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O’s game blog: Looking for a sweep in Houston

An Orioles offense that has scored 22 runs the past two nights in Houston should get a test tonight from an Astros rookie right-hander who will try to pitch his team to a sweep-avoiding win tonight. The Orioles beat Houston 9-7 on Monday night and 13-3 last night. Last week in Baltimore they got swept three in a row by Houston and scored just three

An emotional day for Spenser Watkins ends with him in the majors

If we ever forget how special it can be for a player to reach the big leagues, we can go back and check out today’s interview with one of the newest Orioles: pitcher Spenser Watkins. Signed by the club as minor league free agent Feb. 3, the 28-year-old right-hander earlier today got the call he has always waited for. He was added to the Orioles

Feeling a draft: Jim Callis on the O’s at No. 5

On Sunday, July 11, the First-Year Player Draft for 2021 will begin at 7 p.m. There is no consensus No. 1 pick this year, as in some previous years, but there is surely plenty of speculation about what the Orioles will do. After executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias selected Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman No. 1 overall in 2019 and Arkansas outfielder

O’s game blog: Travis Lakins Sr. gets start against Houston

Travis Lakins Sr. gets a spot start for the Orioles tonight as they play at Houston in the second of a three-game series. The Orioles scored five runs in the ninth last night - two more than they scored last week in three games against Houston - and they won 9-7. It was their most runs and hits (15) in one game since June 8

Trey Mancini on his reason to take part in Home Run Derby

For the Trey Mancini, it was an easy decision to accept an invitation to take part in the Home Run Derby competition in Denver on July 12 as part of the All-Star game festivities. Mancini, during a Zoom interview today, talked about winning a home run derby once in college. But this occasion gives him another chance to inspire anyone dealing with cancer and trying

Not drafted last year, this player is having a great start on O’s farm

ABERDEEN - For a player who was not even drafted last year, first baseman JD Mundy is having some first season of professional baseball. After a college career that took him to Virginia Tech for two years and then to Radford for two more, the Roanoke, Va., native leads the Orioles organization on the farm in homers, slugging and OPS. The player taken 1/1 in

O’s game blog: Road trip continues at Houston

After losing three of four games in Buffalo against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles have arrived at the second stop on a three-city, 10-game trip. They play at Houston tonight to start a three-game series against the first-place Astros. The Orioles (24-54) beat the Blue Jays Friday night, 6-5 in 10 innings, but lost 12-4 and 5-2 the last two days. They started the

A look at the Orioles’ two Complex League rosters

When play begins today in the short-season Rookie-level Florida Complex League (the former Gulf Coast League), the Orioles will have two teams beginning play to join the four full-season affiliates that have been playing since May 4 on the farm. In July, the O’s will field two teams in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. The two Complex League teams will feature a very, very heavy

O’s game blog: The Toronto series finale

The Orioles need a win today in Buffalo against Toronto as they try to split this four-game series. Toronto won 9-0 to begin the series on Thursday and the Orioles evened the series with Friday’s 6-5 win in 10 innings. The Blue Jays won 12-4 yesterday after scoring four runs in three different innings. Toronto (39-36) has won six of its last seven games. The

A look at Alexander Wells’ debut, plus other notes

During a mostly otherwise bad day for the Orioles - they lost 12-4 to Toronto - seeing the big league debut of a player in his sixth year in the organization was a real highlight. Lefty Alexander Wells, 24, pitched two scoreless innings on 43 pitches in Buffalo, keeping Toronto off the board in the seventh and eighth innings. The debut came after Wells had

O’s game blog: Seeking second straight in Buffalo

The Orioles began play on Friday night with a record of 1-40 this year when trailing after the seventh inning. They trailed 5-1 after the seventh last night. But they scored four runs in the eighth to tie Toronto 5-5 and one in the tenth to beat the Blue Jays 6-5 last night to snap a six-game overall losing streak and a 20-game road losing

Looking back at Friday’s win and looking ahead to the draft

The Orioles players and manager Brandon Hyde had been telling reporters that the team had remained upbeat and the attitude in the clubhouse was good during all the recent losing. Some nights, to be honest, it didn’t look like it, such as in recent shutout losses of 13-0 to Houston and 9-0 to Toronto. But, to be fair, when a team is getting blown out,

Matt Harvey throws well as O’s rally to win

For a pitcher with a record of 0-7 and ERA of 13.17 over his last eight starts, right-hander Matt Harvey threw quite well tonight. For an offense that had not scored in 24 straight innings, the Orioles no longer have to worry about that streak. And thanks to a late four-run rally and a bases-loaded walk issued by the Blue Jays in the top of

O’s game blog: Trying to end streaks against Blue Jays

The Orioles can snap a losing streak of six straight and a road losing streak of 20 in a row if they can beat the Toronto Blue Jays tonight in Buffalo. The Blue Jays (38-35) host the Orioles (23-52) in the second game of a four-game series and a 10-game road trip for the O’s. Right-hander Dean Kremer allowed six runs and got just one

Reunited in Aberdeen: Henderson moves up, joining Westburg and Mundy

ABERDEEN - To say the trio of Gunnar Henderson, Jordan Westburg and JD Mundy helped the low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds put up strong offensive numbers would be a bit of an understatement. And now that the trio is together again at high Single-A Aberdeen, they hope to begin bashing baseballs at the higher level as well. At the start of June, Westburg and Mundy were

O’s game blog: The road trip begins in Buffalo against the Blue Jays

The Orioles begin a three-city, 10-game road trip tonight in Buffalo as they play the first of a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The teams met over the weekend in Baltimore with the Orioles winning 7-1 Friday but then losing 10-7 and 7-4 to complete the series. The Orioles (23-51) have lost five in a row and 13 of the last 14 games.

Austin Hays and his teammates try to stay upbeat amid the losses

The losses are mounting. The latest was by a 13-0 score last night as the Orioles lost to Houston to get swept again in a three-game series. Since there are humans inside those uniforms, the players must have a tough time trying to stay upbeat during this losing. Before Wednesday’s game, during an on-field interview after batting practice, O’s outfielder Austin Hays said that, in

O’s game blog: Wrapping up the homestand against Astros

After scoring 24 runs in a recent four-game span that ended Saturday, the Orioles will look to get their offense going again tonight in the series and homestand finale against the Houston Astros. The Orioles (23-50) have scored just seven runs on 13 hits over the past three games since Saturday - the last game of the Toronto series and the first two versus Houston.

Adley Rutschman’s first full minor league season has been special

BOWIE, Md. - After the Orioles selected Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, he went on to play in 37 minor league games that summer. This year, bumped up to Double-A Bowie, Rutschman already has 41 games under his belt and no O’s minor league player has more plate appearances, He’s getting his work in and

Jorge López throws strong game in loss to Astros

Perhaps motivated by back-to-back shaky outings and/or by tying a career high by allowing three homers in his last start, Orioles right-hander Jorge López seemed focused on getting deep into tonight’s game. And he gave the Orioles their 16th outing this year by a starting pitcher of six innings or more. He went a season-best 6 1/3 innings. But a seventh inning run by Houston

O’s game blog: Jorge López faces Astros

After a 10-2 loss on Monday night, the Orioles welcome the Houston Astros back to Camden Yards tonight to continue a three-game series. The Orioles were being no-hit into the eighth inning last night when Maikel Franco’s home run scored two and was the club’s first hit. Franco hit No. 9 and blasted that ball 420-feet, his third-longest homer of the season. The Orioles (23-49)

No pitcher suspensions on night one, plus other notes

On the first night of Major League Baseball’s new “sticky stuff” rules, with baseball pledging to enforce the rules about pitchers using foreign substances and threatening transgressors with ejections and suspensions, there were no offenders reported that I could tell. As of around midnight, I had not seen any reports from any games of someone ejected. Didn’t we hear that most of the pitchers were

O’s game blog: O’s host Houston in series opener

After losing two of three games to Toronto - and dropping the last two games after Friday’s 7-1 win - the Orioles host Houston beginning tonight at Oriole Park. It is a three-game series to complete a six-game homestand. Then the Orioles will play the Blue Jays and Astros again on the road as part of a 10-game road trip that also includes a trip

O’s Matt Blood on Gunnar Henderson’s move up and more on the farm

He recently moved into a couple of top 100 prospects lists and now Orioles infield prospect Gunnar Henderson is on the move again, this time further up in the Baltimore farm system. The Orioles announced a series of minor league roster moves and promotions Sunday, which included Henderson’s move from low Single-A Delmarva to high Single-A Aberdeen. Henderson did not play in Sunday’s Delmarva game,

O’s game blog: The series finale against Toronto

After the ninth-inning meltdown on Saturday that led to a 10-7 loss, the Orioles look to bounce back right away as they host Toronto today in the series finale. The Orioles won 7-1 Friday night when their pitchers allowed just four hits. But they gave up six runs and five hits in the ninth yesterday in a 10-7 loss. The Orioles (23-47) have lost nine

Even though a lot went right, O’s have to regroup after loss

The Orioles hit six home runs, three by Ryan Mountcastle and two by Cedric Mullins. DJ Stewart added another to give them six hit by homegrown players. They got a quality start for the first time since May 31, ending a run of 15 games without one. They led by four runs after the sixth and seventh innings. They led by three in the ninth

Mountcastle homers three times, but Jays rally in ninth (updated)

A feel-good win and a six-homer day by the Orioles - with three from Ryan Mountcastle - blew up on the team in the ninth today, as the Toronto Blue Jays scored six runs in the inning to stun the Orioles 10-7 and quiet what was a boisterous crowd of 10,721. It was a gut punch loss times 10. They were one out away in

O’s game blog: Looking for two in a row over Blue Jays

After ending a losing streak on Friday night, the Orioles will try to build on that victory and start a winning streak today. They host the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of a three-game series. The Orioles (23-46) beat the Blue Jays 7-1 as center fielder Cedric Mullins hit two homers and drove in four, and five pitchers allowed just four hits with

O’s open to Tyler Wells as a starter and updating John Means

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said “right around there” today when asked if his ace left-hander, John Means, was expected back around the All-Star break. Means, who is 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 12 games, last pitched June 5 when he walked off the mound in the first inning against Cleveland. He went on the injured list with a left shoulder strain. “Good. He’s feeling

Mullins big night, Friday farm pitching and more

Excellent pitching, timely hitting, a curtain call and a win. Pretty good Friday night in Birdland. Cedric Mullins hit his sixth career leadoff homer and third this year, and then produced his third career two-homer game, with all three coming this year. He and the pitchers led the Orioles past Toronto 7-1. When Mullins blasted a three-run homer in the eighth he put an exclamation

O’s game blog: Homestand begins against Toronto

The Orioles return home tonight to begin a two-series, six-game homestand. They will host Toronto for three games this weekend and Houston for three beginning on Monday at Oriole Park. The Orioles (22-46) went 5-3 on their last homestand, winning series with Minnesota and Cleveland and splitting two games with the New York Mets. But they just completed an 0-7 road trip, losing three to

Mullins on All-Star talk, latest losing stretch and his T-shirt night

When the Orioles open a home series with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight, the game will feature the players that are first and second in the American League in hits, and first and fifth in Wins Above Replacement (FanGraphs.com version) in the majors. Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the AL with 82 hits and Cedric Mullins of the Orioles is next with 81. Guerrero has

A look at how Bowie moved to the top of its league in offense

Players for the Double-A Bowie Baysox this year can go hitless, yet still get praise from the coaching staff for their hitting. And not just because they may have made a productive out. It’s all about the swing decisions they make. They are graded both on the pitches they do swing at and those they do not. The goal is to get a very hittable

Jorge López allows three homers as road losing streak continues

As they tried to end a couple of losing streaks today, the Orioles fell into a three-run hole in the first inning at Cleveland this afternoon. They got close mid-game, but when Cleveland opened up a four-run lead in the sixth the Indians were on their way to a 10-3 win, and they swept a four-game series from the Orioles. The Orioles started this road

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

The Orioles need a win this afternoon at Cleveland to avoid being swept four in a row and going 0-7 on a road trip to Tampa Bay and Cleveland. Last night they lost 8-7 for their third one-run loss on the trip and second in this series. And their fourth loss on the road trip by two runs or fewer. In their past 12 games

When it comes to a long rebuild, being patient is difficult

Mike Elias has been asked the question before, and it came again yesterday. Does the Orioles executive vice president and general manager relate to fan frustration over the team’s performance? He knows some fans are very patient during the rebuilding, but others get very frustrated and upset by poor play at the big league level while the minor league clubs are mostly winning. Is that

O’s game blog: Lefty Keegan Akin faces Cleveland

As the Orioles look to snap a 17-game road losing streak tonight at Cleveland, they send lefty Keegan Akin (0-1, 4.13 ERA) to the mound. Akin has a scoreless start earlier this year against Cleveland and tonight will make his fourth start of the 2021 season. Akin allowed three runs and five hits over four innings in his last start against Tampa Bay. He gave

Skipper Brandon Hyde looks to stay upbeat during losing streak

As the Orioles’ latest losing streak has reached six games in a row overall and 17 straight on the road, trying to stay upbeat and keep a good energy level is a challenge. They are humans inside those uniforms, and mounting losses frustrate them just as they do fans. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has reminded reporters all year that the Orioles clubhouse has remained upbeat

Big crowd saw Grayson Rodriguez throw gas, but Baysox fall short

BOWIE - The Double-A Bowie Baysox have had such a good season that the first three times they were held to two runs this year, they won by a 2-1 score. But last night, they lost 3-2 to the Akron RubberDucks to open a six-game series and spoil the home debut of their top pitching prospect, right-hander Grayson Rodriguez. Bowie began the night with the

Rodriguez faces Akron in third Double-A start (updated)

BOWIE - Making his third Double-A start of the year and first at home, top Orioles pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings tonight for Bowie against the Akron RubberDucks in front of a big crowd at Prince George’s Stadium. After a strong start to his outing, Akron had some nice swings starting in the third inning and there were a

O’s game blog: Matt Harvey tries to turn it around in Cleveland

It’s back on the field tonight for the Orioles for the second game of a four-game series at Cleveland. The Orioles are winless on this road trip, have lost five in a row overall and 16 straight road games since winning at Seattle on May 6 when John Means pitched a no-hitter. The Orioles (22-43) lost 4-3 on Monday night and they are now 1-10

Minor league notes on Hall, Smith, Grenier and more

For a Double-A Bowie team that has been winning a lot and bashing the ball all year, another player has emerged recently with a hot bat. And that is infielder Cadyn Grenier, who has made 23 starts for the Baysox at shortstop, with five at second base and one at third base. Grenier, 24, posted a respectable .740 OPS in 2019 in 106 games between

O’s game blog: Dean Kremer pitches series opener at Cleveland

After losing three games at St. Petersburg, Fla., against Tampa Bay, the Orioles’ two-city road trip moves on to Cleveland tonight. The Orioles and Indians are starting a four-game series. The Orioles took two of three from Cleveland at home from June 4-6, winning the first and last games of that series. They won the Sunday game 18-5 over Cleveland. The O’s have gone 2-8

Notes on close games, the young starters and Baumann at Bowie

In baseball, the losses all count the same, whether you get beat 8-1 or 2-1. But the second one can be more frustrating. Typically, a team losing a close game can look back at several things that could have changed the result. The clutch hit in a big spot they didn’t get, a double play not turned that led to a run, a pitch meant

Bruce Zimmermann solid, but Tampa Bay wins to sweep series

Orioles lefty Bruce Zimmermann surely battled well today. He missed by one out giving the Orioles a quality start, something they have had just once in their last 15 games. But he pitched them deeper into the game than some O’s starters recently had and kept his team in the game this afternoon at Tropicana Field. But the O’s offense was not getting much going

O’s game blog: The series finale against Tampa Bay

O’s lefty Bruce Zimmermann will try to pitch the Orioles to a win this afternoon at Tropicana Field. The Birds have won his last two starts and need a victory today to avoid being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays and extending their club record road losing streak to 15 games. Zimmermann (4-3, 4.83 ERA) will be making his 11th start. The Orioles are 3-7

A few notes as O’s have lost first two this weekend at the Trop

Losing games is frustrating enough, but racking up close losses provides a whole other level of angst. The Orioles fell to 22-41 with Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. They have lost by two runs and one run in this series. During their 14-game losing streak, the Orioles went 0-7 in games decided by two runs or fewer. They are 1-2 in such

O’s game blog: Jorge López faces Tampa Bay

As the Orioles try to even their series against the Tampa Bay Rays today after Friday’s series-opening loss, they will have to beat a red-hot pitcher. Lefty Rich Hill (5-2, 3.05 ERA) gets the start for the Rays. He has thrown back-to-back scoreless starts versus the Yankees and Rangers, allowing five hits in 10 innings in those games. Over his past seven games, he has

Wells good again in series opener, Tides pitch shutout on the farm

It was kind of a tough night for one young Orioles pitcher last night, and a better one for another as they lost 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays to start a weekend series. Lefty Keegan Akin pitched with traffic on the bases most of his night, allowing five hits and three runs over four innings. The Rays forced him to throw 95 pitches, and

O’s game blog: The road trip begins at the Trop

The Orioles begin a two-city, seven-game road trip in St. Petersburg, Fla. at Tropicana Field tonight with the start of a series against the first-place Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles will play three games this weekend at the Trop and then four games starting Monday at Cleveland. Tampa Bay (39-24) leads the American League East by one game over the Boston Red Sox. The Rays

Austin Hays on return to lineup and origin of “parking lot Ced”

After two stints already on the injured list, totaling 28 games missed, Orioles outfielder Austin Hays returned to the active roster today. He’s in the lineup tonight in left field, batting fifth in the series opener versus Tampa Bay. This time he hopes to remain active and healthy for the rest of the 2021 season. He has been on the IL with both left- and

Cedric Mullins’ climb from Double-A to AL All-Star candidate

When you find his name, seventh as of yesterday, among the OPS leaders in the American League, Cedric Mullins is keeping very good company. One spot ahead of him was Boston’s J.D. Martinez and one spot behind was Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox. A few spots ahead were players like Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. A few behind were the likes

Stepping up his game: Grayson Rodriguez moves to Double-A and keeps rolling

Orioles pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez has moved up the top 100 rankings to become the top-rated pitching prospect in baseball the old-fashioned way: He earned it. Rodriguez started the year dealing for high Single-A Aberdeen and went 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in five starts. Then he got promoted to Double-A Bowie, where he is now 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in two starts, allowing

O’s game blog: Can Birds put up runs on Taijuan Walker?

The Orioles’ recent run of offensive success will get a real test tonight as they play the New York Mets in the second game of a two-game series. They will face right-hander Taijuan Walker (4-2, 2.17), a pitcher that ranks fifth in the National League in ERA and has already beaten the Orioles once this season. On May 12 at Citi Field, Walker went seven

Lineup produces top to bottom, O’s sweep on the farm

It’s fun to win and so it was fun around Birdland last night, as the Orioles and their four minor league teams combined for another perfect 5-0 night. The Orioles beat the Mets 10-3 and again got contributions throughout the lineup, which was great to see. As the O’s have gotten their core hitters in the middle of the order back healthy and hitting in

More runs, another win: O’s hammer Mets in series opener

When a team scores a bunch of runs - and the Orioles had 18 in Sunday’s win over Cleveland - the offense sometimes gets shut down in the next game. This was not one of those nights. The Orioles followed Sunday’s 18-5 win - as they posted their most runs since Aug. 16, 2015 - with another big number in a win over the first-place

O’s game blog: Series opener against Mets

After an off-day Monday and with another coming up on Thursday, the Orioles will squeeze in a brief two-game series with the New York Mets beginning tonight at Oriole Park. On May 11-12, the Orioles lost two games to the Mets at Citi Field by 3-2 and 7-1 scores. At 29-23, the Mets lead the National League East by 3 1/2 games over the Atlanta

Back on the radar: Ofelky Peralta off to good start at Bowie

It was during September 2013 when then-Orioles international scouting guru Fred Ferreira went to see a pitcher he had not yet seen throw before at a showcase in the Dominican Republic. Before the day was out in San Pedro de Macoris, Ferreira decided the Orioles had to have tall right-hander Ofelky Peralta. On the spot he agreed to sign him for $325,000. The kid could

In new Baseball America top 100, O’s have top pitcher and catcher

Baseball America released an updated top 100 prospects list today and the Orioles organization now features the top-rated catcher in Adley Rutschman at No. 2 and the top-rated pitcher, with right-hander Grayson Rodriguez at No. 11. For a Double-A Bowie team that is 21-7, Rutschman is batting .293/.450/.586/1.035 with five doubles, eight homers and 22 RBIs. He has walked more than he has struck out,

Terrin Vavra off to a good start on O’s farm

For a kid from Wisconsin drafted in the third round of 2018, Terrin Vavra’s first full season in pro ball in 2019 could not have gone much better. He was the low Single-A South Atlantic League MVP for Asheville when he filled up the stat sheet. Then came the 2020 season and no minor league ball. Then late that year, he got traded to the

This time, there was plenty of run support for Jorge López

Orioles right-hander Jorge López was not used to getting offense to support his pitching like this. He began today with the lowest run support average among all major league starting pitchers. But then the Orioles scored him one in the first and six runs in the second, and he was leading 7-0 just like that. When they added five in the fourth, they were leading,

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

The Orioles have played 58 games in the 2021 season, but so far have played just two rubber match games. Those are games to decide a three-game series when the clubs have split the first two games. The Orioles have played just two and won them both. On May 5, the Orioles won 6-0 at Seattle when John Means pitched a no-hitter. On June 2,

Awaiting word on John Means, plus other notes

The Orioles’ bid for the season’s first four-game win streak came up short in Saturday’s 10-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The series is now tied at one win each with the rubber match today in Baltimore. But beyond the loss, the O’s concern was for their ace pitcher, John Means, who gave up two solo homers in the first inning and then left after

O’s game blog: John Means looks for win No. 5

The Orioles take the field today looking for a season-high four-game winning streak when they play Cleveland in the second of a three-game series. The Orioles have twice won three in a row this season. They opened the year with a three-game sweep at Boston. And they took three in a row April 29-May 1, winning the first game versus the Yankees and the last

After rough spring, more evidence that Keegan Akin has turned it around

Lefty Keegan Akin has now made starts in both 2020 and 2021, so when he took the mound last night in the series opener against Cleveland it would have been easy to forget that his big league experience is very limited. As he threw the first pitch last night, he was making just his eighth career major league start. He went 1-2 with a 3.67

Keegan Akin throws five scoreless innings as O’s beat Indians

The Orioles rotation has gotten on a mini run of good pitching. They would love to turn that into a major run but are going to need a lot more games to produce that. Small steps. For now, they will take a rotation ERA of 1.88 over their past five games after Keegan Akin’s five scoreless innings tonight against the Cleveland Indians in the series

O’s game blog: Keegan Akin faces Indians in series opener

After taking two of three against Minnesota, snapping a 14-game losing streak and picking up their first series win since early May in the process, the Orioles homestand continues tonight at Oriole Park. They host the Cleveland Indians in the start of a weekend series. The Orioles have posted back-to-back wins over Minnesota by 7-4 and 6-3 scores. A win tonight would match the three-game

Triple-A skipper Kendall with thoughts on Wynns, Harvey, Bradish and more

Job one for any catcher is working with his pitchers and handling his pitching staff. If they can throw in a few hits and help the offense, that’s a bonus. Orioles catcher Austin Wynns sees it that way, too, and since his recall to the big leagues Monday has caught two games where the Orioles have pitched well. On Monday versus Minnesota, O’s pitchers allowed

Ryan Mountcastle’s bat perks up, plus other notes

As the Orioles take a day off today, the collective mood around Birdland is a little better after back-to-back wins by the O’s and more winning on the farm to add to that. The Orioles have been waiting for Ryan Mountcastle to get hot after his slow start and maybe we are seeing the beginnings of an extended stretch of good hitting for him now.

O’s game blog: The Orioles-Twins series finale

After snapping the long losing streak last night, the Orioles can record a series win if they take the series finale tonight against the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles’ 7-4 win last night ended the 14-game losing streak, and tonight they look for their first series win since taking two of three at Seattle May 3-5. They have lost seven consecutive series since then. The Orioles

Cole Sulser on ending the streak, Gunnar Henderson honored

As right-hander Cole Sulser took the mound in the ninth last night he was trying to focus on simply getting three outs to wrap up an Orioles win. And not about the weight of a 14-game losing streak adding any pressure to the situation. But it had to be hard to block that fact out. Was Sulser feeling the pressure to end the streak as

O’s losing streak ends as farm teams sweep the night

A win, finally a win for the Orioles to provide a sense of both excitement and relief around Birdland. The clutch hits finally came and lefty starter Bruce Zimmermann used them to pick up the win. Back on May 16, when the Orioles last won before last night, Zimmermann was also the winning pitcher. That victory came out of the bullpen. This one he got

Streak ends as Zimmermann is solid and clutch hits arrive

On a night they ended a long losing streak, the Orioles got contributions just about everywhere they looked. There was a big inning plus some add-on runs. There were clutch hits and homers. Their starter allowed just one run and the bullpen was dependable at times. For good measure, they threw in a solid defensive play or two. And one spectacular catch by Cedric Mullins.

O’s game blog: Zimmermann on the mound, plus farm notes

Left-hander Bruce Zimmermann (2-3, 5.15 ERA) will try and be a stopper tonight when the Orioles host Minnesota in Game 2 of a three-game series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles have lost 14 in a row, which ties for the second-longest run in team history with a 14-game streak from Aug. 11-25, 1954. The only longer stretch was when the 1988 team

Austin Wynns hopes he can help Orioles turn it around

While Orioles catchers were struggling in Baltimore and the losses started to mount, Austin Wynns, a veteran of 70 big league games over two seasons, was off to a good start at Triple-A Norfolk. Yesterday, Wynns’ call back to the majors came. He got the start and the O’s pitched well with him back there in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings to Minnesota. It

Rutschman on expectations and other notes

It was just over a week ago that Double-A Bowie catcher Adley Rutschman was batting .211 with a .404 slugging percentage. But some things have changed. After a huge doubleheader on Sunday when he homered in each game and drove in seven runs, Rutschman’s stats look a lot better and are probably about where many expected they would be. As Bowie took a pair of

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