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Dwight Smith Jr. on new coaches and team, his power and more

When the Orioles acquired outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. on March 8 from Toronto, it looked like a relatively minor move by the club to add some outfield depth. They gave up international bonus pool slots they likely were not going to use anyway. They added a still young player at 26, one that was taken No. 53 overall in the 2011 draft. They added a

O’s game blog: John Means starts White Sox series opener

The Orioles road trip moves on to Chicago and they start a three-game series tonight in the windy city. The Orioles (10-19) went 0-3 at Minnesota, scoring just four runs. They’ve lost seven of nine and 14 of the last 19 games. Left-handers get the start with John Means (3-2, 1.74 ERA) facing Manny Bañuelos (1-0, 2.51 ERA). In his three starts, Means is 1-2

John Means uses strong changeup, composure to get off to solid start

MINNEAPOLIS - An 11th-round draft pick by the Orioles out of the University of West Virginia in 2014, left-hander John Means went to spring training a longshot to make the Orioles roster. But not only did Means make it, tonight he’ll make his fourth start when the Orioles open a series in Chicago against the White Sox. Showing more velocity than in 2018 and an

O’s offense held down as Twins sweep series (quotes added)

MINNEAPOLIS - Orioles pitchers were not battered by the longball today. But they lost again to the Minnesota Twins anyway, this time with little offense. Right-hander Kyle Gibson limited the Birds to a Chris Davis solo homer over seven frames as Minnesota beat the Orioles 4-1 at Target Field to complete the three-game sweep. Minnesota has won 12 in a row over the Orioles and

O’s game blog: O’s try to avoid a sweep in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles (10-18) have been swept twice this season in three-game series. They need a win this afternoon at Minnesota (15-9) to avoid a third. They were swept twice at home, once by the New York Yankees and last weekend by the Twins. Then the Twins swept a doubleheader on Saturday and won 4-3 last Sunday. They hit 11 homers and scored 26

Hyde on moves; hearing from Wynns, Ortiz and Kline (game update)

MINNEAPOLIS - On a day with a dizzying six Orioles roster moves, a player that is still here and never left is pretty important as well. Trey Mancini is not in today’s lineup, but should be soon. He suffered a contusion on the index finger of his right hand when batting in the first inning on Saturday. “Trey is day-to-day still,” manager Brandon Hyde said.

Can Bundy on Sunday be the answer against the Twins?

MINNEAPOLIS - If the Orioles are to get one win this year against the Minnesota Twins, right-hander Dylan Bundy (0-3, 6.56 ERA) may be their last hope. Believe it or not, the Orioles and Twins don’t play again in 2019 after today. The Twins are 5-0 in the season series. They’ve hit 10 homers to none for the Orioles this weekend at Target Field, posting

O’s get good news on Mancini after blowout loss at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - On a day when the Orioles lost big again to the Minnesota Twins - and gave up five more homers - at least there was good news after the game. Trey Mancini’s injury does not appear serious and he should return to the lineup soon. In the first inning today against José Berríos, Mancini swung at a pitch that hit the index finger

Another homer barrage for Minnesota in a win over the Orioles

MINNEAPOLIS - This time it took a while for the Minnesota Twins to mash homers, but they got around to it. They used two big swings in the sixth and seventh this afternoon to come from a run down to take a lead over the Orioles that they would not give up. Then they turned the game into a blowout, winning 9-2 to post an

Mancini leaves game with apparent hand injury (game update)

MINNEAPOLIS - As the Orioles try to beat the Minnesota Twins for the first time this year and snap a 10-game losing streak against them dating to last year, their task got tougher early in today’s game. The Orioles’ top player, Trey Mancini, left the game with an apparent hand injury. Two pitches before Mancini blooped a single to center in the top of first,

O’s game blog: Dan Straily will try to slow Twins bats

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles play the second game of their three-game series and six-game road trip this afternoon at Minnesota. The Twins hit five homers and won 6-1 last night at Target Field. Minnesota (14-9) is off to its best 23-game start since the 2010 team went 15-8. Their best-ever start at this point of a season was 17-6 in 2001. The Twins have hit

Pregame notes on Davis and Bleier, Means on getting another start

MINNEAPOLIS - After missing Wednesday’s game in Baltimore due to personal reasons, Chris Davis rejoined the Orioles in Minnesota Friday. But he did not get the start against left-hander Martín Pérez. Davis is batting seventh and playing first base today against right-hander José Berríos. This is all part of a plan by manager Brandon Hyde to put Davis in the best spots to get his

Alex Cobb on his struggles and other notes after Friday’s loss

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position last night. But it didn’t matter, because the Twins hit five homers and got a solid starting pitching performance. The Orioles didn’t homer and right-hander Alex Cobb struggled again. Cobb said he felt fine physically. That was even after he took a spill on the mound trying to field a grounder up the

Alex Cobb allows four homers in series opener (quotes added)

MINNEAPOLIS - New venue but a similar result. The Minnesota Twins mashed more home runs off Orioles pitching tonight to win 6-1 in the series opener at Target Field in front of 23,658. O’s right-hander Alex Cobb had a third straight poor outing and allowed a career-high four homers in four innings. He gave up three in a row in the first inning and left

O’s game blog: Orioles road trip begins at Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles begin a two-city, six-game road trip tonight at Target Field against the Minnesota Twins. The trip moves to Chicago on Monday for a three-game series against the White Sox. The Orioles are 10-16 overall and 7-6 on the road, winning series at New York against the Yankees and in Toronto. While O’s pitchers have allowed 41 homers in 13 home games

John Means will stay in rotation for Orioles (game update)

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles have seen enough of left-hander John Means to want to keep him in the starting rotation. And manager Brandon Hyde said today they will do just that. Means, who is 3-2 with a 1.74 ERA over seven games and three starts, will get a start in the series with the Chicago White Sox that begins Monday night. Hyde said David Hess

Dwight Smith Jr. on his strong start, Guerrero’s Toronto debut

MINNEAPOLIS - He’s hitting .286 overall and .476 with runners in scoring position, so why not move Dwight Smith Jr. to the cleanup spot in the Orioles batting order? He’s there tonight for the start of a three-game series with Minnesota at Target Field. When he was traded to the Orioles on March 8, probably not even Smith himself could have imagined things going this

Getting a shot with the O’s, Ruiz is learning and loving his major league time

As most young players in the major leagues can tell you, it is great to get to the majors and greater yet to have an everyday role when you make it. The last three years, infielder Rio Ruiz got 288 plate appearances with the Atlanta Braves, and they gave him a bit of a look in the summer of 2017. But in the first month

Showing off new changeup, Grayson Rodriguez is rolling at Delmarva

Showing a new and improved changeup to compliment his fastball that can touch the mid-90s, Orioles 2018 first round draft pick Grayson Rodriguez is off to a stunning start to his 2019 season. The 19-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.54 in three starts for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds. Over 16 2/3 innings, he has allowed seven hits and one run with six

John Means makes a rotation case as O’s beat White Sox

He was probably just trying to pitch his team to a series win tonight. But in doing so, left-hander John Means stated his case to stay in the Orioles’ rotation. Means once again looked good and featured a swing and miss changeup. He threw five strong innings as the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 at Oriole Park. After losing big on Monday night,

O’s game blog: John Means gets the start against the White Sox

The Orioles followed Monday’s 12-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox with Tuesday’s 9-1 win. They have two wins by eight runs this year and each followed a blowout loss. They beat Oakland 12-4 on April 8, one day after losing 15-3 and allowing seven home runs to the New York Yankees. They were shutout once, 4-0 by Boston on April 14. They won 8-1

Rio Ruiz on improved offense and facing defensive shifts

It is happening slowly, but for Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz, it is happening. Getting the chance to play every day in the big leagues at age 24, his bat is starting to trend up. Yes, he is batting just .237 over 89 plate appearances, but three of his four multi-hit games have come in the last six games. He is 7-for-24 (.292) in that

O’s followed blowout loss with blowout win against White Sox

One night after they played arguably their worst game of the year, the Orioles played perhaps their best. They got pitching, hitting and defense in a 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. They snapped a four-game losing streak and a seven-game losing streak at Oriole Park. Some strong early defense with great plays from shortstop Richie Martin and left fielder Dwight Smith Jr. set

Defense set the early tone in Orioles’ blowout win

It might sound a bit strange to praise the Orioles defense tonight, on a night they hit four homers, got fine starting pitching and won 9-1 over the Chicago White Sox. But coming off last night’s 12-2 loss, there were several big plays early on by the Orioles defense that helped keep Chicago off the board and build some momentum for starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner faces the White Sox

After losing four games over the last three days, the Orioles look for their first win on this homestand tonight. The Orioles (8-16) host the Chicago White Sox (9-12) in the second game of a three-game series. O’s pitching has an ERA of 8.50 during the 0-4 homestand versus the Twins and White Sox. The Birds are 1-10 at home with seven consecutive losses. Last

O’s Richie Martin on his on-the-job major league training

Young shortstop Richie Martin is one example of what this season is about for the Orioles. They are taking a look at a young player with some skills as they try to find their way when thrown into the deep end in the major leagues for the first time. In the case of the 24-year-old Martin, it is as a Rule 5 pick from December.

Catcher Sucre on all the longballs the staff has allowed

Several hours before he would take the mound and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning, Jesús Sucre talked about his regular job with the Orioles, catching. And he talked about all the longballs the Baltimore pitching staff has been giving up. The Orioles lead the majors with 59 home runs allowed, and that is 16 more than Milwaukee, the next closest team, with St. Louis next

O’s lose big to Chicago in series opener at Camden Yards

Some nights a team puts up a good fight and loses. Some nights they lose and look bad doing so. The Orioles very much experienced the latter tonight as they lose 12-2 to the Chicago White Sox to fall to 8-16 overall and to 1-10 at home. They’ve lost six of seven and 15 of 19 since their 4-1 start. The Orioles saw their starter

O’s game blog: Orioles host the White Sox in series opener

After being swept in a three-game series for the second time this year, the Orioles host the Chicago White Sox tonight to begin a three-game series. The Orioles (8-15) are 1-9 at home and have lost six straight at Camden Yards. Chicago (8-12) is 5-4 over its past nine games. The White Sox are 4-0 at night and 4-12 in day games. That’s a lot

Stevie Wilkerson on joining the Orioles and playing the outfield

Things can change fast in baseball and they have for the Orioles’ Stevie Wilkerson. A player that was designated for assignment by the club late in spring training on March 23 is starting in left field tonight. And he soon could get some starts in center field for the Orioles. Wilkerson’s had a hot bat going at Triple-A and his contract was selected today from

A look at two pitchers who took steps forward over the weekend

It’s a theme that fans around Birdland probably have to strongly consider this year: finding something positive and/or encouraging to take from a loss. There were two pitching performances that fit that definition during a weekend when the Orioles got swept by the Twins to fall to 8-15 overall and to 1-9 at home. They were Tanner Scott’s dominant two innings on Saturday afternoon and

Dylan Bundy provides quality start, but O’s lose series finale

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy became just the third O’s starter to go six or more innings this season, but it didn’t lead to a win today for the Orioles. Bundy allowed four runs (two earned) in six frames, but Minnesota beat the Orioles 4-3 to complete a three-game sweep. The Twins are 12-7 and the Orioles fall to 8-15, with five losses in their last

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

After allowing 11 homers in a doubleheader loss Saturday, the Orioles (8-14) host the Twins (11-7) in the series finale this afternoon. After posting wins by 6-5 and 16-7 scores yesterday, Minnesota has won eight in a row against the Orioles dating to last season. The Twins are 13-3 versus the Orioles since 2017. Dating to September 2014, Minnesota is 22-8 against Baltimore. In Saturday’s

Gabriel Ynoa on rejoining the Orioles

An Orioles pitching staff that sports a 6.40 team ERA to rank last in the American League got a reinforcement today. The Orioles selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Gabriel Ynoa, and he joined the team from Triple-A Norfolk. Right-hander Mike Wright was designated for assignment after pitching to an ERA of 9.45 in 10 games. Ynoa will wear No. 64. “I feel very happy.

Jonathan Schoop on his fond O’s memories plus other notes

Former Oriole Jonathan Schoop has played on the field at Camden Yards often. But he came out of the visiting dugout to play at the Yard for the first time yesterday. After 635 Orioles games between 2013 and 2018, Schoop was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers last July 31. Then, as a free agent, he signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins in December

Twins mash eight homers, Kline and Davis pitch, and O’s drop nightcap

The Orioles’ chances to gain a doubleheader split today, win their second home game of the year or have a game without allowing homers went south quickly tonight. Right-hander Alex Cobb returned from the injured list, but allowed a pair of homers in the first inning as Minnesota went on to crush the Orioles 16-7 at Oriole Park. Coupled with their 6-5 win in the

O’s Game 2 game blog: Alex Cobb gets start against the Twins

Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb (0-0, 3.18 ERA) will come off the injured list to make the start tonight in Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Twins. In his season debut, in the home opener on April 4, Cobb went 5 2/3 innings and gave up five hits and two runs against the New York Yankees. Cobb will be making his fifth career start against

O’s Game 1 game blog: Dan Straily faces José Berríos (Twins win 6-5)

The Orioles (8-12) and Minnesota Twins (9-7) were rained out at Camden Yards Friday night. Today they play a single-admission doubleheader at 4:05 p.m. to open what is now a two-day, three-game series. In today’s opener, right-hander Dan Straily (1-1, 10.24 ERA) will make his fourth apperance and third start for his new team. Straily threw a strong game last Monday at Boston. Over five

Jonathan Schoop on his return to Camden Yards, former team and more

After a Friday night stop at one of his favorite restaurants - Ruth’s Chris Steak House - Jonathan Schoop will take the field at Camden Yards today for the first time since he was traded by the Orioles to the Milwaukee Brewers last July 31. Since that day he went to the playoffs last fall with the Brewers and then signed as a free agent

Straily on velocity, clubhouse vibe and more

Orioles right-hander Dan Straily is set to pitch Game 1 of today’s single-admission doubleheader against Minnesota at 4:05 p.m. at Camden Yards. Straily hopes to build on his last outing, a very solid start last Monday at Boston. He went five innings and allowed two hits and one run with one walk and two strikeouts on 86 pitches. Released by the Marlins in late March

Will splitter be there again tonight for Alex Cobb?

Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb is expected to rejoin the rotation tonight, coming off the injured list for the second time this year. When he made his only start of 2019 on April 4 in the home opener, he went 5 2/3 and allowed five hits and two runs versus the New York Yankees. Cobb threw a heavy percentage of split-finger fastballs in that outing and

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner pitches series finale

The Orioles will try to end their two-city road trip with a victory tonight, as they meet the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Rays go for the sweep after posting wins by 4-2 and 8-1 over the last two nights. The Orioles (7-12) have lost seven of nine and are 2-4 on this road trip to Boston and St. Petersburg. They’ve scored just

A look at the Orioles’ draft bonus pool and more

The Orioles have a bonus pool of $13,821,300 with which to sign their picks in the first 10 rounds of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft in June. That according to figures published by Baseball America. The Orioles have the No. 1 pick in the draft for the second time in team history. They selected LSU right-hander Ben McDonald with the overall top pick in 1989.

O’s game blog: David Hess gets the ball against the Rays

Right-hander David Hess (1-2, 3.32 ERA) gets the start tonight as the Orioles play the second game of their three-game set at Tropicana Field. The Tampa Bay Rays won 4-2 last night to improve to 13-4, while the Orioles are now 7-11 on the year, 6-5 on the road and 2-3 on the current road trip. The Rays have the best record in the majors

Now Dylan Bundy needs to build on good starts to his starts

For the second outing in a row, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy had a real encouraging start to his start. But once again, he could not keep it going. Two outings ago at home versus Oakland, Bundy had a shutout and no-hitter through three innings. His slider was sharp and he got five of his first nine outs on strikeouts. Last night he had a strong

O’s game blog: O’s face AL East-leading Tampa Bay

The Orioles (7-10) begin the second stop on their two-city road trip tonight when they play the Tampa Bay Rays (12-4) at Tropicana Field. The Orioles went 2-2 at Boston and open a three-game series tonight. The Rays are the only team in the American League East at .500 or better, with every other team at least three games under .500. Tampa Bay’s division lead

There were a few things to like in the Boston series

Yes the Red Sox have some rotation issues and some injury issues. But they won 108 games and the World Series last year while the Orioles lost 115 games. And the Orioles went 3-16 against Boston last season. So for them to split a four-game series at Fenway Park is, at the very least, surprising and not bad for this team. There were some things

O’s game blog: Dan Straily pitches in Boston series finale

New Orioles right-hander Dan Straily, signed by the team on April 5, has certainly struggled in his first two appearances with the team. He is 0-1 with a 19.29 ERA after allowing 10 runs over 4 2/3 innings. In his first Baltimore appearance, he gave up five runs in 1 1/3 in relief versus the Yankees. Then in a start last Wednesday versus Oakland, he

John Means was strong against Boston, plus farm notes

As the Orioles are looking for some solid starting pitching - they don’t have a quality start over their last 11 games - John Means provided an encouraging outing on Sunday at Boston. Means went five innings, allowing four hits and one run with one walk and three strikeouts in Boston’s 4-0 win. He took the loss and is now 1-2 but has a 1.98

O’s game blog: John Means gets the start at Fenway Park

Not only did Chris Davis end his hitless streak yesterday, but his hits were big ones as the Orioles beat Boston 9-5 to even the four-game series at a win each. Davis went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, producing three hits for the first time since Aug. 28 and four RBIs for the first time since July 29. Davis ended his 0-for-54 run with a two-run

Lefty Zac Lowther made strong Bowie debut, plus O’s notes

After a standout 2018 season that ended with him being named the Orioles’ co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year, lefty Zac Lowther moved up to Double-A Bowie this year. His first start went as many of his 2018 starts did. He threw five scoreless innings on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Lowther is scheduled to make his second start for Bowie this

O’s game blog: Birds look to end four-game slide in Boston

After losing their road trip opener 6-4 at Boston last night, the Orioles face the Red Sox again today at Fenway Park. Both clubs are 5-9 after Friday’s result. Boston has won two in a row, while the Orioles have lost four straight and eight of nine games. Right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-1, 5.28 ERA) will make his fourth start. He’s thrown 15 1/3 innings allowing

Farm work: John Means made a slow yet steady rise to majors

When he makes his second major league start Sunday afternoon at Boston, we might be reminded that lefty John Means beat some odds to get to that mound at Fenway Park. He was not a high draft pick, selected in round 11 in 2014 out of West Virginia University. He was never a highly ranked prospect and has never been listed among the Orioles’ top

O’s game blog: Orioles road trip begins at Fenway Park

Will going on the road be good for Orioles pitchers? So far in 2019, they’ve been much better and allowed fewer homers on the road than at home. During the season-opening 4-2 trip to Yankee Stadium and Rogers Centre, O’s pitchers allowed six homers and posted an ERA of 4.33. During the just-completed 1-6 homestand they yielded 28 homers with an ERA of 8.29. Right-hander

After rough homestand, an O’s road trip begins in Boston tonight

The Orioles lost on opening day at Yankee Stadium. But they followed that up with a four-game win streak, matching their longest streak from all of last year. But since that run, the Orioles have now lost seven of eight games. During this 1-7 stretch, the Orioles have lost by scores of 15-3, 13-2 and 10-3. They have been outscored 69-36 in those eight games.

The A’s add five more homers to take series finale

In an attempt to get his 2019 season trending up, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy went through the Oakland A’s lineup easily through three innings today. He fanned five without allowing a hit on 44 pitches. He was rolling. But it suddenly went south from there. Bundy allowed four homers over the next three innings as Oakland beat the Orioles 8-5 at Camden Yards to take

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

After they lost three straight to the Yankees and two of three to the Oakland Athletics in this current series, the Orioles host the A’s again this afternoon. The game marks the end of this four-game series and seven-game homestand before a road trip begins in Boston Friday night. The Orioles beat Oakland 12-4 Monday, but lost the last two nights by 13-2 and 10-3

Right-hander Josh Lucas talks about joining the Orioles

After he made a favorable impression during his first spring training with the Orioles, manager Brandon Hyde told right-hander Josh Lucas he expected to see him during the regular season. And now, just 12 games into the 2019 season, that has happened. With Richard Bleier headed to the injured list and Josh Rogers optioned back to the minors after last night’s game, today the Orioles

Pedro Severino brings experience catching Max Scherzer to Baltimore

We could not have known he would even be on the Orioles’ opening day roster when spring training began. He wasn’t even in the organization yet. But Pedro Severino, the O’s backup catcher, joined the club when he was claimed off waivers from the Nationals on March 23. He is still settling in with his new team. Severino is 3-for-14 (.214) in four games as

O’s done in by the longball again in loss to A’s

It has been a homestand where Orioles pitchers have simply given up too many homers. And it happened again tonight. Oakland homered three times in the first five innings and five times in the game to beat the Orioles 10-3 at Camden Yards. The A’s (8-8) have won two of three in this series. The Orioles (5-7) are 1-5 on this homestand and have lost

O’s game blog: Dan Straily gets the start, plus farm notes

After splitting the first two games of a four-game series, the Orioles host Oakland again tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Birds won 12-4 Monday and lost 13-2 last night. Since starting the year 4-1, the Orioles have lost five of six games and been outscored 51-28. Meanwhile, the Baltimore offense, held to seven hits last night, has produced four runs or less

Josh Rogers on rejoining the Orioles

He was optioned out to Triple-A Norfolk on the last day of spring training. But 24-year-old lefty Josh Rogers officially rejoined the Orioles today. He was recalled from the Tides and takes the roster spot of pitcher Alex Cobb, who went on the injured list Tuesday. So it happened pretty fast and Rogers is back already. “I didn’t really know (when I would come back),”

More bullpen struggles and Ofelky Peralta’s big strikeout game

There will be tough days in baseball and the Orioles had one Tuesday. They lost two pitchers to the injured list and then lost a 13-2 blowout to Oakland to fall to 5-6 on the year. They’ve played in three straight blowout games, losing two of them. Right-handers Nate Karns and Alex Cobb were added to the injured list yesterday. Cobb is dealing with back

O’s fall behind big early and lose 13-2 to A’s

One miserable inning put the Orioles in a big hole early tonight and they never climbed out of it. Oakland beat the Orioles 13-2 after losing by eight runs last night to even the series at a win each. The A’s, now 7-8, scored five soft runs off left-hander John Means in the top of the second. They produced three infield hits and used one

O’s game blog: John Means makes first major league start versus A’s

As they scored their most runs since Aug. 28 of last year, the Orioles improved to 5-5 and ended a four-game losing streak last night. They hit three triples and two homers in a 12-4 win over Oakland. Six players had multi-hit games and four players drove in two or more runs. It was the eighth time in Orioles history that the club had three

Mychal Givens on high-leverage spots, Evan Phillips on call-up

The Orioles have four pitchers with saves. But right-hander Mychal Givens, who had nine saves last year, doesn’t have any yet. Givens said today he is fine with that. Getting a team win tops which pitcher might get a save chance. “That is what everyone is here to do. Whatever is asked of me to help us win. Everything else will take care of itself,”

A look at a solid 5-5 start and Sedlock’s season debut for Frederick

So the Orioles ended a four-game losing streak with last night’s 12-4 win over Oakland. They are 5-5 through 10 games. That start is more impressive when you consider a few things, such as: * The Orioles have played the Yankees six times.* They have played six of 10 games on the road.* They have played seven games versus teams that won 97 or more

O’s losing streak ends as they rout Oakland 12-4

Before tonight’s game the Orioles’ Trey Mancini said a four-game losing streak would provide a test for him and his young teammates. Tonight, they passed it. They got some stellar infield defense, three triples, two homers, some clutch outs late and just enough starting pitching to beat the Oakland A’s 12-4 in the opener of a four-game series. The Orioles are 5-5 at the 10-game

O’s game blog: O’s and A’s open four-game series at the Yard

For the Orioles, a four-game win streak was followed by four-consecutive losses. They lost Wednesday afternoon in Toronto to end a 4-2 opening road trip and then were swept three straight by New York. The Orioles allowed 14 homers and 29 runs in that series. Tonight, their homestand continues as the Orioles (4-5), in third in the American League East, host Oakland (6-7), which is

Trey Mancini on the losing streak: “It’s definitely a test”

The good feeling and positive vibes in the Orioles clubhouse that carried from spring training into the regular season continued through the club’s 4-1 start. The chemistry, the team being together, the team playing hard and aggressive baseball that was dictated by their manager from the first day under the Florida sun. But a 4-1 start has been followed by a four-game losing streak where

After allowing seven homers, O’s pitchers try to get back on track against the A’s

After allowing seven home runs and 15 runs Sunday, there is nothing, really, to do for the Orioles pitching staff and team as a whole but get back on the horse tonight versus Oakland. Try to ride their way to victory and put that mess from Sunday in their rear-view mirror. The O’s were competitive and led the Yankees in the first two games of

Yankees blast seven homers and sweep series in Baltimore

Maybe that series win at Yankee Stadium last weekend by the Orioles got the Yankees’ attention. Because after scoring just five runs in three games at home against Detroit, New York came to Baltimore and hit 14 homers and scored 29 runs in a series sweep of the Orioles. Today right-hander Domingo Germán allowed two hits and two runs over six innings and New York

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

After dropping games by scores of 8-4 and 6-4 to start this series, the Orioles host the New York Yankees today to wrap up this three-game series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Both clubs are 4-4 and tied for second in the American League East, 1 1/2 games behind the 6-3 Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto is in fourth at 3-7 and defending World Series

The case for the defense, plus other Orioles notes

Trey Mancini homered again and for the second time in two games in the series against New York, the Orioles got the lead. But they gave up more homers last night and lost to the Yankees 6-4 at Camden Yards. The Orioles led 4-1 in the sixth on Thursday but allowed the game’s last seven runs to lose 8-4. They scratched out two big runs

After gaining lead, O’s fall to New York after Castro hangs slider

For the Orioles and their fans it was a frustrating night as three poorly executed pitches wound up in the seats. The New York Yankees hit three more homers tonight and beat the Orioles 6-4 at Camden Yards. After a 4-1 start, the Orioles have allowed 19 runs during a three-game losing streak. After the Birds had taken a 4-3 lead in the home seventh,

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces the Yankees at Camden Yards

After starting the season 4-1 followed by back-to-back losses to Toronto and the New York Yankees, the Orioles host New York again tonight. It’s game two of a three-game series and seven-game homestand to begin the home schedule. In Thursday’s home opener, New York bashed four homers in an 8-4 win. The Orioles led 4-1 in the fifth inning, but the Yankees scored the game’s

Alex Cobb on Straily’s addition, Hanser Alberto on 4-for-6 start

Right-hander Dan Straily’s addition to the Orioles will no doubt be welcomed throughout the clubhouse, and maybe most by a bullpen that has been extremely busy through the first seven games. Manager Brandon Hyde said Straily may initially make some bullpen appearances, but he’s headed for the rotation as soon as he’s stretched out enough for that. Straily, 30, went 5-6 with a 4.12 ERA

Dylan Bundy gets a Yankees rematch tonight, plus farm notes

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy, looking to bounce back from a season in which he led the majors in homers allowed and tied for the major league lead with 16 losses, takes the mound for the second time in 2019 tonight. Once again, he faces the New York Yankees. A Yankees team that scored five runs in its recent three-game series versus Detroit, but has scored

The opening day boo birds and Day One on the farm (updated)

Considering the Orioles only have had a few players hitting, had rotation issues in the opening series, had bullpen issues the last two days and have played all seven games versus the American League East, a 4-3 start doesn’t sound real bad. Yes, that sentence was probably way too long. The O’s rotation had an ERA of 8.38 in the opening series at New York.

O’s lose lead in the sixth as they fall in the home opener

It was looking like there would be a good chance for a feel-good opening day at home for the Orioles. They were leading the Yankees 4-1 headed to the top of the sixth. But within a span of four batters the strong positive vibes hit a brick wall. Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres delivered his second homer of the game and it was huge. His three-run

O’s game blog: It’s Alex Cobb against James Paxton in the home opener

After winning four of six on the road to start the 2019 season, the Orioles are back in Baltimore for their home opener. Today the Orioles host the New York Yankees to start a three-game series and seven-game homestand, with Oakland following the Yankees to town. Tampa Bay at 5-2 is the early leader in the American League East, with the Orioles next at 4-2.

O’s successful road show now brings the act to Camden Yards

TORONTO - The Orioles did the unexpected. A team predicted for another 100-loss season began the year winning four of six and taking series at New York and Toronto. They’ve played with energy and enthusiasm, displayed solid defense, gotten some clutch outs from their pitchers and watched Trey Mancini get off to a torrid start at the plate. For a rookie manager in Brandon Hyde,

O’s end promising first road trip on the short end

TORONTO - As the season’s first road trip came to an end with a loss today, the Orioles looked back on the first six games and saw plenty of positive and encouraging signs. Now they’re excited to bring their team home to play in front of their home fans for the first time on Thursday. Blanked today on three hits heading to the ninth, they

O’s fall 5-3 in series finale at Toronto

TORONTO - The Orioles were able to win with just two runs last night, but they couldn’t get much going for most of the game today, as they lost the series and road trip finale to the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto right-hander Matt Shoemaker threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, as the Blue Jays won 5-3 to salvage the finale of this series.

O’s game blog: Going for a sweep at Rogers Centre

TORONTO - After going winless here last season in 10 games, the Orioles can today sweep a three-game series at Rogers Centre. They won 6-5 Monday night and 2-1 behind Andrew Cashner last night. At 4-1, the Orioles are in second place in the American League East, a half-game behind the 5-1 Tampa Bay Rays. New York is third at 2-3 followed by Toronto at

Brandon Hyde on Chris Davis, roster move and more (O’s fall 5-3)

TORONTO - He is 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts and three walks, but Orioles first basemen Chris Davis is back in the starting lineup today, batting seventh. He did make several solid plays in the field in last night’s 2-1 win. “I think he’s still searching a little bit,” manager Brandon Hyde said before today’s series finale at Toronto. “He’s taken a couple of good swings

Another day, another win: O’s get the victory again in Toronto

TORONTO - Anyone getting tired of watching the Orioles win yet? Yep, just kidding. But the 2019 Orioles have won their last four by six combined runs. Every game has gone down to the last pitch. Three of the games were started by James Paxton, J.A. Happ and Marcus Stroman. Four different players have saves. But other than that ... Hey, for a change it’s

Andrew Cashner goes six strong as O’s top Blue Jays (quotes added)

TORONTO - He didn’t take a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but right-hander Andrew Cashner followed up nicely on David Hess’ strong outing last night. Cashner pitched the Orioles to a 2-1 win at Rogers Centre and they are 4-1 with a four-game win streak, matching their longest of last season. After going 0-10 in Toronto last season, they can sweep this three-game series tomorrow

O’s game blog: Looking for a 4-1 start in Toronto

TORONTO - With three wins in their first four games and with a record topped by just two American League teams thus far, the Orioles play here tonight in the second game of a three-game series. David Hess threw 6 1/3 no-hit innings Monday night, Jonathan Villar hit a two-run homer, and Trey Mancini homered and drove in two in a 6-5 win. The Orioles,

How Hess, Sucre worked well together (game update)

TORONTO - Last night’s no-hitter over 6 1/3 innings by Orioles right-hander David Hess had a lot to do with the pitcher, of course, but also the catcher. Jesús Sucre said this afternoon that Hess let him know before the game he would have full confidence in every pitch Sucre called. Hess would say, “I’m riding with you,” to his catcher pregame and then Sucre

Three pitchers with saves already in Orioles’ first four games

TORONTO - The Orioles bullpen has sure been interesting to watch over the season’s first four games. They were called on often in New York, stumbled late in the game last night and three pitchers already have recorded saves - but Mychal Givens is not among them. Manager Brandon Hyde has been ready and willing to use various pitchers in various roles during a 3-1

The decision to pull Hess, Mancini’s fast start, Means’ changeup

TORONTO - Hey everybody, the Orioles won a game at Rogers Centre. That also got lost in the shuffle last night after right-hander David Hess was pulled after 6 1/3 innings while throwing a no-hitter. But after going 0-10 at Toronto last year and being outscored 63-28 in the building, the Orioles won last night 6-5. Hess threw 48 four-seam fastballs that averaged 93.8 mph

Brandon Hyde and David Hess on his gem versus Toronto

TORONTO - Trey Mancini produced again at the plate, Richard Bleier struggled again on the mound and the Orioles won again. Those were almost afterthoughts tonight as the Orioles hung on in the ninth to beat Toronto 6-5 at Rogers Centre. It was a night when a rookie manager felt he couldn’t let a pitcher throwing a no-hitter finish the job or even the seventh

David Hess throws 6 1/3 no-hit innings in win at Toronto

TORONTO - Last year the Orioles did not record a single win at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Tonight, right-hander David Hess made sure that would not happen this season as the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 6-5. Showing the best fastball velocity we’ve seen in his brief major league career, Hess was rolling from the start. He retired the first nine batters on 28 pitches,

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

TORONTO - The Orioles will try to do something tonight at Rogers Centre that they could not do at all last year - win. They went 0-10 and were outscored 63-28 last season in Toronto. The Orioles had series where they went 0-4, 0-3 and 0-3 last year at Rogers Centre. They were out-homered in the 10 games, 35-20. Toronto batters hit .277/.339/.500 with an

Karns starts Wednesday, Smith back in Toronto (O’s win 6-5)

TORONTO - It worked once so the Orioles will try it again. Whether you want to call him an opener or say the Orioles are going with a bullpen game, right-hander Nate Karns will start the third game of the series in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon. “We’re going to go with Karns again and (Alex) Cobb will have the home opener (on Thursday),” manager Brandon

After surprise series win, O’s move on to Toronto for three

It sure took a while on Sunday, and it wasn’t supposed to go this way, but the Orioles beat the Yankees 7-5 and took two of three in the weekend series. In the three games, the Orioles scored 14 runs and the Yankees scored 15 runs. Down one in run differential, but more importantly up one in the standings and ahead of all but the

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