Boston, Bundy went five innings and allowed eight hits and eight runs (seven earned). Over his past six starts since the beginning of July, Bundy is 1-3 with a 7.72

Adam Jones on Cedric Mullins and playing in right, plus farm notes

Maybe playing right field is going to be good for Adam Jones on offense. I’m kidding here, but Jones did go 2-for-4 last night with a double and solo homer. In five games as a right fielder, he’s 7-for-20 and batting .350/.409/.600 with an OPS of 1.009. Interviewed after last night’s 6-3 win over the New York Mets, Jones wasn’t offering much yet when asked

Cashner was solid and Davis hits go-ahead homer (with quotes)

Getting a solid starting pitching effort and a key late-game homer led the Orioles to a win tonight over the New York Mets. When the 2018 season began, they probably envisioned more than a few games going this way, but at least it did tonight to keep the Orioles from falling 50 games under the .500 mark. Chris Davis homered in the seventh to break

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner pitches series opener against Mets

When they played a two-game series against the New York Mets in early June at Citi Field, the Orioles swept the two games. They won 2-1 and 1-0 behind Alex Cobb and Dylan Bundy. In those games, O’s pitchers allowed one run and eight hits. Tonight they host the Mets to begin another two-game series. This one begins at 7:05 p.m. at Camden Yards and

Cody Carroll starts to settle in with O’s, looks for consistent results

New bullpen right-hander Cody Carroll has pitched four times for the Orioles since they acquired him from the Yankees in the July 24 trade for closer Zach Britton. Carroll pitched two scoreless innings his first two times out on 31 pitches. But his last two games have seen him walk five and allow three runs over 1 2/3 innings. After posting strong numbers this year

All this losing could lead the Orioles to the top draft pick

You get very few rewards for losing, but a reward of sorts for the 2018 Orioles with all their losing would be a high draft pick in 2019. Perhaps, for just the second time in team history, the Orioles will secure the No. 1 pick in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft, for losing more than any other this year. But for that distinction, they

Winless weekend not uneventful for the Orioles

The Orioles went 0-4 over the weekend versus Boston and fell to 49 games under .500 at 35-84 after Sunday’s loss. Boston completed the four-game sweep, but not everything from the weekend was a downer. Looking back at the weekend: Mullins arrives: The Orioles finally called up Cedric Mullins and we had a changing of the guard in the outfield. Mullins took over in center

Chris Sale fans 12 and Boston completes sweep (quotes added)

Boston left-hander Chris Sale was dominating the Orioles today for five innings. But in the sixth they got a reprieve when the Red Sox went to right-hander Tyler Thornburg. The O’s were saved by the fact that Sale was coming off the disabled list and Boston held him to 68 pitches this afternoon. But they were 68 very impressive pitches. His five scoreless innings led

O’s game blog: Cobb against Sale in series finale

The Orioles need a win this afternoon to beat Boston and avoid getting swept four in a row by the Red Sox in Baltimore for the first time since Sept. 19-22, 2016. Boston (84-35) has won nine of 10, 13 of 15 and 28 of 34 games. The Red Sox are 42-20 on the road and 42-15 versus the American League East. The Red Sox

Can O’s beat Chris Sale to avoid four-game sweep today?

After allowing 19 runs in a series-opening loss to Boston on Friday night, the Orioles gave up 11 runs in two games Saturday. But they still lost twice to Boston, dropping both ends of the day-night doubleheader at Camden Yards. The Orioles are 2-13 versus Boston this year and 1-7 against the Red Sox at Oriole Park. Boston is 12-1 in its last 13 games

J.D. Martinez homers twice as Boston sweeps (quotes added)

It was a night where the Orioles took an early lead but failed to max out their scoring chances in those innings. They could have used those runs later on. J.D. Martinez hit two homers as Boston came from 2-0 down in the third to beat the Orioles 6-4 tonight at Oriole Park. The Red Sox (84-35) improved to 13-2 versus the Orioles (35-83), won

O’s game blog: Yefry Ramírez gets start in the nightcap

The Orioles have lost the first two games of this series with Boston by scores of 19-12 and 5-0. Tonight they host the Red Sox in game three of the four-game series at Oriole Park. Baltimore (35-82) has lost seven of nine, eight of 11 and 23 of its past 34 games. The Orioles are 20-37 at home and 2-12 versus the Red Sox. They

Boston breaks through in the fifth to beat O’s, 5-0 (quotes added)

Well, there were not 31 runs scored today in the first game of this day-night doubleheader. Boston lefty David Price kept the Orioles from scoring any as the Red Sox won 5-0 to improve to 83-35. Price went six scoreless on four singles and a double to improve to 12-6 with a 3.75 ERA. He did not walk a batter and fanned 10, throwing 94

O’s game blog: Jimmy Yacabonis takes the mound in Game 1

After allowing their most runs since the 2012 season in a 19-12 loss to Boston last night, the Orioles host the Red Sox this afternoon. It is the start of a long day of baseball with a day-night doubleheader that continues tonight at 7:05 p.m. Boston crammed 19 runs into five at-bats last night with 16 hits. The Red Sox scored three in the first,

Trey Mancini’s advice for Cedric Mullins

Like outfielder Cedric Mullins last night, Trey Mancini once went through that same excitement of playing in his first major league game. For Mancini it came on Sept. 20, 2016, and it was also against the Boston Red Sox. He went 1-for-3 and homered in his second big league at-bat. Mancini became the third player in Orioles history to homer in his major league debut,

More from Cedric Mullins’ debut and the O’s Hall of Famers

The Orioles scored eight early runs to lead Boston by five. In his major league debut, outfielder Cedric Mullins had two hits and two RBIs by the third inning. But as the game went on, Boston kept scoring. The Red Sox produced 14 runs from the sixth through the eighth in a 19-12 win over the Orioles Friday night. It was ugly and it took

Mullins debuts with three hits, but O’s lose big (with Mullins quotes)

The Orioles had a chance for a feel-good win on Cedric Mullins’ first night in the majors, and with the kid making a major contribution. But Boston’s potent offense and some very shaky Orioles pitching didn’t allow it. The O’s led 8-3 after the third inning but lost 19-12 tonight in front of 23,649 at Camden Yards in the opener of a four-game weekend series.

O’s game blog: Mancini on new outfield and the O’s Hall of Famers

Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini will play alongside a new center fielder and right fielder tonight. With Cedric Mullins’ call-up today, he will start in center field as Adam Jones moves to right. Mancini, who played his first Orioles game on Sept. 20, 2016, said he expects Mullins to bring confidence into his first big league game, and that that is something very important for

Cedric Mullins on the call to the Orioles and playing in center field

Orioles fans may have been anticipating the call-up of outfielder Cedric Mullins for weeks. But Mullins himself said he didn’t think too much about it. That was until after the Triple-A Norfolk game yesterday afternoon. “R.J. (Norfolk manager Ron Johnson) called me into his office to ask me how I was feeling. Because I didn’t play that day (after being ill). I said, ‘I’m feeing

O’s return home, Werth on analytics and farm notes

After going 3-6 on a road trip to New York, Texas and St. Petersburg, the Orioles return home tonight to face Boston with a record of 35-80. They are playing .304 baseball with 47 games to go. At this win percentage they would finish 49-113. Tonight they face this Boston team, which has almost the exact opposite record at 81-35. Boston lost to Toronto last

O’s game blog: O’s look for road series win at the Trop

When the Orioles play the series finale tonight at Tropicana Field versus the Rays, they have a chance to get a rare road series win. The Orioles have played 18 road series on the season, winning just three, going 3-13-2. After splitting the first two games in this series, tonight’s winner will take two of three. The Orioles lost in walk-off fashion 4-3 on Tuesday

New right-hander Zach Pop gets off to good start with Bowie

Two days after he was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Orioles in the Manny Machado trade, right-hander Zach Pop was pitching at Prince George’s Stadium for his new organization and his new team, the Double-A Bowie Baysox. It didn’t go well. Not the first impression he wanted. But it has gone a lot better for the 21-year-old Canadian native since he gave

O’s game blog: Cashner looks to bounce-back from Texas start

One night after they suffered their seventh walk-off loss of the year and first since July 20 in Toronto, the Orioles play at Tropicana Field again tonight. It’s the second game of a three-game series and the seventh game of an eight-game trip on which the Orioles are 2-5. When Willy Adames homered off Miguel Castro with two outs in the ninth last night, the

Was last night a classic rebuilding-team kind of loss?

Losing is hard on fans. I checked, and even Captain Obvious agrees with me on this point. Whether their team is in first place or last, rebuilding or a World Series contender. The rebuilding Orioles are going to frustrate their fans. They did this just last night. Leading 3-1 in the eighth after Alex Cobb had pitched a gem at Tampa Bay, it got away

O’s game blog: A look at the offense since the All-Star break

The Orioles offense has been putting up some impressive numbers since the All-Star break and we’ll see if that can continue as the team opens a three-game series tonight in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles have basically gone from having an offense that was about the worst in the American League before the break to one of the best after. Before

Minor league notes on Hays, Rodriguez, rotations, Sedlock and more

Orioles outfield prospect Austin Hays will rejoin the Double-A Bowie Baysox tonight. He’ll be on the field when the Baysox begin a series with New Hampshire at 7:05 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium. The Baysox could feature an outfield with Hays, Yusniel Díaz and Ryan McKenna. Hays has been out of the Bowie lineup since May 24 due to an ankle bone bruise and tendinitis,

In latest chance to shine, Tanner Scott stepped up Sunday

ARLINGTON, Texas - On a day when their pitching staff gave up six runs, pitchers still came up very big on Sunday for the Orioles. The bullpen was critical in the 9-6 win that avoided a four-game sweep at Texas. We are still waiting to find out which pitchers will work in which specific roles in a ‘pen that is now without traded veterans Zach

Wrapping up the series-ending 9-6 win at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas - If you can show leadership for a team that won’t have a winning record and might finish with the worst record in the majors, Mark Trumbo did today. He’s not a vocal leader like Adam Jones, but seems to have embraced taking a bigger leadership role on the new-look Orioles - the team that remains after the trades. Today Trumbo hit two

Mark Trumbo homers twice, bullpen fans 12 in win

ARLINGTON, Texas - On a steamy Texas Sunday when Orioles starter Yefry Ramírez struggled badly, the bullpen and the longball bailed him out and the Orioles escaped Globe Life Park with one win this weekend. The Orioles beat Texas 9-6 in front of 19,961 today to improve to 34-78 and avoid getting swept four straight. The Orioles are 2-4 on this trip and they are

O’s game blog: Texas going for a four-game sweep today

ARLINGTON, Texas - During the first three games of a four-game series here at Globe Life Park, the Orioles have lost to the Texas Rangers when they gave up a lot of runs, and also last night, when they gave up just three. They are 0-3 in this series, and a loss today would give Texas its first four-game home sweep of the Orioles since

Showalter pregame and Jones on donation to LL team (game update)

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles starting lineup today doesn’t include center fielder Adam Jones or first baseman Chris Davis. Jones is just getting a day off. But is it not the exact same scenario for Davis. “He’s banged up a little bit. We’re going to give him the benefit of another day and the off-day tomorrow. Hopefully, he’s back in the lineup Tuesday. Just felt

Notes on Trumbo’s hit, the new relievers and Vlad Guerrero

ARLINGTON, Texas - Mark Trumbo fondly remembers his first ever big league hit. It came on Oct. 3, 2010 in his last at-bat in the last game of the season. It came off Texas pitcher Mark Lowe in the same ballpark where last night Trumbo got his 1,000th hit, Globe Life Park. Trumbo had started his big league career 0-for-14, but then he singled to

Bundy takes tough-luck loss as Texas wins again (quotes added)

ARLINGTON, Texas - After the Texas Rangers had bashed Orioles starting pitching two nights in a row, right-hander Dylan Bundy had a strong outing tonight against the recently hot Rangers bats. But it didn’t lead to an Orioles victory. Joey Gallo’s two-run homer in the fourth provided enough offense tonight as Texas beat the Orioles 3-1 behind Mike Minor at Globe Life Park. Minor went

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy tries to slow hot Texas bats

ARLINGTON, Texas - After allowing 28 runs on 28 hits with six homers the last two nights, the Orioles turn to right-hander Dylan Bundy (7-9, 4.53 ERA) tonight. He’ll try to restore some order to their pitching in this series. The Texas Rangers (48-63) have beaten the Orioles 17-8 and 11-3 the last two nights, outscoring them 21-1 in the first four innings of those

Showalter on closer role and meeting with Hess (game update)

ARLINGTON, Texas - So with Zach Britton, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach all traded, Richard Bleier out injured, where do the Orioles turn for their closer at this point? Of the current pitchers in their bullpen, they have combined for one save with the Orioles, and that is a save that Mychal Givens got earlier this year. “Right now the challenge has been being able

Villar gets off to fast start and Adam Jones on Vlad Guerrero

ARLINGTON, Texas - New Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar, acquired Tuesday from Milwaukee, is making a nice first impression. He’s batted leadoff and played second base in both games here at Texas to begin his O’s career and will again tonight. Thursday he singled on the second pitch he saw his first time up and had two hits. Last night he went 3-for-5 and drove in

As they look at youngsters, will O’s stick with Hess in rotation?

ARLINGTON, Texas- Catcher Caleb Joseph said it well after last night’s 11-3 loss at Texas. Just about all Orioles players right now - young and older - are “auditioning” for the future. There are spots to be won on the 2019 Orioles pitching staff and especially the young pitchers can state their case right here and right now. Right-hander David Hess was doing that over

David Hess knocked out early as Texas wins big (postgame quotes)

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles rotation had put together a run of five quality starts the previous six games. And then the O’s arrived in Arlington, Texas. Right-hander Andrew Cashner gave up 10 runs last night, and right-hander David Hess allowed seven tonight as the Rangers beat the Orioles 11-3 at Globe Life Park. Hess went 3 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and

O’s game blog: David Hess re-enters rotation, faces Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas - After the Orioles allowed a season high in runs last night and lost 17-8 at Texas, the clubs play the second game of a four-game series tonight at Globe Life Park. The Orioles lost 15-7 to Kansas City on May 8, and that was the most runs allowed in a game until Thursday night. Here are a few more notes on last

Showalter pregame on Mariñez, Phillips and more (game update)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Orioles right-handed reliever Jhan Mariñez gave up two runs in the last of the fourth last night, and then got hurt while warming up for the last of the fifth during the O’s 17-8 loss at Texas. Today Mariñez went on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. The Orioles recalled pitcher Evan Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk. He was one

Pitcher Evan Phillips talks about joining the Orioles

ARLINGTON, Texas - When the Orioles acquired bullpen righty Evan Phillips in the deal that sent Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day to Atlanta on Tuesday, Phillips had no idea that just days later he would join the parent club. And, as we found out today, Phillips is joining the team he grew up rooting for as a kid, and the Ironman is his all-time favorite

A look at a much younger O’s ‘pen, plus other notes

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles bullpen is in a major transitional phase. No longer are there leaders like Darren O’Day and Zach Britton on the team. And the end-of-the-game trio of Brad Brach, O’Day and Britton have all been traded. Lefty Richard Bleier is injured and will miss the rest of the season. So what is left? Well, a bunch 20-somethings with talent and promise

Andrew Cashner allows 10 runs as O’s lose big (with postgame quotes)

ARLINGTON, Texas - So if you take the Orioles out of Yankee Stadium, where they are 4-2 this year, they are just not a very good road team, right? Wednesday’s win in New York was followed up by tonight’s 17-8 blowout loss to the Texas Rangers in front of 19,367 at Globe Life Park. The Orioles lose the series opener and are 9-39 in road

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner pitches series opener at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas - After splitting two games in New York and snapping an 11-game road losing streak on Wednesday, the Orioles road trip has headed west. Tonight they begin a four-game series at Globe Life Park with the Texas Rangers. The Orioles beat the Yankees 7-5 yesterday, have scored 47 runs the past five games and 72 in 11 games since the All-Star break. As

Tillman on signing with Texas, plus Showalter pregame (game update)

ARLINGTON, Texas - At a time when six veteran players have left the Orioles via trades, a former Orioles veteran was in the ballpark today as the team arrived at Globe Life Park. Right-hander Chris Tillman, designated for assignment by the Orioles on July 20 and released five days later, today signed a minor league deal with Texas. He is going to report to their

Cody Carroll talks about his major league debut at Yankee Stadium

ARLINGTON, Texas - It’s been a whirlwind few days for Orioles bullpen right-hander Cody Carroll. On July 24, he was traded by the New York Yankees with two other pitchers for Zach Britton. Then he reported to Triple-A Norfolk and pitched twice for the Tides. On Tuesday, he got his first call to the majors. Yesterday, he made his major league debut. And for the

Rylan Bannon on his homers, his defense and more

When the Orioles made the trade sending Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the key player returning to Baltimore was outfielder Yusniel Díaz. But the other position player acquired in that deal has had a pretty solid year as well. Rylan Bannon, who plays second and third base, hit his second homer for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday night. The trade that made Bannon an

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb faces New York in the Bronx

One reason the Orioles signed right-hander Alex Cobb was because of Cobb’s solid career record against American League East teams. And while Cobb (2-14, 6.08 ERA) has had a difficult year and leads the majors in losses, he has yet to face the New York Yankees in 2018. That changes this afternoon when Cobb and the Orioles conclude their brief two-game series in the Bronx.

Five trades bring 15 new players to the Orioles organization

The Orioles first trade was a 5-for-1 deal that sent shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 18. Six days later, the Orioles sent pitcher Zach Britton to the Yankees for three pitchers. On Sunday, pitcher Brad Brach was traded for international signing money. Then yesterday, pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day were sent to Atlanta for four players and international money.

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