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Anthony Santander is emerging as a future nugget for Orioles

SAN DIEGO - After a brief lull, the Orioles offense put up eight runs in yesterday’s road trip-ending win. They had scored 27 runs in the first three games in Anaheim, then were held to five runs in back-to-back losses Sunday and Monday. The bats were back Tuesday under the San Diego sun. Richie Martin, Renato Núñez and Trey Mancini had two-run singles. Chris Davis

Chris Davis on the homer, Brandon Hyde on winning trip

SAN DIEGO - It was an impressive way for the Orioles to end their second winning road trip of 2019. Chris Davis snapped an 0-for-18 slump with a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning and the Orioles beat San Diego 8-5 at Petco Park. The Orioles were down 4-0 after three innings and scored three times in the fourth - two on Richie Martin’s

Davis hits tiebreaking homer as O’s win, complete 5-4 trip

SAN DIEGO - The tiebreaking solo homer came from an unlikely source: Chris Davis, who had struck out three times today and 14 times while going 0-for-16 on this road trip. But with one mighty swing in the Baltimore eighth off left-hander Matt Strahm, Davis put the Orioles ahead 6-5. The Orioles went on to win 8-5 over San Diego to complete a winning road

O’s game blog: Tom Eshelman faces San Diego

SAN DIEGO - Can the Orioles find a way to slow the San Diego Padres batters? Right-hander Tom Eshelman (0-2, 5.79 ERA), who grew up near here, will get a chance this afternoon. San Diego has gone 3-0 versus the Orioles this year and hit four, five and five homers in those games. They’ve won 8-3, 10-5 and 8-1 over the Orioles. When the O’s

Trey Mancini on trade talk, plus other O’s notes (game update)

SAN DIEGO - Like many other players around the majors, the Orioles’ Trey Mancini will be happy when 4 p.m. Eastern time comes and goes tomorrow and the trade deadline passes. On the subject of trade rumors, Mancini said again today that he hopes to be an Oriole for a long time. But the next few hours may prove to be nerve-wracking for him. “I

A look at the homer barrage by Padres and some trade talk

SAN DIEGO - Orioles right-hander David Hess had a pretty good slider going, striking out an impressive seven batters in 4 2/3 innings. But it sure doesn’t offset the four homers and five runs he allowed last night. The Orioles’ momentum that they started in Anaheim didn’t translate to San Diego last night. They got blasted 8-1 as San Diego hit five home runs. Four

San Diego bashes five homers, wins big in series opener

SAN DIEGO - When the San Diego Padres swept a two-game series in Baltimore late last month, they hit nine homers in those games. Tonight, they hit two on the first two pitches. That is how the night started for right-hander David Hess, recalled today from Triple-A to make this start. Hess allowed four homers in all as the Padres beat the Orioles 8-1. It

O’s game blog: The series in San Diego begins

SAN DIEGO - After losing two of three in Arizona and going 3-1 in Anaheim, the Orioles have arrived at the final stop of their three-city West Coast trip. And this trip is going much better than their 1-6 run in Oakland and Seattle last month. They gave up 59 runs in seven games then, and had losses of 16-2 in Oakland and 13-3 at

Hyde on trade deadline talk and pitching plans (O’s lose 8-1)

SAN DIEGO - With less than 48 hours to the Major League Baseball trade deadline, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was asked today if he expects the club to make some trades by 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. “Maybe. Possible. I have no idea honestly,” Hyde said. “We might have five guys move. We might have nobody move. From what I have heard, it is very up

Villar’s strong play in Anaheim and props for the coaches

SAN DIEGO - If the Orioles or their fans hoped Jonathan Villar would get on a hot streak for a last-minute bump-up of his trade value, they got what they sought. When it comes to the Orioles infielder, you get a player who flashes All-Star ability at times, but it’s mixed in there with sometimes shaky baserunning and the occasional defensive miscue. Some of the

A look at Tom Eshelman’s SoCal homecoming

SAN DIEGO - When he took the mound on Friday night at Angel Stadium in the third inning, Orioles right-hander Tom Eshelman could hear some of his former college teammates loudly cheering him on from behind the Baltimore dugout. This trip represents a homecoming for Eshelman who pitched Cal-State Fullerton, which is just a few miles from Anaheim. The trip continues the next two days

Wrapping up a series win that ends with a Sunday loss in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - It was a big ask of right-hander Mychal Givens. But the Orioles turned to him in the last of the ninth today to hold a 4-4 tie. Givens finished last night’s win, getting four outs and throwing 30 pitches. He was right back out there this afternoon trying to put up a zero and send this game to extra innings. The O’s

Walk-off loss: O’s fall in last of ninth in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Called on to pitch in the ninth after throwing 30 pitches last night, right-hander Mychal Givens could not put up a zero and the Orioles’ chance to sweep the four-game series ended in walk-off fashion. Third baseman Matt Thaiss hit his second homer of the game as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles 5-4. With one out, he drilled a 3-2

O’s game blog: Looking for a four-game sweep in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles have not swept a series all year. They have not swept a two- or three-game series. But a win today at Angel Stadium will give them a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. It would be a sweep over a team that beat their rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, two in a row before this series began. At the

Pregame notes on rotation, offense, trade deadline (game update)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles concern level continues to remain low with left-handed starter John Means. He went on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to Thursday, with a left bicep strain. He had an MRI yesterday. “It came back clean. Normal wear and tear. He should be ready to start right after he comes off the IL,” manager Brandon Hyde said. The Orioles’ pitching

Givens closes it out, the O’s homer record and Tate waits his chance

ANAHEIM, Calif. - In the bottom of the ninth right-hander Mychal Givens was on the mound trying to close out an 8-6 Orioles win. And even when the Angels pulled within a run, even when the Orioles defense made a critical mistake, and even when Mike Trout batted with the tying run 90 feet away, the Orioles still got the victory. Givens bent but didn’t

O’s get late runs, hold lead and win again in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - On a night when the Orioles allowed homers to Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani, they still won. It’s going that well for the Birds in Anaheim. But they had to sweat it out to the last pitch when Mychal Givens got Justin Upton to pop out on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and the bases loaded. They hang on

O’s game blog: Looking for three in a row in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - With wins over the Los Angeles Angels by 10-8 in 16 innings and 9-3 last night, the Orioles will try for a third straight win tonight at Angel Stadium. Baltimore (34-69) can pick up a series win with a victory either tonight or tomorrow. The Orioles have won three of four, six of nine and are 12-11 over the last 23 games.

Notes on Means, Trumbo, Wilkerson (O’s win 8-7)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles have not announced their starting pitchers yet for the San Diego series that begins Monday. Right-hander Tom Eshelman is expected to start Tuesday but manager Brandon Hyde said he doesn’t yet know about Monday. That is where All-Star lefty John Means would be slated in the rotation, but he went on the injured list yesterday retroactive to July 25 with

Brandon Hyde on Orioles’ recent winning stretch

ANAHEIM, Calif. - If, according to some observers, the Orioles are supposed to be tanking, some players may not have gotten the memo. This is no way to get the No. 1 draft pick. The Orioles have played hard for most of the year and now we are seeing them at times play both hard and well. When they get some big offense, they can

Wojciechowski in control in win over Angels (with quotes)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - It was a chance for Orioles right-hander Asher Wojciechowski to follow up his strong start against Boston with another. And also get the Orioles and Angels out of here at a more reasonable hour. He got both done tonight, pitching the Orioles to a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in front of 38,852 at Angel Stadium. Baltimore improves to 34-69.

O’s game blog: Wojciechowski faces Angels in Game 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. - After needing 6 hours, 19 minutes for a16-inning win Thursday and into Friday, the Orioles and Angels are back tonight for Game 2 of this four-game series. With their wild 10-8 win, the Orioles improved to 33-69. They are 5-3 over the last eight games, 6-7 since the All-Star Game and 11-11 their past 22 games. They are 2-2 on this trip

Manager Brandon Hyde on flurry of roster moves (game update)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles made a series of roster moves in the final 80 minutes before gametime tonight, which included All-Star lefty John Means going to the 10-day injured list. But the Orioles fully expect Means back after his 10-day IL stay is up and their concern level right now is low. But manager Brandon Hyde said he did not yet know what he

A look at the O’s rise in the Baseball America organization rankings

ANAHEIM, Calif. - When Baseball America released its mid-season organization rankings of talent in the various farm systems in Major League Baseball on Thursday, there was a surprise entrant into the top 10. It was the Orioles at No. 8. They made a huge leap forward from their No. 22 winter ranking. This marks the first time that the Orioles have ranked in the publication’s

Trying to recap the craziest game of the 2019 season

ANAHEIM, Calif. - On a night when Mychal Givens could not hold a lead in the ninth and Tanner Scott could not in the 15th, Stevie Wilkerson did in the 16th. And the Orioles recorded an exhausting and emotional win over the Los Angeles Angels in the second-longest game by time in Orioles history. It took six hours and 19 minutes. The longest game ever

Villar’s homer in the 16th leads O’s to crazy win in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - When this game began many, many hours ago, Jonathan Villar was 0-for-15 on this road trip and had two hits his last 22 at-bats. But he delivered a two-run homer in the 16th tonight, and the Orioles, finally, finally had a win. They outlasted the Los Angeles Angels 10-8 in a game that ended after 4 a.m. EDT. Villar’s hit was the

O’s game blog: Orioles and Angels begin four-game series

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles begin the second stop of their three-city road trip tonight. They play the Los Angeles Angels to begin a four-game series at Angel Stadium. The Orioles scored just 12 runs in losing two of three at Arizona to begin this trip. They are 11-18 at Anaheim since 2011. That includes being swept by the Angels early last May three in

Brandon Hyde on moves, O’s Baseball America rating (game update)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - In explaining the Orioles latest roster moves - Rio Ruiz was optioned to Triple-A last night and today the club added Jace Peterson from Norfolk - manager Brandon Hyde said this was much more about the player coming then going. “It was more about getting Jace here,” said Hyde. “Jace had a really nice year in Triple-A and is going to add

Jace Peterson on his return to Orioles

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jace Peterson played in 93 games for the Orioles last season. Tonight, for the start of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, he rejoins the club. This comes nine days after Peterson opted out of his Orioles minor league contract and briefly was a free agent. Three days later he re-signed with the club. Less than a week after that,

Next road trip stop: O’s face Mike Trout and Angels in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles lost six of seven out west last month and started this trip out west losing two of three at Arizona. Now it’s on to SoCal, where they will face the Los Angeles Angels for four games, starting tonight. The trip wraps up in San Diego on Tuesday. The Orioles (32-69), after Wednesday’s 5-2 loss, are 4-3 over their past seven

O’s game blog: John Means pitches series finale

After exchanging victories the last two nights, the Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks wrap up their three-game series this afternoon at Chase Field. Arizona won 6-3 Monday and the Orioles hit three homers in a 7-2 win last night. The Orioles (32-68) have played 100 games and have 62 to go in the 2019 season. They are 4-2 over their last six games and 10-10 in

Bowie manager Buck Britton: “It’s been a special turnaround”

While Orioles farm teams at Triple-A Norfolk and Single-A Frederick have struggled this year, four other affiliates went into play last night in first place. Those were clubs at Double-A Bowie (25-7), Single-A Delmarva (21-10), short-season Single-A Aberdeen (23-15) and the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles (16-7). But no team has had such a remarkable turnaround this year as Bowie. The Baysox were 7-23 on

O’s game blog: O’s look to even series in Arizona

After Monday’s 6-3 loss at Chase Field, the Orioles play Arizona again tonight in the second of a three-game series and nine-game road trip. The Orioles went 1-6 on their recent West Coast trip to Oakland and Seattle and lost the trip opener last night. They are 4-13 this year on the road against western division American League and National League opponents. The Orioles (31-68)

O’s lefty Alex Wells moved to Double-A and met the challenge

When left-hander Alex Wells had solid stats last year at Single-A Frederick but was not as dominant as he was the previous season at Single-A Delmarva, you had to wonder if some of his doubters would be proven right. The lefty without the big fastball would have it tougher as he moved up the Orioles’ minor league ladder. Surely hitters would figure him out with

O’s game blog: The West Coast road trip begins

The Orioles, who went 1-6 on a West Coast trip last month to Oakland and Seattle, begin another one tonight. They’ll play three games at Arizona, four in Anaheim and two in San Diego. The O’s (31-67) have won three of their last four games and are 9-9 over the past 18 games. In that stretch they have won series against Cleveland, Toronto and Boston.

A look at Wojciechowski’s swing-and-miss stuff

Yes, it’s a small sample size, but yes, it sure has been impressive. The topic is Asher Wojciechowski’s swing-and-miss stuff, seen yesterday and also right before the All-Star break in Toronto. At Rogers Centre on July 7, Wojciechowski had a nasty slider going in the early innings, and Blue Jays batters could not make consistent contact against it. In the second and third innings that

Asher Wojciechowski with a gem as O’s win and take series

The day after the Boston Red Sox scored 17 runs, Orioles right-hander Asher Wojciechowski showed us that even baseball’s highest-scoring team can be pitched to. Wojciechowski had a no-hitter through six innings on a steamy afternoon and spun 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Orioles blanked the Red Sox 5-0 at Camden Yards. The Orioles ended a 10-series winless stretch against Boston that dated to

O’s game blog: O’s face Andrew Cashner in series finale

The Orioles and Red Sox have exchanged blowout wins and they wrap up their three-game series this afternoon at Oriole Park. The Orioles won 11-2 Friday and lost 17-6 last night as they allowed 10 or more runs for the 19th time. Anthony Santander produced his first four-hit game Saturday night as he raised his average from .280 to .299. He has homered in back-to-back

Right-hander Branden Kline on his return to the Orioles

Needing a fresh arm after position player Stevie Wilkerson had to pitch the last two innings last night, the Orioles today recalled pitcher Branden Kline from Triple-A Norfolk as outfielder Keon Broxton was designated for assignment. Kline is back to try and unlock the key to major league success. In three previous stints in the bigs this year, he is 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA

Can well-traveled Wojciechowski slow the Boston bats?

The Orioles enjoyed blowout wins Wednesday and Friday when their pitching staff gave up two runs each night. But in allowing 17 runs last night, they absorbed a 17-6 blowout loss to Boston. It was the 19th time that the Orioles have allowed 10 runs or more, tied for the major league lead with Seattle. According to STATS, they’ve allowed 12 runs or more 12

O’s pitching gets hammered in 17-6 loss to Red Sox

When they fell behind early by five runs, the Orioles pulled even on the scoreboard. When they fell behind by 11, that was too big of a hole to dig out of. Boston scored eight runs in the fourth and three in the fifth and turned what was once a 5-5 tie into a blowout win tonight. They beat the Orioles 17-6 in front of

O’s game blog: Tom Eshelman faces Red Sox

After back-to-back blowout wins by 9-2 over Washington and 11-2 over Boston, the Orioles host the Red Sox again tonight. It’s Game 2 of a three-game series and nine-game homestand. The Orioles (30-66) are 3-4 on the homestand that ends Sunday afternoon. Last night the Orioles improved to 4-7 against Boston, 15-29 versus the American League East and scored 10 runs or more for the

Tanner Scott returns to O’s ‘pen, working toward an extended stay

Hard-throwing lefty Tanner Scott is back again with the Orioles, officially added today from Triple-A Norfolk. Maybe this is the time he will stay for good after he’s spent most of the last two months on the farm throwing well and throwing strikes. “I was just trying to do my job and get outs and the past couple of times at Norfolk were really good.

A few takes on Orioles’ 11-2 win over Red Sox

So the Orioles went six games recently scoring 13 runs total in that span. Now they’ve scored 20 runs their last two games in beating Washington 9-2 and Boston 11-2. The Orioles have 28 hits, including four home runs, in the two games. A few thoughts on last night’s win over Boston: * If you worried that John Means would turn into a pumpkin at

Means throws strong game, offense backs him in 11-2 romp

After giving up a season-high six runs and three homers in his first post All-Star Game start, Orioles left-hander John Means was looking to get back on the horse tonight. He did. He had a strong ride against a good offense, pitching the Orioles past Boston 11-2 in the series opener at Camden Yards. It didn’t hurt his cause that the O’s offense produced a

O’s game blog: John Means pitches Boston series opener

The Orioles’ homestand continues this weekend as they host the Boston Red Sox for three games beginning tonight. The Orioles (29-66) went 1-3 against Tampa Bay and 1-1 against Washington to begin the homestand. The Orioles are 2-5 their past seven games but 7-8 over the last 15 games. Over longer stretches, they have lost 25 of 35 and 37 of the last 51 games.

After arrival of second child, Hanser Alberto rejoins Orioles

After a day away from the team for the birth of his second daughter, Hanser Alberto has rejoined the Orioles tonight. The 26-year-old infielder brings with him a .306 batting average that ranks seventh-best in the American League and 14th in the majors. “Feels great. To be a dad for the second time is amazing. Baby is good, mommy is good. Life is good. Now

Veteran catcher, strong rotation put Baysox on top

We could not have expected this when the Double-A Bowie Baysox were 7-23 on May 5. That was the worst record in all of minor league baseball. But the Baysox have been winning big ever since, and they were 20-7 in June and are 12-3 in July. They are 44-21 since that low point and have the Eastern League’s best second-half record at 21-6. There

O’s offense breaks out against Nationals (plus other notes)

The Orioles scored just one run in a loss Sunday and one run in Tuesday’s 8-1 loss to Washington. Then last night they trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the seventh. Was another loss with just one run scored in the offing? Not this time. The O’s offense, which had scored just eight runs the last four games and 12 runs in five games

O’s game blog: Aaron Brooks faces the Nationals

The Orioles and Washington Nationals end their brief two-game series tonight at Oriole Park. The Nats outhit Baltimore 12-4 last night in an 8-1 win. Matt Adams homered onto Eutaw Street and Juan Soto hit a 443-foot homer in the Washington victory. Tonight’s game will not start on time due to rain. No start has been given but it surely looks like they’ll get the

A recent lack of runs, Wilkerson’s weekend, Baumann’s no-no

For an eight-game stretch from June 28 through July 6, the next-to-last game before the All-Star break, the Orioles offense produced 53 runs. But they were held to one run in the final game before the break and the offense has been slow ever since. Over the last six games, the Orioles have scored just 13 runs. In the last two games, they’ve scored just

O’s game blog: Orioles and Nationals begin two-game series

They avoided being on the wrong side of a combined perfect game Sunday, but the Orioles still lost to Tampa Bay and dropped three of four games in that series. They host the Washington Nationals tonight to begin a brief two-game interleague series. The homestand continues this weekend against Boston. The Orioles (28-65) are now 5-23-2 in 30 series in 2019. They are 9-21 in

Once considered Nats’ catcher of the future, Severino doing well with O’s

When the Orioles and Washington Nationals play the next two nights at Camden Yards, the player once considered the Nats catcher of the future will be in the Baltimore dugout. Pedro Severino, who turns 26 on Saturday, was signed for $55,000 by the Nationals out of the Dominican Republic in December of 2010. For five straight years starting in 2013, he was ranked among Washington’s

On the O’s farm, Bowie Baysox continue to roll

The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds are no longer the only farm team Orioles fans can feel excited about it. Now there are several in terms of won-loss records. Through Sunday’s games, three O’s teams are in first place and another is one game out. Starting at the highest-level, Double-A Bowie has been on a winning roll for several weeks now. The Baysox are 29-9 since June

O’s game blog: Looking to split a four-game series

The Orioles have lost just one of their past three series and they’ll need a win this afternoon to split this series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have won two of three in this series which ends this afternoon at Oriole Park. The past four series has seen the Orioles go 2-1 versus Cleveland, 1-2 versus Tampa Bay, 2-1 against Toronto and 2-1

From trade rumors to an actual trade for Orioles

On Friday, before the Orioles traded pitcher Andrew Cashner yesterday, I asked Trey Mancini about the possibility of trade rumors becoming a distraction for the Orioles before this month is out. He looked back to last season when the Orioles pulled the trigger on several July trades that sent Manny Machado and several of Mancini’s teammates out of Baltimore. “It was a strange year last

O’s game blog (nightcap): Means against Morton and Cashner traded

The Orioles beat Tampa Bay 2-1 in Game 1 of today’s split doubleheader and host the Rays tonight in the nightcap in Game 3 of a four-game series. Baltimore pitchers held Tampa Bay to three hits and Stevie Wilkerson hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the last of the seventh. He hit it that off lefty Colin Poche and had been 4-for-49 versus lefties until

O’s game blog (opener): Aaron Brooks makes O’s debut

New Orioles right-hander Aaron Brooks will make his debut with his new club as the starter in the opener of today’s split doubleheader. The Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards, with the opener at 1:05 p.m. and tonight’s second game set for 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay scored seven runs in the first inning last night - their most ever in the opening

A few notes on a blowout loss and a look ahead to today

That sure could have gone better for the Orioles. They finished the first half going 5-4 and their starting pitchers went 4-3 with a 2.39 ERA in that span. Then Dylan Bundy allowed seven runs and eight hits in the first inning last night. The Rays led 9-0 in the second on their way to a 16-4 thumping of the Orioles. It was the 17th

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

Before the All-Star break, the Orioles lost their last game but won the last series. They won two of their last three series, going 5-4 over the past nine games to finish with a first-half record of 27-62. So 89 games down and 73 to go in the 2019 season. That season resumes tonight as the Orioles host the American League East second-place Tampa Bay

Right-hander Aaron Brooks talks about joining the Orioles

Right-hander Aaron Brooks officially joined his new team today. It’s not his first time this year at Camden Yards, but it’s his first time in the home clubhouse. On April 11, pitching for Oakland, he got the win in a start against the Orioles allowing three runs and three hits in six innings. He also faced them in relief throwing two scoreless on June 18

Can top three starters carry O’s to a much better second half?

Here is a stat that may surprise you: The last 11 times that either Andrew Cashner or John Means was the Orioles starting pitcher, the Orioles are 9-2. That is not a misprint. They are 6-1 in Cashner’s last seven starts and 3-1 in Means’ last four. Taking it a step further, over the season to date, the Orioles are 11-6 when Cashner starts and

Renato Núñez on his first-half power display

When you are keeping company with Manny Machado and Boog Powell, that’s not bad. Even if you weren’t aware of it. During an interview before Sunday’s game in Toronto, Renato Núñez told me he wasn’t aware he was keeping such company. When he hit his 20th homer on Saturday at Rogers Centre, Núñez joined Powell (in 1964) and Machado (in 2018) as the only Orioles

Chris Davis on his O’s teammates and their hopeful futures

The criticism is always there for the Orioles’ Chris Davis. He knows it’s deserved when you are batting .189/.274/.332 with an OPS of .605. This is a player that produced an OPS of 1.004 in 2013 and .923 in 2015. He knows it is coming because he signed the big contract and has underperformed by a big margin. But he can’t get that back now.

O’s unlikely All-Star takes the field in Cleveland tonight

Orioles lefty John Means will take the field tonight representing the club in the All-Star Game. Means is certainly an unlikely All-Star. He himself expressed surprise that he even made the Orioles’ opening day roster. But the Orioles started giving Means the ball, he excelled early in the season against the Yankees and Red Sox, and he was off and running. Five of his first

Looking back on the first half and last night’s Futures Game

So the first half has come to an end for the Orioles and they stand with a record of 27-62. They had seven losing streaks of four games or more, with one that lasted seven games and one that was 10 games. They had just three winning streaks of two games, one of three games and one of four games. That longest streak came at

Orioles fall in Toronto, hit the break at 27-62

TORONTO - The Orioles lost a game today, but won a series at Rogers Centre, and as they hit their All-Star break, they left Toronto encouraged by their recent performance and hopeful for the second half. After beating the Blue Jays 4-1 Friday and 8-1 Saturday, they lost 6-1 today to hit the break with a 27-62 record. They have gone 5-4 the last nine

O’s game blog: Going for a sweep in Toronto

TORONTO - Considering that the Orioles went 0-10 at Rogers Centre last year, this weekend has been pretty solid for the team. They’ve posted wins by 4-1 and 8-1 over the Blue Jays and today can sweep this three-game series. It’s the last game before the All-Star break for the Orioles (27-61), who are 5-3 the last eight games. A win today would give Baltimore

O’s set part of their post-break rotation (O’s lose 6-1)

TORONTO - Manager Brandon Hyde has set a portion of his starting rotation for the first few games after the All-Star break. After ending the pre-break portion of their schedule today in Toronto, the Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays starting Friday for four games in three days. They’ll play Friday night with a split day-night doubleheader Saturday and a Sunday afternoon series finale with

A look at the Orioles’ improved play during a 5-3 stretch

TORONTO - So why have the Orioles played much better lately? They looked bad during a 1-6 road trip and not much better in getting swept two in a row at home recently by San Diego. But they beat Cleveland 13-0 on back-to-back nights and are 5-3 over their last eight games. It’s been a bit of a team effort. The O’s offense has scored

O’s hit two homers to back Cashner in 8-1 romp over Blue Jays

TORONTO - During their recent West Coast road trip, the Orioles went 1-6 and were outscored 59-29. Then they lost two straight at home to the San Diego Padres and gave up nine homers and 18 runs. But since then the club has played much better, a stretch that began with those back-to-back 13-0 wins last weekend over Cleveland. Today the Orioles backed right-hander Andrew

O’s game blog: Going for two in a row versus Blue Jays in Toronto

TORONTO - The Orioles can end an 11-series road losing streak with a win this afternoon at Toronto. They beat the Blue Jays 4-1 last night at Rogers Centre as Dylan Bundy gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings and Chris Davis homered and drove in three. The Orioles last road series win was at Rogers Centre from April 1-3. They then split a

O’s adjust rotation for Sunday and other notes (O’s win 8-1)

TORONTO - The Orioles have made an adjustment to their rotation for the final game before the All-Star break. Gabriel Ynoa was originally listed as the starter and while he is staying in the rotation, right-hander Asher Wojciechowski will get the start on Sunday against Toronto. “He’s on regular rest and we kind of want to see him again,” manager Brandon Hyde said today. “Got

Chris Davis’ big night may not lead to more playing time

TORONTO - He may have homered with three RBIs Friday night, giving his team the run production that was often expected when he signed his big contract, but not much changed last night for Chris Davis. He still doesn’t seem to have an answer for how he can do that more often and manager Brandon Hyde made no postgame pronouncements or promises that Davis would

Chris Davis drives in three runs as O’s beat Blue Jays

TORONTO - Chris Davis produced his first multi-RBI game since May 10 and Dylan Bundy allowed just one run for the first time since May 17 as the Orioles beat Toronto 4-1 on Friday night at Rogers Centre. The Orioles, who went 0-10 at Toronto last year, are 3-1 at Rogers Centre in 2019. They won their second in a row and for the fourth

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

TORONTO - After losing two of three in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays, the O’s road trip has moved on to Toronto. The Blue Jays host the Orioles tonight to start a three-game series that leads into the All-Star break. The Orioles (25-61) beat the Rays 9-6 on Wednesday night and are 3-3 over their past six games. That win was the club’s

Hyde on Santander in center field and more (O’s win 4-1)

TORONTO - He’s only played three innings in his pro career in center field, but Anthony Santander will get the start there tonight when the Orioles open a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. That counts one inning in the Venezuelan Winter League and two in the American League. In the June 26 home game versus San Diego, Santander moved from left field to

Chance Sisco on Futures Game: “It’s an honor and to be in that game means a lot”

On Sunday the Orioles will be represented by two young pitching prospects in the All-Star Futures Game. Single-A Delmarva right-hander Grayson Rodriguez and Single-A Frederick left-hander DL Hall will play for the American League squad against the National League team in Cleveland. The Futures Games has become a pretty high-profile event featuring some of the top prospects in the sport. It will be televised live

Gary Kendall talks Triple-A prospects, plus other notes

Over the years, I’ve learned that manager Gary Kendall can provide some real solid insights on his players. He did that again this week. The first-year manager of the Triple-A Norfolk Tides was a guest on “The Scott and Jeremy show” on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. Kendall was asked about right-handed hitting prospect Ryan Mountcastle, who is ranked as the No. 2 Orioles prospect

O’s game blog: John Means faces Rays in series finale

Right-hander Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.64 ERA) will be the starting pitcher against the Orioles for the second time in three games tonight. He was the opener for the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday and will be again tonight when the clubs conclude a three-game series. The Rays have posted back-to-back 6-3 wins over the Orioles. Last night the Rays scored two runs in the sixth

On “special day,” Orioles add 27 international prospects

Calling Tuesday a “special day” for the Orioles, first-year senior director of international scouting Koby Perez was pretty thrilled with a class of 27 signings of young, amateur talent. It was especially solid work when you consider that the top players already had agreements with other teams in place well before Perez was hired by executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias in January.

O’s game blog: Looking to even the series with Tampa Bay

The Orioles’ final road trip before the All-Star break continues tonight in St. Petersburg, Fla. where the Orioles face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays won the series opener 6-3 last night as Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth. Tampa Bay (49-36) is the American League wild-card leader but trails the Yankees by 6 1/2 games in the AL East. Coming

Orioles announce 27 July 2 international signings (updated)

The Orioles today announced that they have opened the 2019-20 international signing period with 27 agreements. The club has signed 16 players from the Dominican Republic, eight from Venezuela and one each from Aruba, the Bahamas and Colombia. The club agreed with 15 pitchers (five left-handers and 10 right-handers) along with six shortstops, four outfielders and two catchers. According to a club press release, the

July 2 arrives as the Orioles dive into the international market

July 2 has arrived. It’s the day where a new international amateur signing period begins and teams all around Major League Baseball announce signings. This year the Orioles will not be left out. They expect to announce as many as 30 or more signings in a class expected to be pitcher heavy. MLB teams have a limited amount of pool money to sign players in

O’s game blog: Eshelman makes major league debut in road trip opener

The Orioles begin their last road trip before the All-Star break tonight in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays. The O’s will play three there and three this weekend at Toronto before the break. The Orioles took two of three over the weekend against Cleveland, allowing just two runs and 21 hits in 27 innings with five walks and 24 strikeouts. The Orioles went

Moose on call to Hall, plus one in and one out for All-Star Game

Former Orioles right-hander Mike Mussina said it has certainly set in by now. He’s a National Baseball Hall of Famer. He got the needed votes in January and he will take his place July 21 in Cooperstown among the game’s all-time greats. “This is the Mount Everest of baseball and I get to be a part of it,” Mussina said Sunday at Camden Yards after

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