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The O’s offense got better during the 2019 season

The 2019 Orioles scored 729 runs, which was 107 more than the 622 by the 2018 Orioles. So that was a nice improvement from a very low run total in 2018. The Orioles offense got better in the second half and was about league average after the All-Star break. Perhaps that is a nice start for the club on the way to producing an above-average

O’s game blog: Game 162 to wrap up the 2019 season

The Orioles have had five chances this year to win the final game of a series to sweep that series, and they are 0-5 in those games. Today, on the final day of the 2019 season, they get one last chance for a series sweep. They beat Boston 4-1 Friday night and 9-4 yesterday, and look for the three-game sweep this afternoon at Fenway Park.

Checking a few lists as the season finale arrives

When Jonathan Villar stole his 40th base in the sixth inning Saturday afternoon he joined a short list of Orioles who have recorded that many steals in one year. When Trey Mancini homered to right in the ninth in the win at Boston, he hit number 35 and joined a longer, but still pretty exclusive list of Orioles. Villar has sure filled up the stat

O’s game blog: Looking for two in a row at Fenway Park

After a 4-1 win on Friday night, the Orioles play the second game of their series in Boston today and game No. 161 for the season. The O’s won last night when Asher Wojciechowski threw six scoreless innings and Renato Núñez hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs. Lefty John Means (11-11, 3.54 ERA) today makes his 27th start. For the year, he’s

Núñez delivers milestone homer, Trumbo with a classy goodbye

For a player the Orioles added via a waiver claim in May 2018, it was a milestone homer. A team finally gave Renato Núñez everyday playing time and he rewarded the 2019 Orioles with 30 homers and 89 RBIs. Núñez is one of 19 players in the American League with 30 and 89. And it was a big homer. A three-run shot off Boston’s Nathan

O’s game blog: The Red Sox series begins

The Orioles begin the final series of the year tonight at Fenway Park in Boston. The Orioles come in off Wednesday’s 3-2 loss at Toronto and are 3-3 in their last six games, but have lost seven of 10 games. The Orioles (52-107) are 27-51 on the road, 22-51 versus the AL East, 7-17 in September, 15-36 in series opening games, 33-35 when they score

Trey talk: Mancini looks to improve on his leadership

While some fans around Birdland often wonder if Trey Mancini will be involved in trade talks this winter, we seem to be getting a different message from the team. The Orioles are obviously thrilled with the season Mancini has had and they respect his leadership. But even though he’s had such a strong year, there is a thought that he may even be capable of

Continuing to stay upbeat amid all the losses in 2019

TORONTO - During a season where the 2019 Orioles suffered countless brutal losses, they kept coming back for more and sometimes emerged victorious. We can’t give them too much credit for continuing to play since that is the job. But they kept their enthusiasm and energy up and never seemed to get too far down after losses like Monday’s 15-inning affair at Rogers Centre. They

O’s lose 3-2 in series finale at Rogers Centre (updated)

TORONTO - After scoring 21 runs in the last two games, a lack of offense tonight led to an Orioles loss, and they failed to win two straight series for the first time since the first week of the year. In the rubber match at Rogers Centre, right-hander Jacob Waguespack blanked the Orioles over six innings and they lost 3-2 to the Blue Jays. The

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

TORONTO - After losing 11-10 in 15 innings Monday, the Orioles beat Toronto 11-4 last night at Rogers Centre. So the third and deciding game of this series is set for tonight. The Orioles took two of three from Seattle over the weekend, winning a series for the first time since they won two of three versus Kansas City from Aug. 19-21. Tonight, in this

Hyde on Wynns starting again and Villar’s strong season (game update)

TORONTO - He was behind the plate last night for Dylan Bundy’s strong seven-inning, two-run outing, so Austin Wynns is back catching again tonight as the Orioles wrap up the series in Toronto. “I liked the way he caught last night and he hit a homer,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “So give him another chance to get back there. I like the fingers he threw

Dwight Smith Jr. on big game against his former team

TORONTO - Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. calls the trade that sent him from Toronto to the Orioles on March 8 “the best thing that happened to me in my career.” That is because the Orioles have given him a real shot in the majors this year. Over parts of 2017-18, he got a combined 104 plate appearances with Toronto. This season, he has gotten

Sizing up Dylan Bundy’s year and Trey Mancini’s huge game

TORONTO - When O’s right-hander Dylan Bundy took the ball last night against the Blue Jays he made his 30th start of the 2019 season, a number that leads the team. He led the team last year with 31. While there are certainly more important stats than that, Bundy said taking the ball almost every start and being available to his team was very important

Bundy throws a gem, Mancini has five hits as O’s win big (updated)

TORONTO - A night after the Orioles allowed 11 runs, 13 hits and five homers, some pitching order was restored as they handily beat the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Right-hander Dylan Bundy was dealin’ Dylan, pitching the Orioles to a win in Game 2 of this series. Bundy went seven strong innings, the Orioles hit three homers and Trey Mancini went 5-for-5 in

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces the Blue Jays

TORONTO - After their marathon, 15-inning 11-10 loss to Toronto that ended early this morning, the Orioles and Blue Jays meet tonight in Game 2 of this series at Rogers Centre. It is also the second game of a season-ending six-game road trip that takes the Orioles to Boston beginning Friday. In yesterday’s loss, Austin Hays went 3-for-8 with two homers, five RBIs and four

O’s skipper Brandon Hyde on lineup changes (game update)

TORONTO - The Orioles posted a lineup today that included Anthony Santander and Hanser Alberto, but when Toronto changed pitchers, manager Brandon Hyde changed his lineup. Toronto scratched its scheduled starter, lefty Anthony Kay, due to a back issue and replaced him with lefty Thomas Pannone. “They scratched their starter about 5 o’clock,” Hyde said. “They’re going to go with a bullpen day and we

As O’s bullpen struggles overall, Evan Phillips gets on a nice roll

TORONTO - At a time when the Orioles bullpen is struggling and often giving up leads, a pitcher that had been struggling previously is not anymore. At least not in a recent stretch of games. Right-hander Evan Phillips has now put together six straight scoreless appearances for the Orioles, the latest a two-inning stint last night when he pitched the fourth and fifth against Toronto.

Can Trey Mancini take his offense to an even higher level?

TORONTO - The Orioles’ Trey Mancini is racking up some honors: Most Valuable Oriole, and now he’s the latest American League Player of the Week after a week when he hit .462 (12-for-26) in six games with four runs, four doubles, two home runs, 10 RBIs and 22 total bases. Mancini has had a huge year for the Orioles and is on his way to

Toronto produces walk-off win in the 15th inning

TORONTO - A marathon game that featured 21 runs, 29 hits, 10 homers and 20 pitchers finally ended early Tuesday morning at Toronto. Anthony Alford hit a walk-off homer with two outs in the last of the 15th as Toronto beat the Orioles 11-10. Alford hit a 2-2 changeup from right-hander Ryan Eades, the 10th O’s pitcher, to end a five-hour, 21-minute struggle. Eades had

O’s game blog: The final road trip of 2019 begins

TORONTO - The Orioles have won just four road series all year - they are 4-16-4 - but tonight they return to the scene of two of those series victories. The Orioles are opening a three-game series in Toronto at Rogers Centre, where they went 2-1 from April 1-3 and won two of three from July 5-7. They are 4-2 at Rogers Centre a year

Hyde on Hays making push for 2020 spot and more (O’s lose in 15)

TORONTO - No one is handing out starting jobs for next year yet for players not fully established at the major league level, but Orioles center fielder Austin Hays is making a strong case for himself since his call-up from Triple-A Norfolk on Sept. 7. Hays is batting .302/.362/.535 in 15 games with the Orioles. He has a six-game hitting streak during which is he

Mancini on Player of the Week and Hays on Play of the Week

TORONTO - Two Orioles arrived in Toronto and found out today they’ve been honored by the American League. Trey Mancini has been named the AL Player of the Week and Austin Hays was recognized for making the AL’s Play of the Week, which was his home-run robbing catch last Thursday against Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Mancini claimed his first career weekly honor and is the

Just as expected, rebuilding is hard and not for everyone

Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias spoke a blunt truth about the team’s immediate future in 2020. He said, essentially, that wins and losses are not going to be critical next season, as the club’s rebuilding is still in the early stages. This comes as common sense to some fans and rubs others the wrong way. We found out this year another

Chris Davis hits tiebreaking homer as O’s take home finale

As if to remind us that his last start in Detroit was very much the exception and not the rule, lefty John Means threw another strong game today for the Orioles in the 2019 home finale. Chris Davis also took fans back a bit - to days when he hit important homers. He hit one today in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie as

O’s game blog: The final 2019 home game has arrived

The Orioles (50-105) will host Seattle today to wrap up this series, homestand and their 2019 home schedule. They are 24-56 this season at Camden Yards. The homestand started with the Orioles losing three straight against Toronto. Now they have split two games with Seattle. In the five games, the O’s bullpen has pitched 27 1/3 innings, allowing 28 hits and 25 runs (22 earned).

Mychal Givens’ recent struggles continue in O’s Saturday night loss

It took them 13 innings to lose, but the Orioles trailed for the first time last night in the top of the eighth when Seattle’s J.P. Crawford hit a three-run homer off right-hander Mychal Givens. Givens has had a rough last week, but for many weeks before that, it appeared he was set up for a big finish to his 2019 season. Then it all

O’s game blog: Looking for another win against Mariners

After their win last night over Seattle, the Orioles look for another tonight in the second game of this three-game series. The Orioles (50-104), who have eight games left, are 1-0 in this series and 1-3 on this six-game homestand. They are 2-2 against Seattle, 5-14 in September and 24-55 at Oriole Park. Left-hander Richard Bleier made his first career start, acting as an opener

In MVO year, Mancini kept thriving even if his team did not

Trey Mancini said it has not been too challenging to play well while his team continued to lose a lot. The losing was pretty much expected for the Orioles, but Mancini needed to prove in 2019 that he could play more like he did in 2017, when he finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. So after he was named the

Aaron Brooks throws seven strong in relief as O’s win

Tonight the Orioles used an opener, but it was the pitcher that came next that made the biggest difference. Seattle scored two runs in the first off lefty Richard Bleier, but right-hander Aaron Brooks followed him and threw seven innings as the Orioles beat Seattle 5-3 to open a three-game series. The Orioles (50-104) ended a four-game losing streak and won for the first time

O’s game blog: The final home series of the year begins

The Seattle Mariners (65-88) have won five in a row and seven of nine games as they arrive in Baltimore tonight for their final road series of the year and the Orioles’ final home series. Seattle comes to Baltimore from Pittsburgh where they swept a three-game series by scores of 6-0, 4-1 and 6-5, the latter in 11 innings. Seattle began this year going 13-2,

Trey Mancini “honored” and “proud” to be named MVO

Orioles outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini today was named the 2019 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole. The award is voted on by local media that cover the team on a regular basis. Mancini leads the Orioles in doubles (36), home runs (34), RBIs (93), on-base percentage (.356), slugging (.536), OPS (.892) and total bases (305). He’s set career-highs in hits (163), doubles, home runs, runs

Was O’s center fielder of the future on display at the Yard?

The last two nights at Camden Yards, 24-year-old outfielder Austin Hays reminded us of the fantastic year he had in 2017. One that ended with him being named the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Year and one of five finalists as Baseball America’s National Player of the Year. That season, Hays batted a combined .329/.365/.593 with 32 doubles, five triples, 32 home runs and

The ‘pen struggles again as O’s are swept by Blue Jays

There was no late lead that got away tonight. But there was a close game to be won and the Orioles bullpen once again came up short in trying to make that happen. After throwing a strong game and leaving with a man on second and one out in the seventh, Orioles right-hander Gabriel Ynoa saw the ‘pen give it up again. Toronto scored six

O’s game blog: Trying to avoid being swept

The Orioles have been swept in a series 12 times this year, yet they do not have one sweep to call their own. That number grows to 13 if they lose tonight. A couple of bullpen meltdowns - after a 25-game run where the ‘pen put up strong numbers - have led to back-to-back losses by 8-5 and 11-10 scores to Toronto. The O’s bullpen

Austin Hays on finishing strong and playing with Ryan Mountcastle

Injuries limited him to 87 games in the minors this year, but as the big league season winds down, outfielder Austin Hays is playing well and enjoying his health. He started to feel about 100 percent late in the year and the Orioles are seeing what a healthy Hays can do. Last night, he went 3-for-5, was on base four times, had two doubles, drove

When healthy, Dwight Smith Jr. tried to run with his opportunity

On March 8, outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. got traded from the Blue Jays to the Orioles for international bonus money. He was about to leave the only organization he knew. The one that drafted him 53rd overall in 2011. He had played over 700 games in seven seasons on the Blue Jays’ farm and briefly in the majors for Toronto in 2017 and 2018. And

Another one got away: O’s blow 7-1 lead against Blue Jays

For the Orioles tonight, it was an epic late-inning meltdown. A 7-1 lead after four innings was not safe and neither was a 9-5 lead going to the ninth. Last night’s loss was pretty brutal. This was worse. The Orioles lost 11-10 to Toronto tonight at Camden Yards to fall to 49-103 with 10 games remaining in the season. Called on to pitch with the

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces the Blue Jays

The Orioles took a 4-3 lead to the eighth inning last night. But the game got away from a bullpen that posted an American League-best 2.91 ERA since Aug. 20. Toronto tied the game in the eighth and scored four in the ninth for an 8-5 win. Toronto (60-91) took the opener of a three-game series. It was the opener of the Orioles’ six-game homestand,

Mychal Givens on tough stretch following a strong one

The stat sheet says Orioles right-handed reliever Mychal Givens has not had as good a year in 2019 as the year before, or the year before that, in numbers like ERA and WHIP. But Givens was a pitcher on a pretty good roll that got derailed Saturday night at Detroit and that continued last night in Baltimore. At Comerica Park, he gave up a game-tying

Amid another that got away, Trey Mancini played well again

If you want an example of leadership by example, watch the Orioles’ Trey Mancini. He may not be a vocal leader and may not be a teammate that would air another out for any reason, but he sure plays hard. All the time. Every inning. Every game. It’s great leadership for young players. As the losing continues and the club is making costly mistakes almost

One that got away: Toronto scores four in ninth to win 8-5

Starting on Aug. 2, right-hander Mychal Givens went 15 straight games without allowing a homer. Now he has yielded a longball in back-to-back games in the ninth inning, and a home run allowed tonight helped beat the Orioles. Justin Smoak homered onto the flag court to lead off the ninth as Toronto beat the Orioles 8-4 with four runs in the ninth. It’s the opener

O’s game blog: The final homestand begins

After going 2-2 at Detroit in a one-series road trip, the Orioles are back at Oriole Park tonight. They host Toronto in Game 1 of a three-game series and six-game homestand to wrap up the 2019 home season. The Orioles (49-101) have 12 games remaining. They are 3-3 over the last six games but 4-11 in September. They are 21-46 versus the American League East

Two O’s are Baseball America classification All-Stars

Two Orioles minor league pitchers were named classification All-Stars by Baseball America. The publication names All-Star teams for each classification - Triple-A, Double-A and so on down the line. That involves three leagues in each classification in most cases and Baseball America selected six pitchers - five starters and one reliever for each team. Double-A Bowie lefty Zac Lowther was named a Double-A classification All-Star.

O’s game blog: The series finale in Detroit

The Orioles (49-100) have won two of three in Detroit (44-104) and the clubs conclude their series this afternoon at Comerica Park. It will complete a one-series road trip for the Orioles before they return home on Tuesday night. Baltimore will have 12 games left after this series - six at home versus Toronto and Seattle and six on the road at Toronto and Boston.

A coach says goodbye, and some improved pitching stats

When Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias confirmed recently that 14 members of the O’s player development department will not be returning next year, it was a tough day. But Elias needs to be able to bring in his own people, and he said that change is needed to improve the Orioles. The moves are hard but not totally unexpected. He inherited

O’s game blog: Time to regroup in Detroit

Well, at least the Orioles don’t have to wait long to try and erase the taste of last night’s loss in Detroit. The quick Saturday night to Sunday afternoon turnaround puts the O’s back on the field today about 13 hours after last night’s defeat. The Orioles lost 8-4 to the Tigers in 12 innings on a walk-off grand slam by John Hicks. In the

The manager who had his eyes on Anthony Santander in 2016

During the 2016 season, a young outfielder for the Single-A Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League had a huge season. Over 128 games he hit .290/.368/.494 with 42 doubles, 20 homers, 90 runs and 95 RBIs. He led the league in doubles and extra-base hits and was third in homers and RBIs. He was really good in games against the Orioles’ Single-A Frederick Keys team

O’s game blog: Looking for two in a row in Detroit

The Orioles (48-99) beat the Tigers 6-2 last night to open a four-game series that continues tonight at Detroit’s Comerica Park. The Orioles are 2-1 the last three games, but 3-10 over the past 13. With that win they improved to 14-34 in series-opening games. Right-hander Aaron Brooks got the win, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings. Trey Mancini’s RBI single in the first

Double-A Bowie’s season ends in Game 4 loss in Eastern League final

BOWIE, Md. - When the long grind of a professional baseball season ends it can be abrupt and jarring. There can be sadness that it ended and about how it ended. The Double-A Bowie Baysox players, staff and fans, no doubt, felt some of that last night. On a cool night at Prince George’s Stadium, some of the magic we saw from the Baysox during

Trenton beats Bowie to win the Eastern League championship

BOWIE, Md. - Held to three hits and one run last night, the Double-A Bowie Baysox were no-hit through five innings tonight. When they finally got something going, it was not enough and too late. The Trenton Thunder beat Bowie 5-2 tonight to win the Eastern League Championship Series three games to one. Trenton wins its fourth Eastern League championship and first since 2013. Bowie,

O’s game blog: The series in Detroit begins

After losing two of three at home to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Orioles (47-99) begin a four-game series in Detroit tonight at Comerica Park. The Birds lost 4-2 to the Dodgers on Thursday and were held to two hits. They went 1-6 on the homestand. They finished the season going 7-13 in interleague play. The Orioles’ next loss will be No. 100 and they

Bowie notes: Cedric Mullins’ bat heating up in playoffs

BOWIE, Md. - He began the season as the center fielder for the Orioles and is ending it in center with Double-A Bowie. But with the season about to end on the farm, 24-year-old outfielder Cedric Mullins is finally getting his bat going and maybe that’s the first step to turning around what has been for him a rough 2019 season. Mullins hit just .094

Lefty Alex Wells threw a gem, but Bowie lost in Game 3

BOWIE, Md. - The box score says that Double-A Bowie lefty Alex Wells was the losing pitcher in Game 3 of the Eastern League Championship Series last night. Trenton beat Bowie 2-1 at Prince George’s Stadium to take move to within a win of the Eastern League title. But Wells’ performance on the field said something very different. He was in command and control and

Trenton beats Bowie in Game 3 of Eastern League finals (quotes added)

BOWIE, Md. - With the Prince George’s Stadium crowd cheering loudly for a strikeout in the top of the seventh to get Double-A Bowie out of big jam, Trenton instead got a run - and the batter didn’t have to do a thing. Trenton got the lead in a manner not often seen in baseball anymore. A steal of home. It led Baysox lefty Alex

O’s game blog: Looking for a series victory

The Orioles are 4-11 this season in rubber match games and they play one tonight against the National League West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking 443-foot three-run homer in the seventh inning last night as the O’s won 7-3 to even the series at a win each. The Orioles (47-98) snapped a six-game losing streak as they matched the 2018 team

Bowie notes: Diaz heats up, Lowther update and more

BOWIE, Md. - It seems the longer the Eastern League playoffs go, the better outfielder Yusniel Diaz is swinging the bat for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Diaz and his Baysox teammates will host Trenton tonight at Prince George’s Stadium. It’s Game 3 of the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series, which is tied at a win each after Bowie beat Trenton last night. Diaz was limited

O’s Mike Elias talks offseason, 2020 rotation and more (Bowie wins)

When the offseason begins for the Orioles soon, they’ll have a general manager in place to hit the ground running for the fall and winter. O’s executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias was hired last year on Nov. 16. So he was not here as the offseason began after 2018 and had to play catch-up. That is not true this year. A few

Jonathan Villar crushes tiebreaking homer in seventh in O’s win (with quotes)

It was a home run to admire and Orioles shortstop Jonathan Villar did just that. He blasted a ball to left-center with two men on in the O’s seventh and slowly took a few steps toward first as he admired his work. Villar crushed a three-run shot 443 feet as he turned a 2-2 game into a 5-2 O’s lead. The O’s won 7-3 over

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

The Orioles’ last win was in Game 1 of a doubleheader a week ago yesterday on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays by a 4-2 score. They have lost six in a row since. The last three of this streak, they’ve lost by a combined 26-11 score. In those three games the O’s starters - Aaron Brooks, Asher Wojciechowski and Ty Blach - pitched

For Hanser Alberto, low strikeouts led to high batting average

As play begins in Major League Baseball tonight, the Orioles’ Hanser Alberto ranks fourth in the American League and ninth in the major leagues with a batting average of .320. Not bad for a hitter that before this year had a total of 192 plate appearances spread over parts of three seasons with Texas and hit just .192. One reason that Alberto has hit for

Bowie loses Game 1, O’s loss streak reaches six

On the first night of the Eastern League Championship Series, the Double-A Bowie Baysox took a 2-0 lead three batters into the game. The Baysox had some early momentum. But then they failed to score the rest of the night and lost the series opener 6-2 at Trenton. The Thunder scored two in the third to tie it and one in the fifth to get

O’s fall behind big early as Dodgers win to clinch NL West (updated)

The Orioles fell behind right-hander Walker Buehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 tonight in the first inning. That was not going to be a formula to knock off the National League’s winningest team and one of the league’s best pitchers. Buehler allowed just four singles in seven scoreless innings as Los Angeles beat the Orioles 7-3 to open a three-game series at Oriole Park.

O’s game blog: O’s open a series with the Los Angeles Dodgers

The soon-to-be National League West champion Los Angeles Dodgers (93-52) are in Baltimore tonight to begin a three-game interleague series. The Dodgers have a magic number of one to clinch their seventh straight NL West crown and officially advance to the playoffs. With a lead of 17 1/2 games over Arizona, it’s been in the bag for a while and now it’s about to become

Trey Mancini on the Heart and Hustle Award

The Orioles’ Trey Mancini will receive a nice honor tonight at Camden Yards. He’ll be presented with the Orioles 2019 Heart and Hustle Award. Awarded by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), this esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of baseball. Tonight, Mancini will be presented his award by

In pursuit of championship, Bowie has to go through MLB pitchers

The Double-A Bowie Baysox play at Trenton tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Game 1 of the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series. Bowie is in the finals for the second time in the club’s 27-year history, looking for its second title. The Baysox came from down 1-2 in games to beat Reading in Games 4 and 5 in 2015 to win its only Eastern League championship.

Can Hanser Alberto go from waiver claim to claiming a batting title?

If we put our minds to it, we could probably come up with some storylines involving the 2019 Orioles that would produce some amazing scenarios. But a player claimed off waivers four times before the start of the 2019 season and then going on to win a batting title might top the list. Hanser Alberto ended the 2018 season with the Texas Rangers. Then he

O’s game blog: Needing a win to avoid being swept

The Orioles need a win this afternoon to avoid being swept four in a row this weekend by the Texas Rangers. They’ve lost in this series by scores of 3-1, 7-6 and 9-4. The Orioles are 0-3 on a seven-game homestand. The Orioles (49-96) have lost four in a row and seven of the last eight. They are 22-49 at home and 1-5 against Texas.

Bowie advances to Eastern League Championship Series

For just the second time in their 27-year history, the Double-A Bowie Baysox are headed to the Eastern League Championship Series. The Baysox had 20 hits and routed Harrisburg 12-5 on Saturday afternoon to take that playoff series, three games to one. Bowie (79-65) will now face the Trenton Thunder (79-62) in the championship series. Trenton, a Yankees affiliate, will host the first two games

O’s game blog: Looking for a win against Texas

The Orioles have lost by scores of 3-1 and 7-6 the last two nights against Texas. Tonight they host the Rangers in the third of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. The Orioles have lost three in a row and six of their last seven games. All seven games were decided by two runs or one. The Orioles offense, which had produced one run in

Dillon Tate pitching well out of O’s ‘pen (plus Bowie and Delmarva updates)

When Orioles right-handed reliever Dillon Tate took the ball in the ninth last night, he pitched for the first time in the majors against the team that drafted him. He faced the Texas Rangers, who selected him No. 4 overall in the 2015 draft out of California-Santa Barbara. Tate showed them some good stuff. He kept the Orioles down 7-6 with a scoreless 15-pitch inning

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy pitches against Rangers

The Orioles have played a series of close games since they beat Kansas City 14-2 on the road a week ago tonight. We’ll see if that continues this evening in the second game of a four-game series against Texas. The Orioles (46-94) have played six straight games decided by two runs or fewer. They are 1-5 in those games after Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the

Trey Mancini remembers the 2015 Bowie Baysox champs

As Double-A Bowie and Single-A Delmarva began the minor league playoffs this week, the Orioles’ Trey Mancini remembered one of the best years of his baseball life. Mancini was on the 2015 Bowie team that won the Eastern League championship. It remains to present day the only title in Baysox history and the last title won by an Orioles’ affiliate. In the opening round, Bowie

O’s game blog: Seven-game homestand begins

After going 3-5 on a three-city road trip, the Orioles are back home to start a seven-game homestand. Tonight they host Texas for the first of four and then the Los Angeles Dodgers will be at Oriole Park for three games. The Orioles (46-93) went 1-1 at Washington and 1-2 at both Kansas City and Tampa Bay on their trip. The Birds have lost four

Bowie comes up with a big win in playoff opener

BOWIE, Md. - It’s Baltimore against Washington in the Eastern League playoffs, and last night the Orioles’ affiliate, Double-A Bowie, beat the Nats’ Harrisburg team 5-3 to open the playoffs. Bowie leads the best-of-five series 1-0. The winner advances to the EL Championship Series. The Baysox scored three runs in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie, and the bottom of the order ignited the

Bowie rallies in eighth to win playoff opener 5-3 (with quotes)

BOWIE, Md. - In search of a second Eastern League title, the Double-A Bowie Baysox broke a 2-2 tie in the last of the eighth tonight to beat Harrisburg in their playoff opener. The Baysox take Game 1 of the best-of-five league semifinal series 5-3 after a three-run eighth. They host the Senators for Game 2 on Thursday night at Prince George’s Stadium. Jesse Valentin

O’s minors game blog: Bowie, Delmarva open series tonight

BOWIE, Md. - Yep, we have a game blog for Game 1 tonight for Single-A Delmarva and Double-A Bowie. It works well on the Orioles’ off night, so fans can join in and leave questions and comments during tonight’s respective playoff games. Starting with Bowie, I’m here for Game 1 coverage. The Baysox (76-64) host Harrisburg (76-63) in Game 1 of a best-of-five league semifinal

Delmarva and Bowie begin the minor league playoffs tonight

They’ve had a great year and they were reeling off wins from opening day on. And now the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds will try to finish off a great season with a South Atlantic League championship. They’ll send their ace, right-hander Grayson Rodriguez (10-4, 2.68 ERA) to the mound tonight in Game 1 of a best-of-three league semi-final series at Hickory. They were the two clubs

O’s game blog: O’s play doubleheader to wrap up trip

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have lost their last three games by five runs total. This afternoon they play a doubleheader at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays to wrap up an eight-game trip. The trip started with a 1-1 split at Washington and was followed by the O’s going 1-2 at Kansas City. Then they lost the series opener against Tampa Bay

A look at the longest O’s at-bat of the year, plus farm notes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - On Monday for the Orioles at Tropicana Field, there was a comeback by Baltimore from a 4-0 deficit, there was a starter going seven innings, there was some gas thrown late in the game by bullpen pitchers. But in the end there was an extra-innings loss as the Orioles fell 5-4 in 10 to Tampa Bay. There was also a clutch

O’s game blog: O’s-Rays series begins at The Trop

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - After splitting two games in Washington and losing two of three in Kansas City, the Orioles have reached the final stop of this road trip. This afternoon they begin a two-day, three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles (45-91) lost the last two days by two runs each in Kauffman Stadium. The defense let them down Saturday and the

Remembering a time when Anthony Santander tried to make it as a pitcher

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Watching the Orioles’ Anthony Santander hit rockets around various ballparks in the second half of this season, it might be hard to imagine a day he tried to make it as a pitcher. Or a day when he was not a switch-hitter. But on a pregame interview yesterday on the Orioles Radio Network, Santander told me that as a teenager in

O’s game blog: The series-deciding game in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles routed Kansas City 14-2 on Friday behind a 21-hit attack. They allowed three unearned runs last night as they lost 7-5 to the Royals. This afternoon, the clubs play the third and deciding game of this series. The Orioles (45-90) are 2-2 on an eight-game, three-city road trip. They have won four of six and six of the last 10.

Brandon Hyde on today’s roster additions (postgame quotes)

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles today added four players as major league rosters can expand to as many as 40 players on Sept. 1. The club has reinstated right-handed Shawn Armstrong from the 10-day injured list, and recalled right-hander Branden Kline, lefty Tanner Scott and outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. from Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles are expected to have more roster additions during the upcoming Tampa

More on John Means’ emotional win Friday, plus other notes

KANSAS CITY - When the Orioles crushed the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, the offense stood out, producing season highs in runs (14) and hits (21). But the performance on the mound was pretty special, too. Very special, actually. Lefty John Means returned to the team Friday after spending five days on the family medical emergency list. After Friday’s game, it was learned that

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