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O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner pitches series opener

After losing two of three to Detroit to start this homestand, the Orioles host the San Francisco Giants this weekend. It’s their second interleague series after losing two of three at Colorado. The Orioles last met the Giants in August 2016, and they won two of three in Baltimore. They have hosted San Francisco at Oriole Park just once before and lost two of three

MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis on the Orioles’ No. 1 draft pick

We are now just days away from a huge night for the Orioles. The 2019 First-Year Player Draft begins Monday at 7 p.m. It will be televised live on MLB Network and, for the second time in team history, the Orioles have the first pick in the draft. The draft consists of 40 rounds, and a team may pass on its selection in any round

Mancini on Yaz, Blaine Knight on Grayson Rodriguez

When the Orioles host the San Francisco Giants this weekend, a few members of the Orioles 2013 draft class, to include Austin Wynns and Trey Mancini, plan to get together with the 14th-round pick that year. That is outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. A non-roster invitee to O’s spring training this year, Yaz went 3-for-18 (.167) in spring games, was optioned to minors camp at Twin Lakes

One that got away: O’s lose lead in the eighth and tie in ninth in loss

For the Orioles, it was another night of strong pitching by left-hander John Means. He was on his way to his sixth win with a strong six-inning outing and a one-run lead. But Mychal Givens, tasked with pitching a second inning, gave up a game-tying home run. Branden Kline, tasked with holding the tie, gave up a two-run homer in the ninth and Detroit stormed

O’s game blog: O’s host Tigers in series finale, plus minors notes

Looking for a series win for the first time in more than a month, the Orioles (17-38) host the Detroit Tigers (20-32) tonight in the rubber match of this series. The Orioles won 5-3 Monday and lost 3-0 last night, their ninth loss in the last 11 games and 16th in the past 20. Before this series, the Orioles had a seven-game stretch where they

Just like on the farm: Austin Wynns catches John Means tonight

When Austin Wynns catches lefty John Means tonight for the Orioles in the Detroit series finale, it will be the first time he’s caught Means in the bigs this year. But far from their first time ever. Wynns caught Means’ big league debut late last year at Boston and this pairing took place often on the farm. Wynns wasn’t even sure how many times he

Knight and Sedlock check out the Yard, plus more from Stewart

The Orioles welcomed two young pitchers from the Single-A Frederick Keys last night as right-handers Blaine Knight and Cody Sedlock came to Camden Yards on an off-night for their team. Before the game, they met some Orioles players, saw the sights at Camden Yards and did a round of interviews. Knight, drafted in round three last year out of the University of Arkansas, made five

Matthew Boyd outduels Dylan Bundy as Tigers even series

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy threw a strong game, recorded a quality start and picked up his 500th career strikeout tonight. And DJ Stewart had three hits in his season debut. But Detroit lefty Matthew Boyd outdueled Bundy and overcame Stewart’s strong night. Boyd threw scoreless ball over six innings plus two batters as the Tigers beat the Orioles 3-0 to even this three-game set a

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Tigers at Oriole Park

The Orioles last had a two-game winning streak on May 6 when they wrapped up wins versus Tampa Bay and Boston around a rainout. They’ll try for two in a row tonight when they host Detroit at Camden Yards. Renato Núñez hit a two-run homer, his 13th, and Jonathan Villar’s 456-foot solo shot was No. 7 in Monday’s 5-3 win over the Tigers at Oriole

DJ Stewart talks about getting his call to the Orioles

DJ Stewart got into 17 games in the major leagues last September, batting .250 (10-for-40) with three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs after joining the Orioles’ expanded roster and making his major league debut on Sept. 12. It was exciting to be called to the majors. But when Stewart found out he was coming to join the Orioles today from Triple-A Norfolk, it

Remembering draft day: The O’s took Dylan Bundy No. 4 in 2011

The Orioles are now days away from making the first pick in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. That selection will be made on Monday night. The Orioles hold the No. 1 overall pick for just the second time since the draft began in 1965. In 1989 they chose LSU right-hander Ben McDonald 1/1. In the Orioles clubhouse this week the player that

Straily solid in relief in win, O’s make roster moves (updated)

When the first two hitters he faced today combined to produce a run, it looked like right-hander Dan Straily might have another rough outing. But he turned it around and gave the Orioles a solid long-relief job as the Orioles beat the Tigers 5-3 at Oriole Park. As the Orioles won for just the third time in 14 games, Straily allowed just one run over

O’s game blog: The homestand begins against Detroit

After losing two of three at Colorado in a quick road trip two times zone away, the Orioles return home this afternoon to host the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers (19-31) will be at Camden Yards for three games and, after Thursday’s off day, the San Francisco Giants play three in Baltimore starting Friday night to complete a six-game homestand. The Orioles (16-37) are 6-19 at

Hyde on Givens’ struggles, Trumbo’s return (game update)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said after his recent struggles that reliever Mychal Givens - he was on the mound for two walk-off losses at Colorado - may pitch in lower-leverage situations in the short term moving forward. Over his last four games Givens has allowed eight runs on seven hits and six walks in three innings. He’s suffered two blown saves and three losses in

O’s head home reeling, Lowther duels Mize, Yaz in the show

They rallied from 5-1 and 6-4 deficits to take the lead in the top of the eighth. But they lost again in a walk-off defeat in the last of the ninth. The Orioles’ latest gut-punch loss was their second walk-off loss in the weekend series wrapped around a win at Colorado. At least they got the win, but late Sunday afternoon it sure felt like

O’s game blog: Looking for a series win in Colorado

The Orioles beat Colorado last night 9-6 and produced a season-high 17 hits. That sets them up with a chance to win the series today at Coors Field in the series finale. The club’s last series win was at home versus the Chicago White Sox April 22-24. Since then they have lost seven series and tied one. The Orioles’ Renato Núñez has homered in four

Talking homers allowed with a catcher, plus farm notes

Whenever an Orioles pitcher gives up a homer - and they’ve allowed the most in the majors this year - there is always a catcher on the other end waiting for a pitch that never gets to his mitt. The catcher can be just as frustrated as anyone that the pitch went out and Pedro Severino has been there, done that this year for the

O’s game blog: Cashner has four quality starts his last five games

With a record of 15-36 and without a win in eight days, the Orioles take the field tonight at Coors Field against Colorado. They are out to snap a seven-game losing streak following Friday’s 8-6 walk-off loss. O’s pitchers allowed four homers Friday - two each to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story - and they lead the majors with 111 through 51 games. Seattle ranks

Delmarva manager on Rodriguez, Hall and more (plus O’s notes)

It has been a little over two weeks since my trek to Salisbury, Md. and Perdue Stadium to see up close how the Orioles’ Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds affiliate had gotten off to a remarkable 24-4 start. The Shorebirds were playing at a .857 winning percentage through 28 games and they were obviously going to cool off some. But it hasn’t been much. After last night’s

O’s game blog: Orioles make first trip to Colorado in 15 years

Trying to snap a season-long six-game losing streak, the Orioles are in Colorado for a three-game weekend series. The Orioles were swept at home in a four-game series by the New York Yankees that ended yesterday. After this quick one-series road trip, they’ll be back at home Monday afternoon. This series marks just the second trip for the Orioles to Coors Field in Colorado. The

As the losses mount, how is Birdland dealing with them?

So the Orioles had chances to win a couple of games in the series with the New York Yankees, but they went 0-4. They’ve now lost six in a row and take a 15-35 record into their game in Colorado tonight. As the losses mount, some fans in Birdland are venting, but to me, it appears a large segment of Birdland expected exactly this. They

O’s tie it in eighth, but lose in ninth to Yankees for four-game sweep

Down to their final six outs to avoid a four-game sweep, the Orioles bat came to life today. They tied the game. But that just led to another frustrating loss when right-hander Mychal Givens walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. The New York Yankees won 6-5 to complete a four-game sweep and improve to 7-0 this year at Camden Yards

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

The Orioles need a win this afternoon to avoid getting swept in a series for the fifth time this year. The first four have come twice against New York and twice against Minnesota. The Orioles lost three straight at Camden Yards to the Yankees from April 4-7. They were swept in a doubleheader, which technically counts as a series, on May 15 at Yankee Stadium.

Mike Elias on Triple-A Norfolk players, plus some Yankees-O’s notes

A couple of hours before they took the field last night for Triple-A Norfolk, Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said some nice things about catcher Chance Sisco and outfielder DJ Stewart. He indicated the Orioles are watching them closely, have noticed the strong seasons they are having on the farm and could be calling them up. Maybe sooner than later. Then

Orioles can’t climb out of big early hole in latest loss to Yankees

There were more New York Yankees homers. The O’s starter didn’t pitch deep into the game. The Orioles lost to the Yankees again at Oriole Park with a familiar script. Swept here three straight by New York early last month, the Orioles lost 7-5 tonight and have lost the first three of a four-game series that concludes Thursday afternoon. Struggling right-hander Dan Straily got hit

O’s game blog: It’s Straily against Sabathia at Camden Yards

After losing by 10-7 and 11-4 the last two nights, the Orioles host the New York Yankees again tonight. It’s the third contest of a four-game series. The outlook doesn’t look too positive for the O’s tonight. Right-hander Dan Straily (1-3, 8.51 ERA), who has been struggling, especially at home, goes against a Yankees team that enjoys mashing homers at Oriole Park. But that’s why

Elias on “largest international signing period” club has ever had

While the Orioles are struggling at the major league level and have lost seven of eight and 17 of 22 games to fall to 15-33, the ball is rolling behind the scenes to continue to acquire young amateur talent, both on the domestic and international fronts. During a wide-ranging interview with reporters this afternoon, executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias updated the club’s

Núñez trying to work out of extended slump

When Monday’s game against the New York Yankees began, Renato Núñez saw his batting average down to .211 and his OPS at .632. He had just three hits his last 47 at-bats and six in his previous 68. But Núñez not only got two extra-base hits in that game, he drew two walks. This is a player who recently had a stretch of 18 games

Hess allows nine runs in O’s loss to Yankees

The 2019 season was off to a good start for Orioles right-hander David Hess. Two scoreless in relief on opening day followed by 6 1/3 no-hit innings in Toronto. But since then it’s been mostly a series of shaky pitching marked by opponent home runs. That trend continued tonight at Camden Yards. A night after their 10-7 come-from-behind win over the Orioles, the Yankees were

O’s game blog: The Orioles face eight-game winner Domingo Germán

The Orioles offense produced seven runs and 13 hits last night, including eight for extra bases. But tonight, as they try to bounce back from Monday’s blown lead and 10-7 loss, they face one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. The O’s face right-hander Domingo Germán (8-1, 2.50 ERA). He is the major league leader in wins. He is fifth in the AL

Shawn Armstrong has a 1.08 ERA in his first seven games with the Orioles

So far, 28-year-old right-hander Shawn Armstrong is turning out to be a nice addition for the Orioles, one which came via a waiver claim. He retired all four Yankees he faced last night with two strikeouts on 16 pitches. In seven games with the Orioles since they claimed him April 28 from Seattle, Armstrong is 0-0 with a 1.08 ERA and .111 batting average against.

A look at the O’s top draft pick with MLBPipeline.com’s Jonathan Mayo

There could always be a surprise and the Orioles are not going to tip their hand, but for now all signs continue to point to the club taking Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the first pick in the First-Year Player Draft on June 3. Good luck finding a mock draft that doesn’t have the Orioles making the switch-hitting junior the No. 1 selection. He’s

O’s lose 6-1 lead and the game 10-7 to Yankees in series opener

For the Orioles tonight, a chance to have a feel-good series opening win against a rival after Sunday’s 10-0 loss evaporated amid several defensive misplays and the New York Yankees’ late-game homers. Once leading 6-1 in the fourth, the Orioles lost 10-7 to the Yankees who scored four runs in the ninth to storm from behind. With the score tied 7-7, catcher Pedro Severino apparently

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner pitches series opener with the Yankees

After a 1-5 road trip where the Orioles lost the last two games in Cleveland, the club begins a one series, four-game homestand tonight. The Orioles host the New York Yankees in the series opener. The O’s offense produced 12 runs on 20 hits on Thursday and Friday in Cleveland with six doubles and four homers, and Baltimore batters went 6-for-17 with runners in scoring

O’s got whipped in Cleveland but go 4-0 on farm Sunday

Well, the Orioles minor league affiliates went 4-0 Sunday with some real nice pitching performances. We’ll get to that shortly. But the big league club got blown out 10-0 in Cleveland and the postgame interviews reflected that result. Starting pitcher Yefry Ramirez said he was “just bad.” Chris Davis struck out four times against Indians right-hander Shane Bieber and said he didn’t make adjustments and

O’s blanked in Cleveland to wrap up 1-5 road trip (updated)

CLEVELAND - The Orioles were held to a run and one hit yesterday and their offense was dormant again today. Their pitching was not good either. That kind of day in the road trip finale as Cleveland whipped the Orioles 10-0 to take three of four in this series. The Orioles (15-31) completed a 1-5 road trip through New York and Cleveland, winning only on

O’s game blog: The road trip ends with one more in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - The Orioles two-city road trip through New York and Cleveland ends this afternoon against the Indians at Progressive Field. After two rainouts and then a doubleheader loss Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, the Orioles are 1-2 in this series. They lost 14-7 Thursday, won 5-1 behind Dylan Bundy Friday and were one-hit yesterday in losing 4-1 to the Tribe. The Orioles are 15-30 overall,

Pregame talk about DJ Stewart, Renato Núñez and more (game update)

CLEVELAND - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has a lot on his plate with his own roster, but he’s certainly getting reports and taking note of what is happening on the farm. And right now, Triple-A Norfolk outfielder DJ Stewart is on a hitting tear. Stewart is hitting .487 (19-for-39) with five home runs, 23 RBIs and a .521 OBP through 12 games in May. He

Looking at a “winning baseball play” and outfield communication

CLEVELAND - It was the last of the fifth and a crowd of 25,652 was getting loud at Progressive Field. Leading 3-1, the Cleveland Indians had the bases loaded and one out against Orioles lefty John Means. They had a chance to put the hammer down and break the game wide open. Means had a 3-2 count on right fielder Jordan Luplow, who hit a

Wrapping up Orioles’ 4-1 loss to Indians

CLEVELAND - John Means made one pitch he’d really like to have back. The Orioles were held to one hit, going 1-for-28. That was not a good combination today as Cleveland beat the Birds 4-1 at Progressive Field. Trey Mancini lined a solo homer to left in the fourth off Indians right-hander Adam Plutko, called up from Triple-A to make this start. But the Orioles

O’s offense shut down as Tribe wins 4-1 over John Means

CLEVELAND - For just the second time in his seven starts with the Orioles, left-hander John Means allowed more than one earned run. He didn’t pitch badly, but he could have used more run support. After scoring 12 runs on 20 hits in the first two games of this series, the Baltimore offense was held in check today as Cleveland beat the Orioles 4-1 in

O’s game blog: John Means gets the start versus Indians

CLEVELAND - The Orioles had a much more enjoyable Friday night here. After losing 14-7 on Thursday, they won 5-1 last night behind right-hander Dylan Bundy, who allowed one unearned run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings. Bundy, who threw 118 pitches, improved to 2-5 for the year with an ERA of 4.66 that is second-best among the club’s starters. Bundy, who has not

Brandon Hyde on Sunday’s starter and more (game update)

CLEVELAND - The Orioles won’t bring a starting pitcher back on short rest after Wednesday’s doubleheader in New York, so they will turn to right-hander Yefry Ramirez out of their bullpen to start the series finale here on Sunday afternoon. Ramirez is 0-1 with an ERA of 5.14 in three games and seven innings since he was called up from Triple-A on April 29. He

Another look at Dylan Bundy’s strong outing against Cleveland

CLEVELAND - We don’t need analytics or any advanced data to know that your chances of winning are much greater when allowing one run than say, 14. No late touchdown was called for last night, and we can also call off the panic over right-hander Dylan Bundy. Proving yet again last night that he can win throwing his fastball 90 to 92 mph, Bundy pitched

Dylan Bundy throws strong game as O’s top Indians (quotes added)

CLEVELAND - For one night at least, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy quieted any talk about his velocity. He picked up his second win of the year, pitching the Orioles past the Cleveland Indians. As usual he wasn’t lighting up the radar gun - his velocity average was 90.6 mph, up from 89.8 mph in his last game - but he threw a solid game as

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces the Indians

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians beat the Orioles 14-7 last night at Progressive Field and host the O’s tonight in the second game of a four-game series. The Orioles lost leads of 5-1 and 7-6 Thursday night and Cleveland scored the game’s final eight runs. The Indians set season highs in runs and hits (14), plating their most runs since Sept. 28, 2018 at Kansas

Brandon Hyde looking for a bounceback tonight (game update)

CLEVELAND - For a good portion of last night’s Orioles game here, manager Brandon Hyde saw things to like. His hitters got to Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer and the team built a 5-1 lead. Even after falling behind by 6-5, Stevie Wilkerson’s two-run double put them back ahead. It was set up to be a good night for Hyde’s rebuilding team. But it came crashing

Branden Kline settles into the bullpen and life in the majors

CLEVELAND - It has been less than a month since Branden Kline made his major league debut and just over two weeks since his latest call to the majors. But the right-hander from Frederick, Md., is settling in and getting used to life in the majors with the Orioles. He knows that to stay here, he’ll need to pitch well, and he’s been doing that

As losses mount, Orioles try to stay positive and keep pushing

CLEVELAND - Before Thursday’s game, both Orioles manager Brandon Hyde and one of the team’s leaders, Trey Mancini, talked about the appreciation they had for how the Orioles clubhouse is handling mounting losses. The losses are not unexpected, but they can weigh a team down and hinder youngsters as they try to grow and develop as players. Last night’s 14-7 loss in Cleveland featured an

Orioles lose two leads in Cleveland series opener (quotes added)

CLEVELAND - When Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer retired the Orioles on eight pitches in the first inning tonight it looked like he might have a big game. Bauer began the game ninth in the American League in ERA. But that early look was very, very deceiving. It was not a good night for several pitchers, Bauer included. And for the Orioles, another close game got

O’s game blog: O’s face Trevor Bauer in Cleveland series opener

CLEVELAND - After a doubleheader loss in New York, the Orioles begin a four-game series tonight at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Orioles lost by scores of 5-3 and 3-1 in the twinbill at Yankee Stadium. They produced just 14 hits in the two games and went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. The Orioles (14-28) are 0-21 the last three games and 1-for-31 their

Hyde pregame on Straily, Bundy and more (game update)

CLEVELAND - Over the last nine games, Orioles starters have pitched six innings or more in six of them. That is significant because they had just four such outings in the season’s first 33 games. And the rotation ERA is 3.73 in the more recent stretch. So tonight enter right-hander Dan Straily into the mix as the Orioles open a four-game series in Cleveland with

Richard Bleier talks about rejoining the Orioles

CLEVELAND - The Orioles are getting one of their key relievers back tonight. And he feels like he’s ready now to duplicate his past success. Following his lat surgery last June, lefty Richard Bleier did make it back in time for opening day. But he gave up nine hits and seven runs over 4 1/3 innings to begin the year. That was very different from

He’s pitching great, but O’s in no hurry to move Grayson Rodriguez

At Single-A Delmarva, the Shorebirds’ amazing start has been the result of many factors, but strong starting pitching has ranked right up there. One pitcher who got off to a fast start was right-hander Blaine Knight and he already has been promoted to Single-A Frederick. But others remain with the team, including the club’s 2018 top draft pick. And that is 19-year-old right-hander Grayson Rodriguez,

O’s Game 2 game blog: Andrew Cashner starts for Baltimore

Right-hander Andrew Cashner (4-1, 4.25 ERA) gets the ball in the second game tonight as the Orioles and Yankees complete this doubleheader. Cashner faced the Yankees on opening day and gave up six runs and six hits over four innings. Last season he went 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA in four starts against the Yankees. In his career over eight starts, he is 2-4 with

O’s Game 1 game blog: David Hess faces the Yankees

The Orioles have not lost since Saturday. They are 1-0 since then, beating the Los Angeles Angels Sunday behind John Means and now they’ve been rained out twice in New York. Today the Orioles and Yankees will play a straight doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. In Game 1, right-hander David Hess (1-4, 5.50 ERA) gets the start. Hess got off to a strong start to the

Elias on draft: “A rare opportunity to get an impact player”

We are now less than three weeks from June 3, the first day of the First-Year Player Draft. That is going to be a huge day and night for the Orioles, who will make the first pick in the first round for just the second time in club history. The draft began in 1965. In 1989, the Orioles made LSU right-handed pitcher Ben McDonald the

Givens provides the bullpen innings and leadership

Right-handed reliever Mychal Givens made some fans nervous when he struggled badly early in spring training. Then Givens had an ERA of 5.00 after his first seven regular-season appearances. But he looks locked in now. He fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels in his latest strong outing. He was throwing mid-90s heat with a solid slider. Over

O’s game blog: David Hess starts series opener (game postponed)

The Orioles and Yankees hope to get their game in tonight at Yankee Stadium. But the tarp was on the field as game time was approaching, and tonight’s game will begin with a rain delay at the scheduled 6:35 p.m. starting time. The Orioles’ starting pitching has been better in a recent stretch of games. Tonight, weather permitting, we find out if right-hander David Hess

Pondering a few O’s topics as another road trip is set to begin

After the Orioles avoided a sweep and beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 on Sunday, I’m wondering about a few topics and want to hear about them from Birdland today. Why all the trade talk about Trey Mancini?: Fans are not in a hurry to move this guy out of here, are they? On my postgame radio show, one of the most frequently asked questions

He did it again: John Means pitches the Orioles past the Angels

Orioles lefty John Means had to navigate through some traffic on the bases early on today. He did. Then he needed to pitch efficiently later in the game to get through six innings. He did. He gave up a solo homer to Mike Trout - who hit two here this weekend - but Means was solid once again for the Orioles, who beat the Los

O’s game blog: O’s hosts Angels in series finale (rain delay at start)

The Orioles and Los Angeles Angels remain hopeful that they will play baseball today at Camden Yards, but rain has been falling through the day and the game will not start on time. Shortly after 12 p.m. today the O’s posted this via their Twitter account - “RAIN UPDATE: We are starting today’s game vs. the Angels in a delay. We remain optimistic to be

A look at Dylan Bundy’s outing and more, plus farm notes

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy was pulled after five innings and 80 pitches last night in a game the Los Angeles Angels would win 7-2. Bundy’s four-seam fastball averaged 89.8 mph for the game and that was the lowest of his career. But remember this is a pitcher that is usually 90 to 92 mph, so this was not well below his norm. There was no

Dwight Smith Jr. homers, but O’s lose 7-2 to Angels

Some rain fell and a few Albert Pujols fly balls fell over the fence. And after an early homer, there were not many highlights today for the Orioles. The Los Angeles Angels beat the Birds 7-2 and have taken the first two games of this series in Baltimore. The Orioles fall to 13-26 and have lost four in a row, 10 of 13 and 14

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces the Angels at Oriole Park

After his team allowed 12 hits and eight runs in Friday’s 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, right-hander Dylan Bundy (1-4, 5.30 ERA) will try to get Orioles pitching back on track this afternoon at Camden Yards. Bundy will make his eighth start and fifth at home. Last Saturday, he beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0, allowing three hits in 7 1/3 innings. He

With lessons learned after surgery, Gray Fenter is thriving at Delmarva

SALISBURY, Md. - For Single-A Delmarva right-hander Gray Fenter, Tommy John surgery not only fixed his right elbow, but it had other long-lasting positive effects, even beyond baseball. The 2015 draft began with the Orioles selecting DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle. But in round seven, with pick No. 223, they selected Fenter and then signed him to a well-over slot bonus of $1 million. They

Straily, Phillips struggle again as O’s lose series opener

The recent uptick the Orioles have seen in their pitching didn’t hold tonight. Two struggling pitchers continued to struggle as the Los Angeles Angels took the opener of a three-game series 8-3 at Oriole Park. The game was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 49 minutes before the start of the seventh inning. It ended just after midnight. The Orioles fall to 13-25 overall, 2-4

O’s game blog: Orioles begin a weekend series against Angels

After they lost two of three to Boston - falling 2-1 in 12 innings on Wednesday night - the Orioles’ homestand continues tonight. They begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels that continues at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. This is the Orioles’ (13-24) second series of 2019 versus an American League West team. They went 1-3 at Camden

Mychal Givens on the changes, improvement in O’s bullpen

Since opening day, there have been a few changes in the Orioles bullpen. Among those traded, sent to the minors or injured are Richard Bleier, Nate Karns, Jimmy Yacabonis, Pedro Araujo and Mike Wright. John Means is now in the rotation. New additions since then include Shawn Armstrong, Branden Kline, Evan Phillips, Yefry Ramirez and Gabriel Ynoa. The only bullpen pitchers on the opening day

The pitching is trending in the right direction

The Orioles pitching has taken a bit of a turn for the better and that is very welcome. Yes, it’s just small slice of a long season but maybe it provides a lift for the team and maybe we can begin to see more of it. The club’s team ERA is 5.52 and through games of Wednesday, that still ranks last in the American League.

A complete team effort has keyed Delmarva’s stunning start

SALISBURY, Md. - Take a team that has gotten outstanding starting pitching and timely hitting. A team that has solid defense, great chemistry and likes to keep it loose. A team that features a young, progressive-thinking coaching staff. And you can get a team playing some good baseball. Make that great baseball. But even those connected with the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds - the Orioles’ affiliate

O’s game blog: It’s Cashner against Sale in series finale

The Orioles and Boston Red Sox play the third and deciding game of their series tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles won 4-1 on Monday night but allowed three homers in last night’s 8-5 loss to Boston. The O’s are 13-23 overall and 5-12 at home, but have won four of six at Camden Yards and are 3-3 against Boston. The O’s are 9-11 against

A few notes after the Red Sox even the series

Watching a relentless Boston offense hit three homers and take advantage of eight walks last night can make one have an even greater appreciation for John Means’ outing on Monday night in the Orioles’ 4-1 win. The Red Sox had scored 30 runs its previous three games before this series and was averaging 6.1 runs per game during an 11-5 run before Monday’s series opener.

O’s game blog: David Hess gets the start versus Boston

Since the 2012 season, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series twice. But since that year they have a losing record against the Orioles. That might seem surprising considering what happened last year, when the Sox went 16-3 against the Orioles. But from 2012-2017, the Orioles went 64-49 against Boston and won the season series five times in six tries. Then came last

Another impressive outing by John Means with evolving pitch mix

It was impressive last night when, over seven innings, left-hander John Means shut down a hot-hitting Boston Red Sox team. A Red Sox team that scored 30 runs the previous three games and was averaging 6.1 runs the previous 16. A Boston team that, while going 8-3 over its previous 11 games, led the majors in batting average (.295), OBP (.393) and OPS (.872). A

John Means shuts down hot Boston team as O’s take series opener

Maybe a question about Orioles left-hander John Means tonight was, after pitching well once this year against Boston, could he do it twice? And then tonight after going through the lineup once, could he do that twice? What about three times? Yep, yep and yep. At least as far as they let him go. Showing his strong changeup again with a nice early pitch mix

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

After Sunday’s rainout, the Orioles get back on the field tonight. The homestand, now down to eight games, continues as they open a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles (12-22) beat Tampa Bay 3-0 Saturday night behind Dylan Bundy’s 7 1/3 innings. He threw 96 pitches in getting his first win of the year and first since Sept. 18. He snapped a

Shawn Armstrong is settling in with his new team

New Orioles right-hander Shawn Armstrong has been an Oriole for a week and a day now. He was claimed off waivers from Seattle on April 28 and has made two scoreless appearances for the club, pitching two innings. He quickly got over feeling like the new kid in class and he said he had his teammates and really the entire organization to thank for that.

A few Orioles thoughts heading into the Boston series

A few Orioles thoughts and takes after Sunday’s rainout at home with Tampa Bay. The Orioles are 12-22 and the homestand continues tonight with Boston in town for three games. Let’s see more of Stevie Wilkerson in center field: He’s made just four starts out there in pro ball, two this year in Triple-A with Norfolk and Friday and Saturday for the Orioles. He held

No game today: O’s-Rays rained out of series finale

Today’s scheduled Orioles-Tampa Bay Rays game has been rained out. The contest will be made up on July 13 at Oriole Park as part of a split-admission doubleheader with games at 1:05 and 7:05 p.m. Read on for the earlier game blog notes had we had a game today, and feel free to leave any O’s questions/comments here through the afternoon. We’re back here Monday

A look at the last Oriole with a “Maddux” and other notes

At a time when teams are scrambling to get their starting pitchers to complete six innings, a complete game is becoming very rare. And one on under 100 pitches sounds almost impossible. But it happened at Wrigley Field Friday when the Cubs beat their rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0. Right-hander Kyle Hendricks pitched a four-hitter on just 81 pitches. That is known in the

Dealin’ Dylan: Bundy pitches O’s past Rays, 3-0

He owned an ERA of 8.76 after his first three starts of this season. But right-hander Dylan Bundy seems to be slowly but surely making progress. He provided a big example of that tonight. Bundy produced the longest outing by an O’s starter this year with 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Orioles blanked Tampa Bay 3-0 at Camden Yards. It was the club’s first

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces first-place Tampa Bay

With a walk-off loss and a blowout loss over their last two games, the Orioles (11-22) look to get back in the victory column tonight when they host the Tampa Bay Rays (21-11). It is the second game of a three-game series and a nine-game homestand. Coming off a 1-5 road trip, the Birds were shut out 7-0 last night. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow threw seven

Stevie Wilkerson adds center field to his defensive resume

The versatile Stevie Wilkerson added “center fielder” to his defensive resume last night in the Orioles’ loss to Tampa Bay. He had started in center twice this year at Triple-A Norfolk and last night made his first-ever major league start at the position. And it went well, and he’s back there tonight. He made a catch near the wall in the third inning Friday, and

A look at a series-opening loss, Mountcastle’s torrid bat and more

It was another night when the Orioles got a short outing from a starting pitcher, but the way Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow was throwing it was not going to matter. Glasnow was dominant last night as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 7-0 to take the series and homestand opener. It’s not a bad combination for a pitcher when you throw 99 mph, as Glasnow did

Tyler Glasnow tosses seven dominant innings as O’s drop series opener

In his first start since being named the American League Pitcher of the Month for April, Tampa Bay right-hander Tyler Glasnow proved to be a worthy recipient of the honor. And it didn’t take long to note that. Staked to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Glasnow struck out the side in the home first. He showed a 99 mph fastball and

O’s game blog: Orioles face first-place Rays in homestand opener

The Orioles, following a 1-5 road trip, return home tonight to begin a 10-day, nine-game homestand. They’ll host Tampa Bay, Boston and the Los Angeles Angels each for three games. Tampa Bay (20-11) is leading the American League East by 2 ½ games over the New York Yankees. The Rays are 9-7 at home and 11-4 on the road, including a 4-2 mark on their

Hanser Alberto on his hot bat, facing Glasnow tonight and more

Orioles infielder Hanser Alberto keeps getting chances to start and keeps hitting. Or maybe he is starting because he’s hitting. Either way he takes a plus .300 average into tonight’s game. In 23 games and 79 plate appearances he is batting .329/.342/.382 with one double, one homer, 21 singles and seven RBIs. He doesn’t quite have enough plate appearances for league leaders (he’s 20 short)

A look at short outings, Delmarva’s start and a new top 100

I’m not sure how it is going to happen, but the Orioles need to make it happen. They need to start getting more innings from their starting pitchers. The sooner the better. In 32 games during an 11-21 start, the Orioles’ starting pitchers have thrown six innings or more just four times and have made only four quality starts. The starters’ ERA is 5.54 and

Finally healthy, Cody Sedlock is once again flashing first-round talent

Any player that has had to deal with injuries can develop an even greater appreciation for the sport of baseball when they can’t play it for a time. Single-A Frederick right-hander Cody Sedlock had his last two seasons impacted by injury. So being healthy and pitching so well this year, he said, is all the more meaningful. “Absolutely,” Sedlock said in an interview on MASN’s

O’s Game 2 game blog: Andrew Cashner faces the White Sox

Maybe the Orioles will have it going again tonight on offense when they once again face Chicago White Sox right-hander Iván Nova (0-3, 8.42 ERA). He gets the start for the Sox in Game 2. Last Tuesday in Baltimore, they hit him hard in a 9-1 win. The Orioles produced 11 hits and nine runs over four innings against Nova at Camden Yards. They hit

O’s Game 1 game blog: Looking for a road win in Chicago

After Tuesday’s rainout, the Orioles play a doubleheader today and tonight in Chicago against the White Sox. Monday’s 5-3 loss leaves the Orioles winless in four games on this road trip. In those games, the Orioles (10-20) are batting .216 with seven runs on 29 hits with two home runs. They have scored one, two, one and three runs at Minnesota and Chicago. The Orioles

Driven to win: After fast start, Mancini works to do more

He hasn’t been in the Orioles lineup since the first inning on Saturday, when he got hit by a pitch on his right index finger. He suffered a painful bruise but luckily for the team, it wasn’t worse than that. He should be able to return for today’s doubleheader in Chicago. In Trey Mancini, the Orioles have a homegrown player who provides clubhouse leadership, is

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