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No sweep: O’s blanked 2-0 by Indians in series finale

After the Orioles scored 26 runs with 14 extra-base hits in the first two games of this series, today they ran into Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber. And just like last month in Cleveland, they couldn’t get much going. On May 19, the 24-year-old Indians pitcher recorded his first career shutout when he beat the Orioles. Today, in his 36th career start, he came up an

O’s game blog: Going for a series sweep against Indians

Today, an Orioles team that has not won a series since April 22-24 goes for a three-game sweep of Cleveland at Camden Yards. The Orioles have posted back-to-back 13-0 wins over the Indians. They became the first team in major league history to post back-to-back shutouts while scoring 13 or more each game. Friday and Saturday were the sixth and seventh times in team history

So how could the Orioles have a weekend like this?

No one could have seen this coming and there really is no rational explanation for why it happened. How could an Orioles team playing so poorly all year, one that was 4-19 in June, do this to a Cleveland Indians team that had the best June record in the league, going 16-7? The Orioles offense had scored three runs or less in nine of its

Stunning weekend: O’s have back-to-back 13-0 wins over Cleveland

Well, it had sure been a while. Without two straight wins since May 4-6 and a series win since April 22-24, the Orioles got both today in another stunning shutout blowout win over the Cleveland Indians. That’s the Indians team that had the best record in the American League in June when they got here at 16-7. An Indians team that beat the O’s three

O’s game blog: Going for two in a row against the Indians

The Orioles last won back-to-back games on May 4-6 against the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. Today they take yet another shot at a two-game win streak when they host the Cleveland Indians. It’s been 46 games since the last two-game streak. A win today would also end the club’s drought in securing a series victory. The last by the Orioles was when

Hyde on Sisco: “He took control back there last night”

He smashed a 411-foot homer in the first inning, drove in a career-high five runs and got robbed of a second homer last night. But when asked today which meant more to him, catching a shutout or having the big night at the plate, Chance Sisco quickly answered. “The shutout,” he said. “I believe it was the first shutout I’ve caught in the big leagues

Futures Game O’s, the Friday farm and a very noteworthy win

It must be pretty exciting for the organization that the two Orioles pitching prospects to make the All-Star Futures Game are among the youngest players on either the American League or National League rosters. The rosters for the game on July 7 in Cleveland were announced Friday. Single-A Delmarva right-hander Grayson Rodriguez makes the roster at age 19 and Single-A Frederick lefty DL Hall joins

Means strong start, early offense produce blowout win

The Orioles began play tonight with a record of 4-19 in June. They had lost 13 of the last 14 and 17 of 20. Cleveland began play with a June record of 16-7 - best in the American League. The O’s offense has been slow enough recently to the point the club scored three runs or less nine times in the last 13 games and

O’s game blog: John Means activated to pitch series opener

After losing back-to-back games to San Diego earlier this week, the Orioles homestand continues tonight at Camden Yards. They’ll host the Cleveland Indians to start a three-game series. The Orioles (22-58) will play game No. 81 and will reach the midpoint of the season after tonight’s game. They have lost 13 of 14 and 17 of the last 20 games. The Orioles are 9-30 at

O’s skipper showing patience as losses mount (plus Triple-A All-Stars)

If there is one thing we have learned about Orioles manager Brandon Hyde during a very trying season it’s this: He has amazing patience. He has to answer some of the same questions both before and after every game. It’s usually about his pitchers giving up too many homers, throwing too many pitches middle-middle, their continued struggles and the club’s starting pitching depth at Triple-A

Keep swingin’: Hanser Alberto now among the AL’s top 10 hitters

Maybe if big league teams knew he’d be batting over .300 and be the majors’ leading hitter against left-handed pitching, Hanser Alberto would not have bounced around over the winter and into spring training like a hot potato and not a wanted young player. After a winter that started with him playing for Texas, Alberto was claimed via waivers by the Yankees, then by the

O’s pitchers roughed up again as San Diego sweeps

Another game and another day when Orioles pitchers got roughed up. They allowed five more homers on this warm afternoon at Camden Yards as the Padres beat the O’s 10-5 to complete a two-game sweep. The Orioles fall to 22-58 at the 80-game mark. They have lost 13 of 14, 17 of 20 and 21 of their last 26 games. They fall to 9-30 at

O’s game blog: Bundy pitches series finale against Padres

Right-hander Dylan Bundy (3-9, 4.59 ERA) gets the start this afternoon as the Orioles host San Diego to conclude a two-game series. The Padres hit four homers in last night’s 8-3 win, including one by Manny Machado, who drove in two runs. Over his last seven starts, Bundy has posted a 3.86 ERA. Bundy made five starts in the month of May, going 2-2 with

Henderson talks about signing with the Orioles

For the Orioles, two days and two press conferences to announce top-draft-pick signings. Yesterday the Orioles introduced No. 1 pick catcher Adley Rutschman, and today it was prep shortstop Gunnar Henderson, taken No. 42 overall. Henderson was named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Mr. Baseball for 2019, as well as Alabama Gatorade State Player of the Year, after hitting .559/.641/1.225 (57-for-102) with 17 doubles, nine

O’s introduce Rutschman with Henderson on deck, Machado’s ovation and more

Even before he met with local reporters and went through his first press conference at Camden Yards, catcher Adley Rutschman met some Orioles fans. That happened when he was walking around Camden Yards after officially signing with the team on Monday. “They’re just excited,” he said of his interaction. “You can see how supportive they are and how close-knit it is here. It kind of

Another rough night on the mound as O’s lose series opener

The switching back to the east coast tonight did not do a thing to help Orioles pitching. After the hurlers struggled, giving up 59 runs during a 1-6 west coast trip, the O’s fell behind big early tonight. They were down 5-2 at the end of three and 7-2 at the end of the fourth in the opener of the two-game series with San Diego.

O’s game blog: O’s host Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres

With a 1-6 west coast trip in their rear-view mirror, the Orioles begin a two-team, five-game homestand tonight. They’ll host former Oriole Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Cleveland comes to Baltimore this weekend. The Orioles are 22-56 overall and 9-28 at home. They have lost 11 of 12, 15 of 18 and 19 of their last 24 games. The

Adley Rutschman will begin his pro career in the Gulf Coast League

In introducing Adley Rutschman today, the top pick in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said Rutschman would begin his pro career in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and then move on to short season Single-A Aberdeen. “He’s won a lot of awards this summer for his accomplishments in college and he’s got a few more,” Elias

Trying to answer a few Adley Rutschman questions

It was a banner Monday for Orioles’ draft pick signings as they officially announced the signing of Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, who they took with the first pick in the first round. We also learned that they’ve agreed to terms with second-round pick, high school shortstop Gunnar Henderson from Selma, Ala. All along the confidence level from the organization was high that they’d get

O’s Rule 5 shortstop learning at major league level (Henderson and Rutschman update)

SEATTLE - He didn’t have a highlight game, going 0-4 with two double plays and two strikeouts on Sunday, but shortstop Richie Martin made a highlight-reel defensive play here on Saturday. He dove in the hole to glove a ball and made a strong throw from the outfield grass to gun down former Oriole Tim Beckham in the fifth inning. It was one of the

Ynoa knocked out early, O’s blown out in trip finale (quotes added)

SEATTLE - The Orioles began today seeking their first two-game win streak in a long time and a series split to end this trip on a good note. When they scored single runs in the first and second innings, that looked possible. By the end of the third, it was very doubtful. The Mariners scored eight runs in the last of the third, batting 13

O’s game blog: Trying to end a road trip on a high note

SEATTLE - With one negative stat erased - a 10-game losing streak - maybe the Orioles can put an end to a few others today. If they beat the Mariners at T-Mobile Park, they will have their first two-game wining streak since May 4-6. Since then they have had eight cracks at a two-game win streak coming up short each time. They would also split

O’s still expect Means to return next weekend (game update)

SEATTLE - Orioles left-handed starter John Means remains on track to be activated off the injured list and rejoin the rotation during the series against the Indians that begins June 28 at Oriole Park. Means, who is 6-4 with a 2.67 ERA, has been on the IL since Thursday with a left shoulder strain. “He played catch today and felt good,” said manager Brandon Hyde.

Orioles lineup for series finale (Straily to Norfolk)

SEATTLE - Hanser Alberto will lead off and Trey Mancini is back in the lineup for the second straight day after missing two games. The Orioles will try to end their seven-game road trip to Oakland and Seattle with a win today. The Orioles (22-55) won 8-4 yesterday as Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer and Anthony Santander added a two-run homer. After scoring just

Yacabonis tries to get on a roll, throwback jerseys and other notes

SEATTLE - As the Orioles look for someone - anyone - in their bullpen to put some consistent outings together, maybe right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis is in the early stages of doing that. He struck out the side in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 8-4 win over Seattle that ended a 10-game losing streak and manager Brandon Hyde called his performance “huge.” Yacabonis’ third stint with

The losing streak ends at 10 as O’s beat Seattle 8-4 (updated)

SEATTLE - The 1969 Orioles would not have approved of a 10-game losing streak. So, on a day the Orioles and Seattle Mariners wore 1969 throwback jerseys, the O’s threw their streak back. It ended at 10 games today as they used a solid starting pitching outing and two homers to beat the Mariners 8-4. Seattle was celebrating the year Major League Baseball came to

O’s game blog: Is today the day to end the streak?

SEATTLE - During a 10-game losing streak, the Orioles have lost four times by two runs or one, the latest last night’s 10-9 loss at Seattle. The O’s 10-game streak matches the longest in the majors this year. Kansas City lost 10 in a row from March 31-April 11, and Detroit lost 10 in a row from May 13-23. The 1958 Orioles lost 11 straight

Mancini returns to Orioles lineup today (O’s win 8-4)

SEATTLE - The Orioles get their best hitter back in the lineup today. Trey Mancini, hitting .304/.361/.558, is batting second and playing first base today at Seattle. Mancini has been out since getting plunked on the left elbow in the first inning Wednesday afternoon at Oakland. He suffered a contusion and sat out the last two games. “I think he’s still a little sore but

O’s add Matt Wotherspoon to the bullpen (today’s lineup)

SEATTLE - The Orioles’ bullpen shuffle keeps churning. After last night’s game lefty Sean Gilmartin, who was the starting pitcher, was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk. Today the Orioles have selected the contract of 27-year-old right-hander Matt Wotherspoon. He is joining the club for the second time this year. Wotherspoon was added to the roster April 3 in Toronto and optioned out the next day.

Snakebit or encouraging after latest O’s loss?

SEATTLE - At this point, should the Orioles feel encouraged about their comeback last night or snakebit that it fell short and they lost again? The losing streak reached 10 when the Mariners beat the Orioles 10-9 Friday night at T-Mobile Park. But what was headed for a blowout loss with the Orioles down 10-3 after five became a one-run game by the seventh inning.

O’s rally falls one run short, losing streak reaches 10 (with quotes)

SEATTLE - Well this was a unique way to lose a game and stretch a losing streak to 10, but the Orioles did it. Fall behind big, rally big, come up just short. Frustrating indeed as they lost 10-9 at Seattle after trailing 10-3 after five innings. This time it did not come apart for the Orioles in the middle innings. It happened by the

O’s game blog: Looking for a win on this road trip

SEATTLE - So the Orioles are due for a win. Will tonight be the night? They play the Seattle Mariners in Game 2 of a four-game set at T-Mobile Park. Going into last night’s series opener Seattle (33-46) had gone 33 games without winning two in a row, but that run ended with their 5-2 victory Thursday night. The Orioles have the longest run in

Kline and Scott return in the O’s bullpen shuffle (game update)

SEATTLE - In just the last week or so the Orioles pitching staff has seen Josh Rogers join the team again along with Jimmy Yacabonis and Sean Gilmartin. Today Branden Kline and Tanner Scott returned. Among those headed out to Triple-A Norfolk were Paul Fry and Evan Phillips to join David Hess. Josh Lucas went on the injured list. It’s recently been a continuing shuffle

Orioles lineup at Seattle

SEATTLE - The Orioles road trip continues tonight with the second game of a four-game series against the Mariners at T-Mobile Park. Their losing streak reached nine with a 5-2 loss last night. The Orioles are 21-54 and have lost 13 of 15 and 17 of the last 21 games. They have scored just nine runs while going 0-4 on this trip. Seattle is 33-46

Trying to reverse the losing (Scott and Kline recalled, plus notes)

SEATTLE - It is kind of a cycle the Orioles can’t seem to get out of right now. At some point, all the losing was bound to take a toll on everyone in Birdland - and that includes the players. We have reached that point. The losing streak has reached nine and the longest of the year in the majors by any team is 10.

It was another night with little offense for the Orioles

SEATTLE - Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy looked like he was on his game. He gave up one run and three hits through five and had a 2-1 lead on Seattle. But the Orioles couldn’t add to that lead and they finally fell behind in the sixth inning last night. It was another night without much offense and without a quality start for the ninth time

O’s losing streak reaches nine (updated with quotes, roster moves)

SEATTLE - With the Orioles offense not producing much lately, there is more pressure on the pitching staff on this road trip. For right-hander Dylan Bundy, who was throwing a gem, it came apart tonight in the last of the sixth. Working with a lead, but just by a 2-1 score, Bundy and reliever Evan Phillips saw Seattle put up three to win 5-2 in

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy pitches series opener at Seattle

SEATTLE - After being outscored by 20 runs during a three-game series where they were swept in Oakland, the Orioles road trip moves to Seattle tonight. The O’s (21-53) will by trying to snap a season-long eight-game win streak in tonight’s series opener. Baltimore has been outscored 75-26 during the season’s longest losing stretch, topping the seven straight losses from May 18-24. They lost by

With John Means out, O’s may turn to the bullpen Friday (game update)

SEATTLE - Lefty John Means, who was scheduled to start tomorrow night, was placed on the 10-day injured list today with a shoulder strain. So the Orioles need a starter for Friday night at T-Mobile Park. “As of right now for tomorrow we have a bullpen day,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’re going to see how today plays out and kind of go from there.

Updating John Means, Trey Mancini and Dwight Smith Jr.

SEATTLE - It seems the Orioles got fortunate yesterday with the injury news about Trey Mancini and it is similar today with left-handed starter John Means. The Orioles top starting pitcher for the year - he’s 6-4 with a 2.67 ERA - is certain he will return when his 10-day injured list stint is up on an off-day, the day before the O’s host Cleveland

Orioles all in on All-Star push for Trey Mancini

SEATTLE - It appears the Orioles dodged a bullet yesterday when their best player, Trey Mancini, got hit by a pitch in the left elbow. But while there were no broken bones, there was a contusion and he should return to the lineup soon. While Mancini is likely going to fall short of being voted an All-Star starter, it appears he has a good chance

O’s get good news on Mancini, but get swept in Oakland

OAKLAND - Well, the Orioles lost another game and got swept in a series today for the seventh time. But they very likely didn’t lose their best player to the injured list, and while Trey Mancini could miss a game or two, it shouldn’t be much more than that. Mancini - batting .304/.359/.558 with 18 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 35 RBIs - left

The sweep is complete: O’s lose series finale at Oakland

OAKLAND - They lost their best player in the first inning and didn’t get a hit until the sixth. And while they made this game close after initially falling behind, in the end, it was another loss for the Orioles. The Athletics beat the Orioles 8-3 to complete a three-game home sweep. At 21-53, the Orioles now have an eight-game losing streak, which is a

Mancini hit by pitch, leaves game in first (updated)

OAKLAND - If you were wondering what else could go wrong for the Orioles, we found out in the top of the first inning today at Oakland. Potential All-Star Trey Mancini was hit by a pitch and left the game as Chris Davis pinch-ran for him and took over at first base. A’s right-hander Chris Bassitt threw a 3-1 sinker that didn’t sink. It came

O’s game blog: Trying to avoid a series sweep in Oakland

OAKLAND - This was not the way to start a road trip. The Orioles lost 3-2 at Oakland on Monday night when they allowed two unearned runs and were held to just three hits. They got blasted 16-2 last night, allowing six homers and a 10-run inning in the worst loss of the year. The Orioles have no series sweeps this year, but they have

Hyde on possible roster moves, Straily on his struggles

OAKLAND - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde used the word “embarrassing” again to describe last night’s 16-2 loss at Oakland and he said some changes could be coming when the Orioles play in Seattle starting tomorrow night. “We have some potential roster moves coming in the next few days,” Hyde said before today’s game. “One, Smitty (Dwight Smith Jr.) probably will be there in Seattle. That

Brandon Hyde after 16-2 loss: “You know, pretty embarrassing again”

OAKLAND - It wasn’t actually the first time this year the Orioles had allowed 16 runs in a game. But when it happened Tuesday night at Oakland, a manager who has had to handle interviews so many nights about a pitching staff that came up short, seemed to be exasperated to have to do it again. Who could blame Orioles skipper Brandon Hyde? That was

Tough night at the office: O’s pitching blasted (with quotes)

OAKLAND - It was not hard to analyze this loss. There were no key throwing errors, late leads lost or controversial video reviews. Orioles pitching just got blasted. The Oakland A’s scored 10 runs in the last of the sixth on eight hits and hit three homers that inning on their way to a 16-2 romp over the Orioles. Three O’s pitchers were hit hard

O’s game blog: Looking to end a losing streak

OAKLAND - The Orioles started a losing streak on the East Coast and it continued on the West Coast with Monday’s 3-2 loss at Oakland. The Orioles were held to just three hits as they lost their sixth in a row. The Orioles (21-51) now have seven losing streaks of at least four games. They have five of four games, one of seven and the

O’s set to use an opener in Wednesday’s series finale (game update)

OAKLAND - Barring something unforeseen, the Orioles will use an opener tomorrow, and they intend to send right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis to the mound to start the Wednesday afternoon series finale in Oakland. Yacabonis had an impressive two-inning scoreless outing in last night’s game, when he walked two and fanned three pitching the seventh and eighth innings of Oakland’s 3-2 win. He pitched 1/3 of an

Brandon Hyde: “We are trying to set the right culture here”

OAKLAND - Several Bay area media outlets were in the Orioles dugout before Monday’s game in Oakland. They wanted to interview a local product who is now a major league manager. Orioles skipper Brandon Hyde grew up in Santa Rosa, about 50 miles north of Oakland. He is enjoying a homecoming here this week. He’s been in this area previously many times for games, but

Mistakes were costly in the opening game of the road trip

OAKLAND - When you lose close games there are often plays you needed to make and didn’t, timely hits that didn’t come or mistakes made that stand out. The Orioles had a few missteps in the opener of a seven-game road trip that they lost 3-2 at Oakland. An ill-advised double-steal attempt ended the top of the first. A throwing error led to two unearned

Cashner provides quality start, but O’s lose trip opener (with quotes)

OAKLAND - This time there would be no late comeback or blown lead late in the game. But there would be another frustrating loss. The Orioles allowed two unearned runs in the third inning tonight and could not back starter Andrew Cashner with much offense. They lost 3-2 to the Athletics in front of 12,345 at Oakland Coliseum to start a seven-game road trip. The

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner pitches road trip opener

OAKLAND - After a 1-5 homestand that ended with five consecutive losses, the Orioles are on the west coast to begin a two-city road trip tonight. They’ll play three games in Oakland and four in Seattle before returning to Oriole Park. When the Orioles hosted Oakland in April, they lost three of four at Camden Yards and allowed 35 runs in that series to the

Brandon Hyde on roster moves, homecoming and more (game update)

OAKLAND - The latest new member in the Orioles bullpen, left-hander Sean Gilmartin, joined the team today. He’s thrown well at Triple-A Norfolk with a 2.48 ERA and a 9 1/3 consecutive innings scoreless run. “It’s nice to have somebody with experience here,” manager Brandon Hyde said of the 29-year-old Gilmartin, who has pitched in 78 career games with the Mets and Orioles. “Sean has

Sean Gilmartin on his call-up to the Orioles today

OAKLAND - After being a minor league free agent for about a day over the offseason, left-hander Sean Gilmartin quickly re-signed with the Orioles on a minor league contract on Nov 2. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster and briefly elected to take minor league free agency. “That’s a good question,” Gilmartin said in the visitor clubhouse today when asked why his free agency

Frederick is set to host the Carolina League All-Star game

OAKLAND - The All-Star break has arrived in the Single-A Carolina League, and tomorrow night the Orioles’ Frederick Keys affiliate will host the All-Star game at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Frederick previously hosted All-Star games in 1991 and 2005. In that most recent game, the Orioles’ Nick Markakis not only won the pregame Home Run Derby, but hit two homers in the game

O’s hit the road looking to end a losing streak

OAKLAND - Losing a nearly five-hour game in extra innings after they lost a lead in the ninth and then flying across the country, doesn’t sound like the best plan. But what choice did the Orioles have after letting one get away Sunday afternoon in Baltimore. The schedule says they begin a seven-game road trip in Oakland tonight. At least the weather should feature cool

O’s game blog: Trying to salvage the series finale

This time, there was no series-opening win with a chance to finally win a series for the Orioles. They did that in recent series against Detroit, San Francisco, Texas and Toronto. They won the first game of a three-game set, only to lose the next two games. This weekend, they’ve fallen 13-2 and 7-2 to the Red Sox, so this series is lost and they

As losses mount, more mistakes are showing up

I’m not sure I agree with manager Brandon Hyde that the Orioles have to play almost perfect baseball to beat good clubs, but we sure know they can’t play poorly and do it. They pitched poorly for most of Friday’s game with Boston and played poorly overall for much of Saturday’s loss. It started in the top of the first, when outfielders Keon Broxton and

Red Sox pull away late from pitchers’ duel to post 7-2 win

The Orioles restored some semblance of order to their pitching staff today. Right-hander Dylan Bundy took a shutout to the sixth. But it got away from him - and then there was the matter of the Orioles getting anything going against Boston left-hander Chris Sale. They got to Sale for a couple of runs in the sixth, ending his run of consecutive innings without allowing

O’s game blog: It’s Bundy against Sale at Oriole Park

After losing the last three games by 8-6, 12-3 and 13-2 scores, the Orioles could use some solid pitching today. They will host Boston in the second game of a three-game series at Oriole Park. Over those last three games, two versus Toronto and last night’s loss to Boston, O’s pitchers have allowed 33 runs and 44 hits. They gave up three homers Thursday and

Jimmy Yacabonis on his latest return to the O’s roster

The latest Triple-A Norfolk-to-Baltimore pitching shuffle brings right-handed reliever Jimmy Yacabonis back to Camden Yards today. He takes the roster spot of Luis Ortiz, who was optioned out after making Friday’s start against Boston. This will be Yacabonis’ third stint with the Orioles this year and he’s 1-1 with a 6.11 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 11 games. He’s pitched in 19 games at Norfolk,

Trey Mancini’s props for Delmarva, plus other notes

Trey Mancini might wind up playing in his first All-Star Game later this summer. And his third full-season in the major leagues is turning out to be a very good one. But Mancini has never forgotten his minor league roots. During this homestand he has walked through the clubhouse wearing a Delmarva Shorebirds T-shirt, and he was recently part of a group of Orioles that

Boston belts six homers in series-opening blowout win

Orioles pitchers have allowed 22 runs over the last three nights. In the fifth and sixth innings. That is about all you need to know about the pitching since Wednesday night. Boston hammered three homers tonight in the fifth inning and six over the first five frames in crushing the Orioles 13-2 to start a three-game series at Oriole Park. The Orioles fall to 21-48

O’s game blog: O’s begin weekend series hosting Boston

After losing the last night two nights to Toronto, the Orioles’ homestand continues tonight. They host the Boston Red Sox in the start of a three-game series. O’s pitchers allowed just 17 runs in six games through Tuesday’s game and then gave up 20 runs the past two games. During the six-game run, their starters had an ERA of 2.83 and that has been 7.00

Renato Núñez on working through his extended slump

The Orioles’ Renato Núñez can smile more easily these days. His bat has heated up again after an extended slump that certainly tested him in several ways. On April 24, Núñez was batting .301 with an OPS of .824. But on May 19, he was batting .211/.632. That was more than just a slump for a series or two. But over 22 games since May

O’s senior director, international scouting Koby Perez on upcoming signing period

For the first time in several years, the July 2 date coming up will be meaningful for Orioles fans. That is the start of a new signing period for international amateur players that can be signed when they turn 16. After years of signing a few international players, the Orioles are now making a major commitment moving forward to tapping into talent in places like

Big inning leads Toronto to win and O’s to another series loss

The recent run of solid Orioles pitching that hit a brick wall in the middle innings last night hit the same wall tonight. Hit it real hard. And the elusive series win remains that. With the game tied 2-2, the Blue Jays scored seven runs on seven hits in the sixth inning on their way to a 12-3 win over the Orioles. It was the

O’s game blog: Ynoa set to pitch Toronto series finale

The Orioles can win a series for the first time since April 22-24 if they beat the Toronto Blue Jays tonight. The clubs have split the first two games of this series, with the O’s winning 4-2 Tuesday and Toronto 8-6 last night. Tonight’s game is set to start at approximately 7:35 p.m. after a brief rain shower hit Camden Yards before the original scheduled

Ruiz on the mental part of the game and his solid defense

As some of the young players on the Orioles are finding their way through this season, the mental part of the game can be a challenge. The physical demands are surely there too, and trying to hit 95 mph fastballs and tough breaking balls nightly is no picnic. But coping with the ups and downs of the season - both as individuals and as a

Once signed, how will first pro season play out for Rutschman?

The awards keep pouring in for Adley Rutschman, the Oregon State junior catcher drafted No. 1 overall by the Orioles in the First-Year Player Draft. PerfectGameUSA yesterday named Rutschman college baseball’s Player of the Year. That adds to similar honors earlier this week from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. More are expected. Earlier this week, Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias indicated

Blue Jays outlast Orioles 8-6 to even series

So much for the recent run of success for Orioles pitchers. After allowing 17 runs over the past six games, they allowed eight over a two-inning span tonight as they lost to Toronto. Blue Jays designated hitter Rowdy Tellez hit a grand slam to highlight a six-run fifth as Toronto beat the Orioles 8-6 to snap a five-game losing streak and move to 24-43. The

O’s game blog: Looking for a series win against Toronto

After a pitchers’ duel last night at Camden Yards, won by the Orioles 4-2 over Toronto, tonight’s game could feature something very different. Two pitchers that have struggled square off in the second game of a three-game series. Well we think that will be the case. The Orioles start right-hander David Hess (1-8, 7.08 ERA), who is tied for first in the American League in

Sisco on his return, a Sedlock update and a Delmarva shoutout

After a 1-for-3 game with an RBI double and walk last night, Chance Sisco is back in the cleanup spot for the Orioles tonight - this time as the designated hitter with Pedro Severino batting sixth and catching. After a strong spring training, Sisco began this year back at Triple-A and was hitting just .224 at the end of April. But he was confident in

Division champs: Delmarva celebrates clinching a playoff berth

Single-A Delmarva manager Kyle Moore admits he didn’t know exactly how to feel. His team had just lost 1-0 at West Virginia, but in the visiting clubhouse, his players were listening to the Hickory-Greensboro game. If Greensboro lost, Delmarva would clinch a playoff berth even on a night the Shorebirds didn’t win. Well, about 20 minutes after the Shorebirds lost, so did Greensboro. Then a

John Means gets his sixth win as O’s take series opener

Left-hander John Means had another productive start for the Orioles tonight. However, it was not a long one, thanks to two lengthy plate appearances in the first inning. But Means did allow just one run over five innings tonight to get the win as the Orioles beat Toronto 4-2 to open a three-game series. While the Blue Jays (23-43) lost for the fifth game in

O’s game blog: Means pitches series opener (plus notes on Frederick’s All-Stars)

Coming off a 2-4 road trip to Texas and Houston, the Orioles begin a six-game homestand tonight. They host Toronto to start a three-game series, with Boston following the Blue Jays to Oriole Park starting Friday. The Orioles (20-45) begin this series three games behind the Blue Jays (23-42) for fourth-place in the American League East. The Orioles continue to look for their first series

Mike Elias on Orioles’ draft pick signings

The Orioles today announced the signings of 20 of their 41 draft picks and also signed one undrafted free agent. The highest selection signed was fourth-round pick, shortstop Joey Ortiz out of New Mexico State. The slot amount for that pick, No. 108 overall, is $538,200. A junior, Ortiz is one of five finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, which goes to the nation’s top

Shorebirds don’t clinch yet as Orioles return home

Single-A Delmarva clinching its first playoff appearance in 14 years will have to wait at least until tonight. The Shorebirds were a few outs from clinching last night, but West Virginia hit a grand slam down three runs in the last of the eighth to stun Delmarva in a comeback 5-4 win. So instead of wrapping up the first-half title in the South Atlantic League’s

O’s notes on Dylan Bundy, Adley Rutschman and Delmarva

A few notes and thoughts on the Orioles road trip that ended Sunday. They went 2-4 on a homestand versus the Tigers and Giants, but the 2-4 on the road against Texas and Houston seemed better. There were six competitive games against teams that currently hold American League playoff berths. Bundy was good again: Fans an media alike have analyzed - and probably overanalyzed -

O’s game blog: Looking for a win in a rubber match game in Houston

Looking for their first series win since April 22-24, the Orioles will try to win one today in an unlikely place to do so. Houston has not lost a series this season at Minute Maid Park and, at 23-9, has the best home record in the league. But today the O’s will look for back-to-back wins there. If they get that, they’ll snap both their

Will the search for a series win end in Houston?

The Houston Astros have not lost a home series all year. Could it be the Baltimore Orioles are the first team to change that stat? Yep, the Orioles have a chance today to win a series at Houston after they followed an 11-inning loss Friday night with Saturday’s 4-1 victory at Minute Maid Park. Renato Núñez hit his ninth homer in the last 18 games

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner on the mound at Houston

The Houston Astros (44-21) are tied with Minnesota for the best win percentage in the majors at .677. They have a 10-game lead atop the American League West and are 26-7 since May 4. They are a most formidable opponent that the Orioles took to extra innings last night. Leading 3-0 in the fourth, the O’s saw Houston homer twice in the fifth to tie

Another one-run loss, plus Friday on the farm

That’s four games on the road trip and four one-run games with three losses for the Orioles. Very competitive yet again, they did some good things but failed to win. Thanks to an error and a few timely hits, they took a 3-0 lead on Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole through four innings. Rio Ruiz had a clutch two-out, bases-loaded single in the first. Chance Sisco

O’s game blog: Gabriel Ynoa pitches series opener at Houston

After the Orioles went 1-2 at Texas, their road trip moves to Houston and Minute Maid Park. They’ll play the Astros tonight in the opener of a three-game series. It’s a matchup of a Houston (43-21) club that is tied with Minnesota for the best win percentage in the American League against an O’s club (19-43) that has a win percentage of .306 to equal

Gunnar Henderson interview, plus O’s notes and Delmarva getting close

During an interview Thursday on 105.7 FM the Fan in Baltimore, Orioles second-round draft pick Gunnar Henderson covered a lot of ground. He included his love for the sport, a belief he can stay at shortstop, his power swing and his current Auburn commitment. With the No. 42 overall pick Monday night, the O’s selected the 17-year-old lefty batting prep shortstop from John T. Morgan

O’s game blog: Looking for a series victory in Texas

For the Orioles, the search for the elusive series win could end tonight in Arlington, Texas. Without a series victory since April 22-24 versus the Chicago White Sox, they will try to win tonight’s rubber match game against Texas. The Orioles (19-42) allowed 11 runs Tuesday but won. They allowed just two runs in 12 innings last night but lost. When Richie Martin homered in

A few notes from the Orioles’ 2019 draft

Over the last three days the Orioles drafted 41 players over 40 rounds of the First-Year Player draft. They selected 33 college players and just eight from the high school ranks. Some notes on the Orioles’ 2019 draft: * They did not select a pitcher until round eight and of the 19 pitchers they drafted, just one is a high school pitcher. He was taken

O’s game blog: Looking for back-to-back wins in Texas

After their crazy 12-11 win at Texas last night, the Orioles play the Rangers again tonight in the second game of a three-game series and six-game road trip. The O’s (19-41) now have two shots to win their first series since April 22-24 versus the White Sox. A win tonight would give them their first two-game win streak since May 4-6. The Orioles have now

A look at the Orioles’ draft today through round 40

After selecting just two pitchers in 11 picks in the first two days of the draft, the Orioles went very heavy on college pitchers when the final day of the draft resumed at noon today. With their 20 selections so far this afternoon in rounds 11-30 they drafted 13 college right-handed pitchers and two college lefties. They added a first baseman, third baseman, two center

GM Elias on day two of the draft

After selecting a star college catcher, high school shortstop and college center fielder on the first day of the First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles continued a run yesterday on college position players in the middle of the diamond. It began with a speedy outfielder from the SEC, and the club did not select a single pitcher until round eight. There were two senior signs that

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy pitches series opener at Texas

After scoring just three runs in losing the last two games at home over the weekend versus San Francisco, the Orioles hit the road for a trip to Texas this week to face the Rangers and Houston Astros. Tonight, the Orioles (18-41), who have lost four of five, 12 of 15 and 19 of 24, begin a three-game series at Texas. The Rangers (30-27) hold

O’s take LSU outfielder in round three of the draft (updated)

The Orioles will make eight picks today in the First-Year Player Draft as the clubs complete rounds 3-10 on the second day of the draft. Check back here often today and hit refresh for updates. In round 3: The Orioles selected LSU junior outfielder Zach Watson with selection No. 79, the first pick of the round. Watson, 21, has outstanding speed and this year he

Mike Elias on first day of draft and O’s three picks

The first night of the First-Year Player Draft found the Orioles select three position players in a catcher No. 1 overall followed by a high school shortstop and college center fielder. There were no pitchers selected yet by the Orioles and the draft began with the O’s on the clock for the second time in team history. The club selected Oregon State junior catcher Adley

Elias on Rutschman: “It’s a total package” (updated)

In a live interview tonight on “MASN All Access” coverage of the First-Year Player Draft, Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias explained his reasons for making Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman the No. 1 pick. “Well, just the switch-hitter (aspect). A polished college bat,” said Elias, minutes after making the selection. “The approach, the plus hit, plus power from both sides. Really,

Draft day arrives: O’s pick No. 1 for second time in team history

When you select with the No. 1 pick in the First-Year Player Draft, as the Orioles will do tonight, you could select a future Hall of Famer like Ken Griffey Jr. or Chipper Jones. You could also select Matt Bush, Matt Anderson or Brien Taylor. Who? Exactly. There are no guarantees, no sure things, no such thing as can’t miss. They can all miss. You

O’s game blog: Gabriel Ynoa faces Giants in series finale

The Orioles wrap up a three-game series and six-game homestand when they host the San Francisco Giants this afternoon. They went 1-2 against Detroit to start the homestand and are 1-1 in this series. They won 9-6 Friday night and lost 8-2 Saturday afternoon. The Orioles (18-40) became the first team to lose 40 games yesterday as they lost for the 11th time in the

Advanced data and analytics will factor in big this draft

As with any and every decision the Orioles make under their new front office, advanced data and analytics will factor into the Monday’s First-Year Player Draft as well. There is much more data available on college players, but there is also some available for high school players. On MASN’s “O’s Xtra” on Saturday, Mike Bordick interviewed Sig Mejdal, the Orioles’ vice president and assistant general

O’s game blog: Looking for a series win against the Giants

After their 9-6 win over the San Francisco Giants last night the Orioles will win this series if they get a victory either today or tomorrow. That would give the team its first series victory since April 22-24 at Oriole Park against the Chicago White Sox. The Orioles scored just seven runs in three games earlier this week against Detroit. Last night they had eight

Building an elite talent pipeline is about to kick into higher gear

One of the most exciting days of the 2019 baseball season is approaching for Orioles fans. It is a day where their team won’t even play a game. But fans are clearly getting excited about the club’s No. 1 draft pick that will be made Monday night. With the Orioles currently contending to pick No. 1 again next year, selling hope for the future might

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