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Orioles allow three unearned runs, lose by two in K.C. (updated)

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles’ Anthony Santander homered from both sides of the plate tonight for his first career two-homer game. But the Baltimore defense helped contribute to the Royals’ comeback tonight. The Birds allowed three unearned runs and lost 7-5 at Kansas City. The Orioles (45-90) lost for the second time in six games and fourth time in 10. Kansas City (48-89) had lost

O’s game blog: Going for another win in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY - After their biggest offensive game of the year, the Orioles are back at Kauffman Stadium tonight looking for another win in this series. The Orioles (45-89) have won four of their last five and six of nine games. Friday night, they set season highs in runs and hits (21) as Hanser Alberto went 5-for-6, raising his average to .324. That average ranks

O’s series in Tampa Bay now a two-day event, plus other notes (O’s lose 7-5)

KANSAS CITY - With Hurricane Dorian about to impact the East Coast, the Tampa Bay Rays announced today that they are altering the schedule of the series with the Orioles that begins Monday at Tropicana Field. The clubs were scheduled to play three games over three days but now will not play on Wednesday. The series will start Monday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. It will

Martin embraces family ties to Negro Leagues (plus other notes)

KANSAS CITY - For Orioles shortstop Richie Martin, Friday was not just another day on the baseball calender. It was a special day where he learned more about the grandfather who passed away before he was born and realized further the legacy he carries on in the sport. Martin’s granddad, Walter “Bancy” Thomas, played in the Negro Leagues for several seasons and was on the

Alberto has five hits, Means goes seven as O’s rout Royals

KANSAS CITY - There was a lot to like from the offense, which set season highs for runs and hits, and the pitching, which produced the 12th outing from a starter of seven or more innings this year. It all added up to a 14-2 Orioles rout of Kansas City in front of 16,287 at Kauffman Stadium to start a three-game series. The Orioles (45-89)

O’s game blog: Series in Kansas City begins

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles (44-89) begin a weekend series in Kansas City tonight at Kauffman Stadium. The O’s split two games in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday to start this three-city, eight-game trip. Lefty John Means (9-9, 3.61 ERA) was reinstated earlier today from the family medical emergency list and will start tonight’s game. Means allowed one run and five hits over seven innings

O’s expect to add players when rosters expand (O’s roll 14-2)

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles and all teams in Major League Baseball can expand their rosters to as many as 40 players on Sunday. Manager Brandon Hyde is not ready to provide any names yet, but the Orioles should have new players for the series finale at Kansas City. “We should have a couple of players here Sunday. And when the Triple-A season is over,

A look at some of the top pitchers at Delmarva

KANSAS CITY - As the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds charge toward next month’s South Atlantic League playoffs we got another reminder this week of how special their pitching staff has been this year. It started Tuesday night with lefty Drew Rom and continued the last two nights with right-handers Gray Fenter and Grayson Rodriguez. The trio combined to pitch 16 no-hit innings, allowing one unearned run

Hanser Alberto is putting the finishing touches on a strong season

The Orioles’ Hanser Alberto began play Wednesday night ranked fourth in the American League and 10th in Major League Baseball batting .316. If only the teams that waived him over the winter knew he was capable of that. Alberto’s .407 batting average against left-handed pitchers is the highest in MLB among qualifying hitters. If only those teams knew he would do that. After a winter

O’s game blog: Going for a two-game sweep in Washington

WASHINGTON - The Orioles, after last night’s 2-0 win at Nationals Park, go for a two-game series sweep tonight. The Birds have just one four-game winning streak this year and will have a four-game win streak with a victory tonight. The Orioles began this season with an opening day loss at Yankee Stadium and then won four in a row. They have not won four

More on Harvey’s wild eighth inning and Mountcastle’s MVP

WASHINGTON - On a night the Orioles shut out a hot-hitting Washington Nationals team and starter Aaron Brooks did the heavy lifting for six innings, right-hander Hunter Harvey’s eighth inning will be the one remembered around Birdland for a while. Pitching in just his fourth big league game, the kid was called on to protect a 2-0 lead on the road in the eighth. And

Aaron Brooks throws six scoreless as O’s blank Nats 2-0 (updated)

WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals are pushing for a playoff berth. The Orioles are just trying to get better, as individuals and as a team. Tonight, the last-place Orioles pulled off a baseball upset. The Nationals’ expensive free agent lefty, Patrick Corbin, threw another strong game. But he was outdueled by an O’s right-hander added July 6 on a waiver claim. Aaron Brooks silenced the

O’s game blog: Orioles, Nationals begin series at Nats Park

WASHINGTON - The Orioles split two lopsided games with the Washington Nationals last month in Baltimore, and tonight the clubs begin a two-game series at Nationals Park. On July 16, the Nationals scored six runs their last four at-bats and got homers from Juan Soto and Matt Adams in an 8-1 win over the Orioles. The next night, Trey Mancini homered twice, driving in three

Pregame notes on Mountcastle, Trumbo, Alberto (game update)

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde added his congratulations today to Triple-A Norfolk’s Ryan Mountcastle for winning the International League’s MVP honor. What we don’t yet know is whether Mountcastle’s hot bat will be moving later this year from the International League to the American League. “We want to see our minor league guys do well and we’ve had a lot of bright spots in

Former Tides mates on Mountcastle’s award (Alberto update)

WASHINGTON - Triple-A Norfolk’s Ryan Mountcastle was named the International League MVP today and the first baseman on the postseason All-Star team. That is welcome news in the Orioles clubhouse, where several players were his teammates this year in Norfolk. Mountcastle hit .308/.340/.528 with 32 doubles, a triple, 25 homers, 79 runs, 80 RBIs and an .869 OPS. He leads the International League in hits

Surprising Orioles pitching stats plus farm scores and notes

There is no doubt about the importance of pitching. The Orioles are 42-88 and a lack of quality pitching has been a big reason for that. But there are a few stats that show us that even a team with a record like the Orioles’ won-loss mark can do well when it gets some solid pitching. First, the overall numbers. With a team ERA of

A look at the future of pitching development for the Orioles

The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds (86-44) have won a lot of games this year as a well-rounded team that can beat you many ways. But pitching has been the constant. They lead the 14-team South Atlantic League in ERA, WHIP and strikeouts. It’s success like this at Delmarva, where they have a pitching coach in his first year in the Orioles organization, that the O’s brass

Villar becomes a 20/20 player as O’s beat Tampa Bay

Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar became a 20/20 player, right-hander Dylan Bundy got a rare home win and the Orioles offense put up some runs for the second day in a row. The Orioles beat Tampa Bay 8-3 today to split this four-game series and complete a 4-3 homestand. They are 43-88 with four wins the last six games heading into Monday’s off-day. Villar’s solo homer

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy pitches series finale against Rays

The Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays have exchanged 7-1 results the last two games, with the Orioles winning last night. A Baltimore win today would give the Orioles a 2-2 split in this series and a 4-3 homestand before they play two games in Washington starting Tuesday night. Pedro Severino hit his first career grand slam last night, and Hanser Alberto and Jonathan Villar added

The Stewart/Mountcastle connection and Villar’s shot for 20/20

Current Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle, very likely a future Oriole, have played together as teammates in the minor leagues. But they have ties beyond that. Not only were they the O’s top two picks in the 2015 draft - Stewart taken No. 25 overall and Mountcastle No. 36 - but both have strong relationships with Jered Goodwin, who was Mountcastle’s head coach

Severino with a slam, Means with a gem as O’s top Tampa Bay

After scoring just three runs in the first two games of this series - and going 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position - the Orioles offense turned to the longball to get it done tonight. The Orioles got three homers, including a grand slam from catcher Pedro Severino, to back a strong John Means outing. They beat Tampa Bay 7-1 after losing the first two

O’s game blog: John Means faces Tampa Bay

The Orioles’ John Means (8-9, 3.75 ERA) has shown signs recently of putting together a strong game from start to finish. The Orioles would love to see it happen tonight as they host the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. Means is 1-5 with a 7.48 ERA in six second-half starts, allowing an opponent OPS of .885. He’s allowed seven homers over 27 2/3 innings

Jonathan Villar on 20-20 chance: “It would be unbelievable”

After he homered last night, Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar now needs just two homers to join a select group. Villar has 28 steals to rank third in the American League. If he can hit two more home runs, he’ll become the sixth player in Orioles history with 20 or more homers and steals in the same year. “I don’t really think too much about that,”

A recognition of some very good people leaving the Orioles

The news that came out yesterday that the Orioles had severed ties with 11 members of their scouting and front office staffs was perhaps inevitable. New general manager Mike Elias has to be able to bring in his own people and set up his staff however he sees fit. He didn’t get his job until last November so he inherited much of his staff and

Tampa Bay uses early big inning to beat the Birds

Sometimes when you get down by a touchdown early, there is plenty of time to get back in the game. But the Orioles couldn’t do it tonight in a 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Lefty Ty Blach, making his third start for Baltimore, gave up six hits and sevens runs in the second inning and the Orioles couldn’t dig out of the big

O’s game blog: Ty Blach faces Tampa Bay

After last night’s rain-delayed loss by the Orioles to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Birds host the Rays tonight in the second game of this four-game series, which continues through the weekend. The Orioles (41-87) are 2-2 so far on this seven-game homestand, which began Monday. They have lost nine of their last 11 and 14 of 17 games and are 20-45 at home. O’s

DJ Stewart is trying to get his bat heated up again

Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart said one thing he cannot do the rest of this season is try to make up for lost time. He’s had two stints on the injured list with a right ankle injury and concussion since he made his O’s debut this year on May 28. That first call-up followed his torrid May for Triple-A Norfolk. He hit .457/.518/.886 in 20 games.

Nice first impression: Adley Rutschman settles in at Delmarva

SALISBURY, Md. - Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds manager Kyle Moore wasn’t quite sure what to expect. He knew his first-place team would be adding a major talent when they got catcher Adley Rutschman this week. The hype and attention that has followed the player taken No. 1 overall in the June draft was now headed for the shore. “There was a little bit of holding your

O’s game blog: The Tampa Bay series begins

After winning their first series since late July, the Orioles start another one tonight. They host the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game series at Oriole Park. The O’s beat Kansas City 8-1 last night to take the final two games of that series. The Orioles had been 0-4-2 in their past six series since they won three of four games July 25-28 at Anaheim.

Adley Rutschman on his move up to Delmarva (updated)

SALISBURY, Md. - Playing his first game Wednesday night for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds, catcher Adley Rutschman produced a .500 OBP with two walks and caught a five-pitcher two-hitter with 12 strikeouts. So, yeah, not a bad debut in the South Atlantic League. Taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft by the Orioles, Rutschman began his pro career July 20, playing

Another look at the Orioles’ improved Dominican program

The Orioles are one of 10 major league organizations that field two teams in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. It is a league where some the youngest international players in pro ball get their feet wet and start to really learn the game. The Orioles’ two DSL teams have had solid seasons, and club officials feel the talent level in their Dominican program is on

O’s hit four homers to back Aaron Brooks and win series

After a lackluster loss to begin this series Monday - one that included baserunning and defensive mistakes - the Orioles won back-to-back nights to close out a series victory. The Orioles hit four homers tonight to back a strong start from right-hander Aaron Brooks and beat Kansas City 8-1. They are 41-86 and win their first series since taking three of four in Anaheim from

O’s game blog: Birds, Royals play series finale at Oriole Park

The Orioles have not won a series for almost a month and that run can end tonight. They’ve split the first two games against the Kansas City Royals with the series-deciding game set for tonight. Baltimore’s last series win was July 25-28, when they took three of four from the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. Since then, they split with San Diego and Toronto, and

Hunter Harvey on bullpen role: “I hope I stay there”

Orioles right-hander Hunter Harvey can admit it now. There was a time during all his injury issues - including Tommy John surgery in 2016 - that he wondered if he would continue to play the game. Making the majors seemed a long, long way off. “With all the injuries and stuff, I had some negative thoughts go through my mind,” he said in the O’s

Hunter Harvey gets first major league win, homegrown trio pitches O’s to victory

Looking for offense to end a losing streak and back a good effort by right-hander Dylan Bundy tonight, the Orioles got some. Better late than never and it didn’t come in time for Bundy but it did for flame throwing reliever Hunter Harvey who picked up his first major league win. Hanser Alberto’s three-run homer into the O’s bullpen in the eighth broke a 1-1

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Royals

The Orioles are out to break an eight-game losing streak tonight when they host the Kansas City Royals in the second game of a three-game series at Oriole Park. The Orioles (39-86) have lost 13 of 14 games, allowing 129 runs and 39 homers in that stretch. They gave up two homers last night and have allowed 257 for the year. That is one away

Rio Ruiz on his recent run of success at the plate

Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz has a bat that is trending up. He hit another homer last night, his third in seven games and his third in his past three home games. That included a pinch-hit homer Aug. 10 versus Houston and a two-run walk-off homer the next day. And last night’s ninth-inning homer against Kansas City. In that game, Ruiz also walked twice and

This deep into year, Delmarva’s Grayson Rodriguez still bringing the heat

Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds right-hander Grayson Rodriguez seems to be getting better, if that’s possible, as the season gets longer. And for someone at age 19 in his first full season of pro ball, that is beyond impressive. His stamina has been solid through 83 1/3 innings. Over his past two starts, he’s thrown eight no-hit innings with 16 strikeouts. During a visit to Camden Yards

O’s fall in homestand opener for 13th loss in 14 games

The Orioles’ 86th loss of 2019 had elements seen often during the first 85 defeats. There was a baserunning adventure with a bad ending, a defensive miscue or two and a couple of homers allowed. This all happened after O’s lefty John Means had no-hit Kansas City on 66 pitches through five innings. He would not get an out in the sixth. Kansas City (45-80)

O’s game blog: The homestand begins

After their first winless road trip of the 2019 season, the Orioles return home tonight to Oriole Park for a seven-game homestand. They’ll host Kansas City for three games and the Tampa Bay Rays for four starting Thursday night. The Orioles (39-85) lost 13-7 in Boston on Sunday as the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep. The Orioles were swept for the 11th time this

Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper on O’s top 10 farm ranking

It was good news for a rebuilding Orioles organization last month when Baltimore was ranked No. 8 in Baseball America’s midseason Major League Baseball organizational rankings, which came out last month. This marks the first time that the Orioles have ranked in the publication’s Top 10 since entering the 2010 season, when they also ranked No. 8. The O’s also ranked No. 8 when entering

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

The Orioles have lost by scores of 9-1 and 4-0 in Boston and they’ll need a win today to avoid a three-game sweep. In this series the Baltimore offense has produced just one run on 10 hits, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Orioles (39-84) have lost six in a row and 11 of the past 12 games. They have gone 1-11 in

When brutal stretch arrived, O’s hit a roadblock

The way it has been going for the Orioles’ pitching lately, you would certainly take a night when they gave up just four runs. That happened last night, but they still lost. They were held to five hits in a 4-0 loss at Boston to fall to 39-84 with six losses in a row and 11 in the past 12 games. They’ve scored one run

O’s game blog: Wojciechowski faces Boston at Fenway

When he faced the Boston Red Sox July 21 in Baltimore, O’s right-hander Asher Wojciechowski (2-5, 4.84 ERA) threw a gem as the Orioles won 5-0. It was a combined one-hitter by Wojciechowski, Paul Fry and Michael Givens. Wojciechowski had a no-hitter through six innings. Through four innings he fanned nine and got swings and misses on 18 of his 58 pitches. He finished having

A look at the Orioles’ improving Dominican Summer League program

The Orioles are one of 10 major league organizations that fields two teams in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. It is a short-season league that begins in June where some the youngest international players in pro ball get their feet wet, start their careers and begin to really learn the game. Some young players may stay in this league for a couple of seasons as

O’s game blog: O’s in Fenway plus minor league notes

After being swept four straight at Yankee Stadium, the Orioles move on to Fenway Park in Boston tonight. The Orioles (39-82) have lost nine of the last 10 games, all against Houston and New York. Right-hander Aaron Brooks (2-6, 6.35 ERA) starts tonight’s series opener, and he can really use a good outing. In six starts with the Orioles, Brooks is 0-3 with a 9.41

A look at the top contenders for the Jim Palmer Award

This all could change because there are a couple of weeks to go in the minor league season, and it’s just one man’s opinion, but at this point there are probably four to five strong contenders for the Jim Palmer Award. It goes to the O’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Right now in some order you can list Single-A Delmarva’s Grayson Rodriguez, Double-A

Is rebuilding bad for baseball?

The goal of any professional sports team is to win games and championships. How they get there or try to is up to them and others don’t have to like it. After a 115-loss 2018 season - in fact, even before that 2018 season was over - the Orioles began their rebuilding. It continues this year and has its ups and downs. Ups like watching

O’s game blog: The series finale in the Bronx

Will Renato Núñez and Trey Mancini lead the Orioles to a win today in the series finale against the New York Yankees? They’ll be facing a Yankees pitcher who has struggled recently and one they have hit very well this year. Lefty J.A. Happ (9-7, 5.48 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees. Over his past two starts he has allowed 10 runs in 10

As rotation continues to struggle, what will it look like next year?

The readers of this blog are starting to beat the drum already. The Orioles, they say, need to sign some starting pitching for 2020 to avoid a repeat of the pitching we’ve seen in 2019. OK, that sounds reasonable. But here is the issue: To get real quality with a track record of success, they probably need to offer a free agent a multi-year contract.

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

The Orioles (39-80) play game No. 120 tonight as they try to snap a 14-game losing streak to the New York Yankees. New York swept Monday’s day-night doubleheader by 8-5 and 11-8 scores, scoring 19 runs and hitting seven home runs. In going 15-2 this season against the Orioles, New York has scored 137 runs (8.1 per game) and hit 59 homers (3.5 per game).

Aberdeen’s no-hitter and a few O’s notes

The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds have the best team ERA in the 14-team New York-Penn League. Their strong pitching perhaps was never more evident than last night, when three pitchers combined on the first no-hitter in team history. Right-hander Jake Lyons got the start and went the first five innings on 61 pitches at Vermont, with one walk and five strikeouts. Right-hander James Ryan pitched

O’s game blog: Looking for a doubleheader split

The Orioles will try to break a 13-game losing streak to the New York Yankees in the night portion of today’s day-night doubleheader. The Yankees beat the Orioles 8-5 earlier today and are 14-2 against the Orioles for the season. Gabriel Ynoa took the loss in Game 1, allowing seven hits and seven runs over six innings and 95 pitches. He falls to 1-7 with

O’s game blog: The series in the Bronx begins

Coming off their first walk-off win of the 2019 season, the Orioles begin a seven-game road trip today by playing a day-night doubleheader at New York. They will play the Yankees at 1:05 and 7:05 p.m. It is the beginning of a three-day, four-game series in the Bronx, where the Orioles are 2-3 this year. They went 0-10 in Baltimore against the Yankees. The Orioles

Bowie manager Buck Britton talks Baysox season in radio interview

When the Double-A Bowie Baysox started this year going 7-23, no one would have predicted they would regroup to produce such a stellar record. But they have. They are 57-31 since that point with a very strong rotation, some solid position players and a couple of veteran coaches to help young manager Buck Britton. Buck, 33, is the older brother of former Oriole Zack Britton.

Walk-off win: Rio Ruiz wins it in the last of the ninth

With one swing it went from disheartening loss to walk-off win. Rio Ruiz hit a two-run homer to right with two outs in the last of the ninth off Houston closer Roberto Osuna and the Orioles stunned the Astros 8-7 at Oriole Park. The Birds had seen Houston score three in the ninth to lead 7-5. But the O’s scored three in the home half

O’s game blog: O’s face Verlander in series finale

So after they gave up 23 runs and lost last night, the Orioles face Justin Verlander today as they try to avoid getting swept three straight by Houston. The Orioles lost 3-2 Friday night and 23-2 last night. Before this series they lost by scores of 9-6, 9-4 and 14-2 to the New York Yankees. So the O’s are 0-5 in a 10-game stretch against

What O’s can learn from Astros, plus more on last night

Now that Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal have come from the Houston Astros to the Orioles, O’s fans are wondering and of course hoping the two can take some of what worked there and make it work here. Maybe even more so after last night’s 23-2 loss to Houston. The Orioles suffered their most lopsided loss of the year, allowing season highs in runs and

O’s fall to Astros 23-2, allowing most runs since 30-3 game

Manager Brandon Hyde threw his team some props for playing well and keeping the result in doubt to the final pitch last night against Houston in a 3-2 loss. The result was no longer in doubt tonight in about the second inning. Houston scored eight runs over the first two innings on its way to crushing the Orioles 23-2 tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles

O’s game blog: An all-Aaron pitching matchup at the Yard

The Orioles (38-77), who are 2-6 on this homestand, host Houston (76-40) tonight in the second game of a three-game series at Oriole Park. Dylan Bundy gave up just two runs over six innings last night, but the Orioles lost 3-2 and they’ve now lost four in a row. The Astros began a season-long 10-game road trip with a win. They head to Chicago to

O’s set most of New York rotation (game update)

The Orioles have half of their pitching plans set for Monday’s day-night doubleheader against New York at Yankee Stadium. Gabriel Ynoa will start one of the games, manager Brandon Hyde said today, and the other is TBA. The Orioles will be able to add a 26th player to the roster for the twinbill. So it’s possible someone could be called from the minors to make

The 1989 “Why Not?” Orioles enjoyed return to Baltimore

When they beat Roger Clemens and the Boston Red Sox on opening day in 1989, there would be no repeat of the previous season. The 1988 Orioles started 0-21 on their way to 107 losses. A year later, the pundits said Baltimore was headed for last place again. And the ‘89 team did not exactly tear it up after that win in the opener at

Dylan Bundy throws well, but O’s are a run short in series opener

The Orioles had gone 11 straight games without a quality start. They just lost three straight to the New York Yankees and gave up 32 runs in getting swept. They could use a well-pitched game tonight. But could they get one against a surging and division-leading Houston Astros club? One that had won six in a row and nine of 10, and had scored 25

O’s game blog: Checking in with the 1989 “Why Not?” Orioles

Thirty years ago they went from worst to almost first. The 1989 “Why Not?” Orioles are one of the most popular clubs in team history. After starting 1988 with an 0-21 record and finishing with 107 losses, the ‘89 team went to the final weekend in Toronto playing the Blue Jays and trailing them by one game for the division title. That O’s club lost

Mancini: “It’s been positive all year and is going to remain that way”

The Orioles’ Trey Mancini certainly can sense the pulse of his team. He’s a clubhouse leader and cares deeply about his teammates and coaches. Orioles fans have come to learn that about Mancini. As the club begins to move past the dugout confrontation Wednesday involving Chris Davis and manager Brandon Hyde, Mancini said the clubhouse remains positive and upbeat this afternoon. Just like it was

After Wednesday, will O’s clubhouse vibe remain upbeat?

If you think Birdland gets extremely frustrated as losses mount and the Orioles give up a lot of homers and runs, no doubt that is very, very true. Even aware of the team’s rebuild mode, it can never sit well with a diehard O’s fan to hear Yankees fans enjoying a night in Baltimore. They pipe down when their team is behind and it’s up

O’s can use off day to regroup after series sweep and dugout dust-up

During the last three games against the New York Yankees, there were plenty of reasons for Orioles players, coaches and manager Brandon Hyde to be frustrated. They got swept for the fourth time this year by New York and allowed 32 runs and 16 homers in the series. But we don’t know what caused the frustration, anger or whatever it was that led to words

O’s swept by Yankees after blowout loss and dugout altercation

What seemed headed for a game ending with another blowout win for the New York Yankees over the Orioles, the game took another turn at the end of the top of the fifth inning tonight. The MASN cameras caught Chris Davis directing some heated words in what appeared to be the direction of Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. As to why this occurred, we don’t have

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

In the first two games of this series, the New York Yankees have 23 hits, including 11 homers and have beaten the Orioles 9-6 and 9-4. They go for a three-game series sweep tonight at Camden Yards. Since the Orioles took two of three at Yankee Stadium in the first series of the season, New York has swept the O’s in series of three, two

Can O’s lefty John Means slow the red-hot Yankees bats?

The onslaught of homers by Orioles opponents just keeps coming. The New York Yankees bashed five homers in beating the Orioles Monday night and then hit six more last night. Here are some numbers that further quantify the O’s inability to keep the ball in the park this series and this season. * The Orioles have now allowed five or more home runs 16 times

New York with six more homers in win over Orioles

The New York Yankees hit more homers at Camden Yards. They took an early lead. The Orioles came back. But the Orioles lost. It was a bit like last night with fewer runs. By the Orioles. The Yankees beat the Orioles 9-4 at Oriole Park to take the first two games of this series. New York (74-39) has won 11 straight this season against the

O’s game blog: Wojciechowski faces New York

After allowing five homers in a 9-6 loss to the New York Yankees last night, the Orioles host them again tonight in the second of a three-game series. The Orioles are 2-11 against New York in 2019 with 10 straight losses. They’ve lost 13 straight against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Jonathan Villar became the fifth player in Orioles history to hit for the cycle

Looking to regain early-season hitting form, DJ Stewart rejoins O’s

Outfielder DJ Stewart rejoined the Orioles today, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. He takes the roster spot of pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis, who was optioned out after last night’s game. Stewart gives the club a better roster breakdown, with the team now carrying 13 pitchers and 12 position players, rather than 14 and 11. Stewart earned a call-up to the parent club the first time on May

Jace Peterson enjoying time in bigs after road back through Triple-A

Versatile Jace Peterson played in his 11th game with the Orioles last night since he joined the team at the start of the recent West Coast road trip. So far he’s made six starts at third base, two in left field and one at second. He made a big contribution last night. With the Orioles down 6-1 in the last of the sixth, he hit

O’s game blog: Orioles begin three-game series against the Yankees

The Orioles’ homestand, which began with a four-game split against Toronto, continues tonight as the Orioles begin a three-game series with the American League East-leading New York Yankees. The Orioles (38-73) beat the Blue Jays 6-5 on Sunday and won the last two games of that series despite being outhit 12-6 and 13-6 in those games. They are 7-5 over the past 12 games, 10-7

After Toronto series split, O’s now face the AL big boys

So the Orioles won the last two games of their series with Toronto, and that represented a nice comeback after losing on Thursday and Friday night. It looked like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and company might just mash their way to a four-game sweep in Baltimore, but then the Orioles posted 6-4 and 6-5 wins. Not bad. They do keep coming back, these 2019 Orioles. They

O’s build early lead and hold off Blue Jays in series finale

If the Toronto Blue Jays were going to help the Orioles get some runs today, the Orioles would be accepting of that. They did and they were. The Orioles got a gift run in the first, three unearned runs in the second and drew two bases-loaded walks in the fifth today. It helped them build a 6-2 lead and they held off Toronto 6-5 in

O’s game blog: In search of a four-game split

The Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays wrap up their four-game series this afternoon at Oriole Park. Toronto posted wins by 11-2 and 5-2 Thursday and Friday. The Orioles won 6-4 last night as Trey Mancini hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs. Following today’s game the Orioles play 10 straight games against American League division leaders. They host the New York Yankees for

O’s ended a unique losing streak with Saturday night’s win

So the Orioles ended a losing streak with last night’s 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Yep, they had lost the first two games of this four-game series. But two games doesn’t make much of a losing streak. No, not that one. With that win, the Orioles snapped a 33-game losing streak when the opposing team records 10 or more hits and the Orioles

O’s bats return as they beat Toronto 6-4 at Oriole Park

The Orioles offense awoke from its recent slumber tonight. It was enough to get the team a win, it’s first after two losses in the series against Toronto. And after a stretch of four losses the past five games. Jonathan Villar and Trey Mancini homered during Baltimore’s four-run last of the fifth, and two later runs broke a 4-4 tie as the Orioles beat the

O’s game blog: O’s looking for first win on homestand

After two straight losses to Toronto, the Orioles host the Blue Jays tonight in the third of a four-game series and 10-game homestand. The Blue Jays have hit seven homers in winning the two games by 11-2 and 5-2 scores. In this series, the Orioles have scored four runs on 15 hits, going 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position. In the 13 games before this

With changeup re-emerging, Branden Kline is back with O’s

As he returned today to the Orioles roster for his fifth stint in 2019 with the big league club, the search for consistent big league success is ongoing for right-handed reliever Branden Kline. His injury issues now well behind him, Kline made his big league debut this year on April 20 versus Minnesota, with his mom looking on in tears from the stands. He had

Lefty Paul Fry says brief minor league stint was wake-up call

Lefty reliever Paul Fry began the 2018 season with Double-A Bowie, later moved to Triple-A Norfolk and got the call to Baltimore in late June. He pitched well and stayed in the Baltimore bullpen the rest of the season. That’s where he began this year. He was becoming a bullpen fixture for the Orioles. Until he was not. In a bit of a surprise, Fry

O’s offense quiet again in 5-2 loss to Blue Jays

The Orioles scored 27 runs in the first three games of their series in Anaheim. They scored eight in Tuesday’s win at San Diego. They had scored 83 in the previous 13 games as the West Coast road trip came to an end. But in two games to start this homestand against Toronto, the bats have been mostly quiet. A total of four runs on

O’s game blog: Aaron Brooks faces Blue Jays

Right-hander Aaron Brooks (2-4, 5.46 ERA) makes his 20th appearance and 11th as a starter tonight between Oakland and Baltimore this year. He threw pretty well in his first two games with the Orioles, after they selected him off waivers July 6 from the Athletics. But his last two have not gone well. In starts at Arizona and Anaheim on the West Coast trip, he

Dillon Tate on his first two MLB appearances

Right-handed reliever Dillon Tate became the seventh player of 15 acquired in the July 2018 trades to make his way to the Orioles. He followed Jonathan Villar, Breyvic Valera, Cody Carroll, Josh Rogers, Evan Phillips and Luis Ortiz. Tate’s debut came after the 25-year-old was moved from the rotation to the bullpen this year at Double-A Bowie. He’s also the only Orioles call-up this season

On Bowie off-night, Baysox pitchers take it in at Oriole Park

For one night, they took time away from getting consistent outs against Eastern League hitters to take in a big league game. Double-A Bowie left-handers Zac Lowther and Alex Wells were guests of the Orioles last night, touring the clubhouse, meeting the coaches and doing a series of interviews. They made the rounds as they took a night off from the mounds. They are both

Toronto bashes five homers and O’s lose homestand opener

Orioles right-hander Asher Wojciechowski has pitched well this year against a few teams, but Toronto is not one of them. Blue Jays righty Trent Thornton has been hit hard for four of his last five starts, but not the one against the Orioles. Those forces collided tonight - Wojciechowski did not do well and Thornton did, as Toronto beat the Orioles 11-2 to start a

O’s game blog: The long homestand begins

After going 5-4 on a West Coast trip that ended Tuesday, the Orioles begin a 10-game homestand tonight. Toronto is at Camden Yards for a four-game series. They’ll be followed in by the New York Yankees for three games and Houston for three more. The Orioles went 4-5 on the homestand coming out of the All-Star break, going 1-3 versus Tampa Bay, 1-1 against Washington

Trey Mancini and Jonathan Villar on remaining Orioles

The Orioles’ Trey Mancini was having a late lunch with two teammates yesterday when he realized they would remain his teammates and he would not be traded. So back to his meal and spending time with Chance Sisco and Jace Peterson. “Thrilled,” Mancini said when the trade deadline passed Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve said the whole time, I want to be here. Like I said, I

After quiet deadline day, play on field back in spotlight for Orioles

The trade deadline has come and gone, and while there was some buzz around several Orioles players in the days leading up to it, there were no trades from the major league roster. Trey Mancini is still here, so are Mychal Givens, Jonathan Villar and all the rest. They’ll be at Camden Yards tonight to face the Toronto Blue Jays at the start of a

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