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Adam Jones: “Very appreciative and humbled that people care”

After what was likely his final game as an Oriole, outfielder Adam Jones talked about the unique experience of taking the field today on his own. He was in the lineup in center field and charged out for the national anthem. His teammates stayed behind so Jones could take in cheers that came both from fans and teammates alike. “That was weird because I’m never

Orioles blank Astros to win season finale

The Orioles lost a lot of games during the 2018 season. But they didn’t lose their last one. They used a four-run fourth and got a combined three-pitcher shutout today as they blanked Houston 4-0 in front of 24,916 at Oriole Park. On the final day, Jimmy Yacabonis, Paul Fry and Mychal Givens threw a combined one-hitter. The Orioles recorded their seventh shutout. Fry picked

O’s game blog: The season finale arrives

The worst season in Orioles history comes to an end today with Game 162. The Orioles host the Houston Astros in the season finale. The Orioles (46-115) have lost three in a row, 11 of 15, 17 of 22 and 29 of the last 38 games. They are 6-20 in September, their third month with at least 20 losses, after they went 6-20 in June

A few notes and thoughts ahead of the season finale

The Orioles began this series versus Houston desperate for innings and quality starts from their rotation. They’ve gotten both the last two days and three games, but they still lost three in a row to the Astros. When this series began Friday night, O’s starters had thrown just two quality starts the last 19 games. Now they’ve gotten three in three games from David Hess,

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy, Yefry Ramírez pitch in the DH

After Friday’s 2-1 loss, the Orioles host Houston for two games today. The clubs play a single admission doubleheader beginning at 4:05 p.m. Right-hander Dylan Bundy (8-16, 5.49 ERA) will make his 31st start of the season in Game 1. Bundy gave up four runs over three innings and threw 90 pitches on Monday at Boston. In his previous two starts, Bundy had allowed four

David Hess states his case for 2019 rotation job

Barring offseason trades and/or something else unforseen, the Orioles are likely set with three starting pitchers for the 2019 season: Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner and Dylan Bundy. With his performance in the final two months, right-hander David Hess has established himself in the hunt for one of the two remaining spots in next year’s rotation. For a rotation desperate for innings, Hess delivered last night.

O’s fall 2-1 to Houston to post 113th loss (with postgame quotes)

The Orioles got a strong start from right-hander David Hess, but their inconsistent offense produced little to back him tonight as they lost 2-1 to Houston to start the final series of the 2018 season. With the loss, the Orioles (46-113) tie the 1904 Washington Senators for the fifth-most losses in modern baseball history, dating to 1901. The Boston Braves are fourth with 115 in

O’s game blog: The final series of the year begins

The Orioles begin their final series of the year tonight hosting four games over three days against the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. The scheduled series opener was rained out last night. Houston (100-58) lost at Toronto on Wednesday, but has clinched its second straight American League West championship. This is the third time in franchise history with 100 wins, topped only by teams

With solid finish, is Renato Núñez making a case for a 2019 roster spot?

Orioles third baseman Renato Núñez has been given the chance to play every day by the rebuilding Orioles. and he’s taken advantage of the best opportunity of his young career. The 24-year-old from Venezuela got 15 plate appearances with Oakland in 2016 and 16 last year. Earlier this season, he got 41 plate appearances with Texas before he was designated for assignment and claimed on

Notes on the Houston series, future team leadership and more

A few quick thoughts and notes now that the 2018 season is down to three days and four games remaining: Houston hello: On April 2, the Orioles began their 2018 road schedule by playing at Houston. Tonight they close their home schedule in starting a four-game series versus Houston. In between they played 152 games. That’s a long time between seeing an opponent that you

If rebuilding O’s look to Trey Mancini for leadership, he’s ready to provide it

After the July trades where some veteran leaders exited the Orioles clubhouse, a much younger and less experienced team emerged. There were fewer veteran leaders and there may be fewer yet in 2019. Outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini looks around the clubhouse and sees that he has become a veteran on this team almost overnight. This time last year, he was wrapping up a strong rookie

The road schedule ends, league top 20s and a Victor Victor Mesa note

And then there were four. The Orioles are down to the final series and final four games of the 2018 season, which will end up as their worst in team history. They host the Houston Astros the next four days at Oriole Park. They got blown out in the day portion of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Boston, but posted a 10-3 win last night. That continued

O’s game blog: O’s looking for a doubleheader split

After getting blown out 19-3 earlier today, the Orioles play at Boston again tonight. It will conclude this three-game series, a day-night doubleheader and the Orioles road schedule for 2018. The Red Sox had nine doubles by nine different players and five homers from four players in winning the opener, scoring five runs in the first, three in the fourth, two each in the fifth

O’s game blog: Ryan Meisinger gets the start in Game 1

The Orioles end their 2018 road schedule with today’s day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park, with games at 1:05 and 7:10 p.m. Boston won the series opener 6-2 Monday night before Tuesday’s rainout. The Orioles are 18-61 on the road and have lost seven of eight and 15 of their last 17 away from Baltimore. They’ve lost eight straight road series and are 3-20-2 in road

Once again, DJ Stewart is overcoming struggles to swing hot bat

Watching outfielder DJ Stewart get on a roll the last six games and go 7-for-14 for the Orioles with five extra-base hits, it can be easy to forget that Stewart struggled at times this year and at times during his career since the Orioles selected him No. 25 overall in round one of the 2015 draft. He joined the organization amid the hype and with

One of the best relievers in the Carolina League is now headed to the AFL

If you were to ask an Orioles fan which lefty reliever had the best season of any of the southpaws on the O’s farm this season, that fan could make a very strong case for Tyler Erwin, who had an outstanding year for Single-A Frederick. The Orioles are sending Erwin to the Arizona Fall League, which begins next month. He’ll play for the Glendale Desert

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

The Orioles begin their final road series of the 2018 season tonight at Boston’s Fenway Park. The Orioles won Sunday in New York, to start this last road trip 1-2. The Orioles had 37 hits in the series in the Bronx. It was just the second three-game series all year where the offense produced 10 or more hits in all three games. The other was

O’s bullpen is finishing strong, providing hope for 2019

When a team has lost 110 games and seven straight series, it can be hard to notice when something actually does go well. But the Orioles bullpen was solid the last two days in New York and the ‘pen has posted an ERA of 2.63 over the last eight games. Several pitchers are throwing well lately: * Tanner Scott has thrown scoreless ball in his

O’s game blog: Looking to avoid a sweep in the Bronx

The Orioles need a win this afternoon at Yankee Stadium to avoid being swept in a three-game series. They hit three homers but lost 10-8 Friday night. The O’s outhit New York 12-7 Saturday, and five pitchers held the Yankees offense in check. But the Birds lost, 3-2, in 11 innings. The Orioles (44-110) have lost six of eight, 12 of 15 and 16 of

DL Hall moves into the top 100, O’s lose No. 110

Baseball America recently made some adjustments to the bottom of its latest top 100 prospects list. A couple of prospects graduated, meaning they no longer have major league rookie eligibility. So BA added two players to the bottom of the list, and one was Orioles pitching prospect DL Hall. The club’s No. 1 draft choice in 2017, Hall enters at No. 100. This gives the

O’s game blog: Orioles try to even series in the Bronx

The Orioles play in New York this afternoon, looking to even this three-game series with the Yankees at a win each. New York outscored the Orioles 10-8 last night at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles (44-109) have lost five of seven, 11 of 14 and 23 of their last 30 games. They are 17-59 on the road and have lost 13 of their last 14 away

O’s offense kept coming back, but they lose the series opener

For Orioles fans, losses to the New York Yankees provide frustration whether they come with the Orioles in first place or last, contending for the playoffs or 60 games out of first place. It was frustrating that, while the Orioles kept coming back last night. They could not get over the hump. They trailed 6-0 and pulled within 6-4. They trailed 9-4 and pulled within

O’s game blog: The final road trip begins in New York

And then there were 10. Just 10 games and three series remain in the 2018 season. The Orioles (44-108) begin their last road trip of the season playing three games at Yankee Stadium starting tonight and three in Boston beginning Monday night. Then they return home for a four-game series with the Astros to conclude the year. On Wednesday night the Orioles held Toronto to

A look at the minor league pitcher with big stats but little fanfare

Talk about flying under the radar. He finished fourth in the South Atlantic League in ERA and second among qualifying Orioles minor league pitchers. Yet while higher-drafted players and/or pitchers that got promoted this season got more attention, he just kept cranking out solid starts. If you mention the Orioles top pitching prospects, you might leave him off your list but you definitely should not.

O’s win last night had a heavy homegrown flavor

The Orioles will take small victories when they can get them right now. Heck, they will take any victories at this point. And last night they got one that had a distinctive homegrown flavor. At a time when the Orioles are looking to rebuild in the future and use some of their own draft picks to do so, their 2-1 win over Toronto was a

DJ Stewart hits first major league homer and O’s take series finale (postgame quotes)

They are not a rock band, but tonight Jimmy and the bullpen got it done for the Orioles. Right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis went the first four innings and the bullpen took it from there. The O’s hung on late for a 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards. The Orioles (44-108) end the homestand going 3-6. In each series - against Oakland, the

O’s game blog: Blue Jays look for sweep in series finale

Four of the five series between the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays this season have ended in a sweep. It will be five of six if Toronto wins tonight at Oriole Park to complete another three-game sweep. The Blue Jays have dominated the season series this year, going 14-4 against the Orioles. This included a 10-0 mark at Rogers Centre, where Toronto had two sweeps

After loss No. 108, is there anywhere fans can find hope?

It started out pretty well. Cedric Mullins turned around a 96 mph fastball and hit it out 405 feet. A few innings later, DJ Stewart got his first big league hit, and two errors later it turned into a Little League homer. Dylan Bundy was looking at times like Dealin’ Dylan again. But this being the 2018 Orioles, a pothole is around every corner. Some

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy will try to provide rotation needed innings

When right-hander Evan Phillips went two innings in a spot start for the Orioles last night, it was the latest outing where the Orioles starter did not get deep into the game. Right-hander Dylan Bundy (8-14, 5.48 ERA) will try to change that tonight in the second game of a series versus Toronto. Over the past eight games, O’s starters have thrown a total of

Dean Kremer on all the strikeouts and notes from loss No. 107

When the Orioles presented their minor league awards on Saturday night at Camden Yards, they also recognized one of the 15 players they got in the July trades. That was 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Dean Kremer. Kremer got recognition for leading the minors in strikeouts. That is the entire minor leagues this year at all classifications. No one fanned more than Kremer, who struck out 178

No runs, no win: O’s blanked by Blue Jays (with postgame quotes)

It has just been that kind of year for the Orioles. A day after their biggest first inning of the season and a game where they scored eight times, they were shut out at Camden Yards tonight. And with this 5-0 loss to Toronto, the Orioles fall to 43-107. At 107 losses, the 2018 Orioles match the 1988 Orioles for most defeats in a season

O’s game blog: Evan Phillips gets the start against Toronto

The first 13 times this year the Orioles played Toronto, they went 1-12 and scored 35 runs. The last three times the clubs played - Aug. 27-29 at Camden Yards - the Orioles swept the series and scored 29 runs. See how much more you can win when scoring runs in bunches? From Aug. 20-22, the Orioles scored five runs in a three-game series at

Tonight’s starter Evan Phillips on improvements he made at Triple-A

Right-hander Evan Phillips last pitched in a game for the Orioles on Aug. 15. He last pitched in a game for anybody on Sept. 2, when he threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Triple-A Norfolk. Tonight he’s the starting pitcher for the Orioles against Toronto. We’ll see how long he can go and how well he can pitch. The Maryland native, born in

Dan Duquette talks Victor Victor Mesa, Cedric Mullins talks about his big game

So the Orioles have 13 games remaining in the 2018 season. And that could mean just 13 games remaining for the club’s two top baseball operations decision-makers. Both executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter have contracts that expire at the end of the season. There have been no announcements yet from the club on the futures with the Orioles of one or

O’s use big first inning, solid ‘pen to beat White Sox (quotes added)

They were blanked last night, but the Orioles would not be shut out today. Behind their biggest first inning of the 2018 season, they beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4 to avoid getting swept in three straight at Camden Yards. The Orioles (43-106) avoided, at least for a day, tying the 1988 Orioles for most losses in club history. They won for just second time

O’s game blog: O’s need a win to avoid being swept in three straight

The Orioles have lost by 8-6 and 2-0 scores to the Chicago White Sox this weekend at Oriole Park. They need a victory today over the White Sox or Chicago will have its first three-game sweep at Baltimore in more than 20 years. Chicago’s last three-game sweep in Baltimore from was from Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 1998. Since then, the White Sox have swept a four-game

Brooks Robinson was in the house to highlight the minor league awards

Outfielder Cedric Mullins called being named the winner of the Brooks Robinson Award as the Orioles’ minor league Player of the Year “top tier.” But having Mr. Oriole himself there might have taken it a few tiers beyond that. When Brooks Robinson is around, is it possible to have a bad day? The Orioles Hall of Famer, legend, all-time great and current team special advisor

Yefry Ramírez throws strong game, but O’s blanked (with quotes)

An injury-riddled and struggling Orioles rotation got a shot in the arm tonight. It came from the right arm of Yefry Ramírez. He put together his best start since he threw five scoreless July 14 in Baltimore against the Rangers. But would he or the team get a win out of it? Chicago White Sox right-hander Reynaldo López made that a no. He’s been pitching

Hearing from the minor league award winners and Brooks Robinson

So it had to be pretty cool tonight when Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins sat at a Camden Yards press conference to recognize the Orioles’ 2018 minor league award winners. Mullins won Player of the Year, taking home the Brooks Robinson Award. And Brooks was there looking on in the second row. The Hall of Famer met Mullins in person for the first time today.

O’s game blog: Yefry Ramírez faces the White Sox

With losses in seven of eight and 11 of the last 13 games, the Orioles (42-105) host the Chicago White Sox tonight in the second game of a three-game series. Chicago scored seven runs in the first five innings last night in an 8-6 win over Baltimore. Trey Mancini put the Orioles on the board with a solo home run to lead off the second

Cashner not likely to make next start, Means could still be added

The Orioles rotation remains very much in flux with 15 games remaining. The Orioles don’t know for sure if or when Alex Cobb and/or Andrew Cashner will start again, and Luis Ortiz left last night’s game with an injury. Right-hander David Hess will re-enter the rotation for tomorrow’s start, and Yefry Ramírez pitches tonight, but it’s rather up in the air after that. Manager Buck

Corban Joseph provides a feel-good moment during latest loss

Imagine that you played nearly 1,000 minor league games, yet your phone was not ringing off the hook last winter when some players were scrambling for minor league jobs. But you eventually got one at Double-A Bowie with the Orioles. Then in June you got called up to the majors. Until then your MLB experience consisted of two games and six at-bats. But that call

Orioles rally comes up short in series opener (postgame quotes)

When this series began, the Chicago White Sox had scored four runs or less for nine straight games. But by the fifth inning tonight, they had hit two homers and scored seven times. Chicago went on to beat the Orioles 8-6, holding off a late Baltimore comeback in the opener of a three-game series at Oriole Park. Both teams ended long losing streaks in their

O’s game blog: Luis Ortiz makes his first major league start

As the Orioles host the Chicago White Sox tonight to start a three-game series, O’s right-hander Luis Ortiz will make his second big league appearance and his first as a starter. Ortiz was acquired from Milwaukee with Jonathan Villar and infielder Jean Carmona on July 31 when the Orioles traded Jonathan Schoop to the Brewers. On the farm this year, between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A

Mullins, Akin, Lowther among O’s minor league award winners

The Orioles have named outfielder Cedric Mullins the 2018 Brooks Robinson Award winner as their minor league Player of the Year. They named left-handers Keegan Akin and Zac Lowther as co-winners of the Jim Palmer Award for minor league Pitcher of the Year. Mullins played in 109 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Over 49 games with Bowie, he batted .313/.362/.512 with 12 doubles,

Dylan Bundy relied heavily on his slider to get back on track

Right-hander Dylan Bundy and the Orioles were both in need of a quality start last night, and both got one as the Orioles beat the Athletics 5-3. Bundy’s slider was on point big-time as he allowed two runs over six innings with no walks and eight strikeouts. Seven of his strikeouts came via his slider. He picked up his first quality start since Aug. 4

Dylan Bundy back in the win column as O’s take finale (with quotes)

Dylan Bundy returned to his early-season form and that was a welcome sight tonight for the Orioles and their fans. He pitched the Orioles past Oakland 5-3 as they avoided getting swept in three straight and snapped a six-game losing streak. Bundy recorded his first quality start since Aug. 4 and his first win since July 29. His slider had its sharp, late break back

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy on the mound in Oakland series finale

The Orioles need a win at Camden Yards over Oakland tonight to avoid getting swept in a three-game series. The Orioles (41-104) are trying to snap a six-game losing streak and avoid being swept in a series of three or more games for the 17th time in 2018. Oakland beat the Orioles 3-2 Tuesday night and won 10-0 last night, pitching the 35th one-hitter in

Cedric Mullins on recent struggles and DJ Stewart on his debut

For the first time in a very young major league career, Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins is dealing with a slump. He went 0-for-4 last night versus Oakland and is 4-for-37 (.108) in his last 10 games, dropping his average from .317 to .240. Mullins certainly knew some tough days would be coming after his great start. It’s just part of the game for every player.

Notes and quotes following the Orioles’ latest loss

The Orioles 2018 season is certainly one for the ages and not in a good way. As the Orioles are charging toward a team record for losses and approaching all-time records, they are looking terrible in doing so. Last night they allowed 10 runs in the third inning and trailed 10-0. Their offense went 1-for-28 with a single. They were shutout for the 13th time.

Oakland pours it on in the third in 10-0 romp (postgame quotes)

For the second night in a row, the Oakland Athletics scored in the third inning and went on to win at Camden Yards. But tonight it seemed like they would never stop scoring in that inning. Oakland had 10 hits and scored 10 runs in the top of the third to blast the Orioles 10-0 at Camden Yards. The Orioles (41-104) are now three losses

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner faces Oakland at Oriole Park

After Tuesday’s homestand-opening 3-2 loss to Oakland, the Orioles host the Athletics again tonight. It’s Game 2 of a three-game series and nine-game homestand. The Orioles (41-103) fell to 24-45 at home and saw a three-game home winning streak end. They are 0-4 against the Athletics for the year and 11-26 in one-run games. They recorded their 11th game with multiple stolen bases, their sixth

Cedric Mullins on DJ Stewart as his MLB debut arrives

As DJ Stewart gets ready to make his major league debut tonight, batting seventh and starting in left field for the Orioles, he will have a comfort level with the guy playing beside him. Cedric Mullins has a locker next to Stewart’s in the Orioles clubhouse and starts in center tonight. The two have played many games together in the same outfield. It started after

Jonathan Villar continues to impress; DJ Stewart set for MLB debut

Of the 15 players the Orioles acquired in the July trades, it appears the only one we can bank on seeing on opening day 2019 - barring another deal - is infielder Jonathan Villar. Villar continues to play well for the Orioles and drove in both runs last night in a 3-2 loss to the Athletics. The Orioles have scored 10 runs over the last

Surging A’s beat slumping O’s as homestand begins (with quotes)

This being the 2018 Orioles, right-hander Alex Cobb retired the Oakland A’s through two innings tonight and looked good doing so. And then he retired from this game. Presumably once again dealing with a blister on his right middle finger, Cobb pitched out of a two-out jam in the first and retired Oakland 1-2-3 on just nine pitches in the second. But Mike Wright Jr.

O’s game blog: Alex Cobb on mound as homestand begins

The Orioles begin a three-game series with Oakland tonight at Camden Yards. It is the start of a nine-game homestand that will see the Orioles play host to the Athletics, White Sox and Blue Jays. The Orioles (41-102) have 19 games remaining - 13 at home and six on the road. They have been better at home, going 24-44 (.353), than on the road, going

DJ Stewart on his call-up to the Orioles

Outfielder DJ Stewart was home starting to look back on and evaluate his Triple-A season and look ahead and help in the planning of his January wedding. Then the plans changed for the start of his offseason. He had played his last game for Triple-A Norfolk on Sept. 3, but today Stewart got his first call-up to the Orioles. He will wear No. 62. When

A few random takes as the homestand begins

A few random thoughts while we await the start of a nine-game homestand for the Orioles. The hope is they play with more pep in their step than they did during a lackluster 1-8 road trip where they were outscored 65-25. The pitcher: Why has Mychal Givens regressed this year? From 2015-2017, Givens went 18-3 with a 2.75 ERA and allowed a slash line of

More with DL Hall and more on an awful road trip

The Orioles brass can look back at the minor league season and find several individual success stories and see players that improved during the year that they must be excited about seeing again in 2019. One of the pitchers that must be near the top of that list is the 2017 top draft pick, left-hander DL Hall. Coming off his high school senior year and

O’s game blog: Trying to avoid a sweep at the Trop

The Orioles have been swept in a series of three or more games 15 times this season. They’ll need a victory this afternoon at Tropicana Field against Tampa Bay to avoid adding to that. The Orioles have been swept 10 times in three-game series and five times in a four-game series. They’ve had 10 of those sweeps come on the road and five at home.

A brutal road trip comes to an end this afternoon

During a season where we have now seen the Orioles lose 101 games, we’ve seen plenty of nights where the team has looked bad. The last two nights at Tropicana Field might rank right up there. On Friday night, in a 14-2 loss, the Orioles trailed 6-0 in the third inning. They were held to six hits and stuck out 15 times and O’s pitchers

O’s game blog: Orioles looking for second win on road trip

After becoming the third club in team history to lose 100 or more games last night, the Orioles would become the second Baltimore club to have lost 101 or more if they get beat tonight. The Orioles (41-100) play at Tampa Bay (76-64) in the second of a three-game series and eighth game of a nine-game road trip, during which the Orioles are 1-6 so

What now for Dylan Bundy?

At this point, if Dylan Bundy is not hurt, as everyone insists, the Orioles need to either consider shutting him down for the season or skipping him one or two starts. Time to let this kid have a break to regroup, catch his breath and not face another major league team until late in the next homestand at the earliest. After his first five starts

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Blake Snell in series opener

The Orioles have arrived in St. Petersburg, Fla. for their third stop on a three-city road trip. Tonight they begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays to wrap up a trip where they went 0-3 at Kansas City and 1-2 at Seattle. The Orioles (41-99) have lost five of six and 13 of their last 17 games. They are 17-55 away from Oriole

Are the Orioles platooning Cedric Mullins?

We have seen recent games when Orioles switch-hitting center fielder Cedric Mullins didn’t start against a left-handed pitcher. I certainly can understand the club’s desire to both rest his cranky hip and/or use that time to get a look at John Andreoli. But I also hope the organization hasn’t yet made up it’s mind that Mullins will have difficulty continuing to be a switch-hitter. While

A look at some Rule 5-eligible Orioles

The Orioles acquired 15 players in the July trades. Of those 15 players, six have made their way onto the 40-man roster, with right-hander Luis Ortiz being the latest. Just one of the 15 players needs to be added to the 40-man roster this November to avoid being eligible to be selected in December’s Rule 5 draft: 24-year-old right-hander Dillon Tate. Tate was the No.

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

The Orioles beat the Mariners 5-3 last night to record their first win in five games on this road trip. They also ended an eight-game road losing streak. The Orioles (41-98) scored five runs with 15 hits last night after batting just .205 as a team and scoring eight runs in the first four games of the road trip. Trey Mancini had three hits Tuesday

Zac Lowther’s strong 2018 season featured fast start and big finish

After a season when he led all Orioles minor league pitchers in ERA and strikeouts, left-hander Zac Lowther has a strong resume to contend for the Jim Palmer Award, which goes to the Orioles’ minor league Pitcher of the Year. Lowther had success at two levels, and did so without a blazing fastball. But his velocity didn’t keep him from pounding the zone with a

O’s game blog: Orioles look for first win on the road trip

The Orioles (40-98) are 0-4 so far on a nine-game road trip. They lost 2-1 in Seattle last night to start a three-game series at Safeco Field. The Orioles have scored just eight runs on just 26 hits in the four games at Kansas City and Seattle. The last two games the Orioles have scored one run in each and both came on solo homers

Looking at the offense on this trip and the final day in the minors

The Orioles have scored two runs on nine hits the last two games. Both runs came on homers by Jonathan Villar and no, that won’t get it done. In the series at home last week when they swept Toronto they scored seven runs, and then 12 and 10 runs. On this road trip, they’ve lost four games scoring two, four, one and one run. They

O’s game blog: Orioles and Mariners begin series at Safeco Field

The Orioles lost three straight in Kansas City, and their nine-game road trip moves on to Seattle tonight. The clubs begin a three-game series at Safeco Field. The Orioles lost 9-1 at Kansas City Sunday as the Royals moved out to a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning and put the game away with a four-run eighth. The Orioles have lost seven straight on the

Josh Rogers set for second MLB start, plus other notes

KANSAS CITY - He had a winning Major League debut, one that featured a nice cheering section of family and friends on Tuesday night at Camden Yards. It produced a feel-good story as Orioles left-hander Josh Rogers, the kid from a small town in Indiana, won on the big stage. Using a two and four-seam fastball on 53 of his 85 pitches that ranged from

Clubhouse quotes wrap up a sweep by K.C. over the Orioles

KANSAS CITY - It was just a few days ago that the Orioles swept three straight from Toronto. They stole bases, played some crisp defense and scored 29 runs in three games. Here in Kansas City it was very different. The team with the second-worst record in the majors swept the team with the worst, with Kansas City winning 9-1 today. It capped a weekend

Swept away at the K: Royals win 9-1, complete sweep

KANSAS CITY - Well it at least started well for the Orioles this afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. Shortstop Jonathan Villar hit an opposite-field homer to left to provide a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. It went downhill pretty fast after that. If this weekend was about determining which team most deserved the top draft pick in 2019 by being the worst this

O’s game blog: O’s try to avoid sweep in K.C. (Keegan Akin honored)

KANSAS CITY - Four days after sweeping a three-game series at home versus Toronto, the Orioles need a win today to avoid being swept three in a row at Kansas City. These teams have the two worst records in the majors and now K.C. is 4 1/2 games better than the Orioles at 44-91 to the Orioles 40-96. Just five teams in Orioles history have

Showalter pregame with more on the closer role (game update)

KANSAS CITY - While Mychal Givens has been getting the Orioles save chances this month, manager Buck Showalter said again today we could still see others get save opportunities before the year is out. Showalter never actually proclaimed Givens as his closer and after he gave up a walk-off homer in the ninth last night, he is not ready to say he is now going

Another look at one that got away and other notes

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles and Kansas City Royals didn’t look like they gave a darn last night about any No. 1 draft pick. They both went hard to win a game. Down 2-1 in the sixth, the Royals scored twice off Dylan Bundy. Down 3-2 in the eighth, the Orioles scored twice to take a 4-3 lead. Then the ninth inning happened. Manager Buck

Whit Merrifield’s walk-off homer hands O’s latest loss (with quotes)

KANSAS CITY - They were three outs from a comeback win. But they suffered a walk-off loss instead. Whit Merrifield’s two-run homer to left center off Mychal Givens gave the Kansas City Royals a 5-4 ninth-inning win over the Orioles tonight. Givens came on to try to wrap up a 4-3 win. But he walked leadoff batter Brett Phillips on four pitches, and then Phillips

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces the Royals in K.C.

KANSAS CITY - After Friday’s 9-2 loss at Kansas City, the Orioles will try to break a five-game road losing streak tonight when the clubs meet in the second game of the series against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Right-hander Dylan Bundy (7-13, 5.37 ERA) will make his 26th start. After struggling for most of the last two months, Bundy felt he made some progress

Showalter on why just one call-up (plus a game update)

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles added just one player today, when rosters can expand to as many as 40 players. They are going to add more but it didn’t happen this afternoon, as just infielder Breyvic Valera was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. So why just the one addition? “You could ask Dan (Duquette), but I think they (the minor league teams) have three games there

Returning to lineup, Andreoli looks to make impact with speed

KANSAS CITY - He’s been an Oriole less than two weeks and we’ve seen flashes of his speed both in the outfield and on the bases. But John Andreoli’s fleet feet had real impact in the Orioles’ last win at home, on Wednesday versus the Blue Jays. In a 5-5 tie in the last of the sixth, Andreoli got an infield hit, stole second base

On Friday night, Cedric Mullins was solid, but didn’t get much help

KANSAS CITY - On the first night of a three-game series between the two teams with the worst records in the majors, not a lot went right for the Orioles. Their starter, Andrew Cashner, allowed four runs, their bullpen gave up five and they were outscored 9-2 and outhit 14-4. While center fielder Cedric Mullins went 2-for-4, the rest of the Orioles went 2-for-26 in

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